Last night I had fun at the Opening Night Gala of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in Beverly Hills. First I hung out around the Red Carpet, where Ed Asner, Ed Begley, Jr., Aaron Wolf and many others passed through. They also had a reception in the lobby of the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre where the event was held, with delicious snacks, wine and beverages. Next they presented an award Ed Asner for his outstanding work as an American actor and activist. Many of his friends and colleagues took the stage to thank him for his contributions.
Then they screened a hysterical short film Super Sex, starring Ed Asner; following by a screening of the wonderful film My Friend Ed which explores Mr. Asner’s tireless work over the years as an actor and activist.
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival continues on through May 3, with a well-curated selection of films exploring the Jewish experience. For more information and tickets visit lajfilmfest.org. More photos from the evening are available on my Flickr page here: flickr.com/joybennett.
Last night I was delighted to attend the Opening Night Gala of COLCOA French Film Festival at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. This festival highlights feature films, shorts, TV series, and other forms of entertainment and enlightenment with a distinctive French accent and elegance.
I arrived early and soon the reception started, with lovely snacks and treats from the many local French restaurants -- delicious! An open bar was offered, and folks chatted and caught up with friends while the Red Carpet was going on nearby.
Then we all lined up to enter the theatre to see a short film, following by the Opening Night film, Everyone’s Life, directed by Claude Lelouch. He directed the international hit film, A Man and a Woman in the 60’s. Everyone’s Life is a very unusual film in that the narrative arc is splintered into telling dozens of characters’ stories. It has humor, some remarkable acting, and is generally an entertaining film, if perhaps a bit too long. Afterwards there was a discussion with the writer/director Lalouch and his co-writer and partner Valerie Perrin.
A very French and very fun evening. The COLCOA French Film Festival continues on through Tuesday, May 2. For more information and tickets visit colcoa.org. For more photos, visit my Flickr page here: flickr.com/joybennett . COLCOA stands for City of Light, City of Angels, demonstrating the joint endeavors of France and the United States in the pursuit of wonderfully adventurous filmmaking.
Yesterday at the third day of ASCAP EXPO 2017 I had a wonderful time. First I went to a workshop with Mick Guzauski about technical aspects of mixing a song or album. Interesting stuff! He has worked with Daft Punk, Prince, Talking Heads, and many others. Then I attended the Master Session with Michael Abels. He did the score for the film “Get Out.” Although this was his first feature length film score, he contributed invaluably to the scary and unsettling effects of this highly successful film through his mastery of composition. A fascinating story of how film music is composed and put together.
Lastly, I was at thrilled to see Stevie Wonder accept the ASCAP “Key of Life Award” for his remarkable achievements in music, producing, and making the world a better place. Singer and actress Janelle Monae did an excellent job interviewing him through words and his music about his incredible career. Stevie said that everyone there should express themselves through music but “do it with love.” He was not afraid to get political, although he was warned it would hurt his career. A child prodigy, with his first hit at age 12, music just pours out of him. He also has a wonderful sense of humor. A remarkable human being, and immensely talented.
For more information about ASCAP, visit their website here ascap.com. For more photos, visit my Flickr page here: flickr.com/photos/joybennett.
I had a good time attending the first day of the ASCAP EXPO yesterday in Hollywood. This is an outstanding conference for musicians and music producers at all levels to advance their skills and network with others in their field. Friendly folks there too. I attended one workshop on proper microphone technique, very helpful; and later learned about publicity and PR tips for musicians. Then they had a reception with great live music and delicious nibbles.
The EXPO continues through tomorrow 4/15/17 at Loews Hollywood Hotel. Lots of fun and highly recommended. For tickets and more information, visit ascap.com/eventsawards/events/expo For more photos visit my Flickr page here: flickr.com/photos/joybennett.
History buffs and golf enthusiasts particularly will enjoy this straightforward, well-told true tale about two of the most important figures in history of golf. The Scottish father-son pair of Tom Morris and his son Tommy Morris figured prominently in the development of the modern game of golf.
Tom Morris was an excellent golfer and golf course designer, and helped bring golf to the modern game we know today, enjoyed all over the world by millions. His son Tommy was an even better golfer than his father, the best golfer of the nineteenth century. Tommy Morris would have set many more records had he not tragically passed away at the young age of 24.
This well-told film is beautifully photographed and well-acted by an outstanding cast, including Sam Neill and Peter Mullan. Directed by Jason Connery, the film releases April 14th, 2017. An enjoyable, fascinating story for golfers and non-golfers alike.