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

 

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

This Weeks Featured Film- “Makana”

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We are honored to deliver a remarkable music documentary film Makanna. The documentary which is based around the novel Makanna – The Father of Miracles , was written by Jiri Weil  describes the rise and fall of a historical person – the 7th century false prophet. The novel Makanna was written in 1940 and published in 1941 under a cover name, whose owner was tortured to death in Mauthausen.

 “Unearthed from ancient times, this unfamiliar oriental world becomes in this novel a living, colorful picture reminding us of not-so-distant historical tyranny.”

The documentary which is in cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague and under the auspices of Sir Tom Stoppard and Vaclav Havel, is based on the novel of the Jewish writer .


The film premier took place at the Vaclav Havel Library in Prague to commemorate the 115th anniversary of birth of writer Jiri Weil. Under the auspices of the Mayor of Prague 1, the premiere was part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days, the 17th Poetry Day Festival and the 4th Festival Brikcius.

For more details visit http://Festival.Brikcius.com and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5346634

info@Brikcius.com / Brikcius@gmail.com
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Featured Film of the Week- “Waiting for the (t)rain”

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Director: Simon Panay
Synopsis: A small village lost in a dusty desert in Burkina’s bush. Two times a week passes the train. Various food items and water bottles thrown by the passengers while passing by constitute the main income of the village, and the only source of water during dry season. Different portraits follow each others. The older one s have known slavery in the service of France, the young dream of distant horizons


Camera Operator: Nicolas Canton & David Capsir
Sound: Souleymane Drabo
Music: Sessimè
Editing: David Capsir
Director & Producer: Simon Panay

Featured Film of the Week–

Can you believe that after nearly a year we are finally opening up the Entertainment section to the WorthJourney. To compliment our involvement in the first annual Rodos Film Festival we are highlighting the remarkable work and submissions by independent filmmakers from around the world.

In support of those film makers that are normally overlooked we are taking steps to deliver the visions and dreams of those individuals which are compiled to film for FREE. Give us your feed back; we are sure the film makers would want to know what you think?

Every week we are going to highlight independent films that should be considered note “worthy”.

This weeks film brought to you by independent Film-maker Alex Armando Torres;

“Darker”

Darker 2015.mp4 from Alex Armando Torres on Vimeo.

When a young man identifies someone in a crime, the perpetrators’ mysterious guardian begins terrorizing him. The good Samaritan ultimately realizes the stranger’s revenge is even more sinister than he had imagined.

 

 

¨Who Do They Think They Are?”

By: JFitts

Dec. 25th, 2014

 

In late June 2014 someone told me that music shake the chemicals in our body and stimulates our soul. I couldn’t believe after nearly 17 years of Crownn Records, I was acknowledging the truth.

So what’s the problem with the horible music that is being released today?

“Who do they think they are? “- with the (JustAdd Water/Do It Yourself) systems of delivery. Does the world owe you something because you can upload to Itunes? Does that make the music better? Where is the efforts of PR, artist/band infrastructure, and quality of sound.

In this instant gratification world of ours, why is it that everything is put into categories or a genre? In closing out the year of 2014,  we have rock, hip-hop, dance and traditional. Then there is  horrific rock, hip-hop and quadrible copied dance, trap, EDM and no such thing as new traditional music.

January 2004- Cargo Records distribution deal.

January 2004- Cargo Records distribution deal.

The majority of those songs are done DIY style and released within the same two months of recording with zero structure or quality assured plans. The nontrust factor of a loyal team goes within the DIY. Who in the world world consider recording a song in one month and releasing it the next month? ahhh… PR? Process of delivery?

Its a dead give away that those artists music will be a Halloween costume if a single, album or video is being considered “dropped on such and such date” or released before there is a structured 4 month planner. Can we all repeat the words “brand building”?

Here is a bigger joke, those artist or bands then go online when they are DIY posting on the social media platforms and announce a live date and expect people to come. That insulting process, to the public and real industry likes, includes begging others for more shows in bars, clubs or other non MRPS (Mechanical Royalty Protection Society) venues. Then expect people to show up based on bathroom selfies and Android PR.

Hold your stomach because the hook and sinker is; they wont play live unless there is a gurantee financially from a venue, eventhough there is a DIY structure. As well as noone knowing who they are or have heard their music.  Hilarious right? Well they call themselves artist. Didnt artist take the risk of capturing an audience then stick their hands out for money based on a great series of songs? Hmm.. and now??“Who do they think they are?”

Then again its DIY and self entitlement and a free world that is surrounded by satellites to make releasing a song accessible for everyone. What would happen if we took a worldwide vote on uploading horrible music a crime?

With the exception of the bands from  Ireland and the UK, everyone else is copying the American sound. For the love of God, what is that?“WHO DO THEY THINK THEY ARE?”

The DIY, of the music business is more contagious than Ebola, except everyone is into it and spreading the horrible disease. Sure its a different world and the combination of creating and delivering good music is different, but there is nothing like the conventional method of creating a good sound, having the balls to play it live without “handout” excuses and seeing what happens. Those days when people saluted courage over stature seems like the smallest white golf ball on the moon. (You simply cant find it).

I remember in 2004, when Crownn signed it’s first major distribution deal and how excited we were. We were putting out tapes, vinlys and cd’s. For some reason we kept hearing in Berlin “Yeah but, the digital age is going to eat you up!”.

My first thought was why? It’s just another form of communication, so why not embrace it? I mean we still had to put out good music and  support our bands playing live, which meant radio plugging, PR, poster campaigns and a well defined guerilla marketing plan. Above all good music still sells know matter what format its delivered in. To me it should be easier to excercise the aforementioned than before.

“Master your craft first!”

Was 2004, the last year of a good song? No offense to Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, without whom there wouldnt be any music worth listening to. Ok, Ok that was unfair, there are tons of great bands and music out there. However, the ratio of 3 to 1 in 2004 compared to the 100,000 to 1 in 2014 doesnt consistently shake the chemicals in us anymore.

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Lets be honest here, a band competition would be the most boring event on the planet now. Anyone disagree? Why do we listen to music from 15 to 45 years ago to shake the chemicals in our bodies? Get it now?

Who does the “New Power Generation/DIY” music shakers think they are? Why listen to so called older music and never follow the blue print of how to get their music out there?

Its ironic that the term Master Your Craft can be considered an insult? For those who are offended then perhaps they are guilty.

Here is a possible solution from a nobody (me) who has been in the music industy would like to suggest;

  1. Try having a 45 minute listening session starting with The Wildhearts single “Its Only Love” (3 minutes), then take 45 seconds of the chorus of the T.I./ Justin Timberlake song “Dead and Gone”.
  2. Take a sip of water and put on “Estranged” by Guns and Roses (only for 3 minutes), and cut that with “You Drop The Bomb On Me” by the Gap Band. It may be wise to have a seat now.
  3. While sitting down to catch your breath or relax from the chemicals in your body from exploding, put on Elton John “Good Bye Yellow Brick Road”, then play any song by Public Enemy! ** It should be noted that Chuck D and company were decades ahead of themselves.
  4. Just when you think it cant get any better put on the single “Sing” by Travis. Then repeat the process again.

What do you think? Did you notice the difference in the creativity, diversity and the artist(s) “Mastering Their Craft?”

My point being is, all of those artist are from different backgrounds, cultures and influences yet  the chemicals in our body stimulates our soul with their craft that was mastered. We know who they are!

For the life of my imaginary gold fish, I cant understand why the DIY (artist, entertainers, uncredible agents and managers) cant supply one sales statement or tour talk settlement excel or a PR receipt. The aforementioned at the very least is the proof of efforts and sometimes the efforts doesnt represent the results although it does show they have attempted to try.

Without these simple components and NOT mastering their craft—

“Who Do They Think They Are?”

It would be amazing to hear what Prince , who is still with us, think of todays current music process. I can only imagine what the Father of Rock and Roll “Johnnie Johnson” is thinking from above.

“We know who they are!”

Backstage at "The Father of Rock and Roll" show in Munich, Germany 2004

Backstage at “The Father of Rock and Roll” Johnnie Johnson show in Munich, Germany 2003

In closing “Who do they think they are” to copy all of the remarkable chemical shakers from the past then mix, remix their music only to not follow the rules. Where is the honor amongst the theives? X-Factor, has to be the biggest contributor to those tears in heaven.. Sorry Mr. Cowell but you invented a new weapon to destroy us all. I am sure the same guy who invented the gun meant well, but look at how that device is being used in 2014.

JFitts