By: Songirl Sez, Special for Diversity News Magazine
Grammy Nominated Electronic and Pop Recording Artist Moby performed a 30 minute acoustic set in Beverly Hills on February 12, 2010 for the PCRM (Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine) Fundraiser to a crowd of around 300 people.
Guests were shuttled up to the private estate of James Costa, a long time animal rights advocate with tickets going for $50 and the event running from 6-10pm. PCRM is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 which has led the way for reforms in federal nutrition policies. Opposed to unethical human experiments, they promote and offer alternatives to animal research and testing. About an hour after the fundraiser began, a slide show was shown, with frightening statistics given on the obesity rate in children, stating that 1 in 3 children are now obese and 1 in 5 teens have abnormal cholesteral levels. Data showed a correlation of eating meat with these facts. The average American now eats 75 pounds more meat and 30 pounds more cheese each year, compared to a century ago. PCRM showed a new chart, called the “Power Plate” with four equal corners of Fruits, Grains, Legumes and Vegetables, promoted as “the well-rounded diet that could save your life” from the thepowerplate.org.
The slide show also discussed important animal issues at hand, as well as recent triumphs due to the tenacity, passion and compassion of PCRM. There were disturbing photos of a small squirrel monkey being squished into a narrow tube to be flown up into space for testing of the affects of ionizing radiation to simulate hazards of interplanetary space travel. When the photo was shown of the helpless animal, several gasps were heard in the crowd. Moments later the gasps turned to sighs as the guests were informed that PCRM was able to convince NASA to cancel the proposed monkey radiation experiments.
Shortly after the slide show and stories of triumphs and future areas of concern were shared, recording artist Moby performed an acoustic set. Although his performance was interrupted after just one song by Ady Gil who offered 2 all access Grammy passes, eventually selling to the highest bidder for $8,000, Moby seemed to take the auction intrusion in stride. Once continuing his set, he commented in between songs regarding the continual talking, asking people to go downstairs to chat. Moby played both guitar and piano during his performances, with the highlight being his vocal / acoustic guitar rendition of “Ring Of Fire” originally recorded by the late Johnny Cash.
Notables in attendance were Film makers Shaun Monson and Charles Hambleton, Recording Artists Moby, Fawn and Persia White, Book Authors Rory Freedman and Karen Dawn, Shannon Mann, Jane Valez-Mitchell, Patty Shenker, Ady Gil, Ellen Lavinthal, Robin Torme’, Kristin Bauer, Cindy Landon, Jennifer Landon, Chris DeRose, Libra Max and a host of others.
To donate of find out more about PCRM go to http://www.pcrm.org
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By Songirl Sez, Special For Diversity News
On Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 9:30pm there was a pre-release special screening at the Artivist Film Festival of the documentary “How I Became An Elephant” produced by Jorja Fox and Tim Gorski. Due to incredible demand, the exclusive screening was held in the large movie theater at the Egyptian in Hollywood. The pre-release was originally scheduled for Saturday, December 4th in a smaller theater but was re-scheduled to accommodate a beyond sold-out audience of over 400 enthusiasts.
Directed by Award winning film makers, Tim Gorski and Synthian Sharp, this “Rattle The Cage Productions” documentary tells the heartwarming and heartwrenchheart-wrenching14 year old girl, Juliette West who journeys to Thailand to meet up with Asia’s famed Elephant savior, Lek Chailert. With love in their hearts and determination in their minds, Lek and Juliette set out to rescue the female elephant, Ratree, a severely abused 35 year-old elephant, from the Surin Elephant Roundup. Volunteers and the RTC film production crew made the 22 hour trip by truck to transport Ratree (which means Midnight, because she was their “midnight girl”), to her new home at the Elephant Nature Park. The film details what elephants go through overseas, with a short capsulization of their treatment in the United States. When asked about the film, Jorja Fox said “This movie is about elephants, it’s for elephants. It’s for our kids and their kids. But it applies to all the world’s animals, and the environment as a whole.” Film goer Melody said “I cried. They are such beautiful animals. I just can’t understand how people could treat them badly. How could someone see the pain and sadness in the eyes of any living creature and still hurt it?” When other audience members were asked to comment, the reactions seemed to be the same. Jean said “It was dreadful to see those majestic creatures treated so badly.” She went on to say “as for the Circus, I have never been and would never go.” Last Change For Animals undercover investigator Bryan stated “this is a must see movie for any one who is conscious. Whether you’re an elephant expert or have never seen an elephant before, you will learn something and be moved to action by this film.”
To find out more about this documentary and when it’s official premiere debuts, go tohttp://www.howibecameanelephant.com or follow on twitter @HIBAELEPHANT
About Jorja Fox:
Jorja-An Fox (born July 7, 1968, in New York, New York), is an American actress. She first came to prominence as a guest star on the television drama ER, portraying the recurring role of Dr. Maggie Doyle from 1996 to 1999. This was followed by another critical success in the recurring role of Secret Service Agent Gina Toscano on The West Wing in 2000. She is arguably best known for her work as Sara Sidle in the hit CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, a role she has portrayed as both a regular (2000–2007, 2010–) and recurring (2008–2010) cast member.