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The DM Zone goes Hollywood with the Sedona International Film Festival

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Dianemarie “DM” at the Sedona International Film Festival.

Attending the Sedona International Film Festival this year was a major treat for The DM Zone. One of the highlights for me was spending a few moments with Beatrice Welles, daughter of Orson Welles. The occasion at the festival was a panel discussion of the book by Josh Karp, “Orson Welles’s Last Movie:The Making of the Other Side of the Wind,”  The film has never been released and very few have seen the unfinished, partly edited footage. Beatrice was the host for the event. Besides Josh Karp, who moderated the panel,  there were two Phoenix notables participating who had acting roles in the film. First was long time Valley of the Sun celebrity, Pat McMahon, who was part of the Wallace and Ladmo Show airing on television the time the film was being shot. He was handpicked by Orson Welles for his role after Mr. Welles had seen him on the local TV show. On the other hand, Reality-based novelist, Frank Fiore, had a speaking “extra” role because he was dating Peter Bogdanovich’s sister, Anna and had helped gather the rest of the college student ‘extras’ for a scene shot in Carefree, Arizona.

My interview with Beatrice was especially poignant because she seldom appears in public and considers herself a recluse. It was hard to believe because she was so well spoken, and knew what she wanted to convey about the last film of her father. Her passion about her father’s films was evident. At the end of the interview Ms. Welles shared that if the film never gets a theater release, she would love for it to be used as a teaching vehicle – a wonderful thought. But, I would personally rather see the film released so that we can all enjoy the genius of Orson Welles one last time.

Each of the Sedona International Film Festival interviews – there are ten in all – covered the films, the filmmakers and some of the stars in them. I will provide a brief blog for each of the interviews. Enjoy!

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KC and the Sunshine Band rocked Scottsdale, Arizona. And I was there!

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KC and the Sunshine Band

Disco and the disco ball, light show, and go-go dancers shaking their booty were totally happening on stage at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale with KC & The Sunshine Band when he visited Arizona in November. One forgets how many hits KC has until you listen to him sing them one after the other. With a 16-piece band, his killer musicians rocked the night with great solos – the drummer, bass player and horn section were particularly talented. The group was completed with two back up ‘chick’ singers who also jiggled with the aforementioned go-go dancers.

After opening with his hit Get Down Tonight, Harry Wayne “KC” Casey stopped to comment on his weight gain that he blamed on quitting smoking. He joked that he was going to change the name of the band to “KFC and the Sunshine Band!” which drew a loud laugh from the audience. But, any added heft certainly didn’t slow KC down. He kept up the tempo all night long from Shake your Booty, to Boogie Shoes.

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KC’s new CD – Feeling You! The 60s

KC also announced that he’s releasing his new CD of cover tunes from his career beginning with the 60s. The first new CD launches in March 2015 called Feeling You! The 60s. 

What a concert! The show was a high energy and well choreographed, KC got the crowd up on their feet from the very first song … it was a really great Disco-throwback evening. KC showed off his dance moves keeping pace with the two disco girl dancers and two backup singers who also bopped along with KC. By the time the band broke into their final song That’s the Way (I Like It), the crowd, the singers, the dancing girls, and the band was near exhaustion, but not KC.

Do yourself a favor, if you ever get a chance to see KC and the Sunshine Band perform, do!

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November Concert at Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

The amazing photo to the right is from the concert taken by Douglas Collins. The bright spot is the disco ball … of course!

About KC and The Sunshine Band:  KC and The Sunshine Band aim to serve a single purpose: to create instant happiness through music. For over 40 years the group has done just that, topping the charts with seven No. 1 singles and three triple platinum albums, winning three Grammy® Awards, including Album of the Year for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, an American Music Award, and becoming the first act since The Beatles to score four No. 1 pop singles in one 12-month period in 1976.  In 2001, KC was honored with the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences Governor’s Award, the highest honor given by a chapter of the Academy.  The band’s infectious sound gives life to countless ad campaigns and hundreds of movie soundtracks.  KC and The Sunshine Band has defined disco and forever influenced music with its timeless sound and mission of getting people out of their seats to celebrate, which is still being fulfilled today.

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[Book Review and Giveaway!!!] Sue’s Seduction

Author Saylor Storm had book one, SUE’S SEDUCTION reviewed by Holly Lauren who said she can’t wait to read book two, SUE’S RAPTURE.

A Lick Of Romance

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Author Saylor Storm Interview on The DM Zone – Virtual Book Tour – Stop #1

Author Saylor Storm has been writing full-time for the past five years. Her current genre is suspense-romance, but she is now delving into non-fiction and the thriller genre as well suspense with a little romance.

Interestingly, before turning to writing, Saylor ran a successful jewelry business and prior to that she was a professional look-a-like for Sharon Stone. Yes, she traveled the country to promotional events as the actress Sharon Stone for nearly 8 years. Saylor says one of her favorite memories of the gig was the looks she’d garner traveling through airports as her character.

I had the opportunity to interview Saylor on my internet program, The DM Zone where I interview creative and interesting people from musicians as the Doobie Brothers to international artists like Ed Copley, the great-great-great grandson of John Singleton Copley.

The interview was fun, and Saylor shares some little known facts of her life, and what is on the horizon in new books.

Saylor is on a Virtual Book Tour for her fourth and fifth books, book 1 and 2 in the trilogy SUE’S JOURNEY. SUE’S SEDUCTION, book 1 grabbed my attention right away. The title character is not likeable at first read. Sue’s a complainer, and blames the world on her troubles. We’ve all met those types of folks, but just as I wanted give up on Sue, she’s introduced to a “magic pill” that is a fountain-of-youth. If she takes this pill daily, she’ll get younger and younger.

Now Sue, who was overweight and grumpy, hated her job and everyone around her, becomes a exercise hound, starts eating right, and loses years. But, does this solve her problems? Don’t want to be a spoiler, but I will say what Sue gets is a new set of problems. How she deals with them makes for an interesting “journey.”

Here are the links to where you can purchase Sue’s Seduction and Sue’s Rapture. Enjoy!

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The DM Zone Blog – Golf Anyone?

This guy knows real grass!

This guy knows real grass!

Blogging only about using Social Media, new trends, how to’s and such has become more of a chore than a pleasure. As I tell my clients, blogging is like a journal that you share with the public. It should flow from your thoughts and activities, be they about your company, your career or your life in general. And, hopefully fun to write in the process!

I have changed my blog, The DM Zone, to mirror and relate more to The DM Zone my Internet TV station and will now cover anything that feels right to share.

Besides working in Public Relations, I am lucky that I get to interview famous, nearly famous and want-to-be famous folks. I have the best time doing this. And, I have a gift helping make those individuals not feeling all that comfortable in front of a camera, feel like they are just having a conversation with me, sans the camera.

My videos are produced by HD Broadcast AZ video studios located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The team over there do an excellent job of editing.

These videos have been shared and have been viewed by more than 250,000 times. I know, surprises the heck out of me too!

At a recent golfing event taking place in Peoria, Arizona, I met a group of young women visiting us to play golf. Held at the Westbrook Village Golf Club, the NCAA Division I Women’s Spring Invitational included 14 teams, mostly from the “flyover states” that currently are covered in snow. The teams come to Arizona to play on the first grass of the season. They practice back home in garages or special practice indoor facilities … but no real grass.

Watch these NCAA Division 1 Women’s Golf Tournament interviews.

The event wasn’t covered by local media, and I found that a shame. But the event was well run, all by volunteers, and was great fun for everyone involved.

If you enjoyed the interviews, give me a holler on Twitter – @DMCollins – Thanks!

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