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My Facebook BY RICHARD ROSSER Experiments can be messy. I started one on a whim and it went to a place I did not expect. The results taught me something about everybody. Anyone on Facebook has noticed the avalanche of political posts, cartoons, quotes, and video clips supporting or trashing various candidates. I knew that many posts were offensive to me so therefore if I posted similar content, I would be offending others. For something called “social” media, knowingly posting offensive material doesn’t sound very social. But the awful posts kept coming and getting worse so I decided to experiment. What if I comment on these posts with a contrarian opinion? Would I get into
an online debate? Would the person apologize for their offensive post? Would they quietly unfriend me? Would the debates get down-right hostile? I can now report that all of the above happened and I think I know why. More on that in a minute. First dear readers, you must know that I’m a political junkie - I consume tons of information from a wide variety of sources. Few people can stump me in a debate on political matters, but of course others feel the same way. If I am to write for this column and make claims - my reputation is on the line so I back up any assertionss with solid research (which is biased by the media I choose to trust, but let’s allow that point to slide for today).
Which leads me back to Facebook. Most people just don’t have the facts when they post - or don’t have an appreciation for history or context. One friend proudly proclaimed that she overcame adversity on her own - she made it and others can too. What she failed to see was that she went to a state university, received federally-backed student loans for law school, then was hired by the U.S. government and so was her husband. One friend noticed this blatant hypocrisy but the rest just chimed-in with “You go girl” and “Yeah, Obama didn’t help you!” Others post provocative stuff looking for a fight and a few of those actually do want to take the debate to a higher level. I engaged a few to see where the fight
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
would go. The extent and vitriol of these debates was not the lesson. The source of the background information and the style in which it was debated was the lesson. To be specific and right to the point, the Bill O’Reilly (of Fox News) and Rush Limbaugh followers seem to have adopted the combative style and their quiver of debate zingers. I didn’t have time to poll all my Facebook friends on this whole line of reasoning but I feel confident in my conclusion. In the by-gone era of three nightly television network news broadcasts (and no Internet), the bulk of the country was getting a considerably more moderate version of the news compared to today. Now, every American can review and select
the person who gives them the news exactly as one wants it. Liberal and African-American; Al Sharpton is on nightly. Conservative, white, male, over 50 - Sean Hannity might be your guy. Potsmoking, atheist, liberal, smart-ass: Bill Maher is a safe bet. Rachel Maddow, Morning Joe, Anderson Cooper . . . the list is very long these days. And with DVRs, everybody can record “their news” to be watched at convenient times. Is my point too simplistic? Perhaps, but I’ve felt the intensity of regular “friends” as they parrot these TV news personalities and I see in myself some of the traits of my favorite, Jon Stewart. Having favorite musicians and food is one thing, but if I were trying to lead a country with such
huge influencers having such visceral effects on the population causes me to pause. I’ve in fact started spending more time seeking different opinions from other new sources. I suggest others may wish to do the same thing. P.S. It was recently announced that THE biggest debate of the political season will be held on Oct. 6th - Bill O’Reilly vs. Jon Stewart. Seriously, the candidate debates are likely to be well rehearsed and predictable. Bill and Jon have no such considerations - they are free to speak the truth as they see it. Of course the next day, all my Facebook friends will say Bill won. Or Jon. Depending on who they liked before the debate. EAST-MAG.COM
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Theyâ€™re BaNew research documents a population explosion; increase of more than 200,000 in the Florida Keys in one year. For the first time since lionfish were spotted in the Florida Keys, scientists are now able to determine how many and how quickly this invasive species is taking over. In a new report in the Bulletin of Marine Science, NOAA Fisheriesâ€™ scientists along with agency partners
SCIENTISTS REPORT LIONFISH IN FLORIDA KEYS TRIPLE IN ONE YEAR
document the abundance and rapid spread of lionfish throughout the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In 2010 researchers estimated there were 89,000 lionfish in the Keys, in 2011 those estimates increased sixfold to 335,000 fish, which is likely a conservative estimate since lionfish hide in the reef. Lionfish have been present in low numbers along the east coast of Florida since the 1980’s, but were not reported in the Florida Keys until 2009. According to researchers, the average size of lionfish also increased. Scientists expected lionfish to eventually appear and increase in abundance in the Keys, but the rate of increase is both
surprising and alarming. “Lionfish are voracious predators and are most likely having impacts on native fish species, disrupting the ecology of the area they invade,” said Ben Ruttenberg, fishery biologist with NOAA Fisheries. “Lionfish have no natural predators in their invaded range in the Caribbean and Atlantic. With long-term monitoring, we will be able to document and understand the ecosystem impacts of this invasive predator.” Scientists continue to ask the public to help. When people see or catch a lionfish off the Florida Keys they can visit reef.org/lionfish and report the sighting. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), working with Reef Environmental Education
Foundation (REEF), a nonprofit partner and NOAA maintains the database for lionfish sightings. Scientists continue to ask the public to help. When people see or catch a lionfish off the Florida Keys they can visit reef.org/lionfish and report the sighting. “The detailed information that we receive from divers, fishermen, and other outdoor enthusiasts helps supplement a more formal set of records that we collect from museums, agencies, journals, and other published reports that we use to track sightings of invasive marine fishes,” said Pam Schofield, research ecologist for USGS. “This study offers a great validation of citizen reports.” EAST-MAG.COM
Don’t see this every day STORY AND PHOTOS BY NICOLE GOLDSTEIN
A recreational fishing trip included an unusual catch for Jess and Nicole Goldstein, of Deerfield Beach. were fishing with Ron’s Guide Service (http://www. ronsguideservice. com/, 954.582.6647) out of Okeechobee when a snake came to investigate the pontoon boat. Captain John Miller was not surprised by the visit. “He’s looking for a place to rest,” he explained to the visiting couple. Not long after that, Goldstein saw some action on her line. Using live bait to fish for largemouth bass, she saw her bait start to move around. A minute later, something jumped over her
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bobber. “It looked like a snake – but I’ve never heard of one jumping out of the water that way. No one else saw it, so I thought I must have been mistaken.” A few minutes later, after a tug on her line, Goldstein reeled it in, thinking she needed to get new bait. What she saw shocked all of them. Her bait was almost gone, but the animal she’d hooked wasn’t the largemouth she was looking for. It was the same snake that they’d seen earlier. “I’ve never seen anything like it. Not in all of my years of fishing or guiding,” said Captain Miller. “She caught a snake. With a rod and reel.” Captain Miller thought the snake might have been one of the dangerous ones, so instead of attempting to handle it, he cut the line as close to the hook as he could. The snake swam away with the fish held
firmly in his mouth. Ms. Goldstein contacted a snake expert when they got back home. Edward Mercer is a licensed python hunter and spends a lot of time walking in the Everglades. Snake identification is a necessary safety skill for him. When shown the picture of the snake on the hook, he was able to identify it as a green water snake. “This snake is considered to be one of the more aggressive in Florida, but it isn’t venomous,” said Mercer. “It’s interesting to me that he went after the boat and the bait. The snakes are becoming habituated to humans like so many other animals have.” Mr. Mercer suspects that the snake was attracted to the boat not for shade, but for any bait that anglers might discard. “The snake now associates humans with food, to his detriment.” Ms. Goldstein agreed. “If we had known he wasn’t
dangerous, we would have tried to get the hook out for him. It was certainly an exciting day on the water.” A green water snake came to visit anglers while they were bass fishing on Lake Okeechobee. Aggressive and curious, he returned to the boat several times before swimming off towards the grass. The green water snake found more than he was looking for in the grass – that’s where the visiting couple had cast their line looking for largemouth bass. Nicole Goldstein, who landed the snake, had just asked Captain John Miller what water snakes ate before she reeled it in. Aware that some of the snakes on Okeechobee are potentially deadly, Captain Miller cut the line and let the snake go. The snake took off quickly, with the bait he had caught firmly in his mouth. He swam away sideways so the fish in his mouth wouldn’t slow him down. EAST-MAG.COM
It takes a wh BY DEBBIE WEMYSS
Sound familiar? It’s an old African proverb: ‘It takes a whole village to raise a child,’ a source for my own shameless version - ‘It takes a whole network to raise a business.’ Ok, maybe this isn’t exactly an original thought, but it‘s mine! So, how’s your current network? If you’re like most of
hole village… us, it could always have more people in it. Well, let me tell you about LinkedIn®, a site that’s loaded with business people who are looking to do more business. Currently, there are 175+ million members worldwide with new members joining at a rate of 2 per second. That means every 12 days there are another million people using LinkedIn and 92% of them use the free profile. Think they’re onto something? Absolutely! To start, here is what LinkedIn can do for you: First, when you think of LinkedIn think
‘professional.’ You will have the most professional online presence possible on the world’s largest professional networking site. Second, many users have a goal to draw visibility to their profile and then drive that traffic to their website. A job seeker can turn the tables on HR directors and cause them to notice their profile. Startups are generating a buzz about their new business with an investment of their time, not an outlay of cash. And, yes, I am my own best testimony!
Third, this site will increase your network of professionals who will, in turn, either lead you to prospects or become clients themselves. And because you’ve established a complete and professional profile, your connections already feel like they ‘know’ you, setting the stage for the ‘like’ and ‘trust’ to evolve. It’s all about building relationships, and LinkedIn® will help you to grow your network and that will help you to grow your business. And that, my friends, is how dreams come true. Stay tuned… EAST-MAG.COM
Islamorada Oasis BY SHARON MALONE
This is an idyllic oceanfront island getaway, only an hour and half drive from Fort Lauderdale. Wanna get away from it all without travelling too far? This is your answer—a four-star intimate resort that offers quiet, solitude, sumptuous accommodations, with immaculately kept grounds and pool area, plus a convenient location. Park
your car and enjoy the island experience…walk to the famed Island Grill and other local watering holes—well the Florida Keys is known for those. No driving required so you can imbibe without guilt… This is one of my most favorite intimate places to stay. The accommodations are equal to many five-star hotels I have
stayed in, which have been many in my travel career. In my opinion, intimate accommodations supercede the big hotel experience always. A welcoming front desk host, or owner, will check you into immaculate rooms (choice of one and two-bedroom suites) decorated in luxurious plantation style. All rooms
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Pubaliciou What a great new addition to the Las Olas scene, a pub without pretenses, or looking to be another trendy singles bar. Having said that, it is a great place to meet people, but not in what has become the standard singles scene setting. Patrons appear to be professionals in the 35+ age range, looking for a decent drink, good company, and a great food experience. What a breath of fresh air from the show it all off scene. Do not expect typical pub food fare here— according to Chef Stanton his mission is to create a “foie gras culinary experience that you can enjoy in flip flops.” The menu now mostly features chef Stanton’s New Orleans style inspirations. The menu offers a wide
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selection of non-traditional pub-grub and many pork selections (the place is called The Royal Pig.) Some of the pork stars are double cut pork chops, a non-traditional BLT served with pork bellies and smoked tomato, pork belly mac and cheese and candied bacon on the salads. “We use a lot of pork.” says Stanton. The ambiance in The Royal Pig Pub is loud and festive and the whole place resembles a London train station. In fact, if Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts had a pub on campus, it might look like the Royal Pig. There are TVs everywhere you look including in the booths but it’s the bar spanning the entire length of the space that is focal point.
When you go, try the handcrafted chicken nachos appetizer. Be careful, that green decoration on top is a jalapeño. The New Orleans BBQ shrimp is apparently already a menu favorite. The organic cedar plank salmon, with home made pirogi (Polish version of ravioli) was cooked to perfection. Even if you aren’t a salmon lover, this dish could make you a convert. My favorite dish of the night was the grouper and mussel etouffee—I am still drooling over this one Fresh grouper lightly grilled, topped with baby organic vegetables, mussel etouffee and mango picalilly. For dessert we shared the warm raison carrot cake with cream cheese icing
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and caramel and coconut slivers—a truly decadent concoction. Then for the finale add the almond lace basket—raspberry gelato, crushed almond and organic berries, topped with vanilla ice cream. And before I forget, let’s talk about drinks. After all this is a pub. They have a huge selection of beers, but the house signature martini is the Dark Angel, a delectable cocktail featuring Godiva Chocolate and your choice of premium vodka.
How to Remain P BY PETER BAKSA
For most people, the idea of a stress-free job is a distant fantasy. In reality, the workplace is one of the biggest contributors to stress. Whether you’re taking on more work than you can handle, seeking a promotion, or getting pulled into office gossip,
it’s important for your health and productivity to maintain a positive
attitude. Self-help author and life coach, Peter Baksa, shares some tips on how to remain positive in any work situation:
KEEP TRACK OF YOUR WORDS If you keep track of your words every day, you will see a broad scale pattern which is either positive or negative. What is within is without. If your outlook toward people, situations, your job, money, abundance, love, among other things is positive, then you will keep bumping into just the right opportunities and the right people who help you on the way. In contrast, if all your reflexes and speech have a negative theme, well, it comes across in your external life events, too. Rather than using limiting words, like “cannot”, “have to”, and “got to”,
Positive at Work use more empowering words like, “I choose to”.
VISUALIZE If you are after manifesting a hike in your salary, just visualize, consistently, how your life has changed after you’ve had a hike. Now, I know you are yet to have a raise but that does not matter. You must focus on the details as to what you would do with the hike in pay, even if it is yet to be realized in the 3D: would you save the extra bit in a savings account? Then picture yourself doing exactly that. Would you rather take your family on a trip? Think about the details of how you are traveling, the accommodation and the place. BECOME GOSSIP-RESISTANT Gossip runs the identical
course as a virus…Once this data becomes a part of your thought system, it begins to do damage to your mental hard drive. Why would you ever want that? Do this little exercise next time you hear gossip: - Decide if the talk is gossip or half-truth. If you feel anxious, afraid, unsure, interested or gratified, then it is most likely empty gossip. - Once you have identified a talk as gossip, try moving away from it. Now you may be in a social setting and this may not always be possible. But when I say move away from it, I mean move away internally. Visualize what could be the best possible scenario in this case. If it is gossip about somebody’s doom, picture this person happy and relieved. DO NOT PRESUME Do not presume what
another is thinking and avoid saying what you want. Asking questions, communicating your desires, wants, and dislikes in advance, setting boundaries, all begin the process of eliminating inefficiencies. The day we stop making presumptions, we offer up the opportunity for success in relationships. Your words become clear, concise, and meaningful. Relationships will change; not only personal ones but also acquaintances. Peter Baksa (www.peterbaksa.com) is an author, investigative journalist and a professional speaker. He has written several books, including: “The Point of Power,” and “It’s None of My Business What You Think of Me” EAST-MAG.COM
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bar, unlimited hors d’oeuvres and live music all night long. VIP Tickets, which includes access to the VIP Lounge exclusively catered by Valentino (limited availability), are $100 per person. Private cabanas for 10 people are also available for $3,000 and include access to the VIP Lounge. The Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six is located at 2301 Southeast 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale. Please contact the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 954/739-5006 to learn more. Proceeds from BeachBash, part of the 17th Annual AT&T JEB BUSH Florida Classic benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. BeachBash is also sponsored by Advocate Home Care Services, Exults Internet Marketing, Gentleman’s Society and Ultimate Software. To purchase tickets and to get more information and event updates, please visit us at www. BeachBash.com or on Facebook. Since its inception 17 years ago, the AT&T JEB BUSH Florida Classic has netted more than $5.6 million, helping to fund the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s cutting-edge research and top-quality care for cystic fibrosis patients.
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Faces of Breast
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t Cancer Melissa Meyer
Stuart Telecom Business Analyst Age When Diagnosed: 40 When I was first diagnosed, I went on the emotional roller coaster starting with fear of the unknown. Then I moved on to sadness, a lot of crying followed by feeling sorry for myself. The next loop was the anger and the inevitable “Why me?” The end was the fight and the determination to beat what was handed to me. I totally beat that ride! The overwhelming love and support I received from my family and friends meant more to me than I could put into words. Thank you doesn’t seem enough. Tom Greene at the Hillsboro Inlet EAST-MAG.COM 51
Ellen Gail Feiler Wilton Manors Director of Health Promotion, Broward County Health Department Age When Diagnosed: 41 18 years later, I know the support of friends and family is so important. When folks offer to help â€“ let them be there for you. Believe that your treatment and caregivers are here to help you get healthier. Help yourself to be as healthy as possible. Learn as much about breast cancer and your treatment as possible. Be your own advocate. Believe.
Valerie Bunt Hollywood Student Age when diagnosed: 25
I originally went to a doctor who sent me away saying, “You’re too young to have breast cancer.” I didn’t accept that and found a team that took me seriously. No one knows your body better than you. I had a bilateral mastectomy followed by six months of chemotherapy then six weeks of radiation. I chose to preserve my eggs so I may have another child in the future. After my experience, I decided to go back to school for radiation therapy to hopefully help others through the experiences I have had.
Pam Masters Pompano Beach Membership Manager, Leadership Broward Age When Diagnosed: 50
Learning that you have breast cancer was a new beginning. I learned how important it is to have a sense of humor and to not sweat the small stuff, to treasure every moment of each day. Love, live and laugh!
Lainie Jones Fort Lauderdale Occupation: Saving My Life Age When Diagnosed: 24
When I was first diagnosed, I cried all day due to the fear of the unknown. After that, I turned my fight into a positive experience. I’m so lucky to have found a lump during a self-exam. Being so young you don’t think you can get breast cancer. My motto is “live every day like it’s your first.” Life is precious and I am thankful to be able to live it with a smile.
Lisa Boccard Coral Springs Breast Cancer Advocate Age When Diagnosed: 29, 41 & again at 49
Breast cancer teaches you how to become a survivor, warrior, and how to love yourself. Each treatment, blood test, rays of radiation, tears – are all part of becoming a survivor. You learn so much about yourself. Always do your “homework” and enjoy the dance of life. Breast cancer not only touches your life but the lives of those around you. Family, friends, husbands, boyfriends sometimes also need a helping hand during the journey. Yet at times, they become your tour guide on the trek to surviving. Support is such an important ingredient. Dealing with breast cancer (three times over 20 years) gave me the answer to why my life has been filled with so much love, peace, gratitude, and appreciation during this short time I have been around. Because of breast cancer, I have made a commitment to help other women who are on the same path. By sharing my story, I hope to touch someone and give them the will drive and determination to fight this disease. Breast cancer continues to be the shadow in my life, but I am in charge of the journey.
Fourth of July at The Parrot â€“ July 2000
Ski Trip to Courmayeur, Italy 2000
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4th of July Street Party at The Parrot 1997
YPFCH Past Presidents â€“ Lee Banks, Bob Brantmeyer, John Haley
Young Professionals for Covenant House, or YPFCH as many of you may know it, is celebrating its 20 year Anniversary this year. Throughout the years, an estimated 20,000 individuals have been members of YPFCH at some point making it a significant force on the social scene. YPFCH is an auxiliary group that supports the efforts of Covenant House Florida, an organization that operates a shelter located off A1A in Fort Lauderdale that serves homeless, at-risk and runaway youth under the age of 21 including moms and their babies. CHF provides emergency shelter, food, health services, substance abuse treatment, GED programs, job readiness training, counseling, family reunification and transitional living. CHF has been in Fort Lauderdale for over 26 years and has served over 34,000 youth. Covenant House is an international organization with over 18 locations in metropolitan areas across the US, Canada
and Central America. In 1991, a group of charitable young people came together to form the YPFCH as a fundraising auxiliary dedicated to raising money and awareness for Covenant House Florida. These young professionals raised much needed funds through group trips, socials and networking events. By 1996, YPFCH was having monthly events and socials in both Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Many long lasting friendships, even marriages, have developed over the span of 20 years. The group, though they started small, grew into a membership of thousands of young professionals. One signature event that has lasted the test of time is Cranberry Jam. In its 19th year, Cranberry Jam takes place the Wednesday Eve before Thanksgiving. For 7 years the event was held in an empty cruise terminal in Port Everglades accommodating over 2,000 young professionals at this annual event. When the Port was no longer available, the event moved to such places as
downtown Fort Lauderdale and the World Famous Parrot Lounge. This year Cranberry Jam will take place at Bimini Boatyard. The Young Pro’s trips have always been a hot topic of conversation. In addition to monthly socials in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, they put together many trips throughout the years. The widely popular and nationally famous Lost Weekend in Islamorada was a great escape. The group would enjoy a weekend getaway of fun, sun and camaraderie leaving lifelong lasting memories. One of the most sought over vacations was the annual ski trip. YPFCH planned adventures to such places as Austria, Canada, Switzerland, France, Italy and the U.S. In fact, Scott Smiley planned a special event to take place on one of the YPFCH ski trips. “My wife (fiancée at the time) and I were planning on attending one of YPFCH’s ski trips to Italy. Suddenly it hit us, ‘how could there ever be a better way to have both a destination wedding AND European ski trip with almost 60
of our friends attend?’ For us, YPFCH will always hold a special place in our hearts.” Smiley said. Another big draw for the young professionals was the annual cruise. Members would enjoy 3-4 nights cruising the Caribbean with hundreds of new and old friends. Activities would be planned for cruisers to unite on and off the ship. These trips and events were a big part of the success of YPFCH. Over the 20 years that this group has been together they have not only raised over $1.7 million for Covenant House Florida but have united many people. So many friendships, marriages, babies and careers have been a part of this cohesive group. “I attended my first YPFCH event in 1996. As I have come to find out, many of the friends I have today were also at that
same event. I am proud to have experienced the majority of YPFCH’s 20 years.” Smiley said. YPFCH has created many new events that benefit Covenant House Florida. They have the 5K on A1A in its 4th year, the Hard Rock Pub Crawl and they are one of 6 charities that benefit from the Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop. One very special partnership that has been a big part of what YPFCH does is Kid’s Fun Night. Each month, the volunteers from YPFCH host an arts and crafts or game night for the youth at the Covenant House Florida shelter.
Celebrate 20 years of YPFCH with old friends and new at their 20th Anniversary Event on September 21, 2012 at the World Famous Parrot Lounge. To recreate the events from the past, they will have a huge street party with a live band, slide show, food, drinks and fun. Visit www.youngpros.net for more information.
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DEADFALL Stefan Ruzowitzky / USA / 2012 / 94 min / English Stefan Ruzowitzky, whose film, THE COUNTERFITTERS won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2007, has created one of the best all-time thrillers in DEADFALL. A dynamite cast, terrific script, picturesque locations and a plot that has you on the edge of your seat. This is a “don’t miss”! Winter. Somewhere near the Canadian border on the U.S. side. A pair of robbers are on the run with bags of cash from a freshly held up casino. With the heat gettin’ hotter, the pair split up in the frozen landscape. Not so far away, we meet Jay, a boxer who just finished doing time in the state pen and decides to head home to Ma ‘n Pa for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving. Pa is the retired sheriff and their homestead is quite a trek from civilization out in the snow covered country. I think you see where we are headed here. I don’t even like this genre of film... it scares me too much! But this script is so good. The cast so accomplished including Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson, Treat Williams, Charlie Hunnam and brilliantly starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde in their best roles to date.. And Ruzowitzky’s direction so sharp...I was riveted for 94 heart stopping minutes. ...Sponsored by Howard THE DIRECTOR: Stefan Ruzowitzky was born in Vienna, Austria. He directed his first feature film, Tempo, in 1996. His other films include The Inheritors, Anatomy, All the Queen’s Men, Anatomy 2, Lilly the Witch, and The Counterfeiters, which won the Oscar for best foreign-language film. Sat, Oct 20, 9pm Muvico Pompano Sun, Oct 21, 7:45pm Sunrise Civic Center Mon, Oct 22, 8pm Cinema Paradiso
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NINAH’S DOWRY Victor Viyuch / Cameroon / 2012 / 95 min / English + Pidgin & Babanki w/English sub-titles In 2002, student filmmaker Victor Viyuch entered FLIFF’s Eastman Kodak International Student Film Competition and won the short narrative section with his film MBOUTOUKOU. Fast forward twelve years and Victor, now a professional filmmaker, returns with one of the most accomplished films of the festival. At 20, Ninah is a veteran wife of 7 years and a mother of 3. She is stuck in an abusive relationship with no hope of change. Her family lives off her meager earnings from farm work while her husband, Memfi, drinks away his equally meager earnings as a shepherd. When news of her gravely ill father reaches Ninah she decides to go speak her peace to her father even as her husband commands her to stay and get the farm ready before the rains come. Ninah disobeys Memfi by packing and attempting to leave. This action sets off an incredible series of events with a whirlwind of suspense, thrills, and adventure
set across the Cameroon landscape. Mbufung Seikeh as Ninah in her screen debut is nothing short of astonishing in one of the strongest performances of the Festival. Anurin Nwunemborn as Memfi brings a calm, calculated menace to the film. ...Sponsored by Teri & Brian Pattullo THE DIRECTOR: Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Independent Filmmakers to watch, Victor Viyuoh wrote and directed the thesis short MBOUTOUKOU which was filmed entirely in Cameroon, Africa. In one year on the circuit, Mboutoukou played at over 100 festivals including Venice in Italy, New Directors/New Films and Rotterdam. Beginning with its nomination for the 2002 Student Academy Awards, Mboutoukou won over 20 awards including Best Short at SXSW, Best Student Short at FLIFF, and the Rights of the Child Award at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Victor is an alumnus of USC’s School of CinemaTelevision and Film Independent’s Directors and Screenwriters labs.
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QUARTET Dustin Hoffman / UK / 2012 / English Dustin Hoffman directs Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Michael Gambon ...Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred are in a home for retired opera singers. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on... and it does. ...Sponsored byJanet & Irwin THE DIRECTOR: Dustin Lee Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) is an American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters. He first drew critical praise for the play Eh?, for which he won a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award. This was soon followed by his breakthrough movie role as the good-looking but troubled Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate (1967). Since then Hoffman’s career has largely been focused on cinema, with only sporadic returns to television and the stage. Some of his most notable films are Papillon, Marathon Man, Midnight Cowboy, Little Big Man, Lenny, All the President’s Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man, and Wag the Dog. Hoffman has won two Academy Awards (for his performances in Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man), five Golden Globes, four BAFTAs, three Drama Desk Awards, a Genie Award, and an Emmy Award. Dustin Hoffman received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1999. Sat, Oct 20, 5pm Muvico Pompano Sun, Oct 21, 7:30 Muvico Pompano
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Wayne Blair Australia / 2012 / 102 min / English 1968 was the year that changed the world. And for four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote mission this is the year that would change their lives forever. Around the globe, there was protest and revolution in the streets. Indigenous Australians finally secured the right to vote. There were drugs and the shock of a brutal assassination. And there was Vietnam. The sisters, Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, a talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. Billed as Australia’s answer to ‘The Supremes’, Dave secures the sisters their first true gig, and fly’s them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops. Based on a true story, THE SAPPHIRES is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music. THE DIRECTOR: Wayne Blair is a theatre, film and television actor, writer and director. Wayne’s debut feature film, THE SAPPHIRES, a musical comedy has its world premiere Out of Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. It is due for theatrical release in Australia in August, with international territories to follow. Wayne wrote and directed short film THE DJARN DJARNS which won the 2005 Crystal Bear Award in the Kinderfilmfest competition at the Berlin Film Festival. The film also won a Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film in 2005, Best Screenplay at the Flickerfest Film Festival 2006, Best Short Screenplay at the AWGIES, Best Australian Short at the Film Critics’ Circle Awards and has screened on SBS and Foxtel. Wayne’s television directing credits include LOCKIE LEONARD Series 1 and 2 for the Nine Network, DEAD GORGEOUS for the BBC and DOUBLE TROUBLE with Caama Productions. Sat, Oct 20, 7pm Muvico Pompano Sun, Oct 21, 3:30 EAST-MAG.COM
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Lucy Mulloy / Cuba / 2012 / 89 min / Spanish w/English sub-titles Floridians are acutely aware of the situation that is the day in - day out life of people virtually imprisoned on the island of Cuba. The US embargo created a life in a bubble where remnants of the 1950’s pervades existence. Living with just the modicum of convenience is not easy and escaping is fraught with peril. In Lucy Mulloy’s debut feature, the frustrations, fears and dreams are vividly realized immersing the audience in the intoxicating/ suffocating environs of Havana. Her young cast performs brilliantly and the production elements are stunning. Raul and Elio, both in their teens,
have first-hand knowledge of life only on Cuba, but daily they see tourists who are carefree, enjoying the beauty of the island. This dichotomy creates driven resolve for the boys to flee. Their efforts muddle along without a true time-table until a violent act necessitates their immediate call to action. Elio’s situation differs from Raul’s in not having any pangs of remorse...but Raul is extremely close to his sister, Lila and grapples with guilt in leaving her. UNA NOCHE won three awards at the Tribeca Film Fes with Mulloy named Best New Narrative
Director, and Best Actor awards for both Javier Nunez Florian (Elio) and Daniel Arrechaga (Raul). The film also won Best Cinematography. Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre shines brightly as Lila. THE DIRECTOR: Lucy Mulloy graduated from NYU film school. She is an Oxford alum and has been nominated for a Student Academy Award. Her film Una Noche won the Spike Lee Production Grant, Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grant, TFI Creative Promise Emerging Narrative Award, and more. She is currently developing Una Noche Más.
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“London Calling” was the invitation for the youth of the world to gather for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.....even if that line from The Clash’s 1979 punk rock anthem was more about a rebel yell than athletic excellence. The XXXth Olympiad was seen by a couple billion TV viewers, and EAST was there. The fastest humans on the planet... Bolt on the track and Phelps in the pool... led the way to gold glory. Team USA won the medal count, while British hosts pulled off spectacular opening and closing ceremonies. “Brilliant” was the overdone adjective as London-town carried on in bloody lush style, with the local color as interesting as the view from the NBC cameras. Flags, scarves, hats, team jerseys, and body paint demonstrated national pride as sport fans paraded thru the city exploring the west end theater district in Covent Garden, world class museums, government buildings hundreds of years old, and venues with pop-up art, free concerts, and street circus performers. Vodka flowed at the Sochi, Russia, exhibit...home of the February, 2014 Winter Olympics...where the international jet set and nouveau riche were well represented. The Brazilians, as usual, seemed to earn the gold medal for partying. Rio’s energy came on strong in London as they promoted their 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Add the 2014 World Cup for football/soccer, and you can count on our neighbors to the south to gear up for world class celebrations. London got great reviews for infrastructure, pageantry, and athletic performances. Let’s hope the nations in attendance took home some of that peace and good will. The English pubs (think 200-300 year old sports bars) provided perfect gathering spots for Olympics TV viewing, national storytelling, and beer. The pub grub has improved, and it seemed there were happy hour deals for the entire fortnight.
Flags served as fashion statements, calling cards, and cheerleading devices. Patriotic fever ran high as fans rooted for their national teams. Go GB! Team USA! Viva Brazil! Espana!
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The regimental dress of the Royal Cavalry is the real thing...no trendy Olympic colors or new fangled ceremonies needed. The daily changing of the guard is a tradition, but these soldier’s also get called for tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The matching steeds don’t flinch from the onslaught of tourist cameras, and provide a clue to Britain’s excellence in equestrian events.
EastPeeps Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders unveiling their 2013 calendar at Liv nightclub.
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EastPeeps Bands Maroon 5 and Flo Rida played a poolside concert at the famed Fountainbleu.
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EastPeeps Pinion is Browardâ€™s local support group for the Special Olympics. Their masquerade gala at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort was a surprise hit of the summer social season.
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The British empire extended across five continents for several centuries, and their explorers brought back boatloads of treasure. Antiquities from Egypt and Greece highlight the collection at the British Museum. The Greeks want the frieze from the Parthenon, the “Elgin Marbles”, returned to Athens. Tough negotiations...can a nation’s cultural heritage be traded, bought or sold ?
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London’s theatre district is ground zero for the world’s finest in live drama, song and dance. The States has Broadway in New York, plus Disney and Hollywood in California...but from Shakespeare to Andrew Lyod Webber, London’s performing arts has led the western world. The Kings’s english can be captivating. DECEMBER 2011 JULY/AUGUST 2012
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The English Knights Templar were based in London’s oldest house of worship, Temple Church, and planned their crusades to the Holy Land from the campus of meeting rooms, inns, and military barracks near the River Thames. You may have seen Tom Hanks exploring this interior for clues in “The DaVinci Code”.
The Brits lifted an entire Greek temple, now a major part of the British Museum.
Go Team USA.
Plenty of historic sights...and great public transit from the underground to the ubiquitous red buses.
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