Catching Up with Ace Michaels

My friend Ace Michaels has been slaying with his online talk show on Facebook.  During my recent trip to Las Vegas, I got the chance to sit down and catch up with Ace.

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Check it out!  

 

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Hurricane Harvey Relief

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I was in Las Vegas as Hurricane Harvey was making its landfall, devastating Corpus Christi and Houston and a host of other small beach towns that I had been to.  I tear up when I see the footage still and think about the little seaside shacks outside Corpus selling goods that are there no more.

When I was a student at UT-Austin, Katrina battered New Orleans, and then weeks later, refugee college students from Louisiana were being welcomed into our classes. ¬†I remember the face of one young man in particular, in our geology class, who had been through a lot. ¬†During college, I worked at Texas’ largest grocery chain and suddenly we had new co-workers of all ages, all from New Orleans, trying to make the best of a bad set of circumstances.

Devastated areas need support long after the rain stops and the winds stop howling.  Please keep that in mind as you give to relieve the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey. Vet charities well.  I recommend Charity Navigator, and this article from Business Insider also helps.  I personally gave to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi and intend to give more.  People will need housing, jobs and most importantly, hope, to move forward. Texas and Texans are resilient and right now, many need hope more than anything.

I am reminded of the words of “Texas our Texas”

God bless, you Texas, and keep you brave and strong…

 

 

Hollywood Dreams Announces Nominees

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I am very honored that Seeking Valentina, a short film which I produced with Armin Nasseri, has garnered two nominations at this year’s Hollywood Dreams International Film Festival, including BEST SHORT & BEST VISUAL EFFECTS. ¬†Our film screens later this week, in Las Vegas. ¬†Want to catch it in Vegas? ¬†See here.

Hollywood Dreams calls itself,

“A blend of new classic world film, hospitality, industry connections and of course a hearty brand of distributors, buyers, audience and special guests will round out what is sure to become a major stop in the vein of top U.S. and international film events.”

¬†¬†For a full list of nominees for this year’s Hollywood Dreams International Film Festival, click here. ¬†Congratulations to our cast and crew, whose talents and efforts continue to receive world-wide acclaim and many thanks to Del Weston and Theresa Weston, the founders of Hollywood Dreams Film Festival.