Movie Review: The Bowmakers

How can a simple bow play the violin? The bow itself is more complicated than you think!

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“COLORS OF CHARACTER: An Artist’s Journey to Redemption” Releases In Theaters

Yesterday, painter Steve Skipper’s true story “COLORS OF CHARACTER” started its limited engagement in theaters. According to an official press release from Collide Media Group, the full-length documentary will be told in Skipper’s own words and presents interviews with pastors, sports figures and Civil Rights figures, who made a positive impact on his life.

What is “COLORS OF CHARACTER: An Artist’s Journey to Redemption” all about?

“As one of the most prolific painters in the genres of sports and civil rights artwork, Skipper has shattered barriers of race in the fine art world. With no formal training, Skipper has honed his unique, meticulous style of super-realism and has his work on display in some of the most prestigious galleries, sports and civil rights museums, and halls of fame in the US.  As a young child, he was bussed to a newly integrated school in Birmingham, AL where he became a leader in a notorious street gang. After going to church on a dare, Skipper had a life-changing encounter with Christ that transformed his entire life. Shortly after, he picked up a paintbrush and quickly understood his God-given calling as an artist.”

“COLORS OF CHARACTER: An Artist’s Journey to Redemption” will run through November 15. Visit the ColorsOfCharacterMovie.com for more information on the documentary and where you can view it in your area.

*A Special Thanks to Collide Media Group for the info and image. 

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“The Bowmakers” Plans Thanksgiving Premiere in Midwest

From November 26 to December 6, 2020, the brand new documentary “The Bowmakers” will enjoy its fall run. Chicago audiences can experience this film directly through Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) due to the pandemic hindering its initial release earlier this year. Spirited music organizations partnered with the makers of the film to help this movie release nationwide. A special Q&A with the filmmakers will be available for fans of the movie. On December 4 at 6:30pm, a free Q&A via Zoom plans to  feature the film’s director Ward Serill, IPO principal cellist Jacob Hanegan, and moderated by Christina Salerno, Executive Director of  IPO.

An official press release from The Silverman Group describes “The Bowmakers” as “Cinderella”. It “follows the journey of the “Cinderella” of the orchestra, the bow—the overworked and overshadowed ally to its more glamorous instrumental partners. The film is an artful exploration of one of the most esoteric corners of the music world, the art of bowmaking, as unknown to the public as it is essential to professional musicians… During the making of the film, award-winning Director Ward Serrill followed Charles Espey—considered the most important bowmaker of his generation—to experience the making of the bow from start to completion. From there, the journey follows the bows from master bowmakers like Espey out to the musicians who use them, then on to France where the modern bow originated, and finally to Brazil where the imperiled wood, Pernambuco, originates.”

Serrill expressed how he is captivated by the ancient art form. “‘I became fascinated by the nature of a handmade art that was essentially unchanged for two hundred years, and the value of that tradition in our age of technology and speed. During times of social and environmental upheaval, beauty and art is central to life. I love the artistic journey this film took me on, and I am certain Chicagoland audiences will feel the same.'”

Dunnings Market and Samuel’s Hairstyling is supporting “The Bowmakers” Midwest Premiere.

Visit ipomusic.org for more information on the film and and special Q&A.

*A Special Thanks To The Silverman Group For The Info and Image.

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Review: Pulling Back The Curtain: The Nutcracker + Upcoming Schedule For The Holiday Season

Amanda Assucena and ensemble_ Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann

Today, The Joffrey Ballet gave everyone an intricate look into Christopher Wheeldon’s version of “The Nutcracker” through an inventive virtual show. The program, “Pulling Back The Curtain: The Nutcracker” illustrated the difficult process of creating the stage’s scenery and getting the choreography just right. The BTS (behind-the-scenes) process was just as breathtaking as the actual show.

“Pulling Back The Curtain: The Nutcracker” also featured commentary from the master, Christopher Wheeldon, and star dancers like Victoria Jaiani, April Daly, Dara Holmes, Dylan Gutierrez, Greig Matthews, Yumi Kanazawa and famed choreographers. A silent auction supporting ballet company directly followed the BTS program.

The holiday season has just begun for The Joffrey Ballet! Staring November 12 through December 30, at 7:00 and 7:30 PM, Art on theMART’s will present clips of The Nutcracker alongside gorgeous art.

The Joffrey Ballet_ Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann

The Silverman Group’s recent press conference explained it this way – “Art on theMART’s presentation of The Nutcracker conjures a larger-than-life experience of the Joffrey’s magical holiday tradition, set during Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair. The story follows young Marie on a magical Christmas Eve journey through the iconic World’s Fair. The nightly projection lasts 30 minutes, with a program that also features iconic paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as Arts of Life’s City Circle Heart, presenting works from artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

Starting December 1- 31, visitors of Joffrey.org will be able to view “Making a New American Nutcracker” directly on the website. The 2017 Emmy-winning PBS documentary, “narrated by actress Neve Campbell, reveals the inner workings of the Joffrey creative team—from rewriting the story to the making of elaborate puppets to the choreographic process.”

*A Special Thanks to The Silverman Group for the “Pulling Back The Curtain: The Nutcracker” invite, info and photos.*

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Megan Nicole And Hubby, Cooper Green, Create New YouTube Channel

Image Credit: @Meganandcooper on Instagram

Megan Nicole joined forces with her spouse to bring fans all new content!

For over a year, the YouTube star has been a familiar face in the Twitch community, and now she is growing her online presence with another YouTube Channel. Megan and her hubby, Cooper, decided to share some of their fun live stream experiences on the new channel (meganandcooperTV), and they started uploading fun videos on October 27th.

Enjoy video number one!

Megan is also a blogger! Check out the new blog on her official website, www.megannicolemusic.com.

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FIRST LOOK: “MY BROTHER’S KEEPER” Film

According to an official press release from Collide Media Group, Iconic Events and Collide Distribution are teaming up to release MY BROTHER”S KEEPER in US theaters January 22, 2021.  It will be available for home viewing by Spring 2021.

An all new trailer and website were recently released to promote the new movie! Check out this first look through the following link:

MBKFilm.com

This moving production was written by US Army Veteran Ty Manns and directed by Kevan Otto. It also features an all star cast including: TC Stallings, Joey Lawrence, Robert Ri’chard and Keshia Knight Pulliam.

The press release describes the film this way: “MY BROTHER’S KEEPER shares the story of returning war veteran SFC Travis Fox (TC Stallings) who has one more battle to fight – PTSD. Fox and his best friend SFC Ron “Preach” Pearcy (Joey Lawrence) are in their 6th combat deployment when Preach and his entire Ranger platoon are killed in a deadly improvised explosive device attack. Travis returns to his hometown to settle the affairs of his parents who had passed away years before. In searching for answers about his parents, he also discovers a new obstacle in PTSD. He finds support from church counselor, Tiffany Robertson (Keshia Knight-Pulliam) and slowly begins to rediscover his faith in God until he discovers a secret. Travis uncovers a secret hidden by his best friend Donnie Berry (Robert Ri’chard) that threatens his new-found faith, restores his guilt, and causes him to consider the unthinkable.”

*A Special Thanks to Collide Media Group/Collide Distribution for the information and photo. *

 

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“Married At First Sight” Producer, Alicia Godmasch, Takes On “The Hunger Games” Fans in Debut Novel “RETROGRADE: THE DARKNESS”

Courtesy of A.O. Godmasch/Elisa Garcia

“Out of all the genres of entertainment, I love Science Fiction the best because it answers the what if questions. There are no limitations in Science Fiction. I literally dreamed up a world and here it is on paper and screens small and wide now.”

The quote above was from the amazing author Alicia Godmasch. She is ready to delight “The Hunger Games”, “Starship Troopers” and “World War Z” fans with her debut sci-fi/adventure novel, “RETROGRADE: THE DARKNESS”. A recent press release from Tadpole Communications introduced her upcoming project (scheduled for release on Dec. 8th) and gave a backstory on Mrs. Godmasch.

What is “RETROGRADE: THE DARKNESS”?

The press release sums it up this way – “Godmasch’s novel tells the gripping tale of a far-off planet, Damara, on the brink of destruction from the mighty Retrograde. To fend off the attack, the protagonist, Isis, defies her mother’s wishes and enlists in Cairo’s elite military unit. Joined in battle by the mysterious and enigmatic Khalfani Abaza, Isis finds herself drawn to him in inexplicable ways. As the Retrograde barrels down on them, the force uniting them grows stronger. Once they connect with Aurora, a fearless army brigade leader, the mystery behind their magnetic connection slowly unfolds, but only at Aurora’s will and on her terms. The trio must rely on each other to survive a near-impossible mission. If they fail, Damara’s very existence will be no more.”

Who is Alicia Godmasch?

Courtesy of A.O. Godmasch/Elisa Garcia

You know her best as a producer from  “Married At First Sight”. She comes from famous roots with uncles being the editor-in-chief of Emerge Magazine (Wilmer Ames Jr) and the CEO and Founder of First Choice Bank (Herbert K. Ames). Ames shattered racial barriers by being the first African American model for Sears Corporation.

Mrs. Godmasch, who goes by the pen name A. O. Godmasch, earned her degree in Business Management and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is currently Maswell Films co-owner, The Bigger Picture Films executive producer  and Sunlight Casting CEO. Her complete resume will completely blow you away. This bright star even speaks German, Italian and English! On a more personal level, she is married to her German husband and has a stepdaughter. She has mentioned that her family is the inspiration for her new novel.

“The relationship between military leader Aurora and her adoptive daughter Apple is actually based on the relationship that I have for my stepdaughter, Katharina… Even now, she remains one of the best parts of my marriage. I love her just as if she were my own child. Aurora’s relationship with the love of her life, Urion, is loosely based off of my husband and his personality.”

“RETROGRADE: THE DARKNESS” releases on December 8th.

A Special Thanks to Tadpole Communications  and The Prenner Group for the press release and images.

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Movie Review: Kathie Lee Gifford and Craig Ferguson’s “Then Came You”

Craig Ferguson and Kathie Lee Gifford – Image Credit: Vertical Entertainment

Scotland is absolutely breathtaking in “Then Came You”.

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Book Review: A.K. Pittman’s Pudge and Prejudice

Puppy love and fast food are the highlights of this “Pride and Prejudice” retelling.

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Movie Review: AGAINST THE TIDE: Finding God in an Age of Science

Kevin Sorbo and John Lennox at Green Templeton College – Pensmore Films

This former Roman god gets serious about faith!

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