-By Lonita Cook – EXAMINER.COM – November, 2014
[Jennifer DeLia] returns with a film that explores the dynamics of her philosophy about humanity and artistry. For DeLia it is about vibrancy and authenticity. “Billy Bates” certainly searches the extreme brilliance- the colorfulness, the soulfulness and even the madness.
-By Jack Picone – NYFA.EDU – March, 2015
DeLia is producing the film with Julie Pacino, a New York Film Academy graduate who co-founded Poverty Row Entertainment with DeLia. The two also collaborated on Billy Bates, the haunting look at a tortured artist. Pacino, the daughter of Al Pacino, is the perfect choice to tell the story of a Hollywood legend.
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BILLY BATES, 2013 [FILM]
– BY Jennifer DeLia – BLOGS.INDIEWIRE.COM – April 13, 2012
“The film reflects the creative process of the main character, an artist coming to grips with the fine line between art and life. This reflection parallels my own journey of making the film. I think that’s part of what makes Billy Bates so unique … and, like a happy accident.”
– By H. Luna – C47HOUSTON – November 13, 2014
The two principal actors James Wirt and Savannah Welch (playing artist Bill Bates and singer/songwriter Kaia) did an amazing job with their respective characters. Mr. Wirt was a natural in displaying his emotional upheavals and his quest for creative juxtaposition. Director Jennifer DeLia was able to get the most convincing character of Billy through this dynamic and talented actor, Mr. James Wirt.
PHOENIX, 2014 [THEATER]
– By Frank Scheck – HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – August 7, 2014
Snappily directed by Jennifer DeLia, Phoenix, scheduled to be made into a film directed by Amy Redford, has a sly charm that sneaks up on you. As Sue eventually comes to realize, it’s futile to resist.
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AMADOU & MARIAM FT. TV ON THE RADIO: WILY KATASO, 2012
– By Corban Goble – STEREOGUM.COM – March 23, 2012
In music circles Amadou and Mariam, from Mali, are the ambassadors of West African sounds and no longer a secret.
EBONY BONES: BREAD & CIRCUS, 2013
– By LIFEANDTIMES.COM – August 14, 2013
Here, Life + Times premieres the video for the LIQUID LIQUID remix of Ebony Bones’ “Bread & Circus” collaboration with Sal P. Ebony Bones’ latest album, Behold, A Pale Horse, is out now.
ANOTHER MURDER IN NEW ORLEANS, 2013
– By ELMORE MAGAZINE – May 19, 2015
Coming on the heels of Decisions, 2014’s Grammy-nominated collaboration with Bobby Rush (and a guest spot from Dr. John), blues-funk-veterans Blinddog Smokin’ will release their 11th album High Steppin’, on July 17.
WOMEN IN FILM TODAY
Trailblazing Women, a partnership between TCM and Women In Film, Los Angeles is a multi-year initiative created to raise awareness about the historical contributions of women working behind the camera.
– By Cynthia Littleton – VARIETY – September 2, 2015
“We recognized that this is a timely and topical issue, and that we could not only create awareness of women’s historical contributions but shine a light on today’s issues and bring resources and information to today’s generation of filmmakers,” Dorian said. “Trailblazing Women” will be a multi-year project for TCM, with a similar monthly showcase planned for 2016 and probably 2017″ Dorian said. “The inaugural effort is focused on the work of female directors.”
“In 2012, the Sundance Institute and Women in Film, Los Angeles launched the Female Filmmakers Initiative to foster gender parity for women behind the camera. Our first step was to understand the hard numbers and the root causes behind the paucity of American female filmmakers so we could address the problem head-on.”