KIDS KALEIDOSCOPE . . .
Chef de Cuisine Vinzone Fig & Olive
BREAKING BREAD WITH KIDS & STARS AT DORIS BERGMAN’S ELEVENTH ANNUAL VALENTINE ROMANCE PRE-OSCAR® STYLE LOUNGE & PARTY AT FIG & OLIVE
by Bonnie Carroll
It was an amazing afternoon for invited VIP guests at the newly remodeled Hollywood Hotspot Fig & Olive on Melrose Place who were attending the 11th Doris Bergman Annual Pre-Oscar® Style Lounge and Party honoring the upcoming 91st Annual Academy Awards®. Over 100 of Hollywood’s finest turned out to celebrate and pay homage to the film industry’s Oscar® Nominated actors, former Oscar® winners, presenters, stylists and industry VIPS. This highly anticipated invitation-only event, hosted by JONATHAN SWEET OF BUILDING FOR THE STARS and presented by BUYWINE.COM & PRECIOUS VODKA, featured an incredible array of fashion for him and her including couture gowns, bespoke tuxedos & suits, hand-rolled cigars, tech accessories, the finest in beauty, skin & hair care, stunning jewelry collections, gorgeous accessories, French perfume, designer handbags, CBD products, Napa Valley wines, luxury home décor, exotic culinary spices, gourmet cuisine, unique spirits, delectable sweets and more.
Chef de Cuisine Gianbattista Vinzoni of FIG & OLIVE’s West Coast flagship location on Melrose Place and his staff prepared and presented a variety of beautiful hors d' oeuvres, a delicious luncheon, made with an organic ingredient focus, followed by petit apple tarts and mascarpone with fresh fruit pastries as a sweet finale. As always the service was outstanding. The dining room was overflowing with celebs and media sharing Oscar news and savoring the food and weekend Academy Award excitement.
Gathering Gifts were Donovan Carter, Kirby Loft and Kheng Hua Tan
Those perusing the excitement filled Bergman event at Fig & Olive included Award-Winning Actors, Esai Morales and Christopher McDonald who joined former Oscar Nominee Bruce Dern, Chris Browning (BOSCH), Diedre Hall (Hollywood Icon/”Days of Our Lives”), Jackson Dunn, (Star of Sony Pictures “Brightburn”), Jon Mack (“Pandora’s Box), Kheng Hua Tan (“Star of 2019 Golden Globe Nominated Film “Crazy Rich Asians”), Lydia Cornell, Maria Conchita Alonso, Michael Campion (“Fuller House”), Rex Lee (“Young & Hungry”), Teilor Grubbs (“Hawaii Five-O”, , Hollywood Icon Tristan Rogers, Jenni Farley (“Jersey Shore Family Vacation”), Comedian Judy Tenuta, Candace Rice (“Floribama Shore”), Elena Samodanova (“Dancing With The Stars/”So You Think You Can Dance”), Vincent Spano (“Alive”), Award-Winning Actor William McNamara (“Copycat”), Ryan Ochoa (“Pair of Kings”), Donovan Carter & Kris D. Lofton (HBO’s “Ballers”), as well as a cadre of celebrities and industry VIPS who were treated to the best of the best!
Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites News was pleased to join a bevy of guests who made a monitary donation to Wednesday's Child at Bergman's fabulous Pre-Oscar Luncheon. Guests were invited to make monetary donations and/or donated unwrapped gifts for young adults (ages 13-18) for a Post-Holiday Gift Drive benefitting ‘Wednesday’s Child’ -- a weekly segment airing on KTTV FOX 11 News, Los Angeles, with Anchor Christine Devine. ‘Wednesday’s Child’ highlights ‘harder to place’ children in the LA County foster care system who are in need of adoptive families. “In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 30,000 children receiving child welfare services,” says social worker, Dr. William Wong. Bergman always invites beloved foster children to join in on the festivities and experience what it feels like to be treated as a VIP. http://www.foxla.com/wednesdays-child
Gifting Sponsors Diamond Veneer - Montecristo Social Club - Art Lewen Bespoke
Gifts and services for this year's event were provided by: Jonathan Sweet of Building For The Stars, Buywine.com, Precious Vodka, Montecristo Cigars, Quantum Rejuvenation, Milena’s Boutique, CURTIS & Co. Timepieces, La Cristallerie des Parfum de Paris, Free Bird Remedies, Lasio Hair Care, Beauty Kitchen, S&G THESIGN, Twisted Silver Jewelry, My Saint, My Hero Bracelets, Zirconmania & Diamond Veneer, Timmy Woods Designer Handbags, Sue Wong Couture Gowns & Fragrance, Sugar Me Life, Hint Water, Art Lewin Bespoke Suits & Tuxedos, Spa Girl Vodka, Rock Your Hair, Author Kathleen Heim “The Rules of Nines,” Olecea Beaute, LiquidNano, Junkless Granola Bars, Chapstick, Canteen Wine, Kam Shield, Canteen Wine, Dragon Island Spice Co., Vita Coco, Author Scott Kelley, “We All Die Young,” and VIP Gift Bags provided by BELLA MAGAZINE.
34th SBIFF 10-10-10 Kick-Off at New SBIFF Education Center
Winners Awards Presentation at the Historic Arlington Theatre
by Bonnie Carroll
It was a beehive of activity in the newly opened SBIFF Education Center at 1330 State Street where 20 screenwriters and filmmaking finalist for 10-10-10, along with their industry mentors came together to kick-off this year's competition. Awards will be presented to the winners on February 9th at the Arlington Theatre. Tickets are available at www.sbiff.org.
Claire Waterhouse, Education Director SBIFF introduced Guy Smith, SBIFF co-director and fifteen year mentor in directing for SBIFF and a 40 year career veteran at Santa Barbara City College and Antioch University. Smith shared how rewarding the work his work with students in the SBIFF compitition has been. Michael Stinson, SBIFF co-director is a full-time faculty member in film and media studies at SBCC since 2001 who has an impressive background in the industry proudly introduced each 10-10-10 participant.
10-10-10 Award Competitors & Mentors
Visual Effect Mentor Leslie Ekker, a former Academy Award nominee in visual effects, said he was so impressed with the professionalism of the students, and was delighted to have one of the competing teams do shooting in his design conscious home in Santa Barbara.
SBIFF Claire Waterhouse and William Conlin
The annual 10-10-10 (Ten Writers – Ten Directors – Ten Films) Screenwriting and Filmmaking Mentorship and Competition began in 2004 and SBIFF is proud to offer screenwriters and filmmakers the expertise of a panel of respected and successful industry professionals. Over several months before the festival these mentors lead and assist each of the 10 film crews through all stages of planning and production. Mentors provide feedback on a rough cut of the film, then filmmakers submit the final version for the competition. One judging panel scores the screenplays and selects a high school and college winner. Another judging panel screen the films privately before scoring them and selecting a high school and college winner. All of the films are shown at a free screen at the Arlington Theatre on the final day of the Festival, with an awards ceremony following to honor the achievements of the screenwriters and filmmakers.
The 10-10-10 winners were announced February 9th at the Arlington Theatre ay Claire Waterhouse, SBIFF Director of Education and Mary Beth Riordan, long-time sponsor and supporter of 10-10-10.
The 2019 10-10-10 winners are:
HighSchool SCREENWRITING Competition: Spike Miller, Script: “Test of the Dead” College SCREENWRITING Competition: Aashka Pandya, Script: “The Quarter Life Crisis” Filmmakers: High School FILMMAKING Competition: Santiago Bailey-Musacchio, Film: Object Permanence College FILMMAKING Competition: Stephanie Foster, Film: Here to Help
Claire Waterhouse, Santiago Bailey-Musacchio, Spike Miller, Stephanie Foster, Aashka Pandya, Mary Beth Riordan
Congratulations all around to everyone participating in the 10-10-10 competition, especially the winning screenwriters and filmmakers. For additional information visit: www.SBIFF.org.