Gap Celebrates Spreading Love with the ‘Meet Me in the Gap’ Holiday Campaign starring Leon Bridges

Bridges lead Gap into the holiday season to create an uplifting moment with his rendition of “Now That We Found Love”

Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, today announces the holiday ‘Meet Me in the Gap’ campaign starring Grammy Award-nominated R&B artist and songwriter Leon Bridges doing what he does best by capturing the holiday spirit in song and dance alongside a group of individuals drawn to his magnetic energy. The Gap Holiday 2018 campaign is meant to transcend the edgy climate of today by spreading love and driving positive change to demonstrate that feeling good and doing good go together.

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Gap Holiday 2018 Meet Me in the Gap: Meet Me In The Gap, See The Good (with Leon Bridges (center)

The hero campaign video features Bridges moving to the rhythm in a blank space that is brought to life with oversized Gap crazy stripes that come together to form a path, leading him and the rest of the cast on a journey of good and generosity. Directed by accomplished music video director Emil Nava, the video embraces the magic of the holidays with the entire cast outfitted in classic Gap denim paired with colorful knits and bright stripes. Through a soulful rendition of Heavy D & The Boy’s original version of “Now That We Found Love,” Bridges creates a feel-good moment that is perfectly accompanied by choreographed moves of the entire cast.

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Gap Holiday 2018 Meet Me in the Gap: Meet Me In The Gap, See The Good

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Gap Holiday 2018 Meet Me in the Gap: Meet Me In The Gap, See The Good

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Gap Holiday 2018 Meet Me in the Gap: Meet Me In The Gap, See The Good

Music, dance, fashion, and personal style are my big passions in life, so getting to work with Gap on this campaign that ties all of those elements together is epic,” said Bridges. “I grew up watching all of their diverse, music based commercials, and they were just the coolest. Getting to be in one myself is wild and it’s a dream to lead the brand into the season, especially with a song that has a message of love.”

Launching on November 1, the campaign spans television, mobile, social, in-store and digital. The television spots will air on major networks and be incorporated into high impact moments, including digital takeovers on Vevo, Hulu, and Spotify with priority on live viewing moments within the NFL and the season’s top-rated programs.

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Gap Holiday 2018 Meet Me in the Gap: Meet Me In The Gap, See The Good

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Gap Holiday 2018 Meet Me in the Gap

Gap Holiday 2018 Meet Me in the Gap: Meet Me In The Gap, See The Good

For Gap, holiday is all about the feeling of giving and coming together to celebrate the season with loved ones. This year especially, we want everyone to feel the love by lifting spirits with Leon’s harmonious take on this ’90s anthem,” said Gap chief marketing officer Craig Brommers. “Leon’s soulful voice and charismatic rhythm, styled in Gap’s signature crazy stripes, created an undeniable energy brought to life in this moment of positivity and cheer, bound to spread love.

For more information on ‘Meet Me in the Gap,’ visit gap.com.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Receives Matthew Shepard Collection

Judy and Dennis Shepard Donate Historic Collection 20 Years After Their Son’s Murder

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will receive a donation of papers and personal objects from the parents of Matthew Shepard, a young, gay college student who died of severe injuries following a vicious attack in October 1998 when he was a student at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.nmah-header-logo

Judy and Dennis Shepard will donate papers, photographs, and notebooks representing the everyday life of their son from elementary school through college, as a participant in local theater productions and as an international traveler. The collection also will include condolence cards and correspondence the Shepards received following his death. In addition to the archival materials, a number of objects will serve as a poignant reminder of Shepard’s life as an average American boy: a child-sized Superman cape, sandals, a purple ribbon award he received at school and a wedding ring he purchased in anticipation of one day meeting his soulmate.

Twenty years is a long time in human years but only a blink in history. Yet it seems like only a moment ago that the country was shocked by the brutal killing of Matt Shepard,” said Katherine Ott, curator at the museum. “The materials donated by his parents, Judy and Dennis, will allow a deeper understanding not only of that time and how people responded and grieved but also the historical vulnerability of LGBTQ people.”

For 20 years, we have tried to share the meaning of our son’s life, as well as his dreams for a kinder, more accepting and loving world,” said Judy Shepard, speaking for the Shepard family. “While we always have our family memories, it is deeply comforting to know the Smithsonian will preserve his story for future generations. We cannot think of a better way to honor Matt’s life and legacy.

Matthew Wayne Shepard was born Dec. 1, 1976, in Casper, Wyoming. Shepard spent his childhood and teenage years in Casper and participated in various local theatrical productions. In his junior year of high school, the family moved to Saudi Arabia for his father’s new job with ARAMCO. Shepard returned to the United States after graduating from The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) and lived in North Carolina and Colorado before attending the University of Wyoming during the 1998-1999 school year. Continue reading

Johnnie Walker Introduces John Walker Masters’ Edition: The First 50 Year Old Scotch Whisky in the History of Johnnie Walker

Half a century in the making, 100 bottles in existence

The John Walker Masters’ Edition is an elegant and triple-matured Scotch whiskey that has been crafted from six exceptionally rare whiskeys, each aged for a minimum of 50 years. The whiskeys in The John Walker Masters’ Edition have been drawn from ancient distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker (1805-1857).

The John Walker Masters’ Edition features single malt whiskeys drawn from some of the oldest available stocks from the Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries – which are now closed – and the much-celebrated Blair Athol distillery, which stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The three-grain whiskeys used in its crafting are drawn from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.

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Johnnie Walker Masters Edition

The John Walker Masters’ Edition is a triple-matured Scotch whiskey. Finished in small batches in a bespoke marrying cask made of 100-year oak staves, its layers of flavor are revealed slowly on the palate, where luscious blackcurrants and citrus give way to rich, creamy dark chocolate and a long, gentle and warming finish with cooling menthol and a subtle smokiness.

Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director John Williams said: “Fifty-year-old whiskeys are very rare. Whiskeys of this age have incredible character but it takes great skill to reveal their flavor and then balance them so people can appreciate the end result. That’s where our Master Blender Jim Beveridge – one of only six in the history of Johnnie Walker – and his small team of exceptional whisky-makers come into their own as masters of their craft.”

Only 100 bottles of The John Walker Masters’ Edition have been created. This exclusive Scotch whiskey takes its name from the masterly expertise in whiskey as well as presentation. A special release of The John Walker, it is presented in a bespoke, individually numbered, rare double-cased black crystal Baccarat decanter and comes housed in a cabinet made by N.E.J. Stevenson, Cabinet Makers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “Each drop of this whiskey has been hand-selected from some of the most valuable and precious casks of malt and grain whiskeys to be found in our reserves.

“About 20 years ago, Johnnie Walker blenders recognized that these individual whiskeys were very special and the decision was made to put them aside for special use, allowing each of them to continue to mature in their casks, knowing that, in time, something even more remarkable would emerge. Our goal was to pay tribute to the whisky masters who worked with these whiskies such a long time ago and, with the creation of The Masters’ Edition, I believe we’ve done that.

The John Walker Masters’ Edition has a natural cask strength ABV of 43.3% and an RRP of $25,000 (US). It is available in limited, selected markets and one bottle will be auctioned at Bonhams, Hong Kong in 2019.

The Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival Announces 2nd Annual Festival

The Schedule includes a Robust Slate of Films and Panels from 21 Chinese Independent Voices Featuring A Lineup From 21 Chinese Independent Voices

Festival runs November 1st – 4th 2018

The Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival (LACFF) is proud to host its second annual festival, screening 21 nominated films from Chinese independent filmmakers and artists, at the Downtown Independent Theater, from November 1st to 4th, 2018. LACFF is the only film festival in Los Angeles to focus on independent Chinese culture and heritage films. LACFF also aims to foster cultural exchange between the Hollywood and Chinese film industries.12736187-lacff-2018-engchinese-logo

(The LACFF is organized by Chinese in Entertainment (CIE), a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that supports Chinese talent and culture in entertainment and the arts.)

This year, the festival received a total of 255 film submissions from 11 different countries and regions. After two months of expert and jury deliberations, 21 films were nominated; including three features, three documentaries, six narrative shorts, four documentary shorts, and five experimental/animated shorts.

Of the festival line-up, nine films will be making their North American and/or Los Angeles Premiere at LACFF this year. The feature film, E.T. Made in China (Dir. Xiaosha Zhang), as well as stop-animation short, The Quintet of the Sunset (Dir. Jie Weng), will be making their World Premiere at LACFF as well.

This year’s films cover a variety of international topics, focusing primarily on the directors’ thoughts on the ever-changing Chinese and global landscapes. For example, E.T. Made in China looks at the modern Chinese rural reality in the presence of actual extraterrestrials; Speculator (Dir. Yuntao Du) features the ride-sharing app, Uber and the foreign capital flowing into the Chinese market; People’s Republic of Desire (Dir. Hao Wu) explores the financial and personal conflicts behind live internet streaming platforms; and Hanzi (Dir. Mu-Ming Tsai) explores Asian culture and identity through a typographic lens.

Full Festival Line Up

Narrative Features

  • E.T. Made in China (World Premiere); Director: Xiaosha Zhang
  • Girls Always Happy, Director: Mingming Yang
  • Transcendent (North American Premiere); Director: Linzi Zhang

Documentary Features

  • Hanzi (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Mu-Ming Tsai
  • I’ve Got a Little Problem (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Ximing Zhang
  • People’s Republic of Desire; Director: Hao Wu

Narrative Shorts

  • Besieged; Director: Mengchen Niu
  • Birthday Party; Director: Theo Ma
  • Cupcake; Director: Dawei Zhang
  • Jiejie; Director: Feng-I Roan
  • Miss World; Director: Georgia Fu
  • Mother Eden; Director: Erzhuo Wang

Documentary Shorts

  • Arcosanti: A State of Fugue (North American Premiere); Director: Kehui Feng
  • Life as He Likes; Director: Lizhu Yang
  • One Day In GaoYi (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Jiaxuan Xiao & Muqiu Qin
  • Speculator (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Yuntao Du

Animation and Experimental Shorts

  • Ayesha (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Yanyu Dong
  • Barry; Director: Anchi Shen
  • Cry Baby (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Xiner Jiang
  • Light (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Tatsu Aoki
  • The Quintet of the Sunset (World Premiere); Director: Jie Weng

Opening and Closing Screenings

Opening Screening: Walking Past the Future; Director: Ruijun Li

Closing Screening: Linsanity; Director: Evan Jackson Leong

Jury members this year include Ruijun Li, the director and screenwriter of Walking Past the Future, which has been featured in the official selections of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, and 69th Venice Film Festival; film scholar Gabrielle Kelly, who has taught at UCLA, USC, & NYU and is currently on the faculty at AFI; Rebecca Baron, a Los Angeles-based media artist whose works have screened widely at the New York, Toronto, and London Film Festivals; award-winning producer Richard Liang, whose documentary won the Best Chinese Documentary Award at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival in 2016; David E. James, film studies professor at USC‘s School of Cinematic Arts; Jeff Swimmer, professor of Documentary at Chapman University‘s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts; award-winning cinematographer, Helder K. Sun; and Emmy Award-winning visual artist, Lin Zheng.

This year, LACFF is also hosting industry tastemakers to speak at two panels discussing the collaboration and future of US and Chinese entertainment, in both the business and creative fields. The panelists include Rong Chen, Senior Vice President of Perfect World and CEO of Perfect World Pictures, Mike Gabrawy, Chief Creative Officer of Arclight Films; Randy Greenberg, Executive Producer of The Meg (2018); Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President of East West Bank; Jimmy O. Yang, actor on Silicon Valley (2014-2018) and Crazy Rich Asians (2018); Jessica Gao, Emmy Award-winning writer for Rick and Morty (2013) and Silicon Valley (2014); Helen Shang, writer on Hannibal (2015) and Invoking 5 (2018); Rachel Song, Founder, CEO, and bilingual producer of XS Media (A Kid Like Jake, 2018); and Rui Yao, screenwriter of Lin Shi Yan Yuan (2017) and Angry Kid (2013).