Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Multi-Award Winning Writer, Director, Producer RafaNani Ready to Take Hollywood by Storm With His Very Personal Storytelling Style


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(March, 2017, Los Angeles, CA) Born in Brazil, RafaNani, (aka Rafael Nani,) is a film writer, director and producer.

He has been active in the production of several films, video clips, and documentaries, as well as the advertising industry.

He is also one of the founders of Melies - College of Cinema and 3D Animation, one of the most renowned colleges of Animation and Visual Effects in South America, where he taught Directing and Editing for eight years.

In the advertising industry, he has been producing films for various agencies, both in the US and Brazil, for clients such as Pepsi, Volkswagen, Ambev, April, Nestle, Ponto Frio, Sebrae, Locaweb, and several others.

"I see the cinema as a creative way to magnify certain details of our lives, those that we sometimes may not get to contemplate in our everyday, rushed lives: A tear dried, a discreet smile, the pain of repentance. Subtleties of human psychology that are almost impossible to express in words, but are nontheless known to all of us. Cinema gives me the opportunity to amplify those essentially human experiences, expanding our point of view, transporting us into our characters' lives, allowing the audience to experience the different, the opposite, the counter, in others, and yet the very same things within ourselves. That which we might avoid facing in our everyday lives. This dichotomy enchants me, and what I want to include in my movies. I want the audience to watch and to surrender at the same time. Making the viewer a combination of voyeur and active spectator, interacting with sensibilities and reason, while still entertaining."

Three years ago he decided to move to Los Angeles to further develop his storytelling skills, both technically and creatively, and for the opportunities of collaborating with other professional filmmakers who are reaching international markets.



His most recent completed film is Rose Garden, which has been selected to run in over thirty film festivals, and earned over sixteen awards! 

His film has been touching audiences in very unexpected ways, by calling attention to his unique method of storytelling.

"What I bring to the industry is a very human perspective on storytelling. A unique perspective that unveils personal and psychological issues, without losing the social economic and historical perspective of our modern society. 

It’s easy to understand how the fast pace of everyday life can leave the audience. What I want is to offer the audience a time reflect and filter, rescuing that which is really worth appreciating and highlighting, while working to resurrect the sensitivity and compassion we all possess, but often lose in our busier than ever lives.

I also enjoy exploring the fallibility and fragility of the human condition, our lack of long-term vision, and how we have a tendency to think as individuals before we think of ourselves as a species."

Rose Garden is the story of Felix who is a smart little boy who sadly has a deadly disease. He knows he's going to die soon, but the way he faces his destiny, which is enjoying every second instead of waiting for death to come, helps his foster parents and neighbors rethink the way they face their own lives.

About Rose Garden RafaNani observes: “I’m very pleased and honored by how well audiences in general, and specifically American audiences, are reacting to the movie. It’s not a traditional ‘hollywood film’, so people are sometimes surprised about the way the story develops. 

It's a simple story, but the way I approached and directed it, it quickly turns surprising and exciting! That is one of the reasons why I think it’s receiving so much attention here in the US.”

Rose Garden is scheduled to appear The Pasadena International Film Festival, the Hollywood Film Competition, and possibly a third festival, which should be announced any day now.


Before Rose Garden, he produced The Regret of the Doubt. It was selected by sixteen film festivals around the world, winning several awards like Best Foreign Short and Best Director of Short Film in the St. Tropez International Film Festival.

The Regret of the Doubt is about a castaway who is surprised when he finds land. After a while he figures out that the land of his dream is not exactly where he feels accomplished. Finally, in a moment of reflection, he abandons everything, to run and play again at sea in pursuit of new dreams.


"Naturally, I believe in the power of film. We who produce what the audience experiences have a responsibility to bring our audiences something unique, and exciting, something they have not seen before.

I want to leave my audiences with a memorable experience, something to think about, something that might help them broaden their horizons, maybe even change the way they think about a certain subject."

RafaNani has several projects in development, including a thriller and a sci-fi project. We will be hearing more great things about him in the near future as his films find wider and wider audiences!

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RafaNani is available for interview by appointment, 
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Brazilian Designer Takes Hollywood


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Brazilian Designer Takes Hollywood

(March, 2017, Los Angeles, CA) If you work in the entertainment industry you probably already heard her name, if you haven't, you will! In this awards season, we are all eyes on production designer and costume designer Carolina Inoue. She won the Best Production Design award with Kumal at the HIMPFF and is a nominee for W. I. F. F. for the same category. But that doesn't mean she stopped working to attend the events and Red Carpets. Carolina Inoue is one of the most requested non-union designers at the moment. Producers book her months and sometimes years ahead to make sure she will be available for their production.



She's being asked by big studios like Warner Bros., to join the union, but according to Inoue she's in a better place outside of the union right now: "I have been able to work in both union and non union productions and be paid union rates, so I'm not looking to join the union yet, but eventually I will," she said. Currently working in a non-union production, her following show is a union show. "The industry doesn't have enough union designers, so studios are allowed to get an excuse from the union to hire non union professionals" she explains. 
That gives her a tremendous advantage, because she's being making a name in the independent movies industry and already established great relationships in the main studios in Hollywood. The future of her career is in her hands. With dozens of titles as Production Designer and Costume Designer, only in the United States where she's been living for less than five years, she says she would never pick one over the other. 

"Production Design and Costume Design are tightly connected. One of the most often comments I most frequently receive is people wanting me to overlook both departments, even when we have separate professionals taking good care of each. That's because they trust my work in both. So why should I choose one or the other if dominating both is what makes me unique?” 

She has worked with Netflix, Disney, Universal NBC, Warner Bros, CBS, just to mention a few. Her talent and charismatic personality are the keys for getting into several productions, for which she's always being referred by someone she previously worked with. She has already lined up projects for the next four years.

Carolina receives so many scripts weekly, she has had to hire an assistant to help her read and sort the ones she wants to work with! When asked what she looks at when selecting the productions, she says: story, budget and director. As an artist she wants to be able to explore her creativity and create memorable sets. So, having a good story that can be visually appealing, the money to make it happen, and a director opened to suggestions, that let her create freely, is the way to get her!

Last year she worked on The Gliksmans, directed by M. Skolnick, starring the legendary actors Edward Asner and Cloris Leachman; The Open House, directed by Matt Angel and Suzzane Coote, and starring teen star Dylan Minnette.
She's now working on Open Mic with Award winning musicians Caro Pierotto and Willo Keys, in the pre-production of Keanu Reeves' next movie and post production of Downrange, directed by famous Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura. Inoue was also the Production Designer of the pilot for the series Faulk My Life, which is expected to be distributed by a major studio soon.


"Every script is a new adventure. The story begins on piece of paper, then I as the designer, create the universe that surrounds the story told in the script. I consider where the story takes place, when it takes place, who is in the story, who the characters are, and what we want the audience to think of them. The characters range anywhere from a rich, organized, intelligent man, to a messy, dirty, poor, miserable old lady. Their homes and clothes all have to communicate that.
What I love about my work is that I tell the character's story when they aren't speaking. I can tell the character's whole background story through the set design and costume design. That's a big power and responsibility. If I don't study the story and the characters deeply and carefully, I could mislead the audience and they could get confused or misunderstand the story.


I am truly grateful for all the opportunities I have received. I am one of the few professionals in Hollywood who started as head of their departments. Most people start out as a PA and work their way up. I'm very blessed to be given the opportunity and trust to lead my department for both Production Design and Costume Design. Work in film isn't easy, but seeing the result up on the big screen is really rewarding. I have several projects in pre-production for the next three years. The industry never stops and I'm looking forward to being on set with some of my biggest idols, some of whom I have already had the opportunity to work with."
Carolina Inoue is a hard working, talented designer, with an impressive, growing list of credits. The sky's the limit!
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Carolina Inoue is available for interview by appointment, 
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Director Gui Pereira, the "Cowboy Director" Bringing Brazilian Country Music to the USA and the World!

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Director Gui Pereira, the "Cowboy Director" 
Bringing Brazilian Country Music to the USA and the World! 

(March, 2017, Los Angeles, CA) Great, innovative music has come out of Brazil for generations. In the 60s, even Frank Sinatra recorded a version of The Girl from Ipanema.

Then Sergio Mendes brought Brazilian music to the world stage.

Today, Brazil has a dynamic country music scene, and director Gui Pereira has just completed filming a full length, feature film Coração de Cowboy, a passion project that he started when he was still in college.

On the Coração de Cowboy set

"The idea for Coração de Cowboy came to me when I watched Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges. It occurred to me that there are no films in Brazil that talk about country music, even though it has been the most popular genre there since the 70s.


On the Coração de Cowboy set

I always loved Brazilian country music and I have always been surprised at how similar it is to American country music. One thing that bothered me the most was the fact that people tend to treat Country music as something just for 'hillbillies,' and they don't see the richness presented in the truth of the lyrics. I was able to put together an A List celebrity cast because they all fell in love with how real the script and the story sounded. Making that movie was the best experience of my life."

Gui Pereira has an impressive twenty-five completed film credits on IMDb, and over seventy-five television directing credits!



Back in 2011 he directed very well received music videos for one of the top Brazilian country music artists Chitãozinho & Xororó.



Then in 2013, he directed the multi-festival award winning The Adventures of Sheriff Kid McLain, which starred Chris Devlin (Criminal Minds.) The western short film was shot at the iconic Melody Ranch Studios -- once owned by singing cowboy Gene Autry, and the location of Academy Award Winning Django Unchained, and countless other westerns.

View The Adventures of Sheriff Kid McLain Trailer

The Adventures of Sheriff Kid McLain went on to win the Best Action Short Film award from the 2013 ISFF, Hollywood, the Gold Chinh Award at the Chinh India International Children’s Film Festival, and several other awards.

"We have a distribution deal in Brazil for Coração de Cowboy and it is scheduled to go to theaters later this year. 

I do have quite a few more projects that I want to direct in this specific genre... not only necessary Westerns, but more movies about Country Music. I'm hoping to do a bio film about Chitãozinho & Xororó in the near future. I also have some stories that I want to tell about American country music that are currently in the early developing stages."



Gui has established himself as one of the biggest names in Brazilian film industry. As a very young director, he has already worked with the biggest names in Brazil such as Tom Cavalcante, Chitãozinho & Xororó, Jackson Antunes, Françoise Furton and many others. 

He coordinates his work between Los Angeles and Brazil.

We will be bringing you more information on director Gui Pereira’s upcoming country music projects as they develop!


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Designer Carolina Inoue Starts 2017 Off Right! Wins Best Production Designer Award at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival

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Designer Carolina Inoue Starts 2017 Off Right! 
Wins Best Production Designer Award at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival

(February, 2017, Los Angeles, CA) Carolina Inoue is an award winning production and costume designer. This Japanese-Brazilian designer based in Los Angeles has worked in South America, Europe and now leaves her mark in Hollywood. She has become known for Kumal (2016), Red Souls (2016), The Meet (2016) and will soon be known for Downrange (2017), and many more!


She began the new year by earning a Best Production Designer award from the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, for Kumal, directed by Thirati Kay, her second award for this movie.


Last year she worked on The Gliksmans, directed by M. Skolnick, starring the legendary actors Edward Asner and Cloris Leachman; The Open House, directed by Matt Angel and Suzzane Coote, and starring teen star Dylan Minnette. 

She's now working in the pre-production of Keanu Reeves' next movie, and was also the Production Designer of the pilot for the series Faulk My Life, which is expected to be distributed by a major studio soon.

Several of the movies she worked on last year went on to earn awards:

Red Souls - Best Film at Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival 

The Boy in the Mirror - Best Film - California Women's Film Festival

Not Yet - California Film Awards and International Filmmakers Festival of World Cinema - Milan

Run for the Truth - Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards

Daughter of an architect, she grew up helping her mother design luxury houses and apartments in Brazil. But she always had a passion for making clothes: "My mom taught me how to stitch when I was five, so I could make my own clothes for my dolls and stuffed animals."

She attended The University of Sao Paulo in Brazil earning a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design, specializing in Costume Design. After graduating she earned a scholarship to study Fine Arts and Design at the University of Porto (FBAUP) in Portugal. In the US she studied Business and Creativity at Stanford University, and film at the New York Film Academy.


That training opened the doors to the the theatre and movie industries. Once she began working in movies she discovered her passion for the art department. Designing and building sets reminds her of making sketches and floor plans with her mom! She started helping colleagues at their thesis films and through referrals and good networking, in less than a year she progressed from ultra low budget films to movies with budgets of millions of dollars.

She has now been working in costume design for seven years, and has worked in production design in the US  for about three years.



She is currently working as a costume designer with Ryuhei Kitamura, a well known Japanese director, on Downrange. She designed and hand made the villain's costume. The villain's mask will be featured in the film's marketing as the "face" of the movie.  And for Hector Echavarris on The Pastor, she's making the hero's costume.

"Every script is a new adventure. The story begins on piece of paper, then I as the designer, create the universe that surrounds the story told in the script. I consider where the story takes place, when it takes place, who is in the story, who the characters are, and what we want the audience to think of them. The characters range anywhere from a rich, organized, intelligent man, to a messy, dirty, poor, miserable old lady. Their homes and clothes all have to communicate that. 

What I love about my work is that I tell the character's story when they aren't speaking. I can tell the character's whole background story through the set design and costume design. That's a big power and responsibility. If I don't study the story and the characters deeply and carefully, I could mislead the audience and they could get confused or misunderstand the story."



At the moment she is beginning work on a pilot for Netflix, and she has several other projects lined up for this year.

"I am truly grateful for all the opportunities I have received. I am one of the few professionals in Hollywood who started as head of their departments. Most people start out as a PA and work their way up. I'm very blessed to be given the opportunity and trust to lead my department for both Production Design and Costume Design. Work in film isn't easy, but seeing the result up on the big screen is really rewarding. I have several projects in pre-production for the next three years. The industry never stops and I'm looking forward to being on set with some of my biggest idols, some of whom I have already had the opportunity to work with."

Carolina Inoue is a hard working, talented designer, with an impressive, growing list of credits. 2017 looks to be a spectacular year for her, and beyond? The sky's the limit!

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Carolina Inoue is available for interview by appointment, 
pending availability.

Contact: Steve Thompson / Thompson Communications
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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Director Gui Pereira's Award-Winning Horror Projects Reaching International Audiences


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Director Gui Pereira's Award-Winning Horror Projects 
Thrilling International Audiences

(March, 2017, Los Angeles, CA) Director Gui Pereira’s horror projects are receiving international attention!  The Brazilian film director has been very active in the horror genre, and has earned several awards for his work.


One of his most recent projects Passage 379 earned multiple awards for him: Best Short Film  and Best Score from the Los Angeles Horror Competition, and other awards from the The International Horror Hotel Film Festival and Spotlight Horror Film Awards.

Passage 379 is the story of Emily, who on her birthday, buys a Wicka book and decides to create a ritual with her friends in order to save a lost soul.

“This short film was inspired by a script that my friend and horror director Jacob Klarkowski wrote back in college. I always loved horror movies but had never directed anything quite in that genre, so I decided to give it a try. I put together a group of very talented actors, and couldn’t be happier with the results.”

Passage 379 should be available for online viewing around the beginning of next month.


Born in Brazil, Gui frequently returns to Sao Paulo to work on film projects. One of his most recent Brazilian projects is 31 Days of Horror, which he created for the Brazilian website ccine10.com.br

The series and its two seasons have attracted over thirty thousand viewers so far, and was nominated for the Best Original Documentarial Series award at the Brazilian Rio Webfest.

Gui has established himself as one of the biggest names in Brazilian Film Industry. As a very young director, he has already worked with the biggest names in Brazil such as Tom Cavalcante, Chitãozinho & Xororó, Jackson Antunes, Françoise Furton and many others. He coordinates his work between Los Angeles and Brazil.

“I’m developing another feature film to start production later in 2017 in the horror genre. Some big names are already attached to it and I can’t wait until start the production! I’ll be releasing more information on that project soon. Besides that, I’m also producing Ryan’s Stockstad’s passion project Eggs which will star Wayne Whitaker and horror muse Lynn Lowry.

We will be bringing you more details on director Gui Pereira’s upcoming exciting horror genre projects very soon!


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Gui Pereira is available for interview by appointment,
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Producer Sabrina Percario Assembles a Rubust, Growing Slate for 2017


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Producer Sabrina Percario Assembles a Rubust, Growing Slate for 2017 

(Los Angeles, CA -- March, 2017) Producer Sabrina Percario, also an award winning SAG-AFTRA member actress, has assembled an impressive slate for 2017. She now has nine in-production projects, preceded by an astounding twenty-seven completed films, with two more in-development projects!

Her completed films include Julia, a semi-autobiographical film which earned her several awards, including Best Leading Actress from the United International Film Festival, held in New York City last year.

“To me the primary task of a producer is to make sure your film has all the legal documents necessary, such as permits, insurance, deal memos, contracts. 

I believe that to be an exceptional producer you need to be very organized, hire people you worked with before and trust. Communication is essential, and also it is important to be open to learn more, because it's impossible to know everything”


Her current projects include development of the film Subliminal, and the web series DarkTales, on which she is working as a Co-Producer with director Humberto Rosa for Red Line Films, LLC. 



Subliminal is the story of a group of young people who decide to spend their vacations in the mountain countryside. While they expect their vacation to be the best time of their lives, what they didn't expect is that the trip can become their biggest nightmare. Sabrina also has a part in Subliminal!

"From a producer's point of view it is my goal, and responsibility, to maintain a good, proficient process from pre-production through post-production. I believe that good pre-production planning saves a lot of time during the actual production. And, you should always be ready for plan B or C. Being prepared is the key!”



Another project she is developing is In the Search Of which is a continuation of her multi-award winning Julia. She is producing together with Bad Nose Film Company. She is also co-writing with Bella Silverstein (who also appeared in Julia) and Nil Simsek. The logline is: After the last member of her family's death, a girl in her early thirties decides to start a new life with her aunt, who lives in the US, until she faces legal challenges that alter her plans.



And if all of this isn't enough, she is also an international representative for Arquiteto Cinema, a Brazilian production company, representing them in the Los Angeles area.

Since she is making substantial progress with all of her projects in their various stages, there will be much more news to come from producer Sabrina Percario in the near future, stay tuned!


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