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World Open Water Swimming Association’s Final Review: Nyad’s 2013 Cuba to Florida Swim Ratification Denied

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 18, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The World Open Water Swimming Association’s (WOWSA) Advisory Board reached a decision regarding Diana Nyad’s submission for ratification for the Cuba to Florida swim in 2013. WOWSA supports a global community of open water swimmers committed to safety, sportsmanship, and adventure.

Premiere-Prescreening of ‘The Next Big Hit,’ a martial arts musical comedy, the brainchild created by Zak Lee Guarnaccia

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 7, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On Sept/ 13, 2023, Regal Theatre in North Hollywood will be the site of an event that promises to be nothing short of spectacular. The Premiere/Prescreening of “The Next Big Hit,” a martial arts musical comedy, is the brainchild created by Zak Lee Guarnaccia, a world-class martial arts veteran with over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry from Italy to the USA, and founder LightRow Productions.

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center’s 25th Annual Reel Black Men Short Film Showcase

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 23, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) will host its 25th Annual Reel Black Men Short Film Showcase and Virtual Film Festival. All in-person events will be held September 22-23, 2023, at the Regal L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles, California and the Virtual Festival will be streamed via BHERC.TV, from October 1-8.

WOWSA Statement on ‘Nyad’ Movie on Netflix – The Swim, The Scandal, The Silence

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 22, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Having received Diana Nyad’s submissions for official swim ratification twice, the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) would like to provide perspective on Netflix’s upcoming film “Nyad” featuring Annette Bening and Jodie Foster. It is important for viewers to understand that this film is based on Diana Nyad’s book, which has not been rigorously fact-checked [1]. There is a potential risk that audiences might perceive this docudrama as a fully factual account of Nyad’s swim from Cuba to Florida.

Printed In Blood Celebrates MoMA’s Inclusion of ‘I Spit On Your Grave’ with new Scriptbook

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Aug. 9, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Printed in Blood, a publisher of art books, is proud to present a collector’s edition “I Spit On Your Grave Scriptbook.” The book features 144 pages of art, essays, and ephemera honoring 45 years of the iconic film. The book celebrates the inclusion of Meir Zarchi’s 1978 cult classic “I Spit On Your Grave aka Day of the Woman” film negative, script and artifacts in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent film archive in New York City.

Debbie Allen to Pay Tribute to Class of 2023 Film Directors at The 30th Annual ‘Sista’s Are Doin’ It For Themselves Short Film Showcase,’ Wendy Raquel Robinson to Host, Neema Barnette, Dianne Houston, Numa Perrier Announced as Presenters

LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 16, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Debbie Allen, critically acclaimed director, producer, and choreographer will be a special guest at upcoming, 30th annual “Sista’s Are Doin’ It For Themselves” Short Film Showcase Opening Night Celebration, May 19th at 7:30pm, at the Director’s Guild of America, the Black Hollywood Education Resource Center (BHERC) announced today.

The Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center Announces 30th Anniversary of Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Short Film Showcase and Virtual Film Festival

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 17, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) will host the 30th Anniversary of its Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Short Film Showcase and Virtual Film Festival. All in-person events will be held May 19-21, 2023 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California. The Virtual Festival will be streamed via BHERC.TV from May 22-31.

Youth Filmmakers From United States and International Selected For the 13th Annual BHERC Youth Diversity Film Festival Streaming On BHERC TV

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 1, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) announces the 13th Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival (YDFF) Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 12, 2023. On Saturday March 4 an in-person opening day will take place at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069), as well as online at BHERC.TV.

‘My Father The Queen’ Wins Best LGBT Screenplay from Best Script Award – London

CYPRESS, Texas, Dec. 12, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Best Script Award – London selected “My Father The Queen” as the winner of the Best LGBT Screenplay during their Autumn 2022 competition. The screenplay was written by filmmaker Lisa N. Alexander, owner of PrettyWork Studios. It is her first feature work.

DigitalSelf Announces Partnership with 305 Films to Sponsor Vibes Basel at Art Basel

MIAMI, Fla., Nov. 18, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — DigitalSelf®, Gil Green and 305 Films are pleased to announce their partnership to present the 9th annual Vibes Basel. DigitalSelf is the Title Sponsor for Vibes Basel, under the creative direction of Gil Green, at Art Basel at Supercar Rooms Miami on Friday, December 2, 2022.

PBS SOCAL and OUR L.A. Present ‘Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and The Politics of Race’

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 5, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — “Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race” reveals the life and legacy of the first African American mayor elected in a major American city, with an overwhelmingly white majority, and will be broadcast on PBS SoCal on Thursday, October 6 at 8:30 p.m., Our L.A. announced today. The encore presentation of the award-winning documentary is being released during another historic Los Angeles mayoral race occurring now. It is also available on PBS.org, and on PBS and World Channel’s Saturday Playlist Initiative on race.

The First Adaptation of the 12th Century Poem Widely Recognized as World Cultural Heritage in Literature

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 27, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A new animated film “The Knight in the Tiger’s Skin” by Mirza Davitaia, of GI-Films, will be released in the Laemmle Theater on October 7, 2022. This is the first adaptation of the medieval poem by Shota Rustaveli.

Flight 93 on September 11 Final Call: New Animation Video

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 9, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jack Grandcolas, Pebble Beach, California, lost his wife on flight 93 on 9/11/2001 and shares his story and the actual final call on an answering machine message from her. In this animated video from YouTuber Kipp Berdiansky and his channel, “Heroes of War,” the viewer can listen to this message and see how that day unfolded and how it has affected him to this day.

BHERC Presents Its First Health Matters Film Screening and Panel Focused on Mental Health During The 28th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Aug. 25, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Black Hollywood Education Resource Center (BHERC) is proud to welcome an incredible lineup of Films, Filmmakers and Healthcare Professionals to the stage of speakers for our 28th Annual Film Festival and First Annual Health Conference: “SUPLLEMENTALLY”: Mastering Mental and Brain Health After the Pandemic Across the Globe: Recovery, Healing, Hope, Reimage, taking place August 27, 2022, Cinemark 18 & XD, 6081 Center Drive, Los Angeles and virtually.

Californian Traveled to Poland to Interview Ukrainian Soldiers and Refugees and Animated their Stories

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 22, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Kipp Berdiansky, a 57-year-old engineer from Silicon Valley, traveled to Poland in May to interview Ukrainian soldiers and refugees. He subsequently had Ukrainian illustrators, animators and voice-over freelancers animate the story for a new YouTube channel called “Heroes of War.”

NJ Film Creator Exposes Wrongful Conviction: Documentary Calls for Justice in Alabama

ROSELLE, N.J., July 22, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — An independent African-American filmmaker with a relentless pursuit of the truth and justice, Jean Adam, Jr., has produced a stunning documentary that makes a powerful case: an Alabama white woman has been unjustly imprisoned for 30 years.

Award-winning documentary, ‘Just One’ selected for August 3 screening at San Antonio Film Festival

CYPRESS, Texas, July 12, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — One single encounter with the police can change a young person’s life forever – especially children of color. “A Black or Brown child acting out at school or having a bad day can very quickly find themselves enmeshed into two very broken systems,” says filmmaker and PrettyWork Creative CEO, Lisa N. Alexander.

‘ALICE’ Families Focus of New Docudrama by Education Based Housing, Premieres July 21

HOUSTON, Texas, July 8, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A $500 or $1,000 unplanned expense is enough to send an ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) family spiraling according to a report by Bankrate. Education Based Housing, a Houston nonprofit that serves ALICE families and communities knows this to be true. It partnered with Cypress creative agency, PrettyWork Creative to produce a docudrama to show situations real families face and expand the national conversation on ALICE families.

Ally Walker’s directing debut ‘Far More’ gets a new lease on life!

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 5, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Libelula Productions, LLC. presents, “Far More,” which will begin streaming on July 5, 2022, on Apple TV, Google Play/YouTubeTV, Vudu, and Amazon Prime. “Far More” stars Adrian Grenier (“CLICKBAIT”) as Sean McCallister, a successful fashion designer who returns home after a long absence to see his terminally-ill brother, played by Bailey Chase (“LONGMIRE”).

‘Besos de plastico’ Documentary is a Doctor Alert About Botched Faces From Illegal Injections

MADRID, Spain, June 22, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — As an amateur social project of the famous Dominican plastic surgeon, Luis Lopez Tallaj MD, trained in Brazil 20 years ago, has released recently on YouTube, the dramatic documentary “Besos de pl├ístico” (Plastic Kisses). It is already available on his YouTube channel Lopeztallaj, this Hispanic or Latin project with closed captions in English, French and Portuguese is a warning to the global population of the risks taken with biopolymers injections.

Scientology Network Features ‘Big Sonia,’ the Inspiring Story of a Holocaust Survivor

LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 15, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Scientology Network’s “Documentary Showcase” presents the award-winning documentary “Big Sonia” Friday June 17, at 8:30 p.m. PT. Documentary Showcase is the weekly series providing a platform for independent filmmakers to share their work on important social, cultural and environmental issues.

Zero Budget Indie Film ‘Night, Mother’ scores 3 Webby Nominations

LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 15, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) – “Night, Mother,” the “hybrid” feature film from Executive Producer Sheila Houlahan, is an Official Nominee of the 2022 Webby Awards in the following 3 Virtual and Remote Categories: Media & Entertainment, Technical Achievement, and Best Audience Integration.

12th Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival Free and Open to the Public February 18 – March 4, 2022

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 10, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Richmond Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) announces its 12th annual showcase of over 20 free local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues and offer solution-oriented messages of hope that inspire action towards promoting planet health and environmental justice.

On Holocaust Remembrance Day Let Us Honor Those Who Risked Their Lives to Save Others

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 27, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Each year, the United Nations sets aside January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day marks the liberation in 1945 of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps where between 1.1 and 1.5 million people died, most of them Jews. But while we remember those who perished in the Holocaust, let us also honor those who put their own lives on the line to rescue thousands destined for that fate. Scientology Network’s “Documentary Showcase” features two films that pay tribute to unsung heroes who saved thousands from dying in Nazi death camps.

The War Between Russia and The West Over Ukraine Comes in A New War Drama Now on Amazon Prime

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 27, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — GI-Films announces: What is really going on in Eastern Europe between Russia and Ukraine is the subject of a new movie “The Narrow Bridge” just released on Amazon Prime. Written and produced by Mirza Davitaia, and produced by GI-Films, “The Narrow Bridge” is about a young artist who must take up arms to defend Ukraine.

Scientology Network: Two Films in Honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 17, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Scientology Network’s Documentary Showcase marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day by airing “Big Sonia” and “Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child.” The UN set aside January 27, the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Brilliant Chess Game Finale by World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Has Been Added to ‘Chess Board Rapture’ NFT Collection

NEW YORK, N.Y., Nov. 19, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A Magnus Carlsen chess brilliancy that wrapped up his successful 2016 World Chess Championship match defense has been minted by Citrusw00d Productions on the OpenSea non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace.

‘FRIDAY THE 13TH’ spin-off, ’13 FANBOY’ Coming to a Theater Near You

RUIDOSO, N.M., Oct. 18, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — 13 Fanboy LLC announces: After 12 years without a “FRIDAY THE 13TH” film, fans are hungry for new blood. Enter Deborah Voorhees (yes, that is her real name), star of “FRIDAY THE 13TH part 5,” and director of the October 22, 2021 horror film “13 FANBOY.”

Transgender Actress Hera Anderson Stars in Upcoming Film ‘The Black Rose’

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 12, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — 3Films Entertainment has made an official disclosure, confirming that star actress and writer Hera Anderson will play the leading role in their highly anticipated LGBT short film “The Black Rose.” At the helm of the production of the LGBT short film “The Black Rose” is Alexander Kurbonov as the Production Manager. Also boarding as the director is Sinan Yalvac.

‘Impolite Boys,’ a slice of life dark comedy set in New York, now available on popular streaming channels

NEW YORK, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — “Impolite Boys,” a dark comedy film that depicts the life of Peter and John, two unbearable young boys who struggle as they can to survive the adversities of New York life, is now available on Apple TV, VUDU, Google Play and Amazon. “Impolite Boys,” written, produced, and directed by Hamado Ouedraogo, is punctuated with provocative gags, intrigues, a fascinating hypocrisy and jealousy of a stepmother.

Los Angeles-Based Minority Director, Lakpathy Wijesekara’s Feature Film ‘Free By Noon’ To Hit Theaters In October

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 16, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Los Angeles-based, Sri Lankan filmmaker, Lakpathy Wijesekara’s latest feature film “Free By Noon” starring John Eisen, Raechel Wong, Justine Herron and Melissa Howell will be theatrically released in Los Angeles from October 15 to October 21, 2021 at the Laemmle theater in Glendale.

Award-Winning Toastmaster Launches 2021 Burbank International Film Festival

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 8, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Award-winning Toastmaster Jeff Rector, of Toastmasters International District 52, invites film industry professionals and film enthusiasts to secure their VIP All-Access Passes to the Festival Screenings, Red Carpet Events, Parties and Closing Night Dinner & Gala Awards Show. The Burbank International Film Festival (BIFF) is proud to celebrate its 13th anniversary in the “Media Capital of the World.”

FlexClip Online Trailer Maker Is a One-Stop Solution for Captivating Video Trailers

HONG KONG, June 29, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — PearlMountain, a multimedia software development company, has introduced a powerful trailer maker solution within its FlexClip video creation platform. With just a few clicks, anyone can craft captivating and professional trailers for any need.

Los Angeles Filmmaker Creates New Movie Genre: A Martial Arts Musical Comedy

LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 3, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — To his knowledge, it hasn’t been done before, but that doesn’t scare Zak Lee Guarnaccia, actor/stuntman, and executive producer at LightRow Pictures, a subsidiary of Light Row Ranch, LLC. In fact, it excites him. Audiences are hungry for something new and he’s ready to deliver with “The Next Big Hit,” a martial arts musical comedy, set to come out fighting in 2022.

Amazon Prime Removes Indie Film About Global Persecution of Christians

TAMPA, Fla., June 3, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For nearly two years, the indie documentary, “Christians in the Mirror,” produced by Joshuacord, Inc. and In Altum Productions, streamed on Amazon Prime before it was removed without warning or explanation. Its producers want to know why.

Museum of Sex Presents ‘Erotic Content & the Mainstream, 1960 till Today’

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 2, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Museum of Sex (MoSex) proudly announces details about its summer exhibition, “Erotic Content & the Mainstream 1960 till Today.” This exhibition, a presentation of media examining how erotic content has permeated mainstream culture since the 1960s, will be on view at the Museum of Sex (233 Fifth Avenue) starting June 4, 2021.

Oberon Theatre Ensemble’s Film Festival ‘Smartphone Shorts’

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 12, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LanDan Consulting announces Oberon Theatre Ensemble’s “Smartphone Shorts” (Brad Fryman, Artistic Director). An evening featuring short films created during Oberon’s Smartphone Workshops. The films were shot exclusively on smartphones as the ensemble negotiated its way through the pandemic.

What The World Needs Now is LOVE!

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 5, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ByDam Multimedia announces its latest release: “From A Place of Love – My Adoption Journey,” an award-winning documentary film from Writer, Producer, Director David Bynum.

InVideo Launches IVA – The Only Voice Assistant Artificial Intelligence Editor in Existence That’s Set to Revolutionize Video and Film Creation Globally

MUMBAI, Maharashtra, India, March 31, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — InVideo, a leading video content creation platform, today announced the launch of its groundbreaking AI technology called IVA, that’s about to bring content creators and film and video makers into the 22nd Century. (*April Fools Story*)

All the Lost Girls Productions Launches Trailer for ‘Uneven Ground: The Melissa Witt Story’

BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 18, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — All the Lost Girls Productions launches trailer for “Uneven Ground: The Melissa Witt Story.” On December 1, 1994, Melissa Witt was abducted from Bowling World in Fort Smith, Arkansas.