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Party of the Year ~ 90th Oscars® Governors Ball

Party of the Year ~ 90th Oscars® Governors Ball

This year The Oscars® is celebrating 90 years. The Governors Ball is pulling out the very best for the years celebrity party.

Wolfgang Puck and his catering company will bring the best in food, entertainment, and ascetics for the best in the film industry at Oscars®. His goal with each event he caters to is, “revolutionized the dining landscape with a singular focus: to exceed expectations whenever our guests gather for a meal.”

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Lois Burwell and Master Chef Wolfgang Puck

This year’s menu brings some favorites back and new experiences. His Oscars® menu is set to meet everyone’s pallet and needs. The menu includes:

Amuse Bouche

  • Parmesan Bread Sticks
  • Everything Bagel Pretzel Bite, Scamorza Cream Cheese, Tomato Confit
  • Aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese
  • Aged Parmesan Cheese
  • Candied Spiced Mixed Nuts, Pineapple
  • Dried Fruit
  • Apricot Macadamia Nut Lavosh
  • Passed Hors d’Oeuvre
  • Edamame and Black Truffle Pot Stickers (V)
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Tartare, Puffed Black Rice, Togarashi
  • * Of the 28,000 Japanese Black cattle handled by JA Miyazaki, only 18,000 meet the criteria to become Miyazaki Wagyu.
  • Tiny Taro Taco, Spiced Eggplant, Lime Pickle (V)
  • Smoked Salmon Oscars®
  • Miniature Wagyu Burger with Sharp Cheddar and Remoulade
  • Signature Pizzas
  • Spicy Tuna Tartare in Sesame Miso Cones
  • Crab Stuffed Hibiscus, Lemon, Pomegranate
  • Explosion of Rhubarb, Thai Flavors (V)
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The Academy’s® Governors Ball

Small Plates

  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Pea Shoots, Mezze Flavors (V)
  • Frozen Beets, Ginger Milk Curd, Yuzu, Ice Lettuce
  • Asparagus, Shiro Miso, Watercress, Cherry Tomatoes, Sancho Pepper (V)
  • White Asparagus Soup, Caviar, Yukon Potato Croutons
  • Potato Caviar 2.0
  • Black Truffle Chicken Pot Pie
  • Winter Truffle Baked Cavatappi and Cheese
  • Mini Pea and Carrot Ravioli, Black Truffle, Cipollini Onions
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef, Forbidden Black Rice, Crunchy Red Beets, Char Siu Cabbage
  • Black Bass, Eggplant, Salsa Verde, Teardrop Peppers
  • Housemade Spinach Campanelle, English Peas, Cipollini Onions, Roasted Tomatoes (V)

(V) – Vegan

Raw Bar

  • Spicy Tuna, California, and Vegetable Rolls
  • Made-to-Order Nigiri
  • Scallop Crudo, Blood Orange, Finger Lime, Lovage
  • Sea Urchin, Egg, Dashi Ikura
  • Caviar Parfait with 24k Gold
  • Oysters on the Half Shell
  • Snow Crab Claws
  • King Crab Legs
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Clams
  • Shrimp

Pastries & Chocolate

  • Caramel-Passion Fruit Oscars® Lollipops
  • Mango-Lime Pate a Fruit with Tajin Pop
  • Marjolaine Cake Pop
  • Passion Fruit Meringue Lollipop
  • Pistachio Raspberry Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Dark Chocolate Brownies
  • Coconut Macaroons
  • Cocktail Inspired Macarons
  • Negroni-Orange, Campari, Vermouth,
  • Gin Mojito-Lime, White Rum
  • Piña Colada-Pineapple, Malibu Rum
  • Individual Blueberry-Violet Entremets Cake
  • Vegan Carrot Cupcake with Vegan Cream Cheese
  • Gianduja Cupcake
  • Lychee-Rose-Raspberry Tart
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Verrine
  • Housemade Chocolate Bonbons
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Pecan Pie
  • Raspberry Pate a Fruit, Vanilla Ganache
  • York Peppermint
  • Kumquat Pimm’s

Vegan Items (without Gluten)

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich
  • Coconut Vegan Cupcake
  • Walnut Chocolate Cookies

Passed Small Desserts

  • Ruby Chocolate Strawberry and Cream
  • strawberry-hibiscus mousse, strawberry compote, vanilla sponge,
  • mascarpone cream, Callebaut Ruby chocolate
  • *Wolfgang Puck Catering is the first company in the U.S. to utilize and serve this new, fully sustainable, naturally colored, varietal of chocolate
  • Key Lime Meringue Cheesecake Taco
  • key lime cheesecake, graham cracker, white chocolate shell, toasted meringue
  • Mocha Beehive
  • salted sable Breton, dark chocolate Rocher shell, liquid honey ganache, mocha mascarpone mousse
  • Tropical Halo-Halo
  • coconut tapioca pudding, exotic fresh fruits, acai granita
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Master chef Wolfgang Puck

Made to Order

  • Mille Crepe Cake, Caramel, Chocolate, Raspberry Filling
  • Cinnamon Sugar Beignets Topped with Caramel
  • Hibiscus Kombucha Carbonated to Order

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The evening was a great ending to another wonderful Oscars® evening.

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Motor Raceway to USA Gymnastics ~ Midwest Road Trip

Motor Raceway to USA Gymnastics ~ Midwest Road Trip

Midwest road trip to the Indy 500 Motor Raceway and USA Gymnastics competition is a great time. The spring has settled in to bring a little warmth, sunshine, and lush greenery for this road trip. It is spectacular time to travel.  There are some great food, experiences, and sightseeing this weekend.

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Experiences on Midwest Road Trip

Stopping in Indianapolis for breakfast there was a must to stop at the Indianapolis Speedway. May is the month for the raceway with NASCAR’s largest motor race.

Indy 500

The month is trials, pre-race, practices, qualifiers, and the last Sunday of the month the Indy 500. It was a perfect day to watch the INDYCAR Grand Prix Practice & Qualifying for Indy Lights Race 1.  Colton Herta won the race with a hard fight to the finish. It was exhilarating to be so close to the racecars and feel the vibrations as they made their way around the turn. This year Will Power won the 102nd Indy 500 and sweeps the month of May. Love the Indy fashion. We find a gentleman at the raceway that is already  for “This Is May.

‘This is a place to visit anytime you are in Indianapolis. Here are a few other great places to visit while in town:

  • The Canal Walk a waterside promenade for walkers, runners, bikers, and sightseers. You can rent paddleboats and explore.
  • Gondola Rides experience the beauty, mystique, and charm of downtown Indianapolis with spectacular canal views.
  • Fountain Square this funky Indianapolis neighborhood has vintage and antique shops, a world of restaurants.
  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art one of only two such museums east of the Mississippi.
  • Indiana World War Memorial a mausoleum-style limestone and marble memorial pays homage to Hoosiers killed during the war.

This is a beautiful town with many attractions, museums, baseball, and more.

Levi Coffin Home

Down the road about an hour is Fountain City, Indiana. This town houses the Grand Central Home for the Underground Railroad. Levi and Catherine Coffin’s, Quaker and abolitionist, home. This home welcomed slaves seeking refuge while making their way north to Canada. They estimate that he assisted 100 slaves a year to cross the border. The home is strategically built for accommodating Underground Railroad. There is an indoor well, kitchen in the basement, and even a cubbyhole used to hide slaves when their safety was a concern. This is a wonderful place to stop and learn a lot about the underground railroad.

USA Women’s Gymnastics

Cincinnati the final Midwest stop for the weekend brings great sightseeing, food, and USA Women’s Gymnastics National competition. This is an exciting time to see Camie Winger, my niece, compete as one of the youngest gymnasts there. She is a dedicated, hard-working, and focused young woman. Her region took 2nd in the competition. Congrats to all the gymnasts on making a great achievement in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati, Ohio

The afternoon was wonderful with time exploring downtown Cincinnati, “Dream Big and Fly High.” We ventured to the cupcake shop for a little dessert after lunch. It was fun exploring the shop with Camie. The afternoon was great sightseeing downtown Cincinnati. This town is full of great adventures, sports teams, and restaurants.

The riverfront is a great place to really get to know the town and community.  The Smale Riverfront Park is situated on the Ohio River center of downtown. They have many activities for an entire day of entertainment. They include:

  • Anderson Pavilion banquet center on the floor below the carousel is a setting for parties.
  • Bike Mobility Center serves downtown bike commuters.
  • Carol Ann’s Carousel displays animals iconic to Cincinnati history.
  • Castellini Esplanade its design reflects the historic character of the produce industry that at one time was here.
  • Duke Energy Garden mounded garden at the entrance and oversized swings that offer relaxing views of the River.
  • Fath Fountain filled with water jets that dance to light and music.
  • Great Adventure Playground has rock-climbing canyon, log climbers, twin racing slides, a rope bridge and a mist feature.
  • Gardner Family Grove & Rose Garden plush garden with roses.
  • Labyrinth a great place for meditation, reflection, and walking.
  • Ohio River Trail this trail will eventually connect Madison, Indiana, and New Richmond, Ohio. Today it goes to  Yeatman’s Cove, Sawyer Point, and Theodore M Berry International Friendship Park.
  • Pichler Fountains & Plaza The steps aligning with Vine Street are flanked by water cascades, and a plaza containing a fountain, a reflecting pool, water curtains, and glass balconies.
  • River Play fountains for children.
  • Schmidlapp Event Lawn & Stage for concerts and sunny days.

Food Stops on Midwest Road Trip

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3 Sisters Cafe

The first food stop of the trip is 3 Sisters Cafe in Indianapolis, Indiana, in business for 20 years. They serve a large choice of elegant breakfasts from sweet to savory and great lunch menu as well.

They have great beverages (no alcohol) with flair. I enjoyed the turmeric and ginger iced tea. It was a great flavor not too sweet or sugary. The brunch was perfect a great hollandaise sauce over Scottish lox, poached eggs, fresh tomato, and locally made English muffins with caviar on top. The English muffin was fresh with a nice sourdough flavor. The hollandaise sauce was perfect with just a little heat. The porridge was a new experience. It was creamy with a hint of cinnamon.

Hebron Grille

The evening meal was a quaint place in Hebron Kentucky called Hebron Grille. The waitress, Brenda, was so friendly and informative. She provides insight into the southern menu. I decide on the Catfish Grand Bayou. This was a meal for two. It was perfect for a later time as well.

The fish was perfectly cooked with Cajun spice, white wine, lemon, capers, diced tomatoes, grilled shrimp, crawfish, angel hair pasta, and grilled asparagus. The capers brought an exceptional flavor and salt to the dish. The crawfish is a wonderful additional treat.

Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakes

Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati Ohio, my niece and I stop by Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakes. This was a delightful find in the lobby of the Hilton Netherlands Hotel lobby.  This little shop has a variety of sweet and moist cupcakes. We enjoyed the coconut, black raspberry chip, red velvet, and peanut butter cup. They were perfect after a long of competition at the USA Gymnastics event.

This business is owned and operated by Nathan & Andrea Thompson (husband and wife). The name comes from their daughter, Abby Girl, she is the top taster for the cupcakes. The cupcakes are sweet and well-flavored.

This was a wonderful road trip in the Midwest especially seeing family. It is always good connecting with your brother and his family. They have six fantastic children. Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes With White Tea Extract to the rescue it saved the hotel white towels. It was a wonderful time traveling through the Midwest. There is plenty to see and do from art to culture and outdoor adventures. It is a beautiful part of the country with friendly people.

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Coachella Dusk to Dawn Party All Night ~ Style Fashion Week

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This weekend, guests of Dusk Till Dawn immersed themselves in a desert wonderland at the hottest party of Coachella, 2018. Performers included Chanel West Coast, Kryoman, EC Twins, DJ Spade, Riiottt, and Outside0utside.  Daytime guests enjoyed Guest enjoyed cannabis lounges, dab bars, street artists, pop-up shops, acro yoga and more. Around each corner was a new immersive experience. Notorious Pink Rosé flowed throughout the glasses of VIP’s, influencers, DJ’s and celebrities. Two stages indoor and outdoor. This allows guests to party beneath the stars or lounge VIP in the pop-up nightclub.

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Ebertfest ~ Film Festival

Ebertfest ~ Film Festival

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 location is near Ebert’s hometown, Urbana. This year celebrates 20 years of Ebertfest. The film festival is set to bring back some great films and panels.

The panel discussions and film festival are organized by College of Media at the University of Illinois and his wife Chaz Ebert. This year they are bringing a festival that brings the concept of films that need to be films that give these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look. This five-day festival, April 18-22, will bring together film writers, directors, actors, directors, and film lovers.

The panel discussions include:

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    THE CRITICS’ PANEL SPONSORED BY ROTTEN TOMATOES
    CRITICAL MASS: THE FUTURE OF FILM CRITICISM
    Moderated by Claudia Puig
    Hyatt Place Hotel, Lower Level

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    THE ALLIANCE FOR INCLUSION AND RESPECT PANEL
    CHALLENGING STIGMA THROUGH THE ARTS

    Moderated by Eric Pierson
    Hyatt Place Hotel, Lower Level

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

  • 10:15 am – 11:15 am
    Leveling THE PLAYING FIELD: HOLLYWOOD IN THE TIME OF #MeToo and #TimesUp
    Moderated by Carrie Rickey
    Hyatt Place Hotel, Lower Level

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    FREE LECTURE:
    THE LUMIÈRE BROTHERS AND THE BIRTH OF CINEMA
    Led by Dr. Richard Neupert
    Hyatt Place Hotel, Lower Level

This is just for starters for the week. There are six women directors included in appearances for the festival. These women are Ava DuVernay (13th), Amma Asante (Belle), Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), Shari Springer (American Splendor),  Catherine Bainbridge (Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World), and Martha Coolidge (Rambling Rose).  Other guests include:

  • Director Andy Davis TheThe Fugitive 
  • Professor Miguel Alcubierre Intersteller
  • Gregory Nava Selena
  • Ruth Ann Harnisch Columbus
  • Kogonada Columbus
  • Andrew Miano Columbus
  • Bill Harnisch Columbus
  • Alloy Orchestra A Page of Madness
  • Shari Springer Berman American Splendor
  • Robert Pulcini American Splendor
  • Jeff Dowd The Big Labowski

The film screening schedule for the 20th Anniversary is:

4/18/2018

  • The Fugitive 7 PM

4/19/2018 

  • Intersteller 12 PM
  • Selena 4 PM
  • Belle 8:30 PM

4/20/2018

  • Columbus 12 PM
  • A Page of Madness 3:30 PM
  • American Splendor 8:30 PM

4/21/2018

  • 13th 10:30 AM
  • Daughters of Dust  2:30 PM
  • Rambling Rose 5:30 PM
  • The Big Lebowski 8:30 PM

4/22/2018

  • Rumble The Indians Who Rocked The World Noon 

Friday night, April 20, there will be a band, cake, and ice cream on the Plaza at the Virginia Theatre to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Sunday, as is tradition, a musical event will take place following the screening of Rumble: Indians Who Rocked the World.  This festival will be bringing films from the past to current issues facing the film industry. The festival will honor Egbert and films with equality.

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Great Triumphs at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Great Triumphs at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs) hit the night with exceptional to a night of triumphs. SAGs bring beautiful style, grace, and presents 13 awards for acting in film and television.

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Mackenzie Hancsicsak red carpet SAG Awards

The SAGs begins the red carpet with a toast. This toast dates back to 2001. This year Betty Gilpin (GLOW, Masters of Sex, Nurse Jackie) will join Vitalie Taittinger, Global Spokesperson and Artistic Director for Champagne Taittinger on the red carpet for this tradition. Post your favorite red carpet look from the night at @4ChionLifestyle on Instagram using #4ChionStyle.

The evening red carpet brought back muted color and bold prints. The black and pins from the Golden Globes missing on this night. Mackenzie Hancsiczak from This is Us wore a beautiful drop waist A-line with box pleats tail.The gown designed by Pol Atteu Couture with Patrik Simpson and Snow White 90201 in Beverly Hills. You can follow his designs on YouTube at Gown and Out in Beverly Hills channel.  The fabric is a metallic french brocade imported from Paris. The color purple is her grandmother’s favorite color. Her necklace created from her grandparents’ wedding rings.

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Mackenzie Hancsicsak (L) and Chrissy Metz red carpet SAG Awards

Samira Wiley brought the night sky to the red carpet in a gorgeous Tadashi Shoji gown, Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch,  diamond drop earrings L’Dezen by Payal Shah and tanzanite and diamond ring Le Vian. Her hair was slicked back. She walked the red carpet with her wife, Lauren Morelli, American writer, she wore a beautiful black gown complimenting the night sky.

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The fashion colors of the evening were greens and blues with beads, embellishments, feathers, and trains. Each woman presented a fierce look. The men wore more tradition black suits and ties or tuxedos. The young actors brought a round of spontaneity and fun to the red carpet.

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Lonnie Chavis red carpet SAG Awards
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Morgan Freeman Lifetime Achievement recipient SAG Awards

The night continued with honoring top film and television for 2017. Kristen Bell hosted the night and took the time to roast the all-female presenters. The evening could be counted as a predictor for the Academy Awards, with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri taking home four statues. Morgan Freeman took home the Lifetime Achievement Award From Rita Moreno. The dinner catered by Wolfgang Puck was Middle Eastern foods and African spices.  A night of great triumphs.

The recipients for the evening include:

  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
    • FRANCES McDORMAND / Mildred – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (Fox Searchlight)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
    • GARY OLDMAN / Winston Churchill – DARKEST HOUR (Focus Features)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
    • ALLISON JANNEY / LaVona Golden – I, TONYA (Neon)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
    • SAM ROCKWELL / Dixon – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (Fox Searchlight)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
    • THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (Fox Searchlight)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
    • NICOLE KIDMAN / Celeste Wright – BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
    • ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD / Perry Wright – BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
    • CLAIRE FOY / Queen Elizabeth II – THE CROWN (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
    • STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson – THIS IS US (NBC)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
    • JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Selina Meyer – VEEP (HBO)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
    • WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – SHAMELESS (Showtime)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
    • THIS IS US (NBC)ERIS BAKER / Tess Pearson
  • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
    • VEEP (HBO)

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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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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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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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Charity and Fashion on the USS Intrepid

Charity and Fashion on the USS Intrepid

Style Fashion Week presents spring summer 2018 on the USS Intrepid in New York City. The beautiful place is fitting with the Brenner Foundation, a patriotic community of people for the benefit of our veterans and homeless, partnering with Style Fashion Week to raise awareness during fashion week.

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Brenner Foundation’s mission is, “To motivate, inspire and transform individuals, corporations and organizations by creating awareness to mobilize support to a national community of patriotic individuals for the benefit of our Veterans and homeless.” (Brenner Foundation). Christine Brenner, a small business owner of Field Hospital and Emergency Management equipment, stays, “the goal is to promote the Brenner Foundation’s mission to motivate, inspire, and transform people to mobilize support.” The ability to partner with Style Fashion Week NY brings this goal to the forefront.

Style Fashion Week brings a strong media presence and exceptional talent to perpetuate the goal.  They are a globally recognized fashion events. They have a media reach over 2 billion. Style Fashion Week started the week off with the world-renowned designer, Malan Breton, art, and top entertainment. The ability to combine branding on the red carpet takes the influence beyond the event in New York.  Bringing an awareness that is diverse and influential.

The power to bring corporations and organizations together brings a national community of patriotic individuals for the benefit for veterans and homeless.  There are various ways to aid with Brenner Foundation. When shopping with Amazon (click here for the link) a percentage of the proceeds going back to the organization. You can donate by clicking here. This organization is a  Charitable, 501(c)(3), Nonprofit Organization (Tax Id #82-1738494). You can contact Brenner Foundation about the Care Bag Program by emailing carebag@brennerfoundation.org .  Details about the organization are located here.

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The World of Television Changes ~ The Handmaid’s Tale

The World of Television Changes ~ The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale , a Hulu Original, awarded the Emmy® for Outstanding drama series on Sunday. This story is about a group of women who produce babies for infertile couples. The drama series brings forward the discussion on the roles of woman. As a streaming drama, it is changing the view of how we watch and award television series.

This television series is, “Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values.” (Hulu)

This is the first time a drama series that is a streaming network receives an Emmy. This means that the many venues for television production and watching are competitive and creative. This shows win brings about a strong reputation and validity to Hulu. They produce a show that is relevant, entertaining, and awarding in an online streaming format. Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are not only entertainment but also buyers and sellers in the industry. They produce award-winning shows changing the dialogue about what the customer wants and the ability to buy and produce projects from film to television.

Congrats to Hulu, cast, and crew on the eight Emmys®.

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The Hidden Side ~ Allegoria

The Hidden Side ~ Allegoria

 

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Allegoria directed by Ines von Bonhorst, she is a director, producer, and video artist. Her work includes documentaries, long and short films, experimental films and video art installations, worldwide. Yuri Pirondi work reflects a relationship between visual art and cinematic experience. He Follows a multidisciplinary and transversal artistic direction in which he collaborates with different artists. This couple’s talents combine creating Allegoria, a short fashion film, screened at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival.

Allegoria Synopsis: A fashion short film based on the subconscious side of the human affections.

  • The film is about the subconscious side of the human affections. How does this film connect to fashion?

Usually, fashion is all about our external shell, how we appear, how we look to other people. Our idea instead is to take out our hidden side and show it in a shape of cinematic emotion, where our main character is fighting against her doppelgänger.

As the movie developed, also the dress does. From a tight look that constraint the actress in the beginning of the movie, slowly our character reaches her freedom, as well as the clothes, became light and soft.

The ideas behind the look of our actress are from our great stylist Daniela Corcio, also the designer of IKONOSTAS, the dresses used in the video.

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

The location in our video is a middle-age castle based in North Italy. By itself a castle is like a fort, this metaphor; the castle represents the mood of our main character. When she finally manages to be herself, she runs away from the castle, in other terms the location work as a main element in the movie.

  • What is the one thing you do each day to make it successful?  

Keep creating. Keep doing movies! Working hard every day, and always have a new project in mind to develop it!

  • What is your background in film and direction?

As a couple, we have 2 different backgrounds. Ines has a sharp eye on working with actors and editing, developed during the years. Yuri instead has a background more focus on the photography and mise-en-scene. We are definitely complementary in our job!

  • What is your insight into women in film creation, with 7.5% being directed by women (Women In Film)?

As the woman co-director, I can describe my own feelings and thoughts and try to trespass those same moods to film and acting.

The majority of women pass from different period and moods and I think there is no one better than other women to speak about that same feeling.

The statistics are low but I have an optimist view where the numbers are getting higher, at the moment there are much more women studying film and I think the statistics will change in a near future.

  • What is one way that we can support women created films as a participant in films? 

I think the best way is to work hard every day and try to create your own identity, as a woman and as an individual. In my opinion, anyone that insists and works hard for what they want, in one way or another they end up reaching their goals. Unfortunately as a woman, a majority of the times, you have to do it even harder. The way to support women in films is to include more female characters and try to understand their point of views.

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

The main advantages to making a short are the low costs of production and the short time to make the movie, so you can have a product in your hand in few days of work. We would love to work on a feature movie instead, where you can have plenty of time to develop story and characters.

  • Subconscious and surrealism is a theme through out your films how did you mix this with Allegoria? 

Yes, we usually work with surrealist images, in the case of Allegoria we worked on the idea of doppelgänger effect, where our main character talk with her double to discover her persona and finally be free from her self-judgment.

  • What are other locations this film will be screening?  

The movie aside La Jolla Fashion Film Festival has been shown at the Canadian Fashion Film Festival in Calgary, and also is trying to participate at Milano Fashion Film Festival, Istanbul, Brussels, London, and Porto.

The film takes fashion full circle with the concept of what is real and not real, similar to the Allegory of The Cave by Plato.

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