Honored to be a Nominee at the Lucky Strikes Films Festival once again

I’m truly honored to be a nominee once again this year for the Lucky Strikes Films Festival. The Lucky Strikes Films Studio proudly presents their second annual Lucky Strikes Films Festival, which will take place on Sunday,  September 23rd, 2018 at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. Multi talented and acclaimed filmmaker Romane Simone is the founder of this esteemed film festival. I’ve had the honor of working on Romane’s film Hybristophilia, which starred Quinton Aaron, Sadie Katz, Jenna Willis, Massi Furlan, Iyad Hajjaj, Lillian Lev, Brooklyn Robinson and many more.   Celebrities in attendance are Grammy winning Singer-Songwriter Eric […]

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Honored to be a nominee at the 2018 Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards

I’m so honored to be nominee at the 2018 Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards this Sunday, August 5th! The Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association (LANFA) will have their black tie film awards ceremony at the historic Miracle Theater in Inglewood, CA.  Multi-talented and acclaimed filmmaker, King Bassey, is the founder of this wonderful film festival. The celebrities and VIPs expected at this event are Founder of the Nollywood Awards and Movie Producer King Bassey, Event hosts Motown Maurice (Liongate’s Snake Outta Compton), Bessey lkem (American Mama), Honorees Actress Alice Amter (The Big Bang Theory), SAG/AFTRA actress and radio personality Amber […]

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I’m the First Person Of Iranian Descent to be Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

On Saturday, May 19th, I was the first person of Iranian descent to be inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala at the Doubletree Hilton in Los Angeles. Many celebrities and luminaries in the martial arts world were inducted as well, so I was truly in great company and I was bestowed with the Trailblazer Award. So all those kickboxing classes paid off! Other celebrities awarded at the gala were legendary actor and master Stephen Lang (Avatar), legendary action star Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Steve McQueen: American Icon opposite Mel Gibson), legendary […]

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First Iranian to be Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

On Saturday, May 19th, many celebrities and luminaries in the martial arts world and yours truly (!) will be inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala at the Doubletree Hilton at 6161 West Centinela in Los Angeles. I will the first person of Iranian descent to be inducted into this prestigious hall of fame and be awarded amongst the likes of legendary actor and master Stephen Lang (Avatar), legendary action star Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Steve McQueen: American Icon opposite Mel Gibson), legendary action star Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop 1 and […]

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Honored to be a Nominee and Presenter at the Los Angeles Nollywood Awards

I am truly honored to be a nominee for Strangers in a Book and a presenter tomorrow, Saturday, August 26th, the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards (LANFA). Numerous celebrities and VIPs expected at this event such as LANFA founder King Bassey, Honorees Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Check Point) and Dawna Lee Heising (Bladerunner, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Special Guest noted radio host and media personality Mother Love, Co-host Ford Austin (Live By Night, Bosch) and yours truly. Press Check-in is at 4:30pm, with red carpet arrivals at 5-6:30pm, the much anticipated awards presentation at 6:30pm-9:30pm and […]

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Meeting of the Arts and Minds at the Brain Mapping Foundation Gala

Had an intellectual yet artsy time at the Brain Mapping Foundation Gala. Was very inspired by all the brilliant minds, politicians, athletes and artists all in one place. It truly was a meeting of the minds. Hearing the doctors’ stories and experiences as well as the moving speech given by Travis Roy made for a truly inspiring event. The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (“SBMT”), Brain Mapping Foundation (“BMF”), and the National Center for NanoBioElectonics (“NCNBE”) held their 14th Annual World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. SBMT was founded in […]

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Hollywood Meets Medicine, Science, Art, Technology, and Policy in LA LA Land

 So Very Vida is so very excited to participate in this event. It will take every smart gene that I didn’t inherit, but I wish I had, to keep up with these geniuses. Here’s the deets: The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (“SBMT”), Brain Mapping Foundation (“BMF”), and the National Center for NanoBioElectonics (“NCNBE”) will hold their 14th Annual World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. SBMT was founded in 2004 to break boundaries in healthcare and to promote global interdisciplinary research to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients […]

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Unity at the Multicultural Film Festival

On ​​​​Sunday, April 2nd at 5pm, the Universe Multicultural Film Festival held their Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the RHCC Community Center in the swanky city of Rolling Hills Estates. Celebrities in attendance from the event were Lynn Tang, Festival Founder and President, Awardees Aki Aleong (Babylon 5, Walker, Texas Ranger), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Chuck Norris’ An Eye For An Eye), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky, the #1 trending movie on Netflix opposite Norman Reedus) and presenter actor/filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Lazarus: Day of the Dead). Aleong received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Landon received the Trailblazer […]

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Celebrity Roast of Actress Joycelyne Lew

I had a wonderful time at the Celebrity Roast of Actress Joycelyne Lew at the Golden Dragon Restaurant in Chinatown!  Lew was roasted by some legendary stars of screen and martial arts such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Chuck Norris’ An Eye for An Eye), Aki Aleong (V, Babylon 5), James Hong (Kung Fu Panda, Blade Runner), Gerald Okamura (G.I. Joe, The Rise of Cobra, Mortal Kombat), Peter Kwong (The Golden Child, Big Trouble in China), Host Grand-Master Eric Lee (Rambo: First Blood Part II, 3 Ninjas) and many more. It was great catching up with noted celebs […]

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Halloween Hotness Heats Up Downtown LA

Had a great time at this year’s third annual Halloween Hotness at the Reserve in downtown LA. So nice to catch up with friends and check out the cool costumes all for a truly great cause. This charitable endeavor was created by Brian Sikoff to raise awareness about cancer. Proceeds from this event will go directly to the American Cancer Society. This event was conceived in honor of Brian’s fallen family members, Carmen and Lynn Kuchera, who passed away far too soon from this terrible disease. “A big thank you to everyone who supported us the last two years. We look forward to seeing all of […]

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