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Samantha Mills by Erik Danielson
Samantha Mills  Photo Credit: Erik Danielson

Samantha Mills recently moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles.  In North Carolina she had built up a reputation as a model and actor working mostly in the southeast.  The move to L.A. was a career move but not for the reason you might think.  It was a better opportunity for her day job.  She explained that she would kind of be starting over in Los Angeles with her acting and modeling.  I'm sure she will find lot's of opportunity there.

As a model, Samantha's good looks and svelte frame have helped her get jobs such as photo layouts in magazines, advertisements for companies such as Belk and Pepsi, and placements to sell everything from jewelry and shoes to cars and insurance.  In modeling, and to some extent in acting, she considers herself a salesperson.  Whether it is selling the product, the concept, or the character she says that's what she's there to do.  After thinking about it for a while I understood what she meant.  She sold me.

Coming up Samantha will be starring in a film called Honeyspider written by Kenny Caperton and directed by Josh Hasty.  It is a cool thriller movie that is currently in post-production and is due for release later this year.
Samantha Mills - Cover Fort Mill Magazine
Samantha Mills Cover
Image Courtesy: Fort Mill Magazine



Samantha Mills in Honeyspider
Samantha Mills in Honeyspider  Photo Courtesy: HoneyspiderMovie.com


Third Person by Paul Haggis

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Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis Photo credit: David Shankboone via Wikipedia

Third Person is a movie written and directed by Paul Haggis that is three stories in one.  An author having an affair with a journalist in Paris.  An American businessman in Italy who helps a Roma woman in an adventure to reunite with her daughter.  And, an ex-soap opera actress in a custody battle for her son.

The movie began with the idea that there is a third person in every relationship.

Check out this interview with Paul, and Moran Atias, where they talk about how the movie was made with Charlie Rose.







Kira Bursky - We're Okay

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Kira Bursky by Gintare Zukauskaite
Kira Bursky  Photo Credit: Gintare Zukauskaite

Hearing from Kira Bursky is like opening a present.  You never know what to expect but odds are you're going to like it.  If you've seen her work you know what I mean. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with what's she's been doing and have a couple of things to announce.

First she has just graduated from high school.  She has been attending Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. A boarding school with an international reputation for it's studies in writing, visual, and performing arts. The film below is called We're Okay and it's her senior thesis film.  It is a story about self image that includes animation to portray what is going on inside the head of the actor.  Kira said she read a lot of self-help books in doing her research for material to include in the piece.  It sends a positive message that despite what we might think about ourselves or what others might think about us we are loved and wanted.



Kira Bursky and Neil deGrasse Tyson.jpgAlso, she made a film on the subject of using technology to aid foreign students in communicating when coming to America. It was chosen to be screened at the White House where she, along with her mother and the lead actress in Hello From Malaysia, Aiman Marzio, met with such notable people as Bill Nye, Kal Penn, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the president himself.


Enjoy the film and check out what Kira has to say below.

The Orbs by Jesse H. Knight

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The Orbs is a film I've been wanting to see for some time and I recently got the opportunity.  It stars Christy Johnson and Patrick Keenan in dialogue rich peek into the lives of Loraine and Wilbur in their secluded mountain home. Are they nuts? Rarely leaving their housecoats in the film it is a roller coaster ride of agreement or disagreement between these two.  And what's with the orbs and the flashbacks to the space capsule?  You'll have to see it to find out.


Jesse Knight is an accomplished director who wrote the screenplay for this movie and also has a new one in the works called The Camera Man.  Jesse is also known for directing the police drama series Partners.



I recently had an opportunity to ask Jesse, Patrick, and Christy about the movie.  Check out the conversation below.

Thinking Speed, is a feature film of the book by the same name, written and directed by Lisa Menzel. It is being released this Friday, June 21st at ReelHouse.com.

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"An unassuming reader picks up a killer's autobiography and is transferred to her execution. Thinking this bizarre episode was a waking dream, the reader attempts to check out of the store where the book was purchased only to find the killer controls the shop and is taking the reader hostage. The two travel through time in order to change a series of events until the reader discovers a terrifying secret."




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Enjoy a night out with a great tongue in cheek comedy featuring a collection of stars from the Carolinas.

The Strange and Unusual was filmed primarily in Chester, South Carolina by filmmakers local to Rock Hill and Carolina actors.  This is a great opportunity to view the work of our neighbors and observe the talent we have right here at home.  There will also be a Q&A session with the filmmakers following the presentation.

The Underexposed Film Series is presented by The Arts Council of York County.


For Tickets:
The Strange and Unusual
Friday, June 13th - 7:30 pm
Community Performance Center
249 East Main Street
Rock Hill, South Carolina
803-328-2787

The Historian Poster.jpgThe Historian will be making it's Hollywood debut this Thursday at TLC Chines 6 Theatres.

Written and directed by Miles Doleac it is a story of complicated relationships for a history professors that has moved to a new university to escape his past.








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The movie A Long Way Off will be having it's Charlotte Premiere this Friday at Regal Stonecrest at Piper Glen Stadium 22 & IMAX on the south side of Charlotte, NC.

Just in time for Father's Day. It is the story about a father and a son who leaves for the big city but doesn't find everything he's dreamed of there.  Written by Jon Macy and directed by Michael Davis and John Errington it is a modern day retelling of the Prodigal Son story.  Starring John DiehlJason Burkey,  Robert Davi, and  Edie McClurg .