Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WIFTA Member Spotlight: Atlanta Actress Tierra Ferra

In our effort to hold true to the WIFTA mission, WIFTA strives to support our members, helping them to network with one another and to showcase the vast talents and capabilities that they possess. This month, we focus our Member Spotlight on Tierra Ferra.

Tierra Jones, who goes by Tierra Ferra when performing is an Atlanta actress who is dedicated to developing her craft and helping others with similar desires. She divides her performance time between the stage and the screen. Some of her most recent film projects include To All That Is Hidden, Movie Art and Blind Date. As for the stage, Ferra is currently performing in the classic hit, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat at Act1 Theater (http://www.Act1Theater.com). The show runs July 18, 2014 through August 10, 2014. We recently caught up with her for a quick interview and got a glimpse into her world. She was very direct when it came to sharing advice on what has helped her to persevere and continue to work in the entertainment industry. "Dedication, strong work ethic and reliability," said emphatically.

To read the full interview with Tierra Ferra and to learn how to contact her, visit: http://www.WIFTA.org/MemberSpotlight.


Women In Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA), a 501c-3 Georgia non-profit, is a member-based professional organization affiliated with other Women In Film chapters around the world. Since our inception in 1974, the Atlanta chapter has proudly had a membership community of multi-generational and culturally diverse professionals, which include producers, directors, actors, entertainment attorneys, camera and sound technicians, film editors, graphic designer artists, make-up artists, wardrobe specialists, screenwriters, talent agents and casting directors. WIFTA is dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, television, video and other screen-based media by offering opportunities for media makers to connect, create, champion and inspire.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Outspoken Sober Coach Gets Facelift

JT Morgan: The Bad Ass Sober Coach, is used to helping people make changes, and big ones. The sober coach, based out of New York, works with high profile and often high net worth individuals that struggle with drugs and alcohol. http://www.badasssobercompanion.com/ (http://www.badasssobercompanion.com//about-jt/)about-jt/ (http://www.badasssobercompanion.com/) From professional athletes to musicians and stock brokers, JT has just about seen it all.

"I love working with people and helping them to experience the freedom of recovery. There's nothing like it" says the sober coach.

Recently, it is changes he has been making himself, that are getting the attention. JT just launched a new brand, new website and expanded social media presence. The sober coach had formerly been known as the "Bad Ass Sober Companion". The shift in name to sober coach has to do with the changing times.

"More people are searching for sober coaches than for sober companions, and I want people who need me to find me", says JT.

The company just launched a brand new website, with expanded blog section, detailed information about the sober transport and in home recovery services offered, as well as more of the outlandish videos JT has become known for.

For more information about JT and The Bad Ass Sober Companion, visit the website, http://www.badasssobercompanion.com

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Book Exposing a Woman's Hardest Decision Wins Award

Darkest Dawn, by Bonny Brookes,wins the 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Award for books about pregnancy and childbirth.

A birthmother tackles a woman's hardest decision—giving her unborn child to someone else who can provide a better life for the child. This book, based on a true story, reveals one woman's decision of adoption, despite the challenges and catastrophes she endures when she finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy. In the end, this story is inspirational to all women facing an unplanned pregnancy as well as to everyone—to help them understand what goes through a woman's mind and allows them to feel the emotional turmoil of choosing adoption for an unborn child.

Dr. Oliva Dsouza, of Reader's Favorite, comments, "Darkest Dawn seeks to provide comfort, hope and succor for those in pain and manages to do so very well."

The book, released by Wizard of Words, is available at Amazon.com in paperback or e-book format. (ISBN: 0-9661342-2-2). For more information visit https://www.createspace.com/4465493. Watch the book trailer video at http://youtu.be/luCrru6kbpo

About Author

Bonny Brookes resides in Lago Vista, Texas and also wrote the international-award winning memoir, Linked Lives.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kim Cameron's CD Release Event In NYC

Franki Blue & Kim Cameron

Two-time top 20 Billboard artist Kim Cameron's release party pulled no punches at empire hotels rooftop soiree with a packed house. Singers, songwriters, actor, producers lined up for her first listening party that overlooked the famed performing arts complex at the Lincoln Center. With her 5th cd release, Kim played host to wide spectrum of prominent music names.

Franki Blue (former KTU Program Director), Richard Trifan (aka Village People), New York Music Pool, National fitness model champs, Wall Streeters, Chef Mark McLean, even Harpers Bizarre were on the roof last night. Hosted by celebrity photographer Steve Mack and actor Keith Colins, this party was one not to be missed with fans lined up outside hoping to get in. By 7 o'clock, the floor became so packed that invitees had to be turned away.

(photo credit Steve Mack)

Friday, July 25, 2014

It Is In My Rhythm, Song Release by Sandeep Khurana

Sandeep Khurana is a Music Composer and Film Producer. He has composed and produced more than 100 albums in the genres of New Age Music, World Music, and Dance Music. He has also produced information videos on Yoga, & Healing for TV. He is also the author of the audio book “Life Messages Simply Stated”.

His New Age Music in the categories of Yoga music, Relaxing Music, Sacred Chants, Healing Music and Dance Music, are in the iTunes Top 100 New Age Music charts. He has more than a million people in over 50 countries subscribing to his music. More information is available on http://skivamusic.com (http://skivamusic.com/)

Instrumentalist Sandeep never ceases to surprise and has now released, “It is in my Rhythm” (and a faster dance version, “Rhythmic Without You”) which also showcases his voice, albeit without lyrics. In fact Sandeep’s vocal lines are used more as an accompanying melodic instrument in the tracks.

The mix of tasty electronic beats with catchy melodies and beautiful voices will just grab and lifted you up. It’s like all the best elements of pop, edm, and sunshine all mixed together. It’s a positive sound that will energize you to your depths.

Unlike a lot of EDM coming out these days, “It is in my Rhythm” is rarely formulaic, often emotional, and always catchy. The songs are a cohesive unit that doesn’t drag you along for the ride, but coaxes you into the spirit of wondering where it’s going next.

Of the track versions, I personally prefer the ‘original’slower version. It is a powerful infectious hook and the arrangement just unfolds and reveals new charms with every listen. Sandeep strikes a balance between great writing, compelling vocal interludes and impeccable sound design.

Sandeep Khurana has been making good music for some time now, though in genres a little different to this latest exploits, but “It is in my Rhythm” (and a faster dance version,“Rhythmic Without You”) are perfect example of how good he can be at EDM too!

Sandeep always brings a lot to the table. His technique is solid, and the music itself is at times epic, at other times soulful and inspiring. Here he delivers pulse pounding beats that make you want to listen to it over and over again. Highly recommended.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"3rd Floor West", TV Pilot Takes 1st Place at International Film Fest

Award-winning filmmakers, Skip Thomas Productions, takes 1st place at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival in Hudson, OH for “3rd Floor West” a thrilling television pilot by writer and director Mike Berry.

When the potential military use of a popular drug catches the eye of a powerful group of patriots, a beautiful young CEO, must fight to hold on to her company, her sanity and even her life. Berry reveals, “Be ready for some jaw dropping back stories, scandal and twists typical of the Skip Thomas style. The characters jump off the screen and into your living room!”

With the assistance of Executive Producer Tina Hobbs and assistant producer Charisse Worthy of HobbsStyle Casting & Production, the movie was predominantly filmed in the city of Cleveland including locations such as Joe’s House of Blues, Madwerks Studios and The Henn Mansion located in the suburb of Euclid, OH. Although quite diverse, there is a definite chemistry portrayed by this talented cast which includes Hakeem Sharif and Mike Chastain who also starred in “The Skip Thomas Project”, Peter Toomey, Khadiya Brackins, Christofer Gutekunst, Michael Corey, Caroline Atkinson and starring Kathleen Ferrini as the spicy lead character, Victoria Stanton Kline.

Skip Thomas Productions is also the creator of “Secrets” and “The Skip Thomas Project”. Directors and producers will be presenting the pilot at the festival on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Visit the festival website for scheduling, www.theindiegathering.com.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Fiilex Q500 Wins Prestigious Award from The Cine Gear Expo

Fiilex, a leader in LED lighting for the broadcast, film and photo industries, is proud to announce that the Q500 has won the lighting technology award from the Cine Gear Expo. Every year the judges, comprised of industry experts, put products through an extensive evaluation process, and give awards to only the best in each category. The Q500 is the only light, and Fiilex is the only lighting company to win an award from the 2014 Cine Gear Expo.

This years judges included an impressive roster of industry experts: Peter Anderson, ASC (Close Encounter, Cocoon, The Hunt for Red October), Dana Christiaansen DP (Ford, Jeep, Hyundai, BMW), Dwight Campbell (The Fighter, Alien3, About Schmidt), Tad Marburg (LorGen Consultants), Gary Ushino (Old School, Me, Myself & Irene, There’s Something about Mary), and Harry Rez (Nashville, Joe Dirt, The Onion Field)

“This is a tremendous honor for us, it is like winning the Nobel Prize of the Film Industry,” says Brent Siebenaler the Brand Manager for Fiilex, “With the Q500, we set out to make a light that could open up new possibilities for filmmakers, to not just create a better LED light, but to build a better way of lighting. We are humbled to have our efforts recognized by the industry with this award.”

About the Q500

The Q500 is a specular LED light with an equivalent output of 750W (185W Draw). The light has an adjustable beam angle ( 27º-50º with the included fresnel lens), and can be shaped with the many available accessories. The Q500 can be tuned between 2800 - 6500K, and has a >93 CRI (3000-5600K). The light also includes Hue Control of ±.25 Magenta/Green. It is dimmable from 100% to 10%, and is “Flicker” free at any frame rate. It features a built in LCD display and is Fiilex’s first light with Built in DMX Control (512 Addresses), connection is via the two XLR ports (in/out) or two RJ45 Ports (in/out). Light Intensity, Color Temperature, and Hue, can all be adjusted via the DMX protocol.

About The Cine Gear Expo Technical Awards

The 2014 Cine Gear Expo Technical Awards are presented to the best debuting products that are unveiled in 2014. The winners are judged on site by a panel of industry experts with an eye toward the latest in technology. The judges carefully inspect every entry, assuring that the products truly represent technical and innovative excellence. If no product meets with their high standards, then no award is given out for that category. In 2014 two out of the six categories did not receive awards.

About Cine Gear Expo

For 18 years the Cine Gear Expo has been the premier Film, Video, and Digital Media Expo for the Movie and TV industry. Every year, Cine Gear Expo attracts the most dedicated specialists from every major department of the entertainment production and post production world to Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA. Created by the professional for the professional, Cine Gear Expo is the largest and most important expo of its kind in the US and is a world recognized and attended event.

About Fiilex

Fiilex, a brand of DiCon Lighting, designs and manufactures high quality LED lights for the image capture industry. Incorporating patented technologies, they produce powerful LED lights that feature high Color Rendering Index (CRI) and dynamic color tuning capabilities. Since its start in January 2013, Fiilex has won major contracts in the North American broadcast market and established a wide dealer network around the world. The company is one of the newest and most sought after lighting brands in the market and is located in Richmond, CA

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Cristo by Cristo" - Fundraiser to Produce Cristo's Film Has Deadline of Aug. 27

Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency is pleased to announce the release of its newest title, Cristo by Cristo, by author Cristo.

About the Book

Cristo is back to finish the final voyage to Asia and to connect the dots, proving the world is not only round, but continuous. If he can raise $100,000 before Aug. 27, the world will be able to see his film.

Each donation brings Cristo to life, as this mythical character returns to prove the world is round and continuous from lifetime after lifetime. The promotional film and book (already in print) will start the final voyage to Asia and beyond. This is the launching of the voyage just as Cristo proposed to the Royals in Spain 500 years ago, only this time it's the Next World and not just the New World. First one ship, and then hundreds of ships will join Cristo to reach Asia, joining the goal of merging East and West.

Read along and bridge the gaps between the many different worlds until it becomes this world. Cristo will be filming the big scene from the book when he unlocks the secrets of the universe on board his flagship before launching his campaign, a scene finalized by December 2014 and edited into this promotional film.

Most of the footage of the promotional film has already been shot to set the stage as he continues to push for the funding that will eventually complete the voyage and movie "Cristo by Cristo." Through Spain and Rome, the atmosphere is full of excitement. Only the pacification of the world lays across the Pacific to the Asia, where Cristo triples the size of the world he has traveled after doubling it 500 years ago by visiting the New World, while on his way to the Next World.

Learn about accountability the fund drive at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1255063944/cristo-by...

The book Cristo by Cristois a timeless mystery for the ages.Cristo travels through three lifetimes as Lord, admiral, and actor. From the first mention of the name Cristo 2,000 years ago, to the New World, and into the future, this name appears in historical fiction to lead the way into the Next World. Cristo is the same actor who plays Christ; he is an admiral of the ocean seas; and he is a Shakespearean actor. His is a soul that suffers the test of time to reveal himself and the secrets that led him to the Next World.

Watch the video book trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VjKAf1JE3o

Book Details

Genre: Fiction / Mystery & Detective

Author: Cristo by Cristo

Format: Paperback, 218 pages

Pub date: June 2014

CRISTO BY CRISTO (Kindle ISBN: 978-1-63135-327-7, e-Book ISBN: 978-1-63135-328-4) is available for $7 athttp://epubco.com/shop/products/cristo-by-cristo-by-anony... or

Amazon Kindle:http://www.amazon.com/Cristo-ebook/dp/B00L4HTC7A/

Barnes & Noble Nook:http://www.amazon.com/Cristo-ebook/dp/B00L4HTC7A/

and in multi-formats for other e-Readers through numerous vendors online.

The soft cover version (ISBN: 978-1-62857-977-2, $13.95) can also be ordered through the publisher’s website:http://sbprabooks.com/CristobyCristo or at www.amazon.com or http://search.barnesandnoble.com.

WHOLESALERS: This book is distributed by Ingram Books and other wholesale distributors. Contact your representative with the ISBN for purchase. Wholesale purchase for retailers, universities, libraries, and other organizations is also available through the publisher; please email bookorder@aeg-online-store.com.

Further Information

Ellen Green, Press Manager, Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency, 703-899-8128,


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ABOUT: Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co, LLC provides book publishing, book marketing, and e-Book services to over 10,000 writers around the world, employing 150 people who live throughout the US and work virtually through telecommunication. Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co, LLC is experiencing over 30% growth per year, having published approximately 3000 authors with almost 100 new releases per month. Our books are available through Ingram, the largest book distributor in the world, as well as in bookstores, through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all online channels. Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co, LLC attends and exhibits at the major book expositions in London, New York, China, and Germany each year.




Monday, July 21, 2014

Dinner with Lloyd Released on DVD

360 Sound and Vision’s, Dinner with Lloyd , a documentary about the legendary director Lloyd Kaufman and Troma Films, is available on DVD, Digital Download, and Video on Demand. This independent film is available for purchase at various nationwide retailers and online.

Dinner with Lloyd is a feature length documentary about the legendary independent film director Lloyd Kaufman and Troma Films. The documentary, captures the zany Lloyd Kaufman as he talks about his life, his work, independent film, and the state of the film industry.

Dinner with Lloyd was Shot at the Troma Films Studio in New York City.

Dinner with Lloyd is available internationally online and in retail outlets. Dinner with Lloyd is available as a VoD (Video on-Demand), through various VoD partners.

Dinner with Lloyd, is directed by Dwayne Buckle.

360 Sound and Vision is an independent motion picture company located in Tribeca, New York that makes Innovative films for Innovative minds.

The Official Website of 360 Sound and Vision


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Aerial San Francisco - 100 Days and Counting Down

(SF) Announced earlier today, City of Angels Productions has signed up for the 24th round with San Francisco Bay Area’s Film Co Op - Scary Cow. This will be the second round for two time award winner Louis Halcyon Simmons, cinematographer for City of Angels Productions. Louis was awarded a cash prize from his last film, AERIAL Los Angeles – Architectural Giants which was screened at the Castro Theater through Scary Cow.

With 100 days left till screening, City of Angels Productions is in ‘post phase’ for this urban legend story about architecture in the San Francisco Bay area.

AERIAL San Francisco promises to have amazing aerial cinematography with an added touch of some of San Francisco’s urban legends. Based on the architecture of the city, this film is sure to give you the thrill of your life as you are gliding on air.

Scary Cow is a film co-op in the San Francisco Bay Area. Open to everyone of any skill level, Scary Cow’s mission is to build a film community that actively learns to make better films by making films. Scary Cow is run by its members and any revenue Scary Cow receives goes back out to its members in the form of screenings, budgets, classes, and more. We’ve made over 250 films and have given out well over $200,000 in budgets since we started in 2007.

For more information about AERIAL San Francisco go to www.hdaerials.org.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Glasses 2 DVD Release on July 22, 2014

360 Sound and Vision’s, The Glasses 2, will be released on July 22, 2014 on DVD, Digital Download, and Video on Demand. This independent film is available for purchase at various nationwide retailers and online.

The Glasses 2 is a 30 minute scifi, horror film about a special pair of sunglasses that allows the wearer to see into the future.. a future...well... that is not so bright. But if you had a pair of glasses that enabled you to see into the future, would still believe the world around you? Only time can tell in The Glasses 2.

The Glasses 2, shot in New York City, stars Kwame Smalls, Jim Bligh, and Mark Keaton and is the sequel to the original short film, The Glasses.

The Glasses 2 will be released on July 22, 2014 internationally, online and in retail outlets. The Glasses 2 will be available as a VoD (Video on-Demand), through various VoD partners.

The Glasses 2 is directed by Dwayne Buckle.

360 Sound and Vision is an independent motion picture company located in Tribeca, New York that makes Innovative films for Innovative minds.

The Official Website of 360 Sound and Vision


Friday, July 18, 2014

Female Director/Producer Fighting for Women in Film

Sarah Phillips was incentivized recently when she was researching the statistics of women involved in the film industry. “You know, in a time when women are supposed to be equal, the numbers say that we are anything but,” she said. “And everyone is just talking about it. What happened to being the change you want to see in the world?”

According to the latest study out of The Center for The Study of Women in Television & Film, out of San Diego State University, and led by researcher Martha Lauzen, when studying the top 250 films of 2013, “(W)omen accounted for 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors. This represents a decrease of two percentage points since 2012 and a decrease of one percentage point from 1998.”

Sarah started a production company, Phileon Productions, with her like-minded business partner Laetitia Leon in May 2014 to address this problem. “I’ve spent countless hours researching the statistics of women in film, and sourcing videos of prominent women in the film industry lamenting the difficulty of getting female-led or female-driven films made,” said Sarah. “I just thought, well hey, let’s change that.”

She is raising $30,000 to make “Soul Song,” an original musical that explores a romantic relationship in a world where there is no spoken dialogue, and people only communicate on melodies. Her campaign ends on Sunday, July 27th at 5pm, and as of July 9th she is at 41% with $12,325.

You can see her crowdfunding campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/at/SoulSongFilm

Sarah Phillips is a writer, director, actor and producer located in Los Angeles. She is originally from Columbia, MO, where she earned her Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri Journalism School. She was involved in theatre from an early age and always knew she would continue in the arts.

*Lauzen, Ph.D. , Martha. “The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2013.” Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film: SDSU. Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film: SDSU, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 9 July 2014. http://womenintvfilm.sdsu.edu/index.html

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Actor, Edvin Ortega Features In An Upcoming Film

Edvin Ortega is a familiar face to the big screen appearing along side of John Travolta, Denzel Washington, and the cast of the new fit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. In October Ortega will be once again on the big screen playing Richard Cooper in The Jersey Devil.

The Plot: When Lucifer’s term limits come up, a new devil takes over with a vision to re-band Hell; he wants something younger and cool. After an exhausting search, he finds a perfect location for the new hell in Jersey City, New Jersey. As he begins to collect new souls to challenge the Kingdom, Lucifer comes to Jersey to foil his plans and return Hell to its original location.

Directed by: Joseph Pepitone

Executive Producers:
Michael Billy
Dorothy Fucito
Debbie Philips

Joseph Pepitone
Jeff Quinlan

Watch The Jersey Devil official trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU9dc65pPkA

Ortega was born in Havana, Cuba, where he spent his early childhood years before his family moved to Panama City, Panama. A few years later, his family packed up again and headed for America, settling in Yonkers, NY, where he would spend his formative years and eventually graduate from Westchester Community College and Mercy College. An accomplished host, d.j., singer and dancer, Ortega regularly hosts live events for Radio Disney and is know is those circles as "MC Vin".

The highlights of his big screen career have included appearing in the movie the Taking of Pelham 123. Most recently you catch him on the hit TV show, The Following along side Kevin Bacon and the Netflix acclaimed series Orange is The New Black. Follow Ortega on twitter @iamedvinortega (https://twitter.com/iamedvinortega) to see whom he is working with next!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

“Award Winning Web Series THE DIVISION Releases Episode 4: The Truth"

Action thriller web series THE DIVISION is releasing its highly-anticipated 4th episode “The Truth”. The Division tells the story of Nick Trever, fighting for his family against a powerful secret organization called The Division. This multi-award winning action packed web series is in the vein of “24” and “Prison Break”.

The Division is a clear stand-out in the new media industry with its face paced action, compelling drama and superb acting from the cast led by Andrew Bowen (Magic City, Rock Jocks, MadTV), Kevin McCorkle (The Amazing Spider-Man, Midnight Son), Jessica Tomé (The Ropes), Thomas Blankenship (Easy Rider: The Ride Back), Ivana Shein (Person of Interest) and Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Better Off Dead, Silverado). Creative team includes writer/director/producer Eric Won, cinematographer Ray Huang, composer Gad Emile Zeitune and executive producers Trip Hope, Lisa Campbell McCorkle.

“THE DIVISION Ep. 4: The Truth” takes the story even further into the mystery of The Division and the struggle of Nick Trever (Andrew Bowen) in finding his son.

With its expanding presence online, The Division became a YouTube Partner Channel in partnership with Full Screen, the biggest MCN (Multi-Channel Network) on YouTube. The Division also successfully launched on Hulu in partnership with AWN and TV4 Entertainment.

THE DIVISION is available online on

Hulu: www.hulu.com/the-division

YouTube: http://youtu.be/6na1Bn_JFDY

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Scots Stars Line up for Indie Road Movie "Journey Bound"

Directed by Ryan Hendrick

IMDB page : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3321148/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

“A light and optimistic film, the like of which we haven't seen since Local Hero and Comfort and Joy.”

Predicted release date: Late 2015 / Early 2016 Cast includes: Kenny Boyle, David Newman, Clare Sheppard, Ford Kiernan, Clare Grogan, Sylvester

McCoy, Natalie Clark, Frazer Hines, Caitlin Blackwood

Written by: Ryan Hendrick, Clare Sheppard and Phylippa Mayes

Producers: Pamela Barnes, Ryan Hendrick, David Newman.

Executive Producers : Frazer Hines, Emily Maguire, Ford Kiernan

Magic Monkey Films and Snowball Productions are in production for a new independent Scottish Film which brings the ‘Road Movie’ to the Highlands of Scotland.

The concept for this film not only takes in the best of Scottish scenery but showcases its new talent. Produces BAFTA Scotland Nominee Ryan Hendrick*, BAFTA Award Winners David Newman and Pamela Barnes* have cast the leads as relatively unknown but excellent Scottish actors, but complete the cast with Scots celebrity. In a picturesque manner this casting plan perfectly becomes a metaphor for both the Scottish landscape and the Scottish Screen Industry. `

Director Ryan Hendrick said, “The Scottish Film Industry is in a state of crisis and it’s down to a lack of creativity and commercial risk at the hands of those at the top. The absence of strong quaint romantic comedies particularly in Scotland since the days of Bill Forsyth's Gregory's Girl and Local Hero has long been felt, and I am attempting to resolve this. “

Actor and Executive Producer Frazer Hines said, "I'm so pleased to be part of Journey Bound as it

takes me back to my childhood summer holidays spent touring Scotland with my parents, staying

with my grandparents in Port Glasgow “

Hines, a former Dr Who Companion and Emmerdale regular who recently formed his new

production company Snowball Production with business partner Emily Maguire are co-producing

Journey Bound with Magic Monkey Films.

Altered Images Singer and Gregory’s Girl star Clare Grogan said, “I read the script and simply loved

the idea of it.”Synopsis:

After neglecting his fiancée Karen in favour of his career and impressive friends, City Lawyer Neil realises his mistake and follows her in a fast paced romantic comedy across the Highlands to salvage their relationship. At the opening of this love story Karen has her own career opportunity and is about to leave for Cape Wrath as an Environmental Researcher. Neil is insensitively late for her leaving party and this is further evidence that she should cut all ties with him.

During Neil’s struggle against the rush hour traffic to reach Karen, a thief attempts to steal his car from the subway car park. The car bursts into flames and Neil is caught on national television rescuing the thief from the inferno as it explodes.

Leaving Neil with no transport, he is at a loss of how he will ever win Karen back.

But hope is not lost, as in all good movies, a wayward cousin arrives and offers to drive him to the Northern most tip of Scotland, in the name of love.

Del is a six footed, red headed, eccentric environmentalist and takes Neil across the depths of the Scottish Highlands in his packed in old psychedelic Taxi Cab. Converted only to run on Sunflower oil, the pair find themselves with plenty of time to deconstruct Neil and Karen’s love life dating back to their childhood.

After hilarious and exciting journey which features a run in with a group on travelling Carnival folk, an enthusiastic Carpet Restorer; the villagers of Bad Call Bay and the epic vistas and culture of the Scottish Highlands Neil finds himself , his girl and his reclaimed love for Scotland.

For more information please contact: Ryan Hendrick David Newman Pamela Barnes

IMDB pag : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3321148/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Video Blog : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEl3zPOVzNo

Interview with Director Ryan Hendrick : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK6FhRexQvE

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/JOURNEY-BOUND Twitter : www.twitter.com/JOURNEYBOUND1 Email: magicmonkeyfilms@gmail.com


*BAFTA Scotland New Talent Nomination 2010 – Short Fiction Film “Choices” *BAFTA Scotland Award Winners 2013 – Best Entertainment “The State of Greenock”.

Monday, July 14, 2014

St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival To Be Held Aug. 1-10

(CSL) has announced the schedule for the Second Annual St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival (SLIFF/Kids (http://cinemastlouis.org/sliffkids-childrens-film-festival)), presented by PNC Arts Alive. PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, $2 million initiative from The PNC Foundation that supports visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways. SLIFF/Kids is one of only 10 St. Louis arts programs selected for a PNC Arts Alive grant in 2014.

“Arts Alive is at its heart a driver of economic development,” said Michael Scully, PNC regional president for St. Louis. “By encouraging the tremendous efforts to foster a vibrant and active arts scene in St. Louis, we are working to attract young talent, provide access to new audiences – including those traditionally underserved by the arts – and fuel the economic engine of the region.”

SLIFF/Kids features 19 film programs on the fest’s two weekends (Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 8-10). Venues include the St. Louis Public Library, COCA, Saint Louis Art Museum, Webster University, Lindenwood University, and Wildey Theatre (in Edwardsville, Ill.). All film programs are free. With the participation of both Lindenwood and Webster universities, Filmmaking Camps on live action and animation are held at the St. Louis Public Library’s Creative Experience on the fest’s weekdays (Aug. 4-8). And on Aug. 9, a full-day Workshop for teens on the Art of Animation is held at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Additionally, two Advanced Filmmaking Camps are offered from Monday-Friday, Aug. 11-15, for students who attended camp last year or who already possess experience in video production. The camps are free of charge; the animation workshop is $75.

The films screened at SLIFF/Kids include international and American-independent narrative features (both animated and live action) and shorts programs. Programs are pitched to children and young teens ages 6-16; some programs appeal equally to all ages, but others are designed to serve particular age ranges.

SLIFF/Kids kicks off on Aug. 1 at Webster U. with a laugh-filled program that features live music, clown performances, and a quartet of classic silent-film shorts by Charlie Chaplin, who made his debut on screen 100 years ago. The films include “Kid Auto Races at Venice” (Chaplin’s first appearance as the Little Tramp), “The Adventurer,” “Easy Street,” and “The Immigrant.” The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra’s Matt Pace accompanies the films on piano, and live clowning is provided before and after the films by Circus Kaput’s Oh My Gosh Josh.

The fest features two exciting guests – a pair of former St. Louisans now working in animation. Brad Schiff, supervising animator at LAIKA (“Coraline,” the upcoming “The Boxtrolls”), gives a behind-the-scenes look at the studio on Aug. 2, including a screening of LAIKA’s “ParaNorman.” Shawn Krause, supervising animator at Pixar Animation Studios (“Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” “Up”), is featured in three programs: a look behind the scenes at Pixar on Aug. 8, a workshop on animation on Aug. 9, and a screening of “The Incredibles” on Aug. 10. SLIFF/Kids’ other highlights include the Japanese animes “Patema Inverted” and “Welcome to the Space Show”: the animated films “Anina,” “The Boxcar Children,” “Boy and the World,” and “Nocturna”; the live-action films “The Black Brothers,” “My Dog the Champion,” and “Windstorm”; the classic “Mary Poppins” (celebrating its 50th anniversary); and a program of family shorts.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

"The Coffee Shop" Distribution Event at NYC's Empire Hotel Lounge Level R

Angela Yee

Edvin Ortega, Keith Collins, AJ Mattioli & Steve Wolf

Jasmin St. Claire

Thursday night was quite the event at the Distribution Celebration atop the Empire Hotels Level R lounge for the LGBT comedy film “The Coffee Shop.” Stars of the film Edvin Ortega (“Orange is The New Black"), Keith Collins ("The Jersey Devil",“Gravedigger”) and Steve Wolf ("Lady Peacock") were all in attendance along with Director AJ Mattioli. Fan favorites Topher Nuccio , (Off Broadways “Silence: The Musical”) Celebrity photographer Steve Mack, Actress Jasmine St. Claire, Show Bizz Correspondent Tom Murro & Power 105's Angela Yee, Nightlife Impresario Barry Mullineaux & Tony Theadore were also in attendance.

We have been a big fan of Mattioli Production’s work since they first put out the short Bisexual comedy “BIdentity Crisis.”Lucky for us we were able to catch Director AJ Mattioli for a quick interview. Much like his films “Lady Peacock” and “The Coffee Shop,” AJs personality had us laughing throughout and the interview became very more of a party then a questions/answer.

AJ explains that his overall goal is to make LGBT films that bring light to the community. He wants the LGBT community to laugh in a time when we are making great political strides. Well, Mattioli Productions films always leave us in stitches! His next film “Showmance” written by Actor Alex Gonzalaz (Off Broadway: “Cuff Me” a 50 Shades of Grey Parody) and Tina Jensen (The Glamazons) is a Musical Theatre Feature film with cross dressing, butch lesbians, hot twinks, and tons of gender queers!!! We are certainly looking forward to next addition to Mattioli’s line up.

Please go here: https://vimeo.com/91674712 to see the trailer of “The Coffee Shop” which is currently distributed by Shami Media Group, Inc. located in NYC.

The Coffee Shop synopsis
The Cup coffee house, a gay hot spot, its workers, its regulars, and the drama it has to deal with every day. There's the owner of the shop, the fabulous Bea Reasonable and the flamboyant boy-crazy gay waiter, Jamie. There's also the slimy creeper looking for some fun. And then there's Helen, a straight girl with a penchant for drama. The drama unfolds when Helen meets her bisexual boyfriend at The Cup for a date. Hilarity ensues when their date goes awry and a water fight breaks out. And it only gets funnier from there. The Cup becomes the place for awkward coming out stories, hook-ups in the bathroom, and vampire meetings. The drama culminates when Helen enters the coffee house again to take down the man who stole her man from her.

(photo credit SD Mack Pictures)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

From Poetry to Hollywood and Back Again

The Los Angeles and London, UK-based publishers Siena Press announce the worldwide release of the award-winning debut collection of poetry, “A Confederacy of Joy: Poems” by poet and polymath, Juan-Paolo Perre.

The collection was chosen as the official 2014 selection for the Legacy Poetry Prize, an accolade designed to recognize and disseminate noteworthy contributions in poetry.

In a recent interview, Mr. Perre stated: “I came back to poetry a couple of years ago after a near two decade hiatus filled with violin concerts, theatre, film and TV and the ‘particular’ universe of Hollywood and as though in a fever created many poems of which this collection represents a significant portion.”

Mr. Perre, born in Italy and an émigré to London, England, is more commonly known to the general public under his nom d’artiste, Adam Alexi-Malle, and has long enjoyed simultaneous careers as a writer, concert violinist, singer and an acclaimed actor of stage and screen. As the latter, starring notably on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of “Titanic”, the American premiere of British filmmaker Mike Leigh’s play, “Goose-Pimples” for which he garnered rave reviews and award notice, on television in “24”, “The West Wing” and “The Sopranos” and in films such as “Bowfinger”, “Hidalgo” and “The Man Who Wasn’t There” among others.

“Fittingly, the poems found in this ambitious début collection bring with them an experience and variety in both depth and tone that could have only come from an extraordinary renaissance spirit such as he.” adds David Avigdor Rabin, publisher at Siena Press’ London offices, continuing, “In fact, these [poems] are rhapsodic; the love of words, of place, of persons past and present and a love for and of a world which seems, through his lens, always to be in a miraculous flux between the sacred and profane.”

Mr. Perre has chosen to dedicate “A Confederacy of Joy: Poems” to mentor and idol, the recent United States Poet Laureate, Philip Levine.

“One can clearly see in these poems his ancestral bloodline: from Pablo Neruda to Hart Crane and Walt Whitman to Philip Levine. These poems clamour with a sure and pervasive vision.”

“…this auspicious debut collection hums of a humane music with themes both personal and universal.”

Availability: The book is now available worldwide through the publisher’s website (http://thesienapress.com) in paperback, hardcover and digital formats (PDF, .EPUB, .MOBI) as well as at standard brick-and-mortar and online sales outlets including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Books and Apple iBooks.

About Siena Press: Founded in 2012, Siena Press is an independent publishing house located in Los Angeles, CA as well as in London, England UK and is dedicated to poetics and the artist's and writer's voice. It is also the home of the literary magazine, Il Palio Review and the Poetry-In-Film Series.

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Twitter: @SienaPress

Website: thesienapress.com

Author’s website: juanpaoloperre.com

Friday, July 11, 2014

LAST DAYS HERE, a Doc about Heavy Metal Cult Legend Bobby Liebling to be Released on Vimeo

Last Days Here, the documentary from Don Argott and Demian Fenton (The Art Of The Steal, Rock School), is a raw, yet unexpectedly touching chronicle of cult metal legend Bobby Liebling’s bid to resurrect his life and career after decades wasting away in his parents’ basement.

Bobby Liebling made his mark in the ‘70s as the outrageous front man of Pentagram, a “street” Black Sabbath whose heavy metal riffs once blew audiences’ minds. But various acts of self-destruction, multiple band break-ups and botched record deals eventually condemned his music to obscurity. Now in his 50’s, wasted by hardcore drug use and living on the charity of his ever-patient mother and father (a former Nixon advisor), Bobby’s music is finally discovered by the heavy metal underground. With the help of fan-turned-manager Sean “Pellet” Pelletier, Bobby struggles to overcome years of addiction, loneliness and broken dreams to get back on stage again. For over three years film makers (and metal musicians) Argott and Fenton are witnesses to his unbelievable journey, following the triumphs and downfalls of this underground icon at the crossroads of life and death.

WATCH THE TRAILER / BUY THE FILM: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pentagram.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

“DEADLY REVISIONS” unveils creepy new poster

The ink has just dried on the new official poster for writer/director Gregory Blair’s “DEADLY REVISIONS”—the much anticipated slow burn psychological thriller and valentine to the horror genre from PIX/SEE Productions.

The new poster, created by designer Susan Bowen, reveals the cabin in the woods where, with the help of a hypnotherapist, the film’s unreliable narrator tries to piece together missing memories. But the cabin and surrounding woods prove more foe than friend, as shapes and shadows hide unseen terrors just waiting to leap out. Even the lettering of the title, with a hint of dripping blood, suggests looming danger.

“The new poster perfectly tells you everything you need to know about the film,” Blair has said. “You know immediately where the bulk of the story takes place, you know the mood is dark and creepy, and you know something, somewhere will take a sanguine turn.”

Emmy Award winning horror movie favorite Bill Oberst, Jr. plays Grafton Torn—the amnesiac horror film writer for whom hypnotherapy and nightmares reveal terrifying images that just can’t be real. Or can they? Blair’s film has already garnered him an EOTM Award for “Best Director of an Indie Horror Film” and critics are raving, callingthe film “Amazing” (Chris Mackey, GuestStars Blog), "Visionary"(A Bucket of Corn) and “Mind Blowing” (Char Hardin, Charred Remains Blogpost).

The film has already been accepted to the premiere FANtastic Horror Film Festival which takes place this Halloween weekend. More festivals will be announced in the future.

For more movie stills, the teaser trailer and more on DEADLY REVISIONS, visit the official asite at: http://www.DeadlyRevisionsMovie.com.

More on Sue Bowen at: http://www.suebowen.com

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Call for Submissions to the 9th Boston Turkish Documentary and Short Film Competition

Application deadline for the annual Documentary and Short Film Competition is August 20, 2014. The competition is open to all filmmakers from Turkey and abroad, and there is no limitation for subject themes and duration. However, applicant films have to be either in English or with English subtitles, and should be filmed within the last two years of the date of competition (2012). Each director can enter the competition with only one film per category. The competition's film screening program consists of competition and non-competition sections.

The Competition is the first award-granting Turkish documentary and short film competition in North America, and has been organized annually since 2006. The competition jury is comprised of distinguished filmmakers such as Haden Guest, Director of Harvard Film Archive; Peter Keough, film critic; and Carter Long, Film Curator of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Finalist films of the competition will be screened at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Boston University from November 7th thru 15th, 2014. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite "Best Documentary" and "Best Short Film" for the audience awards. The competition jury may also decide to give special mentions to selected film(s). Award-winning films of the competition will be rescreened at the 14th Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2015.

More information about the competition and applications can be found at http://www.bostonturkishfestival.org/competition

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Joseph Pepitone Soon To Be Brining "Phoenix: The Resurrection" To The Big Screen

Joseph Pepitone is a two-time Emmy winning writer and also the director and writer of Stuck in the Middle and the upcoming The Jersey Devil. We caught up with Pepitone who is finishing The Jersey Devil and beginning his next film Phoenix: The Resurrection.

DFF: You have now written and directed two films. Are you happy with the way they turned out?

JP: Very happy. The first film, Stuck in the Middle, we were all just figuring it out as we went along and it turned out to be a very well received. It received a distribution deal and is available on Amazon. And we are currently in post-production for The Jersey Devil and I can’t wait for this film to be unleashed on the public. It’s funnier, edgier and just an all-around better film than Stuck. And I love Stuck. This movie is going to make people take notice of the group we work with.

DFF: Tell us more about The Jersey Devil?

JP: It’s an insane comedy. The Devil’s term limits are up and a new Devil takes over with a plan to relocate Hell. He winds up in Jersey City, New Jersey and that’s when all Hell breaks loose, bad pun intended. The cast is amazing. We have Chris Mulkey from Boardwalk Empire, Edvin Ortega from Orange is the New Black and some of my Stuck in the Middle clique Keith Collins, Penelope Lagos, Jack Mulcahy and Stephen Fontana. But everyone is just off the charts good in this. We had such a great time making it and it will show on screen.

DFF: When will it be released?

JP: We are coming to the end of post-production and we will have a big screening in September. We already have some distributors interested so I am really anxious to get it out there in 2015.

DFF: What is next?

JP: We recently started pre-production on our next film, Phoenix: The Resurrection. This one is my brother and co-writer Billy’s idea and we have been working on it for four years. It’s an action/drama and a different direction for us. But this genre is right in Billy’s wheelhouse. 

DFF: When can we expect Phoenix: The Resurrection?

JP: We’ve been holding on to it until we knew we could do it correctly and now we have the right people on board to bring it together. We plan to shoot in Jersey City in the early spring and have it released in late 2015 or early 2016. 

DFF: How can we keep updated on your projects?

JP: Our production website www.diamondjesusproductions.com has the latest information on our projects and you can follow The Jersey Devil at facebook.com/jerseydevilmovie and twitter @thejerseydevil2.

DFF: Thank you and we look forward to seeing Phoenix: The Resurrection!

JP: Thank you.

"The Jersey Devil" Comedy Movie Trailer Released

A hilarious first look at the highly anticipated new comedy film

Humanity Pride Productions, Green Light Films and Diamond Jesus Productions released the official trailer for the new comedy film, The Jersey Devil today.

The trailer contains several riotous moments as it reveals the plot of the film. Lucifer’s term limits are up, a new devil is in, and Jersey City, New Jersey is the new location for Hell. 

The official trailer can be found on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU9dc65pPkA

The film stars; Chris Mulkey (“Captain Phillips”, “Boardwalk Empire”,”Cloverfield”), David Chokachi (“Baywatch”), Award Winning Actor Keith Collins (“The Meat Puppet”,”Gravedigger”), Jack Mulcahy (“The Brothers McMullen”,”Porky’s”), Edvin Ortega ("Orange is the New Black"), Award Winning Actress Penelope Lagos (“Stuck in the Middle").
When his term limit comes up, Lucifer, the original Devil, must turn the reigns of Hell over to James Burnett. But Burnett has new plans for Hell that includes changing its' image and relocation. He enlists his Advocate, Richard Cooper and his beautiful sidekick Tori to find a new home for the damned. After an extensive search, they settle on New Jersey. As construction begins, James implements his plan to gather as many souls as possible so he can challenge the Kingdom. Meanwhile, Lucifer, with his wife Eve and Advocate Judas have arrived in Jersey to put an end to James' plans. After several failed attempts to stop him, Lucifer turns to a higher power for help.
“The Jersey Devil” and Jersey City, NJ are a match made in….HELL!! With the support of the FilmJC and the Mayor’s Office, The Jersey Devil was filmed throughout Jersey City early this year. Scenes were filmed at several well-known locations including the Landmark Loews’s Jersey Theater, NJCU and City Hall. Jersey City provided a perfect backdrop for the hipper, more contemporary Hell.
“The Jersey Devil” is directed by two-time New York Emmy winner Joseph Pepitone(“Stuck in the Middle”). Written By, Joseph Pepitone and Billy Pepitone.  Produced By, Jeff Quinlan, Keith Collins, Ed Luster, Jay Andriani and Joseph Pepitone. Executive Producers Michael Billy, Jarl Haugedal, Dorothy Fucito, Debbie Philips, Charles Anastasia, Larry Salvato, John Camera, Frank Sepe, Jessica Pell & Kimberly Clemente.  

IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3359642/reference
FACEBOOK - www.Facebook.com/JerseyDevilMovie
TWITTER - www.Twitter.com/TheJerseyDevil2

ScreenUsed Live On-Line Movie and Television Memorabilia Auction Slated for July 12, 2014

ScreenUsed, co-owned by Desi DosSantos and Jeff Castillo, have announced today their company will hold it's seventh on-line auction through iCollector.com.

Summer is rolling in, and so is our next auction on July 12th at 10am Pacific Time. As usual, we have quite a variety of productions for this auction, with over 400 items.

First off, we have an impressive Superman bodysuit worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman III, and it comes with a Warner Bros. Studio COA confirming its authenticity. With the proliferation of questionable Superman costumes on the market, this is important.

From Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, we have both an Austin Powers' Trademark Outfit, and a Dr. Evil Outfit, both worn by Mike Myers. The auction has a well-rounded Star Trek collection with items from many of the franchise films and TV shows, including main costumes for Spock, Captain Picard, Commander William T. Riker, Dr. Bashir, Lt. Commander Data, Dr. McCoy, and a rare Starfleet Spacesuit from The Wrath of Khan. Star Wars is represented with Yoda's hand from The Empire Strikes Back, as well as a Death Star section from Return of the Jedi. Also in the auction is a very rare to acquire Abe Sapien Costume used by Doug Jones in Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

Of course we have several other pieces with a few listed below.

There are no reserves on our lots; the starting price is where the auction starts. Here are some additional highlights from the auction:

- Austin Powers: Intl Man of Mystery - Austin Powers' Trademark Outfit (Mike Myers)

- Austin Powers: Intl Man of Mystery - Dr Evil's Outfit (Mike Myers)

- Edward Scissorhands - Kim's White Dress (Winona Ryder)

- Hellboy II: The Golden Army - Abe Sapien Costume (Doug Jones)

- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - Sankara Stone

- Jurassic Park - Jeep and Explorer License Plates

- Men In Black - James Edwards' Outfit (Will Smith)

- Seinfeld (TV) - Jerry Seinfeld's Jacket

- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - Starfleet Spacesuit

- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - Spock's Starfleet Commando Uniform (Leonard Nimoy)

- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV) - Bashir's Starfleet Uniform (Siddig El Fadil)

- Star Trek: First Contact - Captain Picard's Starfleet Uniform (Patrick Stewart)

- Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Dr. McCoy's Class 'D' Starfleet Uniform (DeForest Kelly)

- Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV) - Commander William T. Riker's Starfleet Uniform (Jonathan Frakes)

- Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV) - Lt. Commander Data's Starfleet Uniform (Brent Spiner)

- Star Trek: Voyager (TV) - Hero Illuminating Starfleet Medical Tricorder

- Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back - Yoda's Hand

- Superman III - Superman's Bodysuit (Christopher Reeve)

About ScreenUsed:

ScreenUsed was founded in 2003 by Desi DosSantos, a computer center automation specialist, and Jeff Castillo, a quality, custom home craftsman & fabricator. What began as a hobby for the pair, blossomed into a company now world renown as an industry leader in the field of original Film & Television production memorabilia sales (props, costumes, miniatures, special make-up effects artifacts, production artwork, rare documents, etc.). With a combined 36 years in the business of brokering historic Hollywood artifacts, ScreenUsed offers a wide range of special services to its clients, including research, preservation, exhibition, and to corporate clients specialized marketing, promotion & auction services. ScreenUsed maintains an in-house, museum-quality, plexiglass display case manufacturing facility that is well known for its high level of craftsmanship and display methodology. The company's established international network of collectors and entertainment industry sources is highly regarded by the field, museums and the media

Monday, July 7, 2014

Watchman Pictures Releases First Clips from Feature Film Romance ‘Princess Cut’

Watchman Pictures has released the first clips from its upcoming romantic drama “Princess Cut” in conjunction with its post-production Kickstarter campaign. Shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in and around Winston-Salem, NC, production was completed over 19 days in the Fall of 2013. The independent faith & family-friendly feature-length film is headed towards a Valentine’s Day 2015 release.

“Princess Cut” follows the spirited daughter of a struggling NC farmer as she navigates the maze of romance trying to discover what true love is all about. The script was penned by award-winning filmmaker Paul Munger with his wife Sheilah. The independent Christian film stars a plethora of Carolina talent including Ashley Bratcher (The Perfect Summer), Joseph Gray (Alone Yet Not Alone), and father-son duo Rusty Martin, Sr. and Jr. (Courageous). Rusty Jr. has been named by The Christian Filmmaker Report as one of the 10 hottest actors under 30 in faith-based films. Additional strong performances by award-winning LA actors Jenn Gotzon (Frost/Nixon) and Cory Assink (You Are Super), along with Mimi Sagadin (Return to the Hiding Place) of Chicago round out the talented principal cast.

Watchman Pictures is a North Carolina-based independent Christian film production and distribution company. Titles currently available include the award-winning “Animals in the Bible” and “Blueprint for Language Arts Success,” with “Princess Cut” being Writer/Producer/Director Paul Munger’s feature debut. To learn more about “Princess Cut” and see clips from the movie, visit www.princesscutmovie.com

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Super Star Power Productions Relies on Qube Cinema Server and IMB for Its New 4K DI Suite

Qube Cinema has installed its XP-I server and Xi 4K integrated media block (IMB) in Super Star Power Productions' new 4K DI suite in Los Angeles. The combination postproduction facility and theater offers a seamless 4K pipeline from review of uncompressed 4K image files taken directly from 4K cameras, through color grading at 4K, to the Qube XP-I server and Xi IMB and projected via Barco's new DP4K-P postproduction projector. Hollywood producers and directors of feature films will now be able to review 4K images, color grade at 4K in real time and generate 4K DCPs for final QC, all from a single 4K projector in a home-like setting.

The beautiful DI suite is powered by a single Qube XP-I server, which is capable of streaming up to 1 Gbps of data, sufficient throughput to support DCPs at a frame rate of 30 fps at 4K or up to 120 fps at 2K. The postproduction version of the Qube Xi 4K IMB has a Quad 3G interface with four 3G-SDI cables that link to a Quantel Pablo Rio color grading board with 4K output, which then streams uncompressed 4K content directly to the Barco DP4K-P projector. The Quad 3G inputs of the Xi 4K IMB give Super Star Power Productions (SSPP) a simplified 4K postproduction workflow, allowing it to review and process 4K master image files from 4K cameras, and then switch seamlessly from uncompressed 4K color grading to 4K DCP playback without swapping input boards.

"The Qube server and 4K IMB allow us to have immediate comparisons and precise quality control of all content," said Will Holman, owner of SSPP. "We can be color grading at 4K one minute and the next we can review the 4K DCP that we mastered with QubeMaster Pro. There's no card to swap out, no cables to switch. It's seamless and simple."

Full 4K Workflow in the Comfort of an Elegant Home Theater

Holman designed and built the 4K DI suite on the first floor of the home he recently purchased in Playa Vista, a neighborhood of L.A. The space has a comfortable and elegant home theater feel to it, with sound-proof paneling and four Acoustic Smart seats. It has a workstation where the coloring system and interface boards fit, with a 4K monitor mounted on the wall nearby. In addition to the projection equipment, the 4K DI suite has a Daily Dual screen system from Stewart Filmscreen with two screens. One is a SnoMatte 100 non-perf screen for color grading. This white screen can be rolled up electrically to reveal the fixed silver screen, a 3D RealD Ultimate Screen, which increases light throughout the whole screen for a crisper, brighter image while viewing 2D and 3D films.

"This is the first 4K DI suite that has all the bells and whistles," said Jeff Battles, vice president of sales at Perception Technologies, the system integrator on the project. "In addition to the Qube 4K IMB and server, it has the best projector for 4K and the first RealD Ultimate Screen. Super Star has everything in this one room that's needed to color grade and finish 2D and 3D movies."

After months of research, Holman chose his equipment, starting with the Qube Cinema XP-I server, Xi 4K IMB and the Barco 4K postproduction projector.

"I designed this 4K studio to be future-proof by choosing all the best gear," Holman said. "When I met Eric Bergez and the Qube team at NAB last year, they really understood my vision for a high-end coloring suite with 4K capability. As I was doing my research I kept hearing good things about them. When you hear something several times, especially from an integration company with the reputation of Perception Technologies, then you definitely take heed."

The Perception Technologies engineers designed the room as a turnkey solution for Holman. They started with the shell of the room, figured out where to put speakers and how the room should look. Holman selected the seats and the color scheme while Perception Technologies did all of the system integration except put in the color grading system.

From Camera Rental to High-End Film Finishing

"I'm excited to get my hands on all this great equipment and will certainly continue to do some color grading," Holman explained. "My goal is to create a picture from production through post, leveraging all the connections I've made in the industry over the years."

Holman began his multifaceted career in the film industry as an actor, before turning his hand to writing and directing. After the birth of his son in 2008, he saw post as a good way to stay connected with the industry while expressing his creativity through editing and color grading. He was renting out high-end cameras and editing his own material when he decided to take SSPP to the next level - building his own 4K DI postproduction theater. Although he will do some color grading, Holman's long-term vision is to rent out the whole space, including the living areas of the house, as a rental property for studios. It would be a private space to stay while completing the color grading and editing of feature films.

"Producers want results instantly and they'll be able to get them here," Holman explained. "It is because of Qube that I can show my customers what I'm finishing in real time, going from 4K color grading to DCP review with the flip of a switch, and all in the same room. This increases my value while saving them time and money."

"Will is providing directors and producers with a less expensive room to rent to finish their movies," said Jeff Battles, of Perception Tech. "They now have access to the high-quality screens, projector, color grading board and server they're used to at larger facilities, but in an intimate setting. People are going to find doing 4K here really impressive."

"Having a full 4K workflow is a huge leap forward for postproduction studios and Will is leading the way with his 4K DI suite," said Eric Bergez, director of sales and marketing for Qube Cinema. "Super Star is offering Hollywood creatives the best room possible to color grade and finish their films. We're thrilled that they turned to Qube to help make this happen."

For more information about the Qube XP-I server, Xi 4K IMB and QubeMaster Pro mastering software contact Eric Bergez at sales@qubecinema.com or 818-392-8155 or visit www.qubecinema.com.

About Qube Cinema, Inc.

Qube Cinema is an international manufacturer of Digital Cinema technology and mastering solutions. A subsidiary of India-based Real Image Media Technologies, Qube Cinema draws on decades of experience in media, cinema and entertainment. The company is committed to creating a seamless Digital Cinema environment for exhibitors, filmmakers and postproduction companies with technologies that are innovative, flexible and cost-effective. Qube Cinema's product lines include the Qube XP series of digital cinema servers, Qube Xi 4K Integrated Media Block, QubeMaster software solutions, and Qube Keysmith KDM generation system. Qube Cinema, Inc. is based in Burbank, California. For more information, visit www.qubecinema.com.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BlueHawk 1540 Pictures secures starring actress and finalizes shooting schedule

 BlueHawk 1540 pictures, an Atlanta script production and film scoring company has hired Shiah Luna with the starring role in the upcoming short film Blood Crushed Altar that began production earlier this month.

The character for Luna will be the role of Zion and the production schedule includes 10 different locations in the USA, as well as scenes in Tel Aviv Jerusalem, Israel.

In addition to the six actors currently cast for the film, including Shiah Luna, four more actors will be added to the film role production lineup and the film includes a wide range of settings in the storyline.

Film shooting is scheduled in Atlanta, Georgia,  Los Angeles, California, Washington D.C., Miami, Florida, Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a local church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Israel and Death Valley, California.

Terric J. Blair, CEO of BlueHawk 1540 Pictures said:

“The scope of this project has grown from the original concept to being a short film.   We felt that the story was so intriguing that it needed to include more depth – and therefore time to tell this story like it needed to be told.   We are very excited to have started film production.”

The film will be in production through December 2014 with a planned release date of early 2015.

In addition to the short film BlueHawk 1540 Pictures is currently developing an additional highly interactive web site for their music division.  A social media marketing campaign for the film division and music division will begin after the film production is completed.

The website can be viewed at http://bluehawk1540pictures.com.