Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AlogiA to Headline Fosar Festival - Lignano Sabbiadoro June 5th 2015

AlogiA to Headline
FOSAR Festival 2015

on June 5th 2015 - Arena Alpe Adria - Lignano Sabbiadoro

FOSAR have announced their special headliner for the 2015 Festival, Serbian Prog-PowerMetal icons ALOGIA.

Mark June 5-6-7, 2015 on your calendar and plan to be at FOSAR (Free Open Space Art Rock) a multi-genre Music Festival held yearly in Lignano Sabbiadoro, destined to become international very soon. It will be an unbelievable selection of musical and artistic delights offered to thousands who visit the Festival daily, throughout three days and nights. A musical celebration under the sun and stars in a friendly, peaceful, rocking atmosphere, where you can drink delicious beer, make friends and listen to amazing Music!

Musically, the 1st day of the Festival, on Friday June 5th, is going to be headlined by the widely acclaimed Serbian rockers AlogiA. The show is taking place in the historical, stunning location of Arena Alpe Adria in Lignano Sabbiadoro, holding thousands of people daily.

The Arena Alpe Adria is not only an historical monument, but also a scenery that will astonish both metal-heads as well as families with children alike.

The more: Lignano Sabbiadoro is situated on the beautiful Venetian coastline, halfway between Venice and Trieste. Be sure you’ll enjoy very special bars, food outlets and very convenient and easy transport links and enough space for everyone. Not to forget the impressive surroundings and the amazing attractions, which will be open all day. This incredible event is a wonderful multi-genre Festival of all Arts, (Music, Literature, Theater, Dance, Poetry, Graphic Arts and Video) under the Artistic Direction of Pasquale Neri who provided an eclectic selection of musical delights, stands, and culture folklore over three days and nights that will even help to raise funds to support UNICEF (particularly for the Nepal’ campaign)

The ARENA ALPE ADRIA will be a stunning stage for extraordinary musical moments including:
AlogiA: Power Progressive Metal band from Serbia, with15 years of glorious history/musical background. During their shows they’ve been able to fill: big theatres (, whole stadiums (, great squares ( They also played supporting historical acts as: Whitesnake (, Apocalyptica (, Savatage and many more!

Plus, performed many important Festival (Hendrix Fest, Hard’n’Heavy, Exit Fest, Metal Days, Beer Fest etc.) and headlined many gigs

Their new album Elegia Balcanica is out now in Serbia and it’s scheduled to be released worldwide in 2015 Expedition Delta: International supergroup born as a project from Srdjan Brankovic, one of the founders of AlogiA. Srdjan is working and has worked as a guitarist, songwriter, producer in many other important Serbian bands such as Psychoparadox, Hexagram, Draconic, Numenor, Lunar Pocket, Despot... besides AlogiA and Expedition Delta, of course! The music of Expedition Delta is a mixture of Melodic Rock (AOR) and Progressive Rock, with the elements and influences of modern music merged into many atmospheric parts.

The whole album is leaded by the great voice of Nikola Mijic, with some very special guests who duet with him. Together with Srdjan Brankovic, many famous and great musicians have been involved into this project, in the past: Gary Werhkamp (Shadow Gallery), Andrea De Paoli (Labyrinth), Erik Norlander, Rene Mekelbach (Ayreon), Richard Andersson, Joost Van der Broek, Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge), Borislav Mitic, Vivien Lalu, Alex Argento (Orianthi), Mikkel Henderson (Fate, Evil Masquerade, Circus Mind), Saska Jankovic, Milos Kovacevic, Torsten Rohere (Silent Force), Santiago Dobles (Aghora)…. More and new ones are going to be announced for the new upcoming work, as well! Some of the world finest performers have been blended, and Expedition Delta is the result. EstWind is a Slovenian heavy metal band formed in 2010 from members of ex band Soldiers of Afghanistan, Woliwo and Keller. Their music could not be easily defined as classic old-school heavy metal because of more progressive experimentations and inclusions of some thrashing riffs.

Their debut album Out of Control is out now via Dallas Records

Bluerose; They have released 2 albums so far: Fallen From Heaven, their very first AOR album, has been released first as an indie record and then re-published by Areasonica Records and Blue Tattoo Music. It has achieved numerous notable reviews from all the metal movement. Fallen from Heaven is a concept album which tells the story, through 10 tracks + 8 interludes, of an Angel named Bluerose, who has fallen on Earth, describing his emotions during this journey. The emotions felt are those of a human during his whole life. The second release, called Darkness and Light, is now available on digital stores and is produced by Areasonica Records and Bluerose, and distributed in all CD shops in Italy. It contains 8 new fresh and powerful tracks, alternating the Bluerose rock style with more metallish guitars and superb vocals. Rearth, is a prog/rock/metal band from Udine born from the brainchild of Fabio Tomasino (guitars) and Simone Paoloni (vocals).

The duo originally started to play into a thrash metal band; then decided to begin a more personal project mixing different musical genres. The main thought was to enhance the music with the emotions of the lyrics. In 2011 they released the first demo Pure and Simple. Self produced, registered, mixed and mastered by Fabio Tomasino (Artwork by Simone Paoloni) In 2013 it was time for their first album For My Dreams I Fall, self-produced, registered, mixed and mastered by Fabio Tomasino again.

Immediately the band established itself adding Jacopo Novello on bass, Sara Rainone on vocals, and Emanuele Stefanutti on drums

Warfare: The band was born in the early 2007 in Udine, from musicians coming several musical
experiences. In 2009 they released a first album: The Revenge, recorded by Riccardo Asquini at Saojo Studios. The Revenge gained great response from the audience, that allowed to the band to pursue an intense live activity in the following years, including a performance as opening act for Extrema. On December 2011, the band came back to the studio to record the 2nd chapter , an EP called Drops of Cold Flowing, recorded at the Golden room Studios by Giacomo Barboni. The EP represents Warfare style: the Neoclassical Groove metal, a groovy modern metal influenced by the melodies of classical music. In July 2014 the band , being the winner of the Up to Down contest, has been chosen as opening act for Down of Phil Anselmo in front of thousand people.

Also to be remembered, other truly interesting acts included in the line-up are: Stand of Mind, Novalisi, Chiara D’Andrea, PNG, Hadeon, Simply The Blues, Mazza, Paper Rose, Insane, Calibro Delirio, The Gentlemen, Elena Uliana, Elisabeth Scussolin, Giuseppe Innoncenti, Ibrahim Al Kail, Katiuscia Filipponee, Manuela Mancini, Manuela Moretto, Angela Bonin, Paolo Ziliotto, Renzo Ravagna, Rita Pierangelo, Roberto Lando, Rosachiara Carletto, Rosalba Cacciavillani, Vladimiro Lunardon, Wilfred, Tarcisio Pajer, Zabier Lan, Zabier Margarita, Zanetti Faber, Gruppo Artistico Indipendente

Can’t miss. Be there… It will be just SPECTACULAR!


Friday, May 15, 2015

LIGHTS' new music video for "Same Sea"


“Same Sea” as heard on the album Little Machines, is out now here



06.12.2015 Sarnia, Ontario Rustic TICKETS
06.14.2015 Brantford, Ontario WTFest TICKETS
06.15.2015 Windsor, Ontario Walkerville Theatre TICKETS
07.03.2015 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Jazz Festival TICKETS
07.16.2015 Quebec City, QuebecLe Festival d'été de Québec TICKETS
08.08.2015 Brighton, Colorado Adams County Fairgrounds TICKETS
08.10.2015 San Diego, California San Diego Civic Theatre w/ Lindsey Stirling TICKETS
08.12.2015 Tucson, Arizona Tucson Music Hall w/ Lindsey Stirling TICKETS
08.13.2015 Phoenix, Arizona Comerica Theatre w/ Lindsey Stirling TICKETS
08.15.2015 Santa Barbara, California Santa Barbara County Bowlw/ Lindsey Stirling TICKETS
08.17.2015 Los Angeles, California The Greek Theatrew/ Lindsey Stirling TICKETS
09.06.2015 Columbus, Ohio Fashion Meets Music Festival TICKETS

Friday, May 8, 2015

AlogiA The Serbian Rockers Return to Rock the Heavy Metal Firmament

For Immediate Release

A well known band in their home of Serbia, AlogiA is enjoying the worldwide that is helping them get even more exposure than they did before. Moving across the globe, AlogiA is taking the hearts of music lovers by surprise. Their style is power progressive metal and many fans around the world are tuning into their songs, enjoying what they're hearing, and looking for more. So, AlogiA is delivering in a brand new CD that is set to come out worldwide in 2015. On top of that, AlogiA is releasing all of their old CDs and English in hopes to find a bigger audience from around the world, and it's working. Song by song, they are garnering more fans that had never heard of them until recently.

Formed in 2000 by Serbian brothers Miroslaw and Srđan Branković, AlogiA started off as just two brothers playing around on guitars. Now, the band features Nikola Mijić on vocals, Vladimir Đedović on the keyboard, Vladimir Ranisavljević on bass guitar and Srđan Golubica drums. With the additional band members, the music grew as well. They now have a solid sound that has made them popular around Serbia and now around the world. Though they are relatively unheard of in the smaller places in North America, that will soon change. Their CDs are quite quickly becoming popular and well loved in many households.

Part of their new fame is due to the fact that they have gotten much exposure by opening for bands such as Whitesnake, Apocalyptica and Savatage, all of which are popular names that we all know and love. Though AlogiA still has quite a ways to go in order to match up to these world renowned bands there quickly making a name for themselves by opening for many bands such as the ones listed above as well as other big shows and headliners. In opening for these bands, their own music and band has gotten plenty of attention from all kinds of media, including TV and radio. A lot of these outlets have invited them to play on the air and on screen, helping them gain more followers and more exposure which has led them to become the well-known name that they are now. Other appearances include festivals such as Exit Hendrix fast and Hard n' Heavy, all of which have large audiences everywhere.

Though, AlogiA has had 15 years of experience and success since their beginning in 2000, they did not start making a name for themselves until about 11 years ago, though the four years before that were very important to helping them develop the sound that is famous today. 11 years ago they signed onto the very important label that has helped them become the superstars there are today. After that they were quickly broadcasted on shows such as the ones listed above. It's safe to say that this very important label help them gain the success and respect that they have as musicians today.

Their new album, Elegia Balcanica is available in Serbia now, and will be available worldwide in 2015. This band is full of hard looking musicians that know their stuff. Though it could be our argued that they are just like any other rock band, when you listen to their music you can see the individual flavor that their different culture has provided. This music has a different kind of sound to it that makes it unique, interesting and very different from anything that we've heard on our side of the ocean. It's easy to see how they got a good reception by opening for these other big name bands: their music is similar enough to be comforting to those who come to see the big names, but is unique enough to for the audience to remember it after the show. This would mean that they would be more likely to buy CDs and other paraphernalia that would help them get their name further across to the general public.

There are many well voiced people in the world that'll argue that music is all sounding the same these days with the same big names making the same big records with the same labels. AlogiA is helping break that trend with their different sound from a different culture. For the same reason that we don't like to think about other cultural problems, we don't intend to take into consideration the music for different places. It's nice to see that this awesome one-of-a-kind band is making a name for themselves just simply by being that good.

No one can argue that part of their success is due to excellent advertising by their labels, however it's nice to see that they've also made a name for themselves simply due to the fact that they are talented musicians that stick to their own guns and follow their own dreams on what their music should sound like.

On their most recent CD the band members talk about how the Balkan themes and taste makes their sound more unique and authentic. Their hopes are that their loyal audience members and fans will enjoy this new touch while still recognizing the general theme that they have put forward this far. This new theme is also a great idea for getting new fans who have not heard of them thus far, but will be converted into loyal fans once they have heard this new CD.

All of their songs including their newest are available to be listened to online. You can find all of their CDs and information at your most popular music stores both online and in-store. It is refreshing to hear that a band like AlogiA is doing so great in a world that is so self centered and focused on what day can offer instead of what other cultures can offer us instead. With their success thus far, there's no doubt that this band will continue to do great things in the future with all of their Talent which they have been gifted.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Butterflies of Bill Baker, winner of Best Narrative at Manhattan Film Festival, releasing May 8th on VOD and DVD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Butterflies of Bill Baker, winner of Best Narrative at Manhattan
Film Festival, releasing May 8th on VOD and DVD

Los Angeles, CA – May 6, 2015 – A new psychological drama, Butterflies of Bill Baker, starring Tony-nominee Will Chase (Nashville), Marin Hinkle (Madame Secretary), Sterling Jerins (The Conjuring, World War Z) and Zuzanna Szadkowski (Gossip Girl, Girls) is releasing May 8th on DVD and VOD, including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Produced by I Laugh I Cry Films, the film has been picked up by Running Bear Media for US distribution after a strong festival run.

Winner of Best Narrative at the Manhattan Film Festival, the film follows Bill Baker, a kind, sensitive and content man who enjoys life's simple pleasures such as tilling his garden and admiring butterflies. Bill’s seemingly fulfilled life is disrupted by Pavornocturnus, a night terror disorder that can only be relieved with a unique, dangerous and mind-altering technology. After a meteoric rise from guest spot to star as Luke Wheeler on Nashville, Butterflies of Bill Baker is Will Chase’s first lead role in a feature film. “Sania (director) and Reema (producer) really assembled a great cast. And this is the first time I’ve been in a movie where I’ve literally been in every scene, so you really get to know the crew, as well. As far as Indie films go it was so professionally done and shot so beautifully,” says Chase.

This marks the first feature film from the duo of Indian-born writer and director Sania Jhankar and producer Reema Dutt, both NYU alums. Founders of I Laugh I Cry Films, Jhankar and Dutt are paving the way for female filmmakers who are emerging in the indie space. They have several other features in development with the goal of creating original films that educate, inspire and share stories across cultures. Jhankar is looking forward to seeing the team's effort come to fruition. She says, "We faced a lot of challenges, but in the end, you see a beautiful story unfold through the outstanding performances of our cast and the great dedication of our crew. I think such dynamics really elevate indie films and we’re overjoyed to be able to release the it." Watch Butterflies of Bill Baker on May 8th. Check out the DVD for special bonus features like behind-the-scene cast interviews and a full director’s commentary.

About Running Bear Media - Running Bear Media is a contemporary distribution company focusing on the second half of the script to screen spectrum by shepherding and marketing projects from the time they have completed production to their exposure throughout the marketplace.

Contact: Isaac Marble Sales and Acquisitions, Running Bear Media (323) 484-6577


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Award-Winning Glitter Rose offers Sponsorship Packages for Dallas International Guitar Festival

Outlaw Southern Rocker, Music Producer and Lefty Female Guitarist Glitter Rose performs for the 7th consecutive year at the Dallas International Guitar Festival and seeks fresh companies interested in sponsoring her performance.

Glitter Rose live at House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA

April 28, 2015 - DALLAS, TX -- The respectfully ostentatious Outlaw Southern Rocker herself, Glitter Rose, has been chosen yet again to perform at the largest guitar festival in the world, the 38th Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival. Glitter Rose, also known as GR, has been a hot commodity with DIGF for the past 7 years, being one of the show’s most anticipated independent artists and female guitarists. With her 12 endorsement deals, including Gibson Brands, Orange Amplifiers, Telefunken Elektroakustik, and Fishman Acoustic to name a few, her presence at the show is large. Originally from Ft. Worth, TX, DIGF is quite the homecoming for GR each year.

GR is now based in Los Angeles, CA where she is currently in production of her new album “Outlaw In Love”, and developing young alternative and pop artists to produce in the Summer and Fall months. Her calendar this year has been steady with traveling dates, including Santa Rosa, CA for an appearance with music legends Stu Hamm, Mitch Forman, and Kim SeHwang for EMG TV, a headlining spot at the Modesto Unplugged Music Festival, and an upcoming appearance on Chicago Acoustic Underground while attending the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, in support of the feature film American Girl, which GR wrote and performed the title track, made a cameo in the film and was an associate producer. Dallas will be her destination in May 2015 for the 38th Annual DIGF and sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses interested.

DIGF hosts over 50,000 attendees in the 3 day festival of guitar heaven. Vendors like Gibson Brands, Fender, Gretch Guitars, Marshall Amplification, Guitar Center, Blackstar, VOX, Dean Guitars, SKB, Taylor Guitars, and more gather with their best products, and guitar enthusiasts get the opportunity to mingle and hang with some of music’s most legendary guitarists, including George Lynch, Gary Hoey, Rick Derringer, Johnny Highland and past shows have hosted headliners like Ted Nugent and Johnny Winter. DIGF is one of the largest trade shows of the year in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and receives a massive amount of press coverage in radio, television, and print.

GR is offering some very attractive sponsorship packages for companies that would like to support her and her band’s performance and travel for the 38th Annual DIGF. The packages go beyond being seen at the festival, and can offer as much as a full year of visibility on GR also offers video promotion, newsletter hyperlinks, and more. To get involved, and sponsor this highly anticipated act at this year’s event, go to

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Saturday, April 18, 2015


PSYCHOBILLY TAROT is guessed it, a tarot deck of custom made cards to make up the Major Arcana. Major Arcana is a full suit of 22 cards, which is made up of 22 trump cards and 4 aces, with original illustrations featuring psychobilly themes. This is standard deck for tarot readers. Not only is this Psychobilly Tarot cards created for readers, but for Rockabilly collectors and enthusiasts.

The artist that created the concept, Michael W. Hallberg was commissioned to illustrate the designs for the artwork. In addition to the Psychobilly Tarot cards, there are matching t-shirt designs, concepts for various merchandise, so people can own different kinds of Psychobilly Tarot

Right now, Psychobilly Tarot is in need of funding to finish the project, so they will be opening a Kickstarter to raise the remaining funds to complete the remaining 9 designs and go to print.


Michael W. Hallberg is 28 years professional experience in illustration, screen printing, photography, motion picture, print and design. Clients include NASA, Disney, NASCAR, NHRA, Budweiser, The US Gov & Military, a billion shirts for Ron Jons Surf Shop, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, House of Blues, shirt designs for Grave Digger (because monster trucks RULE!) Aerosmith, Graceland, Prince and a slew of bands across America.

In his own words- "I got into art sideways, no schooling. An aunt of mine whom I thought was cool drew horses and liked The Rolling Stones & Johnny Cash. That was enough to set me on the path. Then I got good enough that chicks dug my work and people handed over cash.

Done, career path established.

From there on out, the artist Robert Williams kind of was my guiding light philosophically: “Take Mescaline and learn to draw eyeballs & skulls…”.

Pepper that with being a 3rd generation worker at Kennedy Space Center, where I got the technical side in photography and visualization down, and I developed a desire to communicate (with mostly eyeballs, spaceships & skulls…). I turned my creative eye loose on highly, engineering oriented stuff, the best of

Interview with Michael W. Hallberg

All Indie: How did you come up with the Rockabilly art concepts? Were the designed 100 percent your idea or was this part of Kurt Wenz idea?

Michael: Kurt had the concept of a Psychobilly, monster, 50’s Sci-Fi tarot mashup that had to work as t-shirts and cards and it took me a while to figure out how to make that work visually. It’s not a clear design path so to make it cohesive and still feel like all the things required was the primary style struggle, gladly, I think I hit all the marks visually for Kurt’s concept.

All Indie: It seems that illustrating for t-shirt designs is your specialty. Is this the first time your illustrations will be used for cards?

Michael: Actually no, I do a lot of work for various government and education groups (I spent 5 years creating training at Kennedy Space Center so training has been another big aspect of my work over the last 25 years.)

I was involved in a project a few years ago for UCF and the US Army to design an overall layout and backing for training cards for US Army Combat Medics, they’re playing cards but also have training techniques that could be used as a separate game from traditional cards and set up field medic scenarios, it was a cool project, I also did the card back for the USMC Combat Hunters.

First time for tarot cards however.

All Indie: Some of the designs are incredible and have awesome detail, especially "The Lovers" design (which is my favorite). How did these concepts come to mind?

Michael: I’m not a traditional illustrator as my hand drawing skills have always been so-so and I never took to it but that never stopped me from wanting to do art and I ended up doing a lot of band flyers in the 80’s and 90’s, old school, cut and paste Xerox and tape. That collage style kind of creates limitations you have to work around, what images are available, what you have to try and say style wise, I like a kind of busy, layered, textured look but still holding onto that gritty copy machine, paste up feel so you have to balance all these elements and fill all the space but not distract.

Mostly the concepts fall into place after I go searching for ‘how’ to make the design, I usually have a vague idea but they design themselves after you get the pieces and see what’ll work together, that’s part of the fun for me, it’s kind of art chaos, the opposite of, ‘mastery’, I guess, I’m only kind of in control of the design, I like it that way, we duke it out.

All Indie: Some of the detail is so realistic that it appears as if you've drawn over real photos.

Michael: Back to the, ‘where the designs come from’, question, there’s a lot of overdraw but a lot of keeping it loose to the source materiel, I like that element of colliding styles and textures making a unified whole and will usually only overdraw to make a unified texture for the finished piece, kind of like the old masters varnish, I had a painter friend who said, ‘doesn’t matter what I make as long as the varnish goes on last and ties it all together’, there’s some truth to that.

All Indie: You have an impeccable resume. You've been commissioned to work some of the greatest music artists of all time like Areosmith, Neil Young, BB King, and many more. Who would you say was your favorite client and why?

Michael: I’d have to say my favorite client’s been Kurt, he likes running amok with the art, he pays and he’s a cool guy, after that, I did a bunch of designs for this whacky Christian company (ironic since I’m an atheist but hey, those guys have got some good art!)

He was an MMA trainer and former pro football player who decided he wanted to do like a religious version of, “Tap Out’ and ‘Affliction’ style shirts, kind of a tough guy, we beat you up for Jesus thing, it was another whackAmole mash up of concepts, he’d call at 3am with crazy ideas that should never, ever be made into t-shirts and somehow we’d make them work, giant gold chains with $100 bills and money symbolism all over with a bible verse condemning money, a giant champion belt printed at the waist line of a shirt with gold leaf, never print giant designs with gold leaf at the stomach level of a shirt, you make everybody look like a Star Bellied Sneetch.

The rock and roll stuff was all corporate and we had minimal input from the artists which was a drag but Steven Tyler & Joe Perry made it known they where pleased with my designs, I thought that was cool.

All Indie: What do you particularly like about the Psychobilly Tarot project?

Michael: It’s like pop culture Tetris, it’s really challenging to make the concept stay together and not fall apart into complete mayhem, it’s always a fun puzzle, I’d always wanted to do some sort of tarot something and this has really been the perfect way to do it, I love t-shirt art and all the elements in the concept so it made sense.

All Indie: If you don't mind me asking, what are some of the ideas that you have about the remaining 9 designs?

Michael: Stranger and more obscure, I like adding a lot of inside jokes/info into the designs so they work for a lot of people at a lot of levels, tarot people, Psychobilly, music, movie buffs, nerds and weirdos, something for everybody in a lunatic niche’.

All Indie: When do you anticipate a launch of the new Psychobilly Tarot products?

Michael: Please speak to our evil overlord Kurt, I just make the pretty pictures ;)

All Indie: For the official launch party, are you going to be in attendance to sign autographs and be apart of the fun?

Michael: If there are Mai Tai’s, pinup girls and those little pig in a blanket things, all to a Reverend Horton Heat soundtrack, absolutely, if not, yeah, still likely…

Find out more about Psychobilly Tarot:
Official Website:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thurrock Film Festival introduces MMBF Under 18's Award

Thurrock International Film Festival will introduce the MMBF Under 18's Award at their festival this
 year. 2015's TIFF will take place between 9th-11th of October.

April 9, 2015 - Grays, Essex -- Announcing the award a spokesperson for international charity MMBF told us 'We are glad to announce our partnership with Thurrock International Film Festival, and we hope that through working with them we will be able to reach more young filmmakers and hard to reach aspiring actors'

MMBF Trust has been behind numerous projects worldwide to benefit and empower filmmakers, their most prominent being the 'MMBF Rising Star Award'. The private foundation was formed to tackle hardship for aspiring actors and filmmakers and it does so through grants and scholarships and by partnering with top industry organisations.

The MMBF (Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund) is a UK based international charity that supports filmmakers worldwide through training grants and bursaries, funding for first time filmmakers and provides sponsorship for film related events such as film festivals and film award ceremonies. The Trust was launched and is funded by 22year old film executive and philanthropist Matthew C. Martino.

Benjamin & Natalie Scarsbrook from TIFF said in a statement “We are thrilled to be partnering with the MMBF Trust. One of the key aims of the Thurrock International Film Festival is to provide opportunities for young filmmakers and to enhance their working knowledge of film. We believe that this partnership can only be a good thing for the young filmmakers of the area and indeed across the UK.”

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Exileration: An Experimental Documentary by Sabe Lewellyn

Over the past two years Sabe Lewellyn has created, conducted performances, and endurance challenges that explore time and beauty.​ Mo​re specifically he is interested in qualitative concepts​o​f boarders, transit, as well as more esoteric ideas like scapegoating, sin­eating,and soul­food.

Right now, Sabe is traveling to the U.S. National sea shore in the Gulf of Mexico to create art and draw its natural surroundings. To make this possible Sabe has created a Kickstarter to help fund his adventure. Money raised for this project will fund the camera and sound equipment to document his trip.


This project is a three part piece: the planning of the trip, the exile, and the creation of this film and other work for exhibit. This location has been under much stress by human hazards in recent years, such as the BP oil spill and the US Army Mustard Gas contamination. One of my goals is increasing the urgency and understanding of the fragile place we put ourselves in by neglecting our impact on the world.


Horn Island is an island within the Gulf Island National Seashore, that is only reachable by boat, and one of the barrier islands off the coast of Mississippi and Alabama. Getting to the island will require that I hire a private ferry. And I will live on the park in primitive camping conditions.


The bulk of the expense is simply to cover the camera and sound equipment needed. But also factored in is boat prototyping materials and the supplies I will need to survive: tent, which I'm also designing, and food.

Here is a my pack list of supplies:
  • Tent
  • First Aid kit
  • Back pack
  • Bedding
  • Sunscreen, chapstick, nose sunblock, aloe vera
  • Insect repellent spray
  • Pancho, umbrella
  • Sea suds
  • Flash light
  • Personal canteen–––Camp Water Jug 21 gallons
  • Shovel
  • Eating utensils
  • Garbage bags (medium kitchen), light rope, Duck Tape 
The bulk of this Funds will actually be for:
  • Several Camera (probably Gopro)
  • Sound Equipement
  • Solar Charger
  • Gimbal (steady cam)
  • Drone

From 1943 to 1945, Horn Island was closed to all public access and activity for use as a biological weapons testing site by the U.S. Army.

Asbestos materials have been identified around old concrete foundations on the north side of Horn Island known as The Chimney, which was operated from late 1943 to 1944 by the Department of War to test biological toxins.

In addition, mustard gas residue has been detected in the sand nearby, Brown said.

In all, National Park Service officials are permanently closing 30 acres to the public and park rangers. This area also includes the Big Lagoon.

"There is literature that suggests mustard containers were brought into the water. That was a prudent way to store mustard gas at the time because it doesn't mix with water," said Cmdr. Brian L. Cook, environmental and sustainability manager with the Public Health Service, National Park Service, out of the Atlanta, Ga., office.

While asbestos has shown to be a cancer causing agent, mustard gas is a blistering agent that attacks the eyes and respiratory systems, Cook said.

The military is in the process of destroying any reserves of the chemical, he said.


October 2012 Sabe went without sleep for 40 hours. During 24 hours, 17:00 day 1 to 17:00 the next day, he was confined to an area where he constantly created artwork. The preoccupations during his career are questioning qualities focusing primarily on beauty and time. Often his installations are a collection of recycled and found objects that are collaged with cast acrylic paint. Using these he constructs a composition inspired from the everyday experiences from walking through the urban environment of Seattle as well as his more extreme performances. Sabe has exhibited throughout the USA, as well as Berlin, and London. His work will be on exhibit in “New York Now!” in NYC during the Frieze Art Fair.

Go to the KICKSTARTER at

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fastest Rising Artist, Walla's new single "101" debuts on Spotify with over 1.2 million listens

Walla - Photo by Jody Fine
3-time award winner, Walla releases their latest single, "101" on January 20. Walla’s new single debuts on Spotify’s Top 10 New Music List with over 1.2 million plays inside of four weeks and listed as the “Fastest Rising Artist" on

February 18, 2015 - Los Angeles, Calif - Not since the release of their hit single "Nature" in 2013 has their been such a "buzz" for a single release. "101" can be heard on several radio stations like KROQ 106.7 FM, WLSO 90.1 FM, 92.7 BIG FM, KGUP 1065 FM, and several college radio stations including CSUF, USC, and many more!

On Monday, February 23, Walla will perform at FREE show at The Mint in Los Angeles, CA for Hot
Tub Johnnie’s HunnyPot. Doors open at 7pm and event goes on until 1:30am. This is an All Ages event. Performances include John Anderson, Billy Gottlieb, Mark Foley, Ryworlf, Ireesh Lal, Hollywood Jane Review (Burlesque show), An0maly, and Hunnypot Dance Party.

6010 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

About Walla:
Formed out of different times, places, and hardships. By random chance, these 5 individuals found each other through digital means and a common love for inventing new wavelengths.

Listeners describe WALLA as Alternative, Indie pop, synth-based, retro-influenced, indie rock, or something along those lines. Their credentials range from 2 members being graduates from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, touring in Europe, scoring big band arrangements, and playing sold out concerts and festivals. All members have a background from a different part of the globe (Mexico/El Salvador, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil, Korea) which is advantageous in influencing their songs, but also disadvantageous because of student visa issues. Nevertheless WALLA continued to press on and eventually ranked #1 on, #6 on FMQB Radio Charts, landed press from Billboard, MTV to USA Today and Nylon Magazine. They were also invited to share the stage with one of the members of Depeche mode, worked with Grammy winning producers, and "zoned" out to a collaborative sound through multiple mediums from radio to the more obscure. "But still our goal since conception has never changed: to keep doing music out of a passion and pure love for it. The longer we can do it, the better, and the more people who can help and support our journey, the more we keep going."

In 2013, WALLA won their first accolade for Best Indie Rock Artist at the 2nd Annual Artists In Music Awards, then repeated during the 3rd annual and took home two more awards including Best Alternative Artist at Universal City, CA on February 7th, 2014. WALLA looks to repeat for 3rd year in a row at Season IV of the Artists In Music Awards in 2015.

Picasso once said "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Despite legal, economical, and financial challenges, WALLA continues to face that problem head on, going face first into the mysteriously inconceivable abyss. "Just like our songs, we never know where WALLA will take us next and we admit, we like it that way."

Jonathan Hoonch Kim - Guitar/Lead Vocals
Gabriel Nava Rodrigues - Synths/Backing Vocals
Ian Charlie - Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Mauricio "Moebeats" Carcamo - Bass
Alessio Balsemin - Drums

2015 - The Kids Are Alright (March 10, 2015)
2014 - Gangsters of Suburbia EP
2013 - Nature EP
2012 - Animal of Love EP

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Album Review: Turning Points by Oren Yaacoby

There seem to be very few musicians that can truly be said to defy genre boundaries, and the ones that do are often, for better or for worse, labeled as “session musicians”, a term that is, sadly, all too often taken to mean someone lacking in musical personality or vision. Oren Yaacoby is perhaps the very definition of someone who proves how misguided this attitude is, and his debut album, Turning Points, is a case in point.

 A quick online search reveals that Oren has an incredibly rich and versatile background. When first perusing the internet to hear more of this incredible artist's work, I had to double check that all the mentions of “Oren Yaacoby” where in fact talking of the same person. On the one had, his work has included playing lead guitar for the by-now-legendary Missing in Action, an Israeli Metal-Core band that came into prominence with their first performance at the 2010 Wacken Open Air Festival, alongside Slayer and Iron Maiden. Yet he has also played in a huge variety of other settings, including The Paintbrush Orchestra (a free jazz influenced Soundpainting ensemble based out of Boston), and recording for several major T.V series and movies (most notably CBS's The Crazy Ones and Fox's Enlisted), as well as a myriad of other jazz ensembles.

Yet perhaps whats most amazing about Oren's playing in all of these different settings is that he does what so few manage to do – to play in manner that is faithful and true to a genre, while always maintaining that honest personal tinge that makes a performance truly great. Nothing I have heard from his vast catalog has in any shape of form felt disingenuous or forced, yet it has all managed to sound like the same person is playing with the same level of care and craftsmanship. That is truly no small feat and the mark of a true artist.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Oren Yaacoby's debut album, Turning Points, hardly feels like a debut album at all. Rather, what we are hearing here is a fully formed, mature artist at his finest. The five tracks all feel like the work of a veteran songwriter, and every aspect of this album, be it the lyrics, the incredible showmanship of guitar technicality (more on that later), or the refined production, hints at an magnum opus that will hold up after many repeated listens. The opening track, “The Alchemist” is a beautiful and personal ode to the craft of music itself, and sets a reverent mood for the entire album, which remains strong even through moments of intense energy and complex guitar lines, such as the almost progressive “Truth on the Outside”, a teeth-grinding, keeps-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat tour de force. Also worthy of note is Oren's vocal work, which is strong and poignant through-out.

I would be amiss to write anything about Turning Points or any of Oren Yaacoby' work without
mentioning the incredible level of technical guitar mastery. And while that is usually hardly something worth mentioning in an album review, in this case, it feels like a beautiful and integral part of the music itself. Rather than feeling like a stale display of technic, as can often happen when one reaches this level of familiarity with an instrument, one gets the feeling that we are hearing an artist push himself to the limit of what he can do, trying to find something new and beautiful. The incredibly fast, complex and clean guitar work on the album is absolutely flooring, but somehow manages to always remain exciting and musically relevant.

This is one album that is not to be missed, certainly one of the freshest and most exciting releases to come out this year. I know I will be talking about it to pretty much everyone I know, and I wouldn't be surprised if very soon you will be too.

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