Robert Gant began acting in television commercials and joined the Screen Actors Guild at the age of ten in his home state of Florida. He attended undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania and law school at Georgetown University. While studying law, he never gave up on his true passion, acting, and performed in numerous theatrical productions. Interestingly, it was his career as an attorney that brought him to Los Angeles when he accepted a position with the world's largest law firm. In a twist of fate, the firm's Los Angeles office was closed soon after. Taking that as an omen, he made the decision to focus all of his time on acting. The decision was a good one.
In 2001 Grant was cast in Showtime's hit television series, "Queer as Folk." Prior to QAF, he recurred on the WB's "Popular" and on NBC's "Caroline in the City." Gant has had many notable guest spots on such TV hits as "Friends," "Veronica's Closet," "Becker," "Melrose Place," "Ellen," and "Providence." He also appeared in the independent films "The Contract," "Fits and Starts" and "Marie and Bruce," starring Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick.
Gant was the recipient of a special civil rights award presented to him in New York's City Hall. Other recipients were Sharon Gless and Gale Harold, also of "Queer as Folk," along with "Chicago" director Rob Marshall, Shirley MacLaine and Steven Daldry.
His time in Hollywood is not limited to acting, however. Along with producing partners Chad Allen and Christopher Racster, Robert has started the film and television production company, myth garden. They optioned an exciting slate of initial projects, each with varying degrees of gay-focused content, and are developing a number of other films and television shows. While he gives time to a number of philanthropic and political causes, Robert's "torch issue" is that of aging in the gay community. He supports such organizations as SAGE (Senior Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and GLEH (Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing). He is also developing a website devoted entirely to gay elders and all matters that affect them. Robert resides in Los Angeles.
Although he sounded very British, Leo McKern was an Australian. By the time he was 15 years old, he had endured an accident that left him without his left eye. A glass eye replaced it - one might conjecture for the better, as far as making McKern a one-day actor of singular focus (no pun intended; his face had that extremely focused look). He failed to complete Sydney Technical High School, though his interest in engineering prompted him to transfer into the role of engineering apprentice (1935 to 1937). He expanded his horizons in a different direction with a two-year stint (1937-1940) at a commercial art college. By then World War II was escalating toward Australia, and he volunteered for service with the Engineering Corp of the Australian Army (1940 to 1942). But yet one more career move was needed, and that while the war moved northward away from Australia when America joined the fight. He studied acting and debuted on stage in 1944. He also met an Australian stage actress (Jane Holland), and mutual attraction took its course. In 1946 she had acting opportunities in England, and McKern decided that, along with the wish to propose to her, his own future as an actor lay there also.
McKern was short and stout with a great bulbous nose upon an impish face--all the ingredients for great character. His voice was a sharp and vociferous grind upon the back teeth--also perfect for character. After some touring (which included a trip to post-war Germany), he began to appear with regularity on London's premiere stages, particularly the Old Vic (1949-52 and then again 1962-63). These roles meshed with classic English work when he moved on to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Shakespeare Memorial Theater (later reconstituted as the now Royal Shakespeare Theater) from 1952 to 1954. He also spent a season at the New Nottingham Playhouse. He had weened himself off his Australian accent long before this with his bid for film roles, the first being as one of the four murderous barons in the Thomas a' Becket story Murder in the Cathedral. And he kept his medieval tights on for his next screen appearances (though the small screen of TV) in some roles for the popular Richard Greene series The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1955, while he continued stage work.
From then on, McKern had roles in two to three movies a year--busy but not too busy--gradually mixing progressively more and more TV work in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The films were as varied as a good stage actor could justify moving into a popular medium. Though he was usually police officials, doctors, and authoritative figures, he always made these early parts stand out. Drama comes in various packages; he was not adverse to the rise of sci-fi as a vehicle for it. He graced two British sci-fi classics: X: The Unknown and the better The Day the Earth Caught Fire. And there was also TV fantasy work, one of the best known examples being multiple outings as interrogator and chain-yanker Number Two in The Prisoner series. In the late '70s, he condescended to add some weight to two of the Omen movies, as did Gregory Peck and William Holden, putting him in good company. Great drama was McKern's meat. And doing some historically significant on a great scale was an opportunity for a Shakespearean not to miss. He was cast in the screen version of the Robert Bolt hit play A Man for All Seasons. And his visage was perhaps part of the allure. Cast as ruthless political climber and fated chancellor of England Thomas Cromwell, McKern looked like the Hans Holbein court painting of the man who rather nefariously succeeded to Sir Thomas More's position. More was played by McKern's fellow RSC resident Paul Scofield. McKern gave flesh to the commoner Cromwell, making him loud and abrasive with a delightful verve. Later he and Scofield shared another film role, in the sense that the latter turned down the part of Thomas Ryan in the David Lean epic of Ireland Ryan's Daughter, while McKern accepted it and made the role work. (Scofield would have been a miscast, something he probably wisely foresaw.)
McKern, from his early screen roles, could do comedy. He had a fair share of outrageous characters, and he could play them with a glint in his eye and a bit of extra cheek in his performance to show that he must have had fun in the role. In this regard, he showed his stuff supporting Peter Sellers in the endearing The Mouse That Roared and had the lead in the outlandish They All Died Laughing as a college professor who decides to snuff out humanity with poison laughing gas. He was a broad country fellow with a Shakespearean twist as Squint in The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders. In one of his later comedies, he is rather overlooked because of its clever script; in fact, it is an over-the-top tour de force for McKern. As the infamous nemesis Professor Moriarty in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, McKern manages to steal the show from funny man and director/writer Gene Wilder along with Marty Feldman and Roy Kinnear. McKern's Moriarty is devilish but tongue-in-cheek with a vengeance, especially with his nervous tic of suddenly, at any time and out of nowhere, yelling, "YAAA, YAAA!"
Yet McKern's chief legacy has been and probably will continue to be his long-running TV role in more mystery (he had done his fair share in film and TV already) as Horace Rumpole in "Rumpole of the Bailey" (1978-1992), a role originally introduced by him in the teleplay "Rumpole of the Bailey" in 1975. The role had been specifically created for him by writer John Mortimer, and though every actor can appreciate the security of a long-running role, McKern feared that it was subsuming his more than considerable body of work. Along with that, McKern became increasingly self-conscious of his acting, and mixed in was the idea that his physical appearance was not appealing to the public. As a result, he had to deal with a progressively increasing stage fright. He need not have worried; he was working in diverse TV and movie roles nearly to the time of his passing, and he was beloved by movie and TV fans alike. Along with receiving the award of Officer of the Order of Australia from his home country, in 1983 McKern's memoir "Just Resting" was published. Theater impresario, director, and critic Tyrone Guthrie had complimented McKern's abilities as an actor with the quote: "He can coo like a dove, roar like a lion, sing like an angel, and curse like, well, as only Australians can." Second that!
Reggie Austin was born on January 7, 1979. He graduated from Peekskill High School in Peekskill, New York before attending Yale University, where he majored in theater studies. Reggie appeared in numerous stage productions while in college, including starring roles in Macbeth and Othello. After graduating, Reggie moved to New York City, where he performed on stage and in several films before landing a leading role in the ABC television pilot, 1/4 life. In 2005, Reggie made the move to Los Angeles, where he was cast in three more pilots, one opposite Alicia Silverstone (Pink Collar). He can also be seen in films including The Omen and Friends With Money. In 2007, Reggie was featured in a three-episode arc on Notes from the Underbelly, and has appeared as a guest star on shows including Everwood, Saving Grace, Cavemen, Eli Stone, and My Boys. In 2008, Reggie was cast as Devon Marsh on the USA Network's The Starter Wife starring Debra Messing. Look for him this season as he joins the cast of Life UneXpected, a new drama for the CW.
Natalia Shmarenkova, wife of Kyiv Post publisher Mohammad Zahoor, is 2008 Mrs. World. She also has a singing and acting career and is excited about her upcoming role in a Hollywood movie.
For someone crowned Mrs. World 2008, Natalia Shmarenkova's demeanor is refreshingly devoid of elitism and celebrity arrogance. In Ukraine, she is more known as a pop singer under the stage name of Kamaliya. She hopes the world will know her soon as a movie actress.
Shmarenkova is the wife of new Kyiv Post owner and publisher, Mohammad Zahoor. Outside of business circles, he was the lesser-known of the pair, at least until he started spending some of his fortune to buy real estate and media companies.
Married in 2003, the couple has lofty ambitions, talent and the financial means to achieve them.
A professional musician, singer, model and rising actress, she did not get it all just by marrying the right man. Before meeting Zahoor, she worked on her own career and racked up awards at state festivals. Although never topping the charts or filling stadiums, she has an audience appreciative of her soprano and waist-deep blond hair.
Winning the Mrs. World beauty pageant for married women in 2008 was one of the highest points in her career. "I wanted to show women in Ukraine that being married does not mean it's the end of it all. We can always be beautiful," Kamaliya said. "Moreover, the contest is about family values, self-accomplishment and helping those less fortunate."
She was born to a military family in far-off Chita Oblast in Russia. When Kamaliya turned three, her father was deployed in Budapest, thus starting their lifelong wandering around the world. "We never really had a home," said Inna Shmarenkova, Kamaliya's mother. "So we had enough of this feeling of nostalgia and now want to be in one place."
Shmarenkova never detached herself from her pre-school daughter from the moment she walked her to the vocals studio for the first time. A professional singer herself, she remains Kamaliya's producer, agent and sidekick to this day.
Failing to strike powerful friendships in turbulent 1990s, they did not secure mainstream fame. After the fall of the Soviet Union, newly minted millionaires not only ran steel mills and grain factories. They also made inroads into show business as well.
Exuberant and spontaneous, Kamaliya does not seem to be put off by the fickle fortunes of her past. Beauty contests and film roles are good enough omens for long-term prospects on stage.
The couple could be based anywhere - Russia, England, the United States or even Pakistan - but they have chosen to remain in Ukraine.
Talkative and energetic, she appears eager for a big break in her career - on the big screen or on TV. She started filming a pilot TV program "Coffee with Kamaliya," in which she interviews celebrities about their climb to fame. "The idea is to show younger people that popularity does not come by accident but is rather a product of hard work." She also plans to shoot another program about charity.
Intelligent and luminous red-haired Lisa Harrow was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on August 25, 1943. A scholarship from the New Zealand Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council is what sent Lisa studying abroad. Accepted by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she later was invited to become a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and, in her very first season (1969), portrayed "Olivia" opposite Judi Dench in "Twelfth Night". Assorted RSC credits included "Desdemona" in "Othello", "Anne Boleyn" in "Henry VIII" and "Portia" in "The Merchant of Venice". Earning a distinct reputation over time, she scored other successes with her "Juliet" opposite John Hurt's "Romeo", her "Eliza" in "Pygmalion", and as "the Queen" in "The Eagle has Two Heads", directed by actress Susannah York.
In mid-career, Lisa began to grace occasional films. She appeared opposite Glenda Jackson in the Italian-made film The Devil Is a Woman [The Tempter], for which she won the Variety Club's "Most Promising Newcomer" award, and made a touching impression in the related period pieces All Creatures Great and Small and It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet [All Things Bright and Beautiful]. She met New Zealand actor Sam Neill during filming of Omen III: The Final Conflict [The Omen III] and the two developed an off-camera relationship that produced their son, Tim Neill, in 1983. More awards came Lisa's way as she matured into character roles. She won an Australian "Oscar" for her superb work in the powerful drama The Last Days of Chez Nous and the Grand Jury award at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination, for her role in Sunday. A standout among her TV credits is Man and Superman, which developed following the successful mounting of a stage production starring Peter O'Toole. She also gave a distinguished performance in the title role of the epic mini-series Masterpiece Theatre: Nancy Astor. In 1997, she and her husband of six years, Dr. Roger Payne, a renowned whale-biologist by trade, moved to the United States with her son, Tim. Together, the couple share strong environmental concerns. Since her move, Lisa has been an increasingly formidable presence on the live stage with such daunting productions of "Wit", "Medea", "The Lion in Winter" and "Mary Stuart", among her vast credits.
A distinguished actor, with a highly-respectable veteran status for his vast array of work across the acting stage, television and quite notably in voice-over work, Paul Lukather has seemingly done it all. After his training in drama school, Paul began his career touring with the Barter Theatre as MacBeth. Across a time span of 40 years, he has made use of his acting knowledge and talents with performances and/or appearances in numerous projects both in film and television. For most of the 1960s, '70s and '80s, Paul worked in television and film. It was not until the late 80s, going into the 1990s, did Paul begin lending his voice in several projects, beginning with A Pup Named Scooby Doo (1988) (TV) and Pirates of Dark Water (1991) (TV). These were bit parts, mainly calling for Paul to provide additional voices. His best known voice-over role to date has and likely will always be that of Vorador the vampire elder. Paul portrayed this character's voice in the video game Blood Omen (1996) (VG), the predecessor which led to the making of four more video games all classified as part of the "Legacy of Kain" series. For Paul, he would go on to provide the voice of Vorador for the latter portions of the series, beginning with his return in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver II (2001) (VG), followed promptly by Blood Omen 2: Legacy of Kain (2002) (VG) the sequel which was intended to link certain events between the time-traveling story lines. In 2003, Paul again returned to give one final (as Vorador was killed in this last game title) performance in Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003) (VG). He has also provided voice work in the English translation to the Metal Gear Solid video game series, beginning with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (VG) (2001) and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (2002) (VG) both in which he was the voice of President James Johnson. An enthusiast of the equestrian sport, Paul founded The Brass Ring. This non-profit organization works as a foundation for the rehabilitation of the disabled and handicapped. This charitable effort was founded with the support of his wife, Elizabeth and friend Paul Hughes of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder's Association. It is likely this established and well-respected veteran of the stage, television and film world, later-turned voice actor is enjoying time committed to humanitarian work after 2008, which marks seemingly the final performance in his long, distinguished career.
|Giovanni Lombardo Radice
Giovanni Lombardo Radice achieved substantial cult favorite status by portraying a handful of memorably sick, sleazy, and eccentric characters who are gruesomely killed in numerous 1980's Italian splatter pictures. He's usually credited in these movies under the pseudonym John Morghen.
Born on September 23rd, 1954 in Rome, Italy, Lombardo Radice first began acting on stage at age seventeen. Lombardo Radice made his fright film debut as David Hess' passive'n'pathetic wimp best friend in Ruggero Deodato's brutal "The House on the Edge of the Park." Lombardo Radice was likewise fine and impressive as a deranged Vietnam veteran in Antonio Margheriti's immensely entertaining "Cannibal Apocalypse," a twitchy degenerate village idiot pervert in Lucio Fulci's extremely gory "City of the Living Dead," a vicious drug-crazed racist madman in Umberto Lenzi's "Cannibal Ferox," and a flamboyant homosexual in Michele Soavi's "Stagefright."
Lombardo Radice can be briefly glimpsed as Simon Legree in a stage production of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" that's featured in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" and had a small part as a priest in the recent "The Omen" remake. Outside of acting, Giovanni Lombardo Radice has also directed and translated both English and French language plays, penned screenplays, and directed operas.
|J. Mills Goodloe
J. Mills Goodloe grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He began his career at Warner Brothers working alongside legendary film director Richard Donner whose credits include Superman, The Omen, Scrooged and Lethal Weapon. Goodloe worked from 1992 to 1995 as Donner's assistant on Lethal Weapon 3 and Maverick, both starring Mel Gibson, then segued into producing where he developed and produced Assassins starring Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas and Julianne Moore. In 1996, Goodloe was promoted to president of Richard Donner Productions and over the next four years, he produced Conspiracy Theory, once again starring Mel Gibson, along with Julia Roberts, and the fourth installment of the billion dollar grossing Lethal Weapon series. In 2001, Goodloe left Warner Brothers to transition into writing and directing. His first production was the award-winning film A Gentleman's Game starring Gary Sinise, Dylan Baker and Philip Baker Hall. In 2005, Goodloe wrote the adaptation for John Grisham's best-selling novel Bleachers for Revolution Studios. Goodloe also wrote the screenplay for the inspirational sports film Pride, released theatrically in 2007 by Lionsgate and starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac. In August 2008, Goodloe was hired by Phoenix Pictures to adapt another sports novel by John Grisham called "Playing for Pizza" In 2011, Michael Fassbender and Gerardo Naranjo agreed to star and direct respectively in Goodloe's adaptation of "Mountain Between Us," a that will be released by Twentieth Century Fox based upon the acclaimed novel by Charles Martin. In 2012, Goodloe completed the adaption of Nicholas Sparks' bestselling novel "Best of Me," bringing him back to Warner Brothers where Michael Hoffman will helm and production slated for Summer of 2013. Also in 2013, Myriad Pictures will begin production in Atlanta on "Wonderful Tonight," an original screenplay written by Goodloe to be directed by Christine Jeffs and starring Amanda Seyfried and Patrick Dempsey.
Paul Maibaum is the younger son of screenwriter Richard Maibaum (writer of 13 James Bond screenplays). He graduated from USC School of Cinema (B.A.). Upon graduation he immediately found work as a film loader working for Director of Photography Michael P. Joyce at his company Filmart. He stayed at Filmart working with other aspiring cameramen, Bob Hayes and Julio Macat, both of whom have gone on to successful careers as Directors of Photography. Paul ultimately left Filmart becoming a freelance 1st Assistant Cameraman, then moving up to Camera Operator working with Cinematographers Woody Omens, ASC and Dean Semler, ASC, ACS among others. In 1991 he was made a Director of Photography on the stylish TV series, "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" on Fox. Paul Maibaum continues to enjoy success working on both Movies for Television, Single Camera Episodic Television and Multiple Camera Comedies in both film and the new and challenging digital formats now being employed for a majority of the current broadcast fare. Paul Maibaum has recently been accepted to active membership in the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)
A Bahraini filmmaker who has directed and produced a number of films most of which have been shown at various international film festivals around the world. His foray into the filmmaking world first found its impetus in 2006 when he developed a 32-minute film "Between Them". Since then, Mohammed has cultivated and developed his art further more like when he participated in a master class by the legendary Abbas Kiarostami or through directing and producing a number of award winning films including Absence, The Good Omen, Canary, Huna London and Reclaim - Winner of the Golden Lion for the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2010.
Chap Taylor has written screenplays for all of the major studios and for such producers as Brian Grazer, Scott Rudin, Irwin Winkler and Arnold Kopelson. He co-wrote the 2002 Paramount release Changing Lanes, starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson. He did uncredited work on National Treasure, Behind Enemy Lines and the remake of the horror classic The Omen. He most recently adapted the best seller Gideon's Sword for Michael Bay at Paramount. He is developing an action-drama for the FX cable network and created the comic book series Haunted City, which is being developed as both a feature film franchise and television series with director/producer McG.
Andrew Trapani is a co-founder and partner at Nine/8 Entertainment. He previously served as a partner at Integrated Films & Management.
Trapani began his entertainment career at video game developer and publisher, Crystal Dynamics, Inc. (now a division of Eidos Interactive). After a stint in the game testing department, he was promoted to the position of Game Designer and later Producer. During his years at Crystal, Trapani oversaw the development and production of some of the first Sony Playstation titles. He produced next generation titles including "Solar Eclipse", "Slam n' Jam", "3D Baseball" and the top selling "Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain".
Within his first year in Hollywood, Trapani produced the independent feature film "True Rights" before venturing into commercial work. He produced spots for D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles and Procter & Gamble while working for Beverly Hills based production house The End.
In 2000, Trapani co-founded the production and management entity, Integrated Films and Management. He has sold and/or produced feature films including "Tamara" ,"Borderland" (Lion's Gate Films) and "The Amityville Horror" (MGM/Dimension) in addition to setting up TV projects at Fox Studios, FX Networks, ABC/Touchstone and VH1. As a literary manager Trapani represents the screenwriters of such films as "Enemy of the State", "The Fog", "Live Free or Die Hard", "The Core" and "Final Destination."
At a very early age, the Santa Monica native showed promise. Daughter of comedian and director Robert Townsend, she proved that the talent bug didn't fall far from the tree. Skye found her passion for singing and began to develop her voice at the tender age of 3. Penning her own songs came shortly after. Like her father, Skye is a huge fan of comedy, and has long studied the great comedians of our time, which cultivated in her a unique sensibility that goes unmatched in her generation. At age 13, and with her parents' support, Skye took a leap of faith and put her self-made singing videos and her now infamous comedy web series Celebrity Rehab on YouTube. Within two years, the videos produced by the aspiring singer/actor/producer/ fashion designer collectively garnered over 4.8 million views and was featured on several mainstream blogs including MediaTakeOut, Black Celebrity Kids and Bossip. Skye's hilariously funny sketches and personal v-logs were even touted on Angela and Vanessa Simmons' Pastry website.
Although she is currently unsigned, Skye has already worked with some of the best in the business: Eric Hudson, Soundz, Ron Grant, Kevin Randolph, Mike Ciro, Rock City, Remo "The Hitmaker" Green, Boola and Omen. These days you can find Skye in the studio day and night working to complete her demo, which promises to be a mash-up of all of her influences- R&B, Classical, Rock, Soul, Pop, Latin, Italian, French, Folk, Electronica, Reggae as well as chart-topping Broadway showtunes. Or you can watch Skye on 8 Days a Week, a new scripted docu-style webseries produced for BET.com that follows the life of six ambitious go-getters as they strive to make their dreams come true. In her breakout television role, Skye plays the lead female character, Jade Taylor, a struggling young student set on having the perfect life. Skye is also designing her first fashion collection, which she hopes to release in Spring/Summer 2012.
Eugene McCarthy, the U.S. Senator from Minnesota whose maverick anti-war Presidential campaign in 1968 toppled Lyndon Johnson from power, was born on March 29, 1916, in the small town of Watkins, Minnesota. He took degrees from St. John's University (Collegeville, Minnesota) and the University of Minnesota before becoming a teacher. After a stint as a civilian War Department employee during World War II, he became a college economics and sociology professor. A omen Catholic deeply committed to social justice, he spent a year in a monastery. Eventually, he turned to politics.
McCarthy served 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives after wining election in 1948, then two terms in the Senate, elected in both 1958 and 1964. As a Congressman, McCarthy supported the U.S. intervention in favor of South Korea during the 1950-53 Korean Conflict, but he came out as an opponent of the Vietnam War. In 1968, he thew his hat into the ring in the New Hampshire presidential primary as an anti-war candidate, opposing sitting President Lyndon Johnson for the Democratic nomination. He stunned the nation and changed political history when he won the primary, racking up 42% of the vote. A humiliated Johnson soon withdrew from the race, leaving the field open.
A well-educated person, McCarthy was an extremely erudite individual, and he attracted support from not only anti-war youth but from intellectuals, and many celebrities, including movie superstar Paul Newman, who had actively campaigned for McCarthy in New Hampshire. McCarthy's chances at the presidency were diminished, however, when Senator Robert F. Kennedy came out against the war and joined the field. Despite being denounced by many as an opportunist, Kennedy was an attractive candidate and represented the legacy of Camelot, his late brother John F. Kennedy's presidency. Some McCarthy supporters, like Richard Goodwin, defected to Kennedy. RFK was despised by Lyndon Johnson, and the president threw his support to his Vice-President and McCarthy's fellow Minnesotan, Hubert H. Humphrey, a mixed blessing at best as Humphrey, a noted liberal, was left with the job of defending Johnson's war in Vietnam. Despite Johnson's support of Humphrey, the race initially evolved into a contest between the two Irish Catholic anti-war candidates, McCarthy and Kennedy, a struggle that was terminated by RFK's assassination.
Humphrey, with the backing of Establishment Democrats, won the Democratc nomination at the Chicago convention, which was the scene of what was later termed a "police riot" by Democratic mayor Richard Daley's law enforcement operations targeting the army of anti-war protesters that had descended on the City of Broad Shoulders and hard police batons. The debacle was symbolic of the wider conflict between idealistic youth & other anti-establishment elements and the old guard of machine politicians & entrenched, pro-war government hacks that tore apart the party created by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression. Norman Mailer, in his book about the party conventions "Miami and the Siege of Chicago", said that during the mêlées that took place between protesters and police in Chicago, McCarthy worried that Daley might have his children imprisoned, beaten or murdered. The Chicago convention, in which CBS reporter Dan Rather was punched in the stomach on-camera by a Chicgo plain-clothes detective, was one of the nadirs of American politics.
Hubert Humphrey narrowly lost the November presidential election to Richard Nixon in November. Third-party candidate George Wallace, an Alabama Democrat, had siphoned-off support from traditional Democratic demographic groups by running on a anti-integrationist platform. Capitalizing on the "politics of rage", Wallace effectively split-off parts of the old party base, the heart of the Solid South and many working class Democrats, by a blunt appeal to racism. It effectively handed the election to Nixon, who won with less than half the popular vote.
A revolution had occurred in American politics, the effects of which are felt to this day, with the defecting of the Southeastern states from their traditional home in the Democratic Party to what was once the hated Republican Party of Reconstruction over the issue of civil rights, and the wooing of the working class, traditional Democrats, by the GOP with the use of "wedge" issues that touched on social anxieties.
Eugene McCarthy declined to run for a third term in the Senate in 1970 (his seat was won by Hubert Humphrey) and devoted much of his time to writing, including poetry. He ran for the Democratic presidential nomination four more times, in 1972, 1976, 1988 and 1992, but never came close to generating the enthusiasm of his first campaign.
McCarthy believed that the Democratic Party greatest achievements were the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the enactment of the national health insurance programs "Medicare" and "Medicaid" as part of LBJ's vision of the "Great Society". However, he blamed the ratcheting up of Vietnam War by Johnson for the failure of part of the Great Society agenda, as it took the focus of revitalizing America. Not surprisingly, McCarthy was a critic of George W. Bush, whom he considered an "amateur", and Bush's war in Iraq.
Eugene McCarthy died in his sleep on December 11, 2005. He was 89 years old.
Melinda Augustina was born in the mid-west. One of nine children, her mother was an opera singer and later a vocal coach. Her father, in the early years of marriage, began to make sales films to promote his father-in-law's construction company and later became a business owner.
Melinda first played the role of the wise and sly Store Manager in "Three-Fifty" on stage with theater company Apartment A in Venice, California. Critics called her performance "...especially hilarious..." and "screamingly funny".
Now an award-winning film "Three-Fifty" has been charming film audiences in America, Europe and Asia. Three-Fifty played over 45 film festivals (still counting). Special screenings include Cannes Film Festival's Short Film corner as well as museum screenings. International distribution included cable in France, Switzerland, Africa, Spain, Poland, NBC/Universal in Italy as well as DVD distribution with Stephen Simon's Spiritual Cinema Circle. "Three-Fifty" is now distributed by Network Ireland-TV.
Acting credits include numerous stage roles in mid-west regional theaters. A few awards followed, most significantly Best Actress for playing the intensely dramatic role of the armchair Nazi "Lemon" in Wallace Shawn's "Aunt Dan and Lemon".
In Dallas, Melinda was lead writer on television show "Net Talk Interactive", one of the first shows to be broadcast on radio, TV and Internet simultaneously. She penned 13 scripts. The show went on to win WorldFest's Platinum Telly Award in Family/Children Television. She was also co-author and producer of numerous live sketch comedy shows produced as comedy shows + after-parties to sold out crowds.
While living in Chicago, Melinda worked with the acclaimed Remains Theater Company, Footsteps Theater Company and Chicago Dramatist's Workshop.
Melinda Augustina was born in the mid-west. One of nine children, her mother was an opera singer and later a vocal coach. Her father was a business owner.
Melinda lives in Los Angeles and is married to former sports producer Barry Evan Sloan. Her father-in-law, the late Melvin Sloan was a documentary film-maker and one of the famous "Unholy Five" credited with building the USC School of Cinematic Arts. At USC for over 50 years, the elder Sloan guided such film luminaries as George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, Woody Omens and many more.
Born in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York Nov. 9th, 1970. At age 5, the family moved to Puerto Rico where he'd discover movies at age 7. His weekends were spent going to a second run theater in Levittown P.R. to watch 3 films for the price of one dollar.
One of the first movies Ivan saw and still one of his favorite films of all time, Rocky. The underdog and rags to riches theme made an indelible impact that would fuel his imagination for years to come.
Over the years he was also influenced by films such as Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Taxi Driver, Network, Halloween, Jaws, The Car, A Man Called Horse, The Omen, Exorcist and countless others. Also, influential were the comedies of Abbott and Costello, The Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy.
At the age of 11 the family moved back to Brooklyn, New York. In Junior High school while taking a rare film class, he saw Hitchcock's classic Dial M For Murder where the teacher explained the nuts and bolts of how a film was made. At age 17, he graduated early from James Madison High School and joined the Marine Corps. He served from 1988 to 1992.
In 1992 he received an honorable discharge and attended John Jay College, where he studied Social Control and Deviant Behavior. There a friend suggested he take a part in Bertolt Brecht's Happy End play. He began studying acting at John Jay College and continued under veteran Film, TV and stage actress, Catherine Wolf (Little Children, Law and Order). In 1996 he attended the School of Visual Arts to study film production, where he honed his skills as a writer and behind the camera.
In 2001 he founded Outta Left Field Productions, LLC to pursue his dreams of writing and directing films. In 2005, Ivan self-financed his feature film directorial debut, "Indiscretion", which he also wrote and produced. The film was a selection at the 2006 HIFF - Hartford International Film Festival and a winner at the 2007 Long Island Latino International Film Festival.
Today Ivan is the proud parent of 3 children; Daniel, Olivia and Michael.
(Indiscretion) Best Suspense Drama Feature - 2007 Long Island Latino International Film Festival. (Willets Point) Audience Award at the 2009 Long Island International Film Expo.
Woody Omens is currently a teacher at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. He was once a student at this very institute of higher learning. After first entering the industry in the 1960s, he considered changing his name to Vladimir Ominsky, as cinematographers with European-sounding names were en vogue and tended to find more work. Took the role of the ringside announcer in Harlem Nights, at director/star Eddie Murphy's urging. Omens received a SAG card for his performance, yet has stated that he has little desire to act in films. Has photographed only one film in the anamorphic (panavision) format: History of The World, Part I (1981).
Inspired by films such as Planet of the Apes, Star Wars and the classic Universal horror films "Frankenstein", "the Wolf man" and "the Mummy"... Rich Knight began his career in the Special Effects Industry in 1993, after graduating from the Institute of Studio Makeup, Ltd. in Hollywood.
For over 12 years he has been creating characters and creatures for such TV shows as "Power Rangers Lost Galaxy", "Power Rangers in Space", and "the X-Files". Rich went on to work with the award winning KNB effects group on MT V's "Super Adventure Team".
Rich served as part of Michael Burnett's crew for Universal Studio's "Halloween Horror Nights" II, III and IV, awarded "best haunt" by Makeup Artist Magazine. He also worked as a crew member for Tony Gardner's Alterian FX on the Daft Punk music video "Robot Rock". Rich was the key special effects makeup artist for the film "Fear Runs Silent" starring Stacy Keach, Billy Dee Williams and Dan Lauria. Rich's work with aliens and creatures has been featured on such shows as "Strange Universe' and "E! News Daily".
Since his appearance as "Salisbury" in William Winckler's "Frankenstein Vs. the Creature from Blood Cove", he has continued to work as a professional special effects makeup artist, and a professional character actor. Rich is acting in, as well as creating the special effects makeup for the upcoming feature films "Night Walker" and "Killer Sound".
Knight is currently working for Acadamy award winning makeup artist Matthew Mungle in is North Hollywood based makeup effects lab named W.M. Creations. Watch for the upcoming projects that Rich has worked on including Robert Zemeckis' upcoming epic "Beowulf" starring Anthony Hopkins, John Malcovich, Crispin Glover, Robin Wright-Penn and Angelina Jolie. Also such films as "The Omen 666", "X-Men 3", "Seraphim Falls", "The Flock", "Poseidon and the hit TV shows "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "Alias", "Medium" and "Night Stalker".
Johanna has pioneered the genre of the "horror comedy" solo show and has appeared frequently around NYC and Seattle as different characters. She won critical acclaim for "Id: The Omen," as well as its sequel, "Id: The Reckoning." Johanna is also an emerging rap and spoken word artist, sometimes known as Sweet Pea. She has a rap album featuring famed Seattle producer Steve Fisk and turntablist DJ Leopold Bloom.
E. Daniel Arey is the Creative Director of Naughty Dog studios, a division of Sony Computer Entertainment America. As a senior designer with over 14 years of experience, Dan has worked with publishers ranging from Electronic Arts, Accolade, Sega of America, Crystal Dynamics, and Naughty Dog, Inc. He has been involved in the design and IP development of a number of multimillion selling titles including Crash `n Burn, Total Eclipse, Blazing Dragons, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Gex 3DO, Gex: Enter the Gecko, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash 3: Warped, Crash Team Racing, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, and most recently Jak II. Dan has been a contributor to Game Developer Magazine, and a frequent lecturer at the Game Developers Conference and USC's School of Cinema. He is currently designing a game for Christmas 2004 release.
Matthew Nevin has worked since 2005 in the Art, Television & Film industry as a Visual Artist, Curator & Visual Arts Coordinator, Independent Producer, Art Director and Graphic Designer! in Ireland, UK and the US. For his education Matthew completed a media certificate in BCFE, Dublin and went on to receive an Honours Bachelor Degree in Film & Television and Scenography (Design) studies in Aberystwyth Wales UK.
In 2006 Matthew's Scenographic work led him to design an innovative piece 'Fear Omens - Tonal Therapy' at UWA, UK. In 2007 through his work ' Trading Pavements' -' U R Portrait' Matthew focused on the individual self and secondary persona.
During 2006 Matthew cofounded MART (www.martgroup.org) a new initiative to provide a platform for experimental film, new media, installation and performance artists to showcase their work. In 2008 Matthew co curated several events through MART including 'The Launch' @ Silkes Galway, 'Challenging Behaviour' at Galway Arts Festival. While curating these events Matthew exhibited installations such as 'i!' , 'A.D.' and 'Selfish Duck'.
For the first four years of his Television career Matthew worked in Ireland, working on several television series including the serial 'Ros Na Run', 'The Amazing Race (as a local Art Director)' and 'Paddywhackery. Throughout these years Matthew also worked in Los Angeles on MTV's Punkd & the Feature 'Final Move' and in London on various shows, commercials and music videos.
In 2009 Matthew co curated Mart events such as 'Mart @ Pogo', 'The Free Art Project', 'Mart @ IMOCA', 'MART @ SHUNT' and 'Open Door Policy' at The Galway Arts Festival, while showing his own work 'D.I.R.T', 'D.I.R.T #2', and 'The Expansion Effect' in Dublin and London.
In 2010, Matthew showed a preview of his new Experimental Film The Core Project in 'An Instructional" European tour - which is funded by Culture Ireland, with shows in Ireland, UK, Germany, Norway and Slovakia. Matthew also showed in 'The Lewis Art Gallery' in Mississippi USA.
For 2011 Matthew due to complete The Core Project, which will be shown in London and Dublin & International Festivals. Matthew recently produced Cent Eire an experimental visual arts project based on Irish immigration & early RTE transmissions to be shown as part of Imagine Ireland in C4 Gallery-Los Angeles, PopupLoop-Chicago, Flux Factory- New York & Rua Red in Dublin.
Lately Matthew has also worked on the two seasons of the worldwide hit drama Luther (starring Idris Elba) and the last two HD late night drama series of ITV's 'The Bill'. He has also previously worked for the BBC MTV, Freemantle/Talkback Thames, RTE, TG4, Element Pictures and ITV's. During which he accumulated vast knowledge on production and artistic practices within film, television production.
Leigh Phillips is an experienced theatre and film composer/orchestrator/conductor.
His previous clients have included the BAFTA Award--winning composer John Ottman (Superman Returns/ Valkyrie) and the legendary Grammy Award-winning television composer Joe Harnell, with whom he collaborated on an adaption of the composer's music from the TV series 'V', transforming the score into a lavish three-movement suite for orchestra & chorus. He has also enjoyed working relationships with several renowned orchestral ensembles such as The Halle Orchestra, The Golden State Pops Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Pops.
In July 2006, Leigh was presented with the Goldsmith Award for Best Achievement in European Audio Visual Music (free creation) at the International Film Music Conference in Ubeda, Spain, for his score from The Jungle Book. These were the first awards to be given in honour of the legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith.
Leigh continues to work in both film and the live dramatic arts; included in his list of stage projects are several collaborations with acclaimed theatre director Nick Evans (Billy Elliot: The Musical), providing original music for the plays Coriolanus, Our Country's Good and the previously mentioned Jungle Book.
In addition to these projects, Leigh is actively involved in the reconstruction of classic film scores - resurrecting lost film-music greats for concert performance. His credits in this field include Omen III: The Final Conflict, Damien: Omen II, Medicine Man, Hollowman, Gremlins (all Jerry Goldsmith), Raise the Titanic (John Barry), Santa Claus the Movie (Henry Mancini) and Exodus (Ernest Gold). Leigh's reconstructions have been heard on an international platform in venues such as Bridgewater Hall, The Wells Fargo Centre for the Arts and The Warner Grand Theatre.
In 2009, due to a dramatic increase in orchestration and arranging work, talented musician Rebecca Thomas joined Leigh in the capacity of copyist and co-composer. Since their collaboration began they have completed a significant number of projects for Silva Screen Records, including new arrangements of Alice in Wonderland, Star Trek XI, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Goonies, and complete score reconstructions of Lawrence of Arabia, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer & Quo Vadis (2012) for Tadlow Music.
Marti Melville is the author of the Deja vu series, a paranormal historical romance series set in the 18th Century Caribbean. The first novel, "Midnight Omen Deja vu" was publicly released in 2010. Midnight Omen, the film is in pre-production. The second novel in the series, "Silver Moon Deja vu" is scheduled to be released in 2013.
Marti is a registered nurse with a lengthy career background in Emergency and Trauma. She is an active medical consultant for film, TV and literary projects. Marti is also involved in the production of Midnight Omen the film. Marti tours, promoting the books and film, and is available for public speaking.
Marti is retired from her career as a nurse, is married, has five children and five grandchildren.