The Case of the Director Detective

You’ve heard about cops and body cams—well, how about a detective with directorial experience—a filmmaker, right here in Hollywood! Detective Nick Patriarca has been working for the Hollywood PD since 2002. But his love for filmmaking goes back to his youth. Apparently, his infatuation with film began when Nick was 12-years old—a home camera the […]

Vibrancy Italiano Style

Salvatore “Sasa” Savarese took the long route to reach Hollywood. Born in Italy, he eventually moved to Venezuela (living there for 16 years), then hunkered down in Miami for a bit before finally settling in the hip hamlet of Hollywood. 10-years ago Sasa decided to dedicate himself to his life-long passion of art—specifically paintings coated […]

A Camera and a Vision

Photographer Clay Muneton met his artist wife Dahyana (featured in the previous bscene post) when she responded to a model search. “It was an instant attraction,” Clay says. “Dahyana was much more than a model but an incredible artist as well. Together we forged the framework for the shoot which I had planned on utilizing […]

A Portrait of Passion (and Vice-Versa)

Artist Dahyana Portilla has been living here in Hollywood with her photographer husband Clay for the past 8-months. Dahyana came to Hollywood from Colombia where she had exhibited her paintings in such diverse venues as the Colombian House of Congress (Bogotá) and Café Galleria Popayan. Dahyana’s works are as vibrant as her personality—striking celebrity portraits […]

Hollywood–Holly Can!

I recently returned from a visit to New Orleans’ French Quarter. I was struck by some similarities to our very own Downtown Hollywood. Both communities are culturally diverse; both are easy to navigate by foot and both have an abundance of dining options, art galleries and bars… That said, the French Quarter rocks it daily/nightly—it’s […]

The Kids Are Alright

Sophia and Francesca are evidence of the apple not falling far from the tree. And when your father is artist Daniel Pontet; why that’s no small feet—ah, feat (yes, pun intended). Sophia (12) and Francesca (9) are both students at the Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science. Both are bilingual (English/Spanish), both are athletic (Sophia […]