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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 

RED WHITE & BOLD – Art & Design by Andrea Kitts-Senn

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November 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

#SwissTalentLA: CONGRATULATIONS Yangzom Brauen, on “kickstarting” your project “Who killed Johnny?” Bravissima!

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The creative Angeleno-Swiss community is at it again! First, we saw many of them in the fun web comedy series “Hallo Hollywood” – Now they are working on a new 90-minute comedy, starring Melanie Winiger, Carlos Leal, Max Loong, and other Angeleno-European expats. An exceptionally supportive cast and crew made this LOW budget project a reality!

WHO KILLED JOHNNY? is produced by Angelena-Ticinese Shari Yantra Marcacci (IMDB, known for “An African Election“), directed by Yangzom Brauen (wiki, IMDB), and recently completed shooting in a house in the hills of Los Angeles, over the course of eight days.

Now that it’s “in the can”, the team was successful at raising the final $20,000 needed to complete post-production, by way of their 30-Day online kickstarter campaign.

The goal is to successfully present WHO KILLED JOHNNY? to theater and film festival audiences worldwide!

Help our Angeleno-Swiss & Friends, and spread the word by sharing this with everyone around you, who would enjoy seeing this fun comedy.

Check out their kickstarter.com page, have a look “behind the scenes”- and watch the interview video with Yangzom!

Backers are set to receive cool gifts – including a signed copy of Yangzom’s “Across Many Mountains” – or a role in one of Yangzom’s future film projects!


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September 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

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#SwissTalentLA – Meet the talented “GabeTheSwiss” (@GabrielBonomi), drummer of young adrenaline pop rock band “Midnight Mirage” and their latest music video “Bad for You”

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September 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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#SwissTalentLA, Singer-Model-Actress: Manou

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Here’s another supertalented Angelena-Swiss: Manou Oeschger (fbweb – tw)
We look forward to meeting you soon at one of our community events!

Check out Manou (dark haired) and her Europop group “beFour” (wiki – images – official) performing their hit single “Magic Melody”

See more of beFour’s YouTube videos

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August 22, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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#SwissTalentLA – Angeleno-Swiss Reto Caduff featured in the New York Times – Congratulations, Reto!

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June 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

#SwissTalentLA – Check it out: “Welcome to Switzerland” – by Swiss Star guitarrist Slädu, featuring Angeleno-Swiss celebrity Rap by Carlos Leal

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June 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

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