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LAist Interview: Kiino Villand

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Kiino Villand is a DJ, commercial photographer, husband and dad. He organizes the after parties for the RESFEST LA screening series, which, incidentally, will resume at the Egyptian Theater once the Sundance Film Festival finishes.Kiino’s own work is on display at Peel Studios until December 28th. His show, called “First in Flight,” is an exhibition of photographs, featuring society fixture (and Danielle Steele offspring) Vanessa Traina, that appeared in Anthem Magazine’s winter issue. Kiino’s upcoming projects include shoots for Emmy Magazine, Stiil, an Estonian magazine, and an assignment in post-disaster New Orleans for Fit Pregnancy, creating images to accompany a woman who delivered her infant in one of the hospitals abandoned in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Age and Occupation:
36, photographer/writer/DJ

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?
12 years, currently in Atwater, previously in Venice and Hollywood.

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Why do you live in Los Angeles?
The weather, the action.

Where are you from?
Born in Jersey, family is from Estonia. Few people have even heard of Estonia. It's just south of Finland. The best known Estonians are probably Arvo Part, a highly regarded abstract classical composer, Neeme Jarvi, a conductor, and Carmen Kass, a supermodel. Sorry for the ramble, I just had to shout out on behalf of lil' ol' Estonia. Okay, also of Estonian descent: Tyler Brule, the founder of Wallpaper magazine and Mena Suvari.

Angeleons interested in Estonian culture should check out the Estonian House at 1306 W 24th St. 90007
@ Vermont

Photo credit: Andraleia Villand