Friday, October 25, 2013

New Sean Meehan Project

After THE TUCK shoot a few weeks back, Sean Meehan and I started talking about the next project and we're starting to put something together now. I'm not going to go into too many details yet, but it's a project that to me, will be very personal and challenging.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Backing Out of ANTIQUITY

I have decided to back out of the film ANTIQUITY, as the costs for travel, which would not be reimbursed, would prove too costly for me. A bus from NYC to Williamsport, PA, round trip, is about $125. That's hard for me to cover. I understand that companies work on shoe string budgets, but if you're going to hire actors traveling from another state, you need take travel reimbursement, of some kind, into consideration.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Video Audition For FREE LABOR

I'm about to prepare a video audition for this film about two step-brothers who attempt to destroy a lawsuit brought against their small business.

Video Auditon Submitted for STEEL TOWN

This one would be a blast to work on.

Yesterday, I submitted a video audition, been doing that a lot lately, for STEEL TOWN, a short period piece film which follows poor Pittsburgh steelworkers in 1892 as they strike against their ruthless millionaire employers (a historical drama based on the true events of the Homestead Strike).

Check out the projects' official website: http://www.steeltownfilm.com

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Cast In Two Films

Just cast in the film HENCHMEN, which will be shooting here in NYC from November 8th to the 10th.

Also cast as a homeless man in the film ANTIQUITY, produced by Crossing the Frame Productions. The film is to be shot in Williamsport, PA.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Jared Mobarak Reviews YEAH, LOVE

http://www.jaredmobarak.com/2013/10/08/yeah-love/


yeahlove01

REVIEW: Yeah, Love [2008]

Score: 6/10 | ★ ★ ½

Rating: NR | Runtime: 18 minutes | Release Date: 2008 (US)
Studio: Finding Emma Productions
Director(s): Becca Roth
Writer(s): Becca Roth

“Why do I write like a twelve year old?”
High school love is complicated enough for “traditional” pairings of boy and girl without the myriad other paths it may take. You only have to listen to lacrosse star Toby (Paul Fabre) talk with friends about jealousy-inducing girlfriend Milo (Paton Ashbrook) to understand the multiple layers of connectivity involved when hormones threaten to turn romance into meaningless sex. There’s little privacy, tons of rumor, and a certain standard of popularity to uphold wherein everyone toes the line between prude and slut with hundreds of prying eyes upon them. For Emmily (Crystal Franceschini), however, we learn the inability to stop fantasizing about a crush that barely knows she exists could potentially break more than just her heart. Why? Because she too can’t stop thinking about Milo.

Written and directed by Becca Roth, Yeah, Love plays out with an internal monologue on behalf of Emmily that describes her feelings and attitudes towards the day-to-day suffering of a teenager constantly fearing being caught underneath a microscope. Lacking subtlety at the start with quick jokes such as a creepy dude flirting with her on the subway and a baby-talking Therapist using a doll to assure her she will eventually find a boyfriend, it hits its stride once Emmily finds the confidence to accept her homosexuality. It’s at this point that the amateurish comedy counting on adolescent tropes for laughs becomes a poignant look at the debilitating feelings of one young woman and her discovering the courage to act on them despite the consequences.



There are fun moments throughout courtesy of Emmily being an introvert with no friends yet plenty of sarcasm. She mocks the jocks and pretty people in her head, playfully derides herself for being on the fringes of clique culture, and seems comfortable with this being her lot in life until graduation. But everything changes on a Sunday trip with her dad (Timothy J. Cox) that serendipitously puts her onto Milo’s path in the park. Overrun by embarrassment and the desire to disappear, Emmily’s insecurities are soon replaced by shock when her infatuation calls her by name and walks over to talk. It’s a weighted moment built out of compassion, pity, or deception—the truth hinging on how the next day at school will handle their newfound friendship.

Beyond the technical limitations inherent to a student film—less than perfect visual quality, broad performances, and an overwrought soundtrack—Yeah, Love gets the emotions right when it counts. Franceschini balances the cutesy jubilance of a girl in love with the horror of having her most sacred secret made public against her will while Ashbrook’s coyness keeps her true intentions unknown until the end. What’s really commendable too is the fact that the inevitable fallout from Emmily declaring her feelings for Milo in the vicinity of the “cool kids” deals solely with the universal pain and embarrassment of adolescent love and the immature reactions it breeds. The fact she’s a lesbian does play a role, but the film never puts that above the relationship drama itself.



Rather than settle for becoming a charmingly cute message piece about teenage homosexuality, Roth makes it more simply a story about love where the gender of those involved proves inconsequential to the film’s true emotive quality. Yes it deals with Emmily’s struggle towards accepting her sexuality—as well as Milo being stuck between two worlds with Toby on one side and Emmily the other—but the eventual shot of adrenaline that allows her to write her love note exists beyond that one detail. Make Emmily a nerdy boy named Adam and things would play out quite similarly—as they should. This speaks to the film’s authenticity and art’s efficacy in helping society move towards gender equality by refusing to allow the issue from becoming a character’s sole defining trait.

Monday, October 07, 2013

HENCHMEN Audition On Saturday

On Saturday afternoon, I went in to read for the role of Marvin in Daniel Russell's film HENCHMEN. I read the scene once and Daniel seemed pleased.

Daniel also forwarded me a rough version of the teaser trailer I worked on in the middle of last week. Music is being added, but the rough version looked pretty good.

If cast, the project will be shooting on November 8th and 9th.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

TRANSIENCE Screening Last Night

The TRANSIENCE screening went very well last night.

Here's what I wrote on director Tan See Yun's Facebook wall after the screening:

So honored to have been a part of TRANSIENCE. Congrats on an awesome screening. Everyone involved with the film have a lot to be proud of. I am very happy with the finished film.

I hope to share the film online very soon. 

Yesterdays' Auditions

Yesterdays' auditions for 39 AND 1/2 and WHAT'S UP WITH FRED went pretty well. I felt that I h=gave good readings. Now the waiting game.  I have an audition in a few hours for HENCHMEN, the film that I did the trailer for earlier this week.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Audition Tomorrow for WHAT'S UP WITH FRED?

Tomorrow, I will be reading for the pilot WHAT'S UP WITH FRED? I will be reading for the role of Mr. Weiner (not based on Anthony), a teacher relentlessly bullied by gangs of schoolgirls because of his name and the predictable stories attached. Bitterly Catholic yet nihilistic, he makes for a hopeless teacher, uninspired and uninspiring. Fred is the only student who he has any kind of relationship with: a kind of mutual solace. Mr. Weiner had a tragically short career as an entrepreneur, his business failing quickly, later growing to success under other ownership. He likes to thinks of himself as a pragmatist and realist but in fact spreads a sombre drudgery. 

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Audtion On Friday Afternoon for 39 AND ½

On Friday afternoon, I will be reading for the role of Steve, a sperm donor in  39 AND ½, from filmmaker Kara Harold.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Beth, a single San Francisco artist, is 39 and 364 days old when she decides that she really wants to have a kid. With time running out to locate Mr. Right, she consults a psychic, who informs her that Mr. Right is nowhere in San Francisco. If she really wants to find him, she must travel to Rio. “All you'll find in San Francisco,” the psychic warns her, “is smoke, mirrors, and illusions.”

For info on Kara's work, please visit: http://karaheroldmedia.com/

TRANSIENCE Screening on Friday

The film TRANSIENCE will be screening at the New York Film Academy this Friday. Looking forward to seeing this.

Last Night's HENCHMEN Trailer Shoot

Last night's shoot was very easy, done in one hour. I played a man who comes home from work and begins to make dinner for himself and as he prepares to sit down at his dining table, he encounters an unseen person that has broken into his apartment. End of trailer.

Director Daniel Russell and his crew were very easygoing to work with and they invited me to audition for the film on Saturday at 1pm, so I'll be going to that.

The trailer should be available for viewing next week.