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  • 4C LAB brings the art of healing and expression to LA youth who are black, indigenous and people of color

    Art in motion

    Students heal through art

    Marissa Herrera

    Co-Founder 4C-LAB

    Moooooove through it

    This is what joy looks like

    Organization actively seeking donors and partners to support the rising need in underserved communities

    4C LAB's roster of teaching artists reflects the diverse spectrum of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.”
    — Darci-Manzo Piron, Co-Founder
    LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- 4C LAB, a 501(c)3 community youth organization, is posturing for growth to bring art and healing to at-risk black, indigenous and people of color in the Los Angeles community. Their mission is to inspire positive social impact in underserved communities, by creating safe spaces for young people to share their stories through artistic expression.

    Founded in 2016 by Marissa Herrera and Darci-Manzo Piron, two Latina/Native American women and "artivists" born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, each with careers in the arts spanning over two decades, 4C LAB provides arts immersion programming, led by professional teaching artists and centered around the four C’s: CREATE, COMMUNICATE, COLLABORATE, and COMMUNITY.

    In Herrera's experience working with high school and early college-aged youth, she observed that many students were starting to find their voice through the arts in high school or early college, just as many of them were aging out of no-cost public arts programming. During these years, the founders worked in systematically racist and oppressive organizations under the leadership of those who did not identify as or could not relate to the needs of Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC) and did not share power. As a result, the two Los Angeles natives envisioned an arts organization where BIPOC youth, ages 15-20, could train in the arts and for careers in the creative economy while having equity at the center of its programs, structures, community relationships, and operations.

    Herrera said, "The work of 4C Lab isn't just "art for art's sake." We strive to give our young creative visionaries and emerging community leaders the safe space to share their stories through the arts. We provide tools for self-care, mental health, mentorship, and support to thrive in their emerging creative careers. Ultimately, creating a sense of "family" is at the heart and soul of everything we do."

    Piron said, "4C LAB's roster of teaching artists reflects the diverse spectrum of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. It is a team that can relate to the life experiences of the communities we serve, which allows for trust-building, deeper understanding, and a connection to the youth engaged in our programs. This creates a dynamic which yields authentic storytelling and uplifts our communities in the most profound and impactful way."

    To prepare the youth participants for success, the organization enlists a power house creative advisory board, which includes artistic advisors such as five-time Emmy Award winner, Wayne Brady, who is widely known for his work on the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway? He was the host of the daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show; Broadway actor Christopher Jackson known for performances in the original Disney's The Lion King, After Midnight, Bronx Bombers, Holler If Ya Hear Me, and the smash Broadway hit Hamilton; Dominic Colón, an award-winning actor, writer, and director who has starred in over 60 movies and television shows, including guest appearances on Power, The Blacklist, and Orange is the New Black; OG Arabian Prince also known as Professor X, an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and DJ, best known as a founding member of N.W.A.

    The board of directors includes Mario Davila, Director of After School Programs, L.A.’s Best Afterschool Enrichment Program, which serves more than 25,000 elementary school students from under-resourced neighborhoods; Kim Belcher Morris, Director of Individual Giving, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which mobilizes resources to fight hunger in our communities and other highly respected community leaders who bring access to the organization and the community it serves.

    The 4C LAB structure includes creative partnerships, professional development, performance ensembles and creative residencies.

    Creative Partnerships
    4C LAB partners with organizations working at the forefront of creative practice, community healing, and empowering education for all. Through collaborations with K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, we support teaching artistry, keynote speaking, facilitation, and community-building. We develop arts education programming, present live arts and education assemblies, and facilitate staff retreats, curriculum, and professional development. Our custom-designed community programming is uniquely tailored for each partnership at the intersection of creativity and community.

    Professional Development
    4C LAB facilitators and professional development workshops are at the forefront of effective and responsive pedagogical practices supporting positive and sustainable social change. Our inclusive team creates safe, brave spaces for dialogue, disruption, and dismantling old paradigms, providing tools for schools, community, cultural and arts organizations to shift to more conscientious and culturally responsive practices that best serve our next generation of leaders. 4C LAB utilizes trauma-informed, healing-centered creative practices that lead to Transformative Social-Emotional Learning in the classroom.

    Performance Ensembles
    Youth (ages 16-23) create original work across various art forms to create an artistic community working together to affect positive social impact. Through multi-disciplinary workshops, guest artists, and mentorships, the young creative visionaries of 4C LAB partake in story circles, personal narrative writing, dance technique, visual and multimedia art activities, which culminate in an annual live performance for families and community members, and various public events in order to spread their message of social justice awareness and advocacy through creativity and artistic storytelling.

    Creative Residencies
    Our professional teaching artists lead these multi-week immersive arts programs within a school, community, or arts organization. Using trauma-informed and healing-centered programming, we build an artistic ensemble through dance, poetry, and multimedia art activities, exploring themes of social justice, inclusivity, and culturally relevant storytelling. These various art forms are integrated into a final culminating performance to share with an audience. Creative Residencies support leadership development, improved mental health, and a safe space to process individual and community experiences through creativity.

    Through these 4C LAB programs, the organization cultivates critical thinking skills for the youth participants to address structural and systemic injustices, and provide a platform for young people to develop leadership skills to cope, address and change these issues now and in the future.

    The organization is seeking funding to expand its outreach. To learn more, donate or align with 4C LAB, please visit https://4clab.org/.

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  • Gilligan Speaks!

    Bob Denver Audio Book

    Dreama Denver

    Bob & Dreama Denver

    TV icon Bob Denver’s book Gilligan, Maynard, and Me, reissued for the first time In 3 decades as a digital audio book.

    It has been a joy for all of us to make this audio book a reality.”
    — Dreama Denver
    PRINCETON, WV, UNITED STATES, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Unavailable for years, Gilligan, Maynard, and Me, TV icon Bob Denver’s story, in Bob’s own words and his voice, so familiar to millions of baby boomers, is now available for the first time in decades! This new audio book release also contains a special introduction from Bob’s wife and award-winning author, Dreama Denver. This audio book is a must-have for fans of classic television!”

    Of the reissue, Dreama Denver says “ When Bob's book, "Gilligan, Maynard, and Me," first came out, I loved it and encouraged everyone to read it. He was a great storyteller, and reading his words was almost as good as hearing him say them.

    At the time, Bob recorded his book on cassette (remember those?), but audio books weren't as popular in the 90s as they are now in the 21st century. So with the help of my management and my publisher, we had the cassette recording digitized, a new cover art design, and voila! So now Bob Denver/Gilligan fans can listen to Bob himself as he takes you behind the scenes of his most iconic TV roles.

    It has been a joy for all of us to make this audio book a reality. And as his wife of 30 years, I'm thrilled to offer you the experience of winding down or settling in on that road trip as Bob's voice reminisces about the actors he worked with and the experiences he had during a career that spanned 55 years.”

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  • Emmy-Nominated Animator Sherene Strausberg Wins CineGlobe with Cinematic Climate Change Short "Cool For You"

    Cool For You

    Exec Produced by Stranger Things star Matthew Modine, "Cool For You" captivates while commanding a conversation about collective action & going carbon negative

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 9, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recently announced nominations including Sherene Strausberg’s participation in ProPublica “The Secret IRS Files” video series which is competing for Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction. The three videos by Strausberg, Nadia Sussman, Mauricio Rodríguez Pons, Almudena Toral, Kristyn Hume, Maya Eliahou, Chris Morran and Joe Singer ran as part of a larger series that revealed a series of systemic inequities that allow America’s wealthiest citizens to pay little or nothing in federal taxes. To make complex financial concepts easy to understand — and the inequalities exacerbated by current tax policy impossible to ignore — the team created humorous but gut-punching videos that unpack some of the most outrageous techniques used by the ultrawealthy to avoid taxes.

    Her animated short “Cool For You” is currently playing as part of Italy’s La Guarimba festival as part of
    “La Grotta Dei Piccoli,” the children’s animation festival, in collaboration with Unicef from 7-12 August 2022

    Iconic Actor Matthew Modine and producing partner Adam Rackoff have come on board to Executive Produce Award-winning designer Sherene Strausberg's directorial debut "Cool For You." The animated short film is based on the book of the same title that explains global warming to children. Incorporating different characters and families, animals and plants, children are introduced to CO2 and positive ways to improve our impact on the Earth.

    Over the last few months, "Cool For You" has been fascinating film festivals around the globe, including the New Media Film Festival, Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Rochester International Children's Film Festival, Providence Children's Film Festival, and the Children's Film Festival Seattle to name a few.

    "My animated, short film, Cool For You, teaching young children the basic science of climate change, is heating up this summer along with all those record temperatures. With the festival's themes of science and conservation, it had its European premieres in June at CineGlobe Film Festival at The Cern in Geneva, Switzerland and in July at Good Natured: A Conservation Optimism Short Film Festival at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford, England. The festival in Geneva is where I had the wonderful honor of receiving my first Jury Award, for a Youth Film, from a panel of three judges, who work in the industries of art, science, and technology. Executive Produced by Matthew Modine and Adam Rackoff, the film is based on the book of the same title and provides children with actions they can take to help ease global warming. It will be shown at the Hollyshorts Film Festival on Sunday, August 14th at 5pm, and at La Guarimba Film Festival, August 7th to 12th, for their program of children's environmental films in partnership with Unicef Italia." – stated "Cool For You" Director / Animator Sherene Strausberg

    View the "Cool For You" trailer here https://vimeo.com/87thstreetcreative/coolforyoutrailer

    Matthew Modine has worked with many of the film industry's most respected directors, including Oliver Stone, Sir Alan Parker, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Alan J. Pakula, John Schlesinger, Tony Richardson, Robert Falls, Sir Peter Hall, Abel Ferrara, Spike Lee, Tom DiCillo, Mike Figgis, Jonathan Demme, John Sayles, and Christopher Nolan. A partial list of his films includes Birdy, Vision Quest, Full Metal Jacket, Married to the Mob and Short Cuts. Recent projects include star turns in Redemption opposite Liam Neeson (2022), Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer (2023), Hard Miles (2023) and Modine's much-anticipated return to the Netflix global phenomenon, Stranger Things, Season 4 which reunited him with co-star Millie Bobby Brown.

    Cinco Dedos Peliculas is a film, video, and multimedia production company founded by actor/filmmaker Matthew Modine and producer Adam Rackoff, a former Apple marketing executive, podcaster, and two-time Webby Award-winning filmmaker with over 35 credits to his name.

    To arrange an interview with "Cool For You" Director / Animator Sherene Strausberg, media contact Workhouse CEO, Adam Nelson via nelson@workhousepr.com +1 212. 645. 8006

    Based on the children's picture book "Cool for You" it explains the basic science of climate change and actions we can take to help. Climate change is an urgent problem. Super storms, floods, droughts, and fires- we are just getting a taste of the new normal without global collective action to stop greenhouse gas emissions. "Cool for You" features a story of uniting to learn about the Earth and to work to stop climate change.

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    DIRECTOR'S BIO:
    Emmy-nominated, award-winning designer SHERENE STRAUSBERG combines her experience in film, music, and sound engineering with graphic design and illustration to create animated videos for her clients at the company she founded, 87th Street Creative. Having won a national composition competition in high school, she was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Indiana University School of Music, where she completed two bachelor’s degrees in four years. In her first career as a film composer, film scores she wrote have been heard on AMC, Spike TV, and Netflix. As a graphic designer for Jewish National Fund, she won two awards from Graphic Design USA. Her latest passion project, the short, animated film “Cool For You”; which she animated and scored, has been accepted to film festivals worldwide. Through the power of music, sound effects, and moving images, Sherene knew at the age of 16 that she wanted to be a film composer. After ten years of pursuing that, while also working as a broadcast engineer at National Public Radio, she changed careers, first to graphic design and then motion design. Motion graphics returned Sherene to her true passion for how sound and moving images can immerse the viewer/listener. Combining this with her desire to work with clients who believe in sustainability and social justice, 87th Street Creative has worked with nonprofits and businesses that help make the world a better place.

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  • BELOVED FANTASY FILM “THE LAST UNICORN” CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SOLD OUT EVENT AT THE ACADEMY MUSEUM IN L.A.

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 9, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Beloved fantasy film The Last Unicorn kicked off its 40th Anniversary celebration year with an exclusive event at the Academy of Motion Pictures on July 30th, 2022. Sweet Streets partnered with the film’s screenplay writer and renowned fantasy novelist, Peter S. Beagle to reunite fans with Beagle’s magical story through a special screening of the film and panel with Peter S. Beagle, Michael Chase Walker and Jeff Walker. Cast member Alan Arkin (via zoom) was also in attendance.

    Sweet Streets debuted an exclusive capsule collection at the Academy Museum Store, featuring t- shirts, jewelry, and collaborations from well-known Los Angeles pop-culture designer, ONCH. These special products are vitally sold out with only a few items still available online at the Academy Museum Store.

    Topcraft studio director, Katsuhisa Yamada, shares: "The Last Unicorn" was a result of the pure and constant efforts of all the staff, we may have created some kind of magical effect.” Anniversary curator Caro Buermann adds, “The artists set out to create an original work with the movie but always respected Peter’s story… I hope [the anniverary] will be something that will bring magic and comfort to others.”

    This is the first of a series of celebrations that will include art exhibitions featuring artwork from select international contemporary artists, original production art from the film, and more exclusive pop-up shops.

    Visit https://thelastunicorn40th.com for all information regarding The Last Unicorn 40th Anniversary Celebration and follow @thelastunicorn40 on Instagram and Facebook and @lastunicorn40 on Twitter for updates, exclusive content, and more.

    Sweet Streets is a boutique creative and licensing consulting firm with a focus on girls' brands. Sweet Streets offers a variety of services from creative marketing and licensing consultation to artist management, organizing collaborative projects between the industry's top influential brands and artists spanning art, music, fashion, toys, and more. Sweet Streets provides specialized, hands-on services to brands looking to expand their creative vision. The experienced team has years of success in growing and monetizing brands, taking a boutique management approach bespoke to each client, that develops brands for worldwide markets and consumers of all ages. Sweet Streets celebrates girls as multifaceted individuals that model positivity, effortless style, and varied interests unlike anywhere else. Sweet Streets’ artists have lent their talents to a diverse group of clientele and venues all over the world. Central to the Sweets Streets business model, is supporting each artist’s distinguishable style and valuable voice. Sweet Streets has participated in such projects as in-store installations, animation, and toy designs, to leasing their artwork for music albums and celebrity fashion. Sweet Streets maintains international relationships.

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  • Will Rogers Medallion Award Honors Vaughan for Lifetime Achievement

    WRMA Lifetime Achievement Recipient Robert Vaughan

    Author Robert Vaughan is a classic. He is among the best and most popular Western writers in the history of the genre. His body of work is vast and worthy to be celebrated.”
    — WRMA Executive Director Chris Enss
    GRASS VALLEY, CA, UNITED STATES, August 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- With more than 500 books—80 percent of them Westerns—to his credit and over 10,000 fictional characters springing from his creative mind, 84-year-old Robert Vaughan of Gulf Shores, Alabama, has been named the 2022 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Will Rogers Medallion Award (WRMA).

    Vaughan sold his first book when he was 19 with seven of his subsequent volumes appearing on the New York Times bestseller list, including two at No. 1. If his name is unfamiliar outside of the publishing industry, it is because he has done the bulk of his work in mass market paperbacks, has been published under 52 pseudonyms and has ghostwritten books for multiple celebrities.

    His previous honors include a Pulitzer Prize nomination, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Western Fictioneers, induction into the American Writers Hall of Fame, and a 1994 Spur Award for best original paperback from Western Writers of America for his novel Survival published by Berkley under his pseudonym K.C. McKenna. As recently as this spring, his western novel The Tenderfoot from Wolfpack spent more than eight weeks at No. 1 on three different Amazon bestseller list. Released in July his latest Wolfpack book The Lost Herd was a top 10 bestseller on three Amazon lists.

    In announcing Vaughan as the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, WRMA Executive Director Chris Enss said, “Author Robert Vaughan is a classic. He is among the best and most popular Western writers in the history of the genre. His body of work is vast and worthy to be celebrated.”

    Vaughan will be recognized at WRMA’s annual awards dinner Oct. 29 in the historic Stockyards District of Fort Worth. The WRMA awards, named in honor of American cowboy, humorist and writer Will Rogers, recognize excellence in literature about the American West.

    Mike Bray, Wolfpack founder and Vaughan’s current publisher, calls him “a real-deal, honest-to-goodness legendary Western author.” Bray said, “With a career spanning six decades, Mr. Vaughan has contributed to the Western genre—and others—in ways that are hard to quantify. His love of the craft is evident in everything he’s written, and he’s been known to share all that he’s learned over the years with eager authors who are willing to learn. That aspect of the man, coupled with his incredibly impressive career, encompasses everything that the Will Rogers Medallion Award stands for.”

    Though he’s written in multiple genres, Vaughan loves historical novels set in the West the most. “Westerns are recognized and appreciated all over the world as the quintessential American art form. What story is more American than a lone wolf with a rifle, pistol, pony and a mission to put things right? There is nothing in literature that is more representative of good versus evil than a cowboy who reluctantly dons the mantle of hero to rescue a damsel in distress, defend a small town from a corrupt sheriff, or save small ranchers from a malevolent land baron.”

    After high school Vaughan joined the Army, spending 23 years in service to his country, including three tours in Vietnam. Today he says, “Vietnam was but three years out of my 83 years of life … but the impact those three years had on me is incalculable.” While in the Army, he ghost wrote technical articles for other officers. While assigned to the Seventh Cavalry, Vaughan served as historian for George Armstrong Custer’s legendary unit.
    During his military career, the writer William “Bill” Butterworth, who would become known as best-selling author W.E.B. Griffin, encouraged him in his writing ambitions and suggested he write paperback novels for the mass market. Vaughan followed that advice and at 19 received his first paperback contract with a hundred-dollar advance and a royalty rate of half a penny per copy sold.

    As a fledgling author Vaughan never forgot Butterworth’s encouragement and throughout his career has been generous with his time, support and advice to other writers. “Bill is the one who convinced me I could write. I tell aspiring authors that the most important thing they can do is write a book. It might be a terrible book, but at least they will get past the great obstacle of actually getting a book done. Then do the second book, and because the obstacle of actually doing a book is behind them, they can free their mind to make this one a really good book.”

    Today he considers “my work ethic and writing discipline” as his strongest assets as a writer, but his love of writing and the research behind it has driven his career. As a Western writer, he is known for staying true to the history of the times.

    “I have written several historical novels, and I am of the belief that historical novels written with accuracy as to specific events teach history better than a regular textbook,” he said. “That’s because the reader is able to interact, through the fictional characters in the story, with the authentic figures of history. If the story is well told and the reader is fully involved, he or she is traveling through time to relive the events.”

    Through his writing the history of the American West has come alive through the characters he created, the men and women of every race who found love and drama on the frontier. His characters, both Texan and Mexican, fought at the Alamo; rode with Custer and the Buffalo Soldiers; or roamed the West, robbing banks, holding up stagecoaches and trains, facing each other down over smoking six-shooters in the streets of Fort Worth, El Paso, Lincoln County, Tombstone, or Cheyenne, and some stood on the gallows as a rope was placed around their necks.

    For the breadth of his work, his affection for the American West, his thorough research and his commitment to teaching frontier history through his fiction, Robert Vaughan is the 2022 recipient of the WRMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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  • Author Margo Joy Announces Release of Second Book in Lucky Ladybug Children’s Series

    Learn With Us! Lucky Ladybug And Friends! by Margo Joy

    Learn With Us! Lucky Ladybug And Friends! by Margo Joy

    Lucky Ladybug Author Margo Joy Lessons From The Heart series

    Author Margo Joy, Lucky Ladybug, Lessons From The Heart series

    "Learn With Us! Lucky Ladybug And Friends!" Second Book New Release by Margo Joy. Lucky Ladybug, Lessons From The Heart, children's book series.

    NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, August 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Learning is fun and captivating with the Lucky Ladybug series, Lessons from the Heart.  Lucky Ladybug introduces her friends Bubbly Butterfly, Buddy Bee, Flashy Fly and Toodaloo Turtle in this second book of the series. Together, they teach important lessons in the engaging videos and on each page of the printed books, ebooks, and coloring books, including a song about each lesson and activity available through audio books and music albums, and other resources that reiterate the importance of each lesson in the book and the value of sharing, caring, beauty from within; learning about school, happiness, honesty, listening, respect, forgiveness, giving, finding yourself, patience, musical instruments, singing, drama, reading, friendship, dancing, teamwork, relaxing, fun, cooking, nutrition, alphabet, numbers, time, confidence, acceptance, achievement, following your dreams and more. Enjoy learning with Lucky Ladybug and Friends!

    While developed for children ages 0 to 6, children of all ages, and even adults, may find a special connection with the main character, the adorable and loving Lucky Ladybug. Lucky Ladybug is brought to life in a way that brightens children’s lives and homes, filling them with positive energy and love while teaching important life lessons. Toddlers and preschoolers have been unable to get enough of Lucky Ladybug’s first book, “Be A Better You" and “Learn With Us! Lucky Ladybug And Friends!” promises to have the same charming effect.

    Learn With Us! Lucky Ladybug And Friends!: Lucky Ladybug (Lessons from the Heart) by Margo Joy is currently available in all book stores, online platforms, including Amazon. Get a copy of the book today on Amazon by clicking HERE.

    Toddlers and Preschoolers are delightfully enraptured with Lucky Ladybug’s Official YouTube Channel. Be sure to Subscribe HERE and enjoy all the many animated cartoon music, books and videos from Lucky Ladybug and Friends!

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    To learn more about Lucky Ladybug World, please visit https://www.LuckyLadyBug.world.
     
    About the Author
    Meet Margo Joy, an accomplished Recording Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Voiceover Artist, Producer, Cantor, Reverend, Creator and Author of the Lucky Ladybug series, which is available in print, ebook, audiobook, video, songs, activity books, and merchandise. Inspired by her love for ladybugs and how they have brought her luck since childhood, Margo created the series to brighten children’s lives and homes with high vibrations of positive energy and love, while teaching them the importance of friendship and kindness. Her goal is for Lucky Ladybug to reach others to bring luck, love, faith, and abundance through God. Margo believes that Lucky Ladybug will bring blessings to many. To learn more, please visit LuckyLadyBug.world.

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  • "The Wednesday Killer," from Haute-Lifestyle.com Publisher, Janet Walker, Wins a Total of Seven Best Screenplay Awards

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    One of the most attractive qualities of the script is the immediate sense of unease the writer introduces in showing [the killer] as a very wealthy, charming man before revealing his homicidal habits”
    — Portland Screenplay Awards

    BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Janet Walker, publisher, and founder of Haute-Lifestyle.com, is celebrating a season of success with the murder-thriller “The Wednesday Killer” which has won a total of seven top screenplay awards from film festivals around the world.

    The riveting crime drama took Best Thriller Script from the New York International Film Festival; Best Feature Script from the New York Movie Awards; Best Feature Script from the Florence Film Awards; Silver Award Feature Script from the Paris Film Awards, and Gold Award Feature Script from the Hollywood Gold Awards.

    "One of the most attractive qualities of the script is the immediate sense of unease the writer introduces in showing [the killer] as a very wealthy, well-liked, and charming man before revealing his homicidal habits," Portland Screenplay Awards.

    Additionally, "The Wednesday Killer" has won the Best Thriller Script Award from the Federico Fellini tribute festival 8&HalFilm Awards, and Best Unproduced Screenplay from the Miami Indie Film Awards.

    Ms. Walker’s debut screenplay, “The Six Sides of Truth,” continues to earn global raves from Cannes to Toronto and Los Angeles to Chicago with an additional Feature Script Silver Award from the Paris Film Awards. The Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards said, "The Six Sides of Truth cannot be ignored." Calling the screenplay, a "cerebral thriller."

    The recent recognition of each of Ms. Walker’s four screenplays, “The Six Sides of Truth,” “The Wednesday Killer,” “The Manhattan Project” and “The Assassins of Fifth Avenue,” elevates the total awards and selections to 61 and can be seen on FilmFreeway.

    “The Six Sides of Truth,” tells the story of a female reporter who discovered the human testing of a classified project and her race against time to expose the high-ranking government officials who will stop at nothing to silence her and has also picked up an additional screenplay win.

    “The Wednesday Killer,” a riveting, race against time crime drama, tells the story of a sadomasochistic murderer targeting affluent New York City women and the FBI agent driven by childhood memories to catch this monster before he kills again.

    “The Manhattan Project,” a riveting, fast-action, suspense thriller, weaves a tale of greed and corruption, as a dedicated investigative news team work to expose a depraved minister and a tenacious DEA agent, haunted by the murder of her family, race to capture a ruthless cartel leader with a foothold in Manhattan’s legal system.

    “The Assassins of Fifth Avenue,” an edgy crime thriller, tells the story of a wealthy criminal mastermind, a serial killer, and a reporter determined to uncover the truth and the exiled detective she enlists to help her find the killer before he kills again.

    About Haute-Lifestyle.com
    Haute-Lifestyle.com, along with Ms. Walker's other online and written properties, are solely owned and operated by Janet Walker. She is the sole proprietor. Nor has she given any person or persons permission to perform any duties on her behalf. Any person or persons who indicate by any means that they represent Haute-Lifestyle.com, or Ms. Janet Walker, is committing fraud.

    Haute-Lifestyle.com, "The Huff Post of Luxury," has provided readers with breaking news and political coverage since the 2012 Presidential election and following up beginning in 2013 the weekly Beltway Insider, a review of the nation's top stories from inside the beltway. Across the eight sections and 41 subsections, Haute-Lifestyle.com brings readers a cosmopolitan beat with global political coverage along with coverage in crime, science, technology, lifestyle, fashion, entertainment, travel and leisure, book reviews, music and so much more.

    Haute-Lifestyle.com, is read weekly in 19 countries, and is the first operating online magazine created and founded by Ms. Janet Walker. She has also created the The-Entertainment-Zone.com, currently introduced through a social media awareness campaign, and Five Star Food & Wine.com. Find us at http://www.Haute-Lifestyle.com.

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  • Michelle Taylor Willis, One of Atlanta's Top 25 Most Extraordinary Atlantan's Releases Book

    Raising Significance: A Guide to Raising Independent, Well-Rounded, and Confident Kids

    As an enterprising mom of 4 boys, I knew that my husband and I had to have a plan so the family could have a great life.”
    — Michelle Taylor Willis
    ATLANTA, GA, UNITED STATES, August 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Michelle Taylor Willis, Founder of According to Michelle TV Show, recently announced the re-release of the book, Raising Significance: A Guide to Raising Independent, Well-Rounded and Confident Kids. This release is a significant move for the According to Michelle brand on its mission to empower women by conveying knowledge that can change the world.

    "I'm a mom who always wants to support other moms. The Raising Significance Super Parent Resource Kit was created to let parents know that any efforts they make to better their children's lives make them Super Parents. The kit includes a journal, a coffee/tea mug, a T-shirt, a book, and star stickers that encourage or state, "You are a Super Parent" says Michelle Taylor Willis, Award-winning Entrepreneur/Founder, Author and Speaker at According to Michelle. "I’m by no means a child-rearing expert, psychologist, or anything of the sort. But, as an enterprising mom of four boys, I knew that my husband and I had to have a plan so the family could have a great life. With this in mind, I created some tenets that I was able to put to use with my boys— the oldest is 23. Many of my methods and ideas had positive outcomes, so I wrote a book to share these successes with other parents."

    This news comes in the wake of many recent initiatives and accomplishments of the company, including:

    - Times Square Billboard - Jenleeion Magazine Cover
    - Recent rebrand of According to Michelle Radio Show
    - Season 5 coming soon of the According to Michelle TV Show
    - Michelle Taylor Willis Day at the Capitol in Georgia Nov 18, 2021
    - Several awards recognizing her community service in Georgia in 2022

    To learn more about Raising Significance, click here.

    About According to Michelle: Michelle Taylor Willis is a Florida native; she is married with four sons, resides in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a proud graduate of the University of Florida. Michelle is an award-winning media executive, tv host, author, speaker, and master strategist.

    Michelle hosts the "According to Michelle" television show, featured weekly via VTV Network through Amazon Fire, Roku platforms, and soon on Apple TV and other smart tv platforms. Show episodes have surpassed several million views on Youtube. Michelle recently launched her first book, "Raising Significance: A Guide to Well-Rounded, Independent, and Confident Kids." She has appeared on the nationally syndicated Tamron Hall Show on ABC to discuss the book and on the Fox affiliate in Atlanta and has been featured in several publications. She also broadcasts "According to Michelle Radio Show" with Michelle Taylor Willis on Real 1100 AM and the iHeart radio network.

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  • Neolithic novel/screenplay considers the human instinct of survival and lays bare the human cost of a changing world

    Book Cover, The Final Days of Doggerland by Mike Meier

    Book Cover, The Final Days of Doggerland by Mike Meier

    The ravens in The Final Days of Doggerland by Mike Meier

    The ravens in The Final Days of Doggerland by Mike Meier

    The protagonist of The Final Days of Doggerland by Mike Meier

    The protagonist of The Final Days of Doggerland by Mike Meier

    The new book "The Final Days of Doggerland" by Mike Meier is a stone age story of survival in Northern Europe. It is in large part based on archeological facts.

    ...Imagine if your biggest worry was not your next social media post or who wins the election, but simply survival ...”
    — Mike Meier, author of "The Final Days of Doggerland"
    CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA, August 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- When author Mike Meier began researching his third book, a Neolithic novel set in Doggerland, the land that once connected Northern Europe to what is now England, he was fascinated to discover several enlightening archeological facts, such as the migration of the Yamnaya people, the use of spices in food, and a land sinking into the sea. Meier’s historic tale begins during the time of the early westward migrations from the Pontic steppe between the Southern Bug, Dniester and Ural rivers. “I have tried to create a world as it was 6,000 ago in Northern Europe,” Meier notes. “A time where one’s only goal was to survive.”

    In “The Final Days of Doggerland,” a group of weary nomads arrive in Northwestern Europe in the remnants of Doggerland and attempt to build a home. But the women and children of the group become captives of the more skilled Bollebarg tribe, led by a ruthless chief, Viggo. One of the captives, Oane, relies on her talent for crafting poisons to survive, while pondering how to reach firm land in the west. But her planned escape may come with a price.

    Meier’s vision of Neolithic tribalism is brought to life through his vivid illustrations and original songs. And as he explores the motivation to survive at a time when death was a constant threat, Meier lends perspective to modern concerns. “Imagine if your biggest worry was not your next social media post or who wins the election, but simply survival,” Meier posits. “And with survival as your biggest worry, the only other thing you may be able to think of, if you ever find the time, would be your purpose in life.”

    “The Final Days of Doggerland” is available for purchase online at Amazon.com. For more information on the book and the author, please visit the TheFinalDaysofDoggerland.com.

    About the Author

    Mike Meier is the author of JoinWith.Me and The Love Hex or Nicest Flings in Mexico. He grew up in a blue-collar housing project in Germany. His grandfather was a 1930s traveling magician and fortune-teller known as Wladi-Kami. On his own since his teens, he has lived in several different countries, including Argentina and Japan, and has worked jobs such as washing dishes, repairing bicycles, and painting homes. When he is not writing books or award-winning screenplays, you’ll find him playing Latin and Flamenco guitar somewhere…or playing in a rock band. He holds a master’s degree in political science, as well as a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws.

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  • Serial Killers and Cornish Pasties: Motts is Back with a Purloined Poinsettia

    Purloined Poinsettia is Now Available

    Author Dahlia Donovan

    LGBTQIA British Cozy Mystery “Purloined Poinsettia” is Live Worldwide for Motts's Next Mystery Adventure

    What sort of macabre gift will Motts find wrapped under the tree?”
    — Dahlia Donovan, Author
    QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, August 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Hot Tree Publishing is delighted to announce the release of Douglasville, Georgia-based author Dahlia Donovan and her latest novel “Purloined Poinsettia”, under their Tangled Tree imprint, “the darker, twisted side of Hot Tree Publishing.”

    “Dahlia Donovan revisits Cornwall in her best-selling Motts Cold Case Mystery series, bringing us more from the smart and irreverent Pineapple 'Motts' Mottley. Donovan's unique blend of wit and honest humor puts a fresh spin on the cozy mystery genre,” said Tangled Tree CEO and Managing Editor, Becky Johnson. Dahlia Donovan’s best-selling Motts Cold Case Mystery series offers quintessential cozy British mysteries and all-around fun stories for readers to throw themselves into. Along the way, readers can expect to cheer for the biromantic asexual heroine, Motts, and discover the unique world she lives in.

    “Purloined Poinsettia” is another entertaining tale, inviting readers to cheer on Motts and ask if she's running out of time to catch not one but two killers? "Writing in the Motts world is always like coming home. Her books flow easier than any other I’ve written. 'Purloined Poinsettia' has been a mammoth task in some ways, trying to string together all these little breadcrumbs from previous novels. I’m so thrilled with how it turned out and hope everyone enjoys it,” said best-selling author Dahlia Donovan

    Murder comes knocking when a killer hunts for budding amateur detective Pineapple “Motts” Mottley in the fourth novel of the Motts Cold Case Mystery series.

    “Think? I’m aware of the numerous times you’ve been perilously close to being seriously injured by cold-blooded killers.”
    “Technically, aren’t all killers warm-blooded? Is it even possible for a human to have cold blood? If you put yourself in a freezer, will your blood be cold?” Motts wondered absently. “Right. Sorry. Not what you meant. Oh, wait, I have a present for you in case you don’t come by tomorrow.”
    - from “Purloined Poinsettia”

    About the author: Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She is an autistic who prefers irreverent humor and unconventional characters and has found great happiness with her husband, her tiny dog Bacon, and her collection of books and video games. An adoptee, TCK (third culture kid), and survivor of childhood abuse, Dahlia uses a pen name to avoid her technically unsavvy adoptive family. Her story is all her own, though. Questions and Interview requests can be sent to dahlia@dahliadonovan.com

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  • Bin-Ladin Successor, Zawahiri's, Death Foretold in 2012 NPR Fiction Contest Story

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    First Father NPR Story

    First Father Book Cover

    'First Father' Fortells Zawahiri Death

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    Bin-Laden Successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri's Death Foretold in 2012 NPR Fiction Contest Story, 'First Father.' Contest Judged by Bestselling Author, Brad Meltzer.

    Life ain't but a minute. Live!”
    — Gene Cartwright
    LOS ANGELES, CA, US, August 5, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Truth is stranger than fiction?
    Not this time. This time, Author Gene Cartwright's fictional story, 'First Father' turns out to be 10 years ahead of reality and truth.

    In 2012, in NPR's (National Public Radio) 3-Minute Fiction Contest, the author—a former Oprah guest author, and author of the just-released epic, 'In Her First Life'—writes of Zawahiri's death in startling detail. In fact, the details were so specific and startling—as from one's eyes-on knowledge—that it likely explains why NPR, while acknowledging the entry, never responded to the author's many follow-up inquiries regarding the contest.

    "But how the hell could he know this?" Many will ask.

    In First Father, Gene Cartwright identifies a specific hiding place for Zawahiri who, until he was killed by U.S. Hellfire drone missiles on July 30, 2022, was unknown. Gene offered that the terrorist leader was hiding in... (read the story for details). The contest judge was bestselling author, Brad Meltzer.

    The only thing missing was GPS coordinates.

    What is First Father's main story?
    With the eyes of the world riveted on the young president, age 41, at the White House East Room podium, his Chief of Staff waited to convey startling news about his pregnant wife that would make all else insignificant.

    You must read this 796-word micro-story to appreciate just how prescient Gene was in writing this stunning story. It will leave defense and national security experts scratching their heads, again asking: "How the hell could he know this?"

    Get eBook at Smashwords, readable on all devices,
    including Kindle, iBook, and more.
    Also available on Amazon.

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  • The Book: Rising Tides - Second of the Warm World Mysteries

    A Story About Mysteries, Globalization, and a lot more

    HOMESTEAD , FLORIDA , UNITED STATES , August 5, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ --
    Jerry Blanton has been successful as a high school English teacher, a bookstore manager, an academic dean, a copywriter/ proofreader, an English professor, an editor, and a writing tutor. He has published more than 45 books of poetry, short stories, mysteries, historical novels, sci-fi/fantasy, and blog collections.

    In this press release, he will feature his favorite book, “Rising Tides -Second World Mysteries”.

    As a sneak peek, below are the two lines which are taken from the book:
    “The manager of the Blue Flamingo Apartments has been found dead floating in the water of the flooded laundry room. Then the owner of the apartments hires Buck Jaspers to prove that the death was murder and not an accidental death as the police believe. Buck and his operatives interview employees and residents of the Blue Flamingo, which reveals some wild and risky behavior that leads Buck to the Tampico Hotel on Miami Beach, its club/restaurant Rising Tides, and some ominous individuals including the dead man’s wife and her lovers.”

    The rest of his 44 books are also available worldwide but right now, he focuses on this book called “Rising Tides - Second World Mysteries”.

    To purchase it from Amazon, you may click the link below:
    https://www.amazon.com/Rising-Tides-Second-world-mysteries/dp/164314656 4

    Jerry’s website: www.jerrycblanton.com

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