Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Hollywood, CA July 26, 2010: New music industry champion, The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) announced today Club Nokia, located in the center of the entertainment capital of the world, L.A. LIVE, is the new home of its annual awards event.  
The HMMAs accelerated growth and stature over the past two years, in addition to being courted by AEG, owner of the massive LA Live complex, were factors for the move. 
The Hollywood & Highland complex was a great home for the HMMA for the last two years, explains HMMA Executive Producer and Co-Founder Jim DeCicco. The larger capacity of Club Nokia, plus its state-of-the-art acoustics, technological capabilities, lush amenities and world-renowned stature of the venue all factored in this decision. We are very excited to have the HMMA event at LA LIVE!
In addition to the November 11 awards show, the HMMA will hold a industry mixer at the new Ritz Hotel in the evening ofFriday, November 12 and the all-day Music In Media Symposium (MIMISYM) on Saturday, November 13 at the complex. The three days of activities will provide a full, comprehensive experience for the international crowd the HMMA attracts.

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards recognizes and honors the music of visual mediums, the talented individuals responsible for it, and the music of artists, both mainstream and independent, from around the globe.  Submissions are now being accepted for nomination consideration on the HMMA web site. For more info, visit www.hmmawards.com.
The Hollywood Music In Media Awards
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Club Nokia / LA LIVE
800 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

6:00 Banquet Seating & VIP Arrivals
7:00 General Admission
8:00 Awards Show
10:00 Post Event
Accommodating over 2,300 guests, Club Nokia is the perfect venue for emerging music acts and cultural shows.
Club Nokia features:
 * 59,000 square feet
 * 2,300 capacity reception space
 * 40' x 30' stage
 * Exclusive catering by Wolfgang Puck
 * State-of-the-Art Acoustics, designed for live entertainment

“Oscar® Noir” Goes Toe to Toe with “Body and Soul”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

July 27, 2010

Beverly Hills, CA – “Body and Soul” (1947), the underworld drama from writer Abraham Polonsky (“Force of Evil”) and director Robert Rossen (“The Hustler”), will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ series “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side” on Monday, August 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The film will be introduced by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Phil Alden Robinson (“Sneakers,” “Field of Dreams”).

Polonsky received an Academy Award® nomination for Original Screenplay for the film, and John Garfield earned a Best Actor nomination for his powerful performance as a boxer embroiled in a battle with a crooked promoter. Francis Lyon and Robert Parrish won the Oscar for Film Editing for “Body and Soul.”

At 7 p.m. the Warner Bros. Daffy Duck cartoon short “The Great Piggy Bank Robbery” (1946) and the episode “Doom Ship” from the 1941 serial “Adventures of Captain Marvel” will be screened as part of the evening’s pre-feature program.

“Oscar Noir” is a summer-long series featuring 15 film noir classics from the 1940s, all of which were nominated in writing categories. Including “Body and Soul,” there are five screenings remaining in the series. A complete list of films can be found at http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2010/noir.html.

Tickets to individual evenings are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Feel-Good Music Artist Steph Jones Releases "B E A utiful"

Steph Jones - BEAutiful
Above is the single cover and single (produced by Pascal Guyon) off of Steph Jones upcoming EP "Imperfect Me". 
The cover (shot by Johnny Young and Designed by Justin Dewalt) was inspired by Steph Jones' hero Tim Burton (Edward scissor hands, Nightmare before christmas)..   Steph left the faces out because he wanted whoever looked at the various bodies to actually picture themselves being in that photo.  [It's] "Less about face beauty and more about the beauty of the imagination. I just wanted people to feel comfortable in there own sexy.. Sexy comes in any color shape or size!"

The introduction scenes 2 my character Kyle in my new abc series "Breathing Underwater"

Thursday, July 22, 2010


E-40 Feat. Kaveo and The Jacka "He's a Gangssta"
Directed by Damon Jamal

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6th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Takes Place August 5-12, 2010

HSFF 2010
6th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Takes Place August 5-12, 2010
 All Access Passes, Opening Night Tickets, and Day Passes Now Available visit Brown Paper Tickets 
Get Your 2010 HSFF official schedule today at  HollyShorts2010sched.org  ---here you can log on with Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to find your friend's shorts and comment on their projects 
 As you know, the 6th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is just around the corner and we're striving to provide as many opportunities for the discovery of indie talent as possible. To that end, we're excited to announce that we'll be the official venue for Openfilm.com, the innovative online company and community for independent film, to announce their finalists - the Top Six Flix - for the 1st Get It Made competition. 
The Get It Made competition is a quarterly online contest that offers Openfilm members the chance to win a grand prize worth $250,000, including a financing and development deal with Openfilm Studios. Members submit their short films to the contest and the entire Openfilm community votes on their favorites. If you would like to vote for the Top Six Flix, join Openfilm today. You have until July 31st to take part in the 1st Get It Made voting selection!
Openfilm Chairman James Caan will help kick off the festival by announcing the Top Six Flix finalists on our opening night, Aug. 5th, at the DGA.  The Top Six Flix will then have an HSFF screening Aug. 11th.  The final winner of the grand prize package will be chosen by the Openfilm Advisory Board, which is led by legendary actor James Caan and also includes Robert Duvall, Scott Caan and Mark Rydell. Be sure to check out more of HollyShorts on Openfilm, as well as information on Get It Made, at
It's going to be an amazing festival! Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you there.

James Caan to present Openfilm's
Get It Made Finalists at 2010 HollyShorts Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, July 22, 2010 -Openfilm.com, the platform that connects new independent filmmakers to the professional community and helps them find an audience for their films, today announced that company Chairman James Caan will reveal the six finalists from its 1st Get It Made film competition at the HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 5.

"Filmmaking can be hard, cruel and frustrating, especially in the area of getting the results of your hard work seen," said James Caan.  "That's certainly a big reason why I became involved in Openfilm. There is a pride and joy in discovering new talent, young and old, on both sides of the camera. Therefore, we set our standards high in the quality of the Get It Made finalists and I think the audience will agree when they see the selected films."

The six finalist short films-called the Top Six Flix- will go on to be judged by the Openfilm Advisory Board, made up of award-winning actors and filmmakers James Caan, Scott Caan, Robert Duvall and Mark Rydell.  All of the six finalists will receive feedback from the judges, and the winner will receive $50,000 in cash and $200,000 in financing to develop his or her short into a feature film with Openfilm Studios.

Openfilm's Get It Made industry competition commits $1 million over the next year and a half to support independent filmmakers, with a new winner selected every five months.  The 2nd Get It Made competition is now open and submissions are being accepted until Sept. 30, 2010.  More information about submitting a film and about membership in Openfilm is available at http://www.openfilm.com. "We're honored to have a legendary actor like James Caan and a visionary film organization like Openfilm come on board with the HollyShorts Film Festival," said Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont, co-founders, HollyShorts Film Festival. "We're eagerly anticipating the screening of the Top Six Flix."
Now in its sixth year, the HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films, 30 minutes or less, from around the world.  This year's festival opens on August 5 at the Directors Guild Theater on Sunset Blvd.  Tickets can be purchased online now at http://www.hollyshorts.com.

The Get It Made Top Six Flix announcement will be part of the Opening Night program of the HollyShorts Film Festival at the DGA Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The festival also will host a screening of the finalists' entries during its run.

About HollyShorts Film Festival
HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 30-minutes or less. For more information, please visit: http://www.hollyshorts.com

About Openfilm
Openfilm is a technology company that is advancing the distribution of independent film. The company's online platform provides filmmakers with a variety of revenue sharing opportunities. Through Openfilm's software, films are presented in the highest quality available online. Openfilm's IP portfolio is being developed by exceptional team of engineers, many of whom hold PhDs. Led by an Advisory Board of established industry heavyweights, James Caan, Scott Caan, Robert Duvall and Mark Rydell, Openfilm will transform the way independent films are discovered, financed and distributed.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


America’s 1st Urban Patriotic Rapper Don Preach delivers the music

"I don't like rap music, but I love what you do!!!
Courtney Love

Friday, June 18, 2010_Los Angeles, CA...When Dan Wallrath, CNN Hero of the Year nominee heard “I’m just a HERO and I might not even make it,” like a soldier’s cry in the face of eminent death, he did what any new music listerner would do: find the artist. More than just a catchy tune, Wallrath knew these lyrics summated the ultimate sacrifice American soldiers make in battle.  Thus, a new campaign between rapper Don Preach, the single “Hero” and Wallrath was born.

Now, Don Preach has partnered with BABASOT, Bay Area Builders Associatin Support Our Troops, a non-profit organization founded by Wallrath, to increase the number of  mortgage-free homes for disabled American soldiers and widows from the War on Terror. Through positive forces of nature and music, Wallrath and Preach asks every American 18 and older to buy “Hero” and "My American Dream" on iTunes this 4th of July for only $1.98. 100% of all digital sales profits from "Hero" support BABASOT.

"My first impression of Don Preach was 'WOW!' when I listened to his moving war vet tribute song 'Hero'.  I immediately became a fan of Don's unique hybrid sound, fusing playful and poignant rap lyrics with infectious hip hop / pop melodies.  Don is a hugely talented songwriter, recording artist and performer that will no doubt have world-wide success."
Brent Harvey, Executive Producer Hollywood Music in Media Awards

BABA initiates the search for disabled veterans to gift them and their families mortgage-free homes, and naturally finding them in the thousands with only a handful of homes to give. This suits Don Preach just fine. Integrated with the light energy of a consumate optimist and inspired by his own talent and ability to draw over 600,000 Myspace artist page hits in less than 18 months, he is in stealth mode for success.

"You did it! You bridged the gap between hip hop and rock. “My American Dream” is a hit.
DJ Lethal, Limp Bizkit

Don Preach is going to be shown appreciation repeatedly for using his music to make our world a better place and for inspiring even young Americans to begin questioning, "What is My American Dream?"


DENIM: Decadence or Decency? The Ubiquity of a Social Phenomenon

DENIM: Decadence or Decency?
The Ubiquity of a Social Phenomenon

By Alex Angelino

Los Angeles 06/30/2010

       What is the American fascination with jeans all about? We gobble up a third of the world's production of denim material, generating an annual $15 billion in business with over 5 % growth per year.

       Yet, syndicated columnist George Will recently called denim "an obnoxious use of freedom." He commended Daniel Akst, suggesting that The Wall Street Journal writer be awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom for "summoning Americans to soul-searching about the plaggue of that ubiquitous fabric, which is symptomatic of deep disorders in the national psyche."

       Akst wrote in The Journal that the jean material represents "modern trend toward undifferentiated dressing, in which we all strive to look equally shabby." 

Where it all started

       The story of denim goes back to the 1600's, when Dongaree, rough clothing from India, was traded by Portuguese sailors en route to Europe. The fabric caught-on in Genovese, Italy, which spawned the 'jean' name. Soon after, the jean fabric Serge de Nime was produced in Nimes, France, and the term 'denim' was born.
  &! nbsp;&nb sp;   The US denim story begins during the California Gold Rush, but did not catch on until 1873, when Jacob Davis of Reno, Nevada, along with the famed Levi Straus, patented the blue jean riveted pants. Straus began to manufacture the jeans in San Francisco, primarily for workers. 

       At the turn of the Century, jeans were worn by American men who performed heavyworker wearing denim
 jeans labor; the Wrangler company forming in the 1930's to manufacture denim work clothing for those who rode the range. In the 1940's, farmers adapted the fabric to their wardrobe, and during World War II, it was used as the material for US navy and Coast Guard uniforms. As American soldiers traveled overseas, citizens of other countries had their first glimpse of denim, and even though it was eventually eliminated by the Navy, it was still so closely identified with American culture that it was featured in the US pavilion exhibit at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels.

       Adopted by rebellious youth in the 1950's, denim transitioned into the preferred fabric of the hippies in the 1960's, the punk movement of the 1970's, and hip hop generation in the 1980's. It was then that designers began making jeans 'fashionable' for any occasion, and the decades-long ban on denim at schools as well as upscale hotels, restaurants and country clubs, finally came to an end. 

       Denim, then, has adapted to the needs and whims of the human race like no other fabric, evolving from clothes for the working man to a symbol of youthful rebellion! and fin ally, to stardom. 

Why Jeans?

       The secret of success for jeans lies in its color, texture, and ability to comfort both the body and the soul in a challenging world.

       It is well known in the design space that when it comes to the visual experience, texture and color are highly persuasive mediums capable of stimulating emotion and feelings. Blue, man's favorite color, is the color of the sky and the ocean, symbolizing youth spirituality, truth, peace, dependability, sincerity, and stability. Kim Kardasian wearing 
modern fashion jeansTexture is the    structure, appearance, and feel of a woven fabric.

       Jeans fabric is cotton twill with dyed blue warp (vertical) yarn  and horizontal weft undyed natural yarn. The result is a fabric that  appears dark blue on its face and almost white on its backside. Although the warp yarn is dipped in dye several times, the core of the yarn stays white. This imperfection, with repeated wearing and wash, begins to fade out, giving jeans the uneven, faded and stressed look. The tears, marks and fading draw a history of the wearer's life. This has made jeans into an icon of rebellion and non-conformity. Its cool, unevenly faded look also brings a calming feeling with a soft touch.

       Another important property of denim texture is that it takes adornment, embellishment and accessory so well - far better than its closest cousins, khaki and chino. This gives designers and individuals the ability to personalize their denim garments, and helps in the modern world to construct personal identity. 

The national psyche

       Our appearance says a lot about our personality, feeling and intellect, and the fact that we spend so much time, money and effort into making denim our fabric of choice in this country does say quite a lot.

       But what does it say? Akst sees jeans as symptomatic of deep disorders in the national psyche. I do not disagree with him, but as a designer who has created thousands of fabrics and textures for the past twenty-odd years, I believe this disorder emanates from the deep problems in the social condition and social structure of the United States when it comes to justice, money, and power.

          From the youth rebellion of the 50's to the saggers of today, denim has been the fabric of choice for virtually all generations, and it's been used as an outlet to display rebellion, spirituality, vigorous and passivity. Indeed, the story of this American icon and its roll in American popular culture is undeniable. With the existing social and economic conditions as well as a bleak looking future, denim is going to be fabric of choice. Denim, then, with its unique properties, provides a psychological healing as well as the stimulation needed to feel good, inspired and hopeful for tomorrow.   

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