Fresh New Spoken Word Competition “LIFT EVERY VOICE” Call For Entries by Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center

Lift Every Voice

Lift Every Voice

Lift Every Voice 2021

Lift Every Voice 2021

Lead by the vibrant younger BHERC members, this new “Signature” program elevates the voices of extraordinary writers and spoken word artists around the globe.

Spoken word artists, poets, and creative writers bring words to life with poetic agility, visual acuity, and agitated vocal percussion; The voice of the people. We are looking for those voices.”

— Sandra J. Evers-Manly, President & Founder BHERC

HOLLYWOOD, CA, USA, March 31, 2021 / — The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) along with the capable hands of its NextGen members, with pride and great excitement, announces a Call For Entries for the inaugural BHERC “Lift Every Voice” (LEV) program. This fresh and new Written and Spoken Word Competition introduces a modern pathway for expressions of the “Spoken Word” artistic medium to increase its visibility on the world stage. Beginning April 2, 2021, thru April 23, 2021, 11 PM PDT, anyone who is age 16 and above is eligible to submit. Spoken word artists, poets, creative writers, and all who desires to share their ability to tell stories; to analyze the world or situations decisively and creatively with their words; those who want to offer that knowledge in a way that is available to large and diverse audiences are encouraged to apply at www.BHERC.TV.

About the Competition
An original creation of BHERC, “Lift Every Voice” (LEV) is managed by member Robert McCune and is an important opportunity to create recognition for poets and spoken word artists, especially the younger generation. With the intent to tap into the power of words and ideas, and to engage and nurture a younger generation, LEV intends to create a bridge to understanding the issues — both legacy and contemporary — that many people face today. “‘Lift Every Voice’ is an opportunity for writers and performers to speak for themselves, their families, and the world they live in. Considering the impact of the current climate of the world, and how it has proven to be debilitating, frustrating, resulting in tragedy for so many, this show provides a platform highlighting an area of artistry that is often overlooked.” stated Robert McCune, LEV Program Director. This program also allows BHERC LEV to call out across the globe in search of talented spoken word artists who are ready to let their words be heard. BHERC wants them to be seen and heard and all forms of prose are accepted. However, what makes this program “fresh” and “next level” is the addition of the online, character-driven, multi-episode competition.

What is Different About This Competition
• Character-driven, this multi-episode competition
• (10) Finalist selected to compete for cash prizes
• Finalists/creative writers meet several challenges each week
• Finalists are asked to provide new original works with each challenge.
• They must perform original works for all challenges.
• Eliminations will take place weekly

• Contestants must be age 16 and up, (minors will need parental permission)
• 3 original or newly written works, (different subject and style)

Judging Criteria
• Contestants will be judged for the following: Originality, Creativity, Performance, Presence and

• April 23rd application deadline for 1st phase (100 contestants will be chosen)
• April 30th phase 2 contestants Announced (submit a 60-second video performing a submitted work)
• May 14th Final (10) contestants announced

About the Program Director
Robert McCune is a Spoken Word Artist who believes that having such a gift is equivalent to having a “superpower”. He is a passionate believer that your voice, your thoughts, and your ideas can and do help people. Most of all, he believes that writers are needed to create narratives for the world in ways where love always wins. Born and raised in Pittsburg California, Robert now resides in Oakland, California. He attended Holy Names University, where I received a degree in behavioral psychology. He is a proud husband, father, writer, critical thinker, and basketball coach.

The competition will span ten weeks, in which finalists will compete in different writing and performance challenges each week. Eliminations will take place weekly, where only the top-scoring will move on towards the cash prizes.

During the competition, contestants will be judged on their written works, the performance of those works, and how well their works encompassed their challenges for that week. “‘Lift Every Voice’ puts the voicings of many stories of joy and sadness, survival, healing, and triumph across the globe front and center. No one can tell these stories with more poetic agility, visual acuity, and agitated vocal percussion than spoken word artists, poets, and creative writers. They are the voice of the people. The voice of humanity!” elated Sandra J. Evers-Manly, President and Founder of BHERC. Each week Judges will mentor the contestants and go through their creative process, share a bit about the finalists and how they are handling the competition. Contestants will be expected to give testimonials, embrace competition contrary to their fellow writers, and try to gain as much exposure as possible.

BHERC believes in the promise and power of youth and young people and has invested in their power to bring about change thru the support of programs that include the Youth Diversity Film Festival, Fight Back with Film, the Artistry in Motion animation program, and mentoring workshops and panels with entertainment industry executives. BHERC also provides scholarships and grants assistance to college students and emerging artists. “Lift Every Voice” is a natural and evolutionary addition to the family of programs that serve to empower the youth of today.

The BHERC “Lift Every Voice” Call For Entries, opens Friday, April 2, thru Friday, April 23rd, 2021 11 PM (PDT) at www.BHERC.TV. Apply today! For additional information about all BHERC programs log on to or call 310 284-3170


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Actor-Comedian JOEL BRYANT Photographs 8600 Mile Road Trip During Pandemic Creating Documentary Film ‘EMPTY AMERICA’

‘EMPTY AMERICA’ by Joel Bryant; a photographic documentary film shot during the pandemic shutdown

Santa Monica Pier in California from ‘EMPTY AMERICA’; a pandemic photographic docu film by Joel Bryant

JOEL BRYANT – actor-comedian-filmmaker

Photos Now Part of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2021 / — Actor and Comedian JOEL BRYANT recorded his nomadic 17-city, 8600-mile, three-week road trip exactly one year ago during the global pandemic resulting in the new documentary film, EMPTY AMERICA.

Currently streaming for free on YouTube and, the 75-minute film, shot from March 17th through April 10th, 2020 and entirely on an iPhone, delivers an eerie view of what America looks like when it literally shuts down.

In addition, 134 still photographs Bryant snapped of deserted cityscapes from across the country were acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as permanent selections for the COVID-19 Digital Photography Collection.

Some of the iconic locations Bryant chronicled include Times Square (New York), Bourbon Street (New Orleans), Mall of America (Minnesota), Venice Beach (Los Angeles), Pike Place (Seattle), Fisherman's Wharf (San Francisco), Boston Common, National Mall (DC), and the Stockyards (Fort Worth).

As a peripatetic entertainer whose shows were all cancelled when the pandemic hit, Bryant lost his career, his house and his roots all in one day. "I literally had nowhere to go and nothing to do. I love a good road trip and thought I'd just drive from LA to NY and back. As I was planning out my route I started thinking: I wonder what these places look like shut down? I had no time crunch so that became the impetus for my Empty America journey,” explains Bryant.

Bryant released the film online for free with the purpose of raising awareness and funds for COVID relief charities. He encourages everyone to: eat locally, shop locally, support the arts; and suggests five charities that help to accomplish this mission, including:,,, and

Although the project marks his first photography effort and first documentary film, Bryant credits his love for travel for helping him mold this acclaimed and unique piece.

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bryant has called Los Angeles ‘home’ ever since he graduated from Pepperdine University. The talented actor, comedian and host has spent the last few years on the road living nomadically wherever a gig or a getaway would take him. His acting credits include roles in major films, such as The Heartbreak Kid, Valkyrie, Loaded, Gone But Not Forgotten; as well as guest appearances on TV shows like Monk, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, The Defenders, Las Vegas and more. He has also recognized for several online and streaming projects, including nabbing a Streamy nomination for After Judgment, and acclaim for co-producing and starring as ‘Mac’ in the award-winning Suck and Moan. Bryant has performed standup comedy around the world for the military, as well as shows spanning The Comedy Store on Sunset to headlining in Paris. As a live event host, Bryant has entertained on the Main Stage of the last five Super Bowls and has stepped-in as MC for just about any live event you can name.

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‘EMPTY AMERICA’ Trailer for the full-length documentary film by JOEL BRYANT

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‘Lives and Minds of C.W. Männe BINGE’ Releases Chapter 12 God's Pocket

Chapter 12 God’s Pocket from ‘Lives and Minds of C.W. Männe BINGE’

To this day, I am still astounded, that at that worst moment, I beheld the single most beautiful vision I have ever seen.

— C.W. Männe

UVITA DE OSA, COSTA RICA, March 31, 2021 / — Brainiac Productions LLC, Christopher William Mahne and Sir David Michael Robinson today announced the release of Chapter 12 God’s Pocket from ‘Lives and Minds of C.W. Männe BINGE’ on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and audio content on Soundcloud and SFX video content on YouTube and IGTV.

In this chapter Kundalini is achieved. C.W. is stranded on the ‘forest balcony’, is a way of his DEALING WITH THIS NEW MIND. What he discovers there, is both TERROR AND BEAUTY. He views them equally. Hanging from the side of that cliff is horrifying…but in that place, he also sees THE TRUEST VIEW OF HEAVEN.

As we share a beautiful passage from this chapter “To this day, I am still astounded, that at that worst moment, I beheld the single most beautiful vision I have ever seen. A moment like that is one for which the word ‘sublime’ was created. Only sublime simultaneously captures the presence of ‘beauty wrapped in terror’. Sublimity what I was about to behold from that dizzying veranda. As I raised my face, I was greeted by a high and moonlit view of a never ending jungle far, far beneath me. From my position, I was sharing the perspective of God’s highest creatures, so that the fronds and leaflets, the bracts, the blades, were all beneath me—like an undulating carpet, which extended into the foreverness of that Amazonian horizon. The sky above me was equally magnificent, where I was attended by a blond and crescent moon, which had been hammocked in the cobalt. The moon was as a celestial street lamp, casting a pale-blue gauze over the world below, and deepening the amplitude of every color in its sweep. I can say, without reservation, that in my lifetime, that was the truest view of heaven I ever saw; perched there as I was, with a view of that blue-black night, dusted by that river of stars, which had been scattered above me, as if they were diamonds that had fallen from a hole in God’s pocket.”

C.W.’s mind is now open. he is able to see something very deep in his psyche… something he has avoided seeing until now… THE DOWNED AIRCRAFT. The plane is the MASCULINE SYMBOL OF C.W.’S PARENT’S DIVORCE – A PLANE CRASH.

Sir David said “I love C.W.’s imagery he looks up into the night sky, and imagines that our sky is merely the floor of heaven. The stars littered across the heavens above are diamonds that have fallen from a hole in God’s pocket. It’s brilliant. That image of god strolling through his universe, watching over his creation, is one of my absolutely favorite moments in BINGE. C.W. reminds us of both the vastness of the universe, and the smallness of each of us within it. This is a moment where the world becomes impossibly large and small at the same time.”

Mahne said “Our lives are all about perspective and seeing the beauty in everything, Pura Vida…”

Book reviewers, bloggers, journalists, and other media contacts who would like to receive a copy and/or schedule an interview with the authors can email inquiries.

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Marshall Oakman Music: At The Boiling Point

Marshall Oakman "At The Boiling Point"

Marshall Oakman “At The Boiling Point”

Singer/Songwriter/Performer Enlists Heavy Hitters to Back Brilliant Project

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2021 / — Prolific New York based performing singer-songwriter Marshall Oakman has released his single At The Boiling Point (featuring legendary New York musicians Kasim Sultan on Bass, Liberty Devitto on Drums and Paul Pesco on Guitar) to Spotify and all the major music services!



The song – and forthcoming EP – showcases vibrant, iconic pop/rock shimmers with Beatlesque harmonies, blending timeless themes, thoughtfully embraced and melded to magnetic melodies. Listeners will find themselves hitting repeat and play, over and over again.

At about six years of age, Marshall first fixed his eyes on a piano. Pressing down on the black and white shapes, he discovered a timbre and texture that revealed magical keys to open doors that never close. As time passed, songs were born, flowing with a life of their own. Over the years, Oakman has honed his craft, creating a vast catalogue spanning a lifetime.

Marshall has energetically driven his skills as a spirited performer in regions along and beyond the East Coast such as the New York metropolitan area, upstate New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

His recorded songs include top musicians who have performed and/or recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Daryl Hall, Madonna, Hall & Oates, Steve Winwood, Jennifer Lopez, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Richie Sambora, Indigo Girls, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Blue Oyster Cult, Todd Rundgren, Patti Smith, Meat Loaf, The New Cars, Alicia Keys, Gary U.S. Bonds and Mitch Ryder.

In line with the positive spark of his song, Nothing’s Holding Me Back, which is part of the soundtrack for the independently produced film,Townies, from Marshall’s album entitled 24/SEVEN, Marshall is hopeful his music will encourage and inspire fans to appreciate and enjoy the gift of life every day.

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Tetavi brings NFT technology to life with co-founder from Apple Inc. acquired NextVR

DJ Roller, co-founder of Next VR which was acquired by Apple Inc. in 2020, joins Tetavi leadership as Managing Director.

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, March 31, 2021 / — Tetavi, a world leading volumetric technology platform, announces the addition of DJ Roller as Managing Director. Tetavi’s AI-based technology has already been revolutionizing the space, and now Roller is adding his award-winning background in filmmaking and success blending entertainment and storytelling with cutting edge tech to the NFT roadmap.

Tetavi’s NFT-based volumetric blockchain technology allows artists and rightholding partners to create next level volumetric collectible and fine art content, delivering digital NFT content to the Metaverse.

DJ Roller was previously the co-founder of Next VR, a California startup that pioneered Ultra HD streaming , cameras and a platform for LIVE and on demand 3D Virtual Reality content. Delivering concerts and sports experiences to VR headsets worldwide. Eventually becoming the Official VR Partner of the NBA, and further partnering with the NFL, NHL, FOX, Warner Media, Live Nation, SoftBank, Manchester United and more.
Next VR was acquired by Apple Inc. in 2020 for a reported $100 Million.

Founded in 2016, Tetavi’s leading edge technology platform and wide-ranging immersive content has positioned them at the forefront of the VR, AR and VFX industries. Their primary technology stack allows them to generate high-quality volumetric content using a portable end-to-end system that can be deployed in almost any venue to deliver high-fidelity holograms. Tetavi maintains offices in Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo.

Tetavi’s CEO, Gilad Talmon, stated, “DJ's joining is a true force multiplier on our journey to deliver next level immersive content with our partners to their fan base. The combination of Tetavi's photorealistic high-quality volumetric platform, DJ's proven experience and award winning background in the entertainment and technology, and the recent boom in relevant digital art and NFT markets, allows us to focus on bringing new ways to experience your favorite content and brands in a win-win-win environment.”

Please see additional information below.

About DJ Roller
D.J. Roller is a seasoned creative artist and entrepreneur with a 30+ year background in immersive media, film and technology. He’s been PrimeTime Emmy nominated and an award winning producer, director, producer, and cinematographer for 3D & 2D IMAX films,cinema, series television, documentaries, commercials and special effects. Having filmed across all seven continents underwater and terrestrial.

His accomplishments include shooting the first HD film in Antarctica in 1999 and first live 3D sports broadcast (2007 NBA All-Stars game) and the first digital IMAX 3D live action film, featuring U2 in 3D. The world's first VR concert with the band ColdPlay.

D.J. also developed the world’s first digital 3D underwater camera system, capable of capturing 4 – 8K 3D imagery on land, underwater and in macro 3D. The technology went on to be used on Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean and other films.

In 2009 DJ co-founded NextVR (acquired by Apple during 2020), a technology company that pioneered the capture and delivery of live and on-demand virtual reality experiences for sports, Music and entertainment.

About TetaVi
Founded in 2016, Tetavi is working on highly reproducible hologram creation technology for immersive media, games and virtual content with the aim of completing and popularizing ideal volumetric video capture. The company has offices in Tel Aviv, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo, and is actively expanding with its partners globally.

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Guion Partners Celebrates Women’s History Month

Lindsay Guion, Award-winning Filmmaker & Executive Producer

Lindsay Guion, Award-winning Filmmaker & Executive Producer

Bessie Smith Blues Singer

Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues

Lynn Allen Jeter & Associates Public Relations Firm in Los Angeles

Lynn Allen Jeter & Associates

Award-winning Filmmaker, Lindsay Guion wraps up Women’s History Month encouraging his team of female artists to share their accomplishments and milestones.

I have always been moved by women in history…”

— Lindsay Guion, CEO of Guion Partners

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, March 30, 2021 / — Lindsay Guion is the Founder and CEO of Guion Partners, a leading talent representation firm that helps artists grow their careers by providing experienced management and assistance with merchandising, touring, sponsorships, and brand endorsements. In honor of Women’s History Month, Lindsay Guion encourages women in the music and entertainment industry to share their experiences and accomplishments as they pave the way for change.

Women’s History Month is a celebration in America that takes place from March 1st to 31st and highlights women throughout history who have left a lasting impression on culture and society. “While it is true that we should celebrate women every day, an entire month devoted to women’s empowerment is vitally important to inspire girls and young women around the world,” says Lindsay Guion. Throughout his career, Lindsay Guion has managed several outstanding female artists, including but not limited to Mya, a well-known singer, songwriter, dancer, producer, and actress. “However, there is a noticeable disparity between men and women in the music industry as females consistently receive lower pay, are outnumbered at music festivals, and hold fewer executive roles,” he explains.

According to one study featured in Forbes, women make up just 21.7% of artists, 12.3% of songwriters, and 2.1% of producers. Guion is one of the few managers actively working to increase female representation as males dominate key roles in the entertainment sector. “I have always been moved by women in history and am proud to call myself a feminist. Bessie Smith, in particular, has always been a source of inspiration, and her legacy can be felt throughout my work.” Guion explains. “Bessie Smith is among some of the most influential black musicians of the early 20th century and was dubbed the “Empress of the Blues.” As an Entertainment Advisor of her Estate, Lindsay Guion continues to advocate for her contributions to black music and the music industry at large. Lindsay Guion has even launched a scholarship program in her name, called the Bessie Smith Scholarship, which provides financial aid to eligible post-secondary students in the United States and Canada.

To learn more about Lindsay Guion, Therapy The Motion Picture, Therapy Visual Album, or talent representation, please visit the Guion Partners

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Heads or Tails: A true account of the nation’s worst hostage crisis

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, March 30, 2021 / — Lisa Joseph is one of the lucky survivors. On April 4, 1991, she and two other family members stopped by the Good Guys Electronics Store in Sacramento, California. As they left the store, she was grabbed by the hair and shoved against the wall. Shots rang out and four Asian gunmen seized the store to protest their frustrations and unhappiness with their lives in the United States. Forty people were held at gunpoint and before the day was out the suspects deliberately shot, stabbed or wounded eleven of the hostages, and killed three others.

Lisa Joseph can recount the harrowing experiences inside the store from beginning to end. She can describe:

● How the hostages get tied up with speaker wire in groups and were then ordered to play death games. (Heads or Tails & Eeenie Meanie Miney Moe)

● What the hostages felt like during the discussions between the hostage negotiation team and the extremely violent gunmen. Why the gunmen were so disgusted with their high school legal issues?

● What it was like when the SWAT team finally stormed the store and ended the crisis. After, all the hostages had already been tortured for nine hours. Why? Lisa is upset with the release of the new motion picture movie.

● How she suffered a miscarriage with a twelve gauge to her head in the store. Then was made to watch people being shot, including her uncle.

She can provide an insider’s view of the excruciating details of the most brutal and tense terrorist standoff in the history of California.

During the siege, the Asian gunmen made a variety of demands wanting everything from millions of dollars to more guns, bulletproof vests, and a 50-passenger helicopter to take them to Thailand, and 1,000-year-old Ginseng roots. The hostage crisis ended when the Special Enforcement Details forcibly stormed in, killing three of the gunmen and wounded the fourth. Joseph and her cousin survived. Her uncle was shot multiple times and killed by one of the gunmen.

Lisa Joseph brings to real life one of the pivotal hostage rescue operations in law enforcement experience. The first audio book has the actual last two hours of 911 dispatch and law enforcement negotiations inside the audio book. This audio has never been released to the public until now!

Heads or Tails is available online. Amazon / Audible/ iTunes, ISBN 0-97244453-0-7 Show & Tell Publishing.

For information visit: Facebook: Lisa.Joseph.718.

If needed, Lisa can produce the various video and audio clips of the events that transpired in the nine-hour hostage taking. She can also supply parts of the last two hours of the negotiations that were never released to the public until now!

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Georgia’s First Latina-Owned Production Company Continues Expansion with Groundbreaking of PAM Studios Rome

Many of the partners are local and/or women-owned companies

As a woman-owned business, it is particularly exciting to break ground on our first studio location in Rome with a primarily woman-led team.”

— PAM Studios Founder & CEO Maria Guerra-Stoll

ATLANTA AND ROME, GA, UNITED STATES, March 30, 2021 / — Atlanta-based Playa Azul Media (PAM) Studios, the first Latina-owned production company in Georgia, is excited to announce the groundbreaking of PAM Studios Rome. The Rome facility will be the Studios’ first commercial space, with others planned around the state as PAM Studios continues to grow. Scheduled on Thursday, April 1 at 11am, the groundbreaking will be held at the Studios’ downtown Rome location at 510 Broad Street.

“PAM Studios seeks to portray and showcase perspectives of women and minorities that aren’t currently being represented accurately or respectfully,” said PAM Studios Founder & CEO Maria Guerra-Stoll. “As a woman-owned business, it is particularly exciting to break ground on our first studio location in Rome with a primarily woman-led team. We are also honored to be able to shine a spotlight on the city’s strong independent film industry and fuel revenue for the local economy.”

The team at PAM Studios Rome is proud to be working with a group of very talented Georgia-based film construction experts including GSB Architects, known for their work with Tyler Perry Studios in addition to other notable sound studio projects across the country, and Choate Construction Company, known for several projects in the entertainment arena.

The PAM team is also excited to support a team of talented, Rome-based subcontractors including:
Agan Plumbing
ATCO Fire Protection
Bestway Construction Services
Miller Electrical Contractors
Southern Glass and Metal

“We are honored to work with PAM Studios Rome. We’ve put together an incredible team to deliver a very effective and efficient studio experience,” said Amanda Redmond, Senior Project Manager of Choate Construction Company. “We look forward to providing a flexible environment for the many projects that PAM Studios has already booked.”

PAM Studios has a slate of projects already filming in Rome at various locations and the company is planning a community-wide grand opening and celebration once the studio is completed this summer.

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PAM Studios seeks to inspire people from all over the world to dream big and make a difference. The studio wants to break down stereotypes by promoting dignified roles for underserved cultures and providing them opportunities to tell great stories from their own perspectives. As a Latina-led business, the studio is positioned to discover and cultivate content created by those with compelling stories who are not currently being reached by Hollywood or who wouldn’t normally have access to a production house.

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"Addiction Has No Favorites" Documentary in Production About Generational Addiction + Law Enforcement Lack of Response



Person in Handcuffs

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Image of Addiction Has No Favorites

Image of Addiction Has No Favorites

" Addiction Has No Favorites" A Documentary in Production in Florida About One Families Battle With Generational Addiction + Law Enforcement Lack of Response

This Documentary is about life, death, recovery and the need for law enforcement to take action against those peddling opiods ,fentanyl and other drugs that are killing are loved ones”

— Chris Cavallo

FT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, March 30, 2021 / — “Addiction Has No Favorites” is a powerful documentary created and narrated by a father and daughter. Together they are determined to use their own personal story of loss and pain in order to reach people and teach people the realities associated with drug addiction. Their hope is to expose falsities, deliver raw truths, remove the stigma, educate and honor the lives of those gone too soon.
As this father-daughter duo share their family’s story you will get to know Robin; mother of twins, a successful entrepreneur, known for her love and acceptance of addicts and her desire to help them begin a new life after drugs. You’ll learn of her journey, her battle, and the controversy surrounding her death. You’ll get to know Stephanie; twin sister, daughter, and mother of two children. Stephanie was known for her immeasurable love and passion for her children, her family and her friends. You’ll learn of her life, her strength, her perseverance, and the injustices surrounding her death. “Addiction Has No Favorites'' will expose the shockingly common practice of doctors who over prescribe these deadly medications as well as the lack in consistently following protocol after prescribing these medications. The documentary will also unveil the reluctance of the law enforcement officials to arrest local dealers and peddlers of these deadly drugs.

“Addiction Has No Favorites” isn’t just about Robin and Stefanie alone. We know their stories are sadly just a few more pages in a very large book of injustices and lives lost to this monster opioid addiction. We know there are so many more untold stories out there; here in Florida and all over the world. We want to bring those stories into the light and share them with the world. So, we are reaching out to everyone. “Addiction Has No Favorites” is also a call to those who have lost a loved one to opioid addiction and are willing to be interviewed. We are still collecting stories and data in order for this project to really have an impact. This is more than a predictive story of the death…this is a story of life. The lives of someone's mother, someone’s daughter, and so many others. It’s about the lives of families who are forced to stand by and watch. Some are completely uninformed and their reach for help is often met with judgment and dismissal. This is also about the lives not yet affected. If we can educate, we can prepare. If we can prepare, we can save.
“Addiction Has No Favorites” is an opportunity to dive into a world of misconceptions & misjudgments and learn. This is a call for all to join this father and daughter in their fight for justice, law reform and real change. Join us as we share stories while also honoring and celebrating the lives of your loved ones. This documentary is currently still in production. “Addiction Has No Favorites” is also in need of filmmakers/documentarians that believe in this cause and want to be part of the project. “Addiction Has No Favorites” documentary is more than telling a story, it is seeking change.
All story submissions and those experienced filmmakers that want to assist in delivering this project should be sent to:
*Any profits or proceeds will be donated to the Robin Foundation*

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ArtMattan Films New Acquisition THE MALI CUBA CONNECTION / AFRICA MIA Gets Virtual Theatrical Date Set to April 9, 2021

The Mali Cuba Connection opens virtually on 4/9/2021

Maravillas de Mali

The Maestro

THE MALI CUBA CONNECTION is a wonderful voyage through time and space. From the Cold War period of the early sixties, right up to today, from Havana to Bamako.

Vibrant, touching, colorful, this film is a magnificent celebration of life and music.”

— Le Figaro

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, March 30, 2021 / — ArtMattan Films, the film distribution arm of ArtMattan Productions, has announced the acquisition and virtual theatrical release of fascinating musical documentary The Mali-Cuba Connection / Africa Mia by Richard Minier and Edouard Salier.

In the midst of the Cold War, ten young promising musicians from Mali are sent to Cuba to study music and strengthen cultural links between the two socialist countries. Combining Malian and Afro-Cuban influences, they develop a revolutionary new sound and become the iconic ensemble ‘Las Maravillas de Mali’. New Year’s Eve 2000. Richard Minier, a French music producer meets a former member of the band in Bamako and decides to bring the band back together.

The documentary film The Mali-Cuba Connection is a voyage through time and space. From the Cold War period of the early sixties, right up to today, from Havana to Bamako, out of the heart of these two vibrating cities is born the ‘SONO MONDIALE’ – the GLOBAL SOUND, leading to the creation of the very first “World Music” group – the legendary ‘MARAVILLAS DE MALI’.

The Mali-Cuba Connection was shown in multiple festivals around the world and had its US Premiere screening at the 2020 African Diaspora International Film Festival. The film had a theatrical release in France in 2020.

Over 10 US independent theaters have signed up to participate in the April 9 virtual release of The Mali-Cuba Connection in the USA and Canada.

Audiences will be able to choose which theater to support when they purchase tickets by going to The virtual release will be followed by a digital and home-video release.

"Vibrant, touching, colorful, this film is a magnificent celebration of life and music." ~ Le Figaro

“The only band to sing in Spanish, Bambara and French. Mingling Cuban influences and traditional Malian sounds, they define that which is now known as world music.” – Richard Minier

"From Bamako to Havana, with the help of Malian singer Salif Keïta, musician of the Super Rail Band Cheick Tidiane Seck and the widow of the group's pianist, the two directors bring back a magnificent moment of World Music, while exploring important historical events." ~ Le Nouvel Observateur

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ArtMattan Films celebrates in 2021 twenty nine years of exposing US audiences to a large variety of films about the human experience of people of color in many parts of the world. Films released by ArtMattan Films include Kirikou and the Sorceress, The Tracker, Gospel Hill, Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story, The Pirogue, Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango, White Lies, The Man Who Mends Women, The Citizen, Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba and most recently The Last Tree and Made in Bangladesh. More info at

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The Mali Cuba Connection Trailer

Source: EIN Presswire