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.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Upcoming Auditions

On November 4th, I have an audition for the role of a shrink in the film THE LAST INTERVIEW and on the 5th, I have an audition for the World War II drama ELYSIAN FIELDS.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Demo Reel

It's time for a new demo reel and I have asked director Sy Cody White (THE WATCHERS) to assist me in that venture.

I plan on giving Sy a few of DVD's of the films I want showcased on the reel next week at the Big Apple Film Festival screening of THE WATCHERS.

Thanks in advance to Sy for taking the time to do this for me.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Meeting With Dan Kowalski Tonight

I am meeting with Global Warming PSA director Dan Kowalski tonight to try on the Santa Claus suit that he has rented from the wonderful costume center Abracadra. Obviously, I'll need some padding as well, so I'm sure we'll address that issue as well.

Everything is still a go for November 6th.

Looking forward to it.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

7:32 Goes Out On A High Note

The final two performances of 7:32 went off nicely today. Again, it was a real honor and pleasure to be a part of the experience.

I would like to share some very kind words from co-creator / lyricist Cedric D. Lyles:

Tim,

Your voice is amazing! I've sat across from you feeling like I'm watching this show on stage because you're placing us right where we belong. Thank you so much for being a part of the team!

Cheers,

Cedric D. Lyles


Thanks for the kind words. Cedric and I also wish to thank KT Peterson, Katie Carter and the entire cast for this great opportunity.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

7:32 A Rousing Success!

I can't tell you what an honor it is to be even a small part of 7:32!

Both performances today went very well, but the second performance was especially memorable...with a full house and every performer, each very impressive, giving their all.

Back again for the final 2 performances tomorrow afternoon.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Another Your Movie Reviews.com Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

SOCKS AND CAKES (2010)

Antonio Padovan's film has the beginnings of an interesting film, but the script needs expanding.

Review by Michael Dietz

Writer / director Antonio Padovan's drama SOCKS AND CAKES is an ensemble short set in New York 's West Village about five guests at a dinner party and their internal struggles with jealousy and bitterness in their relationships.

Timothy J. Cox stars as a morose French literature professor stuck in a rut over where his life has gone, but we quickly discover that he still has strong feelings for his ex-wife, played by Kirsty Meares, who's married to Richard (Jeff Moffitt) but that marriage is on the rocks. Ben Prayz and Alex Vincent co-star as David, a pompous real estate whiz and his young, sexy girlfriend Sophie. Richard develops eyes for Sophie, while Harry wants to strangle David, especially when he learns that Amanda and David were intimate at one time.

There's a lot to enjoy in writer / director Antonio Padovan's film. It's a nicely shot, well acted piece that breezes along at a solid pace throughout.

Where the problem lies is that we don't see enough. At only 13 minutes, the film only shows us a glimpse of these characters and while Padovan's script gives nice moments to Cox and Meares, who are both very good in their performances, I wanted to see the entire ensemble be an active part of the production. Prayz, especially, I felt was underused.

Overall the film, produced by Kimistra Films and Red Rock Entertainment, is worth a look.

As this review is being written, it is making the rounds on the film festival circuit, so hopefully it will be seen by a larger audience. If the film is a success on the film festival circuit, hopefully Mr. Padovan and his cast will re-visit the project and expand into feature length territory.

For information on the film, please visit the official website for SOCKS AND CAKES: www.socksandcakes.com

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE - PSA

The public service announcement for RUN FOR YOUR WIFE at the Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, KY has been named winner of the Traverse Award, sponsored by the Kentucky Tourism Council. The awards honor excellence in tourism marketing.

The winning PSA is available for listening on my website and features the voices of me, Synge Maher, Emily King and Matthew Harris.

Thanks to Holly Henson for the good news and to Patrick Nelson for recording the PSA.

7:32 This Weekend

The four performance showcase of 7:32 is this weekend. It will be an easy affair for me, as I will just be reading the stage directions, but the bonus is that I get to have the best seat in the house to watch and enjoy the performances.

I may be meeting with the cast and director Katie Carter tonight to go over what I will be reading. If not tonight, it will be addressed first thing tomorrow morning.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cinemaroll.com Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Film Review: Socks and Cakes (2010)
Published in Cinemarolling by PeterSanderson, on October 20, 2010

Peter Sanderson reviews the dramatic short SOCKS AND CAKES from Antonio Padovan.

The exquisite dramatic short Socks and Cakes, written and directed by Antonio Padovan and produced by Red Rock Entertainment and Kimistra Films, delves briefly into the lives of five people, all brought together for a dinner party where they muse on their lives, loves and frustrations, with two of the guests, Harry and Amanda, discovering some deeply hidden truths about themselves.

The film stars Timothy J. Cox as Harry, a rumpled literature professor who still loves his ex-wife Amanda, played by Kirsty Meares, who is co-hosting a dinner party with her current husband, a bit of a cad, Richard (Jeff Moffitt) in their Lower West side apartment in Manhattan.

Amanda has a lot on her mind right now. Her marriage to Richard is in shambles, while a former lover David (Ben Prayz) and the sullen Harry (Cox), currently wallowing in a well of self pity over where his life has gone (but in reality it’s that he let his true love slip away), are expected guests at this party. Upon David’ arrival, Richard, always on the prowl it seems, becomes impressed with David’s girlfriend, the young and sexy Sophie (Alex Vincent). Harry is equally impressed with Sophie, but because he can’t believe that she’s with an idiot like David. After dinner, Richard’s flirtations towards Sophie heat up (he’s not subtle), while Amanda admits to Harry that not only was she intimate with David, but that her marriage to Richard is over.

Nothing is resolved in this one night, as these kinds of problems never are resolved in just one night. The fact that these people confront these issues head on is the focus of the film. Better to get it all out, then keeping it in, buried, where it can fester and therefore, get worse.

Socks and Cakes is extremely well made, from the fantastic camera work by director of photography Alessandro Penazzi to the pleasing performances of the entire five person ensemble. Cox and Meares lead the way with two strong lead performances as Harry and Amanda, respectively. It’s very easy to make a role like Harry a bit of a downer, but Cox, even at his most droll, manages to imbue Harry with a certain sweetness, humanity and likability. In the end of the film, you see why Amanda was with him. Meares has the emotional burden of them and she goes all the way and delivers from start to finish.

Prayz flashes a snazzy grin in his performance as the egotistical David, while Alex Vincent oozes the right dose of sensuality as Sophie. Rounding out the cast is Jeff Moffitt, who is charm and smarm personified as Richard.

I do have one gripe with the film and it’s a gripe that many of my brethren in the film criticism community have in regards to this film (Other reviews of the film are available for reading on IMDB): The very odd title. Like my brethren, the title didn’t make much sense to me and in my opinion, hurts the films’ chances at advancement greatly, as to me it blurs the films’ meaning and impact.

If the film is given new life by a film festival and/or distributor, hopefully, a change will be made.

For now, I highly recommend a visit to the films’ official website www.socksandcakes.com for information and a viewing of Socks and Cakes.

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Socks and Cakes, produced by Kimistra Films and Red Rock Entertainment; directed by Antonio Padovan; written by Antonio Padovan; producers Merry Colomer, Marta Jover, John Kontoyannis; director of photography by Alessandro Penazzi

Starring: Timothy J. Cox, Kirsty Meares, Jeff Moffitt, Ben Prayz and Alex Vincent

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Santa Claus PSA

Director Dan Kowalski picked up the Santa Claus suit yesterday, so the Santa Claus PSA is still a go...with the shooting date still scheduled for Saturday, November
6th.

7:32 This Weekend

7:32 is already generating some buzz, thanks to the BlogCritics interview below.

Hopefully, there will be nice crowds for all four performances.

BlogCritics Interview With Katherine Carter and KT Peterson on 7:32

Interview: Director Katherine M. Carter and Author KT Peterson of the New Musical 7:32
Part of: StageMage

Author: Hannah Marie Ellison — Published: Oct 18, 2010

Critically acclaimed stage director Katherine M. Carter is about to embark on her latest project, the New York premiere of the dramatic musical 7:32, which tells the tale 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.

The new work, which Carter calls "one of a kind," was created by KT Peterson, who wrote the book, lyrics and music with Cedric D. Lyles. The work is going to be presented in a four-performance showcase at the Bridge Theatre (at Shetler Studios) on October 23rd (2:30PM and 6:00PM) and October 24th (1:00PM and 5:00PM).

The cast includes Nicole Elaine Phifer, Ashleigh Lay, Claire Wilcher, Joe Popson, Taiwan Norris, and John Lopez.

Winner of the 2009 Music Theater Award (Best Book) in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and nominated for the National Playwriting Award, 7:32 tells a dramatic story, according to the show’s press release: “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 insatiable American appetite for bigger and better-no matter the cost.”

Both Ms. Carter and Ms. Peterson took a few minutes to sit with Blogcritics and discuss 7:32.

Tell us a little about yourself. Your background, training?

KT PETERSON: When I was young I wanted to grow up to be a male opera singer. This was very specific. I didn't actually want to be a man, I just wanted all the good parts. I studied voice at Indiana University and ended up changing my major to Musical Theatre, which was [a major] you had to build, because it didn't exist at the time. I'm not certain if they've crossed to the dark side or not, as far as making that more easily available as a major.

I originally wanted to go to graduate school for directing but ended up going for my MFA at Towson University because I discovered they kind of let you do whatever you want to do/whatever you need to do—which is not always a quantifiable or grade-able occurrence. I couldn't believe such a program existed. Much of the program is based on guest artists who come in for brief or extended periods and you immerse yourself in their worlds for a while. It was an incredible way to expand knowledge as well as deepen your own aesthetic.

I danced growing up, I played the trumpet, I broke things. I think I started writing in eighth grade. It was a novel about castles and horses and boys. I would stay up all night and look up words. I couldn't believe how awesome it was. Not the story—it's pretty embarrassing, but I just honestly loved to write. I didn't get into puppetry or writing music until I worked in the museum world at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. I was lucky enough to meet DeDe Boezi and Nancy Eddy and they, again, kind of let me do whatever I wanted in their Lilly Theater. I performed, directed, wrote, and studied puppetry as part of a gallery I was supervising under Carey Meier, my favorite boss ever. Hi, Carey!

Talk about the genesis of 7:32? What drew you to this material?

KATHERINE M. CARTER: I could not put this script down. When someone first hears about 7:32, they likely say, "A musical about a 19th century disaster? That's a strange thing to write a musical about…I want to see that." I thought something similar to that when KT first approached me with the script; I wanted to read it.

KT PETERSON: I have always been terrified of trains. I'm not anymore, I guess, but I always found them so deeply sulky and weirdly beautiful. The romance of trains is certainly nothing new to anyone—I just found them (and continued to find them, as I worked with them daily at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore) scary. I suppose it's an impression many liken to their run-ins with outdated technology that usually elicits a feeling of triumph in us—like we've come so far, we win, we are the best. Obsolete technology is something so obviously of the past and no longer useful that it's like a paperweight to humanity's past small ideas—ideas at the time. But I think anyone who gets intrigued by what they're looking at is really dealing with the energy that is inside of what they see—that hopefulness that never stopped, or the silliness or embarrassment, or just appreciation of "Wow, someone MADE this." Especially the art deco period and trains—My God. So much stumbling hope. But the 1876 period for engines is just stunning. There's an 1876 engine at the B&O that I would go and visit every day in the roundhouse when I worked there—it was destroyed in the roof collapse the museum suffered and will (happily) soon get repaired. Courtney Wilson, the museum's director, has been a great fan and friend to this piece and to my work.

KATHERINE M. CARTER: After my first go-through of the book and score, it was clear to me that there was something unique about this American story. Nowadays, you hardly hear new musicals written with such a strong influence of classic musical style. The score has an almost timeless feel to it, blending acting and music, so you get caught up in the emotions of the characters.

KT PETERSON: Years ago I found a book at a thrift shop in Indiana that was simply titled Train Wrecks. I was kind of disgusted and allured (kind of like Jersey Shore) but I bought the book without knowing why and it got lost in my car for a couple years. Shortly before I moved to go to Baltimore for grad school I was cleaning out my car and found the book. There were many intriguing things about it, but I kept coming back to the Ashtabula Disaster over and over again. I felt something deeply. I don't know that I have ever been so drawn to write about anything like that.

KATHERINE M. CARTER: On top of that the book spotlights the risks we've taken in the name of progress throughout our history as a nation and the effects those choices have on our future. I hadn't heard of the Ashtabula disaster before, but the story grabbed me from the first page.

KT PETERSON: I visited Ashtabula two times while in grad school, at the urge of an instructor, Sabrina Hamilton, and that first visit was a moment in time that has shaped my life. If my work, or my oeuvre, to use a word like that, has any kind of credo, it is piecing together that which has been broken. That I have an obligation to do so. And this (the Ashtabula Disaster, when I originally became aware of it) all kind of coincided with my meditations on 9/11 and how humanity intuitively deals with the event horizon of tragedy. When I went to Ashtabula and hung out with the amazing Jean Metcalf, I could feel that that event horizon was still there. In the soil, in the rusting metal. In the water. We are all beings of such selective memory, yet certain events transfer such power they are still living in some way—what must be done to interact with them? To soothe them? To soothe ourselves? Well apparently singing about it was my answer.

At the time of 9/11, I was in rehearsal for a musical I'd written as my undergraduate thesis at IU with Rich Rundle directing. My partner at the time worked in WTC on the floor where one of the planes hit, and had just recently moved to Indiana to be with me. Poor man was completely at sea with his feelings. Still I had rehearsal that night. That night. Everyone showed up. The piece was a mess, but it was embracing us from some kind of healing and generative perspective, so we trudged on. I didn't really know I was going to write about this theme and I certainly didn't know I would use such an event to explore it—and I am loathe to think that people will call this musical a 9/11 play, because it's not. But it is. It's all part of that really simple candle that most of us carry around—shining a light to make brightness in dark places. I do believe that. I believe in that little candle.

How much research did you conduct before you and Cedric Lyles began to put things to paper?

KT PETERSON: I'd say I worked with the material for almost two years before we hopped to it.

7:32 does have a production history. How has it been received? For this upcoming showcase, what changes have been made to the script, if any? To the music?

KT PETERSON: 7:32 was my thesis project at Towson. It was nominated for the National Playwriting Award for KCACTF and was invited to perform in Philadelphia for the Region II festival in January of '09. I was fortunate to receive the Music Theatre Award at the Kennedy Center for the book. Lots has changed since then—characters added, scenes and songs deleted, new songs written. It's been a very productive six months or so.

How did your collaboration with each other come about?

KT PETERSON: Our mutual friend, Gabriel Shanks, introduced us. She said she was looking for new stuff and I think I told her I had "a bunch of shit hidden under my bed" if she wanted to check it out. I sent her the script, we ate a lot of pancakes, and here we are.

KATHERINE M. CARTER: We got to chatting about 7:32, our love of pancakes, and hit it off right away. It has always been a very organic working relationship. We are always talking about changes, sleeping on ideas, and then talking more.

KT PETERSON: She's an incredible woman. She's been a champion for the piece and really pushed me to clean it up, clean it out, and go for it. I can't tell you how helpful it is to trust someone like that. She has had a tremendous amount of trust in me, too—not hearing all the stuff even now as I write this. She hasn't heard all the music yet, as we're still tweaking (and writing another song—yikes, just one more!) That's faith.

KATHERINE M. CARTER: KT is an artist who directors love working with. She takes every idea, mulls it over, considers how it will affect the story, then comes back with a whole new version. You won't meet a more giving artist. Working on 7:32 with KT has been nothing but a joy.

What is it about this story that you’re hoping a 2010 audience will walk away feeling?

KATHERINE M. CARTER: I hope our audiences will want to race out to the library and look up more information on the Ashtabula Disaster, Charles Collins, and that whole period of industrialization in America.

KT PETERSON: Musical Theatre is in a really interesting place right now. I feel like the landscape is changing, and the desire is there for really rich stories that ask a lot of the audience. Ask them to listen and feel.

KATHERINE M. CARTER: I want them to see this show and think about the recent blunders we've made: the risks we take in the name of progress, the lack of foresight and the recklessness at the heart of the American Dream. This musical may be about a disaster lost to the pages of history, but it's the same story, in many ways, of our current struggles as a nation. With its classically-influenced score, I also believe 7:32 will get people excited about new musical theater that doesn't jump on the pop bandwagon. Hopefully, audiences will walk out of that theatre buzzing with a desire to see a new breed of musical on Broadway.

KT PETERSON: I was really influenced by Floyd Collins, Assassins, Dessa Rose and now FELA, Burt Part Boys, Next To Normal—people need story and some big ol' resonant sound that makes you feel like your skin is gonna fall off. They need to understand two things: they're not alone and that everything is gonna be okay. To quote my own mother, she always says, "this life, it isn't for sissies." Musical Theatre is kind of like your mama: hold tight child, everything gonna be all right. Thanks, Mom.

For information on the production, please visit the official 7:32 website at www.732themusical.com. To reserve tickets, please email contact@732themusical.com

Monday, October 18, 2010

ClockWork Movies Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Socks and Cakes (2010) – Guest Review
By Phillip Bapst on Saturday, October 16, 2010

Antonio Padovan’s relationship drama SOCKS AND CAKES is a nicely photographed and acted vignette that takes a glimpse into the lives of five people at a dinner party in New York ‘s Greenwich Village.

Five friends attend a party hosted by husband and wife Richard and Amanda (Jeff Moffitt and Kirsty Meares) whose marriage is on the rocks. Guests include a former lover of Amanda’s (Ben Prayz), his current lover Sophie (Alex Vincent) and Amanda’s embittered ex-husband Harry (Timothy J. Cox).

The main focus of the film is on the characters played by Cox and Meares. Cox’s Harry has lost his sense of purpose, while Meares’ Amanda has lost her marriage and it’s tearing her apart. Both Cox and Meares do good work individually and play off each other nicely in a great scene at the end of the film.
Well made overall, thanks to some great camera work from director of photography Alessandro Penazzi, but the film loses points for its ridiculous title.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

ALL THINGS RANDOM Press Release

Two Projects Announced for ALL THINGS RANDOM and PHALANX FILM / VIDEO PRODUCTIONS
October 15, 2010

By Carol Crane

New Jersey based production companies All Things Random and Phalanx Film/Video Productions have two comedic projects in pre-production, according to a representative for both production companies.

Upcoming projects include MARTY AND DOUG’S NEW RELIGION PART II, the sequel to last years’ acclaimed film about two goofs who decide to start their own religion to avoid paying taxes and to meet women.

The film was praised by BlogCritics’ Hannah Marie Ellison as “gloriously silly from the word "go" and was called “clever” and “light hearted” by Jenni Powell of tubefilter news.

The film is available for viewing on Funny or Die.com and at the films’ official website:
http://martyanddoug.squarespace.com/

Creators Vorob and Dan Conrad (also serving as producers) will reprise their roles as Marty and Doug, respectively.

Conrad is currently penning the script, with the returning Dan Kowalski set to serve once again as producer / director.

Other members of the cast expected to reprise their roles from the original are Lisa Peart as Phyllis, Felix Gardon as Barry and Ian Campbell Dunn as Jesus.

Jack Moran and Robert Youngren will be on hand once again to play a pair of evil priests.

Timothy J. Cox and Jennifer Zigler are both expected to join the cast, with Cox to play the role of God and Zigler to play Conrad’s estranged wife.

Molly Montgomery has been approached to reprise her role as Veronica in the sequel and she had expressed interest earlier in the year, but is, as of now unconfirmed.

MARTY AND DOUG’S NEW RELIGION PART II is tentatively set for release in May 2011.

Also in pre-production is GREG’S GUARDIAN ANGEL, starring Vorob (also serving as executive producer) as a ordinary man with quite the good luck charm, his own guardian angel.

Conrad is penning the script and once again, Kowalski will serve as director on the project (as well as executive produce).

The cast includes Cox, Conrad, Montgomery, Elmer Santos and Jon Crefeld.

GREG’S GUARDIAN ANGEL is tentatively set for release in October 2011.

For information on director Dan Kowalski, please visit his official website at www.dankowalski.com

For information on actor / writer / producer Dan Conrad, please visit his official website at http://danconrad.squarespace.com/

Named An Associate Producer of ALL THINGS RANDOM

Greg Vorob phoned me today to ask me if I'd be interested in becoming an associate producer on all projects for ALL THINGS RANDOM going forward, which I said yes to immediately.

Thank you to Greg, Dan Conrad and Dan Kowalski for the invitation.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Movie Vine.com Review of THE WATCHERS

Review of THE WATCHERS

Oct 12, 2010,

By Elizabeth Sellars

Made in seven days in and around New York and New Jersey, at a cost of only $350, Two Man Crew Productions’ taut suspense / thriller short The Watchers (which I had the pleasure of seeing as part of the Cinematique Film Festival in Manhattan a few weeks back) 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, who co-produced and co-wrote the screenplay with the film’s star Jeff Moffitt.

Moffitt plays John Porter, an ordinary man who goes about his days like any other person and yes, has his share of problems. His wife Marcy has just left him, taking his young daughter with her, but he’s trying to salvage the marriage, leaving message after message, but no replies from Marcy. It’s affecting his work.

To top it off, he suspects that he’s being watched and followed by a number of very suspicious characters.

New York has suspicious characters? Hard to believe.

Suspicion becomes reality when at every turn, John is being followed and watched. On the street. In the subway. In his home. They follow his every move, even leaving little notes that he is being watched. He can trust or confide in no one. His calls to Marcy become more and more frantic, but still no answer coming from her. He goes to see a shrink (Timothy J. Cox) but he has serious doubts about John’s story, dismissing his claims as nothing more but fantasy. Can he be trusted? Could he be in on “it” too?

Moffitt and White’s script smartly doesn’t give too much away, with the results being highly original and entertaining. If you think you know how this whole thing is going to end, think again, you’re in for a surprise.

As far as the look of the film is concerned, you’d never believe that the film was shot on a shoestring budget. White’s camera work is solidly paced, perfectly adding to the suspense and mystery.

As for the performances, Peter Francis Span does nice work as a mysterious visitor who comes into John’s life at the end of the film. As one of “the watchers”, Kathleen Boddington’s soft, but commanding voice provided chills, while Timothy J. Cox is stand out in a few brief scenes as John’s skeptical shrink, Dr. Orwell.

If the film has a weak spot, it’s in the leading performance of Jeff Moffitt. Mr. Moffitt is not a bad actor, but I think he over-thought the role a bit. Throughout his performance I saw the wheels turning a little too much. Put simply, I was always aware that he was giving a performance.

Overall, if you’re a fan of suspense and mystery, then I would highly recommend seeing The Watchers, which is going to be presented at the Big Apple Film Festival on November 2nd at the Tribeca Cinemas.

For information on the festival, please visit http://bigapplefilmfestival.com/

For information on The Watchers, please visit www.twomancrewproductions.com

Movie Vine.com Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Oct 12, 2010

By Elizabeth Sellars
It’s film festival season and one of the films making its way onto the festival circuit is writer / director Antonio Padovan’s breezy dramatic short Socks and Cakes (a very odd title, for a drama), which deals with the frustrations, jealousies and anxieties that come with relationships.

Although his script doesn’t break any new ground in the relationships department (sorry, but it’s still a mystery) writer / director Padovan's film is well made, with many of the actors in the five person cast bringing life and vigor to their roles, but at a running time of only fifteen minutes, we don’t really get to know all of the characters.

The film, produced by Kimistra Films and Red Rock Entertainment, stars Jeff Moffitt as Richard, a successful architect who is hosting a dinner party with his film director/architect wife Amanda (Kirsty Meares) at their Lower Manhattan apartment.

It's going to be a small affair...just the couple and a few of their close friends, including sardonic French literature professor Harry (Timothy J. Cox), Richard's best friend and Amanda's ex-husband.

The bulk of the film is told from Harry’s perspective and in Cox’s somber performance, you get the sense that Harry's a little down on life at the moment, wondering where it's all gone, the joy, the fun, the purpose. He spends his days checking out real estate properties he never intends to buy while trying, unsuccessfully, to date his own students. He even had a date for this dinner party, but quips that basically he prefers to be alone. Is he content with being alone? Embittered? Cox does nice work with the role, but the script makes Harry out to be a bit of a “Debbie Downer”.

All that is certain about Harry is that he's not letting anything or anyone in. That is, except Amanda.

As the film progresses, we discover that Harry still has feelings for Amanda, who is having problems of her own, namely that she thinks...knows...that her marriage to Richard is falling apart.

In the film’s best scene, Amanda is unraveling at this realization, but there to support her is a warm, kind hearted Harry. This is not the dry, sardonic and often morose individual we see at the beginning of the film. This is a Harry who listens, who is compassionate. Obviously, he still loves his wife, the one he let get away. I also suspect that this is who Harry really is, but he rarely lets this other Harry out. Guys like Harry like to keep a hard outer shell; it dissuades people from getting too close.

Other guests at the party include uber obnoxious real estate whiz David (Ben Prayz) and his sexy French girlfriend Sophie (Alex Vincent). Richard is taken aback by Sophie immediately and his flirtations begin. Harry detests David, as he suspects that he and Amanda were intimate at one time.

It’s going to be a wild night.

Writer / director Padovan and his director of photography Alessandro Penazzi took a page from the Woody Allen handbook and chose to shoot the film in continuous shots, mostly wide, which I deeply appreciated in this world of jarring quick cuts and close ups (I’m talking to you, Michael Bay).

Aside from the aforementioned Cox, Kirsty Meares is impressive in an emotionally fragile performance as Amanda.

Sadly, the rest of the cast, Jeff Moffitt, Ben Prayz and Alex Vincent, all hardworking, are given little to do in Padovan’s script. If the film is a success on the festival circuit, perhaps the film could be revisited and those roles could be beefed up.

The film has been submitted to numerous festivals all over the United States since it’s release in January.

My recommendation to Mr. Padovan: Please change the title.

For information on the film, please check out the film’s official website at www.socksandcakes.com

Your Movie Reviews.com Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Socks and Cakes (2010)

Review by Peter Clerkin, from New York, NY, on 12-Oct-2010

Writer / director Antonio Padovan addresses the demise of relationships in his dramatic short Socks and Cakes, produced by Kimistra Films and Red Rock Entertainment and starring Timothy J. Cox as Harry, a downtrodden French literature professor who is attending a dinner party in Lower Manhattan hosted by his best friend Richard (Jeff Moffitt) and his wife Amanda (Kirsty Meares), who just happens to be Harry’s ex-wife.

Just a tad awkward, if you ask me.

Also on hand for the party is the sneering David (Ben Prayz) and his latest sexual conquest, the vibrant Sophie (Alex Vincent). It should be noted that at one time, Amanda and David were intimate, much to the sensitive Harry’s chagrin. Richard, who is a bit a dog, immediately turns his sights onto to Sophie, but she doesn’t seem to want to bite. As for Amanda, she’s coming to terms with the fact that her marriage to Richard is over.

This is one heck of a party.

As I watched Socks and Cakes (a rather baffling title), I was reminded of films like The Big Chill, where people dissect their lives and the world around them; everyone thinking they can solve all of their problems in one night or a weekend. It’s not to be.

Writer / director Padovan has the beginnings of a good film here, but when your film clocks in at almost fifteen minutes, you’re not going to get to know everybody.
Still though, Padovan’s film is well made and the cast led by Cox’s nice turn as Harry the teddy bear buried beneath a fa├žade of sarcasm, do their best with what they are given. Meares and Vincent are also in fine form as Amanda and Sophie, respectively.

The film is being submitted to numerous film festivals. If the film is given new life, I'd like to see more to this story, including a new title for the film.

For information on the film, please check the official website at www.socksandcakes.com and / or the official IMDB Page for the film at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675186/combined

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tickets on Sale for The Big Apple Film Festival

I just purchased my ticket for Program 4 of the BAFF on November 2nd, when THE WATCHERS will be screened.

If you're interested in purchasing tickets for Program 4, which starts at 8:20PM on the 2nd, please visit http://bigapplefilmfestival.com/program_guide.html

Global Warming PSA Auditions Last Night

Last nights' auditions went very well. Over two hours, director Dan Kowalski had between 15-20 actresses read for the role of a real estate agent who shows Santa Claus (me) new homes, as he decides to leave the North Pole, which he fears is not going to exist in a few years because of global warming.

It was fun to read with all of the actresses who auditioned. It gave me a chance to start thinking about playing Santa, which I know is going to be a lot of fun.

Also on hand for the auditions was writer / producer Victor Valadez, who I should mention was also the writer for the very funny SPIKE TV (''Fatal Attraction'') Spec commercial I did with Dan a few months back. Victor keeps very busy with producing and copywrighting of ads. Check out his work on his website at www.victorvaladez.com

The commercial is going to shooting in the Greenwich, CT area on either November 6th or 7th.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Santa Claus

I spoke to Dan Kowalski today about the upcoming PSA's that he's directing with me as Jolly Ol' St. Nick.

Shooting is expected to take place on either Saturday, November 6th or Sunday, November 7th.

As previously mentioned, Santa is looking to move out of the North Pole, but isn't finding a home to fulfill his needs. When asked why he's leaving the North Pole, Santa muses that due to global warming, in time there isn't going to be a North Pole.

I will be attending auditions on Monday night to read with actors going for the real estate broker who is trying to help Santa find a new home.

Friday, October 08, 2010

7:32 Update

Here's an update on the upcoming musical 7:32, to be directed by Katherine Carter.

7:32 will feature Nicole Elaine Phifer, Ashleigh Lay, Claire Wilcher, Joe Popson, Josh Davidson, Taiwan Norris, and John Lopez

Book and Lyrics by KT Peterson
Music by KT Peterson and Cedric D. Lyles

There will be 4 staged readings presented at The Bridge Theater (at Shetler Studios)
Saturday, Oct 23rd at 2:30pm and 6:00pm
Sunday, October 24th at 1:00pm and 5:00pm

The show runs 2 hours with an intermission.

Tickets are $5 and reservations can be made at contact@732themusical.com

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Audition on October 16th for Short Film TRAPPED

On October 16th, I will be auditioning for a role in 'Trapped' with Underground Productions.

Trapped is a story of James, a struggling writer, who hates his job and feels mostly unmotivated to finish the story he has been working on. His drinking and his friends start to create tension in his marriage and he is hit with the reality that he could lose everything if he doesn't step up to the plate soon, focus and pursue his dream.

If the cast, shooting will take place in mid-January.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Jeff Moffitt's Demo Reel

I wanted to share actor Jeff Moffitt's brand new demo reel, edited by THE WATCHERS' Sy Cody White.

At the end of the reel, you'll see a brief scene between Jeff and I from THE WATCHERS

To Play Clarence in Benefit Reading of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Michael Mele, director BABE, INC. has tapped me to play the role of Clarence, the angel who desperately wants to get his wings, in a benefit reading of the classic film IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.

This is going way back to high school, but I played George Bailey in my high school production of the play. Lots of fun memories from that production.

I'll be heading to Milford, CT on December 8th to rehearse at a high school where Mike works. The reading will be that night at 7:30PM.

Should be a lot of fun.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

THE WATCHERS On November 2nd At BAFF

November 2nd is special for two reasons...

One, I'll be celebrating my 34th birthday
Two, THE WATCHERS will have its showing at the Big Apple Film Festival that evening.

All screenings will take place at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street (corner of Canal Street).

Good news for SOCKS AND CAKES director Antonio Padovan, whose film PERRY STREET will also be presented at the festival.

Congrats, Antonio!

THE WATCHERS Update

THE WATCHERS has been submitted to the Myrtle Beach Film Festival.

Keep your fingers crossed that it gets accepted.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

SOCKS AND CAKES Updates

Alessandro Penazzi, the director of photography for SOCKS AND CAKES has been assisting director Antonio Padovan in submitting the film to numerous short film festivals.

As they are taking place in 2011 they won't notify us before December 2010 at best..

Here they are:

Charleston International Film Festival
Vancouver DSLR FilmFest
Edgemar Short Film Festival
Bootleg Film Festival
Super Short International Film Festival
Las Vegas Film Festival
Beverly Hills Shorts Festival


Thanks, Alessandro!

Hopefully, we'll have lots of good news in December.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Elizabeth Sellars of Rogue Cinema Interview on THE WATCHERS

I met Elizabeth Sellars briefly at the Cinematique Film Festival a few weeks back, but it was the past Thursday that she contacted me with an interest in interviewing me for the independent film site Rogue Cinema.

Thanks to Liz for taking an interest in the film and in me.

Here is the entire interview.

Interviews: An Interview with Timothy J. Cox - By Elizabeth Sellars
Posted on Saturday, October 02, 2010


From the time the acting bug bit 33 year old actor Timothy J. Cox, he took an interest in character parts, wanting to follow in the footsteps of legendary scene-stealers like Charles Durning and Rip Torn.

In a 2007 BlogCritics.org interview, the actor said the following about himself, "I'm not tall, dark and handsome. My face is not the kind of face that sets hearts to fluttering. I'm a short, stocky guy with glasses, so of course I'm a character actor, which is great for me, because character actors always work."

To look at his website (www.timothyjcox.com) it looks like the path of "character acting" has been the perfect path for the Philadelphia native who alternates regularly between stage and film work, usually cast as timid, worrisome schnooks and irascible relatives.

Small of stature with twinkling eyes and a warm, friendly smile, the actor, who has called New York City his home for almost a decade, has managed to keep pretty busy in a wide array of stage and film productions; showing no signs of slowing down.

Cox is currently on the festival circuit to help promote The Watchers, a suspense / thriller from Two Man Crew Productions (www.twomancrewproductions.com) directed by Sy Cody White.

It stars Jeff Moffitt (who co-produced and co-wrote the screenplay with director White) as an ordinary man who thinks he's being pursued by some rather strange individuals and begins to question his own sanity in the process.

I had the pleasure of seeing the film in its entirety at the Cinematique Film Festival in Manhattan a few weeks ago and was impressed by what I saw, especially since the film was made in seven days, at a cost of only $350 (for food and travel for the cast). I found the film to be a taut, original thriller with plenty of surprises to entertain all.

Cox, who appears in a couple of scenes as Moffitt's rather skeptical shrink, Dr. Orwell, was quite impressive as well, proving his mettle as a character actor. He managed to bring mystery and even a little humor to his very interesting role.

I briefly met and chatted with Mr. Cox at the festival, but it was today that he agreed to sit and chat about his work and The Watchers.

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Rogue Cinema: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me.

Timothy J. Cox: Thank you. It’s my pleasure.

Rogue Cinema: How did the role of Dr. Orwell in The Watchers come to you?

Timothy J. Cox: Jeff (Moffitt) and I had worked together earlier this year on a wonderful short film called Socks and Cakes and we…uh…well, we just hit it off immediately. Jeff is a guy…he’s only recently gotten into this business…but he has a great energy and enthusiasm. He takes the work very seriously, but also keeps his sense of humor handy to get through the long days. We stayed in touch after Socks and Cakes, hoping for the chance to work together again…and that chance came when Jeff called me and told me about this project that he's mounting. He asked if I wanted to be involved and I said "Yes" and the rest is history.

Rogue Cinema: According to what you told me at the Cinematique Film Festival, you actually didn't see a final script prior to filming?

Timothy J. Cox: No, I didn’t. Suspense and mystery is one of my favorite genres and I knew that this film had its share of twists and turns, so I asked Jeff to not send me the entire script.

Rogue Cinema: You wanted to be surprised like the audience?

Timothy J. Cox: Exactly. I enjoyed trying to figure everything out…along with the audience. It made the experience of watching the film all the more enjoyable for me.

Rogue Cinema: Were you surprised?

Timothy J. Cox: Very much so. Very clever and original, I thought.

Rogue Cinema: Was the film really made in seven days?

Timothy J. Cox: Yes, it was.

Rogue Cinema: That’s amazing.

Timothy J. Cox: It is. I only worked two of those days though, but Jeff and Sy were running all over place, trying to get everything in the can because Sy had to leave town for another commitment, so it was a bit of a time crunch.

Rogue Cinema: That’s impressive, considering the quality of the version that I saw.

Timothy J. Cox: I agree. To me, the film looks wonderful, very sharp and polished. Sy and Jeff have been working and continue to work very hard on getting the film just right, tweaking little things here and there. Overall…I’m mighty happy with the turnout. The colors and the way Sy edited the film really add to the suspense. I give both Jeff and Sy a lot of credit for putting everything together and making this film happen.

Rogue Cinema: I understand that the film has just been accepted into the Big Apple Film Festival? Congratulations.

Timothy J. Cox: Thank you! Yes, the cast just found out about it earlier this week. It's very exciting.

Rogue Cinema: Is the film being submitted to other festivals as well?

Timothy J. Cox: Yes, so hopefully, our streak of good luck will continue.

Rogue Cinema: In looking over your resume and the many things that you've been involved with over the years, what makes The Watchers so special?

Timothy J. Cox: The story of this regular guy…just going about his business, who suddenly becomes a target… it really drew me in. While he’s trying to piece everything together, we begin to see his unraveling; his mind going in different directions. The film really takes you for a ride. It’s what movies are supposed to do.

Rogue Cinema: How was the process of making the film?

Timothy J. Cox: It was great fun working with Jeff and Sy, who are a solid team. Both created a wonderful environment for their actors to play around in. Both are real pros.

Rogue Cinema: I have to ask, do you ever feel like you’re being watched?

Timothy J. Cox: (laughs)

Rogue Cinema: New York is a big city?

Timothy J. Cox: True. I’ve never gotten the kinds of looks that Jeff’s character gets in the film, but you know…we’ve all been watched at one time or another or done the watching. On the subways here in New York especially.

Rogue Cinema: Why do people like to watch other people?

Timothy J. Cox: Well, in New York City, people are very curious about other people. How they walk? How they dress? Behavior? Attitude? It’s fascinating and good research for actors. I think it was Brando who used to ride the subways and study the faces of passengers, how they walked and talked.

Rogue Cinema: What draws you to character parts like Dr. Orwell?

Timothy J. Cox: Oh, well….roles like Dr. Orwell are richer, more interesting to play. For me. In the case of this Dr. Orwell…well, something just clicked. I loved how there was a hint of mystery about him. Can he be trusted?

Rogue Cinema: I asked that as well. I thought he was a watcher.

Timothy J. Cox: Great! That’s what I like to hear. Jeff and Sy will be thrilled to hear that as well.

Rogue Cinema: Dr. Orwell appears in only a few scenes, but he makes an impact.

Timothy J. Cox: I hope so. He’s a fun character and a perfect fit for me as far as the size of the role is concerned. I like to come on, do my thing and then get out of there.

Rogue Cinema: Get in and get out, right?

Timothy J. Cox: Exactly. This is what happens when you have a supporting actor mentality.

Rogue Cinema: You never wanted to be a movie star?

Timothy J. Cox: Oh, sure…I had the same dreams that a lot of young actors had about movie stardom and celebrity, but that passed quickly for me. I wanted this for a career…so I learned early on in my studies that if I was ever going to have any success in this work, it was going to be as a supporting actor.

Rogue Cinema: Did you just know that that was where you fit?

Timothy J. Cox: Well, I had great directors who pushed me in that direction when I started taking the work seriously. I just knew in my gut that I was never going to be the romantic lead that gets the girl, but I knew that I could play the lead’s best friend who convinces him to go get the girl..

Rogue Cinema: You’re the mensch?

Timothy J. Cox: (laughs) Yes, I’m the mensch. The mensches are more fun to play.

Rogue Cinema: You have said that character roles are the scene-stealers?

Timothy J. Cox: Absolutely. Look at what Amy Ryan did in Gone Baby Gone and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. She made such an impression in two very different dramatic roles and then she goes on The Office a few seasons back and shows us that she can be funny too? She’s amazing! That’s the kind of career that I want. Character actors can do it anyway they are asked, whether it’s comedic or dramatic.

Rogue Cinema: How do you prepare for a role?

Timothy J. Cox: To me, it’s all in the script. The script has to be solid. If the script is good, then it makes your job as the actor so much easier. You just trust the material and the people around you. When the material is not so good is when you have to push up your shirt sleeves and then it becomes work. Acting shouldn’t be work. I mean, it’s called play for a reason. To me, acting is extended recess time, playtime for adults.

Rogue Cinema: Are you an actor for life?

Timothy J. Cox: (laughs) Well, I don’t have a choice on that one. I never bothered to learn how to do anything else, so the acting profession is stuck with me.

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The Watchers will be presented at the Big Apple Film Festival between November 2nd and 6th at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. Please check http://bigapplefilmfestival.com/ for details on the festival.

To view the official trailer for The Watchers, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Y0bLAsD9Q

For Timothy J. Cox’s website, visit www.timothyjcox.com and for his blog, visit http://everymanactor.blogspot.com.