Sunday, April 22, 2012


Celebrating independent film and music
Working on behalf of Music Saves Lives

The next Memah industry pre-party is slated for Saturday, May 19th at Barnsdall Arts Park - Gallery Theatre in Hollywood. The April pre-party was a great success. Memah International Film and Music Festival will take place in Agoura CA September 29-30, 2012.  Memah Fest is working in conjunction with Music Saves Lives, which is to begin its Warped Tour in June. Their focus is on blood drives and bringing awareness to the community about diseases such as Leukemia.  One of their spokespeople, a young girl named Jessica, is in remission due to the efforts of Music Saves Lives. Memah Fest, wanting to focus on a charitable aspect, felt this organization was the perfect choice for their first year, especially since one of the organizers just lost a cousin to Leukemia. Industry guests from all walks are expected to be in attendance:  producers, directors, actors, agents, casting directors, musicians and more. 

Memah Fest came about when Craig Wilson, CEO at Mental Eclectic, Andrei Sporea, producer at Mafiotto Films and Cheryl Whitman Dubuque, head of Angel Hawk Productions (along with Australian actor/singer Cameron Daddo, an Angel Hawk affiliate), all got together to form the M.E.M.A.H. International Film and Music Festival believing it’s the first of its kind in the Los Angeles area where one festival focuses equally on both independent film and music. Collectively they bring their knowledge and creativity to help others get exposure, while giving the audience an enjoyable experience in a relaxing atmosphere.  The festival will be a mix of genres even though it is taking place in the old west town at Paramount Ranch/Santa Monica Mountain Range in Agoura CA.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public in the near future. Preceding the festival will be a series of pre-parties as well as an ‘invite only’ Red Carpet affair held at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on September 28th. 

May 19th will be a screening of Doonby, written and directed by Peter Mackenzie, starring John Schneider, Jenn Gotzon, Ernie Hudson, Joe Estevez and Robert Davi. Here’s what Peter Roff of the News and World Report had to say: “Doonby is a movie that will make you think and make you feel.  Entertaining from start to finish it packs a special punch that is sure to make it one of this years most talked about films.”  Doonby’s “Walk On” was written and sung by B.J. Thomas.   Mark Joseph, producer, along with cast members will be available for a panel.  Panels will take place before and after the film.

The festival is now accepting both music and film submissions from independents in various genres.  Memah supports individual expression. 

Complete information is on the website at:

Live music on May 19th will be provided by Australian singer/actor Cameron Daddo & Buds and California band Madd Dogs. Media and industry can RSVP to

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