Monday, August 14, 2017

Artist James Picard's Film The Dark & The Wounded Takes Top Award at New Media Film Festival

To go beneath the surface of our distracted reality and get to the root of what is really happening to us as individuals, society and as a species on the planet. By getting past our fears we can become more compassionate and understanding towards ourselves and others. Beyond fear, there truly is freedom."

James Picard's words ring true and, with the current state our world is in, are needed to be heard now more than ever. Picard's vision of The Dark and The Woundedstarted over five years ago when a close friend revealed to him that she was raped continually by her father throughout her childhood. Picard's empathy took him into the deeper realm of the human psyche, looking for answers. He soon began painting a series of artwork that focused on the darker aspects of human nature and why our personal, societal and global wounds of the past still haunt us in the present.

Eventually Picard began looking for a venue to exhibit the series, after being rejected by the main stream galleries, and found a home in some of the darkest and most wounded locations known to mankind: abandoned asylums, prisons and hospitals. He soon began booking locations all across North America and inviting guests in for midnight showings to which the response was, as Picard puts it, "…absolutely mind-altering."

Bringing this spectacular idea to life required the addition of more creative talent so Picard brought onboard renowned Hollywood composer Jeff Danna to create an awe-inspiring soundtrack and Dr. Jeff Jean to co-direct and lead as head cinematographer. Their unique and outstanding visionary skills have helped bring the live visceral event experience to film.

About James Picard: Picard has exhibited extensively in over 160 art shows throughout North America and Europe. His work has been exhibited next to Picasso, Matisse, Miro, and Warhol. Harold Town stated that Picard's talent is "rare in the art world". When Picard is not painting, he is teaching others how to paint. He has received countless awards and accolades for his work and contributions to communities throughout North America. He is currently residing in Vancouver and Los Angeles and is touring his award-winning documentary "The Dark and The Wounded" around the world.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Artist James Picard To Make Cameo Appearance in Sarah Deakin's 'Yellow'

James Picard has just wrapped filming the Sarah Deakin film Yellow, which features 42 Picard oil paintings along with James doing a cameo in the film.

Yellow follows 10 characters during one seemingly ordinary afternoon in an art gallery, but on this particular afternoon, all of these characters experience some sort of crossroads in their lives. It is about the intricacies about what it means to be human, it's about art and love, poetry and the pursuits of our own truths. A stellar cast helps bring this all to light.

Yellow is the first stand-alone film in a series of 7 that will be developed by a group of up-and-coming women directors. This film acts as the "pilot" and is produced by Bright Lights Productions.

About James Picard:  Picard has exhibited extensively in over 150 art shows throughout North America and Europe. His work has been exhibited next to Picasso, Matisse, Miro, and Warhol. Harold Town stated that Picard's talent is "rare in the art world".  When Picard is not painting, he is teaching others how to paint. He has received countless awards and accolades for his work and contributions to communities throughout North America. He is currently residing in Vancouver and Los Angeles and is touring his award winning documentary "The Dark and The Wounded" around the world.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Worldwide Women's Film Festival Partners with iPitch.tv

 Winners and participants in the Worldwide Women's Film Festival will be reaping some extra benefits obtained by the relationship with iPitch.tv.  Winners will receive one (1) year of access (valued at $300) to pitch content through the iPitch.tv membership site and develop connections with companies such as: Discovery Studios, Discovery Network, Sony Pictures Entertainment Television, CBS, GSN, New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, Echo Lake Entertainment, Relativity Television, WEtv, Authentic Entertainment, to name a few.  Participants will have access to a three (3) month trial membership.

"We are ecstatic to have this opportunity to help bring more value to filmmakers and make a difference with this partnershp with iPitch.TV." ~ co-founders Kim A. Huenecke and Eva Louis

Worldwide Women's Film Festival, will be held Friday and Saturday, February 9 – 10, 2018 at the Harkins Shea 14 Theatres, located at 7354 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85260.

Film Submissions are currently being accepted and can be submitted via the websites: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/WorldwideWomensFilmFestival or visiting www.wwfilmfestival.com Earlybird Deadline is September 1, 2017 and Extended Deadline is October 15, 2017 (fees vary per date of submission)

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WORLDWIDE WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL

WWFF was established in 2016 and is focused on highlighting the talents of women filmmakers from all over the world.  The organization wants to be an epicenter in the film industry for recognizing the wide array of talents and quality content that is being created by women and other filmmakers collaborating to support women in the film and entertainment industry. Website: www.wwfilmfestival.com

Monday, August 7, 2017

Original Star Wars set designer to be honored at Oceanside Film Festival

The Oceanside International Film Festival will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of "Star Wars" this year by honoring the designer who helped bring the film to life. At the event's closing ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, production designer Alan Roderick-Jones will be receiving the festival's annual Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the world of film design.

Roderick-Jones' career spans more than five decades, starting way back 1961 on "The Victors" as a junior in the art department at Shepperton Studios. He would go on to work on two films that received Oscars for art direction; "Nicholas And Alexandria"(1971) and "Star Wars"(1977). He has also won four Cleo Awards for his art direction in the world of commercials.

On "Star Wars", Alan Roderick-Jones co-designed with the late Production Designer John Barry. He drafted and dressed the Cantina, Homestead Garage, Docking Bay 94 for the Falcon, Death Star Corridors, The Throne room and The War Room. Although not credited in the 1977 film, he was finally acknowledged in the film's second release and eventually written up in The Star Wars Insider Magazine (Issue 131 Feb / March 2012) as one of the unsung heroes of the Star Wars saga.

Apart from his award acceptance, Roderick-Jones will also be hosting a special workshop during the festival on Saturday, Aug. 12. This presentation will not only give fans a behind the scenes look at the film's creation, but an overview of his full career as well. Such other highlights featured in the presentation will include his work on the Steve McQueen wartime epic, "Papillon"(1973), the Charles Chaplin written "The Countess of Hong Kong"(1967) and Michelangelo Antonioni's art house favorite, "Blow Up"(1966). The festival will hold a meet and greet prior to the workshop that will give "Star Wars" fans a chance to speak one on one with the designer.

Co-presented by NACRE Publishing, LLC, the Oceanside International Film Festival's "Star Wars" workshop will take place on Aug. 12, at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre. Meet and Greet opportunities will run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with the presentation beginning at 12:00 p.m. Tickets to the workshop and other events at the Oceanside International Film Festival are on sale now at www.osidefilm.org.

About Us: Founded by the Oceanside Cultural Art Foundation in 2009, the Oceanside International Film Festival is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened and juried. It also gives film buffs a jump-start chance for viewing local and international films in a Southern Californian locale known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom. Held Aug. 6 – 13, OIFF 2017 will take place at the Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre respectively. For purchase & attendance information please visit www.osidefilm.org

NACRE Publishing LLC, founded April 2015 in Temecula California by award winning international singer-songwriter, Joanna Pearl, is an independent publishing company with emphasis on music, media, print, film, television, merchandise and software. NACRE is an affiliate of performing rights organization, ASCAP. For more information please visit www.NacrePublishing.com

Friday, August 4, 2017

"Larger Than Life: A Boyband Story" Movie Release Party Takes On NYC


We thoroughly enjoyed the premiere a year ago and all the many followings of this film. Being released worldwide by the prestigous Shami Media Group, word on the street is the hot ticket tonight in NYC is the official release party for Edvin Ortega of Orange is the New Black's award winning film "Larger Than Life: A Boyband Story". Held at uber exclusive hotspot Beautique Lounge, the invite only affair has been the talk for of the town surrounding the films release. Daily Film Forum has gotten first hand scoop that along with Ortega, full starring cast Chris Jehnert, John Wagner, Devon Peacock, Toly Rod, Price Adam Troche and Keith Collins ("The Evangelist") will be in attendance. 
The film not only takes a close look at what is like to be a tribute artist in New York's cut throat music scene, but it depicts the journey of co-founder Ortega as he tries to reunite John, Chris, Devin, Toly and others to not only form the Ultimate Boyband Tribute, but to release their own hit song! For this boyband it’s a Brand New day! We give this inspirational gem of a film 4 out of 5 stars and a must see! Larger Than Life: A Boyband Story is creeping up the charts sooner than you think and its starting tonight at Beautique Lounge in New York City...


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Actor Sebastian Faure: You can achieve anything you want, JUST EMBRACE THE JOURNEY!

Actor Sebastian Faure brings a truly unique perspective to his craft: "Life is never easy. At a young age, our parents always told us that you could achieve anything you desire if you put your mind to it. They weren't wrong, but what do we desire? Your journey starts here. First, you have to find your passion. And the only way for you to find what you love most is to experience the work that life has to offer."

Born in Dubai in 1988, his parents divorced early in his life, so he grew up facing those struggles. But his Mom introduced him to art. "The first time I held a pencil and started drawing was when I was with her. The first time I had to recite a poetry sonnet in class, I was practicing at home with my mum. She was always there to support me. For that, I'm grateful."

Showing promise at a young age, he initially earned a scientific baccalaureate from the Lycee Georges Pompidou in France.

He went on to attend the Sorbonne University in Paris, majoring in Art History and Archeology, where he fell in love with acting. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Art History and Archeology and a Minor in Theatre.

Moving back to Dubai he started working in a gallery as an art consultant. After three years, his passion for acting overtook him, so he moved to the City of Angels, Los Angeles, CA, where he earned a Master's in Fine Art Acting from the New York Film Academy in Burbank. He is grateful to have been coached by people like George McGrath, Isabela Hofmann, Joe Basile, George Russo, and Ken Lerner, just to name a few.

He became acquainted with acting techniques from Stanislavski to Meisner, from Meisner to Lee Strasberg, from Strasberg to Chekhov, Chekhov to Grotowski. He was able to take something from all of these techniques in order to create his own style.

He began to get parts, then developed a great reputation. He began getting more work through referrals because people liked working with him.

He has now made a dozen short films. He wrote two films, directed one and even produced one, although he discovered he doesn't care much for producing.

"Life is about finding your purpose and embracing your journey. In my Acting class, I remember one of my teachers asked me: 'What drives you to your goal?' I simply told him, 'I want to be remembered and leave my stamp in this world. Even after I die, I can still affect people's lives through my films.'"

Cast as the lead in the multiple award winning Sui Side Inn, he plays Chef Dimitri. Sui Side Inn tells the story of an innkeeper named Sui who helps people with their struggle. When you want to end your life, you stay at this hotel.

Sui Side Inn earned a 2017 Platinum International Independent award, 2017 LA Shorts award, 2017 Los Angeles Film Award for Best Editing, and a 2017 Best Drama Award from the LA International Film Festival.

Sui Side Inn screened privately at Warner Brothers.

In Retail Blues, he played the manager of a store named Josh. The film is a dark comedy that involves the story of an employee named Justine. Justine is offered two incredible opportunities: one for singing and one for the store manager. Josh is Justine's manager who will try any means necessary to have her stay in the store so he can get promoted.

"Every time I pick a role, I always start by understanding the psychology behind that person and the way he perceives life, because acting is all about thought. Then studying the way he interacts with strangers, family members and co-workers."

In The Reverie, a psycho-thriller, he played a photographer named Michael Miller. An unexpected model shows up and insistently asks Michael if he can have his pictures taken. Michael is passionate about photography and decides to accept the stranger's offer. During the photo-shoot, a conversation starts between both them and Michael soon realizes that Edward is here for a reason. Nothing is as it seems.

The Reverie screened at Warner Brothers.

In Daughter of the Lake, he was cast as the lead: Roland.

Daughter of the Lake is a horror film in which four college students decide to go on a road trip. Tensions start to rise when they find themselves stuck in the middle of nowhere. What was supposed to be a fun college trip turns for the worse when they seek shelter in an abandoned ranch next to a lake.

Daughter of the Lake earned the March 2017 LA Shorts Award, Best Original Story by the Los Angeles Film Awards, April 2017 and Best Horror by the Festigious International Film Festival.

"Marlon Brandon, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Paul Newman, Orson Welles, Alec Baldwin are some of the actors that inspired me for decades. They are character actors who can mold themselves and fill in the shoes of any fictional character and bring fiction to reality with their dimensional craft and their emotional depth.

"I strive to become like them and hopefully work with talent like them in the near future. These actors show the foundation of what an actor must strive to become, and the films we admire and respect today would never have reached their peaks without the involvement of these great actors."

Sebastian Faure has worked hard in order to pursue his passion for acting. "I'm consistently learning more about life and myself so I can improve my artistic craft."

Up to date press materials on Sebastian Faure available at: http://www.thomcomm.com/sebastian-faure.php

Monday, July 31, 2017

Miss Universe Finalist Now Winning Film Awards!

Former Miss Universe (Canada) contestant Anna Hita addressed the press after receiving her "Best Leading Actress" award. "Life is an amazing and exciting adventure!" she told us, confident and totally comfortable on the red carpet.

"I've had an amazing life and lived all over the world. I've achieved a lot in the fashion business, architecture, writing, singing, music producing . . ." Her smile broadened. "I even did fashion design for an airline," she added, pausing momentarily to smile at the individual photographers and videographers. "And now," she continued, "I've won 'Best Leading Actress' at IndieFest, one of the top 20 Film Festivals in the US."

A fan interrupted with, "We love you, Anna!"

Anna smiled and looked toward that lady in the crowd. "Movies are my main inspiration in life. My grandest dream has been to act in great movies with great people . . . That dream is now coming true . . . and all I can tell you is that I truly feel as though I've just begun!'"

Anna Hita produced and starred in "Very Bad Words," a winning film at IndieFest. It wasn't the first time one of Anna's film projects was honored and it certainly won't be the last.

"If you're passionate," Anna explains, "achieving success is a given, and the journey to success is gratifying . . . and energizing!"

We asked Anna Hita if she had advice for newer actors. "Don't ever allow doubt in your life. Reaching a goal won't make you happy unless you already are. So be happy now and enjoy your personal journey to success." She paused for a moment and added, "I've experienced my share of challenges. I am so grateful for every one of them. You see, failure is not the opposite of success . . . failure is a part of success! So be grateful for the challenges; appreciate the times you fall short; and always enjoy the journey. After all, isn't that what life is – a journey?"

Anna Hita – an extraordinary multi-talented lady – coming soon to a motion picture theater near you!

Anna is available for interviews. She is represented by Chris Montgomery of Prodigy Talent, 7080 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1100, Hollywood, CA 90028

Friday, July 28, 2017

Sabrina Percario, SAG / AFTRA Forms Percario Productions

After successfully producing a number of well received films, actress / producer Sabrina Percario, SAG / AFTRA announces the formation of her production company: Percario Productions. She now has eight in-production projects, preceded by an astounding twenty-nine completed films, with four more in-development projects!

"I want to produce films that I feel personally connected with, and that speak to my heart. I believe that making a film and sharing it with the world is a big responsibility. When someone makes a film and puts it out there, they are telling people how they view the world, or are sharing a point of view of a definite subject and how it directly and indirectly affects people. It's an opportunity to waken them to a specific topic, or to create a reflection, or to just feel an emotion.

"It can be very powerful, but also comes with a big responsibility. I don't use films to tell that I'm right and someone is wrong, that would be very arrogant on my part. I just want to present a subject and let the audience think about it."

In addition to dramatic, narrative films, Sabrina also intends to create television productions and spots. "I'm open to any kind of communication as long as the story speaks to my heart. I don't want to do this just for the money or publicity. I want to collaborate with people who are passionate about stories that are based on true events, or stories that bring good and positive reflections.

"I have produced a few projects so far, some of my favorites are Julia, Breaking, Open Mic, English Prep. What they have in common is that most of them were inspired by true events. I'm currently producing In Search Of in collaboration with Bad Nose Film Company, a feature film which is inspired by Julia, a story about grieving and following your dreams. This feature is also inspired by my own life and some friends who allowed me to share their struggles, and how they overcome them."

Sabrina will be keeping her production company website updated at percarioproductions.com

Sabrina is available for interview, by appointment, pending availability.

Sabrina's press materials are available at: http://www.thomcomm.com/sabrina-percario.php

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Calgrove Media Announces 3-picture Deal With Acclaimed Child Movie Star Jet Jurgensmeyer For Beloved Popchuck Chronicles Series

Jet Jurgensmeyer (LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLEADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING) is attached to play the 12-yr-old lead character in THE POPCHUCK CHRONICLES, a 3-part Canadian book series by Paul Toffanello. Calgrove Media acquired the film rights to the book series and is producing the feature films. Award Winning Canadian Scribe, C.A. Meyer, will be handling the adaptations of the novels.

THE POPCHUCK CHRONICLES delivers a subtly spooky tale of a 12-yr-old boy, Neil, solving a ghost mystery. Neil and his two best friends unravel a whole world of secrets that quickly takes us from carefree summer camp to an evil plot compromising the safety of themselves and their loved ones.

Toffanello has sold over 12,000 copies of the series in Canada and is planning on expanding sales with an American publisher. The films are scheduled to begin shooting this fall in Santa Clarita, CA.

Jet Jurgensmeyer is represented by Osbrink Talent Agency, The Block Agency, Discover Management, Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Kinder & Christopher, LLP, and Persona PR. Calgrove Media is represented by Ramo Law, PC. C.A. Meyer is represented by Meridian Artists. THE POPCHUCK CHRONICLES is published by Bungalo Books.

About Calgrove Media

Female-founded Calgrove Media, launched by entertainment industry entrepreneur Lisha Yakub Sevanian in January 2017 with a mission to cultivate more independent family entertainment. The Company has a slate of digital and film content that will enter the market by 2018. Calgrove Media is based in Valencia, CA, on the lot of the Santa Clarita Studios. Sevanian, is a native to the Santa Clarita Valley and started her entertainment career at the age of 5, as a child actor. She began producing in her early twenties and now fully focuses on the production of independent content. Sevanian has a uniquely diverse experience as she also worked in the renewable energy industry and international law. She has a track record of building creative divisions within companies. Calgrove Media is the first solo-venture from Sevanian.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Award winning short film Lone Hunter about racism and gun violence premieres on Vimeo

The award winning short film, Lone Hunter, a dramatic social thriller that touches upon ultra current topics of racism and gun violence, in a strikingly stark and intense way, recently premiered on Vimeo.

Its filmmakers hope that Lone Hunter will spark many conversations about these important topics of our time. "We had no idea when we produced this film, that current events would thrust these uncomfortable issues to the forefront of American zeitgeist, sparking a debate that is yet to be resolved," said producer, John Heinsen.

Based on actual events, Lone Hunter follows Lee, played by Tom Choi ("Teen Wolf"), a down on his luck Asian American, who tries to escape his reality by going hunting. His day quickly spirals downward when he discovers his truck to be vandalized with racist graffiti and is then confronted by a group of Caucasian American hunters, whose racist taunts lead him to snap.

"As a filmmaker I was initially drawn to the unusual turn in this polarizing story that doesn't follow traditional expectations. I am particularly proud of how the lead actors portrayed the extremely devastating subject matter in such nuanced and layered performances" said director, Pascal Leister.

Frustrated with the lack of representation of Asian Americans in film and television and particularly with their invisibility in more complex roles, Tom Choi decided to write the screenplay featuring a multi-faceted character for himself.  He then teamed up with award winning director/writer, Pascal Leister who brought his vision to life.

"Writing the screenplay and playing Lee gave me chance to portray a non stereotypical, complex Asian American character, that doesn't fit the model minority cliche. Growing up Korean-American in Iowa, with a Dad who was a hunter, I feel deeply connected to this story," said Choi.


Lone Hunter recently was awarded Best Short Film at the Milledgeville Film Festival, where it was also nominated for Best Drama and Best Actor (Choi). Further nominations include Best Actor (Choi) and Best Editing (Leister) at the Maverick Movie awards and an honorable mention at the SaMo Indiefest.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Squadeo launches Widevine everywhere on mobiles, tablets, PC, Mac

Squadeo, a leading provider of multimedia software for the OTT industry, announced today the availability of Widevine DRM across mobiles, tablets, PC and Mac, allowing video service providers to simplify deployments by relying on "one single protocol, one single DRM and one single player" across all platforms for any Android, iOS or web application.

This approach brings many benefits:
- Ensure same streaming experience and functionality across all connected screens;
- Reuse existing backend and legacy contents;
- Simplify video platform solutions deployment and maintenance;
- Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) such as to (i) optimize edge cacheability resulting into minimizing requests to the origin server, also decreasing the video playback start-up time, (ii) trade server cost into storage cost, (iii) minimize maintenance cost by reducing the engineering complexity and IOT risks.

"The combination of Squadeo player and cost-effective Widevine technology on smartphones, tablets, PC, Mac allows video service providers to deploy one single stream that will work in the same way across a variety of consumer devices, all in compliance with studio security requirements," said Benoit Brieussel, director of Sales & Marketing at Squadeo.

Squadeo will have a booth at Broadcast Asia, Singapore (May 23-25). If you want to know more about this product, then please schedule a meeting by contacting us at sales.office@squadeo.tv.

About Squadeo

Squadeo is a global provider of secure cross platform video software solutions to the broadcast and TV-industry worldwide. Squadeo's mission is to solve today's and tomorrow's OTT challenges by providing premium video players on open platforms, with a constant focus on enhanced visual experience in compliance with Studio requirements, and pre-integrated with major DRMs.

Squadeo is made up of a team of professionals originating from Philips and NXP with extensive expertise in its domains, and a track record of creating valuable products and IP. Squadeo is a privately held company with headquarters in Paris La Defense, France.

For more information about Squadeo's solutions, please visit: www.squadeo.tv

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"I AM BATTLE COMIC" Movie To Benefit Veterans Suffering From PTSD

In an effort to help veterans suffering from PTSD, The Las Vegas Premiere of I Am Battle Comic will donate 100% of tickets sales to the For Veterans Sake Foundation providing service dogs to veterans.

The film follows the Battle Comics (Don Barnhart, Slade Ham, Bob Kubota and Jeff Capri) touring the frontlines performing for our U.S. Troops for Armed Forces Entertainment and visited those stationed in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. Heartfelt interviews with top professional comedians (George Lopez, George Wallace, Dave Attell, Wayne Federman, Tammy Pescatelli and more) are woven in with the filmmaker's boots on the ground reality.

I Am Battle Comic is sure to spark conversation and create a deep appreciation for our military non-profits and families. In March of 2016, comedian/director Jordan Brady joined the Battle Comic Team and traveled to the frontlines to perform for our military men and women and visited many of the troops based in Nevada including the 17th Sustainment Brigade.

Judd Apatow calls I AM BATTLE COMIC "An excellent heartfelt film that pays tribute to our troops … and the comedians who travel the world to make them laugh."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qoZgqHZtas



Thanks to Rev. Russ Smethers and his wife Rena, The Battle Comic team brought thank you letters from Gibson Middle School to give to the troops along with four overstuffed boxes of gifts and essentials that were well received. The camera follows the comedians confronting the highs and lows facing them and our brave men and women in uniform while weaving in current events such as the brutal terrorist attacks in Brussels, Turkey, and Iraq. The dangers faced at the front and around the world underscore the mission to provide laughter for the men and women serving in our military.

100% of ticket sales from the Las Vegas Premiere of I Am Battle Comic will go to the For Veterans Sake Foundation - For Veteran's Sake Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 Non-profit organization that provides service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD. All this is done at NO COST to the veteran or their immediate family. For Veterans Sake believes in doing everything possible to keep the family together.

Fender Guitar has donated a beautiful Paramount Acoustic Guitar to auction off with proceeds going directly to For Veterans Sake Foundation. The premiere will include a funny yet serious Q/A with the filmmakers and some of the comedians featured in the film including Don Barnhart.

Barnhart is a resident of Las Vegas and can be seen performing nightly at Jokesters Comedy Club inside the D Casino Hotel when he's not on tour. He currently stars in the new sitcom Class Clowns and can be seen in Finding The Funny with Brad Garrett and Louie Anderson and plays a disgruntled comedian in Tribute To Fluffy. He also appears as the crazed shooter in the web series Max Justice.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Multi-awarded Jodi Sta. Maria to face life-changing decision in the Star Cinema film Dear Other Self

A woman in search of herself is the center of the story of the upcoming Star Cinema film "Dear Other Self", which stars 2016 International Emmy Awards nomineeJodi Sta. Maria and Philippine heartthrobs Joseph Marco, and Xian Lim, screening in key countries worldwide via TFC@theMovies starting May 25.

The film's director Veronica Velasco shares that she and co-writer Jinky Laurel took inspiration from the former's teenage daughter. "I noticed that because of the things they read on the internet, they become aware of different places around the world and they want to travel there", she recalls. "These days, there is a concept of yolo or you only live once where some feel the need to leave everything behind and travel the world.  I was thinking, 'what if that is the life she chose,' and thus 'Dear Other Self' was born."

""Dear Other Self" tells the story of Becky (Sta. Maria), the breadwinner of the family who faces a life-changing decision in her life one day. One has her starting her day right, nailing a presentation, and getting promoted. The other has her waking up on the wrong side of the bed, flunking a presentation, and getting fired.

Sta. Maria believes that this situation is something relatable for many people. "I think we all, at one point of our lives, think of things we want to do but couldn't because of our obligations.  So, I think all of us face that one critical decision in our lives that could change everything", she explains.

"Dear Other Self" is the first movie where Sta. Maria is teamed up with Marco and Lim. The two Kapamilya actors are grateful to be paired with Sta. Maria, who they describe as someone easy to work with.

"Hindi ko naramdaman 'yong pressure," Marco says about Sta. Maria. "When you work with Jodi, she makes you feel comfortable. She is very nice. I love working with her", the actor ends.

Marco and Lim will give life to the characters of Chris (Marco) and Henry (Lim). Chris is the guy-next-door who have everything planned out for his life. Meantime, Henry is the happy-go-lucky guy who lives life one day at a time. They will be the men that Becky meets in the two different scenarios in her life.

The two leading men can relate to their respective characters --- Chriswants everything in his life planned, while Henry follows what his heart desires.

Although Lim believes in following what one's heart desires, he reminds himself that it is equally important to gauge the consequences of your actions.

"Deep inside, responsibilities seem daunting to us.  You decide to do what you want, you decide to live life to the fullest, but you also have to slow down. You also have to think of the consequences because everything has a trade-off.  Life is a trade-off," he explains.

Sta. Maria also encouraged everyone not to give up on their dreams, even if there will be delays. This is something that the Kapamilya actress could relate with it seemed because success came to her after some years.  She admits, she also still dreams of getting a degree in medicine.

"I believe if God puts a dream in our hearts, it is with an intent to fulfill it and we just have to wait for the right time," she says. "Sometimes, it doesn't happen right away but later in life, it will be realized", Sta. Maria ends.

Also part of the cast are Carla MartinezBodjie PascuaAnna Luna, and Paul Salas.

Will Becky do what makes the people around her happy or will she go after her personal happiness? Find out as "Dear Other Self" screens in key countries worldwide via TFC@theMovies on the following dates: UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Papua New Guinea on May 25; U.S., Canada, and Saipan on May 26; London, UK on May 27; Rome and Milan, Italy on May 28; Australia and New Zealand on June 1; Hong Kong on June 11; and coming soon in Brunei, Singapore, and Malaysia.

For more updates about the film, visit emea.kapamilya.com, tfc-usa.com/dos, tfc-ca.com/dos or visit the TFC's Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dates Announced For 12th Annual Women's Int'l Film & Arts Festival-Call For Entries Now Open

The Women's International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF) today announced that its 12th Annual Festival and Conference will take place November 29-December 3, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

Twice awarded as South Florida's Best Film Festival by the Miami New Times Newspaper, WIFF 2017 will include the screening of more than 30 films, a two-day conference, a fundraising gala, an awards brunch and more.

"We're really excited to have reached our 12th year of supporting and empowering women artists around the world.  As women galvanize across the globe for economic, social and political equality, WIFF continues to be a leading voice for women in film, tv and entertainment," said Yvonne McCormack-Lyons, Founder and President.

WIFF is currently accepting submissions in two main categories, US Fem-Cinema, for women from or living in the United States and World She-view for women who come from other countries.  Filmmakers may enter feature length (50 minutes or longer) narrative/dramatic films or feature length documentaries.  The Festival will also accept dramatic shorts and short documentary films (films 49 minutes or less).  Animated films are also accepted.

Filmmakers can submit their films to:  Festival Programmer, Women's International Film Festival, PO Box 460577, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33346 or logo onto www.womensfilmfest.comwhere they can view online submission information and complete submission rules for the 2017 Festival.  Submission deadlines and processing fees are:  Early Submission Deadline: June 30, 2017, $40 features and $30 shorts; Official Submission Deadline, July 31, 2017 $55 features and $45 short films; and Late Deadline, August 31, 2017 $75 for feature films, and $65 for short films.

About WIFF
The Women's International Film & Arts Festival and Conference is the leading annual international cultural event addressing the issues of women in the film and entertainment industry. The annual event, the Reel Girls: Real WomenTM media literacy and filmmaking project for teen girls and year-long programs feature films, workshops, visual and performing arts, produced by or about women.

For more information about the Women's International Film & Arts Festival, media professionals may email news@womensfilmfest.com

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Carmen" gets The Great Kat Guitar/Violin Shred treatment with new Tango Dance inspired Music Video

"Carmen" gets The Great Kat Guitar/Violin Shred treatment with new Argentine Tango Dance inspired Music Video: Sarasate's "Carmen Fantasy" Coming Soon to iTunes, Amazon & Google Play!
Photo: http://www.greatkat.com/08/sneakpeek/carmenfantasystill58logo6-1200x1600.jpg

OLÉ! The Great Kat's Sarasate's "Carmen Fantasy" stars the Shredding Senorita, The Great Kat, shredding Guitar AND Violin, while bringing the tragic story of "Carmen" to life. Starting with Carmen's famous "Habanera" song of seduction, The Great Kat gives Carmen the shred treatment with Carmen & Don José dancing a violent Argentine Tango featuring ganchos, ochos, dips, kicks, and more fast Argentine Tango steps. Matadors and bullfighters fight charging bulls, while the world's fastest guitar/violin shredder, The Great Kat whizzes by with lightning speeds. Kat then transforms into "Madame Kat" Fortune Teller predicting Carmen's future with a recurring death tarot card. S&M Kat and gimp slave then appear, before over the top shred insanity lets loose!

Stay tuned for World Premiere on AMAZON, iTUNES, GOOGLE PLAY & MORE!
http://www.greatkat.com

VIDEO STILLS:
Cover: http://www.greatkat.com/08/sneakpeek/carmenfantasystill58...
Carmen & Don José Tango: http://www.greatkat.com/08/sneakpeek/carmenfantasystill101logo3.jpg
Senorita:  http://www.greatkat.com/08/sneakpeek/carmenfantasystill75logo1.jpg
S&M Kat: http://www.greatkat.com/08/sneakpeek/carmenfantasystill115logo1.jpg
Matador: http://www.greatkat.com/08/sneakpeek/carmenfantasystill11ologo2.jpg
Madame Kat Fortune Teller: http://www.greatkat.com/08/sneakpeek/carmenfantasystill60logo3.jpg


The Great Kat's BLISTERING Classical Violin/Metal Guitar Shreddering on SARASATE'S CARMEN FANTASY on iTUNES:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sarasates-carmen-fantasy-for-violin-band/id384712414?i=384712444 & SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/track/2KnyeUdBCKjTCeXB0bX7Ga

PRESS/TV/RADIO: Get your Free CD REVIEW COPY of The Great Kat's "Bloody Vivaldi" CD Featuring Sarasate's "Carmen Fantasy" & To Set up Great Kat Interviews:  contact: Karen Thomas, Thomas PR: karent@thomas-pr.com
631-549-7578 or Toll Free (US & Canada Only) 800-KAT-8664
http://www.greatkat.com

NEW Great Kat DVD coming in 2017!! Featuring ShredClassical masterpieces from Vivaldi, Sarasate, Rossini, Liszt, Terror, Bazzini & More insanity from The Great Kat Guitar/Violin Double Virtuoso!! http://www.greatkat.com


About The Great Kat:
Legendary Guitar/Violin Double Virtuoso, The Great Kat http://www.greatkat.com is the world-famous Juilliard graduate Classical Violin Virtuoso/Carnegie Recital Hall Violin Soloist/Winner of "Artists International Competition". The Great Kat performed as a Prodigy Violin Soloist for NYC Mayor Ed Koch at Gracie Mansion and for Coahuila, Mexico Governor Flores Tapia at the Centennial of General Vito Alessio Robles' birth and at the famous Teatro Fernando Soler in Saltillo, Mexico and was awarded the "Certificate of Merit" from New York Governor Mario Cuomo. The Great Kat is now the world's fastest Shred Guitar Virtuoso/"TOP 10 FASTEST SHREDDERS OF ALL TIME" (Guitar One Magazine)/ "FAMOUS JUILLIARD SCHOOL ALUMNI" (Ranker.com)/"50 SENSATIONAL FEMALE GUITARISTS" (Guitar Player Magazine)/Reincarnation of Beethoven and the ONLY Guitar-Violin Double Virtuoso since Niccolo Paganini. Timothy Leary, cultural icon collaborated with The Great Kat Violin Virtuoso on the rock song "Right Brain Lover". Steve Allen, the comedian and composer, especially composed a jazz piece, "Sonatina", for Katherine Thomas (The Great Kat). Katherine performed the World Premiere of the work as a Violin Soloist at the Thamesdown-Hambro festival in Swindon, England. Calyx Picture Agency in Swindon, England Features Katherine Thomas Violin Virtuoso in "The Great Kat is from Swindon" by Richard Wintle.  Retailing giant Tesco is now featuring The Great Kat's virtuoso Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" music in the TV commercial for the popular Activision video game "Call of Duty: Ghosts" http://youtu.be/6tW_ik2J000 . Warner Music Group has just released The Great Kat's legendary "Worship Me Or Die!" and "Beethoven On Speed" Speed Metal Albums as digital downloads on iTunes and more: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/worship-me-or-die!/id1086423634 & https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beethoven-on-speed/id1089012301 ."Beethoven On Speed" and "Beethoven Shreds" are now featured in "America's Beethoven" Exhibit at the "American Beethoven Society". MVD Entertainment Group is distributing The Great Kat's Albums & Music Videos worldwide http://mvdb2b.com/s/GreatKatBeethovenShreds/TPR0006. The Great Kat's CDs,DVDs & Downloads are available at Walmart, Amazon, Target, iTunes, Barnes and Noble and more stores worldwide. BBC Radio's "The Arts Hour" features The Great Kat Shredding Beethoven's "5th Symphony" and Interview from "Fast And Furioso" Show (heard on BBC Radio 4). New Great Kat ShredClassical DVD coming in 2017, featuring blistering violin/guitar shreds of Vivaldi, Rossini, Sarasate, Bazzini & Liszt. More info: http://www.greatkat.com.


Links:
The Great Kat Website: http://www.greatkat.com
iTunes Music: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/great-kat/id384709526
iTunes Video: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-great-kat/id368743108
Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=%22the%20great%20kat%22
Twitter: http://twitter.com/greatkatguitar and https://twitter.com/greatkatviolin
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/KthomasPR
Instagram: http://instagram.com/greatkatguitar
Ringtones: http://www.greatkat.com/ringtones/greatkatringtones.html
Warner Music: Great Kat's Legendary "WORSHIP ME OR DIE!" & "BEETHOVEN ON SPEED" Albums on Warner Music https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/worship-me-or-die!/id1086423634 & https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beethoven-on-speed/id1089012301
The Great Kat Albums & Music Videos on MVD Entertainment Group: http://mvdb2b.com/s/GreatKatBeethovenShreds/TPR0006