Friday, April 29, 2016

Gus Summers Reviews: Anthony Montes’ One-Man Show, "Outta the Darkness Into The Light”

Anthony Montes’ One-Man Show, "Outta the Darkness Into The Light,” is a semi-autobiographical work consisting of reflections on some his life-altering decisions. Written and Directed by Tony, “Outta the Darkness Into The Light” is a play that exists in the nuances of now. Depending on what occurs from one moment to the next, it can exude the dark & alarming or emanate the joyous & gleeful. In true Meisner style, it all depends on the moment.

The play begins with Tony being in a life-changing moment, then intriguingly continues with a conversation about his life with an ominous, unseen voice. The purpose of this conversation? To afford Tony his opportunity to explain certain life choices. Curiously, the choices to be discussed are selected not by the Voice, but by a panel of unknown decision makers. This panel will, after listening to his explanations, decide whether Tony must continue on the path he has laid, or if he is free to follow another one. The panel alone decides.

The questions set forth to Tony are real, taken from his own life. The explanations, too, are real. Delivered from a place of vulnerability and truth.

"Outta the Darkness Into The Light” is more than simply an open book of Tony's life. He does something that most performers will never do! That is, he opens up about his true self, and allows himself to lay under the scrutiny of his peers. He is judged not only for the play's sake - and duration, but also weathers the judgment meted out on his life, long after the play is finished.

"Outta the Darkness Into The Light” is a difficult play, not because of its content, but from where it emerges: An honest and open place.

For the audience, it could very well serve as a starting point for anyone willing to take inventory of their life and their life’s decisions. For Tony, it may very well provide a healing by understanding of some of the most difficult choices of his life.

You still have time to catch "Outta the Darkness Into The Light" at Studio 4 in NoHo on April 30th and May 1st. For more information, click here.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mustard on The "IN" Show - LIVE - Thursday, April 21, 2016 1-2pm/PST

After reviewing hundreds of artists worldwide in nearly 125 award categories, The Akademia Music Awards congratulated the winners back in November of 2015. Jack Mustard of MUSTARD was one of the well-deserved recipients!

It has been said that "Mustard’s gorgeous rock production ‘It Is What It Is’ combines solemn pop vocals, superb instrumental arrangements and tight production to create an unforgettable rock jam." and that each of his songs in his In The Dark EP has a "uniquely compelling vibe."

Jack Mustard will be in Hollywood for the Akademia Awards from April 20th through April 23rd, and will be making the studios of The "IN" Show one of his stops! Be sure to tune IN from 1-2pm PST on Thursday, April 21st as we welcome Jack Mustard to The "IN" Show and chat his music, Hollywood and the future of MUSTARD!

Thursday, March 3, 2016


Columbia College Chicago CA+S Alumnus Michael Lynch’s directorial debut “DEPENDENT’S DAY” to premiere at Cinequest on March 5th

Columbia College Chicago Alumnus, Writer/Director Michael David Lynch’s film "DEPENDENT’S DAY,” premiering at Cinequest Film Festival on March 5th, will receive support from his alma mater Columbia College Chicago's Cinema Art + Science Department. This support, including sponsorship towards events at the festival, will allow team “DEPENDENT'S DAY” to maximize their experience at Cinequest.

Columbia College Chicago has a far-reaching yet close-knit alumni network, which includes the film’s lead Joe Burke, supporting actor Josh Staman and David August, coordinator Collin Schiffli, production manager Jason Smith, graphics artists Brad Stark and Ryan Urban, poster artist Tim Liu, and artist Louisa McHugh.

“I am touched and humbled by the generosity of these individuals, and it reinforces the remarkable collaboration that went into making this film” said Lynch. “At Columbia, I learned it's not just about artistic expression, but also about having the craftsmanship, skills and relationships to bring your vision to fruition. In something like Dependents Day, where I wore a lot of hats, that really paid off.”

Starring Joe Burke, Benita Robeldo, Shannon Lucio, and Lisa Ann Walter, "DEPENDENT’S DAY" is a hilarious, heartfelt, authentic relationship comedy about the adventures of being in love and making it work. Claimed as a 'dependent' by his successful breadwinning girlfriend Alice, Cam struggles to prove himself as he stumbles through different jobs and life's obstacles in the hopes to live out his Hollywood dream and finally rise to the occasion.

“DEPENDENT’S DAY” will premiere at Cinequest Film Festival on March 5, 2016.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit


Columbia College Chicago CA+S offers nearly 200 specialized undergraduate and graduate courses­­––the most diverse and comprehensive curriculum of any film school in America. Columbia College Chicago has produced Oscar, Emmy and Spirit winners and thousands of respected professionals throughout the entertainment and information industries.

Friday, February 19, 2016


"An inspirational documentary about courage, the ocean, following your dreams and what it takes to become a champion of surfing giant waves."

"The film is more than a big wave surf documentary, it's a lush, global ocean odyssey, and compelling human interest story with a kick that speaks to that universal story in all of us- of overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and channeling fear into strength."

Featuring Chris Bertish. Renowned Surfer and Waterman who has surpassed many expectations and challenges to show the world true determination and courage!

WHAT: Documentary screening of Ocean Driven | Q & A with the Cast and Crew
WHERE: Wiltern Theater   3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
WHEN: Thursday, March 24th 2016
TIME: Doors @ 7; Show Starts @ 8
DETAILS: $15 plus service fee for General Admission
$30 plus service fees for VIP
Tickets go on sale Friday February 19th 2016 @ 10am
Tickets available at: &

When South African Chris Bertish won the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational in 2010, he conquered the largest surf in paddle-out competition history. Now Bertish is riding an even bigger wave as the subject of an exciting and unique full-length film from Fixer Film in Cape Town, South Africa and Aurelia Productions in Santa Cruz, CA.

An internationally known – but unsponsored – big wave pioneer, Bertish will be at The Wiltern on Thursday, March 24th to speak and sign posters at an event featuring the screening of “Ocean Driven – A day that changed big wave surfing.”

“When I first realized the impact that Chris Bertish’s life makes on people, I knew it was a story that had to be told,” said the film’s producer, Santa Cruz Nadia Tarlow.  “I feel privileged to be a part of it.  Chris wants to show people that they can believe in and follow their dreams. The film’s purpose is to inspire and educate as well as to thrill viewers.”

“Ocean Driven” chronicles Bertish’s 15+year development as a fearless and highly skilled waterman. Big wave legends and ocean specialists from Jeff Clark, Carlos Burle, and Kelly Slater to Hanli Prinsloo and more, interviewed as part of the film, which features worldwide never-before-seen surfing footage from South Africa to Hawaii, Easter Island to Mexico, and of course, the record-setting 2010 Mavericks competition.

The film, which promises a far-reaching appeal to both surfers and non-surfers alike, is stacking up VIEWERS’ CHOICE, AUDIENCE and BEST FEATURE awards.

In covering Bertish and his 2010 Mavericks win for Zigzag surfing magazine, Anton Louw wrote, “He believes his means for achieving the remarkable is not special to him, but in a self-belief that lies dormant in all of us.”

One example of Bertish’s “achieving the remarkable” attitude: he won the grueling Mavericks competition using a borrowed wetsuit and surfboard because his own gear didn’t arrive after his 36-hour flight from South Africa.

Chris Bertish’s next adventure?  He plans to stand-up paddleboard across the Atlantic Ocean.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In time for the Valentine's Day Weekend, #NINAFOREVER Opens Theatrically and Digitally, 02-12-16!

Epic Pictures Presents


Written and Directed by Ben and Chris Blaine

Opens Theatrically and Digitally Valentine’s Day Weekend, February 12th 2016

HOLLY wants to save ROB, has fallen in love with him. She is training to be a paramedic and works a dead end job in a supermarket where Rob is the only remarkable thing; lost and angry since the death of his girlfriend NINA. Drawn into a relationship, the first time they’re in bed together so is Nina. A tangled and bloody mess of broken limbs, she is very much dead but still here, still talking, still angry…

However Holly doesn’t freak out and run – she is determined to be the one who heals Rob’s wounds. She can deal with the dead girl sharing their bed, their lives, their minds. If it’s what Rob needs, it’s what Holly will do, whatever the consequences…

To find out where NINA FOREVER is playing on a screen near you, click here! And, you 'll get to see it on VOD from the 15th February in the US and UK and Blu Ray and DVD in the UK from 22nd February.

For more information, please visit:

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sunday's Super Bowl 50 was a touchdown for Lions Gate Entertainment

Lions Gate Entertainment made Internet history in 

Super Bowl advertising!

With the release of the trailer for Gods of Egypt, entitled “War.” Lions Gate used as the landing page for the film – marking the first time that a Super Bowl advertiser used a “not-com” web ending as the landing page for their multimillion dollar ad.

Lions Gate released the ad online on February 6th, 24 hours before the game and then ran it on TV during the pregame Super Bowl coverage.  Gods of Egypt, which stars Gerard Butler and is directed by Alex Proyas, will come to theaters at the end of the month. Lions Gate is the first movie studio to find value in the extension .movie. They first released “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” in 2015 and featured within its first trailer.

Jeff Davidoff, CMO of the owner and operator of .MOVIE, Donuts, Inc. can discuss how these unique, memorable, and relatively new “not-com” URLS are being utilized in TV spots to strengthen conversions to corresponding digital campaigns. The company owns and operate over 200 “not-com” domains, the most of any one registry.

Let me know what you think!

Women's Leadership: Get What You Want - Negotiation Skills & Strategies - Course begins 3/9

Women professionals today still face many unique challenges in the workplace,
including asking for what you need, and getting it. 


Negotiating is a critical communication tool women can utilize to get what you need from higher-ups, reach a better deal with a vendor or to move your career forward.

Negotiating Skills: How to Ask for - and Get - What You Want
Course access begins Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Expert Presentation (LIVE) - Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 1:00 to 2:00 ET

Learn the essential negotiating techniques and strategies women professionals are employing today to get what they need to succeed in their job, and to move their career forward with this dynamic course including:
  •     The five essential facts of any negotiation
  •     Determining your objective - identifying what you want
  •     The 10 negotiation strategies women need to succeed
  •     Accessing your own negotiation skills
  •     Specific tools and techniques for each step of the game

Each course takes 10 days to complete and includes log-in credentials, learning materials, an online discussion with your peers, feedback from our expert and a live 60-minute expert presentation. There are no classrooms or travel.

Tara Powers is a Cultural Alignment Expert and Business Acceleration Coach. For more than 10 years, Tara has helped small and large companies with her coaching and training programs to enhance their performance and effectiveness in a variety of areas.
  •     These areas include emerging leadership, emerging teams, customer relationship management, and building positive work relationships.
  •     She forms long-term, trusted partnerships with her clients that enable strategic success and business growth by developing leaders and teams to achieve peak performance.
  •     Tara's style is described as innovative and highly interactive. Clients continually remark on her enthusiasm, energy, and thoughtfulness in a learning environment.
Negotiating Skills: How to Ask for - and Get - What You Want
Course access begins Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Expert Presentation (LIVE) - Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 1:00 to 2:00 ET

Women in Leadership Certificate Program
Progressive Women's Leadership
384 Technology Drive
Malvern, PA 19355
1-800-964-6033 (toll free)

P.S. If not satisfied, a full refund will be given within 7 days of the course starting.