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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

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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.
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.





   

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.




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.





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.



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Professional actor and instructor Tim Ross  will be holding an intensive workshop on audition technique later this month in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Well known for his his work in the Carolinas and shoutheast, Tim's experience ranges from feature length films to commercials and industrial films.  Not to mention his work in theatre as an actor and director.

Tim knows his business and this is a great opportunity to learn how to improve the way you approach an audition and how to increase you chances of getting the role.  Teens and adults will also get the chance to meet with a casting director from a busy production studio in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area for a question and answer session.

Audition Technique Workshop with Tim Ross
Saturday, February. 22nd
1401 Edward Mills Road
Raleigh, North Carolina
9:00 am until Noon: Young actors age 8-14, $75.
1:00 pm until 4:00 pm: Teens age 14-19,  $75.
5:00 pm until 9:00 pm: Adults 20 and up, $100.


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.





Rest Stop by IHF Films

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IHF Films is a comprised of Gary Michael Hill, Blair Hoyle, and Patrick Abernathy.  They are getting ready to produce Rest Stop by Stephen King through Stephen's Dollar Babies program for film students.

Check out their campaign to raise funding at:


   


Photo Credit: Magen Marie Photography
Pat Dortch recently starred in Michael Sharpe's film Out Of One's Misery as the protaganist, David. He did a great job in this film so when I checked his IMDb credits I was very surprised that I found only one entry. So I had to find out why.

Pat jumped into acting head first a couple of years ago after the recession took a toll on his business. He has made rapid progress. After a year of acting classes at The Actors Lab in Charlotte, North Carolina he was asked to teach a couple of classes there. One for beginners and another for teens.

So it seems Mr. Dortch has been on a crash course in the acting business and wanted to lay a good foundation before he starts to build. 

The building process continues with meeting the right people. Studying under acting coach J.D. Lewis of The Actors Lab was a good choice. Meeting folks there like Joe Chiazza of 5Ahead Films was also a good start.  Joe is a wonderful cinematographer and co-director of the Door to Door Web series written by Rachel Woodhouse and Justin Xavier who he also met at the acting classes. The Door to Door series is a comedy in which Pat plays the overly exuberant manager of a sales company.  A quirky look at a day in the life of a salesman and his sales team. 

For his role in Out Of One's Misery, Pat was prepared.  Writer and producer Michael Sharpe told me that Pat fit the part perfectly and he knew in his mind the part was Pat's before he left the room. 

"I filmed the auditions so I could take them home and view them again. Pat read twice. He nailed it the first time, but I made him do it again to see how well he took direction. I knew I was going to cast him before he left." - Michael Sharpe - Director: Out Of One's Misery


So it was sink or swim and Pat's definitely a swimmer!


Check out the film and interview below to see what you think.

Thomas Lorenzo on acoustic guitar

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If you enjoy music and poetry and have never experience an artists in the round type of performance you should attend this one presented by The Charlotte Singer-Songwriters and Poets Circle.

Five performers present their songs and poetry, taking turns on stage, for your enjoyment.  Sometimes artists that are touring the country are booked to perform and at these in-the-round events.  So you never know what to expect.


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We Want Clean Water.bmpMy Toxic Backyard, a documentary about polluted groundwater, will be screened at the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton Texas.  The directory, Katie Damien, will be in attendance.  Screening is scheduled for midday on Saturday, February 15th. 



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One of Tweetsie Railroad's two steam locomotives, 2-8-2 #190, on May 20th, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tweetsie Railroad, located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is seeking entertainers for their 2014 season.

They are needing singers, dancers, actors, equestrians, magicians, and specialty acts.


2014 Local Auditions
January 25 & 26
9:00 am Registration / Auditions begin at 10:00 am
I.G. Greer Hall
Appalachian State University
401 Academy Street
Boone, NC


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The Gorilla With A Mustache Films team out of Asheville, North Carolina won the Best Film Award in the National Film Challenge 2013  this week and the film will go on to the Cannes Film Festival this coming year for a special screening.

Their entry, Joint Effort, is a comedy about a package delivery gone wrong.

The team, in accordance with the National Film Challenge rules was given an assignment and had one weekend to write,shoot, and edit the short film, then present it to the judges. No small feat.  

Other awards received for the film were: Best Actor -  David Ostergaard, and Best Writer  Eruch Adams and Will Eill for Joint Effort.  Joint Effort also won the Best Use of Genre -Comedy award and 2nd Runner Up for the Audience Choice Award.