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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Coming soon! Dreena Burton, one of the pioneering vegan cookbook authors, shares details on her latest book, Dreena’s Kind Kitchen


Dreena Burton is one of the pioneering vegan cookbook authors. Vegan for 25 years, Dreena is also a mom to three “weegans.” She has charted her journey as a plant-based cook and mother of three through five bestselling cookbooks. Dreena has also collaborated with renowned plant-based physician Dr. Barnard on The Cheese Trap and coauthored their most recent Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes. Dreena's recipes have been featured with groups including PCRM, Forks Over Knives, Blue Zones, and The Food Network. Dreena was also the Culinary Coordinator with The Food Revolution Network's Whole Life Club. 

In a conversation, Dreena shares details on her latest book, Dreena’s Kind Kitchen: 100 Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes to Enjoy Every Day:

  • How keeping a kind kitchen helps you be more kind to your loved ones, community, planet, and yourself
  • Her 20+ year career as a plant-based business owner
  • Raising three daughters plant-based from birth
  • How access to vegan and plant-based information and products has evolved since the early 90s
  • Healthy and yummy lunchbox ideas for the week
  • Tips for how to jazz up your leftovers for a quick and delicious dinner

Connect with Dreena’s online kitchen and community at dreenaburton.com.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Coming soon! Incredibly accomplished, award-winning singer/guitarist/songwriter and instructor, Janet Robin, joins Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm. “From Randy Rhoads to Precious Metal, Lindsey Buckingham to John Carter Cash and all points in between – like a stint working with Meredith Brooks, opening for Midge Ure or appearing with Monte Montgomery – the ongoing tale of singer/guitarist/songwriter Janet Robin is a fascinating journey.” – Pollstar



"Top Acoustic Guitarist" - Guitar Player Magazine, 2017
"Top 10 Female Guitarist" - Guitar World Magazine, 2012

“Working with Janet was an unforgettable experience. She followed her spirit – no limits. Janet’s love for her art is evident in her impassioned musicianship and inspired songwriting. The music we created together, vibrant and full of energy, encapsulates all that she is.”— JOHN CARTER CASH (PRODUCER, OWNER CASH CABIN STUDIOS)


“From Randy Rhoads to Precious Metal, Lindsey Buckingham to John Carter Cash and all points in between – like a stint working with Meredith Brooks, opening for Midge Ure or appearing with Monte Montgomery – the ongoing tale of singer/guitarist/songwriter Janet Robin is a fascinating journey.” – Pollstar


Janet Robin can be defined in a single word: Musician.

Many people attempt to make music, but few earn that illustrious title. Those in this business reserve that label for the rare individuals who consistently demonstrate a high level of talent, perseverance, taste and sensitivity over a period of time. To these people making music is not simply a pastime; it is a matter of blood and guts. That a serious addiction to making music runs through Robin’s veins is made clear from a quick review of her career.

A Southern California native, Janet Robin’s musical education began the moment she met her guitar teacher, Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne). Under Rhoads’ tutelage, Janet became an ace six-string player and, while still in high school, parlayed this education into a position as the lead guitarist for the all-female rock band Precious Metal. Discovered by Rodney Bingenheimer of the legendary L.A. rock radio station KROQ, Precious Metal was soon signed to Polygram Records. Later moving to Chameleon/Capitol Records, Precious Metal released several albums, wrote with Heart, Poison and Cheap Trick, toured extensively and gained accolades from both fans and critics alike.

Following the demise of Precious Metal, Janet was picked by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, band in support of his 1992 solo album, Out of the Cradle (Reprise Records). A consummate pro, working with Buckingham profoundly influenced her own guitar playing, singing and songwriting, as well as her general approach to the music business. She has stated, “Lindsey became sort of a mentor and inspired me to do my own solo work.” This new direction led to her 1998 debut solo album, Open the Door. 

Released on her own label, Little Sister Records, Buzz Weekly described the CD as “smart, savvy, fuzzy, hooky pop.” She has seen songs from this album featured in film and television; most notably on the then popular T.V. show Felicity. Ever the road warrior, she supported the disc by opening for such acts as Heart, Colin Hay, Loudon Wainwright III and the Smithereens, steadily building a wide fan base. She has since continued to tour heavily and averages as many as 150 dates per year.

Encouraged by the warm reception of her debut, she released three more albums on Little Sister including the acoustic After the Flood which was recorded in Laurel Canyon and features “Beautiful Freak” which has since become a fan favorite and one of Janet’s defining songs.

Also among these records is 2007’s Days of Summer. Recorded with producers David Bianco (Tom Petty, Teenage Fanclub, Mick Jagger) and Steve Baughman (Eminem, 50 Cent), this acoustic based EP is the work of an artist willing and able to explore the poignant emotional states of adulthood while avoiding the stereotypes brought on by most acoustic singer-songwriters. Working on the album was an experience that greatly affected her style and led Janet to many new and exciting opportunities including multiple tours in Europe.

2012 here in the USA, saw Janet release her album Everything Has Changed that bridges the gap between passionate acoustic music and gutsy rock n’ roll. With the help of her dedicated fan base, she was able to raise the funds ($20,000) for that studio effort. The loyal support enabled her to team up with producer John Carter Cash (Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) at Cash Cabin Studios outside of Nashville. The son of Johnny and June, Carter Cash was a producer on the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line and produced several records with his father as well as a Grammy Award winning record for June. Built by Johnny in 1979, this studio is where the country legend recorded much of his later work including his final recording, American V: A Hundred Highways, which was released posthumously and co-produced by Rick Rubin and John Carter.

Janet had previously released “Everything Has Changed,” in Europe, with Hypertension Music based in Hamburg, Germany. Coupled with the strength of her growing European following and introduced to the German based label by friend and frequent touring partner Colin Hay (Men At Work), Janet signed a licensing and distribution deal with Hypertension for a Winter 2010 European release of Everything Has Changed. The company also did the booking for her throughout Europe and after the initial release in Europe, she secured a January 2010 tour with Midge Ure (Ultravox – co-organizer of Live Aid, Band Aid and Live 8).

Janet enjoyed the experience of working with Cash so much that she returned this 2016 to record her latest studio effort "Take me as I am" again with John Carter Cash as executive producer and Chuck Turner producing and engineering: "We have talked at great length about this project and he understands my desire and vision to record an album that is representative of the energy brought out in my live performances," Janet says of John Carter Cash. "It’s just great to work with a producer that lets me be myself, yet brings out the best in my work. There weren’t many restraints working with John and the vibe and history at Cash Cabin is overwhelmingly inspiring. John seems to "get me." Her latest release, "Take me as I am" in the USA was released Oct. 2016 and the European/UK version was released in January 2017.

She has since had several successful headlining tours in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, UK, and France where she plays solo acoustic shows, and with a her band, to sold out crowds in clubs (200-400 cap venues) and festivals (1,000's) across Europe. Janet recently finished a whirlwind fall tour in 5 countries in Europe and the UK- and has played in many major festivals from The Colours of Ostrava (CZ), to the renowned "Blues & Jazz Festival" in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland. Janet continues her touring as well in the USA.

In addition to pursuing her solo career both in the U.S. and abroad, few musicians are able to work with the great variety of artists that Robin has been fortunate enough to be around. Besides the aforementioned Lindsey Buckingham, Robin has toured, performed with, recorded, or written songs with Tommy Emmanuel, Peppino D’Agostino, Meredith Brooks, Monty Montgomery, Michelle Shocked, Maia Sharp, Marcy Levy (co-writer with Eric Clapton on “Lay Down Sally”), Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart), Garrison Starr, Anne McCue and many more. 

Her most recent side-woman gig was the touring guitarist of Air Supply in 2009. In 2015, She was featured on the bill for the prestigious "All Star Guitar Night" which features some of the top guitar players in the world, during the LA NAMM convention. In 2017 she was named in Guitar Player’s “Top 50 Acoustic Guitarists” (Bonus List), amongst many notable players such as her old boss, Lindsey Buckingham. With touring nearly 150 dates a year and releasing new material consistantly, she has seen her solo career rise to higher and higher levels each year.

Janet has also had her original songs placed in TV and films such as “One Life to Live,” “All my Children,” “Felicity,” “Free Enterprise,” and many more. Along with placements she has also composed original scores for short films such as “Traces” directed by Joseph Culp (actor Robert Culp’s son) and the film was accepted into the prestigious Palm Springs Short Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Awards, in June 2012. In 2017, she had an original song in a short film “Casting All Corpes” which won the “Best Comedy Short Award” for the Reel Hollywood Film Festival. 

In January of 2015, Janet was hand-picked to coach and consult actress Jennifer Jason Leigh for 2 months on location and in Los Angeles for a special guitar scene in the Quentin Tarantino film, "The Hateful Eight." The actress was nominated for an Academy Award. And in June/July of 2015 she was also hand picked for the guitar position in the musical "Girlfriend" to rave reviews at The Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City, California and just recently (2018) for another musical, “Soul Doctor” formally on Broadway.

Along with Janet's busy solo career she has started a side project featuring 4 amazing guitar players- "The String Revolution." Combining 4 guitarists each with their own unique contribution to a "band" sound. They have released 2 cd’s, both mixed by the prestigious Matt Hyde in London who worked previously with famed guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela. Their newest release “Red Drops” reached the Top 10 Spotify Instrumental Charts for Los Angeles and also made it to the Grammy™ Entry Ballot. Their Spotify channel have reached over 3 million streams. 

The band has been selling out local LA venues, east and west coast venues, and has performed at major festivals such as The Laguna Beach Arts Festival. In 2019 The String Revolution was invited to perform at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles for their special concert series sponsored by American Express.

However, one need not base their judgment on Janet solely on those with whom she has been associated. Only a listen to her albums or a ticket to one of her shows will prove the opening claim to be true. For what underlies the Janet Robin labels of singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer, and road warrior is a single word: Musician.

Janet Robin conducts guitar workshops, has hosted DVD recordings for Alfred Music Publishing, and is a respected clinician for Turner-Renaissance Guitars and Line 6. She currently endorses Taylor Guitars, Fender Guitars, Martin Guitars and strings, Turner-Renaissance Guitars, Cordial Cables, Goldtone Instruments, Radial, Seymour Duncan, Sennheiser, Warm Audio, DR Strings, Clayton Picks, Jodi Head Straps, Visenut Cases, Case Xtreme, and the Thimble Slide, amongst others.


For more information on Janet Robin and/or interview, promo, photo and ticket requests, please contact:
janet@janetrobin.com

www.janetrobin.com

thestringrevolution.com



vox: Hutch Harris (The Thermals) 
drums: Frank Ferrer (Guns 'n Roses) 
guitar: Janet Robin (Lindsey Buckingham/The String Revolution) 
guitar: Craig Montgomery (Live Sound - Nirvana/Presidents of the USA) 
synth: Don Gunn (Studio Lord - DCFC/Clutch/Soundgarden) 
bass: Mike Squires (Duff McKagan's Loaded) 
mixed by Don Gunn 
edited by Mike Squires
drum tracking by Gabe VanBenschoten 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Coming up 9/20 at 9:45am pst on KUCI 88.9fm - International Bestselling Author, Nutritional Therapist and Executive Producer Dr. Mark Mincolla talks about his book, The Way of Miracles: Accessing Your Superconsciousness and The Way of Miracles Documentary






The Way of Miracles: Accessing Your Superconsciousness is an adventure for the body, mind and spirit that begins with the premise that miracles don’t randomly happen—we create them!

According to Mark Mincolla, PhD, developing our superconscious mind and recognizing the consciousness that exists within each of us is what generates miracles. A wholistic physician for more than three decades, Dr. Mincolla used his own techniques and learnings to cure himself of a life-threatening illness, and helps others to do the same.

East meets West, and ancient systems converge with cutting edge science into a deeper understanding of body, mind, and spirit medicine. Discover how to harness the power of healing by exploring how the energetic properties of food, thought, and emotion affect immunity, chronic inflammation, and the genetic expression of disease.

Dr. Mincolla was recently honored with the 2021 Divine Contribution to Humanity Award for his years of research and work in promoting a deeper awareness of consciousness and healing for mankind.

The Way of Miracles Documentary, a Three One Creative production by Executive Producer Christina Vircillo Bresson, will be releases to the pubic on June 25th, 2021. The Way of Miracles Documentary was also honored at the Rishikesh International Film Festival as the 2021 Best Health Awareness Film.


"The Way of Miracles is a lucid exploration of the fundamental state of existence. This film should convince you that life and existence are miracles, and healing is a return to our original state of truth, awareness & bliss." - Deepak Chopra MD, New York Times best-selling author





Mark Mincolla PhD is a Nutritional Therapist and Quantum Energy Healer who has transformed the lives of more than 60,000 patients over the last 35 years. Through his innovative genius, he has integrated ancient Chinese energy healing techniques with cutting edge nutritional science in what he calls Electromagnetic Muscle Testing, a one-of-a-kind approach that zeros in on each individual’s unique nutritional needs.

Dr. Mincolla has authored 7 international best-selling books, and has appeared on Dr Oz, Better TV, WFXT FOX25 Boston, KCBS in Los Angeles, along with numerous national TV & radio show, and in regional and national magazines.




Watch The Way of Miracles Documentary Trailer


The Way of Miracles: Accessing Your
Superconsciousness

Publisher: Beyond Words, distributed by Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 22nd, 2021
Paperback:

In The Way of Miracles, Dr. Mincolla shares experiences, documented research, and exercises that he provides his patients and uses himself to raise consciousness in order to cultivate the ability to heal and create miracles that have a lasting effect.


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The Way of Miracles Documentary

Distributor: Beyond Words
Available to the Public on: June 25th, 2021

This film follows the work of holistic practitioner Dr. Mark Mincolla, with compelling interviews from celebrated luminaries in the field including Dr. Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton PhD, Shamini Jain, Ph.D, Paul Mills, Ph.D, and many others.





Coming up 9/20 at 9am pst on KUCI 88.9fm - Janeane speaks with Dr. James Mellon about his up-coming Inner View series with special guest Rickie Byars taking place 9/24/21. TUNE IN to KUCI 88.9fm for a chance to win a streaming pass to the event!





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Lisa Carey Public Relations 818/ 889-1085 lisa@lisacareypr.com



“THE INNER VIEW” SERIES WELCOMES SPECIAL GUEST RICKIE BYARS

ACCLAIMED MUSICAL ARTIST, SONGWRITER AND FREEDOM ADVOCATE



Bringing together luminaries in art, music, literature and sports, “The Inner View” series welcomes an intimate evening of discovery with special guest Rickie Byars Friday, September 24 at 7:30pm at the Global Truth Center Los Angeles located in Westlake Village.

As one of today’s most acclaimed and beloved singer-songwriters of inspirational music, Byars has spent a lifetime impacting audiences around the globe with deeply soulful and uplifting songs of “realness” as both a solo artist and Founder/Director of the world-renowned Agape International Choir, amassing over 200 original compositions, including special performances for Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She also generates social change through Soul Sisters Today and Voices4Freedom, working to free those enslaved worldwide.

“The Inner View” provides a refreshing new platform for Byars to share her visionary voice. 



 “In a world of #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, the spirituality of Rickie Byars brings a new understanding of what’s truly going on,” says the show’s host and resident provocateur Dr. James Mellon, founding Spiritual Director of Global Truth Center Los Angeles who created the show to provide an entertaining and introspective look at what motivates his guests from the inside, out.

Ticket holders have the unique opportunity to be part of the studio audience where Byars will perform live before settling in for an unbridled, intimate conversation with Dr. James that gets to the heart of her passion for empowering others to develop their own unique gifts and talents. The show will also be available for viewing via live stream.

Tickets are $50. Doors open at 7:00pm. The show begins at 7:30pm. Live stream tickets are $25. Purchase tickets at: https://www.globaltruthcenter.org/rickiebyarsevent

The Global Truth Center Los Angeles is located at 880 Hampshire Road, Suite W, Westlake Village, CA 91361. Phone info at 818.508.7171.

*Global Truth Center Los Angeles is a place where all are welcome, sharing the belief we are One people living on One planet. With the goal to create a safe and sacred place where an individual can discover his/her/their own spiritual path and personal purpose in life, the Center honors the love inherent in all of humankind, bringing us a commonality of Spirit and Soul. The center’s Founding Spiritual Director Dr. James Mellon is also an actor, author, composer, and motivational teacher/speaker.

ABOUT DR JAMES MELLON

Dr. James J. Mellon is the founding Spiritual Director of Global Truth Center, Los Angeles, having founded the Center in 2003 under the name “The NoHo Arts Center for New Thought.” His extensive background in the entertainment industry covers theatre, television, film, recording and dance and his vision statement for his life is “Enlightenment Through Entertainment.”

As an actor he made his Broadway debut as Riff in WEST SIDE STORY, directed by Jerome Robbins, and performed in many plays and musicals including, A CHORUS LINE (Broadway), 42ND STREET (Billy Lawlor - National Tour), THE FIFTH OF JULY (Regional) and Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Chicago). He has worked at such theatres as The Goodspeed Opera House, The New York Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, The Folger Theatre in Washington D.C., as well as The Williamstown Theatre Festival.

For NoHo ACE, the Arts Ministry of GTC, Dr. Mellon directed JERUSELEM, A BOY CALLED LIZARD (Ovation nomination - Original Musical), FEED (LA Weekly nomination – Direction), THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (Ovation nomination, LA Weekly nomination – Original Musical), BUSH IS BAD (LA Weekly Award – Acting Ensemble, nomination – Best Musical) and PEST CONTROL (LA Weekly Nomination – Best Musical), THE RED ROOM and THE LIGHT BULB (Both World Premiere Plays). He is also the director/writer/co-composer of ACE’s seasonal yuletide hit, YO HO HO! A PIRATE’S CHRISTMAS. Mr. Mellon has directed and choreographed productions around the country, including: New York (Provincetown Playhouse); Boston (Charles Playhouse); Washington DC (“The Fantasticks” with Greater Tuna stars Jaston Williams and Joe Sears - Fords Theater); Austin (Paramount Theater); Dallas (Watertower Theater); and Fort Worth (Casa Manana). He has also choreographed for the children’s Television Workshop (PBS – “Mathnet”), and a host of commercials.

As a writer, Dr. Mellon adapted Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” into the World Premiere Musical, DORIAN, which premiered at The Denver Center’s Buell Theatre in the fall of 2004. It subsequently opened The NoHo Arts Center’s first season in 2005 and went on to receive Ovation, LA Weekly, Backstage and Drama Critics nominations. James adapted THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR from the novel of the same name as well as A BOY CALLED LIZARD from the Dennis Covington novel, “Lizard.” His original musical, AN UNFINISHED SONG, was nominated for numerous awards and has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Maine and Sydney, Australia. His one-man show, SISSYBOY, premiered in the winter of 2016 to great acclaim and is currently being written as a television series.

Samuel French has recently published two of Dr. Mellon’s original musicals: YO HO HO! A PIRATE’S CHRISTMAS and A BOY CALLED LIZARD. The latter received the 2012 AATE Award (American Association for Theatre and Education) for best adaptation of a musical.

James shares his life with his husband Kevin Bailey and their children William and Nora. Their Production Company, MB Artists, Inc., was the Executive Producer of the Holland Taylor play, ANN, which went from North Hollywood to Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. Ms. Taylor went on to receive a Tony Nomination for her performance as Governor Ann Richards of Texas, as well as numerous other awards and accolades.

Dr. Mellon is a sought-after speaker, teacher and inspirational leader in the field of personal growth. He is the author of the book, MENTAL MUSCLE, 16-WEEKS OF SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP and lectures throughout the United States and Canada. His new book, THE FIVE QUESTIONS has just been completed and will be published in the spring of 2020. You can find more information about his spiritual work at www.globaltruthcenter.org

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Janeane speaks with Lauren Tarshis, NY Times best-selling author and Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of Scholastic Classroom Magazines. Lauren talks about the success of her I SURVIVED series, and her latest - I SURVIVED the Attacks of September 11, 2001



I SURVIVED: THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 
(I SURVIVED GRAPHIC NOVEL #4)

Written by Lauren Tarshis and Illustrated by Corey Egbert

Graphix | Ages 8 to 12; Grades 3 to 7

“The I Survived books are perfect reads for an anxious age” – Barrie Hardymon, NPR’s Weekend Edition



There's a whole generation of kids who did not experience 9/11 firsthand. Lauren Tarshis is the author & editor of the I SURVIVED series. The series has over 34 million copies in print and 9/11 was the most requested book to-date! With impeccable, impressive research, this graphic novel is age-appropriate for a generation of kids who did not experience 9/11, and yet need to learn it in a way that is not overwhelming and shows resilience! More than another 9/11 book, this is an entrée to learning about the horrific events that took place, and a well-needed tool for parents and educators.

In time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, Graphix is proud to publish I SURVIVED: THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 (on sale August 3, 2021; ages 8-12). Written by Lauren Tarshis and illustrated with a gorgeous contemporary art style by Corey Egbert, this gripping and bold graphic novel adaptation of Tarshis’ bestselling I Survived the Attacks of September 11 brings the bestselling series to vivid life.

The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad's best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas's parents decide the sport is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan.

The next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It's a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle's firehouse, everything changes – and nothing will ever be the same again.

Perfect for readers who prefer the graphic novel format, or for existing fans of the I Survived chapter book series, these graphic novels are what School Library Journal describes as “a first-rate series.” They combine historical facts with high-action storytelling that's sure to keep any reader turning the pages. This book includes a nonfiction section at the back with facts and photos about the real-life event.



LAUREN TARSHIS’ New York Times bestselling I Survived series (which has over 34 million copies in print!) tells stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters and times of turmoil. Lauren has brought her signature warmth and exhaustive research to topics such as the battle of D-Day, the American Revolution, Hurricane Katrina, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and other world events.

Lauren is also the Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of Scholastic Classroom Magazines, where she oversees more than 25 classroom magazines. In her more than 25 years with Scholastic, Lauren has helped transform the company’s print magazines into the powerful learning tools they are today. In her current role, she is helping to expand the magazines’ deep connection to American classrooms and ensure their vital role in providing teachers and students with an understanding of the contemporary world. She lives in Connecticut with her family, and can be found online at laurentarshis.com.


COREY EGBERT is a children’s illustrator and author based in rural Virginia. He believes in telling imaginative, funny, and touching stories that empower kids to make their world better. He studied at Snow College, Southern Virginia University, and Syracuse University. Corey lives with his wife, son, and two cats in a little house by the woods. Visit him online at coreyegbert.com.




Janeane speaks with award-winning Director Melissa Haizlip about her critically acclaimed film, MR. SOUL! launching on HBO Max on August 1. Haizlip's incredible film celebrates Ellis Haizlip, the trailblazing Producer and Host of the Groundbreaking PBS Variety Show, 'SOUL!' Centering Black Joy.


Critically Acclaimed Documentary "Mr. SOUL!" Premieres

August 1st on HBO Max

Award-Winning Film Celebrates Ellis Haizlip, the Trailblazing Producer and Host of the Groundbreaking PBS Variety Show, 'SOUL!' Centering Black Joy




Join legendary Black artists, singers, poets, dancers, leaders musicians including Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin, Cicely Tyson, Harry Belafonte, Muhammad Ali, The Last Poets, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sidney Poitier, Mavis Staples, Black Ivory, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Maya Angelou, Billy Preston, Toni Morrison, Bill Withers, Sonia Sanchez, Wilson Pickett, Kool & the Gang, Roberta Flack, Kathleen Cleaver, Amiri Baraka, Carmen de Lavallade, George Faison, Melba Moore, Max Roach, and a 16-year-old Arsenio Hall in this incredible film highlighting ELLIS HAIZLIP - host of the first national Black variety show on television from 1968-1973 appropriately titled SOUL! Political, outspoken and openly gay, Ellis made sure the 'revolution was televised' and beamed into American households on a weekly basis on PBS.


PRESS RELEASE
(New York, NY- July 22, 2021)--Executive Producers Chaz Ebert, record executive and film producer Ron Gillyard, producer and director Stan Lathan, Hillman Grad Productions producing partner Rishi Rajani, Run&Shoot Filmworks CEO Stephanie T. Rance, actor and producer Blair Underwood and Emmy award-winning writer, producer and Hillman Grad Productions CEO, Lena Waithe are proud to announce the critically acclaimed documentary Mr. SOUL! will premiere on HBO Max on August 1, 2021. The film, produced and directed by Melissa Haizlip, won Best First Documentary Feature at the 2020 Critics Choice Documentary Awards, and Outstanding Writing in a Documentary (Television or Motion Picture) at the 52nd NAACP Image Awards. “Mr. SOUL!” was also shortlisted at the 93rd Academy Awards in the category of Best Original Song, for “Show Me Your Soul” by Grammy Award-winning composer Robert Glasper and Grammy Award-winning singer Lalah Hathaway. (Watch Trailer)

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show, SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered and uncompromising celebration of music, politics, dance, Black literature, and poetry. SOUL! was the first national variety show to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and myriad archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in our nation’s cultural rise, whose impact continues to resonate across generations and cultures.

Mr.SOUL! celebrates rich cultural moments with astonishing footage of interviews and rare live performances by icons and luminaries such as: Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin, Cicely Tyson, Harry Belafonte, Muhammad Ali, The Last Poets, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sidney Poitier, Mavis Staples, Black Ivory, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Maya Angelou, Billy Preston, Toni Morrison, Bill Withers, Sonia Sanchez, Wilson Pickett, Kool & the Gang, Roberta Flack, Kathleen Cleaver, Amiri Baraka, Carmen de Lavallade, George Faison, Melba Moore, Max Roach, and a 16-year-old Arsenio Hall making his television debut performing magic tricks.

Mr. SOUL! made its world premiere at the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL where audiences embraced it with standing ovations and sold-out screenings. Mr. SOUL! received 33 nominations and won 21 awards including 14 film festival awards. Mr. SOUL! screened at over 50 film festivals around the world, including HOT DOCS, AFI Docs, BFI London, True/False, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Urbanworld, Los Angeles Film Festival and more. Mr. SOUL! was nominated for three NAACP Image Awards, and won for Outstanding Writing in a Documentary (Television or Motion Picture). In 2020, Mr. SOUL! was nominated for five Critics Choice Documentary Awards including Best Documentary Feature, and won the award for Best First Documentary Feature. The film won the International Documentary Association IDA Doc Award for Best Music Documentary, the Finalist Award for the Inaugural Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, the Audience Award at both AFI Docs and at Woodstock Film Festival. Mr. SOUL! was nominated for a Cinema Eye Honors for Outstanding Debut Feature. The film made its PBS premiere on Independent Lens during Black History Month 2021.

"Making the film helped us illuminate the groundbreaking cultural work of Ellis Haizlip, the man behind one of the most successful and socially significant, Black-produced television shows in U.S. history," said director Melissa Haizlip. "We're truly grateful for the opportunity to both introduce and reintroduce the SOUL! series, the music, and Ellis Haizlip to the world. 'SOUL!' is the greatest show you've never heard of. And up until now, my uncle Ellis Haizlip has been a bit of an unsung hero. We’re beyond honored to have Mr. SOUL! premiere on HBO Max on August 1st. It’s both thrilling and historic for our film to be part of such dynamic programming, a platform making a commitment to amplifying diverse stories and voices, a mandate which we need now, more than ever. We hope our film and the music, artists and creators it celebrates will help to center Black excellence and Black joy. It’s so exciting to see audiences discovering Ellis Haizlip as this hidden figure and unsung hero. Creating this love letter to Black culture helps to elevate all of the significant contributions African Americans and people of color have made to the culture and to the nation.”

"After seeing Melissa's doc, I knew I wanted everyone to see it. This documentary showcases one of our Queer icons who never received his just due. He put Black people center stage and didn't care if it was a huge success. He just wanted to leave an impact, and that he did," says Lena Waithe.

The much-anticipated Mr. SOUL! soundtrack will be available on Hillman Grad Records / Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. The first single off the soundtrack will be “Show Me Your Soul,” performed by Lalah Hathaway, and written by Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Muhammad Ayers and Melissa Haizlip.

For more information on Mr. SOUL!, please visit www.mrsoulmovie.com and @mrsoulthemovie on Instagram and Twitter.

About Melissa Haizlip

Melissa Haizlip is an award-winning filmmaker who has earned many accolades for her films. "Mr. SOUL!" has received 32 nominations and won 19 awards, including the Critics Choice Documentary Award for Best First Feature Documentary; the Best Music Documentary at the IDA Doc Awards; the Best Feature Documentary at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival; the Audience Award for Best Feature at AFI DOCS Film Festival in Washington, D.C.; the HBO Jury Award and Audience Award at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival; the Library of Congress Lavine / Ken Burns Prize for Film Finalist Award; and the Audience Award at the Woodstock Film Festival. The film made a splash at the BFI London Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. It was also nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film at the Cinema Eye Honors. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York and is currently co-executive producing an original docu-series about Women in Hip-Hop for Netflix.

About HILLMAN GRAD PRODUCTIONS

Hillman Grad Productions is a development and production company committed to creating art that goes against the status quo and gives opportunity to marginalized peoples by providing a platform for diverse voices across all mediums. Founded by Emmy Award-winning writer, Lena Waithe, and Rishi Rajani, the company currently has projects at Netflix, BET, Disney, Amazon, Universal, Focus and MGM. Their film slate includes the award-winning films The Forty-Year-Old Version and Queen & Slim. They are developing a Sammy Davis, Jr. biopic based on his daughter Tracey Davis’ book Sammy Davis Jr.: My Father, and the documentary film about the Ogwumike sisters, with Joie Jacoby directing, which will tell the sisters’ inspiring story of excellence – exploring their triumph, struggles, and the family’s Nigerian roots along the way. Hillman Grad Productions will also produce Being Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Documentary, with James Adolphus directing and releasing in 2022, marking the company’s first documentary project from its inception. On the television side, they produced The Chi, BET's hit series Twenties, Them, and are in development on BET+ Birth of Cool, Twenties the After Show hosted by B. Scott, and Neil Paik’s Six by Eight Press short story Reawakening, for Amazon Studios.

Additionally, Hillman Grad Productions is committed to opening the doors for other talented individuals who may not traditionally have access to the entertainment industry. Such initiatives include: The Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab, which offers opportunities for marginalized storytellers to connect, grow, and accelerate their careers in television and film through personalized instruction from industry professionals in the fields of television writing, screen acting, and executive development; the Rising Voices Initiative in partnership with Indeed, which allowed 10 BIPOC filmmakers to create short films with a production budget of $100,000 each; and the 'Defining Moments' initiative in partnership with ID, which is a paid training program led by ID's team of experts, designed to launch candidates into the field without requiring the industry connections or college experience common to entry level programs. Most recently, Hillman Grad Productions has partnered with Def Jam Recordings to announce the creation of Hillman Grad Records, a label that is committed to identifying and developing underrepresented artists and priming them for long term success in the music industry.



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Patti LaBelle brings her vocal power to the television show SOUL! in a scene from the film
MR. SOUL! DIRECTED BY MELISSA HAIZLIP – Photo by Chester Higgins/MR. SOUL



Host/Producer/Creator of the television show SOUL!, Ellis Haizlip, is surrounded by members of the J.C. WHITE SINGERS
just after their mesmerizing performance on the show in a scene from the film MR. SOUL! DIRECTED BY MELISSA HAIZLIP.
Photo by Alex Harsley_ Courtesy of Shoes in the Bed Productions – NOVEMBER 3, 1971


Host/Producer of the television show SOUL!, Ellis Haizlip sits with playwright and author Amiri Baraka in a scene from the film
MR. SOUL! DIRECTED BY MELISSA HAIZLIP.
Courtesy of Shoes in the Bed Productions – NOVEMBER 8, 1972


ELLIS HAIZLIP - HOST/PRODUCER/CREATOR of SOUL! on PBS in a scene from the film MR. SOUL! directed by Melissa Haizlip
Photo Courtesy of IVAN CURRY.

Friday, September 3, 2021

"Everything But Fear," a short documentary about the life of renowned NYC boxing trainer Francisco Mendez featured at the 24th Annual Dances with Films, Aug.26-Sep. 12, 2021. Janeane speaks with award-winning filmmaker Bryan TwZ Brousseau about the film, the legacy of Mendez boxing, and the impact he made on the boxing world

Check out Janeane's conversation with award-winning filmmaker
Bryan TwZ Brousseau about his short documentary, "Everything But Fear" 





August 24, 2021, LOS ANGELES - "Everything But Fear", a short documentary about the life of renowned NYC boxing trainer Francisco Mendez, will be part of this year's Dances With Films festival August 26-September 12 at Hollywood's famed TCL Chinese Theatres.

Produced and directed by Bryan TwZ Brousseau, an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City, "Everything But Fear" will tell the story of Mendez, a Mexican immigrant, who rose from humble beginnings to open one of the country’s most famous boxing gyms in New York City.

Tenemos todo menos miedo – we have everything but fear – is a phrase that inspired Francisco in his dream to create a premier training facility that centered around hard work, family, and united the community of boxers under his guidance.

The boxing community was stunned when the legendary trainer and mentor died of COVID-19 during the shutdown of NYC in 2020.

Brousseau recalls his shock at hearing of his death. " I had trained many times at Mendez and saw first-hand how the incredible sense of community there flowed from Francisco. After I got off the phone with Ricky Ray, one of the trainers at Mendez, we knew we had to tell Francisco’s story."

Told through a combination of interviews, archival footage, and animation, the homage was written by Joe Neal, edited by Tim Mullen, associate produced by Eric Gomez, Lisa Edward, and Ricky Ray Taylor. The evocative music score was supervised by APM Music and Aaron D'Arcy.

The film has received acclaim most recently at the Queens World Film Festival in June 2021. It will screen at DWF on Sep. 7 d s


SYNOPSIS

Everything But Fear is a short documentary about Francisco Mendez, a renowned boxing trainer and founder of Mendez Boxing, New York City’s premier boxing gym. Tenemos todo menos miedo – we have everything but fear – is a phrase that guided Francisco from rural Mexico to 26th Street in Manhattan, and this film is a testament to everything that he achieved as well as what the New York City boxing community lost when he died of COVID-19.

Mendez Boxing is located a few blocks from Madison Square Garden and welcomes new boxers, amateurs, and professionals. It’s also where some of the best trainers in boxing work, and this combination of personalities, skill levels, and styles has made Mendez Boxing one of the best boxing gyms in the country.

As a trainer, Francisco taught a traditional, Mexican style of boxing, which was to keep moving forward in the ring. From training countless fighters, to building his gym, to beating cancer, Francisco always kept moving. Everything But Fear shows how one man rose from humble beginnings to establish a name that will always be associated with hard work, family, and the community of boxing.


About the Filmmaker

Bryan TwZ Brousseau's most recent projects include cinematography on “The Return,” an award-winning short documentary about former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Army veteran Rocky Bleier’s return to Vietnam, and the feature documentary “When New York was One: The Yankees, The Mets & The 2000 Subway Series”. He is currently a producer on Last Call, a feature documentary about how COVID-19 has affected the hospitality industry in New York City.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Director Jay Silverman talks about his latest film, SAVING PARADISE - starring William Moseley, Johanna Braddy, and Mimi Kennedy



OPENING IN SELECT THEATERS AND ON DEMAND
EVERYWHERE ON SEPTEMBER 3



Michael (William Moseley), a ruthless corporate raider, is forced to return to his small town when he inherits his father’s nearly bankrupt pencil factory. Managed by his long-lost love, Charlie (Johanna Braddy), the pencil factory is the heart and soul of the depressed community. With the foreclosure deadline looming, Michael must decide to either let it close, or join Charlie and the community’s fight to save their way of life.

SAVING PARADISE stars William Moseley, Johanna Braddy, and Mimi Kennedy. It was written by Van Billet and directed by Jay Silverman. It was produced by Bethany Cerrona, William Newman, Joe Gamache, and Jay Silverman. The film has a running time of 102 minutes and will not be rated by the MPAA. Vertical Entertainment will release SAVING PARADISE in select theaters and On Demand everywhere on September 3, 2021.

Find out more about Jay Silverman and SAVING PARADISE.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Dr. Dale Bredesen, author of THE FIRST SURVIVORS OF ALZHEIMER’S: How Patients Recovered Life an Hope in Their Own Words


The End of Alzheimer's Program:
The First Protocol to Enhance Cognition and Reverse Decline at Any Age

LISTEN 


First person stories of patients who recovered
from Alzheimer's Disease--and how they did it.

It has been said that everyone knows a cancer survivor, but no one has met an Alzheimer’s survivor – until now. In his first two books, Dr. Dale Bredesen outlined the revolutionary treatments that are changing what had previously seemed like the inevitable outcome of cognitive decline and dementia.

Now, THE FIRST SURVIVORS OF ALZHEIMER’S is a collection of first person stories of patients who recovered from Alzheimer's Disease--and how they did it. In these moving narratives, you can hear directly from the first survivors themselves--their own amazing stories of hope told in their own words.


These first person accounts honestly detail the fear, struggle, and ultimate victory of each patient's journey. They vividly describe what it is like to have Alzheimer's. They also drill down on how each of these patients made the program work for them--the challenges, the workarounds, and the encouraging results that are so motivating. Dr. Bredesen includes commentary following each story to help point readers to the tips and tricks that might help them as well. This book will give unprecedented hope to patients and their families.

Dr. Bredesen is also comments on the approval of a new Alzheimer’s drug, Aducunamb, and why he is opposed to it.

Dr. Bredesen’s End of Alzheimer’s Program:
  • Optimize your cognition and overall health.
  • Enhance your cognitive ability, optimize your focus and work, sharpen your memory, and improve your speaking.
  • Prevent and reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
  • Enhance your cognitive ability at every age.
The overall goal of the program is summarized as removal, resilience, and rebuilding:
  • Removal of the exposures contributing to cognitive decline,
  • Resilience resulting from optimal health support, and
  • Rebuilding of the neural network.



Facebook: @DrDaleBredesen




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dale Bredesen, M.D., is internationally recognized as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers The End of Alzheimer's (Avery, 2017) and The End of Alzheimer's Program (Avery, 2020). He has held faculty positions at UC San Francisco, UCLA, and the University of California San Diego, and directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before coming to the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in 1998 as its founding president and CEO. He is currently a professor at UCLA.