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News and more from around the web.


James Cameron Dives into the Ocean's Abyss

It's not just David Byrne and Radiohead: Spotify, Pandora and how streaming music kills jazz and classical.

Interview with Filmmaker Michel Gondry
Director of Mood Indigo and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Read it at The Daily Beast

Official  Release of Partners YouTube Channel 

Doctor Who: A Dame To Kill  starring Lilly Nelson, Rebecca Larken, Monte Hampton, and Miles Dwight Snow.  Directed by Steven Hancock and filmed in North Carolina.



Monstercon 2014 - Best Films

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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.
Jesse H. Knight 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, 



GSN This Week

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The latest casting calls, film & music festivals, and theater events coming up this week.


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Test screenings have been planned for two new films from The iNDEE. Attendance is free and will be at the UNCC Student Union Theater in Charlotte, NC.  Participants will be given a questionnaire to complete about each film that will aid in fine tuning the productions before release.  It will not be necessary to make arrangements in advance.  Just be there ready to watch the movies and give your feedback.

Curfew

Written by Rodney Stringfellow.  Directed by Richard Clark, Jr.



A Thank You from THE iNDEE

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The iNDEE and New Daydream Films want to thank everyone for coming out and joining us for our Charlotte screening of Waiting for Butterflies last night.

Here is a photo of Bonnie Johnson and Tim Ross, two of the cast members, who were in attendance for the screening. Thank you for coming.

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Français : Woody Allen au festival de Cannes.

Français : Woody Allen au festival de Cannes. (Photo credit: Georges Biard via Wikipedia)

Magic in the Moonlight by Woody Allen is set in the south of France during the 1920s and stars Colin Firth as a gentleman who is trying to expose Emma Stone's character, who is a clairvoyant, as a fake.

Woody is very prolific in his filmmaking, writing and directing one or more a year for decades.  Below in this conversation with Charlie Rose interview you can hear Emma and Colin talk some about Woody's style of directing and why an actor might like to work with him, or not.


Biter Bash 2014

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Biter Bash was created by SignMyLoot.com to give local actors more exposure.

This event brings some great local talent together providing an opportunity
for the fans to meet the actors.

Biter Bash will be held this Saturday, July 19th in Alpharetta Georgia at the Hampton
Inn & Suites. It is located just off of 400 on Windward Parkway.

There will be drawings for prizes, vendors, and a Zombie Cosplay Contest! Winner of the Zombie cosplay contest will win an appearance in the movie "Test Group" being filmed in Atlanta. Other prizes include show signed shirts, autographed prints, Tickets for Biter Bash 2015 and North Georgia Toy Expo, and more.


Guests
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


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Scienstars Banner  by Rian Trost


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.

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Scienstars Seal  by Vince Barnett

"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.


The idea for the show was created by Vince Barnett after he was searching for ways to inspire his young son, Zefram, to learn about science.  After he discovered the Next Generation Science Standards the idea for the series struck him and he contacted Adam York to direct with Jerod Jacobs as Cinematographer, and the multi-media company Six Foot Kitten to help produce the series.  

To give you and example of what you'll see and learn the pilot episode teaches about the law of conservation of energy, photosynthesis, electromagnetism, and Newton's third law of motion.  All in a format that will appeal to a young to middle aged child.


"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


The cast includes Andrew Wilson Williams as Cadet Gabriel Brand, Isabella Alberti as Cadet Lilianna Mallote, Tim Ross as Commandant Aeolen, Lilly Nelson as Lieutenant Victoria Xen, Kathy Butler Sandvoss as Gabriel's mom, Kim Misenheimer as Isabella's mom, Amaris Kirby as Ferata,  and Christina Nelson as Officer Graal.

I had a conversation with the producers and actors about the series and this is what they told me.



Monstercon 2014 opens it's doors this Friday in Greenville, South Carolina for three days of celebrities, film screenings, cosplay, comic books, toys, and more.





Meet The Actors: Bonnie Johnson

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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?


Robin Williams kissed me on the lips when our scenes in Patch Adams wrapped.

Meet The Actors: Tim Ross

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Tim Ross2.jpgIn preparation for their Charlotte screening of Waiting for Butterflies Thursday, July 17th, THE iNDEE introduces Tim Ross who plays Noah in their "Meet The Actors" series.


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.


What are your hobbies/pastimes?

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.
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Update!  The date for this seminar has been changed to Thursday, July 31st, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
 
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.

The iNDEE team has produced seven feature films (worked on a combined 15+ features in various capacities), four dramatic one-hour pilots, and ove 100 episodes of nationally televised programming. So they know how to tell a story.

" 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

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Villians have always played an important part in our stories as they are often intriguing, have great development, and create tension in the narrative.  Where would we be without someone to root against?  

Sometimes though, they have just enough redeeming qualities that we might like them, or even be rooting for them.  Even those we know of in real life.  Why is that?


Watch their conversation below.
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Jordon Alexander  Photo Credit: Matt Burton
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.

For now, Jordon is content to live here and feels he has opportunities in this area that he might not have in Hollywood.  I think that's a great attitude and look forward to seeing him in more movies as his film career evolves.

"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.

See the clip and interview below to learn more about Jordan.



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This Wednesday thru Sunday, Kings Mountain, North Carolina will be hosting their Real to Reel Film Festival.  

Produced by the Cleveland County Arts Council along with many sponsors. Submissions were received not only from the U.S. but also form Canada, Spain, Sweden, India, Australia, Brazil, Israel, South Korea and the United Kingdom. 

Here are the films that were chosen:



Real to Reel Film Festival
July 9th - 12th
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
(704) 484-2787



Meet THE iNDEE: Richard Clark, Jr.

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Good Morning and welcome to Meet The iNDEE. Today we spotlight Richard Clark, Jr. Please take a monent to read this interview and get to know Richard better!


What are your hobbies/pastimes outside of work?

My favorite hobby is spending time with my family. We love to travel and just get away. I'm a fanatical Carolina Panthers fan. Additionally, going to the movies, swimming, and playing golf would all make a great day for me. 


How did you know you wanted to be a writer/director/work on set (which ever applies)?

I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker mainly because I am good at nothing else. And I'm ok with that. I completely reject reality. I need to be a filmmaker. 


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Craven Street, Beaufort, S.C . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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.


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Image by Danilo Prates via Wikipedia





Film Riot from Revision 3 and Triune Films brings you filmmaking techniques, production tips, and DIY projects for filmmakers.  Directed and hosted by Ryan Connolly.








   

Meet THE iNDEE: Ryen W. Thomas

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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)?

I've always loved telling visual stories inspired by what I observed that day or saw in an old movie. When I was a kid I used my dad's video camera without him knowing to make short films with my friends and family. When I didn't have people, I turned my action figures into my stars. I didn't really know what I was doing was directing until I was 13, after seeing Jurassic Park and wanted to do what Steven Spielberg did.