Damian Vaughn, Former NFL Tight End for Buccaneers & Bengals to Guest on Insightful Player TV Talk Show

Former Bengals & Buccaneers Tight End Damian Vaughn to Guest Star on Insightful Player™ Streaming Video TV Show on MingleMediaTV.com

Tuesday, August 9th 7 PM EST

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Damian Vaughn, former Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL player Former Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Damian Vaughn, one of 32 current and former NFL players recognized as Insightful Players will be the guest of the new weekly Insightful Player online show on MingleMediaTV.com  this Tuesday,  August 9 at 7 p.m. ET. Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “Through my online show on MingleMediaTV.com I’m able to showcase Insightful Players like Damian Vaughn and have their stories told to the world,” said Carew, who serves as the host of the show. Carew was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on June 13.

Vaughn is one of the 32 members of the Insightful Player™ team. To be named to this team, one must be a person of integrity, such as a current or former NFL player, who shares their personal message of hope for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, especially children.

The short-version of Damian Vaughn’s Insightful Player story is available on InsightfulPlayer.com. The full-length version will appear in the Insightful Player book that will be published by Morgan-James Publishing in September.

On the show, Carew will discuss how Vaughn’s approach to life has enabled him to help other players find the meaning of success and how it can be used for a higher purpose through his work in establishing The Vaughn Center in Phoenix, Arizona, which helps athletes focus on their minds and bodies through meditation.  Vaughn, who is starting a PhD program in a few weeks for Neuroscience positive development psychology, has also completed a book and is talking with publishers.

Excerpt from Damian Vaughn’s Insightful Player Profile

Former NFL tight end Damian Vaughn has spent many years contemplating the meaning of success and how it can be used toward a greater purpose. His passion is helping top-tier athletes tap into their greater potential as role models and inspirations rather than just as sports heroes. The drive to play a sport well is important, he believes, but far more important is learning to accessing the well of motivation that lies within each of us and harnessing it for more profound results.

In Damian’s own case, the desire to be the best player he could be had both a down side and an upside. To his enormous credit, he demonstrated superlative effort and stamina as a young athlete working his way to the top. On the other hand, he believes it was this determined bent toward overachieving that ultimately resulted in career-ending injuries. Today, one reason he has devoted his post-sports career to helping athletes recognize their potential is with the hope of helping others avoid the pitfalls into which he stumbled.

As Damian sees it, parents and coaches need to help children strike a balance between working hard to develop athletic abilities while also keeping sight of the other areas of potential in their futures. He recalls an incident that took place when he stayed with friends in Florida last year. While sleeping in the room of his hosts’ teenage son, he spotted a poster on the boy’s wall that posed the question “Why do I play football?” Also on the poster was the boy’s answer: something along the lines of “so that I can get more girls and be popular and people will respect me.” Though Damian admits he felt the same way as a fourteen-year-old high school player, he found it alarming to see the sentiment so nakedly expressed.

Wanting to impress girls or be popular is an extrinsic motivation, he says – as is having a goal to be an All Conference player, go to the championship game, or be a leader in your position among your peers and your league. By contrast, “when you’re intrinsically motivated, your focus becomes much more about presence and awareness, being fully present in everything that you’re doing.”

A parent of a young son and daughter himself, Damian believes many parents make the mistake of micromanaging their young athletes’ games. “When you see parents getting overly aggressive with their kids’ coaches, they’re not allowing their kids to really shine and develop for themselves,” he says.

On the other hand, parents who are able to look for teaching moments in children’s sports can do a great deal of good by modeling resilience. “For example, if a kid is not getting the playing time that he wants, he sometimes tells himself ‘My coach doesn’t like me’ or ‘I’m not good enough.’ As a parent, you can teach your kids to stay true to their passion regardless of what the results appear to be. It’s so critical at every single moment to recognize that you’re either contributing to positive growth or moving in the opposite direction.”

As a youth, Damian says he was less athletically gifted than some of his teammates on the high school squad in Orrville, Ohio. But the drive to prove he could play Division 1A football led him to Miami University in Ohio to play as a walk-on rather than accept a football scholarship at a smaller school. “So my dad said, ‘I’ll pay for this one year, and if you don’t get a scholarship then you’re on your own.’”

Damian played as a tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then went on to the Barcelona Dragons in NFL Europe. Although his stats were good, injuries plagued him throughout his career, cutting his pro years short.

The lessons Damian learned from both his triumphs and his adversities would serve as a launching point for his subsequent career as founder of The Vaughn Center in Phoenix, Arizona, which helps athletes focus on their minds and bodies through meditation.

It is in that role that he hopes to effect genuine change in the world of sports. “What you miss when you’re not playing anymore is the feeling of being the hero. But once athletes realize they can leverage that same kind of leadership for a higher purpose, their careers after sports can be truly amazing.” Damian says. “The transition from a sports career should be a stepping stone to ever greater achievement and impact.”

The Insightful Player™ is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Master Certified Personal and Business Coach.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her beloved father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach (as well as high school and college player). He used the game as a way to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player™ was created to help make our world a much better place.

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S.

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player, visit www.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.

2nd Annual Latin American Film Showcase: Women on the Verge

“The Water at the End of the World” (“El Agua Del Fin Del Mundo,” Argentina)

“The Water at the End of the World” (“El Agua Del Fin Del Mundo,” Argentina)

The Second Annual Latin American Film Showcase: Women on the Verge will be screening five films from August 12 – 18 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles , CA., courtesy of Outsider Pictures. You’ll be able to view a series of five films representing outstanding work from one of the most exciting frontiers of contemporary world cinema: Latin America .

Produced, written, directed or edited by up-and-coming and established Latin American female filmmakers, these films celebrate and embrace traditional Latino sensibilities and values while also exploring the realities of  the human condition and  the conflict created when these cannot be reconciled.   At the core of each of these five films beats the heart of a woman:  a woman at a defining crossroads in life who is on the verge of transcending her current circumstance or making that false step that could send her into the abyss. 

The five films are “The Water at the End of the World” ( Argentina ), “The Good Herbs” ( Mexico ), “It’s Your Fault” ( Argentina ), “Of Love and Other Demons” ( Costa Rica ), and “Portraits in a Sea of Lies ” ( Columbia ). More information on each film can be found below.

General admission is available for all five films or a special $30 showcase ticket may be purchased at the theater which gains admittance to all five of the Latin American Showcase films. 

2nd Annual Latin American Film Showcase: Women on the Verge

The  Films


“It’s Your Fault” (“Por Tu Culpa,” Argentina)

Director:  Anahí Berneri

Cast: Erica Rivas, Nicasio Galan, Zenon Galan, Ruben Viani, Marta Bianchini

Exhausted divorced mother, Julieta is struggling to meet a critical work deadline while trying to put her two young energetic boys to bed.  When the youngest falls and is injured, Julieta rushes the child to hospital but as soon as she arrives, her life spirals further out of control as the staff question her treatment of the boys and investigate potential abuse.  As the story unfolds, the question of who to blame and who to believe becomes difficult to answer.  This minimalist third feature by director Anahi Berneri (“A Year Without Love”) is helmed with acuity and features a high-wire, carefully controlled performance by Erica Rivas as a woman on the verge of losing her children. 

“Portraits in a Sea of Lies ” (“Retratos en un Mar de Mentiras,” Colombia)

Director:  Carlos Gaviria

Cast:  Paola Baldión, Julián Román, Edgardo Román, Valeria Fuentes

After the accidental death of their grandfather, amnesic and mute Marina is taken under wing by wheeler-dealer cousin Jairo (Julian Roman) as they decide to try to recover the land from which Marina was displaced years ago. As they travel from Bogotá to the Caribbean coast in an old beat-up Renault 4, the story of her traumatic past starts to unfold.   Writer-director Carlos Gaviria frames a ravishing landscape that hides a legacy of fear. 

“Portraits in a Sea of Lies ” is a portrait of Colombia , a country where despite suffering an ongoing civil war for the past 60 years, Colombians see themselves as the happiest people in the world.

“The Good Herbs” (“Las Buenos Hierbas,” Mexico)

Director:  Maria Novaro

Cast:  Úrsula Pruneda, Ofelia Medina, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Cosmo González Muñoz, Gabino Rodriguez

Everything changes for single mother Dalia (Ursula Pruneda) when she learns that her mother Lala (Ofelia Medina), a respected herbalist, has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.  Lala asks her daughter to help her before she completely loses her mind and gives Dalia her latest research on plants and herbal remedies that according to Pre-Columbian, Mexican tradition cure the human soul. Dahlia thus begins a compelling journey into her mother’s mind and memories as well as into her own identity.  Sure-footed direction by leading Mexican filmmaker Maria Novaro eschews melodrama and creates a densely woven world of real domestic tensions and lifestyles.

“The Water at the End of the World” (“El Agua Del Fin Del Mundo,” Argentina)

Director: Paula Siero

Cast:  Guadalupe Docampo, Diana Lamas, Facundo Arana, Graciela Stefani, Mario Alarcon, Antonio Ugo, Mauricio Dayub

Laura and Adriana are two sisters who live together and desire to take one final journey together after Adriana’s health begins to deteriorate from an inoperable condition.  With very little money on hand, Laura does everything possible to find the cash so that they can leave their impoverished neighborhood in Buenos Aires for Ushuaia, a place at the end of the world where Adriana wants to spend her last days.   A powerful, moving feature debut from actress Paula Siero offers a warm, intensely honest, and humane story of two sisters desperate to come to terms with one another before it’s too late.

“Of Love and Other Demons” (“Del Amor y Otros Demonios, Costa Rica )
Director: Hilda Hidalgo

Cast:  Pablo Derqui, Eliza Triana, Jordi Dauder, Joaquin Climent, Margarita Rosa de Francisco, Damián Alcázar, Martha Leal

Based on Gabriel García Márquez’s novel, this film is set in colonial South America during a time of superstition and fear. A rabid dog bites fiery, 13-year-old noble Sierva María (Eliza Triana). Fearing her to be possessed, the family imprisons her in a convent.  Father Delaura (Pablo Derqui), the passionate young protégé of the bishop, is sent to oversee her exorcism.  He alone understands the absurd cruelty of her plight, but his denunciation of her treatment is complicated by the chaste but forbidden love blossoming between them.  Costa Rican director Hilda Hidalgo’s debut feature is a masterful blend of understated performances infused with the dreamlike atmosphere of the Colombian novelist’s source material. 

More information can be found at www.laemmle.com (for show times) and at www.outsiderpictures.us (for information regarding each film).

7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Screening Tickets Available Now

HollyShorts Film Festival (August 11 to 18)

HollyShorts Film Festival (August 11 to 18)

Come out to the seventh annual HollyShorts Film Festival (August 11 to 18) showcasing shorts from around the world at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome and Laemmle’s Sunset 5, this acclaimed festival features films from amateur auteurs and Hollywood veterans alike.

HollyShorts Film Festival Schedule – Tickets

Opening night Red CarpetMingle Media TV will be there covering as media. Screening Thursday will include several great shorts – (personal favorite: Cutlass!):

Check out the schedule during the week long event and come out to see the screenings of these awesome shorts on topics from teens in cars to the best and brightest industry panels.
Follow the happenings on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/Hollyshorts and look for our Red Carpet Report after Thursdays opening night.