California’s Huck Finn Jubilee Music Festival is back in 2018 West Coast’s Largest Bluegrass Festival Under New Ownership

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) Ontario, CA – For over 40 years, the annual three-day music festival in Southern California, Huck Finn Jubilee, delivered acts from a long list of luminaries such as Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Punch Brothers, Rhonda Vincent, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan, and more. After a one-year hiatus, the festival will return to Ontario, CA on October 5, 6, and 7 in 2018 under new owners Nikki and Roger.

“It’s important that we honor the tradition of this festival because the community deserves it and we want to take you on the musical journey that we experienced” says Nikki and Roger. The couple, both executives at an experiential marketing firm in Los Angeles, attended the festival in 2016 and were impressed with the music, array of activities for people of all ages and overall positive vibe. When they heard the festival wasn’t going to return in 2017, they purchased the brand and built their dream team of industry experts in hopes of keeping the festival alive and maintaining the high-level of quality its fans and the community deserves.


Entering its 41st year, the 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee will offer the entire festival experience featuring traditional and progressive bluegrass music, local food, craft beer, a unique array of handcrafted arts and crafts, access to beautiful park amenities, camping, fishing and general family fun.

Roger (L) and Nikki (R) new owners of the Huck Finn Jubilee

Festival tickets and lineup announcements coming soon. Check out the Huck Finn website here

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On the Red Carpet at the 2018 Beverly Hills Film Festival

(HOLLYWOOD, California) – April 4th, 2018 – Independent filmmaker, Nino Simone, was on the red carpet to promote his Beverly Hills Film Festival which is now in its 18th year. This exclusive festival is a prestigious event. Each year, they host an international competition that showcases films, actors, writers, directors and producers  from all over the globe. So much talent was on the red carpet to get the word out about their projects and, often, their North American premiere.

“Benjamin” Cast & Crew – (from left to right) James Preston Rogers, Lyriq Bent, Cathy Ladman, Bob Saget, Nicholas Tabarrok, Peri Gilpin, David Hull, Cheri Oteri, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Joshua Turek
Adam Ottmar(R) producer of the Beverly Hills Film Festival getting ready for an interview with the Hollywood Minute
Director of “Bikini Blue” Jarek Marszewskifelt (L) with Film Agent Ian Taylor (R). Photo by Dustin Brown of the Hollywood Press Corps
Savannah Kennewick from the short film Bloom looked gorgeous in a red gown

Polish Film “Bikini Blue” is drama set in England just after World War Two. A couple who are English and Polish try to make a life in England while dealing with the past. Writer and director Jarek Marszewskifelt like he had an incredible story to tell. This film has a good buzz and has already won several awards.

Celebrity Chef & TV Host Alina Z on the red carpet for the Beverly Hills Film Festival 2018
Clara (L) and Julia (R) Kuperberg on the red carpet for The Women Who Run Hollywood

Also getting a lot of positive buzz is the documentary film, The Women Who Run Hollywood. Clara and Julia Kuperberg were on the red carpet to promote the West Coast premiere of their project.

Keith Cantrell (L) with guest. Keith directed the animated short Paddleball Hole

An animated film that was funded by Indigo go, Paddleball Hole was directed and created by Keith Cantrell. Keith and his guest were all smiles and happy to talk about this short animated film.

Dani Bowman (L) is one of the animators from Bill Plymton’s “Your Face Global Jam”

Animator Dani Bowman was on the red carpet to promote a Bill Plympton project called, “Your Face Global Jam.” Bill Plymton is considered to be the king of Independent Animation. The screening of this animated short marks its worldwide premiere. This short film is so cool, I just had to include a youtube link.

World renowned boxer and martial arts fighter Daisy Lang
The amazing Eddie Armondo on the red carpet for Corazon Cubano

Corazon Cubano’s Eddie Armando was walking the red carpet and chomping on a cigar. This project captures Eddies heart-felt journey to Cuba after being in exile for forty years. People loved this film.

“Martinis at the Smoke House” is a 2016 short comedy that’s about Hollywood, actors and the Smoke House restaurant. The actors for this project had a great time posing for photos, joking around and otherwise taking over the step and repeat. Their happiness was infectious and there were many photos taken of this group. If there was a BHFF award for best attitude, I think the gang from “Martinis at the Smoke House” would win it this year.

Actors Hector Mier (L) and Marvin Robinson (R) on the red carpet to promote “Martinis at the Smoke House”
Joe Toppe (L) with Jennifer Stewart (R) from “Martinis at the Smoke House” Photo by Dustin Brown for the Hollywood Press Corps
Cast of Martinis at the Smoke House


The “Aspen Project” is a short dramatic film that looks into a night that a group of addicts have in an Aspen home. Intending to go to a rehab, the group is somehow left on their own with no supervision. Ana Markova from “The Aspen Project” and “Pretty Little Liars” was on the red carpet to promote the film.

Ana Markova from “The Aspen Project”


Comedian Joey Medina getting interviewed
Joey Medina (L) with guest

The cast from the short film, Bloom, was catching everyones attention as Savannah Kennewick stunned festival goers in a beautiful red gown. Looking like her character, Annabelle, life seemed to be imitating reality as photographers rushed to take her picture. Bloom is a short about Annabelle, a model, who is pursued by a fashion photographer. Kendall O’Rorke also got a lot of attention posing for photos in a sleek black dress. Oliver Vaquer was looking serious on the red carpet. He plays Jean in Bloom.

Oliver Vaquer From Bloom
Kendall O’Rorke from Bloom
Savannah Kennewick from Bloom
Paul Joseph director of Bloom
The cast of Bloom

The short film, Faery, is a fantasy picture with the young Alexis Rosinsky as the writer and director. This short is about an immortal girl who tries to understand aging. Alexis was on the red carpet with “47 Meters Down” director, Johannes Roberts.

Alexis Rosinsky (L) writer/director of “Faery” on the red carpet with British director Johannes Roberts. photo by the Hollywood Press Corps staff photographer

Writer/director Martin Sharpe, known for his work in “The Crimson Room” was looking stylish in a blue suit.

Writer/director Martin Sharpe. Photo by Dustin Brown
Joe Toppe (L) with Jennifer Stewart (R) from “Martinis at the Smoke House” Photo by Dustin Brown
Director of “Bikini Blue” Jarek Marszewskifelt (L) with Film Agent Ian Taylor (R). Photo by Dustin Brown of the Hollywood Press Corps

The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to covering next years opening night red carpet for the Beverly Hills Film Festival.

Check out he website for the Beverly Hills Film Festival here


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The 2018 Universe Multicultural Film Festival

The Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) will be held this Friday April 6th to Sunday, April 8th. A number of events will happen in 4 venues in Palos Verdes Peninsula cities.  Hundreds of filmmakers from Hollywood and aboard will meet in the beautiful peninsula for a full 3 days of film, fashion, finance, and multicultural harmony. All events are open to the public by purchasing admission tickets online. The honorees of UMFF are nominated by audience worldwide.

Festival Founder and Producer Lynn Tang

The opening gala will be hosted this Friday, April 6th. The Masters of Ceremony will be from Hollywood, actor Prince Jordan Tyson and super model Anna Vallefuoco. South bay two local artists will perform in the opening gala: Jayme Claire will sing the National Anthem to open the ceremony, Dan McNay will sing songs to welcome film maker from worldwide. Young dancer Cady Mariano from San Diego will perform her fantastic solo dance.

Noted actor and presenter Aki Aleong

A number of industries panel discussions will be held in UMFF, which are in the area of screenwriting; production; pitching-and-catching and distribution, plus a working with China panel discussion. A number of well-know Hollywood film personalities will share their experiences with the audiences. James Cullen Bressack; Jacob N. Stuart,  Carolina de Athey,  Zack Van Eyck, Marilyn Anderson will have open discussions with screenwriters. Alisa Reyes, Michael Baumgarten, Michael Matteo Rossi, Elisabeth White will address the film produce tips with producers. John Rodsett, Rick Rieger, Bill H McKinney, Mark Sonoda, Lynn Tang and Rosario Elena will share their knowledge in distribution the films to worldwide market.  A delegation of 20 Chinese film makers will tell their stories and share their insider view of how to make films in China. Check the UMFF schedule for the time of the individual panel discussions.

Actress and awardee Vida G. and festival founder and producer Lynn Tang. Photo courtesy of Dan Kennedy

Two live shows, the Maeya Culture Ambassador Contests and the screenplay showcases, will be present at the reception gala at Saturday night April 7th. This gala hosts will be Carolina de Athey, Linda Wong and young Hollywood star Kayley Stallings. The festival juries will share their judgment points and views. UMFF art juries committee members will decides the title winners. The jury’s members include international beauty title winners, models, actress, producers and directors.

The film Market session will be held in Sunday afternoon April 8th. Multiple film projects will do casting, interviews for directors, DP, Scrip doctors, composers, etc.

The  famous rainbow red carpet and award ceremony will be hosted at the RHCC Community center in Rolling Hills Estates,  the Host team will be  Mark Justice, Sonya Kreizman, Magi Avila. The award presenters will be Vanessa Branch (Hollywood), Danny Pardo (Argentina), Sarina (Mongolia), Aki Aleong (Hollywood), festival jury members Eric Brodeur; Dallas King; Ian Fischer;  Wei Zheng (China).  The ceremony performers are Nityashetra Dance School (Disseminating classical Indian heritage), Wayne Collins and his band (Hollywood);  Xi Opera (China); and  Mongolian folk songs. Actress and HPC’s own Vida G. (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project) will be bestowed with an award.

Every year, first weekend of April, the UMFF brings worldwide movie stars and cultures shining at the peninsula. Please join in. More info at

Film screening venues:

Peninsula Center Library (701 Silver Spur Rd; Rolling Hills Estates; CA90274)
Fred Hesse Community Park, McTaggart Hall (29301 Hawthorne Blvd; Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275)
Malaga Cove Library (2400 VíaCampesina, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274)

Film Panels, Market and gala venue: Fred Hesse Community Park, McTaggart Hall (29301 Hawthorne Blvd; Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275)

Red Carpet and Award Ceremony Venue:  RHCC Community Center (735 Silver Spur Rd; Rolling Hills Estates; CA90274)

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