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If you are a writer or filmmaker who would like to learn more about writing and share some comaraderie with like minded folks this is the class for you. Beginning February 5th and continuing every Wednesday at Jade Castle Studios in Greenville, South Carolina.

The instructor will be John Norwood who graduated from  the University of Southern California with a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema-Television.  

Starting Wednesday Feburary 5th at Jade Castle Studios.
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

More information at:
Kira Bursky - We're Ok.jpgWe're OK is a combination live action and animated tale of an 18 year old girl suffering from depression.  She has decided to kill herself.  In this fantasy drama we will see what's going on inside of Delilah and the part of herself she presents to her friends and family.

Kira Bursky will be directing.  Kira is well known here as an exceptional creative mind with several films in her catalogue as well as being a musician and songwriter.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign for We're Okay and help fund a film that will not only be entertaining but give some insight into teen depression and sexuality.

Documentary: Blood Brother

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Blood Brother is a love story but maybe not in the way you expect.  Your best friend, children under your care, and finally... wife.    Steve Hoover directed this documentary about his friend Rocky Braat who went to to India and fell in love with it and the people, and most importantly, the children of a mission for HIV infected children.

The trailer below will give you a sense of what the experience was like for Steve seeing how his friend adapted to the joys and the ordeals that were presented to him in this village so distant from what we're used to.

Rest Stop by IHF Films

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IHF Films is a comprised of Gary Michael Hill, Blair Hoyle, and Patrick Abernathy.  They are getting ready to produce Rest Stop by Stephen King through Stephen's Dollar Babies program for film students.

Check out their campaign to raise funding at:

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Acting classes for adullts and kids/teens being February 5th at Jade Castle Studios in Greenville, South Carolina.  The classes are limited to 10 students and you must register by January 31st.

Taught by veteran actor  Ron Joseph.

Wednesday Feburary 5th thru April 23rd at Jade Castle Studios.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

More information at:

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Pat Dortch recently starred in Michael Sharpe's film Out Of One's Misery as the protaganist, David. He did a great job in this film so when I checked his IMDb credits I was very surprised that I found only one entry. So I had to find out why.

Pat jumped into acting head first a couple of years ago after the recession took a toll on his business. He has made rapid progress. After a year of acting classes at The Actors Lab in Charlotte, North Carolina he was asked to teach a couple of classes there. One for beginners and another for teens.

So it seems Mr. Dortch has been on a crash course in the acting business and wanted to lay a good foundation before he starts to build. 

The building process continues with meeting the right people. Studying under acting coach J.D. Lewis of The Actors Lab was a good choice. Meeting folks there like Joe Chiazza of 5Ahead Films was also a good start.  Joe is a wonderful cinematographer and co-director of the Door to Door Web series written by Rachel Woodhouse and Justin Xavier who he also met at the acting classes. The Door to Door series is a comedy in which Pat plays the overly exuberant manager of a sales company.  A quirky look at a day in the life of a salesman and his sales team. 

For his role in Out Of One's Misery, Pat was prepared.  Writer and producer Michael Sharpe told me that Pat fit the part perfectly and he knew in his mind the part was Pat's before he left the room. 

"I filmed the auditions so I could take them home and view them again. Pat read twice. He nailed it the first time, but I made him do it again to see how well he took direction. I knew I was going to cast him before he left." - Michael Sharpe - Director: Out Of One's Misery

So it was sink or swim and Pat's definitely a swimmer!

Check out the film and interview below to see what you think.

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Daryn Zonegrone is working to bring The Film House to Greenville, South Carolina where it will show independent films and classic movies.  The project will be funded through the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce's new web site

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If you enjoy music and poetry and have never experience an artists in the round type of performance you should attend this one presented by The Charlotte Singer-Songwriters and Poets Circle.

Five performers present their songs and poetry, taking turns on stage, for your enjoyment.  Sometimes artists that are touring the country are booked to perform and at these in-the-round events.  So you never know what to expect.


We Want Clean Water.bmpMy Toxic Backyard, a documentary about polluted groundwater, will be screened at the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton Texas.  The directory, Katie Damien, will be in attendance.  Screening is scheduled for midday on Saturday, February 15th. 

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The late deadline to submit your film for the Indie Grits Film Festival has past by there is still one last chance to submit by using Withoutabox. The Withoutabox extended deadline is January 17th.  So if you want to enter this film festival about southeast films and filmmakers  here is the link to the submission page.

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One of Tweetsie Railroad's two steam locomotives, 2-8-2 #190, on May 20th, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tweetsie Railroad, located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is seeking entertainers for their 2014 season.

They are needing singers, dancers, actors, equestrians, magicians, and specialty acts.

2014 Local Auditions
January 25 & 26
9:00 am Registration / Auditions begin at 10:00 am
I.G. Greer Hall
Appalachian State University
401 Academy Street
Boone, NC

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The Filmed by Bike Festival is accepting submissions until January 20th. The festival is in Portland, Oregon but is accepting submissions from all over the world.

If you like cycling and have a short film that involves bicycles you should enter this contest.  The festival will be held April 19th through the 22nd in Portland and is all about having fun riding bikes.