Reneé Redden-Somoza, Houston actress and co-owner of RedFan Films, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, cooking, working out and spending time with her son, Sebastian.
This Houstonian was just finishing her degree in communications at Sam Houston State University when a magazine editor discovered her. Then it took only a matter of months before Renée Redden was a well-known fitness idol in Houston. She taught aerobics classes that drew huge crowds. She wrote columns on fitness that locals studied and sampled. She was a force in the newly developing world of aerobics-to-music that was stampeding across the country. Fortunately, Renée realized early on that for the best results, women needed weight training as part of their fitness regimens. She promoted that idea and followed it religiously until her own fitness level became legendary in Houston. So it came as no surprise to anyone when she began competing and placing consistently in the top five in local, national and international Ms. Fitness competitions.
"I love all the adventure I have lived," Renée says. "I feel so lucky I've been able to accomplish so many things I wanted to do in my career. I just began to know in recent years that more than anything I wanted to be in the entertainment business even though I knew I would have to fight having a southern lilt."
From her early years, the cornerstone of Renée's existence has been exercise. "Basically, my life as been about fitness," she says. "As a kid, I was a shy tomboy... I devoured books about girls from other cultures and would always picture myself as the heroine of the story." "I was incredibly interested in physicality," she recalls. "From the time I was eleven until age sixteen, I jumped rope every night for thirty minutes after dinner." She laughs. "My parents thought I was crazy, but I loved my mom's cooking so I had to find a way to maintain my weight."
Soon she was working for Houston Health & Fitness Magazine as an advertising executive. The job meant she had to network far and wide and develop a high profile, and in doing so, she honed numerous skills -- marketing, public relations, sales, and management. Thrust into the job of hosting a Mr. and Ms. Health & Fitness Competition, Reneé discovered yet another gift--she was a witty and talented emcee. "I began emceeing local bodybuilding competitions around town and eventually entered one," she says. "I got 'ripped' for the show and decided that the unfeminine look of bodybuilders was not what I wanted, so I then entered the Ms. Fitness USA the second year it was held."
Thanks to her beautiful, toned body, Reneé won fourth place in the nation and then went on to compete in Ms. Fitness Universe. There she won Best Physique and met Arnold Schwarzenegger, who awarded the trophy.
Renee began working for MET-Rx Engineered Foods as their spokesperson. In that capacity, she met Sly Stallone, Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, and Cher...all MET-Rx fans. MET-Rx founder Dr. Scott Connelly networked constantly, and he was glad when Sly, Clint and Cher began asking about Reneé. Reneé and Dr. Connelly visited the home of Clint Eastwood at his office at MalPaso Studios several times. Eastwood often inquired about Reneé. When Reneé accompanied Connelly to Cher's home, the award-winning actress and singer quizzed her about fitness. "Cher wanted to know how I managed to keep such a feminine physique while staying lean, "Reneé says. "She asked me to train her, but I lived in Houston and she was in Malibu so that wasn't possible."
Reneé got to know Stallone. "Sly and I kept in touch by phone for about six months after that, but I never dated him because I was too intimidated to meet him alone in person."
Next Reneé began taking acting classes because she loved the film world. "They were just normal people concerned with taking care of themselves like the rest of us," she says. "I thought, if they can do this, why can't I?
Inspired to succeed, Reneé moved to Los Angeles and trained under Tom Todoroff for eight months. She then attended Beverly Hills Playhouse and trained under Gary Imhoff for seven months. But fate changed the script; Reneé found out she was pregnant. "I announced my pregnancy to the acting class and said I was moving back to Houston to be with my husband and family," she says. "Gary Imhoff made me promise that I would get back into classes and get an agent after my son was born." I had every intention of doing that, but my heart was not into acting because it was all into my baby. I did get back into Deke Anderson's classes at Next Level Acting in Houston, but then stopped.
A few years ago Reneé's son was actually the one who got her back on track. "He told me that I should get back into acting because that seemed to make me happiest. I took his advice and made a goal for myself for 2015. That was to produce a short film, with parts for my son and me. The movie, co-produced with Welling Films and my own film company, RedFan Films, will be released on April 10, 2016" Her son, Sebastian Somoza, now fourteen and an actor, appears in the film.
The Blimp Trap is a sweet true story set in the 70's about two children who are on a quest to capture the Goodyear Blimp, explains Reneé, who plans to produce another film in 2016. "My mission is to create and act in films that touch the human spirit and create awareness about the importance of love and good will for humanity and our planet," she says.
"My family has been very supportive. I'm driven to have a film career, and they get that. I'm at a point in my life right now that I know what I want, and that's a great feeling."
Jimmy Willden is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. He is also an American musician and composer.
Willden began writing music as a child, leading to his debut album release in 1998, at the age of fourteen. Since then, he has released four solo albums, two EPs, and as of 2013, was in pre-production on his fifth album - due out sometime in 2014.
He has written countless stories and screenplays. In June of 2004, Willden decided to step behind the camera and direct his first film, "Haunting Kate". Shown at the EdgeWorks Film Festival in November of 2005, "Haunting Kate" received critical acclaim from many of the judges as well as the audiences. He then, in 2007, went on to co-write and direct "Flushed," a dark comedy about a hapless married man who escapes from a marriage counseling meeting to the restroom, and decides that when life sucks, flush it.
In 2008, a screenplay that Willden wrote about the family of an estranged father congregating in the waiting room of a hospital, after a horrible accident, coming to terms with their feelings of love, and hate, for the man, was directed by James Arlen. "What We Became" garnered a lot of attention for its raw look at the emotions beneath the surface of spousal abuse.
In 2011, Willden returned behind the camera to produce and direct his first feature-length film. "Transient" about an extremely imaginative man who must go on a journey across the landscape of his own mind to finally discover, and ultimately understand, himself.
Later in 2011, Willden wrote & directed "The Rogue", a western-drama about two longtime rivals who stumble onto an old widow's ranch, who begs the question: "What makes good men go bad?" The film, starring Aaron Weisinger, Jeff Gibbs and Kelly Kimball, won several awards at the Corpus Christi 7-Day Film Festival, including Grand Jury, Best Technical, and Best Supporting Actress. It then went on to screen at the 5th Annual Rockport Film Festival and the First Annual South Texas Underground Film Festival.
In 2012, Willden directed several short films, each of them served as a new challenge in his artistic growth. One film of note was "Consequence", about a couple trapped in a basement, but separated from each other by a wall. It was a desperate scene of the struggle to survive, and the possible loss of the will to do so. Willden wanted to shoot the film with tight shots in close quarters, giving the audience an extreme sense of claustrophobia. Willden also designed the film to only be cut sparingly, with minimal coverage shot during production. With the extra artistic choice of not adding music to the film's soundtrack, "Consequence" relied solely on the actor's performances. Jennifer Cundiff's performance in the film garnered a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 2012 Corpus Christi 7-Day Film Festival. The film then went on to screen at the First Annual South Texas Underground Film Festival.
This pattern of new challenges culminated in June of 2013, when Willden went into production on "Discernment", a one-shot film about people watching, and the dire situations that lead good people to do bad things. Willden rehearsed with his cast for a month before filming the first shot, making sure each step, each line, and each breath was accounted for. Discernment is currently in post-production, with the hope of a January completion date.
For the rest of the summer of 2013, Jimmy joined forces with fellow filmmakers Christopher James Thompson and Brian Cobos to produce two more short films. One, "Last Days of Night" was a crime-drama focusing on a hit-man reassessing his morals. The film, which starred Brian Cobos, Jennifer Cundiff, Jimmy Willden, Jeff Durrwachter and Christopher James Thompson, won 3rd Place, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor at the 2013 Corpus Christi 7-day Film Festival. Willden was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor. "Last Days of Night" then went on to screen at the 2nd Annual South Texas Underground Film Festival.
The second film, "Phrenic" was about a man who has a vision and must decide to to save the people involved. It screened at Austin 48-Hour Film Festival, 2nd Annual South Texas Underground Film Festival, and the Seventh Annual Rockport Film Festival.
With 2013 coming to an end, Willden went into pre-production on his next film, "Empty Miles", with production planned for January of 2014.
Naomi Melton is an actress from Houston, TX. With a great start to her career, Naomi has already added a featured role under her belt, working alongside actors such as Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell, and Rapper T.I in the featured film "Get Hard." Melton has also had a hand in production while assisting in "The Fly Trap."
Usher Morgan is an award-winning film director, producer and Studio executive residing in New York City. Morgan started his career in book publishing and later became involved with film production and distribution. He produced his first documentary film "The Thought Exchange" starring David Friedman and Lucie Arnaz in 2012, followed by his directorial debut "Good Kids" and his award-winning comedy short film "Prego". Morgan's first feature narrative film, Pickings, will be released in 2017 followed by the horror film short, Trapped Inside. Morgan's directing style is influenced primarily by film-noir and spaghetti westerns. .
Bret L. Davidson born in February 28th, 1959 in Glendale, California. His Mother and Father are his greatest mentors. Growing up in a racing family, he was already riding motorcycles at the age of 5. By 15 he became the state champion in the 125 Pro Class in Arizona and received a factory ride from Bultaco which lead him to a 29th National Ranking. He then took his talents to the screen and in his first film he was cast to play a young Desperado in The Kid and the Gun Fighter in 1980. When finishing 2nd in a National Stuntman's Competition in 1983, Judge Jocko Mahoney said "Bret, go to LA and pursue your dream, you have what it takes". This was just the beginning of Bret's career as an actor/stunt man. He is credited for over 100 film and television appearances including Star Trek IV, Rangers, Natural Born Killers, Wishmaster, Dukes of Hazzard, The Way of the Gun, The Crow and The Avenging Angels to name a very few. He currently (2007) contributes to the industry as a Second Unit Director and Stunt Coordinator along with his years as an experienced stuntman. A few of his more memorable moments are riding motorcycles with Malcolm Smith and Steve McQueen; working with his great friend and mentor, Paul Baxley; trapped in a car with Michael Madsen screaming for a second meal on location; his 2 years with Terrance Hill on Lucky Luke 1990-92; playing liars poker with Jack Elam and the guidance and helpful teachings from Charlton Heston. His achievements also include a world record for the Highest and Longest Ride Hanging off the Skids of a Helicopter/ Dead Man Can't Dance 1997. The biggest blessing of all is his son, Dustin, who is his little buddie.
Mae Flores was born in the relatively poor city of Quezon City in the Philippines. Her mother Nellie believed in providing her two daughters with a strong education and worked three jobs to give her children serious training in the arts.
When she was just 3 years old, Mae's mother enrolled her at the Cultural Center of the Philippines where she studied ballet. Mae was also accepted to the prestigious Children Repertory Theatre in Makati, where she studied theatre, and was also admitted to various reputable dance academies in Manila, where she studied and fine-tuned her dance skills, including modern dance, jazz, tap, and lyrical, as well as music skills.
When she was 11 years old, Mae Flores immigrated with her family to Chicago, where her mother and aunt continued to nurture Mae's promising training in the performing arts. Columbia College, one of the most progressive schools for modern dance in the Midwest, accepted Mae to its Chicago program where she majored in modern dance, choreography and performance. Mae quickly excelled in the program, performed in some advanced student dance shows and national competitions, and was a finalist in the National Association of Dance Masters, one of her greatest achievements in the dance field.
During her dancing days, Mae's determination and drive became apparent once again when she self-taught Latin dancing studying from VHS tapes. Without any help or a partner to learn from, Mae practiced for countless hours on her own using a wall in her living room as a "virtual partner." After a few months of self-training, she bravely decided to audition for the Latin Street Dance Chicago dance company, one of the most prestigious and competitive professional Latin dance companies in the Midwest. Despite facing very stiff competition from several dancers with many years of proper Latin dance training and experience, Mae was accepted by the Latin Street Dance Chicago as one of only two professional Latin dancers for that year.
Mae later moved to Los Angeles, where she concentrated on her acting career. Mae got her toes wet in Hollywood by acting in some small roles in independent films, as well as a few TV commercials. However, it wasn't long before her big career break arrived when Mae was selected as one of the lead actors in the science-fiction feature film "Atlantis Down."
Director and Producer Max Bartoli, who was hosting auditions in Los Angeles and the East Coast for the feature film "Atlantis Down," was searching for some undiscovered female talent to pair with prominent actors Michael Rooker, Dean Haglund and Greg Travis. Mae's charisma and acting skills shone during her audition where she was asked to perform a very difficult and emotional scene in which her character experienced a life-threatening panic attack, while trapped in a small closet and desperately gasping for air. Despite her limited acting experience, Mae immediately caught the attention of director and producer Max Bartoli, who subsequently called off the remaining auditions for this female lead and immediately offered the role to Mae Flores.
Since the East Coast premiere of Atlantis Down, the Filipino community, who had been starving for a young native who could so brilliantly and elegantly carry the hopes and dreams of a developing nation, embraced Mae Flores wholeheartedly. Mae Flores took with great honor and enthusiasm the responsibility of using her newly found public role to bring a message of hope to the younger generations of Filipinos who are told every day by their protective parents that it is unrealistic for Filipino immigrants to pursue their dreams. Without any hesitation, Mae agreed to tirelessly speak to many inspired young Filipinos at several community events all around the country. Filipinos young and old, who have met Mae Flores in these events, were deeply touched by her warm personality, her charisma and her inspirational conversations. Fans in the Filipino community all over the United States and Internationally have quickly embraced Mae Flores as their nation's hope for new International recognition in Hollywood, and have literally flooded Mae's profile pages on Facebook and Twitter, which grew to several thousands fans in the span of just a few months.
In addition to the many speaking engagements in high schools and community clubs around the country, Mae was asked to attend and speak at several high-profile events.
On November 10th, 2010, Mae was invited to speak to over 2,000 attendees at the Empowerment Conference of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, a Washington policy-maker group. This conference was also video streamed internationally throughout the Internet, and several thousand Filipinos around the world were able to take part to this International event.
In celebration of Filipino American History Month, the Virginia State Delegate, Ron Villanueva, invited Mae Flores to be a special guest speaker to this important cultural community event, which highlighted the Filipino history and traditions in the United States.
Mae was also invited by the Filipino political community to attend the Governor of Virginia's Annual Breakfast and speak about her contribution to the entertainment and arts industry on behalf of the Filipino community.
In addition to her public speaking engagements, Mae was also presented with several honorary awards by the Filipino community and by the local governments of Virginia and Chicago for her contribution to the arts and entertainment.
The city of Portsmouth, Virginia, where the movie Atlantis Down was filmed, proclaimed October 3rd, 2010 as the official "Mae Flores Day" to celebrate the discovery of this exciting new Filipina-born actress.
The United States Naval Base's First Class Petty Officer Association in Virginia Beach presented Mae with an Honorary Association Membership to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) active aircraft carrier "for her leadership efforts in boosting morale and educating sailors on the rich Filipino American culture. From all of us across the globe, we salute you." Mae Flores' interview and honorary ceremony was featured around the globe in the United States Naval periodical and website.
On October, 3rd, 2010 the Filipino American Community Action Group of Hampton Roads Virginia presented Mae Flores with a lifetime membership "for her commitment, dedication, and outstanding contribution in the Entertainment Industry, enhancing the image of Filipino Americans, not only in the United States, but throughout the world."
On October 16th, 2010, the Council of United Filipino Organizations of Tidewater and the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia, the largest Filipino organization on the East Coast and the second largest Filipino community in the United States, officially named Mae Flores as its first 'Daughter of the Philippine Cultural Center.'
Mae Flores was voted as a member of the Chicago Filipino American Hall of Fame for her contribution to the arts and entertainment in the Filipino community, and will be officially inducted in Chicago on April 23rd, 2011.
Despite her short career to date, Mae Flores has already caught the heart and imagination of thousands of young Filipinos who now so warmly look at Mae as a much-needed breath of fresh air and an inspirational message of hope. Many young Filipinos are already energized by Mae's inspirational figure and have now rekindled their own treasured dreams of success in various difficult, but potentially rewarding, careers and fields. Mae Flores' success is a clear demonstration that it is possible for the new generation of young Filipinos to pursue their dreams despite all odds.
Mae's journey where she met and spoke with thousands of young Filipinos all around the United States has been an inspiring and touching experience for herself as well. Mae treasures her newly found public leadership role within the Filipino community and, as a results, she plans to pair her movie career with the development of an Internet-broadcast talk show called "The Mae Flores Show." In this show, Mae will meet many prominent and every-day guests both in the Filipino community and from around the world, and leverage this online platform to further foster her message of hope for a developing nation that is so in need to believe that it, too, can reach new heights.
|Stacy Asencio Sutphen
Stacy Asencio-Sutphen, an Italian-Spanish American, hails from Brooklyn, New York. Blessed with an abundance of talent (Singing, Dancing, Acting, Writing and Producing) she is more than just a triple threat! Starting her professional career as a singer, when she was signed to a development deal with Fever Records at the age of 14 and performing on stage with Tony Randall at Radio City Music Hall, Stacy's dreams continued to come true when she auditioned for the prestigious Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and was accepted into the Drama Department. Having competed against more than three thousand kids her age, for only one of the 25 spots available.
Stacy has starred in various independent films and TV Shows (Bad Ass, The Immaculate Misconception, They're Just My Friends, The Awesome Hour, Brainfart, Wicked Wicked Games, Law and Order and Guiding Light) she also recorded an album with Warner Brother Records, produced a successful off Broadway cabaret show in NYC called "The New York City Kitties" sponsored by Atkins, Viva Beads and New York Sports Club and has offered her vocals to a variety of Jingles (Mattel, Nickelodeon and the N Network). Stacy is contributing writer for Wish I Didn't Know---an online magazine.
Stacy has several projects in development, with many star names attached--- including a television series she co-created with her husband Jeff Sutphen under their production company Part Time Hero Productions titled "American Girl Trapped On A Telenovela" starring Guy Ecker, who is also one of the Executive Producers along with his wife Estela Sainz, and Robin Strasser. American Girl Trapped On A Telenovela will air on new network Matriarch Television, a network dedicated to women of color. The show will debut Sept 2013. Stacy will play the lead in this hilarious comedy. In addition she has several projects in development, including a short film thriller (based on a feature), making its debut in 2013.
Stacy and her husband are also the founders of The Anna Forlenza Foundation which is a non profit organization committed to raising child abuse awareness and protecting children. They also launched a national campaign called "Stop Abusing Your Children", and the PSA aired on HLN and Bravo network. They are hoping to get more networks to join their fight by airing the PSA as well.
Represented by Erich C. Smith, at Affinity Artist Agency
Ted Crisell, known to friends around the globe as THEO, is a former child actor having grown up in Hollywood. THEO was raised in a talented family, mother played violin, sang and danced. At an early age (age7) THEO had private acting, dance and singing lessons. He worked in many films and television shows and performed with John Wayne, Walter Brennan, Donna Reid, Lucille Ball, Ernie Kovacks, Richard Carlson, Broderick Crawford, and many, many other name actors. He appeared later in shows with Whoopy Goldberg, Rodney Dangerfield and recently in films with Dustin Hoffman, Joanquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
As an adult THEO found he could not get cast in the character parts he wanted nd began producing, directing and writing his own films and webisodes.
In the last few years he has acted in and produced the horror films TRAPPED, GIRLS ON A BOAT, and DEMONS along with the comedy feature film WOMEN and two amazing and well received shorts which will be soon turned into Features, UNCLE ZORBA and DINNER WITH THE DONS.
Over the last two years THEO has appeared in over 100 film projects nd various characters and has appeared four times in various shorts with Funny Or Die.
THEO also continues to produce Web series through his three production companies he founded, CGP, Crisell Global Productions, Crisell World Vortex, Crisell TV.
Tamara Brinkman is a Dutch actress. After the MAVO/HAVO in Bussum, The Netherlands, she went a couple of years to the actors school 'Het Docentencollectief'. She started her career at the age of 18 when she joined the popular Dutch television series 'Onderweg naar morgen', where she played the lively character of Babette Couwenberg for four seasons.
After having studied acting at De Trap in Amsterdam, Tamara currently works in film, television and theatre.
Tamara also hosted several Dutch television programs including the travel show "RTL Travel" and the children's show "Under the ground". In 2002 she became the official voice of the Dutch Nickelodeon channel (where she still works), and at the same time she was asked to be the sidekick of one of the most famous and infamous radio DJs in the Netherlands: Ruud de Wild on Radio 538.
After having worked in radio broadcasting for a few years, Tamara decided to return to her first and biggest love and to focus on her acting career. In 2013 she had parts in the Dutch television series 'De meisje van Thijs', 'Divorce', 'Man met de hamer', and 'Danni Lowinski' and she acted in the short film 'Bounty', which was shown in many international Film festivals such as The Bay Area International Film Festival in Oakland, (U.S.A) and The Pan African Film festival in Los Angeles, (U.S.A.).
In 2014 she features in the new comedy series 'Fashion Planet' for Dutch Television.
Tamara's second biggest love and talent is voice acting. She's in frequent demand as a voice for television and radio, and she owns her own home studio, where she can record in between (acting) jobs. She hopes to expand her voice acting to animation, which would be the ultimate combination of her two careers.
Luis Salgado is an international Actor, director, choreographer and educator based in NYC. He is well known for his work as the Latin Assistant Choreographer of the Tony Award winning musical "In The Heights". In 2014 he originated the role of Kid Rizzo on the Broadway Musical "Rocky". He has also performed on Broadway with Pedro Almodovar's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and now is part of the Gloria Estefan Musical "On Your Feet".
Luis didn't know that his passion for the arts would lead him on to a path of adventure and to experience his dreams.
Some of his work includes, "Traps"(PBS), created the role of Frankie Suarez in the Broadway show "The Mambo Kings." Other Theater work includes "Fame on 42St","Aida", "A Chorus Line" and more. You can catch him in the films "Dirty Dancing 2 Havana nights"; "Across the universe","American Gangster";"Enchanted" and "Step Up 2 the streets" as Alejandro.
On February 13, 2004 Luis's hometown of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico honored him by dedicating the 18th Carnival Celebration in his name. In April 2007 he was selected "Gypsy of the Month" by Adrienne Onofri from BroadwayWorld.com and he achieved his first Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Ensemble" with the hit musical "In The Heights". In May of 2007, "Latino Leaders" selected him as one of the hottest names in the world of professional theater on the NY stages.
With an intense vision in the optimistic possibilities of art, Luis has developed R.Evolución Latina, an organization that seeks to empower the Hispanic community through educational programming and partnerships. The organization's best-known initiatives are the Dare to Go Beyond Children's Performing Arts Camp, D2GB School Arts program and the Beyond Workshops Series, a 2-week annual professional development program for adult performers.
TOM GREENE has been involved in "showbiz" literally his entire life. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he started at the age of five as a child actor, traveling around the country in road show musicals. He also appeared on television, films, and in commercials. He quickly turned to music and was doing piano recitals by the age of ten, and singing light opera by his early teens. At the same time he became a professional trumpet player, working in everything from professional marching bands to small classical orchestras, and has the dubious distinction of celebrating his sixteenth birthday playing at one of the top casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada (he lied about his age). At around this same time, Tom became interested in "behind the camera", and wrote and directed a series of short films that garnered over a dozen international awards. One of these shorts was purchased by Universal Studios when Tom was seventeen years old. By the time he received a writer's contract at Universal Studios at nineteen years old, he had already been a Director of Photography on two independent features; a film editor on a series of action-adventure movies; had written original music for stage; and had developed special optical effects for a series of science fiction movies, and safe fire and explosion effects for stage productions and rock concerts.) In the ensuing years, Tom has worked at all the major Hollywood studios, having written over one hundred scripts for feature films, series, movies-of-the-week and pilots. Many of the television series he worked on became the launching pad for some of the top careers in Hollywood, among them: THE LAW (Judd Hirsch's first series), MAN FROM ATLANTIS (Patrick Duffy's first series), and DOG AND CAT (Kim Bassinger's first series). Some of the other shows Tom has written include: THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, and THE BIONIC BOY (which he created). After making his mark as one of the "hottest" writers in town, Tom has gone on to become one of the top producers in Hollywood, having produced and written such hit series as MAGNUM P.I., TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY, and KNIGHTRIDER. Tom was the Creator and Executive Producer of the ABC/WALT DISNEY STUDIOS Mini-Series WILDSIDE, (starring Meg Ryan and Howard Rollins), which was the first western series to be on television in over a decade. WILDSIDE was actress Meg Ryan's first prime time television series, and after Tom cast her in the role of Cally Oaks, she went on to tremendous success in motion pictures. After WILDSIDE, Tom went to Paramount Pictures where he wrote the highly innovative screenplay, THE NEWCOMER. He followed that by writing the Orion project REMO WILLIAMS. From there, Tom began a two year term deal with Lorimar Telepictures. While there, he sold and created the pilots to such projects as RUNAMUK, for ABC, an hour long "GOD'S MUST BE CRAZY" adventure; BOOMERANG, for CBS, about an Australian Aborigine Detective who comes to Chicago to solve a murder; HOOFBEAT, for ABC, a slightly-in-the-future "ROBOCOP" adventure series about a city-run high-tech horse patrol; THE DANGER TEAM, for ABC, which was a highly-innovative concept combining live-action with clay animation. He also created a graphic novel for DC Comics, Nth DEGREE, which was designed specifically to be adapted into a television series. Tom was Executive Producer on the MCA Entertainment hit series SWAMP THING and then became Supervising Producer on the BSB Productions/Rysher Entertainment action-adventure series THUNDER IN PARADISE starring Terry "Hulk" Hogan. Besides producing the series, Tom also wrote many of the episodes, including two spin-off motion pictures, and also wrote the first interactive CDI game based on a television series. He also directed several episodes, one of which, DEAD RECKONING garnering two director awards from both the "Art of Television" festival in Seattle, Washington, along with the first ever Mari Award granted to an American TV show, the coveted Jury Prize for Best of Show from the Glasgow, Scotland Television Festival of the Arts. In recent months, Tom has just completed co-writing a half-hour situation comedy SECOND NATURE for John O'Hurley, the extremely popular actor who portrays Mr. Peterman on the smash-hit series Seinfeld. The innovated series has already been featured in People Magazine. He also completed the high-charged action thriller, called NECESSARY EVIL, which is inspired by actual events, about a reluctant hero who discovers the secret behind a recurrent, hellacious Presence, and has only five days to save a shockingly complacent town from being blasted off the face of the Earth. He is also currently on work on LITTLE VICTORIES, an autobiographical feature about his experiences living with twenty-four hour FBI surveillance when he was a child (his father was blacklisted writer), which he will also direct. More recently, Tom has acquired the world-wide rights to the legendary song GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY (the first producer to successfully negotiated such rights, since the song was published almost fifty years ago), and is actively developing it as a hour-action television series. Tom is also an accomplished film director, and besides his television and film work, he has received numerous directing awards for his international commercials and rock videos. He specializes in complicated action work, and has been hired on many productions to take over the action sequences, especially when fire, explosions, car chases, large scale battle sequences, or horse work is involved. He has also garnered awards for his original musical compositions, including three ballet scores for the Harkness Ballet Company, and for his directing of Opera, most notably of Mozart's "COSI FAN TUTTE" (which he also sang in), and is sought after for his voice-over work, especially his cowboy-twang characters. His voice is familiar to many Texans as the voice of the Don't Mess With Texas campaign, as well as for products in Italy, and for a weekly commentary for Sugie, an extremely popular Japanese magazine. Besides his commentary, Tom writes a column syndicated throughout Japan. Tom is an ardent "outdoorsman", whose interests go far beyond Hollywood. His interest in the West goes back to his father who was a novelist, and recipient of the Western Heritage Hall of Fame Award for Best Novel of the Year. Tom was raised on a tiny ranch in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, and had his own horse since the age of three. Tom lives in Los Angeles now, but is actively involved in saving horses from illegal slaughter houses, and rescuing wild Mustangs. He has saved, raised, and found homes for literally hundreds of horses in the past several years, and has twelve horses of his own (most saved from the slaughter houses). He boards several in Los Angeles, and keeps the rest on his ranch in Amarillo. He is also a member of the PRCA (Professional Rodeo-Cowboy Association) and competes throughout California and the Southwest in the Rodeo events Bulldogging, Team Penning and Team Roping and is a charter member of the LA Equestrian Center Team Penning Association. For the last five years Tom team-roped in Charity Rodeos with actor-cowboy legend Ben Johnson. He also is an accomplished "Jouster", and rides in Armored Jousting Tournaments at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire and most notably for charity events like the Celebrity Tournament of Horses, working with the Walking Tall Center, the Valley View Vaulters, and Ahead With Horses. He also is accomplished in the ancient equestrian skills of Keyhole, Serpentine and Quintain. Besides his home in Los Angeles, Tom also has a ranch in Amarillo where he raises horses and cattle. Recently he began to write Cowboy Poetry after meeting his idol and inspiration, Buck Ramsey who lives on a nearby ranch. Tom has performed his Cowboy Poetry and Storytelling at many symposium's throughout the country. He is also an honored member of the Texas Cowboy Poet's Association. Just recently Tom had the honor of being invited to perform for the seventh consecutive year at the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration in Lubbock, Texas. He has also been invited back to perform for the fourth straight year at the New Orleans American Writer's Conference, at among others, the National Day In The Country Celebration in Norco, and at Cowboy Celebrations in Elko, Nevada; Riadosa, New Mexico; and Durango, Colorado. Tom also co-wrote the best selling book, OFF THE BOSS: A SURVIVAL MANUAL, which teaches employees and bosses how to cope with the stress of the modern warfare of office politics. The book has spawn an award-winning website (WWW.OFFTHEBOSS.COM), which has achieve over half a million hits since its inception in late 1998. The book is now being developed as a TV series in which employees with compete for the right to tell off their boss on nation wide television without getting fired! Tom is also one of the charter celebrity participants in the infamous "Missouri Invitational Celebrity Outdoor Celebration" held in Warsaw, Missouri. Because of the work that Tom has done for the town of Warsaw, he was recently made an active deputy sheriff of Benton County (which patrols the towns of Warsaw, Peculiar, Tightwad and Lincoln Missouri) and works with the sheriff's department whenever he's there, and last year was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the people of Missouri. Tom is also a champion trap shooter, and a member of the Amateur Trap Association of America. He is a member of the Celebrity Shooters which demonstrate their skills at many charity events such as the Robert Stack's Paralyzed Veterans Invitational Shoot; The American Outdoorsmen Invitational; Irlene Mandrel Invitational, and the Dub Taylor Memorial Celebrity Sporting Clays Shoot. During his travels, Tom is actively involved in a strong anti-drug crusade, and volunteers his time at local elementary schools, junior highs, and high schools throughout the country (especially in the mid-west), lecturing, and setting up workshops and seminars. Tom has created a highly unorthodox platform for getting his message across, which even the most conservative of school systems have accepted with open arms, because of the results. Having never taken drugs himself, yet having seen the tragic and sometimes fatal results of drugs on many of his friends, Tom is able to reach the kids with a special message from someone who was able to say "no" all his life, yet is intimately involved in the horrors they cause. He keeps a constant correspondences with numerous students with drug and alcohol related problems and is proud of having enjoyed an enormous success rate. He has also developed a pioneering literacy. In the program, students are invited to many schools throughout the country to work with inner-city students, many of whom have never written a story or read a book. He uses his own TV scripts, especially his animation projects as the basis for getting them to write scripts, and then actually directs many of these scripts with professional crews and actors who also volunteer their time, so that these students can actually see their words come to life on the screen. He is in the process of writing a book about his experiences working with these kids, along with a "how to" book, teaching parents how to "watch television" with their children, turning an once inactive medium into an active one.
|Lynn Grant Beck
Lynn Grant Beck was born in Montclair, New Jersey. Her MOW, The Christmas Gifter, will be aired on Hallmark in December, 2015. She was hired by Tim Johnson Productions to write two MOWs, Trapped in a Teenage Cult and My Mother is a Bank Robber, for Lifetime. Last year she taught Writing for Television 1 & 2 at Santa Monica City College. Her screenplay, Dead Wrong, won an award in the WIF/MORE Screenplay contest and was optioned by the director, John Rhode. Her one hour pilot, The House that Jackie Built, was optioned by the director, Allen Martinez. Her half hour pilot, Life in 2D, earned her a fellowship at the Writers Boot Camp. She was hired to write the sci-fi web series, The Annex, by director Hank Isaac and was hired to co-write the feature comedy screenplay, Hollywood Hit, for Miracle Mile Entertainment. That project has recently attached the director, Jonathan Kesselman, whose film Jimmy Vestvood, Amerikan Hero recently won the Audience Award for Best Comedy at the 2014 Austin Film Festival.
Other feature scripts include two comedies, James Borkowsky 000 and Trophy Husband, two romantic comedies, The Death of Art and Trouble, and a sci-fi adventure story, Jonny Was. Lynn has also written a spec TV script of Mad Men. Before becoming a full time screenwriter, Lynn was a Creative Executive at Interscope Communications, where she traveled to Australia to shoot the film Pitch Black with Vin Diesel. She also worked as an assistant in the television movie department of Kushner-Locke.
Lynn arrived in Los Angeles from New York where she was a playwright. She founded the independent theater company, The Chelsea Players, and wrote and produced many successful Off-off Broadway plays, including Restaurant A, Magic Soup, Platform 8, The Game and The Case of the Stolen Identity. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with an MA in Russian Studies she traveled to Russia where she worked as an assistant director at the Nikitsky Vorot Theater. She spent six months working in Moscow and five months traveling across the former Soviet Union on the heels of the revolution. She wrote a non-fiction account of that year entitled Adventure in the Soviet Union. Other works include an anthology of poetry and numerous manuscripts for children's books. Her love for writing and the arts in general was first fostered at her time spent at Choate Rosemary Hall. She lives in Malibu, California with her husband, two children and Weimaraner, Koda.
Henry is a Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2012. His first short film A Season In Hell was a comedy satirizing the restaurant trade in Cornwall. Henry then wrote a play that was chosen for the Royal Court Theatre's Young Playwrights Season. A dark comedy set on a roof Highfliers concerned the black market building trade in Cornwall. The short film and the play won him a place at The London Film School and he graduated in 2009 fully funded by a Skillset scholarship. The Lobster Trap starring real lobster fisherman and filmed mainly at sea on 35mm, won the Lodz Media school Festival Poland, and was noticed by producers who secured funding for his next short.
Big Mouth was inspired by the lives of the two deaf teenagers who star in the film - neither of whom had acted before - alongside professional actors including Helen Baxendale and Theo Barklem Biggs. The film premiered at The 54th BFI London Film Festival; won the Delabole Slate audience award; reached the final ten shortlist for Bafta nomination; and received Special Mention at Brief Encounters "for outstanding performances, for its passion, and for the handling of a range of heartfelt relationships." Henry recently directed an original half hour drama for the Coming Up series, Hooked was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2011. A comedy-drama starring Adeel Akhtar, Anita Dobson and Cathy Tyson. He is represented by Independent Talent.
|David M. Walsh
Cinematographer David M Walsh was born on July 23, 1931 to Dionysus and Angela Walsh. Brought up in Cumberland, Maryland, he began his career as an assistant to Lucien Ballard at the Disney studios on the likes of 'The Parent Trap' and during the 1960s also worked as a camera operator on several big budget spectaculars. He became a director of photography in 1970 with 'Monte Walsh' and ' I Walk the Line'. In addition to the cinema he has worked on television movies, gaining an Emmy for 'Queen of the Stardust Ballroom'.
Yoko Okumura is an award winning writer, director, producer and performer. Her AFI thesis film won 1st place for the 2014 DGA Student Film Awards in the west region Asian American category. The same film was also granted the Panavision New Filmmakers Program award.
In addition, Yoko's short 1:58am won the Jury award at the Seoul International Youth Film Festival and she also wrote/directed and performed in a well received docu/narrative short film George and Yoko which premiered at the St.Louis International Film Festival.
Previous to AFI Yoko produced numerous music videos and short films. She also associate produced the Katie Couric documentary Fed Up which premiered at Sundance 2014 as well as the Silverdocs 2012 Best Feature winning documentary Only The Young.
"Kimi Kabuki" is short film about a devoted house wife who follows her deceptive husband to a porn convention only to be taught a lesson by his favorite porn star. Yoko's feature length script "The Religion of Girlfriends" is about an unruly teenage daughter of a Buddhist monk who moves to a new town and in her quest for friendship becomes trapped in a violent war between vindictive local girls. It is a coming of age Americana drama with a twist of Japanese horror.
Yoko has a unique educational background having been taught by top experimental filmmakers at the California Institute of Arts, as well as the top film/television directors/writers of Hollywood through the American Film Institute's prestigious directing program. She received the prestigious Tom Yoda scholarship to attend AFI and multiple scholarships for Calarts.
Born in a Buddhist temple in Japan, raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and now works in Los Angeles.
Mabel Trunnelle was born in Dwight, Illinois on November 8, 1879. A stage actress from the East Coast, Mabel was 32 when she appeared on the silver screen. In 1911 she was in A MODERN CINDERELLA, IN THE DAYS OF CHIVALRY, and THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, the latter being the most notable. Her last film was in 1923's THE LOVE TRAP. At 44 she went back to the stage. On April 29, 1981, Mabel died in Glendale, California at the age of 101.
Vadim Abdrashitov, one of Russian cinema's most independent directors who was influenced by liberation of cultural life during the Khrushchev's "Thaw", is now an internationally renown filmmaker with awards from the Berlin and Venice Film Festivals.
He was born Vadim Yusupovich Abdrashitov on January 19, 1945, in Kharkov, Ukraine, USSR (now Kharkov, Ukraine). His father, Yusup Abdrashitov, an ethnic Tatar, was an officer in the Soviet Army and for that reason his family was moving many times to places like Vladivostok, Alma-Ata, Sakhalin, Kamchatka and Leningrad. Young Abdrashitov was so impressed with the space flight of the first Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, that he left his parents in Kazakhstan, and moved to Moscow. There he studied nuclear physics at the famous 'FisTech' where the Nobel Prize Laureats Landau, Tamm, and Semyonov were among professors.
At that time Abdrashitov became involved in amateur film-making. Then he transfered to the Mendeleev Institute of Technology, because it was equipped with the film studio for students. His cultural and artistic interests developed during the "Thaw", that was initiated by Nikita Khrushchev. Abdrashitov was influenced by the books of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Vasiliy Aksyonov, and by the songs of Vladimir Vysotskiy, Yuri Vizbor, Bulat Okudzhava, and Aleksandr Galich. After graduation as an engineer, he worked as a manager at the Moscow Electric-Vaccuum Industry, which was making color TV tubes.
From 1970-1974 Abdrashitov studied film directing under Mikhail Romm at the Moscow State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). After the death of Romm, he continued his film studies under Lev Kulidzhanov and graduated as a film director. His directorial debut was Ostanovite Potapova!, a satirical comedy based on the screenplay by Grigori Gorin. In 1975 Abdrashitov met with the unknown writer Aleksandr Mindadze. That was the beginning of their fruitful collaboration in their next 12 films, which they made together in 30 years. Their films were awarded at many international film festivals as well as at the Soviet and Russian film forums. Abdrashitov became Laureat of the Russian State Prize for his film Ostanovilsya poyezd. In Parade of the Planets, an existential film, starring Oleg Borisov, Sergey Shakurov, and Sergey Nikonenko with others, seven men are trying to find their way back home after a military training in which they were "killed" by an enemy's missile, and seized to exist. In search for their way home they go through mystical experiences in the battlefield, then in a "city of women", in a retirement home, and finally they witness a Parade of the Planets, a rare cosmic event that happens once in a thousand years.
Abdrashitov and Mindadze has been enjoying continuous and fruitful collaboration which had resulted in many critically acclaimed works. Their Plyumbum, ili Opasnaya igra was awarded the Gold Medal at the 44-th Venice International film Festival. Abdrashitov was made Laureat of the USSR State Prize for his film Sluga, which was also awarded the Alfred Bower Prize from the Ecumenic Jury at the Berlin Film Festival (1991). Their haunting film Vremya tantsora, with remarkable acting by Sergey Garmash and Chulpan Khamatova, received several awards and nominations. Their latest Magnetic Storms (aka.. Magnetic Storms) is an apocalyptic, anti-Utopian, almost "pavlovian" analysis of provincial life in Russia, where people are programmed to become zombies, trapped in a vicious cycle of work for survival and the only events that bring variety to their monotonous life are occasional sparks of bloody fist-fights - albeit powerless to change the general doom.
Vadim Abdrashitov is a Member of the Russian Film Academy and a Member of the Russian Union of Cinematographers. He received numerous awards and nominations at Russian and International film festivals and was designated People's Artist of Russia in 1992. Vadim Abdrashitov has been enjoying a happy family life with his wife, Natella Toidze, and their two children, son Oleg (born in 1973) and daughter Naina (born in 1980). Abdrashitov is currently residing and working in Moscow.
Jim McElroy, began his working life in Melbourne, Australia in television and theater.
In 1971 Jim joined forces with his twin brother Hal to set up McElroy and McElroy. Their producing debut in 1973 was Peter Weir's first film The Cars That Eat People, which became the first Australian film to gain international recognition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Their next two feautures, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and The Last Wave were also directed by Peter Weir.
Jime then produced Peter Weir's first American picture The Year of Living Dangerously for MGM. The picture won an Academy Award for best upporting Actress.
Jim's credits also include a range of feature films, television programs and telemovies, including Melvin, Son Of Melvin, Remember Me, Late Night With Jon And Dano, Sharks Paradise and Til There Was You.
In march 1992 the partnership was dissolved with Hal concentrating on television and Jim in film. He has since produced Traps, Mr Reliable and the romantic comedy Dear Claudia.
The second son of a police officer and an ex-cheerleader for the Washington Redskins, among other things, Chas Dewey grew up modeling for GAP Kids and Osh Kosch Bigosh alongside his twin brother, Chris. After taking classes in dance, acting, and singing with Linda Townsend Management in Maryland, Chas went on to become one of the youngest performers for The Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Langsburg Theatre, as well as the Carter Baron Ampitheatre. He soon moved to opera, alongside his brother, in five operas (four at the Kennedy Center, one at the Wolf Trap), then decided to move up to Burbank, California, in the summer of 1995. His experience has grown since then, having done training with the Larry Moss Actors' Studio, Rick Walters at Actor's Theatre Craft, Mary McCusker for private coaching, and, most recently, is studying at Ivana Chubbuck's Studios. After several guest appearances on TV and a few national commercials, he is currently pursuing a career in music as a composer/ guitarist/ vocalist. Having graduated from high school in 2002 from Hollywood Magnet/ Performing Arts High School, he is interested in applying for private film colleges in the area so that he might take a shot at directing for film.
As the creator of 'Scrooge McDuck', Carl Barks did more than any other comic book artist to widen the popularity of Donald Duck, bringing in the process a vast array of memorable supporting characters into the Disney universe, among them Uncle Scrooge himself, Gladstone Gander, Gyro Gearloose (and his Little Helper), the Beagle Boys, and the Junior Woodchucks.
Unlike many other artists working (all anonymously) for the Disney company, Barks did not mindlessly churn out condescending, forgettable stories of a childish nature during his 24-year stint on the Disney Ducks. He consistently produced delightful top-quality material, both in his scripts and in his art as well as in his dialogues, which echoed with deep human resonance. "I polished and polished on the scripts and drawings until I had done the best I could in the time available", he said. In both types of stories -- the 10-page comedies and the longer adventure stories -- he produced between 1942 and 1966, he managed to convey the intricacies and subtleties of the full scope of human emotions (from envy and cynicism and alarm and desperation to joy and scorn and triumph and smugness) while capturing the essence of exotic locations from the four corners of the world (from scorching deserts and primal forests to humid jungles and freezing snow-clad mountains through the urban setting of Duckburg).
His mastery at this is witnessed to by, among others, Newsweek's homage to his artistry and by Time's conclusion that "Scrooge and his creator Carl Barks belong in the great mainstream of American Folklore." Beyond that is the plain fact that he was known to his readers simply as "the good artist" (a descriptor necessary during a time when the Disney company didn't identify any of its cartoonists). His publishers tried in the early '50s to replace him on the 10-page comedies in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories so that he could concentrate on the longer adventure epics in Donald Duck and Uncle $crooge (these were the three titles that contained the bulk of Barks' output through the years); they were promptly flooded with a barrage of pleading and irate letters from readers demanding that "the good artist" be brought back.
Among his many fans were George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg, who were inspired by the adventure comic books. One South American adventure in particular ("The Prize of Pizarro", Uncle $crooge nr 26, June-August 1959) inspired sequences in all three Indiana Jones films (the booby traps both in the lost temple in the opening pre-credits sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and in the final scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, as well as the flood through the mines of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom). In an homage printed in Uncle Scrooge: His Life & Times (edited by Edward Summer and published by Gary Kurtz), Lucas writes that when he discovered the McDuck character as a kid, he liked him "so much that I immediately went out and bought all the Uncle $crooge comics I could find on the newsstand. My greatest source of enjoyment in Carl Barks' comics is in the imagination of his stories .... The stories are also very cinematic .... these comics are a priceless part of our literary heritage." Indeed, the titles of his adventures (many of which were inspired by the National Geographic) duly resonate with exoticism and adventure: "The Mummy's Ring", "Terror of the River", "Mystery of the Swamp", "Ghost of the Grotto", "Lost in the Andes", "Sheriff of Bullet Valley", "Trail of the Unicorn", "The Golden Helmet", "The Seven Cities of Cibola", etc...
His stories were constantly reproduced in Disney comics across the globe, after his retirement in 1966 (the same year that Walt Disney, who was born nine months after Barks, died). And soon his 6,371 comics pages (according to one count) from some 450 comic books were being reprinted (by then computer-colored) in impressive coffee-table volumes and hand-sewn hardback tomes, not just in the United States, but throughout the western world (Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, etc...).
Certainly the most widely read comic book artist of all time, Barks is also in all probability, what with Disney being the world's largest publisher of children's magazines and books (every year over two billion people around the globe read a Disney book or magazine, the company claims), the most widely-read author of any type of reading material of the 20th century.
Born to a homesteading family in Oregon on March 27, 1901, Carl Barks left school at 15 and spent the next two decades "in grim and demanding jobs" (to quote Michael Barrier's "Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic Book". These included rancher, logger, railroad repairman and printer. During the Depression, he went on to become an illustrator for a humor magazine, eventually becoming its most productive member. He joined the Disney studio in 1935, where he became a story man on the animated cartoons of a character created a year earlier (a duck by the name of Donald) and worked with such people as Harry Reeves, Chuck Couch, Jack Hannah, Homer Brightman and Nick George. Health problems eventually forced Barks to leave the Burbank studio during World War II for the dry air of the California desert, where he made the transition to comic books.
And so, it was after the age of 40, in an era when most people had little more than a third of their lives in front of them, that Carl Barks made the fateful jump of his life, the one that would leave his name an immortal one in the annals of what the French call "le neuvième art" (the ninth art form). And yet, it would not be until after his retirement that his name would, slowly but surely, become known to the mainstream public. It was during the 1960s that persistent fans (among them his official biographer, Michael Barrier) finally managed to identify "the good artist" (also dubbed the Duckman and the comic book king), become his correspondents, and proceed to make his name known to the outside world.
Despite having retired (and as his name was slowly becoming famous), "Unca Carl" did not remain inactive. He turned to painting, specifically signed oil paintings of his Disney Ducks, paintings that today easily fetch thousands of dollars and whose prices have occasionally topped $100,000. Indeed, it is easy to forget that Barks' retirement years lasted far longer than his comic book career and he spent many more years before the canvas than he did over the drawing board. In fact, Barks lived to the ripe old age of 99, and it is somewhat amazing to realize how vast an amount of time this actually means. His life spans such an extensive amount of time that his date of birth is further removed from that of his death than it is to the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the untamed wilderness west of the Mississippi (including Oregon, the region where the Barks family would eventually settle).
He was sprightly and active until the very last. People half his age reported that he could remember events they had long forgotten. His pace was such that during his 1994 trip to Europe (his first outside North America) to celebrate Donald's 60th birthday, young Disney handlers and PR staff (imagine yuppies in their 30s) at Paris' Euro Disneyland had to quicken their pace to keep up with the then-93-year-old man. His philosophy could be summarized in these words: "I worked hard at trying to make something as good as I could possibly make it... I always tried to write a story I wouldn't mind buying myself."
|Nelson J. Davis
Nelson got the acting bug at an early age when he joined his elementary school's drama club in the 4th grade. From that point on to adulthood he has been working on perfecting his craft and paving his way in the entertainment industry. At age 16 Nelson signed with his first talent agency as a model on their talent roster from then booking various fashion show and print ad opportunities. He appeared as Kevin Peirce in the season six premiere of the Investigation Discovery hit docudrama Wicked Attraction titled "Venus Guy Trap". He has also done print modeling in multiple ad campaigns for the retail clothing store chain Citi Trends which has over 500 stores nationwide. Nelson has also appeared in the UP (TV Network) original movie "Love Will Find away" portraying one of the lead character's (Raquel) boyfriend. He also appeared in The Swirl Group & New Image feature film Frat Brothers which aired on BET and Netflix. Nelson more recently played the supporting role of Detective Jackson in the Red Box favorite "24 Hours" released by Soul City Films. He recently co-wrote, executive produced, and starred in the upcoming feature film "Misconstrued" due out summer 2016. He plays as Gabriel "Gabe" Stewart in the hit web series "Lovers Lane" from Victory Productions. He recently was nominated for "Best Actor" at the Rome Web Awards in Italy for this performance on the show. Nelson recently became a model for Duke Bailey the new superior fit and comfort underwear for men. In addition to that he models for the new organic vodka brand, Bou'Jae. He has also has been appearing in various music videos, feature length films as well as web series. Nelson wishes to continue paving his way in the entertainment business by appearing in front of the camera for both acting and modeling opportunities as well as doing more writing and producing creating opportunities for himself and others.
|Rosa Maria Paz
Rosa Maria Paz was born in Villingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, to Spanish musician parents. In the first two decades of her life, Rosa Maria Paz attained Dance Art courses at the School of Dance in Donaueschingen, Germany, (from 1989 to 1994), and was the head of a Show Dance Group. From the year 1994 to 1997, Paz attained Modern Dance and Jazz Dance courses at the School of Sport and Gymnastics in Karlsruhe, Germany, and works as a Show Manager for a big Hotel in Allgäu, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. From the year 2004 to 2007, Rosa Maria Paz attained acting courses at LAG (Landestheaterschule / Theater School of Land Baden-Württemberg) in Freudenstadt and Tübingen, Germany, and got her Actor Graduation Diploma.
In the year 1995 Rosa Maria Paz makes her debut in the German TV Serial " Aus heiterem Himmel" (From the Sunny Sky), director Andrea Thiel. In 1999 she got a part in the musical movie "Live your Dreams" and other features in different German TV Serials as "Zum Schwarzwaldhof", "SOKO Stuttgart" and "Tatort Stuttgart".
Since the year 2002 Rosa Maria Paz got very important main roles on the stage of different theaters in Germany, as Molli Ralston in "Die Mausefalle" (The Death-Trap) of Agatha Christie (2002), the Mannequin Katrin in "Die bittern Tränen der Petra Kant" of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (2003), the feature of Ala in "Tango" of Slawomir Mrozek (2004), and Suzy Hendrix in " Warte bis es dunkel wird" ( in the film with the same title Audrey Hepburn acted the part of Suzy Hendrix), all these productions did run on the stage of "Theater am Turm" in Villingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. With the part of Suzy Hendrix got Rosa Maria Paz a rumor as one of the best stage talent of the land, and takes the role of Marilyn Monroe in "Important People" of Terry Johnson (2007), and the part of Lady Stutfield in "Eine Frau ohne Bedeutung" (A woman without importance) of Oscar Wilde (2009), on the same stage of "Theater am Turm", Villingen. Since 2005 Rosa Maria Paz got other important roles as a guest actress in different theaters in Germany, as "Szenario-Theater" in Baiersbronn, "Theater am Olgaeck" in Stuttgart, "Theateradaption" in Freudenstadt, and "Zimmertheater" in Rottweil (Baden-Württemberg), Germany. New stage productions with Rosa Maria Paz in the main roles are mentioned in her official home page.
In the year 2013 Rosa Maria Paz attained a Masterclass Acting-Workshop of English language, in Berlin and London, and 2014 in Los Angeles, with the famous Bernard Hiller, the ex-coach of Al Pacino and Leonardo Di Caprio, preparing her new start as a movie talent.
Rosa Maria Paz is married and mother of two children. She's living with her family in Freudenstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Memphis-born George "Machine Gun" Kelly (born George Kelly Barnes) was unlike most of his contemporary "celebrity" gangsters in that he didn't come from a poverty-stricken background--his father was a well-to-d0 insurance company executive and George was raised in very comfortable circumstances. Kelly graduated high school and actually attended college (Mississippi A&M, studying agriculture). His academic career was a bust, however, as his grades were poor and he was constantly receiving demerits for getting into trouble, so he left after four months. He married and fathered two children, but his inability to keep a job doomed the marriage and his wife eventually left him and took the kids with her.
Kelly then hooked up with a small-time bootlegger in Memphis, and for the first time in his life he began to make some real money. However, after several arrests, he left Memphis with a new girlfriend and a new name, George Kelly (he dropped the name "Barnes" because he despised his father), and headed west. He continued his bootlegging career, but in 1928 got caught smuggling liquor onto an Indian reservation--a federal crime, although the hapless Kelly apparently didn't know it--and was sentenced to three years in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. He got out after a year, but his luck didn't hold out. He was arrested in New Mexico on bootlegging charges and sent to state prison there. Upon his release he went to Oklahoma City and hooked up with a small-time gangster and bootlegger named Steve Anderson. He fell for Anderson's girlfriend, a convicted robber and ex-prostitute named Kathryn Thorne who was suspected by local police of murdering her last husband. She left Anderson for Kelly and they married in 1930.
It was Kathryn who brought out Kelly's "talents" as a big-time criminal; up to that time he had been a pretty small-time bootlegger. She was determined to make her husband "Public Enemy #1", more famous than John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd or any of the other notorious gangsters of the era. She bought him a Thompson submachine gun and had him constantly practice with it (which didn't do much good, as he didn't like the loud noise it made when fired and he was never much of a marksman). However, Kathryn would take his spent shells from target practice and pass them around to her underworld friends as "souvenirs" from the many robberies she claimed her husband had committed. Her marketing campaign began to pay off, and soon "Machine Gun Kelly" gained a reputation (completely unjustified) as a tough, cold and hardened bank robber. In order to please his domineering wife, the intimidated Kelly participated in the robberies of several small-town banks across Texas and Mississippi. His gang would burst in waving their machine guns, while Kelly (whom many witnesses described as "looking terrified") cleaned out the registers. Even the FBI fell for Kathryn's publicity campaign, putting out flyers describing Kelly as an "expert machine gunner". Not satisfied with robbing small-town banks, Kathryn came up with a scheme to get them some "real" money--they would kidnap wealthy Oklahoma businessman Charles Urschel. Kelly and two accomplices broke into the Urschel mansion where the millionaire was playing cards with friends. True to form, Kelly's planning for the operation left much to be desired--he didn't know what Urschel looked like and had no idea which, if any, of the card players was him, so he and his gang wound up taking all of the men. When they later positively identified Urschel they let the other men go, sending along with them a demand for a $200,000 ransom. The ransom was eventually paid and Urschel was released unharmed. However, he had deliberately left his fingerprints all over the house where he was being kept, and even though he had been blindfolded he was able to pay enough attention to his surroundings (noises, smells, etc.) so that the FBI eventually determined where he had been held. They raided the house and arrested one of the kidnappers, who identified Kelly and the rest of the gang. Kelly and his wife were on the run, traveling around the Midwest and spending their share of the ransom money (not knowing that the serial numbers of the bills had been recorded and were being traced whenever they turned up). They eventually went back to Memphis, where they holed up in a rooming house. It didn't take the feds long to find out where they were, and on the night of September 26, 1933, FBI agents and Memphis police raided the building. Kelly was trapped in a stairwell by cops and FBI agents aiming machine guns at him, and shouted the famous words, "Don't shoot, G-men! Don't shoot!" He and Kathryn were quickly arrested and flown back to Oklahoma to stand trial for the Urschel kidnapping. They were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. Kelly was sent to Leavenworth, where he bragged to reporters that he would soon break out. That got him transferred to the infamous--and much harder to break out of--Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay, being one of the first prisoners to be housed there. Away from his wife's influence Kelly became a model prisoner, popular with guards and inmates alike. He was transferred back to Leavenworth in 1951, and on July 18, 1954, died there of a heart attack.
Harout Ghukasyan is the author of several highly popular TV shows which right after release had unprecedented success and exceeded all expected view ratings, becoming the most viewed TV serial in the history of local production. The Trap criminal drama, released on Shant TV, became a turning point in the Armenian TV serials production thus forming a new culture and shaping new high level quality standards. Shortly after that, Russian leading film production company Central Partnership in cooperation with Ukrainian Film UA company obtained the rights for The Trap and released it in 2013. Russian leading channel NTV has screened Harout Ghukasyan's Abyss serial, also Russian Enjoy Movies and DT Production companies screened a number of other feature films and serials based on the ideas and scripts by Harout Ghukasyan. Soon after acquiring BA in Economy from Yerevan State University of Economy Harout Ghukasyan became passionate with cinematography and took screenwriting master classes in Russia and the US. Has authored popular sitcom series Topsy Turvies, and criminal drama serial Full Moon, as well as criminal serials Ransom, American story, Out of the Game on Armenian Public TV and feature films Dead Valley and No Way Out.
Classically trained, Andrew Suchman landed a lead role in the independent feature film thriller: Illusions. He plays the loyal, valiant lifeline of a woman trapped in the realm between reality and dreams. His role in The Grey Room Saga casts Andrew in a psychological, supernatural thriller series. Andrew was raised in Gainseville, FL, the youngest son of two psychologists. He graduated from the P.Y. Yonge Developmental Research School at UF in 2007.
His multi-cultural appeal and diverse acting, singing and dancing talents have led Andrew to numerous musical theatre roles including Chicago's Billy Flynn. He was coached by guest lecturer, musical director, T.O. Sterrett. Playing Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie and Enjolas in Les Miserables further illustrate his experience in key stage roles. These are in addition to 6 years' experience in the Spanish Lyric Theatre.
Andrew has enjoyed additional film credits as the lead in Baby Powder along with roles in New American and Pretense. He continues to develop his fierce competitive nature through personal training, cross fit and boxing. Being prepared mentally and physically for his ultimate goal of landing a superhero role in a feature film... is his motivation to strive for new levels of excellence.
Georges Devdariani is (musical) theater - and film actor. He is a graduate of the "De Trap" Theater School , Amsterdam (2005) and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (2002, MM in music theater). Since 1999 Georges has regularly been attached to different (musical) theater - film and television projects. He has played many (guest) parts in the Dutch sitcoms. In 2006 a short called "Hang" starring Georges has won two prizes at the International Film Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland. In 2007, Georges played the leading part in the Dutch horror movie "Halloween Night Ride". From 2005 thru 2007 Georges has worked as an actor at the Amsterdam Dungeon. In 2010, Georges got cast in Stephan Brenninkmeijer's new feature, "Caged". At the same time he also performed the leading part in "Desk Job", a Dutch short to win the "Best Foreign Black Comedy Award" at the New York International Independent Film Festival. Georges has been co-directing two opera's ("Don Giovanni" and "Il Trovatore"), he has also staged "Dracula", a contemporary Russian opera-thriller in St. Petersburg in 2007.
Heinz Bernard grew up as a Jewish child in Nuremburg in Nazi Germany. He attended a school in Furth which was the only Jewish school allowed to operate in the region. Henry Kissinger's father taught Biology at the school and Henry was in the year above Heinz at school. Following a parliamentary question directed at the Home secretary by the MP Josiah Wedgewood, Heinz and his mother were granted transit visas to pass through England and join his uncles who had migrated to the USA. At the age of 15, Heinz Bernard was sent to England by his mother who meant to join him a few days later. On the day she planned to leave Germany, war broke out trapping her on the continent. She caught the last Orient Express to Vladivostok a few days later and eventually reached the USA. Heinz remained trapped in England and learned English by sitting in cinemas watching movies. He eventually joined a home for Jewish orphans run by exiles from the German communist party where he organized weekly plays. Heinz worked a variety of low paid jobs, including as a rabbit skinner and a waiter saving enough money to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. After the war Heinz's mother informed him that he was adopted. A real brother and sister had reached Palestine before the war and now made contact with him. Heinz went on the run a legendary Communist Party affiliated theater in London (Unity Theater) and staged the first productions of Brecht in the English language. Heinz left the Communist Party in the fifties after anti-Semitic plotting by Stalin and the invasion of Hungary. Following the death of his Israeli brother in the sixties, Heinz decided to emigrate to Israel. He acted the part of the Rabbi in the West End production of Fiddler on the Roof to raise money for the move. In Israel he became a legend on account of his performances in English teaching television programs, "Neighbours" (written by his wife Nettie) and "Here We Are", broadcast four times a week on the single national TV channel for over fifteen years. After ten years in Israel Heinz returned to England where he had to restart his career. He continued to work until his death of a rare blood disease in 1995.
Heinz's name at birth was Heinz Messinger. His adopted family were called Lowenstein. After leaving RADA he worked under the professional name Harry Bernard, eventually dropping the Harry and becoming simply Heinz Bernard.
Mike Amor is one of Australia's most experienced TV correspondents and is U.S. Bureau Chief for Seven Network Australia based in Los Angeles.
He won the prestigious Edward R Murrow National Award in the Breaking News category for his moving report of the rescue of a toddler after the Haiti earthquake.
Mike's work has been nominated for two Australian Logies, winning in 2008 for his report on the Garuda plane crash in Indonesia. He has also won two Quill Awards.
In a career spanning 25 years, Mike has covered many of the biggest stories in the world from Belgrade to Beijing and everywhere in between.
He was on the ground in New York during the September 11 attacks. Helped rescue Australian tourists trapped in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Mike has led Seven's coverage for three US elections, including Barack Obama's historic win in 2008.
He's also an experienced war correspondent having covered the Libyan rebellion, the Gaza war and two Fijian coups.
Among the other major stories: the Norway massacre, Colorado cinema shooting, the Virginia Tech massacre, the death of Pope John Paul II, the Italian earthquake, the death of Michael Jackson, the handover of Hong Kong to China and the United Nations debate in the lead up to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
It hasn't all been serious though, Mike has also seen four shuttle take offs (including the final mission), numerous Oscar red carpets and has been to four Olympic games and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Handsome and limber dancer Regan Patno was born on March 4, 1965 in Ventura, California. Patno took a tap and tumbling class at age three and enrolled in a jazz dance class at age fifteen. His first professional dance gig was in a Vegas-style production called "Viola" in Sun City, South Africa. Regan joined the cast of the immensely popular music variety TV series "Solid Gold" as a regular featured dancer in 1986 and remained on the show until the end of its final season in 1988. In addition to his "Solid Gold" stint Patno also made frequent appearances as a dancer on various episodes of the TV series "Fame." Regan pops up as one of the male dancers in the music video for Madonna's "Material Girl." He's appeared as a dancer in such films as "Fast Forward," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Death Becomes Her," "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit," and "The Singing Detective." Patno was Dennis Quaid's dance double for "The Parent Trap." Moreover, Regan has made guest appearances on episodes of the TV shows "Red Shoe Diaries," "Home Improvement," "The Drew Carey Show," and "Journeyman." Patno now performs as part of a unique live theatrical variety act called the Tweaksters: along with partner Julia Snyder the duo has not only performed on cruise ships and at basketball half-time shows, military bases, and corporate events, but have also appeared on various national and international television programs.
Singer, Song Writer, Rapper, and Actor Trevon L. Rubbins was born June 30, 1979 in Layfayette, LA and raised in Galveston and Houston, Tx. Trevon grew up without a father so he was very much influenced by the street life through Drug Lords and Pimps in the projects of Oleander Homes in Galveston, TX. Growing up in the projects it was easy to get in trouble ; and Trevon had his temptations. His sheer determination to have the best in life and the foundation his family had in church always kept him out of harms way. As a teenager Trevon and his family moved to Houston, Tx. Houston provided him with more opportunities to explore his talents and expand his gifts. Just as the city provided opportunities there were also twice as many distractions. His mom tried to kept him grounded and by God's grace he was able to be productive and successful. In his early 20's Trevon studied under his mentor Frank Caldwell, a gospel singer, that taught him how to take his vocals and his singing to another level. Naturally charismatic Trevon was also tapped by his pastor to speak to youth involved in gangs and to help financially strapped individuals pay their utilities. He has traveled throughout Ohio in many outreach programs in prisons. Trevon has amassed a number of credits to his name including a stint as a semi-pro basketball player for Columbus Italtian Red Dogs. His credentials in the Entertainment Industry include being a dance member of a group called Remnant. Trevon just completed his debut movie role in produced by Thada Catalon and starring Chico Benymon (Half & Half); Just Brittany; Courtney Cameron(Jaguar For The Love of Ray J) among others. Trevon's rap name is "Blue Flame" and his R&B name is "Treyology". He's embarking on his next mission in life which is to give his talents and the story of his life to those that may feel like they stuck in life and have no way out. Trevon is from the streets but choose to use his story to give hope to those that feel trapped in the game! Also Trevon has accomplished another acting opportunity for a movie entitled Red All Over where he plays a supporting roll with Slim Thug and Quanell X. ABC's new show American Crime set to premiere on March 9, 2015 has also give Trevon his first T.V. Appearance. Movie I Am Wrath with starring John Travolta with be in theaters everywhere in 2016 where Trevon plays a bouncer.
Tim Hawkins is an Australian actor, known for The Oswald Yarvis Show (2015) and 60 Seconds 2 Die: 60 Seconds to Die 2 (2016). He also appeared as a supporting actor in two short films during 2015 "The Trapped" & "It Tastes Like" Tim started in the industry 40 years ago with a theatre group in South Australia & playing guitar in several of his own bands. He has also spent the last 38 years working on the other side of the camera or stage as a Lighting Technician & entertainment facilitator. Tim started playing music at the young age of 6 years old with the Violin, Woodwinds & Guitar. He also participated in all of his schools drama performances & was quite often given a lead role in many of those small productions; this was a great grounding for his future in the entertainment industry. Also, being a very keen artist he entered and completed a university course in Graphic Design after leaving school, but found his true passion lay with performance art. Always a lover of pushing himself physically he has trained in Boxing, Karate, Firearms & Theatrical/Martial Sword Combat. In 1991 after many years of different jobs & career paths he formed his own production company (VisionAir Productions) where he became involved as facilitator & operator of lighting & sound systems for film & live productions. During 2007 & 2008 he also worked as a Presenter / Programmer & Co-Producer of the 5DDD radio show "Voodoo Vinyl" airing on Saturday nights in Adelaide, all the while still playing guitar in his own band. In 2013 he decided it was time to pursue his lifelong ambition, to be a working actor. He completed a course in screen acting at the Adelaide College of the Arts & several actors workshops. He played various characters weekly on the Horror/Comedy TV series "The Oswald Yarvis Show" during 2015 & played supporting roles (as Joe) in "The Trapped" a short film outlining the horrors of domestic violence & also (as John) in "It tastes Like" again a film based around domestic violence. During 2016 Tim has appeared in several films including the lead (the Priest) in "Special Delivery" a short film; part of an anthology of short films based on & titled "Sixty Seconds To Die" Tim has also appeared this year in the feature film "Are We Heroes" & has been cast into the two follow up sequels "Are We Heroes" - "Born From The Ashes" & "Are We Heroes" - "The Unbroken Crown" as "Arathius" The Iron Innkeeper.
Rashawn Hammons, born on December 26th, 1984 in Denver, Colorado found his passion for dance at the age of 11. Raised in Morrilton, Arkansas, he was inspired by King of Pop, Michael Jackson, while watching him on television in concert with his father Robert Hammons, and later Nam Hyun Joon, Popping Pete, Mr. Wiggles, etc. Fascinated by the incredible movements of street dance, Rashawn joined something that would later grow to his life-long career. He has been dancing for 18 years with 11 having professional choreography/dancer experience and was the founder and lead choreographer for Arkansas Street Dance group the "P.O.E. Kru" (Pushing Over Elements) which resided in Arizona, Georgia and Arkansas. His expertise lies in choreography, popping, locking, liquid, old school hip hop, break freeze, isolation, and boogaloo; loving what the legends of old have set forth with the go-getters of the new. His national exposure has brought him to spend much time working projects in Missouri, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, New York, training and performing with Culture Shock Atlanta, has been involved with dance intensives at Broadway Dance Center and has auditioned for the hit reality show "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 5 in Memphis, Tennessee. In November 2010, he was the host of the highly anticipated "Put it on the Floor: Disturbing the Beatz" Arkansas Dance Intensive Workshop and street dance jam and has worked with Pandora of the movie "Step UP 3D" and "The LXD" (Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) and has also worked with Di "Moon" Zhang of Marvelous Motion Studios. Zhang has worked with Quest Crew, Kaba Modern, Soreal Cru and Phillip "Pacman" Chbeeb of "So You Think You Can Dance". In 2012 he was a dance extra in the movie "Dancin: IT'S ON!!" directed by David Winters
Other Artists both Dance and Music Rashawn has worked/trained with:
Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Kris Allen (American Idol Winner), T-Pain, Venus Fly Trap Crew (Dancers), Charles "Lil Buck" Riley (Dancer), Maxx Taylor Reed (Dancer/Choreographer), Rudi Peyton (Dancer/Choreographer), Epiphany (Rap Artist), M.S.N. (Rap Artist), Kenyon the Dawn (Rap Artist), G-Nerd (Dancer), Dr. Rico (Dancer), Daniel Dpkom (Dancer), Ryan Haskett (Dancer), Katie Smythe (Artistic Director and Founder of New Ballet Ensemble) and FreeSol (Former band signed by Justin Timberlake)
Studied Theatre, Film and Television at University of Southern California,UCLA, Wright State University,Van Mar Academy of Motion Picture and Television Acting-Hollywood California. He got his start in Acting at Judson University in Elgin Ill,in the play Our Town. He Is a veteran of 50 television commercials and voice-overs. Producer and close friend of the late Ray Combs who hosted the Family Feud. First Television commercial was for Lazarus Dept. Stores. Sega, Chevrolet, Pringles, Tide, White Castle, JC Penny, MTV's Those Rockin' 70's, and Paramount's Kings Island are among his numerous national-level commercials. A lifelong sports junkie, He was offered college scholarships to play Baseball and Basketball. He chose to play basketball following his idols Larry Bird, Chris Mullen, Rex Chapman, Lenny Lions. He won numerous awards including tournament MVP and a Junior Olympics Silver medal. He played against such top notch talent as Shawn Kemp, Jon and Jay Zulaf, Anderson Hunt, Derrick Coleman, the Fab 5, Jerome Harmon, Pat Knight, Steve Hall, Michael Talley,J.R Reid, Steve Smith. He attended high profile Basketball camps such as B/C, 5-STAR and Metro Index. Had an offer to play professional Basketball overseas but declined. As a business owner He has a production company called Dreamline Productions-5 films in world-wide Distribution and owns a Car Dealership. He worked on many films in Hollywood that never saw the light of day so he decided to start his own production company. He attended Talawanda High school, Badin High School both in Ohio and graduated from St. Hedwig High School in Detroit Michigan. He received the Mayors Award for saving a Mother and Daughter from a burning car.He starred in a Pilot for the UPN Network- On the GO. Two of his films that he Acted in,Wrote and Produced were picked up by the Discovery Channel.He worked on 6 episodes of Frasier and the Pilot for News Radio. He decided to go the Idie Route and prefers to work with Filmmakers with Passion and heart. His film Clowns for Hire has won film festivals across the country. Another film, Life's Riff was picked up by the makers of Dreamworks at the San Diego International Children's Film Festival. He did his first Documentary- Crazy For Playstation 3- and it was a winner at The Indie Gathering Film Festival and is at the G4 Network "Life belongs to the do'ers, work hard, surround yourself with like minded people and stay positive. He prefers to Act,Write and Produce-"Too many good Directors out there that need a job so I prefer to collaborate"-Lonzo Jones
Has Produced music videos on super 8 and 16mm film.
Won a Gold REMI Award at WorldFest Houston.
"The Alien Trap" is his next Independent film that will be shot on 16mm.
Brad Morris knows exactly when he was first bitten by the acting bug. At age six, he went to see "Dr. No" at a theater in his hometown of Johannesburg. Sean Connery's screen debut as James Bond so mesmerized the boy that he decided, right then, that acting would be his dream job. But first, there were other obligations. He finished school and fulfilled South Africa's mandatory requirement of two years service in the military. After qualifying as a drill instructor and marksman in the army, Morris left a cushy administrative job to become a bouncer in nightclubs.
Already a trained and gifted martial artist as a young man, Morris learned to box and combined his skills for success as a professional kickboxer. A prolific talent agency took notice and booked Morris for small roles on television and in American action movies being filmed in South Africa. He supplemented his acting jobs with stunt work which Morris calls, "the greatest schooling any actor could have for movement in front of a camera."
Ironically the young actor's first big break did not happen in front of the camera. It came to him on the theatrical stage when Morris was cast in the premiere foreign production of Alan Bowne's controversial play, "Beirut." The provocative work depicts a United States that quarantines its citizens who have been striken by an epidemic resembling AIDS and segregates them from healthy members of the populace. The play's diseased central character is sentenced to a remote corner of New York, an analogy to war torn Beirut, where he is isolated from his girlfriend. Morris toured with "Beirut" for months and developed a passion for stage acting while he excelled in meeting the physical, emotional, and artistic demands of Bowne's challenging play.
Still the screen remained his goal, so Morris came to America in 1990 with little money in his pockets and big dreams in mind. Leaving South Africa was not an easy choice. He abandoned an emerging stage career, and there was a wrenching personal development. A former girlfriend suddenly and secretly left South Africa with his two infant daughters and separated him from his children. As Morris embarked on the challenges of a Hollywood career, he also began a long struggle to locate the two daughters who had been taken from him.
Hollywood's penchant for casting foreign actors as second tier baddies brought Morris more disappointments, but he triumphed in "American Kickboxer 1" as villainous Jacques Denard, a relentlessly self-promoting middleweight champ. Described by a sports announcer as "the man the crowds love to hate," Denard blocks the "boos" of scornful fans by plugging in his Walkman and dancing indifferently around the ring. He taunts competitors by erupting into a rock star, wearing loud arena gear and distracting them with mercurial punches before overcoming them with direct hits. To win matches, Denard doesn't break the rules. He reinvents them.
Almost too big a villain for a single four-cornered ring, Denard presents an actor with lots of opportunities to chew the scenery. Shrewdly avoiding any over-acting traps, Morris brings Denard to life at a perfect pitch that never reduces the character to a martial arts stereotype. The talented actor certainly displays Denard's flamboyance, but he also allows the audience to see the volatility and insecurities that drive and finally defeat him. Morris' performance elevates "Boxer" far above Hollywood's usual arena angst sagas. He also contributed to the film as its assistant fight choreographer, but it's Morris' range and intensity as an actor that make multiple viewings of the movie compelling and assure its frequent showings on television over a decade after its original release.
Before Morris championed Denard, he also demonstrated a talent for comedy in other action themed movies, notably the Patrick Swayze science fiction vehicle "Steel Dawn." Playing a futuristic henchman teamed with Arnold Vosloo, Morris pursues an innocent boy across an apocalyptic desert where Swayze waits to save the day. Defying the legendary rule that actors should never play opposite children or animals, Morris wins the scene when he loses a funny stand-off to Swayze's pet dog.
In the early nineties, Morris was finally pursuing his "Dr. No" vision of being a film actor, but he had not gotten the echo of live applause out of his system. So, in 1994, he returned to New York where he focused on work as an actor in experimental theater and off Broadway productions. He has also become a popular group fitness instructor and personal trainer. All the while, he continued an agonizing search of fifteen years for his daughters Tahnee and Tiffany until, finally, they found one another through the internet. Morris' reunion with his grown daughters has inspired him to focus on a return to screen acting with renewed determination. Anyone with the good fortune to catch his "Kickboxer" performance will be cheering him on.
Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin was born on June 7, 1848, in Paris, France. His father, Clovis Gaughin, was a Republican editor who died on his way to Peru while escaping from Louis Napoleon. His widowed mother was a Peruvian Creole daughter of writer Flora Tristan. Young Gauguin spent early childhood in Lima, Peru, until 1855, then studied in Orleans, France. He joined the Merchant Marine in 1865 and spent the next six years sailing between France and South America, then spent a hitch in the French navy. In 1871 he returned to France, settled in Paris and became a stockbroker.
In 1874 Gauguin saw the first Impressionist exhibition, which gave him his desire to become an artist. Enchanted with art, he spent some 17,000 francs on paintings by Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir and other impressionists. Gauguin discovered art as a way to escape from the pressures of civilization. He met Camille Pissarro and Paul Cezanne in 1874, and joined them for painting on weekends and holidays. His debut in the Salon took place in 1876. He also participated in the Impressionist exhibitions in 1879, 1880 and 1882. By 1884 he became a full-time artist, partly because the bank that employed him had difficulties. Paris became too expensive and Gauguin moved with his wife and five children to Rouen, then to Copenhagen, Denmark, and then back to Paris. In 1885 he and his wife separated and she took the children with her to her family. Gauguin went into depression and at one time attempted suicide.
He met Vincent van Gogh in Paris in 1886 and they became friends. Van Gogh's brother Theo was also Gauguin's art dealer. In 1888 he received an invitation from Vincent and joined him in October of that year in Arles. There Van Gogh presented him several paintings of sunflowers, but their cooperation lasted only for two months. Their arguments about art and life were exacerbated by drinking and rivalry for prostitutes. Van Gogh's mental state was alternating between fits of depression and lucidity. At times his madness led to aggressive actions. In December of 1888 Van Gogh attacked Gauguin with an open razor, was stopped, but eventually cut part of his own ear off and gave it to a prostitute. Gauguin sent a note to Van Gogh's brother Theo and left forever.
In 1891 Gauguin organized an exhibition to finance his project of living and working in places where he could "live with ecstasy, calmness and art." His paintings were bought by Edgar Degas and others, and the proceeds amounted to 10,000 francs. He started his flight from the trappings of civilization by becoming a full-time artist and this time he sailed to the tropics for good. Gauguin left behind "everything that is artificial and conventional." He settled in Tahiti and later in the Marquesas Islands. There he was accepted by the native community and adopted their traditional lifestyle. He fathered a son by his Tahitian model Pau'ura and a daughter with his Tahitian model Vaa'oho. From 1893 to 1895 he made farewell visits to Paris and Copenhagen. There he brought some of his Polynesian-inspired works to show.
Gauguin gradually parted from Impressionism. He discovered the primitive art of Polynesia and was influenced by it. He was calling his new style "synthetic symbolism." Gauguin transformed his art to radical simplifications of composition by giving his paintings an ornamental character. His "Arearea" (Joyousness 1892), "Nave", "Nave Moe" (Miraculous Source 1894) and other paintings made in Tahiti are sincere depictions of an untamed nature with people being an organic part of it. His largest work was painted in Tahiti, the philosophical and highly decorative "D'ou venons nous? Que sommes-nous? Ou allons-nous?" (Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? 1897), now in the permanent collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
Paul Gauguin moved around several islands of Polynesia and finally settled in Atuona, Marqueses. He was fined by the colonial administration, had problems with the Catholic church and was sentenced to three months in prison. Before he could begin his sentence, however, he died on May 8, 1903, and was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery, Atuona, Hiva'Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia.
Leonardo Farkas is a Chilean businessman and philanthropist known by his fancy appearance and out-of-the ordinary charitable donations to causes like the Chilean Teleton and the financial assistance to the 33 Chilean miners trapped in the Atacama Desert in 2010. Farkas's parents were Hungarian Jews who emigrated from Europe to South America in 1939.
Cali rapper 40 Glocc is living the dream. He is signed to a deal with lifetime friends Mobb Deep - with whom he is about to embark on a national tour - on Infamous/G-Unit Records. He's recording his first album under that deal with some of the top producers in the business (Dr Dre, Alchemist, Havoc) and is traveling to places in the world he once only dreamed of seeing. It would seem that he has everything right now that an aspiring artist could ever want, and that is certainly true; but it certainly wasn't always that way. This is definitely no overnight success story.
Born as Tory Gasaway in Galveston, Texas, 40 Glocc didn't know his mother until the age of 8. Instead, he was raised by his grandparents in Beaumont, along with 14 other children. His father was never around much either. During those eight years, 40 only knew his mother, and a younger sister he had never met, by the pictures his grandparents showed him. He only knew that they lived in California and that one day, his mother was coming to get him. His grandmother told him so.
She did in fact come to get him and moved him to the MacArthur Park area of Downtown Los Angeles. 40 was so glad to see her and his sister, and he just knew that life was going to get better now that his family was reunited. After a time the family relocated to Colton City, San Bernadino, to an area also known as "The Zoo" and the problems at home began. 40 and his mother didn't get along at all. He didn't feel that she cared at all about what happened to him. His new friends did though and 40 started spending all of his time with them. His friends, unfortunately, were all members of the Colton City Crips. The deeper 40 got into that lifestyle, and its ensuing traps, the worse things became at home. Finally, at the age of 13, 40 left home for good, choosing instead to sleep in the cars of friends, or outside of grocery stores with the bums. It was a life he became adept at dealing with. His role models and father figures, such as they were, were gang bangers and drug dealers and 40 learned to survive through them and live by their street code, reaping all the rewards such a life inevitably has in store. Among other things, 40 was shot several times, ending up in a wheelchair for many months after one such incident during which he was shot by police. He finally caught a case from a home invasion charge he didn't commit. A charge it took him six months to beat.
Through all of this though, 40 did have a dream. He also had a talent, that of rapping, and of telling vivid stories of the things he had been through and of his life on the streets. Narratives that people could relate to. People like him. Word didn't take long to reach the right ears; the streets are like that. By '97 group The Zoo Crew (40 Glocc, K-9 and Natural Born) had formed and were dropping their first album "Migrate, Adapt or Die" produced by Tony and Julio G. The album became an underground hit and 40 was recognized as one of the best hidden talents in the streets. Soon he was an integral part of the scene and recording with his West Coast peers. It was his manager and long-time friend Storm though that negotiated his first solo deal with Empire Music Werks who were distributed by BMG. It was through this deal that 40 Glocc released his first solo effort, "The Jackal" which featured a who's who list of West Coast talent - Ras Kass, Bad Azz, Kurupt, Spice 1 and Tray Dee - and production from the best Cali had to offer; long-time supporter Dr Dre, Battle Cat and Protégé. Empire didn't have their promotion game up to snuff though and after sinking much of what he had been advanced back into promoting the album himself, 40 decided to go his own way.
At this time, manager Storm's other act, Mobb Deep had been making a lot of noise since their debut "Infamous" on Jive and it was only natural that they would take an interest in the career of their friend. First instincts said get 40 a deal at Jive but conversations went nowhere and Storm began to shop 40 Glocc at the other majors. Unfortunately, the West Coast had lost their hold on the rap game and no one wanted to take a chance that a West Coast artist could sell. It was a set-back, as was Jive's dropping of Mobb Deep but as life often so does, things took a sudden turn for the great. Mobb Deep was signed to G-Unit and suddenly they and their friend 40 Glocc were running around with rap's finest. This was a home 40 could live with and it wasn't long before that became a reality; he signed to Mobb Deep's imprint Infamous under G-Unit. Some things have remained the same however. 40 is still recording with Dr Dre and he is still writing stories that people his can relate to. That is his goal. To give hope with his lyrics to people who are coming up through some of what he has already lived to tell. To let them know that they too can achieve their dream. To believe in themselves when there is no one else to believe in you.
40 Glocc is pursuing acting as well. He recently wrapped a supporting role in a feature film entitled "Playboys" from directors Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore ("The Whitest Kids U Know"). He's also featured in a new AFI (American Film Institute) short film called "The Second Half". Being a part of a prestigious AFI Film was a great experience for him. 40 Glocc has also appeared in other feature films such as "Thicker Than Blood", "Book Of Love" and Snoop Dogg's "Tha Eastsidaz".
With what he has already accomplished, what are some of 40 Glocc's other dreams? To make an album that touches peoples' souls. He feels that what he is recording now is his best work ever. He knows he can't rap forever though. He also hopes to make his label Zoo Life something he can grow old with. After all, right now, just the thought that he has made it to a point in his life where he probably will live to grow old is a major blessing.
Todd Anthony Bello comes from a show business family. His father, Al Bello, was a producer for many years in Las Vegas. His mother, April Ames, was a singer and her first show was with Harry James at The Hollywood Palladium. Todd was onstage at an early age when his father did his comedy/burlesque shows in Las Vegas. At 16, he came to Hollywood to study with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. He quickly got a job on The Merv Griffin Show where his job was to bring celebrity guests to the "green room". He worked as a disc jockey for many years in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago where he earned the reputation as a shock jock. His brother, Hollywood Hamilton, is still one of the most listened to disc jockeys in the world. In 2006, after numerous interviews with Hector Lavoe's family and friends, he wrote "El Cantante" with David Darmstedter. Todd formed his own production company, On The Run Entertainment, in 2007. He is currently in development with the screenplay, The Greed Trap, that recently got a distribution deal with a division of Warner Bros. He also has 2 other projects in development, The Mysterious Montague and The Justin Berry Story.
Todd Bello is now writing, directing, and producing his own projects under his new production company Jeanne Tod Films. For the last 10 years, he has been mentored by Academy Award winning-screenwriter Barry Morrow (Rain Man). Todd is now writing, directing, and producing two films that will be shot back to back in Miami, Florida (BlinD HeLL and ASCeND, starring Jase Haber). Todd is now in negotiations with New World Entertainment.
In a career spanning four decades, actor Bob Elkins has played a range of diverse characters too numerous to remember, but too compelling to forget. Despite impossible deadlines, sleep-depriving rehearsal schedules and grueling projects that required him to endure hours in rain, snow and scorching heat, his toughest role may have been the one into which he was born and from which he eventually fled, hiding in the spotlight, seeking the approval of strangers.
Bob Elkins spent his first five years of life in the tiny mountain town of Mt. Hope, West Virginia, the son of a struggling coal miner, and the only brother of two sisters. One of his earliest memories is that of a real-life drama: a nearby creek overflowing its banks, muddy floodwaters inundating the first floor of his two-story house. Oblivious to the danger at hand, young Bob rode his tricycle through the rapidly rising water in the downstairs hallway, his mother desperately yelling for him to come upstairs. He made it just in time, sadly watching the tricycle, his prized possession, get swept away.
In search of better job opportunities and more stable living conditions, Bob's family moved from West Virginia to Muncie, Indiana, where his father went to work for a lawnmower company. The family's economic situation improved slightly, but emotionally, things deteriorated as a result of an invisible wall that his father was slowly and steadily beginning to build around himself.
School was a constant struggle, as Bob had difficulty comprehending textbooks and what teachers were writing on the chalkboard. Little did he or anyone else realize it at the time, but he suffered from dyslexia, a learning disability that would not be identified until much later.
When Bob was 12, his family moved to Covington, Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio. It was in that year that a pivotal and tragic event occurred that haunts Bob even now. One day, without warning or explanation, his father simply walked away from home, never to be seen or heard from again. Understandably, Bob was devastated.
Bob fell in love with films because they were an escape. He could escape the fact that his father was gone. He went to movie after movie after movie. He didn't realize it at the time, but he thinks those movies planted the first seed of his interest in acting.
To support her fractured family, Bob's mother took a job as a maid, and his sisters went to work part-time. With grades suffering and, for all practical purposes, no parental supervision, Bob became friends with other teenagers who introduced him to crime.
He got involved with a kid at school who was a bookie. He was a real genius at math. He figured out the odds. Bob was the front guy. He collected all the bets and paid the winners. He also took care of any disagreements. Non-violently, of course.
Bob's career in illegal gambling came to an end when one of his sisters discovered the books he kept, and convinced him that what he was doing was wrong. Bob quit working for his bookie friend, but continued down an equally dangerous path, hanging out with a rough crowd, staying out late at night and stealing things, like boxes of cigarettes. On one occasion, the group stole a car and took it for a joyride. Bob's life of youthful crime came to an abrupt halt when one night, he and his buddies got caught breaking into a coal company office.
A police officer arrested them and took them to the police station. He told them what would happen if they was sent to reform school. And that stopped his life of crime.
Because of failing grades, Bob attended summer school for five years. He also worked odd jobs, and became involved in sports. At the age of 18, like many young men his age, he joined the U.S. Navy. It was a turning point in Bob's life, as the Navy gave 600 recruits an aptitude test, the top 5% of whom were selected to go to college at the government's expense. Bob was among the top 5%.
Although he refused the Navy's offer of free college tuition, Bob accepted an alternate offer to attend military school. Quickly promoting him to the rank of Petty Officer, the Navy put Bob in charge of a division on a ship, a job that gave him a much-needed boost of self-confidence.
The Navy taught him that he wasn't just some stupid kid. he spent four years with Uncle Sam. It was an experience that really turned his life around.
While in the Navy, Bob learned that his earlier academic difficulties were the result of dyslexia. One of Bob's best friends in the Navy, gunnery officer Lt. Jack Russell, taught Bob to read more efficiently. It was another turning point in Bob's life, as he began reading more, and higher-quality books.
After Bob was discharged from the Navy, a friend talked him into attending night school, which the government paid for. Bob studied liberal arts for a year-and-a-half before his life took yet another turn, when he noticed a newspaper ad for an acting school in Cincinnati.
Bob was able to draw from his experience in the Navy for his first professional acting job, a small part as a shore patrol officer in a stage production of the comedy Mister Roberts. A year later, he found himself playing the lead role in that same play.
From the beginning, Bob enjoyed glowing reviews, and earned praise from fellow actors and directors. One director encouraged him to move to New York or Hollywood, to pursue work on Broadway, or in movies. However, romance intervened, and at age 25 Bob got married, and chose to stay in the Cincinnati area. During the next few years, he and his wife had four children.
Bob continued acting, appearing in dozens of plays and TV commercials. Like most professional actors, though, he was not able to earn a living doing what he most enjoyed, so he supported his family by working a series of day jobs. One of his jobs was that of a salesman for a Fortune 500 chemical company. Despite having failed chemistry in high school, Bob worked his way up to the position of assistant vice president of the company's industrial division.
Bob's acting career received a sudden boost in 1980, when he auditioned for and won a part in the motion picture Coal Miner's Daughter, starring _Sissy Spacek_ and _Tommy Lee Jones_.
Bob as Bobby Day the DJ in Coal Miner's Daughter
Bob's experience working on Coal Miner's Daughter taught him a lot about acting for motion pictures.
Unfortunately, Bob's personal life was not going nearly as well as his professional life seemed to be. Shortly after filming Coal Miner's Daughter, his marriage ended in divorce. It was the second major traumatic event of his life, leaving him in a deep state of depression.
Unable to get motivated, Bob passed up several professional opportunities during this period. Finally, facing a mid-life crisis, he gave up the more stable corporate life to pursue acting full time, moving with a friend to Orlando, Florida.
Disappointed with the acting opportunities in Orlando, Bob returned to Cincinnati, where he remained for several years, working in theater and getting occasional movie and television roles, including one in which he co-starred with Sandy Dennis in Trouble With Mother.
After Bob's children were grown, he decided to take another stab at Hollywood, this time hitting the road for Los Angeles. In L.A., Bob studied acting under such professionals as Dee Marcus and Jason Alexander (George on Seinfeld). He also did several plays, including Passion Fruit, and movies that included The Big Day, with Saundra Seacat. However, good acting jobs were few and far between, and like many actors in Hollywood, Bob ran out of money and decided to return home. It might have been the best decision he ever made.
Back in Cincinnati, Bob immediately began getting work in a variety of motion pictures and television shows, including This Train with Soupy Sales, and Tattered Angel with Lynda Carter. More recently, he had a supporting role in the ABC television movie The Pennsylvania Miners' Story, in which he played the father of a trapped miner, and the acclaimed docu-drama James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck on the Discovery Channel, in which he portrayed German Admiral Gunther Lutgens.
In February of 2003, Bob was honored to win the Best Actor Award in the Dublin Film and Music Festival in Ireland, for his portrayal of a homeless man in the independent film Homefree, written and directed by Greg Newberry.
Bob as a homeless man in _Homefree(2002)_ by Greg Newberry. He is starring in several feature films including Act of Contritioncoming out in 2015. He is working on several projects with _Carrie-Ellen Zappa_ including teaching acting for Zappa Studios.
|James B. Hendryx
James Beardsley Hendryx was born on 9 December, 1880, at Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the son of Charles F. Hendryx (1847-1935) and Fanny Galt Taylor (1848-1930). His father, who owned and published the Sauk Centre Herald, was thought to be the last surviving member of the first graduating class at Cornell University. His mother was a grand-daughter of US President William Henry Harrison and a first cousin to President Benjamin Harrison.
As a boy Hendryx liked to hunt and fish, often with his good friend Claude Lewis (1878-1957). Claude, who later became a well-known surgeon, had a younger brother everybody called Red. Red would sometimes make a nuisance of himself by wanting to tag along with the two older boys. Red Sinclair, better known to us as Sinclair Lewis, went on to become Sauk Centre's most famous son. When once asked by Claude what was the difference between his writing and Sinclair's, Hendryx replied "The difference is that Red gets a dollar a word, and I get a penny a word."
Hendryx left the University of Minnesota after a year's attendance. Of his college experience Hendryx wrote "Attended public school for a vast number of years during which I learned to fish, hunt and trap, then entered the University of Minnesota where I absorbed so much of the curriculum that even yet fragments of it work to the surface and have to be carefully removed."
Before turning to writing fiction, Hendryx had worked as a newspaper reporter, hardware salesman, life insurance agent, purchasing agent for a leather tannery, helped run levels for a survey crew and bookkeeper for a sheep-shearing plant. His longest continuous job was at the tannery in Kentucky. "I stayed there 53 weeks," Hendryx once wrote, "and to this day that remains my record for holding a steady job." His career as a newspaper reporter on the Cincinnati American was cut short after he clandestinely inserted the headline "Jenkins Jerked to Jesus at Joilet" on a column he wrote about a hanging he was sent to witness. The editor (his father) thought it inappropriate and felt it better if he left.
Hendryx had also worked as a cowboy on cattle ranches in Montana and later Saskatchewan. While in Montana Hendryx became acquainted with the outlaw Kid Curry and his brother Lonny. Later he could not bring himself to join a posse intent on capturing the brothers. Around 1898 Hendryx and a friend trekked their way north to seek their fortunes in the Yukon Gold Rush. Soon he was back working as a cowboy on ranches in the western United States.
On 27 October, 1915, not long after his first novel, "The Promise", was published, Hendryx married Hermione Flagler (1888-1967) in Cincinnati, Ohio. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Edgar Henry Flagler and Jessie Hill. Over the next six years Hendryx and his wife would have three children, Hermione F. (1918), James Jr. (1919) and Betty H. (1921).
James B. Hendryx wrote around seventy novel and hundreds of short stories. His favorite settings were the Canadian and Alaskan wilderness. He repeatedly returned to plot lines concerning the Klondike Gold Rush. Best known of which are, the Black John Smith of Halfaday Creek series, published in 6 novels and 13 anthologies and his 8 Connie Morgan novels. By the 1920s Hendryx's writings were earning him around $45,000 annually, a fair sum for the day. In 3 May, 1956 Hendryx received national attention when he was chosen to appear on This Is Your Life (1952) with Ralph Edwards.
James Beardsley Hendryx died on 1 March, 1963, after an eight month stay at Munson Hospital in Traverse City, Michigan. He was survived by his wife and children. He had remained an avid fisherman and hunter for most of his life. For a number of years he operated a ranch in the Badlands of Wyoming and maintained a cabin near Thessalon, Ontario. It was said of Hendryx that he was as tough as his characters, yet with a great sense of humor, gentle manner and that he really experienced the things he wrote about.
|Clarence E. Mulford
The man who created the famous Western character Hopalong Cassidy, Clarence Mulford was born in Streator, IL, in 1883 to a distinguished family that could trace its lineage in this country back to 1643, and in fact more than 20 Mulfords fought in the American Revolution.
After graduating college he took a job with the "Municipal Journal and Engineer" newspaper in New York and began to write stories on the side. His first story was published in "Metropolitan" magazine, and then "Outing" magazine began publishing a string of his "Bar 20" short stories, with the iconic Hopalong Cassidy character. He has said that his first Western books ere written using data about the American West, but that his later books were written using information he gathered from his extensive traveling throughout the American West. He kept a card file of data about the West that contained more than 17,000 cards, covering everything from fur trapping and cattle drives to the Pony Express and the freight-wagon industry.
For many years Mulford was very unhappy with the way his character of Hopalong Cassidy was portrayed in the films made from his books. In the novels Cassidy is a grubby, irritable, foul-mouthed, crusty old coot; in the films he was turned into a clean-cut, articulate, courtly, distinguished-looking gentleman, as played by William Boyd. Eventually he came to terms with the disparity, and even finally decided to meet with Boyd, which he had steadfastly refused to do, and the two actually hit it off.
Mulford died in Portland, Maine, on May 10, 1956. He had suffered smoke damage to his lungs in a fire in 1947, died from complications after surgery to repair that damage.
|Christopher Tex Verastigui
Born and raised in Houston Texas, Christopher "Tex" Verastigui started his music career in 2002 as a rapper/DJ. He was raised by his mother in northwest Houston where he later made a name for himself throughout his teenage years while attending Jersey Village high school. After releasing a series of underground mixtapes with his group S.O.T. (Straight Outta Texas) under the name "Lil Tex", he eventually generated a popular buzz throughout the city which led to greater collaboration projects which took him to the next level of his music career. In 2007, he teamed up with another local rapper named "Koppo" and released a series of music videos which took both artist to another level of popularity. He later joined the group "The Fam" as an artist and music video director. After the birth of his son Christopher Jordan Verastigui, he decided to take a break from the music scene while spending time as a father. He worked on many projects during this time including music video directing, graphic designing, and a studio producer for other artist he managed under S.O.T. Records. He has also made numerous cameo appearances in many uncredited music videos and other projects for other nationally known artist. In early 2016, he was casted in his first credited film role in a TV web series titled "Trap Plane" as "Manual" (a Mexican drug cartel hitman). The film was directed by Juan C. Vazquez ("Through the Valley" (2008), "Murderbook" (2015)) and is set to be released in November 2016. He is also the executive producer as well as lead single song writer for the "Trap Plane" original series soundtrack set to release in fall of 2016.
Ashley Cowie is a Scottish Author, Adventurer, Photographer and broadcaster on an international stage. In his 20's he delivered a series of highly acclaimed lectures on the International Science Festival Circuit and wrote several books about his historical discoveries. Elected into the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, incorporated by Royal Charter in 1783, Ashley has been involved in several research projects, details of which can be found on the Science Festival page. In 2009 Ashley became Resident Historian on STV's The Hour Show and appeared in several documentaries. Having a unique insight into the inner workings of bizarre sub-cultures, religions and secret societies, in 2012 NBC's hit adventure show Legend Quest followed Ashley's global hunt for lost artefacts and scared relics taking him into the most dangerous and forbidden places on earth. Being a type 1 diabetic Ashley's no-fear approach to extreme challenges and environments offers inspiration to others suffering this condition. While filming Legend Quest he was been poisoned by toxic bats in Costa Rica, almost boiled alive diving in an active volcano in the Philippines and after being trapped in an underwater sinkhole in Mexico he was attacked by a Diamond-backed Rattlesnake. Ashley is currently producing documentaries and teaching degree students at the University of the West of Scotland.
Fredrich von Paulus was born in Germany in 1890 and joined the military academy in Berlin when he was around 18. He rose through the ranks from private to officer within 20 years. When World War II broke out in 1939, he was a member of the German general staff, a position he held during the 1940 invasion of France. In September 1940 he was appointed Quartermaster General of the General Staff. In 1942 he was promoted to Colonel-General and given command of the German 6th Army for the summer drive in the south of Russia, which started in June. Von Paulus was an experienced and capable staff officer, but only an average field commander who was intimidated by his superiors, and who fatally underestimated the Russian strength at Stalingrad, where his men were drawn into savage and costly street fighting by defending Russian troops. On November 19, 1942, the Soviets began a counteroffensive aimed at recapturing Stalingrad and trapping the 6th Army--about 270,000 strong--within the city. Von Paulus followed orders to stay put rather than to break out of the encirclement. For over two months he and his men were forced further and further back into the city by the rapidly increasing numbers of Soviet troops, while their supply lines were slowly being cut off, resulting in severe shortages of everything from food to clothes to ammunition. During the siege Adolf Hitler promoted von Paulus to General and announced that he was awarding him the Iron Cross for his stubborn defense. He also ordered von Paulus to fight to the last man and not to surrender one German soldier or piece of equipment to the Russians. On January 30, 1943, with the imminent defeat of the 6th Army at hand, Hitler promoted von Paulus to Field Marshal, stating that no German commander of that rank had ever surrendered. However, the very next day von Paulus surrendered the remnants of the once powerful 6th Army, now reduced to demoralized, starving, freezing, ill and half-clothed soldiers, to the Russians. He spent the remainder of the war under house arrest near Moscow while his men were marched off to harsh Soviet POW camps, from which only a very few survived. After the war ended von Paulus remained for a few years as a prisoner in the USSR until his release in 1947. Prior to his release he was brought to Germany to testify in the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal, and gave testimony against many of the Nazi officials on trial there. After his release from Russian custody von Paulus, by now sympathetic to communism, retired to East Germany, where he died in 1957.
Kenny was born in Houston, Texas. He grew up in New Jersey with his parents, Bob and Kate, and brother, Jon, with whom he is very close. Kenny decided at a very young age that he wanted to be an actor and relentlessly badgered his parents into letting him pursue that career. At his first-ever audition, he was cast as the lead in a short film and has been hooked ever since.
A New York-based actor, Kenny has worked on numerous film productions, television projects and Internet series. In 2012, he was cast as Boris Walleskya in the new Nickelodeon series, Alien Dawn. Kenny is inspired by actors Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith.
Kenny is an accomplished artist, specializing in water color paintings of wildlife. He is also a drummer and loves to play classic rock. He is a competitive target shooter with both rifles and handguns and also shoots trap. The pronounced white streak in Kenny's hair is natural - he was born with it!
Kenny has studied with noted acting coaches Sheila Gray and Robert Galinsky.
|Barry J. Spinello
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Spinello attended PS 99 and Midwood High School where he was president of the band and orchestra and co-captain of the track team. He was a child radio actor on WNYE and WNYC FM, in New York City.
At Columbia University Spinello changed his major five times and graduated in the fifth quintile (so did Barack Obama), concentrating mostly in English, music and painting. Amazingly, he won a scholarship to the architecture school also at Columbia but left after two years to study painting independently in Florence, Italy.
Spinello's entire interest at this time was in combining music and painting into a single, integrated art form. For this purpose he started making experimental animated films - drawing both sound and picture directly onto clear 16mm leader. John Cage featured Spinello's animated work in the influential Source Magazine: Issue Number Seven. The definitive book: Experimental Animation, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1976; Da Capo Press, 1988, includes a chapter on Spinello's work. And in 2013 two PhD theses (M. Puetz, University of Chicago; Gregory Zinman, New York University) include chapters on Spinello's 1969 film Soundtrack. The Museum of Modern Art in New York holds three of Spinello's early filmpaintings in their collection for purposes of preservation.
By 1972 handpainting films had run its course. A grant from the National Council of Churches sponsored Spinello's first "camera" film: "Broken Soldiers".
For the next 15 years Spinello made award winning documentaries and other films from his boutique studio in Emeryville, California.
In 1986 Spinello was hired to write: "Adrian and the Toy People". The script was optioned but went into turnaround due to a lawsuit started by Spinello against Amblin/Universal. Spinello lost in arbitration.
Disillusioned and broke, Spinello left Hollywood and for the next ten years worked at a non industry job interviewing people for the Department of Commerce.
Spinello married, helped his wife through medical studies, a Residency, a Fellowship; had a daughter, built a house, got a life.
In 2002 Spinello returned to his roots in experimental animation, introducing the ideas of filmpainting into a computer environment. The resulting film Towards features the voices of Gertrude Stein and T. S. Elliot arguing while trapped inside a Jackson Pollack painting. The film is working its way through the world of avant-garde animation.
At present, disproving F. Scott Fitzgerald's adage: "There are no second acts in American lives" Spinello has rewritten Adrian and the Toy People -
On page one, Adrian Carmelotti wins the Nobel Prize for literature. On page two, he returns to his ancestral home in northern California to bury his father. When the assembled family kids, arrived for the funeral, beg their famous uncle for a story he proceeds to tell them the true story of what happened to him, so many years before.
It is Life of Pi meets Toy Story by way of Hans Christian Anderson. Spinello is seeking production for this and other projects.
Visionary Films: (Present) - Founder & CEO. Developing and Producing a slate of pictures for 2004-2005: "Zapata" (completed) the story of legendary Latin folk hero, directed by Alfonso Arau. "Autobahn" aka "Octane"( start date Spring 2005) a car action thriller starring Ice Cube with Emmett/Furla Films (EFF). "Expats" an international heist thriller directed by Wonsuk Chin and to star Ryan Phillippe, Jeffrey Wright, Jared Harris (start date Spring 2005)."Love & Hate" a thriller with EFF for William Friedkin to direct (start date Spring 2005). "Tactic" a dark surf thriller to star Kiefer Sutherland (start date May 2005). "Cinderfella" the Jerry Lewis comedy remake (in development).
Fireworks Pictures - A CanWest Company (2000-2003) - President of Production and Development. Some films developed, co-financed and produced by Fireworks: "Rat Race" with John Cleese, Cuba Gooding Jr., "Hard Ball" with Keanu Reeves, "the Believer" with Ryan Gosling, "American Rhapsody" with Scarlett Johanssen, "the Man From Elysian Fields" with Mick Jagger, "Raising Victor Vargas", "Better than Sex" .
Revolution Studios (1999-2000) - First look producing deal with Joe Roth
Shoelace Productions (1993-1999) - President of Production and Development for Julia Roberts' production company. Some of the films developed and/or produced during this period: "Stepmom", "Erin Brockovich", "Runaway Bride", "My Best Friend's Wedding".
Fogwood Films (1997-1999) -Development Executive at Sally Field's production Company. Films: "Dying Young" (with Julia Roberts & Campbell Scott. Dir: Joel Schumacher).
Production (1985-1997) - Writer, producer, director and/or production crew on various projects: "At Close Range" (Sean Penn, Christopher Walken. Dir: James Foley), "Trapped in Silence" (TV MOW with Kiefer Sutherland), "The Pact" (Script sold), "Tamer" (script sold),"Let Me Be Me" documentary,"Bienvenue" short film, 12 music videos as producer/director.
Brown University - B.A. degree with honors in International Relations & Semiotics (1985).
Gary was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in July 1971. Residing in the city until age 8 when his family moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania. After a few years in that area the family again moved because of a job transfer to Syracuse, New York. Gary resided in the Liverpool, New York area for the better part of 10 years, and then on and off for 5 years. He attended Liverpool High School, and then moved back to the Scranton, PA area and completed his degree in Computer Sciences in 1993. In 1994, formed a side band with members of the local Pennsylvanian band Cheap N Nasty called Bak Alley. The Bad recorded 2 ballads in 1995, "Tell Me Why" and "Far and Away" Both songs were written at a gas station in Wilkes-Barre, PA by Gary and the bands lead guitarist Charlie Gilroy.
In 1997 Gary relocated to Allentown, PA to work as a DJ for local night clubs and Adult Entertainment complexes. He spent the better part of 2 years working for the Cabaret Adult club in Kingston, PA as a Dj, and in 2000 worked for the Grandview in Daleville, PA as the Saturday Night Dj. He also work for the Professional Dj company the Pro's from 1997-2000. In 2001, Gary went back to writing music on his own and having been heavily influenced by Techno and Club music for the better part of 3 years, he composed a 9 track CD of Dance music tracks based on the musical stylings of his favorite "remix producers." One of the songs from the LP, titled Tribute, appears in his directorial debut "Deadlands: The Rising" (2006)
Gary relocated to Baltimore, Maryland in December 2002 to find work, and in 2004 relocated to Gaithersburg, MD where he now resides. While living in Baltimore, MD he actively contacted the production company behind the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake in order to get information about the production. He started and hosted the now defunct online radio station Wetnwildradio.com (2003-2005) where he posted those tidbits of information about the production. In January 2004 wrote a 128 page screenplay for a zombie film titled Beyond Dead, some of this unused screenplay was used for his first film Deadlands: The Rising (2006)
In 2005, he began writing a short story titled Deadlands which would later become a short screenplay. The original idea was to film a very low budget short film and see where things went. Through many drafts the screenplay evolved and went from an 18 page post apocalyptic story, to a 30 page outline for a zombie outbreak scenario. The 30 page outline was used to film Deadlands: The Rising. The screenplay contained the format of a standard screenplay but was always considered an outline. Many scenes for the film were noted in the outline but not fleshed out until 2 weeks before filming of that particular scene.
Has won 5 awards with his film Deadlands: The Rising from 2 film festivals. Awards included, Best Director, Best Zombie Movie, and Excellence award.
When not filming, Gary also works as a Quality Assurance Specialist, and has worked in both the automotive and pharmaceutical industries for the past 12 years as of Jan 2008.
In 2007, was approached by Producers Chris Kiros and Elias Dancey of Art Held Hostage Productions [us] to become one of four directors for a Zombie Anthology project titled "Zombthology" (2008). Gary will be directing the segment "Trapped." As part of his agreement, Gary will film two versions of Trapped, a 15-20 minute short version to be released with Zombthology, and an extended version that will receive a separate release. This was done because Gary found it hard to sum up the story of people Trapped inside a movie theater in 20 minutes. The extended cut will contain up to an hour of additional story and material and is expected to release in October 2008.
Petra Davies was born on July 24th 1930 in London to Welsh parents Petra and Vincent Davies but brought up in Newport, Wales. In 1947 she enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1947 and taking her first size-able television role a year later in Whiteoaks. Several of her television appearances were in costume dramas such as Vanity Fair with Joyce Redman as Becky Sharpe, and as Jane Fairfax in Emma. She also played Elizabeth in a touring version of 'Pride and Prejudice' directed by Sheila Hancock. In 1962 she was given a leading role in the long-running stage thriller 'The Mouse-Trap' but had to give it up as she was pregnant with her second child by the actor 'Jack May', to whom she was married from 1957 to his death in 1997. Having virtually retired from acting in the 1990s Ms. Davies lived in London, where she died on March 22nd 2016.
Julio graduated with honors from the prestigious University of Southern California Film School and the USC Peter Stark Master's Producing Program.
While at USC, he wrote, directed, and produced several student films, theater, and TV projects: Return to Sender, High Tuber, The Tender Trap and All About Eve.
Julio worked for and was mentored by well-known producers with in-house deals at Warner Brothers. He was later chosen during his Master's Program to attend the highly demanding and select Paramount Pictures Internship Program, which exposed him to most high rank meeting and the rigorous demands under which studio executives work.
In May 2000, Julio formed his own independent Film, TV, Theatre, Dance Production company, Bosco Entertainment, in Los Angeles. He writes and produces for Film, Television, and Theatre.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF)
Member of EGEDA (Producers' Rights Management Association)