The MiNAPRESS Column

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.

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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.

HELP SAVE A BEAUTIFUL LIFE

Posted in crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, news by MiNA on August 31, 2014
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619.851.3920 PST


HELP SAVE A BEAUTIFUL LIFE.
Partake in Leah’s Hope.

August 31, 2014 — Rescued six-year-old, White Shepherd (Leah), whose harsh
beginnings in life were less than humane, now survives with the aid of antibiotics
and painkillers, until crowdfunding efforts help enable a life saving surgery.

blue moon 004Diagnosed via x-ray and ultrasound with an infected kidney that’s no longer functioning, veterinary specialists from the eastern Santa Rosa based Petcare Emergency Hospital speculate that the root cause of infection lies within Leah’s
pelvic region; where a mysterious mass (possibly cancerous) is pending further examination.

While the removal of Leah’s left kidney is imminent, to help prevent the spread of
infection, exploratory surgery of Leah’s pelvic region also necessitates a biopsy; a
complex procedure based on where the potentially cancerous mass is embedded.

Crowdfunding efforts via Indiegogo (IGG) are in effect and will continue through11:59pm on September 7th. Since the campaign launch (in late August), the Leah’s Hope campaign has reached a global audience through various social media platforms, and has received donor support from sources in Northern California and Hawaii.

Over a two week period, diagnostic cost and treatment has reached $2,000. With the impending cost of surgery and recovery, medical expenses are expected to quadruple; hence the IGG campaign goal of $10,000.

All contributions toward Leah’s Hope have a direct impact on prolonging Leah’s life; therefore campaign leaders encourage the public to help in securing Leah’s future as a healthy, happy, member of Sonoma’s thriving canine community.

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LEAH’S HOPE

Posted in crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, film, journalist, music, news, publicist, publicity, Uncategorized by MiNA on August 24, 2014

LEAH’S HOPE. INDIEGOGO CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN.



LEAH’S HOPE. INDIEGOGO CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN.

With a heavy heart, we bring you word that our MinaPRESS canine companion — six year old Leah — is in need of an operation. In recent days, Leah was diagnosed with an infected kidney (cause still unknown) which needs to be removed before the infection spreads. A rescued soul, whose early beginnings in life were far from humane, Leah now survives with the assistance of antibiotics and pain killers until the necessary means are acquired to cover the cost of surgery. Fundraising efforts are in motion and here’s how you can help:

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Thoughtful gifts (perks) have been carefully selected for each denomination/pledge amount: $5 (Leah’s paw print), $25 (framed hi-resolution photo), $50 (Leah’s Hope charm bracelet), $100 (Leah’s Hope Chest/keepsake box), $500 (handmade Princess Leah tiara), or $1000 (canvas print).

Please note that the more you donate, the more perks you receive; i.e. by donating $100, you’ll receive the $100 perk, along with each perk of smaller denomination.

On behalf of our girl, we thank you in advance for your interest in Leah’s Hope.

May Leah’s life-force be with you.

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Leah’s Hope on Facebook

MiNA’s ROUNDTABLE AFTER THE CON

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

Comic-Con International San Diego Convention Center

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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San Diego Hard Rock Hotel
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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:

 

 

 

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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.

THE WHOA’S OF CROWDFUNDING

Posted in crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, journalism, news, publicity, services, Uncategorized by MiNA on June 12, 2014

By way of the fundamental trial and error method, many of us have learned that there really are no simple shortcuts to monetary triumph in fundraising; particularly with regard to crowdfunding. With the constant surge in new crowdfunding efforts being added to the mix everyday now, this kind of fierce competition (which the world has never seen before), has made it virtually impossible to anticipate how well any campaign will do these days.

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The reality of how one can have any handle on their campaigns financial gain isn’t a shiny new sexy strategy, but rather plain-old straightforward (and constant) networking with people of common interests and stable financial means; and advance planning of how one will go about promoting their campaign.

If your campaign (like many) started out without a real plan and you’re fast approaching the bitter-end of your campaign — your only real option at this point is to extend the campaign deadline by a few weeks; give your campaign content a facelift; then begin promoting your effort with a fresh new approach like there’s no tomorrow.

If you’ve yet to make social media outlets and blogs your best friends, it’s time to get friendly and put on that pleasant friend-face to make it so.

Tell the world about your project/cause; and do it well. Short on ideas? See what others are doing right; visit campaign pages that know what success looks like up-close. For inspiration — check out some of the million dollar campaigns on Indiegogo that have more than doubled their goals in record time.

Paying it Forward to an in-direct campaign competitor you admire (one that’s in a different campaign category from yours), by sharing some positive feedback on their campaign comment section, could lead to good things; i.e. an encouraging or validating reply that yields a boost in morale; possibly even a financial contribution.

Commentary that’s simply not cool to post on other people’s campaign pages are messages from amateurs claiming to offer effective publicity services to help promote your campaign, in exchange for a cut from your hard-earned funds. Don’t fall into this trap.

The overwhelming growth in crowdfunding that’s rapidly turned into a groundbreaking phenomenon, pretty much guarantees there will soon be a slew of start-up companies offering publicity services catering specifically to crowdfunding efforts. Not surprising — there already are a handful of small business entities offering these services; despite this, be a little weary. Given that crowdfunding publicity services are a relatively new trade, thorough investigation of their legitimacy is yet to become public record, therefore caution is advised.

Now after reading this, if you’re feeling a little inspired — even a little generous, take a look at the Soul of a Blue Butterfly campaign on Indiegogo and see what a unique project in need of support looks like. Then ask yourself — what exactly makes a crowdfunding campaign fund-worthy? Can a small production with clear potential matter to enough people to make a difference? One can only hope.

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

FROM THE SAN DIEGO NEWS DESK

Posted in arts, ballet, dance, film, journalism, lifetime, network, news, tv by MiNA on May 26, 2014

San Diego’s best-known Sugar Plum Fairy of California Ballet, Jennifer Curry Wingrove — hasn’t had enough on her plate with thriving constants in her professional life – like teaching and running Pilates on Park and flying through the air (as an aerialist) with the Los Angeles based Luminaro Ballet; no Wingrove had to throw in a “make it work” maneuver for Lifetime TV too. Yes, the Tim Gunn “make-it work” advice did work its magic in Wingrove’s case during her Lifetime production shoot, but we’re actually not talking about a “Project Runway” episode – something else, actually a bit more suitable (pun intended) for a dancer. As of late February 2014, Wingrove began shooting scenes for “Petals on the Wind,” the film sequel to V.C. Andrews’ “Flowers in the Attic;” set to premiere tonight (May 26) at 9pm Pacific on the Lifetime network.

Produced by A+E Studios in association with Silver Screen Pictures for Lifetime TV and starring Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Rose McIver, Dylan Bruce, and Will Kemp; with teleplay by Kayla Alpert (“Flowers in the Attic”); Wingrove says, “Unlike the book, the film will jump 10 years ahead from the events of ‘Flowers.’” She adds, “I also love that this movie is being directed by a woman;” actress/writer/director Karen Moncrieff – who made her directorial debut in the feature film “Blue Car.”

With choreography by the highly sought-after Kitty McNamee, artistic director of the Los Angeles based Hysterica Dance Co., the dance sequences alone, aught to cause a little hysteria (the good kind of course).

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During “Petals on the Wind” film shoot. Photo by Jennifer Curry Wingrove.

Story Synopsis (courtesy of Lifetime)

A decade after Cathy (Rose McIver, “Masters of Sex”, “Once Upon a Time”), Christopher (Wyatt Nash, “Pretty Little Liars”) and Carrie (“Bailey Buntain,” “Bunheads“) escaped from their grandparents’ attic at Foxworth Hall, “Petals on the Wind” continues to follow the twisted plight of the family as they attempt to put their sordid past behind them, but soon discover certain secrets can’t be left behind. When Cathy finds herself in an abusive relationship with a fellow dancer, Julian (Will Kemp, “90210”), Christopher and Cathy are forced to face the forbidden feelings they developed for one another while coming of age during captivity. But when tragedy strikes the Dollangangers once again, Cathy returns to Foxworth Hall to confront her grandmother and seek revenge on her mother with a plan to seduce her husband Bart (Dylan Bruce, “Orphan Black”). When Christopher runs to Cathy’s side, the two are determined to start over again – together.

Other recent project’s Wingrove has had her hand-in; collaborative efforts as choreographer, aerialist, and dancer for Luminario Ballet’sTrails” – a multi-media dance/aerial production on the subject of climate change in California, featuring scientific advisory from NASA.

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 /

 

A TRUE-LY BLUE JERUSALEM LOVESTORY

Posted in arts, dance, journalism, music, news, publicist by MiNA on May 13, 2014

ARTS NEWS


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Photograph by Howard Schatz ©Schatz Ornstein 2009

Former Cirque du Soleil artist Sara Joel. Photograph by Howard Schatz ©Schatz Ornstein 2009

CONTACT  Jasmine Rios, publicist

619.851.3920 PST minacomm@outlook.com


New York, NY – May 13, 2014 – Coming to Manhattan’s Cabrini Rep this June – 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.

Scarred by her parents’ divorce during childhood – Lavana adopts a nomadic lifestyle as an adult – schlepping ridiculous amounts of baggage wherever she goes – until unanticipated events raise self-question. An eternal optimist at heart – sometimes to her detriment; Lavana’s world begins to crumble when she learns she must enter the lion’s den of the country’s enduring civil unrest – to undergo spiritual conversion in Jerusalem’s most Orthodox Judaic schools. A conquest of both courage and devotion – while inevitable challenges surmount, a test of the couples’ commitment comes into question – opening a gateway to self-discovery and ever-changing self-transformation.

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CHOREOGRAPHER/STORY CREATOR/Anna Duvall is an artist by design in numerous capacities; graphic designer by day, choreographic visionary by night. Having danced professionally with Colorado Ballet, Ballet Nouveau, and California Ballet; and staged works before Denver, Manhattan, and Jerusalem audiences, Duvall’s keen eye for theatrics is a marvel worthy of notice. Duvall was among the first Americans invited to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy; a story which garnered news coverage from CNN and the Moscow Times; and was a full-scholarship student with the Bolshoi, San Francisco Ballet and Colorado Ballet; as well as an invited guest to perform, teach, and train in Japan. Constantly achieving – beginning this fall – Duvall will be attending NYU on scholarship to partake in American Ballet Theatre’s Pedagogy Master’s Program.

COMPOSER & MUSICIAN Long time hipster crush, Elin Palmer of the Lee Lewis Harlots, has finally broken out with her own heart fluttering solo project. Born in Värmland Sweden, her music roots stem back to the folk music of Sweden. Typically hired for her precision with the violin and Nyckelharpa (an ancient Swedish instrument) she is more of a “multi-instrumentalist;” even rocking out some guitar for the newest album. http://elinpalmer.com/about/

DIRECTOR/Ben Sargent has performed in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Boston, Connecticut, New York, Baltimore, and Montreal; and is a 2005 MFA graduate from the Moscow Art Theater School. Since 2008, Sargent has been directing original theater such as the Gogol Project, I Heart Chekhov, La Cueca, and Doroga; and has taught at the Lee Strasberg Institute; New GeneRussian; and Studio Six at the Moscow Art Theater, where Sargent is the founder. http://cargocollective.com/bensargent

CAST MEMBER (Lavana) Jennifer Chicheportiche trained in France with Veronique Chicheportiche; the Joelle et Danielle Besso Ballet School; and the Int’l Dance School of Rosella Hightower – where she later joined the company. Outside of France, Chicheportiche has danced with Italy’s Balletto Teatro Di Torino; the UK’s Opera North of Leeds and the Ensemble Group in Scotland; and Teatro Di Merida in Spain. During transition to the American stage, Chicheportiche performed with a variety of companies; among them — Momix Dance Company, where she remains a current cast member.

CAST MEMBER (Caterpillar/Blue Butterfly) Sara Joel is a known choreographer/aerial contortionist throughout New York and beyond. Trained on scholarship at the Martha Graham School and a BFA recipient – earned with honors from Colorado College – Joel joined Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas as an original Zumanity cast member from 2003-2006; during which her own choreography was showcased. Joel has also been featured in Cirque du Soleil’s series Solstrom, shot by Bravo for Canadian television. As a muse for Howard Schatz’s brilliant photography, Joel was inspired to produce the underwater dance film Rapt (co-directed by Jody Oberfelder) which was presented at the Dance on Camera Festival in 2007http://aerial-contortion.com/sara

CAST MEMBER (Guard/Rabbi/Grandfather) Sergey Nagorny is a Cum Laude BFA graduate of St. John University’s TV & Film Production program. Further theatrical training includes New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a Master Class with Angela Mickey. As a steadily working actor, Nagorny has built an extensive body of work that includes stage, film, and television experience. On the New York stage, Nagorny  has performed in such plays as Refuge, Ask Joseph, Jackson Heights 3AM, The Creadeaux Canvas, Дoroga, Covers and Saida; and has appeared in the short films The Cellar (2011) and J-1 (2012), as well as Season 2 of the FX television drama The Americans.

CAST MEMBER (young Lavana) Makara Tunstall-Runge is a rising young talent whose performance repertoire is more varied than most her age. Tunstall-Runge has performed with the Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre; the Moscow Ballet during their Nutcracker season, as well as half-time shows for the world famous Globetrotters and Denver Nuggets professional basketball teams. Supplementing Tunstall-Runge’s current dance training with the Denver School of the Arts, she is a current member of the pre-professional Assembly Line dance company.

CAST MEMBER (Lion) Brian Wicker is a trained dramatic actor of Texas A&M Corpus and San Jacinto College South. Versed in Shakespeare as well as song and dance, Wicker is a versatile thespian whose talents have led him to perform with the Equity Regional Theatre and on the New York City stage. Wicker has also been cast in principal parts for commercials, and played the role of Hunter Storm in the television pilot Polltakers by AMZ Creative. http://www.brianwicker.com/

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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://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/637295

http://www.soulofabluebutterfly.com/

GET INTO CHARACTER! Come Dress the Part – in your 40s Best – for entry into our Special Prize Drawing

 

The Print Apocalypse

Posted in news by MiNA on March 6, 2014

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN MINA’S JOURNAL in March 2013 via the former MinaCommunications.com domain.

In observing the continuous deterioration of the traditional media platform in recent years, it has become a personal priority to help generate further awareness on the significance of these dying breeds; and to aid in efforts leading to the further longevity of those outlets that remain.

Having begun my professional writing career in print, with the former Dancer Magazine, it is my privilege to partake in efforts geared toward sustaining the vitality of the world’s first form of mass media.

If you follow current print media news, you will have heard Time Warner’s plan to sever ties with its own archetype institution — Time Magazine; and the iconic Reader’s Digest magazine, founded in 1922, have sadly filed for bankruptcy. Few are surprised by this news, but the loss of these significant American icons is tragic nonetheless.

Every year since 2008, newspapers and magazines from around the world have been disappearing by the thousands. This occurrence has become so rampant, there’s now an online death watch tracking which publication(s) will cease to exist next.

Paper Cuts – covers the latest newspaper casualties: http://newspaperlayoffs.com/

The Magazine Death Poolhttp://www.magazinedeathpool.com/

The Print Apocalypse is worsening as we speak; and repercussions are expected. How these repercussions will manifest – that remains to be seen.

Though the media is often to blame for sensationalized news; there is a double standard. Generally speaking, a majority of people are thrilled when mentioned in the news. The reason — print is tangible; it’s one of the few outlets that can be held in one’s hand and treasured like a photograph for years to come.

Those in the public eye thrive on print media exposure; and they rely on it, not only to inform, but to sway public opinion, and achieve and maintain fame and popularity. Broadcast and electronic media are invaluable sources as well and do help satisfy these purposes. But when comparing modern media to a medium that has garnered centuries of literary prestige, its credibility as a medium cannot be paralleled. As such, we can presume that a few leading print outlets will survive the digital age. Only — subject matter will likely become limited to what sells.

With so few print media sources, general news coverage in smaller communities will undoubtedly become sparse. As for publicity opportunities — those who have come to depend on it over the years – may find this privilege become a thing of the past.

As we digress from traditional media and overlook what print media still exists, we place all our needs into one primary source – one that depends on an enormous amount of energy to function; a daunting concept in itself.

In the event that over-saturation in cyberspace occurs, and an unprecedented number of online entities become forever lost in the digital abyss, the once forgotten Medieval invention known as the printing press will be there on the sidelines, ready for duty.

An Important Message from FreePress

Posted in advocacy, news by MiNA on March 6, 2014

Courtesy of FreePress.net

Courtesy of FreePress.net

ATTN NET USERS: More eyes need to see. More minds need to understand. The disastrous Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is very real. Be concerned. Take a stand. Many thanks.

http://act.freepress.net/sign/consol_comcast_twc/?source=share

IceRocket to the Rescue

Posted in news by MiNA on March 5, 2014

Greetings friends of the net….. Following up from the March 2, 2014 posting “The Return of BalletMina/MinaComm,” efforts toward building awareness about the new MinaCommunications.org domain and Mina’s Journal blog are happening at warp speed this week.

Beyond the essential web sources which businesses large and small depend: Google Analytics, Google AdSense, Google Adwords, monetization on YouTube, et al — thank goodness for the existence of blog specific search engines, as they are the life preservers of quality blog content in the infinite Blogosphere.

A noteworthy discovery floating in the digital abyss is Meltwater Global — headquartered in San Francisco, CA; reference http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080.

Specializing in brand building and providing solutions in PR and Social Media Marketing, a huge thank you goes out to Meltwater for the opportunity to list the Mina Press blog in the company’s high-priority indexing queue IceRocket.

Many thanks!
Live. Dance. And Prosper…

The Return of BalletMina/MinaComm

Posted in arts, consulting, dance, journalism, journalist, music, news by MiNA on March 2, 2014
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Greetings friends… Just checking-in this day to relay that regular Mina Posts will resume starting this month — March 2014. Why now after so long? Long story…. In short — since the Luscious Noise ensemble went on hiatus in 2012 — MinaComm’s publicity project efforts have gravitated more toward journalistic endeavors.The closure of San Diego’s beloved downtown supper club Anthology (Luscious Noise’ home theatre) was a major blow to the community; as no other venue — just about anywhere — could ever replicate it entirely. For this very reason, Luscious Noise remains on an indefinite break; until otherwise announced.

In other news — in January 2014, MinaComm transitioned its website domain from .com to .org; an ambitious undertaking, yet one worthwhile.

Has MinaComm turned non-profit? Well — no not exactly — at least not yet. The subject is under review however. Once confirmed, timely announcements will be made.

As business culture today becomes increasingly dependent on the internet, the phenomenon now necessitates that business professionals of every trade, invest a substantial amount of their time in expanding their knowledge in IT (Information Technology). In becoming increasingly techy in social media and website development —  I find the parallel between being found online and surviving amongst the digital universe’s fierce competitors, closely exemplifies what Darwin’s “Survival of the Fittest” theory is all about. As such, MinaComm will be integrating occasional IT and social media news coverage to keep readers in the loop about the most relevant technological issues today.

Until next time. Live. Dance. And Prosper.

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