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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".


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.




Fitness Model posing with dumbell. Photo by Gl...

Image © Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com via Wikipedia

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

   
Bobby Flay performing a cooking demonstration ...

Bobby Flay (Image bu Larkworb via Wikipedia)

Worst Cooks in America, a Food Network  production, is looking for just that, the worst cooks in America.  The recruits will divide up between Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell into two teams that will compete as they transform from bad cooks to champions of the dinner table.  The prize is $25,000.

Here's the catch.  You must be nominated by friends or family members and they must accompany you to the audition.

Checklist:
  • Bring a replication of your worst dish.
  • You must have your nominator come with you.

Saturday, September 10th, 2011
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Culinary Institute LeNotre 
7070 Allensby Street 
Houston, TX 77022

Friday, September 16th, 2011
MUST arrive at 11:00 AM 
Epic Hotel
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Must Arrive at Noon
Michelson Studios
163 Bank Street
New York, NY

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Faces Restaurant
380 Jackson Street
St. Paul, MN 55101


April Verch Band - Summerfest 2006

April Verch (Image by Thom C via Flickr)

The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival will be held this weekend in Richmond, Minnesota.  This festival covers everything from novice beginner to the seasoned professional with workshops, showcases, and events for the family.

Some of the bands you will see are Dale Ann Bradley, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, and April Verch.

There will be four main areas: Main Stage, Showcase Tent, Workshop Area, and the Family Area.  Additionally there will be several other areas such as the Young Talent Stage, Gathering Place, Market Place, and Ranch House Live.  


Schedule:



Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival
Thursday August 11th through Sunday, August 14th
El Rancho Mañana
Richmond, Minnesota

Tickets and Camping:

Contact:
800.635.3037

Website:

   
Chicago blues legend Billy Branch.

Image by Guido Nardi via Wikipedia

A free concert in St. Paul, Minnesota featuring blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, zydeco, Tejana, and Native American music.  Headlining will be Greg Brown & the Monroe Crossing Bluegrass Band and a favorite of mine blues harp player Tony Glover.




Lowertown Roots Music Festival
Saturday, July 30th
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mears Park
221 East 5th St.
St. Paul, Minnesota

More info: