The MiNAPRESS Column

On with the show. The column resumes.

Posted in arts, dance, events, journalism, music, performing arts, pr, public relations, salsa, sonoma, wine country by MiNA on February 24, 2017

Greetings from the MiNAPRESS news desk…. Since our last post, freelance journalist Mina Rios wrapped up 2016 with the October 26 issue/feature story “Refined Lines” in the Pacific Sun newspaper, commemorating the 10 Year Anniversary of Alonso King LINES Ballet’s BFA Program at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA.

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As we embark on 2017, the MiNAPRESS Column will resume with more regularity, as will published articles in print with a variety of media outlets. To that end, if you’re a professional artist/arts organization, a winery, restaurant, or brewery and have a unique story angle, contact Mina Communications for consideration in a feature story or review. Submit your query here.

In other news, Mina Communications proudly announces its partnership with Santa Rosa Salsa – serving as the company’s publicist/advisor. Santa Rosa Salsa is the pulse of Sonoma County – presiding at the helm of what is an actively growing Salsa community. Regular events and classes include:

  • LIVE Salsa at the Flamingo Resort. Monthly – every 2nd Saturday
  • Salsa & Bachata dancing every Sunday at the Flamingo Resort. 21 and older. Salsa dance lesson included.
  • Bachata dancing every Thursday at the Flamingo Resort. 21 and older. Bachata dance lesson included.
  • Salsa Crash Course w/Irene. Teaching the fundamentals of Salsa to get you confidently on the dance floor. A 4-week class series begins at the start of each month.  No partner or experience necessary. Location: 1808-B Empire Industrial Ct., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  • Santa Rosa Salsa is also the presenter of the annual Santa Rosa Salsa Festival (projected for October 2017; location TBA) as well as Dancing Under the Stars at Francis Ford Coppola Winery (live musical guests to be announced). Summer 2017 dates include:
    • June 24
    • July 22
    • August 26
    • September 23

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Until next time. Live. Dance. And Prosper….

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MinaComm Pressing-on in 2016

Greetings Arts Enthusiasts!

Mina Communications has been keeping very busy since our last posting in July 2015. From article writing to new client generation, the work and results have been both steady and positive. Here’s what you’ve missed and what’s to come….

July 2015  – Pacific Sun – Restaurant Review: “Whip It Good” by Mina Rios

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October 2015 – San Diego Reader – Feature: “How Comic-Con Spectators Combat Hotel Wars. The Overnight Game of Woes.” by Mina Rios

 

December 2015 – Pacific Sun – Cover Story: “Cool Vines” by Mina Rios

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January 2016 – Santa Rosa Salsa client PR efforts for the 6th Annual Santa Rosa Salsa Festival
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February 2016 – Flamingo Resort client PR efforts for the 25th Annual Santa Rosa Tattoo & Blues Festival

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • “About the Music” Screenplay by Mina Rios completed. More details to come…
  • Mina Communications and New York City based Duvall Productions will be collaborating on various creative projects beginning in mid 2016. More details to come.

Thanks for your readership. As always – Live. Dance. And prosper.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: The San Diego Film Scene

Posted in events, film, news, san diego by MiNA on October 2, 2014
Willem Dafoe and Michael Pena on location shooting "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done." Photo by J Rios.

Willem Dafoe and Michael Pena on location shooting “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done.” Photo by J Rios.

For every writer, editor, media outlet, and business entity with an online presence, one’s biggest fear is getting buried by the tsunami of content that’s already on the web. What could be worse? How ’bout when your content disappears completely after an online source met its demise? The circumstance is inevitable, therefore if salvaging one’s past work is a priority, ensure you have copies to post elsewhere later-on, such as one’s blog; hence the reason for posting this 2009 write-up on the San Diego Film Commission for AmericanChronicle.com. Enjoy…..

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San Diego has an impressive filmography that dates back to the silent film era. Cecil B. DeMille filmed the Virginian in 1914 which soon triggered an ongoing following by other major filmmakers. To attract even more film production traffic to the area, the city of San Diego created a simplified permit acquisition process. As film-making steadily increased, the San Diego Film Commission (SDFC) became the designated resource for all local film related efforts.

The SDFC serves as a liason between the film industry and city ordinances so that producers can devote more of their time to their film projects. The commission provides a step by step overview of the permit acquisition process with sample documents of Production Agreements, Certificates of Insurance, and Talent and Property Release Forms. An invaluable Film & Video Resource Guide is also produced every year and includes lists of film location sites, talent and pre/post production specialists, and production equipment providers.

San Diego has an array of modern and historic architectural structures that are ideal backdrops for film, plus a variety of diverse terrain that can easily pass as other parts of the world such as Spain, Mexico, the Mediterranean, Hawaii, among other places. Notable films produced in San Diego include “Citizen Cane,” “Some Like It Hot,” “Top Gun,” “the Hunt For Red October,” “Bugsy,” “Apollo 13,” “Almost Famous,” “Traffic,” “Pearl Harbor,” and “Babel.”

Other major draws to filming in San Diego; there is no cost for filming on California state properties and film permits are free. The California Film Commission also recently instated a tax credit incentive that will go into effect on July 1, 2009. SDFC Commissioner/CEO Cathy Anderson is thrilled about recent developments in the business. She shares, “Not only did we get a new state film incentive, but we have a special San Diego edition of the Hollywood Reporter (HP) to remind the film industry that San Diego is ready to take on more business.”

To celebrate the new state incentive and the release of the HP’s February 2009 special issue, “Made in San Diego,” the publication and the SDFC invited members of the media and the political and film-making community for an informal gathering at the posh new San Diego Hard Rock Hotel. Among guests were film producer, Tim Ryan, founder of the San Diego Asian Film Festival, Lee Ann Kim, San Diego Mayor, Jerry Sanders, Councilman Kevin Faulconer, and County Supervisor Ron Roberts who proudly shared that he made his first film debut in the 2006 documentary, “Who Killed the Electric Car.”

San Diego has been a film production destination for over a century and growth is sure to continue. The pace to which that growth occurs comes down to creating widespread awareness about what San Diego has to offer — a multitude of time and money saving benefits.

MiNA’s ROUNDTABLE AFTER THE CON

Posted in arts, events, film, freelance, journalism, journalist, news, tv by MiNA on July 8, 2014

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Greetings Comic-Con Enthusiasts……

With Comic-Con month now underway, the suspense is likely hard to contain for most. But contain ourselves we must, and divert that energy elsewhere, as things like wrapping-up final costume details and deciding how you’ll spend what limited free-time you’ll have is of the essence.

If you’re anything like freelance journalist Mina Rios, despite exhaustion from standing in line all morning/afternoon at the Con, by days end, the internal craving for further stimuli persists. For this reason, Mina takes time to recoup (and sort through media coverage from the days events) after Con hours at such preferred San Diego hubs as Mary Jane’s, Dublin Square, and Odysea.

This year, MiNA proudly invites Comic-Con enthusiasts to drop by MiNA’s Roundtable (starting at around 7pm-ish nightly) to share their Con experience(s) and get featured in an upcoming MinaPRESS column and YouTube video/slide show. Interested parties — please  RSVP by 7/21.

WHEN/WHERE

Mary Jane’s Thurs. July 24th / Dublin Square Fri. July 25th / Odysea Sat. July 26th
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For the curious — what on earth sparked an arts journalist’s interest in Comic-Con in the first place? Childhood influences include Charles Schulz Peanuts comic-strips;  re-runs of the original Superman and Batman TV Series; classic horror films; and fantasy motion pictures by the special effects master Ray Harryhausen, whom I had the pleasure of meeting during Comic-Con a few years prior.

Having grown up during a time when such iconic, pop culture films as Jaws, Superman, and Star Wars were first released, fascination with these films inevitably triggered a deeper appreciation for the cinematic art form — thus inspiring current practices in screenwriting.

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As one who continuously looks for innovation in concepts/characters/and plots (for article subjects and inspiration), it’s impossible to overlook the extraordinary attention to superior writing for the small screen over the last decade. With such programs as BBC’s Sherlock and AMC’s Mad Men and Breaking Bad, the quality generating machine television has morphed into, often surpassing the writing excellence of mainstream film (for the big screen), it’s a marvel to watch and privilege to partake-in through Comic-Con.

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While only hours remain before the complete Comic-Con Event Schedule is officially posted, based on event announcements thus far, MinaPRESS coverage will include:

 

 

 

Bates Motel, July 2013

Bates Motel, July 2013

 Bates Motel – Fri., Room 6A

Big Bang Theory – Fri., Ballroom 20

The Walking Dead – Fri. Hall H

The Hobbit / Gotham /The Flash / Constantine  / Sat., Hall H

Grimm/American Horror Story – Sat., Ballroom 20

The Following / The Strain – Sun., Hall H

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                                              Until next time…. May the Arts Be With You.

INDIE GO-GO-GOAL

Posted in arts, ballet, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, dance, events, news, performances, publicity by MiNA on May 27, 2014

GOOD DAY ARTS ENTHUSIASTS!…. Announcing as of this date — 20 days remain before the world premiere of Duvall Productions’ Soul of a Blue Butterfly in New York City. With great optimism, we bring you word of two affordable support options that have been added to the Indiegogo campaign — both of which come with perks!

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Dancer/choreographer/story creator Anna Duvall

$5 Contribution/Perk: See your name in BLUE! For your contribution, we’ll add your name (in blue) to our list of Indiegogo campaign contributors on the official Soul of a Blue Butterfly website.

$10 Contribution/Perk: See your name in-print!…. in the performance program!…. and in BLUE…. on our official Soul of a Blue Butterfly website.

A small investment by a large group of contributors can go a long way. Help make it happen. Make it real. Share. Support. And feel good about your good deed for the day….

Thank you for your attention. Live. Dance. And Prosper.

TEAM BLUE BUTTERFLY

YOUR TICKET TO THE PRODUCERS CIRCLE AWAITS

Posted in arts, dance, events, music, news, performances, publicity by MiNA on May 20, 2014
Photo of dancer Jennifer Chicheportiche provided courtesy of Duvall Productions

Photo of dancer Jennifer Chicheportiche provided courtesy of Duvall Productions

PRESSING ARTS NEWS.

For Your Eyes Only Darling…….

The MiNAPRESS Column

Wilcommen. Bienvenue. And Welcome….. Duvall Productions proudly announces — Soul of a Blue Butterfly is now casting for the roles of “Production Contributors.” Come partake in the launch of an artists dream by playing the role you were destined for. Semi-controversial in context — this important theatrical dance production is a rare quality piece which cries-out for your funding assistance; enabling this modest stage production to metamorphose into the international theater sensation it’s predestined to become. Earn a place with your name in the performance program with a contribution of $25 or more and make a visionary’s life work become realized.

Representing what a true crowd-funding effort is supposed to be — supporting independent artists with limited financial means — your participation via Indiegogo is respectfully requested.

Photo of dancer Jennifer Chicheportiche provided courtesy of Duvall Productions

ABOUT Soul of a Blue Butterfly….

The true story of a young Swedish woman en…

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YOUR TICKET TO THE PRODUCERS CIRCLE

Posted in arts, dance, events, music, news, performances, publicity by MiNA on May 19, 2014

Wilcommen. Bienvenue. And Welcome….. Duvall Productions proudly announces — Soul of a Blue Butterfly is now casting for the roles of “Production Contributors.” Come partake in the launch of an artists dream by playing the role you were destined for. Semi-controversial in context — this important theatrical dance production is a rare quality piece which cries-out for your funding assistance; enabling this modest stage production to metamorphose into the international theater sensation it’s predestined to become. Earn a place with your name in the performance program with a contribution of $25 or more and make a visionary’s life work become realized.

Representing what a true crowd-funding effort is supposed to be — supporting independent artists with limited financial means — your participation via Indiegogo is respectfully requested.

Photo of dancer Jennifer Chicheportiche provided courtesy of Duvall Productions

 

ABOUT Soul of a Blue Butterfly….

The true story of a young Swedish woman en route to Jerusalem to discover her roots, finds unexpected love. Upon being asked to marry, the Synagogue Rabbi declares Lavana (the story’s heroine) not Jewish enough for an Orthodox wedding. As despair ensues, the struggle of a lifetime begins.

Set in the 1940s, this tragicomedy – elevated by an original music scoreperformed live by Swedish composer Elin Palmer; a lighthearted Charlie Chaplin mime motif; and breathtaking aerial theatrics by former Cirque du Soleil artist Sara Joel, is a rare theatrical feast for the senses for all generations.

GOALS:

  • To compensate our artists for their hard work and commitment
  • To generate positive/effective media coverage
  • To generate strong patronage for three performance dates
  • To establish our brand and continue building a national and international presence

NEEDS: $5,000 USD

  • STAGING/TECHNICAL: Lighting, sound, stage management, photography/filmography, venue space, rehearsal space, costumes, sets, and props
  • CAST/CREW: actors/directors/musician(s)/admin salaries; transportation; lodging
  • COLLATERAL/PROMOTION RELATED: programs, flyers, website maintenance, advertising/publicity

CONTRIBUTOR PERKS In addition to having your name featured in the performance program, your contribution of the below listed amounts include:

  •  $25 USD – Contributors receive an autographed Soul of a Blue Butterfly poster
  •  $50 USD – Contributors receive a CD of the soundtrack (original score by Elin Palmer/music sample: http://elinpalmer.com/music/) and an autographed Soul of a Blue Butterfly poster
  • $100 USD – Contributors receive a tee-shirt, a CD of the  soundtrack (original score by Elin Palmer/music sample http://elinpalmer.com/music/), and an autographed Soul of a Blue Butterfly poster
  • $1000 USD – Contributors get to meet the cast and receive a tee-shirt, a CD of the  soundtrack (original score by Elin Palmer/music sample http://elinpalmer.com/music/), and an autographed Soul of a Blue Butterfly poster

Support the Blue Butterflies of the World via http://igg.me/at/blue-butterfly/x/7497377


TICKETS

Thespis Theater Festival / Cabrini Repertory Theater / Washington Heights

701 Fort Washington Avenue / New York, NY 10040

JUNE 17th at 8:45pm / JUNE 20th at 9pm / JUNE 22ndat 2pm

Tickets $20 + minimal fee (no discounts) http://bit.ly/1nZ4CnN /

 

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