<![CDATA[anthony-michael.com - News and Updates]]>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 20:27:17 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Award Winning Actor/Filmmaker Anthony Michael Hobbs to Co-Host the 3rd Annual Imagination Lunchbox International Children's Film Fest Saturday, April 13, 2019]]>Wed, 03 Apr 2019 22:57:32 GMThttp://anthony-michael.com/news-and-updates/award-winning-actorfilmmaker-anthony-michael-hobbs-to-co-host-the-3rd-annual-imagination-lunchbox-international-childrens-film-fest-saturday-april-13-2019The 3rd Annual Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest To Screen Short Films from the USA, Australia, Japan and Russia Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Shake & Bake Family Fun Center in Baltimore 
 
(Baltimore, MD – April 3, 2019) – Short films made by children and made for children (up to age 18) from the U.S.A., Australia, Japan and Russia will be screened and awarded at the 3rd annual Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival (ILICFF) April 13 – 18, 2019. ILICFF is presented in part by The Baltimore Times Foundation Times Community Services and Our Lady of Victory Catholic School (OLV). The free event will start Saturday April 13th at the Baltimore Shake & Bake Family Fun Center (1601 Pennsylvania Ave, 21201) from 1 – 3 p.m. for a public screening and awarding. It will end Thursday April 18th at Our Lady of Victory Baltimore Catholic School for a private screening and awarding.
 
Winning categories will include “Best Film Made BY Kids,” “Best Film Made FOR Kids,” “Film Festival Favorite” and “Most Uplifting Film.” On the opening day Saturday April 13th at the Shake and Bake Family Fun Center free Krispy Kreme donuts will be on hand (while supplies last) as the audience laugh and cry their way through the short films presented.
 
ILICFF was founded by Baltimore’s award winning actor/filmmaking prodigy Anthony Michael Hobbs (Anthony-Michael.com) who has two multi-award winning short films completed (One Nation, Naga Pixie) via his own production company Imagination Lunchbox. LLC (ImaginationLunchbox.com). As an actor he has garnered over eight awards for his acting skills. In 2013 he represented PBS at the Emmy Awards for his role as a young Frederick Douglass in their Special Mini-Series “The American Experience: The Abolitionist” (http://video.pbs.org/video/2321796209) starring actor/director Richard Brooks (“Law & Order”). He also starred in the DreamWorks documentary “How to Train Your Dragon: Dragons and Dinosaurs” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bekKOmfsWfc).  As a model he has worked on the national campaigns for Finish Line Athletics (in-store and catalogue), Villa Sportswear and ToysRUs. He has starred in commercials and television segments for Comcast Xfinity, Sprout Network, United Way and Claritin Kids Allergy. OLV is his school and after screening the ILIC Film Fest short films, the school will conduct activities for the students that correspond to each country where films are showing – US, Australia, Russia and Japan. All classes, grades Kindergarten through the 8th, will attend the private screening.
 
The Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest will be hosted by radio personally Doresa Harvey and Anthony Hobbs. Sponsors include Krispy Kreme, ThePulseofEntertainment.com and the “Uplifting Minds II” (ULMII) entertainment conference – for the “Most Lifting Film” award. ULMII arrives at the Security Square Mall the following week Saturday April 20th from 1-4pm offering a panel discussion on the business of entertainment, which will include Hobbs on the panel of eight experts, and a talent showcase/competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting).
 
For more information about the 3rd Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival visit www.ImaginationLunchbox.com/ILIC-Film-Festival.html. You can also contact ILICFF at ImaginationLunchbox@gmail.com.
 
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<![CDATA[Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival 2018 Winners from South Africa, Canada, USA]]>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 22:06:32 GMThttp://anthony-michael.com/news-and-updates/imagination-lunchbox-international-childrens-film-festival-2018-winners-from-south-africa-canada-usa

ILICFF 2018 Winning Short Films Made By and For Kids Have
Positive and Uplifting Themes  

(Baltimore, MD – April 30, 2018) – Short films from South Africa, Canada and the U.S.A. win the 2nd annual Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival (ILICFF) honors for “Best Film Made BY Kids,” “Best Film Made FOR Kids,” “Film Festival Choice” Award and “Most Uplifting Film” Award sponsored by the 19th annual “Uplifting Minds II entertainment conference.  The five day event presented by The Baltimore Times foundation Times Community Services and Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, started at the Maryland Film Festivals SNF Parkway Theatre for a public screening of the selected films that were also from Australia and Argentina and ended Monday April 23rd at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School for a private screener where winners where announced. Other activities include a Social Media Selfie contest on Friday and a Predict the Winner contest where winners received merchandise from Imagination Lunchbox, LLC host of the ILICFF, and a Filmmakers Meet & Greet at Chick-Fila in Landover, Maryland.   “Thank you so much for bringing the event to our school,” said OLV principal, Pastor as well as teachers. All classes, grade Kindergarten through the 8th attended the private screening. After seeing films from each country the school had the kids do activities that originated from those countries – thereby turning the ILICFF into a learning experience.   The ILICFF was hosted by radio personally Doresa Harvey. The OLV students selected the winners for the “Best Film Made BY Kids” and “Best Film Made FOR Kids” through clapping and cheering. The ILICFF founder award winning actor/filmmaker Anthony Michael Hobbs (One Nation, Naga Pixie and One Nation) selected the “Film Festival Choice” and the founder of the “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference Eunice Moseley (www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com) selected the “Most Uplifting Film” award.   Winners include “Tough Guy” by Monika Dalman (Canada) for “Best Film Made BY Kids”; Sawubona (I See You)” by Lungelo Kuzwayo (South Africa) for “Best Film Made FOR Kids”; “You Can Not Play With Us” by Jason Rhein (USA) for “Film Festival Choice”, and “Change for Chimps” by Lisa Mann (Canada) for “Most Uplifting Films.” All have inspiring themes - “Tough Guy” is about a bully who learns to get along from a different kind of bully, “Sawubona” is about two children who are not deterred by what’s seen on the outside of a person but by the heart, “You Cant Play With Us” is about children learning to play with people different from themselves, and “Change for Chimps” is about a child that takes her passion for chimps and turned it into her cause to change the plight of the caged chimps.   ILICFF founder Anthony Michael Hobbs is also an award winning actor who has garnered six awards from Global Stars Network for his acting skills, represented PBS at the 2013 Emmy Awards for his role as a young Frederick Douglass in their Special Mini-Series “The American Experience: The Abolitionist” (http://video.pbs.org/video/2321796209) starring actor/director Richard Brooks (“Law & Order”) and starred in the DreamWorks documentary “How to Train Your Dragon: Dragons and Dinosaurs” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bekKOmfsWfc).  As a model he has worked for Finish Line Athletics (in-store and catalogue) and for ToysRUs national marketing campaigns.   For more information about the Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival visit www.ImaginationLunchbox.com (or to see video coverage https://youtu.be/0nfVH4CqVqo) and for more information about Hobbs log onto www.Anthony-Michael.com. You can also contact his management at ImaginationLunchbox@gmail.com.   # # # ]]>
<![CDATA[September 6, 2018]]>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 19:16:55 GMThttp://anthony-michael.com/news-and-updates/september-6-2018(September 6, 2018) – Recently Baltimore prodigy award winning actor and filmmaker Anthony Michael Hobbs (Disney’s “How to Train Your Dragon..”) was interviewed along with his mother Author Dr. Kerri Moseley Hobbs by Radio Talk Show Host Lou Fields of Radio One’s WOLB “Power Black Talk Shows.” The interview was about Anthony’s role as a young Frederick Douglass in the Emmy Award nominated PBS mini-series “The Abolitionist” in recognition of the 180th Frederick Douglass: Escape to Freedom Tours and Lectures presented by Lou Fields.

When asked about how he got the role he played as Frederick Douglass at six years-old, a scene that sparked the passion that was in Frederick Douglass to secure justice for African-Americans, his mother Dr. Hobbs replied, “They actually wanted him to audition for a young slave on the auction block, but after the audition they gave him Frederick Douglass so that was a great opportunity for him and he really enjoyed it.”

Dr. Hobbs was then questioned about her recently published book, “More Than a Fraction,” about her enslaved ancestors’ “escape to freedom.”

“My book is about my ancestors. It’s creative non-fiction to put their story with a story,” she said. “I specialize in 18th and 19th Century history. I work with two museums improving the history of the enslaved by making them people…You start in whatever African country they come from. I give a presentation…I like to take that information and link it to today.”

After talking about his Historical Tour experiences like his Harriet Tubman Tour in New York and his Frederick Douglass Tout where he said Douglass built five houses that are still standing, Host Lou Fields asked Anthony Michael Hobbs - after doing the role what stood out about Frederick Douglass - and he said, “That even as a young boy he was going through so much…he was cold and hot in the summer and experiencing so much…witnessing a lot…people getting whipped and himself.”

Fields asked him how it feels to be 13 years-old and have such an array of acting  and filmmaking credits that also include Sprout Network and Comcast Xfinity Network segments, a Disney project and three award winning films that he wrote, produced and directed himself, Anthony said, “Honestly it’s like I’m where I belong, where I am meant to be. I’m an only child and I would run around the living room acting out the characters. I saw a character (person) in another movie and was confused. That’s when my mother said that is acting. I said, ‘That’s what I want to do.’”

Once pursuing acting, Anthony would go on to received eight Global Stars Network Awards for his acting, represented PBS at the 2013 Emmy Awards for his role as a young Frederick Douglass in the PBS Special Mini-Series “The American Experience: The Abolitionist” (http://video.pbs.org/video/2321796209) and co-starred in the DreamWorks documentary “How to Train Your Dragon: Dragons and Dinosaurs” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bekKOmfsWfc).  

As a model he has appeared in national marketing campaigns that include the Finish Line Athletic national print campaign, Villa Retail’s national print campaign (2015), Toys-R-Us’ national print campaign (2015), Charles River Apparel catalogue (2015) and the USDA Healthy Kids’ national print campaign (2011). In addition, he is a motivational speaker who has appeared as a guest speaker for the Junior Academy (2017), the “Joel Gamble Foundation’s Career Scholars Program” for NFL player Joel Gamble (Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans) (2016), for the Root Branch Academy’s Youth Film Festival (2015), the “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference (2018), and the Black Writers Guild of Maryland’s “Youth Program” (2018).

Closing the interview Lou Fields asked Anthony what advice he would give to parents who have kids that have creative abilities and he said, “Well, if you have kids who-like have big dreams, that wants to do stuff and are not doing it, just push them to do it. Every one can dream but not everyone has the courage to do it. If it’s not a big dream just help them along with their dream. Support them and encourage them and help guide them along.”

You can learn more about this extra-ordinary young man by logging onto his company’s website at www.ImaginationLunchbox.com or www.Anthony-Michael.com. You can also hear some of the interview with Lou Fields at Radio One’s WOLB “Power Black Talk Shows” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gAOkqszBFA&feature=youtu.be.

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<![CDATA[APRIL 17, 2018]]>Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:16:26 GMThttp://anthony-michael.com/news-and-updates/april-17-2018Join Anthony:

​On Thursday April 19th at 5:30 p.m. at the Parkway Theater (North Avenue) in Baltimore for the 2nd Annual Imagination Lunchbox International Children's Film Festival (founded by Anthony Michael Hobbs)

​On Friday April 20, 2018 at the Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival where Anthony will be showing his latest short film Agent Hollywood and talking about film making. 


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<![CDATA[June 1st, 2017]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 22:08:15 GMThttp://anthony-michael.com/news-and-updates/june-01st-2017(Baltimore, MD – May 28, 2017) – Agent Hollywood, third film project of film production company Imagination Lunchbox, LLC, will be screened at the Ocean City Film Festival June 8 – 11, 2017 on Sunday. Imagination Lunchbox is the company of Baltimore prodigy Anthony Michael Hobbs an award winning actor and filmmaker. The short film is about a young celebrity actor who works undercover as an agent on a mission to save the world. Hobbs previous films, One Nation and Naga Pixie, have been screened at over 15 film festival and have won 6 awards total. Agent Hollywood premiered at the Imagination Lunchbox International Film Festival in April. It is co-produced and co-directed by his former basketball coach Michael Forstner.
Recently Imagination Lunchbox, LLC held its own successful film festival, Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival in Maryland, where 15 short films made by kids, made for kids and starring kids were screened during that day. The festival presented honors in five categories – “Best Film By Kids,” “Best Film For Kids,” “Best Film Starring Kids,” “Film Festival Choice” and “Best Uplifting Film.” The Ocean City Film Festival is hosted by the Art League of Ocean City. It will be held at the Ocean City Center for the Arts (502 94th Street, Ocean City, Maryland) with 138 films to be screened at various locations. The locations include the Center for the Arts on 94th; the Dunes Manor Hotel at 28th on the Boardwalk; Francis Scott Key Resort West Ocean City, and at the Fox Gold Coast Mall Theatre on 113th Street. The film festival was open to regional as well as international films of all backgrounds and genres. ]]>
<![CDATA[Anthony Michael Hobbs’ Naga Pixie Screening at Festivals in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Virginia]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:05:24 GMThttp://anthony-michael.com/news-and-updates/anthony-michael-hobbs-naga-pixie-screening-at-festivals-in-pennsylvania-indiana-virginiaIMMEDIATE RELEASE
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(Baltimore, MD – March 30, 2017) – Protégée’ Anthony Michael Hobbs, a multi-awarding winning actor (with a prominent role as a young Frederick Douglass in the Emmy nominated documentary series “The Abolitionist”), is carving out a niche for himself as a filmmaker. Having already created three short films - two are already multi-award winning - to his credit. Anthony Michael Hobbs’ second Short Naga Pixie will be screened at three upcoming film festivals in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Virginia. Naga Pixie has already won at the Gary International Black Film Festival (“Best Youth Film Director”) and the Bonita Springs International Film Festival (“Best Kidz Shorts”). His third film, Agent Hollywood, will be screened April 30, 2017 in Baltimore at the Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival.
 
Hobbs’ film Naga Pixie will be at the 2nd annual The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival (TATFF) in Evansville, Indiana (601 Walnut Street, 47708) from April 6 – 9th at the Double Tree by Hilton, followed by a screenings at the 3rd annual The Film Festival at Little Washington (TFFALW) in Washington, Virginia at the Little Theatre (291 Gay St, 22747) from April 7 – 9th, and then arriving at the 13th annual West Chester Film Festival (WCFF) in West Chester, Pennsylvania (at various locations in West Chester) from April 28 – 30th. Hobbs’ third Short, Agent Hollywood, will have its premiere screening at his own event the first annual Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival (ILICFF) on Sunday, April 30th (5200 Southwestern Blvd, 21227) at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Community Hall.
 
Naga Pixie stars Anthony Michael Hobbs as Jason and Trinity Breanne Perio as Naga Pixie. The Short also stars Trey Feledy, Kayla Johnson, Kendall Clark, Noah Thomas, Amanda Trinh, Danny Palmer and Thomas Johnson. The Pixie is nagging the youngsters about being kind to nature and animals, things the kids have no time or thought for. Filled with mystery, fun and laughs the ending will surprise you.
 
Anthony’s first short film One Nation was inspired by former President Obama’s call for films made by kids. It didn’t make it into the White House screening, but One Nation went on to be screened at 10 national film festivals and it won at four. One Nation stars Anthony Michael as Stephen, a boy who along with his five friends decides that they need to give back to the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a heart-warming and inspiring project. Hobbs will premiere his third Short, Agent Hollywood, at his own film festival ILICFF on April 30th that was created to inspire other kids to strive to achieve their dreams as well.
 
Anthony Michael Hobbs impresses everyone he meets including the film festival directors. The Ocktober Film Festival in New York asked him to host their youth awards presentation the next year after winning for One Nation. He has also served as a special motivational speaker at such events as former NFL player Joel Gamble’s “Career Scholars Program.” Also an excellent basketball player Hobbs is now a member of an AAU Basketball league called the Ravens (Columbia, Maryland).
 
As an actor Hobbs has garnered six awards from Global Stars Network for his acting skills. He is best known for his role as a young Frederick Douglass in the 2013 Emmy Award nominated PBS Special Mini-Series “The American Experience: The Abolitionist” (http://video.pbs.org/video/2321796209) starring actor/director Richard Brooks (“Law & Order”). Another notable role is a starring role in the DreamWorks documentary “How to Train Your Dragon: Dragons and Dinosaurs” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bekKOmfsWfc).  
 
For more information about Naga Pixie, One Nation, Agent Hollywood or the Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival visit Hobbs’ website www.anthony-michael.com or www.ImaginationLunchbox.com. You can also email ImaginationLunchbox@gmail.com.
 
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<![CDATA[Anthony Michael Hobbs’ Naga Pixie Wins 2017 BSIFF 'Kidz Shorts" Award, 2016 Best Youth Short GIBFF]]>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:26:04 GMThttp://anthony-michael.com/news-and-updates/anthony-michael-hobbs-naga-pixie-wins-2017-bsiff-kidz-shorts-award
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(Baltimore, MD – February 6, 2017) – Multi-awarding winning actor/filmmaker Anthony Michael Hobbs’ Naga Pixie (Imagination Lunchbox) wins the 2017 Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF) “Kidz Shorts” Award.  Hobbs’ short, a comedy/adventure, also won the 2016 Gary International Black Film Festival “Best Youth Film” Award. Naga Pixie is his second of three films that he has produced under his company Imagination Lunchbox, LLC
 
The Bonita Springs International Film Festival was held at the Arts Center of Bonita, Florida. The BIFF mission is to create experiences that discover extraordinary films from around the world. It presents over 70 carefully selected narratives, documentaries, animations and shorts, and Hobbs’ short won in the youth category.
 
Anthony Michael stars as Jason who, along with friends, tries to figure out why a Pixie (played by Trinity Breanne Perio) is always nagging them about not hurting animals and respecting nature. Naga Pixie also stars Trey Feledy (Alex Hamilton), Kayla Johnson (Serena Keith), Kendall Clark, Noah Thomas and Amanda Trinh. It also features Danny Palmer and Thomas Johnson.
 
Anthony’s first short film One Nation screened at 10 national film festivals and won four awards. One Nation is an inspirational film about a boy named Steven who along with his five friends (Jeffrey, Spice, Hope, Rose, and Brianna) decided that they need to give back to the Armed Force members returning to the U.S.
 
Last year the Ocktober Film Festival in New York had Anthony Michael host the youth awards presentation. He has also served s a special speaker at the Root Branch Academy’s Youth Film Festival, and for former NFL player Joel Gamble’s “Career Scholars Program.”
 
As an actor Hobbs has garnered six awards from Global Stars Network for his acting skills. He is best known for his role as a young Frederick Douglass in the 2013 Emmy Award nominated PBS Special Mini-Series “The American Experience: The Abolitionist” (http://video.pbs.org/video/2321796209) starring actor/director Richard Brooks (“Law & Order”). Another notable role is a starring role in the DreamWorks documentary “How to Train Your Dragon: Dragons and Dinosaurs” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bekKOmfsWfc).  
On April 30, 2017 his production company will host the first annual Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival (ILICFF) at the Arbutus Community Hall of the Volunteer Fire Department in Maryland. The event aims to showcase and honor short films produced by youth, produced for youth and starring youth. It will offer an industry expert panel for discussion, and for the visiting young filmmakers a Q and A session. Held in partnership with the 18th annual “Uplifting Minds II” (ULMII) entertainment conference (www.UpliftingMinds2.com), the ILICFF will also offer a special “ULMII Honorary Awards” presented to the most uplifting film. Submissions for short films are open now and will close at the end of March.
 
For more information about Naga Pixie, One Nation or the Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival visit Hobbs’ website www.anthony-michael.com or www.ImaginationLunchbox.com.
 
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<![CDATA[November 10th, 2016]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 02:22:47 GMThttp://anthony-michael.com/news-and-updates/november-10th-2016​A special thank you to Australia's The Hollywood Goss for their "You Saw It Here First!" feature announcing the release of our upcoming film, "Agent Hollywood"! http://www.thehollywoodgoss.com/agenthollywood
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<![CDATA[Thank you to all the film festivals!]]>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:43:08 GMThttp://anthony-michael.com/news-and-updates/thank-you-to-all-the-film-festivalsIn December 2014 Anthony wrote, produced, and directed a short film One Nation. The film is about a group of kids that set up the ultimate surprise for soldiers returning from service.

One Nation is an official selection of:
 The 2015 Alhambra Theater Film Festival taking place in Evansville, Indiana April 9 - 12th 2015 (Anthony is also the winner of the 2015 Spirit Award)

The 2015 West Chester International Film Festival in West Chester, Pennsylvania April 24 - 26th, 2015

The Montclair Film Festival in Montclair, NJ May 2, 2015 (Grand Prize Winner Cinemaniacs)

The Extremley Young Film Festival May 29, 2015 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The San Diego International Kids' Film Festival August 2015

Ocktober Film Festival New York, NY  -  October 2015
WINNER BEST YOUTH FILMMAKER 

Gary International Black Film Festival - October 2015
WINNER BEST YOUTH SHORT 

Gold Coast International Film Festival - November 2015

Providence Childrens Film Festival - February 2016

Bonita Springs International Film Festival - February 2016


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<![CDATA[Coming Soon..Agent Hollywood!]]>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:41:16 GMThttp://anthony-michael.com/news-and-updates/coming-soonagent-hollywoodAgent Hollywood is a film about a kid actor who is also a secret agent. His days are filled with Hollywood, homework, and henchmen.

COMING SEPTEMBER 2016
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