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Friday, April 24, 2015

Inner Image Media Forms Partnership With Dedicated Talent & Literary Management

 Award-winning, multi-media production company Inner Image Media (IIM), creators of the soon-to-launch series "Reel Talk", which features candid interviews with working actors and production personnel from every corner of the entertainment industry, has teamed up with Dedicated Talent & Literary Management (DTM) to develop a slate of scripted and non-scripted properties in various mediums for multi-platform distribution.

DTM owner and manager Matt Prater will join the board of directors at IIM and serve as the company's new Director of Development. "This partnership has been a long time in the making, and will further the interests of both companies, with the desire to streamline the development process and significantly strengthen a very active production pipeline."

Regarding joining forces with DTM, Miguel Amodio, Co-founder and President of IIM, says, "Coupling our production and human resources with DTM will not only benefit our existing infrastructure and developmental pipeline, but the creative community as a whole, as our mission is to provide a collaborative outlet for fellow creatives and quality content for our viewers."

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Going Green Film Fest To Run on Roku April 1-30

 The launches it's film festival on ROKU.  The festival runs April 1-30, 2015.

"We're very excited at quality of films and the variety of countries represented," festival founder Patrice Williams comments. "Roku is a perfect platform for exposing these amazing films to a wide and diverse audience.  Selected films include documentaries, dramas and comedies."

The Films Screening On Roku Are:

Alegria - A Humanitarian Expedition; Submitted by Christoph von Toggenburg (Switzerland)

A Lobster Tale; Submitted by Michael McGuire (USA)

The Blue Marble Of Joys And Sorrows; Paolo Pizzi (USA)

Dreams of the Last Butterflies; Submitted by Zina Brown (USA)

Drown the Alarm; Submitted by Mitchell Klebanoff (USA)

House of Straw; 10 Years Later; Submitted by Heidi Snel (Germany)

Invasion of the Giant Tortoises; Submitted by Theo Lipfert (USA)

My Homeland; Submitted by Rodrigo Jardon (USA)

Pretty Good Friends; Submitted by Sophie Townsend (Australia)

Ryde Share; Submitted by Sethward Allison (USA)

Sea Legend; Submitted by Anica Maruhn (Germany)

Soil, Struggle and Justice: Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement; Submitted By Andreas Hernandez (Brazil)

The Spinster; Submitted by Kristin Tieche  (USA)

Sustain San Diego; Submitted by Lisa Bruhn (USA)

Table Manners; Submitted by Rebecca Manley (United Kingdom)

Tales of the Sand; Submitted by Elodie Turpin (Spain)

Water and Cooperation, Reflections for a New Time; Submitted by João Amorim (Unknown Country of Origin)

The films are free to view for the month of April only.  To view:

1. You must have a ROKU player connected to your television.
2. Log in using your Roku Username and Password
3. Go to:
4. You have now added the Going Green Film Festival Channel to Your Lineup
5. Open the Roku Channel Store to find the added channel. NOTE: You may need to force your channel list to update for the channel to appear in your Channels list. To do this, go to the Settings menu and select System update.  Otherwise, it may take 24 hours to show.

The Going Green Film Festival launched in 2010 as a way to encourage and reward green filmmaking, as well as educate filmmakers on the necessity of lowering their carbon footprint on this planet.

The Going Green Film Festival is a fundraiser for the Minorities in Broadcasting Training Program. (

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Russell Crowe’s Directorial Debut, ‘The Water Diviner’, To Open Newport Beach Film Festival

 The 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) proudly announces a special screening of Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner as its Opening Night film. The screening of The Water Diviner will take place on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 8:00 pm at Lido Live (3459 Via Lido) followed by a gala reception at Fashion Island (401 Newport Center Drive). The 16th annual NBFF will run from April 23rd – April 30, 2015.

The Water Diviner is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating 1915 World War I battle of Gallipoli in Turkey. Australian farmer Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Olga Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, Connor must travel across the war-torn landscape with the help of a Turkish Officer, himself a veteran of the World War I battles. An extraordinary tale of love, faith and heroism, that explores the conflicted and unpredictable nature of war and of the human heart. The film also stars Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie and Cem Yilmaz.

“Russell Crowe and his team have crafted a moving, thoughtful and truly beautiful film. The Newport Beach Film Festival is proud to be partnering with the Australian Government and Warner Bros. Entertainment to bring such powerful cinema to our audience” stated Gregg Schwenk, Executive Director/CEO of the Newport Beach FIm Festival.

“G’Day USA and Ausfilm are delighted to, once again, partner with the Newport Beach Film Festival to bring the best of Australian film to US audiences and commemorate the centenary of Australian and New Zealand troops landing in Gallipoli Cove during World War One. Russell Crowe’s ‘The Water Diviner’ pays homage to that defining moment in our nations’ history and we are thrilled that the Newport Beach Film Festival has chosen the film for opening night,” stated Australian Consul-General Los Angeles, Karen Lanyon.

Following the screening, the Festival will host an Opening Night gala at Fashion Island presented by Fashion Island and Esquire Magazine. The gala will feature culinary tastings from 25 of Orange County’s premiere restaurants, hosted bar by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Stella Artois Beer and Remy Cointreau with a special performance from Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil.

Tickets to the Opening Night screening and gala are $225 each and are available at  Patrons can also purchase tickets to the Opening Night gala only for $175 each. Guests must be at least 21 years old and cocktail attire is highly recommended.

The Newport Beach Film Festival will showcase more than 350 films from 50 countries and host nightly special events, red carpet galas, compelling conversations with filmmakers, international spotlight events and seminars. The Festival offers filmgoers unique opportunities to mingle with celebrities, filmmakers from around the globe and film industry professionals in a beautiful seaside locale.

The Newport Beach Film Festival is sponsored in part by BMW, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fashion Island, Los Angeles Times and the City of Newport Beach.

Passes and tickets for film screenings, galas and special events are on sale now. To purchase tickets and for information about the Newport Beach Film Festival visit

About the Newport Beach Film Festival

Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the NBFF focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. The 16th annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 23 - April 30th and will spotlight over 350 films from around the world.

About Zarkana and Cirque du Soleil

Zarkana, a visually stunning modern acrobatic spectacular, began its residency at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on November 1, 2012 following hugely successful engagements at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Arena Madrid and Moscow’s Kremlin State Palace Theatre. Zarkana is a spirited voyage through an abandoned theater where an extraordinary circus comes to life. Populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats, Zarkana is written and directed by François Girard, one of Quebec’s most highly regarded creators who is equally at ease in cinema (The Red Violin, Silk).

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.

About Newport Beach, California

Nestled among golden stretches of pristine Pacific coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego, Newport Beach epitomizes the casually sophisticated lifestyle of Southern California. This idyllic seaside destination is widely celebrated for its natural beauty and vibrant yachting community alongside stylish accommodations, eclectic coastal cuisine and upscale shopping. Ranked among the “Top 10 Resort Towns in the U.S.,” Newport Beach also is distinguished as one of the country’s “Top 10 Best Family Beaches.” A mild climate and picturesque backdrop minutes from the newly expanded Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA) offers year-round appeal. For more information on Newport Beach or for a complimentary visitor guide, please visit our website

Monday, April 20, 2015

1977 Bandit Trans Am Owned by Burt Reynolds Consigned to Carlisle Auctions

The Carlisle Auctions brand was re-born in November of 2013 with an event in Florida and it’s only fitting that because of an event in Florida two years later, Carlisle Auctions has landed its biggest and most promising consignment to date.  Crossing the block as part of the Spring Carlisle Auction (April 23-24) at the Carlisle Expo Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am owned by none other than the Bandit himself, Burt Reynolds.  This car is one of 350+ consignments that Carlisle Auctions will move as part of the event which runs from approximately 3 p.m.-10 p.m. over two days.

Though one of 350+, this particular Trans Am will quickly turn heads when hopeful bidders walk up to it in the Expo Center.  Purchased by Reynolds last year, it was meticulously restored by long time friend and Trans Am restoration expert Harold Murphy of Murphy Auto Body and Restoration in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Since then, it’s been a part of the Reynolds collection, but it’s also the LAST of his cars to be auctioned as he transitions to a new chapter in his life.

With so many auction companies across the country, how does a piece of automotive history owned by one of Hollywood’s most beloved icons wind up with Carlisle Auctions?  The answer is simple and it speaks to the value of doing business with Carlisle Auctions.  As mentioned previously, the modern day version of Carlisle Auctions ran its first event in Florida and continues to run a pair of events annually within the Sunshine State (Florida Fall and Winter AutoFest in Lakeland).  During the Winter AutoFest event, which took place in February of 2015, the Carlisle Auctions team and Director of Auction Operations Tony Cline had the chance to work directly with Murphy.  It was that working relationship and positive experience that convinced Murphy and Reynolds to consign with Carlisle, where as the slogan goes, you’re not just a number, you’re a member of the Carlisle family.

In addition to being a fine piece of restoration work and a true tribute to one of the most iconic cars in all of film, the car has been autographed by Reynolds!  His signature adorns the hood and can be found again inside on the dash board.  Both autographs have been protected to assure a long lasting keepsake.  Further, the winning bidder will receive the Florida DMV title that proves Reynolds is the current owner.  Along with the title and autographs on the car, the winning bid takes home an autographed hat and jacket.  The hat and jacket were worn by Reynolds during a photo shoot for the car.  Those photos are available online at, embedded within the document version of this release below, although higher quality photos are available by request.

With this being the last Reynolds car to cross any auction block, collectors will be quick to bid on this piece of automotive history.  But, what does this particular Trans Am mean in the world of classic cars?  Trans Am expert Rick Deiters of believes that given its lineage, it could bring top dollar.

“The 1977 Trans Am Special Edition, AKA the Bandit car is possibly one of the most iconic cars of all time.  Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you have to be aware of Smokey and the Bandit and of those who starred in the film,” noted Deiters.  “In the last 10 years, these cars have gained incredible attention, proving that iconic cars are desirable and collectible,” continued Deiters.  “As such, a huge amount of fans of the car and the movie are out there looking for this important piece of Americana.  To find an authentic black on black 1977 TA Special Edition proves to be a mission because only a limited amount of them were produced.   In 2014 alone, ones in museum quality condition sold for over $100,000 and in December of 2014, another ‘77 Trans Am from Reynolds’ collection sold for $450,000…and in my opinion, that car wasn’t in as good a condition as some of the others I’ve seen.  That speaks volumes to the demand for not only the car, but for ones owned by Reynolds.  In my opinion, this last car from his collection is a really good and a correct one.  I personally know the car as it was sold by my company to Mr. Murphy to do the project for Mr. Reynolds and I know the group who restored it.  They do good work.  The car is identical to the car driven in the movie; it’s a correct Special Edition Y82 model with Hurst T-Tops, black deluxe interior and a 6.6 liter engine.  Hopefully bidders should do so with complete confidence and I believe this car will do quite well, making its future owner very proud,” concluded Deiters.

Enthusiasts looking for their first classic, next classic or just a way to spend a spring evening should look no further than the Spring Carlisle Auction.  Powered by the Carlisle Auctions’ FREE UNLESS SOLD guarantee, the event has something for everyone.  Consignments should range from four figures to six and with competitive buyers and sellers fees and a friendly staff, it’s no wonder why the Carlisle Auctions brand is the fastest growing collector car auction company in the business today.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Black Lives Matter at Cannes Film Festival

Yolonda Brinkley, Creator of Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes is pleased to announce the Black Lives Black Stories Matter Edition of the 2015 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase and Awards. Honoring filmmakers committed to telling positive stories of the black experience across the diaspora, this parallel section of the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase will promote the presence of black filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

In light of the blatant disrespect for the lives of people of color worldwide, Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes, an independent global filmmaker movement promoting diversity of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and physical ability at the Cannes Film Festival, stands in solidarity with the families of the 200 missing Nigerian girls, the victims of the recent Baga massacre, the black males killed at the hands of the law in the United States and the countless others losing lives due to political unrest in other African nations. Black lives and black stories matter and we will proclaim it loud and proud to the international film community at the world’s most prestigious film festival.

“The media, motion pictures in particular, plays an integral role in perpetuating negative stereotypes of the black experience worldwide. While progress has been made to reverse these mostly fiction based perceptions, there’s work to be done,” states Yolonda Brinkley, US based entertainment publicist and creator of Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes. “Positive portrayal of black life in film will lead to positive shifts in perception globally and the Black Lives Black Stories Matter Edition of the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival is my contribution to the global effort to extinguish negative black images in media one short film at a time.”

The Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase, Black Lives Black Stories Matter edition, will spotlight positive images of blacks in film during a special short film screening celebrating the work of six black filmmakers from the diaspora. To culminate, we will honor them and other trailblazing blacks in global entertainment at an awards reception where world renowned visual artist Synthia SAINT JAMES, designer of the USPS' first Kwanzaa stamp, will unveil a signature piece celebrating diversity. In support of our mission, she will grant us reproduction rights of the commissioned art, which will be merchandised to raise funds to promote globally diverse filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival and beyond.

“I am so jazzed, excited and honored with the artistic delight of creating a signature painting for Yolonda Brinkley's Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes,” comments Synthia SAINT JAMES, world renown visual artist. “My hope is that my painting will help to heighten the visibility and brand of Ms. Brinkley's incredible brainchild, while also celebrating and encouraging diversity in the independent global filmmaker movement.”

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit films and webseries to the 2015 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase as all black themed/crewed films promoting positive black images are automatically considered for both the general and the Black Lives Black Stories Matter showcases. Regular submission rate extended through March 31, 2015.  Apply code BLACKLIVESMATTER at

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