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FKA Twigs Releases New Film Short

FKA Twigs Reports:
FKA twigs and WePresent, WeTransfer’s editorial platform, launch their latest collaboration, the short film We Are The Womxn. Directed by Ivar Wigan, the short film documents FKA twigs as she traveled to perform at Afropunk Festival in Atlanta in late 2019. There she joined forces with healer and spiritual leader Queen Afua to host a moon dance in celebration of the sacred womxn. After the moon dance, twigs led the womxn to Blue Flame: Atlanta landmark and the city’s first Black strip club. Summoning the divine feminine, together they created an environment in which womxn danced for each other. Watch We Are The Womxn here, and read the full interview with FKA twigs and Queen Afua here.
The film captures glimpses of FKA twigs’ performance at Afropunk intertwined with scenes from both the sacred moon dance and Blue Flame, celebrating Atlanta’s dance community and rooting the craft of pole dancing in spirituality and matriarchal energy.
Empowering each other through dance and rituals, the short film shows elements of movement used by some of the first known healers. FKA twigs shares her intentions as the film progresses, “I decided to hold the second part of the all-female and femme sacred moon dance at Blue Flame, firstly to honor the heritage of pole dancing, but also to create a matriarchal dominance in a space that’s usually filled with, and run by, male energy.”
We Are The Womxn concludes FKA twigs’ year-long campaign for her album Magdalene and was filmed during her global tour. The campaign kicked off with the last FKA twigs commission from WePresent, Practice, a short film that celebrates the physical training and creative process that culminated in her GRAMMY-nominated music video “Cellophane.” Practice delved deep into the making of FKA twigs’ journey to mastering the craft of pole dancing, triumphantly pushing through physical and mental boundaries.
FKA twigs shares her take on the overall experience of creating We Are The Womxn, “I’m actually pretty shy but I felt so encouraged to dance and enjoy my body by all the amazing womxn who came together. I particularly bonded with one dancer at Blue Flame [named] Kharisma. She had such vibrant energy and at the beginning of the night she called the other girls on to the stage to be admired and supported in their expression. My experience at the Blue Flame solidified that, although historically womxn are often pitched against each other for their looks or their assets by the patriarchy, when left to our own devices we are incredibly nurturing and healing for each other.”
Holly Fraser, Editor in Chief of WePresent, shares, “We are delighted to launch We Are The Womxn, the latest project in the 4 year creative partnership between FKA twigs and WePresent. Traveling to Atlanta the project sees FKA twigs explore her evolving artistry and develop a deeper understanding of herself through learning from local womxn. It is exactly these stories of intimate and candid creativity that the team at WePresent strives to tell, while allowing artists the freedom they need for creative expression. In order to detail FKA twigs’ experience as authentically as possible we also worked with Atlanta-based writer Clarissa Brooks to bring the essence of the local community to life throughout the piece.”
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Film credits
Director: Ivar Wigan
Produced by: EVERYBODYNEEDSUS
Executive Producer: Maria Rubin and Cathleen Cher
Line Producer: Sally Oh
Production Manager: Dannah Gottlieb
Director of photography: Jamie Korn
Gaffer: Hayden Mason
Key Grip: Bryce Milburn
Swing: RJ Cassavitis
Sound: Gabe Valduri
Choreographer: Kelly Yvonne
PAs: Chris Tevebaugh, Ozzie Bunbury, Jeremy Baiden
Editor: Ruth Hegarty
Grade: Luke Morrison
Special Thanks To:
Queen Afua
Kharisma, Shaeyonce & the dancers
Brenda at Blue Flame Atlanta
Jocelyn and Matthew at Afropunk Festival
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Ghislaine Maxwell: Trafficker Busted

We applaud the arrest and prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein cohort; alleged child rapist / trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell

Another one of the reported leaders of one of the main, global, satanic child trafficking rings has been caught and busted; Ghislaine Maxwell, the vile creature who allegedly lured children into the lair of child rapist and trafficker Jefferey Epstein, so they could both abuse them and pimp them out to many of the rich, famous, and powerful–has been arrested.

Those that think the global network of evil child abusers and traffickers is now down or gone–think again. There are many less famous and not known, just as powerful.  Think of it as busting one of the worlds largest heroin or cocaine dealers. Does the supply and demand dry up and delivery stop when the top dealer is busted? No. Of course not. The drugs simply trickle over to other dealers and other sources of power.

Make no mistake about it–this is a great thing that Maxwell is busted. Presuming she is not suicided beforehand, she will hopefully be forced to name names before she is sentenced. This will send a message to many of the sick, demented scum that would pay for children, and make them think twice in the future about doing it again.

 

Nickelodeon in the News

According the The Hollywood Reporter, “The U.K. Government will allow a number of film and television productions to be exempt from following quarantine rules and resume filming safely this summer” cites Casting Networks.

Nickelodeon Reports: 

Nickelodeon bakes up a birthday surprise with Cake My Day, a one-of-a-kind special executive produced by television host Rachael Ray and culinary expert Amirah Kassem.  Hosted by Kassem, founder of Flour Shop in New York and creator of the sprinkle-filled Rainbow Explosion Cake, the special gives a deserving kid the opportunity to bake the cake of their dreams.  Cake My Day airs Friday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Said Ray, “With my favorite unicorn Amirah Kassem spreading her signature sprinkles and smiles, Cake My Day is a delicious celebration that I can’t wait to share with families everywhere.  This is a show guaranteed to fill your day with color and cake!  And will leave you racing into the kitchen to use Amirah’s tips and tricks to whip up some crazy creations of your own.”

Said Kassem, “I’m so, so excited to show the world how we can all use birthdays to create more joy for everyone around us. Cake My Day was born out of a way of life I like to call the ‘Birthday Lifestyle,’ where we live everyday like it’s our birthday by being with our favorite people, dressing in our favorite clothes, and of course, eating our favorite foods!  It’s more important than ever to remember that we can all create happiness through celebration, and no matter what is happening in the world, we need to celebrate one another.  Full of surprises, my hope is that Cake My Day will inspire kids, and adults, to live the birthday lifestyle and celebrate their family and friends.  We need to keep spreading magic, rainbows, glitter, unicorns and eating cake!”

In Cake My Day, Kassem invites Charlotte, a triplet who has never had a birthday that felt like her own, to her colorful kitchen to bake a Rainbow Explosion Cake together.  Charlotte, however, has no idea that her brothers Oliver and Sam have secretly planned for the day of cakemaking to turn into the biggest surprise birthday celebration she has ever had.  The special also features an appearance by DIY content creator Karina Garcia and a performance by dance superstars The Lab.

Cake My Day is produced by Propagate, with Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens and Kevin Healey executive producing, and Watch Entertainment, with Rachael Ray and Jonny Umansky serving as executive producers. Amirah Kassem also executive produces, along with Nickelodeon’s Unscripted Content executives Rob Bagshaw, Mandel Ilagan and Stacey Carr.  Production of Cake My Day for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

About Propagate

Founded by Ben Silverman and Howard Owens, who pioneered the global format business in the late 1990s, Propagate has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Paris. Its recent credits include the “Hillary” documentary that premiered at Sundance and Berlin and now streams on Hulu as well as the unscripted “November 13: Attack on Paris” “Haunted” and “Prank Encounters” for Netflix, “In Search Of” and “Kings of Pain” for the History Channel and the upcoming Notre Dame Documentary for ABC, and the scripted “Blood and Treasure” and “Broke” for CBS, “Charmed” for The CW and “Emma” and “Wireless” for Quibi.  Propagate’s expanding portfolio of companies includes Electus (“You vs. Wild”, “Running Wild With Bear Grylls,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Fashion Star”), Big Breakfast (“Adam Ruins Everything”, “Hot Date”), Notional (“Chopped” franchise), and talent management firms Artists First, Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Select Management. Silverman and Owens previously founded Reveille, producing hits including “The Office,” “The Tudors,” “Ugly Betty” and “MasterChef.” Silverman went on to serve as Co-Chairman of NBC Network and Studio and form Electus. Owens served as President of National Geographic Channels Worldwide.

It’s Pony 

Nickelodeon announced this month that  it has greenlit a 20-episode second season of its new hit animated series, It’s Pony, which follows the comedic adventures of Annie and her best friend, who just so happens to be an enthusiastic, impulsive, and carefree pony. Season two will premiere domestically in 2021, followed by a rollout across Nickelodeon’s international markets.

It’s Pony is currently one of the top three animated series with Kids 2-11 across all TV, only behind Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and The Loud House. The premiere of It’s Pony (1/18/20) was Nickelodeon’s highest-rated animation launch with Kids 2-11 since 2018.

“The overwhelming reaction to the first season of It’s Pony has been phenomenal, and fans have been champing at the bit for a second season,” said Nina Hahn, Senior Vice President of Development and Production, Nickelodeon. “We are thrilled to greenlight season two of a show where no matter what happens, everything is better when Annie and Pony are together.”

In season two of It’s Pony, Annie and her ever-loving, ever-funny Pony take their city by storm. Whether they are crashing a comic convention or battling a swarm of revenge-seeking flies, Annie and Pony’s adventures test the limits of their friendship like never before. Pony’s unpredictability may be a lot to handle, but Annie wouldn’t have it any other way. Throughout everyday life and extraordinary shenanigans, Annie’s life is better with Pony around.

The series stars Jessica DiCicco (Adventure Time) as Annie, an optimistic and determined farm girl living in the city with her family and best friend Pony; Josh Zuckerman (Strange Angel) as Pony, who is naïve and impulsive, but loves Annie more than anything; Abe Benrubi (E.R.) as Dad, who treats Pony as a nuisance, but recognizes the special bond he shares with Annie; and India de Beaufort (All Hail King Julien) as Mom, who loves Annie and Pony’s relationship and always has a new prank in the works. Created by Ant Blades, It’s Pony is inspired by a short from Nickelodeon’s 2015 International Animated Shorts Program.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 41st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing and feature films.  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).

Card Sharks, ABC’s reboot of the classic game show, is the latest broadcast network series to head back into production, according to Casting Networks.