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Next week at The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC the 12th Annual Filmmakers' Showcase will be held.  Comprised of short films from around the world with an emphasis on Carolina filmmakers.

Two filmmakers I know will be presenting their work there Thursday evening, Joe Keller and Robert Filion.

Award winning screenwriter Joe Keller will be screening his short film Artifacts

"Photographer Clayton Ardubon leads a life of indulgence comprised of women and success. But no amount of either can satisfy the hole at the center of his life. That is, until Marion, an ex-lover from his youth, shows up unexpectedly at a showing. Fueled by an insatiable curiosity and a longing for days gone by, Clayton tracks down Marion. But his search leads to Marion's daughter, Paige; a rebellious youth who opens the door to an unexpected love affair as dangerous as it is sincere."

The cast includes many Charlotte area actors such as Tim Holt, Audrey Easton, Ashlee Payne, Patrick Keenan, Jim Freetly, Heather Anne Gilliland, Mahri Shelton, Bridget Holland, Vanessa Ore, Geoff Thompson, and Austin Cook.  Original music written and performed by Chris Gervais.

Quite A Conundrum, winner of the Feature Film Award at the New York International Film & Video Festival, will have it's Charlotte, NC premiere in July.

The movie by director Thomas L. Phillips of T-Street Productions is a dark comedy about two twenty somethings who care about nothing but themselves and what chaos they can cause. But that so-called normalcy gets tossed out the window when an unexpected and devastating event occurs at a nighttime pool party.

  • July 20th - Charlotte, NC
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm:  Drinks and food with with guests chatting and mingling. Local artist art show.
  • 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm:  Quite A Conundrum screening.
  • 9:30 - 10:00 pm:  Q&A with th cast and crew of the film with a no holds bar question session. 

Tickets are only $5 as there is no profit being made from this screening.

Tickets will only be sold online in advance and you will be added to the guest list.

Ticket prices go to cover theater rental, with any profit being donated to: ANERICAN CANCER SOCIETY in honor of Thomas's sister Mimi Marie Phillips. 

Stay tuned for the location and how to purchase tickets!

Thomas Phillips.jpgThomas L. Phillips is having a 4 week acting intensive workshop starting June 18th in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Thomas has just completed his last film Quite a Conundrum  which won the Feature Film Award this year at the New York International Film Festival

He is setting up to do his next film in Charlotte and he will be offering this course while he's doing it.  The workshops will be held every Monday evening from  June 18th through July 9th.

"The workshop will focus strongly on character development, scene study, understanding and utilizing your personal strengths as an actor, discovering and staying in the moment. He will guide, push, pull and tear you, and will not let up until YOU know where you need and should be. If you are truly open to learning more and mastering your talent, then Thomas will do whatever it takes to get you to that point."

Karuna Sun - Apache Sniper

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Karuna Sun is the Apache Sniper, or soon will be, in the Will Bresch film of the same name about a female Vietnamese sniper and interrogator who brutalized and tortured U.S. servicemen in the Vietnam War. Her goal was complete and utter destruction of her victims. Will says " Professionally and directionally speaking. I know I made the right choice with Karuna Sun and look forward to seeing her work on Apache Sniper."

Karuna the actor has this same sort of determination in her career as an actor, model, and TV co-anchor. Networking with producers, directors, and other actors is the conduit that has kept her engaged since she began screen work back in the mid 90's.

A distant cousin of Amelia Earhart she has the same sense of adventure.  Acting and modeling  has taken her around the country.  Currently she is in Miami, Florida, but is always prepared to go where the production carries her.

Below is a conversation I had recently with Karuna about her acting career.

Black Magic Cinema Camera

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Black Magic Cinema Camera.jpgBlack Magic is ushering in a new era of digital camera's with their new Cinema Camera.  Introduced at the NAB show it makes for a smooth workflow at a reasonable price.

For More information about the Black Magic Cinema Camera go to: