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For 25 years International Goodwill Ambassador Oscar J. Webb has worked with Congressmen Donald Payne known as the” God-Father of African Affairs” Donald Payne was the first Congressmen of African Decent to reach Congress in a Northern State. The loss of this great leader will be felt however his legacy will go on. As we look at the accomplishments of this great Civil Rights Leader the cry for us is to continue the work for all people especially those are without voice.
WCN and Ambassador Webb wish the family and constituents Donald Payne served tirelessly the peace that only God can provide during this difficult time. We join you in your sorry and ask that the Comforter provide for every need. We celebrate his life and charge forward to build bridges between Americans of African Descent and our beloved Mother Land Africa and its emerging leaders. As we move the International conversation from Civil Rights to Platinum Rights be assured that the lessons taught and learned from Congressmen Payne will be eternal.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful leader with the world. We are all better that he lived and contributed so much to our people.
International Spokesperson Ambassador Oscar J. Webb
During the Congressional Black Caucus
Legislative Weekend held
in Washington, DC on
September 27th Mr. Ruben Atekpe
Chairman of Merchants Company of
West Africa Ltd (Ghana) and
Ambassador Oscar J. Webb were the
guest of Congressman Donald
M. Payne (D-NJ), Chairman of
the Congressional African Affairs
Committee at his annual
Odyssey Boat Cruise.
Donald Milford Payne (July 16, 1934 – March 6, 2012) was the U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 10th congressional district, serving from 1989 until his death. He was a member of the Democratic Party. The district encompasses most of the city of Newark, parts of Jersey City and Elizabeth, and some suburban communities in Essex and Union counties. He was the first African American to represent New Jersey in Congress.
Payne was born in Newark and was a 1952 graduate of Barringer High School. He did his undergraduate studies at Seton Hall University, graduating in 1957. After graduating he pursued post-graduate studies in Springfield College in Massachusetts. Before being elected to Congress in 1988, Payne was an executive at Prudential Financial, Vice President of Urban Data Systems Inc., and a teacher in the Newark Public Schools. In 1970, Payne became the first black president of the National Council of YMCAs. From 1973 to 1981 he was Chairman of the World Y.M.C.A. Refugee and Rehabilitation Committee.
Payne’s political career began in 1972, when he was elected to the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, serving three terms. In 1982, he was elected to the Newark Municipal Council and served three terms, resigning in 1988 shortly after his election to Congress.
While in the House of Representatives, Payne was known as a de facto ambassador to Africa. He helped secure $100 million to help prevent and treat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Darius Mans, president of Africare in Washington, called Payne a committed legislator who cared dearly about the plight of Africans.
“Whenever you needed something done on Africa he did not delegate it, he made sure it happened. Whether it took phone calls to the White House, rallying members of Congress Donald Payne always delivered for Africa.”
U.S. Congressman Donald Payne was elected to the House of Representatives in 1988, the first black congressman elected from New Jersey. In the Capitol, he championed many causes including education and global affairs. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee he worked to promote democracy and protect human rights overseas.
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WCN COMMENTARY: As the world’s most likely first Transmedia Brandcasting Catalyst and Thought Leader, we’ve done a lot of Research at the WCN Think Tank on the future of monetizing streaming video for the future. Recently with the Death of Whitney Houston we called for the Mandating of a National Drug Database to control the last line of defense against dispensing multiple drugs by different doctors and pharmacies. Responding to that post Alan Falk and LinkedIn Connection created this piece called The Grand Unification Theory for Communication in the Future”. We find this to be a compelling read and wanted to share it with you.
By Alan Falk
Ok, let me admit up front: I’m a synthesist. It’s just the way my brain is wired: I take seemingly disparate concepts and notice similarities and figure out how they fit together in nw, otherwise as-yet-unnoticed ways.
Here you have Google, which has made a worldwide impact by developing search algorithms that are now used as tools by nearly everyone for search, correlation, combination of concepts.
Facebook has created a splendid connection environment for friends and families all around the world: photos, personal events, updates, communication.
But wait, there’s more…
Classmates.com also provides a means for people to contact and communicate with schoolmates from high school, college and elsewhere, linking people and their histories and events, too.
Twitter has made it possible for literally tens of thousands of people to keep in touch with incredible numbers of other people and organizations and to stay updated on any event that a subscriber cares to share or comment on.
Blogger and others have provided venues for anyone and everyone to express their ideas and rant or rave about whatever turns them on or off in the world around them. It is another way for the global community to discover others with similar (or opposing) viewpoints, for conversation… or rants.
Linked In has become a success in connecting people, originally in the working world. Anyone can search for co-workers currently or previously employed at a given company and connect to them even, if their lives have taken them physically far away, but who might still want an emotional (or at least email) connection to them.
Skype, where you can talk “face to face” through the internet to anyone with the right hardware, software and communications links. Email with sound and pictures, in real time!
And, of course, there’s email itself, which has revolutionized interpersonal and corporate and advertising communications at an incredible pace. Whether some of us like it or not.
So where does my synthesis come in?
A few years ago, a science-fiction program aired on TV: Flashforward.
The plot was based on the concept of a mysterious force that knocked nearly everyone on Earth out for several minutes, during which they seemed to experience a “flash forward” to what their life would be like some months in the future.
In Flashforward, one of the protagonists created a massive database and communication tool by which people could log on to a central repository and tell their stories… the images of the future they saw during their “blackout period.”
Everyone who wanted to could also search for others who had similar experiences and they could then compare notes. Future-Networking, if you will.
Some of the visions were good, some were frightening and for some who didn’t see anything during their blackout, they might conclude that they might not be alive in the near future. I was disappointed that the series didn’t continue for at least a few more years.
Back to the connection…
The database/communication “tool” in the program was named “Mosaic,” which was amusing to me, as Mosaic was one of the first internet browsers that allowed people to connect to the Internet without having to recite zeroes and ones and a prayer to their desktop computer to make it happen.
A breakthrough human interface tool.
More synthesis, if you don’t already see what’s coming… The “What If…?” part.
Let’s create a Future Vision for worldwide communications that lets anyone and everyone do things like… Let’s call it “The Network” for now. If you want to scare yourself silly, rent the first Terminator movie and think “SkyNet.”
Video: real-time and historical storage, sharing and archiving.
Photos and sound… ditto.
Connecting, like Facebook, Classmates, Linked In, Skype, etc.
And then add a few more layers that expand the scope and benefits to everyone…
Here’s where my synthesis took me:
You catch a cold. You’re not sure if it’s serious or not, but you post it on The Network.
Or you have some other symptoms, new or old, that might describe a known problem or a new one. Fever, chills, a rash, a lump, a pain…
Network files your information away for correlation and comparison.
All the time, Google-like algorithms are scanning posts like yours for patterns.
Usually, there’s no pattern, but once in a while, it might trigger an alarm if it sees a trend where, for example, a lot of people in one community or zip-code are suddenly reporting cold or flu symptoms. Hospitals or even the Centers for Disease Control or other agencies can be warned of a possible outbreak of a problem which might put whole communities at risk. They can also input their observations, which would be correlated with individuals’ reports and inputs.
An example might be tracking reports of serious illnesses, like cancer, tuberculosis, STDs, and so on. Individual data points can be stored securely and privacy can be protected to as great a degree as the users and contributors choose, but when a noticeable trend or concentration of data points “rings a bell somewhere,” users could be choose to be contacted “by the system” to encourage them to get to a doctor, hospital, or call “911 Now!”
Following the spread of a dangerous virus. Or being able to track an e-coli outbreak back to a starting point.
Discovering the number of people having the same problem with a defective part of their car.
Reporting a new spam virus.
Finding people with common interests to form or join a group or club.
Think outside the search engine. Think outside the email package.
Better than GoogleFace, for sure, or Facegle… Whatever.
I’ll leave that to the real marketing gurus.
Maybe just “The Network,” again. Or “Mosaic.”
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Read the Tiffany Rubin interview to hear directly from the mother who found and rescued her abducted son. Find out what her son says about his time in South Kore, what Tiffany wants parents to learn and more!
Mark Miller is the founder of the American Association For Lost Children. In 2008 he went to South Korea to locate Tiffany Rubin’s son. How does he orchestrate covert operations? Read an interview with the man who rescued Kobe to find out!
Lifetime Mom Kimberly Seals Allers writes about the personal connection she has to Tiffany Rubin’s story and why mothers struggle with trusting their ex-husbands when it comes to divorce and custody. Read “Watching My Worst Fears” for her story.
The companion piece to the movie is a fascinating documentary that explores the true story of Kobe’s rescue. Find out more about “Beyond the Headlines: The Tiffany Rubin Story”.
Watch a preview for the documentary “Beyond the Headlines: The Tiffany Rubin Story.” Tiffany Rubin recounts the experience of rescuing Kobe in 2008, and provides insight into the abduction and custody bat
|Taraji P. Henson|
Taraji at the 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, January 25, 2009
|Born||Taraji Penda Henson
September 11, 1970 (age 41)
Washington, D.C., United States
Taraji Penda Henson (born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Yvette in Baby Boy (2001), Shug in Hustle and Flow (2005) and Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009. In 2009, she appeared in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself as April, an alcoholic singer. She currently co-stars in the CBS series Person of Interest.
Henson was born in Southeast Washington, D.C., the daughter of Bernice Gordon, a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop, and Boris Henson, a janitor and fabricator. She is a relative of Matthew Henson, discoverer of the Geographic North Pole. Her first and middle name are of Swahili origin.
Henson spent summers at her grandparents’ house in suburban Southern Maryland. She attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. She first attended NC A&T, where she started a major in Electrical Engineering. She later transferred to Howard University. She worked two jobs—in the morning as a secretary at the Pentagon and in the night as a singing and dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship—The Spirit of Washington—to pay for Howard University. She won the Triple Threat Award and graduated with a degree in Theater Arts.
Henson has appeared in the films Four Brothers (2005), Talk To Me (2007), Smokin’ Aces (2007), The Family That Preys, and Hurricane Season (2009). In late 2008, she starred opposite Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Henson plays the role of Queenie, Benjamin’s mother, in a performance which has garnered critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She noted in an interview that, “Queenie is the embodiment of unconditional love.”
Henson has also been a cast member on several television shows, including Lifetime Television’s The Division and ABC’s Boston Legal for one season. Her recurring appearances in television include the character Angela Scott on ABC’s Eli Stone in December 2008. She has guest-starred on several television shows, such as the WB Television Network‘s Smart Guy, playing the role of Monique (1997–1998); the Fox series House in 2005; and CBS‘s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2006. She also starred on an episode of Sister, Sister. In 2011, Henson was cast in the CBS crime-suspense series Person of Interest.
Henson made her singing debut in Hustle & Flow; she provided the vocals for the Three 6 Mafia track “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp“. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2006, giving Three 6 Mafia the distinction of becoming the first Black hip-hop act to win in that category. Henson performed the song at the live Oscar ceremony on March 5, 2006 with the group. Additionally, she performed the song “In My Daughter’s Eyes” on the 2006 charity album Unexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars.
Henson joined PETA in its campaign against the use of animal products in clothing. Henson has stated “I don’t think a living being should suffer for the sake of fashion, period. End of story… You don’t have to kill an animal just because you want to be hot and fly. And I really stand by that.” A nude ad for the Fur? I’d Rather Go Naked campaign has been released with Taraji P. Henson as the latest celebrity model.
|2000||The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle||Left-Wing Student|
|2001||Baby Boy||Yvette||Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actress|
|2005||Hustle & Flow||Shug||BET Award for Best Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Black Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (Shared with Terrence Howard)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
|Four Brothers||Camille Mercer||Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble|
|2007||Smokin’ Aces||Sharice Watters|
|Talk to Me||Vernell Watson||Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
|2008||The Family That Preys||Pam|
|The Curious Case of Benjamin Button||Queenie||Austin Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
BET Award for Best Actress
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|2009||Not Easily Broken||Clarice Clark-Johnson|
|Hurricane Season||Dayna Collins|
|I Can Do Bad All By Myself||April||Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
|2010||Date Night||Detective Arroyo|
|The Karate Kid||Sherry Parker|
|The Good Doctor||Nurse Theresa||post-production|
|2011||Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story||Tiffany Rubin||Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie|
|From the Rough||Catana Starks|
|1997||Sister, Sister||Briana||episode: “Two’s Company”|
|1997-1998||Smart Guy||Monique, Leslie||episodes: “Big Picture”, “Boomerang”, and “Break Up Not to Make Up”|
|2004||All of Us||Kim||episode: “In Through the Out Door”|
|2011-||Person of Interest||Carter||regular|
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To create, produce, and distribute inspirational Bible-based, films, books and media to the faith-based community and community-at-large to promote insight and moral ethic.
End Touch Movies, Inc. is an independent film production company, Bible-based to provide insight to inform and enlighten the faith-based
and general community-at-large under the direction of
CEO, Dr. William L. Sheals.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Dr. William L. Sheals, Spirit-filled teacher, great visionary, loving, and dedicated pastor are all words that adequately describe this great
man of God, Bishop William Sheals. “Papa Sheals”, as he’s known by his flock, because of the fatherly, AGAPE love and compassion that he shows toward each of his members, is the senior pastor, for over 31 years, of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross, GA.
Bishop Sheals, a Lakeland, FL native, came to Hopewell Missionary Baptist
Church in May 1980. Under his direction and leadership, Hopewell grew from a small rural church to a suburban mega-church. Bishop Sheals is extremely grateful to God for blessing this great union of pastor and church for over 31 years, which is rarely heard of in today’s religious communities.
In 1990, God gave Bishop Sheals a great vision of transforming a 32 acre junk yard, into a beautiful complex where God would be glorified. He wrote the vision and printed it for all to see. After much prayer and hard work, this great vision began to manifest in 1992. Today this awesome community is known as the “City of Hope” which houses a Child Development Center, Youth Center, Senior Citizen Center and Adult Fitness Center, and Mall with a beauty & barber salon, caterer, bakery and a print shop. The mall also has an employment service called “Hope for the Future.” However, it doesn’t stop there. The City of Hope also has a fully accredited beautiful Christian
Academy where children from K4 – 12th grade are educated. The campus also boasts an accredited Bible College.
His entertainment business credits include:
• Broadway/Off-Broadway experience in the 1960’s
• Radio station personality and station owner –
• Three major film appearances
• Director of two independant films
• “The Prodigal Son – Written, directed and produced.
Bishop Sheals has written over 7 inspirational books and has received numerous awards and honors such as the Presidential Special Citizens Award for “Founding Director of Ministers Against Drugs” in 1989, Founding
president of the N. Metro 100 Black Men in 1993, recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award in 1999, and Who’s Who in Black America
in 2002, and most recently Bishop Sheals received the Gwinnett County NCCAP Lifetime Achievement Award. He is currently serving as Ambassador
of Reconciliation and Goodwill for Israel and is also acknowledged in History Maker’s African-American History Archive.
Bishop Sheals is fun-loving and conservative with a great sense of humor. He is happily married to Patricia and they have two children Ryan and Ari.
Whitney Houston has joined the cast of SPARKLE which began principal photography this week in Detroit, Michigan. SPARKLE is a remake of the 1976 film and tells the story of the title character Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), the youngest of three sisters and a music prodigy who struggles to become a star while facing issues that are tearing her family apart. Starring alongside Houston in the musical drama are Grammy® nominated and platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks (“American Idol” winner, Season 6), Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher, Captain America: The First Avenger), Mike Epps (Jumping the Broom, Friday After Next), Carmen Ejogo (I, Alex Cross, Pride and Glory), Tika Sumpter (What’s Your Number?, “Gossip Girl”), Omari Hardwick (Kick Ass, The A-Team) and Grammy® Award winner, Cee-Lo Green.
SPARKLE is being directed by Salim Akil (Jumping The Broom) from a screenplay written by Mara Brock Akil (“The Game”, “Girlfriends”) and produced by Debra Martin Chase (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Just Wright) along with Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, T.D. Jakes and Curtis Wallace (Jumping the Broom, Not Easily Broken). Whitney Houston is also Executive Producing along with Gaylyn Fraiche (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2), and Howard Rosenman (Sparkle, The Family Man). Original music provided by multi-Platinum and Grammy® Award-winning artist R. Kelly. “SPARKLE is a movie I have wanted to remake for a long time and I am so glad to finally see my wish come true and to be part of this stellar team of actors and producers,” said Houston.
Last year, Whitney spent the majority of the year on a world tour in support of her album “I LOOK TO YOU” which to date has sold two million copies worldwide. After the tour, she lent her support to her manager and sister in law, Patricia Houston, who has created and developed a line of beautiful organic scented candles, MARION P, named after the nickname Whitney gave to Patricia. There are five different scents, which were chosen based on a trip Whitney and Patricia took to Israel a few years ago. “I’m delighted to be a partner with Pat Houston and the creation of her beautiful candle line. It’s the essence of everything pure. It’s not just a candle, it’s an experience. I have never endorsed anything before this. These candles are truly inspiring – they are 100% soy and also made with shea butter so that when the candle melts down, you can use it as a body moisturizer. Also, you are doing a good deed as a portion of the sales goes to Patricia’s teen mentoring program,” said Whitney. The candles are available on MarionPCandles.com and also through Whitney’s website, WhitneyHouston.com.
Whitney recently attended Teen Summit, Patricia’s annual teen mentoring event which “Rebuilds, Restores and Repairs” the lives of young teens. The event took place in North Carolina and Whitney spoke to the teens, alongside Kim Burrell, Rickey Minor, and Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side) and others. The event was a huge success and a portion of the candle sales will go toward this charity, which is in its 6th year.
With over 170 million combined album, singles and videos sold worldwide during her career with Arista Records, Whitney Houston has established a benchmark for superstardom that will quite simply never be eclipsed in the modern era. She is a singer’s singer who has influenced countless other vocalists female and male. Music historians cite Whitney’s record-setting achievements: the only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits (“Saving All My Love For You,” “How Will I Know,” “Greatest Love Of All,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “So Emotional,” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”); the first female artist to enter the Billboard 200 album chart at #1 (her second album, Whitney, 1987); and the only artist with seven consecutive multi-platinum albums (Whitney Houston, Whitney, I’m Your Baby Tonight, The Bodyguard, Waiting To Exhale, and The Preacher’s Wife soundtracks, and My Love Is Your Love). In fact, The Bodyguard soundtrack is one of the top 10 biggest-selling albums of all-time (at 17x-platinum in the U.S. alone), and Whitney’s career-defining version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” is the biggest-selling U.S. single of all-time (at 4x-platinum). Houston made her movie debut in The Bodyguard (November 1992), in which she co-starred with Oscar-winning actor/director Kevin Costner. The film not only broke box office records worldwide but was ultimately responsible for the biggest selling motion picture soundtrack album of all time, voted the Grammy-winning Album Of the Year. Her film work continued with Waiting To Exhale (which opened December 1995, preceded by the soundtrack album in November). The critically acclaimed film, starring Whitney with Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon, and directed by Forrest Whitaker, went on to gross over $70 million (in ‘90s dollars). She followed those up with “The Preacher’s Wife” with Denzel Washington and the Emmy winning “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” which was made for TV and garnered huge ratings for ABC TV at the time.
The award winning film WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING has offers for both a theatrical distribution and a PBS broadcast. In order to take advantage of those offers, we must first clear both music and archival rights and provide the distributors with proof of errors and omissions insurance.
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Septentrional 63rd anniversary concert Cap-Haitian Haiti.
WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING tells the story of Haiti’s history – from Columbus to the earthquake — through the music and memories of the country’s oldest and best-known big band Septentrional. For six decades this 20-piece band has been making beautiful music — a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian vodou beats – that turns out thousands of fans each time it plays. At 65, Septentrional has already survived fifteen years longer than the expected Haitian lifespan, its trumpeters, drummers, sax players and guitarists making music through dictatorships, natural disasters, coup d’états, and chaos. They embody a particular Haitian trait – the ability to find beauty in places of darkness.
The story of Septentrional and its continued existence in a place where little survives – not governments, monuments, art works, cities, lives nor even the very landscape – is uniquely Haitian. It is also one of the rare positive stories to come out of a county that has suffered so many hardships. Through its sweeping narrative, infectious music, tension-filled encounters and the musicians’ passionate dreams, the film goes to the core of what makes Haiti one of the most fascinating countries in the hemisphere. When the Drum is Beating allows the viewer to see, feel and hear the passion, commitment and joy of Septentrional’s musicians, and through them, the unique Haitian spirit.
We made this film to give a different access point to Haiti than the stories of poverty and unrest which so often we see in the media. We wanted to show both the broad context of internal and external failures that created the Haiti that is struggling so hard today, and also show that Haitians are not defined by that context, but are living the same dreams, hope and aspirations of people everywhere. Your support of this film will help bring a positive message about Haiti to the world, as well as help insure the survival of Septentrional, one of the last surviving Haitian institutions.
Ti-Bass and the When the Drum is Beating crew in Limbe, Haiti. Photo: D. Morel
With support from organizations like ITVS and NPBC, the Sundance Documentary Fund and private individuals, combined with the efforts of a group of dedicated people who worked for little, and in many cases no pay, we completed the WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING. It premiered at the Tribeca Film festival in April, and over the past five months has screened and won awards at festivals all over the world, including Hot Docs, Silverdocs, Traverse City Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, Festival des Films du Monde and DMZ Docs, Korea. On the strength of the films festival performance, it has been offered a theatrical distribution deal by First Run Features and has been programmed by PBS’s Independent Lens.
These are opportunities that come to only a few documentaries each year, but in order to take advantage of these opportunities we need to pay Septentrioanal for the right to use their music. During the making of the film, the band generously gave us access to their 400-song catalog of recordings they have been building for 65 years, and let us record any live music they played. We made a commitment to the band that if we finished the film and it was picked up for broadcast, we would license their music for use in the film at a fair market rate. We also need to pay for the right to use the extensive archival moving and still images that are in the film, and acquire the “errors and omissions” insurance that is required for all films that are broadcast.
In addition, the film has now been selected for competition at the prestigious International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) for this November. This is the biggest non-fiction film festival and market in the world, and will give us a chance to offer the film to literally hundreds of international broadcasters and distributors. Again, we cannot do this if we haven’t paid for the music and archival images.
WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING has been seen by thousands of people during its festival run. We now have the opportunity to bring its message of hope and promise to literally MILLIONS of people around the world. But we can only do this with your help. Please consider contributing today.
HOW YOUR MONEY WILL HELP
Your money will help both the film in theaters American public Television and receive international distribution, and provide a huge financial boost to one of the only surviving Haitian cultural institutions.
Here is a breakdown of the how the funds will be used:
Pay the band a licensing fee for the use of their music in the film. We promised Septentrional that if we finished the film and got distribution the band we would license their music from them for use in the film. In addition, we will contribute an addition 10% of the funds we raise over our $65,000 target to ensure the continuing survival of the band.
Licensing fees for the almost 23 minutes of archival used in the film. This footage needs to be licensed before we can put the film on the air on in theaters.
Pay For Errors & Omissions insurance.
Pay for making a Digital Cinema Project (DCP) to put the film in theaters.
Pay for recording and mixing a Haitian Creole version of the film. The Dominican Republic Film Festival is organizing a series of free outdoor screenings in Haiti for November. We would like to create a version of the film that is entirely in Haitian Creole so every Haitian, whatever the level of literacy can see the film.
Kickstarter charges a 5% fee for running the campaign and their are cost associated with all the incentives we are providing.
We have come a long way, but cannot get this important story, a story that will be seen by millions, out to the world and insure the survival of an important Haitian institution. Please consider helping in any way you can.
If you are able to contribute financially we have amazing incentives to the right. If you can spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign to your friends, on Facebook, or to strangers in the grocery store we would be eternally grateful!
It may seem strange that a film so successful still needs funding, but this is the state of independent documentary filmmaking in the world. Independent documentary making does not follow a capitalist model, which judges success by the dollars a product makes in the market place, but more of a NGO or non-profit model, which judges success by the number of people it reaches and the change it effects. Because of all the film’s success so far, we have the opportunity to have the film reach millions worldwide. People are interested in programming it and airing it everywhere. However, the challenge is ours to raise funds to complete the film so it can get to the audiences and change their lives.
The premiere of When the Drum is Beating at the Tribeca Film Festival
WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING IS A SURE BET
WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING has already received acclaim but needs your help to reach the larger world. Your donation will go to a project that once it makes it’s budget is guaranteed distribution on television channels all over the globe and will play in cinemas in many countries! You can help ensure that this happens.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors. Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. In other words, if we don’t raise our goal of $65,000, we lose everything. Once we have reached our goal we will contact you to get your address and then we will start working on getting those awesome incentives (at right, ahem) to you!
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|Couture Fashion Week New York15th Season Wraps with a Flourish of Style & Luxury|
|“The remarkable journey continues. This unique event brings together first class couture and luxury fashion designers, amazing performers and trend-setting hair and makeup styling all in an incomparable world-famous venue. Our goal is to establish New York City as a true couture fashion capital.”– Andres Aquino, Founder & Producer of Couture Fashion Week New York
It is exciting to see many fashion designers returning each season to show their powerful collections in New York during Couture Fashion Week at the Waldorf-Astoria. Among the award-winning designers returning this season were Walid Atallah (Dubai), Amal Sarieddine and Mireille Dagher (Lebanon), Nedret Taciroglu (Turkey), Sushma Patel (USA/India), Marco Marcu (Germany), Luis Machicao (USA/Peru) and Romanitza (Romania) who chose CFW as one of the events to celebrate her 20th year in the fashion industry. Designers showing for the first time at CFW included Pilar Macchione, Evgenia Luzhina-Salazar, Romero Bryan, Tammy Duffy, Eredappa, Giovanni Lopresti and Alicat by Avril Lemieux.
Couture Fashion Week’s Official Hair Stylist this season was the Elie Esper Salon, and the Official Makeup Artists were Mykel Renner and AOFM Pro with cosmetics by Inglot. Afterparties and VIP dinners were held at Nino’s Tuscany Steakhouse and Scarpina Bar & Grill. Flawless luxury car transportation was provided by Quintessentially Driven.
Along with the fabulous fashions and accessories shown on the runway, audiences enjoyed performances by such notable entertainers as singers Christine Reber, Veronica Iovan, Dalal, Michael Raven, Sarah Elizabeth
A dazzling display area included a $500,000 limited edition sports car by Alessi Fiberglass and paintings by world-renowned surrealist painter Michael Cheval. Among other exhibitors were Xais Handbags, Hillcock Enterprises, Ashmina Designer Knitwear, Laser Cosmetica, American Laser, and NTDTV.
The event was covered by a large number of press outlets from around the world, with video, print and internet coverage continuing to appear.
The next Couture Fashion Week New York will be held February 17-19, 2012. It is already shaping up to be a memorable event.