By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (ANS June 28, 2017) -- The inaugural Love International Film Festival (LIFF), in conjunction with The Lotus Light Children’s Charity, has been organized to promote a week of love, peace and healing through the art of cinema, and will take place July 18th to 22nd at the iconic Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, California.
Co-founded by spiritual prize-winning poet/writer/actor and filmmaker, Ata Servati, who says some believes it to be the third biggest film event taking place in the Hollywood area. Ata said he could not have done this without his co-founder, Jen Yen, a well-known musician, calligraphy artist and head of various US calligraphy associations, and her art work is being shown and kept in different museums in China and Taiwan.
The event will focus on bringing films and filmmakers from across an international community whose work embodies the fundamental message of love, peace, healing and progress.
The closing ceremonies will honor four prestigious recipients who have encompassed the elements of love and making a humanitarian difference around the globe. Twenty–two additional awards will be chosen by a panel of judges for the festivals most celebrated films and filmmakers. This year festival director is Leesa Greenstein and already many celebrities, performers, and special guests are confirmed for attendance.
The award night on July 22nd will be followed by a private party at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills CA.
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Organizer of the event, Ata Servati, said, “We live in a world where chaos challenges every nation and every individual; fear of violence, hatred, persecution, and the maniacal misuse of religion personifies and shapes our daily lives. It is the goal of the ‘Love International Film Festival’ to deflect from the negativity, and, in turn, open the world’s eyes to the universal beauty that so often goes unseen.
“I feel that through the festival and The Lotus Light Children’s Charity (TLLCC), art can be used to inspire, to heal, and enlighten our children and to ultimately bring us all closer as human beings, and also to help us grow as a unified world, no longer separated by race, religion, gender and economics. Through the festival, we can use the art of cinema to teach and remind children that love, peace, acceptance and forgiveness are the way to live a more healthy and enlightened life.”
Servati said that the goal of the festival and the children’s charity is to open over 50 “TLLCC Schools of Art” within the next 10 years, both primary schools and universities, around the globe for unprivileged children to attend, tuition free, for general education and to learn their craft.
“Because of our mission to teach children that there is an alternate way to solving issues rather than picking up a gun or going to war, or hating one another, the requirement will be that the first they must take it will courses to help them to learn ‘HOW TO LOVE THEMSELVES’, ‘HOW TO LOVE OTHERS,’ ‘HOW TO RECEIVE LOVE’ and ‘HOW TO GIVE LOVE.’
“One of their major courses of study through our schools must be an art form. All school attendees will automatically become a ‘LOVE and PEACE AMBASSADOR’ and they will not only learn how to practice and honor it through their life, they will take a vow to practice it through their life.”
He added, “Of course, we intend to get known local artists to come on board and become our ‘AMBASSADORS’ and assist us. We will then create competitions among all in those countries and top three candidates will travel to USA to attend a three-week camp. They will have competition there and meet with Hollywood stars and others in their respective field of art. However, the intention of TLLCC is not the competition, it is to bring together and alliance of empowered, educated and proactive artists from around the world to spread a message of PEACE, LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE FOR ALL.”
Servati told ANS that one of the significant project TLLCC is working on is a Peace project between Israeli and Palestinian people.
“The goal of this project is to work with well-known Palestinian, Israeli, and international artist, singers and musicians,” he said. “They will be paired with Palestinian children on their side of the border and Israeli children on their side of the border. Both groups will sing a specially composed song in Arabic, English and Hebrew, as they march toward the border. When they reach the border, simultaneously, their voices will join together as they dance, embrace, and let the poetry of their song bring a message of peace and love.
“The children who are under 15 years of age from Israel and Palestine will sign a peace agreement, witnessed by the international children who will sign as witnesses, and the world will see this momentous milestone on the journey to peace. Then we will carry the peace agreement to the United Nations. We wish to invite all artist and activist who like to help us in this important work to contact us and help us.”
He added, “Where words fail, art can succeed. These forms of communication can transcend political or cultural boundaries that exist.”
To request celebrity and/or media credentials for the festival, closing ceremonies, red carpet, and/or after-party, please contact Tva Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Photo captions: 1) Ata Servati being interviewed by Dan Wooding. 2) Film festival logo. 3) Lotus Light Children’s Charity logo. 4) Dan Wooding hosting his “Front Page Radio” show at KWVE.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, Alfred and Anne Wooding from Liverpool, now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 54 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He has a radio show and TV shows all based in Southern California, and has also authored some 45 books.