18 February 2014

Director and Co-Producer of TuCht - A Feature Film Grounded in The Healing Power of the Performing Arts

I am very happy and grateful to announce my becoming one of the directors of and a co-producer of the independent feature film, TUCHT, an ASAOPE Filmworks production (Visit my Internet Movie Database page).

TUCHT is a raw, gritty psycho-thriller/dark-comedy inspired by the true-story of 8 remarkable lives that depicts - unflinchingly - the exigent social-welfare issue of Child Abuse, and its related issues of Suicidal-Depression, Mental Illness, Domestic Violence, and Homicidal-Tendencies. TUCHT shares the undeniably proven POWER of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE & FORGIVENESS to heal even the most horrific of human conditions.

It's rare for a feature film to have TWO directors, and this speaks to the collaboration spirit of the writer/director of TUCHT, Alex Equality Molina, as a leader in pioneering change in cinema and using the art of ASAOPE. ASAOPE comes from the Sanskrit language and means "The Healing Power of the Performing Arts."

Visit the TUCHT Facebook page for updates.

17 February 2014

My Career Highlights Digital Portfolio for Your Review

The Career Highlights Digital Portfolio that resides on Springpad.com is embedded here for you to review at this blog. You can scroll through and click on the images of the items of interest to you. Please contact me if you would like to schedule an interview, discuss these experiences, or have questions. Click on this sentence if you would like to view the portfolio at the Springpad Web site.

25 September 2013

Rave Reviews for Interviews, Writing and More

Here we go . . . 

"...the interview with Luciana Souza was incredible. I loved the dialogue on parenting, grief, spiritual practices, music..."
-- Claire Milam, Spiritual Coach

"Fantastic job."
-- Barbara Sobel, Sobel Promotions

"Beautiful music, wonderful conversation, all around inspiring and energizing program. Thank you!"
-- JD Flaten, Publicist, Media Owls

"Thank you!!! I had a great time being on your show!!! 
-- Georgie Porgie, A Billboard Magazine Top 10 Dance/Club Artist of the Decade

"You have been doing an amazing job with your interviews/shows. I'm so impressed with what you've done."
-- Paddy Noonan, Founding Partner & Musician, IMRadio

"Wow!" Val. The radio show was so amazing! Thanks so much!
-- Tonya Marie Faris, Songwriter, song featured as a healing dedication on 05/30/10

- "Excellent and informative interviews. I enjoyed the show very much. Joel Juan Qui is a beautiful expression of healing through his education and music. Val and Barry, great show!
-- Daniel Zazueta
 
"Val, thank you for posting the great [audio] interview with Linda and Jacqui at our show opening . . . I'm glad your interview got into some of the more contemplative and spiritual aspects of why we do what we do."

"I was glad to meet you at Musikfest, and later, thrilled with the wonderful job you did. You are an excellent writer, photographer, and interviewer all rolled into one: quite a combination."
-- Ann Whipple, Publicist, Musikfest 2007
 
"Thank you for your great interview. You did a great job." @ The 110th Anniversary of Downing Park
-- Jean McGrane, City Manager of the City of Newburgh, NY

"Thank you so much for all the space and time you took with the article. The interview is great and Mystique did a great job with the photos. Can't thank you enough. You should also know that several people have already phoned me to say they read and enjoyed the article."
-- Mary Ann G. Neuman, Photographer, "Somebody's Sister" Series

“Your organization of materials, attention to detail and intelligent approach is unique, refreshing and MUCH appreciated. It makes all the difference!”
-- Don Devine, President, Devine Design

"Wow, the interview went really well. I enjoyed hearing the artists responses, and found out a little bit more about each artist I had not know before. Thank you for all your support!"
-- Virginia Walsh, Director, Ann Street Gallery

"I'm finally home and have been meaning to call and THANK YOU for the wonderful feature that you did on me."
-- Judi Silvano, Jazz Vocalist/Composer/Producer/Educator

"You are (as they say): "No joke". I thank you for lending your genius to the mass of positive good going on in the city of Newburgh right now. The article helped to give wonderful insight into who I am as a candidate for city council."
-- Marge Bell, Owner, Newburgh Artisans and 2007 & City Council in Newburgh, NY

"What a treat to have you with us and conduct such a powerful interview. Thank you for posting the live interview! I've added it to my blog so others can listen and find your site . . . What a wonderful job you do."
-- Linda Richichi, Tour Director, "Far & Near Horizons" Group Exhibition World Tour and Plein Air PainterListen to interview) (

"I just wanted to say thank you ever so much for the fabulous job on the article! It was an absolute pleasure to see such a great spread and the company so well represented. I appreciate your efforts and hard work!"
-- Stacey Hawkins, President and CEO, Time Savor Gourmet, LLC

"Val, thanks so much--what a wonderful job."
-- Brian Burke, Owner, Downing Film Center

"You need to clone yourself -- doing a great job covering so many events and really focusing on the personalities behind them!"
-- C. Kippy Boyle, Divisional Manager, San Francisco International Gift Fair
 
"Your new Web site looks and FEELS great . . . open, inviting and very informative."
-- Eleanora Amendolara, Sacred Center
 
"The pleasure has been ours . . . I was singing your praises last night while showing off the website and clicked on your site to show people who you are . . . I am very happy!"
-- Sharron Miller, Executive and Artistic Director, Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts
 
“You have an extraordinary company! The level of work you do is very, very high---"over my head" for design work, innovation & concepts, etc.-- a very different area of our industry than I'm in! But you truly have a great and exciting company!”
-- Marc Frankel, President, Hudson Valley Mac

Reinventing Reading: Music, Ambient Effects & SFX Synchronized Into Digital Publishing

                             

I'm sharing the first beta interactive multimedia test version of a short story, Gifts. I've integrated literary and cinematic elements (music score, ambient effects and sound effects) to this tale to expand and enhance the storytelling experience.

Feel free to leave comments regarding your experience to help fine-tune this new publishing platform made available by Booktrack™based in New Zealand.

The next step planned is to re-write Gifts as a short film script and to use the Booktrack™ platform to create a new soundtrack and sound effects for it. Do contact me if you're a screenwriter, music supervisor or composer who would like to explore collaborating with me on the script.

Technical notes:

1) You MUST use the Google CHROME browser on a Mac or PC. There are three different apps available from the company Web site.

2) You can control synchronizing the reading & soundtrack speed of the story using the (+) and (- ) icons located at the bottom right of each page.

Click here to experience Gifts.


Gifts is a Booktrack™-sponsored production.

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