In the City of Angels — Part 2

Good morning!
It’s been less than 50 hours since I returned from Los Angeles, and now I’m back at the airport with a ticket to Washington DC in my pocket. No time for relaxing just yet.

In DC I’ll attend a journalism conference together with a bunch of other Augustana journalism majors, stop by The Washington Post for a tour, catch up with my dear friend and marathon-buddy, Matthew, observe and experience the capital in the midst of these crazy election-times and celebrate my birthday before I head to New York on Sunday.

Oooh, that was a long sentence! Well, catch your breath and carry on.

I’ll tell you more about it later, but first I wanted to respond to the requests about an extended LA-post. So here it is!

Things got a little stressful the week leading up to the trip because there were so many “extracurriculars” that suddenly popped up in relation to the Awareness Festival. I was invited to a meeting with Downtown Sioux Falls Inc. to show the documentary in the State Theater (which is still being renovated, hence the run-down Eastern-European vibe in the video below)

Then I also had to fit interviews with KSFY, KDLT NBC, the Augustana Mirror and We Are Moving Stories into my schedule. But it went well, and I was very relieved when I finally got to the airport.


Click to see the interviews below:

Read the feature story in the Mirror HERE.
Read the interview with We Are Moving Stories HERE.

Like the news anchor mentioned, I did get to visit Universal Studios while I was there, and it was a.m.a.z.i.n.g.! Just to see the sets of many of my favorite movies and to walk on “Spielberg Drive” was an experience of its own, haha.

Then in addition to a Gala dinner, another cocktail party, and more red carpet stuff I also went to Hollywood Boulevard, Santa Monica Beach, Venice Beach and ate at the legendary In-N-Out Burger on Sunset Boulevard. Ahh, what a city <3

Photo: The Awareness Fest 2016.
Photo: The Awareness Fest 2016.
That look. Hehh… I think I took “resting bitch face” to a whole new level. Mac’scuse me. Photo: The Awareness Fest.

I loved every minute of the trip, and I felt blessed to have the opportunity to see a tiny little part of the film industry from the inside. I’m hungry for more!

Trip sponsored by: Cinema Falls.

Now the plane is boarding, so I’ll talk to ya in DC!

Bless you all,
Maria Lavelle

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