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Tippi Hedron to introduce "The Last Elephants of Thailand" Sat at LA Femme Film Festival

 

Activist/actress Tippi Hedren to introduce the film

Los AngelesOctober 14, 2010 The Last Elephants in Thailand by Michelle Mizner and Don Tayloe will screen at the 6th Annual LA Femme Film Festival, on Saturday, October 16 at 6pm.  The film, a stunning statement on elephant abuse in Thailand and beyond, has already garnered wins at the San Antonio Film Festival, Bangkok IndieFest and the Venice Green Screen Film Festival and will compete at the United Nations Association Film Festival (October 22 – 31) at Stanford University.  The filmmakers’ prescient insight is also being brought to light by Hollywood via the new Reese Witherspoon film Water for Elephants.  The film will be introduced by the legendary Tippi Hedren, a well-known animal activist.

Michelle Mizner is a documentary filmmaker from Central California.  She studied cinema and creative writing on full scholarship at Cal State Northridge, where she directed Barrio Thief, a short film about a family affected by drug-resistant tuberculosis in Peru.  Upon graduation, Michelle they joined forces with Don Tayloe to make this film, a process that altogether took almost 2 years.   “Don and I were both working full time jobs and living on opposite sides of the country, but this was a passion project.  It began as a small story about an elephant hospital in Thailand, however as we were filming and made aware of the hardships faced everyday by domesticated elephants and the humans who care for them, and we knew we had an urgent responsibility to share.

Michelle hopes the film challenges viewers to consider their own opinions about how and why elephants are used in entertainment and tourism, both at home and abroad.  “People love elephants.  So its heartbreaking to learn that something as innocent and alluring as an elephant painting can actually be the result of serious torture.”

Don Tayloe is a practicing internist at the VA Hospital in Fresno.  He became interested in the Elephant Hospital in Thailand because of the uniqueness of a hospital that only treated elephants.  It gave him the chance to observe cutting edge veterinary medicine applied to elephants.

Tippi Hedren, actress, producer, activist was the recipient of the “Thespian Award” from the LA Femme Film Festival in 2008.

Charles Huddleston, Terran Enterprises, Michele Martin, writer/producer/ George Mc Quade

Founder Leslie Lepage, LA Femme outlines the four day extravaganza

at Renberg Theatre in Hollywood this weekend.

Datey Gallagher talks about her film “Mediocrity for Miracles”

The Festival Opens with music for the first time

Lisa Haley and the Zydekats performed:

The LA Femme Film Festival, now in its sixth year, runs October 14- 17, 2010. The Last Elephants in Thailand will screen at the Davidson Valentini Theater, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood on Saturday, October 16, at 6pm.  Tickets for the festival can be purchased online at www.LAFemme.org or at the box office.

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Deborah Gilels

LA Media Consultants

(818) 758-6509

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Synopsis:

This is a story about love, and how one woman’s love of Elephants led her to open the first Elephant Hospital in Thailand.  It is also about the conflict raging in Thailand over the fate of the few remaining Thai Elephants.  On one side are those who want to exploit them by making them perform tricks, walk in the streets, and paint pictures.  On the other side are people who love Elephants and are trying to save them from abuse and exploitation.  At the turn of the 20th century there were 100,000 elephants in Thailand. Today there are less than 5000.

More at: http://www.thelastelephants.com/

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“I look forward to meeting everyone and to a great event in Beverly Hills,” said President Michelle Lovetro, CEO at Soaring High Productions and Film Investments

Los Angeles, May 11, 2010 – Angel Entertainment Foundation, a non profit organization that encourages self-expression through all aspects of film, video and music production is kicking off a fundraising “Operation Launch Party”this Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 6:30 p.m.,Aqua Lounge, 424 Beverly Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, 91210.

“I look forward to meeting everyone on the red carpet and to a great event in Beverly Hills,” said President Michelle Lovetro, CEO at Soaring High Productions and Film Investments. “Just a few months after our last event Angel Entertainment Foundation has made big strides towards the ‘Launch Party’.”

The celebrity event will spotlight Carmina Salcido, Sonoma, CA, who 20 years ago survived her father’s murderous rampage that left seven family member dead and was featured on ABC’s 20/20 program. She talks about her life since then in her new book ‘Not Lost Forever’, of which she will autograph at the event.

Guests invited and expected on the red carpet Wednesday’s event include:  the cast of “Gravity”, Jon Harrison Taylor, son of R&B legend Johnny Taylor, Chloe Jordache, who just released her CD. Other up and coming artist are included in line up. Also expected: Brooke Rose, Angie Gega, Emma Winkler, Angels In America are coming to perform. Corey Leland plans to sing some of his songs for children and C. Kenneth Lee, and the Kitikat Band.

“We use these expressive disciplines as a way to heal the soul and provide a positive environment for struggling youth to communicate their feelings,” explained Lovetro . “This is done in a supervised environment, and we do have counselors on staff.”

Lovetro works in conjunction with Soaring High Entertainment Co-Op, so they can provide professional instruction utilizing people that have had years of experience in the industry. They also provide labs in acting, script writing, direction, set design, musical scoring, basically anything to do with production.

Angeles Entertainment Foundation  Goals:

1. Give the youth a sense of identity. Often with abuse kids lose their self esteem, turn to outside negative influences to cope. Through the performing arts they gain it back and feel they have value. Expression through creativity has been proven to be a positive form of therapy.

2. Give the youth a safe place where they can interact and build social skills.

3. To use the performing arts to teach valuable life skills, give them the opportunity to enjoy the feeling of success, the courage and motivation to reach for their dreams.

Angeles Entertainment Foundation  has also partnered with Safe Passages and A&G Entertainment Productions.

Angel Entertainment Foundation has put together a proven, experienced and diverse team of seasoned practitioners. The Angel team is spearheaded by long-time therapist Dr. Kandis Blakely.

“We are a compassionate, passionate foundation ready to help damaged children and it is our goal to build awareness and grow year by year as a motivator of other foundations and non profits, not to just meet the children’s enrichment needs but also their mental and emotional needs,” she said.

“Most importantly today’s economy, non profits are struggling to stay in operation and I feel a collaborative effort will keep us all strong so the work may continue,” said Lovetro. “It is my goal at this time to have an all day concert inviting other non profits to participate in creating awareness to programs available to children who want enrichment as well as healing.”

About Angel Entertainment

Angel Entertainment Foundation is an organization devoted to teaching abused and troubled youth from the age of 10 to 18 the art of film making, video and music production. “ For more information on Angel Entertainment Foundation, please contact Michelle at 805 218 4716 or visit: http://www.angelentertainmentfoundation.org/

[Editors: For media interviews, images or more about the event contact Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade, MAYO Communications, 818-340-5300 or email: Publicity@MayoCommunications.com. MAYO is a proud sponsor of
“Operation Launch Party”