Friday, February 28, 2014

Mariel Hemingway Introduces Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen

Mariel Hemingway Introduces Cooper & Hemeingway: The True Gen at the Sedona International Film Festival

As an Official Selection of the Sedona International Film Festival, Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen was introduced by actress Mariel Hemingway on Thursday February 27 at the Sedona Arts Center. The film was sponsored by True Financial Wealth Management and was followed by a Q & A conducted by Festival Director Patrick Schweiss.

Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen
Produced by Richard Zampella
Writen & Directed by John Mulholland

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Enchanment Resort in Sedona, AZ by Richard Zampella

Richard Zampella: Guest of Enchantment Resort while attending the Sedona International Film Festival in Feb 2014

Situated in Sedona, Arizona, the Enchantment Resort offers guests accomodations and rugged scenery of the highest order. The 70 acre resort  takes advantage of the panoramic views provided by surrounding Boynton Canyon. The 218 exclusive casitas are spread around the property and are elegantly decorated and furnished with a Southwest theme.

Guest will find that Enchantment combines the tranquility of a pristine environment with the luxury of a sophisticated vacation experience with 5 Star service from a world class resort. Don't miss the resort's Mii Amo Spa on you visit. It has been voted as #1 Destination Spa in the United States by Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Fort Huachaca Arizona: Richard Zampella

Richard Zampella was stationed at Fort Huachuca, AZ in from 1989 to 1990
Nestled in the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona stands one of the oldest continually operating military installations in the United States. Beginning in 1877, Ft. Huachuca served as the base for the "Buffalo Soldiers" which had been designated by congress as the 10th Calvary Regiment. The Regiment was named by the native American tribes they fought.

By 1886, the term "Buffalo Soldier" had been extended to the four African American Regiments that had been formed by Congress.

With the approach of World War II, Ft Huachuca maintained a garisson of approximately 1,251 officers and 24,437 enlisted soldiers. The 92nd and 93rd Infantry Divisions, composed of African-American troops, trained at Ft. Huachuca.

Today, Ft. Huachuca is the home of  US Army Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca is the home to the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade, which conducts Military Intelligence (MI) MOS-related training for the armed services.

The history of the U.S. Army in the Southwest is the basis of at Fort Huachuca Historical Museum which opened in 1960 and now houses the most comprehensive collections in the state. The Fort Huachuca Historical Museum offers to the military community and general public an awareness of the colorful history of the Southwest and, especially, the prominent part played by the U.S. Army.

The museum, in building 41401, is open to the public without charge. Civilian visitors are welcome.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Beverly Hills Hotel by Richard Zampella

Richard Zampella was a guest of The Beverly Hills Hotel in February of 2014
Located on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows first opened on May 12, 1912.

This historic hospitality property attracted early Hollywood directors and actors including Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolf Valentino and Will Rodgers.

The main structure was designed in the  Mediterranean Revival Style and including 23 separate bungalows that adorned the property.

The popularity of the hotel as a social center for royalty and celebrities drew guests such as the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor, John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor. Howard Hughes lived at the hotel on- and-off, for a period spanning 30 years.

The hotel is home to the Polo Lounge which catered to society polo matches early in the history of Beverly Hills and remains the favorite breakfast spot and watering hole for generations of stars and Hollywood deal-makers.

The hotel is also home to the intimate 19 seat Fountain Coffee Room, which is a vintage soda fountain that first opened it's doors in the 1940s. The outlet serves breakfast all day long the and also serves lunch and dinner with an array of specialty salads, hot and cold sandwiches and burgers grilled to order.

The Beverly Hills Hotel remains superlative in every way. From the front desk to in room dining, to incomparable decor, to spa and pool, the hotel is an absolute wonderful stay. The Beverly Hill Hotel remains a testament of a luxurious era long gone by with the finest personal service you could expect from a five star hotel property.

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Hotel Del Coronado: Richard Zampella

© Richard Zampella, The Hotel Del Coronado
Situated on Coronado Island on the bay at San Diego, California stands one of the last surviving examples of an American architectural genre known as the Victorian Resort Beach Resort. When opened in 1888, the Hotel Del Coronado was the biggest hotel resort in the world hosting presidents and attracting  celebrities from around the world.

By the 1920's the hotel had hosted Presidents Harrison, McKinley, Taft, and Wilson. Due to the hotel's close proximity to Los Angeles,  Hollywood's stars and starlets discovered that 'the Del' was a fashionable place to see and be seen. Many celebrities made their way south to party during the era of Prohibition and used the Hotel Del as their personal playground. Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and Mae West were a few of the many actors who stayed at the hotel during weekend getaways of the period.

The hotel’s heyday continued into the 1920s, and the clientele began to shift. There had been a war, and federal income tax had been instituted.

During the Depression, the hotel suffered some, but not as much as many other turn-of-the-century resorts, which could not survive such hard times. Fortunately, the strong military economy in San Diego helped keep The Del afloat. In fact, the hotel continued to draw guests all through the Thirties, despite the Depression.

In 1958, director Billy Wilder chose The Del for the filming of Some Like It Hot, starring another timeless American legend, Marilyn Monroe. The hotel is probably best know for this association with Monroe.

In 1963, the hotel faced demolition with a development plan intended to demolish the hotel. Instead, the developer changed his mind and invested $150 million to refurbish and expand much of the hotel.

Today, The Hotel Del Coronado with its iconic red turrets and pale pink skin, radiates with a confidence of gracious Victorian splendor that is without equal.

Richard Zampella is a travel writer that regularly visits resorts in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Richard Zampella Photography

Richard Zampella Photography

Richard Zampella is a Film & Multimedia Producer that recently received a New York Times Critics' Pic for the feature documentary Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen, which chronicles the 20 year relationship between writer Ernest Hemingway and film actor Gary Cooper. The film is narrated by Sam Waterston with Len Cariou as the voice of Ernest Hemingway.

Zampella is a professional photographer whose work can be seen in many magazines and periodicals.

For more info visit his company website at : Transmultimedia

Richard Zampella for Frangelico

Richard Zampella for Frangelico