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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tony Luna Creative- Update 3-27-16

These are the headlines, sent in from friends of this blog telling us of their latest creative endeavors:

- Our next SchmoozeFeast, will be Thursday, May 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Art Center/South Campus, 950 South Raymond Street, Pasadena, California. Start getting your Powerpoint (TM) ready to present your latest endeavors, or just come to schmooze and mingle with incredibly talented and fun to be with creative people. You are sure to leave energized!

- Sal Ochoa’s gallery opening of his new work “Suenos Migrantes” is this coming Tuesday evening at the Gresham Art Gallery at San Bernardino Valley College. Many thanks to our friend Mandi Batalo for inspiring Sal to have this wonderful exhibition of his photographs of the people of Las Estecas, Michoacan, Mexico. We are proud of you Sal and wish you much success!…

- Justin Bastien shares the incredible commercials he just finished directing for the new Toyota Tacoma “Play Now” advertising campaign. You have to click on the links and see all of the commercials, including the hilarious “Behind the Scenes” director’s cut, to get the thrills that only Justin can capture. Job well done Justin!…

- Shirin Raban reminds us that her film, “The Fifth Question: Why is this Passover Different?” will be showing for free Saturday, April 2, 7;30 PM, at Adat Shalom, 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. This event is not to be missed…

- Pete Vanlaw points us towards his blog, “For the Life of Me” and to read the complete story of “Peter Ginz – His Short Life and His Inspiration.” It is an emotional roller coaster that starts in the World War II ghetto/concentration camp of Theresienstadt, to the other worldly imagination of a courageous young man, to the gas chambers of Auschwitz, to the first Israeli astronaut who took Petr’s artwork into space in the ill fated space shuttle Columbia, and finally to a commemorative Czech Republic postage stamp. It is an astounding story of the overwhelming power and lasting legacy of creativity


Those are the headlines, now here are the in-depth stories:

- Sal Ochoa, Cultural Photographer-

“Suenos Migrantes- The Journey Home” by Photographer Salvador Ochoa.
Showing at Gresham Art Gallery, 701 S. Mount Vernon Ave., San Bernardino, CA
on the San Bernardino Valley College campus next to the Administration building.
Reception: Tuesday, March 29

Sal recently sent in an update prior to his gallery showing on Tuesday of this week: “Dear Tony. It's so great to hear from you. I am currently in Oaxaca, Mexico. Came here for a few days and heading back to LA on Saturday. I came here to explore new cities and places.  You can see some of the photos I have taken by seeing some of them on Instagram. It's the first BW of the bunch :)

In regards to the show, thank you for the heads up. Don't worry my friend. I want to have another show somewhere closer to Pasadena/LA and that way I can show you the photos. Exhibition will be up until April 8/9 I think.
So many great things are happening and just wanna say thanks again for inspiring me to go and act on my dreams.

Gracias y que Dios te bendiga.”


A further excerpt from Sal Ochoa’s Artist Statement:

Salvador Ochoa
(Los Reyes, Michoacán, México, b. 1981. Resides in Los Angeles)

    I am a Mexican-born photographer with a background in photojournalism. During my childhood, my family migrated annually between Michoacán to California to work as agricultural laborers, following an earlier generation of relatives who had established migration networks through the Bracero Program that ended in 1964. My recent work is informed by this transnational experience that allowed me to explore and experience both as a participant and as an observer.
           My objective is to encourage Mexican migrants living in the United States to maintain and increase their links with their communities of origin. In a global context, my images also invite people of diverse cultural backgrounds to sympathize with the migrant spirit of this Mexican community. My hope is that this photographic process challenges you to use your camera to travel and discover your cultural roots in an effort to redefine what it means to be a global citizen.



- Justin Bastien, Director, Photographer of Individual Sports and Adventure- “Hi Tony, I hope you are doing well my friend. I was thinking of you today while I was meeting with Ken Merfeld to go over some work. I just love you guys and I so happy to have you guys around after all of these years. We need to catch up soon.

I wanted to share something fun with you that I thought might be cool for your blog and your newsletter. I just finished shooting a series of films for the new Toyota Tacoma ‘Play Now’ campaign and they came out pretty cool. You should watch the Behind the Scenes’ film too. You’ll get some good laughs out of that one. Anyway, check the work out and let me know what you think. Feel free to share it however you like and get people inspired!


Justin Bastien / Director + Photographer
Justin Bastien / Photographer + Director
Phone: +1-805-340-8262
Instagram: @justinbastien


- Shirin Raban- Brand Designer | Cine-Ethnographer | Educator- “Dear Family and Friends, Here is a reminder about the screening of my film: ‘The Fifth Question: Why is this Passover Different?’ This event is free to public and there is ample free parking too! I am looking forward to seeing you there, and please spread the word and invite your friends and family too!”

From Shirin's web site: For 2700 years, Jews in Iran have celebrated Passover to commemorate the Exodus of their ancestors from Egypt. Iranian Jews residing in Los Angeles have experienced another exodus in their lifetimes, leaving Iran after the Islamic revolution in 1979. The Fifth Question examines the Persian Passover tradition in the Iranian-American Jewish community in Los Angeles, reflecting on intergenerational continuity through the eyes of three generations.
Venue: Adat Shalom | 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90034
Date: April 2, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm
RSVP: | 310-475-4985
Film Info:

Shirin Raban

Brand Designer | Cine-Ethnographer | Educator
Lecturer at California State University Northridge
Instructor at UCLA Extension


- Pete Van Law, Producer

The following is from the opening lines in the latest of Pete Vanlaw’s blog “For the Life of Me,” a must read. It relates the incredible story of “Peter Ginz – His Short Life and His Inspiration.” This story will move you as it demonstrates the overwhelming power and lasting legacy of creativity.These are the headlines, sent in from friends of this blog telling us of their latest creative endeavors:
“When I visited the ghetto/concentration camp known as Theresienstadt in 2004 with my wife and son, I was apprehensive as to what I was about to see. Our visit was part of a regular tour out of Prague, consisting of about a dozen people.The first place we were taken was a large building, that was originally the boy's dormitory, but was now a museum. Here I would have my first encounter with the tragic yet inspirational story of Petr Ginz, a bright, young and very talented Czech teenager, who literally dedicated his life to helping the other child/prisoners survive the daily horrors surrounding them. He did this by providing the opportunity for them to tap into their creative selves and help them find hope that someday their lives would return to normal. (More)…” For more go to Pete Van Law’s blog “For the Life of Me” at,


Jackie Robinson: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."


Amazing things are happening and these incredible artists and designers are leading the way with their ambitious work. Please continue to support the members of our creative community as they design meaning within their careers. Thanks to all for their informative and inspiring contributions.

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