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‘Pinero’s’ poetic start

Miramax throws pic preem at Nuyorican

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Gotham’s Lower East Side might seem an unlikely venue for a Miramax premiere, but that was before the company acquired “Pinero,” writer-director Leon Ichaso’s biopic of playwright, poet, actor and Nuyorican co-founder Miguel Pinero.

“I think Miguel is somewhere up there laughing,” said star Benjamin Bratt. “This man changed the face of downtown New York and he never forgot his roots. He would have been happy that we threw a party for him at the Nuyorican.”

” ‘Pinero’ is one of the first films GreeneStreet agreed to produce,” said GreeneStreet Films principal John Penotti. “It’s been in the making for over three years, and to have it finally open in New York means a great deal to us.”

Among those on-hand to celebrate the pic’s New York preem were GreeneStreet’s Fisher Stevens, also a producer; Ichaso; co-exec producer John Leguizamo; cast members Giancarlo Esposito and Talisa Soto; and guests Helen Mirren, Liev Schreiber and Diane von Furstenberg.