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Kathy Fehl lived in NY, writing plays, directing, and producing theater. She created a five hundred seat theater at 79th and Riverside, the heart of the Upper West Side; the first show she directed there was Waiting for Godot, starring David Morse. She studied with several brilliant teachers, including Lee Strasberg, Geraldine Page, Christine Lavren, and John Guare. In addition to the fourteen plays of Fehl's that were produced in NY, she has had shows produced on Martha's Vineyard and in Wisconsin. She co-wrote 'Mint Julep', a feature film, with Ian Teal. Currently, she enjoys developing programs in various types of theater and film at Wega Arts, in Weyauwega, WI. Ian Teal is the Executive Director of Wega Arts and is glad to be back on the stage acting as well as directing. He studied improvisational theater in New York and was a founding member of the comedy group Afterwards, which wrote skits and presented comedy in clubs in NYC and on Martha’s Vineyard. He worked with theater companies in Manhattan, and was part of the group that created the People’s Playhouse, on East Fourth Street, NYC, where he wrote, directed and produced. He co-wrote, directed, and produced ‘Mint Julep’. Originally, Ian is from Oconomowoc, WI, Since 2007 he has led the renovations of the Gerold Opera House, and has worked to bring Wega Arts programs to the area. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at rexsikes.com Visit and subscribe to Rex Sikes' Movie Beat Blog at http://www.RexSikesMovieBeat.me for articles and more about the industry we love and work in.
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Jesse Lawler is an entrepreneur, media producer, long-distance cyclist, and devout personal-optimization enthusiast. He is the founder of the mobile app company Evil Genius Technologies, and creator and host of the podcast Smart Drug Smarts.
Jesse's many interests have taken him far afield, including years-long dalliances with green-tech, software engineering, biological science, Hollywood filmmaking, and photography. He has followed a variety of diets, sleep hacks, and exercise regimens, and has been described by his less-experimental peers as "a high-functioning guinea pig."
In his popular podcast, Jesse interviews neuroscientists and leaders in the brain-optimization community, seeking insights to help enhance both his own cognition, and those of his listeners.
NWP welcomes Lydia B. Smith
Director Lydia B. Smith was inspired to make this film after completing her own Camino in the Spring of 2008. Four years later, after tirelessly fundraising for the necessary funds, the documentary is about to embark on its film festival run all over the globe. This film will be considered for an Academy Award 2015
The Camino Documentary is about the experience of walking the ancient 500-mile pilgrimage across Northern Spain known as “The Camino de Santiago”. The film follows six strangers from incredibly diverse walks of life as they attempt to cross a country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots, and an open mind. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago, and their personal journey to themselves. This film was was produced by Oscar nominated actor, Martin Sheen.
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Rahiem Shabazz is the owner of the Rasha Entertainment Inc., and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaking.
The gifted writer’s byline has been spotted on the pages of The Source, XXL Magazine, Vibe Magazine , Rolling Out, Urban Enterprise Magazine and AllHipHop.com, to name a few.
Shabazz has appeared on BET, Starz In Black and MTV News. He has interviewed an array of celebrities and executives including media maven Tyler Perry, hip hop legend 50 Cent and entertainment icon Magic Johnson.
As a documentary filmmaker, Rahiem Shabazz executive produced “Elementary Genocide”, which exposes the socially engineered mechanism created by our government and utilizing the public school system to label elementary aged African American males as work for hire targets within the US penal system.
Elementary Genocide confirms this theory and seeks to educate parents, teachers and families, so that we can reclaim our young men and ensure the future of our community.
Kevin Du Toit, speaks out about his experience in front of the camera on Discovery Channel's newest reality series, Tethered. Listen in as Kevin discusses his experience in front of the camera, his success as an iconic realtor with beach-front properties along the California coast, and glamorous stories behind the scenes of some of Hollywood's biggest movies.
Learn more about Tethered: http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/tethered.
A little more about Kevin Du Toit - Kevin’s film career began in the late 90’s for Roger Corman. In 1998, he Directed “Bug Night,” winning awards and placing him in the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS 2002. That year Kevin joined Steven Spielberg’s new Film Studio, DreamWorks SKG. Among many of the industry accomplishments, Kevin contributed to film as director/producer winning awards and bringing attention to many of his short films and indie productions. Kevin spent eight months in Editorial on director John Moore’s, “Flight of the Phoenix” (20th Century Fox) starring Dennis Quaid and Tyrese Gibson (Transformers).
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Jeff Gendelman, writer and producer, wrote and produced The Surface, an 18-year journey of perseverance from idea to production. The film stars Sean Astin, Chris Mulkey and Mimi Rogers and was directed by Gil Cates Jr. Jeff also produced and directed the award-winning short film, In Passing. He produced the Los Angeles world premiere of the play, The Letter Writer, and then developed it to be made into a film. He produced and directed two science documentaries, and a pilot for a syndicated TV series. As an actor, Jeff co-starred with Christopher Lambert in the feature film, Splitsville. He had a supporting role opposite Robert Forster and Donnie Wahlberg in the feature film, Diamond Men. His TV work includes guest-starring roles on NBC’s Law and Order and he was featured on Beverly Hills 90210. Jeff was also a series regular on the television dramas One Life to Live, Guiding Light and Loving (nominated for Outstanding Actor in a daytime TV series). He studied in film classes at the American Film Institute (Los Angeles), New YorkUniversity, USC, and at the BBC (London). Jeff has also been involved with the theater since age 10. After graduating from the University of Minnesota he went to train in the American Conservatory Theater Advanced Actor Program in San Francisco. He has acted and directed at theaters throughout the United States and Japan, including Old Globe Shakespeare Company (San Diego), Milwaukee Repertory, Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles), and Riverside Shakespeare Company (New York City). Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at rexsikes.com Visit and subscribe to Rex Sikes' Movie Beat Blog at http://www.RexSikesMovieBeat.me for articles and more about the industry we love and work in.
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This is the 3rd part of my film series: Films that make a difference and give back to the community: The show will explore the struggles and dedication that go towards making a film. This film will be donating some of its proceeds to the vicitms of the Boston Bombing:
Rick Vaicius is director and founder of Flyway Film Festival, Wisconsin's bluff premier destination for independent film as noted by Emmy award-winning blogger Scott W. Smith “ … a festival that should be on your radar”. Founded in 2008 Vaicius has created a standout, intimate and high-quality annual festival. Over the past four years, Flyway has brought over 80 filmmakers into the local community. In addition to screening remarkable films, it has become a unique venue for filmmakers to network and discuss projects and the "state of the industry" in the film world. Vaicius has already persuaded some top film industry talent to appear. The 7th Annual Flyway Film Festival begins Thursday October 23-26, 2014 in Pepin and Stockholm, Wisconsin. This year promises to be its most exciting to-date.
For festival line up and panels go to flywayfilmfestival.org and check it out!
Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at rexsikes.com and Visit RexSikesMovieBeat.me the blog
Jack Thomas Smith is a feature film director, writer, and producer. His new feature film "Infliction" is available now in the U.S. and Canada on DVD, VOD, and Digital HD by Virgil Films & Entertainment, which is the company that distributed "Supersize Me." Earlier this year, “Infliction” opened in select theaters. Additional screenings have been scheduled this summer and fall due to demand.
His last film, "Disorder", which he wrote, produced, and directed, was released by Universal on DVD and Warner Brothers on VOD & PPV. It also screened at Cannes and the Raindance Film Festival in London.
Antonio James was born in Memphis, TN. He was raised by his mother and step-father in Northaven, but spent most of his teenage years in Hickory Hill with his father. He attended dozens of schools by his Freshmen year at Millington Central High School in Millington Central where he graduated in 2003.
Several months after graduation James enlisted in the United States Air Force. After one term, he return to his hometown of Memphis where hardships and lack of employment opportunities led him to discover a new hobby, filmmaking.
With the help of his uncle - he begin filming music videos for Media Workz and Catina Johnson, short films and commercials. Antonio talents as a director was quickly recognized by the local community where he was hired as a contractor for the Memphis Veteran Affairs Medical Center Public Affairs Videographer. He also became the official videographer for Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Memphis Chapter under Gregory Grant.
Shortly after, James decided to quit providing video and recording services and start producing TV and Films. With help, he was able to produce and direct his first feature, Trey the Movie. After completion Antonio moved to Los Angeles, where he currently resides.
James' 2013 film debut Trey the movie received International Films Award, from IFS, Texas Black film Festival and Action on Film International Film Festival in Monrovia, California.
Since his move to Los Angeles in February 2013, Antonio James has been a background extra in Zac Efron's feature film "Neighbors" and General Hospital.
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Vijay Mallampati, from Global Peace Creators, is a producer of the film Namo Adi Shankara which was recently released in the United States in Hindi. It is a feature film originally made in Telugu by Producers Nara Jayasridevi and Vijay Mallampati from Global Peace Creators. The film, directed by South Indian Veteran Writer/Director J K Baravi, is now releasing in its Hindi dubbed version. It’s well known cast includes Nagarjuna as Chandala, Kaushik Babu as Adi Shankara, Chiranjeevi as Lord Shiva, Kaamna Jethmalani and introducing Sriramchandra from Indian Idol fame.
The film depicts the life history of Jagadguru Adi Shankara, filmed in the Kaladi village of his childhood. It shows how he convinces his mother to allow him to take Sainthood at an early age in his life, his travel to the Himalayas, learning Siddhis from his first guru, and later taking the Sanyasa from his second guru. Based on his Guru's teachings, he simplifies the explanation of Advaita and spreads the same across India. Finally, he is declared as a Jagadguru in the climax when he announces four branches of Shankara muths and before leaving this abode for his next journey after life. Watch the film trailer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-JvNaD4Q3I and visit www.namoaadishankara.com for information.
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