• Harbor Division Gang Unit Raid Marijuana Collective in Connection with Oct. 19 Shooting

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    On Oct. 23, the Los Angeles Harbor Division gang unit raided Star Buds marijuana collective in San Pedro at 128 S Pacific Avenue in connection with a shooting that took place Oct. 19. Click the link to listen to Random Lengths News photographer and field reporter Philip Cook’s interview officer Lt. McKeckney at the scene of the raid.

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  • Ceasar: The Culmination of 15 years at Casa 0101

    By John Farrell

    It is a dream come true, but it took 15 years to be realized.

    Playwright Josefina López (Real Women have Curves) started the Casa 0101 theater in her Boyle Heights neighborhood 15 years ago with some of her college scholarship.

    The theater has grown with the neighborhood. When it was first opened in a little store-front its success was problematic. More than a decade later the neighborhood on First Street in Boyle Heights has changed: the Metro Gold Line goes to a station two blocks away, the Boyle Heights City Hall is at the other end of the block and a very modern police station is across the street from the new theater premises. (The old Casa 0101 is still used for smaller productions, but the new theater, with an art gallery in the lobby, is state of the art.)

    But that success was only part of the dream. López, Mexican immigrant, grew up with the classics. She always wanted to bring Shakespeare to her community. The opening night of Shakepeare’s Julius Caesar fulfilled that dream. Directed by Robert Beltrán, it features a mostly Latino cast in the tragedy, but with more than few differences. Brutus, Lucius and Antony are played by young women actors and the play is set ambiguously in a world that can be seen as Roman or thought of as contemporary. (more…)

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  • RLn Community Events: Oct. 22, 2014

    Oct. 25
    Pumpkin Decorating Contest
    The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum will host an annual pumpkin decorating contest from 1-3 p.m.  Participants will be provided with tools to participate as well as the ability to create their own Halloween mask and candy carrying bag. Admission is free. Open to all ages.
    Details: www.dominguezrancho.org.
    Venue: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Location: 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez
    Oct. 26
    5th Annual Long Beach Farm Dinner
    The Growing Experience Urban Farm will offer a multi-course meal showcasing seasonal autumn harvest foods. The event highlights foods grown using sustainable methods and features meals form chefs around Los Angeles.
    Details: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/879349
    Venue: The Growing Experience Urban Farm
    Location: 750 Via Carmelitos, Long Beach, CA

    Oct. 30
    CSU Dominguez Hills Talk on Upton Sinclair 1934
    In conjunction with the November 2014 elections and an ongoing exhibition on campus, “Citizen Sinclair: Upton Sinclair–American Provocateur,” the University Library at California State University, Dominguez Hills presents author and journalist Greg Mitchell discussing muckraker Upton Sinclair’s 1934 run for Governor of California and the evolution of the modern political campaign.
    Details: (310) 243-3895
    Venue: CSUD University Library, fifth floor
    Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

    Halloween at the East Village
    The East Village will host events including trick or treating, face painting, bag decorating, ghost stories and more. There will be costume contests starting at 5 p.m. for children, adults and dogs.
    Venue: East Village Arts District
    Location: Near First Street at Linden Avenue, Long Beach

    Nov. 1
    Día De Los Muertos
    Join in the celebration of San Pedro’s Día de Los Muertos Festival from 5 to 11 p.m. Nov. 1, in downtown San Pedro. The streets come alive with art, culture, delicious cuisine and live entertainment.
    Venue: Downtown San Pedro
    Location: Between 6th and Mesa streets, San Pedro,

    Nov. 1
    Annual Horror Ball
    The Rho Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi presents the first  Horror Ball. A runway fundraising event for the Trevor Project will take place. Participants are invited to walk the runway for prizes if the come in costume. Event begins at 8 p.m.
    Venue: California State University, Long Beach
    Location: 1250 N Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

    Free Motion Quilting  Techniques  
    Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles is hosting a free Motion Quilting techniques class from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Nov. 1.
    This quilting technique is drawing on fabric with a sewing machine needle.
    The fee to attend the class will be $55. It is required you bring your own sewing machine, but all materials will be provided.
    Details:(310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com
    Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles
    Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

    Día De Los Muertos Crafts
    Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles is hosting Día De Los Muertos crafts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 1.
    Participants  will paint a decorative Dia De Los  Muertos skull onto a mason jar.
    Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.Com
    Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles
    Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

    Nov. 4
    Teen Game Day
    The San Pedro Library is holding a teen game day at 4 p.m., Nov. 4.
    Teens can come to the library to play Xbox and other board games.
    The library is hosting this every Tuesday of this month and subsequently.
    Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org
    Venue: San Pedro Library
    Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

    Nov. 4
    Baby You are My Religion
    Marie Cartier will be signing her book Baby You are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology before Stonewall behind St. Matthew’s Parish Hall. Women interviewed for the book will present and signing as well. This event is free and open to all.
    Details: (562) 439-0931
    Venue: St. Matthew’s Church
    Location: 672 Temple Ave., Long Beach

    Bottle Cap Crafts
    Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles will conduct a class on making bottle cap crafts from 1 to 6 p.m., Nov. 7.
    Learn how to create custom earrings, magnets and more with bottle caps.
    Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedport.com
    Venue: Crafted, Port   of Los Angeles
    Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

    Nov. 8
    The Festival  2014
    Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles is hosting The Festival 2014, by the Shelton Brothers and Brouwerij West from 12 to 9 p.m., Nov. 8 and 9.
    The festival is a celebration of craft beer, cider and mead makers.
    Admission is $5 for five tickets, or $20 for 24. A ticket will get you a 2 oz. pour.
    A portion of the ticket sales will go to the non-profit Sharefest, which is an organization that works on developing youths.
    Details:(310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.Com
    Venue: Crafted, Port  of  Los  Angeles
    Location: 112  E. 22nd  St., San  Pedro

    Nov. 8
    18thAnnual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade and Festival
    The parade starts at 10am from the corner of Harding & Atlantic, adjacent to Houghton Park. The Festival follows immediately after featuring live music, food and a number of booths showcasing City services and organizations.
    Location: Corner of Harding and Atlantic, Long Beach

    Nov. 9
    Lynda Arnold at Long Beach Time Exchange
    Sound Healer and Musician Lynda Arnold will play at the Long Beach Time Exchange. The first part of the session will be a group toning or singing experience with guided imagery that will rejuvenate and balance the body’s energy centers. In the second part of the session, Lynda will play her set of 14 Healing Tibetan Singing Bowls, chimes, tuning forks, flutes, voice and shruti box to help guide everyone in a relaxing music meditation.
    Venue: Building Healthy Communities
    Location: 920 Atlantic Ave., Suite 102, Long Beach

    Nov. 16
    Salt Marsh Open House
    Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and Coastal Park Naturalist as they help uncover the world of mud and water that is our local wetland.  The salt marsh help educate people about the local native plants and animals.
    Details: www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENT: Oct. 21, 2014

    Oct. 22
    NWSPNC Issues Committee Meeting
    The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council Issues Committee will meet, at 6 p.m. Oct. 22, at San Pedro City Hall.
    Issues to be discussed include reinstituting a speed hump, city elections reforms and the mayor’s minimum wage proposal.
    Details: (310) 259-2928
    Venue: San Pedro City Hall
    Location: 638 S. Beacon St., Room 452
    Oct. 23
    Free Flu Shot Clinic
    Come out, from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23, for a free flu clinic at the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.
    No appointments are necessary.
    Venue: Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
    Location: 2525 Grand Ave., Long Beach
    Oct. 25
    Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan
    The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative is inviting community members to participate in the second of three information and input workshops about improvements along Gaffey Street in San Pedro. The workshop will take place, starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 25, at the San Pedro Regional Library.
    The workshop will be an open format, where participant will be presented with an updated conceptual plans and project information, as well as information for business along the Gaffey corridor.
    Details: (213) 627-1822 ext. 18, (310) 732-4515
    Venue: San Pedro Regional Library
    Location:  931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
    Oct. 26
    Stand Up! Speak Up!
    Stand Up! Speak Up!, a free family workshop exploring aspects of bullying, will take place, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26, at Cal State Long Beach.
    Fifth through 8th graders and their parents will learn strategies for dealing with bullying.
    Details: antonella.schaub@longbeach.gov
    Venue: CSULB (CBA building, Room 140)
    Location: 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach
    Oct. 27
    Trans*Scend: A Trans* Support Group 
    Join Trans*Scend, a weekly on-going trans* support and processing group for people 18 to 35, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and every Monday, at The Center Long Beach.
    Weekly themes include:

    • Coming Out
    • Transition
    • Mourning old self
    • Identity
    • Relationships

    Details: (562) 434-4455 ext. 251
    Venue The Center Long Beach
    Location: 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach
    Oct. 27
    Board of Harbor Commissioners Agenda

    The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners are scheduled to meet, at 6 p.m. Oct. 27, at the Harbor Department Administration Building.
    An ordinance to amend the POLB Tariff No. 4, a contract for the Pier D Water System Interconnect, a contract for the Pier A Way Rehabilitation Project  and an ordinance establishing rates for water and sewer services are among the items the board will consider.
    Details: http://tinyurl.com/kjfyqkl
    Venue: Harbor Department Administration Building
    Location: 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach
    Oct. 28
    Business Leaders Roundtable
    The Business Leaders Roundtable will take place, at 11 a.m. Oct. 28, at the Long Beach Renaissance Hotel.
    The event will feature Rep. Janice Hahn.
    Details: (562) 570-5555
    Venue: Long Beach Renaissance Hotel
    Location: 111 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
    Nov. 6
    LADWP’s Power Integrated Resources Plan Workshop
    Join the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s workshop on power, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Wilmington Senior Citizen Center.
    The LADWP is transforming its energy supply by eliminating the use of coal and increasing renewable energy.
    Details: www.ladwpnews.com/go/survey/1475/21978
    Venue: Wilmington Senior Citizen Center
    Location: 1371 E. Eubank Ave., Wilmington
    Nov. 8
    Free Electronic Waste Drop-off
    Properly dispose of electronic waste, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8, at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.
    Drive through and drop off at no cost charge. Scouts will remove the unwanted electronics from your vehicle for your convenience.
    Venue: Grace First Presbyterian Church – parking lot
    Location: 3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach

    Nov. 8
    Document Shredding and Recycling
    District 6 Councilman Dee Andrews will host a Document Shredding and Recycling Event, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 8 , at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Long Beach.
    Stop by to get rid of your important documents and old electronics.  “With the help of Future Shredding and e-Recycling of California we are making it convenient for the community to do away with unwanted items.
    Items that can be recycled are televisions, computer monitors, computers (CPU’s), laptops, keyboards, printers, computer mice, hard drives, fax machines, microwave ovens, DVD players, VCR’s, cables and cords, telephones, cell phones, radios, shredders, stereo components, power supplies, tape and zip drives, and electronic devices.  X-rays and CD’s are not acceptable.
    The first 5 boxes of shredding documents per car are free, anything beyond will cost a fee of $5 per box.
    The companies cannot accept: large appliances, toner cartridges, fluorescent bulbs or batteries of any kind.
    Details: (562) 570-6816
    Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Park
    Location: 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach
    Nov. 8
    Festival Volunteers Needed
    About 200 volunteers are needed for The Festival 2014, a craft beer-tasting festival. The event will take place Nov. 8 and 9 at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.
    The Festival will feature craft brewers from around the world, food and music.
    In exchange for volunteering one session, volunteers will receive a free beer tasting session of their choice ($45 value), an event t-shirt and an invitation to the after party on the evening of Nov. 9, when craft brew will be served with a special-edition sample glass.
    Details: volunteer@sharefestinc.org, facebook.com/sheltonbrothers
    Venue: Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles
    Location: 112 E. 22nd St., #10, San Pedro

    Nov. 15
    Long Beach AIDS Ride Adds Family Fun

    Participate in the second annual Long Beach AIDS Ride on Nov. 15.
    Funds from the ride will benefit The Center Long Beach and the Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education, C.A.R.E. Program, at Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center.
    The ride will begin at 7 a.m. along the shore at Alfredo’s Beach Club. Riders will choose among a 40-mile, 70-mile or a new 8-mile family fun ride.
    The event is designed to support local Long Beach efforts in the areas of education, prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and related illnesses.
    Participants may pre-register for the event by going online at www.longbeachaidsride.org. Same-day registration is also an option. Registration for the 40- and 75-mile rides requires a $250 minimum fundraising commitment. The 8-mile ride costs $40, with a $5 additional charge for each additional family member. Top fundraisers will receive special recognition for their efforts from the Long Beach AIDS Ride committee.
    Alfredo’s Beach Club is at 5101 E. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach
    Details: www.longbeachaidsride.org, http://bit.ly/LBAR2014,
    Venue: Alfredo’s Beach Club
    Location: 5101 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

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  • RLn Entertainment Update: Oct. 20, 2014


    Oct. 24
    The GrandMothers of Invention
    The GrandMothers of Invention will perform, at 8 p.m. Oct. 24, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Oct. 25
    Expansions – Dave Liebman Group
    Expansions – Dave Liebman Group will perform, at 8 p.m. Oct. 25, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Oct. 25
    Etienne Gara
    Violinist Etienne Gara will perform, at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25, at First Lutheran Church and School in Torrance.
    She is a laureate of the Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet in France and is continuing his graduate studies with Midori at the USC Thornton School of Music.
    Details: (310) 316-5574; www.palosverdes.com/classicalcrossroads
    Venue: First Lutheran Church and School
    Location: 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance

    Oct. 26
    A Band With No Name – America & Fortunate Son C.C.R Tribute
    A Band With No Name – America & Fortunate Son C.C.R Tribute will perform, at 3 p.m. Oct. 26, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Nov. 1
    Karizma will perform, at 8 p.m. Nov. 1, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Nov. 2
    SEA Pulse Films
    SEA Pulse Films will perform, at 12 p.m. Nov. 2, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Nov. 7
    One World
    One World will perform, at 8 p.m. Nov. 7, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Nov. 8
    Mitch Forman Trio
    The Mitch Forman Trio will perform, at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Nov. 9
    Bruce Baker & The Altered Presence Jazz Band
    Bruce Baker & The Altered Presence Jazz Band will perform, at 4 p.m. Nov. 9, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Nov. 14
    Kristin Korb
    Kristin Korb will perform, at 8 p.m. Nov. 14, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

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  • RL NEWS of the Week: Oct. 17, 2014

    POLA September Container Volumes Increase 9 Percent
    SAN PEDRO — The Port of Los Angeles reported its busiest month in 8 years.
    Overall volumes increased by 9 percent compared the equivalent month this past year for a total of 775,133 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units. Overall volume at the port has increased by 7.8 percent from this past year with exports being raised only .2 percent.
    Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles may be found at:

    Kaiser Permanente South Bay Celebrates San Pedro Woman
    HARBOR CITY — Oct.16 Kaiser Permanente South Bay awarded Wanda Wills a “South Bay Service Award” for 45 years on the job.
    Wills, a San Pedro native started at the hospital as a chart room employee in 1969, spent 20 years as and appointment scheduler for the internal medicine department and works in physician scheduling. She plans to retire in 2015 to spend time with her family. (more…)

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  • City of Carson 4th Annual Veterans Job Fair a Success

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    Commissioner Charlotte Brimmer of the City of Carson’s planning commission beamed with pride at the turn out of the Oct. 3 veteran job fair.

    “Twenty people immediately got job that day,” she said. “That’s what it was about.”

    Among the employers present at the fair included: Tesoro, Bank of America, DHL, Caste and Sons Protective Group, Mattel, Olive Garden, CEDA Logistics, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department and more. (more…)

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  • Bringing the Dead Back to Life, — Musically

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is the story of a man brought back to life through a miracle of science, a body revived from the grave.

    Frankenstein, the Musical tells the same story, with music. So does Young Frankenstein, the movie and musical by Mel Brooks. The success of Brooks’ musical has overshadowed Frankenstein, the Musical, an off-Broadway show from 2007 that briefly toured the East Coast.

    Maybe it was time for Frankenstein, the Musical to be discovered on the West Coast. And who better to do that than a man who has been, for several years now, dead at least as a producer and director? Art often imitates life. If there isn’t the smell of ozone about Ray Buffer, once the director the Relevant Stage in San Pedro (he is best known, perhaps, for Kiss Me, Kate at the Warner Grand several years ago), there is a smell of greasepaint and of sweat as he and his partner and co-producer Jonas Sills get their production of Frankenstein, the Musical off the ground in a theater in Long Beach. The theater hasn’t been used much but seems perfect to bring Buffer and a musical back to life.

    That theater is on the second floor of the five-story Scottish Rite Cathedral at 8th and Elm in downtown Long Beach. The building, a large concrete structure built in the 1920s, is used by the Masons for fraternal events, and is also used for wedding receptions and other private gatherings. And, it has a theater. (more…)

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  • Grand Theft Auto Results in Stolen Bronze Heads

    “The Conversation” by Eugene Daub

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer

    Theft tarnished the monthly San Pedro Art Walk this October.

    Artist Carole Hungerford, of the Loft Gallery at South Mesa Street, reported that she was the target of thieves who entered the gallery during the First Thursday Art Walk. The thieves took her car keys and made off with her 2003 White Dodge Caravan, license number: 5B1B780.

    “The Conversation,” internationally renowned artist Eugene Daub’s bronze sculpture, was in her car.
    Hungerford states that her keys were inside her Loft studio during the Art Walk on Oct. 2. She suspects the thief took the keys while she was speaking with a visitor and went into the parking lot to find the car that matched the keys.

    “The Conversation” was in her car because the piece was going on loan to an exhibition at Harbor College featuring Daub’s work. It is doubtful that the car thief realized the value of the artwork. Daub is noted for his recent sculpture of Rosa Parks that was installed in the U.S. capitol. The sculpture consists of four 3-inch by 6-inch busts cast in bronze, which was unmounted on its base that the artist still has in his possession.

    The monthly Art Walk is a community event attended by thousands of people from San Pedro and the surrounding areas. Artists open their galleries to the throngs during the monthly event, and food trucks and musicians attract a varied crowd.

    If anyone has information regarding the vehicle or the art stolen it is recommended that they contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (310) 732-3500.

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  • Film Noir Comes to San Pedro

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

    There is something about the old black and white films that not only whisk you into a different era, but also expand your imagination and attention span. Add dark shadows, complex characters and a good crime story, you might find yourself in the middle of an exciting film noir.

    Film noir movies, or crime dramas focused on corruption, were popular in 40s and 50s, often filmed using dramatic lighting techniques.

    “It’s all about shadows, working with shadows of the black and white,” said Valente, a producer and casting director for major television networks who has developed four television shows: Throttle Junkies, Got 2 Go, and Cat Fight Club. “It’s a genre also where there are no cursing words, there are no visual scenes of violence, which means people die but you don’t see it. It’s all left to people’s imagination… Right now, everything is in your face, very violent, very sexual. People forget to think.”

    Filmmaker Cleo Valente is working to bring back the film noir to the Harbor Area. She is writing, producing and directing a series in the film noir spirit called, The Port of San Pedro. The story takes place in 1952 San Pedro.

    “I love the San Pedro and the history of San Pedro,” Valente said. “I wanted to involve what San Pedro was in the 50s and what LA is today, which multicultural. This is LA. In the 50s, in San Pedro, we had people, a lot of Latino and Asian(s) were here and they were in the canneries. They were working here.”

    Actor Jesús Guevara likes the diversity of on the set.

    “It’s really important to have diversity on screen as we see it on the streets,” Guevara said. “We see accents, we see people from all over the world. I love that…. We need to evolve to that because it’s what is happening in the world. We cannot deny it.

    Guevara plays Augustine Quintero, a morally ambiguous man who stands in the way of an investigation. Undercover detective Nick de Salvo, and corruptible police Capt. Sebastian Montenero team up to investigate the beautiful, and mysterious Luli-May Tang, a Chinese woman running an illegal currency forgery operation in Macau, China.

    She comes to the port because her uncle is in San Pedro and decides to start another business doing same thing did she did in Macau. But the rules are different.

    “I thought a femme fatale from China…. She is beautiful and mysterious and she’s going to attract a lot of interest by men,” Valente said. “She does what the godfather does and in the 50s. It’s very daring. No woman was the godfather. It was a man’s job to be the head of illegal activity.”

    Valente said the port at San Pedro was a perfect setting for her storyline because it is the entry to many seeking fame and fortune, and often a hub of illegal activity.

    “I wrote it with a lot of humor,” she said. “Everybody is crooked. No one is really what (he or she) seems to be.”

    Augustine Quintero is one of those characters.

    “He would do anything for a buck,” Guevara said. “He will always be the friendly guy…. He’s a charmer.”

    Guevara said his character’s motivations are rooted in a rough childhood.

    “So, he is determined to have a good life,” Guevara said. “Everyone is always serious and he is always having fun…. He’s also sleazy and … you know he’s going to pay for it sooner or later.”

    For the Guevara the character development and film style made the script even more attractive.

    “It’s an amazing gift,” he said. “It’s going to the basis of cinema, how everything was not so in your face.”

    That’s the beauty of black and white film noir, Valente said.

    “It’s real cinema for me… You focus on the character not on the scene,” she said. “So everything is based on the character: facial expression, body languages, noises, shadows on the wall. You are not distracted by anything in color.”

    But good cinema takes good money. After all, people don’t work for free. She estimates that each episode will cost between $150,000 and $250,000. Networks these day don’t buy a show on specs. She has to produce the pilot before it airs anywhere.

    With six episodes written, she has already started rehearsals and is fundraising to get the ball rolling.

    Valente is planning to do in San Pedro a pre-party, where she wants to cast some extras, provide information and raise funds for the project to make the community part of the process.

    “I love a good story,” she said. “I’m a storyteller.”

    Details: avantifilmproductions@gmail.comwww.facebook.com/theportofsanpedrowww.theportofsanpedro.com


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