Award-winning filmmaker Varda Bar-Kar not only mentors veterans, but creates content with them. Varda was a volunteer at the VA in Los Angeles for many years, and we couldn’t be more excited to find out she’s now working with our friends at HomeFront Rising. Her video amplifying Rep. Alan Grayson’s critical analysis of free trade – shot here at The Vortex – was released on April 29, and so far it’s attracted about half a million views on Facebook and YouTube. The video itself – not just Rep. Grayson’s advocacy – has generated media coverage by Fox News and Thom Hartmann (“Absolutely brilliant!”).
The Vortex is happy to have The Strindberg Laboratory with us rehearsing for one of their upcoming shows! -JD
Vortex manager Jeff Norman with our state senator, Kevin de León, celebrating Earth Day at Debs Park, Los Angeles.
Frenemy Clothing celebrated the premier of its new independently-produced skateboard film “RISE” in front of a packed and cheering audience March 28 at The Vortex.
Geza X’s Monday Intern Workshop now has 8 student-volunteers. We are cross-training in all aspects of media. By fall, we will have a media crew that can handle all sorts of production, from stagecraft to video editing to music production. We will be providing a full compliment of media and tech services to Vortex clients. Students are already learning the basics and can run most shows unsupervised. If you are interested in learning multimedia and willing to volunteer some time passing it forward to other students, contact us HERE!
“Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields” is an award-winning documentary film and national tour of audience engagement events featuring the film, farm-fresh food and farmer-veteran speakers. The mission of “Ground Operations” is to strengthen the growing network of combat veterans transitioning into sustainable farming and ranching, and to build the resources necessary for them to create healthy new lives for themselves, and food security for communities everywhere. America needs a million new farmers. Veterans want the job!
Come join us for a FREE event featuring a screening of “Ground Operations,” tasty treats and a discussion with DULANIE ELLIS (filmmaker), EDGAR HERCILA (local farmer-veteran) and NADIA McCAFFREY (Gold Star Mom).
Screening at 7, doors open at 6.
2341 E Olympic Blvd
LA, CA 90021
Event info/RSVP/See the film trailer: http://www.homefrontrising.org/farmfields
Parking info/directions: http://www.homefrontrising.org/vortex_parking
Same event the next night in Long Beach: http://tinyurl.com/q4aoku4
National Veterans Foundation
Patrick McCaffrey Foundation
GOT A GOOD VOICE?? HYPERACTIVISTS™, IN COLLABORATION WITH QUMRAN REPORT AND JUDITH BOWMAN, IS HOSTING A PODCAST RECORDING DURING GEZA X’S MULTIMEDIA CLASS. NO PAY BUT IT WILL BE PROFESSIONALLY RECORDED AND AIRED ON WEB RADIO! AUDITIONS ARE MONDAY JAN 26–SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS:
~Community reach out for open call for actors (voice actors)
…..audition date: 01.26
…..audition times between 1:00 & 3:00 pm (call 626.486.2460 to receive 15 min time assignment)
…..audition location: The Vortex 2341 East Olympic Blvd. LA 90021 between Santa Fe & Mateo. Free street pkg
……There is no compensation for the four actors but a chance to perform in a play by award-winning playwright:Tim Toyama in Yuri and Malcolm X.
The pkay will be performed Live on Skid Row Radio…Sat 02.21…..
50th anniversary of the assassination if Malcolm X.
1. Yuri Kochiyama ….Asian Am activist…asian woman of any age…she will portray Yuri as a young woman; a middle-aged woman; & as an elderly woman. This actor will also read role of Yuri’s Mother
2. Bill Kochiyama….Husband of Yuri….Asian man, any age. Also reads Bill’s father and other roles.
3. Malcolm X….Black Activist. African/American man, any age. Also will read Billy (Yuri’s son); & other roles.
4. J. Edgar Hoover…Director of the FBI…Caucasian man, any age …..
The number to register for Monday, Jan 26th audition: (626) 486-2460.
Indie studio legend Geza X has been teaching hands-on multimedia classes free of charge to a group of Vortex volunteers. He is using a “pay-it-forward” educational model. The idea is that today’s student will be tomorrow’s teacher. Those more skilled at one aspect of media than others are encouraged to help one another and pool their knowledge. Students are being instructed in audio and video recording and editing techniques. Classes are limited to 5-10 students. The classes are free, the trade-off is that students help set up Vortex shows and do volunteer work for the venue. This is handled under HYPERACTIVISTS™, a 501c3 nonprofit. If you are interested in the class write email@example.com