The good ole folks at Passport: Music.Fashion.Fame are having a showcase event on Saturday, November 14 at O Hotel located at 819 South Flower in Los Angeles, California  @ 213.623.9904
Passport: Music.Fashion.Fame is the latest vehicle to showcase emerging designers, artists, musicians, and personalities. Its mission is to bridge national and international exposure to these new and upcoming artist with retailers, fashionistas, media, and tastemakers throughout the world. The monthly and quarterly events will feature new fashion collections, music artist spotlights, and pop-up shops. These efforts will endorse all developing talent to brand themselves.
For media inquiries poke Samantha Hirsch @ 310.779.0857 & Samantha@Nataliaromano.com and talent submission request Yvette Flores @ 213.891.9455 & Yvette@Nataliaromano.com.
These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September 2009 on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.
To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent. ~ Chris Jordan
Music by Christen Lien [itsnotaviolin.com] & Pixer Chris Jordan [chrisjordan.com & midwayjourney.com]
In its fourth year, AFI PROJECT: 20/20 at AFI Festival 2009 introduces AFI Fest audiences to a new crop of independent filmmakers and their films representing various countries. The 2009 – 2010 AFI Project: 20/20 filmmakers are Bob Richardson [Ahead of Time], Jessica Oreck [Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo], Melissa de Raaf & Răzvan Rădulescu [First Of All, Felicia], Damien Chazelle [Guy and Madeline On A Park Bench], Lars Larson & Michael Rivoira & Peter J. Vogt [Icons Among Us], Rachid Bouchareb [London River], Andrey Khrzhanovsky [Room and a Half] and Nina Paley [Sita Sings the Blues]. So check out these international filmmakers work and participate in “a shared humanity among cultures.”
For more detail and information about AFI Project: 20/20 [Bringing The World Together… One Film At A Time], visit AFI.com/Project2020. The AFI Festival 2009 begins on Friday, October 30 runs through Saturday, November 7.
The 20th Century Fox Film honchos have released a full trailer of director James Cameron’s Avatar. The Sam Worthington vehicle Avatar hits theaters on Friday, December 18.
In Avatar, Sam Worthington’s ex-Marine Jake Sully finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.
Humanitarian and singer Madonna, family and friends are currently in Malawi [Africa] breaking ground on a new school – Raising Malawi Academy For Girls – and she’s taken to the web – raisingmalawi.org – to ask us to take action and be involve. The Raising Malawi is about getting the community involve in their own destiny and not a hand out, so lets all get involve.
You can learn more about Raising Malawi @ RaisingMalawi.org and donate @ donate.raisingmalawi.org. If you prefer to contribute via mail, you can send your generous check to – Raising Malawi @ 1100 South Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles, California .
This week, my family and I are in Malawi to attend the ground breaking ceremony for Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.
I am making a straightforward request.
I’m writing to urge you to join me in saving the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. And I’m asking you to do it right away.
Raising Malawi, the organization I co-founded in 2006, is dedicated to ending the poverty and hardship endured by Malawi’s one million orphans. By donating to Raising Malawi, you can literally transform the future for an entire generation. To encourage your involvement, I’ve pledged $100,000 to match your contributions dollar-for-dollar.
Seven years ago I might have asked myself this very same question. Why not Afghanistan, or India? There are impoverished children, desperate for health care and education, everywhere in the world. Something about Malawi’s children connected with me and their hardships were too much for me to ignore. So I started learning more about Malawi, and, little by little, I began working with Malawians to improve their communities.
Visiting Malawi can be a very humbling experience. In the face of such overwhelming challenges, it’s easy to feel helpless. At the same time, it is impossible not to recognize how much we can do to improve the lives of vulnerable children. Right now, I am particularly concerned about Malawian girls whose lives are made even more difficult simply because of their gender. In 2008 Raising Malawi announced the creation of an all-girls boarding school, the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls. Architects have drawn up plans. We’ve identified a plot of land. And some of Malawi’s poorest girls are eager for the opportunities that a comprehensive secondary education will bring them. But we’re still in need of additional funds to complete this project, and there’s no time to lose.
My own daughters will each have a solid secondary education. They have a family that assures them that they can be anything they want to be, that they are not limited in any way. I believe that the same should be true for girls in every part of the world, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. The girls of Malawi are bright and resourceful. They are eager to learn and grow.
When I look at my girls and see them thriving, it is my greatest wish that the girls in Malawi will have the same chance for happiness.
This is where you come in.
Please join me in supporting the work of Raising Malawi. Every dollar we collect will make a huge difference in a child’s life. By matching your donation, dollar for dollar, I will personally ensure that your contribution has an even greater impact. That’s a promise.
This is my call to you: Give an opportunity to a child who would otherwise have none. Support the work of Raising Malawi. Will you join me?
Tonight at Cranes Hollywood Tavern‘s night owl show, Singer-slash-Songwriter Bobby Syvarth gave a preview performance of what to expect on his upcoming disc – Hellos and Goodbyes. Singers Mike Beck and Elissa Rosen – “The Madam” of Vaud & The Villians also made an appearance on stage — joining Syvarth on his last song. Hellos and Goodbyes is available on iTunes on Tuesday, November 10 and its release party kicks off at The Hotel Cafe.
Reserve Result (RR)
The Hellos & Goodbyes record release party launches on Saturday, November 14 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm @ The Hotel Cafe. The venue is located at 1623 N Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles, California [90028-6201] @ 323.461.2040.
Universal Pictures has release the first-look trailer of director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon’s latest film collaboration – Green Zone, which is based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s novel – Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone.
Matt Damon is repped by Patrick Whitesell @ William Morris Endeavor (WME). Green Zone is described as [IMDB] – A thriller about a pair of CIA agents on the trail of certain Weapons of Mass Destruction and a foreign correspondent following their mission.
Chris Brown drops his hot music video for his first single – I Can Transform Ya – off his forthcoming album – Graffiti, which drops Tuesday, December 15. I Can Transform Ya is directed by Joseph Kahn and featuring Swizz Beatz and Lil Wayne.
Chris Brown kicks off his Fan Appreciation tour. In November 2009, 14 – Houston @ House of Blues, 15 – Dallas @ Palladium, 18 – Los Angeles @ Avalon, 19 – San Francisco @ The Fillmore, 22 – Richmond, Virginia @ Landmark, 25 – Detroit @ Royal Oak, 26 – Chicago @ House of Bluesand 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida @ Revolution.
And in December 2009, 1 – Atlanta @ CenterStage, 4 – Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theater, 5 – Providence, Rhode Island @ Lupo’s, 6 – Boston @ House of Blues, 9 – Sayreville, New Jersey @ Starland, 11 – Baltimore @ Sonar, 12 – Wallingford, Connecticut @ Chevrolet Theater, 13 – Philadelphia @ Electric Factory and 15 – New York @ Nokia Theater.
We don’t have a AFI Festival 2009 badge yet, but apparently the tickets are open to the public for free – “See a film [on AFI”. AFI Festival 2009 begins on Friday, October 30 and concludes on Saturday, November 7. In a recession time, when other domestic film festivals are folding up their offices and losing sponsors, AFI Festival has hatched an excellent plan with less funds and sponsors, that’ll make festival-goers and cinephiles very happy. See you at AFI Film Festival @ Mann Chinese Theater.