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Monday, June 19, 2017

Report from Yulin - Mixed Results On Fight Ban at Chinese Dog Meat Festival 2017

Report from Yulin, Humane Society International
Animal groups see mixed results as dog vendors fight sales ban at Chinese dog meat festival
The mood in the dog markets is greatly subdued.
The ban came into effect on 15th June one week prior to the festival that begins on the summer solstice of 21st June. It will be strictly enforced with fines of up to 100,000 yuan and risk of arrest for violations. VIDEO & PHOTOS June 15, 2017:
https://newsroom.humanesociety.org/fetcher/index.php?searchMerlin=1&searchBrightcove=1&submitted=1&mw=d&q=ChinaDogMeat0616&lang=en


Updated, June 16, 2017:

Chinese activists have asked Humane Society International to help circulate video filmed yesterday (June 15) at Nanqiao market in Yulin, China showing Yulin law enforcement officers closing down dog meat stalls and enforcing the compromise sales ban. As HSI reported earlier, a last-minute compromise deal was reached between angry dog meat vendors and the Yulin authorities whereby vendors are permitted to sell dog meat but limited to two dog carcasses per stand, a dramatic reduction for most vendors.

It seems that many dog meat traders have gravitated towards Nanqiao market as trading at Dongkou market, a hub for the dog meat trade, has become more problematic. HSI's Chinese partners spotted traders at Nanqiao market to be selling in apparent violation of the new order. They reported the activity to the authorities in Yulin. This was then followed by a crackdown whereby the traders were told to close down their stands, as shown in this video. Support our fight against cruelty.

HSI’s partner groups are also reporting that the Yulin police department has set up a temporary office in the main Dongkou market for daily inspections to enforce the order, and so HSI would encourage Chinese activists on the ground to swiftly report any violations they see. HSI’s partner groups will continue to monitor the situation and assist the Yulin police in taking action against dog meat vendors who violate the order.

Dr. Peter Li, HSI’s China policy specialist, said: “It is encouraging to see the Yulin authorities enforcing the compromise ban that they themselves struck with Yulin officials. It shows that while the restricted sales order is by no means perfect, it is absolutely having an impact and Yulin law enforcement want to be seen to be taking it seriously. Our Chinese partners share the frustration of animal campaigners around the world that change in Yulin is a long time coming, but they are keen for this video to go viral so that people can see that progress is being made and the dog traders are definitely feeling the pressure. This kind of crackdown is certainly causing vendors to hold off buying more dogs, and word is spreading.”


Chinese animal campaigners have traveled to the city of Yulin to assess the impact of a ban on dog meat sales introduced by Yulin officials starting June 15 2017.

Chinese animal protection groups are monitoring the main dog meat market called Dongkou, as well as other locations around Yulin, and confirm that while some dog meat is still on sale, it is currently in much smaller volumes than they have witnessed in previous years. Some dog vendors have reported that the Yulin authorities have been persuaded to make concessions to them in the last few days, although others are reducing their trade in anticipation of the ban's being more robustly implemented later this week.

HSI's Chinese activist partner Sean Long said: “It doesn’t look like business as usual at Dongkou market in Yulin. It’s disappointing to see dog meat still on sale, but nothing like the amount we’ve seen in the past. Business was slow at the market, with far fewer buyers. Some vendors we spoke with said they believed they were allowed to sell dog meat again, and hinted that some kind of concession had been gained from the authorities just in the last couple of days. However, other vendors expressed doubt that they would be allowed to continue selling dog meat for long and said that there was so much genuine uncertainty that they had decided not to order more dogs in case they can’t sell them.”

Humane Society International has campaigned for several years for an end to the Yulin dog meat festival, and is tackling the trade in dogs and cats for human consumption that takes place all year round and nationwide across China. HSI believes that while it is discouraging to see that Yulin authorities may be bowing to the interest of the dog meat traders, the impact the reported ban on sales of dog meat appears to be having on reducing sales is still a significant step in the right direction.

Dr Peter Li, HSI’s China policy specialist, said: “It’s so easy to be disheartened because of course we all want to see a total and immediate end to the sale of dogs and dog meat at Yulin, and we want to see the authorities act decisively in the public interest. But we’ve always known that ending the dog meat festival at Yulin won’t be as simple as switching off a light. Instead, it’s lots of smaller victories that build toward the end goal. From our sources in Yulin, we have learned that the authorities were taking some actions such as sending inspectors to the market to enforce the sales restriction order and starting to stop inbound dog trucks.”

We shall monitor the situation in Yulin directly through our partner group activists further up to and during the “festival” on June 21 - China’s annual dog meat festival in Yulin, at which thousands of dogs and cats are brutally bludgeoned to death and sold for their meat, animal campaigners Duo Duo Project and Humane Society International have received reports from Chinese activist and confirmed by three traders at Yulin's biggest dog meat market Dongkou, that the Yulin government is set to prohibit restaurants, street vendors and market traders from selling dog meat at the event.

The news is warmly if cautiously welcomed by Duo Duo Project, HSI and their respective Chinese animal group partners on the ground, all of whom have campaigned for years for an end to the brutality of Yulin and China’s year-round dog meat trade. While campaigners recognise that the ban is temporary and does not yet signal an end to the Yulin event in advance of which dogs are still likely to be killed, it is nonetheless a milestone victory in the ongoing campaign to end mass dog and cat slaughter at Yulin, and is evidence of growing political will from inside China to clamp down on the trade.

Andrea Gung, executive director of Duo Duo Project, says: “Even if this is a temporary ban, we hope this will have a domino effect, leading to the collapse of the dog meat trade. I have visited Yulin many times in the last two years. This ban is consistent with my experience that Yulin and the rest of the country are changing for the better. I am very impressed that the younger generation in Yulin and in China is as compassionate as their counterparts in the rest of world. Duo Duo Project also wants to congratulate Mr. Mo Gong Ming, Yulin's new Party Secretary, for his progressive and visionary leadership. I hope this will turn out to be the beginning of the end of the dog eating habit in China.”

Peter Li, China Policy specialist at Humane Society International, says: “The Yulin dog meat festival is not over just yet, but if this news is true as we hope, it is a really big nail in the coffin for a gruesome event that has come to symbolise China’s crime-fuelled dog meat trade. Millions of dogs and cats are stolen each year, including pets, and driven thousands of miles across China to be bludgeoned to death in front of each other. As opposition to this trade has grown within China and across the world, much focus has been placed on the Yulin festival and so it is significant politically that the authorities are taking the outrage to curb this cruelty seriously. At last year’s Yulin festival there were roadblocks set up to deter dog trucks coming in, and now this ban signals further progress. Regrettably, many dogs and cats will still be killed for the Yulin festival in advance of the ban, so their suffering is not over yet, but this is certainly a milestone victory and we commend the Yulin authorities for taking this action.”

Duo Duo and HSI are urging Yulin authorities to make the ban permanent; make public service announcements warning against transporting dogs for the dog meat trade that highlight the new associated penalties; enforce food safety laws and regulations; and build a government facility to house dogs confiscated from the dog meat trade.

More than 10 million dogs and around four million cats are killed every year across China for their meat. Contrary to popular belief, the Yulin festival is not a traditional event but one invented in 2010 by dog meat traders to boost flagging sales. At its height an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 dogs were killed at Yulin, reduced to 2,000 to 3,000 in recent years. Most of the dogs are stolen pets and strays grabbed from the streets still wearing their collars when they reach the slaughterhouse where they are typically beaten to death. Most people in China don’t eat dogs, and pet owners and dog thieves have had numerous violent clashes. The dog meat trade also poses a threat to public health, with the World Health Organisation warning that the trade spreads rabies and increases the risk of cholera.

Last year, a petition with 11 million signatures was handed in to the Yulin government in Beijing on behalf of Humane Society International, Duo Duo Project, RaiseUrPaw, Care2 and Avaaz. The late Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher and her dog Gary gathered with the campaigners outside the Chinese Embassy in London to send the petition on its way. Speaking at the event, Fisher said "There is so much animal suffering in the world, and much of it you feel helpless to end. But stopping the Yulin dog meat festival and ending all that suffering is easy. All the Chinese authorities need to do is declare it shut down, and the killing stops. These poor dogs need us to fight for them. Every single one of them is as precious as my dear Gary, every one of them is someone's best friend."

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., introduced a congressional resolution last year condemning the Yulin dog meat festival and urging China to end its dog meat trade. He reintroduced it this year, and H. Res. 30 already has the bipartisan support of 153 cosponsors.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

LAPride ResistMarch 2017 To Remember

Photos by Karen Ostlund

#RESISTMARCH KICKED OFF 9AM SUNDAY, JUNE 11 BEGINNING AT HOLLYWOOD AND HIGHLAND IN HOLLYWOOD.
9AM, June 11 Hollywood & Highland ResistMarch 2017
 The March began in Hollywood with a brief opening ceremony speaker program including a tribute to the one year anniversary of the Orlando massacre, lifting 49 balloons. The March finished two hours later in West Hollywood with a rally featuring speakers including the U.S. Congressional Delegation.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hold the opening speech 9AM at the intersection of Hollywood and La Brea, to remember the 70's:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

" Just as we did in 1970's first LGBTQ+ Pride, we are going to march in unity with those who believe that America's strength is its diversity. Not just LGBTQ+ people but all Americans and dreamers will be wrapped in the Rainbow Flag".

Last Sunday, June 11 2017, the #ResistMarch brought together people from all walks of life for a peaceful protest march that began at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave in Hollywood and concluded at the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. & La Peer Dr. in West Hollywood. Instead of the Pride Parade with floats celebrating the past progress of the LGBTQ+ community, the #ResistMarch gathered to ensure the community’s future and remember the past.

“This year the LGBTQ+ community is lending its iconic rainbow flag to anyone who feels their rights are at risk and to everyone who believes that America's strength is its diversity.” said Brian Pendleton, Founder of #ResistMarch. “When they come for one of us, they come for all of us. Which is why we our diverse intersectional community must unite as one.”
 This inter-sectional diversity is reflected in the wide array of over 100 partner organizations that have committed their support to the #ResistMarch, including GLAAD, Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matters, ACLU, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the Human Rights Campaign, APLA, Bienestar, the City of West Hollywood.
(in blue)West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman

“GLAAD is proud to support the #ResistMarch on June 11th. In a time when LGBTQ people are being erased, it is now more important than ever that we stand in solidarity,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD.

Sue Dunlop, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, noted, “On June 11th, we will join the #ResistMarch in support of fundamental civil and human rights for all people, everywhere.”

The only float was ResistMarch bus
John D'Amico, Councilmember proclaimed “The shoulders we stand on are broad and strong and have carried us here. The #ResistMarch is showing up for yourself and your rights. The #ResistMarch is peace and protest and pleasure and passion and people. The #ResistMarch is authentic. The #ResistMarch is who we are.”
Adam Lambert


#ResistMarch organizers prepared an opening ceremony with speakers in Hollywood and at the end of the march route, a speaker program and entertainment.
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Speakers included: U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff, U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu, California, Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles Councilman David Ryu, West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman, Trans Activist Bamby Salcedo, AIDS Activist Phil Wilson, #ResistMarch Founder Brian Pendleton, HRC President Chad Griffin, Haim, Margaret Cho, RuPaul, Adam Lambert, Jussie Smollett, Cheyenne Jackson, The Gay Men’s Chorus Of Los Angeles, The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, America Ferrera, Black Lives Matter’s Dr. Melina Abdullah, NALEO National Chairman John Duran, Planned Parenthood’s Sue Dunlap, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lorri Jean and Women’s March L.A. Founder Emi Guereca.
Grand Marshall Alexei Romanoff

LA Pride Festival, Saturday June 10 to Sunday June 11th 2017 took place in West Hollywood Park, bringing out over 62,000 people over the 2-day festival.  The weekend featured a wealth of musical talent ranging from Chromeo, Brandy, Young M.A, Aaron Carter, and Leon Else on the main stage; to Latin artists Graciela Beltran, Carmen Jara, and Selena Tribute Band on the Plaza Stage; to a variety of emerging Hip-Hop artists like Jay Will, DJ Bad, and Sevyn Streeter on the Boulevard Stage.
The weekend was hosted by Gigi Gorgeous alongside Billy Francesca and included celeb guests Tommy Lee who took to the drums joining Brooke Candy onstage.  Other notable guests included Sparkley and Spencer Ludwig, WWE’s Darren Young & Ariane Andrew.


Plannedparenthood Sue Dunlap

LAPride Festival infront Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood

Singer Sparkley
Singer Brooke Candy

Spencer Ludwig
HULU TV new sponsor LAPrideFestival

Monday, June 5, 2017

THE HEROES OF HOLLYWOOD AWARD LUNCHEON 2017

By Karen Ostlund

 JUNE 1ST, AT THE TAGLYAN CULTURAL COMPLEX IN HOLLYWOOD:
 THE HEROES OF HOLLYWOOD AWARD LUNCHEON 2017
(left) Dee Dee and Paul Sorvino with Nancy O'Dell (photo W.Kidston)

THE HEROES OF HOLLYWOOD LUNCHEON WAS PRESENTED BY THE HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERICE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TO HONOR ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT HOST NANCY O’DELL WITH THE MARY PICKFORD AWARD.
(from left) Fariba Kalantari, DDS Famous Hollywood Dental Care,

Carolyn Lee Hennesy,General Hospital,

Dee Wallace: actress

Donelle Dadigan: “Honoree” Founder and Owner of the Hollywood Museum

"Tippi" Hedren: American actress, animal rights activist and former fashion model.

Nancy O’Dell “Honoree” Entertainment Tonight Host

 Kate Linder: known for her role as Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless, which she has played since 1982

George Chakiris: won an Oscar in his role he played West Side Story as Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks gang. (photo: W. Kidston)
 Founder and Owner of the Hollywood Museum Donelle Dadigan received the Distinguished Service Award in memory of Johnny Grant.  ABC Entertainment guru George Pennachio served as celebrity Emcee. Photos below by Karen Ostlund
Taglyan Complex entrance performance at Lunchen




THURSDAY JUNE 1, 2017, 11:00 AM
THE TAGLYAN CULTURAL COMPLEX, 1201 VINE STREET HOLLYWOOD CA

Hollywood, CA -  The Annual HEROES OF HOLLYWOOD LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER which allows the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce Community Foundation to give out around $50k per year in grants to nonprofits in Hollywood that help the community, took place June 1, 2017 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex located in the heart of Hollywood.
Event Co-Chairs, Carol Sarion and Cindy Braun announced that Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell was honored with the MARY PICKFORD award. This prestigious award is given to a celebrity who has made a difference in the entertainment industry and the Hollywood community.
Another honoree was  Donelle Dadigan, who is the founder and owner of The Hollywood Museum.  She was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award in memory of Johnny Grant, making history by being the first woman to be given the Johnny Grant award.
(left)Beatrice Girmala, Assistant Chief, LAPD 

The 2017 Heroes of Hollywood included Beatrice Girmala, Assistant Chief, LAPD, John Lyons, owner of the Avalon, Baydsar Thomasian, Deputy District Director, Office of President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon; Pinks and Hot Dogs.
Platinum Level sponsor of the event was the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building and the Gold Level Sponsors include Avalon Hollywood, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, LaTerra Development, LLC., Managed Career Solutions, MBS Group, Pink's Hot Dogs, and Taglyan Cultural Complex.
The Silver Level Sponsors included City National Bank, The CrisCom Company, Famous Hollywood Dental Care, Film L.A., Inc., Harridge Development Group, Hollywood Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, The Original Farmers Market, Pacific Commerce Bank, Pantages Theatre / Nederlander Concerts, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Southern California Gas Company, and US Bank.


About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce - www.hollywoodchamber.net
For more than 96 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Jeff Zarrinnam of Hollywood Hotel, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2016-17, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
In the lobby of Taglyan before the Hollywood Awards Lunchen (photo Karen Ostlund)

About Heroes of Hollywood – www.hollywoodchamber.net/heroes
The Heroes of Hollywood Awards recognize exceptional leaders in the Hollywood community who have transformed the lives of others and/or have made a remarkable contribution to the physical environment.  Since 1993 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation has saluted more than 125 extraordinary leaders from Hollywood, through what was previously named the Women of Distinction Awards.  Since 2011, the awards have honored both male and female leaders, as well as families, businesses and organizations. The awards ceremony serves as one of two major fundraisers for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of Hollywood community members. All funds raised from this luncheon will be awarded in the form of grants to local charitable organizations.  “Heroes of Hollywood” Awards Committee is comprised of members of the Hollywood Chamber who are volunteers and have proven to be community leaders themselves.


Nominations for 4th Annual Premios Platino 2017 in Beverly Hills

Nominations for 4th Annual Premios Platino
of Iberoamerican Cinema were announced in Beverly Hills, May 31st. The Award ceremony will be held, July 22nd in Madrid, and broadcasted by TNT.

By Karen Ostlund

Nominations for 4th Annual Premios Platino, May 31st at Beverly Hilton Hotel 10AM
 Beverly Hills, May 31st, 2017. –
(photo left) Actors Angie Cepeda, Edward James Olmos, Kate del Castillo and Miguel Ángel Silvestre announced the nominations for the 15 categories of the 4th Annual Platino Awards of Iberoamerican Cinema in a press conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Speaker Gonzalo Elvira from FIPCA

Actor Edward James Olmos arrived May 31st for 4th Annual Premios Platino
The 4th Annual Premios Platino has set up a new record with 847 qualifiying films.
The 7 movies with the most nominations participated in many prestigious film festivals, such as Venice Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Mar del Plata and San Sebastian, which shows the great status of Iberoamerican Cinema.

 The Premios PLATINO of Iberoamerican Cinema have, after only four years, has become the most important global event for the Iberoamerican film industry by serving as its key international platform.

 The Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 22nd  at La Caja Magica in Madrid and will be broadcast by TNT in LatinAmerica, and by many major national TV channels around the globe.
 The winner of each category will be chosen by an international jury consisting of over 700 creatives who have participated in the previous Premios Platinos.The Awards ceremony is produced thanks to the support to the Ayuntamiento de Madrid.
James E .Olmos, Kate Del Castillo, Juan Carlos Arciniegas, Angie Cepeda, M.Silvestre
The nominees in the category of Best Iberoamerican Feature Film are Aquarius (Dona Clara), by Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil); El Ciudadano Ilustre, by Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn (Argentina, Spain); El Hombre de las mil caras, by Alberto Rodríguez (Spain); Julieta, by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain) and Neruda, by Pablo Larraín (Chile, Argentina, Spain, France, USA).
 The movies with the most nominations are: Un monstruo viene a verme, by Juan Antonio Bayona with 7 nominations, and Neruda by Pablo Larrain with 5 nominations. Furthermore; Desde allá by LOranzo Vigas, El ciudadano ilustre by Gaston Duprat, El hombre de las mil caras by Alberto Rodriguez, Julieta by Pedro Almodovar, and La delgada línea amarilla by Celso Garcia with 4 nominations each.
Alfredo Castro, Angie Cepeda, Damián Alcázar, Eduard Fernández, Emma Suárez, Juana Acosta, Luis Gnecco, Natalia Oreiro, Óscar Martínez and Sonia Braga are nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress.


The nominees for Best Director are Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn for El Cuidadano Ilustre, Juan Antonio Bayona for Un monstruo viene a verme, Kleber Mendonça Filho for Aquarius, Pablo Larraín, for Neruda and Pedro Almodóvar for Julieta.

The nominees for Best Screenplay are Alberto Rodríguez and Rafael Cobos for El hombre de las mil caras, Alejandro Brugues, Pierre Edelman and Pavel Giroud for El acompañante, Andrés Duprat for El Ciudadano Ilustre, Celso García for La delgada línea amarilla and Guillermo Calderón for Neruda.

The nominees for Best Actress are Angie Cepeda for La semilla del silencio, Emma Suárez for Julieta, Juana Acosta for Anna, Natalia Oreiro for Gilda, no me arrepiento de este amor and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Platino Award Honoree, Sonia Braga, for Aquarius. 

The nominees for Best Actor are Alfredo Castro for Desde allá, Damián Alcázar for La delgada línea amarilla, Eduard Fernández for El hombre de las mil caras, Luis Gnecco, for Neruda and Óscar Martínez for El Ciudadano Ilustre.

The nominees for Best Animated Film are Bruxarias, by Virginia Curia (Brazil, Spain); La Leyenda del Chupacabras, by Alberto Rodríguez (Mexico, Spain); Ozzy, by Alberto Rodríguez Rodríguez (Spain); Psiconautas, Los niños olvidados, by Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero (Spain) and Teresa y Tim, by Agurtzane Intxaurraga (Spain).

 The nominees for Best Documentary are: Nacido en Siria, by Hernán Zin (Spain); Atrapados en Japón, by Vivienne Barry (Chile); Cinema Novo, by Eryk Rocha (Brazil); Frágil Equilibrio, by Guillermo García López (Spain) and Todo Comenzó por el Fin, by Luis Ospina (Colombia).

The Best Iberoamerican Debut Film nominees are Desde Allá, by Lorenzo Vigas (Venezuela, Mexico); La Delgada Línea Amarilla, by Celso García (Mexico); Rara, by Pepa San Martín (Chile, Argentina); Tarde para la Ira, by Raúl Arévalo (Spain) and Viejo Calavera, by Kiro Russo (Bolivia).

The Educational Values in Films Award category which is bestowed in collaboration with the Foundation for Aid against Drug Addiction, FAD has the following nominees: El Acompañante, by Pavel Giroud (Cuba, Colombia, Panama, Venezuela), Esteban, by Jonal Cosculluela (Cuba, Spain), El Jeremías, by Anwar Safa (Mexico), Rara, by Pepa San Martín (Chile, Argentina) and Un monstruo viene a verme, by Juan Antonio Bayona (Spain).

This year 2017, the Premios Platino have a new category: Best Iberoamerican Mini-Series or TV Show and the nominees are Bala Loca, by Gabriel Díaz, Oscar Godoy (Chile); Cuatro Estaciones en La Habana, by Félix Viscarret (Cuba, Spain); El Marginal, by Luis Ortega, Mariano Ardanaz, Javier Pérez, Alejandro Ciancio (Argentina); El Ministerio del Tiempo, by Marc Vigil, Abigail Schaaff, Jorge Dorado, Paco Plaza, Javier Ruiz Caldera (Spain); La Niña, by Rodrigo Triana, Camilo Vega (Colombia) and Velvet, by David Pinillos and Manuel Gómez Pereira (Spain).

During the 31st of May press conference, AFI FEST presented by Audi, the international film festival of the American Film Institute received a Premio Platino for their contribution to Iberoamerican Cinema. Jacqueline Lyanga, Director of AFI FEST was honored to receive this prestigious Award.

“AFI FEST is honored to be receiving a Premio Platino award from EGEDA this year recognizing our continued support of IberoAmerican cinema”, said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST. "Over the past thirty years, AFI FEST has presented numerous Iberoamerican films in Los Angeles and during this time we have seen incredible growth in this cinema's influence and audience in the United States."

AFI FEST presented by Audi is the American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters, auteurs and emerging filmmakers. It takes place each fall in Los Angeles, CA, as awards season begins in the heart of Hollywood and features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. AFI FEST remains the first and only festival of its stature that is free to the public, offering the best of current cinema in Hollywood. It is Los Angeles' longest-running international film festival and a showcase for the best films of the year, among them many movies from Iberoamerica.

EGEDA US has been a community supporter and collaborator of AFI FEST for many years and acknowledges the great platform that AFI FEST is for many Iberoamerican filmmakers.

Juan Carlos Arciniegas, Ambassador of Premios Platino, Elvi Cano and Raul Vazquez both from Premios Platino and Gonzalo Elvira (FIPCA), underlined the importance of the Platinos as the highest profile event for cinema in Spanish and Portuguese languages, having generated a lot of media and public attention worldwide during their past award galas.  Further testimony to the importance of the Platinos was the presence of prolific and well known figures in the audio-visual and cinematic arts in Iberoamerica during the nomination event such as Mimi Lazo, Patricia de Leon, Javier Fuentes Leon, Celines Toribio, Luis Fernandez, Alec Whaite, Patricia Maya, Reynaldo Pacheco, Emilio Kauderer, Lorena Bernal, Carla Ortiz and Jazz Vila.

The previous Awards ceremonies in Panama, Marbella and Punta del Este, welcomed Iberoamerican stars such as Antonio Banderas, Sonia Braga, Eugenio Derbez, Leandra Leal, Ricardo Darín, Angie Cepeda, Guillermo Francella, Dolores Fonzi, Edward James Olmos, Rita Moreno, Javier Cámara, Adriana Barraza and Joaquim de Almeida. The last was broadcasted by 17 TV channels in 5 continents.


Premios Platino of Iberoamerican Cinema is organized by EGEDA (Spain´s producers rights collection society), with FIPCA (the Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers) and with the support of The Academies of Motion Picture of Iberoamerica and the Institutes of Iberoamerican cinema, Latin Artist  and Fundación AISGE. Since 2014 they are working together to create an international platform that will make Iberoamerican cinema get the results in the box office that it deserves.

 Full list of all nominees in each category:
Best Iberoamerican Feature Film
 

Aquarius (Dona Clara), de Kleber Mendonça Filho. Globo Filmes. Videofilmes. Sbs Productions Cinemascopio (Brasil)
El Ciudadano Ilustre, de Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn. A Contracorriente Films, S.L. Television Abierta. Magma Cine. Arco Libre (Argentina, España)
El Hombre de las mil caras, de Alberto Rodríguez Atresmedia Cine, S. L. Zeta Audiovisual, S.A. Atipica Films, S.L. Sacromonte Films S.L. El espía de las mil caras AIE. DTS Distribuidora de Televisión Digital (España)
Julieta, de Pedro Almodóvar. El Deseo D.A. S.L.U. (España)
Neruda, de Pablo Larraín. Funny Balloons. Fabula Producciones. Setembro Cine, S.L. Az Films. Willies Movies, A. I. E. (Chile, Argentina, España, Francia, EEUU)

 Best Director

Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn, por El Cuidadano Ilustre
Juan Antonio Bayona, por Un monstruo viene a verme
Kleber Mendonça Filho, por Aquarius
Pablo Larraín, por Neruda
Pedro Almodóvar, por Julieta

Best Actor

Alfredo Castro, por Desde allá
Damián Alcázar, por La delgada línea amarilla
Eduard Fernández, por El hombre de las mil caras
Luis Gnecco, por Neruda
Óscar Martínez, por El Ciudadano Ilustre

Best Actress

Angie Cepeda, por La semilla del silencio
Emma Suárez, por Julieta
Juana Acosta, por Anna
Natalia Oreiro, por Gilda, no me arrepiento de este amor
Sonia Braga, por Aquarius

Best Original Score

Alberto Iglesias, por Julieta
Chucho Valdés, por Esteban
Federico Jusid, por Neruda
Fernando Velázquez, por Un monstruo viene a verme
Mariano Loiácono, por La luz incidente

Best Animated Film

Bruxarias, de Virginia Curia. Agallas Films, S.L. Arrayas Producciones S.L. Otto Desenhos Animados (España, Brasil)
La Leyenda del Chupacabras, de Alberto Rodríguez. Anima Estudios (México)
Ozzy, de Alberto Rodríguez Rodríguez. Arcadia Motion Pictures, S.L. Capitan Araña, S.L. Pachacamac Films A.I.E. Bd Animation (España)
Psiconautas, Los niños olvidados, de Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero Basque Film Services, S.L. Abrakam Estudio. Zircozine, S.L. La Competencia (España)
Teresa y Tim, de Agurtzane Intxaurraga. Dibulitoon Studio, S.L. Euskal Telebista Television Vasca S.A. (España)

Best Documentary

2016. Nacido en Siria, de Hernán Zin. La Claqueta PC, S.L. Final Cut For Real. Contramedia Films (España)
Atrapados en Japón, de Vivienne Barry. Vivienne Barry Animación y Producciones Audiovisuales E.I.R (Chile)
Cinema Novo, de Eryk Rocha. Coqueirao Pictures (Brasil)
Frágil Equilibrio, de Guillermo García López. Sintagma Films, S.L. (España)
Todo Comenzó por el Fin, de Luis Ospina. Luis Ospina. Burning Blue (Colombia)

Best Screenplay

Alberto Rodríguez, Rafael Cobos; por El hombre de las mil caras
Alejandro Brugues, Pierre Edelman, Pavel Giroud; por El acompañante
Andrés Duprat, por El Ciudadano Ilustre
Celso García, por La delgada línea amarilla
Guillermo Calderón, por Neruda

Best Iberoamerican Debut Film

Desde Allá, de Lorenzo Vigas. Malandro Films. Lucia Films. Factor Rh Producciones (Venezuela, México)
La Delgada Línea Amarilla, de Celso García. Estudios Churubusco Azteca, S.A. Springall Pictures. Corazon Films. (México)
Rara, de Pepa San Martín. Le Tiro Cine. Manufactura De Películas (Chile, Argentina)
Tarde para la Ira, de Raúl Arévalo. La Canica Films, S.L.U. Agosto La Película, A.I.E. (España)
Viejo Calavera, de Kiro Russo. Socavón Cine. (Bolivia)

Best Film Editing

Alberto del Campo, Fernando Franco, por Que dios nos perdone
Bernat Vilaplana, Jaume Martí, por Un monstruo viene a verme
Isabela Monteiro de Castro, por Desde allá
Jorge Arturo García, por La delgada línea amarilla
Jorge García, por Sin muertos no hay Carnaval

Best Art Direction

Ailí Chen, por La luz incidente
Eugenio Caballero, por Un monstruo viene a verme
Juan Pedro de Gaspar, por La Reina de España
Nuno Gabriel de Mello, por Cartas da guerra
Sebastián Vogler, por La muerte de Louis XIV

Best Cinemathography

Carolina Costa, por Las elegidas
Diego García, por Boi Neon
Guillermo Nieto, por La luz incidente
João Ribeiro, por Cartas da guerra
Óscar Faura, por Un monstruo viene a verme

Best Sound Editing
 

Daniel de Zayas, César Molina, José Antonio Manovel; por El hombre de las mil caras
Peter Glossop, Oriol Tarragó, Marc Orts, por Un monstruo viene a verme
Ricardo Leal, Tiago Matos, por Cartas da guerra
Sergio Díaz, de Desierto
Waldir Xavier, por Desde allá

Best Educational Values in a Feature Film

El Acompañante, de Pavel Giroud Tu Vas Voir Productions, Nativa Pro Cinematográfica, Igolai Producciones, Lía Rodríguez & Antonio López, Areté Audiovisual S.A.  (Cuba, Colombia, Panamá, Venezuela)
Esteban, de Jonal Cosculluela. Mediaproduccion, S.L. RTV Comercial. Casa Discográfica Colibrí (Cuba, España)

El Jeremías, de Anwar Safa. Alebrije Cine Y Video. Terregal Films (México)
Rara, de Pepa San Martín (Chile, Argentina)
Un monstruo viene a verme, de Juan Antonio Bayona (España)

Best Mini-Series or TV Show
 Bala Loca, de Gabriel Díaz, Oscar Godoy. Filmosonido (Chile)
Cuatro Estaciones En La Habana, de Félix Viscarret. Tornasol Films, Hernández & Fernández Pc, Mistery Producciones Aie, ICAIC. (Cuba, España)
El Marginal, de Luis Ortega, Mariano Ardanaz, Javier Pérez, Alejandro Ciancio. Underground Producciones SA. (Argentina)
El Ministerio del Tiempo, de Marc Vigil, Abigail Schaaff, Jorge Dorado, Paco Plaza, Javier Ruiz Caldera. RTVE, Onza Entertainment, Cliffhanger TV (España)
La Niña, de Rodrigo Triana, Camilo Vega. CMO Producciones. (Colombia)
Velvet, de David Pinillos y Manuel Gómez Pereira. Bambú Producciones (España)
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

12th Annual LAWineFest returns June 17-18 with a new location

Photos by Karen Ostlund
12th Annual LAWineFest returns with a new location downtown/arts district area called THE ROW in Downtown LA, 777 S. Alameda St, LA 90021 for two epic days.
The event will be held on Market Row, a pretty outdoor lane partially shaded by revitalized 90-year-old warehouses.
A frequent Uber/Lyft drop-off site, and there is also a convenient on-site pay parking garage.
It's the yearly festival of fine wine, artisan beer, gourmet foods fun. Saturday – June 17, 2017, 2-6pm  •  Sunday – June 18, 2017, 1-5pm

LA WineFest in Hollywood 2016

“Signature Celebration of all Things Wine” have attracted more than 5,000 enthusiasts over the years.

 Participants will  be able to get close and personal with a wide variety of reasonably-priced artisan boutiques, gourmet foods, wine-related accessories and local lifestyle “must have” products. Sponsors are ROW DTLA, LA Magazine, La Brea Bakery, Icelandic Glacial water, Peerless Coffee, Pasquini and King Barrell will be on site, sharing their delicious products with all attendees.
The Sunshine Kids will return as charity partner 2017.

GENERAL ADMISSION includes entry to the Fest, a commemorative glass to keep, unlimited* wine and craft brew tastings, water, coffee, and the overall Fest experience.
       •  ALL ACCESS provides all that GA does, PLUS tasting wines from approximately a dozen gem Boutique Wineries, which are defined as producing less than 2,000 cases of wine each year.

Tickets are limited to a maximum of 400 people per day for this one-of-a-kind tasting.
 Exhibitor products will be available for sale, as well as cuisine from some of the best food trucks in LA. facebook.com/LAWINEFEST
                                                   
Dr. Joel M. Fisher at voting booth 2016

              
                                      
The LAWineFest, in its 12th successful year, was founded in 2005 by renowned wine personality Dr. Joel M. Fisher. He has written for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, for the Beverly Hills Courier, and since 2010 for the Underground Wine Letter. From 2007-2009 he taught at Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. Prior to that, he was the wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California
This popular event blazed a trail in LA to bring wine and people together in a fun, inviting and accessible way. LAWINEFEST is known to deliver a sun-kissed event that balances fun, exploration and education.

Will and The Wont's performed 2016 LA WineFest

Wineries LA WineFest 2017:
3 Badge Beverage (Leese-Fitch Wines)
A Stone’s Throw Winery* (Sun. only)
Allied Importers (Dalton Winery, Sun. only)
Ascension Cellars*
Bekseju USA, Inc (Kooksoondang)
Blackjack Ranch Vineyards & Winery (Sat. only)
Cloak & Dagger Wines*
Contara Cellars*
Cowboy Canyon Winery* (Sun. only)
Giracci Vineyards & Farms* (Sun. only)
Graffiti Wine
Herzog Wine Cellars (Sun. only)
Holman Cellars*
Josh Cellars & Eppa Sangria
King Frosch Wine
Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Oak Ridge Winery
Old Word Vines
PB Importers (Takler Wine Estate & Twikel Wine Estate, Hungary)
Peachy Canyon Winery, Paso Robles
Powell Mountain Cellars* (Sun. only)
PRP Wine International
Quigley Fine Wines (Italian, French & Spanish)
Rebel Coast Winery
San Antonio Winery
Sleeping Indian Vineyard*
Slyd Wines*
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery*
Temecula Valley Winegrowers Assoc.
The Wine Caterers
Vinemark Cellars*
Wedell Cellars*
Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards
Yarden Wines (Yarden, Gilgal, Hermon, Galil labels, Israel)
* Boutique Wineries

Beers & Ciders

ABK Beer
Baja Brewing Company
Ballast Point Brewing Co.
Coronado Brewing Co.
High Water Brewing
Iron Triangle Brewing
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lincoln Beer Company
Peroni
Reel Brewery
San Fernando Brewing Company
Saint Archer Brewing Company

Use promo code THANKYOU which will provide a general admission ticket for only $49 each, or an All Access Pass for only $70 each. (Limit two per purchaser. ID over 21 will be checked at the gate.)

For updates go to www.lawinefest.com



Sunday, May 21, 2017

West Hollywood's LA PRIDE Festival Announced Performers & Grand Marshal


                          LA PRIDE FESTIVAL IN WEST HOLLYWOOD ANNOUNCED

OFFICIAL 2017 TALENT LINEUP & GRAND MARSHAL

Largest Ticketed LGBTQ+ Festival in the U.S. Returns to West Hollywood June 10th – 11th 
By Karen Ostlund
Main stage audience 2016, renamed the Park Stage Presented by Blue Shield for June 10-11 2017 (MOCA Museum and Pacific Design Center in background)
 West Hollywood, CA – The LA Pride Festival returns to West Hollywood park for two days of live entertainment and community programming on June 10th and 11th.  This year’s Main stage, renamed the Park Stage Presented by Blue Shield, will feature a collection of Pop artists including established and emerging talent.  Park Stage’s eclectic lineup will feature Weekend Headliners, Chromeo and Brandy.
Duo CHROMEO headline LAPride 2017 June 10
On Saturday, June 10th CHROMEO will thrill the LA Pride crowds with their electro-funk beats. Members Dave 1 and P-Thugg began creating music together in 2002 and have since released 4 albums. The duo is known for a unique mix of guitar, synth, and vocals to create their signature sound. The following night Brandy takes the stage as the evening’s headliner. The award-winning singer, songwriter, recording artist, and actress will bring her R&;B hits from the past and present to LA Pride.
Also performing on LA Pride’s Park Stage presented by Blue Shield of California is a distinct collection of artists from openly queer performers to ones who openly celebrate our community, the Park Stage weekend lineup includes:  Young M.A, Erika Jayne, Brooke Candy, Kat Dahlia, Aaron Carter, ILOVEMAKONNEN, Spencer Ludwig, Starley, Tish Hyman, Leon Else, Connell Cruise, and Jesse Møntana.

“This is our 8th year producing LA Pride’s celebration, and I have to say that this is one of my favorite lineups of talent for the festival,” said Jeff Consoletti of JJLA. “This lineup is edgy, yet balanced with established hit-makers and, much like the community itself, is very progressive.  I think people will love how this year’s lineup will make for a fun weekend-long celebration of our community.”
Brandy Norwood headliner LAPride Main stage June 11

Latin, Hip Hop, and R&B lineups will also be announced in the coming days.
A week-long celebration, LA Pride will host both free and ticketed events beginning on Monday, June 5th and continuing through Sunday, June 11th.  Key events include the annual LA Dodgers LGBT Night (in partnership with LA Pride) and other community events (to be announced soon) that will lead into the two-day Festival on Saturday and the #ResistMarch on Sunday.

This year, the annual Parade is on hiatus as the organization transforms the experience into a Human Right’s March and Rally on Sunday June 11th at 8AM at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland, marking the very intersection where Christopher Street West, the organization overseeing LA Pride, began over 47 years ago.  The march is open to the public and will progress through LA’s streets until reaching West Hollywood Park on San Vicente and Santa Monica Boulevards.
Aaron Carter will perform at LA Pride’s Park Stage
 LA Pride Festival Tickets
General Admission Weekend Pass: $35
Single Day Tickets – General Admission $25
Single Day Tickets for Veterans, Active Military, Seniors 65+, and Children 12 & Under with proper form of ID: $15 available at the box office day of.
www.lapride.org

#LAPride
Facebook.com/LAPride
Twitter: @LAPride
Instagram: @LAPride

For decades, the greater Los Angeles community has strived for equality only made possible through the endless efforts of activists like this year’s Grand Marshal, Alexei Romanoff.
Alexei Romanoff, Grand Marshal 2017 
 In 1967, 50 years ago LGBTQ+ activists assembled in front of Silverlake’s Black Cat tavern to protest numerous incidents of police targeting local gay bars, where use of excessive force was a common occurrence, all hidden under the guise of upholding laws on “public lewdness.”
An obvious infringement of human rights, the community had never stood up publicly against these injustices until concerned members of the community like Alexei Romanoff stepped up, organized and protested. Preceding the Stonewall Rebellion by two and a half years, hundreds came together and took to the streets of Los Angeles to protest as a community. What happened next was a series of protests which helped to propel the issue of gay rights in the United States.
He was born in the Ukraine, Romanoff immigrated to the United States during War World II, moving to Los Angeles in 1958 where he became an active member of the city’s activist and leather communities. As his level of engagement increased, so did his arrest record for ‘civil disobedience’ in organizing protests against unfair police raids. Romanoff has founded several LGBTQ+ organizations, including the Santa Monica Bay Coalition for Human Rights and the Avatar Club of Los Angeles. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, Romanoff also fought long and hard for the funding of research and assistance programs as well as the rights of AIDS victims.  
“I have spent a majority of my life fighting for equality and standing up for the unalienable rights of the LGBTQ+ community,” said Romanoff, who will also be very active in this year’s #ResistMarch. “I have marched alongside the community in solidarity ever since the first LA Pride Parade 47 years ago, and will do so as long as I live.“  
Romanoff will be featured, along with many other local LGBTQ+ activists, in LA Pride’s 2017 ‘OWN YOUR PRIDE’ marketing campaign, launching today. “This year’s LA Pride experience will be different from what we’ve seen over the past few years,” said Chris Classen, CSW Board President. “So, our campaign needed to be different, too. We are committed to honoring our community’s rich history of activism by encouraging everyone to own their pride this year. Our choice for the 2017 LA Pride Grand Marshal was easy. Alexei is a renowned activist, a champion of human rights, a long-time LA Pride supporter, and our friend. He represents the very best of what our community stands for as well as what it can be.”
Visit the ‘OWN YOUR PRIDE’ homepage to see the campaign video along with video vignettes of all those who participated in the campaign. ‘OWN YOUR PRIDE’ shines a spotlight on the people who are making a difference in the LGBTQ+ community every day. Share how you plan to ‘OWN YOUR PRIDE’ this year by using #OwnYourPride on social media.
While 2017 marks the organization’s 47th anniversary, it also marks a pride season of change.   This year, Christopher Street West celebrates the right to demonstrate with #ResistMarch, an all-inclusive march that will take place on June 11th. The march begins at Hollywood & Highland and will work its way through the city, ending at West Hollywood Park where participants can continue celebrating at the LA Pride Festival.
For more information on #ResistMarch, visit resistmarch.org

Monday, May 15, 2017

Celebrity Connected Spring Launches to Celebrate MTV Movie Awards

By Karen Ostlund

Randy Jackson SurvivorApparel.com
The Celebrity Connected MTV Movie Awards Gifting Lounge 2017 was located at The W Hollywood Hotel,May 6 - one day prior to the MTV Movie Awards 2017 ( Shrine Auditorium May 7) - The Lounge focused on companies with new ideas in food and beverage innovations, skincare and apparel.

 May 6th, 2017,one day before the MTV Movie Awards  show, invited celebrities visited the lounge. They were each provided with their own personal guide to escort them from booth to booth.  
As each celebrity comes by, they are given gifts to try, and clients can take photos/videos with them for endorsement purposes of a new products
Media is also invited to provide more exposure.


Left, handcrafted jewelry designer Brooke Michaels at Littleblueberryy.com

Founder Donovan Thomas' Caps by www.facebook.com/BongjourBrands
Osereeswimwear.com 
Italian swimwear from Milan, Italy. A beachwear line designed for the woman who choose the understatement and elegance of simplicity. Oséree was born from the need to go back to the Italian quality origins, designed and built whilst taking care of every detail, a sophisticated swimwear design with three lines: basic, lumiere and travaille.

Custom painted summer glass creations by CyndieWade.com
UFrost.com
 Founded in June 2016, "Ether Innovations" was a small and dynamic start-up organization and family business.  The two cousin founders, Julien Michalk and Claude-Marie Blanchard, worked together over a year to make the impossible possible:  freeze alcohol up to 40% in less than two minutes without any chemical transformation nor additives.
 FYMhotsause.com Creator Dane Wilcox, (For Fry Your Mount) FYM Sauce features five types of fresh peppers, carrots for sweetness, and citrus, garlic, and onion for flavor in every bottle.

Simojuice.com
 A Florida cold pressed juice method to deliver nutrient dense beverages. The cold pressed process differs from other juicing methods, as it combines traditional methods of squeezing and crushing with modern technology to yield juice more efficiently and without damaging the nutrients.
Ingredients in SIMO juices include nuts as almonds, seeds as chia seeds, and roots as ginseng.

Huglifeicecream.com 
Southern California's first all plant-based creamery. Anti-Dairy Ice Cream N' Stuff.

Divastuff.com
 Diva Stuff is a Florida based growing brand with dozens of products from make-up to soap bars
DjangoMoccasins.com Django Leather Art and Crafts was established in Boracay in 1993 by Antonio 'Django' Valmores, a musician from the north of Mindanao.  With a passion for handcrafted leather, Django put together unique stylish bags from recycled leather materials.  Django is best known for his Filipino moccasins, but he has expanded to briefcases, travel bags and bike helmets.
Stitchandstone.ca  The new clothing store from Canada gifted their bamboo tank tops and presented a summer collection of sandals and wooden bracelets and jewelry of gemstones and crystals. Stitch and Stone focus on Bohemian Inspired Clothing, unique styles and unique gifts.
Enjoypress.com PRESS is the new 4% clear alcoholic seltzer in
Sweetopiachocolates.com  Sweetopia is a handmade artisan chocolate shop located inside Newbo City Market in Iowa, which offer a wide variety of chocolate treats, everything from Tipsy Cherries to Chocolate covered Bacon. 100% Premium Belgium handmade chocolate. Favorite flavors MTV Movie Awards weekend were: Key Lime Creme, Citrus Curry Creme, Pistachio Almond Creme, Peanut Butter Caramel Truffle and Blood Orange Truffle.
www.getjevo.com JEVO is the first automatic gelatin shot maker. Think Keurig coffee machine, but for jello shots. Jeff Jetton and Tyler Williams founded Food and Beverage Innovations to provide solutions to the food and beverage industry that eliminate the manual process of making gelatin through innovation in product, process
 and technology. Jevo reduces the 4 to 5 hour process of making gelatin to about 10 minutes, resulting in 20 great tasting gelatin cups or gelatin shots in various flavors and alcohol.
Other sponsors included: speakeasy710.com, questnutrition.com, mister-e-liquid.com, justins.com, hempkitchen.com, harmlessharvest.com, elyptol.com, Ashwell.co and aitaikuji.com