Sunday, November 30, 2014

Screenwriter Ken Lemm Lands Option from Emmy Award Winning Company, Gross-Weston Productions

Gross-Weston Productions, the Emmy Award winning company behind more than thirty movies, has optioned an original Holiday screenplay from Atlanta-based, multi-award winning screenwriter, Ken Lemm.

The project, titled "The Twelve Strays of Christmas", tells the story of a young asset analyst who is shipped off to a small, economy-stricken town just a few days before Christmas, to evict an aging squatter from a commercial property who rescues abandoned dogs, and in the process, finds love.

Atlanta-based scribe Lemm is an award-winning screenwriter whose first feature film "A Horse For Summer" (starring Dean Cain, Christopher Atkins, and Golden Globe nominee Lee Meriwether) is currently earning awards at film festivals across the U.S., and is scheduled to release on dvd/vod in mid-November.

Lemm is also the recent recipient of the 2014-2015 "Writer of the Year" award by the Action on Film International Film Festival in California, and is represented by Matt Prater at Dedicated Talent Management in Los Angeles.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Marshall Barnes To Rock Tri-County UFO Event with Update On Time Machine Connection to Interstellar

Internationally noted R&D engineer Marshall Barnes will return to Alliance, OH to speak at the November 8th Tri-County UFO Group meeting at the Perkins Restaurant. He'll be giving updates on the development of the first time machine, the Verdrehung Fan™, which he invented in August of 2012, and connections between it and the new Matthew McConaughey movie, Interstellar.

"I think it's interesting, that they have this super massive wormhole in space in Interstellar and I'm opening micro wormholes here on Earth with the Verdrehung Fan™."

The idea that traversable wormholes could be opened on Earth will be unbelievable for some, especially the movie's science advisor, Kip Thorne, but Marshall has lectured successfully on this issue at the International Space Development Conference last May in Los Angeles, California.

"The scenario is rather simple," Marshall says."If you look at any regular description of micro wormholes, you'll find that the idea is that perhaps something can be used to tease them open and then make them stable. Negative energy is often part of the description, but all of that is a long way away from reality. What I'm doing isn't, however, and this is how it's done. I'm applying torsion effects created from the STDTS™ field that incapsules the Verdrehung Fan™ as it rotates. As that field rotates, it is causing a contracting warping effect on space and time. That effect also is effecting the quantum foam of space-time which is the level at which micro wormholes are located and are constantly, rapidly opening and closing. This torsion effect elongates and distorts the micro wormholes, holding them open longer over time which then enables us to transmit RF and IR waves into them. With increased power, I believe that a large, single wormhole can be created. The reason why it could be held open without negative energy is because I'm using a mechanism that is creating the torsion in the first place, which the other models don't provide for. It's the same as the force that keeps a whirlpool in your sink open - the volume of water rushing toward the drain keeps the whirlpool in action and the torsion effect created by the rotating mechanism, enveloped in the STDTS™ field, does the same in the case of a wormhole that we might create on a larger scale than where we are currently. The optical effects, and the creation of ozone without the use of high voltages, indicates that there are in fact forces being applied on the quantum level and the experimental results fit what the New Scientist published about Luke Butcher's research at Cambridge University in England".

The New Scientist article that Marshall refers to is Skinny Wormholes Could Send Messages Through Time (see ) and was published a day after Marshall gave his presentation on the physics behind the Verdrehung Fan™ at the International Space Development Conference's SpaceUp session.

Marshall has plans for starting a major project that will include research and design the construction of a 20 ft "stargate" with a complete control room and supporting equipment, derived from research that he has performed based on the theories of the late John Archibald Wheeler of Princeton.

The Tri-County UFO meeting will start at 6 PM Saturday night at the Perkins Restaurant at 20040 Harrisburg Westville Rd, Alliance, OH, 82196 (see ). Interstellar is playing at all major theaters now. Check local listings.

Friday, November 28, 2014

22nd Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival starts this Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

ADIFF is back in New York City with a great line up of award-winning films that explore the human experience of people of color all over the world.

Among the films set to have their New York premiere in ADIFF 2014 are films featured in international film festivals such as Toronto, Montreal, Durban, Rotterdam, Palm Spring and Los Angeles Film Fests including Opening Night film Supremacy by the producers of Django Unchained with Danny Glover, Derek Luke and Lela Rochon.

Presented at the Toronto International Film Festival are the gripping and provocative Finish dramedy Heart of a Lion by Dome Karukosi, a film with “a lot of heart and warmth” (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times) about a Neo-Nazi who falls for a woman with a black son from a previous marriage and 2014 New Zealand’s foreign-language Oscar submissionWhite Lies by Dana Rotberg, a period drama based on a novella by “Whale Rider” author Witi Ihimaera that explores deep inner and societal conflicts between a wealthy woman, her servant and the Moari healer they seek out for assistance.

First presented at the Montreal World Film Festival is the impressive epic drama based on a true story, Ninga Queen of Angola by Sergio Graciano, about a 17thcentury Queen who fought for freedom against Portuguese colonialism.

Kajarya by Madhureeeta Anand, a compelling and disturbing women centered drama that decries the social hypocrisy around the practice of killing baby girls in India and the national award winning filmNames Unknown by Charu Ahuja, which takes a critical look at the life of marginalized people in the Kerala region of India are part of a selection of films about Indian people in and out of India.

Screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Diego Star by Frederick Pelletier, a drama about Traore, a mechanic from the Ivory Coast who is forced to spend the winter in a small town in Quebec after an accident on board his ship is “a stark, touching tale about the common humanity that connects people from alien backgrounds, and the institutionalized inhumanity that drives them apart.” Peter Keough Boston Globe

Other noteworthy premieres in ADIFF 2014 include Scorsese’s Marrakech International Film festival Jury Winner for best Actor Fevers by Hicham Ayouch about a 13 year old boy at war with life, adults and himself and the South African drama with a distinctly local flavor The Two of Us by first time filmmaker Ernest Nkosi – which made its world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in August - about a very turbulent sibling relationship between Thulas and Zanele and their lives in the Alexandra township.

The Two of Us is one of the highlights of the ADIFF 2014 South Africa: 20 Years of Democracyprogram presented in collaboration with the South African Department of Arts and Culture, the NFVF and the Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission.  Four other outstanding films in this program are the entertaining South African hit dramedy Between Friends by Zuko Nodada to screen as the festival Centerpiece, the hit comedy Material by Craig Friemond about a Muslim comedian and his rigid father,Letters to Zorha by Saskia Vredeveld, the untold story of Ahmed Kathrada, a freedom fighter who spent 26 years in prison in Robben island with Nelson Mandela, and the revealing documentary I, Afrikaner by Analet Steenkamp which documents four generations of the director’s family in post-apartheid South Africa.

Also premiering in the festival this year are Closing Night film Obama Mama, a documentary about Stanley Ann Dunham, mother of the nation's first black president, Gala Screening Bound: Africans vs. African Americans, a documentary about the tensions between these two groups, and the U.S. premiere of Steps to Liberty, a documentary by Rokhaya Diallo that describes the 1984 March for Equality and Against Racism in France and its repercussion today.  Steps to Liberty will close a full day of screenings around the theme France and the Race Issue.

The program Blacks in Latin America, sponsored in part by the Academy of Motion Picture and Science, will feature 20 films including the two documentaries Oggun: An Eternal Presence andReshipment and the three part series 1912, Breaking the Silence by award-winning Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando who will complete her acclaimed US wide tour with ADIFF 2014.

Many of the directors and actors for the films in the festival will be on hand for question-and-answer sessions following the screenings.

For more information about the 22nd Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, to receive the complete line up, screeners and high resolution images please contact Diarah N’Daw-Spech at (212) 864-1760/ fax (212) 316-6020 or e-mail ( Festival web site: (


Described by film critic Armond White as “a festival that symbolizes diaspora as more than just anthropology,” ADIFF has managed to increase the presence of independent Afrocentric films from all over the world in the general American specialty movie scene by launching films such as The Trackerby Rolf de Heer (Australia), Kirikou and the Sorceress by Michel Ocelot (France), Gospel Hill by Giancarlo Esposito (USA), Darrat/Dry Season by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad), The First Rasta by Helene Lee (France/Jamaica)The Story of Lovers Rock by Menelik Shabazz (UK) Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story by Yousry Nasrallah (Egypt),  The Pirogue by Moussa Touré and Jews of Egypt by Amir Ramses among others.

Attracting a wider cross-section of cinephiles and audiences of African-American, Caribbean, African, Latino and European ethnic backgrounds that share a common interest for good stories about the human experience of people of color, ADIFF is now a national and international event with festivals held in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, and Paris, France.

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

The 22nd annual New York African Diaspora International Film Festival is made possible thanks to the support of the following institutions and individuals: ArtMattan productions; the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Teachers College, Columbia University; the New York City Council in the Arts; New York City Council Member Inez E. Dickens; the French Cultural Services; South African Department of Arts and Culture; the NFVF; The Academy of Motion Picture and Science, the Guadeloupe Island Tourist Board, Thalia Cinema at Symphony Space, the Délégation Générale du Québec à New York, TV5 Monde, The Village Voice, WBAI and Public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.  ADIFF is a proud member of the Harlem Arts Alliance.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Wishing you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Daily Film Forum.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Matt Monday Drops a Filthy Surprise

Matt Monday dropped a “filthy”surprise on his fans by releasing a new EP. Before the Filth, hosted by DJBooth, is a nine track teaser to the Filthy album.

Filthy, was scheduled for release this past summer, but according to the Southern Wealth In Music (S.W.I.M) Group, the album has been pushed back until next year.

“Filthy is very important to our entire organization. We want to give our fans quality music, in which they can continue to listen to over time,” said John “JT” Tolbert, a representative from S.W.I.M. “So, why rush it?”

Before the Filth is exclusively available at Quoted verbatim from the site, “The project marks the end of a two-year hiatus following his 2012 Black Cradles mixtape. Included among its nine original tracks are (non-featured) lead single "The Lomax" and reader-approved follow-ups “Get It Wrong”, and “You.”DJBooth also calls Monday a “Charleston representative”, as he makes a number of references to his hometown throughout the EP. He’s even launching a film set in Charleston South Carolina to accompany the album.

Filthy: the Film,is Directed/Produced by Adrian Westendorff. Monday is the writer, Executive Producer and star. An hour after Before the Filth was unexpectedly released, Monday launched an online fundraiser; this campaign will help assist with post production, and registration fees for film festivals throughout the nation.

“I think the festivals will be a great way to introduce myself to a new demographic,” Monday says. “Filthy has really pushed me to keep setting high standards with my music and video production.”

The money raised from the online campaign, will also allow S.W.I.M. to release Filthy as a dual package with the album and film. To make a contribution to the campaign visit:

“From a creative standpoint, I know Filthy will separate me from other indie and Charleston-based artist,” Monday added.

About Matt Monday

Since the release of his first LP, Chaos Theory, Matt Monday has built a loyal fanbase and tested an enthusiastic stage presence, opening up for artists such as J. Cole, Tech N9ne, Warren G, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, The Movement, Pastor Troy, and even touring on Wiz Khalifa's Deal or No Deal tour in 2010.Within four consecutive years, the Charleston City Paper named him the“Best Local Hip Hop Artist,” while his music and videos have gained accolades from websites such as 2DopeBoyzThe Smoking Section and DJ Booth. In 2013, he partnered with Mike Santos and Jeff Berry to create Southern Wealth In Music (S.W.I.M) Group, an indie label based out of Charleston, South Carolina. Monday's next album Filthy will be his first project released by S.W.I.M in 2015.

About Filthy: The Film

Filthyis a short film based on a college dropout named Tobias (Matt Bostick). Tobias was once chemistry major and became very proficient at making pills. In high demand by local college students, Tobias begins to sell the pills, making him a cash cow in the city. In the midst of his new business venture, Tobias reunites with his girlfriend Lisa (Latrell Brennan) and move in together. After getting into some trouble with his distributor KP (Taji Hameed), Tobias promises Lisa that he would stay on the straight and narrow. However, throughout the film, he battles with his temptation for his growing wealth and keeping his promise to Lisa—the one he loves the most.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Africa’s First Afro Beat Dance Movie, “#TDMP: The Dance Movie Project” Takes to Indiegogo

Lexxistalking Production, a film production company based in New York City, announces the launch of an exciting rewards Indiegogo campaign for ‘#TDMP: The Dance Movie Project,’ a new drama film set in Lagos, Nigeria that is based on real life events about the richness of Africa’s dance culture, the dramatic prevalence of diabetes in Africa, and encouragement of African elders to nurture its youth’s natural born talents.

“I wanted to create an attention-grabbing story that shows the world what’s going on in Africa, particularly in countries like Nigeria where the prevalence of diabetes is on the rise. I also wanted to create a motion picture that would stimulate dialogue around the dance talents of African youths, particularly in ways that will exceed people’s preconceived notions about Africa. When completed, #TDMP will be the world’s first Afrobeat dance film.” – Alexander “Lexx” Ore, Creator of #TDMP: The Dance Movie Project.

The project originated from Lexx’s love for dance and filmmaking coupled with his interest in creating diabetes awareness initiatives, has since grown into a motion picture film that will feature numerous major professional actors and dance artists, who have laid the groundwork for ‘#TDMP: The Dance Movie Project.”

The intention behind the crowdfunding goal of $80,000 is to create a project that gives dance fans and advocates of diabetes prevention, a motion picture experience they have never seen together before. Lexxistalking Production launches the Indiegogo campaign with a proof-of-concept behind-the-scenes video that showcases the style of dance effects that will be seen in ‘#TDMP: The Dance Movie Project.’

Having spent $20,000 on the #TDMP so far, Lexxistalking Production has decided to turn to the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform to finance the continued development of ‘#TDMP: The Dance Movie Project’ and give its financial backers access to exclusive rewards. Therefore, in exchange for supporting the project, backers can choose from rewards or perks including tickets to attend the VIP movie premiere and other exclusive premiere events, onscreen credit, a digital download of the film, the option to travel to Africa, a chance to join the team as an associate producer, opportunity to be included as an extra in the film and many more.

“#TDMP: The Dance Movie Project is a story about how far someone will go to share their creativity with the world,” says Alvin Moonesesar, Associate producer for #TDMP. “The movie will cultivate public awareness of the rich dance arts culture in Africa, and it will also be the beginnings of a movement to inspire public health change. Right now, Lexx and I have numerous professional dancers and actors signed up to create #TDMP, but a successful Indiegogo campaign will allow us to obtain additional necessary equipments, hire a few more professional artists and additional visual effects team for the movie.”

#TDMP: The Dance Movie Project, is a unique opportunity for dance fans, lovers of everything AFRICA, and diabetes awareness supporters around the globe, to band together and create a motion picture that expresses why the arts and diabetes prevention is so important to so many of us.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sweeping Forward | Autumn Campaign

'Sweeping Forward' is kicking off this fall with an exciting campaign to qualify for both:

The 2015 Canadian Screen Awards and The 87th Academy Awards!

My name is Patricia MacDowell... and I'm asking for your help to bring this finished narrative feature film to the red carpets.

I feel filmmaking is a great opportunity to comment on the world in which we live.

Sweeping Forward- more than a feature film... Mental health is such an important and universal subject and it is my hope that people around the globe will be affected by my story and how, through film, an inspiring, heartwarming story of women with their own troubles, who, through determination and perseverance, achieve their own goals.

Check out some of the amazing perks on my indiegogo campaign; For just $5 you can win the opportunity to be a guest at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards Ceremony and at the Oscars !Including travel and hotel accommodations.


Your support is important to the success of this campaign - please tell friends and help build an audience! Every person counts!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Runic Films and Little Empire Productions Announce ‘Hashtag’ Kickstarter

Runic Films and Little Empire Productions are delighted to announce that the Kickstarter for their next project, Hashtag, has been launched. Hashtag is a thought-provoking short science fiction drama that examines a future where social media dominates those who unknowingly push the limits of technology to achieve fame.

Ben Alpi, director and co-writer of Hashtag, says “We have a great team ready to make a great movie, and we are looking forward to having our Kickstarter Backers be a part of the journey.”

This is Alpi’s second Kickstarter venture. The first, Cowboy Creed, a short western film, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and went on to receive two award nominations.

Producing Hashtag is Jyotika Virmani along with Robert Alpi, who both helped produce Cowboy Creed. Joining them will be Gigi Edgley, Producer of Nobody Knows.

Edgley, most widely known for her role as “Chiana” on the critically-acclaimed sci-fi television series, Farscape, and more recently the host of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, will also be starring in Hashtag. She will play “X”, the ultimate social media maven, a charismatic woman attracting the attention of tens of millions of online followers. "X" has everything she's ever thought she wanted. She's #famous and she's #watched, but is her life #real?

Gigi Edgley says “X is one of the most intriguing characters I’ve ever met and I can’t wait to introduce you all to her.”

The script for Hashtag was co-written by Ben Alpi and Kevin Rubio (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ben 10, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, TROOPS). The production includes other Cowboy Creed alumni: Director of Photography, David Berry (Judas Kiss, Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II); Production Designer, Meg Savage (The Skeptic); Composer, Joe Terrana (Cuban Sandwich Crisis, The Gita); Film Editor, Jeff Handy; Line Producer, Erik Goodrich (Beyond Scared Straight, Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II); and Sound Editor, Ralph Miller (Star Trek: Renegades, Judas Kiss). Joining this team is visual effects supervisor, Deke Kincaid (The Chronicles of Riddick, The Water Horse, Pirates of the Caribbean series, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Deja Vu).

“I’m proud of the team we have assembled and we are ready to go into production. We are happy to be using Kickstarter, as it is one of the most respected community crowd-funding platforms and anyone can go to our page to become a backer,” says Jyotika Virmani.

There are many Kickstarter rewards, including autographed posters, copies of the film, exclusive signed photos, and opportunities to interview or meet the cast and crew. You can also be a part of the film and even have your name in the credits.

For more information visit:


Runic Films is a Los Angeles-based film production and entertainment company developing original properties for film and television. Runic was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to upholding the traditions of mythic storytelling. Runic Films harnesses cutting-edge technology and visual effects to create amazing worlds for dramatic tales grounded in humanity.


Gigi and Jake Edgley are the cofounders of Little Empire Productions. They have been certain every step of the way to create music, comic books and films that enlighten, intrigue and rock your world. They are internationally based as Jake is currently located in Australia and Gigi resides in Los Angeles. Little Empire Productions mission is to devise creations straight from the heart and soul.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pro Sound Effects Releases Enhanced Hybrid Library + Expansion Program

Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound library company, has released its enhanced Hybrid Library™ and new Expansion Program for freelance sound designers and independent media creators worldwide.

Since 2012, Pro Sound Effects has supported freelancers by providing access to  a big feature, big studio library ($10,000 value) at an affordable price ($1,500).

Now through December 31st, Pro Sound Effects is making 100 more Hybrid Library units available to qualified sound designers who apply and qualify for freelancer pricing. In addition, all Hybrid Library owners gain access to the Expansion Program, which ensures the Hybrid Library is continually updated.

“We really stepped up our features this year,” says Douglas Price, Founder & President of Pro Sound Effects. “Our goal is to continually improve our Hybrid Program so it lives up to its reputation as both the ‘Robin Hood of Sound Libraries’ and ‘the Sound Designers Secret Weapon.’”

Hybrid Library Key Features:

- 56,477 Sound Effects on Hard Drive: 338 GB of professional sound delivered on flashy Hybrid-branded USB 3.0 hard drive

- Spans the Sonic Spectrum A to Z: Categories include Ambiences, Animals, History, Nature, Science Fiction, Technology, Warfare and beyond

- World-Class Recordists : we curate sound effects content from the top recordists and sound designers including Blastwave FX, BBC, BOOM, Foundation, Sound Control SE, and beyond

- Online Access to 215,000+ sounds from any computer through the Pro Sound Effects Online Library

- Masterful Metadata for lightning fast, pinpoint searches

- Free Annual Updates: 2014 Update includes 400 new sounds (6.4 GB) from Blastwave FX plus enhanced metadata

- 100% Royalty-Free Lifetime License

View full Hybrid Library features, videos, audio demos & reviews here. (

Expansion Program Key Features:

The Expansion Program provides freelancers with a simple, cost-effective way to ensure that their sound effects selection and software toolset is continually refreshed. Developed with feedback from Hybrid Library owners and curated by the PSE Library Team, Expansions 1 and 2 are robust sound effects compilations available only to Hybrid Library owners.

- Expansion 1: New Room Tones, Ambiences, Footsteps, and Foley; 10,856 sounds (54 GB) on 64 GB USB Flash Drive.

- Expansion 2: 1,000 hand-picked BBC Ambiences, Outdoor Impulse Responses, and Production Elements; 2,721 sounds (62 GB) on 64 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive.

- Soundminer Add-On: Search, Audition, Drag-n-Drop to application

View Expansion Program features & demos here. (

Pricing & Availability:

Through December 31, 2014, 100 Hybrid Library units are available for $1,500 ($10,000 value). Expansions 1 and 2 are available $500 each ($2500 value each).

Existing Hybrid Library owners will be emailed the 2014 Free Update and this will also be posted in the Hybrid Library Owner Forum.

See for more information.

About Pro Sound Effects:

Pro Sound Effects curates and delivers the Next Level sound effects library for media producers worldwide. The Pro Sound Effects Library is 220,000+ royalty-free sounds effects available both online and on hard drive. The Library spans the entire sonic spectrum and is continually updated. Founded in 2004, Pro Sound Effects is relied upon by top freelancers and big media production companies worldwide.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Winters Film Group Acquires Indie Crime Drama, "ASHES OF EDEN" For North American Distribution Deal

The announcement came in conjunction with the film’s 2014 East Lansing Film Festival ( screening, where the filmmakers Shane Hagedorn, (New House Entertainment) and DJ Perry, (Collective Development Inc.) shared the exciting news during the festival on Saturday.

“I’m proud to partner with Paul Winters and his company, Winters Film Group (WFG), for our DVD and VOD North American release. After carefully choosing our distributor from other offers, we are confident WFG will promote and expose our film to our ever growing fan base. I am thrilled to have our film roll out to retailers and other streaming platforms in early 2015.” –Shane Hagedorn, writer/director

"We are honored to align ourselves with the Winters Film Group for this next step of the release. We felt they fully understood the audience we were targeting and will be successful in reaching them." –DJ Perry, producer

WINTERS FILM GROUP is a Phoenix, Arizona, based distribution and production company that specializes in unique and engaging Indie films and television.

CEO Paul Winters is an accomplished Hollywood hyphenate, a producer, director, writer, editor, and actor. Known for his work as an Independent Filmmaker, he has also had Development and or Production deals with all of the major Hollywood Studios and Television Networks including 20th Century Fox, Castle Rock, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Columbia, Universal, Amblin, Disney, CBS, Nickelodeon, Fox, HBO, Prime Network, and Showtime. With an annual distribution slate of upwards of 25 films, WFG releases some theatrically and others in the ancillary markets of DVD, Television, Cable, and VOD.

“Ashes of Eden is a compelling and well crafted film with rock solid performances. To say that Winters Film Group is excited to be working with Shane Hagedorn on Ashes of Eden is an understatement. This is a powerful film and we are delighted to play our part in getting Ashes of Eden seen,” said Paul Winters, CEO of Winters Film Group.

In addition to the film’s North America distribution, producer’s are continuing to negotiate deals with TV and foreign distributors, putting the film on the global market.




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chart-Topping Recording Artist to Release a Family-Friendly Holiday Movie, "Christmas in Hollywood"

Recording artist Bertie Higgins with his company, Cayo Largo Productions, LLC and Reno, NV based R Squared Films is preparing to release an endearing family, comedy entitled, "Christmas in Hollywood." The movie has already won several festival awards. It stars Bertie Higgins, Chinese singing sensation Jiang Zi Long and Darren Dowler, the lead singer of Paul Revere's Raiders.  Higgins and Dowler directed and co-wrote the film.  This is a wonderful story with a great moral message. During the test and festival screenings the main viewer comment was that they cried and really laughed for the first time in years and that suddenly the world seemed like a better place.

The movie is about a young boy saving his father's Chinese restaurant from an evil banker. The father owned the property and the bank wanted the property for a new condo development. The bank figures out a tricky way to illegally foreclose on the restaurant just before Christmas. The 12-year-old boy, played by Jiang Zi Long, then sets out on a journey with his Uncle Bart, played by Bertie Higgins, and an Elf, played by Darren Dowler, to find Santa Claus and save Christmas along with the restaurant in the process. The movie is very funny, fast-paced and just makes the viewer feel good.

On November 18th, this year, the feature will have a release on over 80 major cable television networks in North America including Canada and will be available for video on demand download. It will also be featured several times between Thanksgiving and New Year's on the Chinese oriented ICN television network and in early December it will be presented on DVD/Blu-ray.  Bertie, no stranger to hits, had his first number-one song, "Key Largo", which began his successful, international recording career in the 1980's.  Bertie says "Whether it's music or movies, you often know when you have a hit and we feel that "Christmas in Hollywood' has all the indications of being a hit."  As Bertie further explains, "Hopefully, for many years in the future, everyone will be watching "Christmas in Hollywood" as part of their Christmas holiday regimen."  There is also a soundtrack album available from Toucan Cove/Universal Music on ITunes and Amazon.

To view trailers go to: