HAPPENINGS

  • TwoPoint0 Editor/Partner Anthony Marinelli Continues To Make His Mark On New York With Twofold Festival Selections For Short Film & Play

    For years, TwoPoint0 Editor/Co-Founder Anthony Marinelli has cultivated a distinguished portfolio of passion projects that have screened in film festivals worldwide. Marinelli’s latest short film, “Marital Arts,” continues its impressive festival run as an Official Selection at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York, while his new one act play, “Max & Domino,” also receives Official Selection status at the prestigious New York New Works Festival, both in the month of October.

    With “Marital Arts,” Marinelli wanted to make a film that celebrates the two things he knows most about: marriage (being married for 28 years) and classic cinema. The film was previously a finalist in the Katra Film Series and screened in the NYC Independent Film Festival, the Richmond International Film Festival and the Cannes Short Film Corner. It has also been preselected for the 2nd Annual Toronto International Independent Film Festival. Marinelli’s two previous short films won awards at Richmond: “Walt Whitman Never Paid For It” won the Audience Choice Award in 2014 and “Acoustic Space” won Best Original Screenplay in 2016.

    Marinelli’s new play “Max & Domino” is an existential black comedy about a pair of professional killers who create a living hell for the man who betrayed them. But it’s also about how we all adopt different personas depending on our objective of the moment. Two years ago, another of his one-acts, “Another Famous Dead Artist,” was a semi-finalist at the same New York New Works Festival, and last month, his screenplay, “Books, Beds and Baths,” was a finalist in the HollyShorts Film Festival’s Short Screenplay Competition, exemplifying further his strengths as a writer. Moreover, Marinelli has been hard at work this past year editing a documentary for Director David Seth Cohen about his quest to have a drink with Adam Sandler after passing up the opportunity years earlier. The documentary, “Finding Sandler,” is a project he is very excited about and hopes to complete in early 2018.

  • Mike Diva And Lord Danger Take Anna Akana On A Wild Ride With Metro Manners PSA

    The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has teamed with creative production studio Lord Danger and Director Mike Diva to present a new campaign which takes a truly original approach to an everyday subject: manners. Close encounters with abysmal behavior on public busses and trains can make simple transgressions feel monstrous and lead to sticky situations.

    Rude Dude is a furry manifestation of bad manners: a seat-hogging, door-blocking, food-spilling monster. Super Kind is a J-Pop star by day, Super Hero by night played by Anna Akana who takes on Rude Dude’s transgressions with synth-tastic song. This colorful approach is the brain trust of Metro and Mike Diva, whose timely and astute interpretations of pop culture and digital connectedness has resulted in tens of millions of views. Through Lord Danger, Diva channels his perceptive imagination and hybridized talent (creative direction, directing, editing, vfx and music) for eyeball grabbing branded projects.

    Featuring three digital films and an accompanying print campaign, Metro Manners is the first integrated campaign for Diva and Lord Danger. Diva cast Anna Akana (who has over 1.8 million subscribers on YouTube for her weekly series) as the pitch perfect protector of protocol, with Rude Dude designed in conjunction with noted collaborator FONCO.

  • DEX Studio Announces Groundbreaking Of Badmaash As Franchise Expands from Downtown Los Angeles To F

    DEX Studio Announces Groundbreaking Of Badmaash  As Franchise Expands from Downtown Los Angeles To F

    DEX Studio announces the milestone groundbreaking of Los Angeles Indian eatery Badmaash as the franchise expands from its flagship in Downtown LA to the heart of Fairfax. The 1,400 square foot Indian haven is the second Badmaash restaurant for DEX, blending unexpected with familiar in its ambitious reach for a transcendent patron experience.

    DEX Studio Owner/Principal Glen Bell primarily sought to peel back layers of what Indian restaurants represent in Los Angeles and around the country. Through the immaculate design, DEX looked to create a space that is both approachable and modern while maintaining cultural integrity and relevance. The design process involved many intimate conversations with the Badmaash family surrounding memories of growing up and living in India, paving way to an organic showcase of colors, textures and styling indicative of the owners’ Indian roots.

    The design blends the disparate influences of India’s history: the muted color palette, moldings and furnishings, as seen in traditional Iranian cafes, plays a backdrop to the vibrant wall feature.  Bands of color form a motif on the kitchen wall reminiscent of the Indian sari.  The bands start to unravel throughout the space, where they support a light fixture from above.

  • Community Films' Seth Gordon Directs New Campaign for Southwest Airlines

    Community Films' Seth Gordon directs a series of new spots for Southwest Airlines, as part of the "Behind Every Seat Is A Story" campaign through agency GSD&M/Austin, shedding humorous and endearing light on each passenger's journey to their seat.

  • M&C Saatchi LA Promotes Long-Term Executives

    M&C Saatchi LA Promotes Long-Term Executives

    M&C Saatchi LA has promoted three of its key executives to senior positions to help run the agency. All three have been with M&C Saatchi for over 10 years. Ron Tapia takes on the role of Creative Director, and Mike Wilton and Rebecca McGough have each been promoted to Managing Director. The trio will sit on the Executive Leadership Board running the expanding set of companies in the LA group.

    Ron Tapia joined the agency in 2007 as an art director and has provided creative leadership and vision to the agency’s work over the past decade. He has helmed projects for such M&C Saatchi LA clients as VIZIO and BMW Motorrad. His recent work for the San Diego Zoo’s Africa Rocks exhibit was given a permanent home this year in the lithography collection of the Huntington Library.

    Rebecca McGough and Mike Wilton will take on the day-to-day running of the agency, working closely with Huw Griffith, CEO & Partner, Kate Bristow Chief, Strategy Officer & Partner, and Maria Smith, Executive Creative Director.

    Rebecca McGough started her career at the London office in 2007, moving to LA four years ago to run UGG Australia. Since then, McGough has led the team to grow and win many integrated pieces of business, including the Pacific Life AOR account. Mike Wilton also started at the London agency in 2007 and moved to the West Coast three years ago to spearhead Epson America and San Diego Zoo, two of the agency’s longest standing partnerships. From there, he has helped lead the agency to success on the BMW Motorrad and Fox Restaurant Concepts AOR pitches, among other key projects and accounts. 

  • Eleven Mixer Jeff Payne Unites Bears & Packers On Amazon Prime’s Thursday Night Football “Stream”

    Eleven Founder/Mixer Jeff Payne provided sound design and final mix for Amazon Prime’s first campaign for NFL’s Thursday Night Football, now also part of their streaming platform. An amusing play-on-words is observed throughout the new commercial as Amazon bears and fish packers “play” together on an “Amazon stream for the very first time.”

  • Arcade’s Jeff Ferruzzo Edits New Promo Spot Featuring Jake Gyllenhaal & Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Jeff Bauman For New Film “Stronger”

    Arcade Editor Jeff Ferruzzo brings out the charm in a new promo spot featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman. Bauman is the real-life survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, whom Jake plays in the newly released film “Stronger.”

  • Tracy Mays Sees “The Bigger Picture” Launches New Production Studio

    Tracy Mays Sees “The Bigger Picture” Launches New Production Studio

    The Bigger Picture is a new company launched by Tracy Mays with an ethos to match its namesake. The company embodies a streamlined, producer-centric model, where strategic thinking and multi-versed talent service every aspect of a brand or agency's integrated production needs. The Bigger Picture’s network includes a director roster that spans many genres and styles including John Singleton, Lenny Dorfman, Amir Mokri, Bruno Ilgoti and Ryan Travis.

    Tracy Mays blends a depth of production expertise with a passion for creating community. She has worked in‑house at some of the top commercial production companies in the business, including MJZ, Smuggler, Anonymous and The Sweet Shop, where she was EP, and was a founder and owner of @LArge Productions before launching The Bigger Picture. Mays serves as a member of the AICP/West board as part of her commitment to the industry as a whole.

    The Bigger Picture’s network includes creatives of many stripes including directors with a keen eye for concept development who work on projects for all screens and move fluidly between branded content and commercials to television series, features, fashion editorial, and music videos. Among them, award-winning director John Singleton (Snowfall, Billions, American Crime Story) lends his astute perspective and narrative acumen to advertising projects. Also part of the creator team, Lenny Dorfman is known as one of the most versatile and well-rounded emotional storytellers in the commercial business. Rounding out the roster are Bruno Ilgoti, whose fashion-driven music videos and campaigns has received over a billion views collectively, and, along with Ryan Travis, known for uniting high profile brands and compelling narratives with tie ins to some of the world’s leading entertainment offerings.

  • Sai Selvarajan’s Audible Static NBC Universal ShortsFest’s Finalist

    Lucky Post’s Sai Selvarajan presents Audible Static, the story of Thaddeus, a teenager in love. With love comes panic. Silence. Racing thoughts, but no words. Just audible static. Written, directed and edited by Selvarajan,Audible Static is one of nine finalists screening at the NBC Universal ShortsFest on Wednesday, October 18th, at 7pm at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles. The film is a work of fiction rooted in real-life experience.

    “I grew up with a stutter,” explains Selvarajan. “I always wanted to make a film about stuttering, but portray it in a way that was universal. At the center, Audible Static is a love story.  I started with the love story and then added the stutter as the antagonist.  As someone who stutters, there was no limit to the depths I would go to try and hide it. So, instead of having a big ah-ha moment and having Thaddeus overcome his stutter, I wanted to show a real situation. I wanted to have Thaddeus try and cheat his fate.”

    Starring in the film is twelve year-old Parker Baze, who earned the lead role as Thaddeus. Selvarajan met Baze at a National Stuttering Association (NSA) Teen Support Group and auditioned him for the role. For Parker, the film is a debut screen performance, and the result of intense preparation. Baze spent three months learning the technology of a tape deck, mastering the tricks of the antiquated trade - cutting, splicing and timing his voice. The young actor had previously performed on stage where the need to capture the performance without error in front of a live audience prepared him to comfortably and professionally deliver during the filming process. Sai and Parker’s easy rapport became an opportunity for the director to mentor the young actor; for both, Audible Static is the expression of shared experience brought to the screen.

  • Lucky 21 Signs Director Andrew Ryan Shepherd

    Lucky 21 Signs Director Andrew Ryan Shepherd

    Production company Lucky 21 has expanded its roster with the addition of director Andrew Ryan Shepherd. Shepherd has tailored his career to making a positive impact in the lives of others and for brands. Always with an eye to artfully-designed narratives and an emotional and honest thread that runs through his work, Andrew Shepherd has directed stories for brands Famous Footwear, Sub-Zero Wolf, Target and Raleys.

    Shepherd began his career as a still photographer, transitioning to motion storytelling as a DP and then director.  Always looking for authentic ways to highlight the dignity of the human spirit, Andrew Shepherd enjoys connecting the process of filmmaking to the process of life. He has worked independently with agencies and brands for the last decade, and the signing with Lucky 21 is his first national representation.