Monday, June 8th, 2009
Itâ€™s going to be a fantastic Hollywood Salon on Monday night, June 8th…Â Â Weâ€™ll be celebrating the life and works of legendary silent film star, HAROLD LLOYD. And joining us – live and in person – will be Haroldâ€™s granddaughter, SUZANNE LLOYD.Â Â She will be showing highlights of Haroldâ€™s classic films, and will bring some of his private memorabilia, including his Oscar.Â Come and hear her personal memories of her grandfather and her stories of growing up at Greenacres, Haroldâ€™s famous 44-room Beverly Hills mansion.Â Â Â Suzanne has long held the rights to all of Haroldâ€™s films, images and photographs — youâ€™ll want to hear her plans for bringing Haroldâ€™s work into this era (maybe with the help of the Nebraska Coast Connection!)Â Coming to Hollywood from Burchard, Nebraska, Harold Lloyd became one of the most successful actors of his time.Â He was the most popular and prolific film comedian of the roaring twenties, making over 200 comedy films between 1914 and 1947.Â In later years, he pioneered 3D technology and was an avid photographer of nude models.Â (Suzanne will bring her recent book of some of this work, Harold Lloydâ€™s Hollywood Nudes in 3D!)Â To learn more about Harold Lloyd: www.haroldlloyd.com www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Lloyd It will be a great night at our Harold Lloyd celebration at the Salon in Culver City Please
Hereâ€™s some little known facts about Harold Lloyd:
***Born in Burchard, Nebraska, Harold first tried his hand at acting in Omaha.Â A coin toss sent him to California!
***He was the top performer in motion pictures in the 1920s and soon the richest star in Hollywood!
***Early in his career, a prop bomb blew off part of his hand, and he invented a special glove to hide his injury.Â All the daredevil stunts he performed in his films were with ONE good hand!
***He built the finest mansion in Beverly Hills, and named it Greenacres after his Nebraska roots!
***Harold invented the comedy preview. His films were a marvel of technical achievements.Â He later pioneered 3D photography and even took 3D photos of Marilyn Monroe in her bikini by his pool!
There will be lots more to learn about Harold from his granddaughter, SUZANNE LLOYD, when she joins us at the Salon on Monday.
Monday, May 11th, 2009
How many times have you seen a familiar face on a TV commercial and said, “Hey isnâ€™t that the guy from the Coast Connection?”Â The commercial business loves Nebraskans. Itâ€™s in our genes or something. There are dozens of Nebraska actors making their living right now on commercials. And three of them are our guests at the Salon on Monday, May 11th.Â Jim Hanna has put together a stellar group of actors who will share with you their secrets of success to breaking into the commercial world. Jim, Patrick Wilkins and Steve Lewis all hail from Lincoln and have been working steadily in commercials since they came to Hollywood. Youâ€™ll recognize Jim right away from his spots for Hefty trash bags, AT&T, IHOP, Subaru, State Farm, Fidelity, and Expedia. Between them, Pat and Steve have worked for Bud Light, Sony, Comcast, Cox Cable, Juicy Juice, Hillshire Farms, Honda, Jack in the Box, and Miracle Whip.Â They will be sharing their spots and stories with us, then youâ€™ll have a chance to ask them everything youâ€™ve ever wondered about building your commercial acting chops.Â Plan to stay late, because at the May Salon weâ€™ll be finishing off the evening with music by Brad Colerick & Steve Hanson. Theyâ€™ll be playing tracks from Bradâ€™s new third CD, soon to be released. (Sneak a listen from a link on our website…)Â Itâ€™s going to be a great evening.
Monday, April 13th, 2009
Coca-Cola has just awarded its national filmmaker prize to a Nebraskan, Michael Montgomery. Michaelâ€™s winning film will be seen on more than 21,000 screens across the county this fall, but YOU can see it and meet Mike at the next Hollywood Salon!Â Originally from Roca, Mike has a degree from UNL and is now getting his masters in film at USC. He made this yearâ€™s film with USC colleague Jerome Sable, and both have been Coke award finalists in previous years.Â The winning promotion, called “Meanwhile…”, shows what happens in the lobby while a movie plays. It is filled with dance and includes a cameo by Mary Murphy, judge from the FOX TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” At the April Salon, weâ€™ll be celebrating Michaelâ€™s big win with a special screening of his film and a chance to get to know him and his secrets to success. Heâ€™s yet another example of the great filmmakers coming out of Nebraska — on his way to becoming the next big writer/ director/ producer.Â You can say you met him over a beer at the Culver Hotel.
Monday, March 9th, 2009
Michael Tringe has some stories to tell you about shooting his USC Film School grad thesis film”Shattercane” in Wilbur, Nebraska. You can hear all about it when Mike brings his film to our next Salon Monday night. Heâ€™s got a masters from USC Film School, a degree from Harvard, and has worked in Morocco and China, but Mike Tringe will always be from Holdrege, Nebraska. He finished his studies at USC last year, and has since gone on to a job in the film finance/sales department at Creative Artistâ€™s Agency, CAA.Â Â Mikeâ€™s many other film credits include producingÂ “A Dayâ€™s Work” which has traveled the world in festivals and won first prize at the Student Academy Awards.Â Â “Shattercane” was shot entirely on location in Nebraska (and itâ€™s gorgeous, by the way!). It tells the story of a farmerâ€™s son struggling between his duty to family and his own destiny. You can check out the filmâ€™s website at www.shattercanefilm.com.Â Donâ€™t miss this chance to meet the very busy and very nice Mike Tringe. Come ask him about grad film school, about CAA, about his adventures in Nebraska. You may want to say someday “you knew him when…”Â See you Monday night, March 9th at The Culver Hotel.
Monday, January 12th, 2009
SALONFEST 2009 is coming… Monday, January 12th, 2009. 7:30pm to 10:30pm. The Culver Hotel.Â Happy New Year!Â Monday, January 12th will be the first Nebraska Coast Connection Hollywood Salon of 2009, and this is the one where YOU get to show off…Â Itâ€™s the return of SALONFEST, our ever-popular NCC mini-film festival!Â This is where we will show 3 minutes of anything you want to showcase. Up on the Big Screen.Â Cue up your latest short, or your reel, or anything you helped to create on DVD, and weâ€™ll show 3 minutes of it at the January Salon. Youâ€™ll get a minute to tell us about it, before or after. (Got something longer? Barter with others to share your time…)Â It will be an eclectic and fast-paced evening…no telling what surprises we will be seeing.Â Kevin is going to show clips from his latest feature, a powerful Iraq war drama.Â The Cypress House gang will be premiering their new music video.Â There will be excerpts from reels and demo reels and commercials from our actors and directors.Â What will YOU be showing??Â This is YOUR chance to show us what you got.Â Câ€™mon, step up…we want to know what youâ€™ve been up to.Â Monday, January 12th will be the first Nebraska Coast Connection Hollywood Salon of 2009, and this is the one where YOU get to show off…