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Go on a an adventure this summer (and year round)

 

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Summer time is a great time to go on a family adventure. For some that might mean a vacation to an exotic location. For others it might mean camping in the mountains. You don’t even have to far to go on an adventure. You can create your own adventures at home in your own backyard.

Growing up I spent my summer vacation with my cousins. Many times we bounced back and forth between my home in New York and my cousin’s home in Pennsylvania. Where I lived we were close to the mall and the movies. In P.A. we were in a more rural location, so we had to create our own adventures. Thank goodness my cousins and I had great imaginations.

I remember staying at a hotel when all my aunts and uncles went on vacation and my cousins and I would pretend to be Charlie’s Angels. I was always Kelly Garett (Jaclyn Smith). My blonde cousin was always Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett). And my other cousin was Sabrina Dunan (Kate Jackson). My male cousin got to play numerous roles – he was Charlie, Bosley and the bad guy. We used to chase him all over the hotel, trying to capture him. It was a lot of fun.

My cousins and I also made forts in the woods behind my house and we’d go on “archaeological digs” looking for dinosaur fossils or buried treasure. My home was located on a site of an old farm so we really did find big bones (cow bones). We also found snake eggs (dinosaur eggs).

Oh how I miss being little. I also feel like my kids missed out on a lot of magical adventures not having a yard to play around in.

As a parent I did my best to create adventures with my kids at home or at local parks. I also encouraged them to read. Reading is a wonderful way to go on adventures around the world and even to a distant planet. The possibilities are endless.

Another way to go on an adventure is simply tuning in to Netflix. Netflix has a lot of programming that can sweep anyone off to a magical land or far off location.

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One show worth tuning into is Dragons: Face to the Edge. It’s an all new Netflix original series based on the critically acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon.

Soaring beyond their home on the island of Berk in search of new dragons, Dragons: Race to the Edge introduces some of the most exciting dragons yet, each with its own amazing abilities — shock waves, cannon balls and fire blasts, just to name a few.

With the magical Dragon Eye, an artifact Hiccup finds aboard an abandoned ship, Hiccup learns there is more outside the confines of Berk, and that a little curiosity and determination can make every day an exciting journey. In Hiccup’s own words, “this changes everything.”

I haven’t had a chance to tune in yet because I have been trying to take my kids on adventures during summer vacation (the beach, museum, New York City…).

Check out the trialer for the new series.

 

It looks cool!

Netflix sent me some fun goodies based on the new series.

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My apologies for the horrible photos.

Since my kids are a bit older than the target demographic for this series I gave the goodies to my boss. She babysits a little boy who is obsessed with How to Train Your Dragon and everything that has to do with those characters. He still wears a hat I gave him last year that resembles Toothless – even in the summer months!

As per my boss he was THRILLED with the goodies. I’m happy. I knew he would be.

I donated the sidewalk chalk to my job.

I LOVE the idea of using Doritos and Bugles chips as “Dragon Claws.” That is such a fun and creative idea – great for any Dragon themed party you might be hosting too.

Netflix has other programs that can help inspire you and your family to go on your own adventures.

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Sofia the First: S1E12, Two to Tangu

Bo on the Go: S1E11, Bo and the Dragon Queen

The Adventures of Puss in Boots: S1E6, Fountains

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I LOVE National Treasure (part 1 and part 2) and I truly enjoy watching Planet Earth episodes. Our world is a beautiful and amazing place.

Netflix has some new episodes of favorite series as well as new movies you might be interested in checking out too.

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Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie (7/15)

H2O: Mermaid Adventures: Season 2 (7/15)

Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.: Season 2 (7/28)

Turbo FAST (new episodes 7/31)

Do you and your family like to go on adventures? What is your most favorite adventure of all time (current or from your youth)? I always love to hear from readers. Feel free to share your stories.

For more information about Netflix visit www.Netflix.com. Netflix is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I receive a free membership and goodies in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Movie Review: When Calls the Heart- Trials of the Heart

 

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If you follow my blog you might recall that I wrote a few posts about season two of Hallmark’s hit series When Calls the Heart. In case you missed any of the posts simply do a search for them.

When Calls the Heart is inspired by the best-selling books by Janette Oke that tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young woman of privilege, working as a teacher in a prairie town in the Western Frontier.   The local Mounty Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing), is beginning to doubt that his station entitles him to court the high society teacher, and Elizabeth’s father is against the relationship all together.

Season One is available for purchase. Season Two has not yet been released, but that is OK. In case you are anxiously awaiting the release of Season Two you an get a jump start by picking up a copy of the newly released DVD When Calls the Heart – Trials of the Heart. It’s the two hour movie that kicked off season two.

Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow) is an independent, strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city and found a job, a home – and romance with a handsome Mountie named Jack – in the small frontier town of Coal Valley. But when she learns that her mother has taken ill, she returns to Hamilton, her hometown, with Jack as her escort. Once in the comparably opulent Hamilton, Elizabeth and Jack are confounded by Jack’s ne’er-do-well brother and Elizabeth’s former suitor, Charles Kensington. But it is Elizabeth’s father, William, who drives a wedge between them when he suggests to Jack that Charles would be a better match for his well-bred daughter.

This is one of my favorite episodes from season two (it was a great way to start the new season).

I’m not sure if/when season three will be announced (fingers crossed it’s soon!) so in the meantime, while you are waiting, why not pick up a copy of When Calls the Heart – Trials of the Heart. Look for it where DVDs are sold. I have seen it available on Amazon.

Are you a fan of the series? Do you have a favorite character or story line? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Move Review: Disney Channel’s Teen Beach 2

 

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Do you have any “guilty pleasures?” A guilty pleasure is something you enjoy that might leave others wondering why. Such is the case with the film Teen Beach, an original Disney Channel film that aired back in 2013 (and has been shown several times since then). Sure, it might not be an Oscar worthy film, but none the less it’s a quirky and fun film. It’s geared towards ‘tweens and teens, but adults enjoy it too (even if they won’t admit it – LOL). The film is family friendly and has some catchy songs.

Last month a sequel to the film aired on the Disney Channel, appropriately called Teen Beach 2. Teen Beach 2 picks off where the previous film left off.

Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mack (Maia Mitchell) return to the real world from the movie world (Wet Side Story) that they were trapped in back in the original Teen Beach film.

Brady and Mack had a real connection in the previous film, but now that they are back in the real world will that continue or will things become awkward between them? It turns out to be the later of the two. They try to keep things as they were but “life” seems to be tugging them apart.

Meanwhile back in the alternate world of the film, Wet Side Story, Lela(Grace Philips) breaks the movie plot by wanting to help Tanner (Garrett Clayton). She also tells Tanner that her experience with Mack and Brady changed her. The pair also find the necklace Lela gave to Mack in the ocean. The pair end up going into the ocean and it magically brings them into our modern day real world – the same world that Mack and Brady inhabit.

By this time Mack and Brady have agreed that they are too busy with things and shouldn’t see each other anymore. That is when they bump into Lela and Tanner at the beach. Needless to say they were shocked to see them. Even more shocked to see things like how the couple (Lela and Tanner) are not getting wet, which is odd.

Mack and Brady try to help Lela and Tanner acclimate themselves with the real world and all the modern technologies. Meanwhile back on Wet Side Story characters a mysteriously disappearing. Could the absence of Lela and Tanner to be blamed for it?

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Will Lela and Tanner remain in the real world? Will Mack and Brady ever get back together? And what will happen to the characters of Wet Side Story? To find out you’ll need to pick up a copy of Teen Beach 2, now available where movies are sold.

I have to admit that even though this movie is more geared towards teens and ‘tweens, I still enjoyed it. The songs are catchy (FYI… chances are at one of them will get stuck in your head) and the dancing is very entertaining.

If I was a teen girl I would be totally crushing on Garrett Clayton (Tanner). He reminds me of a young Maxwell Caulfield who starred in Grease 2– another quirky movie with catchy tunes.

This is a great family film. Young and old alike can enjoy it. It’s simply a fun movie – perfect for summer time since it’s all about the beach and summer romance (which happens a lot).

There is a bonus feature worth checking out that shows you how the dance numbers are choreographed for songs in the the film. Oh if only I could dance like that. LOL!

Look for Teen Beach 2 where ever films are sold.

Check out the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Here are some fun FREE downloads you might enjoy. Simply click on the graphics to download/save the material.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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The REAL “Angry Birds” and more great shows on Nat Geo WILD

 

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Have you ever played the popular game “Angry Birds?” I have. It’s very “addicting.” I’m not one to play games (except board games) but I do enjoy “Angry Birds.” I don’t know if it’s the cheery music or the need to knock over those annoying little piggies. LOL!

Have you ever encountered a REAL angry bird? I sure have. Multiple times to be exact.

Once, when I was a young girl, my dad was cleaning out the fireplace and opened the damper (I believe that is what it’s called) when a bird came flying out of it and into our home. The bird was not happy that it was disturbed and was chasing US around the house. Thankfully the adults were able to get it to fly out outside.

We one had a bird where we live that would go after people that came anywhere near it’s nest. The problem was she built her nest in a bush next to the side walk – a side walk that people need to walk on to get to/from the parking lot. I don’t think she ever made physical contact with anyone, but she would squawk and swoop down at people.

Nat Geo Wild has a new show airing this Sunday (July 12, 2015) at 9:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 PM (CST) all about real life angry birds. It’s part of their Destination Wild specials, and they will be debuting a new one EVERY Sunday night for the next 12 weeks.

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Here is a breakdown of the awesome upcoming programming.

Leave the Housewives behind this season to globe-trot with the animals of summer, a motley crew of eagles, elephants, dolphins, monkeys, kangaroos, grizzlies and many more. They are upping the reality game with featherweight food fights, singing competitions, dance-offs and all-out brawls. The only rule is there are no rules. Destination Wild premiere specials air EVERY Sunday night on Nat Geo WILD for 12 weeks in a row, beginning Sunday, July 12, at 9/8c.

“We are proud to be the only network that dedicates one night every week to wildlife programming,” said Geoff Daniels, EVP and general manager, Nat Geo WILD. “When it comes to appointment television, Destination Wild has something for the entire family. We bring you the most intimate wildlife encounters, unmatched cinematography and fascinating stories from some of the greatest filmmakers in the world. And this summer, we focus on the wildest, craziest, cuddliest and furriest aspects of the wild — putting the spotlight on the animals themselves!”

It all starts with a flight above the clouds to see the Real Angry Birds, inspired by the popular game and No. 1 book, to see what happens when they get their feathers ruffled. Clever Monkeys is a cheeky look at our primate cousins whose intelligence and emotions will strike a familiar chord. Fur Seal Battleground follows two seal pups that are trying to be among the 50 percent that survive the first year of life. Extremely rare footage of a kangaroo birth in Kangaroo King is a must-see. All this and more animal wonder is in store this summer.

New Premiere Specials Include:

Real Angry Birds

Premieres Sunday, July 12, 9/8c

“Angry Birds” is an addictive game, but are there real angry birds out there? What happens when they stop being polite and start getting mad? For the aviary set, every day is a battle to survive, find food and shelter, and stay out of harm’s way. Tune in for a bird’s-eye view of our feathered friends’ fights, singing battles and dance-offs.

The Eagles

Premieres Sunday, July 12, 10/9c

Eagles are top predators that battle fiercely for survival and diligently raise their young. This eagle clan has 60 members, united by their acute eyesight, powerful wings, sharp talons and hooked beaks. We follow one eagle from hatchling to home ownership. Her fight to survive shows what it takes to be queen of the sky. In the words of another reality diva: “It’s Gone With the Wind fabulous.”

Brazil

Premieres Sunday, July 19, 9/8c (two hours)

From the rolling mountains and luscious rain forests to the scorching desert and the iconic Amazon River, meet the extreme wildlife of Brazil. And we’re not talking about an episode of “Botched.” We’re talking giant anteaters, venomous snakes, capuchin monkeys, dolphins, boa constrictors and many more.

Clever Monkeys

Premieres Sunday, July 26, 10/9c

Narrated by natural history legend David Attenborough, Clever Monkeys opens our eyes to a world filled with intelligence, love, sadness, empathy, language, lying, social manipulation, stress and humor more touching than anything you might see on Bravo! Scientists around the world are listening to monkey calls and finding language with grammar. They have even discovered lying monkeys. Some monkeys suffer from depression, high blood pressure, ulcers and stress. Come along to a monkey world that looks strikingly similar to ours.

Kings of Baja

Premieres Sunday, Aug. 2, 10/9c

There are few places on Earth more forbidding and beautiful than Baja, Mexico. That said, Laguna Beach came close in its reality heyday. Eight hundred miles long and 10 million years in the making, Baja is home to a punishing desert and the most diverse sea on the planet. Kings of Baja showcases the unique evolutionary adaptations of the flora and mega fauna to survive in their slice of the ecosystem including sea lions, devil rays, great white sharks, hammerheads, giant mantas, whale sharks and gray whales.

Fur Seal Battleground

Premieres Sunday, Aug. 9, 9/8c

If you’re looking for the ultimate survival reality show, you won’t want to miss the adventures of Ruby and Oliver, two New Zealand fur seal pups struggling to learn the secret to staying alive. From the very start, they must stay out of the way of testosterone-charged bulls so they aren’t trampled to death. Every few days the pups are left to themselves while their mothers go off to feed. Only half of all fur seal pups survive the first year of life, so these pups must learn fast if they want to beat the odds.

Lemur Island

Premieres Sunday, Aug. 9, 10/9c

Millions of years ago, hundreds of castaway creatures crash-landed on Madagascar’s rugged shores. Isolated from the mainland, evolution went into overdrive. Of the tens of thousands of species found on the island, approximately 80 percent are unique. This myriad of bizarre life forms had a huge impact on the early human settlers — lemurs in particular shaped their culture, fueling folklore and legend that still guide their lives today. Legend has it that early reality sensation Puck is descended from a lemur.

The Kangaroo King

Premieres Sunday, Aug. 16, 10/9c

The scorching interior of the world’s oldest continent is home to the toughest kangaroo on the planet, the mighty Red. You won’t want to miss extremely rare footage of a red kangaroo birth and specialized in-pouch cameras that capture an intimate portrait of Red’s development. We are also introduced to the kangaroo’s formidable neighbors through close encounters with wedge-tailed eagles, dingoes, venomous snakes and giant monitor lizards. This is a story of survival against the odds and what it takes to endure drought, heat wave and bushfire.

Alpine Underworld

Premieres Sunday, Aug. 23, 8/7c

The Alps’ lofty mountain world is a holiday destination from January to December, but there is an unknown side to the picturesque vacation spot. Using the latest technology, our cameras summit lofty peaks and dive into ice-cold lakes to reveal zones of life and death. We’re talking real-world Life Below Zero here. The lakes’ abyss includes ghostly shipwrecks complete with ghastly residents, medieval trees felled by too much snow and fascinating sea life. High up on the mountaintops we meet the animals that breathe this rare air including lynx, the poisonous asp viper and the stone eagle. This alpine tour brings an entirely new perspective to one of Europe’s most fascinating landscapes.

Wild Spain

Premieres Sunday, Aug. 23, 9/8c

Arab emirs called it the Great River; today it is called the Guadalquivir and it flows for 400 miles from the Carzola mountain range in Spain to the Atlantic Ocean. Together with a lone fox, we embark on the ultimate reality road trip along the banks of the Guadalquivir, from the snow-covered summits to the seashore, enjoying the greatest biodiversity in Europe. The fox’s goal is safer ground, and on his way he meets a motley crew of animals including an Iberian lynx, golden eagle, spider crab, dragonflies and sturgeon. This spectacular variety of landscapes and fauna is a must-see.

Elephant Queen

Premieres Sunday, Aug. 30, 9/8c

After the tragic death of her daughter, the herd matriarch must lead her elephants to safety. This epic journey will take them across an arid desert, past mud swamps, a valley of dust storms and beyond the lion gatekeepers of a forbidden kingdom, into the herds’ ancient feeding grounds in the Okavango Delta. The route they will follow is an ancient one, etched in elephant memory that stitches waterhole to waterhole in an invisible map across the dry lands. However, if Mensah loses her way, her herd could all die of thirst, or worse.

Boteti

Premieres Sunday, Sept. 6, 10/9c

Twenty years of drought has turned the Boteti River into Botswana dust. The animals that live here endure hardship to stay alive and must adapt their behavior to survive. Herds of zebra fight over water, crocodiles dig tunnels to stay cool and elephants practice water conservation. Now for the first time in 30 years, rain has fallen, sending a stream of water through the riverbed. After years of extreme drought, the Boteti has returned in all its glory, transforming the landscape and bringing dramatic changes to the resident animals. It’s like when the contestants on “Survivor” get a food reward — buckle up for a wild ride.

DisneyNature: Wings of Life narrated by Meryl Streep (NETWORK TELEVISION PREMIERE)

Premieres Sunday, September Sept. 13, 8/7c (90 minutes)

Wings of Life is a stunning adventure full of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world’s food supply depends on these incredible — and increasingly threatened — creatures.

Behind Russia’s Frozen Curtain

Premieres Sunday, Sept. 20, 9/8c

Explore the stark landscape, frigid sea and wild animals in Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth. National Geographic Pristine Seas Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala leads a group of scientists and adventurers on the first international scientific expedition to Franz Josef Land. His team will work with some of Russia’s most formidable biologists, geomorphologists and ornithologists to see how climate change is affecting this untouched world. Behind Russia’s Frozen Curtain is also featured in Sala’s new book, “Pristine Seas: Journeys to the Ocean’s Last Wild Places,” on sale Sept. 22.

Land of 10,000 Grizzlies

Premieres Sunday, Sept. 27, 8/7c

Russia’s Far East is a wild and isolated realm that was closed to outsiders by the Soviet military for most of the past hundred years, but wildlife was left to flourish. Compelled by the instinct to reproduce, millions of salmon journey to Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula every summer, drawing some 10,000 grizzly bears to its shores. Talk about an “Amazing Race.” Journey with us to this harsh and beautiful terrain to find Northern fur seals, the artic fox and Steller’s sea eagle.

WOW!!! It looks like a lot of great programming.

I’m really into nature like shows so each and every one of these sounds awesome. I know what I’ll be watching every Sunday night – at least until football starts. LOL!

What do you think about these shows? Do any of them sound really interesting to you?

Have you ever encounted a REAL angry bird? Feel free to share your stories.

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Kimberly

*I received some goodies in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates now available on DVD

 

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Nickelodeon fans young and old might be excited to learn about a new DVD that is available today (July 7, 2015) where most DVDs are sold. Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates features many beloved Nickelodeon characters all in the same DVD collection. Characters include Dora the Explorer, Bubble Guppies, Wonder Pets, Go Diego Go, Blue’s Clues, Team Umizoomi, Ni Hao, Kai-Lan and The Fresh Beat Band.

Everyone’s favorite Nick preschool stars are ready to party and play in this one-of-a-kind DVD collection, Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates. This three-disc collection is jam-packed with over seven hours of educational and musical fun. Viewers can explore their musical side with six song-and-dance filled episodes, take a trip out west for a rootin’ tootin’ good time, or explore their imaginations with six nursery rhyme and fairy tale-themed episodes. Featuring eighteen episodes from Dora the ExplorerTeam UmizoomiBubble GuppiesGo, Diego, Go!The Wonder Pets!Ni Hao, Kai-LanThe Fresh Beat Band, and Blue’s Room, this exciting collection is available at a hot, low price!  Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates includes the following:

Disc 1: Dance to the Music

  • Dora the Explorer – La Maestra de Musica
  • Team Umizoomi – Butterfly Dance
  • Bubble Guppies – We Totally Rock
  • Go Diego Go! – The Iguana Sing-Along
  • Wonder Pets – Save the Beetles/Fiddler Crab on the Roof
  • Ni Hao, Kai-Lan – The Ants Dance
  • Special Features:
  • Bubble Guppies: Sing-Along Music Videos
  • Bubble Guppies: I Need to Rock!
  • Bubble Guppies: Rock It!

Disc 2: Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West

  • Bubble Guppies – The Cowgirl Parade
  • Team Umizoomi – Shooting Star!
  • Dora the Explorer –Pinto, The Pony Express
  • The Fresh Beat Band – Hip Hop Hoedown
  • Go, Diego, Go! – The Great Roadrunner Race
  • The Wonder Pets! – Save the Pony Express
  • The Wonder Pets! – Help the Groundhog!

Disc 3: Once Upon A Rhyme

  • Bubble Guppies – Who’s Gonna Play The Big Bad Wolf?
  • Team Umizoomi – The Umi City Treasure Hunt
  • The Fresh Beat Band – Royal Wedding
  • Dora the Explorer – Dora Saves The Three Little Piggies
  • The Wonder Pets! – Help the Cow Jump Over the Moon/Save the Unicorn
  • Blue’s Room – Little Red Riding Blue

This awesome collection has a run time of 420 minutes – enough to keep your child/grandchild entertained all summer long.

What do you think about this fun collection?

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Kimberly

*I received a free copy in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Requiem for the Dead – A new HBO Documentary showcasing lives affected by guns

 

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Did you know that an average of 32,000 people die each year in America from gun violence. That translates to roughly 88 people per day.

I tend to not watch the news. I find that the news is nothing but bad. I prefer to watch news that is heartfelt and inspiring. That usually means about the last 5-10 minutes of the CBS evening news when they usually show a “feel good” news story.

Even though I don’t watch the news that much, I find it staggering and frightening to think that an average of 88 people die each and every day here in the United States from guns – whether it’s by accident, murder and/or suicide.

I wonder why we don’t hear about most of these stories on the news?

Last spring (March – June 2014) an estimated 8,000 people were killed by guns in just that short amount of time.

A new HBO documentary airing on June 22, 2015 showcases some of these cases to help shine light on the little known stories of tragic loss, bringing the victims to life in their own words and images.

The documentary is called Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014.

Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014 was directed by Shari Cookson and Nick Doob (HBO’s Emmy®-winning The Memory Loss Tapes and Emmy®-nominated Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert). This documentary is exclusive to HBO.

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I’ve personally never seen a documentary done in such a way as Requiem for the Dead. Instead of a lot of talking and interviews the documentary features screen shots of newspaper headlines, 911 calls, photos from the victim’s Facebook pages and social media posts and photos from others. The documentary also features a lot of music that adds to the emotions and the drama showcased in the film.

Whether by homicide, accident or suicide, a wide cross-section of Americans – men and women, young and old, from every racial background – are victims and perpetrators of gun violence. With images from social media postings, frantic 911 calls, police reports and videos, each story is hauntingly laid out through the unmediated expressions that remain. Requiem for the Dead places the viewer in victims’ and their families’ lives, capturing the shock and grief felt by their loved ones as the survivors are left to make sense of the horrific events.

Among the eight stories from 2014 are:

  • “Military Wife” – By all appearances, Kyla and Alex Ryng lived a happy life with three young children in Bristol, Conn. But the pair began having marital issues, and Kyla filed for divorce. Alex, a member of the Army National Guard, bought a gun, and shot his wife and himself a few days later while the kids were in their bedrooms.
  • “My Rock Is Gone” – Tiffany Davenport married Melvin Ray in Topeka, Kan. on May 24. But the couple’s joy turned to tragedy in the early hours of the next morning, when she was killed in the crossfire of a gang shootout, leaving her new husband and daughter, Destiny, devastated.
  • “In the Other Room” – Drafted by the Green Bay Packers, Jerel Worthy was always excited when his grandma, Mae Worthy, came to his games. When a gun handled by his grandfather discharged in the bedroom of his grandparents’ Huber Heights, Ohio home, the bullet passed through the wall and into the living room where Mae was sitting, striking her in the head and killing her.
  • “Best Friends” – Lucas and Brady were 11-year-old best friends in Frazeysburg, Ohio, who liked to bike and play video games together. When Brady went into his dad’s bedroom one day to show Lucas a loaded pistol under the bed, it accidentally went off, shooting Lucas in the heart. Brady made a frantic 911 call, but it was too late.
  • “My Most Beautiful Memory” – Eight days before Father’s Day, Renotta Jernigan of Chesterfield, Va. asked her husband, Chris, who had trouble holding a job and was suffering from depression, for a divorce. On Father’s Day, Chris shot and killed her and their two children (ages nine and two) before killing himself.

Bridging these main stories are dozens of headlines, brief, stark and shocking, coupled with vibrant photos of the people whose deaths are recounted. The film contains imagery for more than a hundred victims of gun violence in spring 2014, which is a small fraction of the 8,000-plus estimated to have died in that three-month period.

In addition to found footage, Requiem for the Dead uses 38 pieces of preexisting music from the internet, each with its own life and intrinsic emotion, which frame the moments collected.

As the stories accumulate, it becomes evident how many of these incidents could have been prevented by proper mental-health treatment, or if guns were absent or stored more securely.

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I had the opportunity to screen the documentary ahead of time. I was not prepared for the emotional roller coaster I went on watching this film. I experienced a variety of emotions ranging from fear, anger and profound sadness.

When it comes to gun control I think more needs to be done to ensure that guns do not get into the hands of the mentally unstable. I also think that guns need to be hidden and secured when at home so that children don’t come across the guns and kill themselves and/or others.

It scares me to think that anytime, anywhere, innocent people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time have lost their lives to guns. This documentary shows the faces and stories of just a very small sampling of those whose lives were tragically cut short by guns.

It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, black or white, a gang member or devoted church goes, a mother or a single man… anyone can easily and unexpectedly fall victim to a random shooting or murder by gun.

Some of the footage in this film is very raw including video taken from a Policeman’s camera that shows four children whose father shot their stepfather in the head while they watched. I can’t even begin to imagine what those children must have been going through emotionally. How do you recover from something like that? Can you recover from something like that?

I would like to encourage people to take the time to watch this documentary in hopes it will help rally people for stricter gun control and other regulations that might help save an innocent life some day.

HBO playdates are as follows:

June 22 (4:35 a.m.), 25 (5:00 p.m.) and 28 (3:45 p.m.), and

July 3 (9:00 a.m.), 4 (12:30 p.m.), 9 (12:15 p.m.) and 14 (3:35 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates:

June 24 (noon, 8:00 p.m.) and July 7 (12:10 a.m.), 12 (8:30 a.m.) and 31 (8:15 a.m.)

Will you be watching?

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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