I couldn’t be more psyched to invite you to this event celebrating LIFT. This year, the annual NYC event will feature a (donated!) performance by our newest board member, the very talented Ben Harper! The event will include a tapas-style dinner, open bar, and concert. Tickets will certainly sell out this year, so I strongly encourage you to buy early if you’d like to attend!

I’ve been on the host committee for this event for the last four years and have been deeply invested in LIFT as a client advocate, leader, fundraiser, and supporter since 2004. LIFT is a nonprofit combating poverty by filling in the gaps of the social services system and advocating for change through education, leadership development, and relationship-building in communities and among individuals. You can read more about their approach here. There was also a phenomenal article in the New York Times featuring LIFT just a few months ago, which I encourage you to read and share as well. The LIFT brand has certainly gained prestige and backs it up through increasingly incredible client service numbers and engagement of volunteers; I couldn’t be more proud to LIFT.

If you’d like to hear more about what LIFT means to me and why I support it, please let me know and I will continue to gush. I hope you can make the event… sign up today! If you know others who are interested in attending, certainly share this post as well. Finally, if you can’t attend, but would consider making a donation in any amount, that would be absolutely incredible and so sincerely appreciated. I can coordinate that or you can give directly online here.

With much gratitude for your friendship and support,
Jen

Exclusive Interview with John Solo from the new film Love Magical

I had the pleasure of interviewing John Solo, who plays Stan Klock in the new film Love Magical by babywolf productions. The film, shot in NYC, is the story of David Justice, an overly passionate man whose fear of love is standing in the way of his dream of becoming the greatest R&B songwriter in the history of the world.

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Jen Bokoff: In Love Magical, you play an ‘alternative’ elementary school principal. What was it about the role that attracted you? 

John Solo: What attracted me to Stan was his passionate battle for the woman he loves. Even though his heart is broken, he pushes past his feelings of betrayal to fight for Barbara. His ‘alternative’ elementary school abides by the mantra “Find your truth so you can find yourself.”  Stan knows his truth and that allows him to battle like no other, storming the castle, and going balls deep in the name of love.

JB: Babywolf productions creates content that is “comedic and truthful.” How do you think Love Magical conveys that idea in the film?

JS: It’s truthful in that we all know and feel what the characters are going through. It’s comedic because the characters leap into very aggressive areas that the most people wouldn’t. Breaking into my ex-girlfriend’s house while she is having dinner with friends and presenting my case for love is a pretty risky thing to do. I know I’ve thought about doing it, but to actually do that is hysterical.

JB: The directors of Love Magical are on Kickstarter raising money to score the film with orginal music. How important is the music to the film and to the director’s focus on rising artists from the NYC music scene?

JS: The story is about a guy wanting to be an R&B songwriter, so music is very important. I think the directors are thinking they have two masters to serve here. One is the R&B side, the sexual and passionate aspect of the film and the other is the independent and quirky nature of the film. The film is a bit off. So between Keith Sweat and Sophia Urista, the R&B side should be covered and with independent artists like Marnie Stern and My Pet Dragon, the fun and independent side should be covered.

JB: Can you give us any hints on who wins the great janitorial showdown at the end?

JS: It’s really a close call. All I can say is that political correctness is thrown out the window!!!  

JB: In addition to Love Magical, you were recently in Ed Burn’s new film Newlyweds, which was also shot on location in and around NYC. What was it like shooting both of these films there?

JS: It was fun filming in NYC. We had one day shooting Love Magical down in Tribeca and it was on the same block as this cool little restaurant where a few months before I’d shot a scene for Newlyweds. I actually went in and had lunch there that day. It’s great when two different film worlds collide.

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Love Magical is currently in post-production and raising a final round of funds for original music, which you can support through Kickstarter. You can also get a sneak peak at some footage and more behind the scenes info here.