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December 5, 2012

Attention Holiday Shoppers! New Site Shows Sales, Events, Walkable Shopping Hubs & Map for The Avenues District, West Hollywood

Posted by Don Rose

Ready to get your holiday shopping and dining organized? 
Then check out
The Avenues District in West Hollywood 
Holiday Guide,
accessible here: www.AvenuesHolidayGuide.com.


The site is built with the consumer in mind.  It includes:
  1. Holiday Sales & Events
  2. Gift Guide
  3. Holiday Dining
  4. 3 Walkable Shopping Hubs & Map that are downloadable on the site (see below)
This includes fashion, art, design, and dining.  Enjoy!

October 20, 2012

TONIGHT! Guys & Ghouls Gather at Castle Rectorstein for Annual Pre-Halloween Costume Party

Posted by Don Rose - FEATURED EVENT - Weekend Pick

The LA Report highly recommends you get your freak on (and your costume on) TONIGHT 
for a most excellent pre-Halloween happening at that hellacious haunted house known as 
Castle Rectorstein! This boffo bash is hands-down one of the best parties of the year.
So have no fear... the time is near... Jeff's party is here!

See all the delectable details below.... if you dare...
You're invited to a Pre-Halloween Costume Party!
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20th, 8:00pm - 2:00am
Tickets are $15 in Advance / $20 at the door. Click Here to pre-order tickets (before Saturday at noon!) This event benefits the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
Costumes are mandatory! (Additional $10 donation if not in Costume). There will be a Costume Contest and Raffle with Prizes!
Full Open Bar - "Evil Spirits" poured by a lovely Bargoyle. Featuring Stella Artois, Flip Flop Wine, Forty Degrees Vodka, Hansens Natural & Monster Energy Drink. (Rum, Gin & Tequila too). :)
Includes a Gourmet Buffet - (Ham, Chicken, salads, veggies, assorted side dishes and tantalizing desserts)
Get a picture in your costume taken on the Blood Red Carpet! Click here to check out the YouTube video from last year.
Get your picture taken with John Merkers "Bumblebee" replica from "Transformers"!
Plus, an amazing Fire Show by Red Swan Enteratinment!
They twirl it, swallow it, and breathe it! Their show is not to be missed. Available for parties and events. www.redswanentertainment.com
DJ Waterbury spinning great dance music all night with a pulsating, multi-colored light show on the Dance Floor.
Jeff Rector's House
4917 Woodman Ave. Sherman Oaks, Ca 91423
We'll see you there, if you dare!
This event benefits the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

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©2012 Millenium Concepts | 4917 Woodman Ave. Sherman Oaks, Ca 91423

October 8, 2012

OCT 8: 10th ANNIVERSARY Lucie Awards 2012

Announce 2012 HONOREES
Milestone Celebration Returns to the Beverly Hilton
Monday, October 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m.   Arrivals at 6:00 p.m.
New Moving Image Category for IPA & publication of LUCIE FOUNDATION Magazine 
Los Angeles, CA – The Lucie Awards celebrate the greatest achievements in photography the world over. This year, the gala returns to the site of the first Lucie Awards, the Beverly Hilton, on Monday, October 8, 2012, with arrivals at 6:00 p.m. The Lucie Foundation and the global photography community will recognize this year’s honorees and the winners from the 2012 International Photography Awards (IPA) juried competition - the Foundation’s sister-effort.  Tickets are now on sale at http://lucies.org/tickets.html.
Each year The Lucie Awards recognize master photographers who have made a significant contribution to photography.  The 2012 honorees will join this distinguished group of 85 prior honorees.  
This year’s honorees are
Joel Meyerowitz for Lifetime Achievement, Arthur Tress for Achievement in Fine Art, David LaChapelle for Achievement in Fashion, Greg Gorman for Achievement in Portraiture, Tod Papageorge for Achievement in Documentary, David Burnett for Achievement in Photojournalism, and John Biever for Achievement in Sports. Jessica Lange will receive the Double Exposure Award bestowed upon an individual who has achieved critical success spanning two distinct creative arenas.
Previous honorees include
Annie Leibovitz, Douglas Kirkland, Gene Trindl, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mary Ellen Mark, Melvin Sokolsky, Phil Borges, Phil Stern, RJ Muna, Robert Evans, Ruth Bernhard, Steve McCurry, Tim Street-Porter, William Claxton, Arnold Newman, Arthur Leipzig, Bert Stern, Bob Willoughby, Bruce Davidson, Cornell Capa, Gordon Parks, James Nachtwey, Jay Maisel, Jim Marshall, Julius Shulman, Lillian Bassman, Sebastiao Salgado, Sylvia Plachy, Walter Iooss, Antonin Kratochvil, Harry Benson, Hiro, Larry Clark, Lucien Clergue, Ozzie SweetPeter Lindbergh, William Klein, Zana Briski, Albert Watson, David Bailey, Duane Michals, Eikoh Hosoe, Marc Riboud, Neil Leifer, Roger Mayne, Sarah Moon, Willy Ronis, Deborah Turbeville, Elliott Erwitt, Eugene Richards, Heinz Kluetmeier, Howard Zieff, Lord Snowdon, Kenro Izu, Magnum Photos, Phillip Jones Griffiths, Ralph Gibson, Erwin Olaf, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Herman Leonard, John Iacono, Josef Koudelka, Patrick Demarchelier, Richard Misrach, Sara Terry founder-The Aftermath Project, Susan Meiselas, Visa Pour l’Image, Ara Guler, Gilles Peress, Jean-Paul Goude, Mark Seliger, Marvin Newman, Reza, W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, David Goldblatt, Graciela Iturbide, Howard Bingham, James Drake, Lee Tanner, Michael Nyman, The Center of Photography at Woodstock, The Eddie Adams Workshop, Tina Barney, Dawoud Bey, Bill Eppridge, Rich Clarkson, Nobuyoshi Araki, Eli Reed, International Center for Photography, Nancy McGirr founder- Fotokids.
Neil Leifer, a past Lucie Honoree recognized for his career as an award winning sports photographer, said, "While working in our respective specialties we do not often get to spend time with other photographers we admire.  The Lucie Awards provide that annual opportunity to re-connect and celebrate as one community."  
A Special Tribute to photographers who have passed away in late 2011 and 2012 will be showcased alongside several new video compilations.

The Lucies will recognize those in the creative community who are integral in crafting an image in the following categories:  Print Advertising Campaign of the Year, Fashion Layout of the Year, Photography Magazine of the Year, Book Publisher of the Year, Exhibition/Curator of the Year and Picture Editor of the Year.  Nominations for Support Categories are being accepted now. To nominate a candidate please see http://lucies.org/nominations.html
The IPA previously announced the addition of the Moving Image Photographer of the Year award.  Professional, emerging, and student photographers will be eligible to submit cohesive moving image pieces including short films, music videos, and slideshows. The winner, selected from the professional and emerging entrants, will receive a $2500 cash prize.
Gerd Ludwig, 2006 winner of the IPA Photographer of the Year award was quoted as saying, "The Lucies are not to be missed.  It is an event reflective of all the Lucie Foundation stands for – invigorated with a bit of the glamour that eludes many photographers in the field year round."
The IPA will give $22,500 in cash prizes to winners of its annual competition including $10,000 for the International Photographer of the Year Award provided by AtEdge, $5,000 prize for the Discovery of the Year Award provided by ASMP, and $5,000 to the Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year in addition to the new Moving Image Photographer of the Year $2,500 award.  The IPA has awarded close to $200,000 in prize money over the last 9 years. Winning work will also be displayed in the annual Best of Show exhibition, during Lucie Week.
Also announced is the introduction of a long anticipated biannual Lucie Magazine, a journal of contemporary photography which highlights the 2012 Lucie Awards celebration – including the top finalists from the IPA competition as well as this year’s honorees.  It will be distributed free of charge through galleries, studios, labs, advertising agencies and the like.  The Spring Issue will debut in April during MOPLA (Month of Photography LA) in 2013.
The Lucie Awards are the culmination of a weekend of events leading up to the big night including the IPA’s Best of Show exhibition and party, the debut of the 10 Years of Lucie Masters Exhibition showcasing a group show of Lucie Honorees, in addition to the a day of lectures and education. The Lucie Awards, produced by the Lucie Foundation, (a non-profit charitable foundation), honor the achievements of the world’s most accomplished photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent through mentoring and scholarship programs, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. 
“We are so excited to be returning to the same venue where it all began 10 years ago.  This year’s honorees highlight how far The Lucies have come in such a short yet historic time.  With the introduction of the new IPA Moving Image category and the publication of the first Lucie magazine, we mark a very special milestone,” stated Hossein Farmani, founder of The Lucie Awards.
Cat Jimenez, Executive Director of the Lucie Foundation, remarked, “I am so proud that the dream of The Lucie Awards has inspired the growth of the Foundation to include the year-round programming that began in 2009.  It has been such a fruitful first 10 years. The return to The Lucies’ birth city, Los Angeles, for the 10 year anniversary is particularly apropos.”
Tickets for The Lucie Awards are now on sale at http://lucies.org/tickets.html
About the Lucie Foundation
The Lucie Foundation's mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote photography appreciation worldwide.  The Lucie Awards ceremony is held annually to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the international photography community, recognizing those whose life's work deserves the highest acclaim.  This is also where the Foundation's sister enterprise, the International Photography Awards (IPA) competition, announces the winners of the Photographer of the Year, the Discovery of the Year,  the Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year, and the Moving Image Photographer of the Year awards.  Cash prizes and statues are awarded.  The Foundation presents year-round programming to support at-risk youth through SNAPSHOP!, and emerging photographers through E-pprentice, an online mentoring program. The Foundation also offers financial funding through the Lucie Scholarship Programs in support of both emerging and professional photographers.  MOPLA (Month of Photography LA), which is entering its fifth year in 2013, has become the west coast destination for a unique month of distinctive programming for photographers and those who appreciate the craft. The Lucie Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable foundation.  www.luciefoundation.org
The Lucie Foundation | 550 N. Larchmont Boulevard Suite 100 | Los Angeles, CA 90004 | 310-659-0122


September 21, 2012



Is Proud To Present



DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, an enduring icon whose influence changed the face of fashion, beauty, art, publishing and culture forever.  During her fifty year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie O and coined some of fashion’s most eloquent proverbs such as “the bikini is the biggest thing since the atom bomb.” She was the fashion editor of HARPER’S BAZAAR where she worked for 25 years before becoming editor in chief of VOGUE followed by a remarkable stint at the Met’s Costume Institute where she helped popularize its historical collections.   

The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, is directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland.

Release Date: September 21, 2012

September 6, 2012

SEP 5-9: 4th Annual Burbank International Film Festival Returns, Better Than Ever

Posted by Don Rose

The 4th annual Burbank International Film Festival begins on Wednesday, September 5, 2012! Running 5 days (Sept. 5 - 9, 2012), we will be screening over 100 features, documentaries and short films, with nightly parties for the filmmakers & the public! Come join us and see some great films!
Screenings will be taking place at the AMC Theaters in Historic Downtown Burbank, at both the AMC Burbank 16 and the AMC Town Center 6. [Additional screenings also taking place at Woodbury University in Burbank.)
Our Opening Night movie on Wednesday, Sept. 5 is an advance screening of “Cinemability,” with actor RJ Mitte ("Breaking Bad") hosting the Opening Night Event. “Cinemability” features Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Gary Sinise, William H. Macy, Marlee Matlin, RJ Mitte, Beau Bridges, Garry Marshall, and Kyle MacLachlan. Opening Night will begin with a Media Red Carpet, Star-studded Screening, followed by our Opening Night Party.
Our schedule focuses on a different “genre” each day:
Thursday, Sept. 6: Comedy
Friday, Sept. 7: Drama
(***Also on Friday is a special late night screening of Spike & Mike's Twisted Animation)
Saturday, Sept. 8 -- Day: Animation / Student Films
Saturday, Sept. 8 -- Night: Sci-Fi / Horror / Fantasy
Sunday, Sept. 9: Documentaries & Foreign Films
To Purchase Tickets for any Screening or Event:
Closing the Festival (Sunday, Sept. 9) will be a special screening of “Trek Nation,” with Rod Roddenberry & special guests in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. (Also includes the LA premiere of the new Sci-Fi short film, “White Room.”) Following this is our Closing Night Gala & Awards Ceremony at The Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. Hosting the evening is NBC’s Weatherman/Comedian, Fritz Coleman.
Tickets for these events may be purchased here:
The Burbank International Film Festival is a California non-profit organization. For more information, visit: http://www.BurbankFilmFestival.org/
125 Palm Ave, Burbank, California 91502