GRIEF VIGILANTES Screening at Film Invasion L.A.

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Founded by longtime residents and movie veterans alike, Film Invasion Los Angeles looks to showcase the best undiscovered movies in the heart of Los Angeles. As a 2020 selection, our short film Grief Vigilantes will be screening as part of their Comedy Spotlight!

THREE SHORT FILMS: HOW TO SAVE A MARRIAGE, GRIEF VIGILANTES, & FIRST STATES. Please note that you have the OPTION to give a $5 or $10 gift in order to watch as many livestreams as you like. There are still many costs associated with running the festival, but because people will be watching at home during a global pandemic we made paying for tickets optional this year.

  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Unrated
  • How To Save A Marriage 0:08:30
    Grief Vigilantes 0:08:34
    First States 0:17:09

    How To Save A Marriage
    A “Cosmo Quiz” becomes a painful walk down memory lane. Honesty is the hallmark of a good relationship…just not that kind of honesty.
    Director(s): Eric Foss
    Writer(s): Eric Foss
    Producer(s): Eric Foss
    Starring: Chris Mollica, Catherine Mersereau

    Grief Vigilantes
    When a girl dealing with a tragedy suddenly contends with a terrible boss she bands together with her grief group and makes the unwise decision to kidnap her manager.
    Director(s): Aysha Wax
    Writer(s): Aysha Wax
    Producer(s): Elba Flamenco, Casey Graf, Aysha Wax
    Cast: Dione Kuraoka, Denisse Ojeda, Kaitlyn Tanimoto, Sofia Gonzalez, Jana Savage, Richard Riehle

    First States
    A disgraced Congressman fakes his own death to escape trial and start over fresh down his chosen new path outside of society. It’s never a clean break, as the powers that be have different plans for him.
    Director(s): Bond Richards
    Writer(s): Bond Richards
    Producer(s): Eli Swenson
    Cast: Christian Klein, Quinton Clarke, Eli Swenson

Journy @ Streaming Media West 2019

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It’s crazy that just two years ago Journy was nothing more than an idea laid out across a few PowerPoint slides. Now, it’s a multi-platform streaming service filled with award-winning content, emerging talent, and the travel classics. The media landscape is changing all the time, and it’s tough staying alive when you’re a small independent, so I’m glad our team got to talk about how we’ve managed to leverage our small resources into big wins. Below is the video of our Discovery Track presentation on Journy at Streaming Media West 2019:

Ovation, Journy, and “Chasing the Sun”: Leveraging a Linear Cable Network in a FAST (Free Ad-supported Streaming TV) World

Launched in fall 2017, Journy is the leading ad-supported travel-entertainment network at the intersection of travel, art, and culture. Powered by Ovation, America’s only arts network, and designed for the conscientious traveler, Journy’s programming centers world travel, cultural tourism, and global citizenry. The team at Journy presents a case-study on how the niche streaming service has leveraged its distribution, partnerships, and programming to grow their audience. The discussion includes the importance of co-productions, and a close look at their popular series “Chasing the Sun;” they are joined by EP/Creator and Host, Stephen Friedman.

Speakers:

William Marks, SVP of Business Development & Digital, Ovation

Elba Flamenco, Senior Director, Content Partnerships, Digital, Ovation and Journy

Jeff McCrann, Manager, Acquisitions and Development, Ovation

Stephen Friedman, EP, Creator, Founder and Executive Producer, Host of “Chasing the Sun”

Chasing the Sun: Asia – Now Streaming on Journy!

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Chasing the Sun follows adventure-seeker and filmmaker Stephen Friedman (host and creator of successful Fox Networks TV travel show The Blueprint) as he captures the story of the places he visits through the people of each destination. As the locals tell their story, Stephen uses each experience to rediscover why we are all born to explore.

In Season two, Stephen travels through Asia meeting artists, creators, musicians, chefs, and other creative people along the way. As he hears the stories of both natives and newcomers alike, he finds that the traditions and histories of these places are alive in the modern art and culture of its people.

Ep. 201 “Hong Kong”

Whether street art and tofu or Bruce Lee and the Star Ferry, Hong Kong is a city overflowing with art and history. Stephen learns about its secrets from locals and expats.

Ep. 202 “Vietnam”

Stephen immerses himself in local culture, learning about generations worth of traditions from barber shops to mask-making.

Ep. 203 “Bali”

Island of the Gods. With Bali’s ecological majesty as our backdrop, we find people working hard to make a difference in their community and coming together to save the planet.

Ep. 204 “India”

From an indie musician in Mumbai to a skate community rallying together to help local children, Stephen finds the personal stories of art and perseverance in a community of 1.3 billion people.

Ep. 205 “Malaysia”

Where else can you find a beach full of cats after shopping in a vintage vinyl store in the heart of the city or watch a shadow puppet show after having a home-cooked meal prepared by two entrepreneurs?

Ep. 206 “Taiwan”

From urban bustle to tranquil beaches, Taiwan has a soul and culture all its own. Creativity abounds in its people, not to mention the greatest vegan food in the world.

Ep. 207 “South Korea”

Explore a place where it’s illegal to be a tattoo artist and the people living in a rapidly changing culture. A place where GPS limitations mean the possibilities to get lost in music and art are endless.

Ep. 208 “Japan”

Land of the rising sun and the fastest trains in the world that takes us from skateboarders to drag queens and one of the last remaining old-world jazz bars. We meet a chalk artist and a sculptor who makes art with a bite (aka: real teeth).



Grief Vigilantes – A Short Film

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Grief Vigilantes is a funny and surreal short film that explores the different shades of grief, including it’s absurd and awkward sides! In bringing these themes to light, we hope to provide a funny and entertaining experience that also reminds us that we aren’t alone in our grief. Our talented cast is filled with members of the improv comedy community, and is filled with FUNNY, FEARLESS, FEMALES!

Chasing the Sun – Series 2

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Earlier this month, Ovation announced the first original Journy production, Chasing the Sun – Series 2. Chasing the Sun follows adventure-seeker, and filmmaker, Stephen Friedman (host and creator of successful Fox Networks TV travel show The Blueprint) as he captures the story of the places he visits through the people of each destination. As the locals tell their story, Stephen uses each experience to rediscover why we are all born to explore. In the new season co-produced with JOURNY, Stephen will travel throughout Asia, including stops in Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, India, and Sri Lanka.

“It’s been an incredible and humbling experience producing and hosting Chasing the Sun, and JOURNY has been an enthusiastic supporter of the show. We are very excited to have them [Ovation] in our corner for Season Two. Our approach to Chasing The Sun is far more unique than any other out there in this space. The team at Journy and Ovation saw our vision and were quick to be part of it. We are going back to the roots of storytelling and travel. With the backdrop of Asia as our canvas, we couldn’t ask for a better scenario to push the limits and capture something truly amazing.”

As Executive Producer on the project, I’m happy to be a part of this production! Principle photography begins next month, and the program is set to premiere later this year on Journy. Save Your Day Films and Stephen Friedman has been fantastic to work with and I can’t wait to see the final product. We’re still open to partnerships and with travel brands and digital publishers. If you’re interested in learning more, contact me.

Passport to Journy

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Ovation’s Passport to Journy is an ongoing half-hour special series showcasing premium content from Journy, Ovation’s new digital travel and lifestyle destination for the culturally curious. Each episode features a Journy host, and explores a different theme, from culinary to art!

Passport to Journy
HD, 4 x 30′
2018

Executive Producers: Scott Woodward/Elba Flamenco
Supervising Producer: Madison Powers
Host: Ryan Haake

It’s a TravelMansgiving!

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It’s a Travel Man Thanksgiving (or TravelMansgiving, as I’m calling it) on Journy! For the uninitiated, Travel Man: 48 hours stars British comedian Richard Ayoade as he takes his celebrity friends on a 48-hour trip to somewhere fabulous. Thanksgiving is a time to return home, gather around the table with family, and give thanks for all that we’re grateful for in our lives. But for many of us, the holidays are the only time that we have to travel! So if you’re looking for some travel inspiration, this show’s for you!

Having conquered the world of technology in Gadget Man, acclaimed Director, Author and BAFTA-winning actor Richard Ayoade deserves a break. In each episode, Ayoade and a celebrity travel companion will be jetting off to an exciting location. He’ll be heading to Iceland with actress Jessica Hynes, Istanbul with comedian Adam Hills, Marrakech with actor Stephen Mangan, exploring Barcelona with Kathy Burke, and countless other famous buddies. While he’s there, he’ll be challenging himself to see and do as much as possible, and subjecting so called tourist attractions to his ruthless scrutiny.

Now streaming on Apple TV and Fire TV!

JOURNY is the only travel-entertainment app at the intersection of travel, art, and culture! Watch award-winning television series and popular shorts focused on immersive experiences and unique storytelling for FREE! Powered by Ovation and designed for the conscientious traveler, our programming centers world travel, cultural tourism, and global citizenry. Utilizing a network of talented and passionate travel filmmakers, producers and creators, JOURNY brings together the voices and stories that make us connected and human. Visit www.journynow.com to learn more. 

Chicks on Boards: Surfing Without Borders

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This month on Journy, we have the exclusive U.S. premiere of Chicks on Boards, a road movie about female rebels on surfboards claiming freedom against all social odds – even if their passion, surfing, is a provocation of their culture.

Surfing is a magic carpet ride, an ode to a life in freedom. But in some cultures, freedom ends at the shore. Surfers are treated like outcasts. Why? Because those surfers are women: CHICKS ON BOARDS. Soon Sabah will ride her last wave in Gaza. She is going to get married. Then her husband will make decisions for her. Because Aneesha wants to become a surf-pro, she was expelled from her family in India. Suthu is the only black female surfer in the water and in love with another woman – a dangerous mix in South Africa. For safety reasons, women were not permitted at Big Wave Contests in Hawaii. Until Paige turned up. In England, Gwyn is making big waves without realizing it. She was the first in the water – and still is, at 72. CHICKS ON BOARDS is a wild and colorful trip on the silver screen: Where there’s a will there’s a wave. Doerthe takes us to meet courageous people in places dominated by the clash between nature and culture. Surfing is more than a sport: it’s a movement.

CHICKS ON BOARDS is a road movie about female rebels on surfboards claiming freedom against all social odds – even if their passion, surfing, is a provocation of their culture. Surfing is an expression of freedom and infinity. But the seemingly endless freedom between the skies and the waves has clear borders on land. Surfing women are considered an insult across many cultures. Many of them surf secretly and risk a lot for their passion. The film features six outstanding and courageous female surfers. Through their shared passion the camera captures a unique insight into the surfing girls’ lives among adventure, freedom and borders. A cinematic journey into the unique universe and culture of female surfing rebels, who put everything at stake for their passion.

Episodes:

1. India – Waves of Enlightenment

2. South Africa – A Little Love Story

3. Israel and Palestine – Surfing Free

4. France and Britain – Silver Surfers

5. Hawaii – The Challenge

 JOURNY is the only travel-entertainment app at the intersection of travel, art, and culture! Watch award-winning television series and popular shorts focused on immersive experiences and unique storytelling for FREE! Powered by Ovation and designed for the conscientious traveler, our programming centers world travel, cultural tourism, and global citizenry. Utilizing a network of talented and passionate travel filmmakers, producers and creators, JOURNY brings together the voices and stories that make us connected and human. Visit www.journynow.com to learn more.