Sri Lankan film Alimankada-the Road from Elephant Pass, a Chandran Rutnam Film, was screened at the Pacific Design Center Silver Screen Theater on January 23rd, 2010.
It was attended by executuve producer Paul Mason as well as by many Sri Lankan American community members.

The film was touching and well made. The lead characters' chemistry and
acting made the story believable. The scenary was breathtaking as well.

Chandran Rutnam had directed the films Adara Kathawa and Witness to a Killing. His production Mansions by the Lake was selected for a screening in Cannes Film Festival in 2003.

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Designer Highlight

Wilbourn Sisters Designs Inc. have "exclusive fashions for the lady that loves to make a statement with style and class." Carolyn handles the fashion shows and clothing line in Los Angeles while Janice does it from Atlanta.

The clothing line is colorful and its "designs to Sooth the Soul..."

They had a mini show on Jan 18th, 2010.

Around Town

actress Thushari with Eric Zuley of WTV

actress Thushari J with Sheeraz Hasan of

photos courteosy of Diversity News Publications.

Susan Johnston

Multitalented powerhouse actress, producer, casting director Susan Johnston held her Business of Acting Class at the Showbiz Cafe in Los Angeles on Monday January 11th, 2010. Afterwards some of the aspiring actors/performers/writers spent some time chatting at the cafe. Attendees included Caleb Trout, Michael Sielaff, Sarah Leners, John-Christopher Tremblay, Randy Hardin, Tammi, Jon, Terese, Kevin T.Scott and Jesse.

Susan Johnston is in the upcoming film Dreams Awake. She has given some great performances throughout her acting career and is making strides by diversifying her focus and the New Media Film Festival, which she is the founder, will launch in June of 2010.

Stephani Pratt and Milkshakes

Stephanie Pratt enjoyed Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood.

Actress Thushari J commenting:
I was in West Hollywood to take a glimpse of the Local Celebrity auditions, afterwards Esteban Escobar of Diversity News TV and I headed to Millions of Milkshakes. There the glamourous Stephanie Pratt of MTV's "The Hills" had stopped by to make Milkshakes. We briefly met and said hi and, "Stephanie was very sweet and had a wonderful energy around her." There we also met Sheeraz Hasan of Hollywood TV, Eric Zuley of WTV, and actor Martin Klebba. "They were so cool and its a fun place to hangout or drop by."

-I will be going on live from the Local Celebrity Red Carpet for Diversity News TV on Jan 17th-

Local Celebrity

Local Celebrity Competition held auditions on January 9th, 2010 in Hollywood for the upcoming competition.Esteban Escobar of Diversity News(which sponsors the competition), Eric Rowe and Danielle of California Talent(producer of the competition) auditioned the talented performers who showcased what they can do.

The competition will be hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake up TV and the judges will be music Sensations Arnold G, Fawn and Kris Searle. The competitions begins Sunday, January 17th, at 9pm

A glimpse from the auditions.

Queen Victoria's Wedding

Queen Victoria’s Wedding, starring Natalie Desselle Reid (“B.A.P.S.,” “Eve”), is a Short Film that will debut in Southern California on the campus of El Camino College. Hosted by the El Camino College Film Club, the screening – on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 – will show in the Marsee Auditorium.

Queen Victoria’s Wedding is the latest project from director and executive producer BJ Rouse of Rouse House Entertainment, in partnership with Mighty Moore Entertainment.

Screening Party Is Arranged

For the short film It Can Be Arranged

It Can Be Arranged

After seeing this excellent piece, Jelly Noose couldn't wait to write a blurb about it. Where do I start?

It Can Be Arranged was screened at the beautiful Yamashiro in Hollywood on Sunday January 10th, 2010.The short film, described as a dark comedy was that and full of surprises. It is written by Michelle Mellgren, directed by Jorge Suarez and produced by Diana Suko.

Lead actors in the film are Michelle Mellgren, Kristan Nedopak and T. Ashanthi Mozelle with a wonderful supporting ensemble including Jason Adkins, AJ Stephens,Francisco Dias, Joel Weiss,Christian Traeumer, and Alex Garcia.
The film was shot on location in Los Angeles, California.
I am not going to give away the story because you have to see for yourself.

It is a fresh look at a subject of interest and captures the viewer from the start. It has a dramatic flair. It is an independent short and I was surprised by the story. I laughed along with the thought provoking storyline. The characters were richly textured and their nuances captured just right for the film. For an example
actress Kristen Nedopak as the best friend plays her part with inegrity, she told
us that working with Mr. Suarez was a comfy experience and he works the actor until
he gets the performance he wants out of them to create believability. T. Ashanthi Mozelle brings a dead pan humor to the story. Michelle Mellgren's powerful acting
is superb as she brings the character of Meg to life.

There were no small parts as each actor owned their role in the film to weave
story for the audience to enjoy.

The producer, Diana Suko, reflected that the script started as a play and says that this is a project that she is incredibly proud of and honored to be part of and is excited to be making movies in Hollywood. She is excited to have the chance to see the film go from one scene in class to a film projec follow the project from bud to full bloom.

The talented director, Jorge Suarez, states "that the actors are the movie. Filmmaking is a team sport and he couldn't have done it with out a good solid team."

Jelly Noose will bring you pictures of the event and a quote from the star of the film and writer Michelle Mellgren soon.