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Noted Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari Guest Lectures at Raindance L.A

For those wanting to learn more about the business of show business, noted entertainment attorney Nadia Davari will guest lecture a class on Wednesday, June 13th from 6 to 8pm on Film Sales and Distribution at Raindance L.A.  This event will take place at Rough Diamond Productions, which is located at 1424 North Kings Road in West Hollywood. Producer Jason Piette (The Merchant Of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons; Head In The Clouds; Napoleon TV series for A & E; Perfect Creatures; I Melt With You: Iron Sky. Co-founder Disrupting Influence) will also be guest lecturing that evening.

Entertainment attorney Nadia Davari

Other guest lecturers in this informative lecture series include producer and director Julia Verdin (The Merchant of Venice, Stander, Jacks, Born of War, The Unwilling, Lost Girls), and sales agent Glenn Kendrick Ackermann (Quadra, Helkon, Capitol, VIP Medienfonds, Atlas and V International Media having secured international presales, private equity, licensed international and domestic distribution rights).

Film producer and Raindance LA founder Julia Verdin

About Raindance L.A. :
Raindance L.A. is a film/TV training and networking organization that works to promote and support independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the US. From new and emerging talent to seasoned industry pros, Raindance connects, trains, supports and promotes visual storytellers through every step of their career.

About Nadia Davari:
Nadia has over 14 years of experience as an entertainment and business attorney. She has served as the outside counsel and in legal and business affairs for several media companies and start-ups, including MavTV, Channel Factory, Prescience, and Lightning Entertainment. She works with a wide range of clients including digital media companies, new business start-ups, production companies, movie studios, television networks, investors, and talent. She is well-known for her superior negotiating and drafting skills in development, production, distribution, licensing, and acquisition of entertainment content in animated, scripted and unscripted television, and motion picture content. Nadia graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in molecular, cell and developmental biology and attended USC Law School where she participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors program.

More info about the seminar and tickets:

http://www.raindance.org/courses/sales-distribution-la/

More info about Nadia Davari at:
http://www.nadiadavari.com/

Dustin Brown

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I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Celebration of Life: Haideh at Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary

From left to right; Persian pop sensation Sattar, from West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Roozbeh Farahanipour, former Beverly Hills mayor Jimmy Delshad and LA City Councilman Paul Cortez. Photo by Sanaz Danesh
(Hollywood Press Corps) — Sunday, April 29, 2018 — The West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary, and KIRN 670 AM SoCalPersian.com held a  celebration of life for Persian singer Haideh. Haideh was an iconic Iranian singer of classical and pop music. She was an ambassador to Iran. To many people she is timeless. She is considered one of the most popular singers of the 20th century Iran. Haideh rose to fame and captured the hearts of her nation when she began to sing with dramatic flair and a huge dynamic range in the 1970s. Like many of her countrymen, the Iranian Revolution of 1979 forced her into exile and she moved to Los Angles. When Haideh was 48 years old, she passed away from a heart attack in January of 1990. This memorial was an event to celebrate her life. Haideh’s albums are still bestsellers and her songs are played on Iranain television stations. Her amazing talent continues to enchant generations of people all over the world.
Guests enjoying the grounds at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village. Photo by Dustin Brown
Haideh’s neice, Sahar (L) with Roozbeh (R)
Haidaeh’s birthday celebration at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village. Photo by Dustin Brown
Dustin Brown from the Hollywood Press Corps (L) with Stan Scott (R) from Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary
Haidaeh’s birthday celebration at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village. Photo by Dustin Brown

Sahar speaking at the memorial. Sahar is Mahasti’s daughter. Mahasti was the younger sister of singer Haideh.
Legendary Persian violin player Siamak Pouan. Photo by Dustin Brown
Haideh’s son, Keyvan Nouri (L) with Roozbeh Farahanipour (R). Photo by Dustin Brown
 There were so many Iranian celebrities and politicians from all over Los Angeles in attendance. This event was hosted by Farangis MC & Gharib Afshar.  Farangis MC began with an introduction. Stan Scott from Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary spoke about the Dignity Memorial. West Wood Village Memorial Park is such an amazing place. It’s the resting place of so many luminaries. People like Jack Lemmon, Hugh Hefner, Marylin Monroe, Don Knots, Bob Krane and many of Hollywood’s legends are interred here.
Roozbeh Farahanipour from the West LA Chamber of Commerce is the owner of the Delphi Greek, the only Hellenic, or Greek, restaurant in Westwood. Photo by Dustin Brown

Next to speak was Roozbeh Farahnipour from the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Roozbeh is such an amazing person. Known for being a leader in the movement for Iranian cultural resistance and the chairman of the Marz-e Por Gohar resistance movement which advocates the overfthrow of Iran’s Islamic government, Roozbeh connects so many Los Angeles business people. His position at the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and running his restaurant, Delphi Greek, on Westwood boulevard, keeps Roozbeh very busy.

LA City Councilman Paul Coretz from Fifth District. Photo by Sanaz Danesh

Next up to speak was city councilman Paul Coretz from the City of Los Angeles’ Fifth District. Paul is such a great public speaker and always has something interesting and funny to say. Haidehs’s son, Keyvan Nouri, spoke about Haideh’s life. A few of the speakers spoke in Farasi, so was is difficlut to understand them, but I think most people were speaking on their connection to Haideh and how special she was. Parviz Garib Afshar spoke a lot in farsis but in the end he said a few words in english about Haideh.

Persian pop singing sensation Sattar. Photo by Dustin Brown

The next speaker was Hassan Sattar. Mr Sattar also sang two soulful songs. Sattar is known as an Iranian pop star who also sings classical. He became famous in Iran before the Iranian revolution of 1978. He had become a Phalavi Royal Family court singer up until the policitcal uprising in the 1970s. It was a real treat to hear Sattar perform. The crowd was trying to push into the tiny chapel to take a video on their iphones.
Former Beverly Hills mayor Jimmy Delshad. Photo by Dustin Brown
 Next to speak at the Memorial for Haideh was the former mayor of Beverly Hills, Jimmy Delshad. He spoke about his experience as an Iraninan in Los Angeles and how he wanted to become mayor to make a change. He also spoke about Haideh and how amazing she was in her singing. Next up was Westwood Communtity Council Chairman Steve Sann. Afghan songwiter, Farid Zoland, spoke about his colaboration with Hiadeh. Communtity College Representative Scott Svonlin spoke about his commitment to provide one free year of community college to Los Angeles resident high school students. Mr. Svonlin said that he supports former President Obama’s commitment to provide free communtiy college to anyone. He continued to say that Mayor Eric Garcetti and Govenor Jerry Brown were commited to a project that gives students one year of community college for free. So, together, students can have two years of free community college.
Roozbeh Farahanipour (L) from West LA Chamber of Commerce, LA City Councilman Paul Coretz (C), and Keyvan Nouri (R). Photo by Sanaz Danesh
Roozbeh said a few words in closing about Haideh and her amazing life. Haideh’s son, Keyvan Nouri, also said a few words in closing. Haideh’s music still inspires many Iranian and Farsis speaking people.
Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Light Up The Blues 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

(Hollywood Press Corps) — Friday, April 20, 2018 —The 5th Annual Light Up The Blues – Autism Speaks 2018 was hosted by Kristen and Stephen Stills. Producers, directors, musicians, actors and comedians came out for the cause. When MC Jack Black was asked by Yours Truly on the blue carpet, “Show me Sexy,”  Jack Black obligingly posed (see below – haha!)  Autism Speaks Board Member, Chuck Saftler was on the blue carpet with his wife, as well as Paula Salvatore, Capitol Records Vice President with her date.   The Stills Family and The  Producers of Autism Speaks, Anthony Young Evip, Raoul Mongilardi, and Brandon Cohen, also made their appearances on the blue carpet.  Christina Applegate, Amy Brenneman, Kim Raver, and the always funny Sarah Silverman were also present to lend their support. Christopher Bollenback, owner of Bottega Louie, John Asher, and Michael Frondelli also showed their support on the blue carpet.

Stephen Stills on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Chris Stills (L), Kristen Stills (C), and Stephen Stills (R) on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
The Stills Family on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Chris Stills on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Chris Stills on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Producers of Autism Speaks, Raoul Mongilardi (L) and Anthony Young Evip (R) on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Producers of Autism Speaks, Anthony Young Evip (L), Raoul Mongilardi (C), and Brandon Cohen (R) on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
“I want Sexy!” Jack Black on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
“I want Sexy!” Jack Black on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
“I want Sexy!” Black on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
“I want Sexy!” Jack Black on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Christina Applegate on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Amy Brenneman on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Suzan Postel on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
CC White on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Sheryl Crow on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Comedian Sarah Silverman on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Judy Collins on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Kim Raver on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Amanda Anderson, Spectrum Artist, on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Tyler Kilmer, Spectrum Artist, Trumpet, on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Tyler Kilmer, Spectrum Artist, Trumpet, on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Spectrum artist Amanda Anderson walked the blue carpet and gave an amazing operatic performance later on the main stage.  Tyler Kilmer came with his loving Mom and a large fan base. He posed for pictures on the blue carpet then played a soulful jazz trumpet number.  Soulshocka  posed for photos on the blue carpet with his trademark dark sunglasses. His performance on stage was striking and powerful, rapping about the challenges on being on the autism spectrum.

Soulshocka, Spectrum Artist, on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Chuck Saftler (R), Autism Speaks Board Member and wife, Colleen, on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Chuck Saftler (R), Autism Speaks Board Member and wife, Colleen, on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Adrienne Frantz (L), Rochelle Savory (C), and Vicki Frantz (R) on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Adrienne Frantz (L), Rochelle Savory (R) on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Director John Asher on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Director, John Asher (L), and Julian Feder (R) on the Blue Carpet Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Julian Feder on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

At one point in the evening, Jack Black auctioned of three Gretch guitars that were signed by the evenings celebrities. Each guitar went for $25,000.00, with Jack Black matching their bids for a total of $100,000 –  the proceeds going to Autism Speaks.

Christopher Bollenback, Owner of Bottega Louie, on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Chris Stills (L) and Michael Frondelli (R), on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Christopher Bollenback (R), Owner of Bottega Louie, and guest, on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Paula Salvatore, Capitol Records Vice President (L) and guest, on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Michael Jensen, of Jensen Communications, Inc. on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Michael Frondelli (L), and guest on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Michael Frondelli (L), and guests on the Blue Carpet at Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Stephen Stills, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Black and Chris Stills, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Black and Chris Stills, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Amanda Anderson, Spectrum Artist, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Tyler Kilmer, Spectrum Artist, Trumpet, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Burt Bacharach and Sheryl Crow, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Belmont Tench and Beck, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Beck, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Neil Young, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Neil Young, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Neil Young, Patti Smith, and Chris Stills, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Neil Young and Patti Smith, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Neil Young and Patti Smith, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Mike Campbell, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Neil Young, Patti Smith, and Chris Stills, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Stephen Stills and Mike Campbell, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Stephen Stills, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, and Steve Ferrone, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Steve Ferrone, and Sheryl Crow, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Steve Ferrone, and Sheryl Crow, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Stephen Stills, Steve Ferrone, and Sheryl Crow, Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Light Up The Blues ~ Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Stephen Stills performing with Neil Young, with the Heartbreakers as the backing band was powerful, to say the least.  A few of the Buffalo Springfield songs they jammed to were “Long May You Run”, “For What It’s Worth” and “Mr. Soul.” This concert was amazing in its lineup and the performances.  The backup band was comprised of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers – Belmont Tench (keyboards), Mike Campbell (guitar) and Steve Ferrone (drums). The night went on with performances by Judy Collins, Patti Smith, Burt Bacharach, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Chris Stills and Oliver Stills. In addition to this amazing musical line up, comedian Jack Black was the MC for the evening, performing his version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (haha!)

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions like challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Research has shown that there is not one autism but many subtypes. Each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Most are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical issues like seizures, sleep disturbances and gastrointestinal disorders. The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children are in the autism spectrum.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum for the needs of the individual with autism and their families. They do this through advocacy and support. Autism Speaks seeks to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism. They raise money to fund research into the causes of autism. They also seek to provide better interventions for autism spectrum disorder.

Check out the website for Autism Speaks here.

Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Marie is a professional photographer and shoots for the Hollywood Press Corps

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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

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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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

 

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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The 6th Annual Rock Against MS

(DOWNTOWN, LOS ANGELES) – March 31st, 2018 – The Hollywood Press Corps was at the historic Los Angeles Theater for the 6th Annual Rock Against MS event. Comedians Craig Gass and Hal Sparks co-hosted a night of music, fund raising and awards.

Legendary rocker Jack Russell from Great White at the 6th Annual Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell from Great White rocking the Los Angeles Theatre for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

This special night was created to raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis, while raising money to build the first of many MS resource centers across the Nation. The goal is to build an outreach program service aptly name The ROCK HOUSE.

Juliette Lewis. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis stole the show with her version of “Rolling on the River”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis rocking the Los Angeles Theater. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Craig Gass (L) and Hal Sparks (R) with Nancy B. Sayle, founder of Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

So many celebrities, actors and musicians came out to help raise funding and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. Photographer Marie Gregorio-Oviedo was there to capture the celebrities as they walked the red carpet and rocked the iconic Los Angeles Theater.

Visit the website for Rock Against MS here

So many celebrities came out to this iconic event to support the cause. All photos here are from photographer Marie Gregorio-Oviedo.

Comedian Hal Sparks brought his witty comments to Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Craig Gass from the Howard Stern Show and Sex In The City. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Drummer Jamie Hodes on the orange carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Music director of Avril Lavigne, Steve Ferlazzo. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Marq Torien from Bullet Boys (L) with Tiny Biuso from TSOL and Bullet Boys (R) clowning around on the red carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Keith England from the Allman Brothers Band came to Rock Against MS to bring a Southern Rock classic to the stage – Statesboro Blues. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Heavy metal legend Ira Black (R) with his fiancé, Jessica Chase (R) on the orange carpet for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Publicist Lisa Woodard on the orange carpet for Rock Against MS.  Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell from Great White on the orange carpet for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Great White (from left to right) Dan Mcnay, Jack Russell, Dicky Fliser and Robby Lochner. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Special effects make up artist Greg Lightner on the orange carpet for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actor Cooper Huckabee (R) with guest on the orange carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Robert Sarzo AKA VuDu Man at the 6th Annual Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Patrick Stone from Budderside on the orange carpet with Sunglasses Cat. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actor Neko Sparks form “The X Species” and “The Woods”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Nimi Adokiye from America’s Next Top Model is ready to rock against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
August Zadra (R) with wife, Michelle on the orange carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Producer and Actress Mandalynn Carlson. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Ruth Connell from NCIS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo for the Hollywood Press Corps
Swiss actress Maya Stojan is ready to rock. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Gretchen Bonaduce came to perform “I Think I Love You” by the Partridge Family and raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actor CJ Valleroy from the film Unbroken on the orange carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Robert Sarzo rocking the voodoo hat. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
August Zadra, Dennis Deyoung Band. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Kiana Lye Riviera rocking her patched motorcycle jacket for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Actress Iris Almario from the TV series Code Black. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Walter Ino from Survivor and Ultimate Jam Night. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actress Brooke Lewis, The “Scream Queen”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actress Celeste Thorson from How I Met Your Mother and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Bella ~ Wild Ride. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Musicians Institute Bass Master Derek Frank with his wife Annette. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actress Patricia Isaac from Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actor Garth McLean from the TV show Chicago Hope. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lisa Linke from LOVE on Netflix. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Ace Von Johnson, lead guitarist from Faster Pussycat. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lead singer of the heavy metal band Butcher Babies – Carla Harvey. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lisa Margaroli from The Usual Suspects, Lou Gramm, Juliette Lewis. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Singer Lisa D. Foreman. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Katherine Castro (L) from Someday, and Caroline Williams (R). Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Marq Torien from Bullet Boys (R).Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Carla Harvey (L) with Ira Black (R). Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Erin Hawkins, “Cello”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Phil Buckman from Fuel and Petty Cash. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Bumper from Zero 1.Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Gabe Maska from VonLust. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Howie Simon from Alcatrazz and Nelson. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Sam Daly (R) and wife.Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Marianna Palka from Good Dick, Bitch, and Glow. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Henrietta Meire from NCIS and Hello Ladies. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Jon Manness, Alexander Mathias, Richard Velzen from Red Line Horns. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
AP Gemini Syndrome. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Nicki Tedesco. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Alex Guadagnoli from Addiction Crew and Electrocution. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Clarissa Jacobson from Lunch Ladies. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Shawn Duncan from Odin. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Angela Jones from Pulp Fiction. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Publicist Lisa Woodard with Nancy B. Sayle, founder of Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Videographer, Johnny Angel aka Brookeville Badboy, with Nancy B. Sayle, founder of Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell from Great White rocking the Los Angeles Theatre for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell from Great White rocking the Los Angeles Theatre for Rock Against MS

Legendary rocker Jack Russell from Great White at the 6th Annual Rock Against MS

Jack Russell. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis rocking the Los Angeles Theater. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis rocking the Los Angeles Theater. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Juliette Lewis stole the show with her version of “Rolling on the River”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Juliette Lewis rocking the Los Angeles Theater. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Craig Gass (L) and Hal Sparks (R) with Nancy B. Sayle, founder of Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

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the Iranian Circle of Women’s Intercultural Network (#ICWIN) Presented International Women’s Day

This past Sunday, March 4th, the Iranian Circle of Women’s Intercultural Network (#ICWIN) proudly presented an International Women’s Day (#IWD) celebration at the Grand Ballroom at 4101 E Willow Street in Long Beach and HPC’s Vida G. was truly honored to be their event MC. This momentous event took place from 12:30-3:30pm and had many artists and activists in attendance.

Dr. Niaz Kasravi

#ICWIN was honored to have had Dr. Niaz Kasravi, a national expert and advocate on criminal justice, social justice and racial justice as the keynote speaker. Gloria Arellanes, the elder of Tongva/Los Angeles who for more than 40 years has been at the forefront of the Chicana and indigenous movements started the program.

ICWIN panel

Hanieh Jodat Barnes, Director of the Partnership of the Women’s March Foundation LA moderated a panel of candidates running for public office in Orange County including Kia Hamadanchy (Candidate from District 45) and Rachel Payne (Candidate from District 48), who are running for Congress as well as Farrah Kahn (running for Irvine City Council) and Mona Ghalbi (Volunteer/Advocate at #NextGenAmerica). Other speakers were activists Elahe Amani (Global Chair of ICWIN) and Sudi Farokhnia (Steering Committee of ICWIN).  Vida also acknowledged the work of her grandmother, suffragist, educator and poet, Ashraf Meshkati, during the event.

Elahe Amani, Gloria Arellanes and Sudi Farokhnia

 

ICWIN red carpet

The talented violinist Justina Jones who played the violin while attendees enjoyed the art gallery. The dance group of NKauj Hmoob Long Beach brought joy to the stage on this International Women’s Day. A rising star, soprano at the age of 15, Ponthea Zahraii, will took the stage.

Event MC Vida G.

ABOUT WIN AND ICWIN:
Women Intercultural Network “WIN” was established in 1995 and is a 501© (3) NGO consultative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The Iranian Circle of Women’s Intercultural Network “ICWIN” joined the circles of in 2014.

The Circle is focused on raising consciousness on issues related to Iranian women both inside Iran and in the diasporas. In addition, the Circle aims to serve as a bridge, not only connecting the Iranian women’s communities, but also is in line with the idea of intersectionality in connecting them with other women of race, color, ethnicity, social and economic standing at a global level. Tickets are available at:

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3327616

All photos courtesy of Sina Sepehri of Real Image Media

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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treats! Annual Oscars After Party 2018

Hollywood, CA — Sunday, March 4th — The Hollywood Press Corps has behind the scenes photos of the treats! magazine 90th Academy Awards luxurious black-tie party at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO Absolut Elyx.


This exclusive event attracted over 500 guests and celebrities who came out to celebrate people in the fields of art and entertainment. treats!, an award-winning quarterly high fashion magazine founded by Steve Shaw,

Actor Scott Eastwood at treats! Annual Oscars After Party at the Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx in Los Angeles

presented the Academy Awards red carpet and ceremony throughout Jonas’ house, a beautiful sprawling Hollywood Hills estate. There was a classic Hollywood photo booth for guests to take photos as a memento of the night. Guests started to arrive at 4:00 pm.

Recording artist Chanel West Coast at treats! Annual Oscars After Party

Chanel West Coast was one of the first celebrities to arrive, fresh off her MTV TRL performance joining as the award show had just got started. Absolut Elyx provided delicious signature cocktails such as the Elyx Spritz consisting of Elyx, lillet rose, and elderflower tonic. Everyone was tuned into the Oscar viewing and astonished by all the wins throughout the evening.

Jonas Tahlin, Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka

As the sun went down and the viewing party ended, the after party heated up quickly with DJ Zen and Patsy Palmer spinning tunes in the Great Gatsby Room of Jonas’ home. Celebrities started arriving around 10:00 pm. Paris Hilton arrived with her new fiancé, Chris Zylka. A year after debuting as a couple together. The now newly engaged couple sat at the corner table dancing. Ed Westwick was seen having fun with his girlfriend in a stand-out green jacket.

Actor Weston Cage and fiancé Hila  Aronian

The party went into the early hours of the next day until closing down at 2:00am, with what was yet another memorable Oscars evening. As usual, treats! served up an Oscars celebration not to be missed!

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

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