While employed with a government contractor at the time, I had excellent experience in health care with Kaiser Permanente. Having lost that job at the end of February 2013 and started a new on in August of that year, I was without health coverage and ineligible for it through work until November 2013.
By that time, the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was in effect. I visited healthcare.gov and I compared rates and discovered that I could get better coverage through healthcare.gov at a better rate than work offered, and I could have it through Kaiser Permanente again.
I signed up and it went into effect on January 1. It took a little time for me to get the message to select a primary care physician, but I did. I wasn't sure of the name of my previous physician, so I selected one based on the limited information I had available.
Now, being diabetic and without health care for that long, my prescription, which I'd already rationed, ran out. When I got the notice to come in and do bloodwork, I wasn't expecting the best results, and I got what I expected.
What I didn't expect was that the first non-automated message from my doctor would be this:
You recent labs indicate the diabetes and cholesterol are not controlled.
Please schedule an office appointment to discuss further.
That I found incredibly rude. There was no effort to talk with me, meet me, learn about me and my situation, just harshness. Had the message read something like: "Hello, the results from your recent bloodwork show that your diabetes is not improving and your cholesterol is also high (because I was on the underside of the border previously). I'd like to take some time to talk with you about this. Please schedule an appointment soon.", I wouldn't be having the reaction I am.
I intend to schedule an appointment, but likely with another physician. If you can't put the effort into getting to know me, I don't expect you to be able to treat me.
The newest adorable addition to the Dallas Zoo is a chimpanzee baby born Jan. 26, the second for mother Ramona.
“We have a healthy, vibrant troop of chimpanzees that continues to grow here at the Dallas Zoo,” said Keith Zdrojewski, mammal curator. “And Ramona is taking exceptionally good care of the new baby, as she did with Kona in 2009.”
The baby won’t be named until its sex can be determined. It appears to be healthy, but the zoo’s veterinary team will wait until mom and baby have more time to bond before they administer routine health exams. For the next two to three years, the baby will be completely dependent on its mother for care. Starting today, guests may see Ramona carrying the baby in the Kimberly-Clark Chimpanzee Forest (weather permitting) until it begins to start moving about on its own. Zoo staff and volunteers will observe the troop daily to ensure the baby is nursing and meeting appropriate development milestones.
Learn more below the fold...
Zookeepers and veterinarians closely followed Ramona, 26, during her 32-week gestation, even administering regular ultrasound exams. Thanks to training from her keepers designed to allow for less stressful medical exams, Ramona sat calmly for the tests, encouraged by grape juice and peanuts.
“This new addition is a great success for the troop and our zoo,” said Lynn Kramer, D.V.M., vice president of animal operations and welfare at the Dallas Zoo. “Kona has been an integral part of the troop, as this new baby will be. Ramona is a strong, vibrant chimp, and she’s proven to be an excellent mother and a key member of our chimpanzee social structure.”
Strong chimpanzee troops consist of a complex, social environment that includes animals of all ages. The Dallas Zoo’s large, stable troop consists of four males and four females, in addition to newborn. Their ages range up to the oldest, BonBon, who is in her mid 50s.
“This newborn will start its life with older brother Kona, who is now 4 years old,” Zdrojewski said. Kona has been a guest favorite since his birth, swinging from trees, rolling down hills and demanding attention from his elders.
The zoo’s Kimberly-Clark Chimpanzee Forest is a 19,000-square-foot habitat that features a waterfall and stream, climbing structures, trees, rocks and more than 40 kinds of edible plants. The chimpanzees have an additional 3,000 square feet of indoor, off-exhibit living space with common rooms, bedrooms and drinking fountains. Viewing is available from three perspectives: the Monorail Safari ride; an open area where chimpanzees and visitors are separated only by a deep moat; and a glass-paneled area that allows face-to-face observation.
Many of you will have seen the stories of a dying 7-year-old whose parents are seeking compassionate use access to a drug being developed by Chimerix. It's hard reading for a parent, or for anyone.
But I can do no better than echo John Carroll's editorial here What it comes down to, as far as I can see, is that a company this size will go bankrupt if it tries to deal with all these requests. So under the current system, we have a choice: let small companies try to discover drugs like this, without granting access, or wipe them out by making them grant it. Even for large companies, it's rough, as I wrote about here. I don't have a good solution.
Two real estate veterans have started World Housing, an organization that builds a home in the slums of Cambodia for every corresponding condo in the West. Funded by developers, the money comes from their marketing budgets for luxury condos to subsidize the homes. In return, they can brand their developments as certified World Housing communities.
I'm just so glad this day has finally come, and we get to celebrate tonight!
Will you be joining us? I hope you can come! Wylla's getting a bath today, so she'll be extra floofy and adorable this eve. You won't want to miss that!
It's not to late to RSVP if you plan to attend. And if you will be joining us, we'll be collecting donations for our shelter's Emergency Pet Food Bank, so please bring a can or bag of cat food (or two)! Full party details HERE.
We wish you could all be there, but I know that's not a reality, so we'll take lots of photos to share with those of you who are only able to join us in spirit.
We've had a pretty long stretch of gray days, but today the sky is clear and bright. We've got happy cats taking baths and naps in sunbeams this morning, and life is good.
You might not like this idea if you're not keen on disturbing your sleep, but it's something to try if you're stuck on a problem or need to generate better ideas. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier than normal and, in that groggy, beary-eyed state, write down your thoughts.
“We’re all in the process — and Warner Bros is in the center of it — of figuring out how to license and expose programming” over multiple platforms, the Time Warner CEO says. “The economics have to adjust.” But Jeff Bewkes told the Deutsche Bank Annual Media, Internet & Telecom Conference that he expects little or no cannibalization as TV shows move from networks to cable VOD and online services including Netflix, as well as traditional syndication. “Your interest may go up, not down. We’ve seen a lot of that at HBO….There’s a lot of repeat viewing.” Some analysts are beginning to wonder whether services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime — which thrive from their ability to show TV reruns — might suffer as programmers let cable companies offer episodes almost immediately after they first air on ad-supported VOD where fast-forwarding is disabled. But Bewkes says that TV viewing “will go up dramatically because there’ll be more opportunities for you to see it.…TV will become more accessible and you’ll still have your [online subscription VOD] backup service. It’s like a sandwich. Eat it while it’s hot.”
Like other media execs appearing at the investor confab, Bewkes appeared unruffled by Comcast’s $45.2B plan to buy Time Warner Cable. “In the short run we don’t think there’ll be much change in our situation…In the long run there are some questions about changes in competition that we’ll look at and the government will look at.” He adds that his company hasn’t decided whether it will change its name — a question raised as Time Warner plans to sell Time Inc, and to avoid confusion with TWC. “It would be good if those Time Warner Cable trucks didn’t say Time Warner,” Bewkes says. “People are calling me.”
The Time Warner chief says that he’s not “philosophically opposed” to the advent of services that offer pay TV channels via the Internet. While he wonders whether service providers have the capacity to handle so much video streaming, he adds that he’s “open to do it as long as it’s additive.” He’s skeptical, though, that a service would work if it offers fewer channels than cable or satellite companies do but at a lower price. When distributors have tried them “consumers don’t elect to have them very often.”
While Bewkes mostly focused on TV, the main source of his company’s revenues, he says he expects to see growth at Warner Bros. Unlike most movie studios, “we haven’t had a volatile business as Warner Bros and we’ve been the biggest studio company in terms of revenue for the last 5 to 10 years.” He attributes that to the fact that the studio “operates with more tentpoles per year and more scale” than its rivals. And it’s a powerhouse in TV production with 32 shows across the four top broadcast networks. So there’s “a very strong demand situation, and therefore profitability, for the studio….So far, so good. Right?”
Marble countertops are huge right now, because they are divinely beautiful and will take your breath away. We often see marble (or at least light marbles like Calacatta and Carrara) installed in a nearly or completely all-white kitchen, where it has a certain luxurious radiance. But what about marble in a black kitchen? Now you've got something really interesting.
A US Court, at the behest of movie studios, has ordered the shutdown of domains related to DVDFab, one of our favorite DVD and Blu-ray ripping tools
In general, one commit on Github equals one point in the "Changes" column, but fractional points are awarded for collaborative efforts — the most common example being a new S2 theme, where usually half credit is awarded to the theme author and the other half to the person who converts the theme into a code patch. Due to the nature of development, some changes are massive contributions of new code, and others are tiny tweaks; there is no correlation with the amount of effort involved. We are grateful to everyone who helps to improve Dreamwidth, in ways large or small.
I last compiled this list at the beginning of October. Since that time, we have welcomed forests_of_fire as a new contributor! Congratulations and thank you again!
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The CW and Warner Bros TV have been teasing fans about the network’s pilot The Flash, based on the DC Comics superhero and now in production. Two weeks ago came Grant Gustin’s headshot as his character’s alter ego Barry Allen. Now comes the full look at the suit, which surely will lead to all kinds of discussions among the fanboy set. Let’s see if that chatter leans positive for the duds designed by Oscar winner Colleen Atwood or whether it careens in the Adrianne Palicki-David E Kelley-Wonder Woman direction. Remember when the first image from that ultimately scrapped NBC pilot was released? Fanboys can be so cruel. So how does this one fit?
LOS ANGELES (March 11, 2014) – SAG Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams today announced the key dates for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, including dates for nominating committee selection, award submissions, the nominations announcement and media credentialing. Celebrating the outstanding performances in film and primetime television of 2014, the Screen Actors Guild Awards will be presented in a live simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT).
Nominating Committees Selection: The SAG Awards’ separate film and television nominating committees are randomly selected anew each year. SAG-AFTRA members from around the country who have not served on the same nominating committee in the past eight years, who are actor/performers, singers, dancers or stunt performers and who have paid their November 2013 membership dues by February 27, 2014, will be eligible to serve on one of this year’s committees. Each committee is comprised of 2,200 SAG-AFTRA members. This year’s committees will be drawn on Friday, March 14, 2014.
Submissions for nomination consideration for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will open on Monday, July 7, 2014, at sagawards.org/submissions. With the actor’s permission, producers, studios/networks, agents, managers, or publicists may submit a performance from 2014 for consideration in a category of the actor’s choosing. Actors may also submit their own performances. Submissions may only be made online, in keeping with a commitment to environmentally sound practices that has earned the SAG Awards the Environmental Media Association (EMA)’s Green Seal for five consecutive years as well as EMA’s prestigious Green Production Award in 2013.
Nominations for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, carried live on TNT, sagawards.tntdrama.com and tbs.com, Once nominees are selected, all active members of SAG-AFTRA living in the United States may cast votes to determine who will receive the coveted Actor® statuettes for this year’s outstanding performances.
Credential applications for the nominations announcement open for media and publicists on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 at sagawards.org.
Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present ensemble and cast awards.
Upcoming key deadlines and events leading to the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are:
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
Deadline for SAG-AFTRA Members to Pay November 2013 Dues to be Eligible for SAG Awards Nominating Committee Selection
Friday, March 14, 2014
Nominating Committees Drawn by Random Sample
Monday, March 31, 2014
Notification of Selection Mailed to Nominating Committee Members
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Deadline for Selected Members to Opt-in to Serve on Nominating Committees
Monday, July 7, 2014
Submissions Open at sagawards.org/submissions
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Media Nomination Announcement and Ceremony Credential Applications Open at sagawards.org
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Open at sagawards.org
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Period to Request Paper Final Ballots in Lieu of Online Voting Begins
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Submissions Close at 5 p.m. PT at sagawards.org/submissions
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Media Nomination Announcement and Ceremony Credential Applications Close
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Close
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Nominations Ballots Mailed
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
Deadline for Paying November 2014 Dues and/or Changing Address with SAG-AFTRA to be Eligible for Final Balloting
Monday Dec. 8, 2014
Nomination Ballots Due at the Elections Firm by 12 Noon p.m. PT
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
Records Pulled for Final Balloting
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Nominations Announced at 6 a.m. PT
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Publicists Ceremony Credential Applications Open at sagawards.org
Monday, Dec. 16, 2014
Final Voting Information Mailed to Members
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Publicists Ceremony Credential Applications Close
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Final Day to Request Paper Final Ballots in Lieu of Online Voting
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Final Votes Must be Cast Online or Ballots Received by the Elections Firm by 12 Noon PT
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
BREAKING: Sony Pictures made a pre-emptive deal for Death Of A Heart, an in-progress book by Howard Blum, a true female -driven WWII spy story that is as much a character tale as a suspenseful espionage story. Mark Gordon producing. Hannah Minghella and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures along with Michele Wolkoff and Sara Smith for the Mark Gordon Company. Paradigm’s Bob Bookman brokered a deal I’m told the deal was mid six figures against nearly a million. The deal comes as Blum has two other book to movie adaptations in the works. Dark Invasion, a true WWI spy story about the birth of terrorism that was published by HarperCollins, is being adapted by Warner Bros with Bradley Cooper attached to star and produce with John Lesher. Taylor Sheridan has written the script. Blum’s book, The Floor Of Heaven, is being adapted by Chernin Entertainment and Fox, and they have a script by The Fighter‘s Scott Silver and are out to directors.
The recent uptick in serious movies based on true stories bodes well for a guy like Blum, who has long done well finding film friendly true stories. It has helped his book business as well. Here’s a trailer for Blum’s book that is being used as a book promo:
CBS is mounting its most aggressive summer schedule with four original scripted dramas and three nights of Big Brother. As the network announced in January, last summer’s breakout Under The Dome will return for a second season on June 30, airing in its old Monday 10 PM slot. The new sci-fi drama series from Under The Dome executive producer Steven Spielberg, Extant, was originally slated to debut two days later, on July 2. That has now been pushed back a week to July 9 so the new series starring Halle Berry can get a longer promo push of its own, after Under The Dome has already premiered, including ads in three more Big Brother originals. CBS’ summer reality staple is back in its old Wednesday-Thursday-Sunday airing pattern beginning June 25. For years, Big Brother had launched after July 4. CBS was happy with the results from last summer’s move of the premiere date two weeks earlier and is sticking with the same early rollout this year. The reality veteran will be used to launch two new drama series, Extant on Wednesday and Reckless on Sundays. The soapy legal drama, originally picked up for midseason, has been pushed to summer, premiering on June 29. CBS’ only midseason drama slot available was the undesirable Friday 8 PM, so the network opted for a summer run instead. Unforgettable, which aired in the post-Big Brother Sunday slot last year, will shift an hour to 10 PM this summer. It’s probably too early to read much into the CBS summer repeat schedule (Friends With Better Lives has not even premiered yet) but still, encouraging news for the network’s Monday comedy block as of next month, with 2 Broke Girls, Friends With Better Lives, Mike & Molly and Mom all listed, along with the certain-to-be-renewed Big Bang Theory and The Millers on Thursday.
Here’s the network’s summer schedule:
(Effective June 25)
8-9 PM – Big Brother (Wednesday Premiere)
9-10 PM – Criminal Minds
10-11 PM – CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
(Effective July 9)
8-9 PM – Big Brother
9-10 PM – Extant (Series Premiere)*
10-11 PM – Criminal Minds
(Effective June 26)
8-8:30 PM – The Big Bang Theory
8:30-9 PM – The Millers
9-10 PM – Big Brother (Thursday Premiere)
10-11 PM – Elementary
(Effective June 29)
7-8 PM – 60 Minutes
8-9 PM – Big Brother (Sunday Premiere)
9-10 PM – Reckless (Series Premiere)
10-11 PM – Unforgettable (Season 3 Premiere)
(Effective June 30)
8-8:30 PM – 2 Broke Girls
8:30-9 PM – Friends With Better Lives
9-9:30 PM – Mike & Molly
9:30-10 PM – Mom
10-11 PM – Under The Dome (Season 2 Premiere)
*New premiere date
New York, NY [March 11, 2014] The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced its lineup of 58 short films, 29 of which are world premieres. The selections were curated from 3,074 submissions. The 2014 program includes shorts from 16 countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
The shorts will be presented in 9 thematic programs —5 narrative, 3 documentary, and 1 experimental. Last year’s popular genre-specific program returns this year as “Totally Twisted” with some added unusual comedies. Here’s the full list of the short film selections within the nine programs is as follows:
AFTER WORDS – documentary program
These short documentaries are at times political, occasionally provocative, and always personal, reflecting the past and illuminating the present. Once a year, Duke Phillips and his crew of Colorado ranchers rounds up 2,000 wild buffalo as part of a unique conservation effort to preserve this endangered animal and the rich landscape it inhabits in Duke and the Buffalo. In a small Scottish town in 1974, factory workers refuse to carry out repairs on warplane engines as an act of solidarity against the violent military coup in Chile in Nae Pasaran. When young filmmaker Alexandra embeds surveillance cameras in her kitchen to capture a decade long affliction of unconscious nighttime eating episodes, her image of self is turned inside-out in Nocturnity. In The Next Part, a double-amputee Army Bomb Tech and his wife grapple with his injuries amidst unexpected events. In a small American town in the state of Georgia, a good citizen is an armed citizen In Guns We Trust. Four decades after one of the world’s most notorious crimes, a Manson Family member breaks her silence to reveal how a series of choices led to ultimate destruction in Life After Manson.
• Duke and the Buffalo, directed and written by Alfredo Alcantara and Josh Chertoff. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Nae Pasaran, directed by Felipe Bustos Sierra. (Scotland) – North American Premiere.
• Nocturnity, directed and written by Alexandra Liveris. (USA) – World Premiere.
• The Next Part, directed and written by Erin Sanger. (USA) – World Premiere.
• In Guns We Trust, directed and written by Nicolas Lévesque. (Canada) – U.S. Premiere.
• Life After Manson, directed and written by Olivia Klaus. (USA) – World Premiere.
BEFORE LONG – documentary program
Time waits for no one in these short documentaries. From serious to “show biz”; they run the gamut of emotion. An elderly man struggling to cope with his wife’s dementia becomes captivated by a young actress at Dracula’s, the theater restaurant in Ghost Train. Greg O’Brien, long-time Cape Cod reporter and newspaperman, who is diagnosed with Early-onset Alzheimer’s, decides to confront the disease and his imminent decline by writing candidly about the journey in A Place Called Pluto. When their football dreams are dashed, three athletes use their muscle and charm to become TV stars on American Gladiators, one of the oddest, most injury-riddled ‘sports’ shows ever concocted in True Gladiators. Traveling on the road with one of the most controversial musicians today, AMANDA F***ING PALMER ON THE ROCKS explores her fractious relationship with the music industry in the aftermath of her record-breaking crowd funding campaign and her intense online and physical interactions with her fans. Three pink tutus, three pink helmets and three pink skateboards—meet Bella, Sierra, and Rella, as the young girls prove skateboarding is not just for boys in The Pink Helmet Posse. Meet seven Hollywood golden era veterans with a combined age of 662—from a Vaudeville comedian still working at age 100 to the stunning siren that dated Ronald Reagan when he was a Democrat—these, ladies and gentlemen, are Showfolk.
• Ghost Train, directed and written by Kelly Hucker and James Fleming. (Australia) – North American Premiere.
• A Place Called Pluto, directed by Steve James. (USA) – New York Premiere.
• True Gladiators, directed by Kevin Donovan. (USA) – World Premiere.
• AMANDA F***ING PALMER ON THE ROCKS, directed and written by Ondi Timoner. (USA) – World Premiere.
• The Pink Helmet Posse, directed by Benjamin Mullinkosson and Kristelle Laroche. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Showfolk, directed and written by Ned McNeilage. (USA) – World Premiere.
CITY LIMITS – documentary program
This year our New York Shorts program “gets real” with four world premiere documentaries relatable to anyone who calls this city home. A Musical of Downs & Ups: The Story of My Depression is an animated adaptation of the award winning Book, “My Depression, A Picture Book” with the voices of Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen. 70 Hester Street is about the former synagogue/whiskey still/raincoat factory the filmmaker grew up in on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and how he wants to remember it. Told almost entirely through voice mail messages, One Year Lease documents the travails of Brian, Thomas and Casper as they endure a year-long apartment lease with Rita, the cat-loving landlady. Set against the backdrop of the Arab-Israeli conflict and tensions between Jewish and Muslim college students, Of Many tells the story of the relationship between an Orthodox Rabbi and Imam.
• A Musical of Downs & Ups: The Story of My Depression, directed and written by David Wachtenheim, Robert Marianetti, and Elizabeth Swados. (USA) – World Premiere. An HBO Documentary film.
• 70 Hester Street, directed and written by Casimir Nozkowski. (USA) – World Premiere.
• One Year Lease, directed by Brian Bolster. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Of Many, directed by Linda G. Mills. (USA) – World Premiere.
DIGITAL DILEMMA – experimental program
As the commercial movie industry is rapidly shifting on a global basis to digital distribution and exhibition, moving image artists continue to celebrate the material qualities of the film medium, whose physical characteristics consist of reels of celluloid film, sprocket holes, optical sound tracks, mechanical splices, and the film emulsion, onto which they record images and sounds. At the same time, these artists continue to raise poignant critiques about the immateriality of the digital projection formats.
• A Film Is A Film Is A Film, directed and written by Eva von Schweinitz. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Acetate Diary, directed and written by Russell Sheaffer. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Romance Sans Paroles, directed and written by Christophe Guérin. (France) – International Premiere.
• CUT, directed and written by Anita Thacher. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Optical Sound, directed and written by Elke Groen and Christian Neubacher. (Austria) – North American Premiere.
• Two Points of Failure, directed and written by Michael Moshe Dahan. (USA) – New York Premiere.
• All Vows, directed and written by Bill Morrison, co-written by Michael Gordon. (USA) – New York Premiere.
• Noise Reduction II: Chinatown, directed and written by Rahee Punyashioka. (India) – North American Premiere.
FLIGHT DELAYS – narrative program
Things don’t always go as planned for the characters in this group of narrative short films. Often thwarted but always resilient, these characters reflect dreams, desires, and the need to escape. In The Boy Scout, a couple trapped in their car for days after an unexpected snowstorm strands them on a remote mountain road confronts a life-or-death choice—with another storm approaching – should they stay together, or go their separate ways? A talented prison chef is paroled to a world that does not want him in Pour Retourner. La Carnada follows 13 year old Manny from Tijuana as he embarks on his first drug smuggle across the “Devil’s Highway,” a notoriously fatal stretch of desert on the Arizona/Mexico border. The Kiosk has been Olga’s little home for years, but her sweet tooth and monotonous life has made her larger than the exit, so to distract herself, she reads travel magazines and dreams of faraway places. In Sweepstakes, when her husband suffers a neurological complication, a new mother is left to face the life she could have had. Sker is the true story of a kayaker, sailing through the fjords of Iceland, who stumbles across a skerry, but soon realizes perhaps porting there wasn’t such a good idea. Young Alfred is dying, but through the stories about a magical fantasy world told by the hospital’s eccentric janitor, Enzo, he regains the joy and happiness of his life and finds a safe haven in Helium.
• The Boy Scout, directed and written by Patrick Brooks. (USA) – New York Premiere.
• Pour Retourner, directed by Scooter Corkle, written by Zack Mosley. (Canada) – World Premiere.
• La Carnada, directed and written by Josh Soskin. (USA) – World Premiere.
• The Kiosk, directed and written by Anete Melece. (Switzerland) – U.S. Premiere.
• Sweepstakes, directed and written by Mark Tumas. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Sker, directed and written by Eyþór Jóvinsson. (Iceland) – International Premiere.
• Helium, directed and written by Anders Walter, co-written by Christian Gamst Miller-Harris. (Denmark) – New York Premiere. (2014 Academy Award® winner Live Action Short film)
HANDLE WITH CARE – narrative program
The delicate situations in these short films require steady hands and minds; the smallest slip can have serious repercussions. Connections and consequences are the key. Eoin works the night shift in a quiet petrol station and his main source of distraction, night after night, is regular customer, Ger, who believes he has a system for picking the winning card inScratch. In App, a shy engineer desperately needs venture capital for his virtual wing-woman app, but can he and his app seduce a heartbroken girl at a swanky L.A. bar to prove it works? Contrapelo is the story of a proud Mexican barber who is forced to shave the leader of a drug cartel. Set on Election Day 2008 against the sweeping landscape of rural America, For Spacious Sky is the story of three lost brothers finding their way back to each other—one from incarceration, one from addiction, and one from discrimination. Heather is a shy lady who works at a helpline call center and when she receives a phone call from a mysterious man, she has no idea the encounter will change her life forever in The Phone Call.
• Scratch, directed and written by Philip Kelly, co-written by Liam Ryan. (Ireland) – New York Premiere.
• App, directed and written by Alexander Berman. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Contrapelo, directed and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, co-written by Liska Ostojic. (USA) – World Premiere.
• For Spacious Sky, directed by Coy Middlebrook, written by Kevin Allen Jackson. (USA) – North American Premiere.
• The Phone Call, directed and written by Mat Kirkby, co-written by James Lucas. (UK) – New York Premiere.
MORAL FIBERS – narrative program
Decisions confront the characters in these narrative shorts. This plethora of predicaments deals with work, family, and friends, though not necessarily in that order. Love in the Time of March Madness tells the animated and awkward true-life misadventure of being 6’4” tall since 8th grade, becoming a basketball star, and dating shorter men. Free-spirited 21-year old Sheri has her own apartment, an older boyfriend, and works in a bar to make her living, but a surprise phone call brings her face to face with her past in Firstborn. As the class prepares for First Communion, one young girl refuses to do so, proclaiming that she’s an “atheist,” in Ruby. Today’s The Day is about an intern at one of the top dance agencies in town whose dream in life is to become a professional dancer, but he lacks the courage and confidence to fight for it…until today. Trapped in professional purgatory, four junior bankers must decide what they truly want before it’s too late in Parachute. A housewarming party spirals out of control when the host couple is sucked into a bout of light-hearted arm wrestling in Stew & Punch. A father in mourning struggles to connect with his blind daughter and learns that the colors of grief and understanding are more vivid when glimpsed through the eyes of the blind in Record.
• Love in the Time of March Madness, directed by Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, written by Melissa Johnson. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Firstborn, directed and written by Leah Tonic. (Israel) – North American Premiere.
• Ruby, directed by Louise Ni Fhiannachta, written by Antoin Beag O’Colla. (Ireland) – New York Premiere
• Today’s The Day, directed and written by Daniel Campos, co-written by Tamara Levinson-Campos. (USA) – North American Premiere.
• Parachute, directed by Peter Stebbings, written by Peter Mooney. (Canada) – World Premiere.
• Stew & Punch, directed and written by Simon Ellis. (UK) – North American Premiere.
• Record, directed and written by David Lyons, co-written by Brook Hely and Trent Roberts. (Australia) – New York Premiere.
SOUL SURVIVORS – narrative program
Life isn’t always easy, and this is exemplified by the shorts with both small and large conundrums; human interaction is life preservers in these turbulent waters. A man drags his girlfriend to the hospital for an abortion, but while sitting in a waiting room, he meets a girl who just might change his mind in Kakara. New York is silent after the loss of its Twin Towers; as loved ones are missing and people turn to prayer, one New Yorker struggles for answers in Day Ten. A woman seeks the comfort of her estranged mother tucked away in the mountainous wine country of Chile following a traumatic miscarriage in Tinto. Two bank robbers run into problems when each takes exception to the other’s mask in Sequestered. A man sets his alarm clock and goes to bed, but during the night, the world keeps turning in the animated, Cycloid. After her father’s death, awkward 11-year-old Nesma is at odds with the world around her since she began caring for her father’s pigeons, but now she faces an even bigger challenge inNesma’s Birds. Set against the backdrop of 1950 Naples, Italy, Human Voice tells the story of Angela, a woman in the twilight of her years, as she rides an emotional roller coaster in her last telephone conversation with the man she loves.
• Kakara, directed and written by Kimmo Yläkäs. (Finland) – New York Premiere.
• Day Ten, directed and written by Arian Moayed. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Tinto, directed and written by Felix Solis, co-written by Liza Fernandez. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Sequestered, directed and written by Lucas Spaulding. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Cycloid, directed and written by Tomoki Kurogi. (Japan) – New York Premiere.
• Nesma’s Birds, directed by Najwan Ali and Medoo Ali, written by Najwan Ali and Yaser Karim. (Iraq) – North American Premiere.
• Human Voice, directed and written by Edoardo Ponti, co-written by Erri De Luca based on Jean Cocteau’s play. (Italy) – World Premiere.
TOTALLY TWISTED – narrative program
Fun. Creepy. Weird. That pretty much sums up the feel of this program designed especially for our late-night loving audience. This program is a real killer, literally. The 30 Year Old Bris is about an interfaith couple where the girlfriend demands her boyfriend complete his conversion to Judaism by getting a circumcision before they wed. Trust Me, I’m A Lifeguard is a bro-mantic comedy about two lifeguards who, when confronted with the end of summer, are forced to make adult decisions such as: What’s the meaning of life, what makes a good Speedo and are those clams safe to eat? Unable to deal with the pressures of an examined life, Todd and Tamara confront the Peepers who are watching them, and expose what they’ve been hiding all along—themselves. In Remora, on the day of his wedding, Kevin confronts his brother, Landon, to ask for permission to marry his ex-wife, but learns the circumstances surrounding the estrangement were far more fantastic than he had been led to believe. A professional killer discovers he can get away with anything on Halloween night, including dragging his latest victim around as a prop amidst a sea of oblivious London partiers in The Body. In One Please, a young girl’s Mommy and Daddy love her…very, very much. A man wakes up one morning to realize the entire world has dreamed about him the night before in Sequence.
• The 30 Year Old Bris, directed and written by Michael D. Ratner. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Trust Me, I’m A Lifeguard, directed by Tony Glazer, written by Christian Keiber. (USA) – World Premiere.
• Peepers, directed by Ken Lam, written by Laura Grey and Jordan Klepper. (USA) – New York Premiere
• Remora, directed and written by Dylan Marko Bell, co-written by Russell August Anderson. (USA) – World Premiere.
• The Body, directed and written by Paul Davis, co-written by Paul Fischer. (UK) – New York Premiere.
• One Please, directed and written by Jesse Burks. (USA) – New York Premiere.
• Sequence, directed and written by Carles Torrens. (USA) – New York Premiere.
The short film, Incident Urbain, will be screening before Karpotrotter in the Viewpoints Section. On the esplanade in Paris, two enigmatic characters engage in an extended discourse about architecture, cinema, and revolutionary politics.
• Incident Urbain, directed and written by John Lalor. (France, Ireland) – North American Premiere.
This past Sunday Fox News Channel‘s MediaBuzz celebrated its six-month anniversary with its second-highest-rated telecast to date, featuring an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas about the eye infection that sidelined him during his network’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics as well as his coverage of Russian president Vladimir Putin. MediaBuzz clocked 1.132 million viewers and 263,000 in the news demo — tripling CNN‘s like-minded Sunday show Reliable Sources in total viewers and nearly doubling Reliable Sources in the demo. (According to Nielsen, MediaBuzz‘s highest-rated telecast, on December 1 of last year, clocked 1.183 million viewers with breaking news of the New York City train derailment, and 267,000 demo viewers.)
Compared with last week’s program, MediaBuzz was up double-digits in both categories — up 28% with overall audience and 53% in the news demo. Reliable Sources, meanwhile, dropped 38% in the demo compared to the previous Sunday when it logged a rare demo win, and was down 2% in overall audience.
Since its launch September 8, MediaBuzz has climbed 38% in the demo and 18% in overall audience.
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Every time I look at them it makes me want to smile and that's a good thing. I've been pretty depressed lately worrying about how we're going to be able to make the payments to the State and still have enough left to live on the rest of the month. It's made me want to just go off in a corner to hide but that is so not an option. I'll be making the first of the $802.00 payments either today or tomorrow so I have to get off my butt and get some things sold to help us cope.
I've still got a ton of amazing purses left to list, they even brought Lee more a couple of weeks ago. Plus I've got my Supernatural books to sell, too. Mainly it's just making myself face it, get the pictures taken and make the posts. Which I have to, it isn't going away. At least not for the next eighteen months until we can get it paid off.
No new episode tonight. Don't forget, the other posts are still active if you're missing any of them. Just look under the tabs 'media uploads. Hope that everyone's having a great day. It'll be 70's here today and sunny then back to the 30's and snow by this time tomorrow. Lately it's been like being on a crazy roller-coaster ride round here weather wise.