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The Exorcist Steps in Georgetown Washington DC

the exorcist steps

The Exorcist steps are famous for being featured in one of the scariest horror films of all time, The Exorcist. The book and film are loosely based on an actual events.  The novel was inspired by a 1949 case of demonic possession and exorcism that American author William Blatty heard about while he was a student in the class of 1950 at Georgetown University.  The Academy Award winning movie which came out in 1973 is about an actress filming in Georgetown who seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter when the teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity.

the exorcist steps

The Exorcist steps are 75 concrete stairs located in Georgetown at the corner of Prospect St NW and 36th St NW, leading down to M Street NW.  The stairs were built in 1890 as a shortcut between M Street and Prospect Street.

I visited right before sunset and did find the place creepy.  Nested between an ivy covered stone wall and a brick warehouse with dumpsters overflowing with stinky garbage.

Yes, they are very long and steep.  The height of the steps are equivalent to a five story building.  I gripped the railing all the way down pausing only to snap some pics.

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The stairs appear in the scene where the priest sacrifices his life to save the girl.  This is a definite stop to take photos for every horror movie fan.  A visit an iconic spot in cinema history is a must. It’s one of the most famous steps in the world.

On Halloween of 2015, more than 40 years after the film was released, Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Council member Jack Evans memorialized the steps with a plaque with  Director William Friedkin and and writer William Peter Blatty on hand.

 

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Depending on the time of your visit you might find the steps crowded with people exercising and lots of the students from Georgetown University.

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More Movies that will make you want to Travel

more movies that make you want to travel

A curated list of Movies that will make you want to Travel.  I’m a huge movie junky.  Whenever I have time to relax you can find me watching movies if I’m not reading.  I love stories and can’t get enough of them.  Believe it or not I’ve actually watched all of these films and they made me want to travel.  This is the second post in this series.  Click here for the first batch of movies.

far and away

1. Far and Away

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are mesmerizing in this sweeping romantic epic about two unlikely travel companions who find love and new possibilities in the dangerous frontiers of America.

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2.Wild

Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother (Laura Dern), the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail — one of the country’s longest and toughest through-trails.

amelie

3. Amelie

Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay, this magical comedy met overwhelming acclaim nationwide. A painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris café, Amelie makes a surprising discovery and sees her life drastically changed for the better! From then on, Amelie dedicates herself to helping others find happiness…in the most delightfully unexpected ways! But will she have the courage to do for herself what she has done for others?L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)

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4. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Oscar nominee Penelope Cruz (Volver) and Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson (The Nanny Diaries) light up the stunning city of Barcelona in this sexy romantic comedy. Vicky and Cristina are two young Americans spending a summer in Spain, who meet a charming Casanova and his beautiful but volatile ex-wife. When they all become romantically entangled, the smoldering sparks begin to fly in hilarious fashion.

love in the time of cholera

5. Love in the Time of Cholera

When Florentino Ariza (Javier Bardem) sees Fermina Daza (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) through a villa window, it is love at first sight. Though a man of modest means, Florentino’s skill as a poet awakens a similar passion within Fermina. But Fermina’s father disapproves of the affair and vows to keep the lovers apart. Fermina eventually marries an aristocratic doctor (Benjamin Bratt), and they move to Paris. Florentino, however, still loves Fermina and patiently waits for a chance to be with her again.

belle epoque

6. Belle Epoque

BELLE EPOQUE is the irresistible story of Fernando, a handsome, young Spanish Civil War deserter who befriends a free-thinking artist. Fernando finds himself in a romantic dilemma when the artist’s four beautiful daughters return to their country home — which woman should he romance? The answer ishilariously simple, as Fernando is seduced instead, by each of the high-spirited sisters. BELLE EPOQUE is a rollicking sensual romp celebrating newfound sexual freedom for women. A delicious blend ofhumor and passion that captured the Oscar(r) (1993) for Best Foreign Language Film and introduced theworld to the enchanting beauty of Penelope Cruz (Vanilla Sky).

la dolce vita

7. La dolce vita

In one of the most widely seen and acclaimed European movies of the 1960s, Federico Fellini featured Marcello Mastrioanni as gossip columnist Marcello Rubini. Having left his dreary provincial existence behind, Marcello wanders through an ultra-modern, ultra-sophisticated, ultra-decadent Rome. He yearns to write seriously, but his inconsequential newspaper pieces bring in more money, and he’s too lazy to argue with this setup. He attaches himself to a bored socialite (Anouk Aimée), whose search for thrills brings them in contact with a bisexual prostitute. The next day, Marcello juggles a personal tragedy (the attempted suicide of his mistress (Yvonne Furneaux)) with the demands of his profession (an interview with none-too-deep film star Anita Ekberg). Throughout his adventures, Marcello’s dreams, fantasies, and nightmares are mirrored by the hedonism around him. With a shrug, he concludes that, while his lifestyle is shallow and ultimately pointless, there’s nothing he can do to change it and so he might as well enjoy it. Fellini’s hallucinatory, circus-like depictions of modern life first earned the adjective “Felliniesque” in this celebrated movie, which also traded on the idea of Rome as a hotbed of sex and decadence.

y tu mama tambien

8. Y Tu Mama Tambien

Julio and Tenoch are two teens ruled by raging hormonesand a mission to consume exotic substances. But one summer, the boys learn more about life than they bargain for when they set off on a wild, cross-country road trip with seductive, 28-year-old Luisa. Both boys taste forbidden fruit as Luisa schools them in the finer points of passion, but will their mutual desire for her destroy their friendship forever?

roman holiday

9. Roman Holiday (1953)

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck),who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann’s regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.

cairo time

10. Cairo Time

A married magazine editor falls for one of her husband’s old acquaintances while vacationing in Cairo in this romantic drama from writer/director Ruba Nadda. Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) is a magazine editor who is happily married to Mark (Tom McCamus), a Canadian diplomat. Their kids are all grown up, and they’ve planned a three-week vacation in Cairo together when Mark gets delayed in the Palestinian territories and Juliette is left to navigate the Egyptian capitol alone. In order to ensure his wife’s safety until he arrives, Mark asks his former security officer and longtime friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig) to be her guide though the city. He never imagined that they would fall in love, but the more time Tareq and Juliette spend together the more difficult is becomes for them to deny their intense attraction to one another.

one week

11. One Week

Chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life.

little white lies

12. Little White Lies

Following a motorcycle accident that leaves a charismatic member (Jean Dujardin, The Artist) of their group in an intensive care unit, a close-knit circle of friends embark on their annual summer getaway to Cap Ferrat in the southwest of France. Staying at wealthy family man Max’s (Fran‡ois Cluzet, Tell No One, The Intouchables)spacious vacation home, the sunny beachside idyll quickly becomes the backdrop of heated tensions and outbursts among the old acquaintances as the little white lies just beneath the surface of their relationships reach a boiling point. Featuring an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose) and Gilles Lellouche (Point Blank, Mesrine) and a soundtrack of classic hit songs, director Guillaume Canet’s follow-up to his smash-hit Tell No One is a touching, poignant, and inspiring dramatic comedy about owning up to the truths that define a life.

paris

13. Paris

In Paris, a city of a thousand faces, everyone has a story.  From Cédric Klapisch the award-winning writer/director of L AUBERGE ESPANGOLE comes a deliciously intimate new valentine to The City Of Lights featuring an all-star cast that includes Oscar®-winner Juliette Binoche (THE ENGLISH PATIENT), Romain Duris (THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED), Mélanie Laurent (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS) and François Cluzet (TELL NO ONE). It s the story of a young Moulin Rouge dancer (Duris) awaiting a heart transplant, his single-mother/social worker sister (Binoche), and their rediscovery of the life, laughter and love that hides within every balcony, apartment window, street corner and market stall. These are the stories of the middle class and bourgeois, immigrants and students, fashion models and homeless, and all the lovers and strangers whose paths could only cross and whose worlds are about to change forever in PARIS.

2 days in paris

14. Two Days in Paris

Adam Goldberg delivers “an uproarious study in transatlantic culture panic” (MTV) as Jack, an anxious, hypochondriac-prone New Yorker vacationing throughout Europe with his breezy, free-spirited Parisian girlfriend, Marion (Delpy). But when they make a two-day stop in Marion’s hometown, the couple’s romantic trip takes a turn as Jack is exposed to Marion’s sexually perverse and emotionally unstable family, her coarse temperament with cab drivers and her ex-lovers… her many ex-lovers. Culture-shocked and ego-bruised, Jack finds himself hoping that their relationship can survive as their love is revealed in surprising ways.

the fall

15. The Fall

From the director of The Cell comes a visually stunning epic fantasy about a bedridden man who entertains a curious little girl by telling her a fantastical story of exotic heroes and far off places which reflects his state of mind. The central story takes place in a remote 1920’s hospital where a small girl named Alexandria (Catinca Untaru) is recovering from a severe looking shoulder injury incurred in a fall while trying to pick oranges. One day she happens to meet Roy (Lee Pace) – a stunt or “gag” man for the “flickers” or moving pictures- who seems to have injured himself out of a future in a particularly reckless stunt, even for those times. He is a clearly unhappy man who- through his own carelessness- unwittingly leads Alexandria to believe that he intends to entertain her with a lavish, epic story of exotic heroes and far off places. As the stuntman’s health reaches to the point of peril – so does the story he is telling her…with potentially fatal consequences.

 

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Movies that will make you want to Travel

A curated list of Movies that will make you want to Travel.  I’m a huge movie junky.  Whenever I have time to relax you can find me watching movies if I’m not reading.  I love stories and can’t get enough of them.  Believe it or not I’ve actually watched all of these films and they made me want to travel.

lampoons vacation

1. National Lampoon’s Vacation Boxset 

The Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

under the tuscan sun

2. Under the Tuscan Sun

While on an Italian vacation, a woman buy a villa and decides to stay.

train to lisbon

3. Night Train to Lisbon

Latin teacher Raimund Gregorius (Irons) finds a book by Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado (Huston) and his life is irrevocably changed. Determined to learn more about the author, Gregorius boards the night train to Lisbon and begins to piece together an epic story of oppression and revolution, loyalty and betrayal, love and jealousy, played out against the backdrop of a brutal fascist di ctatorship. In his exploration of Amadeu de Prado’s life, Gregorius finds that life can change in an instant.

before sunset

4. Before Sunrise/Before Sunset 

One of my favorites.  A sequel to “Before Sunrise,” this film starts nine years later as Jesse (Ethan Hawke) travels across Europe giving readings from a book he wrote about the night he spent in Vienna with Celine (Julie Delpy). After his reading in Paris, Celine finds him, and they spend part of the day together before Jesse has to again leave for a flight. They are both in relationships now, and Jesse has a son, but as their strong feelings for each other start to return, both confess a longing for more.

motorcycle diaries

5. The Motorcycle Diaries 

Based on a true story, this inspiring adventure traces the youthful road trip of two revolutionary friends: “Che” Guevara (Gael García Bernal) and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna).

dr zhivago

6. Doctor Zhivago

Omar Sharif stars in the title role as an orphaned youth who grows up to marry the daughter of his adoptive parents, but falls in love with a beautiful dressmaker.

sleepless in seatle

7. Sleepless In Seattle

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in an enchanting romance about a widower whose son convinces him to find new love and the woman who answers his call.

holiday

8. The Holiday 

From writer/director Nancy Meyers comes a romantic comedy about two women on opposite sides of the globe who swap houses only to discover that a change of address can really change their lives.

last holiday

9. The Last Holiday

After she is diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.

grand budapest hotel

10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

life aquatic

11. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston. Famous oceanographer Steve Zissou sets sail with a crew that includes a journalist, a pilot, a man who may actually be his son and his ex-wife in order to seek revenge on a mythical shark for causing the death of his partner.

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12. The Darjeeling Limited

Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman star as three brothers who have drifted apart over the years and try to re-forge their sibling bonds on a hilarious adventure across India. The Royal Tennenbaums meets Lost in Translation.

everything is illuminated

13. Everything Is Illuminated

Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated stars Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) as Jonathan Safran Foer, a young Jewish man who wants to learn how his grandfather escaped from the Nazi incursions into Russia. From the U.S., he hires the hip-hop loving Alex (Eugene Hutz, leader of the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello) and his surly grandfather (Boris Leskin, Men in Black) as tour guides–only to discover, when he arrives in Odessa, that they are perhaps less than dependable. Thus begins a curious, almost metaphysical road trip that carries Foer into the past of his grandfather’s village and the present of his own compulsive habits.

australia

14. Australia

A romantic action-adventure epic set in Australia prior to World War II that centers on an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a large ranch.Out of Africa

bridges of madisson county

15. The Bridges of Madison County

While passing through a small Iowa town, a photojournalist meets a farmer’s wife and they share a brief, secret, romantic interlude that profoundly shapes the rest of their lives.

nights in rodanthe

16. Nights in Rodanthe

Two strangers meet at an inn, each planning to deal with troubling circumstances in their lives. Sparks fly and a relationship begins that may open up new possibilities for both.

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Things I Loved About 2014 Travel Books Movies

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Before moving forward into the adventures 2015 will bring I wanted to look back at the things that brought me joy in 2014. I’m an avid reader and movie watcher making me a diehard lover of stories. So here I’ll share my favorites. If you want to see what I’m reading you can connect with me on Goodreads. It’s what I use to keep track of all the books I read.

One thing that has helped me read more is the Overdrive app which allows you to borrow books, audio and movies from your library. My favorite feature is that is syncs up with all of my devices so I can listen while I’m driving or read while I’m waiting anywhere. I actually try to arrive early so I can have some extra reading time. It’s a wonderful boredom reliever while traveling.

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Books

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld                        Mystery

Interesting setting and character.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn     Suspense

Great storytelling.

 

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin    Mystery

Not your regular fiction it’s written as a journalists report. Great story.

 

Bully by Penelope Douglas  Romance

Perfect story pacing.

 

Instructions by Neil Gaiman                        Horror

I enjoy Gaiman’s story telling. As one of my favorite writers it’s a treat to read the specific words he choses to bring his tales to life.

 

Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair) by Rosie Pérez  Memoir

An amazing true story.

 

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller          Non Fiction

Great self help book. This is great for peeps like me who have trouble focusing.

 

Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business by Bruce Poon Tip         Non Fiction / Business / Travel

Inspiring read about how this entrepreneur in the travel industry became successful.

 

Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers by Mary Kole                   Non Fiction / Writing

One of the best books on writing I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this if you’re serious about becoming a great writer.

 

Movies

I watch the majority of films on Netflix so I watch many movies that may have been released in previous years but am just now getting around to watch. These are the movies I enjoyed the most this year and I highly recommend you add them to your must watch list if you haven’t seen them yet.

Littlerock 2010          Drama   Interesting story and characters.

 

The Motel Life 2012             Drama    Awesome story.

 

At Middleton 2013               Romantic Comedy   Loved this romantic comedy very much.

 

Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious             Comedy   Cracks me up.

 

The One I Love 2014                        Sci-Fi   Great story!

 

Begin Again 2014                 Romance   Cute!

 

Sex Tape 2014                      Comedy   Lmao

 

6 Souls (Shelter) 2010         Horror   I love being creeped out.

 

Después de Lucía 2012        Mexican Drama   Heavy

 

Twice Born (Venuto al mondo) 2012         Drama / Romance   Emotional

 

Cafe de Flore (Café de Flore) 2011                        French Drama   Emotional

 

In Secret 2013          Horror   Very Edgar Allen Poe like

 

Zero Dark Thirty 2012         War Drama   Great storytelling. Study this screenplay if you want to learn how to write a good story.

 

The Punk Singer 2013         Documentary   Because punk girls rock forever!

 

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 2014       Horror  My absolute favorite horror movie of the year. Originally creepy.

 

Disconnect 2012       Drama   Because I love heavy drama.

 

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest 2011                       Documentary   Because I grew up with Hip Hop that was good.

 

Mud 2012      Coming of Age Thriller   Great story set in the swamps. Loved it.

 

Quotes

travel quotes

10 Quotes to Inspire You to Travel 

“Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.” George Carlin

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”  Plato

Travel

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Massachusetts

One of my favorite things is to explore new places. This summer I had an amazing road trip exploring the state of Massachusetts. I hit up Cape Cod, Plymouth, Boston, Springfield and Salem. I’ve written over a handful of posts detailing my adventures along with my best tips. There is still so much more to share with you. You will see more of the Massachusetts road trip posts in 2015.

Click here to read and see tons of photos  

 

Florida

I’m always roadtripping my home state of Florida. One of my most popular posts is a big round up with hundreds of ideas for your next trip to Florida. 

Here are some recent places and tips full of information on what to do and see.

Lincoln Road Mall South Beach

South Beach

 

Cross Collage

St. Augustine

Bridge of Lions

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Fort Matanzas

Crescent Beach

Rainbow Springs Florida State Park

Central Florida

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins

Sculptures

Rainbow Springs

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Key Largo Round Up

The Garden District in Uptown New Orleans

One of the blogs most popular posts feature my trip to New Orleans, Louisiana.  You can expect a big fat round up post in 2015.

 

Now that you’ve read my recommendations share some of yours with me.  What where your favorite places to visit, book to read and movies to watch?

 

 

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Gothic Fiction: Growing Up With Vampires

My entire life has been infused with stories.  Since I was a child there were frequent trips to the library and the book store.  In addition nothing on television was off-limits.  My parents were strict in other ways but censoring stories was not one of them.  I’ve had full access to imaginary realms my entire life including gothic ones.

From a very early age the difference between reality and fantasy was very clear to me.  I was a voracious reader, even before the age of ten I was subscribed to several book clubs.  Some of those books included mentions of Dracula, Frankenstein and many other imaginary creatures though I always preferred vampires.  With little effort, you can find them everywhere; in series such as Goosebumps, cartoons like Scooby Doo and even Sesame Street had the Count.

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Television and movies had an even greater impact on me.  On weekends and late nights I watched hosted horror shows with funky characters like Svengoolie and Elvira.  Remember them?  Most of the movies featured on those shows were old, in black and white or Technicolor, low budget horror or sci-fi films.  I never found them one bit scary.  On the contrary, their cheesiness always made me laugh.  Their efforts at being terrifying were actually hilarious.

As I got older, I discovered heavier, more serious gothic tales and am still enamored of them.  I read Bram Stoker along with many imitations before stumbling across Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.  A Japanese anime series I enjoyed was the Vampire Hunter D.  It pushes the limits of the genre because it’s a wonderful mash up of western, science fiction, horror, and high fantasy.

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Gothic horror is a style of fiction which combines elements of horror and romance.  It’s an extreme form of romanticism set in gothic locations.  These stories demonstrate the duality of life, expose our vulnerabilities while inciting fear while demonstrating each of us has capability for great good or evil.

Quality’s of Gothic Horror:

  • The atmosphere provides fear and dread.
  • The hero is usually isolated.
  • High emotions.
  • Someone in distress.

Some of my favorite vampire stories are: The Anne Rice Chronicles, True Blood TV Series, Let the Right One In, The Lost Boys, Underworld, Blade, Coppola’s Dracula, Buffy the Vampire Slayer …

 

What is your favorite vampire story?

If you’ve written one please share your links in the comments below.

Vampire Lessons

5 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from Vampires

Resources:

If you enjoy reading, Project Gutenberg has an extensive Gothic Bookshelf of books you can read online for free

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“Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.”  Anne Rice 

 “You will lose what you value most, so treasure it while you can.”  Richelle Mead 

 “When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers, I kind of wanted to be a vampire.”  Angelina Jolie

 “It’s a good day to do great things!”  Randy Lipnitzky 

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Empowering Latina Voices: Film Maker Fanny Velez

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Latinos are no longer waiting for corporate media conglomerates to wake up and smell the coffee. With the tools at our disposal we are taking matters into our own hands and creating our own opportunities. Filmmaker Fanny Veliz did precisely this and raised funds to shoot her first feature film. Now that the film is completed she has created yet another opportunity for you to get involved with your local communities to create positive change.

Please read the following press release and contact Ms. Veliz with any questions.


Indie Film “Homebound” Uses Community Screenings to Raise Audience Awareness
Filmmaker Fanny Véliz wants to bring the Hollywood machine to her.

Los Angeles, CA – January 7th, 2013 – Writer/Director and actress Fanny Véliz raised production funds to shoot her first feature film, Homebound last year, through the increasingly popular internet crowd funding method. Now that the film is complete she is turning to the community once again with a unique concept.
“Use my film to raise funds for your organizations, it’s a win-win situation.” Says Véliz. The goal is to show to Hollywood that there’s a hungry audience out there ready for a film like HOMEBOUND.  It is about empowering the community to empower filmmakers to tell the Latino stories Hollywood chooses to neglect.

“I’m committed to helping transform the image of Latinos in the media by telling stories that aren’t usually told,” says Veliz. “We are all used to seeing stories of immigration, gangs, and other stereotypes, this film shows another side of the American Latino. Homebound is an American story, a human story told with an American Latino cast.”  Homebound tells the story of Richard Lynn, a successful young Latino business professional who returns to his small hometown in Texas to help his dying father. His father insists he take over the family business, a bar. Secretly, the young man wants to burn down the bar because he blames it for the death of his own mother and the illness of his father. In the process he rediscovers his childhood’s small town and falls truly in love for the first time.

The film features a cast of seasoned actors which includes Enrique Castillo, whose work in such films as El Norte, Mi Familia and the cult classic Blood In Blood Out have made him a fan favorite among Latino audiences and his role in Showtime’s Weeds has made him a hit among mainstream audiences. Texan born Julia Vera, who has built a career as a character actress in film and television for over twenty years is not only an actress in Homebound, she is also invested in the film as an associate producer. Richard Lynn is played by a dynamic young actor, Jeremiah Ocañas, who not only plays the lead, he is also a native El Campo, Texas, where the film was shot. El Campo served not only as the prime location, but its citizens helped facilitate permits, meals, lodging, a source of talent pool for minor roles and the extras, and even a helicopter needed for the shoot. Fanny Véliz, in addition to her producing, writing, and directing duties also plays the female lead in the film.

Community is at the centerpiece of this undertaking. It takes a community, and Véliz is hoping to once again enlist community and embrace the film through the “Community Screenings” concept, and help them raise awareness of the film.

The production company is currently looking for organizations, companies or individuals nationwide that would like to host a “Community Screening” of the film. They would need to commit to create a screening, which would raise money for their own Non-Profit organization or other Non-Profits they wish to benefit. Each host will receive a Homebound Party Pack that will take them step by step on how to tailor the event to the Homebound theme.

To sign up to host a Screening of Homebound in your city please email:[email protected]
For more information on the film Homebound go to www.homeboundthemovie.com

Homebound Official Trailer

Why is it important to support this film?
The success of this film opens doors for new voices creating more opportunities.
 Let’s support each other and grow.

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Have you watched the documentary movie Lemon yet?

LEMON the Movie – Official Trailer

I really LOVEd this raw, honest and touching film. At times it made me cry but not without giving me optimism and hope. From the beginning of the movie I rooted for him to succeed for all the little boys and girls caught up in the cycle of our violent oppressive society, for those who never received the awareness, education, resources or tools to break free and the ones who died trying.

“Lemon Anderson is a Tony award winning playwright, performer and poet. The film is about Andersen’s struggle to free his family from poverty and pain as he exposes his most shocking secrets on the NY stage. It follows Lemon’s desperate battle to keep the past where it belongs and move into a brighter future. Redemption may lie within Lemon’s grasp when none other than Spike Lee steps in to produce his show. The stakes are high. With the power of a cliffhanger, asks the larger question: Can any of us really escape the past?”

Most beautiful Lesson from the movie:
Focus
Determination
and
Perseverance
will get you to where you want to be. 
Lemon Andersen- County of Kings

If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it and if you did I’d love to hear what you think.
Support your community by supporting these types of films and talent.  Be a part of this positive growth and watch if flourish into something even greater.

This is not a sponsored post.  I love movies. What should I watch next?

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 DiDi Hollywood 
Director: Bigas Luna
Starring: Elsa Pataky, Ana de la Reguera and Peter Coyote
Screenwriters: William Wedig

Producers: Beatriz Bodegas, Pedro Pastor, Celia Oros, Bigas Luna

CastElsa Pataky, Peter Coyote(from Law & Order, Erin Brockovich, etc), Paul Sculfor, Giovanna Zacarías(Capadocia), Luis Hacha, Flora Martínez, Jean Marie Juan, Flora Martinez (Rosario Tijeras), Ana de la Reguera (Royal Pains, Nacho Libre, etc), Peter Vives Newey, Entela Belishova, Ana Soriano, Michael Cooper.

Synopsis:

Di Di Hollywood tells the tale of an actress whose wish for stardom comes with much sacrifice. Her name is Diana Diaz, a young woman with a wild yet familiar dream: to become a star. And to win it all, she is willing to lose herself. Tired of working night jobs as a bartender, Diana finally decides to leave her homeland, her best friend Maria, and all of the bad memories Spain holds for her. She heads out for the bright lights of Miami, and despite its glamorous first impression, this new paradise proves anything but. Fed up with casting calls, hunger, and near-poverty, Diana continues to push forward, and with the help of new friends, makes it out to Hollywood. As Diana Diaz transforms into Di Di, the once ambitious bartender truly learns the price of stardom.

Actors Peter Coyote, Elsa Pataky, director Bigas Luna and actor Paul Sculfor pose before a news conference to promote the movie “Didi Hollywood” in Madrid

Spanish synopsis:
Di Di Hollywood cuenta la historia de una actriz y su deseo de triunfar en la meca del cine. Su nombre es Diana Díaz, una joven que tiene un sueño; llegar a ser una estrella, y para conseguirlo está dispuesta a dejarse la piel. Está harta de trabajar siempre de noche, poniendo copas en una discoteca, y del vacío que le rodea. Su único apoyo es María, su gran amiga y compañera de barra, cada vez más perdida en una relación pasional e irracional con David, el encargado de la discoteca.

Ante este panorama, Diana decide irse sola a probar suerte en el mundo latino de Miami. Pero allí tampoco las cosas son fáciles. Cansada de pasearse por todas las agencias de casting y sin dinero, pasa hambre, soledad y sobrevive fregando platos en la cocina grasienta de un restaurante cubano. Allí conoce a Nora, una cantante aventurera con la que entabla una gran amistad, y más tarde a Robert, un ayudante de dirección mexicano que se enamora perdidamente de ella. Los tres juntos viajan a Los Angeles siguiendo la estela del sueño de Hollywood. Su vida allí la cambia física y personalmente, Diana Díaz cambia hasta su nombre por Di.Di. Y aunque cuenta con el apoyo incondicional de su madre, se irá incrementando la distancia entre ella, España y María.

Movie Trailer

This movie is part of the Maya Indie Film Series , an annual event which runs for seven days in each market, will bring seven critically acclaimed, Latino-themed films to these top U.S. markets. Films from Eva Longoria, Kate del Castillo, Oscar Nunez, Christian Slater, Manny Perez, Mark Ruffalo and Orlando Bloom to name a few.
The series brings audiences the best in Latino-themed cinema, telling your stories.

You may recognize Madrid born actress Elsa Pataky, the star of DiDi Hollywood, from her roles on other films such as Fast Five, Mujeres Assesinas or Giallo.

She was also recently married to Australian actor Chris Hemsworth who you may have seen starring in the movie Thor.

This looks like a great movie.  I can’t wait to see it. I hope to see you there peeps.

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