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Absurducopia Preview - The Antidote

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PartnersSeason1Ep3a.jpgThe third episode of Partners, a police drama starring Candace Blanchard and Darren Conrad, will be released this Sunday.

What's it like to be a child of a law enforcement officer?  That's what we will see as Julie Kain (Maggie Batson) deals with the lack of a father figure in her life.  Maureen Dowdell (In The Heat of The Night) makes her debut as Chief Tracy Hanlee.  Addy Miller from The Walking Dead and Ron Caldwell from Flight will also be appearing.









In Episode 2 Kira and Wayne experience an epic fail in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fail - The Musical




An Interview with Tim Ross - Part 4

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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!






Athena_Worldly_Possessions_Event.jpg Coming up next month is a premiere event that you don't want to miss.  Athena, a long awaited feature length movie by director Robert Filion and the highly anticipated Worldly Possessions from Brad Hord.

"Brad Hord, Robert W. Filion and the Don Gibson Theatre cordially invite you to a night of bloodcurdlingly exquisite entertainment featuring the very first screenings of Worldly Possessions (a short written by Brad Hord and directed by Robert W. Filion), and Athena (a feature length motion picture written by Michael Louis Calvillo and directed by Robert W. Filion). "

Meet THE iNDEE: Jen Becker

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Now it is Jen Becker's turn to be in the "Meet The iNDEE" spotlight! Please enjoy her interview and share with your friends! 


What are your hobbies/pastimes outside of work?

Spending time with my family. I enjoy the outdoors - hiking and camping. I am part of a tight knit church family. I love cooking for a big group of hungry people. I thoroughly enjoy authentic ethnic foods.


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Photo Credit: Russ Willey

Meet THE iNDEE: Dale Deacon

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It's time for another Meet The iNDEE spotlight! We would love for you to get to know a little more about Dale Deacon! Please enjoy this interview and share!


What are your hobbies/pastimes outside of work? 

I love to travel, to go to/watch movies and to read. I am particularly intrigued by movies and books dealing with true tales of the paranormal, and have been since I was a child. I also love classic literature and languages. I collect lighthouses as well. I'm an avid swimmer too. I am into music, BIGTIME!! 


How did you know you wanted to be a writer/director/work on set (which ever applies)?

I think I came out of the womb ready to be involved in the arts. I am told that as a baby, I stood in my playpen and entertained my brothers and sisters by making them laugh. From the day that I got my first laugh in Sixth Grade while playing the wicked Stepmother in Cinderella, I was hooked. Also, my whole family is in the arts. When I see a film that moves me, I actually ache to be even the smallest part of a team capable of creating such beauty. 

James Molinari in Nowhere

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James Molinari in Nowhere
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)



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James, I'm told, is known for throwing himself into a part.  He arrives ready to work and and does whatever it takes to play the part convincingly.

"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



This is BIG!

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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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Kira said "Prior to this past 48 Hour Film Festival, I had competed in the Asheville 48 Hour Film Festival 5 times, 4 of those times with Wayne. Each time we had a crew of 15-20 people. Don't get me wrong- I LOVED working with all of those amazing individuals. But, Wayne and I thought: hey, how about we try competing in the 48 Hour Film Festival with a two person team? And once that idea was in our heads, there was no turning back! So this past weekend we did it! We co-directed and co-starred. We drew out of the hat Dark Comedy... making it my 3rd dark comedy in a row! But to add 
on another challenge, we decided to make it a musical dark comedy. It was a crazy weekend of composing music, filming, green screening, and following our intuition!"

There is some talk of making it a web series also. We'll just have to wait and see.

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When I asked about how it felt to be working with only each other to rely on for direction and acting she said "It was both freeing and exciting! This was the first time I acted in one of my films. Wayne and I were talking to one another about how if we had had a whole crew there on set, we wouldn't have been so uninhibited. Since we are so comfortable around each other we were able to really have fun and  feel free to fully dive into our characters. It was also nice for me to have the opportunity to be cinematographer for one of my films. Normally when I have a full crew every position is filled, but because it was the two of us we got to truly do a little bit of everything! It was fun being able to explore all forms of art with this film. And it's also nice to share this film with Wayne because we get to both experience the joys of making something together!"

Meet THE iNDEE: Ty Longworth

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Welcome back to "Meet The iNDEE"! This week, Ty Longworth is in the spotlight. Please enjoy getting to know him!


What are your hobbies/pastimes outside of work?

Photography, cooking, baking.


How did you know you wanted to be a writer/director/work on set?

I've always loved the process of creating a story since starting theater at the age of 7.

As I See It... Doug Hicks

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Doug Hicks is the photographer behind Metal Phoenix Photography. With a BA in Studio Art from Salem College with multiple focuses in photography, oil painting, and graphic design, he brings a unique eye to the images he creates. 

Centering on the idea that "photography is all about mastering light; everything else is easy," he strives to depict what is actually seen rather than create affects on the computer. The resulting images, with the exception of color and exposure correction, are a result of camera use and skill and not computer savvy.  


As I See It... highlights photos in the  artistic/editorial categories of a photographer's body of work. 



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For my senior thesis at Salem College, I explored the idea of change: what happens to an image if you add, remove or change one element (literal or metaphorical) of an image. In this piece, I added the element of danger. Michelle Curry was very patient and trusting as I attached real glass to her lips using honey and took a large number of images. The resulting picture juxtaposes beauty and danger and creates a haunting picture which is striking at its intended size: 60" X 40" on metallic paper. (Nikon D60)


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Scienstars is a TV series aimed at teaching science through science fiction in the classroom or a home school environment.  Produced in the Salisbury with talent from the Carolinas and the southeast it is a worthwhile project to get behind.  

Here's your chance.  Check out the video below and then the link below to find out more about this exciting new tool to entertain and teach.



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A Place Called Home is a short film written by Kayla McBrayer and directed by Angel Defreitas that deals with domestic abuse.  It could be your neighbor or best friend that is having to deal with this injustice and you might never be aware of it because it is accepted and not talked about outside of the family.

The narrative is from the children's perspective as seen through the eyes of the oldest daughter and how abuse can affect the whole family.

Starring Kayla McBrayer, Rhonda Lynn Jones, Chris Matheny, and Payton Stover.  Crew members include Angel Defreitas as director; Hanna Stover, Kayleigh Stover, and Ella Grace Misenheimer on makeup with Derek Miller and Derek Jones on audio.  Catherine Hester was the photographer and Kimberly Brouillette designed the poster.

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Check out the interview below to find out what Kayla and Angel had to say about the film and their experiences as filmmakers.



 

As I See It... Catherine Hester

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Catherine Hester is a photographer for The Creative Edge Imagery. Below are some of her latest images.  

The Creative Edge Imagery focuses on natural light portraits, event photography, headshots, and artistic prints.    Visit them on Facebook or on their website The Creative Edge Imagery for  rates and services.

As I See It... highlights photos in the  artistic/editorial categories of a photographers body of work.




Tommy Faircloth.jpgCrinoline Head is a1995 film by Tommy Faircloth about what happens at a remote cabin where a group of college students have gone for a weekend of fun.  That is until they learn about what had previously happened in that cabin involving a young boy and his dollmaking mother.

That film has been very popular and it was just recently that Tommy came up with an idea to expand on the theme.  The result is Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head.

I first encountered one of Tommy's films, The Cabin, earlier this year. It was filmed in the Carolinas and Tennessee on a very tight schedule and budget starring Morgan Monnig and Jason Vail along with Robert Zobel as producer and Shelby Washburn as production assistant.  I was very impressed with what they were able to do in such a short time frame in addition to the travel time between locations that was required and the quality of the work they produced.

Tommy describes Dorchester's Revenge as not a sequel to the original Crinoline Head but more of a prequel.  A premiere in Charleston, South Carolina is planned for next weekend followed by some outtakes from the movie, questions and answers, then an opportunity for autographs and photos with the cast.  Next, a night on the town with celebrations at The Rooftop at Vendue Inn for drinks, and later still at Pantheon to see local drag performers Ava Clear and Vega perform.  Ava and Vega are also part of the cast of Dorchester's Revenge.

Below you can see trailers from the original Crinoline Head.  The Cabin, and the new trailer for Dorchester's Revenge along with the conversation I had with Tommy about his films and filmmaking. 

Enjoy, and if you can make it to Charleston next weekend treat yourself to an exciting night of fun and film.



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.
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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, 



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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.

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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.