PREMIERE: Below the Trees

I’m proud to announce that Below the Trees is not only complete but will be premiering at Ohio’s own Nightmares Film Festival, hosted at Gateway Film Center. It’s the Cannes of Horror, if you will.

This was me in the film, being sneaky in a rural lakehouse:

I call this one “Too Many Witnesses.”

Check it out!

WORK IN PROGRESS: Nellie

The first shoot for Nellie is wrapped. We shot in the Ohio State Reformatory museum, famous for serving as the title location in the movie The Shawshank Redemption.

I play the title character and had the privilege of working with talented cast and crew, including some special effects make-up artists who added significant poundage to my face.

This is it’s own horror movie.

The one thing that disappoints me is that I didn’t see a single ghost.

Nothing. Not even a stray raccoon.

CASTING NEWS: Below the Trees

I’ll be working on a short film — intended as a precursor to a feature — called Below the Trees.

Filmmaker Parker Brennon will be shooting his third short next month, in Southern Ohio.

I’ll be playing the supporting role of Erin, who suspects there’s more to her almost-mother-in-law’s strange behavior than meets the eye.

I’m excited to work on this project and get reimbursed for mileage. I might wear one of these shirts:

 

 

 

 

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CASTING NEWS: Blue (2018)

I’ll be working on a feature-length film shooting in Cincinnati in August. It’s called Blue, about a young woman trying to rebuild her life after a failed suicide attempt. The shooting schedule is remarkably aggressive: a full feature shoot in 12 days!

I’m going to play a tremendously unhelpful receptionist at an unemployment office who doesn’t actually care about anyone else’s employment. It’s going to be GREAT.

I managed to get the role even though my audition tape was framed like this:

 

 

 

 

 

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CREW CALL: Assistant Directed a Feature

I just got back from Los Angeles, where I worked on a lovely feature called Abby and Tabby: Alone in the Desert. This film is so exciting, on so many levels.

First, the talented cast worked off of an outlined script, improvising a lot of their lines. The results are exceptional and of-the-moment.

Second, this film was largely conceived, performed, and crewed up by a female team. Jessica Erin Martin took on multiple roles, as writer, director, producer, and actor (Tabby). Co-star Ashley Lenz (Abby) produced and acted in the film.

My jaw still remains a little bit on the floor at what these women have accomplished and I was very happy to be a part of it — along with many other excellent crew members — and to see a Joshua tree for the first time.

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CASTING NEWS: Mission

Last week, I worked on Celia C. Peters’ short film Mission, as a human woman who briefly piques the interest of an off-planet visitor.

PURPLE LIPSTICK:

My character is confused about which produce would be cheapest to buy with the healthiest of intentions, then throw away a week later.

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CASTING NEWS: And Then I Go

I shot a brief appearance in an independent feature film called And Then I Go, currently filming in Louisville, KY this month. I play the School Nurse, asking the troubled young protagonist how I can help him with his constant headaches.

While I’m not able to share any photos from the set right now, here is a picture of The Pink Palace:

It’s a house in Louisville that’s haunted by a helpful spirit named Avery who warns residents of impending danger.

So there you go.

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WRITING NEWS: Made It to the Top Ten!

All the way back in October 2015, I started the first round of a short screenwriting contest via NYC Midnight.

Each round allowed 48 hours to write a 5-page script based on an assigned genre, location, and object that had to be included at some point in the story.

Here’s a sample of my assignment parameters:

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The competition wrapped up back in January and results were shared recently. I received a 7th place Honorable Mention, placing me in the top ten out of over 600 writers.

I’m proud of this achievement and now have three different short scripts I hope to produce in and around Columbus, OH over the next year. Which is a whole new level of “insane voluntary undertakings that will shorten my life”.

P.S. If you like just HAVE a bunch of extra cash and want to patronize the arts or something, maybe let me know…

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Props to the Props Department!

I’m working on a film right now called Finding St. Isabel. My character is an author who has a love-hate relationship with not only her lapsed Catholic faith, but also the book she wrote about her experience.

Here’s the cover:

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Overnight bookstore shoot totally worth my distorted sense of time and date today. I am very excited to see this film come together!

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