Sete de Setembro (September 7) is a national holiday in Brazil on September 7 every year. The date celebrates Brazil's Declaration of Independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822.
This is a cause for celebration. Lights! Camera! Action! And Party!!! The organizers of the 6th Annual Los Annual Brazilian Film Festival celebrated this occasion with a Launch Party in the Courtyard/Pool Area at the Shangri-LA Hotel-1301 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. This was a very nice, laidback location for the Launch Party with an outdoor bar that served up Blackberry Caipirinhas made with Cachaca Velha/blackberry/lime to quench guests thirst.
A small enthusiastic crowd gathered in the Courtyard/Pool Area on this hot Saturday afternoon. The pool and nearby beach seem quite inviting to attendees of the Launch Party.
The crowd mingled with some of the filmmakers and a few of the actors appearing in movies at this year's festival. Actor Edmilson Filho, filmmaker Vivianne Judi (The Gift) and Cinematographer, Producer/writer Carina Sanginitto was present for the inaugural Launch Party.
Actress, singer and journalist Andrea Ferraz (pictured) provided a lively set of samba, bossa nova and R&B standards to entertain the crowd. Ms. Ferraz entertained the crowd with a delightful set of eight tunes during her hour long set. She opened with "Manha de Carnival." She was assisted superbly by a trio of musicians, Sandro Rebel on keyboards, Joe de Sa-guitar and Eduardo Charmit on various Brazilian percussions. Andrea's vocal styling's were on full display as she dazzled the crowd with a wonderful set of Brazilian and a pop standard on "Corcovado," "Meditation," "Xote dos," "Meninas," "Berimbau," "Mas Que Nada" joined onstage with actress, singer and Brazilian Film Festival Host Babi Xavier for a few samba dance moves. Their set continued with the classic R&B tune "Heard it Through the Grapevine," and concluded their set with "Ziriguidum." I'm glad that I was able to see and hear this lovely vocalist at this function.
The Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival (LABRFF) presented by The Los Angeles Film School kicked off it's 6th Edition presenting "BUDDIES" the feature film debut by Brazilian Director Marcelo Galvao during the Opening Night Gala on September 8th a the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The 6th Edition of the festival is bringing the best of Brazilian cinema to Los Angeles with a selection of more than 30 films marking the best moments of Brazilian cinema.
"BUDDIES" is a heartwarming/heartfelt road movie by Marcelo Galvan offering a lesson of social inclusion. The movie features a trio of actors with Down syndrome, Ariel Goldenberg (Stallone), Rita Pokk (Annie) and Breno Viola (Marcio). The movie won the Kikito Prize for Best Film at the 40th Edition of the most prestigious film festival in Brazil, The Gramado International Film Festival.
The festival continued with a full program of screenings at The Los Angeles Film School Theater. Several screenings were held at The Jimmy Stewart 23 Theater inside Sony Pictures Lot. Two Panel Discussions consisted of the topics: The Current State of International Content Market and Brazilian Production and The New TV Law.
The Closing Night Premiere featured the film "Cine Holluidy" directed by Halder Gomes.
LABRFF's mission is to support and facilitate the Brazilian audiovisual exhibition and distribution in the United States, and to stimulate new business opportunities in the film industry. The festival has established a favorable environment for information exchange between Brazil and United States by offering panels, workshops, lectures, and networking meetings to its attendees.
The festival creates visibility and promotes the Brazilian culture through one of the most powerful mediums in the world: cinema.
For businesses, the festival has proven to be more than a marketing option. It's a cultural networking opportunity for filmmakers, producers, and entrepreneurs to invest in the Brazilian audiovisual industry.
About the Festival:
The company was established in 2007 by Meire Fernandes and Nazareno Paulo, and it was created to be the first genuine Brazilian film festival in the California market.
The festival creates visibility and promotes the Brazilian culture through the most powerful medium in the world: cinema
For businesses, the festival has proven to be more than a marketing option. It's a cultural networking opportunity for filmmakers, producers, and entrepreneurs to invest in the Brazilian audiovisual industry by partnering with its productions and establishing an efficient exchange between the professionals involved with this segment.
About The Los Angeles Film School:
The Los Angeles Film School, located in the heart of Hollywood, has been serving the community and its students since 1999. This accredited, VA-approved institution offers career-focused Bachelor and Associate of Science degrees in Entertainment Business, Computer Animation, Game Production, Recording Arts and Film. Its facilities include the historic RCA Building at 6363 Sunset Boulevard, and offers access to exceptional industry-standard equipment to its students. The Hollywood Reporter called The Los Angeles Film School "one of the best-equipped private learning centers in the country." Their faculty of industry professionals has earned credits on a number of major motion pictures, video games and albums. Numerous graduates have received awards at Film Festivals worldwide, engineered multi-platinum albums, and some credits include GRAMMY?«, Emmy?« and Academy Awards?« and nominations. We exude nothing but pride when speaking of our graduates. Their many awards and accomplishments are the result of our students' hard work and dedication," states Diana Derycz-Kessler, President and CEO of The Los Angeles Film School.
For more information about The Los Angeles Film School, please visit: www.lafilm.edu or call 323.860.0789.
The Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival would have not been made possible without the support and dedication of its sponsors and partners. Each one of them shares with LABRFF love for Brazilian cinema, and recognizes the importance of sharing the work and contributions of Brazilian artists and filmmakers with the widest possible audience.
Los Angeles Film School
General Consulate of Brazil in Los Angeles
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Ambient Digital Media
Bed of Roses
Rebel Coast Winery
Mama's Boy Infusions
Rio Custom LA
Tours to Brazil
Ricky Ricardo is a Southern California based music reviewer, writer and photographer.