Friday, September 26, 2014

JOHN BEATON HILL WINS CHRIS BRINKER AWARD FOR WOLVES OF SAVIN HIL


John Beaton Hill, writer/director of the highly-anticipated crime thriller WOLVES OF SAVIN HILL, has won the prestigious Chris Brinker Award at the San Diego Film Festival. 


One of the most talked about projects of this year's SDFF, WOLVES OF SAVIN HILL is a crime-thriller starring David Cooley, Tonya Cornelisse, Kurt Fuller (SUPERNATURAL), Jack McGee (RESCUE ME) and Michael Massee (SE7EN). It premieres on Saturday at the festival.


The Chris Brinker award, named after the late producer and filmmaker (best known for producing the cult hit THE BOONDOCK SAINTS), recognizes gifted first time feature filmmaker’s who have been accepted into the festival.


Bostonian Hill is a graduate of Syracuse University and attended The University of Wisconsin, Madison as well as National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. Before making a name for himself as a filmmaker, Hill was an accomplished gymnast at Syracuse University where he was the recipient of the Phi Epsilon Kappa Award for most outstanding student athlete and was also the featured gymnast in the 1992 Olympic Games closing ceremonies in Barcelona, Spain. 

Childhood friends from the streets of Boston drift apart following a shocking discovery deep in the woods of Savin Hill. Years later a tragic murder brings them together again. But for one man, it’s no mistake. A trap has been set…


After serving time for a crime he didn’t commit, TOM GREYS (DAVID COOLEY) is released from prison with a score to settle: he is dead-set on tracking down the man who set him up…his childhood best friend and L.A. cop, SEAN O’BRIEN. (BRIAN SCANNELL, GONE BABY GONE)


Ravaged by his friend’s betrayal, Tom hunts Sean through the dark streets of Los Angeles and finds himself trapped in a web of lies only a devil could weave. Face to face at last, the two men are caught in a final and explosive showdown. After years of gut-wrenching deception, it can only end with one man standing.


THE WOLVES OF SAVIN HILL is a tale of betrayal, madness and revenge, where the line between good and evil is as thin as the thread that connects us all.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

John Adams – THE SHOOT - Interview



John Adams is the patriarch of Wonder Wheel Productions, a production company made up of – rather uniquely and fantastically – his own family! We spoke to John about his latest production, The Shoot



John, how far back do you and filmmaking go?

My wife (Toby) and I made our first short in 2004 and realized it was something we really enjoyed.



When did you decide to team up with your family and make movies?

My family and I moved out to Los Angeles when I was on a TV show on the FUSE network. It was called ROCK AND ROLL ACID TEST. My wife had become discouraged with her career as an actress and had hoped things would pick up in LA. They didn’t. Women in their late thirties were not in high demand. So I told her she should write her own script and that we should shoot it. The kids loved the idea and once Toby had written the script we bought an RV and lived on the road for a year while the four of us filmed out first movie, RUMBLESTRIPS. It was an amazing year and we learned a ton about making a movie without any pressure.



How hands-on in the filmmaking process are your children?

Zelda (10) is mostly interested in the acting part. She did an amazing job in both RUMBLESTRIPS and KNUCKLE JACK both of which she scored some nice awards for. Lulu (15) decided after RUMBLESTRIPS that she was more interested in being behind the camera and not in front of it. She has been instrumental in doing both the camera work and the sound in all 3 of our movies. She also is a great BS barometer. She’ll tell you when your acting sucks.



You have three films in the bag, the latest being “The Shoot”. What can you tell us about it?

THE SHOOT is a crime thriller about two rockers that try their luck at robbing a jewelry shoot in the desert. We love making movies about real people making real decisions with real consequences. In THE SHOOT the decisions are REALLY bad and the consequences are REALLY severe. That being said… it’s funny.


You have a couple of recognizable faces in there – how did you get them involved?

Because our first two films have done very well on the festival circuit and we’re starting to make tiny but noticeable waves in the industry when we asked name actors if they wanted to be involved they were incredibly supportive. Obviously we’re a family that makes films and half the crew are kids but everyone that worked with us were incredibly generous and un-judgemental about the fact that we’re making films a little different that everyone else.



What are you plans for the film?


Next step for THE SHOOT is to hit the festivals. After that we’ll aim for targeted theatrical release and then go for DVD, internet and VOD sales. We’ve made some great partnerships through our first two films and we look forward to letting this one run!






DAVID COOLEY – WOLVES OF SAVIN HILL - Interview



David Cooley has covered a lot of terrain in his career - predominantly, he’s a voice-over artist for some of the globe’s biggest games – but his new film Wolves of Savin Hill is undoubtedly “the best opportunity” he’s ever had, he says.


Is it fair to say Wolves of Savin Hill is a departure for you, David - - if only because most of your previous performances are voice-only?


I wouldn’t use the word departure as I have been driving towards this goal for years, but it is the best opportunity I have had certainly.


Let’s backtrack a bit. How did you get into voice-over work for video games? Was it an intentional career path?


I had been doing on-camera commercials as all newbie actors do while trying to get the film and TV career going and my wife bought me a class on VO. After the third class I was asked to show up the next day for an audition. It was for Gatorade. I didn’t book it, (that would have been a story book ending eh?) but it did start my career as VO actor.


What are some of the highlights from working in the video game field?


I remember early on, maybe 1998 I went into an audition at my agency and ran into one of my agents and he laughed and said, “I stayed up all night killing you!” That just made me smile. I have played assassins and killers from all over the world, Russia, Germany, Australia, and all over the USA. The one constant I have found with all of the games I have been in is how much fun it is. Don’t get me wrong, scream for 4 solid hours and you are one fried brain but it’s still a kick to spend the day being shot, stabbed, kicked, strangled, electrocuted, hit in the body and head with an axe and drowned and finally set on fire. The truth is, if you don’t have your vocal instrument in great working order and well trained, you won’t last one full session. And if you cannot bring truth to each moment, you will fail and fail big. The VO business at the top level with the top actors is about truth. Yes everyone has a neat voice and should do VO but watch the top people do their job and you will see the truth of the talent. You listen to Troy Baker do the Joker on Batman, then tell me about jumping into the VO game. Sorry went on a tangent.


Was it immediately evident how different on-screen acting was from doing voice-over work?


I have been training as an actor sine I was a kid so I knew it would be different. I have done a lot of on camera before but never on this scale where I am one of the leads. I jumped in with both feet. After all I was producing the film as well so I sure hope I knew what I was getting into.


What do you think John Beaton Hill saw in you that convinced him you were the right person for Wolves of Savin Hill?


I think a lot, Sorry inside joke to myself and John. I brought an idea to John 3 years ago for him to write and direct me in something. He then thru me out and ran away and wrote this fantastic script. He and I spoke a lot during this time and would bandy about ideas on where to take the story. I have great ideas and see things, John has the fantastic ability to write it down in such a way as to make sense to the characters and serve the story.


Did you learn much about criminal life from working on the picture?


I have spent a lot of time around people who have caused some mischief in their lives and I have even caused a little myself so I had quite a few people to draw on, but the truth is I knew this guy. He carries around baggage and secrets and never ever forgets who needs to get payed back for what ever slight perceived or real.


The film is premiering at the San Diego Film Festivals. Do you think it’s important for an independent film to get traction by playing at festivals? Does it open a lot of doors?


I think nowadays with most “independent” films have big stars in them or directed by them still being called Indie’s, the only way left for a truly independent film to get notice is the festival circuit. Our main goal is to have as many people see this project, love this project and want to work with all of us in what ever capacity we each need and want. Actor, director, producer or writer.



The Wolves of Savin Hill premieres this week at the San Diego Film Festival 





SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL AND ACTOR TOM BERENGER TO HONOR BAD COUNTRY FILMMAKER CHRIS BRINKER WITH AWARD, SCREENING & FUNDRAISER AFTER-PARTY





San Diego, CA – September 19, 2014 – The San Diego Film Festival will honor the late director/producer Chris Brinker again at the 2014 Filmmaker Tribute Ceremony hosted by the Festival this Thursday, September 25th at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. The recipient for THE CHRIS BRINKER AWARD will be announced by actor TOM BERENGER to an outstanding first-time feature filmmaker. The winner for the 2013 Chris Brinker Award was director Shaun Kosta for his film, “The Republic of Two”, presented at the 2013 awards ceremony by director TROY DUFFY of The Boondock Saints films, produced by the late Chris Brinker.



BAD COUNTRY, directed by CHRIS BRINKER was officially selected for the 2014 SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL. The screening will be held on Friday, September 26th at 5:00pm at the Reading Cinemas (Gaslamp 15) in San Diego. The BAD COUNTRY movie includes a star-studded cast: Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Matt Dillon, Amy Smart and Kevin Chapman. The period style film takes place in the Louisiana during the 1980s. This action-thriller is about a gritty cop (Dafoe) and a desperate crook, turn-informant (Dillon) who form an unlikely alliance to bring down an organized crime syndicate and the kingpin (Berenger).




TOM BERENGER will be a special guest at the BAD COUNTRY screening, Filmmaker Q&A and the VIP after-party, which is co-hosted by the Chris Brinker (CB) Film Foundation and The San Diego Film Festival. The VIP after-party will take place at ZYMOLOGY 21 (750 5TH Ave. San Diego, 92101) and is open to the public. BAD COUNTRY screening and after-party tickets may be purchased for $40, in advance on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bad-country-screening-after-party-san-diego-film-festival-tickets-13064063967), and for the screening only through The San Diego Film Festival (http://www.sdfilmfest.com/events/24/BadCountry-ReadingTheater/) or admissions at-the-door for $45, space permitting.



All net proceeds from the VIP after-party will be used for scholarships to college-bound high school students with aspirations in filmmaking and related arts. The after-party is co-hosted by the Chris Brinker (CB) Film Foundation, a 501(c)3, nonprofit, public charity founded by friends and family in memory of Chris Brinker, an esteemed native San Diegan filmmaker who produced the “Boondock Saints” films and several other notable projects. Four scholarships have already been granted by the Chris Brinker (CB) Film Foundation: recipients include Jade Martz (2013), Krysta Kowalski (2013), Emily Stewart (2014) and Luis de la Torre (2014). Point Loma High School graduates, Chris Brinker’s alma mater (class of 1988) before he attended SDSU and later CSU when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream to become an independent filmmaker.



Family and friends established a 501(c)3 nonprofit, public charity to support the filmmaker community in Chris Brinker’s memory. Chris was an independent film producer who was passionate, talented and earned a reputation of integrity while nurturing promising screenwriters, artists and filmmakers to pursue their dreams. Chris tragically passed away in February, 2013 while finishing his directorial debut of BAD COUNTRY. This feature film embodies Chris’ creative vision and was completed posthumously by a devoted and talented team of filmmakers aiming to contribute to CB’s lasting legacy.



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If you would like more information about the Chris Brinker Film Foundation or the BAD COUNTRY events, please contact Brear Cannarsa at 619-886-7171 or brear@cbfilmfoundation.org. Brear can help connect you to appropriate SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL contacts.



Links:
Chris Brinker Film Festival
http://www.cbfilmfoundation.org/


San Diego Film Festival
http://www.sdfilmfest.com


Bad Country Movie

http://www.badcountrythemovie.com



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Interview With Actor, Kelvin O’Bryant



From The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys to O and The Unit, Hollywood’s been kind to rising young actor Kelvin O’Bryant. The actor’s latest is the sitcom Table Manners, where he tries his hand at comedy.


Were you born and bred in Hollywood, Kelvin?

Haha, not at all. Born in Charleston and Bred in Irmo. South Carolina to the bone.



Why the entertainment business?

It chose me at an early age and I stopped running from it in college. I love it.



What was your first paid gig as an entertainer?

I was 10 years old and I booked the very first audition I ever went on, it was a local television show called “Double Dog Safe”. I remember I bought a Sega Saturn with the session check.



What’s your most recent paid gig as an entertainer?

Most recently worked as a series regular on the Sitcom pilot “Table Manners”. 




What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

That’s an almost impossible question for me to answer. I have so many highlights. If I have to pick one I’d say working on the short film “INK” with Marianne Jean Baptiste. I learned a lot about myself as an artist working on that project. Marianne is not only an Academy Award nominated actor, but also a fantastic writer and director who trusted me enough to allow me to explore and discover.



What can you tell us about your new series “Table Manners”?

It is a half hour Sitcom about 4 guys with different mental and social disorders who live in a group home. A young therapist takes the overnight job at our home and has no idea what she has gotten herself into. I play Reggie Darling. Reggie has what used to be called Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder. Basically, that means he thinks everybody is his best friend. Reggie does not understand basic social boundaries and habitually crosses them. I really enjoyed working on this project. The show is hilarious, but more than that it has a lot of heart. For me, the show is about togetherness.



Where can people follow you online?

I tried to keep my social media links as simple as possible:

Website: KelvinOBryant.com

Facebook: facebook.com/KelvinOBryant

Twitter: @KelvinOBryant








Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Trailer For The Shoot


NEW TRAILER FOR THE SHOOT


Starring John DiMaggio (Futurama, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Keith Allan (Z Nation, Mad Men), Doug Spearman (Cradle 2 The Grave), and Toby Poser (The Lucky Ones).

Wonder Wheel Productions have released the trailer for their upcoming feature The Shoot.

Written and directed by John Adams and Toby Poser, the film is a dark, sometimes funny comment on American dreams and nightmares in the rock and roll and fashion industries. In the pic, a fashion shoot in the desert goes horribly wrong when two hard up rockers try their luck at robbing it.

The film stars, among others, Futurama's John DiMaggio ('Bender').

Coming to cinemas later this year.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Wolves of Savin Hill - Official Trailer




Childhood friends from the streets of Boston drift apart following a shocking discovery deep in the woods of Savin Hill. Years later a tragic murder brings them together again. But for one man, it’s no mistake. A trap has been set…

After serving time for a crime he didn’t commit, TOM GREYS (DAVID COOLEY) is released from prison with a score to settle: he is dead-set on tracking down the man who set him up…his childhood best friend and L.A. cop, SEAN O’BRIEN. (BRIAN SCANNELL, GONE BABY GONE)

Ravaged by his friend’s betrayal, Tom hunts Sean through the dark streets of Los Angeles and finds himself trapped in a web of lies only a devil could weave. Face to face at last, the two men are caught in a final and explosive showdown. After years of gut-wrenching deception, it can only end with one man standing.

THE WOLVES OF SAVIN HILL is a tale of betrayal, madness and revenge, where the line between good and evil is as thin as the thread that connects us all.


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The Wolves of Savin Hill CAST:

Sean O’Brien – BRIAN SCANNELL

Tom Greys – DAVID COOLEY

Carl Gottlieb – KURT FULLER

Detective Tatum – JACK McGEE

Theo Erickson – MICHAEL MASSEE

Detective Fitzgerald – TIM deZARN

Bruce – JASON OLIVER

Emily O’Brien – TIPRIN MANDALAY

Kate - SUZANNE WILLARD

Detective Reno - PAUL CARAFOTES

Abel Green/Snitch – MARCO VERDIER

Sara O’Brien – JORDAN VAN VRANKEN

Cassandra – Angel of death - TONYA CORNELISSE

Lilith - Angel of death - MEGAN DAVIS

Nikki Reno - NICOLE HADDAD

Night club dancer - KATRINA SALAZAR

Night club dancer - AMY LYNN PIGG

Charlie Reno - CHARLIE CARAFOTES

Cop – JACK MILLARD

Priest – NORMAN MARSHAK

Strip Club Owner – ANTHONY GAITLIN

Landlady – SIMONNA ROCHFORD

Young Tom – BILLY PARR

Young Sean – COLE WAGNER

School girl friend - VANESSA COYNE

Little Red Riding Hood - LAURA HILL


Written and Directed by JOHN BEATON HILL