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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 or at the box office.

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Deborah Gilels

LA Media Consultants

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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.

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“Research shows that 60 percent of the electricity generated in this country is lost to inefficiencies, and the fact that smart grid technology is green, it makes customers feel good about saving energy,” Sarav Periasamy, PERI Software told CNN Headline News Local Charter Edition this week

Los Angeles, CA There is a lot riding on successful smart grid technology, which is why PERI Software Solutions Inc. is doing its part to educate the public and media on its deployment.  PERI Software Solutions Inc., a global business solutions company will be featured in a CNN Headline News local edition interview July 5th and July 11th, in Los Angeles and Southern California (check local TV Guide listings.)

Last October, the Dept. of Energy allocated $11 billion for smart grid creation, and utilities are investing millions of their own funds to electric grid improvements in their service areas. While smart grid development is being tested nationwide, PERI has been offering smart grid technology after testing and measuring successful cost saving results over the last two years.

Sarav Periasamy, Pres. PERI

“We are the Asian business-owned smart grid technology leader in this space providing end-to-end smart grid business solutions,” President and CEO Sarav Periasamy, PERI Software told TV Host Tracy Young, CNN Headline News local edition. The interview airs on Charter Communications, Inc. SoCal cable stations, servicing millions of viewers from Ventura County, Los Angeles County, San Bernadino County, Riverside County and Big Bear to Victorville, CA.

“Smart grid technology is mainly used by utilities, and thanks to the Obama Administration it will be more affordable to customers and consumers,” he said. “Research shows that 60 percent of the electricity generated in this country is lost to inefficiencies, and the fact that smart grid technology is green and does not cost more, customers will feel good about saving energy and the planet.”

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