5 Coolest Film-related Projects on Kickstarter Now

Kickstarter has become a finance house for many independent films and full movies. Actually, film and movie projects on Kickstarter are much more that that. They are celluloid creations built by virtual communities. It is really encouraging to build a project with crowdfunding and crowd interest as a warm community in action. There are so many great film projects, it is hard to narrow them down, but we have gone ahead and picked out 5 of the coolest film-related projects currently being funded by online communities.

1. Back Fork.
Picasso said, “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” This is an art piece that tells a story that is all too real and tragic in real life West Virginia. A grieving young Appalachian family becomes addicted to prescription pain medications. Josh Stewart made the film about the opioid addiction epidemic in his home state to try to bring understanding and action to find solutions through social change.

2. NEKOPARA Anime OVA.
Who doesn’t want to live with humanoid cats? NEKO WORKS’ huge blockbuster visual novel series, NEKOPARA, is going to be turned into a full-length anime movie thanks to this Kickstarter project. Japanese designer and illustrator, Sayori, created this series so she could see her ‘doujinshis’ brought to life, not for the international fame she has finally received for her popular story world. The main two “catgirls” are Vanilla and Chocola. They provide all the fun and comedy you could desire.

3. The Mothman of Point Pleasant.
When it comes to urban tales of Small Town Monsters, The Mothman of Point Pleasant is one of the wildest stories that has endured for over 50 years. This Kickstarter aims to make a documentary film that reveals all known details of a sighting of a flying man-like creature in the Point Pleasant area in the mid 1960s. Interviews with original witnesses will be shown, as well as interviews with the media that covered the original story, and with some local citizens.

4. Southern Monsters.
This is a fun interactive fiction work will be made by Kevin Snow. It is set in Arkansas. Become familiar with cryptid forums, search for a monster in Fayetteville, and eat lots of pork rinds. There are lots of clues about the South Arkansas Monster. Some say it only skulks along the winding creeks. This is a deeply personal dark comedy that mixes a lot of regular life into a mix with “the strange” and weird. The creator drew his muse from Eraserhead, Suspiria, and Videodrome.

5. Islam and the Future of Tolerance.
With a focus on finding a way for foes to become friends, this documentary aims to tell a most important story. It will be a full-length film that shows how a very rare conversation between a atheist neuroscientist and a famous Islamic scholar. Harvard University Press published the book in 2016. This project is to get their important conversation released on film so the world may benefit from their example of effective tolerance.

5 Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies of 2016

2016 was an amazing year for movies of all genres but for sci fi and fantasy movie fans it was over the top amazing!

1.The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) may seem like a children’s movie but this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book is anything but childish. The story starts in London in 1982 when a young orphan is kidnapped by a giant who takes her back with him to Giant Country. The BFG and the young orphan must outwit the other giants (who eat kids) and eventually enlist the help of the Queen to stop them. The BFG is a great family movie but can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

2.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is an epic war movie filled with battles from beginning to end. The daughter of the kidnapped Engineer forced to design the Death Star knows her father holds the key to the destruction of this powerful weapon. With the help of rebel spies she plots to steal the plans for the Death Star so the Rebel Alliance can use them to destroy the ship. This entire movie is action packed with amazing special effects and the end provides a shocking, unexpected twist that will blow your mind! A great movie for the Star Wars enthusiasts, young and old alike.

3.Deadpool is living the good life as a mercenary and in love with a beautiful woman when he gets the devastating news that he has cancer. Approached by a stranger who offers a questionable treatment, figuring he has nothing to lose he sneaks away in the night. After what can only be described as extreme torture, his body mutates and can now heal itself. But all good things come with a price and he is left horribly disfigured which sets him on a path of revenge. Regardless of the dark side of this story (and R rating) it still carries a heartwarming message of acceptance, team work and love.

4.If you like psychological thrillers with a sci fi bent, then 10 Cloverfield Lane is a must watch. The story focuses on a woman, whom after a car accident, wakes up in a bunker with two men who try to convince her that aliens have attacked and the outside world is toxic. The mind games and plot twists make this an edge of your seat movie, wondering what is really going on! An excellent movie but don’t expect it to be anything like Cloverfield.

5.Probably one of the most visually stunning movies of 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel to the Harry Potter Series. Set seventy years before Harry Potter, an English Wizard, with his briefcase full of magical creatures, stops in New York during a trip around the world. While in New York his briefcase is mistakenly taken by a new friend and his collection of creatures released in the city! With the help of some detectives on the NYC police force a wild search ensues. Although based in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, this movie is geared to a more adult audience with darker themes and the element of danger and suspense.

5 Best Kids Movies of 2016

Children movies were major hits both at the box office and with audiences in 2016. The continued popularity of children’s movies helps to draw more money into their production and many of the best kids movies of 2016 were of the big budget variety that had a little something for kids and parents alike. Here are the five best kids movies of 2016.

1) Finding Dory – following up on Pixar’s a Finding Nemo movie was a huge undertaking, but was bound to be a big draw at the box office and with merchandising due to the continued popularity of Nemo. Finding Dory did not disappoint with an plethora of new characters led by Hank, an grumpy octopus. In the movie Dory goes searching for her lost parents and Nemo and his father Marlin find themselves able to more accept their inner Dory and leave their worries behind. The film was a powerful story of family love and in how one can benefit by branching out and taking risks in life.

2) The Secret Life of Pets – Pets was a non Disney film to make the list and had a sharp wit and comedy that appealed to kids and parents alike. In the film, that was beautifully animated, a dog suddenly finds his home invaded by another dog who is owner gets to give him a companion. A number of adventures occur until he is finally willing to accept this new dog in his home.

3) The Jungle Book – The Jungle Book is the only live action film to make the list but it really navigates the quasi animated status due to the amazing technologies implemented by Disney in making Sher Khan, Baloo, and cast look and feel as if they are alive. While the original Jungle Book remains an animated classic, the humor that Bill Murray injects as the voice of Baloo and the beautiful animation drives the Jungle Book as a must watch film.

4) Zootopia – another film by Pixar was Zootopia which imagined a world run by animals ruled jointly by carnivores and herbivores alike, though some tensions remain. A bunny cop makes an alliance with a wily fox to get to the bottom of a missing person case and discovers and unlikely criminal trying to drive power towards themselves. While Zooptopia follows a familiar plot and storyline, it is infused with humor and interesting characters and leaves room for many sequels in the future. The film ends with a well sung song by Shakira, delightfully animated as an antelope pop star.

5) Trolls – Dreamworks had another hit on their hands with Trolls which provided a real fashion trend as well as a funny and quirky film for parents and children alike. Trolls had vibrant animation, a cute though somewhat vapid plot, but kept kids entranced the whole time at the beautiful world animated in the film. With snarky humor and a window into a colorful world, Trolls sneaks into a top five list for 2016.

Disney, and its subsidiary Pixar, again have dominated the list of best kids movies, but it isn’t because they stick to a tried and true method. Their movie offerings are diverse and with innovative plots and characters, even in sequels. This alone, along with their advanced animation, keeps them dominant at the top of top five kids movies of 2016.

5 Best Action Movies of 2016

2016 was a big year in movies more specifically for the action movie genre. It definitely seemed to be overpowered by the many superhero’s out there. The best part is that there are some great original action movies and not just the long-awaited sequels like some of the examples we have listed here.

1. Suicide Squad

In The Suicide Squad, we see the complete opposite to a superhero-based movie. In fact, it’s the villains that have gotten together as a group of antihero’s. The incarcerated supervillains all have an opportunity to be free from prison if they agree to a black op mission that has been coordinated by a Federal Agent. But there is a catch, an explosive implanted in each of them will detonate if they choose to run.

2. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

This political action movie reflects the occurrences that fell upon the U.S Embassy in Libya. It is based on the book of the same name and recounts the security team desperately trying to defend it from a barrage of militants that started to swarm the Consulate. Sadly, the U.S Ambassador perished due to the attack.

3. Deadpool

After finding out that he is stricken with cancer, an ex-special forces soldier (Wade), is approached by a mysterious man that offers him a cure in exchange for taking part in a super-soldier program. But the experiment goes horribly wrong which leaves him severely scarred. He then realizes that he begins to acquire increased agility and the ability to become instantly healed. Wade then hears about the true nature of the program and escapes. He then becomes Deadpool to seek revenge.

4. Doctor Strange

A neurosurgeon’s career is abruptly ended after a car accident destroys his hands. The neurosurgeon trys to find a way to restore his valuable hands and ends up turning to a mystical sanctuary that has a doorway to another dimension. He is then taught a mystical art by the Ancient One which will allow him to become Earth’s protector by eliminating threats of mystical origins.

5. Captain America: Civil War

A Captain America-led mission leads to a mistake that costs the lives of many, making authorities enact a Hero Registration Act. This act regulates all activities by the UN which creates friction between Captain America and Iron Man on whether to sign onto the act. But when Bucky carries out an assassination campaign, Captain America goes renegade and sets out to protect Bucky while trying to unfold the truth. A collision course ensues with Iron Man which makes Captain America assemble his allies (Falcon, Scarlett Witch, Bucky, Ant Man and Hawkeye)to face off with Iron Man’s allies which consist of (Vision, War Machine, Black Panther, Spider Man and Black Widow).

As you can see, these top 5 action movies are sure worth seeing. They definitely take action in a whole new direction. Thus could easily make them worth seeing multiple times in both the theatre and once they become available on Netflix.

5 Best Comedy Movies of 2016

2016 was a big year for movies. A ton of different movies were released and some may just go on to be some of the top movies of all time. There were tons of different categories and genres and below are just five of the top comedy movies from 2016.

1. Sausage Party

Although Sausage Party was a cartoon it was definitely geared for adults. Sausage Party is an animated movie that was released on August 12th 2016. It was directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan and included an all star cast of voice-over actors. Some of the voice-over characters include Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, and Jonah Hill. The movie centers around grocery items such as hot dogs that live a fun happy life in the supermarket but soon learn what will become of them when they are taken home to be eaten. It was one of the oddest yet funniest movies of 2016 and will certainly make you think of your food in a totally different way after seeing it.

2. DeadPool

Although Deadpool is actually a superhero movie it was one of the top comedies of 2016. Deadpool was released on February 12th 2016 and was directed by Tim Miller. The cast included big names such as Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, and TJ Miller. The story follows former special force operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson who was subjected to a rogue experiment that left him with a ton of different healing powers. He adopts the alter ego Deadpool and is armed with a variety of new abilities as well as a dark sense of humor and sets out to find the man who almost destroyed his life. Deadpool was known for its variety of raunchy jokes and great physical comedy.

3. Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters which was a remake of the old classic premiered on July 11th 2016 and was directed by Paul Feig. It included an All-Star cast such as Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon. Following a ghost invasion taking place in Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts and Ghostbusters Erin and Abby work together with Jillian and Subway worker Patty to band together to stop the Paranormal threat. It was one of the top comedies of 2016 and was one of the most anticipated movies of all time.

4. Hail Caesar

Hail Caesar was a comedy movie that premiered on February 1st 2016 and was directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. The movie was narrated by Michael Gambon featured an All-Star cast. Some of the top cast members included Josh Brolin, George Clooney, and Alden Ehrenreich. Hail Caesar follows the day in the life of a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who cleans up and solves problems for some of the biggest names in the industry. When one of the studio stars is kidnapped and held for ransom the cast must go on a wild goose chase to help get the star back. It is one of the funniest movies of 2016 and was nominated for a variety of different awards.

5. Dirty Grandpa

Dirty grandpa is a movie that was released on January 21st 2016 and was directed by Dan Mazer. Dirty Grandpa featured a cast of big name actors including Robert DeNiro, Zac Efron, and Zoey Deutch. The movie follows Jason Kelly who lost his grandmother two weeks before his wedding. In an effort to assist his grandfather and console him during his loss he tricks his grandfather into taking a spring break road trip of a lifetime. The boys set out on a wild adventure that they are sure to never forget. The movie is filled with laughs as well as a few moments that will make you cry.

Although there were tons of different comedy movies released in 2016 these are just five of the top comedies. All of these movies are filled with an outstanding cast that offers lots of laughs and good wholesome fun.

Tips to Give You an Edge in Getting Into Film School

Aspirations of getting into film school is a lofty one. There are many young, talented and upcoming artists with dreams of becoming producers, directors and who have hopes of a career in the film industry. Getting an edge or “leg up” on the competition when it comes to getting into film school can make all the difference. So what steps can you take, what can you do to increase your odds of getting accepted? Although there are no guarantees, there are ways to get that edge and increase your chances of getting into film school and taking that first step into a career of television and film.

It can begin early, and the earlier you realize that this may be a career you may want to pursue the better. This starts in high school, and is very similar to students who take college preparatory classes in pursuit of gaining admission to more typical collegiate endeavors. It is never too early to start building your resume for film school applications. Taking college preparatory courses is a good idea, but take the extra steps. Adding to this curriculum any art classes, entering in any available drama courses or auditioning for as many school plays as possible are good decisions. Having such history included in your educational background and being able to add this to your application for film schools is certainly advantageous.

Film schools and the application process is similar to other educational institutions with regards to how you apply. Most notably meaning that there are multiple schools that students fill out applications for generally beginning with their first choice and then second and so on. It isn’t uncommon for college applicants to fill out five, six or even more applications. The same procedure is strongly advisable for film school, and filling out as many applications as possible will only improve you odds of being selected.

One often overlooked resource can be the admissions offices of these film schools. Visiting various film schools and having a conversation with admissions officers can help guide and direct hopeful students in the process. Film schools just like traditional colleges need students and tuition to operate, admissions officers are there to help you get enrolled. In many cases their livelihoods depend on student enrollment and the insight and understanding gained from discussing the application process can be invaluable.

Perseverance is a word that is often used and heard in the film industry. From hearing about how directors, producers and the countless others in the film industry found their way in the word perseverance will commonly be used. Applying to film school is a good practice for a trait that will most likely be needed for those who aspire to a vocation in the film industry. Keep trying, work hard and take advantage of every opportunity to strengthen your resume and application for film school. The competition is stiff, the talent is in abundance and it gets harder before it gets easier in the world of television and film. Congratulations on being brave enough to throw your hat into the ring, and give yourself every edge you can then maybe one day your name will be among the credits of that next big hit movie or television show.

Add Some Country Music To This Year’s Stocking

People like to take a break from everything they do on their regular days during holidays; this is because people love different things that would not only bring them refreshment but also memories and a serene environment away from the hustle and bustle of the home environment. Every year around some people would leave their usual music for a while and get together with their old friends for some early music discoveries. There is a myriad of programs that are designed to give people their favorite songs for the seasons. The holiday songs offer not only a refreshing moment but also a spectacular environment that would give you company and would make the holiday short with its beautiful tunes; they remind people of the old memories. There is a myriad of platforms that one would get their music; some of the radio programs give people highlights on which kind of music hey would like to for their holidays.

Nothing would be more thrilling than gathering with friends and family around a podcast and take the journey towards your favorite music from your preferred device. There is a myriad of country music that one can listen to and would give them company during the entire Christmas holiday. Unlike all the other kinds of music, country music does not bore as such; this is because most veterans like this sort of music such that their holiday would be meaningless if they are denied a chance to listen to them. When you want to get the most out of country music, it would be important to choose a one song per artist list

Since holidays come about with thrilling fun and utter nostalgia, country music is just your perfect companion as it evokes emotions and reminds you of the good times gone by and just how much you need to replenish that by having the fun of your life this holiday. It is psychologically true that music is one thing that helps makes your life relaxed. It is because listening to music closes the world of you and you have the peace of mind to concentrate on what involves you for once. Humanity has an innate attachment to music, and that is why a two-year-old toddler would be seen dancing to the beat of whatever music they would come across. It means that music has a role in giving one the peace they deserve within themselves and the same is true with all of us. This holiday, therefore, gives you a treat with the best 2016 country music and for once feel the pleasure it comes about with. Wondering just what kind of album collection you should buy? Well, don’t worry one bit.

The following are some of the compilations that hit this year round.
• Kenny Chesney – Setting the World On Fire
• Brett Young – Sleep Without You
• Luke Bryan-Move
• William Michael Morgan-I met a girl
• Florida Georgia Line & Tim McGraw – May We All it, however, is not the full hit country music this year.

The list is continuous, and you just won’t run out of something you will keep yourself busy. Christmas holiday is here, and the spirit is just getting right for some indulge in fun. Don’t forget to carry your stereo with you this time round. Country music is waiting to fathom and indulge you in happy moments.

Best Performances of 2016 Latin Grammy Awards

The T-Mobile Arena was the choice of venues at Las Vegas’ 17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 18th. The level of entertainment expected was probably exponentially heightened because of the diversity of performances, including well-known artists and new additions to the genre. In fact, Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song awards were given to new group artists, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. Best New Artists and Best Singer/Songwriter Album awards were given to singer/Musician Manual Medrano.

Thursday night’s show brought Spanish and Portuguese music performers to awe-struck fans numbering over 17,000; Latin music lovers did not disappoint audience-number projections, and are growing in number as musical Latin artists rise in popularity, and also in diversity of style and personality.

The show was all glitz sparkle, and was action-packed, highlighted with an appearance by J-Lo in a surprise musical reunion with ex-husband Marc Anthony. They together performed, Pimpinela’s “Olvidame y Pega La Vuela” (Forget About Me and Turn Around). Jennifer’s sparkling outfit resembled a diamond-beaded shawl, gracefully draped around her, lighting her on fire. Anthony was garbed in black-tie form, wearing Vuarnet sunglasses, looking high-end swag. He was voted 2016 Person of the Year from the Latin Recording Academy earlier this year, for which J-Lo awarded him with a kiss.

The awards for Song of the Year and Recording of the Year were awarded for the song, “La Bicicleta”, collaborated by Shakira, Carlos Vives and Andres Castro, native Colombian artists who edged out Enrique Iglesias and Jesse & Joy. Vives performed the song for an enraptured audience solo, as Shakira was unable to attend the event.

With his recording of “Encantadora”, Yandel won his awards for Best Urban Song and Best Urban Fusion/Performance.

The subject of President-elect Donald Trump’s bringing in a new administration was not lost as a conversation topic. Writer Mexico native Javier Tovar, for his collaboration with Agence France Presse, broached members of Banda El Recodo de Don Cruz Lizárraga, who won for Best Banda Album for “Raíces” with this question: “What are your feelings about a Trump presidency?” Lizárraga replied, “We think because God put Mr. Trump in this place, it’s for a reason, and we hope Mr. Trump can also make positive change.”

Jesse & Joy perform “Me Soltaste” was winner of the Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album.

The Cuban Flame Thrower, Cub’s pitcher Aroldis Chapman joined second baseman Javier Báez to give artists Gente De Zona, with an award for their Best Tropical Fusion Album, “Visualízate.”

Another notable performance was of “Safari”, by J Balvin, alongside Pharrell Williams, BIA and Sky. BIA shined as her version of trapetón came to millions of those watching in their homes, enriching their experience of how ultra-important these awards truly mean, to Latinos, Latinas, and the world of avid musical followers.

Juan Gabriel, singer/songwriter who passed away August at 66 years of age, posthumously received awards for Top Album of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Los Dúo 2.”

The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences first broadcast outstanding achievement in Latin music in the millennial year of 2000. It was held in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center. The award recipients are decided by peers within the current Latin music industry.

2016 American Music Awards Performances

The American Music Awards is scheduled to air on Sunday night, November 20, 2016. There is a long list of performers expected to be performing and receiving awards.

Those performers include major names like Lady Gaga, Green Day and one of the all time favorites is Sting, who is recipient of the American Music Award of Merit award.
Those watching the show won’t be disappointed with the lineup, which includes a list of the following.

• John Legend will be performing his hit single “Love Me Now”.
• Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj will be singing their song, “Side to Side”.
• Shaw Mendes will do one of his hit songs.
• Niall Horan will be debuting his solo act by performing his song, “This Town”, since recently moving away from the group, One Direction.
• Twenty One Pilots will be performing “Heathens” and there is a good chance they may walk away with an award or two.
• The Weeknd will make an appearance with a song called Starboy.
• Justin Bieber is expected to be presented as a performer, even though he’s on the road with his world tour. He has also been nominated for several awards.
• Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar will be on stage with their new song “Don’t Wanna Know”.
• Lady Gaga will be one to watch as she performs her song, “Joanne”.

That is just a short list of some of the performers, others like Fifth Harmony and Shakira are expected to entertain the crowd also.

All these performers are no stranger to the music scene, and know how to put on a show that is pleasing to all that love to watch the award show.

The American Music Awards show is all fan voted and thanks to Dick Clark starting the award show in 1793, the lineup gets bigger and better every year. The show is a place where all musicians have a chance to be honored for their music, no matter what genre their music is in. Musicians from all over the world consider it an honor to not only attend the show, but also perform when they get the chance.

This year model Gigi Hadid and SNL’s Jay Pharoah will cohost the show. Lots of awards are expected to be given out for artists such as Adele, Carrie Underwood, Beyonce and Rihanna, and many others that have shown to have put out exceptional work in the past year. There is even an award for favorite video of the year.

With this kind of lineup and the music that will be coming out of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, fans will not go away disappointed.

The American Music Awards show will air on ABC at 8/7c and Bruno Mars will open the show up. It is expected to be a night filled with plenty of good music and maybe even a few surprise performers. No matter if you are lucky enough to be in attendance or watching from the comforts of your own home, it will be an eventful night that will be talked about for many days to follow.

Must-See Movies For The Holiday Season

Whether it’s the holidays or you’re just looking to do something with all that time away from school, tons of movies are hitting the theatres that you might be interested in seeing. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas isn’t all that far behind, what better way to spend that time than with loved ones and catching one of the new releases hitting theatres near you. For anyone who may be interested in catching a new flick this coming holiday, here are some of the movies you might want to check out.

If you’re as big fan of Sherlock Holmes as we are, you’ll be glad to know that a new movie is on its way and you’ll not want to miss it! Filled with many of the same actors as before, Sherlock Holmes will be bringing another addition to the series for a can’t miss movie. Fifty Shades of Black will also be making its debut. While this isn’t necessarily something you might want to see with a family member, for all those fans who have read and loved the books as well as the current movies released, you’ll not want to miss the second installment of this series.

Many gamers out there will be waiting with baited breath as the long waited for movie Assassin’s Creed will be making its arrival on the big screen coming this December. For fans who’ve played the video game series, this movie is one that promises to not disappoint as you follow our main character through a story that is both familiar and new to gamers all over. While it may not scream of holiday cheer, it’s something you can go to see with friends or family.

Speaking of holiday cheer, or maybe not quite so much, Mr. Billy Bob Thornton will be returning to the big screen this coming holiday with his sequel to Bad Santa, with Bad Santa 2. Once again you’ll find his character playing the role of a greedy, alcoholic looking to get in on the next scheme to make money fast. His side kick that he parted ways with in the first Bad Santa will also be returning for hijinks and more cons this holiday season. This movie will be a great watch to put even the biggest holiday Grinch with some laughter and smiles.

Looking for something for the kids? Look no further as movies such as Nocturnal Animals, A Street Cat Named Bob, and more also make an appearance. Many of the movies will be seeing making their way to theatres with promises of providing entertainment for different age ranges. While some of the movies will come baring the Christmas spirit and holiday themes, much of them are good to watch no matter what time of year it is. Movies such as Evolution will inspire viewers with a mystery surrounding a young boy, a dead body, a starfish and family secrets. Other movies such as The Take will take you on a different kind of adventure this holiday season with a thief from Paris that gets more than he bargains for when he steals a bag with contents that will leave him hunted by the CIA to get back what he has taken from them. If you think you’ll be wanting to watch a new movie this holiday season then we suggest you look into one of these great movies while spending time with your loved ones and friends as you take a break from class, exams and work.