More Appointment Love at San Diego Film Week 2017!

I am happy to announce that my first short film “The Appointment“, which I wrote, produced, acted in, and co-directed with my filmmaker friend Jared Jacobsen, will be screened during San Diego Film Week 2017 in February!!! Congrats again to my cast and crew – so proud!!!  

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It will be screened as the opener of the film block ‘A Woman’s Place‘ at 8pm on February 13th at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in beautiful Balboa Park, San Diego, California. I feel very honored to be in the company of such a great lineup of short films, including ‘Holy‘, a music video by singers and LGBT activists Alicia Champion and Danielle LoPresti, directed by San Diego filmmaker Michael Brueggemeyer, in which I helped out as a production assistant. Click on this link to buy tickets for the whole block!

Come check it all out and support local filmmakers! Here’s the film block FB event and here is the whole film fest schedule – something for everybody!

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Next film festival screenings

Hi there!

Quick update with great news! My first short film The Appointment has been accepted into two more film festivals back to back!

In August, this dark comedy will make its Australia premiere at the Woodland Film Festival, yaayyy!!! This is our first outside the U.S. festival screening!

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UPDATE EDIT – Latest info: We are in block 7 – screening at 4.45pm on Saturday, August 6th!

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Woot! What a great line-up and so honored to be part of it!

 

And: The Appointment is also an Official Selection of the American Grindhouse Film Festival in September!

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Exact dates/times and locations TBA!

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I love how the laurels are starting to pile up! :) Congrats to all my cast and crew!

Art for Healing

The Art Show at San Diego Comic Con 2016 is right around the corner and this will be my 5th year displaying my creations under the Sails Pavilion. In the past, I’ve always brought my lighter paintings, the more ‘cartoony’ and cheerful art, instead of my dark pieces. This time the style will still be on the whimsical side, but with a serious undertone. I’m dedicating this year’s series, titled ‘Warriors‘, to Anxiety and Depression Awareness.

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“Scrapper” – watercolor/ink, Pia Thrasher 2016

 

Recently, I found out about a non-profit organization called “To Write Love On Her Arms” aka TWLOHA, thanks to the wonderful #AKF (or #AlwaysKeepFighting) campaign started by “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki. The TWLOHA website states: “To Write Love on Her Arms is a movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.”

So, I decided to donate 10% of each original painting’s final bid/sale at the SDCC Art Show’s silent auction to TWLOHA. :)

Why? Because I’ve lost family and friends to suicide and I have personally experienced the devastating effects anxiety and depression can have on you. This is my way of reaching out and paying it forward. If there’s any way I can help and contribute, even just a little, then why not through my art?

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Another sneak peek..

For those who can’t attend the Art Show, I will have prints of all the original paintings available to purchase through Deviant Art, sometime after SDCC 2016. If you can make it to the Art Show, bid on my paintings, GO BIG, buy the original art and help fight anxiety & depression at the same time!

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Fighters, all of them!

If you’re not interested in buying a painting; or you’re not able to (getting those SDCC badges is a whole other story) and would like to simply donate directly to TWLOHA, please click on the link here.  Incidentally, TWLOHA is also currently raising funds for people affected by the horrible shooting in Florida with their  Hope and Help for Orlando campaign.

Ok, I think I covered it all …

 

Have a great day, hug somebody, hope to see you at San Diego Comic-Con, and feel free to share this post with your fellow Con-goers!

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Update 9/12/2016: Thank you all for sharing the love and thank you for stopping by the Art Show and especially THANK YOU for buying my art! As promised, I made the 10% donation to TWLOHA! #AlwaysKeepFighting!

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Love and big hugs,

Pia

Update 11/17/2016: You can still buy original paintings from the ‘Warrior‘ series from my Etsy store! Same pledge as above (10% going to TWLOHA) applies! Click here to view/buy! Thank you!