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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.


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

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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.

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...

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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.

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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!



 
Writing

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If you are a writer or filmmaker who would like to learn more about writing and share some comaraderie with like minded folks this is the class for you. Beginning February 5th and continuing every Wednesday at Jade Castle Studios in Greenville, South Carolina.

The instructor will be John Norwood who graduated from  the University of Southern California with a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema-Television.  

Starting Wednesday Feburary 5th at Jade Castle Studios.
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

More information at:

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:


   
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Acting classes for adullts and kids/teens being February 5th at Jade Castle Studios in Greenville, South Carolina.  The classes are limited to 10 students and you must register by January 31st.

Taught by veteran actor  Ron Joseph.

Wednesday Feburary 5th thru April 23rd at Jade Castle Studios.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

More information at:
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Daryn Zonegrone is working to bring The Film House to Greenville, South Carolina where it will show independent films and classic movies.  The project will be funded through the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce's new web site SCcrowdfund.com.

   
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The late deadline to submit your film for the Indie Grits Film Festival has past by there is still one last chance to submit by using Withoutabox. The Withoutabox extended deadline is January 17th.  So if you want to enter this film festival about southeast films and filmmakers  here is the link to the submission page.

"What do you want to do with your life?" Ginny asks in this film directed by Karen Stanton for ShadowCatcher  Entertainment in association with the Brain Injury Association of Washington.


A Not So Still Life is a documentary I ran across this week as I was looking up other things.  A feature length film about artist Ginny Ruffner.   She was known as Ginny Martin back in the days when she was growing up in Atlanta, GA and Fort Mill, SC before leaving home and getting married.

After attending the University of Georgia she ended up in Seattle, Washington and became a ground breaking ceramic artist known worldwide for her ceramic sculptures.
Ginny Ruffner ( Photo credit: VOA - J. Taboh via wikipedia)

The Find - Trailer

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Here is the trailer for The Find by Mike Garland.  It is now in post production with release scheduled for January 2014.

Produced by Ridge Runner Media it stars Rhonda Lynn Jones and George Lunsford along with Dennis Loewer, Errol Sulleyman, Andrew Dudley, and Vicki Biggs.  Cinematography by Brian Miller and Terry Miller.  Alisa Jervise Locke is the script supervisor.  Makeup by Lindsey Starnes and photography by Jenn White.




The Find by Mike Garland

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Mike Garland is directing a short film called The Find in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  No, he isn't related to Hank Garland from the same area.  I asked.  Although he does play the guitar.   Originally from Detroit, Mike moved to South Carolina after a stint in the Army because his wife is from Spartanburg.

Having been an actor for a number of years and a law enforcement officer; Mike has turned his attention to a story he wrote called The Find  while while working at the jailhouse.  Written over a period of a couple of years this is the first in a series of screenplays he is producing along with the guys at Ridge Runner  Media, Brian and Terry Miller.


 I finally sent it to a music composer in England to see about music for it. He said it made the hair on his neck stand up. This is when I knew we may have a winner.  


An Evening with Kathy Butler Sandvoss

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Kathy Sandvoss spends her time living the American dream, at least to this outsider. She is an actress in the Charlotte/Fort Mill/Rock Hill area who has always been interested in acting since a young girl.  She has gone from high school and college ambitions, to a life of auditions and on-set performances.  All while raising a family in between!  Always grateful for the balancing act she has to make between home, family, acting and the rest of her life.  Check out this interview where we figure out how she does it all... 
 
Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Riverfest.pngThe Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a traveling show of films on the environment. It will be coming to Valle Crucis, North Carolina at the end of this month in conjunction with Riverfest.  There will be 10 short films along with music, food, a raffle, and a moonlight river float.

A climate of change is the theme for this years lineup.  The raffle will be for outdoor gear and there will also be a star party after the films to view the stars in the dark skies of Valle Crucis.




logo.jpgAnxious to see what the Strange and Unusual will look like?  Here's a teaser to give you and idea.


Also, check out the interview we did with the producers and cast.


   

Swimming With Dolphins

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Robert Filion, where do you find the time?  Here's a teaser for Swimming With Dolphins.  Written by Michael Melendez and directed by Robert Filion it's a lighthearted look at friendship with some unusual twists.

Michael Melendez also stars in the film along with Kevin Johnson, Haven Wilson, and Paul Gibson.  How's that for using talent from the Carolinas?




Check out the teaser below.