Alan Roger Currie - Author
Alan became (in)famous with his book Mode One: Let the Women Know What You're REALLY Thinking and has since traveled the country to appear at Book Signing Events & Speaking Engagements.
Christy Lee Hughes - Award Winning Actress
Christy Lee Hughes is a professional actress, dancer and voice-over artist. She is a member in excellent standing with Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actors Equity Association. She has been chosen to work with some of Hollywood's most talented Directors including Steven Spielberg, Bill Condon, Arthur Ginsberg and Joe Pytka.
You may have heard Christy on Disney Radio or seen her during the U.S. Tour of Beauty and the Beast (Beauty), in movies such as Miss Congeniality, Hitch, Kinsey, War of the Worlds, or in the national IBM commercial What Makes YOU Special?
Christy has earned and accepted the Critic's Choice Award for Best Actress at the 2007 Edwood Film Festival and just returned from the Lake Placid Film Festival where she was cast in a film titled Thoreauly Lost. It was chosen for the Audience Choice Award at the 2008 Festival.
Richard L. Jackson - Actor
Remember the Chicken Farmer in No Country for Old Men and his encounter with Javier Bardem's character Anton? Or the successful TV show Walker, Texas Ranger? Richard recently also starred in Eric Braeden's production The Man Who Came Back, and as a true Texan he even landed his own segment in the Austrian TV Production Fremder Stern Texas.
Richard Jackson has quite a resume and when you check out his website, make sure to watch his impressive Demo Reel. For a good laugh, I recommend watching the Century Bank video!
Tom "Lefty" Leftwich - Author / Singer / Songwriter
With his first book Gold Mining! Come Along for the Ride Tom brings you an informal gold mining experience and education gained from thousands of hours high-banking, sluicing, dredging, crevassing and panning for ol’ big yeller. His search has been fully rewarding in his quest for gold, but his greatest reward has been in the fun and friendships he has dearly enjoyed along the way.
This autobiography records his experiences, mining techniques, inventions, gadgets and humor surrounding activities associated with a journey of twenty-seven years gold mining. Herein he has tried to bring to life the wonderful joy of success, the occasional disappointments that every prospector has experienced and the unforgettable warehouse of memories that are shared in some measure by every gold miner. This book is Tom's personal recollection of that long and wonderful journey.
“Come along for the ride.” You won’t be disappointed!
Paperback, ISBN 1-60610-217-6, 190 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, Retail Price: US$24.95 Special Offer: US$19.95
With his CD GOLD The Spirit of Roaring Camp Tom poignantly captures the mood of those out there, who in the quest for gold have experienced heartship and dissapointments, but also excitement and fulfillment. The CD contains 14 Original Songs of the Gold Country.
Distributed by TEL Records, 3545 Tropico Rd, Rosamond, CA 93560
Rosemary Lord - Author
Rosemary Lord is an acclaimed theatre and television actress and the best-selling author of
Hollywood Then and Now and Los Angeles Then and Now. Rosemary is currently completing more mystery novels.
Albert Magnoli - Award Winning Writer / Director / Editor
With Purple Rain, Albert Magnoli created a one-of-a-kind cult film catapulting charismatic musician Prince into a major star and winning the musician an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song Score.
To this day, this successful film is enjoyed by generations of fans around the world.
Albert Magnoli graduated from the Film School at the University of Southern California in 1981. While there he completed ten student films, culminating with his Thesis Film project Jazz (1979), which he wrote, produced, directed, and edited. Focusing on the lives of three Los Angeles jazz musicians, Jazz went on to win fifteen filmmaking awards in this country and abroad including a CINE Eagle Award, three FOCUS Awards and a Student Academy Award. The twenty-four minute film is listed in the 1983 edition of The Encyclopedia Britannica as “the most honored student film made in this country in the last twenty years.”
After graduation, Magnoli was asked to edit the MGM film, Reckless (1984), which was being directed by his former USC classmate, James Foley. While editing the film, rock star Prince and his manager, Robert Cavallo, came looking for a director to helm Prince’s feature film debut. Foley passed on the project, but suggested Magnoli. Prince and Cavallo screened Jazz and offered the project to him. Magnoli went to Prince’s hometown, Minneapolis, and sequestered himself in a hotel room for six weeks. There he researched and wrote the script for Purple Rain (1984).
As the director, writer, and editor Magnoli delivered Purple Rain to the theaters eleven months later. The Hollywood Reporter described Purple Rain as “sensational and highly visual - an accomplished and sophisticated example of storytelling.” Released by Warner Bros. in nine hundred theaters, Purple Rain topped the box office in its first weekend knocking Ghostbusters from the number one position. Purple Rain has grossed over $156 million dollars worldwide.
Magnoli followed with the Lorimar-Columbia feature, American Anthem (1986) and ghost-directed the critically acclaimed concert film, Sign 'O' The Times (1987) starring Prince. Magnoli then began a four-year association with Prince, culminating with Magnoli becoming Prince’s manager and handling his creative affairs. The soundtrack album for Batman (1989) was created during this union, and two #1 videos, Batdance and Partyman were directed by Magnoli to promote the Batman film and soundtrack.
Warner Bros. executive Mark Canton and producer Jon Peters then asked Magnoli to take over the directing reins from Andrei Konchalovsky on Tango & Cash (1989) starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. The $65 million dollar film was behind schedule and over budget, and Magnoli was asked to begin shooting immediately. Four days later Magnoli arrived on the set, filmed for forty days, and delivered the picture to the studio in time for a Christmas release just two months later. Tango & Cash was a commercial success and has grossed over $186 million dollars worldwide.
Magnoli then directed Born to Run (1993) for Fox Television starring Richard Grieco. Filmed in just twenty-four days, the $3.4 million dollar film was critically acclaimed. The Hollywood Reporter stated “... this is mood TV, a highly stylized look at the racing culture that’s dark, fast, idealistic, and gritty. It’s great filmmaking, and a surprisingly impressive profile of the racing culture.” The Los Angeles Times wrote: “... who can resist a story like this? It’s apple pie and baseball, and more to the point, it’s sexy. The reason lies in the pristine direction of Albert Magnoli. This is movie heaven.”
Magnoli then directed Dark Planet (1997) a science fiction film for producers John Eyres and Barnet Bain and the Sci-Fi cable channel. Starring Paul Mercurio, Harley Jane Kozak, and Michael York, Dark Planet was shot in eighteen days with a budget of $800,000 dollars.
That same year, Magnoli directed Deliverance an episode of Nash Bridges (1997) for CBS.
He then wrote a slate of scripts for his production entity Dark Harbor Pictures:
Staked, Fetish, Primal Scream, Ghost Child, Savage, Falcon, 25 to Die, Eternity: The Wakening, Eternity 2: Heart of the Covenant, The Code Conspiracy, The Code Revelation, World Without End, and the Don Aronow biopic Cigarette.
Albert Magnoli continues to write screenplays for Dark Harbor Pictures and work on various projects.
Shari Yantra Marcacci - Award Winning Filmmaker / Writer / Producer
Shari won international acclaim with her short film Nightshift, which was shown at dozens of film festivals around the world. Shari is the owner of the Production Company Yantra Films, Inc. and is currently working on new projects.
Jarreth Merz - Award Winning Actor / Director / Producer
You may have seen Jarreth Merz on stage or in movies and TV dramas such as The Passion of the Christ, ER, The Unit, The Alibi, Law & Order SVU or Nightshift. His documentary Glorious Exit won the "Walter Mosley" Award at the Real Life Documentary Festival 2008. Jarreth's latest documentary An African Election in Ghana, West Africa, is taking the festival circuit by storm.
Article: Zwei Halbbrueder gehen auf's Ganze (in German)
From the Sundance Film Festival website: "In a world plagued by stolen elections, secret government agendas, and a renewed interest in the exploitation of African natural resources, what value does democracy offer, particularly in the tumultuous region of West Africa? For Ghana, a nation that has been Africa’s barometer of political stability, democracy may mean the difference between peace and prosperity—and murderous chaos under military coup.
An African Election is a remarkable documentary that grants viewers unprecedented access to the anatomy of Ghana’s 2008 presidential elections. Capturing the intrigue of electioneering, the intensity of the vote-counting process, and the mood of the countrymen whose fate lies precariously in the balance, director Jarreth Merz’s coverage unfolds with all the tension of a political thriller, revealing the emotions, passions, and ethical decisions that both threaten—and maintain—the integrity of the democratic process. An African Election illuminates a beacon of hope for Africa and for the value and vitality of democracy today."
Anthony Mora - Award Winning Journalist / Author / Novelist / Playwright
Anthony owns the successful Media Relations Company Anthony Mora Communications, Inc. and has been featured in USA Today, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, LA Weekly, The BBC, CNN, Entrepreneur, Fox News, MSNBC, KTLA and other media. He has written several books, among them the Award Winning P.R. Guide Spin to Win, and several plays. His company has placed clients in a wide range of local, national and international media venues including Time, Newsweek, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, 20/20, Oprah, The London Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and many others.
Official Trailer: Modern Love At the Toluca Lake Sidewalk Studio Theatre in September 2008
James Patterson - Author
James Patterson's book 295 days offers a rare look at life behind bars. It's a riveting account of his experience in the Orange County jail and the life-altering consequences of drinking and driving / DUI.
Paperback, ISBN 978-1-932252-85-5, 240 pages, 6x9, Retail Price: US$19.95