Posts Tagged ‘luminous’
Treasure of the Black Jaguar is one of the most exciting low-budget Independent films I have seen in years. It’s been a long time since a film has inspired and motivated me as a filmmaker/producer to make another film. This film has done it. What Mike Bruce, the director, Cameron Van Hoy, lead actor/producer, and what the rest of the cast and crew have pulled off is incredible.
It’s the creativity and ingenuity of the director and the producers that carries this film beyond budget limitations. More importantly a limited budget has added more quality to the filmmaking. How might you ask? Without spoiling the film; the two leads, Shlomo and Anthony wind up in a Mexico jail. How? Why? All we need to know is it quickly throws them into the greatest adventure of their lives.
Do we ever discover the Treasure of the Black Jaguar? Will we survive? These filmmakers let the audience imagineer and participate in the telling of the story. This makes the film stronger and draws the audience into a shared creative experience.
Below check out the brilliant opening of the film: an old Leonard Nimoy “In Search of” style documentary on the Mayan Black Jaguar Deity. This rustic film within a film sets the tone and gives a colorful backstory.
The intensity and rawness of this film is backed up by the fact that the cast and crew risked their lives in the making of it. They survived the harsh elements of the desert by living in tents for two weeks; no showers, no Starwagons, no restrooms, just them in the brutal elements. I was surprised and had to laugh when Mike Bruce described the bathroom detail; a long walk into the darkness with a shovel.
Let’s give a nod to the actors for their excellent performances. Timothy V. Murphy plays a wiley and conniving Blake West, the treasure hunter who draws his two “tenderfoot” cohorts Anthony (Cameron Van Hoy) and Shlomo (Michael Drayer) into the desert in search of the elusive and mysterious golden Treasure of the Black Jaguar. We learn that all that glitters is not gold and that easy money is a mirage when your life is stake.
Benjamin Oberman is president and CEO of Film Festival Flix. I dig Benjamin’s philosophy “that if you can’t bring everyone to the festival, then bring the festival to everyone!” Benjamin has created a platform that “brings Award-Winning and Audience Favorite films from Festivals around the world, directly to a theater near you.” I really love and support this concept and what Film Festival Flix is all about! Thank you Benjamin, I would have never seen or heard of this great film.
Treasure of the Black Jaguar is an off the rails scramble for gold that keeps you guessing. Mike Bruce is a luminous and exciting director to watch. I see very big things for Mike and lead actors Timothy V. Murphy, Cameron Van Hoy and Michael Drayer in the near future.
Do you have gold fever? Join the hunt for the Treasure of the Black Jaguar.
Watch the Temple of the Black Jaguar Trailer:
Here are some great Treasure of the Black Jaguar videos
A remarkable Celebrity Oscar Suite & Party – Kathy Duliakas‘ 5th Annual Celebrity Oscar Suite & Party Benefiting the KIND Campaign was an event to remember. My hat goes off to Kathy Duliakas. Wow! What a massive undertaking to produce this incredible event and it was quite obvious from the start that this event was created and produced from the heart.
The Taglyan Complex in Hollywood is a prime and perfect event location that has everything to offer; from their awesome grand ballroom, beautiful garden oasis, food catering (Taglyan’s own Divine Food and Catering created some amazing eats!) and plenty of parking to mention a few. Thanks to Parris Harris, I have been lucky to be a part of several amazing Fashion Shows that he has produced there.
Most importantly, I was very happy to find out this event benifited the KIND Campaign. The Founders Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson were on hand to spread awareness about girl-against-girl “crime” and to support their efforts to launch KIND KITS this fall. Many Celebrities filmed PSA’s against bullying before they entered the gifting suite.
Anti-Bullying is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. Bullying is unacceptable and I am glad it is getting the attention that it deserves.
I was very honored to be a part of this event and the Social Media / Twitter Lounge. Together along with a group of Social Media Influencers; Lori Moreno, Dana Waldie, Holly Follis, Evangelina Rexes, we rocked the hashtag #SweeetSwag and created a ton of buzz across all forms of social media. It truly was an interactive experience and people from all over the world had the opportunity to join in on the fun, conversation and ask celebrities questions in real time.
The event featured numerous brands such as Maleku Jewelry®, LA SkinAesthetics, MEGUMI•O™, Beach Girls, Isabeau™, Divine Food and Catering, LEX Cosmetics™, DharmaSmart, GOGA by Gordana, Julie Lopez, Nina.B.Roze®, Twisted Silver®, Hot Iron Holster®, Perch™ By TII, Single® by Galina Sobolev, Tough Luv®, Trips 4 Fundraising™, Big. Bold. Fierce.®, Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgery Center, Chilanthropy™, Nava Natural, M.B. York™, Kah® Tequila, Eco Swim™, Nick Chavez® Beverly Hills, Divine Food and Catering, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Joia® All Natural Soda, NitroCream, Photo Booth Pro, 9021Pho, Zing® Vodka, Twistband®, ShowStoppers®, Soaptopia®, 95 & Sunny, Hawaiian Springs® Water, Justin’s®, LUNA®, Pirate’s Booty, Pretzel Crips®, Erewhon, Tea Forté®, Zestra®.
The Celebrity Guests that attended was a huge list included Adrienne Maloof (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Rory Cochrane (Argo – Won Oscar® for Best Picture), Jackson Pace (Homeland), Lucy Alibar (Oscar® Nominee – Writer, Beasts of the Southern Wild), Ali Saam (Argo – Won Oscar® for Best Picture), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Tara Summers (Hitchcock, Ringer), Jason George (Gray’s Anatomy), Wes Ramsey (CSI: Miami), Matt Nolan (Argo – Won Oscar® for Best Picture), Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle), Gilles Marini (Switched At Birth), Nicholas Bishop (Body of Proof), Todd Lasance (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Tiffany Brouwer (The Help), Judi Shekoni (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Jay Harrington (Hot in Cleveland), Carly Rose Sonenclar (The X Factor Finalist), Matthew Fahey (Awkward), Nikki Deloach (Awkward), Sophie Winkleman (Two and a Half Men), Sean Stone (Savages), Sandra Vergara (The Devil’s Ink), Pandora Vanderpump (Vanderpump Rules), Marilu Henner (Celebrity Apprentice – All Star), Renee Olstead (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Caitlin Thompson (90210), LuAnn de Lesseps (The Real Housewives of New York City), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2: The Streets), Amy Rider (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Stephanie Pratt (The Hills), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood, General Hospital), Brian White (Beauty & the Beast), Chelsie Hightower (Dancing with the Stars), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter), Victor Alfieri (Southland), Cas Anvar (Diana), Rowly Dennis (Jane by Design), Charlene Amoia (American Reunion), Okera Banks (VH1 Style Expert), Patricia Velasquez (The L Word), Kristen Quintrall (The Helpers), Carly Steel (TV Guide Network On-Air Host), Danielle Nicolet (X-Men), Nikki Tomlinson (The Funny Man), Jill Marie Jones (Girlfriends), Ariane Bellamar (Beverly Hills Nannies), Amy Paffrath (Trend This!), Matthew Hoffman (On Air Personality), Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson (Kind Campaign), and more!
A remarkable Celebrity Oscar Suite & Party – I look forward to Kathy Duliakas’ next Annual Celebrity Oscar Suite & Party. It truly was a day to remember. Not to mention I got to meet some incredible people and run into a few old friends! Plus I got to finally meet Actor Brian White. Brian and I have been tweeting each other for years and it was great to finally met in person.
Many Thanks and Blessings to Kathy Duliakas, Dana Waldie, Melanie Marden and Kathy’s great staff / team! It was fabulous to meet and talk with Ali Saam, Nicholas Bishop, Sean Stone, Wes Ramsey, Gilles Marini, Jay Harrington and so many others! Big Thanks to Kurt from Joia® All Natural Soda, Debra Mitchell from Twisted Silver®, OMG Lori Moreno & I had so much at the Photo Booth Pro LOL
Rockin’ the Oscars omg! Insider style – This year’s Academy Awards proved fantastic like no other! The red carpet was Fabulous and together with the omg! Insider Twitterati we were rockin’ the tweets live from the OMG! Insider Studios on the CBS lot.
You had the amazing Anne Hathaway looking “classic” in Prada, Naomi Watts “out of this world” in Giorgio Armani Prive, Charlize Theron “White, sharp & Flowing” in Dior Haute Couture and the “Silver Lining” of Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Coutue. Glamorous with a capital G.
Congrats to Quentin Tarantino. I’m so glad he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Django Unchained. It was such a powerful and moving film. I met Django producer Reginald Hudlin at the PGA screening they had for us members and I told him you guys are winning best picture and screenplay. One for two. Also, I loved Argo and I’m very happy that Ben Affleck and his team won Best Picture.
It was a fast and frenzied pace at the OMG! Insider Studios as all of the Twitterati were tweeting, cheering, clapping and having a grand time as we “owned” Twitter! It was amazing as were Trending on Twitter Worldwide and in the United States.
THANK YOU DEPARTMENT:
HUGE & SUPER THANKS to Bryan Moore, Brad Bessey and Nina Parker for hosting this fabulous event! Thank you Marie Walker Riddle for the cool swag bags you graciously provided us with and for the use of your great photography.
The Entire OMG! Insider staff and crew for being so inviting, gracious, polite and professional. Together we rocked it!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
Samsung for the Awesome Samsung Galaxy Note II! The Twitterati rocked the #GalaxyAtWork hashtag! Thank you Katie from Edelman! I really look forward to tweeting from this amazing phone! Samsung + Galaxy Note II = Grateful. Love you Guys!
Yael Lustmann from Sweet Crush Ice Bar – Wow everything was absolutely fantastic and sweet! Look forward coming into your store!
Check my previous blog from the OMG! Studios:
Together we worked the social media networks and our teamwork paid off! #omgInsider was Trending Worldwide on Twitter three times!
A HUGE Thanks to Thea Andrews Kevin Frazier and Michael Yo for lettings us tweet from their chairs on the set of OMG! Insider Studios on the CBS lot. You guys are awesome! PS. We love where you guys hide your Mintz from Trader Joe’s LOL
OMG! Insider #HashTagMoments at the Grammys – Wow there we so many hilariously fun filled #HashTagMoments all of us kept saying, “We can’t wait for the Academy Awards!” Wow did Justin Timberlake rock the #Grammys house Frank Sinatra style or what?!?!
A Huge Thanks to Calvin Lee at Mayhem Studios for the cool T Shirts! Cheers and a huge thanks to all the Amazing Staff at the OMG! Insider. Also check out the #omgInsider Twitterati Queen @LoriMoreno ‘s blog:
Awakening by Alex Fishgoyt is a breathtaking and awe inspiring piece of artwork. Frankly, it’s much more than that. It is an experience that dramatically engages the viewer. Fishgoyt artfully invites you to enter his world and to believe in the dream. Once the viewer dares to enter and explore he challenges you to join him on the journey.
At first glance the journey seems inviting, exciting and as you move deeper into it you begin notice that it is unpredictable, scary and maybe even dangerous. Fishgoyt creatively illuminates your journey with hope as you cross a bridge over the vast and mysterious ocean to a brilliant white city. Or how about a long journey down a shadowy back alley where even a small faint light gives encouragement to the inquisitive traveler?
Awakening is filled with many possibilities. First, you must be willing to get on the ship where there is no turning back. This is a ship headed toward a gigantic wave. Will this vessel capsize or will it break on through to the other side and transport us to our Awakening?
The woman is the fulfillment of the journey: a journey that is rich, fertile, beautiful and fulfilling – all that the dreamer is. She completes the cycle of life. Welcome to the journey of Awakening – a pathway filled with many awakenings.
Awakening – I was so excited to receive this huge package from FedEx today. A big Thank You to Vladimir Kush and Karyn Anderson of the Kush Fine Art Gallery for turning me onto Fishgoyt’s amazing surrealism! Also I greatly appreciate Alex signing and personalizing his work with an inspiring note to me on the back of the painting.
If you are interested in finding out more info on the awesome works of Alex Fishgoyt please contact Karyn Anderson 775 – 997-87 ZeroZero – Don’t forget to mention Sebastian’s blog for a discount.
The Beauty of Nature is so inspiring. These pictures fill me with amazement and awe at the incredible beauty and balance that nature is. Enjoy these pictures.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
~ Lao Tzu
Here are some AMAZING Nature photographs by awesome photographer Adam Jones http://www.adamjonesphoto.com/
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
~ Albert Einstein
We cannot command nature except by obeying her.
~ Sir Francis Bacon
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
The Beauty of Nature is such a gift we are all blessed with. It something to enjoy, share and protect for all future generations
Random Acts of Kindness = RAOK
Today is a great day to do something positive ~ something for someone else ~ something out of the norm ~ Random Acts of Kindness
All of us are so much more connected and interconnected than we realize. This really struck me today as I was watching the little ecosystem in my backyard. There was Larry the Squirrel going for his acorns and the resident birds singing and flying around around the yard. Everything seems so perfect and in such a wonderful balance. I feel so blessed and thought, wow, it’s been awhile since I blogged and that I should really start sharing a lot more.
Random Acts of Kindness = RAOK – I also want to thank all of my amazing Twitter and Facebook friends for your friendship, constant support, and sweet comments. You ROCK!
Today Let’s RAOK!