WINNERS OF 8TH EDITION OF EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018
EMMANUEL  ITIER  HONORED WITH GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD BY UN ASSOCIATION
Mad Director Uzodinma Okpechi goes to the Cinemas with “KAMSI” The Movie
MAKE ME FABULOUS! STEPHANIE LINUS ANNOUNCES SEASON 2 OF HER REALITY TV SHOW FOR COUPLES
Australian Actor Cate Blanchett Jury President Festival de Cannes 2018.
Applications are now open for Berlinale Talents 2018. Please spread the word and apply by September 4, 2017.
British Academy Film Awards Winners 2016  Announced
The  Winners  of International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016!
CPD 9th Annual Research Conference On Cultural Diplomacy University of Southern  California
Eko International Film Festival 7th edition in Collaboration with US-Embassy Lagos American Documentary Showcase

THE BEST 5 NOLLYWOOD ACTRESSES IN 2018 by CHARLES NOVIA

THE NOVIA LIST:
Now in its sixth annual edition and using my usual templates of Characterisation, Internalization, Visualization and Role Interpretation, here are my picks for the Top 5 Actresses in 2018. —

NUMBER 5: JEMIMA OSUNDE

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I took notice of Jemima’s acting just this year and I found her interesting and one to watch out for in future. Her role in ‘New Money’ caught my attention and while I believe she could have given more in that role, she was good enough to show us the promise she possesses.

NUMBER 4: TINA MBA

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It’s an understatement to say Tina Mba is a very good actress. Her body of work justifies her past and present accolades but in 2018, she was smoking hot as the deadly matriarch of the Daregos family in the Africa Magic telenovela ‘Forbidden’. In every episode, Tina switches from the unassuming and pleasant to the cunning and insidious. She is also noteworthy in the movie ‘Nigerian Prince’. Take a bow, Tina.

NUMBER 3: TONI TONES

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Toni gave an unforgettable performance in ‘King of Boys’. I was struck by her raw energy and her intense acting qualities, some of which we saw in ‘Forbidden’. Thumbs up, Toni.

NUMBER 2: SOLA SOBOWALE

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With a great performance in ‘King of Boys’, Sola Sobowale would easily be many people’s pick for the top spot. In KOB, she redefines her stereotypical acting nous and shows us a different layer of her talent and ability to internalize her role. She understood the emotional points of the character she played and did justice to her role. She’s good, this ma’am. The frontiers are hers to break.

NUMBER 1: ZAINAB BALOGUN

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This young lady is talented. She’s damn too good and in three movies in 2018, she was quite exceptional. She comes across as one who puts in a lot of work and thought into her roles, with the appropriate expressions and reactions where it matters most. From her mellow melancholy in Royal Hibiscus Hotel to her schizophrenic sizzle in ‘Sylvia’ and her powerful portrayal of a soul in search of redemption in ‘God Calling’, Zainab left no one in doubt about her stamp of authority in a field where she aspires to be respected. Congratulations!

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CHARLES NOVIA (Nollywood Writer,Director & Producer)

Stephanie Linus’ Extended Hands Foundation & SNEPCo /NNPC Give Free Surgeries to 25 Women with Fistula.

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SNEPCo/NNPC Partners with Extended Hands Foundation to Bring Free Medical Surgery to 25 Women Suffering from Obstetric Fistula In Sokoto
A total of 25 women formerly living with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) have received free repair surgeries, giving them a chance to live normal lives again. This life-changing event was carried out courtesy of a recent Extended Hands Foundation’s pool effort in Sokoto state sponsored by SNEPCo/NNPC.

Sokoto Pool Effort 004 (1)Since its inception, the goal of the Extended Hands Foundation founded by star actress and producer Stephanie Linus, has been to restore hope and put smiles on the faces of women. For some years now, the foundation has been focused on helping women with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) – a serious disability that can be experienced by women after childbirth – and giving them a chance at living normal lives through free repair surgeries.

Sokoto Pool Effort 018With a generous sponsorship from SNEPCo/NNPC, the foundation completed the successful repair of 25 Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) patients at the Maryam Abacha Woman and Children (VVF Hospital) Sultan Bello Rd, Sokoto. All the repairs have been completed successfully and the women are recovering well.
Sokoto Pool Effort 025The team of medical staff was led by Dr Sa’ad Idris, a seasoned VVF Surgeon and former Commissioner for Health in Zamfara State with over 20 years experience in the field. He was assisted by Dr Halima Bello a VVF surgeon, Chief Medical Director Dr Lawal Bello, Chief Matron Hamsai Abdullahi Wisso, and other doctors and nurses at the VVF Center.As noted by the medical team, most of the women who were repaired had very complex cases of fistula resulting from botched surgeries carried out on them by inexperienced doctors. Some of the women had damaged wombs and tubes which caused a continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal vault. These women had been living with this condition for a varying number of years and finally got dry after the surgeries.
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Against the backdrop of her Child Bride and Fistula advocacy movie, DRY, StephanieLinus has been taking the message of restoration and hope to real women suffering from VVF. This pool effort goes a long way to show that DRY is more than just a movie, but a tool for touching the lives of women actually living with this condition.

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STEPHANIE LINUS BECOMES THE AMBASSADOR FOR NOLLYCASTING

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Stephanie Linus Becomes The Ambassador For Nollycasting – The Number 1 Casting Site In Africa For Film/TV, Music Video, Commercials, Comedy & More!

Star actress, producer and director Stephanie Linus has been named the ambassador for Nollycasting – the number 1 casting site in Africa for Film/TV, Music Videos, Commercials, Comedy and more! This much needed online platform was created to connect both new and seasoned talents with the right people seeking to hire them. According to an official statement from the creators of Nollycasting, the website is currently accepting registrations from individuals with interest in acting, music videos, commercials, voice overs, modeling, comedy and much more. This is a sure way to put your skills and profile in front of several casting directors and producers who may be interested in hiring you.

The website is very simple to use. Simply visit www.nollycasting.com and sign up. Within a few minutes, users can create a profile, upload their headshots, reels, resume and put their name in front of thousands of casting directors. Profiles can be created for aspiring and seasoned actors, actresses, movie set extras, music video vixens, back-up singers, models, voice-over artists and much more.

With a pool of thousands of jobs available in the movie and music industry, content creators often have the problem of finding the right people to hire for certain jobs. This challenge also applies to talented people who find it difficult in finding the kind of jobs that helps them utilize and develop their creative talents. Nollycasting is here to make that process easier.

Nollycasting brand ambassador, Stephanie Linus, noted that it was a timely initiative which would eliminate the huge costs and difficulties associated with finding the right people to fill certain roles. “People often ask me questions about how to get roles in acting and other jobs in the entertainment industry,” she said. “I’m glad I can now tell them about Nollycasting where they can connect with the right people who need their skills. It also saves time and money for producers and casting directors as they can now get all the talents they need in one place.”

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This platform has been endorsed by several veterans in the film and music industry who are eagerly looking for the best talent to cast in their next projects. Find endless opportunities for roles in: Acting, Commercials, Music videos, Modelling, Voice-overs, Reality TV and more! Make that move towards achieving your dreams now by signing up today!

Nollycasting is now live on www.nollycasting.com You can also connect with us on our social media platforms:

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Mad Director Uzodinma Okpechi goes to the Cinemas with “KAMSI” The Movie

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KAMSI SYNOPSIS

A loving father, Dozie Nnamani (Wole Ojo) deals with the struggle of being a single parent after his wife passed.
13 months later, on their daily commute, Dozie and his 8 years old daughter Kamsi fell victims of a violent crime. This incidence puts Kamsi in a very precarious situation needing surgery or amputation.
Raising money for the surgery becomes an uphill task for Dozie having spent his life savings on his wife who died eventually.
Dozie, now forced to extreme measures finds out how crazed a father can be when his only child becomes bait for him to join a notorious gang whose leader believes everybody is disposable.
In this thriller, Dozie must not only try to stay one step ahead of the gang leader Nicholas Katanga (Sam Dede) and the police, but try not to allow violence consume him.

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The hands on training at Klink Audiovisual Studios in Lagos, Nigeria (1994 – 1997) helped to shape who he is. He pursued a career in filmmaking right after that.

In 1998, he produced his first feature film ‘Above death’.
The following year, he went into directing, starting with music videos. His style and direction completely changed Nigerian Music videos in terms of technical quality and content, paving way for the new generation Music Video directors and grabbing a handful of awards in the process.
He went on to produce the critically acclaimed multiple award winning and high grossing movies ‘The Battle of Love’ and ‘The Prostitute’, among other movies.
Bohemian in nature, he ventured into Television productions riding on the success of his Music videos.
He has shot over a dozen TV Ads, a handful of documentaries and Multi – camera outside broadcast of events. For 30 months he produced and directed a TV Show tagged the ‘Glo Show’ for Nigeria’s telecommunications giant Globacom.
Between 2014 and 2018, Uzodinma Okpechi, had attended a Master Class in Film Production at the Colorado Film School, Aurora USA in March, 2014. He had directed seventeen (17) TV Movies for African Magic Original Films, a feature Indie film, fifteen (15) episodes of a TV drama series and two TV Ads and a documentary on a business mogul.
He is a Producer/Director and the CEO of Primary TV & Film Productions Limited, an Audio visual production and Post-production outfit in Lagos – Nigeria, a consultant to Pixel Corps San Francisco, USA, happily married and remains very passionate about filmmaking.

Cast
Wole Ojo
Sam Dede
Kiki Omeili
Timini Egbuson
Bimbo Ademoye
Olakunle Fawole
Ben Lugo

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Uzodinma Okpechi – Producer/Executive Producer/Director
Biola Oke – Director Of Photography
Emem Ema – Co – Producer
Simi Opeoluwa – Consulting Producer
Art Director – Shola Roberts
Costume Designer – Iyen Agbonifo
Gaffer – Oluwole Olawoyin

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EMMANUEL ITIER HONORED WITH GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD BY UN ASSOCIATION

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THE NOBLE PRICE

The U.N Association honored Mr Emmanuel Itier as a “Global Citizen Award”. As well as received a certificate from the Mayor of Los Angeles. This gives him the energy to keep Rocking the World, with Peace and Love!! In Oneness We Heal The World!
He remains grateful to Brothers and Sisters of the Rotary Club for your Presence as well as Barbara Gaughen-Muller for his nomination and the U.N Association for their support.

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MUCHAS GRACIAS MR. MAYOR OF LOS ANGELES!

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 THANKS BARBARA GAUGHEN-MULLER FOR A VERY HUMBLING INTRODUCTION OF MY WORK AND PASSION!

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WE ROCK WITH PEACE AND LOVE!

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 EMMANUEL ITIER MAKING A SPEECH

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AN INSPIRING PANEL! WAKE UP AND RUN FOR OFFICE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD!

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WITH THE LADIES OF PEACE: NATALIE AFRICA, KIM CHURCHES AND PAULINE FIELD!

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THANKSSSSSS! — WITH RUDY WESTERVELT AND BARBARA GAUGHEN-MULLER.

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MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM THE ROTARY CLUB!! THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT! — WITH RUDY WESTERVELT, KARYN WESTERVELT, BELINDA OLVERA, TERRY FELIX, DEREK MOORE AND IKE M. I. KHAMISANI.

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WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNA SANTA B AND TRI COUNTY: BARBARA GAUGHEN-MULLER ! — WITH BARBARA GAUGHEN-MULLER.

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WITH THE FIRST WOMAN JOINING THE ROTARY CLUB: SYLVIA WHITLOCK!!!

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 PEACE & LOVE ALL!

ABIA Creators Hold Entertainment Summit In Lagos

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ABIA State boasts of a large numbers of players in Nigeria’s entertainment industry.

It is against this backdrop that a group of notable personalities has come up with idea to hold the first edition of “Abia Creative Economy and Tourism Development Summit”, an event that was hatched as part of activities marking the state’s 27th Anniversary.

Scheduled to hold on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the Banquet Hall of Four Point Hotel, Plot 9/10, Block 2, Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos, at 11am, Chairman, Project Team; veteran Nollywood star Mr. Ejike Asiegbu said the Abia Creative Economy and Tourism Development Summit” “was created for the unity and partnership of all creative industry personalities of Abia State towards creating a forum for the development of Abia Creative Economy and Tourism promotion. The vision is to lay a solid foundation for the support and welfare of all Abia Creative/Entertainment Personalities across the world.”

Chairman of the event is no other person than Dr. Chima D. Anyaso, MD/CEO,Ceeson Energy Oil & Gas Limited and Chairman Le Paris Continental Hotel, Lagos. The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Victor Ikpeazu is Special Guest of Honour while the commissioners for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Ogbonna Obioma as well as Information, according to Asiegbu are being expected at the Summit.

The theme of this year’s event Asiegbu revealed is; ‘Strengthening the Global Partnership for Abia Creative Industry and Tourism Development’. “Like I said earlier on, the summit is designed to create a platform for creative and intellectual interaction amongst Abia intellectuals, Captains of Industries, Creative Industry Personalities, the International Community and Representatives of Multinational Companies in Nigeria on the “The Role of the Creative Industry and Tourism Promotion Towards Abia Development’. The event focuses on discovering a narrative that all constituencies can share, as we embark on the Abia creative industry business and tourism developmental objectives of taking Abia to the world stage,” the Nollywood star said.

Asiegbu listed some of the corporate objectives of the summit as Connecting with Target Partners for Global Acceptance for the Abia creative industry, Investment opportunities and Tourism Potentials; Communicating Key Messages to potential local and foreign investors using the faces of Abia Creative Industry personalities even as he gave an insight on what the day will look like: “The event will also feature topics by reputable Keynote Speakers, the unveiling of  “Ada Abia Universe Beauty Pageant” and a mini documentary of the works of Abia creative industry personalities, investment opportunities and untapped tourism potentials in Abia State.

“The Project Team is committed with the responsibility to producing an action plan of recommendations and synergy for partnership with major stakeholders, brands, groups and well-meaning personalities for the establishment of modern day structures for Abia Creative Industry and Tourism Development. The music and comedy concert will take place after the summit (on the same day) at the O’jez Entertainment Arena, National Stadium, Surulere Lagos at 7pm till dawn. I must add here that Barrister Mrs Ngozi Nwangwa Head of Abia Tourism Board has

given some assurance that she and officials of the board would be present at the two events that day.”

Ojez Entertainment, Culture TV Concept and Forever Communications Limited are driving the idea with team members comprising Admin/Event Director; Mr. Peterson Agu

National Coordinator General Frank Dallas, Director Media Alozie Alonzo Uzoukwu, Director Presentation; Emeka Enyiocha, Director Protocol Mathew Nwankwo, Liaison Gloria Mba and Lisa Onu will be in charge of Welfare. Others include Kendra Okwara, Mercy Ndukwe, Saint Maradona among others.

For the benefit of the doubt, some Entertainment/Creative Industry personalities from Abia include; Legendry highlife musician Bright Chimezie, Kanu Nwankwo, Ogbonna Kanu, Ikechi Uko (Tourism Scion and Ambassador)

Bright Okpocha (Basket Mouth) Stephen Okechukwu (Rugged Man)

Daddy Fresh, Gloria Anozie Young, Bond Emereuwa, Madu Chikwendu, Diewaite Ikpechukwu, Ngozi Nwosu, Nkiru Silvanus, Buchi the Gospel Singer,  Chinedu Ikedieze (MFR) Emeka Enyiocha, Mike Ezuruonye, Uche Jombo, Frank Dallas, Gloria Mba, Mathew Nwankwo( NTA)

Alozie Uzoukwu (Silverbird TV), Enyinnaya Nwachukwu (GLOBACOM) Wisdom Nwankwo, Hope Obioma Opara (President/Founder) Eko International Film Festival ,Temple Ugochukwu Ikeji, Thelma Nwosu, Ugo Ugboh, Reginald Ebere, Uche Anyamele, Uche Elendu, Kalu Ikeagwu, Lisa Onu, Vera Kanu, Blessing Asibe, Ijeoma Imoh, Nigga Raw, Emeka Okoro , Ekubo Mike, Ukeje Iyke, Uche Nnanna, Mary Uche, Kalu Anya (Movie Director), Ajebo the Comedian, Niga Raw, and Nnenna Nwabueze ‘MERIT’ of Living in Bondage fame now Mrs Okonta , Alex Ekubo,  Iyke Ogbonna, O. C. Ukeje, among many others.

“We are expecting a lot of corporate bodies such as Nigerian Breweries, British American Tobacco Company, Viju Milk, Seven Up, banks, members of the National Assembly and State Assembly from Abia, Abia Tourism Board, all eminent Abia sons and daughters such as Alex Oti, Uche Ogah among many others. I want to state clearly here that this event is non-political. We are not associated with any political body,” Asiegbu submitted.

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REST IN PEACE ARETHA FRANKLIN

National Portrait Gallery's American Portrait Gala, Washington, DC, America - 15 Nov 2015

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Has Died of Pancreatic Cancer at Age 76

“Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I’m happy with that.

I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is.

I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.”

By Aretha Franklin

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MAKE ME FABULOUS! STEPHANIE LINUS ANNOUNCES SEASON 2 OF HER REALITY TV SHOW FOR COUPLES

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The unscripted, love-filled and one-of-its-kind Reality TV Show created to rekindle the spark in marriages is back with a bang! After much anticipation, Nollywood actress and producer, Stephanie Linus has announced the Season 2 of her show: Make Me Fabulous.

In the very successful run of Season 1, 13 couples were treated to a lavish and luxurious experience that ignited new meaning into their relationships. Season 2 is set to be even more exciting and would detail the journeys of 13 married couples.

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The show will premiere on Sunday, August 12th at 6 PM on DSTV’s Africa Magic Showcase, Channel 151.

Watch the promo here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6WMPezDDAM

From newlyweds to couples who have been married for decades, Make Me Fabulous takes them on a journey of transformation, giving them a chance to connect without distractions. In each episode, these couples bare their deepest challenges, share their high and low points, and enjoy a fabulous experience. An expert style and beauty team, together with a luxury treat and fantastic prizes made their experience even more memorable.

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According to Stephanie Linus, viewers should expect something new in Season 2: “When I saw how much of an impact Season 1 was, I knew we had to do this again. But we did it with a twist. Viewers would love the new direction the show has taken, but more importantly, we hope it touches their homes and marriages in a special way.”

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The featured couples were selected from Stephanie Linus’s personal blog Stephaniedaily.com, where all updates, behind the scenes and exclusive bonuses can be found. To connect with the contestants and to stay updated on the couples, viewers can visit http://www.stephaniedaily.com/category/make-me-fabulous/. Join the discussion over on social media on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag

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NIGERIAN WINS CANADIAN DIGITAL AWARD – DR. RITA ORJI

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 Dr. Rita Orji Receiving the Award

DR. Rita Orji has won the prestigious 2018 Canadian Digital Diversity Award for Women Leader in the Digital Economy. The Nigerian is a Computer Science professor at the Dalhousie University in Canada and the award was given by Digital Nova Scotia. Three women in Nova Scotia’s ICT sector walked home with some hardware on Tuesday during Digital Nova Scotia’s third Digital Diversity Awards. The three category winners represented women in senior level executive positions who, according to Digital Nova Scotia, “have made a significant contribution to Nova Scotia’s ICT sector and are active champions of diversity in their communities or organizations.

Orji’s research focuses on investigating how interactive systems can be designed to help people move towards improved health and wellness. In 2017, she was named one of the top 150 Canadian Women in STEM by the VOLUTION, and was among the top 50 Young Most Influential Best Brains in Enugu State. She was also invited to speak to the Canadian Parliament and at a United Nations Commission on the State of Women’s Panel.

“Since 1843, women have led major advances in programming and software development, yet today women still represent less than 25 per cent of the industry. Our awards were established to address the gender gap, and actively promote role models and champions of diversity in our ICT sector,” said Ulrike Bahr-gedalia, president and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia, in a statement.

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EMMANUEL ITIER WINS HUMANITARIAN FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR!!!

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The Winning team of THE CURE: (from left to right) Gwenn Wunderlich, Gary Quinn, moi, Ursula Vari, Alycia Vreeland and Dr. Stephen Sideroff — with Gary Quinn, Ursula Vari, Alycia Vreeland and Stephen Sideroff.

Emmanuel is humbled by getting an award for their Humanitarian Documentaries at the Garifuna International Film Festival of Venice Beach 2018.
He with members of our cast enjoyed sold out preview of their film “THE CURE”.
In Oneness We Heal The World!
Many thanks from Emmanuel Itire to Freda Sideroff and Stephen Sideroff, Gary Quinn, Gwenn Wunderlich, Ursula Vari, Alycia Vreeland, Rick Carter and the whole THE CURE team!

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I see you Award!

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Humbled and Honored

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Peace!!

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We rock the stage! — with Gary Quinn, Gwenn Wunderlich, Stephen Sideroff, Alycia Vreeland and Ursula Vari

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Sold out screening! — with Gary Quinn

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We are on the wall!

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Peace!! — with Gwenn Wunderlich.

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With producer and narrator Gary Quinn

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Let me explain…

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Ladies of Peace! — with Karyn Westervelt.

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My good friends Ingrid and Fernando!

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Amazing!

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With Gary Quinn and Davide Reali.

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Thank you Freda!!!

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SelfWe! — with Freda Sideroff and Stephen Sideroff.

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More Ladies of Peace… — with Bianca Dubeux Nin McMahan.

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With my buddy still photographer of The Cure: Mister Rick Carter

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