State of the Arts 2014

Artists & Participants

This year’s STATE OF THE ARTS: Mindfulness, Wellbeing and Virtual Worlds features a variety of artists and musicians:

In order of appearance:

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

Schwartzberg is distinguished as an artist and a pioneer who transformed 35mm time-lapse photography into an arresting art form made available for the first time to feature films and other content platforms. Schwartzberg is a visual artist breaking barriers, connecting with audiences, and telling stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people and places.

Designed to inspire, educate and perhaps even evolve our perspective on the world, Schwartzberg’s unique Moving Art™ content can be found practically everywhere, from your local IMAX theater to Netflix and Roku to the smart phone in your pocket through iOS and Android. Custom Ultra HD (4K resolution) Moving Art™ pieces created by Schwartzberg can also be found in high-end hospitality venues around the world starting in 2014.

For Schwartzberg, the greatest satisfaction is creating works that can have a positive effect on the future of the planet. “I hope my films inspire and open people’s hearts. Beauty is nature’s tool for survival – you protect what you love. If I can move enough people on an emotional level, I hope we can achieve the shift in consciousness we need to sustain and celebrate life.”

Antoine Bonsorte, Filmmaker and Musican, “Breath of Light: A Liquid Mandala” 

Antoine Bonsorte’s work documents his life, his environments, and the people around him, drawing inspiration from his extensive travels, the natural world, spiritualism, music, and his love for people. He combines imaginative designs with quality, precision and originality in his custom handcrafted works of art.  Antoine was exposed from his earliest years to the technical aspects of creativity.  Antoine’s love for music comes from his childhood. He says, “Music is just uncontrollable, inevitable and irreplaceable.”  Antoine has practiced his art in the United States, Europe, Latin America and theSouth Pacific.  He began his career in interior design and remodeling with such projects as the Museum of Human Sciences in Tahiti, the Presidential vacation home in Tahiti, and restoration of public monuments in Paris.  His passion for craftsmanship and his dedication to innovative, unique design have earned him commissions from numerous major organizations, including Armani, AT&T, Coca Cola, Ford, Honda, General Motors, LA Gear, Levi Strauss, Microsoft, MCI, Miller Brewing Co., Mobil Oil, the New York Times, Nissan, Sony, Toyota and more.  His works have also been featured in films such as Apollo 13, Batman, Casino, Deep Impact, Independence Day, Mighty Joe Young, President’s Day, Star Trek Voyager, Stargate, Star Wars, Terminator and more; television programs such as Star Treck, Baywatch, Babylon 5, Days of Our Lives, Deep Space Nine, Saved by the Bell and more; hotel and casino projects for the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas, Borgatta Casino in New Jersey, Sandals Hotel in the Caribbean and more; theme park projects for the Walt Disney Company and Theme Park Productions, and special events such as Fire & Ice Ball ( designed by Armani the year before and Versace the year after) the James Dean Commemorative Stamp Ceremony for Warner Bros.  His work also includes several night clubs as the Velvet Room, The Factory, the RA night Club in the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. His photography has been published in the Washington Post, ,LA Weekly, Kathy Smith’s Flex Appeal, and numerous websites. In “Breath of Light” Antoine skillfully incorporated many media into a cohesive whole, creating an environment refl ective of his ideology and diverse nature.

Michael Perricone:  Tibetan Bells

Born an entrepreneur, Michael, WGA, CSA, started his first company in high school. While playing guitar and bass in local bands he noticed the need for quality sound reinforcement in the area, so he launched Random Noise Sound Company. In college he decided to make sound his profession, switching majors and eventually moving to Hollywood.

Upon arrival, Michael took an assisting job in a 24-track studio and within a year became a mixer for major film and television music. Since then he’s recorded everyone from Joe Walsh and Alice Cooper to Johnny Mathis and Kermit the Frog. He also found a home in orchestral recording, becoming the scoring mixer for the run of several T.V. series. Not content with just music, he branched out into sound design for TV and film. He has sound edited, supervised or mixed on over three hundred hours of television and dozens of feature films.

Breaking out on his own in 1980, he worked independently until he took the role of Studio Manager at KSR Studios in Hollywood in 1982. While at the Hollywood-and-Vine location, he doubled the revenues of the facility by expanding services and implementing new technologies.

In 1985 he co-founded Interlock Studios in Hollywood, grew it into a 10,000 square-foot facility, billing over $1 Million per year and built a staff that topped out at 25 employees. A great manager of people and talent, he ran Interlock successfully for 17 years until he sold the company in 2002. It’s now called Larson Sound and remains successful today.

While running Interlock, he delved into another passion he’s always had, writing. His screenwriting credits include produced episodes of Paramount’s “Star Trek: Voyager”, Disney’s “In a Heartbeat”, Spelling’s “Savannah” and “Charmed”, the latter two for which he was on staff as Story Editor and Executive Story Editor respectively.

Michael also produced records in every genre, some making varied charts. James Arthur Johnson’s “Too Much is Never Enough” made it to number 4 on the dance charts. Billy Ray Austin made it to number 63 on the country charts. DivAria made it to number 4 on the classical charts of, and Jahna’s “Flower Duet from Lakmé was the number one download on iTunes from the “L Word: the Third Season” soundtrack.  Since selling Interlock, he’s returned to mixing. Recent music projects include surround mixing for Ben Harper, Diamond Rio, Jason Aldean, Megadeth and ZZ Top, among others.  In 2003, Michael became Director of Audio Post for Threshold Sound +Vision in Santa Monica, a position he held for 6 years.

In 2009 and in conjunction with David Marcus, Michael launched his newest facility, Lotus Post, a 6000 square-foot 6-studio sound and video facility in the heart of the Media District in Santa Monica, CA. There he supervised and mixed movies like “Hit and Run” (starring Dax Shepard. Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper and released in 2800 theaters domestically), “Division III” and the “Victim”.

He is also the president and founder of Omstream, a successful online music destination site.  Recent film projects include co-producing and mixing for “Y Yoga Movie” along with screenwriting, mixing and music composition for “Pass the Baton.”

Jahna Perricone – Mindfulness Instructor, Musician