Checkmate: The Short Film

A New Way To Address Mental Health

Have you ever stopped to question yourself, your sanity, the path you walk in? What if we tell you that ever since COVID-19 took control of our lives and how we interact with each other, there’s been a raise in the people that have grown even more interested in their mental health. Is just sad that we live in times where we have to face hardship to notice how damaged we are inside. We had that, and more topics to go through with fashion designer Adela Hittell; in which we go in depths over her story, her vision, and her contribution to society with the amazing piece of art she has put together with the company of like-minded individuals.

Go ahead and click play on our Spotify Flocally Radio Podcast with the amazing Adela Hittell. After that, click on the poster to be redirected, and watch the short film. Remember to spread the love by sharing! If you read this far, congratulations. Just click on the poster and you’ll be redirected to this short film. 😉

Coping With Depression

Here are some tips to write on your “coping with depression” list, because we know is hard. Though, Is okay to not be okay all the time. We want you to remember that part.

  1. Build a Support Network: forging stronger ties with friends or family. Knowing you can count on supportive loved ones to help can go a long way toward improving your depression.
  2. Reduce Your Stress: When you’re under stress, your body produces more of a hormone called cortisol. In the short-term, this is a good thing because it helps you gear up to cope with whatever is causing the stress in your life. Over the long run, however, it can cause many problems for you, including depression. The more you use techniques to reduce stress, the better because it will reduce your risk of becoming depressed.
  3. Improve Your Sleep Hygiene: Good sleep hygiene could be key to improving the quality and quantity of your sleep. Turn off electronics at least an hour before you go to bed. Use dim light to read a book or engage in another relaxing activity. Only use your bed for sleep and sexual activity. Doing work in bed, or even in your bedroom, can cause you to associate your bed with stress, rather than relaxation. 
  4. Improve Your Eating Habits: There are many brain-essential nutrients that can affect depression. For example, a 2012 study found that zinc deficiency increases symptoms of depression. Improving your diet could be key to reducing your symptoms. But before you make any major changes to your diet or begin taking vitamins or supplements, talk with your physician.
  5. Learn How to Stop Negative Thoughts: Depression doesn’t just make you feel bad, it can also cause you to think more negatively. Changing those negative thoughts, however, can improve your mood. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that works to alter common patterns of negative thinking called cognitive distortions in order to eliminate depression. There are also many self-help books, apps, and online courses that can help you learn how to change your unhealthy thinking patterns. 
  6. Beat Procrastination: Putting things off fuels depression. It can lead to increased guilt, worry, and stress. It’s important to set deadlines and manage your time well. Establish short-term goals and work hard to get the most important things done first. Each task you successfully complete will help you break through the habit of procrastination.
  7. Get a Handle on Your Household Chores: Take control of your daily chores. Start small and work on one project at a time. Getting up and moving can help you start to feel better in itself. But, seeing your progress in the home can be key to helping you feel better. 
  8. Create a Wellness Toolbox: A wellness toolbox is a set of tools that you can use to help soothe yourself when you are feeling down. Think of things you like to do when you’re happy. Then, when you’re feeling down, try one of those activities. Cuddling your pet, listening to your favorite music, taking a warm bath, or reading a good book are just a few tools you might find helpful. Create a list of the activities you might try when you’re feeling bad. Then, choose an activity to try when you’re having a particularly rough time. SOURCE

Reggaeton Fever | Yavess

Yavess is a fresh, new artist and talent that was born and raised in Puerto Rico, currently residing here in Florida, USA. Just launched his first music video debut this past January the 6th, and is looking forward to explore new horizons within his artistic career. Flocally was present in the making of this fabulous outcome, and we can say without a doubt that we’re so proud to be able to encourage art paths for all, nothing but good vibes, professionalism, and hard work. Yavess has a broad artistic history, since some of his family members have inclined into the art industry. With that we can say, his artistic wave runs within the veins. Look out for Yavess interview with Movie Talk very soon; in which we’ll talk about his inspiration and goals in relation with this musical path in his career, and more, here in Flocally. Stay tuned!

Here is a small sneak peek into Yavess “Ya No Descanso” music video.

Click here to watch the whole video!

Welcoming the year with Azarius

Azarius is a young musician with a vivid and obvious love for art. He invited us to end the year joining him in one of his music presentations at the Rack’Em Up Sports Bar in Jacksonville, Florida. We agreed! It was so much fun; now, something caught us by surprise. We already knew Azarius is a singer… but we found out he was DJing that night! Singer, DJ; what else can he do? Azarius, Is the skills for us. Everyone danced and had such a blast; thanks to Azarius for wishing Flocally a prosperous year, and for blessing the Flocally team with the first experience of 2021. We vouch for you, keep daring to inspire.

Filmfreeway Participants | Honorable Mention

Mom

Because it was a film full of emotions and life lessons that were meticulously put together by a young boy, with the help of his father and a wonderful group of professionals. Austin Foxx was only 12 years old when everything started to be developed.

Conjunto Universal

Conjunto Universal gave us a time traveling experience to the roots of Hispanic cultural music. The fact that this generation likes to get inspired by musical classics, makes this documentary even more interesting; by getting to know more about the inside work of one of the most popular Hispanic cultural music groups.

Myles Hughes | About “American Exorcist”

5 years ago, I had a dream. There have been countless films dealing with the concept of exorcisms, in which a devout and noble priest will be summoned to defend the honor of a young girl and purge the devil himself from within her system, thus saving her soul and claiming a small victory in the eternal war of good versus evil. The particulars may change from film to film, but the core elements are almost always the same. Up until this point, it hadn’t been a subgenre I had any interest in tackling myself.

But then I had an epiphany. What if, rather than the pious and virtuous man of the cloth usually depicted in such stories, the priest was a vain and shallow con artist, who was primarily concerned with documenting his exorcisms and posting them online to promote his own personal brand. To this man, the actual success or failure of saving a victim’s soul would be secondary to getting the whole experience on film to be released to the masses as a piece of entertainment. Considering how many exorcist films had already made use of the found footage approach (The Devil Inside and The Last Exorcism come to mind), it surprised me that I’d never seen the genre subverted this way before.

This is what inspired me to write American Exorcist, which tells the story of Father Benjamin O’Reilly, a holy man with dubious credentials and a decidedly non-pious attitude, who arrives at a hotel after Kimberly, the terrified assistant manager, requests that he intervene to save a possessed woman staying in one of her rooms. Upon assessing the victim’s very real and very scary state, O’Reilly calls in “the team”, which consists of a mismanaged film crew who arrives to document the proceedings, and it quickly becomes clear to Kimberly that the group is far more interested in making the experience cinematic than they are with saving her guest. At this point, as they say, hijinks ensue.

Though I wrote the script back in 2015, originally with a completely different cast attached, various scheduling and budgetary concerns set it on the back burner for some time. In the fall of 2019, the time was right to bring it back to life. In addition to helping me produce the film, my regular collaborator Jaron Wallace pulled double-duty on set as our DP and playing the role of lead cameraman Terry. We found the perfect hotel in St. Augustine, the La Quinta Inn & Suites, which was invaluable in helping to facilitate our two-day shooting schedule. We assembled a top-notch crew and got to work bringing this story to life.

One of my greatest joys working on this film was the chance to direct a truly outstanding ensemble cast. Leading the charge was Jas Abramowitz, who gives a commanding and boisterous performance as the titular exorcist. Kate McManus almost singlehandedly lends the film its horror elements in a mostly physical turn as the possessed victim (assisted with some excellent makeup effects courtesy of Hillary Warren and Brad Shier). Kat McLeod brings humanity and vulnerability as the increasingly skeptical Kimberly, while Jaron shares a dynamic chemistry with his on-screen film team (played by Kelly Kates and Jonathon O’Leary), who together provide many of the film’s laughs.

Though it runs just over 8 minutes in length, this film has been a labor of love for almost half a decade. After an extended post-production process, American Exorcist had its first public screening at last summer’s LOL Jax Film Festival, where it ultimately won 13 awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Makeup, and more. I am incredibly grateful to the cast and crew for the chance to work with them on a project I’ve become so proud of, and I am also grateful to Rose Sanchez and Flocally for featuring the film and giving us the opportunity to have it seen by an even wider audience. Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the film!

Dare to inspire.

Checkmate

Creative Project Initiative -CPI -What is it?

A yearly collaborative project within the community to provide hope, inspiration and motivation into change. The project allows us the following

  • To think critically, express emotionally and produce a positive tangible idea
  • Help create solutions in our communities existing mental and emotional problems
  • Educate through creative expression

Last year we started with our REBIRTH Project, where we took on the challenge of speaking out about suicide and creating a safe space for that conversation. We were so overwhelmed with support from all over within the community.

What you may not know about that project is we were unable to finish filming a very important scene due to covid. It was a very complex and intricate part of the project and we could not execute. We as a team decided we had enough content to bring the message forward and open the communication. We did and we could not be more proud of us and more powered up to create and help more humans.

That is why we are here with the next CPI called CHECKMATE.

This project is important because even during the worst of the worst times we as a country and the world could be experiencing, we are still coming together through HOPE. All of us are hopeful for something better in 2021 and we want to show our community that when we come together and have a solid plan we can execute, nothing is impossible.

Checkmate is multiple things, but the primary piece of art it is being produced to is a documentary of the start of Project Human Inc., PHInc., a new way to think about mental and emotional health.

This is a story about a girl who has landed in a real life game of chess and she has no idea how to play it. She has to learn the rules and navigate through a minefield of emotional trauma she never knew existed. Over the course of 3 years she learns who she is, what she stands for and how she will stand on those values and morals within. She moves when the time is right and she knows where the move will lead her and why patience has become the most important virtue to master.

She is challenged and is ready to play.

We are creating a conceptual film within the documentary to share with you what expression means to us and how we cope with our own selves.

Source PHINC-ING.org