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(Photo from the VanGoghLA.com website)

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

One of the most recognized and influential artist, Vincent van Gogh, comes to Los Angeles in a manner which art is rarely seen.

The “Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Los Angeles” opens in the heart of LA on May 27.

The 500,000 cubic ft. installation includes the Mangeurs de pommes de terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885), the Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889), and so much more.

Unlike the regular art exhibits of paintings hanging on walls, the “Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit” projects the incredible artwork onto the walls, which helps the exhibit visitors feel a part of the art.

Designed and conceived by Massimiliano Siccardi, with soundtrack by Luca Longobardi, who both pioneered immersive digital art experiences in France, the “Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit” takes CDC guidelines serious to provide the upmost safety for all visitors.

During the pandemic, the Toronto stop of the exhibit had more than 170,000 visitors and no reported cases associated with the exhibit.

On the “Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition” website, it states that:
To ensure your safety, and based on guidance from the CDC and other government agencies, our walk-in exhibition will operate with enhanced safety measures including:
  • Reduced capacity in line with state guidelines, to ensure all guests have enough space to safely enjoy the experience 
  • Temperature checks for staff and guests on arrival
  • Touchless hand sanitization stations placed throughout the venue 
  • Plexiglass barriers at all payment locations
  • Contactless payment encouraged throughout the venue
  • Face coverings required for all staff and guests
  • Floor markings throughout the venue to assist in six-foot social distancing limit
  • Social distancing circles projected throughout the entire exhibition gallery space
  • Enhanced, regular cleaning throughout the day on each floor
  • Contact tracing for all staff and guests
We will continue to closely monitor the situation daily, and adjust our safety measures accordingly, in readiness for our opening.

For more information, visit vangoghla.com.
Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

Watch the beautiful trailer for National Geographic’s “Secrets of the Whales,” coming to Disney+ on April 22.

The incredible images in the trailer build excitement for viewers.

Four-Part Special from National Geographic 
Premieres Earth Day – Thursday, April 22 – on Disney+
 
Epic, revealing and emotional, that’s what you get when immersed in the secretive world of whales and see life and love from their perspectives. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and conservationist James Cameron, SECRETS OF THE WHALES plunges viewers deep within the epicenter of whale culture to experience the extraordinary communication skills and intricate social structures of five different whale species: orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals and sperm whales. Featuring the expansive knowledge and skill of acclaimed National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry, the four-part Earth Day special-event series unveils new science and technology to spotlight whales as they make lifelong friendships, teach clan heritage and traditions to their young, and grieve deeply for the loss of loved ones. Filmed over three years in 24 global locations, throughout this epic journey, we learn that whales are far more complex and more like us than ever imagined. This is a personal story that very few are lucky enough to witness … until now.
 
SECRETS OF THE WHALES is narrated by award-winning actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver (“Alien,” “Avatar,” “Gorillas in the Mist”) and scored by French composer Raphaelle Thibaut (“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “The Act”). The special is created by Red Rock Films.

SECRETS OF THE WHALES
Streaming on Disney+ On April 22

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

National Geographic gives the spotlight to six incredible stories of women making an impact in their community in the docuseries “Impact with Gal Gadot,” premiering April 26.

Watch the teaser trailer for a small glimpse at these magnificent stories that are changing the world.

National Geographic Presents IMPACT with Gal Gadot a short-form documentary series that follows the powerful stories of six women who are making an extraordinary impact on their communities around the world. Despite living in areas marred by violence, poverty, trauma, discrimination, oppression, and natural disasters, these brave women remain undeterred as they dare to dream, stand out, speak up and lead.

In the heart of the most dangerous cities in the world, there exist beacons of hope. National Geographic Presents: IMPACT with Gal Gadot is a compelling new six-part short-form documentary series from executive producers Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”), Jaron Varsano (“My Dearest Fidel”) and Academy Award®-winning director Vanessa Roth (“Freehold”) that follows the powerful stories of resilient young women around the world who overcome obstacles and do extraordinary things. IMPACT will follow inspiring young women living in communities marred by genocide, gang violence, poverty, discrimination and oppression, and yet, against all odds, dare to dream, stand out, speak up and lead.

IMPACT WITH GAL GADOT
Premieres April 26 On National Geographic’s YouTube Channel


LUCA Splashes onto Digital, 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD August 3 - Includes Two Alternate Openings, Deleted Scenes and More

(Info from press release) Escape to the beautiful Italian seaside town of Portorosso when Disney and Pixar’s “Luca” arrives on digital, 4K ...