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Chemo Week #15

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This ain’t your mama’s PICC line… (it’s my mom’s!)

Mom is really tired today but comfortable. In case you didn’t know, this is a PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) line. It’s not pretty but it’s purple! She receives chemotherapy as well as has blood taken from it weekly.

Alongside weekly chemo infusion, this bad boy needs to be cleaned and changed. Alcohol swabby things, face masks and strategically placed tape is involved. Sure, it looks easy but try doing this on your own. Trying to get blood return on a PICC line without an extension attached on your own is like trying to bite your own ear.

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Chemo Week #14

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November 5, 2014

This is Sonia… and SHE ROCKS. Sonia gets all gussied up just to change my mom’s PICC line. When she cleans my mom’s arm and installs her new ‘armware,’ it makes my mom feel SO MUCH better. Not only is the feeling great, she’s also clean! After a week’s time, even under a mostly sterile cover, one gets that icky, unclean feeling, even though it stays clean the whole time.

My mom LOVES the care UF Health Cancer Center provides. I just wish it didn’t cost a $50 co-pay every visit. No offense to my mom’s visiting nurse (who, incidentally, does NOT listen and likes to do everything HER way), but I’d much rather her see the ladies here at UF Health. The luxury of having blood work and her PICC line done (correctly) is costly, on top of the cost for infusion every week, gas, etc.

Don’t get me wrong. My mom’s visiting nurse is otherwise a nice lady… she just stresses her out SO much. She’ll call the infusion center to see when my mom will be leaving – after my mom told her to stop. She’ll call my mom, while she’s in treatment, for an ETA. Isn’t this lady supposed to be working FOR my mom? Since adding on the 2nd chemo bag, it takes my mom an extra 90 minutes or so until her drip is done. She’s going through enough, lady. Please don’t rush her.

Because of the extra out-of-pocket, this will be my mom’s last visit to Sonia for awhile.

The world’s first Polaroid Fotobar to open in Delray Beach

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A trusted global brand for over 75 years, Polaroid is best known for pioneering instant photography. Later today, Polaroid reinvents itself for the digital age by launching the first of eleven retail stores called Fotobar, which features a first of its kind experimental in-store environment which affords customers a touch and see experience.

Each store will be staffed with “Phototenders” who will guide customers in creating the ultimate art piece as captured on their mobile phone, Instagram or other digital platforms (aka smartphoneography). The cool thing about this venture? The very first store is opening right here in Florida! Delray Beach to be exact.

Jen's Community Wall Foto
Jen’s Community Wall Foto

 

Also nifty, one of my personal photos was chosen to be part of the inaugural Community Wall which, geographically and physically, is the heart of the store itself. Last night 75% of our Field Team went to Fotobar (we missed you Jay!) to experience it all ahead of today’s grand opening, and we were blown away! Among the highlights:

  • The FotoShoot room, where photography classes, photo sessions and private parties will take place.
  • $1 Polaroid prints, printed beautifully on a very, VERY thick, matte cardstock
  • Merch! Polaroid t-shirts, pens that flash and water at the bar – they let you keep the coaster!
  • You can print an image Polaroid sized or as large as 4′ x 7′ on paper, lucite, acrylic, wood, bamboo and metal. Metal?? METAL!

What exactly does this have to do with indie cinema or the show? Not much… yet. [However, folks at Polaroid, our show is also innovative. Check out how we shoot Thoughts From The Popcorn Gallery – we’re open for anything!]

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But to be sporting, I could note most casting agents are very familiar with Polaroid cameras especially in auditions… and staplers for that matter. I could stretch it even further and ask you if you remember the Polavision instant movie camera invented waaaaay back in 1977 (which was a very good year by the way) but most of you are probably too young to remember or weren’t even born yet. Despite this, I’m pretty sure all of you have handled an old school Polaroid camera at least once in your lives, or your parents have a Polaroid image of you as a youngerster!

Sir Patrick Stewart to spend an evening in Orlando

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At 12pm Eastern, the onsale for “An Evening with Sir Patrick Stewart” tickets will begin online, in person and over the phone by calling Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s Box Office at (407) 447-1700. Be sure to secure your seat at this event, happening Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 8pm, quickly as it is sure to sell out.

Why is Sir Patrick in Orlando? Aside from the fact that Orlando is AWESOME and has a flourishing theatre and arts community; he will appear at this year’s Mega Convention (aka Megacon) as part of another special evening, which reunites everyone’s favorite Captain with the rest of his Star Trek: The Next Generation cast.

Have a burning question you’d love to ask? Good news for you! The evening will feature a brief “Inside the Actor’s Studio” style Q&A forum, preceded by a discussion hosted by Orlando Shakes Artistic Director Jim Helsinger. Before you ask TNG fan boys/gals, no photos or autograph requests will be allowed at this event.

Tickets to attend “An Evening with Patrick Stewart” are $50-$100.

 

In case you missed our show on Megacon in S3/episode 3, here you go!

About Sir Patrick Stewart:

Best known to American audiences for his roles as the beloved Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and as Professor Xavier in X-Men film series, Sir Patrick Stewart also has an impressive resume in the theatrical world. During his association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sir Patrick acted in over 50 shows including King John, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV, Julius Caesar, and Titus Andronicus.

Over the years, Sir Patrick Stewart has been nominated for a multitude of awards. In the West End, he has garnered three Olivier Awards for his work in Hamlet, Anthony and Cleopatra, and A Christmas Carol. In New York Theater, he has won a Drama Desk Award for A Christmas Carol and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 2008 for the title role in Macbeth. In addition to the above, Sir Patrick has a Grammy Award, four Primetime Emmy nominations, and two Golden Globe nods.

His upcoming work includes teaming up with Sir Ian McKellen for Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land, playing in repertory on Broadway this fall.

Ted’s Seth MacFarlane hosts 2013 Academy Awards

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[AWARDS SPOILER-FREE POST]

Whether you care or not the, arguably, biggest night of our industry has concluded and statuettes have been handed out. Of course most (probably all?) of us could care less about what people were wearing. Speaking only for myself (and not ICS or anyone else affiliated), I was compelled by the [Twitter hashtag] #vfxprotest going on outside the event. Why a protest? Read about the issues between Rhythm and Hues, the Studios and the artists in this New York Times article or check out what UK’s The Guardian has to say. What did you think? Were you watching from home, Enzian Theater or another spot around Florida? Should Team ICS report from the Red Carpet in 2014? Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook or Twitter.

For those who really wanted to see this year’s ceremony hosted by Seth MacFarlane and missed it, good news for you from The Academy

February 24, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE OSCARS® SHOW TO BE AVAILABLE IN ITS ENTIRETY VIA ABC’S FULL EPISODE PLAYER, HULU AND HULU PLUS FOR A LIMITED TIME BEGINNING MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH
THE FULL SHOW ALSO AVAILABLE VIA ABC ON DEMAND

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – For the first time, viewers in the U.S. will be able to stream tonight’s Oscars show in its entirety across multiple platforms including ABC.com, the ABC Player app, and the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service.  The show will also be available via ABC On Demand, the network’s fast forward-disabled VOD service. 

The Oscars, in its entirety, will be available to stream within hours of its broadcast completion, beginning Monday, Feb. 25th at 6:00 a.m. EST through Wednesday, February 27, at midnight EST.

“Tonight’s show included remarkable performances that will surely have people talking.  This is an easy, convenient way for anyone who missed the show to catch up and join the conversation,” said Karin Gilford, Senior Vice President of Digital Media, ABC Entertainment.   “It’s also perfect for anyone who just wants to relive the most magical moments of the night.”

“Our goal is to give fans as many ways to enjoy and engage with the Oscars as possible and this will provide another great opportunity for them,” said Christina Kounelias, the Academy’s Chief Marketing Officer.

The full streaming will be advertiser supported with :15 or :30 video spots running intermittingly from Blue Diamond, Diet Coke, Hyundai, JC Penney, Samsung and The University of Phoenix.

Additionally, during the telecast, Oscar.com offered a plethora of “Real Time Oscar Highlights” to viewers almost instantly after they debuted on the live broadcast.  Those special moments from telecast as well as numerous highlights from the Red Carpet and backstage during the show, are currently available on the show’s official site, Oscar.com.

Oscar.com and the official Oscars app go to great lengths to engage fans, giving them unparalleled access to all things Oscar Sunday.   As part of the “Backstage Pass,” there are almost 20 exclusive live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet, and throughout the backstage are of the Dolby Theatre.  Fans can either sit back and enjoy the action in “Watch” mode, or control the cameras they want to see in “Direct” mode.  Hosts and correspondents include:  “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd, television personality Cameron Mathison, “Modern Family’s” Rico Rodriquez, Entertainment Weekly’s Jess Cagle, and PEOPLE’s Peter Castro.  For the first time this year, Backstage Pass will include the Red Carpet Digital Lounge, where Radio Disney’s Jake Whetter, POPSUGAR’s Alison McNamara and Mashable’s Brian Hernandez will report on the most buzzed about trends on social media using multi-media monitors run from Samsung Galaxy tablets and smartphones.

Hosted by Seth MacFarlane, the show included:

  • A Celebration of Movie Musicals: Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) joined this year’s Oscar nominees from Les Miserables, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway along with co-stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks and Helena Bonham Carter
  • A very special performance from Barbra Streisand
  • Norah Jones performing “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from the motion picture Ted
  • Adele singing the Oscar-nominated theme song from Skyfall
  • Appearances by:  Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Garner, Kristen Stewart, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas, Jamie Foxx, Paul Rudd, Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, Ted and “Marvel’s The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; “Chicago” cast members Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers including Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit and Helena Bonham, Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.

The Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 were presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and were hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation was televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Indie Cinema Showcase S3E7: Director Spotlight on Anthony Cosmano, Orlando Fringe, Josh Sales & Lazan Banks

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Season 3, Episode 7 shines the spotlight mostly on our local theatre community, as it pertains to film. Anthony Cosmano who, since our sit down with him has moved out west, tells us about his latest project; a live theatre and web show called, “Mr. Happy’s Healthy Land.” We watch the main character, Dale Evans, in his attempt to escape the agony of entertaining bratty kids in crappy children’s shows. It takes women, drugs, booze, and drugs. And booze. And agony. Lots of personal agony. Anthony’s project is funded in part by a Professional Development Grant from United Arts of Central Florida and can be viewed by clicking on the logo.

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Our Show Us Your Shorts film this month is a mini documentary from local filmmaker Josh Sales called,”Dog Powered Robot Labs: Unboxed.” Who or what IS a Dog Powered Robot and why do they have a lab? Should I be scared? The answer to the last question is absolutely NOT! In fact, if you read Orlando Weekly’s recent feature on DPR star, Fisher Miga, you would feel very much the opposite. In short, Dog Powered Robot is a theatrical production created and developed by Evan Miga and his company, Miga Me, based in Orlando, Florida. The performance presents a world as it might appear through a child’s imagination, using actors in cardboard robot suits to act out the child’s fantasies. As the title suggests, the star of the show is a giant blue robot with a dog in its chest serving as the power source. Our Popcorn Gallery; Producer Niel Guilarte of Wildstyle Media, Director David Kuskie and local actor, director and young man about town AJ Nickell LOVED it! Here is a small taste of that world…

On Location with ICS visited the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, the longest running Fringe Festival in the United States. Following the philosophy of the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, Orlando Fringe is 100% unjuried, 100% uncensored, 100% accessible for artists and audiences alike, 100% of ticket sales given back to the artists. Festival Producer, Michael Marinachio, tells us what the future holds for Fringe and how filmmakers and other multimedia artists may be involved.

In fact, film was a part of at least two 2012 Fringe shows! Hi-tech/lo-tech Pomeranian powered favorite “Dog Powered Robot and the Subsequent Adventure” and “on the nOse” directed by Elena Day (Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba”), which features a multimedia modern clown show that interweaves onscreen interviews with onstage antics from clowing greats such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College Florida graduate (and noted film/tv actor), Bill Irwin. Incidentally, ‘on the nOSe‘ was also the recipient of not just one, but TWO United Arts of Central Florida Professional Development Grants! (Look into this filmmakers. It’s FREE money!)

Rounding out this episode is our Feature, Feature trailer from Lazan Banks. This comedy called, “The Station,” follows a radio station and DJs during their last day on the air, and the relationships changed as a result. You may notice some familiar faces in this trailer like; local actor and past Popcorn Gallery panelist Valensky Sylvain, Anthony Cosmano (Mr. Happy’s Healthy Land) and the aforementioned actor about town, AJ Nickell. On their Facebook page, you’ll even see Benedict Larmore from Rockabilly Zombie Weekend!

Related Links:

Mr. Happy’s Healthy Land on Facebook

Dog Powered Robot on YouTube

on the nOSe Productions on Facebook

Lazan Banks on Twitter

Orlando Fringe 2013 fundraiser at Hard Rock Live feat. Michael Winslow