Filmmakers, Screenwriters

Christiano Dias

October 31, 2014
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Monster in a House, released in September of 2014, is a hauntingly-imaginative short film about divorce, neglect and finding the courage to stand up to one’s fears. Evoking memories of Poltergeist, the film was written and directed by 27-year-old Christiano Dias and stars Golden Globe winner Joseph Bottoms and Lisa Roumain as the parents of Miah, a young girl portrayed by talented newcomer Kitana Turnbull. Filmed in a single shot in order to provide a more immersive viewing experience, Monster in a House follows Miah as she attempts to elude and chase off a creature that she fears is tearing her and her parents apart.

Dias, whose previous work includes King Eternal, which received a CINE Golden Eagle and Gold Remi Award and was recently offered a worldwide distribution deal, began experimenting with cameras at the age of 12 after being given a hand-me-down camcorder and was later nominated for a Lonestar Emmy Award for his role as director and co-creator of a college-run television program at the University of North Texas. He currently has over 20 short films to his name, and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Audience Award Winner at Hollyshorts Film Festival and Best Student Film at LA Cinema Festival of Hollywood, and he has twice been recognized at the Cannes Short Film Corner.

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Authors

Brian Whitney

October 30, 2014
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Over the course of his life, author Brian Whitney has been employed as a counselor, a landscaper, and a case worker at a homeless shelter. In 2012, drawing upon his experiences, Whitney published 37 Stories About 37 Women, a collection of interwoven tales about sex, relationships and addiction. With rhythmic prose and hypnotic storytelling, Whitney explored the dark, dysfunctional side of love, lust and desire, topics that he revisited in his next book, 2013’s Am I Pleasing You?

In June of 2013, Whitney co-authored Wasted Paradise, the story of Keith Moore, who left his small town in Maine to travel to Saint Thomas, where he lived the high life until developing a severe drug addiction and ending up in a third world prison. Whitney also worked with adult film star Porsche Lynn on her memoir, The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs, which was released in September of 2014.

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Musicians

Eden Jones

October 29, 2014
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For the past two years, singer and songwriter Eden Jones has been honing her sound throughout London, performing and delighting crowds at numerous well-known clubs and venues across the city. Her songs are unique and eerie, and her voice dances across the tribal melodies with an infectious joy. Lyrically, songs such as “Big Dreams and Dirty Fingernails” and “Beautifully Twisted” speak of hope and passion in a world that’s gloriously imperfect. Working alongside several talented producers, Eden Jones puts her unique stamp on each and every song she performs.

Eden is currently working on her debut album, recording in both London and Los Angeles.

To learn more about Eden Jones, visit www.edenjonesmusic.com, or listen to her music on Soundcloud.

What were you like as a child? At what point did you become interested in music and performing?

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Authors

Michael Cale

October 28, 2014
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Michael Cale is not a particularly patient person. This led to a mild obsession with website page loading time, especially when Cale — who, by day, manages a team of web developers at a Fortune 100 company — is in need of quick information on his mobile device. So in July of 2014, Cale released Coding for Speed: A Hacker’s Guide to a Faster Web, a comprehensive guide for improving the speed and performance of your website. With advice ranging from Javascript troubleshooting to WordPress and PHP optimization, Coding for Speed offers advice for everyone from the website novice to the seasoned professional.

Cale, who hails from Fayetteville, Arkansas, attended Texas A&M University and served in the Air Force as an officer and bomber navigator. He has traveled faster than Mach 1 more times than he can count.

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Musicians

Haunted Summer

October 27, 2014
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The songs of Haunted Summer are dreamy and hypnotic, rich with orchestral strings and sultry electronic textures, and with their 2013 EP, Something in the Water, the group crafted a captivatingly-ethereal musical journey through a nostalgic world of young love and long-forgotten memories. Consisting of Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, who share songwriting duties in a true collaboration, the Los Angeles duo have shared the stage and toured with groups and performers including, among others, The Polyphonic Spree, Taken By Trees, Laura Stevenson, The Radar Brothers, and Avi Buffalo. They have toured the country and played venues such as Amoeba Hollywood, The Echoplex, The Great American Music Hall, The Troubadour, The El Rey Theatre and many more.

Having just completed a nine-date tour with Islands and other tour dates with David J of Bauhaus and Jacco Gardner, plus a 14-date headlining tour across the country, Haunted Summer is poised to bring their enchantingly-psychedelic sound to the mainstream. Upcoming Haunted Summers shows will also feature Grammy winner Carla Morrison and acclaimed band Deafheaven.

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