Celebrities Walk the Red Carpet in Salute to Talented LAUSD Filmmakers; Lin Shaye, Sally Kirkland, and Danny Woodburn honored in support of Arts & Education; Student films Screened at Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills


Clockwise from top left: Honorees LinShaye (Insidious: Chaper3) and Academy-Award nominated actress SallyKirkland with RoryPullens-LAUSD Arts Education Exec. Director (photo by @sthanlee)

(pics from the red carpet can be browsed from WireImage.com here and GettyImages.com here)


Beverly Hills, CA (May 28, 2015) - Lin Shaye, star of box-office hit feature film series “Insidious: Chapter 3,” Danny Woodburn (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Seinfeld”), and Sally Kirkland (“Anna”) were honored and received the Certificate of Appreciation and Artistic Accomplishment for their support of Arts Education at a red carpet gala on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The event was the Grand Finale of Los Angeles Unified School District’s first ever series of “Let’s Celebrate! District Wide Arts Festival” supporting arts education. Outstanding young filmmakers screened short comedies and dramatic pieces, plus a seven-minute documentary titled “Interracial Love” and a three-minute experimental film, “Psychoanalysis.”

The filmmakers attended and participated came from several LAUSD high schools and one LAUSD middle school (Dodson): namely - Grant High School, Cleveland High School, Visual and Performing Arts, Chatsworth Charter High, Bell High School, Hollywood High School, Millikan Middle School, Medical Magnet School, Dodson Middle School, East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet at Esteban Torres, USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet High School, Kennedy High School, and Van Nuys High School.

The screening concluded with an inspirational speech from Rory Pullens, LAUSD’s Executive Director of the Arts Education Branch.



Photo: Clockwise from top left- celebrities Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Geraldine Viswanathan, Michael Girgenti; this writer flanked by Anna Maria Perez de Tagle and Geraldine V.; (2nd middle left) actor Danny Woodburn with Geraldine Viswanathan; Let's Celebrate Film Festival logo; red carpet atmosphere; bottom pics: actors drop by at LAUSD radio station for interviews.

Among numerous celebrities who walked the red carpet and salute the filmmakers were Azim Rizk (Power Rangers Megaforce), Angelica Bridges (Batgirl Rises, The Bold and the Beautiful), Ben Stillwell (Teen Wolf, Murder in the First), Ralph Johnson (Earth, Wind and Fire - drums/vocals), Arielle Brachfeld (Day For Night), Geraldine Viswanathan (Dysfunktion, Australian in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship Foundation top 7 finalist), Edward Gusts (The Letter Red), Asaf Goren (So You Think You Can Dance), Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (Camp Rock, Hannah Montana), Nick Quijano (Powerman5000, Sean Decker, Michael Girgenti (There Is Many Like Us, Newark Ave), Ivan Dorschner (Pinoy Big Brother), Alyson Reed (High School Musical, A Chorus Line), Aaron Kai (Visual Artist, Painter), Ronnie Blevins (True Detective), Caitlin Carmichael (300: Rise of an Empire, Chosen), Carl and Kelvin Wolfenden twins (Prodigy),  Ava Cantrell (Haunted Hathaways), Devon Tsuno (Painter, Installation Artist), Elise Luthman (Beachwood Charter), Joey Luthman (10.0 Earthquake, Chosen), Joston Theney (Axeman II, The Letter Red - Film Producer), Melissa Mars (From Paris with Love, The Letter Red), Rachel Reilly (Youthful Daze), Sasha Boudreaux (Producer - Hair, Working for the B, The Invisible Men), Trina McGee (Girl Meets World, LAPD African Cops), Urban Xtreme (Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off), Ron Carlson (Producer), Veronica Burgess (The Seraph), Camilla Jackson, Vivian Lamolli, Rodney Allen Rippy, and many more.



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