Texas Filmmakers in Los Angeles, CA

July 6, 2013 — 1 Comment

Our first trip to Hollywood!

We traveled to Los Angeles, California for the first time this week to attend the 2013 Texas Filmmakers Showcase Screening in Hollywood. As we mentioned in a previous post, our short documentary film following artist Vincent Valdez was selected for the showcase along with five other short films by Texas Filmmakers. We were honored to screen our work alongside filmmakers Kat Candler, Tony Costello, Eric Steele, Craig Whitney, and Russell Oliver Bush. Here we all are at the screening:

2013 Texas Filmmakers Showcase
2013 Texas Filmmakers Showcase, photo by Alfred Cervantes

The screening was held at the Directors Guild of America Theater on Sunset Blvd. Houston Film Commission Deputy Director Alfred Cervantes served as the MC, introducing the program and filmmakers during the screening. There was a great audience turnout to watch the presentation. A reception was held across the hall, which gave us a chance to meet the other filmmakers, talk about the films, and get feedback from audience members. It was a pleasant surprise to meet Texas-born actors, producers, and directors currently living and working in Los Angeles, including Producer & Director Lindsey Villarreal. Villareal’s short documentary film “Canto de Familia” screened in the same program we screened “Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John” at CineFestival this year. It was great to have the chance to talk to Lindsey about her film and her current projects in LA. After the reception we went for cocktails with Alfred and fellow showcase filmmaker Tony Costello. We talked about our favorite films and upcoming film projects late into the evening, ending the night with a drive around famous landmarks in West Hollywood.

The Getty
Our visit to The Getty Center Los Angeles

We decided to make the most out of our trip to LA by staying a couple extra days. We rented a car and drove up into the Hollywood Hills on the day following the screening. Our third day in Los Angeles was spent walking along Venice Beach, visiting Santa Monica Pier, and The Getty Center. The Getty was a wonderful venue to visit not only for the art collection, but for the beautiful architecture and gardens.

The Getty Central Gardens
The Getty Central Garden

In the evening we met up with friend and Los Angeles-based artist Ana Serrano, who we met and worked with at Rice Gallery last year. After a fancy dinner we visited Los Angeles County Museum of Art after hours to see Urban Light, an assemblage sculpture by Chris Burden on display in front of the museum.

Urban Light by Chris Burden at LACMA
Urban Light by Chris Burden at LACMA

Ana served as our tour guide, driving us all around LA to see different neighborhoods and historic landmarks. The city is so quiet at night which gave us a chance to see so much more without all the traffic. Driving around with Ana was a great way to end our Los Angeles trip. Overall we had a wonderful time in LA and are looking forward to visiting again soon.



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  1. Journey through Los Angeles – My 200th Blog Post! | veggieangie - July 10, 2013

    […] We found Bodhi Vegetarian & Vegan Kitchen just around the corner from the Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills. Bodhi Kitchen featured an affordable vegan and kosher friendly menu with lots of tasty thai dishes. Mark immediately knew he wanted to try the Spicy Fried Rice (the hubby loves his spicy food!) and I knew I wanted to try the Pad Thai Noodle Dish. It had been so long since I had Pad Thai because it’s traditionally made with fish sauce. Mark’s rice dish included soy beef, which he compared to a Filipino meat his Mom used to make. My Pad Thai had lots of favor and texture, but the sauce was almost too sweet. Towards the end of the meal I ran out of tofu and veggies and was left with a plate of sweet, heavy noodles. We were still pleased with our dinner and returned to the hotel to get ready for the screening at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Hollywood. Read more about the screening on the Walley Films Blog. […]

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