We had a lively conversation on What Women Want Talk Radio this week week with celebrity guests Melissa Carter and Bill Oberst Jr. Melissa, a famed Atlanta radio personality, discussed the glass ceiling of the radio world. Bill, dubbed indie horror’s sexiest man, discussed his vibrant acting career, including his upcoming stage offering, Ray Bradbury’s Pillar of Fire.
I am very honored that Seeking Valentina, a short film which I produced with Armin Nasseri, has garnered two nominations at this year’s Hollywood Dreams International Film Festival, including BEST SHORT & BEST VISUAL EFFECTS. Our film screens later this week, in Las Vegas. Want to catch it in Vegas? See here.
“A blend of new classic world film, hospitality, industry connections and of course a hearty brand of distributors, buyers, audience and special guests will round out what is sure to become a major stop in the vein of top U.S. and international film events.”
For a full list of nominees for this year’s Hollywood Dreams International Film Festival, click here. Congratulations to our cast and crew, whose talents and efforts continue to receive world-wide acclaim and many thanks to Del Weston and Theresa Weston, the founders of Hollywood Dreams Film Festival.
This week, I got to have a fun part in The Litch, directed by James Balsalmo of Acid Bath Productions. It was a high-spirited, improvisational shoot. Coming out later this year, the film also stars Tom Sizemore, the legendary Lloyd Kaufman and fellow scream queen Genoveva Rossi. James is creative, collaborative and fun and I told our manager Matt Chassin that he was like the “Christopher Guest of horror”. This is sure to be a fun horror comedy.
Armin Nasseri of Seeking Valentina fame was also on-hand helping with our scene. It was great to have his positive energy there. I can’t wait to see it debut on the big screen later this year!
Today, I had the privilege of emailing back and forth Dr. Diane Dusick of the Inland Empire Media Academy, regarding their upcoming film festival. This year will be the third year in a row that I’ve been a judge of their student film festival.
I think student films are vitally important to the future of film making, perhaps not the individual films themselves, but the validation that young cinematic voices need to thrive in the very competitive film industry. How many times have I hears someone say, “It’s just a student film?” Often.
“It’s just a student film” negates the fact that the student has chosen a career path in film.
“It’s just a student film” negates the artistic voice of the student, even if that voice is still trying to find itself.
“It’s just a student film” lowers our expectations and does not explore the struggle all film students have in making their first works.
It’s a battle to make a film, even for a pro, even for someone who’s made hundreds. How do we create pros? How do we foster professionalism in filmmaking? Though schools, through mentoring, through sharing.
I was recently invited by Mogul to give their readership an insight on what life is like being an indie filmmaker in Los Angeles. It was such an honor to share some of the highlights of my experiences.