Behind Hollywood’s Stereotype Hype

Powerhouse producers & directors came on What Women Want Talk Radio to show us what more inclusive filmmaking can and should be. Listen to this compelling interview with the teams behind two successful films, Murder in the Woods and Seeking Valentina.

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11.22 Behind Hollywoods Stereotype Hype

Scintillating conversation from Hollywood’s latest directors, filmmakers and actors about how they are breaking ground for ALL cultures and backgrounds to star in non-typical roles and become more mainstream.

Director Armin Nasseri from the movie “Seeking Valentina” and the creative team behind “Murder In The Woods,” Yelena DeLeon and Luis Iga, come together to define how the meaning of “casting against type” and promoting cultural significance in leading roles for films is revolutionizing the film industry.

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Hollywood Dreams Announces Nominees

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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.

Hollywood Dreams calls itself,

“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.

David Lynch, The Cinematic Shaman

Very little causes my jaw to drop, but tonight, David Lynch, you have done it.  Everyone was oohing and aahing over last week’s episode of Twin Peaks, a chorus of WTF-s over the nebulous and at times, horrific images.  I expect that from Lynch.  What I didn’t expect was he to channel me or me, him.

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Harry Dean Stanton understated-ly sang “Red River Valley”, a decades-old folk ballad of love and loss.  You would almost miss it if you weren’t listening carefully.   My jaw dropped.  That was the theme song of “Seeking Valentina” an award-winning, Lynchian-esque short film directed by Armin Nasseri, which I starred in and helped him produce.  It was so odd, because it seemed like Harry Dean Stanton continued right where our theme song left off. It was beyond weird–like David Lynch.

Here’s my version of the song, which played over the end credits of “Seeking Valentina”.  Check out the trailer of the film.  It will be playing at the Hollywood Dreams Film Festival in late August.  Curious?  Read Char Hardin’s review of Seeking Valentina, comparing my character to Laura Palmer.

David Lynch, you have blown my mind.  If you channeled us, we are honored.  If we channeled you, we hope to do it again.  We love you David, and the amazing journeys you take us on, always a little cuckoo and a little dangerous, just like you.