Tuesday, April 30, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Art exhibit commemorating Stonewall tells of mid-20th century LGBTQ experience. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, one of the most important events leading to the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States, UCI presents the art exhibit “Burning Time: A Graphic Book Collaboration.”


Art exhibit commemorating Stonewall tells of mid-20th century LGBTQ experience

EVENT: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, one of the most important events leading to the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States, UCI presents the art exhibit “Burning Time: A Graphic Book Collaboration.” Jointly produced by Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor’s Professor of English, and Professor Antoinette LaFarge of the Department of Art, it pairs eight poems and associated panoramic paintings to bring to life the story of a young gay man arriving in New Orleans in the late 1950s to start a new life.

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, May 7, through Thursday, May 23, in the Viewpoint Gallery at UCI’s Student Center (bldg. 113, grid D5 on campus map: https://www.parking.uci.edu/maps/documents/UCI-CampusCore_2018.pdf

INFORMATION: The exhibit is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Student Center Parking Structure (grid C/D5 on campus map) or the Mesa Parking Structure (grid D3 on campus map) for $10 per day or $2 per hour. Media planning to attend should contact Pat Harriman at 949-824-9055 or pharrima@uci.edu.

HIGHLIGHT: 4 p.m. Friday, May 10: An opening reception will feature light appetizers and remarks by Alexander and LaFarge.

BACKGROUND: The project began with a trove of photos that Alexander was given at a family retreat – forgotten images offering a poignant glimpse into the life of a long-dead gay uncle. He began to imagine what this man must have gone through, arriving in New Orleans from rural Louisiana as a youth in the mid-20th century. Alexander soon realized that his conjured story needed equally evocative artworks to form an emotional correlative of the uncle’s experiences, and he invited LaFarge into the project. In the exhibit – sponsored by UCI Illuminations, the School of Humanities and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts – text and art interweave to re-create a particular time and place while also summoning the timelessness of self-exploration and desire.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

4/29/19 @9:45am pst - Jack Murgatroyd called in to KUCI 88.9fm to talk about his film with Tim Burnham called Part of Water about veteran life guard Ben Carlson, who lost his life, while attempting an intense rescue. Part of Water will be screened at the closing night of the Newport Beach Film Festival. Listen LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm - stream www.kuci.org

LISTEN to today's conversation with featured
guest Jack Murgatroyd!


Part of Water is a feature length documentary which will tell the tragic story of Ben Carlson, an American hero who lost his life in the line of duty. Ben was an experienced Newport Beach Lifeguard who unfortunately drowned while making an intense rescue during a massive swell in July 2014. With the news of his passing, shockwaves were sent through the community and truly across the world (gaining worldwide news coverage). Our film tells the story of Ben's life and the stories of lifeguards across the country who put their lives on the line to keep our beaches safe.

When most people think of ocean lifeguards, they think of Baywatch; but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Part of Water tells the tragic story of fallen lifeguard, Ben Carlson, who lost his life in the line of duty while on a rescue during a massive swell in 2014. Through Ben’s story, Part of Water sheds light on the countless dangers that ocean lifeguards face and earning the respect they’ve always deserved.

Part of Water Festival Tickets - https://www.newportharboralumni.org/movie (we can talk more about this during the interview but we're doing 4 showings of the film on May 18th at Newport Harbor High School)


Ben Carlson Memorial and Scholarship Foundation - https://www.bencarlsonfoundation.org/

Jack is an award winning filmmaker based in LA. After graduating the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2011, he started Hunt House Pictures which focuses on commercial and documentary work. His love of filmmaking initially stems from the surf world and through his work he seeks to explore stories of community and larger than life characters.

Excited for our interview tomorrow! It sounds like Tim will be able to make it. He will supply you with his bio and all that stuff. Let us know if there's anything else you need in the meantime!

Instagram - @partofwater

5/2/19 - Janeane spoke with filmmaker Jordan Albertsen on KUCI 88.9fm about his film BOOM: A Film About the Sonics, a documentary about the great proto-punk band The Sonics told from the five original members themselves.

LISTEN to today's conversation with featured
guest Jordan Albertsen!




Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 97 minutes

Rating: NR

Language: English






Original Music by BEN BROMFIELD Director of Photography CHRIS KOSER


Edited, Written and Directed by JORDAN ALBERTSEN

Jordan Albertsen’s seminal documentary BOOM about Seattle proto-punk film THE SONICS featured on Get the Funk Out! Monday 4/29/19 9:30am pst. The film makes it's California premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival this weekend!

The film has already racked up numerous awards and accolades during its current festival run, most recently from its screening in Phoenix: “…it does everything I want a music documentary to do."--Hal Astell, Nerdvana.





April 27th and April 29th https://newportbeachfilmfest.com

Best Documentary Feature - Lone Star Film Festival

Best Documentary Feature - Silk Road International Film Festival

Audience Award - Tacoma Film Festival

Audience Award - Olympia Film Festival

WHO: Director Jordan Albertsen

WHAT: BOOM: A Film About the Sonics is the award-winning documentary debut of filmmaker Jordan Albertsen. It makes its Southern California premiere at the 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival.

BOOM: A Film About the Sonics tells the untold story of one of rock 'n' roll's wildest and most influential bands, The Sonics. For the first time ever, all five original members of the band tell the story of how it all went down, from beginning to end. 'Boom' takes a deep dive, exploring how a relatively unknown band from the Pacific Northwest became a worldwide phenomenon 50-years after their heyday, and in doing so, shaped music for decades to come (whether it was apparent at the time or not). Featuring interviews with homegrown heroes and breakthrough artists alike, Pearl Jam, The Sex Pistols, Heart, Mudhoney, and many, many more.

WHEN: Two Showings:

Saturday, April 27th at 2:25PM, Theatre 2

Monday, April 29, at 12:15PM, Theatre 3

WHERE: The Lot Fashion Island, 999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Map & Directions; Phone: 949-253-2880;

MORE: Ticket Links:

April 27: https://newportbeachfilmfest.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=1131600

April 29: https://newportbeachfilmfest.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=1131582

Email: boxoffice@newportbeachfilmfest.com

'Boom' tells the untold story of one of rock 'n' roll's wildest and most influential bands, The Sonics. For the first time ever, all five original members of the band tell the story of how it all went down, beginning to end. 'Boom' takes a deep dive, exploring how a relatively unknown band from the Pacific Northwest became a worldwide phenomenon 50-years after their heyday, and in doing so, shaped music for decades to come (whether it was apparent at the time or not). Featuring interviews with homegrown heroes and breakthrough artists alike, Pearl Jam, The Sex Pistols, Heart, Mudhoney, and many, many more.


Filmmaker Jordan Albertsen hails from Whidbey Island –located in the Puget Sound off the coast of Seattle, Washington. His debut feature film is the multi-award winning movie, “The Standard”, which he wrote and directed at the age of twenty-two. For his efforts, Albertsen won Best Director at both the 2006 San Diego and 2007 Phoenix Film Festivals, as well as Best Picture at the 2007 Fylmz Festival in Nashville. Albertsen is a self-taught film historian who has already exhibited tremendous raw talent in his young career. He has written a number of powerful feature films that are in various stages of development, and is launching both feature and documentary projects at this moment.

Web and Social

Official Site: www.sonicsfilm.com

Facebook: facebook.com/sonicsfilm

IMDb: www.imdb.com/title/tt4733254

Hashtag - #thesonicsfilm

Saturday, April 27, 2019

4/29/19 Janeane spoke with author Renee Rosen about her historical novel PARK AVENUE SUMMER (April 30, 2019)

LISTEN to today's show featuring author Renee Rosen

Everyone knows the name Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan’s famous Editor-in-Chief and the inspiration for fictional NYC women like Carrie Bradshaw, Peggy Olson, and Hannah Horvath. A new novel set in 1960s New York sheds light on the surprisingly tumultuous beginning of Gurley Brown’s 32-year reign at Cosmo, including how she kept the lights on at the magazine even as she was railroaded by Hearst executives.

When Gurley Brown took the reins in 1965, she was best known as the author of the controversial Sex and the Single Girl, and was viewed as an unbecoming choice to lead a magazine with a rich literary history. But the changes she brought—from sexy covers featuring young women to grabby headlines that were the precursor to clickbait—turned Como’s fortunes around and revolutionized women’s magazines.

The story of those early months is told through the eyes of Gurley Brown’s fictional assistant, in Renee Rosen’s historical novel PARK AVENUE SUMMER (April 30, 2019). Informed by Rosen’s extensive research—including interviews with Lois Cahall, who considered Helen her second mother—the novel contains irresistible details only those closest to Helen would know. 

Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada as Renée Rosen draws readers into the glamour of 1965 New York City and Cosmopolitan Magazine, where a brazen new Editor-in-Chief--Helen Gurley Brown--shocks America by daring to talk to women about all things off limits...

New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss who leaves her small Midwestern town to chase her big city dreams and unexpectedly lands the job of a lifetime working for Helen Gurley Brown, the first female Editor-in-Chief of a then failing Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Nothing could have prepared Alice for the world she enters as editors and writers resign on the spot, refusing to work for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller, Sex and the Single Girl. While confidential memos, article ideas, and cover designs keep finding their way into the wrong hands, someone tries to pull Alice into this scheme to sabotage her boss. But Alice remains loyal and becomes all the more determined to help Helen succeed. As pressure mounts at the magazine and Alice struggles to make her way in New York, she quickly learns that in Helen Gurley Brown's world, a woman can demand to have it all.

Talking points:

· How Hearst executives tried to railroad Helen’s vision for the magazine, and how she overcame them

· How the idea for Sex and the Single Girl actually came from Helen’s husband, David Brown, after they were married.

· The truth about the infamous “nooners” Helen took with her husband: cab rides through Central Park where they strategized about the magazine

· The truth about the “bosom memo” Helen sent to female staff

· The incredible influencers that were in Helen’s orbit: from then little-known writers like Nora Ephron and Judith Krantz, whom she hired; to celebrities in their own right like Hugh Hefner, Liz Smith, Lauren Bacall, Gloria Vanderbilt and Barbara Walters, among others

4/29/19 @9am pst - Producer Alison Reid and Dr. Anne Innis Dagg joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about their new documentary The Woman Who Loves Giraffes - screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival

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Producer Alison Reid and Dr. Anne Innis Dagg!

Paul Zimic and Alison Reid are the producers of the new documentary THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES is screening at The Newport Beach FF

Our award-winning film is about a trailblazing scientist who overcame every obstacle she faced on her pioneering journey to study giraffes in South Africa in the ’50’s - but was unable to overcome gender discrimination in academia. This is the uplifting story of her re-discovery.
They just won Best Documentary and the Audience Award at the Sonoma International FF and the Audience Award at the Sebastopol Documentary FF.

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes - Trailer

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes - Website



– Poignant documentary about pioneering zoologist, women’s activist,

and author Dr. Anne Innis Dagg –

“…fine storytelling, combining ecology and social-justice issues while focusing on a woman ahead of her times” – Toronto Star

“A must-see doc about one of Canada’s greatest scientists” – POV Magazine

(Anne Innis Dagg and giraffe at Brookfield Zoo, Chicago 2016. Photo: Elaisa Vargas)

TORONTO (April 2, 2019) – Following a successful theatrical run and sold-out film festival screenings across Canada –the critically acclaimed feature documentary THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES bowed at the Sonoma International Film Festival taking home Best Documentary Feature and the Audience Award for Best Documentary. Just prior to winning these awards, the filmmakers signed an exclusive distribution agreement with leading worldwide distributer, Off the Fence.

THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES re-traces the trail-blazing journey of Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, who in 1956, at only 23 years old, became the first person in the world to scientifically research the behaviour of an animal in the wilds of Africa, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas. The documentary offers an intimate account of her life as a young woman through personal correspondence and original 16mm film, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today.

The film explores the insurmountable barriers Dagg faced as a female biologist whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps. Though her pioneering efforts were groundbreaking, upon her return to Canada, her career as a professor was destroyed when she applied for tenure at the University of Guelph in the 1970s and was denied. It was the catalyst that transformed Dagg into a feminist activist.

The film’s impact on audiences led to the University issuing a rare apology to Dagg last month, delivered by Dr. Jonathan Newman, Dean of the College of Biological Science (CBS), which “recognized and confronted errors of the past” and confirmed that the University of Guelph has become a “more respectful, diverse, and equitable place to work” since that time. Dr. Newman announced the creation of the Dr. Anne Innis Dagg Summer Research Scholarship in “recognition of her pioneering research on, and significant contributions to, the study of giraffe,” to be awarded annually to one female undergraduate student majoring in either Zoology or Biodoversity.

The exclusive worldwide distribution deal was negotiated by the film’s Executive Producer, Paul Zimic and Off the Fence Head of Acquisitions, Loren Syer-Willoughby. Off the Fence will launch the film at the upcoming MIPTV market in Cannes later this month. Syer-Willoughby says, "We have been tracking this project for quite some time now. The overall story was a perfect fit for Off the Fence. The team worked so hard to deliver such a beautiful documentary with not only heart, humour but also a strong conservation message. Anne Dagg is an absolute inspiration, which I think will resonate with audiences around the world. Her pioneering work in the early days of giraffe research makes her one of the key players we will always turn to when we think of giraffes. "

THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES is directed and written by Alison Reid and produced by Joanne Jackson and Alison Reid. Executive Producer is Paul Zimic. The documentary features the voices of Tatiana Maslany, Victor Garber, David Chinchilla, and Lindsay Leese who read letters written by young Anne, Anne’s husband, Ian Dagg, and Anne’s mother, Mary Quayle Innis.

The film was made with the participation of Ontario Creates Film Fund, Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program, the Rogers Documentary Fund, KinoSmith Inc., and Rogers Telefund. It is a Bell Media/Crave Original Documentary.





For more information on the film, please visit The Woman Who Loves Giraffes or contact Paul Zimic, Executive Producer, (paul@grindstonemedia.ca)

For more information on Off the Fence, please visit Off the Fence or contact Loren Syer-Willoughby, Head of Acquisitions, (info@offthefence.com)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

London, England – Thursday, February 21, 2019 – Acclaimed sitar virtuoso and composer Anoushka Shankar headlines prestigious concert halls and performing arts centers across North America in spring 2019 to celebrate the 20-year career-spanning new compilation album, Reflections, scheduled for worldwide release by Deutsche Grammophon on March 8, 2019.

London, England – Thursday, February 21, 2019 – Acclaimed sitar virtuoso and composer Anoushka Shankar headlines prestigious concert halls and performing arts centers across North America in spring 2019 to celebrate the 20-year career-spanning new compilation album, Reflections, scheduled for worldwide release by Deutsche Grammophon on March 8, 2019. A compelling retrospective of Anoushka Shankar’s renowned two-decade recording career, Reflections finds the 21st Century global star carefully curating an inspired collection of compositions that at once search for peace amidst social and political chaos, and pay homage to her father and guru, the late legendary sitar master Ravi Shankar. Reflections explores her commitment to excellence within the Indian classical genre while presenting a cross-cultural dialogue with progressive collaborators Norah Jones, Nitin Sawhney, Vanessa Redgrave, Karsh Kale, and Alev Lenz.

Touted as an Asian Hero by TIME magazine, Anoushka Shankar aligns visionary artistic pursuits with her impassioned fight for women’s rights and social justice. For more than a decade, Shankar has spoken out against sexual violence, human trafficking, gender inequality, and the refugee crisis. Reflections creates a space in which listeners can stop and contemplate today’s world, seek strength within themselves, and cultivate compassion for anyone facing violence, oppression or personal crisis. Music has the power “to express how even within chaos, one can find beauty when in connection with another human being,” says Anoushka Shankar.

Reflections culls compositions from her albums Land of Gold, Traces of You, Breathing Under Water, and Rise. Anoushka features her mastery of Indian classical music on “Jod, Jhala,” based on the raga Jogeshwari created by Ravi Shankar, whom she joins on “Pancham Se Gara.” The latter composition marks one of the only studio recordings featuring Anoushka performing with her father. “The Sun Won’t Set” opens Reflections, and was written with Nitin Sawhney and recorded with her half-sister, Norah Jones, thirty days after Ravi Shankar’s passing. “My father’s name, Ravi, means ‘sun’ in Sanskrit, and this song was a way for me to express my feelings in his final months,” Anoushka recalls.

Standout global collaborations include special guests Spanish flamenco stars Pedro Ricardo Miño (“Bulería Con Ricardo”) and Duquende (“Si No Puedo Verla”), Austrian hang player Manu Delago (various tracks), German-Turkish singer-songwriter Alev Lenz (“Land Of Gold”), American composer and producer Karsh Kale (“Burn”), Israeli vocalist Noa Lembersky (“Burn”), and American folk maestro Barry Phillips (“Voice of the Moon”). Actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave reads Pavana Reddy’s poetry in “Remain the Sea,” a response to the European refugee crisis of 2015, while Norah Jones appears again in “Traces of You,” a haunting meditation on the way we carry with us the people we have lost and the places we have left behind.

The new program for Anoushka Shankar’s forthcoming North American tour documents the sitarist’s lauded journey thus far; drawing on classical ragas and experimenting with contemporary ideas showcasing the versatility of the sitar across musical genres. Anoushka shares the stage with master musicians Ojas Adhiya (tabla), Pirashanna Thevarajah (mridangam), Ravichandra Kulur (flute), Danny Keane (cello, piano), and Kenji Ota (tanpura). Following the spring 2019 tour and select live performances of her film score “Shiraz” at Dublin’s National Concert Hall and London’s Royal Festival Hall, Anoushka Shankar performs Passages with Philip Glass to a sold-out crowd at Philharmonie de Paris on May 19. Anoushka returns to the United States in June 2019 for premier performances of Land Of Gold at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (Manchester, TN), and other notable venues. 

Pictures from her recent performance on 4/18/19 at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, La Jolla, CA. - Photo credit: Janeane Bernstein

About Anoushka Shankar
Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered several prestigious accolades, including six GRAMMY® Award nominations, recognition as the youngest -- and first female -- recipient of a British House of Commons Shield, credit as an Asian Hero by TIME magazine, and a Songlines “Best Artist Award.” Most recently, she became one of the first five female composers to have been added to the UK A-level music syllabus.

Deeply rooted in the Indian Classical music tradition, Anoushka studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the late Ravi Shankar, and made her professional debut as a classical sitarist at the age of thirteen. Since launching her lauded career, Anoushka has led cross-cultural collaborations with artists such as Sting, M.I.A., Herbie Hancock, Pepe Habichuela, Karsh Kale, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Joshua Bell demonstrating the versatility of the sitar across musical genres. As an international solo sitarist, Anoushka has performed to sold-out crowds on many of the world’s most distinguished stages such as Carnegie Hall (NYC), Barbican Centre (London), Sydney Opera House, Philharmonie (Paris), and San Francisco Opera House.

For more information regarding Anoushka Shankar, please visit: anoushkashankar.com

March 9 — Riverbend Center — Austin, TX
March 10 — Stafford Centre — Stafford, TX
March 12 — The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University — St. Paul, MN
March 13 — Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts — Kansas City, MO
March 14 — The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries — St. Louis, MO
March 16 — Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University — Atlanta, GA
March 17 — South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center — Cutler Bay, FL
March 18 — Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts — Gainesville, FL
March 21 — Carolina Theatre — Durham, NC
March 23 — Sixth & Historic Synagogue — Washington, DC
April 17 — Campbell Hall — Santa Barbara, CA
April 18 — The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center — La Jolla, CA
April 19 — Royce Hall — Los Angeles, CA
April 20 — Sunset Center — Carmel, CA
April 22 — Arkley Center for the Performing Arts — Eureka, CA
April 24 — Edmonds Center for the Arts — Edmonds, WA
April 26 — Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons — Calgary, Canada
April 27 — Chan Centre for the Performing Arts — Vancouver, Canada
April 28 — Broadway Center — Tacoma, WA
April 30 — Palais Montcalm — Quebec, Canada
May 2 — Koerner Hall at Telus Center — Toronto, Canada
May 3 — Monument-National — Montreal, Canada
May 4 — Berklee Performance Center — Boston, MA
May 5 — The Town Hall — New York, NY

Sunday, April 21, 2019

4/22/19 @9:00am Sslimegirls joined host Janeane to talk about her up-coming SLIME BONANZA 4!

LISTEN to today's show featuring Sslimegirls!


Date and Time

Sun, April 28, 2019, 11:00 AM PDT


The District at Tustin Legacy
2437 Park Avenue
Tustin, CA 92782

About Slime Bonanza 4
A slime convention hosted by Squishintime and Sslimegirls! You will have the opportunity to meet and purchase slime and merchandise from some of your favorite VIP slimers and rising slimers. Trade slime with other slime accounts and friends, play games with VIP slimers, participate in Q & A with VIP slimers, and more!

During the convention, VIP slimers will have time for demonstrations, Q & A/games. The schedule for the times and content of time on stage will be available on @socalslimebonanza on Instagram soon!

Be sure to stop by Slimers Corner to make new friends and to trade slime!

Diamond Passholders can enter the Event at 11 AM PST and General Passholders at 12 PM PST


































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When you get to the event we will be scanning tickets off your phone, so when you get to the door have your tickets ready to scan.

Guests under the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by an adult to enter the convention.



What can I bring into the event?

If you would like, we will be having slime judging, so bring your best slimes to be entered. Portable Chargers would be a great thing to bring to the event so that you have enough battery for taking all the photos.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You can bring your ticket printed out, but also please have it ready on your phone.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is free parking at the venue

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions, email "squishintime@gmail.com"

What's the refund policy?

There will be no Refunds!

4/22/19 @9:30am pst - Writer/Director Roxanne Benjamin joined host Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

Magnolia Pictures will release BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK in theaters and On Demand on April 26

LISTEN to today's conversation with Roxanne Benjamin!

Watch the Official Trailer:


Written and Directed by Roxanne Benjamin

Produced by Roxanne Benjamin, Christopher Alender, David A. Smith

Starring Karina Fontes, Casey Adams, Emily Althaus, Miranda Bailey, Martin Spanjers, and John Getz

Wendy, a part-time summer employee at a mountainous state park, takes on a rough trail assignment at the end of the season, trying to prove to her friends that she’s capable enough to do the job. When she takes a wrong turn and ends up deep in the backcountry, she stumbles upon what might be a potential crime scene. Stuck with no communication after losing her radio and with orders to guard the site, Wendy must fight the urge to run and do the harder job of staying put — spending the night deep in the wilderness, facing down her worst fears and proving to everyone - including herself - that she’s made of stronger stuff than they think she is.

For More Info:

4/22/19 @9:15am pst - Bryan Jackson, Digital Filmmaking | Continuing Lecturer UC IRVINE | CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS | joined host Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

UC Irvine's Bryan Jackson joined Janeane to talk about the UCI Collegiate Showcase at the Newport Beach Film Fest.

LISTEN to today's conversation!

1:15PM Saturday April 27
Starlight Triangle Square Cinemas, Costa Mesa, CA


"DigiFilm is the hub for creative film production at UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Our courses challenge students to put critical thinking and technical skill into action. The curriculum is a model of what it means to be a working film artist."

Bryan Jackson
Continuing Lecturer
Digital Filmmaking + Digital Arts

MFA, University of California, Los Angeles

BRYAN JACKSON is a interdisciplinary artist working in Los Angeles. His self-portrait video Softly (2007) employs dolls as actors staged on miniature, handcrafted sets and features music created by his collaborator, the Tokyo-based composer Yoshizawa Eiji.

Haircut (2004), written and directed by Jackson and features James Kyson Lee (NBC’s Heroes) won the Jury Prize for Best Experimental Film at New Orleans’ Reel Identity Film Festival, and was named Best Experimental Short at Cinekink New York. The film was shot entirely in first-person with a surveillance camera mounted to the forehead of its protagonist. Haircut has screened as an official selection at 41 international film festivals.

Jackson earned his MFA studying Theater Directing and Experimental Film at the University of California Los Angeles. As a theater director he has staged works by Jean Genet, E.E. Cummings, and Naomi Wallace. Jackson produced video installations for the premiere of Long Beach Opera’s Downtown Opera Project. In 2007, he had his New York gallery premiere at Alexander Gray Associates. In 2006, he co-produced video installations for LACMA Lab’s ‘Consider This…’ with artist Bruce Yonemoto. As a member of ASCAP, his writing credits include lyrics on albums for the Japanese band Scudelia Electro, and are featured on the Sony/NHK-1 anime King of Thieves: Jing.

Jackson has taught acting and directing at UCLA, and video-making at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Monday, April 15, 2019

4/15/19 @9:00am pst - Marc Lesser, Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lesson From Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen

As mindful leaders we can transform fear to hope and possibility, and move toward creating a life of more meaning and satisfaction.

–Marc Lesser

LISTEN to today's conversation with Marc Lesser!


Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen 

Today’s leaders are consistently grappling with the pace and complexity of change, the challenge of supporting healthy collaboration and alignment among teams, and the resulting stress and burnout. The practice of mindful leadership may be one of THE most important competencies in business today if leaders are to move beyond fear, anxiety, nagging self-doubt, and the feeling of constant overwhelm.

What could your work, and your life, look like if you knew how to stay focused yet flexible, if you got more of the right things done, and if you were helping to create a more peaceful world at the same time?

Marc Lesser has taught his proven 7-step method to leaders at Google, Genentech, SAP, Facebook, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years, and has distilled a lifetime of mindfulness and business experience into these chapters. This incredibly practical, yet accessible book draws on Marc’s experience as a CEO of 3 companies, as co-founder of the world-renowned Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program within Google, and as a long-time Zen practitioner.

The principles in this book can be applied to leadership at any level, providing readers with the tools they need to shift awareness, enhance communication, build trust, eliminate fear and self-doubt, and cut down on unnecessary workplace drama.

Embracing any one of the 7 practices alone can be life-changing. When used together, they support a path of well-being, productivity, and positive influence.

Practicing mindful leadership will allow you to achieve results – with more energy, clarity, meaning, and connection. Your intentions and actions will be more aligned. You will accomplish more with less wasted effort.

After reading this book, you’ll understand why some of the world’s most successful companies routinely incorporate the 7 practices of mindful leadership, integrating mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and business savvy, to create great corporate cultures, and even a better world.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

4/15/19 @9:45am pst - Filmmaker Pat McGee joined host Janeane to talk about shooting the documentary AMERICAN RELAPSE (screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival April 30, 2019)

LISTEN to today's conversation with Pat McGee

"The biggest challenge as a filmmaker was realizing there is a fine line between humanity and exploitation. Each time someone shoots up they could overdose and die. This is as real as it gets, people are overdosing and dying at alarming rates. We wanted the doc to speak the truth, and to start an honest conversation about what's really happening in the streets. In order to do that you need to document and not produce. As a filmmaker I needed to understand what I'm okay with, can I accept the responsibility when someone dies in front of me because I did not prevent them from sticking a needle full of fentanyl in their vein. Documenting the heroin epidemic is tantamount to reporting from the frontlines of a war...people die, are you willing to get out of your comfort zone to document the truth?" - Pat McGee


Drug overdoses killed more Americans last year than the Vietnam War.

Recovering addicts Frankie and Allie spend their lives helping other addicts, but can they stay clean themselves?

AMERICAN RELAPSE is a feature documentary about the ripped-from-the-headlines heroin epidemic and the corrupt underground rehab industry that has sprung up around it in Southern Florida. 




Best Feature Documentary, Rhode Island International Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary, Alexandria Film Fest
MINT Spirit Award (Top Festival Prize), Montana International Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary, Laughlin International Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary, Mammoth Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary, Other Venice Film Festival
Social Awareness Award, Orlando Film Festival

Recovering addicts Frankie and Allie spend their lives helping other addicts, but can they stay clean themselves?

AMERICAN RELAPSE tells the story of two people fighting to make a difference against the devastating heroin epidemic that’s spawning a billion-dollar treatment industry. Against the odds, in an “Us vs. the World” mentality, two recovering addicts spend their lives pulling needles out of the arms of addicts and assist in placing them in reputable treatment facilities. The film features Frankie and Allie who live and work in Delray Beach, Florida, the Rehab Capital of America, now referred to by some as the Relapse Capital of America. They allowed the film crew all access for one weekend. What transpires over 72 hours is not only captivating and raw, but a heartbreaking rollercoaster ride.
Frankie is 38 and has relapsed multiple times but continues to operate his F*ck Heroin Foundation with his mother. Allie is 28 and has been clean and sober for 10 years. While they are at different points on the recovery spectrum, they both share a deep belief in the 12th step: helping others. These unlikely and imperfect heroes opened their lives for the world to see, hoping to shine a light anywhere and any way they can. In the process, they show viewers and addicts alike that despite seemingly impossible odds and devastating damage, empathy and hope can restore a little bit of humanity to those who struggle and can sometimes save their lives.

AMERICAN RELAPSE is directed by Pat McGee and Adam Linkenhelt, and is produced by Pat McGee Pictures in association with Sorted Pictures and Next Up Productions. Executive producers include Pat McGee and Stacy McPeak for Pat McGee Pictures, Ian and Jaime Manheimer of Next Up Productions and producers Terry Hahin and Adam Linkenhelt for sorted Pictures. The film has a running time of 105 minutes and will not be rated by the MPAA.

Pat McGee Pictures will release the film in Los Angeles and New York exclusively for one week beginning March 29. The film will screen at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Los Angeles and Cinema Village in New York City.
Gravitas Ventures will distribute the film on VOD beginning April 2nd. Among the many platforms include iTunes, Google Play, Vimeo, and Amazon. 

To view the trailer, go to: https://vimeo.com/309928484
For more information, go to: www.americanrelapse.com

4/15/19 9:30am pst - Award-winning author Marc Graham joined host Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm

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CASTLE ROCK, CO—Award-winning author Marc Graham creates a fresh tale that weaves history and legend in Song of Songs: A Novel of the Queen of Sheba (April 16, 2019, Blank Slate Press). Using the newest archaeological finds and linguistic research, Graham constructs an accurate depiction of the Middle East in Old Testament times while bringing to light an important but rarely touched upon historical figure.

Lift the veil of legend for the untold story of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, and Bathsheba, wife and mother of Israel’s first kings. When Makeda comes of age she inherits what her father has left behind. Her city is on the brink of destruction as a crumbling dam threatens to wash away everything that Makeda has known. Graham’s characters explore the idea of familial honor in times of cultural disruption, their individual paths in light of their strong mythic beliefs, and to give voice to powerful women in history often neglected.

Award-winning author Marc Graham dives into a much glossed over historical figure in Song of Songs: A Novel of the Queen of Sheba (Blank Slate Press, April 16, 2019). Using the latest archaeological findings and linguistic research, Graham constructs an accurate depiction of the Old Testament Middle East to revive the untold story of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, and Bathsheba, wife and mother of Israel’s first kings.

In an interview, Marc Graham discusses:

>The most recent archeological and linguistic research that led him to write Makeda’s story

>The current crisis in Yemen, Makeda’s homeland, and his partnership with Zakat Foundation of America

>His background as an award-winning author and how storytelling can be a tool to broaden perspectives and transform lives

>His use of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Ethiopian, and Masonic myths for this non-traditional retelling of the Queen of Sheba’s story

>How the shift from matriarchal polytheism to patriarchal monotheism changed our view of history

>The importance of story, myth, and lore to social development

>The power of myth in the #MeToo era

Marc is pledging half of the book's proceeds to Yemen humanitarian relief and is partnering with the Zakat Foundation of America who will be matching his funds.

Marc Graham was raised in Michigan before attending Rice University in Texas, where he studied mechanical engineering. After spending several years traveling the country with his wife, he eventually landed in Colorado where he lives along the Rocky Mountains. His first novel, Of Ashes and Dust, won the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest and National Writers Association Manuscript Contest. Graham is an actor, speaker, story coach, shamanic practitioner, and whisky aficionado. When not on stage, in a pub, or bound to his computer, he can be found traipsing about the foothills and mountains with his wife and their Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. Learn more at https://www.marc-graham.com/.

4/15/19 9:15am pst - Director/co-writer, Rick Hays, joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm to talk about his film The Way We Weren't!

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Get ready to fall in love....the wrong way!

Vision Films presents the hilarious new romantic comedy,


Available on DVD/VOD on February 12, 2019

Vision Films, DiMuccio Entertainment Syndicate, Bella Pictures and Epic Entertainment Enterprises are delighted to present the laugh-out-loud comedy about the lies we tell for love, The Way We Weren’t. Shedding a light on the hilarity at which we change ourselves in order to make ourselves more attractive as a potential partner, this feel-good, romantic comedy directed by Rick Hays took away top honors at the 2018 Portland Comedy Film Festival with it’s refreshing, new take on the story of a mismatched couple.

Starring Fiona Gubelmann (The Good Doctor, Wilfred, One Day at a Time) and Ben Lawson (The Good Place, 13 Reasons Why, Designated Survivor) as the picture perfect, but ill-fated couple, and featuring Amber Stevens West (Greek, The Amazing Spider-Man), Keith Powell (30 Rock, Syrup), Tobin Bell (Saw, The Flash) and Alyssa Diaz (The Rookie, Ray Donovan), The Way We Weren’t tells the tale of two people meet just after their previous relationships have imploded and in an effort to make themselves more appealing, exaggerate, fib and outright lie. When they move in together, the deception unravels with the most amusing and spectacular of ways.

The Way We Weren’t will be available on DVD and VOD just in time for Valentine’s Day on February 12, 2019.

Since meeting online, Charlotte (Fiona Gubelmann) and Brandon (Ben Lawson) have fudged, padded, glossed over, reimagined, and outright lied about everything in an attempt to be each other’s perfect match. But despite overcoming all the obstacles there’s one thing their 10-day-old marriage might not survive...each other! After they said their “I dos” the fronting is about to end and they’re going to get a hilarious, hellish and surprising look at just who they’ve vowed to spend the rest of their lives with. Will familiarity breed contempt... or bliss?

Writer/producer Brian DiMuccio explains that the inspiration for The Way We Weren’t actually came from an experience he had in the early 2000’s. “We met one week before she moved to Spain for a year for work and our getting-to-know-you period wasn't unlike Charlotte and Brandon's in the movie,” he says. “We both gave into the temptation to present heavily idealized versions of ourselves that lead to some disillusionment when she moved back to LA. Our story ended badly but as they say, tragedy plus time equals comedy!”

“We hope that people come away from the film remembering that being in love, even when it's messy, maddening, and feels like a sucker-punch to the heart, is always grand!” DiMuccio continues. “And it’s infinitely better than the alternative”.

“Brandon’s problem is an inability to commit to even the simplest things in life”, Ben Lawson explains of his character. “His come-to-Jesus moment is that if he’s ever going to find happiness he needs to face this commitment phobia...and what better way to do that than to marry the next person he meets!”

“I think most people in this modern era of dating and social media can relate to having too many options and the fear of missing out on something better,” Lawson continues. “ I think it’s true that at a point you need to block out all the noise and channel your efforts into one thing, one person, one endeavor, whatever it is. In France they say “le mieux est l’ennemi du bien” The best is the enemy of the good. I think once we accept that there’s always going to be something better, that even when we achieve our goals we immediately set new ones, we can begin to enjoy what we have and allow ourselves some happiness”.

“The Way We Weren’t is the perfect romantic comedy to release on Valentine’s Day for all us who can’t seem to find the perfect match, or… maybe our “perfect” match is not perfect, and then this is what makes him or her just perfect”, says Lise Romanoff, CEO/Managing Director of Vision Films.

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thewaywewerent
iTunes: http://bit.ly/TWWW-iTunes
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thewaywewerent

Coming up 5/22 at 9:30am - Haleigh Marcello, Founder and Executive Director, Orange County Queer History Project, PhD Candidate - Graduate Feminist Emphasis, Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies

UCI PhD candidate, Haleigh Marcello, joins Janeane to talk about some OC Queer History events coming up! LISTEN to today's show featurin...