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.