Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009
THE MIDDLE EAST ROCKS! CONCERT AT THE JOINT FEATURES LAZYWALL, HOT SXSW HEADLINERS FROM MOROCCO, KUTSAL FROM TURKEY,
THURS., MARCH 26
Fresh off their conquest of SXSW as the first hard rock or metal band from North Africa ever to headline a night at the famed festival, Tangier-based LAZYWALL (lazywall.com) will make their first West Coast appearance with a show this Thursday, March 26, 8:30 pm-1:30 am at The Joint, at 8771 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. 90035. Enthused Spill Magazine, of Lazywall, "they have a huge sound." And T&T Music praised Lazywall as "An audience-thrilling trio."
Also performing is Turkeys brooding indie rock star, KUTSAL (kutsal.net). Music Connection wrote of Kutsal, "The unbridled emotion and dark psychological overtones that fuel this artist's music may elicit comparisons to Evanescence, Alanis Morisette and maybe PJ Harvey, but Kutsal is exploring a realm all her own." The show opens with a crew new to the L.A. sceneIrelands driving metal band JEKYL (jekylonline.com). The show is organized by L.A.s center for the Middle East and North Africa, Levantine Cultural Center, presenting music and other performing arts since 2001.
Lazywall and Kutsal are now in L.A., sing in and speak fluent English, and are available for interviews.
Lazywall has headlined festivals in North Africa and Europe with blistering performances in front of tens of thousands of fans. The guys are extremely excited, and honored, to continue their groundbreaking tour of the U.S. with their L.A. show, which will bring their Gnawa-Moroccan infused melodies and rhythms and grunge-metal riffs to new audiences.
Award-winning guitarist and producer Lanny Cordola will sit in with Lazywall. Cordola has worked with Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, Macy Gray, Donavan, Nancy Sinatra and House of Lords. Rock guitarist Mark LeVine, who has performed with Mick Jagger, Chuck D., Michael Franti, Dr. John and a slew of great bands, will also join Lazywall. LeVine is the author most recently of Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance and the Soul of Islam (Three Rivers Press 2008), which followed up on his bestseller, Why They Dont Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil (One World 2005).
More about the musicians, online at levantinecenter.org.
The Middle East Rocks! opens at 8:30 pm with an on-stage conversation among the performers about music and the Middle East/North Africa, before rocking The Joint with JEKYL at 9 pm, KUTSAL at 10 pm and LAZYWALL at 11 pm, with additional music by DJ AL-FAREED. The Joint, at 8771 W. Pico Blvd. (at Robertson Blvd.), will stay open till the wee hours (21+). $15 cover. Call 310.657.5511/310.657.5522 for reservations.
Media contact: Jordan Elgrably, Levantine Cultural Center, 310.402.8866.
Source : http://www.levantinecenter.org/arts/music/middle-east-rocks-kutsal-turkey-lazywall-morocco-and-kordz-lebanon
Saturday, Jun 23, 2012
The Second "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival" launches at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 for a one-week celebration of Kazakh cinema and culture, including musicians.
The festival is a stellar opportunity for directors, producers, location scouts, and the general public to get an understanding and appreciation of this exotic locale without leaving home.
Sweeping from the Caspian Sea on its Russian border to the Altai Mountain range on the Chinese border, Kazakhstan has a rich nomadic history as well as a powerful current tapestry of cultures. Since gaining independence in 1991, the Central Asian Republic has embraced its remarkable filmmaking past that dates back to the 1930's, when Sergei Eisenstein made his classic Ivan the Terrible in this mystic land, and has even given rise to several "New Wave" movements.
Opening night on Aug. 3rd begins with a reception at 7 pm, and includes a program of live entertainment until 11 pm, at the DGA Theater.
Sponsored by Kazakh Geographic Society (KazGeo.kz ), helixfilmsinc.com , the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Honorary Consulate of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, the festival includes Advisory Board Members Steven-Charles Jaffe (GHOST, K19), David Marconi (Screenwriter, ENEMY OF THE STATE), and Ambassador Erlan Idrissov.
Tickets cost $10 (including free parking) can be purchased from the festivals website. "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival 2012" will be held Aug. 3 - 9 at the Directors Guild of America on 7920 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California
For more information, please see www.kazakhfestival.com - KazakhFilmFestLA@gmail.com
Source : HelixFilmsInc.com
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The 65th Festival de Cannes drew to a close tonight with the closing awards ceremony hosted by Academy Award nominated actress Berenice Bejo.
The top prize was captured yet again by Michael Haneke for his portrait of an elderly couple Amour. This is the second time he has bested Jacques Audiard who was also in competition with De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone). Haneke becomes one of the few two-time Palme d'Or winners alongside Alf Sjoberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Bille August, Emir Kusturica, Shohei Imamura, and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and only the second after August to win with consecutive films his previous Palme d'Or was for his 2009 film Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon).
Matteo Garrone picked up his second Grand Prix for his film Reality. Previously, he had won in 2008 for Gomorrah.
The surprise winner for the Jury Prize was Ken Loach with The Angels' Share. He previously won the Palme d'Or in 2006 with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
Another previous Palme d'Or winner won Best Screenplay. Cristian Mungiu who made 4 luni, 3 săptămâni ?i 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) returned with După dealuri (Beyond the Hills), and it also shared the Best Actress for its stars Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur.
In spite of the heavy American representation in the selection, the only American film to win a prize was Benh Zeitlin's Un Certain Regard entry Beasts of the Southern Wild which won the Camera d'Or for first film. Last night, it had won the FIPRESCI international critics' prize.
Complete list of winners for the 65th Festival de Cannes
Amour, Michael Haneke (France-Germany-Austria)
Reality, Matteo Garrone (Italy-France)
The Angels' Share, Ken Loach (U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy)
Carlos Reygadas, Post tenebras lux (Light After Darkness) (Mexico-France-Germany-Netherlands)
Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Mads Mikkelsen, Jagten (The Hunt) (Denmark-Sweden)
Cristian Mungiu, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (U.S.)
PALME D'OR FOR BEST SHORT FILM
SESSYZ-BE DENG (SILENCE), REZAN YE?YLBA?
Source : www.ensonhaber.com