Sunday, January 22, 2017

Philadelphia's Mike Marino & His RestlessSoul Release Heartland Rock Album

Americana singer-songwriter Mike T. Marino opens the New Year with a masterful collection of heartland rock songs called "Tomorrow's Yesterday" through his band Mike Marino & His RestlessSoul. 'Tomorrow's Yesterday' conjures the cool pastoral musings of singer-songwriters like Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty, and recent releases by Bob Dylan. Mixed by Phil Nicolo & mastered by Richard Dodd, both Grammy award winners, the album is available on CDBaby and all major online music services such as Spotify.

Tracked at Philadelphia-based Forge Recording & Phil Nicolo’s Studio 4, the 12-track album features a handpicked selection of all-star players such as Nashville greats Jimmy Heffernan and Danny Eyer – who’ve graced stages from The Tonight Show to The Grand Ole Opry & toured with Brad Paisley, Wilson Pickett & Chuck Berry to name a few. Also onboard is Bobby Campanell – Co-Founder of The Shakes with Viny Mad Dog Lopez of The E. Street band and bluesman Mike Dugan, from Mike Dugan & the Blues Mission, who was once awarded Bluesman of the Year by NYC Show Business News after that honor was previously bestowed to Mike Bloomfield & Eric Clapton.

'Tomorrow's Yesterday' represents Mike's triumphant recovery from a life-threatening illness that ate away at his body, mind, and soul. The paternal beauty to Mike's vocals is imbued with melodies that are sweet and sage, and with each vulnerable lyric feeling hard fought. A throwback to the bygone days of The Band, The Byrds & CSNY, Marino's musical influences permeate but with lyrics that cut to the edge of this modern technocracy we are left to deal with today.

Mike has currently released four acclaimed albums of roots rock that alchemize the optimum balance of folk, blues, and alt country. His work shifts between literal and metaphorical perspectives as it chronicles the American countryside getting paved over by the modern industrial complex. Previous entries in his catalog have been praised by National Reviewer Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck and the esteemed UK publication Blues Matters. He's been the featured artist pick on Philly's WXPN 88.5 FM, received the ASCAP Plus Emerging Artist Award for extended plays, and placed as a semi-Finalist in both the Great American Songwriting Contest and The Dallas Songwriting Competition. His song "Edge of Dawn" won a contract with the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) to be used on an episode of the acclaimed series Revision Quest. And his song "Twenty Too Late" (a tribute to Stephen Stills & the Folk Rock migration from Greenwich Village to the Sunset Strip) was included on Volume 38 of The Acoustic Rainbow (Poetman Records) alongside such artists as Judy Collins, Stephen Stills and Vince Gill.

Please visit Mike online at:
http://www.miketmarino.com
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mikemarino4
https://play.spotify.com/album/6oce322CjAevGBDnmwebz8

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sarah P. Releases "Berlin During Winter" Single & Video

"Berlin During Winter', the first single from Sarah P.'s upcoming solo debut album Who Am I, is OUT NOW.

Genre-wise, Sarah's bending between dream pop and heavy guitar and bass riffs. In her own words, "Berlin During Winter' is electro ambient-core. Lyric-wise, "Berlin During Winter' has a twofold meaning. The obvious one, as the title suggests, takes the listener on a walk through Berlin, during the cold months. Everything is gray and freezing cold. All colors are faded as if a painter mixed them with black and white tones. And as cold as Berlin gets, cold enough to even freeze the people's emotions, it leads to the second interpretation; depression.

"I'm not new to depression. Are you?' asks Sarah. People are under constant pressure from all side. No matter if rent, food, clothes, relationships, or the worries about our public image. "How do people perceive us in the so-called "outside world'. We have profiles on various platforms where, to get likes, we really need to put some effort. Whether profiled as snarky or cutesy or something in between, we learned which one is our good angle, which type of photos are driving more traffic to our channels, which one is our niche.'

However, there are things that not even the sad, crying emoji can express. Devastation, pain, sorrow, war. And there's war all around us and it feels like the next wars are waiting around the corner. There's hate everywhere and unfortunately, in real life, haters can't be blocked. "The internet life is taking over the offline one creating chaos. Hate is making the world go around, hovering us all in a big, fat tornado. And if that's not depressing, I don't know what is.'

About the video:
While following the events at the current war zones, Sarah decided to make a video for "Berlin During Winter'. Although she lives in Berlin, the song's setting is symbolical. Using public domain footage from war archives, Sarah gave "Berlin During Winter' a striking video. "We can't undo our history, but we can learn from it and shape our future. Especially this winter it's about time that we break from our bubble,' Sarah says. "We spent so much money on gifts and parties while knowing that people somewhere else were dying or taken their homes away. The hypocrisy levels we have hit are beyond embarrassing and it's about time that we do something. Despite how perfect our (social media) lives may be, we shall turn around and see the world without beautifying filters. We need to roll up our sleeves and ACT NOW. Not in a superficial way, not with hashtags. This time, for real.'

Website: http://www.sarahpofficial.com/
Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le47qS9pZbs

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Versatile Haitian American Singer/Songwriter Natalie Jean Releases New Dance Remix

Natalie Jean is excited to announce the much-anticipated release of her Dance Remix, titled, 'Red Room.'

Produced by Alexi Von Guggenberg, the single offers a great Dance Track and is readily available for purchase nationwide at the iTunes Store, Amazon.com, Google Play, and various digital online stores.

Natalie Jean is an award winning singer/songwriter performer and a dynamic artist who grew up loving music. She enjoyed singing with her Haitian father - who was also an artist. She writes for many genres, which would include Jazz, R&B, Dance, Pop, Country, Rap, Heavy Metal, Contemporary, etc. She can also sing in French and Spanish. Natalie takes inspiration from her daily life and hopes to touch the lives of others through her music.

From 2014-2016, Natalie Jean's songs have received over 50 nominations and several wins, including the Artists in Music Awards, LA Music Awards, The Indie Music Channel Awards, The Indees, American Songwriting Awards, Hollywood Music and Media Awards, The International Music and Entertainment Association, the Akademia Music Awards Josie Music Awards, International Songwriting Competition, Australian Songwriting Contest, Global Music Awards, Libera Music Awards, Wammies, World Wide Music Contest, Hollywood Songwriting Contest, International Songwriting Contest, Australian Independent Music Awards, AMG Music Awards, UBeat Music Awards and UK Songwriting Contest. She was named one of the Top Five Vocalists in the Singer Universe Vocalist of the Month for June 2014. She is also a featured artist in the book "The Artist Collection – Every Music Artist Has a Story" by the Josie Show and Country Blast Radio.

Her new single 'Red Room – Dance Remix' is from her latest album, "Unafraid," which was released on July 8, 2016.

Currently, she is working on several musical collaborations. She is also a spokesmodel for a new cosmetic line called 'Confidently Ready,' by Josie Passantino.

Be sure to check her out live in upcoming shows near you.
Itunes Link - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/red-room-single/id1188052969

Website: http://www.natalie-jean.com
Music: http://soundcloud.com/natnat7-1/red-room-remix

Killer Tracks Releases "Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband"

Tray Dahl & the Jugtime Ragband, the latest release from Killer Tracks' popular Artists Series, marks the debut of the Atlanta-based singer, songwriter and tenor banjo virtuoso Tray Dahl, whose spirited reimagining of '20s and '30s hot jazz and blues will whisk you back to the days of Bix Beiderbecke and Ma Rainey, and leave a big dang smile on your face. As No Depression magazine puts it, Tray Dahl will "tear your playhouse down!"

Available now on iTunes and with licensing exclusively from Killer Tracks, Tray Dahl & the Jugtime Ragband features three original tunes and two standards offering an infectious blend of jazz, blues, swing, old time gospel and classic show tunes, immersed in the timeless sound of New Orleans. "Tray writes songs that are instantly appealing and as familiar as your favorite sweater," says Killer Tracks Director of Marketing Andrew Donahue. "She's also a charismatic performer with an unmistakable voice that recalls great blues singers of the past."

The set kicks off with Going Out on the Town (Ain't Got No Time for the Blues), a rollicking swing number with a big beat and catchy horn hook carried by baritone and tenor sax, trumpet and trombone. "It's a driving song," says Tray. "Get your hat and coat, we're headin' out on the town!"

Two other Tray Dahl originals include You're a Tall Drink of Water, a sultry, jazz-flavored track about crossing paths with a stranger so overwhelmingly attractive that it stops you dead in your tracks, and the up-tempo Swingin' 'til the Sun Come Up, which sends you to the speakeasies of the Prohibition Era where it's "swing 'til you drop and don't stop pouring the gin."

Wrapping up the EP are The Jazz Me-Blues and Ballin' the Jack. Beiderbecke recorded the latter song in the 20s as an instrumental. Here, Tray Dahl resurrects the original lyrics to get you out of your chair and stomping your feet to a tune that's become an instant Georgia dance hall sensation.

"My songs are like old movies," insists Dahl. "The music and lyrics put you in the middle of the story."

Killer Tracks releases new music through its Artists Series on a regular basis. Past releases have included work from Shiny Toy Guns, Luke McMaster, The Mutants, Rev Theory, Ian Bern and Alex Band.

Tray Dahl & the Jugtime Ragband
Track Listing
Going Out on the Town (Ain't Got No Time for the Blues),
You're a Tall Drink of Water
Swingin' 'til the Sun Come Up
The Jazz Me-Blues
Ballin' the Jack
Links
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tray-dahl-jugtime-ragband/id1181226696
Killer Tracks: http://www.killertracks.com/#!/browse/browsed-results.aspx?SelectedCDId=13227

About Killer Tracks
Killer Tracks is a global source for pre-cleared music for film, television, advertising and interactive media. With more than 2,700 active albums from 37 global libraries, the Killer Tracks catalog spans every genre and features original works from some of the music industry's most innovative composers, artists and producers. The premium catalog is continuously enhanced with exclusive recordings and new music updates. Friendly, knowledgeable support is always available through a dedicated team of music search specialists and licensing experts. When music matters, rely on the production music experts at Killer Tracks.
For more information, visit www.killertracks.com or follow @killertracks on Twitter and Instagram.

Music: http://youtu.be/XeGhrodF8po

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Donny Blayne Drops New Supercharged Single Whippin'

Triumphant, swaggering and booming, Donny Blayne's debut single Whippin' is a certified street anthem that is sure to light up hoods around the world. A disciple of the Gospel of Kanye, Donny is a creative lyricist and producer who is able to craft backpack rap for the true aficionados and kingpins. Visceral, punchy and highly entertaining, Whippin' is a hallucinogenic hip hop tune that is driven by nuanced beats and a massive bassline. Donny Blayne is a versatile and talented professional who knows how to produce massive, chest rattling beats and potent, mind expanding lyrics. Gritty yet celebratory, dramatic yet fun-loving, Whippin' is the perfect debut for a young talent. If you enjoy urban music, get to know: Donny Blayne!

Hailing from the DMV, otherwise known as the nexus of Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, Donny Blayne has a southern fried vocal delivery style. Donny Blayne is an MC on a mission and with a debut as fierce as Whippin', it's easy to be excited about watching where this young creative's visionary talent will take him next. A truly impressive debut, Whippin' is the kind of track that will easily light up dancefloors leaving heaving bodies feeling all kinds of turnt. Whippin' is definitely the kind of song that will ignite a party and leave the whole place lit.

Across debut single Whippin' it is very easy to hear a booming trap influence which aligns Donny Blayne with contemporaries such as Gucci Mane and Desiigner. Inspired and visceral, Whippin' is able to exist in a similar universe to these artists while still showing plenty of originality, playfulness and bravado. Whippin' is a tune about conquering life and as an indication of Donny Blayne's talent as a solo artist it is a potent statement announcing his arrival.

All fans of hip hop culture will want to know the dynamic young MC and beatsmith Donny Blayne. Real recognize real and when it comes to creating fun, memorable and bumping rap music, Donny Blayne is a name you are going to want to know. Be sure to check out the socials and listen to Donny Blayne's monstrous new vehicle, Whippin'!

https://twitter.com/donnyblayne
https://www.instagram.com/donnyblayne
http://donnyblayne.tumblr.com/

Blachawk Records/Universal Music Group Signs ADHDtv To Major Distribution Deal

While TROY AVE recovers from his recent ambush shooting in Brooklyn and facing trial on the Irving Plaza shooting, he is featured with the Texas based artist HUSTLER E on the new song 'CROOKLYN TO WACOCAINE'.

The collabo between the two hustlers, one from the South & the other from the East, is to show solidarity of the streets. HUSTLER E, the creator of the 'hood classic' film 'WACOCAINE' says about the new collaboration, "Troy Ave is out there doing his thing, & above all the drama & controversy is an independent artist breaking out of the streets, as I am, in two major Hip Hop centers of the country & this track shows we are all the same down deep no matter where we come from."

The collaboration between artists from different regions is a step to show unity in Hip Hop, rather than segregation and regional bias than have been holding many artists back from expanding their national potentials. The song is available now on iTUNES & is featured on the WACOCAINE 5 Album, in anticipation of the 'WACOCAINE' new movie sequel coming in 2017.

For more info go to the label website www.OnMyHustle.com.

HUSTLE E is the founder 'On My Hustle Records' & creator "WACOCAINE" The Movie. On My Hustle was created in Waco, Texas in 1991 by Rodrick Hamilton after returning from Desert Storm serving 4 years in the armed forces. OMH recorded & manufactured Hustler E., the artist's first album "Mama Raised a Hustler" and created a street buzz throughout Central Texas, selling thousands of units through the streets, venues and independent retail outlets. In 1993 O.M.H. did a distribution deal with Solar Music Group which is based out of Valiejo, California. This worked for 6 months but due to distance and communication, decided to concentrate in their own market and remain independent in order to create a stronger following in Central Texas. OMH promoted and built a strong market base from 93-97 with Hustler E.

In 1998, OMH signed the artist Capone. Hustler E. and Capone went on the Low Rider Magazine Tour for 2 years establishing an even larger fan base. The same year OMH established a distribution relationship and supplied all product to Southwest Wholesale and other outlets. Company sales were increasing every year selling thousand of units,and then in the year 2002, Southwest Wholesale declared bankruptcy during one of the companies biggest projects "Wacocaine the Movie". This held back major funding and kept the companies product, causing a slowdown due to these losses. Not giving up, in 2003 OMH created the groups Texas Money Boyz and Niggaz and Ese's and went back to the roots of where it began. A survivor, HUSTLER E lives to tell another day!

"Wacocaine Part II" the movie is in-the-works now.

Website: http://www.OnMyHustle.com

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Troy Ave. Featured On New Single 'Crooklyn To Wacocaine' By Hustler E From 'Wacocaine' Fame On Wacocaine 5 Album

While TROY AVE recovers from his recent ambush shooting in Brooklyn and facing trial on the Irving Plaza shooting, he is featured with the Texas based artist HUSTLER E on the new song 'CROOKLYN TO WACOCAINE'.

The collabo between the two hustlers, one from the South & the other from the East, is to show solidarity of the streets. HUSTLER E, the creator of the 'hood classic' film 'WACOCAINE' says about the new collaboration, "Troy Ave is out there doing his thing, & above all the drama & controversy is an independent artist breaking out of the streets, as I am, in two major Hip Hop centers of the country & this track shows we are all the same down deep no matter where we come from."

The collaboration between artists from different regions is a step to show unity in Hip Hop, rather than segregation and regional bias than have been holding many artists back from expanding their national potentials. The song is available now on iTUNES & is featured on the WACOCAINE 5 Album, in anticipation of the 'WACOCAINE' new movie sequel coming in 2017.

For more info go to the label website www.OnMyHustle.com.

HUSTLE E is the founder 'On My Hustle Records' & creator "WACOCAINE" The Movie. On My Hustle was created in Waco, Texas in 1991 by Rodrick Hamilton after returning from Desert Storm serving 4 years in the armed forces. OMH recorded & manufactured Hustler E., the artist's first album "Mama Raised a Hustler" and created a street buzz throughout Central Texas, selling thousands of units through the streets, venues and independent retail outlets. In 1993 O.M.H. did a distribution deal with Solar Music Group which is based out of Valiejo, California. This worked for 6 months but due to distance and communication, decided to concentrate in their own market and remain independent in order to create a stronger following in Central Texas. OMH promoted and built a strong market base from 93-97 with Hustler E.

In 1998, OMH signed the artist Capone. Hustler E. and Capone went on the Low Rider Magazine Tour for 2 years establishing an even larger fan base. The same year OMH established a distribution relationship and supplied all product to Southwest Wholesale and other outlets. Company sales were increasing every year selling thousand of units,and then in the year 2002, Southwest Wholesale declared bankruptcy during one of the companies biggest projects "Wacocaine the Movie". This held back major funding and kept the companies product, causing a slowdown due to these losses. Not giving up, in 2003 OMH created the groups Texas Money Boyz and Niggaz and Ese's and went back to the roots of where it began. A survivor, HUSTLER E lives to tell another day!

"Wacocaine Part II" the movie is in-the-works now.

Website: http://www.OnMyHustle.com

Friday, January 13, 2017

Richard Pierce Milner Finds 'A Sense of Place' with Latest Release

An art school grad with a history behind the scenes in film and television, Richard Pierce Milner has done his fair share in the creative field. All the while though, there was a song inside of him looking to get out. So he started making music, a great blend of classical and jazz that allows him to garner the attention from a variety of listeners. He's released three albums thus far, including his most recent - A Sense of Place.

The album finds a clear balance between the two genres, making it perfect for radio stations that fill their playlists with either or. Working on the piano, Milner pulls from a cascade of experiences he's been through. Whether it's the immense traveling he's done, or his hometown Albuquerque. He's lived around the world from Holland to New York to San Cristobal de Las Casas and back again, but he notes that New Mexico has always held the most influence on him.

An influence one can hear throughout A Sense of Place. Gaining radio play would allow Milner to broaden his reach, therefore making it easier to get traction in new areas. Which is not only a goal to sell albums, but to insure he has the footing in new areas to play festivals near and far.

Those interested in hearing more from Richard Pierce Milner can check him out online, and those interested in booking him for a show be it a solo showcase or a festival can get in touch via the information below.

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About:
Richard Pierce Milner is a solo pianist from Albuquerque who has been around the world and back. With all he's done on a personal and professional level, he's created a few studio albums - his latest being A Sense of Place.

Contact:
Richard Pierce Milner
505-404-0272
RPMilner@aol.com

Links:
Official Site: http://richardpiercemilner.com

New Single From Denise Lopez 'Ain't From Hollywood' (Catfight Remix)

Denise Lopez has a successful career as a singer/songwriter/producer/Dj with more than 500 000 albums sold. She has toured the world and has sold out Tokyo Dome in Japan twice! Some years back she was the only Swedish artist to open up for Michael Jackson in Sweden. Denise has worked with prominent producers and song writers such as Max Martin, Derek Bramble, Father Mc, Pras Michel (Fugees), Michael Feiner, Anders Bagge, Andreas Carlsson, Per Magnusson and David Kreuger among others.

Denise started her carrier as a dancer & backup singer and toured around the world between 1989-1994 with Dr.Alban, Melodie MC and the famous dance group Culture Beat (Mr. Vain). During her last year with Culture Beat she signed her first record deal and recorded the album TBA (Totally Bombastic Anecdotes) with Sony Music Sweden under her nick- name DeDe. Her second single (Party) opened up the market in Japan and her first album TBA went gold within a month. As an artist Denise Lopez was contracted to Sony BMG for five years (1994 - 1999). In 1997 Denise was the only Swedish support act for Michael Jackson down in Ullevi Gothenburg. In 1999 she went to Japan to do her show in the Tokyo Dome for two consecutive days, 100 000 people were watching those shows.

The end of 99 brought a new challenge for Denise, she started of her own label and by July of 2002 she released her fourth album in Japan (through Epic) under the title "Like a Queen". 2003 saw the release of three singles as well as her first DVD collection. In august of 2007 she teamed up with Grammy-winning recording artist Pras Michel (The Fugees) and released "Turn you on", layered with her sassy vocals and Pras Michel's signature fluid rap style. Turn you on is written and produced by Pras Michel. After nine weeks on the Swedish single chart, "Turn you on" went No.2

In december of 2007 Denise went to China for the first time, she did two shows at the biggest clubs in Beijing, Club Mix and Club Cargo. In november 2008 Denise did a tour together with Pras Michel in Estonia,

Letvia, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. In december 2008 she wrapped up her first live-band tour in China, a great success. In april of 2009 she went back to China for promotion in Shanghai. Her fourth album "Slave To The Sound" was released in China may 2010 under the title "Denise Lopez". Her fifth album "Black Lace & Leather" was released 2010.

In 2014 she started the producer, artist and dj duo Catfight with Denise Lopez (singer, songrwriter, producer & DJ) and Jennifer Love (Producer & Dj). Two multi talented soul sisters from Stockholm Sweden.

Catfight provides high technical skills and great artistic and interacting performances. Denise Lopez sings live to the music which creates a fantastic impact on the audience. Their hyper-energetic show combined with their evolved sense of music makes Catfight the perfect duo that stands out.

Catfight made it to #1 on iTunes with the single 'Earthbound' and 'Female Revolution' had over 200 000 streams on Spotify in just a few weeks. Their music are played by over 400 radio stations in Europe, supplied mixes to God is a Djane, made it to Beat Port top 100 and are on the 'Top 150 Djanes 2015' in the world voted by fans trough Djanemag.com and they are nominated again 2016.

OFFICIAL
www.deniselopez.com
FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/deniselopezmusic/
SOUNDCLOUD https://soundcloud.com/deniselopez
YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/c/deniselopezmusic

http://musicdishnetwork.blogspot.com/2015/01/mc-records-to-release-rise-and-fall.html

For Your Consideration: "Celebrate Life" – Best Song in a Film
From "QUEEN MIMI"

The touching theme & end credit song for the acclaimed documentary about a 90 year old homeless woman who is filled with spirit for living, that has touched many people.

"Celebrate Life" Written by Ralph Stevens and Deana Carter
Performed by Deana Carter –
Published by Ralph Stevens Music -ASCAP & Little Nugget Music- ASCAP
The Song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zEITdu6bJM

Deana Carter, GRAMMY nominated & CMA 'Song Of The Year' Award winning artist, comments on the experience of making "Celebrate Life" for the "QUEEN MIMI" film:

"It's another one of those blessings that comes across your path, you show up & say 'Yes' & open your heart & let it in your life!"

"It happened so fast & it all clicked, collaborating with Ralph Stevens on the song, cut the vocal & the next thing I know it's in the film & the director loved it – now it's taken on a life of it's own."

"It's so moving for me to see someone that's down on their luck, to think they may be a parent or have children, & you wonder what their story is…. how they get here. To have this amazing opportunity to be included in a film that connects with my processes of people & Mimi in particular, is a beautiful example of how we connect with someone who had a different life, & how things can turn on a dime & through the process you can still be OK through the love of others. To me that's our life story, & is so inspiring!" Deana Carter interview: http://bit.ly/2i9fAXL

Press: http://www.queenmimifilm.com/press
LA TIMES: 'Queen Mimi' is at home on the red carpet -- and in a strip-mall laundromat Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/myra-chanin/how-a-weird-and-wonderful_b_9955740.html

'QUEEN MIMI' - Starring: MARIE "MIMI" HAIST with Special Appearances by ZACH GALIFIANAKIS and RENÉE ZELLWEGER Directed by: YANIV ROKAH Opened in Theaters: 4/22/16 by Xlrator Media Publicity Materials: http://bit.ly/2hofxax

SYNOPSIS: Forced onto the streets in her 50s, Mimi found "home" at a Santa Monica laundromat. Taking shelter there for 20 years, Mimi's passion for pink, and living without looking back, has taken her from homelessness to Hollywood's red carpets. This is the fascinating and moving story of one incredibly strong woman's survival against all odds.

When you feel like a queen, even a laundromat can be a palace. Marie "Mimi" Haist defied her adulterous husband and moved onto the streets in her 50s, living in parking lots and doorways until finding her "home" one stormy night between rows of washers in a Californian laundromat. Encouraged to stay by a more than generous laundry owner, Mimi's 'the past is the past' philosophy endeared her to regular fluff and fold clients and, after more than 20 years, Mimi has made some unlikely friends, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger. Filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street, Queen Mimi is the story of an unlikely hero. Now 90, Mimi reminds us to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT Before I moved to the United States from Israel to study acting in New York, I had never encountered homelessness. So when I saw people living on the streets, I didn't understand. Why don't these people have a place to stay? Why doesn't their family, the government, anyone take care of them? When I came to Los Angeles to pursue my dream to make it in Hollywood, I quickly realized that part of the reason for the rampant homelessness must be the high cost of living. To survive, you need a day job, so like many aspiring actors, I got a job as a barista. I was working at Caffe Luxxe in Santa Monica. Across the street was a laundromat. Every morning when I opened up the coffee shop at 5 am, I noticed how this elderly woman in her 80s inside the laundromat seemed to get up from spending the night there to start her day working at the laundromat, seven days a week. It got my curiosity going. How did she end up living there? Why is she all alone in the world? How did she become homeless? I'd make Mimi's coffee every day and we became friends. I was amazed that despite her circumstances, Mimi was full of optimism, humor and joy. I was instantly captivated and I knew that I had to capture her magic and strength and preserve it. Maybe deep down I wanted to be as resilient and positive as she was. So it all started with me shooting short videos of Mimi on my iPhone. And Mimi loved the attention, introducing me to people as "her photographer." The documentary Queen Mimi was born.

Everyone in Santa Monica had seen Mimi but no one really knew who she was or made the effort to find out. I still wonder why in a city of storytellers nobody else picked up a camera to tell Mimi's story. Why did it take an actor from a foreign country to start making a film about someone who was living right under everyone's noses all along? I think it was a case of one outsider recognizing another across the street. And in the process, Mimi turned me into a filmmaker. I quickly realized that I was not making a film about a homeless person. Queen Mimi is a film about the human spirit, a film about one strong woman who happens to be homeless but who will inspire every person who comes her way. Filming Queen Mimi was a process of 5 years. It took time for our friendship to build for Mimi to completely trust me, open up to me, and allow me uncover the many layers of her incredible life story. Sometimes it was very challenging to get Mimi to talk about her past, but I was patient. I wasn't rushing to make a film for the sake of making one. The project grew and grew until suddenly I had 60 hours of footage on 10 different types of cameras and devices. A complex life puzzle takes a long time to turn into a documentary feature. I'm proud that Queen Mimi does justice to our journey together.

Mimi taught me about friendship, perseverance and living life to the fullest without any regrets. One of her most famous Mimi-isms is, "Yesterday is gone, leave it there". Mimi also made me realize that time is an illusion. At 90, she is still relentlessly young of heart and an inspiration to all of us. There is so much to learn from the elderly. I believe that we don't take enough advantage of the wisdom of the elderly or give them enough credit. Back in ancient times the elderly were the most prominent people in society, the sages, the priests, the artists. Why don't we take enough time to listen and learn?

Viewers relate to Queen Mimi in their own personal way, because the documentary touches on universal themes of home, family and the purpose of life. I hope that viewers will be inspired by Mimi's optimism, resilience and love of life. Mimi's wish would be for us to help each other, to have fun together, and to make the most of every day. In her unique way, Mimi is a prophet and I feel like by making this film I'm just the messenger of her gospel that everything will work out fine if you can keep a positive outlook. Mimi would say that when life deals you lemons, just make a lemon drop martini. I also hope that viewers will take away from Queen Mimi that we need to stop judging people for who they are or how they seem to appear. We need to celebrate our differences instead of separating ourselves from one another.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM MIMI – "Mimi-isms"


* "I like being happy and free, not having some guy over me telling me what to do and what not to do."

* "You stick your nose in your butt and I'll stick mine in mine."

* "Life in a laundromat isn't just fluff."

* "When life deals you lemons, make lemon-drop martinis."

* "Yesterday is gone, tomorrow isn't here, live now."

* "Friends are better than a piece of steak."

QUEEN MIMI : MARIE "MIMI" HAIST
Marie "Mimi" Haist -- Now 90 years young, Haist has been homeless for 35 years. On a stormy night 25 years ago, she walked into a Laundromat and the owner let her stay the night, on a plastic chair between the 2nd and 3rd row of washer/dryers. Soon entrusted with the keys to the store, Marie transformed into the predominantly pink-wearing, dancing & singing "Mimi" with a past as mysterious as her ability to survive. Mimi offered laundry services to young actors, creatives and professionals living in and around Santa Monica and, as their careers ascended, some also took the time to ensure they helped their friend. It's never too late to find your family, or yourself.

For additional info on "Celebrate Life" song for 'QUEEN MIMI', or interview requests with main writer-producer Ralph Stevens contact JAY WARSINSKE at INDIEPOWER at 818-505-1836 jay@IndiePower.com

Website: http://www.queenmimifilm.com/press
Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zEITdu6bJM