• New York

    FIAF launches First-Ever French Animation Festival

    Celebrating France’s rich tradition as a pioneer of animation, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, is thrilled to launch Animation First, the first-ever French animation festival in the United States, which will take place Friday, February 2 through Sunday, February 4.

    With 12 US and New York premieres, the festival presents ambitious, innovative, and award-winning animated feature and short films, virtual reality, video games, and more, coming out of France’s most exciting studios and art schools. Animation First features special screenings and events for all ages, putting audiences in the front seat of 3D animation, works in progress, interactive workshops on drawing and sound effects, gaming demonstrations, and panel discussions with leading artists and studio executives.

    The festival will present a preview of Terry Gilliam and Tim Ollive’s latest project 1884: Yesterday’s Future; a rare Q&A and presentation of Oscar-nominated The Red Turtle with celebrated director Michael Dudok de Wit, the festival’s guest of honor; and the US Premiere of En sortant de l’école, a collection of animated short films inspired by the poems of surrealist author Robert Desnos. International superstar and César-nominated actor Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional), who lends his voice to The Day of the Crows (Le jour des corneilles), screening at the festival, will be in attendance for the film’s Q&A along with bestselling French novelist and festival patron Marc Levy (If Only It Were True and film adaptation Just Like Heaven).

    The Opening Night celebration, for all ages, is a special 3D screening of the beloved film Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants, followed by a kick-off party at FIAF. After the kids are asleep, stay for a nightcap as the festival presents Erotic Animation, where animators let their imaginations run wild. Sensual, erotic, naughty, poetic, or risqué, these fanciful and unconventional shorts celebrate passion, desire, and fantasies.

    Highlights of the film program include Michel Fuzellier and Babak Payami’s feature Iqbal, a Tale of a Fearless Child (Iqbal, l’enfant qui n’avait pas peur). Inspired by the life of Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani boy who became a spokesperson against child slavery, the film takes an imaginative, inspiring approach to a pressing contemporary issue; and Loulou and Other Wolves (Loulou et autres loups)a program of shorts based on the bestselling children’s book by writer and illustrator Grégoire Solotareff. Serge Elissalde, director of the short Loulou, will also be present for a Q&A after the film. Other programs include 3D Animated Short Films with 3D festival programmer and director François Serre; the classic 1973 Cannes Film Festival winning Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage) by animation legend René Laloux; and Pioneers of French Animation, a ciné-concert with a live piano performance.

    An exceptional partnership with the City of Angoulême, Grand Angoulême, Department of Charente, and Magelis will highlight the unique animation ecosystem thriving in the Aquitaine region of France. A significant number of the films in this year’s edition of the festival were produced in the region, which is home to several of France’s top-rated animation schools and studios. In collaboration with SolidAnim, a French leader in virtual production, Augmented Reality (AR) will be used in all promotional material created for the festival, which marks one of the first times AR has been conceived for a major cultural project.

    Animation First is co-curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez, FIAF’s Film Curator, and Catherine Lamairesse, Director of Special Projects at FIAF, who said, “French animation has enjoyed increasing success worldwide in recent years, from the Oscar-nominated Triplets of Belleville to recent hits The Red Turtle and My Life as a Zucchini. With Animation First we are excited to offer New York audiences of all ages the opportunity to explore the breadth and diversity of animation in France, and discover an abundance of creativity across genres and techniques, past and present.”

    About French Animation

    Animation has a rich history in France. Since its early beginnings in the late 19th century when Émile Reynaud projected his Pantomimes Lumineuses at the Musée Grevin in Paris, French filmmakers and artisans have experimented with puppets, cutouts, and stop motion, inventing important techniques along the way. Notable animated films have peppered the history of French cinema, from Émile Cohl’s Fantasmagorie (1908), depicting a stick figure moving through space, to Ladislas Starewich’s influential stop-motion Le Roman de Renard (1930), the first French animated feature film. Other acclaimed works have included the experimental Une nuit sur le mont chauve (1933), using a pinscreen machine invented by Alexandre Alexieff and Claire Parker; La Demoiselle and Le violoncelliste(1965), films that launched the career of Jean-François Laguionie (Louise en hiver, 2016); as well as Fantastic Planet (René Laloux, 1973), Le Roi et l’Oiseau (Paul Grimault, 1980), and Kirikou and the Sorceress (Michel Ocelot, 1998).

    Today, France is Europe’s largest producer and the world’s third largest exporter of animated film. Renowned for stylistic innovation and an often artisanal approach, French animation continues to garner awards worldwide and spans a diversity of genres, from independent art-house successes The Triplets of Belleville, and more recently The Red Turtle, to films for mature audiences like Renaissance, as well as big-budget blockbusters Ballerina and the Franco-American Despicable Me franchise. Beyond films, France has carved out an important space in animated TV programs, web series, video games, and the rapidly developing fields of virtual reality and new technologies.

    Festival program follows. For full screening and events schedule, visit fiaf.org/animation.

  • My Dog Jacob,  New York

    A Bit of Fresh: @Febreze #Noseblind Event

    With closed windows and stuffy living rooms, NYC apartments really need a pick me up in the dead of winter. Febreze is a staple in any pet household and ours is of no exception. Tai stopped by the media invite for the NYC event for Febreze, enjoy his review below:

    Car service to events in this cold weather is definitely a nice touch! The day started well and ended just as good (with car service back home.) The event was very well put together, from the second I stepped out of the car service someone called me by name and escorted me to the list at the door and I was led in. The Loft event space was beautiful and was a great venue to experience the event.

    IMG_1364 IMG_1366 IMG_1368 IMG_1384 IMG_1386Once inside there were quite a few stations to check out. I made a custom dog tag for Jacob, took a green screen picture on a half dog half couch thing, played with some brilliant dogs from ASPCA and got to hang out a bit with Jane Lynch.

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    The event was very well put together and felt very on brand. The food spread was very nice, there were two press stations and Jane Lynch had a big enough personality and professional charm to command the attention of the room the entire event.

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    Jane sat down with HeyDoYou along with 3 other Blogs and chopped it up with us about funk, Febreze and wet dog smells.   I was very impressed with her professional and polite demeanor. She is a Class Act and a great ambassador for Febreze!   IMG_1467Look its French Toast!

    The tone of the event was light and upbeat, amazing little macaroons, great space, well executed, played with puppies and HeyDoYou was able to sit down with Jane Lynch….. Febreze put together a great event for #Noseblind. If you want to win a sample of Febreze, just tweet us and we will send you a bottle! 🙂


    A global 2014 survey from Atomik Research concluded that pet odor is enormously important to both residents and guests. To the embarrassment of pet-owners nationwide, guests have a keen ability to detect any stink: nearly half of those surveyed (48 percent) said that they could make out someone’s home simply by the odor alone – particularly if they have pets. In fact, pet smells were ranked as the second most offensive smell within a home (ranking just below garbage and just above smoke). The majority (60 percent) of pet owners agree, however, that they would hate it if they thought their guests were thinking their homes smelled of animals.

    Cincinnati, OH (FEBRUARY 25, 2015) – Febreze® has teamed up with actor and comedian Jane Lynch to encourage dialogue about a naturally occurring condition that affects many (if not most) pet owners: noseblindness. The condition occurs naturally over time when a person becomes accustomed to surrounding smells, whether it’s a dog bed or kitty litter box, and can no longer easily detect those distinct odors – but their guests can.

    Backstage Creations Treat Suite At Fox's "Cause For Paws - An All-Star Dog Special"

    Febreze helps pet owners get guest-ready by safely eliminating odors in their home that they are noseblind to with Febreze Air Effects, Fabric Refresher and Car Vent Clip – all of which meet the standard for inclusion on the ASPCA Pet Friendly Living product list when used as directed. With the help of Jane Lynch, Febreze is prompting pet lovers nationwide to talk about what their guests really smell.

  • New York

    New App @NightupLife @RegularQuis does #1OAK

    Hey it’s Marquis, back with another event guest post. Lets get right in to it, so for Halloween this year I went to a costume party at, drum roll… 1Oak!

    This is probably nothing to everyone from New York but me being from Boston and for everyone else from the outside world, 1Oak is the place to get in to.

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    Also to make this night even more cool and to give out free advertising points, I used an iPhone app called NightUp. NightUp is a night club app straight out of London that just recently landed in New York and it (lowkey) is a night life bible!!! Take a look at it when you get a chance!

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    So all in all, my night was amazing and I didn’t even end my night at 1Oak but that’s another story. That’s all I have this time around, stay tuned for the next event.

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    Your favorite party crasher,

  • New York

    Girlie Fun Events with @PamperMeFab

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    This event was held last weekend and a ton of NYC and NJ women came out to shop, dance and eat. There were fitness classes, jewelry vendors, massages and lots of goodies to try. It was really refreshing to see all these women get together for a day of fun and leave their husbands in peace for Sunday Football.

    Our gift bags included a ton of goodies like Colby’s Kettle Corn gift certificate (Which I already ordered), Murad beauty products, Pop Chips with Katy Perry and various beauty samples, body oils and lipgloss. I am so happy I got to catch up with Leaura from EverSoPopular and reconnect with our friend at Hanes.

    Catch their next event in a city near you!

    “This an event produced by women, made for women. 

    When it comes to the end of the day, we think there is nothing better than rewarding one’s accomplishments, taking time out to nurture our mind, body, and spirit, spending quality time with our girlfriends or colleagues, and indulging in some shopping, pampering and beauty. Add to that feel good exercise and enlightenment of the mind, and at Pamper Me Fabulous, you will get to do just that.

    We produce Pamper Me Fabulous because we believe that every woman deserves just that type of experience which elevates us all to a higher state of well being.

    We salute you for being the amazing woman you are. We hope that you’ll come to Pamper Me Fabulous to celebrate your individual and collective accomplishments with your girlfriends and colleagues. You deserve it!” 

    Event hashtag: #pampermefab

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/PamperMeFab

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PamperMeFabulous


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  • New York

    Fun NYC Cooking Events with @SweetpotatoSoul

    I am a vegan chef and holistic health coach based in New York City. I guide women to transform their lives with delicious and nutritious vegan meals. I help women lose weight, improve their energy, and stay motivated so they can feel and look their best without confusion or frustration.

    For more information visit, www.thenourishingvegan.com



    Autumn Immunity Cooking Class + Workshop
    Protect your body from the flu and colds this year with delicious foods! My partner and I will show you how to eat for immunity.
    October 20th @ 12-3pm
    Suite ThreeOhSix 59 Franklin St. Tribeca, NYC
    Register Here

    Guest Chef at Suite ThreeOhSix: Tropical Fall
    I’m looking forward to my second guest chef dinner at NYC’s hottest new supper club, Suite ThreeOhSix. The 5-course menu will be inspired by the produce of fall, and the flavors of the tropics.
    October 29th @7pm
    59 Franklin St. Tribeca, NYC
    Register Here

    Holiday Vegan Cooking Class
    Join me as I share my favorite holiday recipes in this hands-on cooking class. We’ll make a festive breakfast, side dish, main course and dessert! Your non-vegan friends and family will be so impressed.
    November 2nd @ 2-5pm
    59 Franklin St. Tribeca, NYC
    Registration Coming Soon (If you’re interested in this class let me know and I’ll send you the rsvp link asap)

  • My Dog Jacob

    Meet the Breeds 2013 @akcdoglovers

    More than 200 Breeds of Dogs and Cats. 1 Place. 2 Days to Meet Them All.

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    AKC Meet the Breeds, hosted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and The International Cat Association (TICA) will return to the Jacob Javits Center in New York City on September 28th and 29th, 2013. Last year’s more than 35,000 attendees enjoyed 200 individually decorated official breed booths that allowed dog and cat lovers to interact with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens and learn about their history and unique attributes directly from the experts; 100 vendor booths offered every imaginable product for pets and their owners; and demonstration rings featured law enforcement K9s, grooming, agility, obedience and more. The event was also a big hit with the press, generating more than 630 million media impressions.

    This year’s event is not to be missed and will be the perfect place to create lasting memories with dog and cat owners. No other event earns your brand exposure across multiple categories like AKC Meet the Breeds. By participating in AKC Meet the Breeds you will be guaranteed touch points with consumers, breeders, clubs, trainers and families. Come join us as we introduce them to the wonderful world of dogs and cats, in the media capital of the world.

    Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
    655 West 34th Street
    New York, New York 10001
    Saturday, September 28, 2013 10 am – 5 pm
    Sunday, September 29, 2013 10 am – 5 pm


    Tweet a photo of your dog to @heydoyou for a chance to win 2 tickets for Saturday!