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Honorary Angeleno-Swiss Hanspeter Danuser waking up Santa Barbara…the Swiss way!

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Hanspeter Danuser and lovely wife Amelie-Claire von Platen (web), our good friends and supporters from St. Moritz, are at the tail-end of their 90-day “Honeymoon-in-a-camper-adventure”, (re-)Discovering the West and blogging about it on www.suedostschweiz.ch.

What better way to rise and shine “The Swiss way” on this glorious Sunday morning along the Santa Barbara Coast!

Welcome to southern California, Hanspeter and Amelie-Claire – you are our “Honorary Angeleno-Swiss

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October 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s message to the Angeleno-Swiss in celebration of the 720th Swiss National Day – Thank You, Mr. Mayor!

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August 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

LA Producer Mike Medavoy to receive prestigious “Raimondo Rezzonico” Award at the 64th Festival del Film Locarno

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(via pardo.ch)
This year’s Raimondo Rezzonico Prize at the 64th Festival del Film Locarno is to be awarded to U.S. producer Mike Medavoy.
(see also Variety.com)

Over a forty year industry career, Medavoy has been involved in more than 300 feature films. As one of the most far-sighted figures in the business, he discovered and placed his trust in several waves of New Hollywood directors from the late 1960s to the present day. The Festival del film Locarno will feature screenings of some of the most representative films of his career as studio head and producer: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) by Milos Forman, Apocalypse Now (1979) by Francis Ford Coppola, Dances with Wolves (1990) by Kevin Costner and Black Swan (2010) by Darren Aronofsky. Festival-goers will also be able to attend a master class given by the producer.

Born in Shanghai in 1941, Mike Medavoy started in the industry in Los Angeles in 1964, with Universal Studios. He rose to become a casting director before turning his skills to working as an agent for new talent in auteur cinema in the U.S., handling clients of the caliber of Steven Spielberg, John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Monte Hellman and Brian De Palma. In the 1970s he became vice-president of production at United Artists, taking a lead role in the fulfillment of projects such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) by Milos Forman, Rocky (1976) by John G. Avildsen, Annie Hall (1977) by Woody Allen and Apocalypse Now (1979) by Francis Ford Coppola. In 1978 he co-founded Orion Pictures, where their productions included Dances with Wolves (1990) by Kevin Costner and Silence of the Lambs (1991) by Jonathan Demme. After serving as chairman of TriStar Pictures, in 1995 Medavoy joined Arnie Messer in setting up Phoenix Pictures, where the productions he has since brought to the screen include The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) by Milos Forman, U-Turn (1997) by Oliver Stone and The Thin Red Line (1998) by Terrence Malick.

Outstanding among Medavoy’s more recent productions are All the King’s Men (2006) by Steven Zaillan, Zodiac (2007) by David Fincher and Shutter Island (2010) by Martin Scorsese. Medavoy has, among other awards, received France’s Legion of Honor and the Chilean government’s Bernardo O’Higgins award. As Olivier Père, Artistic Director at Locarno, puts it, «Mike Medavoy is a producer with the courage of his convictions, brilliantly demonstrated by his long term and untiring support for the best American auteurs, up until the success of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, which was nominated as Best Picture and for which Natalie Portman won the Best Actress Oscar. We are proud to pay tribute to a personality of his stature». Created in 2002 and offered by the Municipality of Minusio, the Raimondo Rezzonico Prize is named for the man who oversaw almost two decades of the Locarno Festival as its chairman. The producers who have received the award to date are Paulo Branco, Ruth Waldburger, Karl Baumgartner, Jeremy Thomas, the Agat Films & Cie collective, Lita Stantic, Christine Vachon, Martine Marignac and, in 2010, Menahem Golan.

The 64th Festival del film Locarno will be held
from August 3 to 13 2011.

For your tireless contribution to the World of Film, and your recognition at Locarno, we nominate you for an (Honorary)Angeleno-Swiss Award

http://www.Helvetic.LA – celebrating everything Swiss in Hollywood!

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April 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Swiss Filmmaker Daniela Ambrosoli presents… “HN Hermann Nitsch” at the 2011 Beverly Hills Film Festival

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Swiss filmmaker Daniela Ambrosoli (web, IMDB) presents her documentary


at the 2011 Beverly Hills Film Festival on Friday, April 8th at 9pm at the

Clarity Theater, 100 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210BUY TICKET HERE.

“The encounter with Hermann Nitsch and his work (a real shock) have stimulated my curiosity to find out what kind of man hides behind the renowned  founder of Viennese Actionism. Hence the need to shoot a documentary about the human being and his work to find an answer to this query.”

Daniela Ambrosoli, daughter of the German dancer Sonja Bragowa and the Italian trader Pierino Ambrosoli was born in Ascona, Switzerland. After attending high school in Ascona and Locarno she studies and works in the fields of psychology and medicine in Florence, Zürich and Geneva.

With the birth of her first two children and the premature death of her father her life changes dramatically. She learns management and takes over many of the firms created by her father, such as Camping Delta and Ambrosoli Real Estate in Locarno.

In 1990 she founds the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation to help the education of art students worldwide, with a special regard to dance and music. In the following years Daniela Ambrosoli takes part in numerous executive boards of International associations working with dance, music and humanitarian issues. She starts Travel & Culture Management in Zürich in 1999. Through her daughter Shari Yantra Marcacci (IMDB) screenwriter and director, and her son Aliocha Merker (IMDB), photographer and cameraman, she has been closely related to the movie industry for years. She has worked on documentaries for several productions, between others: “Depression” (2004) and “Love & Handicap” (2007), both directed by Renato Pugina and produced by the Swiss National Television, as assistant director and production manager. “HN Hermann Nitsch” marks her debut as director.

As a survivor of WWII, which will mark his life and work permanently, Hermann Nitsch (wiki) is considered one of the most important contemporary artists in the world while his work continues to generate conflicting reactions for the use of blood and slaughtered animals.

Born in Austria in 1938, he had to flee catholic persecutions. He is considered the founder of “Viennese Actionism” and is famous worldwide for his “Theatre of the Orgies and Mysteries”. Painter, writer, composer and performer, Nitsch is a “total” artist, unique and controversial; his work appears in some of the most important museums in the world including the Metropolitan and the MoMA in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and is featured in two museums entitled exclusively to him, within the museum centre Mistelbach and the Museo Hermann Nitsch in Naples.

Thanks to Nitsch’s private and unpublished archives, the documentary (filmed during more then one year, between Austria, Italy and Romania) is an intimate and unique portrait of his life, work and personality. An extraordinary journey that uncovers who Hermann Nitsch really is, not only as an artist, but most of all as a human being.

Carissima Daniela,
For your tireless contributions and achievements benefiting Music, Art & Film, we’d like to recognize you with an “Honorary Angeleno-Swiss Award”:
Congratulations, Daniela Ambrosoli, you Made(it)in.LA+!

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April 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Hey DJ BOBO, Welcome to Vegas! – LA+: Get your tickets now!

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DJ BOBO (IMDB, wiki, official, YouTube)

(via Switzerland Calling/ThinkSwiss/Consul General)

Swiss singer, songwriter, dancer, music producer and National Ambassador against Hunger for the UN World Food Program will visit the U.S. this spring and perform his 1,001st concert on April 23 @ 6:00pm (family show, under 21 OK) at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. This is NOT a mega-venue: seats are limited and there’s a planeload of Swiss Fans traveling to Vegas for the Easter Holiday who will be attending so,


Anyone attending DJ BoBo’s concert in Las Vegas will get a welcome drink, a T-Shirt and will be able to get a personal photo with him!

DJ BoBo is known for his captivating stage shows combining the musical genres of dance, HI-NRG, euro pop, euro dance, rap and reggae with a theme stage decor and a dazzling light show into an enthralling performance. So far 4 million people around the world have seen him on stage. DJ BoBo has released 10 studio albums and sold 14 million records worldwide.

He has received 10 World Music Awards, making him the most successful Swiss musician of all time. In 2006, DJ BoBo became a National Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme Against Hunger (WFP) He is the first Swiss celebrity to assume the role. “Traveling around the world has made me sensitive to people in need. It is a privilege to be able to help,” he said. DJ BoBo is proud to support the WFP and make a positive change: His status as an international musician helps to raise awareness for the WFP’s fight against hunger.

DJ Bobo’s connection to us here in Hollywood? Have you ever heard the theme song to “Beverly Hills Chihuaua“? After “Chihuahua” was used in a Spanish “Coca-Cola” commercial, it became the second best selling single worldwide in 2003! How’s that for numbers?

For that and the many achievements including humanitarian efforts during his stellar career, we’re recognizing DJ BOBO with an Honorary Angeleno-Swiss Award. Congratulations, DJ BOBO, You’ve Made(it)in.LA+.

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April 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

How You Can Really Help After a Disaster: Get Yourself Prepared

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The Power of Social Media: thanks to New-York-Swiss Tina Roth-Eisenberg (aka @swissmiss & HowdyHeidi) and her recent Creative Morning/LA event, I had the pleasure to meet LA’s Design-Scene STAR and fellow “Do GOODer” Alissa Walker. She is the epitome of an “LA-ist-a” and is admired by thousands who enjoy reading her most fun blog www.gelatobaby.com, attend her events or listen to her beautiful voice on the Radio. She’s one BUSY LADY. Oh, and by the way… she WALKS IN LA!

Just last week I ran into Alissa at a FUNdraiser she organized with the GOOD.is/LA team, benefiting CicLAvia – Los Angeles’ latest amazing effort to improve Life in the City by creating a growing infrastructure benefiting cyclists. You GO GIRL!

As a recent transplant herself, she is aware that her newly adopted California Lifestyle comes with a Caveat… One has to live with Earthquakes. The lessons we learn from Japan are very simple: Alissa just wrote a very smart story on GOOD.IS about getting ready for the inevitable.

Thank You Alissa, for allowing us to re-post your story as a “Public Service Announcement” for the Angeleno-Swiss Community! For your valuable contribution I’d like to recognize you with a virtual (Honorary)Angeleno-Swiss Award! Yay!

Michael Gaedeke, SrVP Development (volunteer)

How You Can Really Help After a Disaster: Get Yourself Prepared

Those of us living on the West Coast have been on high alert for a week now after Japan’s massive earthquake. Last Friday many of us were awakened with calls warning us about the incoming tsunami. Now, with reports that radioactive particles from a damaged reactor may reach southern California this weekend, a new wave of worries has hit, and along with it, a slew of misinformation. While the radiation doesn’t seem to be a serious concern, we were still dismayed to learn that only 60 percent of Californians have disaster kits at home, and only half have an emergency plan for their family.

Making sure your family is ready is one of the best things you can do to for your city. If every citizen has the basic resources to sustain themselves for a few days after a disaster, relief workers won’t get overwhelmed by providing food and water to the unhurt but unprepared. Plus with basic medical supplies in each home, agencies like the Red Cross can focus on helping the people who really need their services. So why not take this weekend to do something good for your city, and get prepared? We found some great resources for making this process as simple, easy, and fun (yes, fun!) as possible.

First, start thinking about earthquakes as a timeline, using the Seven Steps for Earthquake Safety that can give you a simple, seven-step path from preparedness to recovery. Two steps to note: Making a disaster plan including two places to meet (the second being a backup in case the first isn’t safe), and assembling an emergency kit with enough food, water, and medical supplies. And remember you’ll need three of these: For home, work, and car.

Next, do some redecorating before an earthquake does it for you. This game called Beat the Quake walks you through the furnishings in your house item by item and gives you tips on how to best secure them. (I’ll be making a trip to Home Depot to stock up on furniture straps, velcro, and putty.)

Now, think about where you’ll be when an earthquake strikes. Notice in the videos of earthquakes how most people run outside? Not a good idea. Neither is standing in doorways. Drop, Cover, and Hold On uses easy-to-read graphics to show you exactly what to do, no matter where you are. If an earthquake strikes when you’re in bed, do you know what to do? Now you do.

Finally, hold a dress rehearsal. The Great California Shake Out is a state-wide drill that happens annually each October. There’s information there on how to participate. But there’s no reason why you can’t conduct your own this weekend.

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March 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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


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!

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