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As Stefon might say 'This film has it all. Drinking, dancing, gambling, two sisters, one who loved Bennie, one who married him... and a boat.'  He'd be right.


Written and directed by Tara Lynn Marcelle this is a comedy with a bit of drama mixed in.  Loosely based on Tara's actual grandmothers Pearl and Josephine, and Josephine's  boyfriend at that time who's name was Bennie.

Having grown up in a filmmaking family Tara became interested in the business as a young girl because she was often around while her parents were working.  Reading scripts and learning about films her parents pointed out to her.  Besides directing and acting she has been writing for the past few years, working on projects such as My Name Is Paul, The Calm Before, and Virtuous.

In this film, if you are like me, you will see in these characters pieces of people you have known as well as situations you have observed or been a part of.  This connection makes it easy to enjoy!

Warren Marcus brilliantly caught the action with an actual film camera which in unusual nowadays with digital cameras being so prevalent for local productions.  Gregory Hewitt was makeup supervisor, Phaedra Witt production supervisor, and Luis Carlos Machicao wardrobe supervisor.
  
Bennie is a 35 minute short that is due to be released this summer.  A feature length version is slated to be made depending on how it does during it's festival run.  I think the chances are good we will see that feature length version as soon as Tara, busy as she is, finds the time to write the rest of the script.

Check out the trailer below and the interview we had with some of the cast and crew.

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Worldly Possessions

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Worldly Possessions is a new film written by Brad Hord and being directed by Robert Filion.

This is the second time this pair has worked together.  Previously they made a film call Mosaic 33 which is a science fiction tale of a woman who decides to reveal information to a reporter about what is going on in the Mosaic lab she works in.  It has been doing very well on the film festival circuit.

Shelby, North Carolina and the surrounding area has been chosen as the city to film Worldly Possessions in and one of the locations picked was also used in the movie Hunger Games.
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Brad Hord  Writer/Producer of Worldly Possessions

"I am very proud to be the Executive Producer on Brad's new vision!  The cast is brilliant and Director Robert W. Filion is at the top of his game!  I put my money on the best... and these guys are rocking it! Worldly Possessions is a Win Win!" - Darren Conrad Executive Producer

An excellent cast has been assembled and filming begins mid April.

Below are some of the cast and crew followed by a conversation I had With Brad Hord and Tim Ross about the film.




Detective Jack Gibson attempts to solve a string of murders related to an experiment substance called "X5".

What makes this film different is that it will feature, along with live action, pixel art reminiscent of 80's video games like Mortal Kombat and Snatcher.

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performing with Dreamkiller

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Photo Credit:  Courtesy Mo at  One Big Dark Room

The Hollow Oak

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Chris Maney has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders.  To whom?   The supporters, cast, and crew of The Hollow Oak a feature film set to be released this coming summer and they are behind him 100%. 

It started as an idea he had in high school and has developed into the production that now has been underway for over a year.   Along the way he met up with Samantha Katelyn and they have built a great filmmaking team that has their focus on the prize.  To finish this thriller for release by the summer of next year.





"I held an audition in Jacksonville back in 2010. I wanted to make a movie for fun. Nothing fancy...

But I had met Samantha. She convinced me I could do so much more with The Hollow Oak. And we have been at it ever since." - Chris Maney





This production has come a long way since the first audition in 2010. Some roles have been re-cast and a lot of effort has been put forth in scouting locations, blocking scenes, setting up and tearing down equipment, not to mention the editing and sound design.





The Strange and Unusual

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logo.jpgI can't wait to see this movie!   The Strange and Unusual is a comedy about a reality series gone awry.  Written and directed by Anil Dhokai and brought to us by VisionScape Media.

The Strange and Unusual has just begun filming.  What will we see when it's complete?  The cast and crew of a cancelled reality TV series with one last episode left to shoot.  What goes on behind the scenes and the personalities that one might encounter in a similar television production.  Anil, has worked in these situations and is bringing some of the strange and unusual things he's seen to this film.

One of the principals of Strawhouse Pictures, Anil always knows that his partners have his back and can help him put together the pieces of the puzzle for a great production just as he does for their films.



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The Perfect Place

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There's a lot of talent here in the southeast.  There's also some mighty big hearts in the Carolinas.  A few of them are the producers, cast, and crew of The Perfect Place.  


Written by Taylor-Grace Davis and Patrick Elliott the movie is inspired by Taylor-Grace's work with the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation.  This organization, formed by Nettie Washington Douglass and her adult children, exists to carry on the tradition of her ancestors, Fredrick Douglass and Booker T. Washington.  By creating awareness that slavery and human trafficking is still going on today, she and her family are following in their footsteps.  Her son, Kenneth B. Morris, president of the foundation, travels the U.S. and abroad spreading the message about human trafficking and what can be done about it.



Things Are For Stealing

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Things are for Stealing poster.jpgThings Are For Stealing. Are they?  That is the premise and title of Zachary Davenport's new movie which will be premiering this Wednesday in a private screening for the cast and crew. 


"Trapped by a horrifying past, Marty struggles with day to day life. As a pastor in his community he realizes his impact on those around him but does little more than go through the motions of his position.  Life has little meaning to him.  He simply clings to things that seem to give him some memories of what might have been."


Zachary is a student at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington and is relatively new to filmmaking but from the looks of the footage I've seen he is well on his way to making a name for himself.  



Hollywood East Mixer Photos

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Here are some photos from the Hollywood East Mixer that was hosted last week by Karuna Sun and Jackson Ross.  The gala was a big success  and left attendees hoping there will be another in the future.  The event was sponsored by Hypnotized Promotions and Club Karmaa in Wilmington, NC 




Dressed for Success with Katie Bulla

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or How to put the final touches on a well thought out production.

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Katie Bulla    Photo Credit: Alexander Thompson

Katie Bulla is a production designer. What does a production designer do?  They make everything look... right!  Basically the overall look and feel of a movie.  It's that extra element in a film, besides the characters,  that helps to tell the story.  You can learn a lot about a character by the environment they're placed in and the objects around them.  Also, the actors must be dressed to best personify the role they are playing. It should be accurate for the period. Done right it can make the viewer feel they are eavesdropping on the place and time the story is about..




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At the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC

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SAG and AFTRA Have Merged

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Coco After Sag-Aftra Merger

Coco After Sag-Aftra Merger (Photo credit: Coco Mault)







Yesterday, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists merged.  Now the SAG-AFTRA union represents more than 150 thousand movie and media professionals. SAG-AFTRA will have national offices in New York and Los Angeles as well as local offices nationwide.






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Here is a great video where George Peroulas of Below the Line with George Peroulas talks with Steadicam operator David Svenson of Carolina Productions about how he got started in the film business.  David explains how the Steadicam works and discusses some of the costs involved in owning and operating a Steadicam system




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Rainforest Films is needing crew members for No Good Deed which will begin shooting in the Atlanta area beginning in April.

This Screen Gems thriller is about a former district attorney who invites a stranger with car trouble into her home.


Crew members send your resume' to:


   

2012 Oscar Nominations

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English: Horst Burbulla with Oscar

Image by User:Crowlei via Wikipedia

The nominations are in for the 84th Academy Awards.


Best Picture
  • The Artist Thomas Langmann, Producer
  • The Descendants Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Scott Rudin, Producer
  • The Help Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
  • Hugo Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
  • Midnight in Paris Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
  • Moneyball Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
  • The Tree of Life Nominees to be determined
  • War Horse Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Actor In a Leading Role
  • Demián Bichir A Better Life
  • George Clooney The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin The Artist
  • Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt Moneyball

Actress In a Leading Role
  • Glenn Close Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis The Help
  • Rooney Mara The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Meryl Streep The Iron Lady
  • Michelle Williams My Week With Marilyn

English: Brazilian director Rogério Sganzerla ...

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You're Perfect  is a 15-minute short being filmed in Charlotte, NC and Rock Hill, NC. Pre-Production will start immediately and principal photography will take place on January 28, 2012 in Charlotte, NC and February 4, 2012 in Rock Hill, SC. This is a very small production with no monetary compensation; all work will be credited on the final copy of the film, website, social media sites, etc. We have a very tight schedule for this project which requires the following availability:

January 27 (evening)

January 28 (all day)

January 29 (tentative)

February 4 (evening)

February 5 (tentative)

Extras

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The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is having a holiday mixer and party at the Cadillac Ranch this month.

A great way to network with people in the film industry around Cleveland.  It doesn't matter if you've worked on a Cleveland film or not.  If you have an interest in getting involved you should come.  Everyone is welcome!

Refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar.



Media Industry Mixer & Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 14th
200 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio

To R.S.V.P contact Jason Drake at jdrake@clevelandfilm.com!

If you have any film news to announce at this event contact Jason Drake at jdrake@clevelandfilm.com!



   
Metaphysic world in CGI.

Computer  Generated Image  by Elikrotupos, @it.wiki (Own work) via Wikipedia


Check out this video of George Peroulas interviewing writer/director/animator/composer  Donnie Christianson and Helen Kearney Konen an acting coach from Charlotte via Hollywood.   George is always having interesting guests on his show and has many videos of his productions on YouTube.  Visit him on his Facebook page and see his YouTube offerings with the links provided below.



Below the Line with George Peroulas 






Piedmont Triad Film Commission

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View from the Blue Ridge Parkway

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The Piedmont Triad Film Commission focuses on bringing film to the mountain foothills of North Carolina.  Very few areas are as picturesque as the rural areas of the North Carolina mountains.  A great location for filming and with the incentives North Carolina provides, a 25% tax rebate for films located here, it's easy on the budget.  There is also a large and well trained crew base in the Carolinas to draw talent from.

Most recently Hunger Games was filmed in Asheville and is sure to be a big hit when it's released early next year.  Other films that used the backdrop of North Carolina foothills, high country, and Piedmont areas are:  Leatherheads, Firestarter, Being There, The Color Purple, Deliverance, Dirty Dancing, Lolita, The Last of the Mohicans, Junebug, Nell, ... the list goes on and on.
 

Focus on the Piedmont Triad from Piedmont Triad Film Commission on Vimeo.






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