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UNZIPPING Short Film

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

|Podcast| Angel of Anywhere - James Kicklighter


Photo Credit: Casey Nelson Photography

Director James Kicklighter spent the first eighteen years of his life in Bellville, Georgia, population 123. Since then, he has gone on to become a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based filmmaker. His work has been recognized by the world’s press, including The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India, Film Courage and FilmInk Australia. Kicklighter will release two films in 2018, Angel of Anywhere and The American Question.
Current Work

Angel of Anywhere is the story of an empathetic stripper who plays therapist to his many damaged clientele and co-workers. Angel of Anywhere stars Briana Evigan (“Step Up Movie 2: The Streets”), Ser’Darius Blain (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”), and introduces Axel Roldos as Angel.

The American Question, his new documentary, examines personal values systems to understand the partisan divide in America. It cuts below politics to find the common ground that can be the foundation for coming together. The film is being produced with a wide range of thought leaders across the cultural spectrum. The American Question recently began editorial with Carlos Puga, the Emmy-award winning producer of MTV’s “True Life.” Carlos is also a SXSW Jury Award Winner and Sundance Award Nominee.

Additionally, he recently directed the debut advertisement for We The Future. It was established by 2008 Obama for America Field Organizer and former Lyft executive John McBride. WTF arms supporters with new tools that leverage social networks and digital communication channels to mobilize their friends and communities in elections.



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JOURNALIST: MARK JOHNSON
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Director James Kicklighter on the set of JamesWorks Entertainment's ANGEL OF ANYWHERE
with actors Briana Evigan and Ser'Darius Blain.
Photo Credit: Casey Nelson - © JamesWorks Entertainment

"I am so not this girl, I never do this." Don't be turned off by the headline, this is a very impressive dramatic short film. Angel of Anywhere is an award-winning short directed by James Kicklighter that has been playing at festivals this year. The story is about an empathetic stripper who chats with his clients and helps them work through their problems. It goes to some very deep, personal places, with a very intelligent script. Angel of Anywhere stars Briana Evigan as Michelle, Ser'Darius Blain as Brian, David A. Gregory as D.C., plus Nihan Gur, Adam Carr, Krystal Conway, and Axel Roldos. It's always great to see a story that challenges us to rethink our initial judgments, and listen more to each other. Definitely worth a watch.


"Don’t be turned off by the headline, this is a very impressive dramatic short film. Angel of Anywhere is an award-winning short directed by James Kicklighter that has been playing at festivals this year. The story is about an empathetic stripper who chats with his clients and helps them work through their problems. It goes to some very deep, personal places, with a very intelligent script."

"Repeatedly recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the Top 25 Festivals in the World and by TIME Magazine as one of the Top 10 Festivals for the Rest of Us, Sidewalk annually brings over 200 films to Birmingham, Alabama. JamesWorks Entertainment’s Angel of Anywhere screens on Sunday, August 26th at 12:30 PM."

AWARDS AND FILM FESTIVALS
2017 Accolade Award of Excellence
2018 Jaipur International Film Festival
2018 Irvine International Film Festival
2018 Four Seasons Film Festival, London
2018 Utah Film Festival & Awards
2018 Vero Beach Wine & Film Festival
2018 Hollyshorts Film Festival
2018 Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
2018 Macon Film Festival (Winner, Best Narrative Short)
2018 Sidewalk Film Festival
2018 Catalina Film Festival and New Media Summit
2018 Shorts International, DirectTV


Coming to audiences in 2018, Angel of Anywhere is the story of an empathetic stripper who plays therapist to the many damaged clientele and co-workers who frequent the popular Anywhere Bar.

JamesWorks Entertainment’s Angel of Anywhere stars Briana Evigan (“Step Up Movie 2: The Streets,” “Sorority Row”) as Michelle, Ser’Darius Blain (“When The Game Stands Tall,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”) as Brian, David A. Gregory (“One Life to Live,” “The Good Fight”) as D.C., Nihan Gur (“Westworld,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”) as Alexx in Wonderland, Adam Carr (“The Call Room”) as Drunk Patron, Krystal Conway as Bartender, and introducing Axel Roldos as Angel.

Angel of Anywhere is directed by James Kicklighter (“Desires of the Heart”), written by Casey Nelson & Kate Murdoch (“The Last Treasure Hunt Movie”) and produced by Beau Turpin (“Beneath The Leaves”)
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

|Podcast| Big Mouth - Mark Rivers


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Mark Rivers - An American Treasure!
Mark was born and raised in Atlanta, GA where he spent the majority of his formative years watching sitcom reruns and listening to Rush albums. He took up the drums and, not surprisingly, his early bands all sounded like Georgia teenagers trying to play Canadian prog rock.

Mark learned a thing or two studying music at Georgia State University, then three more things at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, though he spent most of his time there hanging out with his aspiring comedian friends at Emerson College. He even had an Emerson dining hall card.

Somewhere in there Mark dropped out of Berklee to start a band called the Cavedogs which would eventually release several CDs on Capitol Records and tour the country exhaustively. Occasionally the band would team up with their comedian friends and perform music-comedy bits that at the time seemed hilarious, but would now probably be embarrassing. Nonetheless, Mark’s passion for comedy writing was born.

When the band broke up, Mark started a dog walking business!

One day Mark’s old friend David Cross called and hired him to write the theme song for Mr. Show with Bob and David. Sensing new opportunities, Mark saved his dog walking money and moved to Los Angeles where he has spent many years resisting the temptation to start yet another band and to pick up dog shit. Instead, Mark found work writing comedy and composing television music with a particular knack for comedy tunes and theme songs.

Mark has been a staff writer on several shows, including Robert Smigel’s TV Funhouse and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He has also created and produced the pilots Let’s Fish and Krog for Cartoon Network. He has composed music for Mr. Show, Parks and Recreation, Louie CK, Human Giant and lots, lots more.

Geddy Lee would be proud.



JEANBOOKNERD PODCAST 2018: EPISODE NINETEEN
GUEST: MARK RIVERS
JOURNALIST: MARK JOHNSON
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Big Mouth is about Teenage friends find their lives upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty.

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{Nerd Blast} Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting




File Size: 2830 KB
Print Length: 214 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (September 3, 2018)
Publication Date: September 3, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07GL97KM5


Praise for JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK

A mash-up of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Lord of the Rings" ... RECOMMENDED ―School Library Journal

"Keenly descriptive and eloquently written with touches of sixteenth-century language, the story takes the reader into the world of monsters controlled by a diabolical villain, and into a land of mystery and magic beans." ―Readers' Favorite Review

"Mary Ting managed to surprise me at every turn, even though I must have read this story a million times as a kid. The most impressive surprise was the creation of a girl protagonist who is so much better than the original Jack. Then she brings in the boy, Jack, as the love interest. Sheer genius and a great idea. The writing is great. The plot is good, and the various themes woven throughout the story make it a very compelling tale." ―Readers' Favorite Review

Mary Ting writes with an adventurous heart, a clever pen, introducing young readers to a classic that meets fantasy, shedding light on the family devotion and a love story that buds to completion by the end. This short novel comes as a highly recommended read for parents and young adults that prefer fantasy fiction with a Christian-based theme and a creative perspective. Mary Ting is one of those writers to notice and watch. ―Kingdom's Review

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What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword.

But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.

Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.

Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.

Jaclyn and Jack will have to work together to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.


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Mary Ting is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.

        

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

|Podcast| Black Lightning: Tobias's Revenge - Choice Skinner


Photo Credit: James M Black - © Darkan Entertainment, LLC 2018

Choice Skinner was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and from a very early age was always into some form of entertainment. With the birth of his film company Darkan Entertainment Inc., Choice’s influence as a film director can be seen in the award winning dramatic short film “Brotherly Love”, and his first and second full length features “Wingman Inc.” and “Keep The Faith”. When not acting or directing Choice shoots photography as well as teaches and develops actors at The Breakingthrough Acting Workshop located in Sherman Oaks, CA.



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HISTORY - HOW IT CAME TOGETHER
"Black Lightning - Tobias's Revenge" was filmed in the spring/summer of 2016 for a total of 7 days and funded out of pocket by several actors starring in the short, including the director/lead actor. All VFX are being completed by James M Black Choice Skinner & Chase Baker. An official date on when the short will debut online will be available soon. The short stars award winning actor/director Choice Skinner as Black Lightning, James M. Black as "Static", Dimitri Morantus as "Tobias Whale", Jay Hunter as "Gangbuster" and Sachiko Ishida as "Lady Shiva".

"Black Lightning - Tobias's Revenge" was filmed in the spring/summer of 2016 for a total of 7 days and funded out of pocket by several actors starring in the short, including the director/lead actor. The film should be completed by March based on the current VFX timetable. All VFX are being completed by James M Black Choice Skinner & Chase Baker. An official date on when the short will debut online will be available soon. The short stars award winning actor/director Choice Skinner as Black Lightning, James M. Black as "Static", Dimitri Morantus as "Tobias Whale", Jay Hunter as "Gangbuster" and Sachiko Ishida as "Lady Shiva".



Ex-Mayor and crime Lord Tobias Whale has returned to Suicide Slums to exact revenge against local famed superhero Black Lightning. Tobias gathers gang members from the local gang 100 and several other super villains to kidnap the mayor of Metropolis and lure Black Lightning into a trap. Just when things for Black Lightning take a turn for the worst, he gets help from unexpected sources who interrupt Tobias’s plans of revenge.


MEET THE CAST
Dimitri Morantus ― Tobias Whale was born in Brooklyn, New York. His passion and talent for the arts were apparent at even a young age. Performing in a variety of stage plays in high school and in college, Dimitri honed his skills and moved to Los Angeles. He has been training and working on Tv shows like Showtimes' House of Lies, The Stick Up, and his current film Black Lightning - Tobias Revenge. Where Dimitri plays the antagonist Tobias Whale.

JAY HUNTER ― Gangbuster/Jose Delgado
Following his retirement from sports, he dove into acting and has had quite an array of featured roles. These roles placed him alongside great talents, such as; Mark Wahlberg, Vivica Fox, Omar Gooding, Ving Rhames, Donald Faison, They have also allowed him the opportunity to successfully portray various characters ranging from villains to sex-symbols. His upcoming appearances will be a cameo in the new TV comedy “Boy Bye” starring Wendy Raquel Robinson, and will soon see him again on the big screen as a supporting character in “Acrimony”, starring “Empire’s very own Taraji P Henson.

SACHIKO ISHIDA ― Lady Shiva
Sachiko Ishida was born in Kyoto, Japan. She is known for her work on He's Just Not That Into You (2009), Boxer (2015).

CHASE BAKER ― Mayor Berkowitz
Chase Baker was born in Salt Lake City, UT. His love for acting and movies was birthed out of being taken to see classic films as a child and reenacting scenes with his sisters and friends. Chase has done, a tremendous amount of work on both sides of the camera. From acting to sound to DP to art department to producing.

AUSTIN UKU ― Holocaust
The Nigerian American actor was born in Benin Nigeria and raised in Pittsburgh PA, before moving to Los Angeles CA. A standout athlete, excelling in Football, track and field and martial arts. After graduating with a degree In Fine Art with a minor in Physical education he began to Advance his modeling career. Austin has been featured in magazines like muscle and Fitness, and Maximum Fitness. Building upon his success as a fitness model and took a role in a Spanish Martial Arts film Cage Fight, in which he also worked as assistant fight coordinator on. 2016 was a Breakout year for Austin. A year in which he had a costarring role in the Smosh Film Ghostmates, a lead role in Brad Lee, a Lead in the Tomb Raider short, Croft: Liabilities and is the lead star in the powerful dramatic short the Audition.

MICHAEL GRAHAM ― Peter Gambi
Michael Graham returned to acting in 2011, and has been seen this past year in co-star and recurring co-star roles on CBS’s SCORPION, FOX’s LETHAL WEAPON, and FX’s AMERCIAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE v. OJ SIMPSON. Since 2011, he’s appeared in six feature films, two short films, and 20 national commercials. He began his career as a print and fashion model, and commercial actor in the 1980’s, before embarking on a full-time 27-year career in Law Enforcement. His passion for performance combined with his broad life experience and deep insight into human expression, have strengthened his skills as a powerful actor!

DAFFANY MCGARAY CLARK ― Lynn Stewart
Born and raised in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Daffany Clark knew from an early age that she wanted to be an actress. As a Columbia College graduate, Clark came to Los Angeles in 2009 and managed to move quickly from LA transplant to working actress. Clark trained under the tutelage of Choice Skinner at the Breakin Through Acting Workshop before landing her first recurring guest star role on The Fosters as "Daphne" in 2012 Daffany is currently producing, writing and starring in her own One Woman Show entitled Pieces.

MIKE BIANCO ―  Det. Bill Henderson
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Mike moved on to UCONN to study Finance. Upon graduation, he returned home where he began acting as well as writing and performing in a weekly sketch comedy show. From there he moved to New York to further his studies and create such roles as Richard Long in "The Coming of Dick" and Danny in "Self and the Pity". Shifting focus to film, Mike starred in the award winning "Close to Midnight". Since moving to Los Angeles he has graduated from both The Second City Hollywood and IO West improv programs. All while starring in several independent feature and short films.

RAMSAY PHILLIPS ― Bibbo Bibbowski
Phillips is a naturally tremendous and powerful, yet soft spoken in everyday life.

Ramsay stars in the film "Falsely Accused" as well as his upcoming film "The Reunion" where he plays twins.

JOHNSE ALLENDE ― Regulator
Johnse Allende Jr is an actor based in LA, moved from San Juan, Puerto Rico where he calls home. He has about 5 years in acting experience. LA is the city where he has studied the true arts of becoming an actor. He studied for almost 5 years at the Young Actors Space with acting coach Choice Skinner.There Johnse would study Breaking Through Acting Workshop. With other talents like dancing and martial arts mixed with his fluidity of speaking Spanish, he has cultivated and made use of each gifts on screen. Be sure to watch out for him as the rising star makes his breakthrough towards the industry.

JESSE LORENZO ― Warthog
Jesse Lorenzo, born in Newark, DE, makes his action film debut as Warthog, in the anticipated fan film Black Lightning (2017). He got his first break when he appeared as the double for lead actor, Carlos Pratts, in the Disney produced film, McFarland, USA (2015). Since then, Lorenzo has worked on numerous projects including Choice Skinner's Christian drama Keep the Faith (tbd) and has secured lead roles in hit television series, Investigation Discovery's Deadly Sins (2016), and TLC's Sex Sent Me to the ER (2016). He is currently working on 5150, a thriller drama set for release in 2017.

OLA BAMISILE ― Wise Son
Versatile, energetic, and handsome, Ola Bamisile is a sight for the screen. Pulling from his artistic passions, personality and African heritage he takes a big step into every character. From set to premiere he's moving us to watch, and that we will.

NICHOLAS ALEXANDER ― Tech-9
Alexander is best known for his hilarious portrayal as the recurring character Raul on Fx’s You’re The Worst. But it doesn’t stop there, Alexander has appeared in small parts on the hit TNT show The Last Ship & NBC’s The Player, and will be appearing in the Season 2 finale of Netflix original series Love in the early part of 2017. Alexander is also known for his portrayal as the Title character in the multi award winning short Jacob Stone, which he was nominated twice for Best Actor at the California Women’s Film Festival and the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. Jacob Stone was a hit around the festival circuit taking home the audience award for Best Short in 2015 at the prestigious Catalina Film Festival. It took home four more awards on the festival circuit and piled up a grand total of eight nominations.

FRANTZ DURAND ― Crowbar
Frantz Durand was born in New York to Caribbean parents (Haitian & Dominican). He was introduced to theatre by his uncle writer Dany Laferriere at the age of 4. Soon after he moved to Miami and continued the arts all the way to college. He moved to LA after school to work with the most talented artists in the world.

MYCHAL THOMPSON ― Alvin Pierce
Virginia Native, Mychal Thompson is quickly becoming a rising star within the acting community. Currently costarring in the short film BLACK LIGHTNING, directed by multiple award winner Choice Skinner; This isn’t the first time the two have worked together, Thompson showcases his versatility and creative finesse as the lead character “Timothy ‘TJ’ Jackson,” in the Christian-Themed Drama KEEP THE FAITH in which Choice Skinner wrote and directed. In conjunction with his starring role in KEEP THE FAITH, Thompson can also be seen in the first season of the “FOX HIT” TV show LETHAL WEAPON in a guest starring role as “Boogie”, starring opposite Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford. Mychal Thompson is definitely a force to be reckoned with and continues to enhance his craft.

JASON WOODS ― Derek Barnett
Jason Woods, a LA native, grew up playing sports. At 14 he had his first experience with acting, and has had the "bug" ever since. Last year he starred in the film, "San Andres Quake" as well as the lead role in the stage premiere of "When Stars Align" and co-starred in "Jane the Virgin", "Switched at Birth," Sweet/Vicious", and "NCIS - New Orleans". You can also see him styling for Vibes USA hip/hop/street wear at vibesusa.com.

BETHANY MICHELLE CURRY ― Frieda Goren

Bethany Michelle Curry is what you could call a triple threat… Actress/dancer/model. She has danced on MTV, Nickelodeon, booked a National Verizon commercial and also appeared in several high profile music videos, short films, and fitness videos. She models swimwear and recently appeared on the NFL's 'Rob Riggles Picks'.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Gail Donovan Author Interview


Photo Credit: Tom Bell

Gail Donovan is the author of the middle-grade novels The Waffler, What’s Bugging Bailey Blecker?, and In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog, which was named a New York Public Library Best Books for Children. She is also an author for the Rainbow Fish & Friends picture book series based on the bestselling books of Marcus Pfister. Donovan, who was born and raised in Connecticut, lives in Maine with her husband and two daughters, where, in addition to writing children’s books, she is a library assistant at the Portland Public Library.

    


Age Range: 6 - 10 years
Grade Level: 2 - 3
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Islandport Press (October 23, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1944762558
ISBN-13: 978-1944762551

Praise for FINCHOSAURUS

"...If it's anything like the last (In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog), it's worth discovering." Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal

"An amusing, empowering tale that should appeal especially to middle schoolers with abundant energy." Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Gail's Previous Middle Grade Novels

THE WAFFLER
“A solid middle-grade choice—no waffling necessary.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The book captures the pains and pleasures of being both a twin and a fourth-grader.” —Booklist

WHAT'S BUGGING BAILEY BLECKER?
“Andrew Clements fans will enjoy this school story, too.” —Horn Book

“Bailey is emotionally authentic, with an individualistic voice and a strong streak of stubbornness, of which she is particularly proud.” —Publishers Weekly

“Purposeful in a lighthearted way but guaranteed to make your head—scalp and brain—itch!” —Kirkus Reviews

IN MEMORY OF GORFMAN T. FROG
"Middle-graders will celebrate as Josh learns to use his personal “pause” button to stop talking long enough to keep out of trouble. Obvious appeal, particularly to fans of Andrew Clements’s work.” —Kirkus Reviews
  


What is your happiest childhood memory?
My happiest childhood memory is spending summers in Maine, in a house beside a tidal bay. At low tide, we could walk onto the sand flats. We dug for clams, searched for sand dollars, and ran around in a space that had been deep underwater 6 hours earlier and would be underwater again in another 6 hours. It felt like magic, but it was just the magic of the natural world. 

What made you decide to write books for children?
I don’t think one needs to have children to write for children, but for me it was reading to my own children. I started rereading my own favorite books and discovering new books, and I realized I wanted to write for the age I was when I first fell in love with reading. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
A friend told me that one of my books was the book for her grandkid. By the book I mean the book you’re reading when the mechanics of reading stop being a struggle and the reader achieves “lift-off” with the story. I love knowing that my work grabbed a kid so much that they began to love reading. 

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
My first book was a collection of short stories written in my early twenties. It’s unpublished, as are the two novels I wrote for “grown-ups.” It wasn’t until I began writing for young readers that I found the voice and material that really fit. 

What was the most memorable toy you played with from when you were little?
A dollhouse was my favorite toy. I think the feeling I get when I am writing, moving characters around in a story, isn’t far off from the way I felt playing in that dollhouse, moving a family of toy mice from room to room. I still have some of the “furniture,” —a tiny ceramic tub, sink and toilet—which my mother had played with when the dollhouse was hers. (see photo, below and attached)


What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
Activate your verbs! This was the first thing I learned when I went to Brown University, where I got my graduate degree in writing. My favorite verbs are short and strong. For instance, I’d rather use “search” or “dig into” than “investigate.” 

In your new book; FINCHOSAURUS, can you tell my Book Nerd Kids Community a little about it.
I’m going to borrow the opening of the Kirkus Review, which described Finchosaurus as the story of “A 10-year-old wannabe paleontologist (who) finds his life transformed after unearthing a buried message.” Finchosaurus is realistic, middle-grade fiction with a bit of a mystery element, too.

For those who are unfamiliar with Finch, how would you introduce him?
Finch is bouncy, curious, compassionate, and also dinosaur-crazy. He is the kind of kid who is always being told to settle down with a good book or go outside. He chooses to go outside, where he likes to dig in the dirt, since he wants to be a paleontologist. When he digs up a note in the class garden with the single word Help on it, he is off and running, trying to find out who needs help. 

What is your favorite book outside of your genre?
As a writer of realistic middle-grade fiction, dystopian young adult fiction is not my genre, but I do love The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. And while what Collins does in her trilogy—posing deep thematic questions about war and violence—is fascinating, that’s not what gives the work its power for me. What I love is the scene, quite early in the first book, in which Katniss volunteers for her sister. For me, everything follows from that character-building moment. It propels me through the whole trilogy. 

What is your greatest adventure?
Raising children! Watching and hearing children acquire language was mind-boggling. I loved reading to and with them, which led me back to children’s books with the important knowledge that I needed chapter endings which would leave a kid begging for “just one more!” 

Who was the last person you hugged?
A guy named Gregory, the father of my kids.

What was your favorite book as a child and why?
As a child, I loved Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I wanted a book to last and Little Women was long enough for that. More importantly, it was well written enough that it bore repeat readings. And each time I reread it, at a different age, I could try out imagining myself as a different one of the four main characters. I still go to this book if I’m home sick and want to cuddle up with an old favorite, though my perspective has changed. As a child I sympathized with their plight—they were so poor! But as an adult I realized my naiveté. They’d had domestic help! Yet I still love the book.

TEN QUOTES FROM FINCHOSAURUS
1. Finch could picture it, too, just like in a book. Stars twinkling in the blue-black sky. Him digging underneath the lilac tree. And the caption would say: On a warm spring night, a young Finch Martin dug up a fossil of the largest dinosaur ever to roam the earth, the Finchosaurus.

2. What was it? A tiny piece of paper. Not a scrap, but a big piece, folded and folded until it was as small as his thumb. Finch unfolded and unfolded, until it was flat, and he could read what was written on it. A single word. Help.

3. Somebody needed help, and he wasn’t going to stop digging until he found out who.

4. He sat still for a minute, trying to decide if it was worse to wait for something you wanted to happen—like dessert. Or something you didn’t want to happen—like a friendly chat with Mrs. Blake, the social worker.

5. “Okay, fine,” he said. “But you have to promise not to tell anybody.”

6. He felt Sam’s elbow dig into his ribs, and then Sam was holding out his hand, palm flat. The silent signal for Give me my money. Now.

7. If there was one thing Finch hated, it was grown-ups telling you what to do by having a pretend conversation with another grown-up.

8. Another trick question: Could he do all his homework? He couldn’t tell his parents No, because then he’d be in trouble for not even trying. But he couldn’t tell them Yes, because the truth was, he didn’t know. It was a lot of work. Plus, he had a lot of other stuff to get done. 

9. Suddenly, he doubted he was helping anybody.

10. Mrs. Adler drew a deep breath and put the this-hurts-me-more-than-it-hurts-you look on her face. “I am really disappointed, Finch,” she said. “You know what this means, don’t you?”


FINCHOSAURUS follows the adventures of Atticus Finch Martin, otherwise known as Finch. Finch’s dream is to uncover a dinosaur fossil and name a new species after himself—until he digs up a note in the fifth-grade class garden with the word HELP on it. He is determined to come to the aid of the mystery note-writer. But when the quest turns out to be harder than expected, Finch risks losing two things that he really wants—his best friend Noah, and a field trip to Dinosaur State Park.
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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you GAIL DONOVAN for making this giveaway possible.
10 Winners will receive a Copy of FINCHOSAURUS by Gail Donovan. 
WEEK ONE
OCTOBER 15th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
OCTOBER 15th MONDAY Movies, Shows, & Books TENS LIST & EXCERPT 
OCTOBER 16th TUESDAY Casia's Corner REVIEW 
OCTOBER 17th WEDNESDAY BookHounds YA REVIEW & INTERVIEW
OCTOBER 18th THURSDAY J.R.'s Book Reviews REVIEW
OCTOBER 19th FRIDAY LILbooKlovers GUEST POST

WEEK TWO
OCTOBER 22nd MONDAY A Dream Within a Dream TENS LIST & EXCERPT 
OCTOBER 23rd TUESDAY RhythmicBooktrovert REVIEW
OCTOBER 24th WEDNESDAY Cover2CoverBlog REVIEW 
OCTOBER 24th WEDNESDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW 
OCTOBER 25th THURSDAY Sabrina's Paranormal Palace REVIEW & EXCERPT
OCTOBER 26th FRIDAY Wishful Endings REVIEW & INTERVIEW

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Praise for JINXED

[Hutson] creates a gore-filled throwback to the classic teen slasher flick genre … Graphically detailed descriptions make it clear that this work of horror isn’t for the faint of heart. Publishers Weekly

Thommy Hutson’s ‘Jinxed’ is a Must Read for Classic Horror Fans (linked to full iHorror review)
“Hutson … knocked it completely out of the park … with an expertly paced, cinematic slasher in a setting that would make Agatha Christie proud.” 
Waylon Jordan, iHorror.com

“…gory but captivating … a masked murderer starts picking off the teens, killing them all in theatrically grisly ways. … entertaining” 
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“Thommy Hutson is the ultimate authority in nostalgia-driven storytelling.” Clive Barker, Bestselling Author of Books of Blood and The Thief of Always

“Jinxed is the teen whodunit that Wes Craven and Lois Duncan never made. Hutson has created the best new slasher franchise since Scream.” Peter M. Bracke, Author of Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th

“A dark, tension-filled thriller that’s wicked to the very end. Bad luck was never so much fun!” Jeffrey Reddick, Creator of Final Destination


High School Can Be a Real Killer

Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack


Innocent childhood superstitions …

But someone at the secluded Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.

Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.

Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow?

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THE GIVEAWAY
1 Winner will receive a copy of Jinxed by Thommy Hutson.
Jinxed will be purchased through Book Depository.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

HollyShorts - See You Soon - Jennifer Chambers & Meredith Bishop Interview



Photo Credit: JBN Media
Jennifer Chambers and Meredith Bishop with JBN Journalist, Americo Galli.

Jennifer is a Los Angeles based director and actor. She has directed the world premier of The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter, Sheila Callaghan’s Bed, Daryl Watson’s Unbound, Jessica Goldberg’s Better, the world premiere of Stephen Belber’s The Muscles in Our Toes, The Pain and The Itch by Bruce Norris, Playdates by Sam Wolfson, The Land of the Blacks by Michael Shaw Fischer, What are you Doing on the Bed? by Shawna Casey and the world premiere of Complete by Andrea Kuchlewska. She directed the workshop of Deborah Stein’s Princess Diana in Auschwitz at Cal Arts. She was associate artistic director at the Echo Theater Company and ran the playwrights lab for 3 years. She just completed the short film See You Soon by Meredith Bishop. 

She has directed numerous Living Room Series readings at The Blank Theater and is a mentor/director for The Virginia Avenue Project. She has assisted Jonathan Moscone on Shaw’s Man and Superman at Cal Shakespeare and Liz Diamond on Crooked by Catherine Trieschmann. As an actor, she has worked with The National Actor’s Theater, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, Pandora Productions, Santa Monica Rep, The Echo Theater Company and Theatre of Note. She has done extensive work as a voice over artist and can be heard selling some of your favorite products and voicing the campaigns from some of your favorite politicians (well, I guess that depends on what your politics are but, you know what I mean…) She has a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University and an MA in Counseling Psychology/Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, and a member of SDC.

Meredith Bishop was born on January 15, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Meredith Anne Bishop. She is an actress and producer, known for Grip and Electric (2016).
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A married woman soothes her chronically single friend with a sordid tale from her dating past in this female driven dark comedy exploring the pros and cons of surrendering to your inner lunatic.

Jennifer Chambers and Meredith Bishop on the Red Carpet at HollyShorts.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER CHAMBERS AND MEREDITH BISHOP
JOURNALIST: AMERICO GALLI
LOCATION: HOLLYSHORTS, THE CHINESE THEATER, HOLLYWOOD, CA 
 AUGUST 9TH - 18TH
INTERVIEW: AUGUST 17, 2018


Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros). Sound: Edward Chung.

ABOUT HOLLYSHORTS
HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.

HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.
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