TIME!- “Our Most Valuable Commodity”-

By: Edward Lane

Time is the one thing most of us take for granted, even though it is the one thing we possess that is limited and finite. As a dear friend of mine says, “We all have the same 24 hours!” and in my opinion it is the absolute truth! However, with that being said, my thinking of late takes it one step further – “we all don’t have the same amount of sand in the hourglass.” 

No one knows how many grains of sand anyone has been blessed with. God Almighty makes this a mystery to man, for all our perceived wisdom and intelligence, no one can know this answer!

“How do we spend this most precious and valuable commodity? With what or whom do we share it with?

Obviously this is a unique question that every individual must decide for themselves. No two answers, in my opinion, would be the same – nor should they. It is something that I have noticed from my journey through life which has been change with time. Many things have made me reevaluate the way I think about time. Marriage, death, my children, my faith and friends are all things that have forced me to examine myself.

Spending time with one of my twins.

Lets face it, within our societies we forget to step back, slow down and think prior to proceeding. Do we ask ourselves if somethings we force our time with causes us to try to extend those twenty-four hours in which we all have? Is it really that important that we cramp certain things within that time frame that makes us forget what is really important and time we cannot get back? What is the point if we miss what is important to us such as time with love ones that we can not replace in the future? We all try to make up the time but in reality its not the same. 

Family time part of our those invaluable commodities.

I have watched friends, family and colleagues leave this earth far too young. But who am I to say this? Am I God? Certainly not! It is He that holds the hourglass and only He that knows the amount of sand within. In my youth I spent majority of my time chasing other people’s dreams. Things that were laid out before me like a golden road. Following the footsteps of generations before me, it seemed like the obvious and correct path to take. Of course I can only look back and evaluate the past. I cannot change it, but I can learn from it.

I have often wondered, as many have likely done, if I spent my time differently would I or could I have changed anything? Perhaps, but probably not much, because that time spent helped shaped us into the person we are today.  

Time.. How to.. ? A social media post from a “Social Media” friend

The objective of this piece: WE have to choose how to use the remaining sands of “OUR” hourglass. 

Take time for a peaceful walk through the woods or park. Stop and listen to the birds sing. Sit with your family and turn off your phone! Have an ice cream or nice meal them and fellowship! Have a discussion with someone you care about and ask them how they are doing as a human. Actually listen! Tell the people in your life how much you love them, if you do. Because guess what – your last grain of sand could pass before you speak with them again. 

Time “Our Most Valued Commodity”
Photo by: Sebo Films/Pivatell Distribution.2018

Spend the precious commodity of time with the right people, but still reserve some for a stranger you meet at a shop for a short chat. 

I hope sharing my insight and opinion will be helpful to maybe begin that process in someone that reads this. Like it or not, time is not a commodity we can hoard in a bank or should be taken for granted as if we are allowed credit.  We are forced to spend it as “Father Time” is undefeated. So spend it joyfully and live well!

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

J.Edward Lane

Tina Matzat Short Film “Gaslighting”- Review

Written By:  Jerome Fitts

There is no such thing called a “new comer director” in film-making. Once certain directors hit a peak of being reputable all of us seem to jump on the bandwagon and the step by step films prior to the big hits are often over looked. Gaslightening seems to be one of those perfect examples. You either have the vision and display that vision at your own pace or wait till you find exactly what you want the world to view through your lens when your ready. In this indie short film, scriptwriter and director Tina Mazat of Qbit Films seems to have waited till the perfect time to do exactly that.

This film is about tolerance and a deliverance to those that think the aforementioned has an unlimited amount of it. The film was shot in Berlin where the director is challenging the viewership as well as giving the world an update to the city.  One of those examples is; if you are not familiar with a certain part of the city then you wouldn’t know its Berlin. Our first reaction was: “Thank God, its not another film shot in the overly saturated new Berliners section of Kreuzberg!” 

Scene taken from Gaslighting. Copyright Qbit Films.
Photo used by kind permission. 2018

The other has to be selection of Lara Marian and Nils Bauer as the key cast, who both do an exceptional job acting in English. As some would say; “the proofs in the pudding” because it was definitely done in the new Berlin where coming across anyone that speaks German is quite hard.  

Scene taken from Gaslighting. Photo used by kind permission. Copyright Qbitfilms. 2018

The film is impressive yet bland based on the objectives of the short while being complimented with near perfect cinematography.

In contrast to what the description of the film has been listed as, the ending isn’t much of a surprise. However, one has to wonder if it is was either too harsh or did Matzat leave room for a part two. Can you, the reader, imagine a part two of a short film? We can..

“Nice and thought provocative short flick!” -WorthJourney

Credits:

Written and Directed By: Tina Matzat

Key Cast: Lara Marian and Nils Bauer 

Produced By: Qbit Films 

“Job Life” By: Roberto I. Ercolalo- Short Film Review

Written By:  Jerome Fitts

For the life of me I don’t know why indie film festival award winning director Roberto I. Ercolalo started this relevant piece in Spanish without subtitles. According to the films advertisement, the following film has been selected to numerous festivals. Its your call as well as evaluate some of those festivals selection committee members. *Just saying!

Within the first 45 seconds of the short film Job Life, the director has his point across. This nineteen and thirty-six second black and white short describes how certain individuals within the Argentinian work force live to work as the burden of their job cements their oppression.

To appreciate the work of Mr. Ercolalo one would have to watch the film more than once while applauding the soundtrack composers Tomás Alegre and Victoria Korenblit  which may be the beckoning for such a second glanceUnfortunately both carry the film as oppose to the message that the director is attempting to convey.

Could his message be; “Some people has little to no choices with their career or is it in Argentina there are little to no opportunities once you start a career?”- 

Roberto I. Ercolalo in Job Life. Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2018

 

The drainy deposition of the film is one that some of us movie goers have when we are recovering from the fear of a brilliant weekend on a rainy Sunday while preparing to go to work the next morning. If you are looking for an uplifting film then you may want to check the next dial.  However if you want something that would make you appreciate the life you have while re-assessing your current career status then this is one for you.

Within the film overview, Ercolalo is quoted: “There is a message in the film.” We were looking for something that wasn’t so obvious.

By no means are we announcing an ill-rating for the film but we do think that Job Life will be appreciated more in the future once we are blessed with more work from Roberto I. Ercolalo.

Sir.. Its a decent start.. -WJ

“A Night With A Stranger”- Short Film Review

Reviewed By: Jerome Fitts

Does anyone remember a time when we could meet someone in a park after a night out and discuss a mutual problem? The short film “A Night With A Stranger” by independent filmmaker and director Uladzimir Taukachou submitted to us via Cacique Film Awards was filmed in an unusual social scene, (a park in New York City). The indie filmmaker has made a short that touches certain embarrassing attributes that most Americans have. (* From our view!)

A Night with a Stranger official trailer from Uladzimir Taukachou on Vimeo.

The 5 criteria based questions of a short film such as; who, what, when, where and then how are covered. There are also topics that has become a norm for societies world-wide.

Who: Girl walks and sits in a New York City park and is approached by a stranger.

What: A discussion with a stranger as they both give a brief history of themselves as well as discuss the margins of their personal lives.   (** Our questions are: “Is America this shallow?”, “Does it matter where someone comes from?”, “Has society forgotten to be nice to one another?” and worse “Why should this be a strange encounter?”)

When: Actress Titi Arewa, who is making her film debut, walks in a park after a regretful night, to come up with a solution for her most recent problem. The stranger Kim Palmer, played by Marty Novitsky, gives his resolution as well as compares his life to hers.

Where: New York City- very unusual, but that is the obvious point as strangers seldom speak to one another let alone vent their problems in hope of a solution.

How: The thirteen and twenty second short was filmed on a DSLR camera with an indie budget and film crew of 3 people. Other than certain scenes with  lighting challenges, Uladzimir Taukachou  has done a fair job of making the most of his limitations without making excuses. Here is validated proof that sometimes the best art is created with a set of limitations.

Photo used by kind permission. Copyright Uladzimir Taukachou. 2018

Its safe to say that we can all appreciate the efforts the director and cast has made.  Paying close attention to the film you may find the more so often than not unfortunate descriptions, margins and perimeters of others  unsocial-able misfortunes that disables one another to opening up to others. We get it and we hope you do to.

WJ

“A Night With A Stranger” is a UTC Film Production.2016

 

“SAVE” SHORT FILM REVIEW

 Jerome Fitts

SAVE, is a near four minute short film with over 90 international Film Awards and 400 official selections to date. The must see short was submitted to us by the film counsel and judges from the Cacique Film Awards.

If there as a way were we could examine the mind of Director/Producer Ivan Sainz- Pardo there may be an antidote that counteracts  and eliminate viruses while solving unpredictable human activity. Imagine that.


This film exemplifies the love, tenderness, selfishness and frustrations combined with a moment of madness on a normal day that resulted in an unfathomable regretful ending.

Photo used by kind permission. 2018

The lead character (Roland Von Kummant) responses based on his emotions that can happen on a normal day,  also clarifies what all humans capable of.  Perhaps Director Saniz-Pardo objective as part of a thought provoking film, is reminding the viewers that  if certain virtues are not acknowledge to be controlled anything can happen.

“A relevant and absolutely brilliant short film.”– WJ

Written, Produced and Directed by:  Ivan Sainz- Pardo

Key Cast: Josephine  Ehlert, Roland Von Kummant, Mia Von Kummant 

Music By: Philipp Fabian Kölmel

THE BOUDOIR – VIDEO SHORT REVIEW

 Jerome Fitts

Clap! Clap! David Latreille for putting a twist, flavor and excitement in a video that encompasses the remarkable music by Asten Harris  yes A.K.A Apex Martin of Kayne West fame. Undoubtedly the song is killer but the rapid photos of actress Emilie Dumas should be displayed for patrons entering a nightclub anywhere. The thing of it is, this 2014  genuine piece of digital storytelling, which was submitted to WJ via The Cacique Film Awards , is listed as a music short film. Its the work of a genius!

“A two-minute short film about a young woman experiencing music through a psychotic phase.” 

THE BOUDOIR from David Latreille on Vimeo.

What Mr. Latreille did in 2014 was redefined style in a music video. Were the standards set by the brilliant producer/director followed since its original release? If we are honest with one another the answer is; no!

Actress: Emilie Dumas
Copyright David Latreille. 2014
Photo used by kind permission. 2018

This a perfect example of why MTV introduced music videos that were created decades ago. Is it a song that should be on full blast driving in a quiet neighborhood? No.. Its too special.. This two minutes and eleven seconds tune could be put on while working out in the gym, dressing up to impress a his or hers date or going through that psycho phase that we all endure.

In closing this gem was created ahead of our time.

WJ

Credits, Cast & Crew:
Young Woman / Emilie Dumas
Writer, Director, Editor / David Latreille
Cinematographer / Nicolas Venne
Score / Apex Martin

“The Cotillion” Short Film Review

 Jerome Fitts

Robyn Whitmore of Sierra Lane Productions has attempted to bring issues in a Louisiana community that was once considered taboo yet remains in certain societies today. Independent films are normally funny, creative and sometimes thought provocative while being created on a low budget. Ms. Whitmore seems to have covered the norm while extending boundaries of various subject matters.


The result or transparent review of the noted project is: “Sometimes the results doesn’t resembles the efforts”. Its safe to say that Ms. Whitmore has more in-store in the now “DIY” realm of film-making. The limitations and/or congenial cooperation between the cast members of this indie film doesn’t seem to have been an handicap. However the scattered concept of the film does leave one to ponder- “What is the statement or concept behind the stories? There seems to be more than one”

A blended family has to face some harsh realities about their father and siblings while preparing for an annual ball.”– Robyn Whitmore 

A loyal lover of film will see the subliminal talent of Ms. Whitmore. It is recommendation that, you the reader, not only watch the film in its entirety but also follow the future projects of Sierra Lane Productions. The best is yet to come.

For more release and film accessibility contact:  Robyn Whitmore 

Copyright Controlled. Sierra Lane Productions in association with Whitmore Entertainment. 2018

Bob Moses – “Battle Lines” | Album Review

 Jerome Fitts

** Also contributed to The Line Best Fit 

If you are lucky enough to catch Bob Moses, the Canadian electro duo, then be prepared. Their latest album “Battle Lines” is a potent reminder of the power of the combination of hard rhythm, electronic experimentation, and hard-hitting lyrics.

Just to be clear here: pound for pound and track for track, this record is a gem. Thirty seconds into the lead single, “Back Down”, it’s clear that we’re in the safe hands of a duo who understand exactly how to manipulate their audience.

The single reminds us all of why we leave our inhibitions at the door truly exciting music like this, as it briefly transports us from our mundane present to the promise of a better future. It’s microcosm of the appeal of the Battle Lines as a whole: this is versatile, dynamic party music, made by masters of their craft.

Battle Lines is available to pre-order now on CD and limited edition colored double LP from Domino and digital download. All pre-orders from Domino receive an instant download of “Back Down” and “Heaven Only Knows.”

PRE-ORDER DIGITAL
PRE-ORDER PHYSICAL 

The band will tour North America this fall, with dates kicking off September 21 in Sacramento and further stops in San FranciscoPortlandSeattleChicagoBostonPhiladelphiaNew YorkAustinLos Angeles and beyond. Tickets are on sale now. Visit bobmosesmusic.com for more information.
Bob Moses Live
Sept 15 || Ensenada, Mexico || Guadalupe Valley Wine, Food & Music Festival
Sept 21 || Sacramento, CA || Ace Of Spades
Sept 22 || Oakland, CA || Fox Theater
Sept 24 || Portland, OR || Wonder Ballroom
Sept 25 || Vancouver, BC || Commodore Ballroom
Sept 26 || Seattle, WA || Neptune Theater
Sept 27 || Boise, ID || Knitting Factory
Sept 28 || Salt Lake City, UT || The Metro
Sept 29 || Denver, CO || Gothic Theater
Sept 30 || San Diego, CA || CRSSD Festival
Oct 2 || Omaha, NE || The Waiting Room
Oct 3 || Minneapolis, MN || Varsity Theater
Oct 4 || Chicago, IL || Thalia Hall
Oct 5 || Las Vegas, NV || Encore Beach Club
Oct 6 || Toronto, ON || Danforth Music Hall
Oct 7 || Montreal, QC || Corona Theatre
Oct 9 || Boston, MA || Paradise
Oct 10 || Philadelphia, PA || Union Transfer
Oct 11 || Washington, D.C. || 9:30 Club
Oct 12 || Brooklyn, NY || Brooklyn Steel
Oct 15 || Carrboro, NC || Cat’s Cradle
Oct 16 || Atlanta, GA || Terminal West
Oct 17 || New Orleans, LA || Republic
Oct 18 || Houston, TX || White Oak Music Hall
Oct 19 || Austin, TX || Emo’s
Oct 20 || Dallas, TX || Trees
Oct 23 || El Paso, TX || Lowbrow Palace
Oct 24 || Sante Fe, NM || Meow Wolf
Oct 25 || Phoenix, AZ || The Van Buren
Nov 2 || Mexico City, Mexico || Auditorio Blackberry
Nov 16 || Los Angeles, CA || The Palladium

BOB MOSES ONLINE:
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EyeCue – Immediate Press Release

 Jerome Fitts

For those of you that are aware of the rich traditions that comes with Skopje, Macedonia, then you should be informed of the amazing band, Eye Cue. During the bands seven year history they have performed to over a half a million people as a main-stage act. The most notable of those festivals being the massive “Taksirat”. 

The bands notoriety due to heavy rotation on MTV (Adria) has resulted in awards such as  “Song Of The Year 2012” to “Band of the Year 2015” within the Balkan region.

The rock/pop/fusion/trance band that consist of  Bojan Trajkovski and  Marija Ivanovska are schedule to release their much anticipated European release “We Are Having Fun” on February 14th, 2018 via Crownn Records/Pivatell Distribution. To promote the release of the record the band will be undertaking a lengthy European tour throughout the month of February and March.  The album and tour will be highlighted by the hit single “Million Times”.

EyeCue accepting “Best Festival Song” Skopski Festival. 2015. Photo used by kind permission. 2017

Surprisingly the band has more catalog of music, videos and live shows than the average, wannabe western society, bands out there but has never crossed the border with their shows. The latter isn’t an excuse because of the lack of opportunity or interest but rather a choice based on the mastermind Bojan idea of the right time.

EyeCue Live. 2017. Photo used by kind permission. 2017

“The thing of it is, we noticed all of the bands in America and on the continent of Europe were rushing to release their music online. We didn’t believe in that. That isn’t to take away from some of the new main stream bands, but we wanted to corner our market first. Besides putting anything online is easy.  I also studied the market and just concentrated on the sound that was in our hearts and when the right opportunity came along we took it. We are excited to finally tour outside of the Balkan region while promoting our music.”- Bojan

EyeCue “We Are Having Fun!” Release Date: February 14th, 2018

Its seems as though the real bands that  have a live unit to perform their songs are out there. The likes, the followers and self propelled tags that so many are begging to have via the social media platforms to capture art these days are exposing themselves. Getting in the van or bus to play a show in any language and/or from any region can arguably be what music is about.

EyeCue are a band that has not used the excuse of being from a region that is seldom overlooked for talent. The end result is the talent within EyeCue that the public has enjoyed during the 300 plus shows thus far.  Keep your eye out for this band.

“We Are Having Fun” will be released on Crownn Records / Pivatell Distribution Feb. 14th, 2018

 Website:  https://www.eyecueofficial.com                                                                Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eyecueband/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeCueOfficial

JointPop- Immediate Press Release

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 Jerome Fitts

It is extremely hard to find a band that isn’t apart of the new mainstream era that is road sturdy with a welcoming sound and lyrics that all genres can relate to. Does that sound dangerous or is it just what you have been looking for?

The riveting sound that JointPop, a Trinidad /Tobago band, has is completed by a live show that the new era musicians and gig goers alike yarn for. The band consist of lead singer Gary Hector with Damon Homer on the second guitar, Jerome Girdharrie on bass, Phil Hill -keyboard/synthesizer is completed by soothing yet complimenting drummer Dion Camacho.

The band formed in 1996 and has released an astonishing 7 full length albums over its 21 year history. Due to extensive touring, the bands loyal following that was ignited from the West Indies has stretched to the heart of Europe. In 2011, the band broke the Atlantic barriers with a selection of live dates to compliment the fist full of back catalog with an extensive tour of Europe.

The culmination of Gary’s vocals and lyrics with a mixture of a reggae/pop/rock is evident in the bands selection of notable singles: 

After a much needed break from the grinding road over the last two years, the band is gearing up for yet another European jaunt in early 2018 which is to be preceded by a festival circuit tour.

JointPop complete catalog is available here: http://www.jointpop.com/index.php/buy 

Website: http://www.jointpop.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jointpop