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Los Angeles Fim 20th Anniversary with Commemorative poster by World Reknown Artist Ed Ruscha

Festival Dates: June 11- June 19, 2014 

 The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, today unveiled the Festival’s 20th Anniversary commemorative poster, designed by iconic American artist Ed Ruscha, based on his 1962 painting “Large Trademark With Eight Spotlights.”

“I’m pleased to have designed the poster in support of the 20th LA Film Festival and Film Independent, and I hope the image reaches as many people as possible,” said Ruscha. Ruscha’s work is collected by museums worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Musée National Jeu de Paume, The Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

“We’re honored that Ed Ruscha created the artwork for the 20th anniversary poster,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent. “Ruscha’s body of work represents the creative spirit of Los Angeles that is embodied in the Festival.”

Ignition, an LA-based creative agency, worked with Ruscha on the poster design.


2014 LA Film Fest poster art

The Festival opens Wednesday, June 11, and runs through Thursday, June 19. It will include world premieres of American and international features, documentaries and short subject films as well as conversations, master classes, Music in Film Nights at the GRAMMY Museum, Hollywood studio premieres, and other signature events.

In celebration of the Los Angeles Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary, Festival Director Stephanie Allain and Film Independent at LACMA curator Elvis Mitchell along with artist/scholar Roya Rastegar will program a special section of films and events that celebrates the cultural wealth of Los Angeles.

“Our mission is to foster a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision and to celebrate the cultural splendor of Los Angeles,” said Festival Director, Stephanie Allain. “In addition to our stellar film programming, the festival produces unique, one of a kind evenings, that illuminate the artistic process and shine light on the creators and collaborators behind today’s most exciting visual storytelling.”

The Los Angeles Film Festival programming team is comprised of Festival Director Stephanie Allain, Artistic Director David Ansen, Associate Director of Programming Doug Jones, Senior Programmer Maggie Mackay, Programmers Jenn Wilson, Drea Clark, Hebe Tabachnik and Jennifer Murphy, as well as Guest Curators Elvis Mitchell and Roya Rastegar.

Festival passes go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 22. The full line-up will be announced on Tuesday, May 6. Posters will be sold to the public at a later date.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. For more information or to become a member, visit filmindependent.org.

Jessica Alba’s The Honey Company, Gwyneth Paltrow, DreamWorks, and Haylie Duffs’ The Real Girls Kitchen retains Farmers Belly

Jessica Alba in a dress

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is among celebs that uses Farmers Belly for Catering events.Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba’s The Honey Company, DreamWorks, and Haylie Duffs’ The Real Girls Kitchen has hired Farmers Belly’s Briggidy and Charlie to cater events and are fans.
Yelp customers rate the Farmers Bellyfour-and-a-half stars out five.

Farmers Belly is an Organic, Heirloom and local Fusion Cuisine food truck and catering company with a ‘Farm to Table’ theme.  Fresh, clean, and well cared for ingredients are the foundation for their fanciful creations, including burgers, wraps, panini, melts, salads and all natural sodas that can be purchased on the truck every day.

It is the brainchild of   two fun loving, self proclaimed silly people.

It all began in a search for more healthy food. Farmer’s Belly was inevitable for Charlie and Briggidy as they found it more challenging to find healthy cuisine following the birth of their first child.

Farmers Belly image
(courtesy Edna Sims)

“After we welcomed our silly, goofy, little bundle of joy we noticed how much harder it was to find food on the go that was healthy,” explained Briggidy. “That’s when we decided to throw caution to the wind and open our own restaurant…on wheels.”

Gwyneth Paltrow on red carpet

Gwyneth Paltrow at Venice Film Festival (courtesy Wikipedia)

Briggidy, part of this trio had been in the restaurant industry for 18 years. Starting as a hostess and working her way through every position, in the restaurant industry, from dishwasher, cook, manager, to corporate training manager, she learned every aspect of the kitchen and front of house.

Briggidy, also has eight years in event designing/planning coupled with a BA in interior design under her belt.  Charlie, also part of the trio, has done a lot in catering the past five years. He has had the chance to serve celebrities and cater intimate affairs for groups of 25 to 700 members.

Charlie has spent countless hours working side-by-side with chefs from a wide range of culinary backgrounds and absorbing their techniques and knowledge.  Before those adventures Charlie had the opportunity to work in fine dining restaurants for four years serving elegant meals and comfort foods prepared with a variety of exotic ingredients and robust flavors.

This side by side cooking, and strict mentorships gave him a perfect foundation to begin his own kitchen.

Together they make an outstanding team!

Now, their little bundle of joy…what part does she play? “She keeps them young at heart and never lets us forget why we began this journey in the first place,” continued Briggidy.

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