A prestigious five-film retrospective, celebrating the prolific career of acclaimed actor Matthew Modine
"Matthew Modine is one of the best, most adaptable film actors of his generation.” — Vincent Canby, New York Times
The Roxy Cinema, known for its dedication to showcasing cinematic excellence, is proud to announce a prestigious five-film retrospective, celebrating the prolific career of acclaimed actor Matthew Modine. Under the banner "The Many Faces of Matthew Modine," this cinematic journey promises to be a captivating exploration of Modine's hidden gem roles and storied contributions to the world of cinema. Matthew Modine's career is a testament to his incredible talent and versatility, with a filmography that spans genres and generations. From his early breakout performances to his collaboration with revered directors, Modine has left an indelible mark on the industry. The retrospective will present a thoughtfully curated selection of five seminal films, each highlighting Modine's exceptional range and mastery of his craft:
Day 1 - December 1, 2023
5:00 p.m. - Cutthroat Island (35mm) Q&A Moderated by a Special Guest
7:15 p.m. - The Blackout (35mm) - Q&A moderated by Roxy Cinema Director Illyse Singer
9:45 p.m. - If… Dog… Rabbit (35mm) Audience Q&A
Day 2 - December 2, 2023
3:00 p.m. - Birdy (35mm) Q&A Moderated by a Special Guest
5:20 p.m. - If… Dog… Rabbit (35mm) – Q&A Moderated by actor/director Eric Stoltz (Mask, Some Kind of Wonderful)
7:30 p.m. - Equinox (35mm) - Q&A Moderated by a Special Guest
10:00 p.m. - The Blackout (35mm) Audience Q&A
Day 3 - December 3, 2023
3:00 p.m. - Equinox (35mm) Q&A Moderated by a Special Guest
5:15 p.m. - Birdy " (35mm) - Q&A Moderated by fashion designer/actor Isaac Mizrahi
7:45 p.m. - " Cutthroat Island " (35mm) - Q&A Moderated by iconic actress Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)
The film selection includes "Cutthroat Island," an exhilarating pirate adventure filled with buried treasure and daring escapades; "The Blackout," a gripping drama chronicling the journey of a self-loathing addict; "If…Dog…Rabbit," a hidden gem, rarely screened, a high-octane crime thriller written, directed, produced and starring Modine that delves into the intricate dynamics of a family; "Birdy," a poignant exploration of the enduring scars left by war; and "Equinox," a mesmerizing tale of reunited twins with contrasting fates.
In addition to the screenings, the retrospective will feature exclusive Q&A sessions with special guests, providing an intimate look into the behind-the-scenes stories and artistic vision that shaped these cinematic stunners.
Matthew Modine's contributions to film extend beyond his acting prowess. As a director, his award-winning short film, "I Am What You Imagine," which will play before each feature, offers a profound and sensory journey into uncharted realms of storytelling.
Join us at the Roxy Cinema for "The Many Faces of Matthew Modine" and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of this extraordinary actor. Prepare for a cinematic experience that transcends time and genre as we pay homage to the brilliance of Matthew Modine's career. Interested media who wish to interview Matthew Modine contact Workhouse CEO Adam Nelson via firstname.lastname@example.org / +1 212.645.8006
Matthew Modine // Retrospective Films
Cutthroat Island, 1995 (35mm) Director: Renny Harlin
Feisty Morgan Adams (Geena Davis) inherits her late buccaneer father's galleon and one-third of a map to buried treasure located on Cutthroat Island. The map had been tattooed on her father's scalp, and to find the treasure, she must locate and scalp his two brothers. But Morgan's swashbuckling uncle, Dawg Brown (Frank Langella), wants the treasure for himself and does battle with his headstrong niece and her unwilling accomplice, Latin-speaking physician William Shaw (Matthew Modine).
The Blackout, 1997 (35mm) Director Abel Ferrara
Abel Ferrara's "Blackout" stars Matthew Modine as Matty, a self-loathing addict and Hollywood actor. The film watches as Matty attempts to both crawl his way out of addiction and atone for an event that happened during a memory blackout. “Abel Ferrara's ''Blackout,'' a film featuring sex, drugs and Claudia Schiffer, caused a stampede when it was shown at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. “- The New York Times
If… Dog… Rabbit…, 1999 (35mm) Written, Directed, Produced & Starring: Matthew Modine
Johnnie Cooper (Matthew Modine) served time for an armed robbery, in which his father and brother also participated. When he's released from jail, he's determined to live a normal life and gets work at a gas station. But soon, his brother pays a visit.
Birdy, 1984 (35mm) Director: Alan Parker
Birdy (Matthew Modine) returns from the Vietnam War, scarred by the horrific experiences of battle. He is so damaged by what he saw that he has completely shut himself off from reality, imagining that he is actually a bird. Birdy is confined to a mental hospital, where the doctors are at a loss as to how to treat him. In an attempt to help, Al, his best friend from high school -- and who was also in Vietnam -- visits him every day to try to get through to him.
Equinox, 1992 (35mm) Director: Alan Rudolph
With sinuous lensing from his frequent ‘90s cinematographer Elliot Davis, Rudolph puts a menacing yet contemplative spin on the storytelling tradition of good twin/bad twin. Matthew Modine expertly delineates his portrayals of the separated at-birth brothers; one is a timid mechanic raised by salt-of-the-earth M. Emmet Walsh and pining for Laura Flynn Boyle, while the other is a flashy thug in Fred Ward’s crime ring and married to Lori Singer. Shall the twins meet?
I Am What You Imagine, 2023 (DCP) Director: Matthew Modine
Matthew Modine’s award-winning new short film, I Am What You Imagine, is a sensual exploration of the unexplainable. Featuring the voice talents of Ruby Modine and long-time Kubrick collaborator Leon Vitali (in his final performance), the short uses sound, music, and expressionistic imagery to take viewers on a journey of the heart and mind. Time: 6 minutes
To purchase tickets, please visit the “Now Showing” page. Tickets are non-refundable. Seniors, Guests with Disability, Students & Children $12, Seniors (65 and over), federally disabled (with ID), students (with ID), and children (12 and under) must purchase their tickets in person to receive this discount. For general inquiries, please contact (212) 519-6820 or email email@example.com.
The MarCom Awards, globally recognized for excellence in marketing and communication, has honored Adam Nelson, Founder & CEO of Workhouse, with the prestigious 2023 Career Achievement Award. This esteemed accolade acknowledges his creative journey and Workhouse's 25th anniversary, underscoring unparalleled contributions to the communications industry.
“I like to fight. In the grand Colosseum where ideas clash like titans, in the tussle of thoughts and theories, in the realm where words and wit struggle to tell the story — that’s the kind of rumble I relish,” said Workhouse, CEO Adam Nelson. “I am truly humbled to receive the 2023 MarCom accolade for Public Relations Career Achievement, and after 25 years of founding Workhouse, feel very fortunate to still be able to fight for something. Especially in this age where long-standing careers don’t mean much anymore. Every fighter knows persistence and pursuit are where true valor lies.“
In 2023, the MarCom Awards received over 6,500 submissions from professionals in the United States, Canada, and 43 other countries. This annual competition serves as a showcase for outstanding achievements in marketing and communication, spanning from conceptualization and direction to the design and production of promotional materials. Participants include corporate marketing teams, advertising agencies, public relations firms, design studios, production companies, and independent freelancers. MarCom's panel of judges, comprised of industry experts, meticulously selects entities and individuals whose work sets a gold standard for the industry.
Adam Nelson's extensive career spans three decades, marked by unwavering creativity in media and storytelling. Known for his inventive thinking, his path from publicist to the helm of the award-winning agency, Workhouse, serves as a testament to his dedication to the field.
In gratitude, Nelson shared, "This year, Workhouse celebrates 25 years of being promotional provocateurs. I can't imagine a better way to honor this milestone – a heartfelt one for me personally and professionally – than to hold this inconceivable award from MarCom, an organization whose work and influence I've long admired.”
Over more than 30 years as a communications professional, Nelson's legacy has shown through his collaborations with iconic entertainment clients, as well as renowned luxury brands and impactful nonprofits. His creative prowess consistently shapes compelling narratives, earning him prestigious recognition and cementing his reputation as a marketing trailblazer who adeptly guides brands in effectively conveying their stories. As the CEO of Workhouse, and as a fractional creative consultant for THE BOARD, Nelson provides forward-thinking public relations, innovative social media strategies, brand promotion, creative consulting, and visionary experiential services across entertainment, culture, fashion, and lifestyle sectors.
Recognized for his originality and hands-on approach, Nelson's leadership has garnered numerous accolades, including the Netty Lifetime Achievement award bestowed upon the agency this year. His outstanding creativity has earned him the U.S. Commerce Association New York Award, the National Congressional Committee's National Leadership Award, Honorary Chairmanship of the Business Advisory Council, and the Clutch Leadership Award. His achievements also extend to selection by the International Who's Who of Executives and his induction into the New York Business Hall of Fame.
Before founding Workhouse, Nelson served as a senior publicist at Jason Weinberg & Associates, representing a cavalcade of celebrity clients. His career highlights include roles as the inaugural Communications Director for the Asbury Park Boardwalk, inaugural Publicity Director for Irving Plaza concert hall, Co-Founder and Executive Director of House of Independents, and senior publicist at the Peggy Siegal Company. Holding a BFA from the University of the Arts and certificate degrees from Yale and Oxford Universities, Nelson's unwavering commitment and relentless pursuit of excellence are undeniable.
Throughout his distinguished career, Nelson has meticulously cultivated an unparalleled body of award-winning work, solidifying his position as a creative force behind the sustained achievements of established and emerging global brands and businesses. The 2023 MarCom Award for Career Achievement serves to honor Adam Nelson's enduring influence on the industry and his dedication to pioneering new paths forward.
Workhouse is one of the country’s leading public relations and integrated creative agencies. Celebrating 25 years of service this year, the agency provides forward-thinking public relations, social media, brand promotion, creative consulting and, modern-day marketing. Clients have included The Rolling Stones, The Charlie Chaplin Estate, Hugh Jackman, Francis Ford Coppola, Lou Reed, Matthew Modine, David LaChapelle, The Anthony Quinn Estate, CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, Interview Magazine, Galleries Lafayette, Porsche, Ford Motor Company, UnitedMasters, Virgin, Jazz at Lincoln Center, International Emmy Awards, Assouline Editions, Rizzoli International Publications, Moose Knuckles, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Chase Contemporary, Versace, and Avroko. Workhouse offers untraditional services across a broad spectrum of entertainment, culture, fashion, and lifestyle spheres. Visit http://www.workhousepr.com
Los Angeles Magazine: "How Adam Nelson Became the Class Clown of Creative Communications” (July, 2023)
MarCom Awards honors excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work, and generosity of industry professionals. Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into one of the largest, most respected creative competitions in the world. Each year about 6,500 print and digital entries are submitted from dozens of countries. MarCom is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization, founded in 1995, consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, digital, and web professionals. AMCP administers recognition programs, provides judges, and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the community. Entrants are not charged entry fees for work they create pro bono for nonprofits. In the past few years alone, AMCP has contributed more than $250,000 to charitable causes. The MarCom statuette has long been a majestic symbol of marketing and communication achievement. The custom-designed, hand-tooled MarCom graces the trophy cases of some of the top business and communication firms in the world. The iconic statuette is crafted by Society Awards, makers of the Golden Globes, Emmys, CLIOS, MTV, Academy of Country Music, YouTube Play Button, and American Music Awards. Visit, https://marcomawards.com
Haitian-American artist Malou Beauvoir introduces The Spiritwalker Collection
Modern Manbo, by Haitian-American singer, songwriter, and actress Malou Beauvoir, proudly unveils The Spiritwalker Collection. This vibrant collection of 100% silk scarves pays homage to the rich heritage of the Haitian Vodou spirits and culture. Stunning Scarves Showcase the Spirits
The Spiritwalker Collection transports wearers into the enchanting realm of Haitian Vodou. Each scarf in the collection celebrates a unique Lwa (Spirit) through the vibrancy of their favorite colors and the simplicity of their powerful symbols, known as VEVE. These VEVE, unique to Haitian Vodou, carry the knowledge and magic of generations past, serving as portals into personal spiritual power.
The official launch of The Spiritwalker Collection is set for November 1, 2023, the Day of the Dead.
Haitian Vodou, often misunderstood and vilified, was outlawed in the New World and pushed underground to prevent the enslaved from uprising. It became the culture of the oppressed and their memory of ancient traditions.
Malou Beauvoir, founder of Modern Manbo, states,
“Vaudou is more than a religion. It is a culture. It teaches us to respect the earth, all living beings and the elements which co-exist within the universe. It is a means for sharing our universal energy”.
"I hope to change the narrative on Vodou and on Haitian people, to make the young people realize that we are not limited to the way we are portrayed in the press. The images of gangsters, corruption, and poverty are the conditions we endure, not the essence of who we are. Indeed, we are survivors, and we carry within us the legacy of our African Vodou and indigenous Amerindian culture. It is time for us to tell our own stories..”
The tales in Haitian Vodou are rich and colorful, with 21 Nations of Spirits inhabiting the sea, earth and sky. Hundreds of African, Amerindian, Celtic and other spirits make up the Vodou pantheon and provide essential teachings of balance, justice and environmental stewardship.
The SPIRITWALKER collection features five distinct spirits:
• Ayizan: Mother Earth – Ayizan, the healer, nurtures the soul and body with love, plant medicine, and wisdom. Her vibrant colors mirror the lush palm fronds, rich soil, and the golden glow of the sun that sustains all life. Surrender to her healing breeze and the gentle rustle of her palm leaves as you contemplate your life's journey.
• Gran Brigit: Protector of Women - With flaming red hair and fierce determination, Gran Brigit stands as a powerful spirit in Haitian Vodou. As a defender of women's rights, she symbolizes feminine strength and inspiration. Her violet, gold, and emerald green colors reflect her fiery spirit.
• Erzuli: Love Conquers All - Erzuli, a timeless spirit, embodies love's enduring power. She represents beauty, elegance, passion, and sensuality. A source of inspiration for strong Haitian women, she reminds us that love can conquer all. Her colors of pink and red mirror her playful yet intelligent nature.
• Damballah Wedo: The Giant White Snake - Spirit of Creation and Wisdom - Damballah Wedo, a sacred Lwa and father figure, holds immeasurable power and wisdom. He is known for creating the world and guiding transformation, riches, and wisdom. His love for milk, eggs, and sweet almond cakes nourishes his spirit.
• Milokan: The Embodiment of Cosmic Energy – The Milokan, composed of many powerful VEVE, represents the fusion of energy present in all living things, emphasizing unity and cooperation. It symbolizes the crossroads of choices, the eternal wheel of life and optimism. This symbol transcends the boundaries of Haitian Vodou, embodying universal wisdom.
Spiritwalker: A Journey of Spirituality
Beauvoir's journey into the world of Vodou and the creation of The Spiritwalker Collection is a testament to the profound connection between spirituality and art. Summoned by her spirits many years ago, Malou embarked upon a voyage of initiation and self-discovery. She was guided by her uncle, ethnologist, Max Beauvoir, who later became ATI (Supreme spiritual leader of Vodou in Haiti). Max Beauvoir's temple hosted celebrities, writers, and politicians from around the world and served as the basis for Wade Davis's book, "The Serpent and the Rainbow.”
The passing of Max Beauvoir in 2015 and his daughter, Oxford scholar Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique, in 2018, struck a cruel blow to Vodou. It awakened Malou to the fact that their teachers were passing away, taking with them a wealth of knowledge.
Beauvoir felt a responsibility to research and pass on the beautiful oral traditions that are a vital foundation of her community. In 2018, on November 1st, she released her world music album, "SPIRITWALKER," in homage to the Haitian spirits of Vodou. The album resonated in the Haitian community and internationally, and the single “Papa Damballah” was chosen for the end credits of Suzan Beraza’s poignant documentary "MASSACRE RIVER: A WOMAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY." The film exposes the intolerable conditions in the Dominican Republic for people of Haitian descent. 3rd single, "NWAYE," was amongst the winners of the International Songwriting Competition in 2019.
A Vision of Unity and Empowerment
The Spiritwalker Collection celebrates the vibrancy of Haitian Vodou but also embodies a vision of unity, empowerment, and cultural preservation. Beauvoir's journey into her Haitian spiritual heritage has led her to create this exceptional collection, bringing to life the sacred VEVE symbols that have endured for generations.
Beauvoir emphasizes the importance of this project: "I've always known that the spirits walk with me, and I walk with them. For me, this is Spirit Walking; simply being in touch with the spirits that surround us and communicate with us, having that openness to the other world, which we are all in contact with every day."
Beauvoir invokes her ancestors and the powerful Gede spirits to bless this endeavor. Initially, the collection will be available online, with plans to target high-end stores for the release of the Kaftan Collection in spring 2024.
Interested media who wish to interview Malou Beauvoir or receive samples of the Spiritwalker Collection contact Workhouse, CEO, Adam Nelson via Nelson@workhousepr.com. For more information, please visit Modern Manbo's official website here https://www.spiritwalkerscarves.com/
In the labyrinthine streets of New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, where cobblestone alleys and historic brownstones coexist with sleek skyscrapers, an Italian trattoria quietly hums with the rhythms of life. Here, the arts converge with human drama in a way that could only be captured by the visionary filmmaker Bob Giraldi. As we step into the world of “Dinner Rush,” Giraldi’s 2000 independent feature film, we are welcomed into the vibrant and tumultuous microcosm of Gigino Trattoria, a restaurant steeped in history and secrets. Now available to stream on Apple TV, “Dinner Rush” offers viewers an immersive experience, blending sumptuous gastronomy with an adventurous narrative, all against the backdrop of New York’s frenetic energy.
Before we delve into the intricacies of “Dinner Rush,” let’s savor a taste of Bob Giraldi’s illustrious career. As a director, Giraldi’s visual storytelling prowess has left an indelible mark on multiple mediums, from music videos to commercials. In an industry where innovation is paramount, Giraldi set the tone for music videos during the early days of MTV. His most iconic creation, Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” was a groundbreaking masterpiece that resonated with audiences worldwide. Giraldi’s ability to seamlessly blend music and narrative was further showcased in videos for artists like Pat Benatar, Paul McCartney, and Lionel Richie.
Music videos include “Beat It,” Michael Jackson; “Say, Say, Say,” Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney; “Just the Two of Us,” Will Smith; “Love is a Battlefield,” Pat Benatar; “Hello” and “Running with the Night,” Lionel Richie; “Loaded,” Ricky Martin; “Don’t Drive Drunk,” Stevie Wonder
Beyond music videos, Giraldi excelled in the realm of commercials, amassing a portfolio of over 4,000 advertisements. His award-winning campaigns for brands like McDonald’s, Pepsi-Cola, and Miller Lite showcased his talent for combining storytelling with advertising. In the advertising world, Giraldi’s name became synonymous with creativity and innovation.
More than 4,000 commercials, including award-winning campaigns for Freedom Center, McDonald’s, Pepsi-Cola (with Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie), Miller Lite, Chili’s, 2012 Olympics, I Love NY (with Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin)
Bob Giraldi’s passion for storytelling extended beyond the screen. For over three decades, he has been an integral part of the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. At SVA, Giraldi has shaped the minds of aspiring filmmakers, sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience. Today, he serves as the Chair of SVA’s MPS Film Directing department, where he continues to nurture the next generation of cinematic talent.
Writer, director, short films, The Routine, Second Guessing Grandma, The Grey Coat, Honey Trap, Cambio, Siren. Feature films, Dinner Rush, Hiding Out
But the pièce de résistance is Bob Giraldi’s “Dinner Rush.” This cinematic gem invites us into the bustling world of Gigino Trattoria, where the sights, sounds, and flavors of the restaurant are as vital to the narrative as the characters themselves. The film’s narrative orbits around Louis Cropa, portrayed with authenticity and gravitas by Danny Aiello. Cropa, the restaurant’s owner, is a complex character shrouded in rumors of mafia connections. Despite his protestations, Cropa’s restaurant is a hub of activity, both culinary and otherwise.
“The film, “Dinner Rush” (2001), the restaurant it’s based on, Gigino Trattoria, (1994–) and the film’s director (1939–), have, over the years, become truly simpatico. I am delighted the film has become such an important part of the curriculum at the Culinary Institute of America.” – Bob Giraldi
At the heart of the kitchen stands Udo “King” Cropa, played by Edoardo Ballerini. Udo is a brilliant chef who yearns to break free from the shackles of tradition, much to his father’s chagrin. His experimental culinary creations push the boundaries of Italian cuisine, making Gigino Trattoria a hotspot for food enthusiasts seeking innovation.
However, the restaurant isn’t just a haven; it’s also a battleground. Duncan, the sous-chef portrayed by Kirk Acevedo, grapples with a crippling gambling addiction, resulting in mounting debts to both the mob and Louis Cropa. His culinary prowess becomes a double-edged sword as he attempts to settle his debts through risky bets.
As the narrative unfolds, the restaurant becomes a stage for a diverse cast of characters, from a celebrity food critic played by Sandra Bernhard to a loan shark portrayed by Mike McGlone. These characters add layers of complexity to the story, creating a rich tapestry of relationships and conflicts that culminate in a thrilling climax.
“Dinner Rush” is a cinematic tour de force that offers viewers a mouthwatering blend of talent, technique, and patience. Its unique narrative structure, set during one fateful evening, adheres to the classical unities of time and space. Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times aptly described it as “a mouth-watering display of talent, technique, and patience” with “more intrigues here than in the court of the Medicis.” The Los Angeles Times says “Effortlessly graceful and burnished to a glow, “Dinner Rush” is surely as satisfying as any of the delicious-looking food served at Louis’ restaurant–and is as full of surprises as any dish Udo ever concocted.” The film’s ability to immerse viewers in the world of Gigino Trattoria while serving up a complex narrative is a testament to Giraldi’s directorial finesse. To stream Bob Giraldi’s “Dinner Rush” on Apple TV visit https://tv.apple.com/us/movie/dinner-rush/umc.cmc.36gj9r08tyq22i81y9q3hh8rw
As we savor the flavors of “Dinner Rush,” it’s impossible to ignore the real-world backdrop that inspired the film. Gigino Trattoria, the Italian restaurant that served as the setting for much of the film, has itself become a Tribeca institution. Founded in 1994 by Bob Giraldi and his partner Patti Greaney, the restaurant celebrates it’s 30th anniversary this year and continues to offer an authentic Italian dining experience in the heart of New York City.
For three decades, Gigino Trattoria has been a beloved fixture in the Tribeca neighborhood, attracting locals and celebrities alike. Its menu, featuring homemade pastas, fresh seafood, and wood-fired pizzas, is a testament to the enduring appeal of Italian cuisine done right. The restaurant’s warm ambiance, with mellow browns and yellows, offers diners an inviting space to savor their meals.
Beyond the delectable dishes, Gigino Trattoria has been a hub for community engagement. It has sponsored local basketball teams, participated in neighborhood festivals, and even supported first responders during challenging times. The restaurant’s commitment to both culinary excellence and community involvement mirrors the themes of “Dinner Rush.” This year, the hot spot hosted scores of film events with A-list actors such as Alexander Skarsgård, Laura Dean, Michael Shannon, and more.
“Every time I sit at the “round table in the corner” I remember to raise my glass to two departed mates from “Dinner Rush”; the late co-producer and casting director, Lou DiGiaimo and the film’s star and iconic NY actor, the late Danny Aiello. Salute!” – Bob Giraldi
Bob Giraldi’s “Dinner Rush” is not merely a film; it is a cinematic feast for the senses. It serves up a rich tapestry of characters and conflicts, all set against the backdrop of a bustling Tribeca restaurant. With its unique narrative structure and immersive storytelling, the film continues to captivate audiences and has earned its place as a classic in both cinematic and culinary circles. Originally shown as part of the 30th New Directors/New Films series of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the department of film of the Museum of Modern Art, audiences everywhere can now savor the flavors of “Dinner Rush” on Apple TV and be treated to a masterful blend of talent, technique, and storytelling that only Bob Giraldi can deliver. So, pull up a virtual chair, dim the lights, and prepare for an unforgettable dining experience in the heart of Tribeca.
Giraldi’s independent films have also garnered numerous awards and have found their way into collections as diverse as the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Museum of Modern Art. He was inducted into the NY Art Director’s Hall of Fame, one of the few film directors to be honored. In addition to directing Jon Cryer’s teen cult film, “Hiding Out” (1987), Bob Giraldi’s feature film, “Dinner Rush” has appeared on a number of 2001’s Top 10 lists and was selected for the prestigious New Directors/New Films Series at MoMA. “Dinner Rush” was listed by Roger Ebert as “One of the Best 100 Films in the Last 10 Years.”
Official Site: bob-giraldi.com
Gigino Trattoria: https://www.gigino-trattoria.com/
SVA, Chair, MPS Film Directing Department, School of Visual Arts: https://sva.edu/faculty/bob-giraldi
Director’s Guild of America: https://www.dga.org/The-Guild/Members/Profile.aspx?mid=x9hk7%2FiqD4I%3
This interview and photoshoot were conducted before the current SAG-AFTRA strike. Matthew Modine is an American actor who has taken on various roles in different genres that have introduced him to new audiences. From his early career as Private Joker in Stanley Kubrick's “Full Metal Jacket.” Since then, he has been involved in any projects that highlight his versatility and talent, such as “Stranger Things,” “Downwind,” “Oppenheimer,” and the passion project, “The Martini Shot.” Modine also continues to express his love for acting and the creative approach to film through writing and directing...
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Sean Fahey’s "For Kicks" Celebrating African-American Martial Artists Premieres at 11th Urban Action Film Festival
Documentary Honors Aging African-American Martial Arts Maestros, Eugene Thomas, and Ron van Clief, at UASE 11 Premiere
"For Kicks is a unique vision!" Journalist, Daniel Patton at Screen Magazine.
"One of the best movies of the year!" Film Critic, Ian Simmons at Kicking the Seat.
On November 11th, 2023, a legendary figure in the world of martial arts cinema will take center stage at the 11th Urban Action Showcase Expo & Film Festival. Eugene Thomas, a celebrated African-American martial artist, will be the focus of Sean Fahey's highly anticipated documentary, "For Kicks," making its New York City premiere at this prestigious event. Presented in partnership with Cinemax, Warner Media, and other industry giants, this special screening promises to be an engaging and inspirational exploration of the extraordinary lives of two aging martial arts movie stars.
NYC Premiere Details:
Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: AMC Empire 25 Theater, 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
"Urban Action Showcase only screens one documentary at their festival every year, so this is a huge honor, and we can’t wait to celebrate in NYC with you all” — Sean Fahey, Director, "For Kicks"
At the heart of "For Kicks" is the remarkable story of Eugene Thomas, a 67-year-old semi-retired Chicago security guard who rose to international fame in the 1980s as a celebrated actor in ninja movies. This documentary delves deep into his captivating journey, reflecting on his past as an international celebrity and celebrating his present as a jazz enthusiast, living his golden years to the fullest.
Joining Thomas in the spotlight is the legendary 80-year-old Ron van Clief, affectionately known as "The Black Dragon." Having received the title from none other than Bruce Lee himself, Ron van Clief's impact on martial arts cinema is immeasurable. He continues to defy age and expectations, holding the record as the oldest person to ever fight in the UFC Octagon during UFC 4, lasting an impressive 4 minutes against the world champion Royce Gracie. Ron's legacy extends beyond the screen, with deep connections in martial arts royalty and his dedication to Gracie style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, aiming to earn his BJJ black belt at the age of 84.
A Captivating Portrait:
Sean Fahey's "For Kicks" offers audiences a heartfelt and captivating journey through Eugene Thomas's life, philosophy, music, and unwavering dedication to martial arts. The documentary also features appearances by other celebrated action stars, including Ron van Clief (The Black Dragon) and Carl Scott, celebrating the history and impact of African-American martial arts in cinema.
Filmmaker with a Vision:
With two decades of experience in independent filmmaking, Sean Fahey has a history of creating award-winning works that have been screened and recognized at film festivals worldwide.
Join Us for this Extraordinary Premiere:
Expressing his excitement ahead of the film's NYC premiere, Sean Fahey shared, "Urban Action Showcase only screens one documentary at their festival every year, so this is a huge honor, and we can’t wait to celebrate in NYC with you all!"
About Urban Action Showcase Expo and Film Festival (UASE 11):
UASE is the premier Action Film Festival and Convention dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion within the film, television, comics, and graphic novel industries. Through awards presentations, panels, and seminars, UASE educates and inspires audiences with insights into the Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Sci-fi, Supernatural, and Superhero genres.
UASE 11 will host national and international filmmakers and writers from 16 countries around the world. We will be screening over 50 hours of content in 5 Theaters, including an Action Expo, Panels, and Seminars. UASE 11 celebrates 5 iconic anniversaries (Enter The Dragon 50th, Revenge of the Ninja 40th, Only The Strong 30th, Blade 25th, and Rush Hour 25th) with screenings and celebrity Fan Meet and Greets, Video Games, AR/VR experiences, and with the SPECIAL SCREENING OF “FOR KICKS” FEATURING ACTION ICONS EUGENE THOMAS AND RON VAN CLIEF.
Get Your Tickets:
General Admission and VIP Tickets are available at UASE 11 Tickets https://www.urbanactionshowcase.com/uase11passes.html
For press inquiries, interviews, and additional information about "For Kicks," contact Workhouse, CEO, Adam Nelson via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"For Kicks" promises an enthralling cinematic experience, combining action, history, and the enduring spirit of Eugene Thomas. Don't miss the NYC premiere at the Urban Action Showcase Expo and Festival in Times Square on Saturday, November 11th, at 4:00 PM, and join us in celebrating the enduring legacy of African American martial arts in cinema.
Workhouse lands HeroicU, a workforce development company committed to preparing students and families for the challenges of the New Workforce, focusing on skills development, engagement, and accountability. WORKHOUSE will direct a program of international branded visibility for HeroicU, including global public relations, domestic promotions, and celebrity partnerships. HeroicU comprises approximately 100 experts in game-based learning, social and economic success, health and wellness, 21st-century skills, and character development. Offering services across a wide range of entertainment, culture, fashion, and lifestyle sectors, Workhouse has served such clients as The Rolling Stones, Hugh Jackman, Francis Ford Coppola, Porsche, Ford Motor Company, Virgin, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
HeroicU, a pioneering force in workforce development, is set to revolutionize education through a strategic partnership naming Workhouse as Agency of Record. This collaboration represents a pivotal step toward reshaping the future of learning. As the Public Relations Agency of Record, Workhouse will direct a program of international branded visibility for HeroicU, including global public relations, domestic promotions, and celebrity partnerships. The assignment is effective immediately.
A Transformation in Education: HeroicU is on a mission to assist the existing education system in delivering prepared and motivated workers into our communities, starting in K-6, as this is when education needs to start building a world-leading skilled workforce in the USA. The core mission of HeroicU is to address a critical issue: the bottom 40% of students consistently score 10-20% lower on state reading and math tests starting in the 3rd grade. They need social and emotional help; they need motivation to succeed, and most of all they need hope. We can deliver an extra 30 mins per day without any classroom or teacher time, and we guarantee our results.
Breaking Generational Cycles: Many of these students and their parents are trapped in generational cycles that seem impossible to escape. HeroicU has harnessed technology, specifically their kid-driven, game-based skills learning platform called Heroic Game Day, to break these cycles.
Engaging Students and Empowering Parents: HeroicU's approach not only engages students through relevant skill-building games but also connects with parents. It helps parents see the myriad opportunities within their communities to upskill and improve their social standing. These skills are integrated into gameplay through collaboration with the business community, educators, and gamers.
Scalable and Predictable Learning Outcomes: HeroicU's technology-driven approach is scalable, with predictable learning outcomes. Whether it's one family or millions, the impact remains consistent. By connecting with and engaging these families, HeroicU is ushering the bottom 40% of the population into the current and future workforce, effectively addressing workforce shortages within communities that are right under our noses.
The Rising Tide of Disadvantaged Families: HeroicU's strategy aims to lift disadvantaged families, ultimately benefiting the entire community as they become productive contributors.
A Bold Guarantee Backed by Data: HeroicU is confident in the data it has collected and will guarantee results. If students spend at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week, completing Heroic Game Day missions and do not improve their state reading and math assessment scores to proficiency and above, HeroicU will provide continued service and coaching at no cost.
A Perfect Storm for Scaling Workforce Development: Several factors align to create the perfect storm for scaling HeroicU's workforce development platform, including high student learning loss, a growing shortage of teachers and classroom learning time, the desire of parents for greater influence in their children's education, the need for a more effective education system, and corporate America's interest in shaping its future workforce.
A Win-Win-Win for All: This partnership promises to benefit all stakeholders: students, families, businesses, communities, and schools.
To arrange an interview with HeroicU Founder Scott Dow, contact Workhouse, CEO Adam Nelson via email@example.com or telephone +1 212. 645. 8006.
HeroicU is a leading workforce development company committed to preparing today's students and families for the challenges of the New Workforce. The organization focuses on skills development, engagement, and accountability, fundamentally transforming education on a global scale. The Heroic Team comprises approximately 100 experts in game-based learning, social and economic success, health and wellness, 21st-century skills, and character development. With a collective experience of providing learning to over 10 million K-6 students, the team is committed to creating the world’s largest and most impactful global learning community for kids and their families. For more information, visit, heroicu.org
WORKHOUSE is one of the country’s leading public relations and integrated creative agencies. Celebrating 25 years of service, the agency provides forward-thinking public relations, social media, brand promotion, creative consulting, and modern-day marketing. Workhouse has an impressive roster of clients, including Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, Hugh Jackman, Francis Ford Coppola, David LaChapelle, CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, Interview Magazine, Galeries Lafayette, Porsche, Ford Motor Company, Virgin, Jazz at Lincoln Center, International Emmy Awards, Assouline Editions, Rizzoli International Publications, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Chase Contemporary, Versace, and AvroKO. The agency is known for offering unconventional services across a wide range of entertainment, culture, fashion, and lifestyle sectors. For more information, visit Workhousepr.com
‘Stranger Things’ Star Matthew Modine Celebrating Batman Day While Screening His Short Film ‘I Am What You Imagine’
Matthew Modine has been making his way through the entertainment world since the 1980s. But the actor found himself in a new level of prominence in the 2010s. He became an internet sensation overnight, taking the role of complicated and devious Dr. Brenner in Stranger Things. The American star embodied the character so magnificently that now people cannot imagine the evil scientist without him. Sadly, fans said goodbye to him in the penultimate season when he was shot brutally while saving Eleven.
Although the audience never got to know what happened to Papa, the future of the portrayer is certainly bright. The latest endeavor of the 64-year-old tells the man has much bigger things coming for his fans.
Adam Nelson, Workhouse PR’s founder, recently took to his Twitter (now X) account to share some pictures. The first showed Matthew Modine posing in front of the Secret Stash while, in the second, the Stranger Things star held Batman comics in his hand. Nelson revealed in the caption that they coincidentally went to the store on Batman Day. So it turned out to be a double celebration for them because Modine’s short film I Am What You Imagine screened on the same day at the ISFF.
For the unversed, the California native wrote and directed this short film. The Hollywood Times has praised the acclaimed actor and filmmaker for creating such a fine work of art. “It is an immersive experience that takes viewers on a profound journey of the heart and mind,” read the review. In fact, the movie has earned selection for the Oscar-Qualifying Hollyshorts for its amazing depiction.
Fans saw the character of Matthew Modine getting killed during the last moments of season 4. However, the actor does not seem ready to say goodbye to his beloved show. In his interview with Radio Times on the red carpet of the BAFTA Film Awards in February, the actor was asked if Martin Brenner died. In his response, the Birdy star said he does not know but he would love to be a part of the final season, even in a callback.
“I hope that there’s some way to resuscitate Dr. Brenner and put him in season 5,” he added. This comment from the actor hinted at the possibility that the character might not have succumbed to his wounds. Considering the scientist has survived in the most deadly phases of this storyline, who knows? He might show up again.
The culinary world is made up of bustling kitchens, medleys of flavor, and palettes of colors that form an artistic dance on our plates. At the heart of this world, especially on the sandy shores of New Jersey, is a figure who encapsulates far more than just the magic of mixing ingredients. Marilyn Schlossbach stands as a beacon, not just of culinary prowess but also as a symbol of community, sustainability, and creative collaboration. As far more than an acclaimed chef, Schlossbach is a visionary restaurateur and humanitarian who uses her culinary talents to uplift communities. Her restaurants are establishments that redefined the Jersey Shore’s culinary scene, yet her impact extends far beyond the plate.
A Culinary Connoisseur with a Cause
Having sizzled and sautéed her way to the top, Schlossbach is the proud owner of the Marilyn Schlossbach Group, which boasts numerous venues that have tantalized the palates of many. The names Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park Yacht Club, and Whitechapel Projects are not just establishments but institutions in their own right, resonating with stories of flavorful dishes, curated events, and boundless creativity.
However, what truly sets Schlossbach apart is her unyielding drive for community upliftment. Rooted in the heart of her establishments, like the not-for-profit Food For Thought By The Sea, is a commitment to sustainability. With initiatives that range from community gardening to surf lessons with local youth clubs, Schlossbach’s endeavor isn’t just about food. It’s about feeding souls.
Schlossbach recent brainchild, Sidepiece at Whitechapel Projects, is a culinary nod to adaptability. As the name suggests, it’s the delicious side act to the main event, reflecting the malleability and resilience that Schlossbach’s ventures have become known.
Stirring Sustainability with Style
Whitechapel Projects, a brainchild borne from the vision of Preston Casertano and a love for adaptive reuse, found its beating heart when Schlossbach came on board. Transforming the iconic space, the team has crafted a place that bleeds art, music, gastronomy, and community. Here, every dish, every event, is an ode to local producers and global flavors, embodying Schlossbach’s belief in sustainability not just for the environment but for the soul and the purse.
“We need to forkin prioritize sustainability! Not just for the environment but also for our communities and our bank accounts…” Schlossbach passionately proclaims. Indeed, every dish, every venture, every collaboration she undertakes is a testament to this ethos.
Chocolates, Charities, and Community
Schlossbach’s ventures don’t end with her restaurants. The Cocoa Boat chocolate line is an indulgence that sweetens the soul, while Two River Mushroom Co. speaks to her belief in fresh, locally sourced produce. Her debut cookbook, Feed This Community, isn’t just a collection of recipes but a narration of community ties, with each of its eleven chapters dedicated to a charity.
Her philanthropic ventures during the COVID-19 pandemic, where she orchestrated the delivery of thousands of meals to local residents, is yet another feather in her cap, or should we say, another garnish on her dish!
Elixirs and Oils: Marilyn’s Ode to Beauty
Adding another dimension to her vast repertoire is Oshin Oil, a beauty product that champions the mighty moringa. Touted as the “miracle tree,” this skincare concoction promises to nourish and revitalize, much like Schlossbach does for her community. Every drop is a testament to Schlossbach’s commitment to quality, authenticity, and sustainability.
A Legacy Beyond the Kitchen
While her culinary achievements are renowned, what makes Marilyn Schlossbach truly remarkable is her role as a mother, wife, and community leader. Her commitment to nurturing not only stretches to the dishes she prepares but to her twin girls, her husband, and her extended family—the community of New Jersey.
She’s a force of nature, a whirlwind of creativity and compassion, leaving an indelible mark not just on plates but on hearts and minds. Her story, much like her dishes, promises to be one for the ages, forever remembered, forever celebrated.
In a culinary landscape teeming with trends, Schlossbach stands tall as a true visionary, weaving her culinary artistry with community upliftment and a resounding commitment to sustainability. From the shores of New Jersey to the heart of every dish, Schlossbach’s touch is that of both a culinary maestro and a compassionate advocate for change. Through her culinary feats, philanthropic endeavors, and dedication to crafting a better world, Schlossbach has transformed the dining experience into a symphony of flavors and a celebration of the human spirit.
As waves crash on the Jersey Shore and patrons indulge in gastronomical delights, one thing is clear: Marilyn Schlossbach is not just a chef. She’s a force of nature, a whirlwind of creativity and compassion, leaving an indelible mark not just on plates, but on hearts and minds. Her story, much like her dishes, promises to be one for the ages, forever remembered, forever celebrated. As Schlossbach likes to say: “We need to keep growing not just our businesses but our hearts and souls.”
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