“KORENGAL” opens in Orange County

June 18th, 2014

korengalThe film “KORENGAL” directed by Sebastian Junger opens in Orange County on June 20, 2014 at Edwards University Town Center 6 in Irvine.


While Junger and his partner Tim Hetherington were finishing work on their Academy Award®-nominated documentary RESTREPO, they envisioned a second film utilizing unused, never-before-seen footage they shot in Afghanistan and on the base in Italy, and making a Part II to their film somewhere down the road. They would utilize the same soldiers in RESTREPO, but to approach their experience from a totally flipped perspective, and to explore new ideas and themes, completing their body of work about the men of Battle Company 2/503.


Unfortunately, Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya in April 2011, and they never got to make that film together. Junger went on to direct Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life And Time Of Tim Hetherington for HBO, and once he was finished with that project he decided to go back to the footage that he and Tim had shot in Afghanistan and make the movie they had envisioned a few years earlier and that film is KORENGAL.


Junger has chosen to take the independent route and release KORENGAL on his own, and has since raised the funds through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign with Saboteur Media.


KORENGAL picks up where RESTREPO left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war. The film explains how war works, what it feels like and what it does to the young men who fight it. As one soldier cheers when he kills an enemy fighter, another looks into the camera and asks if God will ever forgive him for all of the killing he has done. As one soldier grieves the loss of his friend in combat, another explains why he misses the war now that his deployment has ended, and admits he would go back to the front line in a heartbeat. Every bit as intense and affecting as RESTREPO, KORENGAL goes a step further in bringing the war into people’s living rooms back home.


Junger’s journey to get this film into theaters has been a well documented battle in and of itself. This weekend every ticket purchased can make a difference.


Korengal is a Saboteur Media presentation; a Battle Films production in association with Goldcrest Films and Outpost Films; directed by Sebastian Junger; produced by Nick Quested and Sebastian Junger; field photography by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger; edited by Michael Levine; original music by Marty Beller; co-produced by Gretchen McGowan.



OPENS JUNE 20, 2014 at

Edwards University Town Center 6

4245 Campus Drive, Irvine CA 92612




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“Libertador” looks good

June 17th, 2014

Edgar_RamirezA preview of the film Libertador / The Liberator has been released for the epic biography of Simón Bolívar. The motion picture was directed by Alberto Arvelo and written by Timothy J. Sexton. The film stars Édgar Ramírez, Erich Wildpret, and María Valverde.


The lead actor is Édgar Ramírez who has amassed an impressive list of movies just since 2007 including The Bourne Ultimatum, Vantage Point, Che: Part One, Carlos the Jackel, Wrath of the Titans, Zero Dark Thirty and Ridley Scott’s The Counselor. All of this work led to his casting for the lead in the action movie reboot of Point Break.


Libertador / The Liberator is about Simón Bolívar who fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered – it liberated.


The soundtrack is provided by Gustavo Dudamel. Dudamel is in his sixth season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where his contract has been extended through 2018-19, the orchestra’s 100th season. This score is his first foray into composing for film for which he wrote the score and recorded it with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The soundtrack is now available worldwide and a Suite from Libertador is being premiered by the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl in July 2014.


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Joe Nevarez is writing “The Prism”

June 13th, 2014

joetheprismUnemployed Man starts a Kickstarter for his Science Fiction Book.


Joe Nevarez found himself out of a job last year. As frightening as that was he dug deep to see the possibilities of the situation and took the future into his own hands. Over the last ten months, He has done almost nothing other than write. In the book “The Prism” his science-fiction murder mystery loosely based on his own traumatic childhood experience of losing his mother at age 17.


Nevarez says that in the book “I tell the story of Tomás (which is me) and the unsolved murder of his mother,(my mother Sandra Nevarez 1995) and the underfunded, overworked detectives handling her case.” and he continues “I also touch on other important social issues. The work is fiction, but I’ve tried to find the truth within the words.”


The husband and father of two launched a website www.joenevarezwrites.com in order to give a glimpse of the book and little bit more of himself. This time last year he was driving for the Technicolor film department but due to the digital environment of making movies his job became obsolete.


Nevarez turned to Kickstarter in order to complete the book and have it edited. He states that “If just a small percent support my book, it’ll allow me to continue to keep writing, to keep pushing on.” He has already reached 10% of his goal and every little bit helps. He has until June 28th to reach his goal. Nevarez knows not everyone is a science fiction fan but he is still hoping to reach just enough people to get this done.


The Prism Kickstarter by Joe Nevarez




Change the Mascot Already!

June 12th, 2014

changethemascotIt is hard to believe that Community Leaders, Organizations both Business and Religious, and a united Indian Community cannot change the Racial Slur name of one NFL Team.  In an effort to continue to educate the public about the effort being made to make this happen The National Congress of American Indians bought Television time. A quick scroll in the message area for the YouTube video does present the reason why it has taken so long. There are messages saying that no one cares about this issue and other things easy to say with the anonymity of a computer keyboard. Hopefully, It is just about reaching more than the 2 million people that have already seen the video now. We will see.


During halftime of Game 3 of the NBA Championship, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation aired in seven major T.V. markets a 60-second version of the National Congress of American Indians’ Proud To Be ad, which celebrates Native American culture and opposes the racist name of Washington, D.C.’s NFL team.


This is the first time the ad has aired on television, and it is being run in order to educate the general public about Native American opposition to the R-word. The ad is airing in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. after airing in Miami during halftime of Game 2 on Sunday night. The advertisement highlights the defining and distinguished characteristics, names and legacies of many Native American tribes throughout the United States. But as the video clearly states, there is one denigrating term which Native peoples never use to describe themselves: R*dskin.


As Chairman Marshall McKay of Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation underscored in a message posted to YouTube: “The R-word is as derogatory a slur as the N-word. When this name first came to be, it was a vehicle for people to bring the victims of violence into an office so they could collect a bounty. I think the Change the Mascot campaign will shed some well-deserved light on the trauma and the disadvantaged people on reservations and throughout the country that are Native American that really haven’t had this opportunity to talk about the pain and the anguish that this kind of racism puts us through. ”


James Kinter, Tribal Secretary of Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation also stated in the video: “The Change the Mascot movement is larger than Yocha Dehe or any one tribe. It’s about all tribal people and non-tribal people raising their voices in protest. ”In a joint statement, NCAI Executive Director Jackie Pata and Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter said: “We applaud the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for having the vision and commitment to ensure that the American public receives the message loud and clear that Native Americans strongly oppose the use of this disparaging slur.


Contrary to the team’s  absurd claims, this dictionary-defined racial epithet does not honor our heritage. The Change the Mascot campaign continues to gather strength every time that people are educated about the origin of the R-word and its damaging impact on Native peoples.


By airing this ad during the NBA Championships, the message will be brought into the living rooms of millions of American all across the country. ”The moral and civil rights issue of the team’s unapologetic use of a dictionary-defined slur has come to the forefront of American consciousness more than ever in recent weeks. Half of the U.S. Senate recently signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging a change for the D.C. team’s mascot. Shortly thereafter, 77 leading Native American, civil rights and religious organizations representing millions of Americans wrote to every player in the league asking them to stand up against the team’s use of a racial epithet as a mascot.


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Quetzal Flores on Bidding Owl

June 10th, 2014

quetzal_floresWant advice from Grammy Award winning musician Quetzal Flores regarding a music business area of your choice? Then bid now on this 90-minute music business consultation tailored to your interest – touring, recording, promotion, producing, or an area of your choice. This biddingowl.com auction ends on: 6/20/14 11:55 PM EST. Quetzal Flores is a musician, composer, and founder of the beloved East L.A. rock band, Quetzal.


In the entire Latin rock scene the name Quetzal resonates with quality, activism and entertainment. Which makes this a worthwhile opportunity for any musician looking acquire knowledge in so many facets of the music industry. Even I am considering bidding just to find out more about events that led to the formation of the band that began with the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, the 1994 Proposition 187 campaign (to deny medical and public services to undocumented immigrants and public education to undocumented children), and the repercussive reach of the Zapatista insurrection in Mexico.


The band Quetzal is an ensemble of highly talented musicians, joined for the goal of creating good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of people in struggle. Martha Gonzalez (lead singer, percussionist, and songwriter) calls it an “East LA Chican@ rock group.”


The band sums up their depth to the complex cultural currents including life in the barrio, social activism, strong feminist stance, and their rock and roll musical beginnings. The musicians are known to participate in the much larger web of social, cultural, and political engagement.


The L.A. band took home a Grammy for Latin rock, urban or alternative album for 2012′s “Imaginaries.”


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Recordar: Songs of Love and Protest

June 5th, 2014

ani_cordero_2014Ani Cordero has created the album “Recordar: Songs of Love and Protest”  that reinterprets 11 classic Latin American songs from the 1930s-1970s with the goal of asking a new audience to “Remember” (Recordar) this music and their writers. The album features songs by musical folk heroes who used music as a way of inspiring social change, including Victor Jara, Ali Primera, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Chavela Vargas, and Os Mutantes.


“Recordar: Songs of Love and Protest” brings together an astounding cast of musicians and friends including, Charles Giordano of The E Street Band, Kelly Pratt from Arcade Fire and Beirut, percussionist for Malian musician Vieux Farke Toure, Tim Keiper, long-time associate of Wynton Marsalis, Omar Akil Little, who also collaborates with world-renowned producer Lee Scratch Perry, and Brent Arnold of Modest Mouse.


Ani was born to Puerto Rican parents from San Juan and the town of Camuy. She grew up in both the states and on the island, surrounded by music. In her teens in Atlanta, Georgia, Ani found a friend and mentor in Dr. Juan Allende, nephew of Chilean President, Salvador Allende, who was overthrown in a military coup d’état in 1973. She was inspired by the “Nueva Cancion” artists who were exiled or killed because of their music’s message of democracy and social justice, such as Victor Jara (1932-1973), and Violeta Parra (1917-1967).


The band Cordero is a vanguard of Brooklyn’s burgeoning arts/rock scene, there have two full-length albums that were released for Bloodshot Records. Ani also plays drums in the NYC rock group, Tuff Sunshine and the cello-rock group, Rasputina. Ani has toured extensively and appeared on many stages as singer and drummer, from Radio City Music Hall to Montreal Jazz Festival, and in Europe. Ani is also a founding member and drummer for the celebrated Mexican rock band Pistolera.


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See the new feature video of “Macorina,” the classic 1960s song by Mexican music legend, Chavela Vargas.


The passing of Dr. Maya Angelou

May 29th, 2014

mayaangelouPoet/Mentor/Author/Activist Dr. Maya Angelou passed away on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 proving that even our most beloved can only be immortal through the legacy of work that they leave behind. The internet blew up with postings about how the magic of her written word made a difference in the lives of people from all walks of life.


In 1969, Dr. Maya Angelou wrote the book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” which became the international bestseller and was nominated for a National Book Award. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.


I was surprised how hard it was to find a commencement speech or regular interview of her on the internet. Hopefully in time more of those will be released for the public. I did come across one gem out there by “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” the interview gives a glimpse of the legendary lady in all of her glory. She answers a question she has never been asked, discusses mentoring of America’s high profile African American talents like Tupac Shakur, Janet Jackson, Richard Pryor, and Chris Rock. She also talks about her work in the community and presidential elections. She also reveals devastation about the death of Dr. Martin Luther King in her life.


On a personal note it was her that influenced the name of my daughter and my favorite poem is “Still I Rise”. She was quoted as saying that she was here to be a “representative of her people”. From the outpouring of love for her on the internet it seems she was more like a representative of a lot more than that.


“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”


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#YesAllWomen trends on Twitter

May 28th, 2014

YesAllWomenBeginning on Saturday, May 25 the Twitter hashtag #YesAllWomen was posted in response to the deadly shooting spree in  Isla Vista, California that included hate filled rage toward women. Late Friday night in just a matter of minutes six students from the University of California, Santa Barbara were dead and 13 others wounded and instantly became statistics in another mass shooting.


There are many organizations setup to help women in violent relationships or help them in education, harassment or inequality. The #YesAllWomen hashtag though has the voices of young and older women in real time. Their view as real as moments ago to years ago when silence and shame seemed to be the only choice that society would allow.


Originally, the posts were brutally honest, inspiring, heartfelt and enlightening. In time though a rude and hateful backlash began. Those posts only remind the reader of how important this hashtag truly is.


If you visit the Twitter feed the biggest hope one can have is that more of a national or even global discussion and understanding can come from this terrible event.


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Catchafire helps nonprofits

May 21st, 2014

catchafireCatchafire is a community of individuals striving to push the social good sector forward by focusing on efficient and effective ways to give back. One way they do this is by matching professionals with nonprofits based on their skills, cause interest and time availability.


Founded by CEO Rachael Chong, Catchafire is an innovative platform that connects nonprofits with professionals looking to volunteer their skills. Since its founding in 2009, it has become the world’s largest online skills-based volunteer platform.


The Catchafire nonprofits make a financial investment to launch a project and confirm their commitment to the partnership and for Catchafire Consultants’ time. This also allows them to continue to provide high quality matches and support to each of their partners.


The investment makes it possible to find talented and passionate individuals who have the potential to become long term advocates. By having Catchafire do all the work to find the key people to complete a project saves money and time on behalf of the participating nonprofit.


catchafire2As for Rachael Chong, She has been named one of Fast Company’s Most 100 Creative People in Business, received the NYC Venture Fellowship and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award. Catchafire has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Mashable, NPR, FOX Business, CNN Money, Forbes, Fast Company, TechCrunch, and facilitated two series in partnership with Fast Company on The Future of Service in America and The Most Generous People in Business.


The following video is called “The key to true generosity: Rachael Chong at TEDxSMU” and provides the insights of building a community driven project and building a life from the hand you were dealt.


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MOLAA’s Annual Gala 2014

May 13th, 2014

viva_fridaInspired by the groundbreaking exhibition, Frida Kahlo, Her Photos, The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is holding their Annual Gala on Saturday, May 31, 2014.


The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with chilled cocktails and sips of premium tequila. Then at 7:00 p.m. it’s time for stealth collecting at the silent auction and spirited sparring at the live art auction. At 8:00 p.m. with your treasures safely acquired, sit back and savor the spice of Mexico with Honorary Executive Chef Gabbi Patrick’s gourmet dining experience, entertainment representing the sights and sounds of Mexico and a toast to Bank of America for their enduring legacy of support for the arts. The night will filled with music and performances by Trio Ellas and Macondo y su Sonora. Cocktail attire and Frida inspired fashion are welcome.


The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is the only museum in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to the presentation of modern and contemporary Latin American art. The Museum’s mission and activities are generously supported by many partners including corporations, foundations, government agencies, members and individual donors. The annual gala is MOLAA’s signature fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting the Museum’s exhibitions and art education programs.


On Sundays throughout the year admission is Free and provided by Target.


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