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Voting for Round 3 of Project Greenlight ends tomorrow.  In this round voting for the film of one of the 20 remaining filmmakers will be held on Facebook.  Popular demand will determine which one of the final 20 will automatically advance to the final 10.


As far as we can tell Joshua Sheik is the only contestant left that is currently living in the southeast so we wish everyone else the best but we are putting our effort behind him to represent us here in the south.


 Read some of the testimonials about Joshua below and add your own with Facebook commenting at the end of the article if you'd like to show your support.  Every bit helps.


Finally if you agree and want Josh to be one of the final 10 then go to the link below and vote for him and his film Excuse Me.





Click here to vote for Joshua Sheik (Sik) and his film Excuse Me.


The voting period will be from 3:00 PM ET 9/15/14 until 11:59 PM 9/26/14



To learn more about Joshua read our article about him here:


Joshua Sheik and Project Greenlight


Project Greenlight - Top 20 Winners



Absurducopia Preview - The Antidote

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In Episode 2 Kira and Wayne experience an epic fail in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fail - The Musical




Project Greenlight - Top 20 Winners

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Congratulations to Joshua Sheik for making the top 20.  You can read about our interview with Joshua here:





Joshua Sheik and Project Greenlight

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Joshua Sheik began writing stories at a young age and by the time that he was 10 he had directed his first play/movie called Murder on Saratoga Street which he followed up with six sequels.


After graduating high school, he attended West Point military school . From there he was commissioned as an Army Aviation Officer, became a rated helicopter pilot, was deployed twice to Iraq, and made films for his troops. During this time, he learned about being responsible for others and leadership skills. Which he says, is "one of the most important pillars of being a director." He feels that "the greatest directors are not only artists, but they are also grounded leaders".


Athena_Worldly_Possessions_Event.jpg Coming up next month is a premiere event that you don't want to miss.  Athena, a long awaited feature length movie by director Robert Filion and the highly anticipated Worldly Possessions from Brad Hord.

"Brad Hord, Robert W. Filion and the Don Gibson Theatre cordially invite you to a night of bloodcurdlingly exquisite entertainment featuring the very first screenings of Worldly Possessions (a short written by Brad Hord and directed by Robert W. Filion), and Athena (a feature length motion picture written by Michael Louis Calvillo and directed by Robert W. Filion). "

Anil Dhokai - Accomplished Director and Cinematographer

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Anil Dhokai is both a master freelance cinematographer and a talented director.  Spending most of his valuable time in one or another mode of telling stories with motion pictures.  Anil goes wherever the work takes him whether it's across town or halfway around the world and is an asset to every production he works on.

A partner in Strawhouse Pictures which has just released  a special edition of The Strange and Unusual DVD that is also available on Instant Play at Amazon.com.  It is a feature length film that stars Karen Boles, Tim Ross, Christy Johnson, Dervin GilbertErika Chase, and Sean Beck along with many other popular actors from the Carolinas.  


This is BIG!

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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?


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Kira said "Prior to this past 48 Hour Film Festival, I had competed in the Asheville 48 Hour Film Festival 5 times, 4 of those times with Wayne. Each time we had a crew of 15-20 people. Don't get me wrong- I LOVED working with all of those amazing individuals. But, Wayne and I thought: hey, how about we try competing in the 48 Hour Film Festival with a two person team? And once that idea was in our heads, there was no turning back! So this past weekend we did it! We co-directed and co-starred. We drew out of the hat Dark Comedy... making it my 3rd dark comedy in a row! But to add 
on another challenge, we decided to make it a musical dark comedy. It was a crazy weekend of composing music, filming, green screening, and following our intuition!"

There is some talk of making it a web series also. We'll just have to wait and see.

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When I asked about how it felt to be working with only each other to rely on for direction and acting she said "It was both freeing and exciting! This was the first time I acted in one of my films. Wayne and I were talking to one another about how if we had had a whole crew there on set, we wouldn't have been so uninhibited. Since we are so comfortable around each other we were able to really have fun and  feel free to fully dive into our characters. It was also nice for me to have the opportunity to be cinematographer for one of my films. Normally when I have a full crew every position is filled, but because it was the two of us we got to truly do a little bit of everything! It was fun being able to explore all forms of art with this film. And it's also nice to share this film with Wayne because we get to both experience the joys of making something together!"

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There will be a red carpet premiere screening of Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head in Charleston,, South Carolina.


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A Place Called Home is a short film written by Kayla McBrayer and directed by Angel Defreitas that deals with domestic abuse.  It could be your neighbor or best friend that is having to deal with this injustice and you might never be aware of it because it is accepted and not talked about outside of the family.

The narrative is from the children's perspective as seen through the eyes of the oldest daughter and how abuse can affect the whole family.

Starring Kayla McBrayer, Rhonda Lynn Jones, Chris Matheny, and Payton Stover.  Crew members include Angel Defreitas as director; Hanna Stover, Kayleigh Stover, and Ella Grace Misenheimer on makeup with Derek Miller and Derek Jones on audio.  Catherine Hester was the photographer and Kimberly Brouillette designed the poster.

A Place Called Home - Cast & Crew by Cahterine Hester.jpgA Place Called Home - Cast & Crew by Cahterine Hester Top row: Kayleigh Stover, Angel Defreitas, Rhonda Lynn Jones with her daughter Ashley, Chris Matheny, Kayla McBrayer with Payton Stover, and Ella Grace Misenheimer. Bottom row: Hanna Stover, Kimberley Broullette, and Derek Jones.

Check out the interview below to find out what Kayla and Angel had to say about the film and their experiences as filmmakers.



 

Tommy Faircloth.jpgCrinoline Head is a1995 film by Tommy Faircloth about what happens at a remote cabin where a group of college students have gone for a weekend of fun.  That is until they learn about what had previously happened in that cabin involving a young boy and his dollmaking mother.

That film has been very popular and it was just recently that Tommy came up with an idea to expand on the theme.  The result is Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head.

I first encountered one of Tommy's films, The Cabin, earlier this year. It was filmed in the Carolinas and Tennessee on a very tight schedule and budget starring Morgan Monnig and Jason Vail along with Robert Zobel as producer and Shelby Washburn as production assistant.  I was very impressed with what they were able to do in such a short time frame in addition to the travel time between locations that was required and the quality of the work they produced.

Tommy describes Dorchester's Revenge as not a sequel to the original Crinoline Head but more of a prequel.  A premiere in Charleston, South Carolina is planned for next weekend followed by some outtakes from the movie, questions and answers, then an opportunity for autographs and photos with the cast.  Next, a night on the town with celebrations at The Rooftop at Vendue Inn for drinks, and later still at Pantheon to see local drag performers Ava Clear and Vega perform.  Ava and Vega are also part of the cast of Dorchester's Revenge.

Below you can see trailers from the original Crinoline Head.  The Cabin, and the new trailer for Dorchester's Revenge along with the conversation I had with Tommy about his films and filmmaking. 

Enjoy, and if you can make it to Charleston next weekend treat yourself to an exciting night of fun and film.



Meet THE iNDEE: Colby Hopkins

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Today we spotlight Colby Hopkins for "Meet The iNDEE".


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What are your hobbies/pastimes outside of work?

I like soccer, football, swimming, tennis, wakeboarding and snowboarding. I love to read, write, and take photographs. I also love music and have been playing guitar for six years. I'm currently taking up rock climbing. I am addicted to extreme sports because of the community of people who are so passionate about adventuring and doing something thrilling. I think that is similar to film, everyone is passionate about telling stories and they're extremely dedicated to it because of the rush it gives you when you see what you've accomplished.


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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.

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Scienstars Seal  by Vince Barnett

"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.


The idea for the show was created by Vince Barnett after he was searching for ways to inspire his young son, Zefram, to learn about science.  After he discovered the Next Generation Science Standards the idea for the series struck him and he contacted Adam York to direct with Jerod Jacobs as Cinematographer, and the multi-media company Six Foot Kitten to help produce the series.  

To give you and example of what you'll see and learn the pilot episode teaches about the law of conservation of energy, photosynthesis, electromagnetism, and Newton's third law of motion.  All in a format that will appeal to a young to middle aged child.


"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


The cast includes Andrew Wilson Williams as Cadet Gabriel Brand, Isabella Alberti as Cadet Lilianna Mallote, Tim Ross as Commandant Aeolen, Lilly Nelson as Lieutenant Victoria Xen, Kathy Butler Sandvoss as Gabriel's mom, Kim Misenheimer as Isabella's mom, Amaris Kirby as Ferata,  and Christina Nelson as Officer Graal.

I had a conversation with the producers and actors about the series and this is what they told me.



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Update!  The date for this seminar has been changed to Thursday, July 31st, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
 
THE iNDEE Studio in Gastonia, North Carolina will be hosting a seminar on "Telling Stories".  If you are wanting to be a screenwriter or are a filmmaker with story ideas this is a great class for you.  You can attend the lecture or if you're not close enough to make it it will also be available through Skype.  This writing series is the first in a series that THE iNDEE Actors Club is making an effort to host this year.

The iNDEE team has produced seven feature films (worked on a combined 15+ features in various capacities), four dramatic one-hour pilots, and ove 100 episodes of nationally televised programming. So they know how to tell a story.

" Through our process you will leave our seminar having a firm grasp on how to take your idea from the planning stages to pre production on your new film. Writers of all levels will learn valuable lessons about the execution of character driven, exciting, story telling. They will be lead by industry professionals giving only examples from the height of cinematic story telling." - THE iNDEE Actors Club Team

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Villians have always played an important part in our stories as they are often intriguing, have great development, and create tension in the narrative.  Where would we be without someone to root against?  

Sometimes though, they have just enough redeeming qualities that we might like them, or even be rooting for them.  Even those we know of in real life.  Why is that?


Watch their conversation below.

Meet THE iNDEE: Richard Clark, Jr.

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Good Morning and welcome to Meet The iNDEE. Today we spotlight Richard Clark, Jr. Please take a monent to read this interview and get to know Richard better!


What are your hobbies/pastimes outside of work?

My favorite hobby is spending time with my family. We love to travel and just get away. I'm a fanatical Carolina Panthers fan. Additionally, going to the movies, swimming, and playing golf would all make a great day for me. 


How did you know you wanted to be a writer/director/work on set (which ever applies)?

I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker mainly because I am good at nothing else. And I'm ok with that. I completely reject reality. I need to be a filmmaker. 


Meet THE iNDEE: Ryen W. Thomas

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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)?

I've always loved telling visual stories inspired by what I observed that day or saw in an old movie. When I was a kid I used my dad's video camera without him knowing to make short films with my friends and family. When I didn't have people, I turned my action figures into my stars. I didn't really know what I was doing was directing until I was 13, after seeing Jurassic Park and wanted to do what Steven Spielberg did. 

Third Person by Paul Haggis

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Paul Haggis Photo credit: David Shankboone via Wikipedia

Third Person is a movie written and directed by Paul Haggis that is three stories in one.  An author having an affair with a journalist in Paris.  An American businessman in Italy who helps a Roma woman in an adventure to reunite with her daughter.  And, an ex-soap opera actress in a custody battle for her son.

The movie began with the idea that there is a third person in every relationship.

Check out this interview with Paul, and Moran Atias, where they talk about how the movie was made with Charlie Rose.







Kira Bursky - We're Okay

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Hearing from Kira Bursky is like opening a present.  You never know what to expect but odds are you're going to like it.  If you've seen her work you know what I mean. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with what's she's been doing and have a couple of things to announce.

First she has just graduated from high school.  She has been attending Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. A boarding school with an international reputation for it's studies in writing, visual, and performing arts. The film below is called We're Okay and it's her senior thesis film.  It is a story about self image that includes animation to portray what is going on inside the head of the actor.  Kira said she read a lot of self-help books in doing her research for material to include in the piece.  It sends a positive message that despite what we might think about ourselves or what others might think about us we are loved and wanted.



Kira Bursky and Neil deGrasse Tyson.jpgAlso, 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.


Enjoy the film and check out what Kira has to say below.