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Trailer and Music Video

Posted: 08/29/2014 by David de Hilster

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We have launched our trailer and music video for our Documentary. It is a bit unusual to have a music video associated with a documentary film, especially one that deals with science, but in the end it seems to make sense.

Here are the links:

TRAILER: Einstein Wrong - The Miracle Year

MUSIC VIDEO: Einstein Wrong - The Miracle Year

David de Hilster
Boca Raton, FL

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Intentional Filmmaking class Discount Code for IDA members

Posted: 08/26/2014 by Vidyut Latay

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At From The Heart Productions, we know how frustrating it is for filmmakers to get funding. They are imaginative artists who can create fantastic stories, but lack the knowledge and confidence to navigate the world of film finance. Some lose faith in their projects and themselves in the process. Many give up.

Intentional Filmmaking Class

That is why we created the Intentional Filmmaking Class. They are unique 5 month courses that combine film funding mentoring using goals and intentional techniques to manifest money for their projects. It gives filmmakers the tools and confidence they need to get their films funded.

We work to remove any blocks you may have about money. We listen to audios and discuss how powerful the mind is and how to use it for creating and funding your film.

Now, in its 3rd year, it has guided producers, writers, and directors on not only on how to find money, but it’s taught them how to get it for their films.

Discount for IDA members

The regular price of the class $665, but IDA members can enroll for just $495 by Sept 1st. Early enrollment discount by that date is $555, but IDA members can save an extra $60 off by entering this code IDA when you purchase the class.

There is a Trailblazer Class for documentary filmmakers taught by Carole Dean, the author of “The Art of Film Funding”. For the Mastermind Class for feature filmmakers, she is joined by Tom Malloy, the author of “Bankroll II, A New Approach to Financing Feature Films”.

Here’s what’s included in the class.

· 5 one-on-one consultations (one each month) with Carole Dean (A $725 Value if purchased separately)

· 10 class meetings (two each month) for education and we share ideas and successes.

· 6 month goal planning with action list targeted to raise money for your project.

· Documentary filmmakers will get help writing their proposals with emphasis on what is needed to win grants and get donations.

· Fine tuning your trailer to bring in money. We’ve seen thousands over the years that have been submitted to the Roy W. Dean Grant. We know what works and what doesn’t.

· Perfecting your pitch. You may tell a great story, but will it attract investors? We will make sure it will.

· We have a 10 page outline for you on funding, marketing, and distributing your film. We give you the template and help you complete it. This becomes a major item to close donors.

· How to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. From The Heart has is partnered with Indiegogo and raised over $1 million to date for over 200 films. We give you additional classes for crowdfunding and reveal the myths that you need to overcome to raise money.

· We teach funding parties, how to do it and be successful.

· How to set up one- on- one meetings.

· How to make an “ask” for money.

· How to create successful letter writing campaigns

· Finding your market, connecting to your audience and entertaining them while producing the film.

You will have a strong foundation for funding after 5 months of training. You will know who your market is and how to reach them. You will feel confident that you can raise the money for your film. You will have an excellent proposal, trailer, pitch and be confident about how special you are and your film.

If you would like to know more about the class or to join our class, please visit http://fromtheheartproductions.com/intentional-filmmaking/

You can also call Carole Dean at 805-984-0098

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Hey Now Records Indie Music featured Behind the Sun -for Nancy Bechtol indie feature documentary film

Posted: 08/25/2014 by Nancy Bechtol

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"Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist"©2014 an indie feature documentary film by Nancy Bechtol, currently in release.
listing on IMDb
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3757300/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Hey Now Records Indie Music featured Behind the Sun -for Nancy Bechtol indie feature documentary film

“The music of Behind The Sun, a duo consisting of Andy Alton and David Mansfield, will be featured in a 99 minute movie documenting the legal struggle of Chris Drew, Patron Saint of Street Artists. Chris Drew was arrested on a bogus eavesdropping charge, but fought until the day he died to clear his name. Needing that one last element for her movie, filmmaker Nancy Bechtol got in touch with us to see if she could use songs from Behind The Sun’s debut release “Paper Airplane” to help give the Chris Drew story the musical backdrop that would help convey one of the most inspirational stories you’ll ever hear.”

- David Mansfield
http://heynowrecords.com/store/paperairplane
this is the album they gave to the film courtesy and available at link above

From Billions to None - Documentary About the Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon - Airing on Public Television

Posted: 08/24/2014 by David Mrazek

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A new documentary From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction, reveals the compelling story of the unlikely extinction of the passenger pigeon and explores the pigeon’s striking relevance to conservation issues today. On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon in captivity, died in the Cincinnati Zoo, marking the end of the species, and the centenary of the extinction event. The film, directed by IDA member David Mrazek, garnered its first film festival award, the Broadcast Award, at the upcoming American Conservation Film Festival in Sheperdstown, WV.(Oct. 30th thru Nov. 2nd)

“The amazing story of how we eliminated this once abundant bird, coinciding with a centennial anniversary of its extinction, provides a once-in-a-lifetime “teachable moment” that can really raise awareness about species at risk and living more sustainably today.” says author and co-producer Joel Greenberg, A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction, (Bloomsbury USA, 2014), who is featured in the documentary. “Year 2014 is a real opportunity for conservationists, for all us.”

From Billions to None recreates the breathtaking natural phenomenon of massive flocks of passenger pigeons with cutting edge CGI animation. One highlight is an animated sequence that recreates a passenger pigeon flock estimated by a then unknown John James Audubon to be at least one billion birds. In addition, remote control quadcopters equipped with GoPro cameras captured astonishing aerials.

To mark the centennial of the bird’s extinction, From Billions to None is a key part of Project Passenger Pigeon, a group of over 190 cooperating institutions that is mounting multi-media outreach initiatives throughout 2014, including the creation of a high school curriculum, down-loadable museum exhibits, and numerous activities across the United States and Canada. The documentary is being distributed to public television stations via NETA for Fall 2014 airings. Check local listings. Mrazek is currently looking for domestic and international distribution.

For more information go to: www.billionstonone.com and passengerpigeon.org.

New Liberia Documentary sheds light on troubled country

Posted: 08/16/2014 by John Grimshaw

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New Democracy Productions has completed the short documentary "Liberia: Emerging from the Shadows?" which was shot in September, 2013. This film provides a glimpse into the daily struggles and triumphs of the Liberian people, following decades of civil war, a complete breakdown of basic services, infrastructure and political turmoil.

NDP is providing this film to view on our website and partnering with Direct Relief, who is currently providing medical and humanitarian supplies to Liberia during this current Ebola crisis. Please see the link for more information on the film and details about Direct Relief's efforts in West Africa. Liberia: Emerging from the Shadows?

Intentional Filmmaking class Discount Code

Posted: 08/04/2014 by Vidyut Latay

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At From The Heart Productions, we know how frustrating it is for flimmakers to get funding. They are imaginative artists who can create fantastic stories, but lack the knowledge and confidence to navigate the world of film finance. Some lose faith in their projects and themselves in the process. Many give up.

Intentional Filmmaking Class

That is why we created the Intentional Filmmaking Class. They are unique 5 month courses that combine film funding mentoring using goals and intentional techniques to manifest money for their projects. It gives filmmakers the tools and confidence they need to get their films funded.

We work to remove any blocks you may have about money. We listen to audios and discuss how powerful the mind is and how to use it for creating and funding your film.

Now, in its 3rd year, it has guided producers, writers, and directors on not only on how to find money, but it’s taught them how to get it for their films.

Discount for your members

Your organization and its members have been great supporters of our non-profit. In appreciation, we’d like to offer you a discount for this class.

The regular price of the class $665, but your members can enroll for just $495 by Sept 1st. Early enrollment discount by that date is $555, but your members can save an extra $60 off by entering this code IDA when they purchase the class.

There is a Trailblazer Class for documentary filmmakers taught by Carole Dean, the author of “The Art of Film Funding”. For the Mastermind Class for feature filmmakers, she is joined by Tom Malloy, the author of “Bankroll II, A New Approach to Financing Feature Films”.

Here’s what’s included in the class.

· 5 one-on-one consultations (one each month) with Carole Dean (A $725 Value if purchased separately)

· 10 class meetings (two each month) for education and we share ideas and successes.

· 6 month goal planning with action list targeted to raise money for your project.

· Documentary filmmakers will get help writing their proposals with emphasis on what is needed to win grants and get donations.

· Fine tuning your trailer to bring in money. We’ve seen thousands over the years that have been submitted to the Roy W. Dean Grant. We know what works and what doesn’t.

· Perfecting your pitch. You may tell a great story, but will it attract investors? We will make sure it will.

· We have a 10 page outline for you on funding, marketing, and distributing your film. We give you the template and help you complete it. This becomes a major item to close donors.

· How to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. From The Heart has is partnered with Indiegogo and raised over $1 million to date for over 200 films. We give you additional classes for crowdfunding and reveal the myths that you need to overcome to raise money.

· We teach funding parties, how to do it and be successful.

· How to set up one- on- one meetings.

· How to make an “ask” for money.

· How to create successful letter writing campaigns

· Finding your market, connecting to your audience and entertaining them while producing the film.

You will have a strong foundation for funding after 5 months of training. You will know who your market is and how to reach them. You will feel confident that you can raise the money for your film. You will have an excellent proposal, trailer, pitch and be confident about how special you are and your film.

Please let the members of your organization know about this class and the special discount offered.

If you or your members would like to know more about the class or to join our class, please have them to http://fromtheheartproductions.com/intentional-filmmaking/

They can also call Carole Dean at 805-984-0098

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VIVA VERDI! Documentary Launches "Second Phase Production" Indiegogo Campaign

Posted: 07/31/2014 by Christine La Monte

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VIVA VERDI!Documentary on Giuseppe Verdi's Casa Verdi, the Inspiration Behind Dustin Hoffman's QUARTET Launches Indiegogo “Second Phase Production” Campaign

Joining in the celebration of renowned opera composer Giuseppe Verdi’s Bicentennial year, VIVA VERDI!’s award-winning filmmakers, director Yvonne Russo and producer Christine La Monte, are bringing to the screen the remarkable story of the hidden lives inside Casa Verdi of Milan, the home built by Verdi for retired opera singers and musicians. The inspiration behind Dustin Hoffman’s film, QUARTET, the stately retirement home built in 1896 still remains the heart of Verdi’s legacy.

Support Viva Verdi's Indigogo Campaign at: www.igg.me/at/vivaverdithefilm

"RACHEL FLOWERS IN CONCERT" - SUNDAY AUG 24TH - LIBBEY BOWL, OJAI, CA.

Posted: 07/18/2014 by Lorenzo DeStefano

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“ RACHEL FLOWERS IN CONCERT “
Sunday August 24, 2014 - 6:30-8:30pm
Libbey Bowl, Ojai, California

In a world filled with music, there is a wonder in the making and her name is Rachel Flowers

The filmmakers behind the new feature documentary, "RACHEL FLOWERS-HEARING IS BELIEVING",
are pleased to announce a FREE CONCERT the evening of Sunday August 24th, 2014 at Ojai’s Libbey Bowl, by the young Ventura County multi-instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers. Subject of a May 29, 2014 cover story in the VC Reporter ttp://www.vcreporter.com/cms/story/detail/hearing_is_seeing/11996/),

Rachel is 20 years old and has been blind since birth. This has not kept her from developing into a major talent since beginning her studies at the age of 4 at the Southern California Conservatory of Music.
Producer/Director Lorenzo DeStefano and his team have been in production since April and are producing this free community event, to be filmed for the documentary. They hope that Rachel's growing number of fans of all ages, as well as those who want to discover this rare talent for themselves, will turn out to help make Rachel's concert debut a big success as well as to support the production of the film.

Visit www.rachelflowersfilm.com & https://www.facebook.com/HearingisBelievingFilm
& contact info@rachelflowersfilm.com /805 641-3845 for more information

Lorenzo DeStefano - Productions Á-Propos
P.O. Box 2063, Ventura, CA. 93002
(805) 641-3845 / info@rachelflowersfilm.com
www.rachelflowersfilm.com / www.rachelflowersmusic.com

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The Official World Premiere of Avner The Eccentric in "I Was Born Hungry & I'll Die Hungry, But It Feels So Good To Fill Up In-b

Posted: 07/18/2014 by Brian A. Bernhard

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

From the EMMY award-winning creators of "ART or something like it!" comes a brand new chapter in the esteemed artist profile docu-series "A FOOL'S IDEA -- PRESENTS" featuring the world-renowned vaudevillian, hypnotherapist, juggler, mime, expert NLP (neural linguistic programming) teacher, magician and master eccentric performer - Avner Eisenberg (AKA "Avner the Eccentric").

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY: http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=705228&rf=38459

Possibly best known in pop-culture for playing the titular role in the 1985 film "Jewel of the Nile" (co-starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner), as well as a guest appearance in the 1986 hit television series "Webster". However, before all that, in 1984 Mr. Eisenberg became the first solo performer to take over New York's theater district with a hit Broadway clown show called "Avner the Eccentric".

"I remember standing backstage at opening night on Broadway...and there were lots of movie stars and all the New York press... and starting to talk myself into getting worried and then going...wait a minute...my character has to be naïve. And I just let go of all that, went out and did the show and got good reviews and ran for almost a year!" - Avner Eisenberg

Currently, he travels the world with his incredible one-man show "Exceptions to Gravity" while teaching the ancient & powerful art of eccentric performing.

"I've discovered a lot of very interesting...sort of...they're not anomalies obviously, but they look like anomalies of balance. Balancing things in surprising ways," says Mr. Eisenberg; continuing with, "I think the basic idea is a kind of reverse engineering, of finding a trick that I could do and then saying...okay, that's the solution...what was the problem?"

His unique scientific approach to stagecraft, comedy and teaching has led to incredible breakthroughs with professional performing artists from all around the world.

"Most of my creativity is going into teaching others, and also to doing directing and coaching. And I have a series of principles, eccentric performing principles, that are a pretty good guide for creating and maintaining rapport with the audience and with one's partners, and then looking for the comedy in terms of problem solving." - Avner Eisenberg

Using the skills he has learned as a professional hypnotherapist, as well as being an expert practitioner of NLP, Mr. Eisenberg teaches his students how to understand what is going on inside the human brain, so they may be able to create stronger, more authentic connections when performing for an audience.

"It's not about costumes, makeup, funny faces, funny voices...it's the attitude you have to solving the problems that you find along the way to doing your job." - Avner Eisenberg

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY: http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=705228&rf=38459

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Max Eternity article on Nancy Bechtol: On Free Speech, Journalism and the Arts

Posted: 07/13/2014 by Nancy Bechtol

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Max Eternity article on Nancy Bechtol: On Free Speech, Journalism and the Arts
July 13, 2014

Nancy Bechtol: On Free Speech, Journalism and the Arts By Max Eternity In 2009, a Chicago artist named Chris Drew...

excerpt:

ME: What happens when artists are criminalized for expressing themselves?

NB: This is so far beyond Chris. It’s a pervasive thing. I think the whole environment has shifted in the last 15 years. It’s become a really oppressive environment for artists. Everything is like “maybe.” If you step outside the standard prescription—there could be non-support, and artists need support. It’s about freedom of speech. And if art is speech, then freedom of speech is art. And if you don’t have that then you don’t have the First Amendment. I never heard anybody say it that directly, when Drew said “artist’s speech.” Art is a big signifier to any movement. Chris was an artist.

ME: What kinds of legal protections would you like to see?

NB: It’s a whole thing. When they [lawmakers] equal selling socks with selling art on the streets, there’s a problem. I can’t speak to what peddling should or should not be, but I remember in the 90’s when they passed a law that said there’s no peddling. You had to get a peddling license for like $60 a month, and you had to show what you were going to sell.

It’s a real extreme manner of controlling freedom of expression.

I think it’s up to the public…let the public decide what art they want to see on the sidewalk.

ME: How do you see this affecting the identity and dynamic of the city and urban culture-at-large?

NB: It’s marginalizing and isolating artists.
Continue Reading... includes Channel 2 News video on the Ill Supreme Court Decision in 5/14
http://www.maxeternity.com/?p=3387