'Summer Snow' Changes the Game for Faith Based Films
American Family Studio is proud to announce the filming of Summer Snow, a dramatic comedy that tells the heart wrenching and hope filled story of Susan Benson and her family.

Contact: Don Cobb, American Family Studios, 662-255-9557Summer Snow
LEXINGTON, KY, May 20, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- American Family Studio is proud to announce the filming of Summer Snow, a dramatic comedy starring David Chisum, Cameron Goodman, Rachel Eggleston, Brett Rice, produced by Dan Atchison and Eric Baird directed by Jeremy and Kendra White.
Summer Snow tells the heart wrenching and hope filled story of Susan Benson's death, and how it forever changed her husband Dan, and three children's lives. Forced to find a new "normal," the Bensons must now re-learn how to be a family without the glue that held them together. The Bensons were always a family of faith, but now that faith has been shaken and they are unsure where God fits into this new reality. But just as God often answers prayer in unique and unexpected ways, Susan provides comfort and words of wisdom when each person needs it most, setting her family on a path of healing and hope.

Summer Snow stars David Chisum, Cameron Goodman, Garrett Backstrom, with Brett Rice (Forrest Gump, Remember the Titans, Super 8, Country Strong, and House) and introducing, Rachel Eggleston. Critics say "This is a breakthrough performance from the entire cast!" "What a refreshing change of pace! Summer Snow is truly a family film." "Rachel Eggleston's heartwarming portrayal of Hallie...shines and leaves you smiling."
Estimated Release Date: October 1, 2012 limited release. Distributed through American Family Studios, and in conjunction with Voice of the Martyrs.

Launch of Coast Guard Digital Newsroom set to start Thursday

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to launch its new digital newsroom starting Thursday, bringing its existing family of 23 news sites under a singular and comprehensive news site designed to streamline access to Coast Guard news, imagery and information.

Currently, each Coast Guard District public affairs office, and select public affairs detachments and headquarters units, have individual news release sites.  Under the new digital newsroom architecture, all these sites will become child pages of the digital newsroom site, www.uscgnews.com, the url that currently serves as the Coast Guard Headquarters news site.

The landing page of the Coast Guard digital newsroom will feature the releases from all Coast Guard District public affairs offices, public affairs detachments and headquarters units under a compiled recent updates column.

Inquiries can be directed to the specific districts by use of the drop down menu or the contact us tab.  Contact information for each public affairs office will also be featured prominently on their child page of the digital newsroom.

Subscribers to the uscgnews.com RSS feed can continue to receive their feed by accessing the new digital newsroom's RSS feed at www.uscgnews.com/go/feed/4007/ru/rss20/.

"Our goal is to improve our compliance with OMB and DHS OPA web governance while retaining our ability to seamlessly work in the joint environment and continuing to provide excellent service to our customers," said Cmdr. Chris O'Neil, chief of media relations for the Coast Guard.  "We've carefully engineered the new site, and are transitioning out existing sites to the digital newsroom over the course of two days, to limit the potential impact any unforeseen performance gaps.  Our use of the PIER System has evolved and changed throughout our decade long partnership.  The move to a digital newsroom is the next step in our evolution in the use of this tool to provide the media, and ultimately the public, the latest news, imagery and information about their U.S. Coast Guard."

Media desirig to provide feedback regarding their ability to access news, imagery and information on the new digital newsroom are encouraged to contact the Coast Guard Headquarters media relations staff at PublicAffairsDuty@uscg.mil.


Additions Mark 10th Anniversary of Registry

The voices of former slaves, the sounds of Native American culture, the creative wordplay of "Rapper's Delight," Donna Summer's electric 1977 hit and the only surviving recording of a stage icon are among the sound recordings selected for induction into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.  Marking the 10th anniversary of the registry, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today selected 25 sound recordings that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures for generations to come.

"America's sound heritage is an important part of the nation's history and culture and this year's selections reflect the diversity and creativity of the American experience," said Billington.  "These songs, words and natural sounds must be preserved for future generations." Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library's National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with selecting annually 25 recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and are at least 10 years old.  The selections for the 2011 registry bring the total number of recordings to 350.

The selections named to the registry feature a diverse array of spoken-word and musical recordings?representing nearly every musical category?spanning the years 1888-1984.  They cover a great breadth of sounds and music, ranging from the first commercial recording and the authoritative voice of journalist Edward R. Murrow to the innovative music of Hawaiian Sol Hoopii and the novelty of the all-women's jazz band International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

Among this year's selections are Dolly Parton's autobiographical song, "Coat of Many Colors"; Prince and the Revolution's "Purple Rain," the soundtrack from Prince's 1984 movie debut; Leonard Bernstein's debut performance with the New York Philharmonic; the 1912 "Come Down Ma Evenin' Star," the only surviving recording of Lillian Russell who is considered one of the greatest stars of the American musical stage; the Grateful Dead's 1977 Barton Hall concert; an album from "A Charlie Brown Christmas";  and the pioneering hip-hop album "Rapper's Delight."

Other additions to the registry feature notable performances by Ruth Etting, Bo Diddley, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Love, Parliament, Booker T. & the M.G.'s and the Gregg Smith Singers.

Nominations were gathered through online submissions from the public and from the NRPB, which comprises leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation. The Library is currently accepting nominations for the next registry at the NRPB website (www.loc.gov/nrpb/).

As part of its congressional mandate, the Library is identifying and preserving the best existing versions of each recording on the registry.  These recordings will be housed in the Library's Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., a state-of-the-art facility that was made possible through the generosity of David Woodley Packard and the Packard Humanities Institute, with benefaction from the U.S. Congress. The Packard Campus (www.loc.gov/avconservation/)  is home to more than 6 million collection items, including nearly 3 million sound recordings.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. The Library 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.

2011 National Recording Registry

1.  Edison Talking Doll cylinder (1888)

Few, if any, sound recordings can lay claim to as many "firsts" as the small, mangled artifact of a failed business venture discovered in 1967 in the desk of an assistant to Thomas Edison.  This cylinder recording, only five-eighths of an inch wide, represents the foundation of many aspects of recording history. It was created in 1888 by a short-lived Edison company established to make talking dolls for children, and is the only surviving example from the experimental stage of the Edison doll production when the cylinders were made of tin. As such, this recording of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," as sung by an anonymous Edison employee, is the earliest-known commercial sound recording in existence.  It is also the first children's recording and, quite possibly, the first recording to be made by someone who was paid to perform for a sound recording.  Due to its poor condition, the recording was considered unplayable until 2011 when its surface was scanned in three dimensions using digital mapping tools created at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and developed in collaboration with the Library of Congress.

2.  "Come Down Ma Evenin' Star," Lillian Russell (1912)

"Come Down Ma Evenin' Star" is the only surviving recording of Lillian Russell, one of the greatest stars the American musical stage has ever known.  She was a versatile performer at home in operetta, burlesque and vaudeville whose personal life often generated as much publicity as her performances. Born in 1861, she was a star before movies and recordings, which in their early days could not do justice to her famous beauty, voice, style and stage presence.  "Come Down" was her signature song.  She introduced it in the 1902 burlesque review "Twirly-Whirly," parodying the nouveau-riche society figure she had become, but investing it with a poignancy that reflected its troubled history. Russell's former music director John Stromberg wrote the song.  Hours after finishing it, he committed suicide because of the pain of chronic, untreatable rheumatism.  Russell recorded the song in 1912, but it was not released until years later.  In 1943, rare record dealer Jack L. Caidin found a lone test pressing of "Come Down Ma Evenin' Star," inscribed by Russell herself, and released it on his own specialty label, providing us with a brief echo of the Lillian Russell phenomenon and a fleeting glimpse into 19th-century American theater.

3.  "Ten Cents a Dance," Ruth Etting (1930)

Singer Ruth Etting was one of the first great singers of the electrical era of recording, the period after the mid-1920s when the microphone replaced the acoustic recording horn.  As with the best of the male crooners of the period, Etting's vocal delivery was artfully understated and personal. In the words of popular music writers Phil Hardy and Dave Laing, Etting, "[b]y turns peppy, fragile, and gallant ... evinced the contradictory spirits of America in the Depression:  sometimes beaten down, sometimes bearing up, whenever possible blithe."  All these characteristics are evident in her recording of Rodgers and Hart's "Ten Cents a Dance," recorded only two weeks after Etting introduced the song on stage in the musical "Simple Simon."

4.  "Voices from the Days of Slavery," various speakers (1932-1941 interviews; 2002 compilation)

In 2002, the American Folklife Center created the online presentation "Voices from the Days of Slavery," gathering together 24 interviews with former African-American slaves conducted mostly between 1932 and 1941 and across nine Southern states as part of various field recording projects.  During this period, thousands of slave narratives were also collected on paper by WPA workers, but these are the only known audio recordings of former slaves.  As historian C. Vann Woodward said of the WPA narratives, these recordings "represent the voices of the normally voiceless," but with all the nuances of expression that written transcriptions cannot reproduce. They recall aspects of slave life and culture, including family relations, work routines, songs, dances and tales, as well as the harsh realities of slavery, including punishments and auctions.  They recount experiences of the Civil War, Emancipation and Reconstruction.  One interviewee worked for Confederate President Jefferson Davis, as did his father and grandfather. These are fragments of history and reflect the technical and social limitations of the  recording sessions.  The voices of these ex-slaves, however, provide invaluable insight into their lives, communities and the world of slavery they left behind.

5.  "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," Patsy Montana (1935)

Singer Patsy Montana's signature song, "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," was written in 1934 when she was feeling lonely and missing her boyfriend.  Montana recorded the song a year later when Art Satherly of ARC Records needed one more song for a recording session with the Prairie Ramblers.  Her song's lively, quick polka tempo and yodeling refrain, and Montana's exuberant delivery, resulted in it being requested at every performance.  The song became one of the first hits by a female country-and-western singer.  A popular performer on the WLS radio program "National Barn Dance," Montana was the soloist with the Prairie Ramblers, a group that successfully melded jazz and string-band music.  Montana's film appearance in the Gene Autry film "Colorado Sunset" in 1939 introduced her to a wider audience, and her independent, high-spirited personality and singing style quickly secured her popularity as a singing cowgirl.  Montana was named to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

6.  "Fascinating Rhythm," Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Five (1938)

In the 1890s, Hawaiian musicians began playing open-tuned guitars flat in their laps, fretting the strings with steel to produce distinctive sliding tones.  The style soon reached the U.S. mainland, and when young Sol Hoopii arrived in California in 1924, the Hawaiian steel guitar was a mature and demanding instrument with national popularity.  Hoopii emerged as its greatest exponent, applying it to traditional hulas, ragtime, jazz and pop.  He and his peers influenced blues and country slide guitarists, and Dobros and pedal steel guitars are descended from the Hawaiian model.  Hoopii switched to electric guitar in the 1930s and displays his formidable technique on this Gershwin standard, deftly mixing tonal variations, a chord solo and bass runs into an adventurous and swinging improvisation.

7. "Artistry in Rhythm," Stan Kenton and his Orchestra (1943)

That Stan Kenton led a jazz orchestra, not a dance band, is obvious from the first notes of "Artistry in Rhythm." This was no smooth, melodic song intended for swaying couples in the big-band ballrooms, but a complex jazz concert piece.  Though he composed the song in 1941, Kenton was unable to record it until 1943 because of the recording ban imposed by the American Federation of Musicians over royalty payments.  The music stood out then and its freshness remains obvious to listeners today.  Arranged as well as composed by Kenton, "Artistry in Rhythm" exhibits traits that are typical of his work?an aggressive sound, innovative for the layering of one section of the orchestra playing over another, then another layer over both.  As one reviewer observed, Kenton's music "was always controversial, but never sleepy."

8. Debut performance with the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (November 14, 1943)

On Nov. 14, 1943, 25-year-old Leonard Bernstein, then the little-known assistant conductor of the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York, made his conducting debut with the ensemble as a last-minute substitute in unenviable circumstances.  Guest conductor Bruno Walter was sick, regular conductor Artur Rodzi?ski was hundreds of miles away, and the concert was to be broadcast live across the country by CBS Radio.  Bernstein met briefly with Walter, but had no time to rehearse.  Concertgoers and radio listeners were moved deeply as Bernstein led the orchestra through the program.  After the second piece, he was brought back to the podium four times and excitement continued to grow.  In Boston, Bernstein's mentor Serge Koussevitzky dictated a telegram:  "Listening now. Wonderful."  Bernstein's triumph made the front page of the next day's New York Times and was reported across the country.

9. International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women's Band of the 1940s (1944-1946)

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm was an interracial all women jazz band formed in the late 1930s at the Piney Woods Country Life School, a boarding school for African-American children in Mississippi.  The band made very few commercial recordings, but toured extensively in the 1940s, performing in Europe as well as at predominantly African-American theaters.  The band also was showcased in several motion pictures.  Professional musicians who joined the band include vocalist Anna Mae Winburn, Viola Burnside on tenor saxophone and Ernestine "Tiny" Davis on trumpet.  The International Sweethearts of Rhythm album, released in 1984 by Rosetta Records?a record label dedicated exclusively to reissuing performances by female jazz and blues artists?includes commercially recorded tracks by the band and excerpts from an appearance on the Armed Forces Radio Service program "Jubilee."

10. "The Indians for Indians Hour"  (March 25, 1947)

Originated by Don Whistler (a.k.a. Chief Kesh-Ke-Kosh), radio show "The Indians for Indians Hour" aired on the University of Oklahoma's WNAD in Norman, Okla., from 1941 until 1985.  It was a weekly venue for Native American music and cultural exchange featuring guests and music from 18 tribes reached by the station's signal, including Apaches, Arapahos, Caddos, Cheyennes, Choctaws, Comanches, Kaws, Kiowas, Osages, Otos, Pawnees, Poncas, Seminoles, Shawnees and Wichitas.  Whistler allowed only Indian music and had no non-Indian guests unless they worked for Indian Services.  This program, one of 320 known to survive, includes news of a recent powwow and songs praising Indian war veterans sung by a group of Kiowa war mothers.  Though the program was sometimes criticized for primarily highlighting music and entertainment instead of issues, it nevertheless served as an important tool for generational sharing and the popularization and preservation of  Native American culture.  In 1946, the show reached an estimated weekly audience of over 75,000, nearly all of Native American origin. Whistler hosted the show until his death in 1951. Later hosts included Boyce Timmons, Elton Yellowfish, David Timmons and Sammy "Tonekel" White.

11.  "Hula Medley," Gabby Pahinui (1947)

Gabby Pahinui was a master of slack-key guitar, a style originating in Hawaii.  In slack key, one or more of a guitar's strings are loosened or "slacked" from the standard EADGBE format to create a different tuning, usually a chord that allows it to be played without using the fretboard.  Often the thumb plays rhythm on the lower strings, while the fingers play the melody on the higher strings.  Pahinui made some of the first modern recordings in this genre, including the lovely instrumental "Hula Medley" in 1947.

12.  "I Can Hear It Now," Fred W. Friendly and Edward R. Murrow (1948)

"I Can Hear It Now" was an unlikely hit?a collection of speech excerpts and news reports from 1933 to 1945 featuring a wide array of speakers from Will Rogers to Adolph Hitler.  Columbia Records gambled on radio producer Fred Friendly's idea when a musicians' strike limited the recording of new music.  Friendly, later president of CBS News, spent months locating and copying 100 hours of broadcast disc recordings, using newly introduced magnetic recording tape to create compelling montages.  CBS Radio's Edward R. Murrow added star power as narrator and co-writer.  "I Can Hear It Now" found Americans eager to relive their own history, and sold briskly on 78-rpm discs and in Columbia's new LP format.  The ease of editing and recording on magnetic tape allowed the creation of portions of the album that are now controversial, such as the fabrication of a break-in announcement of the Pearl Harbor attack, and the re-recording of a newscast to replace a damaged original.  However, the recording was widely imitated and Friendly and Murrow produced two sequels, along with radio and television spin-offs.

13.  "Let's Go Out to the Programs," The Dixie Hummingbirds (1953)

At the time of its release, "Let's Go Out to the Programs" was considered to be a novelty, but it now stands as a celebration of a golden age of African-American gospel music.  In the '50s, high-energy quartets and quintets like the Dixie Hummingbirds played multi-artist shows known as "programs," where several top gospel acts pushed each other to the limit.  Led by the legendary Ira Tucker, the Hummingbirds recreate such a program in less than three minutes with striking although good-natured imitations of four gospel groups:  the Soul Stirrers (with their young lead singer, Sam Cooke), the Blind Boys of Mississippi, the Pilgrim Travelers and the Bells of Joy.  The Dixie Hummingbirds continue to perform today, led by Ira Tucker Jr.  Younger singers carry on the legacy of the Soul Stirrers while original members of the Bells of Joy still sing in their home of Austin, Texas.

14.  "Also Sprach Zarathustra," Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1954, 1958)

Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" was recorded several times during the 78 rpm era, but had to wait for magnetic tape, superior microphones and advances in disc mastering for its extremely wide dynamics to be fully captured as recorded sound.  The dawn of high-fidelity recording happily coincided with the beginning of the Fritz Reiner era at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, when the ensemble was hailed by Igor Stravinsky as "the most precise and flexible orchestra in the world."  One of Reiner's first recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, "Zarathustra," was taped simultaneously in mono and stereo by two RCA Victor teams although only the mono version was initially issued.  The album's 1958 release in RCA's Living Stereo line a few years later showed just how great the recording and performance were, with the perspective and balance Reiner drew from the orchestra fully revealed.

15.  "Bo Diddley" and "I'm a Man," Bo Diddley (1955)

Born Elias Otha Bates in Mississippi in 1928, Bo Diddley acquired his stage name after moving to Chicago as a child.  He played guitar locally with a small group, drawing inspiration from the polyrhythmic song and music emanating from storefront churches, a pulsing blend that he distilled into the song "Bo Diddley," the A-side of his first single.  Drummer Clifton James played the defining beat, and Bo's guitar and Jerome Greene's maracas added further rhythmic layers beneath the chanted couplets.  Having introduced himself, he threw down the gauntlet on the B-side, "I'm a Man," a throbbing slow blues that, as simple as it seems, took nearly 30 takes to get down just right.  It was also a major hit and inspired Muddy Waters' answer song, "Manish Boy."

16.  "Green Onions," Booker T. & the M.G.'s  (1962)

Booker T. & the M.G.'s were a rarity when they were formed in the early 1960s?a racially integrated rhythm-and-blues group.  Formed as a house band for Stax Records, Booker T. & the M.G.'s were playing around in the studio in early 1962 when they came up with two catchy instrumentals.  "Green Onions" was originally intended as the B-side to "Behave Yourself," but was quickly reissued as the A-side, then later as the title cut to their first LP.  Anchored by the rhythm section of drummer Al Jackson Jr. and bassist Lewie Steinberg, "Green Onions" is propelled by Booker T. Jones' driving organ and Steve Cropper's stinging guitar.

17.  "Forever Changes," Love (1967)

Love was an integrated psychedelic band from Los Angeles that played an aggressively original mix of rock, folk and blues, but the band was falling apart as its members prepared for their third album, "Forever Changes."  Leader Arthur Lee was alarmed and pessimistic about the state of the world and was convinced his own demise was imminent, although he lived until 2006.  His new songs were filled with unexpected shifts and rife with foreboding, though his message was ultimately about resolution and self-reliance in the face of uncertainty and impermanence.  Two compositions by second guitarist Bryan MacLean somewhat augmented Lee's musings, but were no less striking and unusual.  Rock was growing more electric in 1967, but "Forever Changes" is essentially acoustic, with a restrained and supple rhythm section supporting the ambitious horn and string charts of pop arranger David Angel, making Johnny Echols' searing guitar solos all the more memorable.  The fusion of psychedelic, mainstream and classical styles, now seen as a landmark, found few takers at the time. Love soon disintegrated, but "Forever Changes" continues to loom large.

18.  "The Continental Harmony: Music of William Billings," Gregg Smith Singers (1969)

Composer William Billings published six collections of his choral music between 1770 and 1794.  His "New England Psalm Singer" (1770) was the first tune book devoted entirely to the compositions of a single American composer.  Billings was largely self-taught, yet his a cappella choral writing, featuring the melody in the tenor, created an indigenous sacred music that expanded the musical language of America.  While Billings was well-known in his lifetime?his song "Chester" was nearly as popular as "Yankee Doodle" during the American Revolution?his work was largely forgotten for more than a century.  Despite his having composed over 340 works, little of Billings' music was included in mainstream American sacred choral music collections after 1820.  His musical style and some of his pieces, however, were kept alive within America's Southern shape-note singing tradition.  Following World War II, a generation of scholars and performers rediscovered his fresh and vigorous music.  This recording by the Gregg Smith Singers, a 16-member choral ensemble dedicated to the performance of American music, helped re-introduce Billings' music to the world.

19.  "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Vince Guaraldi Trio (1970)

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" introduced jazz to millions of listeners.  The television soundtrack album includes expanded themes from the animated "Peanuts" special of the same name as well as jazz versions of both traditional and popular Christmas music, performed primarily by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.  The original music is credited to pianist Guaraldi and television producer Lee Mendelson.  Best remembered is the "Linus and Lucy" theme, originally composed by Guaraldi for an earlier "Peanuts" project, which remains beloved by fans of the popular television specials, those devoted to the daily newspaper comic strip and music lovers alike.

20.  "Coat of Many Colors," Dolly Parton (1971)

Dolly Parton's autobiographical song, "Coat of Many Colors," affectionately recounts an impoverished childhood in the hills of Tennessee that was made rich by the love of her family. The song was instrumental in establishing Parton's credibility as a songwriter.  Her voice uplifts the song with emotion and tender remembrances of her close-knit musical family.  Parton has called "Coat of Many Colors" the favorite of her compositions because of the attitude and philosophy it reflects.  Parton's prolific songwriting career has embraced many different musical styles, including pop, jazz and bluegrass, as well as country.  Dolly Parton was voted the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the year for 1975 and 1976, and the its Entertainer of the Year in 1978. She also was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

21.  "Mothership Connection," Parliament (1975)

"Ain't nothin' but a party, y'all" intones George Clinton on the title track of this lively and rhythmic funk album.  While this undeniably is a party record, it is also rooted in the deepest currents of African-American musical culture and history.  For example, the words "Swing down, sweet chariot/Stop, and let me ride" are an unmistakable reference to the influential spiritual recorded by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. "Mothership Connection" was released in late 1975 shortly after the arrival to Parliament of saxophonist Maceo Parker and trombonist and arranger extraordinaire Fred Wesley.  Like Parker and Wesley, bass player Bootsy Collins, dubbed by one critic a "bass deity," had played with pioneer of funk James Brown.  Add to such assembled talent the classically trained Bernie Worrell, whose synthesizer conjures galaxies of  cosmic sound but whose piano, as heard on the track "P-Funk," evokes the ethereal chords of jazz pianist McCoy Tyner.  DJ, conductor, arranger and wild lyricist George Clinton oversees the whole, providing an amazing range of space characters (Lollipop Man, Star Child) outlandish vocabulary ("supergroovalistic," "prosifunkstication") and all-around funkiness.  The album has had an enormous influence on jazz, rock and dance music.

22.  Barton Hall concert by the Grateful Dead (May 8, 1977)

The Grateful Dead was known for its eclectic style that drew on many genres of popular and vernacular music, an improvisational foundation, and a commitment to touring and "live" performances.  The Grateful Dead was one of the few musical groups to not only allow, but encourage fans to record its concerts, offering tickets to a special "tapers" section at their shows. The organized trading of Grateful Dead tapes goes back at least to 1971 with the formation of the First Free Underground Grateful Dead Tape Exchange.  Fans of the Grateful Dead will never completely agree about which one of their over 2,300 concerts was the best, but there is some consensus about the tape of their Barton Hall performance at Cornell University on May 8, 1977. The soundboard recording of this show has achieved almost mythic status among "Deadhead" tape traders because of its excellent sound quality and early accessibility, as well as its musical performances.

23.  "I Feel Love," Donna Summer (1977)

Brian Eno famously declared after hearing Donna Summer's single "I Feel Love" that the track would "change the sound of club music for the next 15 years."  Summer wrote the song in collaboration with producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Belotte, who felt that the song was supposed to represent the music of the future and should be entirely electronic.  Consequently, they hired Robbie Wedel who brought four cases of Moog synthesizers to the session.  Those produced nearly all the sounds on the record, including synthesized bass drums and cymbals. Particularly notable was the bass line that Belotte has described as "a giant's hammer on a wall."  When the thunderous sound was combined with Summer's breathy and ethereal vocal, the cut?as Eno predicted--took the clubs by storm.  Partly through the involvement of Patrick Cowley, who made a 15-minute remix along with an 8-minute one, the song won particular popularity in gay dance clubs and soon achieved the status of an anthem in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

24.  "Rapper's Delight," Sugarhill Gang (1979)

The Sugarhill Gang's infectious dance number from late 1979 might be said to have launched an entire genre.  Although spoken word had been a component of recorded American popular music for decades, this trio's rhythmic rhyming inspired many future MCs and rap artists. The album version of "Rapper's Delight" is an epic 14 1/2 minute salvo of irreverent stories and creative wordplay.  The song dates from hip-hop's infancy.  As such, it does not address subject matter that has given rap music both positive and negative notoriety, but the song's inventive rhymes, complex counter-rhythms and brash boastfulness presage the tenets of hip hop. "Rapper's Delight" also reflects an early instance of music sampling, drawing its bass line and other features from Chic's 1979 hit "Good Times."  As a result of an out-of-court settlement for copyright infringement, songwriting credits for "Rapper's Delight" include that song's composers, Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards, as well as Sylvia Robinson and the Sugarhill Gang (Michael Wright, Guy O'Brien, and Henry Jackson).

25.  "Purple Rain," Prince and the Revolution (1984)

Prince was already a hit-maker and a critically acclaimed artist when his sixth album, the soundtrack for his 1984 movie debut, launched him into superstardom.  Earlier, he had played all the instruments on his records to get the sounds he wanted, but now he led an integrated band of men and women who could realize the dense, ambitious fusion that he sought, blending funk, synth-pop and soul with guitar-based rock and a lyrical sensibility that mixed the psychedelic and the sensual.  Prince experimented throughout the album, dropping the bass line from "When Doves Cry" to fashion a one-of-a-kind sound, and mixing analog and electronic percussion frequently.  Portions of "Purple Rain" were recorded live at the First Avenue Club in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis.  The success of the album served notice that the Twin Cities were a major center for pop music as numerous rock and R&B artists from the region emerged in its wake.  Like much of Prince's other work, "Purple Rain" was provocative and controversial, and some of its most explicit lyrics led directly to the founding of the Parents Music Resource Center.


2011 National Recording Registry (Listing in Chronological Order)


1.  Edison Talking Doll cylinder (1888)
2. "Come Down Ma Evenin' Star," Lillian Russell (1912)
3.  "Ten Cents a Dance," Ruth Etting (1930)
4.  "Voices from the Days of Slavery," Various speakers (1932-1941 interviews; 2002 compilation)
5.  "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," Patsy Montana (1935)
6.  "Fascinating Rhythm," Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Five (1938)
7.   "Artistry in Rhythm," Stan Kenton & and his Orchestra (1943)
8.  Debut performance with the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (November 14, 1943)
9.  International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women's Band of the 1940s (1944-1946)
10. "The Indians for Indians Hour"  (March 25, 1947)
11.  "Hula Medley," Gabby Pahinui (1947)
12.  "I Can Hear It Now," Fred W. Friendly and Edward R. Murrow (1948)
13.  "Let's Go Out to the Programs," The Dixie Hummingbirds (1953)
14.  "Also Sprach Zarathustra," Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1954, 1958)
15.  "Bo Diddley" and "I'm a Man," Bo Diddley (1955)
16.  "Green Onions,"  Booker T. & the M.G.'s  (1962)
17.  "Forever Changes," Love (1967)
18.  "The Continental Harmony: Music of William Billings," Gregg Smith Singers (1969)
19.  "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Vince Guaraldi Trio (1970)
20.  "Coat of Many Colors," Dolly Parton (1971)
21.  "Mothership Connection," Parliament (1975)
22.  Barton Hall concert by the Grateful Dead (May 8, 1977)
23.  "I Feel Love," Donna Summer (1977)
24.  "Rapper's Delight," Sugarhill Gang (1979)
25.  "Purple Rain," Prince and the Revolution (1984)

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Do you remember the many occasions when you found yourself asking: What should I do? Where should I go? What is wrong, and why do bad things happen to me? How can I enjoy a better life, a more fulfilling career, stronger social connections, economic freedom, greater self-confidence or a more passionate relationship?

Life is complicated, and sometimes things get difficult; in such situations what we need is guidance. With this in mind, Avram Cosmin has written the first of a planned series of books entitled "Be a WINNER - Get the LOVE YOU want". The book was written especially for you with the objective, not of teaching you, but rather to help you benefit from the power of reading it.

Bear in mind that the premise of this book is YOU, and the reason it was conceived was to help you solve many of your problems by using the right approach. As Avram Cosmin states, "What matters in life is what you decide is right for you and at the same time how you choose to make it happen". He also says that, "Life is full of unexpected ups and downs. This must not be a surprise to anyone, but rather an opportunity to enjoy life and to reinvent ourselves".

The book "Be a WINNER - Get the LOVE YOU want" is about YOU, your needs, wishes, hopes and desires. It is about your ability to understand the reality of the society you live in, and to accept how things work. It is about how you handle the situation at hand and how you interact with others.

In the words of the author "Reading is knowledge. In reading this book, you make a statement to yourself that no matter what the circumstances are, you will never stop seeking to be a better person, a happier individual and more successful in life as a human being, on a professional level by doing the work you love and on a personal level as a child, lover, spouse or parent".

If you wish further details on "Be a WINNER - Get the LOVE YOU want", or on the author himself, Avram Cosmin, please visit www.avramcosmin.com.


Author and Reiki master Karen J. Fox inspires readers with her personal journey

IOWA CITY, Iowa - In her new book Living Peace (published by AuthorHouse), Karen J. Fox shares her story of spiritual healing and developing the tools to become a Reiki master, inspiring readers to follow in her footsteps and find their own peaceful life.


Living Peace introduces five principles for living a peaceful life, and invites the reader to examine their own life and incorporate the principles to help them to live peacefully. Fox shares her personal journey toward understanding how to live these principles in an effort to model the process for readers. She believes that "...peace is a present-moment attitude and action." The principles she lives by, and conveys to readers, suggest that living peacefully requires decision-making, self-observation and the courage of one's convictions.


Fox pursued the practice of Reiki following a major surgery. Now she is a Reiki master and teacher and offers her services to help others in their healing process. She credits her work for inspiring her journey toward understanding the importance of, as she says, "...living by the principles of Reiki, embracing forgiveness, confidence, compassion, gratitude and integrity" - the core beliefs that she hopes to pass on to readers.


"Living Peace will act as a resource as readers can return to any chapter at any time to refresh their memory, explore more deeply, and increase the sense of peacefulness they carry in their own lives," says Fox.


About the Author

Karen J. Fox was born in Jamestown, N.Y., and now lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Fox was introduced to Reiki after a major surgery to correct a birth defect, and she became enraptured with the practice. She is a Reiki master and teacher specializing in the Usui method of self healing. Fox teaches Reiki and meditation workshops, and offers private and group sessions promoting health and peace. She is the director of the Compeer Program of Johnson County, which matches adults receiving mental health treatment with community volunteers in supportive and caring friendships.


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Roth, Vargas Llosa, Boyle, Brooks, Cornwell, Eugenides, Finney

To Speak at 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival


Event to Take Place on National Mall Sept. 22 and 23


Renowned authors Philip Roth, Mario Vargas Llosa, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Eugenides, and poet Nikky Finney will be among more than 100 writers speaking at the 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, between 9th and 14th streets on the National Mall.  The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.

Other authors and poets slated to appear at the festival include Natalie Babbitt, Bob Balaban, Robert Caro, Stephen L. Carter, Sandra Cisneros, Michael Connelly, Junot Diaz, Thomas Friedman, Joy Harjo, Steve Inskeep, Walter Isaacson, Jewel, Poet Laureate Philip Levine, Mike Lupica, Lois Lowry, David Maraniss, Chris Matthews, Walter Dean Myers, Mary Pope Osborne, Chris Raschka, Marilynne Robinson, Lisa Scottoline, R.L. Stine, Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, Craig Thompson, Colson Whitehead and Daniel Yergin.

The 2012 National Book Festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions, including two Sunday-only pavilions: Graphic Novels/Science Fiction and Special Presentations.  Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, have photos taken with PBS storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. An estimated 200,000 people attended in 2011.

Details about the Library of Congress National Book Festival can be found on its website at www.loc.gov/bookfest/. The website offers a variety of features, and new material will be added to the website as authors continue to join this year's lineup.

The 12th Library of Congress National Book Festival is part of a larger Library of Congress "Celebration of the Book" in 2012 and 2013. The celebration will encompass several events and an exhibition, opening late in June in the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, featuring "Books That Shaped America."

"The book's role in passing knowledge from person to person, from generation to generation, is unique and irreplaceable," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for "American Pastoral." In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House, and in 2002 received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction. He has twice won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. "The Plot Against America" won the Society of American Historians' prize for outstanding historical novel on an American theme in 2003-2004.

Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature, has used his writing to oppose authoritarianism and to condemn societies that fetter personal freedom. His works include "The Time of the Hero" (1963), "The Green House" (1966), "Conversation in the Cathedral" (1969), "The War of the End of the World" (1987), "The Storyteller" (1987) and "The Dream of the Celt" (2010). In the early 1970s Vargas Llosa began to advocate democracy and the free market. In the late 1980s he ran unsuccessfully for the presidency of Peru, recorded in his memoir "A Fish in the Water" (1993).

T. C.  Boyle is the author of 22 books, including, most recently, "When the Killing's Done" (2011). His awards include the PEN/Faulkner Prize for best novel of the year ("World's End," 1988) and the PEN/Malamud Prize in the short story ("T.C. Boyle Stories," 1999).

Author Geraldine Brooks, a native of Australia, worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and in 1982 won a scholarship to the journalism master's program at Columbia University in New York City. Later she worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel "March." Her first novel, "Year of Wonders," was an international bestseller, and "People of the Book" became a New York Times bestseller.

Jeffrey Eugenides, a native of Detroit, published his first novel, "The Virgin Suicides," to acclaim in 1993. His novel "Middlesex" won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, The Gettysburg Review and Granta's "Best of Young American Novelists."

Patricia Cornwell is an award-winning and best-selling writer of forensic mysteries that focus on medical autopsies and investigations. Her novels are prized for their authenticity and revealing glimpses into the psychology of professionals at work. Cornwell has expanded the role of the female detective in the mystery genre; her early journalistic work, in which she witnessed autopsies, contributes detail to her writing.

Poet Nikky Finney came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff's Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. She has authored four books of poetry: "Head Off & Split" (2011) which won the 2011 National Book Award for poetry; "The World Is Round" (2003); "Rice" (1995); and "On Wings Made of Gauze" (1985). A professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky, Finney also authored "Heartwood" (1997) edited "The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South" (2007), and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets.

Other poets, authors or illustrators slated to participate in the Library of Congress National Book Festival include Katherine Applegate, Avi, Fergus Bordewich, Natalie Pope Boyce, Christopher Bram, Giannina Braschi, Peter Brown, Douglas Brinkley, Bryan Collier, James Dashner, Anna Dewdney, Michael Dirda, Maria Dueñas, Stephen Dunn, John A. Farrell, Sharon Flake, John Gaddis, Michael Grant, Linda Greenhouse, Jenny Hahn, Charlaine Harris, Paul Hendrickson, Ellen Hopkins, Nalo Hopkinson, Tony Horwitz, Eloise James, Tayari Jones, Laura Kasischke, Charles Kupchan, Hope Larson, David Levithan, Margot Livesey, Thomas Mallon, Leonard Marcus, Sonia Manzano, Steven Millhauser, Corey Olsen, Patricia Polacco, Laura Amy Schlitz, Francesca Serritella, Susan Richards Shreve, Anita Silvey, Sally Bedell Smith, Jerry Spinelli, Philip C. and Erin E. Stead, Margie Stiefvater, David Ezra Stein, David O. Stewart, Raina Telgemeier, Jeffrey Toobin, Justin Torres, Vernor Vinge, Siobhan Vivian, Eric Weiner and Jacqueline Woodson.

Internationally known artist Rafael López, who has illustrated several books including "The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred" by Samantha  R. Vamos, "My Name is Celia, Me Llamo Celia" by Monica Brown, "Our California" by Pam Muñoz Ryan and "Book Fiesta!" and "Yum! MmMm! Que Rico!" by Pat Mora, designed the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival poster and will speak at the festival.

Representatives from across the United States and its territories will celebrate their unique literary offerings in the Pavilion of the States.  The Let's Read America Pavilion will offer reading activities that are fun for the whole family. The Library of Congress Pavilion will showcase treasures in the Library's vast online collections and offer information about Library programs. Sponsor Target will reprise its  "Family Storytelling Stage" featuring authors and musical acts popular with young children.

The 2012 National Book Festival is made possible through the generous support of National Book Festival Board Co-Chair David M. Rubenstein; Charter Sponsors Target, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patrons the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS KIDS; Contributors Barnes & Noble; Digital Bookmobile powered by OverDrive and Scholastic Inc.; and?in the Friends category--the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, The Hay Adams and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thanks also to C-SPAN2's Book TV, The Junior League of Washington and The Links.

The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, is the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library's rich resources and treasures may be accessed through the Library's website, www.loc.gov.


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May 16, 2012

"Books That Shaped America" Exhibition to Begin Project

The Library of Congress - the world's largest repository of knowledge and information  - will begin an ongoing "Celebration of the Book" with an exhibition this summer of "Books That Shaped America." It will be part of a larger series of programs, symposia and other events that explore the important and varied ways that books influence our lives.

The "Books That Shaped America" exhibition will be on view from June 25 through Sept. 29 in the Southwest Gallery, on the second floor of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Library is closed on Sundays and federal holidays.

The Library's "Celebration of the Book" includes its 12th annual National Book Festival, which will be held Sept. 22-23 on the National Mall. The festival draws hundreds of thousands of book lovers each year.   

The initial selection of "Books That Shaped America" will not be definitive; rather, it will mark the beginning of an ongoing recognition of culturally significant books from all genres of writing. Members of the public will be asked to nominate books for subsequent lists of "Books That Shaped America." In 2013, the Library will recognize "Books That Shaped the World."

"The 'Celebration of the Book' at the Library of Congress demonstrates our recognition of books as the cornerstones of American culture and democracy," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "We want to involve all Americans in a conversation about books and how they have affected them."

The Library of Congress, with collections that are universal and comprise all media, has a long history of acknowledging the importance of books. It sponsors book symposia and author discussions, held year-round; exhibitions, such as the display of Thomas Jefferson's Library, which formed the "seed" of today's Library of Congress; and its annual National Book Festival.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. The Library 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.

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Atlanta, GA - Award winning feature film "Chasing the White Dragon" (CTWD) has signed a North American/Canada cable pay-per-view distribution deal, placing the movie in the homes of 19.6 million cable subscribers beginning May 8, 2012. Included cable carriers will be Verizon, Charter Communications, Mediacom, AT&T U-verse and Rogers Communications (Canada).

The film, which was filmed in Tupelo, Mississippi, depicts a fictional group of crystal meth users trapped in a torrent of violence, deceit, paranoia and passion. They must leap from the careening roller coaster or ride it to its nightmarish end.

"Though the story behind this film is fictional, it carries a tragic truth that many have experienced, including my extended family," said Kathilynn Phillips, CTWD writer and director. "Crystal meth destroys you mentally, physically and socially. Even one hit of it causes birth defects. Anyone touched by the evils of crystal methamphetamine should watch this film. This drug continues to be a scourge on small town America regardless of our best efforts to stop it."

"Chasing the White Dragon" is already available for purchase or rent as a digital download on iTunes, YouTube Rental and Amazon.com (DVD). It will soon be available on Snap.com, Hulu and Vudu.com.
This emotionally charged motion picture has won numerous awards such as Best Feature - Live Action in the 2011 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Best Feature Pocono Mountains 2009, Best Ensemble Cast First Glance Hollywood 2009 and First Place Best Screenplay 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

About the Film and Cast:

CTWD comes to life through powerful performances, stunning special effects and energizing music. This gripping, fast-paced tale depicts a fictional group of crystal meth users trapped in addiction known all to well to the millions of meth abusers worldwide.

Ryan Kennedy (The Invisible, Hunter, Whistler, V, Caprica) delivers a chilling performance as crystal meth cook, Ethan Duffey, obsessed with concocting ever more powerful forms of the drug. Seeing his fellow meth users as lab rats, he often finds cruel joy in manipulating them as they become desperate for his "special recipes". Preston Vanderslice (Blonde Ambition, Transmorphers) explodes on the screen as Jesse, a long-time dealer and self-crowned leader of the group who holds the reigns through rage and intimidation. However, his control over the group and his mental state slowly unravel as he finds the drug overpowering him. In a moving performance by Learyn Wilde, Jesse's downtrodden girlfriend, Lindsay Butler, is caught between two equally unforgiving and tragic worlds, from which both she longs to break free. Up and coming country music artist Kree Harrison stars as Jasmine, Lindsay's closest friend and Ethan's former object of affection, but she is on the outside now struggling to get her life in order. Sixteen year-old Rud, portrayed by talented newcomer Matt Kimbrough, is trying to flee one world that has dealt him tragedy only to find himself in even more dire circumstances as his addiction deepens. In an extraordinary performance by Amanda Ward (Invasion of the Pod People, Freakshow, Van Helsing's Way of the Vampire), Paulina is a hard-core addict living outside the group who's frequently buying and begging dope from both Jesse and his fierce and violent competitor, Raul. Her addiction and associations drive her to ever more desperate circumstances culminating in an explosive confrontation with her demons. Also stars Austin Haley (Kings of Brooklyn, One Life to Live), Johnny McPhail (Ballast, Big Bad Love) and Samantha Welch.

This array of characters proves to be a dangerous mix and the events set in motion by a death and driven by the drug-inflicted deterioration of the group leads to its implosion. But, there is more than one way out.

About the Filmmakers:

CTWD is written and directed by Kathilynn Phillips (Kat Scratch Films - Atlanta) and co- produced by Austin Haley (Little Bo Productions- Mississippi) and Eric Springman. The team strives to create independent motion pictures with compelling and timely content of high production value. They have been recognized together and individually as they have and continue to achieve this goal.

Debra Williams pens new prayer journal, For the Lives of My Children

PALM CITY, Fla. - For many years, author Debra Williams has been keeping prayer journals intended to be a gift to her children. Looking back through them one day, she noticed how much her prayer life had changed through the years. What began as a list of wants soon became more about thanks and praise. To help parents and even their children learn more about the Scriptures and their importance, Williams has turned her journals into the new book, For the Lives of My Children, Prayer Journal (published by CrossBooks).


For the Lives of My Children is a 120-day prayer journey, guiding readers to pray God's Word over the lives of a loved one. Williams has included over 100 pieces of Scripture, along with 120 prayers to assist and encourage those who have a burden for someone - in particular, children and grandchildren.


Williams hopes her prayer journal will encourage readers to keep praying for loved ones in need, and that it will serve as a guideline for doing so.


"Prayer is such a great need in today's world and is sometimes the only thing we have in regard to a loved one," Williams says. "Oftentimes, prayer is much more needed than our words to that loved one.


About the Author

Debra Williams grew up in South Florida and accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of 7. She has taught Sunday school to different age groups for several years. Today she lives in Florida's Treasure Coast area, where she enjoys watching her children and grandchildren grow.


CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, is a Christian publishing imprint committed to bringing more Christian voices into the publishing industry. Established authors, first-time authors, and authors anywhere in between can meet their goals and fulfill their vision for their books by publishing with CrossBooks. CrossBooks' innovative style of publishing blends the best of traditional and self-publishing. While our authors contribute monetarily to cover the cost of publishing, we maintain a strict moral and quality standard that every manuscript must meet for us to publish. For more information on publishing your Christian book with CrossBooks, log on to crossbooks.com or call 1-866-879-0502.

dphilms hires Executive Producer and Operations Manager

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (April 19, 2012) - dphilms, a full-service multi-media production company has named Jennifer Verscha as its new Executive Producer and Operations Manager.

Jennifer will use her skills as a marketing guru to promote dphilms through social media, web, tradeshows and networking events. Her impeccable organization skills will be used to manage client services, workflow and scheduling while keeping projects on time and on budget.

"We are pleased Jennifer has joined the dphilms crew," noted Shelly Dingeldein, President of dphilms. "We know her experience and expertise will be a great asset to our creative team."

Jennifer brings 10 plus years of event planning, retail, management and marketing experience. Having worked for and assisted in marketing campaigns for both small and large companies, from fortune 500 to not-for-profit organizations; including  Simon Property Group, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and Von Maur, just to name a few.

Jennifer Verscha has a BA in Management and a minor in Marketing from Western Illinois University - Quad Cities.

She and her husband reside in Rock Island, IL with their two sons.

About dphilms:

With over 35 years in the production business, the creative staff at dphilms has delivered outstanding results to a broad range of clientele in broadcast programming, commercials, corporate & training videos, promotional & tradeshow videos, music videos, feature films and many more. Our work can be seen on nearly every major network including: The History Channel (American Pickers), FOX News Channel NY, MSNBC (Hardball & Morning Joe), Lifetime, HGTV, ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS. We have been involved in 100's of infomercials featuring famous pitchmen from George Foreman to the late Billy Mays, as well as, music videos for Jon BonJovi, Nickelback and Keith Urban.

Our 11,000 sq. ft. facility in The District of Rock Island houses the latest in HD technology, from cameras to two fully-equipped HD editing suites.

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