Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Femmes for SIMS: Night of the Chanteuse

Craftbox Agency is STOKED to produce Femmes for SIMS: Night of the Chanteuse to be held at the Scottish Rite Theater on December 1st, 2012.

Inspired by the Glamour of yester-year and combined with the energy of modern-day Chanteuse, we'll transform the Scottish Rite Theater into a French, psychedelic, winter wonderland for one night. Featuring songstresses Jazz Mills, Nina Diaz, and Pamela Hart along with musical director Adrian Quesada and choreographer Sassy Delure, this show is sure to knock your socks off and raise lots of dollars for the SIMS Foundation.

Check out these fabulous pictures from our photo shoot that was the foundation of the show's artwork, created by LOOKTHINKMAKE. But before I do,  I must give MAD PROPS to the team that created these incredible images:

Creative Direction: Craftbox Agency
Photographer: Annie Ray
MUA: Jacqueline Fernandez of JAX MAKEUP and Mahshad Vakili of Make-up by Mahshad
Hair Stylists: Lati Domi and Cameron Allison of Propaganda Hair Group
Wardrobe Stylists: Nichole Filson of Kendra Scott, Lacy Pool and Jessica Epstein of Grayson Elise and Serendipity
Wardrobe: Grayson Elise, Serendipity, Anna Ibay and Shontae Moeller
Jewels: Kendra Scott and Coco Coquette 
Craft Services: Lila Johnson Tenenbown 
Production Assistants: Lauren Stone and Alan de Anda

 Sassy Delure on a piece of Loot Vintage Rentals. Dang!

Grammy-winner and Music Director of Femmes of SIMS, Adrian Quesada.


 The Goddess Nina Diaz, of Girl in A Coma.

Pamela Hart, the legendary Jazz Diva.

 The Lovely Jazz Mills (a la Cowboy and Indian), sporting a wig from Coco Coquette.

Aren't all those white dresses AMAZING?? Giant shout out to Lacy Pool and Jessica Epstein of Grayson Elise and Serendipity, who generously donated those gorgeous gowns!!

 And the out-takes of this day we're awesome too!! 
We had blast making this magic happen.

Cameron from Propaganda Hair Group

Lacy and Nichole, these women aren't stylish, they ARE style!

Power Latinos. Adrian and Nina. (When is Adrian gonna produce her solo album, that's what I want to know!!)

Pamela, looking fabulous as always.

 And what do you know...my daughter Amelie's class 
even got to take a field trip to see her mama's handiwork!

Now are you ready to go to the show?? You can buy your tickets here and you better act quickly, because this intimate performance of Femmes for SIMS: Night of the Chanteuse is going to sell out FAST!

And don't forget, SIMS Foundation provides life-saving mental health services for over 800 Austin musicians per year. So you know you aren't only enjoying music, you are supporting the musicians that live, breathe and make it!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cherrywood Art Fair, here we come!

Craftbox Agency is thrilled to produce the 11th Annual Cherrywood Art Fair on December 8-9, 2012!!

Cherrywood Art Fair is an art filled two-day event showcasing awesome local artists, live music and great food, as well as activities for children in a FREE, family-friendly environment. With more than 100 artists, Cherrywood Art Fair has established itself as one of the premiere art fairs in Austin!

"One of the must-see holiday shopping events", says Austin American Statesman

And let's be honest, Craftbox Agency loves some crafts...but only really well-made, original and cool stuff. Cherrywood Art Fair makes your holiday so easy because you can bring your kids, get something good to eat, listen to some jams and know that you are supporting your local artists.
Ain't nothing wrong with that.

Check their cool posters from years past:

Craftbox Agency is so stoked to be a part of this fab fair. 
Stay tuned for further details!!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Enjoy some Cronic Love!

I don't know about you, but I finally feel caught up from the tidal wave of SXSW that hits Austin every year.

I finally have a minute to mention the World Premiere film screening and afterparty I helped produce for the delightful US-Cuban film, Amor Crónico
Amor Crónico stars the glamorous Grammy-nominated artist CuCu Diamantes as she returns to Cuba for an 8-city tour of the island.  Directed by Jorge Perugorría (lead actor of Oscar-nominated “Fresa y Chocolate”) and produced by Grammy-award winner Andrés Levín along with Oscar-nominated producer Sarah Green, Amor Crónico is a unique Cuban music docu-comedy that weaves live footage of CuCu Diamantes’ musical performances across Cuba with a fictional love story that captures her return to the island.  
It is such a charming film and the music is AWESOME!!
It was a blast to work with producer Andres, Cucu, Ayleen Perez and Morgan Pollitt from Sarah Green Film Corporation.
Check out Amor Crónico's trailer and some fun pics.

The Afterparty, held at the Highball, was a total blast - -with the drinks flowing, Cucu's amazing performance and lots of Austin's local celebrities.

Cucu Diamantes is an amazing performer and if you ever have the chance to see her, seize the opportunity!!  And hopefully, Amor Crónico will come to your town soon!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Texas Film Hall of Fame 2012!!

I just produced the Texas Film Hall of Fame for the fifth year in a row! And this year was AMAZING!! Better than EVER.

What is the Texas Film Hall of Fame, might you ask?  

Short story: it's a fabulous red-carpet, star-studded cocktail party, sit-down dinner, and awards show for about 1300 people.

Long Story: The Texas Film Hall of Fame was founded in 2001 by the Austin Film Society to honor outstanding Texans who've made a significant contribution to film-making and entertainment, and non-Texans who have made strides in the Texas entertainment industry. Classic Texas films and television programs are also honored, with a member of the cast or creative team accepting on behalf of his or her colleagues. After a decade of celebrations at AFS’s own Austin Studios, this year the elegant, Austin-styled, red carpet event moved downtown to ACL Live at the Moody Theater. As always, it falls on the Thursday before the world-renowned SXSW Festival.

What's my job? I'm the Creative Director. That means I come up with a show/concept/design (aka the whole enchilada) and direct a team of fabulously creative folks to help carry out the vision. I also get to wear two headsets, pass out parking permits and unload heavy boxes in the rain.

Just livin' the dream, just livin' the dream.

Here's a few pictures of the event:

(foto by Houndstooth Studio)

(foto by Houndstooth Studio)

(foto by John Leach)

(foto by John Leach)

(foto by John Leach)

(foto by Gary Miller)

(foto by Gary Miller)
(foto by Gary Miller)

(foto by Chale Nafus)

(foto by Chale Nafus)

That's me, Folks!! I look a wee bit tired after 16 hours on my feet. 
(I'm much cuter around 12 hours... on my feet.)

I couldn't even begin to thank all the people and businesses who need thanking, but here are a few:
Lauren Stone, Amy McDonnold, Blue House Design, FBA, Grupo Fantasma, Houndstooth Studio, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Coco Coquette, Vintage Vivant, Transplants, Ruby Rico Productions, Olden Lighting, KLRU, ACL Moody Theater and of Austin Film Society, who lets me spend oodles of their money... to raise BIG-TIME oodles of money, of course.

And let's raise our glasses to the photographers that capture the moments and make all of us look so foxy: John Leach Photography, Fun Loving Photos, Champion Printing, Chale Nafus, Annie Ray, Alison Narro and Gary Miller.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Road To Waterstone!

Craftbox Agency is stoked to produce a party at Waterstone Lake Travis tomorrow!

On February 26th, 2012 from 3pm-Sunset, Waterstone on Lake Travis, a modern condominium development designed by Larry Speck (former Dean of Architecture of UT Austin), will be hosting an architecture talk with Mr. Speck, poolside with catered food, cocktails, s’mores by the bonfire, and spectacular sunset views of Lake Travis.

This spot is gorgeous!! 

Mr. Speck will share his inspiration behind the modern organic design of Waterstone and how this rare lakefront condominium respectfully merges indoor and outdoor living. The talk will further delve into the important role that architecture plays in our psyche and how it affects our mood, well being, and ultimately, our life. True dat.

Check this menu prepared by The Moveable Feast:

Grilled Lemon Grass Shrimp skewers
Watermelon and Ricotta Salata with basil oil
Potato Crisp with Truffle cream and chive
Rosemary-chile roasted almonds
Manchego shortbread with tomato jam
Grilled salmon skewers with blackberry drizzle
Roasted beet and fennel salad with pistachio-orange vinaigrette
Classic S’mores with several toppings including nutella, coconut, strawberries and caramel
Paloma Tequila Cocktail

And on top of all that!!
You must pick up a copy of my first CD compilation that I produced! It's a lil' bit of a drive out to Paradise... so I suggested we create a CD called The Road to Waterstone.

Pop it into your car for the peaceful ride back into Austin.  
So come on out tomorrow for some Sunday fun. It's free and open to the public.

PS: You'll never guess who's spinning the jams...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Guess who is finally getting a website!?!?

I'm thrilled to announce I'm finally getting a website, 
designed by the fabulously talented, Sharon Silverburg.

Thanks for checking in. Friends, I have been snowed under.... producing weddings, architecture parties, birthday parties, an elementary school pachanga and the Texas Film Hall of Fame!

What the heck is Texas Film Hall of Fame, you ask? 
You must be informed. Check out our sizzle reel:

Ooooolala, comadres y compadres!! 
Buy your tickets now because this show is gonna knock your freakin' socks off.

And stayed tuned for the craftbox agency website. It's gonna be killer!