90th Academy Awards Weekend and the discovery of singer Ruthie Craft

I’ve always loved performing, but it wasn’t until I was fourteen and I heard Adele’s first album that I became enthralled with the art of vocals.  – Ruthie Craft

 

My team was sitting around the room at the The Roosevelt Hotel viewing social media in preparation for the Oscars when I heard, “Yo! Hollywood you need to check out this”. It was a video they found of Ruthie Craft on a rooftop in Hollywood doing a cover of a Guns N’ Roses tune.

I went through some other covers Ruthie had posted on her Instagram and was intrigued, and felt she had something, so I sent her a “DM”, which resulted in this interview forth eight hours before sheer madness breaking out on Hollywood Boulevard at the Dolby Theater.  Follow Ruthie on her Facebook, and her Instagram.

 

Here the video which caught my eye.  I tell everyone don’t get caught in the studio use the world as your stage and it is just what Ruthie did.

 

 

The Interview 

 

1. Let’s talk about how it began your passion for singing?
I’ve always loved performing, but it wasn’t until I was fourteen and I heard Adele’s first album that I became enthralled with the art of vocals. She brought to the table something I had never heard before; her artistry, coupled with the music of legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, inspired me to learn how to sing. I believe I was born with a decent voice, but I didn’t become a “singer” until I poured my time and whole heart into music. It wasn’t long before I realized that singing was the only time in which my Tourettes syndrome did not rule my mind. If you don’t know, Tourettes is a neurological disorder which causes involuntary twitching of the body and voice (called “tics”). It has since improved, but up until that point, it was my identity. I couldn’t get away from the sore muscles and embarrassment that resulted from my relentless tics. But when I sing, it all goes away– I can relax and create and breathe. Music became my medicine and my passion, and it has been ever since.
2. You are killing it on your instagram what are you future plans? (are you writing music, planing any album, or booking tours)
Thank you! I’m currently in the process of writing songs, playing gigs, and getting my name out with covers on social media. After that, the goal is to release an EP!
3.  How did your cover vid of Guns come about?
My friend Alex Hager has been gaining a ton of traction on Instagram, and he reached out to me to see if I wanted to collaborate. We’re from the same hometown in Washington state and share the same vocal coach, but I live in North Carolina with my military husband and he lives in Hollywood. I booked a flight to LA and we had a blast developing and recording that cover. He wanted to do a classic rock song, and I wanted to bring the jazz. Together, I think we came up with a really cool compromise.
4.  You seem to be able to do everything from blues, jazz and rock if you could make a wish about where you would want all this to go, what would it be?
I just want to make a living doing what I love. I just want to sing. However that looks and whatever road I take to get there, I will be satisfied if I can simply be an artist who gets to share my music with others. I want to expand my horizons, explore different genres, and collaborate with all kinds of artists. There is always something to be learned and I will never stop developing my sound. But jazz, blues, and soul with always be my friends. Jazz is my first love, after all.
5. Who are some musical or non musical artists or people who have influenced you and encourage you.

As far as music is concerned, I’ve already mentioned how instrumental Adele has been to the development of my vocal style. I also simply love listening to crooners like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Michael Buble. Everyone from Amy Winehouse to Jason Mraz to Stevie Ray Vaughan have inspired me. But I wouldn’t be pursuing music right now if it weren’t for the patient support of my parents, four siblings, and my loving husband. They all believe in my talent even when I don’t. I’ve auditioned for TV singing competitions 5 times now, and have been rejected from all of them. But I will never be rejected from my husband and my family. That’s an incredible feeling, and it’s what drives me forward.

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Toronto Film Festival, Instagram Launch Digital Shorts Competition But Where Is Formula 1?

There are only a few people who I can say got what I was ever talking about when it came to tech and media.  David Bowie would not only get it he would sprinkle his own flashes of brilliance into the conversation. My attorney in Sweden Rolf Larsson would be miles ahead of me, and my buddy actor, film producer Steven Morana.

Few months ago Steven Morana and I were sitting at Four Seasons Toronto, Dbar talking about where I usually find talent.  I told Steven, “Bro it’s all on Instagram, it is where you find upcoming directors, actors and musicians..”  The was no gap in our conversation Morana was toe to toe with me on these points all of them and had his own take which jived with mine.

I would end up taking this idea  of creating F1 Films to Montreal as we already understood the market and talent to the Canadian Grand Prix the concept being very simple,  thirty to sixty-second films directed by women, fans, emerging directors, and film directors for social media and featured all at The Toronto International Film Festival or on the F1 website, as well as on Instagram.

As I was walking around the paddock I bounced the idea off Damon Hill who I knew is a very creative guy and Hill instantly got it.  Hill added that there should be a panel of judges, and later I would sit down with one official of Formula 1 and she loved the idea especially short films and suggested that F1 Films Awards could be thrown into the mix.

While the cars raced and creative ideas were bounced around the CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival was getting a tour of the paddock.

While nothing so far have moved forward on the F1 Films front as everyone is currently on holidays, the short film concept that Morana and I had spoken about at Dbar in Toronto took shape for 2017 and this year Morana entered his own Insta Short.

In 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, taking notice of the flurry of photos and videos posted to Instagram, had partnered with the Facebook-owned app to launch a digital shorts competition.

The TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival   has established filmmakers from around the globe invited to upload original 60-seconds-or-fewer film shorts, using Instagram. TIFF programmers will select 30 finalists to be showcased on the film festival’s website and an Instagram channel in August before a six-person jury selects a Judge’s Choice award winner. This concept was the turn-key idea also presented by myself to few at Formula 1 as the possibilities of stories are endless.

This years jury is as follows , TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival Jury. 

Check out the jury on their Instagram, Lake Bell , Isabelle Huppert,  John C Jay , Karan Johar,  Ashton Sanders 

“Our collaboration with Instagram is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the work of filmmakers from all over the world and discover up-and-coming talent through the world’s largest creative digital

CEO Piers Handling followed by Alexander Mea owner of Carbon Champagne Official champagne of Formula 1

community, showcased by the world’s largest public film festival,” TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling said Wednesday in a statement.

Awards for the inaugural TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival will be announced on Aug. 18.

Check out my buddies Instagram film entered in the TIFFxInstagram Shorts.

When the date is going well, but your past catches up with you… “The Professionals” is my submission to the #TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival and my directorial debut! @tiff_net . #shortfilm . #theprofessionals . . . . CAST @stevenmorana ..JAKE . @makenziesmith ..STEF. @tazito.garcia ..Q . @oliveskinbeauty ..ZEL . @paulloduca ..GUS . @rob_ianni_comedy ..VIN . @n.i.m.a.93 ..SERG . . . . FILMMAKERS & CREW Producer:@stevenmorana Director: @stevenmorana evenmorana Writer: @stevenmorana Cinematographer: @justin_arjune Editor: @justinarjune Camera Operator: @adrian.richard.photography Camera Operator: @sidgrover_ Gaffer: @yuliavizelphotography Song: “Boys’ll B Boys” By: @safakash Production Sound Mixer: Randy Resh Boom Operator : Toby Hindel Make Up Artist: @liv.tsai Stunt Coordinator: @tazito.garcia Sound Designer/Re-recording Mixer: @david_morana

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Discover Dazzling Director From Nigeria Omoni Oboli ‘Okafor’s Law’ Coming To Toronto – TIFF 16

I have discovered some great film directors thanks to TIFF. There was Gurinder Chadha ‘Bhaji on the Beach’ and I knew then I wanted to work with her she went on to make ‘Bend It Like Beckham’. Then there was Shekhar Kapur ‘Bandit Queen’, and I would sit with Shekhar and his writers in Los Angles when he would give them pep talks while writing the film ‘Elizabeth’.

There are some great new finds coming to TIFF and one such film maker is Omoni Oboli  who will have a world premier (check it out) of her latest film Okafor’s Law at TIFF16.

Omoni Oboli was born in Benin City and studied French at the University of Benin and digital filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. An actor and filmmaker, she has directed the features Being Mrs. Elliot (14), The First Lady (15), Wives on Strike (16), and Okafor’s Law (16).

The Toronto International Film Festival will spotlight eight films from Nigeria as part of the City to City programme, including “Okafor’s Law.”

So let me Hollywood Khan introduce you to Nollywood star Omoni Oboli, check out her interview and the trailer of her film.

 

 



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Dorian van Rijsselberghe of The Netherlands Wins Gold In Windsurfing and Drinks Champagne out of his sneakers – Rio 2016

Dorian van Rijsselberghe of the Netherlands clinched his second straight Olympic gold medal in windsurfing.
He still has to sail in the medals race on Sunday. The flying Dutchman can rip the waves. Check him out having a good time.

Olympic champion @dorian More than deserved!!

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Meet Model Isabella Sarnoff A Girl I’ve Known Since She Was Born – Road To Rio – Rio 2016

The rediscovery of Isabella Sarnoff came when my best friend her father alerted me that a good friend of his and Isabella, Willie Gault one of the fastest NFL players of all-time and a former Olympian of the U.S. Olympic team that boycotted the 1980 Olympics was coming to Rio.

Willie Ganult has already given me the heads up on who to look out for on the US Olympic team, so you will meet them soon on my blog, and in the meantime meet the little girl who with her sister Lilly used to run around screaming when I would play ‘monster’ for them.

All little girls grow up, Rio 2016 is showing us this in the pool, diving, shooting.

American Olympian Muhammad Ali did not reach his greatness in the boxing ring, it came later after boxing was over.

Isabella Sarnoff starting point is modeling, she is already a TEEN LINE certified suicide specialist at Cedars Sinai hospital, speaks four languages, and is with the modeling agency Wilhelmina.

The road to Rio has been a road of discovery so it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Isabella.

Isabella reminds me a lot of Kate and Rooney Mara, here is her Instagram give the her a follow.

 

@l.kq @bridgetodonnellmua @ellebee.la ~

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Lidewij Welten With Her Team The Netherlands, Field Hockey Going For Gold Hat Trick – The Road To Rio – Rio 2016

The Netherlands has won the past two Olympic gold medals in women’s hockey and its bid for a hat-trick will rest with the likes of outstanding forward Lidewij Welten.

Welten was 2015’s International Hockey Federation women’s player of the year and the 26-year-old will be aiming for a third-straight gold to add to the World Cup triumph she and her Dutch team-mates achieved in 2014.

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Follow Lidewij Welten on the Road To Rio – Twitter , Facebook , Instagram 

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