Category: Visual Arts & Film

Locked Up, Not Out

Bryonn Bain takes his story of racial profiling and wrongful arrest to a stage in Culver City By Christina Campodonico Bryonn Bain is the last person you’d expect to have an arrest record. He graduated from Columbia and attended Harvard Law. Yet during his second year of law school, Bain, a black man and son of Trinidadian immigrants, found himself in handcuffs and headed to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. More than 15 years later, Bain’s story of racial profiling by police still resonates and forms the basis of his one-man multimedia show, “Lyrics From Lockdown,” playing this weekend at The Actor’s Gang in Culver City. A special fundraiser and post-show discussion with Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle follows Friday’s performance. The irony of Bain’s life-changing arrest is not lost on him, who quotes a joke his mother says to him: “You have the same degrees as Barack Obama. How come he end up in the White House and you end up in the jailhouse?” Bain actually has one more degree than the president — a master’s from New York University — yet on Oct. 18, 1999, Bain’s Ivy League pedigree meant little to police. To them only his skin color seemed to matter. “We were the only black and brown people around,” recalls Bain, who was arrested along with his brother and cousin at 96th...

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The sky’s the limit

Turning the metallic bones of retired aircraft into high-concept ‘airplane furniture’ has made an uncommon success story of El Segundo’s Moto Art Story and photos by Pat Reynolds Under the LAX flight path, a warehouse workshop in El Segundo is turning the metallic bones of retired aircraft into functional works of art. The industrial craftsmen of MotoArt cut, weld, sand and polish discarded airplane parts to create what they call “airplane furniture” — conference tables made from the wings of B-52 bombers, bathroom sinks from landing gear, bed frames made from the engine cowlings of a 747, F-4 ejection...

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American Film Market will continue to call Santa Monica home

Guaranteeing its presence in Santa Monica through 2008, the American Film Market (AFM) has signed a multi-year deal with the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The American Film Market, which includes some public screenings for Santa Monica residents, is scheduled to take place Wednesday, November 3rd, to Wednesday, November 10th, at the hotel. “We’re thrilled with their commitment,” said Misti Kerns, Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau president and chief executive officer. “AFM generates 17 to 22 million dollars in revenue for the city and businesses of Santa Monica each year,” she said. Produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the American Film Market has grown steadily during the last two decades to become what it says is the world’s largest motion picture trade event. Formally the American Film Marketing Association, the IFTA is a trade association representing producers and distributors of independent movies and TV programs throughout the world. The recent name change reflects the association’s growth and the global nature of its business and diverse activities, which include arbitration, licensing support, lobbying, market research and royalty collections, IFTA officials say. Since 1991, the AFM has turned the Loews Hotel into a showplace of creativity as more than 7,000 industry professionals from more than 70 countries converge in Santa Monica for eight days of screenings, deal making and hospitality. The hotel converts all of its rooms...

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