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Monday, November 23, 2020

Greg, aka Fast Eddie, a Total Control Instructor, shares his vision to inspire motorcycle riders to wear full gear, take courses, and practice in order to reduce crashes on public roads.

My vision is to inspire riders to wear full gear, take courses, and practice in order to reduce crashes on public roads. I'm accomplishing this vision by sharing the insights I've acquired as a Total Control Instructor, attending 22 motorcycle courses, and riding over 200,000 miles since 2013. 

I spent 11 years in the Marines before becoming a Total Control Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Riding Clinic Instructor. I have a BA in Psychology, MA in Human Behavior, and a MS in Forensic Science. I’ve created over 200 motorcycle videos available on YouTube where you can find information on cornering, managing your fear, advice for new riders, low-speed control, and much more!

After 11 years in the Marines with 2 deployments in Iraq and becoming an instructor of drill instructors, Greg left the military to chart a new course in his life. What followed was the pursuit of his enjoyment of motorcycle riding, combined with his passion for teaching.

He became an MSF RiderCoach & a Total Control Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Riding Clinic Instructor, and personally attended 22 different motorcycle courses. While teaching, one of the questions he heard the most from students was "what should I practice in-between courses?"

With that, Greg conceived the MotoJitsu system, inspired by martial arts, and designed to help street riders become more proficient and confident in their daily riding. After suffering his own serious accident early in his riding career, Greg is a passionate advocate for riders to wear full gear, take advanced courses, and to practice skills that could help save their lives on public roads.

Practicing what he preaches, Greg meets with fellow riders in quiet parking lots, twisty mountain roads, and local tracks helping others master their skills.

Greg has created hundreds of educational motorcycle videos available on his YouTube channel, which has over 184,000 subscribers.

Find videos and more at motojitsu.com.

World-renowned picture-book maker of many beloved children’s books, Oliver Jeffers, talks about his NEW book, WHAT WE’LL BUILD

WHAT WE’LL BUILD is the exquisite new title from Oliver Jeffers, world-renowned picture-book maker of many beloved children’s books including Here We Are and Lost and Found, and illustrator of the #1 bestsellers The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home. Written and illustrated by Oliver for his young daughter, WHAT WE’LL BUILD is an enchanting story of a father and a daughter who set about laying the foundations for their life together, building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe and love to keep them warm. WHAT WE’LL BUILD is set to be another publishing masterpiece that not only showcases Oliver’s inimitable style and spectacular illustrations but also his hopes and ambitions for his own family that will, no doubt, resonate with parents everywhere.

What shall we build, you and I?
We’ll build a watch to keep our time.
I’ll build your future
and you’ll build mine.

This rare and enduring story is about a parent’s boundless love, life’s endless opportunities and challenges, and the tools needed to build a together future. The book is the perfect companion to Oliver’s million-copy bestseller, Here We Are, which published in 2017 and was inspired by the birth of his son.

Oliver said “When my son was born, Here We Are was written for him as I tried to make sense of the world for both of us. Not long after our daughter was born, I realized I’d never hear the end of it if she didn’t get a book too, so it’s a good thing I was experiencing a not-dissimilar internal dialogue of transition with new parenthood. For one thing, contemplating the importance of raising a daughter in what will hopefully soon no longer be a man’s world, but more than that, this poem contemplates what home is, the importance of family, but also the strength of the invisible bonds of any loving relationship through thick and thin. It is all about the pure potential of what will come, both good and bad, and how, ultimately, people need each other. Even if that is just for someone to listen to all your plans.”

Oliver Jeffers makes art and tells stories. From his highly acclaimed debut, How to Catch a Star he has gone on to create a collection of bestselling picture books that have been translated into many languages all over the world, winning multiple awards including the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award, Blue Peter Book of the Year, and CBI Book of the Year, and he has been shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal five times. Lost and Found was made into a BAFTA-winning animated film. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and young children.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Coming up soon on KUCI 88.9fm! Katherine May, author of Wintering

“Wintering is every bit as beautiful and healing as the season itself. Katherine May thoughtfully examines the emotional, spiritual, and geographical reality of the cold times, the dark days, and those periods of our lives when things are neither soft nor easy.

This is truly a beautiful book.”

—#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert

An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down.

Katherine May is a gorgeous prose writer with several books out in the UK, and an astute observer of the natural world. In WINTERING, May addresses those times of life when unforeseen circumstances derail you (think: an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a job loss, or a global pandemic NBD). She calls these periods of dislocation wintering. What if, May asks herself, instead of feeling so much shame around “failing” during these times, instead of hustling so hard to keep up appearances, we gave ourselves permission to fall through the cracks and rest? Imagine it: a deep, full season of rest and retreat.

Drawing lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, Katherine weaves the story of her own personal wintering with extraordinary science, cultural history, philosophy, and fable. You’ll meet hibernating dormice, learn about human sleep patterns before electric light existed, and encounter pagan rituals to mark time that still get practiced today.

Unclassifiable, original, and full of unexpected pleasures at every turn, WINTERING could not be coming at a more perfect moment. It is a luminous, vulnerable, and dryly funny look at a season of life that, right now, we all have in common. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear.


Katherine May is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. Her journalism and essays have appeared in a range of publications including The Times (London), Good Housekeeping, and Cosmopolitan. She lives by the sea in Whitstable, England and is an avid lover of the outdoors.

Coming up on KUCI 88.9fm! Janeane speaks with award winning writer-director Sean Michael Beyer

Award winning writer-director Sean Michael Beyer knew there was always a national “something” to celebrate, whether it be Tacos, Postal Workers, or Step Children, he created a podcast to celebrate, and occasionally educate, in his own style of sardonic humor. National Day Riff combines each of the day’s celebrations into a single humorous presentation, delivered as a slick podcast with music, sound design, voice characterizations and an opinionated host with a mind of his own.

Each dose (episode) averages 7:00 minutes in length, with some as short as :90 seconds and the more epic doses as long as 17:00 minutes. Each begins with the Host introducing the day’s celebrations, then it takes off in a variety of different directions: Character Interaction, First-Person Narrative, Laundry List, The Rants, The Voice of Reason (keeping Sean and the various characters in check), or an assorted Potpourri of two or more. Above all, it’s in the best of fun!

In addition to their podcast doses, they also offer video “microdoses” via their YouTube channel and social media. These microdoses are less than a minute and offer a quick fix of laughter on a more frequent basis. According to creator and host Beyer, National Day Riff began as text messages to his friends to start their day with a laugh, evolving into over 350 (and counting) written “riffs” which are being morphed into podcast doses as you read this. With “Celebrations every day of the year, as well as National Weeks, National Months and International Celebrations with new ones frequently added, there is no shortage of material. Most of us have heard of Talk Like a Pirate Day; but how about Lima Bean Respect, Lost Sock Memorial, and one of our personal favorites, Sneak some Zucchini into your Neighbor’s Porch Day?!”

Beyer studied voiceover under Charlie Schlatter (voice for numerous Disney and Nickelodeon animated series) and was mentored by Michael David McGuire (the voice of McDonalds for many years). He’s also lent his vocal talents to Hyundai, Mountain Dew, and Kodak commercials as well as a wide variety of regional & local spots, political campaigns and industrial projects. A compact, humorous look at the plethora of celebrations throughout the year; think “Adam Ruins Everything” meets a Saturday Night Live Sketch — for your ears.

His past film work as writer/director includes the award-winning Down the P.C.H. starring Guillermo Diaz (Scandal, Weeds, Half Baked), Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap, Joan of Arcadia) and Lin Shaye (Insidious, There’s Something About Mary), Resurrection Mary starring Golden Globe-winner Sally Kirkland and character actor Richard Riehle (Office Space, Casino), the dance-centric rom-com Another Tango currently in release for Hallmark, and the award-winning Randy’s Canvas, a touching romantic drama about an aspiring young artist with autism who falls in love for the first time; winning Best Film at the 2018 AutFest International Film Festival. Beyer was also honored with Best Director at the 2018 Glendale International Films Festival and was recognized by the CA State Legislature and Senate for his contribution to the arts.

Along with Beyer, other members of the creative team include Adam Carbone, Nick Pasqual, and Angela Hicks. All three have have worked together on numerous projects, including the coming-of-age dramedy Randy’s Canvas, with Carbone playing the title role and producing; winning Best Actor at the 2018 AutFest International Film Festival. Pasqual’s TV guest appearances include CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, One Dollar, and NBC’s GONE. Pasqual also played the “villain” hotshot real estate broker in Beyer’s Another Tango. Hicks has been doing professional voice over for nearly a decade and has also made episodic TV appearances including Disney’s Jonas. NATIONAL DAY RIFF is available on Apple Podcasts, GooglePodcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, SoundCloud, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora. T

The RSS feed is delivered by SoundCloud. YouTube Video Trailer: https://youtu.be/0-P_MdC0nVE A sampling of their more than 40 doses (episodes) and 24 video micro-doses, with more on the way: Everything Golf including a caddy named Mulligan The first 4th of July celebration back in 1777 and fornication in the barn A Father’s Day BBQ and drunken threelegged race An historical debate like no other.

To interview Sean Beyer or more information, please contact Deborah Gilels at gilelsdeborah@gmail.com

Here’s the video version:

Coming up on KUCI 88.9fm! LA Based writer BJ (Beverly) Graf’s debut novel GENESYS X

Los Angeles, CA

LA Based writer BJ (Beverly) Graf’s debut novel GENESYS X is available now at www.fairwoodpress.com, www.amazon.com, www.b&n.com, and any independent bookseller near you.

Part noir science fiction and part twisted new take on Greek myth, GENESYS X is a page-turning police procedural featuring Eddie Piedmont, the youngest Homicide Special detective in LAPD history. L.A. is under siege from a gang war which has flooded the streets with a powerful drug called green ice. And there’s a new plague; Alzheimer’s has spawned a virulent new strain, Alz-X that attacks children. No one knows why.

When Eddie takes on a case of fatal overdose, he is drawn into the nefarious world of cutting-edge reproductive technology, only to discover terrible secrets at the heart of his identity and family history that will pull him much closer to the murderer than he could ever have imagined.

Some early reviews have come in and agree that the novel is a winner!

“Clever, twisty, and entertaining. A remarkable debut.”

Matt Coyle, Author of the RICK CAHILL SERIES

"From the opening page, readers will love Eddie Piedmont and Shin Miyaguchi, ace homicide investigators in a vision of future Los Angeles we've never seen before. Miraculous technological advances run parallel with the cracks threatening to crumble society, and every move Piedmont and Shin make hammers those fractures a little more. GENESYS X is brilliant, thrilling, and filled with twists that will leave fans gasping. B.J. Graf has made a spectacular debut."

Glen Erik Hamilton, Author of THE VAN SHAW SERIES

“Action-packed, futuristic and unpredictable. Crime fiction has a new voice.”

John McMahon, Author of the P.T. MARSH SERIES

“A noir-thriller with a hefty dash of future technology. Witty and well-written. Looking forward to more from B.J. Graf!”


B.J. Graf (aka Beverly Graf) lives in Los Angeles with her family and a menagerie of four-footers. Her near-future-mystery-novel, GENESYS X, featuring Detectives Piedmont & Miyaguchi, will be published 11/10/2020 by Fairwood Press and is available for pre-orders now at www.fairwoodpress.com, www.amazon.com, www.b&n.com, and an independent bookseller near you. She also has 4 short stories already published including Deus ex Machina, which follows in the wake of Sandman, Blood Shadows and Shikata Ga Nai. In her alternate identity Dr. Graf is an Adjunct Professor who teaches Film Studies and Classical Mythology at Pepperdine, UCLA, and CSUN. Previously, she worked as V.P. of Development for Abilene Pictures where they produced several features and television projects including Primal Fear, Frequency, Fallen, Fracture and NYPD 2069.

To learn more about the author check out her website: www.beverlyjgraf.com

To interview BJ Graf please contact Deborah Gilels, LA Media Consultants, at Deborah@lamediaconsultants.net

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Multi-Emmy-nominated TV host, author, speaker, and social entrepreneur (Discovery, BBC, CNN, Travel Channel) pours his passion for wildlife and exploration into his latest release for young readers, The Endangereds

PHILIPPE COUSTEAU speaks with host Janeane Bernstein about his new book, 
The Endangereds

On Sale September 29, HarperCollins; Illustrated Edition, Hardcover

Age Range: 8 - 12 years | Grade Level: 3 - 7

Multi-Emmy-nominated TV host, author, speaker, and social entrepreneur Philippe Cousteau (Discovery, BBC, CNN, Travel Channel) pours his passion for wildlife and exploration into his latest release for young readers, The Endangereds. The first book in a science-backed, high-action series, this adventure of a spunky group of endangered animals has an important environmental message for young audiences. Through twists and turns, underground caverns, sneaking through private buildings, and a villainous kidnapping, four daredevils will stop at nothing to save the animal kingdom that they love.

"Exaggerated character traits and a complex plot contribute to the appealing concept of hyperintelligent animals engaging in heist like rescues. Heaps of information about geography, climate change, humanity’s impact on animals, and species reintroduction is shared, appealing to readers who are interested in these subjects."
– Kirkus Reviews


It’s time for animals to take fate into their own paws! The Endangereds is the first book in a thrilling new adventure series by world-renowned environmentalist and Emmy-nominated host of Xploration Awesome Planet Philippe Cousteau and award-winning TURBO Racers author Austin Aslan.

Innocent animals are in trouble: temperatures are climbing, tides are rising, and nature is suffering. Someone needs to step in to rescue animals from extinction. Someone needs to turn this mess around, before it’s too late.

And that someone is . . . the Endangereds, the unlikeliest heroes you’ll ever meet—a superstrong polar bear, a pangolin with a genius for engineering, an extremely sarcastic narwhal, and an orangutan with a big dream.

Together, these four daredevils are determined to save endangered species across the globe, no matter what the risk. Rappelling into an underground cavern to save the day? No problem. Looping video footage to sneak through buildings unnoticed? Got it covered. Opening a doorknob? Okay, pretty hard without thumbs. But don’t worry. No matter what it takes, the Endangereds will get the job done.

But when two of their friends get kidnapped by a villain with a dastardly agenda, the team finds themselves up to their snouts in trouble. Can the Endangereds save the day? Or will this villain put humans and animals alike on the extinction list?

The A-Team meets the animal kingdom in the first book in the thrilling new adventure series from the host of Xploration Awesome Planet Philippe Cousteau and award-winning author Austin Aslan.

A Few Sample Talking Points:

Your latest novel focuses on endangered animals. How has your work as a television host for Discovery, BBC, CNN, and Travel Channel inspired the characters and themes?

How do you feel that the novel best teaches young audiences about such an important theme about the Earth and conservation? 

What is the greatest takeaway that you’d like your readers to have after finishing The Endangereds?

In addition to being an author, you founded EarthEcho International in 2004. Please tell us more about this organization and it inspires future generations? 

This Fall, you are partnering with EarthEcho International, Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants and the World Wildlife Fund to host a series of free virtual events for middle school educators, caregivers and students – can you tell us more about these?

How do you continue the legacy of your late grandfather of Jacques Cousteau in your day-to-day life?

What are some of the most fascinating things that you’ve learned as the host and executive producer of Awesome Planet?


By Philippe Cousteau, Austin Aslan

Illustrated by James Madsen

Also available via audiobook

HARPER, an imprint of Harpercollins

Age Range: 8 - 12 years

Grade Level: 3 - 7

ISBN-13: 978-0-062894182

352 Pages

More About Philippe:

Inspired by the legacy of his grandfather Jacques Cousteau, Philippe Cousteau is a multi-Emmy-nominated TV host, author, speaker, and social entrepreneur. He has hosted numerous TV programs for Discovery, BBC, CNN, Travel Channel and more. Currently he is the host of the syndicated television show Xploration Awesome Planet and producer/narrator of a new Virtual Reality experience Drop in the Ocean. Philippe is the author of several award-winning books and is a sought-after speaker having keynoted events for the United Nations, Harvard University, and more. In 2004 he founded EarthEcho International; the leading environmental education organization dedicated to inspiring youth to take action for a sustainable planet. Philippe and his wife, fellow explorer and TV host Ashlan Gorse-Cousteau reside in Los Angeles.

Jeff Foster, AP Government teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, shares details on his new book, For Which We Stand

Jeff Foster, AP Government teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for 20 years, brings a non-partisan guide to the basics in an honest, inspiring, respectful way. It could not be more timely! 

"Mr. Foster is an incredible teacher, one who helped me, and all his students, by teaching us to understand how the government actually works, how we could work it, and how we could become active citizens who stand up for what we care about."—Emma González, a former student and gun control advocate.

How Our Government Works and Why It Matters

By Jeff Foster

The AP Government teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for 20 years, Jeff Foster is a true expert on the subject, and responsible for teaching teen activists like Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, Delaney Tarr, and Emma González. Now, just in time for the 2020 presidential election, Foster puts his knowledge to the page to educate a much broader swath of readers and to inspire a new generation of activists. 

A highly designed, nonpartisan guide to the United States government, FOR WHICH WE STAND: How Our Government Works and Why It Matters (On sale September 1, 2020; Scholastic Inc.) presents information in a format that’s high interest and easy to digest, helping to fill a hole in the institutional market. Featuring infographics, maps, extensive back matter on how young people can get involved, and a foreward from youth activist Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. FOR WHICH WE STAND provides kids with the knowledge, skillset, and steps to rise up and right the wrongs in their world.

Now more than ever, it's so important for everyone to understand our government: where it came from, how it works, and how we can bring about change. And, after all, in the words of author and government teacher Jeff Foster, "If you don't participate, you can't complain."

FOR WHICH WE STAND is a comprehensive and highly accessible guide that answers questions like: 

What are the branches of the government? 
What is the Electoral College? 
What are the political parties? 
What are the different responsibilities of the city, state, and federal governments? Plus, discover the complete backstory on some of our government's most important moments, like why we wrote the Declaration of Independence, and how people since then have worked with—and protested against—the government to improve the lives of all Americans.

JEFF FOSTER is an Advanced Placement Government and Politics teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. After the tragedy that occurred at his school in February 2018, many students credited “Mr. Foster” with giving them the tools that inspired the Never Again movement and spawned the March for Our Lives. Jeff continues to motivate and inspire his students to become active participants in government. He believes that one person can make a difference, no matter their age. He lives in Boynton Beach, Florida with his wife Loren and two daughters.


Jerri Sher, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker talks about her road to filmmaking, her current film, Healing the Brain, and more!

JERRI SHER is an EMMY Award-winning filmmaker. A member of the Directors Guild since 1998, she has completed 22 film and television projects. She wrote, directed and produced QUIET EXPLOSIONS, a documentary feature about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) in veterans, athletes and civilians. The film just won the Lilac Award at the SpIFF Int. Film Festival and will be released on November 10, 2020 on Amazon. LIVE LIFE (healing through alternative medicine) her 12-part docu-drama television series was co-produced by Discovery Communications. 

Her short film STEP UP is part of a presentation SANTA MONICA CARES which she created for City/TV Santa Monica, and garnered her 2 EMMYS. It was Ms. Sher's true honor to be selected to create and produce the Retrospective Tribute Film honoring Kathryn Bigelow for the DGA’s 75th Anniversary Gala. She also wrote and produced a film honoring Betty Thomas, Mimi Leder and Patty Jenkins for the Women’s Steering Committee of the DGA. Her short film LIVE LIFE A-Z won the George Lucas Global Education Award at the My Hero Int. Film Festival. Her documentary SOUL OF AN EMPIRE, about the rebirth of 42nd St. NYC, won the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Big Bear Lake Int. Film Festival, and the Special Jury Award at The Savannah Film & Video Festival.

A native from Fall River, MA, Jerri earned her BFA, Cum Laude from the University of MA and an MEd, Magna Cum Laude from Springfield College. Ms. Sher was the keynote speaker on Princess Cruise Lines World tour from Papeete, Tahiti to Sydney, Australia including topics of “Creative Writing” and “Using Documentary Films to Make the World a Healthier Place.” She has taught and guest lectured at several universities throughout the country and abroad.

Ms. Sher entered the transportation industry in the early eighties. Jerri worked for Preston the 151 Line and GOD Guaranteed Overnight Delivery, where she was trained by Anthony Robbins. While working in sales and marketing in the trucking business, she learned the necessary skills to become a producer. Her third career of directing and screenwriting emerged when she wrote a novel about a medical mystery about the cure for HIV/AIDS, “THE TWIG PAINTER”. Her book “How To Have A Successful Bridal Shower A to Z” just became a national #1 best seller on Amazon. Jerri was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award 2019 from Durfee High School, chosen from over 50,000 candidates. She is a member of AWD, IDA, DGA and GreenLight Women and lives in Los Angeles with her husband Alan. 

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Los Angeles, CA Oct. 26, 2020 — Cinema Libre Studio announces the enlightening documentary QUIET EXPLOSIONS: HEALING THE BRAIN by Emmy Award-winning Director Jerri Sher,

about Traumatic Brain Injury and PTS affecting millions of folks worldwide. Their methods of healing are told by legendary Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien (Wash. Redskins) and USC superstar the “Notre Dame Killer “Anthony Davis.

"Quiet Explosions will leave you hurt and stunned. Yet, through all the pain and suffering, Jerri Sher's masterful documentary dares shine light into the dark recesses of medicine to provide a beacon of hope that traumatic brain injuries can be, and should be, handled effectively when caring healthcare providers choose to think differently."

Michael Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, FACN Colonel (ret.), US Army

According to the CDC, over two million people will suffer a TBI each year, stating, “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States.” Director Jerri Sher explores the new treatments given to vets, gymnasts and firefighters by cutting edge doctors, Mark Gordon, MD and Daniel Amen, MD. Former Marine Ben Driebergen, winner of CBS's

“Survivor” season #35 and Shawn Dollar, champion surfer in the Guinness World Records for the highest wave ever surfed (61 ft.) share their heartfelt stories of overcoming PTS and TBI through Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and hormone replacements for the brain.

“Quiet Explosions is a game changer like Concussion was with raising public awareness about traumatic brain injuries and hopeful new treatments to help people regain lives worth living.”

James F. Zender, PhD

This film was inspired by the book TALES FROM THE BLAST FACTORY by Andrew Marr and Adam Marr, who founded the Warrior Angels Foundation to help other veterans with this illness.

Infamous podcast host Joe Rogan interviews Marr and Dr. Gordon throughout the film. Learn more at www.quietexplosions.com | facebook.com/quietexplosions

The trailer can be found on the website and is a preferred link https://quietexplosions.com/

The film is available now for pre-order on DVD - which has some special bonus features - and On Demand starting Nov 10th via the website QuietExplosions.com. It can also be found on Amazon."

Available on DVD and streaming on Amazon and Vimeo on Nov. 10, 2020


Jamie Coker-Robertson

JCR Public Relaitons



Cinema Libre Studio is a full-service mini-studio known for producing and distributing high-quality feature films and social impact documentaries. Headquartered in the Los Angeles area, the team has released over 200 films. www.cinemalibrestudio.com| Facebook

Monday, November 16, 2020

Janeane speaks with Hasan Oswald, Director of HIGHER LOVE, an award-winning film including the 2020 SLAMDANCE GRAND JURY WINNER - AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL ON NOVEMBER 3.

Daryl Gant is a Camden native, father of eight, and printing press operator. He was raised by a single mother and strives to be a better father than his own, who abandoned him at birth. His girlfriend, Nani, is the love of his life but struggles to cope with a crippling crack and heroin addiction, and the nefarious lifestyle to support it. More troubling is that Nani is pregnant with their new baby boy, Darnez. It becomes Daryl's new-found purpose to forge a better future for the both of them.

Nani is also a Camden native, whose mother died with a needle in her arm. Now she struggles with the responsibilities of motherhood in the face of her own addiction.

Darnez was born healthy but needs particular care growing up in an environment rife with safety and well-being concerns.

Their friend, Iman, was once a drug dealing kingpin in Camden in the 1990s. He was also a father and a mechanical engineer until he caught a dealer's habit selling dope. He embodies the spirit of many disaffected residents of Camden, taking the viewer on a tour of post-industrial American decay.

His own quest to sobriety will eventually force the hand of Nani to make a change, as they forge parallel paths to recovery.

HIGHER LOVE was directed by first time filmmaker Hasan Oswald, executive produced by Stephen Nemeth (Rhino Records) and produced by Oswald, Alexander Spiess, & Derek Rubin. Oswald used a Robert Rodriguez inspired zero-budget strategy to make the film, selling his blood-plasma, racking up no interest credit card bills, and learning all things films on youtube tutorials in lieu of film school.

Gravitas Ventures will release HIGHER LOVE on VOD and Digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Fandango Now and all major cable/satellite platforms on Tuesday, November 3. The film has a running time of 78 minutes and will not be rated by the MPAA.

Slamdance Film Festival (Grand Jury Award, Best Documentary Feature)

Brooklyn Film Festival (Winner Spirit Award & Winner Best New Director)

Krakow International Film Festival (European Premiere)

Doku Fest

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Rhode Island International Film Festival (Winner Best Documentary & Best Editing)

Harlem Film Festival

Stony Brook Film Festival

Cinema of NYC Film Festival

San Antonio Film Festival

American Fringe Festival

Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? We could all probably use a good night sleep right now! Kathryn Nicolai shares details of her new book and popular podcast, Nothing Much Happens. Kathryn provides an indispensable toolkit for relaxing body and mind to help fall asleep


Host of the popular Nothing Much Happens podcast shares indispensable toolkit for relaxing body and mind to help fall asleep

With everything going on in the world, is anyone getting enough quality sleep these days? Whether keeping up with the impending election has upped your screen time or virtual work and learning has upped your caffeine intake, Kathryn Nicolai, host of the popular podcast Nothing Much Happens, is here to help get you relaxed and asleep in no time. Nicolai has crafted a healthy way to help readers who struggle to fall asleep, wake in the middle of the night, or carry their anxiety with them during the day, through the timeless act of reading bedtime stories.

When Kathryn Nicolai launched her podcast Nothing Much Happens in 2018 she hoped to put her nearly two decades of experience as a yoga and meditation instructor to use by helping listeners quiet the mind and fall asleep. For each episode, she would write soothing stories that both eased her listeners into a peaceful slumber and taught the principles of mindfulness—so that waking hours might become sweet and serene, as well. Two years later, Nicolai’s podcast has become one of the most recommended and listened to podcasts for finding rest. Just this spring, Refinery29, Bustle, and Well+Good, said it was the perfect podcast for bedtime, and Nicolai reached 25 million episode downloads. Now, she has transferred her stories and insights onto the page in her new book Nothing Much Happens: Cozy and Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep.

Kathryn Nicolai shares her indispensable toolkit for letting go of anxiety and allowing the mind and body to relax, including tips such as:

· Breathe: Breathing can simply be a great relaxation tool. Breathe through your nose, and count the beats of your breathe. Try breathing in for four counts and out for six.

· Set boundaries: If possible, leave electronic devices out of bedtime completely. If that’s not possible for you, pick a different boundary like putting your phone on “do not disturb” 30 minutes before bed.

· Establish a ritual: Create a routine that lets your brain know it is official bedtime. Your routine could include enjoying a cup of herbal tea, brushing your teeth, or laying out your clothes for the next day.

From watching fireflies from the deck in the summer to opening up the bakery in the morning, these pages are filled with the perfect amount of “nothing much” to focus and calm the mind and put anyone to sleep.


KATHRYN NICOLAI, the Michigan-based writer and creator of the enormously successful podcast Nothing Much Happens, is an architect of coziness, writing soothing stories that both ease the reader into peaceful sleep and teach the principals of mindfulness so that waking hours likewise become sweet and serene. She leans on her seventeen years of experience as a yoga and meditation teacher to seamlessly blend storytelling with brain training techniques that build better sleep habits over time. She is the owner of Ethos Yoga.

Coming up TODAY 11/16/20 at 9:00am pst! Lisa A. Sniderman, known as the artist Aoede, shares her album - The Grieving Project

As told by the artist, Aoede:

I Forgot to Grieve...

During the 12 years I’ve lived with my rare progressive muscle weakness disease, dermatomyositis, I forgot to grieve... and I decided I'd turn my disease into an opportunity to heal myself and others, using spoken words and music, empowering others who may have also forgotten to grieve...

Now more than ever, during these unsettling and unprecedented times when hope and healing are necessary on so many levels, we need to continue to find ways to thrive. But first, we need to grieve... our losses, our unwanted changes, our transformations. And The Grieving Project can help us do just that.

The Grieving Project is a powerful and inventive spoken word audiobook that sets the stages of grief to music… the entire audiobook-all 22 tracks-is spoken over original musical compositions. Four different young adults. Four different chronic illness experiences. Plunging through 14 stages of grieving and thriving, through a melding of words and an emotional orchestra. Taking us on a moving journey from surviving... to thriving.

The Grieving Project is more than an audiobook; it is a road map to our hearts, an invitation for you to grieve your loss, your change, your unexpected and unwanted transformation, and the inspiration and encouragement you need to awaken, express, rejuvenate, activate, connect, shine and truly thrive!

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TODAY - 11-16-20 at 9:30am pst! Filmmakers and documentary subjects Jim Hanft and Samantha Yonack join Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm to talk about their newly released film, After So Many Days

Watch Trailer HERE

In conversation with Samantha Yonack and Jim Hanft 

After a decade of making music together, Jim and Sam, a recently married singer/songwriter duo from Los Angeles, were not the conventionally successful band they’d hoped they’d be. Feeling stuck and anxious about their future, the duo make a spontaneous decision to put their music and marriage to the ultimate test by making a pact to play one show every day for a year. With suitcases and a guitar, the troubadours ventured out for a 365-day tour down unexplored roads and onto unexpected stages, bringing their music to new audiences throughout 14 different countries.

After So Many Days is a raw and intimate front row seat to the highs and lows of what it’s like for two people to pursue a dream, together. Featuring an incredible selection of Jim and Sam’s mesmerizing songs, the film is a love letter to life on the road and the power of music to unite – both the couple and the people they meet along the way.

The film will be accompanied by the full length album, Songs from After So Many Days, released by Nettwerk Records on 10/9.

After So Many Days will screen at the Nashville Film Festival in October and has been an official selection at more than 30 film festivals worldwide.

Releasing digitally on iTunes, Amazon and more on October 20th.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Filmmaker Arthur Egeli speaks to Janeane Bernstein about his new film, The Black Emperor of Broadway

The Black Emperor of Broadway is the story of the first African-American leading man on Broadway, Charles Gilpin. Gilpin was cast by playwright, Eugene O'Neill to be the lead in his play "The Emperor Jones" in 1920, a time when "blackface" was the norm on stage. O'Neill and Gilpin clashed numerous times over the cultural representation of Gilpin's Emperor Jones, and while O'Neill's name became celebrated, Gilpin's was tragically lost to history.

The Black Emperor of Broadway is now available on VOD and on DVD October 6.

When celebrated playwright Eugene O’Neill cast Charles Gilpin as the lead in his new play “The Emperor Jones” in 1920, Broadway was changed forever.

Vision Films and Egeli Productions are proud to present the incredible story of Charles Gilpin in The Black Emperor of Broadway. Directed by Arthur Egeli (Murder on the Cape) and starring Shaun Parkes (Lost in Space, The Mummy Returns), John Hensley (How To Get Away With Murder, Nip-Tuck), Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls, How To Get Away With Murder), Nick Moran (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Nija Okoro (Insecure, The Deuce), this stunning and timely film not only celebrates the career of one of the most celebrated stage actors of the 1920s, but also the history of African-American excellence in theatre.

With his portrayal of Brutus Jones in Eugene O’Neill’s play, “The Emperor Jones”, Charles Gilpin was hailed as revelatory. He became the first African-American dramatic star in a lead role on Broadway, and was named one of its finest actors. Gilpin immediately became the darling of the theater world, receiving accolades and recognition no other black actor had ever gotten—even being invited to the White House. But by 1930, while O’Neill went on to become a legend, Gilpin was lost to history.

Following a successful festival run that included Greenwich International Film Festival, Brooklyn International Film Festival, Macon Film Festival, Harlem International Film Festival and Kansas City Film Festival (where it won Best Narrative Feature), The Black Emperor of Broadway will be available on September 15, 2020 on digital from platforms including iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, Amazon, and FandangoNow, as well as cable affiliates everywhere, and October 6, 2020 on DVD from all major online retailers.

Preorder The Black Emperor of Broadway: https://apple.co/3jqHgHV

Based on a true story, Charles S. Gilpin (Shaun Parkes) was the first African-American dramatic star in a lead role in a stage play during a time where roles of color were previously played by white men in blackface. As Gilpin rose to fame and recognition, tensions were high between he and playwright Eugene O’Neill (John Hensley) which ultimately lead to parting ways, though Gilpin’s name is etched in Broadway history forever.

“I grew up learning to revere and honor Eugene O’Neill as the father of American Theater - until I learned about Charles Gilpin”, says director, Arthur Egeli. “The talent of Charles Gilpin made Eugene O’Neill a household name. Why have we forgotten him?”

“The Black Emperor of Broadway shines a light on the relatively unknown story of Gilpin, an actor who should be celebrated for breaking down racial barriers on the stage”, says Vision Films CEO/ Managing Director, Lise Romanoff. “This film puts the man who changed Broadway history into the spotlight he deserves."

Website: https://www.theblackemperor.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackemperormovie

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Coming up on KUCI! Sacha Polak talks about her film, DIRTY GOD, starring Vicky Knight


A Film by Sacha Polak




In Dirty God, a young mother from London must pick up the pieces in the aftermath of an acid attack that leaves her with disastrous scarring.

Living in a looks obsessed world, and without that as her currency, Jane must move on with her new life, personal difficulties, and the unfortunate occurrences of everyday humiliation. Channeling her real life trauma, actress Vicky Knight (a burn victim herself, in a stunning debut performance) brings an emotional depth to an uncompromising story about human resilience.

Dirty God is an international co-production with Michael Elliott’s EMU Films (UK), A Private View (Belgium) and Savage Productions (Ireland). Financial support for the film was provided by funds including the Dutch Film Fund, the Netherlands Production Incentive, the British Film Institute, BBC Films, the Flemish Audiovisual Fund, Screen Ireland and Eurimages.

Dark Star Pictures will release DIRTY GOD with a virtual release through Laemmle Theaters in LA, Gateway Film Center (Virtual) in Columbus, and more theaters to be announced on November 13, 2020. The film will also be made available on digital platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Fandango Now, Direct TV, and through local cable providers on December 15, 2020. The film has a running time of 104 minutes and will not be rated by the MPAA.

To view the trailer, go to: https://youtu.be/LNrpNgbM7Sk

WATCH an interview with Sacha Polak and Vicky Knight and


KING OF KNIVES tells the story of Frank and Kathy who are baby boomer parents and Sadie & Kaitlin, their millennial daughters. Frank is screaming towards a mid-life crisis. Kathy pretends she’s happy and doesn’t drink that much wine. Sadie is the good child; convinced her first and only boyfriend is the one to marry. Kaitlin is the rebel, the entertainer; the truth teller who will not filter how she’s feeling.

Over three days, with much drama and humor, this crap-happy family careens and skids straight towards a fateful anniversary. On the way, they realize they are more alike than they know.

KING OF KNIVES has earned critical acclaim from audiences who have been lucky enough to see the film. It has also won awards from numerous festivals including “Best Narrative Feature Film” at the Williamsburg International Film & Music Competition, “Best Feature & Lead Actress” at the Milan World Cinema Festival, and seven Platinum awards including “Winner Narrative Feature” at the International Independent Film Awards.

This refreshing comedy is written by Lindsay Joy with story by Gene Pope and directed by Jon Delgado. The film stars Gene Pope, Mel Harris, Roxi Pope, and Emily Bennett. It was produced by Gene Pope, Daniel Sollinger, and Jenn Gomez. The film has a running time of 94 minutes and will not be rated by the MPAA. Gravitas Ventures will release KING OF KNIVES on VOD and Digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Fandango Now and all major cable/satellite platforms on Tuesday, December 1.

View the trailer 

For more information, go to: https://www.kingofknivesthemovie.com/

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Lindsay Rechler, author of GOOD MORNING ZOOM, a parody book for families currently learning and working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lindsay Rechler is an NYC mom with a demanding full time day job. She wrote this book in April to help her children understand their new COVID-19 reality as they interacted with the world through technology from their NYC apartment. After releasing a highly successful self-published edition, Lindsay brought her book to Penguin, and has committed to donate all of her net proceeds from the first printing of 100,000 copies to COVID-19 relief charities.

A self-published edition of GOOD MORNING ZOOM, released in late June, struck a chord with fellow parents and became an instant success, selling hundreds of copies a day. Penguin’s revised edition features updated text and illustrations.


The book takes readers on a lyrical journey through our "new normal.” From "Zoom school," to watching doctors and nurses on TV, to building pillow forts and talking to loved ones from a distance, this poignant book expresses the emotions young children might be feeling during the global pandemic and gives voice and hope to our youngest who are replacing school and hugs with technology.

In an interview, Lindsay discusses·

- The bizarre and sometimes funny realities of parenting in this moment

- How to balance a full time job and remote learning with your kid

- How the loss of a personal friend to COVID in April helped inform the book and its mission

- Why she decided to donate the proceeds from the book to COVID relief charities


Lindsay Rechler is a Managing Director at global investment bank Jefferies Group where she has worked for 13 years. She earned her bachelor's degree from Cornell University. While quarantining at home with her family, Lindsay wrote her first book, Good Morning Zoom. Like all parents, she and her husband Zack have also become chefs, bakers, coaches, teachers, musical directors and artists. She resides in Manhattan with her husband and two children. This book was written for today's children and for future generations to record the impact the pandemic had on our lives and how we weathered the storm together.