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Women in Media (WiM) announced that member and producer Allison Vanore has joined the Executive Board as Secretary. Allison joins Executive Director Tema Staig, President Priya Sopori, and Vice President Uzma Kang.

Allison is excited to get more involved, expand the organization's reach throughout the entertainment industry, and to help to bring more initiatives to life for the membership.

Women In Media encourages gender balance in film and entertainment industries by providing networking, professional development, and advocacy for above and below the line women and the people who love making movies with them. They are an intersectional group of women and woman identifying crew members in the film, television, and new media industries.

For more information about how to join, sponsor, or keep up with the latest news visit the Women in Media website.

"After Forever" - Outstanding Digital Drama Series

Emmy-Nominated Drama Series Wins Five of Eight Nominations Including “Outstanding Digital Drama Series,” and Reveals Details About Season Two in Wake of Critical Acclaim

This summer marks a historic moment for the LGBT community, pivoted by the 50th Anniversary Stonewall Riots on June 28th. Last weekend, Tribeca held their first “Celebrate Pride” Summit to kick off World Pride in New York City. And festivities appropriately began in the Los Angeles entertainment awards circuit, as acclaimed series “After Forever” swept the Daytime Emmy Awards, winning Five out of Eight Nominations, and setting a record high for a digital series in the LGBT genre.

Erin Cherry - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Drama Series

At Friday night’s Creative Awards, “After Forever” took home four Digital Daytime Drama Series Categories: Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Supporting Actress (Erin Cherry), and Outstanding Lead Actor (Kevin Spirtas). On Sunday, the triumph was completed with the big win for overall Outstanding Daytime Digital Drama Series.

Michael Slade & Kevin Spirtas (not pictured) - Outstanding Writing for a Digital Drama Series

Said co-creator Michael Slade in his acceptance speech, “We created this show filled with pathos and humor to show people that there is life after grief; and that you can honor the love you still have for the person who is gone and still move on to have a life as you continue.”

Kevin Spirtas - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Drama Series

The first season, co-created by Emmy Award winning TV writer and playwright Michael Slade and actor-writer Kevin Spirtas (Days of Our Lives), was one of the most acclaimed web series of 2018. In addition to the Emmy success, it garnered the ISA 2018/19 Best Ensemble Award, 12 International Academy of Web Television nominations, 5 festival wins in Tuscany, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles, and a WGA nomination for Original Short Form Writing.

Jennifer Pepperman - Outstanding Direction for a Digital Drama Series

The first season starred Spirtas as Brian, and Mitchell Anderson (Doogie Howser, Party of Five) as Jason, a “50-ish” gay couple living in New York City who appeared to have it all — until Jason’s untimely death forced Brian to think about his future without the love of his life. The season ended on a cliffhanger as Brian finally embarked on what appears to be a new relationship, with Jason’s “blessing.” “After Forever” was widely acclaimed in press and social media for taking on subject matter for an age group that is underrepresented in LGBT media today and for doing it with humor as well as drama in a way that has created a passionate fan base across all demographics.

A week before the Emmy Awards, “After Forever” announced plans for Season Two. Slade and Spirtas revealed plot details that will continue the series’ emotional story arc. “In Season Two we will explore Brian’s new relationship with David, which is complicated by his inability to say goodbye to Jason,” said Slade. “The overall theme of Season Two will be figuring out how, if true love transcends death, the one left behind continues to have a life." Spirtas also hints at a celebrity cameo as part of the new season : “ We also delve into a professional relationship with Brian and one of his major celebrity clients (who will play them-self) ... and we know audiences will love to hear this exciting casting to be announced soon.”

Viewers can stream the first season of “After Forever” on Amazon Prime in the US and UK, or Binge TV - Worldwide.

Allieciné is happy to announce that '42 Seconds of Happiness' has added Spanish, Greek & German subtitles to the film on Amazon.

If you're outside of the US and the 67 other territories where Amazon Prime English content reaches, you probably haven't had the option of enjoying many independent films produced in English.

Allieciné is happy to announce that '42 Seconds of Happiness' has added Spanish, Greek & German subtitles to the film on Amazon.

If you're in Spain, Latin America or anywhere Español is the spoken language, watch with Spanish subtitles on Prime Video - just search: 42 Seconds of Happiness (the title is listed in English)

Un fin de semana en las afueras de Nueva York, están reunidos un grupo de amigos para celebrar el primer matrimonio gay de la compañía. Todos están tratando de mostrar su mejor actitud. Sin embargo el exceso de alcohol, algunas llegadas repentinas, planes y pensamientos ocultos de algunos de los asistentes, reviven viejas envidias y problemas no resueltos, que les conducen a una vorágine de revelaciones devastadoras, produciendo un desenlace dramático. 

If you're in Greece, watch with Greek subtitles on Prime Video - just search: 42 Defterólepta Eftychías

Ένα σαββατοκύριακο στα προάστια της Νέας Υόρκης. Μια ομάδα φίλων συγκεντρώνεται για να γιορτάσει τον πρώτο ομοφυλοφιλικό γάμο της παρέας. Όλοι προσπαθούν να δείξουν τον καλύτερό τους εαυτό. Ωστόσο, το άφθονο αλκοόλ, κάποιες ξαφνικές αφίξεις, κρυφά σχέδια και μυστικά που βγαίνουν στη φόρα, αναζωογονούν παλιές πληγές και άλυτες εντάσεις, και οδηγούν σε μια καταστροφική δίνη αποκαλύψεων και, τελικά, σε μια ανεξέλεγκτη, δραματική έκρηξη.

If you're in Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, watch with German subtitles on Prime Video - just search: 42 Sekunden Des Glücks

Eine Gruppe von Freunden trifft sich für ein Wochenende in einem New Yorker Vorort, um die erste homosexuelle Hochzeit ihres Freundeskreises zu feiern. Es werden Geheimnisse aufgedeckt, Alkohol fließt in Strömen und eine unerwartete Ankunft führt zu einer hochdramatischen Auseinandersetzung, die  sie nicht mehr in den Griff bekommen.

Enjoy! ¡Disfrutar! Genießen! Απολαμβάνω!

'42 Seconds of Happiness' is distributed by Indie Rights.

AFTER FOREVER screens on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 12:30pm at the Jersey Shore Arts Center.

Join Emmy Nominated series AFTER FOREVER in New Jersey at the 17th annual Garden State Film Festival. The festival runs March 27 - 31, 2019. Members of the cast and creative team will be in attendance. Following the screening there will be a Q&A.

AFTER FOREVER screens on Sunday, March 31st at 12:30pm at the Jersey Shore Arts Center.

For tickets & venue information please click here.

This Friday, March 29th, producer Allison Vanore will join other industry experts at the HollyWeb Festival for the Industry Day panel Steps to Success.

This Friday, March 29th, producer Allison Vanore joins other industry experts at the 8th annual edition of the HollyWeb Festival for the Industry Day panel Steps to Success.

HollyWeb Festival celebrates digital content with four days full of panels, networking, screenings, parties, and awards from March 26 - 30, 2019 at Universal City Walk.

Steps to Success Panel Details

How do you take the digital work you do and turn it into a viable career? Hear from HollyWeb alumni who have done just that as well as experts in the field who are career aggregators.

Friday, March 29, 2019

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Hilton Los Angeles / Universal Studios

555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA 91608

For tickets and more information click here.

Digital series AFTER FOREVER has received eight Daytime Emmy Award Nominations for Season 1.

Digital series AFTER FOREVER has received eight Daytime Emmy Award Nominations for Season 1:

  • Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series - Michael Slade (exec producer), Kevin Spirtas (exec producer), Allison Vanore (producer)
  • Outstanding Direction for a Daytime Drama Series - Jennifer Pepperman
  • Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series - Michael Slade & Kevin Spirtas
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama Series - Mitchell Anderson
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama Series - Kevin Spirtas
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series - Erin Cherry
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series - Cady Huffman
  • Outstanding Guest Performer in a Daytime Drama Series - Anita Gillette

The Daytime Emmy Awards will take place on May 3, 2019 and May 5, 2019 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

AFTER FOREVER co-creators/co-writers Michael Slade & Kevin Spirtas were honored with a nomination for Best Short Form New Media Writing 2019 at the Writers Guild of America Awards...

AFTER FOREVER co-creators/co-writers Michael Slade & Kevin Spirtas were honored with a nomination for Best Short Form New Media 2019 at the Writers Guild of America Awards which took place Sunday, February 17, 2019. Kevin Spirtas and producer Allison Vanore attended the WGA West ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA and Michael Slade attended the WGA East ceremony in NYC.

 

Fellow nominees include LOVE DAILY, WEST 40s, and this year's WGA winner CLASS OF LIES.

Catch a great write-up about the nominees in the Written By magazine Writers Guild Awards Issue.

AFTER FOREVER looks forward to upcoming Indie Series Awards in April and the Daytime Emmy Awards in May.

Podcasts are growing enormously in popularity and just like any storyteller, we're extremely interested in the podcast medium - both as a fan and a producer/creator.

Podcasts are growing enormously in popularity and just like any storyteller, we're extremely interested in the podcast medium - both as a fan and a producer/creator.

There are two podcasts that our company currently produces alongside creator/author/music composer Rob Gokee:

TACOCITY

weekly episodes released on Taco Tuesdays; 63 episodes to date

The taco. We’ve all had one. It doesn’t matter where you live. Race, religion, diet. In the last few years, it’s become the new burger. In its simplest form in America, it’s meat, onions & cilantro in a tortilla. Host Rob Gokee, a Los Angeles native & author of the book Tacocity, takes you on a journey of not only taco discovery, but the people who took a chance, and in some cases risked everything to bring their own recipes & dreams to life. Every episode is a different story, a unique look into taquerias across the country!

Listen to the latest episode:

Listen to "Pobre Diablo - Tacocity" on Spreaker.

MITCHUM

weekly episodes released on Monday; 24 episodes to date

Gary Mitchum Reeves, from the hit legal/social justice podcast Undisclosed, tells stories of bootlegging, growing up too fast, and being accused of a murder he didn't commit. Join Mitchum every week as he talks about the people, places & events that have made up his life, direct from his porch in Rome, Georgia. 

Listen to the latest episode:
Listen to "Beaty Part 3 - Mitchum" on Spreaker.

I encourage you to check them out! Subscribe to the channels where ever you listen to podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, I Heart Radio... the list goes on. After you've checked them out, leave us a rating and a review so that more people can find the shows!

And who knows... you just may hear about some more new podcasts coming soon.

"The Rainbow Experiment" releases on VOD this Friday where ever you watch movies.

"The Rainbow Experiment" releases on Video on Demand this Friday where ever you watch movies.

You can also find the movie in a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles at Arena Cinelounge including a one night special event at the Montalban Rooftop on Saturday, December 8th at 5pm sponsored by Formosa Hot Sauce. Select screenings will include a Filmmaker Q&A.

Tuesday, Dec. 11th the film will release on DVD and Blu-ray. You can pre-order now on Amazon. The perfect gift for those cinephiles in your life!

For upcoming tickets in Los Angeles visit www.arenascreen.com.

VOD and DVD/Blu-ray releases brought to you by Gravitas Ventures.

Award-winning film THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT will be released on VOD/SVOD on December 7 via Gravitas Ventures.

THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT, Christina Kallas’ award-winning ensemble film, a post-modern whodunnit set in an New York City high school when a student is permanently injured during a science experiment on school grounds, was acquired for worldwide release earlier this year by Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company. It will be released on VOD/SVOD on December 7 and on BluRay/DVD on December 11. It will also have a theatrical run, starting in Los Angeles at the Arena Cinelounge that weekend, immediately following the release of the film digitally.

The film had its international premiere at the Moscow International Film Festival, and has played a number of key film festivals like Cinequest, Cleveland, St. Louis, FIRST in China and Thessaloniki, winning numerous accolades along the way.

In 2016, Kallas scored on the film festival circuit with her award-winning debut feature, 42 SECONDS OF HAPPINESS—currently on Amazon and other platforms in 68 countries.