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I recently saw Union Bound and was pleasantly surprised. Great story. Pam & Bill Jay (descendents of Joseph Hoover who kept the diary the film is based pm), I can see why you are happy about the movie. All of the actors were very good and the wardrobe authentic. The first thing I noticed was the cinematography and the attention to detail. The next thing I noticed was the soundtrack. Not overpowering but just right to convey the emotion of each particular scene. Kudos to everyone who worked on this movie. Also, hats off to the editing department.

This movie is a drama that shows us a slice of what the Civil War was like. From the viewpoint of a captured Union Soldier. Although it does have some Civil War battle scenes it is not a film about the large scale conflicts, but more of the personal ones. To my relief there is not  a blockbuster action scene around each corner. If this interests you so far then Union Bound is the movie for you to see.

Athena nominated for 3 awards.

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Athena Poster.jpgRobert W. Filion's Athena has been nominated for three awards at the Action On Film Festival. Nominations include Best Visual Effects, Best Dialogue, and  Vanelle who played the part of Emily has been nominated as Best Actress in a Feature Film.

Samantha Mills by Erik Danielson
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.
Samantha Mills - Cover Fort Mill Magazine
Samantha Mills Cover
Image Courtesy: Fort Mill Magazine

Samantha Mills in Honeyspider
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Michael Sharpe is a writer, director, and actor from Charlotte, North Carolina who is making a transition to the west coast and L.A. to further his film career.

His last film that he wrote and directed is called Out of One's Misery.  A dark tale with a twist, starring Pat Dortch as David, a very troubled man.  Michael also has a part as Sanford, a gentleman looking for his wife and family.  Mahri Shelton and Kayli Maree Tolleson play the family members.

The part of Sanford was written for another actor but, because he was unavailable, Michael stepped in to play that role and it couldn't have been a better fit.  Michael used a soft spoken southern gentleman accent in the movie that, along with his attire, worked to evoke a sense of calm and tranquility that his character Sanford required.

Kudos to Joe Stauffer for the cinematography, along with Kenny Caperton's production design and set decoration.  Alexandra Hughes did an wonderful job on the special effects makeup.

Enjoy Out of One's Misery, then read my conversation with the director below.

Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las...

Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Casino (Photo credit: bcbusinesshub via Wikipedia)

America's Got Talent is a popular TV series featuring a variety of performers competing to be the winner with a Las Vegas show of their own.  

The finalist and many of the favorite and top acts will also appear in the America's Got Talent Live Tour  after the TV competition ends.  So this is a great opportunity to break into the big time.

Don't miss your chance when they come to a city near you.

Find the city closest to  you below.
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The sun sets over the main stage at Coachella 2011. (Photo credit: Jameyhopkins via Wikipedia)

Coming up next weekend will be the first of two Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivals.  Starting this year there will be two festivals held on consecutive weekends. It's so popular they're holding it twice!

Some of the acts that are scheduled to perform are the Black Keys, Mazzy Star, Radio Head, Bon Iver, The Shins, SBTRKT, Zeds Dead, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Florence the Machine, Girl Talk, and many, many more..

Besides all the great acts there will be plenty of good food and drink to choose from.  Need a quick bite?  There will be food trucks available.  Want something more relaxed and satisfying then go to one of the several restaurants or bars setup on the site.

Against Me! playing at the 2007 Coachella Vall...

Against Me! playing at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. (Public Domain photo by R1vers Wikipedia)

Most of the tickets are sold out but there are a few premium camping passes left.  For those of you that can't be there in person you can watch the live stream on YouTube at

Zia Record Exchange will be open during the festival so you can purchase new or used records and CDs.  Record Store Day will feature special releases, and artist signings will be available. in the Zia tent.

Deutsch: Modern Dance Company "Flatback a...

Image by Fotograf: Lothar Knopp via Wikipedia

Auditions for Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance will be underway in January in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles.

So You Think You Can Dance is an unscripted series where participants skilled in many forms of dance such as ballet, break dancing, salsa, swing, jazz, etc... will compete to be America's Favorite Dancer.  Last years winner, Melanie Moore, received $250,000, was featured in magazine articles and advertising, while also participating in the 2011 So You Think You Can Dance Tour in 32 cities.

Thursday, January 5th
8:00 am
The Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree Street, Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia

Auditions: Dance Theatre of Harlem

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The Dance Theatre of Harlem perform Dialogues ...

Dance Theatre of Harlem performs Dialogues  (Public Domain Image by Martha Swope via Wikipedia)

The Dance Theatre of Harlem is looking for highly trained classical dancers.  Audition dates are set for San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, and New York.   You may also audition by sending in an audition video.

  • Repertoire includes classical, neoclassical and world-premiere ballets.
  • 30+ week contract.
  • Health benefits.
  • National and International touring.
  • Pre-registration recommended.
  • Bring resume, headshot and full-body dance photo.
  • Women must audition on pointe.
  • Audition fee: $20.00 in advance online, or $25.00 (cash only) in person.
  • Pre-registration is recommended for those who audition in-person only.

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Image by Nick Smith via Wikipedia

Love in the Wild, an NBC reality show, will be holding open casting calls in San Diego and Chicago starting next weekend.

The show is a bit like Survivor with dating mixed in.  

What they are looking for:
  • Men and women ages 25-35.
  • Game changer personalities.
  • Willing to do whatever it takes to find love.

San Diego
Friday, December 9, 2011 ( 9pm-10pm )
454 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Producer: Renee

Casting Call: Chavez

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Cesar Chavez (Image by Joel Levine via Wikipedia)

Casting call for Chavez a feature film directed by Diego Luna and being produced by Mr. Mudd (John MalkovichRussell SmithLianne Halfon) and Canana Films.  

The film is a biography about Cesar Chavez a civil-rights activist and labor organizer who help found the National Farm Workers Association which later became the United Farm Workers.

To audition for one of these roles click on the link for the role you want to audition for then submit your information and video audition.

Audition deadline is December 10th.

Beach sunset in Cuba.

Image by  Aaron Escobar via Wikipedia

Love in the Wild, an NBC reality show, will be holding open casting calls in Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles between now and December.

The show is a bit like Survivor with dating mixed in.  

What they are looking for:
  • Men and women ages 25-35.
  • Game changer personalities.
  • Willing to do whatever it takes to find love.

Thursday, December 1, 2011 ( 5pm-9pm )
Primo's Uptown
3209 McKinney Avenue
Dallas Texas 75204
Producer: Bonnie /

Hooters Calendar Girl Melissa Poe in 2004

Public Domain Image via Wikipedia

Open calls for casting of the Bad Girls Club, an Oxygen Channel series, this weekend  in Boston, Massachusetts; Houston, Texas; and Burbank, California.

  • You must be 21 years old or older.
  • Be a self proclaimed "Bad Girl".
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.

Saturday, November 12th
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon Boston
148 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, November 12th
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Deckhouse Bar and Grill
5810 Beverly Hill Drive
Houston, Texas

Saturday, November 12th
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hooters Burbank
600 North First Street
Burbank, California


Auditions for America's Got Talent

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Vector image of the Las Vegas sign.

Image by Anasofiapaixao via Wikipedia

America's Got Talent is searching for entertainers for the next season of their hit show.  If you have an act worthy of Las Vegas then now's your chance!  Pre-registration is underway and casting calls are scheduled for the following cities.

November 12th & 13th
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tampa Bay Convention Center
333 South Franklin St.
Tampa, Florida

December 10th & 11th
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, California

January 14th & 15th
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas

Saturday, February 4th
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday, February 5th
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Charlotte Convention Center
501 South College Street
Charlotte North Carolina

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Image © Glenn Francis, via Wikipedia

Open calls for casting of the Bad Girls Club, an Oxygen Channel series, starting this week  in Charlotte, San Francisco, Miami Beach, Pittsburgh,  Minneapolis and Columbia, SC.

  • You must be 21 years old or older.
  • Be a self proclaimed "Bad Girl".
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.

Thursday, November 3rd: 
  • Charlotte: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Ed's Tavern, 2200 Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina
Saturday, November 5th: 
  • San Francisco: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, The Cellar, 685 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California
  • Pittsburgh: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Tilted Kilt Pittsburgh, 353 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sunday, November 6th: 
  • Miami Beach: 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Tequila Chicas, 1501 Collins Avenue (15th and Ocean), Miami Beach, Florida
Tuesday, November 8th: 
  • Columbia: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Jillian's, 800 Gervais Street, Columbia, South Carolina
Wednesday, November 9th: 
  • Minneapolis: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Blarney Pub and Grill, 412 14th Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Photo by Alan Light via Wikipedia

Madonna, the original Material Girl, and her daughter Lola Leon are searching for a spokesperson/model for their Material Girl clothing line.  There will be open casting calls in New York City, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  Unable to attend?  You can also submit your information online, along with photos.

What you'll get:
  • A custom photo shoot in New York City.
  • Your Material Girl ad in cool magazines.
  • You'll be the face of Material Girl in stores and online.
  • A billboard in Times Square
  • $5,000 cash and more.

Sexy Cradle Carry the Sexier in The Pool

Image by Mikeyloveswomen via Flickr

Open calls for casting of the Bad Girls Club, an Oxygen Channel series, this Saturday  in Atlanta, Birmingham, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

  • You must be 21 years old or older.
  • Be a self proclaimed "Bad Girl".
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.

Saturday, October 29th: 

  • Atlanta: 10:30 am-5:30 pm, 5 Seasons Westside, 1000 Marietta Street, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Birmingham: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Brunswick Riverview Lanes, 2908 Riverview Road, Birmingham, Alabama
  • San Francisco: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, The Cellar, 685 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California
  • Washington DC: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Club Heaven and Hell, 2327 18th Street Northwest, Washington DC

Camera operator, for Arte, Paléo Festival

Image by Manuguf via Wikipedia

Indiecon is conducting a workshop and seminar called  Overcoming the Catch 22's of Producing Your First Feature Film, for filmmakers or anyone who would like to know how feature films are made.  Indiecon is a forum/community that supports independent filmmakers, game producers, and animators.

Topics Covered:
  • Script Development Conducive to Low/Micro Budgets
  • Creating Your Own Film Opportunities as an Actor
  • Creating a Comprehensive Business Plan & Pitching Investors
  • Dealing with Agents, Unions, Banks & Vendors
  • Posting & Delivering Your Film on a Budget
  • Distributing Your Film in Today's Rapidly-Evolving Market
  • Marketing & Promoting Your Film

Sunday, September 18
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tower Theatre
421 Vernon Street
Roseville, California

Saturday, September 24, 2011
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, California


South Los Angeles, California - August 30/31
LA Forum, 900 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, California

More info:

Saturday, August 27

Los Angeles, California
 10am-4pm  Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Drive

More Info:


Image by yozza via Wikipedia

The rock band Forbidden is searching for a new drummer and the search will be online.  They have opened up a channel on YouTube where you can submit a video of your drumming skills so you can be considered as their next potential band mate.

You will need to upload a video of you playing drums to three Forbidden songs: Forsaken at the Gates, Infinite, and one of your choice.