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Americana: Prologue Excerpt

This is an excerpt from Mitch Akselrad’s short film Americana: Prologue (20 min).

The film serves as a prologue to a feature script Akselrad is writing. The story is about an engineer who figures out the key to a new technology and decides to build the fastest roller coaster in the world with it. The short looks at the character’s fascination with the world of amusement parks and the origin of his love for roller coasters. Meanwhile, he tries to keep his girlfriend from leaving him.

This short excerpt features the resolution of Kyleen (Lauren Lopez) and Daryl’s emotional argument. It goes on to show Daryl (Darren Criss) taking the first steps in pursuing his dream.

I did the sound design, voice over recording, music recording/mixing, and final mix for the film.

The wonderful music you hear was composed and performed by Steve Metz with Antwaun Stanley and Emily Berman singing.

hedwig and the angry inch bootlegs

hello everyone! i’ve been collecting as many bootlegs as possible recently and decided to share them! i hope you all enjoy! (ps. if anyone runs across a bootleg of lena as hedwig, please send it to me! i will love you forever)

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1Gaclo1aEhxWFg2YlE 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1GaRDRRN2NjdlR2V2s

ANDREW RANNELLS

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1GadDktOEdyaDdfU0E

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1GaejJRaXdXMVNCQUU

MICHAEL C. HALL

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1GaTVNteU1teFNyTnc

JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1GaX01hYW5jcE1PdFk (Crate performance)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1GaOEcweHIyMDZEaEE

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1GaQzdmMHZkM0drMXc (Crate performance w/ Shannon Conley)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1GaTmtkNkRFeHRvM00 (Movie)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1GaTHh4TXg1OXJ1UDA (Off-Broadway)

DARREN CRISS

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1GaS0o4MV94RzJQV0U

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1GaRnZrUlVESHJiN0k

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N0HBrti1GaQzlZZlRpXzhFQzA (w/ Lena Hall)

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Seven years ago today on November 9, 2010 Darren made his debut on Glee

Some of the issues that they first had, from the very beginning, those are the sorts of things in any relationship that never get fully resolved and will continue to come up. But we’ll also see - like, what we’re going for is just some of those, like, domestic sights of life moments too. They’re just those quiet moments.
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As poverty rises, the affluent won’t be able to escape its effects | Darren McGarvey
Rising resentment among the underclass is spilling out from ‘deprived’ areas and threatening to engulf society at large

The study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicting a sharp rise in child poverty will provoke the usual, commendable, shrieks of indignation. When news that more children than ever before are soon to be confined to economic deprivation, it’s sure to inspire a slew of robust dinner party debates.

The overriding emotion anyone should be feeling at news that in excess of a third of British children will soon be growing up in relative poverty is fear. The tidal wave of social problems racing towards all of us because of this unsustainable inequality has the potential to overwhelm society.

The cracks are already beginning to show. Take the various constitutional crises gripping Europe. Regardless of the political composition of the movement, the grievance that provokes is invariably the same: political and economic marginalisation underscored by the most galling wealth polarisation.

I’m one of those formerly “poor people” vomited up from the gaping class wound at the heart of British society to offer “shocking”, “inspiring” testimony about the adversity they have since transcended. You might find me recounting the day my drunk mum chased me with a knife or see me on television looking very bored as I explain, yet again, that I managed to avoid smoking crack because somebody knocked on the front door as the pipe was being passed to me.

I’m one of structural poverty’s most comforting cultural tropes: the survivor who lived to tell the tale.

It’s now commonplace to point out the correlation between poverty and nearly every other social problem you care to mention. Not just economic hardship, but poverty of the sort that fertilises cultures of abuse. This problem transcends left/right politics and will eventually overwhelm any society that refuses to deal with it.

When these problems flare up, they are rarely contained within a household or a community. Instead, they spill into our society and multiply, at a massive cost to us all. They spill into overcrowded casualty and high-dependency hospital wards. They spill into six-month waiting lists to access clinical psychologists and psychiatric counselling facilities. They spill into overrun social work departments and inundated supported accommodation projects barely keeping their heads above water. They spill into stressful housing offices, packed to capacity crisis centres and outmoded addictions services. And, for some, they spill into police stations, courts, children’s homes, secure units, young offender institutions and prisons.

Poverty is not only about a lack of employment or opportunity but about having no margin for error while living in constant stress and emotional unpredictability. For many children growing up in the chaos, deprivation leaves them emotionally disfigured and physiologically primed for chronic health problems.

What do you think is driving many of our current social problems where crime, violence, homelessness, addiction and the mental health epidemic are concerned? It all begins with a child living in social deprivation. And when it comes to the scourge of child neglect and abuse, poverty is the factory floor.

For now, the problems remain contained, confined only to the communities we call “deprived”, where the poor can be monitored, surveyed, policed and punished. But only for so long.

Action on poverty will require a far-reaching, long-term political consensus. It will require compromises and excruciating levels of humility from all of us, including the poor. This may require us to become willing to admit we may be wrong about some things and that there are no easy solutions or clear villains.

In other words, the situation can seem hopeless.

A great irony of British life is that lower-class people are often regarded, by their affluent superiors, as being a little coarse and unsophisticated, rough around the edges – when the true vulgarity on display is the apathy of many of those who regard themselves as educated and insightful; those who blindly believe, from the comfort of their economically gated communities, that this untenable status quo, built on sand, won’t soon collapse in on itself, as the coming wave of social dysfunction crashes aground and washes us all away.

Darren McGarvey’s Poverty Safari has just been published

buzzfeed.com
Why Do We Let “Genius” Directors Get Away With Abusive Behavior?
For decades, the celebrated male film directors who “provoke” and abuse actors, supposedly in service of their art, have been given the benefit of the doubt over the women who suffer on their film set
By Imran Siddiquee

The myth of the “master”/”genius” is a cover for all manner of sins

Elsie Fest 2017 Performance Masterpost

Falling Slowly (feat. Lea Michele)
Circle of Life
Cough Syrup
How Far I’ll Go (feat. Auli'i Cravalho)
Cabaret
One Fine Day
What’s Going On (feat. Norm Lewis)
Foolish Thing
Teenage Dream
I Dreamed A Dream
Granger Danger (feat. Jenna Ushkowitz)
Lost Boys Life (feat. Chuck Criss & Auli'i Cravalho)
A Whole New World (feat. Ingrid Michaelson)
The Way I Am (feat. Ingrid Michaelson)
This Is Me (feat. Keala Settle)
The Day The Dance Is Over
Duck Tales
Free Fallin’

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