Into ‘the Dark Shadows’

It all came from a dream of Dan Curtis who wanted to do a daytime drama unlike anything that had ever been on tv before. In 1966 the ABC-TV series Dark Shadows premiered to less than stellar ratings. It was a Gothic suspense daytime series that wasn’t much competition for the other daytime soap operas. …

Hell on earth. No just a documentary … Hail Satan?

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival had the premier of HAIL SATAN? and it melted the ice! Just kidding am sure a few people felt the temperature rise when people watched the film showing how the religious movement is raining ‘hell fire’ down using US law. Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon) is bringing an insightful peephole to a group quite a few of us have heard of using religious equality to push equality. Truth to power is how a few of the members passion for religious freedom, media savvy, and …

Attend the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

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 …

Enter the 2016 Paley DocPitch Competition

Call for Entries: 2016 Paley DocPitch Competition The Paley Center’s DocPitch Competition offers a $5,000 grant from A&E IndieFilms for an unfinished or work-in-progress documentary from an emerging filmmaker (someone with two or less credits for directing feature documentary films, whether or not those films have been released). The Paley Center for Media is using …

2016 ROCKIE AWARD PROGRAM COMPETITION NOMINEES ANNOUNCEMENT

  I’m so excited to learn of the 2016 Rockie Award Program Competition nominees from across the world. It will be a fierce battle with TV and digital content from around th wold. This year Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) has over 40 countries competing at the Program Competition Ceremony on Monday, June 13th at …

Interview with Jenny Jaffe founder of Project UROK

I had the pleasure to speak with Jenny Jaffe about the portrayal of mental illness in the entertainment industry and why she founded Project UROK at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con. Her use of social media and entertainment to reach young people as they navigate mental health issues using humor, empathy and information about …

Trekkies UNITE for Epix 24 Hour Marathon

Don’t worry you won’t have to choose with Epix Star Trek Movie fest all leading up to the World TV Premier of Star Trek into Darkness on the 16th!   24 hours of Kirk over emoting.  Spock looking … well unemotional.  Captain Picard bringing the sexy with his dulcet British tones. Deanna Troi ALWAYS stating …

I’m going to see Free Angela and All Political Prisoners TONIGHT and so should YOU

I first heard about this movie watching MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry weekend show (LOVE me some Melissa who drops some knowledge on me EVERY weekend) where she spoke with the young director Shola Lynch about how she got the film financed (big thanks to Jada Pinkett Smith!) and how she became curious about this part of American History and yes I …

The Central Park Five is alive and free but still don’t have justice

I just saw that PBS will be broadcasting the Central Park Five Documentary and are sponsoring a NYT live panel talk with Ken Burns and four of the men.  I was lucky enough to see a screening of the documentary at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles shortly before President Obama won reelection.  It was …