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After school special

The American Broadcasting Company coined the term after school special in 1972 with a series of made-for-television movies dealing with controversial or relevant issues, that were broadcast in the late afternoon and meant to be viewed by school-age children teenagers. The specials were broadcast four to six times during the school year, pre-empting local programming that would follow the network schedule in the late afternoon hours. CBS distributed its own productions as the CBS Afternoon Playhouse, it had a program called Famous Classic Tales, which aired Australian cartoons that were adapted from literature books. NBC had afterschool programs under the umbrella title Special Treat. ABC had the ABC Afterschool Special. Last of the Curlews – The first ABC Afterschool Special, one of a few animated ones. Degrassi Schoolhouse Rock! Special episode Public information film – In the UK, extended versions of these were shown in schools; these were about safety. WonderWorks – Produced several afterschool-type specials for PBS Complete list of ABC After School Specials at the Internet Movie Database Complete list of CBS Schoolbreak Specials at the Internet Movie Database Partial list of NBC Special Treat episodes at the Internet Movie Database Reviews of a DVD collection of ABC After School Specials The strange afterlife of the After School Special – by Joanna Weiss, The Boston Globe January 1, 2006 My Dad Lives In A Downtown Hotel: The Subtle Brilliance of the After School Special by Marisa Meltzer – Slate – July 20, 2006

Holy Trinity Church, Bolshaya Martynovka

Holy Trinity Church is a Russian Orthodox church in the village of Bolshaya Martynovka, Rostov Oblast, Russia. It belongs to the Diocese of Salsk, it was built in 1904 in Pseudo-Russian style. This is the only church in Russia constructed in honour of coronation of Emperor Nicholas II; the church possesses particles of relics of Matrona of Paul of Taganrog. The church is visited by locals rather than tourists due to the low level of infrastructure development in the village; the first Holy Trinity Church in Bolshaya Martynovka was built of wood in 1799. Money for the construction were donated by Major General Dmitry Martynovich Martynov. At the church there was a chapel in memory of death of Alexander II. In 1895 parochial custody council decided to construct a new church on the site of Holy Trinity Church; the construction place was consecrated on May 26, 1896, the day of the coronation of Nicholas II. The first stone was laid on the following day; the funds for construction donated by village dwellers were not sufficient, so in 1900 the parish assembly decided to seek support from the Diocese and requested for the opening of fundraising.

In the same year the construction works were launched on the project of architect Avraam Melnikov, who had drafted it a few decades earlier. The main construction works were finished in 1904. Local dwellers say. There are three aisles in the church: the main one is consecrated in the name of the Holy Trinity, the right one ― in the name of Alexandra of Rome, the left one ― in the name of St. Nicholas. In 1930 the church was closed, its building was first housed a granary, as a tractor station; the paintings were covered with plaster, the iconostasis was destroyed, the bells were thrown away. In 1945 the church was handed over to believers community, but only partially: 4/5 of its area still housed a granary; that caused great inconvenience for the parishioners, yet all requests from Rostov diocesan administration to free the building were ignored by authorities. In 1963, the church was closed again. In 1991 the church building was exempted from the warehouse and worship services began to be held there.

Restoration works were carried out during the following years


Athinhal is a coastal village in Kasaragod district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is 28 km from the district capital of Kasaragod and one kilometer north of Kanhangad. Athinhal, a coastal village in the Kasaragod district, is situated one kilometer north of the town of Kanhangad; the name Athinhal was derived from the Arabic word of "HADIYA". The history of Athinhal dates back to Seven Decades, when Assayid Omer Samarkand Waliyullah came to Athinhal from Samarkand of Uzbekistan to propagate Islam; the name, Kasaragod, is said to be derived from the word Kusirakood meaning Nuxvomica forests. The Kasaragod district was formed on 24 May. 1984, with the intention of bestowing maximum attention on the development of backward areas. With the formation of the new district, comprising the erstwhile Kasaragod and Hosdurg taluks, it has become possible to develop this coastal area fruitfully; the economy is dependent on the inflow of money from locals employed as migrant workers in the Persian Gulf countries.

Since the oil boom of the 1970s, the village has witnessed a large-scale migration of young people to the oil producing Gulf countries in pursuit of work. This has changed the economic situation considerably. At least one person from each household is employed in the Gulf. In the past, the economy depended on agriculture; the greenery, which persisted once, has vanished, due to the spurting of concrete structures in the place of paddy fields. Now only the coconut farming survives and less than 5% people depend on agriculture; the southwest monsoon starts towards the end of May or the beginning of June, heralded by thunderstorms and remains until September when the rain fades out. October brings in the northeast monsoon. Dry weather sets in by the end of December. January and February are the coolest months of the year. March and May are hot. Local roads have access to NH.66 which connects to Mangalore in Calicut in the south. The nearest railway station is Kanhangad on Mangalore-Palakkad line. There are airports at Mangalore and Calicut

Rhubarb (1951 film)

Rhubarb is a 1951 film adapted from the 1946 novel Rhubarb by humorist H. Allen Smith. Directed by Arthur Lubin, the screwball noir comedy stars the cat Orangey along with Jan Sterling and Ray Milland. Cinematography was by Lionel Lindon. Thaddeus J. Banner, a lonely, eccentric millionaire who owns a baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons, takes a liking to a dog-chasing stray cat, takes him into his home, he names the cat "Rhubarb,", baseball slang for an on-field argument or fight. When the man dies, it is discovered that his last will and testament made Rhubarb his sole beneficiary. Team publicist Eric Yeager is named the cat's guardian, his fiancée Polly Sickles, daughter of the team's manager, is allergic to Rhubarb, causing many problems. Banner's spoiled and unhappy daughter Myra files a lawsuit, contesting the will, and when the team's players discover they are owned by a cat, they stage a protest until Yeager persuades them that Rhubarb brings them luck. Brooklyn will play the powerful New York team for the championship.

But a bookie who stands to lose big if Brooklyn wins decides to kidnap the cat. Brooklyn's fortunes turn for the worse while the search for Rhubarb goes on, until the cat escapes from his captors and races to the ballpark to save the day. Orangey as Rhubarb Ray Milland as Eric Yeager Jan Sterling as Polly Sickles William Frawley as Len Sickles Gene Lockhart as T. J. Banner Elsie Holmes as Myra Banner Taylor Holmes as P. Duncan Munk Willard Waterman as Orlando Dill Henry Slate as Dud Logan James Griffith as Ogelthorpe'Oggie' Meadows Jim Hayward as Doom Donald MacBride as Pheeny Hal K. Dawson as Mr. Fisher The film was based on a novel by H. Allen Smith, published in 1946. Smith had written several books of humorous items but this was his first novel; the New York Times called it a "rough and raucos satire". The book became a best seller. Roy Del Ruth stepped aside when Mike Todd expressed interest. Todd bought the film rights for $100,000 but had financial troubles and could not pay. Smith was approached by other producers - one wanted to change the cat to a dog, another wanted to change the baseball team to a football team so as to appeal to Britain.

The project was optioned to another producer who did not pay the option fee and another producer wanted the cat to inherit a burlesque house. There was no interest in the project for two years film rights were bought by Arthur Lubin who had just made Francis the Talking Mule and was looking for another animal story. In December 1949 it was reported Arthur Lubin had hired Frank Cockrell to write a script based on the novel, intending to film it after Francis In January 1950 Lubin had hired Dorothy Reid to work on the script and wanted Glenn Ford to star. Lubin pitched the project to Universal, who made Francis but they passed. So too did several other studios. In August 1950 Lubin sold the project to Paramount. In September the film was assigned to a producton unit at Paramount run by William Perlberg and George Seaton; the following month Ray Milland signed to star. A nationwide talent search was held to discover a cat to play the title role, it went to Moody. Moody had twenty three different stand ins.

Filming took place in March 1951. Fourteen different cats portrayed Rhubarb at different points in the film; each cat was trained to do a different trick. Three of the most similar looking cats appeared in the courtroom scene where Polly Sickles has to choose which one is the real Rhubarb. Lubin recalled that on the first day of filming the cat who played Rhubarb "deliberately bit me in the leg. I was quick enough to retaliate with a quick kick; the Humane Association representative was not looking. From on the cat and I had a good actor-director relationship, he was cruel and nasty to everyone on set but he respected me and kept his distance."The film prompted Smith to write a sequel. Strother Martin and Leonard Nimoy have uncredited roles in this film; the film earned an estimated $1.45 million at the US box office in 1951. The New York Times said the film had "a lot of good natured chuckles" but "some arid stretches and the humor is as sharp as it was in the book."Diabolique magazine wrote "There are some funny moments though the director can’t overcome the main problem of all live action movies about cats – namely, their personality doesn’t come across screen.

There’s no strong relationship between Rhubarb and Ray Milland so the film feels hollow at its core in a way the Francis movies never did."In 1973 Lubin was working on a TV series based on the movie. It was never made. Orangey won PATSY Awards for his appearances in both Rhubarb and Breakfast at Tiffany's, the only cat so far to win more than once; the film was released on DVD by Legend Films on July 1, 2008. Rhubarb on IMDb Rhubarb at Rotten Tomatoes Rhubarb at AllMovie Rhubarb at the TCM Movie Database Rhubarb at the American Film Institute Catalog Rhubarb the Cat

INRI studio

INRI studio is an independent production house from Singapore, founded by cult director Tzang Merwyn Tong in 1999. The studio has - to this date - produced two films, A Wicked Tale and e’Tzaintes, both of which premièred to critical acclaim in the international film festival circuit; the studio’s mission is to create a platform for writers, storytellers and film-makers to come together to present alternative art forms to mainstream audiences. Their Mantra – To Provoke the Senses and Open the Mind. INRI studio was a concept that came about in 1999 when Tzang Merwyn Tong and long time friend Armen Rizal Rahman, an aspiring musician, decide that it was time they band together to create a production company they can call their own, they roped in Lee Amizadai and together the unit identified themselves as INRI studio. The trio went on to make their first film together. Using their scrap earnings and savings that they have accumulated over the years, the team of film-makers started work on their first film e’Tzaintes.

The film’s a teenage black comedy about a bunch of social outcasts. It was a project; the film was a hit when it premièred at GV Grand at Great World City in Singapore on January 2003. Tickets to this independent première were sold out with people paying to sit on the aisles. E’Tzaintes went to travel to a couple of film festivals, it premièred in Europe in 2004 as the Opening Night Film of the Berlin Asia-Pacific Film Festival and was screened as part of the Asian New Force at the Hong Kong IFVA Festival. The studio embarked on their second film, A Wicked tale, starring Evelyn Maria Ng as the Little Red Riding Hood character in Tzang Merwyn Tong’s dark re-imagination of the Brothers Grimm fable; the film made its World Premiere to a full house crowd at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and was invited to FanTasia Film Festival to be screened as one of the Closing Night films. The movie won the Gold Remi Award at WorldFest in Houston. On December 2005, INRI studio made history by being the first short film in Singapore to be released commercially on DVD.

The INRI studio collective now consists of artists, writers and filmmakers coming together to explore new ways of how they can take things to the next level. An underground music project is in the pipeline; the word INRI is inspired by the inscription on the cross from. INRI is a Latin acronym for Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum; the letters can be found inscribed on a stylized plaque hanging just above the corpse of Christ on many depictions of the Crucifixion. Contrary to belief, the use of the name INRI is neither sacrilegious. Tzang Merwyn is known to be a big fan of mythology and he considers the crucifixion a romantic and inspiring historic parable. It’s a story about a man who refuses to deny accusations that he was the Saviour though he was about to be nailed to the cross; the story is symbolical of the kind sacrifice one has to make to stage a revolution, the letters, INRI, a reminder to Tzang and his team mates that mockery and ridicule awaits those who choose to do things differently.

A Wicked tale e’Tzaintes giving self-deceit a better name e'Tzaintes on IMDB A Wicked Tale on IMDB Official Website A Wicked Tale on IMDb FanTasia write-up Lund Fantastisk Film festival write-up Interview with Tzang Merwyn Tong taken from The Montreal Mirror

Sandra Marquez

Sandra Marquez is a Jeff-Nominated actor and educator based in Chicago. She is an ensemble member with Teatro Vista and Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. Sandra Marquez is an actor and educator, she is a longtime ensemble member of Teatro Vista, the Midwest's only Equity Latino theatre company, where she served as the company's Associate Artistic Director from 1998-2006. Ms. Marquez has worked at respected companies in the Chicago area and beyond, including Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Madison Repertory, off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre, she won a Jeff Award for her portrayal of Beatrice in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. She directed Men on the Verge of Hispanic Breakdown for Pride Films and Plays and My Manana Comes for Teatro Vista, she played Clytemnestra in AeschylusAgamemnon at Court Theatre in a new translation by Nicholas Rudall. She has been a member of the theatre faculty at Northwestern University since 1995