Wednesday, September 29, 2010

7:32 Staged Reading

In the end of October, specifically on the 23rd and 24th, I will be reading the stage directions for the 4 workshop performances of the musical 7:32, directed by Katherine Carter.

I'll probably go in a day or so before to get my hands on the script.

Should be fun.

TAMING OF THE SHREW - Not To Be

Sadly, I had to step down for TAMING OF THE SHREW because of another project, but I wished director Jeff Love the best on what I know is going to be a great production.

THE WATCHERS Update

Jeff Moffitt submitted the film to the Myrtle Beach Film Festival, so hopefully the wave of good luck will continue.

SOCKS AND CAKES Update

I received a very nice email from Antonio Padovan, the director SOCKS AND CAKES:

I've been sending the film to several festivals. Alessandro Pennazzi (Director of Photography) has been helping me and will continue to help in the "operation festivals". It requires a little bit of time, money and patience but I think the product we put together is more than worthy.

This is great news! SOCKS AND CAKES was a great experience and a wonderful film, so hopefully it'll be accepted into these festivals that Antonio has submitted to.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Click Here to Learn About The Big Apple Film Festival

Check our BAFF's website for all information on the festival: http://www.bigapplefilmfestival.com/index.html

ARGYLE Update

I just received the following from ARGYLE director Matt Porter:

There hasn't been an update for a while, so I wanted to let everyone know that the original score is going very well, and the entire film is currently scheduled to be completed October 20th.

THE WATCHERS Is In The Big Apple Film Festival

Just received some great news...

THE WATCHERS has been accepted at the Big Apple Film Festival!

This is wonderful news for the film.

Stay tuned for more details as they come in.

Congrats also go to Sean MacBride Murray, whose film NIGEL'S COOKIES, has been accepted into the festival.

Good news for everybody!

DORITOS Commerical - Not To Be

I heard from the director of the Doritos commercial, which was scheduled to shoot later this week:

After reviewing the script with contacts in AD Agencies that I have , we decided not to shoot the script. It is a very delicate situation and we dont want to get the commercial disqualified for being to racy.

I totally understand. While we were planning to do a parody of Dateline's TO CATCH A PREDATOR, it is a very sensitive and delicate subject matter that we'd be parodying and it might ruffle some feathers.

I did tell Manny, the director, to keep me in mind for future projects and I hope he will.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I'm Going to Play SANTA CLAUS

The great director, Dan Kowalski (OVERCROWDED, SPIKE TV commercial) has asked me to play jolly ol' St. Nick in a couple of global warming PSAs. Specifically, Santa is looking to buy a house because the North Pole is melting away.

Dan is still in the early stages of planning for this, but it may shoot in about a month if he can find organizations that would be interested in using the videos.

Working with Dan again will be fun and putting on the red suit to play Santa will have its share of rewards as well.

ALL THINGS RANDOM Update

I just received the following from Greg Vorob of ALL THINGS RANDOM PRODUCTIONS:

Dan Conrad's first draft of MARTY AND DOUG'S NEWER RELIGION (now titled MARTY AND DOUG'S NEW RELIGION PART II) is coming along nicely. He expects to have it done within the next two weeks, after which he and I will have a private meeting to look it over and discuss it. The final draft is expected to be presented to director Dan Kowalski just before Thanksgiving. Auditions for the uncast roles will take place in the first week of December, so we can have our read through the next week and then begin our prospective first shoot date of January 9th.

Can't wait to work with you all again

Greg


Looking forward to playing God in this one.

Friday, September 24, 2010

HENDRA - From A Month or So Ago

Just found this on the web. The is a page created for the staged reading of HENDRA by Daniel Holloway that I did before departing for Danville to do RUN FOR YOUR WIFE.

http://manhattanshakes.org/hendra

The reading was an enjoyable experience. I especially liked meeting playwright Daniel Holloway.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ARGYLE - No Updates

There haven't been any updates on the film ARGYLE in months. It's been a year and a few months since the footage was shot and it's not completed as of yet.

Might be yet another film I'll have to write off.

JACK JIMMINY Update

I received the following update on JACK JIMMINY: THE STORY OF A PORNSTAR EXTRA from director Louis Silverstein;

The copy is almost done and we are finishing up a distribution deal. Once it is signed and printing we will send you an official Dvd. Once the distro deal is totally finished we will be doing festivals with the help of the distributor.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

DORITOS Commercial

I read over the short script for the Doritos commercial shoot next week and it should be a lot of fun.

As I said yesterday, the commercial will be a parody of the TO CATCH A PREDATOR segments from NBC's DATELINE.

In the commercial, I play the "predator" who is caught trying to acquire Doritos.

Cast as Baptista in Ripple Effects' TAMING OF THE SHREW

What a delightful shock!

Just when I was about to write off last week's audition...I get an email a few minutes ago telling me that I have been cast as Baptista, father to Kate and Bianca in Ripple Effects' upcoming production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, to be directed by Jeff Love.

I am quite thrilled.

As previously mentioned, this production is going to be set in the 1980's, which should be a lot of fun.

The first rehearsal is October 5th.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cast in Spec Commercial for DORITOS

This one sounds like fun.

I will be appearing in a spec commercial for Doritos, in a parody of Dateline's TO CATCH A PREDATOR.

The commercial is being produced by FVG Productions and will be shooting in Westchester next Wednesday and/or Thursday evening.

Manny, the director, hopes to submit this commercial for contention for a major spot during the Super Bowl, which would be nice exposure.

Stay tuned for more details.

Click Here to Watch ASCOT

Here is the short film ASCOT, which I narrated a few months back for director Rachele Volpe.

The sound quality of the narration needs a lot of work and Rachele intends to address those issues soon.

7:32 Reading

This past Saturday night, I read the stage directions for a very informal reading of the new musical 7:32, to be directed by Katherine Carter this fall.

It was a very informal affair...set up so Katie could hear it.

I had a chance to meet one of the authors of the piece in K.T. Peterson, who I found very charming. She has been working on the project for four years now and has invested a lot of time on the script and the music.

I like the show very much and wish everyone involved the best with it.

SOCKS AND CAKES - Audience Reactions

If you visit the Internet Movie Database's page for the film SOCKS AND CAKES and click "User Reviews", you'll see a few reactions to the film from audience members. Some dissenters, but overall, the comments are very positive.

Check them out here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675186/combined

ALL THINGS RANDOM Update

I heard from Greg Vorob this weekend, regarding updates on MARTY AND DOUG'S NEWER RELIGION (where I will be playing God) and GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL (where I will be playing Greg's boss).

As far as M&D 2, Dan Conrad is working dilligently on the script right now. After it is approved by director Dan Kowalski, then there will be a cast reading, followed by pre-production.

Regarding GGA, at this point, all I know is that it's scheduled to go into production after M&D2...so my guess is that it start in the spring.

THE WATCHERS - Festival Submissions

After last weeks' successful screening, Jeff Moffitt and Sy Code White have started submitting THE WATCHERS to other film festivals. As previously mentioned, the Big Apple Film Festival is high on our lists as far as submissions are concerned, but there's also Tribeca and Sundance the many, manby short film festivals all over the world.

I wouldn't mind going to Sundance with a film...wouldn't mind that at all.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

SHREW - Not To Be, I Guess

I haven't heard anything about TAMING OF THE SHREW, so I guess it's not to be for me.

Oh well...back to the auditions.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Last Nights' Screening A Success!

Last evening's screening at the Time Warner Center was a complete success. I wish to commend not only Jeff Moffitt and Sy Cody White on the wonderful work they did and continue to do with THE WATCHERS, but the other six filmmakers as well. All of the work presented last evening was very impressive.

Here's an email from Jeff about last night:

Hey everyone!

I consider last nights screening a major success... I wanted to thank everyone again for being a part of this film.

We couldn't have done it without you!

For those that couldn't make it last night, we totally understand that you had prior plans and commitments. There will be more screenings and hopefully the BAFF - Big Apple Film Festival. I will keep you posted.

Sy and I took good notes yesterday and we received some great feed back from our film maker friends... Sy will be tweaking the film and audio a little. Once we have a final cut, you will receive your DVD.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Have a GREAT DAY!

Jeff & Sy

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More on 7:32

This is a blurb on 7:32:

7:32 is the passion of the Ashtabula Disaster—the notorious railroad-bridge accident that rattled 1876 America--and the scandal that followed surrounding the Chief Engineer of the bridge, Charles Collins. Steeped in the sweat of railroad men (and the women who love them), this soul-soaked ride through folk, bluegrass, and blues stares down the early and gritty world of big business, and the seemingly endless human desire for bigger and better, no matter the cost.

I'm very curious about this one.

SHREW Audition

The audition for TAMING OF THE SHREW ended about an hour ago and I feel pretty good about it.

I read a couple of sides...tried to add as much color as possible.

Director Jeff Love, who seems like a nice guy and on top of his game, informed me that the production is going to be set in the 1980's. He seems to have a clear vision of how to take Shakespeare and put an 80's spin on it.

We'll see what happens.

Kevin McCarthy (1914-2010)

Kevin McCarthy had an acting resume that could choke a horse. Film, theatre, television...you name it. Check him out on imdb.com and you'll see.

With a career that spanned seven decades, you'll have a resume like that of the actor who passed away on September 11th at the age of 96 in a Cape Cod hospital.

His achievements in the acting industry are very many, including an Oscar nomination for his performance as Biff in the 1951 film version of "Death of a Salesman".

He will be forever known for his frantic performance in the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" from 1956, but it is worthy of note that McCarthy never stopped working, going even until just recently.

That's an actor to me!

Veteran TV, Theatre And Film Actor HAROLD GOULD Dead At 86

A veteran character actor of stage and screen Harold Gould, who made his name starring on 'Rhoda' and 'The Golden Girls,' passed away Saturday in Woodland Hills, Calif., after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 86.

Gould was an American actor best known for playing Martin Morgenstern on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and its spin-off, 'Rhoda.' He also appeared as Miles Webber on 'The Golden Girls.'

He also appeared, to great effect as Kid Twist in the Oscar winning "The Sting" and originated the role of Artie Shaughnessey in the Broadway production of John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves".

Informal Reading Of New Musical 7:32

On Saturday night, I will be helping my good friend and director Katherine Carter with a reading of a new musical 7:32.

Not sure what I'm doing as of yet (not doing any singing, I hope), but it should be a very laid back affair, with actors and friends of Katie sitting for an informal reading of the play. which she will be directing this fall.

THE WATCHERS Screening Is Tomorrow!

I'm excited to see THE WATCHERS unveiled on a big screen. I may have some friends in attendence, so the support will be nice.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Pictures from the FILM MIXER A Few Weeks Back

Thanks to Sy Cody White. In these pictures, you'll see me, Sy, Jeff Moffitt and the lovely Ann Karrick.







Audition on Saturday, September 18th for the SPELLBOUND CONSERVATORY REP

The Spellbound Conservatory Rep, East Harlem's Center for African-American Mystery, Melodrama, and Sci-Fi fantasy plays, is casting up-and-coming works including three melodramatic plays: The Way Knight Falls; Chastity of Hearts; and The Land of Ivy. Klehotas Tshyre, writer-dir.

I have an audition set for Saturday, September 18th.

TAMING OF THE SHREW Audition On Tuesday

Speaking of Shakepeare, I have snagged an audition for Rippling Effect's upcoming production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW for Tuesday night.

The show will be rehearsing in the evenings from October through December and will go up in January.

It would be nice to do the play again. It would be my 3rd Shrew if cast. I played Gremio in a freshman college production (my first show at Marietta actually) and Grumio with the Drama League in Delaware...10 years ago.

MIMI AND GUSTAV Audition

Today I auditioned for the musical children's show MIMI AND GUSTAV and honestly felt I got in over my head. I am not a singer, certainly not a trained singer with loads of musical theater experience. Nor am I a dancer in any shape and form, so you can imagine how the audition went. My fellow auditionees and I sang a song or two from the show together and then individually. I did the best that I could, but I could tell that the director wasn't impressed.

Oh well! Maybe I should just stick to Shakespeare.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Details for Wednesday's Screening

Please visit for more info on tickets to Wednesday's screening.

Event Details

SCENEPR invites you to come experience the the brilliant works of both famous & not so famous filmmakers from around the globe.

Comedy, Dramas, Animated, Thrillers, Sci-Fi...all genres will be on showcase every month at The Samsung Experience.

Q&A with filmmakers (if time permits)

Cost: $10

Upcoming Dates:

+ Wednesday, September 15th: Short Film Screening Showcase

Films confirmed thus far for 9/15:

Bedford Park Boulevard
Director: Felix Thompson

Somewhere Never Travelled
Director: Ben Garchar

Speed Grieving
Director: Alysia Reiner

The Watchers
Jeff Moffitt & Sy Cody White

New American Soldier
Emma Cott & Anna Belle Peevey

Birth
Signe Baumane

More films to come...

Seats are limited so please register online

Friday, September 10, 2010

THE WATCHERS Screening Is A Go For This Wednesday

Great news!

THE WATCHERS is going to be screened at the Time Warner Building "Samsung Theater" on Wednesday, September 15th from 6:30PM - 8:30PM

This will be great for the film.

Audition on Sunday for MIMI AND GUSTAV

Horse Trade Theater Group is casting Mimi and Gustav, a show for kids about a hippopotamus and a mouse who fall in love and I have snagged an audition for Sunday afternoon. The show was written by Denis Woychuk and will be directed by Stephen Brennan, with music by Caitlin Rodgers.

The show will run from October 23rd to November 28 at the Kraine Theater in Manhattan.

TRAINS Update

I received a call today from director Kenny Yu, of the short film TRAINS, which I worked on this past winter. I haven't received many updates about this film, which was disconcerting, but now...acoording to Kenny, the film is completed and copies of the film will be dispersed to the cast soon.

We'll see.

THE WATCHERS Update

I received this update from Jeff Moffitt regarding the film THE WATCHERS

Hey everyone,

Tim's friend Joseph Arthur Clay interviewed me in regards to THE WATCHERS. When you have a few minutes, please check out the link below.

The film is just about finished... We are very pleased with how it's shaping up. Everyone will receive a DVD in the near future.

Sy and I submitted THE WATCHERS to a screening at the Time Warner Building "Samsung Theater" next week on Wednesday, September 15th (6:30 to 8:30pm). There will be a bunch of short films screened with a Q & A session as well.

I pasted a link below. It's sponsored through SCENEPR. Let me know if you are interested in attending if we do get accepted. The ticket price is $10 bucks a head. I would be willing to pay half of your ticket price if you want to attend... I will let you know if we are accepted as soon as I find out!

Thank you ALL!!! We are very fortunate to have you guys be a part of this!

http://www.facebook.com/l/52d2eJkyXcIu90Am28DnIyKTT8w;blogcritics.org/video/article/actor-writer-producer-jeff-moffitt-on/

http://www.facebook.com/l/52d2edhqmE4ZZwGqlwMaJTWwmFA;www.shopsatcolumbuscircle.com/go/mallEvents.cfm?eventID=2145376826&showEG=0&eventsonly=1

Thursday, September 09, 2010

THE GLASS MENAGERIE with Liz Hodes

Liz Hodes is in demand. Good for her.

What that means though is that she is swamped until after October 15th, so that's when we'll pick up THE GLASS MENAGERIE.

ART Update

From my perspective, it doesn't look like a production of ART is going to happen at this time with Queens Shakespeare in Flushing. A shame, but it may be a possibility for the Spring, which might work out, depending on schedules.

Larry has another directing assignment in Florida starting in late October (RUN FOR YOUR WIFE...again) and to start ART any later than the next couple of days would be cutting it too close.

Monday, September 06, 2010

ART????????

Still waiting for word from Jonathan Emerson of Queens Shakespeare if a production of ART by Yasmina Reza is a go or not.

If and when it happens, director Larry Lesher will get started immediately, as he already has a cast ready to go.