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Tommy Faircloth.jpgCrinoline Head is a1995 film by Tommy Faircloth about what happens at a remote cabin where a group of college students have gone for a weekend of fun.  That is until they learn about what had previously happened in that cabin involving a young boy and his dollmaking mother.

That film has been very popular and it was just recently that Tommy came up with an idea to expand on the theme.  The result is Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head.

I first encountered one of Tommy's films, The Cabin, earlier this year. It was filmed in the Carolinas and Tennessee on a very tight schedule and budget starring Morgan Monnig and Jason Vail along with Robert Zobel as producer and Shelby Washburn as production assistant.  I was very impressed with what they were able to do in such a short time frame in addition to the travel time between locations that was required and the quality of the work they produced.

Tommy describes Dorchester's Revenge as not a sequel to the original Crinoline Head but more of a prequel.  A premiere in Charleston, South Carolina is planned for next weekend followed by some outtakes from the movie, questions and answers, then an opportunity for autographs and photos with the cast.  Next, a night on the town with celebrations at The Rooftop at Vendue Inn for drinks, and later still at Pantheon to see local drag performers Ava Clear and Vega perform.  Ava and Vega are also part of the cast of Dorchester's Revenge.

Below you can see trailers from the original Crinoline Head.  The Cabin, and the new trailer for Dorchester's Revenge along with the conversation I had with Tommy about his films and filmmaking. 

Enjoy, and if you can make it to Charleston next weekend treat yourself to an exciting night of fun and film.



Monstercon 2014 - Best Films

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Give a hand to two great directors, cast and crew from the Carolinas.  Over the weekend director Jesse H. Knight won Best Feature Film at Monstercon 2014 with The Orbs Starring Christy Johnson, Patrick G. Keenan, David Joy, and Warren Ray.
Jesse H. Knight Photo credit: Jason Ledford

The honors for Best Short Film went to Jaysen P. Buterin for his film Between Hell and A Hard Place starring Patrick G. Keenan, Michael Ray Williams, Marius Riley, Casey Murray, and Mandy Divine, 



A Thank You from THE iNDEE

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The iNDEE and New Daydream Films want to thank everyone for coming out and joining us for our Charlotte screening of Waiting for Butterflies last night.

Here is a photo of Bonnie Johnson and Tim Ross, two of the cast members, who were in attendance for the screening. Thank you for coming.

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Français : Woody Allen au festival de Cannes.

Français : Woody Allen au festival de Cannes. (Photo credit: Georges Biard via Wikipedia)

Magic in the Moonlight by Woody Allen is set in the south of France during the 1920s and stars Colin Firth as a gentleman who is trying to expose Emma Stone's character, who is a clairvoyant, as a fake.

Woody is very prolific in his filmmaking, writing and directing one or more a year for decades.  Below in this conversation with Charlie Rose interview you can hear Emma and Colin talk some about Woody's style of directing and why an actor might like to work with him, or not.


Biter Bash 2014

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Biter Bash was created by SignMyLoot.com to give local actors more exposure.

This event brings some great local talent together providing an opportunity
for the fans to meet the actors.

Biter Bash will be held this Saturday, July 19th in Alpharetta Georgia at the Hampton
Inn & Suites. It is located just off of 400 on Windward Parkway.

There will be drawings for prizes, vendors, and a Zombie Cosplay Contest! Winner of the Zombie cosplay contest will win an appearance in the movie "Test Group" being filmed in Atlanta. Other prizes include show signed shirts, autographed prints, Tickets for Biter Bash 2015 and North Georgia Toy Expo, and more.


Guests
Kylie Szymanski Melissa Cowan Moses J. Moseley
Theshay West Luke Donaldson Parker Wierling
Anniston & Tinsley Price Greg Crews Andrew Jenkins
Gregory French Triston Johnson Mike Mundy
Alex Wayne Nick Whatley Jeff Glover
Josh Turner Scott Lane Kaylie Turner
Kennedy Brice Stan The Zombie Big Country Zombie
Addy Miller Ella Grace Misenheimer


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Scienstars Banner  by Rian Trost


Scienstars is a new TV series aimed at teaching science through science fiction in the classroom or a home school environment with the intended age group being later elementary school through middle school.  Currently in production is Salisbury, North Carolina the series uses the Next Generation Science Standards as a guide to include the educational aspect of each episode.

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Scienstars Seal  by Vince Barnett

"As math and science initiatives continue to be a focal point for improvement in education, Scienstars provides an entertaining alternative to traditional instruction and a motivational tool for inspiring students to pursue careers in math and science." - Susan Alberti - Former middle school teacher and current homeschool instructor.


The idea for the show was created by Vince Barnett after he was searching for ways to inspire his young son, Zefram, to learn about science.  After he discovered the Next Generation Science Standards the idea for the series struck him and he contacted Adam York to direct with Jerod Jacobs as Cinematographer, and the multi-media company Six Foot Kitten to help produce the series.  

To give you and example of what you'll see and learn the pilot episode teaches about the law of conservation of energy, photosynthesis, electromagnetism, and Newton's third law of motion.  All in a format that will appeal to a young to middle aged child.


"Our primary goal is to get Scienstars into the classrooms. With that in mind we are reaching out to educators to find the best ways that Scienstars can work with their curriculum." - Adam York - Director


The cast includes Andrew Wilson Williams as Cadet Gabriel Brand, Isabella Alberti as Cadet Lilianna Mallote, Tim Ross as Commandant Aeolen, Lilly Nelson as Lieutenant Victoria Xen, Kathy Butler Sandvoss as Gabriel's mom, Kim Misenheimer as Isabella's mom, Amaris Kirby as Ferata,  and Christina Nelson as Officer Graal.

I had a conversation with the producers and actors about the series and this is what they told me.



Meet The Actors: Bonnie Johnson

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As the Charlotte screening of Waiting For Butterflies approaches, THE iNDEE wants to give you an opportunity to "Meet The Actors" of the film by introducing the fabulous, Bonnie Johnson.



What was your favorite part of playing the character in Waiting for Butterflies


Playing a woman dying of cancer yet being an inspiration to her family.



What are your hobbies/pastimes?


Spending time with my two precious grandchildren.



How did you know you wanted to be an actor? How long have you been acting?


Acting has been my passion since I was in a play in Kindergarten .



What is one thing you think most people don't know about you?


Robin Williams kissed me on the lips when our scenes in Patch Adams wrapped.

Meet The Actors: Tim Ross

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Tim Ross2.jpgIn preparation for their Charlotte screening of Waiting for Butterflies Thursday, July 17th, THE iNDEE introduces Tim Ross who plays Noah in their "Meet The Actors" series.


What was your favorite part of playing the character in Waiting for Butterflies?

I remember having a conversation with Kent Allen, co-writer/director, about why I wanted to play this character. It was during casting process. I was so happy that he asked me because often in casting you don't get to really speak your mind. I was able to tell him I wanted to play Noah because he was a flawed man, but that his character also changed everyone in the story and that he changed as well. I loved being able to play him before his terrible mistakes and during his redemptive process. It was also pretty cool to do a scene in prison.


What are your hobbies/pastimes?

One of my biggest hobbies is going to see movies. Even when I'm home I almost always watch movies instead of television shows. I'm in love with that storytelling form because I think it will make me a better film actor. Golf has been a lifelong passion and for the same reason as acting. I will never ever master it although I can certainly try to get better at it. I find it to be very satisfying to know that I can always get better. And for the last 10 years hanging out with my boys has been my number one hobby.
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Jordon Alexander  Photo Credit: Matt Burton
In Nowhere Jordon plays Maynard, a young sheltered man who is competent and caring but not very bright.  He has been living with his domineering mother at the inn she owns for all of his life and is not very aware of the outside world.  Not and easy role to play but Jordon does is well and very interestingly.  His portrayal makes you empathize with Maynard and the situation he's in.

Drake, a drifter played by James Molinari, tries to bring Maynard out of his shell when he realizes that something is not quite right about what's going on at the inn.  Though Drake's main aim is to pilfer some money to pay some debts, he and Maynard share some friendly conversations through the course of the movie to each ones benefit.

Jordon became an actor through a chance meeting with a friend at college who convinced him to check out the modeling/acting agency she worked for.  From there he began to do scene studies and soon was in Los Angeles and doing well before family concerns made him want to move back to the southeast.

For now, Jordon is content to live here and feels he has opportunities in this area that he might not have in Hollywood.  I think that's a great attitude and look forward to seeing him in more movies as his film career evolves.

"When Jordon and I first met, I was a Production Assistant and he a stand in for the lead actor in this feature film shot in Charlotte. We kinda made an unofficial pack to work together as director/ actor one day and got the opportunity on my first feature film, Sunset. Since then I've been wanting to see him in all types of different roles that push him so lets just say we both took a risk by allowing him to play the role, Maynard, in Nowhere. When he wasn't wowing me with how different of a character he could play, he was making the whole cast and crew laugh as the supplier of all the bloopers." - Ryen Thomas - Director of Nowhere and Sunset.

See the clip and interview below to learn more about Jordan.



Waiting For Butterfiles.jpg There will be a special private screening of Waiting For Butterfiles at the Arsley Grand Cinema Theater in Charlotte, NC this month.

Brought to you by THE iNDEE studios it is a chance to get an early peek at the movie starring Jason BurkeyCarla CloudJames MolinariTim RossBob EngleBonnie Johnson, and Bethany Tiller along with appearances by Jordan Alexander and Addy Miller.


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is a faith based film written by Richard Clark, Jr.  Richard directed the movie along with Kent Allen as co-director.  Produced by New Daydream Films in association with Allen Films, it is another movie that comes to us from The iNDEE in Gastonia, North Carolina.

"A grandmother's dying wish becomes the catalyst for the healing and forgiveness of a once divided family. They learn that God works miracles through the unexpected people he puts in our lives."


There will be a private screening of the movie on Thursday, July 17th at the Arsley Grand Cinemas 14 in Charlotte, North Carolina at 7:30 pm. Click here to see the event page on Facebook and reserve tickets. 


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There will be a red carpet premiere screening of Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head in Charleston,, South Carolina.


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.
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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.


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.

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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

Potpourri

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at the premiere of

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Photo Credit: Angel DeFreitas

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.








Disney's Million Dollar Arm

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English: Jon Hamm

(Photo credit: Rachel Sylar via Wikipedia)

Million Dollar Arm is a movie based on the true story of J.B. Bernstein and how he developed two major league baseball pitchers after holding a contest in India called "The Million Dollar Arm" contest.

Brilliantly directed by Craig Gillespie it has both humor and a moving story about two young men from India who are trying to learn the game of baseball.  They are very fast pitchers but can they get the ball under control?  Suraj Sharma plays Rinku the pitcher witn an unusual warmup and Madhur Mittal is Dinesh a son that must leave his father and family to pursue a dream.  Pitobash is their interpreter who loves the game of baseball and wants very much to be a manager.

Jon Hamm is sports agent J.B. Bernstein with Seven Figures Managerment who has to come up with something new because the company he and his partner(Aasif Mandvi as Aash) started is in dire straights after missing an opportunity to sign  Popo (Rey Maualuga) to a football contract.  

Alan Arkin does a great job as the sleepy headed baseball scout that is paying more attention to things that one would suspect.  Bill Paxton as the pitching coach Tom House, and Lake Bell brings it all together as Brenda, J.B.'s tenant and newly discovered confidant. 

With breathtaking scenes of India and a soundtrack that pushes and accentuates the action.  It is a film that will stir your emotions and reach right down into your soul.  As usual with Disney this is a film the whole family can enjoy.  


John Cullum & William Sadler.jpgWriters are often told to write what you know.  Miles Doleac takes it a couple of steps further.  He writes, directs, and acts what he knows in The Historian.

Miles is an assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. His specialty is in the Classics Department. I recently had a conversation with Miles and Tamarah Murley about the movie and here is what I found.  The story was influenced by his witnessing of the dumbing down of education because of administrative constraints and the Common Core Standards Initiative  that has been in the news so much lately.

This is his directorial debut but being an accomplished theatre and film actor he knew what he was getting into.  He had help with his long time friend and theatre director Mackenzie Westmoreland who helped him produce the movie but also had never worked in film before.  


"This script is a gift to actors."- Glynnis O'Connor, on The Historian


To make the movie the best it could be he brought on board some of the finest actors he could get. 
Casting William Sadler as the university history department head Valerian Hadley,  along with Tamarah Murley as his secretary Jill who wants to keep the office running smoothly and without turmoil.  John Cullum plays Valerian's aging father in the movie.  You may remember John from the TV series Northern Exposure.  A theatre veteran as well as film, he has won 2 Tony Awards for his acting performances.

In this movie Miles plays history professor Ben Rhodes, who has just moved to a  university where he doesn't exactly get along with his boss, Valerian Hadley, the head of the department.  Valerian does not make it easy for Ben, though I think he see's something of himself in the young professor.  They are also at odds over Anna (Jillian Taylor), who is one of Valerian's favorite grad students and a love interest of Ben.

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Also appearing is an actor I've admired for many years ever since I saw her in a TV production of the play Our Town is Glynnis O'Connor.  I'm glad to find her in this movie.   As Dean Jan Messer she must weigh the arguments of all involved. To do what's best for the school in spite of Ben's conflict with Valerian, and his ideas about teaching and how the school should be run.

As I mentioned earlier Miles is an actor in the theatre.  He just finished a very successful run of Les Misérables at the Saenger Theatre in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  The musical got held over an extra day for an encore performance.  That's what you like to hear.

This movie has everything you might expect to encounter in a college setting: drama, relationships, happy, sad, and funny.  Sure to be a hit you'll not want to miss.


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Check out the trailer below and read the conversation with Miles and Tamarah.

Sometimes a person is compelled to do what is instinctive to them.  That is the case with Lilly Nelson.  She has been acting as far back as she can remember as a little girl, kindergarten or even before.  Even as a kid she was making up plays and doing little films with her friends and family.  Apparently her father, who is an art director, helped influence her  creativity.

At home on both stage and screen, it doesn't matter as long as she's acting.  No prima donna she likes to be involved whether it's in front of the camera or behind the scenes.  She will help with a production any way she can.  One specialty she has is helping actors with different dialects as well as teaching acting.

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Lillly Nelson  Photo credit: Tracy Page/Babycakes Studios

"Lilly has breathed life into Betty and given her more depth than we even imagined. She is a true artist."  - Christine Parker Director of Fix It In Post


Currently she is starring in Closer Patrick Marber that she has been wanting to do for many years.   Lilly is producing the play along with the Burning Coal Theatre Company.  Directed by Paul Sapp it stars Lilly along with  Miles Dwight Snow, Laurel Ullman, and Brian Fisher  It will be playing through this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina.  

Lilly recently finished a part in the film Fix It In Post which is a campy, over the top story about what a film crew does to survive after an electromagnetic pulse knocks out the power around the world.  She plays Betty the slate girl who has eyes for the director.  A movie about people making a movie, trying to use their filmmaking skills to survive a disaster.

Not afraid to get her hands dirty she relishes playing the villain and taking parts that others might not want to consider such as the lonely woman in Kami that has lost her lover.

Lilly has several other things coming up including a part as Lieutenant Victoria Xen in  Sciencstars, a TV series for kids about science.  In Deadroom she is a German mercenary/assassin named Helga, adding to her list of villainous and antagonistic roles.  She plays a drugged out mother  In 12 Dog Days of Christmas that is about a troubled teen boy that learns a lesson about the spirit of Christmas.

A Carolina girl, she works most frequently in area between Charlotte and Raleigh, and prefers to live in North Carolina  because it is home, but is ready to go anywhere she is called to for a new production.

See Lilly in the short film Kami below by William K. Gerard and read the conversation we had about her acting career.