“GNT” A Short Film About Female Self Validation

By Joanna Panayi Directed by Sara Hirner and Rosemary Vasquez Brown, “GNT” is an edgy animated short created by and for women. Honest conversations between young females inspire this short film to expose the repeated cycle that is self-validation. We see the female characters Glenn, Nikki, and Tammy’s contradictory friendship as it often relies upon…

The State Of The World

By Joanna Panayi We are built with a reliance.It is in our bonesWe act in our nature.We learn in our nurture.To fight for our thrones.We conquer the planet.Yet, they do not get it.They continue to thread it.As we continue to spread itWe need to work together.Do not speak if you do not act.Do not act…

“NASRIN” Movie Review

By Liisa Cohen The opening frames had my heart pounding, the ending frames had me in tears. NASRIN is a deeply moving, heart breaking and all too real story of Nasrin Sotoudeh, an attorney, human rights activist and political prisoner in Iran. With the back drop of modern day Iran, director/ writer/producer Jeff Kaufman and…

“Days of the Whale” Review: A Relevant Message For Today

By Joanna Panayi Director Catalina Arroyave Restrepo was born in Medellín, Colombia. In 2010 she co-funded Rara, an-art house producing company based in Medellín. Her debut film, Days of the Whale, won two screenplay awards, the most important Colombian production fund (FDC), and had its world premiere at the 2019 SXSW film festival. It will have…

The Howling Moment Of Change

At this moment everything that our society was built upon seems to be falling away. Showing the true inadequacy of our global community. It seems time and time again we continue to repeat the mistakes of the past, each time we state that we have finally learned the lessons of humanity and yet tribalism still…

La Restauración A Tale Of Damnation And Redemption

By Monteque Pope-Le Beau Director Alonso Llosa’s tragicomedy La Restauración will have its World Premiere at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. La Restauración is a poignant cautionary tale about excess, greed, disillusionment and elitism. The story takes place in a period of rapid urban growth in Peru when money is flowing freely allowing…

An interview with “TRIBES” Director Nino Aldi, Producer/Actor DeStorm (day-storm) Power and Producer/Actor Jake Hunter

By: Vernon Nickerson Edited by: Christopher Roberts “Tribes” is a tremendously poignant and thought provoking film. With a rich textured story “Tribes” paints a picture of humanities complicated identity. It is the consequential poem of our times. Tribes” will be a featured short at the 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival and The Art Of Monteque…

Us And Iran Were Both Wrong

By Stephan Pisko Countries’ do not care about their citizens’ Iran’s “missile mishap” is a clean cut example of this fact. Did Iran even think before they fired off (12) Russian made missiles’ that maybe possibly might just might hit a commercial airline/s? And keep in mind this is a “religiously spiritual” based country going…

Corrupting Change

By  Stephan Pisko Change is corrupting within this time and environment if something changes you can be 98.9% sure that it will be corrupting in some controlling corrupt case/s. Apps’ are “holographic hollowness” they were never really there their existence was overlapped transparent invisibility high priced meaningless material that are marketable muses’. We psychologically cannot…

The Reproduction Is The Original  

By Stephan Pisko The visual artist as a ‘psychologically subliminal’ medium using the camera as a means of creative expression as long as the ‘visual expression’ was not a ‘pre-determined outcome’ via a ‘commercial source’. Because of a ‘no waste value’ factor the visual artist is subliminally forced to use ‘waste’ as a ‘transformed terrain’…

New School of Thought – Special Children – Part One

By Stephan Pisko Mainstream academia inhibits intellectual growth ,but promotes intellectual competition a forced level of intelligence rather than a natural occurring ‘self knowledge’ attracted to you via a non-physical awareness that the ‘you’ was unaware of ‘competition is an intellectual firewall’ stifling self knowledge as the ‘self’ competes with nothing it only challenges. Mind…

You Cannot Be Truthful When You Want To Survive

By Stephan Pisko You cannot be truthful when you want to survive because your desperate for survival within the physical and professional realms’ so you fabricate “something that sells your wants” something that is morally appealing to the mass population and shines a “favorable light” on you a light of (honesty and integrity) that swarms…

Los Angeles Legendary Eclectic Contemporary City

    By Stephan Pisko If you take a moment to brief the history of this very contemporary city you soon are revealed that it is indeed a ‘legendary eclectic modern edgy classic’ point in space where a great many artistic movements’ from the 1950’s through to present day not to mention the memorable ‘movie…

A Message Of Hope And A Plea For Help to Save Mes Aynak

By: Director Brent E. Huffman Saving Mes Aynak is ultimately a story of hope.  This is a film that is optimistic for a better future for Afghanistan, a country plagued by over 30 years of perpetual war yet containing one of the richest cultural histories in the world. This documentary is dedicated to Afghan archaeologists,…