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Will Black's "Good Luck"

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Will Black's latest production is a series that explores a situation where a young girl who is a gun runner must make one last transaction before she can wash her hands of organized crime. Coming to VHX.TV this Friday.



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Hannah Wright stars as Elizabeth, a gun runner who is tired of the business and must fight for her survival.

"Will is genuine and that is the best part about working with him. He's open to ideas and flexible for everyone's comfortability. I'm not afraid to include my own opinion or ideas when we work together and he is happy to listen. Not to mention he takes good care of all of the cast on set. He makes sure we have food and water and actually cares about our comfort. You can really see his creativity come through within the script too. He's respectful to his cast and picked us according to personality to mesh well with the characters he wanted to come to life and he hit the nail on the head. Will has been a pleasure to work with. and will be in the future." - Hanna Wright - Actress

The series is being shot in Jackson, Tennessee and most of the cast and crew are from Tennessee. Cast includes Hanna Wright, Katie Pavao, Derek Conquest, Michael LaCour, Lantonio Jackson, Ali Merki, and Troy Compas.

The Believers

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Here is a film that I'm excited about. It's about the drama surrounding a girl trained in classical music that joins a rock band. Being somewhat of a musician myself I can relate to this theme. So I am very anxious to see their treatment of the subject.


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"Nadia Jones stars as Melanie, a gifted but troubled cellist discovering life outside of the regimented world of classical music training."



Behind Comic Con Curtains

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When Adam York contacted me about this documentary I was intrigued. I love documentaries and like to know how things work. The brainchild of Dave Harlequin and Jonathan E. Weaver they intend to not only show what the experience will look like for an attendee going through the doors for the first time but also what is happening in the background between the vendors, panelists, and players of these multi-media events as they prepare for the show.

Adam York is the Executive Producer of this film. As usual he will be wearing a lot of hats during the production.  Jonathan E. Weaver is a writer for MoviePilot.com, host of the podcast JonCast and will be directing the documentary.  Dave Harlequin is a fiction writer and journalist who is also a producer and the Assistant Director.

Comic Cons are for fans of all things from comic books to movies and TV series. These conventions consist of vendors, games, discussion panels, film contest, music, parties, and more...

Anew by Allison Cain

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Allison Cain's freshman attempt at directing a film, Anew, is something to be proud of. Judging from the quality of the movie, she is doing all the right things. Having a little acting experience herself she knew who to call upon when a crew was needed and how to audition for the actors that would fit the bill. The screenplay is all hers.

Anew is a story about people who may or may not be doing okay in life but feel that something is missing. Should I take a step in a new direction? That is the question they are asking themselves. Anew prescribes a 'Yes" to answer this question. If you can, it may be just what you need.







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Kira is very generous with her time whether it is exposing new talent in her cast and crew or calling attention to social issues in the films she creates.

When I asked her about why she takes on these subjects here is what she told me.  

"It's so hard for me to answer this question because I have so many things to say about this! But, simply put:  I am drawn towards telling stories about things that make me uncomfortable. If I feel uncomfortable about a topic... then I must make a film about it! 

These social issues become synonymous for taboo issues. I feel so passionately opposed to allowing this pattern to continue. So this is why when I feel uncomfortable. I know that I need to say something. If I don't, I am contributing to this culture of being quiet about things that make us uncomfortable. I think it is my duty as an artist to address topics that are 'hush hush.' In my work (just to name a few of the topics) I've dealt with depression, sexuality, warped body image, and now sexual assault and abusive relationships-- these are all topics that are hard to talk about. But we need to talk about these things! If one person lets down their guard and tells their story, who knows who will be listening and touched by the honesty. It can start a chain reaction of recreating this culture of taboo to a culture of free voices and open arms. I believe I, as well as every other human being, should feel comfortable expressing themselves, even if expressing themselves means talking about something scary or seemingly 'shameful.' That word 'shameful' should not be tied to those who are suffering or have been abused. No one should be embarrassed, guilty, or ashamed.

I guess that wasn't really simply put. But I'll try this once more: I often choose social issues because I need to address them. I just need to."

Filmmaking is her passion and she has modest budgets for the quality of films she delivers.  If you're not already familiar with her skills please check out some of the links below and acquaint yourself with her work.  There are many fine examples on Vimeo such as Bye Bye Lullaby, Girly, Clean, Sleepyhead, and Fool's Paradise.

Tree Hugger is fresh off it's worldwide film festival tour and is scheduled for an online premiere on Saturday.  If you would like to see the film, then click on the link below which will take you to a Facebook invitation page where you can login to Facebook and select "Going" and you will be notified on Saturday when the online premiere begins with the link you will need to view it.



*** Remember to login to Facebook and select "Going" just 
below the photo at the top of the page to be notified of the event. ***



Harvey Lowry2.jpgThe director of Union Bound, Harvey Lowry, is an active man who's years of work in the film industry betray his youthful appearance. I found that we share a common love for the outdoors and backpacking. Harvey revealed to me he was planning an ascent of Mt. McKinley. Being at home in the outdoors must have come in handy during the making of this movie as only one day was spent on a soundstage. The rest were outside, mostly around Stagville Plantation in the heat of the North Carolina summer with the ticks, flies, and other wildlife.

It was even worse for the actors as they had on layered wool and cotton clothing. At least one crew member had to go to the hospital after collapsing on set.

That's the price you pay when you have a good story to tell. Union Bound is one of them.  The movie got its start from diaries kept by Joseph Hoover during the Civil War. Pam Jay, a descendant of Joseph approached Michael Davis, the producer of Union Bound, with the diaries. Her husband Bill had painstakingly transcribed them so they could easily be read. After looking over them Michael knew this was a story he wanted to tell so he contacted John Errington to write the screenplay and Harvey to direct. The rest, as they say, is history.

I wanted to know more about how Harvey got involved. Here is what told me. "When considering a film to direct, I consider a number of things. First, everything starts with a good script. When I read the Union Bound script, I was really impressed with the story, the characters, the dialogue and the fact that it was all a true story. John did a wonderful job in writing the script.

The second thing to consider is the team. When I was first introduced to Michael, the producer, we hit it off pretty well. He's a great guy who was passionate about the project and I felt it in his pitch. It was an easy decision to collaborate with him.

Other points to consider include: Is this a film I would want to see? Is this a project I would be proud of? Is this a film in line with my moral beliefs? There are a multitude of things to consider, and I was very excited that Union Bound was an easy decision across the board."


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Here's a young lady I hope and think we'll be seeing a lot more of. Bev Tan has her feet wet in both the commerce and art sides of filmmaking.  By day, a mild mannered member of a social marketing team. By night a creative filmmaker willing to take on the social issues of the day.

Born in New York City eventually ending up in North Carolina and going to high school in Holly Springs. Bev made up her mind very early what she wanted to do in life. "I decided I wanted to be a filmmaker when I was 7 years old." To fulfill that desire she eventually ended up at Western Carolina University. "I went to film school at Western Carolina University and worked as a photographer and freelance writer as well during that. I also minored in poetry. I have always been in love with filmmaking but I did change my concentration 5 times, beginning and ending with producing."
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Ringfinger is a comedy about a reluctant, but soon to be bride that is on a mission to find the wedding rings her brother lost the night before the wedding. What else could go wrong? I have a feeling "a lot."

The brainchild of Derek Tilton and Bryant Zambrano who have a certain rare sense of humor. If you don't believe me then take a look at their series The Affordable Eight.  There are eight 1-2 minute slices of life that focus on the travails of one character "Dude" played by Bryant. Be sure to check out Warm Milk. I think we can all identify with that one.

The film is currently in pre-production and will be shot in the wonderful countryside of Asheville, North Carolina. Some of the actors you'll be seeing will be Keenan Edge as Luke, Morgan Peterson as Audrey, Bryant Zambrano as Carlos, Megan Waller as Lydia and Jake Whaley as Sam.



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Having been a filmmaker for going on 10 years now. Jaysen has written 20 screenplays and directed many of them.  He is also an actor who works with some  of the top producers and directors in the southeast.


The first thing you notice about Jaysen is that he is an eloquent conversationalist.The next  thing that became evident when asking about the movies he watched as a kid,  is that he  loves horror. Raised on the classics by his dad. I'm sure he will pass it on to his own son, and to us, through his filmmaking.


Don't Let The Light In is a good example. A tale of a young boy and his babysitter. As we are getting to know Sarah and Jack, the boy nonchalantly mentions that he has monsters in his room. Sarah patronizes the child  but is surprised at what she discovers.



Potpourri

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Three things become evident when you tune into Survivor Lilly's YouTube channel. She loves the outdoors, she has a passion for practicing bushcraft skills and she is almost always accompanied by her faithful companion, Dax. She also likes filming her activities for the world to see and we all can be grateful for that.


Katie Carpenter - Maid to Order

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Katie Carpenter is an actress I first heard about when she was filming Fix It In Post as Lexy. A zombie comedy where Katie plays a featherbrained young actor. The director, Christine Parker, was proud to have Katie as one of the stars saying "She was a natural as the ditzy self absorbed actress in Fix It In Post. No one could have played that part as well." Brett Mullen was one of the cinematographers on that movie and is currently collaborating with Katie on her latest creation Maid To Order.

Maid To Order is a webseries created by and starring Katie as a struggling young actress (see the parallel?) that has resorted to running a fetish cleaning business to make ends meet. Her customers begin to asked for very strange things by her clients. The dilemma...how to keep her dignity and continue on her path as an actress. 



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Featured Short Film

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"The biggest thing I found at Cannes Film Festival is that every single teeny tiny moment is potentially a big moment of networking."


Kira never ceases to amaze me with her enthusiasm and ability to be at the right place at the right time. Her next project, Big Little Filmmaker (due to launch on the 1st of November), is a website and company devoted to young filmmakers and film festivals for students as well as job opportunities for young filmmaking talent and crews.

We wish her the best with her new venture and hope she still has the time to continue making the creative films she's best known for.

Read our latest interview with Kira and if you're between the ages of 12 and 22 go to the link below and add you name and email address to be notified of the launch and other activities.

 

 

Rhymefest in Manchester, on tour with Kanye West

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In this article by Marlow Stern the award winning songwriter for Kanye West and John Legend talks about the Academy Awards, songwriting, and his new documentary In My Father's House.

"My ASCAP royalty checks went from a lot to almost nothing."





A select group of films will be shown with the directors there for a discussion and  Q&A along with a meet and greet.



Darren Conrad: A Father's Love

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Darren Conrad 1.jpgDarren Conrad is a work in progress, constantly honing his filmmaking skills. A hard working man. He is a highway patrolman by day (or night) who fills most of the rest of his time making films. Not content to just act, he also writes screenplays and produces his own works as well as helping other filmmakers with their projects.  Darren has done his share in other departments too. From casting director to wardrobe, makeup, set design, and assistant director. All the while making friends and business contacts.  Filmmaking is a team sport so this comes back to him when he needs help with one of his projects.

Over the years he has stepped up his game by investing more time and effort with each new film.  Finding the right actors for the roles and using the best equipment and production talent he can procure in order to deliver a quality piece of work. Hashing out the details with his go-to director (Jesse Knight)  for the Partners series and his latest film A Father's Love. Whatever it takes.

Charlotte Film Festival 2015 - September 25th thru October 3rd

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The Charlotte Film Festival announces the remaining Official Selection short films for CFFSeven. All Official Selection films are up for juried awards and also Audience Choice.
We will be screening films from across the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, France, Ireland, Iran and Australia. Subjects include a New Zealand kinetic artist, an infamous house that once belonged to a serial killer and its new owners, a true story from World War II and a middle aged gangster trying to live an ordinary life.

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AS IT IS IN HEAVEN: A DIVINELY TWISTED COMEDY
When hesitation stays his trigger finger, suicidal businessman Tom Freeman sends a plea for help to a god he hasn't believed in for 30 years. But as he soon learns - if you call Heaven, be sure you know who's answering the phone!
Director: Luke Bruehlman, USA
 
BEVERLEY
Beverley follows a mixed race girl's struggle to carve out a sense of identity in the confusing, shifting cultural landscape of1980 Leicester. A move from the decaying, poverty-stricken, urban environment to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia does not provide the hope and opportunities Bev may have wished for. A familiar enemy is ever present - a threat that extends beyond her own safety, as she must also protect her brother and sister. By asserting her will and using her guile Bev tries to shape her new environment into something palatable, but the result is the opposite of what she is trying to achieve.
Director: Alexander Thomas, United Kingdom
 

Athena nominated for 3 awards.

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Athena Poster.jpgRobert W. Filion's Athena has been nominated for three awards at the Action On Film Festival. Nominations include Best Visual Effects, Best Dialogue, and  Vanelle who played the part of Emily has been nominated as Best Actress in a Feature Film.