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michael wildes joins nyc’s first lady on stage and attends the 21st african american women in cinema (aawic) film festival

Managing Partner Michael Wildes attends the 21st African American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) Film Festival, premiering “What Death Leaves Behind”, which was held at the SVA Theatre in New York City, New York.  March 2019.

The AAWIC was established as an organization to provide minority artistic women with a path to fulfill their dreams and showcase their talents by providing novice filmmakers, directors, producers, screenwriters and/or actors with a platform to display their talents and interact with peers and mentors. In connection with this endeavor, the annual film festival, which began in 1997,  highlights ambitious women filmmakers from all over the country and premieres have included Fox Searchlight’s “Black Nativity” starring Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker, Lifetime Network’s “Seasons of Love” starring Taraji P. Henson and Gladys Knight, and a special screening of Urban Movie Channel’s “The Sin Seer” starring Lisa Arrindell Anderson and Isaiah Washington.

After a red carpet VIP reception and remarks by many distinguished guests, New York City’s First Lady McCray was awarded with a special presentation.

Founded in 1960 by Michael’s father, Leon Wildes, whose best-known accomplishment was his successful representation of John Lennon in his widely publicized deportation proceedings, the circumstances of which have inspired several films and documentaries, Wildes & Weinberg specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law. More than fifty nine years since its inception the firm continues to serve a distinguished domestic and international clientele and covers all areas of U.S. immigration law, including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications and all temporary and permanent type visas. 

In addition to running a highly successful immigration law practice and his part-time position as Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, Michael the author of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door and an adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York,  also serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and two international/corporate law firms.  Further, he is internationally renowned for his successful representation of distinguished individuals and corporate clients such as performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, race car drivers, fine artists, art dealers, curators, musicians, photographers, stylists, and literary agents. Some of the firm’s recent clients include famed artist Sarah Brightman, several Miss Universe winners, soccer icon Pele, Chef Jean-Georges as well as many talented Israeli artists and entrepreneurs.  

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, Wildes & Weinberg has  maintained an extraordinary track record for success for its cases.  In addition, the firm’s  multilingual  staff is known for its experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s case with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism. 

Today, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg, maintains offices in New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey,  Miami, Florida, and a presence in Los Angeles, California and continues to maintain its stellar reputation in the field of U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law.

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