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Festival Opening: LAFF with The Swagabonds
Sep
20
11:00 AM11:00

Festival Opening: LAFF with The Swagabonds

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The Swagabonds is the first fashion brand designed in collaboration with Artists from Skid Row. Skid Row contains one of the largest stable populations of homeless people in the United States. While Skid Row is doubtless a hard place to live—marked by prostitution, drugs, and violence—it is nonetheless a community, where moments of light and humor often emerge from the darkness. It’s a village where you wave at someone at every corner, where people call out to each other, where people look out for each other. It’s this chaotic fraternity that few people know about.

We’ll hear from founders Gigi Freyeisen and Audrey d'Erneville about their mission to discover awesome talents while helping them rise above their circumstances through art and fashion.

LAFF Founding Director

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Justin Raymond Merino

Guests

Gigi Freyeisen

Gigi Freyeisen

The Swagabonds Co-Founder

Audrey d'Erneville

Audrey d'Erneville

The Swagabonds Co-Founder

 
 
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NEER Presents: The Digital Campaign: Stills + Motion - The Collaborative Set
Sep
20
3:00 PM15:00

NEER Presents: The Digital Campaign: Stills + Motion - The Collaborative Set

Join NEER Motion, their artists and colleagues in photography and production for an interactive conversation about the landscape of content and how brands can effectively budget and plan for campaigns involving stills and motion assets. All your questions answered about the shoot and post production process and costs for motion. Learn about the various versions of a stills and motion production intended for social media outlets. Get insight into various ways to communicate your brand narrative and resonate with your audience through quality cinematic storytelling.

While the ways in which consumers ingest content continuously changes, their desire for quality does not. NEER is an artist agency representing a curated roster of versatile cinematographers, director/dp's and unique motion artists specializing in the beauty, fashion, luxury and lifestyle industries. NEER’s team and artists are experts in creating elevated visuals for stills and motion campaigns. We provide customized creative solutions to streamline all levels of production and post production while considering the varying outlets for the content, especially social media. Our mission is to prioritize efficiency while maintaining the highest level of quality for all content needs. 

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The Human Experience of Brick-and-mortar Retail
Sep
20
7:45 PM19:45

The Human Experience of Brick-and-mortar Retail

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Online shopping might be the preferred mode of shopping given its convenience and accessibility, but it can’t replace the human interaction one gets from visiting physical retail shops. In-store shopping experiences matter now more than ever. The challenge lies in using digital mediums to draw consumers into brick-and-mortar stores for the full, immersive experience. Join us as we explore how successful brick-and-mortar retailers in LA navigate the ever-shifting retail landscape and continue to thrive despite the digital competition.

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Directors’ Panel: The Social Responsibility of Branded Storytelling
Sep
20
9:30 PM21:30

Directors’ Panel: The Social Responsibility of Branded Storytelling

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Every time we tell a story, it leaves an impact on the audience, whether positive or negative. Be it a story to entertain, inspire, or empower, it has the potential to shape the audience’s perspectives and influence their actions. So while brands must develop narratives to stimulate favorable consumer behavior, let’s not forget to pose the question: “What kind of society are we building as a result of these stories?” Join our featured film directors in this thought-provoking deep dive.

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John-Michael Triana, LAFF Creative Director

John-Michael is a photographer and director based in Los Angeles. His work revolves around making objective moments subjective to the viewer. He does this by creating polished, mysterious, and captivating worlds conceived from his deep curiosity in existentialism, love, and desire. With a sophisticated eye for creating commercial content, his work is experimental in construction but is always rooted within a unique point of view.

He studied film under experimental artist Kevin Everson at the University of Virginia and began his career in New York City shooting fashion films for brands such as Banana Republic, VOGUE, COACH, Carrera, 7 For All Mankind, Bottega Veneta and David Yurman.

Moving to Los Angeles, he began directing music videos, branded content, and narrative film. He has directed two short films INTERVIEW (2014) and DANCE (2018), and is currently in development of a feature film.

He is the creative director for the LA Fashion Festival 2019.

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Amber Moelter, LAFF Juror

Noir Tribe is a Los Angeles-based storytelling duo (Amber Moelter & Luis Barreto Carrillo) that creates visual content for the fashion industries, with a special interest in sustainability and social responsibility. Their work has been featured on Vogue Italia, Vogue México, ELLE México, NYLON Español, Harper’s Bazaar Bulgaria, Harper’s Bazaar Brasil, and Glamour. Clients include The Museum at FIT, The Women’s March on Washington, Inexmoda, Sana Jardin, Polite, and Fashion Revolution USA. Awards include Best Documentary for Peyote Dreams at the International Fashion Film Awards and Best Cinematography for ETHETICS (ethics+aesthetics) at the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival. Instagram: instagram.com/noirtribe

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James Jenkins, Directors Hiss.tv

James has had a diverse career in the film and art world. He studied at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, which was a community of filmmakers artists and creators that experimented with the fluidity of different media. Equal focus was placed on a full critical studies in world cinema, expression of the avant garde, video art, installation and music. He cut his teeth in the industry as a visual effects artist and cinematographer on a number of award-winning commercials, television shows, fashion films, and music videos. He is known for his attention to detail and his unique hand-made analogue visuals under his industry pseudonym T.F. Bundy.


His recent works include a tandem visual effects collaboration with Terence Nance for his cerebral, free-form, Peabody-winning HBO show Random Acts of Flyness, and the Kasami Washington art film As If Told To G/D Thyself. James is one half of the director-duo Hiss, whose “style-is-content” creations are commissioned world-wide.

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Alexandra Kaucher, Directors Hiss.tv

Daughter of an American and an Iranian who met in Paris, Alexandra has never been one content with the ground beneath her feet. She studied European and Mediterranean studies at NYU which, was really just an excuse to study abroad. This segued into a career of Art, Production Design and Costume Design for film. She is a collector, immersing herself in the wonderful cultures of the world, bringing them back and finding ways to celebrate them - but without appropriating or collaging them into the pervading cultural fabric. She designed projects in India, Morocco, South Africa, Europe, and all across the US - collecting and exploring everywhere she went. Her recent Production Design work includes the film To Dust starring Matthew Broderick, which premiered at Tribeca.


She now directs and produces with her partner and collaborator on various short-form pieces, music videos and art projects under the moniker Hiss. She brings her love of culture to her directorial work, and ensures the stories of others are depicted with dignity.

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Marco De Ornellas, LAFF Juror


Marco De Ornellas is an international award winner actor, director, writer and producer. Originally from Brazil, Marco started his acting journey at CEFAR, Palacio das Artes Artistic Center Conservatory Program, Belo Horizonte / Brazil. As Being the only student with no past experience to be accepted in the program, his training days weren't easy. After dedicating day and night to his craft, soon he became known as being a hard working individual throughout the entire institution as an artist who is constantly searching for new challenges. Because of his dedication he was invited to play "The Wolf" in the play "Peter and the Wolf", where he had the chance to perform in front of 2.000 people at the state's most prestigious theater. After graduating with honors, he was invited to become a member of the well-acclaimed Mario Nascimento Dance Company. On his first play with the company, Marco was nominated for the award "revelation in dance" at the Sinparc Awards.

In his professional debut, Marco had the opportunity to play the lead role in Macbeth. After that he's performed professionally in several theater plays and films and collaborated with top theater companies in Brazil. His collaboration with Galpao Cine Horto foundation, gave him his first overseas experience, performing at the Havana Theater Festival, Cuba. He has collaborated with artists in Denmark, London, Prague, Spain, to name a few. Believing in the importance of being a multi-artist, Marco has extensively trained in several techniques, such as Grotowisk, Stanislaviski, Meisner, Artaud, Suzuki, Ballet and Contemporary dance, Martial arts, Commedia dell’Arte, etc.

Marco is always searching for new ways to rediscover himself in his craft and to expand his soul as an artist and as a human being. As a passionate traveler, a challenge junkie and a believer that growing as an actor and as a human being goes together in his life, he left Brazil in 2010 to experience new cultures around Europe and Africa, visiting many countries. Following his dream of becoming a successful international artist, he left Brazil and moved to New York City to pursue acting. His studies at the "Stella Adler Studio" lead him to his next school "The American Academy of Dramatic Arts", where he graduated with a talent based and a merit based scholarship. After graduating Marco has been working with many theater companies and film directors, also been working in the New York Fashion scene as a Model. He has been collaborating with theater groups in New York, Brazil and Europe. His performance on theater has granted him the award for "Best Brazilian Actor in the USA 2015" and the "Portuguese-Brazilian Awards 2015". Also in 2015, Marco lauched his film production company named, "Lobo Production". His award winner films have been screened at Fashion and Indie film festivals around the globe.

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Angela Lindvall: Beauty Begins in Me with Co-Creator Kayren Pace
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Angela Lindvall: Beauty Begins in Me with Co-Creator Kayren Pace

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Model, social entrepreneur, and activist Angela Lindvall along with co-creator Kayren Pace take us on a journey of inner discovery in this immersive session. The goal is to embrace our natural beauty and the miracle of our body’s self-healing, regenerative powers in understanding that existence in itself is beautiful. 

Join us in an experiential session involving a soothing sound bath, a stimulating Pranayama using Breath of Fire, and an enlightening guided meditation to align our heart, mind, and will. Experience an awakening of your senses with Angela and Kayrens natural plant-derived oils as you inhale the good and exhale the bad.

This will be followed by an intimate Salon gathering where we’ll explore the idea that real beauty stems from knowledge and the light within. We’ll delve into how our values drive our choices and impact society and the environment around us, and how this shapes our current and future reality.

Join us in rediscovering your inner beauty.

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The ABCs of Conscious Consumerism
Sep
21
12:15 PM12:15

The ABCs of Conscious Consumerism

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We are often faced with conflicting priorities when weighing the pros and cons of our purchase decisions. What might seem like an easy choice for one person might not be so for another. But all change starts with a single step. Your journey as a conscious consumer doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Let’s start with something basic. 

What makes one a conscious consumer? How “ethical” does one need to be to be considered one? We are often faced with conflicting priorities. What might seem like an easy choice for one person might not be so for another. We get that, and we’re here to share a grounded perspective of conscious consumerism. What are the right questions to ask? How do we evaluate the options we’re presented with? And more importantly, what can brands do to make it easier to embrace conscious consumerism?

Moderator

Olga Johnston Antonova

Olga Johnston Antonova is a sustainable fashion expert, journalist and a stylist, whose work is informed by art and fashion history, deep ecology and futures studies. She is a leading voice in Russia in movements for sustainable and circular fashion industry, conscious consumption and a safe environment. Based in Berlin, she founded and co-founded international initiatives that help to cultivate ecological awareness and connect people through fashion and style, enabling personal, social and economic transformation.

Olga travels widely, giving lectures and workshops across Europe, Russia and the former USSR.

Panelists

Luke Haverhals, Founder & CEO, Natural Fiber Welding

Luke Haverhals,
Founder & CEO, Natural Fiber Welding

Analytical chemist/materials scientist and entrepreneur working to produce sustainable, high performance materials for a wide variety of applications. Expertise in scalable business + technology solutions for the circular economy. Experienced with natural materials, nanomaterials, manufacturing technologies and automation. NSF I-Corps @ DoD graduate.

More new tonnage of plant materials grows in a day on the planet than the total tonnage of all synthetic materials (e.g., plastics) produced by people in a year. Natural Fiber Welding is a patented fabrication platform that enables new high performance materials for textiles and beyond. Natural Fiber Welding leverages the most abundant high performance materials that nature provides to create complex composites that can not be manufactured in any other way. Production of amazing new high performance materials are being scaled by the Natural Fiber Welding team right now and range from 'practical' solutions to recycle billions of pounds of cotton, to 'exotic' clean water applications and even wearable capacitive energy storage. Our team is looking for collaborators who want to create scalable solutions that solve global problems.

Alison Gates, Creative Director, Nuuly

Alison Gates, Creative Director, Nuuly

As the creative director of Nuuly, the new subscription clothing rental brand launched by Urban Outfitters, Alison Gates leads both the brand’s creative and sustainability efforts, pivoting between art directing seasonal campaigns to developing reusable packaging to spearheading company-wide changes.

An avid nature-lover with a background in physiology and neuroscience, she credits her tenure as creative director of sustainability lifestyle clothing retailer prAna, for transforming her interest in conscious consumerism into a true passion for creating sustainability within the fashion industry.

With over 10 years of experience in photography art direction, branding and graphic design, she has led creative teams at major fashion retailers like Express, prAna, and URBN in addition to running her own branding and design studio. She is also a certified integrative nutrition coach, clean-eating enthusiast, owner of Coastal Food Bars and mother of two.

Elizabeth Thomas James, Co-Founder, Taylor&Thomas

Elizabeth Thomas James,
Co-Founder, Taylor&Thomas

James migrated to the world of fashion through channels that have always driven and inspired its finest creators: fine art, music, and photography.

Producing and executive producing video content for Concord Music Group, James’ tenure led her to cross paths with legends including James Taylor, Carole King and Paul Simon. When her years in the business no longer met deep-rooted creative needs and environmental concerns, she wrote a new chapter. In attending the Otis College of Art and Design, James reignited earlier days of unbridled inspiration in creating, while also meeting her sister in business. Unsurprisingly, undercurrents of 70s rebellion, self-actualization, and freedom of expression are personified with brand muses like Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and Jane Birkin.

Maurizio Donadi,Co-founder & Creative Director, Atelier&Repairs

Maurizio Donadi,
Co-founder & Creative Director, Atelier&Repairs

Maurizio Donadi brings over 30 years of strategic management experience in the fashion and lifestyle industries on a global scale.

He has directed product design teams and developed expansion strategies at brand, retail, marketing and distribution levels for some of the most successful, international fashion houses and their founders.

In 2012, Maurizio co-founded Conduit Creative Office, a consulting services platform to share his expertise with small and large organizations seeking re-engineering and growth.

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Queer Identity in Fashion and Film as a Subversive Art
Sep
21
2:30 PM14:30

Queer Identity in Fashion and Film as a Subversive Art

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“This is a book about the subversion of existing values, institutions, mores, and taboos - East and West, Left and Right - by the potentially most powerful art of the century” wrote Amos Vogel in 1974 in the book “Film as a Subversive Art”.

Robert Mapplethorpe (photographer), Alexander McQueen (designer), David Bowie or Freddie Mercury (musicians)… these are just some examples of queer and non-binary avant-garde artists who reached global recognition and acceptance after breaking all the molds of what was socially acceptable at their time, and sometimes themselves in the process of doing so.

Almost half-a-century later most of the taboos Amos identified in his book - sex, violence, birth, death... -seem to have been overcome or at least exposed, sometimes in brutally raw ways primarily online whether through porn… or explicit violence on Facebook, not necessarily in artistic ways.

So is film still as relevant in the advent of the digital age and social media content? And what about the queer counterculture movements of the 70s and the 80s? Did their message and leadership fizzle out now that we can get married? What do the new generations have to say and how are they saying it? Are Youtube and Instagram the new window displays where to break those molds the way New York or London art galleries were in the 80s?

We’ll explore our role as artists, performers, designers and storytellers in a world that seems to have become the chaotic, amoral and violent place that many also find ways to blame us for. Do we highlight and contribute to the perception of chaos or do we shift the spotlight to the harmony that art carries in all of its forms no matter what our message is?

  • Ramon J. Goni - Filmmaker and founder of Swoon (Moderator)

  • Rain Valdez - Actress and Writer

  • Damien Navarro - Executive Director of Outfest LA

  • George Bamber - Film and theater director

  • Chandra Feltus - Talent Agent

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Sustainable Fashion: An Inclusive Way of Life
Sep
21
4:15 PM16:15

Sustainable Fashion: An Inclusive Way of Life

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Now one of the most pressing global issues of our time, sustainability remains unchartered territory for most businesses, particularly within the fashion industry. It’s high time to transition from lip service marketing campaigns to transparent full-scale sustainable systems to make real change happen.

From Rihanna’s Fenty to Lady Gaga’s Haus Laboratories, we are seeing brands boldly inspiring proud diversity. Model casting too, has become noticeably more inclusive, with exotic faces such as Winnie Harlow, Shaun Ross, Khoudia Diop, and Aaron Philip gracing beauty ads, runways, and magazine covers.

As we welcome a new age of beauty that celebrates diversity and inclusivity by telling these stories with the respect and appreciation they deserve, it’s also an opportunity to infuse sustainable fashion into the narrative. In championing an open, kind, and enlightened era of fashion, let’s extend inclusivity to the environment, community, and animals we co-exist with.

We see brands doing their part in making sustainability the new status quo: Atelier & Repairs’ 0% new production 100% circular business model, Natural Fiber Welding's premium plant-based leather, and Nuuly's subscription-based clothing rental service are just a few examples.

Join us as we explore the movement that’s making sustainable fashion an inclusive way of life.

Moderator

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Ngozi Okaro, Executive Director of Custom Collaborative

Ngozi Okaro, Executive Director of Custom Collaborative, is an advocate for socio-economic justice and environmental stewardship. She aims to serve three constituencies: fashion-industry workers who deserve fair compensation, thoughtful consumers who desire quality sustainable fashion, and businesses that want to develop and produce fashion locally.

She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and New York. Among other distinctions, she is certified by New York University’s Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, was a 2014 Environmental Leadership Program Fellow, and is a graduate of the Coro Leadership New York program. Ngozi is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Morgan State University.

Panelists

Maurizio Donadi,  Co-founder & Creative Director, Atelier&Repairs

Maurizio Donadi,

Co-founder & Creative Director, Atelier&Repairs

Maurizio Donadi brings over 30 years of strategic management experience in the fashion and lifestyle industries on a global scale.

He has directed product design teams and developed expansion strategies at brand, retail, marketing and distribution levels for some of the most successful, international fashion houses and their founders.

In 2012, Maurizio co-founded Conduit Creative Office, a consulting services platform to share his expertise with small and large organizations seeking re-engineering and growth.

Jeanice Parker, Custom Collaborative graduate and star of Fashion Is Love

Jeanice Parker, Custom Collaborative graduate and star of Fashion Is Love

Jeanice Parker, an alumna of Custom Collaborative, is a young entrepreneur, mother, and design enthusiast dedicated to regenerating the lens of life through creativity. Her writing, design, and creative direction are all focused on creating impactful and transformative experiences within society.

As part of her commitment to giving back to the community around her, Jeanice currently coordinates operations for an international nonprofit, ACCESS Health, which focuses on improving the health and well-being of people across the world. In addition, she is in the development stages of launching a women's clothing brand.

Jeanice is an alumna of the Lillian Project, an incubator founded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where she studied business and finance in Harlem NY, and a member of Grameen America, a nonprofit organization committed to helping low- and middle-income women interested in entrepreneurship build businesses to enable financial mobility. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising from Herkimer County Community College.

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Jessica Kelly, Founder, thr3efold.com

Jessica Kelly is the Founder & CEO of THR3EFOLD. She’s spent a decade helping hundreds of fashion & lifestyle brands in New York City grow their business through marketing, sales, and PR. During a life-changing trip to India, she saw first hand the issues with the supply chain and fashion industry. That was the impetus to launch THRE3FOLD four years ago. THR3EFOLD is a tech platform that connects fashion brands to ethical factories, a sustainable community, and to buy & sell leftover fabric so they can grow their business for people, planet, and profit.

Luke Haverhals,Founder & CEO, Natural Fiber Welding

Luke Haverhals,
Founder & CEO, Natural Fiber Welding

Analytical chemist/materials scientist and entrepreneur working to produce sustainable, high performance materials for a wide variety of applications. Expertise in scalable business + technology solutions for the circular economy. Experienced with natural materials, nanomaterials, manufacturing technologies and automation. NSF I-Corps @ DoD graduate.

More new tonnage of plant materials grows in a day on the planet than the total tonnage of all synthetic materials (e.g., plastics) produced by people in a year. Natural Fiber Welding is a patented fabrication platform that enables new high performance materials for textiles and beyond. Natural Fiber Welding leverages the most abundant high performance materials that nature provides to create complex composites that can not be manufactured in any other way. Production of amazing new high performance materials are being scaled by the Natural Fiber Welding team right now and range from 'practical' solutions to recycle billions of pounds of cotton, to 'exotic' clean water applications and even wearable capacitive energy storage. Our team is looking for collaborators who want to create scalable solutions that solve global problems.

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