Friday, February 28, 2014

OF PRIVILEGE AND PROPERTY Reading Tomorrow

Tomorrow's reading will take place at the Ripley Grier studios in Manhattan at 1PM. It'll be nice to say Tony's words again.

My Contract With American Talent Management Ends In March

My contract with American Talent Management comes to an end in early March.

I have nothing else to add on this matter.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blast From The Past - From 2001 - THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD



This is a newspaper photo featuring Caren Hefner Pauling, Brian Boland and I in a scene from the Players Club of Swarthmore, PA revival of J.M. Synge's Irish comedy / drama THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD.

Blast from the Past - From 1996 - CALIFORNIA SUITE


This is photo from Marietta College's THE MARCOLIAN, who was doing a story on the production of Neil Simon's CALIFORNIA SUITE. This is the playlet ''Visitors from Chicago''.

Pictured from left to right: Ben Allen, Erin Barber and yours truly.

Video Audition Submitted for CHILD'S PLAY

Yesterday, I submitted a video audition for the film Child's Play, the story of a college dance choreographer who interacts with her inner child muse for inspiration for her choreography. When the stress of success sets in she will either buckle under the pressure or gain confidence in her own creative process.

I read for the role of Frederick, a dance critic who causes stress for the choreographer. 


The film is to be directed by Stephanie Matthews and if cast, the project will shoot in Boston.  

A Photo From A HUNGRY MODEL

Here's a photo from the set of A HUNGRY MODEL.

I'm pictured with actress Rebecca Balmer, who played my wife Wanda and actress Madeline Lupi, who played my daughter Nikki. Both were a delight to work with.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A HUNGRY MODEL Has Wrapped

The second day on the HUNGRY MODEL set was great...very organized and fun. Laura Jane assembled one heck of a crew, really on their game. It was exciting to watch all of them work.

I had a fun time playing Barry, another in a long line of slightly eccentric, but hopefully likable Dads.

Thanks to Laura again for the chance to be a part of the project.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Very Easy Day On Set Of A HUNGRY MODEL

What an easy day!

We shot our scene at Roulette, located on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, a very nice looking theatre. Wouldn't mind doing a play there some day.

Today was mostly ''reaction'' shots for me, actress Rebecca Balmer, who plays Wanda my wife and Maddie, who plays my daughter Nikki. Both Rebecca and Maddie are very sweet and fun to work with.

Back again tomorrow. This time, we'll be at the Bond Street Studios, also in Brooklyn.

REDEMPTION

REDEMPTION was a film that I submitted a video audition for about 2 weeks ago. Yesterday, I heard from director Brianna Abdullah that I have been cast in the role of Clint, another Dad. I forwarded my conflicts for the month of March, so we'll see if everything works out and I'll be able to participate in the film.

Off To Brooklyn For Day One Of A HUNGRY MODEL

I'm heading off to Brooklyn in a bit for the first day of shooting on A HUNGRY MODEL. According to Laura Jane, this first day should be a short one. Should be fun. Looking forward to it.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cast In Dad Role in A HUNGRY MODEL

My meeting with writer / director Laura Jane today went very well. After a few minutes of chatting, she officially offered me the role of Barry, a father fascinated with the model, who is the focus of the film A HUNGRY MODEL.

I'll be going right to work tomorrow and Tuesday, with tomorrow's work taking place in Brooklyn. It should be a short day, but a fun one.

Thanks to Laura for the chance to be a part of the project.

Today's Reading

Today's reading of THE DWARVES OF MOUNT SOLIDARITY was relaxed and easygoing. It's a difficult script to describe though. It's definitely in the fantasy genre and one that the writers have fully committed to. They have ways to go to get their script camera ready, but they're committed and hope to make that a reality in October of 2014.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Skype Audition for THE TALK

I just finished my Skype audition for THE TALK a few minutes ago. Writer / director Sean Quinn was very nice, had a clear vision for the film and seemed to like what I brought to the role of Mark, the Dad.

We'll see what happens.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Skype Audition Tomorrow To Discuss A Dad Role In THE TALK

Tomorrow morning at 11, I'll be on Skype to audition for the role of a young Dad, who does everything he can to avoid talking to his young, inquisitive daughter about sex.


The film is called THE TALK and tomorrow I'll be reading for
Kevin New (Producer) and Sean Quinn (Writer/Director).

If cast, the film will be shooting in Richboro, PA and Cherry Hill, NJ.



Video Audition Submitted for QUID PRO QUO Last Night

Originally, I had a Skype audition for the film QUID PRO QUO planned for Sunday afternoon, but earlier this week, the casting director decided that they were accepting video auditions, so I submitted one last night.


Again, QUID PRO QUO is about a man who gets away with the ultimate crime who is faced with his past when he gets a second chance at life. I read for this man, named Harry.


The film is being produced by RedTere Productions.


For information on the company, please visit: http://www.redtere.com/




If cast, the project will be shooting in Brockton, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Great Story About Laura Jane Writer / Director of A HUNGRY MODEL

Here is a great story about filmmaker Laura Jane and her adventures in bringing A HUNGRY MODEL to life.


http://yourhub.denverpost.com/ten-days-left-to-help-a-us-navy-sailor-fulfill-her-dream/


Ten days left to help a US Navy sailor fulfill her dream


Commanding Officer Humphrey Lee congratulates AE2(AW) Jane on her selection as Junior Sailor of the Year.

Colorado born Laura Jane, US Navy sailor by day, is finally putting her BFA in Film and TV Production to use. In hopes of staying afloat as a civilian when she gets out of the military in 2015, Ms. Jane is bringing her screenplay A HUNGRY MODEL to life.


Utilizing Kickstarter, a web site used predominantly by creative people to solicit seed money for various projects, she hopes to raise enough money to shoot two short excerpts from her script. She believes that by marketing these short teasers alongside her screenplay, she will be able to find a major production company willing to fund the feature length film.

 Since launching the campaign on January 1, 28 backers have pledged around $6,000. But, with 10 days to go, the project will only be funded if Laura Jane can reach her goal of $13,000 by January 30.
A HUNGRY MODEL, awarded Best Screenplay in the 2006 Women’s Fusion Film Festival, is an adaptation of Franz Kafka’s A HUNGER ARTIST. It is a stylistic dark comedy, which critiques common conceptions of beauty. While her plan is to create a wildly entertaining feature, Laura Jane’s foremost goal is to promote the prevention of eating disorders through honesty, openness, transparency, comedy and art.


Ms. Jane has been quoted saying, “If I can convince just one of my 6 nieces that healthy beauty is infinitely more rewarding than the alternative, I will have succeeded. To convince larger audiences would be something truly miraculous.”


Perhaps the reason Ms. Jane is so adamant about making this film is because she is in recovery from an eating disorder that she suffered from for over ten years. “It’s not the disorder in itself that gets me. It’s the shame inherent in suffering from anorexia, bulimia and compulsive eating. It’s the repercussions of denial. I spent many years drinking and doing drugs to forget. I’ve dealt with rape and poverty as a consequence. I don’t want these things for anyone else!”


Over the last several months, Laura Jane has assembled a talented crew to help create the two short films: Clayton Combe, a cinematographer who has worked for Spike Lee, Rik Cordero, Joe Basile, etc; Colin Colfer, gaffer, best boy and videographer, previously a stage lighting professor, who has since worked for Warner Brothers, NBC, etc., and was last seen adding flair to the bizarrely conceptualized Kanye West Yeezus tour; Warren Huart of Swinghouse Studios, who has worked for Aerosmith, the Fray, Joe Strummer, James Blunt, etc., and has offered to create all the music for both films.


Currently, Laura Jane is on detachment with the USS Carl Vinson, so she has been unable to promote her project or to see the results of the later half of her fundraising effort.


When questioned about the timing of her campaign, AE2(AW) Jane offered the following: “Regardless of the success or unsuccess of my Kickstarter, it feels incredible to finally be confident enough in myself and my filmmaking talent to take the leap and try.” She also added, “I can’t wait to get back out to sea, actually. What an existence! There’s definitely no lack of writing material on the boat….”


Laura Jane claims that whether her Kickstarter campaign pays off or not, she’s going to make a feature film one day. Support her dream at kickstarter.com/projects/janewoodproductions/a-hungry-model-in-2-short-films/posts.

Cast In A Reading Of Tony Pennino's Play OF PRIVILEGE AND PROPERTY....Reading Set for March 1st


Back in September of 2006, I had a honor of participating in a reading of playwright / director Tony Pennino's play OF PRIVILEGE AND PROPERTY, which dealt with the New York Slave Insurrection, a slave revolt in the British colony of New York in 1741.



Tony's play follows exactly what happened at that time.



Economic tensions were exacerbated by accusations that a series of fires that occurred were due to arson. Immediately after a slave was seen running from the scene, the slaves were accused of the crime. Of course, many people had already believed that the slaves were responsible for the fires, because of the economic tension that existed between them and the slaves; a tension exacerbated by the system of racism in place in the US by which whites are taught to feel universally superior to blacks. The slaves of New York were accused of being part of a conspiracy that they had planned, which was to burn down the city and kill all the white citizens and make themselves the rulers. There were trials that followed the fires. At the end of the trials, many slaves were dead or exiled. The accusations of the fires were a result of the tension that existed between the economic needs of the colony of New York and the whites' resentment for losing their jobs to the slaves.


This is what I said on this blog in 2006 about this play:



Tony has managed to take this story, rife with dramatic and horrifying events, with the real life characters from that time and place...and...in the tradition of the great Paddy Chayefsky's NETWORK (one of the great films of all time, which pokes fun at the television industry) poke fun at the social mores of the time, mainly the subjects of class and race...but, more importantly, to show that we as a country haven't gotten any better regarding the differences between class and race as we continue into the 21st Century. As someone who has been fortunate enough to be involved with a number of Tony's works, it gave me great joy to sit among the cast last evening and read this exquisite work, which I hope is given life. It deserves it!


I am pleased to announce that I will be participating in another reading of this play, on the afternoon of March 1st, at a studio in Manhattan.


It'll be nice to say Tony's words again.

THE DWARVES OF MOUNT SOLIDARITY Reading Still On For Sunday

The reading of the screenplay THE DWARVES OF MOUNT SOLIDARITY, hosted by Plastic Tree Productions, is still set for Sunday morning, starting at 11am.


The script should be sent out today.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

All Things Random

In the last day or so, I've pitched a few ideas that I've had to Greg Vorob of All Things Random. One film idea and a web series idea, focusing on actors, writers, directors and other artists in the entertainment field.

Ideas are brewing. Maing them a reality is the hard...and fun part.

FIELD OF SCHEMES Update

After reading the FIELD OF SCHEMES script, I felt that screen writer Gregg Kelso's style and humor were right up Sean Meehan's alley, so of course, I recommended that Greg watch samples of Sean's work and he did. He mentioned that he especially enjoyed THE TUCK.

When Sean and I connected yesterday, he stated that he's read half of the script so far.

As always, this is me looking for any excuse to work with Sean.

My Summer...

Nothing is set in stone yet, but my summer may involve me returning to the stage, which would thrill me greatly as I haven't done a play since IVANOV closed in early 2012.

More to report on this soon.

Audition Tomorrow For Comedy Film Project

Tomorrow's audition will be for a comedy that takes place in the apartment of a short-tempered neurotic who wants to be a famous serial killer. He has invited over an old classmate with the intention of making her his first victim. He would likely have failed at this even before her lover decided to come along as well.

I'll be heading to the Greenwich Village area to audition tomorrow afternoon.

Meeting Director To Discuss Film Project A HUNGRY MODEL

On Sunday afternoon, I will be meeting with director Laura Jane of Janewood Productions to discuss a Dad role in her new film A HUNGRY MODEL.

I'll be meeting Laura to discuss the role of Barry, an eccentric tourist accompanying his wife and daughter on a visit to the circus. There, he'll witness a strange woman in a big cage who he recalls being WAY MORE attractive in the past.

If all goes well, I'll be working on this project on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Video Audition Submitted for FIELD OF SCHEMES

While on the Junto Film Box site recently, I connected with screen writer Gregg Delso about his script FIELD OF SCHEMES, about a washed-up minor league baseball player who teams up with a disgruntled DNA research scientist in a desperate attempt to turn the has-been into one of the greatest players ever to play the game.

Moments ago, I submitted a video audition for the role of that DNA scientist, Hugo, to Gregg. Gregg's written a fun script...one that would be a blast to work on.

For information on Gregg and on the film, please visit: http://juntoboxfilms.com/projects/field-of-schemes#.UwEYx3m6AZY

Saturday, February 15, 2014

My FaceBook Page

I've had this page up on Facebook for a few years, but I guess it's taken me a while to share the link on here. To me, it's just another way of getting your face and name out there into the world. 

https://www.facebook.com/timothy.j.cox#!/timothyjcoxactor

Richard Dreyfuss On Acting

This was nice to see, as I've never really heard Richard Dreyfuss speak about acting.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Video Audition Submitted For Film REDEMPTION

I love technology!

I just submitted a video audition to director Brianna Abdullah, for her film REDEMPTION, who is a part of the Reel Works Film Program. 

REDEMPTION is about Clint, who is given a second chance at having a better relationship with his teenage son, Adam after meeting a young boy, Brian. Clint is led to discover a way of communicating better with Adam when he spends time and learns a thing or two from Brian.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Audition on Saturday for T.I.M.

T.I.M. is a 50s-era coming-of-age story about a 13 year-old boy who learns to overcome self-doubt through an interaction with a runaway robotic man finding refuge in his bedroom. This is a children's film with a fantastical tone. As the boy connects with the robotic man as a fellow human being, regardless of his exterior, he learns to recognize his inner spirit as opposed to physical limitations.

I will be reading for the role of the robotic man.

Table Reading Of "The Dwarves of Mount Solidarity" on February 23rd

On the 23rd, I will be participating in a table read of this very unique and interesting project.

Here are the details:

A collapse imprisons three dwarven miners who must now work collectively to combat starvation, despair, and a mysterious creature. Further complications arise when one of the dwarves learns of their joint, morbid fate and must decide whether to tell the truth, or keep it a secret and preserve hope.

I will be reading for the role of:
Odryd: Married early with five kids, Odryd is a 'family dwarf' by default. Although he floats from job to job (with mining being his latest) he is not as rough or as seasoned as one may think. He's impressionable and naive, although he's also probably the most charming due to his natural optimism. Empathetic, nice, and cautious, Odryd never necessarily does anything poorly, but he doesn't do anything particularly well either. He is the middle man linking Brenn and Calcas together, so much so that he eventually feels as though he is the odd man out. Which is a feeling he isn't accustomed too nor can handle.

Monday, February 10, 2014

THAT TERRIBLE JAZZ

Yesterday's shoot in Philly was very smooth and easygoing. Director Mike Falconi and his crew were great. I also had a blast working with lead actor Ephraim Davis, who plays P.I. Sam Sellars in the film.

Principal photography for the film is set to continue over the next couple of weeks. It will be early summer time when the film is edited and really for viewing.

Thanks to Mike and the entire team for the chance to be a part of the film.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

TOTAL PERFORMANCE Today

Today, I had fun helping out Sean Meehan with the TOTAL PERFORMANCE Auditions. I had a chance to Korey McIssac, one of the producers of the film. Very smart guy...definitely knows his stuff.

The great news is that I will be playing a supporting role in the film, which I'm very excited about, as I know that this is going to be a great project.

Stay turned for more on this.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Possible Reading In Late March

Mike Funk is an actor I worked with on the reading BREAK NIGHT CLUB a few years back. A very cool guy and a solid actor, Mike contacted me this morning about a possible reading of a two act play and asked me if I'd like to participate. No date has been set yet, but I told Mike I was interested.

Stay tuned.

TOTAL PERFORMANCE Casting Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, I'll be heading to Ripley Grier Studios to help Sean Meehan with the TOTAL PERFORMANCE casting, which is scheduled from 11AM - 2PM. It should be fun, as I may see some familiar faces at the auditions. I'm happy to help Sean any way I can.

Looking forward to it.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Skype Audition for ‘Quid Pro Quo’ on February 23rd

On February 23rd, I have a Skype Audition for a role in the film ‘Quid Pro Quo’, produced by RedTere Productions. if cast shooting will take place in Brockton, MA. 

 

Synopsis for the film: A man who gets away with the ultimate crime is faced with his past when he gets a second chance at life.

If you’d like to see some of the other productions RedTere has produced please visit our website at http://www.redtere.com/.


Sonic Cinema Reviews TROUBLE

Trouble (Short) (2013): B+

http://www.sonic-cinema.com/film_reviews_individual/1461/trouble-short

Isaac (Bennett Kirschner) is a student at the St. Sebastian’s Quiet Academy for Disreputable Youth, where the main focus of study is the idea of character. The problem for Isaac is, he doesn’t have any. He goes through the motions in class; is scolded by the headmaster; and has a penchant for getting into fights, especially with the fellow student he does scenes about character with in class. Isaac has no use for the school, and doesn’t want to stay there. Unfortunately for him, the more he acts out, the more they try and keep him there so he can learn about character. Talk about a Catch-22.


The thing I need to point out in reviewing this short from writer-director Danny Witkin is how the picture for the film was jittery throughout; I looked at a few other reviews of the film to see if anyone else pointed it out, and they hadn’t, so it was a matter of a technical glitch with the presentation online, I’m guessing. This is Witkin’s thesis film from his time at Wesleyan University, so that may want to be looked in to, but it doesn’t distract too much from the focused, wryly amusing narrative unfolding in the film’s 12 minutes. Witkin’s story seemed, to me, to be about a rebellious spirit acting out when the system appears to shut him down; to society as a whole, that might seem like a lack of character (and admittedly, Isaac doesn’t always show character in his choices), but when we feel like the system is trying to hold us down, and break our spirit, rebellion is the highest form of character. That doesn’t mean Isaac doesn’t have a lot to learn still (although watching it a second time, maybe Isaac has more character than he’s given credit for), but if I were at St. Sebastian’s Quiet Academy for Disreputable Youth, I’d probably be finding a way to escape, as well.

THAT TERRIBLE JAZZ Shoot on Sunday In Philly

I'll be grabbing the 6:15AM train out of Penn Station to 30th Street Station in Philly on Sunday morning to meet up with writer / director Michael Falconi and begin work on my scenes as Nicky in THAT TERRIBLE JAZZ. I have my main scene in a bar, plus a few voice over spots. No heavy lifting. I'm looking forward to it as Mike has written a great film noir script.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Sean Meehan's Next Project TOTAL PERFORMANCE

Here is the casting info about Sean Meehan's latest film project, which I hope to play a supporting role in.  

http://www.mandy.com/5/c3.cfm?v=58222681&terr=usa

Production: Total Performance
Employer: Cross River Pictures
Location: NYC
Duration: 5 Days, starts March 2014
Director: Sean Meehan.

TOTAL PERFORMANCE is an upcoming short film from Sean Meehan, produced by Korey McIsaac and Alessandra Brown. Cori has an interesting job. If you're having reservations about a tricky conversation, she might be able to help.

Please note: Although we are doing casting in New York, there is a high probability that some or all of the filming will take place in Boston, MA. Travel and accommodations will be provided on top of your day rate.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, February 8th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10018-4177.

Please respond to this posting with your headshot, resumé, and your preferred time to audition. We will do our best to accommodate everyone.

Apply to: Nzinga Williams.

4 breakdowns, apply by form:

1. Female / 25-30 yrs. / Any Ethnicity. Cori: A semi-struggling actor, but she’s clever, self-confident and loves that she can control pretty much any situation. She’s crafted her look and her demeanor in a way that highlights all of her best qualities, but strategically hides her insecurities. LEAD

2. Male / 25-30 yrs. / Any Ethnicity. Tim: A relaxed guy who is quick-witted and attentive. The type of person who always seems genuinely interested in what you have to say, but also slightly aware of this air about him. This also means that it’s usually easy for him to get away with things. LEAD

3. Female / 25-30 yrs. / Any Ethnicity. Annie: She’s got her life more or less the way she wants it, and she intends to keep it that way. She’s great at letting things roll off her back so long as it keeps the status quo, and she has a good sense of humor about about it.

4. Male / 18-24 yrs. / Any Ethnicity. Rafi: A young, eager actor. He’s got an always-on quality about him.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

I had the pleasure of watching Phillip Seymour Hoffman work, while working as background on the film DOUBT a few years back. I was sitting in a set of a church and he was delivering a few homilies as Father Flynn. He'd flub a line or two, start again. He'd crack a joke between takes. When he was on and he was firing on all cylinders, everyone was mesmerized. There was a joy in the work, something that every actor should strive for. He looked like he was having the time of his life. It was great to watch. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was a true giant of the acting profession, whose work will live on forever. Rest in peace.