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State Film Awards Feature Four Riverside County Nominees as Finalists for the First Time

RIVERSIDE, CA- Hollywood is honoring four finalists nominated by Riverside County on Sunday, marking the first time the county has had any nominees at the annual California On-Location Awards.

Two film professionals, one location management team and a City of Palm Springs employee who assists production companies were nominated by the Riverside County Film Commission, a one-stop resource for film and TV production. The commission is recognized by the California Film Commission as the official advocate for filming interests in the region.

“We’re thrilled that the film industry is honoring the expertise these professionals have provided in finding exceptional locations in Riverside County,” said Riverside County Film Commissioner Bettina Breckenfeld. “The industry now is aware of both the quality of service provided by professionals in Riverside County and the amazing benefits of locating here.”

The Riverside County Film Commission nominated the four finalists, which were selected by the Film Liaisons in California, Statewide, a professional organization of film offices that promote and facilitate in-state filming. This marks 23 years that the organization has hosted the California On-Location Awards, which is the premier awards ceremony saluting location professionals, production companies and public employees for professional excellence while working on location in the State of California. 

The winners will be revealed during a formal invitation-only ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The ceremony will be streamed live atwww.californiaonlocationawards.com, and one of the platinum sponsors is the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa. Finalists and winners were determined by a vote of the Film Liaisons in California, Statewide (FLICS), a steering committee from Teamsters Local 399, and location manager award winners from the past 10 years.

“I’m humbled by the acknowledgment for doing a job that I love so much” said Janice Lopez, program coordinator for City of Palm Springs.

The finalists nominated by Riverside County are:

Location Manager – Studio Feature Film: Steve Mapel for “A Star is Born”

Location Manager – Independent Feature Film: Kevin J. Collins for “Senior Moment”

Studio Feature Films – Location Team: Team for “A Star is Born”

Rick Schuler – Location Manager

Steve Mapel – Location Manager

Scott Fitzgerald – Key Assistant Location Manager

Kirk Worley – Key Assistant Location Manager

Scott Kradolfer – Key Assistant Location Manager

Suzanne Shugarman – Assistant Location Manager

Public Employee in the City Category: Janice Lopez – City of Palm Springs

Scenes from “A Star is Born” were shot in an unincorporated area of the Coachella Valley, which doubled for a road in Arizona. The film stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) and is scheduled for theatrical release May 18 in the United States. In the film, a movie star helps a young singer/actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

“Senior Moment” was shot in Palm Springs with William Shatner as a retired pilot whose life falls apart after he loses his driver’s license. Christopher Lloyd co-stars in the romantic comedy, which features Jean Smart as Shatner’s love interest. No release date has been scheduled.

Lopez was key to assisting both “A Star is Born” and “Senior Moment,” which needed extensive help in April 2017 with quick permit turnarounds, road closures, parking needs and resident notifications in the City of Palm Springs. Lopez was able to meet their needs, allowing them to capture the footage they needed on tight timeframes.

The nominees plan to attend the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Riverside County Film Commission assists with easy online permits, incentives, locations and much more for films, TV shows and commercials, music videos and other kinds of productions in unincorporated areas of the County. The office provides professional, expedited concierge services from start to finish. Go to www.FilmRiversideCounty.com for more information.

Exclusive Interview: ‘True Worshipper’ Sherri Bryant Chats on Her Ministry, New Album

sherry-b-7969 - cropped 1By Naomi K. Bonman

In this day of age, the phrase “Unapologetically Me” has been heard over and over; however, it is a true testament to being unashamed of who you are. This is how I would describe Christian recording artist, Sherri Bryant. She is unapologetically bold and unashamed in her worship and passion in praising God. Her boldness in her ministry has helped others worldwide to tap into their purpose and calling in Jesus Christ.

Sherri has released three projects since she has been in her ministry of music. Her first project, “I Found the One,” demonstrates her ability to capture melodies of heaven through her unique vocal arrangements and expressive lyrics. Her second cd, “Made II Praise,” is a collection of contemporary praise and worship that radiates with the passion and energy that flow from Sherri during a live performance, and her latest project which just released this year, “True Worship” also is a collection of contemporary songs, but they are also very testimonial to the struggles that Bryant went through on her life’s journey to her destiny. “You Are Greater” is just one of the songs that captures her testimony from fear to faith and helps the listener to understand that no matter how high their mountain our God is Greater.

Sherri is currently the worship leader at Water of Life in Fontana, California, and in addition to that she travels all over the world ministering her gift of music and winning souls to Christ. She recently traveled to The Congo of Africa where she ministered to a crowd of over 140,000!

In a recent interview that Sherri shared with the Westside Story Newspaper, she explained her experience of being in Africa, as well as what inspired her to take her gift of music to the heights of where it is now. 

StarQuest Puts on a Quest to Find the Next Super Star at Taste of Soul

By Naomi K. Bonman

LOS ANGELES, CA- As usual, the Taste of Soul brought out thousands of Southern California residents to the Crenshaw area on Saturday, October 21.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Taste of Soul, it is one of the largest street festivals in Los Angeles where of variety of ethnic food vendors from in and around Los Angeles County come out to promote their restaurants. The Los Angeles Sentential is the main media producer that puts on the event every year with the help of sponsors, such as.  Other business and entities also come out to promote as well, but the scope of the afternoon is centered around the delicious food that you will embark on.

In addition to the food vendors, there are several stages that bring out top notch talent. This year among those stages was StarQuest. StarQuest held a competition between adults and children where they gave one adult winner $500 and one child winner $500. They also had headlining performances from household entertainers that included Brandy, Melanie Fiona, Kenny Lattimore, Doug E. Fresh, and Kool Moe Dee. In between performances, Danny Bakewell explained the importance of supporting black owned businesses, which is the purpose of way Taste of Soul was put on and has been successful for the past 12 years.

(Photo Credit: Kristina Dixon/11:One Visuals)