THE BOYS IN RED HATS - New Indie Doc Arrives in Theaters/Virtual Cinemas Beginning July 16

After a 2019 confrontation between a student from Kentucky's elite Covington Catholic High School and a Native American elder on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial goes viral, filmmaker Jonathan Schroder sets out to understand the incident, the media’s obsession with it and the larger ramifications for both one small Kentucky community and our country as a whole. THE BOYS IN RED HATS deftly explores the media’s insistence on immediacy over accuracy, the danger in prioritizing intent over impact and what it’s going to take if we ever hope to bridge the deep divides in our communities—and our country.

Directed by Jonathan Schroder
Written by Jonathan Schroder and Justin Jones
Executive Produced by Jonathan Schroder
Produced by Justin Jones
Music by Justin Kerkau
Director of Photography Jason Neff
Film Editing by John Dilly

#GlobalRickAndMortyDay - THIS SUNDAY 6/20 - Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 is NOW AVAILABLE


An Out-Of-This-World Celebration


 Global Rick And Morty Day


Blasting Off Sunday, June 20th 



For the first time ever, Adult Swim will premiere the first episode of Season 5 of Rick and Morty from space by launching Rick’s Space Cruiser 150,000 feet into the atmosphere. Fans from around the world can Go Rick Yourself (#GoRickYourself) and become part of the series by creating a personalized Rick and Morty avatar, and then create custom t-shirts (US and Mexico only) to commemorate the new season.

 Check out the promo here: Global Rick and Morty Day Promo


From creators Justin Roiland (“Adventure Time”) and Dan Harmon (“Community”), fans can catch up before the big day and follow the misadventures of America’s favorite crazy scientist and his grandchildren with Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 on Digital, Blu-ray™ & DVD. This outrageous boxed set which includes all 41 episodes from the first four seasons, along with copious special features, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, “Inside the Episode” segments, numerous featurettes, past animatic sketches, and more. Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 is priced to own at $79.99 SRP for the DVD ($89.99 in Canada) and $89.99 SRP for the Blu-ray ($99.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Rick and Morty is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers. 


Wubba Lubba Grub Grub! In honor of Global Rick And Morty Day, Wendy’s® and Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty have teamed up to include two new show-themed mixes in more than 5,000 Coca-Cola Freestyle machines in Wendy’s locations across the country through August 22. To sweeten the deal, fans can also score free delivery from Wendy’s in-app though July 1 with no minimum purchase necessary. Fans in the Los Angeles area can also visit Morty’s, a weekend-long restaurant pop-up at Wendy’s Panorama City location from June 18-20. Morty’s will feature a show-inspired menu, like the Jerry’s Single, paired with an out-of-this-world experience. Navigate your spaceship or car through a custom LED drive-thru experience, receive a Rick and Morty-themed menu and be one of the lucky few to enjoy the limited-edition Pickle Rick Pickle Frosty®, a pickle twist on the iconic Vanilla Frosty®, only available at Morty’s. 

Fans can also catch up on all things Rick and Morty prior to the event by checking out HBO Max’s curated Rick and Morty fan viewing experience featuring previous seasons, extras, and creator-selected episodes.


Rick and Morty is the multi-Emmy® Award winning half-hour comedy series that airs on Adult Swim, the #1 destination for young adults for over a decade. Rick and Morty was the #1 comedy across all of television in 2017 and 2019 and has become a multi-platform sensation not just on television, but across digital, gaming, live streaming, retail, and fan experiences.


Be Creative This Summer With This Crafty Family Idea Book by Kristin Gambaccini (The Affordable Martha Stewart

For parents wanting the Pinterest look with their house, families, recipes, activities, and trips—without breaking the bank.  Crafty Family Ideas: Projects to Make, Things to Bake, and Lots of Homemade(ish) Fun have been calling her the affordable or the relatable Martha Stewart.

And it's easy to see why—she's a multi-talented DIY-er who aims to help you make amazing crafts with your kids, do really cool projects with your family, and cook easy recipes that your kids will actually eat. She'll also help you make the most of your space in your house with useful tips and hacks. I know your readers will love to learn some of Kristin's tips to keeping kids engaged this summer. Her book has a year's worth of projects that range from fun-filled DIY projects, to kid-friendly recipes, to charming anecdotes from Kristin herself. Altogether, there are 55 fresh ideas that are easy, affordable, and fun. 

I cannot wait to try some of these crafts with my preschool class and my own kids!

Last Call : The Shutdown of NYC Bars In Virtual Theaters July 16th and On Demand August 13th



July 16



August 13

What happens if the entire industry is laid off in a single day?

 Filmed during the height of the pandemic, Last Call : The Shutdown of NYC Bars explores the social and economic impact of COVID-19 on the NYC hospitality industry.

 Our story begins with Jena Ellenwood, a bartender in Queens, NY, recounting her experiences moving to New York and finding herself as the newest employee at the Sparrow Tavern, a local Astoria watering hole. We are introduced to Jena’s coworkers and close friends, all working within the network of the New York City hospitality and service industries.

In March 2020, business-as-usual comes to a grinding halt as COVID-19 sweeps through New York, quickly establishing Queens as the epicenter of the pandemic in not only the state of New York, but throughout the entire country. Bars and restaurants are ordered to close, leaving thousands of hospitality workers stranded without work and an uncertain future. Jena and her friends vent their frustrations and anxieties, not only surrounding the seemingly hopeless economic uncertainty, but also the deadly virus that threatens their very lives.

Jena and her friends learn to adapt and cope with the reality of life during COVID, finding new sources of income and seizing the opportunity to pursue creative endeavors that might normally be sidelined. Throughout the process of finding a foothold in this “new normal”, the anxiety and uncertainty of New York’s hospitality industry looms, as 2020 ends with COVID hospitalizations in New York continuing to rise once again.


Written, produced and directed by Johnny Sweet.

ANGEL (UN ANGE) set for North American release by Oration Films June 25



JUNE 25, 2021


 ANGEL (aka 'Un Ange’) follows the encounter of a prostitute, Fae, and a world-famous athlete, Thierry. During his vacation in Senegal, he falls head over heels for the African beauty. They find dignity and hope with each other in order to get out of their troublesome situations. 


But more important than these mutual desires, they found love. Until, later in the evening, Thierry starts behaving strangely, under the influence of substances. Fae is forced to leave him but when she discovers that Thierry has passed away the next morning, she’s arrested despite her innocence. To move on with her life, she must return to the place where it all started. 

 Director Koen Mortier wanted to portray the world, dreams and fears of Fae and the story of what she goes through meeting the world class cyclist. In a way they lead similar lives: both have to give the best of themselves and their bodies to delight fans or clients. ‘Un Ange’ is based on the acclaimed novel ‘Monologue of Someone who got used to talking to herself’ by renowned Belgian author Dimitri Verhulst. Previous work by Verhulst that has also been adapted are ‘The Misfortunates’ by Felix Van Groeningen and ‘Problemski Hotel’ by Manu Riche. ‘The Latecomer’ has yet to be directed by Lourens Blok. 

Inspiring Girls Through Enterpreneurship - THE START UP SQUAD SERIES PRIZE PACK #GIVEAWAY

The StartUp Squad Prize Pack Contains a Startup Squad tote bag, earrings, bookmark, sticker, and temporary tattoo, and a $20 gift card to Earrings by Emma -- a small business started by girlpreneur Emma when she was just 8 years old!

Published in May, Party Problems (The Startup Squad #3, Macmillan, ages 8-12) continues the story of a diverse group of young friends who learn to work together to overcome the unique challenges of running their own business. Along with compelling stories, each book delivers information, inspiration and aspiration for the next generation of female CEOs, with tips for kids starting or running their first businesses, and a profile of a real-life girl CEO.

The Startup Squad was founded on the belief that even a simple lemonade stand can help girls develop a growth mindset, learn to approach challenges with grit, and get comfortable with risk failure—and learning to start again. These are lessons that will serve them well in life regardless of the path they choose. In 2021, Brian will be working with influential organizations, such as Girls Inc of NYC, Entre-Ed: The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, and girls scout troops across the nation to continue donating books to underprivileged kids so cost will not be a barrier to accessing this valuable resource. To date, more than 10,000 copies have been donated.

Author: Brian Weisfeld & Nicole C. Kear

Pub. Date: 
FACE THE MUSIC 5/5/2020 

Publisher: Imprint

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 176

About The Startup Squad

Brian Weisfeld, the Founder and Chief Squad Officer of The Startup Squad, an initiative dedicated to helping girls reach their potential, teams up with Fix-It Friends author Nicole C. Kear to present this middle-grade series about friendship and entrepreneurship.

Operating a lemonade stand is just the beginning for Resa, Harriet, Didi, and Amelia, as these savvy, business-minded schoolgirls learn that good business isn’t just about making a profit, but about making friends. Each book features tips from the Startup Squad and an inspirational profile of a girl entrepreneur.

Visit for more information, inspiring profiles of savvy girls, and advice on launching your own small business!

About The Startup Squad (The Startup Squad #1)

THE STARTUP SQUAD | Imprint | On sale 5/7/2019 | Ages 8-12 | 176 pages |

Paperback | ISBN: 9781250180414 | $7.99 Hardcover | ISBN: 9781250180407 | $16.99


Girls mean business in a brand-new series about friendship and entrepreneurship that Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, calls “A great read!”

All the great leaders had to start somewhere. And Teresa (“Resa” for short) is starting with the lemonade stand competition her teacher assigned to the class―but making it a success is going to be a lot harder than Resa thinks.

The prize: line-skipping tickets to Adventure Central. The competition: Val, Resa's middle school nemesis. And the biggest obstacle to success: Resa's own teammates. Harriet is the class clown, Amelia is the new girl who thinks she knows best, and Didi is Resa's steadfast friend―who doesn't know the first thing about making or selling lemonade. The four of them quickly realize that the recipe for success is tough to perfect―but listening to each other is the first step. And making new friends might be the most important one...

The back of each book in this middle-grade series features tips from the Startup Squad and an inspirational profile of a girl entrepreneur!


About The Startup Squad: Face the Music (#2)

FACE THE MUSIC | Imprint | On sale 5/5/2020 | Ages 8-12 | 192 pages |

Paperback | ISBN: 9781250180469 | $7.99 Hardcover | ISBN: 9781250180452| $16.99


Girls mean business in The Startup Squad: Face the Music, the second novel in the series, which Kirkus Reviews calls “an enjoyable and diverse story highlighting friendship, entrepreneurship, and perseverance.”

Harriet’s brothers are hoping to enter a local battle of the bands. Winning could get them on a reality TV show! But low funds have left them without even a working guitar. The Startup Squad jumps into action―and quickly pulls together a plan to sell T-shirts to raise money.

The girls have a lot of great ideas―until everything starts to go wrong. When all the problems start turning disappointed fans into an angry mob, the girls realize they have to get back into the groove before the band members―and the Startup Squad―break up for good!

Each book in this middle-grade series by Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear also features tips for kids starting or running their first businesses, plus a profile of a real-life tween girl CEO.


About The Startup Squad: Party Problems (#3)

PARTY PROBLEMS | Imprint | On sale 5/4/2021 | Ages 8-12 | 176 pages |

Paperback | ISBN: 9781250180520 | $7.99 Hardcover | ISBN: 9781250180513| $16.99


Girls mean business in the third novel of this series about friendship and entrepreneurship that Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, calls “A great read!”

All four friends in the Startup Squad want to raise money―but when they can’t agree on what business to start next, they strike off on their own. Didi’s idea seems perfect: making place cards for a wedding.

But after the wedding planner gets sick, Didi finds herself in charge of everything―and then the caterer cancels and the band goes missing! Didi’s business is turning from a dream to a disaster. Will the Startup Squad come together in time to save the wedding?

Each book in this middle-grade series by Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear also features tips for kids starting or running their first businesses, plus a profile of a real-life tween girl CEO.

 Girls ages 6 to 16 who run their own business can sign up at The Startup Squad website to be featured in the Girls Mean Business Gallery, plus check out resources such as The Ultimate Business Plan for Kids and the Entrepreneurship Activity Kit!

Praise for The Startup Squad

“The Startup Squad encourages girls to dream big, work hard, and rely on each other to make good things happen. It teaches them how to succeed–and reminds all of us that girls mean business!” –Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

“An inspiring story about entrepreneurial girls.” —Ann M. Martin, author of the Baby-Sitters Club series

” The Startup Squad encourages girls to dream big, work hard, and rely on each other to make good things happen. It teaches them how to succeed—and reminds all of us that girls mean business!” —Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org

“A great read that is fast-paced, fun, and empowering. The Startup Squad comes complete with a treasure trove of tips for starting a business.” —Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

“An enjoyable and diverse story highlighting friendship, entrepreneurship, and perseverance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Teamwork and friendship are at the fore of this business-savvy series, which will hold particular appeal for girls struggling to find ways for their ideas to bloom.” —Booklist

The Giveaway:

  • One (1) winner will receive a boxed paperback set of all 3 books in the series, an exclusive Startup Squad tote bag, earrings, bookmark, stickers, and temporary tattoos, and a $20 gift card to Earrings by Emma -- a small business started by girlpreneur Emma when she was just 8 years old

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was offered to host this giveaway. I received nothing. All prizes will be sent from the sponsor.

The Count Down Has Begun For A Cinderella Story: Starstuck #CinderellaStarstruck


In just 2 weeks, the highly anticipated release of A CINDERELLA STORY: STARSTRUCK, will be coming to Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. And you can’t have A CINDERELLA STORY movie without the notorious stepfamily! For the first time in the franchise’s history, there are step siblings! Meet Kale (Richard Harmon) the demanding stepbrother, along with his vain stepsister Saffron (Lillian Doucet-Roche), and their cruel stepmother, Valerian (April Telek). 

Check out this never-before-seen clip from the original movie. Finley (Bailee Madison) has prepared lunch for her stepfamily, Kale (Richard Harmon, Saffron (Lillian Doucet-Roche and Valerian (April Telek), but the meal isn’t what Kale was expecting.


Finley Tremaine, a small-town farm girl, longs to spread her wings and soar as an aspiring performer. When a Hollywood film crew arrives in her sleepy town, she is determined to land a role in the production and capture the attention of handsome lead actor Jackson Stone. Unfortunately, a botched audition forces her to change course. Now, disguised as cowboy “Huck,” Finley finally gets her big break. But can she keep the charade a secret from everyone, including her evil stepmother and devious step-siblings? 

This is the sixth installment in the A Cinderella Story movie series. Other titles include A Cinderella Story (Hilary Duff), Another Cinderella Story (Selena Gomez), A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song (Lucy Hale) A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits (Sofia Carson), and A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (Laura Marano). 

A CINDERELLA STORY: STARSTRUCK will be available on Digital June 29th, and on DVD July 13th.




Looking For Something Different! Finding Ophelia Is A Must See!


''Not only one of the most visually stunning films of 2021, but also one of the most original. Allegorical and experimental, evocative and ingenious"


Stephen Rutterford's new supernatural thriller FINDING OPHELIA will screen theatrically in Los Angeles June 19-24 and release digitally in North America June 23


Theatrical Season Begins June 19


Experience a quixotic new nightmare when writer/director Stephen Rutterford’s horror-mystery Finding Ophelia premieres on digital this June.

 New York Advertising Executive William Edgar (Jimmy Levar) is mesmerized by a series of hypnotic dreams that blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

His life is thrown into disarray when forced to choose between his career, his relationships and his romantic obsession with a mysterious woman.(Christina Chu)

Doing whatever it takes to find her, leads down a bizarre, dark path of signs and wonders, William soon discovers that finding the girl of your dreams can be a nightmare.

The 411:

This is a movie I might have shut off quickly if not a review. In front of a stellar soundtrack Finding Ophelia is a different kind of wonderful. It didn't feel like a horror movie but by the end it totally is!  The imagery was an acid trip as our main character walks through the city, in a constant apparent daze or drug induced haze. 

William seems disconnected from everything except a trippy vision that he keeps dreaming about. Is it a dream? A Memory? ,Someone trying to connect with him on another level? We don't know but there was a moment when I thought perhaps he was a murdered who was remembering something he had blocked. NOPE! That wasn't it but the ending was even better than I had thought. 


Cannes World International Film Festival. Best Mystery Feature Film. March 2021

London Independent Film Awards, Winner Best Feature Film, March 2021

Los Angeles Film Awards, Winner best Mystery Film, March 2021

New York International Film Awards, Winner March 2021

ÉCU The European Independent Film Festival, Official selection 2021

Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift. Winner best 1st time filmmaker

Hong Kong National Film Festival. Official selection 2021

New York City International film festival :Nomination for Best Director, Best lead Actress, Best


Venice Film Awards, Best original screenplay,original story, Actor,Cinematography, original

score, make up,

Rome independent Film Awards PRISMA, Semi- Finalist

New Filmmakers New York, Finalist

Montreal Independent Film festival, Official selection

European Cinematography Awards, Winner, Best Drama

Canadian Cinematography Awards, Winner Best Director, Best Editing, Best Drama.

L’age D’or International Arthouse Film Festival _Winner February 2021

New York Cinematography Awards- Winner, Best Director

LA independent film Awards- Finalist.

International independent film festival Hollywood - Winner Best Horror/ Sci-fi.

Winner Best Feature Film, The Scene Festival USA

Winner Best Actor, The Scene Festival USA

Winner Best Director, The Scene Festival USA

L.A. Sci-Fi & Horror Festival:Official selection.

London International Monthly Film Festival: Best VFX

)||( - ISAFF winner best Experimental film

RED MOVIE AWARDS - Finalist Best Feature.

Independent Film Awards, London Nomination Best Thriller

Family Friendly Countries to Bring Your Kids

Traveling and visiting different countries around the world is massively beneficial for everyone. It offers you the opportunity to meet new people, discover different cultures, and try new cuisine. Visiting different parts of the world can help you learn more about yourself, as well as lead to many life-changing moments.

Not only will you benefit massively from traveling, but your kids will too. Exposing children to all of these unique experiences and places can really help open their minds. Showing them how different parts of the world live and function can really help them to understand other people. Not to mention that their tasting experience, being around a new language, and seeing different landscapes can really help them to learn more about themselves. If you want your sons or daughters to be adventurous and curious, traveling is probably the best way to achieve that. With that being said, there are some countries that might be more beneficial for your child than others. This could be down to the people, location, or what the country has to offer. If your child really enjoys traveling and exploring other cultures, there are some great boarding schools there where your child could spend the summer.


Thailand offers tourists an extremely unique and unforgettable experience. For your children it will also do this. With wonderful wildlife, beautiful beaches and scenery, and unique temples and historic sites, there is a slice of everything.


Spain's phenomenal weather makes it a viable option to visit all year round. Whether it is Barcelona, Madrid, or Seville, the amount of family friendly places to visit are endless. Museums, amusement parks, football stadiums, Spain really has plenty of memory making opportunities.


When it comes to iconic museums and monuments, you will be spoiled for choice in France. The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe are just some of the popular tourist attractions for you and your kids. The city's natural beauty alone will be enough to open-up your child's mind.


The beauty of Germany's natural cities will have you questioning its authenticity. The city streets alone will be enough to capture the imagination of any child. Not to mention the country’s rich history will have the kids learning new facts every day. They also have a truly unique set of cuisine, with plenty of beer options for mom and dad to try.


Although heavily associated with alcohol, there is much more to Ireland than Temple bar. One of the richest history’s in all of Europe, extremely friendly locals, and breathtaking landscapes are just some of the reasons it makes for a great family trip away. You will also find family friendly activities in nearly every major town in Ireland.


From its unique wildlife to the stunning landscapes, Australia’s natural beauty will have you and your kids immersed in the outside world. Visiting Australia will give your children an experience they may never get again. They will see animals beyond their imagination, beaches that are breathtaking, and get to meet friendly locals.



How can you get a commercial loan?

Whether you want to start a business or fund an already existing business, you need enough capital. For big projects, it's likely to be difficult for big projects to have the required amount to cater to all expenses for big projects. Pret Commercialcan be of great help as you can get enough cash to finance the entire project. But, how can you get the commercial loan you need? It’s a question you must ask yourself before starting the project. The following is the criteria you need to consider to get a commercial loan. 

Why do you need the loan?

Before getting the loan, determine its purpose. Plan why you need the loan, and it will help you determine the type of commercial to pick. Also, in planning, you will have an idea of the business lenders to work with. Most importantly, you might need to ask for help from a consultant agent. Here, you have a chance to understand how best to spend the loan. It can be a worse situation getting a loan which will land you into trouble after misappropriating or using it for unintended purposes.

Determine loan type and the right lender

There are different types of commercial loans. It depends on the size and type of your business. Earlier, commercial financing was difficult to access for small businesses, but with the rise of alternative lending firms, the situation changed. Some of the most popular loan solutions you might need to know include commercial real estate loans, term loans, SBA loans, equipment financing, invoice financing, and business line of credit. Look for a lender with the best terms and conditions that suit your business. Be considerate of the lender's reputation and client relationship. 

Evaluate your loan requirements

Do you qualify for the type of commercial loan you’ve chosen? Answers to this question are with your lender. Take time to evaluate every single option at your disposal. Ask the lender questions that will convince you that it's the best loan choice for your business. If you qualify to apply for the loan, ensure you meet the lender’s qualifications. Your credit score, time in business, and annual revenue are among the things your lender will check before approving your loan application. 

Prepare your application

Check what is expected of you when applying for the loan. Visit the lender's website; check out the minimum loan requirements. Then, follow the instructions, which will let you apply for the loan correctly. You might realize that different loans have varying application requirements. Don't be in a hurry to answer questions and provide your details. Have the required documentation and information you need before starting the loan application process. 

Close your loan

After gathering the necessary documents and submitting your application, you need to wait for the lender to process your application and decide. Some lenders will respond to your application after a few days, while others can take up to a week. Depending on the urgency, you may choose a lender with the shortest approval period. However, getting the most suitable commercial loan that meets your needs and is the most affordable is necessary. 


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