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Joe Keller: A Passion for Writing and Directing

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Joe Keller is a director in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been involved in the film community for a few years now. In this interview, he delves into what it's like to work in the film business, as well as some of the pit falls that might take young directors by surprise. There are oodles of tidbits about making movies in here for anyone looking to dive into film, or really any creative endeavor. Check it out!

Adapted from Wikipedia's NC county maps by Set...

Adapted from Wikipedia's NC county maps by Seth Ilys. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New Bern Independent Film Festival is accepting submissions until July 30th and entry is free.  So get you entry in right away. They are looking for both features and shorts.

The films will be screened on October 13th at Craven Community  College Campus in the Orringer Auditorium.

Send your film on a non-returnable DVD to:

Beth Gosnell
1001 Yacht Court
New Bern, NC  28560

Eastland Mall (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Eastland Mall (Charlotte, North Carolina) (Photo credit: Cantnot via  Wikipedia)

Is there a future for a movie studio at the old Eastland Mall site?  The Charlotte City Council thinks so.  They have approved spending $13 million dollars for the 80 acre property to be developed as a sound stage with offices for film editing and other crafts that support making movies.

If things go as planned we can start seeing some activity there as early as next year.

To learn more about the project see:


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Tiger Lili is a new screenplay by Brandi Alyssa Young set to become a short film sometime next year. A story about a young woman named Lili Jackson who has endured domestic violence and how she emerges from her troubled past. Produced by Baystar Productions, filming will begin at the end of this year. They are still casting for the male lead and crew members.  

Brandi is an accomplished actor and has several films to her credit as well as theatre, dance, and singing.  See her credits at  Brandi Alyssa Young  She was nominated for Best Performance in a Short Film - Young Actress at the  Young Artist Awards in Los Angeles for her performance in Broken Pieces where she plays an autistic girl.  Brandi also worked on the script and acted in The Silver Key co-written with her mother Sally Young and Patricia Raven.

I talked with Brandi this morning and here's what she had to say about the screenplay.

"It is a short about a girl who has been abused and she finally decides that enough is enough, and she is ultimately the one that can change things. She refuses to be meek and quiet any longer and is determined to make the negative into a positive. So, she makes a decision that sets her on a path that will eventually bring her to her destiny." 

What was her inspiration?  It seems that it came as an idea that was cast aside at a 48 Hour Film Project session. Writing it was a stream of consciousness, if you will, where everything came easily and time flew by..

"A few weeks ago, I was involved with the 48 Hour Film Project again. And this story came from a combination of ideas we had during the brainstorming session.  The screenwriter decided on another path, but I couldn't stop thinking about everything. And I was so inspired, after being up for all that time, drove 3 hours home and I sat down and wrote half of it in 3 hours and then died from exhaustion, then first thing when I awoke wrote for another 3 hours and there was Tiger Lili! It just flowed out of me, one of the easiest stories I have ever written."

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone (Photo credit: Towpilot - Wikipedia)

Oliver Stone's Savages opens this Friday.  Ben and his friend Chon have a successful pot growing business.  They also share the same woman, Ophelia, played by Blake Lively.  It's a battle of wits and muscle when things go sour.  How far will you go for the one you love?

Starring Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Aaron Johnson, and Taylor Kitsch.  Based on the novel Savages by Don Winslow.

Check out the trailer below and the in depth discussion with the director and some of the actors listed above. They talk with Charlie Rose about the characters in the movie and how they prepared for their parts.

Charlie Rose - Savages


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