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Elizabeth Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter from New York, living and working in Brooklyn. She’s toured​ with the likes of Sara Bareilles​ and Sara Bareilles; collaborated with Esperanza Spalding, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills​ and ​Ben Folds; scored, with Paul Brill, a variety of international award-winning documentaries including Trapped, a Peabody winner; and won the 2015 Independent Music Award for Songwriting, Folk category. Her songs have been featured in national television campaigns for Google, Amazon, Sky TV, and “​So You Think You Can Dance”​. In 2014, “Like it Never Happened” her third studio album was released by 30 tigers and produced by Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Paul Loren with string arrangements by Rob Moose. In 2015 “Like it Never happened” was nominated for best album, best song, and best video by The 14th Annual Independent Music Awards and “Someday Soon” won the award in the “Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song” category. In October, “Keepsake” was released and was HorizonVU Music’s pick of the week

HVUM: Thanks so much for taking time to talk to us! We feel like we know quite a bit about your musical history from the time of your growing up in Greenwich Village, your training as a classical pianist, and your connection with Patti Austin and other prominent musicians. We understand that Elizabeth & the Catapult came into existence in 2004, and included Danny Molad on drums and Danny Molad on guitar.

Would you fill out the history a bit? Tell us about how Elizabeth & the Catapult came to be. Was the project conceived with a special identity and sonic signature in mind?

EZ: I started writing songs throughout college and when I left school, I moved to new york with some other college buddies and we started recording our first self titled EP at home. A year or two later it caught the attention of Verve Records, and we made our first album “Taller Children”.

HVUM: “Keepsake” is your fourth album following after “Taller Children” (2009), “The Other Side of Zero” (2010) and “Like It Never Happened (2014). Is there a continuity to your music over time? Is there a thread that we can follow from your training at the Berklee College of Music through to today?

EZ: I went to Berklee College of Music for composition and film scoring, so I feel like the main thread across all of my albums is that my ear usually leans towards more cinematic arrangements, sometimes the flourishes give it a bit of a theatrical flare and I have to hold myself back, but in general I’m drawn to layers and wide variety of instrumentals.

HVUM: Thinking back over your musical training and your success at bringing together multiple genres including pop and jazz, who do you consider to be your key influencers? Did you have a certain mentor who played an exceptional role in setting out your musical roadmap?

EZ: when I was very young I was a member of the New York City Young People’s Choir which was run by a brilliant composer and teacher named Francisco Nunez who recently won the MacArthur award for his compositions. By the time I was 10 years old we were competing professionally, and I was singing solos in carnegie hall. I left the chorus by the time I was 12, and I wouldn’t make it back to playing Carnegie Hall until another 15 years later with my band. Both the experiences and Francisco’s unusual classical writing style most definitely had an influence on who I am today.

HVUM: Many of our young readers are setting out in music and frequently ask about the advantages and disadvantages of D.Y. I. vs pursuit of a label. Or maybe there is something in the middle such as what John Kellogg at Berklee refers to as Doing It With Others? What is your point of view?

EZ: As is obvious, the music business over the last five years is in a very precarious position compared to the way things have worked over the last 70 years. Yes, labels shut down, people stopped buying cd’s, and everything became virtually free through digital downloads and streams- but the music business always finds a way so even super popular successful artists decided to break away from labels, start their own, and start getting involved in Kickstarter campaigns. I myself raised money for the last two albums on pledge music, and even though I’m not signed to compass, the whole album was funded by my fans. That’s a very lucky thing- and is becoming more commonplace everyday.

HVUM: With respect to “Keepsake”, You’ve stated that the lyrical ideas came to you from lucid dreams. Would you elaborate on that a bit and relate your dream experience(s) to one of the album’s standout tracks “Underwater”?

EZ: Ha. Yes, I had a terrible flu a couple winters ago when I was moving into a new house and started having fever dreams, so as my dreams got stranger I began writing everything down for posterity. There were a lot of nostalgic dreams, and I coupled those with old diary entrees I found when moving- it was as if I was filling in my life backwards through my dreams. And with that was the birth of “Keepsake”.

HVUM: Let’s take time out for a look and listen to “Underwater”, the second track on “Keepsake”.

HVUM: You give attribution for the video to Meredith Adelaide. Tell us about that collaboration and connecting the composition and lyrics to the video production?

EZ: Meredith is incredibly talented, I feel so lucky to have found her. She’s somewhat of an Instagram sensation, so I found her self-portraits online and just fell in love with her photography. Her style is incredibly raw, and somehow both vulnerable and strong at the same time- just super honest. She did a great job of capturing the chaos and joy that is New York City! It was a delight to shoot with her.

HVUM: Imagine that Elizabeth Ziman is a book. What would be the title? Why?

EZ: well my intials are EZ, so maybe “EZ DOES IT” ?

HVUM: Finally, what is on the horizon for you and your work? Any tours ahead?

EZ: Hopefully tons and tons of touring this year! We’re going to Nashville this month, an east coast run in December and then hopefully out to the west coast in January. There will be plenty of running around ahead!

Elizabeth, thanks again for interviewing with us. We wish you continued success and we hope to see you in Paris very soon!

Visit Elizabeth & the Catapult at Facebook and iTunes


Award-winning New York City-based Pop-Jazz musician Saniyé returns with her much anticipated new single “Man Outta You” off her brand new EP due out Summer 2015. Saniyé has had incredible write ups including features in the Broadjam, Bodrum Magazine, TimeOUT NY, The Village Voice, Global Rhythm Magazine, MTV, CNN, and more. We’d love for you to consider inviting Saniyé for an interview or consider featuring Saniyé’s new song “Man Outta You” from her upcoming sophomore album. The official music video for “Man Outta You” will follow on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Who is Saniyé?

Saniyé

Saniyé

Saniyé started writing songs and playing music at the age of 5, so it is no surprise that her
emotionally driven and debut eclectic album “When I Don’t Sleep..” made it’s rounds nationally and internationally with much success. Songs from the album aired on Delta Airlines and many are still currently playing in stores nationwide in the U.S. Her music featured on MTV Europe, tastemaker stations across the nation and most notably, “Boom Sheke Nana” won the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Saniyé, went on a thirty city tour, headlined a show at Joe’s Pub in New York City and ended the tour by opening for multi-platinum selling singer songwriter, Lisa Loeb.

Sinem describes the first album, “It was like a diary. I was shy and exposed at the same time. Looking back I can see I was shedding my sadness and working through the loss of my father. To say the least my fun and bold spirit was a bit squashed after his death. Purging these emotions has helped me get back to my fun, flirty, mischievous essence.”

Sinem says she has definitely matured musically since then but hasn’t grown up in the traditional sense, “I never want to fully own the title ‘grown-up’. I think the magic of life is in play, mischief and for me, music. I don’t think when we become a certain age we should have to abandon this side of ourselves. My music attempts to bring that out for all of us.”

“The second album feels like a rebirth. I am really expressing myself from the person that I was when I was little. It’s just pure fun and it feels great to reclaim the part of myself that is very much like my father. My mom tells me stories all the time about how I remind her so much of him with my playful nature. He was that 47 year old guy who would press all the buttons in the elevator just for kicks. In this way my music is an homage to him, the father who I never really got to know. This keeps him alive for me. Life should be fun and I hope to create a space in my music for the world to feel that.

“My influences are other bold and playful artists that say what they want with no apology. Lily Allen, Pink, Eliza Doolittle, Regina Spektor. Most of these artists are very feminine but unapologetic about who they are. This can also be so healing for women in general. We are lucky to have the freedom to be fully expressed. It is important to accept everyone for who they are. I hope my music can help bring people together in this way. I encourage everyone to accept all parts of themselves. For me I love video games AND I love playing dress up and experimenting with fashion. This is me, I refused to believe that I had to be one or the other. I’m that girl you will see in heels at the arcade playing a racing game, beating the boys.”

The new EP coaxes you to engage with Saniyé. “It’s a space where you can be yourself one hundred percent. That is definitely a part of my journey and I invite you to join me in the fun.”

Find more of Saniyé:
Official we​bsite: http://www.sinem.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sinemsaniye
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sinemsaniye
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sinemsaniye

7 October 2014

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local New York City community to create a 4-7 minute short film in a specified genre, tagline and prop in just a single gonzo weekend! Thirty teams of the most creative people in the tri-state area have just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they are going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learn the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.

For the 2012 Challenge, teams had to contend with a large brightly-colored snowflake sugar cookie and a tagline from Fight Club. For the 2013 Challenge, we made it even more difficult — Teams had a tagline from Ghostbusters and Gray Line New York provided each team with one-hour private shooting time on a double-decker sightseeing tour bus, complete with Tour Guide and Driver. What will we come up with this year?

Visit the WFA YouTube playlist to view all of the amazing films from last year.

The 2014 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge gets under way on Friday November 7 at 8pm. A representative from each team must come to our offices at 419 Lafayette Street, New York NY 10003 at 8pm to sign in to the Challenge. Entries may be shot either via traditional filmmaking equipment or teams can do the whole thing on smartphones. There is no fee to participate in the challenge, but teams must pre-register to ensure a spot.

Completed films are uploaded to YouTube to garner the coveted “Fan Favorite” vote – for the 2013 Challenge, films received 65k views!

On Friday November 21, the best entries will be screened at Blondies (212 W 79th St, New York NY 10024) followed by an Award Ceremony, awesome prizes and networking party. Over $7k in prizes will be awarded for BEST PICTURE and FAN FAVORITE. Awesome prizes generously provided by B&H Photo, Ride of Fame, Jungle Software, Indoor Extreme Sports, The Paint Place, Chelsea Piers, Sleep No More / The McKittrick Hotel, Pole Position Raceway, NY SKYRIDE, City Wine Tours and others!

For challenge rules, prizes, registration details, participating sponsors and more information about the Winter Film Awards, please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com

WINTER FILM AWARDS mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema and to promote learning and expression for all artists at all stages of their careers. We celebrate the cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective. The 48-Hour Challenge format gives filmmakers a chance to work closely with a team and to intensely focus while just going out and doing it!

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info@winterfilmawards.com

16 Outstanding Independent Films Honored in Awards Ceremony on March 1, 2014 in New York City

If you happened to stop by the Gray Line terminal on 8th Avenue last weekend, you might have noticed that there was a lot more going on inside than tour bus ticket sales. Unbeknownst to many, this building is home to a private theater where NYC’s Winter Film Awards held their Third Annual Independent Film Festival on February 26- March 1, 2014.

WFA festival patrons included NYC local filmmakers, arts enthusiasts, and international filmmakers who traveled across the world to see their films screened in front of a live audience, some for the very first time. Among the 61 films selected for screening this year was a diverse mixture of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films, including 9 student films, 17 female directors and representation from over 20 countries.

The Festival concluded on the evening of March 1 with a gala Awards Ceremony and After-Party, held in the stunning Empire Room at the renowned event space club 230 Fifth. The dazzling awards show included live musical performances from Soleil J and Billboard artist Sessino and featured outrageous costume designs by Natasha Berezhnaya. The hosts for the evening were stand-up comedian Zach Garner and the breathtaking classically trained opera singer and runway model, Radmila Lolly. The entire show was filmed and live streamed to the web via Worldcast Inc, and viewers from all over the globe logged on to watch. Awards were given out in 16 categories including a new honorary award “Patron of the Cinema,” given to actor/screenwriter/director/editor Larry Fessenden for his outstanding contribution to the NYC film community.

AND THE WINNERS ARE …………
Best Picture ……. Behind Closed Doors (Nicolas Sicurella)
Best Actor ……. Gavin Brown (Found)
Best Actress ……. Tesha Moon Krieg (Maria)
Best Director ……. Scott Schirmer (Found)
Best Animated Film ……. Andrew: Story of a Closet Monster (Elliot Lobell)
Best Documentary ……. Not Anymore: Story of Revolution (Matthew VanDyke)
Best Foreign Language Film ……. Agnus Dei (Agim Sopi)
Best Horror Feature Film ……. The Gauntlet (Matt Eskandari)
Best Horror Short Film ……. I See Monsters (Federico Alotto)
Best Music Video ……. Masheenee Alcketiara (Ema Shah)
Best Original Score ……. Hipster! The Musical (Adam Blair)
Best Screenplay ……. Grace (Lynda Lemberg and Jeffrey Allen Russel)
Best Short Film ……. Baghdad Messi (Sahim Omar Kalifa)
Best Student Film ……. Job Interview (Julia Walter)
NY Perspectives Award ……. The Final Note (Mayeta Clark)

“I am very proud of our team this year,” says Winter Film Awards Founder and CEO George Isaacs. “As an organization we were able to use our resources to give back even more to the filmmaker. That is what we are all about – it is so important to celebrate the achievements of emerging filmmakers and we hope to watch them use this as a springboard into the industry.”

The 2014 Winter Film Awards Judges Panel was comprised of 15 industry individuals with diverse points of view, including 20-year industry veteran Frank Calo, production executive of “The Believer”, award-winning filmmaker Sam Borowski, Broadway and Hollywood composer Stephen Trask, cinematographer Mik Cribben, music personality Matt Pinfield, producer/writer/director Larry Rosen and Miss Albania Benardina Radi.

Winter Film Awards 2014 Independent Film Festival is proudly sponsored by GrayLine NY, B&H Photo, 20Grand Vodka, Coney Island Spirits, Cupcake Cartel NYC, Cyberlink, Fabric Mill, FearsMag, Final Draft Inc., Glidecam, Graphic Stock, Hunter Mountain, Indie Flix, Jo Malone London, JT Talent, Jungle Software, Pole Position Raceway, ProductionHub Inc, PS Print, Que Sabor Bakery, Ride of Fame, Rooftop Films, Sony Creative Software, SpotHero, Sweets First Bakery, Video Blocks, Viktor Koen, The Village Voice, Worldcast Inc and Ya Mastiha Liqueur

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. In addition to the annual Independent Film Festival, WFA hosts 4-6 events each year in New York City, including panel discussions, networking parties, a 48-Hour Film Challenge, archival cartoon screenings and other fun film-related events, and works with all local NYC film schools, colleges, arts high schools and many cultural societies.

For more information on WFA festival, sponsors, judges, and upcoming events
please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com and find them on Facebook.


HorizonVU Music is proud to announce our partnership with Winter Film Awards! This partnership is in-line with HorizonVU Music’s strategic efforts to reach out to premier organizations and festivals involved independent film, video and television. Going forward we’ll be keeping you updated on WFA activities and events. Of course, we encourage you to visit Winter Film Awards.

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. In addition to the annual Independent Film Festival, WFA hosts 4-6 events each year in New York City, including panel discussions, networking parties, a 48-Hour Film Challenge, archival cartoon screenings and other fun film-related events.

The Mission of WFA is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. The organization prides itself on its diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing the audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out.

WFA’s annual festival offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of talent and storytelling capabilities the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Among the 58 films selected for the 2013 Festival was a diverse mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films, including 9 student films, 15 female directors and representation from over 15 countries.

Like many of the great film Festivals across the country and the world, WFA seeks to bring their audience compelling and unique content that inspires the viewers and honors the filmmakers. There are hundreds of film festivals in New York City; what makes WFA different is an intense focus on the variety of WFA films and helping new filmmakers reach what may be their first real audience.

WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit (pending) organization. WFA works with all local NYC film schools, colleges, arts high schools and many cultural societies.

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Winter Film Awards presents …

2nd Annual 48-Hour Film Challenge

What can YOU do in just 48 hours?

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges you to create a short film from start to finish in just a single weekend in an exciting and fast-paced environment with crazy rules that make for an awesome and sleep-deprived team experience!

The 2013 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge gets under way on Friday December 6 at 8pm. A representative from each team must come to our offices at 12 DesBrosses Street, New York NY 10013 between 8pm and midnight to register. Teams will be provided with a Film Genre, Tag-Line and Prop which must be used in a 4-7-minute film to be completed by Sunday December 8 at 8pm. Entries may be shot either via traditional filmmaking equipment or teams can do the whole thing on smartphones. There is no fee to participate in the challenge, but teams must pre-register http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5665455530?ref=ebtnebregn

On Saturday December 14, the best entries will be screened, followed by an Award Ceremony, awesome prizes and networking party. Over $7k in prizes will be awarded for BEST PICTURE and FAN FAVORITE. Awesome prizes generously provided by

B&H Photo ,
Ride of Fame ,
Indie Flix,
Zacuto ,
Jungle Software,
West Side Rifle & Pistol Range , NY Action
Actors Academy , Indoor Extreme
Sports , Pole Position
Raceway,
DSC Labs and
Trapeze School NY!
Winning films will be screened at the 2014 Winter Film Awards Independent
Film Festival and on our National Sponsor’s website!

For challenge rules, registration details, participating sponsors, prizes and more, please visit us at http://winterfilmawards.com/

WINTER FILM AWARDS mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema and to promote learning and expression for all artists at all stages of their careers. We celebrate the cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective. The 48-Hour Challenge format gives filmmakers a chance to work closely with a team and to intensely focus while just going out and doing it!

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