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Action on Film Festival World Premieres

Several of my films are making their world premiere at the prestigious Action on Film (AOF) Festival, which is going on until Sunday, September 27th in scenic Monrovia at the Krikorian Theatres. These films are Strangers In A Book, Seeking Valentina, and Natural Born Filmmakers.

This festival was created by Del Weston, who is also a filmmaker, so he really supports indie filmmakers in our community. And I really feel the sense of community at this festival. I ran into supportive friends from the film festival world and the media like King Bassey, Founder of the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards, LA Talk Radio Host Cameron Datzker and journalist and actor Harrison Held.

With my castmates and writer and executive producer of Strangers In A Book. From left to right: Pooneh and Pedram Navab, myself and Kristin West
With my castmates and writer and executive producer of Strangers In A Book. From left to right: Pooneh and Pedram Navab, myself and Kristin West

Working on Strangers In a Book was an interesting experience and I learned so much as I also wore a producer hat on this one in addition to playing the lead role. This film is nominated for Best Guerilla short film at AOF. It was shot entirely in black and white. And has a great soundtrack which enlisted bands from the hip and progressive Italians Do it Better label, such as Chromatics, Desire, and Johnny Jewel which really add to the style of this bold, psychological thriller. Keeping fingers and toes crossed!

Seeking Valentina cast and crew with some industry luminaries like King Bassey, Founder of the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards, writer-director Armin Nasseri, Del Weston, Founder of the Action on Film Festival with myself and actress-producer Kristin West
Seeking Valentina cast and crew with some industry luminaries like King Bassey, Founder of the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards, writer-director Armin Nasseri, Del Weston, Founder of the Action on Film Festival with myself and actress-producer Kristin West

I had a great time working on Seeking Valentina. Kristin and Armin had a crazy shooting schedule, but thankfully for me, my scene was shot in North Hollywood. This film is about an Iranian-American writer (Ali Bavarian), in the pangs of grief, who takes in a mysterious tenant (Kristin West). When she mysteriously disappears, is she a ghost, a hallucination, a dream or a runaway? The subject matter and open-ended ending left a lot of audience members in suspense about who Valentina really was and that was what Nasseri was trying to convey with the film. The film also stars Srinivasa Kapavarapu of Outsourced, Mehlad Gibson, and yours truly of course.

The cast and crew of Natural Born Filmmakers. From with writer and producer Melanie Grunder, actor Gregory Blair, myself, writer-director Steve Oakley, actress Dawna Lee Heising, and Joycelyne Lew in the center. Photo courtesy of John Cox/Polymedia Photography
The cast and crew of Natural Born Filmmakers. From with writer and producer Melanie Grunder, actor Gregory Blair, myself, writer-director Steve Oakley, actress Dawna Lee Heising, and Joycelyne Lew in the center. Photo courtesy of John Cox/Polymedia Photography

I’m really excited that Natural Born Filmmakers is nominated for a Best Comedy Feature award at AOF. I had a blast working on Natural Born Filmmakers with an ensemble cast of fine folks like my dear friends Gregory Blair and Dawna Lee Heising, which are very talented. I can’t wait to work with them on Garden Party Massacre!

Q and A for Seeking Valentina along with the Strangers in a Book gang. Photo courtesy of King Bassey
Q and A for Seeking Valentina along with the Strangers in a Book gang. Photo courtesy of King Bassey

More info about this wonderful festival at http://www.aoffest.com/ and more info about the films at https://www.facebook.com/StrangersInABookhttp://www.seekingvalentina.com/, and https://www.facebook.com/naturalbornfilmmakers

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Face Forward Honors Survivors of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence

 

Face Forward, a charity that provides pro-bono reconstructive surgery for victims of domestic violence, victims of violent crimes and whom recently added victims of human trafficking, held their 6th annual fundraising gala celebrating survivors which was attended by a star studded roster of celebrities on September 19th. This amazing charity works with organizations from all over the country and newly expanding around the world, to find patients that have overcome the horrific consequences of violent crimes such as domestic violence and human trafficking and would benefit from correcting the physical scars that are still left behind. Dr. David Alessi and his wife and organization founder Deborah Alessi, work tirelessly to identify and transform these victims so that they can leave behind the physical stars to face forward to a new life.

The one and only Chaka Khan...a true icon!
I feel for you! The one and only Chaka Khan…a true icon!

Celebrities that attended included Nelly, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, La Toya Jackson, Luis Guzman, Bonnie Somerville, Marcia Gay Harden, Jo Frost, Ben Hollingsworth, John Savage, Kevin Frazier, Lu Parker, Lana Parrilla, Shaun Toub, Shantel Jackson and performances by Macy Gray and Chaka Kahn lit up the evening and had the crowd up on their feet.

The beautiful LaToya Jackson
The beautiful LaToya Jackson

The most poignant part of the evening was a story featured by a young woman referenced as NJ who is a survivor of 15 years of sex trafficking, human slavery, drug addiction and violent physical abuse. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house listening to her firsthand account and even more impressive was her attitude of perseverance and optimism for the future magnified by her excitement to work with Face Forward.

 

Recognition was given to La Toya Jackson for so openly speaking about her personal experience with control and abuse and her inspiring woman of all ages and lifestyles to get out and start over.  LAPD human trafficking division who saved NJ, received recognition for their work in handling these atrocious crimes on humanity. Dr. Karen Kay Imagawa from CHLA, also received an award for the work she does with children who are victims as young as two.

Mega-talented singer Macy Gray sings for the crowd with her wonderful voice
Mega-talented singer Macy Gray sings for the crowd with her wonderful voice

The celebrities themselves were generous not only with their attendance and support but they all made generous donations and offered themselves for fundraising. I am touched that the talent that supported us by attending were so inspired to help that they continued their generosity throughout the night – I am truly grateful,” said founder Deborah Alessi “tonight was really about the survivors, the sponsors and the organizations that help us to do the incredible work we do to change the lives of these survivors” said Deborah Alessi.

Noted actors Luis Guzman and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden
Noted actors Luis Guzman and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden

 

Over $500,000 was raised which will make 2016 a great year for a lot of patients. Sponsors for this event were Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines, Ebay Auction Cause, Casey Cunningham, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Luna Gardens Events.

To join the fight against domestic violence, please visit:

http://www.faceforwardla.org

About Face Forward:

Face Forward founder and CEO Mrs. Deborah Alessi founded Face Forward in 2007. Mrs. Alessi is a survivor of domestic violence and as a  true advocate of this worthy cause was recently awarded a “Community Hero Award” from the Los Angeles Dodgers recognizing her for her efforts. To help other survivors get a second chance at life, Mrs. Alessi recruited her husband and renowned facial reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Alessi M.D. The couple work constantly to help victim ‘face forward’ to the rest of their lives. Face Forward is a 501© non-profit organization. Since its creation Face Forward has worked with other advocates around the nation to identify victims of domestic violence who are working towards recovery, yet carry the physical evidence of past abuse. Face Forward does more than just provide pro bono reconstructive surgery to adults and children who have suffered from traumatic and physical abuse; they also create a welcoming and safe environment for the victims to start a new life and reclaim their confidence. With domestic violence occurring every 15 seconds in the United States, Face Forward strives to alleviate the internal and external scars of victims and those affected. Ninety percent of all rape and abuse cases lead to physical disfigurement and Face Forward provides treatment to victims who are not able to afford medical assistance.

Photos courtesy of Faye Sadou

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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All Aboard for Eugene Sidney’s Yacht Party

Noted Fashion designer Eugene Sidney held his first annual all white red carpet yacht party in scenic Marina Del Ray on Sunday, September 13th on the Fantas Sea One yacht. As always, with Eugene’s splashy events, there was a red carpet during 4 hour cruise and fashion show. There was a free buffet and cash bar.

Eugene and friends. Photo courtesy of Roland de Guzman
Eugene and friends. Photo courtesy of Roland de Guzman
Sue Hass looking lovely in white
Sue Hass looking lovely in white. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
Model Amelia Johnson and fashion designer O'Chea. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Model Amelia Johnson and fashion designer O’Chea. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
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Models striking their poses in Eugene’s winter collection. Photo courtesy of Nelson Photo Images
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Fantas Sea One yacht docked at the harbor. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier

Sidney presented his upcoming winter collection. Special guest speaker & author was Christopher B. Pearman and there were special guest performances by Mahkeena Tyson, Ny’Aira Collins and Promise Marks. Magician Stoil Stoiluv also worked his magic. There was also dancing with music provided by DJ Steve.

Eugene fixes a model's scarf for the show
Eugene fixes a model’s scarf for the show. Photo courtesy of Roland de Guzman
Ms. Indonesia Jenna Urban shines on the red carpet
Ms. Indonesia Jenna Urban shines on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Actress Reatha Grey with publicist Denise O'Brien
Actress Reatha Grey with publicist Denise O’Brien. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier

More info at www.eugenesidneyentertainment.com

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Putting for Pups Golf Tournament and Gala

On Sunday, September 13th, NoToDogMeat is hosting their  First Annual Putting for Pups Celebrity Golf Tournament and Gala at scenic Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena. It will be an all day event with the golf tournament beginning at 11:00am PDT and the event continues through the night with their star-studded gala beginning at 7:00pm PDT.

Putting For Pups Gala flyer
Putting For Pups Gala flyer

Entertainment provided by Nicole Sullivan, Carlos Alazraqui, EG Daily, and Kevin Michael Richardson. The host committee alone is chock full of celebs like Kate Linder, Carolyn Hennesy, Elaine Hendrix, Frances Fisher, Alison Eastwood, Joely Fisher and countless other luminaries of TV and film. Other celeb guests are actors Greg and Vanessa Evigan, Patricka Darbo and noted voiceover artist Joe Cipriano. Please support them in ending this horrendous trade! Tickets can be purchased at www.puttingforpups.com

Actress Lori Alan
Actress Lori Alan
Actress Fia Perera
Actress Fia Perera

 

Actresses Lori Alan and Fia Perera, the Co-Founders of No To Dog meat, created this worldwide campaign to end the illegal dog and cat meat trade through Asia. More info about this timely cause at notodogmeat.com.

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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“Among Us The Beginning” World Premiere at Harmony Gold

Magic Image Productions and Magic Image Hollywood Magazine along with Solecito Vazquez and Joss Gomez invites you to attend the world premiere of the movie “Among Us The Beginning”  at Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood on August 29th with the red carpet starting at 7pm.  Come join them and their cast and crew along with celebrity guests to celebrate this special night.

Post for Among Us The Beginning
Post for Among Us The Beginning

This film is about Noom (Mizo Ghendar), an evil extraterrestrial from the dark side of the moon, who comes to early looking for a beautiful human female with whom to have a hybrid child in order to control our minds and bodies while they live Among Us. He will not be stopped in his quest and will even resort to murder and mayhem. A human being named Joss (Joss Gomez) is at the right place at the wrong time and will face Noom and try to stop him before it’s too late.  Solecito Vazquez, Dr. Robert Rey, Claudiu Raymond, Mark Sevier, Amelia Johnson and Danielle Vasinova round out this ensemble cast.

Still of Joss Gomez
Still of Joss Gomez
Joss with his cast members Mark Sevier, Mizo Ghendar, and Claudio Raymond
Joss (center) with his cast members Mark Sevier, Mizo Ghendar, Karyme Lozano and Claudiu Raymond
Joss and Solecito with their cast and crew members
Joss and Solecito with their cast and crew members

Here’s the trailer for “Among Us The Beginning”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PaAFLff6Lw

More info about the film at http://amongusthemovie.com/ and tickets can be purchased at this link http://amongusthemovie.com/premiere-tickets

Photos courtesy of Magic Image Productions

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Premiere of “Lovesick Fool–Love in the Age of Like”

The witty animated film “Lovesick Fool––Love in the Age of Like” will be screening at the popular Hollyshorts Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatre in the heart of Hollywood tonight at 7:30pm. The film stars a talented ensemble of comedic geniuses like Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, and Fred Willard. Polcino, an Emmy-nominated director of “The Simpsons”, “King of the Hill”, and “Family Guy”, directed, wrote, and voiced the lead role. The film is Polcino’s Mezmo Productions’ first feature.

“Dating in LA sucks. And animation seemed the best way to capture the despair while maintaining a sense of humor about it,” says Polcino.

Animated still of Janeane Garofalo, Polcino, and Fred Willard playing characters trying to find meaning in their daily grind in "Lovesick Fool-Love in the Age of Like"
Animated still of Janeane Garofalo, Polcino, and Fred Willard playing characters trying to find meaning in their daily grind in “Lovesick Fool-Love in the Age of Like”

It’s an original adult animated vision, expanding on Polcino’s award-winning short film “Lovesick Fool”, about a single guy in LA in search of true love. The film is semi-autobiographical for the multi-talented Polcino–a true comedy in a unique style featuring a lush soundtrack by innovative music supervisor Robin Fujiwara (music coordinator for “Burn Notice”) and top-notch voice performances by its stars. Rounding out the ensemble cast is David Banks (“Deadly Wives”, “Tosh.0”), Paul Gregory (“True Blood”, “Happily Divorced”), Renee Rivera (“Near Myth”), David Polcino (“Family Guy”), Pepper Jay (“Bill Plympton Presents Magnum Farce,” “Midlife”), Mila Musiynko (“Waiting for Dracula”), Paul Batmanis, Bradley Smith, and Melissa Teper. HPC’s own Vida Ghaffari (“Jimmy Kimmel Live,”“The Mindy Project”), who is also a talented character actress, will be making her animated film debut as the “dream girl.” Ghaffari also voices the role of hipster girl.

The cast and crew of Lovesick Fool at the Burbank Film Festival screening. From left to right: voiceover artist Paul Gregory, voiceover artist and producer David Polcino, voiceover artists Renee Rivera, writer-director and lead voiceover artist Dominic Polcino, voiceover artist Renee Rivera, writer-direct and lead voiceover artist Dominic Polcino, Vida Ghaffari, music supervisor Robin Fujiwara and voiceover artist Dr. Paul Batmanis. Photo courtesy of ZFO Entertainment
The cast and crew of Lovesick Fool at the Burbank Film Festival screening. From left to right: voiceover artist Paul Gregory, voiceover artist and producer David Polcino, voiceover artists Renee Rivera, writer-director and lead voiceover artist Dominic Polcino, voiceover artist Renee Rivera, writer-direct and lead voiceover artist Dominic Polcino, voiceover artist Vida Ghaffari, music supervisor Robin Fujiwara and voiceover artist Dr. Paul Batmanis. Photo courtesy of ZFO Entertainment

This comedic film had its West Coast premiere at the Los Angeles Art-House Film Festival where it won 1st place in the feature film category in the festival. After that, it moved on to the popular Topanga Film Festival, where it headlined the Comedy Shorts program and also won 1st place. The film made it’s US debut at the Manhattan Film Festival Polcino and has also screened at the Hollywood Short Film Festival, the Hollywood Reel Film Festival, the Victoria Film Festival, the NYC Independent Film Festival, The Atlanta Underground Film Festival and the Burbank Film Festival. Polcino also hopes to pitch the film as a TV series.

HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Trailers, 3D Shorts, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.

More info about the film at http://lovesickfool.com/ and more info about this prominent festival at http://www.hollyshorts.com/

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Hollyshorts Announces Official Lineup for 11th Annual Festival

 

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OVER 400 SHORT MOVIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD SET TO BE SHOWCASED HOLLYWOOD

 

$15,000 CASH PRIZE ON THE LINE FOR OVERALL WINNER FROM ZYPE

 

$60,000 POST PRODUCTION PRIZES SET TO BE AWARDED FROM COMPANY 3 AND METHOD STUDIOS

 

Hollywood August 1, 2015—-The organizers of the 11th annual HollyShorts Film Festival are announcing today the official film lineup that will compete for the $15,000 cash prize from Zype and $60,000 in post-production services from Company 3 and Method Studios at the upcoming festival. The lineup includes 400 of the top short movies from almost every major continent. The festival received a record 2,200 submissions this year a festival record. HollyShorts, which was named “The Cannes of Short Film Festivals” by Indie Wire, and is consistently ranked as one of the top film festivals each year by MovieMaker, prides itself on not putting any restrictions on it’s coveted filmmakers and allows them to showcase and premiere their works where they want, when they want it, unlike any other Los Angeles area film festival, no premiere restrictions.

 

The organizers bill HollyShorts as “The Filmmakers Festival.” The festival will take place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres August 13-22, 2015. The HollyShorts Film Conference, which will feature heavy hitter panel discussions, will take place at IgnitedSpaces August 14-21.

 

This year’s festival feature shorts with talent including: Jerry Stiller stars in Steve Monarque’s Simpler Times, Caity Lotz who stars in Susana Hornil’s short Missed Call,

Jennifer Morrison stars in Chris Peters’ To Dust Return, Corbin Bernsen in his son Oliver Bernsen’s short Midland, Dominic Polcino’s animated award-winning short Lovesick Fool: Love in the Age of Like stars Janeane Garofalo, Fred Willard and Lisa Kudrow. Joe Magee and Bill Bailey’s Love Song stars Emma Thompson, Brent Weinbach’s I Don’t Dance stars Natasha Leggero, John Henry Hinkel’s HOME stars Robert Forster. JT Mollner’s Flowers in December stars Dee Wallace, Emad Asfoury’s Duality stars Don Most, Sarah Lynn Dawson, Jon Foo and was voiced by Deepak Chopra. Aaron Webman’s After Lilly stars Jack Quaid, Raymond Cruz stars in Alexandra Debricon’s A Gringo Honeymoon. Michael Gross stars in Linda Palmer’s Our Father.

 

This year’s categories include: Live Action, Animation, Documentary, Web Series, Trailers, Commercial, Music Videos. Short genres range from Horror, Romance, Drama, Action, Comedy, Thrillers and much more.

 

Commented Theo Dumont, HollyShorts co-founder and co-director: “We are honored to showcase this selection of the world’s top short movies at HollyShorts. This festival has grown into the biggest and most prestigious annual celebration of short movies and prides itself on providing next level opportunities for our filmmakers. It’s going to be an epic 10 days with receptions every day for our guests.”

 

Added co-founder and co-director Daniel Sol: “We are flattered that other festivals in Los Angeles this year have aggressively contacted our filmmakers with numerous efforts to poach them, this shows the demand for their great works. What those festivals don’t understand is that this is THE filmmakers festival and they’ll do whatever they want here whenever they want, and we encourage that.”

 

The festival’s opening night celebration lineup will be announced momentarily and will take place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and OHM nightclub at Hollywood and Highland. Advance tickets, the lineup, all-access passes and the fest schedule are currently available at hollyshorts.com.

 

This year’s HollyShorts sponsors include:

All Short TV, Brickyard VFX, Color Space Finishing, Company 3, Creative Handbook, Crypt TV, Daily Motion, Dark Horse Wine, Delmay Partners, Diablo, Evil Slave, Film Radar, FilmLA, Final Draft, Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop, Ignited Spaces, Indi.com,

Indievent, Jungle Software, Kim Ruggles Events, Law Offices of Clifford Lo Entertainment Law, Lightspeed EPS, Lyft, Mercury Production Report, Method Studios, New Media Vault, NYFA, OHM, Panavision, Philippe Catering, Pond5, Red Giant, Robert Taylor Insurance, Script Pipeline, Shorts HD, Showbiz Software Store,

Simple DCP, Stage 32, TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, The Agency-Sports & Entertainment Division, Uber, UCLA Extention, Women in Film, Zype.

About HollyShorts

HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Trailers, 3D Shorts, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.

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Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Actress and Journalist Vida Ghaffari Given Award by West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

On June 18, 2015, grant and award-winning journalist, talented actress and voiceover artist, Vida Ghaffari, received a special honor for her career achievements by the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce at Delphi Greek Restaurant.
Roozbeh Farahanipour, the Chamber’s President and the owner/operator of popular Delphi Greek restaurant, which is located at 1383 Westwood Boulevard, bestowed this honor upon HPC’s own Vida, who is quite the roving reporter and working actress and voiceover artist extraordinaire! This multi-talented artist received a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the City of Los Angeles for all her hard work and dedication to the city, which was signed by 5th District Councilmember Paul Koretz. In addition to the Chamber holding this event in her honor, she also received an honorary membership to the Chamber. “I was truly honored by Roozbeh and the Chamber to receive this incredible commendation, especially as it’s one of the largest and oldest Chambers in Southern California. There is a real sense of community here and the Chamber does such a great job in fostering that community. I’ve covered their events for a while and it’s a great thing to see as a journalist in such a vast metropolis like Los Angeles,” said Vida.
Vida is all smiles on the red carpet. Her gown was designed by Edison Cortez of http://thomasandedison.com. Hair by Drybar and Makeup by Blushington. Shoes by Enzo Angiolini. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida is all smiles on the red carpet. Her gown was designed by Edison Cortez of http://thomasandedison.com. Hair by Drybar and Makeup by Blushington. Shoes by Enzo Angiolini. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida receives her commendation from the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. From left to right: Vice President Steve Little, President Roozbeh Farahanipour, Phil Bennett of the City of Los Angeles, Vida, and Elham Yaghoubian, human rights activist, author and handbag designer, and Board Member of the Chamber at the Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages.
“When it comes time to honor one of their own, the West Los Angeles City Of Commerce picked the perfect choice. Hollywood stars, as well as, many of LA’s top creative and business icons came out to support and celebrate the amazing, Vida Ghaffari. The Delphi Greek Restaurant in Westwood was literally “standing room only” with those of us who were there to show our love and appreciation for Vida…actress, writer, journalist, and someone who is very community-minded,” said acclaimed actress Suze Lanier-Bramlett.
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Vida with acclaimed actress and good friend, Suze Lanier-Bramlett. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Royal Flair...Qajar Princess Mandana Farman Farmaian with Vida, who also has some relation to the Qajar dynasty on her mom's side and her father's ancestors advised that monarchy. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Royal Flair…Qajar Princess HRH Mandana Farman Farmaian with Vida, who also has some relation to the Qajar dynasty on her mom’s side and her father’s ancestors advised that monarchy. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Actress Reatha Grey waves to the cameras. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Actress Reatha Grey waves to the cameras. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida with Young and the Restless star Kate Linder. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida with Young and the Restless star Kate Linder. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
In addition to distinguished Chamber members and government officials, numerous acclaimed celebrities friends of Vida’s appeared to support her event such as legendary Oscar winner Margaret O’Brien (Meet Me in St.. Louis, Little Women), President of the Southern California Motion Picture Council and actor Randal Malone (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dahmer vs. Gacy),legendary character actor James Hong (Kung Fu Panda 3, Mulan), Kate Linder (The Young and The Restless), Reatha Grey (Off Their Rockers, legendary Iranian actress Apick Youssefian (The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, Cry of the Village), lifetime member of the Actors Studio Ford Austin (Pearl Harbor, Another World ), Suze Lanier-Bramlett (The Hills Have Eyes, Area 51), Anthony Azizi (Septembers of Shiraz, American Odyssey), and Film Composer David Raiklen (Mia, A Dancer’s Journey, Space Command Redemption). Because of Vida’s long standing relationship with the fashion community, designers such as Shekhar Rahate, Julia Clancey, Rita Mezrahi of Claires Collections, and up-and-coming designer Yuki Yim attended to show their support. This star-studded event also had a regal air with royalty such as HH Prince Maximillian Ferdinand Von Anhalt of Germany, HH Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg Lippe, Nachod of Germany, and HRH Qajar Persian Princess Mandana FarmanFarmaian in attendance. Other VIPs that atteneded were city officials,  along  with well regarded international, national and local media.
Vida with noted actor Anthony Azizi. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida with noted actor Anthony Azizi. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Actor David Banks, Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari, Vida, actor Ford Austin, Legendary Oscar-winning actress Margaret O'Brien and actor Randal Malone at The West Los Angeles Chamber Of Commerce's Ceremony Honoring Actress/journalist Vida Ghaffari held at Delphi Greek Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images
Actor David Banks, Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari, Vida, actor Ford Austin, Legendary Oscar-winning actress Margaret O’Brien and actor Randal Malone at The West Los Angeles Chamber Of Commerce’s Ceremony Honoring Actress/journalist Vida Ghaffari held at Delphi Greek Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images
Iconic character actors Ken Davitian and James Hong with Vida. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Iconic character actors Ken Davitian and James Hong with Vida. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida with budding fashion designer Yuki Yim. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida with budding fashion designer Yuki Yim. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida puckers up to a crystal embellished minaudiere "Paulo the Parrot" clutch by Judith Leiber. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida puckers up to a crystal embellished minaudiere “Paulo the Parrot” clutch by Judith Leiber. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
In addition to being a very successful and prolific journalist, Vida is best known for her appearances on the television comedies, Mind of Mencia and The Mindy ProjectShe will soon be seen in the films Pond Scum, Natural Born Filmmakers, Seeking Valentina and Strangers in a Book, which will screen at popular film festivals such as the FANtastic Film Festival and the Action on Film Festival. She is also about to host an exclusive launch event for her own blog about entertainment and fashion, www.soveryvida.com.

 

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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