Recently in North Carolina Category
The first time I noticed James was in a film called Palmetto Haunting directed by Anil Dhokai where he played a paranormal investigator. The next time I saw his name come up was in Nowhere a story about an out of the way bed and breakfast inn where directed by Ryen W. Thomas where James (as Drake, a con man looking for fast money) found more that he bargained for. In both of these roles hew was very serious and clean cut.|
Later when I attended the premiere of Nowhere I noticed the absence of two of it's stars. One being Alexandra Faith, who I think was in New York at the time and James Molinari. There was young man there though that I thought I recognized but couldn't put my finger on from where. He had long curly hair and a big smile the whole night. He turned out to be James. I didn't recognize him because I had never seen him smile in a movie. (laughs)
"James and I first met on the set of a film directed by Anil Dhokai and after seeing how he took his role quite seriously, I knew I wanted to work with him. One thing I haven't shared much is that he was cast as Drake only three days before Nowhere's production yet he prepared for that role as if he had a year to break it down. Favorite moment on the set was seeing him furiously jump in place before doing a scene where he practically runs for his life. James is intense and I enjoyed tackling the character's arch with him, almost like constructing or sculpting a piece of art." - Ryen W. Thomas Director of Nowhere
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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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.
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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, |
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.|
"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.
"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
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?
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.
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.
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.
" 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