Tuesday, October 4

Interview With Author Justine Johnston Hemmestad


Justine introduced herself to us as "a published author." She also provided us with a picture of herself and a picture of her "newest book cover," as well as the following answers to our questions:

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Justine:  San Diego, California.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Justine:  Central Iowa.

La Libertad:  What is your current occupation?

Justine:  I’m a volunteer interview editor at the  online Christian Magazine; I’m also the owner and instructor at https://know-your-craft.webnode.page/   and I’m the author of three novels and am included in seventeen anthologies – my amazon author page is at:

 https://www.amazon.com/Justine-Johnston-Hemmestad/e/B01DHSLN0M%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

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

Justine:  Editing, and if I’m writing I love to be inspired, to get my conceptualization down on paper, and then to revise to get the nuances right. I love to learn new things through research and writing, and I love for my work to be read and shared by others.

La Libertad:  What talents and hobbies do you have?

Justine:  Writing is my talent and my hobby, as well as my work. I also love to read about ancient history and learn. I love to permeate my writing with what I’ve learned.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Justine:  Courage.

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

Justine:  Stopping.

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

Justine:  None fluently, sadly. I took two years of German in college and remember some, and I took Spanish in high school and gratefully still remember quite a lot.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Justine:  New York City and Mexico, when I lived in California; and I’ve lived in various southern states a child. I also went to Hawaii when I was little, and my mother was a flight attendant.

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

Justine:  I would love my work to be read by many, and to inspire and mentor other people.

La Libertad:  What projects are you working on?

Justine:  I’m currently writing a novel that takes place in colonial America. I’m also a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, so there’s a lot of interest in that time period and location for me.

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

Justine:  I’m the chaplain of my central Iowa chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution; also my publisher (Antimony and Elder Lace Press) is donating partial profits of my newest novel, Macbeth’s Spinners, to Laughing at my Nightmare, a nonprofit organization that benefits SMA. I sustained a brain injury at 19 (my story is in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries) and I identify with Shane’s thoughts and attitude toward disability.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?




Justine:  

My Amazon authors page is:

 https://www.amazon.com/Justine-Johnston-Hemmestad/e/B01DHSLN0M%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

My webpage is:

https://know-your-craft.webnode.page/

My Facebook authors page is:

https://www.facebook.com/JustineJohnstonHemmestadauthor

My Twitter is:

https://twitter.com/Juhemm1

And my Goodreads author page is: 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4606059.Justine_Johnston_Hemmestad

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

Justine:  My newest novel, Macbeth’s Spinners, is set in 11th Century Scotland, as three ancient Greek Fates are transformed into a single Scottish witch to help the warlord Macbeth fulfill his mission, and escape an age-old enemy. Macbeth’s Spinners is published by Antimony and Elder Lace Press, and a description of it is on their blog at https://aelpress.com/index.php/2022/08/31/macbeths-spinners-cover-reveal/  Macbeth's Spinners is available for pre-order on the Antimony and Elder Lace Press store at https://aelpress.com/index.php/store/

Edited by William Mortensen Vaughan

Friday, July 8

Interview: Jeff Knite, Director of The Omicron Killer

Jeff Knite
Jeff Knite introduced himself to us as "the Director and Producer of the new film The Omicron Killer, currently in pre-production." His publicist referred him to us, and we thank them for providing us with this interview.

Libertad:  Where are you from?

Jeff: I was born and raised in the Boogie Down Bronx, in New York, but I now reside in a small town called Amsterdam, in upstate New York. 

Cool Fact: Kirk Douglas [who played Spartacus in Spartacus (1960)] was born and raised in Amsterdam.

Libertad:  How did you get your start in film-making?

Jeff: A friend of mine and I got tired of doing background work as actors, so we decided to make a short film to showcase our talent. My friend's name is Mark Rosenberg, and it was actually his idea. He convinced me to do it because he knew about the film festival circuit. What's funny is that, when it came time to make the film, he got busy and couldn't do it, so I ended up doing it without him. He and I are still friends, and the film did quite well. The film premiered at [the] Urbanworld Film Festival, in front of the Tom Cruise/Jamie Foxx film, Collateral (2004). It also appeared at the New York International Latino Film Festival that same year, sponsored by HBO [Home Box Office]. The Film was called Some Wounds.

Libertad:  What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Jeff: Creating and raising my kids. That is something that I can say I am most proud of. It was a struggle trying to do that and [be] a filmmaker, but I did it, and both came out pretty good.

Libertad:  Where did you get the idea for your new horror film, The Omicron Killer?

Jeff: I made a film called The Covid Killer during the pandemic. It was about a man whose wife died because of the Corona virus, so he snaps and goes on a murdering spree. The cops are having a hard time trying to catch him because everyone, including the killer, is wearing Covid masks. So while I was filming this movie on an iPhone with a shoestring budget, and a nutcase producer who literally threw my script out the window, I came up with an idea for a second, copycat killer. The main reason was because, since the first film wasn't going as planned because of this guy, I created this second antagonist so I could do re-shoots without this maniac producer and salvage most of what I already shot. So while I didn't get to make the first film as I envisioned, I still think it turned out pretty good, and most importantly, the chaos gave birth to The Omicron Killer, which is essentially a sequel to The Covid Killer, which will be ten times better.

Libertad:  Why should people contribute to your Kickstarter campaign?

Jeff: Horror films are becoming very derivative and redundant. It is difficult to find something new and interesting nowadays. The Omicron Killer brings a new and exciting twist to the horror genre by adding a great story, eyebrow-raising suspense, and hilarious comedy.

The contributions that people make will be associated with [perks]. Those perks go from digital downloads to exclusive T-shirts, exclusive posters, signed posters, Associate Producer credit, Co-Executive Producer credit, Executive Producer credit, or even [becoming] a member of the cast.

Libertad:  What inspires you?

Jeff: Other filmmakers, like:  The Russo Brothers, M. Night Shyamalan, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Jordan Peele, Kathryn Bigelow, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Rod Serling, Taika Waititi, Quentin Tarantino, [and] Robert Rodriguez, just to name a few.

Libertad:  What is the hardest part of being a movie maker in today's world?

Jeff: Competition with too many other non-filmmakers.

Back in the day, it was harder to make a film, because you had to work on film, literally. You had to shoot your movie using film, which was really expensive and hard to edit, because you had to cut your film with scissors and tape it together. Now, with advancement in technology, we shoot on digital files, which makes making films easier. Which means any Moe, Larry, or Curly [The Three Stooges] can pick up a digital camera or cell phone, and make a film. And most of these people are not filmmakers, [but they] are flooding the industry (and especially the film festivals) with these films which take up a lot of people's time, so a real filmmaker who has been struggling their whole life to get their film seen, might not get that chance. Just for an example; ten to fifteen years ago, Sundance would get an average of twelve hundred submissions to their film festival [each year]. Now they get on average [of] twelve to fourteen thousand submissions each year, and they say they watch all the films, but that's b*** ****, and you can quote me on that. If you do the math, there is no way they could possibly watch that many films from August to September, with the staff that they have. So a lot of films are going unwatched, and lost in the shuffle. Sad but true...

Libertad: What are your overall career goals?

Jeff: To make a living being a filmmaker.

I want to be in the business till I die.

Libertad: What links would you like to share?

Jeff:

The Omicron Killer Movie Kickstarter Campaign

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

Jeff: Live long and prosper!

Introduction by William Mortensen Vaughan

Interview by Libertad Green

Thursday, July 7

Film Review: The Omicron Killer

Josh Mitchell, of PUB.LIE.SIZE, has informed us that  donations are being accepted for a Kickstarter campaign to support a new horror film about CoViD and serial killers.

November 7th, 2020, during the height of the Corona virus pandemic, a serial killer known as the Covid Killer, remains at large. This killer has eluded law enforcement for months, but he's about to walk into a trap.

 

However, a copycat killer will continue killing, and become known as the Omicron Killer.


Co-starring Lynn Lowry & Rob Emmer from (IMPRACTICAL) JOKERS, "[t]his project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Friday, July 29 2022 10:53 AM EDT," according to their Kickstarter page (follow hyperlink above). With enough funding, the film's producers intend to cast Elvira, Danny Trejo,Tara Reid, Kristy Swanson, Bai Ling, Robert Englund, Bruce Campbell, Kane Hodder, Tom Savini, Heather Langenkamp,  Alex Vincent, and Christine Elise. In addition, A-list talent is being cast by Ross Clancy Casting.

Post by William Mortensen Vaughan



Tuesday, February 1

When we posted an update on Bill Houskeeper in September, 2021, the Internet Movie Database indicated that he was slated to appear in fifteen films which were scheduled for release in 2021 or later. Since then, that number has grown to sixteen, and he has informed us that he has been cast in in the role of Steve in the film Sons of the Father. The status of this film is currently "script"; and Bill's roll, "rumored."

Update by William Mortensen Vaughan

Monday, December 13

Interview With Poet Armani Mangum

Armani Mangum
Armani introduced herself to us as "Armani Mangum a.k.a. Armani Boo." She also submitted the following poem, and answered our following questions:

This life we live in
Wasnt told how to live
But you know whats right
Learn to love
Learn to live
Expresss who you are
And live for you
People will judge you
They will deceive you
But the only person you need to impress
Is you!
Also be positive
Dont waste your breath
And live everyday like its your last
We are all one
With me here
You never alone
Lets leave our legacy
And grow within!


La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Armani:  Saint Louis, Missouri.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Armani:  Los Angeles, California.

La Libertad:  What is your occupation?

Armani:  Model, music coordinator, actress, currently in college for animal biology

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

Armani:  I love that I get to do what I love. Music and modeling [have] always been a passion as I can express myself and show my creative side! With animals, I can make a difference in the world, and find a way to help the animals in need.

La Libertad:  What talents and hobbies do you have?

Armani:  I swim and write poetry.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Armani:  Just life! I want to be able to travel around the world and enjoy the scenery. My grandma was also a big inspiration to me, and now that she is gone, I have to go even harder because she believed in me so much!

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

Armani:  Being able to get people who are willing to work with you to see your dream come true.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Armani:  ...Florida, New York, Las Vegas... I drove through some States to get to these places, but I don't think that counts.

La Libertad:  What projects are you working on?

Armani:  I am currently putting together a short film, and a music video/dance choreography video to showcase Saint Louis to the world!

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Armani Mangum in Rob Roy Mourning Tartan

Armani:  
 
Love In Da Streetz Pt 1 Armani Boo
(feat. Trey Davidson & Kavo Corneilo)
By OfficialArmaniBoo
    
A Fat Ninja Robbery
By Real Hustlers Of LA Official

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

Armani:  I want to just say this! Always do what you love; be yourself; and just live your life! It used to be so hard for me to live by these words, until, one day, I had to wake up! I'm not perfect ... But my goal is to just live and leave my legacy to the world! I want to see everybody win! I am here for you, and if you are reading this, and [are] ever in Los Angeles, contact me; let's work! I'm not selfish; I want to put people on! I love you!

Edited by William Mortensen Vaughan


Monday, October 25

Interview With Comedian Camille Solari

Camille Solari


 Josh Mitchell, a publicist at PUB.LIE.SIZE, introduced Camille Solari to us as his "new comedian/writer/director client," a "vibrant and prolific triple-threat" who has headlined "stand-up shows across the globe," and worked with celebrities such as Arsenio Hall.

Josh tells us that Camille, being the "daughter of an Italian lawyer and a French-Canadian teacher," "grew up in. . . Brookline, Massachusetts."

After her daughter was born, Josh informs us, Camille "created a pilot for a children’s series called 'Charlie,' and landed a TV deal. The series airs on Amazon Prime, and stars Camille’s real-life daughter, Charlie; and the family dog, Rocky, with each season corresponding with Charlie’s age.

"The show follows the trials and tribulations of a little girl and her dog who solve neighborhood problems with the help of her animal friends."

This is the interview that Camille granted us.

La Libertad: Where are you from?  

Camille: I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts. I'm a Masshole. However, my mother's side of the family is French Canadian; I spent summers there and have a dual citizenship.

La Libertad: How did you get your start in comedy?

Camille: I was a late bloomer to stand-up comedy.  I had already been on Comedy Central several times as a writer and comedy performer, but not stand up. Nine years ago, I did a comedy showcase at The Comedy Store and landed a comedy manager a few years later.  I became a regular at The Laugh Factory, Hollywood, my home club, and then, after that, I showcased for "The Arsenio Hall Show," and landed my first late night television spot.  At that point, I took off as a comedian and was headlining around the world. Arsenio coined me as "The first comedienne in history to do stand-up comedy pregnant (and showing) on late night television, and called my act "Camille Solari and her Future Child." That child, because [she was] my daughter Charlie, was truly my muse. I created a television pilot called "Charlie," starring Charlie, about a little girl and her dog who solve neighborhood problems, with the help of her animal friends, while her comedian mother (played by me) discovers the perils and pitfalls of being a new mom.  It was picked up by Roku, and now Amazon Prime, and we are in Season Seven.

La Libertad: What would you like to tell our readers about your New Zealand show, "Kiwis Coming Home"?

Camille: My husband is from New Zealand, and my second child, Blade, was actually born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Because of CoViD [Corona Virus Disease], we left L.A. [Los Angeles] immediately, when it started, and moved to New Zealand.  Those weeks turned into months, which turned into a year and half. At that time, there was no CoViD, many New Zealanders were returning home, even celebrity Kiwis.  I pitched the show and the show got picked up by one of the main New Zealand networks. I shot the series for the past year.  I would go around New Zealand and interview celebrities who came back home to New Zealand. It will be released by Amazon Prime internationally.

La Libertad: What inspires you?

Camille: My family inspires me - Charlie; Blade; and husband, Hamish; our dog Rocky (he's a Boston Terrier); they mean the world to me.  

La Libertad: What is the hardest part of being a comedian during CoViD?

Camille: I had a different experience. We left L.A. two weeks into the pandemic, and I got to continue a normal life headlining in New Zealand. It's very different there; I had to change my act a bit; it took me "a second" to understand the Kiwi crowd. I moved "Charlie," the series to New Zealand, and I got to host and direct a really fun and funny new TV show, "Kiwis Coming Home."  I headlined once a month on a show I created, called "The Secret Lives of Comedians," at a swanky lounge in Christchurch called Austin's Club.

La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

Camille: It's time to put out a comedy special; I was planning to shoot it in New Zealand when I get back there next year.  I would like to direct more television, and I have my eye on a feature I would like to direct. I did a series called "Lost In Regina" that I wrote, directed, and acted in, with a lot of well known comedians; I would like to see that series on a good network. I plan to get nominated for an Emmy. I try every year; we get close; soon...

La Libertad: What links would you like to share?

Camille:

Instagram: @camillesolari
   
Twitter: camillesolari

Introduction by Josh Mitchell

Edited by William Mortensen Vaughan

 

Sunday, June 6

Interview: Lil Litty

 Josh Mitchell, a publicist at PUB.LIE.SIZE, introduced Lil Litty to us as "a charismatic high-energy performer who will wow you with his authoritative vocals" and "clean rap bars and a succinct flow." This is the interview that he granted us.

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

 Lil:  I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

La Libertad:  How did you get your start in music?

Lil:  The way I started in music was I went to church, and these people in the media department pretty much gave me an opportunity, and saw something in me; they put me in a studio, and we made a song, and I’ve been poppin' it ever since.

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

Lil:  My upcoming single is a new wave in L.A. that no one’s done before; it gives the L.A. scene a splash of a different taste, and it’s talking about some mind changing things.

La Libertad:  What is drill music?

Lil:  Drill Music can be all types of things, like Chicago, U.K. or New York drill - they sound the same but different. Drill, to me, is like the beat, like you’ll know if a song is a drill song by the beat; they all have the same type of sound, but different melodies; the U.K is the first place I’ve ever heard it. I have family over there and all that.
 
La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about your fashion brand, Lemonade Millionaires?

Lil:  I was an early entrepreneur, selling lemonade to the neighborhood in 2015. I was twelve years old. When our raggedy table and chairs got stolen, we launched a Go Fund Me; we raised money to buy new equipment and a banner. That felt good. We invested what we earned into our branded, urban clothing line, Lemonade Millionaires. As the company continues to grow, we ship worldwide, and add custom drip to our merch. We have added Lemonade Millionaire Records. Music and clothing is a good combo; I’m one of the original founders.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Lil:  I am inspired by music and clothing. Regularly releasing songs with millions of plays and creating designer drip for my brand which we showcase in our fun creative music videos that display our clothing...

[NOTE:  As of June 6, 2021, the biography on Lil's official website indicates that he is seventeen years old, so he was probably born circa 2005.]
 
La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of being such a young musician?

Lil:  Combining School and Music... School is mandatory; music is a choice.

La Libertad:  What was one of the biggest challenges for you during the pandemic?

Lil:  The lockdown - not being able to go anywhere...  It really helped me, in a way, because then I had time to sit down and do things; music touring stopped; business slowed down. Luckily, we do custom stuff; we partnered with local organizations to produce face masks for homeless people on "skid row" in Los Angeles.

[NOTE:  "Skid Row" used to be a section of the street that the Los Angeles Police Department's headquarters was on, where homeless people lived. According to WikiPedia, as of 2019, this "row" has metastasized into "a neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles...also known as Central City East," with "a population of...4,757," that "contains one of the largest stable populations (about 4,200–8,000) of homeless people in the United States," and "has been known for its condensed homeless population since the 1930's. Its long history of police raids, targeted city initiatives, and homelessness advocacy make it one of the most notable districts in Los Angeles.

"Covering fifty city blocks (2.71 square miles) immediately east of downtown Los Angeles, Skid Row is bordered by Third Street to the north, Seventh Street to the south, Alameda Street to the east, and Main Street to the west."]

La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

Lil:  To become a main stream music artist, to build a loyal fan base, to have body of work and a well known clothing brand...

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

Lil:  My new single," LA Drill" and the music video will be released in the next few weeks.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Lil:  

www.lemonademillionaires.com

www.instagram.com/lillittyakaliljuice

Lil Litty - Paint (Official Music Video)

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

Lil:  Follow me on IG for updates. Shop with Lemonade Millionaires; order your custom drip. Watch, share, "Like" my music video "Paint." It’s almost at 200,000...  Let's go!

 

Wednesday, May 26

Update: Bill Houskeeper

When we interviewed Bill Houskeeper in February,  the Internet Movie Database indicated that he was slated to appear in ten films which were scheduled for release in 2021 or later. That number has grown to thirteen; as of May 26, 2021, Bill is to appear in the following films, in the following roles:

Forgiven:  This Gun4Hire (Black Jack Queen)

Killer Popcorn (James)

Jack Be Nimble (Frank)

The Man on Sunset (Cowboy Jack)

It’s On You (Officer Adam Skiles)

Palatandria the Great (Cheg)

A Soldier's Secret (Jackson Harlow)

Who Is the Bloodiest Royal? (Billy the Camera Man)

Lotto (Stevie)

The Sawyer Massacre:  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Fan Film (unnamed)

Sunshine Girl (Lonnie)

Showdown in Durango (unnamed)

Beyond Legend Johnny Kakota (Crawly)

Update by William Mortensen Vaughan

Tuesday, February 2

Update: Bill Houskeeper

Bill Houskeeper has been busier acting than ever, since we first interviewed him in November, 2013, and again, in March, 2014.  According to the Internet Movie Database, he appears in ten films which are schedluled for release in 2021 or later. As part of his recent Holiday Greeting, he has written to tell us about yet another film for which he has been cast:

I know that these times can be rough with the virus going around, and I hope you, your friends, and your family are safe.

As for me, even in these times, I still can't stop acting, and because of this I just wanted to let you know about my next project.  I have just been cast in the film New World Order as Aaron Dykes from director Mitchel Cole.

UPDATE:  Bill has been cast in the film It’s On You, as Officer Adam Skiles; this film will be directed by Keishawn Blackstone.

UPDATE: Bill has been cast in the film The Man on Sunset; this film will be directed by DeShawn Hill.

 

Updates by Bill Houskeeper

Introduction by William Mortensen Vaughan

Monday, December 28

Interview: Yo! Majesty


 Josh Mitchell, a publicist at PUB.LIE.SIZE, introduced us to Yo! Majesty as "a fun Tampa female rap duet." This is the interview that they granted us.

 La Libertad:  Where are you from?

Yo! Majesty:  Jwl B is from Tampa, and Shunda K is from Plant City - both based in Florida.

[At left, Shunda K (left) and Jwl B (right)]

La Libertad:  How did you get your start in music?

Yo! Majesty:  Shunda K wrote her first song at the age of fourteen out of love for R&B [Rhythm and Blues]. Jwl B got started when she joined Yo! Majesty in 2000.

La Libertad:  What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Yo! Majesty:  Signing a deal with Domino Records was the peak of our career, in 2008. Now we are looking to make it happen again, this time on our own label GMEQCA/Matriarch Records.

La Libertad:  Where did you get the idea for your new single "Bumpin' Too Hard"?

Yo! Majesty:  We got the idea from the track produced by the Basement Jaxx which was originally called "Buffalo."

La Libertad:  How did you meet each other?

Yo! Majesty:  We met at a gay club in Tampa, and [were] introduced [by] a mutual friend.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Yo! Majesty:  Life inspires us. Our gifts are amazing, and we look forward to sharing them with the world once more.

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of being a musician during the CoVID-19 [Corona Virus Infectious Disease 2019] pandemic?

Yo! Majesty:  Touring and not being able to see our fans face to face is a bit tough, but we are grateful for our upcoming virtual tour until things settle down - T.B.A. [To Be Announced]

La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

Yo! Majesty:  Releasing our second album, in 2021, and it being successful, as well as touring again [are] at the top of the list for Yo! Majesty.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?




Yo! Majesty:  

Yo! Majesty  Biography 

Yo! Majesty on Spotify

Yo! Majesty on YouTube

Yo! Majesty on Facebook

Yo! Majesty on Instagram

Yo! Majesty on Twitter

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

Yo! Majesty:  I know it's hard out here dealing with the covid, however never give up on your dreams. Keep pushing forward until you reach your goals. Also, look out for Yo! Majesty and our upcoming collaborations with the top producers worldwide. Peace & Love.

Thanks...