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…

Be the Light that You Are – releases on Audio!

BeTheLight_Be the Light that You Are: Ten Simple Ways to Transform Your World with Love by Debra Landwehr Engle, published by Dreamscape Media,  is a book that teaches exactly that! Engle offers 10 ways in which we can make simple changes in our thoughts, words and actions that will not only help us to walk in love, but encourage others to do the same. 

Be the Light that You Are  was not only a joy to narrate, but the many nuggets of wisdom contained within this audiobook stayed with me long after I finished working on it!  Engle gently encourages us to utilize our higher mind in all areas of our life, thereby teaching us how we can foster self-love, remove self-doubt that may be holding us back and begin to live our lives as we were meant to.

Now available on Audible.com and at Amazon!

 

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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Farewell 2018 …what a wonderful year it has been!

IMG_2811Happy New Year, Everyone!

Farewell  2018 … from stage to screen to books that I adored working on, it’s been one amazing year! Very grateful for the work that I get to do and for my family, friends and colleagues that make each one of these day to day memories so very special.

Wishing all a wonderful 2019! May it be a year filled with much love, joy, creativity, laughter and the deepest of dreams coming true! #happynewyear2019 #top9of2018.