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Meet THE iNDEE: Colby Hopkins

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


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Colby Hopkins  Photo Credit: >David Superville



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.


Monstercon 2014 - Best Films

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Give a hand to two great directors, cast and crew from the Carolinas.  Over the weekend director Jesse H. Knight won Best Feature Film at Monstercon 2014 with The Orbs Starring Christy Johnson, Patrick G. Keenan, David Joy, and Warren Ray.
Jesse H. Knight Photo credit: Jason Ledford

The honors for Best Short Film went to Jaysen P. Buterin for his film Between Hell and A Hard Place starring Patrick G. Keenan, Michael Ray Williams, Marius Riley, Casey Murray, and Mandy Divine, 



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Test screenings have been planned for two new films from The iNDEE. Attendance is free and will be at the UNCC Student Union Theater in Charlotte, NC.  Participants will be given a questionnaire to complete about each film that will aid in fine tuning the productions before release.  It will not be necessary to make arrangements in advance.  Just be there ready to watch the movies and give your feedback.

Curfew

Written by Rodney Stringfellow.  Directed by Richard Clark, Jr.



A Thank You from THE iNDEE

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The iNDEE and New Daydream Films want to thank everyone for coming out and joining us for our Charlotte screening of Waiting for Butterflies last night.

Here is a photo of Bonnie Johnson and Tim Ross, two of the cast members, who were in attendance for the screening. Thank you for coming.

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Scienstars Banner  by Rian Trost


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.



Meet The Actors: Bonnie Johnson

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As the Charlotte screening of Waiting For Butterflies approaches, THE iNDEE wants to give you an opportunity to "Meet The Actors" of the film by introducing the fabulous, Bonnie Johnson.



What was your favorite part of playing the character in Waiting for Butterflies


Playing a woman dying of cancer yet being an inspiration to her family.



What are your hobbies/pastimes?


Spending time with my two precious grandchildren.



How did you know you wanted to be an actor? How long have you been acting?


Acting has been my passion since I was in a play in Kindergarten .



What is one thing you think most people don't know about you?


Robin Williams kissed me on the lips when our scenes in Patch Adams wrapped.

Meet The Actors: Tim Ross

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Tim Ross2.jpgIn preparation for their Charlotte screening of Waiting for Butterflies Thursday, July 17th, THE iNDEE introduces Tim Ross who plays Noah in their "Meet The Actors" series.


What was your favorite part of playing the character in Waiting for Butterflies?

I remember having a conversation with Kent Allen, co-writer/director, about why I wanted to play this character. It was during casting process. I was so happy that he asked me because often in casting you don't get to really speak your mind. I was able to tell him I wanted to play Noah because he was a flawed man, but that his character also changed everyone in the story and that he changed as well. I loved being able to play him before his terrible mistakes and during his redemptive process. It was also pretty cool to do a scene in prison.


What are your hobbies/pastimes?

One of my biggest hobbies is going to see movies. Even when I'm home I almost always watch movies instead of television shows. I'm in love with that storytelling form because I think it will make me a better film actor. Golf has been a lifelong passion and for the same reason as acting. I will never ever master it although I can certainly try to get better at it. I find it to be very satisfying to know that I can always get better. And for the last 10 years hanging out with my boys has been my number one hobby.
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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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This Wednesday thru Sunday, Kings Mountain, North Carolina will be hosting their Real to Reel Film Festival.  

Produced by the Cleveland County Arts Council along with many sponsors. Submissions were received not only from the U.S. but also form Canada, Spain, Sweden, India, Australia, Brazil, Israel, South Korea and the United Kingdom. 

Here are the films that were chosen:



Real to Reel Film Festival
July 9th - 12th
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
(704) 484-2787



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. 

Waiting For Butterfiles.jpg There will be a special private screening of Waiting For Butterfiles at the Arsley Grand Cinema Theater in Charlotte, NC this month.

Brought to you by THE iNDEE studios it is a chance to get an early peek at the movie starring Jason BurkeyCarla CloudJames MolinariTim RossBob EngleBonnie Johnson, and Bethany Tiller along with appearances by Jordan Alexander and Addy Miller.


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is a faith based film written by Richard Clark, Jr.  Richard directed the movie along with Kent Allen as co-director.  Produced by New Daydream Films in association with Allen Films, it is another movie that comes to us from The iNDEE in Gastonia, North Carolina.

"A grandmother's dying wish becomes the catalyst for the healing and forgiveness of a once divided family. They learn that God works miracles through the unexpected people he puts in our lives."


There will be a private screening of the movie on Thursday, July 17th at the Arsley Grand Cinemas 14 in Charlotte, North Carolina at 7:30 pm. Click here to see the event page on Facebook and reserve tickets. 


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Samantha Mills  Photo Credit: Erik Danielson

Samantha Mills recently moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles.  In North Carolina she had built up a reputation as a model and actor working mostly in the southeast.  The move to L.A. was a career move but not for the reason you might think.  It was a better opportunity for her day job.  She explained that she would kind of be starting over in Los Angeles with her acting and modeling.  I'm sure she will find lot's of opportunity there.

As a model, Samantha's good looks and svelte frame have helped her get jobs such as photo layouts in magazines, advertisements for companies such as Belk and Pepsi, and placements to sell everything from jewelry and shoes to cars and insurance.  In modeling, and to some extent in acting, she considers herself a salesperson.  Whether it is selling the product, the concept, or the character she says that's what she's there to do.  After thinking about it for a while I understood what she meant.  She sold me.

Coming up Samantha will be starring in a film called Honeyspider written by Kenny Caperton and directed by Josh Hasty.  It is a cool thriller movie that is currently in post-production and is due for release later this year.
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Samantha Mills in Honeyspider  Photo Courtesy: HoneyspiderMovie.com


Kira Bursky - We're Okay

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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.



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

The Orbs by Jesse H. Knight

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The Orbs is a film I've been wanting to see for some time and I recently got the opportunity.  It stars Christy Johnson and Patrick Keenan in dialogue rich peek into the lives of Loraine and Wilbur in their secluded mountain home. Are they nuts? Rarely leaving their housecoats in the film it is a roller coaster ride of agreement or disagreement between these two.  And what's with the orbs and the flashbacks to the space capsule?  You'll have to see it to find out.


Jesse Knight is an accomplished director who wrote the screenplay for this movie and also has a new one in the works called The Camera Man.  Jesse is also known for directing the police drama series Partners.



I recently had an opportunity to ask Jesse, Patrick, and Christy about the movie.  Check out the conversation below.

The Camera Man

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The Camera Man is a new movie going into production by Jesse H. Knight.  Jesse is the writer and producer of the award winning feature film The Orbs as well as director of the police drama series Partners which is providing work for many actors here in the southeast.

An IndieGoGo campaign has been started to help with the production costs.  Go to the site below to learn more about the project and take advantage of one of the many perks you can receive such as: A Dirty Look!, Fist to the face!, Savage beat down!, or Swim with the fishes!


Click on this link for more information about this production.


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Enjoy a night out with a great tongue in cheek comedy featuring a collection of stars from the Carolinas.

The Strange and Unusual was filmed primarily in Chester, South Carolina by filmmakers local to Rock Hill and Carolina actors.  This is a great opportunity to view the work of our neighbors and observe the talent we have right here at home.  There will also be a Q&A session with the filmmakers following the presentation.

The Underexposed Film Series is presented by The Arts Council of York County.


For Tickets:
The Strange and Unusual
Friday, June 13th - 7:30 pm
Community Performance Center
249 East Main Street
Rock Hill, South Carolina
803-328-2787

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The movie A Long Way Off will be having it's Charlotte Premiere this Friday at Regal Stonecrest at Piper Glen Stadium 22 & IMAX on the south side of Charlotte, NC.

Just in time for Father's Day. It is the story about a father and a son who leaves for the big city but doesn't find everything he's dreamed of there.  Written by Jon Macy and directed by Michael Davis and John Errington it is a modern day retelling of the Prodigal Son story.  Starring John DiehlJason Burkey,  Robert Davi, and  Edie McClurg .








Sometimes a person is compelled to do what is instinctive to them.  That is the case with Lilly Nelson.  She has been acting as far back as she can remember as a little girl, kindergarten or even before.  Even as a kid she was making up plays and doing little films with her friends and family.  Apparently her father, who is an art director, helped influence her  creativity.

At home on both stage and screen, it doesn't matter as long as she's acting.  No prima donna she likes to be involved whether it's in front of the camera or behind the scenes.  She will help with a production any way she can.  One specialty she has is helping actors with different dialects as well as teaching acting.

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Lillly Nelson  Photo credit: Tracy Page/Babycakes Studios

"Lilly has breathed life into Betty and given her more depth than we even imagined. She is a true artist."  - Christine Parker Director of Fix It In Post


Currently she is starring in Closer Patrick Marber that she has been wanting to do for many years.   Lilly is producing the play along with the Burning Coal Theatre Company.  Directed by Paul Sapp it stars Lilly along with  Miles Dwight Snow, Laurel Ullman, and Brian Fisher  It will be playing through this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina.  

Lilly recently finished a part in the film Fix It In Post which is a campy, over the top story about what a film crew does to survive after an electromagnetic pulse knocks out the power around the world.  She plays Betty the slate girl who has eyes for the director.  A movie about people making a movie, trying to use their filmmaking skills to survive a disaster.

Not afraid to get her hands dirty she relishes playing the villain and taking parts that others might not want to consider such as the lonely woman in Kami that has lost her lover.

Lilly has several other things coming up including a part as Lieutenant Victoria Xen in  Sciencstars, a TV series for kids about science.  In Deadroom she is a German mercenary/assassin named Helga, adding to her list of villainous and antagonistic roles.  She plays a drugged out mother  In 12 Dog Days of Christmas that is about a troubled teen boy that learns a lesson about the spirit of Christmas.

A Carolina girl, she works most frequently in area between Charlotte and Raleigh, and prefers to live in North Carolina  because it is home, but is ready to go anywhere she is called to for a new production.

See Lilly in the short film Kami below by William K. Gerard and read the conversation we had about her acting career.

An Interview with Tim Ross - Part 3

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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!