Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gala Opening 11th Annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles


Updated Tuesday, April 20, 2010 12:50pm

Gala Opening 11th Annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles

When: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

6:00pm, media check-in, no earlier please.

6:30pm, talent arrivals & reception

7:30pm, screening of The Children of Irena Sendler

What: 11thth Annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles, http://www.polishfilmla.org

Why: The Gala Opening of the 11th Annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles and celebration of Opening Night film, The Children of Irena Sendler starring Anna Paquin, Marcia Gay Harden, Goran Visnijc, Steven Speirs, Paul Freeman, Maja Ostaszewska, Danuta Stenka, Krzysztof Pieczynski and Jerzy Nowak.

Where: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA, T: (323) 461-2020

Who: Festival Founder Vladek Juszkiewicz

Who: (The following names are scheduled to appear)

From the cast & crew of The Children of Irena Sendler: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Waldemar Kalinowski, Beata Pisula, Jeff Most, Jeff Rice, Brent Shields.

Festival Jurors: Matt Craven, Margaret O'Brien, Brett Ratner, Billy Dee Williams, Jim Miller, Jeff Orsa, Jeff Stimmel.

Guests: Ed Harris, Olivier Gruner, Max Ryan – Sex And The City 2.


As a Polish Catholic social worker in the early 1940's, Irena Sendler created and led a conspiracy of women who moved in and out of Warsaw's Jewish Ghetto disguised as nurses employed by the Warsaw's Health Department. Though they worked under the guise of merely attempting to prevent and contain the spread of typhus and spotted fever, Sendler and her brave cohorts emerged each time with the children of consenting Jewish parents. The children were sometimes sedated and hidden inside boxes, suitcases and coffins as a means of rescuing them from their imminent deportation to death camps. They were given new identities and placed with Polish families and in convents. Sendler kept a hidden record of their birth names and where they were placed with the hope that they would some day be reunited with their own families.

In 1943, the Nazis discovered Sendler's daring and dangerous ruse and arrested her. She was tortured by Gestapo agents and suffered broken feet. On the day of her scheduled execution she was rescued by "Zegota," the underground network with which she worked to save the Jewish children.

As a result of Sendler's efforts, approximately 2,500 children were smuggled to safety. Not a single child she rescued was ever betrayed or discovered by the Nazis.

Festival Opening Night Media & Celebrity Contact:

Popular Press Media Group (PPMG)

310-860-7774, on-site cell 310-600-0575, media@ppmg.info

Festival Contact:

Vladek Juszkiewicz (818) 982-8827,

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

7th Annual Hack n’ Smack Celebrity Golf Classic shed spotlight on Melanoma Research

For Immediate Release

April 6, 2010

Contact: Popular Press Media Group (PPMG)

T 310.860.7774 | media@ppmg.info

7th Annual Hack n’ Smack Celebrity Golf Classic

Ranked one of the top 10 celebrity golf tournaments in Southern California, Hack n' Smack benefits the Melanoma Research Foundation, champions in search of a cure for one of the most prevalent, and surprisingly deadly form of cancers.

Los Angeles, CA (March 30, 2010) -- Celebrities including Joe Pesci (Goodfellas), Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Dennis Haysbert (The Unit), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Annie Wersching (24), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), Paula Trickey (Deal or No Deal), Dean McDermott (Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood), Jeremy Ratchford (Cold Case), Stephen Full (I’m in the Band), Bill Smitrovich – The Practice, and many others have been confirmed for the 7th Annual Hack n’ Smack Celebrity Golf Classic (www.hacknsmack.org >) at El Caballero Country Club on Monday, April 19th, 2010. The event kicks off at 11:00am with a shotgun start.

Created by founder/co-host Kevin E. West and Presented by The Actors’ Network (www.actors-network.com >), the annual tournament benefits the Melanoma Research Foundation (www.melanoma.org >) to uphold the memory and spirit of friend and actor, Kerry Daveline. Over the past seven years the tournament has garnered extraordinary support and was named one of the Top Ten Celebrity Golf Tournaments in Southern California by Southland Golf Magazine.

The event includes breakfast from the legendary Nate n’ Al’s (www.natenal.com >) deli, lunch from Baby’s BadAss Burgers (www.babysbadassburgers.com >), and live entertainment by The Beach Toys with tournament co-host, Michael Moynahan .

In 2008, Hack n' Smack initiated the Warrior Award in honor of the memory of Nate Bloom; an award which celebrates the courageous and ongoing battle with Melanoma. Our 2010 Warrior Award recipient is Ms. Allie MacKay (KTLA Morning Show) and our 2010 Honoree for his service to the event, is Mr. Aaron Postil (End It Ent.).

7th Annual Hack n’ Smack Celebrity Golf Classic has top names! (Scheduled to appear)

Brian Krause - Charmed, Chuck Muncie – NFL San Diego Chargers, Dan Moriarty – FOX Sports Radio, David Naughton – Makin It, Eric Martsolf – Day of our Lives, Galen Gering – Days of our Lives, George Lazenby – James Bond, Gordon “Luggnutz” Stewart - OnEdge, Grant Show – Accidentally on Purpose, Harold Greene - LA News, Jaime Gomez – Nash Bridges, James Hyde - Passions, Jeffrey Nordling – 24, Jeremy Sumpter - Friday Night Lights, Joel Murray – Mad Men, Kevin Dobson - Knots Landing, Kevin Weisman - Alias, Lorenzo Neal - NFL Pro-Bowler, Matt Borlenghi - General Hospital, Matthew Willig - Year One, Max Ryan – Sex And The City 2, Paul Logan – Days of our Lives, Regan Burns – Reno 911, Robert Hays - Airplane, Richard Karn – Home Improvement, Richard Schiff – West Wing, Scott Elrod – Men In Trees, David Rees Snell – The Shield, Stephen Bishop – The Rundown.

For more information, including player registration, visit http://www.HacknSmack.org, or email info@hacknsmack.org.

Become a friend on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hack-n-Smack-Celebrity-Golf-Tournament-in-memory-of-Kerry-Daveline/237193731039?ref=ts--

Every hour of every day, someone dies of melanoma in the U.S. Melanoma strikes people of all ages, races, and economic levels. One in 75 Americans will develop melanoma during their lifetime. It is the fastest rising cancer in the U.S. and the most deadly. It is also the most highly preventable, and treatable, if caught early. Currently, melanoma research receives less than 10% of the funding given to basic research of other cancers “which is why we created this event and why we give 100% of the proceeds to the cause" said Kevin E. West, Founder/Co-Host.

About the Actors Network:

The Actors' Network is an award-winning and well-respected business information, and education membership organization. Founded in 1991, by Kevin E. West, The Actors’ Network is responsible for the longest on-going performer's business related curriculum in the history of entertainment. Alums include: Masi Oka (Heroes) and Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty) (www.actors-network.com )

About the Founder:

Originally from Nashville, Kevin E. West’s career spans over 2 decades. Justified, Leverage, LOST, 24, Desperate Housewives, NCIS, Alias, CSI, Bourbon St. (Pilot), Judging Amy, NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Melrose Place, The Pretender, Resurrection Blvd, Oh, Baby, Angel, VIP, Seven Days, Diagnosis Murder, Arrest & Trial, In The House, Young and the Restless, Bold and Beautiful, Passions, General Hospital, Santa Barbara, The Texas Cheerleader Story, Matlock and Made in Heaven with Timothy Hutton are just a sampling. Kevin is also the Co-Author of The Actor’s Guide to GETTING THE JOB and former Stand-up Comic. He is a national speaker, former collegiate golfer, 4-time L.A. Marathoner, 5-time Men’s Senior World Series baseball player and plays a mean Texas Hold’em.

All media inquiries regarding the event and founder/co-host, Kevin E. West; accreditation and event coverage please contact Popular Press Media Group (PPMG) with your request: media@ppmg.info, (310) 860-7774.

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