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Award-Winning Affordable Housing Documentary ‘UNZIPPED

An Autopsy of American Inequality’s Debuts in Its Home City of Venice



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LOS ANGELES (Newswire.com) – UNZIPPED, a feature documentary about the growing affordable housing crisis in America, will be screened publicly for the first time in the community where it was filmed, Venice, California, 90291. The screening is at the Electric Lodge in Venice, California, on Friday, August 11, at 7 p.m. 

The event is sponsored by The Satyagraha Alliance; the Matern Law Group, hosted by Philanthropist, Podcast Host and Attorney, Matthew J. Matern, and is a benefit for Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y.).

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Colin K. Gray, Executive Produced by Lucy Liu, and featuring music tracks from Run The Jewels, UNZIPPED has been hailed as the “frontline” documentary “for America’s housing divide” (Variety,) a film that “humanizes” the issue (KCRW), and an “important, powerful and enlightening” documentary (KPCC’s Film Week). 

UNZIPPED is produced by GRAiNEY PICTURES in association with Ley Line Entertainment and The Nation of Artists. Local Venice partners featured in the documentary include Venice Family Clinic, Venice Community Housing, Venice Heritage Museum, St. Joseph Center and S. P. Y.

A companion affordable housing impact campaign, #RaiseTheRoof, launched alongside the film with an interactive Impact Hub that showcases simple ways to get involved and support local housing organizations.

About the host, Matthew J. Matern

Matt is a successful attorney, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder of Matern Law Group in California and created The Satyagraha Alliance, a non-profit that supports and partners with other environmental and homelessness organizations.

Dedicated to giving back to the community, he started the Alliance to support philanthropic programs for local underserved communities. The Satyagraha Alliance has donated substantial sums to many local charities including Safe Place for Youth, St. Joseph’s Center, Downtown Women’s Center, Food Finders and the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. 


In addition to his philanthropic work with the Satyagraha Alliance, Matt is host and creator of “A Climate Change”, a weekly radio show and podcast discussing issues of climate change with influential environmental leaders.

About Colin K. Gray

Colin is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. Uniting every project he tackles is a deep commitment to crafting powerful stories that challenge the status quo.

In addition to directing & writing UNZIPPED, Colin’s documentary credits include: Being CanadianATARI: Game OverRedlight, and Freedom’s Fury, his acclaimed documentary about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and ‘Blood in the Water” Olympic water polo match (named one of the 20 Greatest Sports Documentaries of All Time by Esquire magazine). Colin and EPs Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu were knighted by Hungary for the film. 

Colin’s ongoing commitment to social impact work includes writing and directing projects for Habitat for Humanity, Action Against Hunger, UNICEF and One Voice. Colin was also a staff writer on Netflix’s children’s series Phantom Pups. His other scripted credits include Savage Lands and Meena, based on the novel “Half the Sky”.

For more information on UNZIPPED and #RaiseTheRoof, please visit: www.unzippedmovie.com 

Source: Matern Law Group






LOS ANGELES  Metrolink’s low-income discount program was relaunched today as the Mobility-4-All program.  Metrolink passengers with a California Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card are still eligible for a 50 percent discount on all Metrolink tickets and passes. Riders can use their EBT card at any Metrolink station ticket machine to validate and unlock the discount.

“Since we began the program in September 2022, we have sold more than 80,000 tickets with the discounted fare,” Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said. “Thanks to a generous Caltrans grant, we have made Metrolink an even more affordable option for people. Renaming the program to Mobility-4-All reaffirms our commitment to make public transportation more equitable, without reference to socioeconomic status.”

Funding for the discount is made possible by a grant from the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP), administered by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

A California EBT card is required to validate the discount, while an alternative form of payment is needed to complete the ticket transaction.

Source: Metrolink

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Hollywood Writers Strike Ends: Guild Approves Contract with Studios

Hollywood writers strike ends as guild approves contract with studios, bringing production back after months of halt. Scriptwriting resumes.



After nearly five months of uncertainty and halted production, the Hollywood writers strike has finally come to an end. The governing boards of the Writers Guild of America, representing both the eastern and western branches, along with their joint negotiating committee, have approved a contract agreement with studios. This decision marks a significant milestone for the industry, allowing the resumption of scriptwriting and the gradual return to normalcy.

Key Highlights of the Contract Agreement:
The contract, spanning three years, encompasses several vital victories that writers had fought for since the beginning of the strike. These wins include improved compensation, longer employment terms, increased staff sizes, and control over artificial intelligence. The agreement closely aligns with the initial demands of the writers, reflecting a compromise between both parties.

Compensation and Employment:
The writers’ union sought higher pay and future residual earnings from shows, and the compromise deal resulted in a raise ranging from 3.5% to 5%. Additionally, the contract introduces new residual payments based on the popularity of streaming shows, ensuring writers receive adequate compensation for their contributions to highly watched properties.

Staffing and Artificial Intelligence:
The contract addresses the issue of staffing, with a requirement that shows intended to run at least 13 episodes must have a minimum of six writers on staff. The number of writers will be adjusted based on the episode count. While the initial desire for guaranteed staffs of six on shows yet to be ordered was not achieved, a guaranteed minimum of three writers was agreed upon.

Furthermore, the agreement grants writers control over the regulation and use of artificial intelligence. AI-generated storylines will not be considered “literary material” or “source” material, protecting writers’ creative contributions and avoiding competition with computer-generated content.

The end of the Hollywood writers strike brings relief to the entertainment industry, allowing the resumption of production and the creation of new scripts. The approved contract represents a significant achievement for the Writers Guild of America, securing important gains in compensation, employment terms, staffing, and control over emerging technologies. As late-night talk shows prepare to return, the agreement paves the way for the gradual comeback of scripted shows as negotiations continue. The Hollywood writers strike, while disruptive, ultimately led to a more equitable and sustainable future for the talented individuals who shape the narratives we love on screen.

For more on the writers and actors strikes, visit: https://apnews.com/hub/hollywood-strikes/


Source: Associated Press

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Punctuate Your Day with Humor: National Punctuation Day

“Embrace the power of punctuation on National Punctuation Day and let your words dance with clarity and humor. #NationalPunctuationDay”



Attention, grammar nerds and word enthusiasts! Today, we celebrate the unsung heroes of the written word: punctuation marks! It’s National Punctuation Day, a time to pause, take a breath, and appreciate those tiny symbols that bring order to our sentences.

Imagine a world without punctuation. It would be utter chaos! Sentences would blend together, leaving us scratching our heads and desperately searching for meaning. Take a look at this sentence: “Let’s eat grandma.” Now, add a simple comma, and voila! “Let’s eat, grandma.” Crisis averted!

Punctuation marks have the power to change everything. They can turn a statement into a question, add excitement or urgency, and even make us sound sarcastic. Just one exclamation point can transform a dull sentence into an enthusiastic proclamation! “I’m going to the store” becomes “I’m going to the store!”

Let’s not forget the semicolon, the mysterious and underappreciated member of the punctuation family. It’s like the James Bond of punctuation marks—sophisticated, elegant, and capable of connecting two independent clauses with effortless grace.

So, on this National Punctuation Day, let’s raise our pens and give thanks to these unsung heroes. They may be small, but they wield a mighty influence over our words. So, use them wisely, cherish them dearly, and remember: without punctuation, we’d all be lost in a sea of confusion. Happy National Punctuation Day!

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