All Projects: Latest News Summary

Posted on May 14, 2011

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FILMS

1. Dear Dios

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia is Producer, Writer & Director)

SUMMARY INFO:
• Based on the characters from the book The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive comes the narrative feature film Dear Dios. An aspiring photojournalist with a lust for bi-women and malt liquor spirals out of control in the hipster club scene and turns bottom-of-the-barrel temp for an LA celebrity tabloid rag.  Read its full synopsis by clicking here.

UPDATES:
• March 2011: Dear Dios debuts its official webpage: www.deardios.com.  Read all about the movie and click the “follow” button to keep up to date with its journey into production.

• March 2011: Sea Minor’s celebrated Dancing with Myself Author Series publishes my interview.

Dear Dios has a finished screenplay and is currently shopping for a co-producer.

2. Synthnation

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia is a Co-Producer)

SUMMARY INFO:
Synthnation is a feature documentary about the minds and hearts of those so-called “weirdos dressed in black.” It explores the ostracized world of underground dark electronic & industrial music and lifestyle through the shared experiences of people that would commonly not associate with one another. The film also investigates the inner-workings of the scene’s rare musical giants and geniuses such as Front 242 and VNV Nation among others. Synthnation proves itself to be the dark electronic daddy of documentary.

• Copies presently available for purchase.

• Check out the Trailer.

UPDATES:
• Check out Reviews of the film.

Synthnation is currently selling online.

3. Olivia

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia is an Associate Producer)

SUMMARY INFO:
Olivia is a short film about a young violinist who finally works up enough courage to serenade Olivia, a cute art school girl that she has been crushing on all year.

A beautiful, heart wrenching, and delightful work of art!

• Check out the Facebook Fan Page.

UPDATES:
• June 23, 2010: Olivia debuts at the Frameline Film Festival.

June 2010: COOL NOTE* Camille Winbush gives a red carpet shout out toOlivia!

• September 2010: Olivia screens at OSLO: Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Norway).

• October 2010: Olivia screens at PLGFS: Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

• October 2010: Olivia screens at Milwaukee: LGBT Film/Video Festival.

March 2011: Olivia screens at The Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Olivia is currently touring the Film Festival circuit.

4. The Accidental Death of Joey by Sue

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia participated as an Actress)

The Accidental Death of Joey by Sue is a feature film romantic comedy that takes place on El Dia De Los Muertos!

SUMMARY INFO:
An endearing and fun 20-something romp full of love, fighting, and sino tequila.

• Check out the Facebook Fan Page.

UPDATES:

• August 2010: Debuted at HBO’s New York Latino International Film Festival.

August 17, 2010: The film received a wonderful Variety Review!

March 1st, 2011: The Accidental Death of Joey by Sue showcases new film trailer.

The Accidental Death of Joey by Sue is currently touring the Film Festival circuit.

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WRITINGS

1. The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia is the Author)

SUMMARY INFO:
The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive is a collection of short stories and poems interwoven into a gripping narrative that follows a group of gay & lesbian Latino club kids during the course of the 2008 presidential elections. As they plunge deep into the agonizing lows of anxiety and addiction, we see how they affect and are affected by the national politics happening around them.

• Available for purchase on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, Giovannisroom.com, and many other sites.

• Check out the Book Trailer.

• Check out the Facebook Fan Page.

UPDATES:
February 2010: The Amor Fati Literary Digest published a short story from the book titled “Desperation” in its Love Issue Edition.

March 2010: The book garnered a laudable review from the literary bloggist Thelma T. Reyna of “Latina/o Writers Today.”

August 2010: “The Latina/o Writers Today” literary blog mentioned my participation in successful Los Angeles event  ‘An Evening of Literature and the Arts’ : “(H)eld at the Pan American Bank on August 7th where the increasing depth and breadth of Latina/o literary talent in America today was on display…The event was co-sponsored by a vaunted group called Latino Literacy Now, among many other supporters. … The onstage ceremony was filmed and broadcast by the LatinoGraduate.net Global Broadcasting.”

Read the rest of the inspiring article.

October 2nd, 2010: I participated as an Author Presenter at the much celebrated Duarte Festival of Authors on the beautiful grounds of historic Westminster Gardens.  The Festival was highly publicized as Vroman’s Bookstore, the leading independent bookstore in the nation, again partnered with The Friends of the Duarte Library.

October 9th & October 10th, 2010: I participated as Author Presenter/Panelist Speaker, and showcased The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive at the highly anticipated Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival on the Cal State LA campus.

The festival featured over 115 Latino authors, making it the largest gathering of Latino authors in history!

Authors included Victor Villaseñor, Sonia Nazario, Juan Felipe Herrera, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Josefina Lopez, Stella Pope Duarte, Reyna Grande, Sam Quiñones, Gustavo Arellano, Alex Espinoza, Luis J. Rodriguez, Rene Colato Lainez, Amada Irma Perez, Jose Luis Orozco, Vanessa Libertad Garcia, and Michele Serros, among many others.

There were 36 panels/sessions on poetry, fiction, journalism, publishing, art, music, and dance, followed by book signings.

I participated in the following ways:

1) Barnes & Noble sold The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive all weekend at the campus bookstore. I also sold signed copies at The Author Signing Booth throughout the weekend.

2) On Saturday October 9th, I attended the fair’s amazing Gala Dinner from 6p – 10p titled “An Evening with the Authors” where bookfair goers got to enjoy the festival’s awards ceremony while dining on a delicious meal with their favorite authors.

3) On Sunday October 10th, I spoke on two phenomenal panels:
A) Boot Camp: The Pros & Cons of Self-Publishing
11am (ROOM 137)
Moderator: Thelma Reyna
Panelists: Vanessa Libertad Garcia, David Bueno-Hill, Ed Rodriguez, and
Manny Pacheco.

B) Glitter & Gold: Making Your Mark in the World with Your Own Flare
5pm (ROOM 137)
Moderator: Aurelia Flores
Panelists: Vanessa Libertad Garcia, Josefina Lopez, Nora Comstock, & Kathy
Cano-Murillo.

• December 2010: Latina Blog — “Livin’ La Vida Latina” — reviews The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive & interviews me on the book.

*Rated one of the blog’s best-reviewed books of 2010!

• December 2010: “Guerilla Reads” features my video-taped reading of the short story “Mourning” from The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive, which took place at the West Hollywood Book Fair.

• January 2011: The Joshua-Paul Radio Program re-airs my interview as a Special Edition show.

IMPORTANT NOTE* ALL REVENUE from every single click you make on the online podcasted version PAYS the Animal Rescue: “Almost Home Foundation”.

• February 2011: Sean Clark writes a phenomenal review of The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive for “Chamber Four.”

• March 2011: The book garnered a stellar review from bloggist Bridgette LaVictoire of “Lez Get Real.”

• March 2011: JClark Media added the book to its popular Online Anthology of GLBT Literature.  The book is featured on the site’s HomepageAuthors Page.

• March 2011: Celebrated writer Rene Schwiesow reviews The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive for Wilderness House Literary Review and Boston Area Small Press Poetry Scene.

• March 2011: “Hispanically Speaking News” publishes an awesome review of The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive.

• March 2011: Esteemed literary critic Bill Sherman reviews The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive for BlogCritics.

• March 2011: Editor of “Ascent Aspirations Magazine” gives The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive a glowing review.

• March 2011: Editor-In-Chief Bradley Wonder reviews The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive for the caliber literary magazine 5×5.

• March 2011: Phenomenal literary blog The Latina Book Club reviews The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive.

• March 2011: Accomplished writer Alan Chin reviews The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive for The San Francisco Examiner, Queer Magazine Online, Gay/Lesbian Fiction Book Reviews,and his popular blog A Passage to Now.

• March 2011: Sea Minor’s celebrated Dancing with Myself Author Series publishes my interview.

• March 2011: I’m invited as a Guest Blogger by the event sponsor Moet & Chandon to La Opinion‘s Esteemed “Mujeres Destacadas Awards/Luncheon“.

• March 2011: Red Ochre Lit‘s Editor-In-Chief gives The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive a favorable review.

• March 2011: Poet Candy Shue reviews The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive for the March Issue of Folly Magazine.  Scroll down to pgs. 43 – 44.

• April 2011: Editor Levi Asher plugs the book in the “Beat Roots” Column of April’s Literary Kicks, The Writing Disorder plugs the book in its “Stuff to Buy / New Books for the Independent Reader” Column, and Election Officer plugs the book’s trailer on its Upcoming Election News & Information site.

• April 2011: Spike Magazine publishes my article “Enmeshed: Gay & Lesbian Latino-Americans in Los Angeles’ Eastside Scene” about the subculture at the core of The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive.

• April 2011: Ragazine reviews The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive for its April Issue.

• April 2011: The Furnace Review publishes the poetry excerpt “Sorrow” from The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive as a sneak peek into the book.

• April 2011: Literary Publication Write from Wrong reviews The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive.

• April 2011: The Midwest Book Review and its publication Reviewer’s Bookwatch review The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive for its highly anticipated April 2011 issue.

• May 2011: This Great Society publishes the short story excerpt “Anguish” from The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive in their May 2011 WORK Issue. 

• May 2011: InDigest Magazine publishes my article “The Birth of Embarrassing, Despicable, Repulsive” in their latest issue.  The article chronicles how my book The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive came to be …

• May 2011: Arts & Books Editor Shana Nys Dambrot selects The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive to inaugurate LA Canvas‘ highly anticipated Book Review Column.

2. Bloody Fucking Hell

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia is the Author)

SUMMARY INFO:
*Click here for more information on my next book Bloody Fucking Hell — a collection of love poetry.

UPDATES:
September 2010: Poem “The B Job”, an excerpt from Bloody Fucking Hell, was a featured spotlight in “Lambda Literary.”

Bloody Fucking Hell is currently in development.

3. The Blockbuster Exclusive Academy

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia is a Writer)

The Blockbuster Exclusive Academy is a gut busting blog that features Rewritten summaries/Lazy Reviews of the greatest atrocities ever forced upon humanity: Blockbuster Exclusives.
“A List Actors + C List Scripts = D List Movies that go straight to DVD…Those DVDs are called ‘Blockbuster Exclusives.’ ”

• Check out the Facebook Blog Page.

• Check out The Hilarious Reviews!

The Blockbuster Exclusive Academy is currently raving & raging on!

——————————–MISCELLANEOUS  WRITINGS———————–

1. The Heavens Weep for Us & Other Stories

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia is the Review Writer)

• June 2010: I posted a review of the tender and moving book The Heavens Weep for Us & Other Stories on amazon.com.

An excerpt of the review:
“…I rarely read books in which the human predicament is contemplated with such softness and kindness. I enjoyed the sweetness Thelma Reyna brought to literature with this work…”

Read the full review here.

2. “In Italics: Queer Latino Nuances in American Literature” Essay

Featured Spotlight in Lambda Literary

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia is the Writer)

September 2010: Read my essay “In Italics: Queer Latino Nuances in American Literature” in full at the Lambda Literary site.

3. My Official Rant Blog – “BLOGGIMIA” – is born.

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia is the Author)

December 2010: Alright peeps, I’ve listened to your fear-driven advice and GIVEN IN!  Thus … THE BIRTH of my official daily rant blog … BLOGGIMIA.  Please check it out and subscribe  to receive updates.

4. GLBTQ correspondent on The Joshua-Paul Show.

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia is a GLBTQ Correspondent)

• February 2011: I’ve been made an official GLBTQ correspondent for WBTR Worldwide Radio’s nationally syndicated radio program The Joshua Paul Show.

I’ll post about current GLBTQ news, arts, and events via The Joshua Paul Showfacebook fan page every Thursday. Please “like” his fan page & stay tuned for my GLBTQ posts each Thursday.

5. “Being Cuban, One Afternoon at a Time” Essay

Featured in Top Blog “Tiki Tiki”

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia is the Writer)

• March 2011: Read my essay “Being Cuban, One Afternoon at a Time” in full at the “Tiki Tiki Blog.”  The Tiki Tiki Blog garnered the “Blogs By Latinas” Award of 2010.

6. “Civil Rites: A Play for Us by Us” Article

Featured in Spike Magazine

(Vanessa Libertad Garcia is the Writer)

• May 2011Spike Magazine publishes my review of the amazing Company of Angels’ Theatrical Play Civil Rites, which was written and performed by non-actors — the homeless and working poor of the Downtown LA area.

Thanks for reading!  I appreciate the support.  Enjoy!

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