On Saturday, August 26th, the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards (LANFA) will have their film awards ceremony and music festival at 8039 S Vermont Ave in Los Angeles and screen an international slate of films.
Numerous celebrities and VIPs expected at this event such as LANFA founder King Bassey, Honorees Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Check Point) and Dawna Lee Heising (Bladerunner, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Special Guest noted radio host and media personality Mother Love, HPC’s own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror) as a presenter and Co-host Ford Austin (Live By Night, Bosch).
Press Check-in is at 4:30pm, with red carpet arrivals at 5-6:30pm, the much anticipated awards presentation at 6:30pm-9:30pm and the afterparty 9:30pmFree parking in the lot and lots of street parking. The attire will range from cocktail attire to black tie.
LANFA was created by King Bassey, who hails from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. He has an associates degree in Electronic tech and micro computer from National Technical School and a Bachelors degree in Media Production at Intercontinental University Los Angeles. His concentration was in the area of directing, producing, editing, screenwriting and cinematography. After looking at the negative image and portrayal of Africans on Television, King Bassey became one of the first to start Afrikan Network Television on UHF channel in the early 90s, bringing programs from Africa to educate people about Africa, it was even featured in LA Times. After many years the station could not make it because of funding, King Bassey did not give up, he embarked on a song writing career. He has released about three albums, the most recent one, David Dance, and started organization called the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association (LANFA). Lanfa’s goal is to provide a platform for our creative artists to produce and showcase the unique artistic abilities, increase the level of awareness in the community, promote the brand, strengthen and grow the credibility of the group. To also foster the creation of successful working partnerships, empower networking, raise visibility, and strengthen distribution and marketing channels. Every year, the festival screens Afrikan and other international films in August 24th -26th. He won several awards, best African singer and writer from the City of Los Angeles, Award for best Video Programming, Educational & Documentary, Media award for best photographer. He directed and produced his first films called Johno the Fake Producer, in 2007, his second film Undisciplined, about the way Parents raise their Children, and in 2010, he directed Queen In LA. Movie, About Human Trafficking. His latest film in the making now is called A Woman In A Man’s World, Multicultural Film creating awareness on Global Fight for violence against Women in work, Home and Church. starting campaign call LET’S GET OUR WOMEN BACK.
Acclaimed and prolific production company Lucky Strike Films has just launched the much anticipated Lucky Strike Film Festival. Besides giving filmmakers the opportunity to have their movies premiered before enthusiastic audiences, the Lucky Strike Film Festival will also host an awards show, complete with a snazzy red carpet event and after party! This epic event will take place on September 21st-23rd, with the awards ceremony on September 22nd at the Regency Valley Plaza 6 Theatre in North Hollywood.
In addition to the exposure, the winners for Best Film will also receive a distribution deal through Lucky Strike Productions.
This is a wonderful opportunity for films of all genres and filmmakers of all backgrounds. This festival will truly be a home for indie filmmakers and a new voice for artists, which will allow for their talent to emerge.
This innovative festival was founded by multi award-winning filmmaker Romane Simon. Asked why he created his own festival in addition to writing, directing and producing countless films and being a highly regarded author, Simon said, “it feels really good knowing that I created a platform for creative fellow filmmakers to showcase their work for a broad audience.”
Simon, himself, has an interesting background. As the Grandson of Haiti’s Former President, he was born and raised in Haiti, where he began his filmmaking career. He moved many miles from home to the United States to continue and expand his dreams in the entertainment industry, by embarking upon several more projects. Simon currently works as a screenplay writer, actor, fight choreographer, stuntman, dancer, and even model. Simon is also a great MMA fighter with a record of 9-2-3. His most recent film Hybristophilia stars Quinton Aaron from the Blind Side, Sadie Katz from Wrong Turn 6, Jenna Willis from the People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Iyad Hajjaj from Madam Secretary and many others.
Fataneh Lafleur is the festival manager, Robyn Carmona is the festival coordinator, and Nicole Alexis is a board member. Honorees this year are actors Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Emmy winner Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives) , Iyad Hajjaj (Madam Secretary), Walter E. Jones, Grammy nominated artist Stephanie Spruil and Emmy nominated artist Shane Sparks.
HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — AUGUST 15, 2017 — The question whether analogue or digital audio equipment sounds better has been an ongoing debate between producers, mixers and recording engineers for several years. In music mastering, where everything is under a microscope and even the smallest details of audio quality matter, this question appears to be even more relevant. – But who says you can’t have both?
Grammy winning mastering engineers Gavin Lurssen (Queens of the Stone Age, Miranda Lambert, Ryan Adams) and Reuben Cohen (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, India.Arie, Despicable Me 1, 2, and 3) have teamed up with producer/engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, The Fray) to showcase not only their analogue mastering chains, but also how you can replicate their processing inside your DAW with their newly designed mastering plugin ‘IK Multimedia Lurssen Mastering Console’ (link: http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/lurssen/).
For many years the Lurssen Mastering team have been mastering a vast variety of genres and have carefully refined their processing chains for each genre and style. The Lurssen Mastering Console plugin was designed for you to utilize their workflow and provide you with digital mastering chains which are inspired by the analogue chains they use every day – providing ease of use, while keeping up high-quality standards.
MODA 360, an innovative exhibit of international art, fashion and film, presented a sustainable runway to benefit the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens conservation program and celebrate the Zoo’s 50th anniversary on Aug. 1, 2017 at The New Mart in Downtown LA.
Moda 360, a fusion of art, fashion and film, incorporating exhibits and live presentations and encouraging collaborations between the three creative industries, brought sustainable designers from London, Los Angeles, New York, Colombia and Guatemala and showed the art of sustainability. This innovative company was founded by Debora Pokallus. Ethical fashion took center stage on the runway with Los Angeles designers Julie Gardner, a photographer who prints her images on cashmere, silk and cotton for a collection of brilliantly colorful scarves, kimonos and sarongs, and Deborah Lindquist, the Green Queen, who created a special animal themed collection for the Zoo, representing their West Coast home town. Atelier Tammam, a vegan couture collection from London, showed red carpet gowns with a touch of Old Hollywood. Juan Pablo Martinez debuted his new collection of recycled denim with exquisitely tailored dresses, jackets and jeans. Recent New York Fashion Week participant Melissa Lockwood brought zero waste knits from her collection IQ Test. TNT Agency created the jungle themed hair and makeup styles adding drama and excitement to the show.
The event brought out celebrity champions of the Zoo, with actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror) hosting Moda 360 and her fashion and lifestyle media outlet So Very Vida serving as the Official Media Sponsor. Emmy award-winning actress Carolyn Hennesy (General Hospital), a passionate Zoo Ambassador and Emmy nominated actor Kim Estes (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with noted actor Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone), devoted Zoo supporters, walked the red carpet and voiced their support of the Zoo’s conservation work. Founder and CEO of the World Networks, Lousine Karibian, was also in attendance. Model and actress Tamela D’Amico (Quinn) walked the runway in support of the Zoo’s global work. It was European royalty meeting Hollywood Royalty as HRH Princess Francesca Gioia Drommi of Italy also walked the red carpet with actor John Blyth Barrymore (Fake News).
Moda 360 spotlighted creative work across the industries with a fashion and art exhibit of work by artists from the FiLa organization in London: Gemma Nelson, Sheree Naqvi, Kel Rae and Amy Digham. Philadelphia painter Mark Campana and LA photographer Jenna Amaya exhibited their work representing their creative point of view. LA artist Andrea Bogdan brought her latest work to live paint at the event, offering attendees a glimpse into the artist’s workshop. Washington DC artist Holly Ahrens created a special art piece for the runway, making a fine art statement about habitat destruction on a couture bomber jacket. Philadelphia designer Machele Nettles displayed pieces from her Idol Light collection, jewelry from reclaimed optic glass creating a new dimension in jewelry, refracting light into a rainbow of colors. Korbata, a fair trade accessories company in Guatemala showed a collection of ties made from native Guatemalan fabrics hand woven by artisans.
The world premiere of LA Style, a fashion video by Lucinda Luvaas opened the runway, and international videos from filmmakers around the world were screened throughout the event. CE Jordan, a former model and professional storyteller entertained the audience with anecdotes from her modeling career in the 1970s. A feature screening of the award winning short film “Strangers in a Book” written by Pedram Navab and screened at the Cannes Film Festival, put the spotlight on the success of independent filmmakers, with an introduction by the director and co-writer Marc Rezvani and lead actress and co-producer Vida Ghaffari.
Moda 360 enjoyed the support of returning sponsor, natural skin care company Bel Essence, and the delicious spreads and seasonings of Sleeper’s Gourmet. Amante restaurant, an Italian restaurant in the New Mart, provided beer and wine for the attendees. Janet Cao, Designer and Principal of ShopVere, offered fun and unique hair ties as gifts to all who came.
Moda 360 delivered an eclectic and entertaining program representing three creative industries and presenting the ideas, inspiration and ethics that drive the independent artist, designer and filmmaker forward in their work. Moda 360 shows the best of contemporary creation and gives a look behind the art to show the contribution these talented exhibitors offer the commercial and cultural market.
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About Bel Esprit – The Bel Esprit Showroom showcases international designers of ethical fashion, and the sister showroom, Showroom International, presents the collections of international independent designers. The showrooms offer 30 years of industry experience identifying and assisting the needs of both designers and retailers to facilitate a strong business relationship, and partner with international fashion industry organizations and events to give independent designers maximum exposure. Bel Esprit promotes ethical principles through education to designers, retailers and consumers, and, through a number of global initiatives, works to create and develop more ethical resources for the fashion industry. Learn more at www.BelEsprit.net.
About the New Mart — The New Mart Building, a registered Los Angeles historical landmark located in the center of Downtown LA’s fashion district, is home to 100+ showrooms representing hundreds of top lines. With both high profile and cutting edge showrooms, The New Mart is the most sought after venue for wholesale fashion buyers from around the world. Learn more at www.newmart.net.
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On Sunday, Aug. 6 at 4 p.m. at the Education Stage of the Los Angeles Convention Center, Scare LA 2017 held the informative “The 7 Legal Pitfalls You Must Avoid Before Getting Into The Horror Entertainment Biz” with ScareLA’s own renowned entertainment attorney Nadia Davari and her client, noted actress and HPC’s own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror).
These ladies took the stage to guide attendees safely past the horror entertainment industry’s largest — and unexpected — pitfalls. Davari showed the attendees how to not get taken advantage of. To add a little practical spice, this seminar was moderated by Vida, who herself has dealt first-hand with many of these pitfalls in her career, but overcame them all with Nadia’s brilliant expertise. Many of the ladies educational and often humorous experiences and anecdotes were highlighted in this informative seminar.
“It has truly been an honor to represent ScareLA and Lora, a young serial entrepreneur, and watch it evolve into such an informative and epic event,” said Nadia.
“I was so thrilled to be part of this panel with my wise attorney and a part of this wonderful convention that was started by a woman. It’s really great to be a part of the horror community with such knowledgeable and empowered women,” added Vida.
“I created ScareLA with the vision of bringing the community together and celebrating our city’s diversity in its most unusual forms. Halloween has an amazing tradition of self-expression and creativity and we bring thousands of artists, haunt entertainment professionals, horror filmmakers and fans to celebrate it early. ScareLA was first to bring Halloween to the summer and we are thrilled with the amazing response to our show and creating Halloween’s first Comic-con,” said Ivanova.
“As an entrepreneur, it has been extremely important for me to have an A-class legal team to ensure our success and I could not be happier working with experts like Nadia Davari in this process. Her ability to look at the big picture and navigate the intricate landscape of show business has been key to our growth and I really enjoyed having her share her experience with our community at large at ScareLA this year,” added Ivanova.
About Scare LA:
ScareLA premiered in 2013 as the first fan convention dedicated to Halloween. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world, it combines LA’s top talent and unique setting with a twist! The weekend-long Halloween teaser celebrated California’s scariest faire with attraction unveils, workshops, classes, industry panels, haunt tours, screenings and activities. Share, inspire, play – ScareLA.
About Nadia Davari:
Nadia Davari is an experienced attorney whose practice bridges the diverse realms of entertainment, new media, technology, start-up companies, corporate and business law. Ms. Davari works with a wide range of clients including digital media companies, new business start-ups, production companies, movie studios, television networks, investors, and “talent” representation. Among her many areas of expertise, Nadia has an extensive record of accomplishment in the areas of entity formation, corporate maintenance, content acquisition, production, distribution (domestic and international), finance, the internet and new media issues ranging from capital structuring to intellectual property protection. Ms. Davari restructured international content licensing deals for MAVTV cable network and guided The Channel Factory and Planet Street through the process of establishing new media entities. At Taurus Entertainment and Dream Factory, she managed all aspects of “production legal.” While at Gigapix Studios, Ms. Davari negotiated and drafted scripted and unscripted television production, animation series, documentary and feature film, acquisition and financing agreements. At GVN Releasing she helped management launch GVN Releasing and negotiated domestic and international distribution agreements with content providers and sub-distributors.
This smart and savvy attorney has represented a number of prestigious companies including WR Films Entertainment, Je’Caryous Johnson Entertainment, Konwiser Brothers, Entertainment Treasures, Film Roman, Starz Entertainment, the popular Geekie Awards, and ScareLA. In the past, Ms. Davari practiced law as an associate with the law firms Rosen and Anderson as well as Barnes Morris. 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. Ms. Davari is also a guest lecturer at The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She recently guested as a legal expert on KCRW, KBEACH and LA Talk Radio and was profiled by popular blogs like Ms. In The Biz and the Hollywood Press Corps for her legal expertise.
Vida has been active on the Tinsel town scene as an award-winning actress and voiceover artist. This comedic powerhouse is best known for her appearances on the television comedies, The Mindy Project formerly on FOX, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, and Mind of Mencia on Comedy Central. These projects cap off a number of successes for the versatile starlet. She just wrapped a supporting role in Nation’s Fire, which will be distributed by Universal opposite two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern, Emmy winner Gil Bellows, iconic action and horror film heroine Laurene Landon and UFC Champion Chuck Liddell. Her other film, the much buzzed-about Holy Terror, where she plays the pivotal role of Hayley, a very troubled young woman opposite legendary actors Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones) and Kristine DeBell (Meatballs, The Big Brawl). Holy Terror is climbing up the charts and is #11 on Amazon Prime UK. This scream queen has gotten local, national and international press from this project and was billed as “the Persian Linda Blair” from her work in this role by noted journalist Maurice Dwayne Smith at this link: http://coldheatnews.com/archives/7401 and here’s Holy Terror’s trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNjDmcCRAhY&t=3s
Vida also just shot Hybristophilia with Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock). She will also be voicing a lead role in the three time Peabody award nominated The Suspense Show on XM satellite radio opposite Novak once again. In addition to voicing commercials, industrials, and audiobooks, Vida made her animation voice-over debut alongside Fred Willard, Lisa Kudrow, and Janeane Garofalo inLovesick Fool, a film festival darling created by Emmy nominated director and animator Dominic Polcino (The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill).
As an award-winning journalist and blogger of her self-titled blog, www.soveryvida.com, she has also worked as a red carpet correspondent and has interviewed many celebs ranging from Oscar nominees and winners to Grammy winners. Vida recently received commendations from the City of Los Angeles and the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for her journalism and acting endeavors as well as an Entrepreneur Award from the World Networks, an Excellence in Media Award from the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association and a Media Appreciation Award. Ever the fashionista, Vida recently graced the cover of noted fashion magazine FVM Global Magazine twice, Shine on Hollywood Magazine, and 1st Class Magazine and was quoted about her knowledge of red carpet fashion for the Oscars by US News and World Report. She was also named a blogger to watch by On Trend Magazine.