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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.
|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.
The Beaufort Film Society is calling for entries to the 2015 Beaufort Internationan Film Festival located in Beaufort, South Carolina. The next festival is scheduled for February 11th through 15th of 2015.
Beaufort is situated on Port Royal Island in the coastal lowcountry area of of South Carolina. The Big Chill, The Great Santini, and Forest Gump were filmed there. Also known for it's historic houses and shrimp festival.
Early Bird Deadline is July 31; Final Deadline is Oct 31.
Today we spotlight Partner/Writer/Director Ryen Thomas.
What are your hobbies/pastimes outside of work?
Its like I have two personalities; One side reads comic books, daydreams and studies random pop culture tidbits while the other side wishes he could get paid being philosophical all day as he studies history, religion, sociology, genealogy, observes folks and shares what he sees via writing, painting and drawing.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer/director/work on set (which ever applies)?
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."
Paul Haggis Photo credit: David Shankboone via Wikipedia
Also, 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.
I recently had an opportunity to ask Jesse, Patrick, and Christy about the movie. Check out the conversation below.