The 3rd Annual Harvey Milk Festival (HMF) will take place in Five Points Park, located in the historic downtown district of Sarasota, Florida from May 10th-12th, 2012. The festival’s mission is to promote emerging artists in music, art, and film, raising awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality.
Admission is free.
HMF is held in honor of the late Harvey Milk, an American equal rights activist and politician who became the first openly gay man to be elected to a public office.
Founder and HMF Board President Shannon Fortner believes this year’s lineup will continue the tradition of celebrating artists who foster equality, earning the festival a national reputation for discovering new talent.
The 2012 HMF headliner is Breton. Hailing from the UK, Breton is comprised of filmmakers and musicians who create edgy cinematic live performances to compliment its dubstep/electro-house sound. The Guardian tagged Breton as ‘the multimedia Massive Attack.’ In March 2012, the band’s debut album ‘Other People’s Problems’ debuted in the top 5 the Amazon UK charts. The US album release was April 3rd.
Other musicians scheduled to appear include The August Name, The Pauses, The Sexual Side Effects, Cassolette, HenryHenryHenry!, Elysian Sex Drive, The Northwest, The Send Offs, and (the) Umbrella Cult. Artist John Baden of San Francisco, California will add to the festivities by creating a large-scale canvas mural during the event.
The official after party for the music portion of the festival will be held at Throb Nightclub. The special guest performer will be DiDa Ritz from RuPaul’s Drag Race. The five-dollar cover will be donated to the festival for any attendee wearing an official HMF bracelet.
On May 10th, HMF will host a screening of the music documentary Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel at the Selby Public Library. The film, which includes never-before-seen footage of Kurt Cobain, depicts the gripping true-life story of Hole drummer Patty Schemel’s battle with drug addiction at the height of the band’s fame. A reception for the film will take place at The Ivory Lounge following the screening.
On May 11th, ‘The Silent T’ Art Opening will be held at The Ivory Lounge, presenting work from local and national artists on the theme of equality. The band Zulu Wave is set to perform. Artists interested in submitting a painting or sculpture should send a hi-res photo of the work to email@example.com.
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The Festival’s Board of Directors includes President Shannon Fortner, Vice-President Turner Moore, Secretary Elisha Cash, Treasurer Matt Rogers, and Board Director Jen O’Connor.
The Harvey Milk Festival is an annual event celebrating emerging artists in music, art, and film. The festival also promotes equality in honor of the late politician Harvey Milk.
This year’s event will be held at Five Points Park in historic downtown Sarasota.
Admission to the art and music components is free.
Stay tuned for updates on selected bands, artists, and films.
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The Feelmagik team is heading up the 2012 SXSW Festival with interviews from the greatest in emerging music and film.
This year, the team caught an early glimpse of the cryptic documentary Girl Model, detailing the seedy underbelly of the fashion world as Siberian girls search for fame and fortune.
Feelmagik spoke with Wu Tsang, director of a great new doc Wildness. The film follows a group of LA artists/performers as they inhabit the LA legendary nightclub The Silver Platter, throwing a weekly theatrical dance party.
Feelmagik hosted a great conversation with Lights, the Ontario-superstar who released her hit sophomore album Siberia.
Stay tuned for more Austin updates!
Feelmagik represents emerging and established artists in film, music, books, and industry.
If you are a filmmaker, musician, author or business owner seeking representation to grow your product, please contact the Feelmagik team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the advent of the Kindle, Nook, and other reading tools, traditional publishing methods are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
To assist with the literary wave of the future, Feelmagik Productions has announced a new independent book publishing division to the agency. Feelmagik is currently recruiting talented authors in search of growing an international audience. The Feelmagik team is comprised of experienced journalists, writers, and media specialists seeking to help new or established authors be known. The Feelmagik team can assist clients with the following:
Formatting and Book Design
Feelmagik will create a marketing plan specifically designed for each client.
For consideration, please send a writing sample or chapter of your latest work (no more than 5,000 words) to email@example.com.
Outtakes chronicles the romantic ups and downs of a gay 16 yr. old boy named Tyler Morris, who auditions for a student film to woo Billy Greske, the resident celebrity thespian. The plan seems promising until Tyler’s bipolar best friend Jenny offers love advice and a local skater takes interest in Tyler as well.
“I started writing Outtakes ten years ago, because I couldn’t find many books for gay teens with a romantic twist,” Paull states. “This is not a coming out story. Tyler is out and proud.”
A Florida writer, Paull publishes the syndicated column, The Dating Diet, in 13 periodicals and online outlets. As an entertainment journalist, Paull has provided coverage at such prestigious festivals as Sundance and SXSW.
“I love journalism work, but my heart has always been in creative fiction,” Paull states. “Outtakes is particularly important to me because it gives gay kids a funny, sexy story without the smut. I think it’s a book genre that has been lacking. Most of the gay-themed books I see are coming out stories or erotica. Boring!”
Paull’s latest short story, Love for Sale, was included in the anthology Cool Thing: Best New Fiction from Young Gay Writers.
Paull states Outtakes is a comedic love story at heart but has serious elements depicting real-life teen issues such as bullying and prescription pill abuse.
“Certain publishing houses wanted me to change the story, either making the lead character straight or a zombie,” Paull states. “But I wouldn’t waver. I wanted gay kids to have a plausible, emotional roller-coaster of a love story just like everyone else.”
As a filmmaker, Paull has released two short films, The Green, Green Heart and The Once and Future Me. Each film has screened at selected film festivals across North America and is currently available online. Last July, Paull wrapped production on the first music video for the electrorock quartet, MeteorEYES.
Outtakes of Walking Mistake is available on Amazon.com.
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August 27th, 2011 The Fabulous Independent Film Festival/Sarasota, Florida
TBA The Portland Gay and Lesbian Film Festival/Portland/Oregon
October 9th, 2011 The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival/Tampa, Florida
Indie electro-rock quartet MeteorEYES has announced its line-up of summer east coast tour dates to coincide with the release of Across The Pond, the band’s first full-length album.
MeteorEYES is a light in the mist…a thunder in the cloud….
Hailing from Southwest Florida, MeteorEYES has cast its spell on nationwide audiences, providing an answer for those who question the current political state regarding equality. What secrets lie behind the mask adorned by lead singer, Shannon Fortner? With bold lyrics backlit by a heavy drum, electric guitar, and fuzzy keys, the music of MeteorEYES is a callout to indie music enthusiasts in search of change on and off the dance floor.
Separated from her UK life-partner Kelly due to discrimination against same-sex couples in US immigration policies, Fortner states most of the band’s lyrics stem from the complex emotions associated of being kept ‘across the pond’ from the one she loves. “I want the same rights as my neighbors,” says Fortner. “Nothing more, nothing less.” Songs like Splish Splash speak of lovers tangled in an embrace, tripping and falling, where Fortner recalls the sound of Kelly’s shoes. Escalators is a lusty number depicting two partners on different paths, desperate to connect.
Coinciding with the album release date, the narrative music video for the lead single, Best Text, will premiere on August 27th, 2011 at the 1st Annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival in Sarasota, Florida. Directed by writer Anthony Paull, the video follows five female entities that storm downtown in order to assemble the band. MeteorEYES will perform at the festival’s after-party.
Shannon Fortner: Vocals
George Bikos: Electric Guitar
Andrew Wyatt: Synth and Sequencing
David Warren Curran: Drums
Visit www.meteoreyes.us for sights and sounds.
MeteorEYES 2011 Summer Tour
8/10 Cool Hand Luc’s – FT Myers, FL*
8/11 Mr. Beerys – Sarasota, FL* (featuring Cassolette)
8/12 1982 Bar – Gainesville, FL*
8/13 The Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL*
8/14 The Get Down – Asheville, NC
8/15 Arcade Asheville – Asheville, NC
8/18 The Lit Lounge/Fuse Gallery – East Village NY, NY
8/19 Red Hook Bait & Tackle – Brooklyn, NY
8/20 Cin-M-Art Space 43 – New York, NY
8/25 The Wormhole – Savannah, GA
8/26 TBA – Orlando, FL
8/27 Selva Grill – Sarasota, FL**
* Dates featuring Blood Bats and After the Bomb, Baby
**Fabulous Independent Film Festival After Party/CD Release Party
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Premiering at the 2011 Fabulous Film Festival in Sarasota, the video follows five female ‘Beings’ who storm downtown in order to assist with the formation of MeteorEYES.
“I began to appreciate music videos as a young kid in the late 80’s,” Paull states. “I think the video reflects that type of experimental aesthetic, where there’s a vague storyline that plays on color and mood rather than elaborate set design.”
Paull states the video combines textures and techniques from videos hailing from Belinda Carlisle, Robert Palmer, and New Order.
“I wanted to keep the storyline vague to allow the viewer to interpret what is happening. I think modern videos lack the mystery and romanticism that was once a key component to earlier video production.”
Best Text is the first music video produced for Feelmagik Productions, which Paull began in early 2011. The video was shot entirely in Sarasota, Florida.
Paull’s previous short films include The Green, Green Heart and The Once and Future Me, which have been screened at various film festivals nationwide. Currently, each film can be viewed on youtube.com. Paull is also the writer of the syndicated column, The Dating Diet, which is published in 13 states.
The Best Text video will coincide with the release of the first full-length MeteorEYES album, Gametown. The album will be released in fall 2011, following an east coast tour. For more information, visit meteoreyes.us.
‘Best Text’ Music Video Premiere
2011 Fabulous Film Festival
1247 1st Street
Sarasota, Florida 34236
8:30 pm (before eCupid)
Pre-purchase tickets at fabulousiff.com or at the door at the day of show.
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This July, Feelmagik has contracted with Inspired Minds, LLC to host ‘Film Kids’, an interactive two-week film camp in Lakewood Ranch that will provide children with hands-on experience in the filmmaking process. Each camp attendee will participate in the making of a short film, which will be submitted for film festival consideration. If you know a child (up to age 17) that would like to audition for the camp, please visit www.filmkids.blogspot.com or contact Heather at 941-807-1303.