Tuesday, March 24

Interview With Davi

Dave Ris of A.I.O. Management in Youngstown, Ohio, introduced us to his client, Davi, as an artist, singer, songwriter, and performer. Davi was kind enough to answer our questions.

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Davi:  Youngstown, Ohio.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Davi:  Warren, Ohio.

La Libertad:  What is your occupation?

Davi:  Professional singer, songwriter, performer...

La Libertad:  Love do you love most about your work?

Davi:  Making good music and taking it to my fans... Performing live, and giving my fans/audiences a fun, memorable experience.

La Libertad:  What talents, and/or hobbies do you have?

Davi:  Stage presence, originality with fashion... That started off as a hobby.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Davi:  Originally, both in music and fashion...debunking the [theory that] "It's all been Done!"

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of your job?

Davi:  Working on being the best I could be as a music artist, and then not [seeing] results!

La Libertad:  What foreign languages do you speak, read, and/or write?

Davi:  Spanish... (Not Foreign!)

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Davi:  All over the U.S.A., Mexico, and Canada.

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

Davi:  Make change for the good!

La Libertad:  What projects are you working on?

Davi:  All the above!

La Libertad:  In what upcoming events if any, do you intend to participate?

Davi:  Working on putting together the best of talented musicians to form a take-it-to-the-road tour band. Dates, shows [and] events to be announced; stay tuned!

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Davi:  Too many to mention. You can look up Davi - "You got me wantin' you," or:




La Libertad:  What  else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Davi:  Look for me; I will be looking for you. Nothing but good music - a good time... See you then!

Introduction by William Mortensen Vaughan

Thursday, February 13

Model Pictorial: Summer Crosley

Model:  Summer Crosley
Photography:  MB Productions

Friday, January 31

Interview With Lynette Coll

Lynette Coll
photo by Bjoern Kommerell
Lynette:  Thank you so much for the opportunity of being interviewed for La Libertad Magazine... It was very inspirational. It was a real pleasure... Thank you!

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Lynette:  I was born in Puerto Rico, la Isla del Encanto [the Isle of Enchantment].

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about your latest film project?

Lynette:  I had the opportunity to work alongside actor and comedian, Affion Crockett (The Wedding Ringer) and Jason R. Moore (The Punisher) on Worlds From Home (trailer), a film I produced and star in, written and directed by Delmar Washington from Ximen Media Group.  It is a sci-fi project about a father and son who go... on a road trip to rekindle their relationship, and while on the trip, which is filled with challenges, they encounter a creature from another planet that forces them to come together to fight for their lives against both alien and man. I play Tosha, the ex-girlfriend and mother to the most beautiful kid, Tommy, played by Eli Rubio.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about being an actress?

Lynette:  I love the moment we are living right now. Being a Latinx actress or artist in general right now feels like never before; people are listening; stories are being written with more weight and a lot more depths and layers.  I audition more and more for female characters that are less stereotypical, and I love that. I love that we have so many more voices emerging that are executive producing, writing, and acting in their own projects. This is becoming the new normal.  A great example of this is Gina Rodriguez, directing, acting and producing her own show on Disney Plus, "Diary of a Future President."

Don't get me wrong; there is a lot of work to be done; there are only three percent of Latinos being represented in our industry, but this is an exciting time to be us.

La Libertad:  Three percent? Please elaborate.

Lynette:  This is the study made by U.S.C. [University of Southern California] Annenberg:


In 2019, 3,616 films were produced, and only three percent of those films were produced by Latinos; of the one hundred top grossing films from 2007-2018, only three percent featured leads or co-leads that were Latinos. So we are super underrepresented; only three percent of us are represented in front of, or behind the camera, which is a very low and very scary number. I hope this helps.

Of the 3,616 "Produced by" credits, only three percent were held by Latinos. Seventy-eight of those credits were held by Latinos, and nineteen were held by Latinas; this is a gender ratio of four male producers to every one female.

Only four percent of Directors were Latinos, out of the 1,335 holding top jobs. Forty-eight of those directors were male, and one was female (Patricia Riggen). A total of twenty-eight individual or unique Latino Directors worked across the 1,200 top films studied. Twenty-nine percent of the twenty-eight Directors were U.S. filmmakers and seventy-one percent are international filmmakers.

Across the one hundred top grossing movies from 2007-2018, only three percent of films featured leads or co-leads with Latino actors. Females represented forty-nine percent of the leads or co-leads. However, five of those seventeen roles went to one female actress (Cameron Diaz). Summing across protagonist types (leads, co-leads, actors driving ensemble casts), the most frequently hired Latino actors were Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Eugenio Derbez, and Jessica Alba. Only eight male and two female leads, co-leads or members of an ensemble cast that were forty-five years of age or older at the time of theatrical release. Both female leads were played by Jennifer Lopez.

Only 4.5% of all speaking characters were Latino.

La Libertad: 

[NOTES:  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 18.3% of the U.S. population is Hispanic or Latino. According to WorldoMeters, "Latin America and The Caribbean population is equivalent to 8.42% of the total world population."

"Latino" means different things to different people. Merriam-Webster defines "Latino" as "a native or inhabitant of Latin America." Dictionary.com defines "Latino" as "a person of Latin American origin or descent, especially a man or boy" or "of or relating to people of Latin American origin or descent, especially those living in the United States."  The U.S. Census Bureau defines "Latino" as "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race." Some people regard Latinos as people raised speaking a language derived from Latin, such as Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, or Catalan.]

What talents and hobbies do you have?

Lynette:  I draw. I love it so much,  I can be drawing for hours. One of my hobbies is being in nature... hiking or skiing.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?
Lynette Coll
photo by Jeremy Bringadner

Lynette:  Music, traveling... You get to meet new people and see other parts of the world. I also get inspired by artwork and museums, or other artists that are doing great work out there, like Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of "Killing Eve" and "Fleabag."

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of producing?

Lynette:  Having to tell a director or filmmaker, "No, you can't get that shot you really love; the budget doesn't allow it."

 The other hard part of producing is keeping a good balance in life; it is very easy to get caught up in the madness of the long hours, and it is very hard to keep work and life in balance. Not to get into the gender discussion, but sometimes it is hard to be the only woman in the room; you have to hold your own and make sure your voice is being heard, and that you are being taken seriously.

La Libertad:  What are your main goals at the Sundance Film Festival, Thursday, January 23, through Sunday, February 2, 2020?

Lynette:  I am here to meet with industry folks and to talk about my company, and see if we can find a point of collaboration and co-produce exciting new projects. To me, Sundance is the place to discover new talent, writers, producers, [and] directors that I would like to support, and perhaps take their stories to the next level. I'm here to discover the new voices in our industry. There is something very special about Sundance and the creative and exciting energy that emerges during these two weeks; to me, Sundance dictates what happens in the industry for the rest of the year, so let's do this!

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Lynette:  Mexico, the South of France, Berlin, Montreal...  And  I am about to go to Colombia to produce a T.V. series, and, while I'm up there, I will stop in Peru. I love traveling; it expands my horizons, and it makes me a better human.

La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

Lynette:  After working with my mentor, the late Joel Sadilek (producer of Ingrid Goes West), I found my voice. Joel always believed in me, and told me that, if I wanted to change this industry, I had to be in the room where decisions are getting made, and carve my own way into the industry. Ever since, I've been passionate about diversity and inclusion in front and behind the camera.  And I'm certainly carving my own space in this industry. I've been passionate about telling big stories that connect, engage, disarm, activate, and unite the globe. I have studied both acting and production, so I am a storyteller at heart; my career goals are to own my own boutique studio, with two other partners, to develop, produce, and distribute in house projects of all genres, and support new and diverse creators with big stories and grand characters who reflect and mirror our own experiences. I want to be able to tell stories that are not the norm. I do not like stereotypes; I love thinking "outside the box," so the stories I would like to support and/or create are those that are unique but epic, and that can move people's consciousness. And who knows? Maybe, in the future, I'll also direct something of my own. For now, I'll be concentrating on acting and producing.

La Libertad:  What else would you like to tell our readers about your new production company?

Lynette:  My new company is the start of that future career goal I just mentioned. I am not allowed, yet, to give away the name; it is a very good one, coming soon, I promise. The idea is to develop, produce, and distribute projects to support new and diverse voices. We want to work with diverse creators with big stories that can disarm, activate, and unite. We thrive on stories with big characters that are flawed and that reflect who we are as humans. We are genre-agnostic and we want to be able to unite creators and audiences as one. Our company has a film and a series in development, and we are actively looking for two more projects from creators - not only from the U.S., but from somewhere else in the world. Bottom line:  We want to stir the masses.
Lynette Coll
photo by Joanna Degeneres

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Lynette:  Follow me on Instagram for the latest news:


Check out the details of a my upcoming project with Josh Whitehouse and David Lynch, called The Happy Worker.

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Lynette:  Always lead with your heart; tell your truth; believe in who you are; and never allow someone else to dictate your future.

Friday, December 6

Women Creating Change November 17, 2019

Women Creating Change - photo by Michael Tullberg
Arab and Israeli women in film and television united for an unprecedented evening, proving that art can transcend religion and politics, at the ‘Stand Up 4 Her’ event, in Los Angeles, California, on November 17th, 2019. The founder of Women Creating Change (WCC), Lee Broda, along with her founding team Inbal-Rotem Sagiv, Nawal Bengholam, Natasha Kermani, Shelly Skandrani, Natalie Marciano, Reem EdanEliya Reis, Reem Kadem, Micky Levy, and dozens of other members, presented an awe inspiring event which featured powerful performances by renowned female comedians, poets, storytellers, artists, performers, and musicians from Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Morocco, Palestine, and Israel.
Reem Kadem & Gal Macadar - photo by Jonathan C. Ward

The sold out, star studded event, including patrons such as Yael Grobglas ("Jane the Virgin"), Alon Aboutboul (The Dark Knight Rises), and Sarah Idan (Miss Universe Iraq 2017), had the audience laughing, crying and cheering! The guests came in expecting to be entertained, but they also left so inspired, buying raffle tickets, and donating to the non-profit, proving WCC’s mission of bridging communities, to be a success!

The evening began with authentic Middle Eastern cuisine from Chef Oshri Vaknin and a hosted cocktail reception sponsored by Stella Artois and Dulce Vida. As guests mingled and took pictures on the red carpet, they were introduced to astonishing works showcased in the art exhibit, including the original artwork of Fadia Afashe (Syria), Pooneh Rafsha (Iran), Tasneem Rahman (Pakistan), and Ilanit Maghen (Israel), curated by Lauren Annette Schoth.

Zain Shami - photo by Jonathan C. Ward
Lee Broda opened the show with a moving introduction to Women Creating Change’s mission to bring together women of different beliefs, religions and political views from the Middle East.

According to Lee Broda, "We seek to inspire change and bridge cultural divides; we believe that together we are stronger, because our similarities are greater than our differences.”

“Stand Up for Her” kicked off with Muslim-Iraqi Comedian Reem Edan and Jewish-Israeli actress Gal Macadar “arguing” over who would serve as host. “Let’s settle this like men. Meet me outside in five,” Edan said. “Or we can settle this like women and talk about it,” replied Macadar. (The women decided to co-host.)

Natalie Marciano - photo by Jonathan C. Ward
The show featured outstanding comedians Crystal Marie Denha, Melissa Shoshahi, Noam Shuster, Nina Kharoufeh, Natalie Marciano, Zain Shami, and Mona Shaikh, who shared saucy insights into being a modern Middle Eastern woman, revealing through humor, that they all share the same plights.

Crystal Marie Denha made the audience blush with her jokes about sex.

Natalie Marciano had them ululating loudly saying “If Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t know what it is, it must be some messed up shit!”

“I see you undressing me with your eyes,’ said hijab wearing Zain Shami. “Do you want to make me your second wife?”

To balance out the evening, poets and storytellers entered the stage with emotionally provoking performances, reading original and borrowed work.

Nawal Bengholam read a poem by Salma El-Wardany. Lee Broda shared her poem, "The Vow," from her book of poetry, Whispers from the Moon:  "I promise to honor the woman in me… water her with light, feed her kindness, kiss her scars, bathe her with love.”

Shelly Skandrani performed her poem "Social Reconditioning."
Shelly Skandrani - photo by Jonathan C. Ward

“Too busy convincing me that I don’t know my own desires, and the world admires your strength and
conviction, my smile and submission.”

Inbar Lavi (Lucifer) spoke of how women create the feeling of home, and what connects the WCC members is that they’ve left their homes behind and built a new one in Los Angeles. Storyteller Ayser Salman shared moments about her childhood as an immigrant from her book The Wrong End of the Table: A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In.

Guests also enjoyed a special musical performance by Inbar Starr and beats from DJ Karina Kay.
The event was wrapped up with a dessert reception hosted by The Baklava Factory and Mamilla Restaurant, and the VIP guests even received gift bags with Converse Shoes and other goodies.

All proceeds achieved from the evening will benefit WCC programs for female filmmakers. WCC is fiscally sponsored by Women’s Voices Now. The event was held in partnership with Women In Film, Alliance of Women Directors, New Filmmakers LA, Film Fatales, Women In Media, and Saddle Ranch Pictures.
Inbar Lavi & Lee Broda - photo by Jonathan C. Ward

“Women Creating Change was founded by female filmmakers and artists from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA),"stated WCC Founder, Lee Broda. “I was excited to help celebrate these talented female storytellers at this year’s event, Stand Up 4 Her, as we continue to strive to create a space for peaceful co-existence and honest, substantive dialogue around today’s issues.”

In a time when women are fighting for or against something, and rightly so, it is however, refreshing to come together for an evening and celebrate each other.

Attendees reveled in the evening’s ambitious program! Inbal-Rotem Sagiv, Executive Director, said “[We were] planning this event for a while, and were excited to share our vision, but little did we know it would incite such a magnificent reaction!

Saturday, August 3

Interview With Actor, Producer, Nik Goldman

Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity referred actor Nik Goldman to us.

 La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Nik:  Leeds, England.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside? 

Nik:  Leeds, England.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about your latest film projects?

Nik:  I acted in a big film in Poland last year called Squadron 303. I then acted in a TV Pilot. I have two films coming up, called The Au Pair and Breckenridge, which I am producing and acting [in]. Plus four other films which I am due to act in...

La Libertad:  What do you love most about your work?

Nik:  I love the creativity and working in a team. The best is seeing a film come to life from script to screen. From acting point of view, I love getting into the character, and giving all my energy into the role. Seeing the films you have produced or acted in, being put on the big screen, or even streaming TV, is a real buzz, and achievement. It makes it all worthwhile when you achieve this. 

La Libertad:  What talents and hobbies do you have?

Nik:  Playing football, tennis, and golf. I am also an avid Leeds United football supporter, in which I attend many Leeds games, each season.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Nik:  Storytelling, and true life stories. My family and wife also inspire me. As they back me in what I do... which is a very tough profession.

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of the film industry?

Nik:  Getting films made is the hardest part of producing and filmmaking. Finding the equity finance to start off the film is definitely the most difficult. There are very good stories and scripts out there, but finding money is what makes it difficult. With regards to acting, trying to get to casting directors and seen for auditions on the big films or television shows, are super tough. It's keeping going and not getting disheartened when you don't get seen for a role, or no one calls you back!

La Libertad:  What foreign languages, if any, do you read, write, and/or speak?

Nik:  I speak a little French, as I have spent much time in France over the years.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Nik:  I have been all over the world, from most cities in Europe...Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Croatia, the Netherlands, to far away places like the U.S.A., South America, Mexico, Thailand, India, South Africa, and China.

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

Nik:  I want to make films as a producer and to also act in great productions. To be respected as an actor and as a filmmaker for many years to come... I think to get any film made or be successful as an actor in a production is my goal everyday.

La Libertad:  What projects are you working on?

Nik:  I have two films I'm producing, The Au Pair and Breckenridge. Which I'm also acting in, and playing lead roles. I will also be acting in some other films, which I have been cast in. These are in the U.S.A., but because of the non disclosures I've signed, I cannot say too much about them! 

The Au Pair is a psychological thriller. Breckenridge is a controversial, political drama.

La Libertad:  What upcoming events, if any, do you intend to participate in? 

Nik:  I have Venice and  Toronto film festivals coming up, which I will hopefully be attending. Plus Berlin and Cannes in 2020, which I usually attend...

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?


My IMDb:  www.imdb.com/name/nm1157708

My Spotlight:  www.spotlight.com/3177-1203-7298

My Instagram:  www.instagram.com/nikgoldmanactor

My Twitter:  www.twitter.com/nikgoldman

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Nik:  To please support the arts and film! It's vital; without an audience and readers, we couldn't continue to make films and perform arts. 

Please look out for all our productions coming to cinema and T.V., and...please support us. Any info on me can be found at the links above, so please follow me. I always love to interact with like-minded people and those who who love film and television.        

Tuesday, April 23

Interview With Marina Shron

Marina Shron
Marina Shron
photo by Karen Shasha
Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity introduced Marina Shron to us, and she was gracious enough to grant us this interview.

 La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about The Fruit of Our Womb?

Marina:  The film is a behind-closed-doors look at the life of an affluent Manhattan couple and a homeless teenage girl (Christina) who they rescue from the streets and take into their world. It's the story of an instant family - one that starts as a utopian dream, which blossoms, but quickly degenerates into a vicious nightmare.

At its core, it’s a social parable set in a society where child sex abuse is at once the biggest taboo and the most lucrative enterprise.

La Libertad:  What was the short film that the feature is based on?

Marina:  The feature is a sequel to [my] award-winning short film "Lullaby for Ray" - a miniature film-noir that follows Christina and her partner, Ray, who transforms in the course of the film, from her “daddy” to her “lover” to her “pimp. By the end of the film, Ray is dead, and Christina embarks on a search of a new home.
Lullaby for Ray
Estelle Bajou

La Libertad:  What are the perks of your Kickstarter campaign?

Marina:  We have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign, and we offer some pretty amazing perks,  from a limited edition tote bag and an autographed poster with the film’s logo to the Producer credits. Everyone who contributes $20 and above gets [a] digital download of the film, a film credit, and [an invitation] to our wrap-party. Some of the most popular perks include a walk-on background talent role in one of our larger scenes (perfect for aspiring actors) and a PHOTOWALK – a guided tour of the film sites in New York, with photography advice from myself and the film’s D.P. [Director of Photography].  Oh, and there’s a script-consulting session with me; in addition to making films, I’ve been teaching screenwriting for many years.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about filmmaking?

Marina:  Film is an inherently poetic medium. It’s the most direct way to convey my vision - my experience of the world without explaining or rationalizing it. My background is in writing – writing for theater, to be exact. When writing plays, I had to rely on dialogue – but images are so much more powerful than words! I also love the collaborative nature of filmmaking. It’s hard but joyful work!

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Marina:  I’m not quite sure what it is that inspires me to create. It’s a certain kind of hunger… I just have to do it to stay alive!

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of producing a movie?

Fundraising. And again – fundraising. It’s the part that takes the longest, and it’s the hardest, the most tedious one - at least, for me it is. I’ve been lucky to work with producers who actually enjoy that part of the process!

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Marina:  I’ve traveled to many countries – Italy, France, Germany, SpainColombia, where I made another short film, "Sea Child"... If time travel counts, I would include Russia; I was born there, in St.Petersburg. Along with New York, where I currently live, it’s one of the most influential cities in my life – a source of my “dark” inspiration.

La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

Marina:  My short term goal is to make my feature film debut, The Fruit of Our Womb. My overall goal is to carve a niche for myself as a female film director. I’m pretty certain that the kind of films I want to make have not been made yet.

La Libertad:  What other projects are you hoping to work on?

Marina:  I'm currently working on another screenplay, a political thriller, and a T.V. pilot. But I believe The Fruit of Our Womb should take most (if not all) of my time in 2019. My plan is to shoot the film in [the fall of] 2019, and complete post-production by January, 2020. We have recently launched the Kickstarter campaign to help us meet these goals.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

The Kickstarter Campaign [which ends May 1, 2019]:


The Film’s Website:


And you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram:



Judas Kiss
Madi Hall & Amy Gordon, photo by Charles Fara
La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Marina:  Don’t let anyone tell you what kind of life you should or should not be living, [or] what kind of films you should or should not be making.

And, if you have a rebel streak in you, please join our Kickstarter campaign and become a part of The Fruit of Our Womb team!

Warm regards...

Friday, February 22

Interview With Webmaster, William Mortensen Vaughan

William Mortensen Vaughan  in black tophat and Royal Stewart Tartan tuxedo
William Mortensen Vaughan
We last interviewed our Senior Editor, William Mortensen Vaughan, in April, 2017.  We decided it was high time to catch up with him again.

La Libertad:  The last time we interviewed you, you were hosting a contest or give-away on your website, A U.S. Christmas Carol.  How did that go?

William:  It didn't.  No one entered.  I'd had contests before, which attracted several participants, but I offered hundreds of dollars in prize money.  No one seems to be interested in cheap prizes, such as D.V.D.s [Digital Video Discs]. They want cash.  Unfortunately, I'm no longer willing to offer prize money.  Perhaps I will again, another year.

The good news is that I've apparently done something right as far as S.E.O. [Search Engine Optimization], because for months now, whenever I "Google" "us christmas carol" or "christmas carol us," A U.S. Christmas Carol is the first "hit" returned - even before any Wikipedia article.

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear on the first page of "hits," when you "Google" "christmas carol."  Of course, I'd really love it if my site were the first hit returned whenever anyone "Googled" "christmas"!

La Libertad:  How extensive is your collection of adaptations of A Christmas Carol now?

William:  I don't know for sure, but I've probably collected a dozen adaptations since the last time you asked me, so about seven dozen, I think.

And that's just on D.V.D. and V.H.S. [Video Home System].  I've also started collecting audio-only adaptatations on C.D. [Compact Discs], and Audible, as well as literary adaptations via Kindle.

La Libertad:  What are some of the best  and worst adaptations you've seen, heard, or read since our last interview?

William:  I've seen some of my least favorite video adaptations, starring Stuart Brennan, Matthew McConaughey, and Brian Cook.

A Christmas Carol (2018), starring Stuart Brennan as a modern, Scottish Ebenezer Scrooge, features a Ghost of Christmas Past (Rebecca Hanssen) who looks more like a lingerie model in white lace and garter belts than a spiritual messenger.  This adaptation also replaces the Ghost of Christmas Present with "the Goose of Christmas Present" (Mark Lyminster).  Apparently, "goose" is slang for "homosexual," and this particular homosexual man seems to "hit on" Scrooge with sexual innuendo. 

The McConaughey adaptation, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), is almost pornographic, and features a scene in which McConaughey's character is caught in a rainstorm of used condoms.

The sexuality is more subtle in the Brian Cook adaptation, My Dad Is Scrooge (2014), but, disturbingly, it's there.  It also features child who urinates on the floor, and another who refuses to change his stinking socks.  Furthermore, it features farm animals who walk around indoors, and ride inside luxury sedans.  The fact that they speak English isn't necessarily a good thing, either.

For me, the best part of this adaptation of A Christmas Carol, is Brian Cook's refusal to dye the white spots in his hair.  When I first saw him, which was in this film, I thought it was snow, because his first scene shows him being struck with a snowball.  Then I thought perhaps he'd been moonlighting as a painter, and that he and all the film crew members (not to mention the video editors) missed a few spots of white paint before his appearance on set.  Then, curious, I Googled "brian cook," and discovered that his brown hair really has white spots in it, and he and those who employ him could not, apparently, care less.  More power to him!

I also discovered an adaptation, in the form of an episode of Sanford and Son, starring Redd Foxx; I bought the whole series on D.V.D., since it's nostalgic for me, and I'm ashamed to admit that I apparently missed this Christmas episode.

The best adaptation I've seen since our last interview, is The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017), starring Christopher Plummer as Scrooge, and Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, which I saw at a cinema soon after the date of its release, November 10, 2017.  Since then, I've watched it it on D.V.D. and BluRay innumerable times.

The first audible adaptation I listened to was Jonathan Winters', which I found, on C.D., at a secondhand store.  Then I discovered A Shoe Addict's Christmas on Audible.  I've been hooked on audibles ever since.  I've heard Sir Patrick Stewart's audible adaptation, not to be confused with the movieNeil Gaiman has a good one on SoundCloud.

I downloaded a Western adaptation featuring the voice of James Stewart, with Howard McNear providing the voice for Ebenezer Scrooge in that adaptation, which was an episode of a radio show about a man named Brit Ponset, also known as "The Six-Shooter."  Howard McNear later played Floyd the Barber on "The Andy Griffith Show."  What I find particularly entertaining about Jimmy Stewart's adaptation is all the ways "Brit Ponset" is spelled:  Brit Ponsett, Britt Ponset, Britt Ponsett, Brit Poncett...  Not to mention the fact that his character and his revolver are both  nicknamed "the Six-Shooter," as if he were a "bad hombre," but his character sounds like a milktoast.

It's hard to believe Jimmy Stewart was, in reality, a Commanding Officer and a bomber pilot who flew twenty missions in combat during World War II.  He retired later as a Brigadier General.

The best audible adaptation that I've heard is Tim Curry's unabridged adaptation, not to be confused, again, with his video adaptation.  Three and a half hours, including Dickens' slight about U.S. Securities being worthless!  And Tim Curry makes every moment of those three and a half hours a pleasure to listen to.  Amazing!

There are spin-offs, too, which I've listened to, such as "Jacob T. Marley," "Miss Marley," and "Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge."

The worst audible adaptation I've heard is "The Indian Christmas Carol," which is prose followed by an instrumental musical number.  It should have been marketed as a song - not an Audible.

I've had less luck with literary adaptations.  I read an  H.P. Lovecraft spoof adaptation by John Sheehan, and a set of plays for children to perform by authors Brendan P. Kelso and Khara C. Barnhart.  I found both of these literary adaptations slightly amusing - emphasis on "slightly."

La Libertad:  What upcoming adaptations, if any, are you looking forward to?

William:  Ice Cube is starring as "the Scrooge" in an adaptation called Humbug! which is scheduled for release this year [2019].

Candace Cameron Bure has already appeared in a film adaptation of A Shoe Addict's Christmas, which aired on the Hallmark Channel, but which I have yet to see, when it's released on the HallmarkNow "app" [application].

La Libertad:  What else have you been doing since our last interview?

William:  Today [February 20, 2019], I received notification that my Google Knowledge Panel has been verified by Google.  I applied a couple of days ago.  Now I can recommend changes, which will have greater weight than if I were someone else.

Unfortunately, I am not, apparently, important or notable enough to be verified on Facebook or Twitter.

I've also taken a greater interest in my genealogy than ever before.  I've tenuously traced my lineage all the way back through Vikings and Trojans, such as Thorgil Sprakling and King Priam, to Norse and Greek "gods" such as Zeus and Thor, and from them to Adam - emphasis on "tenuously"!

More believably, I've traced my Welsh lineage back through Lords such as Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor, to Casnar Wledig, born circa 500 A.D. [Anno Domini], about the time the legendary King Arthur was allegedly pulling the legendary Excalibur out of the legendary stone, and the historic Battle of Badon Hills.

More recently, my great grandfather Luther Clay Vaughan was perhaps born in Kentucky, but went to Indiana to join their Infantry to fight for the Union during the Civil War.

My great grandfather Rasmus Julius Smith, on my mother's side, was a Pony Express Rider between Utah and Idaho.

La Libertad:  Are you related to anyone famous?

William:  I recently discovered that Charles Dickens was a distant cousin of mine.  We are both descendants of a Scottish Earl named Alexander Gordon.

According to RelativeFinder.org, I have a lot of famous, distant cousins, including Queen Anne Stuart, who ruled over England and Ireland in the early Eighteenth Century (circa 1700 A.D.); P.T. Barnum, of circus fame; Johnny Cash; Johnny Carson; Jimi Hendrix; Elvis Presley; Janis Joplin; Richard and Karen Carpenter; Gene Autry; Jim Morrison; David Bowie; Walt Disney; Humphrey Bogart; John Wayne; Buddy Holly...  I find it particularly amusing that I might be related to Buddy Holly, since, over the years, people have called me that, and/or suggested that I resembled him.

I have also discovered links to dozens of the Defenders of the Alamo, including the Garrison Commander, Lieutenant Colonel James Bonham; Colonel Davy Crockett; and Jim Bowie, the alleged inventor of the Bowie knife.

I believe that I am related to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Viggo Mortensen, and Taylor Swift, but I have yet to make the connections.  The same goes for a somewhat famous photographer, for whom I am apparently mistaken online, named William Mortensen, who was born in Park City, Utah, and moved to California.  We are both descended from Danish Mormons who emigrated from Denmark to Utah during the 1800's.

I alo believe that a certain Jessica Vaughan is my second cousin, but I have yet to prove that.

La Libertad:  What are your favorite genealogical websites?

William: My favorite, where I "do" most of my genealogy, is WikiTree.com

I also like the Mormons' FamilySearch.org and RelativeFinder.org

Unlike Ancestry.com and Geni.com and others, they do not offer anything for money.  Unfortunately, they are open to the public, like Wikipedia, so anyone can potentially log in and change things.  One day your lineage is traced back to Adam, and the next it doesn't even make it back to Thorgil Sprakling.  I haven't had as many problems like that with WikiTree, although the opportunity for genealogical vandalism is also there.

Perhaps, another reason I gravitate to WikiTree is that it's so easy to get recognition there.  I've only had a WikiTree account for about four months (since November, 2018), and already I have sixteen badges.

I consider FamilySearch invaluable, though, because of all the sources it has, such as U.S. and State Censuses.  RelativeFinder uses the same database (and you use the same user I.D. [identification] and password to log in); it generates lists and spreadsheets of famous relatives.  You can sort by entertainers, U.S. Presidents, and Defenders of the Alamo, as well as many other groups you might be interested in, such as people who came over on the Mayflower, or signed the Magna Carta.

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers about?

William:  In the past few weeks I've reached the Top Ten on the Leader Board of Luxor BlackJack by Yazino.

I am also in the top one percent of all-time card counters on BlackJack by FilGames, and I'm a High Roller on Governor of Poker 3.

I've reached the rank of Master on Chezz.  Chezz is like Chess online, but you don't have to wait your turn. You play in real time, against real opponents.  It makes for very intense Chess matches, because you're not just racing against a clock, but every moment that you let go by is a moment your opponent can be moving any or all of his pieces, depending on how long it takes you to make a move.

There is also an offline section, in which you play against artificially intelligent opponents.

By the way, I've done all this without spending any money on virtual currency, such as poker chips, gold pieces, or diamonds, et cetera.  Also, I've placed in the Top Ten on Luxor Blackjack's Leaderboard above many people who are at higher Levels than me, which enables them to play in a tournament I'm not ever allowed to play in, because I'm only at Level 15, and it requires Level 17 to even see its name, let alone play in it.

I can't say that about Paradise Bay by King, where I've spent dozens of U.S. Dollars on virtual purple diamonds in order to obtain virtual pets, such as a pair of koalas and a panda; I recently unlocked and adopted a pair of pink flamingos.  I've reached the maximum Level, too, which is 80.

I use these games to advertize my website.  In Paradise Bay, I have spelled out the U.R.L. [Universal Resource Locator] to my website, and the date of its last update.

On Google Play and Dragon Soul, I actually changed my name to AChristmasCaroldotUS and USChristmasCarol, respectively.

Unfortunately, Dragon Soul is taking their game down.  I'm not sure why.

I hate it that games often require online connections to play them, now-a-days.  In some cases, it makes the C.D.'s obsolete, when the online support evaporates.  I still pay early versions of Warhammer 40,000; once they required an online connection to play, I stopped upgrading.

On Dragon Soul, I created a line-up of Heroes which I think resemble characters from Charles Dickens' novel, A Christmas Carol:

A tophat-and-ducktail wearing Plague Mogul is my "Scrooge."

A Raging Revenant is my Jacob Marley.

A blonde Dragon Lady in golden armor is my Ghost of Christmas Past

A giant Orc Priest is my Ghost of Christmas Present.

A Skeleton King is my Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

A pair of Stepladder Brothers are my Bob and Tim Cratchit.

A Shadow Assassin is my Mrs. Cratchit.

A Plant Soul is my Martha Cratchit.

An Ancient idol is my Peter Cratchit.

A Goblin Trio is my Belinda and two other young Cratchits.

A Huntress with white war paint is my charwoman.

A Groovy Druid is my laundress.

A magician and a thief are my Fred and his wife.

Rotbeard the Pirate is my Old Joe.

Anyway, I'm proud to say that I'm one of the best virtual blackjack players in the world.  How many people do you know whose names you can find on a constantly updated leaderboard, which welcomes competition from all over the World-Wide Web?  And I'm on two of them.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled since our last interview?

William:  We've returned to Virginia Beach a few times.  We went to South of the Border and Myrtle Beach for our "Meeting Anniversary."

Best of all, we went to the Biltmore for Christmas, 2018!

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?



And the following U.R.L.s, which redirect themselves to that site:









I am also proud to introduce my SoundCloud, and associated playlists:



(audio adaptations of the novel)

(Christmas Carols played predominantly on a violin, by masters of the violin such as Ji Hae Park and my fellow Utahn, Lindsey Stirling)


(Decrease the surplus population!  Songs that make you feel like "topping" yourself...)

(Throw down the gauntlet, drop the gloves, and take off the mittens!  This is where I intend to collect one hundred forty-four of the best Christmas songs ever recorded!)

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

William:  I invented a new mixed drink for National Margarita Day:  The Purple Iguana!  A margarita spiked with (preferably) one hundred percent cranberry juice...

On a more somber note, Albert Finney recently passed away.  He was the star of one of my favorite adaptations of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge (1970).  As his character would say, "Thank you very much!  Thank you very much!  Thank you very, very, very much!"

Photo and interview by Libertad Green

Interview With LEX

Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity introduced us to LEX as a "singer, lyricist, composer, and pianist."

He tells us that her first single, "Again in Love," is now available on all digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon Music, and Spotify.
She is currently in L.A., but she grew up in New York, where she earned her Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Vocal Performance at the New York State University at Buffalo.

"Growing up, LEX was immersed in a musical family; she played piano, and wrote songs with her father and brother. It was this early influence that led her to create her own material, blending the sounds of her youth with her...vocals to create a unique style. As former president of her
a capella troupe, she is also trained in classical, operative, vocal performance."

LEX tells us that "It took a lot of hard work and dedication from within [herself], as well as support from all the people around [her] to fully realize who [she wants] to be, and what [she has] to show the world.  This E.P. [Extended Play record, "Again in Love"] is a reflection of the fire and passion my collaborators and I plan to put forth into our creations."

Again in Love
Again in Love by LEX
We lookforward to the release of her future single, "LA Baby."
La Libertad:  Where were you born?

LEX:  I was born in New York, and raised in Westchester County.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

LEX:  I just moved to Los Angeles about five months ago. I live around Silverlake.

La Libertad: What does "LEX" stand for?

LEX:   My name is "Alexa Feiner."  "Lex" and "Lexi" have always been nicknames since I was little.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about your new single?

LEX:  My new single is called "Again in Love," and it features artist/rapper J.G. I chose to release this as my debut single because it really captures my style of R and B [Rhythm and Blues]. The song is an ode to every time you fall in love, or every time you "think" you fall in love, and I'm always falling in love. And every time it's like, "Wow, I fell for this... again, and again." But I secretly love it, so I keep doing it. Kind of like an addiction...

La Libertad:  What does "J.G." stand for?

LEX:  It is his name, "Joshua Geiger."

La Libertad:  What do you love most about music?

LEX:  I'm never not listening to music.  There's always a song in my head. Music is the window to my soul, and it can be so powerful!  It has a way of hitting the heart so deeply!  And it can give me that type of cathartic release if I'm feeling sad, or stressed, or even happy. And I think that that's unique to everyone. And it's important that I, myself, and every artist, thinks about the way their music touches the lives of his [or] her listeners, to make them feel some type of way.

La Libertad:  What inspires you to write songs?

LEX:  Definitely my personal life. I try not to be too sad when it comes to my writing.  Sadness can come quite easily to me, and while there's a time and place for those kinds of songs, I like to take all my feelings and channel them into songs that are relatable to my audience.  I write a lot about love too, because who doesn't love love, "ya know?"  And I'm always looking for love, usually in the wrong places.

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part about the industry?

LEX:  I think it's hard to make a real connection with people in the industry. Everything seems kind of face value, and I think that's because there's that underlying feeling of competition, since everyone's trying to do the same thing.  It's also hard to try and stand out from everyone else who wants to do the exact same thing as you. "Ya know?"  It's like, "What makes you different, or what sets you apart from the rest of these artists who are trying to be singers and songwriters?"

La Libertad:  How many tracks will be on your upcoming E.P.?

LEX:  There's going to be around five or six tracks on my upcoming E.P., "Pinky." The E.P. is called "Pinky" because that's what my dad used to call me.  When he passed away three years ago, I knew I would dedicate this E.P. to him.

La Libertad:  Our condolences...

What are your overall career goals?

LEX:  To never stop making music. To always be working harder than I did the day before, and to challenge myself to think outside the box when it comes to my songwriting and my music. Winning a Grammy would be cool, too!

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?


Instagram: www.instagram.com/lexofficialmusic


Facebook: www.facebook.com/LEXOFFICIALMUSIC

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

LEX:  I hope that they're ready to be seeing a lot more of me! And to keep an eye out for my next single release in the next few months...!

Phtos by Ian Feiner

Introduction by Josh Mitchell and 
William Mortensen Vaughan

Friday, November 2

Interview With Madeline Rosene

Singer, writer, musician, comedienne, Madeline Rosene introduced herself to us by telling us that she is "sorry this took [her] so long!" and that she "[LOVES] these questions." She also "[hopes that her] answers aren't too ridiculous," and she would be "happy to change whatever!"  Please, don't change for us!

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Madeline:  I was born in Danbury, Connecticut. My parents moved back to Cleveland, Ohio shortly after I was born. When I was four years old, they rented an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and we began traveling back and fourth between New York City and Cleveland.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Madeline:  I currently live in Los Angeles, and I'm loving it. Best weather, best friends... Everybody hustling... Love the energy.

La Libertad:  What made you want to become a singer?

Madeline:  My mom is a jazz vocalist. I think very young girls often photograph off of their mother. I just remember thinking what she did was cooler than anything my friends' parents did. As a third grader, I cared a lot about being "cool" because it was the first time I had ever been to school after being homeschooled, and I was basically the antithesis of cool.

Anyway, my mom was dope, and I knew that. I wanted to be like her. I remember drawing a picture of her -  literally a circle for her head, dots for eyes, a circle for her mouth with little musical notes coming out of it and spirals on her head for her "horrendous perm" at the time (her words). 

La Libertad:  What do you love most about writing music?

Madeline:  Writing music is kind of like a solution for me. I am very solution-oriented. It's a solution for negative or overwhelming emotions, difficult experiences, et cetera. It basically allows me to take a situation that might not be all that great and potentially turn it into something awesome. When that happens, it's such a satisfying feeling, and actually helps me move on from that experience much more quickly.

La Libertad:  What talents and hobbies do you have?

Madeline:  Besides writing music, I snowboard; I'm very into fashion and styling, thumb wrestling on a semi-professional level... One of these is not true! You pick!

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Madeline:  I am mostly inspired by human interaction. Shitty people inspire me. Actually I don't really think there are completely bad people. I think there are terribly misinformed people, people who make bad decisions, and people who don't listen to my music. Those things can all be forgiven except for the not listening to my music one.

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part about living in Hollywood?

Madeline:  Probably living in NORTH Hollywood... That's only funny to people who live in L.A.

Honestly, I'm not sure. It seems relatively easy to me compared to living other places. I probably wouldn't last very long in Somalia.

I suppose there are quite a few people here, naturally, who are really only interested in helping themselves. That's a big part of living in an area that has such a large concentration of people working in entertainment. So many people want to be stars, not because they want to entertain or send a message, but because they just want to be? Instagram and the Kardashians have me so confused over what entertainment and talent actually are.

La Libertad:  You are also an actress. Tell us about your role on the new series "PUB.LIE.SIZE."

Madeline:  A friend of mine was casting a project he wrote and I asked if he needed an obnoxious singer/songwriter character. He was like, "Yep," and I was like, "I knew it..." So I'm basically playing myself and supporting Meg Dick who is an amazing actress and super funny. I love acting and hanging out with her. We have mad chemistry #letsrunawayandbelesbians.

La Libertad:  What are the details of your upcoming tour?

Madeline:  It's going to be throughout the U.S. We were planning for April but might be a little later because I just got a new agent (same agency though!) and we might make some updates. Whole band is going. Going to [be] amazing. It's my first tour and I've waited a long time to do this!

La Libertad:  Can we expect a new album from you this year?

Madeline:  Definitely trying to put out an album in 2019.  Want to call it Raised on Porn.

La Libertad:  What other projects are you currently working on?

Madeline:  Trying to get my dog to stop, drop, and roll. We've got stop and drop down. Still working on the roll...  There was a fire in my building the other day #NorthHollywoodLife
For real, follow my dog, @CroutonDog He's not like other Croutons.

La Libertad:  What upcoming events, if any, do you intend to participate in?

Madeline:  I am playing at the Silverlake Lounge on November 2nd at 11:00 p.m., and Los Globos on November 14th.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?






La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Madeline:  Stick it to "the man." Nobody really knows what we're doing here, so just do you, but also be nice and help other people do them?

Photographer: Alex Huggan