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