If you have a Facebook account, please vote for my brother Mike’s company Onyx Cinema at Mission: Small Business. Onyx Cinema needs to reach at least 250 votes in the next few hours so they can compete for a US$250,000 grant. Mike works with cinematographers, photographers and makeup artists on commercials, promos, music videos, events and wedding films. Onyx Cinema also creates award-winning short films (the trailer and a behind-the-scenes video from their latest short, “Unmentionables,” are posted above). Mike has been passionate about film since high school, when he saved up his allowance to purchase a secondhand Steadicam on eBay. To vote, just go to Mission: Small Business, log in with your Facebook account, search for Onyx Cinema and click “vote”!

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While you are on Mission: Small Business, please also vote for The Itinerant Portraitist, artist Brenda Zlamany’s portrait. You remember my February post about Brenda’s amazing “Project 888: Portraits of Taiwan.” Here’s what she has to say about how winning the grant would enable the next phase of the project: “This major grant would enable The Itinerant Portraitist to employ Web designers, filmmakers, graphic designers, writers, translators, and curators and to develop this project to its full potential. I have already begun planning part 2 of The Itinerant Portraitist, which would take place in Southeast Asia in 2013 and would involve working with children who are victims of human trafficking.” To vote, visit Mission: Small Business, search for The Itinerant Portraitist and click “vote.”

Remember, voting ends in a few hours (11:59pm on June 30, Eastern Standard Time), so act soon!

And while I’m talking about Facebook, please consider joining my blog’s page. I post links to Web sites, places and events that I think readers of Shu Flies will enjoy. I check the page frequently, so if you have any questions you need a quick response to, feel free to contact me there.

Thank you!