Apr 17 2014

Frank Muggia to Head Film Finance Forum

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Frank Muggia to Head Film Finance Forum

On Wednesday, April 30th at 7PM at the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, Frank Muggia, who has 25 years of experience as an attorney / producer in the entertainment industry, will be heading a Film Finance Forum along with a special guest. You will be getting some of the best feedback possible from one of the pros, it’s an event you won’t want to miss! This event is FREE of charge, with limited seats provided on a first come first serve basis. We’ll see you there!

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Apr 17 2014

Happy Hands Wins Award at Sonoma Film Festival

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Happy Hands Wins Award at Sonoma Film Festival

The documentary short “Happy Hands“, which will be featured at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, has won the award for Best Documentary Short at the 17th Sonoma International Film Festival. The documentary tells the story of how Hollywood icon, Tippi Hedren, personally conceived and provided the means for twenty of the first Vietnamese refugees to establish themselves as manicurists. Together they established a new industry that became a Vietnamese American Dream. So a big congratulations goes out to Honey Lauren on the win! “Happy Hands” will be shown at the BNFF on Sunday, April 27th at 7PM at the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center. Tickets for the showing are now available.

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Apr 14 2014

Interview with The Kiosk Presents

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Interview with The Kiosk Presents

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Mar 31 2014

Congrats To Tracy Blakely

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Congrats To Tracy Blakely

    A big congrats to Niagra/Buffalo “Generation Iron” performer Tracy Blakely who set a record for winning best in her class and overall in both Figure and Physique competitions this past weekend!  Unbelievably impressive win!   We have such a kick ass team and I can’t wait to see what they bring to the table May 3rd at the “Generation Iron” Premiere at The Market Arcade Film & Arts Center 12 Noon.  Very inspiring!

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Mar 30 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Bad IQ” a documentary on autism

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Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Bad IQ” a documentary on autism

http://www.examiner.com/article/phillp-semour-hoffman-was-to-star-a-documentary-on-autism I was deeply saddened by the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. His demons were his alone, and we may never know what was the final catalyst that made his life intolerable.   Like many fans of Hoffman, I surfed the internet for articles written about this very brilliant actor, who stole and broke my heart back in 1999, when he portrayed a drag queen in Flawless co-starring Robert Di Niro   In an article by Tom Junod of Esquire:Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Secret: The cost of holding up a mirror to those who could barely stand to look at themselves. Junod always believed that Hoffman could detach himself from his characters, but in truth, this was not to be: The great character actors are now the actors whose work has the element of ritual sacrifice once claimed by the De Niros of the world, as well as the element of danger— the actors who thrill us by going for broke. It should be no surprise when, occasionally, they break, or turn out to be broken. RIP.   My instincts told me that somehow Philip Seymour Hoffman might pay attention toautism. Lo and behold, there it was: Bad IQ, a documentary in the works, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as himself. The film is a documentary abut autism, filmed by autistic students. The story line caught my eye: An in-depth look at Autism disorders and the social impact it leaves throughout the public. The cast includes celebrity parents of autistic children; Joe Mantegna, Ed Asner and Aidan Quinn to name a few.   I am intrigued by the title Bad IQ, as it is virtually impossible to glean an accurate IQ score for individuals with autism. The range of “splinter” skills is vast, and while my own child can tell you the exact day your birthday was 10 years ago, he might not be able to answer a simple math question. It is all about language. What this means, is that the value for individuals with autism is pioneer territory. Their talents must be tapped and contoured . It’s worth it.   The future for individuals with autism is veritably in the hands of the public. Who are we without our neighbors. This is a rhetorical question. Every school child that sits next to an individual with autism will be forever changed by that experience. We, as a society have the power to make that change matter. Teach Your Children Well is more than just a song. It is a message You, who are on the road, must have a code, that you can live by.   While Philip Seymour Hoffman suffered a tragic end, in death, he has left a message of hope by participating in this important film.  

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Apr 20 2013

Beijing Filmmaker Takes Best Short Award


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Apr 17 2012

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival: The reviews are in!


Buffalo Niagara Film Festival: The reviews are in! Staff ReportsNiagara Ga online viagra soft zette NIAGARA FALLS — Here is a sampling of reviews of films showing at this year’s Buffalo Niagara Film Festival from journalism students at Buffalo State College: “Brother Time” “Brother Time” is a moving documentary about the civil violence that occurred between Kenyan tribes following the 2007 election of President Mwai Kibaki. The documentary showcases the peace there was between tribes in Kenya before the elections and then details how things went sour after Kibaki came to power. One of the three main tribes in Kenya, the Kalenjins, were livid over the election results and started a barbaric civil war, mainly against the Kikuyu tribe which backed Kibaki. Riots broke out in Kenya, steered by young boys murdering and destroying everything in sight with large guns and machetes. Watching the torment in the faces of their countrymen and women was eye-opening to say the least. The torturing, burning of houses and buildings, and murders were a horrid sight to behold, yet the film did its work of bringing awareness to the horror. I appreciated the way this documentary was put together, as it mainly focused on the fallout of citizens that were once bound together as “brothers”. The end of the movie left me pleased that the brutal nature that once consumed Kenya had dissolved and shows the wrongs done by human beings can be defeated. —Aaron Garland “Beware Pickpocket” Is the pickpocket an iniquitous self-employer, or an exploitive observer of another person’s security deficiencies? This is the question you will be asking yourself while watching the short film (18:07), “Beware Pickpocket,” directed by Michael Laicini. A squirrelly man with nomadic tendencies is the best way to describe our protagonist. The story unfolds just north of the border in Toronto, Ontario. The use of symbolism is attempted, but I cannot place my finger on what exactly the white rabbit represents. Himself, endearment, an antagonist, or is it a fleeing sense of his life style? Comedic undertones and a semi-engrossing story line keep you entertained. A short film should never be hard to sit through. And Laicini takes you on a brief embarkment of a man trying to survive and indulge his musing all at once. (8 p.m. Friday, Market Arcade Theater) —Michael Mazzuto “Dot Got Shot” It feels like the worst thing aspiring directors can do: make a movie and send a dvd to the media, but not actually put the film on the disc you mail in.That is exactly what happened to me this weekend when I went to review the independent film “Dot Got Shot”. The movie seemed interesting. According to the press kit details, a police officer who was shot in the head while trying to settle a domestic dispute is left with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and suffers from nightmares that cause her to never sleep. However, I didn’t get see the film, so I don’t know. I’d like to say, “Hey! You should really check out this movie. It’s about a police officer who gets shot in the head and suffers from PTSD. The only problem is, I don’t have the film, just these pictures.” Editor’s note: The film arrived via apologetic email from writer/director Honey Lauren after this review was written. The short turns out to be a journeyman’s effort on a low budget that shows how reality can change for those with PTSD. It’s worth the time to watch Lauren as the beautiful and believable Dot. (5 p.m. April 19, Market Arcade Theater) —Mike Straw “Blind Turn” movie review Jay Dee Walters plays a vengeance-seeking antihero in “Blind Turn,” a thriller about a man who lost his wife and two children in a car accident caused by a drunk driver and the subsequent punishment Walters aims to inflict on the driver, played by Rachel Boston. It’s easy to get behind Walters’ character, whose emotion-evoking performance was very real and very relatable for anybody — not just those with a family. Some of the punishing tests Walters puts Boston through are hold-your-breath worthy in his malevolent quest to teach her a lesson. “Blind Turn” is slow to get going and occasionally transitions awkwardly from scene-to-scene, sometimes stunting any momentum that a scene picks up. Even so, it’s a thrilling tale that warns audience members in one concise message – DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! (8 p.m. Saturday, Market Arcade Theater) —Tom Gallagher “Record Paradise: The Musical Life of Joe Lee” What do a record store, a nearly 40-year-old establishment, and a human encyclopedia have in common? They’re all pretty hard to come by these days. But you’ll find all of them in the documentary “Record Paradise: The Musical Life of Joe Lee” which follows the life of one of the nation’s most successful record store owners. Joe Lee looks nothing like a rock star but his peddles not only nostalgia, but a wealth of knowledge on every iota of recorded music. The 53-minute film splices Joe’s journey through American music with his experiences since opening the Maryland store in 1974. The film is also a feel-good story of Joe’s perseverance. As the black-sheep son of the former governor of Maryland he simply marched to the beat of a different drummer. The film deviates from the main plot elegantly weaving in Joe’s personal history with that of the local Baltimore rock ‘n roll scene. Throughout the movie, Joe always seems to draw a crowd of people eager to talk music and proudly boast about their record collections. Although they just met moments ago in his store, they talk as if they have known each other for years, something you feel too watching it. There’s just something inviting about Joe’s store. Customers claim it’s full of hidden treasures. But the movie seems to show that the most valuable may be Joe himself. (4 p.m. Tuesday, Market Arcade Theater) —Mike Provenzano Look for more festival film reviews next week.

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Apr 17 2012

Watershed Post “Robert, Portrait of an Art-er”


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Apr 17 2012

An Interview with Citi Field ‘Expert’ Lori Martini


An Interview with Citi Field ‘Expert’ Lori Martini Douglas “Chuck” Booth- (Baseball Writer and @chuckbooth3024 on twitter)- Last year when I applied for the MLB FanCave, I did so with mixed online viagra sales emotions. While the job looked like an awesome experience, it also would never be as exciting as going to the baseball games live. Due to my waiting around for MLB’s decision on the chosen winners, I failed to plan for any extensive road trips last year. I am not disappointed that I didn’t win. Mike O’ Hara and Ryan Wagner did a fantastic job and were completely qualified. What the verdict left me was a desire to prove a point that I have been trying to establish for the last 4 years. MLB’s 30 Baseball Parks provide the best marketing tool that this entity may ever want. It is my ultimate goal to show that people would rather go to the games live. Chasing down the Guinness Book of World Record for visiting all parks in the least amount of days has a plethora of emotions that run through ones body. It is both an adrenaline rush and a hyper vigilant anxiety clashing for every day I am on the road. In my 2 minute video that I sent for the FanCave, I told them that “you either hire me or I am going to end up doing this on my own anyway!” So I intend to go on a 30 MLB Park journey every year from now until MLB decides to pay me a salary. To give our readers the kind of insight and information that make these ballparks the best fan experiences in Major League Sports, I have sought out some of the greatest experts in the field of ballpark chasing. Every park will have a Park Preview, an Expert Interview and a Post Game/Streak Synopsis. Our first expert interview is Lori Martini.   Douglas ‘Chuck’ Booth (Baseball Writer)- I had the chance to talk to lifetime Met Fan Lori Martini recently. Lori has been going to Mets games in Flushing Meadows for over 25 years and is Citi Field’s featured ballpark expert. To Our Knowledge, Lori is the first female to have visited all 30 MLB stadiums as a fan in 2005. Guaranteed she will be the first to re-certify this honor when she goes to New Marlins Ball Park for the April.2 exhibition vs the Yankees. Lori has plans to set the Guinness Book of World Record for females attending a full baseball game in all 30 MLB Parks during the 2013 season. I am going to help her with this mission. We are also going to be interviewed on the field for the New York Mets season opener on Thursday, April.5/2012. This is a game that I may need to retroactive the streak back to. Lori is also attending games with me at Citizens Bank Ballpark on April.9th, at Citi Field on April.9th and also at Fenway Park on April.16th for the Patriots Day 11:05 AM start. We had a chance to talk about Citi Field though briefly before all of that happens, this is what we discussed. DB: ” Welcome to the Citi Field Expert Interview Lori. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and then give us a bit of background on your life as a Mets Fan.” LM: ” First off, thank for thinking of me for Citi Field Doug. I’m a born and bred Brooklynite and daughter of a Yankees fan. My dad always watched both, so I chose the Mets as the more exciting team to watch. My dad taught me how to play softball, so I grew a larger passion for the game that I play on about 6 softball teams a year including fall leagues. I’m a screenwriter, songwriter and actress and no matter what I do with my career, it seems to revolve around the Mets.” DB: “Your song “Believe” was adopted by Mets Second Baseman Justin Turner last year as his walkup song. What does it feel like to have all of Citi Field listen to a song you wrote?” LM: “It’s pretty amazing how it all happened. I created a buzz on twitter to tell fans I got a pre-game performance on the May 27, 2011 game vs. the Phillies and tried to get as many people to try to attend that game EARLY. During soundcheck my rep called me over and said that Justin Turner asked Jay Horowitz (VP of Media Relations) if it was OK to use “BELIEVE” as his walkup song. My feet never touched the ground since and I’m still in awe. Turner even mentions me on twitter and in interviews including an SNY Special. People really embraced it. I wrote it specifically for the Mets, but I wrote it so it could cross over to Top 40 Radio and perhaps inspire other people and teams to do so. In fact, tons of sports teams and figures are using the motto. I’m just hoping my song resonates with them.” (You can listen to the song on youtube below.) DB: “Your baseball short-film “CAUGHT” has been accepted into some Film Festivals around the country. Please talk about how this baseball film has impacted your life? What is the future schedule of upcoming appearances for the film?” LM: “I wanted to show how life is similar to plays in baseball. I paralleled this around certain events with my family and friends. I’ve experienced so many things in my life, that I feel I want to share it with the world and hope that they can relate especially because there’s such a double standard with women in sports. Caught has won Best Drama Short in the CT Film Festival and I won Best Actress in the Staten Island Film Festival. I’m really proud of these accomplishments, but mostly because people who have seen the movie come over to me and they truly relate to the story and have a similar experience. It just feels good that I’m not the only one and perhaps it will bring things to light. It has a morality story to it. In a world where anything goes, despite others, I wanted to make sure that the shortcut, dishonesty and selfishness is not going to pan out in the long run. Karma comes back to round those bases. It has recently been accepted in the Garden State Film Festival on March 24th at 1:30pm www.gsff.org; Women’s International Film and Arts Festival Mar 28-Apr 1, 2012 www.womensfilmfest.com; Boston International Film Festival April 15 at 2:45pm www.bifilmfestival.com; Buffalo Niagara Film Festival April 20 at 4pm www.thebnff.com and the Connecticut Film Festival in Danbury, CT April 27-29www.ctfilmfestival.com and the Litchfield Hills Film Festival in Torrington, CT June.28-July.01 www.hillsfilmfestival.com with more to follow. DB: “As a woman that has been to all 30 Major League Stadiums in the Majors (and possibly the 1st woman fan ever), what does this accomplishment mean to you?” LM: “It feels incredible and I hope it encourages more women to be involved with sports, whether as a fan or playing or both. Baseball is such an intellectual/strategical game with lots of passion. I’d love to do it again. I wish I was setting the world record with you.” DB: “Describe the differences between what the experience is like now at Citi Field for a baseball game, as opposed to the Shea Stadium Days?” LM: “Citi Field is more of an entertainment place, where Shea was a ballpark. Citi Field is more open, so people walk around and don’t generally sit in their seats, so it’s difficult to hear the roar of the crowd like it was at Shea. Then again, the Mets haven’t been a winning team since Citi Field opened in 2009. I remember in 2006 in the NLCS when Endy Chavez made that catch, the whole place was not only deafening, but Shea shook like an earthquake. I thought it was our destiny to win. You could hear a pin drop when we didn’t. Fascinating really. Citi Field has the best food.” DB: “The Mets are bringing in the fences this year at Citi Field, do you think this will enhance the fan entertainment aspect of baseball viewing?” LM: “I think it will help the players, especially since they adjusted the fences in Port St. Lucie so they can get a feel of it before the home opener. I sure hope it’s the Mets hitting them out and not the other teams. At least it won’t be called “Citi Field: The place where home runs go to die anymore.” DB: “How does the fan base feel about Jose Reyes leaving the club, do you think this will impact the attendance?” LM: “We’re all upset really. Is it that he wasn’t made an offer or was he just greedy? In all honesty, he isn’t worth what he was paid due to his constant injuries and if he really wanted to stay with the Mets, he would have taken a lower offer. I’m a team player and I stay loyal to my team. Nobody’s truly sure what went on behind closed doors.” DB: “What is your favorite method of transportation to and from Citi Field.” LM: “I seriously dislike public transportation, especially since it sometimes takes me 2 hours to get home at night, when it takes me only 20-30 minutes to get to the stadium via car. I park on the side streets to avoid paying the parking lot fees and seriously, the walk is great exercise and I get home quicker by doing that than if I had entered the parking lot. Of course, elderly, people with children or handicapped people would need to use the lot…or tailgaters. I just try to be economical, healthy and save time getting home.” DB: “What advice would you give for somebody experiencing Citi Field for the very first time?” LM: “I personally like the excelsior level section. Tons of foul balls and t-shirts land there within the infield. I ended up on TV because my friend Mike caught a foul ball off Ike Davis‘s bat. He jammed his finger, but he caught it bare-handed. We’re on the MLB Highlight Reel. I think June 25, 2010 vs. Twins. I also like section 103 in the front few rows. You feel like you’re playing RF. Section 128 has a great view of all angles/corners of the stadium. I personally love the Empire Party Suites and I usually organize a couple per year. Anyone interested should contact me. It’s all-inclusive: Food/Beer/Wine/Soda etc. Plus I host the best parties and I include goodies.” DB: “What is the food like at Citi Field? What is your favorite ballpark food there?” LM: “It’s the BEST of ALL the stadiums. Shake Shack is my favorite. Get there early because the lines are long. The Mex Burger which is near section 128 I believe is also amazing. They have Pastrami sandwiches, Reubens, Casacarinos Pizza, Taqueria, Box Frites, Blue Smoke. All incredible. They also have a gluten free section and sushi in RF near section 103.” DB: “What is your feeling towards the Wilpons cutting salary on the teams current payroll? Do you feel ripped off as a ticket buyer?” LM: “I’m somewhat disappointed, but I also don’t want them giving ridiculous contracts anymore like in the past: Oliver Perez; Jason Bay; Luis Castillo etc. They’ve actually reduced the price of tickets this year. We’ll see what happens. I think Sandy Alderson knows what he’s doing and he has a great sense of humor. Our farm system is improving, so hopefully by 2013 or 2014, we will have a competitive team. Then again, I always BELIEVE so I’m hoping those kids fight in 2012 and surprise us.” DB: “What is your favorite all time game as a Met Fan that you have been in attendance in Citi Field or Shea Stadium?” LM: I’ve been to SO many incredible games, but I’d have to say June 30, 2000 when they played the Braves and were down 8-1 until they scored 10 runs in the 8th inning. I had said if Piazza homers and we win, that this is the turning point of the entire season and it was. It was also magical because it was the first and only time I caught a foul ball and it was fireworks night. DCB: “As a Brooklyn native, do people still talk about the Dodgers leaving town? Do you think there are enough baseball fans in Brooklyn for MLB to ever bring a 3rd baseball franchise in the area if a new ballpark was built?” LM: “Some of the older crowd talks about them. I wonder what it would have been like. I’d surely be a Brooklyn Dodgers fan had the Mets not existed. OMG I’m sure and that would be awesome if it happened, but I am a loyal person, so I can never abandon the Mets. “ DB: “Thank you very much Lori.” Lori Martini with her friend Maria Rusolo in 2009 at Citi Field (Inaugural Season) ***Thank you to our Citi Field expert- Lori Martini for participating in today’s article. To learn more about Lori Martini click these links.*** www.lorimartini.com www.twitter.com/lorimartini www.twitter.com/shortfilmcaught www.youtube.com/007martini   *** Thank you to our Baseball Writer- Douglas “Chuck” Booth for preparing today’s feature on MLB reports. To learn more about “The Fastest 30 Ballgames” and Chuck Booth, you can follow Chuck on Twitter (@ChuckBooth3024) and you can also follow Chuck’s website for his Guinness Book of World Record Bid to see all 30 MLB Park in 20 days click here or on the 30 MLB Parks in 20 days GWR tracker at the Reports click here. *** Please e-mail us at: mlbreports@me.com with any questions and feedback. You can follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. To subscribe to our website and have the Daily Reports sent directly to your inbox, click here and follow the link at the top of our homepage.

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