Thursday, December 30, 2010

Movie Vine Review of OVER COFFEE

Movie Review: Over Coffee (2010)
December 30, 2010

Posted By Elizabeth Sellars

Who says chivalry doesn't exist anymore?

In Sean Meehan's colorful romantic comedy short OVER COFFEE, chivalry comes in the form of warm-hearted Andrew (Erik Potempa) who steps up to impress the woman of his dreams, Carla (Jocelyn DeBoer). He's been working with her in a Manhattan real estate office from some time, waiting for the perfect opportunity to woo and impress her. Now his time has come.

His mission: Get the boss' VERY important coffee order.

It may not sound like much of a challenge, but when your boss is the tyrannical Hamilton Rice (Timothy J. Cox) it can be quite a challenge. Carla, who is Rice's secretary, is swamped with work and doesn't have the time to get it, so Andrew steps in...it can't be that difficult a task, but when time is of the essence, challenges always arise.

For Andrew, this seemingly normal task turns into a comic race against time with Andrew putting up quite a fight to accomplish his mission, including a superbly shot chase scene with a woman (Mallory Portnoy) who accidentally steals Rice's coffee. With Rice on the way to the office, Carla is a bundle of nerves as she awaits Andrew's return, busily organizing Rice's phone messages (amusingly by different colored Post-It notes) and ignoring the not-so subtle sexual advances of office mate David (Michael Oberholtzer).

Of course, Andrew retrieves the coffee, returns to the office just in time for the arrival of the blustering Rice and yes, he gets the girl in the end.

Over Coffee is a nicely paced, sweet short that excels because of its charming storyline and the appealing performances of Potempa and DeBoer, who prove to be a winning pair. Also stand out from the cast, in a very funny performance near the end of the film, is Timothy J. Cox as boss from hell Hamilton Rice.

Writer / director Sean Meehan's film looks good, moves along swiftly and even has a few toe tapping tunes, compliments of some original music by Eric Campo.

The film is available for viewing on both Vimeo and at the films' official website, which is www.overcoffeemovie.com

Articles Base Movie Review: Socks and Cakes (2010)

Movie Review: Socks and Cakes (2010)

Movie Review: Socks and Cakes (2010)
Posted: December 29, 2010

Review by William Lattimer

Socks and Cakes, produced by Kimistra Films, written and directed by Antonio Padovan

Cast: Jeff Moffitt as Richard, Timothy J. Cox as Harry, Kirsty Meares as Amanda, Ben Prayz as David and Alex Vincent as Sophie.

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Writer / director Antonio Padovan goes the Woody Allen route in his comedic / dramatic short Socks and Cakes, an exceptionally well made and perceptive short that puts his ensemble of five under a microscope while all attend a dinner party at a Manhattan studio apartment. On one hand, Padovan's film highlights some witty views on life, love, sex and relationships, but on the other hand, exposes their jealousies and bitterness.

If the film can be described in one word, that word would be tension. There is tension everywhere, even right from the start. Take downtrodden literature professor Harry (Timothy J. Cox, in a wonderful performance), one of the guests at his best friend Richard's (Jeff Moffitt) home for a dinner party. The bulk of the film follows Harry and right off the bat, you see the tension. He spends the entirity of his opening scene staring blankly at a painting and then at the floor, refusing to make eye contact with Richard, mostly because Richard is now married to Harry's his ex-wife Amanda (Kirsty Meares). who Harry still has very strong feelings for. Harry can't make eye contact with Amanda either and you see that it kills him. "Why put yourself through this", I wondered of Harry. You get the sense that Harry doesn't want to be there, but you also wonder, does Harry have anyplace else to go? When Richard leaves the room to retrieve the final two guests for the party, real estate agent David (Ben Prayz) and his free spirited young girlfriend Sophie (Alex Vincent), Harry and Amanda are left alone and when they finally make eye contact, the tense silence between them speaks volumnes. Subtextually, they're saying, "This is not going to be an easy night".

As it turns out, it's not going to be an easy night for anyone. Richard puts his marriage to the test when he develops strong feelings for the vivacious Sophie almost immediately, while Harry's tension continues to rise with the entrance of David, who Harry knows had an affair with Amanda in the past, which she confirms to be true later on.

Quite suddenly, Harry turns and addresses the camera, as if the camera is a guest at the party that Harry fells bad for, feeling the need to fill the guest in the madhouse that they have entered.

Dinner is served and in a fantastic sequence, perfectly constructed by Padovan and his director of photography Alessandro Penazzi, you see glimpses of these characters' true selves...especially Amanda and Harry...their likes, dislikes, hopes and fears, but the best is saved for last. In the last scene of the film, Harry and Amanda have another very tense episode, where Amanda comes to the realization that her marriage to Richard is over. For most of the scene, Harry remains quiet, listening, gentle...and still unable to cope with the loss of his one true love. This is where Padovan's film shines. Like Woody Allen's characters, especially in Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters, Padovan's characters come to life not only by what they say, but especially by what they do not say. Also like Allen, Padovan's scenes play through with very few cuts, giving the scenes a natrual flow, allowing his actors to play and react truthfully.

To tell his story, Padovan has assembled a marvelous cast with Cox and Meares leading the way with stellar potraits of lives misspent and loves unrequited; Moffitt and Prayz shine as the single minded Richard and David, while Vincent brings a grounded quality to Sophie.

For information on Socks and Cakes, please visit the films' official website at www.socksandcakes.com

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lines Down For AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS

Happy to report that lines for AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS are down. It'll be nice to go into rehearsals off book. Jay Green is a tough character, as he tends to speak in non-sequiters, so the more familiar I am with the dialogue, the better.

Rehearsals start next week.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Albert Finney in UNDER THE VOLCANO

Playing drunk in a play or film is never an easy task. Sometimes, actors go way over the top in the drunk department and it comes off as fake. There is nothing fake about Albert Finney's bravura turn as an alcoholic British counsel in John Huston's 1984 film UNDER THE VOLCANO, based on the classic novel from Malcolm Lowery.

Here is a scene where Finney's Geoffrey is reunited with his wife Yvonne, played by the stunning Jacqueline Bisset. Finney and Bisset had previously worked together on the 1974 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

LONER FOR A MONTH

Here is the completed version of LONER FOR A MONTH, from director Margaret Jung.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Blogurious' Combined Review of WHY I FIRED MY SECRETARY and THE LITTLE MAGICIAN

Why I Fired My Secretary (2007) & The Little Magician (2009) - short films
December 23, 2010

The first is quite a funny situation where the character proves once again that things may not be exactly what they look like. "Why I Fired My Secretary" is a very simple short production that reminds me of Woody Allen's sense of humor about life and the infinitely surprising turn of events.

"The Little Magician" is another good example of how ideas can be conveyed on how the environment can influence our behavior and affect one's life, especially when still young.

Good ideas are hard to find and unfortunately they need sponsorship, something even harder in the world of movies. And it's a pity to see so many talented people waiting for a place in the sun while so many others manage to shine, polished by the power of money rather than their qualities. But the one thing to remember is that perseverance is the secret to success, a sincere word of advice to these directors. Check them out and see for yourself. ★★★

Pulp Movies Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Socks and Cakes

December 23, 2010

By Paul Pritchard

***
All Will Be Revealed

Directed By: Antonio Padovan
Written By: Antonio Padovan
Country: USA
Released: 2010
Running Time: 15 minutes
Links: Official Site
Comedy, Drama, Reviews

Ensemble comedies, when done well, have a lot going for them. By presenting us with multiple views of the same situation, a competent writer can bounce subplots off each other and tease out the humour inherent in any social situation. Antonio Padovan is a very competent writer, and an effective director, and Socks and Cakes is an ensemble comedy done very well indeed.

The film is set at a New York dinner party at which the jealousies, insecurities and resentments of the characters inevitably rise to the surface. Harry (Timothy J. Cox), a literature professor is stuck in a rut and still not over his ex-wife Amanda (Kirsty Meares). Amanda, now married to Harry’s best friend, Richard (Jeff Moffitt), is hosting the dinner party. The final couple at the party are the free-spiritedly innocent, Sophie (Alex Vincent) and her boor of an estate agent boyfriend, David (Ben Prayz).

There is a lot to like about this film. The characters are consistently well drawn and superbly brought to life by a very strong cast. This is especially true of Timothy J. Cox and Kirsty Meares. Of all the characters in the film, Harry and Amanda have probably the most complex relationship and Cox and Meares do a sterling job of bringing to life all of the unsaid tensions between these characters.

The script itself is well written and the direction is suitably snappy. The resulting film is both genuinely engaging and peppered with one-liners, many of which are very funny indeed.

In fact, the only problem I have with Socks and Cakes is its length. Padovan has created a set of characters here who are consistently engaging, if not consistently likeable. He has also managed to pull together a cast that are more than able to bring to the screen the real depth of these characters. Unfortunately, at only 15 minutes, the film simply doesn’t have enough time to explore these depths in anything like sufficient detail.

Socks and Cakes is a good film. But if Antonio Padovan ever manages to bring together the same cast for a feature length version, I think he would have a great film on his hands.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Congrats to THE WATCHERS (And SOCKS AND CAKES and OVER COFFEE)

As you will note in the posts below, THE WATCHERS has been receiving considerable (and richly deserved) praise.

I would like to take a moment to congratulate both Jeff Moffitt and Sy Cody White on these reviews and to their continued success as we strive to get the good word out on our film to an even wider audience.

I should say also that SOCKS AND CAKES and OVER COFFEE have also been receiving praise in the last week or so. Like in the case of THE WATCHERSA, I am quite proud of to be a part of both Antonio Padovan and Sean Meehan's films. I'm thrilled that people are seeing them and enjoying them.

Review Centre Review of THE WATCHERS

Published on December 17, 2010

Review by Michael Dietz

A seemingly normal accountant becomes a marked man in the exciting new short thriller, The Watchers, from Two Man Crew Productions, which boasts an impressive debut from director Sy Cody White.

Shot on a shoestring budget in and around Manhattan, this incredibly well made drama that runs close to 30 minutes stars Jeff Moffitt as John Porter, the aforementioned accountant whose life is thrown upside down when he discovers that he's suddenly being followed by some rather unusual individuals. These "watchers" appear everywhere in John's life with no explanation, other than that they are always watching on the streets on the subways in his home...and it's driving John into a panic. Fearing that he's losing his mind, he turns to his shrink Dr. Orwell (Timothy J. Cox) for guidance, but things only get worse for John after his visit with the doctor. Certain now that his life is in eminent danger, he goes on the run, but as we the audience learn, we're in for a few surprises so make sure you pay close attention.

White and Moffitt, who co-wrote and co-produced the film, have crafted an intelligent, original thriller (Take note, Mr. Shamaylan) that kept me wanting more. This is a film for movie lovers, for fans of masters like Hitchcock and Preminger. If you're a film lover who favors story telling and acting, rather than 3-D (which is really starting to grate), then this is the film for you. The film is quite the puzzle (made me think of the 1973 feature film The Last of Sheila) and admittedly, it took me two viewings to piece it all together, but it was worth the time, with the second viewing proving just as exciting as the first.

From the look of the film, you'd never believe that The Watchers was shot on a very small budget, about $350, according to an online interview with Moffitt on Cinemaroll.com, but it was and everything about the look of director Sy Cody White's film is spot on composition, lighting, you name it. I enjoyed how Manhattan plays a central figure in The Watchers and how White shows it off beautifully to tell his story.

As for the performances, Moffitt leads the way, impressing as John Porter, saying volumes with a look. He receives great support from Timothy J. Cox, who managed to inject a bit of mystery to his performance as Dr,. Orwell, making me wonder if he himself was a "watcher". And speaking of the watchers, another stand out from the cast was Kathleen Boddington, who sent chills with her performance.

The film has been generating considerable buzz on the web, as well as film festival consideration. Let's hope that this film is seen by a wider audience and that more filmmakers like Sy Cody White start coming out of the woodwork.

The Watchers, produced by Two Man Crew Productions and Hocus Pocus Features; directed by Sy Cody White; written by Sy Cody White and Jeff Moffitt; producers Sy Cody White and Jeff Moffitt

Starring: Jeff Moffitt as John Porter, Timothy J. Cox as Dr, Orwell, Peter Francis Span as Mysterious Man, Kathleen Boddington as Watcher, Darrin Biss as Phil, Rich Sab as Watcher, Robert Nesi as Police Officer, James Konczyk as Tony, Mike Sgroi as Vic, Gerry Hoyile as Watcher, Matthew Biss as Watcher, and Guillermo B. Arguello as Watcher.

The trailer for The Watchers is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Y0bLAsD9Q

For more information, please visit the films' official website at www.twomancrewproductions.com

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Film Threat Review of THE WATCHERS

THE WATCHERS

Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 28 minutes
Directed by Sy Cody White, produced by Two Man Crew Productions, written by Mr. White and Jeff Moffitt.

Sy Cody White’s “Watchers” is a stylish, intriguing short thriller about a Wall Street accountant whose life is spiraling out of control. Living alone in a tiny apartment, he makes repeated yet futile attempts to telephone his estranged wife – and his voicemail messages become increasingly desperate as contact fails to materialize. The stress of his situation takes its toll on his work, and even his too-patient boss is beginning to become alarmed at what is taking place.

Even more problematic are the accountant’s repeated encounters with strange people that appear to be following him as he goes about the city. Sometimes these people just stare at him, while in other cases they make cryptic yet sinister comments about life and death. Things get out of control when it seems that one of these people has broken into his apartment to leave a vague message on a sticky pad.

Although the film’s somewhat unlikely denouement doesn’t really pack the gut-punch that the tricky set-up requires, “The Watchers” is still a remarkable feat of independent filmmaking. White brilliantly transforms New York’s sprawling streets into tightly focused cells of paranoia and emotional isolation. Jeff Moffitt’s performance as the man fighting for his sanity resonates with chilling anxiety – his abrupt mood shifts and jittery body language provide an invigorating portrait of an individual at odds with his world and himself.

What is even more remarkable is learning that this 28-minute film is the first effort from White and Moffitt’s Two Man Crew Productions, and that it was shot in seven days on multiple New York locations for a mere $350. For a rookie effort on a shoestring budget, “The Watchers” is a knockout.

Posted on December 21, 2010 in Reviews by Phil Hall

Monday, December 20, 2010

Congrats to Director Katherine Carter

Last evening, I attended a staged reading of a new adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's infamous novel MADAME BOVARY, adapted and directed by my good friend Katherine Carter. After a successful workshop of the first half at the Directors Company last May, this was the first presentation of the full play and was presented to a small audience of close friends and colleagues at The Tank (where AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS will be playing).

I was very impressed with the adaptation and want to commend Katie and her cast, which included Amy Young, Zack Calhoon, Will Manning, Sam Dash and James Parenti on jobs well done.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cast in Film BURIAL

Great news...I have just been cast in the short film BURIAL, for writer / director Ruben Almeida. I will be playing the role I read for the other night, that of Jerry, the man with a rather extraordinary proposition.

There will be a rehearsal on January 14th and shooting will take place on the evening of January 16th.

Thanks to Ruben for the chance to join the project.

AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS Meet And Greet

Last evenings' meet and greet with all but one member of the AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS cast was very nice. Of course, we're all excited to start rehearsals and anticipate a fun process.

ArticlesBase.com Review of THE WATCHERS

Movie Review: The Watchers (2010)
By William Lattimer

Posted: Dec 16, 2010

The Watchers, produced by Two Man Crew Productions, directed by Sy Cody White, written by White and Jeff Moffitt.

Cast: Jeff Moffitt as John Porter, Timothy J. Cox as Dr, Orwell, Peter Francis Span as Mysterious Man, Kathleen Boddington as Watcher, Darrin Biss as Phil, Rich Sab as Watcher, Robert Nesi as Police Officer, James Konczyk as Tony, Mike Sgroi as Vic, Gerry Hoyile as Watcher, Matthew Biss as Watcher, and Guillermo B. Arguello as Watcher.


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In the exciting new short The Watchers, from director Sy Cody White and Two Man Crew Productions, Jeff Moffitt's John Porter is taken on a harrowing ride as he tries to flee a series of frightening situations involving "the watchers", nameless strangers who turn up everywhere and torment John's seemingly normal existence, with no explanation of their intentions. Be prepared though, as there's more to this story than just an ordinary accountant who's suddenly pursued…but you'll get no hints from me. To give away any clues would be a sin.

The 28 minute film, shot over a few days on a very small budget in and around Manhattan, is a non stop thrill ride of a film, thanks to an original, intelligent storyline (penned by director White and lead actor Moffitt), a snappy pace and great performances, especially from Moffitt as the pursued John Porter and from Timothy J. Cox, who is sharp in a nice supporting turn as Porter's dubious shrink. Other stand outs from the cast include Kathleen Boddington and Rich Sab, both chilling as two of the watchers who come in contact with John.

If you are a fan of Hitchcock-style suspense and thrills (I am), then this is the film for you.

For more information, on The Watchers, please visit the films' official website at www.twomancrewproductions.com


William "Wild Bill" Lattimer is a freelance film critic and columnist from Philadelphia.

ArticlesBase.com Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Film Review: Socks and Cakes (2010)
By Lee Derringer

Posted: Dec 16, 2010

This past weekend, at the recommendation of a friend and colleague, I treated myself to a wonderful comedy/drama short about people and relationships, titled Socks and Cakes, a Woody Allen inspired short from writer / director Antonio Padovan.

Shot in New York City's Greenwich Village, the fifteen minute film takes a comic and dramatic look at the jealousies and frustrations that arise between five friends who have gathered together for a dinner party. They flirt. They drink. They argue. They talk about love, sex and life. They come for a lamb dinner and red wine, but some of the characters end up walking away with so much more.

I have to tell you that even for a fifteen minute short film, I saw a beginning, a middle and an end...and found it all utterly charming and even a little moving. I'll take a film like this over 3-D any day of the week.

Writer / director Padovan's film stars an immensely talented actor named Timothy J. Cox (his delivery and demeanor reminiscent of a young Richard Dreyfuss) as Harry, a downtrodden literature professor who still has very strong feelings for his ex-wife Amanda, played by the luminous Kirsty Meares.

Meares' Amanda is now married to Harry's best friend Richard (Jeff Moffitt), but there's trouble in Richard and Amanda's marriage, although Amanda tries to put on a brave face as the party she and Richard are planning is about to start. Aside from Harry, the other guests expected to attend are cocky real estate giant David (Ben Prayz) and his young girlfriend, the seductive Sophie (Alex Vincent). Upon meeting Sophie, Richard is quite taken with her and his nowhere near subtle flirtations with her begin. Harry is also fascinated by Sophie, but more for the fact that she's with an idiot like David (his words). Harry's dislike of David stems, I imagine, from his suspicions that David and Amanda were intimate in the past; a fact Amanda confirms in the films' final and best scene. In it, Amanda, in a wine fueled rage, admits to Harry that her marriage to Richard is ending and that her future is uncertain.

Socks and Cakes is not a film about solving life's problems; it's a film about simply addressing those life problems, which people commonly don't like to do. The problems that these characters face in the film, issues with commitment, insecurity and trust, don't get solved quickly, certainly not in fifteen minutes, but in Padovan's film, we see a glimpse…a sign, a hope that people like Harry and Amanda are going to take the steps to make it better.

Padovan's script weaves between sharp and funny word play, especially when all five characters sit for dinner and muse on various topics, to some very moving and dramatic revelations about the insecurities that we all feel about where our lives have gone and where they have not. At fifteen minutes, Padovan shows us some very interesting characters.

Shot in continuous takes, the film moves at a crisp pace, with scenes flowing nicely from one to the next. Credit for the stellar camera work goes to director of photography Alessandro Penazzi, whose work impresses here.

All of the performances are spot on. This is a true ensemble piece, although Cox and Meares are exceptional…especially Cox, who manages to bring considerable warmth and charm to the role of the hapless schnook Harry.

Socks and Cakes is not a film that you're likely going to see at a movie theatre near you, although I hope that big things happen for the film in the future.

According to IMDB.com, the film has received great reviews across the board from numerous sites on the internet.

If you wish to view the film yourself, visit the films' official website at http://www.socksandcakes.com/Socks_&_Cakes/Home.html


Film geek Lee Derringer yearns for a time when filmmakers will concentrate less on 3-D and more on story and character, the way masters like Wilder, Capra, Hawks and Preston Sturges did.

Short Films Hub Review of OVER COFFEE

SHORT FILM REVIEW
By Jai Ganesh

Over Coffee is a romantic comedy short film with an amazing script. A cute love story about Andrew who is madly in love with Carla & ready to do anything for love. Interesting script & well enacted by all the actors. Jocelyn looks great – reminds you of Jennifer Aniston in the Friends.

Good thing about the movie is how the director had used a simple situation and built on it with some good mix of comedy & romance. On the whole, it was cute, fun & love in the air icon smile Over Coffee short film

DIRECTOR

Sean Meehan
http://vimeo.com/seanmeehan

STARRING

Erik Potempa as Andrew – http://erikpotempa.com/
Jocelyn DeBoer as Carla
Michael Oberholtzer as David
Timothy J. Cox as Hamilton Rice – http://www.timothyjcox.com/

OTHER

Production Co.: A Studio In Production and Two-Five Films

Film website: www.overcoffeemovie.com

A Nutshell Review of OVER COFFEE

Over Coffee

Hands up anyone who has gone through some lengths to get a cup of coffee for a beautiful girl. I'm sure we have our similar moments, and in 15 minutes, this short film by Sean Meehan covered plenty of ground, from character introductions, to the goal in mind, followed by the challenges that stand in the way, and finishing it all off with slight comedy.

The writing here is breezy though it could have done without some subplots such as a fellow co-worker who's a potential challenger for the affections of the secretary Carla (Jocelyn DeBoer). Picking up an opportunity to become the knight in shining armour for his damsel in distress, Andrew (Erik Potempka) volunteers to get their boss' morning cuppa on her behalf, since I suppose anyone would lend a helping hand to their infatuation, which in Carla's case, is quite able to manipulate people through her good looks, even if she knows it or not.

But some of the best scenes come from Andrew's quest at the coffeeshop, where Murphy's Law decided to throw a spanner and mess everything up for him, from having others take his coffee to a very rigid counter staff. I suppose we all have our run ins with these at one point in time or another, and certainly can identify with his dilemma and frustrations. However this film is not sulky in mood, and is actually fun and light hearted to remind us all on the crazy little things we do for love, or rather, to impress someone before picking up the courage to leap into the next step.

You can watch Over Coffee here, or visit the Official Movie Webpage.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Meet and Greet With The Cast of AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS Tonight

At The Irish Rogue in Manhattan this evening, the cast of AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS will meet for food, drink and introductions. I think it's a nice way for everyone to get to know one another before rehearsals begin after the holidays.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Blake Edwards (1922-2010)

We lost a great director today in Blake Edwards. While mostly known for his work on the Pink Panther films, I prefer to remember him best for Days of Wine and Roses from 1962, with Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick. Lemmon's film performance in that film was one of the many that inspired me to become an actor, so as much I am indebted to the late Mr. Lemmon for his work, I am also in Mr. Edwards' debt for bringing that performance to light.

May his work live on forever.

Blogurius Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Over Coffee (2010)

Creativity is a gift and if you can pull off a funny situation out of something as simple as a word, then you've got all it takes. "Over Coffee" is a very smart short film, unpretentious and well produced, with nicely defined characters that are genuinely played with simplicity and yet managing to keep a good pace and good humor. It's always better to leave the viewer wide awake than yawning before the end and that is exactly what happens here.

"Over Coffee" keeps the interest alive and the vivid characters are the ones that instigate the curiosity: they are funny, eccentric, self-centered and, most importantly, individuals. I am thankful to actor Timothy J. Cox for showing me this short that is fresh and creative, as well as directed with certainty and vision. Simple, but with a professional touch that puts some features in hot water. Check it out here. ★★★

Director: Sean Meehan

RedGage.com Review of THE WATCHERS

Film Review: THE WATCHERS (2010)

Starring Jeff Moffitt, Kathleen Boddington, Peter Francis Span and Timothy J. Cox

Written by Sy Cody White and Jeff Moffitt
Directed by Sy Cody White
Produced by Two Man Crew Productions

Review by Tammie Bailey

The suspense / thriller genre gets a new jolt of life, thanks to the impressive film debut of director Sy Cody White, whose short film The Watchers, produced by Two Man Crew Productions, is a thriller that keeps the twists coming so rapidly, that you’ll be running in circles at the conclusion.

Jeff Moffitt portrays average accountant John Porter, who is trying to continue his life with some sense of normalcy after his wife has left him, but it’s not to be. While his calls to reconcile with his wife go unanswered, John discovers that he’s being watched. At first, he doesn’t think much of it…after all, everyone in New York feels like they’re being watched at one time or another. It’s when these watchers pay visits to John’s home and leave messages on his refrigerator that he begins to panic. To calm his fears, he visits his shrink Dr. Orwell (Timothy J. Cox) but Orwell isn’t buying John’s story, dismissing it as nothing more than stress related to his separation. After his visit with Orwell though, things get worse for John. The watchers pop up everywhere, tormenting him, watching his every move. And just when you think everything is going to be made clear, a surprise or two pops up and you’re scrambling to put it all together…all in the good way. It’s what a good mystery does; it takes you on a ride, gives the appearance that everything is as it should be and then boom…a curve ball or two.

The Watchers is twenty eight minutes of non-stop excitement and director White (who co-produced and co-write the script with lead actor Moffitt) is to be commended for keeping a consistent fast pace throughout and for some stunning visuals. White is a young director to keep an eye on.

Moffitt does nice work in the leading performance, bringing the appropriate amount of mystery to his role. He receives solid support from Cox, Peter Francis Span and Kathleen Boddington, who all shine in key roles.

Definitely worth a look!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

BURIAL Audition

My audition for BURIAL was about an hour or so ago. I read the entire script for writer/director Ruben Almeida twice and thought that my second record was a little stronger. I like the script and the part of Jerry, so we'll find out soon if it's to be.

Blogurius Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Socks and Cakes (2010)

That ignorance is bliss and innocence sells you short is no more than a statement rather than the truth. "Socks and Cakes" is available for viewing at www.socksandcakes.com. It's quite clever in it's content although a bit two crowded in the explanation. Short films are usually harder to convey an idea because the timing is very demanding: you need a certain skill to keep the viewer entertained and yet make your kill without bleeding.

Sometimes actions speak louder than words, but in this case the director chose to depict the feelings by use of too many words instead of exploiting the actors' versatility. There's not much acting work involved because the text does all the work by stealing the actors' chance to assume the character's persona. Relationships is a complicated issue and since many might relate to what is happening on the screen, staying true to the torments and realisations involved is not an easy task for both actors and director. Nevertheless, Padovan is on the right track, just needing to concentrate a bit more into getting the viewers to feel more connected by forcing their minds rather than their ears. ★★

Director: Antonio Padovan

HolmansMovieReview.com Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Thanks to Joe Holman for taking the time to view SOCKS AND CAKES and for his brief comments on the film in the "Shorties" section of his website.

Socks and Cakes (B+)
Starring Timothy J. Cox and directed by Antonio Padovan, this philosophically honest piece just about constitutes proof that a long-term friendship between a man and a woman is possible when you've had sex at least once.


Joe also paid me a very nice compliment in an email a few moments ago, "Your nicely laid-out online resume - like your extremely eager screen presence -should take you far."

Thanks again, Joe!

Audition Tonight for BURIAL

Tonight, I will be reading for the drama BURIAL, from writer / director Ruben Almeida. I'm reading for the role of Jerry, who is sitting at a bar all by-himself when Roman, a young white collar, strike up a conversation about Roman's recent unemployment. Things get strange as Jerry offers Roman a job: To cover a self dug grave for himself so that his body is not exposed to the elements. Jerry offers him a great sum of money to do it and Roman reluctantly accepts after he fails to talk him out of suicide. After Roman leaves Jerry hears a news story that makes him take a serious look at his situation.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS Lines

I've started to work on lines for AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, as when we get into rehearsals on January 4th, we won't have much time before our January 21st opening.

I have a couple of pages memorized already, so I'm confident that I'll be off book by the first rehearsal in just a few weeks.

Monday, December 13, 2010

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Photo

Here's a photo of Ray Arrucci and I from last weeks' reading of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.


AnythingHorror.com Review of THE WATCHERS

Thanks to Scott Shoyer at AnythingHorror.com for the nice review and to director Marvin Suarez for recommending us to Scott.

Horror Short: The Watchers (2010)

Posted by anythinghorror on December 13, 2010

Here’s a nice, solid little short that once again proves you don’t need a huge budget to pull off a satisfying film. In THE WATCHERS director Sy Cody White gives us a well paced short about a man finding himself being followed and “watched” almost everywhere he goes.

John Porter (played by Jeff Moffitt) leads a nice ordered life until he begins to suspect that he’s constantly being followed and watched everywhere he goes. Not one to be over paranoid (or is he?), John wants to get to the bottom of who these “watchers” are and why they’re following him. Right off the bat I must say that THE WATCHERS isn’t really a horror short so much as it is a suspenseful thriller. But I’m writing a review of it for anythinghorror.com because I could also argue that Alfred Hitchcock wasn’t a “horror writer/director”. But can you think of any other director that can creep you out like Hitchcock? Well THE WATCHERS will completely remind you of a Hitchcockian film. Director White does a really fantastic job in his 30 minute short (give or take a few minutes) of creating a world of paranoia and doubt.

Actor Jeff Moffitt (who also starred in one of my favorite shorts of the year, ZOMBIE CHRONICLES: THE INFECTED) does a great job with the material. He plays the role of a man questioning his sanity and never goes over-the-top with his performance. You feel for Moffitt’s John Porter; he’s a man who likes his routine and who is suddenly thrust into a world where nothing and no one is as it seems. And people you better pay attention to the details in this one. I admit that I underestimated this one on my first viewing and when it got to the final act I had to go back and watch the entire short over again. And it was worth it. There are so many subtle clues as to what’s going on that you’ll easily miss them if you’re not paying attention.

The rest of the cast also do a great job. Timothy J. Cox plays Dr. Orwell (hhmmm; do ya think that’s a clue??); Peter Francis Span plays the “Mysterious Man”; and Kathleen Boddington plays one of the watchers. They all do great in their respective roles and all play pivotal roles in Porter’s life. Good stuff.

From the very first line in the film (“Have you ever felt like you were being followed?”) the tone is set for a tight thriller and White doesn’t disappoint or lose focus half way through the film. There’s no side plots or red herrings to distract us. White set out to direct a suspenseful thriller and he delivers in eery respect.

THE WATCHERS has been making the rounds on the festival circuit and has (rightly so) gotten noticed. As far as I know there’s no distribution planned for this one any time soon, but if all the people involved in the short decided to make this a feature film, I’d be the first one in line to see it. If you’re interested, you can learn more about THE WATCHERS by clicking here. In a current climate of crappy remakes and hastily cranked out Hollywood dreck, THE WATCHERS is a breath of fresh air that shows there are still filmmakers out there who can deliver a solid film (even if it is only 30 minutes). Look for this one; you won’t be disappointed.

My Summary:

Director: Sy Cody White (and co-writer, with Jeff Moffitt)

Plot: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Gore: 0 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains

Reviewed by Scott Shoyer

Saturday, December 11, 2010

LONER FOR A MONTH and ANTIGONISH Recordings Quick and Fun!

Todays' voice over recordings were brief, but fun. Thanks to both Katherine Jung and Janna Hochberg for the chance to be a part of their projects.

LONER FOR A MONTH and ANTIGONISH Recording Today

Today, I'll be doing back to back voice over spots for LONER FOR A MONTH and ANTIGONISH. They're both in Manhattan, not far from each other, so travel will be a piece of cake.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Your Movies Review of THE WATCHERS

The Watchers (2010)

Genre: action | fast paced | Independant Films | movie | suspense | Thriller | thrills

Mysterious strangers pursue an ordinary man in the thriller from Two Man Crew Productions

[10 out of 10]

Review by Peter Clerkin December 9, 2010

Two Man Crew Productions’ debut film is the great suspense / thriller short THE WATCHERS, which provides 28 minutes of thrills and excitement, thanks to some fast paced camera work, snappy dialogue and an engaging story that pulls you in quickly and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last frame.

Jeff Moffitt stars as an ordinary accountant whose world is thrown out of order when he discovers that he’s being followed by a series of mysterious strangers.

The film, with a script by Moffitt and director Sy Cody White, is pure popcorn movie fun, with thrills and twists that will keep you guessing, so be sure to pay attention to all of the details.

To view the films’ official trailer, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Y0bLAsD9Q

Movie details

Directed by Sy Cody White
Year 2010

Starring

Jeff Moffitt
Timothy J. Cox
Peter Francis Span
Kathleen Boddington
Darrin Biss
Rich Sab
Robert Nesi
James Konczyk
Mike Sgroi
Gerry Hoyile
Matthew Biss
and Guillermo B. Arguello.

Related links

Official Site for Two Man Crew Productions
IMDB Page
Official Trailer

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE A Great Success!

Last evenings' presentation of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE was a huge success and a lot of fun. The audience enjoyed themselves as Michele Mele and his cast of adults and students delivered the famous story.

Thanks to Mike for the chance to be a part of the fun.

Cast In Voice Role in ANTIGONISH

Last evening, I auditioned (over the phone) for director Janna Hochberg's film ANTIGONISH.

I'll be recording on Saturday afternoon.

Global Warming PSA News

I received this from director Dan Kowalski yesterday, regarding the Global Warming PSA.

Hey Guys,


I hope that all is well. I spoke on the phone with a man from the Plowshare Group. They're a company that develops and distributes PSAs. He really liked the spot and will try to see what he can do in terms of getting an established organization to back it up and get it on TV.

In the meantime, a blogger for the Daily Green liked the video a lot and posted it on his site


http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/recycling-design-technology/santa-global-warming-video


Thanks,
Dan

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

MOLESKINE Spec Commercial

Here is the MOLESKINE Spec commercial, from director Sean Meehan (OVER COFFEE, THE BEACHCOMBER) from a few months back. That's me and Brian Porco in the commercial, which I think is a lot of fun...

Moleskine Spec Video from Sean Meehan on Vimeo.

Audition for Voice Over Role in ANTIGONISH

I have an audition for another voice over project called ANTIGONISH, about Tom, a man down on his luck who is faced with unemployment, a marriage that exists only to pay the mortgage, and an offer that might just mean making a deal with the devil.

I'll be auditioning over the phone later tonight.

If cast, recording could take place this weekend.

Working On The Radio Drama LONER FOR A MONTH This Saturday

This Saturday, I will be working on director Margaret Jung's radio drama LONER FOR A MONTH.

What happens when someone agrees to go into total solitary confinement for an entire month? A month without any human contact whatsoever. On a (fictional) reality TV show called LONER FOR A MONTH, where one contestant is chosen every month to a challenge of the mind, body and spirit...they are to live completely alone in their house for thirty whole days, uploading video journals daily. This episode is the shows' November contestant, Phoebe...shown on day twenty-three, a week before the end of the challenge.

I will be playing the host of LONER FOR A MONTH, the witty Nathan Dunaway.

Recording will take place this Saturday in Lower Manhattan. Should be fun.

Upcoming Auditions

This Thursday, I will be auditioning for SQUATTERS, which follows the story of Frank and how he obtains buildings from slum lords or foreclosed property. With the help of his boys and family he is ready to make some hard money out of these buildings. I’ll be reading for the role of Moishe, a slumlord who gets away with so many violations and underhanded business dealings because of his family. The film is being produced by Can I Live Film Company.

On December 15th, I be reading for the drama BURIAL, from writer / director Ruben Almeida. I'm reading for the role of Jerry, who is sitting at a bar all by-himself when Roman, a young white collar, strike up a conversation about Roman's recent unemployment. Things get strange as Jerry offers Roman a job: To cover a self dug grave for himself so that his body is not exposed to the elements. Jerry offers him a great sum of money to do it and Roman reluctantly accepts after he fails to talk him out of suicide. After Roman leaves Jerry hears a news story that makes him take a serious look at his situation.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the day of the rehearsal and reading for IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. My day will begin early, as I will be grabbing a train to CT, where the reading will take place. It'll be nice to work with my BABE, INC. colleagues Michael Mele and Caitlin Newman, as well as my PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE co-star Ray Arrucci.

Hopefully, there will be pictures.

Duvall: Kubrick was ‘actor's enemy’ | Celebrities | Entertainment | Toronto Sun

I agree with Robert Duvall on this one...

Duvall: Kubrick was ‘actor's enemy’ | Celebrities | Entertainment | Toronto Sun

Monday, December 06, 2010

QUIZNOS Vs. A Subway

Found this fun commerical I did with director James Monohan a few years back...it was a Quiznos spec commercial. We didn't win, but it was a fun shoot.

http://www.spike.com/video/quiznos-vs-subway/2804211

THE CONFABULATORS Audition

Yesterdays' audition was brief. I read two small sides for the role of Art, a social nitwit of sorts who works in the mailroom of Cobb, Inc., where the main character works.

Personally, I wasn't too impressed with my readings...something about the character didn't click with me.

We'll see what happens.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

I'm getting excited for Wednesday's rehearsal and reading in CT. I've read the script over a few times...man, I love this story. Hard to believe that the film was a commercial flop when it was released in 1946.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

ARGYLE To Be Completed on January 10th

Just received word from director Matt Porter that the film ARGYLE is set to be completed on January 10th. There will be having a screening, as well as festival consideration, so stay tuned. Copies will be sent out and according to Matt, it will also be made available for download, once it is entirely complete.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Audition on Sunday for Feature Film THE CONFABULATORS

On Sunday afternoon, I will be reading for writers/directors Sean Dunn and Luke Jarvis and their feature film THE CONFABULATORS, which is about WALTER, a young man struggling to balance his relationship with his long-term girlfriend MARNY and his attempts to climb the corporate ladder at Cobb Inc. Walter's life takes an unexpected turn when his second cousin, TED, moves into his apartment. Soon, Ted starts showing up at Walter's office and infiltrating his social life. Meanwhile, Walter realizes there is more than meets the eye to Cobb Inc., and that it may be involved in a vast international conspiracy.

I'll be reading for the supporting role of Art, who works in tha mailroom at COBB, INC.

The main cast has already been cast, according to the film's official website, but Art may be interesting.

Check out the official site, which also includes a teaser trailer, at http://www.theconfabulators.com/

Thursday, December 02, 2010

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE On December 8th

The benefit reading of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is this coming Wednesday, December 8th and will be taking place at the Jonathan Law High School in Milford, CT.

I'll be catching an early train to Milford on the 8th. For the entire day, the cast and director Michael Mele will check out the space and then rehearse.

The show goes up at 7PM.

Should be a nice time.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

CinemaRoll.com Interview On SOCKS AND CAKES

TIMOTHY J. COX: It’s Been a Very Good Year!

Published in Cinemarolling by Peter Sanderson, on December 1, 2010

Peter Sanderson chats with New York based character actor Timothy J. Cox about his background and his work on the independent short film Socks and Cakes.

Writer / director Antonio Padovan’s independent short film Socks and Cakes, a comedy / drama about five people who gather together for a dinner party, but get more than they bargained for, has been generating quite a bit of buzz around the Internet since it’s release at the beginning of 2010, receiving numerous critical acclaim from film buffs and bloggers, including a very positive review from yours truly here at CinemaRoll.

The entire review is available for reading at http://cinemaroll.com/cinemarolling/film-review-socks-and-cakes-2010/

At this exquisite films’ center is 34 year old character actor Timothy J. Cox, whose performance in the film, simultaneously pathetic and heart wrenching, as disenchanted literature professor, Harry Mogulevsky, who still pines for his ex-wife Amanda (played by the impressive Kirsty Meares) has been a favorite of critics and audiences alike.

The applause for Socks and Cakes is one of the many things the Philadelphia native, who has called New York his home for almost 10 years, has had to celebrate this year. In addition to his work in Socks and Cakes, the actor’s supporting performances in the office comedy Over Coffee and the suspense / thriller The Watchers have been highly praised.

Not one to forget his roots as a classically trained stage actor, Cox returned to the boards this past summer and received kudos for his work in the Pioneer Playhouse of Danville, Kentucky’s revival of the British farce, Run For Your Wife. Also not one to take a breather, starting in January 2011, Cox will return to a Manhattan stage to appear in the New York premiere of playwright Martin Blank’s dark comedy Avenue of the Americas.

Along with the accolades for his performances, Cox has been featured in numerous interviews and articles on the websites Rogue Cinema and BlogCritics Magazine.

CinemaRoll can now be added to the list and we thank Timothy J. Cox for taking the time to discuss his work, especially Socks and Cakes, with us.

PS: You’ve said that you got into acting as an excuse to get out of Math class?

COX: This is true. I auditioned for a school play when I was in the 8th grade at Holy Rosary School in Claymont, Delaware just to get out of Math class. They had the auditions during the school day, which I find hilarious now. I remember the school auditorium was filled with all of these kids auditioning…just as an excuse to get out of class. The show was a musical version of the O’Henry story The Gift of the Magi, titled Rags to Riches. The director’s name was Mr. Laird, who was this big, jolly guy…had this booming speaking voice. What a presence! Anyway, I went in and sang “Doe A Deer, A Female Deer”…very badly…but from that, Mr. Laird must have seen something in me and decided to cast me in the lead role.

PS: Did you always want to be an actor?

COX: At that time, no. I wanted to be Joe Montana or Larry Bird, but I lacked a vital component needed for someone seeking a career as a professional athlete: Athletic ability. I absolutely stunk as an athlete, but I did manage to score some points as a bit of a class clown. I always liked the movies and used to mimic people like Brando and DeNiro…always showing off and trying to get laughs…still do.. It wasn’t until a classmate of mine suggested that I audition for that school play that acting came into my life. That was about 20 years ago. The rest is history.

PS: On your blog (http://everymanactor.blogspot.com/) you describe your audition for Harry in Socks and Cakes as simply “okay”?

COX: Yes, that sounds like me.

PS: You’re not down on yourself, are you?

COX: Not at all. I’m always like that after an audition. Very low key.

PS: Didn’t you think you were good?

COX: I don’t think in terms of “good” or “ bad”. If I did think that way, I’d likely go crazy and I’m off my rocker enough as it is.

PS: Aren’t all actors crazy though?

COX: Of course we are. You have to be. To me, all any actor can do at an audition is just try to bring what they can to the table as best they can, try to convince the powers that be that you’re the right fit for the part and not the other hundred people sitting in the lobby.

PS: Describe the audition process from your perspective?

COX: You know, I just try to be as relaxed as possible…keep it light and fun because auditioning can be and often is a hellish process. It’s like jumping into the deep end of a pool for the first time: You hold your breath, jump in and pray that you don’t drown.

PS: What do you do after an audition? Do you sit and mull anything over?

COX: I try not to over-analyze auditions when they’re done. I figure, if I get the job, great…if not, that’s fine too. I jokingly refer to it as “a glorious air of indifference”. A person can drive themselves absolutely nutty if they analyze everything they didn’t do or thought they did too much of in an audition. It’s a learning experience. Every audition is an important one. And if you don’t get the job, audition again and again and again. If you stick with it, that next job is always around the corner.

PS: At the audition for Socks and Cakes, did something click when you read for Harry?

COX: Very much so. The character was someone I knew I could play. I related to him. I’ve known people like him. I’ve been like him. Of course, I was very excited when I landed the role. The script was very strong and the more I read it, the more I clicked with Harry.

PS: Harry has been described as a number of things, a borderline alcoholic, for example…how would you describe him?

COX: I chuckled at the alcoholic comment. I don’t see it, but someone did. To me, Harry is a guy who has lost…he’s not a loser, but a guy who has lost. In this case, he’s lost the only woman that he’s probably ever truly loved and that loss stings. I mean, we’ve all lost something or someone and regretted the mistake or mistakes that may have caused that loss. Harry’s made some mistakes obviously and as a result, he is now a man alone and he’s struggling with that pain and loss. In this film, we see a glimpse of the effects that it’s having on him.

PS: He’s a bit of a cynic, but deep down Harry also has a huge heart and we see that late in the film.

COX: I hope people get that. Harry’s a teddy bear. He just needs to find his smile.

PS: Talk about working on this film? How was it made? Where?

COX: The film was shot over two days in a loft by the New York Film Academy in Union Square in Downtown Manhattan. Really nice place. I think it’s a set used for films all the time. I’d love to live there. As far as the people, Antonio really assembled a wonderful crew; a very laid back, professional group and…it was a very relaxed environment that Antonio created, which I deeply appreciated. Film sets can be very chaotic, because this is hard work…takes a lot of time and precision, but Antonio and his team were on top of things, were organized and fun to be around. That’s the key to it all. When you’re relaxed and confident, you get good stuff and I think we got all of that with our film. The way Antonio and Alessandro Penazzi, his great director of photography, shot the film, with long takes and very few cuts…that was wonderful. It really allowed the actors to dig deep into their characters and play. There was a rhythm and a flow to the scenes, very musical. To me, it was like doing a play.

PS: Talk about the cast.

COX: The cast was a very nice group of people, all very respectful of each other and professional. A lot of my scenes were with Kirsty (Meares), who I was in awe of…she had a very difficult part to play and she just knocked it out of the park. During her really heavy moments, part of me was saying, “Thank God I don’t have to do that”. I bonded with Jeff (Moffitt)…we just clicked and of course we collaborated on The Watchers just recently and hope to work together again in the future.

PS: The film has received some high praise from critics in the online film community.

COX: I’ve met a few film people in my travels…at festivals and mixers this past year, people who love to write about film, so I’ve been pitching the film to those contacts, people like yourself…just to get the word out on the film. As I said, making a film is hard work, but getting people to see it is even more difficult. I wouldn’t be pushing this film out there if I wasn’t as proud as I am and I’m very proud of this film and of the work of everyone involved, so naturally, I am thrilled that the response to the film has been extremely positive overall.

PS: Has the film been submitted to any film festivals?

COX: Yes, it has. To date, it has been submitted to six or seven festivals and we are awaiting word on whether or not it’s been accepted or not. I’m hopeful.

PS: I know you have a new play coming up in the new year. Discuss that briefly. What else do you have coming up?

COX: That’s right. I’ll be appearing in a nice supporting role in the New York premiere of playwright Martin Blank’s dark, but also very funny comedy Avenue of the Americas. It’s about a woman who escapes a mental institution to write television advertisements that become dangerously successful. It’s Mad Men meets Christopher Durang. The show will play at The Tank Theatre (354 W. 45th Street) in Manhattan on the following dates January 21st, 22nd, 26th, and 30th, as well as February 2nd and 6th, with all shows starting at 7:30pm. It should be great fun. On the film side, I hope to collaborate with Jeff Moffitt and Sy Cody White of Two Man Crew Productions on another project. I also keep in touch with Antonio (Padovan) fairly regularly, so hopefully we’ll get the chance to work together again as well.

PS: Lastly, what draws you to these character roles that you’ve played so much? You have said in past interviews that you have a supporting actor mentality. You like to come on, do your job and then go?

COX: Exactly. Character roles are more fun to play than leads, because you don’t have the entire weight of the show or film on your shoulders. You get to come out, get a laugh or two and then you’re off. It’s where I fit. As far as the supporting actor mentality, I learned very early on in my studies as an actor that it’s very important to know where you fit in the grand scheme of things. For me, I always knew that I was going to be a supporting guy. The way I look, talk, carry myself…it just screams character actor. Knowing where I fit, it’s saved me a lot of heartache; that I can tell you.

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Keep up to date on character actor Timothy J. Cox’s projects on his website at www.timothyjcox.com and his blog, which he updates daily at http://everymanactor.blogspot.com/

For information Socks and Cakes, please visit the films official site at http://www.socksandcakes.com or the film’s link at the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675186/

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

ARGYLE Updates

I was searching the web and found this page from Kickstarter.com, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, with a request for financial pledges from ARGYLE director Matt Porter.

Here is note left by Matt.

We are currently finishing up the score and the sound mix, but there are still a lot of expenses left before we can consider it complete. This includes color correction, making DVDs, and festival fees, as well as reimbursing people for some of the production costs.

It seems that ARGYLE successfully raised its funding goal on November 6, but anyone
still wishes to make a pledge, please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1160482753/argyle-part-1-film-project

Friday, November 26, 2010

2nd Version of SPIKE TV COMMERCIAL

Here is a second version of the SPIKE TV spec commercial I did with director Dan Kowalski last spring.

ClockWork Movies Review of OVER COFFEE

Over Coffee (2010)

By Phillip Bapst on Friday, November 26, 2010

Oh, the things a guy will do for love!

In Sean Meehan’s charming comedic short Over Coffee, Andrew (winningly played by Erik Potempa) steps up to help the woman he is in love with, Carla (Jocelyn DeBoer) but the task of retrieving a cup of coffee for their obnoxious boss (Timothy J. Cox) turns out to be more difficult than he thought.

Carla is secretary to Hamilton Rice (Cox) of Rice Realty, Inc. Rice, the boss from hell, is on his way to the office and wants his specific order of coffee waiting for him upon his arrival. Carla is tied up with a number of different things, including the organization of phone messages for Rice…by colorized post-it notes.

Enter Andrew (Potempa) who wishes to sweep Carla off her feet, but is waiting for the perfect opportunity to step up and impress her. That opportunity comes quickly in the form of Andrew going to retrieve Rice’s precious coffee order, which he accepts.

Andrew goes through hell to get this coffee order, but in the end he manages to deliver the coffee into Rice’s hands and yes, he gets the girl.

Meehan’s film is colorful and fast paced, thanks largely to some solid chemistry between leads Potempa and DeBoer. Cox also does nice work in a very funny performance as the obnoxious boss, Hamilton Rice.

The only cast member left astray is Michael Oberholtzer, as a skirt chasing office mate of Andrew’s. Oberholtzer is given less to do in the film unfortunately, with his appearances never really developing into anything.

Over Coffee is available for viewing on the film’s official website www.overcoffeemovie.com, as well as on Vimeo.

Worth a look!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Global Warming PSA - HOUSE HUNTING

Here is the global warming PSA I did a few weeks back with director Dan Kowalski, where I play Santa Claus, who's looking for a new home, with the help of real estate agent Rachel, played by Caitlin Gold.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

I snagged a copy of the script for IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE from director Michael Mele last evening and am currently reading it. It is an adaptation by Joe Landry, styled like a radio play from the 1940's. Very cool.

As I started reading the script, lots of nice memories started coming back from the production of the play from the fall of 1994 at St. Mark's High School in Wilmington, Delaware. Hard to believe that it's been 15+ years, but there are things that I will always remember. 30 ROCK'S Keith Powell was in the production. I believe he was Ernie the mailman, although I can't remember offhand. Good old Keith.

A very funny guy named Chris Murtaugh played Bert the cop. He always used to make me laugh.

Allison Bailey played Mary, who towered over me in a rather humorous switch on how James Stewart towered over Donna Reed in the film. It always got laughs during the famous "telephone scene". She was great to work with.

Rebecca McCann played Clara, the angel and I remember how lovely she was, as an actress and as a person.

My old friend Mike Turner played another in a long line of cops that he essayed so expertly during those years. Another close friend Craig Burress played my brother Harry. Another dear friend, Betsey Beattie, lent her considerable talents to the role of Violet Bick.

The role of Uncle Billy was split up between 3 laides, who became Millie, Tillie and Billie...and they were played by Erin Buckley, Heather Leithren and Lexie Alexander.

Joy Weber, who I bump into from time to time here in NYC, played Potter...a hell of an actress who I loved sparring with every night.

I remember being absolutely petrified when I first opened the script for the play...as George never leaves the stage...but those fears went away quickly when the work began, thanks to director David Patch and to a great assistant director in Colleen Courtney, who gave me a heck of lot of confidence all through the process.

This was the first play where afterwards I felt, "You know, maybe I can do this for a living".

I received one of my all time best compliments for this show, from my high school guidance counselor Wayne Smeigh, who I owe a great deal. He pulled me aside at a dance after the show and said to me, "Thank you for your George Bailey". I've never forgotten those wonderful words...better than any award or review...and every time the film pops up on TBS or TNT, I smile at those memories. Now I get to have new ones...

Mike informed me that my ol' PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE colleague Ray Arrucci will be reading the role of Mr. Potterm, which will be fun.

As originally planned, we'll rehearse all day on December 8th and then perform the reading that evening.

Can't wait.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cast of AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS

Here is the cast of AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS

Laura Yost: Katie
Timothy J. Cox: Jay Green
Chris Davis: Phil
Virginia Bartholomew: Woman
Leo Goodman: Man

Monday, November 22, 2010

As Santa Claus

Here's a picture of me as jolly ol' St. Nick from the global warming PSA shoot a few weeks ago.


AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS Poster



If you're interested in attending the show, please visit http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=150100117#!/event.php?eid=133693083352845

MARTY AND DOUG'S NEW RELIGION PART II Postponed

Due to scheduling conflicts, MARTY AND DOUG'S NEW RELIGION PART II is currently postponed. It was expected to start production in January, but sadly, there's not enough hours in the day to do all the things you want to do.

No worries...Marty and Doug shall live again.

Picture Show Pundits Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Socks & Cakes (2010)

Review by Brent Pantaleo

Entertainment Value: B
Artistic Merit: B
Overall Grade: B
Subtle and Breezy


Sexual tension reigns supreme when dinner parties are had between "long-time friends." Or as Harry (Timothy J. Cox) so eloquently puts it, "friendships between a man and woman are possible and natural - at least after you've had sex once." Though skeletons tumble throughout the course of Socks & Cakes through booze, body language and double entendres, there never really is a cacophonous climax, yet the tenuous cathartic moments littered throughout the dinner party are what make the short so intriguing.

Wine flows as freely as inhibitions when married couple Amanda (Kirsty Meares) and Richard (Jeff Moffitt) host a shindig for close friends in New York's Greenwich Village. Both being architects (Amanda a director as well), the couple welcome a guest list of fellow aristocrats and social elites to wine and dine in the decadence of their setting. Richard's best friend and Amanda's ex-husband, Harry, a professor at NYU, begrudgingly arrives solo after a date with a student falls through. Despite his awkward position in regard to both Amanda and Richard, Harry appears in his element, until David (Ben Prayz) shows up with his own youthful date, Sophie (Alex Vincent). David, a real estate agent, confesses to charming Sophie in the closet of a house he sold to Sophie's parents during a showing.

It's the mission of a thematic short to generate a powerful statement in a brevity of screen time. The main issue with Socks & Cakes, both written and directed by Antonio Padovan, is it scatters the compliments to its main statement in a distracting manner. There's a cohesion in the way each scene sets up the characters for what follows, yet too much is thrown at the audience through digressions in the dialogue. It may be difficult to decorate the backstories of five characters in a mere fifteen minutes, but for each scene that works wonders, there's one that counters. David's account of meeting Sophie is quality on a basic level, yet Richard's explanation of marriage to Sophie feels forced. The abstract comments made during dinner from five different angles (the short's most powerful moment) works in layers, but Harry's breaking of the fourth wall is clunky and confusing. It indirectly labels Harry a main character in a film that needs none. The comments themselves are worthy of the film, yet the methods often come up short.

Still, some interesting commentary is expelled that serves the struggle for happiness and self-knowing which evades each character, albeit in different places. Amanda's admission to Harry while failing to frost a cake toward the end is as startling as it is refreshing. "Sometimes, having a family becomes the dreams of those that couldn't succeed at anything else," she laments, drunken and defeated. On the flip-side, Richard mistakenly explains to Sophie that, "being married is the art of solving problems together, that you didn't used to have before." The parallels drawn through the plights of the characters reinforces inherent similarities, despite their obvious differences.

While the dialogue in Socks & Cakes flings introspection and intrigue like pizza dough, it's the subtleties in the action that do the majority of the work. The audience receives a keen look at each character and his or her mentalities through body language, reactions, and long takes. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to uncover Richard's intentions as he gazes after a drenched Sophie upon first encounter. Nor does it take a whiz to list why David's persona offends the chagrined Harry as he idly scoffs while David blabbers on. The audience receives many non-verbal clues very early into the evening which predicate how each character will act from then on. The result is an unsettling, yet fulfilling look at what drives each of our guests, and how they act in accordance. The interactions that result, such as Sophie's naivety in eagerly discussing sex with Richard, or Amanda's need to confide in a man she feels safe around, are developed and meaningful.

We never do learn why Sophie is so wet upon arrival, yet her blossoming sexuality is served well when she appears soaked; classic symbolism hearkening back to Eliot's The Wasteland. The subtlety in the visual message of Socks & Cakes is why the short works, despite a dialogue aspiring for too much in a limited run time. The character may be dull as a doorknob (David), or carrying a complex elegance that transcends the short itself (Amanda), but the effect is best achieved through their action. Gestures, gazes and guffaws garner the necessary means to deliver the intended statement, no tumultuous climax needed.

21 November 2010

AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS

Yesterdays' audition for AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS was a lot of fun.

My fellow auditionees and I read for a couple of hours. I got pretty good vibes from playwright Martin Blank and director Katherine Carter, as well as producers Kristin Cantwell and Phil Newsom.

About 15 minutes after leaving the audition, I received a phone call from Kristin, with an offer to play hard drinking ex-Marine and advertising giant Jay Green.

After reading Martin's script, which is damned good, I have decided to accept the role of Jay.

This show going to be a MIDSUMMER reunion of sorts, as Katie and I get to work together again, but I will also be working with the lovely stage manager Griffin Parker again.

The production will take place at The Tank at 354 W. 45th Street in their upstairs space. We have 6 shows over 3 weeks. The performance schedule is as follows:

Friday, 1/21
Saturday, 1/22
Wednesday, 1/26
Sunday, 1/30
Wednesday, 2/2
Sunday, 2/6

All shows will be at 7:30 pm.

The production has acquired the fantastic press guru Lanie Zipoy (Lanie did press for 12th Night of the Living Dead) and the producers anticipate having some good press coverage.

Rehearsals start in January, but Katie may have a reading with the entire cast in December, depending on how schedules pan out.

Nice to be back on stage again.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

AVE OF THE AMERICAS Audition Today

Today is the day for my audition for the play AVE OF THE AMERICAS, directed by Katherine Carter and written by Martin Blank.

I haven't seen any sides yet, so it will be cold readings at the audition, which is fine.

We'll see what happens.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cast In Voice Over Project THE CREATOR

Last evening, I was cast as a narrator in an NYU short called THE CREATOR, about a young woman, unlucky in love, who decides to create her ideal man.

I'll be recording at NYU this morning with director Royce Dunmore.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

MARTY AND DOUG'S NEW RELIGION PART II

I received word from Greg Vorob that the script for MARTY AND DOUG'S NEW RELIGION PART II is almost near completion, just going through a few tweaks.

Greg has read the first draft of the script and is very happy with where it's heading.

He also informed me that I will not only be playing God in the sequel, but Satan as well.

Can't wait to read the script.

Audition for New Play AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS

Director Katherine M. Carter has a new project coming up called AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, by Martin Blank, which will enjoy a run at The Tank Theatre in January...and I will be auditioning for it.

The play is about a woman who escapes a mental institution to write television advertisements that become dangerously successful.

Rehearsals start January 3.

6 performances at The Tank on:

Friday 1/21 @ 7:30pm

Saturday 1/22 @ 7:30pm

Wednesday 1/26 @ 7:30pm

Sunday 1/30 @ 7:30pm

Wednesday 2/2 @ 7:30pm

Sunday 2/6 @ 7:30pm

Could be fun.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Global Warming PSA

I heard from director Dan Kowalski yesterday regarding the global warming PSA from last weekend. Dan is very happy with the footage and is putting together a rough cut now.

Stay tuned for more details.

Pictures from the shoot to be posted soon.

THE WATCHERS...

Check out the trailer for the now critically acclaimed suspense / thriller THE WATCHERS, produced by Two Man Crew Productions, directed by Sy Cody White and starring Jeff Moffitt.

After several strange encounters a man begins to question his own sanity while in search of what he believes is the truth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Y0bLAsD9Q&feature=related

The critics have spoken...

"Crafting an intelligent suspense / thriller is a difficult task, but Moffitt and White's film succeeds in both departments, serving up Hitchcock style entertainment, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very last frame." Peter Sanderson, CinemaRoll

"The Watchers is an exciting thrill ride, with its share of twists and turns, thanks to its rapid pace, tight direction and solid camera work from an impressive Sy Cody White". Elizabeth Sellars, Movie Vine

"I was thoroughly entertained by The Watchers from start to finish; a real popcorn film, filled with lots of suspense, thrills and intrigue. It is also an extremely well made film, thanks to some stunning visuals from director Sy Cody White, an impressive young filmmaker worth keeping an eye on". Hannah Marie Ellison, BlogCritics

Be sure to vote for The Watchers at The Internet Movie Database

The Watchers, produced by Two Man Crew Productions and Hocus Pocus Features; directed by Sy Cody White; written by Sy Cody White and Jeff Moffitt; producers Sy Cody White and Jeff Moffitt

Starring: Jeff Moffitt, Timothy J. Cox, Peter Francis Span, Kathleen Boddington, Darrin Biss, Rich Sab, Robert Nesi, James Konczyk, Mike Sgroi, Gerry Hoyile, Matthew Biss, and Guillermo B. Arguello.

For more information, please visit the films' official website at www.twomancrewproductions.com

SOCKS AND CAKES Needs Your Help!

Almost a year ago, I appeared in an independent short film, a dramedy titled Socks and Cakes, written and directed by Antonio Padovan, produced by Kimistra Films and Red Rock Entertainment.

Since it’s release on January 29th, the film has received numerous acclaim (and will hopefully receive even more) mostly in the form of very positive reviews from a number of online critics, which have praised the film, writing and the performances of the entire five person cast, which include myself and my multi-talented colleagues Kirsty Meares, Jeff Moffitt, Ben Prayz and Alex Vincent.

The film has been submitted to numerous film festivals all over the United States and I’m hopeful that the film is going to continue to be a success, but we need your support.

If you would be so kind as to take 15 minutes to watch the film (you can watch the film on my website www.timothyjcox.com, in the “Videos” section), then visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675186/combined and place your vote for the film. If you already have an IMDB account and wish to write a little review of the film…whether it’s positive or negative…that would be great as well.

On behalf of the entire Socks and Cakes team, I would like to thank you for your time and support of our film.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

BlogCritics Review of THE WATCHERS

Movie Review: The Watchers Author: Hannah Marie Ellison — Published: Nov 09, 2010

The debut film from the New Jersey based production company Two Man Crew Productions, is the extremely well made and highly-entertaining suspense/thriller The Watchers, which just enjoyed a successful screening at last weeks’ Big Apple Film Festival.

The 28-minute short is the brainchild of Jeff Moffitt (who stars in the film) and Sy Cody White (who directed), who put the film together in seven days, at a cost of only $350. It was filmed this past spring and summer in and around New York and New Jersey.

The script, penned by both Moffitt and White tells a Hitchcock-style tale of an ordinary man, accountant John Porter (Moffitt) , a man of organization, precision and order, who is in turmoil over the loss of his marriage to his wife Marcy. Not one to give in to defeat easily it seems, John leaves message after message for Marcy, in the hopes of keeping the spark of reconciliation with her alive, but also to check in on his young daughter Sarah. To his consternation, all of his calls to Marcy go answered.

John tries to concentrate on work, but he cannot and ignores the advice and counsel of friends like well meaning office mate Phil (Darrin Biss). He tries to keep his home neat and tidy, ready for Marcy and Sarah’s return, but the chances of that happening are highly unlikely.

Things begin to get a whole lot worse for John when he discovers that he is being followed by some very mysterious individuals. These strangers simply stare and then appear everywhere in John’s life all of the sudden, with no explanation as to who they are, what they want and what they plan to do.

Dr. Orwell (Timothy J. Cox), John’s shrink, listens with doubt to John’s tale, thinking that stress, perhaps over the loss of his marriage, is causing him to have delusions and fantasies.

Twists and turns abound as John tries to uncover the truth, but there’s more to this story than meets the eye, so be sure to pay close attention to the details, as The Watchers provides its fair share of surprises.

I was thoroughly entertained by The Watchers from start to finish; a real popcorn film, filled with lots of suspense, thrills and intrigue. It is also an extremely well made film, thanks to some stunning visuals from director Sy Cody White, an impressive young filmmaker worth keeping an eye on.

White and Moffitt’s script smartly keeps the focus on the action, with the pace moving swiftly, never slowing down for a moment, thanks mostly to Moffitt’s energetic performance as Porter. Moffitt carries the film on his shoulders all the way and with his tall frame and chiseled good looks, this actor called to mind the likes of Gary Cooper and Joel McCrea.

From the supporting cast, veteran scene stealer Timothy J. Cox shines as the disbelieving Dr. Orwell, with other stand outs from the cast being Kathleen Boddington, Rich Saab and Peter Francis Span as a few of the mysterious characters who become a part of John’s life.

Here’s hoping for more exciting work from director White and Two Man Crew Productions.

Monday, November 08, 2010

SOCKS AND CAKES Updates

I heard from SOCKS AND CAKES director Antonio Padovan about the latest on the film.

He and director of photography Alessandro Penazzi are still submitting the film to numerous film festivals. As previously mentioned, we'll hear about acceptance into those festivals hopefully by the end of the year.

Antonio mentioned that he has another project or two on the horizon and hopes that I'll be available to work on one of them.

Antonio deserves a nod...his PERRY ST. was featured in last weeks' Big Apple Film Festival.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Pictures from the Big Apple Film Festival

With actor, writer and producer of THE WATCHERS, Jeff Moffitt.


With writer / director Peilin Kuo, at the festival to promote her film PRESCOTT PLACE.

Yesterdays' Global PSA Shoot

Yesterdays' shoot in CT was a long one, but a fun one. I enjoyed being Santa Claus, although the costume is hot and heavy...and can drains you, so I kept catching little naps during breaks in filming...to conserve my energy.

The turn around on this should pretty quick, according to director Dan Kowalski, as he wants to get this in the hands of reps at global warming organizations...so expect to see the PSA in the next week or so.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Independent Critic Review of OVER COFFEE

Over Coffee
Review by Richard Propes
Written and Directed by: Sean Meehan
Starring: Erik Potempka, Jocelyn DeBoer, Michael Oberholtzer, Timothy J. Cox
Running Time: 15 Mins.
Grade: C+
2.5 Stars

Andrew (Erik Potempka) only comes to work for one reason - to see Carla (Jocelyn DeBoer). Carla may not know it, but Andrew's crazy about her. Now just might be his chance to show it.

The boss from hell meets office romance in this quirky, charming 15-minute short from writer/director Sean Meehan, whose able ensemble cast helps keep us watching despite the film's obvious low-budget tech and rather simple storyline.

Carla initially seems like secretary extraordinaire, an ultra-organized young woman who has carefully memorized her boss's every whim including his even more ultra-detailed morning coffee order. However, when the boss in question, Hamilton Rice (Timothy J. Cox), throws her a bit of a curve, Carla is set into a tailspin and has to depend on Andrew if she has any hope of making everything right.

A fine example of microcinema filmmaking, Over Coffee has been making its rounds on the web-based video markets and is currently available for viewing on Vimeo. The film is likely to resonate with audiences who appreciate Mike Judge style humor, though the film is decidedly less warped and more romantic in nature with a warm, genuine chemistry between Potempka and DeBoer.

Both Potempka and DeBoer shine brightly here, Potempka with his good looks and nice guy persona and DeBoer with just the right blend of "unattainable office girl" and sweet girl next door. Timothy J. Cox is a hoot as the boss with which virtually anyone who has ever worked in an office will identify, while Michael Oberholtzer does a fine job as Andrew's friend and the office's resident Romeo.

Erik Campo's original music complements the film nicely and D.P. Matt Schwarz shoots the film quite well given the film's modest production budget. While the film is hindered a bit in spots due to its tech limits, Over Coffee displays tremendous promise from Meehan and is a solid example of the quality films that can be created in this wondrous digital age.

Rogue Cinema Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Film Reviews: Socks & Cakes (2010) - By Matt Barry

The opening titles, simple white-on-black credits, accompanied by Dooley Wilson singing “As Time Goes By” conjures up expectations of a Woody Allenesque, character-driven comedy. Thankfully, the film does not fail to deliver. Filled with witty banter and clever dialogue, Socks & Cakes, written and directed by Antonio Padovan, features some very smart humor.

We are immediately introduced to a group of color characters gathering for a dinner party. It’s very much an ensemble piece, centered around characters dealing with their neuroses while talking about their dreams, marriage, sex and New York. Harry Mogulevsky (Timothy J. Cox, in a wonderfully delightful performance) is an English teacher at NYU, living in the West Village, whose best friend is married to his ex-wife. The dinner party leads to some interesting revelations from the characters. There are some particularly funny, sharp comic lines, delivered with just the right touch of irony, that I won’t spoil here, but that work very well with these characters. There’s even a unique approach in having Harry directly address the camera (and the audience) at one point. The film is nicely shot, too, in widescreen long-takes, which allows the actors to really work with each other and create real interaction with good comic timing.

Socks & Cakes is a clever film, well worth checking out. For more information on the film, including viewing the film itself, visit: http://www.socksandcakes.com/Socks_%26_Cakes/Home.html

Rogue Cinema Review of OVER COFFEE

Film Reviews: Over Coffee (2010) - By Matt Barry

A quirky and fast-paced comedy, Over Coffee – from director Sean Meehan – tells the story of Andrew, an office worker with a crush on the boss’s secretary, Carla. After he finds himself with a rivalry with a coworker for Carla’s attention, Andrew has the chance to save the day and prove himself by running out to fetch the boss’s very particular morning cup of coffee, and make it back in time before he arrives.

The comedy is centered around this race-against-the-clock structure, as Andrew hurries to the coffee shop and is just about to make it back when the drink is picked up by another customer. He has to hunt it down and return it to the office before the boss arrives in order to prove himself to Carla.

A fun short comedy, with some engaging performances (particularly Jocelyn DeBoer as Carla), there are some moments toward the beginning that drag a bit, mainly in the dialogue between Andrew and his coworker. Once the film gets underway, though, the comedy quickly picks up and maintains a good pace throughout. The ending is touching and funny at the same time, and wraps the story up well.

For more details about the film, and to view it online, go to: http://www.overcoffeemovie.com

Global PSA Shoot This Saturday

Everything is all set for Saturdays' shoot in CT. I'll have an early call to catch the train...will likely get some sleep on the train. When I arrive, I'll have to get into make up, which could take some time, considering that I have been transformed into Jolly Ol' St. Nick.

It should be a fun time.

Big Apple Film Festival

Last evenings' screening of THE WATCHERS was a complete success! A large portion of the cast was on hand to show their support for the film, which seemed to have been warmly received by the audience. I actually had some butterflies in my stomach prior to the screening, but those feelings disappeared when the film started playing on the big screen...and it looked great!

I had the chance to meet and speak with director Marvin Suarez of the ZOMBIE CHRONICLES: THE INFECTED (also featured in the festival, with appearances by Jeff Moffitt, Darrin Biss and Rich Sab).

It was great speaking with Marvin, who has a lot of fun ideas for future projects, so hopefully, we'll have the chance to work together in the coming new year.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Last Evenings' Launch Party and BAFF Tonight

Last evenings' launch party for the Big Apple Film Festival was a lot of fun. I spent the bulk of my time with director Sy Cody White and co-star of THE WATCHERS Darrin Biss. Let's just say that we enjoyed the benefits of an open bar : )

I had the opportunity to meet a number of film artists at last evenings' event and we shared our stories about our respective filmmaking processes.

The artists I met were:

Adam Reid, writer and director of the film HELLO LONESOME, which has been making a killing on the film festival circuit. For information on the film, please visit www.hellolonesome.com

Michelle Mensah, Producer and Peilin Kuo, writer and director of the shoer thriller PRESCOTT PLACE, which combines the digital age with the classic hollywood world of film noir. This is a film that I want to see. For information on the film, please visit www.prescottplace.com

Claudio Laniado, actor, producer, writer, director and psychiatrist...on hand to represent his film ROY, which has also been making waves on the festival circuit. Claudio has even won a number of awards for his performance in ROY.

All in all...a wonderful night!

Tonight, of course, is the big night. The entire cast will be on hand, hopefully. I'm looking forward to seeing the film on a big screen. I turn 34 years old today and I can't think of a better birthday gift then sharing in this wonderful evening with artists that I have so much respect for.

Monday, November 01, 2010

CinemaRoll.com Review of THE WATCHERS

The Watchers (2010)

Published in Cinemarolling by PeterSanderson, on November 1, 2010

Peter Sanderson reviews the new thriller The Watchers, from Two Man Crew Productions.

Have you ever felt like you were being followed?

That’s the opening line delivered by John Porter, the protagonist in the new thriller The Watchers, an independent short from director Sy Cody White and Two Man Crew Productions, which will be presented on Tuesday night at the Big Apple Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City.

John, as played by Jeff Moffitt, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film with White, has his ordered life thrown completely out of whack when he discovers that he is being followed and watched by a number of suspicious characters in and around Manhattan. The film takes us through John’s journey of fear and uncertainty, but pay close attention to the details in this film, as there are a plethora of surprises in store. No one is who they appear to be.

Crafting an intelligent suspense / thriller is a difficult task, but Moffitt and White’s film succeeds in both departments, serving up Hitchcock style entertainment, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very last frame.

Moffitt does fine work in the lead performance, with stand outs from the supporting cast being Kathleen Boddington and Rich Sab, both appropriately menacing as two of the “watchers”. Peter Francis Span and Timothy J. Cox are also noteworthy in two key supporting roles: Span as a mysterious stranger in Porter’s life and Cox as Porter’s skeptical shrink who may or may not be a “watcher” himself.

A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining film that will hopefully be warmly received at tomorrow nights’ festival.

The trailer for The Watchers is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Y0bLAsD9Q

For more information, please visit the films’ official website at www.twomancrewproductions.com

The Watchers, produced by Two Man Crew Productions and Hocus Pocus Features; directed by Sy Cody White; written by Sy Cody White and Jeff Moffitt; producers Sy Cody White and Jeff Moffitt

Starring: Jeff Moffitt, Timothy J. Cox, Peter Francis Span, Kathleen Boddington, Darrin Biss, Rich Sab, Robert Nesi, James Konczyk, Mike Sgroi, Gerry Hoyile, Matthew Biss, and Guillermo B. Arguello.

Audition for PRIORITIES on November 7th

On November 7th, I will be reading for the role of an FBI agent in the film PRIORITIES from directors Thomas Gonzalez and Davon Howard.

This is a character description of Agent Harry, who I will be reading for:

Agent Harry is a seasoned CIA agent who is helping a defector flee to America. In the first part of the film, Agent Harry is wearing plain clothes when he is helping the defector to not alert the authorities that he is an agent (in other words, not wearing the typical "secret-agent-suit").

Harry is an old-fashioned kind of guy, he's vivacious, gregarious, flirtatious and somewhat of a chauvinist. He's quick with the jokes, he has a preference for bawdy, risque and edgy humor. As an agent, he's a daredevil: firey and virile, he takes on torture as a challenge rather than a threat, to him danger is not only apart of the job but the best part. He became an agent because it was the most dangerous job he could think of and it allows him to travel the world, gaining access to the world's most beautiful and exotic women. He delivers his lines with absolute confidence, even in the face of danger or pain. As an agent, he has been trained to believe that insecurity, unsureness and admitting being wrong is a sign of weakness and can get you shot. When on a mission or hitting on an attractive woman, he knows that he's always right and that he will get what he wants. On the other hand, he's fun and most people would find him enjoyable to be around.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Danville's Pioneer Playhouse earns state awards

Danville's Pioneer Playhouse earns state awards

By JENNIFER BRUMMETT
jenb@amnews.com

October 30, 2010

Pioneer Playhouse has received two awards in the 2010 Kentucky Tourism Council Traverse Awards for Excellence in Tourism Marketing competition.

The playhouse won first place for its radio PSA about “Run For Your Wife,” which was produced by Patrick Nelson.

“Patrick has worked very hard and been an unsung hero behind the scenes, working on Pioneer Playhouse’s sound,” said Pioneer Playhouse Artistic Director Holly Henson.

“He has spent the past 4 years, every summer, figuring out and trying different things to improve our amphitheater’s sound quality. Why? Because it rocks his world and he loves the challenge.”

Said Nelson, “I must say that I am very surprised and honored by this recognition. It wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing talent behind it: Holly Henson’s writing skill and the voice-over talent of Tim Cox, Emily King Brown, Matt Harris and Synge Maher. Because everyone was so good, it made the recording process very easy. I think we recorded it in only two takes — and then, bam, it was perfect. Everyone did a fantastic job, and I thank them very much.”

The playhouse also received a “second place or honorable mention” for its marketing campaign for “The Dillinger Dilemma.”

Pioneer Playhouse received its awards Oct. 19 during the Traverse Gala held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, as part of the 2010 Kentucky Tourism Industry Annual Conference.

Kentucky tourism businesses and marketing organizations vie for awards in 20 separate categories during the annual competition produced by the Kentucky Tourism Council.

A panel of out-of-state experts judged more than 240 entries from across the state for this year’s presentation of awards.

To hear the audio clip for “Run For Your Wife,” log on to http://www.timothyjcox.com/voice-clips.html.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Make Up Designer LANI BARRY Hired For Global Warming PSA

Make Up Designer LANI BARRY has been for Global Warming PSA that’s shooting in Greenwich , CT next week, November 6th.

Lani’s work is really impressive. Check out her work here: lanibarrymakeup.com

Big Apple Film Festival - Launch Party - Monday Night

Jeff Moffitt will be out of town for the Big Apple Film Festival's launch party, which will be held at Ben and Jack's Steak House on Monday night, so he graciously offered his spot to me, which I have accepted.

I'll be attending the event with director Sy Cody White and WATCHERS co-star Darrin Biss, so it should be a nice event.

I am happy to report that the entire cast of THE WATCHERS will be in attendance for Tuesdays' screening, which will be great. I'm really looking forward to seeing the film on a big screen.