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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Dam Short Film Festival 2013 NEXT

Photo: Lee and Anita Lanier...Lee founded the Dam Short Film Festival and remains Executive Director. Lee worked on the Santa Clause, Shrek, Ants and other films, teaches animation and film making and has an active production company of his own.

Thank you to those who took part in the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City. Over 120 films were screened. I had the honor of being on the board and hosting the press conference, filmmakers panel and awards show. It is a festival for filmmakers and the audience, with most of the filmmakers in attendance. Networking, learning about the industry, enjoying talk about film-making and good short films has been a tradition for 8 years. We will be back next year, the Wednesday to Saturday prior to Valentines Day. Consider submitting films, attending or just coming up to enjoy a day in Boulder City.

For students at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, UNLV, CSN and of local acting or film teachers it was a wonderful chance to meet the filmmakers who are make shorts, submit to festivals and whose work appear on TV and in new media. Those who did no attend, it is my strong advice you plan on submitting, attending and networking next year. It's a great learning experience,

Art Lynch

Witney Houston RIP

From Wikipedia:

Whitney Houston performing on Good Morning America, Central Park, New York City, on September 1, 2009.
Background information
Birth name Whitney Elizabeth Houston
Born August 9, 1963
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Died February 11, 2012 (aged 48)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Genres Pop, Soul, R&B, Dance, Gospel
Occupations Singer, actress, model, film producer,[1] record producer,[2] songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1977–2012
Labels Arista (1983–2011)
RCA (2011–2012)
Associated acts Cissy Houston, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Jermaine Jackson, Mariah Carey, Enrique Iglesias, Bobby Brown
Website Official website

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. Houston is the most awarded female act of all time, according to Guinness World Records,[3]. Her list of awards include 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston was also one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.[4][5]
Inspired by several prominent Soul singers in her family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother, Aretha Franklin, Houston began singing with New Jersey church's junior gospel choir at age 11.[6] After she began performing alongside her mother in night clubs in the New York City area, she was discovered by Arista Records label head Clive Davis. As of 2011, Houston has released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold certification.
Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits ("Saving All My Love for You", "How Will I Know", "Greatest Love of All", "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "So Emotional", and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"). Houston is the second artist behind Elton John and the only female artist to have two number-one Top Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly "Top Pop Album") on the Billboard magazine year-end charts. Houston's 1985 debut album, Whitney Houston, became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. The album was also named Rolling Stone's best album of 1986, and was ranked at number 254 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[7] Her second studio album, Whitney (1987), became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.[7] Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know",[8] influenced several African-American female artists to follow in her footsteps.[9][10]
Houston's first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The movie's original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single, "I Will Always Love You", became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. With this album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period.[7] The album also makes her the only female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their adjoining soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher's Wife (1996). The Preacher's Wife soundtrack would go on to become the best-selling gospel album in history.[11] Three years after the release of her fourth studio album, My Love Is Your Love (1998), she renewed her recording contract with Arista Records.[11] She released her fifth studio album, Just Whitney, in 2002, and the Christmas-themed One Wish: The Holiday Album in 2003. Amid widespread media coverage of personal and professional turmoil, Houston ended her 14-year marriage to singer Bobby Brown in 2006. In 2009, Houston released her seventh studio album, I Look to You.

Invest in roads, bridges, railroads and Jobs...Some budget items must be increased not cut.

Here in Nevada, 39 bridges are deficient—and 251,365 vehicles cross those bridges every day. Meanwhile, 13.4 percent of Nevadans are jobless.

With so many Nevadans out of work and so many bridges and other pieces of critical infrastructure in need of work, there’s a simple solution: Congress must pass legislation putting jobless Americans to work fixing critical infrastructure—bridges, schools, roads, ports and more.

These projects don’t just create good jobs for the people who do the original work—though that’s a big part of why they are important right now. They also make our economy perform better in the long term by increasing productivity. And they make America and our state better, safer places to live.

Immediate work on Nevada’s crumbling infrastructure is a start. But we also need to pass a fully funded surface transportation reauthorization and start now on even bigger projects—world-class communications and energy systems, high-speed rail and other infrastructure we need to be competitive in the 21st century.

Tell Congress: We need to fix our broken infrastructure and get started on even bigger projects, too—the world-class communications and energy systems, high-speed rail and other infrastructure we need to be competitive in the 21st century.

I haven’t been to China, though I hope to go soon. But I am told that when you fly to Shanghai, you land in a brand-new airport, you have high-speed broadband access from the moment you arrive and you can get on a high-speed train in the arrival terminal that will take you directly to downtown Shanghai at speeds faster than 100 miles per hour.

This just isn’t available in any U.S. city. But we can change that. We can meet these standards—and beat them. But only if our leaders rise to the challenge.

Thank you for all the work you do.

In Solidarity,

Richard L. Trumka
President, AFL-CIO

P.S. In tough times, America has come together and put America back to work by building and rebuilding our infrastructure. But so far, the Republicans won’t do it. That’s why we’re taking the pressure to every individual member of Congress today—highlighting just how much work there is to be done and how many jobless Americans are ready to get to work.

First posted 10-5-11

Is Racism impacting Obama presidency?

The posters, slogans and mostly white Tea party bring up an obvious question
 that few people are comfortable talking about. Is the president's race effecting
 how he is perceived as president?
It is not long ago when African Americans were perceived and presented as
less than full citizens, lower educated, poor, and lower in aptitude. In the
Constitution, as written, dark skinned Americans were counted as 3/5 ths
a human being, Native Americans and Chinese were not even looked
upon as counting as humans and therefore citizens. Racism and hatred
were deeply entrenched in our nation. Is the residual of centuries of
 prejudice impacting how we look upon the president?
While we would all like
to be color blind, the reality
is that President Obama is
the first African American
(or African and American
in his case)to hold
the nation's highest office.
It is an achievement for a portion
of our population as large as
or perhaps larger than
another young president,
John F. Kennedy overcoming
strong prejudice against both
 Catholics and the Irish
nearly a half century earlier.

The issue being discussed
in the media, social meetings,
across kitchen tables in
living rooms across the nation
more than most of us
would like to admit.

Last fall after the Fox News sponsored rally on the White House Lawn,
I wrote "This past weekends mostly caucasian faces at the
FOX encourged "tea party" rally in Washington DC
has raised the issue of how much of an issue any racial divide in our
country may be for the still new president (not yet 8 months in office)
and how his programs are being received."

This link is to a story on NPR last fall;

Another aspect of the race issue lie in the open hatred in posters,
slogans and e-mail exhanges about the new president equating him
with Hitler, Stalin, referring to President Obama by his race and
the rise of the "tree of liberty" slogan and movement.

The assuming that an African-American president would be
more likely to support extend government supported services
to "illegal immigrants" is also obvious in the rhetoric
(including visual rhetoric) of those protesting.

How has this impacted votes in the actual Congress,
the nature of the Town Hall Meetings, the bias in reporting
of both and the overall perception of Obama as president?

Or, do you feel that this is a dated fear and no longer
an issue in the United States?

Could it vary by geography? By age? By income level?