Wednesday, December 28, 2011

NON COMPOS MENTIS Premiere sold out

A low budget film with no cheap shots or tricks
The newly remodeled Independent Theater (251 S. Main, downtown Los Angeles) is doing quite well if premieres and attendance are any indication. It was standing-room only last night (12-27-11) with a crowd lined up from the red carpet walk to the outside sidewalk for the premiere showing of NON COMPOS MENTIS: or Jerry Powell and the Delusions of Grandeur. Inside the two story theater self-taught underground filmmaker and musician Director/Writer Mike Cuenca wiggles his way through the elbow-to-elbow movie goers and stars to lead the select cast and crew onto the red carpet.
There were no cheap tricks in this low budget movie ($500), which was shot in 31 days. To hear the behind the scenes stories from Director/Writer Mike Cuenca and lead star Joe Halter makes it sound more like a western in the desert than a comedy drama. “The biggest challenge was shooting the movie in a month with a budget of only 500 bucks,” said Ceunca on the red carpet.  “But even more grueling was wearing sweaters and sweating in heavy jackets in the summer time to shoot a winter scene. It was 90 degrees and awful, but worth it.” This story was first published on
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Actor Robert Davi, June Lockhart and other stars join SoCal Journalists for some holiday cheer

     SPJ LA Holiday party in Beverly Hills, CA

About 75 freelancers, newspaper editors, magazine writers, TV and radio newsman huddled in Beverly Hills this week to kick off the holiday season. Among the guests  was long time award-winning actress June Lockhart, RTNA Board of Director (Lost in Space (1965), (General Hospital (1963)Lassie (1954), which I just saw on TV in syndication, and Petticoat Junction (1963)
(L-R) Frank Mottek, host KNX, Robert Navi, June Lockhart, and
George McQuade at the SPJ LA holiday party in Beverly Hills, CA.

But one of the most recognizable faces in TV dramas that date back to the late 1970's and on the big screen was 
Robert Davi, a native New Yorker. 

He's been in so many TV drams, but on the screen my favorites were  James Bond, 
Die Hard (1988), Profiler (1996), Licence to Kill (1989)Davi told this writer he's singing a different tune this holiday season, literally in the name of charity - The Salvation Army.

 He just cut an album of tunes just in time for the holidays, songs made by the original legendary songmaster of "New York, New York" singer Frank Sinatra

Davi will sing the tribute to Frank Sinatra,  an event he is billing as “Mistletoe Tuesday”, December 13th. Davi is donating his proceeds from his Capitol record downloads on Amazon and iTunes for "O' Blue Eyes."
                      Navi is also busy singing and performing in Las Vegas.


 In case you want to keep track he also has these projects upcoming on his Robert Davi IMDB.
The Iceman (pre-production)
Leo Marks (rumored)

Swamp Shark (TV movie) 2011
Sheriff Watson                                     

Image group shot of SPJ LA President Frank Mottek, Actor Robert Navi, Actress June Lockhart (RTNA Bd.) and George McQuade.(slide show at
SPJ LA Pres. Frank Mottek, Sophie Gayot and Michael Levine at the SPJ LA holiday mixer in Beverly Hills, CA.
Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists event was likely the first time in a long time where many reporters and editors were not under deadlines and could actually come up for air to take that one minute vacation.
The festive holiday party took place in the heart of Beverly Hills. Many were tweeting and snapping shots outside on the sidewalk enjoying the wonderful holiday atmosphere of Via Rodeo.
Inside McCormick & Schmick’s on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive, across the street from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel everyone celebrate holiday cheer catching up with old friend and activities.
The party included generously served hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, mini desserts and a cash bar.  The event was quite initimate and conversations buzzed for a couple of hours. If you have a communications, celebrity charity or industry event drop us note. You never know when we will bring our camera, too.

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