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Danielle Rios brings Interior Design From the Runway to GBK Oscar Gift Suite

Danielle Rios brings Interior Design From the Runway to GBK Academy Awards Gifting Suite

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Interior Designer Danielle Rios takes inspiration from Alexander McQueen, worn by Jessica Chastain and Nicole Kidman and Anne Hathaway’s Valentino for the design of GBK’s 2013 Oscar Luxury Lounge.

Going to the many gifting suites in Los Angeles you will find that many are held in the some of the hottest and best known hotels in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. GBK is no different, except that GBK always goes one step further and does a complete design concept for each event.

It is always exciting to walk in to see what wonderful design concept they have come up with for each event and this year for the Academy Awards I was lucky enough to find out who was designing.

The following was my conversation with Danielle Rios designer and Nadine Jolson part of GBK PR all about the show and the incredible designs based on exquisite gowns from Valentino and Alexander McQueen, for this year.JW

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From Runways to Red Carpets to Oscar Lounges, Rios will showcase fashion-influenced vignettes, styled with an elegant, edgy display of furnishings and decorative touches at the lounge for Nominees and Presenters.  The celebrity-gifting event will be held at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday February 21st and Saturday February 22nd from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“I believe that there is always the possibility for style and unexpected glamour,” says Rios, “I am thrilled and honored to be working with the leader in luxury gift lounges, GBK.” – Danielle Rios

Rios, a former Tadashi model, takes her experience from the runway to interior design for high-end residential, hospitality and commercial designs. By infusing her knowledge and expertise from both worlds, Rios established a unique trademark in creating fashionable interiors. The mixing of fashion sensibilities and interior design is a collective approach that she takes with every job.

“Time-honored style and fresh avant-garde elements create dynamic groupings and spaces,” Rios says.  A modernist at heart, Rios adds a traditional twist into her designs.

Contributing manufactures and contractors are: Elitis wall coverings and Bergamo and Rubelli fabric by Donghia Inc., Gaetano fabric by Elan Collections, Leather by Moore & Giles Inc., Nolita Sofa from the Magni Collection, Kailash Table by Chista, Grand Facet by Gary Hutton, Sophia Floor Lamp by Fuse Lighting, Reborn Antiques, Ryan Gallery, and John Jory LLC. s

Rios received her Bachelors of Science for Architectural Interior Design from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is a registered Interior Designer and Associate for AIA in the state of Nevada and has offices in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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Danielle’s high expectations and personal drive have launched her into an exciting venture of design and construction development. Working on multi-million dollar estates, commercial properties and collaborating with Clientele has proven to be a successful endeavor. Since the commencement of her business, the focus has been on predominately high-end residential, hospitality and commercial design. This past year however, Danielle has expanded her creativity to antique furniture importation and renovation. Creating unique pieces into timeless furniture with an updated style and sense of elegance has expanded her savvy expertise in design.

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Nichole Kidman in Valentino for the Golden Globes

Prior to Danielle creating her own business, her formative years were rooted in hospitality design. She worked and cultivated her skill for two leading design firms in Las Vegas for six years. Soon after, those connections led to a joint design venture that launched luxury international hospitality projects. It was during those formative years that she realized that her enthusiasm for design was geared around creating alluring, exciting spaces and adjusting with an ever-changing world.

Danielle Rios was born in Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelors of Science for Architectural Interior Design from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is a registered Interior Designer in the state of Nevada. Danielle is currently operating out of Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Contact

Website: www.DRDS.net

Nadine Jolson 310 614 3214,  Email: jolsoncreative@mac.com

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Thanks to GBK Events – Gavin and his great staff. As always you host the best.

GBK, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Special Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO), Carla Domen (VP) or GBK,, please go to: gbkproductions.com.

Kearran Giovanni of TNT’s Major Crimes Visits Emmy Awards GBK Gift Suite

Kearran Giovanni of the New TNT hit Major Crimes visits the Emmy Awards GBK Gift Suite to help out the many vendors and charities.

Kearran Giovanni actress on the TNT hit Major Crimes, which is a spin off of The Closer visited the GBK Emmy Awards Gifting Suite to help endorse the many vendors and non-profits that were there..

It was great to see Kearran at the GBK event as I knew of her affiliation with Major Crimes and the Sunshine Kids and we have reported on this great organization before.

Kearran was fun to talk to and she is as great looking close up as she is on the show. Thank you to GBK for putting on another great event that helps so many and to Kearran for taking a moment to speak with us.JW

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Kearran Giovanni is a Broadway, Film and Television actress who may know from her role as Dr. Vivian Wright on ABC’s ‘One Life to Live’.

Kearran has also played extensively on Broadway recently with Hugh Jackman and on national tour with The Lion King as Nala.

Kearran, Katy Texas native, attended the University of Cincinnati, where she studied musical theater. She speaks French and Italian, studied dance, is skilled in gymnastics and she received an Astaire Award nomination for her work in Guys and Dolls.

Kearran now joins TNT’s Major Crimes as Amy Sykes, military vet and new kid on the block, as the cast is originally from the hit show The Closer.

Major Crimes has been renewed for a second season on TNT starring Mary McDonnell, Tony Denison, GW Bailey, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Kearran Giovanni, Jon Tenney, Robert Gossett Graham Patrick Martin and Jonathan Del Arco.

Links

Twitter @KearranGiovanni
Official Website
IMDB
Major Crimes

Sunshine KidsThe Sunshine Kids

The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer. Established in 1982, we are committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. The Sunshine Kids provides a variety of programs and events, free of charge, for kids who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America.

The Sunshine Kids Foundation adds quality of life to children with cancer by providing them with exciting, positive group activities, so they may once again do what kids are supposed to do . . . have fun and celebrate life!

We look forward to the day when The Sunshine Kids Foundation will no longer need to exist. Until that time, the entire Sunshine Kids family is dedicated to providing the most exciting activities, trips and events for as many young cancer patients as possible.
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Thanks to GBK Events – Gavin and his great staff. As always you host the best. For more information on GBK Productions just click on the the logo

Gilmore Bank Sponsors Golf Tournament for Westview School

Gilmore Community Bank Sponsors 2nd Annual Westview School Golf Tournament

At MountainGate Country Club Monday October 1, 2012

Listen to Jackie Strumwasser, Exec Director or Westview School and Cecil Adams, Senior Vice President of Gilmore Bank in Los Angeles talk about the event and the great work the school is doing for it’s students.

2nd Annual Golf Tournament

GILMORE BANK WANTS TO “MAKE A HOLE LOT OF
DIFFERENCE FOR KIDS,” PROVIDES PLATINUM
SPONSORSHIP AND OTHER SUPPORT FOR WESTVIEW
SCHOOL’S 2ND ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT

Please call Ellen Retting, Director of Development
310.478.5544 or eretting@westviewschool.com

Event Tees Up At MountainGate Country Club At 9 A.MMonday October 1, 2012To ensure that Westview School will continue to “Make a Hole Lot of Difference for Kids,” outstanding corporate citizen Gilmore Bank has not only signed on as a Platinum Sponsor of Westview’s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament but is also actively recruiting other sponsors, raffle prize donors and golfers as well as promoting the event.

Additionally, the bank’s customers are invited to play in the October 1 tournament at MountainGate Country Club. Gilmore Bank is as unique in its strong support of Westview School as Westview is in its work with bright students, grades six to 12, with learning differences.  Just one visit to the campus underscores the exceptional support Westview provides for these youths.  The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools.

Gilmore Bank is as unique in its strong support of Westview School as Westview is in its work with bright students, grades six to 12, with learning differences.  Just one visit to the campus underscores the exceptional support Westview provides for these youths.  The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools.

Sponsors, raffle prizes and golfers are sought for the event.  Contact Ellen Retting at 310.478.5544 Ext. 123.

About Gilmore Bank  

Gilmore Bank opened for business in 1955. Bank founder, E.B. Gilmore was a legendary entrepreneur who, with his father, A.F. Gilmore, established the largest petroleum company in the western United States, built Gilmore Field baseball stadium, and founded the original Farmers Market.

Still a family owned community bank, they have full-service offices in Los Angeles and La Canada Flintridge, plus a loan production office in Irvine. Gilmore Bank has been granted the status of Preferred Lender by the Small Business Administration.  For more information on Gilmore Bank, visit www.gilmorebank.com.

About Westview School

Established in 1990, Westview School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpublic school serving bright students in grades 6 through 12 with learning differences that benefit from a small, supportive learning environment.

It is the mission of Westview School to provide its students with a personalized educational program with individualized instruction, program flexibility within an atmosphere of positive reinforcement. Westview’s unique college preparatory program strives to prepare its graduates to successfully meet the challenges of adult life.

For more information: www.westviewschool.com or Facebook at Westview School Los Angeles.

All tournament proceeds will benefit Westview School
Established in 1990 Westview School is a nonprofit, nonpublic
school serving bright students in grades 6 through 12 with learning
differences who benefit from a small supportive learning environment.

Tournament Schedule

9:00 am – 10:15 am

• Registration
• Continental Breakfast
• Warm-up on the Driving Range,
(practice balls provided)
• Putting Contest

11:00 am

• Shot Gun Tee Off/Scramble Format
• Lunch on Cart
4:30 pm
• Cocktail Reception/No Host Bar
• Awards Ceremony
• Raffle

Tournament Location

MountainGate Country Club
12445 Mountain Gate Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310.478.6215
Sponsorship Opportunities

Platinum Sponsor $4,000
Includes: 3 Foursomes, Corporate Name/Logo on Thank
You Banner, 3 Tee Sponsorships and 12 Tee Gift Bags

Gold Sponsor $2,500
Includes: 2 Foursomes, Corporate Name/Logo on Thank
You Banner, 2 Tee Sponsorships and 8 Tee Gift Bags

Silver Sponsor $1,500
Includes: 1 Foursome, Name/Logo on Thank You
Banner, 1 Tee Sponsorship and 4 Tee Gift Bags

Hole-in-One Sponsor $500
Includes: Signage at Sponsored Tee
Driving Range Sponsor $250
Includes: Signage at Driving Range
Tee Sponsor $175
Includes: Signage at Sponsored Tee
*Foursome Package $900
Includes: 4 Entry Packages and 4 Tee Gift Bags
*Single Entry Package $250
Includes: Golf Cart, Box Lunch, Cocktail Reception and
A Tee Gift Bag.

*Early Bird Registration by September 1st.
Foursomes Receive 10 Raffle Tickets.
Single Entry Receives 2 Raffle Tickets.

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Thank You to

The Blaine Group, Inc.

A Total Communications Agency
8665 Wilshire Blvd., Suite #301, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
O 310/360-1499 · F 310/360-1498
E-mail:  devon@blainegroupinc.com

Teri Polo of Meet The Fockers Supports We Promise Foundation

Meet the Fockers Actress Teri Polo Supports Kids with The We Promise Foundation

Teri Polo from Criminal Minds and the Fockers Movies, was so fun and we had such a great time with her. She was so serious about helping the vendors and causes at the GBK Gifting Suites for the Oscars 2012.

You can see and feel her passion. A very enjoyable interview. Thanks Teri.JW

Teri Polo

From Wikipedia

Theresa Elizabeth “Teri” Polo is an American actress known for her role of Pam Focker in the movie Meet the Parents and its two sequels, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers

Polo’s prime time debut was in TV 101. She also starred in the 1990 miniseries The Phantom of the Opera as Christine Daae. Polo played Detective Ash on the TV series Brimstone and became a regular cast member on the last season of Northern Exposure. She appeared in a recurring guest role in the sixth and seventh seasons of The West Wing playing the role of Helen Santos, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits).

In February 2005, Polo appeared on the cover of, and posed nude in Playboy. The appearance was linked to the release of Meet the Fockers, with cover text that made similar plays on words such as “She’s one hot Focker”. She was ranked #42 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[3] She was also featured in InStyle. She also starred in the Lifetime Movie Network 2006 movie, Legacy of Fear. In 2009, she starred in the feature film 2:13 and the Hallmark Channel TV movie Expecting a Miracle with Jason Priestley and Cheech Marin. That same year she also starred in The Beacon (2009).[4]

She was in the 2009 television pilot for Washington Field. The show was about the National Capital Response Squad, a unit of the FBI composed of elite experts in different areas who travel around the world, responding to events that concern American interest. In 2010, Polo reprised her role as Pam Focker in Little Fockers, the sequel to Meet the Parents (2000) and Meet the Fockers (2004). She appeared in the Lovecraftian horror film The Hole.

Polo has guest-starred on many TV shows, including The Practice, Felicity, Chicago Hope, Numb3rs, Sports Night, Frasier, Medium, Law & Order: LA, Castle and Criminal Minds.

We Promise Foundation

As the charitable arm of Chartway Federal Credit Union, the We Promise Foundation is dedicated to making dreams come true for children struggling with degenerative, life-threatening, debilitating or chronic illnesses, or those facing tremendous hardship.

The foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity that provides support to help children with a single goal: to put smiles on the faces of children by making their dreams come true.

The foundation was launched in 2005 based on the enduring success of Chartway’s charitable events. Since 1999, Chartway and We Promise Foundation have raised more than $3.7M to lighten the burden of more than 750 children through our partnerships with numerous chapters of The Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, Families of Autistic Children in Tidewater, Toby’s Dream Foundation, Roc Solid Foundation, The Matty Fund, Rock-n-Jock Charities and other charitable children’s groups who share our passion and mission to make a difference.

Our Mission

To put a smile on a child’s face by making their dream come true.

www.WePromiseFoundation.org

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Thanks to GBK Events – Gavin and his great staff. As always you host the best.

JK Simmons Supports Sunshine Kids

JK Simmons of The Closer and Spiderman Supports Kids with Cancer through Sunshine Kids


I caught JK Simmons of The Closer and Spiderman at the GBK Academy Awards Gifting Suite while he was out supporting the many vendors and non-profits the the event.

JK talked to us about the Sunshine Kids. A charity that puts together all kinds of great trips and adventures for kids suffering with cancer.

JK Simmons may be one of the most versatile actors in the industry today as he has played so many diverse roles. It is always nice to interview someone with initials for a first name. Thanks JK.JW

JK Simmons

JK Simmons

From Wikipedia

Simmons was a Broadway actor and singer. He was in the revival of Guys and Dolls as Benny Southstreet. In 1994 he sang multiple roles in the Wagner opera satire, DAS BARBECU.[3]

He also played the role of Jigger in a revival of Carousel with the Houston Grand Opera. He also starred in the 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise.

Simmons is known for his TV roles as Dr. Emil Skoda, a police psychiatrist, who has appeared on three of the four incarnations of Law & Order and New York Undercover, and as the sadistic inmate Vernon Schillinger on the prison drama Oz. He also stars as Ralph Earnhardt, the father of race-car driver Dale Earnhardt, in 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story. He played B.R. in the film Thank You For Smoking and has been praised for his performance in Juno as “Mac” McGuff, the title character’s father. Currently, he plays Will Pope, Assistant Chief of the LAPD, in The Closer.

He also played J. Jonah Jameson in all three Spider-Man films and the expanded video game adaption of Spider-Man 3. Simmons provided his voice for two newspaper editors in two episodes of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons. The characters are never named, but are obviously meant to emulate the character of Jameson (one, bearing Jameson’s appearance, even demands “pictures of Spider-Man”, then on being reminded he works at a poetry journal, demands “poems about Spider-Man”).

Simmons also provides the voice of the yellow M&M in the product’s commercials, as well as the 3-D film “I Lost My M in Vegas” playing at M&M’s World in Las Vegas, NV. He has also done voiceover work for Norelco razors. He also provided the voice of General Wade Eiling in Justice League Unlimited. He recorded an audio book for Tom Clancy’s Net Force Point of Impact. Like many of his Law & Order co-stars, he also appeared in an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street, portraying a criminal in an episode that crossed over with Law & Order before Simmons joined the cast as Skoda. He also played a small role as an army general in the television sitcom Arrested Development, alongside his Juno co-stars, Michael Cera and Jason Bateman. As well, he played Dan the Barber in the surreal Nickelodeon kid’s show The Adventures of Pete & Pete in 1995. In 2008 he had a small part as the “CIA Superior” in Burn After Reading. Simmons appears also in Postal as Candidate Wells. He has also been featured as Professor Nathaniel Burke of the University of Farmers in television commercials for Farmers Insurance Group beginning in 2010.[4] He also played Paul Rudd‘s father in I Love You, Man

Simmons is quickly becoming known for starring in films that are produced or directed by his friend Jason Reitman, including Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air and Jennifer’s Body, written by Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody.

Recently it was confirmed that Simmons will voice the character of Tenzin, an Airbending Master and the son of Aang and Katara, in the 2012 Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Legend of Korra. Also, he will reprise the role as the voice of J. Jonah Jameson in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man and in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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Sunshine KidsThe Sunshine Kids

The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer. Established in 1982, we are committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. The Sunshine Kids provides a variety of programs and events, free of charge, for kids who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America.

The Sunshine Kids Foundation adds quality of life to children with cancer by providing them with exciting, positive group activities, so they may once again do what kids are supposed to do . . . have fun and celebrate life!

We look forward to the day when The Sunshine Kids Foundation will no longer need to exist. Until that time, the entire Sunshine Kids family is dedicated to providing the most exciting activities, trips and events for as many young cancer patients as possible.
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Thanks to GBK Events – Gavin and his great staff. As always you host the best.

Tony Denison Picks Up Gifts for Sunshine Kids

Tony Denison of The Closer and Now Major Crimes, picks up gifts for The Sunshine Kids at MTV Movie Awards GBK Gift Suite

Anthony Denison of The Closer and Major Crimes came to the GBK MTV Movie Awards Gifting Suite to claim some great swag bags of gifts for his favorite charity The Sunshine Kids.

Tony was having fun and couldn’t do enough to try and help the cause he cares so much about.

We also talked about his new show, a spin-off of the Closer called Major Crimes scheduled to air soon on TNT and about Twitter. Thanks Tony.JW

Tony DenisonTony Denison

From Wikipedia

Anthony Denison (also credited as Anthony John Denison and as Tony Denison), is an American actor.

The eldest of three, he was born and raised in New York City‘s Harlem. Before acting he worked for John Hancock Insurance as a life insurance agent in Poughkeepsie, New York.

While he was at John Hancock, he also pursued his acting career, starring in several stage productions in the New Paltz, New Yorklocale. His stage surname “Denison” was taken from his friend Jan Denison during his days as an actor and director at a nonprofit theater in the late 1970s. Tony also ran a poker club in the early 1980s on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

He is well known for his role as mob boss Ray Luca on the 1980s NBC television show Crime Story which ran from 1986 to 1988.

Afterwards he starred and guest-starred in several crime movies and television programs, notably Wiseguy (in which he portrayed undercover agent John Henry Raglin), City of Hope (1991), The Amy Fisher Story (1993, as Joey Buttafuco), Getting Gotti (1994, as John Gotti), Criminal Passion (1994), and head coach Mike George in ESPN‘s drama series Playmakers. He was to appear on Charmed as the father of the main characters in the first season, but the part was recast with James Read.

He also had a recurring role as Aldo Burrows on the Fox series Prison Break. In 2000 he also played the role of a killer for hire in Walker, Texas Ranger.

His latest work is the recently completed movie Karla, in which he plays Detective Burrows. Denison is part of the regular cast as Detective Andrew Flynn in The Closer airing on TNT.

Watch for Major Crimes coming soon on TNT starring Mary McDonnell who I so enjoyed in Battlestar Gallactica. – JW

Tony on Twitter @RealTonyDenison
Tony Denison IMDB

Sunshine KidsThe Sunshine Kids

The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer. Established in 1982, we are committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. The Sunshine Kids provides a variety of programs and events, free of charge, for kids who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America.

The Sunshine Kids Foundation adds quality of life to children with cancer by providing them with exciting, positive group activities, so they may once again do what kids are supposed to do . . . have fun and celebrate life!

We look forward to the day when The Sunshine Kids Foundation will no longer need to exist. Until that time, the entire Sunshine Kids family is dedicated to providing the most exciting activities, trips and events for as many young cancer patients as possible.
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Thanks to GBK Events – Gavin and his great staff. As always you host the best.

I Want To Be Me Movie – Interview with the Producer

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I Want To Be Me

A Touching New Film at the Possible Futures Film Contest – Has Won The Peoples Choice Award in the Human Fullfillment Catagory!

Watch it Now

“I Want To Be Me”, is a short film, less than 3 minutes long, written and directed by Lauren Selman and produced by Pina De Rosa, and is about amplifying the voice of our children and reminding us that the future depends on being ourselves and following our dreams. You know it’s up to you, what do you want to be?

Here is an excerpt from the congratulations letter sent to Pina:

How the audience received the film. In the words of the Project Manager:

“This evening, at the 2011 Possible Futures Film Contest Awards Ceremony it was announced on stage followed by a second screening of your wonderfully meaningful film, that I Want To Be Me was the winner of the People Choice Award in your submitting category of Human Fulfillment !! (and btw  – Jon Love announced this category and your film winning) There was such joy in the air as your film completed its dual screening this evening in front of a fully packed theatre. It was amazing to see this truly human connection about living a live of individuality on the large screen. (I’ve been screening it on my laptop – and I really smiled from ear to ear this evening for you) Nice work!

It has been an honor to watch people enjoy your work on film. Thank you for holding the world so preciously in this tale. It was wonderful having your film be a part of the first annual Contest and hope you will consider submitting in 2012.”

I recently met Pina De Rosa through a good friend. I got a chance to spend a little time with her and hear her story and some of the projects she had done and others she was working on.

Lauren Selman and Pina De Rosa

Lauren Selman and Pina De Rosa

I was amazed at her accomplishments, her I can do it attitude and then I got to see some of her work, as you can by going to www.IWantToBeMeTheMovie.com or by clicking on the Vote Graphic above. But, you be the judge and let me know by commenting below, what you thought. (The Voting is over and the film Won!)

You will get a chance to watch the short movie before voting, but I think you will have no problem voting for this cute and funny little movie that really made me sit back and think a bit.

If you are like me you spend your time doing the day to day and sometimes you forget to ask yourself simple, yet important questions.
Even if you do not want to vote, go watch the it. – JW

Check out the Audio Interview above, as I took the chance, before she left on a to Africa, to call Pina and ask her some questions about the movie and the contest.

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possible futures film contestA new global film contest to reveal visions of a positive future

The Possible Futures Film Contest is a bold new film event challenging storytellers of the world to create a new vision for the future of humanity — one that will become defined by our relationships to human justice, environmental sustainability, peace and individual fulfillment.

These stories on film, from citizens of the world, have the potential to highlight and envision change that benefits people, the planet and its ecosystems. We strive, in open-hearted consideration of one another, to bring forth a new path for the world — one of harmony, peace and love.

Creating your story is simple, and there is no entry fee. Everyone is encouraged to participate, at any skill level. Five world-class judges will select the top two Awards as viewers select five People’s Choice Awards.

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Gratitude InternationalGratitude International is Pina De Rosa and I did a separate interview coming out soon about what she calls Quantum Communications (sometimes referred to as Ninja Communications). Cool stuff. Here is some background on Gratitude International and Pina De Rosa

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Pina De Rosa - President / CEO of Gratitude International.

Pina Anna-Grace De Rosa, award-winning producer and high performance results coach, was christened Giuseppina in Italy, her country of birth. When she turned 11, Pina’s family moved from Naples to Lausanne – making this the first journey in a lifetime of travel that has taken her around the world.

Pina worked in film production in her 20s, then started working in the personal development field and merged both her passions for media and transformation, making movies that make a difference.

Having coached thousands of people (one on one and from the platform) today she is an award winning Film Producer, a Master Results Coach and NLP Trainer, President/CEO of Gratitude International LLC, a company with a worldwide client base committed to empowering people to living their fullest potential — visions and dreams fulfilled. She loves it! She is extremely passionate about paradigm shifting, the power of making a difference, especially through film.

As an international speaker & high performance trainer, Pina De Rosa has been designing and leading live workshops, teleclasses and webinars for over 10 years now. She has been nominated as Los Angeles Business Journal Woman Making A Difference Award, 2 years in a row: in 2010 and 2011.

Besides keynote speaking and leading her own events, Pina has shared the stage with Barbara De Angelis, Loral Langemeier, Chris Howard, Alison Armstrong, Lisa Sasevich, Debbie Allen, Jill Lublin, Dr. Joanna Martin, Kerwin Rae, James Schramko, Lisa Haisha, Shellie Hunt, Chris Wise, Scott Martineau, Johnnie Cass, Sean Harris, Clinton Swaine, Benjamin Harvey, Todd Newton, Dave Vanhoose, Daven Michaels, Sean Bell, Larry Loik and Kelly O’Neil to name a few.

New Generation Motivation with John Leslie Brown

john leslie brownJohn Leslie “High Hopes” Brown son of Legendary Speaker Les Brown on New Generation Motivation

www.JohnLeslieBrown.com

John-Leslie ‘High Hopes’ Brown is a motivational speaker and hip-hop artist who possesses a natural passion and charm aptly placed at the heart of his delivery. He travels nationally and internationally giving profound messages of inspiration to both young and mature audiences. ‘High Hopes’, is not just another nickname, but a philosophy. ‘H.I.G.H H.O.P.E.S.’ which is an acronym for a “Hip-hop Intellectual Going Higher Helping Other People Everywhere Soar”. This has become his life’s passion and mission.

Correspondent Lisa Schneiderman interviews John Leslie Brown

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During a recent conference Networking Fool Correspondent Lisa Schneiderman got a chance to talk about John’s work with helping kids, by using RAP music to inspire, motivate and give positive hope. John helps kids, but also is a great speaker himself. He has spent the last few years joining his father on stage to give his highly passionate message.

John Leslie Brown Album

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Born in Detroit, Michigan, John-Leslie presently lives in Los Angeles. He is the youngest son of the Emmy award-winning, world renowned motivational orator, author and television personality Les Brown. This is where John-Leslie first developed his passion for changing lives.

John-Leslie began his professional speaking career at the early age of 14, becoming the highest paid teen speaker in America, captivating audiences and targeting young people with speeches, songs and most importantly, his message: “Our lives will serve as either a warning or as an example.

John-Leslie has also been a community advocate and grassroots organizer. He solicited private donations from the celebrity community to pay for a charter bus to take local Los Angeles residents to Jena, Louisiana for the infamous “Jena 6” case. John-Leslie also volunteered as a teacher at Activities for Retarded Children (ARC), where he later became a full-time staff member. He also started a Teen Speakers Bureau in Los Angeles to help young adults develop their communication skills. In addition, he has participated in dozens of teen summits, spoken to hundreds of youth in juvenile facilities, performed in countless shows and have made numerous media appearances.

John-Leslie Brown is also the author of the E-book “II Live Your Dreams” and has produced 10 motivational CDs that have been sold worldwide. Brown, along with his sister Ona and their father Les, comprise the internationally acclaimed First Family of Motivation.

Now 25-years-old, John-Leslie is already considered a staple in the self-development industry being called upon to provide presentations, seminars and workshops for entrepreneurs, universities, church groups, leading corporations and organizations such as Amway Global, CEO Space, Herbal-Life, the Boys and Girls Club, the National Youth Achievers, UCLA and the NAACP. He has also shared the stage with such greats as the Dalai Lama, Richard Branson, Bob Proctor and Bishop T.D. Jakes.

With the ability to reach millions at his fingertips, John-Leslie is inspired to lead by example, consistently demonstrating a purposeful life filled with ‘giving back’ and making a unique impact.