Interview with Writer, Director Mark Marchillo and Producer Micah Brandt About their Delightful Dance Film “Breaking Legs”

By: Saga Elmotaseb With the  whirlwind success of  Sundance institute alumni Damien Sayre Chazelle  “La La Land”  there is a sweat darling of a dance film I would like to focus on. “Breaking Legs” is another testament to the totally tubular decade of the 80’s!!! This film is light and heartfelt and shows that even…

Just A Reminder

By: Jannie Vaught The weather is great for gardening now. Warm day’s with cool nights and possible rain! It can’t get any better. Outside the neighborhood was out digging and mowing and planting. Then the reminder came in that I gave myself last year at this time. Don’t plant to soon! Last year the excitement…

Natures Celebration of Spring

  By: Jannie Vaught Every spring the wait for the first Blue Bonnet to show is a day for happy celebration! Happy Celebration Everyone their here!! This is the show of natures beauty we have been waiting through all this dreary dark winter. We have a bunch on the corner of our car port and…

Let’s Make A Movie, People! A Review of Max Finnernan’s Feature Film “The Shells” From 2015 The Phoenix Film Festival

    By: Vernon Nickerson The film “The Shells” had its world premiere at the Phoenix Film Festival on Friday, March 27th. It was a little film with quite a few big surprises. Writer/Director/Producer Max Finnernan uses a sexy and comically smarmy male lead, “The Director/Producer Manny” (Erik Heger) to spin an interesting and engaging…

The Hard Earned Gains of Three Years

By Jannie Vaught El Nino is officially here. The ocean temperatures have risen. Does that mean rain and storms? And this morning is it raining a nice soft rain, all my rain barrels are full to overflow and the garden is growing. It was time to feed the onions and check the baby spinach  to…

Spring Chores

  By: Jannie Vaught The cold howled down on us again and the ice cycles were hanging heavily on the fence. We had to break the ice for water for the critters and everyone is hungry, needing heat calories to keep warm. We wrapper our flowering fruit trees with burlap and clothes pins last night.…

“Plain Clothes ” The Light And Darkness of the PTSD

By: Austin Winter-Chase   This is a deeply moving and insightful film about PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the  toll it takes  on one’s life “Plain Clothes” is written and directed by Sam Jaeger (Parenthood, American Sniper) who also stars as Officer Cole. Officer Cole is a person struggling to balance his dark and stressful work with his…

Garden Chores

By: Jannie Vaught   With another cold spell in our area many of us are just wanting to get out side and get to the needed chores. We had a few warm days and many of the lawn mowers were working late into the evening. With my muscles sore from all this hurried work there…

Spotlight ON: Music and The Brain: A Call to Action, a Southern California Radio sponsored community event

By: Vernon Nickerson On Sunday, January 25, 2015 a typical sunny and warm Sunday California winter afternoon, I had the pleasure of being in a standing-room-only crowd at the Crawford Family Forum, broadcast headquarters of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) station KPPC, 89.3 FM, in Pasadena, California. A diverse group of parents, children, musicians, music and arts…