The experience of travel is an adventure we should partake more than once in our lifetime. For this gal, traveling has become a big part of her life. Through her images, we too can see the world ... through her eyes.
Dennise Rivera Ferrer is a travel gal in her own right, and the clear joy of her images transmit to the viewer.
These are three images taken by Dennise in one of her trips.
Location: Tallulah Gorge Falls, GA and Pisgah Mountain, NC
There is art in nature and capturing moments make them last forever.
Photography by Dennise Rivera Ferrer
November is National Family Literacy Month
Toro author Andrew Avner is celebrating in a big way by inviting families everywhere to join him for the festivities. To encourage everyone to read together, the debut author is giving away a book a day of his autographed Latinx middle grade novel Toro.
Avner believes Toro can help promote family literacy by bringing parents and children—even siblings and different generations—together with its inspiring story about a young Spanish cow who dreams the impossible.
“The benefits of reading with relatives are countless,” says Avner. “Parents who read to their kids stimulate them on so many levels, priming them to succeed inside and outside of the classroom while enriching their lives in perpetuity. Reading conjures new worlds and ideas, encourages a sense of wonder, and rouses the imagination.” After a moment, the author continues matter-of-factly, “I’ve yet to meet a person who’s wished to be less articulate and well read.”
Toro's a Book a Day Giveaway promotion will run seven days a week through the month of November on Toro’s social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The rules are simple:
1) Participants should Like and/or Follow Toro on social media
2) Participants should Share, Repost, and/or Retweet Toro's post for the day, tagging Toro and using both hashtags: #ToroBookaDayGiveaway and #NationalFamilyLiteracyMonth.
One winner will be selected per day and will be notified and announced via social media.
National Family Literacy Month, founded by the National Center for Families Learning, celebrates the work literacy programs do to empower families. It also presents an opportunity for libraries, schools, and educational programs to emphasize the important role that families play in the education of their children by planning activities and events throughout November that focus on families learning together. While the number and kind of activities being held may look different this year, Avner reminds us that there are still wonderful, practical options. “If your local library is physically closed, they’re still open online and offer a variety of virtual programs, events, and activities,” says the author. Apps like Libby are free to use and work with your library card.
Toro is set in the colorful backdrop of Pamplona, Spain during the fiesta of San Fermín and the running of the bulls, famed as one of the most exhilarating, dangerous, and spectacular events around the world. Ultimately, it’s a heartfelt, coming-of-age fable told from the cattle’s point of view. Like Charlotte’s Web, The Jungle Book, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, anthropomorphic talking animals drive the narrative.
Alicía Catalina Cortés is a fast and fiery Spanish cow who desperately wants to run with the bulls in Pamplona—but since she’s a cow, tradition forbids her to partake in the fiesta of San Fermín. Through her journey, Alicía learns that to be noble and brave, she must follow her dream and her heart, even if it means defying tradition.
About Andrew Avner
Philadelphian Andrew Avner graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television. After working in Manhattan with Academy Award-winning producer David Brown, Avner relocated to Los Angeles to develop his own original material. He’s currently writing and producing short films for The Walt Disney Company while penning his next novel. For more information about Andrew Avner, please visit him at www.andrewavner.com and follow him on Twitter at @AndrewAvner, Instagram at @AndrewAvner, and Facebook at @Andrew.Avner.
About Black Rose Writing
Black Rose Writing is an independent publishing house that strongly believes in developing a personal relationship with their authors. The Texas-based publishing company, established in 2006, features books from an array of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s book genres, all having one thing in common, an individual’s originality and hard work. Black Rose Writing is a proud member of IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association), a recognized ITW(International Thriller Writers) publisher, a member of Publishers Marketplace, and currently serving on the Ingram Publisher Advisory Board.
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A traumatic accident leaves a couple, Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna), in a surreal state of being that takes them on a disorienting journey through the duality of their shared moments. By reliving fond recollections from the beginning of their romance while also navigating the overwhelming truths of their present, they must rediscover the love that truly binds them together.
Wander Darkly opens in select theaters and On Demand December 11, 2020.
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Widowed, broke and adrift, farmer Fred Stern (David Strathairn) finds a new purpose in life when he learns that a multi-national oil company has been polluting his water. But as his crusade against the powers that be spills out of the courtroom and into his personal life, Fred must find a way to avoid the ruin of his farm, his family and his dreams.
Inspired by bizarre, true events, The Devil Has a Name pulls back the curtain on the culture of greed that poisons Corporate America, from sea to polluted sea.
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Known for her world-shaping activism, guidance of the revolutionary women’s movement, and writing that has impacted old and new generations, Gloria Steinem is an indelible icon. A journalist, a feminist and a fighter, Gloria is a woman to study and join in her continuous fight.
Based on Steinem’s own biographical book ‘My Life on the Road', writers Sarah Ruhl and Julie Taymor bring the words to script. In this nontraditional biopic, visionary director Julie Taymor crafts a complex tapestry of what is one of the most inspirational and legendary figures of modern history.
The Glorias includes a number of iconic women who made profound contributions to the women’s movement, including Dorothy Pitman Hughes (Janelle Monáe), Flo Kennedy (Lorraine Toussaint), Bella Abzug (Bette Midler), Dolores Huerta (Monica Sanchez) and Wilma Mankiller (Kimberly Guerrero).
Taymor gives us her singular take on that rare genre- the Female Road Picture, one in which the female leads do not die in the end, and where the “narrative” is not driven by romance or a bad marriage, or unrequited love or, for that matter, men. Gloria’s road story is about her “Meetings With Remarkable Women”. And that is a love story in itself.
The Glorias is now on Digital and Streaming exclusively on Prime Video.
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Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s The Boy from Medellín is a deep-dive into the life of Colombian-born superstar J Balvin.
The Boy from Medellín gives us unprecedented access to international superstar J Balvin in the lead-up to the biggest concert of his life -- a sold-out performance in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia. This deeply immersive and character-driven film, which was made with an international crew in Colombia and New York, provides a look into the most pivotal and emotionally charged moment of one of the world's biggest stars.
"Representing my country, my city and Latin culture globally is a lifelong pursuit and I'm so proud to be a son of Medellín. I'm honored to be able to tell my story in this beautiful way and working with Matthew on this project was an incredible experience. Thank you to Amazon for making sure this story can be seen around the world", said J Balvin.
Heineman is an Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, known for his sophisticated and immersive style in films such as City of Ghosts, also released by Amazon Studios, for which he won a DGA Award, A Private War, which earned Heineman a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First Time Feature Film Director from the Directors Guild of America—making Heineman and Martin Scorsese the only filmmakers ever nominated for both narrative and documentary DGA Awards, Cartel Land, which was nominated for an Academy Award® and won three Primetime Emmy Awards, and the docuseries The Trade. Heineman is currently in production on a documentary about COVID-19 and he is set to write and direct Paradise, a narrative adaptation of the true events of the 2018 Paradise Fire, to be distributed by Focus Features.
“Reggaeton's Global Ambassador" - four-time Latin Grammy winner J Balvin is now one of the top streaming music artists in the world, regardless of language, and has developed a legion of fans worldwide. Hailed by Billboard as "the biggest breakout act Latin music has seen in many years" and Pitchfork as "the face of modern Reggaeton,” Balvin is leading a second generation of Musica Urbana stars that have propelled Latin music to an unprecedented global embrace. His latest album, Colores, saw both critical acclaim and commercial success. With "Blanco,” “Morado" and “Rojo” going #1, J Balvin became the artist with the most #1-songs on the Latin Airplay charts in history, with 24 of his songs earning that spot over the course of his career. With his music and impact on the culture, Balvin has cemented himself as not only a leader of Reggaeton but as a torchbearer of the new state of Latin music by continuously expanding the limits of the genre and paving the way for "la nueva escuela”.
From Our Time Projects, producers are Heineman, Juan Camilo Cruz, Myles Estey and Joedan Okun. Executive Producers are Scooter Braun, Allison Kaye, Scott Manson and Jennifer McDaniels on behalf of SB Projects, Fabio Acosta, José Álvaro Osorio Balvín, Jenna Millman and Juan Diego Villegas.
The Boy from Medellín will make its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival in September.
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This family-friendly film has “a strong body-positive theme that emphasizes the beauty of characters of all shapes and sizes” (Common Sense Media), and received the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages.
This new fairy tale spoof starts as Snow White steals a pair of red shoes that transform her into a princess. Meanwhile, a witch’s curse turns seven brave princes into dwarfs, forcing them to seek out the princess, hoping for a kiss to break their spell. Together, they must face Snow White’s wicked stepmother – who will stop at nothing to get her precious shoes back – and, along the way, learn that true beauty lies within!
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs was directed by Sung-ho Hong, and features character design and animation direction from Jin Kim, who worked on Disney’s animated classics Fantasia 2000, Frozen II, and Tangled. Music is by Primetime Emmy® award-winning composer Geoff Zanelli, whose theatrical work includes Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Voice direction is from Tony Bancroft, the director of Disney’s Mulan. It was produced by Locus Animation Studio.
Go behind the scenes of this must-own animated adventure with enchanting Blu-ray and DVD bonus features, including two “making-of” featurettes and two music videos featuring the all-new original songs!
BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs premieres on Digital and On Demand September 18 and available to own on Blu-ray and DVD September 22.
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(The Outfield) and Kade Wise (Empire). It also features Danny Trejo (Machete), Soledad St. Hilaire (Beatriz at Dinner), Kurt Caceres (Better Call Saul, Dexter) and Rolando Molina (American Dad!, Next Friday).
Murder in the Woods is centered on a group of college friends who plan a getaway to celebrate a birthday party at a desolate cabin in the woods. Against his grandmother’s (Soledad St. Hilaire) demands, Jesse (José Julián), a loner-type decides to go on a trip with his friends. He is immediately smitten with Fernanda (Jeanette Samano), a sweet girl from Chicago whom he hasn’t seen in years. She is in town visiting her loudmouth cousin, Chelsea (Chelsea Rendon), who is ready to celebrate her birthday and plans to let loose with her boyfriend Gabe (Jordan Diambrini). Tagging along at the last second are Jule (Kade Wise), the class clown pothead, and the very out-of-his-league Celeste (Catherine Toribio). Soon after arriving to the mysterious cabin in the woods, the group of teens discover the dark secret it holds, which forces them to fight for their lives.
“I realized that this type of film had never been done in English for a mainstream audience, where Latinos and people of color are the leads and they are not portrayed in stereotypical ways,” says Director Luis Iga Garza. “This is why, while developing this indie feature, we were very conscious of making sure that there would be a diverse cast in lead roles.”
The film opened in drive-ins and theaters nationwide in August and is still playing in select cities. Murder in the Woods is available for in-home viewing on Digital and Video on Demand platforms September 18, 2020.
Here's an exclusive clip and the trailer.
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Ya no me siento a llorar como lo hacía
Ya no espero en depresión a que pasen los días
Decidí no hace mucho tiempo
Usar toda la energía
En cuidarme mi cuerpo
Hablarle aquella niña que vivía en mi
Le dediqué amor, ¿y sabes que lo que descubrí?
Que soy extraordinaria como soy
Y que pensar en el pasado es olvidarse de hoy
Vivo en el presente
Poco a poco voy controlando mi mente
Tengo pensamientos oscuros
Eso no lo niego, pues lo llevo en la sangre
Pero me pregunto:
¿Dónde está el respeto?
¿Dónde está el amor?
Necesitamos cuidar nuestro corazón
La gente y su opinión
Te quieren controlar
Te dicen hasta de quién te debes enamorar
Tira tu negatividad a un lado