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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
To produce Big co-directors Kira Bursky and Wayne Culpepper have gone small. Using only themselves as both cast and crew they have created a dark comedy musical for the Charlotte 48 Hour Film Project. The film will be shown this Thursday at the McGlohon Theater in Charlotte, NC.
I don't quite know what this is going to be about but it appears from the trailer that a fellow who want's to make it big is going to get some help from his tiny companion. Kira is leaving me to wonder until the film has been released.
This began as project when they entered the 48 Hour Film Project in Charlotte and drew the category "Dark Comedy". As if dark and comedy with a two person team wasn't enough they decided to make it a musical dark comedy. Why not? Everyone likes a challenge right?
Lock and Roll is not your typical skateboard movie. This is Will Black's first film, having jumped into filmmaking head first in order to tell this story.|
The story of Treaven Mitchell, a skateboarder from Jackson Tennessee who lost his father, a Marine veteran, in a mindless robbery. Treaven, who operated his skate shop out of part of his father's locksmith business, had to learn to cope with his father's death. The bond they had is evident throughout the piece as he remembers his father, Troy Mitchell, and how supportive he was in helping Treaven and the rest of his family.
In the end, Treaven comments on the importance of holding on to what you love and who you love. Wise words indeed!
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, |
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
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.