Gravity City: Where to go when Earth just isn’t fun anymore?

October 21st, 2020

Return with us to the wondrous days of Famous Monsters, the science vs. fiction of Omni and Starlog, the satirical humor of Mad Magazine, and the brilliant short stories of the legendary pulp magazines.

Gravity City Digital Magazine — a stunning amalgam of these great periodicals will burst upon the genre by Halloween!

Filled with Mad Magazine lampoon-style ads and spoof gadgets and products, the magazine — aside from its humor — serves as a platform for emerging authors of science fiction, fantasy, and Horror, as well as illuminating interviews and articles about new films, books, and other genre events.

Gravity City is a media partner with Phoenix FearCon Online. Opening October 16, FearCon will run until December 31. Gravity City will provide coverage of the film festival’s events.

Joining Artie Cabrera and editorial collaborator Christopher J. Valin is Margarita Mendoza, a veteran of marketing and advertising, and Jay Michaels, a prominent member of the genre community through Terror Talk, a program he produced for Terror TV as well as producer and host of In the PassionPit, an ongoing podcast, and video program that spotlights indie artists and their creations — just like Artie and Gravity City — as well as appearances at PhantasmCon, Boston Sci-Fi, and others.

Margarita Mendoza has already begun spearheading a far-reaching marketing campaign and soliciting [real] advertising while Jay Michaels is the communications director.

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The Third Issue of Gravity City Digital Magazine is currently in production and it features exclusive interviews with Star Trek: Discovery writers Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt, as well as television writer Larry Brody (The Six Million Dollar Man, Hawaii 5–0, Automan, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn animated series (HBO) conducted and written by Christopher J. Valin.

Also — Gravity City Digital Magazine is more than a magazine and an adjoining website. It endeavors to act as a compendium for the Gravity City fictional universe it’s based on. Readers and fans have dubbed Gravity City as Star Wars meets the best of ’70s crime dramas.

Synopsis: “In the far reaches of space, the celestial body known as Nebuna is the home to a metropolis with a bad attitude and an expansive wasteland filled with legends and mystery. The tales you are about to read will give you an unflinching ride through the crime-infested gutters and corruption of GRAVITY CITY and the wondrous world that lies beyond city limits,” expounds Artie Cabrera, founder, and publisher of the magazine and creator of the universe and website.

“Gravity City is filled with dark stories, Noir stories, science fiction stories, gumshoe stories, war stories, alien stories, and smuggler stories. In this city, imagination is bursting at the seams, the sky’s the limit and the tales to tell here are numerous and filled with variety.” — an Amazon review.

A series of Gravity City novels written by Artie Cabrera and Christopher J. Valin will be released sometime in 2021.

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Kalonjee Gallimore

June 5th, 2020

Kalonjee Gallimore, a brilliant actor/singer/songwriter, with whom I worked in COMMON GROUND expressed his feeling of the current state of affairs as only artists could. I'll be talking to him next week in the PassionPit. Meantime ... he wrote this ...
 
I look around and I watch the world burn.
Elders.. pass the baton sayin’ now it’s my turn.
Covered, head to toe in their ashes I yearn
For lessons untaught, knowledge unlearned.
 
We turn from Sudan, weep for Quasimodo,
Instead of action use a hashtag and a photo.
Infatuated with the likes and the Logos,
But how to get out of this mess, don’t know
 
Can’t even take even take a jog in the street
This mask ain’t the reason I can’t breath
Ankle weights pull me down, locked ‘gainst my feet
But hands up, I guess they staying on me
 
I keep running, faster to you
Running until I breakthrough, running
I keep running, faster to you
Running until I breakthrough, runnin-(Gunshot)
 
RIP…no justice, no peace
And the way this world headed this conflict won’t cease
I was raised to forgive, to love my enemies
But it’s hard when their hatred founded this country
 
Listen to me this, this is not just a rhyme
This is reckless destruction of countless lives
I’m sick and tired of being so tired
We cry into void while you bump Travis Scott
 
Scavenge upon my flesh you vulture
Terminate me, but love my culture
Idolize rappers, ballers, actors
Do you love us, I bet you don’t, ’cause-
 
Gone, before mom could say goodbye -
Bullet in my brain, hands up in the sky -
It’s not safe at home, at church, or outside I just turn into that pound sign and die.
 
I keep running, faster to you
Running until I breakthrough, running (I’m tired of being tired of being tired of being tired)
I keep running, faster to you
Running until I breakthrough, runnin-(Gunshot) (I’m tired of being tired of being tired of being tired)
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ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 70 - Joyce Randolph … a TV Pioneer talks of the future.

June 4th, 2020

This is the last "audio" passion-pit as we move to video. I received de facto approval thanks to a line stated in my brief conversation with the last member of the famed Honeymooners ensemble TV series of the 50s. Ms. Randolph, amid sharing how they rehearsed one night and then performed - truly before a live audience with no re-shoots just like any stage play - she said prayed for live theater to return in some form soon but ... TELEVISION WILL NEVER GO AWAY. 

She might be predicting the next evolution of the arts. 

 

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ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 69 - Donald Loftus: Brilliance & Eloquence are still in Fashion

May 28th, 2020

There is no need to announce the winner of THIS “IN NEED OF A CAPTION” COMPETITION ... it's Donald Loftus. 

The best caption would be "gentleman ... captain of industry ... raconteur ... master playwright"

My hair was once dark, now it is not, so I remember other eras well and Donald Luftus possessed all the grace and eloquence of that other time. I didn't need to prepare questions. I just needed to listen to this man's tales of great success despite adversity and be enthralled. 

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ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 67 - Caytha Jentis: Being well by being happy

May 19th, 2020

Playwright and filmmaker, Caytha Jentis, was readying her play, POOLING FOR PARADISE, for its off-Broadway opening. She was also readying her film, POOLING FOR PARADISE, for opening. That's right, she pulled the ultimate indie move ... play and film simultaneous! OK, play's on hold but the film is on its way! She shared with me how she keeps herself happy by keeping her friends happy.  

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ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 66 - Isabella Babich: Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

May 16th, 2020

Documentary filmmaker, Isabella Babich, lensed an engaging account of the multi-dimensional world of Cabaret. She did it becasue she fell in love with it as an art-form. She also shared her hopes that her love affair can eventually continue.  

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ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 65 - Attila Juhasz: Still Conquering

May 12th, 2020

Y'know, sometimes it takes just one conversation. 

I've had the pleasure of working alongside Attila Juhasz in sunny Arizona at equally sunny, Sun Studios on Terror TV. Little did I know that he is a fellow native New Yorker AND little did I know he published his own magazine; created his own video game featuring George Romero, has deep and extensive work within numerous facets of technology and worked with rock stars, movie personalities, and so much more. He's more than ready for whatever the arts world looks like when the curtains again rise.  

One thing I knew already and he just proved me right ... he's quite brilliant. 

This is obviously another crossover between IN THE PASSIONPIT and IN THE DARK so find my interview with Attila on both sites. 

 

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ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 64 - Jessie Fahay: Cause a Sci-Fi Ripple Effect

May 7th, 2020

Jessie Fahay, founding artistic director of Ripple Effect Artists, has scored a media triumvirate. The live theatre company (that's 1) recently branched out into indie film (that's 2) and - in honor of Orson Welles' birthday - will present arguably the most famous and easily historic radio play (that's 3) WAR OF THE WORLDS on Station WPKN on the internet (ooops, I guess that make 4) as a fundraiser for CoVid-19 relief. 

Jessie was somewhat surprised when i pointed out that she is rapidly becoming a sci-fi company as well.  

WAR OF THE WORLDS (of course) plus her new film, HERE COMES FRIEDA is a disaster tale set in the scary future; two previous works, 2071 (a climate change cautionary tale) and her first AEA contract production, THE ADDING MACHINE, Elmer Rice's 1930s classic about a dystopian future brought about by ... calculators.  

All this has earned her a place IN THE PASSIONPIT and IN THE DARK on TERROR TV (https://terrortv.com/inthedark/)

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ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 63 - Jim Kierstead: On Broadway

May 5th, 2020

Broadway producer and selfless supporter of indie theatre, Jim Kierstead, talks of Broadway's reopening and what he feels are viable alternatives until the curtain goes up. 

It is always a pleasure to speak to Jim. He is accessible, friendly, and intelligent. We hear so many hypothesis from so many "informed" sources ... it is truly priceless to hear form some to whom this directly affects. 

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ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 62 - Travis Martin - Video on Demand

April 29th, 2020

February: Travis Martin was a successful actor doing an open end run of Anthony Piccione's new play and taking some video editing jobs on the side. 

April: Travis Martin is a video editor looking for Zoom Plays. 

Can anyone relate?  

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