Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mill Film Announces Mark Thorley as Managing Director for Australia

Technicolor's Academy Award winning VFX studio, Mill Film, today announces that Mark Thorley will head Mill Film in Australia. The announcement comes in the wake of the February launch of Mill Film in Adelaide, Australia.

Mark brings more than 15 years of executive leadership experience working at leading companies such as Lucas Film, Singapore, where he oversaw studio operations and production strategies. Prior to that, Thorley spent 9 years at Animal Logic, at both their Los Angeles and Sydney locations, as Head of Production and also held senior positions at Screen Queensland and Omnicom.

Throughout his career, Mark has received credits on numerous high-profile features including Kong: Skull Island, Rogue One, Jurassic World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. A highly praised industry specialist in VFX, Mark will drive all aspects of VFX production, client relations and business development for Australia, reporting into the Global Head of Mill Film, Lauren McCallum.

"I am delighted to welcome Mark to the Mill Film team," said McCallum. "Mark's appointment is an exciting milestone in the creation of our Adelaide studio and will play a key role in heading the studio and developing relationships with key partners in the South Australian film and TV community."

Sunday, August 12, 2018

PR Guru Angelo Ellerbee Releases Book & Scented Candles, Summer 2018

After the success of his bestselling book, "Ask Angelo: An Inside Look at the Entertainment Industry from a PR Guru," Angelo Ellerbee's sophomore self-help book, "The Sense of Success," will accompany a signature line of relaxing candles under the Ellerbee Elegance label.

Renowned in his field for over 46 years, he is currently setting his cap on winning over new audiences in the home décor arena along with publishing. Offering a unique styling and scent, the candles are set to appeal to those who prize a signature atmosphere to their home/office décor. Designed as an aromatherapy stress reliever, the chic candles will be bundled with the book on Amazon, as well as individually sold.

The candle line is intended to add the perfect ambiance when curling up with Ellerbee's latest collection of witty and wise inspirational steps to achieving goals. "TheSense of Success" helps readers charge past obstacles with the encouragement to "breathe in the aroma of success" as an exercise in willpower. The PR Guru to the stars returns with another honest, motivational collection of mentoring support. Each page offers sage guidance from someone who has been there and lived through enough ups and down to deliver true tricks of the game.

Scheduled to blow in as a fresh 2018 summer breeze, both the book and candles will fill the air with the scents and sensations offered by the Ellerbee Elegance line. An exclusive invite-only media soiree is also set for mid-summer, to present the books and candles in an official launch to members of the press.

The luxe gathering will give media guests a chance to get samples and relax in the ambient vibes the candles and inspirational book will offer. More details will be announced on Dxxnyc.com and via mailed invitation. After the launch, interested buyers will find the candles and the book available online along with summer specials and promotional giveaways.

Angelo Ellerbee is available for press/media interviews, contact direct via DoubleXXposure Media Relations, Inc.

About Angelo Ellerbee:

Angelo Ellerbee is the founder and CEO of DoubleXXposure Media Relations, a full-service public relations, marketing, and artist development firm, representing acclaimed talent for over 46 years. More at Dxxnyc.com and www.twitter.com/dxxnyc.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Is big pharma to blame for the opioid epidemic? Screening in Encinitas of "Do No Harm" investigates

The state of California, like many states, is in the throes of the opioid epidemic.  According to the California Department of Health, there were 4,600 overdose deaths in California in 2015, the highest number in the nation.  While our per capita rate is lower than some states, we have been anything but immune to this epidemic.  Law enforcement is finding increased batches of heroin laced with the prescription drug fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that the DEA reports is 30-50 times more potent than heroin and 50-100 times more potent than morphine.  We can only expect that number to increase here as it has in other states where fentanyl has been in the supply chain of heroin.

Once upon a time, even among drug users and those with severe substance use disorders, heroin was "off limits" to most.  It was a drug that was only used in the most impoverished areas of the country or by celebrities who had somehow had their souls darkened by the limelight and the creative tortures that coursed through their veins.  So how did we come to a place where the predominant group that is dying from heroin overdoses is now middle class America?  How did our star athletes and kids whom had never missed choir practice end up hooked, homeless, and entrenched in the most routinely morbid of all of the drugs that are commonly misused in the United States?

This is exactly what producer and director of "Do No Harm", Harry Wiland set out to capture in his stunning documentary on this very topic.  His film shows us several areas of the country that have been decimated by the per capita death tolls.  Places that do not fit our conception of a "drugged up America."  When did Kentucky become an epicenter for heroin related deaths?  More importantly, how could this have even happened?  Wiland explores the impact of opioid prescribing, advertising, and diversion in this film.  Yes that's correct, the greatest man-made epidemic in history, the one that killed more people last year alone than the entire Vietnam war, was scratched out in bleeding ink onto prescription pads by those who have taken a sacred oath to "Do No Harm."

To bring light and community awareness to this epidemic, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-San Diego Chapter and True North Recovery Services, an Encinitas based program for the treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders, are doing a special screening of the documentary "Do No Harm" followed by a panel of experts and stakeholders in the fight against this epidemic.  The film will be aired at the historic La Paloma Theater in Encinitas, CA on July 11th, 2018.  The doors will open for the event at 5:30 pm and the film will begin at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available online for $10.  Immediately following the film the panel will begin.  The speakers for the panel are listed below:

Harry Wiland, Director and Producer of "Do No Harm"

Summer Stephan, San Diego District Attorney

Roneet Lev, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine for Scripps Mercy Hospital

Lexi K., an Advocate and Youth in Recovery from addiction

Kansas Cafferty, LMFT, Chair Elect of the National Certification Commission of Addiction Professionals at NAADAC and Executive Director at True North Recovery Services

With an ever increasing death toll, incredible legislative inertia to solve the problem, and enormous community misunderstanding, this film and this event are a call to action to members of the community to get involved on every level.  It is our hope that the great citizens of San Diego will embrace the scope of this problem through seeing this film and hearing from the wonderful speakers we have lined up for you, and will come to see that they too can get involved.  That they are not powerless, but instead are influencers, agents of change, and could be lifesavers.

"Do No Harm unflinchingly exposes the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the creation of the current opioid epidemic, while also compassionately probing the suffering of its victims...who include not only those who have died or become addicted to opioids, but their grieving parents and orphaned children left behind." Anna Lembke, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University Medical Center

To see a trailer for the film click here.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Documentary on How Blind People Dream

What was the last dream you had? Most likely, the first thing that comes to mind is an image since, for most of us, dreams are very visual. Have you ever asked yourself what dreams are like for any of the 39 million people in the world that have never seen or have lost their vision?

Intrigued by this question, Brazilian director and producer Amanda Sayeg is developing a documentary about this topic. She has been studying dreams and blindness for about a year and "it has been a fascinating process. I've been reading about dreams my whole life, trying to make some sense out of the crazy dreams I always had, but it wasn't until about a year ago that I became interested in learning more about the dreams of people that see and feel the world differently, particularly the blind."

For the documentary, Sayeg has been interviewing people that were born blind or have lost sight at different ages in their lives. She says, "The interviews have been the best part of the process of trying to understand how our complex minds work by exploring the similarities and differences between interviewees. For example, a 50 year old man that lost his vision when he was 25 still very much dreams visually, but when he is awake he says he 'sees more now' than he used to when he was sighted because he now takes time to 'smell the roses.'  It IS also very interesting that, in his dreams, this man still sees himself and others as they were when he lost his sight. Anyone new that he has met after becoming blind, including his wife, only appears as a body in his dreams. Another interviewee was diagnosed when he was 3 years old and, surprisingly, he can basically see everything in his dreams. I would have thought that by losing vision at such a young age the dreams would be closer to someone that has never seen - that's how much our brains store when we are young without us even noticing it." In contrast to those who have lost sight after birth, "Other interviewees who were born completely blind do not see images in their dreams. This was somewhat expected but it is still very interesting to me that their dreams consist of many other sensory experiences - hearing musical melodies, feeling the sand on a warm day, hearing screams from a murder, and smelling blood. The interviewees had varying levels of optimism regarding their blindness, but one commonality was that they all took refuge in their dreams."

"Our dreams are very tied to our reality and how we experience life." She goes on to say, "At the end of the day, this is about bringing people together. I think we can all learn a lot by putting ourselves in someone else's shoes and experiencing the world through their point of view," and she believes films are the most powerful way to do this. "Films, a documentary in this case, are meant to take you out of your reality and rethink the world around you, and to me this one is about connecting with the millions of impaired people through a creative and unusual narrative."

The Documentary will be screening at different festivals before its release in January of 2019.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Attention Filmmakers, Television Writers & Producers!

American Legacy Network (ALN) is seeking to acquire African-American history oriented content including documentaries, films, television programs/series to air on its network. If you are interested in having your content appear on ALN please submit a sample to americanlegacynetwork19@gmail.com.

American Legacy Magazine was founded in 1995 as a joint venture between Reynolds' RJR Communications, Inc and Forbes Magazine. RJR Communications assumed full ownership of the magazine and all related assets of the joint venture in January 2009. Total readership of American Legacy was over 2 million when the print edition went on hiatus in 2011. American Legacy Network is scheduled to launch during Q4 2018. American Legacy's mobile truck exhibit has continued to travel the country visiting  school districts, African-American festivals and colleges and universities. To watch a sample of ALN's content visit https://americanlegacynetwork.unreel.me. #BlackHistoryMadeEveryDay