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FILMMAKER’S PERSONAL STORY WILL ENCOURAGE YOU TO PUSH PAST CHALLENGES & REACH YOUR GOALS THIS YEAR!

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Did you know that a staggering 92 percent of people that set New Year’s goals never actually achieve them? That’s according to research by the University of Scranton. Many of us start off well, then find ourselves stuck. It can be difficult to find our way out. Filmmaker Sway recently completed a documentary entitled “I Lost My Creativity” where he shares his story of how he found his way out of creative limbo and into creative freedom.

 

 

“I LOST MY CREATIVITY”

After two years of being in a creative limbo, Sway takes us through his life story as an artist. He shares his vulnerability and personal journey up until the exact moment of losing his creativity and the realization that it could be gone forever.

In addition to “I Lost My Creativity” being Sway’s personal story, it is a study on the creative process involving the dynamics of creative limbo and creative freedom. It is an origin story to the short film “Elpida” and serves as an effort to help all creative artists.

 

 

 

WATCH THE PROMO VIDEO HERE:

Click here to watch this full film:  www.swayday.tv

 

Once Sway’s process of finding freedom reached its peak, he released his first short film! Appropriately named, the short film is titled “Elpida” which is the Greek word for hope.

 

 

“Elpida”

This short film tells the story of a young explorer (played by Julia Kuzmenko) who receives a message that leads her on a quest to discover the truth behind her destiny.

“I wanted to take this familiar word (“Elpida”) and explore it in a different way. I challenged myself to create a story and convey a message of hope that would be able to resonate with a broad audience.

Not only on the surface level, but deep inside the minds and hearts of the viewer. It is a story that explores the depths of the human heart through fear, mystery and love.” – Sway

 

 

Elpida is Sway’s first official short film which was created along with San Francisco based filmmaker Charlie Espinel. In November, their work was recognized by the Los Angeles FilmAwards.

WATCH THE PROMO VIDEO HERE:

Click here to watch this full film: www.swayday.tv

Both films were screened in Chicago presented by ArtSoul Radio where they also featured a panel discussion with the lead Directors of each film to speak about their creative process behind the scenes. The panel also included topics such as Creative Limbo vs Creative Freedom, Mental Health Awareness among artists and more. If you are interested in having a screening in your contact, you can request it here. Watch the recap of that event below:

Follow the hashtags #ArtFaithCreativity and #ArtSoulRadio on instagram for take aways from that event.

Both films were produced by Sway and his personal company Perswayed Films. A full list of contributors for each film is listed at the end of this article.

ABOUT SWAY:Sway (AKA Julio J. Irizarry) is most known for his video work in the Urban Christian community and CHH market. Prior to the release of these films, his most notable work included music videos such as “Same Team” by Swoope which featured KB, Jackie Hill Perry, Taelor Gray, Alex Faith, JGivens, KIDD, Datin, Sho Baraka and more. His work also includes production for Lecrae, Skrip, Andy Mineo, Angie Rose, Preston Perry, and platforms such as Reach Records, Rapzilla, ArtSoul Radio, Ctzn Creative and Streetlights. Learn more about Sway and his work at www.swayday.tv.

 

 

 

 

 

FILM CONTRIBUTORS:

Elpida (Short Film)

Lead Actress: Julia Kuzmenko
 Directed by: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway)
Written by: Lilah Jakobsson
 Narrator: Shane Morris
Producer: Charlie Espinel
Assistant Producer: Julia Kuzmenko
 Assistant Producer: Dina Zaitsev Kozlov

Audio Mix & Master: Elias Sepulveda Sound Design: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway)
Color Design: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway)

 

I Lost My Creativity (Documentary)

Director: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway) Co Director: Eric Hilgers
Associate Producer: Tamara Young
 Production Manager: Tamara Young Set Design/Photography: Laura Lopez Interviewer: Tamara Young

Lighting Design: Matthew Bowie
Audio Mix & Master: Elias Sepulveda Color Grade: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway) Sound Design: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway)
 Editor: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway)
Key Grip: Alonzo Diaz

 

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Canden Webb Hosts Discussion On Love, Sex & Relationships During Quarantine: Catch The Replay Here!

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Canden Webb is a well known Spoken Word Poet who has been featured on the P4CM platform and many more. She is also an author, blogger and the founder of Beautiful Minds Entertainment and a consulting business for artists called “Artistpreneur Academy”. Due to Covid-19 shutting the event scene, Canden started a host of online events and conversations. Stay connected to her on social media for more conversations like this one and many more.

In this conversation, she tackled the topic of Love, Sex & Relationships featuring three well known influencers: Caleb Deas, Christian Benjamin and Cyrus Harbin.

We won’t spoil it by telling you what they spoke about here! You’ll just have to press play and start listening. We can guarantee that you’ll hear three very different but honest perspectives on these topics. You’ll laugh, think and will likely wish that you were in the original conversation so you could get your questions answered! If you do feel that way, don’t worry. Canden has more conversations coming. Follow her on social media for more news and updates on that in the future!

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Watch The Replay Of Ep.1 From Our “Song Stories” Series Ft. Jonathan McReynolds

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In May, the ArtSoul Radio team started a brand new series on IG Live called “Song Stories”. Hosted by DJ/Host “DJ Standout” and various co-hosts from the team, this series highlights popular singers/songwriters giving them an opportunity to get up close and personal with their fans in a new way. We speak about their musical journey, and share the unknown stories behind their fans favorite songs!

The first episode premiered Friday, May 1st featuring Grammy nominated artist Jonathan McReynolds. Our host DJ Standout spoke with him about his new album “People” and how his collaboration with Pastor Michael Todd, Mali Music and The Walls Group came together. We even touched on his dating life, family and much more! If you missed it, check out the full episode below:

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Kirk Franklin & Fred Hammond Bring A Moment of Healing With Latest Versus Series

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Gospel legends Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond recently teamed up for the latest ‘Verzuz’ session! But, instead of the typical battle, they turned the moment into a space for healing.

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Gospel legends Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond recently teamed up for the latest ‘Verzuz’ session! But, instead of the typical battle, they turned the moment into a space for healing.

The world almost seems to be in a chaos of change lately. We are still learning how to navigate the new normal of continuing life in the middle of a pandemic. In addition, the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that have followed have only added to the challenges in our world today. This night of inspiration was just what we all needed.

Bishop T.D. Jakes opened the music event with words of hope:

“Darkness everywhere, seemingly everywhere,” he said. “Today we pray for light because we have seen too much darkness, from Trayvon to George Floyd. From 100K people dead from Covid … Lord knows we’ve seen too much darkness.”

Jakes continued, “I don’t know about you … but sometimes I feel like that knee is on my back and I can’t breathe. But let everything that has breath praise the lord.,” and led viewers with a prayer: “We pray back the darkness, we pray back the dark clouds … the injustice, the immorality … We pray it back out of our country, out of our world … out of minds, out of every crevice, out of every shadow, we cast you out! … Oh God, wherever there is pain, giving healing … Where ever there is despair, give hope … The joy is coming in the morning. I can hear the ticktock on the wall … We are getting closer and closer … To the morning … It will not be long until joy comes into your heart, our communities, our lives, our homes our churches. Joy is coming in the morning. And we will breathe again. Amen.”

 

Before the tracks were played, Franklin said, “It’s been a painful week. It’s been a difficult week. We want to make it a moment of healing for you. We have 42 songs to give to you. We know the pain, we see the pain.”

 

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