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.


TRAILER





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.


TRAILER



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



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Director Marcel Walz Interview - Blood Valley: Seed's Revenge



Marcel Walz is a writer and director, known for La petite mort (2009), James St. James Presents Avantgarde(2010) and Klischee (2009). He started making movies at the age of 17 and attended Film school in Mallorca, Spain for almost a year.  Marcel chatted with me about his new film "Blood Valley: Seed's Revenge".


What made you choose to direct "Blood Valley: Seed's Revenge"? 

I really loved the first part SEED, directed by Uwe Boll, and as Uwe and I know each other for a couple of years, the ideas of making a sequel came to my mind during vacation in Las Vegas. So after developing my idea I asked Uwe and he just said, “Let’s make it.”


Do you prefer directing horror movies versus other genres? Why or why not? 

I started my career in the horror genre, and I really feel that that’s the genre I really know lots about. But there are so many things I would love to direct in the future, like a drama e.g.

But at present I love to stay in the horror genre, making movies that are sometimes different with crazy characters, but that’s what makes people talk about you.


What was the most challenging aspect of directing "Blood Valley: Seed's Revenge"? 

It was a challenge at all, the first movie for me shooting in the USA. All this would not have been possible within my DOP Wolfgang Meyer who really supported me during the whole process of getting permits and so on.

But for all of us – the actors, the crew – it was a challenge working in the desert in Valley of Fire with temperatures of around 110°.


How would you describe the role of special effects/make-up in the movie? 

Ryan and Megan Nicholson really did a great job, they know how to make special effects that look real, but making it the old fashioned way, as they did it in movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Special effects that fit perfectly with the style of the whole movie: bloody, dirty and scary.


The movie's trailer on YouTube has over 300,000 views, has the response from people surprised you? 

For me it was just – wow – getting that many views within such a short time, I knew about the fans of Seed 1, but it was just amazing. Now it is time to satisfy the fans with the movie, not only the trailer.


When and where is the film being released? 

The movie has already been sold all over the world. In Germany the movie was already released in July this year, but what is more interesting for you, in USA/Canada the movie will be released by PHASE 4, in theatres and On Demand on October 3, 2014.







Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Interview with MAD MEN and FORT MCCOY star Adria Tennor

Adria Tennor

Adria Tennor is an actress, producer, director and restaurateur. The grand daughter of Sam Tennor, a song plugger for Irving Berlin, Tennor made her film debut playing a twelve-year old boy in Hal Hartey’s Amateur. She works regularly in television and film, and is most known for her recurring role on AMC’s Mad Men as Betty Draper’s frank-talking friend Joyce Darling. She also appears in Michel Hazanavicius’ Academy Award winning film, The Artist.


We had an opportunity to chat with Adria about her career and new movie Fort McCoy, a drama based on a true story when the Stirn family lived next to a Nazi POW camp in Wisconsin during W.W.II.


M: Who or what inspired you to become an actress?

AT: Well, when I was six my grandmother took me to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit to see Annie. That was it. I just wanted to get up there and do that! So I wanted my mom to take me downtown to audition the next day, which she didn't. We just waited until I was in college and able to audition myself.



M: You're not only an actress but also a writer, producer, and restaurateur. Which is pretty cool. How do you balance all those tasks?

AT: It's not easy. As an actress I always chose to wait tables to make ends meet. To make sure I always had money coming in. I did not like to be poor. I liked to have all the things I wanted and needed. I liked to be able to take class, so I liked having that extra money.  I, as a lot of actors do, resented that for a long time. I didn't like having to have that day job. I wanted to be able to act full time. 

When I got to Los Angeles I started working at a restaurant called Campanile which was really prominent, really respected. A lot of really great people came there, very famous and accomplished writers and producers.

I started to get to know these people as a server, they respected me. I cared about them. I cared about their experience. I also cared about the people who owned the restaurant. The owners were very, very generous and supportive of everyone else's endeavours. Which I appreciated. I wanted to represent them in a great way. 

Interestingly enough the moment things shifted is when these people I was waiting on sort of wanted to know what I did aside from serve. "Who is this woman who is very accomplished at this thing, she just can't be wanting to be a server".  Then I told them what I did. Because they liked me so much and respected me, they wanted to help me. So I started getting auditions and those auditions turned into jobs.

Another funny thing happened; the man who was my boss at Campanile left. He was always scary to me. I really respected him, but he was never anyone I though I would be romantic with.  But about a year after he left he went to open another restaurant and we ran into each other. He misinterpreted something I said and thought I was kind of coming onto him.  So he asked me out. My rule at the time was if somebody asked I would go out with them.

We dated for a long time till we got married. Owning restaurants is his dream, his vocation.  We opened a restaurant together. It just sort of happened for me. I didn't aspire to that. It is because I was his partner romantically and business wise. I just became by default a restaurant owner and a restaurant manager. 

I never managed a restaurant before and I was a little worried about it. But it was pretty intuitive to me because I had worked in a restaurant since I was like fourteen and able to hold a job. 



M: It sounds like you are very supportive of each other. 

AT: Very, very. It was mutually beneficial too. It meant that I wasn't a server or an employee anymore. It meant I was an owner and a proprietor, so if I was in Santa Monica at an audition and late for work I wasn't going to get in trouble or fired. My partner, my husband has a vested interest in my success and in my happiness. He is very willing to cover my responsibilities when it is necessary. That has made the balance possible. 






M: You have a new film, Fort McCoy, in which you play a character called Lolly. What drew you to that role and what do you think sets this film apart from other WWII dramas?

AT: Actress Kate Connor and I had done an episode of Mad Men. We had worked on that show, met each other and became friends. A few months later I ran into her at the grocery store and we said we should get together go for a hike or for a walk and talk. 

So we did and we both share an interest in writing. She shared her script with me for Fort McCoy. Oh my god I was so in love with it; it is so beautiful. The thing that just really unique about is it is a WWII drama, well that is not very unique because there are so many WWII dramas. But the thing that was interesting for me was it was written by a woman, which isn't as common. Also that it is told through the eyes of a young girl protagonist. So all of those things really drew me to the project. 

There is still a lot of violence, there is still a lot of war in this movie [Fort McCoy]. But there is a lot of heart. When I say heart I don't mean schmaltzy heart; I mean it is a very emotional  story that captures the feeling of that time.

I also did not know that it was based on real events. The film is set in Wisconsin in Fort McCoy, which is a real operating army base that still exists. Kate (Connor) was able to shoot a lot of the film on the real Fort McCoy. It is really interesting to be in the place telling the story that actually happened in this place. 

It is about this family that lives next door to a prisoner of war camp. I just sent my agent in New York a little press about the movie and I thought I was the only one, but he said "You know I never knew there was a prisoner of war camp in the United States".  German and Japanese soldiers were captured and brought to the United States and put into camps here. 

I like to do things that I learn from, that I don't know anything about, that take me to a place  I've never been. That was another reason I really wanted to work on this project. I had never been to Wisconsin. I had never been to Fort McCoy and had never been to this camp. That proof of history really excited me. 

When I was in school and was given a history book say about the Civil War it was so hard to just read a chapter in my history book and 'get it', to understand the Civil War. It felt as if the information went in one eye and out the other. I couldn't retain it. I didn't feel connected to it. But then when I watched Gone With The Wind I suddenly 'got it'!  I suddenly understood and cared. I wanted to know more about the Civil War. 

The emotional vessel of these stories to me are meaningful and important.  I feel like it is the best way to communicate ideas, to move people emotionally. When somebody cares about a story, a character, a circumstance I feel like that is what is going to drive them to know more and to change. 



M: What would you say was the most challenging aspect of working on Fort McCoy?

AT: It was quick and dirty, so fast. It is an Independent film. It was privately financed. A lot of film today is made like that. It is a pretty epic movie which warranted a grand budget, but it didn't have that. I think that she (Kate Connor) made a beautiful film.

Shooting anything like that in a place ... no offence ... like Wisconsin which is not a mecca like Los Angeles or New York is for film or television. You have to really scrounge for resources of film crew and local actors.  That was challenging for Kate to find the people to fill the jobs.



M: I would imagine that would have influenced the atmosphere on set and made everyone more focused on the task at hand.

AT: Yeah you definitely have to be focused.  Like anything you have to learn to work together. It is hard with a movie because once you get into the groove the shoot is over. Especially on a low budget film where you only have a month or so. It gives you an appreciation.  12 Years a Slave was shot on a ridiculously short period of time. 


Making a low budget film is very similar to running a restaurant. You have to really hire well and make quick decisions. If something isn't working, make a quick decision. You don't have  two weeks to kind of figure it out.  I think Kate really did hire well.  The local actors were incredible.



M: What do you hope audiences take away from watching Fort McCoy?

AT: I think the most important thing for me ... and this is such a cool era we are in, in the moment.  I feel like audiences are craving a perspective other than the white male. Not that the white male perspective isn't one that we want and value. But it has been so prevalent.  Now I feel like with 12 Years a Slave, with The Butler and Kate's movie [Fort McCoy] it is really nice to see the other perspective on things. 

A take on a subject that is so done. We have seen so many movies on WWII, but not a lot told through the eyes of a woman and the protagonist is a young girl. It is very unique that we are looking at this period in time in our country during this epic happening. I am in the process of finishing a film that I made that is a young female protagonist. Maybe because I am doing that at the moment that these other films are on my periphery, but maybe it is a phenomenon that is happening right now. 


I know of at least five other female writer - directors who have made films that are told through the eyes of a young female protagonist. I think that it is just a really interesting perspective. 



M: I would love if you wouldn't mind to mention any other projects you have in the works.

AT:  I did a movie this winter with Jack Black, James Marsden, Mike White and Kathryn Hahn called D-Train, which is being finished up. It is so funny, it is such a great script. I can't give away what it is, but it is about something I have never read about before in my life.  I was cheering and so horrified at the same time that somebody would write about this. It is something so awkward and embarrassing. It is just brilliant that someone was gutsy enough to write and make a movie about this.  I really encourage people to check it out when it comes out.

I can't say too much, but I am really proud of having a little participation in this television series that is on MTV. It is being run by a friend of mine, Carter Covington called Faking It. It is about these two girls in high school who are kind of on the periphery and want to get into the popular crowd. They get mistaken for lesbians. Instead of correcting everyone and telling everyone they are not lesbians, they just decided because of getting so much attention and getting popular because of this that they will just go with it. It is a show that deals with current issues and lays things out on the table in a really great way. It is aimed at teenagers who are going through this, both straight and gay. Encountering this in their world. It is much more prevalent in our society. 

And I have been working on this film [Cracked] that I made myself. I am starting to submit to festivals. Still tweaking the sound edit on it. It is sort of a short story - a short film about two children that are related in a really unique way. They break something that has repercussions for them. It is really interesting the way they choose to deal with it and how it changes their relationship for good and for bad. 


M: There are a number of upcoming screenings for Fort McCoy. Will you be in attendance for any of those?

AT:  If I can get there I will. I am willing to be there for her (Kate Connor) and the film.



Adria Tennor

www.adriatennor.com

@adriatennor

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CRACKED - Short Film By Adria Tennor

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@CrackedShort

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Interview Kristian Hanson - Sledge




The journey of making an independent film is usually riddled with disappoints, lengthy delays, and countless hiccups. Not so for filmmaker Kristian Hanson, who managed to put together his dream horror project in two and a half months. We spoke to the filmmaker about his latest project, Sledge.


How long had you been trying to get the movie made?

Sledge is something that I thought of in June and we filmed at the end of August of the same year. So it was only a two and a half month span between writing the script (I wrote it in a day and a half when I had the flu) and making the film in upstate New York.


What kind of troubles or issues along the way did you experience? Just the usual, or did something in particular hinder the journey?

To be honest, we did not have any trouble-making Sledge. The only real issue was not having any money for the film. And looking at it now, that was not even really a problem because it made us all become more creative on how to do the death scenes and to make them enjoyable if they could not look 100% realistic.


Why did you choose to make a horror movie? Is it your favorite genre?

I grew up a horror nerd since the age of five. My mom was the one that introduced me to my first horror film and that film was called Child’s play with Chucky. I still remember the nightmare I had that night where I woke up and saw Good Guy dolls all around me. When I was six I got to see A Nightmare on Elm Street and later that year I went to get my tonsils removed and I chose the talking Freddy Krueger doll as my ‘gift’. My dad was not pleased that I had seen that movie and was even shocked that I wanted a talking doll of a serial killer with a burned face and razor claw hand. So to answer your question, I am a die-hard horror fan boy.


Horror movies can also be made fairly cheap, I imagine?

Yes, horror films can be made for cheap, but so can comedies. Look at Kevin Smith’s Clerks film. That was made for $25,000 and love. The aspect that makes that film work so well besides having the set be an actual video and Quik Stop was the acting Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson and Marilyn Ghighliotti. They were unknown actors at the time but they were believable and hilarious in their roles. Movies can be made extremely cheap now with the creation of HD cameras and not having to use film. I say if you have a dream write it down and pick up a camera and make something fun. That is what I did, and it worked out in the end. Even if Sledge didn’t get picked up for distribution, at least I got to have fun making a movie that I wrote and something I would want to watch as a horror fan.


The effects in the film look like they were done practically. How did you manage that?

The effects are all practical and I am a fan of practical effects as a whole. The reason An American Werewolf in London holds up today the way it does is because Rick Baker and his team used practical effects. Now, please don’t think I am comparing Sledge to something as great as AWIL (my all time favorite film) but the use of CGI in horror films needs to take a step back to 1980. I believe CGI is a great tool to be used but it should not be the only tool in your tool box. Mix practical effects with CGI when you have to. If CGI doesn’t need to be used, go all practical because it looks more believable. We ended up making our own blood on Russ Matoes stove and we used a secret when creating the brains. The secret was my mom chewing up hot dog and spitting it into a cup of our home made blood. Little things like that can enhance a movie.


You wear a few hats in the film – which one did you prefer wearing the most?

I have been asked this a few times and I honestly loved both of them. I loved being able to play Adam Lynch and have the freedom to say things that popped into my head. I love improv acting and allowing my actors to enjoy their role. But I absolutely loved working with the actors and being the director of the film. I loved sitting down before each scene and talking to everyone and telling them what I was thinking when I wrote it and how I envisioned filming the scene. That is also where my co-director and cameraman extraordinaire John Sovie II came into play. We would discuss each page and he would give input on how he wanted to film a scene and why, and we would go from there. Directing is so much fun, so I would have to say Directing was my favorite hat to wear, mostly because that mask is heavy and hurts my neck after a while.


Where is the film being released and when?

The film will be released on VOD September 2nd and on DVD October 7th on DVD. It will be amazing to see something I thought of be distributed around the globe, and I hope when it is available those that watch the film reach out to me and tell me if they enjoy the film or not. Thank you for your time and for this interview, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thank you.



Sledge is released on VOD September 2nd and on DVD October 7th on DVD










Sunday, August 10, 2014

Interview - TRUE BLOOD actress Kristina Anapau on her starring role in the upcoming film ALTERGIEST, and the unique new product she has created.




Kristina Anapau is an actress on the big and small screen. Born in Hawaii, Kristina Anapau spent her youth studying classical ballet, music and theatre. Anapau has trained and performed theatrically under the tutelage of The Royal Acadamy of Dramatic Art in London, and on the ballet front with American Ballet Theater and The Joffrey Ballet in New York City. Best known for playing the faerie 'Maurella' on HBO’s TRUE BLOODAnapau's numerous credits also include GRIMM and BLACK SWAN.

Kristina Anapau - Photography: Angela Marklew - Makeup and Hair: Teal Druda


Kristina took time to chat with us recently about her starring role in the upcoming feature film, ALTERGEIST and about the unique new product that she herself has created.


Your career has seen you starring in TV shows (GRIMM, and TRUE BLOOD) as well as in feature films (BLACK SWAN, and ALTERGIEST). What do you enjoy most about performing in each medium? 


Each medium has their respective pleasures and challenges. I love the speed of television, especially multi-camera, but it’s lovely to have the time to delve into a character, which usually the case in films. 


Do you take a different approach to preparing for TV roles versus roles in a film? 


I usually do more emotional preparation and character research for a film role. 


Did your experiences training and performing with American Ballet Theatre and The Joffrey Ballet in New York City inspire you to audition for the role of Galina in BLACK SWAN? 


Enabled me to much more than inspired. I was very fortunate to have had the great ballet training that I did growing up. 


Kristina Anapau - ALTERGIEST - Makeup Artist Teal Druda



What attracted you to play the part of Theresa in the upcoming film ALTERGIEST? 

I loved Theresa’s mental and physical strength and resilience – all while being four months pregnant! 



What was the most challenging part of working on ALTERGIEST? 

It was a very physical film- Theresa does a lot of running/escaping throughout. I was in fantastic shape by the end of the film! 



What was your favourite part of working on the set of ALTERGIEST? 

I love night shoots— it’s a wonderful bubble to live in. Creating art while the rest of the world sleeps. 


Kristina Anapau - ALTERGIEST


We understand that you have created your own fashion brand, COLOR IT NEW, which is slated to launch late this year (2014). What inspired COLOR IT NEW? 


Color It New is a very cool fashion product that I cannot wait to share with the world this fall! It was born out of my wanting to create a practical solution to an everyday problem that everyone faces. Visit www.coloritnew.com to learn more!


What else can you tell us about COLOR IT NEW? Will you open your own boutiques, or will the line be available exclusively at certain retailers? 


It will be available exclusively online beginning in September 2014, and then at select retail locations in the Spring of 2015.



www.coloritnew.com

www.facebook.com/coloritnew

twitter: @coloritnew

instagram: @coloritnew




www.facebook.com/kristinaanapau

twitter: @kristinaanapau

facebook: @kristina_anapau 

Kristina Anapau - Photography: Angela Marklew - Makeup and Hair: Teal Druda





Thursday, July 24, 2014

First Look At Trailer For Romantic Comedy, Geographically Desirable


Coming to Theaters Later This Year

THE NEWSROOM meets HOPE FLOATS in the new film from Mike Kravinsky 

From writer/director Mike Kravinsky, Geographically Desirable is a romantic-comedy about an overworked sleep deprived TV News woman's life is derailed when she inherits a house in a small quirky town.



When her uncle dies in a small town, Nicole, who works an overnight shift in TV News, finds he left her both his house and dog. While there, the people of this small quirky town grab her and won't let go in their kindness to her.


Blair Bowers (The Company We Keep), Boardwalk Empire's Rick Kain, Felicia Gonzalez Brown (Killing Kennedy), Paul Fahrenkopf (The Wire) and newcomer Sarah Allyn Collier star in Geographically Desirable, from Nextnik Films.


GEOGRAPHICALLY DESIRABLE TRAILER: