Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bruce Bermudez: The Artist In Hollywood 2017 Interview

Meet 'The artist in Hollywood' himself, Bruce Bermudez! He's played music in White House for the President of the United States, in New York’s Rockefeller Center and for the Queen of England at the London Palladium. His accomplishments don't stop there. According to his official site: 

"As an artist he has worked for most of the major studios in Hollywood, sculpted Michael Jackson twice for the fabled Tower Records Building on Sunset Boulevard, and has painted Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Bermudez created mega-sculptures for Las Vegas hotels such as the MGM Grand, Caesar’s Palace, the Venetian and Paris Hotels, and the world’s largest three-dimensional billboards for Jurassic Park the Ride at Disneyland and LAX, as well as created the prototype for “Alien Encounter” at Disneyworld, Florida."

Bruce’s all-original New Orleans-flavored rock band, Catahoula has been his latest artistic endeavor. We caught up with him to to talk about his past, his present, his future, his interests & much more!



Wow! Music, film, sculpting, special effects, architecture. You're a true artist & jack-of-all-trades. How early on did you know you were an artist?

At age 9, I sculpted an entire Jurassic landscape including a T-Rex, Stegasaurus, Brontasaurus + a volcano. 45 years before the movie came out!

Favorite music moment?

Singing + playing for President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House, and The Queen of England at the London Palladium.

Favorite film moment?

Jurassic Park - I worked on it!

Tell us about some sculpting you've done & architecture!

I sculpted Tom Cruise's head for "Interview with a Vampire", many mega-sculptures for Las Vegas casinos, Hollywood studios + more, always applying my architectural background.



Favorite place to eat in Hollywood?

Birds on Franklin

Favorite place to relax in Los Angeles?

At our home on the patio in the Hollywood Hills

What are some of your goals for 2017 & Beyond?

Complete Catahoula's next album + have some hit songs!

Tell us about your relationship with Copymat Hollywood Blog superstar, Pamela Clay? :)

If you have ever met my beautiful wife, I'm sure you'll agree I'm one of the most blessed and lucky humans on earth!


Anything else you'd like to add?

Copymat rocks!



Follow Bruce's work at TheArtistInHollywood.com & stay tuned for more original Copymat stories! We have the best prints, prices, turnarounds & most importantly, customers! <3

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival 2017: Freda Sideroff Interview!

We were honored to meet with Freda Sideroff, the founder of Garifuna International Film Festival! She has channeled the energy of her ancestors to bring Los Angeles a film festival for the voices of all indigenous cultures. Now on it's 6th year, GIFF begins on Friday, May 12 2017. Make sure you read our interview with Freda below & get your tickets as soon as possible!





What was your inspiration to create Garifuna International Film Festival?

My inspiration for creating the Garifuna International Film Festival are the voices of my ancestors telling me to create GIIFF with urgency to promote the preservation of my Garifuna culture for the future generation to inherit a precious and priceless legacy.


What makes GIIFF special?

What makes GIIFF special is how it brings indigenous nations together providing them with a platform where their voices can be heard in an environment where they feel supported honored as well as respected.

How has the festival evolved since its founding in 2012?

The festival has evolved from a one-day event where the primary focus was on the preservation of the Garifuna people to now including indigenous nations from around the globe presenting a weeklong event, which now includes an international symposium.

What has been your favorite moment so far?

 
My favorite moments so far have been meeting the resilient filmmakers whose films are represented with purpose from around the globe.

(As far away from Africa, India, West Papua, Fiji, London, Dominican Republic, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala US & Canada to name a few.)


Freda Sideroff at GIFF

What are you excited about most this year?

 
I am most excited about the films from around the globe we have 27 films which includes features, documentaries and shorts with opportunities for first time filmmakers as well as experienced award winners such as Paul Redman (Being Embera).



Anything else you would like to add?

 
The festival runs May 12th,13th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th all details to be found on our website
 

Our Symposium on the social impact of immigration scheduled on Saturday May 13th 2pm to 4:30 Sponsored by the Dept. of Mental Health #5, Live Hula presentation with dances performed by: Halau Hula Na Liko Kupukupu I Ka Lani.  May 27 Closes the festival with the Ambassadors of Music Awards in Los Angeles promoting the preservation of Garifuna culture through music supporting our artists this to take place at the Egyptian Temple #5 5324 Crenshaw BLVD Los Angeles CA 90043.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Kevin Donan: Hollywood's Legendary Record Store Owner

Kevin Donan is one of my favorite people in Hollywood. Nestled back in the Artisan Patio on iconic Hollywood Boulevard, As The Record Turns provides some rare, authentic energy to Los Angeles' most popular neighborhood. On arrival, you can find two rooms full of exclusive records, vinyls & memorabilia. I had to sit down with Kevin to get his unique perspective on Hollywood & the history of As The Record Turns.


Kevin Donan with James Brown

How did As The Record Turns start?

Most people dream of opening a record store and hanging out to make money. Passion for the love of music is what got me involved. In the midwest in Flint, Michigan at the early age of only 16 years old, I self taught myself as a drummer and with my 14 and 15 year old brothers and a couple of long time 16 year old neighborhood friends, we formed a band, The HyperSolMystics. We opened for quite a few famous radio groups that same year, The Dells, The Ohio Players, Parliament Funkadelic just to name a few. In my early 20's, I came to Los Angeles and got into the entertainment world...like most determined individuals.

I was involved in managing artists and signing a artist to Motown's Stevie Wonder. I turned 23. From there, I self taught myself recording engineering in a small studio on Hollywood Blvd. Later I was invited by members of Earth, Wind and Fire, Van Dyke Parks and Harry Nilsson (The Popeye Movie demo), Kool and the Gang, The Sylvers and many others I worked in studio settings.


I worked in Capitol Records PRESSING PLANT and learned mastering and pressing vinyl and all that goes with this. I later got married in the late 80's and saw with my wife Monet, the need to have a happy hobby. We opened As The Record Turns in Hollywood in 1987.       


How many music industry legends have you met?

It has been a blessing to just work and communicate in a entertainment industry environment since my teenage life. Having met and worked with The Sinatra Family, Bob Hope, Redd Foxx, The Jackson Family, Berry Gordy, the owner of Motown and many artists on their roster, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen, Bobby Womack, I also sold sold Lenny Kravitz his first electric guitar when he was just 14 years old. I have as a consultant worked directly with the Rap and Hip-Hop artists Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, director John Landis, Joan Rivers, Frank Zappa, I drummed for Buddy Miles, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Cedric The Entertainer, I share a double platinum hit record with Jay-Z, Adam Sandler, The Waynans, B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Goldblum and tons of other jazz, R & B artists, actors, directors and plenty of just good people, like you!

Common & J Dilla with Kevin Donan at As The Record Turns
What's this new project you're working on?

Black Film Tracks is my latest project that is dear to me. In the late 80's, I managed in Hollywood near Paramount Film Studios, a warehouse that contained close to a millon vinyl record albums, 33 1/3, 45's & 78's and at that same time, I created my personal store, As The Record Turns, a rare and collectable vinyl only records store on Hollywood Blvd. During that time, we saw a tremendous amount of purchases toward
R & B, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Soul and Black Soundtracks.

Originally when urban records are pressed, they are released in less limited amounts compared to other genres, Rock & Roll, Classical, Country and Easy listening.

Foreign record stores, dealers and collectors from around the world stopped by and bought the more important urban related records to resell back to their country. I saw our history and culture leaving the US and in some cases never to be seen again.

So I took the last 4 years to do final research, but also spent quality time to video interview over 70 different people who worked in these movies as producers, directors, actors, musicians, artists and other prominent individuals. They had great stories of the deep struggles to make these movies, the music and their lifes in general. Narrator for our film historical documentary is Emmy Award winner Keith David.

Black Film Tracks is the largest collection in the world. It's a combination of the art from the film and the music score. I decided to create the most complete 480 page, full album size scale, inter-active book on all the soundtracks, Civil Rights speeches and Comedy recordings all into one informative and collectable book.You can see our progess at work at our site: BlackFilmTracks.com





Favorite piece of merchandise in your store? 

My favorite piece of merchandise is all of the records. I enjoyed "buying" for the public. Most of all other stores rely on distributors or record labels to keep them supplied with reissues and CD's over the years with front line, current or radio chart friendly records. I never have and we only sell originals.

If there is a comedy record of Rodney Dangerfield or Richard Pryor, or a rare Sun Ra or Moondog or Miles Davis jazz record or a Johnny Cash, Elvis, or Iron Maiden or a rare soul Gil Scott Heron or an original 1992 Dr. Dre The Chronic album, I will find it and buy it for the store for the daily walk-ins we have from all of Europe to Asia to the neighborhood public.




What's the rarest piece you have?
 


The rarest album....well we have over 2 thousand signed albums from The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Kiss, Tupac, Dr. Dre, many movie and television celebrities and the list goes on.

What's your favorite spot to eat in Hollywood?
 


My favorite eat spots are Mussos and Franks, Carneys, Dan Tanas, East Indian Grill, The Griddle, Yamashiros and a burger at the pool side in the Roosevelt Hotel, all these in Hollywood.

Stay tuned with As The Record Turns!

Monday, March 20, 2017

North Hollywood CineFest: NoHo's Premiere Film Festival!



Here at Copymat Hollywood, we’ve been supporting the arts for over 20 years. When we met Gustavo Sampaio, we knew we had found someone special in the community. He is a successful professional editor having won 3 Emmy Awards for his work with CBS, and has also worked with Entertainment Tonight, Facebook & independent films. As a filmmaker himself and attending many film festivals worldwide, Gustavo had the feeling that the filmmakers & audience could be getting more out of the whole experience and that Filmmakers were not given the support they could be. Also, he felt that North Hollywood, which had become a hub for artists, should have its own film festival. Now on its 4th year, Gustavo's film festival is bigger & stronger than ever.



This year, North Hollywood CineFest is hosting Milana Vayntrub, best known for her work on NBC hit This Is Us & for her AT&T commercial success. On a recent trip to Greece, Milana shot a short documentary about the refugee crisis that motivated her to start her foundation called Can't Do Nothing. This year the NoHo film festival is also promoting the California Health Collaborative, a local organization that has a program called Every Woman Counts that provides free breast and cervical screening to women in need. The festival this year will play 96 films, shorts and features of all genres, plus 33 high school student films from Los Angeles, as part of the new partnership our festival has with Councilman Paul Krekorian the City of Los Angeles.


Many in attendance are excited about “closing night” on March 30th, when NoHo CineFest  will be having their high-end Industry Panel and CineFest Awards Show. This night will feature great Hollywood professionals including: 

Tony Roman, Producer, "Emerald City"
Bianca Goodloe, Entertainment Attorney, "Bourne Identity"
David Rapaport, Casting Director, "The Flash" "Arrow"
Melanie Marnich, Writer, "The OA," Co-Executive Producer, "The Affair"
Abdul Williams, Writer, BET's "The New Edition Story"
Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin, Writers, "Mulan" 2018
Lindsay Graham, Casting Director, "Jackie," "Suicide Squad"


The Festival will have several world premieres this year and a "party spot" every night and Monday night is "Horror Night" where they only feature thrillers and horrors!

Make sure to check out North Hollywood CineFest official website for tickets & more info!