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Thursday, May 19, 2011

June Bleedfest Film Festival: World Premiere of I AM NANCY; $10 Goes A Long Way

If you haven't been to Bleedfest yet, this is the month. Check out all the amazing artists that will be in attendance. And let's not forget about the girl who made me afraid of going to sleep, "one two..." I'm not going to sing it because it is a little late at night for those kinds of shenanigans. If you don't know what I mean, you are either under 25 years old or lived under your parents house for your formidable years. If that is the case, you really need to go to this event. Let's not forget that open bar is also included for that $10 cover.

Bleedfest's June 5, 2011 Event: Summer Scares!
Tickets are $10 cash at the door for the whole day and the open bar. Purchase advance tickets through BleedFest's IndieGoGo Fundraising
or on Goldstar. For more information and the schedule: The BleedFest June trailer is here:

Badass genre film festival Bleedfest's Women of Horror event is back and better than ever! Genre stars Heather Langenkamp and Lucky McKee will be at the CAP Theatre for live appearances, as well as rapper Lil' Zane!

BleedFest is a monthly Badass Genre Film Festival in Los Angeles spotlighting female filmmakers making cool movies we all love watching. The goal of BleedFest is to introduce Hollywood to the hundreds of awesome genre filmmakers missing a Y chromosome, get these rad women's movies more of an audience, and form a networking
community of empowered filmmakers of both sexes working together on new projects. It's run by co-founders and filmmaking duo Brenda Fies and Elisabeth Fies. BleedFest is supported totally through sponsor Film Radar and the genre communities' donations at IndieGoGo:

Come see the west coast premier of I AM NANCY, produced by and starring Heather Langenkamp, and directed by Arlene Marechal. The documentary follows Heather's journey to five horror conventions interacting with fans who've loved A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET for twenty-five years. Heather and Arlene discover through interviews with
fans, Wes Craven and Robert Englund that despite Freddy's iconic popularity, the truth is we all need a little Nancy inside of us.
Heather and Arlene will be signing and selling limited edition DVDs of I AM NANCY. A sneak peak of the documentary is online:

Writer-actor-director and Master of Horror Lucky Mckee receives the coveted Inanna Partnership Award for his full-bodied portrayals of female characters we love! Lucky will answer questions about his controversial new feature THE WOMEN, releasing in theatres this fall.

Comedian Candice Rankin returns for the second part of the exclusive sneak peak of her one woman show UNDER THE HOOD. The full show will world premier at the Electric Lodge in Venice August 11th at 8 p.m.

The June charity is IMPACT PERSONAL SAFETY, the world's most effective self defense training. Director and alumna Heidi Hornbacher will give a live, full-contact demonstration.

The shorts program will feature nine horror shorts by women. Filmmaker, alumna, and festival programmer Lori Bowen flies in from Florida to world premier A HAMMER FELL IN JERUSALEM: AND BE AT REST. Alumna Cindy Baer world premiers her frightening SLASHDANCE, which was shot on location at Sundance Film Festival.

BleedFest co-founders Elisabeth Fies and Brenda Fies give sneak peaks of HARD TO DO written and starring Kit Williamson, and COLLEGE GIRLS ROAD TRIP introducing
newcomers Casey Whalen and Sarah Walsh.

Elegaic WE'RE JUST LIKE YOU makes its Southern California debut, and the majority of the crew will be in attendance including director Chelsea Christer, producer Amber Lammon, cinematographer Katherine Brennan, and writer Steve Romanko. Husband and wife team Robyn Simms and Stephen Johnson (G4, Fewdio) pop their BleedFest cherry with the first festival screening of their subversive short NEIGHBORS. Robyn is confirmed for the Q&A.

BleedFest isn't just about promoting their filmmaking winners; they want to promote you, the audience member! The audience is filled with working genre filmmakers, and is the perfect place for actors and filmmakers looking to network. Actress Tara Cardinal was cast in alumna Marichelle Daywalt's short THE MANY DOORS OF ALBERT WHALE
because of networking at BleedFest. The popular Open Bar includes Bloody Mary's and Mimosas to help get you over your shyness, and the CAP Theatre is a warm and friendly place with an artistic vibe. Come promote yourself and your projects on BleedFest's Red Carpet. Red Carpet interviews will be conducted by and INdTV. Red Carpet photos will be taken by celebrity photographer Winston Burris,
and featured on and


Sunday June 5th, 2011 11:00am-3:45pm
Location: CAP Theatre 13752 Ventura Blvd. (a few blocks west of
Woodman) Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
$10 cash at door for all day ticket and OPEN BAR

Schedule subject to change, personal appearances dependent on schedule.

11:00am-11:15am Red Carpet, Mixer, Open Bar

11:15am-11:30am Self Defense Demonstration
June Charity: Impact Personal

11:30am-11:35am Screenwriting Award
-DEAR JOHN (5 minutes)
written by Sharon Davis & Cameron McCulloch

11:35am-11:55am Shorts - Exclusive Sneak Peaks
writers/directors Brenda Fies and Elisabeth Fies
Q&A with stars Casey Whalen and Sarah Walsh
-HARD TO DO (8 minutes) director Elisabeth Fies, writer Kit Williamson Q&A

11:55am-12:15pm BREAK: Open Bar, Red Carpet, Mixer

12:15pm-12:25pm Live One Woman Show
Part 2 of Candice Rankin's UNDER THE HOOD

12:25pm-1:30pm Shorts in Competition
-SLASHDANCE (8 minutes) by Cindy Baer Q&A
-TEPPAN DEAD (7 minutes) by Hilary B. Lavin
-NEIGHBORS (4 minutes)
by Robyn Simms and Stephen Johnson Q&A
-ZEKE (15 minutes) by Dana Buning
-WE’RE JUST LIKE YOU (6 minutes)
by Chelsea Christer Q&A Cast and Crew

presented live to director Lucky McKee (MAY, THE WOMAN), Q&A

1:40pm-2:10pm BREAK: Open Bar, Red Carpet, Mixer, I AM NANCY DVD
purchasing and signing

2:10pm-2:15pm LIVE MUSIC
Jamie Coon sings theme song "I AM NANCY"

2:15pm-2:20pm Audience Award Certificate presented

2:20pm-2:25pm Film Radar Award Certificate presented

Co-presented with Lori Bowen
I AM NANCY, 2011 (71 minutes)
Directed and produced by Arlene Marechal, produced by and starring
Heather Langenkamp In the autobiographical I AM NANCY, the focus is squarely on Heather Langenkamp and her unique experience playing Wes Craven's legendary teen heroine Nancy Thompson. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Heather asks the burning question: "Why Freddymania, and not Nancymania?" After personally experiencing the Freddy Krueger marketing craze, the rise of horror convention fandom and the phenomenon of eight Nightmare On Elm Street films, Heather reflects on
the relevance of heroes in this modern age of monster lovers. Prepare to put yourself in Nancy's shoes and think about Elm Street in a whole new way.

3:30pm-3:50pm Inanna Award presented live to director/producer
Arlene Marechal; producer/star Heather Langenkamp

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Save Old Tony's Facebook Page - Fact or Fiction

Dear Friends:

Well, I was pretty concerned when I saw the "Save Old Tony's" Facebook page. I was wondering why, in the world, would the Redondo Beach City Council refuse to extend Old Tony's lease. I wrote to Old Tony's and asked them if they had made an offer to the City to extend the lease for fair market value. I had posted the message to Old Tony's on their Save Old Tony's facebook page. Within about three hours, it was removed. Thus, I am unable to ascertain what, if anything, Old Tony's has done to re-negotiate their lease.

I have read the newspaper articles and have not noticed any particulars from Old Tony's about how exactly the City Council of Redondo Beach is closing Old Tony's down or refusing to extend their lease. From the articles, I noticed that the lease is not up until February 2012. I also went on the Redondo Beach website to get familiar with the enactment of "G" and look over the minutes to see what has been discussed. Unfortunately most of the minutes with regard to the leases are in closed sessions so that was no help.

I was very concerned about the future of Old Tony's. I decided to ask the Redondo Beach City Council members about what their intentions were with regard to the revitalization plan and potential extension of current leaseholders, including Old Tony's.

I am including quotes from the City of Redondo Beach so you can see what their intentions are. I just wanted people to have a good handle of the City's position prior to jumping to conclusions. I love Old Tony's just about as much as anyone who lives in Redondo Beach. It is one of my first choices for birthdays and celebrations in the area. I want to keep the marriage of Redondo Beach and Tony's intact. Please read the emails below so you can be up to date with the decisions that will be made this summer.

I have to add that our City is very responsive to my questions. I have only included one of the 15+ emails with the City including Steve Aspel, Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin and Bill Workman.

Christina Wickers

Dear Steve Aspel:

Thank you for your emails. I truly appreciate your candid responses. And I also appreciate the quick turn around you have had in responding.

I am still not clear on what the intended plan is. I would like to be able to let people know what is going on so they can either: show up at the meeting or understand that the city council is trying to make a good deal, with appropriate conditions, for the benefit of the city, in line with our intent behind "G."

With that said, I need to know whether the City Council planning to assign the future interest of the pier properties to one "Master Lease Holder?" If so, for what time period? Like 20 years, 10 years, 100 years? And under what revitalization conditions?

Since, the city can only assign what it has not already leased out, I am just wondering what type of deal the City is trying to make with a potential "Master Lease Holder." I realize the City wants to get out of the leasing business but if that is the case, the city must either sell the city property or lease it out for some lengthy future time period, still holding on to the fee simple.

Please let me know what the City Council is intending to do. ie: (1) Lease the property to one "master leaseholder?" or (2) lease the properties to many lease holders for a lengthy period of time? (3) or sell the property.

Please forward this email to the person who can respond if you don't know at this time. I really appreciate your assistance.



Good Morning Christina!

The City has hired a firm, Kosmont and Assoc., that specializes in waterfront issues. They are in the process of producing a Request for Proposal, which will be advertised in the next few weeks. There are many separate leaseholds in the harbor, but this one (Old Tony's) contains the buildings in Tony's area. That entire block of buildings from Starboard Attitude to Shark Attack.

The length of the lease will be negotiated.

As for people coming top the meetings, I would suggest anyone concerned show up when the actual lease comes on the agenda. Showing up to speak during our Public comment session is ok, but since we have nothing to vote on...or even discuss, all we can do is listen. And the maximum allotted time is a total of 30 minutes. If the item is on the agenda, everyone can speak, even if it takes hours and hours!

I think we have all heard loud and clear that many, many people want to keep Tony's. That was my intention all along anyway.

. . .

You have been wonderful and I will make it a point to keep you abreast of the situation.

Steve Aspel
Redondo Beach City Council


Hello Ms. Wickers,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding the lease issues for Old Tony’s.

Tony’s is a landmark and historical restaurant for our City. I’ve enjoyed many meals there and have a few mai tai glasses as souvenirs. The Trutanich Family has been a wonderful part of our community for over 50 years.

The City Council and I have not made any decisions at this point regarding the lease for Tony’s on the Pier.

As a City, we are currently in the process of setting the foundation for revitalizing our Pier and Harbor area. Part of that process will be formalizing opportunities for partnerships with potential investors and businesses who have the expertise and the resources to help make our make our historic pier even more attractive. We hope to have this process finalized this summer.

In the interest of fairness to all of our other longtime legacy and historic small businesses on the Pier who are interested in lease extensions as well, all potential leaseholders and investors will be given the opportunity to participate in the leasehold and lease extension process that we are currently developing that will be ready this coming summer.

I will work to ensure that Tony’s has an opportunity to participate through this process as a partner in the future revitalization of our historic Pier.

Any decisions regarding Tony’s lease will be made through this process this coming summer.

Thank you again for taking the time to write to me on this issue and thank you so much for your support of me in the upcoming election.

Best regards,


Mike Gin

Mayor, City of Redondo Beach