SOURCE: Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival

August 25, 2005 13:20 ET

Music Finalists & Panelists Announced: Noteworthy Participants Hit the 11th Annual Temecula Valley Int'l Film & Music Festival

TEMECULA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 25, 2005 -- Indie Music Artists from two major music market coasts -- Los Angeles and New York. Two local Rock bands from Murrieta. Two separate Pop artists from different parts of Canada. Two Brandons. There's even R&B twins from Chicago. Two is a magic number as this year's 11th annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival (TVIFF), slated for September 14-22, 2005 at the Movie Experience 10 at Tower Plaza (E. I-15 @Ynez Road & Rancho California Rd.), officially expands its Music Fest to TWO FULL DAYS, Friday, September 16th, 2005 from 7-11 p.m. and Saturday, September 17th, 2005 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This year's Music Critique Panelists include an impressive roster of music industry professionals. Heading that list is this year's TVIFF Lifetime Achievement Honoree and three-time Grammy nominee, Composer Steve Dorff, who has been honored with more than forty BMI and eleven Billboard #1 awards, in addition to winning the NSAI Songwriter of the Year Award. His roster of #1 songs for major motion pictures, television and theatre, includes Kenny Rogers' classic "Through The Years" and Anne Murray's Billboard #1 "I Just Fall In Love Again." His numerous hits have been sung by Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, George Strait, Vanessa Williams and countless others, with TV/Cable credits including "TIN CUP," "MICHAEL," "THE QUICK AND THE DEAD," "BRONCO BILLY" and "ROCKY IV." He is an Emmy Nominee for five television compositions; his credits are exemplary and include such stalwarts as "Murphy Brown" and "Murder She Wrote." You'll also find his name on evergreens like "Growing Pains," "Alien Nation," "Spenser for Hire," "Major Dad," "Columbo," and last year's break-out hit "Reba."

"Steve Dorff is a fantastic addition to our panel this year -- not only because he's receiving his TVIFF Lifetime Achievement Award, but he adds such value to the panel. It's significant -- I have been telling these musicians about what the MusicFest affords them. The real key is exposure and opportunities for possible film, television or commercial work," states Jo Moulton, Festival Director.

Joining Dorff on the panel is Art Ford, President, June St. Entertainment, former Vice President, BMG Music Publishing film and television music marketing, creator of the first music showcase for Sundance Film Festival (VH-1 televised special); Music Supervisor for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT.

Bernard Baur, Board of Directors, Circle of Songs, Songs Alive! and Los Angeles Music Productions, Review Editor, A&R Reporter, feature writer and producer of Music Connection's Best Kept Secrets, an artist-to-industry showcase series. He's an award-winning journalist with over 1200 published articles -- almost 600 of them in Music Connection Magazine.

John Braheny, Co-Founder and Director of the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase, the organization that provided exposure and showcased songwriting talents of Stevie Nicks, Warren Zevon, Janis Ian, Stephen Bishop, and one of the world's most prolific and successful contemporary songwriters, Diane Warren.

Tim Sweeney, President of his own successful management company, author of an international best-selling book, "Tim Sweeney's Guide to Releasing Independent Records," personally developing the careers of more than 1,800 artists and presenter of over 250 free music business workshops to more than 20,000 songwriters, musicians, managers, and independent labels.

Bruce Singer -- accomplished, multiple award-winning owner/publisher and editor of Entertainment Roundup, Producer/Director, Temecula Valley Talent Showcase, Board of Trustees, Arts Council of Temecula Valley Board of Directors, Inland Theatre League for Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The Two-Day Music Fest features a very talented lucky number thirteen roster of finalists covering the full-spectrum of music genres: Country, Rock, Pop, Alternative, Latin Alternative, R&B, Acoustic, Jazz and Adult Contemporary. The finalists are: BRANDON SILVEIRA (Country) of Hanford, CA; HAYLEY GENE (Pop) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; ZACH BROCK (Jazz) of Chicago, IL; FARAH ZALA (Pop) of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada; BRANDON PATTON (Acoustic) of Brooklyn, New York; REBEKAH JORDAN (Pop) from Cleveland, OH, now in Santa Monica, CA; BOBBY BREAKDOWN (Rock) of Murrieta, CA; MEZKLAH (Latin Alternative) of Los Angeles, CA; SPOOKY JONES (Rock) of Murrieta, CA; MADREPORE (Alternative) of Los Angeles, CA; ANA LOVELIS (Pop) of Winnetka, CA; FOUR WAY FREE (Adult Contemporary) of Los Angeles, CA and IDENTI-KOOL (R&B) of Chicago, IL.

Music finalists will be put on a Compilation CD produced by Heyday Records touted by Rolling Stone Magazine as "One of the ten most adventurous small labels in the world."

Aside from honoring Grammy Award nominee, Composer, Steve Dorff, the festival will present LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT honors to Actress, Mary Steenburgen for Performance, Film Critic, Historian, Author, Leonard Maltin, Director, John Badham ("Saturday Night Fever," "Short Circuit," "My So-Called Life," "War Games"). Outstanding Career Achievement Awards go to Actor, Rick Schroder ("The Champ," "Crimson Tide," "Silver Spoons," "NYPD Blue"), Producer, Lucas Foster ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith,""Mask of Zorro," "Walking Tall," "Bad Boys," "Dangerous Minds") and for the first-time, AFI -American Film Institute will be receiving the festival's inaugural Distinguished Institution Award for contributions to the industry. AFI Director/CEO, Jean Picker Firstenberg will be accepting the award.

The 11th Annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival is presented by Cinema Entertainment Alliance, a nonprofit arts and education organization dedicated to celebrating world cinema and music. Tickets will be available to the general public Aug. 30, 2005.

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