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Give a hand to two great directors, cast and crew from the Carolinas. Over the weekend director Jesse H. Knight won Best Feature Film at Monstercon 2014 with The Orbs Starring Christy Johnson, Patrick G. Keenan, David Joy, and Warren Ray.
|Photo credit: Jason Ledford|
The honors for
Best Short Film went to Jaysen P. Buterin for his film Between Hell and A Hard Place starring Patrick G. Keenan, Michael Ray Williams, Marius Riley, Casey Murray, and Mandy Divine, |
|Kylie Szymanski||Melissa Cowan||Moses J. Moseley|
|Theshay West||Luke Donaldson||Parker Wierling|
|Anniston & Tinsley Price||Greg Crews||Andrew Jenkins|
|Gregory French||Triston Johnson||Mike Mundy|
|Alex Wayne||Nick Whatley||Jeff Glover|
|Josh Turner||Scott Lane||Kaylie Turner|
|Kennedy Brice||Stan The Zombie||Big Country Zombie|
|Addy Miller||Ella Grace Misenheimer|
Scienstars is a new TV series aimed at teaching science through science fiction in the classroom or a home school environment with the intended age group being later elementary school through middle school. Currently in production is Salisbury, North Carolina the series uses the Next Generation Science Standards as a guide to include the educational aspect of each episode.|
"As math and science initiatives continue to be a focal point for improvement in education, Scienstars provides an entertaining alternative to traditional instruction and a motivational tool for inspiring students to pursue careers in math and science." - Susan Alberti - Former middle school teacher and current homeschool instructor.
"Our primary goal is to get Scienstars into the classrooms. With that in mind we are reaching out to educators to find the best ways that Scienstars can work with their curriculum." - Adam York - Director
As the Charlotte screening of Waiting For Butterflies approaches, THE iNDEE wants to give you an opportunity to "Meet The Actors" of the film by introducing the fabulous, Bonnie Johnson.
What was your favorite part of playing the character in Waiting for Butterflies
Playing a woman dying of cancer yet being an inspiration to her family.
What are your hobbies/pastimes?
Spending time with my two precious grandchildren.
How did you know you wanted to be an actor? How long have you been acting?
Acting has been my passion since I was in a play in Kindergarten .
What is one thing you think most people don't know about you?
What was your favorite part of playing the character in Waiting for Butterflies?
I remember having a conversation with Kent Allen, co-writer/director, about why I wanted to play this character. It was during casting process. I was so happy that he asked me because often in casting you don't get to really speak your mind. I was able to tell him I wanted to play Noah because he was a flawed man, but that his character also changed everyone in the story and that he changed as well. I loved being able to play him before his terrible mistakes and during his redemptive process. It was also pretty cool to do a scene in prison.
One of my biggest hobbies is going to see movies. Even when I'm home I almost always watch movies instead of television shows. I'm in love with that storytelling form because I think it will make me a better film actor. Golf has been a lifelong passion and for the same reason as acting. I will never ever master it although I can certainly try to get better at it. I find it to be very satisfying to know that I can always get better. And for the last 10 years hanging out with my boys has been my number one hobby.
THE iNDEE Studio in Gastonia, North Carolina will be hosting a seminar on "Telling Stories". If you are wanting to be a screenwriter or are a filmmaker with story ideas this is a great class for you. You can attend the lecture or if you're not close enough to make it it will also be available through Skype. This writing series is the first in a series that THE iNDEE Actors Club is making an effort to host this year.
" Through our process you will leave our seminar having a firm grasp on how to take your idea from the planning stages to pre production on your new film. Writers of all levels will learn valuable lessons about the execution of character driven, exciting, story telling. They will be lead by industry professionals giving only examples from the height of cinematic story telling." - THE iNDEE Actors Club Team
In Nowhere Jordon plays Maynard, a young sheltered man who is competent and caring but not very bright. He has been living with his domineering mother at the inn she owns for all of his life and is not very aware of the outside world. Not and easy role to play but Jordon does is well and very interestingly. His portrayal makes you empathize with Maynard and the situation he's in.
Drake, a drifter played by James Molinari, tries to bring Maynard out of his shell when he realizes that something is not quite right about what's going on at the inn. Though Drake's main aim is to pilfer some money to pay some debts, he and Maynard share some friendly conversations through the course of the movie to each ones benefit.
Jordon became an actor through a chance meeting with a friend at college who convinced him to check out the modeling/acting agency she worked for. From there he began to do scene studies and soon was in Los Angeles and doing well before family concerns made him want to move back to the southeast.
"When Jordon and I first met, I was a Production Assistant and he a stand in for the lead actor in this feature film shot in Charlotte. We kinda made an unofficial pack to work together as director/ actor one day and got the opportunity on my first feature film, Sunset. Since then I've been wanting to see him in all types of different roles that push him so lets just say we both took a risk by allowing him to play the role, Maynard, in Nowhere. When he wasn't wowing me with how different of a character he could play, he was making the whole cast and crew laugh as the supplier of all the bloopers." - Ryen Thomas - Director of Nowhere and Sunset.
The Beaufort Film Society is calling for entries to the 2015 Beaufort Internationan Film Festival located in Beaufort, South Carolina. The next festival is scheduled for February 11th through 15th of 2015.
Beaufort is situated on Port Royal Island in the coastal lowcountry area of of South Carolina. The Big Chill, The Great Santini, and Forest Gump were filmed there. Also known for it's historic houses and shrimp festival.
Early Bird Deadline is July 31; Final Deadline is Oct 31.
Today we spotlight Partner/Writer/Director Ryen Thomas.
What are your hobbies/pastimes outside of work?
Its like I have two personalities; One side reads comic books, daydreams and studies random pop culture tidbits while the other side wishes he could get paid being philosophical all day as he studies history, religion, sociology, genealogy, observes folks and shares what he sees via writing, painting and drawing.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer/director/work on set (which ever applies)?