Author and illustrator line-up for the Family HQ at BookCon on June 1 and 2 in New York City

Children’s Book Council

Children’s book authors and illustrators will read or draw from their new books for kids and parents attending BookCon

NEW YORK, NY, USA, May 23, 2019 / — The Children’s Book Council is pleased to announce our author and illustrator line-up for the Family HQ at this year’s BookCon on June 1 and 2 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Throughout the weekend, children’s book authors and illustrators will read or draw from their new books for kids and parents attending BookCon. Chairs and tables will be set up, along with drawing materials and paper.

Here is the line-up of 20 book creators who will be there to share their joy of children’s books!

Tickets for BookCon are still available.


11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Raakhee Mirchandani reads from her picture book, Super Satya Saves the Day (published by Bharat Babies).
Lesley Ware leads a design activity from their book, How to Be a Fashion Designer (published by DK).

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Kamilla Benko reads from Secret in the Stone, book two in a middle grade fantasy series (published by Bloomsbury).
Monica Wellington draws from the picture book, Dear Ballerina (published by Holiday House).

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
David Biedrzycki draws from his unreleased picture book, SumoKitty (published by Charlesbridge).
Novel Effect will demonstrate their voice activated storytelling app.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Jen Calonita reads from her latest middle grade novel, Misfits (published by Sourcebooks).
Jamie Mae reads from Isle of Misfits #3: Prank Wars, a middle grade novel (published by Little Bee Books).

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Michael Genhart reads from the picture book he wrote, Rainbow: A First Book of Pride (published by Magination Press).
Pamela Behrend draws from their picture book, The Survivor Tree (published by The Roadrunner Press).

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM
Matt Loux draws from his graphic novel, The Time Museum (published by First Second Books).
Shira Erlichman reads from their picture book, Be/Hold: A Friendship Book (published by Penny Candy Books).


2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Cortney Powell reads from her graphic novel, Melowy #3: Time to Fly (published by Papercutz).
Children’s Book Council staff leads a comic strip making activity.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Yevgenia Nayberg draws from her picture book, Martin & Anne, the Kindred Spirits of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank (published by Creston Books).
Nathan Levy reads from their latest nonfiction book, 101 Things Everyone Should Know about Science (published by Science Naturally).

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Jessica Boehman draws from their picture book, The Lions at Night (published by The Roadrunner Press).
Graphic novel collaborators Art Baltazar (Gillbert published by Papercutz) and Franco (Tiny Titans) read their comics and talk about working as a visual storytelling team.

Shaina Birkhead
Children's Book Council
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Over 3 Million U.S. Children on Psychiatric ADHD Drugs

Since 2013, there have been more than 19,000 reports of complications from ADHD drugs, most of which are stimulants made to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MedPage Today analysis.

Mental Health Watchdog, CCHR, hosts an educational talk for parents on the dangers associated with ADHD drugs.

Parents are not being told the dangers associated with psychiatric drugs and as a result they may too easily give permission and regret it much later.”

— Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA, May 23, 2019 / — Alarmed at the significant number of children prescribed psychiatric drugs, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children, will host a seminar for parents on Wednesday the 29 of May about psychostimulants, the dangerous side effects of these drugs and the potential for drug addiction. Jason Good, the public executive of a successful drug rehabilitation center, will deliver the seminar. He will speak on how being labeled with ADHD as a child led to his illegal street drug use and narcotics addiction at the age of 15. The seminar will be held at the headquarters for CCHR Florida in downtown Clearwater.

“Parents are not being told the dangers associated with these drugs,” said Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida. “Lacking information, they may too easily give permission and regret it much later.” Ms. Stein further elaborated that in the US today, approximately 7.2 million children between the ages of 0 to 17 are prescribed psychiatric drugs, and almost half have been labeled with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This labeling represents a billing code that has come under increasing criticism for diagnosing normal childhood behavior as a “mental disorder”.

The psychostimulant, methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin, is one of the drugs prescribed to children who have been labeled as ADHD and comes with such side effects as nervousness, agitation, anxiety as well as psychosis. [1] Methylphenidate is a Schedule II drug, which means the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies it as having a high potential for abuse. At the same time, the DEA warns that methylphenidate produces many of the same effects as cocaine and that psychotic episodes and severe psychological addiction have been associated with its use. [2]

To learn more or to reserve seats at the May 29th seminar, please call 727-442-8820.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit




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Sierra Boggess (left), Rebecca Luker (center), and Heather Botts Headlined the Montclair PRSSA 7th Benefit for Autism NJ

Sierra Boggess (left), Rebecca Luker (center), and Heather Botts Headlined the Montclair PRSSA 7th Benefit for Autism NJ

From the left, Montclair student Gabi Bartnik, Autism NJ; Jessica Barkosky, Director of Communication and Marketing; Suzanne Buchanan, Executive Director; MSU student Ally DeForge and PRSSA faculty adviser Larry Weiner

From the left, Montclair student Gabi Bartnik, Autism NJ; Jessica Barkosky, Director of Communication and Marketing; Suzanne Buchanan, Executive Director; MSU student Ally DeForge and PRSSA faculty adviser Larry Weiner

This Year's Fundraiser Brings Total Raised for Autism NJ to Nearly $40,000 in total

It was amazing to see Broadway stars who I’ve seen in shows on my own campus, advocating and performing for a cause that is very near and dear to my heart,”

— Rebecca Erdelyi

MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, May 23, 2019 / — On Monday April 22, the Montclair State University School of Communication and Media Public Relations Student Society of America raised $7,000 for Autism New Jersey during its 7th annual “Broadway’s Best” benefit concert. This year’s stellar lineup included three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker, Broadway royalty Sierra Boggess, and up-and-comer and “My Fair Lady” Laura Benanti understudy, Heather Botts. The three powerhouse women performed fan favorites from their careers, as well as covers of popular Broadway songs.
The event was cohosted by Montclair State students Ally DeForge and Gabi Bartnik, who were among the many PRSSA students who made the night possible.
“As a member of PRSSA, I was able to help in planning and getting the schedule ready for the day,” DeForge said. “All of the members were super involved in planning and prepping for the event. We had amazing direction from our E-Board, and they helped us to know exactly where we needed to be and what we needed to do to make sure the event was a success.”
Also joining the lineup for the third year was the Paper Mill Playhouse Show Choir. The group is comprised of 67 high school students from across New Jersey who are passionate about musical theatre. The group performed a medley of songs from the hit film “The Greatest Showman,” as well as fan-favorites from popular Broadway shows including “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Hamilton.” Montclair State’s very own Freshmen Revue also let their voices shine with beautiful harmonies and top-notch solos.
Another highlight of the night was William Paterson graduate Jonathan Weiner performing Robert Starer’s work “Colors” on the piano. Weiner also took the stage later in the night to preview his upcoming virtual reality film and documentary “Chocolate Milk,” which he is creating alongside MSU School of Communication and Media professor Sonja Bozic.
MSU alum Robert Getz also screened his short film “Origins of Heroes,” which connects his experience with Asperger’s to the experiences of popular superheroes.
The night concluded with Boggess’ stunning version of “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera.”
“It was amazing to see Broadway stars who I’ve seen in shows on my own campus, advocating and performing for a cause that is very near and dear to my heart,” said Montclair State Graduate Student Rebecca Erdelyi. “It was a really wonderful experience.”
In addition, among the items raffled off was a specially autographed for the event package of CDs/DVDs and some autographed photos from Audra McDonald.

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Corporate Universities are Changing Business, Explained by William T. Sugg

William T. Sugg of Valley County Health Systems promotes internal education programs, which are beneficial for both the organization and its employees.

PORTLAND, TENNESSEE, USA, May 23, 2019 / — Corporate universities first appeared in the mid-20th century as a response to rapidly changing business environments. Although many new employees receive a college education or formal training, it’s often times not enough preparation for a role in a high-level corporation. As the need for specialization and product development grows, so does the need for a new approach to corporate education.

With more than 25 years of business experience, William T. Sugg, founder of a 501c (3) Healthcare Foundation and a Corporate University, explains why internal education is key to a healthy, successful company.

Value to the Organization

An internal corporate university has curriculum that pertains to the organization specifically. Investing in employees has been shown to drive performance and results, as each person is fully equipped for the job at hand. William T. Sugg of Valley County Health Systems suggests that corporate universities also aid in the hiring process by opening the door to candidates who have the right attitude and energy, but perhaps not the experience that would normally be required. Reinforcing a positive and consistent work culture across all departments in the organization is a huge advantage to corporations.

Impact on Employees

A corporate university encourages individual growth, where employees can develop skills relevant to their career goals. William T. Sugg of Valley County Health Systems has seen how open discussion fosters development and innovation, and allows employees to connect with peers. When the program is complete, employees are more prepared and more confident at work. Corporate universities also create an increase in employee retention rate, as team members have more opportunities to grow within their roles and at the company.

Strategic Planning and Education

New research suggests that corporate universities can play a huge role in planning for the future. William T. Sugg of Valley County h=Health Systems explains that it’s a great opportunity to discuss the overall vision for a company, and set multi-year goals for teams. It can help employees understand how their projects tie together and make a difference in the organization. Presenting critical information in a condensed and easy to understand format saves time, and puts everyone on the same page with a shared vision.

About William T. Sugg

Throughout his management career, William T. Sugg of Valley County Health Systems, also known as Bill, has worked through almost every major crisis possible in a hospital setting, including deadly tornadoes, floods, fires, scandals and rebuilding the 17th most beautiful hospital in the United States. He is a politically astute healthcare executive with more than 25 years of experience. His leadership style is approachable, transparent, and people centered. William T. Sugg believes in a strong teamwork culture that promotes respect, trust, commitment, and dedication to goals and values.

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Fertility Road and TwoDads.U.K. Announce New Union – “We’re just parents, parenting”

Fertility Road Magazine

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Fertility Road Magazine

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Fertility Road and TwoDads.U.K launch new partnership which is designed to show that Same-Sex parenting is just the ‘same’ as the ‘traditional’ family structure

“TwoDads.U.K are excited to be writing for Fertility Road as we are passionate advocates for UK Surrogacy and the UK fertility industry.”

— Michael Johnson-Ellis from TwoDads.U.K

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, May 23, 2019 / — Fertility Road and TwoDads.U.K have launched a new partnership which is designed to show that Same-Sex parenting is just the ‘same’ as the ‘traditional’ family structure. The message is clear – parents are ultimately parents, whatever the gender mix, pure and simple.

The partnership brings together two of the leaders in their respective fields and will focus on events and initiatives which will promote and normalise modern, alternative family structures.

The Fertility Road magazine is the longest running consumer fertility title aimed at couples and individuals who are in need of professional advice and information around fertility. Published Bi-monthly it attracts a world-wide readership and its contributors include leading international fertility influencers, nutritional, fitness and wellbeing experts.

Michael and Wes are the ‘two dads’, parents to Talulah, born in October 2016 soon to be joined by a baby brother in August 2019. They set up TwoDads.U.K. to share their positive experience of surrogacy and to help, inform and encourage other same-sex couples who were considering parenting. The movement is lobbying and campaigning to create an environment for surrogacy reform, acceptance of the equal rights of intended fathers and wider understanding of issues affecting same-sex parents.

This exciting new partnership will, over the coming months use their well-established online presence to roll out a number of educational initiatives including events sharing information for dads on how to navigate and successfully create a family via surrogacy in the UK. Michael and Wes will also be contributing regularly to the Fertility Road magazine, sharing articles which promote equality around parenting.

Tone Jarvis-Mack, Operations Director at Fertility Road describes how the new partnership represents a great step forward for intended fathers;

“As partners Fertility Road and TwoDads.U.K will use their global presence and influence to reshape the way society views and treats same-sex parents and begin to accept that different family structures are not only acceptable but create a healthy environment which positively affects child development”

Michael Johnson-Ellis from TwoDads.U.K is equally enthusiastic about the union which was launched in the current edition of Fertility Road;

“TwoDads.U.K are excited to be writing for Fertility Road as we are passionate advocates for UK Surrogacy and the UK fertility industry. We feel that the magazine services clinics and intended parents perfectly, and new collaboration demonstrates that Fertility Road is diverse and willing to represent modern families like ours. This is a perfect match”

Fertility Road is a bi-monthly magazine available for anyone looking to start or grow their family. Established in 2009 it has become the longest running consumer fertility magazine and its ever growing print and digital readership delivers the latest news, advice and guidance for anyone trying to conceive.

Tone Jarvis-Mack
Fertility Road Magazine
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MEL Science Chemistry Video Goes Viral with 41 Million Views

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MEL Science

Popular STEM subscription MEL Science has shot a video exposing the use of plastic in aluminum cans, resulting in millions of views and comments on social media

LONDON, UK, May 23, 2019 / — A video released by MEL Science exposing the use of plastic in aluminum cans has gone viral, with millions of views on social media. The video reveals the surprising use of plastic in common aluminum cans, such as soft drinks. Viewers are shocked to learn that an ordinary aluminum can is concealing a devious secret – that the can is not only covered with a protective layer of tin on the outside, but also a layer of plastic on the inside. The layer of plastic is intended to keep the drink from interacting with aluminum.

Along with the video, MEL Science provides step-by-step instructions on how to actually perform the experiment. The instructions include a list of equipment needed and a full description of the process.

About the Company

MEL Science is a monthly chemistry set subscription that is accompanied by virtual reality (VR) lesson plans. Lessons take the subscriber to the atomic and molecular level to ensure better understanding of complex chemistry concepts.
The subscription was created to provide children with hands-on learning through personal experiences, and according to Katro, it also provides a great way for families to spend time together and build fun memories.

To view the experiment and find out how to conduct it yourself, visit

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MEL Science
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FIVE STAR REVIEW Diane Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

James E. Joyce, Author

There's little doubt about its contents, with a book named THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS RUN BY IDIOTS!
This represents plain and simple thinking, and is a "nasty little book" that pinpoints federal government processes as the cause of forces destroying American society and democratic ideals. Taxpayers in revolt receive a presentation that looks like an illustrated comic book coverage in many places, featuring large-size print and an approach that would seem to indicate its appropriateness for a younger audience;but which actually will prove accessible to busy adults who want more of a quick synthesis than the usual weighty political read presents.

Appearances aside, it should be noted that THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS RUN BY IDIOTS! is a book most decidedly directed to adult American taxpayers, and is crafted in such a manner that even those with low reading skills or who are unfamiliar with statistics, math, or politics will find it enlightening.

There's no love of either Democrat or Republican leaders in this damning report: both receive 'F' marks, along with the government entities that have supported bureaucratic snafus and leaders that promote tax codes with sweeping debt attached to them.

James E. Joyce maintains (and supports with facts) that were it not for the Federal Government's shenanigans, the average American would have $40K more in their pockets annually for retirement income. There are many eye-opening accusations (supported by statistics and facts) that will give liberals and conservatives alike pause for thought – including that the current Social Security System is akin to a "federal Ponzi Scheme" and should be replaced by a National Investment Retirement Fund.

Joyce maintains that social security has been a dishonest scheme since its instigation in 1935, and advocates a better replacement vehicle on the state level. He points out that in 1935, "the average American died before reaching age 65."

Now that longevity has increased,proponents of the system are trying to assure that the benefit age is adjusted so that those who pay into the system actually don't reap its full benefits. It should be noted that professional editing would have made the book a smoother read. But as a counterpoint, this is intended as a comic book and, as such, is a more inviting way of comprehending many serious facts without the grammatical density of comparatively complex discussions of the subject.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS RUN BY IDIOTS! is no light discourse, but a solid review that is purposely presented in a format that will lend to accessibility and inspection by even the busiest reader. After a section of admonitions and damning evidence, the meat of the book lies in a second section that details the 'Restoration of the American Dream'.

This may be a nasty little book; but truthful examination of a complex system is never a cozy read. Want to change things so that Americans can retire at 52 and lead a better life? The keys included here offer food for thought on making this process a reality.

Available on in paperback & E-book formats.For other sources go to

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The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay Aims to Restore Common Sense Values in Local Neighborhoods

The Way to Happiness volunteers after a cleanup of a Clearwater neighborhood.

Beneath society’s rampant crime and drug abuse, corporate greed, political misconduct and international conflict lies the root problems of dishonesty and immorality.”

— Tanja Cranton, ED of TWTH Association of Tampa Bay

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, May 23, 2019 / — On Saturday May 18th, volunteers of The Way to Happiness (TWTH) Association Tampa Bay distributed over 400 The Way to Happiness, the nonreligious moral code written by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard at a festival in Downtown Clearwater. For the past three and a half years, volunteers have been distributing TWTH booklets in Clearwater neighborhoods with the aim of improving their neighborhoods.

“Beneath society’s rampant crime and drug abuse, corporate greed, political misconduct and international conflict lies the root problems of dishonesty and immorality,” said Tanja Cranton, the Executive Director of The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay. “That is why we go out into our neighborhoods almost every day – to share The Way to Happiness with its common sense values.”

According to TWTH, volunteers have used the booklets in crisis zones to spread calm and reduce crime. For example, TWTH Tampa Bay distributed booklets in every household of one neighborhood and in just one year, crime fell over 70%. While in Los Angeles, to reduce gang activity, TWTH volunteers removed graffiti from 130 buildings while passing out thousands of copies of the booklet and the once alarming murder rate fell to zero.

Immensely popular since its first publication in 1981, more than 115 million copies have since been distributed in 205 countries and territories, providing a moral compass for all to live by. As L. Ron Hubbard stated, “With the Way to Happiness you can factually change all this. All you have to do is keep that booklet flowing in the society. Like gentle oil spread upon the raging sea, the calm will flow outward and outward.”

For more information on the program or to join in the cleanup projects, please contact The Way to Happiness Community Center on 33 N. Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater FL 33755, open daily from 10am – 10pm or call: (727) 467 6961.

The Way To Happiness:

The Way to Happiness is the first moral code based wholly on common sense, written by L. Ron Hubbard and originally published in 1981, its purpose is to help arrest the current moral decline in society and restore integrity and trust to humankind. The Way to Happiness further holds a Guinness Record as the world’s single most translated non-religious book in the world. This code of conduct can be followed by anyone, of any race, color or creed and works to restore the bonds that unite humankind. Millions around the world have received the materials free of charge thanks to the continued sponsorship of the Church of Scientology.

Tanja Cranton
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Premier Health Supports #WilberforceUnite with $25,000 Donation

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Mary Boosalis, CEO, Premier Health

When Me Becomes We, a Little Becomes a Lot

#WilberforceUnite Campaign Art

Healthcare system shifts words to action with gift to local university

WILBERFORCE, OHIO, USA, May 23, 2019 / — Premier Health President and CEO Mary Boosalis backed up a commitment to education by presenting Wilberforce University with a check for $25,000 as part of the #WilberforceUnite campaign. Campaign funds will be used to enhance facilities, academic programs, and student services as Wilberforce works to improve the historic institution.

“On behalf of the Wilberforce University family, I express heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the generous gift from Premier Health to support the Wilberforce Unite Campaign,” said Wilberforce President Elfred Anthony Pinkard. “This gift will allow us to continue the important work of the Wilberforce Renaissance and is tangible evidence of the strong partnership between Wilberforce and Premier Health in this work of institutional transformation. I want to especially acknowledge and thank Premier Health President and CEO and Wilberforce University Board of Trustee member Mary Boosalis for her confidence in and on-going support of Wilberforce University.”

The #WilberforceUnite campaign has a fundraising goal of $2 million by June 30, 2019 and is the first segment of the University’s 2056 Future Focus Campaign. Funds will help meet the University’s need for flexible and unrestricted income to support student aid, facility enhancements, faculty and staff development, and academic programs. The theme of the campaign: “When ‘Me’ becomes ‘We’, a little becomes a lot.” #WilberforceUnite. Gifts can be made by visiting:

About Wilberforce
Wilberforce University, America's First Private Historically Black College & University, is a four-year, fully accredited liberal arts institution offering over 20 Bachelor's degrees in the areas of Business, Communications, Computing, and Engineering Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. Through Adult and Continuing Education Studies, the institution offers Credentials for Leadership in Management and Business (CLIMB) for individuals interested in completing their Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration, Organizational Management, Health Care Administration, and Information Technology.

Founded in 1856, in partnership with the A.M.E. Church, Wilberforce University is part of a long tradition of collaboration between church and higher education institutions. Wilberforce University has impacted the world and is responsible for graduating global leaders. Wilberforce has stayed true to its founding principles of self-determination and academic access and we encourage our partners to reimagine the world with us by reaching further as evident through our holistic scope of Excellence, Innovation, and Kindness. Learn more about Wilberforce University at or visit the university on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

About Premier Health
Our mission is to improve your quality of health at every stage of life by enhancing your access to top-tier health services, expertise and information. Our family of 14,000 employees provides leading health care to Southwest Ohio through member hospitals and affiliate organizations in seven counties. Our mission, vision & values guide everything we do.

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Victoria Alonso, Executive Vice President of Production for Marvel Studios, with student leadership for 8th annual Archer Film Festival

Alonso Opened The Archer School for Girls’ Annual Event with Keynote Address

I'm proud to support Archer's Film Festival and their vision to build the next generation of diverse leadership in the industry.”

— Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studio Executive

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, May 23, 2019 / — The Archer School for Girls hosted its 8th annual Archer Film Festival, empowering female filmmakers and featuring Executive Vice President of Production for Marvel Studios Victoria Alonso as the keynote speaker. Festival organizers received over 700 student-produced film submissions from 57 countries. Celebrities, media, and the public viewed screenings of finalist films at The Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills after a pink carpet reception. Event sponsors included The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Mark Gordon & Sally Whitehill, CBS Entertainment Diversity & Inclusion, Atlas Entertainment, Pearl Street Films, Everywhere Studios, Ptarmigan Films, and Dinky Pictures.

As a Latina and a female senior executive, Victoria Alonso has become a strong voice in Hollywood and a tireless advocate for progress. She was the Executive Producer of "The Avengers" in 2011 and has since served in that role for many major Marvel movies, including "Captain America," "Black Panther," and the recently released "Avengers: Endgame." Alonso opened the event with a keynote and interview led by students from Archer’s Institute for Film and Video Literacy program.

“Art strives to inspire, educate, and influence its audiences, and filmmaking might be the most powerful medium within that landscape,” Alonso said. “Watching a film can give you an opportunity to walk in someone else's shoes and learn about someone else's story, even if it's only for a little while. Because of this, it is imperative that all voices are heard, all people are represented, and all stories are told – both in front of and behind the camera. I'm proud to support Archer's Film Festival and their vision to build the next generation of diverse leadership in the industry.”

The Archer Film Festival is a student-run and student-led event.

"There are many reasons why we are incredibly excited to include Victoria Alonso in this year’s festival, but what stands out to me most is her fearless commitment to inclusivity on both sides of the camera,” Film Festival Leadership Board member and Archer senior Zoë Appelbaum-Schwartz said. “In shaping the Marvel cinematic universe, Ms. Alonso has become a ‘superhero’ in her own right, tirelessly advocating for progress while demonstrating an exceptional commitment to her art. As a remarkably well-respected and influential Hollywood producer, Ms. Alonso is a fantastic role model for any aspiring female filmmaker.”

Learn more about the event at View photos and updates at @archerfilmfest on Twitter or Instagram.

Nearly 20 years later, the gender gap remains unchanged. According to a 2018 report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, women comprised 20% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. This represents an increase of 2 percentage points from 18% in 2018 and is virtually unchanged from the percentage achieved in 1998. Only 8% of last year’s top-grossing movies had a female director, down 3 percentage points from 11% in 2017.

The Archer Institute for Film & Video Literacy program strives to overcome these gaps by encouraging the new generation of female filmmakers through its film classes and the Archer Film Festival. Each year, participants get the rare opportunity to screen their films at the festival and learn from high-level industry professionals. Throughout the development of the Festival, student filmmakers are given access to insider industry knowledge, further strengthening their foundation to effectively pursue careers in the field.

"The Archer Film Festival was created to encourage our student filmmakers, give them hands-on experience in the industry, and to help achieve gender parity in front of and behind the camera,” Head of School Elizabeth English said. “Archer students have run with this idea, making the Festival their own and bringing exposure and attention to a problem that affects the way young girls see themselves and their place in the world."

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About The Archer School for Girls
Founded in 1995, The Archer School for Girls is a contemporary girls’ school, grades 6 through 12, devoted to educating and empowering girls for leadership in the 21st century. We take a research-based approach to teaching and learning in an environment that explores and refines the ways girls learn best. Archer has always been committed to reflecting the face of Greater Los Angeles. Forty-two percent of the student body are students of color and come from 73 different zip codes and 141 different feeder schools. We award nearly $4 million in financial aid annually. Above all, Archer is known for its highly innovative programs and joyful culture. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ArcherSchool, Instagram @ArcherSchoolforGirls, or visit our website

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