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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

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