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August 18, 2012

AUG 18: Free Industry Seminars at Woodbury University

The head of Millenium Concepts, actor/director Jeff Rector, 
invites everyone to the following all-day event, happening later today:

Free Industry Seminars at Woodbury University

The Burbank International Film Festival in association with Woodbury University presents a "Day of Industry Seminars & Workshops". Parking Instructions, Enter the First Gate EAST of the University and drive up the hill to the Parking Lot.

Saturday August 18th
10:00am – 7:00pm.
All Seminars and Workshops are Free to the Public. Visit the website for the Schedule. www.burbankfilmfestival.org

The day will consist of a series of Industry panels and screenings in Woodbury Universities state-of-the-art 250 seat auditorium. Workshops will also take place in multiple classrooms.

This years Seminars will include award-winning industry professionals including Writers, Directors, Producers, Casting Directors, Special Effects Artists, Editors, Animators, Stunt Performers and Sound Mixers.

There will be an exciting panel with award-winning special effects artists who’s work can be seen in such films as the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Thor”, “Titanic" Clash of the Titans”, “Tron Legacy”, “Terminator” and “Star Wars” to name a few.

There will be a panel with Casting Directors and a Commercial Casting Workshop with Mariko Ballentine who’s client list includes: McDonalds, Pepsi, Toyota, Chevy, Proctor & Gamble, ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS, Budweiser and Disneyland. (Be sure to bring your headshot).

Wrapping up the day will be a special screening of award-winning short films from the International Cinematographers Guild, showcasing ten of the top Cinematographers in the world.

August 14, 2012

Celebs Come Out to Support Vital Cause at Face Forward Kick Off Party; Star-Studded Face Forward Gala To Be Held September 15 in Beverly Hills

Posted by Don Rose

Below is a recap of the recently held Face Forward Kick Off Party, a prelude to Face Forward's upcoming star-studded gala that will take place this September. Face Forward is an incredible cause, helping patients who have endured a terrible nightmare and survived, showing tremendous courage and strength. While most of us have been enjoying a summer vacation, survivors Saundra, Mirabel, Michelle and Anna have spent their summer commuting back and forth to the doctor's office to complete a series of dramatic facial reconstructive surgeries, which they have been undergoing in the aftermath of severe domestic violence. With the help of Face Forward, these patients are getting a new lease on life. Deborah Alessi, Founder of Face Forward, is truly an angel for the work she does. 

The Face Forward Kick Off Party was a huge success as it brought out a large crowd of current supporters as well as new ones. Linda Thompson and Lisa Gasineau were among the celebrity guests that come to show their support at the party, which took place on July 26th at the fabulous Unici Casa in Culver City, hosted by Face Forward Founder Deborah Alessi. (Event photos below.)

Face Forward will hold its 3rd Annual Gala on September 15th at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Tom Arnold & Bonnie Somerville will host. 


About Face Forward (www.facela.net):
Renowned plastic surgeon and biochemist David Alessi and his wife Deborah Alessi, CEO of Alessi Skincare, founded Face Forward in 2007. Face Forward is a 501(c) non-profit organization. The organization provides facial surgical reconstructive services for women and children who have been victims of violence through gang or domestic violence. The organization vows to offer each victim with the best possible treatment pro bono. Since its creation, Face Forward has worked with community leaders around the nation to identify victims of violence who are legitimately working toward recovery and who carry the physical evidence of past abuse. Face Forward is only one humble part of the recovery puzzle, however, the immediate results of its healing efforts provide individuals with the confidence to literally put their best “face forward” once again.


Photo credit: Cameron Leung Photography

Deborah Alessi, Lisa Gastineau, Linda Thompson and guest.


Deborah with Dr. David Alessi and Linda Thompson


Some of the key players that make Face Forward events so fabulous!

Sarah Zahran, Sarah Z Events (www.sarahzevents.com), Ricardo Luna/Luna Gardens Events (www.lunagardensevents.com), Chef Scotty Wagner - (www.24carrots.com)


August 3, 2012

AUG 4-5: Moksha Festival Comes to Santa Monica Civic This Weekend (Featured Event)

Posted by Don Rose, Editor, WireLA.com

If you are looking for a spiritual- and health-minded event for this weekend, your best bet is without a doubt the Moksha festival.

The Moksha festival is a two-day celebration of wellness, spiritual expansion and conscious living through Yoga, Health, Ayurveda, Sacred Music and healthy food. 

Moksha will take place on August 4th & 5th, 2012, and will be held at The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, located at 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. 

The fest will offer classes and workshops on Yoga, Health & Ayurveda, as well as Kirtan & Sacred Music. In addition to all this, there promises to be an excellent Vendor exhibition and a Healing Camp. 
As far as live entertainment, Dave Stringer will perform on Sunday, August 5th, 8.45pm. 

For more information about the Moksha festival and to purchase tickets, please visit www.mokshafestival.com.