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California has an opportunity to export independent films to China

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 CALIFORNIA HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPORT

INDEPENDENT FILMS MADE IN HOLLYWOOD

TO THE GROWING MIDDLE CLASS IN CHINA

(FIRST LAWMAKERS NEED TO GIVE EQUAL TAX CREDITS

TO KEEP FILMING IN CALIFORNIA)

Thursday, November 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES

The presidential election results are in and regardless of who we voted for the one thing we all learned on election night was the media is no expert when it comes to calling the results of an election and that polls don’t matter as much as votes.  Most of us were shocked by the electoral college victory of Republican candidate Donald Trump who campaigned strongly against job outsourcing and trade deficits.  California may have voted majority, democratic, but there is no state that will be more affected by the trade decisions made in Washington D.C. in 2017, than the Pacific Rim, and no bigger economy in the nation than ours.  

HOLLYWOOD EXECUTIVES GAVE BIG MONEY TO HILARY CLINTON

WHILE OUR MAJOR STUDIOS LOOK TO CHINA TO GIVE THEM MILLIONS IN TAX CREDITS 

TO TAKE PRODUCTION JOBS TO ASIA

 “The sobering message from the electoral college vote is a reality that many voters want something positive done about the US trade deficit and we’re in a position for a win win in California if our state lawmakers will work with Bring Hollywood Home’s public policy efforts to expand the tax credit incentives for the major studios and give equal or greater tax credits to independent filmmakers who have more incentive to stay and create jobs in California than the major studios represented by their MPAA lobbyists in Sacramento.” says Sharon Hardee Jimenez, founder president of the 501 C 4 grassroots leadership for independent filmmakers.  “As voters who supported Hilary Clinton worry about President Donald Trump on issues like women’s rights and minority empowerment, the need to export America’s values for progressive leadership in human rights and civil rights is more urgent than ever now as we look at reversing the trade deficit and keeping jobs in California.  The major studios making 3 D films that sell products and bring in the bigger money at the box office are happy to see the Chinese offering millions in tax credits.  This leaves independent filmmakers to bring the jobs to California with less of a need for big budgets and Chinese billionaire money, and more need to tell stories that export our values to the most populous country on the planet.” Jimenez emphasizes.  

BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME FOUNDED BY WOMEN & MINORITY FILMMAKERS

IS WORKING TO MAKE FILM MANUFACTURING AN EXPORT TO HELP

OFFSET THE TRADE DEFICIT WITH OUR FRIENDS IN CHINA

There are many beautiful new theaters in China and a growing middle class created by the manufacturing jobs we’ve sent to Asia over the past half century.” says Jimenez.  “We are purposing a California film fund to support 10 to 25 million dollar independent productions in California that will allow us to manufacture films with actors that are globally recognized, who will tell the stories that our own screenwriters can write to export our values to the super power and the billionaires who are now making deals with the biggest directors in Hollywood.  Turning the trade deficit around we will export our independent films and create genuine commerce beneficial to those of us who live and hope for a brighter jobs future in California.”

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The Coalition for Engaged Education Presents Bring Hollywood Home – Independent filmmakers and artists joined in at the Paul Cummins Library at New Roads School in Santa Monica on October 7th to celebrate six years of leadership that has led to visionary public policy leadership – Bring Hollywood Home thanks Paul Cummins, Mike Butler and Marcus Castain for joining with our Board of Directors to help us create a great celebrity dinner & concert on October 7th, 2016.  Painters Preston Smith and Gary Charles Visconti created an artwork that was auctioned off by Garry Hobday creating the funds needed to make the night a success.  Lares Restaurant, Latino independently owned in Santa Monica served dinner to 150 guests

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 Celebrity Dinner on October 7th was hosted by Duke Media Foundation’s Bill Duke, celebrity guests included the California Board of Equalization’s Jerome Horton, and Inglewood Treasurer Yvonne Horton, with Asian marketing and media leader Margaret Wu, and Herb Jordan, Grammy nominated music producer and CEO of the Adage Group

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Jerome & Yvonne Horton at the Moss Theater with Frida & Mark Greenberg Miller Ward CPA’s & Business Managers – One of our VIP sponsors for the event, other sponsors included The Coalition for Engaged Education, Artisfactions.com Tracy Saunders, James Azadian The Enterprise Group, Icon Imaging PR, PMSARTWORK.com, Sunset Pictures & Old School Records, Martin Guigui CEO, & Dahlia Guigui, bobjimenez.com photography, Diane Ladd & the Arts & Culture Taskforce, Donna Dymally celebrity photography, Jan B. Tucker, Private detective, Beverly Hills Times Magazine Stephanie Kibler, Adam Roberts web support, Yuri Jimenez, Lily Jimenez, Charles Jimenez, & Bring Back the Ice working to bring an ice rink back for families on LA’s Westside

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 Red Carpet Host Jonathan Sterritt, with Rebecca, Ester & Noah Guigui – Martin Guigui co founding board member Bring Hollywood Home got involved in 2010 so he could be there to raise his children, support his wife and mother by producing films in California

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 Bindhu & Jonathan Sheldon – Producer, Director SWING STATE – winner Best Director DTLA Film Festival 2016 

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   Garry & Debbie Lee Hobday, “Debbie Lee Talent Management, Garry Hobday voice over actor, Jonathan Sterritt Red Carpet Host

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Martin Guigui and his all star band presented the most brilliant concert in the history of runaway production lifting the music for a cause that must include equal and fair tax credits in California for Independent Producers to create thousands of jobs with a film fund that is worthy of the big talent represented by the small and medium sized production companies still based in California – At the Moss Theater with Martin Guigui, Dahlia, Noah, Rebecca, Ester Guigui, Kenny Arnoff drummer, Rami Jaffee, Mike Merritt, Paul Hipp, Austin Hanks, Gregory Douglass, Whitney Avolon, Chad Hollister, Christopher Ameruso

See Op Ed Latino Weekly Review, Dr. Juan Rodriquez Flores, Publisher  

LA MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI YOU PROMISED TO BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME? WHAT HAPPENED? OP ED BY Sharon Hardee Jimenez 

Special Thanks to Marisa Bojiuc – Please see the write up on the event and leaders of Bring Hollywood Home on her blog

BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME TAKES CENTER STAGE Article by Marisa Bojiuc 

PRESTON SMITH PAINTING TO BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME

GARY VISCONTI PAINTING TO BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME

“Bring Hollywood Home has joined with non-profit Hollywood With Students since 2014 to present the Golden Spirit Award with David Gallegos Valentina.  2016 winner was Sunset Pictures Martin Guigui, 2015 Bill Duke, Duke Media, & 2014 Diane Ladd, Exxcell Entertainment

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Successful Bring Hollywood Home Foundation Concert Event 2016

October 15, 2016 – News from BHHF

The Coalition For Engaged Education presents Bring Hollywood Home celebrity dinner and concert was the most successful event in the six year history of California’s only grassroots public policy foundation to bring jobs back to Hollywood. “Our Hollywood Jobs foundation was honored to be presented by The Coalition for Engaged Education, Paul Cummins founder,” says Sharon Hardee Jimenez co- founder and president of the 501 c 4 non profit leadership supporting the state’s creative economy and independent productions. “We filled the library to capacity with a delicious dinner catered by family owned Lares restaurant and heard from California’s foremost business tax expert, Jerome E. Horton, of the Board of Equalization. Horton urged our independent producers, and celebrity attendees to speak out boldly in the cause of jobs in film and tv production.” Bring Hollywood Home is pursuing legislative and business solutions as we continue to work with civil rights leadership in the state to urge lawmakers to amend current tax credit laws to fairly represent independent productions and minority and women led businesses. Iconic actor, director producer Bill Duke (Duke Media Foundation) hosted the dinner, while director/producer musician Martin Guigui invited some of the most talented musicians ever to come together for the cause of supporting jobs in the creative economy. The concert was brilliantly presented by Guigui and included performances by his young family, his talented three chicken and his wife producer/actresses Dahlia Guigui.” Jimenez emphasized. “Bring Hollywood Home is about keeping jobs in California, and supporting the families in the entertainment industry against the stresses and excesses of job outsourcing. Chasing tax credit incentives in states with much smaller economies than California, and other countries more ambitious than the USA in supporting media industry jobs, results in workers having to leave the state to preserve their health care and pensions, often working below minimum wage and having to leave their families for extended periods of time. California can put thousands of workers back on the job and keep families from having to be split apart with fair and equitable tax credits that allow projects that begin in California to stay on the state.”

Among the VIP’s at the event were painters Gary Charles Visconti, and Preston Smith who did a live original painting that sold at auction to support cause for jobs. Reverend Father Dave Guffy, Family Theater Productions Hollywood. Jonathan and Bindhu Sheldon, producers/Director Swing State, winner DTLA Film Festival best director. Marcus Castain & Mike Butler, The Coalition for Engaged Education, Tracy Saunders Artisfactions, Linda Broadsmiles executive Duke Media Foundation, Angie Itumuro director Downey School of Make Up, and more than a hundred actors, including Dennis Anderson and Laura Ledesma, artists, & public policy leaders. LA CIty Council candidate Terrence Gomes and Lydia Grant attended from LA’s neighborhood council leadership. Civil rights leaders Fred Shaw NAACP and Jan B. Tucker NOW & Same Page Coalition, Spanish language media leader Hernan Molina, San Franciso’s Tv personality Kevin Wing, and Margaret Wu 3 Dots Entertainment, and Herb Jordan The Adage Group.

A lively red carpet was co-hosted by veteran TV news anchor Bob Jimenez and actor/host John Sterritt. Celebrity red carpet photographer Donna Dymally, and Tracy Saunders joined filmmaker photographer Jose Rojas, and other media reporters in giving extensive coverage to the issues and the cause for jobs. Adam Roberts webmaster for Bring Hollywood Home continues to provide a lively website for the cause of jobs, including videos featuring Sharon Hardee Jimenez speaking about the loss of jobs in Hollywood on Britain’s #1 TV network, and a video produced and shown this year at the California statewide LULAC convention featuring iconic actor/director Edward James Olmos who urges independent producers and Californians to join our leadership to Bring Hollywood.
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Thank you Sponsors The Coalition for Engaged Education Presents Bring Hollywood Home celebrity dinner and concert – Ann and Jerry Moss Theater and the Paul Cummins Library Santa Monica

Bring Hollywood Home Takes Center Stage

When husband and photographer Bob Jimenez takes the lens, a softer and profound side of Sharon Jimenez mirrors through at their home in Los Angeles. (October, 2016

Ask the world why it dreams to visit the United States and at the top of the list you will find Hollywood. The world however, might not yet be aware of its shifting platform. American major studios find themselves recycled into an uncertain globalized financial and storytelling whirlwind, at the cost of its staff and audience. Hollywood, our cherished state-of-the-art American dream, has spread its wings away to search for opportunity, buy or sell into it.

A subtle flickering hope in the heart of Hollywood nevertheless remains, for it never reached to conquer the world but win its heart. At the core of it is Bring Hollywood Home, a 501 (c)(4) organization developed by Sharon Jimenez, a woman whose vision today holds the key to our most cherished masterpiece. That vision is shared in by journalists, lawmakers, artists and scientists alike, athletes, young talent, but most of all Hollywood producers and studios whose passion wouldn’t be the same in new, uncertain territory.

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BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY TAKES AIM AT 2017

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BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME PUBLIC POLICY 

ADVOCACY TAKES AIM AT 2017 

“It’s Time for California’s Elected Officials to keep families together by

passing new legislation to give equal tax credit incentives 

to independent, women & minority led production companies making family friendly, R with a purpose

films and television in California.”  Sharon Hardee Jimenez, President Co-Founder Bring Hollywood Home

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016 – Santa Monica – “The Coalition for Engaged Education Presents Bring Hollywood Home” 

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The red carpet was a family celebration on October 7th, 2016, when talk show host Jonathan Sterritt interviewed Esther, Noah, and Rebecca Guigui about their leadership in Bring Hollywood Home.  The children are descendants of a very talented musical, and filmmaking family led by Martin and Dahlia Waingort Guigui, Sunset Pictures, Old School Records.  Their grandfather founded the Vermont Symphony, a role model for his son Martin, who grew up wanting to make movies and live in California.  “The Guigui’s are the poster family for Bring Hollywood Home,” says Sharon Hardee Jimenez, founder president of the public policy 501 C4.  “Their parent make movies, and do everything in their power to try to produce the movies in California so they can raise their three children and care for their grandmother who is also here in the LA area.   Esther and Rebecca were just babies when Martin Guigui called to say he was with us to Bring Hollywood Home back in 2010.  With the birth of Noah the family continues to grow and lend it’s massive talent to the work to keep production jobs in California with better tax credits for independent filmmakers.” 

 

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In 2012 Esther & Rebecca joined dad Martin Guigui on the red carpet with host Stephen Seidel, another founding board member of Bring Hollywood Home.  

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2013 Martin Guigui directing The Bronx Bull on a set that replicated the Bronx at Universal Studios Hollywood – the family stayed together during the filming that didn’t go out of state

Thanks to lots of hard work on behalf of the entire family, Martin’s mother was on the set of “The Bronx Bull” when he directed the film about Jake La Motta on the set of Universal Studios, Hollywood.  

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 Martin Guigui’s independent production companies has provided jobs for many people in the industry in California since he joined in to co-found Bring Hollywood Home.  Unfortunately, his productions and the productions of many top independent film producers are left out of California Tax Credits, leaving families to make tough decisions.  If they want to work they usually have to leave the state as investors insist on lucrative tax credit incentives offered in other states, but, not in our home state.  In 2016, Martin Guigui and his wife Dahlia made a new movie, Nine-Eleven, and were again denied tax credit incentives.

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 Director Bill Duke (DGA) joins Bring Hollywood Home’s red carpet hosted by Jonathan Sterritt at the Ann & Jerry Moss Theater in Santa Monica on October 7th, 2016

Director Bill Duke is secretary of Bring Hollywood.  The former member of the California Film Commission has brought his considerable image the cause of equal tax credit incentives for minority and women led independent production companies as he’s seen too many of his friends in the film industry have to leave the state to find work.  “There used to be film productions on every corner in LA, and now they are few and far between,” Duke told the 150 dinner guests at the Bring Hollywood home Celebrity Dinner & Concert on October 7th.  “I have too many friends who haven’t been able to work here in years.  We have to do something to bring production back and to give a bridge to our youth from college to jobs; so they have an opportunity to be educated on the job and trained in the film & Tv industry.”

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 Media leader executive, Steve Harris joins the red carpet to support the dinner and concert to Bring Hollywood Home Friday, October 7th, 2016 Ann & Jerry Moss Theater

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Garry  & Deborah Hobday with Red Carpet host Jonathan Sterritt – The Coalition for Engaged Education Presents Bring Hollywood Home

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California Board of Equalization’s Jerome E. Horton, and Inglewood Treasurer Yvonne Horton, joined the red carpet and urged filmmakers and musicians to continue to speak out for equal and fair tax credit incentives for minority and women led small and medium sized productions in California

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Herb Jordan The Adage Group, Margaret Wu 3 Dots Entertainment, Bill Duke Duke Media Productions, Jerome E. Horton & Yvonne Horton

“As the leadership of Bring Hollywood Home continues to expand to a diversity of filmmakers the focus now is on new legislation for 2017 to open up tax credit incentives to independent productions with a serious effort to make 10 to 20 million dollar independent films in California under supported by public/private partnership in the same way the major studios enjoy the support of public/private partnerships in the USA and globally.” emphasized Sharon Hardee Jimenez.

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Bob Jimenez former television news anchor, NBC, KCBS, KRON, UPN News 13 with Robert Kovacik, NBC Hollywood

The 2016-2017 legislative effort is a result of six years of work to bring solutions to the exclusion of independent producers in California’s tax credit incentives.  Bob Jimenez, a Peabody, 4 time Emmy, Dupont Columbia, Ohio State award winning, has worked to bring about research to find ways to bring successful business tax models forward he hopes will restore his home state to the film capital of the world again.  “I was born in Sacramento,” says Jimenez.  “My family on the Jimenez and Valencia side go back to Alta California; to the days when the border was a line in the sand.   While my grandparents and great grandparents made their living in the lumber yards, and farm fields, and canneries of California, I was encouraged to go to college and get my degree at the University of California at Davis.  My education gave me opportunities in television, news, and later entertainment (Jimenez played himself in Sister Act & In the Line of Fire), that I hope my own children and grandchildren will enjoy in the state that their forebearers pioneered.  Sharon and I have believed passionately in this leadership as we know the only way to build the studios of tomorrow with the diversity of people who pioneered California, is one independent film at a time.” 

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