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Diane Peterson, Acclaimed Stuntwoman/Author, On Why Stunt Coordinators Demand Equity in Residuals for Streaming TV

Diane Peterson . The future livelihood of stunt coordinators depends on receiving residuals. As stunt coordinators and stunt performers age, receiving residuals for their work is necessary for survival.” — Diane Peterson LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, September 6, 2023/ — In the midst of the ongoing strike by members of SAG-AFTRA and the Writers […]

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Vladimir Kush Releases ‘Metaphorical Journey’ to Commemorate Lahaina, HI

In commemoration of Lahaina, Hawaii, world-renowned artist Vladimir Kush announces the release of his Masterpiece compilation, “Metaphorical Journey”, in a very special size and edition. This limited edition print on canvas is a “thank you” to all of his collectors and fans for being such an important part of Kush Fine Art in Maui. 

This compilation painting was the first limited edition print sold upon opening his first gallery (Kush Fine Art) in Lahaina, HI, in the year 2001. Welcoming thousands of visitors every year since then, his connection to Maui, and especially to the historic town of Lahaina, is undeniable. Many of his artworks include symbolisms that showcase the inspiration rooted from the magic of Hawaii.

“In 2001, I finished the painting Metaphorical Journey, and you can recognize all the clouds … they are definitely Hawaiian clouds. This painting illustrates the life journey for everyone, but for me specifically, it was the journey from the homeland to the promised land, and the promised land was always associated with Hawai’i.” – Vladimir Kush

Visitors from all over the globe discovered Metaphorical Realism for the first time in Maui, and those memories will never be forgotten. For many, Kush’s art will always be a connection to Lahaina and Maui. His gallery was a very important part of the town, almost a landmark and a “must-see”. At the same time, this historic and magical town will always be a very important part of Kush’s journey and history. 

Kush created his own genre of art known as “Metaphorical Realism”, which implies the possibility of truthful depiction of the material world and combines it with his own vision of cultural world traditions and mythology. In his first publication or catalog of coffee table books, also titled “Metaphorical Journey”, he provides the reader a guide to his journey and exposes the mythical-poetical background on which art bearing the VK emblem can be most easily observed. 

Visit or call Kush Fine Art Galleries in Las Vegas, Laguna Beach, and Miami Beach, and explore a collection of original paintings, limited edition prints on different mediums, bronze and silver sculptures, a metaphorical jewelry line, coffee table books and art catalogs, and a wearable art collection by the Metaphorical Realist. 

For more information, visit or contact [email protected]. Follow Kush and his galleries on Instagram, Facebook, X and Threads.

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Jorge Barrera

Marketing Director

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Otsy, Inc. Sets the Stage for Travel’s Future, Unveiling Its Highly Anticipated Social Travel App and Fresh New Rebrand

Join the ‘What’s Next’ Movement With Otsy: The New Way to Discover, Trust and Book Your Next Vacation; App Launch Date: Sept. 19, Coinciding With TechCrunch Disrupt — The Original Startup Conference

Otsy, Inc. Sets the Stage for Travel’s Future, Unveiling Its Highly Anticipated Social Travel App and Fresh New Rebrand

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Today marks an exciting milestone for the innovative travel technology company, formerly known as Loop Experiences, Inc., as it proudly announces its rebranding to Otsy, Inc. Otsy has also secured the premium four-letter domain name, a strategic move that reflects the company’s commitment to revolutionizing the world of travel and social sharing.

The name Otsy is an acronym for “Organize Trips, Share Yours,” embodying the company’s mission to provide travelers with a platform to seamlessly organize their trips while inspiring others by sharing their unique travel experiences. Otsy’s new tagline “What’s Next” encompasses the limitless possibilities and excitement associated with every traveler’s journey — the next trip to embark on, the next captivating piece of travel content to share or the next coveted badge to earn.

As part of this rebranding, Otsy is thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of its highly anticipated social travel app. This user-friendly and feature-rich app will be available for download on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store on Sept. 19, 2023.

The launch date coincides with the prestigious TechCrunch Disrupt — the original startup conference in San Francisco, California, where Otsy will be in attendance to showcase its cutting-edge travel platform. This event provides the perfect backdrop to introduce Otsy’s groundbreaking app to the world and engage with fellow industry leaders, investors, and technology enthusiasts.

Michael DeLucca, founder/CEO of Otsy, Inc., expressed his enthusiasm for the rebranding and the upcoming app launch. “We are thrilled to unveil our new identity as Otsy, and to introduce our innovative social travel app to the world. Otsy represents the spirit of adventure, discovery, and sharing that defines modern travel. With our app, we aim to empower travelers to create, connect, and explore like never before.”

Otsy, Inc. invites travelers, adventurers, and content creators to join it on this exciting journey. With the new Otsy app, users can expect a dynamic platform that fosters community, provides travel inspiration, and simplifies the trip-planning process.

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Veronica Rivera

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Santa Clarita International Film Festival to Provide Work Opportunities for Creatives with Disabilities in Film Industry

12 “Yes I Can” students were selected to work with the Santa Clarita International Film Festival, marking a significant win for the disability community.” Having our YIC students getting trained in camera work, video production, marketing with the SCIFF team has been an amazing experience.” — Bret Lieberman, Executive Director of YIC LOS ANGELES, UNITED […]

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Three New Members Join the Bay Area Book Festival’s Board of Directors

Exciting Changes for the Bay Area Book Festival as It Heads Into Its 10th Year

Three New Members Join the Bay Area Book Festival’s Board of Directors
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Announcing the Bay Area Book Festival Board of Directors

The Bay Area Book Festival has elected three new members to its Board of Directors: Aya de León, Piper Kerman, and Aida Salazar. This exciting slate of members joins Board Chair Brooke Warner and Treasurer George Rehm to lead the festival into its next iteration in the aftermath of the resignation of Festival founder Cherilyn Parsons in 2023. 

The Bay Area Book Festival has been a cultural and literary mainstay of the Bay Area for the past nine years since its inception in 2014. Its headliner events have brought in speakers such as Roxane Gay; Rebecca Solnit; Gloria Steinem; Jason Reynolds; George Saunders; Ann Patchett; Christian Robinson; Tommy Orange; Anthony Doerr; Tayari Jones; Joan Baez; W. Kamau Bell; Kazuo Ishiguro; and many more. 

The festival’s dedicated staff and growing board will steer the festival into a future under new leadership. Managing Director of the Festival Samee Roberts will spearhead overall planning for the 2024 Festival, which involves scaling back in size while keeping intact everything that’s special and wonderful about this important community event, including diverse and inclusive panels, headliner events, and the family-friendly outdoor street fair.  

Next year will be the Festival’s 10-year anniversary, and it will take place, per usual, in Downtown Berkeley in either May or June 2024. “We are planning for a somewhat smaller footprint this year,” said Festival Chairperson Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press, “and we’re doing everything in our power to ensure that the Festival will be as special and well-attended as it’s always been.” Warner highlighted that by many measures, both in terms of programming and anecdotally by way of attendee feedback, the 2023 Festival was the most successful yet. Because this is a transition year, a scaled-back Festival will allow the board to adapt in Parsons’ wake. “We’re committed to continuing the legacy that Cherilyn left us, and this new slate of board members makes me feel confident that we’ll be able to do just that.”

Incoming board member Aya de León said, “This festival is a precious resource in a world where independent literary institutions are struggling. Stepping onto the board is an opportunity to provide accessible literary community to the Bay Area, to highlight urgent issues in our time, and to celebrate books, authors, reading, and community. I am excited to give back to this community.”

The Bay Area Book Festival invites the community to support its efforts for the 2024 Festival by becoming a sponsor, donating or volunteering. Find the Festival’s video and podcast archives.

Meet the Bay Area Book Festival’s Board: 

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What’s Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Warner is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster (of “Write-minded” with co-host Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo), and the former Executive Editor of Seal Press. She has served on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, including for two years as Chairperson; the National Association of Memoir Writers; and the Book Industry Study Group. She has also been on the board of the Bay Area Book Festival since its first year in 2014. She has been Chairperson since 2000. Warner writes a regular column for Publishers Weekly, and weekly Substack @brookewarner. She lives in Berkeley, California. 

George Rehm is a founding partner of aeris CAPITAL AG. He has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer and executive in international licensing, technology transfer, and investment and privatization transactions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Rehm has held board or observer positions in numerous transformational healthcare companies, including Crescendo Biosciences, Adamas Pharmaceuticals, and Ion Torrent, Inc. Rehm continues to manage the aeris Life Science portfolio and serves as a director of GenomeDx Inc., PFS Genetics, Butterfly Networks, LAM Therapeutics Inc., Solstice Biosciences, G2i and Jiff Inc. He received his BSFS from Georgetown University, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in parallel to graduate studies in City Planning at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley and served as graduate assistant at the Earl Warren Legal Institute, UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Aya de León teaches creative writing in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley. She is acquiring editor for a new climate justice fiction imprint at She Writes Press. Fighting Chance Books will publish novels by authors of all genders about people taking collective action in the here and now to solve the climate crisis. de León is the author of 10 novels, published by Kensington, Candlewick, and Orion, all focused on racial, gender, class and climate justice. Her books have won the Jane Addams Award for peace and social justice in children’s literature, and multiple International Latino Book Awards and Independent Publisher Awards. de León’s work has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Ebony, Guernica, Bitch Magazine, VICE, The Root, Ploughshares, and on Def Poetry. In 2022, she organized an online conference entitled Black Literature vs. the Climate Emergency and she works on the issue of climate with the Black Hive, which is part of the Movement for Black Lives. She currently has two novels-in-progress and is working on an intersectional memoir-in-progress about race, gender, war, body image, and the environment. She lives in Berkeley, California. 

Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, which was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning original series for Netflix. She serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Prison Association and the advisory boards of the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship, InsideOUT Writers, Healing Broken Circles, and JustLeadershipUSA. Kerman is a frequent invited speaker to students of law, criminology, gender and women’s studies, sociology, and creative writing, and also to groups that include the International Association of Women Judges, the National Association of Counties, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Criminal Justice Association, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association’s Disproportionate Minority Confinement Task Force, public defenders, justice reform advocates, and formerly and currently incarcerated people. Kerman has taught writing in Ohio state prisons as an Affiliate Instructor with Otterbein University. She’s a graduate of Smith College and lives in Berkeley, California. 

Aida Salazar is an award-winning author, arts activist, and translator whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade verse novels The Moon Within; Land of the Cranes; and A Seed in the Sun. Her other works include the picture book anthology In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of Immigrants of Color; the bio picture book Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter; and the anthology Calling the Moon: Period Stories by BIPOC Authors. Salazar is a founding member of LAS MUSAS, a Latinx kidlit author collective. She lives with her family of artists in Oakland, California.

About the Bay Area Book Festival 

The Bay Area Book Festival is a world-class literary extravaganza that takes place each year in Downtown Berkeley. For the past nine years, the festival has hosted 250-300 authors on 15 stages; an Outdoor Fair/Literary Marketplace; and a wonderland of literary vendors, kids’ activities, and more. The Festival has showcased more than 1,500 speakers who come from the Bay Area, the state of California, the nation, and world. Since its founding, the Festival has thrilled more than 150,000 book-lovers of all ages. The Bay Area Book Festival is not confined to just one weekend. The Festival continues year-round with prologue events, literacy programs, and other special programming including WomenLit, which features groundbreaking female-identified authors, and #Unbound, a virtual series that focuses on critical conversations around voter suppression, race and equity, immigration, poverty, crime and incarceration, and other important topics of our times.

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Brooke Warner

Chairperson of the Board of the Bay Area Book Festival

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