Nancy + Joshua’s Wedding Film ~ Los Angeles Athletic Club, St. Vincent de Paul Church & Loft 84

What a beautiful wedding with three great locations for a celebration.

This great looking couple and their wedding party chose the Los Angeles Athletic Club to get ready and pose for some pre-wedding photographs. Godfather Films is honored to be on the Preferred Vendor list for this historic downtown location.

St. Vincent de Paul Church is a landmark location for Catholic Weddings and is a Roman Catholic parish and Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 90) in the South Los Angeles section of Los Angeles, California. The church was built in the 1920s and designed by architect Albert C. Martin, Sr. Dedicated in 1925, it was located in what was then one of the wealthiest sections of the city, on land adjacent to the Edward Doheny Mansion and Stimson House. It was the second Roman Catholic church in Los Angeles to be consecrated.

Loft 84 in Riverside was the choice for the reception and if these beautiful walls could talk, you’d learn this space has been host to flapper-era celebrations, WWII intelligence efforts, and prima ballerinas in-training since the doors opened in 1928. Now, after a restoration effort and destination as an official Historical Landmark, it is once again the scene of celebratory events. Godfather Films is honored to be the Recommended Filmmaker for Loft 84!

Ceremony Magazine‘s 10-Year Diamond Anniversary of Ceremony San Diego

Ceremony Magazine‘s 10-Year Diamond Anniversary of Ceremony San Diego at Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort. Thank you for celebrating the 10th anniversary of Ceremony San Diego with us! It was a pleasure to celebrate with all of you, and we are incredibly thankful for the talented sponsors who made the night unforgettable!

A huge THANK YOU to these amazing sponsors:

Host and Catering of Cocktail Hour: Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort

Event Coordinator: Crown Weddings and Events

Rentals for Floral Table Designs, All Outdoor Lounge and Event Furniture, Dance Floor and More: Classic Event & Tent Rentals San Diego

Rentals for Ballroom Lounge Furniture: Lounge Appeal

Floral Tables and Event Linens: Wildflower Linen

Live Band: Undercover Live Entertainment

Entertainment, DJ, MC: Extreme DJ Service

Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting

Catering (Inside Ballroom with Halibut and more): Terra Catering & Events

Catering (Inside Ballroom with Pork Shoulder and more): John Little Catering

Beverages: Cocktail Concierge

Dessert: B. toffee

Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Dessert: Laura Marie’s

Dessert: Luisa Chocolatiere

Floral Design: Jennifer Cole Florals (outside ceremony setting and pink/gold table)

Floral Design: Designer Dana (dark blue/blush table near registration)

Charis Events & Design

Floral Design: Seven Stems (sweetheart table at cocktail hour with bougainvillea)

Floral Design: Los Angeles Floral Couture (blue hydrangea ocean wave tabletop)

Floral Design: Embellishmint Floral & Event Design Studio (blue, silver, blush floral vignette in hallway)

Floral Design: Flower Fusion (black, white and pink ballroom tabletop, and ballroom cocktail table flowers)

Floral Design: FlorUnique (silver and protea ballroom tabletop, and outdoor cocktail table flowers)

Photography: Christopher TODD Studios

Photography: Simpson Portraits

Photography: Sweet Blooms Photography & Video

Videography: Godfather Films

Photo Booth: Red Photo Booth

Live Painter: Laura Jane Studio

Thank you, all!

güdly & Convoy Of Hope in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Godfather Films had the privilege to produce this documentary which played at the United Nations on behalf of güdly, Convoy of Hope and the Highway Toll Administration. We love working for clients who make a difference and on this project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia we documented the life changing investments made in the lives of hundreds of women who have received education, training, business coaching and the funding necessary for them to successfully own and operate their own businesses.

Convoy of Hope in Ethiopia
Since the inception of their Women’s Empowerment Initiative in 2010, more than 1,600 Ethiopian women have graduated, achieving life-changing results. Single mothers, who were struggling to make the equivalent of $11 a month, now generate $350 and more as a result of receiving the business training and start up capital the program provides.

They have added a children’s feeding program, which currently serves 400 malnourished, high risk children through a public school in Addis Ababa. They believe that the children they feed are essential members of their communities who can, one day, become leaders who will bring positive change to their country by breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger.

güdly (pronounced “goodly”) is a new social community app with technology that gives people the power to stop or minimize mean behavior online. Its technology allows people to create a troll-free zone. It gives users the power to enjoy an authentic social media experience and a place to show emotion and connect without fear of trolls, bullies or haters.

Highway Toll Administration
Highway Toll Administration is the largest provider of toll services for the rental car industry. Since we started in 2002, they have processed more than 300 million electronic toll collection transactions with data from both transponder-based and license-plate-based video tolling. Today, through awesome technology and proprietary services, they handle the tolling interests of more than 3.7 million vehicles and offer the most comprehensive solutions in the industry.

Godfather Films
Named One of the Top 25 Event Filmmaking Companies in the World, we are an award winning film production company and have produced films in 32 states and 21 different countries.

Aliso Viejo Named Best Place To Live In Southern California

When we produced the marketing film for the economic development agency for the City of Aliso Viejo two years ago, they were already named One of the Top 25 Towns to Live Well in the Country by Forbes Magazine. Now they were just honored by Area Vibes as number one on the list of The 12 Best Places To Live In Southern California. They are also in the top 4 of the list of The 50 Safest Cities in California.

Congratulations to the City of Aliso Viejo as they celebrate their 15th Anniversary on July 1, 2016. Godfather Films is very proud to have you as a client.

La Sierra University Graduates Largest Class in School’s History 2016

Godfather Films has been producing promotional films for this great university for several years. We were honored to have been chosen to film the largest graduating class in the school’s history and produce this promotional film.

428 students graduated from La Sierra University, the largest graduating class in the history of the 94-year-old institution. All together, 447 degrees were awarded during the Conferring of Degrees ceremony, capping a weekend of activities that began with a Friday night consecration service.

In opening the degree ceremony, university President Randal Wisbey commended faculty members for bringing their best teaching to the classroom and for “devoting countless hours to serving the good of this community and the larger community that surrounds us.”

He recognized the university’s national championship-winning Enactus team and the Class of 2016 “for giving your best as musicians, as athletes, as artists, as tutors, as the face of La Sierra in our community. You have served with great care, with great compassion.”

“Step into your future with hope,” he told the graduates. “Be agents of justice, leaders of integrity and honesty, men and women who truly make a difference as you embody the values and mission of your alma mater.”

Living with honesty, integrity and compassion for others, so-called ‘eulogy values,’ was among the charges commencement speaker Edwin Hernandez gave to the new alumni in an address titled “Pursuing a Flourishing Life.”

Hernandez is provost of the Adventist University of Health Sciences in Orlando, Fla. His background includes serving as senior program officer for the De Vos Family Foundations in Michigan, and co-founding and directing the Center for the Study of Latino Religions at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute of Latino Studies. He also served as a program officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts in Pennsylvania and has written five books and numerous papers.

Citing the book “The Road to Character” by author David Brooks, Hernandez challenged graduates to live with eulogy values rather than resume values consisting of skills and strategies important to the marketplace.

“Our culture talks a lot about success,” said Hernandez, “but sometimes it fails to distinguish and clarify what are the enduring values that lead to a vibrant and flourishing life. The question of success is more than just following your passion or your dream, it is fundamentally about who you are as a person.”

“But that is the purpose of La Sierra University, to build inner characters, to create in you and me this idea that through academic investigation, Christian faith and service come together and unite. This mission of this institution is all about eulogy values.”

“This institution transformed me because it gave me reason to believe in God and to be faithful to the church that I love,” he continued. “It gave me a reason and a passion to stay connected to the church. This learning community helped me grow to understand the gospel of grace and its call to service, to act justly, to love mercy and to love humbly.”

“You’re being called to be leaders at a particular moment when our churches, our society our businesses, our government institutions need leaders who have a conscience for the common good,” Hernandez said to the graduates. “We live at a particular moment in American history where people of color and the stranger and the immigrant amongst us are being demonized and labeled as criminals, and it is not just happening here, it is happening across the world.”
La Sierra University

Gentle Giants Dog Food TV Commercial for Burt Ward of TV’s Batman

Yes, we also produce TV commercials. This was produced for Gentle Giants Dog Food which was started by Burt Ward of TV’s Batman to feed the dogs at his Dog Rescue.

Burt Ward along with his wife Tracy own and operate a fabulous large dog rescue and adoption in Corona, California. Not satisfied with commercial dog food options, Burt created his own healthy dog food choice for his rescue dogs. As you can see in this commercial, his dogs are living much longer than average and now his dog food is very successful being sold at Wal-Mart, Gelsons, Ralphs, Stater Bros. Buzzard House, Lucky Stores, Save Mart and McGowan’s Feed.

Hotel del Coronado Wedding with Marie and Charlie

While researching various locations for a honeymoon destination, the Hotel del Coronado was an obvious choice with its pristine beach front location, stunning architecture, historical significance and its great reputation for being One of the Top Hotels in the World. Being located in San Diego with perfect weather year-round was another great selling point. After having chosen the Hotel del Coronado as their honeymoon destination, Marie and Charlie decided it would also be the perfect place to celebrate their marriage, which they did on the sand of Coronado Island.

Venue: Hotel del Coronado

Hair and Makeup: A Dab Will Do You

Photography: Paul Barnett Photography

Floral Design: Organic Elements

Wedding Planning and Coordination: Victoria Wedding & Events

Wedding Cinema: Godfather Films

Elevate New York 2016 by Biz Bash

We are honored to be producing films for BizBash at their events nationwide. NEW YORK Elevate, BizBash’s one-day conference for event and meeting professionals, returned to New York on April 27. Held at the New Building at John Jay College, the conference included a keynote by the technology writer Ben Parr, who shared insights on capturing people’s attention. The conference also featured workshops on sponsorships, technology, event marketing, and insights from event experts at TED, Forbes, Discovery Communications, and top production agencies.

Presenters included Ben Parr, author and entrepreneur, Captivology, Jeff Kaplan, senior vice president of global events and brand activation, Discovery Communications, Peter Corbett, founder and C.E.O., iStrategyLabs, Lindsay Landman, president, Lindsay Landman Events, Jess Backofen, executive director, JDRF, Cathi Culbertson, vice president of event marketing and conferences, Forbes, Jill Taub Drury, founder and C.E.O., Drury Design Dynamics, Kyle Gibson, co-founder and executive producer, Women in the World, Barry Ross Rinehart, executive creative director, Multi Image Group, Evan Starkman, president, Bait Shoppe, Jackie Williams, director of marketing, ReedPOP, Amanda Gochee, director of marketing, Reed Exhibitions,
Cristian Robalino, director of marketing, Reed Exhibitions, and Howard Givner, founder and executive director, Event Leadership Institute.

David Merrell of AOO Events ~ Platform Speaker Introduction

We were honored to produce this video introduction for David E. Merrell that played at the Association of Bridal Consultants International Conference.

Since its inception in 1989, David E. Merrell, CEO & Creative Director of AOO Events, has taken the event industry by storm. With a name synonymous with cutting-edge and innovative event design and production concepts, Merrell has transformed the market and captivated audiences worldwide.

For over 25 years it has been David’s philosophy that “All special events truly demand a customized approach in order to fully achieve the client’s vision and purpose.” It is this vision, passion, and dedication, to each and every client that has inevitably led David E. Merrell and AOO Events, to become one of the most sought-after producers with a growing list of Fortune 500 and international corporations for product launches, corporate events, celebrity-attended fundraisers, and intimate weddings.

A pioneer of his time, Merrell and AOO Events have perfected the art of creating and designing that “wow” moment for each venture they pursue. David’s inspiration and eye for design has been recognized and praised by clients and colleagues alike. Industry recognition includes nine Gala awards, seven Esprit Awards, the prestigious Crystal SITE Award and being named “Designer of the Year” by Event Solutions magazine.
Merrell is regularly featured in numerous trade and consumer publications and is a popular industry speaker both nationally and internationally. David has served as president of the International Special Events Society of Greater Los Angeles and currently serves on the Advisory Boards for BizBash and The Wedding and Event Institute.

Please welcome to the stage, the man whose name has become synonymous with cutting-edge event design and production, Mister David Merrell.

Beauty Bus at the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA

We were so impressed by the wonderful things this organization does for others that we donated our services to produce this film.

Beauty Bus Foundation delivers dignity, hope and respite to chronically or terminally ill men, women and children and their caregivers through beauty and grooming services and pampering products.

Beauty Bus focuses on quality of life services, an important part of healing and coping for both the patient and caregiver. It is through the healing and pampering touch of Beauty Professionals and Beauty Buddies that they fulfill their mission and bring beauty to patients and caregivers.

Beauty Bus reminds clients that they are beautiful inside and out through:

In-Home Beauty and Grooming Services in Los Angeles
Pop-Up Salon events where we partner with social service agencies, hospitals, and salon partners to create a salon experience that promotes serenity and support.
Bag of Beauty Program that sends beauty products nationwide to qualifying patients and caregivers.

9th Annual Stater Bros. Charities Dave Stockton Heroes Challenge Celebrity Golf Tournament Redlands Country Club 2016

Stater Bros. Markets Executive Chairman Jack H. Brown and longtime friend and PGA and Champions Tour Pro Dave Stockton hosted the 9th Annual Stater Bros. Charities Dave Stockton Heroes Challenge. The event, after which Stater Bros. Charities donated more than $175,000, was held March 14 at the Redlands Country Club Golf Course in Redlands, California.

The event also brought together six Medal of Honor Recipients and 17 golf professionals, including Marine Corps veteran and World Golf Hall of Fame members Lee Trevino, Donna Caponi-Byrnes and Juli Inkster, in addition to Gary McCord, a Champions Tour professional and golf analyst with local ties.

The six Medal of Honor recipients in attendance were from the Vietnam era and included Harvey C. “Barney” Barnum Jr., Patrick H. Brady, Robert J. Modrzejewski, Robert M. Patterson, James A. Taylor and Jay R. Vargas.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award given by America for valor in action against an enemy force and is presented to its recipient by the President of the United States.

The tournament also honored first responders from the San Bernardino shooting last year, including San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan and the San Bernardino Police Department, as well as Sheriff and Coroner John McMahon and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Stater Bros. Charities donated funds to each department to expand their community outreach programs.

Stater Bros. Charities also made a donation to the Congressional Medal of Honor Scholarship Foundation.

“Doing the right thing for the right reason is the Stater way,” said Brown. “I’m a proud Navy veteran and Native Son of San Bernardino; my mother was the longest serving Reserve Officer for the San Bernardino Police Department, dedicating 60 years, and my father served as Chief Deputy Sheriff for San Bernardino County for 27 years. Honoring the heroism of our local law enforcement and the courage of our Medal of Honor recipients while raising money for our brave veterans is simply the right thing to do.”

Both Brown and Stockton were born and raised in San Bernardino, California, and have been residents of the Inland Empire. Because of their close ties to the community, Brown and Stockton say they feel a great desire to give back to the Inland Empire. Stater Bros. Charities and the Stater Bros. Charities Dave Stockton Heroes Challenge Golf Tournament meets their commitment to their hometown.

Stater Bros. operates 168 supermarkets, employing approximately 18,000 people. Since 2008, Stater Bros. and Stater Bros. Charities have contributed more than $85 million in food and funds to local Southern California communities. Stater Bros. Charities has provided funding to organizations and causes that benefit hunger relief, children’s well-being, education, health, and help for U.S. veterans.

Professional Golfers
Lee Trevino, Dave Stockton, John Cook, Brittany Lang, Chad Pfeifer, Don Boever, Don Pooley, Elena Robles, Gary McCord, Olin Browne, Mark Pfeil, D. A. Weibring, Juli Inkster, Morgan Pressel, Ron Stockton, Tom Pernice Jr. Dpnna Caponi-Burnes

Angel’s Garage Reality TV Show produced by Godfather Films

Angel’s Garage is a totally new unscripted reality show featuring classic car restoration experts who have celebrity clientele. Check out the trailer featuring Tommy Chong and Jesse Wild

Produced by Godfather Films in the desert town of Yermo, California, laid back Mark and his fiery red-headed wife Angela have constant entertaining encounters with celebrities, classic car owners, interesting local business owners and unbelievable neighbors.
Real people working real situations, purchases, financial deals and car builds that arise and are intense will be very entertaining to viewers. People cannot get enough of Angela and her no-nonsense, in your face way of problem solving. She is a determined business woman who along with her husband and business partner relentlessly pursue success in building their car restoration business.

A truly authentic show that is completely non-scripted, not directed without enhanced situations. All the action is real and real time. It is like a car chase on TV watching unpredictable tension and conflicts as they happen.
This show will appeal to celebrity fans, automobile fans, small business owners and those who support non-profits.
We know that car show ratings are steadily improving and we believe with the celebrity connections, the quality of cars and the captivating personalities we have on film of the principle players, that all of this will equal a big hit.

Angel’s Garage Unscripted Reality TV.