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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The CT New Wave Film Night!

Sponsored by People's Choice.
Join Us
February 6, 2010
7pm to 10pm
for a behind-the-scenes look at Connecticut's Newest Film Movement, The CT New Wave!
@ The Bristol Historical Society
98 Summer Street
Bristol, CT 06010
Mingle with the Filmmakers!
The CT New Wave Film Night!
See what's happening in your own backyard.

Mingle with filmmakers of the CT New Wave while you ... check out the paintings and photography of Berlin-native, Andy McKinnon, and watch the trailers from the CT feature film, Sensory Perception!
The CT New Wave is a collective of Connecticut-based filmmakers who have combined their efforts in a collaborative endeavor to bring quality filmmaking to the area.
Sensory Perception, directed by Al Signore, is an independent film which just wrapped here in CT. It features Kris Keyes (Gargantua Soul), Mike Duff, and Stephanie Victoria. This film was shot on location in CT with an all-CT crew!
American Jubilee, written by Ryan Casey (Crushing Pennies), is an independent film in the first stages of pre-production, that needs your help in achieving its goals. The CT New Wave Collective has an amazing script ready to be shot and a talented group of CT crew professionals ready to bring it to life. We just need your support.
Quality films with a brand-new aesthetic are starting to be made here in our state, and we need to keep this going so that others will follow suit. We wish to make Connecticut the "go-to" place for filmmakers from around the country. And we need your support!
For our current project, American Jubilee, the CT New Wave Film Collective is using CT-based crew and CT-based locations. This will help to develop the economic well-being of our community's area by encouraging others to use this area and its businesses to produce film and take part in other arts in the area.
Tickets are: $20 at the door for the public - $15 in advance. To purchase Tickets in advance, contact Ryan Casey at:

All proceeds go towards event itself and future film projects.
For more information regarding this event and/or The CT New Wave, please contact Ryan Casey:
Ryan Casey
Writer/Director, CT New Wave
(This is not an RIFC Production)


Welcome New People! Here’s how it works at LDI –
You send us ONE (1) headshot and resume via regular mail
LDI Casting
P.O. Box 9666
Warwick, RI 02889
Register on our website. www.ldicasting.net
It’s free and confidential. We do not ask for a resume on line, just some basic information.
We do not charge you any money for our services.
We ask that you contact us via emails and regular mail.
Phone calls?…yeah, NOT so much. Please try other options to contact us first.
If you would like to be REMOVED from this list – write us here and we’ll remove you, we’ll miss you…but we will remove you.
CLASSESNew Dates New Dates New Dates
 On camera auditioning workshop
ADULT: Saturday, February 6 – 11:00am
TEEN: Sunday, February 7 – 11:00am
Only $99 – special
Space is limited – write me for a registration form – ldicasting@cox.net
Private Coaching: Call for an appointment.
I am the instructor for the following classes – but you REGISTER THROUGH Rhode Island Film CollaborativeCare and Feeding of the Acting Career
An informational seminar that will assist you with better managing your acting career. We'll cover headshots, resumes, online marketing, representation, SAG membership, casting calls, pay rates, on-set etiquette, and more.

Acting Lessons for Aspiring Directors
Your actors understand acting, but do you? Learn to speak the same language, give notes effectively, and comprehend the experience of your actors. Get what you're looking for with more productive interactions in casting, rehearsals and on set.PLEASE CONTACT RIFC DIRECTLY FOR DATES, RATES AND TIMES.
See ya ‘round the school yard.

Conquering Cold Reads: Using Yoga Breathing Techniques for Auditions

And get a monologue for your reel.
For beginner or experienced actors, the opportunity to work in films locally has grown tremendously with generous Tax Incentives in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. But the audition process can be nerve wracking.
But you can conquer these barriers with a few simple techniques. Proper breathing can dramatically reduce emotional and nervous anxiety.
Local actor, writer and director Skip Shea gives auditioning tips along with Yoga Breathing exercises to help calm you and keep you in the moment – the most important aspect to acting.
During the class you will get the opportunity to practice auditioning in front of a camera, learn how to break down the script and most importantly, how to breathe!
Class will be held at The Enchanted Fox, 174 Main Street, Medway, MA 02053-1570
Sunday January 31st from 1 to 6 PM with a break for lunch $60 per person and your final monologue will be taped and transferred to DVD for your reel.
Space is limited. Call (508) 533-4440 to reserve your spot.
(This is not an RIFC event!)

Friday, January 22, 2010



PROVIDENCE –– The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has awarded the makers of BEHIND THE HEDGEROW: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society a major grant that will help push the film through post-production and on to its premiere this August as one of the featured presentations at the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Writer/producer G. Wayne Miller, director David Bettencourt and executive producer George T. Marshall joined other RICH grant recipients at a press conference Jan. 13 at the Statehouse announcing the awards. A one-hour documentary already scheduled for PBS broadcast, BEHIND THE HEDGEROW tells the story of Newport aristocracy, which traces its roots to the Gilded Age of Astors and Vanderbilts.
Part history, part contemporary look, the story is told through the focus of Eileen Slocum, Newport’s last grand dame, who died in 2008. Slocum’s family has given the filmmakers exclusive access to her archives and private Bellevue Avenue estate.
“Independent filmmaking is a labor of love, but in this business, love without money can be a sad romance,” Miller said. “We are deeply grateful to the Council for this grant, the Council’s second for Hedgerow and third to Eagle Peak Media.”
Said Bettencourt: "For two years now, the Council has kindly supported our filmmaking. Without their generosity, our success would be limited."
Added Marshall: "This generous support from the Council will make all the difference as the filmmakers take to the editing booth. We have very high hopes for Hedgerow, both artistically and in the wide audiences we expect to attract, and this will help us realize them. Grant support is vital to independent filmmaking."
This is the second grant the council has awarded Eagle Peak Media for HEDGEROW. A third was received last year from the R.I. State Council on the Arts.
BEHIND THE HEDGEROW is the second title from non-profit Eagle Peak Media. ON THE LAKE, its first title, premiered in February 2009 to critical acclaim. PBS broadcasts in major national markets began in March and continue today.
For news, links to the HEDGEROW blog and Facebook page, and more, visit www.BehindTheHedgerow.com

G. Wayne Miller
Partner, producer, writer
Story is our passion ©
(This is not an RIFC Production)

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Casting for TV pilot: “STRIPPED” is an urban drama about a female juvenile detention center in the mean streets of Detroit , Thomas J. Juvenile Detention Center . With flavor of "The Shield" and "24," this series will touch all audiences. There's no scripted series on television tackling the issues and lack of adequate services and funding for female juvenile detention centers and the issues these females face in the system such as rape, murder, deprivation of dignity, self-respect, and being stripped from humanity.
NO-PAY, Copy, Credits and Meal provided. Good material for showcasing strong talent.
**This is filming for trailer only**
Sull Walker. 45, African American Male (Warden). Newly hired to the girl’s side of the Thomas J. Juvenile Detention Maximum Facility. The changes he brings serves as both a catalyst and friction between him and the rest of the staff. He had excellent success in the military but was asked to leave for confidential reasons. A big ego man, stubborn and arrogant.
Sarah Chang. 15, speaks her mind. Sarah likes to smoke cigarettes and doesn’t follow the crowd, only if it benefits her. Constantly getting into trouble. Attempted murder charges.
Nikki Johnson. 16, African American, rough and mean, very street smart, tough – leader of her gang. Several criminal charges. In and out of Juvenile system
Send all submissions to:
britoeve@yahoo.com attn: “STRIPPED”
(This is not an RIFC Production)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Announcing the 2010 Creative Spirit Awards!™

Celebrating the Creative Spirit in Books, Film, and Music!

You are invited to submit today!

Competition Began January 1st, 2010
Early Bird Deadline March 1st, 2010
Regular Deadline May 1st, 2010
Late Deadline July 1st, 2010

To be an award-winning filmmaker, musician or author is the most powerful expression of your talents an artist can make. It can make the all the difference in making your film, book or CD stand out from all the others sitting next to it on the shelf. It can also make the difference in securing a distribution or development deal for your film or bringing your music or writing career to the next level. With this in mind, the Creative Spirit Awards™ was founded by a group of professional, award-winning filmmakers, musicians and authors who understand the great importance in what an award-winning project can do in marketing your work. It is the first and only competition to recognize and honor all aspects of creative achievements in filmmaking, writing, and music!

The Creative Spirit Awards™ celebrate the individual artist as well as their work through a panel of judges who have excelled in their respective fields. As such, awards are only presented to those filmmakers, musicians and authors who create fresh, standout, and exemplary creations in their field. Each work is judged solely on its own merits and not in competition with other submissions.

The Creative Spirit Awards™ honors its winners with Platinum, Gold, or Silver Awards. With 77 categories in Film/Video, 58 categories in Music, and 33 categories in Books, there is a category to fit every artist no matter where in your career you may be.

The competition is open to Independent Films, Studio Films, Corporate Films, Independent/Local Musicians, Musicians signed with large or small record labels, Self-Published Authors, Authors signed with a large or small publishing company, or any artist who has created a film, music or book project.

Benefits of submitting include:

• Affordable Entry Fee: The entry fee is the lowest of any other competition, and therefore fits everyone’s budget.

• Student Film Categories: 23 film categories have been created especially for film students.

• Prestige: Displaying a Creative Spirit Award™ Statue in your trophy case, studio or office tells your prospective fan base, buyers, clients, as well as future publishers, production companies, and agents that your talents and work are worthy of their attention, and can be invaluable in securing your next big deal.

• Increased Sales: Award-winning books have a higher sell-through rate at the bookstores, award-winning CDs will have increased sales online, at record stores, and at gigs, and award-winning films will not only see increased sales and rentals, but makes all the difference when it comes time to attract a distributor.

• The Creative Spirit Awards™ Ad-Share Program: Unique to the competition, the Ad-Share program enables Platinum and Gold winners to advertise their work in full-page ads in national trade magazines at a fraction of the cost thus greatly increasing sales and awareness of your work.

• No Limit on Submissions: Music and Book Publishers are free to submit their entire catalog to ensure a better chance of having multiple award-winning titles in their inventory.

Please note that we did not get your email from a purchased mass email list. Our mailing list was generated by the Creative Spirit Awards marketing crew who have researched each web site on our list to ensure that you, your work, or your client's/author's/catalog's work fit our criteria for submission to the competition.

The 2010 Competition began January 1st!
You are invited to submit today!
(This is not an RIFC Production)

The Light of Knowing Seeks to Fill 2 PAID Positions

The Light of Knowing - a film and book project is now seeking to fill 2 paid positions - more positions will be posted soon:

1) The Light of Knowing Project Seeks “Out of the Box” Multimedia Specialist Proficient in Digital Video, Mac, Final Cut Pro, Powerpoint, and Keynote to Prepare Multimedia presentations for the Project. Full-Time Paid Position of $500 per week for approximately 8 weeks which may result in longer term year long position with higher pay with the production. Team Player - some travel may be required at expense of Company. Fast Paced Work! Must Sign Confidentiality Agreement with Company and be willing to work at Company offices in Sturbridge, MA. Starts February 1, 2010!

Please submit resume and examples of work to: Applications@LightofKnowing.com.

2) Light of Knowing Project Seeks Shooter/Editor with Digital Video Camera and Own Editing Suite on an as Needed Basis for a “Making of Video” for the Light of Knowing Project. Pay is $100 per day on an as Needed Basis for both Camera/Editing. Must be a Team Player and Sign Non-Disclosure Agreement with Company and Have Flexible Schedule. Starts week of January 25,, 2010!

Please submit resume and examples of work to: Applications@LightofKnowing.com.

More Paid Positions Will be Posted Soon!

Here is a brief blurb on the Light of Knowing Project:

On Christmas Eve, 2008, Silas Lane (“Silo”), a convicted felon, was released from Walpole State Prison for a crime he allegedly committed. On parole, Silo takes a job as a janitor at a Trappist monastery cloistered in the rural countryside of Massachusetts. Silo befriends Francis, an aging monk, who appears to be hiding a centuries old secret, which may help unlock the mystery of faith and an ancient secret to forming a perfect union with the divine.

Silo discovers Francis late at night in the Abbey Cathedral, lying in a pool of blood before the altar, brutally tortured and beaten while praying in the dark hours of night. In the monk’s dying moments, Francis begs Silo to secret a mystical Christian text from the 16th century hidden in the Abbey for centuries, called “Light of Knowing,” an unknown companion book to a classic mystical text written in the 14th century – whose teachings date back to the time of Christ. There are those who wish to possess the book for the wrong reasons. Now a suspect in Francis’ murder, Silo must flee and bring the secret of Light of Knowing to the world
(This is not an RIFC Production)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Providence, RI - Mark Fogarty, President of the Rhode Island Film Collaborative, is thrilled to announce that the RIFC has received a $2,000 award from this round of highly competitive grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

The RIFC would like to publicly thank the awards committee of RISCA for granting them the monies that will assist in launching our newest Initiative that will provide job training and skills for those wanting to work in the film industry.

The Rhode Island Film Collaborative is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create a community of people and resources so that local filmmakers, actors, screenwriters and others within the film milieu may achieve their goals. The RIFC assists film artists complete their independent films, work on an independent film cast or crew, or find work within the growing commercial film industry in Rhode Island.

The monthly Networking Meetings of the RIFC are held every second Tuesday of the month. The meetings are free and open to the public. These Networking Meetings are held at 7pm at The Wild Colonial, 250 South Water Street, Providence, RI.

In announcing the awards, State Arts Council director Randall Rosenbaum said that it was important to remember, particularly in challenging times, that the arts employ people and help communities. "The arts are an important part of the Rhode Island economy”, he said. “Each grant we award helps to employ an artist, even for a short period of time, and those artists – our neighbors – help support local businesses by paying rent, buying groceries, and by providing cultural programs in our communities. Our applicants tell us that over 134,000 people will benefit from the projects we just supported, and those people in turn will contribute in their own way to our state’s economic recovery.”

The Arts Council announced it had awarded a total of $354,053 in state and federal funds to 108 applicants in this latest round of grants. It received 317 applications from artists, organizations and schools throughout the state, with requests totaling $1,710,714. Grants ranged in size from $10,000 to the Rhode Island Philharmonic for an educational outreach program on Duke Ellington, funded under a special federal program entitled “American Masterpieces”, to $250 for a theatre performance for seniors program at the Warren Senior Center in Warren, RI.

[See link below for a list of grants awarded, organized by city or town]

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency, supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

Related links:
List of recent grants awarded by State Arts Council
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts website

RIFC WEBSITE: www.rifcfilms.com

"Edgar Allen Poe's Blustery Birthday Bash!"


Program Content: This is a modest salute noting the 201st anniversary of the birth date of Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 -- October 7, 1849) who resided in Providence, Rhode Island for periods during 1847 and 1848, while courting the eccentric poetess of Providence, Sarah Helen Whitman.

Date: Sunday, January 17, 2010

Time: 2 p.m.

Banner Text: "Hearken, you hearty horror fans: Don your overcoat, pull on your mittens, step into your galoshes, wrap your scarf around your neck, and venture out to celebrate the legacy of America's preeminent horror and suspense writer of the 19th century: Edgar Allan Poe!"

Suggested Contribution: $10.00 per person.

Location: Roger Williams Memorial Park, Providence, RI, situated between Canal and North Main Streets. Parking is available at this site.

Notes about the performance: Recorded music will be played during the performance. There will be select readings from two short stories by Mr. Poe, and a dramatic recitation of Mr. Poe's signature poem, The Raven.

Procedure {Some additions and revisions are probable}:

1) Program will commence at 2 p.m. with Carl giving a talk of approximately 3 minutes, about Edgar Allan Poe's time spent in Providence, 1847-1848.
2) Immediately following the opening talk, we will offer a toast to the unique literary legacy of Edgar Allen Poe, substituting sparkling apple cider for cognac! Carl: "While the air is chill, the land's grown still, on the ground lies a pall of snow...Let's share a toast to the wayward ghost of Edgar Allan Poe!"
3) Recitations of the two versions of, The Raven: Edgar Allan Poe's, and the other, Sarah Helen Whitman's, will be performed.
4) One of our presenters can read a selection or the whole of E.A. Poe's, The Telltale Heart or Masque of the Red Death.

{The at-site program should last approximately 30 minutes.}

5) Weather permitting, we may conclude with a stroll to the Sarah Helen Whitman House, where Edgar Allan Poe fist saw Sarah Helen Whitman in 1847. If we include this, about a 10 minutes walk from the performance site, we will pass by Saint John's Episcopal Churchyard, which most probably was H.P. Lovecraft's inspiration for his poem: In a Sequester'd Providence Cemetery, Where Once Poe Walk'd. The group can pause outside the Cemetery for one minute, while one of our presenters recites that piece.

This is not an RIFC Production

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Giovanis Bros. Awareness for BEREAVEMENT

Rhode Island born filmmakers Evangelos & George Giovanis cordially invite you for an evening of food, music, art and a rare opportunity to meet Oscar Winner Olympia Dukakis. The Giovanis Bros. are raising awareness for their upcoming feature film BEREAVEMENT, starring Olympia Dukakis, Louis Zorich, Sam Coppola, Armen Garo, Paul Moreno and others. Please help them reach our production goals. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will go to establish the Giovanis Bros. scholarship for film studies at URI.


Fatally ill, Garvey thinks he has figured out how to die. But he gets a new outlook on life when his beloved wife Evelyn mysteriously goes missing on their anniversary. Wishing to rescue her, Garvey wills himself to live just a bit longer. In that struggle, Garvey experiences all that love, life, death and bereavement have to offer.

When: Sunday, January 10, 2010
Time: 6PM -11PM
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel
801 Greenwich Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886

MENU: Salad, Filet Mignon & Shrimp/Scallops, Dessert, Wine


The Lemanis Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary Greek and Middle-Eastern music, led by Tery Lemanis on the Bouzouki and Oud. Come listen to the exotic sounds.
Flamenco show by Inma Heredia. An international presence with broad appeal, Inma Heredia brings vitality and joie de vivre to each and every one of her appearances.
The night will also feature clips from the four time award winning film RUN IT by the Giovanis Bros., and attendance automatically enters you into our raffle for prizes.
Ron Hutt will show his Greek inspired paintings which are a pastiche of the traditional colors, drawing and narrative scene style of "Red Figure Style" Greek vase painting, with a contemporary spin on content and a definite social/cultural analysis of our times.
Franco D'Alessandro, a two-time recipient of the prestigious Edward Albee artists residency, will be reading selections of poetry from his work.
Tickets are priced at $125 and must be purchased in advance at www.vagoproductions.com/fund.html or by contacting Evangelos Giovanis at 401-368-4763
(This is not an RIFC Production)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

NUN of THAT DVD Release Party

Rhode Island based production company Scorpio Film Releasing is proud to announce that we will be having a party on January 15th, 2010 to celebrate the release of our newest features Nun of That and Pretty Dead Things on DVD.

The party will be starting at 9:30pm at Club Gallery, 150 Point Street in Providence, Rhode Island and will continue until 2am. All are invited, but due to the fact we'll be having this at a nightclub, it is an 18-plus event.

There will be DVDs of both films for sale, raffles, giveaways, plus cast members will be on hand to autograph any tee-shirt, posters, lobby cards or DVD you wish.

Nun of That stars Sarah Nicklin, Brandon Luis Aponte, Michael Reed, Alexandra Cipolla, Ruth Sullivan, Shanette Wilson, Rich Tretheway, Daniel Lee White, Andre Boudreau, Sarah Lewis, Nolan Kerr, Alex Aponte, David Erin Wilson, Luis Brandon Aponte, John Joseph Gomes, John Sheppard, and Debbie Rochon and Lloyd Kaufman.

Pretty Dead Things stars William DeCoff, Danielle Lozeau, Patrick Pitu, Ross Kelly, Ashley Eaton, Jason Witter, Salvatore Marchese, Jennifer Scharf, V. Orion Delwaterman, Donald C. Foley and Robin Watkins.

Nun of That is being distributed nation-wide by Camp Motion Pictures. Pretty Dead Things is being distributed by Scorpio Film Releasing, LLC.
(This is not an RIFC Production)

Networking Meeting Tuesday, Jan 12


The January RIFC Networking Meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7pm at the Wild Colonial, 250 South Water Street, Providence, RI.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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The Rhode Island Film Collaborative's Production Committee is excited to announce that we will be producing a new project in early 2010. The project will be a short film, under five minutes in length.

At this time we are looking for RIFC members that are interested in submitting a script to be considered for the project. If you are interested please send an email to Productions@RIFCfilms.com , with “script application” in the subject heading, stating your interest and we will send you an information packet and submission application along with any other pertinent information.

· We ask that you please do not send any scripts at this time!
· You must be an RIFC member to apply.

Not an RIFC member? Just go to www.RIFCFilms.com and sign up, it’s free!

Send in your request now to productions@rifcfilms.com!

This IS an RIFC production


The Black Box Theatre will hold auditions for "Cider House Rules" by John Irving on Sunday, January 3rd and January 10th from 1pm - 5pm at Artists' Exchange.
Auditions will consist of readings from the script. The complete text is available upon request. Seeking men and women and children between the ages of 12-60. All roles available.
Production dates are 3/18-3/21, 3/25-3/28, 6/3-6/6, 6/10-6/13 and 6/26. Artists' Exchange is located at 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston.

For more information or to book an audition, call 401-490-9475

This is not an RIFC Production

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For anyone who cannot make it to our monthly meetings, or for anyone looking for a specific piece of information that was announced, our NEWSLETTER is now available to read online on our website at:



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, Rhode Island Film & Television Office
One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908, 401-222-3456 PH, 401-222-3018 FAX steven@arts.ri.gov

RI NATIVE'S (and RIFC member!) FILM ACCEPTED AT SUNDANCE The Rhode Island Film & TV Office is delighted to announce that native son Chris Sparling's film BURIED will screen five times during the course of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 21-31, 2010. The highly anticipated world premiere at the festival is scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd at 11:30 PM.

BURIED stars Ryan Reynolds (THE PROPOSAL) as a civilian contractor in Iraq who is attacked, kidnapped and buried alive in the middle of the desert with nothing but a lighter, a candle, a cell phone and a knife. This taut international thriller was written by Chris Sparling, directed by Rodrigo Cortes and shot this past summer in Spain. Chris Sparling grew up in North Providence, RI and had previously written and directed the local, feature length comedy AN UZI AT THE ALAMO. In early 2009, Chris sold a spec script, MERCY, to Gold Circle Films and that project has been fast-tracked for production in 2010.

RI Film & TV Office Executive Director Steven Feinberg said, "We are so proud of Chris's accomplishments in what can be a very challenging industry to break into. He has become Rhode Island's rising star with his talent, hard work and dedication to producing excellent films. We support him wholeheartedly and look forward to watching his career continue to blossom. Chris Sparling is not only a great guy, he is clearly one of the Ocean State's valuable treasures."
BURIED was selected for Hollywood's 2009 Black List, which is compiled by surveying film executives who list their ten favorite unproduced scripts written in 2009 and is considered a high honor in Hollywood circles. Media inquires can be directed to Chris at info@scarredheelproductions.com.

Visit the RI Film & TV Office website at http://server1.streamsend.com/streamsend/clicktracker.php?cd=6227&ld=1&md=-1&ud=-1&url=http://www.film.ri.gov/
The RI Film & TV Office is a division of the Rhode Island State Council on the Art
This is not an RIFC Production

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