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The Second Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF) Opens October 8 and runs through October 11, 2015.

Article By: Marcelle - Jul• 25•15

HPIFF seeks filmmakers !

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HPIFF seeks filmmakers who have produced unique and captivating independent cinema and wish to screen their work in the Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles. The festivities and screenings for the 2015 HPIFF edition unfurl on October 8 and run through October 11, 2015.

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After delivering the first film festival in Highland Park history last October, the same team of filmmakers is at it again. These purveyors of independent cinema have opened the call for entries for the second annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF).

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HPIFF accepts films of any genre in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature and Documentary Short. Awards will be given for Best Feature, Best Short, Best Feature Doc, Best Short Doc and Audience Award. HPIFF also has three exclusive awards for Best Cinematography, Best Musical Composition and the very special Humanitarian Award bestowed to an individual doing good for their community through the production or promotion of the art of film. Prizes will be awarded to all the winners.

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An opening night celebration and red carpet will launch the Festival on Thursday, Oct. 8th followed by two days of screenings at the historic Highland Theater alongside panels and networking mixers. A Sunday Brunch Awards Ceremony will conclude the Festival.

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Early submissions must be received by Monday August 1, 2015 and the
final date to submit is Tuesday September 1, 2015.

To submit your film, please visit www.hpifilmfest.com.

For more submission information, contact info@hpifilmfest.com.

For Press and PR including interviews, red carpet and press credentials, contact:

Marita De La Torre, marita@hpifilmfest.com, 310-871-3226
MARITA DE LA TORRE
Highland Park Independent Film Festival
Festival Producer
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marita@hpifilmfest.com
www.hpifilmfest.com

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TOMORROW SUNDAY! The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) and Department of Cultural Affairs present the 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, at Barnsdall Art Park (4800 Hollywood Boulevard).

Article By: Marcelle - Jul• 23•15

 The 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition,  On view from July 26th through September 20th

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Celebrating the next generation of creative visionaries of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) are pleased to present the 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, which will take place at the famed Barnsdall Art Park (4800 Hollywood Boulevard). On view from July 26th through September 20th, the pioneering biennial exhibition provides emerging artists from across Southern California with a competitive opportunity to exhibit their work at the country’s last remaining municipal art gallery,. through, etc.

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Awarded biannually by the DCA, the displayed work is chosen by a panel of experts, this year’s jurors were art critic and curator Peter Frank, art professor & internationally-renowned artist, Fatemeh Burnes and Tomas Benitez, former executive director of Self-Help Graphics. This year, LAMAG received over 380 entries with over 850 works of art to be considered for the exhibition. The presentation features the selected works of over 80 talented Southern California-based artists across mediums including video art, sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting and digital arts as well as four installations, including a room-filling library by Chrystal McConnell that acts as an interactive self-portrait installation.

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PHOTOS AND RECAP of GBK’s Exclusive Pre-ESPY Awards Gift Lounge Event WITH EXCLUSIVE GIFT LOUNGE & POKER TOURNAMENT on Monday July 13th

Article By: Marcelle - Jul• 21•15

PHOTOS AND RECAP of GBK’s Exclusive 2015 pre-ESPY Awards July 13th WITH EXCLUSIVE GIFT LOUNGE & POKER TOURNAMENT

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GBK hosted their Exclusive Gift Lounge & Poker Tournament at The Andaz Hotel on Monday July 13th. Celebrity supporters included: David Lee,Festus Ezeli, Andy Dalton, Shawn Johnson,Merril Hoge, John Sclley, Lamarr Houston,Jalen Rose, Justil Pugh, John Moffitt, AkbarGbaja-biamila, Kirk Morrison, Kaelin Burnett,Seyi Aijrotutu, Shawne Merriman, DukeIhenacho, Omar Bolden, Donovan Morgan,RayShaun Kizer, Dallas Friday, Kenny Lofton, Harper Hill, John Deluca, Roger Cross, Nicole Williams, Natalie Halcro, Olivia Pierson, and Kiki Shepard. The event began with a gifting suite where the honored guests were given products ranging from men’s facial products, haircuts, jewelry and much more. Following the gift lounge the space was transformed from the gifting lounge to a poker area where the guests were encouraged to try their luck in a poker tournament.

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The cable TV sports channel ESPN presented the ESPY Award Show to honor winning athletes, as well as entertainers, at the Nokia Theater in Hollywood on July 15th, 2015. In preparation of the upcoming award show, the illustrious Gavin Keilly, CEO and creator of GBK Productions, hosted GBK’s pre-ESPY Awards Gift Lounge on Monday, July 13th at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood.

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The presenting sponsor for the pre-ESPY Awards Gift Lounge was ZIRH Men’s Skincare. Charities that donated their time included KIDS in the GAME, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc., Model Citizen Fund, and Falcons Youth and Family Services. Unite4Good was also on hand to promote acts of kindness and positivity. As guests entered the gift lounge taking in the tunes the Party DJ GoodBoyMorgan was spinning, bartenders prepared the guests cocktails created with AsomBrosco Tequila and other concoctions. Ike’s Love & Sandwiches from San Francisco served tasty sandwiches and let the guests choose from an assortment of attractive tee shirts featuring Ike’s logo. Dale Energy and Cheribundi handed out beverages that complimented the sandwiches. Violet Iodine promoted an iodine pill and had delicious cupcakes to sample. Plague HD handed out their unique brand of toothpaste which blasts away at dental plaque. The toothpaste went well with the attractive toothbrush the brand Woodzee offered. The Woodzee group also presented stylish eyewear with frames made of vegetable plastic and other natural products.

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To get in shape and tone the body, Ferocious Nutrition gifted Natural Testosterone & HGH Booster to male athletes. Lalo Fitness offered training sessions and a gift certificate toward Lalo’s Lifestyle Fitness Vacation. Soma Soul featured a workout routine displaying their unique exercise machine. Guests were gifted Copper Tough Compression Sleeves for athletes and regular folk who experience sore elbows and knees. After a workout, an athlete might enjoy reading a copy of Caribbean Living Magazine in the gorgeous Health Mate Infrared Sauna that was available on order with a gift certificate special.

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Hairstylists at The Barber Lounge were on hand to trim hair and offer haircare products. Other beauty suppliers at the event were The Beauty Kitchen, and DERMAFFECT. MyIntentProject created innovative charms on the spot to be worn on a chain. The people at this booth asked the guests to select a word, any word, and on the spot created that same word on a metal disc that was strung on a chain or bracelet. A lovely lady patiently hammered the word “Patience” onto a brass disc. Guests and many of the staffers at the gift suite were seen sporting these lovely charms. The jewelry worked with tee shirts and other apparel that JH Design Group presented, as well as MTHEMOVEMENT. Vessel showed off their custom luxury handbags. BESTofLEGACY offered celebrities customized leather scrapbooks designed with the star’s press clippings, photos and memorabilia.
In the evening, celebrities enjoyed a poker tournament that was set up at Andaz Hotel. Once again, GBK hosted a phenomenal gifting event.

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LA Variety Magazine attended GBK’s Exclusive pre-ESPY Awards Gift Lounge Event on Monday July 13th

Article By: Marcelle - Jul• 18•15

 

PHOTOS COMING SOON!

GBK’s Exclusive pre-ESPY Awards Gift Lounge Event on Monday July 13th

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The cable TV sports channel ESPN presented the ESPY Award Show to honor winning athletes, as well as entertainers, at the Nokia Theater in Hollywood on July 15th, 2015. In preparation of the upcoming award show, the illustrious Gavin Keilly, CEO and creator of GBK Productions, hosted GBK’s pre-ESPY Awards Gift Lounge on Monday, July 13th at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood.
The presenting sponsor for the pre-ESPY Awards Gift Lounge was ZIRH Men’s Skincare. Charities that donated their time included KIDS in the GAME, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc., Model Citizen Fund, and Falcons Youth and Family Services. Unite4Good was also on hand to promote acts of kindness and positivity. As guests entered the gift lounge taking in the tunes the Party DJ GoodBoyMorgan was spinning, bartenders prepared the guests cocktails created with AsomBrosco Tequila and other concoctions. Ike’s Love & Sandwiches from San Francisco served tasty sandwiches and let the guests choose from an assortment of attractive tee shirts featuring Ike’s logo. Dale Energy and Cheribundi handed out beverages that complimented the sandwiches. Violet Iodine promoted an iodine pill and had delicious cupcakes to sample. Plague HD handed out their unique brand of toothpaste which blasts away at dental plaque. The toothpaste went well with the attractive toothbrush the brand Woodzee offered. The Woodzee group also presented stylish eyewear with frames made of vegetable plastic and other natural products.
To get in shape and tone the body, Ferocious Nutrition gifted Natural Testosterone & HGH Booster to male athletes. Lalo Fitness offered training sessions and a gift certificate toward Lalo’s Lifestyle Fitness Vacation. Soma Soul featured a workout routine displaying their unique exercise machine. Guests were gifted Copper Tough Compression Sleeves for athletes and regular folk who experience sore elbows and knees. After a workout, an athlete might enjoy reading a copy of Caribbean Living Magazine in the gorgeous Health Mate Infrared Sauna that was available on order with a gift certificate special.

Hairstylists at The Barber Lounge were on hand to trim hair and offer haircare products. Other beauty suppliers at the event were The Beauty Kitchen, and DERMAFFECT. MyIntentProject created innovative charms on the spot to be worn on a chain. The people at this booth asked the guests to select a word, any word, and on the spot created that same word on a metal disc that was strung on a chain or bracelet. A lovely lady patiently hammered the word “Patience” onto a brass disc. Guests and many of the staffers at the gift suite were seen sporting these lovely charms. The jewelry worked with tee shirts and other apparel that JH Design Group presented, as well as MTHEMOVEMENT. Vessel showed off their custom luxury handbags. BESTofLEGACY offered celebrities customized leather scrapbooks designed with the star’s press clippings, photos and memorabilia.
In the evening, celebrities enjoyed a poker tournament that was set up at Andaz Hotel. Once again, GBK hosted a phenomenal gifting event.

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SEE PHOTOS AT THE Concern Foundation’s Most Spectacular 41st Annual Block Party on June 11th

Article By: Marcelle - Jul• 18•15

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Concern Foundation’s Most Spectacular 41st Annual Block Party

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Concern Foundation hosted the spectacular 41st annual block party, An Evening in Paradise, at the Paramount Studios New York Street Backlot on Saturday evening, July 11, 2015 in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to cancer research. Four thousand guests at the gala mingled, danced and dined in casual but elegant attire. The revelers sampled food and drinks presented by 60 caterers and restaurants. Savore Catering, StoneFire Grill, El Floridita Restaurant, Sambar, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill, Foco De Chao, Factor’s Famous Deli, Pink’s Hot Dogs, Rosti Tuscan Kitchen, La Provence Patisserie & Café, and Dandy Don’s HomeMade Ice Cream, Reed’s Ginger Brew and Weaver’s coffee & tea were just a small sampling of the delectable culinary fare offered.

A silent auction, in which bidding could also be done online, presented a selection of trips, artwork, beauty services, and collectibles.

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Hula dancers and musicians entertained the crowd on four stages. An Infiniti Lounge with the luxury vehicle on display presented wine tastings. One huge section of the event featured gaming tables where quests enjoyed throwing dice and playing cards. Marinello School of Beauty offered tropical hair styling for the ladies, haircuts for the men, as well as free makeup sessions.

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The block party was absolutely amazing and so much fun, but the history of Concern Foundation has a serious backstory. Concern Foundation’s date of inception was back in 1968 when Beverly Wolman, a woman and mother of only 35, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In memory of Beverly, her friends and colleagues in Los Angeles rallied together to form Concern Foundation, an acronym for conquer CANCER Now. Concern’s focus has always been on cancer immunology. For the past 47 years, Concern Foundation has provided extensive funding and awarded grants to over 750 scientists, and has also welcomed many up and coming researchers into the field. Concern Foundation consistently provides a bold and innovative resource to scientific research.

By Anthea

Concern Foundation Does it Again! : Another Wonderful Block Party

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