International Award Winning Charity Shows Special Preview of Cinemagic’s Latest Short Film “Chancer”

On Thursday February 16, 2017 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, hundreds of guests gathered to support Cinemagic’s latest short film “Chancer” made by young people from USA, Northern Ireland and Ireland.


The highly charitable event has been delivering festival programs since 2010. Thousands of people from the UK and USA have had the opportunity to participate in educational Q&A’s, film screenings, workshops, masterclasses and special events with The Jim Henson Company, HBO, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, Remote Control Studios, New York Film Academy LA, Aero Film, Inner City Arts and Creative Visions Foundation.


Celebrity attendees included Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Rachel McCord (The McCord List), Susie Abromeit (Jessica Jones), Jimmy Jean-Louis (Joy), Damian McGinty (Glee), Fionnula Flanagan (The Others), Shayla Souliere (Wherever I Go), Sean Maguire (Once Upon A Time), Kelly Maclean (Comedian), Elise Luthman (New Girl), Joey Luthman (Weeds), Chad Roberts (Modern Family), Alice Aoki (The Young and the Restless), Brian Glanney (NCIS: Los Angeles), Victoria Fratz (Veep), Tony Curran (Elementary), Colton Shires (Ted), Joshua Butler (The Magicians), Joshua Rush (The Adventures of Puss in Boots), Marissa Heart (Glee), Marisa Lauren (90210), Mandy Amano (Crank: High Voltage), Paula Malcomson (Ray Donovan), Serena Laurel (Teens Wanna Know), Erin Gavin (Dread), Zachary Haven (Airplane vs Volcano), Sinead Gregory (Time After Time), Talon Reid (The Cool Kids), Bret and Margaret Rowe (Jewelry Designer), Amanda Gelb (Bronze Medalist Figure Skater), Tonya Kay (My Crazy Sex), Maya Jenkins (Live Out Loud), Hannah McCloud (Albedo Absolute), Shaka Smith (Pair of Kings), Sean-Ryan Peterson (Game Shakers), Maria Russell (Lights Out), Julian Booth ( Ian Brady: Roghainn a’ Bhàis?), Carsen Warner (Kirby Buckets), Rian Sheehy Kelly (Boot the Pigeon), David Seymour (Law & Order: UK), Maya Jade Frank (Bizaardvark), Glenn Keogh (Transformers: Extinction), Miranda Hennessy (Hoff the Record), Davis Desmond (Fresh Off the Boat).


Sponsors for the event included American Airlines, Causeway, HBO, The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and NI Bureau, Deep Eddy Vodka, Hint Water and Honest Tea.


This year, collaborating with local high schools and schools abroad, Cinemagic proudly presented an evening of movies, music and memories. Talented musical youth representing 19 different schools from Northern Ireland, Ireland and USA came together to perform the soulful song called Colors of the Soul.


CEO of Cinemagic, Joan Burney Keatings began the event stating, “ I am so humbled by the wave of support for the work on Cinemagic that aims to inspire, motivate and educate young people.” She then goes on to express her gratitude saying, “Tonight has been a huge testament to the wave of generosity and love that exists in los Angeles to change the lives of the next generation for the better through the powerful world of film and television. Thanks to everyone who has believed in us.”

The purpose of this festival and at the center of Cinemagic is to provide young individuals, including those from under privileged neighborhoods in LA and abroad the opportunity to teach them about film, music, and entertainment. To donate to Cinemagic visit: cinemagic.org.uk