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Manager Gary DeWaard Announces Horizons Events Center Will Host UB40 During Opening This Fall

 Gary DeWaard, Manager of Horizons Events Center, is pleased to finally open the doors of the new venue and host a kickoff concert series for the people of Clive, IA. Among other notable performances, Horizons will host world-famous reggae-pop group UB40 during the concert series.

Entertainment fanatic Gary DeWaard has held a passion for music, film, and performance since childhood, and has worked diligently since to get his own productions off the ground. Today he’s proud to be an instrumental component of the opening of a new entertainment venue, Horizons Events Center, that will be available to the people of Clive, IA and visitors beginning this September.

The Horizon Events Center will serve as Central Iowa’s premier year-round event space. By functioning as a versatile venue, it will host everything from large concerts and scheduled public events to family, social, and corporate experiences of all sizes. Gary DeWaard and others involved are proud to support a reliable community resource for Central Iowa and beyond.

“We’re bringing a world of experiences to the citizens of Clive and the larger Central Iowa,” says Gary DeWaard. “By opening a venue of this size and caliber, we’re connecting people with a variety of acts and artful performances, and we’re giving them a beautiful event space to use for all their venue needs.”

To start off on the right foot, Horizons will bring in reggae and pop group UB40 on September 17th, marking the venue’s first in-house booking and performance following its hosting of Clint Black as a backup space. UB40 are based out of Birmingham, England and boasts two Billboard chart toppers with “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.

“We’re all stoked to have UB40 headline our first concert series at Horizon Events Center,”

DeWaard said. “What better way to start than with a world-famous band with over 40 years of touring experience?”

It’s a tremendous occasion for Clive as UB40 are one of the most commercially successful reggae acts of all time. To date, the band has sold over 70 million records across a career spanning decades. Since forming, they have toured sold-out shows around the world as well as headlining the Reggae Sunsplash music festival in Jamaica. They helped share reggae with foreign countries like Russia and others in South America where the music had never found a footing before.

UB40 have performed twice at the Night of the Proms, the first in 2000 and again in 2006. They have also been nominated four times for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album and were nominated for a Brit Award for Best British Group in 1984. Their show at Horizons will take place during their ‘For the Many’ 40th anniversary tour.

“We’re equipped with state-of-the-art production equipment and flexible seating arrangements so that we can provide Clive and our surrounding communities with the ultimate viewing experience for any event,” says Gary DeWaard. “And we’re very excited to kick things off with UB40!”

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Gary DeWaard Weighs in On the Upcoming A24 Release of Peter Strickland’s In Fabric

Independent production studio A24 has recently purchased the North American distribution rights for Peter Strickland’s horror film In Fabric after it debuted at the Cannes festival this year. The movie is expected to add another worthy addition to the studio’s already impressive lineup of artistic modern horror and thriller films. 

 

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While A24 isn’t primarily a horror-production studio, Gary DeWaard notes that it’s created some of the most masterful horror films in the last decade that have redefined how audiences experience the genre. Apart from their drama-centric films such as Room, Lady Bird, and Moonlight, A24 is responsible for the American distribution of new horror classics like Hereditary, It Comes at Night, The Witch, Midsommar, and Green Room

 

“They’re pushing out some of the most iconic horror films of the decade and creating a library of future cult classics that will stick around for years,” says Gary DeWaard. “In addition, they’ve produced debut directors like Ari Aster that is changing the game for the entire horror genre.”

 

Ari Aster gained national acclaim with his debut feature film Hereditary last fall, which has been called the greatest horror film since the Exorcist by many. The movie was praised for Aster’s visionary approach to old horror tropes and the powerful and dramatic performances he drew from actors such as Toni Collette and Ann Dowd. His sophomore horror film, released just a year later, was a stark contrast from his first in terms of tone and visuals. The bright, fairytale imagery of Midsommar is one of the main reasons the movie so impressed horror fans and critics alike. 

 

Next up on the trailblazing production house’s list of horror films is Peter Strickland’s In Fabric, which is set to release later this fall. At first glance, In Fabric seems to be one of A24’s riskiest investments yet, as the horror film centers around a killer dress that was purchased in a high-end British retail store. 

 

“When you see the trailer and you get your first impression that this movie is about a killer dress, you don’t know what to think,” says Gary DeWaard. “But when you see [Strickland’s] take on Argento and Lynch approaches horror, it becomes a beautiful arthouse film and the quirky horror elements are just added bonuses.”

 

A24 bought the North American rights to the horror film following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and plans a theatrical release this fall. It’s already gaining buzz as the next great horror installment thanks to the director’s visionary style and the knockout performance from lead actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste. In Fabric follows a lonely woman who has unknowingly purchased a cursed dress from a sinister department store in London. 


“Whether they’ve intended to or not, A24 has gained an international reputation for modern horror masterpieces, and In Fabric is expected to make as big a mark on the genre as any film they’ve released so far,” says Gary DeWaard.

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Gary DeWaard Discusses the Rising Fame of Horror Film Director Ari Aster

In less than two years, director Ari Aster went from having an inexistent film career to identifying himself as one of the most iconic horror film creators of the 21st-century. Below, Gary DeWaard discusses Aster’s nearly-overnight rise to fame between the release of his two A24 produced films Hereditary and Midsommar

 

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Gary DeWaard is a film fanatic who spends his free time at theaters, streaming films at home, reading scripts, analyzing movies and providing in-depth reviews of trending Hollywood topics. Having recently viewed director Ari Aster’s latest film Midsommar, he helps readers understand how the director achieved his fame and why many consider him such a standout film creator. 

 

“Ari Aster is just into his 30s and already he’s made a major name for himself in Hollywood and has risen to the very top of his genre,” says Gary DeWaard. “In just two films, he’s presented audiences with a pair of the most nuanced and truly horrifying stories told in the past two decades.” 

 

Hereditary 

Hereditary is Aster’s directorial debut and premiered in 2018 as a supernatural psychological horror drama that he also wrote the script for. It stars Toni Collette as an artist recently haunted after the death of her mother who slowly unveils a sinister cult scheme with her family at its center. The film also stars Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne who each play significant parts in what has been called the most horrifying series of events since The Exorcist.

 

Immediately, the film was lauded for its beautiful camera shots, its eerie cinematography, it’s an intricate story and horrific true-to-life depiction of a family tragedy. 

 

“Before Hereditary, Aster had only created and produced a handful of short films,” says Gary DeWaard. “All his work centers on drama––but in highly distinctive and terrifying ways. This first film showed the world what he was capable of and will certainly go down in history as one of the great horror classics.” 

 

Midsommar 

Quickly following up his debut film, Aster released Midsommar with A24 this past summer to varying reviews. The most standout detail of this film, separating it starkly from Hereditary, is the bright, dizzying cinematography which has never been featured so prominently in a horror film before. 

 

The story follows a couple with a troubled relationship who are accompanying friends on a trip to a fabled Swedish midsummer festival. The bright atmosphere and beautiful setting juxtapose the evil going on within the ring of locals preying slowly on the visitors. 

 

“Never before have we seen such bright colors in a horror film, and they provide such a stark contrast to the intense drama on screen,” says Gary DeWaard. “Aster has reinvented his own genre after first proving his worth in more traditional horror storytelling.”

 

Hereditary remains A24’s top earner at the box office, and with Midsommar still in theaters, Gary DeWaard hopes the director will get all the support from horror and non-horror theater-goers that he deserves. 

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Gary DeWaard Shares the Latest News Surrounding the Director’s Cut of the Justice League Film of 2017

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Hollywood fanatic Gary DeWaard keeps his readers informed of all the latest industry news as well as provides them insightful film reviews. An avid fan of the Warner Bros. (WB) DC Universe, he discusses the latest news surrounding the infamous director’s cut from 2017’s Justice League film below.

Zack Snyder helmed a handful of beloved comic book films such as Watchmen and 300 before taking on the DC universe for WB. It began with his 2013 movie Man of Steel which shed new light and a fresh perspective on the decades-old Superman storyline.

The film was a critical and commercial success, and Snyder was praised for his work on the classic superhero’s backstory. His choice as the lead filmmaker behind the expanding DC universe was considered an ideal pairing by many.

“Snyder, who was already known for his visionary filmmaking, brought a fresh take on the Superman origin story,” says Gary DeWaard. “His casting was spot on and people were genuinely excited to see where he would lead the heroes of the DC universe to next.”

In 2016, Zack Snyder released Batman vs. Superman, his follow up film to Man of Steel, which saw the two superheroes face off against each other and against some of DC’s most notorious villains. The movie also introduced the world to Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman who currently sits on top of the throne of female superheroes.

2017’s Justice League was meant to simultaneously conclude the original trilogy origin story of the superheroes’ uniting and begin the next trilogy that would continue with Justice League 2 and a mysterious follow-up film.

“However, the mixed critical reception around BvS made the production studio uneasy with Snyder’s filmmaking decisions,” says Gary DeWaard. “He supposedly only made it so far into the production of Justice League before being forced to step away because of a family tragedy.”

Others speculated that he was let go from the project due to disagreements behind the scenes. Regardless, Avengers director Joss Whedon stepped in to finish up the film, and while early reports mentioned only small changes, the 3.5 hour runtime was immediately trimmed down to a measly two hours. When the film released, it was clear the tone and characteristics from Snyder’s worked were replaced with a more washed out and bland vision. Snyder was dismissed from future movies and Justice League went on to be the DC Universe’s biggest flop to date.

Since it released, many team members behind Snyder’s film have come forward with screenshots, drawings, and new details about what was meant to be. Besides a longer background story for Cyborg and a lot less CGI on Superman’s face (a massive post-production problem), it was recently revealed the main antagonist of the overarching story, Darkseid, played a much larger role in Snyder’s Justice League to many fans intense excitement.

“I still believe there’s hope that audiences may get to see Snyder’s original version of Justice League one day,” says Gary DeWaard, “especially now with WB’s recent transition to a new CEO and HBO’s release of their Max streaming service which highlights the film.”

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Gary DeWaard Names His Top Five Shows to Stream in 2019 So Far

Gary DewaardAs a film fanatic, Gary DeWaard has stayed closely in the loop of Hollywood releases and entertainment news. Frequently reviewing content streaming on platforms, he names the five best shows of 2019 so far that are available to stream in America right now.

Gary DeWaard is the insider on most things Hollywood and film, and he takes great pride in watching and reviewing as much entertainment as he can fit into his schedule. Many times, this includes binge-watching the year’s most anticipated series and conveying to audiences why they should or shouldn’t follow the crowd and watch along.

“There’s so much great content being produced today,” says Gary DeWaard. “So much so that it’s difficult for people to keep up with all the new releases. I like to help them by really showcasing what’s great about good series and conveying what’s wrong with the ones I don’t recommend.”

Halfway into the year, Gary DeWaard has already assembled what he believes to be the best series that streaming has to offer this year.

1. Chernobyl

The HBO limited series dramatizing that catastrophic events of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster from the 80’s made international headlines when it debuted in May. The five-part series was lauded for its historical accuracy and its brilliant casting and teaches audiences intimate details of the lives of the people impacted the hardest by the event. Many are calling it the best series to release this year.

2. Dark

Two years ago, Netflix premiered its first-ever German-original series about the mind-bending effects of time travel on a sleepy little town in Germany. Beyond it being a stand-out product of the German entertainment industry, Dark set the bar for mystery and science fiction shows around the world. This summer, the much-anticipated second installment of the series released after a nearly two-year hiatus.

3. Big Little Lies

With a star-studded cast of women for their initial season, HBO could only outdo themselves by bringing on the legendary actress Meryl Streep to help tell the next chapter of the mysterious Monterey Five. She joins notable female actresses like Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Kravitz. The second season, which premiered this summer, delves into the mysterious death of Kidman’s late husband and the conspiracies surrounding the high-class women of the Monetary Five.

4. Stranger Things

“Stranger Things has set the stage for nostalgia shows as well as combined some pretty impressive and horror elements that drive audiences nuts,” says Gary DeWaard.

The anticipated third installment (released on July 4th) already has fans and critics buzzing with the artistic return to their favorite motifs from the show. Talk has been that this was the final installment, but with its massive success, it’s likely audiences will get at least another season from the show creators.

5. Fleabag

The last on his list of superb streaming shows, Fleabag is the only comedy––but it excels hilariously. Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns as the beloved main character in this whacky, but superbly put-together British comedy that is garnering attention from the world’s greatest filmmaking teams. At just six half-hour episodes, the second and last season of Amazon’s Fleabag is already being heralded as limited-series-perfection.

“I’m excited to see what’s in store for the fall and winter, but we already have enough ground-breaking shows to make up for the rest of the year,” says Gary DeWaard.

Gary DeWaard- New Spiderman Film Fits Into MCU Phases

Gary DeWaard Helps Readers Understand Where New Spiderman Film Fits Into MCU Phases

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Passionate about the entertainment industry, Gary DeWaard regularly reviews films and stays current with behind-the-scenes knowledge which he shares with his audience online. Here, he helps readers understand how the latest Marvel blockbuster, Spiderman: Far From Home, marks the next phase of the MCU.

Gary DeWaard is a frequent theater-goer and Hollywood fanatic who shares insightful knowledge of the movie industry with his online audience. He breaks down conspiracy theories, provides insightful reviews, shares the latest industry gossip, and predicts what viewers can expect from the upcoming movie seasons.

An avid fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Gary DeWaard has closely followed the two-decade-and-counting franchise that spans nearly two dozen films so far. With the release of Avengers: Endgame in April and the recent release of the second Spiderman movie, he explains that the first three phases are completed and the next phase is set to begin with the conclusion of these two movies.

“Since the release of Iron Man in 2008, Marvel has slowly told a single, all-encompassing narrative that came to a conclusion with Endgame and spills over into a sort of epilogue and setup for the next phase with Spiderman: Far From Home,” says Gary DeWaard. “The events at the end of the last Avengers film are very apparent throughout Spiderman, which ends with a post-credit scene set up for Phase 4.”

Marvel’s Phase 1, he explains, started with the 2008 Iron Man film directed by Jon Favreau. From there, the rest of the Avengers were introduced through their own solo films (Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk) and as they appeared in each other’s (Iron Man 2).

The end of the first phase came with the first official Avengers film, where the team formed to face the alien threat that will serve as the MCU’s main villains for the first three phases. The second phase began with Iron Man 3, which carries themes presented in the first Avengers film. Other notable movies of this phase include Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The second phase introduced us to a new cast of characters that expanded the original Avengers team, prepping for the eventual breaking up and reforming of the heroes for the next phase.

Phase 3 began with Captain America: Civil War and introduced us to Spiderman among other new heroes that will eventually replace the first team of Avengers. Movies from the third phase like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame saw a large cast of characters face the alien threat together and ultimately pass the torch during the final battle.

The film Spiderman: Far From Home serves as an epilogue to the MCU’s journey so far and nicely sets the stage for the upcoming fourth phase of films. In it, many of the themes from the previous Avenger films linger and serve as critical story points. By the end of the film, including the pair of post-credit scenes, the audience is prepared for the next phase by learning about the new threat as well as the cast of heroes likely to team up to face it.

“Without giving too much away, Spiderman: Far From Home helps us cope with the loss of characters who have exited the MCU and allows us to see the vision for what’s in store next,” says Gary DeWaard.Passionate about the entertainment industry, Gary DeWaard regularly reviews films and stays current with behind-the-scenes knowledge which he shares with his audience online. Here, he helps readers understand how the latest Marvel blockbuster, Spiderman: Far From Home, marks the next phase of the MCU.

Gary DeWaard is a frequent theater-goer and Hollywood fanatic who shares insightful knowledge of the movie industry with his online audience. He breaks down conspiracy theories, provides insightful reviews, shares the latest industry gossip, and predicts what viewers can expect from the upcoming movie seasons.

An avid fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Gary DeWaard has closely followed the two-decade-and-counting franchise that spans nearly two dozen films so far. With the release of Avengers: Endgame in April and the recent release of the second Spiderman movie, he explains that the first three phases are completed and the next phase is set to begin with the conclusion of these two movies.

“Since the release of Iron Man in 2008, Marvel has slowly told a single, all-encompassing narrative that came to a conclusion with Endgame and spills over into a sort of epilogue and setup for the next phase with Spiderman: Far From Home,” says Gary DeWaard. “The events at the end of the last Avengers film are very apparent throughout Spiderman, which ends with a post-credit scene set up for Phase 4.”

Marvel’s Phase 1, he explains, started with the 2008 Iron Man film directed by Jon Favreau. From there, the rest of the Avengers were introduced through their own solo films (Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk) and as they appeared in each other’s (Iron Man 2).

The end of the first phase came with the first official Avengers film, where the team formed to face the alien threat that will serve as the MCU’s main villains for the first three phases. The second phase began with Iron Man 3, which carries themes presented in the first Avengers film. Other notable movies of this phase include Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The second phase introduced us to a new cast of characters that expanded the original Avengers team, prepping for the eventual breaking up and reforming of the heroes for the next phase.

Phase 3 began with Captain America: Civil War and introduced us to Spiderman among other new heroes that will eventually replace the first team of Avengers. Movies from the third phase like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame saw a large cast of characters face the alien threat together and ultimately pass the torch during the final battle.

The film Spiderman: Far From Home serves as an epilogue to the MCU’s journey so far and nicely sets the stage for the upcoming fourth phase of films. In it, many of the themes from the previous Avenger films linger and serve as critical story points. By the end of the film, including the pair of post-credit scenes, the audience is prepared for the next phase by learning about the new threat as well as the cast of heroes likely to team up to face it.

“Without giving too much away, Spiderman: Far From Home helps us cope with the loss of characters who have exited the MCU and allows us to see the vision for what’s in store next,” says Gary DeWaard.

FOREST CITY, IOWA, USA, July 5, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Passionate about the entertainment industry, Gary DeWaard regularly reviews films and stays current with behind-the-scenes knowledge which he shares with his audience online. Here, he helps readers understand how the latest Marvel blockbuster, Spiderman: Far From Home, marks the next phase of the MCU.

Gary DeWaard is a frequent theater-goer and Hollywood fanatic who shares insightful knowledge of the movie industry with his online audience. He breaks down conspiracy theories, provides insightful reviews, shares the latest industry gossip, and predicts what viewers can expect from the upcoming movie seasons.

An avid fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Gary DeWaard has closely followed the two-decade-and-counting franchise that spans nearly two dozen films so far. With the release of Avengers: Endgame in April and the recent release of the second Spiderman movie, he explains that the first three phases are completed and the next phase is set to begin with the conclusion of these two movies.

“Since the release of Iron Man in 2008, Marvel has slowly told a single, all-encompassing narrative that came to a conclusion with Endgame and spills over into a sort of epilogue and setup for the next phase with Spiderman: Far From Home,” says Gary DeWaard. “The events at the end of the last Avengers film are very apparent throughout Spiderman, which ends with a post-credit scene set up for Phase 4.”

Marvel’s Phase 1, he explains, started with the 2008 Iron Man film directed by Jon Favreau. From there, the rest of the Avengers were introduced through their own solo films (Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk) and as they appeared in each other’s (Iron Man 2).

The end of the first phase came with the first official Avengers film, where the team formed to face the alien threat that will serve as the MCU’s main villains for the first three phases. The second phase began with Iron Man 3, which carries themes presented in the first Avengers film. Other notable movies of this phase include Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The second phase introduced us to a new cast of characters that expanded the original Avengers team, prepping for the eventual breaking up and reforming of the heroes for the next phase.

Phase 3 began with Captain America: Civil War and introduced us to Spiderman among other new heroes that will eventually replace the first team of Avengers. Movies from the third phase like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame saw a large cast of characters face the alien threat together and ultimately pass the torch during the final battle.

The film Spiderman: Far From Home serves as an epilogue to the MCU’s journey so far and nicely sets the stage for the upcoming fourth phase of films. In it, many of the themes from the previous Avenger films linger and serve as critical story points. By the end of the film, including the pair of post-credit scenes, the audience is prepared for the next phase by learning about the new threat as well as the cast of heroes likely to team up to face it.

“Without giving too much away, Spiderman: Far From Home helps us cope with the loss of characters who have exited the MCU and allows us to see the vision for what’s in store next,” says Gary DeWaard.

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Gary DeWaard Names the Most Anticipated Feature Films of 2020

Gary DeWaardLongtime entertainment industry enthusiast Gary DeWaard stays up-to-date with the biggest news in the film industry, from Hollywood to Bollywood. Below, he discusses some of the biggest feature films coming out next year and names what he believes to be the most anticipated movies in an impressive lineup.

Gary DeWaard has heard many times that the film industry is going downhill, whether from quality content or lack of movie-goers. However, he’s closely followed the success of tremendous box office hits in recent years that prove to please critics and have fans coming out to movie theaters like never before.

“A lot of it has to do with the ongoing franchises that keep upping their game, such as Star Wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Harry Potter series,” says Gary DeWaard. “We’ve broken records in the past couple of years and have set a high standard for the film in the future.”

Below are five of next year’s movies that Gary DeWaard believes will continue raising the bar for the entertainment industry in terms of quality and support.

Dune

Director Denis Villeneuve has consistently made entertainment headlines with his lauded, press-worthy work such as Sicario, Blade Runner 2049, and Arrival. His next project, set for release next year, is the feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of a planet. One of the most celebrated sci-fi books of all time, the expectations around Villeneuve’s adaptation continue to climb each day.

Avatar 2

James Cameron once again set the record for the highest-grossing film of all time with his alien flick Avatar a few years back. The world of Pandora enchanted viewers through its rich 3D CGI and even spawned a theme park addition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The highly-anticipated sequel, which sets in motion the rest of the upcoming 5-film franchise, is sure to secure a new world record.

Wonder Woman 1984

“Few superhero movies display such authenticity and heartfelt emotions that the first Wonder Woman film does,” says Gary DeWaard. “And that’s nothing to say of its game-changing focus on female empowerment.”

The sequel is set to release next year after years of extensive production. The movie will see the world-famous heroine battle off on the big screen with her arch nemesis for the very first time in live action.

Bond 25

Daniel Craig’s involvement in the Bond films has been on the rocks in recent years due to disagreements behind the scenes and the repeated use of an antagonistic director. However, Craig is ensuring this time around all the right decisions are made to please fans and critics alike. He’s even called in rising star Phoebe Waller-Bridge to edit the completed script and give more life to Bond’s female counterpart characters.

Birds of Prey

Following the summer release trend of blockbuster superhero movies, the new Birds of Prey flick is expected to smash records and draw out fans of the iconic Harley Quinn for her first big screen appearance in years. Only three years ago, Margot Robbie’s beloved character became the highest-selling Halloween costume of the year with plenty of additional merchandise to back her growing fame. In this sequel, director Cathy Yan will give audiences a variety of Harley screen time while she oversees the deeds of an exciting new gang of female anti-heroes.

“We have a lot of fantastic movies to look forward to next year,” says Gary DeWaard, “and it goes to show that our entertainment industry is only growing to new heights.”

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Gary DeWaard and Family Invite Local Community to the Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics Club

Gary DeWaard supports his wife’s Funky Monkey Tumbling Club by setting up equipment, handling concessions, serving as an extra pair of hands when needed and more.

 

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Together, he and his family bring their local community together by coordinating events for parents and children alike and providing a positive atmosphere for extracurricular activity.

 

Gary DeWaard has built a career out of helping businesses find their footing and grow to new heights. As an experienced entrepreneur of sales and marketing, he has worked alongside early businesses as well as late-stage companies to ensure they make a big splash in their respected markets.

 

In his spare time, he helps his wife grow her own venture, the Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics club, which offers weekly events to kids and parents in the community.

 

Together, Gary DeWaard and his wife offer a range of activities that help kids build up physical talent, find new friends, destress, exercise and more. While the focus is on tumbling and gymnastics, the couple is mindful to include events for boys and girls of all ages as well as occasional events for their parents.

 

“The Funky Monkey Club isn’t restricted to one age level, and there’s always something fun going on for parents and kids to participate in,” says Gary DeWaard. “Everybody in the community is welcomed out to join in some way or another, and it’s a great way for everyone to get to know the people in their city better.”

 

The Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics Club are located in Forest City, Iowa where Gary DeWaard and his family reside. Within the club, he and his wife offer tumbling classes, gymnastics classes, private lessons from qualified trainers, cheer tumbling classes, skill clinics, movie nights, an open gym and more.

 

Online calendars through social media allow community members to check in and see what upcoming events are planned, which is especially helpful since space is often limited to reservations. Besides hosting gymnastic meets, karate classes, one on one training and other club events, Gary DeWaard and his wife also host community movie nights that are geared towards everyone aged five and up.

During these movie nights, families gather with pillows and blankets they’ve brought and watched a movie that’s projected on the gymnasium wall. Kids mingle with old friends or make new ones while Gary and his wife provide snacks, popcorn, and water. In addition, the gym is available for rent whenever families decide to host their own private or community event.

 

“The Funky Monkey is unlike any other gym or activities club in the Forest City area,” says Gary DeWaard. “What we offer is a variety of ways for people to connect with one another, whether you’re a longtime resident or have recently moved to the area. There’s something here for everyone.”

Gary DeWaard Spends Free Time Supporting the Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics Club

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Entrepreneur Gary DeWaard divides up his time between a handful of professional endeavors, passion projects in the entertainment industry, and supporting his family’s gym. Assisting his wife with her tumbling and gymnastics club, DeWaard serves many extracurricular roles to help Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics succeed.

Gary DeWaard is an experienced entrepreneur with more than ten years of experience in sales and marketing. In his career, he has helped early companies find a footing in their industries and helped late stage companies develop successful marketing plans and campaigns. As a fan of the entertainment industry, Gary DeWaard spends a lot of his free time dedicated to passion projects such as producing music videos and short films. However, he’s careful to dedicate much of his time to his family and supporting his wife’s Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics club.

Located in Forest City, Iowa, the Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics club brings together kids in the community to improve their performance and create an inviting, safe place to have fun. In all, the facility offers tumbling and gymnastics classes, private lessons from qualified trainers, cheer tumbling classes, skill clinics, movie nights, an open gym and more.

“I’m very proud of what my wife has been able to put together in the Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics club,” says Gary DeWaard. “It’s a pretty extensive club with lots of activities for kids and their families to participate in.”

Through the club, Gary DeWaard and his wife are able to support their local community and create lasting memories with families from across the city. Their four kids are regular attendees and participants in the club’s various activities, and Gary spends a lot of time supporting them.

“I am the volunteer that drives the kids to their meets,” says Gary DeWaard. “I also setup any equipment at these events, serve as an extra pair of hands, and always cheer on the kids.”

The activities keep him busy as they take place frequently throughout each month. Parents and families rent out the space for their own parties and events, and the open gym is available nearly every night. In addition, the Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics club hosts regular movie nights which cater to boys and girls in Kindergarten and up. During movie nights, kids get to play around in the gym, meet new and old friends, and watch a movie being projected onto the large gymnasium wall. Gary DeWaard and his wife advise families to bring pillows and blankets to make themselves more comfortable during the screening, but provide snacks, popcorn, and water to the kids and their families.

“We have a great time at the Funky Monkey and hope that our efforts give the kids in our communities and their families something to look forward to regularly,” says Gary DeWaard.

Gary DeWaard Explains How His Passion for the Entertainment Industry Influenced His Career

Gary DeWaard

Before becoming a manager at Swanson Productions, Gary Dewaardexercised his creativity and passion for the entertainment industry through solo projects and investments. Below, he shares his influential upbringing and the various outlets in entertainment that eventually led to his current role.

Gary DeWaard has over a decade of experience in sales and marketing for early and late stage companies as well as many years of entrepreneurial experience. While working in sales, he always sought after new means of flexing his creativity, including lending his marketing talent to a handful of entertainment providers.

He began his professional career in sales with the entertainment company International Learning Group, an NGO international institution founded and run by parents and teachers dedicated to improving education environments. He worked in sales on the educational entertainment product branded Video Buddy and was also head of sales for Monroe Table Company-West Division, which serviced the trade show and education sectors.

Gary DeWaard has been a fan of the entertainment industry for as long as he can remember, and his father’s career amplified his interests. His father began a satellite communications company in the ‘80s that was frequently used by big names in the film and television industries. He traveled alongside his father from their home in Iowa to LA throughout his youth, giving him real-world exposure to one of the world’s entertainment capitals.

After graduating and attending a junior college, he accepted a position in Orange County and began working on his personal projects shortly after. Along the way, he’s produced a short film, produced many songs, promoted many concerts, and continues working passionately on a handful of creative projects.

Gary DeWaard was an associate producer of the film entitled “Honey Pie”. The film was written and directed by Brandon A. Willer. The film follows a volatile drifter as they join a collective of lost addicts and together use homemade drugs to experiment with death. The short film is available today in its entirety on the Vimeo video streaming service. He has also produced a music video for country music artist Jason Brown entitled “We’re All in the Same Boat.”

In his professional career, he’s launched music-streaming services and produced a large-scale stadium concert, sticking to his entertainment roots. He’s been described by other professionals as a creative innovator who represents a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial spirit, and someone who is filled with terrific passion, drive, and determination for success. His rich history in various entertainment outlets has equipped him with a dynamic skill set that allows him to excel as a manager with Swanson Productions.

“Since childhood, I knew I had to be a part of some facet of the entertainment industry,” says Gary DeWaard. “I’m lucky to have had the early exposure I did, and I’m grateful to be in a position where I can excel professionally and flex my creative skills at the same time.”