There were 700 films submitted this year to the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival & Heavenly was the youngest by far in the Best Actress category so competition was tough with other great films and seasoned actresses.
So exciting that "Glass Darkly" was nominated for 4 awards last night and also got honorable mention for Best Film! Last week it won Best Director at PIFF which is one of the top 100 film festivals in the world.
Keep your eyes out for Glass Darkly at film festivals. The next 2 screenings are Noho cinefest on Oct 4 and Newport Beach on Oct 23!!
Glass Darkly Film, Heavenly Reyna Best Actress & Patreon!
Glass Darkly is an extraordinary film starring Heavenly Reyna in a Tarantinoesque gritty psychological thriller based on a
Glass Darkly is an extraordinary film starring Heavenly Reyna in a Tarantinoesque gritty psychological thriller based on a true story of two teenage sisters who killed nazi's and saved many in world war II. You may have read a lot of press about this story or the book by Sophie Poldermans, " Seducing and Killing Nazis" like in the New York Post or Time magazine or History. The film was shot in Dutch & German ( with subtitles) for authenticity and filmed on locations in Holland, Michigan and Los Angeles. Heavenly plays the lead role of fourteen year old Freddie who was only thirteen when World War II began.
With just a few hours notice, Heavenly rushed off to the red carpet in a vintage pink satin Victor Costa dress on loan for this black tie event with her "Exit" co-writer Nitanee Paris. Glass Darkly Co-writers and Co- directors Dave Penner and Eli Chance
and award-winning cinematographer Benjamin Gaskell did an amazing job as did the whole cast and crew. They hope to make this short film into a full length feature. Glass Darkly is definitely a film you will want to see and I think there will be many more honors and awards coming for this film, Heavenly and all the people involved!
Also, you don't want to miss out on Heavenly Reyna's new Patreon! If you ever wanted to be someone who said "I knew them before they became a world-renowned superstar", now's your chance. Starting at just five dollars, join today for behind the scenes content, unreleased music snippets, monthly cover videos, signed polaroids, Merch discounts & more!
Heavenly Reyna Releases New "Exit" Fan Music Video
Heavenly Reyna is premiering her "Exit" (Official Fan Video) Wednesday, September 1st at 10am PDT on Youtube
Heavenly Reyna is premiering her "Exit" (Official Fan Video) Wednesday, September 1st at 10am PDT on Youtube! It really shows the fun, diversity, global, unifying message of the song and Twitch , showcasing fans lip-syncing "Exit" from 8 countries, 12 states, 27 cities from cars, motorbikes, rollerblading! This quirky, break up ballad "Exit" is available on Spotify, Apple, Amazon & all music platforms so please keep streaming it & putting it on your playlists and like, comment and share this fun new video!
Heavenly's beautiful "Exit" Youtubevideo already has almost 88,000 views and over 273 positive comments! It has been so exciting to see her go viral on Twitch with 2 Million channel views & the amazing support from that global community who are the ones who asked for "Exit" to be released.
Heavenly got some amazing comments, so did a TikTok about them and will do more with this Fan Video and look out for her produced version of Exit coming soon produced by viral artist and producer Sueco!
Heavenly is shooting a movie right now on the Queen Mary and a lot of exciting things are coming up like her Birthday Subathon on Twitch on Sept 5th for 10 hours and she is starting an amazing Patreon account!
So happy to see that the "Exit" Official Fan Video did so well with almost 35,000 views and 116 comments in a week! What an amazing community she has and they even made a global surprise birthday video for her on her Twitch!
"Exit" by Heavenly Reyna is Out, Rode Mic Giveaway on Twitch!
Heavenly Reyna's single "Exit" is out & she is giving away a Rode Mic on Twitch tonight celebrating
Heavenly Reyna's single "Exit" is out & she is giving away a Rode Mic on Twitch tonight celebrating this release with all her fans at 7-11pm PST and will be featured on Twitch front page! Don't miss this fun virtual release party!
This quirky, break up ballad "Exit" is available on Spotify, Apple, Amazon & all music platforms so please keep streaming it & putting it on your playlists! Heavenly has already given away one Rode Mic set up on the 7/21 Twitch release party as well as some signed beautiful "Exit" cover art posters. Her beautiful Youtube video already has over 31,000 views and over 230 positive comments!
Heavenly Reyna Makes Partner with Twitch Music in Just 6 Months!
Trilingual Singer/Songwriter and actress Heavenly Reyna just made Partner at Twitch Music which is
Trilingual Singer/Songwriter and actress Heavenly Reyna just made Partner at Twitch Music which is no easy feat and she did it in just 6 months! Like many industries, music and acting have been absolutely devastated during the pandemic, but Heavenly has managed to find new ways to move forward despite all the restrictions, through hard work and innovation. So it is great to see her rewarded by wonderful, supportive fans from around the world!
She actually got the email Partner notice on March 18th, but she missed that, so a wonderful Twitch employee came to her stream 5 days later and she got this great news live with her audience watching her reaction in real time. Here is a clip from that amazing moment:
The pandemic has expanded our virtual worlds more than ever and that trend will likely continue especially with "gen z". Twitch has been around since 2011 although mostly gaming then and when bought by Amazon, but it really took off for musicians/singer/songwriters in the Pandemic ( head of Spotify took over music ) as it is the best place for artists to make money live streaming singing, selling songs etc and to gain fantastic fans from around the world ( who are stuck at home missing concerts).
Livestreaming is very different than singing live ( and one has to be an amazing techie with lots of equipment). Heavenly started out on an old laptop but her fans have bought her a new PC, Mac, electric guitar, camera etc etc so she is learning and expanding on many levels. She even has her first Sponsoship by Rode mics! On TikTok she co-created an innovative show with 3x Emmy winner Bernie Su called Dark Springs ( who also has an award winning show on Twitch). None of us really knew what Twitch was before last year! Her fans even buy and send her favorite meals from restaurants virtually!
This is a great quote from an article talking about music changes:
"Perhaps the biggest winners in all of this have been the large digital video platforms, which have reaped the benefits of desperate artists and a captive audience stuck at home. Twitch, the Amazon-owned livestreaming platform, has exploded this past year, with a 550% leap in hours watched, year over year, in the music category alone, according to Tracy Chan, the service’s vice president and head of music. He sees this flood of creators as a sign that livestreaming is more than simply a means to stay in front of fans; it can become a real revenue generator for artists like Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda, who has helped develop and produce three albums via Twitch. Chan says the number of musicians on track to make more than $25,000 in revenue a year grew 735% between January and September 2020, and success isn’t just for those with a massive audience. As of late October, the median viewership for creators making $50,000 or more a year was just 183 per stream, meaning many were thriving with a very small, committed fan base."
Heavenly not only is interacting with fans around the world on Twitch, but is also creating music from her tiny bedroom studio, with producers in LA and around the world. In the beginning of the lockdown she found a Taiwanese producer in Germany and created a song together in Mandarin that opened up a whole new world for her as she will be releasing songs in Mandarin soon. She is also working with Dutch & LA producers on an EP in English that she will be releasing soon.
The world may be confined by Covid, but nothing will stop the world from connecting and now even in greater ways. I think Heavenly is a perfect example of using this time to expand despite all challenges and constrictions! It is breathtaking to see her create and connect with people from around the world every day from her bedroom studio as she has rarely been out of the house this past year since she lives with 2 high risk parents and that has been hard on her. In what ways have you grown and expanded during this pandemic?
Nomadland is boring, bleak & truly bad movie so it seems like the hype everywhere is very misleading, thus
Nomadland is a boring, bleak & truly bad movie, so it seems like the hype everywhere is very misleading, thus that is why it feels like the longest movie ever, even though it's actually a very short movie. I wish I had been warned how horrible Nomadland is, so I am warning you!
Why would advertisements call it a "miracle" and "life changing" which conjures up visions of inspiration and extraordinary wonderment? In truth Nomadland is a very, very slow, dull movie about poverty, death, grief, pain and great hardship without a plot.
I am thrilled an Asian woman director is getting praised & I love the lead actress Frances McDormand, but even she can not save this plotless, dreary movie that would have worked better as a true documentary, so we could at least care about the people in this movie.
I have lived and traveled in an old RV in the US, Mexico and Europe for over a decade on a very tight budget, so I find it interesting that many who actually live or lived the life of a nomad, do not like this movie. Don't listen to the paid critics, here are honest reviews from some IMDB reviews I felt told the truth about this movie:
"First in-theatre movie since COVID started. I was suspicious of the 1 hour 45 minute runtime, but now realize that this stinking carcass of a script couldn't carry itself over the two-hour mark. There's no story here. No arc. The character ends up in the same pointless spot in the end as she started from in the opening shot. No real tension anywhere. Might as well label this a documentary. Skip."
"We get it if you don't let go of the past and move on your life ends up unhappy and sad. Incredibly boring. Wife asked me multiple times to turn it off.
Watched it because of the ratings it received from people with very poor taste. BAMBOOZLED!"
"What was that Seinfeld episode? "It's a show about NOTHING!"
Well, there you have it, except this is a movie. Preface to say the only reason I even watched this is because many critics have it as one of the frontrunners for the Oscars. I was curious. You get to watch clothes flip in the laundry, hamburgers cooking on the grill, and mostly see a lady walk around areas that have little to no meaning.
That's about it. At one point, I thought I was watching a parody about an overly artsy movie and had to remind that it is a serious drama.
If you are not a fan of slow films, then you can just pass on this. It is no exaggeration to label this one of the slowest movies ever.
Most startlingly, for a movie so slow that seems to strive for meditation and deeper meaning, there really actually is nothing underneath the surface. I wish I never seen it, and can't wait to get the taste out by watching something truly good."
"Let's be frank -- plot is weak, movie itself boring af, acting is totally amateur not professional. Just another overrated movie, thanks for wasting my 1.5+ hours"
"Disappointing and FLAT
While Frances McDormand is always great to watch she just couldn't save this movie. The storyline is exceedingly thin and nothing else makes up for it. I wish there were as many meaningful scenes of plot and character development as there were long drawn out shots of her walking aimlessly through the trailer park. Everything in this movie disappointed except for the cinematography. So many other movies dealt with the subject of the film better.....whether it be nomadlife, poverty, soul-searching etc. More than anything else this film is just unenjoyable. Period. The end!"
"I spent the whole film wondering when it was going to start.
The world is sad and depressing enough at the movement without having to sit through this dirge of a film, I'm sure it will win many awards voted for by middle class Guardian reader type people who like to have a window on another life so alien to their own. But If I want to watch depressed suicidal people crapping in vans sadly all I have to do is look out of the window. Not for me."
"Ho hum Other than the fine acting and a good premise, this film did not deliver. There was nothing out of the ordinary. No shocking surprises, action or even a bad character in the film. Quite frankly , I don't get the fuss. This film based on truth, still could have had more pizzazz and it simply did not. Such a shame too, because I actually believed the hype and I was let down."
"Mediocre film about being homeless in a van struggling
Not sure what's special about this besides the fact it's a struggle to be homeless living in a van."
"A pretty lifeless story that just comes across flat
'Nomadland' is based on a work of non-fiction - and it shows. It's a well made movie, but not a lot happens. It's the kind of movie where if someone asked you what the plot was it would be hard to answer. You'd basically just say we follow a woman around for 108 minutes while she travels around and changes job a lot. Some people seem to be falling in love with this movie, but I'm not quite sure what they're seeing in it that I didn't.
Frances McDormand is critical to this movie being as watchable as it is. She is becoming one of the most likeable and consistent actresses working today. I do prefer her in roles like 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' where she has a little more sass and edge to her character. Here she is a little flat, but that's more to do with her character not actually having a whole lot to do throughout the film."
"Long & dreary
I love Frances McDormand. Why she chose to make this bleak, dreary film is questionable. There isn't much acting in this so much as her character traveling around the country in a broken down van doing odd jobs for money. She meets others doing likewise. That's it. That's the movie. I kept looking at my watch thinking this has to end soon, and it didn't. "
"The movie sucks big time . I don't know what the hell was this movie about ?? The Acting was fine but that's the only positive thing about this junk . Cmon Frances you are way better than this ."
"Predictable, lacking drama and a plot
If you have seen the trailers, you have seen the movie. Yes, there are more scenes and David Strathairn shows up doing his usual humble,sensitive, beta male routine....and people drive around and share stories.....and...so what? As pointed out earlier, France McDormand's character chooses to live this way. She is depressed, morose,unavailable and happy swimming along in her perpetual melancholia. Its just not very....interesting. Or compelling."
"Most Boring ever
Frances McDormand continues her streak of nominations in terrible movies. She might be good but her movies are not. This movie gets a -2 on the snore meter."
"Bad script good acting
You have a character that is broke and the movie really never explains why. Her husband would have had a union job at 3M, they didn't have kids. She was a substitute teacher without a degree? Where did all the money go. She meets with her sister who says she is an adventurer, yet she lived in the same town for 25 plus years in the same house. Maybe instead of trying to make her look like a saint, they should have studied someone who is self centered and never saved for the future. Or just blame 3M, which is the lazy way out."
"What a waste
A movie without a point. Stupidest Movie I have ever watched. Not sure how it even has 1 five star review. A total waste of 2 hours."
This one is what they call an Oscar-bait movie: the social commentary fills every inch of the screen oozing out of every scene and every piece of dialogue (even those that are absolutely unnecessary). And Frances McDormand fits here perfectly as she looks exactly like your average homeless person (oh I'm sorry, houseless) and her character delivery, although a bit strained, feels more or less natural whereas all of the other actors seem like were given the job from the craigslist - I don't know but nothing really clicked for me from those portrayals. Lines get said, scenes get cut weirdly, some nice and quiet music for having you safely fallen asleep added and where does it all lead to? I won't be surprised if Nomadland wins some Oscars, especially for Frances, but I think overall this is a one time movie with a serious, relevant topic being raised but executed poorly so that the end product can easily be thrown away in the trash as it neither makes you empathize with any of the characters nor makes you even care about what's going to happen next in the movie while you go along with it."
"Nice try...but why is there no story? Is this not an essential part of movie making? The film jumps from place to place from character to character without any structure. Is it a documentary or a movie? I have no idea..."
"Would Have Made a Better Documentary
The great Frances McDormand repeats every acting trick in this going-everywhere-without-going-anywhere story. If you ever wondered how a film could go on for two hours without any of the characters or the story undergoing any changes whatsoever, you have found your answer. As it progressed, flat tire episode after flat tire episode and laundromat scene after laundromat scene, the film becomes an almost parody of self-conscious pretentiousness, its director clearly hypnotized by her star and the rambling story going absolutely nowhere despite the multiple locations across the US. Why would this have made a better documentary? Because some of the lives it tangentially explores would have provided some interesting narratives had they been more fully developed and had the film moved away from its central character. As it is, the film stays on McDormand's, who doesn't evolve at all. Tedious, overhyped "art film". Do not watch after a full meal."
"Depressing More like a Documentary
They should have called it "Lost". There was not much story and the direction was horrible. I love Frances and even got Hulu so I could watch this. This is the worst film I ever saw her in. It was so depressing I almost hoped her character would kill herself in the end. So disappointed. I wanted it to be good. I know the area where this was filmed and have met people like this that they portray. Shame. Bad film."
"Better than NyQuil
Nope. Just don't. Soccer, watching paint dry, and the WNBA said this was boring."
"What the critics won't say...
I'm a huge fan of Frances McDormand, but this is a nothing movie with real life nomads who obviously can't act making the whole film feel like a really dull documentary. But the critics will praise this movie in the name of "looking good" by supporting an Asian female director, real life nomads on the edge of society, and the commentary on the Great Recession. Do a real documentary and skip the bad movie making."
"The movie is only an hour and forty-five minutes and I found myself struggling to pay attention. It dragged on a bit, and was boring, and quite frankly, depressing"
"Nomadland was a depressing watch for me, and if I had to do it over again, I likely would have skipped it all together.. "
"Besides being depressing, it is also very slow. It is only an hour and forty-five minutes but it felt so much longer. I had a very hard time not getting distracted while watching it and caught myself almost falling nodding off here and there. Maybe this means I should go back in and give it another try, but having drank a cup of coffee right before watching it, I can assure it was the movie that made me tired."While I understand Nomadland is meant to take viewers on a journey along with Fern, too much of it fell flat for me to make me say it is worth a watch. " ( Mama's Geeky)
I feel the advertising is dishonest and the movie makes a grave error by being such a bleak, depressing, slow, dark (cinematically & thematically) film because I KNOW this lifestyle well & many who live it and have lived it for decades. I know people forced into it who live on very, very little doing it right now and love it because it is an inspiring, joyful lifestyle and the film misses that entirely. They miss the greatness of what Bob Wells supports. It makes me sad that they make RV nomads look like the biggest losers on the planet, when they are likely the most free and happy. They distort things and show the worst possible scenarios. Yes, there are many poverty issues in this country that need to be changed, but they are missing the point of nomads completely.
At first, Bob was devastated that his life had come to living out of a vehicle. But after a while, he had a change of heart and “fell in love with the freedom, simplicity, frugality, independence, and earth-friendliness of the nomadic way of life.” Distractify
Many critics loved this movie and I must say it makes me wonder if they were paid off, but I also have friends who liked the movie ( although everyone I talked to who liked the movie also found it depressing, slow or boring too in places). Also, everyone who liked the movie had no experience of long term travel in an RV, van or car and they felt very sorry for the nomads.
It is art, so everyone will have their own opinion which is great. As a former actress who has been in many films, with a daughter who is an actress in films & husband who is a visual artist, we love art and film. We tend to be very open minded and generous about the many varieties and give most things a chance. We really wanted to love or at least like this film. NONE of us liked it and thought it was one of the worst films we have ever seen. You can make up your own mind, and may see it differently, but at least you have been warned as I deeply wish I had been.
We need more positive, uplifting, joyous films like The Biggest Little Farm that shows challenges and problems, but also how to over come them and find strength and joy while becoming triumphant! Long term nomads are a wave of the future as it is a very blessed, free, healthy & joyous life. Working from home, schooling from home, learning minimalism & ways to live healthy & more loving & more free is the wave of the future. I feel blessed that I got to live this life & raise/school my family around the world like this and knew it would grow and grow for more people. (Note how bright, hopeful, loving this photo is compared to the dark, dreary, sad main photo for Nomadland is.) I hope someday they do make a great, uplifting, inspiring, bright, happy movie that shows the true joy, freedom and positive future that is coming with nomads & everyone living a freer life.
"When star-struck teenager Blake (Heavenly Reyna) who has a desire to make it as a pop star suddenly disappears, her concerned single mom, Michelle (Gina Holden), sets out to rescue her from the controlling singer who lured her to a faraway island with promises of fame and fortune only to find out that it’s all a sexual trafficking scheme. Aaron Schwartz, James O’Halloran co-star. (2020)"
Interestingly, this thriller is about the horrors of human trafficking which was the purpose of the first song Heavenly released to be in a movie when she was 13, called "You're Not Alone"! Demi Lovato's sister Dallas said it gave her chills. Heavenly has worked on many charity functions to support healing in this realm. With criminals R Kelly and Jeffrey Epstein in the news, more awareness is helping this cause.
It is doubly exciting that Heavenly got to sing five of her songs in this movie and we will soon release her songs "Damn Girl" and "Paper Tiger". Look for the watch party and release parties coming soon! Here are the acoustic versions of these songs with wonderful girl power and female empowerment themes!:
Heavenly also just booked the lead in a pilot this week with a writer/director who has a hit show on Nickelodeon, and is in the studio creating songs in English, Mandarin and Spanish, so 2020 is turning out to be her year! Best pilot season ever as she shot one already!
Heavenly grew up with sunflowers and she has always loved them, so it is not surprising that a tapestry with sunflowers, plants and sunshine makes her happy.
We always had sunflowers and sun in the home she grew up in deep in the Santa Cruz mountains as you can see in the photo above. She is playing in the herb garden next to the house and the sunflowers and vineyard are behind them and the house is to the right, but not seen.
We also always seem to run into sunflowers often on our world travels like above in rural France or below in Germany and Portugal.
Note how she found this field below in Costa Brava on the way to the train to Barcelona.
Even in London, she managed to find a whole store full of sunflowers at the National Gallery museum shop.
Or after she performed in Marbella, Spain at the Fuerte Hoteles and her wonderful hosts from Andalucia.com gifted her with a gorgeous bouquet of sunflowers.
She even discovered wild sunflowers growing on a deserted off-season beach in Texas!
Thus, one can see why it is not too big of a surprise that she picked a tapestry that had sunflowers, sun, blue skies and more that made her smile! We're living in a beach city, so can't grow sunflowers here, but this way, she always has them near her.
Case in point, is our daughter Heavenly who is now a teen singer, songwriter and SAG actress. Since she is fluent and literate in Mandarin and Spanish and knows the world cultures well by growing up global, currently she is writing and singing songs, not only in English, but also Latin songs in Spanish and kpop and Mandarin Pop songs for a global market. Now she has a blog on her Heavenly Reyna website, so I will share her latest post here and let her explain:
Happy Chinese New Year! Trilingual Tales!
Since I'm fluent in Mandarin and lived in Asia for three years and went to local Chinese schools in Beijing & Penang, I really love Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year which is a MAJOR holiday in Asia. It brings back a lot of happy memories.
Like when I was on Chinese TV interviews when my 82 year old grandma came to visit for Chinese New Year celebrations.
Or looking back at this funny video of me bargaining in China and shocking them when I was 12 in Beijing and Shanghai.
Or this Chinese song that I sang last year!
Most of my songs are in English, but my goal has always been to be a truly global artist and be a bridge to other cultures and to use my talents and languages in a positive way to lift people up.
So I’m beyond excited that I wrote my first kpop song with the wonderful people at SM Entertainment (which is the largest label in Asia) and will be doing more, as well as writing/singing some Mandarin pop songs for another connection and writing some Spanish and bilingual songs for myself and others.
Let us all enjoy this celebration and year ahead of good things & renewal!!