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.
The ASCAP EXPO is coming up! Now in its 12 year, this unique and outstanding conference for established and emerging musicians, producers, and songwriters is being held on April 13th to April 15th in Hollywood. It's an excellent place to network, hone your craft, enjoy the company of your fellow artists, and generally bask in the glow of the incredible talent this industry offers. Tickets and more information are available here: ascap.com/expo. See you there!
I was thrilled to attend the reception last night for the upcoming COLCOA French Film Festival held at the French Consul Residence in Beverly Hills. This elegant event introduced the upcoming COLCOA Film Festival coming up April 24th to May 2 to be held at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. COLCOA stands for City of Light, City of Angels and is a film festival highlighting French films, TV shows, web series and shorts. They even have some short virtual reality productions available for the first time this year!
Francois Truffart, the COLCOA Executive Producer and Artistic Director, gave a fascinating talk about the upcoming festival, discussed some of the featured films and series, and how they go about making the final selections for the festival.
All screenings will be in French with English subtitles or English. They also offer several screenings and events that are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets and more information on the festival are available at colcoa.org.
The setting for the reception was outside on a beautiful, cool evening, with elegant champagne, and delicious hors d’oeuvres were passed after the talks. More photos from the event are available on my Flickr site here: flickr.com/photos/joybennett/. Very much looking forward to the festival! I will cover more of it here later on this month.
The Los Angeles area film festival season starts soon! Two outstanding ones include:
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival: Always a favorite, this is expertly curated festival features wonderful films and runs from April 26th to May 3, 2017. Founded in 2006, the festival's Executive Director is Hilary Helstein, herself an accomplished film director. It's sponsored by the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, among others. I'll be there, and will post coverage as I do. For more info. and tickets, visit lajfilmfest.org.
COLCOA French Film Festival. If you are a fan of French cinema (and what self-respecting film buff isn't?) you will enjoy the COLCOA French Film Festival, running April 24th to May 2. For more info. and tickets, visit colcoa.org.
Many other festivals coming up, including the Los Angeles Film Festival, Dances with Films, Turner Classic Film Festival, and on and on. Isn't is great living in Los Angeles?