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In Memoriam – Five Years Later – Claudia Laffranchi – Hollywood Foreign Correspondent

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IN MEMORIAM
JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP REMEMBERING OUR DEAR FRIEND

Click to watch this YouTube selection of
some of Claudia’s work – Thank You Alberto Engeli, drzoom.com

We love and miss you, Claudia!

Each year during Festival season we are reminded of our community’s great loss. Claudia Laffranchi (IMDB – fb – tw), 49, Angelena-Ticinese, Foreign Correspondent, journalist and emcee of the International Film Festival in Locarno, was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment, in the early afternoon of May 22nd, 2012. 

Claudia was in very close contact with her Homeland Ticino in southern Switzerland, where she regularly collaborated with local television stations and newspapers as their Los Angeles entertainment correspondent. For the past seven years she was also the multi-talented, multi-lingual live emcee and presenter at the Piazza Grande during the Locarno International Film Festival.

This year’s “Locarno in Los Angeles” event would have been SO much richer, had she been around… sniff…

Living in Hollywood and having extensive first-hand exposure to the World of cinema and television, enticed her to also produce and direct. Claudia was welcomed to the elite circle of influential journalists by winning the prestigious 53rd journalism award given by her peers of the Los Angeles Press Club.

She graced thousands of people with her presence, her beautiful smile, her wit and sense of humor – and was a great cheerleader for the #Angeleno-Swiss/Ticinese community and the driving force behind the creation of Helvetic.LA, who encouraged many creative projects and actively promoted young talent, and mingled among the great Hollywood Stars with her usual poise, class, style, elegance and grace.

We were so much looking forward to growing old together – either in LA, in Ticino, or enjoying the Best of both Worlds – but she left us way too early. Our hearts are aching and our sincere condolences go to her loved ones in Ticino. 

Per Claudia’s Family wishes, her friends in Los Angeles had the chance to gather in a private ceremony Wednesday, to pay respects, celebrate her life, and say “arrivederci” to our dearest friend. 

In Memory of Claudia: Festival del Film LocarnoErich Maria Remarque & Paulette Goddard Foundation

Media:
(Italian Corriere del Ticinotio.chTicinonews, Giornale del Ticino, InfoInsubria, RSI-Quotidiano – video)
(German: Blick / GMX / Tages Anzeiger )
(English: LA Observer / ScreenDaily )

Previous Helvetic.LA stories of everyone’s best friend, our eternally beautiful Claudia 

Gorgeous #Ticino: where Swiss quality meets Italian lifestyle!

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May 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

World-Class Smooth Jazz, made in Ticino!

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Congratulations Fabio Mignola, Smooth Jazz Recording Artist from Minusio/Ticino, for your constant presence on LA’s Smooth Jazz Airwaves!

Fabio’s “Groovy Nights” is featured on iTunes’ “Smooth Jazz Affair” Podcast, Show #76.

Check out Fabio’s latest release on iTunes

Auguri, Fabio! You Made(it)in.LA+!

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April 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

SCILLA – Acoustic & Unplugged – this Thursday April 7th, 9pm – at the Mezz Bar, Alexandria Hotel in Downtown LA

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Swiss pop/rock singer/songwriter Scilla’s Pop-Rock music is influenced by Pink, No Doubt, The Runaways, Anouk, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga.

This talented young singer/songwriter from the Italian part of Switzerland (Ticino) studied Music in Milan, Italy and Music Business at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood – surely a good choice on getting the necessary tools on how to make it in the US. Last year Scilla participated at the Swiss final of the Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Barbie Doll”, which she co-wrote with guitarist Rafael Moreira (official, wiki, youtube).

If you would like to check out more of her work, visit www.scillamusic.com or better yet, stop by the Mezz Bar (yelp) on the 2nd floor of the Alexandria Hotel in Downtown LA, this coming THURSDAY, APRIL 7 @ 9pm, where Scilla will perform an unplugged, acoustic and soulful 45 min. set at the Mezz Bar in Los Angeles.

Congratulations, Scilla – You Made(it)in.LA+!

VENUE INFO:
Mezz Bar
Alexandria Hotel
501 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 622-6287

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April 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Mardi-Gras, Ticino-Style: Celebrate with Switzerland’s version of Reno 911, “I Frontaliers” (the Border Patrol)

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March 8, 2011 at 11:26 am

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POLAR WONDERS – Photographs from the ends of the World

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PHOTO EXHIBIT at the Consulate General of Switzerland Los Angeles
March 1 – 31, 2011 – Weekdays, 9am-12noon during official lobby hours.

In February, famous wildlife photographer Daisy Gilardini had the honor to give a lecture at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. At the same occasion she talked at the Santa Monica Public Library about her expeditions to the Polar Regions. Other participants at this event, which was part of the program ThinkSwiss-Brainstorm the future, included Swiss researcher Konrad “Koni” Steffen from the University of Colorado and filmmaker and photographer Corina Gamma.

The Consulate General [of Switzerland] in Los Angeles is proud to announce an exhibition of a series of photographs of Daisy Gilardini in the lobby of the Consulate in West Los Angeles under the title Polar Wonders – Photographs from the ends of the world.

Daisy Gilardini is based in Lugano in the Canton of Ticino, the sunshine state of Switzerland. She started taking photography seriously during her first trip to India in 1989 and since then has visited more than 65 countries with camera in hand. After falling in love with Antarctica during her first trip there in 1997, she has spent most of her time photographing the Polar Regions. In more than a decade of polar explorations she joined thirteen expeditions to Antarctica and twenty-three to the Arctic, most of them on research vessels and icebreakers, one on a sailing boat, some overland and in 2006 she joined a Russian expedition to the North Pole on skies.

Daisy’s images have been published internationally by leading magazines and organizations, such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Nature’s Best, Audubon, The Telegraph, Outdoor Photography, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, among many others.

Her work has received awards at the most prestigious international photo contests such as the “IPA International Photography Award”, “BBC Wildlife photographer of the year”, “Photography Master Award”, “Travel Photography of the Year” and “Nature’s Best”. In April 2010 Daisy had the great honor to be part of the jury of the “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year” considered as the “Oscars” of nature photography photo contests. For her dedication to environmental issues, in fall 2009, Daisy was accepted as a member of the Emerging League of ILCP, the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Her book POLAR WONDERS will be available for $ 65. – at the exhibition.

Take the opportunity to see her work exhibited in the Lobby of the Consulate General of Switzerland weekdays between 9 am and 12 noon.

Consulate General of Switzerland
11799 Wilshire Blvd. #1400
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Carissima Daisy, the Ticinese-Angeleno Communityis mighty proud of your amazing accomplishments!

Congratulations – you Made(it)in.LA+!

We are pleased to recognize you in our “Virtual Hall of Fame” with an (Honorary) Angeleno-Swiss Award!
AUGURISSIMI!

21st Century Ticinesi in California: the Dairy Farmer

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January 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

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