Iconic Actress Dawna Lee Heising Takes Hollywood By Storm

Iconic actress Dawna Lee Heising is making her mark in Hollywood. She has starred in over 60 feature films and has acted alongside legendary actors such as Tom Sizemore, Michael Madsen, Danny Trejo, Eric Roberts, Tommy Wiseau, Rebecca Knight, Nicolas Turturro, Lorenzo Lamas, Olivia Hussey, Coolio, Aki Aleong, Mel Novak and many others.

Awardee Dawna Lee Heising

This noted actress has been awarded by countless film festival internationally. She won Best Actress for her role as Barbie in Dustin Ferguson’s “Nemesis 5: The New Model” at the 2018 LANFA Film Festival; “Actress of the Year” at the 2018 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Awards, and Best Supporting Actress for Gregory Blair’s “Garden Party Massacre” at the 2018 Lucky Strike Film Festival. Additionally, she was named Best Host for “Eye on Entertainment on Amazon Prime” at the 2017 WIND International Film Festival, where “Eye on Entertainment” was also awarded Best Television Show.  She also won Best Actress for Jared Masters’ “Teacher’s Day” at the 2014 Mockfest Film Festival, and a 2013 EOTM Award for Outstanding Television Talk Show Host for “Eye on Entertainment”. She has also been honored with seven Best Ensemble Acting awards for Blair’s “Garden Party Massacre”. 

Actress Dawna Lee Heising

Dawna is trained in Tang Soo Do martial arts, kickboxing, ballet and pole dancing. This accomplished beauty queen is a former Miss Los Angeles Chinatown, Ms. World, Ms. Universe, Miss San Francisco Universe, Miss Orange County Universe, Miss California Hemisphere and Mrs. California United States, among many other titles.

Dawna Lee Heising and filmmaker Dustin Ferguson on the set of Robowoman. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

Dawna recently portrayed the inspiring role of Vivica Stevens (aka RoboWoman) in multi award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson’s “RoboWoman.” Ferguson has announced that the RoboWoman franchise will be a trilogy, with RoboWoman 2 shooting in late 2019. Dawna also played the powerful role of Esmeralda, Lucifer’s wife, in William Lee’s “Black Mamba” and crazy, but hilarious, Melanie in Gregory Blair’s multi award-winning “Garden Party Massacre”.  She recently played Connie in Richard Rossi’s faith-based film “Canaan Land”, Medusa in Albert Pyun’s “Cyborg: Rise of the Flesh Eaters”, Winney Swinney in Adam Steigert’s “The Horrific Evil Monsters”, and Deana the Psychic in Ron Becks’ and Tina Le’s “Las Vegas Vietnam”, starring Eric Roberts, Branscombe Richmond, Lorenzo Lamas and Nicholas Turturro. “RoboWoman”, “Black Mamba” and “Dark Classics”, which features Dawna’s Lady Macbeth monologue, have all been accepted into the 2019 Action On International Film Festival.

Dawna with her cast and crew mates from Nemesis 5: The New Model. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

This busy working actress is portraying the character Skye in John Reign’s war film “Finding Purpose” from Polestar Productions. There are epic war scenes in this film, and Reign expanded her role as his ex-girlfriend as the shoot went on. “Finding Purpose” ended up being Dawna’s first love story!  She will be reprising her role of Skye in the upcoming big budget sequel from Polestar Studios. Dawna also performed the challenging Lady Macbeth’s Scene 5 monologue in Brian Barsuglia’s documentary “A Bard for the Ages:  Shakespeare’s Timeless Effect” with much passion and dedication.

Dawna accepting her Best Actress Award at the Lucky Strikes Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Steve Manivong Photography.

She is signed with Kevin C. Kellum’s Ascendent Talent Management, and will be playing a villain in his nationally broadcast “Vice Squad Los Angeles” television series. Academy award-winner Chris Tashima is a part of the “Vice Squad” franchise on the production end so the series is sure to be outstanding.  Dawna has been cast in the pivotal role of Lavender in a’Ali De Sousa’s movie and miniseries “The Bench” alongside noted character actor Jeff Doucette. 

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Brandino is Back With The New Experience featuring Robby Krieger from the Doors

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — BURBANK — It was cool for a summer night on Thursday, June 27th when bass master Brandino debuted his new quartet at the legendary Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Viva is one of LA’s best kept secrets. It features two stages and world class musicians. Thursday night was no exception. This event was a long time coming for Kevin “Brandino” Brandon. Known for being Aretha Franklin’s road bass player for more than a decade, Brandino is on a come back mission after a recent health scare. Thursday night was all about Brandino. He wouldn’t have it any other way.

Brandino on bass

On guitar for this supergroup, known as the New Experience, was Robby Krieger of the Doors. Robby is a founding member of the Doors and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dale Alexander plays drums for the New Experience. He has played with Prince and George Benson. Ed Roth plays keyboards and organ. Ed has a heavy jazz influence on the New Experience. Ed has played with many legends over the years.

Frsnklin Vanderbilt on drums with Brandino (R)
Dale Alexander (L) with Brandino (R)

The stage at Viva was set up with Brandino seated in the center of the stage. Robby was on Brandino’s left. Dale had his drum set near Brandino to his right and Ed Roth was on stage right. The glittering backdrop has a retro look. The band got right into it playing jazz and pop numbers. Each member took turns soloing. Brandino did a great bass solo that the crowd was really into. Robby soloed several times on guitar which was just fantastic. Ed Roth laid down a few of his epic keyboard solos and Dale had a solo as well. Dale’s real genius is his feel. He really holds down the rhythm without over doing it.

Robby Krieger with the New Experience. Photo by Dustin Brown

I was talking to a couple of Doors fans who had shown up in the hopes of hearing a few classics. They wouldn’t be disappointed. Several  notable guest musicians stopped by. Franklin Vanderbilt is Lenny Kravitz’ drummer and an amazing presence on drums. Franklin was really the standout guest of the night. I wanted to hear more from Franklin. Brandino paid his respects to the legendary Phil Chin who is Jeff Beck’s bass player. Phil played Brandino’s four string electric bass with actor Dennis Quaid singing on Riders of the Storm. Dennis did a soulful rendition of Riders with Robby playing his iconic guitar solo.

Phil Chen (L) with Robby Krieger (R)

Robby explained each song and its significance. The band kept get better as the night went on. Alternating between pop and jazz, it was a real treat to hear these legendary musicians playing together.

Dennis Quaid sang Riders on the Storm

This was the first show for the New Experience. It was a great night of music. Everyone who came out seemed to really enjoy the songs, the musicians and the whole night. We look forward to the next performance.

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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