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Tribeca Film Festival 2024: Elexis Ray Goodwin Details The Power of Following Your True Passions in “Smile, God Loves You”

Interview with Elexis Ray Goodwin A film festival debut for any aspiring filmmaker would bring about incredible elation but the premiere of “Smile, God Loves You” is especially heartwarming for writer/director Elexis Ray Goodwin. Coming from an extremely personal place, the short film, featured in the Unbought & Unbossed block of films, chronicles the life […]

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The Tribeca Film Festival 2024: They’re Here Bridges a Desire For Transcendence and The Extraterrestrial

Interview with Pacho Velez and Daniel Claridge The UFO and extraterrestrial being represent more than a conglomerate of fear and speculation, that usually results in an image of a circular metallic ship and a green specimen with abyss-black eyes. There is almost a universal longing to definitively confront something larger than us, occupying the very

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The Tribeca Film Festival 2024: Julia Aks and Steve Pinder Entwine Comedy and Education With “Jane Austen’s Period Drama”

Interview with Julia Aks and Steve Pinder    Truly successful comedy provokes meaningful thought and conversation from audiences, providing laughs first, but ultimately saying something more profound underneath its jovial exterior. This is a clear throughline in “Jane Austen’s Period Drama,” a short film premiering at the 2024 Tribeca Film Festival on June 7, written

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Eamon Rush Highlights the Critical Moments That Kept Pan Arcadia Alive and Thriving

Pan Arcadia’s tagline exclaims that they’ve been “Making tracks in a Brooklyn shack since ‘21,” but recently the indie rock band has been breaking into new creative spaces across New York City. Bringing untamed energy rock music wherever they venture, Pan Acardia seeks to surprise audiences with a myriad of genres they can infuse into

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The New Screen Fest Solidifies a Film Community at The New School

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School celebrated an eclectic display of creativity and dedication earlier this month with the 2nd edition of The New Screen Fest.  Started last year, The New Screen Fest is a student-run, faculty-assisted film festival that showcases short films made by The New School students and alumni.

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Gabe Rivera Conjures and Courses Through a Lovesick Journey in His New EP “Stained By Your Words”

Gabe Rivera is latching onto the often overlooked and even feared heightened emotionality of teenagehood in his newest EP “Stained By Your Words” coasting through various familiar places we encounter during such a formative and tumultuous time. With 5 tracks that explore different facets of a souring relationship, “Stained By Your Words” refuses to tame

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Leo Sawikin Explores the Depths of Growth and Change in “Till You’re Somebody Else”

Former frontman of indie band The Chordaes Leo Sawikin has dedicated his solo projects to discovering the beauty in the existential and ontological. His latest single “Till You’re Somebody Else” revels in themes of rejuvenation, rebirth, and the consistency of growth we all undergo. The dreamy rhythm composed of gentle drums and light guitar strums

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The Great Gatsby: The Great American Novel Becomes The Great American Musical

Review of The Great Gatsby on Broadway  Since its publication in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has earned insurmountable accolades, cementing itself as a classic that many usually come across in their high school English classes.  But Gatsby is more than a frivolous novel worshipped by academics. The story at its core features some of

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Tiphanie Doucet Wrestles With Musical Identity and Individuality With “My Own Way”

Interview with Tiphanie Doucet With careful strums of her harp and crisp vocals imbued with thoughtful reflection, international artist Tiphanie Doucet sets artistic boundaries while breaking musical barriers with her new single “My Own Way.” After sifting through multiple directions her music could take, mainly proposed by industry executives, Doucet forged her own narrative, conflating

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Jodi Heights Sends Out a Call to Wandering Souls With “Lone Wolf”

Interview with Jodi Heights Being in tune with the darker sides of ourselves isn’t always something to be afraid of. Classically trained artist Jodi Heights believes embracing our habits entwined with everything revolving around the nighttime is a tool for reflection and growth. Her upcoming album Nocturne, featuring her latest single “Lone Wolf” is a

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Jack Manley Reveals the Heart-wrenching Course of His Healing Journey in “Save Your Own”

Building yourself back up from a broken place is a crucial and universal part of being human. Though we experience our lowest points in a myriad of ways, determined by an array of circumstances, a unification occurs in understanding that we can materialize a positive future through expression, connection, and creation. Art is often an

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Pop Culture Press's Feature Music interview with Maxie Mandel

Singer-Songwriter Maxie Mandel Makes a Magnetic Impression With “Someone You’d Love”

Emulating the crisp and captivating vocals of her inspirations Sara Bareilles and Carole King, with lyrical parallels to Taylor Swift’s Invisible and Lewis Capaldi’s “Bruises,” 19-year-old Maxie Mandel captures listener’s hearts in a single melody. Her vivid lyrics detailing an all-too-relatable high school unrequited love compounded with empowering instrumentals instill in her listeners the courage

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Pop Culture Press review of Quiet on the Set Docuseries

Quiet On Set Reveals the Horrors Faced by the Child Stars of Nickelodeon

Review of the docuseries Quiet On Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV Between March 17 and 18, Investigation Discovery aired a disturbing but necessary four-part docuseries interviewing crew members, actors, and parents associated with an empire of children’s entertainment: Nickelodeon. Beginning in 1979, Nickelodeon was launched as the first-ever children’s television network, parented by Paramount

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Griefcat Talks New Album and The Idiosyncratic Joy of Musical Comedy

After meeting at a DC-based variety show in 2015, Annie Nardolilli and Louisa Hall quickly realized they had a lot in common despite their drastically differing backgrounds. With the two working in high-stress level jobs, Louisa as a tech employee and Annie a now-former sheriff’s deputy, an amalgamation of frustration, mistreatment, and most importantly a

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Whimsy Indie Band Söūp on Their Electic Style and Upcoming Show

So many newborn bands have an excruciating time crafting and articulating their aesthetic, especially in an industry that typically encourages conformity. Whimsical indie-rock band Söūp understands the elusiveness and versatility of genre in a way that not all can grasp. Their emphasis on utilizing imagery of the sea and the cosmos, melding the two with

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Brian K & The Parkway Stress the Necessity of Connection in Their New Single “Straight Through”

Hailing from opposite sides of the East Coast, Brian K. Pagels and Stephen Russ of the coastal heartland rock band Brian K & The Parkway, are stark advocates of the importance of friendship and connection, whether it be near or far apart. The lyric video for their latest single “Straight Through” featuring the vocals of

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Gabe Rivera’s “The Mist” is The Perfect Song for Those Without a Valentine

Chocolates, teddy bears, and sharing a meal with a special someone isn’t the reality for everyone’s Valentine’s Day, and Gabe Rivera’s new single “The Mist” encapsulates the feeling of alienation and loneliness that can come with the holiday. The song, released on February 9 balances a brutal lament with ghostly rhythms that evoke a lingering

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Jack Powers of Jack Flowers and The Petal Tones Talks Upcoming Shows, a Debut Album, and The Source of True Originality

New Jersey’s Indie scene has been full of surprises lately, but nothing like Jack Flowers and The Petal Tones. The imaginative band is the brainchild of musician Jack Powers and is currently touring around the Northern Region with an upcoming show on Friday, February 9 at Prototype 237 in Paterson, New Jersey, and The Mill

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Hazbin Hotel Excites, Surprises, and Sings its Way Into the Hearts of Fans in Just One Short Season

Review of Amazon Prime Video’s Hazbin Hotel  4 years ago, animator and cartoonist Vivienne Medrano (Vivziepop) premiered the pilot of Hazbin Hotel, a widely anticipated project that to date has almost 100 million views on Youtube. The pilot was praised for its unique premise, intricately stylistic animation, and characters that fans immediately flocked to. Now, the

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Pop Culture Press Movie Review: Miller's Girl

Miller’s Girl Clashes Dedicated Performances with a Rushed, Reluctant Story

Review of Miller’s Girl  Most of us know what it’s like to be “18 and entirely unremarkable.” The solution to this predicament being an emotionally-driven attempt to seduce a teacher poisoned by mediocrity however, is probably not as familiar to many.  The student-teacher relationship has been portrayed, fetishized, and critiqued countless times and Jade Halley Bartlett’s

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Clearpath EPM Announces an Exciting Opportunity to Expand Upon Emergency Planning and Crisis Solutions

Clearpath EPM Helps Plan Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Solutions No one wants to think about running into danger in everyday places such as school, work, or a house of worship. The stark reality, however, is that ample time and thought must be delegated to these types of situations so that they don’t end in catastrophe. 

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Back to June Plays Their First Live Gig at The Stone Pony to Astounding Success

At The Stone Pony’s January 14th Sunday Showcase, Manchester local band Back to June performed their first live gig with impeccable energy that would have you believe they’ve been around for quite some time. Formed by a passionate group of students from both Ocean County College and Manchester Township High School, Back to June as

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Indie Rock Musician Gabe Rivera Announces Tour Dates Across New Jersey

New Jersey native Gabe Rivera has been deadset on taking his indie rock career from his bedroom to various stages throughout the state. After working on an array of projects that include new music, Rivera is inundating himself with a new era of creativity. From January to February, Rivera is hitting some iconic spots with

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Jeremy Fury’s Songs for Hanukkah Ignites a Spark in Listeners 

Interview with Jeremy Fury of Jeremy & The Harlequins The holidays being at the end of the year are a time for relaxation and preparing for what’s ahead in the coming year, but it can also be a great time for reflection. With fervent unrest in the world, it can be difficult to look back

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Sugar, Butter, Big Screen! Waitress The Musical’s Pro-Shot Hits Theaters Just in Time for a Holiday Treat

It only takes a taste when it’s something special, or in the case of the Tony award nominated Broadway musical Waitress, it only took a listen of its original cast album for fans to be hooked and wanting to see the show up on stage.   The musical, based on the 2007 film of the

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Clearpath EPM CEO Mike Johnson Discusses the Necessity of Safety Planning in Everyday Environments

No one should have to worry about existential threats as they enter their workplace, school, or place of worship. The unfortunate reality is, that due to the increase in mass shootings, hate crimes, and overall decline in mental health, frequent worrying has infused itself with daily navigations and activities of life. Though anxieties can be

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Rehya Stevens Marries Old and New Holiday Joy with the Deluxe Edition of Santa’s Takin’ Over The Town

2021 may not have been the most cheerful year, but that didn’t stop singer/songwriter and holiday fanatic Rehya Stevens from delivering some well-needed holiday spirit. Her Christmas album ‘Tis The Season released in 2021 featuring 11 carol-worthy songs is now being reintroduced into the Christmas canon along with 10 all-new festive tunes off of her new album Santa’s Takin’

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