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Non-Profit Organization, Cinemagic, Leads The Way For Young Filmmakers At Its 2023 Gala Showcase in LA

Last night, Cinemagic Film and Television Festival returned triumphantly to Los Angeles, hosting its highly anticipated 2023 Gala Showcase. The renowned Belfast-based festival for young people embarked on a week-long program, offering inspiring and motivational learning experiences in film, television, broadcasting, musical theater, and more.

Bringing together students from 40 different Belfast and Los Angeles schools, Cinemagic created a platform for celebrating creativity and fostering artistic growth. On June 28th, the festival held its 2023 Gala Showcase at the prestigious Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, where they highlighted their program growth and connected with top talent and executives from the film and television industry.

Hosted by Darren Kennedy and Jenn McGuirk, the night showcased three short films produced by Cinemagic. Bob Jari, the producer of Yellowstone, sent in a congratulatory message to the Cinemagic Class of 2023. There was even an auction for an LA Dodgers jersey, signed by Outfielder Mookie Bets, and return flights from LA to Ireland on Aer Lingus. 

Joan Burney Keatings MBE, the CEO and mastermind behind Cinemagic, couldn’t contain her excitement, expressing heartfelt gratitude to the festival’s sponsors and partners for making the magic happen. Thanks to their unwavering support, young talents were treated to awe-inspiring talks, exclusive tours, and mind-blowing masterclasses led by industry legends. From June 23rd to June 28th, these budding filmmakers immersed themselves in the heart of the moviemaking capital, rubbing shoulders with the icons who breathe life into the silver screen.

The star-studded event attracted a constellation of celebrity guests who were keen to lend their support to Cinemagic’s mission. Jeri Ryan from Star Trek, CJ Franco of FBoy Island fame, and Lynne Curtin from Real Housewives of OC were just a few of the familiar faces gracing the Gala Showcase. And that’s not all—Benjamin Onyango from God’s Not Dead and Amber Friendly from The Morning Show also joined the star-studded lineup, including Maxwell Canfield (Grease 2) and wife Juliet Mills. 


Cinemagic joined forces with IGNITE, a Belfast-based youth empowerment program, and Film2Future, a non-profit organization promoting youth filmmaking in Los Angeles, to provide a transformative experience for young creatives. Throughout the week, the students had the opportunity to engage with guest speakers specializing in various aspects of production and storytelling. The producers of The Late Late Show with James Corden and the Rachael Ray Show shared their insights, while special studio lot tours unveiled the behind-the-scenes magic of the film industry.

Sponsored by the likes of Fairmont Hotels, Northern Irish Connections, NI Bureau, and Aer Lingus, the Cinemagic 2023 Showcase attracted a star-studded crowd. Celebrities, film executives, and even politicians, including the Irish Ambassador to the US, Geraldine Byrne Nason, mingled with the young talents, forging connections and creating pathways to success. It was an extraordinary opportunity for all involved, particularly the graduates of Belfast’s IGNITE program, who basked in the limelight as they celebrated their accomplishments.

But the glitz and glamour didn’t stop there! Attendees had the chance to bid on exclusive items in a silent auction. The Los Angeles Dodgers, known for hitting home runs on and off the field, generously donated an autographed jersey from the legendary Mookie Betts. Talk about a home run for aspiring young filmmakers!

As the event drew to a close, attendees were treated to fabulous gift bags filled to the brim with goodies from supportive companies like Bug Bite Thing, The LA Dodgers, and Gaviña Gourmet Coffee—the perfect grand finale to a week filled with inspiration, talent, and dreams taking flight.


Michelle Hatfield, Chief People and Marketing Officer at Belfast City Airport, summed up the excitement, saying, “What an absolutely incredible week it has been for these students who journeyed to LA IGNITE, our youth leadership program, aims to inspire the next generation to reach for the stars, and what better way to do that than through this once-in-a-lifetime event in the city of dreams? It has been an absolute honor to be part of it.”

Cinemagic, an award-winning charity, has empowered and nurtured young talents for over three decades. With its flagship festival as a beacon of creativity, Cinemagic engages around 40,000 young individuals aged 4-25 each year in Belfast, Dublin, London, New York, and Los Angeles. Its impact is immeasurable, with nearly one million young people benefiting from its programs and film productions earning international acclaim.


The festival’s star-studded lineup of patrons, including Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, and many more, is a testament to Cinemagic’s profound impact on the creative industry.


Lights may have dimmed, and the cameras may have stopped rolling, but the inspiration ignited at the Cinemagic 2023 Gala Showcase will continue to burn bright in the hearts of these young filmmakers. As they step into the spotlight, we can’t help but eagerly await the cinematic wonders they will create.

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From Heartbreak to Summer Jam: Drew Angus’ ‘Broken Heart Last’ Resonate

Summer’s heat often comes with a rollercoaster of emotions. For some, it’s a time of love and adventure; for others, it might dredge up memories of loves lost. Yet, in this melting pot of emotions, Drew Angus and Matt Giella have penned a song that speaks to those very contrasts – “Broken Heart Last,” a track that’s a beautiful mix of classic Americana vibes and energetic pop-rock.

 Hailing from the lively streets of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Drew Angus isn’t just another guy with a guitar; he’s a musical chef who knows how to mix different flavors to create something memorable. His songs don’t just offer melodies; they paint vivid pictures. Delve into his music and find yourself on a soulful journey where the old-world charm of Americana meets the upbeat pulse of modern tunes. Drew’s tunes take you back to simpler times, drawing from the classics like Tom Petty and The Beatles while adding contemporary touches that fans of John Mayer or Ben Rector would love.

 Yet, to truly understand Drew, one must trace back to his roots. The streets of Bridgeport served as his playground and classroom. It’s where the rhythms of rock legends like The Rolling Stones and the deep storytelling of The Beatles shaped his musical inclinations. This influence is evident in his tunes. Drew’s mantra, “I sing for my supper,” isn’t just a saying; it’s a testament to his unwavering passion.

 It’s hard to think that this independent talent, who once swayed to classic anthems in his living room, now shares the limelight with big names like Harry Styles and Nile Rogers. If you’ve ever been to a live performance featuring Drew with legends like Andrea Bocelli or Ann Willson, you’d understand the sheer energy and charisma he brings.

 While Drew’s journey is impressive, this summer is all about “Broken Heart Last.” A collaboration with Matt Giella, this track delves into the emotional depths of love’s aftermath. As you sink into the lyrics, an upbeat rhythm lifts your spirit, reminding listeners that heartaches might last, but so does the healing power of music. The song doesn’t just ask how long heartbreak lingers; it offers a remedy – dance. Let the rhythm guide your feet, find release, and celebrate the moment.

 Remember the moments when a particular song would trigger challenging memories, but its rhythm would make you dance anyway? That’s the allure of “Broken Heart Last“. Now available on all popular streaming platforms, this song is not just a tune; it’s therapy for anyone nursing the wounds of lost love. As it fills the airwaves this summer, the message is loud and clear: Let go, groove to the memories, and let the rhythm mend your heart.

 For those keeping an ear to the ground, Drew Angus isn’t just a passing comet; he’s a force in the musical galaxy. And while “Broken Heart Last” is currently stealing the show, there’s a buzz about more captivating tunes from Drew’s to release later this year.

 So, as the sun sets on another day, let Drew Angus’ tunes be your soundtrack, echoing the timeless tussle between love, loss, and the undying spirit to dance again.

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From ‘Cold’ Streetwear to Cosmic Dreams: The Ryley Gauthier Odyssey 

Success stories have always inspired us to chase our dreams. While many successful people are just motivations for aspiring talents, some went beyond to share their hard-earned knowledge to help others replicate their achievements. One such example is Ryley Gauthier, an entrepreneurial prodigy who ventured into his first business at the tender age of 16. Ryley’s journey is captivating not just for his achievements but for his mission to become a genuine mentor to others who want to break free from the 9 to 5 grind.  

Starting his journey with $0 Ryley worked his way up becoming a trailblazing entrepreneur, mentor, and dreamer with a cosmic ambition. Hailing from a middle-class family, Ryley was raised with the values of hard work and determination by his parents. His father, a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Liberty University has been his greatest inspiration to share his knowledge and wisdom with others so they can walk in his footsteps. 

His first venture was a streetwear clothing brand called “Cold.” Although the business initially struggled to find ground, Ryley turned it around in three months to generate his first $10k as revenue. Following this success, he delved deeper into e-commerce, founding and scaling more successful brands that are spinning seven-figure revenue even today. 

Ryley’s achievements are not limited to e-commerce only. He developed a unique content strategy that helped him amass a whopping 3.5 billion views on TikTok in just six months. Armed with innovative thinking ability and a passion for helping others, Ryley added a new dimension to his career as a mentor. He founded a mentorship program named “Ryley’s Workshop” through which he shares his wisdom with aspiring talents. It is a personalized mentorship program that has already achieved a remarkable 100% success rate among its students. This reflects Ryley’s dedication to helping others escape the 9-to-5 grind with proven strategies.  

Like other successful entrepreneurs, Ryley also overcame his share of struggles and challenges. Growing up with no financial privilege, he had to work at an amusement park and a Whole Foods to fund his business idea. The next series of challenges for Ryley was signing up for essential services on various e-commerce platforms. Due to his young age, e-commerce sites like Shopify, Stripe, and Square restricted him from availing services crucial for his business growth.  

With a few years of experience as an entrepreneur, Ryley has already accomplished a series of milestones. He created the second-largest financial education platform globally in just 8 months which currently has over 100K students. He founded a content strategy to earn views and owns a scaling e-commerce empire. At 18 Ryley purchased his dream car, a 2022 Corvette Z06, and also bought a penthouse. He also has an enviable collection of watches. Apart from his personal achievements, Ryley serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at Parrot Finance, stirring the fintech company to new horizons of success. 

At present, Ryley is focused on creating one of the most impactful and helpful mentorship programs for e-commerce worldwide. Going forward, he aspires to venture into space exploration. This reflects his boundless dreams and determination to leave a lasting legacy in the cosmos. Ryley Gauthier has turned his ordinary narrative into an extraordinary story with hard work and dedication that is inspiring millions to follow their passion.

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Art Angels Presents 10 Years With David Drebin X the Diamond Dust Collection

Drebin has been with Art Angels since the beginning. 

Art Angels celebrates 10 years with David Drebin opening on September 14th at their flagship gallery in Beverly Hills.

 Multidisciplinary artist David Drebin has had exhibitions all over the world and has been a loyal Artist to Art Angels since they opened their doors 10 years ago in Los Angeles.

Flirting With Danger” published by teNeues publishing (their 8th book together ) marks the latest book release of Drebin’s plus Art Angels will debut in Los Angeles his long-awaited Magic of Lenticular series featuring limited editions of his best-selling art pieces to date. 

 “Drebins” collected all over the world will be on display on the walls of Art Angels Gallery in Beverly Hills opening on September 14th.

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