Tuesday, December 29, 2015

David Garry's 2015 form letter, cause I wanted to share. Happy Happy...a new chapter begins SOON!


Hello, and Happy Early New Year! 

Each year I like to share with ya a New Years eve update on my year, and let you know I'm holding a good thought for 2016 to be awesome for all of us. 

Los Angeles, New Years Eve Night, 2015 
Last year, I rang in the New year in Los Angeles for the first time in years. With views of the city and seeing multiple fireworks displays atop Mulholland, it was a good way to celebrate the 20 years (then) that I had been in LA. 


Go-Karting with Barrett in Burbank
I filled out my year (as I do) also with parties, hikes, bike rides, dinners, brunches, plays/shows, game nights, friends, returning (and new) traditions, catching up on nominated films, etc. 

Winning the Pantages lottery with David








To name a few, I had some specific fun times and adventures in going with a group go-karting, seeing the plays for the Independent Shakespeare Company in Griffith Park and in their Atwater Village studio, (and volunteered for their fundraisers), helped at another one of Tom Bottelsen's chili cookoffs, had a Knotts Berry farm adventure with a group, went ice skating, and I also got to get front row seats at the Pantages to see the musical 'Newsies' after winning their lottery night o' the show. 

Winter WOLP (for teens): Musical Theater activity 
In the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times world, I started the year off helping lead a musical theater activity at Camp for our teen program. It was a blast, and the campers' performance of 'Seasons of Love' (from 'Rent') and 'Corner of the Sky' (from 'Pippin') went great! 

Star Wars Theme Dinner took place each Session at Camp
We had the dedication and opening of our new Dining Hall in May (portion of it donated by the LA Kings). And then I also went off to the Camp (which is near Idyllwild, CA) for my 2nd summer... doing my job from up at Camp June-August. SO great to just focus on the world up 
After spending a night camping under the stars at Camp 
there... and it's indeed rewarding, helping bring smiles to the faces of campers who've been affected by cancer. Watch a quick VIDEO from this summer to get a sense! I also am inspired to plan the events for volunteers to hang and build on our community... like our 'Fellowship in the City' and 'End of Summer Party'.


Groom's Best People (For Chad and Mel's wedding) 
I was honored to be a groomsman this year for the wedding of good friends Chad and Mel... We spent a bachelor/bachelorette weekend at El Capitan campground outside Santa Barbara ahead of time, and the wedding itself took place at Camp in September. It was amazing, beautiful, and a great time... More photos HERE

Anza-Borrego State Park (Borrego Springs, CA) 

Other trips during this year for me included camping with a group of people in Anza-Borrego State Park (in Borrego Springs, CA) in April... 
More Photos HERE.  



Tulum, Mexico 

View from Viva Wyndham (in Playa Del Carmen) 


In May, I went to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico (just south of Cancun) on the Caribbean, and stayed at an all-inclusive resort. It was so beautiful... Photos HERE.

Downtown Playa Del Carmen was lively and hopping, Tulum was great to see Mayan Ruins, and Xplor was so worth it to do great adventurous things like rafting in caves, ziplining, amphibian jeeping it through the woods, and more... 

I also went to Joshua tree, Palm Springs, and during the holidays I always make a trip to Wrightwood, CA. 



Crew for 'Deaners'! Sam, Me, Rachael, and Russell

A monumental trip I had was in going to Fairmount, Indiana to shoot a short form documentary. I had become a fan of James Dean over time, and decided to capture moments, interviews, 
                  
and all during the annual James Dean Festival in his hometown of Fairmount. This was done in late September, and 'Deaners' is in post-production currently, with the goal of being fully completed in
February. Hoping to have it potentially have festival attention, and then will eventually share it for all to see. If you haven't 'liked' the facebook page for it, I sure would appreciate your support by doing so. You can follow along and see more photos there: 

facebook.com/deanersthemovie 


Also, in my entertainment world:
  • I worked on a couple of spec commercials with Eric Bader, one for Liberty Mutual, and one for
    Justin Sorvillo, Me, Barrett Gregory,
    Ashleigh Boiros for 'Parallel'
    Aaron's... 
  • I played a douchey boss in 'Parallel', a project created by Barrett Gregory, and we shot it at Universal Studios in September... 


Me, Andrew Kadikian (Director) and Maxwell Chase 
  • I got to play a douchey boss elf (seeing a theme lately) for 'That Bastard Santa', shot for the 48-hour film project-Los Angeles in November (Holiday Edition). It was nominated for a handful of
    Some cast/crew of 'That Bastard Santa' at
    festival screening for 48-hour film project 
    categories, was selected to be a part of the 'Best Of', and was fun to shoot and attend the festival screenings for it. See the teaser trailer here: 'That Bastard Santa'. 

At festival screening for 48-hour
film project for 'That Bastard Santa'
This was a good year overall for me...I'm very lucky to report that I have nothing major to complain about this year... if there were complaints (oh, like starting to really need reading glasses or sumthin'), they would be so small in comparison to bigger problems others might have in our world. I look forward with optimism at 2016, and to more time spent with you in it! 



Best wishes for the New Year for you...

Hugs, 

David Garry 

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