The hifi holiday festivalhosted by Filipinos promoting creative education (FACE), in collaboration with other hifi organizations, took over Los Angeles’ historic Filipinotown on Saturday for the second year in a row.
Held at RideBack Ranch, the event raised toy donations to send to less fortunate families in the Philippines while spreading holiday cheer to Los Angeles locals through live music, complimentary meals and festive photo ops.
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“This is one of our favorite annual community engagement programs that we offer to serve those less fortunate during the holiday season,” said Lyle Del Mundo, executive director of FACE. “It’s an opportunity for some of the many talented Filipinos in entertainment to donate their time and talent to connect, to inspire, and this is their reason to celebrate the season.”
The celebration featured a number of celebrity meet and greets with special guests like simu-liuPatrick Starrr, Alex Wassabi, Paris Belrec, Vincent Rodríguez III, Jon Jon Briones, joseph of the cross, Teo Briones, Eugene Cordero, Jason Rogel, Roshon Fegan and Ella Jay Basco. Other highlights of the event included a Christmas bazaar, free children’s haircuts, and a plethora of Christmas carols.
“Organizations like FACE are indispensable because they not only provide educational programming, but they give kids the chance to be kids and creative professionals the chance to cheer them up,” said Dela Cruz, a Filipino-American actor best known as a recurring host on ” Blue’s Clues. “Events like the HiFi Holiday Festival celebrate children and act as fuel to keep the fire of possibility burning.”
Veteran Performing Artist Michael Denering Receives Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award
Scenic Artist Michael Denering will receive the Art Directors Guild (ADG) Lifetime Achievement Award from Scenic, Title & Graphic Artists (STG) at the 27th Annual ADG Awards.
Denering’s painted landscape can be seen in 2004’s “Toys”, “Die Hard”, “Jurassic Park”, “Django Unchained”, and “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”, as well as in the first and second “Iron Man”. “. Denering’s work has also appeared on popular series like “Grace & Frankie,” “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” and “Three’s Company.”
Over the course of his 42-year career, Denering worked at both Warner Bros. and Fox Studios. She later served as co-chair of the ADG Fine Arts Committee before retiring in 2020. Her paintings can still be admired at Los Angeles entertainment venues such as the Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Mark Taper Forum.
“Michael Denering is what his colleagues have referred to as a ‘dynamic’ performing artist,” said STG Board Chairman Clint Schultz. “From his early set painting at CBS Television City to his many years at Warner Brothers Studios, Mike’s career as a filmmaker has seen his murals and backdrops appear in over 100 films.
Denering is the first of four Lifetime Achievement Award recipients to be announced by the ADG. The three remaining honorees will represent the other councils that make up the guild: the Art Directors; the Illustrators and Matte Artists; and set designers and modelers.
The ADG Awards are scheduled for Saturday, February 18 at the InterContinental in downtown Los Angeles.
Film Commission Group elects new chief executive
Jaclyn Philpott has been named the new CEO of the International Association of Film Commissioners, a trade group representing more than 300 film commissions worldwide.
Philpott is from New Zealand, where he has worked for the last few years in marketing for Tataki Auckland Unlimited, the cultural and economic development agency for the city of Auckland.
She will take over the leadership position left vacant when Eve Honthaner departed earlier this year. AFCI holds two annual conferences, where state and national film commissioners meet to discuss how best to attract productions to their territories.
“I am honored to be selected as the new Executive Director of AFCI and excited by the opportunity to work closely with our members around the world to build on the accomplishments of those who have come before me,” Philpott said in a statement. “The display industry is at a turning point in history and I see significant opportunities for growth and collaboration.”
Philpott will relocate to Los Angeles, where AFCI is based.
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