Finally Friday, January 10th, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

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QS World MBA Tour
January 26, 2014



Gold Members 

A Word from the President

Hej alla, and welcome to a HAPPY 2014 !!
Hope all of you had a peaceful and wonderful holiday season and that you are as excited as all of us at SACC-LA, starting this fantastic New Year.  Lots of  great events, fun business opportunities , including meeting up with old and new friends and colleagues.
I am very proud, as one of the exec producers, on the feature film BANSHEE CHAPTER to announce that the movie has it’s U.S. premiere tonight, here in LA.  The films lead role is played by Swedish actress, Katia Winter and Blair Erickson directed the film that has already received excellent reviews worldwide.  There is more information on where you can watch this ultra horror film below and as quoted by “Banshee Chapter has my vote for best horror film of 2014. ” 
It definitely seems like the positive Swedish Entertainment trend continues into 2014.  Please make sure to view what movies you can see at the Scandinavian Film Festival taking place here in LA, starting next weekend.  And great news regarding the Swedish book series by Leif G.W. Persson that it will now become a TV Series produced by Fox.  Including many Swedish music artists performing at this year’s popular Coachella music festival.  
Kim Swartz, the president for the SACC-LA Foundation will be back next week with some exciting news and updates. 
Wishing you a golden weekend !! 


Gudrun Giddings
President of SACC-LA

The QS World MBA Tour
January 26


SACC-LA’s Young Professionals are entitled to free entrance to the QS World MBA Tour in Los Angeles. To redeem this offer, register now via this link:
More and more young professionals make their career dreams come true by leveraging with an MBA.  Some change their industries, some get their working functions shifted, some move to a new place and some even get their own companies started right after graduation.

Join the QS World MBA Tour Los Angeles to meet with over 30 of the world’s top local and international business schools.

During this one day event you can: 
– Apply for $1.2M of exclusive MBA scholarships to help finance your MBA 
– Meet face-to-face with admission directors from top international and local business schools, including UCLA Anderson, UC Irvine, Hult, IE, IESE, ESADE, Copenhagen B-school and many more…
– Network with Ivy League MBA Alumni from Harvard and Wharton
– Attend a free GMAT seminar hosted by GMAC, the creators of the exam 
– Get personalized advice on your MBA essay, application and interview 
What: The QS World MBA Tour – Los Angeles
When: Sunday, January 26th, 1.30 pm – 6pm (You can attend any time between 1.30pm-6pm)
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton LA Downtown.  See map HERE
Price: Free for all Members of SACC-LA.  Save $15
RSVP: Register here:

More information on QS Top MBA’s webpage:  Please don’t hesitate to contact SACC-LA if you have any questions 310-622-3617


Eliason Merit Award featured in “Svensk Damtidning”
In the latest issue of  “Svensk Damtidning” you can see some of the brightest shining stars from the Eliason Merit Award Red Carpet 2013. 

Steve Angello, Isabel Adrian, Mini Andén, Britt Ekland, Anine Bing, Viktoria Tocca, Agnes-Nicolle Winter, Maria Montazami, Lena Jolton and Margareta Svensson were some of the celebrities that caught the press’ attention. 


Scandinavian Film Festival in Los Angeles
January 18, 19, 25, 26


The Scandinavian Film Festival celebrates it’s 15th anniversary this year and has a spectacular program that reaches over two weekends in January. 

The yearly showcase of Nordic films and filmmakers screens the year’s Scandinavian films submitted to the Academy as nominees for Best Foreign-Language Film as well as other current feature, documentary, and short films.

Among the Swedish contributions this year you will find “Eat, Sleep, Die” by Gabriela Pichler, “Call Girl” by Mikael Marcimain, “Reliance” by William Olsson and “We Are The Best” by Lukas Moodysson. 

What: Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.
When: January 18, 19, 25, 26. Check full schedule here
Where: Writers Guild Theater, 135 South Doheny in Beverly Hills 90211. See map here
Tickets: $12 Individual Screenings, $40 Gala Buffet & Film, $140 Festival Passport.  Buy tickets here

Visit the webpage for more details:

Banshee Chapter Premiere

Attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Banshee Chapter starring Swedish actress Katia Winter

Swedish actress Katia Winter (DEXTER, SLEEPY HOLLOW) starring together with Ted Levine ( SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, SHUTTER ISLAND) and Michael McMillian (TRUE BLOOD) in award winning suspense thriller BANSHEE CHAPTER writen and directed by Blair Erickson and exec produced by Zachary Quinto (STAR TREK, MARGIN CALL, ALL IS LOST) and SACC-LA President Gudrun Giddings (FLYPAPER, THALE).
The movie about illegal drug experiments of the CIA premieres in Hollywood at the Arena Theatre on Friday January 10th at 6:30pm. Tickets available on Eventbrite and also available on VOD platforms such as i-tunes, hulu, amazon, google – please see or


Some of the Recent Reviews 

“Not since the first Blair Witch, or Paranormal Activity film have I seen a movie execute scares so well.”
“BANSHEE CHAPTER is the most terrifying movie in the past decade“
What: The Los Angeles Premiere of Banshee Chapter
When: Friday January 10th, 6.30 pm followed by Q&A with Director Blair Erickson. For additional dates please visit Arena Cinema’s Calendar
Where: Arena Cinema, 1625 N Las Palmas Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028. See map here
Tickets: $12 buy them here


Leif G.W. Persson’s books goes Hollywood


20th Century Fox TV has bought the rights to a series of books by Swedish criminologist and author Leif G.W. Persson.  Stephen Gaghan will lead the TV project based on Persson’s books that will air next season.  The central character, Evert Bäcksträm, is an equal-opportunity misanthrope, always miserable, and only a good murder case can cheer him up.  The books are very popular in Scandinavia, where more than 6 million copies have been sold.  We are looking forward to follow the Swedish crime story on Fox next season! 

You can read more about the upcoming TV show on Expressen (in Swedish):


Coachella 2014 Lineup Announced 
Swedish Artists Performing 

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will take place once again over two weekends, April 11-13 and April 18-20.  This week the 2014 lineup was announced and the excitement is huge over the 150 acts.  

OutKast will reunite to play the Friday shows, Muse will headline the Saturday shows, and Arcade Fire will close out Sunday nights.  Some of the Swedish artists at the festival this year are: The Knife, Alesso and Galantis

For the complete lineup and details visit the coachella website:




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