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The European Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 25 award-winners for 2015.

After screening, 84 films from 32 countries over the past 3 days it all comes down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 14 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in both form and content. Judged by a panel of internationally acclaimed industry experts, jurors found it difficult to choose this year’s highest honor Best European Independent Film 2015″. ÉCU is proud to present our ÉCU 2015:

Best European Independent Film 2015 Here Lies (United Kingdom) Duncan Ward
Best European Independent Dramatic Short The Anklet (France) Guillaume Levil
Best European Independent Dramatic Feature Roseville (Bulgaria) Martin Makariev
Best European Independent Documentary Gazi to Gezi – A Stones Throw Away (United Kingdom) Ross Domoney
Best European Independent Animation Mend And Make Do (United Kingdom) Bexie Bush
Best European Independent Experimental Film Out of Reach (Rain Night) (Belgium) Pablo Diartinez
Best European Independent Music Video Entomophobia (United Kingdom) Robin Rippmann
Best European Independent Comedy De Smet (Belgium/Netherlands) Thomas Baerten & Wim
Geudens
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short Catching Fireflies (USA) Lee Whittaker
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature Flytrap (USA) Stephen David Brooks
Best Non-European Independent Documentary Trip Along Exodus (Syrian Arab Republic/Lebanon) Hind Shoufani
Best Student Film Exit Neverland (Denmark) Chadi Abdul-Karim
Best Short Script Long Road Home (United Kingdom) Richard Flynn
Best Feature Script The Competitors (United Kingdom) Ruth Greenberg
Best Actor Roseville (Bulgaria) Kalin Vrachanski
Best Actress Sophie at the Races (Ireland) Siobhán O’Kelly
Best Editing Being an Angel (Spain) Luigi Abanto Varese
Best Cinematography 127 (New Zealand) Leigh Elford
Best Director Before the Bomb (USA) Tannaz Hazemi
Special Jury Mention Oh! My Princess (Republic of Korea) Heewook SA
The Barbiers Blade (Germany) Hakan Can
Touch (United Kingdom) Andrew Richardson
Audience Award The Dandelion (Belgium) Sophie-Clémentine Dubois
The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in
Arab Filmmaking Amongst (Saudi Arabia) Mohammed Alsalman
Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking Final Stroke (Germany) Anne Chlosta

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Aeona is a singer-songwriter, musician and music producer from Sweden. Her interest in music began at the age of four when she discovered her first “drumset” in the kitchen. In her mid teens she played the guitar, composed her own music and competed in local talent shows. As her passion for music grew she began playing the piano by ear. Today she has her own studio and is working on her first album. She sings every vocal, and plays most of the instruments in her songs. Inspired by artists such as Pink, Madonna, Linda Perry and many more, she is looking to make a name for herself in the pop genre.

1. I Wanna Love Tonight
Aeona

2. I Still Feel You
Aeona

3. Loving You Isn’t Easy
Aeona

4. Room For Me
Nikki Nash

5. Break Me
Tivoli Skye

6. Weed
Mama Gina

7. Go On
FUE

8. Promise
Tivoli Skye

9. Better
Tivoli Skye

10. Sweet Release
FUE

11. I Don’t Care
Tivoli Skye

12. Kaleidoscope
Becky Foster

13. Don’t Let Me Break Your Heart
Deborah Wargnier

14. Say That You Love Me
Emma Murray

15. Distance Between Us
Deborah Berg

16.Abandon
Deborah Wargnier

17. Life Is Good
Jessica Brant

18. Edge of Love
McGonigle & Gladstone

19. Belle Of The Ball
Juwita Suwito

20. Play My Guitar
Kirsten Manville


ECU_2015_blog_smallThe 10th European Independent Film Festival – ÉCU – is nearly here! The Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of

Tarah Who? with Phil Cartwright

Tarah Who? with HorizonVU's Phil Cartwright

the very best independent filmmakers from around the world and proudly provides a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible.

The annual festival showcases films that demonstrate quality, innovation, and creativity in both form and content. These qualities are judged in 14 categories, 7 of which are open to non-European filmmakers (from the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Asia), and compete for 24 awards. Jury members come from around the globe, have a variety of backgrounds, and are all united in their desire to screen films that will truly impress and inspire attendees.

Excitement builds from the Festival Launch Party on 11 March 2015 at Badaboum! In addition to welcoming remarks by Scott Hillier, President, The European Independent Film Festival and Kädi Lokk, Manager, the party featured music from Nausicaa, Tarah Who? and Milky WAY!

This year, HorizonVU Music is proud to sponsor “Innovation and the Cinema in the 21st Century” a workshop directed by Philippe Duvivier (Sennheiser) who will present jointly with Juliette Valsamidis (HorizonVU Music).

Innovation and the Cinema in the 21st Century
Where: Les 7 Parnassiens (Petite Salle)
When: Sunday, April 12th // 10:30 – 11:30

Philippe Duvivier

Philippe Duvivier

Juliette Valsamidis

Juliette Valsamidis

Cam

Cam

The program will also feature music by singer/songwriter Cam. Come and see amazing live demos, and discuss with us innovation and potential disruptions in the movie and sound businesses. This year the Festival has an added surprise for you… one super SPECIAL award has been added honoring EXCELLENCE IN WOMEN’S FILMMAKING !

All the information you need to enjoy this years festival can be found at the Festival’s site. See you there!!!

Hello everyone, it’s been long that I haven’t written to all of you so I thought I should inform you about what I have been doing all these days, in my music and also other works.

It’s been quite a busy time for me, filled with some really good performances. In the past few months I have given out many performances on Bollywood and English songs for various events. Now I can proudly say I am as proficient in Bollywood item numbers as much as English songs ;) I still don’t believe how many songs I have learned in the last few months, and now my mind is full of lyrics and seems the other stuffs have been erased…lol, kidding.

In Dec 2014, I got the opportunity to perform on my first ever award show, Zoom Delhi’s Endorsement Award. I got the award for the ‘Best Pop Singer’. My performances were highly appreciated by everyone and most of them danced with me as well, while I was singing. It was the start of a new performance era for me. Then again the same month I got the opportunity to perform for ‘Delhi International Film Festival’ (DIFF) in association with ‘International Institute of Fashion Technology’ (IIFT), celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema. It was such an honor to be performing for DIFF and IIFT and to share the stage with so many special people related to films and music. These are some performances I will never forget.

Well my year also started with a BANG . I performed for DLF in their New Year’s Celebration and I ended up repeating all the songs the second time. People refused to go for the DJ and asked me to sing again. That was the moment I felt so blessed. A performer needs nothing else but appreciation for his/her work, and audiences not letting you get down from the stage is something that every performer dreams of experiencing. Well mine was fulfilled, that too at the starting of the New Year. What a good omen to start my year with.

Since then I had a lot of performances. Few more for DLF (DLF now feels like my second home with wonderful families who come and sing with me on stage  I always look forward to meet them). I have had few performances in Barrels, Vasant Vihar and Club Hell 2Heaven, Rajauri Garden, New Delhi and all were wonderfully accepted. I feel my performances have improved in the past few months.

Then came one of the MOST important times of the year, International Women’s Day. This year was even more special because of couple of reasons. Firstly, I got awarded ‘Women Role Model 2015’ by International Women Achievers Awards based in Canada. I couldn’t believe I was selected to receive that honor out of so many outstanding women achievers of the world.

On the International Women’s Day I also got the opportunity to perform in ‘Shakseeyat Awards’ an award show focusing on “Saving the girl child and abolishing female feticide“. I performed at the start and end of the award show and my rendition of the song ‘O Ri Chiraiya‘, theme song of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ based on saving a girl child was highly appreciated by everyone. I was also one of the awardees of the Shakseeyat Awards. I feel highly honored to be considered one of the ‘Diamonds’ of the society. Well, this award show became even more special because it was my darling mum’s birthday and we all celebrated at the end of the award show in her honor. Love my family so much <3

Then again I got the opportunity to celebrate the International Women’s Day with the lovely ladies and gentlemen of DLF. After that I also went to ‘Chalk Tree Pre School’ to attend their Annual Day Celebration as a Guest of Honor. How cute the kids look on stage…totally adorable. Next week I will be in Gurgaon for the ribbon cutting of a new centre of VLCC Gurgaon, as their Chief Guest.

I have a feeling this will be the BEST years in my life till now  And not to forget my first single from my album will be coming out very soon. I have put a lot of hard work on the song and I hope it will be accepted well. I can’t wait for all of you to listen to it 

Well pretty much everything that I have done so far, Professionally. Personally, I spend as much time with my family as possible and play with my kids (my street Dogs). My kids are extremely naughty. My parents say I have spoiled them with excessive love :O But then I can’t hold my feelings when they are around and keep cuddling & hugging them. Well I lost one of them few weeks ago . I hope people will be more attentive & compassionate while they drive.

Feel free to write to me anytime on my FB Page, comment, give your valuable suggestions and keep pouring your love on me, like all of you have been doing till now.

With Loads of LOVE,
Sagarika xx

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ECU_2015HVUM_logo_150x150The European Independent Film Festival is just weeks away! HorizonVU Music is sponsoring “Innovation and the Cinema in the 21st Century” a workshop directed and facilitated by Philippe Philippe Duvivier, a Business Developer involved today with Parrot drones and Sennheiser Streaming Technologies. Philippe will be joined by Juliette Valsamidis representing HorizonVU


“Innovation and the Cinema in the 21st Century”

Date: 12 April 2015
Time: 10h30
Place: Les 7 Parnessiens Cinema, Salle 4
98 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris

This is a workshop not to be missed! Why?

Philippe Duvivier

Philippe Duvivier

Juliette Valsamidis

Juliette Valsamidis

Think about it…What if spectators could use their smartphone at the cinema ? What if movie cameras could fly ? What if birds could help ? What if sound could be layered ? What if everyone could adjust content to his/her wishes and needs ? What if spectators could decide on the framing ? What if sound could be as directive as a laser ? What if movies could be immersive ? What if everyone could get a personalised experience ?

Would all of this be possible, what would it mean for each one of us, as a scenarist, a director, a producer, a cinema owner or a spectator ?

Come and see amazing live demos, and discuss with us innovation and potential disruptions in the movie and sound businesses.

What’s The Buzz ?


That Kind Of Girl_Speace

THAT KIND OF GIRL!

Tomorrow is March 3 and tomorrow is the release of the new CD That Kind Of Girl! I couldn’t be prouder of a project I’ve worked on. “Country Weekly” in the UK just gave it a 5 star review and wrote “With Her “That Kind of Girl” collection, Amy Speace has created her jaw-dropping masterpiece, her lyric writing is almost a master class in quality songwriting.” I’m floored and awed and supremely grateful to them, and to all of you who have shared this ride with me.

The CD Release Tour doesn’t officially begin until April 1, kicking off with a full band show in Nashville at The Basement, but we’ve got some cool preview shows this month, including an official appearance at the SXSW Music Fest in Austin. Stay tuned to the website as press comes in and as we send out the videos!

You’ll be able to buy the record at all online retailers and also at selected independent record stores. The vinyl version of the record will be available later in April. All will also be available on my website asap. So stay tuned!

3/3 Nashville – The Five Spot – 9pm
3/11 Knoxville, TN – WDVX Blue Plate Special – noon
3/14 Nashville, TN – Broken Halleluiah @ First Unitarian Church – 7:30pm
3/19 Austin, TX – Twangtown Party @ Broken Spoke 3pm
3/20 Austin TX – Amelia’s Vintage – 2pm
3/20 Austin, TX – SXSW Showcase -The Velveeta Lounge – 9pm -
3/21 – Austin, TX – G&S Music Lounge – 2pm
3/21 – Austin, TX – Threadgills/Folk Alliance Party – 6pm
3/27 – Duluth, GA – Eddie Owen Presents – 8pm
3/28 Birmingham, AL – Moonlight On The Mountain 8pm

xo
Amy

www.amyspeace.com


February 23, 2015

Reposted from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/19/books/kim-gordon-of-sonic-youth-writes-about-her-band-and-breakups.html

Kim Gordon, pictured in Los Angeles, said her new memoir is the most conventional thing I’ve done. Credit Sam Comen for The New York Times

Kim Gordon, pictured in Los Angeles, said her new memoir is "the most conventional thing I’ve done." Credit Sam Comen for The New York Times


by Joe Coscarelli

Kim Gordon knows her reputation well. “Detached, impassive or remote,” she ticks off in her new memoir, “opaque or mysterious or enigmatic or even cold.”

But rather than dispel the persona she built up over 30 years as the antifrontwoman for Sonic Youth, Ms. Gordon hoped to make it three-dimensional in her book, “Girl in a Band,” to be published on Tuesday by the HarperCollins imprint Dey Street Books.

“People just project stuff onto you, mostly — they don’t really know me,” she said recently at breakfast in Brooklyn. “I just felt like I was saving it. I was being very withholding for the right time.”

Not that the book is a typical tell-all. “I thought of putting a disclaimer in the beginning: No sex, drugs or rock ’n’ roll,” she continued, her sentences trailing off or becoming barely audible, even when her ideas were confidently held and complete. “I’m a read-between-the-lines kind of person.”

“Girl in a Band” does begin and end with a breakup, two, actually: the simultaneous 2011 demise of Sonic Youth and her 27-year marriage to Thurston Moore, who founded the band with her in 1981. But that may be the extent of the fresh dirt. The rest of the memoir, in line with Ms. Gordon’s indecipherable feline stare and flat affect, can be minimal and bare, even stilted, revealing in its brief moments of reverie but careful to stop short of saying too much. It is never embarrassing.

Once the epitome of ’90s cool, Ms. Gordon could be accused of name-dropping in her writing if the connections cited weren’t so natural: Danny Elfman, the composer, was a high school boyfriend; Kurt Cobain was a fan and close friend; and she describes plainly the time her daughter met William S. Burroughs while on tour as a baby with Sonic Youth.

Ms. Gordon’s relationships have also transcended music: After Sonic Youth signed with a major label — joined soon after by Nirvana — she helped start the careers of Chloë Sevigny, who made her debut in the music video for “Sugar Kane” (along with Marc Jacobs’s infamous “grunge” collection) and Sofia Coppola, who staged a show for Ms. Gordon’s fashion line, X-Girl. Just last year, Ms. Gordon played a rehab patient on HBO’s “Girls.”

The decision to write it all down, however, was more practical than artistic. Single at 61, with a daughter in college and a generation of fans presumably ready to follow her into the next phase of life, Ms. Gordon said the book was a way “to open up other opportunities for finding ways to support myself, to be quite honest.” After decades of exploring discordant indie-rock and experimental visual art, she added, “Girl in a Band” is “the most conventional thing I’ve done.”

It was also an attempt at defining her legacy outside of Sonic Youth. Dave Kendall, the former host of MTV’s “120 Minutes,” which championed the band, said Ms. Gordon “didn’t need to project any strong persona or marketing message” and “could just be herself.” As a rock star with acceptance in the art world, she showed women that “there’s no need to sell yourself as a sex object,” he said, or “to hide in the background.”

But with Ms. Gordon’s defining work linked so closely with Mr. Moore, Carrie Thornton, the executive editor at Dey Street Books, said she pitched her on the project this way: “Better to tell the story yourself than to let someone else tell it for you and tell it poorly.”

One possible model was “Just Kids” by Patti Smith, which became a best seller and won a National Book Award for nonfiction. Rock memoirs by women, Ms. Thornton said, “tend to be more relational — certainly in the case of Kim and Patti, there’s a sense of relationship to place and time.”

But for Ms. Gordon, “Just Kids” — a love letter to boho New York and the artist Robert Mapplethorpe — was a much different story from her own. In any case, she said, “I didn’t read it.” And of her own memoir, she said, “I didn’t want it to be romantic.”

That applied to both place and person. “Writing about New York is hard,” begins the chapter in which she meets Mr. Moore. “It is because knowing what I know now, it’s hard to write about a love story with a broken heart.”

Yet the book would not exist without Ms. Gordon’s divorce, which she said was caused by Mr. Moore’s affair with a younger woman, a story both sides have aired out in the news media. “When something like that happens, you start going back and examining your whole life,” she said. “How did I get here?”

The answer starts in Los Angeles, where Ms. Gordon was raised and wrote much of the book. She lovingly describes her beatnik-adjacent parents and childhood, but her relationship with her brother, Keller, who has schizophrenia, is the specter that looms over the memoir.

Her shyness, for instance, “comes from years of being teased” by Keller “ for every feeling I ever expressed,” Ms. Gordon writes. The broken brother-sister relationship caused her to seek out “big personalities” in male mentors, she said, and eventually in Mr. Moore.

Neither of the most imposing men in her life has read the book. “For obvious reasons, I didn’t share it with Thurston,” Ms. Gordon said. “I’m now officially divorced — only recently. So it doesn’t matter.”

She added: “Maybe he’ll write his own book. I’m not really interested.” (Through his representatives, Mr. Moore declined to comment for this article.)

And Keller, who is in an assisted-living home for the mentally ill, is more concerned with “conventional” things, Ms. Gordon said. “I think he likes my teeth,” she said through tears. “He told me I have a great smile.”

In the memoir, Sonic Youth seems almost like an afterthought. An essential band for a generation in which the avant-garde rubbed sometimes uncomfortably with the mainstream, the group “did inform my life and who I am, so it was silly not to write about it,” Ms. Gordon said.

But the book’s middle section, in which she decodes her lyrics and life as a touring musician, feels almost perfunctory. “I could have done more of that, but I kind of got bored,” she said. “I didn’t want it to become a Sonic Youth book.”

Now, in addition to writing and playing with a new band, the guttural Body/Head, Ms. Gordon has renewed focus on her visual art: A forthcoming show at 303 Gallery in Manhattan will explore the way New York has, she said, “become so beautified for foreign investors to buy condominiums.”

Beyond work, there is personal rebuilding. Ms. Gordon can be fanatical about television — she watches “The Good Wife,” “Scandal” and “The Affair,” although she said that all the cheating was a coincidence — and she is dating again. “I think it’s easier to meet single guys in L.A.,” she said.

She also plans to sell the home in Northampton, Mass., where she, Mr. Moore and their daughter, Coco, lived starting in 1999. She may split her time between the West Coast and New York — possibly in a Brooklyn studio apartment with her two dogs.

“For a while, I was concerned about being alone,” Ms. Gordon said. “Now I’m really enjoying my freedom.”

A version of this article appears in print on February 19, 2015, on page C1 of the New York edition with the headline: Making Another Kind of Noise.


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Aeona is a singer-songwriter, musician and music producer from Sweden. Her interest in music began at the age of four when she discovered her first “drumset” in the kitchen. In her mid teens she played the guitar, composed her own music and competed in local talent shows. As her passion for music grew she began playing the piano by ear. Today she has her own studio and is working on her first album. She sings every vocal, and plays most of the instruments in her songs. Inspired by artists such as Pink, Madonna, Linda Perry and many more, she is looking to make a name for herself in the pop genre.

1. I Still Feel You
Aeona

2. !Break Me
Tivoli Skye

3. Promise
Tivoli Skye

4. I Wanna Love Tonight
Aeona

5. Our Hearts Are One
Tivoli Skye

6. Go On
FUE

7. Sweet Release
FUE

8. Drunk on Hate
Madeline Bayda

9. Life Is Good
Jessica Brant

10. Waiting for the River to Run
Alison Reynolds

11. Second to Last
Gretchen’s Wheel

12. Don’t Let Me Break Your Heart
Deborah Wargnier

13. Nowhere to be Found
Kaity Floyd

14. Love Crime
Maureen Russell (writers Tracey Graham & Maureen Russell)

15. Walmart Killed Main Street
Voodoo Highway

16. Be Who You Are
Kamo

17. Nothing But Sunshine
Nevada Projects

18. Beautiful Again
Bree Noble

19. Before The Light Of Day
Kristin Chambers

20. Amnesia
Savannah Stewart


Wet & Reckless

Wet & Reckless

Reposted from http://www.laweekly.com/event/wet-and-reckless-5380050

by Andy Hermann

Wet & Reckless, Wyatt Blair harvard & STone “No one is expecting me at home/No one’s calling hospitals or waiting by the phone,” Emily Wilder sings on “Suicide Mission,” one of eight tartly delivered garage-pop gems on Wet & Reckless’ debut full-length album, out this month on Lolipop Records. Singer-guitarist Wilder, bassist Jessica Gelt and drummer Jalise Woodward probably draw a lot of comparisons to Best Coast for their hazy, jangly sound, but they’re closer in spirit to veteran L.A. guitar-pop outfits Irving and The Little Ones. Wilder wraps her loneliness and vulnerability in sardonic humor and layers of reverb, especially on the drunken confessional “Walk Me Home” and the deceptively rousing “Machinery.” With Lolipop mastermind Wyatt Blair opening, this final night of Wet & Reckless’ month-long residency at Harvard & Stone should be loaded with whip-smart songwriting and earworm choruses.

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March 5, 2015

Reposted from http://m.tbrnews.com/lifestyle/let-her-entertain-manhattan-beach-s-chantelle-barry-actress-and/article_e3c6d40c-c203-11e4-b075-7b7fc980eeb1.html?mode=jqm

by Michael Hixon

With singing, acting and voice-over work, there’s little in the entertainment industry that Manhattan Beach resident Chantelle Barry hasn’t tackled. Currently, she’s in the process of recording her newest EP, which is set to be released this spring.

Barry’s next single, “One Step Closer,” and its video will be released at the end of March. Barry will perform some of her new material on Friday, March 6, on the Hermosa Beach-based Internet radio station, Static Beach (staticbeach.com).

With the new EP, Barry puts on another hat: producing.

“I learned how to produce out of necessity, just having to make my own demos and having to get the songs out of my head. I’m very prolific. There are songs every day in my head,” Barry said.

“One Step Closer” is a song about relationships.

“It’s about being so close, but so far to that idealistic notion of love, where a loving relationship should be … it came from how I was feeling in the moment,” Barry said.

The video was shot by videographer Aaron Nickels.

“We shot it pretty much on the spot,” Barry said. “It was the least prepared video I’ve ever done. I think because of that it turned out pretty cool. There wasn’t any preconceived notion of how it would be. It was a very honest performance.”

Barry said she has an album worth of music, including a song she wrote last weekend, but she said it has been a challenge to narrow the song selection down to four or five for the new EP.

“Being independent is really great because you have so much creative freedom,” she said. “But at the same time, sometimes I would like people to come along and go, ‘These are the four songs that are the best’ … how can you be objective? At the same time, it forces me to step up to the plate and make better business decisions.”

Musical childhood

Barry is a first generation Australian. Her mother was born in Italy and her father is from Burma, now known as Myanmar, a small country between Thailand and India.

“My dad was a musician so (my sisters and) I grew up in a very creative household, always doing music, always having band rehearsals and putting together cover bands,” she said. “My sisters and I performed in a group called The Barry Sisters for a long time. My parents had us perform at any event there was. It was really fun. Performing and entertaining and singing is always something known and always loved. I feel very comfortable doing it.”

She attended a performing arts high school on scholarship and spent one year at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She moved to Sydney where she attended the Actors Centre Australia. But in 1999, her life changed when she auditioned for Australia’s first reality show, “Popstars,” which was an early inspiration for “American Idol.”

She “breezed” through the audition process of “Popstars.”

“I was very used to showing off and being in the spotlight at that point, very confident in what I was doing. I was 18, it was all I knew,” she said.

The show’s producers put her into a group named Bardot as its lead singer and forced the band members to live together.

“It was something no one had any expectation of and I certainly didn’t,” she said. “For me, it was doing what I love. It was this weird process. I remember the camera guys asking me the second morning in, ‘Can you just re-wake up?’ I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ (They said), ‘We need to get that coverage.’ It was a lot of staged types of things. Now I’m fully aware that reality TV is not reality.”

The full season of “Popstars” aired in early 2000.

By that time, she was already estranged from the group after a seemingly controversial departure. Bardot won that first season, but it wasn’t a live audience vote like “American Idol” or “The Voice.”

“It was a learning curve for me,” she said. “I had no way of being prepared for the media whirlwind and the paparazzi and weirdness and having my name in tabloid magazines.”

After Barry had left the group, she had already signed a solo deal at the end of 1999 with the creators of “Popstars.” She toured Australia and started writing her own songs. She lived shortly in London in late 2000, but the “morbid” weather didn’t bode well with her, so she decided to pack her suitcase and head to Los Angeles in early 2001. She bounced back between Australia, London and L.A. before making her home in California in 2003.

Film career

Barry worked at the clothing store Cosmo and Nathalia on Melrose Avenue to pay the bills while focusing on her career, which got a lift when she landed a role in the indie film, “The Company You Keep,” starring Corbin Bernsen, Maria Concita Alonso, Linden Ashby and Brett Haley.

“I was the newbie and we were in South Africa,” Barry recalled. “We got to shoot in Johannesburg for two months and it was an amazing time. I try to learn something from everything. Most of the time I don’t need to try, the lessons are there. I felt really enriched when I came back, just seeing how people in South Africa lived and what they put value on as opposed to a lot of places (such as) Australia (and) America where there’s more emphasis on material things here. It was an enlightening experience.”

She also suffered her first injury on a set while filming “The Company You Keep,” when she got hit in the head with a gun, causing a laceration that required stitches. But on an indie film with a low budget, the show must go on.

“I cleaned the blood out of my hair and went back to set like a trooper,” she said.

Since then, she’s landed more roles in small films and parts in hit TV shows like “How I Met Your Mother,” “Entourage” and a recurring role in “90210” in 2008 and 2009.

“Things like that pay the bills, get you residual checks and it makes for a sustainable career,” said Barry of her high-profile roles.

Last year she shot the Eric Chambers directed short film, “First Timers,” where she plays an ex-con, with two accomplices, who kidnaps the son in a wealthy family. The problem is, it’s the wrong person they kidnapped. She’s also been busy with voice-over work on video games, commercials and animation.

“It’s my way of staying young and being a kid and experiencing these different emotions I haven’t necessarily experienced in my life, but other people do. These characters definitely give me a chance to do that,” said Barry of her acting career.

Other endeavors

Besides her busy entertainment career, Barry has created her own jewelry line called White Elephant Designs, which features bracelets and necklaces that promote “health, courage, love and abundance.” The jewelry is made with gem stones, sterling silver and spiritual pendants. Celebrities like Lionel Richie, David Beckham and Steven Tyler have purchased her handmade jewelry.

The jewelry can be found at @Mike’s Guitar Parlor, located at 1301 Manhattan Ave. in Hermosa Beach, and online at whiteelephantdesigns.com.

“I especially love gifting this stuff … while I’m doing it, I try to put all my energy and love into this one gift,” Barry said.

For more information, visit instagram.com/Chantellegence or chantellebarry.com.


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