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The Drama Club Reunites on November 11th in Hollywood

gia on the move filmIt’s been twenty years since they met in their high school drama club, but teenage romances, egos, and quarrels that lie just beneath, are ready to surface once again. Ex-lovers, old grudges, and new spouses are thrown down a twisted, rabbit hole of alcohol-fueled bad decisions, male/female double standards, politics, LGBTQ issues and race relations. These friends are finally ready to grow more this weekend than in the last two decades.

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FILM TO WATCH

FILM TO WATCH

From Ginger Beard Films and Lakeview Pictures and writer-director Joe McClean (Life Tracker), The Drama Club stars Dane Bowman, Chelsea Brandt, Chris Ciccarelli, Barry Finnegan, Mike Kopera, Melanie L. Lewis, Jon Luke Thomas, and Liza de Weerd as a group of friends brought back together, each with their own joys and scars from the past twenty years.

Directing his cast against the picturesque backdrop of Pine Flat Lake just three hours north of Los Angeles, McClean presents a dramedy that touches on the many different paths life can take after high school, from the mundane to the inconceivable.

The Drama Club will have its theatrical release on November 11th. The film will play for one week in Los Angeles at the Arena Cinema Hollywood. Recommended for anyone whose every loved “The Big Chill”.

Friday, November 11, 2016
Arena Cinema Hollywood
1625 N Las Palmas Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028

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The Drama Club: 87 minutes / 16:9 / USA

 

The British Beat Explosion: Rock ‘n’ Roll Island

gia on the move filmEveryone has heard of The Cavern Club in Liverpool, but few people know of the influence of a rundown hotel on Eel Pie Island, which was the London launch pad for many well-known musicians in the 60s including The Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Island, a new award-winning indie film by co-producer/director Cheryl Robson, celebrates the musical history of Eel Pie Island, a small island in the Thames in South-West London which became the epicenter of rhythm and blues music in the 60s.

“There was definitely something in the water in South West London which affected all those who went, played, sang or danced at Eel Pie Island. The energy was infectious.” ~Project Director Cheryl Robson

The film offers exclusive interviews with rock musicians such as Rod Stewart and Steve Hackett (Genesis) plus Mick Avory from The Kinks, Top Topham from The Yardbirds,  Phil May from The Pretty Things, Geoff Cole from the Ken Colyer Bagia on the move music eel pie islandnd, Bob Dwyer from The Southern Stompers, Don Craine and Keith Grant from The Downliners Sect and Paul Stewart from The Others, as well as with fans who went to the Island and combines this with archive and newly-discovered stills. A local museum is being crowdfunded to celebrate the Island’s musical heritage.

Film screenings of Rock ‘n’ Roll Island are being shown at:

CARMEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, October 20th and 22nd
INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL (Hollywood) October 21st, 4.30pm
L.A. FEMMES FILM FESTIVAL (Los Angeles) October 22nd, 2-4pm

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LUNAFEST Returns to San Pedro International Film Festival

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LUNAFEST®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, returns for its second year at the 5th Annual San Pedro International Film Festival at The Space on Pacific in San Pedro, CA on October 9, 2016.

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Ninera by San Francisco-based filmmaker Diane Weipert

Through this unique film festival women as leaders illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund.

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Nkosi Coiffure by Brussels, Belgium-based filmmaker Frederike Migom

Miss Saigon in Cinemas for Epic 25th Anniversary Event

gia on the move film theatreBoublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical, Miss Saigon is coming to select cinemas nationwide for a special one-night event on Thursday, September 22, in honor of its 25th anniversary.

Captured live in front of a sold-out audience at London’s Prince Edward Theatre, this epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

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Eva Noblezada as Kim in Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical, Miss Saigon. Fathom Events, Universal Pictures and Picturehouse Entertainment.

This special event features a finale of epic proportions with appearances from the original cast, including Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman.

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San Pedro International Film Festival Celebrates 5th Year

gia on the move films moviesThe San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFest) celebrates its 5th anniversary presenting one of the South Bay’s largest film festivals from October 6-16, 2016 in San Pedro’s Historic Waterfront District.

The festival will spotlight expanded multimedia programming including art, music and the latest technology innovations in virtual reality.

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October 15 Dark Progressivism: On Rupture and Rebellion reveals the creative and social forces behind some of the most important artists today like Saber, Cryptik, Defer, Big Sleeps, Gajin Fujita, Prime, Patrick Martinez, Chaz Bojórquez,  and Chuey Quintanar.

The festival kicks off October 6th during San Pedro’s First Thursday Artwalk with an art exhibition in conjunction with the documentary Dark Progressivism, directed by Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre.  The film covers LA’s history of murals, tagging and street art born during the urban upheaval of the 80s and 90s. The film screens October 15 as part of an evening of programming presented with the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District in the historic Warner Grand Theatre.*

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October 15 Playing Lecouna, a performance-based tribute to legendary Cuban pianist Ernesto Lecuona.

A screening of Playing Lecuona follows, the stunning documentary film that explores Cuban pianist & composer Ernesto Lecuona’s influence through the lens of three of the maestro’s most well-known jazz pianist descendants:  Chucho Valdés, son of renowned bandleader and composer Bebo Valdés;  Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a Cuban from the generation after Chucho;  and the Dominican Michel Camilo.

October 8th
SPIFFest presents its first tech event with a look at Virtual Reality and its applications in cinema and entertainment, featuring a panel discussion and demo of the latest works by some of today’s top VR innovators including Oscar winning visual affects artist Kevin Mack (What Dreams May Come, 1999)

October 14
Music store Alva’s hosts a music showcase  with innovative master of styles, John Heussenstamm (Surf Punks, Deniece Williams).  Live music follows with his Blues Fusion Trio, featuring special guest jazz pianist Ron Kobayashi (Mel Tormé, Peter Frampton, Tom Scott).

 

Hollywood Costume Designer Orry-Kelly and the ‘Women He’s Undressed’

Dear Orry,
Sorry I haven’t mentioned why I am writing to you. I don’t know how you will feel about this, but I have just finished making a Feature length Documentary about you. It has been nearly three years tracking your life. This has been frustrating, illuminating, tough and yes, FUN….. So I thank you for entering my life. ~Gillian Armstrong, filmmaker

Orry-Kelly worked on over three decades’ worth of classic films: Jezebel, 42nd Street, Casablanca, Oklahoma, Auntie Mame, Some Like It Hot, An American in Paris, Now, Voyager -and hundreds more.

He dressed cinema’s greatest icons, including Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyk, Rosalind Russell, Errol Flynn, and many more. Interviews featured include Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, Leonard Maltin, and costume designers Colleen Atwood, Anne Roth, Kym Barrett.

marilyn monroe gia on the move costume designOutspokenly gay at a time when Hollywood was deeply conservative, a lover of boxing and booze, a charming rebel with a biting wit, Australian born Orry-Kelly always lived a life of artistic and personal integrity.

His accounts of life behind the Hollywood golden curtain are legendary, and include his very close relationship with handsome British actor Archie Leach, who later changed his name to become Cary Grant, and entertaining stories of his powerful friendships with top actresses and Hollywood icons of the time, including Bettie Davis and Jack and Ann Warner.

WomenHesUndressed_KeyArt_FinalThe new documentary, released today, August 9, 2016 (on DVD / VOD,  iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand), WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED traces the rise and fall and rise again of Orry-Kelly who was one of the most prolific, and spectacularly talented costume designers of Hollywood’s golden age: legendary three-time Academy Award winner.

Tracing his four-decade career (which included a very close, live-in relationship with a young Cary Grant) and dazzling creative relationships with a who’s who of Hollywood, this dishy and glamorous film – inspired by his recently published posthumous, long-lost memoir, discovered in a pillow case – unveils the secrets of one of Hollywood’s most singular and outspoken talents.

Veteran Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong (MY BRILLIANT CAREER) mixes recreations of Orry-Kelly’s life with testimonies from intimates, admirers, and Hollywood royalty to create an unforgettable portrait of one of Hollywood’s grand godfathers of glamour.

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99 min * 2015 * Documentary * Colorgia on the move movies costume design

Director: Gillian Armstrong (Little Women, Mrs. Soffel, Oscar and Lucinda, My Brilliant Career, High Tide)
Screenwriter: Katherine Thomson
Producers: Gillian Armstrong and Damien Parer
Interviewees: Colleen Atwood, Kym Barrett, Scotty Bowers, Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, Leonard Maltin, Anne Roth, Catherine Martin
Distributed by: Wolfe Video

Star Trek: Beyond (What you think you already know)

How good it your general knowledge when it comes to the epic Star Trek franchise? Did you know, for instance, that Star Trek was the first TV show in US history to show an interracial kiss? Or that the release date of Star Trek Beyond was chosen because that day is the anniversary of the original TV series debut? Here are a few teasers by our friends at Morph Costumes to celebrate this week’s opening.

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