International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Announces 2013 Winners

Jazz Trumpeter Shunzo Ohno Wins Overall Grand Prize For His Song “Musashi”

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May 7, 2014… The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), recognized as the most prestigious and respected international songwriting competition, has today announced its 2013 winners.

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ISC’s overall Grand Prize is awarded to Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno for his song “Musashi,” entered in the Jazz category. This is the first time in the 13-year history of ISC that the Grand Prize has been awarded to either an artist in the Jazz category or an artist from Japan.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges which included Imagine Dragons, Martina McBride, Joshua Redman, Josh Turner, Keane, Jon Secada, Dido, Garbage, Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.), James Cotton, Boney James, Jason Isbell, Anoushka Shankar, Monte Lipman (Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Republic Records), Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records), Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK), and more.

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Take Me To The River: Movie Review

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Filled with laughable, tearful moments, this film not only embraces the music, but the people behind it. These words: we don’t have a generation gap, we have a communication gap… hit me with impact and have stayed with me. There’s so much truth in that statement.

Take Me to the River brings too life the process, the love, and where it began. With a heart too mend all that’s wrong, they’ve taken a huge step in the right direction towards bridging the gap. Bringing in young talent to work with, and be mentored by, some of musics greats, adds something special to the film.

To love music as much as I do, you gain a new appreciation and respect for those involved with this project, and want to see it succeed in a big way. It’s one thing to stand on the sidelines and talk about what was, and what has gone wrong, but these folks stepped up and took action.

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Self Offense: Movie Review

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This short film tackles a serious issue in a straight-to-the-point manner. Shedding light on domestic violence and abuse, the film is a gateway to conversation. Too many have suffered, and still do, by an attacker and/or abuser.

Self Offense shows four different stories and the path they take to free themselves, using self-offense (the act of attacking) vs self-defense (the act of defending). Scenes teaching the women instruction are powerful, teachable moments, that are shown at the films end.

Bravo! To the cast and crew for making this film, despite budget constraints.

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Nashville Film Festival Celebrates a Record Breaking 45th Year

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NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

CELEBRATES 45TH ANNIVERSARY AND A RECORD BREAKING YEAR!

Tickets Sales up 30%, 255 films from 53 Countries, Over 1500 Screenplay Entries

Nashville, TN — Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) celebrated its 45th Anniversary this week with an incredible week of film in two locations. For the first time ever, the festival presented more than 250 films from over 50 countries, further cementing its record-breaking year.

“This has truly been a spectacular year for the Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan. It was our first year with 10 days of film at Regal Cinemas Green Hills and 9 days of events at our outdoor NaFF Cinema at Walk of Fame Park in Downtown Nashville”, shared Ted Crockett, Executive Director of the Nashville Film Festival.

With over 42,000 in attendance between both locations, the festival has exceeded last year’s total festival attendance by over 40%. The free NaFF Cinema at Walk of Fame in Downtown Nashville presented films for 9 days throughout the festival on its brand new 30′ outdoor screen. “We are already planning new and exciting ways to feature films to the public in outdoor settings in the months and years to come,” said Crockett.

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How to Thwart Music Equipment Theft

From rock stars to up-and-comers towing U-Haul trailers, too many artists and musi­cians have been victims of equipment theft. Whether it’s Tom Petty and the Heart­breakers losing five vintage guitars during a soundcheck to a sticky-fingered security guard, or Country newcomer JJ Lawhorn being ripped off for $4,000 worth of gear from his band’s van while checking into a hotel in Valdosta, Ga., no one is immune.

But everyone can more effectively deal with and prevent equipment loss.

Step One involves purchasing replacement value insurance or, at the very least, adding replacement value riders to homeowners insurance as a safeguard against theft. “All my gear is insured for replacement value,” said veteran guitarist, guitar builder and former Lonestar tech Ricky Dodson. “I have detailed descriptions of my gear and any upgrades that were made to them, as well as model and serial numbers, obviously. I take pictures and mark them, sometimes overtly and sometimes subtly, where the would-be thief might not think to look for it. Also, I don’t advertise on my car that I play, with bumper stickers of brands or anything like that. And I always leave my gear in the trunk if I can’t carry it with me.”

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The Identical, Wins Southwest Airlines Audience Choice Award For Best U.S. Narrative Feature

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MUSIC-DRIVEN FAMILY DRAMA THE IDENTICAL, WINS SOUTHWEST AIRLINES AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

FOR BEST U.S. NARRATIVE FEATURE AT 45th ANNUAL NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FILM STARRING RAY LIOTTA, SETH GREEN, ASHLEY JUDD AND NEWCOMER BLAKE RAYNE,
SLATED TO OPEN NATIONWIDE IN THEATERS SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 1, 2014) – The music-driven family drama The Identical, made its national star-studded red carpet debut at the 45th Annual Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) this past week.

Opening to a sold-out audience and attended by many of the project’s stellar cast, the film won over the hearts of both the festival judges and moviegoers alike by being awarded the prestigious Southwest Airlines Audience Choice Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature.

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Lucky Them: Movie Review

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Music critic Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) sets out too find rock icon and ex-boyfriend, Matthew Smith, who disappeared 10 years earlier. Though a part of her wants to know what happened, if Matthew is in fact still alive, Giles (Oliver Platt) doesn’t give her much choice.

Charlie (Thomas Haden Church) joins Ellie in her search with a video camera in hand, to capture footage for a documentary. He’ll drive you mad along the way in an idiotic but fun fashion, and have you.. awww’ing at the end.

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Jason Marsden: Voice-Over Acting Review

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By far one of the most interesting and fun panels I’ve attended to-date. Jason is full of energy, extremely talented, and quite good at directing. And much shorter than I thought; sorry Jason! LOL

The crowd was a mix of… seasoned voice-over actors, those wanting to break in the industry, and those like myself, who were merely observers.

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The Other Woman: Movie Review

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Laugh-out-loud funny! This movie will literally have you quoting some of the genius script writing, and cringing during the dialog between Nicki Minaj and Cameron Diaz.

Love, Leslie Mann in this movie! As Kate King, she brings the funny in such a way, that it reminded me of my comedic side.

Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) thinks he’s got everything under control… at work, home, and on the side. The over confident idiot, gets hit from all sides and never sees it coming; including the beating he gives himself at the end.

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Grace: Movie Review

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Sun and sand greet Gracie (Annika Marks) with a reality check she needs, but isn’t quite prepared for. Given little choice, she takes the path of least resistance, avoiding jail time.

When faced with town folk who not only care, but understand, she accepts refuge from Sonia (Sharon Lawrence) who ultimately, teaches Gracie strength to endure.

*Fun Fact: Rick Springfield’s son, Liam Springthorpe, plays Pickles and does so phenomenally!

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