Yianni Stamas on Platinum Pias Artists 2017

platinum-pias-artists-2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lights Camera Read, in association with Empire State College, State University of New York, present – the 8th Annual Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists, 2017. The Pias, since 2010, have consisted of creative individuals who are making a difference in their NYC neighborhoods and internationally.

The Platinum Pias is a video and live presentation. Live awards presenters this year include Richard T. Oliver (two time Grammy Award winning producer and engineer), Tina Casula Gross (Broadway Performing Arts Center), Ali Baynes (“Thrillumentary”) and Rodger Taylor (WurkNprogress and formerly of the NYPL).

For the first time ever the Platinum Pias and their producer, Lights Camera Read, are involved in the development of a mystery/thriller feature film called “Thrillumentary.” “Thrillumentary” is the story of a media artist who must solve a murder to save his community awards show, hence the alternative title “Thrillumentary: Making a Difference Can Be Murder.” There will be some filming done at the Pias this year for the motion picture!

Why do we do the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists? We do the show to demonstrate the importance of the arts in our current times plus recognize the artists making the art. Who will win the Platinum Pias? Please come as our guest to find out.

The awards will be on Monday, March 20 at 6:30PM at DCTV Community Media Center at 87 Layfayette Street. There will be food and refreshments and admission is free! To get your ticket sign up for the NYCmakeAdifference.com newsletter then email info@lightscameraread.com requesting a pass.

The artists nominated this year include…For the “Actor Making a Difference Platinum Pia” – Danny Hicks (“Evil Dead 2”), Lin Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) and Victor Verhaeghe (“Bridge of Spies”). For the “Artist Teacher Making a Difference Platinum Pia” – Alina Bloomgarden (MOTI), Bruce Payne (Baruch “Arts Administration” Program) and Mamedjarra Diop (Sunu Thiossane). For the “Musician Making a Difference Platinum Pia” – Chi-Y (Hip Hop Artist), Justin Giordano (Singer/Songwriter) and Thrillumentary International Band (Movie Soundtrack for “Thrillumentary”). And finally, for the “Pop Icon Making a Difference Platinum Pia” the nominees are Bobby Hart (Monkees Songwriter), Karolyn Grimes (“It’s a Wonderful Life”) and the late Tony D. Fields (Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”).