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Hat Couture ‘reimagines’ thrift store discoveries as designer millinery for fashion mavens, weddings and special occasions to acclaim from top designers.

“Hat Couture is a new concept in high fashion millinery, I upcycle designer hats and create original objects d'art for discerning clients and fashion mavens”.”

— Denise Marsh

BICESTER, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM, May 24, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Bicester, United Kingdom – 22nd May 2018 Hat Couture announced the launch of its first collection designed by Milliner Denise Marsh. The Hollywood Legends collection is available for immediate shipping to International and local clients, who can enjoy the feel-good factor that comes with wearing an exclusive upcycled, one off creation.
“Hat Couture is a new concept in high fashion millinery, I upcycle designer hats and create original objects d'art for discerning clients and fashion mavens,” said Denise Marsh, Milliner at Hat Couture, “Each rescue project is carefully taken apart by hand and remade using only the finest silk, sinamay, vintage lace, plumes, real pearls, flowers and luxury trimmings”.

Positive Green Impact
Most hats donated to charity shops end up in landfill adding to the millions of tons of discarded textiles that currently plague our planet. Hat Couture scours local thrift stores to rescue designer millinery and fabric in good condition, making a sizeable donation to charity and providing items too good for landfill with a new lease of life. After removing all trimmings and cleaning, the hat base is reshaped and put into stock to await the creation of a new design to match that special outfit or become a statement piece for an international fashionista. Most of the fabrics and trimmings used are also upcycled from vintage fabric collections found via the internet or the designer’s own inherited treasure trove of laces, silks, buttons, flowers and beads. When dispatched to a new home, each design is carefully wrapped in tissue paper (recycled) before being placed into a signature black and white candy stripe box (made from recycled paper), tied with a sumptuous satin bow (recycled from heritage stock) to be whisked away to destinations in the UK, Far East, Middle East and the USA.

Creating Lasting Memories
Hat Couture has already found new homes for a number of these exquisite works of art.
Karen from Kent recently purchased ‘Vintage Rose Garden’ and was delighted when her one of a kind creation arrived, “Hat received – absolutely love it – gorgeous! Many thanks”.
“Sorry for delay getting back to you, parcel delivered just as I was leaving to look after my mum -have just opened and it is stunning, beautifully made and fits so easily. I am very happy with it, thank you.” said Cheryl from Wales who purchased ‘Rambling Rosie’ for her daughter’s wedding, “My wedding outfit is by Out of Exile and so compliments perfectly.”

Already Gaining a Great Reputation
With more than 2,000 followers on social media already including designer brands like Philip Treacy, Tracy Chaplin and Vogue Bridal plus international support from ethical groups like Upcycled Cloth Collective enthusiasm for this new upcycled millinery concept continues to grow.
Founded in 2018, Hat Couture is a small business with big ideas. Alongside its collection of upcycled and designer Millinery the company is set to launch a range of crystal jewelry and vintage silk scarves. In response to requests from fans, Milliner Denise Marsh is also looking at ways to offer training courses in hat making and silk flower techniques for those interested in honing their skills and joining the growing band of enthusiasts for textile upcycling.

• In 2016 1,130,000 tons of new clothing was purchased in the UK – an increase of 200,000 tons since 2012.
• Fashion in the UK lasts an average of 3.3 years before a garment is discarded.
• Extending the life of a garment by an extra nine months reduces its environmental impact by 20-30%.
• Providing one ton of clothing for direct re-use by giving it to a charity shop or selling it online can result
in a net greenhouse gas saving of 11 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

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Burkinabé Director Apolline Traore Premieres "Frontières" ("Borders") at the Espace Saint-Michel in Paris on May 23

While in New York, Burkinabe Director Apolline Traore spoke about her film, “Frontieres” with Vincent Makori, the anchor of Africa 54, Voice of America’s daily TV program for Africa, and Journalist Arzouma Kompaore. Photo: Platinum Star PR

Frontières (Borders) is an award-winning feature film directed by Burkinabe Apolline Traore. The suspense drama focuses on the intense journey of four women who face injustices and sexual harassment while crossing borders to trade goods.

On the red carpet is New York African Film Festival Founder and Director Mahen Bonetti welcoming Film Director Apolline Traore at the opening night ceremony. Photo: Platinum Star PR

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio congratulates Director Apolline Traore on her award-winning feature film, “Frontieres” which opened the New York African Film Festival. Photo: Platinum Star PR

During the Cannes Film Festival, Director Apolline Traore congratulated the President of Orange Middle East & Africa Bruno Mettling and French Institute President Pierre Buhler on the agreement to distribute African films through the Institute. Photo: Platinum Star PR

Frontières Takes You on an Intense Road Trip with Four Women Who Begin the Journey as Strangers but Become Friends to Survive Corruption and Sexual Harassment

I decided to make this film not only to mount the African woman's fight but above all to say that things can change on a smaller scale.”

— Burkinabé Director Apolline Traore

PARIS, SAINT-MICHEL, FRANCE, May 23, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Access to capital, networks, and equality is a global issue for women. According to a report published by the World Bank, it is a known fact that in Africa, women carry goods across borders, produce products, especially food, that can be exported, and own and manage trade-oriented firms. Unfortunately, the women known as traders often face specific constraints that undermine their economic activities. Women traders working in the informal sector are often subject to harassment and extortion at the border.

Burkinabé Director Apolline Traore's award-winning feature film, "Frontières" ("Borders") explores the obstacles to the free movement of goods across borders. "Frontières" ("Borders") starring Amelie Mbaye (Adjara), Naky Sy Savane (Emma), Adizétou Sidi (Sali), Unwana Udobang (Micha) premieres on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 8:15 p.m. at the Cinema Espace Saint-Michel at 7 place Saint-Michel in Paris, France 75005. This is a media-friendly event. For press credentials or interviews with Traore, contact Camille Jouhair, founder of Hévadis Films, at 06 51 15 95 93 or hevadis@free.fr.

Traore brings attention to the problematic borders and the commitment of these women, who in their day-to-day struggle for their family, face dangers on cross-border roads causing enormous suffering in their quest to find financial stability. The four women, Adjara, Emma, Sali and Micha, meet on a bus while travelling through 5 countries in 7 days, wherein they endure injustices from sexual assault, harassment, and extortion from men and governments who control the borders that they must cross to make a living trading goods. They risk their lives, but will not stop for the survival of their family.

"I decided to make this film not only to mount the African woman's fight but above all to say that things can change on a smaller scale. The corruption for example is an evil that our states are trying to fight for a very
long time with very few results," said Traore. "I strongly believe that this fight must be fought firstly at an individual level. Every citizen must be aware and chose to fight. Otherwise, our states are unlikely to succeed."

These women throughout their journey demonstrate solidarity and remarkable union, watching over each other, which is a complement to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) one of the most important and influential bodies of West Africa.

ECOWAS' vision is to foster interstate economic and political cooperation. History is on its side in this regard. Dating back to pre-colonial times, West Africans have been among the world’s most mobile populations although much of the migration had been intra-regional. About 7.5 million West African migrants (3 percent of the regional population) are living in ECOWAS countries other than their own. The 1.2 million other migrants are dispersed mainly in North America and Europe. Estimated at about 149 million in 2013, women constitute over 50 percent of the region’s population. The cross-border migration of women as traders and business persons places them as potential champions for promoting integration. This reality needs to be fully exploited.

Traore continues to tell stories that bring attention to African culture and history. Her next project scheduled to begin production in Summer 2018 is a Haitian feature film, “Desrances," starring Award-Winning Haitian-American TV and Film Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis. "My inspiration about “Desrances” came from the place of girls in our society. Until today we find in our community, parents who prefer putting their boy in school because a girl will leave the family: with a husband," said Traore. "It's important for me to show that a girl can be a heir as well as a boy. The story honors Haiti by showing the strength of a Haitian man, despise his multiple troubles. It's a positive and honorable reflection of Haiti. A poor and very problematical country that stays strong no matter the circumstances."

For interviews and personal appearances, contact Traore's Publicist Marie Lemelle at 213-276-7827 (WhatsApp) or m.lemelle@att.net.

For more information about the purchase, lease or distribution of Traore's films or for investment and product placement, contact Traore at apollinet@yahoo.fr or Platinum Star PR at info@platinumstarpr.com.

About Apolline Traore:
Apolline TRAORÉ was born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. After traveling around the world with her father who worked for the United Nations, she ended up at Emerson College in Boston,USA for film school. In 1998, she obtained her Master's degree in directing and then moved to Los Angeles. After a few years working in independent films, in 2007 she decided to return to her country to tell stories about her continent. She is a director, producer, and writer, known for award-winning films: Borders (2017), Kounandi (2004) and The Price of Ignorance (2000).

The limited liability company was founded by Apolline Traoré in 2001 with its head office in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. It is specialized in films and videos production. Les Films Selmon is made up of a General Manager, 6 permanent staff members and a dozen contractual workers.

The Vision of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) established on May 28 1975 is the creation of a borderless region where the population has access to its abundant resources and is able to exploit same through the creation of opportunities under a sustainable environment. What ECOWAS has created is an integrated region where the population enjoys free movement, have access to efficient education and health systems and engage in economic and commercial activities while living in dignity in an atmosphere of peace and security. ECOWAS is meant to be a region governed in accordance with the principles of democracy, rule of law and good governance.

About Orange Studios:
Orange, present in nearly 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East,supports African film production, with 13 films co-produced by Orange Studio (including the movie multi-award-winning TIMBUKTU), since 4 years. The operator attaches to promote creation by promoting African films at festivals, restoring movies and helping young directors from the continent.

About the French Institute:
The Institut français provides support for cultural action to France's diplomatic strategies along the following lines:
promote international artistic exchanges; share French intellectual creation;to disseminate French film and audiovisual heritage;to support the cultural development of the countries of the South;encourage the dissemination and learning of the French language;develop the dialogue of cultures through the organization of "seasons", "years", or "festivals" in France and abroad;promote the international mobility of creators, with residency programs;coordinate and promote actions with French local authorities abroad;to act for cultural diversity on a European scale through European and multilateral partnerships; and provide training and career follow-up for cultural network agents around the world .

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VP Legacies Shows There is More to Video Production Than Just Cost

Denver-based video production company VP Legacies shows that there is more to choosing a video production company than just cost.

DENVER, CO, USA, May 21, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Denver, Colo. (May 21, 2018) — VP Legacies, a Denver-based video production company that specializes in personal connection, exhibits that there is more consider when choosing a video production company than just cost.

The video production industry hosts a wide range of video professionals, ranging from college students to freelance artists to video production studios. While it’s easy to base a decision on price, a proposal for a one-minute video can range from $100 to over $100,000 depending on the scope of work.

Oftentimes, when a business chooses a video production company, they choose a less expensive company to cut costs, but it ends up costing a business more in the long run. A business must understand what it takes to create an impactful video with ROI potential. Cost isn’t everything when choosing a video production company; there are other factors to take into consideration. Instead of evaluating a decision solely based on cost, evaluate based on the value the business is getting in return.

Businesses must take non-monetary factors into consideration such as transparent communication, timeliness of delivery, going above and beyond for clients, quality of video, and customer relationship into account when choosing a video production company.

When working with VP Legacies, businesses pay for these factors and how they treat each individual project. Businesses get a company that takes the time to really get to know its clients and goes above and beyond to create videos of the highest quality for its clients.

VP Legacies focuses on creating a world where people aren’t afraid to personally connect, specializing in storytelling video production in Denver with their repertoire of consulting, capturing and editing services to achieve all of a company’s creative and business goals – employee and customer engagement, education or testimonials.

About VP Legacies

We are creating a world where people aren’t afraid to personally connect. Personal connection is life and our philosophy is rooted in the power of storytelling as an innate human gift to connect with one another. The power in our ability to create personal connection is unending and immeasurable. By creating trust, sharing story details and embracing emotion, we will help you develop true personal connection with your employees and customers. To learn more about VP Legacies’ services, visit http://www.vplegacies.com/.

Hector Simoudis
VP Legacies
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Chantal Releases The Powerful New Album ‘Scars’

Singer, songwriter and pianist, Chantal, has released the powerful new album, ‘Scars’ – available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide.

ALISO VIEJO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 21, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The singer, songwriter and pianist, known as Chantal has released her debut album, “Scars.” The album contains 13 tracks for an approximate total listening time of one hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement or financial support of the corporate music industry.

Asked to cite some main artistic influences, Chantal writes, “I studied classical music, but I love listening to everything from opera to symphonic metal. It just depends on my mood. I loved the '80s bands but have probably been most influenced by Tori Amos, Evanescence, Within Temptation and Kate Bush.”

Commenting on the general themes of her record, Chantal writes, “Every song comes from a deeply personal place, and the creation of the album is about the scars we all have and share in one form or another. Although most of the songs on this album go from a current circumstance or event, to reveal a more timeless truth about being human, I would also add that some of the songs are calls to action; some are just reactions themselves – some just slam the door.”

The title song of Chantal’s “Scars” was written just after the city of Knysna, South Africa, experienced catastrophic fires in 2017. The media covered the fires until the story no longer generated attention, but the victims of the incident remained. Chantal's concern for those affected inspired the title track.

“The song, itself,” she writes, “speaks to the scars we all carry. Some are shared, others are highly personal, but we all put on a smile and carry on because life goes on. I think this song was a way of reminding myself that I don’t always know what others have been through. And even if all I see is a scar, that doesn’t mean the pain is gone. It doesn’t take the experience away.”

In this way, Chantal's record is a message of encouragement, compassion and humanity.

“We can never underrate kindness,” she says. “I was very moved by the kindness of people from so many different spheres who stepped in after the fire to assist in the crisis. Scars tell us that something has happened here, and not all scars are visible. Kindness places wisdom over ego; it reminds us to be human.”

Chantal has been singing in choirs since a very young age. Her piano playing began at age 10. A veteran musician today, she has been creating original music since 1997. She has performed and recorded with several bands, but “Scars” represents the launch of her solo career. She has said that her songs “are essentially a personal diary of feelings, emotions, reflections and questions.”

“Scars,” the official debut album of Chantal, is now available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide. Get in early.

For more information about the Chantal, her music, album, shows and tour details, visit her website.

– by S. McCauley

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‘Scars’ music video – the title song of Chantal’s new Album.

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Background Music Market 2018: Global Key Players, Trends, Share, Size, Segmentation, Opportunities, Forecast To 2023

PUNE, INDIA, May 21, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Background Music industry market by types, applications, players and regions. This report also displays the 2013-2023 production, Consumption, revenue, Gross margin, Cost, Gross, market share, CAGR, and Market influencing factors of the Background Music industry in USA, EU, China, India, Japan and other regions

Market Analysis by Players: This report includes following top vendors in terms of company basic information, product category, sales (volume), revenue (Million USD), price and gross margin (%).
Mood Media
Usen Corporation
SiriusXM for Business
Pandora for Business
Easy on Hold
Sunflower Music
Xenon Music Media
Express Melody
Open Ear Music
Auracle Sound
Cloud Cover Music

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Market Analysis by Regions: Each geographical region is analyzed as Sales, Market Share (%) by Types & Applications, Production, Consumption, Imports & Exports Analysis, and Consumption Forecast.
Southeast Asia
South America
South Africa

Market Analysis by Types: Each type is studied as Sales, Market Share (%), Revenue (Million USD), Price, Gross Margin and more similar information.
Type 1
Type 2

Market Analysis by Applications: Each application is studied as Sales and Market Share (%), Revenue (Million USD), Price, Gross Margin and more similar information.
Retail Stores
Entertainment Places
Public Organizations

Table of Content

1 Background Music Market Overview
1.1 Product Overview of Background Music
1.2 Classification of Background Music
1.2.1 Type 1
1.2.2 Type 2
1.2.3 Type 3
1.2.4 Type 4
1.3 Applications of Background Music
1.3.1 Application 1
1.3.2 Application 2
1.3.3 Application 3
1.3.4 Application 4
1.4 Global Background Music Market Regional Analysis
1.4.1 USA Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.2 Europe Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.3 Japan Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.4 China Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.5 India Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.6 Southeast Asia Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.7 South America Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.8 South Africa Market Present Situation Analysis
1.5 Background Music Industry Development Factors Analysis
1.5.1 Background Music Industry Development Opportunities Analysis
1.5.2 Background Music Industry Development Challenges Analysis
1.6 Background Music Consumer Behavior Analysis

2 Global Background Music Competitions by Players
2.1 Global Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Players
2.2 Global Background Music Revenue (Million USD) and Share by Players (2017-2018)
2.3 Global Background Music Price (USD/Unit) by Players (2017-2018)
2.4 Global Background Music Gross Margin by Players (2017-2018)

3 Global Background Music Competitions by Types
3.1 Global Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Types
3.2 Global Background Music Revenue (Million USD) and Share by Type (2013-2018)
3.3 Global Background Music Price (USD/Unit) by Type (2013-2018)
3.4 Global Background Music Gross Margin by Type (2013-2018)
3.5 USA Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.6 China Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.7 Europe Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.8 Japan Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.9 India Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.10 Southeast Asia Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.11 South America Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.12 South Africa Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type

4 Global Background Music Competitions by Applications
4.1 Global Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.2 Global Background Music Revenue (Million USD) and Share by Applications (2013-2018)
4.3 Global Background Music Price (USD/Unit) by Applications (2013-2018)
4.4 Global Background Music Gross Margin by Applications (2013-2018)
4.5 USA Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.6 China Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.7 Europe Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.8 Japan Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.9 India Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.10 Southeast Asia Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.11 South America Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.12 South Africa Background Music Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications

5 Global Background Music Production Market Analysis by Regions
5.1 Global Background Music Production (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Regions
5.1.1 USA Background Music Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.2 Europe Background Music Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.3 China Background Music Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.4 Japan Background Music Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.5 India Background Music Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.6 Southeast Asia Background Music Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.7 South America Background Music Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.8 South Africa Background Music Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.2 Global Background Music Production Value (Million USD) and Share by Region (2013-2018)
5.3 Global Background Music Price (USD/Unit) by Region (2013-2018)
5.4 Global Background Music Gross Margin by Region (2013-2018)

6 Global Background Music Sales Market Analysis by Region
6.1 USA Background Music Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.2 Europe Background Music Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.3 China Background Music Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.4 Japan Background Music Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.5 India Background Music Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.6 Southeast Asia Background Music Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.7 South America Background Music Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.8 South Africa Background Music Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis


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BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across over 19 categories with the “BET Awards” 2018 nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and creative arts.

DJ Khaleddominates this year’s nominations with a total of 6 including ‘Video of the Year,’ two for ‘Best Collaboration,’ with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for ‘Wild Thoughts,’ and with Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé for ‘Top Off,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice.’ Kendrick Lamar follows with five nods including ‘Best Collaboration,’ with Rihanna for ‘Loyalty.,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice.’ Other leading nominees include Migos, nominated for four awards including ‘Best Group,’ and ‘Album of the Year,” and SZA, also nominated for four awards, including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Best New Artist.’

The BET Awards 2018 will premiere around the world on BET’s international networks. It will air in the UK on June 26th at 9:00 PM BST, in Africa on June 26th at 8:00 PM CAT, in France on June 26th at 9:00 PM CEST and in South Korea on June 26th at 9:00 PM KST. Internationally, fans in 100 countries can also stream the “BET Awards” 2018 live with BET Play, BET International’s subscription video on demand application.

The iOS and Android app, which also features current and classic BET television series, documentaries, stand-up comedy and legendary musical performances, will carry a live feed of the red carpet and the Awards, and is available for download now in the iTunes and Google Play stores for $3.99 a month following a seven-day free trial.

The “BET Awards” 2018 will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles from June 21-24, 2018. BET.com/betawards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show.

VIP Packages for the 6thyear of the BET Experience weekend are better than ever and now on-sale. In addition to VIP amenities throughout the weekend and incredible seats for STAPLES Center shows, all levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly-anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater.

Full package amenities and pricing for the Diamond, Platinum, Gold Plus and Gold VIP Packages can be found by visiting BETExperience.com or by calling (877) 234-8425.

General tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® are on sale now at http://www.axs.com/betexperience.

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16th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) – Chicago June 8-14, 2018

Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba Poster

The Citizen is a “poignant drama” – Chicago Reader

FOREIGN BODY: French-Tunisian director-writer Raja Amari creates feminist thrillers.

ADIFF Chicago presents 19 documentary and fiction films set in The United States, Mexico, South Africa, Haiti, Barbados, Nigeria, Brazil, Malawi, Cuba and more!

"Kirikou and the Sorceress" – which celebrates its 20th anniversary – was called a "marvel for the eye and ear" by Ted Shen of the Chicago Reader. Not to be missed!”

— Diarah N'Daw-Spech – ADIFF Co-Director

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA, May 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — New York, May 14, 2018 – To celebrate its 16th Anniversary in Chicago, the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) – hosted by Facets Cinematheque and presented by ArtMattan Productionsts from June 8 to 14 – will present its most thought-provoking program to date in the Windy City. With 19 documentaries and fiction films set in The United States, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Haiti, Barbados, Nigeria, Brazil, The UK, Malawi, Cuba, Honduras, Tunisia, Hungary, the Virgin Islands and France, ADIFF Chicago will celebrate 16 years of great cinema and great talks with new films, special events and revealing stories!


Opening Night Film "Bigger Than Africa" by Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye (2018, 90min, USA, Chicago Premiere) is a fascinating documentary that follows the impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the USA, Nigeria, Brazil, Republic of Benin, Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba to explore and find reasons for the survival of the Yoruba culture in the New World. Nigerian director Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye will be on hand to talk about his research in trying to understand why, of all cultures of Africa, the Yoruba culture is the one that has survived for centuries in the Americas.

"Streetlight Harmonies" by Brent Wilson (2017, 84min, USA, Chicago Premiere) is about Doo-wop and features stellar vocal harmonies sung a cappella, born on street corners in the 1950s. In Streetlight Harmonies, a who’s who of musicians trace the evolution of American pop music from doo wop and Phil Spector’s legendary ‘wall of sound’ up through Motown, surf music and the British Invasion. It’s a toe-tapping stroll down memory lane for music lovers of all ages.

In "Foreign Body" by Raja Amari, (2016, 92min, France/Tunisia, TIFF Official Selection, Chicago Premiere) a young woman (Sarra Hannachi) flees from Tunisia to France after informing on her brother, an Islamist radical. Adrift in a new country, she seizes on an opportunity to work for a glamorous widow (Hiam Abbass), and is uncertain how to respond when one of her brother's friends (Salim Kechiouche) shows a romantic interest in her.

"The Citizen" (Az Állampolgár) – Winner of the 2018 Chicago European Film Festival Audience Award for Best Film (2016, 109 min, Hungary) – is a timely narrative about a middle-aged African immigrant Wilson (first-time actor Cake-Baly, who brings breathtaking grace and nuance to the role) wanting to become a Hungarian Citizen. This touching humanist drama exposes the unwelcoming climate that greets many immigrants to Europe, as Wilson finds a sympathetic teacher and prospective lover in lonely abused wife Mari (Máhr).

Exquisite award-wining animation "Kirikou and the Sorceress" by Michel Ocelot (1998, 74min, France) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Kirikou and the Sorceress tells the tale of tiny Kirikou, born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse.

Back by popular demand, "Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba" by Mika Kaurismäki (2011, 90 min, South Africa/Germany) is a powerful documentary that retraces the life, music and activism of international star Miriam Makeba, one of the first African musicians to win international stardom.

Closing Night screening of local documentary "70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green" by Ronit Bezalel (2014, 53min, USA) – the story of a community displaced when their neighborhood is torn down in the name of progress – will be followed by a Q&A with the director and a reception.

The CENTERPIECE screening of MULTICULTURAL SHORTS "The Exception and the Rule" by Joel Zito Araujo about an Afro-Brazilian who won a discrimination lawsuit against his employer in 1992; "Jimmy Jean-Louis Visits Tijuana" by Todd Kellstein which follows Haitian actor and activist Jimmy Jean-Louis visiting Haitian immigrants in Mexico & "Scattered Africa" by Sheila Walker a documentary about scholars focusing on issues related to the African Diaspora. The screenings will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Sheila Walker, Ph.D, cultural anthropologist, filmmaker and Executive Director of Afrodiaspora, Inc. who will talk about the history and concept of the African Diaspora as presented in the films. The program will close with a reception.

THE AFRO-LATINO PROGRAM includes two films. "Revolutionary Medicine" by Jesse Freeston & Beth Geglia is an inspiring documentary that shows how a hospital’s alternative health model is not only transforming communities on Honduras’ Northern Coast, but also standing as an alternative to an increasingly privatized national health system. "The Invisible Color: Black Is More Than a Color" by veteran Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sergio Giral investigates the black Cuban exile community in South Florida, since the first wave of political refugees in the 1959 revolutionary aftermath, to today.

Sponsored by the Dusable Heritage Association is the special screening of "When the Drum is Beating" by Whitney Dow that celebrates the resilience of one Haitian band that has seen it all: Septentrional. For six decades this 20 piece band has been making passionate, beautiful music — a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian voodoo beats — through dictatorships, natural disasters, coup d’etats and chaos, navigating the ups and downs, the glory and the tragedy that is Haiti’s history. The screening will be followed by a reception.

"Timeless" by Ed La Borde, Jr. is a love story that transcends time from 19th Century Ghana to the modern day Caribbean. It explores the idea that hurricanes are really the souls of people that suffered in the “Middle Passage.” It is a story that highlights history and promotes the culture of the Virgin Islands with rich imagery and complex subject matter through unexpected twists and turns. The director will be in attendance to participate in a discussion after the screening.

The 16th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival-Chicago is made possible thanks to the generous support of the following institutions: Facets Cinemateque, ArtMattan Productions, the Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University, Spotlight Cinema Networks, the Alliance Network and The Dusable Heritage Association. The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

Venue, complete line-up and tickets at http://nyadiff.org/adiffchicago2018/

Diarah N'Daw-Spech
African Diaspora International Film Festival
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Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba Trailer

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IL Palato Italiano Gifts a Taste of Italy Experience to Anthony Anderson Second Annual Celebrity Golf Classic

Black-ish Actor Anthony Anderson and his lovely wife Alvina Stewart enjoy Il Palato Italiano Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli’s authentic Italian cuisine.

Il Palato Italiano Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli congratulates Actor Don Cheadle on his role as James Rhodes in Disney’s “Advengers: Infinity War,” the fourth-highest grossing film at the worldwide box office.

Beverly Johnson, named as one of the one of 20th century’s most influential people in fashion, receives a private dinner certificate for a party of 15 from Hollywood’s “Old World” Italian Chef Fliippo Sinisgalli.

Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers and Il Palato Italiano’s Chef Filippo trade tips about golf and Italian cooking at the Anthony Anderson Second Annual Golf Classic.

Newly engaged 5-time NBA Champion Derek Fisher thanks Il Palato Italiano’s Chef Filippo Sinisgalli for the “do-it-yourself” home kit for dinner for four.

Actors George Lopez, Don Cheadle and VIP Guests Received Do-It-Yourself "Old World" Italian Meal Kit for 4 by Awarded Michelin Star Chef Filippo Sinisgalli

IL Palato Italiano pasta, the best and most al dente pasta, my family is in love with the Chef's pasta, especially the meatballs.”

— Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish" actor and host of 'To Tell The Truth'

PALM DESERT, CA, USA, May 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Celebrities and former professional athletes joined Golden Globe Nominee and Award-winning "ABC's Black-ish" actor Anthony Anderson for his second annual golf classic at the Bighorn Resort in Palm Desert to benefit the American Diabetes Association, Los Angeles Mission and Boys & Girls Club of America. Anderson surprised guests with a taste of Italy with a do-it-yourself pasta dinner gift set for 4 created by IL Palato Italiano's awarded Michelin Chef Filippo Sinisgalli who is known as "Hollywood's Old World Italian Chef."

Anderson met Chef Sinisgalli at an Oscar Gifting Suite. "IL Palato Italiano pasta, the best and most al dente pasta, my family is in love with the Chef's pasta, especially the meatballs," said Anderson. "I can't wait to have the Chef at my house warming party." Anderson was thrilled to introduce the Chef and his healthy recipes to his celebrity friends.

“My father passed away from complications due to diabetes. The primary mission for my golf classic is to benefit non-profit organizations that support children, young adults and adults in areas of health, wellness, faith and mentorship," said Anderson who, along with his mom, have Type 2 Diabetes. "I have hopes that this tournament will become a prestigious two-day event of great golf, great fun, laughter and most importantly, charitable giving to causes near and dear to my heart.”

Among the many guests in attendance and who received an exclusive gift certificate from Chef Sinisgalli for a private dinner at a location of their choice for a party of 15 were Don Cheadle, George Lopez, Ken Griffey Jr., International Super Model Beverly Johnson, NBA Champion Derek Fisher, Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers, Alonzo Mourning, NBA star Reggie Theus, Cedric the Entertainer, Jonathan Butler, and Boxing Champion Sugar Ray Leonard.

"Italian food has always been one of my favorites, until I was introduced to IL Palato Italiano and Chef Filippo," said Cheadle who is currently starring in the blockbuster action film, "Avengers: Infinity War." "Chef Filippo has made me a believer. Amazing food." Cheadle stated he would love to visit Bolzano, Italy, the headquarters of IL Palato Italiano.

Il Palato Italiano gifted each celebrity with a special home kit to prepare the authentic pasta dish, the jewel of culinary art, spaghetti, tomato sauce and measuring fork, plus a recipe book consisting of step-by-step instructions about how to cook the typical dish of Belpaese. "We bring authentic Italian food to your doorstep," said Chef Sinisgalli. "It's an honor to excite everyone's palate."

"Chef Sinisgalli and his brigade's exclusive experience offered through the charity auction garnered an impressive $16,000 for a dinner for 15 people," said Raffles Van Exel, business consultant for Il Palato Italiano.

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are fans of IL Palato Italiano and Chef Sinisgalli including Paul and DeeDee Sorvino, Alan Cumming, Akbar Gbajabiamila, the host of American Ninja Warrior, Sherri Saum, George Lopez and Anthony Anderson. In 2017, Chef Sinisgalli and his kitchen brigade prepared an Italian feast at the celebrity fight night in Rome, Italy combined with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, where IL Palato Italiano was introduced to Hollywood elites Sharon Stone, David Foster, Steven Taylor, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Ferguson the Duchess of York, and Susan Sarandon, just to name a few.

For an interview or to schedule a culinary experience with Executive Chef Sinisgalli, contact Raffles van Exel of Raffles Entertainment at 310-925-8448 or raffles@rafflesentertainment.com.

About IL Palato Italiano
IL Palato Italiano is a food hunter of niche products made in Italy that instead of being offered to the public through a mass market e-commerce, are placed at the center of all the activities that make up the offer of this food service provider excellence, committed to the dissemination of Italian culinary art through exclusive tailor-made experiential activities, carried out around the world. Recent successes have seen Il Palato Italiano at the pre-Oscar Gift Lounge 2017 and 2018 in Beverly Hills, alongside the American Foundation during their charity events such as Celebrity Fight Night 2017, or in the private homes of VIPs, including Actor Alan Cumming's Housewarming Party in New York. Il Palato Italiano's B2B or B2C audience often intercepts with local PR that organize tours on which a timely calendar is programmed to move the Italian brigades under the aegis of Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli. London, Miami, Paris and soon Shanghai and Tel Aviv are just some of the destinations where Il Palato Italiano has operated as an all-in supplier of all-round Italian experiences: we call them precisely Italy, out Of Italy.

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Anthony Anderson Praises Il Palato Italiano

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Independent Film, The Astronot, Announces USA Premiere & Dual Screenings This Weekend

Pennan Brae (Writer, Co-Producer, Composer & Lead Actor in The Astronot)

The Astronot Has Already Won Dozens of Awards at Film Festivals Worldwide

After years of work, I'm beyond thrilled to premiere The Astronot at these wonderful film festivals! It's a great honour to be a part of both.”

— Pennan Brae (Writer, Co-Producer, Composer and Lead Actor)

BEND, OR, May 17, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Astronot, an independent feature film set during the 1960’s space race, will premiere at two screenings this weekend: The Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival (Hollywood, CA) and the MayDay Film Festival (Evansville, IN).

The Astronot is currently on the film festival circuit and already winning dozens of awards. The film’s premiere screenings are at The Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival is at The Complex Hollywood Theatre in Hollywood, CA and will show the film on Friday, May 18th at 7:30 PM. The MayDay Film Festival at the Showplace Cinemas South in Evansville, IN and will screen Friday May 18th at 9:15 PM.

“After years of work, I'm beyond thrilled to premiere The Astronot at these wonderful film festivals! It's a great honour to be a part of both.” – Pennan Brae (Writer, Co-Producer, Composer and Lead Actor)

The film follows Daniel McKovsky, a young man who lost his parents at a young age and whose only solace is in his fascination with space travel and the cosmos beyond. Then one day at the age of 30, he meets outgoing postal worker, Sandy. This new inclusion into his otherwise lonely existence forces Daniel to confront his darkest fears of loss and emptiness and will lead him towards becoming, The Astronot.

The Astronot was filmed in Bend, Oregon (USA), using local (OR) cast and crew, including director, Tim Cash (Far From Earth Films). The Astronot has already won accolades at various international film festivals in the USA, UK & Europe including Best Actor (Pennan Brae), Best Score (Pennan Brae) and Best Trailer.

To learn more about The Astronot please visit www.TheAstronot.com.

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The Astronot Movie Trailer

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Take Down, The Political Assassination of Patrick Brown

Take Down The Political Assassination of Patrick Brown

…..that included some of the biggest names in Canadian politics. It is a story about power and what it does to people. It’s my story, and my name is”

— Patrick Brown

TORONTO, ON, CANADA, May 17, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Toronto
May 17, 2018
Take Down, The Political Assassination of Patrick Brown
Hard Cover $39.95

"We were making great strides towards a more inclusive, modern, business-savvy Ontario. Yes, it appeared I would be Premier of Canada's largest province by age 40. Instead, on January 24th, 2017, I was all but assassinated in public. Who did it, how, and why? This is a story of betrayal, blackmail, and backroom politicking involving some of Canada's biggest political names. This was my dream, this was my nightmare.

I'm Patrick Brown, and this is my story."

OPI is pleased to announce Patrick Brown's sensational new book that will captivate audiences across the country. From his precocious victory as Ontario Progressive Conservative leader in 2015; to his rebuilding of the antiquated party from scratch; to the suspicious speed of events leading to the early morning resignation as the party's leader; Brown will tell a story like no other politician has, in a cultural moment in time like none other in history.

"Brown's book will address how allies, friends, caucus members and political opponents were instrumental in his downfall in the moment of crises and months leading to." said Dean Baxendale, Publisher.

A limited edition(500 Only) signed and numbered hardcopy edition is available from Optimum Publishing through June 15th, for only $45.00. Go to www.optimumpublishinginternational.com

The book is scheduled to be in stores by November 1, with a full media and book tour. National newspaper and magazine syndication is expected. Options for theatrical rights are currently available. Please contact Dean Baxendale.

For interviews, media tour and theatrical rights information, please contact publicity@optimumpublishinginternational.com or call 647 970-1973.

Optimum is known for delivering sensational crime and political best sellers spanning 40 years
The Canadian Connection, 1976 by Jean-Pierre Charbonneau. Montreal underworld: Beyond Reason by Margaret Trudeau, French Worldwide/ Global Syndication in French and English Up the Hill 1986 and Bullet Proof Flag with General Beatty 2007.

Optimum is also launching Bad Blood, The Unspeakable Truth, by Vic Parsons this Fall to coincide with an eight-part docudrama, Unspeakable to be aired on CBC and Showtime in Canada and Sundance TV USA.

Both books are distributed in Canada by Georgetown Publications. Contact Rob Dawson at 905-702-7099 or e-mail or speak to your local Georgetown Sales Representative.

dean Baxendale
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