Good News Documentary Review-“Shaholly”

Reviewed By:  Jerome Fitts

The spirit in which top fashion model Shaholly Ayers details her path to stardom in the short documentary Shaholly, is exactly what The Cacique Film Festival Series definition of a “Good News Documentary” is.  Award winning director Wojeciech Lorenc did a near perfect job of highlighting Ms. Ayers personality that compliments her stunning beauty. The story itself is something we encourage our readers to patiently watch. The thing of it is, you may find yourself watching it over and over. This is turning adversity into triumph.

As a society we all want to be in a place and time when we are not  judged from the first sight of one another, but unfortunately the world has not developed into that place- just yet. Hopefully this documentary, produced by Mary O’Connell, could lead us to taking another look at our ethics.

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After watching the documentary for a second time, we (WJ) found ourselves searching for more information on Ms. Ayers and by no one surprise, her story is a continued journey. It is exciting and inspirational following her steps toward building onto her dreams.  Shaholly Ayers is a master piece of beauty in her own right and the word special has to be replaced by an adjective that hasn’t been written yet.

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Our take on the film is that; opportunities taken for granted should be withdrawn from those who think they are entitled to it. Within the film Ms. Ayers mentions the doors that were closed by certain shallow thinkers and how her tenacity to fulfilling her childhood dream eventually became a reality. It should be noted that there was never a mention of self pity or acknowledgement of her disability that withheld her from overcoming those obstacles. 

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Watch the documentary! It takes less than 5 minutes to feel good about the rest of your day and on one those worse days when you are not counting your blessings, do yourself some justice by watching it again.

Remarkable “Good News” documentary- WJ

Smartphone Review- “Our 1st Smartphone ShortFilm”

Reviewed By:  Jerome Fitts

In the new modern world of digital storytelling there is such a thing called supersaturated wannabees in film-making. To be frank, some are good but for the most part there is a clueless exemplification of objectives in those “we can do it all ourselves films!” At the end of the day it has come down to the opinions within the “eye of the beholders”.

Our 1st Smartphone Short Film, is one of those exceptions.. “It’s brilliant, sexy, classy,  and thought prov-active”, while maintaining the viewers attention for its 2 minute span. 

The production is splendid with the dual threat of directors Emigdio and Ivan Jorge  complimented by the writing skills of Silvia Colin, that put those imaginary lines of huge production cost to rest. The limitations set forth was obviously not an obstacle. You know the statement; “Either you have it or you don’t?” — well these guys have it. This short film was done with an IPhone X

This submission to Cacique Film Festival, has  been selected for the Tunnel Vienna, Austria Event (March 29th, 2019)

Splendid piece of work!- WJ

SmartPhone Review- “Kuujjuaq”

Reviewed By:  Jerome Fitts

“Kuujjuaq”, a smart phone  short film, which was initially a student essay, has found its way onto the Cacique Film Festival Series (Vienna, Austria event March 29th, 2019) screening selection. As well as being educational short film to anyone who hasn’t been to Kuujjuaqthis may serve as another reason to travel to a place where most wouldn’t dare ponder. That is until now! Do yourself some justice and click on the  highlighted links in blue to find out where this remarkable village is.

Kuujjuaq trailer / bande-annonce from Wapikoni mobile on Vimeo.

Besides the obvious that its blistering cold in Kuujjuaq, the film gives some insight to the culture as well as the amazing geography that surrounds one of the fourteen villages in this Canadian province. Maybe short films such as this should be endorsed more to broaden the minds of those that wonder what a pure quality of life is like and how similar their own existence is. Sammy Gadbois, did a fabulous job of encouraging viewers to visit his village  with a broader outlook on what some may consider untouched regions.

Scenes from Kuujjuaq.
Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2019
Copyright controlled. Sammy Gadbois.2018

We do hope that all of the major travel boards (TripAdvisor to Booking.com) take notice of the work this student has done “pro-bono” advertising this remarkable village. In closing it should be noted that the Wapikoni Mobile team deserves a standing ovation for not only supporting their youth but also doing an excellent job with their professional submission. We are eternal fans.

Thank you Mr. Gadbois for enlightening us.

“Informative”- WJ

WJ.

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“Selfie Music” – Smokin’ Mirrors and Delusional Self Entitlements

“Selfie Music”

Smokin’ Mirrors and Delusional Self Entitlements

   Jerome Fitts

Here we are some two years later after the “Who Do Think They Are?” post and it seems that although the reaction was positive and there has been over 97K followers that read the article, the truth is, the submissions from DIY artist to the public and within the music industry has gotten worse.

Sure there are the renditions of tapes, CD’s and Vinyl along with the current trend of streaming that keeps the music industry machine going and this is great. However, the approach and the delivery of quality music is still lost in the mix bowl of talent or should we say self entitled talent.

We can blame the discovery of taking pictures in mirrors (selfies) as a perfect example of people who are looking at themselves in mirrors based on what their own delusions are. The facts are the same within the current state of music delivery and some of these artist are delusional. There are some amazing music out there and good music still sells while a great song will live forever. The 7.5 billion census question is:

Where is it?”

The hilarious "like" my page adverts. Used by kind permission.2016

The hilarious “like” my page adverts.
Used by kind permission.2016

These days you can’t create a social media page or troll your own social media site, most notably Twitter or Facebook, without those selfie musicians demanding you to check out their music or video. But one has to wonder or ask several questions and among those important questions its always: “Whats next? Or even better “Why?” At some point most of the new age artist or selfie artist are demanding you check out their material as if its going to bring them fame. In this day and age where our beloved YouTube has replaced television or  music video channels, anyone can buy impressions or views for the videos they upload. If there are a million and one likes or views are we suppose to follow a trend based on the number of views or does this mean that because there are a certain number of views then its quality or like-able material. 

First and foremost, if its already out there then someone will “check it out” even if its yourself. Yes that is right, you can pay someone to “get likes” after posting some of the music then celebrate as if you are a star. Imagine someone desperate enough to pay for likes or followers that leave no comments or invite you to play live in their city. Maybe there should be an additional option for the public to choose from based on the statistics that are also displayed such as geographical and demographic analytical views. Then again this would shatter the glass mirror so maybe its better to leave it smoking to fulfill those delusions. Need we say more?

According to Webster Dictionary: The definition of desperate is: (of a person) having a great need or desire for something. In reference to this piece its about demanding likes or followers. Hilarious or not it is without question a cruel reality.

Kiss Army advert. Getty Images. 2016

Kiss Army advert. Getty Images. 2016

Remember the days when we would sing in the mirror and pose as if you were Paul Stanley from KISS or Madonna then tell your friends or family to come and see. Well its the same isn’t it? In modern times the translation of “check this out” would mean “hey look at me, I think I am sexy or I can sing so follow me!” Funny right. Has anyone wrote an honest and constructive comment on those posts? Was your comment deleted and your profile blocked only for the submitter of the post to destroy you in a response without you being in a position to defend your initial comment. The results is smoking mirrors or selfie music that makes up the body of smoking mirrors. It makes you wonder what independent music is these days if that is the case. One can also wonder why these artist are not asking the public what they think and accepting the response. It seems this would be the logical way of not only building a brand through genuine followers but its also a way to expand their sound. Are these artist are afraid to find out the truth? Is this a new genre being created within this selfish industry? Here we go: Cowards of Selfie Music.

Where did being creative and different go to?

Over the years there has been some exceptions to the growing trend in remarkable artist such as Lindsey Stirling, but we all have to agree that her formula, style and quality of material is above the norm. The result has seen the Los Angeles starlet sell out theaters and arenas around the world yet you wouldn’t find her playing live at an in-house popular music awards. Maybe the judges or panel of such awards are mechanical or machines as they are year after year selecting the same shite music such as Drake, Rihanna and some other copycat self proclaimed pimp or whore. The moral police of music have unfortunately succumbed to supporting the new genre of clown music. Charlie Chaplin and crew have to be in heaven going f**ks sake!

Here we go, the definition of courage in the Webster Dictionary is: Strength in the face of pain or grief. Bravery

In this case its about the artist pouring their heart and soul into their sound by mastering their craft to express themselves. The courageous part of it is, they are leaving it up to the recipient (listener) to chose for themselves.

Does it work? Sure these artist are putting their dreams into motion without feeling the public owes them something. They promote themselves just as much as the professionals does but the successful ones never go rogue. They sweat and win together and those standards are based on a delegated process within each sector of working behind the music. The formula is quite simple, everyone is on the same page.There is music out there that genuine labels and distributors believe in such as Proper Music Distribution that works with large and small booking agencies. The thing of it is that those reputable entities working relationship is based on the belief in the same artist genuine promotion.


For those that are reading this lengthy piece, try it out. When it comes to approaching PR companies, due your due diligence and ask what is the finish line. Have the courage to look past the name dropping some may use to secure your check but look deep into their strategy in regards to your music.

The positive side to hiring professionals, if you take yourself serious enough, you can learn from their mistakes as well as get better along the way.

For the artist that are reading this and will continue to partake in the DIY system, take a deep breath and don’t add to much water into the instant gratification process of your music. You will receive exactly what you put into your music and if you don’t require professionals to handle your music then the reality is you don’t need the public. So.. What is your objective? – Selfie Music. Have fun in your bedroom or kitchen performing to the smoking mirrors.

In closing, good food is like good music, we just eat it and it becomes our favorite food and its what you prefer. When the package or label of the food or music is presented right it looks and smells good and more than likely it will taste good. But if the package and label of the food or music looks cheap and smell like shite, then it probably is!

Enjoy..

Jerome Beau Fitts

“BLIND” video by Berlin band———– LETTERS FROM EDEN

Berlin Band Letters from Eden. Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2016

Letters from Eden. Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2016

The video of the week comes from Rodos Film Festival Selected – “BLIND” from Berlin, Germany based band Letter From Eden. It should be noted that this post is not only about the award winning video but also a recommendation to follow an amazing band. The song Blind displays a band that seems to continue to work on their craft while maintaining originality in a music world that seems to rely on systems as oppose to actually playing their instruments– *****5 STARS Highly recommended!! 

The video which was produced by AchtungLichtFilm Production who is also based in Berlin, is part of a Rococo trilogy which produced short films The Scent of Gentlemen and Rivals.

The company which was founded by Alexander Lony and Yann Grouhel in 2013 are also responsible for a number of short films and music videos.

The company have also gone on record stating: “ When the band invited us to their rehearsal room to hear some of the new songs (which of course all are great!), we immediately decided to shoot their music video.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AchtungLichtFilm/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALF_Film

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0498412/?ref_=fn_al_co_1  

 

 

Introducing “The Eve” Short Film

The Eve Short Film promotional poster. Used By Kind permission. 2016

The Eve Short Film promotional poster. Used By Kind permission. 2016

The world-wide Film Festival favorite THE EVE by director Luca Machnich is a thriller. Imagine having a family tragedy and meeting up with Santa Claus. An innocent imagination while longing to escape makes up a must see summer short horror film. As of May 2016, the film has won an astonishing 78 film festival awards.

CAST
Valerio Santosuosso, Mary Wall, Ulf Kusdas, Maurizio Rapotec.

SYNOPSIS

Simon is an eight-year-old boy who seems to have everything from life. He’s a handsome child, he’s rich yet unhappy. He senses that there’s something wrong with his life and this leads him to wander off thanks to his fervid imagination. His greatest wish is to leave the materialistic world behind since he isn’t fond of it. That’s why the only present he wants for Christmas is for Santa Claus to take him away to live in his fairyland toy factory. At the same time, a secret that his family has been keeping for a long time suddenly comes to the surface and it is feared that the worst might happen soon. The expectation for the stroke of midnight on the night before Christmas is transformed into reality for everyone on the eve of something truly different. Something terrible that might happen.

Feature Film of the Week.. Maskoun

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Prepare for a film like no other, nothing as scary, as provoking or powerful.  The film Maskoun is based on true stories from all over the Middle East; a horror film like no other with twists and to keep you on the edge of your seat.   With real footage of actual paranormal sightings, interviews, TV shows, news reels and actual celebrities all merge into this suspenseful feature film.

Maskoun Trailer (English Version) from Sharif Abdunnur on Vimeo.

The film is about two young directors who come back from the USA to shoot a documentary film about paranormal activity  in Lebanon:  They hire a crew and Two Celebrity Stars to accompany them on their adventure.  After several small sightings the visions become stronger and the mystery turns into a hellish nightmare.

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Directed as a cross between documentary and fiction with  inserts from news and interviews the film is a violent suspenseful thriller and would be the first of its kind in the Middle East.   The movie is a revolution in Arabic cinema as it was shot both in Arabic and in English enabling it to be marketed to an International Audience/Market as well as the Middle East.

Written and Directed by:  Sharif Abdunnur and Krystle Houiess

Cinematography:  Jad Beyrouthy

Editing:  Nadim Khaiyrallah

Music:  Anthony Sahyoun

Producers:  Laure Chamoun and Reine Semaan
Lead Actors:
        Wissam Hanna
        Leila Ben Khalifa
        Krystle Houiess
        Sharif Abdunnur

Short Film Highlight ‘4242’ by Sara Eustaquio

It is an absolute honor to highlight the remarkable short film ‘4242’ by up and coming film director Sara Eustaquio . The sixteen year old film director, who was recently accepted into New York Film Academy for 2016, short film is also complimented by an original soundtrack by her father Victor Eustaquio.

‘4242’ is the story of a young female immigrant, a story of a teenager’s anguish who is trying to redefine her identity after being forced to leave home.
Short Synopsis:
Cristi has just moved to an unknown country, far away from family and friends. At first, she is happy for the challenge. But soon she begins to question her place in this new world that seems to be a lost town, made of absences, distances, silence and indifference.

Staring: Cristina Caldararu 

Director:Sara Eustaquio | Writers:Cristina Caldararu, Sara Eustaquio

Music By: Victor Eustaquio | Produced By: Victor Eustaquio

 

“Stitches”- Rodos Film Festival Fashion Video Selection

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Recently Fashion Video selected for the Rodos Film Festival (2016), video Stitches was brought to our attention by acclaimed director Eunji Kim. Great work Eunji! The Fashion video awards are presented by Bofi Clothing Distributors

Synopsis:
How can our emotional scars and grief reflect the view we see
around us when we go through a break-up? Stitches explores the
fragile passage of enduring pains and the art of letting go through
the time of digging up and repeating memories.

Credits:
Director : Eunji Kim
Director of Photography : Elly Nakajima
Editor : Paula Cuadrado
composer : Barbara De Biasi
Sound designer : Alejandro Cid
Camera Assistant : George Symonds
Make up/Hair stylist : Cassie George
Key Cast:
Nicky Ingram
David Alexander

Short Film Of The Week.. “The Blue & The Beyond”

 

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Short Film of the Week courtesy of Rodos Film Festival Selection committee.

A brilliant short film directed by Youri Dekke

The Blue & the Beyond is the story of a young, imaginative man named Charlie, who is searching to find someone like him in a world where he is different in every way. 
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Credits:
Directed by: Youri Dekker
Produced by: Samia Khalaf & Kimberly Mucha
Visual Development Leads: Jonathan Apilado, Diem Doan, & Jasmine Truong
Character Design by: Ryan Eways
Supervising Animators: Kimberly Mucha, Nicki Yee, & Youri Dekker
Lead Animators: Rebecca Chan, Ryan Eways, Ariana Barton, & Casey Straka
Clean-Up Leads: Annie Hsu & Danielle Case
Layout Lead: Geoff Nakanishi
Compositing Lead: Alvin Concepcion
Musical Score by: Megan Carnes