HARDFLIP: Hollywood Premiere – My First Feature Film

November 16, 2011 will always be a special night.

I don’t know what your checklist looked like when you were little and dreaming about what you would do when you grew up… travel the world, influence others, teach, start your own company or run somebody else’s, have a family, be a good friend, own your own jet, tell impactful stories, or maybe even make movies… some were most likely superficial and material, while hopefully more of the list was dominated by things that are relational and eternal.

I’m extremely grateful to be able to experience so much of my list, and then continue to be blessed with ridiculous opportunities that I never even dreamt to put on my list in the first place! I also so appreciate the gifting of being able to recognize the blessing in the midst of the excitement and chaos.

This year I got to make a movie. And last week I was surrounded by family, friends, co-workers, and industry executives as my first feature with co-producer credit premiered in Hollywood. And I don’t take one second of it for granted.

The red carpet, screening, and after party all took place at the famous Arclight Hollywood on Sunset.

The whole Risen Media team was in attendance and I feel so blessed to work with such an amazing group: Allan & Megan Camaisa, Jimmy Rippy, Rob Springer, Brett Schoeneck & Samantha Ruiz. Once everyone packed into the theatre eager to see HARDFLIP, myself, Executive Producer & Risen Media founder, Allan Camaisa, as well as our Director Johnny Remo all introduced the film.

At its core, HARDFLIP is a story about forgiveness, set against the backdrop of the skateboarding world.

Randy Wayne (To Save A Life, ABC Family’s The Lying Game) stars as Caleb. A typical teen dealing with the fact that he’s never met his father, (John Schneider, Dukes of Hazard, Smallville) and is having trouble connecting with his mom (Rosanna Arquette, Pulp Fiction, The Whole Nine Yards) who is suffering from a brain tumor. He’s working through his family dynamics while also becoming more confident in his own right. Much of the main talent and credited cast were on hand for the event including skateboarding legends Christian Hosoi and Brian Sumner


Response was overwhelmingly positive; some great constructive notes; and the question I got asked repeatedly, What is next? It’s a fabulous question. Usually followed by, How can I help? or Here’s how I can help? or Keep me posted on the film slate and production schedule for next year. All phrases that are music to one’s ears after venturing out on a new project – and all I have to say is there are definitely more films to come and I’ll be sure to let everyone know and include as many people as I can along this incredible new journey! Thanks for the love and support… it doesn’t go unseen.


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11.11.11 — Inaugural Carrier Classic

Naval Air Station North Island on Coronado

It’s an event that’s never been done before… an outdoor college basketball game on the flight deck of an active duty aircraft carrier.  The USS Carl Vinson to be exact. This is the ship that carried Osama bin Laden’s body to sea. Such a unique way to spend Veteran’s Day and honor our troops while watching Michigan State University Spartans take on the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in their season opener.

I went with my friend Mark Johnson, but did I forget to mention that President Obama was there too?! There was tons of protection by land, sea and air, but all of a sudden a rather large plane appears and everyone turns and stands, clearly recognizing it as Air Force One. It was so neat to watch it fly onto base and land and then to have the President and First Lady Michelle attend the game. President Obama addressed the crowd and then sat front row on the sidelines to enjoy the game.

Obviously it was an event with intense security. I had to give everything but a blood sample to secure the tickets. But once on the ship, because you had to be active duty military to get tickets, or a VIP guest, everyone was so well behaved and access was quite remarkable. Mark and I found ourselves on the deck near the teams and even Magic Johnson! Fortunately the weather cooperated and it didn’t rain until after the game and the post show concerts too.

One of the sponsors of the game was Relativity Media with their upcoming film Act of Valor which follows a Navy SEAL squad on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent, and in the process takes down a complex web of terrorist cells determined to strike America at all costs.  The filmmakers had unprecedented Naval access resulting in high-octane combat sequences and never-before-seen military operation scenes which are composited from actual events in the lives of the men appearing in the film and their comrades. Thanks to my good friend Tom Parker and the rest of the Relativity gang for a great day and game!

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October 2011 – “The Three Musketeers”

London, England

All for one and one for all… that’s the motto of The Three Musketeers and this new version of the classic tale stars Luke Evans, Matthew Macfadyen, and Ray Stevenson as the famous trio. Orlando Bloom is the Duke of Buckingham and Milla Jovovich is Milady.

If you know the story then you are probably thinking why wouldn’t I go to Paris for the premiere since The Three Musketeers are the inseparable friends from France… well, the Tower of London is integral to the plot so I spent a few days in England. Which included stand-ups in front of Tower Bridge and a cast party prior to the screening.



It is worth noting the incredible weather in London. It was a record-setting weekend reaching the hottest temperatures EVER in England in October. Absolutely gorgeous. And it brought all the Brits outside filling the parks and streets!

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July 2011 – Comic-Con International

Always one of the craziest weeks of the year for me… and this July was no exception.

I did 43 Red Carpet interviews, 8 Live Shots, and 6 Look-Lives in 4 days… I was beyond tired, and a little hoarse, but still all smiles with Producer Heidi Ortlip & Feature Reporter Ruben Galvan!

This year I was most looking forward to the directors – absolute highlight was talking with Steven Spielberg for the first time, the always great Peter Jackson, and none other than Francis Ford Coppola. I like to think I financially support Coppola’s films through my consumption of his fabulous wine collection!

Other celebs hitting the red carpet… of course all my Twilight friends including Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart… affectionately known as Jacob, Edward & Bella.

New superheroes also hit the red carpet like Spiderman – Andrew Garfield, Superman – Henry Cavill, and Comic-Con favorites like Nicolas Cage & Val Kilmer.


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June 2011 – “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon”

Moscow, Russia 

Здравствуйте! Or as we say in America Hello!

It’s crazy to think that just a couple decades ago Russia was known as the U.S.S.R. and ruled by the Communist Party. To be in this country now and not only permitted to travel, but holding the World Premiere for Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon is absolutely amazing. I did the red carpet, or should I say green carpet as the film opened the Moscow International Film Festival. Josh Duhamel, Shia LaBeouf, and John Malkovich was just of few of he famous faces talking about the film.

And it was followed by one of the most incredible concerts I’ve ever experienced… Linkin Park (who did the soundtrack) took stage in Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral as the backdrop. All of us journalist, the entire cast, Director Michael Bay, and thousands of Muscovites shared a night that will never be forgotten. Including Shia signing a few foreheads…

Why have the evening stop there… journalist, cast, publicists, and the rest of the studio took to the rooftop of the Ritz Carlton where we were staying for an after party surrounded with the light up skyline of Russia. Tyrese thought he could do a better job as DJ so he took over the turntable and went strong until the wee hours of the morning… wait, does 4am count as wee hours? Or should I say late hours of the morning?

While there was plenty of “work,” a few of my fellow junketeers were able to break away for the day and take in some of the best sights this city has to offer. We took a cruise on the Moscow River and saw all the ornate architecture.

We went to the State Tretyakov Gallery which is the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world…and I couldn’t leave without poking a little fun at how sad all the Muscovites seem, and it even shows through in their art! Haha

I was completely smitten with St. Basil’s Cathedral and the story behind this colorful building. Apparently Russian tsar Ivan IV was such a merciless ruler that it’s rumored that he had Postnik Yakovlev (the artist that designed the cathedral) eyes gouged out so that he could never create anything as beautiful as St. Basil’s again. Thus earing the name, Ivan the Terrible. However, this is widely thought to be a myth because Yakovlev supposedly designed churches in Staritsa, Murom, Sviazhk, and maybe Vladmir after St. Basil’s was erected. Regardless, remind me never to work for that guy.

Other favorite sights…the Kremlin, GUM, and Lenin’s Tomb…oh and I bought a black rabbit fur ushanka hat. It will be amazing this winter. Russia is a fascinating playground…

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Tom Hanks in “Larry Crowne” – Dallas, TX

June 15, 2011

A man that exceeded my expectations…Tom Hanks joins a select few. Generous, witty, humble, warm and just someone you want to be around!! He’s one of those rare actors where whether it’s Big, Forrest GumpCastaway, Sleepless in Seattle or one of his other numerous hits… every person has a favorite Tom Hanks film.  I too have nothing but amazing things to say about the Oscar winner… plus he took a few moments to talk Greek with me and pose for a photo while promoting his passion project Larry Crowne.



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May 2011 – Cannes Film Festival

Kung Fu Panda 2 & Puss in Boots

I’ve been to quite a few film festivals but never to the Cannes Film Festival. It was always on my list of things I wanted to attend and this year I could check it off my list. Paramount sent me to the South of France for Kung Fu Panda 2 and a sneak preview of Puss in Boots.  Getting to be at the famed festival and interview Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Black as well as Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek was such a thrill.

We stayed at the Carlton Cannes, which is only the most prestigious hotel on the water and also home to all of the main talent mentioned above and attending the festival.

Carlton Day

On the Carlton Pier in front of our hotel was a red carpet event for Puss in Boots where I interviewed the cast, music was blaring and all the paparazzi was on hand. Plus Director Chris Miller had drinks with us all and struck a pose later that evening.

The best definition I can give for this city is just that it is oozing with glamour. Women dressed to the nines, men in tuxedos roaming the streets at night. The famous red stairs and beautiful beaches… Cannes is definitely somewhere I know need to frequent!


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