Thursday, April 28, 2011

Last Call-Enter To Win 3 DVDs and Autographed NeverWorld Book & Tee






As April comes to a close we still have 4 contests open for the next two days.   Don't miss out on your chance to win.   Enter HERE to win any or all of our remaining great April give aways through midnight April 29th, 2011.    All contests are open nationwide.



To celebrate the opening of Broadway in Chicago's production of 
Peter Pan this Friday, we have a NeverWorld signed book and t-shirt give away.    This action packed, signed sequel to Peter Pan, NeverWorld, is by Chicago author Peter Von Brown.   It's the only expansion on Peter Pan that stays true to the J.M. Barrie's original.    We'll have an interview with the author and book review posted soon and a full Peter Pan show review after we see the production Wednesday.


Parents' Night In:
We often give away tickets and review theatre and bands for parents nights out.   Sometimes you just can't swing a sitter, but it's still great to turn off the kid-toons and relax with something for the grownups and maybe an older teen or two after the littles drop off to sleep.    ChiIL Mama wants to help with 3 brand new releases.   This month we have an eclectic assortment of DVDs for adults and "big kids".





Bob Dylan REVEALED, directed by Joel Gilbert.   This documentary will be released May 1, to coincide with Bob Dylan's 70th birthday month.

Bob Dylan "Revealed" Coming to DVD and VOD on May 1

As Bob Dylan turns 70, a true portrait of the reclusive "voice of the generation" is revealed 
through exclusive interviews, and never-before-seen photos and films of Dylan's 
50-year career.

Highway 61 Entertainment and MVD Visual announce the release of Bob Dylan "Revealed" for worldwide DVD distribution (and VOD) on May 1, 2011 in conjunction with Bob Dylan's 70th birthday.

When Bob Dylan turns 70 in May, his iconic career will have spanned five decades. Yet, a true portrait of the reclusive "voice of the generation" has eluded Dylan fans. Through exclusive insider interviews, and never-before-seen photos and footage spanning Dylan's 50-year career, Bob Dylan Revealed offers an intimate biography of who Bob Dylan was, and who he is today.

Producer Jerry Wexler and award-winning songwriter Al Kasha provide an untold account of Dylan's early days at Columbia Records in 1962. Drummer Mickey Jones chronicles the 1966 Bob Dylan and the Band electric world tour that changed Rock n' Roll forever, while soon after, Dylan used the cover of a motorcycle accident to enter drug rehab. Dylan's 1974 comeback tour is illustrated by tour photographer Barry Feinstein through his finest photos and behind-the-scenes accounts.  In 1975, Bob Dylan hit the road with a rag-tag band of folk troubadours, culminating in "The Night of the Hurricane". Folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliott, violinist Scarlet Rivera, bassist Rob Stoner, and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter reveal the inside story of Dylan's Desire album and Rolling Thunder Revue tour.

Following a stint as The Entertainer in 1978, Bob Dylan fell into the arms of the Lord through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church, producing three Gospel albums. Derided as "God-Awful Gospel," Dylan's radical new direction alienated fans and enraged critics. Pastor Bill Dwyer, journalist Joel Selvin, singer Regina McCrary, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, and Dylanologist AJ Weberman share intimate accounts of Bob Dylan's "born-again" transformation - and his return to Judaism!  Bob Dylan Revealed culminates with Dylan's Never Ending Tour that began in 1992 and continues to this day, as drummer Winston Watson recounts his personal journey as a warrior in Bob Dylan's "Never Ending Band".



We're also reviewing and giving away the director's cut of The Quiet Arrangement, an award winning film written and directed by David C. Snyder.

"The Quiet Arrangement" now available on DVD 

A dark thriller featuring guest appearance by Chuck D of Public Enemy







Hi Res Cover ArtHWIC Filmworks announces the company's first feature-length motion picture, The Quiet Arrangement. Written and directed by award winning short filmmaker and music video director David C. Snyder, The Quiet Arrangement features a cast of up and coming talent including singer/actor Kyle Jason (City Teacher, Dirty Shield), Rob Stone (End Game), Kevin M. Hayes, Christina Simkovich, Julian Hicks, and Joseph D. Lane. The film also features a guest appearance by legendary Hip Hop icon Chuck D of Public Enemy.

The Quiet Arrangement was filmed entirely in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas (including Youngstown, Cleveland, and Canton, Ohio). 


Chuck D commentshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewuwfz3NEX8

SYNOPSIS:

Prominent lawyer Walter Briggs comes home to a ringing telephone. He is told by a distorted voice on the other end of the line that his wife has been kidnapped. The only way that he can get her back is to pay a ransom of money that no one else is supposed to know about.

Mr. Parks is a professional criminal who is all about the business. He is thorough and loyal and wants to keep everything as simple as possible. However, he also has some issues in his private life that threaten to derail everything that he is working on.

Detective Jack Simons has been undercover for a long time. He needs just one more bust before he can resurface and take back his life. But, just as he and his partner set everything up for a sting operation, everything goes wrong. The two cops find themselves on the short end of an escalating situation that they have no comprehension of. And then things get interesting...

Rick Fields does odd jobs for questionable people. He is defined by a terrible incident in his past that weighs on him and everything that he does. His latest gig finds him watching over the kidnapped wife of a prominent lawyer. It was supposed to be one last job so that he could get away and start his life over, but things never go according to plan.

A dark independent thriller that follows the exploits of criminals of varying stripes who are involved in a growing web of deceit and double-crosses, The Quiet Arrangement's dominant visual tone, a kind of grey wash, is not only physically ominous, but symbolically so, mirroring the foggy morality of its characters' world. Ethical ambiguity runs rampant throughout the piece, and viewers are left to their own devices when sorting-out the "bad" guys from the "good".

ABOUT HWIC Filmworks:

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, HWIC Filmworks was created by cousins John Delserone and David C. Snyder to produce independent genre films. Their relevant, edgy filmmaking style compliments their reputation for high return on investment. HWIC Filmworks looks to bring attention to talent based in the regions between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, providing creative opportunities in the motion picture industry.  
  




Finally, we have Sundance favorite and multi award winning, quirky comedy:
"Anywhere USA" now available on DVD 

Part satire, part tragedy, part masterpiece theatre gone awry, ANYWHERE USA is a comedy of manners that defies gravity.
Starring Perla Haney-Jardine (Kill Bill)
In a trailer deposited in an unkempt pastoral glade, a woman who used to be an alternate on her high school tennis team beats her boyfriend senseless once a week.  She beats him, cause, well he deserves it. It's his act of redneck contrition... 

Meanwhile, an eight-year-old girl finds accidental elucidation; the sort of awakening that makes her wonder if that guy next door driving the '89 Subaru is, in fact, the guy she thinks it is.... 
On the other side of the tracks, over there where posh beards, Kobe beef steaks and manicured gardens go hand in hand, a man of privilege has an epiphany at the dinner table that ultimately leads to a contusion and a revelation.
Told in three subtly related segments (Penance, Loss, and Ignorance), ANYWHERE USA is a du jour portrait of one man's America inspired by and drawn from the director's own experiences as both foreigner and citizen of these United States.
Featuring a cast of mostly non-professionals and exploring passive racism, geo-political vagaries, good intentions, faith and disappointment, this deeply personal film manages to tread the lines between vulgar and humane, between absurd and tender, and finds its heart in the story segment featuring the director's own daughter and a man living in a van.
Quentin Tarantino states: 
"Anywhere U.S.A. reduces every audience that sees it into a delighted, giggling mob. The talented cast of non-professionals reminds one of what the word, 'amateur' really means: to love. As silly, provocative, risky and downright loose-screwed as Mr. Haney-Jardine and his cast are, the sense that they did this movie out of love - love for the weird, love for the unsayable idea, love for the privilege of movie making - proved to be one of the most moving experiences at the Sundance Film Festival. It reminds one of the joy of sitting in an audience of strangers while everyone laughs hysterically."

Trailerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diY7FMzwqfM
Other press quotes: 
"...there might just be some genius there. God help us." - Moriarty, Ain't It Cool News
"Haney-Jardine's film mixes striking still photos, text overlaid the images on the screen, a wry sense of the absurd in the everyday, the capacity to see the banal in the extraordinary, and the capacity to find the extraordinary in the everyday." - James Rocchi, Cinematical
"High Art crashes into THE DUKES OF HAZZARD...the most unusual of the dramatic competition films at this year's SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL." - Steve Ramos, indieWIRE
"The performances, cinematography, trippy score and just the flat out strange stories are worth taking the ride. " - Jason Guerrasio, eFilmmaker Magazin

WINNER: Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival.
WINNER: Best Feature: Boston Underground Film Festival
WINNER: Best First Feature: Cancun Riviera Maya Film Festival
WINNER: Best USA Feature FIlm, Jacksonville Film Festival
Opening Night Film: Chicago Underground Film Festival

In a trailer deposited in an unkempt pastoral glade, a woman who used to be an alternate on her high school tennis team beats her boyfriend senseless once a week.  She beats him, cause, well he deserves it. It's his act of redneck contrition... 
Meanwhile, an eight-year-old girl finds accidental elucidation; the sort of awakening that makes her wonder if that guy next door driving the '89 Subaru is, in fact, the guy she thinks it is.... 
On the other side of the tracks, over there where posh beards, Kobe beef steaks and manicured gardens go hand in hand, a man of privilege has an epiphany at the dinner table that ultimately leads to a contusion and a revelation.
Told in three subtly related segments (Penance, Loss, and Ignorance), ANYWHERE USA is a du jour portrait of one man's America inspired by and drawn from the director's own experiences as both foreigner and citizen of these United States.
Featuring a cast of mostly non-professionals and exploring passive racism, geo-political vagaries, good intentions, faith and disappointment, this deeply personal film manages to tread the lines between vulgar and humane, between absurd and tender, and finds its heart in the story segment featuring the director's own daughter and a man living in a van.
Quentin Tarantino states: 
"Anywhere U.S.A. reduces every audience that sees it into a delighted, giggling mob. The talented cast of non-professionals reminds one of what the word, 'amateur' really means: to love. As silly, provocative, risky and downright loose-screwed as Mr. Haney-Jardine and his cast are, the sense that they did this movie out of love - love for the weird, love for the unsayable idea, love for the privilege of movie making - proved to be one of the most moving experiences at the Sundance Film Festival. It reminds one of the joy of sitting in an audience of strangers while everyone laughs hysterically."
Other press quotes: 
"...there might just be some genius there. God help us." - Moriarty, Ain't It Cool News
"Haney-Jardine's film mixes striking still photos, text overlaid the images on the screen, a wry sense of the absurd in the everyday, the capacity to see the banal in the extraordinary, and the capacity to find the extraordinary in the everyday." - James Rocchi, Cinematical
"High Art crashes into THE DUKES OF HAZZARD...the most unusual of the dramatic competition films at this year's SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL." - Steve Ramos, indieWIRE
"The performances, cinematography, trippy score and just the flat out strange stories are worth taking the ride. " - Jason Guerrasio, eFilmmaker Magazin
WINNER: Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival.
WINNER: Best Feature: Boston Underground Film Festival
WINNER: Best First Feature: Cancun Riviera Maya Film Festival
WINNER: Best USA Feature FIlm, Jacksonville Film Festival
Opening Night Film: Chicago Underground Film Festival

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