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Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" episode 2 of season 15. The episode is entitled, "Buzz Kill," and it sounds like things will get pretty intriguing and intense as the crew looks into a fatal shooting involving a marijuana shop, and more. In the new, 2nd episode press release: The CSI team is going to investigate a robbery and fatal shooting at a medical marijuana shop. Press release number 2: The CSI team will investigate a robbery and fatal shooting at a medical marijuana shop. Cheat Tweet: The #CSI team is “abuzz” after a shooting at a local pot shop! #CBS 10/5 10:30 pm/Et&10 pm Pt http://bit.ly/1Dc2ijd. Guest stars will feature: Alimi Ballard (Det. Kevin Crawford), Richard Speight Jr. (Lloyd Bryant), Alycia Grant (Allison Ball), Jama Williamson (Dina Bryant), Matthew Tyler Risch (Calvin Reynolds), James Ferris (Detective Keys), Andrew Fiscella »
Set in the free-spirited San Francisco of 1985, writer-director Chris Mason Johnson 's Test lovingly portrays this exciting and harrowing era as young Frankie (dancer Scott Marlowe in a breakout acting debut) confronts the challenges of being an understudy in a modern dance company where he's taunted to "dance like a man!"
Frankie embarks on a budding relationship with Todd (Matthew Risch), a veteran dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie's innocent. As Frankie and Todd's friendship deepens, they navigate a world of risk - it's the early years of the epidemic - but also a world of hope, humor, visual beauty and musical relief.
We have an exclusive clip from Test, which makes its debut on DVD today. Watch as Frankie takes to the stage for an empowering solo routine in a scene you'll remember long after you see it.
The captivating dance sequences were especially »
Set in free-spirited San Fransisco in 1985, "Test" is an award-winning portrayal of the HIV/AIDS epidemic that became the definitive issue in the gay community. In this exclusive clip, professional dancer Scott Marlowe stars in his on screen debut as troubled modern dancer named Frankie who channels his off-stage challenges into his performance. Written and directed by Chris Mason Johnson, "Test" was awarded top jury prize at Outfest 2013 and was selected to screen at prestigious festivals like NewFest, London BFI Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival. The dance sequences, such as the one featured in this clip, were choreographed by acclaimed stage choreographer Sidra Bell. "Test" also stars Matthew Risch as a veteran dancer who's bad boy nature compliment's Frankie's innocence as the two performers develop a deeper and deeper relationship. "Test" has been released in select theaters and VOD, and will receive a New York/ Los Angeles release on June. »
- Brandon Latham
Some Gentle People There: Johnson’s Sophomore Effort Recalls Place of Fear
Here’s an arresting point of intrigue into the miasma of historical reexaminations of the AIDS onslaught—the fear and trepidation associated with the initial development of the test used to detect infection. Would the government use it to quarantine, as a way to cordon off the diseased before they could spread the virus among others? Would it be information employers could get a hold of? The endless anxieties that resulted from something as simple as confirmation were boundless, and so, Chris Mason Johnson’s sophomore film, Test, manages to gain a unique perspective in this examination of knowing one’s status and the implementation of safe sex. Cineastes may compare its anxious final act to Agnes Varda’s New Wave classic, Cleo From 5 to 7, though Johnson’s film doesn’t quite grapple with its protagonist »
- Nicholas Bell
A timid San Francisco dancer in 1985 copes with misinformation and fear sparked by the growing AIDS crisis in sophomore helmer Chris Mason Johnson’s underwhelming “Test.” Thanks to the director’s credentials as a dancer, the performance scenes with the modern dance company are a highlight, and the issues raised, including intimacy, scapegoating, what is “manly,” and of course AIDS, are salutary reminders of an era that feels a lifetime away, even if the concerns remain omnipresent. However, tonal flatness and a colorless lead earn “Test” a “B” grade, although gay fests won’t mind, and a release on the pink circuit is secure.
Frankie (newcomer Scott Marlowe, looking like a more willowy Octavian) is a junior member of a dance troupe, seemingly fated to remain in the wings as the understudy. Nervous and insecure, he’s preoccupied with the general paranoia surrounding AIDS at a time when those with the disease were shunned, »
- Jay Weissberg
Paris– Matteo Lovadina’s sales outfit Reel Suspects has snatched up Chris Mason Johnson’s (“The New Twenty”) daring sophomore pic “Test,” which is set to have its European premiere in Berlin’s Panorama section.
A poignant drama set in San Francisco, “Test” chronicles the romance between two young male dancers from a prestigious company in 1985, when AIDS epidemics started to spread, fueling fears within the gay community and homophobia.
Pic toplines Scott Marlowe, a professional dancer who is making his acting debut, and Matthew Risch, a Broadway performer who’s appeared in various movies, including “Legally Blonde” and “Sex And The City 2.”
“Test” has been critically-aclaimed since bowing at Seattle festival and playing at Outfest, where it earned Mason Johnson a jury prize for outstanding screenwriting and was voted outstanding dramatic feature.
Mason Johnson, who began his career as a ballet dancer, produced with Chris Martin via Serious Prods. »
- Elsa Keslassy
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