Untapped Fashion & Music at SUR Lounge

This past Wednesday – September 19th – the nationally acclaimed “Untapped Fashion & Music” founded by JORDANA of Untapped Movement took place at SUR Lounge in Los Angeles, CA. (attached a word document with information on the untapped fashion & music concept).

A few of the VIPs whom were in attendance to celebrate the evening included: Ian Bohen of “Teen Wolf”, Jill Wagner – actress on TV series “Wipe Out”, Trevor Penick & Erick Michael Estrada from “O Town”, Sam Sarpong who also performed for the crowd, ABC’s “The Bachelorette as well as Bachelor Pad” Kalon McMahon, Elias Reidy – past guitarist of “Red Jumpsuit Apparatus” who performed & last but not least, musician/songwriter “Justin Joyce”.

The event was hosted by celebrity magician: Kevin Nicholas who entertained the crowd throughout the night with “hard to believe” magic!

Sponsors who made the evening possible were: SM Productions, EricVirgil, Wickid Pissa Publicity, Alamo International & Real Beanz. The official press sponsor of the evening was: Splash Magazines.

A Fashion showcase took place via a live photo-shoot installation at SUR by Barry Biddle of Motivo Studios, where guests got the chance to preview the “Skyfish Swimwear” boyfriend collection from New York. Later in the evening a runway show took place as well.

Models for the show were sponsored by: PEAK MODELS. Hair & Make-Up was provided by Mynxii White & “We are the Hunted”.

The music director whom hosted the event was “Jenni Dunn” & the show was coordinated by “Ryan Peithman”.

Founder of the Untapped Fashion & Music concept & Untapped Movement – JORDANA – was outfitted by SDR (Sex, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll) designed by Teddy Lawson, whom showcased their new LA Star collection. Make-Up was done by Janelyn Marcelo. This was her second time returning to LA by demand after a very successful first show which took place at the beginning of the year! STAY TUNED as this adroit in the industry has a SURPRISE plan for LA Fashion Week from October 19th to October 21st, 2012.

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‘Vote Like Your Life Depends On It’ sponsored by BET

Below are pictures from ‘Vote Like Your Life Depends On It’ at the Apollo Theater on Monday night. A good event for the community, featuring Al Sharpton, Michael Eric Dyson, Keli Goff, Dr. James Peterson, Elinor Tatum, Judith Browne Dianis, and Jonathan Hicks. The panel discussed topics ranging from Voter ID laws, to education, to providing children in the African-American community with better standards to live by. If there is any one thing to take away from this event, it’s that community involvement and activism is not an election year activity, it’s an every day movement that must be taken seriously by members of the community. Don’t depend on your president for change, depend on yourself and your neighbors – because change begins at home.

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Snowman’s Land Interview

Filmmaker Tomasz Thomson

An interview with filmmaker Tomasz Thompson
By Tara Raiti

YS: People appreciate different types of humor. How did you overcome the obstacle of portraying certain scenes/situations that you had intended to be humorous?

TT: You never have the guarantee that all people share your personal kind of humor. My mum for instance didn‘t laugh at all. But she prefers romantic films anyway, so that‘s not the point. Many of the funny scenes aren‘t funny because of a joke in a classical way but because of the way one of the actors is saying a specific line. Or because the situation itself is kind of grotesque. Sometimes things work like you expected them to work, sometimes they work differently, sometimes something else appear to work even better. That‘s the fun part of directing, there are always things to discover.

YS: What differences in regards to the audience’s reaction have you observed and encountered across countries?

TT: Surprisingly little differences I have to admit. People reacted almost the same, regardless if in Germany, Spain, the US, Brazil or elsewhere. They laughed in the same moments. Well, more or less, depending on the translation.

YS: What messages or concepts are you trying to convey through the characters? ( I felt that each character, despite his or her role, evoked a sense of sympathy from the audience)

TT: Yes, exactly. It was very important for me to let the viewer understand why the characters are reacting this or that way and to feel a bit of sympathy for all of them. The point is, they all are losers. They are having a hard time and are trying to make the best out of their situation while it is getting even more messy with every minute. Their motivation is sometimes naive or selfish but none of them is throughly bad or nasty. Even if they are breaking noses.

YS: The two bands (Menomena & Born Ruffians) you selected for your film can be classified as Indie Rock. What musical qualities were you looking for when selecting the soundtrack and what role did these play in the film? How did the music complement it?

TT: Music is always very important. I was looking for something simple in terms of instrumentation, maybe even low-fi, self made, so that it might fit to the pristine mountains, but still very complex, modern and special, something that is not heard everyday. I‘ve always been a big fan of Menomena and the Born Ruffians and they were just perfect for this. I was very happy they all agreed and that Luke Lalonde made this great score.

YS: As the director, author and editor, what unique challenges did you face when developing the storyline? What did you find most rewarding?

TT: You are facing challenges all the time, just because the process of film making is a complex one. The storyline itself develops constantly from the first draft to the final cut. And it is really very rewarding to see the audience enjoying the film you‘ve been working on for the last two or three years.

YS: How would you describe your unique style and signature as an independent filmmaker?

TT: I‘m afraid I don‘t know. I guess I love genre films with a special and unique approach, as a viewer as well as a director. And I like to do different things, it‘s boring to repeat yourself. The projects I‘m working on now are all very different. There‘s a love story taking place in the near future, a psychedelic horror film and a thriller/comedy based on a short story by Irvine Welsh.

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How Twitter Won Me Over

By Adam Ullian

Admittedly, I was not someone who jumped on the Twitter bandwagon right way. I was a MySpace person and then I moved to Facebook, but Twitter never really appealed to me. It seemed too convoluted with people talking about nothing and sending too many messages at once. I preferred Facebook because I good get the immediate gratification of people liking and commenting on my posts, the realtime sense that someone saw what I had to say and liked it. That doesn’t happen very often on Twitter, you basically have to put yourself out there and then hope you get followed. What used to be the struggle to amass Facebook friends has morphed into the challenge to amass Twitter followers and possibly become an ‘influencer.’

This all changed a few months ago when I read an article about a young comic who got a writing job in Hollywood because of her Twitter feed. She had enough tweets that people liked that she amassed a large group of followers and then people began to notice and someone hired her. So, I thought, I must be doing this wrong. The Twitter account I have is under my website name, not my own name, and maybe that’s what preventing my Twitter growth. So I shutdown my original account, created one under my own name, recited the Jewish prayer for Twitter followers – which happens to be the Shechechyanu, and then started following the first few people I could find. Most of them are comedians, because Twitter is God’s gift to all comics. I then branched out, I looked up musicians, and DJs, and writers, and politicians, and athletes. Soon, the followers began pouring in. I had 10, then 20, then 50, then 70, etc. I learned that if I tweeted enough, and mentioned enough handles in each tweet, by the transitive property I would attract followers. Major events are always helpful, like the Olympics or the national conventions we have every 4 years. There has to be a reason for a hashtag that attracts people, and those events provide them.

So why did Twitter win me over? Because, in it’s essence, it is used for promotion. It is not a personal diary or ‘here’s what I did today’ application. People do use it for that, but it’s purpose is individual promotion – and once you accept that, you have the formula for success. Facebook is good for promotion, but it’s not great for promotion. You don’t often hear about the Facebook pages for athletes and politicians, but you do hear about their latest Twitter entry. Facebook is good for a conversation or a debate or sharing photos or making new friends. Twitter isn’t meant for that. Do people share photos on Twitter? Sure they do, but they’re usually in the naked category and not meant for tags and comments. Twitter is meant for short personal advertisements and other people helping you advertise via retweets. Once you accept that, and put a voice and persona behind your handle, you’re good to go. @adamullian

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