Documentary on boxer to premiere in D.C.
By Thomas Heath and ThomasHeath,
Washington businessman Chris Tavlarides of Capitol Outdoor has already seen his documentary, “The Good Son, The Life of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini,” accepted for the Hamptons International and Philadelphia film festivals.
The Washington premiere is Thursday, with a bold-face guest list, at the Italian Embassy in Northwest Washington. The world premiere follows on Long Island on Oct. 5.
Fight Night chairman and local businessman Raul Fernandez, a close friend of Tavlarides, and Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogneiero are co-hosting the local premiere.
Former AOL sports executive Jimmy Lynn is co-executive producer on the film, which has been in the works for three years.
The 85-minute film centers on a 1982 boxing match between Mancini and Korean champion Du Koo Kim at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Kim went into a coma after being punched in the 14th round and died five days later.
The documentary is based on a book, “The Good Son,” by sports journalist Mark Kriegel, who has written biographies of Joe Namath and of the late NBA star “Pistol” Pete Maravich.
“We have multiple offers from distributors for the film,” Tavlarides said. “We have several offers from Asia and Canada as well. We want to go through the film festival circuit before we accept an offer in the U.S.”
Defacto Sound comes home
More than five years ago, Dallas Taylor founded Defacto Sound in a Maryland basement while he worked full time for Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications as a sound designer.
Defacto Sound, which opened its first office in Texas three years ago, creates and edits soundtracks for films, TV shows and advertisements. It moved back to the Washington area five months ago to be near clients such as Discovery, National Geographic, PBS and the Agriculture Department.
“There’s such a rich amount of quality network programming here in D.C., and we have so many creative people we work with up here and it’s such a good environment here,” Taylor said.
Defacto is leasing 1,300 square feet on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.
The Buzz Hears:
San Diego Gas & Electric — serving 3.4 million Golden State customers — has hired Vienna-based Alarm.com for an energy saving program. Alarm.com, with 150 employees, received a $136 million investment from Technology Crossover Ventures earlier this summer. Founded in 2000 as a secret project at MicroStrategy, Alarm.com allows customers to use wireless technology to monitor home security, lights, thermostats and locks through mobile devices.
Alarm.com became an independent company in 2009, when it was sold by MicroStrategy for $27.7 million to a group of investors led by ABS Capital of Baltimore and Alarm.com chief executive Steve Trundle.
District-based ReelGenie , founded by Silver Spring resident David Adelman, closed a $100,000 friends and family round from 10 investors, including three professors from Penn’s Wharton School, Adelman’s alma mater. The online service helps users make their own family videos. Advisers include a well-known genealogy blogger and some chief executive officers. Adelman, nephew of diplomat and Shakespeare wonk Kenneth Adelman, founded Reel Tributes, which makes films for families and businesses.
“One investor said, ‘I’m betting on you as a person ... Don’t screw it up,’” Adelman said.
Annandale food entrepreneur Denise Medved, founder of the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Shows, is in Texas, where this past weekend she was hosting Metro Cooking Houston.
Next weekend, it’s on to Dallas, where Medved begins Metro Cooking Dallas with the Food Network’s Paula Deen and Bobby Flay.
Medved started the cooking shows in D.C., where the 2012 show starts Nov. 3 and includes local stars Peter Smith of PS7’s, Scott Drewno of The Source and Bar Pilar’s Justin Bittner.
Caring for the land and serving people is the official mission of the U.S. Forest Service. But the agency also needs to care for its computers, and so it turned to Force3. The Crofton-based company won a $1.3 million contract from the Forest Service to build an internal security network so 40,000 employees can communicate without anyone hacking into its network.
The Greater Washington Board of Trade discussed a possible bid for the 2024 Olympics at its Sept. 11 meeting.
“We’re not going to go overboard right now, but it is timely to have the conversation because there are deadlines that tend to creep up on us, probably sooner than anyone expects,” Board of Trade President Jim Dinegar said.
Washington teamed with Baltimore in 2002 for a regional bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but the U.S. Olympic Committee chose New York as its candidate city. New York eventually lost out to London.
The 2016 Summer Games are scheduled for Rio de Janiero; the 2020 host city has yet to be named, but the finalists are Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul.