Best Movies of the Year

Claims of the “best movie of the year” aside, a few films have seriously impacted me this year and compelled me to seek out more of the story.

1. Arrival – Based on a short story by Ted Chiang and published in “Stories of Your Life and Others”. I’m well into this book and am seriously impressed with Chiang’s imaginative and compelling approach to Science Fiction. 

2. Hidden Figures – The movie was very compelling, but ultimately hints at a much larger story surrounding each of these women and their peers in the early days of our space program. Cue Margot Lee Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race”. (There’s also a Young Reader’s version of this book that’s begging to be on your kid’s bookshelf.)

FANBASE FEATURE: PANEL DISCUSSION ON ‘DOCTOR STRANGE’

In this Fanbase Feature, the Fanbase Press staff and contributors participate in a thorough discussion regarding the recently released Doctor Strange, focusing on topics including the themes and values inherent to the film, Marvel’s approach to diversity, how the filmmakers transition the MCU to include magic, and more!

Cast members: Bryant Dillon, Barbra Dillon, Claire Thorne, Drew Siragusa, Phillip Kelly, Chris Spicer, and Michele Brittany

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#Craftcation17 – Presenter Spotlight, Lela Barker

The presenters at Craftcation ARE THE BOMB!  This week let’s take a closer look at Lela Barker…a amazing business woman and one of the most entertainingly down-to-earth presenters I’ve had the privilege of learning from.

lela-barker When it comes to teaching creatives how to build an empire, Lela Barker has a simple philosophy: beneath every successful maker lies a solid business foundation.

As the founder of Bella Lucce, an award-winning international beauty brand distributed through 1,300 spas and the mind behind Lucky Break Consulting, Lela is wildly passionate about helping creative entrepreneurs bring their products into the marketplace. Drawing on more than a decade of experience as a successful maker, Lela’s magic lies in distilling complicated business concepts down to their essence, especially in the areas of product pricing, brand development and wholesale strategy. She’s seen firsthand the power of nailing down these important facets of business as creatives strive to build sustainable brands that ignite their passion, put food on the table and make the world a more beautiful place. One client recently christened her the “Mother Theresa of Makers” while another described her “as the best business decision I’ve ever made.”

Lela’s products and personal story have been featured in more than ninety print publications worldwide and her “LBU: Secrets to Wholesale Success” program sells out within days each time registration opens, welcoming emerging entrepreneurs from Australia to California. She teaches frequently, from conference rooms in Austria to cruise ships in the Caribbean and mud huts in Africa and *almost* everywhere in between.

When not arming makers with tactical business approaches, you’ll find Lela collecting passport stamps, perfecting the ultimate lemon meringue pie and clinging tightly to her sanity while raising four children. She believes in girl power, second chances, fab shoes and dark chocolate. Lela lives in South Carolina with her family and a small army of pets.

Via: Craftcation Presenters

Get your tickets to #Craftcation17 today and find your favorite new sources of inspiration!