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Cannes 2023 – Special Issue

Indie Entertainment Media is proud to unveil its 2023 Cannes special issue, featuring a story on this year’s Jury President Ruben Östlund by Lena Basse, an exclusive interview with Bobby Colomby and John Scheinfeld on the new documentary What The Hell Happened To Blood, Sweat & Tears?, a piece about the legacy of the Festival de Cannes by Claude Brickell, a spotlight on FilmHedge founder Jon Gosier, an event recap of Jonathan Baker’s annual Oscar  soirée, interviews with Global Entertainment Showcase panelists Diana Madison, Chadwick Pelletier and Viviane Winthrop; filmmaker Danny A. Abeckaser’s  Marché du Film offerings, the official program of the fifth annual French Riviera Film Festival, and much more. And, we simply adore our original cover artwork by New York artist Cindy Shaoul. See you on the Croisette!

– Nicole Goesseringer Muj, Editor-In-Chief

Oscars 2023 Special Edition

IEM’s 2023 Academy Awards Issue is themed “Elvis is Oscar,” featuring a front cover and photo essay celebrating the King of Rock ‘n Roll, starring Jonathan Baker and Dustin Quick. with photographs by Eric Minh Swenson and Tshombe Sampson. The issue also features an interview with Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett by Lena Basse; interviews by yours truly with nominees Kim Magnusson (Ivalu), Cyrus Neshvad (The Red Suitcase), and EO producer Eileen Tasca; a special tribute to iconic actor Paul Sorvino, an editorial by Claude Brickell titled ‘My Policeman: Linear vs. Non-Linear Storytelling’; and a spotlight on legendary fashion designer Sue Wong’s recent party to unveil her Palazzo Marrakesh. We hope you enjoy!

– Nicole Goesseringer Muj, Editor-in-Chief. IEM

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.

The Official Selection for the 77th Festival de Cannes Unveiled

Announcement of the Official Selection 2024 © Mathilde Petit / FDC
The Official Selection for the 77th Festival de Cannes was announced today during the annual meeting with the French and international press, in the presence of Iris Knobloch, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate.
IN COMPETITION
Film d’ouverture
LE DEUXIÈME ACTE by Quentin DUPIEUX – Out of Competition (THE SECOND ACT) 
THE APPRENTICE by Ali ABBASI
MOTEL DESTINO by Karim AÏNOUZ
BIRD by Andrea ARNOLD
EMILIA PEREZ by Jacques AUDIARD
ANORA by Sean BAKER
MEGALOPOLIS by Francis Ford COPPOLA
THE SHROUDS by David CRONENBERG
THE SUBSTANCE by Coralie FARGEAT
GRAND TOUR by Miguel GOMES
MARCELLO MIO by Christophe HONORÉ
FENG LIU YI DAI by JIA Zhang-Ke (CAUGHT BY THE TIDES)
ALL WE IMAGINE AS LIGHT by Payal KAPADIA
KINDS OF KINDNESS by Yórgos LÁNTHIMOS
L’AMOUR OUF by Gilles LELLOUCHE
DIAMANT BRUT by Agathe RIEDINGER |  1er film (WILD DIAMOND)
OH CANADA by Paul SCHRADER
LIMONOV – THE BALLAD by Kirill SEREBRENNIKOV
PARTHENOPE by Paolo SORRENTINO
PIGEN MED NÅLEN by Magnus VON HORN (THE GIRL WITH THE NEEDLE)

UN CERTAIN REGARD
NORAH  by Tawfik ALZAIDI
THE SHAMELESS  by Konstantin BOJANOV
LE ROYAUME by Julien COLONNA | 1st film
VINGT DIEUX ! by Louise COURVOISIER | 1st film
LE PROCÈS DU CHIEN by Laetitia DOSCH | 1st film (WHO LET THE DOG BITE?)
GOU ZHEN by GUAN Hu (BLACK DOG)
THE VILLAGE NEXT TO PARADISE by Mo HARAWE | 1st film
SEPTEMBER SAYS by Ariane LABED | 1st film
L’HISTOIRE DE SOULEYMANE by Boris LOJKINE
THE DAMNED by Roberto MINERVINI
ON BECOMING A GUINEA FOWL by Rungano NYONI
BOKU NO OHISAMA by Hiroshi OKUYAMA (MY SUNSHINE)
SANTOSH by Sandhya SURI
VIET AND NAM by TRUONG Minh Quý
ARMAND by Halfdan ULLMANN TØNDEL | 1st film
OUT OF COMPETITION
SHE’S GOT NO NAME by CHAN Peter Ho-Sun
HORIZON, AN AMERICAN SAGA by Kevin COSTNER
RUMOURS by Evan JOHNSON, Galen JOHNSON, Guy MADDIN
FURIOSA : A MAD MAX SAGA by George MILLER
MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIOR WALLED IN by Soi CHEANG
THE SURFER by Lorcan FINNEGAN
LES FEMMES AU BALCON by Noémie MERLANT (THE BALCONETTES)
I, THE EXECUTIONER by RYOO Seung Wan
CANNES PREMIÈRE
EVERYBODY LOVES TOUDA by Nabil AYOUCH
C’EST PAS MOI by Leos CARAX
EN FANFARE by Emmanuel COURCOL (THE MATCHING BANG)
MISÉRICORDE by Alain GUIRAUDIE
LE ROMAN DE JIM by Arnaud LARRIEU and Jean-Marie LARRIEU
RENDEZ-VOUS AVEC POL POT by Rithy PANH
SPECIAL SCREENINGS
LE FIL by Daniel AUTEUIL
ERNEST COLE, LOST AND FOUND by Raoul PECK
THE INVASION  by Sergei LOZNITSA
APPRENDRE by Claire SIMON
LA BELLE DE GAZA by Yolande ZAUBERMAN

Kevin Costner to Present ‘Horizon, An American Saga’ at 77th Cannes Film Festival

Horizon, An American Saga © Warner Bros.
Legendary actor/director Kevin Costner will return to the Cannes Film Festival, presenting the out-of-competition screening of his latest film Horizon, An American Saga, scheduled for Sunday, May 19, 2024.

“I’d like to thank the Festival de Cannes for including my film Horizon, An American Saga in this year’s selection,” says Costner. “It’s been 20 years since I’ve had the pleasure of being on the Croisette. I’ve been waiting for the right time to return and I’m proud to say that this time has come. Horizon, An American Saga is a story that began 35 years ago, and I can’t think of a better place than Cannes to reveal to the world the result of such a wonderful adventure. The French have always supported films and believed deeply in filmmaking. Just as I believe deeply in my film…” 

After his recent successful TV series projects, Hatfields and McCoys and Yellowstone, Costner returns with Horizon, An American Saga, starring Sienna Miller, Sam Worthington and Jena Malone in the lead roles. The film will be released in four episodes over several months.

The talented actor (Bull Durham, The Bodyguard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, JFK, A Perfect World, and many others) made his directorial debut in 1990 with Dances with Wolves, a humanist chronicle in which he plays an American Civil War soldier close to a Sioux tribe. Dances with Wolves has become a cult feature and was a critical and box-office success, winning seven Oscars including Best Picture. Costner is passionate about painting a portrait of America, including its origins, its flaws and its legends. As exemplified by Dances with Wolves, the Western has become his preferred genre for expressing his political commitment to democracy and the environment. 

Dances With Wolves / Photo: MovieStillsDB

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Quentin Dupieux’s Comedy ‘A Second Act’ to Open the 77th Festival de Cannes

By Elen Nivrae from Paris, France – Quentin Dupieux
Quentin Dupieux’s Le Deuxième Acte (The Second Act), the latest film from the prolific French director/screenwriter/musician, will open the 77th Festival de Cannes. Presented out of competition as a world premiere on the Croisette on Tuesday, May 14, this four-part comedy will be released in all French cinemas on the same day.

A filmmaker who embraces freedom – in tone, form and subject – Dupieux has freed himself from convention through an already extensive body of work, boasting 13 feature films in 17 years, establishing the absurd as a genre in its own right.

A road movie set against a backdrop of plastic surgery (Steak), a killer tire (Rubber), cops without crime (Wrong Cops), a director in search of the best scream (Reality), a giant fly trained by thugs (Mandibles), a cellar with time-space powers (Incredible but True)…
Like Dupieux’s previous works, The Second Act shows itself to be a new mise en abyme around acting – already one of the central themes of films Yannick and Daaaaaali! 

The cast features Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon and Louis Garrel, all who enter Quentin Dupieux’s zany universe for the first time, while Raphaël Quenard, who returns for the fourth time, after MandiblesSmoking Causes Coughing and Yannick.

The Opening Ceremony of the 77th Festival de Cannes will be broadcast live on France Télévisions and Brut. on Tuesday, May 14. Camille Cottin will serve as Master of Ceremony. Numerous cinemas in France will screen the ceremony and the opening film with the support of the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français  (FNCF) and in partnership with France Télévisions and Brut.
© Chi-Fou-Mi Productions
The Second Act by Quentin Dupieux
with Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Louis Garrel, Raphaël Quenard and Manuel Guillot
Synopsis: Florence wants to introduce David, the man she’s madly in love with, to her father Guillaume. But David isn’t attracted to Florence and wants to throw her into the arms of his friend Willy. The four characters meet in a restaurant in the middle of nowhere.
Production: Chi-Fou-Mi Productions 
French Distribution: Diaphana Distribution 
International sales: Kinology The film will be released in French cinemas on May 14, 2024.

‘A Fragile Flower’’s Nationwide Promotional ‘Cinetour’ Marks A Stunning Success, Selling Out On Every Stop Of The Tour

The 16 City Promotional VIP Screening Tour Offers A New Way to Market Film Theatrically

The award-winning romantic drama A Fragile Flower, the first ever Vietnamese feature film produced entirely in the United States, which launched theatrically nationwide on March 29th, was accompanied with a 16-city promotional USA ‘Cinetour,’ a series of special VIP events where filmgoers could see the film and have a chance to meet and mingle with key cast members and producers of the film. The brainchild of the film’s executive producer Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen, the Cinetour was a major success, selling out in every single city.

Georges Champchoum, Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen, Mai Thu Huyen, Nhat HaGeorges Chamchoum, Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen, Mai Thu Huyen, Nhat Ha Photo by Tshombe Sampson

“A Fragile Flower is a very special film, a romantic drama with a universal story that appeals to all audiences and all cultures,” comments Dr. Nguyen. “We created the Cinetour as a way to reach audiences, which proved to be a perfect way to spotlight our film and interact with foreign film enthusiasts from around the country.”

Sold out in every city, the Cinetour began on March 21st in Orange, California and March 23rd in Portland, Oregon, and continued on to 14 additional cities around the country, including San Jose, Las Vegas, San Antonio, and Chicago. The tour will end on April 4th at AMC Empire in New York City.

Produced by the visionary duo Mai Thu Huyền and Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen, A Fragile Flower is the captivating love story and musical drama, with a screenplay penned by Vietnamese singing sensation Nhat Ha. The critically acclaimed film is distributed in the United States by leading film distributor Atlas Distribution Company (https://atlasdistribution.com/). Recently, Til Lowery of Texas-based TL Global Inc. (https://www.tlglobalinc.com/) signed on as executive producer.

“The Cinetour for The Fragile Flower was a new concept in theatrical movie marketing,” adds Atlas Distribution’s CEO Harmon Kaslow. “We’re extremely pleased with the results, with each and every stop on the tour playing to packed houses. We hope to incorporate the Cinetour concept in the promotional plans for our future releases.”

Official Trailer

On March 29, A Fragile Flower premiered in California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Michigan, New Jersey/Pennsylvania, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington State in Regal, AMC and Cinemark Theatres. A full list of cities/theatres:

A poignant exploration of the main character’s personal trials, triumphs, and aspirations, A Fragile Flower tells the tale of resilience and hope through the eyes of a blossoming Vietnamese songstress blessed with both a mesmerizing voice and a gentle soul. The film boasts a talented cast of professional Vietnamese singers and actors, including Trizzie Phuong Trinh, Nhat Ha, Anh Dung, Khanh Hoang, Lam Tuyet Trang, Ho Xuan Dao, Duc Tien, Baggio Saetti, Jacky Tai, Jacqueline Thu Thảo, Jinstar Nguyen Duy along with Maya, Quoc Cuong and Mai Thu Huyen.

Last week, the film received top honors at the 2024 New Delhi Film Festival. A Fragile Flower was named Top 3rd Feature Film, International Competition at the festival’s awards ceremony held on March 28 in New Delhi. The film was the only Vietnamese film award recipient showcased at the festival, organized annually by Jaipur International Film Festival Trust, and among 29 films awarded from outside of India. This month, the film will debut in Vietnam at the Ho Chi Minh City International Film Festival, followed by theatrical runs in Vietnam in April and in India in May.

A Fragile Flower also recently received six awards at the FLOW Film Festival held in Hollywood, Florida, including the Best Film and Best Original Score awards, with individual awards included Jacqueline Nguyen being named Best Producer and Best First Time Filmmaker; Huong Thu Mai named Best Actress; and Mai Thu Huyền named Best Supporting Actress. All fourteen songs in the movie were performed by Nhat Ha, who is also the film’s scriptwriter.

For more information about A Fragile Flower, please visit the official website at https://afragileflower.com Follow the film on all social media platforms, using the hashtag #AFragileFlower.

About TINCOM MEDIA
Mai Thu Huyền and Jacqueline Thu Thảo: The dynamic duo behind TINCOM MEDIA of California, a production company dedicated to creating impactful and thought-provoking cinema. A Fragile Flower (Đoá Hoa Mong Manh) marks their latest addition to a portfolio recognized for its emotional depth and ability to connect with audiences worldwide. For more information, please visit: https://tincommedia.global/tincom

LA OPERA’s La Traviata Featuring American Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen Debuts on April 6th at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Rachel Willis-Sørensen

From April 6 through 27, LA Opera will present Giuseppe Verdi’s beloved romantic tragedy, La Traviata, starring soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen. Music Director James Conlon will conduct five of the six performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with Louis Lohraseb conducting the opera on April 18. The production, new to Los Angeles, is directed by Shawna Lucey.

“For 120 years, La Traviata has reigned as a supreme expression of the heightened emotions that can only be fully experienced in the opera house,” said Christopher Koelsch, LA Opera’s president and CEO. “This season’s gorgeous production, with James Conlon in the pit and Rachel Willis-Sørensen in the leading role, provides opera newcomers and seasoned aficionados alike with the perfect opportunity to see why Verdi’s masterpiece has held its place as one of the most beloved of all operas.”

Rachel Willis-Sørensen is known for her diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart to Wagner. A regular guest at the leading opera houses around the world, Le Monde enthused, “…the American soprano has without a doubt one of the most impressive voices in the opera world. The timbre, of marmoreal beauty, is striking, the projection telluric…”

About La Traviata
Violetta Valéry is the queen of Parisian nightlife for now, but she knows that life in the fast lane can’t last forever. The arrival of a fresh-faced suitor offers her an unexpected taste of true love, until society’s disapproval threatens to tear them apart.

La Traviata (“The Fallen Woman”) is based on the life of a real woman, Marie Duplessis (1824-1847), who rose from poverty to become one of 19th-century Paris’s most celebrated courtesans before dying at the age of 23 from tuberculosis. Writer Alexandre Dumas fils (one of her many lovers) based his romantic novel La Dame aux Camélias on their all-too-brief fling. He subsequently adapted it into a hugely successful play, upon which Verdi based his opera.

Marie’s tragically short life has also inspired filmmakers from the silent era to modern times. Notable screen adaptations of the story include the 1936 Greta Garbo classic Camille, the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman, which made Julia Roberts a superstar, and the 2001 musical Moulin Rouge! with Nicole Kidman. The latter was adapted into a smash hit stage musical of the same name, opening on Broadway in 2019 and drawing capacity crowds to this day.

La Traviata
by Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor: James Conlon

Director: Shawna Lucey

Violetta Valéry: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Alfredo Germont: Liparit Avetisyan
Giorgio Germont: Kihun Yoon

7:30pm on Saturday, April 6, 2024
at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Tickets available now: https://tickets.laopera.org/syos/performance/6333

Who You Gonna Call? – Kate Elfatah Reviews Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Kate Elfatah reviews Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.

“While I acknowledge that this movie may be viewed as a mere cash grab, I surprisingly found myself not disliking it. Despite entering with low expectations, it managed to exceed them. I appreciated the nostalgic nods and was pleasantly surprised by the decent comedy writing; it genuinely elicited laughter from me. It may not be a masterpiece, but if you’re seeking a film to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy a few chuckles, this one fits the bill quite nicely,” says Kate Elfatah.

In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family makes a pivotal decision to bid farewell to Summerville, Oklahoma, and return to the legendary New York City firehouse where it all began. There, they join forces with the original Ghostbusters, who have established a clandestine research facility aimed at elevating ghostbusting to unprecedented heights. However, the unearthing of an ancient artifact triggers the release of a malevolent force, necessitating a unified effort from both new and seasoned Ghostbusters to defend their turf and prevent the world from plunging into a catastrophic second Ice Age.

You can see all of Kate’s reviews on her YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@KatesMovieReviews

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Heather Marianna Makes Her Mark in the Bespoke Event Space With IGNITE Luxury Gifting Lounge

Presented by The Marianna Group  and Beauty Kitchen, Heather Marianna’s inaugural IGNITE Luxury Gifting Lounge was a smash successThis exclusive event, held on March 7, 2024 at The Ambrose Hotel in Santa Monica, celebrated the hard work of the Hollywood creative community during awards season and featured some of today’s newest luxury lifestyle brands. Guests experienced the Quantum Energy Wellness Bed, youthful beauty and make-up products, gourmet Asian-fusion cuisine, signature libations, exclusive gifts, and much more.

Title Sponsor was Void Space Technologies, while Presenting Sponsors included Ophora Water, Empress Gin, ATA Cosmetics (whose new Jade Applicator was one of my favorite product innovations), and renowned culinary genius Chef Katie Chin. Gold Sponsors featured Camilla Seretti Jewelry, Art Lewin Bespoke, Precious Vodka, Dulce Vida Tequila, Chef Evi, Hidden Hills Coffee Company, Beverly Hills Lux Rider, and FLORALn5 Los Angeles. Silver Sponsors included Skin Corrective, Blanche, The Reading Room, Tri Sprout Kratom, Marisa’s Brow Beauty Brow, I Am A Quintessential Woman, Royal Kinga, Barbie Layton, DD’s Bayou Kitchen, and NOTICE, with additional sponsors including Activation Agency, F.A.R.A.H. Blush Powder, Libra Lash & Lip, Miami, La Casa Del Camino, and Life Cider.

Charitable partners included Vanderpump Dogs Foundation,Kids Excelling In College Foundation, and Business Architects TXG Foundation.

Celebrities who joined Marianna on the day included T.J. Ward, Sutton Stracke, Kym Whitfield, Kelsey Scott, Kira Shepard, Monica Garcia, E! founder Larry Namer, Vincent Spano, Vincent De Paul, Carolyn Hennesy, plus many other sports and TV/film stars.

A special champagne toast was made in honor of Marianna’s mentor and good friend, the late Doris Bergman.

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Photos Courtesy of The Marianna Group/Beauty Kitchen. Featured Image: Sutton Stracke and Heather Marianna

Bardejov Holds North American Premiere in Hollywood

On March 13, the stars came out for the Los Angeles Official North American premiere of Bardejov, hosted by the film’s director Danny A. Abeckaser and producer, Holocaust survivor Emil A. Fish and presented by Gravitas Ventures. The film tells a true story of the Jews of Bardejov in Slovakia during WWII. Bardejov officially hits digital and VOD on March 19th, across platforms, such as ITUNES, Apple, Amazon Prime, Google Play, VOD and others, across the United States and Canada. Following the premiere screening at Harmony Gold, was a director-led audience Q&A. 

David Fish, Naomi Fish, Zoe Fish, Emil A. Fish

Notable guests included film stars Robert Davi, Danny A. Abeckaser, Darren Weiss, Julien Brass, Kyle Stefanski, plus actors Tobey Maguire, Lukas Haas, TV host and actor Mario Lopez, Lorenzo Antonucci, Jeremy Luke, Joel Michaely, Oshri Cohen, and notable guests such as Nicole Mitchell Murphy, Alanna Stewart, Grammy Nominated producer Mike Hermosa, DJ Pookie, and the film’s composer Lionel Cohen. The film also stars Dean Miroshnikov and Omer Hazan.

Bardejov, directed by Abeckaser, depicts a true story of The Holocaust during WWII, from the perspective of Holocaust survivor Emil A. Fish. The impactful movie was screened for 300+ guests at Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles featuring water provided by Chlorophyll, followed by an afterparty at Norah restaurant in West Hollywood featuring a gourmet wood oven pizza bar and sounds by Pookie.

Lukas Hass, Danny A. Abeckaser

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Venice Family Clinic’s Inaugural HEART (Health + Art) Gala To Honor Artist Morleigh Steinberg and U2’s The Edge

Venice Family Clinic, a non-profit community health center that provides quality health care to people in need, has unveiled plans for the inaugural HEART Gala.  Venice Family Clinic’s HEART (Health + Art) initiative represents a community that cares about health, art, creativity, and social justice. For the first time, influential creatives, philanthropists, and celebrities will unite to celebrate the HEART community, as well as honor the individuals that make the Clinic’s vital health care services possible, with the support of The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation as gala sponsor. Longtime supporters of Venice Family Clinic, artist Morleigh Steinberg and musician The Edge, will receive the first-ever HEART Award at the event on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 3Labs in Culver City, California. 

Artist Morleigh Steinberg and U2’s The Edge

“The HEART Gala is rooted in celebrating the creative community that drives Venice Family Clinic. We’re excited to recognize the deep legacy of imaginative and innovative people partnering with us to champion health care access for all, and to have the opportunity to raise funds for the Clinic’s much needed programs and services,” said Naveena Ponnusamy, Venice Family Clinic’s Chief Development and Communications Officer. 

Morleigh and The Edge said, “It’s a privilege to accept the first-ever HEART Award from Venice Family Clinic, an organization that resonates with us, and we are looking forward to an unforgettable evening to honor what we can all accomplish together.”

Morleigh and The Edge exemplify the spirit of HEART through their passion for the arts and health equity. Morleigh is a second generation Angeleno, dance artist, creative consultant and Co-Founder of ARCANE Space, a gallery in Venice where she gives emerging artists the opportunity to exhibit their work. Morleigh has toured the world extensively with her own dance companies and has made work for many renowned artists including U2, who she has been working with as a creative consultant since 1992. The Edge, best known as lead guitarist for the legendary rock band, U2, is a musician, singer, and songwriter. Morleigh and The Edge recently returned from Las Vegas where U2 have just completed a 40 night run of ‘U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere,’ the pioneering show which brought music, art and technology together to create an unparalleled immersive live music experience, another first-of-its-kind from the Irish band. Both enthusiastic supporters of the Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction, Morleigh has opened ARCANE Space for studio tours during Venice Art Walk and The Edge has donated photography to be displayed and sold in the benefit auction.

Health and art have been interwoven in the culture of Venice Family Clinic since 1979 when volunteers and artists created the first-ever Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction. The inaugural HEART Gala will take place amidst the 45th anniversary of Venice Art Walk which will feature nearly 200 artists May 10-19, 2024. Proceeds from the auction also support Venice Family Clinic’s programs and services to ensure continued healthcare is available to 45,000 people in need across Los Angeles County.

More information about the HEART Gala and Venice Art Walk will be announced in the coming weeks. Learn more at venicefamilyclinic.org/HEARTGala.

Venice Family Clinic is a nonprofit community health center that is a leader in providing comprehensive, high-quality health care to more than 45,000 people in need annually, regardless of their income, insurance or immigration status. The Clinic merged with South Bay Family Health Care in late 2021, and serves an area from the Santa Monica Mountains through the South Bay in Los Angeles County. It has a network of clinic locations and Early Head Start centers in Venice, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Inglewood, Culver City, Redondo Beach, Carson, Gardena and Hawthorne, plus mobile clinics and an expansive street medicine program to reach people experiencing homelessness. The Clinic’s comprehensive care also includes mental health services, dental care, vision services, substance use treatment, prescription medications, domestic violence counseling, HIV services, healthy food distributions, health education, health insurance enrollment, child development services and more. For more information, please visit VeniceFamilyClinic.org and follow on FacebookX (formerly Twitter) and Instagram.

International Sensation Ashley Paul’s ‘Bingo Baby’ Featuring Luv Foundation UK Rockets to #1 on Amazon Music Charts

Ashley Paul, the internationally renowned singer, has struck gold once again with her latest release, Bingo Baby, featuring the dynamic collaboration of Luv Foundation UK. This irresistible track has soared to the coveted #1 position on the Amazon Music charts, setting the stage ablaze with its infectious beats and captivating melodies.

With a voice that transcends borders and a style that knows no bounds, Ashley Paul has cemented her status as a powerhouse in the global music scene. Bingo Baby is a testament to her unparalleled talent and unwavering dedication to her craft. The fusion of Ashley’s mesmerizing vocals with the vibrant energy of Luv Foundation UK has created a musical masterpiece that resonates with audiences worldwide.

From its pulsating rhythm to its soul-stirring lyrics, Bingo Baby embodies the essence of modern-day pop with an electrifying twist. Its undeniable appeal has captured the hearts of listeners across the globe, propelling it to the top of the Amazon Music charts in a meteoric rise to fame.

“We are thrilled beyond words to see Bingo Baby reach the #1 spot on Amazon,” says Paul. “This song is incredibly special to me, and I am grateful for the overwhelming support from my fans and the incredible collaboration with Luv Foundation UK.”

Luv Foundation UK, known for their innovative soundscapes and infectious beats, brings their signature flair to Bingo Baby, elevating it to new heights of musical excellence. Together, Ashley Paul and Luv Foundation UK have crafted a chart-topping hit that defies expectations and leaves a lasting impression on all who listen.

As the single continues to make waves on the music charts, the artist and Luv Foundation UK invite fans old and new to join them on this exhilarating journey. With its irresistible charm and undeniable groove, Bingo Baby is a song that promises to captivate audiences and leave them craving more.

Ashley Paul is an internationally acclaimed singer known for her soulful voice and captivating performances. With a diverse musical background and a passion for storytelling, Ashley has captivated audiences around the world with her unique blend of pop, R&B, and soul.

Luv Foundation UK is a dynamic musical collective known for their innovative sound and infectious beats. With a commitment to pushing boundaries and exploring new musical territories, Luv Foundation UK continues to captivate audiences with their electrifying performances and genre-defying style.

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