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Justine Ezarik at New Media Expo 2008 with Sar...

Justine Ezarik at New Media Expo 2008 with Sarah Austin, Amber MacArthur, and Leo Laporte (Photo credit: markjdos  Wikipedia)

Here is a TWiT Live Special from Leo Laporte sponsored by NewTek who makes the TriCaster line of portable and studio, video production equipment   Leo moderates this panel as they talk about the changes that have come about in how we watch video and the changes that are to come.

Panel Guests are:
  • Jeff Hawley
  • - Director of Customer Experience Group for Yamaha
  • Bill Chapman - Turner Broadcasting
  • Jeff Jacobs - SVP Production Strategies for MTV
  • Kevin Pollack - Actor and web show host.

An Interview with Mahri Shelton

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Mahri Shelton (Photo Credit:Tim Holt)

Mahri has been acting in the Charlotte area since 2007. She's done it all, from shorts and student films to feature films, with a few things in between.

 In this interview, we talk about her acting experiences, the good and bad, as she gives advice on the best way to get started and do well in this seriously competitive field. 

Have a look!

A typical southern breakfast served at a resta...

(Photo credit: sashafatcat via Wikipedia)

The Indie Grits Festival begins next week and the Indie Grits Film Festival will be part of it.  Presented by Nickelodeon Theatre the festival will also include art, food, music, and crafts.  In it's sixth year the festival provides an opportunity for southern filmmakers with an independent film mentality.

April 19th through April 29th
Columbia, south Carolina

Jackson Ross.jpgJackson Ross is equally at home on screen or in the theatre, having taken to the stage in plays such as Midsummer Night's Dream, and Oedipus Rex.  A busy man, he has worn may  hats such as  film producer, director, writer, as well as being an actor.  In some of the films he's involved in, Jackson often plays the cop or wiseguy but he also likes roles that challenge his range.

Originally from Kinston, North Carolina he wound up in Miami via Minnesota.  In Minneapolis he had his first brush with movies while working as an extra in Drop Dead Gorgeous.  That's when he first  became interested in film.  While still in Minnesota Jackson produced films of both stage plays and screenplays.   He also met his wife Karuna Sun when she auditioned for a film he was working on.

From Minneapolis they headed to Miami where Karuna was urged to come for modeling work.  Jackson's first job in Florida  was playing a Russian thug in Burn Notice.  Ready to go anywhere he's looking to come back to North Carolina for some of the productions springing up in the area.   Here is a conversation with Jackson about where acting has taken him.

The sun sets over the main stage at Coachella ...

The sun sets over the main stage at Coachella 2011. (Photo credit: Jameyhopkins via Wikipedia)

Coming up next weekend will be the first of two Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivals.  Starting this year there will be two festivals held on consecutive weekends. It's so popular they're holding it twice!

Some of the acts that are scheduled to perform are the Black Keys, Mazzy Star, Radio Head, Bon Iver, The Shins, SBTRKT, Zeds Dead, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Florence the Machine, Girl Talk, and many, many more..

Besides all the great acts there will be plenty of good food and drink to choose from.  Need a quick bite?  There will be food trucks available.  Want something more relaxed and satisfying then go to one of the several restaurants or bars setup on the site.

Against Me! playing at the 2007 Coachella Vall...

Against Me! playing at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. (Public Domain photo by R1vers Wikipedia)

Most of the tickets are sold out but there are a few premium camping passes left.  For those of you that can't be there in person you can watch the live stream on YouTube at

Zia Record Exchange will be open during the festival so you can purchase new or used records and CDs.  Record Store Day will feature special releases, and artist signings will be available. in the Zia tent.

ActionFest - Asheville, NC

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Foto do centro da cidade, tirada em uma casa n...

Asheville, NC (Public Domain image by Zulske via Wikipedia)

Enjoy the scenic beauty of Asheville while attending the ActionFest Film Festival.   Celebrating action films with 4 days  of explosions, gun battles, martial arts, and a huge body count.  If you like action movies don't miss it.  Oh, and did I mention the mountains of Asheville are a great place to vacation.

April 12th - 15th
Asheville, North Carolina