HollyShorts Film Festival
The 9th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival was held during the end of August, with over 1,000 attendees celebrating the festival’s Awards ceremony celebration at the Roosevelt Hotel Ballroom and lobby. The HollyShorts Best Short Film Grand Prize went to Mitsuyo Miyazaki for her short film Tsuyako.
The 9th edition of the HollyShorts Film Festival featured over 12,000 attendees with 7 days of screenings, daily networking events, panels and seminars during the HollyShorts Film Conference and Awards. 2013 Visionary Award honoree Matthew Modine closed the festival with the theatrical premiere of his collection of short films at the TCL Chinese Theatre. The event was filled with great talent, and was hugely inspiring and rewarding for all who participated and attended. The VIP after party was tons of fun, with pretty actresses, actors, directors, and producers all enjoying a complimentary, all night long open bar with wine and more, a cigar bar, music, and food. We highly recommend participating or attending if you can.
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Shaolin Temple Cultural Festival
The Shaolin Temple Cultural Festival was held this October at the Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. On October 12th, the competitions were held which included hundreds of martial arts students participating from the countries top schools from across America. Kung Fu students of the best levels competed from morning until evening in every Kung Fu move, in front of other students, schools, fans, and a panel of judges who judged each one. Legendary martial arts school Jin Wu Kung Fu, based in Chinatown of Downtown Los Angeles took home 4 awards, including an award for the great school itself, headed by Master XJ (who was one of the judges) and Master Shane.
Jin Wu Kung Fu also had 3 students take home awards, one for third place, one for second place, and also with a young, talented Kung Fu expert named Oas bringing home a first place trophy to his team. The festival also included classes for the public in Kung Fu, Chi Gong, meditation, arts, crafts and culture, travel, Buddhist teachings and prayer, and more.
The most exciting moments during the festival included an amazing performance by the warrior monks of the Shaolin Temple, who put on an over hour long Kung Fu show on stage with lights and music. Seeing these masters perform was truly awe inspiring, showing the skill level comparable to an Olympic athlete. All are encouraged to attend next year for this exciting show and bring friends and family.
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For those that missed the show, you can have the honor to see the major highlights from the Shaolin Temple performance in the video here below:
Jin Wu Kung Fu
For those that reside in Los Angeles, Jin Wu Kung Fu accepts new students of all ages. All classes are taught directly by Shaolin Kung Fu Masters who trained directly at the Shaolin Temple for many years of their life in China, the original source of Kung Fu. For more information, visit: www.JinWuKungFu.com
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Rand Luxury Review
Rand Luxury Group hosted a fun event October 16th at the Peterson Automotive Museum near Beverly Hills in Los Angeles with a nice upscale, corporate crowd. The Luxury Review events are a series of press and media showcases that feature the latest in luxury products and services. The primary purpose for these events are to provide public relations and brand exposure for all of its exhibitors and sponsors. Each event typically sees over 200 taste makers, journalists, editors, stylists, TV & Movie Producers, product placement specialists, luxury aficionados and bloggers along with industry executives. CEO and Founder of Rand Luxury and the Luxury Review, Bradford Rand states, “Our 2011 Luxury Review showcases serve as the ultimate shopping experiences for the affluent consumer (by invitation only). A portion of all of the sales proceeds from each of the select participating brands will benefit The American Red Cross.”
Fashion Week L.A.
A Fashion Week in any major city is always exciting. Naturally, the cities that most count for fashion are Paris, Milan, and New York City, yet now cities including Miami and Los Angeles have now also arrived. Fashion Week in Los Angeles is packed with top designers from all over the world that fly in and pay for runway shows to showcase their latest collections. Some promoters, not connected to the official fashion week, try to ride off of the coat tails of fashion week, during, and even days before or after the actual event. Many fashion shows take place by variously produced entities.
Fashion weeks in L.A. used to get ridiculed, and for good reason, but they are finally now getting serious, with some top designers and great new emerging ones.
Style Fashion Week
I was impressed with the work and sales ability of one artist here named Sham Ibrahim, who kindly gave me a print of his Whitney Houston art work. Sham works in the style of Warhol, creating pop art created solely by computer. Sham, who told me his name is like shampoo without the poo, also told me he is a media whore, but also hates the internet, so he said he does not use or have an e-mail. Oh well.
L.A. Fashion Show Meets Plastic Surgery
The other booth outlets were mostly empty, with most everyone congregating around the bar, the seating area, or even more so, the line- waiting to get in to the show itself. Bathrooms consisted of high end outhouses on a trailer with wheels. Back indoors, one booth consisted of a plastic surgery outfit- nice. Show the L.A. girls perfect looking models they will never look like, then, tell them they need plastic surgery. Forget it girls! You are all fine just the way you are. Plastic surgery is something that should be avoided at all costs. Trust me, I have had countless models and actresses crying to me literally in tears about the botched boob jobs and terrible botox and other treatments they have had that ruined their lives. Avoid it.
Day by Day – Stars Galore
The Jenner Girls
The models were all great, with great looks and good walks. A cute Asian boy of around 7 years of age also walked with the girls, at which the crowd went wild applauding for. One of the models, who had the best walk of any of the girls, was evidently friends with Kylie and Kendall, and playfully gave the girls the bird. The “drama” ended up on E! after one of their guests allegedly tried pulling the model off stage, supposedly not knowing she was joking around.
The children’s and women’s line shown here of Day be Day included tennis shoes, sweatpants, boy shorts, sports bras, and hoodies. Models wore the hoodies partly unzipped, with nothing underneath, which was a unique, sexy look. With well over 70 pieces, the line is big, and after seeing it for a length of time, one can really appreciate the unique artistry in the clothes, with different layers and multiple tone colors on pants, as well as positive labels of “Love” and sunshine symbols on the jackets. A very nice collection here to be seen and had.
Style Fashion Week later got heat from press and media, for trying to charge members of the press (not this writer for this show) to their events. One of my paparazzi sources told me the person who tried doing this with the group got majorly yelled at by the owner, for trying to pull such a move. Media of course, which provides valuable free services to those that are reviewed, never pay for things like fashion shows, if the show wants and expects press, which all of them generally want and need. So, we’ll see if they straighten that major error out next year.