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Introducing Tata Khachatryan – A Rising Star of Russian Cinema

Fine Art Shippers, a professional art handling and art logistics company with offices worldwide, is delighted to draw your attention to the work of Tata Khachatryan, a rising star of Russian cinema. Tata Khachatryan is a young and very talented Russian actress who has already made impressive strides in her career. She is a theater artist, actress, performer, and opera singer whose incredible charisma and energy, both on and off the stage, are undeniable. At Fine Art Shippers, we are happy and proud to know this talented Russian lady who is destined to become a star.

Fine Art Shippers has strong relationships with Russia. Our representative offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg allow us to serve many Russian artists, galleries, museums, collectors, and various institutions, providing them with an array of fine art handling and shipping services nationally and across the globe. We love to work with talented Russian people from different areas of business, and we never miss a chance to share some great artworks by contemporary artists with the world. It is also impossible not to tell about really great Russian talents who deserve to be known on an international level. One of them is the wonderful Russian actress Tata Khachatryan.

Tata Khachatryan was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on August 2, 1994. The girl’s passion for performance and incredible talent were visible to the naked eye. At the age of four, Tata was already a student of the Lyakhovitskaya Children Music School from which she graduated with honors in 2007. The same year, Tata Khachatryan entered the Children’s Theater Studio at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, which later moved to the St. Petersburg Theater of Musical Comedy. In 2011, Tata was already playing the lead roles in the state theaters, including in the musical “Oliver Twist” by the St. Petersburg Theater of Musical Comedy where the young talent got the part of Charlotte and later Bet, and in the opera “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle” by the Mariinsky Theatre where Tata got the part of Bluebeard’s eldest daughter. The latter was directed by the artistic director of English National Opera Daniel Kramer and conducted by Valery Gergiev. However, it was only the beginning of Khachatryan’s career.

In 2012, Tata Khachatryan was invited by the famous Russian actor and director Viktor Merezhko to play one of the leading roles in his TV series “Khutoryanin.” It was not the first screen acting experience in Tata’s life, but it was the one that marked the big start of her on-screen career. Since then, the talented Russian actress has appeared in many films and TV series, including “Lancet” (2017), “Major” (2018), and “The Final Test” (2018).

In 2017, Tata Khachatryan successfully graduated from the well-known Russian University of Theater Arts. The actress is now mostly starring in films, but she continues performing in theater too. Tata is a notable representative of contemporary Russian art and cinema scene, who has aspirations to work in Europe and Hollywood. At Fine Art Shippers, we wish this amazing actress creative success and the best of luck in her career endeavors!

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Actor DAJUAN JOHNSON Soars in Season 5 of Amazon Drama “BOSCH” and Emmy Consideration for ABC's "GREY'S ANATOMY"

Actor DaJuan Johnson soars as Detective Rondell Pierce in Season 5 of Amazon’s Emmy-nominated original police drama series, BOSCH, currently available for streaming. Johnson also secures For Your Emmy® Consideration as ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series’ for his heart-wrenching performance as Garrett Boland on ABC’s mega-hit, GREY’S ANATOMY.

Releasing in April, Season 5 of BOSCH is based on best-selling author Michael Connelly’s 20th book in the long-running series, Two Kinds of Truth. The storyline involves a murder case from Bosch’s past being brought into question and raising issues of police misconduct — which could endanger his entire career. All the while, resident ‘boy scout’ Detective Rondell Pierce (Johnson) gets a new partner, but learns to rely on his own merits this season. Once a newbie himself, Pierce now proves he can hold his own with the big boys.

Earlier this season, Johnson brought audiences to tears emerging in a recurring role as Garrett Boland on ABC’s long-running medical drama series, GREY’S ANATOMY. In the episode “Girlfriend in a Coma,” a distraught Garrett (Johnson) agonizes over the fate of his comatose girlfriend with the fate of their future hinged on a ventilator. As Garrett endures the mental and emotional strain of watching his love take two steps toward progress and then two steps back, that a heartbreaking decision must be made. But before they remove her ventilator and end their time together, Garrett arranges to give the love of his life her wedding under the stars.

Johnson is appreciative of the Awards consideration, but more excited that this storyline has resonated so well with audiences. Johnson adds, “I’ve wanted to be on Grey’s for a very long time for many different roles, but playing Garrett was definitely the role I was supposed to play. I’m beyond humbled that this storyline and character touched so many fans!”

Johnson has built a solid reputation and resume in the industry. Earlier this month, he received accolades for his leading role in the YouTube series, The New 30, which earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama’. Fans will also recognize Johnson from his recurring roles on Fox’s action-thriller 24 alongside Kiefer Sutherland and ABC’s hit medical-drama Private Practice opposite Tessa Thompson. Other notable television credits include guest starring appearances on Downward Dog, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Agent Carter, Bones, Close to Home, Criminal Minds, Lincoln Heights, CSI: NY, CSI and Scrubs among others. Johnson also gained attention as a stand-out talent in the MTV bio-pic Pedro, co-starring as Sean Sasser, the supportive boyfriend to AIDS activist Pedro Zamora, who was the first HIV-positive homosexual to appear in a reality show on MTV.

Growing up in Miami, Florida, Johnson realized his passion for acting at an early age while participating in local theatre productions. After receiving dual B.A. degrees in Theatre and English Literature from the University of Florida, he continued his education at Colorado State University obtaining his masters in Higher Education. With this foundation, he moved to Los Angeles where he continues to pursue one of his greatest passions - acting.

DaJuan Johnson is represented by AKA Talent Agency and Untitled Entertainment.

Watch DAJUAN JOHNSON in GREY’S ANATOMY clip: www.DaJuanJohnson.com/FYC
For more visit: DaJuanJohnson.com
And follow on Instagram: @dajuanjohnson
Twitter: @dajuanjohnson


(DaJuan Johnson guest starring on "Grey's Anatomy" / courtesy: ABC)


(DaJuan Johnson guest starring on "Grey's Anatomy" / courtesy: ABC)


(DaJuan Johnson on-set of "Bosch" / Amazon)


(DaJuan Johnson behind-the-scenes of "Bosch" / Amazon)


(actor DaJuan Johnson)

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Accomplished Actress WENDY BRAUN Returns to Netflix Comedy ‘ATYPICAL’ Season 3 and Secures For Your Emmy® Consideration

LOS ANGELES – Actress Wendy Braun reprises her recurring role as the uptight, but well-intentioned ‘Kathy’ in the all-new Season 3 of the celebrated Netflix original series, Atypical. The role has earned Braun Emmy® For Your Consideration status for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in A Comedy Series’ with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for her work in Season 2.

Created by Robia Rashid, this coming-of-age comedy follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year old on the autistic spectrum who is looking for love and independence. Introduced during the first season, Kathy (Braun) is the leader of the autism parent support group and friend to Sam’s mom, Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Throughout the second season, Kathy uses her pushy but polite ways to get “something for something” when Elsa needs to find Sam a good therapist. The 10-episode Season 3 is currently shooting and the premiere date has not been announced.

Braun has been receiving raves for her work on the show, including TV.com touting “A standout among the recurring cast is Wendy Braun.”  

“I’m grateful to be part of a show that celebrates inclusion and acceptance, proves that being normal is overrated, and continues the conversation to help break any stigma around autism. It’s so much fun to continually play a character who tries so hard to keep it all together, while things around her are falling apart,” shares Braun.  


(Wendy Braun in "Atypical" / Netflix)

Braun recently wrapped a role on the upcoming second season of the YouTube original series, Liza On Demand. She was offered the role by creators Debon ah Kaplan and Harry Elfond, after working on their previous MTV comedy series, Mary + Jane.

Coming soon, Braun stars in the indie comedy feature, Donny’s Party, as the put-together, self-absorbed matriarch of a highly dysfunctional family. Braun also emerges in a pivotal role in Vital Signs, a semi-autobiographical show created and starring Dr. Dre about his road from rapper to business mogul.

Audiences have been recognizing Braun for years from her standout performances in film and television. She appeared with Ed Helms and Tracy Morgan in the indie comedy film, The Clapper; faced-off with Ellen Pompeo on ABC’s long-standing hit drama Grey’s Anatomy; took on Danny DeVito on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; and earned laughs with Fred Armisen in IFC’s hit, Documentary Now!

Braun has racked up over 90 film, TV and theater credits, including guest-starring roles on hit shows like The Mentalist, Bones, Criminal Minds, Castle and Navy NCIS; and recurring roles on iCarly and General Hospital, which lead to a contract role in the spin-off, General Hospital: Night Shift. Braun has more than 1000 voice-over credits, including the sexy, snarky undercover agent, Gianna Parasini in the hugely popular video game series, Mass Effect; and alongside SNL alum Bobby Moynihan in Cartoon Network’s animated comedy series, We Bare Bears.

Braun is represented by BRS / Gage Talent Agency; and manager Jason Priluck at Priluck Company.

 

Watch Wendy Braun in ‘Atypical’ For Your Emmy® Consideration: wendybraun.com/fyc

Television Academy Member Viewing Platform: http://view.televisionacademy.com


(Wendy Braun in "Atypical" / Netflix)


(Wendy Braun in "Atypical" / Netflix)


(actress Wendy Braun)


(Wendy Braun on red carpet)

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New Indie Film Organization MARK IT INDIE Launches with Special Event at Hollywood’s Historic MONTALBAN THEATRE on April 29, 2019

LOS ANGELES – The new independent film organization Mark IT Indie is set to launch with a special event at the historic MONTALBAN THEATRE in Hollywood on Monday, April 29th. The evening unites a diverse cross-section of industry professionals to inform, inspire and encourage rising filmmakers to thrive at every level in their Indie career. 

The Mark IT Indie team behind this new supportive venture are actors and filmmakers Bel Deliá, Camilla Jackson and Russell Jeffrey. Together, they are on a mission to help foster connections and new collaborations for all dedicated artists and independent filmmakers seeking to propel forward and reach the next level with their creative endeavours. 

This special one-night inaugural program consists of insightful panels and one-on-one opportunities covering several key indie filmmaking areas, including: 

  • Indie Ingenuity – Addressing the challenges from budget constraints to on-set hurdles to common mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Creating Voice – How to find your audience, sell your brand and your film in a crowded industry while staying authentic to your voice and your art.
  • Mark it, Mark it – An in-depth examination of the technical aspects of filmmaking and practical tips to apply from start to finish.
  • Creative Chameleons – Multi-talented artists share their experiences working across roles as they create their own content and navigate their own careers.

Lending their support and perspective on what it is to be Indie by participating on these panels will include leaders from BuzzFeed, Seed and Spark, Indie Rights, Etheria Film Night, the JTC list and Spotlight PR.

Panelists also include award-winning indie film directors, creators and actors, among them are: Lin Shaye (Insidious, Room for Rent), Emma Bell (The Walking Dead, Scratch), Noree Victoria (Little, NewFilmmakers LA), Christopher Soren Kelly (The Tangle, Infinity Chamber), Jessica Graham (The Tangle), and Haley Webb (Final Destination, Joyeux Noel).

“The purpose of Mark IT Indie is to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in your own personal journey within your own unique career. We believe all you need to flourish is the seed of your creative goals and the hunger to bring them into being.” -- Mark IT Indie Team

This inaugural special event will set the tone for future Mark IT Indie programs including a full Summit in 2020. The objective is to offer an accessible, on-going forum for the advanced indie filmmaker, as well as those who may be at a pause in their career, just starting out or the actor who wants to create. 

The Mark IT Indie team each comes with breadth of knowledge and experience in the industry. Bel Delia has been a producer in film and TV for over 20 years, starting in commercial and broadcast television, and is an actress having starred in genre films, such as The Tunnel and The Tangle. Camilla Jackson has worked across multiple fields and as a journalist for Blumhouse.com and created and starred in her own Jash/Amazon series The Milli Show. Russell Jeffrey is an actor best known for his regular work with BuzzFeed among numerous film and television roles, and as one of the producers behind significant media events such as YouTube RED’s Vidcon.

Spotlight PR is proud to support Mark IT Indie in this endeavor, delivering a like-minded objective of putting the power into every artist’s hands.

Mark IT Indie at the Montalban
Date/Time: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 6:00pm

Location: Montalban Theatre (1615 Vine St. Los Angeles, 90028)
Tickets + Information visit: http://markitindie.com
Price: general / students (discount code available on website)

For more about MARK IT INDIE visit: www.markitindie.com

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Los Angeles Skid Row Artists Explore Question: What Is Your Version of Success in New Docu-Series ‘FROM BOTTOM TO TOP’

LOS ANGELES – The new documentary series, FROM BOTTOM TO TOP, brings together Skid Row artists, emerging and celebrity artists to explore: What is your version of success?

Available now on Amazon.com, Filmmakers Bel Deliá and Annalea Fiachi are on a mission to uncover the highs and lows of being an artist. The result is an 8-episode humanitarian docu-series that delivers a new form of inspiration, uncovering words of wisdom from the heart of Skid Row.

Each ‘bite-sized’ installment showcases a lively one-on-one conversation between an emerging or celebrity artist and an artist from the non-profit The People Concern’s Studio 526, an arts program in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighbourhood available to the community and those affected by homelessness — Studio 526 is rooted in the understanding that equitable access to arts and cultural spaces is a fundamental human right for all. ­­­

FROM BOTTOM TO TOP looks beyond the art that inspires you, to the artist behind it. Whether a musician from Skid Row, an art student, an acclaimed A-List actor, an emerging director or writer, the series examines what makes us tick, what makes us human and in turn what connects us all.

Some of the featured artist pairings include:

--   Actress/Director Emma Bell (Scratch, The Walking Dead, Dallas) with Musician the late Franc Foster of Franc’s Melting Pot
--   Indie folk Singer/Songwriter Sunny War with DJ “Sir Oliver”
--   Painter/Artist Linda Leigh with Actress Jaime Slater (Daredevil)
--   Actress Alyson Reed (High School Musical) with Artist Hugo Gonzalez
--   Comedian/Actress Amy Anderson with Actress/Singer Christina C. (Urban Voices Choir, LA Poverty Department Theatre Co)
--   Artist/Filmmaker Vicki Maturo with genre Director Mike Mendez (Don’t Kill It, Masters of Horror)
--   Dancer/Choreographer Essence Florie with Painter/Artist Garrison A.
-- Artist Antonio Holguin with veteran Singer/Producer/Performer dubbed ‘The Ambassador of Soul’ Ellis Hall Jr.

Deliá began developing the project in 2016 with a specific focus, explaining “The goal is to build an awareness that homelessness is not an identity, it is not who you are, who you are is a dancer, a singer, a musician, a painter, a member of the greater community. Once we can appreciate that, we can all address the crisis of homelessness together.”

Deliá and Fiachi, artists themselves, bonded over their shared love of acting and filmmaking. Passionate about the creative arts, they ran a charity penny drive together for two years consecutive, raising funds for Studio 526’s arts program then called Lamp Arts Program back in 2013 and 2014.

FROM BOTTOM TO TOP is available for streaming on Amazon.com and Amazon Prime in the U.S. and U.K. -- direct link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QG53Y5Z/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp__kklTCbDVHM960

 For more about FROM BOTTOM TO TOP visit: www.FromBottomToTop.org

 

('From Bottom to Top' - pictured: Emma Bell and Franc Foster)

('From Bottom to Top' - pictured: Sunny War and “Sir Oliver”)

('From Bottom to Top' - pictured: Linda Leigh  and Jaime Slater)

'From Bottom to Top' Filmmakers - pictured: Bel Deliá (R) and Annalea Fiachi (L)

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rawzkyrecordsent music group

 

Born and raised in the streets of Portland Oregon when gentrification did not exist, Antonio PettyJohnBlue quickly learned how to adapt as well as survive through the trenches of a hard knock life. Being born with alcohol and drug in his system, the world already deemed Mr. PettyjohnBlue a lost cause. However that did not stop him from allowing his unique lyrics and vocal skills to be heard amongst the young crowds in inner cities across the east and west coast projects. Possessing flare and finesse, Antonio has a sound like no other. A new music called (r&p) rhythm and pleasure, but as Antonio would say, “ its just raw pism.” A lyrical poet who not only has the ability to create in your face and sometimes in your bedroom melodies, and controversial as it is, Antonio’s music style is one of a kind.

Listening to legends like Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, Antonio always knew that he was destined to be a superstar just like the people he aspired to one day perform with. Antonio was raised in foster care and admits although it still bothers him to this day, the hardship he experienced has made him a stronger artist. “ My mother’s side of the family is where I developed my ability to move and serenade crowds, but my father’s musical gift as a pro is where I got my soul, rhtym and funk from.”

The now midlife,midaged artist has put all his focus and drive into being the next breakout star not only in Portland, but across the world. The 31 year old conglomerate has brought together trends in people who never thought would team up. He is a current CEO of Rawzky Records and hopes to change lives of the youth around him who suffer from the effects of gang violence and lack of role models in their communities. In addition to his newly found record company, King Rawzky is also a first year student in college studying Radio Broadcasting.

Hailing from a musical background, Antonio’s mother also was a singer. His late mother who was tragically killed as a car illegally ran a stop light. had a voice that would sound a crying baby to sleep. His Father Jake the Snake Booker, is currently performing across the country showcasing his rock and soul funkadelic talents while honing his guitar entertaining packed lounges and night clubs. Antonio’s late grandfather Venerable F Booker is a legendary scholar who was one of the first black presidents of a bank he owned in Portland Oregon since the late 1960’s. Coming from a musical background and a traditional soul and gospel, his grandfather also was a lover of music.

The friends and family of Antonio pettyjohnblue express their gratitude towards Portland’s critics, says King Rawzky. Its ironic and amazing to be loved and respected by so many. Considering the hate and jealousy that keeps Portland’s music world in the dirt. “There’s no support first of all”, says King Rawzky (Antonio). “You have to give more than you receive…if you really want a reward.” A true found talent, King Rawzky is destined to be crowned one of Portland Oregon’s best artists.

‘Life’s Metamorphosis’ Out Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Portland, Oregon – March 3, 2019 – While his name showcases his reign, it hasn’t always been so for King Rawzky. An underdog for much of his life, he’s ready to prove that he’s rising above and going beyond the expectations of his haters with an exciting 2019 planned. His first stop, SXSW in Austin, Texas this March.

With a professional musician for a father, it was inevitable that King Rawzky would inherit his talents and want to proceed with them. Comparable to the likes of Donnell Jones and K-Ci & JoJo, King Rawzky is a master of his craft. He takes listeners back to the pinnacle time for R&B – the ’90s – while still making them feel present in the here and now thanks to the alternative rock spin he puts in things. Not only does his sound resonate with fans, but also his perseverance. His childhood wasn’t always the best, but he overcame adversity and showcases that in his narrative alongside love and romance. It’s all about “constantly putting out positive energy” he says. Over the years King Rawzky has put out a plethora of albums, including 2018’s Life’s Metamorphosis.

Growing up King Rawkzy looked up to his grandfather, a successful banker and accountant. Following in his footsteps, he graduated college with a major in music and orchestration. Today, on top of creating his own music, he provides top grade vocal lessons while simultaneously focusing on his future endeavors with his animal rescue agency.

provided below.

###Contact:
King Rawzky
Antonio Blue
971-409-8170
Antoniopjblue@gmail.com

Links:
Official Site: http://www.rawzkyrecordsent.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/king_rawzky
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blue_antonio/
YouTube: https://youtu.be/Q-0Y8qqm4sU
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B00GUDGTC4?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=King%20Rawzky&index=digital-music&search-type=ss

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Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Awarded BEST INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE for ‘ELEVATE’ at Golden State Film Festival

LOS ANGELES – Award-winning filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja earns ‘Best Inspirational Feature’ award for her feature film debut, ELEVATE, at the 2019 Golden State Film Festival awards ceremony which took place at TCL Chinese Theatre.

Writing, directing and starring in ELEVATE, Matemotja delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. Matemotja shares, “Winning Best Inspirational Feature is such an honor and is in complete alignment with my mission: creating a cinematic culture of compassion, one story at a time. Thank you Peter Greene and Jon Gursha for this wonderful accolade.”

On April 20th, ELEVATE will screen as the final Official Selection at The Women’s International Film Festival San Diego. Hosted by the Women’s Museum of California, the festival provides female storytellers a platform to share their work and connect with each other amongst a uniquely supportive audience.

Matemotja shares, “I am so touched that we are the final screening and only feature film playing at this special festival. This is a true honor and I can’t wait to view and discuss ELEVATE with other women considering our film was written, produced, directed, scored and stars mostly women. This is more than I could have ever hoped for.”

The film has been gaining momentum with international audiences as well, screening most recently in South Africa on International Womens’ Day, where during a robust panel one audience member asked Matemotja: Did you know about the #MeToo movement at the time you were filming?

Earlier this year, Matemotja earned the ‘Best Director’ award at the U.K.’s LGBTQ focused Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival and the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival in Los Angeles. Prior to this, the film earned an Award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

ELEVATE delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. The story follows Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). To produce the film, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and change makers.

 

ELEVATE – The Women’s International Film Festival San Diego
Location:  79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7:00pm
Details: ***Q and A panel with Angela Matemotja immediately following the screening.
Tickets https://www.womensfilmfestivalsandiego.com/passes

For more about ELEVATE visit: ElevateFilm.com

(ELEVATE cast at Golden State Film Festival 2019)

(Angela Matemotja accepts 'Best Inspirational Feature' for ELEVATE at Golden State Film Festival - alongside festival Directors Jon Gursha and Peter Greene)

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Celebrated Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Brings ‘ELEVATE’ to Golden State Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre

LOS ANGELES – Award-winning filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja brings her internationally celebrated feature film ELEVATE to the iconic TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood as part of the Golden State Film Festival on March 25th.

The film screens as an ‘Official Selection’ on the heels of playing in South Africa at the Rapid Lion Film Festival and on International Womens' Day last week. Matemotja earned the ‘Best Director’ award at the U.K.’s LGBTQ focused Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival and the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ at the DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles. Prior to this, the film earned an Award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

As writer, director and star of the film, Matemotja is now thrilled to take it to the famed Chinese Theatre for its final festival, adding “I am so grateful and excited to be screening at this incredible venue. This is the perfect place to have our final Los Angeles Film Festival screening -- this is a dream come true!”

ELEVATE delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. The story follows Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). To produce the film, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers.

As an actress, Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business. Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long-running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B…, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.

Behind the camera, Matemotja earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary. Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter, screened at over 30 international film festivals, earning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands Int’l FF, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal FF, SOHO FF and Long Island Int’l Film Expo. Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at AOF FF, San Francisco Black FF and San Diego Black FF, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Int’l FF. In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at AOF FF.

ELEVATE – Golden State Film Festival
Location: TCL Chinese Theatre (6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA)
Date/Time: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 9:30pm
Details: Matemotja along with stars Brianna Brown and Alexis Carra will be in attendance along with the rest of the cast and crew.
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/golden-state-film-festival-tickets-54491730232

For more about ELEVATE visit: www.ElevateFilm.com

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Jessica Ross to Take Center Stage With Renowned Business Professionals During iTalk’s April 12th Debut at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

Join Jen Montague, Desiree Rogers, and leaders from BET-VIACOM, Comcast, Brightside, Darkchild Entertainment etc. on Friday., April 12th from 6-9 p.m. on the rooftop of the Kimmel Center for “iTalk”. A night where pop culture, leadership content and stage drama collide. Speakers include; Desiree Rogers, former social secretary Barack Obama Administration and former CEO of Johnson Publishing overseeing Ebony & JET Magazines,Tom Spann, founding CEO Accolade Benefits Co, current CEO Brightside, Stephen Hoelper, Vice President of Product Innovation Comcast Cable, Meisha Johnson former anchor CBS Philly, Jessica Ross, Beverly Hills Actress, Publicist, TV Host, Robert T Bey, Chairman of the National Urban American Asia Trade Foundation, Andrea Agnew, Executive Director Change Acceleration Comcast Cable, Keith Donnell, President, Modern Wealth Concepts LLC. Original Music produced by The International DJ Casper, DarkChild Music Label.

The program opens on the roof of the Kimmel Center amidst a club-like night life scene. Guests will enjoy cocktails and mingling at sunset while listening to original music produced by the acclaimed International DJ Casper. As the sun sets on Philadelphia, the glass enclosed Kimmel roof top will begin to glow in various colors on all four sides, reinforcing the club-like party feel. The audience will take their seats, which are staged in non-traditional angles and positions across the rooftop dome. Attendees will experience an opening 9-minute monologue given by Sr. Producer and Creative Director Jen Montague titled “Courage” which will be delivered from the audience. Then, very strong, stark transitions involving music, sound, lighting and set moves preventing the “usual” applause, will push the show into rapid motion. Attendees will experience 9-minute iTalks, one after another, centered on Vision, Change Acceleration, Endurance-given by headliner Ms. Desiree Rogers and finally Challenge. Special effects and interruptions reinforcing the merge of pop culture, leadership and stage are continuously introduced challenging leaders to examine themselves, their purpose, their talent through a different lens. But we won’t got into detail... you’ll have to see it for yourself!

Fashion and Music infuse with iTalk. World renowned pop culture contemporary painter commissioned to paint Pope Francis in Philadelphia, Milou Perry will create artistic masterpieces for the audience to witness while on stage. Pamela Quinzi, Oscars Awards Celebrity Fashion Designer will spice up the event with her hand crafted, custom designed fashion creations.

Jessica Ross will be speaking about Change Acceleration for her iTalk. “In order to succeed in acting or any related field you have to take huge risks and make sacrifices in both your personal and professional life. From working as a publicist, I also learned how important is to build relationships with media, take control of your career, create your own success, and develop your social media presence without relying on agents or managers. I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the debut iTalk and look forward to sharing my experiences with everyone”.

Follow Jessica Ross at https://www.instagram.com/jessicarossofficial/ .Register for iTalk at www.iTalkEvents.com

 

 

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Actress MOLLY RATERMANN Meets Grief and Trauma Starring in Dramatic Indie Feature ‘BRING ME AN AVOCADO’

SAN FRANCISCO - Actress Molly Ratermann meets grief and trauma head-on starring in the compelling dramatic indie feature, BRING ME AN AVOCADO, making its World Premiere at the CINEQUEST Film Festival on March 8, 2019.

Early on, the project was a finalist in Seed & Spark’s 2017 inaugural Hometown Heroes rally, where it was one of 5 films awarded a grant by respected filmmakers The Duplass Brothers. Now, The Mercury News touts the completed film as a world premiere that “shouldn’t be missed”.

Written and directed by Maria Mealla, this tragic story chronicles how a family and friends must cope after a horrific shooting leaves a young mother in a coma. As her sister Greece (Ratermann) and best friend Jada step in to help George maintain a sense of normalcy for his daughters, they all struggle to adapt in her absence. As time passes, everyone is forced to face their own grief and trauma in an overbearing routine that reveals the worst in all of them.

In recent years, Ratermann has established herself as an award-winning actress and filmmaker on the indie scene. She earned ‘Best Actress’ awards at the LA Film Awards, Studio City Int. Film Festival, International Independent Film Festival, Indiefest, and the Actors Awards, among others. Ratermann is a skilled actress having trained in Los Angeles and New York at Seydways Studios, Upright Citizens Brigade and Beverly Hills Playhouse.

Under her Little Hand Productions banner, this San Francisco born multi-talent has gained international attention for creating and starring in dark comedies which shed light on important social issues. The most notable is her mental health extended short film, Suicide, which earned 20 awards at over 25 festivals worldwide and was selected for Filmmaker Spotlight by ShortsTV and earned distribution on Amazon, DirecTV and other platforms throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her performance has been heralded as “organic, profound and touching” (Actors Awards) and “immediately humorous and lovable...10/10” (LA Film Awards).

Ratermann followed it up creating and starring in the daring short, Lizze Lost, which earned accolades for dealing with the complexity of unrequited gay-straight love, isolation, and a life changing cancer diagnosis. As a director, Ratermann helmed the dramedy web series, For Your Birthday, which dives into the realm of inner family matters; and the upcoming comedy-drama web series, Commune, highlighting social issues in the African-American community and flaws in the judicial system.

Molly Ratermann is represented by Scott Carlson Entertainment and Mazlea Talent Agency.

BRING ME AN AVOCADO – CINEQUEST Film Festival in San Jose, California
World Premiere: March 8th at 7:15 pm at Hammer Theatre
Additional Screenings: March 10 at 1:05 pm and March 16 at 12:15 pm at Century 20; March 17 at 10:45 am at California Theatre.
More info: https://www.cinequest.org

For more about MOLLY RATERMANN visit: www.MollyRatermann.com

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Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Named ‘Best Director’ at London’s 2019 Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival for Debut Feature ‘ELEVATE’

LOS ANGELES – Award-winning filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja earns ‘Best Director’ award for her feature film debut, ELEVATE, at the Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival, a new LGBTQ focused event in North London, U.K.

Writing, directing and starring in ELEVATE, Matemotja delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. Matemotja shares, “winning Best Director from an emerging LGBTQ festival is an honor. The fact that it screened in London really warms my heart, as I lived there years ago and fell in love with the city.”

ELEVATE will continue on the international circuit this March as an ‘Official Selection’ at Rapid Lion: The South African International Film Festival in Johannesburg. Matemotja has close ties to South Africa, as she is half South African and it was while living there that she first began developing the project. She also loosely based one character in the film ‘Sipho’ on her South African father, who also plays the role in the film. Matemotja shares, “I'm especially excited the film is screening in Johannesburg as my hope is to help ‘elevate’ the minds and hearts of anyone struggling with homophobia and racism, as these issues are so prevalent on the continent.”

Last fall, Matemotja earned the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ when ELEVATE premiered at the DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles. Prior to this, the film earned an Award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Angela Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

ELEVATE follows the story of Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). To produce the film, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers.

As an actress, Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business. Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long-running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B…, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.

Behind the camera, Matemotja earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary. Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter, screened at over 30 international film festivals, earning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands Int’l FF, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal FF, SOHO FF and Long Island Int’l Film Expo. Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at AOF FF, San Francisco Black FF and San Diego Black FF, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Int’l FF. In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at AOF FF.

For more about ELEVATE visit: ElevateFilm.com

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James Pratt Awarded Australia's Top 5 Under 35 In 2019

1) James Pratt
Actor and Auctioneer

James Pratt First on Australia's Top 5 Under 35
At the top of CLPR's list is talented actor and auctioneer to the stars James Pratt. Pratt had a break out year in 2018, securing International esteem as an actor, producing his own entertainment industry show, and then setting 14 new records as Australia’s number 1 auctioneer and a celebrity favourite internationally for some of the biggest stars in the world.

One of Australia’s hardest working performers, in 2018 Pratt also wrapped the filming of the feature film “On Halloween” (2019), in which he plays a lead character "Ethan Rogers." Previews of his performance are already gaining huge buzz in Hollywood. Pratt recently finished hosting Season One of “Conversation Hollywood.” He has interviewed such guests as two-time Academy Award Nominee Bruce Beresford and American actress Jessica Ross, (season one Fashion Dolls).

And in April 2018 Pratt signed a deal with Hollywood powerhouse production team The Company for his own TV show. Pratt has a slate of four film projects lined up in Hollywood for 2019.

“James has one of those rare talents that lets him appear absolutely compelling and natural in front of the camera,” said Trisanne Marin of LA Management, Pratt’s Los Angeles-based manager.

Pratt’s business career as an auctioneer has been very successful. He holds 25 records and is the auctioneer used by celebrities around the world.
Pratt was the 2018 REB Australian Auctioneer of the Year Finalist, The 2018 REI NSW Top Communication Award Finalist, and the 2018 Australian Thought Leader of the Year Finalist. He recently auctioned the palatial home of handbag designer Gabrielle Tindale, the powerwoman behind the House of Tindale, for .8 million.

Pratt’s acting success and multiple accomplishments in 2018 make him the number one pick for the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

2) Amy Shark
Singer

Amy Shark was second.

Amy Louise Billings, known professionally as Amy Shark, also had a break out year in 2018. She cemented herself as Australia’s reigning queen of pop, taking home Album of the Year, Best Female Artist and Best Pop Release at this year's ARIA awards. She was also the most nominated music act with nine nominations on the night.
Shark who hails from the Gold Coast, also made headlines in the United States with appearances on The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, further growing her international fan base.
That’s why Shark is the pick for number two on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

3) Victoria Lee
Model
Victoria Lee was second.
Some models are at the top of their game, Victoria Lee is one of them. The 27-year-old walked in the historic Victoria’s Secret show in Shanghai prior to starting 2018. The event was the world-famous lingerie brand’s first-ever show in Asia. Lee then became the official model ambassador for retail giant David Jones and has excelled in this position. She was also on the cover for Elle Magazine in May of 2018 and scored the cover soon after of Marie Claire Magazine Spain in July. While Lee says her own style is constantly changing, her career hit another high in 2018.
That’s why CLPR picked Lee for the number-three spot on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

4) Adut Akech
Model

Adut Akech was fourth.

Child refugee turned global fashion superstar Adut Akech of Adelaide had a big 2018. Billed by Harpers Bazaar as Australia’s next supermodel, Akech won Australia’s top model at the 11th Australian Fashion Laureate awards in 2018. Karl Lagerfeld chose Akech to be the Chanel bride in the French fashion house’s July couture. And Akech starred in 33 Spring - Summer 2019 international runways, while also scoring the cover of Australian Vogue in December. Akech was born on Christmas Day, 1999, as her family made their way from war-torn South Sudan to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Akech’s transformation from young refugee to breakout modeling star makes her CLPR's choice as number four on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

5) Troye Sivan
Singer, Actor

Troye Sivan was fifth.

In 2018, Troye Sivan Mellet, known professionally as Troye Sivan, first gained popularity via YouTube and in Australian talent competitions but is now a successful musician and actor who has performed alongside megastars like Ariana Grande, Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman. He has released two Billboard top-five albums. As an actor, Sivan portrayed the younger version of Wolverine in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He has over 6.7 million subscribers and over 100 million total views. Already a huge success despite his youth, Sivan is CLPR's pick for the number-five spot on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

 

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MELANIE HAYNES Delivers Holiday Fun in Lifetime’s ‘MY CHRISTMAS INN’ and Sony’s Animated ‘SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE’

LOS ANGELES -- Actress MELANIE HAYNES delivers plenty of fun this holiday season appearing in Lifetime’s TV movie, MY CHRISTMAS INN, and then in theaters with Sony’s animated Marvel feature film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Haynes will head back to the small screen in 2019 when she emerges in season three of HBO’s anthology crime drama TRUE DETECTIVE.

On November 21st, Haynes joins the festivities as Ruth in the Lifetime holiday movie MY CHRISTMAS INN. The story follows Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict), who inherits a cozy Alaskan inn and unexpectedly discovers a spark of love with small town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes). Ruth (Haynes) and her husband are regulars at the Inn who demonstrate to Jen just how fulfilling a loving relationship can be.

Then hitting theaters on December 14th, Haynes lends her voice to the Marvel Universe for the new Sony animated feature film SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality. Haynes joins the action as the Logic Teacher alongside the all-star cast including Nicolas Cage, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, John Mulaney, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin.

Coming in 2019, Haynes heads back to the small screen for the anticipated season three of HBO’s anthology crime drama series TRUE DETECTIVE, premiering on January 13th. The next installment tells the story of Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), a state police detective tasked with investigating the disappearance of two young children in the Ozarks. Haynes joins the cast that also includes Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Ray Fisher, Sarah Gadon and Rhys Wakefield among others.

Haynes is excited by the diverse projects she’s been part of recently, adding “I love working on such a variety of projects in drama and comedy – traveling to new, beautiful locales and working with such wonderful actors, directors, and crew!  Since so much of my work has been in voice over through the years, it was especially delightful to be asked to voice a character in this ground breaking new animated Spider-Man feature film. Excelsior!"

Haynes has landed in several celebrated indie films, including as the awkward Aunt Patty in the comedy Antiquities, starring Andrew J. West, Ashley Green, Mary Steenburgen and Michaela Watkins; and as Aunt Trish in the new digital buddy road-trip comedy release Chasing the Sun. Her film roles also include Mother of Mackenzie Davis in the coming-of-age drama, A Country Called Home; as a Church-going, pyramid scheming deceitful woman in Heartland; as the charming but lonely Southern belle Cordella in the award-winning short Tender Moments; and as the no-nonsense bar owner Sissy in the indie drama The Last Mark.

Splitting her time between Los Angeles and her hometown Houston, Texas, Haynes has appeared in and voiced numerous television projects, most recently as a Southern Chef opposite Adam Conover in TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything. Her TV credits also include The Middle, Salem, A Face to Kill For, The Con, Arrest & Trial and The Daily Apple. She earned her Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in Theater and English at the University of Houston, and danced for several years with Patsy Swayze’s Houston Jazz Ballet Company. Haynes served on the board of SAG-AFTRA’s Houston Local Branch for 15 years and as the President for two terms. Today, Haynes continues to run her own professional voice over studio which she established back in 2002.

Melanie Haynes is represented by Aqua Talent, Caviar Enertainment, Osbrink Agency (VO), Pastorini-Bosby Talent (Houston/SE) and Stars Talent Studio (Utah).

For further information on MELANIE HAYNES visit: www.MelanieHaynes-Actress.com

photo - on set: MY CHRISTMAS INN (LtoR) Rob Mayes, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Melanie Haynes, Richard Benedict

photo - on set: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - Melanie Haynes

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Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Earns ‘Female Pioneer Award’ for Debut Feature Film ‘ELEVATE’ at 2018 DTLA Film Festival

LOS ANGELES – Filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja picked up the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ for her feature film debut, ELEVATE, at the recent 10th annual DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The theme of the 2018 festival was women’s empowerment, a nod to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements launched one year ago. Writing, directing and starring in ELEVATE, Matemotja delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. For this, she proved an exceptional choice for the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ honor beside ‘Independent Film Pioneer Award’ winners Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette and Malcolm McDowell, who all starred in prominent films at the festival.

"It’s a tremendous honor to receive such an award from DTLA Film Festival," Matemotja shares. "Karolyne Sosa did an outstanding job. Because our film touches on many social issues, I am pleased that she recognized the women's issues the film deals with as well, particularly the #MeToo aspect of our story. Our screening had a great turnout, audience was extremely receptive and what a great venue. It was such a success, I’m thrilled."

ELEVATE follows the story of Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). 

To produce, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers.

Leading up to its premiere, ELEVATE has already earned an award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Angela Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

As an actress, Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business. Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long-running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B…, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.

Behind the camera, Matemotja earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary. Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter, screened at over 30 international film festivals, earning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands Int’l FF, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal FF, SOHO FF and Long Island Int’l Film Expo. Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at AOF FF, San Francisco Black FF and San Diego Black FF, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Int’l FF. In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at AOF FF.

For more about ELEVATE visit: ElevateFilm.com

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REN HANAMI’s Award-Winning Dramatic Short ‘LIKE LAST NIGHT’ Tests Teen Friendship After Sexual Assault

LOS ANGELES -- Filmmaker and Actress Ren Hanami has been earning awards on the festival circuit with her dramatic short film, LIKE LAST NIGHT, which tests the limits of a teenage friendship after a sexual assault. The coming-of-age film will screen next as an ‘Official Selection’ at the inaugural Golden State Film Festival in Los Angeles on August 12th and Long Beach Indie International Film Festival in late August.

LIKE LAST NIGHT follows Caroline (Carmen Hodgson) and Alex (Andrea Claux), two high school best friends with very different points of view on life, who are forced to confront what to do after one of them is raped at a party. Will the crisis tear them apart or bond them closer together?

The film earned ‘Best Coming Of Age Short’ at the 2018 Culver City Film Festival and ‘Best Short Film Supporting Actress’ for Hanami at the Silicon Beach Film Festival. In addition, the London Story First Film Festival declared: "This is a heartfelt short about a difficult topic, and is sensitively acted by the cast, including a strong performance by Director Hanami as Caroline’s mother.”

Behind the camera, Hanami has been writing and developing several original projects. She is in-development on the feature film, Ninja Mom; and the teen focused spin-off television series pilot, Fashionista Ninja. In addition, Hanami is developing the feature film she penned, Native Land, Rising Sun; a finalist in the 2018 Diverse Voices Screenplay Contest, the story follows a Japanese American girl and Native American girl who meet in the Poston Arizona Internment Camp during World War II.

Hanami is best known in Hollywood for her on-camera work. Most recently, she appeared in episodes of the acclaimed Netflix series GLOW, Showtime’s Shameless, CBS’s police-drama S.W.A.T. and TNT’s popular drama Major Crimes. She also flexed her funny side recurring as Ernie Hudson’s wife in the fan-favorite comedy, Angie Tribeca; ‘Claire’ in Santa Clarita Diet and recurring as ‘Lynn’ in the critically acclaimed HBO series Silicon Valley. Her previous television credits also include Criminal Minds, Pretty Little Liars, Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, Southland, and The Big Bang Theory among others. On the festival circuit, Hanami emerged at the Sundance Film Festival in Marianna Palka’s acclaimed bleak comedy Bitch, starring Jaime King and Jason Ritter.

A Huntington Beach, CA native, Hanami was influenced by the heritage of her Hawaiian/Japanese Mother and Scottish Father. She proudly sits as the National Chairman of the SAG-AFTRA Asian Pacific American Media Committee, which offers moral support and a forum where diverse voices can be heard.

LIKE LAST NIGHT at Golden State Film Festival
When: Sunday, August 12, 2018 – 4:00pm
Where: The Sepulveda Screening Room (1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA 90025)
Info: http://www.goldenstatefilmfestival.com

For additional information about REN HANAMI visit: www.RenWorldInc.com

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Art at the center of the "Universe"

After the resounding success on the French Riviera, the Italian artist Cesare Catania continues to amaze international critics.

Thursday 19 July 2018, during the art biennial of Saint Paul de Vence, the last sculpture of Cesare Catania, entitled "The Heart of the Earth - B Version" will be installed right at the entrance to the Provençal village. It's a sculpture of contemporary art that connects to a previous work of art in wood and acrylic made by the same artist between the years 2012 and 2015, entitled "The Heart of the Earth - A Version". The last sculpture "The Heart of the Earth - B Version" draws inspiration from the same concept of strength and energy that releases the Earth and was made of Carrara marble powder and white cement. To give even greater emphasis to the energy aspect, the artist wanted to combine the remains of a meteorite in the mixture. The origin of the latter and the historical dating of the body
from thousands of light years are controversial: the only certain data is that they are fragments belonging to the meteorite cataloged by the official bodies and by NASA as "Meteorite Gibeon", fallen in prehistoric times in the southern region of Namibia (Africa) and some pieces of which are exhibited in the most famous geology museums in the world.

In this work of art Cesare Catania wanted to concentrate all the strength of the elements considered to be of greater energetic impact: the inverted pyramide and the sphere, the marble dust coming from the Earth and the meteorite fragments coming from the Universe.

The sculpture will be installed on Thursday 19 July 2018 in the heart of Provence and in particular in the capital of world art Saint Paul de Vence, in front of the contemporary art gallery Odd Gallery.

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Vendetta Drama Feature Film ‘THE PAPER STORE’ Starring STEF DAWSON and PENN BADGLEY Streaming Wide VOD Beginning July 24, 2018

NEW YORK (July 10, 2018) – Academic cheating, romance and revenge intersect in the award-winning indie drama THE PAPER STORE starring Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games franchise), Penn Badgley (Lifetime’s upcoming series You, Gossip Girl) and Richard Kind (Inside Out, Argo). The vendetta drama is set to release across broad VOD streaming platforms, including Amazon and iTunes, beginning July 24, 2018.

THE PAPER STORE follows academic ghostwriter Annalee (Dawson), working in the shadows of a college campus until Sigurd (Badgley) hires her to author his entire graduate degree. Their working relationship evolves into a romance, until the affair turns sour and secrets start to spill. Annalee rats out Sigurd to Professor Kane (Kind), but instead of swift justice Kane has his own idea of what should happen next. Call it extortion; call it blackmail. Whatever you call it, the ugliness is just beginning.

THE PAPER STORE is based on Pew award-winner Katharine Clark Gray’s original play, 516 [five sixteen]. She produced the project with her creative partner and husband Nicholas Gray, who also directed, under their Uncompromised Creative banner. 

THE PAPER STORE received numerous awards on the festival circuit, including ‘Best Drama’ at Manhattan Film Festival, ‘Best Drama’ at Los Angeles Film Review and ‘Best Foreign Drama’ at Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase. Badgley and Dawson took home ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ respectively at Oxford International Film Festival, along with a ‘Special Jury Mention’ for Badgley at the Manchester Film Festival. Besides earning awards, the film has also been resonating with audiences and for good reason. Katharine Clark Gray explains, “In addition to being a juicy revenge drama, the film also shines a light on the issues of spiraling tuition costs and student debt—issues that will ring out to anyone managing an unwieldy student loan or struggling to finance someone's higher education.”

Behind the camera, the Uncompromised team brought in as principal producers Emmy-nominated producer Jonathan Gray (HBO’s Nightingale), no relation; producer / casting legend Bonnie Timmermann (Heat, Bull Durham, Miami Vice) and producer John Grossman of Front Wheel Productions; as well as veteran cinematographer and lighting designer Richard Sands as director of photography.

About Uncompromised Creative Uncompromised Creative is Nicholas Gray and Katharine Clark Gray, a husband-and-wife team based in Brooklyn, NY. They make films, plays, and assorted web content, and provide script and production consultation services to a range of fellow creatives. Nicholas and Katie believe that compromise means each side ends up disappointed. Consensus, on the other hand, gets everyone on the same team. Because when you’re jumping a gorge, you don’t go halfway. uncompromisedcreative.com

THE PAPER STORE will be available for VOD streaming on Amazon and iTunes beginning July 24, 2018. For more about THE PAPER STORE visit: http://www.thepaperstoremovie.com

 

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80's UK Pop Star and Music Industry Veteran with Surprising Comeback!

Just like Hugh Grant in the movie 'Music and Lyrics', 80's heartthrob Mark Jones was on everyone's lips, fronting his band 'Perfect Day'. Now 30 years on, Mark is back with a bang, performing the brand new World Cup Football Anthem, 'England's in My Heart'.

Unlike Hugh Grant's character in 'Music and Lyrics', Mark Jones has since his 80's heyday been a key player in the UK music industry. As head of the legendary record label Wall of Sound, Mark has both worked alongside and released acts like Grace Jones, Basement Jaxx, Röyksopp, Propellerheads, Mogwai and Human League, only to mention a few.

Now, in support of England's trophy hunt at the World Cup in Russia, Mark Jones makes a sensational comeback as frontman and lead vocalist. The football anthem 'England's in My Heart' has all the necessary ingredients; it's an immensely catchy tune with a groovy stadium rock beat and timeless sing-along chorus. 

The official video is available here:
 


The song can be streamed and downloaded here: https://lnk.to/EnglandsinMyHeart

GO ENGLAND!

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#LISTENTOOME Movement Is A Part of 2018 Purple Purse Challenge

#LISTENTOOME Women Movement is part of 2018 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, March 30, 2018{, #LISTENTOOME Women Movement will compete for the Grand Prize, and be a voice for millions of women all around the globe to join and participate in the challenge. #LISTENTOOME Women Movement is a powerful Voice to speak out, inspire, change and impact millions of women all across the world.

Be a part of this powerful movement and join our team at https://www.crowdrise.com/gift-of-a-helping-hand-charitable-tr-purplepurse2018 Everything goes live on Tuesday, October 2 at 12 p.m. ET and ends Wednesday, October 31 at 1:59:59 p.m. ET.

The #LISTENTOOME Movement to support sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence and end domestic and sexual violence.
Let Your Voice Be Heard And Be Counted Among The Number Who Are Making A Change. 17,700,000 women have reported a sexual assault since 1998. Break the silence and make a difference. Be a part of History and take a stand for the girls, young women and women of our future. Join the movement and take the pledge to your voice being heard and donate. Visit our website at www.tgoahhct.org. Scroll down toward the bottom of the page and click on the link Join The Movement. Make a ,000.00 donation and be listed as a Gold sponsor on our movement page.

Cathy P Russell is proud to be working in partnership with2018 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge and financial bringing #LISTENTOOME Women Movement to the spotlight and bringing positive light and a Voice for millions and millions of women all around the globe.

The Gift Of A Helping Hand Charitable Trust welcome all States and countries to come on board and join our team and be a part of #LISTENTOOME and help us inspire women life’s all across the world. Click on this link and join our team. https://www.crowdrise.com/gift-of-a-helping-hand-charitable-tr-purplepurse2018.

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DJ Chris Dollar set to debut on New York's Hot 97, drop a new mixtape and celebrate his birthday with celebrities

Queens native DJ Chris Dollar is set to have one of the biggest weekends in his career. Starting with his celebrity Gemini birthday bash alongside "The Kingpin" Funk Flex and hosted by Hot 97 radio personality TT Torrez, this Friday, May 25th at the Orbit Night Club in New York City located at 637 west 50th Street New York, NY.

This event is expected to feature a who's who of industry heavyweights and insiders with many celebrity guests. In addition, DJ Chris Dollar will make his debut on Hot 97 this Sunday, May 27th from 6 am to 7 am part of the station's annual "All-Mix Weekend". Finally this week Dj Chris Dollar drops his new mixtape "Money, Power, Respect Volume 3" with the exclusively recorded "100 Racks" by Kaio Kane featuring Lil Baby and LouGotCash.

This is the third installment of his M.P.R. series which has been well received by both fans and industry insiders alike. "Chris' work ethic is the key to the success that he has achieved in such a short amount of time. We are far ahead of schedule but we still have more work to do to reach the goals we set for ourselves." – Adante Ace In the past few years under the tutelage of mentor & manager Adante Ace, DJ Chris Dollar has become a staple of the New York party and club scene.

Chris has appeared on the same bill with many legendary turntablists. And has gained the respect of fellow deejays such as Funk Flex, DJ SnS, Dj Envy, Dj Self, DJ Camilo, DJ Prostyle and others. His impressive achievements included hosting events throughout the United States including Puerto Rico; as well as international events in places like Mexico and parts of the Caribbean; three well received and critically acclaimed mixtapes in addition to a modest hit single "Feel it (I Love NY)" which garnered major radio airplay on New York radio stations including Power 105.1. We expect this summer to be a pivotal moment in the career of DJ Chris Dollar. With hit records, a hot party, the admiration of fans and the respect of his peers the sky is the limit for this young man.

Website: www.DJChrisDollar.com

Instagram: @DJChrisDollar

Twitter: @DJChrisDollar

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Hollywood starts to go crazy for the artist Cesare Catania.

There is still eagerness and warmth on the French Riviera for the Italian artist Cesare Catania. After the amazing success obtained during the exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco during the Rolex Master Cup no more than 15 days ago, one of the most popular Italian contemporary artist Cesare Catania leaves his mark on the French Riviera and he has just been the guest of honor among one of the most sparkling evenings of the Cannes Film Festival period. Catania presented, on May 14th 2018, at the gala night on the Radisson Hotel rooftop, one of his sculptures in silicone and acrylic.

The master has repeatedly amazed the international criticism for his works and his techniques. How he mixes together substances so different from each other, like silicone and acrylic to make his sculptures, is today a mystery.

In reality, Catania presented, at the gala dinner on the rooftop of the Radisson Inn, certainly one of its sculptures in silicone and acrylic.

Nicknamed as the “The Modern Leonardo Da Vinci” by some English magazines, Cesare Catania’s paintings are a “still image” of actions and feelings, an extreme synthesis between obscurity and attention to detail. All his paintings are fascinated by modern art, from architecture, from cubism and from painting masters from the classical age, Cesare Catania’s artistic maturity is still evolving; always looking for new techniques to make the most of his inspirations, and this success says a lot about his imagination.  

Guests of the evening in the colors of white and gold, surrounded by a luxury cocktail and a breathtaking view, many VIP such as the actress Farrah Abraham and the Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat. Among the participants will be raffled off a lucky one who will take home a numbered copy and limited edition of the book called ” Genesis “, more of 450 pages with the life and works of the author with signature and dedication of the same Cesare Catania.

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Cesare Catania exhibits his art in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival period

After the amazing success obtained during the exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco during the Rolex Master Cup no more than 10 days ago, one of the most popular Italian contemporary artist Cesare Catania leaves his mark on the French Riviera and he will soon be the guest of honor among one of the most sparkling evenings of the Cannes Film Festival period. Catania will present, on May 14th 2018, at the gala dinner on the Radisson Hotel rooftop, one of his sculptures in silicone and acrylic. The master has repeatedly amazed the international criticism for his works and his techniques. How he mixes together substances so different from each other, like silicone and acrylic to make his sculptures, is today a mystery. During the evening in the colors of white and gold, surrounded by a luxury cocktail and a breathtaking view, there will be a prize draw among the participants and the lucky winner will take home a numbered copy and limited edition of the book called "Genesis", more of 450 pages with the life and works of the author. Obviously with the autograph and a dedication by the contemporary painter and sculptor Cesare Catania. Contacts: Cesare Catania ART ingenuity works – paintings – sculptures Art Gallery: Via Del Progresso 18 – 20125 – Milan (IT) web: www.cesarecatania.eu mail: press@cesarecatania.eu IG: @art_cesarecatania

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Fyoosion Startup Launches Direct To Consumer (DTC) Business Model

Almost every company now has a presence on social media. If your company doesn’t have one, you are clearly in an ever decreasing minority.

At the same time, the power and reach of social media must be leveraged properly to get the best out of such engagements. It is a fact that while many companies use social technologies, just a few actually achieve the full potential benefit.

Engage With Your Audience More Effectively

To know about the full advantage of social technologies, you must know how to engage with the right audience in the right place. Social media engagement can be used to create more relevant and profitable relationships with customers. The reach of these services are immense and not having a presence on social media is akin to giving the race to your competitors on a platter.

Social media integration can easily increase productivity according to online marketing experts. You can increase staff efficiency by as much as 25 per cent through social media integration.

Social networks for staff members can make the workforce more dynamic and productive. It can also train them to work in an online social environment. Communicating through a social network with colleagues can provide the necessary experience for effective social media engagement and also helps you communicate better with customers.

Establish a Better Communication Platform with Business Partners

One of the least explored areas of social media integration is connecting with the network of suppliers, dealers and clients. Just a handful of companies have the technology to be entirely self-sufficient in communication systems. Social media can provide the ideal platform to communicate with other companies. It can help achieve high efficiency in business-to-business which goes way beyond with emails and calls. Social media integration such as Fyoosion can help establish cross-company private social networks.

Social media integration can be brought to any site with built-in comments feature. It can be used to initiate product reviews or add comment streams, post blogs and lots more.

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