Mónica Esmeralda León founded Ave Fenix Pictures the first Hispanic movie studio in Chicago and the Midwest. Along with co-founders and executive producers Zachary Laoutides and Marius Iliescu. The team has been on a role since 2016 with films Adios Vaya Con Dios and Arise From Darkness now being found on Red Box through Lions Gate Films. Their latest film Black Ruby, the first film shot with the iPhone 7, released by The Orchard traveled the international film circuit snagging nominations in London and Rome. In late 2018 Black Ruby premiered at the Los Angeles Film Forum Awards taking home wins Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Soundtrack and the Independent Spirit Award.
Co-founder European actor, dancer, artist and producer Marius Iliescu understood the genuine approaches of Ave Fenix Pictures taking the Chicago based movement to a new level. Iliescu executive produced Adios Vaya Con Dios, leading the film into a Hollywood premiere and afterward worked endlessly to establish the prevailing Los Angeles branch, creating feature films released via The Orchard, Redbox, Amazon Prime, and FandangoNOW. I was able to sit down with Iliescu, the head of Ave Fenix Pictures Los Angeles and probe about the type of journey it’s been,
“Ave Fenix Pictures has done extremely well since its inception in 2014 with three feature films conceptualized, produced and launched ‘in the house,’ against all odds of financial survival. Especially for an independent film studio born outside of the cinematic mainstream usually traced in between Los Angeles and New York with short stops in Atlanta and, occasionally New Orleans. Ave Fenix Pictures needed a special spark, which its founding members found and lit through a combination of gritty street storytelling and an unusual recipe of the Midwestern steady mind mixed with explosive Latino flair.
However, the big plays are still happening in the West and the second-best move after finding an original cinematic voice was to expand from Chicago to Los Angeles.”
Iliescu worked to pioneer the west coast branch since 2015 and the results started to show as distribution deals developed shortly with Ave Fenix Pictures becoming an inclusive brand. “Adios Vaya Con Dios” (2016) and “Arise From Darkness” (2017) were included by Indican Pictures in its roaster while “Black Ruby” (2019) got the eye of Random Media, a close partner of Orchard TV and Sony Pictures. Iliescu explained the methodology behind Ave Fenix Pictures in Los Angeles,
“These results are the products of a never give up let’s do this mentality, common cause for an ideal, an Edison finally lighting up his electric bulb for a successful ten thousandth time, if you wish… It’s important that Ave Fenix Pictures maintains its presence in LA for a number of reasons. One would be that the studio intends to start development here. Another, it’s the eye-to-eye mentality of Los Angeles, where a million-dollar deal could be happening in between a pair of raggedy jeans of an open-minded investor and a worn-out Dodgers baseball hat sitting on a head full of bright film ideas.”
Lastly, I inquired Iliescu how the creative process balances out with the duties of being the CEO of a studio?
“Creatively, I personally never met another screenplay writer with more out of this world ideas like the co-founder of Ave Fenix Pictures, Zachary Laoutides. He is not just a hell of an actor, but his mind puts such ideas on paper that are pure fuel for the expansion of the studio. There is no room here to talk about this now, but our near future actions will speak for themselves. Last but not least is the openness of the studio’s policy. We want to do good and honest business with anyone who believes that storytelling is a powerful tool in influencing people around us towards good. No matter the subject, if the film has indeed something to say, we the people, will find that element in our lives called ‘time,’ to stop whatever we’re doing and listen.”
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Hamza Fazal is a reporter for The Hear UP. After graduating from the University of Abbottabad, Hamza got an internship at the NPR and worked as a reporter and producer. Hamza has also worked as a reporter for the Medium. Hamza covers health and science for The Hear UP.
Advice On Extending The Life Of Your Memory Foam Bed
The ultra-absorbent polyurethane foam used to produce memory foam mattresses sometimes referred to as “synthetic viscoelastic foam,” provides pliable support that makes lying on one feel like lying on a cloud. Given that NASA developed memory foam for space shuttles, that is logical. Customers have gushed about the wonderful comfort these beds offer since memory foam entered the mattress market.
Maintaining the quality of the best memory foam mattresses you have purchased became essential over time. At the end of this post, you will grasp the tips on how to maintain the comfort and durability of your memory foam mattress. read in advance;
1. Ensure Your Mattress Is Safe
Innovative mattress protectors. A mattress protector should fit snugly, like a fitted sheet, to prevent spills and stains. Encasement protectors, which cover all six sides and have a zipper, are also available (including the bottom). Sleepers with allergies or bedbugs can utilize the best mattress encasement protectors. Whether you eat in bed or not, a mattress cover is vital to protect your mattress from bodily fluids, skin flakes, spilled food, and drinks.
2. Lay A Firm Foundation
Having a base isn’t required for a memory foam mattress to operate well, but it will raise your bed to the right height. If you use memory foam mattresses, your base must be solid, level, and gap-free. Slats on a slatted base should be no more than 2.75 inches apart to prevent uneven mattress wear. If the slats are too far apart, you’ll need to buy extra or use a plywood board.
3. Prevent Pets And Children From Jumping
This counsel is direct. Pets who roam freely and lie on the bed stimulate the spread of germs, insects, and bacteria where you sleep. The perfect situation is when you meet a nice and cuddly bedmate. The worst-case situation is parasite eggs nearby about to hatch. It’s encouraged to ban youngsters under 8 from jumping on beds. Bouncing on the bed is not only hazardous, but it also damages the mattress. The memory foam is overworked by the quick up-and-down movements, which don’t prolong its life.
4. Rotate Your Mattress Regularly
It’s common if you’ve heard of this advice, but have you ever put it to use? Rotate your memory foam mattress 180 degrees every season, starting right away. This method is based on the idea that sleeping in the same spot on the mattress every night could be uncomfortable and lead to a concentration of wear and tear in that area. It should be noted that certain high-end made in the USA mattress producers make mattresses that don’t need to be turned.
5. Make Your Mattress Clean
Your memory foam mattress may be protected against sweat, dust mites, and other allergies by vacuuming it at least twice a year. Start by sprinkling baking soda on your stripped mattress since the longer it remains there, the better. A few drops of essential oil are an optional addition. At some point, take out the vacuum and completely remove the baking soda using the upholstery attachment. The tufts, seams, and areas between the mattress and foundation are known to be dust mite havens.
6. Do Not Make Your Bed
You did indeed read that correctly. While it might appear illegal to put off making your bed, it is not recommended. Delaying making the bed gives your memory foam mattress and linens time to breathe, giving any moisture that may have accumulated throughout the night a chance to evaporate.
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.