Tuesday, February 26, 2019

2/25/19 @9:30am pst - Estrella Harrington, COO of Global Discovery Biosciences, joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's conversation powerful conversation
with Estrella Harrington.

Estrella Harrington, COO of Global Discovery Biosciences, is responsible for execution of the GBD global operations and expansion. She is the former CEO of Coastal Living, Entertainment and Dining, and has more than 23 years of entrepreneurial management and operations experience in the startup, development, implementation and growth of small and large companies. Ms. Harrington served in the financial services and banking industry prior to entering the entertainment and dining industry. She was a partner in Princeton Private Capital and worked Directly with the Sainsbury group in London. She had a staff of 178 representatives as Managing Director of WMA and held all necessary securities licenses.

As an entrepreneur, Estrella created a unique brand under the A La Carte Gourmet umbrella including two restaurants, and markedly expanded and grew it’s catering and event planning offering. Mrs. Harrington has garnered many awards including Talk of the Town Caterer, City of Laguna Beach; Best Caterer, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce; Fox 11 Award for Orange County Best Caterer; and Business Woman of the Year by the Business Advisory Council, National Republican Congressional Committee. Ms. Harrington founded GuardaHeart Foundation in late 2011.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

2/25/19 @9:45am pst Nicole Lanni of Feeling Groovy Wellness joined host Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm!


LISTEN to today's conversation with Nicole Lanni!

CEO & Founder at Feeling Groovy Wellness and Cafe

Founder at Feeling Groovy Wellness and Cafe

Former President of the Rancho Cucamonga Chapter at Holistic Chamber of Commerce

Former Founder at Journey To Empowerment


"Feeling Groovy is a true holistic experience for health, happiness and well-being from the inside out. We help you discover what healthy means for you and your family by providing classes, workshops, services and a natural, organic cafe in one convenient location."

2/25/19 - Poet and spiritual adviser Mark Nepo joined host Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Mark Nepo!

Mark Nepo, is a poet and spiritual adviser who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 30 years. Nepo is best known for his New York Times #1 bestseller, The Book of Awakening. He has published 12 books and recorded six audio projects. A cancer survivor, Nepo writes and teaches about the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship.

Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called "one of the finest spiritual guides of our time," "a consummate storyteller," and "an eloquent spiritual teacher." His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. A bestselling author, he has published twenty books and recorded fourteen audio projects. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. And in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN's SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity. In 2017 Mark became a regular columnist for Spirituality & Health Magazine.

Recent work includes More Together Than Alone (Atria, 2018), Things That Join the Sea and the Sky (Sounds True, 2017), a Nautilus Book Award Winner and cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2017, The Way Under the Way: The Place of True Meeting (Sounds True, 2016), a Nautilus Book Award Winner, The One Life We're Given (Atria) cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2016, Inside the Miracle (Sounds True), selected by Spirituality & Health Magazine as one of the top ten best books of 2015, The Endless Practice (Atria), cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2014, his book of poems, Reduced to Joy (Viva Editions), named by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2013, a 6CD box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in Reduced to Joy (Sounds True, 2014), and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen (Atria), which won the 2012 Books for a Better Life Award.

Mark was part of Oprah Winfrey's The Life You Want Tour in 2014 and has appeared several times with Oprah on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV. He has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. The Exquisite Risk was listed by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2005, calling it "one of the best books we've ever read on what it takes to live an authentic life." Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. He continues to offer readings, lectures, and retreats. Please visit Mark as well at:

threeintentions.com and http://wmespeakers.com/speaker/mark-nepo

2/25/19 Hungarian born, LA-based Ivan Kamaras lends his voice to Dr. Ruben Brandt, in Sony Pictures Classics breakout hit, Ruben Brandt, Collector

Pronounced: Ivan Kamaras (ee-VAN CO-mo-rash)

LISTEN to today's conversation with Ivan Kamaras!

'Ruben Brandt, Collector' is a sexy, smart art heist film - that happens to be animated. It is garnering incredible reviews worldwide, including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter and many more.

Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone calls "Ruben Brandt, Collector" a "transcendent cinema marvel that re-invents what animation can do." High art becomes high cinema.

Ivan Kamaras voices the starring role of Dr. Ruben Brandt, a brilliant but tormented psychotherapist who desperately seeks relief by possessing the famous paintings that possess him. Encouraged by several of his nefariously-inclined patients, Brandt embarks on a globetrotting spree to steal a dozen 20th-century masterpieces. From Tate’s Picasso in London to MoMA’s Warhol in New York, these are the canvases that terrorize Brandt in mind-bending nightmares. Now as the infamous “Collector,” and chased from museums to private collections, Brandt must face the art that will come alive before him.

Ivan will discuss:

How art is a key to the trouble of the mind
How art heals
Why this stylish action thriller has captured attention around the world

Ivan Kamaras, Star of Ruben Brandt, Collector - Man Behind the Voice

Ivan Kamara's voice of Ruben Brandt in Sony Pictures Classics animated art-heist shares insights on acclaimed Hungarian feature that elevates both genre and relationship to art.

LOS ANGELES, February 19, 2019 (Newswire.com) - “Art is a key to the troubles of the mind,” proclaims Dr. Ruben Brandt. It could also be the motto of Ivan Kamaras’ life, the Hungarian-born star of "Ruben Brandt, Collector."

Ivan Kamaras is the star voice behind Sony Pictures Classics English-language release of Hungary’s "Ruben Brandt, Collector," a genre-bending art-heist indie that is making waves. Mostly hand-drawn, this debut feature film is the six-year opus of Budapest visual artist Milorad Krstic. So original and eye-popping is this high-octane caper that Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone calls "Ruben Brandt, Collector" a "transcendent cinema marvel that re-invents what animation can do." High art becomes high cinema.

Kamaras plays Dr. Ruben Brandt, a brilliant but tormented psychotherapist who desperately seeks relief by possessing the famous paintings that possess him. Encouraged by several of his nefariously-inclined patients, Brandt embarks on a globetrotting spree to steal a dozen 20th-century masterpieces. From Tate’s Picasso in London to MoMA’s Warhol in New York, these are the canvases that terrorize Brandt in mind-bending nightmares. Now as the infamous “Collector,” and chased from museums to private collections, Brandt must face the art that will come alive before him.

“Art helps people, it cures people, it heals people, art is therapy, it’s alchemy, turning toxic thoughts, emotions, or energy into something better, even beautiful and divine,” says Kamaras. It is a conviction long held by Dr. Brandt in his practice, where he uses it with success on his patients, but now, must heal himself. Kamaras continues, ”The therapist must heed his credo, that to conquer your problems, you must possess them.”

"This movie can be as simple as it is surreal,” says Kamaras, “On the surface, it’s a stylish, action-propelled crime story with characters drawn as oddly as those in the stolen paintings -- although we soon accept that a thief can be a four-eyed thief and a socialite three-breasted. Diversity becomes the norm.”

For Kamaras, starring in animation for grownups is new. Now based in Los Angeles, his two-decade career in Hungary spanned theatre, film, and television.

At 23, upon graduating from Budapest’s premiere acting conservatory, Kamaras won the National Theatrical Award for Best Actor as "Othello." Early acclaim led to starring roles on the national stage, including Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing," Antony in "Antony & Cleopatra," Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet," Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire," and Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

At the same time, Kamaras became one of Hungary’s most bankable box office draws. Significant roles in European film and TV series then became springboards to domestic American productions -- including Guillermo del Toro’s "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," "Strike Back," "Die Hard 5," "Spy," "Houdini," and "Fleming."

“This film has a mission, something, that has never been done before,” adds Kamarás "Imagine Picasso and Freud animating Dick Tracy. It’s turning real art into animation and animation into real art. It is brave to make the statement that art can be cool, smart, thrilling, funny, odd and fancy at the same time. It makes it accessible for a younger generation to see paintings without going to a museum and it challenges what we think of as beautiful.”

"Ruben Brandt, Collector" opens in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Landmark NuArt Theater in West Los Angeles. For a listing of national theatrical dates, please visit: http://www.sonyclassics.com/rubenbrandtcollector/#1stPage

Ivan Kamaras is represented by Open Entertainment. For more, please visit http://www.IvanKamaras.com, follow on Instagram @Kamaras.Ivan and Twitter @IvanKamaras .

2/25/19 @9:15am pst - aspiring actor Kirk Taylor spoke with Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm!


Actor. Singer. Composer. 

LISTEN to today's conversation with Kirk Taylor!

Kirk Taylor hails from New York City by way of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Trained by late luminaries Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Clay Stevenson, Elaine Aiken, and Lehman Engel, he earned a BFA from New York University with a major in Drama and a minor in Music. Kirk has enjoyed success in the acting, teaching and music arenas. 

Imagine beginning your professional acting career convincing Francis Ford Coppola that you have a good idea for a scene; then moving on to work with film artists as varied as Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, and Charles Bronson. For actor Kirk Taylor, success as a young actor three decades ago gave him the confidence he needed to expand his career into becoming a respected acting teacher and accomplished musician.

Now, Kirk Taylor is finding his “second act” as a film performer, appearing in the new musical film “Revival!,” a new rendering of the Gospel According to John. Produced by and starring Harry Lennix (“The Blacklist”), Taylor stars as Cephas (known as Simon Peter), the apostle who denies knowing Jesus, appearing with an all-star cast that includes Chaka Khan, Michelle Williams, and T’Keyah Crystal Keyman. “Revival!” opens in select cities this December, and is co-directed by Danny Green (“Troubled Waters”) and Obba Babatunde (“Miss Evers’ Boys”), and features a gospel-inspired score by Grammy nominee Mali Music.

A student of both Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler, Kirk Taylor’s life as a performer has found him working regularly in memorable supporting roles in films such as “Death Wish 3,” “School Daze,” “Full Metal Jacket,” and later in acclaimed indie dramas like “MacArthur Park” and “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.” He’s seen his share of parts left on the cutting room floor, and his name left out of the credits, but that hasn’t stopped Taylor from finding success and praise from all corners, from strangers who recognize him from a key role in a favorite film, to a chance encounter with Sidney Poitier that left a lasting impression.

Guided by his deep faith and a lifelong respect for the craft of performing, Taylor’s resurgence on the big screen follows years of work as an acting coach and stage performer, with Broadway, regional, and off-Broadway credits in both contemporary and classical works. An avid musician and composer, Taylor’s creativity knows few bounds, and the stories he tells about a lifetime of professional work reflect unique insight into the trials and tribulations of a show business career.

2/25/19 @9am pst - Author and artist Jonathan Santlofer joined host Janeane to talk about his memoir The Widower's Notebook and more!

photo credit: Clarke Tolton 

LISTEN to today's conversation with Jonathan Santlofer!

Jonathan Santlofer is an author and artist. His memoir The Widower’s Notebook will be published by Penguin Books on July 10, 2018. He is the author of the international bestselling novel, The Death Artist, as well as Color Blind, The Killing Art, The Murder Notebook, and Anatomy of Fear, which won the Nero Award for best crime novel of 2009. He recently created and edited The New York Times “Notable Book,” It Occurs To Me that I Am America, a collection of original work by more than 50 of today’s best known authors and artists. He is editor/contributor of The New York Times best selling serial novel Inherit the Dead, editor and contributor of LA NOIRE: The Collected Stories, Akashic Books’ The Marijuana Chronicles, and co-editor, contributor and illustrator of the short story anthology, The Dark End of the Street. His stories appear in numerous collections, including The Rich & the Dead, edited by Nelson De Mille, New Jersey Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block’s two bestselling anthologies, In Sunlight and In Shadow and Alive In Form and Color. His stories have also appeared in such publications as Ellery Queen Magazine and the Strand Magazine.

Jonathan is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy In Rome, the Vermont Studio Center, and serves on the board of Yaddo, one of the oldest arts communities in the U.S.

He was the creator and director of the Center For Fiction’s CRIME FICTION ACADEMY, the only program devoted exclusively to crime writing. He has taught Crime Fiction Writing, the graphic novel and Drawing in Pratt Institute’s Creative Writing program, Columbia University and The New School. He has given numerous workshops at writing conferences and festivals and has been a sought after lecturer at colleges, universities and museums across the country, among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and LA MOCA.

Also a well-known artist, Jonathan’s work has been exhibited in more than 200 exhibitions worldwide and is included in numerous private, corporate and public collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Art Institute of Chicago, IL, the Newark Museum, NJ, and Tokyo’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Japan.

Jonathan’s work has been written about and reviewed extensively. He has been profiled in such publications as The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Newsday, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, has been the subject of a Sunday NY Times Magazine “Questions For” column.

He lives in New York City where he writes and paints and is currently at work on a new novel.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

2/19/19 - Grant Sabatier, founder of MillennialMoney.com shares tips to making all the money you will ever need!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Grant Sabatier!

In 2010, 24-year old Grant Sabatier woke up to find he had $2.26 in his bank account. Five years later, he had a net worth of over $1.25 million, and CNBC began calling him “the Millennial Millionaire.” By age 30, he had reached financial independence, started multiple companies, and partnered with financial gurus like Vicki Robin.

In FINANCIAL FREEDOM: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need, Sabatier takes readers step-by-step through the strategies he used to turn his financial life around, presenting a personalized blueprint to make more money in less time, eliminate debt, and set yourself up for life. Sabatier realized quickly that most of the accepted wisdom about money, work, and retirement is either incorrect, incomplete, or so old-school it’s obsolete. FINANCIAL FREEDOM challenges the accepted narrative of spending decades working a traditional 9 to 5 job, pinching pennies, and finally earning the right to retirement at age 65, and instead offers readers an alternative: forget everything you’ve ever learned about money so that you can actually live the life you want.

Even if your goal isn’t to make a million dollars in the next five years, or to retire before age 35, Sabatier explains how to use the tools in FINANCIAL FREEDOM to make efficient use of every earning hour and opportunity to create more time for the things you love. Sabatier offers surprising, counter-intuitive advice on topics such as:

· How to find extra hours in your week for your side hustle

· How to save money without giving up what makes you happy

· How to travel for less

· How to live for free

· The best ways to invest at every stage of life.

Most importantly, Sabatier highlights that, while one’s ability to make money is limitless, one’s time is not. No one should spend precious years working at a job they dislike or worrying about how to make ends meet. FINANCIAL FREEDOM is not merely a laundry list of advice to follow to get rich quick—it’s a practical roadmap to living life on one’s own terms, as soon as possible.

Grant Sabatier, called "The Millennial Millionaire" by CNBC, is the Founder of MillennialMoney.com, where he writes about personal finance, investing, and entrepreneurship and hosts the Financial Freedom podcast. Sabatier graduated from the University of Chicago and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Money Magazine, and many others. He lives in New York City with his wife.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

2/18/19 @9:45am pst - Singer/Songwriter Lissie joins Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Lissie!


When you look back on your past accomplishments, how do you feel? Do you have a strong sense of nostalgia—an urgent longing to bring things back to how they were? Are there things you wish you could’ve done differently? What would you celebrate, and what would you change?

For Lissie, her past—the last decade or so, to be specific—is something still very much alive and open to interpretation and rephrasing. With the approaching release of When I’m Alone: The Piano Retrospective, the singer is poised to show listeners that her past is hardly static, that the songs she wrote nearly 10 years ago are still fresh and vibrant, evoking feelings old and new.

In the eyes of the midwestern songstress, who in recent years made a conscientious return to her roots with the purchase of some 50 acres in northeastern Iowa, the operative metaphor at work in her career—and in the creation of the retrospective album—is something deeply entropic: gardening.

“When you garden,” she says, thoughtfully, “it’s like all of the things you eat and grow are beautiful, and as they die and decompose, that carnage becomes the food for the plants you grow next year. When you’re out in nature and there’s four seasons, you see the cycle… It spurs my creativity to see how life becomes death becomes life. It’s this beautiful, comforting thing because it’s a constant.”

And that entropic beauty shines through in her work on When I’m Alone. When you listen to the lush, atmospheric arrangements of Lissie’s best-loved, most career-defining tunes, you can almost hear the “carnage” of each past moment and remembered feeling coalescing to form this beautiful, dark tempest of emotion and memory.

It’s a thought that should give you pause—when old songs make you feel new things. And that’s exactly what happens all throughout When I’m Alone. From the title track—reworked in a lower key, Lissie’s voice moving, breathing with all the strength it had when the original version dropped in 2010, but with a new sort of power behind it—to the cover of Fleetwood Mac’s hit, “Dreams,” you get the sense that Lissie is writing a love letter to her past. And it’s not sad or nostalgic at all, but mature, grown-up, looking backward and forward simultaneously.

Stacking up the 10 original songs on When I’m Alone next to their counterparts from throughout the past decade or so, the differences are profound. The new arrangements, written for piano, are considerate, quiet, respectful of their former states. This disparity gives the listener a more complete look back on the arc of Lissie’s songwriting style and canon—the singer sounding more the chanteuse and less the folksy songbird of 10 years past. But we now know these songs are evergreen, permutable.

Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the idea of a piano-based retread of Lissie’s most accomplished hits, though. This record is toned down without being buttoned up. These reinterpretations still move in the way the originals do.

For Lissie, the idea behind When I’m Alone came about almost as a test of each tune’s structural integrity.

“When you take a song out of its production and strip it down to its basic elements,” she opines, “you get the heart of the song. You find out whether it can stand on its own, whether it’s a good song. When they come down to their basic bones, are these really meaningful pieces that stand on their own?”

The answer here is a resounding “yes—yes they are.” But more than that, they’re about respecting and appreciating the canon Lissie has crafted, along with the emotions and moments that went into writing each song.

“The reason I started writing songs when I was younger was this urgent, pressing need of ‘this is how I process my experiences and my emotions,’” she says. Now, I’m revisiting what the songs were about, which relationship inspired what, and what point my life was at.”

In addition to looking back and analyzing and celebrating her songwriting, though, Lissie’s found herself reasserting her agency through these rearrangements, saying “I’m seeing my romantic history over the last 10 years laid out in song, times when things were challenging, mistakes were made, my feelings were hurt, I acted badly… We can use the mistakes as a lesson in order to grow. I feel like being able to go back and revisit my songs is slightly heartbreaking, but also heartening—like, I’ve survived this past decade. I get to decide when and how and what I share.”

It’s this spirit of retrospection and reinterpretation that truly affects what When I’m Alone is as both a body of work and a test of artistry. And while we’re given this songbook-as-a-scrapbook to pore and puzzle over, Lissie just wants to get back to her farm for a little while—to breathe the open air and sow some seeds in preparation for cultivating her next big move.

When I'm Alone: The Piano Retrospective' out April 5th 2019
Pre-order here: https://lissie.lnk.to/WIAFa and get 'When I'm Alone (Piano Version)' instantly

2/18/19 @9:30am pst - Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and Author of BRAVE NOT PERFECT!

BRAVE, NOT PERFECT: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder (On Sale: February 5, 2019; Currency) is a bold, honest book for any woman that has felt crushed under the weight of her own expectations. For those that are losing sleep ruminating over a tiny mistake or worrying about what someone else thinks of them. For all the women that are running themselves ragged trying to do it all at home and at work, with a smile and not a hair out of place. For every woman that lives her life by the mantra that failure is simply not an option.

BRAVE, NOT PERFECT is a book that forces women to look at their lives through a new lens. It forces them to ask: am I living the life I always imagined for myself, or am I living a life that merely feels safe?

Inspired by her hugely popular TED Talk, BRAVE NOT PERFECT explores this innate (or instilled) fear that holds women back – both personally and professionally.

From an early age, women are taught to play it safe. Well-meaning parents and teachers reward girls for being quiet and polite, they urge them to be careful so they don’t get hurt. Meanwhile, boys were expected to speak up, get dirty, play rough, and climb to the top of the monkey bars. In short, boys are taught to be brave, while girls are taught to be perfect.

As a result, girls grow up to be women who are afraid to fail. So terrified of not doing everything perfectly, they tamp down their dreams and narrow their world, along with their opportunities for happiness. As too many women eventually learn, being afraid to take risks, to use their voice to take a stand or ask for what they want, even to make mistakes, leads to a lot of disappointment and regret.

BRAVE NOT PERFECT draws on hundreds of interviews with girls and women from around the country, stories of women changing the world one brave act at a time, as well as Saujani’s own personal journey. Because as common and crippling as perfectionism is among women of all ages and backgrounds, what Saujani has seen time and time again, in the many women she has met along the way, is a tremendous capacity to rewire themselves for bravery.

We hope that you’ll agree that this is an important and timely message as women across the country are coming together to speak out against centuries-old power imbalances; from those who broke their silence to ignite the #metoo movement, to those championing pay equality, to the students that are working toward closing the gender gap in STEM subjects – we are witnessing the changes and the triumphs that result from being brave, not perfect.


Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding. She has been interviewed on NPR's Marketplace and The Brian Lehrer Show and featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, Real Simple, Glamour, Family Circle, The Daily Show, and more. She's been named one of Fortune's 40 under 40, a WSJ magazine innovator of the year, one of the 50 most powerful women in New York by the New York Daily News, Forbes' Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Business Insider's 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, and an AOL/PBS MAKER. Reshma is also author of Girls Who Code, a New York Times bestselling book for young readers. Her TED Talk on the topic (below), has been viewed 4 million times. Beyond her influential personal network and 100K twitter followers, Girls Who Code has 200K followers on Twitter, an email list of 50K, chapters in 50 states, and partnerships with 40+ companies with vast employee networks, like Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Pixar, and Verizon. 

WATCH Reshma Saujani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection | TED Talk


We're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program -- two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. "I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection."

2/18/19 @9:15am pst - Janeane spoke with TV Icon Andrea Evans (THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, PASSIONS), PRODUCER OF “ROCKING THE COUCH”

LISTEN to today's conversation with Andrea Evans!


One of the most important releases of the year, ROCKING THE COUCH, available On Demand this February from Avail Films.

Hollywood titans, Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, have been brought to their knees by the #MeToo movement. But they did not invent Casting Couch. The term casting couch has existed for decades. But in 1992, a case against talent agent, Wallace Kaye, was brought to court by 12 unknown actresses, who braved the loss of their careers, their privacy, and their Hollywood dreams. They stepped forward, despite the advice of their union, and brought the case to the police. Against all odds, they won, and no one listened.

Our documentary explores the case and asks, “Why didn’t we hear about this?” More importantly, why didn’t Hollywood learn from this case? For, if they had, maybe the Cosbys and the Weinsteins would have learned as well, and these sexual exploitations could have been prevented.

“Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it.”

From writer/director Minh Collins, produced by Andrea Evans, Minh Collins, and Jerry Sommer, and starring Lauren Anastasi-Peter, Ikon Barenbolm, Alana Crow, Jennifer Durst, Andrea Evans, Tiffani Fest and Sadie Katz, ROCKING THE COUCH is now available on Amazon U.S and UK.

2/18/19 @9:00am pst - Writer/director Spenser Fritz called in to KUCI 88.9fm to talk about CECIL, his coming of age comedy!

"Cecil". It is an incredibly sweet coming of age family comedy where a young boy struggles with his speech impediment and crafts a plan to change his name to avoid being teased.

Vision Films presents the coming of age comedy, CECIL

Available on DVD and VOD January 22, 2019

LISTEN to today's conversation with Spenser Fritz!

Vision Films, Behind The Curtain Media and Blind Turn Films present the family-friendly film about acceptance, Cecil. Based on writer/director Spenser Fritz’s experiences as a child, Cecil is the endearing story of a boy trying to fit in at school with a speech impediment. With an important message of acceptance of others and also self-acceptance, this is a charismatic and nostalgic film that is a must-see for the whole family

Starring Jason London (Dazed and Confused, To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar), Jenna von Oÿ (Blossom, The Parkers), Valerie Jane Parker (Nashville, Dying for the Crown), Aaron Munoz (Stranger Things, The Walking Dead), Christa Beth Campbell (Hall Pass, Sisters) and introducing Sark Asadourian as Cecil, the film brings awareness to a common condition that is often not spoken of and is a coming of age story about friendship, love and acceptance of self.

It's 1996 and fourth grader Cecil Stevens (Sark Asadourian) finds himself switching to a new school after his parents (Jason London, Jenna von Oy) decide to separate. Cecil becomes fast friends with Abby (Christa Beth Campbell), a rambunctious school newspaper reporter, but gets off to a rough start when she notices that, due to his horrible lisp, he can't pronounce his own name. So he decides to change his name to that of his hero, Michael Jordan. His whole school learns a lesson about acceptance after he and his friends start a business with the corrupt principal that sells celebrity names to kids.


iTunes: http://bit.ly/C-iTunes
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/310464762

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/310464762

Spenser Fritz (Director) graduated with his B.F.A. in Screenwriting and Directing from Watkins College of Art, Design and Film. Throughout his career Spenser has worked in nearly every aspect of filmmaking. He started in the Production Department first working as 1st Assistant Director and then later as Line Producer on several SAG Ultra Low and SAG Modified feature films. Spenser then moved to the directorial department with his directorial debut, A Matter of Time, starring Shelley Long and Kevin Sorbo, and most recently, directing his second feature film, Cecil, a family comedy which he wrote loosely based on his childhood. After creating Behind The Curtain Media with his wife, Amanda Dillingham, he started shooting, directing and editing a variety of music videos, commercials and promotional videos. In addition, he currently works for the Tennessee Titans as a videographer and editor shooting game footage, interviews, and various other events. During regular season each week he edits pregame hype videos, in-game promotional videos as well as the show Titans All Access.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

2/11/19 on KUCI 88.9fm - Janeane caught up with New York Times bestselling author Jill Santopolo and got the scoop on her latest book, More Than Words and her up-coming book tour stopping in LA this week!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Jill Santopolo!

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost comes a tender and moving new novel about a woman at a crossroads after the death of her father, and caught between the love of two men.

Nina has always known who she's supposed to be. But is that who she truly is?

Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter. Raised by her father, owner of New York City's glamorous Gregory Hotels, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And Tim--her devoted boyfriend and best friend since childhood--feels the same. But when Nina's father dies, he leaves behind a secret that shocks Nina to her core.

As her world falls apart, Nina begins to see the men in her life--her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her boss, Rafael--in a new light. Soon Nina finds herself caught between the world she loves, and a passion that could upend everything.

More Than Words is a heartbreaking and romantic novel about grief, loss, love, and self-discovery, and how we choose which life we are meant to live.

Come meet Jill in Los Angeles!

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2/11/19 @9:30am pst - Amalia Andrade, Colombian bestselling writer shares the ultimate guide for combatting heartbreak – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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“As the great existential philosopher Cher once postulated, ‘do you believe in life after love?’ In my own personal experience, after my breakup, the answer was a resounding NO,” bestselling writer and illustrator Amalia Andrade writes in her beautiful, hand-lettered book YOU ALWAYS CHANGE THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE (For Another Love of Another Life). Born out of a devastating breakup with her long-term girlfriend, the illustrated and interactive book combines a painful experience we can all relate to with advice we desperately need. Her book -- already a sensation in Latin America -- is a seamless blend of witty quips, pop culture references and heart-felt prose, and offers heartbreak advice you won’t find in a stodgy self-help guid. Hilarious and refreshingly honest, it highlights the stages of grief and the lessons that Andrade learned from them.

Join Andrade on February 11th as she channels heartbreak and offers the ultimate first aid kit, including:

The secret code for interpreting text message read receipts
Loving odes to Beyoncé, Ellen DeGeneres, Adele, Taylor Swift, and more
An invitation to create your own healing rituals (go ahead and burn those love letters!)
Comfort food recipes, such as croissant bread pudding and no-bake cheesecake
The perfect playlist for crying in the shower. (You can listen to Amalia’s playlist titled “You Always Change the Love of Your Life by Amalia Andrade” on Spotify)
A dictionary of foolproof passive-aggressive phrases, primed and ready for use

Andrade strikes a perfect balance between the hilarity of things we do during a breakup with the real feelings that need to be expressed. She shines the bright light of hope at the end of the brokenhearted tunnel, ushering in an empowering wave of self-assurance and making us fall in love all over again. Or, as Arianna Grande would say, “thank u, next.”


Amalia Andrade was born in Cali, Colombia, in 1986. She studied literature at Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá. She’s been drawing forever. She’s written for several magazines in both Colombia and the United States. She believes strongly in the power of keeping a diary. When she grows up, she want to be a mix between Sylvia Plath and Tina Fey. She lives in Bogotá with her cats. Beyond the page, Andrade has many more stories to share—from her upbringing under the Cali cartel to attending rehab for love addiction.

2/11/18 @9:15am pst - Janeane spoke with Liz Dawn Donahue #womensempowerment #iws19 #womensleadership

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Former professional actress, Liz Dawn and her mother, Ariel Wolfe, created Mishka Productions and Celebrate Your Life events over 22 years ago. Liz is currently the CEO of CYL and while her mom Ariel has transitioned into spirit, she is ever present at all CYL programs.

2/11/18 @9:00am pst - Award winning Author of Nothando’s Journey, Jill Apperson Manly, spoke with Janeane about her latest book, Ahmed's Journey

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Kids experience social and emotional learning as they connect with internal environment in Ahmed’s Journey

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Be Still. Journey Inward. Know Yourself. We are emotions, feelings, and sensations. Breathe into all of you, ride along with Ahmed, and discover the most exciting journey in the world! You!

Ahmed's Journey unfolds through the eyes of a young boy named Ahmed. The book tells of the Camel Races, a tradition in Ahmed's country and in much of the Middle East.

While traveling to the Camel Races with his family and favorite camel, Jamal, Ahmed faces his fear of riding in the upcoming race. Watching Jamal calmly breathe, Ahmed finds his own breath, and in doing so he discovers he has a colorful array of emotions and feelings. By the end of the book, the reader learns that Ahmed is “grateful to be Ahmed.”

Award winning Author of Nothando’s Journey, Jill Apperson Manly, releases her second book deepening the themes of exploring thoughts, emotions and sensations. Manly uses international cultural festivals to educate the reader and teach the importance of self-love. Jill is a certified iRest® teacher and Somatic Yoga Therapist. She loves sharing yoga and meditation with children and adults, coaching girls' high school basketball, and being a mom to her four children. She lives with her husband and children in Newport Beach, CA.

“Ahmed's Journey:

A Story of Self-Discovery”

Jill Manly | Jan. 1, 2019 | Jabu Books Publishing

Hardcover | 978-0-9980220-0-0 | $16.95

Genre: Children’s picture book

An Interview with

Jill Manly

How important is it for kids to explore and know their own emotions? There is nothing more important. It is essential to learn and value who you are.

Do you think that emotional lessons can be integrated into school studies? Yes, Absolutely! Globally and in the U.S. we are seeing this done right now. My first book, Nothando’s Journey, is part of part of a SEL curricula created by Think Equal (www.thinkequal.com) currently in 147 schools across 15 countries. The pilot program is being evaluated by Yale Center for Emotional Learning. Kids live in present. There is no better time to discuss how a child is feeling then when it is occuring. Of course, you cannot disrupt the class to deal with each emotion so therefore, it is better to have a set time within a lesson, for example in social science, to include a SEL lesson.

How did your experience teaching and studying in Saudi Arabia affect the writing of Ahmed’s Journey? 
My overseas teaching experiences with children gave me great joy. Picking stories from “far-away places” gives a different perspective and we all benefit by learning about others. It’s fun to think about riding a camel. Kids in America don’t get to do that. It is even more fun to think about racing one!

What aspects of yoga do you bring to writing children’s books? Yoga is seen in mainstream America as primarily a form of exercise, in my books, some of the deeper benefits of yoga or any mindful (peaceful) practice are explored.

How were the emotions and sensations that Ahmed experienced in the book reflections of your experiences traveling abroad or those of your own children? I hope my experiences do not create experiences for others. I hope they are only a springboard for a discussion of everyone’s self potential. There is SO MUCH in our kids and in ourselves that gets stuffed down or swallowed up or is undervalued. I hope my books encourage and support kids and adults to value who they are on the inside.

Why is it important for kids to experience cultures different from their own? We are more alike than different. As we see others, we see ourselves.

What is some advice you can give to parents who have children experiencing fear and anxiety like Ahmed?
The Best advice is to have the conversation around these topics. Our children have lots of anxiety and being able to help them address their anxiety around their fears is very empowering. My website has additional resources both for the child and adult on this topic.

How is Ahmed’s Journey a continuation of your first book, Nothando’s Journey?It is takes kids and parents to another place in the world to learn about others and at the same time to learn about themselves.

Are you planning any other books in the same theme?
We’ll see.

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