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Indie Entertainment Media – Oscars 2022 Special Edition

Oscar is alive and well, and this year…. she’s a woman! IEM’s awards issue showcases the “Oscar is a Woman”-themed cover photo shoot featuring Hollywood director/producer Jonathan Baker and international model Erika Stasiuleviciute. Baker has opened his mansion doors once again this year for his annual viewing soirée, collaborating with IEM and French Riviera Film Festival. Also in the issue is an exclusive interview with Danish director Martin Strange-Hansen, nominated for his live action short film “On My Mind,” a sneak peek at artist’s Eva Lanska’s new installation “The Existential Choice,” and a feature by Claude Brickell on architect to the stars Paul R. Williams. The issue also highlights the Women Filmmakers Showcase event taking place on the afternoon before the big day. The event features Morgan Dameron, Anna Fishbeyn, Peggy McCartha, Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest and Dee Wallace, with award-winning filmmaker Sue Vicory as moderator.

– Editor-In-Chief, Nicole Goesseringer Muj

Indie Entertainment Media – Sundance Film Festival 2022 Special Edition

Friends, I’m delighted to unveil our annual Park City festival edition of Indie Entertainment Media. The issue honors some of those talented individuals we sadly lost recently, including a bittersweet article by Lena Basse about her friend  Jean-Marc Vallée, exclusive interviews with NY-based artist Cindy Shaoul and Vietnamese-American director  Mai Thu Huyen, a photo essay spotlighting Las Vegas by Eric Minh Swenson, a feature on the new film Cyrano by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, Claude Brickell’s wisdom on scriptwriting, and of course, our annual  Après-ski gift guide. Also featured are the wonderful participants of the 5th annual Indie Entertainment Showcase that will be held virtually on Saturday, January 22 at 11 am MT/ 10 am PT.  

– Editor-In-Chief, Nicole Muj

Indie Entertainment Magazine Cannes Film Festival 2019 Edition

La main au collet, TO CATCH A THIEF, de AlfredHitchcock avec Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, 1955 (sur la Cote d'Azur, french riviera) Swimsuit Swimming shorts

Indie Entertainment Magazine is pleased to unveil its second annual special Cannes Film Festival Edition. Print edition to be distributed throughout Cannes.
Here’s a sneak peek:

Indie Entertainment Magazine – Sundance Film Festival 2019

John Cho attends the Kia Supper Suite | Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images for Kia)

A sneak peek at the special digital edition of Indie Entertainment Magazine | Sundance Edition 2019.

BritWeek and BABC LA Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Grand Style

On Sunday, July 10, the British and Anglophiles in Los Angeles, gathered for a lovely afternoon Garden Party at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Attendees were entertained by such remarkable talents as legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold, voted #1 DJ in the world by DJ Magazine; a nine-piece Amy Winehouse tribute band Dear Amy; Beatles tribute band Plastic Soul; Victoria Summer, renowned as Julie Andrews in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks alongside Tom Hanks; and Lauren Samuels, London West End singing star and host of the new podcast, A Brit in LA.

Produced by the BABC LA, in partnership with BritWeek, the event provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of service to the UK and the Commonwealth, Attendees included British Consul General Emily Cloke, who made the toast to The Queen; BritWeek Co-Founder Nigel Lythgoe, OBE PhD; CNN’s royalty expert Sandro Monetti; and many honored dignitaries, celebrities and leaders from the British and American business communities.  Katy Haber, MBE was honored for her many years of charitable services, as was the late Christopher Guy Harrison, with the announcement of the BritWeek Christopher Guy Design Icon Award.

BritWeek Chairman Nigel Daly OBE and BABC LA President James Langridge thanked everyone who helped make the event a smashing success.

Sponsors included Virgin Atlantic, Charles & Company organic and kosher teas, Adobe Road Winery, Honey Bubbles Moscato, and Macallan Whiskey.

Photos: David Buchan | Featured Photo by Annie Leibovitz

‘Motherland’ Documentary Feature Premieres To Rave Reviews at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood

‘Motherland,’ which HuffPost’s Thom Senzee called ‘Most Anticipated Documentary Film of 2022,’ by Vic Gerami, premiered on Thursday night to a standing ovation. The red-carpet event was held on Thursday, July 7, at the historic Raleigh Studios Hollywood

One hundred and forty guests included elected officials, celebrities, and other high-profile public figures. They were there to support the film that brings attention to Azerbaijan’s, Turkey’s brutal invasion of Artsakh in 2020, the massacre of 5,000+ indigenous Armenians, and the two nations’ ongoing campaign of hate, violence, and disinformation. 

Director, producer and writer Vic Gerami opened the program with a moment of silence for the 5,000+ Armenians martyred in 2020. Congresswoman Judy Chu gave a speech before the curtain and presented commendations to the filmmakers. Other elected officials were Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, LA County Assessor Jeff PrangGlendale Mayor Ardy Kassakhian, and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who could not attend, sent commendations to the filmmaking team. 

Other notable guests were Shant Sahakian, executive director of the Armenian American Museum, Alex Mohajer, President of the Stonewall Democratic Club, LA Sheriff Candidate Eric Strong, actress Kat Kramer, producer Larry Kasanoff, Levon P. Thorose with Knights of Vartan, and Western Regional Director of the Armenian Assembly of American Mihran Toumajan.

Sponsors of the premiere included Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Councilmember Paul Koretz, renowned attorney Mark Geragos, Davit, Asatryan, CA State Commissioner Sam Kbushyan, and Gary Shkhrdumyan. 

Produced and directed by Los Angeles-based Armenian American journalist and activist Vic Gerami, ‘Motherland’ is a new feature-length documentary film about the genocidal assault and the violent ethnic cleansing unleashed on September 27, 2020, by Azerbaijan and Turkey on the Republic of Artsakh. The 120-minute documentary film focuses unwavering attention on the coordinated, systematic, and wholly unprovoked genocidal attack and ethnic cleansing against the Armenians of Artsakh, also known as Nagorno-Karabakh.

‘Motherland exposes the unprovoked genocidal attack and ethnic cleansing that nations of Azerbaijan and Turkey unleashed on the independent Republic of Artsakh in 2020 and massacred more than 5,000 indigenous Armenians while world leaders watched in deafening silence,’ said Vic Gerami. He added, ‘This largely ignored crime against humanity against Russia’s neighbor was partly Putin’s dry-run and a precursor to his brutal invasion of Ukraine.’ 

Congresswoman Judy Chu expressed her support on the red carpet by saying, ‘It is so wonderful to be able to have this documentary. I did go to Artsakh. I was able to witness what a beautiful and charming place it is. And when I heard about the attack by Azerbaijan, I was just horrified to hear about the many thousands that died, the refugees that were created that cannot go back home, and the prisoners of war that are still there. So, we are doing what we can in Congress. But what is really disturbing is the world doesn’t know enough about this. That’s what this documentary can do. It can provide a light on what is going on in Artsakh.’

About Vic Gerami, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian said, ‘Thank you for producing a resource that honors the memory of those who have been lost while raising awareness about the invasion and its subsequent impact on world affairs.’ 

Glendale Mayor stated, ‘Your {Vic Gerami’s} work elevates the voices of those fighting for human rights around the world.’

Cecile Keshishian said, ‘Congratulations for your beautiful ‘Motherland Documentary’… shook us to the core… Proud to have an Armenian of your talents and caliber.’ 

Producer Larry Kasanoff commented, ‘Really fast paced and well done… I travel a lot, have been to Central Asia, know all about the Armenian holocaust in 1915, and honestly, never heard of Artsakh. So it was eye opening.’

Vic Gerami is an award-winning journalist, columnist, media commentator, and the host of his prime-time headline news + politics radio program THE BLUNT POST with VIC (TBPV) on Independent + Progressive Radio KPFK 90.7 FM (Pacifica Network). Vic is also the editor + publisher of The Blunt Post

Gerami founded the Truth And Accountability League (TAAL), a 501©3 non-profit organization that advocates for Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and Armenia. TAAL monitors & addresses Armenophobia, extremism & bigotry around the globe on the level of media, including social media, public policy, academia, and intelligentsia. 

In 2015, Gerami was referenced in the landmark Supreme Court civil rights case, Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court held in a 5–4 decision that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process and the Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Please click here for more information about Vic Gerami.

Instagram: @vicgerami Facebook: facebook.com/vic.gerami Twitter: @vicgerami

Photos Courtesy of Nelson Shen, Tshombe Sampson. Video Courtesy of Bionic Buzz.

Star-Studded Inaugural Moonlight Gala Spotlights CARE – Children With Special Needs

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 23: <> attends the first annual “Moonlight Gala” benefitting CARE - Children With Special Needs - hosted by Michael Cayre, Roy Nachum and MegaMoon Museum at Casa Cipriani on June 23, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for CARE For Special Children )

The first annual “Moonlight Gala” benefiting CARE – Children With Special Needs – took place at Casa Cipriani on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 in the Great Hall ballroom. The gala was co-hosted by Michael Cayre, Roy Nachum, MegaMoon Museum, Casa Cipriani, and Richie Akiva.

Michael and Shirley Cayre (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for CARE For Special Children )

The gala honored Ivan Soto-Wright of MoonPay and Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX. A headlining performance took place by Grammy winning recording artist Miguel, with opening remarks by Mayor Eric Adams and CARE founder Meyer Safdieh with wife Victoria Safdieh. The program was emceed by retail real estate mogul and respected philanthropist Harry Adjmi. 

Mayor Adams (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for CARE For Special Children )

The impressive 450 person gala, hosted by New York real estate developer Michael Cayre and renowned artist and NFT entrepreneur Roy Nachum, raised over 7 Million dollars for CARE organization. Hospitality and nightlife entrepreneur Richie Akiva who chaired and co-hosted the evening also spoke on stage during the gala about his work with CARE, and hosted the afterparty which followed in the concourse ballroom, featuring DJ sets by Juske and Rachel Winters. Other committee chair members included notable art dealer Helly Nahmad, investor Patrick Finnegan, celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz and Sophie Cohen.

Richie Akiva, Michael Cayre, Roy Nachum (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for CARE For Special Children )

Additional VIPS and talent in attendance included Paolo Zampolli, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gigi Hadid, Evan Mock, Moj Mahdara, Luma Grothe, Jacob Arabo, Patrick Carroll, Bo Dietl, Margo Urban, Eytan Rockaway, Ju Wong, Cami Tellez, Gabby Westbrook, Inga Rubenstein, Marta Pozzan, Nastya Swan, Sophie Sumner, Madi Webb, Natalia Bulycheva, Susanne Knipper, Julia Banas, Regitze Christensen, Mary Leest, Giuseppe Giofre, Enly Tammela and many more.

Event partners included FTX, Akiva’s new SOCIETE ultra exclusive membership club, Vito Schnabel Gallery, Jacob & Co., Give Well, Moonpay, MegaMoon Museum and MegaMoon Crown Kids

Due to the generosity of attendees, CARE is facilitating grants to over 18 diverse organizations including: Make-A-Wish, Columbia University Pediatrics, Child Mind Institute and Reach for the Stars Learning Center, among many others. 

The evening’s live auction was led by Sotheby’s and featured incredible artwork including original pieces from Vito Schnabel Gallery by Jordy Kerwick ($75k value) and Fransesco Clemente ($150k value), an Alec Monopoly “Godfather” painting ($120k value), an Enoc Perez `Untitled 2014” and Martin Mull “Black Moshanon 2000” courtesy of Tico Mugrabi (Valued at $66k), and two original Peter Tunney pieces, “It’s All Good” and “Show Me The Monet,” (Valued at $110k). The live auction featured high end watches such as an Astronomia Solar Planets Zodiac luxury watch by Jacob Arabo (Jacob & Co) valued at $350k, a Patek Philippe 6168G Blue Dial watch ($165k value) and both a Rolex GMT Master II 2022 ($25k value) and Rolex Cellini King Midas ($25k), all courtesy of Allan Mendlowitz. The auction also included one-of-a-kind experiences such as a private box suite for 18 to see Harry Styles at MSG courtesy of Al Palagonia ($50k value), a private jet + trip to Bacalar, Mexico for four nights with three luxury villas at Habitas ($125k value), a NYFW experience with supermodel Gigi Hadid including two runaway seats and a backstage meet and greet plus dressing for the show by her celebrity stylist Mimi Cuttrell, and a multi-day lavish staycation package for two nights in the Presidential Suite at Casa Cipriani inclusive of dinner for two and in-room massages for two in the $7k per night luxury suite ($25k value). 

On the NFT front, MegaMoon Museum auctioned off an original Roy Nachum “Moon Ranger” oil painting, digital video and NFT combination package ($550k value), followed by a BAYC NFT Bored Ape courtesy of FTX, with a rarity score of over 340, which went for $460k.  

MegaMoon Museum, the evening’s title sponsor,  founded by Nachum and Cayre, is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of digital art and NFTs. The museum, located in New York City, will provide the largest immersive space for the creative community and will be the first institutional space to educate, exhibit and sell NFTs, located at the base of The World Trade Center directly across from Oculus, set to open in 2023, with architecture by Mercer Project.

(Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for CARE For Special Children )

Following dinner, a touching video presentation by CARE founders Meyer Safdieh with his wife Victoria Safdieh took place, followed by the live auction, remarks by host Michael Cayre, and an incredible performance by Grammy winning recording artist Miguel to close out the evening’s programming, before transitioning into the after party space.

CARE’s Mission is to help parents of children with autism, seizures, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, development delay and undiagnosed disorders. Families turn to CARE as the multitude of challenges affect them and their family for the first step. They meet with each family and customize a plan, offering emotional and material support, holding their hand through their journey, offering grants to qualifying families. Some examples of support include school placement guidance, volunteers to the home, counseling referrals and support groups, assisting to coordinate state funding for the families with nursing, SSI, and more, help secure eligibility for the government services and programs, etc.

For more information on CARE visit them at www.careforspecial.org and follow on social media @careforspecialchildren. 

Gallery Photos: Darian DiCianno/BFA.com

Featured Image: Richie Akiva and Miguel

Save the Date: Concern Foundation for Cancer Research 45th Annual Block Party – July 9

On Saturday evening, July 9, 2022, Concern Foundation’s 47th Annual Block Party https://www.concernfoundation.org/block-party  will be back on the block at Paramount Studios Hollywood after two years of virtual events due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns. The anticipated sold-out event is expected to be attended by over 3,500 guests with a goal to exceed our previous record $1.8 million dollars raised for cancer research.

The backlot streets will be filled with plenty of musical and interactive entertainment on multiple stages featuring the Tom Nolan Band, D’ City Sound & Events, and the Vibrato Grill Jazz stage. Throughout the venue guests will find photo studios, lounges, casino style gaming, and spa services provided by the Beauty Bus Foundation. One of the highlights of the evening will be the online silent and live auctions underwritten by ZACUTO GROUP that will feature items and packages including one-of-a-kind opportunities, concert and event tickets, restaurants, staycations, golf packages and so many other wonderful items donated by our friends throughout the community.

For the 16th year, Concern is honored to celebrate The Best of LA 2022® on Los Angeles magazine’s street, which will feature lounges, photo booths, food stations, DJ dancing and much, much more. Once again, Los Angeles magazine will donate another $25,000 to Concern to help further our mission.

When:  Saturday, July 9th, 2022, at 6pm

Where:  Backlot of Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood (5515 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038). 

Who:  This year Concern will be honoring entrepreneurs, philanthropists and community leaders Janet Crown and Steve Robinson with the first ever Larry Powell Spirit of Concern Award named after one of the founders of the organization.

Restaurants: Great food and beverages will be found up and down every street including notable mainstays of the Block Party, such as Vibrato Grill Jazz, Factor’s Famous Deli, Bar Hayama & the California Sushi Academy, The Drago Group, Porta Via, Maria’s Italian Kitchen, and Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs just to name a few. Joining Concern for the first time are H&H Brazilian Steakhouse, Gion Beverly Hills, Conservatory West Hollywood, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, Milagro Tequila, Bé Ù, Little Llama Peruvian Tacos, Deutsch Family, Brontë Bakes with many more joining every day.

Silent auction is now LIVE: https://one.bidpal.net/bp2022/browse/all

Dancing With Films Review: ‘Screwdriver’

By Rachael Fisher

The trailer only hinted at the amount of pain protagonist Emily would endure at her stay. Screwdriver, written and directed by Cairo Smith is a chilling neo-gothic psychological thriller that tested the theater’s audience with its high levels of suspense and emotional rollercoaster of mind games. 

Screwdriver tests young Emily (played by AnnaClare Hicks), a woman whose fiance left her and her old life behind. She breaks down, distraught and searching for answers. Little did we know, her fiance’s decision only cracked at a small layer compared to the damage her stay would cause. Staying with her old high school friend Robert (Charlie Farrell) and his uptight pharmacologist wife Melissa (Milly Sanders) tempts her in no way she has been before. Manipulation, power, and mind control all contribute to breaking down this bright girl’s steady mind to mush. 

The intention of trust and hidden agendas are toyed with. Director Smith influences are clearly spotted from famous films such as Rosemary’s Baby. The sound design and composition of the film pieced the stakes together. AnnaClare Hick’s performance was outstanding, and we were quivering right there with her. The couple’s performances, Charlie Farrell and Milly Sanders, strongly executed the pressure of high stakes from their own motives from the heightened scenes to the passive manipulation. 

When questioned as to how far one could go with exploring a concept such as this one, the director brilliantly answered that he leaned into the ‘uncomfortability’ and allowed it to carry him further with this piece. That is the exact reaction he received from audiences who left the TCL Theatres. “ It’s a parable, a thriller, a comedy, and a reflection on the ways we build our lives in a world growing ever more fraught,” says Smith. He set out to push those limits for his viewers, and that he did. 

Featured Image Courtesy of Tshombe Sampson.

Dances with Films Festival Reviews: Shorts Spotlight – June 12, 2022

By Rachael Fisher

In these times, audiences are waiting to laugh, to jump, to tear up and to learn or dive into another realm to escape. These films not only transported the audience, making the chorus of laughs or shared moments of silence an event, but everyone who stepped out of that theater left feeling deeply about each one of the shorts which premiered that evening. 

The screenings were not only the highlight of the night, but the interviews afterwards which revealed that most of these films and issues each filmmaker set out to tackle were actually based on a fraction of their own lives. 

Unbridaled

The Dances with Films festival kicked off this shorts sequence with a bold comedy. A film that had audience members cracking laughs and jokes along with the absurdness of the short and the situation the story put the two lovable leads in. Unbridaled opens in the woods, in the absolute middle of nowhere. We follow a snake sliding up a rock to a sleeping Catherine (Caitlin Simpson). Her screams wake her sleeping stepsister, wild child Maxie (Mischa Dani Goodman). Catherine’s sash reads’ Bride and Maxie’s “Maid of Honor.” Catherine, a girl too uptight for her own good, is going to miss her big day. From the plot twists and turns, we are invited into their relationship and the chaos that endows upon the two’s lives including this mess of a wedding. In the interview portion of the festival, director Chelsea Bryn Lockie’s inspiration for it all was revealed to be right between the two actors and their own whirlwind of a friendship. The comedy was clever and the actors’ performances granted us all with a gift worth giving, a contagious sense of humor. 

The Bond

The Bond, a powerful short about incarcerated mothers and women with child. Ashley Wilkerson’s performance as the lead, Aria, delivers. Aria is pregnant and fights to attain model status to keep her baby and get accepted into the nursery program at the facility. Wilkerson allowed the emotion and power to guide her performance. Intuitively, she trusted where the character and the character’s circumstances carried her. On top of the performances, director  Jahmil Eady made the direct decision to humanize every character in the script. This includes not only the pregnant incarcerated women but the nurses in the hospital, to even the male guards who arch from their original notions and assumptions about the women. 

The short hit all of the pivotal arching moments for the lead and her journey, including the 

pivotal scene where Aria gives birth in the hospital. She is handcuffed to the cot pushing with her might with the cuff’s chains rattling as she fights to keep delivering. We see the fight within her own mind for herself and for the child. It was not only scenes like these that moved audiences, but the connecting factor that this was the birth story of director, Jahmil Eady. 

Chorus

A father and son’s journey of grief. Chorus opens with a father cooking up breakfast for his son until Jules (Charlie Shotwell) drums a beat. He crashes the symbols and his father leaves the stove to join in with his guitar. The noise echoes through their home, a bonding moment between the two. The noise doesn’t only cancel out the smoke detector from the burning breakfast but the ringing phone and beep of the voice message. That message was the last words she would ever give to her son and husband. All happens on the morning of 9/11. 

Shotwell’s performance as Jules and Tate Ellington’s as the father carried all of the weight between a grieving relationship between father and son. Writer and director Daniel J. Egbert’s script was eloquently delivered into this vision. From the locations, to the lighting, to the sequence of character building throughout, it all was reflective of the journey between the two. Every aspect had a direct purpose. From beginning to end, audiences watched and waited on the edge of their seats, to see what could come together of the two’s relationship.  There is no right answer to grieving a loss from a tragedy such as 9/11.

In that very audience watching the screening at the festival was the man who inspired the film itself, the director’s father, a first responder officer on 9/11. Egbert dedicated this piece to him for his courage and strength. While thanking his family for his secondary inspiration for their connection and bond through their love of music. 

*see Rachael’s previous review of Coffined at 15 by Gayatri Kumar, part of the same shorts track at Dances With Films. 

Photos courtesy of Dances With Films.

CHANEL Rocks The 15th Annual Tribeca Film Festival at Annual Artists Dinner

Penelope Cruz, Robert De Niro

On Monday, June 13th, CHANEL hosted the 15th annual Tribeca Festival Artists Dinner at Balthazar in New York City. The evening honored the artists who have contributed original artwork to the festival’s award-winning filmmakers. This year’s contributing artists included: Garry Simmons, Deborah Roberts, Nicoletta Darita de la Brown, February James, Ming Smith, Leilah Babirye, Ouattara Watts, Hank Willis Thomas, Nina Chanel Abney and Wardell Milan. This year’s program was curated by Racquel Chevremont.

Notable guests included: Tribeca Co-Founder Robert De Niro and Chief Content Officer Paula Weinstein, Penélope Cruz (Actress), Whitney Peak (Actress), Lucy Boynton (Actress), Lily Allen (Singer), Cazzie David (Actress), Rebecca Dayan (Actress), Sadie Sink (Actress), Andrew Garfield (actor), Chase Sui Wonders (Actress), Jemima Kirke (Actress), Diana Silvers (Actress), Sofia Black D’Elia (Actress), Clairo (Singer), Gracie Abrams (Singer/ Songwriter), Dianna Agron (Actress), Denée Benton (Actress), Quannah Rose Chasinghorse-Potts (Activist/ Model), Vivienne Rohner (Model), Christy Turlington (Model & Humanitarian), Ed Burns (Actor), B.J. Novak (Actor), Lilly Burns (Television Producer), Zosia Mamet (Actress), Kyra Sedwick (Actress), Judith Light (Actress), Hailey Gates (Actress, Model, Director & Journalist), Justin Bartha (Actor), Grace Gummer (Actress), Annabelle Dexter Jones (Actress), Odessa Young (Actress), Kyle Maclachlan (Actor), Myha’la Herrold (Actress), Havana Rose Liu (Actress & Model), Sydney Chandler (Actress), Jayme Lawson (Actress), Oge Egbuonu (Producer), Rain Spencer (Actress), Andie MacDowell (Actress), Amandla Stenberg (Actress), Evan Mock (Actor), Zac Posen (Designer), Lauren Santo Domingo (Founder of Moda Operandi), Genesis Tramaine (Painter), Darren Aronofsky (Director), Chiara Clemente (Director), Chloe Wise (Painter), Cleo Wade (Author, Artist and Activist), Fabiola Beracasa Beckman (Producer), Rosanna Arquette (Actress), Harley Viera Newton (Model & DJ), Theo Wenner (Theo Wenner), Racquel Chevremont (American Curator, Collector, Co-founder of Deux Femmes Noir), Jonathan Penner (Actor), Sarah Hoover (Art Consultant & Writer), Leo Villareal (Art Consultant), Vito Schabel (Art Curator & Owner of Vito Schnabel Gallery), Leilah Babirye (Visual Artist), Julian De Niro (Actor), Rose Troche (Director), Rajendra Roy (Chief / Curator of Film at the Museum of Metropolitan Art), Tommy Dorfman (Actress), Desiree Gruber (Producer), JR (artist), Wardell Milan (Visual Artist), Jill Kargman (Author, Writer & Actress), Nicoletta De La Brown (Performance Artist, Sculptor & Filmmaker), Derrick Adams (Visual Artist), Natalya Poniatowski (Founder of Luxecartel), Rachelle Hruska Macpherson (Founder of Lingua Franca), Ming Smith (Photographer), Brett Heyman (Founder of Edie Parker), Thelma Golden (Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem), Yvonne Force Villareal (Art Consultant) and Federico De Francesco (Director) among many others.

This partnership reflects CHANEL’s continuous commitment to creation and artistry in their varied forms. Throughout history, art has played an integral role at the House of CHANEL. House founder and visionary Gabrielle Chanel surrounded herself with the leading artists of her time, drawing inspiration and support from her fellow creative peers. CHANEL is honored to continue its support of the annual Tribeca Artists Dinner, which celebrates the leading filmmakers and artists of our time, and the rich tradition of artists supporting artists.

#ChanelTribeca2022 #CHANELinCinema

Photos: Matteo Prandoni/BFI.com

Reviews by Rachael |Dances With Films: “Coffined at 15” by Gayatri Kumar

By Rachael Fisher

“Afghanistan – one of the most dangerous places for women today.” – filmmaker Gayatri Kumar

Gayatri Kumar at Opening Night Dances With Films

Words cannot begin to describe the torture or torment these girls are put through at such a young age. Filmmaker Gayatri Kumar captures the fear, horror and pain the Taliban has caused to not just one, but several families all at once in only a few minutes. 

The short film gives us the perspective of one young bride, Rihana and her downfall at the hands of her fathers’ choice. She kneels next to her father to begin the ceremony, veil covering her eyes. Just as the door opens to reveal the groom, in walks the Taliban. The veil is off and Rihana begs for her life. Her father pushes away her family and young brother fighting to get to her. 

When the father locks the rest of the family away, they watch as Rihana is taken and dropped into the coffin. The Taliban fires their guns in celebration as Rihana cries for her family and begs for freedom. 

In the beginning of the film, we do not see Rihana’s father, only his legs which kick at the family trying to reach their beloved daughter. His face and expression is then revealed as he graciously welcomes the Taliban, with his eyes focused on the duty to send his daughter away.

In the end, we witness his one lasting second to possibly stray from his choice, but instead, he hammers the last nail on his own daughter’s coffin to be sent away to the Taliban. The cries from the family and the banging of their fists on the door fight the laughter and mockery of the Taliban partying of their new capture. 

Her father, the one to make the decision, was the one man who betrayed them all. 

Kumar’s careful choices were evident throughout the film. Such as her choice to cast real Afghan refugees who fled to Delhi, India after facing harassment and trauma from the Taliban to taking a stand as a female American filmmaker to direct such a piece. 

Kumar sends a message to all audiences that the Afghan women’s cries are heard and it is our response to care. The cries in the film from Rihana’s family were not only for this girl’s story, but for the many others whose lives were stolen away from them.

Coffined at 15 will have its world premiere at 5 p.m. PST at Dances With Films at TCL Theatres in Hollywood. Tickets available now at:  https://danceswithfilms.com/coffined-at-15/ 

The Paros Foundation’s Peter Abajian Becomes Newest Member Of One of 2022’s Most Anticipated Documentaries “Motherland”

Renowned leader in the Armenian American community, Peter Abajian has teamed up with the acclaimed producers of Motherland, a much-anticipated, feature-length documentary film about Azerbaijan’s concerted campaign of violence, deception, and burgeoning genocide against the Armenian civilians of Artsakh.

In addition to his new role as a development producer, Peter Abajian is the executive director of The Paros Foundation. Abajian is supporting the production of filmmaker-journalist and Los Angeles-based national radio host Vic Gerami’s penetrating investigation into the global community’s impotent response to war crimes being committed on a daily basis by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s military as enabled and augmented by a cadre of regional allies led by Turkish forces under the control of Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

‘I care passionately about the future of Armenia, and I take great pride in contributing to its development. During the 2020 War, using whatever resources we could muster, we tried to spread the word and engage the world community to engage and assist our brothers and sisters in Artsakh against the Azeris and their corrupt regime,’ said Abajian.

Abajian has worked in the Armenian American community for almost 30 years. He worked with the Armenian Assembly from 1995-to 2006. During this time, Abajian worked with both the Armenian community and the U.S. Congress to promote a stronger U.S. – Armenia relationship while simultaneously working on expanding the Assembly’s membership and financial support. Nationally, he spearheaded efforts to raise new sources of revenue, organizing several successful national events and serving as one of the organization’s chief spokespeople. In 2006, Abajian and his family moved to Armenia and formally launched and led the Paros Foundation. He and his wife, Houry, are proud parents of identical twin daughters. 

‘It means a great deal to have someone of Peter’s caliber join our team. I’ve admired his work and The Paros Foundation for many years, so this is a tremendous honor,’ said Vic Gerami. 

According to Motherland’s producers, front-and-center and even more compelling than the film’s list of high-profile supporters, participants, and willing interviewees – among them Congressman Adam Schiff (D–California), Sen. Bob Mendez (D–New Jersey), and Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-New Jersey)– the real attraction that draws to it passionate support is the desperate need for sunlight to reveal the scale and the savagery of murders being committed in Artsakh by oil- and gas-wealthy Azerbaijan, as well as ever-present Turkey and both countries’ regional and strategic allies. 

‘Motherland tells the story that needs to be told, and I am proud to be a part of it,’ Abajian added.

Adding national visibility, Peter Abajian is now in league with the renowned criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos, California State Commissioner Sam Kbushyan, Dr. Nishan Odabashian, Lilit Dolkarian Odabashian, Judy Saryan, Dr. Armen Vartany, Oshin Harootoonian, Jacob Bournazian, and Professor John Dennem as Motherland producers.  

Previously, Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who secured a symbolically important grant from the City of Los Angeles for the film, congratulated Gerami, Geragos, and Motherland’s entire production team on recruiting Commissioner Kbushyan.

“With the addition of Sam, this team continues to impress,’ said Councilman O’Farrell. ‘This film will help give much-needed attention to the injustices in Artsakh.”

56th Karlovy Vary Film Festival Unveils Lineup

The 56th edition of the Czech fest will feature 33 movies, including 27 world premieres.

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival unveiled the lineup for its 56th edition which features 33 movies, including 27 world premieres, screening in three sections.

The program for the Czech fest, unveiled by artistic director Karel Och, includes a special screening of drama June Zero, which explores true stories surrounding the 1962 execution of Adolf Eichmann — one of the key architects of the Holocaust — in Israel through three characters. The film, directed by Jake Paltrow (Young Ones, De Palma), was shot in Israel and Ukraine.

The festival’s program is set to feature the Crystal Globe competition, a Special Screenings section, and a new competition called Proxima; featuring young filmmakers and auteur-driven movies that defy categorization and traditional categorizations of genre

CRYSTAL GLOBE COMPETITION

America
Director: Ofir Raul Graizer
Israel, Germany, Czech Republic

Chemi otakhi / A Room of My Own
Director: Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze
Georgia, Germany

Edna provintsialna bolnitsa / A Provincial Hospital
Director: Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva
Bulgaria, Germany

Fucking Bornholm
Director: Anna Kazejak
Poland

Hranice lásky / The Borders of Love
Director: Tomasz Wiński
Czech Republic, Poland

Isihia 6-9 / Silence 6-9
Director: Christos Passalis
Greece

The Ordinaries
Director: Sophie Linnenbaum
Germany

Slovo / The Word
Director: Beata Parkanová
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland

Tabestan Ba Omid / Summer With Hope
Director: Sadaf Foroughi
Canada

Tenéis que venir a verla / You Have to Come and See It
Director: Jonás Trueba
Spain

Tooi tokoro / A Far Shore
Director: Masaaki Kudo
Japan

Vesper
Director: Kristina Buožytè, Bruno Samper
Lithuania, France, Belgium


PROXIMA COMPETITION

A pak přišla láska… / And Then There Was Love…
Director: Šimon Holý
Czech Republic

Los Agitadores / Horseplay
Director: Marco Berger
Argentina

Au grand jour / In Broad Daylight
Director: Emmanuel Tardif
Canada

Balaye aseman zire ab / Like a Fish on the Moon
Director: Dornaz Hajiha
Iran

Głupcy / Fools
Director: Tomasz Wasilewski
Poland, Romania, Germany

Još jedno proleće / Another Spring
Director: Mladen Kovačević
Serbia, Qatar

La pietà / Piety
Director: Eduardo Casanova
Spain, Argentina

Ramona
Director: Andrea Bagney
Spain

Stric / The Uncle
Director: David Kapac, Andrija Mardešić
Croatia, Serbia

Tinnitus
Director: Gregorio Graziosi
Brazil

Zkouška umění / ART talent show
Director: Tomáš Bojar, Adéla Komrzý
Czech Republic

Zoo Lock Down
Director: Andreas Horvath
Austria

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Banger.
Director: Adam Sedlák
Czech Republic

June Zero
Director: Jake Paltrow
USA, Israel

The Killing of a Journalist
Director: Matt Sarnecki
Denmark, USA, Czech Republic

Mein Vater, der Fürst / My Father, The Prince
Director: Lukas Sturm, Lila Schwarzenberg
Austria, Czech Republic

PSH Neverending Story
Director: Štěpán FOK Vodrážka
Czech Republic

Rubikon
Director: Magdalena Lauritsch
Austria

Velká premiéra / Big Opening
Director: Miroslav Krobot
Czech Republic

You Won’t Be Alone / Nikdy nebudeš sama
Director: Goran Stolevski
Australia / United Kingdom / Serbia

L’ îlot / Like an Island
Director: Tizian Büchi
Switzerland

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