Canvs AI Receives The Startup Weekly’s 2020 Software Companies to Watch Award

2020 Software Companies to Watch

2020 Software Companies to Watch

This is such a great award and we are thrilled to be gaining recognition for making an impact in the tech industry through empathy.”

— Jared Feldman, Founder & CEO, Canvs AI

NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA, February 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Canvs AI was recently recognized as one of The Startup Weekly's 2020 Software Companies to Watch. The Startup Weekly presented the Software Companies to Watch award to software and technology services businesses that showcased strong growth and excellence in 2019.

Canvs is the leading emotion measurement technology company providing nuanced insights into audience behavior at scale. Canvs’s patented semantic AI technology understands how people feel, why they feel that way, and the business impact created for brands, agencies, and media companies. Organizations including Comcast, Fox, Turner and Netflix use Canvs to create research efficiencies, unlock authentic marketing opportunities and increase revenue by enabling emotions to be used as a currency in media transactions.

This year’s awards attracted a record number of applications across the United States. The winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of top tech founders, investors, and industry experts. The companies were evaluated based on growth, strength of the technology product or service, impact on the industry, and commitment to customer success.

“First, I really want to thank the incredible team at Canvs and all of our amazing clients for continuing our mission of making the world more empathetic. This is such a great award and we are thrilled to be gaining recognition for making an impact in the tech industry through empathy. We know there is a tremendous amount of potential to make a genuine difference in the business world through the use of empathy to understand consumer behavior and drive engagement,” said Canvs Founder and CEO Jared Feldman.

"We are thoroughly impressed by the quality of all the awarded businesses. The 2020 Software Companies to Watch award winners represent some of the most innovative products and services that businesses are using to propel growth,” said Eugene Vyborov, Chief Technology Officer of YayPay and presiding judge of The Startup Weekly’s Founders to Watch award panel. "Today’s software and technology ecosystem is incredibly competitive and it’s no easy feat to offer differentiated value to the marketplace.”

About Canvs
Canvs connects consumer input to research insights with patented semantic AI technology that helps companies like Comcast, Fox, Sony, Turner and Netflix deeply understand and empathize with their audiences. For eight years, Canvs has been learning real human expression and language, including emoticons, slang and sarcasm, to create the world’s largest ontology for measuring emotion. The Canvs Surveys solution helps researchers bridge the gap between audience emotion and business impact. Canvs.ai

About The Startup Weekly
The Startup Weekly is a leading independent source of news, insights, interviews, and awards for business builders across all sectors of the economy. The company’s media contributors include founders, business executives, investors, and other thought leaders. The Startup Weekly is committed to establishing a community for those pursuing entrepreneurial excellence.

For more information, visit: http://www.thestartupweekly.com

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Karen Michelle Presents LYB Spring 2020 Fashion Show & Humanitarian Awards Event

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LYB Events honors Deborah Alessi of the non-profit Face Forward with a Humanitarian Award for her work at their spring fashion and shopping event.

LYB Events is a one of a kind celebration of all things beauty honoring the best in every woman and girl by celebrating what makes each and every person unique!”

— Show runner Karen MIchelle.

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Karen Michelle, Los Angeles Entrepreneur & Creator of Destiny Candle, in association with LYB Events, The Knot, Artists For Trauma, My/Mo Mochi, Sahar Allure, Valley Girl Beauty, Mickey Fine Beverly Hills, and LRM Publicity present the “LYB Events Spring 2020 Fashion Show and Humanitarian Awards Event,” on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the Luxe Sunset Bl. Hotel 11461 Sunset Bl. Los Angeles.

Press Arrival: 3:00 pm | Red Carpet: 3:05 pm | Humanitarian Heart Award: 4:00 pm | 4:05 pm Fashion Show

LYB Events is thrilled to announce the Karen Michelle Humanitarian Heart Award recipient is Deborah Alessi. Deborah is the CEO/Founder of Face Forward International, which provides free reconstructive surgery and emotional support for domestic violence, human trafficking and acts of crime to survivors from around the globe. For the past 12 years, Deborah a domestic violence survivor herself has donated her time and services to the organization helping to change lives. Deborah Alessi and Face Forward will be recognized at the event for their tremendous contributions to improving the lives of women and girls everywhere.

Confirmed celebrity runway models and guests include: Kennedy Madison (Seize the Moment), Nick Bencivengo (Tiktok Influencer), Jax Malcolm (Jingle Trails), Connor Dean (9-1-1), Alyssa De Boisblanc (Modern Family), Neil D’Monte (Batman v Superman), Gloria Garayua (How to Get Away With Murder), Madi Filipowicz (Tiktok Influencer), Laura T. Sharpe, Board President and CEO, Artists for Trauma (AFT), and many more!

The #LYBEvents Spring 2020 showcasing designers include: Trident by Jax Malcolm, Karen Michelle, Amber Glo Designs, B.O.R. by Devonte Harris, Tokyo Twiggy, Round Table Clothing, Sita Couture, Amo La Cruz, 4th Girl Co., Simona Maghen, House of Tsebahat, and Petite Adele.

Karen Michelle, Los Angeles Entrepreneur & Creator of Destiny Candle, created #LYBevents, a one of a kind beauty festival designed to empower all women and girls of all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. Karen believes that all women are beautiful and has brought this event to life to give each and every one of them the confidence they need to achieve all that they dare to dream. This one-day event will host celebrities, social media influencers, fans, and brands to celebrate, “All Things Beauty Inside and Out!” The full event runs from 11:00am-6:00pm includes shopping, celebrity red carpet, fashion show, humanitarian awards recognition, and dessert party.

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Brooke Horan Williams Discusses Ways to Get Your Child into the Acting Industry

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, February 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — If you’re like most kids, you’ve daydreamed about being the one up there on the big screen. With so much attention focused just on you, acting seems like a dream come true for most. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been approached,” Brooke begins. “All the moms I’ve dealt with want advice on how to get their kid into the industry.” Today, Brooke Horan Williams talks about some of the ways to get your child work as an actor.

Having your child be the star of the show might be a dream come true for some families. “It’s pretty hard work,” Brooke says. On a production set, the kids need to do everything adult actors do in addition to doing daily schoolwork. In the theater, it’s even harder since there are so many rehearsals and many production companies travel. “However, it’s not impossible,” she adds.,

Brooke Horan Williams says the first thing she’d recommend is to make sure this is something your child really wants to do. “Many times, it’s the parents who are trying to recreate their childhood,” she says. While it sounds like a lot of fun at first, this isn’t going to be sustainable in the long run for the child. “But if your kid is keen on the idea, has a tendency towards an extrovert personality, and loves to be in the spotlight; this might be something that you’d like to explore further,” she adds.

Probably one of the most famous companies for getting kids’ acting careers launched is Disney. Brooke Horan Williams says there are several things that Disney looks for when recruiting new talent for their channel. First and foremost, Brooke says, Disney looks for professionals. If you have the “triple threat” that producers are looking for, you’ll stand the best chance of getting an audition. These talents include acting, singing, and dancing, although “not all of these are mandatory to getting an audition,” she says. “However, if you’re experienced in performing and have these skills, it really helps.”

Brooke Horan Williams recommends beginning dancing lessons at an early age. “These could include jazz, tap, modern dance, or even ballet,” she says. “I’d say a combination of all of them is best.” It’s more important that your child feel comfortable in his skin, she adds. This is because dancing helps with movement, muscle training, rhythm, and other performance-based skills. The ability to sing helps as well. Brooke says that your child won’t have to be pitch-perfect; even the ability to carry a tune and perform it well will help immensely. Church choir and chorus classes in school can help with this skill. Talent contests can also help your child gain confidence and self-esteem if they’re good, she adds.

Acting lessons are probably the biggest thing you’ll need to do, Brooke says. Whether it’s private acting lessons or drama class in school, just getting out there and performing will make a huge difference. Brooke Horan Williams says to have your child join acting clubs if possible, she says. “Anywhere he’ll have a chance to perform will help your child strengthen his skills.”

While your child is working on his skills, you, as a parent, should be doing your part, such as getting your child the best headshots money can buy and helping them create a good resume. “This is where a talent agent can help,” Brooke says. “Good agents have connections that normal people don’t know about.” She suggests finding agencies that already work with Disney stars* which will help you get your foot in the door when your child is ready.

“You’ll also need to be ready to move to the big city,” she adds, “but it’s not really necessary unless your child is hired.” Brooke says keeping that in the back of your mind will help to be ready when and if that day comes. “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” she says. “There’s a lot of competition out there, and they’re looking for new talent all the time, so don’t give up.”

Brooke Horan Williams has been involved with theatre as long as she can remember. At the age of six, she starred in her first school play as Snow White, and ever since, she’s been passionate about the stage.
After graduating from college, Brooke began her career in stage management, pursuing her passion as soon as she was able. Brooke Horan Williams' love of acting translates to her hobbies, as she spends most of her free time taking in films and television. Brooke Horan Williams is proud to be involved with her local theatre and has recently started auditioning for film and television.

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Five Towns College: Long Island's Nationally Accredited Music College

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Five Towns College Nationally Accredited Music College

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Five Towns College: Educating Creative Students Since 1972

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Five Towns College Nationally Accredited College for Music Students

Five Towns College: Educating Creative Students Since 1972

DIX HILLS, NEW YORK , UNITED STATES, February 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Five Towns College: Long Island’s Nationally Accredited Music College

For nearly 50 years, Long Islanders who are passionate about music, media, and the performing arts have made Five Towns College their first choice. With creative degree programs steeped in hands-on learning, industry-standard technology, and outstanding support services, students now have another great reason for choosing Five Towns College.

Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1988, Five Towns College is now also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Of the 250 colleges and universities in New York State, only 24 have achieved NASM accreditation for their music programs. Only one college on Long Island offers the professional Bachelor of Music (Mus.B.) degree with NASM accreditation. That college is Five Towns College.

Music students at Five Towns College can pursue degree programs in Performance focused on traditional music and jazz/commercial music. They can pursue a program that leads to certification as a public school music teacher or in Audio Recording Technology, Music Entertainment Industry Studies, Composition, or Songwriting.

If you are serious about music and the arts, you need a college that is as passionate as you are. Five Towns College is one of just seven colleges in NYS with the authority to confer the Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in Music Performance. The prestigious John Lennon Center for Music and Technology – a suite of recording studios that sets the standards for music technology- resides here.

Five Towns College is not just about music. The full range of arts-oriented programs that serve creative students is offered such as in the Theatre Arts leading to the B.F.A. degree, with majors in Musical Theatre, Acting, and Theatrical Design/Technology. It also offers programs in Film/Video and Interactive Computer Graphics leading to the B.F.A. Its Mass Communication Division offers majors in Broadcasting, Journalism, Live Entertainment and Media Production, and Audio Recording Technology. It is supported by an industry-standard television studio and an F.C.C. licensed broadcast radio station.

Traditional business students also have a home at Five Towns College. Programs in Business Management, with concentrations in Audio, Music Entertainment Industry Studies, Marketing, and Management lead to the professional Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.). There is an annual Music Entertainment Industry Studies Conference.

Beautiful on-campus residence halls, a comprehensive inter-collegiate athletic program, support services and scholarship programs that help students to succeed are here. The U.S. News & World Report 2020 ranked Five Towns College #3 in the Top Performers on Social Mobility in Regional Colleges North – helping disadvantaged students to succeed.

Learn more about Five Towns College and why a Five Towns College education leads to social mobility. Visit us at www.ftc.edu. Five Towns College: Focus. Thrive. Create.

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Muvi Releases Four OTT Products Ahead of NAB Vegas

Muvi Four New OTT Products

After taking streaming industry by storm with the end-to-end streaming platform, Muvi ready to take on streaming biggies by providing integrable OTT solutions.

NY, NEW YORK, US, February 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Riding high on the success of its end-to-end Audio and Video streaming solution, New-York based streaming platform provider, Muvi has beefed up its product portfolio with four freshly added SaaS solutions namely Muvi Ad Server, Muvi Live Server, Muvi Billing, and Muvi Playout. All the products except Muvi Billing are meant for the video and audio space with the latter touted to be an industry-agnostic billing engine.

Standing on the twin pillars of the most complete streaming solution and enterprise-grade support to date, Muvi has trusted the micro-service architecture to be the driving force in taking its legacy forward.

Muvi Ad Server, the most unique solution among the new products lets users host and deliver multi-format ads to websites and apps seamlessly across multiple platforms. Any online store owner can use Muvi Ad Server and show ads on their site irrespective of the minimum page views or traffic it gets. Moreover, the users don’t have to pay anything to publishers too.

Second, in the list, Muvi Live Server is a live streaming platform for business houses and performers alike. The product allows users to both live stream and monetize eSports tournaments, game shows, live tournaments while also enabling companies to videotize marketing efforts, lead nurturing, employee training, product launches, etc.

Muvi Billing is the productized version of Muvi’s existing billing module that is notable for its compatibility with 17+ payment gateways, the highest in the industry. Muvi Billing serves the purpose by offering a “Business-first” billing support system optimized for the automated management of complex subscription billing processes.

The final in the list is Muvi Playout that allows users to launch unlimited live TV channels and broadcast pre-scheduled on-demand content sequentially in real-time over the internet across multiple platforms. Muvi Playout with its state-of-the-art scheduler delivers seamless digital TV experience at scale.

Jayanta Mohapatra, Head of Product & Engineering, Muvi, cites the combined product release to be nothing short of historic. “The speed and ease with which we’ve been able to release the products are phenomenal. We have ensured all the products have a faster time to market and differentiating performance while delivering stunning user experience”.

“We are determined to help out content providers and broadcasters with an array of OTT solutions to deliver and monetize content to audiences across all platforms with suitable business models, quotes Anshuman Das, CEO, Muvi. “With Muvi Ad Server, store owners can monetize content using a personalized ad network devoid of any metrics dependencies. Similarly, Muvi Live Server is our answer to the longstanding latency issues of live videos. With powerful features such as live DVR control and interactive presentation, Muvi Live Server will largely motivate the video marketing efforts of business enterprises in the coming months. Muvi Playout, the most powerful among all adds a lot of flexibility to the linear broadcasting workflow reducing both capital and operational expenditure of adopters”, adds Mr. Das.

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Cinequest and Kaiser Permanente Present Thrive Award to Shannon Harvey about her Journey of Healing through Meditation

Cinequest will be from March 3 to March 15, 2020

Shannon Harvey had her dream job as a radio journalist at age 24 when she was diagnosed with a devastating auto-immune disease.

My Year of Living Mindfully chronicles Shannon Harvey determination to find a treatment using the cutting-edge techniques of mind-body medicine.

Is it really possible to ease suffering and promote physical and mental healing using the simple practice of meditation that can be done by anyone at any time or anywhere?”

— Shannon Harvey

SAN JOSE, CA, UNITED STATES, February 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Every year the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival, in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente, honors one film for its life-affirming themes and resonance with the Kaiser Permanente Thrive Award. This year the award is being bestowed on My Year of Living Mindfully.

Shannon Harvey had her dream job as a radio journalist at age 24 when she was diagnosed with a devastating auto-immune disease. Her immune system had become hyperactive and was attacking normal, healthy tissues. Her muscles and joints were inflamed and she was told if her disease continued to progress she could end up with organ failure, or wheelchair bound.

My Year of Living Mindfully chronicles her determination to find an effective treatment using the cutting-edge techniques of mind-body medicine. Cinequest will be its North American premiere.

Shannon wondered: is it really possible to ease suffering and promote physical and mental healing using the simple practice of meditation that can be done by anyone at any time or anywhere? The film follows Shannon’s worldwide journey from her home in Australia to Manhattan to the dusty refugee camps of the Middle East and then back Down Under where she learns from an Aboriginal elder about the ancient practice of Dadirri — deep listening and silent awareness.

She undertakes a year-long experiment with herself as the subject that synthesizes the works of leading scientists with the ways of mystics. Her goal is to learn if meditation can dramatically improve her health and well-being, or is it just another over-hyped self-help fad? My Year of Living Mindfully is sure to inspire countless individuals to not only find their own inner strength and peace but also see the world in new ways. It is a must-see for those seeking insight and questioning their place in the world.

Previous winners of the Kaiser Permanente Thrive Award have included such stirring films as Clownvets (2019), the inspiring story of legendary Dr. Patch Adams and his team’s trip to Guatemala on a mission of “humanitarian clowning” to help veterans suffering from PTSD; Pick of the Litter (2018), which follows the lives of a litter of Labrador Retriever puppies from birth through their training to be guide dogs for the blind; and The Bullish Farmer (2017), the story of a Wall Street investment banker who turned his back on high finance and transformed his life by becoming an organic farmer.

My Year of Living Mindfully director, producer and star Shannon Harvey is available for interviews and will receive the award at the Hammer Theatre in Downtown San Jose on March 5 at 7 p.m. after the North American Premiere screening of her film.

About Cinequest:
The Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival fuses innovation with the arts to empower great creations and to connect audiences, youth, artists, and innovators with these creations and with each other— forging community, joy, and our future. Set in Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness, impact, and legacy result from applying this powerful integration of creativity and technology to democratize opportunity and to transform lives. Cinequest does this through the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival, Mavericks Studio, and Picture The Possibilities global youth programs. The 30th edition of the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival occurs March 3 – 15 in San Jose and Redwood City, CA (Silicon Valley) We're commemorating CINEQUEST's 30th Anniversary by celebrating the power of creativity today and the future of CINEQUEST itself! www.cinequest.org Please watch The Story of Cinequest.

Cinequest 2020 Partners (partial list):
TJ & Valeta Rodgers, Clos De La Tech, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT), Kaiser Permanente, ZOOM (NASDAQ: ZM), Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), Canon (NYSE: CAJ), Seagate (NASDAQ: STX), AT&T (NYSE: T), Panasonic (OTCMKTS:PCRFY), Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Hint Water, Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), Agile Ticketing Solutions, Barco (BAR.BR), Cinionic, VTA, Eddie Lira, The Wolff Family, NBC Bay Area, Metro, KQED, SF Media Co., T48 Telemundo, El Observador, India Currents, Cinemark (NYSE: CNK), Fairmont San Jose, Marriott San Jose (NYSE: MAR), AC Hotels by Marriott San Jose * Santa Clara, SV Creates, San Jose Downtown Association, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Team San Jose, and the City of San Jose.

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“Sibling Rivalry” Receives Festival Recognition in Colorado and New York

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Sibling Rivalry is a film about brother and sister competing in a small town election.

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Comedic short film turns on brother-sister competition as small town political opponents.

DENVER, COLORADO, USA, February 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Colacino Productions LLC announces that its comedic short film, “Sibling Rivalry,” has been named “official selection” of the 2020 Colorado Short Circuit Festival (https://indiespiritfilmfestival.org/csc/), and the 2020 Albany Film Festival (https://www.albanyfilmfestival.org).

In “Sibling Rivalry” a small town election becomes a battle of ideals for a brother and sister who run against each other for village trustee. “It’s ‘House of Cards’ meets ‘Parks-and-Rec’” says writer and producer, Don Colacino, who also directed the film. “The script has a tortured history, evolving from a really twisted family tree story to the quirky political satire that made it to the screen. I feel really lucky to have had such a great cast and crew who worked well together and made the set a lot of fun. Maya Jairam and Richard Ortner, my two lead actors, are just so perfect in their roles! During filming I almost ruined a couple of takes by laughing as I watched the monitor.” While the cast was comprised of both professional actors like Jairam and Ortner, the crew were entirely students at the time. Most have now graduated to professional careers in the film industry in Hollywood, Albuquerque, and other film-friendly locales, as well as in Colorado which is home to a robust and growing filmmaker community.

“Sibling Rivalry” was released to festivals in December 2019 and will make its screen debut on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Ivywild School Events Center in Colorado Springs. Then on Friday, March 27, 2020 it will screen at the University of Albany in the capital city of the filmmaker’s home state of New York.

Colacino Productions LLC (colacinoproductions.com), a Business-to-Business (B2B) film production company focused on documentary, commercial, and industrial films, created the film in association with Colorado Film School.

For more information please contact don@doncolacino.com.

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Jonn Poker – A New Beauty Influencer Has Risen

Jonn Poker posing for his new 2020 campaign in Toronto

Jonn Poker New 2020’photo campaign in Toronto

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Beauty Influencer Jonn Poker shows us how it’s done through makeup tutorials and more

TORONTO, CANADA, February 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — If you are one of those people who loves makeup and loves to binge on YouTube for makeup tricks and tutorials, then you should definitely check this new young star. His name is Jonn Poker and he’s been on Youtube for only a year but since then he has killed it in the makeup game.

Jonn started his channel in 2019 and since then he’s been making videos every week and creating new content every time he can. I first came across his Instagram page @jonnpoker which is just stunning; but when I clicked on the link to his channel I just fell in love with his personality. Funny and talented, Jonn loves makeup, fashion and has a great sense of style. Also he considers himself non-binary; and his androgynous looks speak for themselves.

Jonn Poker started to learn video editing at a very young age. He has been practicing it for over the year and this knowledge helped him edit his YouTube videos. When he was at his 17, Poker started to learn English. AT this age, he decided to pursue his dream for music, modelling and acting. With this decision, he moved to North America.
He left his family in 2015 to move to Toronto. He later started his YouTube Channel in Toronto. His fans on the social platform Instagram refer him as The new Jeffree Star. Now, he is popular among his fans for his Makeup Tutorial videos on his YouTube.

I think he definitely brings something unique to the beauty community and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things he’s going to achieve in the future.

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ACTRESS HONG CHAU WILL BE CELEBRATED AT CINEQUEST WITH THE MAVERICK SPIRIT AWARD

Cinequest will be from March 3 to March 15, 2020

Actress Hong Chau

The path to stardom is unique, but actress Hong Chau's path featured stops in Thailand, New Orleans, Boston, and a decade of stops and starts in Hollywood.

In Hollywood, there’s not a lot of roles for Asian people. So a lot of it is waiting and waiting and waiting.”

— Hong Chau, recipient of Cinequest's 2020 Maverick Spirit Award

SAN JOSE, CA, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Every path to stardom is unique, but for actress Hong Chau it was especially long, featuring stops in Thailand, New Orleans and Boston, as well as a decade of stops and starts in Hollywood. Then in 2017 she received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film Downsizing (co-starring Matt Damon) and her career took off, including a featured role in last year’s acclaimed HBO miniseries Watchmen.

Chau is receiving the Maverick Spirit Award at this year’s Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival (Cinequest) along with a screening of her brilliant new movie Destiny. (co-starring Brian Dennehy). The award recognizes those who stand apart from the crowd, willing to create and innovate from a place of personal yet global vision. The Maverick leads, takes risks, tries the difficult, if not impossible, and delivers original work and an original life. This spirit sums up the best of the worlds of cinema and Silicon Valley. Previous recipients have included Nicolas Cage, Elle Fanning, J.J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, and Harrison Ford

She was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. Her parents were Vietnamese “boat people” who fled the Communist regime in 1979. Her family later immigrated to New Orleans after a Vietnamese Catholic Church there found a sponsor for them. Once in the U.S., her parents were similar to many immigrants in that they found work in the low-wage service industry. They currently run a convenience store in Louisiana.

Chau’s parents were determined to see her and her brothers graduate from college. For Chau, that was at Boston University. She initially studied creative writing but switched to film studies at her parents’ urging because it was more practical. She had intended to work in documentary film but decided to give acting a try after classmates praised her work in their student films.

In 2010, she landed a role in David Simon’s critically acclaimed but little seen HBO series Treme. What followed were several years of guest starring spots on everything from How I Met Your Mother to NCIS, as well as the 2014 film Inherent Vice from director Paul Thomas Anderson. However, in 2017 she broke out with the role as Ngoc Lan Tran in Downsizing and a featured role in the cultural smash Big Little Lies on HBO.

Chau will receive her Maverick Spirit Award and engage in a conversation about her career on March 7 at the California Theatre in Downtown San Jose following a screening of her new film Driveways.

Driveways tells the story of the friendship between eight-year-old Cody and 80-year-old Korean War veteran Del, played by Golden Globe and Tony Award-winner Brian Dennehy. Earlier this year, Chau was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her role as Cody’s mother Kathy.

She will be seen this summer as a fairy who can rejuvenate at will in the Disney film Artemis Fowl, directed by five-time Academy Award nominee Sir Kenneth Branagh.

Despite her recent success, Chau is well aware that diversity on screen continues to lag far behind the reality of U.S. demographics.

“In Hollywood, there’s not a lot of roles for Asian people. So a lot of it is waiting and waiting and waiting,” said Chau.

Silicon Valley will not have to wait long for Chau’s appearance. It will be in the city with the largest Vietnamese population in the U.S., San Jose, at the 30th Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival on March 7th.

About Cinequest:
Cinequest fuses innovation with the arts to empower great creations and to connect audiences, youth, artists, and innovators with these creations and with each other—forging community, joy, and our future. Set in Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness, impact, and legacy result from applying this powerful integration of creativity and technology to democratize opportunity and to transform lives. Cinequest does this through the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival, Mavericks Studio, and Picture The Possibilities global youth programs. The Story of Cinequest video. www.cinequest.org

The 30th edition of the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival occurs March 3 – 15 in San Jose and Redwood City, CA (Silicon Valley) We're commemorating CINEQUEST's 30th Anniversary by celebrating the power of creativity today and the future of CINEQUEST itself! All of us who bring you Cinequest are elated with the experiences, events and community involvement that will stir and uplift your hearts, spirits, and minds! Thus we've chosen the theme "Elation" and we hope you feel all the power of this special 2020 year!

Cinequest 2020 Partners (partial list)

TJ & Valeta Rodgers, Clos De La Tech, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT), Kaiser Permanente, ZOOM (NASDAQ: ZM), Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), Canon (NYSE: CAJ), Seagate (NASDAQ: STX), AT&T (NYSE: T), Panasonic (OTCMKTS:PCRFY), Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Hint Water, Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), Agile Ticketing Solutions, Barco (BAR.BR), Cinionic, VTA, Eddie Lira, The Wolff Family, NBC Bay Area, Metro, KQED, SF Media Co., T48 Telemundo, El Observador, India Currents, Cinemark (NYSE: CNK), Fairmont San Jose, Marriott San Jose (NYSE: MAR), AC Hotels by Marriott San Jose * Santa Clara, SV Creates, San Jose Downtown Association, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Team San Jose, and the City of San Jose.

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Angelic Tarasio invites readers to discover the power of love in trilogy “God’s Miracles in Lives of Regular People”.

Introduction of Author Angelic Tarasio & trilogy God’s Miracles in Lives of Refular People

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Trilogy inspires readers to value life, love, compassion and loyalty in human relationships based on true life and love story of Countess Maria Kotyk-Kurbatov.

We should value Life and Love, as greatest gifts from Above. Miracles happen in lives of regular people, when we make the most of both treasures through perseverance, loyalty, courage and compassion.”

— Author Angelic Tarasio

PALM BEACH SHORES, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Universe blesses people with love and parenthood. It is parental responsibility to lovingly develop children physically, spiritually and psycho-emotionally strong that enables them to succeed in modern life with the knowledge of the rule: “Life is not only fun, and fun is not life.” Escalated suicide of Americans between 10 and 34 years of age is the 2nd leading cause of death. What does it mean? The young generations are not introduced to this rule. There is a way to correct it, and trilogy shows how to do it.

“God’s Miracles in Lives of Regular People” is real life and love story of Countess Maria Kurbatov. She went through hell on Earth, and thanks to love and faith, she survived with three children. Nothing stopped Count Alexander Kurbatov from crossing borders at horrible time of WWII. He kept in mind one thought – his beloved Marie is in danger, and love gave him courage, strength and wings. The scars after tortures in concentration camp, mutilation and cruelties caused by KGB did not extinguish their passionate love.

Book I: "Mother Maria" introduces readers to a noble Ukrainian family in Eastern Poland at the beginning of the 20-th century. WWII destroyed peaceful life of Mademoiselle Marie after her graduation from Sorbonne University and engagement in France to Count Alexander Kurbatov. Merciless war brought Maria to concentration camp in Nazi Germany. Thanks to interference of the Divinity, Maria was rescued by true love of her fiancé, who arrived to save his bride. Maria concluded, “Nobody has power to kill Faith and Love.”

Book II: "Home-Coming" brings readers to illegally annexed territories of Eastern Europe by the USSR. In 1946, parents-to-be Maria and Alexander Kurbatov arrived in Ukraine to rescue Maria’s family from cruelty of communist regime of the USSR to nobility. The readers discover Kurbatovs’ hardships in GULAG for political prisoners and exile in Siberia due to criminal actions that NKVD/KGB implemented to Kurbatovs. Their son Sasha was born in prison. His father met him after discharge from GULAG, when Sasha was 10. Maria’s and Alexander’s love brought another child into this world. Alexander’s devotion to his family arose him to battle with KGB. He paid big price for Maria’s and his sons’ permission to leave Siberia.

Book III: "Bridge to the Sky" gives the readers the experience of continual persecution of Maria and her sons by KGB. In Ukraine, Maria met an honorable man who fell in love with her. He tried to protect Maria and her boys from KGB hunting. Their daughter was born. After years of threats, losses of beloved, poverty and homelessness, the readers find, how Maria’s faith and courage led her to miraculous resolution of unbearable life existence. Read to learn in what miraculous way Maria got into the Kremlin to meet Leonid Brezhnev, a new leader of the country. She liberated not only her children and herself, but many other innocent people. She brought exoneration to her beloved.
Maria recorded life events in journals and requested her daughter-in-law Angelic Tarasio to write a motivational story about God’s miracles that can work, as an effective remedy for broken hearts, physical and mental breakdowns, depression, and suicide.

Based on life examples of main characters, all three books are related to vitally important topics of current life, such as:
 Identification and acknowledgement of value of human life;
 Uplifting of human relationships – love, trust and commitment;
 Recognizing the moral responsibilities of parenthood;
 Upbringing the children with comprehension of importance of their life and responsibilities;
 Strengthening the connection with the Divinity, as the source of eternal wisdom and miracles;
 Making choice to survive under any devastating life circumstances instead of suicide;
 Understanding that the ideas of socialism and communism are utopic and demoralizing that was proved by history and miserable existence of population in many socialist countries.

Author Angelic Tarasio was born in the Ukraine. She was blessed to study and work successfully in different fields. Angelic obtained diplomas and degrees in traditional and holistic medicines and teaching.

The author considers her friendship with Mother Maria, as blessing from Above. Angelic’s parents were military officers in the USSR and atheists. Mother Maria brought Spirituality and Compassion into the life of her daughter-in-law. Philanthropy became part of Angelic’s life.

The first book “Mother Maria” was published in 2008, during Global economic, financial, real estate and ethical downturn. Millions of people bankrupted, lost their assets, companies, homes, job positions, as well as respect in their families. The number of suicides jumped up to the sky. The researchers found that the rate of suicide between 2008 and 2010 escalated four times faster than it did in eight years before the recession. (Web site of the medical journal ‘The Lancet’) Those readers who read the book “Mother Maria” attended author’s book-signings and expressed their gratitude for support that the book gave them and their families during Global crisis.

In 2009, Angelic Tarasio received phone call from Mel Gibson, who read her first book of trilogy and complemented author’s vivid imagination in descriptive writing. He saw the possibility to make a movie out of a book. At that time, Angelic was finishing with writing of the second part of trilogy. She decided to complete the trilogy, and now, she hopes that the Universe will send her right producers, who will make mini-series movies out of her work.

Author Angelic Tarasio looks forward to expanding her great relationships with readers, journalists, churches, bookstores, clubs, colleges, universities and movie producers.

To schedule the interviews, book presentations and book-signings email: AuthorAngelicTarasio@gmail.com

For more information about the author and book purchasing: www.AuthorAngelicTarasio.com

Tatania Kurbatov
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