Ernie Holzman: Life ReFocused

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This Sunday, November 12th, join Ernie and Terry Holzman in an exhibition of sculptures, assemblages, collages and more – in the presentation Ernie Holzman: Life ReFocused. The art show offers a completely different look – a deconstructed one – into the phrase “lights, camera, action.”

The beautifully curated exhibition celebrates film cameras and lenses from the 20th century. Presented by writer-director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield), Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network), and cinematographer Ernie Holzman, ASC (Without a Trace, Cora Unashamed, Thirtysomething), the event offers assemblages and sculptures created by Holzman, as well as a rare print of the iconic set of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. All proceeds benefit cancer research at City of Hope.

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When cinematographer Ernie Holzman was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, he had to retire from making movies and television. He put his creative energy into deconstructing vintage motion picture cameras a friend had given him and re-assembling the pieces into abstract sculpture.  In order to give back to the cancer community that saved his life and put him into remission, Holzman is presenting 75 Life Refocused works for sale to benefit the City of Hope Cancer Center.

Holzman relates “The opportunity to create art, and ultimately have this showing, has not only been enormously healing for me, but has given my life greater meaning than I have ever known.”

His wife Terry Holzman made sure none of the exquisite memorabilia went to waste. 

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“My part of the show is I took all the extra bits—thousands of extra motion picture camera parts, from large lenses to tiny screws, and created 150 6×6” collages. It’s called Splice Here: Collages by Terry Holzman,” she relates. “I used the word “Splice” not only because it’s a film term, to join together photographic film segments, but also as a general term to “join together or unite” which is what Ernie and I are doing. Uniting to raise money to benefit cancer research at City of Hope.”

Enjoy the art, live music, food, and drink and help support the Holzmans this Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at RED Studios Hollywood, 864 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, 90038. An RSVP is not necessary to attend.

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Director Alexander Garcia: On Skateboards and Film

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You might say that film director Alexander Garcia is skating to the top. His upcoming project, Paved New World is his second film relating to the world of skateboarding along with his recently completed Skate God.

While the two are very different films, both have a shared passion for the sport.

“What attracted me to Paved New World was that when I first read the script, I felt each character had such a strong humanity and they were much different from other archetypes; they were characters we seldom see in other films,” he explains. Another attraction: “The script comes from the amazing writing duo Scott Marcano and Kip Koneig, who wrote Bio Dome,” Garcia explains. “The whole coming of age story is something that I feel will never go out of style. If I were to go back to films such as Stand By Me and films out of John Hughes’ library like Sixteen Candles, or Pretty in Pink, all those films have one thing in common – they’ve become a part of a timeless pop-culture.  Films of today do not have that elasticity.” At least until now. According to the director, Paved New World has all the makings to become a classic.

Garcia feels that the audience for the project is both general and niche. “It caters to the skateboarding subculture and will evoke what Lords of Dogtown did for the 40-something crowd, especially since the story takes place during the 90s,” he says, but notes that the project will appeal to a broad cross-section of mainstream viewers.

Garcia is working with star Daniel Pinder who plays Slim in the movie, an actor he worked with before in Skate God.  Pinder, well known for his role as Michael on Chicago PD – and for his love of skate boarding, seemed a perfect fit. Garcia was drawn to the actor for the pivotal role.

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“It would be disingenuous for me to say that Daniel is the embodiment of the Slim character.  That would be selling his acting ability short. Daniel is innately one of the most gifted performers out there today,” Garcia asserts. “He has the range to delve into any character by injecting himself into any role he takes on, which helps keep the realism intact. Your best actors are the ones that tap into their own inner being, becoming one with the character and playing off of their own idiosyncrasies.”

The chemistry between Pinder and actress Claudia Lee (Kick Ass 2) who plays his love interest, Jayce, in the film, was another part of the appeal, Garcia says. “Viewers will love his relationship with her.”

With Paved New World being the second project for Garcia involving skateboarding, the question had to be asked: what role did skateboarding play in his decision to make the film?

“I started skateboarding in the 80s when skateboarding hadn’t quiet found its footing yet. I continuously skated into the 90s…I turned professional in ’93, when skateboarding was on a downward slide because there were no monies to be doled out. It really came down to the artistry back then more than anything, which I feel is missing from today’s skating.”

Of course that changed again in the late 90s with a new incarnation of skateboarding including skateboard star Tony Hawk’s entrance into video gaming. “That’s when skateboarding really became a permanent mainstay in the extreme sports family,” Garcia says. He continued to skate professionally until 2007, and still uses his pro-model skateboard. While he no longer participates in contests, he carves out the time to skate at least once a week. Garcia was inducted into the freestyle skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2008.

He feels strongly that skateboarding exemplifies the idea of being an original and going against the grain, which he says has always been his personal mantra. “That’s why skateboarding was so attractive to me. When I started skating, there were no skateparks in existence so you had to skate in parking lots, underground parking structures, and you had to try to find your own safe haven. Mine happened to be my garage,” he laughs.

Gracia made the transition from pro skateboarder into filmmaker due to his long-standing love for cinema.

“That stems from when I was 6-years-old, going to the movies with my Mom in my hometown of Lakewood, Calif.,” he says.  “I would see films in every genre ranging from romantic comedies to thrillers to action, which in the end made me into a multi-genre storyteller. Horror films have always been my passion,” he adds.

His love of filmmaking took a back seat to professional skateboarding after high school, and he never attended film school. As a self-taught filmmaker, he says  “I have always leaned more toward being self-taught and less reliant on schooling and that comes directly from skateboarding.  I created my own personal style, I didn’t emulate anyone else, and it didn’t come from any book.”

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Currently, Garcia is working on a wide array of film projects in multiple genres along with his producing partners Anne Stimac and Stuart Arbury.

“One of the projects was derived from a children’s short story that I penned when I was 12 years old titled Libby’s Dreams. It deals with a detached, over-imaginative little girl with the ability to enter different worlds through her dreams. That helps her to fit into the world she comes from.  The Florida Project’s Valeria Cotto is set to star in the film as Libby. I’m also working on a mystery thriller, Gallatin 6, staring Tilky Jones and Daniela Bobadilla, and Apparency, which I like to describe as a supernatural love story centered on reincarnation — with consequences. And of course, there’s Skate God which is going to be a game changer in the sci-fi/dystopian genre.”

With projects like this in Garcia’s quiver, Paved New World is just the start of a brave new career.

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Paved New World: William Brent added to Daniel Pinder Upcoming Starrer

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Daniel Pinder’s new film project, Paved New World Paved has added more talent to a project that’s a major project for the actor. Pinder is well-known for his role as Michael on Chicago PD, and the upcoming film Skate God. He’ll now be joined in the Paved New World project by another talented actor, William Brent – also known as Billy Unger. Brent, above, starred in the long-running Disney hit Lab Rats, as well as appearing with stars Kristen Bell and Jamie Lee Curtis in the recent films You Again and The Descendants 2.

In Paved New World, Brent will play the part of Funch, a “bad guy” role that the actor is excited to portray. The film focuses on the challenge between two skaters who race against the clock to see their hometown skater hero, Gibby (Andy Schrock) as he completes a suicidal gap jump on his skateboard. One of the two avid skateboard fans, Slim, will be played by Pinder; the other fan role is yet to be announced. Claudia Lee ( Kick-Ass2 and Hart of Dixie) will play a biker who is also the love interest for Slim (Pinder). Ava Allan, Olivia Rodrigo, Connor Weil, Kamil McFadden, Tilky Jones and social media stars Josh Paler Lin and Chad Tepper are also in the cast. With the addition of Brent, excitement is building, as the stellar cast continues to grow.

The film already has an extensive behind the lines pedigree. The film, written by Bio-Dome creators Scott Marcano and two time Emmy nominated and Golden Globe winner Kip Koenig of Greys Anatomy is directed by Skate God director Alexander Garcia.  It’s being produced by Brad Krevoy (Dumb and Dumber) along with Marcano and Garcia.

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“Paved New World is set in the 90s and follows two teens, Slim and Kilgore, on their last day of summer as they travel across town to watch their skate boarding idol attempt a suicidal skate trick,” Pinder explains. “It’s really a coming of age story about these best friends on a journey of finding themselves.”

Pinder calls the film’s story vividly relatable, and says he relates well to the character, and was able to bring his favorite hobby – skateboarding – to the character, as well. Having the lead role in a film supported by such strong and skilled acting talent like Brent is beyond exciting for the young actor.

“I understand Slim and…I feel like I’ve been very close to this character most of life,” Pinder asserts.  “What I most identify with in him is his passion. I’m very excited for everyone to meet Slim.”

Paved New World is set to release June 21, 2018.

Pestered About What to Do on Halloween?

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Here’s a bug in your ear – if you’re wondering just what to do to celebrate the season – check out the Halloween Film Pestival,  this Saturday October 21st at the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What’s that you ask? Well, it’s an event sponsored by the Western Exterminator Company that presents a variety of bug-themed films, popcorn that can optionally be topped with flavored crickets, and insect infused lollipops as treats.  Yes, there will be traditional movie candy and soda provided gratis, too.  And attendees can dress up in costume.

What’s screening? Bee Movie, The Ant Bully, Epic, The Birds (wait – birds eat bugs, don’t they?), The Fly, Big Ass Spider, and Eight Legged Freaks. 

Between flicks you can participate in a cricket eating contest and explore an exhibit on entomology – that’s the study of bugs, naturally.

Pesty parking worries? Like the film fest itself, it’s sponsored and free. Los Feliz Movie Theatre is located at 1822 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027; parking is around the corner at 4640 Melbourne Ave.

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To screen a film, RSVP to your movie showing of choice (up to 4 tickets). Seat availability is first come, first served. To RSVP buzz over HERE.

  • Genie Davis; bug photo (top) Pattern vector created by Veraholera – Freepik.com