My trip to Jamaica 2015

Vacationing in Ocho Rios Jamaicaimage

I had another opportunity to go on vacation which was to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The vacation started off bad, as my American Airlines red eye flight was delayed by an hour and I was stuck at LAX. When I finally reached Miami, I had to run to my connecting flight to catch the plane to Jamaica. I literally had fifteen minutes, but I made it. When I reached Jamaica, of course my luggage wasn’t there, but the customer service representative (at Montego Bay Airport) was very helpful and stated that my luggage will arrive at my hotel that evening. The drive from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios seemed like it took a century, but it was only two and a half hours. The scenery from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios was shocking. One corner, there were these amazing mansions, the next corner there were these small one bedroom un-keep houses and they all surrounded the beach. During my long ride (on a two lane highway) to the resort, I saw goats and chickens in the road; I was wondering is this the country? Nevertheless, I reached my resort, Jewel Duns River and the bellman was like where’s your luggage? Good question (I said sarcastically; hey I just go off of a long bus ride and was in need of an adult beverage-don’t hold it against me).

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Jewel Duns River Pool

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Jewel Duns River was a beautiful resort, as I entered the facility (which had no doors by the way); I was greeted with cold towels, and a drink, which was just what I needed-considering the circumstances. My room was ready and I had an ocean view. The receptionist also said my room came with the concierge and they would check on my luggage and bring it to my room. My concierge was Trent Lee, a handsome and helpful young man. It was at least 100 degrees and I desperately wanted to get in the pool. Well I couldn’t, so I settled for food and drinks. I noticed in Jamaica that everyone lets it hang out-big, small, short and tall- the swimsuits and trunks left little to the imagination, but  after a few drinks, you really don’t notice at all. The food at the resort was decent, they had five restaurants (Pizza, Bar and Grill, Italian, Japanese, and a Buffet) plus two swim up bars and three regular bars. The Japanese restaurant was like Benihannas- which I enjoyed the food and ambiance (you have to make reservations-and Trent-lee fulfilled my request). The beach (water was warm) was amazing, workers graciously fixed you chair so you can lie down and relax and would bring you a drink (well maybe it was just me-because other resort goers had to get up and get their own). I spent the majority of my five (5) days at the beach or at the pool, where I got terribly sunburned and had to go to the spa for relief (an Aloe Cooler). The therapist that helped me get relief on my back was Charmelon, she was nice and had compassion toward my pain-so if you ever go to Jewel Duns River and get sunburn-the Aloe Cooler works magic.

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Beach
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View from my room

Well- its back to reality and back to work-here are a few tips when traveling to Jamaica (1) tip the service workers (they don’t make a lot of money), plus tipping you will get better service (2) if you don’t have kids, stay at an adult only resort-more relaxing, (3) don’t take it personally when the security from your resort ask where you are going, and when will you return-you have to check back in (it’s a safety issue) and (4) get the hotel to get you a cab when you go off the resort, and always get a round trip.

Well my darlings…Stay tuned until my next vacation… Any suggestions?

Monica G.

 

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball 2015

Ha Phuong looking stunning on the red carpet. Photo courtesy Winston Burris
Ha Phuong looking stunning on the red carpet. Photo courtesy Winston Burris

Once the formalities of the award ceremony were completed, the A-list television stars celebrated their nominations and wins at the first party of the night: The Emmy’s Governors Ball.

The theme for the night, and quite fittingly so was, ‘Reigning With Radiance’. And spotted in all her glamorous radiance was actress and recording artist, Ha Phuong wearing an elegant Quynh Paris floor length gown in fuchsia. Equally as stunning was actress Jennifer Day wearing a contrasting white couture gown. The two A-listers looked as beautiful as they did radiant.

Ha Phuong with Emmy winner Regina King. Photo courtesy Winston Burris
Ha Phuong with Emmy winner Regina King. Photo courtesy Winston Burris

No stranger to being photographed with her contemporaries, Ha Phuong continued to dazzle throughout the night, stopping to pose with actress and TV host Tia Barr, and Grammy nominated and winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Regina King. Ha Phuong’s jewelled clutch purse as the perfect accessory looked every bit as impressive as Regina’s trophy. Ha Phuong may not have won an award but with her flawless skin and beautiful pose, she looked every inch a star at the Emmy’s Governors Ball.

Ha Phuong and Tia Barr on the red carpet. Photo courtesy Winston Burris
Ha Phuong and Tia Barr on the red carpet. Photo courtesy Winston Burris
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Action on Film Festival World Premieres

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vida G.

Vida G.

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

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Face Forward Honors Survivors of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence

 

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

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

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

The beautiful LaToya Jackson
The beautiful LaToya Jackson

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

To join the fight against domestic violence, please visit:

http://www.faceforwardla.org

About Face Forward:

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

Photos courtesy of Faye Sadou

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

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

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All Aboard for Eugene Sidney’s Yacht Party

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

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

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

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

More info at www.eugenesidneyentertainment.com

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

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

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Putting for Pups Golf Tournament and Gala

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

Putting For Pups Gala flyer
Putting For Pups Gala flyer

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

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

 

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

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

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

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Persian Technology Entrepreneurs Forum

On Saturday, September 12th, PTE (Persian Technology Entrepreneurs) will be coming to Los Angeles. They will be having their technology and entrepreneurship forum at the Real Office Center in Santa Monica, which is also known as Silicon Beach.

PTE logo
PTE logo

They will have a great lineup of speakers and the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs as well as angel and venture investors. This year’s event includes big names with even bigger ideas.

 

Panelist Dr. Shahin Farshchi
Panelist Dr. Shahin Farshchi

 

The tech panel will consist of Shahin Farshchi, Ph.D. (Partner @ Lux Capital). He led Lux’s investments in SiBeam (NASDAQ:SIMG), Silicon Clocks (NASDAQ:SLAB), Planet Labs, and Flex Logix.

Also on the panel will be Vandad Espahbodi, Co-founder and Partner at Starburst Accelerator. This informative panel will be moderated by Amir Tehrani, Entrepreneur in Residence at City of Los Angeles.

Farhad Mohit
Farhad Mohit

There is also a fireside chat with Flipagram CEO Farhad Mohit, who is always a lively and engaging speaker. This chat will be moderated by PTE co-founder Julia Rasooly. Mohit is the Founder & CEO of Flipagram (current),  former Founder/Chairman/CPO of Shopzilla.

Alex Kazerani
Alex Kazerani

Alex Kazerani, CTO of Verizon Digial Media Services andRecipient of the 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award will have a seminar called “Success in Building Monetization Models.”

Dr. Majid Sarrafzadeh
Dr. Majid Sarrafzadeh

Dr. Majid Sarrafzadeh will have the “Commercializing Medical Technologies.” Sarrafzadeh is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science,  UCLA, Co-Director of UCLA Wireless Health Institute. He also co-founded two companies in early 2000 – both acquired by 2004 and is currently: co-founder of MediSens Wireless, Wanda Health, and Bruin Biometrics, which are all three in the area of Health/Medical Technology.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Firouz Naderi
Keynote Speaker Dr. Firouz Naderi

Dr. Firouz Naderi is the keynote speaker of this event.  Born in Shiraz, Iran, Dr. Naderi is an Iranian-American scientist and currently the Director for Solar System Exploration at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). In this role Naderi oversees JPL’s robotic solar system missions in planning (such as a mission to the Jupiter’s moon Europa) or, in development (InSight lander on Mars) and operating missions, including the Cassini orbiter at Saturn, the Dawn spacecraft at the giant asteroid Vesta, JUNO on its way to Jupiter. Prior to this new position, he was the Associate Director of JPL responsible for Project Formulation and Strategy, serving as the Laboratory’s senior official providing oversight of JPL new business acquisition and was the key strategic planning officer of JPL.

There will also be a cocktail reception with lunch served earlier in the day. This event is sponsored by DLA Piper.

Co-founder Julia Rasooly
Co-founder Julia Rasooly
Co-founder Shobeir Shobeiri
Co-founder Shobeir Shobeiri
 PTE was co-founded by Shobeir Shobeiri and Julia Rasooly.  PTE’s mission is to highlight the significant accomplishments of the Persian technology community. They will also build a high-quality network investors and technologists to support innovation in the community. They also want to promote entrepreneurship amongst of the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs in all industries. 

 

Persian Tech Entrepreneur’s ecosystem encourages entrepreneurship by providing services beneficial to the public interest. The PTE community will connect through the web, social media, and events. PTE’s goal is to help the community create jobs, internships, and give recognition to great talent.

PTE is a tax-exempt non-profit organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Accordingly, your generous donations may be tax deductible.

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

Vida G.

Vida G.

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

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LANFA Award-Winning Filmmaker to Screen His Films

On Saturday, September 12th at 1pm, Kelechi Eke, who was bestowed the Movie Achievement Award fron LANFA (Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards), will be premiering his award-winning films, “The Other Tribes” and “Weeping Ashes,” as the ACME Studios in North Hollywood.

Award-winning filmmaker Kelechi Eke
Award-winning filmmaker Kelechi Eke with his award

“The Other Tribes” explores the biases tribes have towards each other and “Weeping Ashes is based on true events that primarily took place in Uganda.

Posters for Eke's "The Other Tribes" and "Weeping Ashes"
Posters for Eke’s “The Other Tribes” and “Weeping Ashes”

LANFA’s goal is to promote actors, actresses, directors and producers in Nollywood to Hollywood, and to develop a technique that will enable them to work together in producing quality films. This goal gives greater media exposure, increases awareness, visibility, and opportunities to those who need to promote their projects. This esteemed organization also wants to eventually build a healthcare center in Africa to give the best medical help for those in the film industries and others who can’t afford to do so. Another goal of LANFA is to construct a state-of-the-art studio in Los Angeles for the production of technologically advanced film, TV, and theatre projects. King Bassey is the founder and CEO of LANFA. 

I had the honor of being a presenter to my good friend, noted fashion designer Eugene Sidney, who received an award from this wonderful organization.  I also really enjoyed learning more about Nigerian films and that creative community. More info at http://www.lanfaa.com/

The trailers for “The Other Tribes” and “Weeping Ashes” are at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXluIl14BYk and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCGucwjX5VQ&feature=youtu.be

More info about these films at http://www.bigobi.com/ and for tickets to the screening, please go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-other-tribes-weeping-ashes-movies-premiere-in-hollywood-september-12th-2015-tickets-18198961584

 

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

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

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Controversial Pre-Nup KCRW Segment with Attorneys Davari and Takesh-Hallin

Prominent entertainment attorney Nadia Davari guested on KCRW’s popular show “Press Play” with Madeleine Brand on September 2nd. She appeared with highly regarded family law attorney Fahi Takesh-Hallin, a partner at Harris Ginsberg, to discuss the always controversial subject of pre-nuptial agreements.
KCRW Press Play logo
KCRW Press Play logo
Both of these standouts from the legal world have diverse educational backgrounds and work experiences. Nadia’s undergrad degree was in Mollecular, Cell, Genetics and Developmental Biology from UCLA. She then went on to USC’s Gould School of Law for law school with an emphasis on entertainment law. Being and LA-based attorney, however, she has had much to say on this timely topic in light of many recent and high publicized celebrity divorces.
That's Entertainment...Noted Entertainment attorney Nadia Davari.
That’s Entertainment…Noted Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari
Davari has represented a number of companies including WR Films Entertainment, Je’Caryous Johnson Entertainment, Konwiser Brothers, Entertainment Treasures, Film Roman and Starz Entertainment.
She has practiced law as an associate with the law firms Rosen and Anderson and later with Barnes Morris.  Always on the pulse of law and entertainment, Davari is also a regular guest lecturer at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
Attorney Takesh-Hallin
All in the Family (Law)…highly regarded Family Law Attorney Takesh-Hallin

Takesh-Hallin has been practicing exclusively family law since being admitted to the bar approximately 20 years ago. She was selected as a Southern California Rising Star for 2006 through 2009 by Los Angeles Magazine and a Super Lawyer for years 2010 through 2015, Super Lawyers edition, through peer nomination, and independent research and review process.

Takesh Hallin is also a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, given her extensive work and experience in international family law matters. Her B.A. was from University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa and her J.D. is from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she was on the Deans Honor List.

KCRW's Madeleine Brand on-air. Photo courtesy of Christina House/The LA Times
KCRW’s Madeleine Brand on-air. Photo courtesy of Christina House/The LA Times
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. This iconic station is driven by the spirit of Los Angeles and delivers programming in innovative ways to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. More info at http://www.kcrw.com/
 
More info about Nadia Davari at http://www.nadiadavari.com/
 
You can hear the interview at the following link:
Vida G.

Vida G.

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

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Comedy/Horror film GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE is set to be a scream!

Talented filmmaker and actor Gregory Blair is not a man to rest: with his award-winning psychological thriller DEADLY REVISIONS due out this fall via SGL Entertainment, Blair is already at work on his next project. Horror takes a back seat to comedy this time in a tale about a friendly gathering that goes hilariously awry when an unexpected guest arrives. With a pickaxe. And an attitude. Raise your glass to GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE.

Photo courtesy of Josh Patterson photography
Actor and filmmaker Gregory Blair on set. Photo courtesy of Josh Patterson photography

“I love films that successfully walk that line between horror and comedy,” writer/director Blair says, “whether it’s witty and referential like Scream or giddy low camp like Army of Darkness.” Aiming for that exact mix of madness, GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE is a fast-paced, wacky romp in the vein of Shaun of the Dead and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. “I wanted to do something totally different from DEADLY REVISIONS”, Blair said. “That film is a brooding, moody, slow-burn mystery and I wanted to do something kinetic, wild and crazy.” Thus, GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE was hatched.

Garden Party Massacre poster courtesy of Janiel Escueta.
Garden Party Massacre poster courtesy of Janiel Escueta.

But comedy isn’t reserved for the film alone: Blair has made it the cornerstone of all the movie’s marketing; even the official site and fundraising is aimed at invoking laughter. “The film is all fun and games and we wanted to let the fun go beyond the confines of the film,” Blair says. “Hence the parody element in our teaser.” The campaign video is a “meta” comedy, slyly spoofing campaigns in general, even as it pitches its own. Contributions allow fans to “Join the party” and get movie memorabilia, film credit and other perks. The campaign and video can be viewed at http://www.GardenPartyMassacreFilm.com.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a fun, new Playbuzz quiz game in anticipation of the film. “Which GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE Character Are You?” lets fans choose between personality traits, weapons and more to discover which character from the film they best match. “Folks can have fun and get to know a little more about the characters along the way,” Blair explains. The quiz asks questions such as: “Do you Keep Calm or Scream Bloody Murder?”, “What Do You Bring to a Party?” and more. Those who are—excuse the term—game, can take the quiz here: http://bit.ly/1HVE7EG

And who is bringing this crazy cast of GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE characters to life? The list of actors includes some familiar names in comedy and horror as well as some fresh faces: Andy Gates (“Grimm”, “The Young and the Restless”,etc.), Nichole Bagby (“My Crazy Roommate”, “Sex Sent Me to the ER”, etc.), HPC’s Vida Ghaffari (“Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “The Mindy Project”, etc.), Dawna Lee Heising (“Slink”, “Legend of the Red Reaper”, etc.), David Leeper, Matt Weinglass and even Blair himself. “I figure if I’m gonna torture all these actors, I better get my butt in there, too,” he says.

GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE, shoots this October through PIX/SEE Productions; just days after DEADLY REVISIONS is released on 9/29/15. DEADLY REVISIONS won the Flicker award for “Best Picture”, the L.A. Movie Award for “Best Narrative Feature” as well as the Claw Award for “Best Feature Film Screenplay”, so Blair has shown he knows how to craft a good tale. In that light, GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE appears set to be a hilarious, hit and a bloody good time.

Join the party at: http://www.GardenPartyMassacreFilm.com

Play the game here: http://bit.ly/1HVE7EG

 

 

 

Dustin Brown

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