Atlanta Film Festival announces (its nearly complete) lineup

The Grey Area!! #FestivalSeason #2015

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"Breathe" ("Respire"), a French drama from director and actress Melanie Laurent, has been selected for the Atlanta Film Festival. CONTRIBUTED BY ATLFF “Breathe” (“Respire”), a French drama from director and actress Melanie Laurent, has been selected for the Atlanta Film Festival. CONTRIBUTED BY ATLFF

The Atlanta Film Festival, the indie film extravaganza, has released nearly its full lineup of feature-length and short films for the 2015 festival.

The 39th annual event will be held over 10 days, March 20-29, at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages.

From 3,761 submissions, 62 feature-length films and 93 shorts, representing 39 countries, have been selected.

Not on the list revealed Monday are the films that will occupy the prestige opening and closing night slots. Those titles, and details of accompanying galas, are expected this week. Also to be announced: several specilaty programs and Creative Conference workshops.

Festival passes are available for purchase. Individual tickets go on sale later this week. More information: www.atlantafilmfestival.com.

In the meantime, grab a bucket of popcorn and view this epic…

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The best web series you haven’t heard about

Web Series Love! For those who don’t wait, but create. Thank you for featuring “The Shrink in B6!” Xoxo

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So, over the last year or so I’ve become somewhat of a web series freak. I love the idea of people being able to create their own content and I’m finding some of these shows are so much more creative than stuff that the big networks are putting out. I thought it couldn’t get any better than Awkward Black Girl but I was wrong. Here are five web series that I’m currently crushing on in no particular order.

1. Dear Future Wife.

I stumbled upon this series entirely by accident. This show follows Brandon, an awkward black guy on his quest to find Mrs. Right. So far, seven episodes have aired. Don’t know if there will be more, if so, I’ll definitely be tuning in.

2. The Shrink in B6.

Created by House of June, The Shrink in B6 is a dramedy about two former best friends, Nadia and Farrah, …

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Moksha: Clear your heart, clear your mind, and let it go.

This post came just in time hunnay. I’m just out here trying to get my Moksha on. Clearing a bit. Releasing some more. Being the most present.

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The idea of Moksha, in its traditional interpretation, means liberation or release from samskara – the cycle of birth, life and death.  The ultimate liberation.   But Moksha is also often invoked in Eastern traditions to symbolize self-realization or enlightenment and is considered to be one of the four goals of all human life in Hinduism.

Moksha is often considered to be synonymous with the more prevalent term Nirvana.  But what does Moksha mean for us? What does this liberation mean in our everyday lives, on and off the mat?

To me, it’s simple. It is liberation from your ego; it is liberation from certain ideas of how things should be. I t is liberation from patterns or behaviors that prevent us for being who we truly are.  It is allowing yourself to be in the here and now.

Have you ever felt during a yoga practice how time seems…

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June 2014

I’ve have the coolest room mates ever imagined. Here’s a story about how my day student roomate from college Greta Murphy surivived something traumatic and unexpected as blowing off two fingers, doing research, and raising funds to grow them back!!! Who does that?! Just the unicorns I’ve lived with. NBD. OH and did I mention that she is fully recovered and has started on an amazing solo Euro journey?! I can’t deal with the cool points.

La Modelo del Mes

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Greta was traveling on a three-week trip around Europe. I was able to catch a moment with her while she was staying in Fuengirola before heading off to her next destination.

shimadakemp_0711_1Are you traveling or do you live here in Spain?
I work as a Language Assistant in Santiago teaching students English. This past year, several of Shimada’s Models have been participants from the same program.

How did you meet Shimada?
I read a post about “La modelo del mes” on one of our Facebook forums. When I was headed back home for Christmas, I needed a haircut. Since I had a layover in Madrid, I decided to contact him.

Why did you come to Spain?
I actually applied to the program as a backup. I was headed off to Panama in February 2013 to work with an NGO called Floating Doctors. The week before my departure, I had a traumatic…

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Web Series Watch :”The Shrink in B6″ Not Your Conventional Therapy Session

Blog Love from She’s Vintage! Oh Yea! *does dance* She pointed out something I never even thought about. Just how Taboo therapy is within minority cultures within this day and age. Go to church? Yes! Then get into the chair and speak! Thank you for this insightful review!

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Even in Today’s era it still amazing and mind-boggling why therapy it’s still taboo in the minority community.As a child in the minority community you are taught to be tough or go to church when you are going through turbulent times because therapy is often considered to be a “White People” thing. When I faced a challenging time in my high school years and College I often would go see a therapist but in secret because I was afraid of what people might think especially my family. Therapy truly has helped me through my hurdles and I would advise people to experience it once in life especially women and people involved in the creative or arts industries.

A new intriguing web series “ The Shrink in B6″ was presented to me and it is a series that society has been missing and I believe it will help destroy  the therapy…

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Psyched Up: Q&A with Filmmakers Ebony Blanding & Amber Bournett

Great Q&A Session with the creators of “The Shrink in B6”!

DZI: The Voice

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Many observers consider the current entertainment era as the “Golden Age” of television. While the 70-year-old medium of TV may have hit an artistic acme, it’s another forum that is combining the creativity of writing, acting, and visual production without oversight and control of  the corporate system. Independent filmmakers have taken advantage of the unrestricted space provided by the Internet to spawn innovative original content.

House Of June is one of the promising production houses that has embraced programming via the web. The Atlanta-based company was started by Ebony Blanding (“the pen”) and Amber Bournett (“the lens”) with a mission to “create cinematography with original narratives for those seeking diverse cultural experiences.” Along with TV and film projects, Blanding and Bournett use cyberspace to host their dramedy series The Shrink In B6 starring Shayla Love Washington.

Washington plays psychology school dropout and fired waitress Nadia West. As a twenty-something trying to navigate her way through a quarter-life crisis, West is forced…

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