Andre Gordon is a very accomplished writer, director, producer and actor and has carved his own empowering career path in Hollywood. “I started out as an actor, but expanded to producing as I wanted parts that better showcased my abilities,” said Andre.
After successfully producing his own projects with name actors such as Morgan Freeman, Michael Clarke Duncan, Vinnie Jones, Jerry Rice, Ed Begley Jr. and Kathryn Joosten among others, Andre decided to only audition for specific, non-stereotypical parts.
“I told my agents to stop sending me out for gangster roles,” he said.
In his last film, Wedding Day, he played the role of the groom as opposed to the role of the wisecracking best friend, so he is completely breaking the norm for character actors, which is truly inspiring.
He also created the Mentorship Program, which is
designed to help up and coming actors, directors and writers. Participants of this innovative, hands on program, have a direct link to several industry perks including agents nights, casting director workshops, director and producer showcases, red carpet events, opportunities for roles in feature films, acting classes, pr and press advice and business mentorship. Proceeds of the Mentorship Program go toward the Childrens Hunger Fund.
Gordon and the cast of Jungle Bunch recently won the International Emmy Award for best Kids Animation Show and Gordon and John Lithgow are the leads in this project. He was born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica and grew up in Miami, Florida. This talented multi-hypenate is a alumni of the BFA program at Florida State University and is repped by UTA, CLEAR Talent Group and Flick Commercials. Gordon is President and C.E.O of 4Horsemen FIlms.
Andre has been successfully producing, acting, writing and directing for well over a decade. Andre has worked theatrically in both film and television, which includes guest appearances on MAD TV, Campus Ladies, Scrubs, Phineas and Ferb and Zoey 101 along with the features Old School, Like Mike, and SWAT. He is in post production on You Can’t Have It and is in pre-production on Acre on the Rye and You’re My Angel. More info about him at http://dregordon.com/
Actress Leni Rico has many talents. She’s not only a talented actress, but also was a professional athlete at one time. She was a professional basketball player for 11 years in her native country of Spain, yet she first started performing as a child in small neighborhood plays. Her true passion was always acting, though she loved playing basketball professionally and excelled at it.
Once she made the choice to go into acting full-time, she enrolled in the best acting, modeling and dancing schools in southern Spain. She soon started rapidly booking roles in film and pilots. On a trip to Miami, she booked a role in a soap opera and she seriously thought about pursuing her acting career in the states. Soon she moved to LA. “I chose LA because it´s the best place for actors,” said Leni.
Since she moved to LA, she has hit the ground running with many bookings and shoots. She also just signed with Avant Artists for representation. Recently Leni was one of the principals in the award-winning short film, For the Birds. “It was a great experience. What a professional cast and crew with such accomplished Iranian actors and behind the scenes professionals. And it was based on a very sad, real life story. I also got to learn a bit of Farsi from the cast and crew on set,” said Leni.
This busy actress has a number of upcoming projects in the near future including the feature film City Limits, where she will play Myra opposite Bai Ling and Eric Etebari. She will play the role of Gloria in Who killed Jimmy Gumdrops, a feature film by Johnny Williams. She is also playing the lead role of Sarah in the touching romantic film Sarah and Eddie. Leni is also starring in Way of the Urban Soul as the lead opposite Lydia Cornell as well as Psychic Vision with David Fernandez. If that wasn’t enough, she’s acting in Revelations starring Eric Roberts and Emilio Roso as well as Love is All You Need with Ana Ortiz, Briana Evigan and Elisabeth Röhm. The sky is the limit for this talented actress.
Noted actress and singer Ha Phuong dazzles in a sultry lace Huishan Zhang haute couture gown and furry J. Mendel bolero.
Her sophisticated yet sexy outfit evokes the classic Hollywood glamour of the golden age with her Veronica Lake inspired waves of curls, but with a modern and sexy edge. Her diamond drop earrings add sparkle to this stunning star of stage and screen.
Exclusive photo courtesy of Winston Burris/Burris Agency.
Tonight is the debut of the West Los Angeles Author’s Club and this literary event opens with Gina B. Nahai, a best-selling author, columnist, and professor of Creative Writing at USC.
This event is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. “This is one of our new activities in the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce where we are trying to appreciate, illustrate, and illuminate the intellectual, cultural and literary parts of our community” said Elham Yaghoubian, Director and Founder of the Author’s Club. Yaghoubian is very accomplished in her own right. She is also a board member of the Chamber as well as human rights activist, fashion designer and a noted author herself.
“It is a veritable delight to see the coming together of art and commerce, the acknowledgement of the symbiosis between capital and creativity which is the bedrock upon which this city was built and continues to thrive. Telling stories–in film, music, or books–and making s financial success of it is what we do in Los Angeles,” added Nahai.
Nahai’s novels have been translated into eighteen languages, and have been finalists for the Orange Award, the IMPAC Award, the Harold J. Ribalow Award, and the Jewish Book Council’s Fiction Award. She is the winner of the Los Angeles Arts Council Award, the Persian Heritage Foundation’s Award, The Simon Rockower Award, and the Phi Kappa Phi Award. Her pieces have appeared in numerous national and international publications, as well as in a number of literary and academic journals and anthologies. Nahai writer a monthly column for the Jewish Journal of
Greater Los Angeles, and is a three-time finalist for an LA Press Club award. Nahai holds a BA and a Masters degree in International Relations from UCLA, and a Master of Professional Writing from USC.
Her latest novel, THE LUMINOUS HEART OF JONAH S., was a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s fiction award in 2014.
The Westwood branch public library celebrated its 10-year anniversary on May 9th . They saluted a decade of learning, literacy, community and fun. There was a special appearance by Harry Potter and a musical performance for the award-winning Bruin Harmony, UCLA’s only all-male A Cappella ensemble. There was also a visit with LAFD firefighters from Westwood Village’s fire station 37, as wells as special presentations with Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Steve Sann,Chairman of Westwood Community Council, City Librarian John Szabo, President of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Roozbeh Farahanipour, Board member of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Elham Yaghoubian, and other dignitaries.
There was also an amazing anniversary cake by Cake and Art Bakery decorated with classic books such as Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Shahnameh as a respectful nod to all the Iranian-Americans who visit the library. There were also tasty cupcakes courtesy of Farahanipour’s award-winning pastry chef Rana Pourarab, with each cupcake decorated with a fondant mini book. Never has reading been so tasty!
There was also a concert by the UCLA Gluck Fellows Brass Septet Concert as well as one from soprano Susanna Lucarelli. Teens enjoyed custom airbrush tattoos and kids enjoyed magic tricks from Tony Daniels as well as Thor’s reptile family safari.
“I’m so excited as Board Member of the Friends of Westwood Library to be celebrating this branch’s 10 year anniversary. We do have largest selection of Persian books in all of the Los Angeles area Public Libraries and excited to have the Shahnameh in our celebration cake as one of main books in our community. I hope this year we will see more participation from the thriving Iranian- American community,” said Farahanipour.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of this great celebration as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce and especially as an author, “ added Yaghoubian, who is also the director of networking and outreach for the Authors of the Westwood Library Committee.
Ladygunn Magazine had their #11 Issue Launch Party at the trendy Roof at the Standard in Downtown LA. Actresses Brittany Snow, Chrissie Fit and many others celebrity guests were in attendance. The popular band, The Relationship, performed for the audience and the DJ spun some great tunes. Sponsors for the event were the Organic Face, The Style Club and Tristan + Trista.
Director and Producer, Founder of The Hollywood Short Film Festival, Mark Mos, held the festival’s awards ceremony at Sal’s Comedy Hole on popular Melrose Avenue on February 21st. He hosted the event with actress and comedienne Tanya Estrada.
Lovesick Fool, a film which I voiced two roles in, won best animated film at this prestigious festival. This film was written and directed by Dominic Polcino (The Simpons, King of the Hill, Family Guy) and it starred Lisa Kudrow, Fred Willard and Janeane Garofalo.
This year there were many quality films screened at the festival and the judges were Craig Hutchison (Director/Producer), Chris Ramirez (Director/Producer), Natalia Nova (Director/Producer). These films were short dramas, comedies, documentaries, animated films and more.
“We got to screen some great films. It was time well spent for moviegoers attending the festival,” said Mos, who is also a filmmaker with 150 movie credits under his belt. Ever the diehard supporter of films, Mos also created the Sunset Film Festival and the LA Short Film Festival.
Attendees at the Awards Ceremony were Janet Bergstrom, Professor, Cinema and Media Studies UCLA, creator of “Sunrise” for Twentieth Century Fox Films, Dominic Polcino, Director/Animator (Family Guy, King of Hills, The Simpsons, Lovesick Fool), Tahyna Tozzi-MacManus, Actress/Director (CSI, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Charlie’s Angels), Kyle Robinson, Director/Visual Effects Supervisor (Red 2, Green Lantern, Man of Steel), Seri DeYoung, Actress/Director (Breaking Bad, Medium, NCIS), Michael Kehoe, Miscellaneous Crew: Mission Impossible III, Speed, Panic Room, Vanilla Sky, Hangover, John T. Connor, Cinematographer/Assistant Camera (Birdman, Her, Fight Club), Lee Crowe, Animator, Faculty memeber at The Art Institute of California, Hollywood, Alex Sparrow, Actor/Composer, Director, Winner “X-factor”, Yannis Zafeiriou, Director/Assistant Director (Extreme Makeover, Greystone), Aloaye Melvin Omoake, Writer/Director, Joshua Ovalle, Director/Writer, Guy-Roger Duvert, Director/Producer/Composer, Nello DiGiandomenico, Writer/Director, Taeho Kang, Director/Producer, Josh Miller, Director/Producer, Allan Jacobsen of Nickelodean Animation, Wally Burr, renowned voiceover casting director, Paul Gregory (Lovesick Fool) and yours truly, HPC’s own Vida G. (Lovesick Fool).