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“These Amazing Shadows” to Premiere on PBS’ “Independent Lens” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sheryl Cannady   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:10

“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”  This classic line from “Casablanca” captures the essence of the relationship between American audiences and motion pictures.  That love affair, protecting the nation’s cinematic heritage, and the Library of Congress’ role in film preservation are examined in the documentary, “These Amazing Shadows”  (www.pbs.org/independentlens/these-amazing-shadows/).

Written and directed by Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton, "These Amazing Shadows" will air nationally on the award-winning PBS series “Independent Lens,” hosted by Mary Louise Parker, on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 10:00 p.m. (check local listings). This critically acclaimed documentary has also been released on DVD and Blu-ray and will be available through the Library of Congress Shop (www.loc.gov/shop/).

Since 1989, the Library of Congress selects 25 films each year for preservation in the National Film Registry.  These films are selected for their cultural, historical or aesthetic significance and reflect the rich and diverse landscape of the American experience through a wide spectrum of genres.  They include Hollywood blockbusters, home movies, independent films, shorts, the avant-garde, documentaries and animated films.

“These Amazing Shadows” examines the creation of the Library’s congressionally mandated preservation initiative and explores the nation’s love of movies through rich imagery and insightful commentary. The documentary artfully blends together popular-to-obscure registry film clips and interviews with directors, actors, producers, critics, scholars, archivists, Library staff and members of the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB).

The producers highlight more than 165 film clips from such movie classics as “Casablanca” and “The Wizard of Oz” to provocative documentaries and historic home movies.  Discussing the power of cinema and the need to preserve it are such notables as Christopher Nolan, Rob Reiner, John Singleton, John Waters, Tim Roth, Debbie Reynolds, Leonard Maltin and the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington.

As part of his mission to preserve the nation’s film legacy, the Librarian of Congress names the 25 annual selections to the registry after reviewing hundreds of titles nominated by the public and conferring with Library staff and NFPB members.  The number of selections in the registry currently totals 550.  The 2011 selections for the National Film Registry will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Described as a “valentine” to motion pictures, “These Amazing Shadows” showcases compelling moments and poignant examples of the power and influence of film on American culture.  Among them are:

•  “Boyz N the Hood” director John Singleton commenting on why he supported the controversial inclusion to the registry of D.W. Griffith’s racially biased masterpiece “The Birth of a Nation”;

• “Star Trek” actor George Takei recounting the experience of Japanese-Americans in relocation camps during World War II, which is authenticated by revealing scenes from “Topaz,” Dave Tatsuno’s home movie about the internment camps;

• Stephen Peck’s emotional insight into the value of such war films as “The Deer Hunter” and “Best Years of Our Lives”;

• Before-and-after restoration work on “The Godfather” negatives left in tatters from overuse;

• The Library’s discovery and restoration of the uncut 1933 drama, “Baby Face,” starring Barbara Stanwyck;

• The role of women filmmakers and the pioneering work of Dorothy Arzner and Lois Weber, who was Universal’s top director before 1920.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.

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SKYHORSE PUBLISHING TO PUBLISH BLUEWATER'S SPECIAL HARDCOVER, eBOOK EDITION OF“WRATH OF THE TITANS” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Schultz   
Monday, 12 December 2011 16:18
As the sword-and-sandals-epic “Wrath of the Titans” has become one of independent comic book publisher Bluewater Production most successful fiction titles, the original 2008 mini-series is being re-released this spring as a special edition graphic novel through partner Skyhorse Publishing.

According to Bluewater, the expanded version will include over 30 pages of never-before-seen material and be released in hardcover format and as an eBook through Paperless Publishing.

“It’s a timeless story; a classic story and with all the new material, it still seems fresh,” said Bluewater president Darren G. Davis, “I’m looking forward to seeing the title in libraries, schools and book stores across the country.”

Written by Davis and his brother Scott Davis, “Wrath of the Titans” tells the story of Greek mythological hero Perseus after he has defeated Medusa, saved the city from the Kraken and became king of Argos. The story is full of Olympian intrigue, double-crosses, revenge, heroes, gods, monsters…and mayhem.

“Wrath of the Titans,” scheduled for a March 2012 release, is a 128-page graphic novel (comprised of the four original individual issues plus additional promotional extras including a new cover by famed DC artist Joe Phillips). It is illustrated by Nadir Balan.

This book will be the first Bluewater title distributed as a hardcover edition. It includes a new cover by DC Comics’ Joe Phillips.

“It is the first step of a great adventure,” said Skyhorse Publisher Tony Lyons, “We look forward to the success of this book and to putting many future Bluewater titles in the hands of new fans.”

Additionally the expanded edition is being prepared for an eBook rendition at the same time by Paperless Publishing.

"Our goal from the beginning of Paperless Publishing was to take eBooks and translate them into hard covers.  I am pleased that we are doing that with “Wrath of the Titans” and Skyhorse Publishing. Bluewater has been a great partner for Paperless Publishing as we have distributed over 100 of their eBooks to much success," said Meghan Kilduff, Paperless’ publisher.

Bluewater president Darren G. Davis emphasizes that “Wrath of the Titans” is an extension of the original movie’s vision and concept and has no current ties with the sequel to the “Clash of the Titans” remake baring the same name.

The graphic novel will retail for $18.99. It will be available through traditional retail outlets, comic book shops, traditional book stores and several online venues including Amazon.com and the Barnes and Noble.

High-resolution images and interview opportunities are available upon request.

About Bluewater Productions

Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”),  legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”),  Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.”

Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.

Bluewater's books are managed by Jarred Weisfeld of Objective Media.

About Skyhorse Publishing
Skyhorse Publishing was launched in September 2006 by Tony Lyons, former president and publisher of the Lyons Press, and its first titles were published in March 2007. Lyons talked to dozens of potential investors, all of whom asked the same question: "Can a new book publishing company make it in the current environment?" His response remains: "Succeeding as an independent publisher is not going to be easy, but by scouring the country for genre books that large publishers ignore, resurrecting forgotten classics, and by moving both more quickly and with greater attention to detail than other publishers, I believe we can flourish."
Skyhorse—with its four imprints (Arcade Publishing, Allworth Publishing, Sports Publishing, and Sky Pony Press) now boasts a backlist of 1,500 books. Since its founding, Skyhorse has published an eclectic and maverick list that includes books on history, politics, rural living, humor, and more. With its new imprints, the Skyhorse program now includes business, art, fiction, regional books, and children's books.
About Objective Entertainment (Paperless Publishing)

Paperless Publishing was founded by Objective Entertainment's Jarred Weisfeld and is a full service book to eBook conversion and publishing house. Meghan Kilduff has moved over from Objective Entertainment to be the new company's Publisher. Paperless Publishing is looking to publish both fiction and nonfiction in all genres. We plan to publish over 100 titles in the next year.

 
‘THE CITIES WITH JIM MERTENS’ CELEBRATES ONE YEAR ON THE AIR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 12 December 2011 13:57
MOLINE, ILLINOIS – On Thanksgiving night 2010 WQPT premiered a brand new public affairs program called “The Cities with Jim Mertens.” This Thanksgiving the program celebrates one year on the air. Producer Lora Adams said “We’ve interviewed more than 100 guests, everyone from Governor Branstad to original Freedom Rider, Diane Nash. Plus, we’ve been able to introduce our audiences to variety of local musicians and artists.”

Host Jim Mertens had wanted for some time to do a longer format public affairs program. “I have the best of both worlds,” Mertens said referring to his job as morning anchor at WQAD and his hosting duties for WQPT. “We’ve had the opportunity to talk with folks about the most up-to-the minute topics. From the flooding on the Mississippi to a couple who were caught in the civil unrest in Egypt to most recently, discussing the construction projects taking place in downtown Moline. We’re also really excited that the Victor and Doris Day Foundation,
who were the original funders for the program, have once again provided funding for a second year” Mertens said.

“The Cities” is taped at Fusion Communications in Davenport, Iowa and airs on Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Sundays at 5:30 pm. WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University, located in Moline, Illinois.

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There Are No More Fences Says Western Author PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Scott Wilson   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 14:29

British writer Chris Scott Wilson who has five of his westerns released worldwide as ebooks by Boson of North Carolina is gratified to see they now have trailers to help promote them on YouTube. Chris admits he is pleased publishers can now generate video teasers just as Hollywood always has done for movies. “I find it tremendously exciting,” he enthuses. “It’s a new kind of marketing for books, and any step forward in bringing books to the public’s attention can’t be a bad thing. And presenting them visually hauls them into the 21st century.”

“I also find it incredible that somebody on the other side of the world from the US,” Chris reveals, “in Europe, India or Japan, or even Australia can turn on their computer and see a trailer for one of my books. Even more amazing, now that we’re moving into a digital age, they can follow on from watching the trailer and visit their on-line retailer to buy the book and have it downloaded on their computer within minutes if not seconds. All the fences have gone.”

While there are those who rigidly stick to their taste for print books, Chris says, “There’s no reason print and digital can’t exist side by side. There are those who want to keep books on their shelves. I do too, but there are also times when we read on the move, for example on holiday or commuting, and ebook readers enable us to carry as many as we want. Technology is advancing so fast. We should embrace, not resist those parts that are beneficial to us.” He smiles. “I like to think of my ebook reader as an iPod for my books.”

To see the trailers, either follow links from Chris’s website www.chrisscottwilson.co.uk or search for “chris scott wilson” on Youtube where you will locate a list. His books Desperadoes, The Quantro Story, Double Mountain Crossing, The Copper City and The Fight at Hueco Tanks can all be found on leading US ebook retailers’ websites, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  Appleapp.com, Books on Board, Booksamillion and many others.

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Biltmore Who's Who Selects Donna Marie Beserra as an Honored Member of the Executive and Professional Registry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holli C.   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 10:18

Moline, IL –— Donna Marie Beserra, Publisher and Author for Artisitc Creations Book Publishing, has been selected as an Honored Member of the Biltmore Who’s Who Executive and Professional Registry. The selection recognizes Donna Marie Beserra’s commitment to excellence in Children’s Books.

Beserra, who began working in book publishing in 2002, started her own business just five years later, writing, producing and publishing children’s books.

Currently working on an autobiography that she hopes will help others interested in writing and publishing books on their own, Beserra studied creative writing at Black Hawk College and has taken numerous business, writing and self-publishing courses over the years.

In addition to her writings, Beserra is currently producing her own television show, Discover Your Talent, which is viewed on Mediacom’s channel 19 on Monday evenings at 8pm central time. Her “Creative Creatures” interactive books are featured on the show, along with creative ideas and acts performed by various children.

“I hope to inspire kids around the world to discover their talents,” Beserra said about her show.

Beserra is a member of the Midwest Writing Center and has taught numerous classes at Black Hawk College. She hopes to soon have her first book, Twirly Shirley In My Sister The Twister, made into a computer animated film or an onstage production.

Beserra will be offering some free ebooks on her website on how to write a children’s book, please visithttps://sites.google.com/site/discoveryourtalentshow/. She also has a new Christmas site at http://sites.google.com/site/christmaswonderful/.

About Biltmore Who's Who:

Biltmore Who's Who specializes in providing members with pertinent biographical information of key Executives and Professionals that comprise its membership throughout North America. Biltmore Who's Who encourages all members to use the publication to contact and network with other members to enhance public relations or possibly develop mutual and beneficial business relationships.

Contact: Biltmore Who’s Who, Hollywood, Fl.
Holli C., 954-893-0114

 
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