Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Spies in Crinoline

Spies in Crinoline Movie to be shown at Tally Ho in Leesburg on Sunday, Oct. 25at 7:00 p.m.

After three years in production, the feature length movie Spies in Crinoline premiered to a full-house on Sunday, September 20th at the Cinema Arts Theatrein the Fair City Mall, in Fairfax, VA. This dramatic equivalent of creativenon-fiction is based on Karla Vernon’s carefully researched novel, The Spy inCrinoline. Depicting the Civil War activities of two Fairfax natives, AntoniaFord and Laura Ratcliffe, the film employs theatrical techniques to tell ahistorically accurate story.

“My 2006 novel provides the jumping off point for an expanded story thatincludes never told before information about Joseph Willard and the adventuresof Confederate spy Laura Ratcliffe,” comments Vernon, who also authored thescreen play. “Not only historically sound, but also entertaining, Spies inCrinoline weaves extensive dramatization throughout.” According to director Bert Morgan, whose films The Battle of First Manassas(2004) and The Battle of Chantilly (2006) won international awards for BLMProductions, “The scenes and narrative presentations in Spies depictespionage, political intrigue, imprisonment, love, marriage, and death.

We created scenes that are authentic in period dress, furnishings, sounds, andmannerisms. Rich details of 19th-century everyday life are built into thedramatic sequences of the film.” Learn more about Spies in Crinoline at www.imdb.com by entering the movie titlein the search field. To view the trailer, click on the trailer arrow. Thenext showing is in Leesburg, Va. at the Tally Ho Theater on Oct. 25th at 7:00p.m. Tickets cost $5. A DVD of the film and copies of Vernon’s novel will beon sale in the lobby after the show.

Women In Trouble

A pregnant porn star, a couple of call girls, a scorned psychiatrist, a teenage goth, a flight attendant with a crush on a famous passenger… the troubles of this cluster of LA women couldn’t be more different, but on one crazy day feminine compassion will alter all of their lives. Devilish humor, razor-sharp scripting, and a knockout ensemble of talented actresses (including Carla Gugino, Connie Britton, and Marley Shelton) turn trouble into pure pleasure.

Broken Embraces-- A New Film By Pedro Almodovar

A man writes, lives and loves in darkness. Fourteen years before, he was in a brutal car crash on the island of Lanzarote. In the accident, he not only lost his sight, he also lost Lena, the love of his life.

This man uses two names: Harry Caine, a playful pseudonym with which he signs his literary works, stories and scripts, and Mateo Blanco, his real name, with which he lives and signs the film he directs. After the accident, Mateo Blanco reduces himself to his pseudonym, Harry Caine. If he can’t direct films he can only survive with the idea that Mateo Blanco died on Lanzarote with his beloved Lena.

In the present day, Harry Caine lives thanks to the scripts he writes and to the help he gets from his faithful former production manager, Judit García, and from Diego, her son, his secretary, typist and guide.

Since he decided to live and tell stories, Harry is an active, attractive blind man who has developed all his other senses in order to enjoy life, on a basis of irony and self-induced amnesia. He has erased from his biography any trace of his first identity, Mateo Blanco.
One night Diego has an accident and Harry takes care of him (his mother, Judit, is out of Madrid and they decide not to tell her anything so as not to alarm her). During the first nights of his convalescence, Diego asks him about the time when he answered to the name of Mateo Blanco, after a moment of astonishment Harry can’t refuse and he tells Diego what happened fourteen years before with the idea of entertaining him, just as a father tells his little child a story so that he’ll fall asleep.

The story of Mateo, Lena, Judit and Ernesto Martel is a story of “amour fou”, dominated by fatality, jealously, the abuse of power, treachery and a guilt complex. A moving and terrible story, the most expressive image of which is the photo of two lovers embracing, torn into a thousand pieces.

BROKEN EMBRACES will open in New York on November 20th, 2009 and in Los Angeles on December 11th.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bridge International Screenplay Competition

Submit Your Screenplay Today!

Back by popular demand is the 2nd Annual Bridge International Screenplay Competition. We are currently accepting screenplays and teleplays from around the world. Don't miss this priceless opportunity to have your work in front of over 8,500 industry professionals. Submitting your script is fast and easy with our simple online form. Thanks to the overwhelming response we received last season from writers world-wide, we're able to offer $10 entry fees this year! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Submit today!

Brand New Second Trailer For Precious

Starring Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz and introducing Gabourey Sidibe, this inspiring film will release in theaters on November 6, 2009!
Lee Daniels’s PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome.

Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo’Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write.

Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of “alternative,” but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.

In Official Selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard, and winner of three awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival including the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE stars Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz and introducing Gabourey Sidibe.

Lionsgate in association with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry present A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production of PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE, directed by Lee Daniels from a screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher based on the novel Push by Sapphire.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Are you an Actor Looking For Work???


Casting – Urban AnimeLooking for actors of all types for upcoming projects as well as production assistance to aid on the shoots. Camera people are welcome to send their info as well. Send resume and headshots, will not be considered without Project is for credit and meals at first compensation to follow if/when project brings in revenue.


The Movement Theatre Company 2009-2010 Season: We will be casting for our Elevator Reading Series, Ladder Series, and Workshop/Production of Bintou written by Koffi Kwahule. We are looking for Black, Latino, Asian, Indian, Native American and Multiracial Actors and Dancers of all ages. Men strongly encouraged to submit.The Elevator Reading Series (Early November): sistahs by Harrison David Rivers; Breathless by Stacy Osei-Kuffour; Cassius Sargent's Chicken Bone by Asher WyndhamThe Ladder Series is designed to focus on the collaborative effort in the creation of devised work with a 10-day workshop followed by two performances.Hope Speaks (Late January) devised by Jonathan McCrory A piece that will collect narratives exploring the 2008-2009 Election and Inauguration of Barack Obama.

Talking Laetoli (Late February) devised by Jesca Prudencio: A movement piece inspired by The Laetoli Footprints Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.The American Premiere of Bintou (Late June) written by Koffi Kwahule and translated by Chantal Bilodeau, including a required week-long workshop with the playwright (Mid-May), co-produced by the LARK and French Embassy.Auditions are by appointment only. Saturday October 17th, 10am – 2pm and Monday October 19th 7pm – 9pm. Prepare a brief one-minute contemporary monologue and a short movement piece if you are interested in Talking Laetoli.

Please send a headshot and resume to themovementtheatrec@gmail.com, subject titled: AUDITION. Possible Pay.

Not just auditions, it’s an event! . . .Richmond’s Search for the VonTrapp Children . . .Children ages 6 – 18, come audition for a part in Theatre IV & Barksdale Theatre’s upcoming blockbuster musical production ofThe Sound Of Music!

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Saturday, November 7, 2009 at Short Pump Town Center ~ Main Plaza 9:30 am – 1 pm Registration (Please do not arrive before 9 am)9:30 am Pre-Registered Auditions Begin12 noon Open Auditions BeginREGISTER ONLINE – Pre-Registered participants are seen first! Go to www.TheatreIVRichmond.org to pre-register and for further audition details* Auditions for boys and girls ages 5 – 18 only. Auditionees will sing their favorite Sound of Music song – visit www.TheatreIVRichmond.org for music selections and start practicing now!The Sound of Music performance dates are May 14-30 AND June 4 – July 3, 2010 at The Empire Theatre, 114 West Broad Street in Richmond. Auditionees can have absolutely no scheduling conflicts during these dates.No telephone calls or appointments necessary – just pre-register the website www.TheatreIVRichmond.org and come to Short Pump Town Center at 9:30 am on November 7th!


Mike Lemon, CSA, from Mike Lemon Casting in Philadelphia, PA
will be conducting a workshop for Hampton Roads

Explore new ways to tap into the creative process. Discover new strategies for making choices and acting decisions, focusing on film.

Mike Lemon Casting is a full service company, casting over 12,500 projects over 20+ years, including union and non-union talent for feature and independent films, commercials, industrials, voice over, theatre throughout the mid-Atlantic and nation wide.

Mikes Credits include:
Annapolis, In Her Shoes, The Village, Jersey Girl, Signs, Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense, Oceans 11, Lucky Numbers, 12 Monkeys, Fallen, Philadelphia, Beloved, Snake Eyes, Up Close and Personal, Hack, The Jersey, Arrest and Trial, Philly.

WHEN: Saturday 24th October 2009 - 17 years to adult
TIME: 10:00am to 5:00pm

WHEN: Sunday 25th October 2009 - 10years to 16 years
TIME: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

The Actors Place
1917 Laskin RdVirginia Beach, VA 23454

PRICING: Saturday $110.00
Sunday $ 55.00

Class size is limited to 25 people.
Deposit is required to reserve your place for the seminar

Please email augustarmstrong@aol.com
Please also call August Armstrong at 757-333-3171 for details of workshop

Bring headshots and resumes with you to give to Mike. Prepare a one minute monologue for the workshop. Bring a notebook and a blank DVD.




Savannah, GA—The 12th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, will take place from Saturday, October 31-Saturday, November 7.Films to receive special gala screenings will include Jean-Marc Vallée’s “The Young Victoria”; Oren Moverman’s “The Messenger,” with Moverman and stars Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster in attendance; Grant Heslov’s “The Men Who Stare at Goats”; Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces”; Lone Sherfig’s “An Education”; the United States premieres of James Ivory’s “The City of Your Final Destination,” with Ivory in attendance, and Nick Moran’s “Telstar,” with Moran and star Con O’Neill in attendance; Jodie Markell’s “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond” (from a screenplay by Tennessee Williams); Cannes Palme d’Or winner Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon”; and Lee Daniels’ “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” winner of the Grand-Jury Prize at Sundance and the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival.

Daniels and star Gabourey Sidibe will be in attendance. Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson (“Pieces of April,” “Vicki Cristina Barcelona”) will receive an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award after a screening of Woody Allen’s “Whatever Works”. Emmy and Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson (“Cheers,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt”) and Ben Foster (“3:10 to Yuma”) will also receive Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Awards prior to their screening of “The Messenger.” Emmy Rossum (“The Phantom of the Opera”) will receive the Young Hollywood Award prior to a screening of her film “Dare,” and Jeremy Renner will receive the Spotlight Award for his performance in “The Hurt Locker,” which will also screen at the festival. Scott Caan(“Ocean’s 11”), the writer and star of “Mercy,” one of the festival’s competition films, also will attend.

Past festival guests and honorees include Peter O'Toole, Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda, Sidney Lumet, Kathleen Turner, Norman Jewison, Tommy Lee Jones, John Waters, David Benioff, John Sayles, Brett Ratner, Charlie Rose, George Segal, James Franco, James Ivory, Jeff Daniels, Alec Baldwin, Peter Bart, Army Archerd, Roger Ebert, Terrence Malick, Sydney Pollack, the Redgrave siblings—Vanessa, Lynn and Corin—Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Malcolm McDowell and Milos Forman, among others.In addition to the special screenings, the festival will showcase 22 professional films (features, documentaries, shorts and animation) and 12 student films in competition. The jurors for the competition are actress Patti D’Arbanville (“Rescue Me”), actress/producer Rita Gam, writer/director Ingrid Rockefeller, writer/director Michael Sucsy (Emmy-Award winning “Grey Gardens”) and writer/director David Twohy (“Pitch Black”).

For more information on the festival and a complete schedule of events, visit www.scad.edu/filmfest. SCAD: The University for Creative CareersThe Savannah College of Art and Design is the most comprehensive art and design university in the world, offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university. SCAD is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees in distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers students a choice of degree programs in 46 majors and more than 50 minors at locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, in Lacoste, France, online through SCAD eLearning, and soon in Hong Kong.

The diverse student body of more than 9,500 comes from all 50 United States and nearly 100 countries worldwide. The education and career preparation of each student is nurtured and cultivated by a faculty of more than 600 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. Through individual attention in an inspiring university environment, and with advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, SCAD is uniquely qualified to provide an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. SCAD has garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications, including the Los Angeles Times, American Institute of Architects, DesignIntelligence and U.S. News & World Report.For more information, visit scad.edu. Contact:Andy Shearer ashearer@scad.edu 912-344-7973

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his extraordinary ‘Imaginarium’, a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom.

Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Valentina is now rapidly approaching this ‘coming of age’ milestone and Dr. Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr. Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr. Parnassus promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man that helps him win.

In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr. Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles – and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all!