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Christine is the director of Fix It In Post, her latest film, which is currently in post-production.

The subtitle for this film should be "Or What Would a Filmmaker Do?", because that is the theme of this movie.  When an electromagnetic pulse destroys the earth's power grid the characters in the movie use their filmmaking skills to try and survive.  What could go wrong?

The story was written by Christine Parker, and Bill Mulligan who has been a fixture on the sets of Adrenalin Productions for at least a decade.  Together they have produced a catalog of horror movies with a campy style of comedy that their fans enjoy and always look forward to.

" The whole thing revolves around Christine, not because she's the director but because without her it wouldn;t happen.  Every film needs someone who organizes everything and that's her. She hates it but it has to be done." Bill Mulligan - Co-writer: Fix It In Post


Fix It In Post Group Shot

From left to right: Rebecca Larken (Heather), Lilly Nelson (Betty), Miles Snow (Wiilliam), Carrie Jones (Carol), Shane Terry (Shane), Paul Cardullo (Paul), Katie Carpenter (Lexy), Alan Watkins (Alan), Roberto Ghigi (Angelo), Tom Gore (Kave), Bill Mulligan (Bill) -- at Youngsville NC.  Photo courtesy Adrenalin Productions

The Mineola Twins

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MineolaTwins.jpgCongratulations to the cast and crew of The Mineola Twins playing now through Sunday at Winthrop University as a part of Rock Hill's Come See Me Week.

It is a story of two young women, identical twins, who long to leave Mineola for bigger things.  Riley Ketchum shines playing the parts of both Myrna and Myra. Bridgette Smith has a strong and comical performance as Jim in the first acts and Sarah in the latter part of the play. Not to be outdone, Rodrick Freitas is outstanding as Kenny and Ben.  

The play starts out with Jenn Fant as The Voice who hauntingly narrates the dream sequences that appear throughout the play. Her and the ensemble: Sydney Bertsch, Jesse Pritchard, Nora Webb, and LaShawn Woolridge illustrate what's happening in the dream sequences as well as appearing as individual characters later in the play.

This is  a comedy with a serious subtext to it covering the periods from the Eisenhower era to the Nixon and Bush Sr. administrations.  Myra and Myrna are as different as night and day and are never in agreement as siblings sometimes are.  No one is perfect though as you will learn.  

There were many sets used throughout the play that were well designed with a modern look while being  simple and effective at projecting the style of the play and being the perfect backdrop for the performers.  The sound design and lighting emphasized what was happening onstage very well and the acoustics and sound in the auditorium was spectacular.  This helped create the magic of The Mineola Twins.


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As Stefon might say 'This film has it all. Drinking, dancing, gambling, two sisters, one who loved Bennie, one who married him... and a boat.'  He'd be right.


Written and directed by Tara Lynn Marcelle this is a comedy with a bit of drama mixed in.  Loosely based on Tara's actual grandmothers Pearl and Josephine, and Josephine's  boyfriend at that time who's name was Bennie.

Having grown up in a filmmaking family Tara became interested in the business as a young girl because she was often around while her parents were working.  Reading scripts and learning about films her parents pointed out to her.  Besides directing and acting she has been writing for the past few years, working on projects such as My Name Is Paul, The Calm Before, and Virtuous.

In this film, if you are like me, you will see in these characters pieces of people you have known as well as situations you have observed or been a part of.  This connection makes it easy to enjoy!

Warren Marcus brilliantly caught the action with an actual film camera which in unusual nowadays with digital cameras being so prevalent for local productions.  Gregory Hewitt was makeup supervisor, Phaedra Witt production supervisor, and Luis Carlos Machicao wardrobe supervisor.
  
Bennie is a 35 minute short that is due to be released this summer.  A feature length version is slated to be made depending on how it does during it's festival run.  I think the chances are good we will see that feature length version as soon as Tara, busy as she is, finds the time to write the rest of the script.

Check out the trailer below and the interview we had with some of the cast and crew.

I Married an Alien - Premiere

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I Married an Alien.jpgApril 25th is the date for the premiere of I Married an Alien, a science fiction comedy produced and directed by Collins White of Other Vision Studios with Micah Thompson as head writer.

The cast includes Cassie Thompson, Micah Thompson, David Bean, Lindsay Morgan, Jamil Jaar, Audrey Dickson, and Nathan Forest




Young Artist Award

Young Artist Award (Photo credit: Crakker Jakk)

What does it take to succeed?  These two young ladies know.

The Young Artist Awards began 34 years ago as a children's version of what the Academy Awards presentation is like.  Just like with the Academy Awards it is an honor to be nominated.  Brandi Alyssa Young and Taylor-Grace Davis have both been nominated this year.  Both are very familiar faces in the films from southeast and are beginning to broaden their horizons as their high school careers come to an end.


Brandi has been nominated three times including this year.  This time she is nominated for her work in the web series The Dark One as Michelle Smith. She will not be attending the ceremonies this year as she has just moved from South Carolina to Pennsylvania and is getting settled in there while exploring and learning her way around New York City.

This is a first nomination for Taylor-Grace for her role as Rebekkah Madison in The Box. who's senior prom is the night before the awards.  She is a member of the prom committee and doesn't want to miss that.  She doesn't want to miss the awards either.  So she will be attending the prom then flying to Los Angeles afterwards in order to get to the Empire Ballroom in Studio City, California where the award ceremonies are held.

Worldly Possessions

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Worldly Possessions is a new film written by Brad Hord and being directed by Robert Filion.

This is the second time this pair has worked together.  Previously they made a film call Mosaic 33 which is a science fiction tale of a woman who decides to reveal information to a reporter about what is going on in the Mosaic lab she works in.  It has been doing very well on the film festival circuit.

Shelby, North Carolina and the surrounding area has been chosen as the city to film Worldly Possessions in and one of the locations picked was also used in the movie Hunger Games.
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Brad Hord  Writer/Producer of Worldly Possessions

"I am very proud to be the Executive Producer on Brad's new vision!  The cast is brilliant and Director Robert W. Filion is at the top of his game!  I put my money on the best... and these guys are rocking it! Worldly Possessions is a Win Win!" - Darren Conrad Executive Producer

An excellent cast has been assembled and filming begins mid April.

Below are some of the cast and crew followed by a conversation I had With Brad Hord and Tim Ross about the film.




Bennie - Sneak Preview

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Bennie.jpgBennie is a new comedy by Tara Lynn Marcelle coming this spring.

Starring all your favorites CatherineTrail, Neva Howell, Mike Smyth, Tim Ross, Davis Osborne, Paul Gibson, Vanessa Ore, Vanelle Queen-of The-Universe, David Sweeney, Christopher Lykins, Chris Cozort and more!

See the trailer for Bennie here:

The southeast continues to turn out more and better independent films as each year goes by.  One of them is the upcoming Curfew directed by Richard Clark, Jr. starring Candace Blanchard and Thomas L. Beck.

In this film Candace plays a cool and collected woman who decides she wants a promotion and is willing to go the extra mile to get it by seducing her boss.  Things don't go as planned though and a night at the office turns ugly.  

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Candace Blanchard  Photo courtesy The iNDEE

"Candace is crazy talanted.  She dives head first into roles and doesn't look back.  And the end product shows it." - Richard Clark, Jr. Director of Curfew

This is a suspense thriller that was filmed primarily at The iNDEE offices in Gastonia, North Carolina.  The iNDEE houses film and music creators  as well as production companies in this part of the southeast as a studio for independent artists.

In the beginning we see Candace playing the smartly dressed Janet as she hatches her plan for moving  up the ladder in a very calm and collected fashion. She knows what she's doing. Next she is dressing more provocatively as her plan is set in motion but she runs into some trouble.  Will she survive the night?

These were some demanding scenes for Candace as this is pure acting.  Candace is nothing like the character but had to learn to  become the sly and cunning Janet.  She had to be believable in the role and it wasn't easy but she accomplished it very well.  



Scenes from Curfew
Scenes from Curfew  Photo courtesy: The iNDEE

Mosaic 33 now on Roku

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M33.jpgMosaic 33 a sci-fi thriller written by Brad Hord and directed by Robert W. Fillion and is now available to watch on your Roku box at the GetScaredTV Channel.

Currently very popular on the festival circuit, Mosaic 33 stars Jennifer Russoli, Brett Gentile, and Vanessa Ore.

The Roku box enables you to watch Netflix, Hulu, and many other channels and shows when you want to.  No more appointment TV.  So if you don't have a Roku get one.  You won't look back.





   
A casting call will be held this Saturday, March 29th from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at Jilians,  800 Gervais St., Coumbia S.C.


You must bring a recent photo and a valid ID to the open call.
   

Craven Street, Beaufort, South Carolina, Unite...

Craven Street, Beaufort, S.C . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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.

An Interview with Tim Ross - Part 2

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Experience brings wisdom, and if that's the case Tim Ross has a plethora of wisdom. With a history in acting that ranges from the west coast to the east, commercial to independent, Tim's got plenty to teach and there's much to be learned from him! 

Never content to be idle, Tim is someone who's not only been "in the business", but has been successful at it for over 20 years. He's been on soaps, movies, commercials, and continues to strive for more. Anyone interested in acting would benefit from checking this video out for advice from someone who's definitely been there!




Curfew1.jpgHere is a riveting portrayal of a woman, Janet Miles, played by Candace Blanchard, who tries to seduce her boss (Thomas L. Beck) in order to get a promotion.  She gets more than she bargained for.

The movie is complete and is being produced by THE iNDEE in Gastonia, North Carolina.  THE iNDEE provides creative space for filmmakers, artists, and musicians with editing bays, green screens, sets, and sound stages.  They also help develop, produce, and distribute television and film projects.

Since the movie is essentially finished all that's left to do is the distribution of Curfew.  There is a campaign underway at Indiegogo.com to help fund the distribution of the movie across the U.S.  Here's your chance to help and get credit for it as well with the perks they are offering for contributors.

Go to the link below, watch the incredible trailer, then decide if you'd like to take advantage of this 
opportunity to participate.




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Here's what you like to hear.  A short being made into a feature.  The Find, written by Mike Garland and produced by Ridge Runner Media is about to become a feature length motion picture.  Filmed last year in the Spartanburg, S.C. area, it is a story about a man who finds a relic sword and how it changes the lives of him and his wife.

After getting a distribution deal from My Production Limited  in England for the short, a decision waas made to do a feature length version of The Find.  Mike said he and the producers, Mike and Terry Miller  are starting work on the new parts of the screenplay as soon a possible and be will recalling most of the original cast.  Filming is being scheduled for mid summer.

The association with My Production Limited will help the film be seen in the UK on Hulu, Netflix, and Redbox.

Reminds me of the way Bottle Rocket and My Name Is Paul started out as shorts and were later made into features, jump starting a few careers along the way.



Chris Gervais of Strawhouse Pictures on Filmmaking

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A filmmaker is someone who will do whatever it takes to get the project completed. Chris Gervais is just that sort of person.

Though his dream is to be in that famed director's chair full time, he's so in love with filmmaking (and the digital revolution) that he's taken on composing, acting, lighting, sound, editing... pretty much you name it, he's done it. 

In this interview, we get a great insight into someone basically self-educated in this through  real world experience.  The advice Chris gives us here is taken from the sets and locations he's been a part of  and from the trial and error he's been through.  Delve in and enjoy!



 
Thumbnail image for Katie Damien.jpgVideo of Katie Damien's trip to the Thin Line Film Festival where her film My Toxic Backyard was screened.  This was the world premiere for My Toxic Backyard, a film about how hazardous waste seeped into the groundwater of an Asheville, North Carolina community.





Romeo at Juliet's Deathbed

Romeo at Juliet's Deathbed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Romeo & Juliet: Eternal Love is will debut in Miami, Florida on May 15 thru 17th in the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami.  It promises to be unlike any other production of Romeo & juliet in it's modern approach and use of holography in the presentation.

They are looking for both English and Spanish singers with great skills along with the ability to read sheet music.

Available Roles:

Romeo: Montague's son, age 18-30. Tenor. Great stage presence. Inclination for acting and performing, and with outstanding singing skills.

Juliet: Capulet's daughter, age 18-30. Soprano. Great stage presence. Inclination for acting and performing, and with outstanding singing skills.

Mercutio: Romeo's friend, age 18-30. Tenor with vibrant vocal skills. Inclination for acting and good gesturing.

Tybalt: Juliet's cousin, age 18-35. Baritone.

Juliet's Nurse: age 30-50. Mezzo-soprano

Friar Laurence: high priest of a church in Verona, age 25-35. Baritone.

Lady Capulet: Juliet's mother, age 25-35. Mezzo-soprano.

Capulet: Juliet's father, age 40-50. Bass.

Uncle Capulet: Capulet's brother, age 40-50. Bass.

Carolina Film & Video Festival

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Downtown Greensboro

Downtown Greensboro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Carolina Film & Video Festival begins today in Greensboro, North Carolina.




Wednesday, February 26th through Saturday, March 1st
Elliott University Center
University of North Carolina Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina

The Land of Oz Remembered

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Land of Oz

Land of Oz (Photo credit: _rockinfree)

I never visited The Land of Oz, an amusement park that thrived during the '70s on North Carolina's Beech Mountain.  Though, I was able to look down on the park from atop the highest point of the White Lightning Trail at Beech Mountain Resort when I went skiing there.

It looked liked a very well kept park at the time and though not open on those cold winter days I imagined what fun it must have been for the people that performed there as well as the visitors and their children.

Today I ran across this article in The Daily Beast,  Follow the Yellow Brick Road...to North Carolina by Nina Strochlic and it reminded me of the park.  

Considering how long it has been dormant, (it closed in 1980), it still looks pretty good and piques the imagination to think about what it must have been like in it's heyday.

In 1990 it started opening for two days every year in what is known as the Autumn at Oz Festival to the delight of former visitors and employees.  A time to remember what it was like to work and play there.

Below is a film by Sam Howe and Jessie Whitman, The Land of Oz, that shows the park as it is now and gives a bit of history about how it came to be and what forced it's closure.



Resurrection After-party Album Cover.jpgResurrection After-Party is the latest album from Stephanie Wolfe.  It is being released on her Chipped Polish Records label tomorrow, February 14th, Valentines Day. 

This album is heavy into electronica.  My favorite song is Excited although Something Wicked is very popular too.

Chipped Polish Records is committed to female artists in the genres of pop, electronica, rock, and experimental music.