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Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Event Supports Child Safety

HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 — The 6th Annual Red CARpet Safety Event was recently held at Sony Studios in Culver City. The annual Red CARpet Safety event is an engaging and educational way for parents and children to learn about car safety. Did you know that 4 out of 5 car seats are not properly installed? Many celebrity parents and influencers scoped out the event.

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Ali Landry attends Step 2 Presents 6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event on September 23, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

Celebrities in attendance included: Jamie Presley, Ali Landry, Marla Sokoloff, Tammin Sursok, Ali Fedotowsky, Essense Adkins, Amy Davidson, Megan King Edmonds, Catherine McCord, Kathleen Robertson, Rusty Joiner, Courtney Friel, Shiri Appleby, Kristine Lazar, and more!

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Ali Fedotowsky, Kevin Manno and child attend Step 2 Presents 6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event on September 23, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

The event had tons of brand activations including City Moms . This exciting new app allows parents to explore local offerings for child care, classes, and local family fun.

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Elizabeth Fraley from Kinder Ready Inc. attends the Step 2 Presents 6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event on September 23, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

Also in attendance was Kinder Ready, Inc., the leading provider in supplemental education in the Santa Monica/West LA area. Kinder Ready provides one on one learning in home or in the company’s new Brentwood office. Founder Elizabeth Fraley, M.Ed. and the Kinder Ready team offer assessments, one on one learning, drop in weekend care, and academic summer camps. Kinder Ready™ is a specialized program designed for 3-5 year olds. Elementary Wise is designed to enhance learning for ages 6 to 12. Kinder Ready’s teaching staff is familiar and trained in various educational philosophies (Bank Street, Waldorf, Reggio Emilio, Montessori, etc.) which make it a great well-rounded program to check out!

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of atmosphere at Step 2 Presents 6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event on September 23, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

Co-founder, Jennifer Gardner’s new organic food line, Once Upon A Farm, was also at the recent event. The brand was founded on the idea of providing yummy and nutritious “farm-to-family” foods to kids of all ages.

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Tammin Sursok at Step 2 Presents 6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event on September 23, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

At the event, car seat safety demonstrations on Diono Pacificas, Radians and Rainiers car seats were available. A “coaster area” little ones to learn about activity safety with Step2  Xtreme Coasters and Up & Down Coasters. Don’t forget your helmet! Step2 also provided a play zone play houses, kitchens, and floor activities.

Were already gearing up for next years event in 2018!

World Premiere of ‘Blood Runs Thick’

The much anticipated horror film, “Blood Runs Thick,”  which stars legendary actor Tom Sizemore,  will have it’s world premiere on October 31st, appropriately on Halloween, at the Beverly Hills Fine Arts Theater at 6pm.

Filmmaker Romane Simon with actors Tom Sizemore and Alexander Man with Emily Killiam in the background
Filmmaker Romane Simon directs actor Matthew Ashford on the set of “Blood Runs Thick.”

Rising to prominence in the 90s, Sizemore has starred in iconic films such as ‘Saving Private Ryan’ ‘Natural Born Killers’ ‘Heat’ ‘Blackhawk Down’ ‘True Romance’ and ‘Point Break’ and many others. This film has a wonderful ensemble cast consisting of Emmy winning soap stars Matthew Ashford and Judi Evans, Emily Killian, Alexander Man, Brooklyn Robinson, Isaac Rhino, Aaron Doh, with special appearances by Lilian Lev, Anjelika Kaufman-Joyce-JP Joyce, ,Ewart Chin, Karra Mane, and Carolyn Dupree.

Movie Poster

“Blood Runs Thick” is about Vikki (Killian), a beautiful young woman, who struggles with frightening hallucinations and a crumbling mental state after her husband goes missing.

Still of actors Judi Evans and Braxton Davis

This compelling film was produced by Lucky strike Films studio LLC. This film was directed by noted filmmaker Romane Simon and written by Simon and Rhonnie Fordham, who has collaborated with Simon before.

“It was great working with Tom Sizemore , he is one of my favorite actors and to be on the same set with him  and directing him was truly a great experience,” said Simon.

Romane Antoine Simon, is also the author of best selling novel (Red to Black-The Power of Love). He’s a thriving young filmmaker from Haiti. He was determined to get to the place where he could paint his own screen stories and images he hungered for the world to know about.

Romane finally arrived in Hollywood & quickly made himself known among others who had a similar passion for film which resulted in a new world of cinematic magic. His dream took root & before he knew it, he was yelling ACTION! And his successful film-making journey began.

This was only a few years ago and Romane has continually directed feature films with big stars making the industry feel his artistic power and passion for story-telling on a grand scale.

Here’s the link for tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blood-runs-thick-halloween-red-carpet-movie-premiere-tickets-36199725353?aff=efbeventtix

More links about the film:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6120496/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

https://www.facebook.com/BloodRunsThickmovie/

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Artists For Trauma models Michael Kors at In Store Fashion Show at Macy’s Topanga

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Artists For Trauma models Michael Kors at In Store Fashion Show at Macy’s Topanga

Sunday, September 17th from 2 pm -4 pm, Artists For Trauma (AFT) in conjunction with the upscale Macy’s Topanga and the noted Michael Kors line will present a fashion show with AFT adaptive models.

AFT Founder and President Laura Sharpe. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Gettyimages

“These six chosen models are adored by their community and are not only gorgeous, but physically and mentally strong, having persevered through life challenges that most of us will never know.” – Laura T. Sharpe, Artists For Trauma Founder and CEO.

AFT model and celebrated actor Ford Austin and his wife Emmy award-winning producer Lauree Dash. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Gettyimages
AFT model and artist Richard Bell. Photo courtesy of Michael Bezjian/Gettyimages

WHO: Numerous celebrities and VIPs expected at this event such as Laura T. Sharpe, the founder of Artists for Trauma, AFT model and celebrated actor Ford Austin (Live By Night, Bosch), his wife, Emmy award-winning producer Lauree Dash (The Doctors, Access Hollywood), actress and fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror, So Very Vida), noted filmmaker Massimiliano Cerchi (Mayday, The Night Shift), Chanel Ryan (The Late Late Show with James Cordon, Dead Sea) other AFT models such as noted artist Richard Bell, Tobias Forrest, actress Mia Schaikewitz (Push Girls), actress Vanessa Osman and Janelle Hinshaw. Also in attendance are actors James Cavlo (Raising Hope, Carly), Tatyana Figueiredo (Suicide Squad, The Business), Casey Burke (The Middle, 20th Cen- tury Women), Joey Lutheran (The Long Road Home, Modern Family), Kacey Fifield (Game Shakers, React to That), Siaki Si’l (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Austin and Ally), Kiana Lyz Rivera (Major Crimes, The Immigrant), Kendall Monroe, Entertainment attorney Nadia Davari, Founder and CEO of The World Networks Lousine Karibian and Social Media Influencer Ilmar Molder.

 

AFT model and actress Vanessa Osman
AFT model and actress Mia Schaikewitz from Push Girls

WHEN: September 17th,
press check-in 12:30pm

red carpet 1-2pm fashion show 2-4

WHERE: Macy’s Topanga, 21900 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91304
PARKING: Free parking at Topanga MALL ATTIRE: Upscale Casual

Artists For Trauma, founded by trauma survivor Laura Sharpe in 2011, was inspired by her personal journey to recovery from life altering trauma. Sharpe connected with the world of art as a source of healing from her near-mortal wounds. AFT reveals and shares the blueprint of Sharpe’s astonishing re- covery to help other civilian and military trauma survivors positively reconnect with themselves, their families and their communities.

The AFT organization aims to expedite recovery through artistic expression and human connection, providing a creative portal to help patients process complex emotions, regain confidence and build self- acceptance after suffering a traumatic experience.

More info about Artists For Trauma : http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/

Macy’s, established in 1858, is the Great American Department Store – an iconic retailing brand over 740 stores operating coast-to-coast and online. Macy’s Westfield Topanga Plaza offers a first class se- lection of top fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Estee Lauder & Levis. In addition to shoes and clothing, Macy’s has a wide variety of housewares, gifts and furniture.

Macy’s will also have a VIP sale that day from 2-4pm with an extra 30% off on designers that rarely go on sale and 15% off any beauty purchase with your Macy’s card.

More info about Macys Topanga: https://l.macys.com/canoga-park-ca

Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products under his signa- ture Michael Kors Collection and MICHAEL Michael Kors labels. These products include accessories, footwear, watches, jewelry, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, eyewear and a full line of fragrance products.

More info about Michael Kors: https://www.michaelkors.com/

RSVP: Please send talent and press submissions to williamsonmgmt@gmail.com, for the charity’s outreach and marketing/pr committees.

More info about AFT: http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/
More info about Macys Topanga: https://l.macys.com/canoga-park-ca More info about Michael Kors: https://www.michaelkors.com/

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Lucky Strike Film Festival Launches

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.

Filmmaker, author, festival founder Romane Simon on the red carpet.

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.

Honoree Quinton Aaron
Honoree and Emmy winner Patrika Darbo
Honoree Iyad Hajjaj

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.

More info at https://www.luckystrikefilmsfestival.com/ and tickets can be purchased at this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lucky-strike-film-festival-tickets-36135409984

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MODA 360: LA 2017 Takes a Walk on the Wild Side!

MODA 360, an innovative exhibit of international art, fashion and film, presents a special event benefitting the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens’ conservation program and celebrating the Zoo’s 50th anniversary August 1, 2017, 3 to 9 pm, at The New Mart in Downtown L.A.

Debora Pokallus, founder of MODA360

Incorporating exhibits and live presentations by international fashion designers, artists and filmmakers, Moda 360 encourages collaborations between the three creative industries. The 2017 edition of Moda 360 shines the spotlight on sustainability and the importance of preserving the habitats and inhabitants of our planet. A unique feature is “A Walk on the Wild Side,” a sustainable runway fashion show with creations by artists and designers reflecting the species, habitats and conservation projects championed by the L.A. Zoo.

fashion designer Deborah Lindquist

“Moda 360 will be a more intimate event this year to focus on the important issue of environmental stewardship and support the Zoo’s international programs,” says Debora Pokallus, producer of Moda 360. “Preserving our environment has become even more critical today and it’s important to raise awareness and support organizations that do this important work.”

Actress, event media partner and presenter Vida Ghaffari

Proceeds from this event support the L.A. Zoo’s new Species Conservation Action Network (SCAN), including a dedicated Curator of Conservation whose sole focus will be to identify and respond to urgent animal conservation issues around the world. The L.A. Zoo dedicates funds, expertise, and staff to a wide variety of conservation projects all over the globe, with a special focus on those that target wild counterparts of animals in their collection. While the reach is global, two of its greatest conservation successes have been local in nature: the California Condor Recovery Plan and the Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Plan, both restoring populations of critically endangered animals to their native habitats. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments,

According to GLAZA President Connie Morgan, “As the Zoo celebrates 50 years of leadership in exceptional animal welfare and its role as a key player in major conservation projects that protect animal species from extinction, GLAZA’s Board of Trustees builds upon five decades of major support for the Zoo and looks ahead to the next 50 by funding SCAN’s Curator of Conservation position into the future.”

L.A. Zoo Director John Lewis says, “The Zoo, with its decades of institutional knowledge and scientific expertise, will utilize SCAN to build solutions and connect the best people and programs, inside and outside the zoo profession, to act in a coordinated effort to address pressing and critical species survival issues. The Zoo may not be the Ark but we are shipbuilders!”

Moda 360 promises 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. Showing the best of contemporary creation, Moda 360 gives a look behind the art to show the contribution these talented exhibitors offer the commercial and cultural market.

Moda 360 will also screen fashion videos from international filmmakers, and premiere a video homage of LA fashion by Lucinda Luuvas.

CE Jordan will perform her all-too-true tales of modeling in LA and NY in “A Model Life,” a journey down the runway of life. Jordan is a former model and professional storyteller who will share reflections from her modeling career in the 1970s, weaving anecdotes about the many personalities she encountered in her work: Karl Lagerfeld, Gianni Versace, Andy Warhol, Michaele Vollbracht, Bill Blass, Givenchy. She has entertained audiences throughout Los Angeles with her warmth and wit, offering a fascinating look at life during fashion’s heyday. Wielding her signature combination of storytelling, music, dance, and an imaginative use of props, this versatile writer/performer will kick up her high heels in this model bash for the ageless. “A Model Life” performance is at 3 pm (seating begins at 2:45).

A screening of “Strangers in a Book,” written by Pedram Navab and directed by Marc Rezvani, takes place at 4 pm (seating begins at 3:45). The film follows Sara in actress (and HPC’s own) Vida G’s (The Mindy Project, Mind of Mencia) dramatic debut, a hip and melancholic Iranian-American, who finds a misplaced book in a café. Intrigued by its contents, but unable to find the owner, she decides to interview the people in the notebook to decipher the identity of the mysterious man. The strangers whom she meets, considered the dregs of society, tell Sara stories about the enigmatic owner of the book, who is considered both diabolical and kind. In her relentless pursuit of the ultimate stranger, Sara is thus plunged into the horror of the unknown, where reality merges with art, and where existence itself is questioned. The film has also received 7 nominations at the prestigious Film Festival in San Diego and won Best Guerrilla Film at the popular Action on Film (AOF) Festival in Monrovia, California and the noted Finow Film and Script Festival in Eberswalde, Germany.Vida Ghaffari will introduce the film.

“A Walk on the Wild Side,” which takes place at 5:30 pm (seating begins at 5:15 pm, is a sustainable runway show of fashions by ethical designers from three continents to show that sustainability is vibrant and creative. It features the work of Atelier Tammam, a London couture house of 100% vegan and ethical fashion whose designs have graced the red carpet at the BAFTA awards; Juan Pablo Martinez, a collection fusing sustainability, fine tailoring and rock and roll from Bogata Colombia who began his career in the atelier of Christian LaCroix; designer Lucy Tammam, a fierce advocate of sustainable fashion who has been a force in the ethical fashion movement for over a decade; and LA’s own Deborah Lindquist who has spent 30 years designing eclectic, and striking fashion from reclaimed, recycled and sustainable materials. A special feature of the runway will be unique creations by artists and designers reflecting the species, habitats and conservation projects championed by the L.A. Zoo. These exceptional designers will hit the runway to support the L.A. Zoo and will be joined by other talented artists and designers creating one of a kind surprises that reflect the animals, habitats and conservation programs the L.A. Zoo champions. A team of hair and makeup artists from TNT Agency will create looks with a touch of the jungle.

Moda 360 celebrates the innovation and creativity of designers and artists and welcomes exciting new innovations and ideas. Returning to Moda 360, Philadelphia designer Machele Nettles will show her latest Idol-Light collection of prism jewelry made from reclaimed optical glass. These sleek and modern designs refract light, making not just a fashion statement, but demonstrating the wonders of science. Machele is creating a special piece for the Zoo runway design challenge. Vanessa Wishart from Toronto, Ontario, is a fashion artist, designer and costumer for theater, films and music tours. Internationally known for her ability to take the most banal items and transform it into wearable art, she creates fashion items from currency and is showing her latest Luut collection at Moda 360. Kor?áta from Guatemala, are high-quality ethical fashion products handwoven by Guatemalan artisans. The bright, colorful ties and wallets reflect the culture and spirit of the native artisans. Moda 360 welcomes returning artist Andrea Bogdan who will again live paint during the event. Andrea will debut an art and fashion collaboration on the runway to support the Zoo. The U.K. feminist art organization FiLiArt is organizing a special exhibition to make the statement that preserving our world is a feminist issue. Photographer Jenna Amaya also returns to Moda to show her expressive studies of exploration of human form and body art. Mark Campana joins fellow Philadelphian Machele Nettles showing his beautiful paintings of the historical architecture in his hometown. These creators will be joined by a growing roster of designers and artists.

Bel Essence the natural skincare and certified cruelty-free company, returns as sponsor of Moda 360 for this special event.

The New Mart is located at 127 E. 9th Street, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Tickets for MODA 360’s August 1 event range from $35 to $500 and are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/moda-360-fashion-art-and-film-experience-benefiting-la-zoo-conservation-tickets-35128296681.

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.

ABOUT BEL ESSENCE – Bel Essence is a natural skincare collection based on a simple idea: give skin the nutrition it needs to heal, regenerate and rejuvenate itself. Bel Essence combines natural and organic oils that are the richest sources of vitamins, antioxidants, omega 3’s and fatty acids, the essential components for healthy, youthful skin. Bel Essence gives skin what nature intended and selects and combines oils with beneficial properties to maximize results without harmful chemicals and colorings. Natural oils, known for their skin health benefits, are combined to treat and nourish skin giving both instant improvement and long-term transformation. Learn more at www.belessence.com.

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO – The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens marks its 50th anniversary with a yearlong “ZooLAbration” that began on November 28, 2016, which is the 50th anniversary of the opening at its current location. Throughout the 50th anniversary year, the Zoo spotlights not only its key role as a world-class destination and an important community asset but also its critical successes in conservation, quality of life and premier care for animals. Having recently completed a $172 million master plan which significantly improved the Zoo facility, the Zoo now embarks upon developing a new Master Plan, which will serve as a road map for the future. The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered, as well as a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Its responsibility toward wildlife conservation not only encompasses safeguarding the animals in its care but also actively participating in the preservation of some of the world’s most critically endangered species and their habitats. The Zoo’s many conservation successes include having led the charge in saving California condors from extinction and restoring populations of these critically endangered animals to their native habitats.

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Legendary Actors and Martial Artists Aleong and Novak to Be Inducted Into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

  On Saturday, May 20th, legendary actors and martial artists Aki Aleong and Mel Novak will be inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala in Fullerton, CA. This Hall of Fame was founded by Grandmaster Jim Thomas, Ph.D./D.Sc./Ma.Dsc.

Grandmaster Jim Thomas and Loretta Hallmark

Dr. Thomas is a 10th degree grand master and is recognized as one of 20 worldwide. He has been active in the martial arts field for over half a century. In addition to serving as the head coach for Team USA, he was inducted into 6 various martial arts ‘Hall of Fame’ institutions and listed in ‘Who’s – Who’ in the world of Martial Arts. Grandmaster Thomas has won over 200 awards and trophies and served in the U.S. Air Force for 7 years during the Vietnam Evacuation Era. He was a former athlete for the USA World Class Competition Team and has appeared in over 8 Martial Arts Motions pictures.

Sifu Mark Hoadley

The U.S.A. Martial Arts ‘Hall of Fame’ “Hall of Heroes” was originally created in 1976 by Grand Master Robert Trias, the first man to open a martial arts school in the U.S. In its beginning it was very small in nature and was done spontaneously at various Martial Arts functions. Grandmaster Thomas and Mike Day were called upon to orchestrate this function into what it is today. Even with the passing of Grandmaster Trias and Day, Thomas has kept this event alive himself and includes new exciting things each and every year! This event actually spans three days from May 19th to May 21st with seminars and classes and the gala being on the 20th. Celebrities in attendance at the gala are Kathy Long, Art Camacho, Olivier Gruner and many more. Martial Artist and stand-up comic Mark Hoadley will be opening the gala with his unique style of stand-up comedy. Sifu Hoadley is a 3 time Hall of Fame inductee and last year’s Alliance inductee. Mark frequently performs at The World Famous Comedy Store, The Ice House and the Clown House.

Awardees Aki Aleong and Mel Novak. Photo courtesy of Sheri Determan/PR Photos

Iconic martial artist Aki Aleong has starred in over 50 feature films and 150 TV shows. He has starred in films opposite the likes of Frank Sinatra Jr., Nick Nolte, Christian Slater, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Joanne Woodward, Ben Kingsley, Ernest Borgnine, Martin Landau, Roger Moore, Peter Lawford, Olivia Hussey, and Pierce Brosnan. He has served on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild, appointed National Chair of SAG’S EEOC and was a member of the President’s Diversity/Affirmative Action Task Force. Aki’s legendary career started on Broadway in “Teahouse of the August Moon” and “The Interview.” He is probably best known for portraying Senator Hidoshi during the first season of Babylon 5, as well as portraying Mr. Chiang, the aide to Nathan Bates in the weekly series of V: The Series. He also portrayed the character of Colonel Mitamura in Farewell to the King and starred in Missing in Action Part 3 Opposite Chuck Norris and The Quest opposite Jean Claude Van Damme and Roger Moore. Aleong recently starred opposite Jean Claude Van Damme again in Pound of Flesh and just guest starred in an episode of the three time Peabody nominated Suspense show opposite Torohu Masamune (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

Aki on set with Danny Trejo

Martial arts legend Mel Novak is best known as the iconic Stick the Assassin in Bruce Lee’s final film Game of Death. He has starred in more than 60 feature films opposite the likes of icons such as Steve McQueen, Yul Brenner, Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Rosie O’Donnell, Dan Ackroyd and many others. He has been bestowed with numerous awards for his acting work as well as humanitarian awards. He has been volunteering on Skid Row for over 30 years and has counseled prisoners at the most dangerous prisons in the country and has also volunteered with the Special Olympics. More recently, he starred in Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, #1 grossing indie martial arts action movie of 2015. Mel also starred in the recently released Sony Pictures’ Checkpoint, opposite William Forsythe, Bill Goldberg, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Kenny Johnson. Mel also starred in the much buzzed about Holy Terror opposite Kristine DeBell (Meatballs, The Big Brawl) and Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live).

Mel on the set of Check Point with noted director Thomas J. Churchill and William Forsythe

For more info and to purchase tickets, please go to http://www.usamartialartshalloffame.com/california-2017 or call 714-922-1700

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Brain Mapping Foundation Conference and Gala

The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (“SBMT”), Brain Mapping Foundation (“BMF”), and the National Center for NanoBioElectonics (“NCNBE”) held their 14th Annual World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Conference at the swanky Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. SBMT was founded in 2004 to break boundaries in healthcare and to promote global interdisciplinary research to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients with central nervous system diseases and disorders. I was unable to attend, but was so impressed with the mission of this foundation that I was compelled to write a post and here it is.

“This year, there are 320 speakers and 12 keynote speakers who addressed state-of-the-art brain science and technology, and pioneering diagnostics therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, brain and spinal trauma, brain cancer, psychiatric disorders, the Autism spectrum, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”), as well as all other neurological disorders,” said Dr. Wes Ashford, Clinical Professor of Stanford University (affiliated), Director of The War Related Illness & Injury Study Center at the VA Palo Alto HCS and the 14th President of SBMT (2016-17). “This year, several sessions of the conference will focus on translation, integration and development of advanced diagnostics and therapeutics for soldiers, veterans and civilians with neurological disorders.”

Annually, the Society and the Brain Mapping Foundation recognizes pioneers in the field of brain mapping and therapeutics with distinguished awards. The Brain Mapping Foundation is holding its “Gathering for the Cure” black tie gala on Thursday, April 20th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel to celebrate pioneering work of some of the world’s leading scientists, technologists, policymakers, and science advocates.

 

“We had a very competitive pool of applicants this year who are truly remarkable individuals as people and pioneers in their respective fields for which they were selected,” said Dr. Vicky Yamamoto, USC-Keck School of Medicine Cancer Scientist, Executive Director of SBMT, Member of the Board of Brain Mapping Foundation and Co-chair of the Award Committee. “We are truly delighted to recognize the contributions of these colleagues to the field of clinical neuroscience.”

 

The 2017 award recipients are as follows: Professors George Ojemann (Pioneer in epilepsy neurosurgery) and John Adler (inventor of Cyberknife) the recipients of the Pioneer in Medicine award; Congressman Jerry McNerney the recipient of Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Award, Professor Afsaneh Rabiei is recipient of the Pioneer in Technology Development; Travis Roy recipient of Beacon of Courage and Dedication; Golden Axon award for leadership is given to Drs. Wes Ashford (2016-17 President of SBMT), Michael Roy (2012-13 President of SBMT) and Drs. Nasser Kashou, Ajeet Kaushik, Alexander Stahn are the recipients of Young Investigator award.

Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chairman of XPrize, is the keynote speaker at the Brain Mapping Foundation “Gathering for Cure” gala who will be speaking about global innovation.

“SBMT and its science committee includes over 80 scientists that have built this program over the last 16 months”, said the 2018 President Elect of SBMT, Dr. Warren Boling, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Loma Linda University (“LLU”). He added “LLU, City of Hope, and Cedars Sinai Medical Center co-sponsored this world class scientific program for its Continuing Medical education (“CME”) accreditation.”

This remarkable scientific program is supported by industry leaders including: Fiagon, Fulgent Diagnostics, Space Bio-Laboratories Co., Ltd, Siemens Healthcare, Medtronic, Codman, Stryker, KLS Martin, Ad-Tech, Zeiss, Anatom-e, Nordic Neuro Lab (“NNL”), Synaptive Medical, Integra , PMT Corporation, HarleQuin Recruiting, Med Valley Home Healthcare Inc, Jupiter 9 Production, CariCord,  Neurotrope BioScience, California Neurosurgical Institute, Nuvasive, the Law office of Nadia Davari, Planet Street Digital Marketing, Apex Photo Studios, Keri Ann Kimball of Kimball Entertainment, Joe Williamson of Williamson Management, SoVeryVida and Neuronavigation Dinamics.

The scientific program of 2017 SBMT annual meeting has 320 speakers and 12 keynote speakers including Congressman Jerry McNerney, Space Traveler and Engineer Anousheh Ansari, Drs. Gary Small (UCLA), Laligam Sekhar (UW), George Ojemann (UW), Mark Humayun (USC), Wes Ashford (Stanford/VA Palo Alto HCS), Warren Boling (LLU), Kyu Rhee (IBM Watson Health), Dean Yamaguchi (Department of Veterans Affair), and RADM Colin Chinn (Defense Health Agency).

“The Brain Mapping Foundation has been on the forefront of wounded warrior care for 14 years by bringing together world leading scientists” said Ret. Navy Commander Dr. Ken Green. “We have engaged NASA centers, NASA Human Health and Performance, National Labs, Departments of Energy, Commerce, State, Defense, Navy, Army, Air Force, and Defense Health Agency, in our G20 Global Brain Mapping Initiative (Neuroscience-20) aimed at rapidly introducing diagnostics and therapeutics in the field.”

Many Hollywood celebrities including:  Tim Kring, Jim Kwik, Matthew Rhodes, Charlie Corwin, James Hong, Kate Linder, Hank Garrett, Mel Novak, Aki Aleong, Navid Negahban, Ken Davitian, Eden Sassoon, Gary Graham, Jimmy Jean-Louis, James Kyson, Dru Mouser, Sophia Milos, Vida Ghaffari, Alison Arngrim, Jarrod Bunch, Max Amini, NFL player Alec Ogletree, Andrew Jang, Tony Denison, Rachel Sterling of Pussycat Dolls, Shanica Knowles, Sean Kanan, Apick Youssefian, Mary Apick, fashion designer Sue Wong, and entrepreneur and publisher Miguel R. Forbes were in attendance at the “Gathering for Cure” gala.

For more information about the “Gathering for Cure” gala registration and donation to the foundation please visit: www.BrainMappingFoundation.Org and for more information about the Society and convention registration for the 14th Annual World Brain Mapping Conference and Gala please visit: www.WorldBrainMapping.Org

All photos courtesy of Bob Delgadillo/PR Photos

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Award Winning Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman’s ‘The Queen in Me’ Fashion Show is a Regal Success

On Tuesday, April 11th at 7pm, Award Winning Hollywood Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman launched her much anticipated official Hollywood Fall/winter 2017 Runway collection titled “The Queen in Me”, which took place at the swanky Sofitel hotel at 8555 Beverly blvd in Los Angeles. It was a completely star-studded evening jam packed with celebrities and media. The event was presented by Sai Suman in conjunction with the World Networks which was founded by the vivacious entrepreneur Lousine Karibian and the media partners of the event who hosted the red carpet, noted actress/fashion blogger and HPC’s own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live, So Very Vida) and celebrated actor Ford Austin (Heels, Live by Night) of “Live with Ford and Vida”.

Celebrity fashion designer Sai Suman

 

The bustling red carpet, chock full of international celebrities and media, started at 7pm and was followed by the Fashion Runway show at 9:30pm having the elegant royal era theme, ‘The Queen in Me’ with a romantic Paris feel and runway music reminiscent of “La Vie En Rose”. Models walked in the perfect Royal exquisite and glamorous designs illustrating of the theme as it describes, swaying the audiences taking them back to the 1920 era with the modern touch of 2017 styling and detailing on a time travel back and forth between 1920’s to 2017 with the mesmerizing women and men’s fall/winter collection. The collection has a very unique fabric and appliqué detailing on women’s collection whereas Mens suit/tux has a very interesting and eclectic mix of fabric combination seen in velvets, cotton and even leather making it stand out from the basic regular tuxedo trend. This dazzling collection has gold, diamond and pearl delicate appliqué with few having a 3D flower laser cut detailing on the Royal style gowns.

Sai with her models at the grand finale of the show!

Overall it was a show that truly gave a feel of all the Queens all gathered in a royal gala charming the audience with their regal style and fashion in a story narrated by the designer herself with her limitless imagination and creativity.

Sai with noted actor Jimmy Jean-Louis. Both are dressed in Sai Suman Couture!

This designer is surely going to be one of the names to be remembered in history among the other legendary designers who are as gifted as her! Sai Suman is an epitome of style and fantasy and has surely achieved a niche at a very young age inspiring many young aspirants to achieve their dreams.

“I live fashion…I breathe fashion! Fashion is not just a necessity for me, but it’s also my passion. Impossible unique creations challenges me. Fashion for me is a platform to narrate story in my own way through my Runway collection! This season’s inspiration “The Queen in me” is dedicated to empowering women and highlighting their beauty within. The Queen in me is to let all women know and discover that there is a Queen/ princess in everyone. It’s all about embracing your beauty no matter what shape or size you are! You are beautiful because you are you,” said Sai.

The Hollywood Launch Runway fashion show was a concept created by Sai Suman and was executed by the World Networks to showcase Sai’s vision and creativity to all her celebrity and media colleagues for them to experience the journey of her fantasy and glamour under one roof, giving them the experience to be a part of a world-class Couture high fashion fall/winter 2017 launch collection.

ABOUT SAI SUMAN

Sai Suman has been designing for HOLLYWOOD’s A list stars at red carpet galas and premieres as well as other events and also has done personalized designing. Her collection and designs have been a hit and quite popular among the Hollywood actors and the whole entertainment industry in no time where Sai at such a young age has reached an international level of high appreciation and credibility. 

Sai has been showcasing in many international platforms as well presenting her collections at premieres and highly acclaimed top fashion events such as New York Couture Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia and Mercedes Benz fashion week in Europe, to name a few and Sai has carved a niche for herself at the very beginning of her journey.

Recently Sai was honored by the Entrepreneur Award of the year 2017 in Fashion Designing at the World Networks in Los Angeles as the ambassador of Dubai for the Network. 

Sai has also been awarded as “Fashion Designer for 2013-14” at the Dubai Fashion Awards. This wunderkind has also won “Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Excellence in Designing” award at the Global Achievers Awards held in Bangkok in May 2013 for her astounding creative sensibilities.

‘SAI SUMAN’, has been transforming her imagination, fantasy into a wearable piece of art. Her work represents a unique and intriguing combination of fashion and technology. Sai’s collections are compromised of impeccably cut outfits and sophisticated haute couture and red carpet gowns that are ornate and intricately detailed while her designs speak volumes about her passion and her work.

Sai Suman is a designer who creates a blend of western fashion elements with a traditional touch of handwork, creating a new fashion statement. She likes experimenting to create uniqueness in her style and to bring out timeless yet trendsetting collections. Sai Suman loves to create a unique blend of western with a traditional touch to it. She has always been inspired by the futuristic vision in fashion hence has presented several art pieces integrated with light technology in many esteemed international fashion week show. Sai Suman has been a pioneer in experimenting the use of unique fabrics designing the costumes for Bollywood actresses. Sai has also designed looks for international television stars, contributed her designs to several Bollywood music videos, magazine cover shoots, reality shows and is now styling for Hollywood as well.

Sai is the youngest designer to create and combine fashion with technology and creativity, presenting Haute Couture with Hi-Tech designs in various international platforms as the youngest Indian designer alongside with the top senior renowned international designers from different countries respectively.

The inspiration for this young and talented Hollywood celebrity fashion designer, ‘Sai Suman,’ has been the surrealistic fantasy world that tickles her imagination and transforms that fantasy into a wearable pieces of art.

More info at  www.saisuman.ws

Photos courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

Dustin Brown

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Award Winning Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman’s Official Hollywood Fashion Show in Conjunction with the World Networks

On Tuesday, April 11th at 7pm, Award Winning Hollywood Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman will launch her much anticipated official Hollywood Fall/winter 2017 Runway collection called the ‘The Queen in Me’ fashion show. This much buzzed about event will take place at the swanky Sofitel hotel at 8555 Beverly blvd in Los Angeles. It will be a completely star-studded evening jam packed with celebrities and media. The event will be presented by Sai Suman in conjunction with the World Networks which was founded by the vivacious entrepreneur Lousine Karibian and the media partners of the event who will host the red carpet, noted glamour actress/fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live, So Very Vida) and celebrated actor Ford Austin (Heels, Live by Night) of “Live with Ford and Vida”.

Sai in one of her beautiful designs at the Beverly Hills Haute Couture Pre-Oscars Gala at Prince’s Former Private Estate/mansion at Beverly Hills

The Red Carpet starts at 7pm which will be followed by the Fashion Runway show at 9:30pm having the elegant royal era theme, ‘The Queen in Me’ with a romantic Paris feel and runway music reminiscent of “La Vie En Rose”. Models will walk in the perfect Royal exquisite and glamorous designs illustrating of the theme as it describes, swaying the audiences harkening them back to the 1920 era with the modern touch of 2017 styling and detailing on a time travel back and forth between 1920’s to 2017 with the mesmerizing women and men’s fall/winter collection. The collection has a very unique fabric and appliqué detailing on women’s collection whereas Mens suit/tux has a very interesting and eclectic mix of fabric combination seen in velvets, cotton and even leather standing it out from the basic regular tuxedo trend. This dazzling collection has gold, diamond and pearl delicate appliqué with few having a 3D flower laser cut detailing on the Royal style gowns.

Celebrity designer Sai Suman at the Elton John Oscar party. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight

Overall it is a show that truly gives a feel of all the Queens all gathered in a royal gala charming the audience with their regal style and fashion in a story narrated by the designer herself with her limitless imagination and creativity. The models look is created by Beyond Beauty and models are from TMJ Agency founded by Terita Jackson.

Actress Kat Kramer with Sai at the Elton John Oscar Party. Both ladies are wearing Sai’s designs. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight

This designer is surely going to be one of the names to be remembered in history among the other legendary designers who are as gifted as her! Sai Suman is an epitome of style and fantasy and has surely achieved a niche at a very young age inspiring many young aspirants to achieve their dreams.

Expected celebrities and VIPs in attendance are Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman, actors Jimmy Jean Louis (Joy, Heroes), Alice Amter (The Big BangTheory), Elvis Nolasco (The American Crime), Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, JimmyKimmel Live), Ford Austin (Heels, Live By Night) and his wife, Emmy award-winning producer Lauree Dash, Ken Davitian (Ray Donovan, Borat), Isaac C. Singleton Jr. (Deadpool, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man’s Chest), Diane Franklin (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Better Off Dead…), Suze Lanier Bramlett (The Hills Have Eyes), KD Aubert (Too Close To Home), Gabriel Jarret (Real Genius), Moniqua Plante (Nashville), Christina Elizabeth Smith (Pyschopaths), Massi Furlan (Live by Night,Keeping Up With The Joneses), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky), Said Faraj (War Dogs, Green Zone), Kat Kramer (Child of the 70’s), Hoyt Richards (Supermodel/Actor), noted Iranian-American actress Mary Apick (Homeland, Last Call at Murray’s), Anjul Nigam (Grey’s Anatomy, True Detective), Burgandi Phoenix (The Conan show), Carlos Ramirez (Hidden Valley The Awakening), Mark Neely (Kroll Show, Rizzoli & Isles), Zhubin Rahbar (The Disaster Artist), Frank Krueger (Live By Night, CSI: Cyber), and Kassi Crews (Po, Broken Memories). In accordance with the theme of this event, other esteemed guests in attendance are Hollywood Royalty such as John Blyth Barrymore of the Barrymore clan and even European Royalty in attendance such as HRH Princess Francesca Gioia Drommi and HSH Prince Kniase Melikoff, Kingdoms of Armenia, Georgia and Imperial Russia as well as noted fine artist and founder of Cryptorealism HRH Davood Roostaei (Persian Qajar Dynasty).

The Hollywood Launch Runway fashion show is a concept created by Sai Suman and will be executed by the World Networks to showcase Sai’s vision and creativity to all her celebrity and media colleagues for them to experience the journey of her fantasy and glamour under one roof, giving them the experience to be a part of a world-class Couture high fashion fall/winter 2017 launch collection.

ABOUT SAI SUMAN

Sai Suman Has been designing for HOLLYWOOD’s A list stars at red carpet galas and premieres as well as other events and also has done personalized designing. Her collection and designs have been a hit and quite popular among the Hollywood actors and the whole entertainment industry in no time where Sai at such a young age has reached an international level of high appreciation and credibility. 

Sai has been showcasing in many international platforms as well presenting her collections at premieres and highly acclaimed top fashion events such as New York Couture Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia and Mercedes Benz fashion week in Europe, to name a few and Sai has carved a niche for herself at the very beginning of her journey.

Recently Sai was honored by the Entrepreneur Award of the year 2017 in Fashion Designing at the World Networks in Los Angeles as the ambassador of Dubai for the Network. 

Sai has also been awarded as “Fashion Designer for 2013-14” at the Dubai Fashion Awards. This wunderkind has also won “Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Excellence in Designing” award at the Global Achievers Awards held in Bangkok in May 2013 for her astounding creative sensibilities.

‘SAI SUMAN’, has been transforming her imagination, fantasy into a wearable piece of art. Her work represents a unique and intriguing combination of fashion and technology. Sai’s collections are compromised of impeccably cut outfits and sophisticated haute couture and red carpet gowns that are ornate and intricately detailed while her designs speak volumes about her passion and her work.

Sai Suman is a designer who creates a blend of western fashion elements with a traditional touch of handwork, creating a new fashion statement. She likes experimenting to create uniqueness in her style and to bring out timeless yet trendsetting collections. Sai Suman loves to create a unique blend of western with a traditional touch to it. She has always been inspired by the futuristic vision in fashion hence has presented several art pieces integrated with light technology in many esteemed international fashion week show. Sai Suman has been a pioneer in experimenting the use of unique fabrics designing the costumes for Bollywood actresses. Sai has also designed looks for international television stars, contributed her designs to several Bollywood music videos, magazine cover shoots, reality shows and is now styling for Hollywood as well.

Sai is the youngest designer to create and combine fashion with technology and creativity, presenting Haute Couture with Hi-Tech designs in various international platforms as the youngest Indian designer alongside with the top senior renowned international designers from different countries respectively.

The inspiration for this young and talented Hollywood celebrity fashion designer, ‘Sai Suman,’ has been the surrealistic fantasy world that tickles her imagination and transforms that fantasy into a wearable pieces of art.

More info at  www.saisuman.ws and

https://www.instagram.com/saisumancouture/

Dustin Brown

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Unity at The Universe Multicultural Film Festival

It truly was a small world after all this past weekend, as the Universe Multicultural Film Festival united the diverse worlds of film, fashion and finance. The festival held their lavish red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the RHCC Community Center in Rolling Hills Estates.

Awardee Laurene Landon dazzles in a beautiful green gown

Celebrities in attendance from the event were Lynn Tang, Festival Founder and President, Awardees Aki Aleong (Babylon 5, Walker, Texas Ranger), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Chuck Norris’ An Eye For An Eye), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky, the #1 trending movie on Netflix opposite Norman Reedus) and presenter actor/filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Lazarus: Day of the Dead). Aleong received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Landon received the Trailblazer Award, and Novak received the Living Legend Award.

Awardees Aki Aleong and Mel Novak

The Universe Multicultural Film Festival seeks to bring to the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from the world and is committed to enlightening the public with a unique international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities. The Festival focuses on showcasing diverse cultural and heritages films, supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works of both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, independent spirit and vision of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions into all aspects of the Festival, this Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and background to participate and share the harmony of the universe. In addition to the awards ceremony, this three day festival will have screenings, panels and a fashion show.

Presenter Thomas J. Churchill with awardees Laurene Landon and Mel Novak on the red carpet

This prominent festival was founded by Lynn Tang. Ms. Tang is a film and Broadway musical producer. She is the executive director of Universe Multicultural Film Festival; director of San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival; Founder of Epic ACG Fest; Chairwoman of Maeya Art Festival.

Laurene gives a wonderful and witty acceptance speech with fabulous presenter Thomas J. Churchill

As a film producer, her feature movie “Hiding Sword ” (in China and Hollywood) won the best actor & actress awards at the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Festival. Recently, she served as the executive producer of the Hollywood film “Senior Entourage” starring Hollywood Icons Ed Asner, Mark Rydell, Dick Van Dyke, Helen Reddy; Marion Ross and Charlie Robinson.

Awardees Aki Aleong and Mel Novak

As a Broadway musical producer, her production “Chen Ying Rescuers the Orphan “made to Dolby Theater (Oscar award Home theater) in October 2016. It become the first Broadway Musical to debut at in Dolby theater in history.

Mel’s motivational acceptance speech with Thomas J. Churchill and festival official

For the past 5 years in a row, she has been appointed as the film jury and international commissioner of Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival ( Korea) and for two years in a row as the Asian Film Block director of the Broadway International Film Festival -Ensenada ( Mexico).

Awardees Mel Novak and Laurene Landon
Awardee Mel Novak and festival founder Lynn Tang
Awardee Laurene Landon and presenter Thomas J. Churchill

Before the entertainment industry, she was a Project Manager specializing in international business exchanges and has served as a management specialist for Fortune 500 companies. She is the Shanghai (China) Zhabei District Investment Advisor and currently serves as the vice chairwoman of the Maeya Culture Exchange Group. Given Ms. Tang’s background, This international festival will unite the worlds of film, fashion and finance. Bravo to Lynn and her team for putting this incredible festival together.

For more info, please go to http://umfilms.org/

All photos are courtesy of Sheri Determan/PR Photos

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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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