Jane Seymour Invites You to "Chit Chat with Elise McKenna" on October 3rd

The invitation is a photo of Jane Seymour as Elise McKenna in the movie Somewhere In Time with the date and times for the "Chit Chat with Elise McKenna" on October 3rd

Travel back in time with us during the “Chit Chat with Elise McKenna” on October 3, 2021.

A print version of "The Conversation," by Jane Seymour of Elise McKenna and Richard Collier in conversation.

Each guest who gives $100 will enjoy a an open edition off-set print of “The Conversation” by Jane Seymour, hand-signed by the artist lower right, done after the original painting of the same title.

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Travel Back to "Somewhere In Time" for this virtual fundraising experience benefiting the Open Hearts Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund

I am thrilled to join fans from all over the world and share in our mutual love of ‘Somewhere in Time,’ while also raising donations for the Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund.”

— Jane Seymour, Co-Founder and Board member, Open Hearts Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, September 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Open Hearts Foundation, co-founded by award winning actress and philanthropist, Jane Seymour, OBE, will host “Chit Chat with Elise McKenna,” a virtual experience on October 3rd from 11:00AM to 1:00PM PST, benefiting the Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund. This exclusive virtual chat will explore the 1980 Academy Award nominated romantic fantasy drama film, "Somewhere in Time." Travel back in time with Jane Seymour for this unique gathering of fans, donors, and special guests and reminisce about the film’s making and behind the scenes stories. In partnership with The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, hotel historian, Bob Tagatz, will also join the chat. Guests are encouraged to wear their vintage clothing, a favorite feathered fan, or bowler hat and join in the fun.

Jane Seymour shares, “I am thrilled to join fans from all over the world and share in our mutual love of ‘Somewhere in Time.’ It’s just such a beautiful, simple, and pure movie with a wonderful message: that love conquers time. Equally, I am also excited to be raising critical donations for the Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund and help others in the continued COVID-19 pandemic. The Open Hearts Foundation provides immediate grants to support worthy charities serving the most vulnerable women and children across the United States.”

To kick off the fundraising, Forefront Living in Dallas, Texas has provided a $10,000 matching sponsorship. For every donation provided at $100, $500 or $1,000 or more, guests will also be treated to unique gifts at each level such as an open edition off-set print of “The Conversation” by Jane Seymour or a very special Art to Wear scarf by Jane Seymour Designs that is being especially created for this virtual experience. Jane is also offering a future virtual chat of fifteen minutes for donors that give $1,000 or more.

The Foundation hopes to reach its goal of raising $50,000 or more to support its November grant distribution cycle of the Emergency Relief Fund. Since April of 2020, the Foundation has granted more than $404,500 through the Fund to benefit growing or emerging charities serving the most vulnerable women and children such as foster children, children with medical issues, children and families facing food insecurity, morbidity or lack of shelter, domestic violence victims and survivors, the homeless, children with incarcerated parents and formerly incarcerated women. Through the vetting process that is part of its grantmaking program, the Foundation ensures that these funds go directly to those in need and, because the charities are growing, the grants provided have a profound impact. Additional details can be found here: www.openheartsfoundation.org/covid19response

WHAT: Chit Chat with Elise McKenna, a virtual experience with Jane Seymour benefiting the Open Hearts Foundation
WHEN: Sunday, October 3rd from 11:00AM to 1:00PM PST
WHERE: An exclusive, virtual experience
WEBSITE: www.OpenHeartsFoundation.org/donate
DIRECT LINK TO DONATE: https://bit.ly/3kVVn9K

About the Open Hearts Foundation:
The Open Hearts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, empowers emerging and growing nonprofit organizations whose origins and mission are consistent with the precepts of the Open Hearts philosophy. The Foundation accelerates purpose through its grant making and volunteerism programs curating incredible opportunities to engage hands on with philanthropic causes. Including the grants invested through this Emergency Relief Fund, the Foundation has provided more than $1,353,500.00 in its grant making history in support of charities throughout the United States and inspired thousands of volunteers across the globe to do what they can to help others and find their unique purpose. To learn more about the Open Hearts Foundation, visit www.openheartsfoundation.org.

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Acclaimed Hollywood Director and Producer, Brian Connors, Examines the Impact of 9/11

Good Men

Brian Connors (left), Ed Asner (middle), Mark Rydell (right)

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, September 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In the worst terrorist attack ever against the United States, our country was struck at the preeminent symbols of the nation's wealth and might with airliners flying into the World Trade Center and killing or injuring thousands of people. As a horrified nation watched on television, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan collapsed into flaming rubble after two Boeing 767s rammed their upper stories. Also attacked was one of the Pentagon's five sides. Another jetliner crashed in western Pennsylvania

Acclaimed director and producer, Brian Connors’ first job after graduating Rutgers College in 1976 was a waiter at THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD restaurant atop the North Tower. “It was a memorable, elegant introduction to NY City. I had just arrived into the city to become an actor. My heart goes out to all the survivors who lost loved ones that day. Like the Kennedy assassination in 1963, there are many questions and doubts about the “official story” which are debated in my film 'Good Men' starring Ed Asner & Mark Rydell."

Good Men is a 12-minute short film starring Ed Asner and Mark Rydell, written & directed by Brian Connors and produced by Sean Tracey. Associate Producers were Dean Jamali, Neal Wilde, Tom Downey, Phil Gillin, Riley Bodenstab and Mehrdad Sahafi. This micro-budget, two-character film was shot in one day. The drama takes place on an afternoon before an Oscar party. The characters played by Asner & Rydell get into an argument over the Holocaust, the proposed mosque at ground zero and the conspiracy allegations surrounding the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Good Men won Best Short at The Los Angeles Arthouse Film Festival in 2012 and The Grand Prize at The New Media Film Festival. The film screened in over 80 film festivals in numerous cities around the U.S. as well as around the world.

Good Men Trailer: https://vimeo.com/26962903

Brian Connors current film SENIOR ENTOURAGE starring ED ASNER, HELEN REDDY, CHARLIE ROBINSON, MARION ROSS & MARK RYDELL was recently released on Amazon, Spectrum, Comcast, DirectTV, Dish, Vudu etc. by SP Releasing. Executive Producer Jared Safier is the sales agent.

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Pamela Anderson joins the fight to protect Antarctica’s waters

Actor and activist Pamela Anderson joins the Antarctica2020 group in their efforts to ensure greater protection of the waters that surround Antarctica.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFONIA, UNITED STATES, September 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The campaign focused on increasing the protection of Antarctica’s waters received a huge boost with the announcement that actor and activist Pamela Anderson will be joining the Antarctica2020 group in their efforts to ensure greater protection of the waters that surround Antarctica.

The world is warming, and the polar regions are warming the fastest. The Southern Ocean — which has buffered humanity from the full extent of climate change — is reaching a tipping point. Thousands of the world’s leading scientists overwhelmingly conclude that if we don’t take immediate action to tackle the nature and climate crises, ice melt will accelerate, and sea water will rise and warm to terrifying levels. This will have disastrous and irreversible impacts on ocean life and threaten human existence.

Antarctica2020 is a group of high-level leaders from the world of sport, politics, business, media and science, that are using their influence and connections to highlight the need for the full and effective protection of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, through a network of large scale marine protected areas that are off-limits to exploitation. These safe havens will help protect this unique and important wilderness and the amazing wildlife that it houses.

The addition of Pamela Anderson to the Antarctica2020 group, as a long-time supporter of human, animal and environmental rights and a powerful voice for the planet, is a huge asset for the group and the campaign.

“I have been an activist for more than two decades and see more and more how important it is to radically rethink our relation towards nature and animals. The state of our planet affects all our lives. Many people don’t realize that even Antarctica, one of the remotest parts of the world, plays a major role in how our planet functions. We need to do everything we can to safeguard it, which is why I have joined this campaign," said Pamela Anderson.

The powerful ocean current that encircles Antarctica pumps nutrients to the rest of the ocean globally and its icy waters act as a global thermostat, regulating the world’s climate system, keeping the planet cool and livable.

“The climate crisis is melting Antarctica’s ice much faster than predicted. This is already having disastrous impacts on its amazing wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales, all of which are struggling to keep alive amid all these rapid changes to their home. It is absolutely terrifying, as we are speeding towards a number of tipping points, that are the point of no return for the region and the planet.”

Antarctica2020 is working with its NGO partners including the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), The Pew Charitable Trusts, Ocean Unite, Sea Legacy and Only One to ANTARCTICA2020 ensure world leaders agree to take urgent action this year to protect these waters. Through their #CallonCCAMLR campaign, that launched earlier this year, the aim is to focus eyes on the little-known, but hugely important, international body that has the power to protect Antarctica’s Southern Ocean – the Commission for the Conservation on Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

Three proposals are on the table to protect large areas in the East Antarctic, Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula, covering nearly 4 million km2- 1% of the ocean. Despite the urgency of the issue, progress has been slow, and governments have been stalling conservation decisions for years, unable to come to the unanimous agreement needed to ensure further protection. In October 2021, when member states meet at CCAMLR’s annual meeting, they must stand together and agree to create three marine protected areas, which are proven to protect ocean life, build resilience to climate change.

“We really need world leaders to step up their game and show real political leadership. They can make history this year by protecting these areas in Antarctica and securing the greatest act of ocean protection ever. We must fight for action for ourselves and future generations because there’s too much to lose if we don’t.” said Pamela Anderson.

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Antarctica2020 is calling for high-level leadership, multilateral cooperation and sustained diplomatic efforts to ensure action is taken to protect the Southern Ocean—the world’s greatest remaining ocean wilderness. This protection will safeguard Antarctica’s precious marine life, build global resilience to the effects of climate change and create an environmental legacy that will benefit humanity for generations (www.antarctica2020.org).

Other members of the Antarctica2020 group include:
• Philippe Cousteau- Journalist, explorer and ocean advocate,
• Sylvia Earle- National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Founder Mission Blue
• Slava Fetisov- Member of the State Duma of Russia, UN Patron for the Polar Regions
& Former professional ice hockey player
• José María Figueres- Founder Antarctica2020 and former President of Costa Rica
• Ashlan Gorse Cousteau- journalist, explorer and ocean advocate
• Amaro Gomez- journalist
• Sheila Heymans- Director, European Marine Board
• Robert Hill former Australian Minister of Environment, former Minister of Defense
• Pascal Lamy- President Paris Peace Forum Former Director-General of the World Trade Organization
• Gesine Meissner- Former German Member of European Parliament
• Geneviève Pons- Director General & Vice President Europe Jacques Delors Institute,
Former Director of WWF EU
• Lewis Pugh- endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans

See www.antarctica2020.org and https://only.one/act/antarctica for more information.

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The Shine Show Premieres at the Charlie Chaplin Theater, with Host & Actress Christina Fulton and Flavor Flav

Christina Fulton (left) and Flavor Flav (right)

Christina Fulton, her grandkids, & Flavor Flav at the red-carpet premier of SHINE

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, September 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Launch Media, a live streaming platform, is proud to welcome actress and TV personality Christina Fulton brand new show, Shine, produced by, Glitter and Gold Media, LLC and Launch. Fulton's inspirational, motivating, and fun show interviews the most incredible people from around the globe that are making a difference in the world today. For the first episode, Host and Actress Christina Fulton, was joined by special guest, American rapper and TV personality Flavor Flav, and put some sparkle back into TV talk shows. Launch media will be airing all 8 episodes of the first season weekly starting, September 10, 2021 until October 29th. Roku will also make episodes available.

Executive Producer Crystal Wortman says, “we really need to focus on the good of people and how they are making difference in the world”, Christina captures this in each episode”.

WATCH THE TRAILER FOR SHINE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=pUy8tvxQa_0&feature=youtu.be

“After the difficult past year, the world really needs some happiness and healing,” says Launch founder and CEO Brian Stollery. “Christina inspires and motivates, and her energy and uplifting vibe could not be more aligned with Launch’s commitment to providing entertainment that truly elevates humanity. Shine makes you feel like we all matter, and we can’t wait to share this with the world.”

The first episode with Flavor Flav is just the tip of the iceberg. The event went extremely well and is already capturing plenty of buzz from the media. The show kicked off with a red-carpet premiere at the famous Charlie Chaplin Theater, Raleigh Studios on September 9th. Super supporters like, Hello Mind, Honey Bubbles, Mental Health Resilience foundation donated to the special night.

Christina Fulton's and Nicolas Cage's grandkids were also in attendance: Lucian Coppola Cage and Sorin Coppola Cage, the next generation of the Coppola dynasty. Flavor Flav talked about how he came to the realization of how important education is and now wants to go back and get his GED and supporting Literacy in America. Fulton will also make a guest appearance on Flavor Flav's podcast, The Flavor Flav Show on Friday September 24th.

Future guests will include Academy Award Winner Nick Valelonga and internet sensation & YouTube star, Marlin Ramsey Chan, to name a few. Each episode, “hero up” and “peptalk”, the audience with heartfelt stories. Featuring celebrity guest, individual and everyday people. You will laugh, cry and get goosebumps, all the while learning the history and insight to how guests really got to their dreams.

Season Two, is already in the works and will be coming to Roku and all streaming platforms in Spring 2022.

Christina said, “This past year has been very tough for everyone around the globe. We're dealing with a lot in the world of mental wellness and now seems like the best time to get shiny and start polishing up our brains, along with our hearts and souls.” “This show is an incredible opportunity to focus on the positive contributions both, big and small, that people around the world have been making this past year and continue to make, in the effort to leave a positive imprint on the world. I want people to walk away from this show with education on people they don't know. We must remember that there's a lot of people out there in the world that are doing great things and they need to be thanked and acknowledged.”

Christina Fulton is the CEO, founder, inventor, and skin expert of Christina Fulton by Immortal Beauty, Inc., a technologically advanced premium luxury skincare line. Fulton, is the matriarch of the Nicolas Cage family, and the mother of Weston Coppola Cage. Fulton has appeared in over 16 feature films, actress, has worked with Hollywood giants such as Oliver Stone, Brian De Palma, Francis Ford Coppola. Christina has written and hosted 58 episodes of a previous talk show, Playing It Forward.

Currently, Fulton is co-founder of the Mental Health Resilience foundation, http://www.mentalhealthresilience.org, which paved the way for her understanding of the global needs. In health and wellness, Christina has been keeping America fit, healthy, and inspired as a certified motivational fitness expert for over 25 years.

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The 10th Global Nonviolent Film Festival Announces Selected Films

The official poster for the 10th Global Nonviolent Film Festival features actress Kelly Dalston.

Globalcinema.online guarantees worldwide distribution contracts to all selected movies.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, USA, September 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Global Nonviolent Film Festival has announced its Lineup. A total of 44 films (including 11 premieres) from 27 countries are selected in competition at this year’s Festival that takes place from September 23 to October 3.

Here is the complete list of Selected Films.

Celebrating it’s 10th annual edition, Global Nonviolent Film Festival is the most important and renown nonviolent film festival in the world.

This Festival is making history by guaranteeing worldwide distribution to all the participating films. After the event ends, the movies receive contracts of distribution that contain very advantageous financial terms from globalcinema.online that is a unique pay-per-view streaming channel available worldwide and showcasing films and documentaries that do not contain gratuitous violence. Globalcinema.online was founded by film producer Daria Trifu and film director Bruno Pischiutta.

The Festival’s Jury comprises Shamil Aliyev, Joe Chang, Elio Dell’Unto, Flynn Donovan, and Hamed Soleimanzadeh. Here are introduced the Jury Members.

The entire Festival will be broadcast on-line (including all competing films, trailers, and daily video presentations) at: www.globalnonviolentfilmfestival.com

The awards will be communicated in a video presentation broadcast on October 4.

The films are presented with photos, synopsis and director’s commentary in the 2021 issue of DARIA! magazine that is available at www.dariamagazine.com.

IndieActivity Magazine is a also a media partner of the Festival and it provides coverage during the event at www.indieactivity.com.

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Faith Based and Inspirational Festival

Faith Based and Inspirational Festival

God Chaserz

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If My People

If My People

Look for a varied selection of short and feature-length films that provide profound, entertaining, and inspirational content for a diverse global audience.

There is an important audience waiting to support Faith-Based and Inspirational films. BHERC wants to connect that audience with those films and filmmakers. It's exciting to be part of the effort.”

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

LOS ANGELES, CA, US, September 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) is proud to announce the final selections for the 2nd Annual BHERC Faith-Based & Inspirational Film Festival (FBIFF): Amplified. Curated from 1000 plus entries from across the globe, the selection committee programmed 34 films for this year's Festival. Initially scheduled to be a hybrid event, due to the rise in the Delta variant of the COVID – 19 virus, the Festival will be held online. Opening Saturday, September 18, and continues through Sunday, September 26, 2021, streaming 24/7 on www.BHERC.TV. Log on to www.BHERC.org to purchase tickets.

The FBIFF opening celebration spotlights the dynamic feature documentary, "God Chaserz," by Brinson Wright and Will Thomas on Saturday, September 18 at 4:00 PM PST. It is an electric and powerful story about five young men dedicated to Christ. Led by Brinson, they travel the world using their musical gifts of Christian Rap and Hip-Hop to change the world for Christ and impact everyone they meet. A Q and A with Brinson and the artists will follow the film. Moderated by Pastor Stephen Cue Jn-Marie, Pastor of the Row Church LA. During the opening, the audience will have an opportunity to meet this year's filmmakers.

While all of our films are outstanding, we have selected to spotlight the feature "If My People" Mark David Kennerly, Director for our closing program Sunday, September 26, 4:00 PM PST. This film deals effectively with racial reconciliation from the perspective of the church. "Given the troubling and persistent ugliness and sheer magnitude of racial unrest in America today, we felt this film provided an opportunity for discussion. Perhaps even the discovery of some solutions," stated john Forbes, BHERC Executive Director, and Festival Director.

The outstanding 2021 film selections include:
Aitxitxe (Grandpa), Markel Goikoetxea Markaida – Spanish Language;
All For Honnor, Brigid Turner;
Bobby, Cortez Mack, Daniel Merrick;
Dance! Andrea "Andy" Mangano;
Daring To Be Different, Marvin J Lowe;
Dead Talks, Chuck Anakwenze;
Dinner Table, Cortez Mack;
Farewell Motivational, Jeremy Lee, Amyna Price, Kiana Sheryl;
Fire Extinguisher (Extinctor), Rodrigo Sopeña, Joana Solnado – Spanish Language;
God Chaserz, Brinson Wright, and Will Thomas
Grace, Leslie Lanier;
Heavenly Paradigm, Elea Njume;
If My People, Mark David Kennerly
Inherited, Sekou Browne;
Kitchens of Freedom, Amber Silva, Sara Tracogna;
Muslimah's Guide to Marriage, Aminah Bakeer, and Abdul-Jabbaar;
One Binge, Daniel Henrich;
Otis' Dream, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Jason and Blue;
Our Fire, Travae Davis;
Paul – The Final Footsteps in Rome, Jermaine Coles;
Roots of the Race Amity Movement, William Smith;
Seasoned, Aretha Tatum;
Skin Like Mine (Animated), Tiffany Burgess and Stanley Aughtry;
Someone Worthy, Corbin Marshall and Jonathan Thomas;
Splitting Image, David A. Walker;
The Gift (El Regalo), Sebastian Lazo – Spanish Language;
The Littlest Angel, Romulo Mena;
The Nativity of Christ, Bruce Neibaur;
The Penitent Thief, Lucas Miles;
The Truth About Santa Claus, Tanya Huston;
Tomati, Esther Kemi Gbadamosi;
Twincerely Documentary, Dawn McGee;
Wade in the Water, Caio Levy Rodrigues;
Wildflowers, Noah Michael and Vincent-Blatter.

About the Festival
BHERC founded the FBIFF in 2019. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Festival had to be postponed until this year. The objective of the FBIFF is to build an audience for and promote and encourage the awareness, appreciation, and understanding of faith-based and inspirational films. Keeping with our theme, BHERC seeks to AMPLIFY the films and filmmakers of the Christian and Inspirational genre. Our mandate is to exhibit the most amazing faith-based and inspirational content we can find from every part of the world. "There is an important audience out there waiting to support faith-based and inspirational films. BHERC wants to connect that audience with those films and filmmakers," said Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC president and founder. Films are selected based on quality and originality, promoting a "Faith-based inspirational or family" narrative supporting the Black perspective. The Festival also encourages partnerships between secular and sacred professionals and institutions to develop cinematic tools for better living for the community.

About our Partners
What makes the BHERC FBIFF unique is the partnership with sacred and faith-based partners that share a common interest in promoting films to uplift the communities they serve. "We have the opportunity to encourage filmmakers who create and tell stories about faith and family, and that helps us do our work!" states Rev. William D. Smart, President, SCLC-SC, Los Angeles and Co-Pastor Christ Liberation Ministries. Los Angeles. "This year will be a compelling occasion with the extended dates and the growing need for hope and inspiration of every form." Other partners include:

Rev. John Cager, Ward AME, AME Ministers Alliance
Pastor Walter Contreras, National Latino Evangelical Coalitional,
Rev. James K. McKnight, Church of Christian Fellowship, Los Angeles,
Rev Jonathan Moseley, National Action Network, Western Region,
Rev. Kelvin Sauls, Community Health Councils/Former Senior Pastor, Holman United Methodist Church,
Pastor Najuma Smith Pollard, Word of Encouragement Community Church,
Rev. Thembekela Smart, Co-Pastor, Christ Liberation Ministries, Los Angeles
Rev. W. K. Tulloss, President, Baptist Ministers Conference,
Rev. James Thomas, Living Word, LA,
Pastor Patricia Strong-Fargas, Mt Salem/New Wave Church, LA.,
Elder Joe Paul, Jr., City of Refuge

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies are Complimentary to the public. Registration is required. Admission to the Festival is 15.00 and includes all events. Purchase tickets online at www.bherc.tv.

The festival streams 24/7 at www.bherc.Tv: Saturday, September 18 through Sunday, September 26, 2021. Check online for updates and detailed program information. Or call 310-284-3170.

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The 24th edition of the Guanajuato International Film Festival is here

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The Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF #GIFF24) is Mexico’s largest film festival and one of the most important platforms for emerging filmmakers in Latin America

The 24th edition of the festival kicks off Friday, September 17, 2021, in three host cities in Guanajuato state: San Miguel de Allende, León, and Irapuato

GUANAJUATO, MEXICO, September 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF #GIFF24) is an established, much anticipated tradition. The 24th edition of the festival kicks off Friday, September 17, 2021, in three host cities in Guanajuato state: San Miguel de Allende, León, and Irapuato. Screenings will continue until September 26. This is Mexico's largest film festival and one of the most important platforms for emerging filmmakers in Latin America.

Presented in collaboration with Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and the Goethe Institute, this prestigious festival is an opportunity for filmmakers, as well as Mexican and German producers, to develop their projects. This year’s GIFF received 3,274 films from 132 countries that will be screened over the course of 10 days. For a preview of some of the entries, and to meet the filmmakers, visit https://vimeo.com/showcase/giff2021filmmakers

For 2021, the festival, which is dedicated to its co-founder Ernesto Herrera, will have a hybrid format. Respecting health protocols, the festival returns to cinemas and theaters but will maintain its streaming platform and online transmissions. There will be performances of the participating films in theaters, but the digital option is also available with online showings. Live events will have strict sanitary procedures in place.

Over the years, GIFF has established itself as one of the most important platforms for young filmmakers in Latin America, each year bringing emerging talents together with world-renowned experts of the moving image.

The solidification of the festival at the international level is underscored by the fact that a total of 3,274 films from 132 countries responded to the call for entries. As an international competition, GIFF is the largest in Mexico. Films compete in a variety of categories that include Short Fiction, Short Animation, Short Experimental, Short Documentary, Long Documentary and Narrative Feature. In addition, there are a wide range of workshops and conferences plus Women in Film and Television luncheons and National Tributes to both Mexican and International A-list filmmakers who are in attendance.

The festival is made possible each year in large part thanks to the State Government of Guanajuato, the Guanajuato State Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR) through the Guanajuato Film Commission (CFGTO), The National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA) the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE), and sponsorship from the private sector, many partnering institutions and hundreds of volunteers.

Guanajuato, located in central Mexico, has all the facilities for easy access by air or land. With a wide range of accommodations, fantastic gastronomy, and—most important of all—a welcoming atmosphere. Without exception, tourists visiting Guanajuato during the Film Festival will receive star treatment.

For its twenty-fourth edition, the Guanajuato International Film Festival opens with the firm vocation of resurgence and reconnection with all members of the film community in Mexico and the world. For more information, visit https://comisionfilmgto.com/


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Artists and Activists Unite to Tell Stories of Dangers of Asbestos and Increase Public Awareness and Education

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure through education, advocacy, and community work will host its first ever "Asbestos: Art, Advocacy, and Share Stories" film festival on September 17, 2021 as part of its 16th Annual International Asbestos Disease Awareness and Prevention Conference.

The annual conference serves to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos, ban its use, expand prevention knowledge, and increase research efforts that would improve treatment options. The film festival brings together artists and advocates to tell the story of how asbestos destroys communities and families.

The films being screened include: The Mother by Paolo Monico, Breathless by Daniel Lambo, Dirty Laundry by Conor B. Lewis and Zack Johnson.
Barbara Minty McQueen, asbestos advocate and the widow of actor Steve McQueen who died from mesothelioma, will share a video on the day of the film festival.

American filmmaker, actor and comedian Judd Apatow will be honored during the conference, for his recent efforts to raise awareness about asbestos illness and disease, with the Warren Zevon "Keep Me in Your Heart" Award.

ADAO will also screen its 16th Congressional Staff Briefing, “Impact of Asbestos on Public Health, Environment, and Economy,” featuring 10 renowned experts who discuss new developments in asbestos research, policies and regulation. The speakers include, Brad Black, MD; Raja Flores, MD; Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD; Brent Kynoch; Richard Lemen , PhD, MSPH; Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH; Linda Reinstein; Greg Russell; and Robert Sussman, JD.

About the films:
The Mother by Paolo Monico
When a hardened widow receives an unexpected visit, she is given the chance to shed light on her husband’s death. Starring Mary Testa, Boris McGiver, Michele Hicks and Sylvia Kauders.

Breathless by Daniel Lambo
Following the deaths of his father and many others from his village, filmmaker Daniel Lambo sets off on a passionate quest to find the truth about the deadly asbestos industry. His search takes him to the largest asbestos waste dump in India and unveils a cold-blooded industry still endangering the lives of workers and consumers around the world. A gripping story on the fight of individuals against a booming asbestos industry.

Dirty Laundry by Conor B. Lewis and Zack Johnson
Two cousins journey across the United States by bicycle, fueled by a curiosity about their elderly grandmother’s sudden passing from a rare cancer, mesothelioma, and uncover a trail of broken families bound by asbestos.

The film festival and conference will be live-streamed globally, for free. To attend, register online.

The 2021 Conference is being sponsored by Platinum Sponsor Simmons Hanly Conroy, Gold Sponsor The Gori Law Firm, and Silver Sponsor Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen.
About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Founded in 2004, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is the largest independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the U.S. dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure to eliminate asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy and community initiatives. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org. ADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.

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Black Spectrum Theatre 50th Anniversary to Honor Ben Vereen, Rev. Floyd Flake, Bob Law, and Dick Gregory (Posthumously)

Special Presentations by Dionne Warwick and Robert “Kool” Bell, live performances by Damien Escobar and Ayanna Gregory, and more

As a Black theatre focused on presenting works for and about people of African descent, it is no small feat to have reached this point where we can celebrate 50 years of serving our community”

— Black Spectrum’s Founder Carl Clay

QUEENS, NY – NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, September 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Black Spectrum Theatre Company, Inc. (BSTC), nurturing a new generation of artists for the 21st century, will hold its 50th Anniversary Gala celebrating its long and rich history Sunday, October 3, 2021, on the lawn in front of its state-of-the-art theatre at 177th St. & Baisley Blvd (Inside Roy Wilkins Park), Jamaica, NY. Unfortunately, like so many postponed and canceled events last year due to the pandemic, BSTC had to move the 50th celebration to this year. The event, which will take place from 4:00-8:00 pm, will feature awards presentations and live performances by jazz violinist Damien Escobar and singer Ayanna Gregory (daughter of Dick Gregory) and a theatrical excerpt from the play "Black Love." This year's honorees are Tony Award-winning actor and entertainer Ben Vereen, radio personality and activist Bob Law, Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake, and pioneering comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory (posthumously). In addition, Carl Clay, founder & CEO of Black Spectrum Theatre Company, will receive a special honor.

Ann Tripp of 107.5 WBLS and Dean Meminger of NY1 will host the evening that will also include a reception and special presentations by Grammy Award-winning icon Dionne Warwick and music legend Robert "Kool" Bell.

“As a Black theatre focused on presenting works for and about people of African descent, it is no small feat to have reached this point where we can celebrate 50 years of serving our community, providing a voice and platform to our artists, and telling our stories,” says Black Spectrum’s Carl Clay.

Tickets are $75. To purchase a ticket, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/black-spectrum-theatre-co-inc-14623077996. Seating is limited.

This event marks the start of Black Spectrum Theatre’s 2021-2022 season lineup which includes:

Black Love, October 13-31, 2021
Mamalogues, November 10-19, 2021
Martin Comedy Reunion, November 20, 2021
3rd Annual Winter Festival, December 11, 2021
Oya, February 9-12, 2022
Valentine’s Day, February 13, 2022
Picking Up The Pieces, March 24-April 13, 2022
Mother’s Day Concert: The Dells Revue, May 8, 2022
Summer Cafe (Every Thursday and Sunday) June 2-July 24, 2022
Juneteenth: A Reenactment, June 19, 2022
Jazz and R&B Festival, July 16, 2022

For more information and to purchase a season pass, visit: https://www.blackspectrum.net

About Black Spectrum Theatre
Founded by visionary writer, producer, and filmmaker Carl Clay in 1970, Black Spectrum Theatre Company is a world-class performing arts center and non-profit organization spotlighting the African American experience in theater and performing arts located in a 325-seat, state-of-the-art theatre at Roy Wilkins Family Center, just three miles south of downtown Jamaica, Queens. Since its inception in 1970, Black Spectrum Theatre has grown into a multifaceted performing arts and media company that has produced and presented over 150 plays, 30 films, and numerous works of music, dance, and performance art. Black Spectrum Theatre is the recipient of ten AUDELCO Awards and three National Black Theatre Festival Awards for excellence in African American theatre.


Stephanie E. Bostic
Charly Productions
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DeJuan Ford Taking Filmmaking to Another Level with the “First Lady” Series

LOS ANGELES, CA, US, September 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — While underachievers exist, the idea of overachievement is nothing but a pipe-dream; a myth that many have decided to come to terms with for several personal reasons. When indeed, the idea of overachieving is somebody’s reality of underachievement and the need to put in more effort. For some, at the height of their achievement lies the need and thirst for more success; the constant need to replicate past success and to even exceed them is the force that drives many peoples, especially those in the creative industry. And after the successful releases of the First Lady series, Filmmaker DeJuan Ford wakes up every day with the desire to do more and never stop doing what he loves.

DeJuan Ford is a seasoned actor, filmmaker, executive producer, and the founder of Faim Films and DeJuan Ford Productions; two Independent Film Production Companies based out of Detroit MI. Before creativity got in the way and entrepreneurship came calling, DeJuan worked odd jobs and for minimum wage, having learned from a young age that dedication coupled with hard work is the most dominant recipe for success. As a successful actor and entertainment entrepreneur, DeJuan has successfully transformed from the ‘cable guy to the guy everyone aspires to be like and many drawing inspirations from. And fresh from premiering his latest project, “First Lady 3”, the third installment of the “First Lady” series, DeJuan believes he has delivered his best work yet and is therefore leaving no stone unturned in getting the movie to the right audience.

Although First Lady 3 may have ticked all the boxes out of all movies to have come out of DeJuan Ford Production in terms of screenplay, the storyline and the behind-the-scene efforts, DeJuan has not forgotten about his days of humble beginning, which saw him churn out quality movies which announced him as “the new kid on the block.” He described his purpose in the film industry as more significant than just appearing on the screen as an actor. Instead, he made as many differences and influences as possible to leave an indelible mark on the industry. DeJuan’s first effort as a filmmaker was “True Story,” an unreleased 2016 project which was all he needed to push for more as he pursued his dreams tenaciously. Since then, he has added “McGraw Ave,” “Indictment: Who is Jonathan Carter?” and the critically acclaimed “First Lady” series. DeJuan is on course to cementing his place as a legendary filmmaker.

According to DeJuan, his sojourn into filmmaking began as a dream; he recalled a childhood where he grew up in a movie theater where his mother used to work. Therefore, seeing him pursue a career in filmmaking came as no surprise to anyone because his love for art has always been evident. “My purpose in this industry is bigger than just being an actor.” He said of his intention, and even when his first attempt at production went unreleased, he was undeterred and decided to keep pushing, “I plan on shooting that film again,” he notes. “It’s arguably still my favorite script.”

Connect with DeJuan by following him on Instagram.

Kalisha Perera
Verse Entertainment
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