Monday, November 24, 2014

Why I Love Los Angeles - Volume 1

Trevor Sewell Reflects

"The last twelve months have been a hectic but incredibly enjoyable ride for me. Ever since debuting my album 'Independence' on The IN Show with Gus Summers on the day of its release ( 21st November 2013); and, later the same day picking up the 'Best Blues Award' in the Hollywood Music In Media Awards at the Fonda Theatre, there has been a real sense of progression!"

The Trevor Sewell Band played a string of dates and festivals in the U.K in early 2014, and then went on to pick up 'Best Blues' in the 'Artists And Music' Awards in Los Angeles in February.

In April it was then back to Hollywood where they were once again elated to take the 'Best Blues Performance' in the Indie Music Channel Awards for the song 'The Train.'

While in Hollywood, Sewell also began recording for his next electric album at the iconic Capitol Records! As if this wasn't enough, Sewell also recorded a new unplugged album LIVE at Capitol entitled "Face To Face" which is set to be released on CD this week.

"'Face to Face' was actually a completely spontaneous album - there was no plan to record an unplugged album of any sort. It was just that the engineers in Capitol are so great that when I heard the sound that he [one of the engineers] had managed to get on my acoustic, I just said 'Hey, Joe, (sounds like a cue for a song) while I’m sitting here can I make a Live Acoustic Album?' He just smiled and said, 'Yep. Let's go for it.' There was no plan, no set list, no discussion. We just agreed that there would also be no overdubs; and, that this would just be a completely stripped back raw performance. I just wanted to see how the songs sounded with just a guitar and a voice."

The "Face To Face" Album was completed in less than 3 hours and features a mix of songs from Sewell's previous two albums and also some new songs not available anywhere else. No plans were made to release these songs; in fact, for the rest of the duration at Capital, time was spent recording material for the new electric album.

It was only when "Fact To Face" was played it to a few people in the UK who said it was an album that needed to be released, did Sewell consider doing so. When he did, it went straight onto the highly prestigious IBBA playlist in the UK!

"The plan for the new electric album was originally to release it in November, but owing to the continuing success of the 'Independence' album, the release had to be rescheduled to next year."

Another visit to L.A is already on the cards and is currently scheduled for either February or March 2015. There are already some really interesting possibilities for collaborations in the air with some great American Musicians and Artists!


  • The entire Independence album being licensed for inclusion in a huge Blues Collection to be released soon that includes a plethora of well known artists. “I was really excited when this possibility was first discussed and was amazed to find out that the entire album was to be included in the multi-volume set which includes many of my heroes! B.B King, Taste, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Howlin Wolf and the list just goes on. It was a huge Buzz when I saw the tracklist.
  • Five Sewell songs from a completely different project have also just been recorded in studios in France and Nashville by Brooke Nickerson for Gotham Records. One of the songs being a cover of 'Take These Chains' from Sewells' "Independence" album! “I love what Brooke and her band have done with the songs and am looking forward to the release - It's completely different to my own version and I love when I hear an artist do something different with my songs."
"America, and in particular Hollywood, has been very good to me over the past 3 years; and, not just because of the Awards. I've found the Los Angeles music fraternity to be incredibly welcoming and have really enjoyed playing in L.A with my last gig being at the Whisky A Go Go in April. I just feel a real affinity with Los Angeles and the people and it just seems to get better and better every time we visit."

Just some of the reasons Trevor Sewell loves Los Angeles. Be sure to check back for a Volume 2 from Trevor real soon!

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SOURCE The Trevor Sewell Band

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CINEMA ITALIAN STYLE 2014 - November 13-18, 2014, at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres!

Co-presented by Luce Cinecitta and the American Cinematheque, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture-Film Department, Bonato Milano 1960 and Leading Hotels of the World. Technical Sponsor: Rossano Ferretti. In collaboration with the Italian Trade Commission and the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles. Media Partners: Variety and L'Uomo Vogue.

Join us at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres for our annual celebration of Italian cinema, opening with Italy's official Oscar submission for Best Foreign-Language Film, Paolo Virzi's masterful HUMAN CAPITAL, a sharp social critique cloaked in an engrossing neo-noir mystery that's co-presented by AFI FEST. Highlights of the series also include director Ferzan Ozpetek and actor Francesco Scianna in person with romantic drama FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS, TV host Pif joining us with his assured and hilarious directorial debut THE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN SUMMER, Francesco Munzi appearing with his gripping crime drama BLACK SOULS, director Agostino Ferrente with his Nastro d'Argento Best Documentary winner BEAUTIFUL THINGS, plus the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Winner, THE WONDERS. YouTube compilation documentary ITALY IN A DAY and a new digital restoration of Giuseppe Tornatore's 1988 classic CINEMA PARADISO are also featured. See the complete schedule here!

Watch this year's Cinema Italian Style Trailer!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

134 Documentary Features Submitted For 2014 Oscar® Race

LOS ANGELES, CA – One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®.

The submitted features*, listed in alphabetical order, are:
*features linked go to reviews and/or interviews

“Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq”
“Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case”
“Alive Inside”
“All You Need Is Love”
“America: Imagine the World without Her”
“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”
“Antarctica: A Year on Ice”
“Art and Craft”
“Awake: The Life of Yogananda”
“The Barefoot Artist”
“The Battered Bastards of Baseball”
“Before You Know It”
“Bitter Honey”
“Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity”
“Botso The Teacher from Tbilisi”
“Captivated The Trials of Pamela Smart”
“The Case against 8”
“Cesar’s Last Fast”
“Citizen Koch”
“Code Black”
“Concerning Violence”
“The Culture High”
“Dancing in Jaffa”
“Death Metal Angola”
“The Decent One”
“Dinosaur 13”
“Do You Know What My Name Is?”
“The Dog”
“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”
“Evolution of a Criminal”
“Fed Up”
“Finding Fela”
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Food Chains”
“The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden”
“Getting to the Nutcracker”
“Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”
“The Great Flood”
“The Great Invisible”
“The Green Prince”
“The Hacker Wars”
“The Hadza: Last of the First”
“Hanna Ranch”
“Happy Valley”
“The Hornet’s Nest”
“I Am Ali”
“If You Build It”
“The Immortalists”
“The Internet’s Own Boy”
“Ivory Tower”
“James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge”
“Jodorowsky’s Dune”
“Journey of a Female Comic”
“Keep On Keepin’ On”
“Kids for Cash”
“The Kill Team”
“La Bare”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Last Hijack”
“The Last Patrol”
“Levitated Mass”
“Life Itself”
“Little White Lie”
“Llyn Foulkes One Man Band”
“Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles”
“Merchants of Doubt”
“Mission Blue”
“Mistaken for Strangers”
“Monk with a Camera”
“Nas: Time Is Illmatic”
“National Gallery”
“Next Goal Wins”
“Next Year Jerusalem”
“Night Will Fall”
“No Cameras Allowed”
“Now: In the Wings on a World Stage”
“Occupy the Farm”
“The Only Real Game”
“The Overnighters”
“Particle Fever”
“Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes”
“Pelican Dreams”
“The Pleasures of Being Out of Step”
“Plot for Peace”
“Point and Shoot”
“Poverty Inc.”
“Print the Legend”
“Private Violence”
“Rabindranath Tagore – The Poet of Eternity”
“Red Army”
“Remote Area Medical”
“Rich Hill”
“The Rule”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Shadows from My Past”
“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”
“A Small Section of the World”
“Smiling through the Apocalypse – Esquire in the 60s”
“Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon”
“The Supreme Price”
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper”
“Tanzania: A Journey Within”
“This Is Not a Ball”
“Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence”
“Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”
“True Son”
“20,000 Days on Earth”
“Under the Electric Sky”
“Underwater Dreams”
“Waiting for August”
“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”
“Warsaw Uprising”
“Watchers of the Sky”
“We Are the Giant”
“We Could Be King”
“Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger”
“A World Not Ours”

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process.  A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.

Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.