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Support The Arts! Jamie Hulley Fundraising Gala On Sept. 9

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Aug 282017
 

“RUBIX KUBE – the galaxy’s most original ’80s tribute band” and their EIGHTIES STRIKES BACK SHOW – headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s fifteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, a dessert bar and silent and live auctions. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

RUBIX KUBE and their EIGHTIES STRIKES BACK SHOW is a one-of-a-kind, interactive ’80s time warp extravaganza. RUBIX KUBE is led by a male and female dynamic duo of karma chameleons, able to transform in-the-blink-of-an-eye into the voice and character of any ’80s icon. Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Devo, Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Aerosmith and more! Their supporting sidekicks are some of the most excellent and versatile musicians around, including Steve Brown of the million-selling Rock band TRIXTER and David Z from The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. All are decked out in vibrant, vintage ’80s threads and with enough hairspray to take down Freddy Krueger, The Terminator, and all The Gremlins at once. The KUBE is able to crank out Pop, Rock, New Wave, and Dance hits from the decade of decadence, and perform them just like the originals – yet with their own gnarly twist.  This fast-paced, exhilarating show is truly a most AWESOME ‘80s experience.

“RUBIX KUBE is so exciting – they look like and sound like the real thing! It’s a ’80s party so guests should feel free to come dressed in their favorite ’80s garb,” said Judy Primavera, co-founder, and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  “There is something for everyone – excellent entertainment, yummy desserts, and ‘totally rad’ auction and raffle items to bring home.” 

The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Amity Creative Theatre’s Rob and Andrea Kennedy and Broadway Method Academy’s Connor Deane & J. Scott Handley serving as co-hosts.

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, was founded to celebrate the memory of Orange, CT, resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala are dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.  Since the foundation’s creation in 2002, nearly 750,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded which have touched the lives of thousands of area youth each year. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: jamieart@snet.net.

Amity Students Talent Showcased at Annual Film Festival

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Jun 132014
 

The winners of the 10th Annual Amity Film Festival.

The winners of the 10th Annual Amity Film Festival.

The tenth annual Amity Film Festival took place on Monday evening in the John Brady Center for the Performing Arts.

The event is sponsored by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation and that organization’s founder Judy Primavera was on-hand to not only help judge the competition, but also to hand out award certificates to the winners.

The Film Class has grown in the past decade from a few classes to one of the most popular electives with 12 classes and three full time teachers.

Teacher Jonathan Furst, who’s been with the program since it began said, “The competition was fierce. It was very difficult to choose which films would be included in the festival this year.”

This year’s winners were:

9th Grade: Story Set To Music

“Cinderella” — Alicia Chen, Shannon Dillon and Kaitlyn Paradis

9th Grade Documentary Shorts 

“The Artist” — Bianca Gibbons-Morales

10th-12th Grade: 6 Shot Films

“Speaking Out” — Morgan Perry and Christina Magliocco

10th – 12th Grade: News Story

“Fall Festival” — Becca Norton reporting

10th – 12th Grade: Best Short Film

“Payback” — Ariel Lowenthal and Tiffany Walter

10th-12th Grade: Best Long Film

“Alignment” — Noah Simon

 

 

Jun 092014
 

Last year's winners.

Last year’s winners.

The 10th annual Amity Film Festival takes place at Amity High School tonight, Monday, June 9 at 6 p.m.

Back in 2005, the video arts was a fresh new offering in the Amity curriculum with Janice Holzer leading the way for future teachers.

Teacher Jonathan Furst was there from the beginning, too, teaching students about lighting, framing, editing and everything else they needed to know about making a good movie.

One of the most memorable films to come out of the Amity Film Festival was the 2009 film noire masterpiece entitled “White Toast,” the work of Greg Passik, Robert Gagne and Adam Kloc, which not only came in first at Amity, but went on to earn  the 2009 American Visions Award.

The video classes quickly grew in popularity and students in Amity Middle School clamor to get into the freshman courses and then most likely will follow it through to their senior year.

The film festival includes public service announcements, “20 shots” films  – showing the student’s ability to put a movie together using 20 different techniques and angles: Establishing shot; wide shot; close up shot; panning up and down, etc.; video films, poetry films, Story Set To Music, Documentary/News Package, short film, long film.

The Festival is presented each year by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, and Judy Primavera, (Jamie’s mom) is there to present the winners with certificates. She will send them checks and a personal note in the mail.

Come out tonight and see tomorrow’s famous film makers.

New Mural Unveiled at Orange Board of Education Meeting

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Aug 202013
 

Allie and Judy Primavera in front of the OBOE mural.

Allie and Judy Primavera in front of the OBOE mural.

The Orange Board of Education (OBOE) proudly unveiled a new mural for an old bulletin board hanging in the Mary L. Tracy upstairs meeting hall this week.

Allie Stack, of Woodbridge, a student at the Maine College of Art, submitted a beautiful mural and was awarded a Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation Grant to complete an original painting for the OBOE.

Allie and Judy Primavera of the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, were on hand at Monday night’s OBOE meeting for the reveal.

This mural is one example of the wonderful things the Foundation does to promote the arts in our area.

On September 7, a gala fundraising event will take place at Fairfield University to benefit the foundation.

 

 

 

Democratic Slate Contains A Who’s Who Of Citizens

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Jul 232013
 

Screen shot 2013-07-23 at 10.14.51 AMLast Night, Monday, July 22, the Orange Democrats held its caucus and chose the candidates they will run in the November Municipal Election.

As you can see, the list contains many prominent residents to make a well rounded slate. Some are incumbents, but it also contains a number of newcomers.

First Selectman
Ken Lenz

Board of Selectmen (3)
Mitch Goldblatt

John Cifarelli

Jody Dietch

Town Clerk
Pat O’Sullivan

Board of Finance (3)
PJ Shanley

Jen Alfaro

Glenn Pearson

Planning & Zoning (2)
Jen Chasen

John Sandella

Orange Board of Ed (3)
Karen DeFur Maxwell

Deanna Pucillo

Marc Robbins

-two year term (1)
Sue Riccio

Amity Board of Ed (3)
Sue Cohen

Judy Primavera

Kim Syrop

Constables (4)
Santo Galatioto Jr

Bob Shanley

Randy Thomas

Matt Norko

Extraordinary Work Shown At Amity Film Festival

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Jun 162013
 

The 2013 Winners of the Amity Film Festival with their teachers.

The 2013 Winners of the Amity Film Festival with their teachers.

The 9th annual Amity Film Festival took place at Amity High School on Thursday, June 13.

Back in 2005, the video arts was a fresh new offering in the Amity curriculum with Janice Holzer leading the way for future teachers.

Teacher Jonathan Furst was there from the beginning, too, teaching students about lighting, framing, editing and everything else they needed to know about making a good movie.

One of the most memorable films to come out of the Amity Film Festival was the 2009 film noire masterpiece entitled “White Toast,” the work of Greg Passik, Robert Gagne and Adam Kloc, which not only came in first at Amity, but went on to earn  the 2009 American Visions Award.

The video classes quickly grew in popularity and students in Amity Middle School clamor to get into the freshman courses and then most likely will follow it through to their senior year.

This year’s festival included a couple of new categories, including

• 9th grade: “20 shots” films – showing the student’s ability to put a movie together using 20 different techniques and angles: Establishing shot; wide shot; close up shot; panning up and down, etc.

• 10th-12th grade: Video Poem.

• 10th-12th grade: Music Video.

9th Grade videos

About 28 Freshmen participated in this year’s festival.

Of the 4 entries in the 20 shots film category “The Kidnapping” by Christina Genovese, Alexandra Morgan and Kayla Metzger came in first.

There were 5 Public Service Announcements competing. The winner was “If you See Something, Say Something” by Ryan Metzger, Ryan Chizmadia, John Szoke and Mike Hart.

Of the 4 videos with a Story Set To Music, “Skyboy” by Grayson Arndt, Noah Simon, Kerry Wolff and Wendy Zhan was the judge’s choice.

10th-12th Grade Videos

About 33 Sophomore, Junior and Senior film students had work in the festival.

Steffie Sandoval won the Video Poem category with “Smile” showing Amity’s special needs students including herself (she uses a wheelchair) doing extraordinary and rather ordinary things in school.

As a judge, I noted that it was nice seeing Amity’s “Other” superstars in the spotlight.

There were 5 entries in the Documentary/News Package category. Josh Hess won with his informative piece, “Amity Powderpuff 2012.”

The following three categories were tough and very close (within one point) with the judges.

A Short Film entitled “Mischievous” by Josh Shaperow, Josh Timpko and Eric Goodman-Strycula came in first.

Lindsay Wiener, Tricia Thiompson and Peter Charney’s Music Video “Forest Gump Suite” won its’ category.

Finally, the Long Film “Wilted” by Jake White took the top prize at the festival for several reasons, the storyline, acting, and imagery were memorable.

The Festival was presented by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, and Judy Primavera, (Jamie’s mom) was there to present the winners with certificates. She will send them checks and a personal note in the mail.

In the past, Judy wrote the checks at the festival, but it became much too hectic.

Judging for the festival has changed over the years. For the first 7  years all of them were seated together at a long table and discussed the films before making a final decision.

Last year and this week, each judge numbered their choices in order and submitted them to the three video teachers, Furst, Elizabeth Smolinski, Jeremy Iverson and Primvavera, to tally. In some cases the judges were just as surprised as the audience to hear who the winner was.

Furst thanked the parents for all their help and patience during, driving their kids around and putting up with the long production schedules.

“It takes a tremendous amount of commitment,” Furst said. “So, thank you parents.”

Peter Charney said he and his fellow filmmakers were up all night doing a final edit on their video.

“It was about 30 minutes long and we had to cut out about 15 minutes (and still keep the flow) for the festival,” he said.

The Video Arts students did a remarkable job this year, and with all the advances in video programming, we will most likely see even more amazing work at next year’s festival.