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Unacceptance to Self-Acceptance ~ Belle A Film

Unacceptance to Self-Acceptance ~ Belle A Film

Belle is a film about growing from un-acceptance to self-acceptance. Dido Elizabeth Belle, actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is a true story of a high society young African-American mixed English during the 18th century. Belle finds herself in high society but has a hard time finding herself anywhere.

She struggles to balance things every day. She is the daughter of a slave and Sir John Lindsay, a navy ship captain. Her grandparents become her caregiver, Mansfield Her status as aristocrats provides her a lifestyle that is of class and comfort. This story looks at gender, race, and class.

Belle finds herself eating alone when guests arrive she is not allowed to dine with the staff at this time either. This reality is her status is not high enough to eat with guests but too high to eat with the servants. She is kept hidden from society, during a time that many young women traditionally come out to society for formal courtship.

Her cousin, Elizabeth groomed and readied for her coming out, even though she has no dowry to offer. Belle being an heiress to her father’s fortune after his untimely death provides her dowry, but does not have social standing for courtship. The custom at this time is a black woman is not seen in white circles.

She finds herself struggling with the fact that she is not fully accepted because of her skin color. The complexity love from her family but the burden of being unaccepted becomes a climactic moment where she is clawing at her skin and face in anguish. A strong demonstration of what is going on inside Belle as she struggles with being the daughter of a slave and a navy captain.

This struggle is one that many faces in life. They take on the social standards for beauty and how we each place expectations on ourselves wanting acceptance by others.  The film demonstrates Belle bringing her to self-acceptance. Self-acceptance is a great health Releasing that she is more than her skin color. She embraces the love of her life leaving behind her status in high society.The director, Amma Asante,  brings the story from the inside of Belle to the outside makes it authentic and real.

The director addresses the realization of the time period issues of race, class, and gender. She uses layers to present her story. The complexity being African-American woman who is learning gain acceptance of herself in her place in life. This layering brings this very relatable struggle for many even today.  Belle’s journey of self-acceptance brings the audience full circle from unacceptance to self-acceptance.

The story based on a painting of Elizabeth and Belle that hung in the Kenwood house for decades. The painting shows Belle slightly elevated in the painting to her white cousin. They are touching in this painting. It demonstrating that Elizabeth is accepting of Belle and her new self-acceptance in life. Belle finds empowerment, freedom, and happiness with her self-acceptance. The film brings love, change, and equality to the forefront while showing the development of self-assurance.

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Amma Asante Belle Director at Ebertfest

Roger Ebert created Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival or better known as Ebertfest. Ebert was a TV and Chicago Sun-Times film critic. This festival is held at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign IL. This place is near Ebert’s hometown, Urbana. This year celebrates 20 years of Ebertfest. Chaz Ebert, Ebert’s wife keeps his traditions returning each year. The film festival brings back some great films and panels.

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This film has 14 wins and 27 nominations on the film festival circuit.

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Oscars® Class Photo Luncheon ~ Nominees Celebration and Reinventing

Oscars® Class Photo Luncheon ~ Nominees Celebration and Reinventing

The 90th Oscars® nominees gathered for a reinventing celebration and class photo at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. The atmosphere for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® is one of fun, celebration, connecting, and making new friends.

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Oscar® nominees Meryl Streep, Greta Gerwig and JR

The beautiful ballroom at the Hilton is an exceptional location for this day. The best-celebrated nominee was Agnes Varda. She was not in attendance, but J.R. nominated for Faces Places carried around a cutout of his co-nominee. The cutout was placed in the class photo between Meryl Streep and Greta Gerwig.  The top to nominees includes 21 nominations for Streep and 17 nominations for Steven Spielberg.  Congrats to Rachel Morrison (Mudbound), the first female nominee for cinematography.  Netflix continues to bring a change to the world of entertainment. This year the streaming network celebrates 8 nominations.

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Academy President John Bailey

The nominees enjoyed a day of celebrating with a luncheon including:

  • Chilean Sea Bass with mango, red and white quinoa
  • Roasted asparagus, crispy shallots, and oven-roasted tomatoes
  • Mini lemon tart, mini tiramisu cup, and fresh berries for dessert.
  • Wines Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, La Crema Pinot Noir
  • Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut

Academy President John Bailey welcomed guests at the start of the luncheon and took the time to have photos with the nominees during the afternoon event.  Baily states, “We are witnessing this venerable motion picture academy reinvent itself before our very eyes, noting that the Oscars® are at ‘the crossroads of change and tradition.’”

The fashion for the afternoon affair is more casual with suits and dresses. The event is the one that brings the entertainment industry together for a nice casual celebration of the top in film for the year.

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The 90th Oscars®, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

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Chilean Sea Bass with mangoand quinoa

1 mango, diced
1/4 purple onion, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 Jalapeño, finely chopped and deveined
Juice from 2 limes
Pink Himalayan Salt, to taste
4 4.0 oz Sea Base filets
1 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin or coconut oil
salt, to taste
1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 cup dried quinoa
2 cups water

Chilean Sea Bass with mangoand quinoa

1 mango, diced
1/4 purple onion, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 Jalapeño, finely chopped and deveined
Juice from 2 limes
Pink Himalayan Salt, to taste
4 4.0 oz Sea Base filets
1 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin or coconut oil
salt, to taste
1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 cup dried quinoa
2 cups water

What You’ll Need To Know

Combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and let is sit for 5 minutes. After it has cooked and rested, use a fork to fluff and separate the grains.

Season the sea bass with salt and pepper.

In a large saute pan over medium heat, add the coconut oil and heat the oil to a slight smoke. Add 1 sprig of fresh thyme to the saute pan and sear the sea bass skin side down for 3/4 of the cooking time about 7 minutes. This will give the fish a nice crisp skin and golden color. Carefully turn the fish over, to finish the other side. Remove the sea bass and hold in a warm place.

In a mixing bowl, add the diced mango, purple onion, cilantro, tomatoes, jalapeño, lime juice and salt and mix together.

Plate your ingredients with 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, sea bass and mango salsa on top (roughly, 1/4 cup.)

Plate your ingredients with 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, sea bass and mango salsa on top (roughly, 1/4 cup.)

 

Only The Brave Movie Premiere ~ Granite Mountain Hotshots

Only The Brave Movie Premiere ~ Granite Mountain Hotshots

Only The Brave, the movie about the Granite Mountain Hotshots from Yarnell, premieres at the Tempe Marketplace at the Harkins Theater. This movie brings the story of the 20 hotshots who fought the Yarnell fire and 19 lost their lives June 30, 2013. “Donut” is the only survivor of this firefighting group. This film is bringing awareness and education about those who fight wildfires each summer while focusing on these brave 19 souls and one survivor.

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Only The Brave Phoenix Movie Premiere

 

One family member expressed her deepest loss from the fire. She lost her son and nephew. She honors their memories this evening by wearing her son’s pants and nephew’s belt.  The pain and loss are real for these families each day. Their loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice for their community, home, and family.  The evening honors those men who lost their lives fighting this lightning-caused fire to save the homes, lives, and beauty in Yarnell Arizona.Those men were fathers, sons, nephews, and brothers. They had homes and hobbies, but one day took the call as a first responder for wildfires. This evening brings many family members to tell the story of sacrifice and loss.

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Only The Brave Phoenix Movie Premiere

 

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Only The Brave Phoenix Movie Premiere

Amanda Marsh, the wife to firefighter Eric Marsh, joined the cast and crew this evening. She has made her message strong and proud in honor of the husband she lost. She has taken her pain and turned it to helping others. She created the Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters. This foundation provides assistance with, “heartbreak at its deepest level, and we have the ability and resources to help others dealing with the same loss and trauma” (Eric Marsh Foundation Website). This year our country is experiencing a loss of over 2 million acres due to wildland fires.  This film brings forward the battle and struggles these families and firefighters face to protect our homes, families, and wildlands.

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Tonight the premiere brought Hollywood actors to the Phoenix red carpet. They came to honor these men and to bring awareness to the struggles living their live fighting fires. Josh Brolin, his character is Eric Marsh in the film, in a behind the scenes clip states, “there should be a moment when the audience is educated on how tough it is to be a wildland firefighter.” The firefighters live in the most rugged conditions for weeks. They carry 40-50 lbs packs with their water, meals ready to eat, sleeping gear, and shower infrequently.

Miles Teller, his character is Donut in the film, says, “These guys go all over the country for two weeks at a time. They go home for two days to return for two more weeks. They do this for six to eight months each year. They work their butts off.”  The sacrifice these firefighters and their families make to protect our livelihoods.

Joseph Kosinski, film’s director, wanted to bring the vision to this film “that you do not need to carry a gun to be a hero. What firefighters do. That it is a war a war against mother nature. It felt grounded and real,” he states behind the scenes. This film brings this story to the scene. Eric Marsh brought this municipal firehouse to a Type 1 Crew hotshots.

Filming was in Santa Fé New Mexico for most of the film. The Yarnell part filmed last. James Dale Badge stated this evening, “We filmed Yarnell last. At that moment we had to trust that it was in us as actors. This is our job.” The film’s song, Hold the Light, is by Dierks Bentley, who grew up in Phoenix.  The sacrifice made by many to protect our wildlands, communities, and livelihood presents in this film. This film opens in theaters October 20, 2017. Check your local listing for times and tickets.

 

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Fashion, Pop Culture, and Film ~ Habana 3 A.M.

Fashion, Pop Culture, and Film ~ Habana 3 A.M.

Habana 3 A.M. with the character Max Vogue premieres at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival. This fashion film was the first fashion film to film in Cuba. This film creates a fashion journey with drama, adventure, and culture. Director Antonio Contreras Aviance takes a moment to discuss this history making fashion film.

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Antonio Contreras Aviance Performance at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
Antonio Contreras Aviance Performance at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
  • What makes this a fashion film?

Fashion is what inspired the main character of this film, Max Vogue. He is an angst-ridden fashion superhero who seeks for the truth.

  • How does location play into the screenplay of the film? 

I had in mind filming in Cuba to capture the glamour and luxury. Cuba provided a perfect backdrop for 1950s and juxtapose the traditions. The mysticism and folklore of Cuba. The location of the film gave birth to the film’s title Habana 3 A.M.

  • What is your background in film and direction? 

I am a plastic artist, fashion historian and film enthusiast. I grew up watching Mexican Golden Age of Cinema films. Later I developed a love for the Italian neo realism. My formal education was in the films of David Lynch, Almodovar, John Waters, Gus Van Sant among others. When I direct, produce, the film is my canvas.

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Habana 3 AM La Jolla Fashion Film Festival Red Carpet
  • This fashion film had the opportunity to film Cuba. What were some of the struggles and benefits to filming at this location?

In Cuba, people have a way of making things out of nothing, and that seems to work in a very surreal way. If you try to do things the way you are used to, you will fail but if you surrender to the forces of the supernatural you might have a chance. My cameras did not work and the location I had a permit for filming was closed for renovation.

Suddenly a priestess of Santeria, a mystical Afro-Cuban tradition, opened her doors to my cameras and brought with her an entire Cuban cast. This cast was willing to participate in my film. The cameras worked thanks to a very creative cameraman who knew how to read Chinese (the only language that the camera directions had). Then the filming finished in 5 days.

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Habana 3 A.M. La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
  • When creating this film what was the advantage of being a short film?

The advantage to creating a short film is being able to intrigue a lot of people with a little dose of fashion, music, luxury, and folklore. I did not have to explain more, and that is always a good thing, “Leave before you are left.”

  •  This film collection includes an animation called Max Vogue what is the back-story to creating the animation?

Yes, if you want to know what happened to Max Vogue after his Cuba trip, you will find out in the animated comic. Max is pushed down the stairs after winning an award, and then he goes into an “Alice in Wonderland” type of experience. He is able to travel through time and meet his icons such as Dali, Kahlo, Hemingway, Schiaparelli etc.

Max in the comic educates and amuses about fashion history, pop culture and art. Did you know: Yves Saint Laurent was in a mental institution for a while, Thierry Mugler was an architect and photographer, Coco Chanel spent her childhood in an adoption center and never was adopted, and Alexander McQueen had planned to commit suicide in front of a live audience? All these mysteries Max will reveal during the upcoming episodes.

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·       What other locations this film will be screening?

The film will show in South Africa, this is the 5th edition in 2018. I am a regular guest of the festival. This is the location I met the designer Hendrik Vermuelen she designed the gowns for Habana 3 A.M. The festival of Havana in Cuba, a digital library. They will put the film in their digital library honoring the first fashion short filmed in Cuba.

Habana 3 A.M. received the International Fashion Film Award Best Jewelry to PK Bijoux. Her couture jewelry is the last piece you want to take off. The fashion film drama brings fun, history, and culture to screenplay.

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To Bring Pleasure ~ Jerry Lewis

To Bring Pleasure ~ Jerry Lewis

Gregory Monro, writer and director, presents an insight to Jerry Lewis, filmmaker and actor, with the film Jerry Lewis The Man Behind The Clown at Prescott Film Festival (PFF). The title fits the complex talent and childlike nature of Lewis. The film brings an insight to the comedian, filmmaker, and his ability to bring pleasure to his audience. 

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Capturing the early days of the 1950 and 1960s with personal clips brings laughter to the audience at PFF. His work with Dean Martin, a partnership develops after bar incident, capture the gentleman and childhood fun. When this partnership comes to an end, Lewis took on a new direction.

He steps into behind the scenes role of filmmaking. Lewis takes time to learn all areas of filmmaking: directing, acting, camera, and production. His films included The Bellboy,  The Ladies Manand much more.

Lewis took direction and acting to a serious  level by creating “Jerry’s Noisy Toy.” This invention changed filmmaking forever. His ability to frame a film, create films years ahead of their time, and direction of this film is groundbreaking. He states, “If you think talking to me is easy, you’re crazy,” about directing himself.

The personal interviews with Sean Hayes, an actor who played Lewis a TV biopic, Pierre Etaix, a French clown, and Martin Scorsese are personal. The interview brings complexity to the clown face. Lewis was not only an American comedian but internationally honored as an extraordinary filmmaker. Monro’s film shows Lewis as many Americans see him, the childhood comedian, and the international view, an exceptional filmmaker. 

Often misunderstood and criticized for his work, but he brings brilliance to entertainment with laughter, art, and innovation to film. Lewis says, “If you give love to your audience they will give it back.”He was always a child. Lewis states, “I have always been 5.” You could see this in his comedy personality.

Lewis, a humanitarian, actor, comedian, influence in film, a child, and man is in this film. He never lost his childhood spirit. This brought pleasure to his audiences enjoying his films.

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Summer Fun ~ La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

Summer Fun ~ La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

La Jolla Fashion FIlm Festival is a great place to enjoy a wonderful weekend of film and fashion. The festival art, film, and fashion celebration.

 

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Lorelei Shellist and Tammy Forchion at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
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Jo-Ann Dean and Tammy Forchion At The Lot

There were great reunions, meeting new people and film makers. It was so good seeing Lorelei Shellest and Jo-Ann Dean again. Last year the three of us celebrated the world premiere of Skin On Skin.

 

 

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Tabitha Lipkin Selfie “On The Red Carpet”
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Thomas Desoto, Tabitha Lipkin, and Brooke Evangeline, La Jolla Fashion FIlm Festival
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The red carpet proved is fun and very fashionable. There is a little kissing, selfies, and photo bombs. We enjoyed meeting with Grace Wethor (Vogue’s It Girl), Thomas Desoto (photographer, artist, and cinematographer), and many film directors (see their interviews here) showing at the festival.
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Fynnton Gray Photo Bomb
Brandon Young and Jennifer Heliker Parsley Kissing On The Red Carpet

The films present exceptional art and fashion.

The International Fashion Film recipient  films are:
Best Picture The Magic Kingdom
Best Director Joshua Brandao and Nicolai Kornum Film Robot
Best Fashion Pearl
Best Actor Kamy Bruder Film Echos
Best Actress Cathrine Roberts Pearl
Best Art Direction The Storm (Badgley Mischka)
Best Editing Elemental Beauty
Best Visual Effects Infinite Path
Best Creative Concept Fallen 
Best Music Monk By The Sea
Best Costume Design Casamorati
Best Jewelry Habana 3 AM
Best Sound Design Think Outside The Box
Best Cinematography Statues of Gods
Best Accessories Timeless Beauty 
Best Narration Pearls
Best Message Soma Helmi I am Woman
Best Makeup The Reflection
Best Hairstyling Casamorati

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Friends Enjoying La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

The gown for Saturday evening festivities created by Daniel Chimowitz at Nevow Art. Artist Chimowitz creates walking canvases of painted textiles and upcycled clothing. He is a mix medium artist, an American fashion and textile designer.

His intent is to bring art from galleries and museums to the street, as a form of Walking Art. Chimowitz is known for his painted prints and photography. This was a perfect look for this fashion film festival.
The styling, steam punk. This complimented the exceptional art on the gown. Amazon and Michaels where many of the items purchased used to create accessories for this specific look.

This is event closes with a great after party at The Lot with dancing eating, drinking, and reminiscing about the exceptional films.

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Grief and Loss ~ “The Visit” a Film By Romina Schwedler

Grief and Loss ~ “The Visit” a Film By Romina Schwedler

Romina Schwedler, screenwriter and director, presents her first filmThe Visit, at Prescott Film Festival. This short film is a juxtaposition on life events.

The Visit is a day in the time of a visit with a mother (June Squibb) and son (Sean Maher). The story takes a specific monent in time during the son’s life and develops a sequence of events that changes lives. The son must face the consequences of the events.

Schwedler’s attention to details in the film completes the story. She states, “every little detail, in the lighting, the wardrobe design, and every odd thing matters.” The juxtaposition of this story develops well with the attention to details.

Schwedler develops the story from a conversation she had with her father concerning her aunt. Her aunt experiences loss of most family and friends. Coping with the deep grief and loss her aunt develops elaborate stories about those she lost. Her techniques in film development here allow the audience to experience the emotions in the story.

The casting for the short film was “serendipitous,” she says. She approaches June Squibb, Oscar nominated actress, at an award dinner in Los Angeles with a flash drive of the script. Sean Maher, Ben in the short film, heard about the project and appreciates June Squibb’s work. His agent contacted Schwedle in regards to working on the project.  The casting provides a twist much like the film. Check local film festival events for screening.

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Connectivity ~ By Definition In The Wilderness

Connectivity ~ By Definition In The Wilderness

By Definition In The Wilderness a short fashion film presented at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival. The film brings a connectivity to the world of fashion with a group of friends in the Coachella Valley desert region.

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The friends become separated due to a desert storm. They have to overcome obstacles and find their way back to each other. Mathew Koppin, the film’s director, and producer states, “This film captures the edge of the independent spirit. Each person becomes lost in a desert storm.”  There is a connectivity these friends’ share that drives them to reconnect in the end. The active urban style presents a brand meant that is perfect for daily wear.

By Definition, the clothing brand represented in the film, the fashion lifestyle brand’s mission is designing and creating an eco-friendly fashion line. The clothing line is contemporary with a classic feel.

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Kristen, film costuming and brand partner, says, “we want to teach people why recycling clothing is important. Our clothing production provides job stability contributing to families and the community. We give 5% of all sales to By Definition Foundation. ” This foundation supports the planet by funding programs, individuals, and entities that work to improve the earth.

This fashion brand is providing connectivity for consumers to the fashion they buy. They connectivity with awareness to the production, eco-friendly inks, the value in recycling clothing, and care for our clothing.

The friends in the film, as well as the clothing they are wearing, have a strong connectivity to the world around them.

Film nominated for Best Editing and Cinematography.

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Relationships Real and Technical ~ Robots

Relationships Real and Technical ~ Robots

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Robots, World Premiere at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival, gives us insight to their award-winning film. This film awarded Best Directors for Josh Brandåo and Nicolai Kornum. This film provides an insight into the blurred world of technology and human emotions that are fluid between humans and droids.

  • How does this film connect to fashion?

Robots” is an editorial style fashion film, which involves 6 primary designers, we invited them to take part in the project. The film uses fashion items creating the universe. This gives it a special aesthetic look, i.e. using close-ups of fashion items as doorways or buildings etc. We incorporate fashion with makeup and body painting for the characters’ look and use fashion accessories as props and plot points. This unique world creates the background for our story taking a critical look at our relationship with modern technology: smartphones and social media.

  •  How does location play into the subconscious side of the human affections? 

It might not play a big part in life, locations seem to disappear around us when our eyes become distracted and affected by an object or subject. Using film language, however, there is an option to create places and surroundings to build the atmosphere and mood of the characters to convey their feelings. This develops a subconscious level to an audience, which opens up many possibilities.

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Robots Crew La Jolla Fashion Film Festival Red Carpet Photo Credit Raymond L Forchion Jr.
  • What is the one thing you do each day to make it successful? 

Drink coffee in the morning.

  • What is your background in film and direction? 

We have together made several fashion films over the last 6 years that have won several awards at festivals. We develop, produce, and finish the projects together from our photographic studio based in London.

Josh Brandao has a Master’s Degree in Fashion Photography from London College of Fashion and a degree in Moving Image and Performance Design from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Nicolai Kornum worked for 8 years as a First Assistant Director in Feature Films, Commercials, and TV-Drama and trained at the European Film College in Directing and Editing.

  • When creating this film what was the advantage of being a short film?

Most of the fashion films we create are usually editorial fashion films showcasing several designers in the same way as a magazine editorial and are not an advertising for one specific brand. This means we have greater creative freedom but the budgets are lower, which makes short films ideal. 

The short film format fits well for our stories and ideas, and is perfect for online distribution and showcasing at international festivals at this stage in our carriers.

  • This film takes on a message outside of the actual robot being the robot in the film. How was this juxtaposition developed?

We think it’s interesting how today we have become so attached to the great technology. We have the available in the palm of our hands that we seem more and more living inside the world of our smartphones and computers, perhaps neglecting what’s around us too. Of course, technology is important and has opened up a whole new world of possibilities and interactions.

In Robots, we tried to blur the lines between the humans and machines, playing with inverting the roles, both in the sense of making humans more like robots and giving actual robots human emotions.

  • What are the other locations is this film will be screening? 

The La Jolla Fashion Film Festival in San Diego, California is Robots world premiere. From there we will be screening the film in the International Fashion Film Festival circuit. Our next stop is the Miami Fashion Film Festival.

This film uses fashion to create the sensory experience of reality and machines being difficult to differentiate between. This creates a conversation about this reality as a real possibility in the near future with the complex development of machines.

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Robots Directors La Jolla Fashion Film Festival Red Carpet Photo Credit Raymond L Forchion Jr.

A side note, we enjoyed the directors fun stylish suits worn on the red carpet.

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PRODUCTION TEAM

Producers & Directors | Josh Brandao & Nicolai Kornum

Cinematographer Editor |  Edited by Nicolai Kornum

Still Photography | Josh Brandão 

Makeup Einat Dan (Two time recipent Internation Fashion Film Makeup)

Prosthetic Make Up Artists ADRIAN RIGBY (Jordan Ebbitt) DANNY MARIE ELIAS (Nina De Lianin)

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Make Up Assistant FANNY BURGOS

Hair Styling | Ruby Hoshangi 

Stylist Thomas Petraccaro

Original Music Jan-Michael Coetzee

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Kether Donohue Celebrates ~ Grease Live

Kether Donohue Celebrates ~ Grease Live

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Emmys® Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet

Kether Donohue joins us on the red carpet at the Emmys® Creative Arts Awards. She comes with a strong background in television, theater, and film. She is an actress, producer, director, and writer. Her performance in Grease Live as Jan provides comic relief. 

Donohue embraced her career from an early age growing up in New York. She attended a performing arts high school and graduated from Fordham University with a concentration in film. This training prepared her for each role she has undertaken.

Taking on the iconic role Jan in Grease Live took some time to create the character into a new modern role while capturing Jan’s essence. Donohue states, “The directors provided an atmosphere for me to explore, make mistakes, and hone in on the character for this production.” This allows for Jan to come to life for a new generation. 

Her career has spanned decades. She has worked with theater allowing for her to interact with the audience and crew during a performance. She moved on to voice-over work. This took some time to get used to being alone in a room during a performance. Each role has provided insight to her next performance.

Her beauty in a Vivienne Westwood corset cocktail dress and Prada shoes grace the runway, but her intellect and passion to each role she embraces were clearly demonstrated. She is in You’re the Worst on FX Networks.

Grease Live awarded 5 Emmys® for Outstanding Lighting Design Lighting Direction For A Variety Special, Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, video control for a limited series, movie, or special, Outstanding Special Class Program, Outstanding Directing A Variety Special, and Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Nonfiction Event Or Award Special.

She joined Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough on the red carpet, her co-stars.

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Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Julianne Hough, & Kether Donohue Emmys® Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet

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