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Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Peter Manning Robinson at Vortex Dome Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Press Corps) — Saturday, November 11th — Emmy award winning song writer, musician and inventor Peter Manning Robinson played a sold out performance at the mind bending performance space known as the Vortex Dome Los Angeles. This event was presented by Vortex Immersion Media and located at the LA Center Studios campus in downtown Los Angeles. This was a chance to experience Peter Manning Robinson’s Refractor Piano. The Refractor Piano is a life long passion project by Mr. Robinson. Without using any outside beats or samples, Peter creates original compositions that layer the piano’s sounds into an avant guard auditory experience that is unique and innovative. Peter’s performance on Saturday was rich in improvisation. Adding to the sounds of the grand piano were Hana Kim’s layered video images.

Peter Manning Robinson — photo by Alex Kluft Photography

These images were projected into the dome which creates a 360 degree experience. Also on hand at the sold out event was Klaus Hoch. Klaus works closely with Peter on developing the Refractor Piano as well as being the creative director for the project.
Peter began each original composition with a short story of what the song was about. He spoke about how he came to write each piece and what the piece means to him. We were lucky to be in attendance of the rare American Composer. In the tradition of avant guard composers like Aaron Copland and Frank Zappa, Peter uses his Steinway piano to record and loop traditional playing, but also uses mallets to play directly on the strings themselves. Once a rhythm is made, Peter can play and layer classical and jazz style piano into this composition.

Peter Manning Robinson in downtown Los Angeles

The first original composition of the night was very intense and urban called the “Iron Road.” Hana Kim’s visuals took us on a journey to a far away city where we seemed to endlessly drive through a city scape. Peter assembled a piece that showcased his playing ability and passion. The first piece was full of energy. The visuals and sounds hold the audience in a different place. The Vortex Dome Los Angeles allows you to look all around. Peter transcends a typical piano performance.

Peter Manning Robinson playing the Refractor Piano

The second piece of the night featured owls. Peter spoke about the owl and its mythological significance to tribes. Peter spoke of his love for owls. He said he can refract the sounds of owls that live on his estate and play that refracted sound back to them! “Owls of the Night” was the piece that Peter created right in front of us. A bit more mysterious and subdued than “Iron Road,” I thought this piece really showed off the capabilities of the Refractor Piano. Hana Kim’s visuals were stunning. There was a combination of owls flying and owls looking into your soul. The owls seemed to move perfectly with the soundscapes that Peter created. This was a beautiful composition and the immersive Vortex Dome really added to Peter’s performance. Peter took the time between tunes to explain how he became a musical voyager. Listening to these stories set up the entire piece.

Peter Manning Robinson — photo by Alex Kluft Photography

“Dancing in the Purple Sky” is a song that Peter created deep in the Kauai rainforests of Hawaii. Peter said that the tree frogs could create a sound that was 130 decibels. The song that Peter created is more of a straight piano tune. Its chords modulate up and down in a pleasant jazz pattern. This piece was one of my favorite tunes. If “Dancing in the Purple Sky” was my favorite straight piano piece, “Precipice” was my favorite Refractor Piano piece. “Precipice” is a piece that Peter wrote about the obstacle that people go through in their lives and how we overcome them.

Peter starts this piece with echoing high piano notes seeming to cascade down into a chasm. These sounds are paired together with notes that sound like cellos countering the downward spiral. This is an amazing piece of music created by a modern American composer. American composers are in short supply these days. It’s great to have a local Los Angeles composer who has crafted music for movies and TV  among us and making music about the city and the world we all live in.  During Saturday’s performance, Hana Kim’s 360 degree visuals were of escalators and other urban images layered over our heads like a digital circus performance.
The gritty tune called “O Guerreiro Espiritual” is an upbeat piano tune with a funky bass line. Peter glides through chromatic scales on his Steinway and seems to get the piano to release its voice from way up high to way down low. The Refractor Piano is an amazing invention that can be used so many different ways.

Peter Manning Robinson — photo by Alex Kluft Photography

“Black Stone Paths” starts out with Peter creating a soundscape from tapping on the strings of the piano with mallets. Hana Kim’s visuals were also swirling in a 360 during at the start of this number. Peter mentioned that no two performances are ever the exact same with the Refractor Piano. Depending on the vibe at the venue, what time of year, how Peter is feeling, how the audience is feeling, etc, he creates in real time. Like a DJ stoking a nightclub crowd, Peter is composing, mixing and vibing from the energy. He, like the audience, sees the 360 degree visuals and the performance reflects these feelings.
“Fireflies in Orbit” is an amazing tune. The piano’s melody sounded Stravinsky like with a lower synthesizer bass-sounding line providing the rhythm. Hana Kim’s visual are not only things that look like firefly’s, but also what it might look like if you actually ARE a firefly. Once again the full range of the Refractor Piano can be heard on this piece. The Steinway got a full work out as highs and lows were refracted like a prism refracting glass. A full rainbow of sounds and music.

Peter Manning Robinson — photo by Alex Kluft Photography

Watching a Peter Manning Robinson concert up close is a unique and inspiring experience. It was such a pleasure to listen and watch someone make music that is truly original and assemble that music right in front of you. If you get a chance to attend a Peter Manning Robinson concert, I highly recommend it.

Check out his website here

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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GRAMMY Award Winners Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho’s New Album At JACCC’s Aratani Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles

HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — OCTOBER 13, 2017 — American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) present the mainland concert premiere of GRAMMY Award winners Tak Matsumoto and Daniel Ho’s new album, Electric Island, Acoustic Sea. Following a sold-out 24-show tour in Japan and Hawaii earlier this year, Los Angeles audiences will be treated to two special events celebrating Gibson Guitar legend Matsumoto and ukulele virtuoso/multi-instrumentalist Ho’s debut album. First, the duo will kick off their mainland premiere with an intimate Q&A and exclusive live performance – An Evening With Tak Matsumoto and Daniel Ho – at the GRAMMY Museum in Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00pm. Then, four days later, a sensational live concert experience – Electric Island, Acoustic Sea – will rock JACCC’s Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The performance will start at 7:00pm, and tickets range from $39 for balcony seating to $49 for orchestra seating. For additional information on the artists’ debut collaborative album, please visit. Tickets to the GRAMMY event can be found here and tickets for the Aratani concert can be found here.

The prolific duo’s first project together – Electric Island, Acoustic Sea – which was greeted with widespread critical acclaim, debuted at #1 in Japan upon its release on February 8, 2017. In a role-reversal, the album channels Ho’s inner rock star and Matsumoto’s love for the relaxing pace of Hawaii.

As Ho explains, it features an original collection of contemporary compositions rooted in the artists’ native cultures, “Our album is a musical convergence of our island cultures of Japan and Hawaii. We used traditional instruments like ‘ukulele, slack key guitar, ipu heke, taiko, sanshin, koto (June Kuramoto from the group Hiroshima recorded the koto parts) in our original music.” The almost entirely original, instrumental album sports one song with vocals by Ho, a cover of Journey’s ballad “Faithfully.”

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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The 11th Annual EcoLuxe Lounge

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 —The 11th annual EcoLuxe Lounge Celebration was held at the Beverly Hilton’s Wilshire Gardens this Emmys weekend.

Celebrity guests at Ecoluxe included Gretchen Rossi, Allen Maldonado, Tara Reid, Bridgetta Tomarchio, Caitlin Carmichael, Dee Wallace-Stone, Donna Spangler,
Heather McComb, Renee Olstead, Slade Smiley and many more!

Gretchen Rossi on the red carpet

Debbie Durkin’s Ecoluxe honored 2017 Emmy nominees in support of Autism Changes. Autism changes is a non-profit foundation bringing awareness to autism communities around the world. Funds from the foundations are dedicated to inclusion programs offering behavioral and educational support for children. A new book on Autism has been released, Jose’s Journey to Acceptance by Author and founder of Autism Changes, Dennis Vanesse.

Nicole Murphy

Celebs and Creative-types enjoyed a brunch curated by Chef Alberico’s farm-to-table concept complete with champagne, while Dennis Miller kept the music spinning.

Tara Reid

During Eco Luxe Emmy weekend there were many beauty products featured including Zein Obagi. The brand featured its daily skin care products and Ossential pore refining treatments. ZO Skin Health develops and delivers innovative skincare solutions that optimize skin health based on the latest advances in skin therapy technologies. Through comprehensive skincare programs for physicians and their patients, ZO Skin Health, Inc. bridges the gap between therapeutic treatment and daily care.

Patrick Sabonqui

Some of the featured brands this year included Chariot Luggage, perfect for your next jet setting adventure! Chariot had many options for luggage including high-tech plastics in a variety of solids and prints. Although travel is important, looking great is too! Good thing many clothing and jewelry designers were on hand this Emmy’s weekend!

Actor Kim Estes (R)

A crowd favorite was Liv & B which specializes in using high quality gemstones, sterling silver, fine silver, and other metals to enhance the beauty behind every piece. Event goers received beautiful “Madeline” pearl earrings.

Excoluxe lounge by far had the best in beauty, food, and fun this Emmy season. Follow Press Pass LA for the latest in Emmy season coverage.

Liz Fraley

Liz is a freelance writer residing in Beverly Hills, California.

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Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Event Supports Child Safety

HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 — The 6th Annual Red CARpet Safety Event was recently held at Sony Studios in Culver City. The annual Red CARpet Safety event is an engaging and educational way for parents and children to learn about car safety. Did you know that 4 out of 5 car seats are not properly installed? Many celebrity parents and influencers scoped out the event.

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Ali Landry attends Step 2 Presents 6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event on September 23, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

Celebrities in attendance included: Jamie Presley, Ali Landry, Marla Sokoloff, Tammin Sursok, Ali Fedotowsky, Essense Adkins, Amy Davidson, Megan King Edmonds, Catherine McCord, Kathleen Robertson, Rusty Joiner, Courtney Friel, Shiri Appleby, Kristine Lazar, and more!

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Ali Fedotowsky, Kevin Manno and child attend Step 2 Presents 6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event on September 23, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

The event had tons of brand activations including City Moms . This exciting new app allows parents to explore local offerings for child care, classes, and local family fun.

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Elizabeth Fraley from Kinder Ready Inc. attends the Step 2 Presents 6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event on September 23, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

Also in attendance was Kinder Ready, Inc., the leading provider in supplemental education in the Santa Monica/West LA area. Kinder Ready provides one on one learning in home or in the company’s new Brentwood office. Founder Elizabeth Fraley, M.Ed. and the Kinder Ready team offer assessments, one on one learning, drop in weekend care, and academic summer camps. Kinder Ready™ is a specialized program designed for 3-5 year olds. Elementary Wise is designed to enhance learning for ages 6 to 12. Kinder Ready’s teaching staff is familiar and trained in various educational philosophies (Bank Street, Waldorf, Reggio Emilio, Montessori, etc.) which make it a great well-rounded program to check out!

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of atmosphere at Step 2 Presents 6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event on September 23, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

Co-founder, Jennifer Gardner’s new organic food line, Once Upon A Farm, was also at the recent event. The brand was founded on the idea of providing yummy and nutritious “farm-to-family” foods to kids of all ages.

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Tammin Sursok at Step 2 Presents 6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event on September 23, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

At the event, car seat safety demonstrations on Diono Pacificas, Radians and Rainiers car seats were available. A “coaster area” little ones to learn about activity safety with Step2  Xtreme Coasters and Up & Down Coasters. Don’t forget your helmet! Step2 also provided a play zone play houses, kitchens, and floor activities.

Were already gearing up for next years event in 2018!

MODA 360: LA 2017 Takes a Walk on the Wild Side!

MODA 360, an innovative exhibit of international art, fashion and film, presents a special event benefitting the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens’ conservation program and celebrating the Zoo’s 50th anniversary August 1, 2017, 3 to 9 pm, at The New Mart in Downtown L.A.

Debora Pokallus, founder of MODA360

Incorporating exhibits and live presentations by international fashion designers, artists and filmmakers, Moda 360 encourages collaborations between the three creative industries. The 2017 edition of Moda 360 shines the spotlight on sustainability and the importance of preserving the habitats and inhabitants of our planet. A unique feature is “A Walk on the Wild Side,” a sustainable runway fashion show with creations by artists and designers reflecting the species, habitats and conservation projects championed by the L.A. Zoo.

fashion designer Deborah Lindquist

“Moda 360 will be a more intimate event this year to focus on the important issue of environmental stewardship and support the Zoo’s international programs,” says Debora Pokallus, producer of Moda 360. “Preserving our environment has become even more critical today and it’s important to raise awareness and support organizations that do this important work.”

Actress, event media partner and presenter Vida Ghaffari

Proceeds from this event support the L.A. Zoo’s new Species Conservation Action Network (SCAN), including a dedicated Curator of Conservation whose sole focus will be to identify and respond to urgent animal conservation issues around the world. The L.A. Zoo dedicates funds, expertise, and staff to a wide variety of conservation projects all over the globe, with a special focus on those that target wild counterparts of animals in their collection. While the reach is global, two of its greatest conservation successes have been local in nature: the California Condor Recovery Plan and the Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Plan, both restoring populations of critically endangered animals to their native habitats. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments,

According to GLAZA President Connie Morgan, “As the Zoo celebrates 50 years of leadership in exceptional animal welfare and its role as a key player in major conservation projects that protect animal species from extinction, GLAZA’s Board of Trustees builds upon five decades of major support for the Zoo and looks ahead to the next 50 by funding SCAN’s Curator of Conservation position into the future.”

L.A. Zoo Director John Lewis says, “The Zoo, with its decades of institutional knowledge and scientific expertise, will utilize SCAN to build solutions and connect the best people and programs, inside and outside the zoo profession, to act in a coordinated effort to address pressing and critical species survival issues. The Zoo may not be the Ark but we are shipbuilders!”

Moda 360 promises an eclectic and entertaining program representing three creative industries and presenting the ideas, inspiration, and ethics that drive the independent artist, designer and filmmaker forward in their work. Showing the best of contemporary creation, Moda 360 gives a look behind the art to show the contribution these talented exhibitors offer the commercial and cultural market.

Moda 360 will also screen fashion videos from international filmmakers, and premiere a video homage of LA fashion by Lucinda Luuvas.

CE Jordan will perform her all-too-true tales of modeling in LA and NY in “A Model Life,” a journey down the runway of life. Jordan is a former model and professional storyteller who will share reflections from her modeling career in the 1970s, weaving anecdotes about the many personalities she encountered in her work: Karl Lagerfeld, Gianni Versace, Andy Warhol, Michaele Vollbracht, Bill Blass, Givenchy. She has entertained audiences throughout Los Angeles with her warmth and wit, offering a fascinating look at life during fashion’s heyday. Wielding her signature combination of storytelling, music, dance, and an imaginative use of props, this versatile writer/performer will kick up her high heels in this model bash for the ageless. “A Model Life” performance is at 3 pm (seating begins at 2:45).

A screening of “Strangers in a Book,” written by Pedram Navab and directed by Marc Rezvani, takes place at 4 pm (seating begins at 3:45). The film follows Sara in actress (and HPC’s own) Vida G’s (The Mindy Project, Mind of Mencia) dramatic debut, a hip and melancholic Iranian-American, who finds a misplaced book in a café. Intrigued by its contents, but unable to find the owner, she decides to interview the people in the notebook to decipher the identity of the mysterious man. The strangers whom she meets, considered the dregs of society, tell Sara stories about the enigmatic owner of the book, who is considered both diabolical and kind. In her relentless pursuit of the ultimate stranger, Sara is thus plunged into the horror of the unknown, where reality merges with art, and where existence itself is questioned. The film has also received 7 nominations at the prestigious Film Festival in San Diego and won Best Guerrilla Film at the popular Action on Film (AOF) Festival in Monrovia, California and the noted Finow Film and Script Festival in Eberswalde, Germany.Vida Ghaffari will introduce the film.

“A Walk on the Wild Side,” which takes place at 5:30 pm (seating begins at 5:15 pm, is a sustainable runway show of fashions by ethical designers from three continents to show that sustainability is vibrant and creative. It features the work of Atelier Tammam, a London couture house of 100% vegan and ethical fashion whose designs have graced the red carpet at the BAFTA awards; Juan Pablo Martinez, a collection fusing sustainability, fine tailoring and rock and roll from Bogata Colombia who began his career in the atelier of Christian LaCroix; designer Lucy Tammam, a fierce advocate of sustainable fashion who has been a force in the ethical fashion movement for over a decade; and LA’s own Deborah Lindquist who has spent 30 years designing eclectic, and striking fashion from reclaimed, recycled and sustainable materials. A special feature of the runway will be unique creations by artists and designers reflecting the species, habitats and conservation projects championed by the L.A. Zoo. These exceptional designers will hit the runway to support the L.A. Zoo and will be joined by other talented artists and designers creating one of a kind surprises that reflect the animals, habitats and conservation programs the L.A. Zoo champions. A team of hair and makeup artists from TNT Agency will create looks with a touch of the jungle.

Moda 360 celebrates the innovation and creativity of designers and artists and welcomes exciting new innovations and ideas. Returning to Moda 360, Philadelphia designer Machele Nettles will show her latest Idol-Light collection of prism jewelry made from reclaimed optical glass. These sleek and modern designs refract light, making not just a fashion statement, but demonstrating the wonders of science. Machele is creating a special piece for the Zoo runway design challenge. Vanessa Wishart from Toronto, Ontario, is a fashion artist, designer and costumer for theater, films and music tours. Internationally known for her ability to take the most banal items and transform it into wearable art, she creates fashion items from currency and is showing her latest Luut collection at Moda 360. Kor?áta from Guatemala, are high-quality ethical fashion products handwoven by Guatemalan artisans. The bright, colorful ties and wallets reflect the culture and spirit of the native artisans. Moda 360 welcomes returning artist Andrea Bogdan who will again live paint during the event. Andrea will debut an art and fashion collaboration on the runway to support the Zoo. The U.K. feminist art organization FiLiArt is organizing a special exhibition to make the statement that preserving our world is a feminist issue. Photographer Jenna Amaya also returns to Moda to show her expressive studies of exploration of human form and body art. Mark Campana joins fellow Philadelphian Machele Nettles showing his beautiful paintings of the historical architecture in his hometown. These creators will be joined by a growing roster of designers and artists.

Bel Essence the natural skincare and certified cruelty-free company, returns as sponsor of Moda 360 for this special event.

The New Mart is located at 127 E. 9th Street, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Tickets for MODA 360’s August 1 event range from $35 to $500 and are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/moda-360-fashion-art-and-film-experience-benefiting-la-zoo-conservation-tickets-35128296681.

ABOUT BEL ESPRIT – The Bel Esprit Showroom showcases international designers of ethical fashion, and the sister showroom, Showroom International, presents the collections of international independent designers. The showrooms offer 30 years of industry experience identifying and assisting the needs of both designers and retailers to facilitate a strong business relationship, and partner with international fashion industry organizations and events to give independent designers maximum exposure. Bel Esprit promotes ethical principles through education to designers, retailers and consumers, and through a number of global initiatives works to create and develop more ethical resources for the fashion industry. Learn more at www.BelEsprit.net.

ABOUT THE NEW MART – The New Mart Building, a registered Los Angeles historical landmark located in the center of Downtown LA’s fashion district, is home to 100+ showrooms representing hundreds of top lines. With both high profile and cutting edge showrooms, The New Mart is the most sought-after venue for wholesale fashion buyers from around the world. Learn more at www.newmart.net.

ABOUT BEL ESSENCE – Bel Essence is a natural skincare collection based on a simple idea: give skin the nutrition it needs to heal, regenerate and rejuvenate itself. Bel Essence combines natural and organic oils that are the richest sources of vitamins, antioxidants, omega 3’s and fatty acids, the essential components for healthy, youthful skin. Bel Essence gives skin what nature intended and selects and combines oils with beneficial properties to maximize results without harmful chemicals and colorings. Natural oils, known for their skin health benefits, are combined to treat and nourish skin giving both instant improvement and long-term transformation. Learn more at www.belessence.com.

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO – The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens marks its 50th anniversary with a yearlong “ZooLAbration” that began on November 28, 2016, which is the 50th anniversary of the opening at its current location. Throughout the 50th anniversary year, the Zoo spotlights not only its key role as a world-class destination and an important community asset but also its critical successes in conservation, quality of life and premier care for animals. Having recently completed a $172 million master plan which significantly improved the Zoo facility, the Zoo now embarks upon developing a new Master Plan, which will serve as a road map for the future. The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered, as well as a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Its responsibility toward wildlife conservation not only encompasses safeguarding the animals in its care but also actively participating in the preservation of some of the world’s most critically endangered species and their habitats. The Zoo’s many conservation successes include having led the charge in saving California condors from extinction and restoring populations of these critically endangered animals to their native habitats.

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Legendary Actors and Martial Artists Aleong and Novak to Be Inducted Into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

  On Saturday, May 20th, legendary actors and martial artists Aki Aleong and Mel Novak will be inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala in Fullerton, CA. This Hall of Fame was founded by Grandmaster Jim Thomas, Ph.D./D.Sc./Ma.Dsc.

Grandmaster Jim Thomas and Loretta Hallmark

Dr. Thomas is a 10th degree grand master and is recognized as one of 20 worldwide. He has been active in the martial arts field for over half a century. In addition to serving as the head coach for Team USA, he was inducted into 6 various martial arts ‘Hall of Fame’ institutions and listed in ‘Who’s – Who’ in the world of Martial Arts. Grandmaster Thomas has won over 200 awards and trophies and served in the U.S. Air Force for 7 years during the Vietnam Evacuation Era. He was a former athlete for the USA World Class Competition Team and has appeared in over 8 Martial Arts Motions pictures.

Sifu Mark Hoadley

The U.S.A. Martial Arts ‘Hall of Fame’ “Hall of Heroes” was originally created in 1976 by Grand Master Robert Trias, the first man to open a martial arts school in the U.S. In its beginning it was very small in nature and was done spontaneously at various Martial Arts functions. Grandmaster Thomas and Mike Day were called upon to orchestrate this function into what it is today. Even with the passing of Grandmaster Trias and Day, Thomas has kept this event alive himself and includes new exciting things each and every year! This event actually spans three days from May 19th to May 21st with seminars and classes and the gala being on the 20th. Celebrities in attendance at the gala are Kathy Long, Art Camacho, Olivier Gruner and many more. Martial Artist and stand-up comic Mark Hoadley will be opening the gala with his unique style of stand-up comedy. Sifu Hoadley is a 3 time Hall of Fame inductee and last year’s Alliance inductee. Mark frequently performs at The World Famous Comedy Store, The Ice House and the Clown House.

Awardees Aki Aleong and Mel Novak. Photo courtesy of Sheri Determan/PR Photos

Iconic martial artist Aki Aleong has starred in over 50 feature films and 150 TV shows. He has starred in films opposite the likes of Frank Sinatra Jr., Nick Nolte, Christian Slater, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Joanne Woodward, Ben Kingsley, Ernest Borgnine, Martin Landau, Roger Moore, Peter Lawford, Olivia Hussey, and Pierce Brosnan. He has served on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild, appointed National Chair of SAG’S EEOC and was a member of the President’s Diversity/Affirmative Action Task Force. Aki’s legendary career started on Broadway in “Teahouse of the August Moon” and “The Interview.” He is probably best known for portraying Senator Hidoshi during the first season of Babylon 5, as well as portraying Mr. Chiang, the aide to Nathan Bates in the weekly series of V: The Series. He also portrayed the character of Colonel Mitamura in Farewell to the King and starred in Missing in Action Part 3 Opposite Chuck Norris and The Quest opposite Jean Claude Van Damme and Roger Moore. Aleong recently starred opposite Jean Claude Van Damme again in Pound of Flesh and just guest starred in an episode of the three time Peabody nominated Suspense show opposite Torohu Masamune (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

Aki on set with Danny Trejo

Martial arts legend Mel Novak is best known as the iconic Stick the Assassin in Bruce Lee’s final film Game of Death. He has starred in more than 60 feature films opposite the likes of icons such as Steve McQueen, Yul Brenner, Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Rosie O’Donnell, Dan Ackroyd and many others. He has been bestowed with numerous awards for his acting work as well as humanitarian awards. He has been volunteering on Skid Row for over 30 years and has counseled prisoners at the most dangerous prisons in the country and has also volunteered with the Special Olympics. More recently, he starred in Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, #1 grossing indie martial arts action movie of 2015. Mel also starred in the recently released Sony Pictures’ Checkpoint, opposite William Forsythe, Bill Goldberg, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Kenny Johnson. Mel also starred in the much buzzed about Holy Terror opposite Kristine DeBell (Meatballs, The Big Brawl) and Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live).

Mel on the set of Check Point with noted director Thomas J. Churchill and William Forsythe

For more info and to purchase tickets, please go to http://www.usamartialartshalloffame.com/california-2017 or call 714-922-1700

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Award Winning Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman’s Official Hollywood Fashion Show in Conjunction with the World Networks

On Tuesday, April 11th at 7pm, Award Winning Hollywood Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman will launch her much anticipated official Hollywood Fall/winter 2017 Runway collection called the ‘The Queen in Me’ fashion show. This much buzzed about event will take place at the swanky Sofitel hotel at 8555 Beverly blvd in Los Angeles. It will be a completely star-studded evening jam packed with celebrities and media. The event will be presented by Sai Suman in conjunction with the World Networks which was founded by the vivacious entrepreneur Lousine Karibian and the media partners of the event who will host the red carpet, noted glamour actress/fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live, So Very Vida) and celebrated actor Ford Austin (Heels, Live by Night) of “Live with Ford and Vida”.

Sai in one of her beautiful designs at the Beverly Hills Haute Couture Pre-Oscars Gala at Prince’s Former Private Estate/mansion at Beverly Hills

The Red Carpet starts at 7pm which will be followed by the Fashion Runway show at 9:30pm having the elegant royal era theme, ‘The Queen in Me’ with a romantic Paris feel and runway music reminiscent of “La Vie En Rose”. Models will walk in the perfect Royal exquisite and glamorous designs illustrating of the theme as it describes, swaying the audiences harkening them back to the 1920 era with the modern touch of 2017 styling and detailing on a time travel back and forth between 1920’s to 2017 with the mesmerizing women and men’s fall/winter collection. The collection has a very unique fabric and appliqué detailing on women’s collection whereas Mens suit/tux has a very interesting and eclectic mix of fabric combination seen in velvets, cotton and even leather standing it out from the basic regular tuxedo trend. This dazzling collection has gold, diamond and pearl delicate appliqué with few having a 3D flower laser cut detailing on the Royal style gowns.

Celebrity designer Sai Suman at the Elton John Oscar party. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight

Overall it is a show that truly gives a feel of all the Queens all gathered in a royal gala charming the audience with their regal style and fashion in a story narrated by the designer herself with her limitless imagination and creativity. The models look is created by Beyond Beauty and models are from TMJ Agency founded by Terita Jackson.

Actress Kat Kramer with Sai at the Elton John Oscar Party. Both ladies are wearing Sai’s designs. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight

This designer is surely going to be one of the names to be remembered in history among the other legendary designers who are as gifted as her! Sai Suman is an epitome of style and fantasy and has surely achieved a niche at a very young age inspiring many young aspirants to achieve their dreams.

Expected celebrities and VIPs in attendance are Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman, actors Jimmy Jean Louis (Joy, Heroes), Alice Amter (The Big BangTheory), Elvis Nolasco (The American Crime), Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, JimmyKimmel Live), Ford Austin (Heels, Live By Night) and his wife, Emmy award-winning producer Lauree Dash, Ken Davitian (Ray Donovan, Borat), Isaac C. Singleton Jr. (Deadpool, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man’s Chest), Diane Franklin (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Better Off Dead…), Suze Lanier Bramlett (The Hills Have Eyes), KD Aubert (Too Close To Home), Gabriel Jarret (Real Genius), Moniqua Plante (Nashville), Christina Elizabeth Smith (Pyschopaths), Massi Furlan (Live by Night,Keeping Up With The Joneses), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky), Said Faraj (War Dogs, Green Zone), Kat Kramer (Child of the 70’s), Hoyt Richards (Supermodel/Actor), noted Iranian-American actress Mary Apick (Homeland, Last Call at Murray’s), Anjul Nigam (Grey’s Anatomy, True Detective), Burgandi Phoenix (The Conan show), Carlos Ramirez (Hidden Valley The Awakening), Mark Neely (Kroll Show, Rizzoli & Isles), Zhubin Rahbar (The Disaster Artist), Frank Krueger (Live By Night, CSI: Cyber), and Kassi Crews (Po, Broken Memories). In accordance with the theme of this event, other esteemed guests in attendance are Hollywood Royalty such as John Blyth Barrymore of the Barrymore clan and even European Royalty in attendance such as HRH Princess Francesca Gioia Drommi and HSH Prince Kniase Melikoff, Kingdoms of Armenia, Georgia and Imperial Russia as well as noted fine artist and founder of Cryptorealism HRH Davood Roostaei (Persian Qajar Dynasty).

The Hollywood Launch Runway fashion show is a concept created by Sai Suman and will be executed by the World Networks to showcase Sai’s vision and creativity to all her celebrity and media colleagues for them to experience the journey of her fantasy and glamour under one roof, giving them the experience to be a part of a world-class Couture high fashion fall/winter 2017 launch collection.

ABOUT SAI SUMAN

Sai Suman Has been designing for HOLLYWOOD’s A list stars at red carpet galas and premieres as well as other events and also has done personalized designing. Her collection and designs have been a hit and quite popular among the Hollywood actors and the whole entertainment industry in no time where Sai at such a young age has reached an international level of high appreciation and credibility. 

Sai has been showcasing in many international platforms as well presenting her collections at premieres and highly acclaimed top fashion events such as New York Couture Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia and Mercedes Benz fashion week in Europe, to name a few and Sai has carved a niche for herself at the very beginning of her journey.

Recently Sai was honored by the Entrepreneur Award of the year 2017 in Fashion Designing at the World Networks in Los Angeles as the ambassador of Dubai for the Network. 

Sai has also been awarded as “Fashion Designer for 2013-14” at the Dubai Fashion Awards. This wunderkind has also won “Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Excellence in Designing” award at the Global Achievers Awards held in Bangkok in May 2013 for her astounding creative sensibilities.

‘SAI SUMAN’, has been transforming her imagination, fantasy into a wearable piece of art. Her work represents a unique and intriguing combination of fashion and technology. Sai’s collections are compromised of impeccably cut outfits and sophisticated haute couture and red carpet gowns that are ornate and intricately detailed while her designs speak volumes about her passion and her work.

Sai Suman is a designer who creates a blend of western fashion elements with a traditional touch of handwork, creating a new fashion statement. She likes experimenting to create uniqueness in her style and to bring out timeless yet trendsetting collections. Sai Suman loves to create a unique blend of western with a traditional touch to it. She has always been inspired by the futuristic vision in fashion hence has presented several art pieces integrated with light technology in many esteemed international fashion week show. Sai Suman has been a pioneer in experimenting the use of unique fabrics designing the costumes for Bollywood actresses. Sai has also designed looks for international television stars, contributed her designs to several Bollywood music videos, magazine cover shoots, reality shows and is now styling for Hollywood as well.

Sai is the youngest designer to create and combine fashion with technology and creativity, presenting Haute Couture with Hi-Tech designs in various international platforms as the youngest Indian designer alongside with the top senior renowned international designers from different countries respectively.

The inspiration for this young and talented Hollywood celebrity fashion designer, ‘Sai Suman,’ has been the surrealistic fantasy world that tickles her imagination and transforms that fantasy into a wearable pieces of art.

More info at  www.saisuman.ws and

https://www.instagram.com/saisumancouture/

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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The Emerging Past Director’s Cut Released on Amazon Prime

Noted multi award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill’s epic horror film, The Emerging Past Director’s Cut was just released on Amazon Prime. This film is in the tradition of Hitchcock and is a new psychological thriller from the producers & Writer/Director of Check Point, The Rack Pack, and Lazarus Apocalypse comes THE EMERGING PAST.

When you can’t see the future you need to live for the past. This film is the ultimate psycho-thriller roller coaster ride of terror. Murder and mayhem surround Queens New York photographer, Pamela Garret (played by Krista Grotte, Check Point, The Rack Pack, Lazarus Apocalypse, Hershel Gordon Lewis’ The Uh-Oh Show) after she is discovered taking a life altering picture of a sacrifice ritual. Her world suddenly becomes a jigsaw puzzle as she quickly needs to solve it and find somewhere safe to hide before her emerging past catches up with her. With no where to go, she turns to her coworker Dylan (played by the late actor Brooke McCarter in his last and final role, The Lost Boys, Trashin, The Uh-Oh Show) for help. As stress levels rise in her search for the truth her coworker spins the game into another level as he reveals just who he really is. As she soon realizes that the past is never where you left it hence the title for the film.

“I’m so excited that the Emerging Past Director’s Cut is on Amazon Prime. The Emerging Past was one of my first films, so it’s as if my career has come full circle with this release of the film,” said Churchill.

This film also stars horror icon Stephen Geoffreys (Check Point, LAZARUS, Fright Night, 976-Evil, Heaven Help Us, At Close Range), Steve Dash (Friday the 13th Part 2, Nighthawks, Alone in the Dark, Mr. Hush), Edward X. Young (Sea of Dust, The Green Monster, Mr. Hush), Tony Moran (John Carpenter’s Halloween, BEG) and Mike Marino (Check Point, Sleepless Nights, Lazarus Apocalypse). The film is skillfully written and directed by Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Lazarus Apocalypse, The Rack Pack). This noteworthy film was the winner of 8 Awards including four for Best Picture at various Film Festivals across the world.

The film’s poster

This has been a banner year for the prolific Churchill. His film, The Rack Pack, starring C. Thomas Howell is in post production. His much buzzed about film, Check Point, which was distributed by Sony was just released on all platforms. This film has an all-star ensemble cast consisting of WWE Universal Champion Bill Goldberg (The Longest Yard), William Forsythe (The Rock, Raising Arizona), Martial Arts Hall of Famer Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, An Eye For An Eye opposite Chuck Norris), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th films), Tyler Mane (Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween, X-Men), Fred “The Hammer” Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn, Starsky & Hutch), Former UFC Champion John Lewis (Sons of Anarchy), Krista Grotte (Nation’s Fire, The Rack Pack) and Kenny Johnson (Bates Motel, The Shield). This project is also the last film of Ricky Harris (Heat, Dope) before his tragic and unexpected death. The action packed Syndicate Smasher, which he worked on with Novak and Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky) and played the role of Andy, just held it’s world premiere to a sold out crowd.

Still of Grotte and McCarter

 

Still of Grotte

 

Still of McCarter

Other projects this multi-talented filmmaker has worked on are the two time award-winning retro-film noir zombie epic-Lazarus: Apocalypse starring James Duval (Independence Day), which won best horror film at The New York City International Film Festival. He also produced and portrayed the sheriff in the indie film Mr. Hush. Churchill was also seen by millions on the SyFy Network’s hit series Monster Man in episode #2 titled The Forbidden Werewolf.  This talented multi-hyphenate had a memorable role in the new cult classic Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance with a talented ensemble cast consisting of Bai Ling (The Crow), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Airplane 2: The Sequel), and Dawna Lee Heising (Pond Scum), and was reunited with Novak. Next on deck for Churchill is epic action thriller Nation’s Fire,  starring Grotte, which he wrote and will be directing. Also on deck for him is an edgy new anthology TV series, Cold Plastic, which he also wrote and is directing  as well. Both projects are being production in conjunction David M. Parks’ Apothecary Entertainment.

More info at http://www.churchhillproductions.com/

 

Dustin Brown

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Filmmaker Beth B Kickstarting Film Project with Lydia Lunch

bit.ly/lydialunch

March 17, 2017 – New York City artist, Beth B, has known and worked with Lydia Lunch since they were teenagers. They grew up in the late 1970s New York music/film/art scene and brought their radical visions to the underground where they broke boundaries, both shocking and enticing their audiences with their uncensored music and films.

Beth B(L) with Lydia Lunch(R) photo by Curt Hoppe

Together, they are now embarking on a Kickstarter campaign to fund a film documentary called LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over.

This project will capture the voice and visualize the extraordinary, outrageous work and life of spoken word artist and singer, Lydia Lunch. The film will follow Lydia on the road back to her hometown of Rochester, New York. On tour, backstage, and in interviews, this film will reveal the radical mind, the visceral music, and the edgy, philosophical, and humorous personality of Lydia Lunch.

Lydia Lunch performing in New York City. Photo courtesy Bob Krasner

Lydia Lunch is an icon/poet of the New York City No Wave art scene. In 1976 at the age of sixteen, a teenage runaway, Lydia Lunch, arrived in New York City  inspired by the ravings of Lester Bangs in Creem Magazine. The Velvet Underground’s sarcastic wit, the glamour of the New York Dolls, and the poetic scat of Patti Smith’s Piss Factory all influenced her. In 1977, she founded the hugely influential No Wave band, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. Lydia went on to star in legendary underground films like Beth B’s “Vortex” and Richard Kern’s “Fingered.”

Lydia Lunch. Photo courtesy Nicole Marquez

Beth B is known for being one of the most recognized artists from the No Wave art scene of the 1970s. Her independent film called “Vortex” was a legend in underground film making. This was a time before the internet when films could only be screened with a 16mm projector. Beth B remains an icon of the New York City art scene.

This Kickstarter project seeks to raise $50,000 for Beth B to film Lydia on tour with her band, RETROVIRUS. Lydia will be performing her spoken word while Beth B will be interviewing pivotal people in Lydia’s life: people like Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth and JG Thirwell from Fetus.

Lydia Lynch’s riveting performance at Howl Happening NYC. Photo by Bob Krasner

Please contribute! No contribution is too small! LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over, with its wit, honesty, balls out, mouth open attitude, will help us all to kick the ball forward, toward a future in which we truly have liberation of the mind and body and a new sense of healing from trauma.

Here’s a link to the project

bit.ly/lydialunch

 

Dustin Brown

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