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The first time I noticed James was in a film called Palmetto Haunting directed by Anil Dhokai where he played a paranormal investigator. The next time I saw his name come up was in Nowhere a story about an out of the way bed and breakfast inn where directed by Ryen W. Thomas where James (as Drake, a con man looking for fast money) found more that he bargained for. In both of these roles hew was very serious and clean cut.|
Later when I attended the premiere of Nowhere I noticed the absence of two of it's stars. One being Alexandra Faith, who I think was in New York at the time and James Molinari. There was young man there though that I thought I recognized but couldn't put my finger on from where. He had long curly hair and a big smile the whole night. He turned out to be James. I didn't recognize him because I had never seen him smile in a movie. (laughs)
"James and I first met on the set of a film directed by Anil Dhokai and after seeing how he took his role quite seriously, I knew I wanted to work with him. One thing I haven't shared much is that he was cast as Drake only three days before Nowhere's production yet he prepared for that role as if he had a year to break it down. Favorite moment on the set was seeing him furiously jump in place before doing a scene where he practically runs for his life. James is intense and I enjoyed tackling the character's arch with him, almost like constructing or sculpting a piece of art." - Ryen W. Thomas Director of Nowhere
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.
|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, |
|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|
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.|
"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.
"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
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?
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Waiting for Butterflies 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."
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.
Image Courtesy: Fort Mill Magazine
Paul Haggis Photo credit: David Shankboone via Wikipedia
I recently had an opportunity to ask Jesse, Patrick, and Christy about the movie. Check out the conversation below.