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Artists For Trauma Adaptive Artists Multi-Media Art Show

Artists for Trauma (AFT) held their Adaptive Artist Multi-Media Art show at the noted ENGEL & VOLKERS SOUTH BAY. This AFT fundraiser and public awareness event was a great introduction to this worthwhile charity and their mission to empower adaptive artists recovering from life altering trauma and who utilize healing through artistic platforms to expedite quality recovery and reinvention of their lives.


The Artists For Trauma Adaptive Artist Multi-Media Art Show featured artwork by talented inspiring artists, utilizing various artistic disciplines following their life altering traumas that resulted in a total life change due to paralysis, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and PTSD. This opening exhibition featured artwork by members such as Melissa Allensworth, Andrew Angulo, my “Live with Ford and Vida co-host Ford Austin, Richard Bell, Michael Hansel and Brandon Newcomer. 100% of All Art Sales proceeds benefit Artists for Trauma and the 5+ adaptive artists. AFT was founded by Laura T. Sharpe, who is a trauma survivor herself and selflessly wants to help other trauma survivors to be empowered, inspired and healed.

“We feel very blessed to have been embraced by Artists For Trauma and Laura Sharpe. We hope that with the support of AFT, we can shine a bright light of hope on the spirits of all trauma survivors and those overcoming PTSD,” said Ford Austin.

Ford’s loving wife, Lauree Dash, who was there for every step of his inspiring recovery, echoed his sentiments. “I’m so grateful to Laura and AFT. Laura was an inspiration and huge support in Ford’s recovery. She was an angel who paved the way for us showing us recovery was possible. She was a tangible example of the resiliency and the ability we all possess to heal. It is so vital to have a role model who shows you recovery is possible. The singing lessons AFT so generously provided Ford helped him regain his voice and helped his brain heal from his TBI. Engagement with arts provided a way for Ford to heal organically, and quickly,” she added.

It has been a privilege and honor to work with Ford Austin and his loving, supportive wife Lauree, from the early months of Ford’s near death, life altering traumatic car crash 5 years ago to his now inspiring and thriving quality of life recovery ; rich with empowerment and forward progress in his various artistic endeavors as a once again working actor, Lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio , Director, producer , writer and Artists for Trauma Ambassador. Artist for Trauma recognizes and respects the sacred trust of the individuals and families who partner with us in our integrative, healing through art programs during a most vulnerable period of their lives,” added Laura Sharpe.

Engel & Volkers Southbay was the main sponsor for this event. Additional sponsors were AFT, Buiced, Display Art Installation, ICCS, Moby Arts, Sharpe Interior Systems, and Top Shelf Concierge Services-Luxury Transportation. More info at http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/

Photos courtesy of Guillermo Proano/PR Photos and Michael Bezjian/Gettyimages

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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Taurus Birthday Party at the W Hotel in Hollywood

What’s your sign? Well, Angela Downey of Downey’s Desserts, www.downeysdesserts.com, Producer Jenna Urban of Urban Media Group, and Celebrity Photographer Bob Delgadillo have similar birthdays, so they are all Taurus or rather Taureans, so they celebrated their birthdays in style at the swanky W Hotel in Hollywood. Hollywood Press Corps was proud to be a media partner of this epic birthday party!

Birthday gals Angela and Jenna with birthday guy Uncle Bob
Birthday gals Angela and Jenna with birthday guy Uncle Bob

The beautiful red carpet hosts were Integrity Entertainment PR, fashion and entertainment specialist Kim Cox, Mrs. Latina Global of Columbia (Yanith Forero), and a couple of the Mrs. Asia USA ladies of the Philippines (Amelia Johnson and Pinay Ako).

Jenna celebrating with friends
Jenna celebrating with friends
Uncle Bob, actors Dawna Lee Heising, THT's Vida G. and Ford Austin. Vida and Ford are dressed in Sai Suman
Uncle Bob, actors Dawna Lee Heising, THT’s Vida G. and Ford Austin. Vida and Ford are dressed in Sai Suman. Vida proudly points to the HPC logo and so does Uncle Bob!
Host Erica Allseitz with comic Gil Fajardo
On-camera host Erica Allseitz with comic Gil Fajardo

 

Jenna and Uncle Bob and their guest rock the red carpet!
Jenna and Uncle Bob and their guest rock the red carpet!
Artist Sham Ibrahim, birthday gal Angela with artwork made my Sham and friends
Artist Sham Ibrahim, birthday gal Angela with artwork made my Sham and friends
Miss Philippines Asia USA Amelia Johnson with Nancy Salim, owner of My Oasis Spa
Miss Philippines Asia USA Amelia Johnson with Nancy Salim, owner of My Oasis Spa
Publicist Denise O'Brien and friends
Publicist Denise O’Brien and friends

Photos courtesy of Sheri Determan, Disco Stella, Mark Sevier, Namli Inc. Photos, Donna Dymally, and Liza Crilly-Tyner.

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Dawna Lee Heising Interviews Ron Becks

Noted actress Dawna Lee Heising recently interviewed actor Ron Becks about his starring role in the much anticipated “Hunter: Future Cop,” which was directed by multi award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka. Ron also spoke about his other film, “Las Vegas Vietnam,” which he also directed.
Ron and Dawna are all smiles during the interview!
Ron and Dawna are all smiles during the interview!
“Ron has a wonderful personality and is incredibly charismatic. He is so funny and knows so much about filmmaking and I think that it resulted in a very interesting interview. I can’t wait to work with him in his next film,” said Dawna.
Hunter movie poster
Hunter movie poster
Becks is the writer-producer and star of Hunter where he plays the title role of Lt. Ramsey Hunter. Hunter’s life changes drastically when several cases hit him simultaneously. In no time, our hero has to contend with a rogue cop killer, a beautiful Southern runaway serial killer and his corrupt police captain boss blackmailing him. But only one of the cases leads him to an ending of universal truth. Mystical Cop. Deadly Force. Champion of People. Beck’s Hunter is all that and more in this moving thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Hunter has a quick draw and a heart of gold. And he’s also a great trumpet player to boot!
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Becks stars opposite budding executive producer and co-star Salih Mayi, Laurene Landon (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Kristine DeBell (The Big Brawl), George Lazenby (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Magda Marcella (Blue Dream), and Nicole D’Angelo (Darling Nikki).

Still of Ron with actress Laurene Landon
Still of Ron with actress Laurene Landon

“Making Hunter was such a treat as I worked with a talented veteran cast such as Ron Becks, GeorgeLazenby, Kristine DeBell and Laurene Landon who really helped to bring this retro 70s cop thriller to the silver screen,” said Hatanaka.

Still of Ron with actress Kristine DeBell
Still of Ron with actress Kristine DeBell

“Hunter is not your typical cop and robbers movie, because it’s more about our inner journeys in that at some point in our lives we are ruled by self doubt and self made demons, so it’s all about finding the hero in you,” said a philosophical Becks.

Executive Producer and co-star Salih Mayi
Executive Producer and co-star Salih Mayi

The interviews can be viewed at this link:

http://www.morehorror.com/hunter-now-on-demand

More info about the film at  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3014454/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_2

Hunter: Future Cop Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmGBzCauXSk

Photos courtesy of John Cox, Cinema Epoch and CineRidge Entertainment

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance at AFM

The much buzzed about Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance was the made its mark on a global scale at the popular American Film Market (AFM) with a standing room only screening and meet and greet with the film’s stars. They also had an epic, star-studded party at the 310 Lounge in Santa Monica.

The film's stars from left to right: Mel Novak, Tommy Wiseau, Laurene Landon, Mathew Karedas and Kristine DeBell. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Gettyimages
The film’s stars from left to right: Mel Novak, Tommy Wiseau, Laurene Landon, Mathew Karedas and Kristine DeBell. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Gettyimages

“We are delighted to present this film to the worldwide audience at AFM and hope that people around the world can experience Samurai Cop 2,” said award-winning writer-director-producer Gregory Hatanaka.

 Filmmakers Bert I. Gordon and Gregory Hatanaka with actress Laurene Landon. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Filmmakers Bert I. Gordon and Gregory Hatanaka with actress Laurene Landon. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos

This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (MathewKaredas), who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

Actor Tommy Wiseau and writer-director-producer Gregory Hatanaka give their thumbs up. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Actor Tommy Wiseau and writer-director-producer Gregory Hatanaka give their thumbs up. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos

Alongside the original cast, the film also stars iconic actors such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones), Bai Ling (The Crow, Crank: High Voltage), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Airplane II: The Sequel), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Apocalypse, Checkpoint), Joe Estevez (Dexter), Dawna Lee Heising (Slink, Ten Violent Women: Part 2), Gerald Okamura (G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra) , Kayden Kross (Street Smart), Yuka Sano (Paranormal Activity Security Squad), Lisa London (Darling Nikki, Divorce Texas Style) , Ramzi Abed (Noirland), Naoyuki Ikeda (Blue Dream), Lexi Belle (Sisterhood), Kristine De Bell (Darling Nikki, Meatballs) and Joycelyne Lew (Mad Cowgirl, Ride With the Devil), who were both leads in Jackie Chan’s The Big Brawl and countless others.

Actress Bai Ling strikes a pose in a racy leopard print. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Actress Bai Ling strikes a pose in a racy leopard print. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos

Other celebrities and VIPs in attendance were the film’s producers Joseph Kelbie Williamson, Rich Mallery, as well as filmmaker Bert I. Gordon (Secrets of a Psychopath), actors Hank Garrett (Three Days of the Condor), Jamie Bernadette (Darling Nikki), Magda Marcella (Hunter) Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), journalists Maryam Morrison and Mathew Morrison of Eden Magazine, Tyrone Tann of Stauros Entertainment, Jesse Torrero of AV Entertainment Live, celebrity photographers Albert L. Ortega, Bob Delgadillo, Billy Bennight – and many more!

Writer-director-producer Gregory Hatanaka with actors Mathew Karedas and Mel Novak. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Writer-director-producer Gregory Hatanaka with actors Mathew Karedas and Mel Novak. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos

Founded in 1981, the AFM quickly became the premiere global marketplace where Hollywood’s decision-makers and trendsetters all gather under one roof. Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed. In just eight days, more than $1 billion in deals will be sealed — on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production — making AFM the must-attend industry event where Samurai Cop 2 was highlighted on a grand scale.

Filmmakers and actors Tyrone Tann and Thomas J. Churchill. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Filmmakers and actors Tyrone Tann and Thomas J. Churchill. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Actor Mel Novak looks sharp in his suit from Rocky's Custom Clothes. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Actor Mel Novak looks sharp in his suit from Rocky’s Custom Clothes. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Yours truly getting interviewed by Jesse Torrero of AV Entertainment Live. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Yours truly getting interviewed by Jesse Torrero of AV Entertainment Live. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
With two filmmakers I admire, Thomas J. Churchill and Gregory Hatanaka. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
With two filmmakers I admire, Thomas J. Churchill and Gregory Hatanaka. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos

More info at https://www.facebook.com/SamuraiCop2

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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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance’s Sold Out Screenings

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence Sells Out

On Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, Cinema Epoch presented two exclusive, sold out screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance at the Laemmle Noho Theatre. The Martial Arts Museum in Burbank will also hosted a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm for all the rabid Samurai Cop 2 fans!

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster

Los Angeles, CA , October 11, 2015 -Cinema Epoch presented exclusive sold out screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20pm. Hatanaka(Mad Cowgirl, Blue Dream) and the stars of the film conducted a Q and A after the film on both nights.  More screening dates to be announced soon.

Castmates Cranston Komuro, Bai Ling and Gerald Okamura. Bai's eye-catching outfit is a nod to the genre of the film
Castmates Cranston Komuro, Bai Ling and Gerald Okamura. Bai’s eye-catching outfit is a nod to the genre of the film

 

This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Matt Hannon) who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

Samurai Cop 2 Castmates Mathew Karedas and Dawna Lee Heising
Castmates Mathew Karedas and Dawna Lee Heising

Alongside the original cast, the film also stars iconic actors such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones), Bai Ling (The Crow, Crank: High Voltage), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Airplane II: The Sequel), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Apocalypse), Joe Estevez (Dexter), Dawna Lee Heising (Slink, Pond Scum), Kristine De Bell (The Big Brawl) and countless others. This film utilizes the innovative 35mm trend that is being used in the new Bond and Tarantino film. Lee Heising’s scene with Wiseau utilized this film method which was apropos as Hatanaka truly gave homage to the original film while keeping it fresh and current enough for modern day audiences, which also was a great fit for his eclectic cast.

Actress Laurene Landon who played a detective in the film
Actress Laurene Landon who played a detective in the film
Actor Mel Novak
Actor Mel Novak on the red carpet

“I’m a big fan of the first film and it’s amazing to work with the original cast as well as the new generation of cast members,” said Hatanaka. “I feel really blessed. I hope I did the ensemble justice. It helped to have reverence for the cast and I respected everyone’s work in it,” he added.

Actors Laurene Landon, Lisa London, actor-filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill, actor and journalist HPC's Vida G., actors Mel Novak, Amy Shi, and Ewart Chin
Actors Laurene Landon, Lisa London, actor-filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill, actor, voiceover artist and fashion blogger yours truly., actors Mel Novak, Amy Shi, and Ewart Chin

Tickets for these screenings can be purchased at this link: www.laemmle.com/films/39604

Actress Bai Ling blows a kiss to her birthday cake with her image on it
Actress Bai Ling blows a kiss to her birthday cake with her image on it

If that wasn’t enough to have quenched the fans thirst Samurai Cop 2 thirst, the stars of this film descended upon the Martial Arts Museum for a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm. This museum is located at 2319 W. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank.  For their legions of rabid fans, there was be an exclusive red carpet photo session and an unveiling of the Flying Guillotine Display at the Museum that was graciously donated by Hatanaka. It was also the birthday of Samurai Cop 2 star Bai Ling, which was celebrated with a beautiful cake of Ling’s striking image in a glamorous outfit.

Celebrities and VIPs in attendance were Grand Master Eric Lee, producers Joseph Kelbie Williamson and Edwin Santos, actors Joe Estevez, Gerald Okamura, Lisa London, Lexi Belle, Yuka Sano, Amy Shi, Hank Garrett, Naoyuki Ikeda, Ramzi Abed, Shane Ryan, photographers Dan Kennedy and John Cox – and many more!

The trailer of the film can be seen at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=996zhYei9Xw

Photos courtesy of Cineridge Entertainment

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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Advanced Screening of Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance

This afternoon I had the good fortune of seeing a super private advanced screening of  Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance with the film’s award-winning director, Gregory Hatanaka and star of the film Mathew Karedas in attendance.

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster

This film had such an impressive ensemble cast and so much action, that you can’t fully take it in with just the one viewing.

Big congrats to Hatanaka for creating the much anticipated sequel to this legendary cult classic.  There were nods and homages to the original film for all the fans, but Hatanaka kept it fresh and often times humorous and I love that. I had many laugh out loud moments.

Samurai Cop 2 explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Mathew Karedas ) who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. Both actors give  great performances. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

And I was on the edge of my seat with all the action packed scenes. I love how Frazer often pans to the camera in such an effortless way that it really added to the comical moments of the film.

The supporting cast was wonderful as well. Bai Ling gives an epic performance. Laurene Landon (there’s a great reference for Hundra fans) is wonderful as the tough and brash detective. Mel Novak is also amazing in a very cunning role. Thomas J. Churchill is also wonderful in a nice character role. Dawna Lee Heising is hilarious in her scene with Wiseau, who gives a fun and funny standout performance. Cranston Komuro, Melissa Moore, Lexi Belle, Kristine DeBll, Mindy Robinson, Lisa London and everyone else in the cast that lights up the screen.

Kayden Kross gives a good performance and has mainstream cinema potential. Joe Estevez is great as the angry and brusque police chief. Add into the mix the return of Gerald Okamura (including a great flashback with him from the original movie).

 

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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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Screens with a Vengeance!

 

Cinema Epoch proudly presents an exclusive screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop2: Deadly Vengeance on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10th, at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20pm. Hakanaka (Mad Cowgirl, Blue Dream) and the stars of the film will conduct a Q and A after the film. More screening dates to be announced soon.

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster

This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Matt Hannon) who are teaming up once again in this star-studded action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

 

Still of actress Bai Ling
Still of actress Bai Ling

 

Still of actress Laurene Langdon
Still of actress Laurene Landon

Alongside the original cast, the film also stars iconic actors such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones), Bai Ling (The Crow, Crank: High Voltage), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Airplane II: The Sequel), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Apocalypse), Joe Estevez (Dexter), Dawna Lee Heising (Slink, Pond Scum), Kristine De Bell (The Big Brawl) and countless others.

still of actor Mel Novak
still of actor Mel Novak

Tickets for these screenings can be purchased at this link: www.laemmle.com/films/39604

Still of actor Mathew Karedas
Still of actor Mathew Karedas
Still of actors Dawna Lee Heising and Tommy Wiseau
Still of actors Dawna Lee Heising and Tommy Wiseau
He wears his sunglasses at night! Still of actor and award-winning Thomas J. Churchill
He wears his sunglasses at night! Still of actor and award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill

If that wasn’t enough to quench your Samurai Cop 2 thirst, the stars of this film will descend upon the Martial Arts Museum for a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm. This museum is located at 2319 W. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. For their legions of fans, there will be an exclusive red carpet photo session and an unveiling of the Flying Guillotine Display at the Museum that was graciously donated by Hatanaka. It’s also the birthday of Samurai Cop 2 star Bai Ling, so please come out to join in on the festivities. Please note that this is a free event to accommodate the fans.

All photos courtesy of Cinema Epoch

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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