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DEFENDERS OF LIFE AT GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL VENICE, CALIFORNIA ON SUNDAY, MAY 21 AT 7:45PM
The sixth annual Garifuna International Indegenous Film Festival is six days of films from May 12 – 27th. I learned of the festival because of the upcoming screening of ‘Defenders of Life’ from director/writer Dana Ziyasheva and Igor Darbo (Producer) that is set in the Indigenous community of Costa Rica and filmed on location.
I am very interested to learn of the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival and am excited to add this to my list of ‘Festivals to Attend’. I love seeing films representing diverse voices and stories that expose me to lives and people. The festival is during the weekend so am hoping to attend a film or two to see from another person’s eye how they see the world around them.
The film will be screened on Sunday, May 21 at 7:45pm at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291with Dana Ziyasheva & Igor Darbo scheduled to attend. If you are unable to attend it is available exclusively on FlixPremiere at https://flixpremiere.com/film/defenders-of-life.
“I am very honored of this selection and excited about the opportunity to present
‘Defenders of Life’ at the Garifuna Film Festival,” said Ziyasheva, a journalist by training and former communications expert with the United Nations. “It is particularly important to me to show the film in the framework of an indigenous art event and next to other films by or about indigenous realities,” added Ziyasheva.
“Defenders of Life” 7:45pm, Sunday, May 21
$15.00 +$1.74 Students $20.00 + $1.99 General Admission
The festival’s mission to preserve and promote Garifuna culture is close to the filmmaker’s heart. “During my career with the United Nations, I worked on the promotion of Garifuna culture in Central America and had the honor of meeting with distinguished representatives of the Garifuna people in the government of Honduras and Nicaragua. I am very much looking forward to discovering the festival’s film selection and meeting with fellow filmmakers,” she added.
Every year, the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival connects the Garifuna diaspora from all over the world as well as indigenous communities from across the globe via one of the most powerful art forms: film. Celebrating its sixth annual edition in 2017, GIIFF will kick off May 12th and run through May 27th
. “Defenders of Life” is among more than 27 films selected by the festival, including features and shorts from the U.S., Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, Iran, and African and other countries.
Garifuna is a unique culture descended from the only black Africans who fought and succeeded against being enslaved in the American Continent, and who also intermarried with Carib and Arawak people of the Caribbean. They speak their own language, Garifuna, as well as Spanish, Belizean Kriol and English. Garifuna gave the world the gift of the beautiful music and dance called “punta” and have significant populations in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States.
The film festival also welcomes works by, about and for indigenous people from all the continents. “The Garifuna people share so much with indigenous communities from all over the world, so much wisdom, so many stories,” says festival director Freda Sideroff. “We share common stories; we are more alike than we are different.”
Director Ziyasheva agrees. Her film is set among in an indigenous community of Costa Rica and was inspired by people she served as a U.N. worker. “‘Defenders of Life’ was born out of the real-life friendship between Carmen, a Ngäbe matriarch, and myself, a United Nations civil servant from Kazakhstan,” she said.
“When staying at her house, we spent a lot of time talking about her life and her hopes/fears for her daughters and granddaughters. We both wanted to give voice to the voiceless, leaving a proud testimony of her ancient civilization under threat and show the place and challenges of women in this culture. We both wanted it to be aesthetic and allegorical,” said Ziyasheva.
While Carmen is also an actress in the drama, she did more than acting, according to the director. “(She) was more than an actress, she was my collaborator on the film,” said Ziyasheva. “She helped me to direct actors, scout and pick locations and prepare dialogues. I discussed every scene with her. We also involved the entire community and its leaders; on occasion, more than 100 extras took part in the filming.”
Limited with a four-man crew, Ziyasheva had to be resourceful in the making of “Defenders of Life.” “I was not only my own assistant but also production designer, wardrobe, makeup, and driver,” she stated. “This was because of the budget constraints, but mainly because it would not have been feasible otherwise. We were outsiders granted unique access to this closed society.”
The project relied totally on the trust her team built with the community. “We could not disrupt the balance of their lives with a large crew, gear trucks, etc.,” she said. “That was one condition of theirs for allowing us to make the film, along with having all their dialogue spoken in the Ngäbe native language, rather than Spanish. They knew and accepted each one of us into their private spaces and homes, and we lived on site the entire time of the shoot,” she added.
This year’s festival theme is “Remembering the Garifuna Holocaust” to pay tribute to the early Garifuna warriors that died for their people’s freedom 220 years ago, according to festival director Freda Sideroff. The Garifuna people are descendants of the only black Africans in the American continent who successfully fought against being enslaved, “paying the ultimate price, the death of many, and the relocation of resilient survivors,” said Sideroff.
“We are a resilient, proud people that have survived atrocities,” stated Sideroff, a Garifuna immigrant from Belize. “Like many indigenous communities all over the world, today we still face many challenges and find our culture and way of life under threat. But our ancestors inspire and guide us with their example and wisdom.”
She added, “We must remember their sacrifice and treasure our priceless Garifuna language, culture and history.”
WHAT: Garifuna International Film Festival 2017
WHEN: Begins Friday, May 12th. Runs through Saturday, May 27th
WHERE: The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
WHY: Established by Freda Sideroff, an indigene of the Garifuna, GIIFF started in 2012 with a mission to preserve the values and aspirations of Garifuna and all indigenous people and cultures through films about indigenous cultures, their values and struggles.
Posted in festival, Film, Los Angeles, Movie Tagged with: Dana Ziyasheva, Defenders of Life, Garifuna International Film Festival, GIFF, Independent Film, Indie Film, Venice California
“We love doing this event every year because proceeds from Pink Pump’s Gala provide free summer camp for hundreds of children with disabilities and their siblings living in Southern California. Our amazing honorees and hundreds of guests gather for a great cause and we have lots of fun too!”, SNN founder Areva Martin
@Patharveynews is serving as the “Mistress of Ceremonies”
Areva Martin and the Special Needs Network 9th Annual Pink Pump Affair is the gala fundraiser, fashion who and Women of Distinction Awards Presentation to benefit Children and Families affected by Autism and Related Developmental Disorders.
‘The Power of Women’ will celebrate the diversity of women making a difference in Hollywood and offices across this Sunday, May 21st at the Four Seasons Los Angeles Hotel (Beverly Hills). Pink Pump’s 2017 honorees are Actress Jamie Brewer of the award-winning FX drama series “ American Horror Story ”, Beauty entrepreneur Rea Ann Silva ; creator and CEO of Beauty Blender, the honorable Betty Yee ; California State Comptroller and Dr. Roslyn Blake ; Founder of MB Ellison, Inc., a leading healthcare insurance company. This year’s honorary chairpersons are Senator Kamala Harris and Actress/Comedienne Kym Whitley . Pat Harvey , CBS News Emmy-Award winning news anchor will serve as the event’s emcee. Attendees will include philanthropist Tina Knowles, actor Richard Lawson, plus sized model & beauty advocate Rosie Mercado, GRAMMY Award-winning singer Keyshia Cole, reality TV star Tami Roman, celebrity fitness trainer Corey Calliet and TV/radio personality Wendell James to name a few! They will all be at the Four Seasons to help families affected by Autism and Related Developmental Disorders the opportunity for kids to have summer camp fun! Buy Tickets
@birenco @SamSchacher generous donation to the #PinkPump silent auction!
ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS NETWORK
Founded in 2005, Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN) grew out of the struggles of Areva D. Martin, Esq. after her son Marty was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Martin combined her legal skills and entrepreneurial talents to create the parent-centered non-profit organization whose mission is to raise public awareness about developmental disabilities and to impact public policy. The overarching goal of SNN is to provide education and resources to families, children and adults living with autism and related developmental disorders by advocating on their behalf to insure that issues specific to these communities are addressed. For more information about the Special Needs Network, visit www.snnla.org and follow SNN on Twitter at #PinkPump2017.
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: Areva Martin, Autism, Beauty Blender, Betty Yee, Corey Caliet, Disabilities, Dr. Roslyn Blake, Keyshia Cole, Kym Whitley, MbElllison Inc., Pat Harvey, PinkPump, PinkPump2017, Power of Women, Rea Ann Silva, Related Developmental Disorders, Richard Lawson, Rosie Mercado, Senator Kamala Harris, SNN, SoCal, Summer Camp, Tami Roman, The Special Needs Network Inc., Tina Knowles, Wendell James
Well I’d love to pitch an idea of mobile grocery stores for disadvantaged neighborhoods. Take 2 or 3 buses that can be stocked with healthy food at a reasonable price and that would be able to take SNAP. So instead of people have to pay overpriced amount of money for food and staples instead the trucks would have scheduled stops. My other idea is to have a voter education and registration program. So many people don’t seem to understand the basics of the three branch of the Federal Government, how local elected officials directly effect their lives and comprehending all of the ballot propositions.
The deadline was extended to 5/10/2017 read below for details. What would you like to pitch leave your ideas below ….
Deadline extended to Wednesday, May 10 at 5pm!
In 2015, design east of La Brea was honored to receive its second ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for our Making LA series. The first phase of Making LA explored the Los Angeles issues of Transportation, Water, Density and Community through a series of public programs, culminating in the Making LA conference in fall of 2014.
In early 2016 we launched the second phase—Making LA: Connect, Flourish, Thrive, Prosper—with the plan to build upon our successful programming series at a design charrette to craft proposals for real-world solutions to issues facing LA.
Then we had a presidential election.
As a proposed budget seeks to completely eliminate federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, we realized that charrettes and proposals would not be enough. The de LaB community is made up of designers, architects, and artists who are out in the city working hard on real-world solutions today. We want to amplify your efforts and bring four projects—your projects—to life.
We want to show the powerful impact that the NEA has on our cities by empowering four projects that help LA connect, flourish, thrive, and prosper.
On Saturday, June 10, Making LA Together will feature teams pitching projects in front of a live audience that address issues of Transportation, Water, Density, and Community in Los Angeles. A panel of experts will ask questions and offer commentary about the projects, and the audience will vote for the best project in each of the four areas. We’ll work to make the winning ideas happen with a project fee of $2500 and the help of volunteers from the de LaB community. In addition to workshops and volunteer days, de LaB will also host four programs to introduce the public to each of the four completed projects.
Making LA Together will be held on the evening of Saturday, June 10 at City Market South, a brand-new creative space located in one of LA’s oldest produce markets, as part of the Los Angeles Design Festival. Here are more details about the event.
How to apply
Deadline extended to Wednesday, May 10 at 5pm! Fill out this brief form telling us about your project, including a 200-word description and which area your project addresses (Transportation, Water, Density, or Community).
When you submit your form, email *one* image of your project (can be a rendering, photo, drawing, sketch) to hello @ designeastoflabrea.org
Finalists selected to present at Making LA Together will be announced by Friday, May 12 and asked to prepare a 5-minute, fast-pitch presentation with visuals onstage at the Making LA Together event. (Think Project Runway meets Shark Tank).
What kind of projects are you looking for?
Show us how NEA’s funding can solve a problem and create real-world change for an LA community east of La Brea. The only real qualification is that the project must address one of the challenge areas (Transportation, Water, Density, or Community) and be easily replicable elsewhere in the city.
Some examples of projects might be: A wayfinding system (Transportation); a parkway stormwater garden (Water); a creative adaptation of a parking space (Density); a neighborhood mural (Community).
How many people can be on a team?
As few or as many as you like, although only two people can be onstage to present.
Can I submit multiple projects?
Team members can only work on one project.
Can it be something I’m already working on?
Definitely. We are particularly interested in projects that have already been tested elsewhere in LA and can easily be rolled out in multiple locations.
Does the project absolutely have to happen somewhere east of La Brea?
Yes—we will only look at projects that will happen east of La Brea. South of Century Boulevard that’s east of Hawthorne. North of Franklin Avenue that’s east of Vineland. Even if part of your project is east of these boundaries, we’ll accept it.
Who decides which projects are selected?
Finalists will be selected to present by de LaB’s hosts and board members. The winners in each area will be decided by a live vote from the audience at the event.
If you have a question we should answer here, send us an email at hello @ designeastoflabrea.org
Posted in art, Good Cause, Los Angeles, Made in America Tagged with: Artworks Grant, Community, deLabs, Density, do good, Fast Pitch, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Design Festival, Making LA Together, National Endowment for Arts, NEA, Shark Tank, Transportation, Water
It’s Deborah Cox’s world and we are just living in it! I wasn’t sure what to expect from the first U.S. National tour of The Bodyguard at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. I expected a few iconic Whitney Houston and a reenactment of the 1992 Oscar nominated film by Lawrence Kasdan but this is a London West End musical show and WHAT a show!
I got more than I expected from the shocking opening moment that got my heart pounding with gunfire and a video montage of the work famous Rachel Marron played by Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox and Judson Mill as Frank Farmer the bodyguard who steals her heart.
This is a departure from the film that sprinkles movie magic but weaves Deborah’s voice throughout. She’s not playing Whitney Houston but instead makes the role her own. I don’t want to give anything away but the show has a great fast pace with a supporting cast that surrounds Deborah as they twinkle on the stage.
Don’t worry the classic scene where Frank sweeps Rachel into his arms was played out with talented background dancers that gave a frantic feel necessary to make the scene chaotic and exciting. The strobing lights, the music, the movement and feints had me wondering how it would look and I for one <gasped> it was DAMNED sexy and really looked good on the stage.
I really enjoyed having my musical with a little suspense and lots of great singing by Jasmin Richardson (Nicki Marron) and Kevelin B. Jones III (Fletcher) as well as the supporting cast. I really enjoyed the change in the sister relathinshiop between Rachel & Nicki with deep abiding love at war with jealous rivalry. The father son vibe between Frank and Fletcher was sweet and would appeal to anyone who wants a family of their own.
If you’re a huge fan of the film and think this hits all the same dots be ready for a surprise because they changed some major plot points to keep the pace of the show fast as well as create emotional connection with the audience. I’d like to say that I’m a Rachel but am more like a Nicki!
I’m very excited to have seen the show and really recommend it to fans of musicals, Deborah Cox and (of course) Whitney Houston! Watching the Bodyguard was like watching a an album with the music keeping the story on pace and the voices of the cast soaring to the heavens with music that had me tapping my feet all night long. Make sure you stay till the lights come on because the cast has a special treat that will have everyone dancing out onto the street!
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.
PERFORMANCE INFORMATION: Tickets are available at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-982-2787, as well as at theHollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Blvd) and all Ticketmaster Outlets. The
performance schedule for THE BODYGUARD is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. Opening Night is Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 8pm. Deborah Cox is not scheduled to perform at the matinee performances. recommended for ages 13 and up. (Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.) Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including intermission. Tickets start at $35.
Posted in concert, Los Angeles, Theatre Tagged with: A Class Act, Alejandra Matos, Alex Corrado, Benjamin Rivera, Bill Devaney, Black & White, Bradford Rahmlow, Brendon Chan, Charles Gray, Chris Egan, Deborah Cox, DeQuina Moore, Douglas Baldeo, Dreamgirls, Duncan McLean, FBI agent Ray Court, gotham, Hannibal, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, I Will Always Love You, Idlewild Music Festival, Jaquez André Sims, Jarid Faubel, Jasmin Richardson, Jersey Boys, Jonathan Hadley, Jorge Paniagua, Karen Bruce, Kevelin B. Jones III, Kinky Boots, Lauren Tanner, Maria Cristina Slye, Mark Henderson, Matthew Schmidt, Matthew Smedal, Megan Elyse Fulmer, Memphis, Mike Dixon, Motown, Naomi C. Walley, Nicki Marron, Nicole Spencer, One Moment in Time, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Regional: The Full Monty, Richard Beadle, Richard Brooker, Run to You, Saving All My Love, Sean Rozanski, So Emotional, Stalker, Sy Spector, The BodyGuard, The Color Purple, The Pantages, Thea Sharrock, Tim Hatley, Tony Scibelli, Tour: The Lion King, Whitney Houston, Willie Dee, X-Men: First Class
So excited to attend the Opening Night Gala with a special screening of Justin Lin’s ‘Better Luck Tomorrow‘ Thursday, April 27th at 7PM at the Egyptian Theatre
Karin Anna Cheung
Better Luck Tomorrow (BLT): Never underestimate an over achiever. To his classmates and teachers, high-schooler Ben Manibag (Perry Shen) appears to be the “model” student: a perfectionist and overachiever, destined for nothing less than graduating at the top of his class and then attending a prestigious college. But underneath this persona is a darker side – Ben and his bored high-school buddies lead double lives, flying high in a world of petty crime and material excess in order to ease the pressures of “being perfect.” It’s a free-wheeling lifestyle that soon takes a downward spiral, leading to an unexpected end. An Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival, Better Luck Tomorrow is a gripping, edgy and provocative film that rips the tranquil, well-manicured facade off of middle-class suburbia and cultural stereotypes.
Buy tickets to see the opening night film with JUSTIN LIN, SUNG KANG, JUSTIN CHON, KARIN ANNA CHEUNG, RODGER FAN, MATTHEW KNOWLES, AARON TAKAHASHI and more supporting diversity in film with the 2017 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. The Gala is presenting the 15 year anniversary of Justin Lin’s ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’ in the original 35mm film that premiered at Sundance after Sept 11th and not the life affirming film that everyone expected. The story and cast is not what people expected from the Asian stars/director.
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: AARON TAKAHASHI, Better Luck Tomorrow, BLT, Diversity in film, Fast and the Furious, Film festival, Hollywood, Indie Film, Justin Chon, JUSTIN LIN, KARIN ANNA CHEUNG, LAAPFF, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, MATTHEW KNOWLES, RODGER FAN, SUNG KANG
Sean Cameron Michael is a South African actor and writer. You probably know him best as Richard Guthrie in the Emmy-winning pirate adventure series Black Sails. You might have also seen him in the Emmy-winning miniseries, The Triangle, as well as Fox’s multi-Emmy and Golden Globe nominated feature 24: Redemption.
You will soon see him as the lead in the 2017 indie film, Last Broken Darkness, directed by Christopher-Lee Dos Santos. This film follows a man named Sam (Sean Cameron Michael) who is facing the end of the world and dealing with the death of his son. He is forced to survive underground after a massive meteor shower hits earth. He tries to do so with his good friend Troy (Brandon Auret) and a young woman Rose (Suraya Santos). However, they face many challenges including heavily armed rangers, bandits, mutated creatures, cannibals and so much more. It’s a thrilling journey that reveals the strength of friendships in the face of death.
Below is an exclusive interview with Sean Cameron Michael about the making of this film:
Q: What attracted you to Last Broken Darkness?
SCM: I’ve known Christopher-Lee Dos Santos for years and I’ve previously worked with him on a short film a few years ago. When he emailed the script to me,, I read it and noticed that the story started off as a drama about a single father who’s an alcoholic and dealing with the death of his wife and child. But then meteor showers start to happen, turning the story into a sci-fi one with lots of action as Sam tries to get to safety. It’s not just a post-apocalyptic film but a film that blends multiple genres, which made it so much more appealing.
Q: How did you get into the mindset of your character, Sam?
SCM: When I first read the script, I was worried about playing such a challenging role especially because the character isn’t so likable. After being forced to survive underground without his family, Sam is of course a sad and morbid character. It was a challenging role but I do consider myself a method actor. I would prepare a few months before shooting the film to understand Sam psychologically. As an actor, you always want to strive for authenticity and honesty.
Q: How did Sam’s relationship with Brandon Auret’s character, Troy, affect him?
SCM: Brandon and I been friends for a long time. I think it really shows in our chemistry on screen too. I think his character, Troy, actually made Sam more of a likable character. Troy added some comedic relief and it would lighten my character up.
Q: Since you consider yourself a method actor, how did you separate yourself from the character you were playing?
SCM: After I’m done filming, I like to wash the character off. I would jump into the shower and literally wash him off. After months of being in his headspace, it’s a symbolic way of leaving the character behind.
Q:What do you think will make the film so appealing to an American audience?
SCM: You know, I asked Chris for the final cut of the film just so I can watch it as if I were a third party. I sat down and watched the film with a notepad on me but by the end of it, I had written no notes. The film is truly in a league of its own. It’s not your standard horror movie but it also pays great homage to the post-apocalyptic genre. I believe that when you watch the film, you will see what I see: that a lot of passion and a lot of love was put into making it. It’s not just about zombies; it’s about friendship and sacrifices. It’s also beautifully scored and edited. For lack of a better term, it’s a strange film but in a good way. It’s just different. The audience will want to understand the characters’ mindsets and root for them to survive.
Q: If the world were to end like it did in the film, how would you as Sean Cameron Michael try to survive?
SCM: That’s a great question. Of course, one would be depressed and confused at first. But I think I would just remain the same and try to make the most of it. I would try to make friends and make the best possible life in that situation. I also think this film allows the audience to ask themselves the same question: “What would I do?” Throughout the film, there are a lot of elements that make you question the characters’ actions. In a world that’s ending, it begs the question: “Would you take the risk and go above ground or would you rather live in safety but underground for the rest of your life?”
Last Broken Darkness is set to premiere in Florida at the popular 12th annual Sunscreen Festival on April 29th, 2017 and will be released later this year. You can check out the Director’s Sneak Peek Reel here:
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Calling out to all current and potential fans of the Fast & Furious franchise: Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk is inviting you to watch The Fate of the Furious at the all-new Universal Cinema and see the original props and costume displays!
Universal Cinema features ultra-plush recliner seats and Hollywood screening-room quality theaters. It’s the perfect place to watch your favorite team reunite in another thrilling adventure.
Moviegoers can even see the film’s props that are located just outside the Universal Cinema up until Sunday, April 23, 2017. These displays include “Dom” Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) 1970 Dodge Charger, which has been souped-up to an Ice Charger with a 707 horsepower, 6.2 liter V8 engine to enable the vehicle to zip along snow and ice terrains in the new film. Other cars you can see include the International MXT driven by Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Hobb’s Dodge Ram, Roman Pearce’s (Tyrese Gibson) 2004 Bentley GT and the Ripsaw driven by Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges). In the lobby of the cinema itself, you can see authentic wardrobe worn by Dom and Hobbs.
The props will also be on display at the Universal Plaza, located within Universal Studios Hollywood, now through Friday, April 28, 2017. And don’t forget that ticket-holders to the theme park can put themselves in a Fast & Furious adventure with a ride on the all-original “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” attraction! You will see the infamous characters played by Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans as you ride along to save one of their own from an international crime cartel.
For more information and to purchase tickets to The Fate of the Furious, visit www.CityWalkHollywood.com. With a purchase of a movie ticket, you can enjoy $5 Movie General Parking.
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***SPOILERS*** ahead if you haven’t caught up! (And you should because this season is crazy)
After last week’s episode (SE4, E17), I’m left hanging with more questions. I’m hoping today’s episode will answer at least some of them. Let’s break the questions down by a few noteworthy scenes from last week.
We see Mack for the first time but the heartbreaking thing is seeing his deceased daughter, Hope, alive in this virtual reality. After Hydra raids Mack’s house, he and Hope are taken back to its HQ. Skye aka Daisy then goes into Mack’s interrogation room, hoping that he would remember her. When he calls her Daisy and identifies her as an Agent of Shield, I thought “Yes, he remembers!” but sadly no. It was a trap set by May. Daisy is now captured, beaten and will be tortured by “The Doctor” aka Fitz.
How will Daisy escape or be rescued?
Will May finally realize that she’s living in a fake world? Maybe meeting Coulson could help?
What will it take for Mack to remember the real world? (I imagine it would be hard for him to let go of his daughter)
Ward brings Jemma and Coulson to the resistance’s HQ (SHIELD’s HQ in the real-world) to meet with their leader, The Patriot aka Jeffrey Mace. They work together to locate Radcliffe, who they find and confront on a secluded island where he’s living with Agnes. Radcliffe confirms Jemma’s worst fear. He notifies her that Madam Hydra aka Ophelia aka AIDA must have sealed off the framework’s “exit door.”
Is there a backup exit door that only AIDA knows about?
How will the team try to escape now?
Meanwhile Madam Hydra and The Doctor accompanied by Hydra agents find them on the island. Jemma, Coulson and Ward hide behind bushes while watching Madam Hydra and The Doctor question Radcliffe about the “subversives’” whereabouts. The Doctor holds a gun to Agnes’s head to force an answer out of Radcliffe. But he tries to convince Fitz that they are in an alternate reality and pleads him not to kill Agnes (because if she dies in that world, she stays dead). Seeing this, Ward tries to shoot The Doctor but Jemma begs him not to. She believes that the actual Fitz would never kill an innocent woman.Then the ultimate shock factor happens: Fitz shoots and kills Agnes point-blank. After Jemma cries out of horror and distraught, she, Ward, and Coulson get caught, causing a shootout between them and the Hydra agents. They escape successfully but Radcliffe gets locked up at Hydra’s HQ. We also see that Mack shows up at resistance’s HQ and offers his help.
Questions, so many questions:
Does the resistance now think that Jemma is working against them? (She did defend “The Doctor” in Ward’s presence) How will she explain everything to Mace and Ward?
How will Ward react when he finds out he’s just a virtual character based off of a dead bad guy? Will he turn on the resistance?
Would Fitz finally snap out of it if he meets Jemma? Will he try to kill her? How will his virtual actions affect their relationship if/when they reunite in the real world?
Finally, can our beloved Agents of SHIELD outsmart AIDA?
I guess we just have to watch and see! Tune in on ABC at 10:00 PM PST tonight for the new episode.
Let us know what you’re looking forward to seeing and what questions you’re hoping will be answered!
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I’m so excited about the upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this April 27th with films that represent diversity from across the world. I’ve attended over the years and have always been impressed by the selection of films form comedy to documentary to drama that truly represent the diversity that often is overlooked in entertainment. I also recommend attendance of the C3 Conference that will focus on Future Forward a full day of panels with creatives from behind the camera talking issues that are important to those starting out in the business as well as established creatives.
On my list to see:
A modern day couple is forced to end their interracial relationship. This is a love story about an Asian American/African American couple inspired by a true story.
FREE PROGRAM. “Bronzeville, Little Tokyo” sheds light on an overlooked moment in history when Japanese and Japanese-Americans were displaced and African-Americans moved into Little Tokyo. To honor this period, there will be a special two-day program featuring an interactive media installation, a 360° virtual reality presentation, and a live Jazz performance on Historic First Street North.
A film essay looking at 100 years of Hawai‘i in film, explores issues of representation and gender. This filmic deconstruction is a lively, often infuriating examination of Hollywood’s portrayal of the islands, highlighting the essential necessity of homegrown filmmaking.
Three sassy sisters: Gendis (32), Ella (28), and Bebe (19), are very passionate about running their family boutique hotel by the beach in the eastern part of Indonesia’s archipelago. Their grandmother, however, is frustrated because she is unable to find the ideal matches for her granddaughters. Grandma doesn’t give up. Her ultimate goal in life is to find suitable men for her granddaughters.
In this mockumentary short, a family of monsters tries to lead a normal American life.
Itsy Bitsy Shorts
Tateuchi Democracy Forum
April 29, 2017 10:00 am
A slice-of-life dark comedy about a lonely female security guard, and the misunderstood sexual encounter that unravels her life.
WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! winner turned Internet iconoclast, Arthur Chu, as he struggles to reform society and himself in a seminal year.
A contemplative dialogue with the editors from some of the biggest box office animated/stop motion films in history – discussing the industry, their processes and their look into the future of animation. *Panels are not individually sold. The admission fee for one day will include all the panels on that day. The admission fee for both days will include all the panels of the C3 Conference.
2017 LAAPF GALA PRESENTATIONS
OPENING NIGHT FILM | BETTER LUCK TOMORROW | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN LIN
APRIL 27 | 7:00 PM | EGYPTIAN THEATER
Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (co-presented by YOMYOMF)! The film premiered at Sundance amid controversy and is a benchmark for APA cinema. The Festival is screening the original Sundance cut, in glorious 35mm film. Director Justin Lin will present the film and joined by his cast for this anniversary celebration.
CENTERPIECE FILM | GOOK | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN CHON
APRIL 29 | 8:00 PM | ARATANI THEATER
Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.
Director/Writer and Actor Justin Chon and his cast and crew will be in attendance to present this film.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM | COLUMBUS | DIRECTED BY KOGONADA
MAY 4 | 7:00 PM | DIRECTOR’S GUILD OF AMERICA
Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.
Cast and crew of COLOMBUS including JOHN CHO will be in attendance.
ADDITIONAL FEATURE FILMS HIGHLIGHTS AT LAAPFF 2017:
CARDINAL X Dir.: Angie Wang
CHEE AND T Dir.: Tanuj Chopra
COLUMBUS Dir.: Kogonada
GOOK Dir.: Justin Chon
I CAN I WILL I DID Dir.: Nadine Truong
THE LOCKPICKER Dir.: Randall Okita
NORMAN JONES Dir.: Mike Sakamoto
WEXFORD PLAZA Dir.: Joyce Wong
WINDOW HORSES Dir.: Ann Marie Fleming
95 AND 6 TO GO Dir.: Kimi Takesue
A TIME TO SWIM Dir.: Ashley Duong
FINDING KUKAN Dir.: Robin Lung
GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL Dir.: Shinpei Takeda
MELE MURALS Dir.: Tadashi Nakamura
MIXED MATCH Dir.: Jeff Chiba Stearns
RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE Dir.: Konrad Aderer
SAVE MY SEOUL Dir.: Jason Y. Lee
UNBROKEN GLASS Dir.: Dinesh Sabu
WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? Dirs.: Yu Gu and Scott Drucker
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
MOTHERLAND Dir.: Ramona S. Diaz
PLASTIC CHINA Dir.: Wang Jiu-liang
SMALL TALK Dir.: Huang Hui-Chen
TOKYO IDOLS Dir.: Kyoko Miyake
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURES
BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK Dir.: Anocha Suwichakornpong
DIAMOND ISLAND Dir: Davy Chou
KING OF PEKING Dir.: Sam Voutas
POP AYE Dir.: Kristen Tan
RESEBA – THE DARK WIND Dir.: Hussein Hassan
THE ROAD TO MANDALAY Dir.: Midi Z
SAVING SALLY Dir.: Avid Liongoren
THE SOUL OF THE TIGER Dir.: François Yang
THE SOWER Dir.: Yosuke Takeuchi
TAXI STORIES Dir.: Doris Yeung
TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT Dir.: Douglas Seok
SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATIONS
- ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL – Dir.: Steve James
- JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER – Dir.: Joe Piscatella
- YELLOW (20th Anniversary Screening) Dir.: Chris Chan Lee
For complete program information please visit festival.vconline.org.
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Am so excited to hear that the Paley Center for Media is welcoming Prison Break, Riverdale, Speechless, and the New ABC Musical Event, Dirty Dancing for the 2017 PaleyLive LA Spring Season! <scream> so many great programs that my head is spinning!
“The programs selected for our PaleyLive events represent the best television has to offer and tackle today’s most compelling themes and issues,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “The programs in our PaleyLive Spring Season run the gamut from thriller to mystery, from romance to the challenges facing a special needs family. Each one promises to spark the entertaining and informative conversations that have made PaleyLive programs the premier experience for both the public and industry professionals.”
PaleyLive LA this Spring selection of programs, feature screening, premier episodes, panel talks AND the opportunity for the audience to ask questions! I just found out about these new panels and if you are a member you can buy tickets before the general public!
An Evening with Speechless
Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm
I’m a huge fan of ABC Studios, and Twentieth Century Fox Television’s Speechless it’s a show that represents the challenge of a family struggling to live in a neighborhood to offer the best to their kids. The portrayal of JJ DiMeo by Micah Fowler that shows a HS kid living his life and not allowing anyone to stand in front of his wheels! Out of the entire family I must admit I want to hang with JJ and not just to cut in line <guffaw>. The Paley Center will host Minnie Driver (Maya DiMeo); John Ross Bowie (Jimmy DiMeo); Mason Cook (Ray DiMeo); Micah Fowler (JJ DiMeo); Kyla Kenedy(Dylan DiMeo); Cedric Yarbrough (Kenneth); Scott Silveri, Creator & Executive Producer; Melvin Mar, Executive Producer; and Jake Kasdan, Executive Producer; for a premiere screening and conversation.
Prison Break: Premiere Screening & Conversation
Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm
I’m ready for a new adventure with Prison Break and the new nine part event series with original series stars reuniting for an all-new adventure that has the thrills and cliff-hangers of the Golden Globe Nominated original series when it aired on FOX (2005-2009). The Paley Center welcomes back members of the cast & creative team including Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield); Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows); Sarah Wayne Callies (Sara Tancredi); Robert Knepper (T-Bag); Paul T. Scheuring, Creator & Executive Producer; Vaun Wilmott, Executive Producer; and Executive Producer, Michael Horowitz, who last appeared on the Paley stage in 2008; for this special screening and conversation in advance of the broadcast premiere on April 4 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.
Riverdale: Screening & Conversation
Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 pm
Riverdale, the CW and Warner Bros. Television’s newest series has turned Archie and the gang into a modern teen soap series heavy on the mystery! Archie Comics has always stayed relevant over the decades but this new story has introduced them to not only old but new fans! The show has captured the CW viewers and has already been renewed for Season 2! Archie, Betty Veronica, Jughead and Josie are living a small town life with big city dreams and murder simmering under Pop’s shop as the teens sip milkshakes and exchange very simmering glances! The Paley Center welcomes the talented ensemble cast and creative team for screening and conversation including: KJ Apa (Archie Andrews); Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper); Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge); Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom); Marisol Nichols (Hermione Lodge); Mӓdchen Amick (Alice Cooper); Ashleigh Murray (Josie McCoy); Sarah Schechter, Executive Producer; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Executive Producer; Jon Goldwater, Executive Producer; and additional guests to be announced.
Dirty Dancing: The New ABC Musical Event
Premiere Screening & Conversation
Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm
No fan of the 1987 movie classic can miss the 30th anniversary musical premiering this year on ABC! Paley Center is offering a first look AND talk with the talent and team behind the upcoming three hour filmed musical event that will be produced by Lionsgate and Allison Shearmur Productions. We get to see the romance of Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman and Johnny Castle during a summer vacation in the Catskills that I think will have all of us singing the songs from the original movie and era. Those lucky enough to score tickets to the premier screening will have a chance to hear from Abigail Breslin, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Colt Prattes, and Katey Sagal just before the ABC Television Network TV premiere on May 24. So don’t put baby back in the corner instead have a Dirty Dancing Party at PaleyLive: Los Angeles!
As part of the many benefits of Paley Center Membership, Paley Center Supporting and Patron Members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets starting March 7. Tickets go on sale for Paley Center Individual Members on March 8, and to the general public on March 9. To learn more about other benefits of Paley Center Membership, which includes the opportunity to experience more intimate events with today’s most famous television stars and other noteworthy personalities, please visit paleycenter.org/join-us.
For more information, panel updates, and to purchase tickets please visit paleycenter.org.
About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org
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