Sunday, April 10, 2022

From Brazil to Los Angeles: An interview with Laisa M. Santos, Director of Photography


Laisa M. Santos is a Cinematographer born and raised in Brazil. She graduated from PUC - MG (Faculty of Communication and Arts) in 2018 and since then she has been working in many projects as a Cinematographer and Assistant Camera. During her time at university, Laisa gained experience in every area of filmmaking but chose Cinematography as her primary interest. She has worked in many short films, music videos, TV productions, documentaries and feature films.

In 2019, Laisa moved to Los Angeles, California to expand her knowledge and experience in cinematography and now she is preparing to DP her first feature film.



Interview with Laisa M. Santos

Laisa, so nice to finally talk to you. You have been growing in the film industry for the past few years and now you are working in the pre production of your first feature film in Los Angeles. What can you tell us about it?

I’m super excited for this project and yes, pre-production has started. We have a locked script in which I’m one of the writers, alongside Clara Rena Faria. The story is about a relationship between mother and daughter and how their childhood memories will bring them together. 

It’s a personal topic to me and I’m excited to see how it will look on camera. I have started a lookbook for the project, so I’m choosing the color palette, shots, angles…The style approach will be very subtle, soft, high key lighting but not as dramatic. The flashbacks will follow the same characteristics but with a blue tonality.

We will be shooting with the Alexa Mini LF, one of my favorite cameras, and the lens choice is the set of Cooke Panchro/i Classic. I plan to play a little bit with filters to help create the visuals I imagine and add to the storytelling.








You talked about doing lookbooks for the project. Is that your first approach to visual storytelling after accepting a project?

Lookbooks are very important because it is a way to fully understand the complexity of the entire visual aspect of the project. Not everybody does it but it really works for me and how I like to work. I don’t have a solid formula for my lookbooks because it varies depending on the production but I always have camera and lighting references.

It varies not only in terms of type of shots but also for composition, color temperature, mood, style of lighting for each location…the list goes on. It does not need to be extremely long and complex, what matters is that as soon as I get that folder, I’ll know exactly how the project will look.

I write the most important characteristics about each character’s personality and how it affects the lighting and a little bit about the storyline and how the cinematography will progress as the story goes.

Before accepting a new project, what is the first thing it attracts you in a new script?

I am a Cinematographer with a sensitive approach but that doesn’t limit me. I enjoy challenges. Yes, I like to shoot dramas with more serious topics but I also like to shoot comedies, romances, thrillers. It is more about how I can mix my cinematography style with the story and align together with the director’s ideas.

As soon as I get a new script I read it many times and take a few notes. Questions for the director, shot ideas for each scene, lighting suggestions. I write everything as how I imagined the story in my head so I can talk about it with the director in our first meeting. After the first one, many more meetings happen in order to lock a few things, such as the final mood of the story, the main colors and lighting and camera set ups. 








For other types of projects, such as music videos, fashion campaigns or even documentaries, I have more creative freedom in most cases. I don’t have to follow a classic linear route, I can play more with time and space and that is something that really excites me. 

Could you please tell our readers where they can find your work and keep track of upcoming projects?

If you want to see my work, make sure to follow my Instagram and visit my portfolio to find out more of my new productions. I’m currently prepping for 3 short films, 1 feature and supervising the color correction of my latest short project!

Links:

behance.net/laisamsantos 

instagram.com/laisamaras_dp

https://www.linkedin.com/in/laisamsantos/

https://pro.imdb.com/name/nm11347232?ref_=ib_nv_usr_profile







Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Crime fiction author, Jed Power releases The Treasure of Hampton Beach


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

After suffering a massive stroke, renowned crime fiction author, Jed Power, overcame his paralysis and wrote the eighth book in the acclaimed Dan Marlowe/Hampton Beach, NH, Crime/Mystery series. At the same time, Power completed a proposed TV Series Bible (explaining the proposal) and a Pilot episode adapting his series to a one-hour TV Series or feature film.  He is now looking for a Manager, Agent or producer to help with the project. Bible and/or Pilot are available on request.

Power admits that writing after a stroke had major obstacles. “Typing with one finger was the least of it,” Power said. He continued, “It brought me confidence, just getting it done. In my eyes anyhow, it was an accomplishment.”

CONTACT:  To learn more about Jed Power, the Dan Marlowe/Hampton Beach, NH, series, his proposed TV/Film adaptation, or to arrange an interview for a story, please contact:

Email: jedpower@verizon.net

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/people/Jed-Power/

Phone:  978-979-2371

All eight Dan Marlowe/Hampton Beach, NH, books are available in paperback and eBook via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and most other outlets.

About Jed Power:  Jed Power is an acclaimed author, well known for his New Hampshire fiction crime series starring crime-solving lead character Dan Marlowe. Power suffered a devastating stroke in 2019 but returned to work after weeks in the hospital to finish the series' eighth book, The Treasure of Hampton Beach. He is presently writing a screenplay based on the series to get Jed Power books in Paper and ebook, follow this link

https://www.amazon.com/Treasure-Hampton-Beach-Marlowe-Mystery/dp/0997175869

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Interview with Music Artist and Social Influencer Anastasia Silver aka @stasiavuu

ANASTASIA SILVER IS A POP ARTIST WHO HAILS ORIGINALLY FROM OREGON AND NOW RESIDES IN LOS ANGELES. ANASTASIA WHO GOES BY STASIAVUU ON SOCIAL MEDIA WHO FELL INTO PAID PARTNERSHIPS THAT TITLED HER AN INFLUENCER.

ANASTASIA LOVES DOING BOTH BUT NOW ADDED A 3RD LOVE AND THAT IS ACTING AS SHE LANDED A PART IN AN UP AND COMING SERIES CALLED SANGRE NEGRA WHICH WILL BE FEATURED ON AMAZON PRIME THIS COMING SUMMER OF 2022.

ANASTASIA LOVES DOING ALL 3 BUT STILL HOLDS A PASSION FOR HER MUSIC WHICH SHE WILL BE RELEASING A SINGLE SUMMER OF 2022 AS WELL.


Interview with Anastasia Silver aka @stasiavuu AIM: What or who inspired you to want to pursue a career in music? @stasiavuu: Growing up I just loved music and the radio and always dreamed of being on stage singing my own music

AIM: What are some of your favorite music growing up as a child that you never get tired of hearing? 
@stasiavuu: Zedd, Julia Michaels, Halsey, Dua Lipa 

AIM: Who do you like listening to now? 
@stasiavuu: I like quite a few of the edm artists and some pop 

AIM: Does music or acting run in your family and are they supportive of your pursuit in Entertainment? 
@stasiavuu: lol, no music or acting does not run in the family but yes they are very supportive 

AIM: Some people say writing songs is hard. Some people say creating the music to convey what you envision your music to sound like is the hardest part. What do you think has been the toughest part of your career as an artist so far? 
@stasiavuu: The competition is rough because there are so many great artists, its hard to be singled out to be known 

AIM: For a rising music artist, it is great that you have created such large fan following on social media. Was this a strategy all along to build your fan base by just being yourself or were you just being who you are? 
@stasiavuu: No, I am always myself and tell everyone, stay true to yourself, its the best way to be 

AIM: I know it might be too early to say so this early in your career, but what are you thankful for? 
@stasiavuu: I am Thankful for the fans I am getting, the ability to do what I love, and for people and magazines like yourselves for believing in me and helping me to get out there 

AIM: Are you working on new material to release in the near future? If so, what is something you can share with us right now? 
@stasiavuu: Yes, I am working on a new single with an amazing co writer and producer and cannot wait until its out AIM: If you had a one or even two million dollars set aside to do whatever you want, what would you invest that money into right now? @stasiavuu: my career 

AIM: If there was a major festival you could headline or even be announced on the roster, which one would you want to be on? 
@stasiavuu: EDC for sure! 

AIM: Thank you so much for coming on All Indie Magazine. We wish you the very best and we hope to see your name everywhere very soon! 
@stasiavuu: Thank you so much for the interview :)

Follow Anastasia Silver aka @stasiavuu at:

https://www.instagram.com/stasiavuu/

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

A Black Leather Fantasy: Interview with MELØ



MELØ rides an edge where retro-futurism meets indie-pop and blooms into overdrive. He was raised on the streets of South Detroit where the echoes of techno and punk fused together to spin his creative mind into form. After years of keeping his music from the public, a personal intervention struck him like a bolt of lightning. In an instant he realized it was time to finally record the songs he had been hiding and let the world get to hear them. 

His upcoming debut LP, Songs From The Spirit Box pulls together influences from David Bowie, INXS, and Depeche Mode, and filters them through modern production that flirts with pop, dabbles with vaporware, and remains true to its own sound. The songs play like fantasies from the speakers evoking memories of late summer night drives, lost love, and estranged friends. It mirrors the past present, and future all at once. 

The lush emotive pop of the 80’s has finally found a way through the 2020’s that feels honest and grounded. There is no room for trendy studio tricks and cliched aesthetics here. It’s rare for artists to create new genres, but MELØ is doing just that. His music remains accessible while holding space for mystery. As the current musical landscape continues to overflow with new bedroom artists that no one can tell apart, true artistry and star power is a trophy. MELØ is the grand arrival of Post-New Wave.
 

Recently, All Indie Magazine had the privilege of sitting down with MELØ, to do an interview with the sensational Canadian Pop singer-songwriter. 

AIM: How are you MELØ and can you tell us about your background and where you are from and describe your music style? 
MELØ: I’m doing well and thank you for having me on All Indie Magazine. I recently checked out your online magazine and was really impressed by the coverage you give to a wide variety of independent music artists. It’s great to see. I’m from Windsor, Ontario, Canada some people consider it to be South Detroit, border city to Detroit. As a teenager growing up in the Windsor/Detroit areas. I was consumed by the Detroit blend of techno, punk and everything in between. They always had the best radio stations around. That diverse music scene helped shape my creative mind. It’s a Retro-futuristic sound combined with 80’s New Wave with a modernized production. A hybrid infusion of retro vibes with a modern edge. 

AIM: So, this is your second single release and it’s called, “Black Leather Fantasy”. What was your inspiration for writing and creating this song? I love songwriting and telling stories. I love exploring themes of fantasy, supernatural, dreams, mysteries, spiritual revelations. This story is a play between reality and wild illusions where the Designer brings his mannequins to life with a twisted end cliffhanger. 

AIM: The music video for “Black Leather Fantasy” was very enjoyable and pleasing to watch. Tell us about the process and the development of the concept for the music video. Was this exactly your vision all along or did the director do most of the work with the storyline? When I wrote the song I already had a visual vision of what I wanted this song to be about. It’s a dark fetish-inspired fantasy story about a disillusioned fashion designer ,who works on mannequins and brings them to life. With the help of Director Daniel Victor he helped bring the vision together, fill in the blanks and create the vibe. We had a great time shooting this video. 

AIM: There was some familiarity in this video. You might even compare your video with Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love”. Was his video an inspiration for your music video? 
MELØ: Yes, there were some similarities with Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love;” it's one of the most iconic 80’s videos ever. It was just hypnotizing to watch. It inspired me to have the mannequins come to life, which play in his imaginary band. Part of the plot twist of the song. 

AIM: Many artists recall a pivotal moment when they realized they wanted to pursue a career in music. Do you remember when it was that you thought to yourself, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life? 
MELØ: I grew up playing with a hand-me-down guitar at 12 years old and right away started writing songs and forming jam bands with my brother Tony and some of the neighborhood kids. We would perform in Talent Shows and Battle of the Bands. I remember how that felt , it was the best feeling. 

AIM: What is it about your music that sets you apart from other artists? 
MELØ: As the current musical landscape continues to overflow with new bedroom artists and many choices for the listeners, I personally love bringing the listeners on a musical journey, twisting them from one side of the map to the other, from sound to sight. Losing yourself for a short moment of time before heading back to reality. For me, I throw myself into these songs, while visualizing and painting the picture for the listeners. And hopefully my music and vision connects with all my Melodramatics out there. 

AIM: Let’s talk about your inspirations as a music artist. Who is the most influential artist to you as a young adult? 
MELØ: There are many musical influences on this list to name. I’m going way back. Friends that know me, know that I am a huge Depeche Mode fan, so many great albums and songs. They forever changed me, emotionally and spiritually. My heart still pounds when I turn their music up when I'm driving. My other influence would be the ever changing musical genius of David Bowie who had a great influence on me. Many styles, and the faces of Bowie kept you captivated with every album. I loved how he changed from album to album, making his listeners guess. I could only wish and strive to be a storyteller like Bowie. The Cure was a big influence on me, with all their mood swings. Robert Smith is a great songwriter. They were the band that laid the seed for Goth rock. It's hard to keep Prince off my list. I’m a forever fan, The ultimate performer and songwriter. He touched so many and I continually listen to his music. 

AIM: What music artists do you look up to today? 
MELØ: Some of the Artists that I’m currently into , MGMT, Empire of the Sun, Tame Impala, Arcade Fire, Washed Out. You can find them mixed in with the classics playing on my playlist. 

AIM: If you could share the stage with someone or collaborate a song with, who would you want to do it with? 
MELØ: My dream collaboration would be Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or the legendary Deborah Harry of Blondie. 
AIM: Your first single “Mysteria” is just as memorable. This title feels like a Pop throwback from the early 80s. There’s not a lot of showmanship or flare, but it definitely stands out on its own. It’s one of those songs that you can sit back and enjoy as a centerpiece of your evening or as enjoy it as a daily song in the background while you work. What was your initial vision when you wrote this song? 
MELØ: Thank you so much. Mysteria was my first single. It's an electro-pop track. I wanted to take the listeners on that 80’s nostalgic journey, evoking memories of late summer drives and that lush pop sound, I had the vision of the story in my head, taking place in an underground Berlin type club and a dancer. A story of a captivating woman and her addiction to dancing, the nightlife, as release of her sexual tension. The Mysteria video tells that story. 

AIM: What do you have in store for us in the coming months. What can we expect from MELØ in the near future? More music? A tour? 
MELØ: I’ve written about 35-40 songs, working on narrowing them down. In the next few months I’ll be releasing a few more singles, working towards an album release “Songs from the Spirit Box” in late summer. Continue on songwriting and develop songs with Domenico Ambrosio (Producer/Mixing). Also will be working on a live show, with a band. Looking forward to having some fun live and bringing the MELØ show to people. 

AIM: Where can people find your music? 
MELØ: You can find me on all the attached links. Thank you so much for the interview. Appreciate the opportunity and support. 
MELØ Official Website https://www.melomusicofficial.com/

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Interview with Samuel Nkwume, Producer of "Game Of Fear"

Producer Samuel Nkwume specializes in thriller films. He is originally from Nigeria and began his career as an auditor before deciding to pursue his creative interests and study film. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has produced several award-winning short films that have impressed festival audiences.

In addition to becoming a writer and director, Nkwume is now making his first feature film, "Game Of Fear." Read on for an exclusive interview with him. 

Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming project "Game of Fear?" Game Of Fear, is a psychological thriller about a haunted, Agoraphobic teen, scared of the outside world, who must confront his fear, to reveal the truth behind the mysterious death of his brother.

Agoraphobia is the extreme or irrational fear of entering crowded, confined spaces, and even leaving one’s home, or being in places where escape is difficult. His brother convinces him to move out of the house and away from his overcontrolling, clingy mom. Brother is later reported dead by suicide. Tom must now overcome his agoraphobia to figure out the truth, but his mom will stop at nothing to make sure he doesn’t leave her sight. Not only does this movie shed light on Agoraphobia, which is suffered by nearly 2% of the United States population, but it is also guaranteed to take the viewer on a roller-coaster swing of emotions.

How did you become interested in the filmmaking industry? In 2004, I was sitting on the couch in Nigeria, where I grew up, watching Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”. I was so fascinated by the sound design, story, editing, and the mise-e-scene. At this point, I knew I wanted to work in this industry. I started watching behind-the-scenes videos of movie production sets. Later, I wrote a bunch of movie reviews on websites/blogs before finally deciding to go after my film dream

When deciding whether to join a project as a producer, what do you look for in a script? When I look at a script, I try to envision the target audience/ demographic. We filmmakers are making movies/tv for people to enjoy. Regardless of how good the project is, if there is no market for that project then it doesn’t matter. The story, character, and character development are super important. A good character arch allows the audience to follow the story through the eyes of the characters. Also, I look for a story that does what it is supposed to do. If it is a thriller, it better be suspenseful, if it’s a comedy, it must be funny. It needs to give me that feeling that the genre evokes.

Can you tell us about the mediums you have delivered content for in the past? Past projects I’ve worked on have been distributed through different mediums. Some have been screened at small-sized theaters/art houses and festivals. “The handler”, directed by Michael Matteo Rossi, an action feature recently released on amazon video, YouTube tv, iTunes and is now available on DVD/Blu-ray at Walmart stores nationwide.

What is your favorite thing about being a producer? Being a producer can be very fulfilling especially when you’re passionate about your craft. I specifically love the pre-production process. The pre-production process involves building budget, locations, building schedule, etc. Ironing out details for production involves a lot of creativity which can be challenging but extremely fun.

How would you like to see your career continue to develop? Career-wise, my long-term goal is to make it to the academy award stage. It’s always something I’ve envisioned growing up and I plan to accomplish this. A short-term goal is to get “Game Of Fear” to a larger and broader audience.

Could you see yourself directing? Most people join the industry or go to film school with the idea of being a director, until reality hits. It isn’t that simple to get money to fund a first-time director. I happened to be in the same boat. It comes with a lot of challenges. I have directed two short films and now gearing up to direct my first feature, “Game of Fear”, expected to go into production summer of 2022.

How can we find out more about what you're doing and your upcoming projects? You can get news and updates on everything related to Game Of Fear by following on Instagram @gof_themovie

You can also check out www.samuelnkwume.com for other project updates.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Interview with the Founder of Egyptian Gold Coin Inu

Owner of this new coin called Egyptian Gold Coin Inu is a previous app developer who has a love for ancient Egypt and wanted to bring that world to the public. This coin is all about appreciating the past and using its knowledge for the future. This is a new to circulation coin that is for all people all ages and cultures and celebrates unity and are ability as human to perfectly express ourselves. Ancient Egypt is the model for the coins idea of perfecting art, beauty and life as the Egyptians attempted to do. 

Interview with the Egyptian Gold Coin Founder

AIM: Let's talk about Egyptian Gold Coin Inu and educate us about the benefits and accessibility of crypto assets. In the world of cryptocurrencies, are you the first of its kind from Egypt? 
EGCF: There are many coins in the market and there are some with the name Egypt in it. 

AIM: Are they from Egypt? 
EGCF: Not sure as many crypto owners choose to remain anonymous. 

AIM: How competitive is your financial system? 
EGCF: I would say as competitive as most currencies it's capped at 21,000,000 in terms currency cap. 

AIM: How does this cryptocurrency measure up with the big guys? 
EGCF: We are just starting out so we don't have as much advertising as some of the more known coins. Our goal is to spread the word , and let people know it exists. 

AIM: In a real world economy where people have banks, loans, credit cards, education, and jobs; how does Egyptian Gold Coin Inu fit in today's reality? 
EGCF: Like all crypto coins they are an anonymous way to spend money, you use your wallet which contains a code of numbers. It is something all it's own, new and exciting part of the future. 


AIM: Would you say that Egyptian Gold Coin Inu is an opportunity for a population that wouldn't normally participate in today's modern digital economy? Explain how your coin is more accessible. 
EGCF: It will be more accessible soon, we plan to launch on multiple markets in the near future. 

AIM: What was your primary motivation for creating your own cryptocurrency? 
EGCF: It was to create a coin that celebrates the mysteries of Egypt and to help those who invest in it make a profit. To promote it and help all kinds of people benefit from the investment. 

AIM: Are there laws that could impede your ability to grow and compete as a top tier cryptocurrency? EGCF: There are no laws that stop one from growing their coin that I have heard of, no. 

AIM: What are the risks of placing an investment in Egyptian Gold Coin Inu? 
EGCF: With all investments out there is always a chance of loss. The owner of the coin should constantly be promoting the coin to get the sales to go up and value. 

AIM: As a first time Egyptian Gold Coin Inu investor, what is your strategy in order to maximize growth and maximum earning potential? 
EGCF: Non-stop advertising and promoting, keep getting the word out there in different ways. 

AIM: Is Egyptian Gold Coin Inu here for the long haul? Would it be safe to expect this coin to be around for many years? 
EGCF: Yes, I don't plan on ever stopping. We will try even if there is no progress. 

AIM: Thank you for talking with All Indie Magazine. Any last comments or suggestions? 
EGCF: I would say give a try as well as follow us on social media. We love you all and thank you for reading this.

Official website: 
Twitter is : https://mobile.twitter.com/EgyptianCoin

Sunday, October 10, 2021

All Indie Featured Music Video: "Stay" by Kyler Kesick


Kyler Kesick is on a roll! She just released her third single “Stay” after having some awesome success with her singles “Dreamhouse” and “Us again”. She’s picking up new fans, traction, and is definitely an upcoming artist to watch! 

In “Stay” Kyler Kesick sings about a heartbreak of a relationship that started out beautiful but is left broken. It’s a beautiful ballad yet infuses electronic beats in the production made my Josh Connelly. (Credits include Flo Rida, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, 50 cent, David Guetta) Kyler writes her own music, sings, and is a trained dancer! Can we say triple threat?
 
Watch out world, we are excited to see what else Kyler Kesick releases as she plans on releasing a new 
song every single month. Check out hew music video to “Stay” below and make sure to follow her on social media to stay up to date with all of her future releases!
  

Monday, September 20, 2021

Supermodel Lisa Bree Hoggarth opens Male Exclusive Model Agency

 

Lisa Bree Hoggarth spoke to The Numa Network who is based in Calgary, about the possibility of her opening and expanding an Australian division. Lisa said, “one minute I said to Taryn (at Numa) we should start an agency here” and then we were on a zoom call not long after discussing logistics. It’s said to be a career advancement and opportunistic place for male models to receive Lisa’s guidance and grooming, before they’re off on their own. Lisa intends to provide the models with her fashion label to wear, Michaelangelo’s Divas. “I want it to be a memorable experience with me and one that propels their career afterwards, One Italian model has just completed his first professional shoot, he was nervous he said, I’m his agent from afar for now”, said the Australian beauty. Hallways Are Runways Agency aka Sexsi Agency is a division of hallways are runways, and affiliated with The Numa Network. During the global pandemic in 2020 Lisa rushed in and said, “don’t shut the doors Fashion, I’m here on my hallway aka runway” and she bought online, supported designers and gained a worldwide following. This concept was Lisa’s break into the industry, during Melbourne’s four month pandemic.

Promoting a new model agency for men only: Instagram: @hallways_are_runways_agency
(no fb, no Twitter) 




























Sunday, September 5, 2021

Interview with Thomas Fargnoli - Author of The Deacon: An Unexpected Life


According to Tom's new book, "The Deacon: An Unexpected Life," he had everything in life, a wife, children, grandchildren, healthy life, a great job, etc., but suddenly it was all snatched away. This book follows Tom as he deals with the loss of his wife, finds new love, and battles the dilemma of remaining in the denomination or starting a new life and remarrying. Check out the exclusive interview below.

Tom studied law enforcement and computer programming before becoming a magician and a deacon in the Catholic Church. In order to help others, he is turning the page to writing, normalizing suicide discussions, and becoming a voice for those who are facing the same challenges.

Can you tell us a bit about your book The Deacon: An Unexpected Life?

The Deacon – An Unexpected Life, represents my life over the last five years. I was happily married for 40 years and, studied to become a deacon for over 5 years, and enjoyed serving as a deacon for 5 years. It was my dream to be a deacon in my retirement. Life was good – wife, home, children, grandchildren, health, retirement, and an amazing ministry. But then, unimaginable tragedy and horror came to my family.

My wife, suddenly and tragically, took her own life. Grieving the loss of a spouse, or any loved one, is devastating but as I quickly learned, grieving is much more complex when it involves losing your loved one to suicide. Secondly, when a deacon loses his wife, he cannot pursue another loving relationship that could lead to marriage. I had to commit to a life of celibacy and, essentially, to a life alone. I made this commitment before I was ordained, but now, the reality of the rule was like cutting my arm off. I simply could not decide, and it drove me crazy. This battle went on for almost 2 years – I couldn’t decide. It drove me crazy –In fact, it landed me in the hospital for open-heart surgery.

My faith was truly being tested, but I managed to hold onto it. But with that decision, came something I never expected. Something worse than loneliness - Rejection - rejection from the church, from some priests, even from some of my brother deacons.

After publishing the book, I was amazed to see how many people were touched by my story and wrote letters to me. People who related to grieving and isolation, people who lost loved ones from suicide, people who struggled with surgery and recovery, people who have faced tough decisions, and people who have experienced rejection.

The subject of your book is very heavy. How do you hope people will benefit from reading it?

This book is my true story with a touch of fiction to make the story more moving. My goal was to make sure my story moved the reader in the way it moved me. In other words, I wanted the reader to feel my pain, my loneliness, my turmoil, and to relate to it. But I also wanted the reader to experience my faith and my hope and to help them see glimmers of light despite what darkness they may be going through in their lives.

My message is that it is important to focus on those glimmers of light and together with faith, it is possible to journey from the darkness to the light. In my book, I leave the pain and loneliness behind as I journey with God to find my peace and light. In so doing, I find love again and marry again. My wife, Dorothy, also lost her spouse tragically and suddenly. We are both convinced that God, as well as our late spouses, brought us together.

Would you say you learned anything from writing the book?


The most important thing I learned about writing this book is that I have a way to tap into other people’s feelings in a way that allows them to relate to my feelings, This book started out as a cathartic experience with a focus on expressing my feelings around loss and rejection, but as it evolved, the focus switched to helping others grasp and/or maintain faith and trust – trust in people and in God – and how to build on those relationships.

I intend to use this skill as I proceed with my writing.

Was there anything you found particularly challenging when writing the book?

Since this book was my true story, I found it relatively easy to write. Having said that, however, I found two main challenges. First, I had to relay my painful experiences in a way that the reader could experience them. That meant that I had to relive those unpleasant experiences before arriving in a peaceful and state. Second, since the subject matter included rather heavy content, in the beginning, I had to express it in such a way to move the reader through it – to carry him through the dark times in such a way that he can experience peace and light that I eventually experienced.

Do you have plans to write any more books?

Using my experience from The Deacon, yes, I am planning another book. The next book will be fictional, but with a similar purpose – helping move my readers to a place where they may discover peace and hope, despite their disbelief and discouragement. Interestingly, I see this story unfolding entirely in a tavern.

What three words would you use to describe this book?

Faith, Hope, and Courage

All proceeds of this book go to Suicide Awareness.

My book is available on Amazon and Barns & Noble.

On my website, www.thomasfargnoli.com, you will find more about me and more about my current book. In addition, I started a page of me performing some of my favorite magic tricks!

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

DMV Nude Returns!

DMV Nude returns with the highest of the highbrow art coupled with live nude body painting, erotic photography, and cocktail party happening in a secret location near the District, Maryland, Virginia area. Proceeds of this event go towards the DMV International Film Festival. 

This event is sponsored by Jane365 Mobile App (Jane365.com) in partnership with DMV (District, Maryland, Virginia) International Film Festival (DMVIFF.org)  

Date and time Sat, September 25, 2021 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT 
Ticket Price: 
$50 for General public 
$40 for Content Creators 
$25 for Professional Photographers 

- Dress Attire: All BLACK
- NO Cameras with the exception of professional photographers participating in the event
- Enjoy Free Wine, infused foods (menu available online), music and conversation. 

What To Expect: 
*Nude Models 
*Live Nude Body Painting 
*Live Nude Photography sessions 
Event Social Media Hashtag: #DMVNude 

Sponsors: 
Event Email: Info@DMVIFF.org