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Hollywood Salon: Always the Second Monday of the month at the historic Culver Hotel, Culver City, Los Angeles. The Hollywood Salon is an educational program of events featuring guest lecturers working in film, television, entertainment and the arts, sponsored by the Nebraska Coast Connection.

Monday’s NCC Salon with Director Dan Mirvish!

At the February Hollywood Salon, we welcome back our old friend Dan Mirvish!  It’ll be a TRIPLE TREAT:  Fresh from adventures at Slamdance (the festival he co-founded), he’ll be sharing about his latest film now underway, and he’ll be signing copies of his brand new book!

As one of the most independent of film directors working today, Dan is in post on his latest feature, BERNARD AND HUEY, written by the esteemed Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning Jules Feiffer (CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, POPEYE).  The film is a comedy about two old friends who reconnect after 30 years apart, and the women who complicate their lives.

Dan has some amazing stories about how he tracked down the nearly forgotten unproduced screenplay by the living legend Jules Feiffer and garnered his trust to make the film.  After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Dan shot the film last fall in NY and LA starring Oscar-winner Jim Rash, David Koechner, Richard Kind, Lauren Miller, and Nancy Travis

Dan’s other baby of the moment is his brand-new book, The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, a rich exploration of the process and culture of making low-budget, independent films. Once labelled a “cheerful subversive” by The New York Times, Mirvish shares his unfiltered pragmatic approach to every aspect of a career in filmmaking.  Check out the book trailer here.

The book draws on Dan’s own 25 years of experiences in the trenches of indie filmmaking, as well as lessons he’s learned personally from such luminaries as Robert Altman, Christopher Nolan, Steven Soderbergh, Alexander Payne, John Carpenter, Jon Bokenkamp, and many more. Dan will have a stockpile of books to sell and sign, so be sure to come and get yours at the Salon!

He’ll also report on the latest doings at the just-completed 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, the festival that Dan co-founded in 1995 and where he continues to play host each year.  For more on Dan and all of his latest shenanigans, go here.  Hope you can make it on Monday, February 13th for a jam-packed Salon with one of our favorite guests.  See you there!

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

 Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
7:30 to 10:30.
The Culver Hotel, Culver City, California.

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Monday’s NCC Salon is our Three-Minute Festival!

Our Annual Three-Minute Festival: SALONFEST 2017!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR from all your Coast Connection friends! Monday, January 9th will be the first Salon of 2017.  And it’s the one where YOU get to show us what you got…

Yep, it’s the return of SALONFEST: THE THREE MINUTE FILM FESTIVAL, our ever-popular NCC mini-film festival! This is where we will show three minutes of anything you want to showcase. Up on the Big Screen.

There’s a ton of talented folks in the NCC, and many of you have created some amazing work in the past year. This is our chance to see what you’ve been up to.

Cue up your latest short, or your reel, or anything you helped to create, and we’ll show 3 minutes of it at the January Salon. You’ll get a minute to tell us about it, before or after. (Got something longer? Barter with others to share your time…)  For format, DVD is preferred, but we can screen from most thumbdrives or internet streams, too.

It will be an eclectic and fast-paced evening…no telling what surprises we will be seeing. Webisodes. New acting reels. Kickstarter promos. All kinds of latest masterpieces. Whatever you want to share with the group — this is your chance to show off.

Come to share or come to see what your friends have been creating. It’s a great way to get to know all the talent in this group, and to participate by showing us what you got, in a safe and friendly environment. SALONFEST is always one of the most fun Salons of the year. We’ll have the popcorn ready.

See you Monday, January 9th, 2016!

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

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NCC Holiday Party is Dec 12th, with special guest Actress Molly Parker and music by The Martini Kings!

 

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It’s that time of year again. Before you go home for the holidays, come knock one back with your Hollywood family. Come join us in The Velvet Lounge of the Culver Hotel for delicious hors d’oeuvres and specialty beverages at our own private bar. Great raffle prizes, a visit from Santa, and all your glamorous Nebraska friends in holiday spirits.

 

Our special guest will be the lovely and talented MOLLY PARKER,
star of House of Cards and Deadwood

Swingin’ live jazz music from The Martini Kings

 

This is the most fun party we have all year… and it won’t be the same without YOU.

Celebrate the holidays with your Home Sweet Home in Hollywood…

Buy your tickets early and save some green before the prices go up. We give early bird and couples discounts to help everyone attend. Need more help?…ask about volunteering at the party in exchange for discounts on admission.  (And if Santa’s been extra good to you this year, we even have a way for you to donate a little extra to help our hard-working volunteers attend).

     Tickets on sale now…
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Before you go home for the holidays, come knock one back with your Hollywood family.

Come join us in The Velvet Lounge of the Culver Hotel for delicious hors d’oeuvres and specialty beverages at our own private bar. Live music from The Martini Kings, a visit from Santa, and a stocking-stuffer boutique.

This is THE event of the year, with all the celebrities and power brokers and famous & soon-to-be famous Hollywood Nebraskans you know and love. Our raffle will have all the best prizes and the most opportunities to go home with Hollywood and Nebraska themed swag. We give early bird and couples discounts to help everyone attend. And if you’ve had a good year and you can buy a few hard-working volunteers their tickets, we appreciate it!

This is the most fun party we have all year…and it won’t be the same without YOU.

Monday, December 12th from 7:30 to 10:30pm at Culver Hotel

Join the celebration of your Home Sweet Home in Hollywood…    

 
Need more help?…ask about volunteering at the party in exchange for discounts on admission.  

(And if Santa’s been good to you this year, we even have a way for you to donate a little extra to help our hard-working volunteers attend).
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NCC Salon Monday 11/14: Alexander Payne’s Production Designer Stefania Cella


SPECIAL GUEST:  Stefania Cella, Production Designer for Alexander Payne’s new film DOWNSIZING

Director Alexander Payne is underway with a new film, now in post, called DOWNSIZING, starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Kristen Wiig. As we always do, the NCC will be hosting Alexander and some of his key collaborators on DOWNSIZING in the months to come. His Production Designer on this film is our guest at the Salon on Monday, November 14th. 

Designing sets on sound stages and bringing locations to life in major cities and random villages on every continent is the way Stefania Cella has spent the last 20 years. Born and raised in Milan Italy, educated in theater and art history, Stefania developed a design style highly influenced by the interplay of light, shadow and color.

Stefania has designed films with Nick Cassavetes (JOHN Q), Barry Levinson, (MAN OF THE YEAR & WHAT JUST HAPPENED?), Robert Duvall (ASSASSINATION TANGO) and Paolo Sorrentino (THIS MUST BE THE PLACE & THE GREAT BEAUTY). THE GREAT BEAUTY won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and brought her the highest award in Italy as Best Designer 2014. Before DOWNSIZING, her latest movie was BLACK MASS, with Johnny Depp, directed by Scott Cooper.

Cella is a petite woman with a larger-than life personality, and as her website says, “She punctuates her point of view through a heavy-accent under wild hair, offering sharp wit, pointed humor and passionate commitment. This is an unrelenting pursuit of exquisitely authentic and balanced, sometimes delicate, often beautiful and always functional design.”

Come Monday night and meet the newest member of the Alexander Payne filmmaking team. It’s going to be an exciting evening.

Every month your Hollywood Salon brings you terrific guests who teach, inspire and motivate you to become the best YOU that you are here to become. All we need is you. Hope to see you on Monday, November 14th.

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones,
and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

 
Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
7:30 to 10:30pm at the Culver Hotel in Culver City, California.
Nebraska Coast Connection presents
The Hollywood Salon…
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.
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NCC Salon Monday 10/10: Creative Director & Musician/Artist Nick Davidge

This Director has a story we can all relate to. He came to Hollywood from the Midlands (of England, not Nebraska) and made his success with music, art, advertising and entertainment. Now he works at the top levels of the business and is shaping the way technology and entertainment play together. 

English Rock Star. Cutting-Edge Multimedia Artist. Creative Director, Independent Filmmaker and Haunt Designer. This guy wants to meet YOU, and you just might end up in his next commercial, music video, short film or haunted house. Come meet a very cool, entertaining and talented guest at the next Salon.

Nick Davidge is the award winning Executive Creative Director and a founding member of GreenLight, a digital content studio and branded entertainment agency. Finding new, innovative ways to tell stories has led to a number of ground breaking programs including last year’s Lady Gaga performance at the Grammys (remember the digital spiders crawling on her face? That was Nick’s challenge), the Uncut short film series, as well as the critically acclaimed Re:Generation Music Project and documentary films. Other accolades include “The Social Music Project featuring Reggie Watts” (which picked up multiple awards including a Cannes Lion), as well as the new digital series, “Huddle Up” starring NFL quarterback Cam Newton for Under Armour.

Before partnering up to start GreenLight, Nick was a creative director at Chiat Day one of the most prestigious advertising agencies in the world. While at Chiat, Nick oversaw the creative vision for a number of international brands like Nissan/Infiniti, Whiskas, Washington Mutual and most notably PlayStation, playing a key role in the launch of the extremely successful PlayStation 3 and PlayStation portable.

Nick has been focused primarily on creating campaigns to help brands and music artists exceed their potential in the ever evolving digital realm where he has won many international industry awards for creative excellence, innovative thinking, execution and results. Recently acquired by Live Nation, GreenLight is embarking on the next phase of its evolution deepening its pedigree in the music space.

Nick’s affinity with music stretches back to his roots as lead singer and guitarist of British band Airbus, who received critical acclaim for multiple records and were signed to BMG London.

In his spare time Nick is focused on the convergence of interactive theater and technology. This passion has lead to an annual Halloween haunt production with other industry professionals featuring holographic projections, sound design, live actors and immersive sets.

Every month your Hollywood Salon brings you terrific guests who teach, inspire and motivate you to become the best YOU that you are here to become. All we need is you. Hope to see you on Monday, October 10th.

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones,
and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

  
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Sept 12th Salon with Voice Over Artist & Actor Mari Weiss

Longtime Salon-favorite Mari Weiss makes a return visit to the Hollywood Salon on
September 12th to help you start or kickstart your voice and commercial career. And this just in…she’s bringing a talent agent with her! 

Mari Weiss is a Chicago native (Go Cubs!) who received her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!). She is a client of the prestigious William Morris Endeavor agency as a Voice Over artist and over her 25+ year career has been the voice of such brands as McDonalds, Blue Cross, Intuit, Yoplait, Public Storage, Staples, Suburu and Chrysler to name a few.In front of the camera, her recent TV credits include HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, BONES, BLACK-ISH, and MAD MEN as well as hundreds of commercials for State Farm, AT&T, You Tube and many others.

(One of Mari’s popular commercials running right now is with the kid telling his parents he’s going to work for GE and his dad says he can’t lift the hammer. Mari is the mom, “it’s ok though, you’re going to change the world.”)

Mari serves on the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory committee, teaching their Voice Over classes on the AFI campus — she’s coached many actors to successful careers of their own. Don’t miss this chance to meet Mari, and get your own voice working for you.

UPDATE: Mari is bringing a special guest with her: Commercial Talent Agent REBECCA HARGROVE with the AVO Talent Agency. Rebecca has over a decade of working with some of the biggest names in the voice over industry, at Talent Group, Abrams Artists and William Morris, before joining AVO. She prides herself on discovering and developing new talent, and turning them into some of the highest earners in the biz.


Also at the September Salon…A SPECIAL REPORT FROM THE OMAHA COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE
Screenwriter Tony Moton has just returned from Omaha after what proved to be a highly successful presentation of his award-winning screenplay “All Bets Are On” at the Omaha Community’s Playhouse on August 22nd. Moton directed a cast of 16 in a staged reading of the feature-length screenplay before a capacity crowd of 500 in the Hawks mainstage theater at the country’s largest community theater. The show featured actors John BeasleyPatricia Belcher and a bevy of Omaha talent. Cast members Ivan Lovegren and Tom Katsis will join Tony to give us some highlights of the event. “All Bets Are On” won a coveted Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award while Moton was in UCLA’s master’s program of screenwriting. Moton, a former Omaha World-Herald entertainment columnist, also has a master’s degree in journalism from UNL.


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Actor/Writer/Musician Duo Kirk & Joni Bovill Headline at August 8th Salon 

Partners in life. Partners in the business. Our August 8th Salon will give you insight into acting, writing and music from a talented husband and wife team.

Kirk and Joni Bovill have 100+ credits between them as actors, writers, producers, singers and editors. They started their own indie record label, Elmo Records in 1999 and released two critically acclaimed CDs. CCM Magazine labeled them as one of the top 5 indie artists in the last decade. From there they branched into Hollywood.

Kirk transitioned from a marketing position in high technology in his mid-40s and has been a working character actor ever since. Upcoming films include 20th CENTURY WOMEN with Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig & Billy Crudup, and A CROOKED SOMEBODY with Ed Harris & Amy Madigan. He’s appeared in a number of TV shows including CSI, CRIMINAL MINDS, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, SHAMELESS, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, GREY’S ANATOMY, and SONS OF ANARCHY. Other movies include CONTRABAND, GET ON UP, FREE STATE OF JONES and TEXAS KILLING FIELDS. Also a writer and journalist, Nebraska-native (and UNL grad) Kirk is developing a number of tv and film scripts.

Joni is from Mississippi and has been a successful commercial actor with a growing number of television credits. She soon begins the third season of Amazon Studios hit show BOSCH in her recurring role of Ida. Last fall, she was seen in Will Smith’s feature film CONCUSSION. Joni’s recent commercials included the Super Bowl spot for Apartments.com with Jeff Goldblum & Lil’ Wayne and the final Nike send-off for Kobe Bryant in the “I Hate You” campaign. She sang in both.

Come meet them at the August Salon and soak up some of their sage advice. If you are a working actor in films, tv or commercials, or a screenwriter or musician – or like Joni and Kirk, all of the above – you better not miss this Salon.

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

 
Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
7:30 to 10:30pm at the Culver Hotel in Culver City, California.
Nebraska Coast Connection presents
The Hollywood Salon…
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

 

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July 11th Salon with TV Writer/Producer Sam Johnson


Sam Johnson has come a long way from his native Omaha. Television comedy has been the better for it.

At the July Salon we will welcome back an old friend of the Nebraska Coast, television writer/producer Sam Johnson. Sam has had a guiding hand in such classic tv as FRASIER, NEWS RADIO and HOT IN CLEVELAND.

Sam has been a TV comedy writer for nearly 25 years.  As a fifth generation Nebraskan, Sam grew up in Omaha. At Yale, Sam met his writing partner Chris Marcil, and they wrote for many publications including The New Yorker, Mademoiselle and The New York Times. After a stint editing National Lampoon magazine, their early career in television included writing for two of MTV’s groundbreaking animated series BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD and the pilot for the spinoff DARIA.

They then moved to Los Angeles as story editors on the NBC hit comedy series NEWS RADIO, working their way up to executive producers during the show’s fifth season. They joined FRASIER in its seventh season as Co-Exec Producers and were promoted to Executive Producers at the start of the tenth season.  Sam was nominated for multiple Emmys and FRASIER won Outstanding Comedy Series during his tenure. They also wrote for HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER among others.

More recently, he wrote for the TVLand series HOT IN CLEVELAND, running it during its final season, and last year’s NBC series CROWDED.  He will begin work on a new series for Netflix in August.

Sam hasn’t been back to a Salon for many years, so don’t miss this chance to meet him and hear his secrets of comedy writing. Hope to see you at the Salon on Monday, July 11th in Culver City. 

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

 

 

Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
7:30 to 10:30 at the Culver Hotel in Culver City, California.

 Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

 

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June 13th’s Nebraska Coast Salon Boffo Farewell Send-Off for VARIETY’s Kirstin Wilder

Longtime NCC fave Kirstin Wilder has been a mainstay at VARIETY for 24 years. This summer she’ll be ankling the Coast to take a position as head of University of Nebraska Alumni Publications in Lincoln. Come to the Salon on Monday to say farewell and send her home in whammo style.

Kirstin Wilder is International Editor of VARIETY, having started with the paper in 1992 as a copy and layout editor. She served as the publications managing editor for five years. VARIETY magazine started publishing in 1905 covering the business of the entertainment industry. She oversees a team of reporters around the world, paying close attention to breaking news stories and putting those into context for the entertainment industry. She also heads up the publishing of daily editions of VARIETY at film festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Venice and South Korea.

Now she’s accepted the position of Director of Alumni Publications at UNL, and she and her family will be moving back to Lincoln this summer. Wilder holds a journalism degree from UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, which named her as one of its outstanding alumni in 2015.

     Kirstin with some of the many celebrities she has met over the years: Oscar, George Clooney, Barbara Eden, Tom Hanks, Jimmy Buffett, Amy Grant, Tina Fey


Kirstin will be our special guest at our June powwow, regaling us with tales of her adventures in entertainment journalism around the globe. Come give her a hug as she prepares for her next chapter back home in Nebraska.

Click on the VARIETY page at right to see the Farewell Kirstin Edition her colleagues mocked-up.

Hope to see you at the
Salon on Monday, June 13th
in Culver City.

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood. 

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