Monday, February 28, 2011

Actors' Equity Auditions - A Process

AEA auditions are a different ball game.

I knew going in to the union that things were going to be different and I must say that the transition has been and is going to continue to be a process for me.

Last Friday, I was very lucky as far as the audition for YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU was concerned, but today, I ventured to the AEA Audition Center on West 46th Street to audition for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, NY and the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Two Shakespeare companies; both doing a variety of shows…but the AEA center was packed with people.

When I arrived at 12:15, all of the time slots were taken, so I was put on an alternate list for both auditions…#26 for Hudson Valley and #60 for Arden…and none were moving very fast, so I left my headshot with Hudson Valley. Alas, Arden wasn’t accepting headshots.

Sign ups usually start an hour before auditions are set to begin every weekday morning. Sadly, there are no EPA’s on weekends, that I know of at least, which bums me out.

In this and in most cases, it’s 8:30AM sign ups for 9:30AM start of auditions. People often show up as early as 5:00AM to wait. Here is question? Why is this not done online? This is 2011, right?

I work part time in an office a few blocks away from the audition center, so I can get over there during my lunch hour, but the 8:30AM sign up would prove difficult as I have to be in the office at 8AM…and you need to be there in person to sign in (can’t have a friend do it).

So…my point is…if you have a job and you want to audition for Equity Principal Auditions…good luck! Sure, you may get in…eventually…but it will be on the alternate list…and if that moves slow, then the chances of you getting in at all are slim to none. You can stick around and wait, but the wait may be a mighty long one and who wants to do that?

It WAS nice to sit and learn how things operate in the AEA center, so it wasn’t a total loss.

As I said…it’s a process…and one I’m going to have to get used to and come to peace with.

Friday, February 25, 2011

First AEA Audition Today - Williamstown / Broadway Revival of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

At around 4:30PM this afternoon, my good friend, actor / director Larry Lesher sent me a text message with the following: "Auditions for YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU revival taking place right now. Get over here!" Seeing as that I have a history with this particular show (it was my last production at Marietta College in 1999...I played Grandpa Martin Vanderof) I felt I needed to audition...so I raced over to Ripley Grier Studios at 520 8th Avenue to audition for the first Broadway revival of the classic comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart since 1983.

It turned out that I was the last slot of the day, so I made it just in the nick of time. Thanks to Larry and to AEA monitor Ray Arrucci, an old colleague of mine, for prodding me to audition.

As for the audition itself, I thought it was okay. I did a monologue from the show...a Grandpa monologue that I have kept in the back of my mind all of these years...but you never know what the auditoners are looking for. I was just thankful to get in the door.

Who knows what will happen?

We'll see.

Rehearsals begin March 31 in NYC. Rehearsals begin June 21; runs July 2-23 as part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA. Broadway previews begin approximately July 29; opens on Broadway approximately Aug. 14.

Retouched Headshots

Thanks again to Ron Remke for the great work with my new headshots. Ron was nice enough to retouch all of the shots that I really enjoyed. The retouched shots are available for viewing below.

For anyone in the market for a great headshot, at an affordable price, I highly recommend Ron's work. Check out his info here: www.remkestudios.com




Watch BURAL And Judge For Yourself

As I said a few days back, I was disappointed in the final version of the short film BURIAL.

Now you get to see and judge for yourself.



My main problems are with how the film was lit and edited. Why, for example, does the camera focus on the back of our heads for most of the film, especially in the beginning of the film when the story and characters are trying to be established?

Mindboggling.

Audition On Sunday for TONIGHT IS KINDA SPECIAL

On Sunday afternoon, I will be reading for roles in ArtEffects Theatre Company upcoming work TONIGHT IS KINDA SPECIAL.

One of the creators of ArtEffects Theatre Company is Phil Newsom, one of the producers of AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS. It'll be nice to know someone in the audition room.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

March 1st Audition for THE STRANGER OF KINDNESS

On Tuesday, March 1st, I will be auditioning for a role in award winning playwright David Stallings' one act drama THE STRANGER OF KINDNESS, produced by Martha Goode of Goode Productions and directed by Heather Cohn.

When Officer Greco is sent to check on a senior citizen, he finds her neighbor camped out in front of the apartment awaiting the woman’s estranged son. What should have been a simple assignment evolves into a test of compassion.

I will be reading for the role of the estranged son, Paul.

If cast, the first rehearsal will take place on May 3rd and will run for 6 performances between June 1st and June 26th at the Robert Moss Theater, part of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, which is New York's premiere eco-friendly theatre festival. Fostering a diverse cross-section of performances, the festival seeks to inspire artists and audiences both creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere. At the heart of the festivity are like-minded individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, while supporting organizations, which give back to the community at large.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

TERRY KENDALL AND THE STALKER - One

Yesterdays' shoot was a piece of cake...in and out in one hour. We shot a number of short scenes in and outside a supermarket on Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn.

I was impressed with how director Meg Skaff knows what she wants in a scene and moves swiftly to get it.

Back with more on Saturday, March 5th.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I Joined AEA This Morning

I am happy to announce that I am now a member of Actors' Equity Association.

Here's to the future. May it be a prosperous one!

Monday, February 21, 2011

TERRY KENDALL AND THE STALKER - First Day Of Shooting Tomorrow

Tomorrow marks the first day of shooting for Meg Skaff's film TERRY KENDALL AND THE STALKER. I'll be returning to the Brooklyn area where auditions were held, to shoot a few scenes in a supermarket.

Looking forward to this.

TIMON OF ATHENS At the Public

I had a great time at last evenings' presentation of TIMON OF ATHENS, Shakespeare's morality tale about money's ability to corrupt mankind, which was presented by The Public Theatre. The Public describes Timon of Athens as "Shakespeare's play for the post-Bailout Age. Its central concern--money’s dark potential to corrupt every human interaction--couldn’t be more timely or fascinating. As one of Shakespeare's least-familiar works, it is also one of his most unique: a comedy written with an acid pen, a morality tale told in a fury."

If you get a chance, see this rarely performed work of Shakespeare, also a timely tale, given out current economic status. The entire cast did wonderful jobs, but the night belonged to Richard Thomas, who gave an amazing performance in the title role. It was also nice to Max Casella, famous for his work in the tv series DOOGIE HOWSER, all grown up and doing nice work as the churlish philosopher Apemantus.

TIMON OF ATHENS is part of The Public Lab, which has devoted its past four seasons to exploring new voices in theatre, takes a minimalist approach to Shakespeare with the new endeavor, putting focus on the actor, text and story.

For information on the show, please visit http://publictheater.org/

Cast in NYU Short TOOTLE CLERK

Ben Spaner is the casting director for the film NIAGARA, which I auditioned for at the tail end of last week. I guess he saw something in me at that audition because the trading of a few emails and a face to face discussion last evening, he has cast me in his short TOOTLE CLERK. I am impressed by Ben's enthusiasm, so I am delighted to be a part of the project.

The film will be primarily a visual tale, and will take place in the 1940's, centering on a young clerk who is just having a very trying day. When a window latch in his office breaks and all the many papers on his desk start flying around in disarray, we see Clark's frustration and perhaps his realization that maybe the corporate world is not for him.

I will be appearing in a scene or two as a wall street big shot.

Shooting will take place in mid-March.

Rom Remke Photo Shoot Yesterday

Yesterday's photo shoot with Ron Remke went perfectly. From the moment I walked through the door, Ron treated me like an old friend and created a relaxing environment. He worked with me for well over an hour and a half and below are some of my favorite pictures from the shoot.





Saturday, February 19, 2011

Director Marvin Suarez' ZOMBIE CHRONICLES

Marvin Suarez is the director of numerous films, but as of late, his attention has been on the ZOMBIE CHRONICLES: THE INFECTED, which takes the zombie film genre and puts a new spin on it.

I had the pleasure of meeting Marvin at The Big Apple Film Festival back in November, when THE WATCHERS and THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES: THE INFECTED were featured. I was and am still, very impressed with his passion and dedication to his work and hope for the chance to work with him some day.

Check out Marvin's work...which includes trailers and a cool documentary on the making of ZOMBIE CHRONICLES...on his website at www.marvinsuarez.com

Audition on Tuesday Night of UNSEEN

On Tuesday night, I'll be reading for writer / director Peter Tedone's film UNSEEN, which revolves around the Innkeeper, an old man who lives by himself, running a bed and breakfast. One night just as he begins to fall asleep, he is startled by what he thinks was a womans' scream coming from the woods that surround his home.

I'll be reading for the role of the warmhearted town sheriff.

I read one of the sides for the piece and was very impressed.

ARGYLE ADR

Last nights' ADR was a fun session...a difficult process, especially for the sound designer. In this case, we had a great sound designer in Donna, who was incredibly patient, kind and professional as I dubbed a scene in a school cafeteria. The process took a little over 2 hours, but when I left, Donna and director Matt Porter seemed happy with the results.

I had a chance to watch a scene or two from the film and it looks great.

I cannot wait to see the finished product.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Another Trip To The Theatre...TIMON OF ATHENS This Sunday Night

I shall be taking another trip to the theatre, this time to The Public Theatre and their revival of the Shakespearean tragedy TIMON OF ATHENS, directed by Barry Edelstein and starring Emmy winner Richard Thomas in the title role.

From the Public website:

Timon of Athens is Shakespeare's play for the post-Bailout Age. Its central concern--money's dark potential to corrupt every human interaction--couldn't be more timely or fascinating. As one of Shakespeare's least-familiar works, it is also one of his most unique: a comedy written with an acid pen, a morality tale told in a fury.

Timon of Athens will be presented as the inaugural production of Public LAB SHAKESPEARE, a vital new platform for The Public's ongoing exploration of the Shakespeare canon that will continue the growth of The Public's Shakespeare Initiative and expand the many ways The Public produces American interpretations of Shakespeare.

TREASURE ISLAND At The Irondale Center

Last evening, I travled to Fort Greene,Brooklyn to see TREASURE ISLAND, which was presented as part of the Irondale Ensemble Project.

The production was nicely staged by director B.H. Barry, but the highlight of the evening was the great leading performance from Tom Hewitt as the famous Long John Silver. Hewitt managed to bring considerable depth to his interpretation of Silver...plenty of menace, as well as humor and warmth. Best of all, he looked like he was having a great time with the role.

For information on the production, please visit: http://www.irondale.org/treasureisland.html

Audition for POTENTIAL ENERGY Coming Up

Next week, I will be reading for director Emily Buder's film, 'Potential Energy', which is the story of a woman confined to the limits of her era. Anne, a 1940's housewife, has grand aspirations to be a writer but is forced into the role of a mother and a wife. Anne's unhappiness seeps through her family as she struggles to reconcile her potential with the reality that has been set upon her by the limits of professional success for women. Years later, when Anne faces the end of her life alone in a nursing home, she reconnects with her buried dreams through the life of her eight-year-old granddaughter, an aspiring writer.

I will be reading for the role of Anne's husband Ben, who he loves but ignores dealing with the aspects of her life that cause her unhappiness. At the dinner table, he is quick to circumvent conflict.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

ARGYLE ADR

The ADR for ARGYLE is still on for tomorrow night.

I'll be heading to NYU's 721 Broadway location to dub one of my scenes.

It's been a year and a half since I shot my scenes as Principal Cox for the film in Long Island, so after this, according to director Matt Porter, the film should be completed.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

TERRY KENDALL AND THE STALKER - First Day of Shooting on February 22nd

My first day of shooting as The Stalker in Meg Skaff's film TERRY KENDALL AND THE STALKER will take place next week, February 22nd, at a supermarket in Brooklyn.

DRIVING MISS DAISY Last Night...TREASURE ISLAND Tomorrow Night

I had the pleasure of seeing the Broadway production of DRIVING MISS DAISY last evening. It was a nice evening at the theatre.

The draw was seeing James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in action together on stage. When I got to the theater, I learned that Ms. Redgrave was taking the night off, which was a shame, but the distinguished actress Maureen Anderman, Ms. Redgrave’s understudy, stepped in and gave a wonderful performance opposite Mr. Jones and the great Boyd Gaines.

Off to the theatre again tomorrow night to see an Off-Broadway staging of one of my all-time favorite stories, Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure classic TREASURE ISLAND, which is being presented at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn. Every couple of years, I go back and re-read Stevensons’ classic (still great fun), so I’m curious to see how one would put all of the action on the stage.

Looking forward to it!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ron Remke Photo Shoot This Saturday

This Saturday afternoon, I will be heading to Ron Remke's studio for a headshot photo session.

It'll be nice to have some new headshots, which I will share here when they are made available.

Going to See DRIVING MISS DAISY Tonight

In a few hours, I will be at The Golden Theatre on West 45th Street watching two luminaries in the acting profession: James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of Alfred Uhry's DRIVING MISS DAISY. If you look at the resumes of each of these giants, you'll be blown away with their respective achievements and I'm thrilled for the chance to see them in action.

Mark Ruffalo on Method Acting

I don't like this idea of Method. I come from that school, but what I was taught was that it's your imagination. You do your homework, and you use your imagination. People use the Method as a shield; it shields them from being vulnerable. I hear all these young actors who are like, 'I'm Method, I'm gonna go live in the house, you know, I totally get it, I've done it, I've been there', but one thing I know is it kills spontaneity. They'll still give great performances, but they're not playing with the other actors - it's all about them. And spontaneity and vulnerability are gold on screen and on stage - they are the magic. When Brando reaches down and picks up that glove and puts it on his hand, that is magic. You can't plan that." (He is referring to a scene in On The Waterfront: Eva Marie Saint accidentally dropped a glove on set and, rather than wait for another take, Brando picked it up and put it on, without missing a line.)

ARGYLE ADR This Friday

ARGYLE director Matt Porter contacted me about the film, about how close it is to completion, but needs some dubbing for one of my scenes as Principal Cox, so we'll be taking care of that on Friday evening.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Audition on Friday for NIAGARA

On Friday evening, I will be reading for the role of a Dad (similar to Bryan Cranston's character Hal from Malcolm in the Middle) in NIAGARA, to be directed by Michael Patten. Shooting will take place in and around NYC and NJ between April 27 ‐ May 04.

Here is a synopsis for the film:

While diving for an ancient Indian skull in a forested lake, Neve's oxygen tank ruptures and she quickly ascends from the watery depths. She returns to the shore and falls unconscious, stricken with decompression sickness. The next morning, Neve delivers the ancient skull to its proper place and travels to a clinic in Niagara Falls, where she begins to recover in a hyperbaric chamber.

Meanwhile, a young girl named Kiley experiences her first menstrual period while on a camping trip with her friend's family. Alienated and confused, Kiley wanders away from the campsite. Day turns to night and Kiley falls deeper into the woods, on a curious search for answers about her own body.

The two stories connect in the film's finale, a scene that unites Kiley's coming of age with Neve's search for the sacrificial relic. Niagara is a story of the feminine, a visual rendering of the symbiosis between bodily form and landscape by illuminating the liminal spaces between history, mortality, and sacrifice.


For more information on the film, please visit http://iammichaelpatten.com/niagara/synopsis.php

Cast As The Stalker in TERRY KENDALL AND THE STALKER

I have been cast as "The Stalker'' in writer / director Meg Skaff's short TERRY KENDALL AND THE STALKER.

I'm happy to be a part of the project and look forward to working with Meg.

BUT IT'S VALENTINE'S DAY

Here's a comedy short that I wrote and appear in called BUT IT'S VALENTINE'S DAY.

It is directed by my roommate Michael Grisafe and features Stephanie Rice.

Hopefully, this video will give you an idea of what I think of this so-called holiday.

Enjoy!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Audition This Morning for TERRY KENDALL AND THE STALKER

I auditioned for Meg Skaff's film this morning in Bed Stuy and I thought the audition went well. I recited some of the lines on camera...hopefully creepily enough for the role of the Stalker.

If cast, shooting will take place in the end of the month, but some ADR to be done in April.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thoughts on BURIAL

My meeting with writer / director Ruben Almeida was postponed last evening because Ruben was feeling under the weather, although he did forward me a DVD copy of BURIAL.

To be honest, my expectations were very high for this film. In general, my expectations are high on all of the projects that I participate in. On projects like these, you are not making much money, so the final product has to be something you can use (for a reel, website, etc.) Otherwise, the experience can be a colossal waste of ones’ time, which no one likes, myself especially.

Sadly, in the case of this film...the final product left me disappointed.

I won’t go into details (trust me, I wouldn’t be polite), except to say that this is not how I expected the film to come out.

You know, I’ve been lucky…working with great guys like Sean Meehan, Sy Cody White and Antonio Padovan…people who know their work and know it well. Yes, they’re still growing, but their starting points are so strong, that they will only get even better in the coming years.

Then again, maybe I’m being unfair and expect too much of people.

Then again, maybe not.

Getting New Headshots

I have contacted photographer Ron Remke about new headshots and Ron hasd graciously agreed to do them.

Ron has done some impressive headshots for many of my friends and colleagues, including Larry Lesher, Emily King Brown and her hubby Thom Brown III.

It's been about 4 years since my last shots, so I think I'm due for some new ones.

Here's a sample of Ron's work, Larry's headshot.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Production Photos from AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS

Here are a bunch of production photos, taken by Nick Ronan, on the last day of AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS. Thanks to Nick for these great pics!










Last Night's Audition

I did hear from director Michael Hagins regarding last evenings' audition, but sadly, as I expected, my schedule will prevent me from being a part of the production.

No worries. Michael and I may cross paths again in the future.

TONIGHT

Tonight, I have an audition for a role in the short MONDAYS from director Billy Quigley.

After that, I’ll be meeting with BURIAL director Ruben Almeida to discuss a new project. Ruben has been having some issues with posting BURIAL on YouTube, so it may be available for viewing next week.

After my meeting with Ruben, I will be auditioning for another short CHUMP.

Audition Last Evening for ''All's Well on a Midsummer's Twelfth Night in Winter with Much Ado and The Shrew''

Quite a title isn't it?

Larry Lesher brought me along to last evenings' callback and I had a chance to read for director Michael Hagins, who I worked with on SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION a few years back.

''All's Well on a Midsummer's Twelfth Night in Winter with Much Ado and the Shrew'' is an adaptation of the works of Shakespeare, brought together by actress Noelle Fair and will be presented at the Manhattan Theatre Source for three performances in late March (March 27th, 28th, 29th). I don't think my schedule is going to work out for the production, but it was nice to audition. As I say, it's always nice to keep the batteries charged.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Audition for PROVIDENCE In Philadelphia on February 20th

I will be heading to Philadelphia on Sunday, February 20th to audition for a role in PROVIDENCE.

Providence is about the significant events that happen to a boy named Joseph at certain stages of his life. To Joseph these major events are under his control. Yet, as the audience watches, it becomes clear that the outcome of these events have been swayed in a certain direction due to the hidden actions God has intended upon Joseph's life. Are God's plans always better than our own, even if it may not seem that way at the time?

May Reunite With Director Sean Meehan on SOMETHING PITHY

This Spring, I may collaborate once again with OVER COFFEE writer/director Sean Meehan a small role in SOMETHING PITHY. Depending how schedules work out, the shoot would take place in Boston sometime in the spring. The part is small, of a lonely neighbor to the leading character, but the chance to work with Sean again would be reward enough.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Robards, Dewhurst and Flanders in A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN

If you get a chance, see this television version of the Eugene O'Neill masterpiece A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN with Jason Robards, Colleen Dewhurst and Ed Flanders, all reprising their award winning performances from the 1973 Broadway revival.

Here's a clip from the beginning of the play:

Lemmon and Bancroft in THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE

Here's Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft in a great scene from the 1975 film adaptation of the Neil Simon comedy/drama THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE

A Plug for Lawrence Lesher.com

My good friend and colleague Larry Lesher has created a brand new website to promote his many acting and directing achievements.

The site looks great. Check it out here: www.lawrencelesher.com/

The site is filled with many surprises. For example, I did not know that Larry was the 16th President of the United States.

BURIAL To Be Online This Week

I've been in contact with writer/director Ruben Almeida about the film BURIAL, which will be made public on both YouTube and Vimeo this week. Looking forward to seeing the film.

On Thursday, I'll be meeting with Ruben to discuss a role in another film project of his.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Three Quotes from Martin Balsam

Here's three great quotes from the late, great character actor Martin Balsam



I'll tell you, I still don't feel whatever change you're supposed to feel when your name goes up above the title. I think that's because this star thing has never been the first consideration with me. Never. The work has always come first.

I think the average guy has always identified with me.

The supporting role is always potentially the most interesting in a film.


A very smart actor...Balsam stuck these philosophies and appeared in some of the best films of all time 12 ANGRY MEN, ON THE WATERFRONT, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, PSYCHO and A THOUSAND CLOWNS, for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Holmans' Movie Review of JACK JIMMINY: THE STORY OF A PORNSTAR EXTRA

Jack Jimminy: Story of a Porn Star Extra (B+)

This spirited “mocumentary” about a porn star extra who can't break to his parents his non-interest in the family business of smut is cleverly conceived and well written, with a semi-ingenius take that beckons to be watched at much greater length than its 23 minute runtime affords.

There are a few minor mic placement issues, but the only real fault is that the film never goes as deep as it could have into the potential wellspring of laughs made possible by the easily-parodied subject matter. Directed by Louis Silverstein, starring Nolan Silverstein, Kyle Nicholson, Clara Campi, and Timothy J. Cox.

AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS Closes

AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS went out on a high note last evening.

Again, it was a real pleasure to be a part of this production.

Now...onto the next thing.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS Closes Tonight

Tonight will mark the final performance of AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS.

While it has been a short run (from a performance stand point) it has still been a very enjoyable experience for me. Jay Green is one of those characters that will stick with me for some time.

Thanks to director Katie Carter, playwright Martin Blank and producers Phil Newsom and Kristin Cantwell for the chance to be a part of this production.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Clock Work Movies Review of THE WATCHERS

The Watchers (2010) – Guest Review

Posted by Phillip Bapst on Friday, February 4, 2011

An ordinary man suddenly finds himself the victim of persecution and surveillance in the new film The Watchers, a snappily paced suspense / thriller from Two Man Crew Productions, starring the very good Jeff Moffitt as the pursued ordinary Joe.

Moffitt plays accountant John Porter, who suddenly notices that he’s being followed by a number of gloomy individuals…all of them staring at him creepily and popping up everywhere in his life, with no explanation as to who they are and why they are pursuing him. Immediately, these “watchers” consume John’s every thought, with his fear rising and his trust in those around him very limited. Convinced of his plight, John goes to see shrink Dr. Orwell (Timothy J. Cox) but his prognosis is that John is paranoid and needs a little rest and relaxation. Things only get worse for John after his visit with Dr. Orwell.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that the payoff is definitely worth it.

Moffitt and director Sy Cody White produced and penned the script, which blazes along sharply in the style of 24, where you don’t know who to trust or where the story is going to take you next.

The Watchers is an original, articulate and highly entertaining yarn with a lot going for it, including Moffitt’s compelling performance, nicely conveying John’s mounting tension, frustration and fear and he is ably supported by Cox and the entire supporting cast, each making the most of their appearances.

For information on The Watchers, please visit the films’ official website.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Audition for THE CASE OF ADAM CONNELLY On February 12th

Next weekend, I will be auditioning for the fantasy/ mystery THE CASE OF ADAM CONNELLY, about an independent filmmaker who gets caught in the film world he's creating.

Audition for NO DREAMS Tomorrow

Tomorrow, I will be reading for the short NO DREAMS, from Over the Counter Films, a 1940s B movie-esque adaptation in which a mad scientist attempts to uncover the scientific anomalies of his latest patient--a runaway who may or may not be a werewolf--through an analysis of the patient's dream.

I will be reading for the role of the mad scientist.

An Issue With OffOffOnline.com

Back on Saturday, January 22nd, critic Doug Strassler attended a performance of AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, with the intention of critiquing it for OffOffOnline.com, a website that (supposedly) covers all things Off-Off Broadway.

The review was turned in by Mr. Strassler not long after his attendance, so I’ve been told, but for whatever reason, the review has not been published, with the excuse that the editor just hasn’t had a chance to post it. (What a great excuse!)

I have been informed that the review is still pending (?) and publication is expected, but with Sunday being the last performance, for a review to come out now would be rather pointless, which I find sad for the cast and crew, as well as for Mr. Strassler, who I do not know personally, but know to be a familiar voice in the theatrical criticism scene in New York City. Mr. Strassler took the time to attend the performance (which is deeply appreciated), critique it and now he has nothing to show for it.

Now, call me crazy...but I take great issue with how this was handled by the editor of OffOffOnline.com.

For a show that has only 6 performances, press is vital, as it can, if reviews are positive, be used as a springboard to draw in parties for future productions of the play.

For this show, we have been VERY fortunate as the reviews have been, by and large, mostly positive and I wish to commend press representative Lanie Zipoy on a job extremely well done.

In the case of OffOffOnline.com, I would like to say that the downright laziness of this editor is a slap in the face and shows considerable disrespect, not only to the entire AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS team, but to all theatre companies out there, who at the end of the day, are just trying to get their work seen and hope and depend on organizations like this to assist them in bringing their work and achievements, positive or negative, to light.

I don’t know why this bothers me so, but it does.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Audition on February 8th for a Reading of THE LION IN THE LAMB

On February 8th, I will be auditioning for a staged reading THE LION IN THE LAMB, written and directed by Deborah Dennison and produced by The Arden Players.

Born to wealth and comfort in a time of ubiquitous violence and corruption, Francis de Bernadone chose of life of abject poverty, service to his fellow man and a passion for the earth and its creatures. Calling himself "God's Fool", Francis attracted a huge following of men and women who simply fell in love with his compassion, his humor, and his courage to face down corruption in the Church. In the midst of the bloody Fifth Crusade, Francis travelled to Egypt to sue the Sultan for peace. That extraordinary meeting reveals common ground in Christianity, Judaism and Islam, which we still argue today.

OVER COFFEE To Be Highlighted in THE COLLEGE JOURNAL

The College Journal is an online magazine featuring college art, music, literary, and film projects from around the world. Compelling writing, independent films, challenging artwork, and original music now lies at your fingertips. Available for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, and PC, The College Journal delivers the newest creative works directly from campuses worldwide to your hands . The College Journal is an advanced multimedia magazine that allows you to connect to the art and artists in a new and different way. Connect to the soul of America’s future. Be Relevant.

I am happy to announce that Sean Meehan's OVER COFFEE will be highlighted in just a few weeks in ISSUE No. 002.

Audition on Sunday for BUSINESS MERGER AFTERMATH

On Sunday afternoon, I will reading for a role in BUSINESS MERGER AFTERMATH, a comic look at a ridiculously serious conversation between two co-workers after a branch merger at a paper company.

AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS Last Night

Last nights' show went pretty well, although I briefly blanked in a scene late in the play. I didn't blow a line...I just kind of forgot where I was in the scene briefly. Ask any actor and they'll tell you, it happens. I recovered and overall, things went pretty smoothly with the rest of the show.

We had a decent sized crowd for a Wednesday...a little quiet at times, but we also had a few chucklers.

Sunday is the last performance of the run...which is a shame because it's always sad to see a great show come to an end.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Rogue Cinema Review of JACK JIMMINY: THE STORY OF A PORNSTAR EXTRA

Film Reviews: Jack Jimminy: The Story of a Pornstar Extra (2010) - By Matt Barry

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

A comic mockumentary, Jack Jimminy: The Story of a Pornstar Extra starts with an amusing enough premise: Jack Jimminy (Nolan Silverstein) grows up in a family of porn actors. His parents are dismayed when he announces his plans to go to college, so they reach a compromise: he will go to acting school. Of course, Jack ends up working in the porn industry as an extra and bit player.

The film begins and ends with Jack at his “group” meetings, where we meet a variety of different characters. There’s an amusing sequence in which Jack brings his new girlfriend to meet his parents (Ethel Fisher and Timothy J. Cox) on his birthday, whose topics of discussion would embarrass most people in such a situation, but which is just normal conversation for the Jimminys.

The problem with this type of film is that it’s essentially a one-joke comedy, and in this case, the joke wears thin rather quickly. There’s really only so much mileage that can be gotten out of sex toys with silly names. Perhaps if the film had been more successful at capturing the style of an actual documentary, there could have been room for this kind of parody, but as it is, the humor grows predictable and tiresome very quickly into the film, and considering its running time of more than 15 minutes, this is a problem.

The film is shot largely with a hand-held camera that works well for the mockumentary approach, but the sound is occasionally muffled and varies in volume.

Jack Jimminy: The Story of a Pornstar Extra was produced by GripReality Inc. For more information on the film, visit JackJimminy.com.

ArticlesBase.com Review of JACK JIMMINY: THE STORY OF A PORNSTAR EXTRA

Film Review: Jack Jimminy: The Story Of A Pornstar Extra

Jack Jimminy is a likable guy...a regular guy...of sorts.

Sure, he works as an extra in the adult film industry; a second generation Jimminy (son to the legendary stars of Richard and Moonflower) but deep down Jack wants something more for himself.

What that is, well, that's what Jack's trying to figure out.

Grip Reality, Inc's Jack Jimminy: The Story Of A Pornstar Extra, produced by the Silverstein Brothers, is a likable short that scores big because it smartly avoids going too over the top with the raunchy (which is too easy a trap to fall into when making a film about the adult film industry) and instead focuses on the story of a young man who wants to please his parents, who'd want nothing more than for him to follow in their footsteps, but is also on a search to find a life path that is right for him.

The script, written by Nolan Silverstein (who also nicely portrays the title character) takes us through Jack's daily life, mostly through his miseries on the film set, where he is belittled regularly by his directors, even though he tries to add something unique to his performances, although it is hard to imagine, but humorous also, that anyone would watch an adult film for "acting".

Director Louis Silverstein keeps things moving at a swift pace and the film gets a boost from the animated performances of Maurice Johnson, as a rabid sexaholic that Jack meets in therapy; Timothy J. Cox as Jack's the larger than life father Richard and from Ethel Fisher, who made me blush a little with her risque and fearless turn as Jack's lovable mother, Moonflower.

For information of Jack Jimminy: The Story Of A Pornstar Extra, please visit http://jackjimminy.com/

ArticlesBase.com Review of OVER COFFEE

Film Review: Over Coffee (2010)

Sean Meehan's comedy Over Coffee is a well made short that charms its way into your heart, leaving you smiling and fulfilled at the film's end.

Erik Potempa stars as meek schnook Andrew, who has deep feelings for Carla (Jocelyn DeBoer) but her attention is usually focused on high maintenance real estate boss Hamilton Rice (Timothy J. Cox) who keeps her and everyone is his company Rice Reality, Inc. on their toes.

With Rice on his way to the office, Carla is a bundle of nerves, trying desperately to organize his correspondences, but while doing so fails to remember her most important task of every day, Rice's all important coffee order. Time is not on Carla's side, but aha, here comes Andrew to save the day. Andrew steps in, to impress Carla obviously, but gets more than he bargained for when a quick venture for a cup of coffee, turns into a farcical adventure, served up nicely by writer / director Meehan who keeps the affair moving swiftly from start to finish, with the help of some deft camera work from director of photography Matt Schwarz and some sweet original tunes by Erik Campo.

Potempa and DeBoer do nice work as the young lovers to be, bringing warmth and humor to their roles, while veteran character man Cox chews some good scenery in a hilarious turn as the prickly boss.

For a short, Sean Meehan's comedy has been generating a lot of buzz on IMDB.com, earning praise from over a dozen of my online brethren. Good for Mr. Meehan and his crew!

Check the film out for yourself on http://vimeo.com/9335001

AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS Back Tonight

Back with AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS tonight. The weather is lousy here in NYC today, but hopefully that won't deter people from coming to see the show.

Audition Tomorrow Night for Short TOGETHER

Tomorrow night, I'll be reading for the role of a man trying to figure his life oit and grow up in TOGETHER, from EPIC Films and director Eleanor Columbus.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Audition on Saturday for GUIDANCE

On Saturday, I will be reading for GUIDANCE, the story of a Scrooge type child psychologist. If you know A CHRISTMAS CAROL, you know how this one plays out.

TERRY KENDALL AND THE STALKER Audition on February 12th

On February 12th, I will be reading for the role of “The Stalker’’ in director Meg Skaff’s film TERRY KENDALL AND THE STALKER. Terry Kendall is an intense woman from Bedford Stuyvesant with lots to do. She follows the same routine everyday and rides her bike everywhere. This girl stays busy from working at Pioneer grocery store (where she has almost moved up to manager) to all the drama from her local sistah. In fact, Terry Kendall is so busy, she doesn’t realize that an intense beady-eyed man in his 40’s has been following her around. Terry starts to notice the man’s presence all around her after he comes into her Pioneer register buying four chicken breasts everyday. She starts to get paranoid when she sees this man stalking her. She goes over to her friend Traffy’s house one night for comfort and cries to her while she nurses a bottle of flavored vodka. At 3am she drunkenly rides her bike home. When she arrives on her street, he is waiting for her at the corner. Instead of calmly walking her bike inside her apartment building, she approaches the man clearly upset and rudely threatening him to stop following her around. When he finally kills her, she lays there still as he eats the chicken he bought from her earlier than day over her still body.

Your Movie Reviews.com On JACK JIMMINY: THE STORY OF A PORNSTAR EXTRA

Jack Jimminy: The Story Of A Pornstar Extra

Follow in the trials and tribulations of an adult film extra in JACK JIMMINY: THE STORY OF A PORNSTAR EXTRA

Review by Elizabeth Sellars, from New York, NY, on 31-Jan-2011

Jack Jimminy works in the movies and wants so badly to be taken seriously as an actor.

Sure, at first glance, Jack may look like your average Joe, kind of meek and mild, not showy or ostentatious. Yes, he’s a very low key guy, but he is serious about his craft and really wants to make his mark as an actor. For example, in a scene from his latest film, Jack tries to liven things up in one scene, improvising some dialogue to give his character more of an arc. If only the director of this latest film Star Wrecked: The Fisting Generation shared his interest. While Jack yearns to make his mark as a serious actor, all his director wants is for Jack to deliver his silly line so that he can then get to what the people really want: the sex.

Jack Jimminy works in the movies all right, but it’s the adult movies and while Jack dreams of being a serious actor, in the comic documentary from the Silverstein Brothers and Grip Reality, Inc., he, in reality, nothing more than a porn star extra.

Starring Nolan Silverstein (who also wrote the screenplay), the 23 minute documentary follows Jack on and off the set of numerous projects as he deals with the daily adventures of life as a porn star extra. We also get a glimpse into his private life, specifically how he carries on an elaborate lie that he is in fact a major star in the adult film industry, much like his legendary adult film star parents Richard (Timothy J. Cox) and Moonflower (Ethel Fisher) who are thrilled at his following in their footsteps.

As directed by Louis Silverstein, the idea of Jack Jimminy: The Story Of A Pornstar Extra is very clear and has a lot of strong potential, as the adult film industry is ripe for satire, but overall, I found the effort here by the Silverstein Brothers rather tame and low key.

When you’re making a film about the adult film industry, I feel that you need to actually show the adult film industry at work. A few years back, I remember catching an episode or two of the old Showtime original series Family Business that dealt with the adult film industry in a humorous manner, but it also showed that, like anything else, that this is a business and it needs to be taken seriously. The series cleared up a lot of misconceptions about the adult industry for me, while Jack Jimminy: The Story Of A Pornstar Extra left me wanting much more. The film deals with Jack as an extra, but only briefly. Aside from the aforementioned Star Wrecked scene, we see very little of the hardships Jack faces on a daily basis as an extra stuck in a serious actors’ body, that to me, is the most interesting aspect of Jack’s story. For example, if he’s so serious as an actor, how come we don’t see him taking classes or trying to audition for serious parts? Scenes like those would have shown Jack’s passion and dedication for his craft and would have scored much better than the group therapy scenes at the beginning and end of the film, which went on for too long and were too slow moving to generate much interest.

As I said, the ideas at work in Jack Jimminy: The Story Of A Pornstar Extra have potential, but what we get as of now in Nolan Silverstein’s screenplay are only a series of bits that don’t really delve into who Jack is.

For information on Jack Jimminy: The Story Of A Pornstar Extra, please visit the films’ official website at http://www.jackjimminy.com/