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WILMINGTON, NC, July 25, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Multi award winning Selfie Filmmaker Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein has announced a new podcast drama to be presented live July 27 2020 at 8pm EDT on Facebook. Actors in the drama, entitled 'Life Is Complicated' include Francesco Nuzzi, Tara London, Cris Brown, Megan Brown, Dawn Gaylardo, and Michael D'Emidio.
"Everyone knows the expression, when you are given lemons, make lemonade," Dr. Holstein stated. "The truth is most of us got a good dose of lemons by early March, 2020. The pandemic meant that the film I was planning for June or early July had to be shelved. Or did it? The plot had been roughly laid out over several months of brainstorming, most of the cast had been chosen,mmmm, what to do? I had a middle of the night Aha about two weeks into the pandemic. Why not make a radio drama out of 'Life is Complicated' instead? We had almost all the ingredients. We needed a script that fit an audio presentation. We needed a studio where we could all meet on a zoom platform and we needed one more cast member. DONE.
"By May we were into our first rehearsals. Ming Chen, one of the owners of A Shared Universe PodCast studio came to the rescue with the studio and the zoom platform. Cast was complete and so was the script. And now, on July 27th, 2020 we will go live on Facebook at 8:00 pm, EDT. On Facebook you can see and listen to 'Life is Complicated' on my Facebook address: Barbara Becker Holstein. Then it will be available on many podcast platforms, Vimeo and more film platforms. The truth is the 'radio drama' lends itself to both audio and visual/audio presentation.
"Perhaps before the pandemic that wouldn't have been so, but now we have gotten used to Zoom presentations of everything from dance to music to news and to drama. 'Life is Complicated' is about a couple facing divorce. It is about how important it always is to find ourselves, particularly our strengths and wisdom, again and again. It is about relationships and how complicated they can be.
"The main character, the wife played by Tara London, has been the central character of my books, The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween, and Secrets, Diary of a Selfie Teen, all my selfie films which have been selected or won awards in over 90 film festivals, a play, 'The Locket', and now 'Life is Complicated'. She keeps reappearing, in this drama as a woman in her 30's, because it is the wise girl inside of herself that comes to help save the day.
"I hope you enjoy 'Life is Complicated'. As a positive psychologist I have used drama, the written word, and the use of selfies as a film technique to teach the public how to pull energy and wisdom from themselves and to never give up.
"The cast includes: Francesco Nuzzi, Tara London, Cris Brown, Megan Brown, Dawn Gaylardo, and Michael D'Emidio. Debbie Stolz Higgins is the Producer and Commentator, Francesco Nuzzi, is the script writer, I'm the originator of the characters and plot and the director. Wayne Olivieti composed the music."
The presentation will take place on Facebook on the Barbara Becker Holstein page at 8pm on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 8pm EDT.
Dr. Holstein's unique Selfie Films have taken many awards and have been shown in many film festivals and competitions. Most notable among these are:
The Selfie Project - Accepted at 20 film festivals or film competitions
Conflict and A Bit Of Magic: A Coming Of Age Selfie Film - Accepted at 19 film festivals or film competitions
Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: A Coming of Age Selfie Film - Accepted at 16 film festivals or film competitions. Also, the song 'Truths Change and Still Remain' won an award at the Florence film Festival.
Secrets: A Coming of Age Selfie Film - Accepted at 9 film festivals or film competitions
Lockdown - Accepted at 14 film festivals or film competitions
The Truth: A Short Film - Accepted at 8 film festivals or film competitions. The Song from this film won an award for the best Pop Song of 2016 at the Garden State Film Festival.
Falling in Love, A Coming of Age, Selfie Film-Accepted at 15 film festivals or film competitions.
'Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction, A Coming Of Age Selfie Film', and 'The Selfie Project' both directed and created by Dr. Holstein, was shown in Manhattan on February 26 in the Anthology Building as part of the NewFilmmakers Special Program on Women Filmmakers.
Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness and a pioneer in Selfies as Film. Dr. Holstein's Enchanted Self website was included as one of the best websites in positive psychology. She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.
Dr. Barbara can be found on the web, interviewed, writing articles and posting video 'TED' style talks on Happiness, Positive Psychology, Relationships and Parenting. Her RoKu channel is: The Enchanted Self Presents.
She has been a contributor to Your Tango, Heart and Soul, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Honey Good, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, Women's World, The Wall Street Journal, Psychcentral.com, Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.
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