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Terminally Unique: A Socially Relevant Short Film

Terminally Unique: A powerful short film by Talita Maia exploring mental health, addiction, and co-dependency in relationships.



Terminally Unique
Recognizing the compelling new short TERMINALLY UNIQUE by the incredible rising Brazilian-American filmmaker Talita Maia.

(Los Angeles, CA) – Terminally Unique, a new short film by Talita Maia, is set to make its world premiere at the LA Shorts Fest in July 2023. Maia, who wrote, directed, and produced the film, stars alongside Canadian actor Evan Williams. The short film explores the themes of co-dependency, gender tiers, and alcoholism in relationships.

The story follows Marianne, a young Brazilian woman who is dating an alcoholic writer from an affluent family. Caught between love and reality, Marianne begins the process of escape only to be ensnared by the powerful mix of love and pity. Terminally Unique candidly examines the tragic moments where the strength of love is ultimately toppled by substance abuse, providing a glimpse into the potentially endless cycles too many of us endure in codependent relationships.

As a woman and an artist, Maia strives to open her heart and tell stories that reflect some of what she has learned and hopes for change. The film is a fragment, a distilled moment that presents a potent glimpse into how women are often trapped by guilt and subordinate behavior that is drummed into them. “The path isn’t always about happy endings,” says Maia, “but that can be cathartic, a self-inflicted slap to break free of unpleasant realities that all of us can escape if we just trust our best selves.”

Terminally Unique’s premiere at the LA Shorts Fest is an exciting opportunity for the film to gain recognition and acclaim from audiences and industry professionals alike. As an Oscar® qualifying festival, a top award at the LA Shorts Fest would make the short film eligible for an Oscar® submission.

Overall, Terminally Unique is a powerful and timely film that tackles important social issues with sensitivity and nuance. The film’s honest portrayal of mental health struggles and co-dependency in relationships is sure to leave a lasting impression on viewers.

LA Shorts Fest runs from July 19th to 30th, 2023 at the LA Live Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles.

TICKETS: www.LAShortsFest.com

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/821786850

TERMINALLY UNIQUE – Trailer (L.A. Shorts Fest – World Premiere)

For more information on Talita Maia, please visit the following links:

Official Website: www.TalitaMaia.com

IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt20860828/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Instagram: @TerminallyUnique_TheFilm

Hashtags: #TerminallyUniqueTheFilm   #LAShortsFest 

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RBC’s 16th Year as TIFF Partner: Celebrating Film and Emerging Talent

RBC, Toronto International Film Festival, 16th year, major partner, film, emerging talent, arts community



RBC, a long-standing supporter of the arts and film community, has announced its 16th year as the official bank partner of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This partnership showcases RBC’s commitment to nurturing emerging talent and celebrating the arts community. With programming designed to enhance the festival experience for film fans and RBC clients, RBC aims to bring impactful stories to the big screen while supporting the arts and fostering Canadian talent.

The RBC Red Carpet Gallery returns as one of the most coveted spots for star gazing in David Pecaut Square (215 King Street West, Toronto) (CNW Group/RBC)

RBC House will host several events for emerging and established filmmakers and talents. Located at Petros82 in Toronto’s Entertainment District, RBC House will offer guests signature GREY GOOSE® Vodka cocktails and a martini cocktail bar. The programming at RBC House includes exciting events such as RBCxMusic Night, featuring a performance by DJ Diesel (also known as Shaquille O’Neal). This event aims to amplify and connect music fans to emerging artist PRIMO, who will open for DJ Diesel.

Additionally, the Los Angeles Times Studio presented by RBC will return to RBC House, providing a platform for directors and international stars for video interviews and photography. This year, the collaboration with the L.A. Times includes “Los Angeles Times Talks @ TIFF,” featuring an in-person conversation with director George C. Wolfe. The panel will discuss the historical drama “Rustin,” a film about civil rights icon and LGBTQ pioneer Bayard Rustin.

Furthermore, RBC will host The Black Academy Legacy Kick-Off Party, a celebration that highlights the contributions of Black artists and creators in the film industry. This event emphasizes RBC’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the arts.

Through its partnership with TIFF, RBC continues to champion the arts, support emerging talent, and provide a platform for diverse voices and unique perspectives. By bringing together the worlds of film, music, and conversation, RBC reinforces its dedication to fostering cultural vibrancy and community engagement.

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Remembering Bob Barker: The Iconic Game Show Host and Animal Rights Activist

“Beloved game show host Bob Barker dies at 99, leaving behind a legacy as an animal rights activist. #RIPBobBarker”



Bob Barker. (2023, August 26). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Barker

In a saddening announcement, it has been confirmed by Bob Barker’s publicist, Roger Neal, that the beloved game show host has passed away at the age of 99. Bob Barker, with his charming personality and extensive tenure as the host of “Truth or Consequences” and “The Price Is Right,” made a lasting impact on the entertainment world and touched the lives of countless fans around the globe.

Beyond his captivating presence on television, Barker was also a passionate advocate for animal rights. Throughout his life, he worked tirelessly to expose the cruelty inflicted upon animals in the entertainment industry and strived to improve the welfare of abused and exploited animals, both in the United States and abroad. His dedication to this cause was commendable and left a lasting impact on the world.

Nancy Burnet, Barker’s longtime friend and caretaker, expressed her pride in the trailblazing work they accomplished together. Their efforts shed light on the mistreatment of animals, bringing awareness and inspiring change within the industry.

Retiring in 2007 after more than five decades of hosting game shows, Barker left an unforgettable legacy. His iconic sign-off, “I thank you, thank you, thank you for inviting me into your home for more than 50 years,” resonates with fans who grew up watching his infectious enthusiasm and genuine warmth.

As we bid farewell to Bob Barker, we remember him not only as an exceptional entertainer but also as a compassionate advocate who used his platform to make a positive difference. His contributions to both the entertainment world and animal rights will continue to inspire generations to come. Rest in peace, Bob Barker.


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Pee-wee Herman Actor Paul Reubens Passes Away at 70 from Cancer

Remembering Paul Reubens: The beloved Pee-wee Herman actor, known for his infectious laughter and creativity, passes at 70. #PaulReubens #PeeWeeHerman #Legacy



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Beloved actor and comedian Paul Reubens, best known for his iconic character Pee-wee Herman, has passed away at the age of 70. The news of his death came as a shock, as Reubens had been privately battling cancer for the past six years.

Reubens’ portrayal of Pee-wee Herman captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. From his groundbreaking television show, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” to the cult classic film, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” Reubens brought laughter and joy to millions with his unique comedic style and childlike charm.

In a statement released after his death, Reubens expressed regret for not making his health struggles public, but also shared his gratitude for the love and support he received from his friends, fans, and supporters throughout his career. His genuine affection for his audience and dedication to his craft were evident in every performance.

Beyond Pee-wee Herman, Reubens made significant contributions to the entertainment industry. His talent extended to writing, producing, and acting, with memorable appearances in films like “Batman Returns” and “Blow.” Reubens’ versatility as an artist and his ability to bring characters to life will be remembered and celebrated.

Paul Reubens leaves behind a lasting legacy, inspiring countless individuals to embrace their creativity and embrace their unique qualities. His infectious laughter and imaginative spirit will continue to resonate with generations to come.

As we mourn the loss of this comedic genius, we remember Paul Reubens for the joy he brought into our lives and the indelible mark he left on the world of entertainment. Rest in peace, Paul Reubens, and thank you for the laughter and memories.



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