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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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BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME FOUNDATION CALIFORNIA 501 C 4 PUBLIC POLICY FOR INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS

 

 

 

 

 

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.” 

For More Information please see our website WEBSITE BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME A PUBLIC POLICY 501 C 4 – PLEASE DONATE – DONATIONS ARE NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE –

 

LATINO HERITAGE MONTH

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LATINO HERITAGE MONTH 

BOB JIMENEZ, MARTIN GUIGUI, BILL DUKE, SHARON JIMENEZ, JEROME E. HORTON, MARGARET WU, MARK GREENBERG,

JAN B. TUCKER,  JONATHAN SHELDON

THE COALITION FOR ENGAGED EDUCATION 

DIVERSITY 

TAKES CENTER STAGE TO BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME

(PUBLIC POLICY NON PROFIT TAKES AIM AT LACK OF FILM PRODUCTION TAX INCENTIVES FOR INDEPENDENT PRODUCTIONS)

Sunday October 16, 2016 Santa Monica, California

Deadline Hollywood says film production is down in Los Angeles.  Well of course it’s down, because the story the Hollywood press ignores is that independent film producers get little to none of the tax credit incentives passed by the Califonria Legislature in 2014 signed by Governor Brown.  And, while Bring Hollywood Home independent producers are making wonderful films here in LA so they can stay close to their families, they are denied tax credits.  The exclusionary rules have civil rights groups determined to see the California Legislature create tax credit incentives with rules that open up jobs, not send them out of state and out of the country.

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Bring Hollywood Home Herb Jordan. Margaret Wu Jordan, Bill Duke, Jerome & Yvonne Horton

“We brought the stars out to shine on the problem of job outsourcing and runaway production,” says Sharon Hardee Jinenez co founder president of the public policy 501 c4 launched in 2010 to confront the lack of competitive incentives and business models that have left Hollywood in despair and distress.   “The Californa Board of Equalization Jerome Horton, Inglewood’s treasure Yvonne Horton, advertising marketing executive Margaret Wu and music business leader Herb Jordan joined in a dinner with 150 creative business leaders hosted by iconic actor/director Bill Duke who leads the diversity issue at the Director’s Guild of America one of the most powerful guilds in all of Hollywood.

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October 7th The Coalition for Engaged Education Presentts Bring Hollywood Home The Paul Cummins Library New Roads Santa Monica

“We know we have to get people working again in this city if we are going to confront the challenges of homelessness and poverty,” says Bob Jimenez government affairs director emeritus of the California Board of Equalizaiton, a Peabody award winning documentary filmmaker and well known former TV news anchor KRONTV San Francisco and KCBS TV, UPN NEWS 13, KFWB Los Angeles.   “We have to fight for our jobs in this state and against job outsourcing because too many people have been forced to leave in the entertainment industry because of public policy that isn’t working as effectively as if needs to if women and minority led independent productions ads to have any chance of survival in my home state.

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Terrence Gomes LA neighborhood council leader and candidate for city council with Sharon Hardee Jimenez founder president Bring Hollywood Home

The October 7th dinner and VIP celebrity included political hopeful Terrance Gomes as LA political leaders remain committed to bringing the jobs back to Hollywood.  “I helped create neighborhood councils in 1997 – 1999 when I served as publicist for the Elected LA Charter Reform committee 1997-1999,” says Jimenez.  “No one thought we’d ever pass a new charter but we did!  In 2013 we endorsed for Mayor of LA and supported the candidates who wanted to win back our jobs in Hollywood and we will keep doing this until we win in Sacramento for the creative economy.”

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“Director Producer Musician Martin Guigui brought his wife Dahlia and all his children to perform for the cause, assembling the most extraordinary musicians who’ve ever come together in Califonria in the nearly three decade loss of jobs in the creative economy,”  declared Jimenez.  “The reality that so many extraordinary leaders in the creative economy continue to join in the coalition to fight for jobs as we broaden to include social justice education and civil rights leaders, must be a wake up call to the media and to the California Legoslative leadership and municipal leaders in LA, should signal to everyone that we have no intention of going away or becoming quieter on the issue of job outsourcing.

Thank you to Artisfactions Tracy Saunders, Donna Dymally celebrity photography, Jose Rosas videography, Gary Visconti and Preston Smith painters, Our sponsors Mark Greenberg Miller Ward CPA’s business management James Azadian Enterprise Counsel Group, Lares Restaurant, Hollywood With Students Golden Spirit Awards, all the musicians, and most importantly even person who bought a ticket to support this critical cause for jobs!  Keep up with our leadership and join us today at www.bringhollywoodhome.org.  310 408 3306 sharonhardeejimenez@gmail.com.   Jonathan Sheldon, Diane Ladd, Jonathan Sterritt, Bob Jinenez, Stephen Seidel, Dr. Juan Rosriquez Flores Gerald Wolff, Paul Cummins, Mike Butler. seanna and Siona Pererra, and the many volunteers who made the night possible doe the National Athem to Unchained Melody a night doe the Hollywood History Books! Let’s get our state back to work!