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HONEYSPIDER_CAPTURE_02.jpgIt is a rare occasion that you can watch a movie in the same building that was used as the actual setting for scenes in the movie but you will have that opportunity this weekend with Honeyspider.

Honeyspider was written with the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, North Carolina in mind by Kenny Caperton who satisfied his teenage desire to see the latest movies there.  It is a story about a young woman who works at a local theater whose birthday is on Halloween. A friend encourages her to attend a party after her shift at the picture show not knowing what they are about to encounter.

Working with Josh and Kenny is unexplainable. They are the most understanding people. Being able to see the passion/love that they have for filmmaking in person is absolutely amazing. They are willing to cut loose and have fun when needed but they also know when it's time to be serious. They are willing to work with you and do whatever makes you comfortable. They are two of the most amazing people I have ever met. For me it was kind of challenging at first I wasn't able to channel my inner Jackie, because she was a complete opposite person of who I really am but I ended up getting used to it. - Mariah Brown - Jackie Blue in Honeyspider

The Gem Theatre, a setting in the movie, is indeed a gem.  Originally opened in 1936 by the Cannon Mills Company.  It's seating capacity at that time was 1,200 people.  In 1942 a fire in the rear section of theater.  Because of the war effort there was no money to repair the damage.  In 1948 The Cannon Mills Company rebuilt it.  During the 40s and 50s it played host to stage shows such as Jimmy Dickens and Grand Ole Opry, Fred Kirby, Tex Ritter, and Roy Rogers with Trigger.  The Gem Theatre is one of the oldest single screen theaters left in the country and has continued to be open to the public since it was rebuilt.

Another thing that was on Kenny's mind during the creation of this movie is what will the title be?  A long time fan of the Smashing Pumpkins he thought of an early B-Side song by them called 'Honeyspider'.  Now he had a title.  " I've always loved that title and when trying to come up with a name for my script about 1/3 into writing it, I looked through a huge list of Smashing Pumpkins song titles and that one really stuck out and I thought it would be great title for a horror film. So after choosing that title it influenced the script. And while we were in post-production searching for music to use in the film, of course that song was at the top of my list. I tracked down Billy's management and told them about the movie, my love for Smashing Pumpkins, etc and I guess he saw something in the project and gave us the rights to use the song."

One other thing Kenny needed was a director which he found in Josh Hasty, a director he has been working with since Judith: The Night She Stayed Home, a short film they made together nearly 5 years ago.  They've made two movies and a commercial together to date.  Though there is is a great distance between them.  Kenny is from North Carolina and Josh from Ohio.  There is no divide in what they like about making movies, especially horror movies.  One compliments the other.


Honeyspider Trailer

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Here is the Honeyspider trailer from Paramount Scope.  Written and produced by Kenny Caperton along with Josh Hasty as director.  Filmed in North Carolina and Ohio.

This is a cool thriller of a movie.  All Jackie Blue wants to do is enjoy her birthday which coincidentally falls on Halloween.  After being convinced to go to a Halloween party on campus her night out turns into a nightmare.








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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



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".


Kira Bursky - We're Okay

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Kira Bursky by Gintare Zukauskaite
Kira Bursky  Photo Credit: Gintare Zukauskaite

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.

Thinking Speed, is a feature film of the book by the same name, written and directed by Lisa Menzel. It is being released this Friday, June 21st at ReelHouse.com.

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"An unassuming reader picks up a killer's autobiography and is transferred to her execution. Thinking this bizarre episode was a waking dream, the reader attempts to check out of the store where the book was purchased only to find the killer controls the shop and is taking the reader hostage. The two travel through time in order to change a series of events until the reader discovers a terrifying secret."




Thinking Speed by Lisa Menzel

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Thinking Speed is a big project for  the amount of money spent on it.  The film has been completed for less than two grand and many hours of preparation, filming and editing.  It was shot over 173 days resulting in 52 hours of footage to edit.  This has to be a labor of love for Lisa Menzel who wrote the novel, the screenplay, and directed the movie.  Also, for the cast and crew that contributed countless hours of their time to the production.




Lisa Menzel
Lisa Menzel  Photo credit: Ray Sofia

A Kickstarter campaign has been established to raise funds to get  the movie out on the film festival circuit.  If you'd like to help there are several perks being offered to contributors.



Lisa Menzel
Director accepting coffee.  Photo Credit: Luke Sejud
Kira Bursky - We're Ok.jpgWe're OK is a combination live action and animated tale of an 18 year old girl suffering from depression.  She has decided to kill herself.  In this fantasy drama we will see what's going on inside of Delilah and the part of herself she presents to her friends and family.

Kira Bursky will be directing.  Kira is well known here as an exceptional creative mind with several films in her catalogue as well as being a musician and songwriter.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign for We're Okay and help fund a film that will not only be entertaining but give some insight into teen depression and sexuality.





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Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Casino (Photo credit: bcbusinesshub via Wikipedia)


America's Got Talent is a popular TV series featuring a variety of performers competing to be the winner with a Las Vegas show of their own.  

The finalist and many of the favorite and top acts will also appear in the America's Got Talent Live Tour  after the TV competition ends.  So this is a great opportunity to break into the big time.

Don't miss your chance when they come to a city near you.


Find the city closest to  you below.
Kira ABYFM1.jpgKira Bursky is a talented young lady, filmmaker, and musician.  I always look forward to finding out what comes next from her.  She splits her time between home in Ahseville, NC and Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.  A boarding high school where she is in the Motion Pictures Arts program.

Kira has just directed and completed her short film Clean which was made for the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project and won the award for Best Cinematography.   Recently I had the opportunity to talk with her about the film and some of her other work.  Find out what what she has to say below.

Kira Bursky - Fool's Paradise

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Kira Bursky.jpg"Tell me a story!" as the character in Sleepyhead might say.  Kira Bursky can do just that.  With a wonderful sense of style she can weave a tale on film that is sure get your attention.  She spends her summers in Asheville, North Carolina and the rest of the year at school in Interlochen, Michigan where she attends the Interlochen Academy of the Arts.  Often working with fellow filmmaker Mida Chu there.  They have made several films together and have won some awards at festivals with them.

"We both have distinct styles, but when we collaborate we create an almost seemingly new style: the IA Production style I guess one could say. We both recognize that there are some things that we cannot co-direct, but even when that sort of situation occurs (for instance, for our film "Johnny Boy" I directed, he DP'ed), the other person will DP or help out in some sort of large capacity."


Fool's Paradise is her latest and she's producing this one with her production company All Around Artsy.  Check out the Kickstarter campaign video and trailer below.   Help Kira get Fool's Paradise into as many festivals as possible.

Fool's Paradise Lead Roles:
Lu - David Dietrich
Mara - Aislin Freya Pax
The Father - Richard Camuto
Marcy - Crystal Craven

Jackson Ross.jpgJackson Ross is equally at home on screen or in the theatre, having taken to the stage in plays such as Midsummer Night's Dream, and Oedipus Rex.  A busy man, he has worn may  hats such as  film producer, director, writer, as well as being an actor.  In some of the films he's involved in, Jackson often plays the cop or wiseguy but he also likes roles that challenge his range.

Originally from Kinston, North Carolina he wound up in Miami via Minnesota.  In Minneapolis he had his first brush with movies while working as an extra in Drop Dead Gorgeous.  That's when he first  became interested in film.  While still in Minnesota Jackson produced films of both stage plays and screenplays.   He also met his wife Karuna Sun when she auditioned for a film he was working on.

From Minneapolis they headed to Miami where Karuna was urged to come for modeling work.  Jackson's first job in Florida  was playing a Russian thug in Burn Notice.  Ready to go anywhere he's looking to come back to North Carolina for some of the productions springing up in the area.   Here is a conversation with Jackson about where acting has taken him.




Auditions: Dance Theatre of Harlem

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The Dance Theatre of Harlem perform Dialogues ...

Dance Theatre of Harlem performs Dialogues  (Public Domain Image by Martha Swope via Wikipedia)


The Dance Theatre of Harlem is looking for highly trained classical dancers.  Audition dates are set for San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, and New York.   You may also audition by sending in an audition video.


Checklist
  • Repertoire includes classical, neoclassical and world-premiere ballets.
  • 30+ week contract.
  • Health benefits.
  • National and International touring.
  • Pre-registration recommended.
  • Bring resume, headshot and full-body dance photo.
  • Women must audition on pointe.
  • Audition fee: $20.00 in advance online, or $25.00 (cash only) in person.
  • Pre-registration is recommended for those who audition in-person only.

Auditions for In Living Color

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In Living Color,  the sketch comedy show, is being revived with Keenen Ivory Wayans as the host.  If the two specials planned for the spring are a hit then look for a regular series next year.


Checklist:
  • Be prepared to do sketch comedy.
  • Bring headshot and contact information.


Audition for In Living Color
December, 20th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Laugh Factory
3175 North Broadway
Chicago, Illinois





   
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Love in the Wild, an NBC reality show, will be holding open casting calls in San Diego and Chicago starting next weekend.

The show is a bit like Survivor with dating mixed in.  

What they are looking for:
  • Men and women ages 25-35.
  • Game changer personalities.
  • Willing to do whatever it takes to find love.


San Diego
Friday, December 9, 2011 ( 9pm-10pm )
Stingaree
454 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Producer: Renee  renee@kasstinginc.com


Casting Call: Survivor

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Open casting calls for the CBS reality series Survivor.  
Ozzy Lusth at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, May 20,...

Ozzy Lusth - Current Season Contestant  (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)


Checklist:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • If you have applied for previous season you must apply again.
  • Bring ID.
  • Be prepared to be filmed.


Friday, December 2 , 2011
5:30pm - 8:00 pm
Snoqualmie Casino (Ballroom)
37500 SE North Bend Way
Snoqualmie, Washington
(425) 888-1234

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
4:00 pm -7:00 pm
MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema 16
6800 N. Wayne Rd.
Westland, Michigan
(248) 355-7000


Friday, December 16th
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hill Country Galleria Amphitheater
12700 Hill Counrty Blvd.
Bee Cave, Texas



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Open calls for casting of the Bad Girls Club, an Oxygen Channel series, starting this week  in Charlotte, San Francisco, Miami Beach, Pittsburgh,  Minneapolis and Columbia, SC.

Checklist:
  • You must be 21 years old or older.
  • Be a self proclaimed "Bad Girl".
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.


Thursday, November 3rd: 
  • Charlotte: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Ed's Tavern, 2200 Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina
Saturday, November 5th: 
  • San Francisco: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, The Cellar, 685 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California
  • Pittsburgh: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Tilted Kilt Pittsburgh, 353 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sunday, November 6th: 
  • Miami Beach: 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Tequila Chicas, 1501 Collins Avenue (15th and Ocean), Miami Beach, Florida
Tuesday, November 8th: 
  • Columbia: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Jillian's, 800 Gervais Street, Columbia, South Carolina
Wednesday, November 9th: 
  • Minneapolis: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Blarney Pub and Grill, 412 14th Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota

   
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Whitney Houston (Image by Egghead06  via Wikipedia)

Ryan Hill Casting is seeking extras for the feature length movie Sparkle.  Needed are African-Americans to play enlisted men.

This is a remake of the film by the same name made in 1976 that was inspired by The Supremes singing group.  Starring Whitney Houston and American Idol winnerJordin Sparks.

Checklist:
  • Must be able to work all day November 7th, 8th, and 9th.
  • Send recent picture.
  • Include contact information.
  • Submit clothing sizes.


Send the information listed above to:
SparkleMovieCasting@gmail.com

Put "Military Men" in the subject line.

   
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Madonna, the original Material Girl, and her daughter Lola Leon are searching for a spokesperson/model for their Material Girl clothing line.  There will be open casting calls in New York City, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  Unable to attend?  You can also submit your information online, along with photos.


What you'll get:
  • A custom photo shoot in New York City.
  • Your Material Girl ad in cool magazines.
  • You'll be the face of Material Girl in stores and online.
  • A billboard in Times Square
  • $5,000 cash and more.



Casting for The Real World 27

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Open calls for casting of The Real World, an MTV series, this Saturday  in Columbus, Baton Rouge and New York City.

Checklist:
  • You must be 20 years old or older.
  • You must look like you're between the ages of 20 and 24
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.


Saturday, October 29th: 

  • Columbus: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Charlie Bear, 1562 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio
  • Baton Rouge: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Mugshots Grill and Bar, 7425 Corporate Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • New York City: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, New York City