N.I. – Official Selection at the San Jose International Short Film Festival!

Hello San Jose! Thrilled to learn that N.I. (Neo Intelligence) will be part of the official selection at the San Jose International Short Film Festival!

I had so much fun playing THE VOICE in this chilling short film directed by VFX Emmy nominated and award winning director, Sallyanne Massimini. The film stars Giorgia Whigham and David Meza and explores the idea of a new, more advanced form of Artificial Intelligence – one that could easily be assimilated into our modern day society.  One that moves beyond previous barriers to achieve the ultimate prize – the full integration of human emotions… This new form of intelligence … is called N.I.

Screening schedule to be announced in early September so stay tuned!

If you’d like to learn more about N.I., or to check out the film, please stop by our website at nishortfilm.com.

Two Nights, Two Shows – Only One New York!

 

A highlight from last month in beautiful New York was having the opportunity to see two fantastic productions playing on Broadway!

First – Shakespeare’s King Lear directed by Sam Gold – What an honor to see the legendary, Glenda Jackson, in the title role! I have followed Jackson’s brilliant career for as long as I can remember, so this was such a special treat to see her incredible performance as Lear opposite the extraordinary, Ruth Wilson. If you’re familiar with Shakespeare’s King Lear, you will no doubt remember the significant storm scene in Act Three, Scene One. Funny enough, on the way to the Cort Theatre this particular night, I was literally caught in a heavy downpour with flash flood warnings! My Lyft driver was trying not to panic as he was getting numerous alerts as to the impending flash floods. He confidently yelled back to me while en route – “Don’t worry – I know we’re in a storm but I’ll get you to the theatre on time!” I couldn’t help but smile as I thought to myself – well this really is the perfect weather in which to see King Lear. This show has now closed, however the wonderful memory of this evening and production, will definitely live on.

The second production I saw whilst in New York was HADESTOWN. I can’t even begin to express how much this show captivated my heart. From the stellar cast, to the incredible set, to the music to the staging – HADESTOWN truly took my breath away. Directed by Rachel Chavkin with Music, Lyrics and Book by Anaïs Mitchell, I remember being not even half way through the First Act, thinking – “Oh my gosh! I wish I had another night to see this show again.”  Winner of 8 Tony awards (including Best Musical!) with 14 nominations – Hadestown tells a version of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, where Orpheus goes to the underworld to rescue his fiancée Eurydice. Hades is played brilliantly by Patrick Page! Do go see Hadestown at the William Kerr Theatre if you’re in New York or are planning to visit. You’ll be so glad you did!

Until next time, New York…

 

Hit Show, Hit Man, Hit Up HBO for Barry!

img_3225_winkler-e1557182902264.jpgThis past Friday night at the Emmys / Television Academy​ was so much fun! HBO​ held a special FYC (for your consideration) event for the hit show, BARRY.

So much about this evening was incredible but what a special treat it was to get to meet the legendary, Henry Winkler!

The evening began with a sneak peek of Season 2 ep. 6, followed by a lively and fun panel discussion, moderated by Conan O’Brien, who was absolutely hilarious!  At one point during the Q & A, an audience member asked Winkler what would Arthur ‘Fonzie’ Fonzarelli say to Gene Cousineau if he was in Gene’s class. To our delight, Henry Winkler dropped into a perfect rendition of The Fonz – it was a GREAT moment!

In attendance was executive producer/writer/director and star of Barry, Bill Hader, Executive producer/writer/director, Alec Berg along with cast members – Henry Winkler (Gene Cousineau), Sarah Goldberg (Sally Reed) and Anthony Carrigan (NoHo Hank).  Afterwards the evening continued with a lovely reception, delicious food and great conversation!

If you haven’t seen BARRY on HBO​, do check it out! It’s such a great show! #hbo #barry #emmys #fyc

Two Films, Two Festivals!

N.I. and JE SUIS

Hello Texas and and New York! Here we come…

N.I. is a haunting short film that explores artificial intelligence and what it means to be human. It is also part of the 2019 official selection at the USA Film FestivalN.I. will be screening in the Narrative III Short Films Category this Saturday April 27th at 9:30pm. This gripping film comes from VFX Emmy nominated and award winning director, Sallyanne Massimini, and stars Giorgia Whigham and David Meza, with me rounding out the cast as…THE VOICE. This was such an exciting film to work on! If you’re in Dallas, come check us out! If you’re not, you can catch the film online.

Je Suis explores the myth that women can “have it all” as a woman struggles to balance work and family life. Je Suis is heading to the Blackbird Film Festival as part of the 2019 Official Selection and will screen on Sunday, April 28th in Block K  from 3:00pm – 4:30pm as part of the Dramatic Action Shorts category. If you’re in the Cortland, New York area, please stop by and check us out! Je Suis is written and directed by Faith Strongheart and has enjoyed an incredible festival run. Congrats to our entire cast & crew!

It has been such a joy and honor to work on both of these thought-provoking films. And so exciting to see them making the rounds on the festival circuit. I just wish I could be in both Dallas and New York this weekend…

THREE ELIZABETHS – March 9th & 10th Ruby Theatre @ the Complex!

slider-3liz-1000x391-bHave you ever wondered what life was really like for the Elizabeth I of England? Her inner world, the men she loved, the struggles she faced to maintain her crown? This weekend, you can find out! Please join us for two exclusive performances of THREE ELIZABETHS, a new play by Tony nominated director/choreographer Tony Tanner.

This unique play shows Elizabeth the First in three different stages of her life, portrayed by three actresses on stage at the same time: Elizabeth the Younger, played by Lonni Silverman; Elizabeth the Queen, played by Susan Hanfield; and Elizabeth the Dowager, played by Jean Gilpin. Ghosts from their past re-emerge and interact with them throughout the production.

Our outstanding cast also includes Elyse Ashton as Mary, Queen of Scots; Damon Kirche as the men in Elizabeth’s life (Seymour, Leicester & Essex); Tad Atkinson as Dickon; Kaye Kittrel as Mary Tudor with Matt Hennerson and Joe Hulser alternating as Henry VIII.

Costume design by Cairin Jacobs.

Performances of THREE ELIZABETHS will be on March 9th and 10th will be at 2pm in the Ruby Theatre @ The Complex in Hollywood. If you would like to make a reservation, please email ThreeElizabethsReservationss@gmail.com.

 

JE SUIS – Part of the Official Selection at BlackBird Film Festival!

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Excited to share that JE SUIS  is part of the 2019 Official Selection at the Blackbird Film Festival in New York City!

JE SUIS will screen on Sunday, April 28th in Block K as part of the Dramatic Action Shorts from 3:00pm – 4:30pm. If you’re in the area, please stop by and check us out!

I absolutely loved working on this hard hitting film and have been so thrilled to see JE SUIS gaining recognition and screening at film festivals all over the world.

Congratulations  to our wonderful director, Faith Strongheart, our fantastic producer, Michelle Brattson Majors and our tremendous cast and crew!

Please visit www.BlackBirdFilmFest.com for a listing of all of the 2019 Official Selections.

What if a more advanced form of Artificial Intelligence existed? Maybe it does … N.I. – a new short film!

What would happen if there was a new, more advanced form of Artificial Intelligence, one that could easily be assimilated into our modern day society? One that moves beyond previous barriers to achieve the ultimate prize – the full integration of human emotions? What if this new form of intelligence … was called N.I.

From VFX Emmy nominated and award winning director, Sallyanne Massimini, comes a gripping short film called N.I. (Neo Intelligence).  N.I stars Giorgia Whigam as Samantha and David Meza as Aaron. I had the immense pleasure of rounding out the cast as The Voice in this chilling piece. Click on the link below to check out this haunting film about a romantic encounter that goes horribly wrong…or is it?

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