Is this the Netflix for Virtual Reality? 'Metaverse Movies' Seeks to Raise Funding on Kickstarter

Brighton based Showstorm Ltd has announced their ambition to start building an anthology of short story experiences using the immersive power of Virtual Reality

We want to 'Democratise VR.' by offering backers a vote on the 'Board of Producers'.”

— Mark Bellinger

BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX, UNITED KINGDOM, July 19, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — GamestormVR, a division of Showstorm, have launched a Kickstarter to raise money for an audacious project in which they proclaim their desire to become the 'Netflix for Virtual Reality.'

Their Kickstarter project lays out a long term plan for creating an anthology of short story experiences specifically written and produced to take advantage of the immersive power of real Virtual Reality.

These new VR Stories will be optimised for the emerging mid-range standalone headsets such as the Oculus Quest as well as the existing high-end Virtual Reality headsets in the market such as the Rift and HTC Vive.

Mark Bellinger, Managing Director of Showstorm, explains in the Campaign video that they want to 'Democratise VR.' by offering backers a vote on the 'Board of Producers'.

The team's initial target is to raise £25,000, which will be enough to make the first of what they hope will be hundreds of titles.

The Inspiration for these story experiences is taken from anthology series like; Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Tales of the Unexpected and The Twilight Zone.

GamestormVR has also said that they are encouraging screenplay writers to submit their ideas for consideration by the backer centric 'Board of Producers'.

As well as receiving their own copies of the films produced, some of the more creative incentives on offer as rewards include the chance to star in the productions themselves.

The 'Look Mum I'm Famous' reward will see your face appearing somewhere in one of the movies.

Pledging your support with 'The Cameo' gets an actual recording of your voice, delivering some of the dialogue in a supporting actor role!

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Empire Strikes Back action figure sets new world auction record for a Star Wars toy, sells for $112,926

Rocket-firing Boba Fett prototype (L-slot) action figure, 3.75in., AFA 85 NM+ condition, Kenner, 1979. Sold for $112,926, the first Star Wars toy to sell for six figures. World auction record for any Star Wars toy. Image: Hake’s Auctions

Rocket-firing Boba Fett prototype (L-slot) action figure, 3.75in., AFA 85 NM+ condition, Kenner, 1979. Sold for $112,926, the first Star Wars toy to sell for six figures. World auction record for any Star Wars toy. Image: Hake’s Auctions

Rocket-firing Boba Fett prototype (L-slot) action figure, 3.75in., AFA 85 NM+ condition, Kenner, 1979, with certificate of authenticity. Sold for $112,926, the first Star Wars toy to sell for six figures. World auction record for any Star Wars toy. Image:

Rocket-firing Boba Fett prototype (L-slot) action figure, 3.75in., AFA 85 NM+ condition, Kenner, 1979, with certificate of authenticity. Sold for $112,926, the first Star Wars toy to sell for six figures. World auction record for any Star Wars toy. Image:

1979 Boba Fett prototype is first Star Wars toy of any type to exceed the $100,000 mark

Star Wars toys have become classic collectibles. They resonate with multiple generations.”

— Alex Winter, President, Hake's Auctions

YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, USA, July 17, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ —
Hake’s Auctions of York, Pa., has confirmed that a rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure that sold for $112,926 in their July 11 online event set a new world auction record for a Star Wars toy. Also, it now goes on record as the first Star Wars toy to break the six-figure barrier.

The 3.75-inch prototype, which was intended to be part of Kenner’s licensed toy line for The Empire Strikes Back, was displayed at the 1979 Toy Fair in New York City but never made it into mass production. While some speculate that the toy was pulled from the production line after being deemed a possible safety hazard to children, many Star Wars scholars have concluded that its removal was more than likely due to a production issue with the rocket-firing mechanism. Either way, the Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype went on to become one of the rarest of all Star Wars toys and is highly revered in the collecting world. It was graded AFA 85NM+ and offered with a certificate of authenticity.

The price paid for the prototype exceeds the previous auction record for a Star Wars toy – also held by Hake’s – by more than $26,000.

"Star Wars toys have become classic collectibles," said Hake's president Alex Winter. "They resonate with multiple generations. Hake's has specialized in pop culture for over fifty years, and we've only seen a few other collectibles categories — comic books and original comic art being among them — that could rival Star Wars in terms of collector interest and increasing value."

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AMAA 2019 15 Years of celebrating the best of African Cinema

The AMAA AWARD is recognized as the most prestigious reward for filmmakers of African descent across the globe.

LAGOS, LA, NIGERIA, July 17, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Africa Movie Academy Awards is the leading, most glamorous awards event that recognizes and rewards excellence in creativity on the continent of Africa. For many years, under the direction of its founder, astute filmmaker and veteran, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, the AMA Awards that seeks to acknowledge the efforts of filmmakers, actors, directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and everyone else involved in the process of filmmaking all over the continent of Africa has gone from an idea to the most coveted accolade amongst filmmakers and enthusiasts in the African film and movie community.

From the deserts of North Africa, to the beautiful plains and wildlife of East Africa, to the beaches and fountains in
the South, and the Savannahs of West Africa, even the diaspora, the AMA Awards has penetrated into the most
remote of communities, film industries and the moviemaking habitats of the entire continent, to find, acknowledge
and reward the most beautiful stories and their delivery, as well as appreciate the efforts of the heroes who
painstakingly tell African stories of triumph in the face of adversity, courage in the face of difficulty, and survival
against all odds. For fourteen years and in partnership with media giants and other stakeholders on the continent,
the AMA Awards has kept to its mantra and rewarded the Spirit of Excellence in Africans, both at home and abroad.
In continuation of this extremely laudable mandate, activities have resumed for this year’s AMA Awards the the
Theme for 2019 is the The Flow, which is billed to hold in Lagos, Nigeria, on the 6th of October, 2019. In anticipation
of the biggest awards show that rewards creatives in the film industry on the continent, the African Film Academy;
parent company of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, has begun a series of events leading up to the AMAAs. Taking
the concept back to the very roots where it all began 15 years ago, and as part of the activities celebrating 15 years
of the AMA Awards, the train berthed in Enugu, Eastern Nigeria, in May, for the AFA film training and symposium,
featuring renowned Hollywood Veteran, Jim Jermanok, as well as the AMAA Homecoming Gala Night, which
celebrated African movie stars from the Eastern Nigeria.

The AMAA train makes its next stop in the Land of Gold, Ghana, from the 7th till the 11th of August, 2019. The African
Film Academy will be touring and showcasing to the world, as a means of appreciating the contributions of the West
African country to the African Movie scene, as well as promote Ghana as a prime destination for tourism, as well as
awesome locations for movie production.

The trip will feature a Soiree, celebrating the Ghanaian culture, and the stars who have made huge impacts and
blazed trails on the Ghanaian movie scene. Travel packages are available for the general public who would love to
go exploring Ghana with the AMAA crew, and it begins at 250,000; the cost covers:
● Luxury Bus Ride to Ghana
● 5-Star Hotel Lodging
● City Tour
● Exclusive ticket to the Soiree

There is also a 400,000-naira package that covers a return ticket from Lagos, Nigeria, to Accra, Ghana available for
those who would rather make the trip by air.

As in previous years, the Africa Movie Academy Awards 2019 promises to be interesting and engrossing, as it
celebrates excellence on the African Movie scene in the time under review. Updates will be provided via the AMAA
social media platforms, as well as through other accredited media partners, agencies and outlets. For sponsorship
enquiries please contact admin@Ama-awards.com

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American Association of Suicidology Applauds Netflix & 13 Reasons Why Creators for Removing Graphic Suicide Scene

There is more work to be done throughout the entertainment industry, but it is an encouraging step to see a high profile show making changes for the safety of viewers. ”

— John Ackerman, PhD

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES, July 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) applauds both Netflix and the creators of the popular series 13 Reasons Why in their decision to remove a graphic suicide depiction from the first season. This is an example of a major player in the entertainment industry responding to research and expert consultation and attempting to mitigate further negative effects. Suicide remains the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24, the target demographic for this television series. For those experiencing thoughts of suicide, especially in this age range and those who are already vulnerable, graphic depictions of suicide can significantly increase risk of an attempt.

“Our ongoing conversations with Netflix suggest that they are listening to feedback from the suicide prevention community about what works and doesn’t work in their programming,” says Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW, AAS President and Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Loyla University Chicago. “Some will say that Netflix’s actions are too little too late. I believe that it is never too late to do the right thing in suicide prevention. There are thousands of suicide prevention expert members of AAS who are willing and able to provide consultation to Netflix and other media companies around issues of suicide. We look forward to continuing to work with them, with individual creators, and the entertainment industry to help solidify and strengthen the standards of depicting suicide and related risks in popular content.”

Recent research has shown increases in both suicide attempts in adolescents as well as an increase in emergency department visits of youth in the US following the release of 13 Reasons Why in 2017. While these associations don’t necessarily imply direct causation, the phenomena was concerning to many suicidologists, researchers, and parents across the country. While this decision on the part of Netflix is very welcome, these conversations regarding mental health and suicide messaging certainly need to be prioritized in the creation of future content.

“Partnering with the media to help them portray suicide accurately and in a way that provides hope and resources for those impacted by experiences related to suicide can make a positive difference,” says John Ackerman, PhD, member of AAS’s Communications Committee and Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “There is more work to be done throughout the entertainment industry, but it is an encouraging step to see a high profile show making changes for the safety of viewers. We hope even more research and more media collaboration results from this decision.”

For the Media: Responsible reporting on suicide, including stories of hope and resilience, can prevent more suicides. Please visit the Suicide Reporting Recommendations for more information.

About AAS: Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, PhD, AAS promotes the research of suicide and its prevention, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention. You can learn more about AAS at www.suicidology.org.

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Christian Comic Arts Society Delivers Best In Talent & Themes of Faith at the Largest Comic & Pop-Culture Convention

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SAN DIEGO, CA, USA, July 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The largest pop-culture entertainment event in the world, COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2019 kicks off this week with an attendance of more than 125,000 per day with hundreds of thousands more attending related events in downtown San Diego.

The CHRISTIAN COMIC ARTS SOCIETY along with ROOTED CHRONICLES is honored to partner with Comic-Con International to deliver top talent, projects, and compelling events open to all Comic-Con attendees.

The Christian Comic Arts Society and Rooted Chronicles will be hosting three events as part of the official Comic-Con programming and will exhibit throughout the convention in the Small Press area #P-08.

Comic-Con events include:

Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer
Friday July 19, 2019 8:30pm – 10:00pm, Room 26AB

This is the 12th annual mixer of the CCAS where Christian professionals in the comic book entertainment and education fields discuss their faith and interact with the attendees. There will be time for people to network and the always-popular geek quiz where prizes will be given. Panelists will include Joe Queen (Geeky Guys and Gals 4 God), Hector Miray (Faith & Fandom), Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media), Eric Jansen (Foursquare Missions Press), Mario DeMatteo (Bear Truth Collective), and Luis Serrano (Rooted Chronicles/Samson The Nazirite).

Spiritual Themes in Comics
Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Room 4

Spiritual Themes in Comics continues the always-lively discussion of spiritual themes in comics, television, and movies. This panel delves into how spirituality influences the entertainment industry and in turn impacts the culture's perception of spiritual influences. This is the 23rd year of the Spiritual Themes in Comics panel and panelists include Scott Mercano (Diablo Publishing), Travis Hanson (Beanleaf Press), B. Dave Walters (Vampire the Masquerade), Buzz Dixon (G.I. Joe), Hector Miray (Faith and Fandom), Goldie Chan (Forbes), and Kyle Keene (Moderator).

Christian Comic Arts Society
Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am – 11:00am, Room 28DE

In its 22nd year, the Open Meeting of the CCAS is where Christian professionals in the entertainment and education fields discuss their faith and how it influences them in their professions, their decisions, and the creative process. Panelists will include Sergio Cariello (Action Bible), Carmi Greene (actress/talent agent), Hector Miray (Faith and Fandom), Luis Serrano (Rooted Chronicles/Samson The Nazirite), Joe Queen (Geeky Guys and Gals 4 God), Mario DeMatteo (Bear Truth Collective), and Kyle Keene (Moderator).

Also, as in years past, CCAS will be featuring book signings and giveaways throughout the weekend at their booth, #P-08.

For more information on the Comic-Con International: San Diego, go to http://www.comic-con.org.

ABOUT ROOTED CHRONICLES
Founded by award-winning writer Luis Serrano, Rooted Chronicles, creates, publishes and promotes stories sown and seeded in Scripture. We have passion, love, and reverence for the Scriptures, so we strive to stay true, grounded, and rooted to the Biblical accounts we are retelling through Bible-based comics and graphic novels. Serrano was awarded the top honor in writing in the Gideon Media Arts Conference – Comics Writer and Artist Contest. Sixty-five percent of the population learns visually, and ultimately, we hope that our stories inspire readers to read and reread Scripture. See more about their premiere title “Samson the Nazirite” and also get your free download of “Gideon: The Hand of Midian” at www.RootedChronicles.com.

ABOUT CHRISTIAN COMIC ARTS SOCIETY
Christian Comic Arts Society (CCAS) was formed in 1984 to locate and link Christians interested or active in the comic book/graphic novel medium. CCAS sponsors comic industry activities at various comic conventions across the country, and Alpha Omega, the APA of Christian comics. The goal and purpose of CCAS is to support Christian professionals, hopefuls and enthusiasts within the Comic Book and related industries by providing opportunities for: 1. The sharing of the Christian message and our Christian faith, primarily within and through the comic book industry and art form. 2. Mentoring, training, friendship and networking. 3. The collaboration on and creation of visual storytelling. The CCAS is governed by a volunteer board which includes Ralph Miley (New Creation,) Luis Serrano (Rooted Chronicles/Samson The Nazirite,) Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media,) Clint D. Johnson (FaithWalker,) Christina Todd (Illustrator of Cute & Fuzzy,) Geoff Strout (Designer for Disney's The Beast "Couture de Force" line for Enesco / Contributing Artist to Silver Wolf,) Colleen Bennett (Producer & Director,) and Bryan Mero (Spirit Knight) along with numerous volunteers from the comic industry and the Church. For more information on the Christian Comic Arts Society, go to www.ChristianComicArts.com, Facebook.com/ChristianComicArts, or Twitter.com/ChristianComics.

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16 Bits Adds Killer Cast

Shawn C. Phillips, Jeremiah Benjamin and Meghan Deanna Smith Join 16 Bits

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, July 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The most anticipated indie film of the year just added several new cast members.
Youtube star Shawn C. Phillips, Meghan Deanna Smith and Jeremiah Benjamin.

In 16 Bits, the lines between reality and video games blur when a lonely loser befriends a violent street fighter who emerges from an old 16-bit fighting game.

After a shocking divorce leads to a nervous breakdown, PHILIP decides to throw himself an old-school sleepover style party to celebrate his 40th birthday. Unfortunately, none of his friends show up to the party, and Philip winds up celebrating all alone…

To make matters worse, a local pizza joint pranks Philip by topping his pie with hallucinogenic mushrooms. When Philip eats the entire pizza on his own, the mushrooms send him on a wild drug trip while he plays the 16-bit video game HAZARD WASTER…

Under the influence of the mushrooms, and fueled by anger towards his friends, Philip plays HAZARD WASTER until his fingers bleed. The blood seeps into the game system and allows a 16-bit fighter, WAXX WASTER, to emerge into the real world…

Already bonded over their “game time” together, Waxx takes Philip out on the town for one unforgettable birthday. But after eating ice cream and getting matching tattoos, the innocent fun turns to extreme violence as Waxx and Philip start picking fights…

When the knockouts escalate to brutal murders, Philip has to decide where the game stops and reality begins. And what happens when you apply video game logic to a world of flesh and blood people?

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Los Angeles Rock Veterans Love and a .38 Release New Music Video for ‘Hold On’

Los Angeles Rock Veterans Love and a .38 Release New Music Video for ‘Hold On’

Los Angeles Rock Veterans Love and a .38 Release New Music Video for ‘Hold On’

Founded in 2010 by four guys with a passion for music, the band released their self-titled debut EP in 2010  and a string of singles in 2012-13.

Founded in 2010 by four guys with a passion for music, the band released their self-titled debut EP in 2010 and a string of singles in 2012-13.

“Hold On is pretty personal to me and it is a song about perseverance because career in music these days is very trying, and it can and will beat you down in more ways than you can imagine,” said Ryan Hudson, lead vocal for Love and a .38.

“Hold On is pretty personal to me and it is a song about perseverance because career in music these days is very trying, and it can and will beat you down in more ways than you can imagine,” said Ryan Hudson, lead vocal for Love and a .38.

With Ryan Hudson as lead vocals, the band has Domo Domaracki on guitar, Justin Emord on bass and Clark Skelton on drums.

With Ryan Hudson as lead vocals, the band has Domo Domaracki on guitar, Justin Emord on bass and Clark Skelton on drums.

Based in Los Angeles, the band has enjoyed a growing fan following worldwide for its unique music and unconventional approach.

Based in Los Angeles, the band has enjoyed a growing fan following worldwide for its unique music and unconventional approach.

The Blue Collar Rock Band has Recently Toured Canada & is Gearing Up for an Upcoming Tour to Sweden in August

With so many ups and down in a career as a musician, quitting naturally creeps into your head and this song is basically me telling myself that quitting is not an option.”

— Ryan Hudson, lead vocal for Love and a .38

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, July 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Love and a .38 has proudly announced the worldwide release of their all-new music video for the song ‘Hold On’. The Los Angeles based blue collar rock band has released the music video of this inspiring song off their EP “7th Street Shuffle”.

Moreover, the band recently made a successful trip to Canada and is now getting ready to tour Sweden in August. Founded in 2010 by four guys with a passion for music, the band released their self-titled debut EP in 2010 and a string of singles in 2012-13.

“Hold On is pretty personal to me and it is a song about perseverance because career in music these days is very trying, and it can and will beat you down in more ways than you can imagine,” said Ryan Hudson, lead vocal for Love and a .38, while talking about the song. “With so many ups and down in a career as a musician, quitting naturally creeps into your head and this song is basically me telling myself that quitting is not an option,” he added.

Based in Los Angeles, the band has enjoyed a growing fan following worldwide for its unique music and unconventional approach. With Hudson as lead vocals, the band has Domo Domaracki on guitar, Justin Emord on bass and Clark Skelton on drums. These four artists became a team about a decade ago and their passion for music and creativity has brought them together. Now, their journey that began from California has now covered the entire globe with a solid fanbase in areas as far as the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

“When it came time to shoot a music video for 7th Street Shuffle, we went back and forth on what song to feature because we loved all the songs for different reasons,” said Hudson, while talking about the music video. “After deciding that we were going to make a video for Hold On, we came up with an exciting live performance video that really highlights the rising and falling action of the song while also showcasing the energy and vibe of Love and a .38.”

Love and a .38 released their first full length album, Nomads, in 2016 and the band has been featured on several global media platforms. In 2018, the band released a new EP called “7th Street Shuffle” with 5 new tracks that took their approach of creating music to the next level. The band is currently playing shows to promote “7th Street Shuffle”, as well as recording new music for a later 2019 release.

Stay connected with Love and a .38 at their website www.loveanda38music.com and on social media at Facebook, Instagram and YouTube @LoveAndA38.

For media inquiries and interviews contact: Kelly Bennett, Bennett Unlimited PR, Kelly@BPUnlimited.com (949) 463-6383 www.BennettUnlimitedPR.com

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13th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) – D.C – August 9‐11, 2019

ADIFF Chicago 2019

The Black Mozart in Cuba – part of ADIFF DC 2019

North American Premiere of “Dhalyniaro” from Djibouti – part of ADIFF DC 2019

ADIFF DC will hold its 13th Anniversary at the George Washington University Marvin Center (800 21st Street NW) with 16 films including 12 US and DC premieres.

“Intriguingly modern in look and idiom, "Fallen Angels' Paradise" convincingly depicts Cairo's upper and lower depths in the surrealistic story of a man who refuses to die.” ”

— LA Times

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Opening Night film, "Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story" by Art Jones, is a fascinating documentary that recounts the unsung saga that broke the boxing’s blacklist status of Muhammad Ali, the champion who said “no” to war and racism. The year is 1970. It has been three and a half years since Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title. Convicted of draft evasion. Threatened with imprisonment. Banned in all 50 states, he is unable to work in the field for which he had no equal. The wide door on his illustrious career seems to be closing. But in Atlanta, Georgia, an astute white businessman, a visionary black senator, and a progressive Jewish mayor came together to make it possible for Ali to resume his amazing boxing career.

In Closing Night film, "The Robeson Effect" by Juney Smith, actors Danny Glover and Ben Guillory share with the audience the extraordinary story of their 50-year friendship, some of their life’s journey, their artistic journey and their shared admiration of Paul Robeson, which led them to the creation of the Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles, California.

HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARIES

ADIFF DC 2019 presents a rich selection of historical documentaries that highlight the contribution of international leaders who have affected significant societal change in their country and beyond.

Who was Frantz Fanon and what is his legacy today? "Fanon yesterday and today" by Hassane Mezine traces the life of this incredible leader and gives voice to men and women inspired by Frantz Fanon to fight for social justice today. "Oliver Tambo: Have You Heard From Johannesburg" by Connie Field tells the untold story of Oliver Tambo—who lived a life on the principles of ethics, compassion, inclusion, social justice and equality – the man behind the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of Apartheid in South Africa. Mika Kaurismaki’s documentary "Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba" traces fifty years of her music and Miriam Makeba's performing life. "The Black Mozart in Cuba" by Steve and Stephanie James is the latest act in the rehabilitation of the memory of musician extraordinaire Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799).

REVIVALS

Two films will have revival screenings in ADIFF DC 2019: Classic Brazilian epic drama "Quilombo" (1984) by Carlos Diegues is about Quilombo dos Palmares, one of the most important communities of free African people in the New World. Directed by remarkable Egyptian filmmaker Osama Fawzi – who passed away on January 8, 2019 – "Fallen Angels’ Paradise" (1999) is one of the most original and audacious Egyptian productions of the 1990s. “Intriguingly modern in look and idiom, "Fallen Angels' Paradise" convincingly depicts Cairo's upper and lower depths in the surrealistic story of a man who refuses to die.” ~ LA Times

WOMEN BEHIND THE CAMERA

ADIFF DC’s lineup features six films directed by women including "Dhalinyaro" (Youth) by Lula Ali Ismail that depicts the life of three young girls from Djibouti who must make important life choices as they transition from High School to College. "Panama Dreams" transports the viewer on filmmaker Alison Saunders’ modern-day search for descendants of an ancestor who left Barbados in the early 1900s to build the Panama Canal. "Made in His Image" by 12 year-old Anah Ambuchi, is the true story of a young black girl who experiences bullying from her classmates and finds strength in her mother’s story. "Baobab Flowers" by Gabriela Watson-Burkett, a documentary that explores education inequality as a global issue in black communities in the United States and Brazil.

THE OTHER FILMS
•"Kinshasa Makambo" by Dieudo Hamadi follows young activists who fight for social change in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
•"Tazzeka" by Jean-Philippe Gaud is an ode to good food and friendship about Elias, a talented young Moroccan cook whose meeting with a top Paris chef and a young woman inspires him to leave home for Paris, France.
•"Black N Black" by Zadi Zokou is a documentary that explores the relationship between African Americans and African immigrants to the United States.
•In the revealing short documentary, "What Are You?" by Richard B. Pierre, eleven people with a range of backgrounds discuss what it's like being of mixed racial heritage within the context of North America.

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. The 13th Annual DC African Diaspora Film Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the following institutions: ArtMattan Productions, TV5 Monde, Africa World Now Project, WPFW and WEAA. The GWU Marvin Center is located at 800 21st Street NW in Washington D.C.

For screeners, to set up interviews with filmmakers and/or receive high resolution images, please call 212‐864‐1760 or e-mail Diarah N’Daw-Spech at pr@nyadiff.org.

13TH ANNUAL AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – WASHINGTON DC
August 9‐11, 2019
GWU Marvin Center – 800 21st Street NW
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
Friday, August 9, 2019
4:30pm | Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba (South Africa)
6:30pm | Oliver Tambo: Have You Heard From Johannesburg (USA/South Africa)
OPENING NIGHT
8:00pm | Catered VIP Reception
9:00pm | Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story (USA) – Q&A

Saturday, August 10, 2019
10:00am | Fallen Angels Paradise (Egypt)
11:30am | Quilombo (Brazil) – Q&A
2:00pm | Black Mozart in Cuba (Guadeloupe)
3:30pm | Kinshasa Makambo (Congo / Belgium) – Q&A
6:00pm | Black N Black ((USA) – Q&A
8:30pm | Panama Dreams (Barbados /Panama) – Q&A

Sunday, August 11, 2019
10:30am | Short films – Made in His Image (USA) What are You? (Canada) & Baobab Flowers (USA) – Q&A
1:00pm | Fanon, Yesterday, Today (France / Algeria)
3:00pm | Dhalinyaro (Youth) (Djibouti)
5:00pm | Tazzeka (Morocco / France)
CLOSING NIGHT
6:30pm | Reception
7:30pm | The Robeson Effect (USA) – Q&A

ADIFF WASHINGTON DC 2019

WEB SITE: www.NYADIFF.org
WHERE: GWU Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW, Washington DC, 20052
WHEN: August 9 to 11, 2019

TICKETS: $11 to $25.

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Creating Brains in Software Video Series on YouTube

PlayList: Introducing Brain Simulator II

Playlist: Video Series on How Your Brain Works

New Video series explain thinking from the perspective of creating Artificial General Intelligence

Most people don't understand just how quickly machine intelligence is advancing, it's much faster than almost anyone realized, even within Silicon Valley.”

— Elon Musk

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, July 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The "Brain Simulator II" and "How Your Brain Works" video series on YouTube were announced today by FutureAI. Introducing the project of creating end-to-end Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), both series marry the fields of AI and neuroscience to intrigue the layman and advance the field.

Videos at:
Watch "Brain Simulator II"
Watch "How Your Brain Works"

Also, Will Computers Revolt? the new companion book, details the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in an easy-to-read format of what and how humanity should prepare. FOREWORD reviews says, "Will Computers Revolt? is a fascinating and informed look at the conjoined futures of humanity and artificial intelligence."

To see more reviews: http://futureai.guru/Press.aspx or https://www.amazon.com/Will-Computers-Revolt-Artificial-Intelligence/dp/1732687218

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"Girl From Rue Serpente," Epic and Erotic Novel about Notre-Dame of Paris, Causes Sales Uptick at Amazon, B & N, Walmart

EPIC NOVEL BY JOHN GRISWALD

GIRL FROM RUE SERPENTE

Buzz from Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris's tragic fire, book's haunting cover art and growing content controversy cause sale's uptick at Amazon, B & N, Walmart

Epic tragedy has Aimee, French Resistance fighter wanting to become a nun; Christian, a handsome American soldier and Father Cariot, a lusting priest at Notre-Dame in this star-crossed lovers tale.”

— Stan Zipperman

HONOLULU, HAWAII, UNITED STATES, July 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The haunting book cover design artwork painted by Ricardo Movits for John Griswald's hard-hitting epic-erotic novel "Girl From Rue Serpente," www.girlfromrueserpente.com, depicts a surreal nightmare inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris during World War II.

Involved in the plot is Aimee Ange, a beautiful young French Resistance fighter who wants to become a nun at Notre-Dame; Christian Gavin, a handsome but lonely American soldier who wants to fight for love or whatever needs fighting for; and Father Cariot, a destructive and lusting priest who seeks salvation in Heaven for some or damnation in Hell for others.

Not since Victor Hugo's almost two hundred year-old novel, "Hunchback of Notre-Dame" has another novel challenged this ever-popular book about the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris. Now comes along the powerful epic novel of "Girl From Rue Serpente, a tragic love story of star-crossed lovers that takes place in Paris during the Allied Liberation from Hitler's Nazi Occupation in World War II.

"Girl From Rue Serpente" is simply this generation's "Hunchback of Notre-Dame," which was written nearly two hundred years ago by novelist Victor Hugo and still highly read.

Currently, "Girl From Rue Serpente" is experiencing a sale's uptick at Amazon www.amazon.com, Barnes & Noble www.barnesandnoble.com, Booksamillion www.booksamillion.com and Walmart www.walmart.com. Chapters from the novel can be read for free online at booksellers' website locations, including i-Universe, the novel's publisher. www.iuniverse.com

Notably, three separate events took place recently which opened the doors for "Girl From Rue Serpente" to become a possible world-wide best-seller and eventually be made into a future dramatic movie.

While it took 40 years to write and edit the book for publication, it took a tragic fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris this past April to put "Girl From Rue Serpente" on the map, so to speak.

It all started at U.C.L.A., a University in Los Angeles, California, when John Griswald was a student there around forty years ago. He decided to write a novel. He had an intriguing title, "Rape of God," but nothing else. No location, no time frame, no characters.

Eventually, things began to happen. First came the female lead character, a beautiful young French Resistance fighter during the World War II in Paris. She wants to become a nun at Notre-Dame Cathedral. Next character to emerge was Christian Gavin, a handsome but lonely American soldier who helps liberate Paris in the Allied invasion against the Nazi Occupation. The third character to enter the plot was Father Cariot, a priest at Notre-Dame Cathedral, who has a host of hidden psychological problems.

Over the years of developing this story, the title of the novel also changed before it went into print. For various periods of time, the title was "The Girl From Notre-Dame," "The Girl From Notre-Dame Cathedral," and "The Girl from Notre-Dame of Paris." The last and current title turned out to be "Girl From Rue Serpente."

Getting to the three events that led to the current status of "Girl From Rue Serpente" and its rise to fame — the first is the recent tragic fire at the iconic 850 year-old Catholic church. It is estimated that 3 billion people of the world's 7.7 population, prayed, watched and waited for two whole days in April as the fire swept through the cathedral. People stayed on the streets, in front of computers watching "live" on the internet, or kept hooked to television news broadcasts until it was finally announced that the fire had been stopped and Notre-Dame was saved from destruction. This sudden fire turned out to be the biggest news story of the year so far. This curious event also led directly to "Girl From Rue Serpente," the novel which was written with Notre-Dame Cathedral in mind to portray a strange, surprising and controversial symbolic role.

The next event to help shape the novel for world-wide reception was the book's haunting cover design artwork by Brazilian artist Ricardo Movits who depicts a surreal nightmare by one of the book's star-crossed lovers. Movits' masterpiece original oil painting captures the scene in the mystical fashion that Griswald portrays it in his novel, which is also a key event to establish the relationships among the novel's main characters.

The third event that draws attention to the story is the erotic content of the book itself. Both Catholics and Protestants alike will have to judge for themselves who is ultimately responsible for what happens to the characters in the book's plot. Here is the other side of Paris — the seamy side — that includes a lured seduction of a youth in the choir loft, a teenage suicide in the men's rest room, a loud confrontation on the church's main entrance, and sales of 'phony' pornographic photos on the property. Our Lady of Notre-Dame will be judged ultimately as Saint or Sinner, as Victor or Victim, or as Divine or Damned.

"Girl From Rue Serpente" has one added angle to be dealt with, however. The surprise ending was deliberately written to suggest perhaps more than one enduring ending. The reader will chose the one that suits his or her imagination the best.

For more information on Ricardo Movits, please go to www.artcollectorswebsite.com to read more about "Girl From Rue Serpente."

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