April 25, 2012

Faculty Produced Movie "Mamitas" Released in Theaters

"Mamitas", a film produced by Marymount Faculty member Adam Renehan comes out this Friday in Select theaters in the Los Angeles area. 

Beautifully shot in Echo Park and against Los Angeles' downtown skyline, this beguiling coming-of-age romance introduces two phenomenal young actors in EJ Bonilla and Veronica Diaz-Carranza. At school, Jordin (Bonilla) is a cocky but charming Latino firebrand; at home he is a doting grandson who can’t seem to please his perpetually cranky father. On the day he’s suspended for insulting a teacher, Jordin meets Felipa (Diaz-Carranza), a bookish, no-nonsense New York girl who sees past the swaggering facade. The two immediately embark on an unlikely friendship that inspires Jordin to find out who he really is.

Click the link to view the website, trailer and additional information: http://mamitasthemovie.com/Mamitas/Home.html

Independent Spirit Awards
‘Someone To Watch Award’ Nominee
2011 Los Angeles Film Festival 
Best Narrative Feature Film Nominee
2011 New York Latino International Film Festival

2011 Urbanworld Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature Film

2011 Napa Valley Film Festival
Jury Prize and Audience Award

2012 Ashland Independent Film Festival
Best Cinematography/The Gerald Hirschfeld A.S.C Award

2012 Florida Film Festival
Compelling Narrative and Outstanding Ensemble Cast Award

Student Art Show

April 17, 2012

The Book of Madness and Cures

At 7 p.m., on Thursday, April 19, at the Main Campus Chapel, Marymount College presents The Book of Madness and Cures, by Marymount English Professor Regina O’Melveny. Professor O’Melveny will discuss and read from her newly released “The Book of Madness and Cures,” which explores not just the mysteries of ailments and treatments, but the ultimate mysteries of mortality, love, and the timeless human spirit. Free. Marymount College is located at 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes. For information call 310-303-7223 or visit www.marymountpv.edu.

April 10, 2012

Cultural Arts Calendar - April Events

Local Artist Donates Impressionist Facsimile Painting Of Monet Rouen Cathedral

Rancho Palos Verdes resident Laszlo Gyermek, M.D. has donated an impressionist facsimile painting from his series of 30 Monet Rouen Cathedrals to Marymount College.

For more than 40 years, anesthesiologist and devout painter, Dr. Gyermek has painted a collection of facsimiles of artists such as Monet, Pisarro, Manet, Van Gogh and of old masters including Raphael, Philippino Lippi and Vermeer. His work have been displayed at Palos Verdes area libraries and featured in the Palos Verdes Peninsula News.

“The college is honored to be the beneficiary of such a beautiful painting,” said Michael Brophy, PhD., president of Marymount College. Dr. Gyermek’s collection of Monet Cathedrals reflects his enthusiasm and admiration of the original work by Monet.”

The painting is displayed at Marymount College’s Waterfront Campus at 222 W. Sixth St., San Pedro.

About the Artist

Laslo Gyermek, M.D., is Hungarian by birth. He is an anesthesiologist and medical researcher and presently a Professor Emeritus at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, Although he had no formal education in painting, he grew up in a family of several artists who encouraged him to become a painter. For more than 40 years he has been actively copying art and has amassed a large collection of watercolors and oils that resemble the works of post- impressionism painters and the old masters.

“I have been replicating art as well as exhibiting my own oils and watercolors that have won prizes at physician-artist exhibits,” said Dr. Gyermek. “I have found the process of creating facsimiles of great works of art requires time, artistic talent and focused effort in the study of the originals. I have always been fascinated by expressions of light, colors and forms.”

April 04, 2012

Marymount Recognized for Hispanic Student Education

Marymount College has been recognized by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) as a Hispanic Serving Institution with more than 25 percent of its enrollment comprised of Hispanic students. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that Hispanics now make up half of the increase in the American workforce. But Hispanics have faced a range of barriers, economic and social, to educational attainment. Historically they suffer from the highest high school dropout rate of any population group. Consequently Hispanic college-going and graduation rates lag those of others.

“A significant commitment in our mission is to provide access to college for those who may face barriers obtaining a higher education,” said Dr. Michael Brophy, president of Marymount College. “It is especially fulfilling to our campus community to enroll Hispanic students who are the first members in their families to attend college,” said Dr. Brophy.

Marymount Spring Recital