An evocative slice-of-life animated doc short from Patthey and Monney, recorded in black and white pencil-drawn vignettes, the daily grind at a nursing home: Aged patients sagging faces, claw-like hands, frequent arm-chair slumbers, rows of Zimmer frames, the clutter of the home’s office. A meticulous real-life soundtrack endows the film with added authenticity. … [Read more...] about 10 Short Films Not to Miss at Locarno Film Festival
Tony allen film of life
By law, the U.S. is different. But we are seeing this mentality creep in via proposals to import pricing policies from countries like Canada or to ration care under COVID-19. In Texas, Michael Hickson, an African American man in a wheelchair with preexisting brain damage, entered a hospital with COVID-19 and doctors decided — in defiance of his wife, and likely in violation of U.S. civil rights laws — that his life wasn’t worth saving. To them, he had no quality of life. Cases like Michael Hickson's are stark reminders that we could live in a world like Sandy Stevens’s, if we don’t fight. … [Read more...] about Is the administration looking out for Americans living with disabilities?
“I feel like they need to know that failure is not fatal, and because you may feel like you failed yourself or you fail others around you, it’s easy to let yourself slip into a state of depression and really beat yourself up,” explained DeMarcus. “My thing is that there’s always hope there for you. There’s always a way out. There’s always a way to move forward. You find that hope in different things. People that love you — friends. My hope happens to be in a relationship that I started early on in my life with Jesus Christ. I’m just simply writing the book also to suggest that maybe, instead of looking everyone else, you can find some of the answers you’re looking for in your own relationship with Christ.” … [Read more...] about Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus explains why he wrote about giving his daughter up for adoption in new memoir
"More important, however, is that in Shakespeare's adored masterpiece, love (and the occasional magical botanical) has the potential to restore order out of chaos. This theme of restoration would resonate anywhere in the world, but certainly in no places more than Newtown, CT and Parkland, FL. In the first scene of the play, Hermia says, 'I know not by what power I am made bold.' I think this production, having been created in Newtown and now being performed in Parkland, is proof of how the arts have helped to make bold the young artists in these two towns that share this horrendous common bond.None are bolder, nor more worthy of national pride, than the young MSD activists, some of them 'drama kids,' and the national youth movement they have started; who are actively creating change in this country. It is my hope that, as in the play, love, alongside the type of boldness that demands compassion, builds community, and promotes understanding, will combat the negative forces that … [Read more...] about Stoneman Douglas HS to Present ‘ ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream
Aug. 21: Actor-filmmaker-writer Melvin Van Peebles is 88. Guitarist James Burton (with Elvis Presley) is 81. Actor Clarence Williams III (“The Mod Squad”) is 81. Singer Jackie DeShannon is 79. Actor Patty McCormack (“The Ropers”) is 75. Singer Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams is 73. Actor Loretta Devine (“Boston Public”) is 71. Newsman Harry Smith is 69. Singer Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) is 68. Guitarist Nick Kane (The Mavericks) is 66. Actor Kim Cattrall (“Sex and the City”) is 64. Actor Cleo King (“Mike and Molly”) is 58. Singer Serj Tankian of System of a Down is 53. Actor Carrie-Anne Moss (“The Matrix,” ″Chocolat”) is 50. Musician Liam Howlett of Prodigy is 49. Actor Alicia Witt (“Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” ″Cybill”) is 45. Singer Kelis is 41. Actor Diego Klattenhoff (“The Blacklist”) is 41. TV personality Brody Jenner (“The … [Read more...] about Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 16-22