Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2 Art Productions presents Impulse by Mathieu Bitton

2 Art Productions - Presents to the City of Houston artist Mathieu Bitton and his exhibition,Impulse. Bitton is an internationally recognized photographer, director and one of the music world's most sought-after Art Director/Designers. The community is invited to attend this three day exhibition beginning May 30, 2014 and ending June 1, 2014 at Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St, Houston, TX 77008.

Mathieu Bitton’s, Impulse is a multi-media photography exhibition that chronicles the artist’s journey over the years. Winter Street Studios will be the host venue providing the raw industrial canvas for his vibrant work.

It will be transformed into a vignette portal to showcase his journey book-ended by his Looking Back On Love: Making Black and White America documentary and a re-creation of his 1990’s Manhattan loft in the Flat Iron District of New York City. Each vignette will exhibit vibrant and in-depth creations that will provoke thought and discussions. The program will begin on Friday at 7:00 with the opening reception and meet and greet with the Artist. 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM will be the Public offering of Impulseand Reception. The Documentary will show 10:00 PM at Silver Street Studios which is the adjacent building to Winter Street. Friday night will conclude with a candid dialogue with Mathieu Bitton and a musical performances. On Saturday afternoon we will host an artist talk with local area university students, and then at Winter Street Studios we will host an open reception that evening to VIP guests, City Officials and media exhibiting his photography over the years until present. We project Impulse will have a local reach 500,000+ people. For an extensive viewing of Mathieu Bitton's work go to

"Winter Street Studios has always been a gallery reflecting a vibrant soul of art in Houston, and this new exhibit is the perfect stage to incorporate pop culture by spotlighting a renowned artist such as Mathieu Bitton," say curator and MOCHA's Creative Director, Samantha Turner. It's a tribute to the studio and Houston to have someone of Mathieu's talent to be featured in Houston and Winter Street Studios... while opening the doors to bring more artists and art entertainment to the city of this nature."

About 2 Art Productions
2 Art Productions is a Houston based subsidiary of Jacob Deckard & Co. that has widely become known for its ability to broaden art and entertainment with local and national businesses. This Houston based company focuses on offering premier fine art and celebrity entertainment through pop-up galleries utilizing innovative themes and ideas, while placing a heavy emphasis on delivering uniquely art in a disarming manner. 2 Art Productions mission is to strive for fresh eye opening art and entertainment that allows art enthusiasts an approachable body of work with character. Our core strengths are fusing celebrities, foundations and community based initiatives through art and entertainment. Always maintaining artistic integrity in all aspects of our business, the collective’s goal is to continue to cultivate artistic expression while leveraging branding opportunities

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Casting Valdes incorporates platform

International casting company Casting Valdes recently began requiring talent to sign up online at in order to be considered for the projects they are casting. Casting Valdes co-owner Jorge Valdés-Garcia said today, " makes it possible for us to work more efficiently and at the same time provide more convenience and benefits to both talent and directors.  It makes perfect sense to use the technology available to simplify and improve the casting process and our productivity."  Casting Valdes was founded in 1999 by Valdés-Garcia and Sara Bachelder and casts talent for films, tv, commercials and print. "Casting for big budget Hollywood films shot on locations outside the US generally require us to recruit, process, cast, call and pay thousands of extras and local actors to meet the needs of the production and that often means very long hours. GlobalCastingPro makes the casting process flow more smoothly and saves everyone time."  Valdes-Garcia and Bachelder have cast talent on locations in Mexico for films such as Limitless (Relativity Media, 2011), Fast and Furious (Universal Pictures/Relativity Media/Original Film, 2009), and Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Walt Disney Pictures, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2014

Family friendly film To "Pull A Stunt" is now available in all digital formats

Genuine Gypsy Productions, Family friendly film To Pull A Stunt is now available in all digital formats
Genuine Gypsy Productions has now released a family friendly indie film called To Pull A Stunt to all digital formats. It was filmed and produced in Northern Virginia starring: Lindsay Patterson, Carina Czipoth, Albert Anderson, William Flynn, and David Buckler. The film is targeted for a young audience.

Producer/Director Wendy Eaton explains: “Folks (mainly adults) who have seen the film told me that it’s cute and great for preteens or tweens, which is music to my ears. This film has a different look and feel to what is out there now. A lot of the stuff I am seeing is really dark and Hollywood is about pushing envelopes, so I wanted to put something out there that didn’t have the language or anything inappropriate and had a brighter feel to it.”

Speaking of music, the soundtrack includes music by the bands Angel Fall and Lucky Day both led by female vocalist/songwriter Victoria Patchen. Wendy adds, “If nothing else you will really enjoy the music. I want to give a shout out to Lucky Day songwriter/bandmate Brian Huber who made this possible as well. Lucky is exactly how I feel, in that I got to include my favorite music.”

The film is really an underdog story about a young stunt player (Lily) of indie films who replaces a legendary stunt woman in a major film and finds that she is not fitting in. Surprisingly though, the top actress (Kate McCloud) reaches out as a friend and Lily also catches the eye of an actor (Tom Briggs). Kate soon notices that it is becoming more dangerous for Lily "to pull a stunt" at the hands of an unwelcoming stunt crew.

“The irony is that the film To Pull A Stunt is a low budget indie film that is about the making of a high dollar major production that sort of makes fun of the stereotypical actions of Hollywood. I didn’t have the money to turn this in to an action adventure with much cooler stunts, so it is more of a light drama”, Wendy reveals.

To Pull a Stunt is now available on the Vimeo Rent/Buy Platform in Full HD, 720p HD, and SD: (Full HD and SD) (720p HD and SD)

Blu-ray/DVDs are being sold on Amazon. Amazon will soon release an online streaming Rent/Buy, but only in SD initially.

For more information on the film, visit the Official website at:

Sunday, April 27, 2014

"DreamLapse" a 4K Time Lapse Film from Dominican Republic

Dreamlapse is a stunning 20 minute Time Lapse from Dominican Republic featuring spectacular sunsets, stars and clouds. Videographer Dmitry Sergeev has recently released the new time lapse film in 4K UHD resolution with spectacular views of the Caribbean landscapes in Dominican republic.

"Dreamlapse" film is available on the official site in Untra High definition for 4K TVs as well as in 1080p and 720p for HD devices.

Dreamlapse trailer available for preview in 4K resolutionon on Youtube

Some 36 thousand shots were used to make the film, the shooting took place between April and September of 2013 on the Northern coast of Hispaniola island near such towns as Cabarete, Sosua, Cabrera and other.

The full-length film has become popular on social networks, generating over 240,000 views on Youtube alone. The films has been featured on such popular sites as "TheBlaze" as well as "Wimp", the trailer will be shown at the National Association of Broadcasters Show taking place in Las Vegas (04.07.2014 - 04.10.2014)

Official page:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The exciting new blockbuster book, THE LAST ICEBERG ready for film production

Futuristic book author Anne Ousby of: THE LAST ICEBERG lives on the Northumbrian Coast in England. Her stories have been published in anthologies and broadcast on BBC radio.Her stage plays have been performed widely in the area and a television drama , 'Wait till the Summer Comes' was broadcast on ITV. Her first novel 'Patterson's Curse' was published in 2010 by Roomtowrite (

'The Leopard Man' was published in 2012 ,closely followed by The Last Iceberg - her first futuristic novel.
Maya Johnson is a young Crime Operative (CO) in a corrupt, brutal little country in the grip of ever-encroaching deserts. This is her story.

'Okay, so, bet you're glad we survived Global warming? Not that I’m blaming you or anything - that apocalyptic stuff made us think. No point going to war if a mass hurricane might come along any time and stomp us? No, we’re all one big happy family now – the Global State Alliance. We've got Capa's beloved President, Lixir Matthews. We've got the Purity laws and the Status quotient and the spanza Troopers and who freakin cares? Did I say? We've got everything in Capa. We live in moon-time - too freakin hot and dangerous out there in the day. The water's polluted, so we drink C - chemically produced orange piss. We work in our colour coding, we live where our status band allows. It's best not to think, or care, or get involved. That was me until the night I saw the little kid in a prison transport being driven out into the desert and discovered what Matthews was really up to. 'Breeding' a whole army of his elite troopers, going to take over The Globe. Don't care about that. This is personal between him and me. I'm on the run now from his beastie boys, but whatever happens I’m gonna exe him, promise. He messed my life up big time, messed up all our lives. Trouble is there’s others queuing up to do the honours. That’s what this is about – how we’re all trying to get him. He doesn’t make it easy and I’m not sure how it’s gonna pan out but one thing’s certain. You’re next punk!'

Friday, April 25, 2014

Fostering Dreams Through Dance Launches Crowdfunding Campaign On Indiegogo

Fostering Dreams Through Dance, a Los Angeles based documentary providing a life-changing experience for a group of 10-12 foster youth through the art of dance, seeks initial funding with its new Indiegogo campaign. The project is designed to educate, empower and inspire foster youth to find their voice and follow their dreams. Internationally acclaimed dancer, Melanie Buttarazzi, leads the program – made up of world-renowned choreographers and instructors.

The film begins with a look into the participants’ lives to allow them the opportunity to express the challenges they face and what obstacles they continue to fight, being in the foster care system. These introductions to our participating youth will serve as the backdrop to the dance program they are set to begin. The program itself will be 30-days of dance education and instruction covering styles such as contemporary, jazz, hip hop, Latin and more. The schedule culminates with a live performance choreographed by the youth themselves for friends, family and supporters to see their progress. After the dance program ends, the film will continue to follow up with the group to monitor current social, academic and self improvement.

Combining elements of the documentary, Hoop Dreams, and such performance based shows as So You Think You Can Dance, the Fostering Dreams group is excited to help a group of disenfranchised youth find themselves and discover their voices in a way that they have experienced first hand. Buttarazzi says, “this is going to be an educating and fun experience, not only for these kids, but for everyone involved. To be able to see them grow and transform through this program will be remarkable. We are sure our audience will agree.”

The excitement surrounding the Fostering Dreams Through Dance project comes from understanding the power of dance as a means of expression and the ability to provide a foundation for enrichment and self-actualization to its participants. This Indiegogo campaign is one step toward allowing the project to fulfill our mission to provide world class instruction to world class kids. We greatly appreciate any and all support! Visit to support our campaign!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

“Janine Gilbert-Carter: Jazzy, Soulfully Yours!” Makes NYC debut

An evening dedicated to many jazz legends, Sunday June 15th, 2014, 9:30 PM, at NYC’s Metropolitan Room.“Jazzy, Soulfully Yours”will be an intimate evening of Jazz and Blues standards, paying tribute to many of our Jazz legends. Be prepared to go on an amazing musical journey dedicated to many musicians that Janine Gilbert-Carter has known so well. You will not be disappointed.

Janine Gilbert-Carter ( ( is from Washington, DC, where she has been entertaining audiences for over a decade. And her audiences keep coming back for more, having been delighted with her performances at leading DC jazz venues such as The Mandarin Oriental, Kaufmann's, Laportas, The Strathmore, Twins Jazz, The U Street Jazz series, The FMJS East Coast Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz festival and the legendary Washington DC Jazz Club Blues Alley, in addition to several prestigious White House Events. She has also completed four international tours to Italy, Russia and Israel. She has long been recognized in Washington, Baltimore and yes, overseas, by being nominated and receiving awards and accolades, including Washington DCs famous “Wammie (“; At Last (” which is found on CD Baby . And now, at last, she is finally coming to Manhattan and the Metropolitan Room ( has got her!

The Janine Gilbert-Carter Quintet features Eric B. Byrd, piano, Wes Byles, Bass, Jef Neal, Drums, Marshall Keys, Sax, Janine Gilbert-Carter, vocals.

The emcee for the evening will be New York native Carol May Tyson, daughter of world renowned and prolific bassist of the postwar era, Earl May. Mrs. Tyson is a producer of DC Jazz Radio WFPW 89.3’s Robyn's Place, featuring Robyn Holden.

Janine Gilbert-Carter ~ Jazzy and Soulfully Yours
When : Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 9:30 PM (Doors open at 9:00 PM )
Ticket Price : $20.00-$115.00 (VIP package)
Door Time: 9:00 PM
Show Type : Jazz
Restrictions: 2 Beverage Minimum

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Showtime Presents EatISeeIHear, LA's Premier Outdoor Movie, Food & Music Series 2014 Schedule

EatISeeIHear LA's premier outdoor movie, food truck and live music event series, today announced its 2014 schedule returning for its highly anticipated third year. Kicking off on Saturday, May 10 at Santa Monica High School with indie-favorite, (500) Days of Summer, Eat

Hear will have 19 stops through September 13 at iconic venues across the greater Los Angeles area. Offering an experience the whole family can enjoy with an outdoor picnic and dog-friendly movie viewing environment, Angelenos will watch beloved comedies and contemporary movie favorites on the largest outdoor movie screen on the West Coast, dine on gourmet food truck fare and listen to emerging bands from the local Los Angeles music scene

Tickets are now on sale at

"With the overwhelming success of our first two years, we're excited to bring the people of Los Angeles together for the city's best treats and eats, nostalgic films and contemporary classics, and local buzz bands all summer," said Sharon Sperber, Co-Producer at Eat
Hear. "Plus, we get to enjoy all of this great entertainment outside at some of the most scenic parks and iconic venues right here in LA."

Hear will bring back its treasured "Christmas in July" celebration on July 12 with National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, including dozens of Santa's, holiday decorations, raffles and a donation drive for Best Friends Animal Society - Los Angeles. New for this year will be a combined all day event with Best Friends Animal Society's "Strut Your Mutt" annual walk at new venue Will Rogers State Park plus multiple events in Griffith Park on the event lawn at The Autry.

Hear is thrilled to continue its partnership with Best Friends Animal Society - Los Angeles, donating a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and bringing adoptable animals to several events with a new "Rent a Mutt" program. Event partners this year also include KROQ-FM, JACK-FM, Los Angeles Magazine, Laemmle Theatres,, Origami Vinyl, Flavorpill, Cinefile Video and Touch Vinyl.

Featuring the only three-story high, 52-foot wide image on an inflatable movie screen west of the Mississippi, Eat
Hear offers an unrivaled outdoor movie experience with Digital HD projection and state of the art line-array audio.

The Eat
Hear outdoor movie events provide a top quality, crisp, clear image resulting in an enjoyable experience for everyone. Prior to each movie, local up and coming bands will perform live, and popular food trucks such as Baby's Badass Burgers, Coolhaus, Border Grill & The Grilled Cheese Truck will provide great bites and drinks to round out the fun, capturing what LA does best: food, music, movies and beautiful scenery.

Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door for $12 (cash or credit card). "Fashionably Late" tickets, which is a premium reserved section in a desirable area of the venue, will also be available online for $20. Parking will vary from venue to venue so guests are encouraged to check the event website for specific parking info prior to each event. Tickets are on sale now and are available at w (


**Special event

Typical Event Schedule

• 5:30 p.m. - Doors open

• 7:00 p.m. - Band performs

• 8:30 p.m. - Movie begins

• 10:00-11:00 p.m. - Event concludes (depending on length of movie)

In addition, Coolhaus will once again serve as the official dessert partner for Eat
Hear 2014, and will be offering a custom Eat
Hear ice cream sandwich all summer at Coolhaus retail locations and dessert trucks. Also, Brasil Kiss Mobile Coffee Bar returns serving "love in a cup" every Saturday night. Other popular gourmet trucks attendees can expect to feast on throughout the summer include Jogasaki, Me So Hungry and Belly Bombz.

For more information about the third annual Eat
Hear summer series, consumers are encouraged to visit the Eat
Hear website, as well as the Eat
Hear Facebook page, Twitter feed (@EatSeeHear) and Instagram for the latest updates.

About Eat

Hear ( LA's premier outdoor movie, food truck and live music series that brings an evening of fun to Los Angeles-area venues each summer. The third annual series is presented by SHOWTIME, featuring up and coming bands from the local music scene, the hottest food trucks and the only three-story high, 52-foot wide inflatable movie screen west of the Mississippi. Providing the highest quality HD-projection and digital surround sound, the Eat
Hear series promises an enjoyable movie-going experience for everyone. Eat
Hear is produced by LA-based Trailhead Marketing, Inc. with audio/visual production provided by Hollywood Outdoor Movies

Tuesday, April 22, 2014



April 24 thru May 3, 2014
The Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, 639 Main St., Buffalo NY, 14203
The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival opens it's 8th Annual Year of Events which includes 140 New Films - 10 Days of Events (Docs/Shorts/Features - something for everyone), Celebrities & lots of Fun!


For more information on showtimes, film descriptions, special guests or event details go to

Some Highlights For 2014 Events are:
- April 25th - 7pm - The Natural: The Best There Ever Was (Feature Documentary, 90m) - by Bill Cowell - (Buffalo, NY) - SPECIAL PREMEIRE & 30 YEAR REUNION CELEBRATION

- The Natural: The Best There Ever Was - is a feature length documentary celebrating 30 years of "The Natural", it's history and the moving forces behind it. "The Natural" which was directed by Academy Award Winning Director Barry Levinson and starred Academy Award Winner Robert Redford, Kim Basinger, Barbara Hershey, Robert Duvall and many of todays Hollywood greats turned out to be one of the best sports films ever made. With never before seen footage, exclusive interviews with most of the original cast and crew and special appearances we are here to share this legacy with you.

- April 26th - 7pm - Three Sides (SH, 7m) - by Barry Kivel - (Los Angeles, CA)
- A film that poses a simple question. How does our past affect our future? A young woman desperately searches for the biological mother who abandoned her. As a result, three lives will never be the same.
- For over thirty years Barry Kivel has been a working actor. He has appeared with Robert Redford in The Natural, George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer in One Fine Day, Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee, just to list a few of the films he has been involved with. This is his directorial debut.

- April 26th - 3pm - R.A.D.I.C.A.L.S. (Feature, 75m) - by Berenika Bailey & Jeff Solema - (Los Angeles, CA)
- When Sandlot meets Spy Kids. Eight kids develop their natural talents to superhero levels to confront a comic-book-inspired villain kidnapping neighborhood dogs to pull off the crime of the century.

- April 26th - 7pm - Nobody's Perfect (Documentary, 94m) - by Derrick Simmons - (NY, NY)
- It's a rag to riches story about a younger woman name Sasha (Lexi Moeller) who meets the man of her dreams Morgan (Derrick Simmons) with the perfect lifestyle and image. They quickly fall in love. Once they get married, her perfect dream turns into a nightmare.

- April 26th - 7pm - Femme (Women Healing the World) (Documentary, 85m) - by Emmanuel Itier - (Santa Barbara, CA)
- A documentary featuring interviews with 100 influential women from around the world. (Starring Sharon Stone, Maria Bello, Maria Conchita Alonso, Traci Lords and more)

- April 27th - 7pm - Happy Hands (Short, 20m) - by Honey Lauren - (Los Angeles)
- This award winning short doc tells the story of how Hollywood icon, Tippi Hedren, personally conceived and provided the means for twenty of the first Vietnamese refugees to establish themselves as manicurists. Together they established a new industry that became a Vietnamese American Dream.

- April 27th - 7pm - Tough Aint Enough: Conversations With Albert S. Ruddy (Documentary, 53m) - by Gregory J. Bradley
Lee Anthony Smith - (Los Angels, CA)
- Two-Time-Academy-Award-Winning producer, Albert S. Ruddy, tells the lively and touching story of how he fought against all odds to produce some of the most iconic motion pictures and TV shows of all time, including Best Picture winners The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby plus The Cannonball Run and others.

- April 28th - 6:45pm - Broken Side Of Time (Feature, 126m) - by Gorman Bechard - (New Haven, CT & Bay City, MI)
- A road trip where a soon-to-be-retired nude internet model sheds her vices and shoots with her favorite photographers one last time. It's a journey to reclaim the lost pieces of her soul.

- April 30th - 7pm - FILM FINANCE FORUM FOR INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS - FREE EVENT, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE - Everything you want to know from Identifying partners with aligned interests, Avenues for revenue generation, Understanding capital structure from private lending to equity vs. debt and bridge financing, Approaching and pitching to lenders and investors, and most of all Closing the deal, and much more... (any filmmaker who's serious about making movies will not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity with our special industry guest)

- May 2nd - 9pm - The Wheatfield (Short, 10m) - by Alexander Smith - (Los Angeles, CA)
- The Wheatfield, a short film written and performed by the esteemed actor Stephen Lang, provides an endearing tale of the Battle of Gettysburg centered through the eyes of an aged Union Soldier,James Jackson Purman, as he vividly recalls his fateful encounters with friends and foe. With a half-century passed since the Battle of Gettysburg, a group of battle weary Civil War veterans gather in harmony, stripping away their former allegiances to north and south in hopes of peaceful fellowship.

- May 3rd - 12pm - Generation Iron (Documentary, 107m) - by Vlad Yudin - (New York, NY)
- Generation Iron is an award-winning documentary narrated by Mickey Rourke. The film chronicles 7 top bodybuilders as they train to compete in the 2012 Mr. Olympia. (Many of the nations finest female and male posers and performers will be in attendance for a pre-show gala - a don't want to miss event for sure)

- May 3rd - 3pm - My Dream Beside Me (Docu-Drama, 84m) by Greg Robbins - (Buffalo, NY)
- My Dream Beside Me is a feature length autobiographical movie based on the true love story of Buffalo's own Paul Rich and Mary Kay Slesinger Rich. At 84 years young Paul lost his wife of 66 years - Mary Kay was married for 34 years and she was left a widow when she was in her mid 60's. After a few years Paul and Mary Kay met and fell in love. This story dares viewers to look closely at the remarkable sight of romance and love at the end of life. This union of marriage is a testimony that people can be strong, vital and full of life at any age. Paul and Mary Kay prove that love can last a lifetime

Monday, April 21, 2014

South Bend's "Everybody Has A Story" Music and Variety Show

A concert of eclectic music and variety acts is announced by a new group Everybody Has A Story (EHAS).

The concert is scheduled for 20 September 2014 and will be held at the Century Center in downtown South Bend. C.R. Heckaman, singer-guitarist and South Bend Native, reached out to his circle of friends to join forces and follow his vision to create an original concert event in support of the community. The result is Everybody Has A Story, a concert celebration to inspire pride and unity in all who attend. Our ambition is a musical-variety show that will entertain, inform and delight, while benefitting a local charity. The 2014 beneficiary is the 360 Project, a non-profit ground that works with at-risk youth to help prepare shelter dogs for adoption.

"We want each audience member to leave feeling that even in a small way they were part of something bigger, states Curt Heckman, EHAS Director. "The EHAS organization envisions a wide range of homegrown talent sharing their stories – musicians, choirs, poets, dancers -- performers with a passion for the arts and an affinity for Michiana. The concert will celebrate past successes and future dreams to remind us that each one of us is important. Every one of us has a story worth telling."

The other half of our vision is to offer financial support to a non-profit group that serves the community. The 2014 concert will benefit the 360° Project of Indiana, an organization that pairs less-than-adoptable shelter dogs with at-risk young people identified by the county Juvenile Justice and the Crossing Educational Center. The young people and the shelter animals get a fresh chance for a new start in life. As they train their partnered dogs to be ready for forever homes, the young people learn empathy, patience and practical skills for themselves. The EHAS goal is to establish the EHAS concert as an annual South Bend charitable event to benefit a worthy charity to be selected each year.

An event completely staffed by volunteers, Everybody Has A Story, is actively seeking assistance in the form of a "Street Team" of brand ambassadors, plus partners from the Michiana business community, sponsors, and entertainers with an affiliation for South Bend. The event theme is The River, a symbol of renewal and energy, common to all from South Bend

Sunday, April 20, 2014

UBC-TV Offers Distribution For Independent Filmmakers

CEO, President & Founder of UBC-TV Network, Peggy Dodson, prepares for the launch of her network this fall by offering an opportunity for independent filmmakers to solicit their independent films for television distribution.

Urban Broadcasting Company (UBC-TV) is a broadcast multi-media network based in Harlem, New York. "UBC-TV is a network that centers its programming around the untapped Multi-cultural market. There are so many stories untold that are amazing and relevant for our viewing audience. There are even more that are created and produced by unknown talent. UBC-TV wants to empower those creative minds and great stories by offering distribution on our network." states Peggy Dodson. "Harlem in my opinion is the urban capital of the world. UBC-TV's programming is all about the urban lifestyle and culture. We have been long underrepresented in all phases of media. So I have decided to do something about it."

For one month, beginning April 1st until May 1, 2014; independent filmmakers can send DVD's of their film trailers (short films submit full project), their contact information and a one sheet synopsis on their film to UBC-TV mailing address: UBC-TV NETWORK, 2753 Broadway, Suite 111, New York, NY 10025. In addition to their physical submission entries are encouraged to create a Club UBC-TV member profile on the site

Once received all submissions will receive an email of confirmation of receipt. Those submission that UBC-TV wishes to distribute will be invited to a review meeting where the film producers will discuss with UBC-TV decision makers the possibilities of distribution for their film.

All films must be completed and edited projects. Filmmakers must have all rights and clearances to content. UBC-TV is not seeking to invest in the production of titles. Their goal is to ambitiously secure distribution for 100 independent films.

UBC-TV is moving forward towards its national and international cable launch fall 2014. For further info please send all inquiries


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Jillian Michaels autographs Boxing Gloves for Fight Like a Girl cause

Christina Rondeau, RI Local Celebrity Kickboxer, 5th degree black belt, author and business owner recently met Jillian Michaels at the Vets in Providence, RI. Christina asked Jillian Michaels who is a star Trainer on the show "The Biggest Loser" if she would sign a pair of Boxing Gloves and Target mitts to help with the upcoming Fight Like A GIRL 5k.

Christina has been a leader at helping the community and is a 5k race director of the Fight Like a Girl 5k that is coming up April 26th at Johnston Park in Johnston, RI. Fight Like A Girl helps raise money to "help 1 woman at a time." Women are nominated by friends or family and when chosen they are asked what their 1 wish would be. Christina says," we help any woman in need, whether it be domestic violence, cancer, disease, homelessness or a life changing accident. We want to bring a happy distraction to them that can help make some positive memories that will last a lifetime." So far Fight Like A Girl has helped make 2 wishes come true and are close to finishing their 3rd wish and are accepting nominations for the next women.

Jillian Michaels was very happy to help out with the charity and didn't think twice when asked to autograph the boxing gloves and target mitts. They will be available for a silent auction at Rondeau's Kickboxing in Johnston and then available on race day at the Johnston Park April 26th. If you would like to learn more about the cause or nominate a women then visit

Friday, April 18, 2014

Jackie Chan, Ahmed Kathrada, Irrfan Khan, Norah Jones and Gok Wan honoured at The 4th Asian Awards

On a sensational, star-studded night, Jackie Chan, Ahmed Kathrada, Irrfan Khan, Norah Jones, Gok Wan, Sir David Tang and billionaire Lui Che Woo were among those honoured at The Asian Awards in Partnership with UBS, at The Grosvenor House Hotel.

The second annual Top 100 Most Influential Asians* list was also launched, unveiling President of China, Xi Jinqping in top spot, followed by Indian leader, Sonia Gandhi, Vice Premier of China, Le Keqiang, and Indian election front runner Narendra Modi taking fourth place.

Founder of The Asian Awards, Paul Sagoo said,“This year, The Asian Awards has truly lived up to its name, celebrating global Asian achievement in what was a triumphant night. We are honoured with the support of our guests and winners, including the amazing Ahmed Kathrada, Jackie Chan, and MP’s like Jeremy Hunt who joined us for this magnificent gathering of some of the world’s most inspirational and powerful people. “The Asian Awards also saw the presentation of the second ‘Top 100 Most Influential Asians’, which highlights the world’s most influential Asians today. Countless hours of research and deliberation went into creating this list and I am confident it will become a definitive guide of measuring influence among those of Asian origin.”

Chivas deluxe blended Scotch whisky was delighted to be the partner of The Asian Awards 2014. Chivas was also proud to present the new Public Servant of the Year award for the first time, won this year by Shalil Shetty (Amnesty International Secretary of Human Rights).

The Awards started with spectacular entertainment from singer and actress Preeya Kalidas, who performed for a room full of A-list guests, including Idris Elba, Zayn Malik, Naughty Boy, Beverley Knight, Laura Mvula, Gok Wan, Lydia Rose-Bright, Amy Willerton, Nina Wadia, Nitin Ganatra, Jasmin Walia, Gurinder Chadha, Adil Ray and Mark Ramprakash amongst others. The awards partnered with charity Oxfam and raised a significant sum for the foundation.

The ceremony was opened by The Asian Awards Founder, Paul Sagoo, followed by the presentation of the prestigious Founders Award by Golden Globe-winner Idris Elba, who honoured South African politician, former political prisoner and anti-Apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada. In an emotional, historic acceptance speech to a standing ovation, Ahmed dedicated the award to his brothers and sisters who did not live to see the freedom they fought for.

The coveted Fellowship Award went to Jackie Chan actor, director and martial artist who has been in the entertainment industry for 55 years. Legendary Indian actor, Irrfan Khan, was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Cinema. Irrfan has famously crossed over into western cinema, becoming the first Bollywood actor to star in two films that won the Academy Award for Best Director Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Life of Pi (2012).

Norah Jones was awarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Music prize for her immense achievements in global music, while the Outstanding Achievement in Television award went to Gok Wan, who was overwhelmed at receiving the prestigious award. Gok dedicated the award to his father who he said, “Has taught me that being Asian is cool.”

Hong Kong’s second richest man with an estimated worth of US $22 billion, Lui Che Woo, picked up the Entrepreneur of the Year award; The Business Leader of the Year award went to Vaccine billionaire, Cyrus Poonawalla, Owner of Serum Institute of India, the world's largest producer of vaccines, making more than one billion doses annually. As of March 2014, Forbes estimates Poonawalla's net worth at $4.9 billion.

Noble prize-winning Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Science; while the Outstanding Achievement in Sport award went to Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Finally, Prime Minister David Cameron addressed the audience acknowledging the awards had grown from strength to strength, recognising the Asian Awards are the only Pan Sector Pan-Asian award ceremony in the world and stating how proud he was that they were held in London. In conclusion he paid tribute to the Founders Award recipient Ahmed Kathrada.


1) Fellowship Award - Jackie Chan

2) Founders Award - Ahmed Kathrada

3) Outstanding Achievement in Cinema - Irrfan Khan

4) Outstanding Achievement in Art - Sir David Tang

5) Outstanding Achievement in Music - Norah Jones

6) Outstanding Achievement in Television - Gok Wan

7) Public Servant of the Year - Salil Shetty

8) Entrepreneur of the Year - Lui Che Woo

9) Business Leader of the Year - Cyrus Poonawalla

10) Outstanding Achievement in Science - Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

11) Outstanding Achievement in Sport - Mahendra Singh Dhoni

1) The Asian Awards in Partnership with UBS was conceived by Paul Sagoo, Founder of consultancy, Lemon Group. A celebration of excellence among the global Asian community, they were launched in 2010 and now recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of individuals born from anywhere within the Asian region across all disciplines of life - from business, the arts and culture to sport and public service. The ceremony draws 1,000 of the most influential people in the Asian community and has raised over £250,000 for charity.

2) Top 100 can be found at

3) About Chivas: All the nominees and guests experienced a luxurious Chivas cocktail reception befitting such a prestigious celebration, as well as having the chance to sample the full Chivas range of whiskies that includes Chivas 12, 18 and 25years old – the epitome of style, substance and exclusivity. Chivas is a truly global brand, selling 4.8 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries acrossEurope, Asia Pacific and Americas. It was at the beginning of the 19th Century that blending pioneers James and John Chivas, two brothers from Aberdeen in Scotland, first combined different matured whiskies to create a unique ‘house’ character, setting a standard that would be handed down through the generations. In 1909, Chivas Brothers made distilling history by creating the world’s first luxury Scotch whisky – a 25 year old blend called Chivas Regal. This sophisticated whisky took America by storm and went on to become an international legend. Today, the Chivas range is the epitome of style, substance and exclusivity and includes Chivas 12, 18 and 25 Year Old.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


How a small regional battle over land grew into American’s legacy
of National Seashores, Parks and Recreation Areas.
It was fight that went all the way to the White House.
Twice. How did they do it?

REBELS is airing in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington Dc, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand narrates this tale about activists’ who-despite reversals, diversions and disappointments – persist in their mission for more than twenty years and foster a national movement to preserve open spaces and shape the environmental movement of today.

The fight begins in the 1950’s with a small group of ordinary citizens in Northern California who band together to protect lands adjacent to urban areas from San Francisco’s rampant development in order to preserve them for public recreation. But what begins as a regional effort evolves into a decades-long battle for many of American’s seashores. It’s a fight that goes all the way to the White House. Twice. So how did they do it?

REBELS WITH A CAUSE tells the story of the dreamers and schemers who fought to keep wealthy
developers from taking over – and destroying – breathtaking natural landscapes. Despite their early efforts, however, “it wasn’t until John Kennedy was elected in 1960 that things began to move…,” says Bill Duddleson, Legislative Assistant to then – Congressman Clem Miller. “We drew up a petition which said only this: ‘Dear Mr. President, only you can preserve this magnificent seashore for all generations of Americans, It’s NOW or NEVER!” recalls Peter Behr, former California Senator.

Stewart Udall, Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969 says “After (Kennedy) appointed me Secretary of the Interior, he sent an Annual Conservation Message, and it included making Cape Cod a National Seashore. We looked at the President’s proposal – then said it would be selfish to just make Cape Cod a National Seashore; let’s have one on each coast! And we proposed Padre Island, Texas…and Point Reyes,” and it only got bigger from there.

REBELS WITH A CAUSE is the story of a small regional effort that grew into a legacy of National Seashores, National Parks and National Recreation Areas around the nation. It’s the story of garden clubs, ranchers, farmers, conservationists, politicians, widows and volunteers all of who worked their way through compromise and negotiation with the American public coming up as a winner. It’s a struggle that crosses party lines, unites seemingly antagonistic foes, falters and is nearly extinguished many times along the way, but is ultimately victorious. Beautiful cinematic footage, clever animation, moving interviews and a very compelling story are deftly woven together in a tale that is especially meaningful for contemporary times.

Director: Nancy Kelly, Kelly & Yamamoto Productions
Producers: Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto, Kelly+Yamanto Productions
Executive Producer: Nancy Dobbs, KRCB North Bay Public Media
Broadcast underwritten by Earth: EarthJustice. Because the Earth Needs A Good Lawyer.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This Mother’s Day, Get Swept Away by the Chicago Philharmonic and Romantic Rapture

On Mother’s Day, May 11, at 7:30p.m., join the Chicago Philharmonic at Pick-Staiger Hall for Romantic Rapture: Verdi, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev. The program opens with the popular overture to Verdi’s La forza del destino, “The Power of Fate,” and continues with Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto. Young virtuoso Benjamin Beilman returns to his Chicago-area roots, fresh from his debut with the London Philharmonic! A graduate of the Curtis Institute and winner of a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Beilman studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago. The concert closes with selections from Prokofiev’s ballet suites for Romeo and Juliet, with excerpts from Shakespeare’s play performed by specially selected actors from Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Pick-Staiger Hall is located at 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, IL. A free shuttle is available to transport guests from the double-decker parking structure off of campus drive to the entrance of the concert hall. Parking is free on weekends and the concert hall is handicap accessible. Shuttle service begins 45 minutes before the concert, and runs for 30 minutes after the concert.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kill Me, Deadly the First Film From Opiate of the Masses, LLC

OPIATE OF THE MASSES, LLC has just wrapped its first feature length film and is making the film festival rounds. KILL ME, DEADLY, with principal photography done throughout Los Angeles, under the direction of first time director, Darrett Sanders. The film is a love letter to Old Hollywood — an inventive spin on the beloved Film Noir genre with twists and turns that will delight contemporary audiences and hard core Noir fans alike.

Set in Hollywood in 1947, Kill Me, Deadly is a rollicking satire of classic 1940’s Film Noir genre with a contemporary spin on the archetypal characters that pack this lush world of murder and intrigue. Charlie Nickels (Dean Lemont – Criminal Minds), a hard-boiled but fairly clueless private dick, has been summoned by his prospective new client, mega-millionaire widow and coconut-obsessed Lady Clairmont (Leslie-Anne Down – The Bold and the Beautiful, Upstairs/Downstairs), who believes someone is going to kill her. Why? An anonymous note that reads, “I’m going to kill you.”

Later that day, Lady Clairmont is murdered --shot and then thrown off a bridge, which puts Charlie on the case to find her murderer and her missing prized possession the spooky 300-karat Bengal Diamond, a gem saddled with as many curses as karats.

Due to Lady Clairmont's contemptuous personality, Charlie’s list of suspects is long: Could it have been her cowed son, Clive Clairmont (Nicholas S. Williams)? Or is it her ice-cold but steamy daughter Veronica (Raleigh Holmes)? The butler, Wilson (Time Winters - Sneakers, Defending Your Life)? The erudite gardener with a grudge, Jamie (Paul F. Thompson - There Will Be Blood, Tangled)? Or, maybe Bugsy Siegel (Joe Mantegna – Criminal Minds, Cars 2 and The Godfather III) killed her and stole the Diamond to fund his fantastical vision for Las Vegas!

Charlie's search for the killer and missing diamond sends him crisscrossing 1940s Los Angeles - grilling a lithe heiress, dodging menacing hoodlums, sparring with befuddled LAPD detectives, and falling hard for the most “fatale” femme-fatale he's ever loved: cocktail waitress and vibraphonist, Mona Livingston (Kirsten Vangsness – Criminal Minds).

Will Charlie solve the Clairmont murders?! Will Charlie find the Bengal Diamond?! Will Mona and Charlie realize their dysfunctional love?!

The cast is led by Dean Lemont and Kirsten Vangsness and features Leslie-Anne Down, Joe Mantegna, and Paul F. Tompkins with Raleigh Holmes, and Shemar Moore in supporting roles,. The film also features ensemble actors including Keith Allen, Phinneas Kiyomura, Lynn Odell, Joe Roche, Darrett Sanders, Nicholas S. Williams and Time Winters.

Kill Me, Deadly, by Bill Robens, was originally produced as a stage play, premiering at Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood in July of 2009 for a critically lauded, thrice-extended, sold-out run. The world premiere production smashed box office and attendance records for the thirty-year old theater company.

Bill Robens' screen adaptation explores elements of the film noir genre that could never be executed on stage, and does so without losing the energy and cleverness that made the play so successful. The adaptation offers the wonderful opportunity to bring back the style and excitement of the beloved noir films of the 1940s. Kill Me, Deadly lovingly has fun with the genre, but without losing the danger and glamour that have enshrined those films as an enduring part of the consciousness of filmgoers to this day.

The executive producers are Kirsten Vangsness, (Criminal Minds) and John Money, one of the founding members of OPIATE OF THE MASSES, LLC. Other members of the distinguished behind-the-camera crew include cinematography by Nicholas Trikonis and production designer Krystyna Łoboda (Cesar Chavez and Stitch), costume designer Kimberly Freed, and original music composed by Bill Newlin (Scream Of The Bikini, Malpractice).

OPIATE OF THE MASSES, LLC – It takes a village.” The Opiate of the Masses, LLC roster boasts a core group of dedicated, experienced, and award-winning artists, and an experienced low-budget production team with a collective resume featuring countless produced plays, films and web series that routinely garner awards and critical acclaim by incorporating an enthusiastic team dynamic and ethic focused on U.S. theatrical release and optimal overseas returns.

In the vein of Monty Python, Opiate was founded by a close-knit handful of artistic collaborators, consistently producing exceptional work in a wide variety of styles, venues and formats. The collective core of Opiate met at the venerable Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood. In subsequent years, they have written, produced, directed and/or starred in dozens of hilarious and touching collaborations for both stage and screen. Their films, television shows, stage productions, and web series have garnered widespread critical acclaim, fervent audience admiration and multiple

Monday, April 14, 2014

Global Security Group To Provide Security for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

David S. Katz, the Chief Executive Officer of Global Security Group, Inc., is pleased to announce that our firm has been selected again as the sole security provider for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Global Security Group, Inc. has had the privilege of serving this iconic event.

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff to help revitalize the economy in lower Manhattan after the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. The TFF has flourished each year and has become one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

The mission of the film festival is "to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience." Global Security Group, Inc. is honored to support the TFF and to have been chosen once again to provide security for this internationally acclaimed event.

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Indie Filmmaking Gets Ugly In Natural Born Filmmaker

Grunder Oakley Productions proudly announces “Natural Born Filmmaker”--a no-holds-barred, searing satire about the less glamorous side of modern day indie filmmaking. In “Natural Born Filmmaker” a rift between two filmmakers and their distributors spirals out of control, involving a threatening Mob boss, zombies running amok and guns ablaze. Both a cautionary tale as well as a spoof, “Natural Born Filmmaker” reveals what happens when you mix naive producers, shady investors and carefully calculated contracts. And it does it all with a wry sense of self-awareness. It's the Hollywood dream gone nightmare.

“Natural Born Filmmaker” is written by the prolific Steve Oakley, who will also be directing and acting as executive producer. The film is being produced through Grunder Oakley Productions. Oakley and Melanie Grunder founded Grunder Oakley Productions to make unique independent films and “Natural Born Filmmaker” will be no exception. Previous films have included “Waiting for Dracula”, “Meet the Moguls” and “Absolute Horror”.

The colorful and accomplished cast includes six time Oakley collaborator Domiziano Arcangeli, Shaun Gerardo, Lindsay Lamb, Gregory Blair, Vida Ghaffari, Art Roberts, Dawna Lee Heising, Michael DeCamp, Diane Chambers, Stan Goodrich, Eric Schindler, Kathy Krantz Stewart, Melanie Grunder, Lisa Cohen, Leah Machelle Cohen, Andrew Mangialino, Merri Jamison and Alexis Van Der Gaag.

“Natural Born Filmmaker” will be premiering at the Action On Film International Film Festival in Monrovia, California. Action on Film 2014 will be held on August 22-30, and is the 10th anniversary of AOF. Eye on Entertainment will cover the premiere of “Natural Born Filmmaker” at AOF 2014.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Boradway Theatre of Pitman Children's Theatre Presents THREE LITTLE PIGS Live on Stage

Three little pigs are out in the world all on their own. Two of them build their homes out of sticks and straw. The third is much more industrious and builds his home out of bricks. All three of them are warned of the mischievous Big Bad Wolf coming their way. Will the wolf huff, puff and blow their houses down? Join us for some music and laughter to see what happens.

The Broadway Theatre of Pitman's live Children's Theatre calls fantasy and imagination to the stage with performances designed by Mr. Malcolm to educate, entertain, and inspire. Children's Theatre is best appreciated by children ages 3 to 9. Using a mix of creative sets, music and live actors, each one-hour performance is filled with audience participation that captivates children with its fun and original theatrical style.

May 9th at 10:00am and May 10th at 10:00am & 1:00pm

Broadway Theatre of Pitman
43 S Broadway
Pitman, NJ 08071

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Actress Courtney Bandeko partners with Cylence Media Management

Courtney Bandeko brings a refreshing face, amplified talent, tailored craft, and refined technique to film and television. Originally born in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines, and raised in Denver, Colorado and parts of rural Missouri; Bandeko is now based in Los Angeles and working to magnify her resume with every aspect of an ambitious entertainer, from Theatre to Feature Films, and in case you're wondering, her own web series. Bandeko signed with Cylence Media Management earlier in the month. CMM is a boutique talent management company providing valuable solutions to clients, specializing in strategic content and talent development; located in West Hollywood, California and Atlanta, Georgia. Courtney Bandeko joins other artists at CMM, including Brendan Dunphy and Cheryl McQueen.

2014 promises to be a banner year for Courtney - her two latest works include "Fullscreen" and an upcoming feature film, "Gilt", scheduled to start shooting next month. Giving Bandeko the thumbs up, and inspiration, to make the cross over to join SAG, known as the dominant union for Screen Actors.

Bandeko has a Bachelor of Arts in theatre performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Since then she has intensively studied Meisner, initially at the 'Chris Thatcher Acting Studio' in Boulder, CO, followed by the 'Actor's Workout' with legendary teacher Fran Montano. She is also studying at 'Chekhov Studio International' with the famed Marjo-Riikka Makela, and comedy improv at 'Second City Hollywood'. When she's not beefing up her acting skills, you can find the 'bandekoot' knocking big guys around in a boxing ring.

When checking out Bandeko's website,, you'll be hit with a lifting quote:
"I believe in magic." - Matthew Davis

"That's exactly what she's going to bring to Hollywood," says Mike Williams, Lead Talent Manager at Cylence Media Management; "Magic. Courtney has been fine tuned to give the quality of what you'll find in a luxury brand. She's turning heads here and we're lucky enough to follow for the ride."

Bandeko's inspirations and help has stemmed from all corners, from her High School English/Theater teacher, "Miss Yung, who was there in the beginning, with my first theatrical performance ever." says Bandeko; to Lady Gaga...who "uses her fame and voice to inspire change and acceptance in our culture. She's provocative. She forces us to think about ourselves and our lives in a positive way." adds Bandeko.

When asked what drew her into the industry, Courtney responded "The work is greater than myself, or any one person, and it is the best way I can affect others in a positive way. Art can be so many things, it can be whatever the viewer or creator needs it to be. Art has the power to be the strongest vehicle for change; it can inspire difficult conversations that are often swept under the rug. But it's also so simple that, many times, all it needs to be is a little reminder that there is still beauty in an otherwise ugly world, or simple distraction from surroundings that can be crippling without little glimmers of positivity and hope."

Charleston Film Premiere Shines New Light On Controversial Topic

Award-winning documentary feature, 120 Days, to hold East Coast Premiere at the 2014 Charleston International Film Festival

After a World Premiere at the Austin Film Festival in November and winning the coveted 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award in January, filmmaker Ted Roach is ready to bring his film back home to the Creative Coast at the 2014 Charleston International Film Festival. 120 Days has screened in multiple cities across the nation, most recently the Atlanta Film Festival. This week, the film seeks a new audience in the Lowcountry.

This engaging documentary explores the U.S. immigration debate from a unique perspective. Instead of focusing on broad political viewpoints or the overall national impact of the issue, Roach decided instead to tell a story through the eyes of one undocumented family. Be prepared to be moved by Miguel Cortes, his wife and daughters as they struggle to hold on to their piece of the American Dream.

Roach has deep roots in the Charleston area. He attended the College of Charleston for two years and was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. After college, he lived and worked in the community while making many friends and colleagues, including one of the consulting editors for 120 Days. For Roach, the opportunity to screen in Charleston is like homecoming.

“120 Days is an observational, character-based documentary," says Roach. "We tell a very personal family story, but the Cortes family's situation also presents a unique lens through which to examine the larger issues of illegal immigration. It is crucial that the public sees immigration from as many sides as possible. 120 Days offers one unique, compelling perspective from which to view this controversy: through the eyes of a man who could soon lose his family, due to both his own decisions and the U.S. government's current immigration policies.”

Roach will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A along with cinematographer & co-producer Brad Allgood, camera operator Jonathan Kazmierczak and the project's consulting editor Justin Nathanson, who currently resides in Charleston.

The Charleston International Film Festival begins on Wed., Apr. 9th and will run through Sun., Apr. 13th. Now in its 7th year, the program promises to be engaging, informative and inspirational. This year, the festival is taking a stronger look at films that make a bold statement. Regardless of one's political ideology, the story of the Cortes family will move and inspire audiences as well as challenge many of the myths circulating throughout culture based around the issues of immigration in America today.

120 Days will be screening on Sunday, April 13th at 1:00PM in the Charleston Music Hall.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Actor John Heard’s feature “Stealing Roses” takes light-hearted look at serious topic of Obamacare

"Stealing Roses," a new comedy with heart from writer/director Megan Clare Johnson, produced by Johnson and Little Studio Films will be in official competition at the NOHO Film Festival, April 10-13, 2014 just prior to its US DVD release on April 22, 2014.

Stealing Roses, which was filmed in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, stars veteran actors John Heard, Cindy Williams, Oscar Nominated Bruce Davison, Josie Davis, Mark Famiglietti and "House of Cards" Al Sapienza. "Stealing Roses" turns the spotlight on a serious subject torn from today’s headlines - the lack of adequate medical coverage for millions of people in desperate need - in a laugh-filled yet thoughtful way.

Described as a “story of love and economic uncertainty…with a comic twist”, Johnson’s original screenplay for “Stealing Roses” was a finalist at the Austin Film Festival screenwriting contest. Johnson, a former post-production editor and health care consultant, says her film couldn’t be more topical in light of the current political climate surrounding Obamacare, although she didn’t write it with provocative intent.

“I wrote the script seven years ago, so I don’t know if I had controversy in mind, and couldn’t predict that we would have the political/social climate we have right now, but the topic is close to my heart,” recalls Johnson. “I personally am appalled that we have 46 million Americans without healthcare coverage and I began thinking what choices would a person make at the age of my lead character Walter - 61 years old - to save their life partner?”

Co-producer Alexia Melocchi of Little Studio Films was attracted to the script not only for its content but also for its realistic yet seldom-seen portrait of an older couple who are still very much in love. “We don’t really see lasting relationships in movies today,” she laments. “The love between Walter and Rose is part of what drew me to the film. It’s a very intimate story and it’s a different perspective on love than what’s largely seen on screen today.”

“Stealing Roses” has international distribution representation by Worldwide Film Entertainment and is already released in several other countries, including Australia.

The film will screen on Saturday April 12, at 8 PM. Megan Clare Johnson and her producer, Alexia Melocchi and selected cast members will be in attendance and will participate in an audience Q&A immediately following the screening.

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Cheryl McQueen Chosen for Collaboration with Celebrity Hair Stylist George Papanikolas

Model & Actress Cheryl McQueen was recently chosen to collaborate on a project with celebrity hair stylist, George Papanikolas. This unique project will include a video and photo-shoot, which will introduce the new line of color to hair care professionals and the public.

The video, featuring Matrix products by L'Oreal, is designed to demonstrate the effects of the new Beige hair color line for every skin tone. A major inclusion in the video will be the importance of products designed to protect hair from damage due to over styling, coloring, and more. The new color line is a revolutionary advancement by Matrix, which boasts on the Beige Color Evolution and adds illuminating tones to brighten every complexion.

The Matrix brand, founded by Arnie and Sydell Miller, has been operating for over three decades and is committed to help stylists nurture their talent and creativity. "I felt that in order to be successful, I needed more focus. I chose the professional end because I knew the business better and was very passionate about it” Arnie Miller of the brand's creation says.

George Papanikolas is one of the most sought-after stylists in Hollywood, working with the likes of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Minka Kelly, and Hayden Panettiere. His work has been featured on the covers of the biggest publications in the industry, including Cosmopolitan, Allure, and Elle. George Papanikolas’s reputation made his involvement in the project an easy choice for L'Oreal.

"It was such a pleasure to work with George Papanikolas and Matrix by L'Oreal. George really understands the importance of satisfying his clients with his artistry. There are so many hair modeling gigs where you are told they will dye your hair pink and chop it to your shoulders. But with George, he uses his creativity to make you look like the best version of yourself," Says McQueen during her experience.

McQueen, a client of the firm Cylence Media Management, spent years working in the fashion industry before turning her attention to acting by making the new collaboration a perfect fit. She appeared in a number of productions, including SyFy’s School Spirits and Investigation Discovery’s My Dirty Little Secret.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Aziz Ansari Makes History in Boston

Bostonians are in love with Aziz Ansari and so is he now that the city’s historic Wilbur theatre has broken its own record for

selling out the most consecutive shows. Ansari, known for his beloved character Tom Haverford on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” broke the record previously held
by comedian Kevin Hart, selling over 8,800 tickets. Ansari has eight sold out shows with a ninth currently on sale.

“Boston has become a marquee city for Aziz Ansari and we are thrilled that he will be taking the stage for eight sold out shows with a ninth on its way. ,” said Bill Blumenreich, owner of The Wilbur. “We are proud to be one of the top selling markets for Aziz and are averaging numbers that surpass markets such as New York and Los Angeles.”

Aziz Ansari is one of the biggest stars in the comedy world. Rolling Stone put him on the cover of its special comedy issue labeling him “The Funniest Man Under 30.” He recently debuted his anticipated third hour-long stand-up special “Buried Alive” on Netflix in November, which was named one of the best standup specials of the year by The Onion, AV Club and Paste Magazine. Ansari co-stars opposite Amy Poehler in the beloved Emmy-nominated NBC series “Parks and Recreation,” which is now in its sixth season. Ansari’s portrayal of government employee ‘Tom Haverford’ has earned him critical praise including Entertainment Weekly naming him one of its “Breakout TV Stars,” TV Guide naming him a “Scene Stealer” and People Magazine naming him 2011’s “Funniest Dude in Prime Time.”

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Designer to the Stars, Lloyd Klein Battling Cancer

The Kardashian Family, Paula Abdul, Annalynne McCord and Natalie Cole Reach Out to Support!

Bald is beautiful. In an industry that focuses on looks, designer to the stars and LA personality, Lloyd Klein made a bold statement when he attended the 2nd Annual LA Fashion Awards Saturday evening at Sunset Gower Studios after losing his hair to chemotherapy.

This event marks the first time Lloyd has been seen out since his battle with Cancer and the first time he has publicly announced it to the world, a sentiment he relayed during his Fashion Icon Award acceptance speech, saying “I will not let this hold me back from doing the thing I love most, Fashion.” In addition to receiving the most prestigious award of the night, Lloyd presented the Contemporary Women’s Award.

Lloyd spent this rare night out chatting up other attendees and who’s of LA Fashion, Andrea Bernhotlz, smash hit recording artist Emii, Chris Brown Entertainment artist, Sabrina Antoinette, and Mikey Koffman, personality and the event’s producer.

His celebrity clients have been beyond supportive through this rough time. The Kardashian Family sent a lovely bouquet of flowers with a hand written personal note in support, while other friends including AnnaLynne McCord, Paula Abdul and Natalie Cole have all reached out as well

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WWE Superstar “The Ultimate Warrior” Passes at 54

After a day of making a return to the ring WWE legend and Hall of Fame wrestler The Ultimate Warrior has passed. James Helwig aka The Ultimate Warrior's Tuesday death was unexpected after appearing on WWE’s Monday Night Raw on April 7th with two days prior being inducted into the wrestling hall of fame on Tuesday April 8th he collapsed outside a Arizona Hotel. The Ultimate Warrior known for his painted face and superstar strength in the ring will be missed tremendously by wrestling fans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. James “The Ultimate Warrior” Helwig was 54.

Pre-NAB Editors' Lounge Examines How Current Trends In Technology Are Impacting Post-Production

Burbank based AlphaDogs Post celebrated the 11th Annual Pre-NAB Editors’ Lounge with a panel discussion on the latest trends in post-production and what to expect at this year’s NAB in Las Vegas. Topics ranged from 4K to cloud-based technologies, and the future of the post-production professional. Moderated by Journalist, Debra Kaufman, panelists included: Terence Curren (Editor/Colorist and Founder of AlphaDogs Post), Mark Raudonis (VP of Post Production, Bunim/Murray Productions), Michael Kammes (Director of Technology, Key Code Media) and Ramy Katrib (CEO, Digital Film Tree).

The evening began with a discussion on the changes in the 3D market. While the novelty of 3D television has had its run, it’s expected that 3D will not go away entirely due to China’s heavy investment in the market, as well as other platforms continuing to utilize 3D graphics. It was also agreed that film is dead, but is still the best format for archiving picture images. New storage technologies currently on the market include Sony’s Blu-Ray archival disk and the experimental fused quartz-based storage that scientists from the UK and the Netherlands are developing that could store up to 360 terabytes of data. This is equal to 75,000 industry standard DVD’s with potential lifetime data storage of 100 million years. It is expected to be on the market by 2015.

4K UltraHD TV was a hot topic once again this year with Terence Curren, CEO of AlphaDogs using props to demonstrate why consumers won’t be able to see the difference between picture quality in 4K and HD televisions. “The human eye has a limited ability to perceive detail,” said Curren. You would have to be very close to the screen to see a difference between 4K and 1080p resolution, and how many people sit 5 feet from their 65-inch screen television in their home? What makes more sense are better pixels, not more pixels. HDR or High Dynamic Range with more color and a higher bit depth would be better for the consumer experience.” Posting and delivery in 4K (or UHD) as opposed to 1080 HD will require four times the bandwidth, storage and processor power in equipment, meaning post facilities would be required to build an entirely new infrastructure in order to deliver content in 4K. Curren explained, “We’re being forced down a path to put a lot of effort and expense into buying all new gear when the consumer at home will not see an appreciable difference. This is about television manufacturers wanting to sell more televisions, and not about a better viewing experience.”

Providing clients with cloud-based post-production solutions is in higher demand than previous years, but still has limitations due to limited bandwidth and cost. “Besides throughput issues, the storage space in the cloud is still very expensive. Once we have more fiber connected cities, I think you will see this technology move to mainstream,” said Michael Kammes, Director of Technology at Key Code Media. The future of careers in film and television editing within a cloud-based environment would likely create an extremely competitive marketplace, as editors would then have to compete with a global pool of talent. Curren explained “The producers and directors are used to working in the room with the editor. If they get used to being in the room without an editor, at that point the editor can be anywhere in the world, and then economics speak louder than anything else. Check out the VFX industry.”

The evening wrapped with the panelists agreeing that NAB is a great networking opportunity to meet people from around the world. Ramy Katrib, CEO of Digital Film Tree comments “It’s all about the human interactions and meeting people from Asia or Europe that would be hard to meet otherwise.” While NAB no longer seems to pack the punch for any major announcements in gear, it’s still a great way to get educated on the newest technologies available for the post-production professional. “Although it has become more of a social event, I would strongly encourage attending,” said Mark Raudonis, VP of Post Production at Bunim Murray. It’s the best way to get a snapshot of where the industry is in one week, and you’re good to go for the rest of the year.”

Stay tuned to The Editors’ Lounge Channel. The full NAB panel discussion will be available soon.

About the Editors’ Lounge: The Editors’ Lounge is a hands-on seminar for industry professionals. Each month, scores of professionals in the production and post-production industries exchange ideas, discuss trends and learn about new technologies; allowing editors to have their questions addressed objectively. To learn more visit

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sheri Fink Honors 2014 MTV Movie Award Nominees with The Little Seahorse

Best-selling, award-winning children’s author Sheri Fink will be participating in the annual gifting gala honoring the MTV Movie Awards™ on April 12, 2014 in the heart of Hollywood, California. This exclusive event features a collection of the best talent in the entertainment industry along with some of the most innovative businesses from around the globe, including “The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink.”

“I’m thrilled to be invited to participate in the exclusive gifting suite at the MTV Movie Awards,” says Sheri Fink, “I can’t wait to congratulate the nominees and to give them signed copies of my newest book, The Little Seahorse.”

The Little Seahorse debuted on March 22nd, 2014 and is Fink’s 5th #1 best-selling children’s book. The Little Seahorse enables children to explore their underwater imagination in an exciting and vivid tour of the ocean floor. This adorable story will take your little one on a courageous adventure with the Little Seahorse where, together, they will learn about bravery, courage, speaking up for what they want, and how to ask for assistance without being afraid.

“We are very excited for Sheri Fink to be a part of this premiere invitation-only celebrity gifting event in honor of the MTV Movie Awards™,” said Lauren Gioiello of Celebrity Connected. “We’re confident that the celebrities will love Sheri’s beautiful book.”

The 2014 MTV Movie Awards™ will take place on Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, hosted by Conan O’Brien.

MTV Movie Awards™ is a registered trademark of the MTV Network™. Celebrity Connected and The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink are not authorized by and are not associated with the MTV Network™, The MTV Movie Awards™, or any of its official partners or vendors.

About Sheri Fink
Sheri Fink is a #1 best-selling, award-winning children’s author, founder of “The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink” children’s brand, and an international speaker. Sheri writes books that inspire and delight children while planting seeds of self-esteem. Her first book, The Little Rose, was a #1 bestseller on Amazon for over 60 weeks and became the #1 top-rated e-book on Amazon. Sheri is the recipient of multiple literary awards including three gold medals in the Readers Favorite International Book Awards. All five of her books are #1 bestsellers.

In 2013, her children’s book series received the Gold Mom’s Choice Award for excellence in family friendly entertainment. Sheri was selected by CBS Los Angeles as one of the top 3 authors in her local area, a distinction she shares with Dean Koontz. Sheri was honored with the 2013 Extraordinary Inspiration Award for her long-lasting commitment to spreading inspirational messages of hope and self-esteem through her books, her moving life story, and her brand.

Monday, April 7, 2014

KATT WILLIAMS- “Growth Spurt”

Saturday, May 17th, 2014 Ontario, CA will not be the same! It’s just announced… KATT WILLIAMS IS COMING and the stage is being set!

Barry Wallace of BLW Entertainment just released his upcoming comedy show that tops his last LMAO Tour-KATT WILLIMS’ ”Growth Spurt”, LIVE and all by himself in the raw.

“There is no need to add other talents!” states Wallace. “Katt is bigger than life and I have been waiting for the right time to bring him… and the time is now and I am honored and excited!”

Presented by BLW Entertainment, Citizens Business Bank Arena will once again be transformed into a house of what is expected to be total laughter from real, truth and raw comedic slang that only Katt Williams brings. Now on a worldwide tour selling out across the country, fans in Ontario, CA are in for a treat.

Katt Williams, known for his animated performances, quick wit and street wise in your face verbiage, Katt Williams has been making his mark on the comedy scene for over a decade. Between stand-up comedy, television, and featured movie roles, his talent seems to know no limits as he continues to expand his comedic repertoire over multiple platforms.

Gaining much popularity following his three seasons on Nick Cannon’s MTV improv show, ‘Wild n’ Out,’ Williams has appeared in numerous music videos for artists including Outkast , Ludacris, and Lil' Kim, in addition to landing roles on the small and big screen. Some of his appearances include 'NYPD Blue', 'Girlfriends' ,'The Tracy Morgan Show', 'My Wife and Kids,' and Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Comedy Jam' alongside Dave Chappelle and Mike Epps. He has also been widely recognized for his character ‘Money Mike’ in the movie ‘Friday After Next’ as well as for his featured character in Eddie Murphy’s ‘Norbit’.

Katt Williams is also known for his successful stand-up specials: “Kattpacalypse,” “Pimpin Pimpin,” and “The Pimp Chronicles.” And this one will be the icing on the cake!

Katt Williams “Growth Spurt” is a hilarious show featuring the critically acclaimed comic at his best and makes it clear that he is in no rush to slow down. Katt’s high-energy stage presence and fresh routine has left every audience cramping in their sides from laughter and rising to their feet with a standing ovation, begging for more.

“My goal is to build a comedy empire and help restore dignity to our profession. It’s the best I ever feel when I’m on stage, putting the thoughts from my head into those of an audience. Applause is my drug of choice.” – Katt Williams

Saturday, May 17th; doors open at 7pm show begins at 8pm

CITIZENS BUSINESS BANK ARENA, 4000 East Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Toronto's Jroc Seventy One and Harlem's own Rowdy Princess Nia Debut "It's a Party Everywhere"

Producer Jroc SeventyOne,  has traveled the globe rocking the nightlife spanning British Columbia, to the neon lit sleepless party life in Japan.
Jroc, also known as the laid back  "JB"  started his DJ career in 1988 and began mixing professionally in 1995.  Since then the accomplished producer has toured the globe unleashing his club favorites to partygoers and has released 2 albums of his original mixes.

JB who entertains fans with his mixes on Soundcloud stumbled across a fresh female rapper named Nia from New York.  JB, who is a fan of classic New York Hip-Hop immediately recognized the young talent who posted her rhyming skills on Soundcloud under the Rowdy Princess Music Group.   "Her style of rap caught my attention, she reminded me of a young Roxanne Shante.  I knew right away that I wanted to work with her."  Nia accepted JB's request to collaborate on the dance track and "It's a Party Everywhere" was born.

It’s A Party Everywhere is available for digital download on iTunes

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Daily Film Forum Exclusive::
Worldwide standup Comedian 
from national tours and the hit documentary 
"Just Like Us" join us for a moment with
Eman Morgan

DFF: A few of your films, recently “How to Be A Terrorist: In Hollywood with Abu Nazir” and the very noteworthy “Just like Us” – Tell us about them, and how you prepared for them?

Eman – How to be a Terrorist in Hollywood was a sketch we shot making fun of Arabs starting a “How to” school to help other fellow Arabs in need to further their career in Hollywood. Many movies require a stereotypical Arab terrorist role, so it defiantly sparked up an idea to poke fun of ourselves as we prepare for these roles. The producers saw me perform on stage prior to shooting this sketch, and they liked my comedy and stage presence, so they asked me to be a part of it.
Just Like Us was a documentary produced and directed by Ahmed Ahmed. It’s a great movie that illustrates how Arabs in the middle east are just like everyone else in the world; they too like to laugh!
Despite the many challenges and dangerous times they encounter on a regular basis, they just want to laugh and enjoy life just like us here in the states. The tour of comedians traveled and performed all over the Middle East and one stop in New York City.

DFF: How did the project come together in the first place, and how did you end up getting casted?

Eman - I was in New York at the time performing on stage for the New York Arab American Comedy Festival & Ahmed walks in & noticed how well my set was going & with the crowd. He immediately noticed that I also believed in the same value of entertaining Arabs. It was literally perfect how we met. What’s really amazing about the film is that it caught worldwide attention. I got emails & Facebook messages from people all over the world telling me how well they enjoyed it; finally there was a movie explaining to the world that Laughter is a universal language; and how adorable & funny I look in a short tie!

DFF: Are they available to the public to see? If not yet then when?

Eman - How to be a Terrorist in Hollywood can be seen on,
“Just Like Us” can be seen on Showtime, itunes, Netflix, DVD purchases online, ebay, amazon, anywhere dvds are sold.

DFF: What started you in Standup Comedy? Has this been a lifelong passion of yours?

Eman – I started in Stand up 10 years ago. This summer will be 10 years for me.
Out of 3 other siblings I was the only one that grew up craving attention and wanted to perform for anyone at anytime. For some reason, I love putting a smile on people’s faces. I grew up like that. My comfort comes for others being happy. My first night on stage I bombed so bad I said I’ll never do this again. A friend saw me a week later and convinced me to try it one more time. With nothing to lose and more to prove that I can do this, I tried it the second time and have not stopped since.

DFF: You are a very talented comic, where do you see yourself in the future to come what is your ultimate goal and or personal goal as a professional comedian?

Eman - I just moved to New York City a week ago. I’m defiantly enjoying the change in atmosphere and different culture here. Ultimately as a personal and professional goal, I would like to go on a world tour to do my style of comedy. When I write & perform comedy, I never like to base my set on one particular subject, group, sex or anything. I like to be very universal and talk about everything and everyone.

DFF: Any future projects you'd like to share?

Eman – I have a couple projects in the works that I can’t speak much about just yet.
They will be announced hopefully by the end of summer. In the meantime, I am shooting a series of prank videos that will be released on YouTube.

DFF: What can you tell us about the career of yours, the ups and downs and did you receive a formal education on the subject?

Eman – I went through a very hard time a few years ago. I had a few hard personal problems that were affecting me at the time. And this was a time when I was traveling more, performing the most, and getting some good media attention. Despite that I was very hurt and damaged on the inside, getting on stage and performing for others was the medicine to my wound. I was going through a lot! But at the end of the night after a show, I would shake peoples hand, take pictures, sign shirts, etc. That kept me healthy and helped me get through my problems. I can honestly say that I learned so much from my downs. I turned the negative into positive. Rather than complaining and being bitter about the past, I changed the energy and focus to enjoy my future. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. However, believe it or not, some people don’t have the ability to do just that. I love volunteering my time. I’ll perform for charities, help feed the homeless on holidays, and try to be a better person because I was blessed with the ability and gift to make others laugh. I never forget to always be thankful and give back.

DFF: How would you describe yourself as a comedian?

Eman – A huge star in the making! :)
Very ambitious, smart, energetic, and extremely determined to get what he wants.

DFF: What Comedians / Actors inspire you?

Eman – Rather than just picking a big name and saying they inspire me; I’m actually inspired by anyone who is succeeding in life. I don’t just look at comedians. I look at everyone! Although, I would like to mention that lately I inspire myself more than others inspire me. I wake up every morning and say to myself, how can I be a better comedian? How can I be a better person? What mistake did I do yesterday that I can avoid tomorrow? These simple questions, plus being honest with yourself, will defiantly transform anyone to becoming only a better individual.

DFF: How about some of your personal favorite Comics to watch?

Eman- I am a huge Eddie Murphy fan. I can watch delirious and raw over and over.
Dane Cook, George Lopez, Russell Peters & Bill Burr are my favorite comics to watch live.

DFF: Your website, Facebook, twitter, when the world can see Eman next? Or whatever else you’d like to shout out?

Just moved to NYC so I’ll be playing a series of shows here and around the east coast including Boston, DC, and New Jersey. Sunday May 4th will be an exclusive show @ Carolines in NYC I will be doing with a few other Middle Eastern acts.
Twitter: Eman Morgan
Instagram: Eman Morgan

DFF: Thanks Eman for the interview!

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Announces Its 26th Season

Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director PJ Albert announced the 10 productions that will comprise Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF’s upcoming 2014-2015 Season. Featuring a mix of Shakespeare favorites, popular stories for children of all ages, daring new plays, and a musical event of epic proportions, the celebrated Theater’s 26th Season offers something for every audience in Central Florida and beyond.

Previously announced in February, the monumental musical Les Misérables will headline the upcoming season. Complete with a live orchestra and a cast of 30 actors, the single production will be the largest in Orlando Shakes’ history. Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables is a magnificent and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit in 19th century France. Winner of three Tony Awards© and a Grammy Award© for Best Musical Cast Show Album,“Les Mis” shines as the world’s longest-running musical.

In conjunction with Les Misérables, the Season Gala will take place on September 7th at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Tickets for this annual fundraiser go on sale in June 2014.

Also included in the Signature Season is Bad Dog, a World Premiere by Jennifer Hoppe-House. The comedic family drama was featured as a staged reading in last season’s weekend-long PlayFest. Scheduled for November 1 - 3, 2014, this season’s festival will once again present readings of new works by local and national playwrights. Recent projects have included plays by Charlie Bethel, Jon Jory, Lauren Gunderson, Steve Yockey, and Mark Brown.

“Our patrons have asked us to present Les Misérables for a number of years,” said Managing Director PJ Albert. “We are excited to finally offer this world famous musical, along with two Shakespeare productions, two new plays, an American classic, and a beloved holiday treat. We feel that this season gives everyone in Central Florida the opportunity to experience a show that fits their taste.”

The 2014-2015 Children’s Series includes three productions that are jam-packed with fun: an updated spin on Rapunzel, the whirlwind travelogue The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and the classic story James and the Giant Peach.

Single tickets to Rapunzel go on sale April 22, 2014. Single tickets to all other productions in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s 26th Season go on sale June 10, 2014, but season subscriptions can be purchased now by calling (407) 447-1700 or in person at the Box Office (812 East Rollins Street). The season is subject to change; additional information about the season, including creative team and casting, will be announced at a later date.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of, and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts. Orlando Shakespeare Theater is also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.



By Brandon Roberts | Based on the story by The Brothers Grimm
June 19 - July 27, 2014 | Goldman Theater

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
Book by Timothy A. McDonald | Music by Jonathan Waller, David Weinstein with Stephen Gabriel
Lyrics by Timothy A. McDonald, Jonathan Waller and David Weinstein
Based on the books by Jeff Brown with illustrations by Scott Nas
October 23 - November 23, 2014 | Margeson Theater

James and the Giant Peach
By David Wood | Based on the book by Roald Dahl
March 19 - April 26, 2015 | Margeson Theater


Les Misérables

Book by Alain Boublil | Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg | Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
September 10 - October 12, 2014 | Margeson Theater

Set in the early 19th-century, a French peasant named Jean Valjean is on a quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for an innocent crime. When a compassionate bishop inspires him with a tremendous act of mercy, Valjean decides to start his life anew, but is relentlessly tracked down by Police Inspector Javert. Along they way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into France’s revolution, where a group of young visionaries make their last stand at a street barricade.

The Best of Enemies
Produced in Partnership with The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida
By Mark St. Germain | Based on the novel by Osha Gray Davidson
October 15 - November 16, 2014 | Goldman Theater

Based on a true story about the relationship between a hate-filled leader of the KKK and an African-American civil rights activist, the unlikely pair must work together during the 1971 desegregation of Durham, NC schools. A stirring new play that exposes the poison of prejudice and the beauty of friendship.

A Christmas Carol
By Jim Helsinger | Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
December 3 - 28, 2014 | Margeson Theater

The miserly and miserable Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug”, until he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Over one sleepless night, the spirits show him warm childhood memories, cruel realities, and his grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways.

To Kill a Mockingbird
By Christopher Sergel | Based on the novel by Harper Lee
January 21 - March 8, 2015 | Margeson Theater

A compelling and timeless story told through the eyes of six year old Scout, the tomboyish daughter of small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. As a tense tug of war between justice and racism heats up, Atticus and his family must learn to temper violence and hatred with courage and compassion. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel,To Kill a Mockingbird continues to inspire hope in the face of inequality.

The Merry Wives of Windsor
By William Shakespeare
February 4 - March 7, 2015 | Margeson Theater

The impoverished knight Falstaff decides to simultaneously pursue two of the town’s wealthy wives—with disastrous and hilarious consequences. One of the Bard’s most delightful comedies, this high-spirited romp is full of mistaken identities, cross-dressing, and lots of laughs!

Henry V
By William Shakespeare
February 18 - March 22, 2015 | Goldman Theater

Young and brash King Henry V of England sets out to repair his broken nation after a bloody civil war and discovers the challenges of leadership are greater than he ever imagined. From Henry's rousing battle speeches to courting the Princess of France, Shakespeare explores what makes a man a king... and a king a man.

Bad Dog (A World Premiere)
By Jennifer Hoppe-House
April 8 - May 3, 2015 | Goldman Theater

After ten years of sobriety, Molly Drexler tumbles off “the wagon” by driving her Prius through her house. Her family tries to cope with her wreckage, but end up running headfirst into their own demons. Old wounds are re-opened and new ones are made in this comedic family drama that bites.