• Interview Series

    An interview with Marina Rice Bader (Elena Undone, A Perfect Ending)

  • Web Series

    Watch debut of Season 2 of 'Entangled with You' June 24 on PNT Tv

  • Interview Series

    Interview with Nancylee Myatt (Nikki and Nora)

  • Interview Series

    Google+ Interview with out Filmmaker Jodi Savitz

  • Press Release

    Web Series, 'The Flowers of Fantastico' announces premiere date

Interview Series: Her Side of the Bed

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Longtime friends and collaborators, Bryn Woznicki and Chelsea Morgan are working hard at their latest project and their first feature film, 'Her Side of the Bed'. Both share producing and writing cred but it is Bryn that takes the nod to direct.

Chelsea Morgan (r) and Bryn Woznicki
The comedic duo both star in the film, playing Nicole and Rachel respectively. The idea for the film came from both of them separately, but after 'a crazy summer of 69'.

Tip-toeing on the sometimes blurred lines of friendship on and off-camera, HSOTB was born.

Completing the cast are Tim Russ (iCarly, Bloomers), Nadya Ginsburg (Partners) and Steven Anthony Lawrence (Cheaper by the Dozen, Weeds).

Their official synopsis is as follows; Trailer
Friendship. Love. Shattered dreams. Breakfast cereals. Complicated relationships with professors. Bikers. Vaginas. New beginnings. Rachel, a recently dumped 20-something writer is guided by her best friend, Nicole, in overcoming her heartbreak, but after sharing an intimate night together, their friendship is forever changed.
Having held a successful Finishing Fundraising Party in LA on the 25th June, they are currently running their Kickstarter campaign for their post-production, which stands at $1,041 ($5000) with 22 days to go.

As they are still completing the film with closing and pick-up shots, they welcome any and all contributions, donations and potential investment opportunities.

The following is my uncut and very candid conversation with both Bryn Woznicki and Chelsea Morgan about the film, their friendship, funding and a lot of fun!


General Info: http://hersideofthebedmovie.com/

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Twiiter: https://twitter.com/HerSideOfTheBed
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Interview with Soul Kiss Film's Marina Rice Bader

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'Anatomy of a Love Seen' is the first film directed by Soul Kiss Films C.E.O Marina Rice Bader. The premise is new, the tone is fresh, the production pops off the screen but it is the performances by her actresses that grab you and pull you into their characters. Before you know it you're rooting for favorites as if you were among thousands at a highly contested game.

AOALS is about the messiness of love, truth, learning to bare your soul to your love and whether you can be brave enough to leap into the unknown. Bader, with the help of her actresses have managed to capture on film the pure visceral experience AOALS envokes.

Sharon Hinnendael (Zoe) & Jill Evyn (Mal)

Newcomers Jill Evyn and Sharon Hinnendael, took completely improvised dialogue and conjured such naturalism in their intimacy that you, the viewer, are reduced into voyeurism. An outside observer of a love teetering on life-support, Evyn and Hinnendael have elevated a film that took a month to complete, five days to shoot into a movie destined to become a classic.

Hinnendael and Evyn's pantomime throughout the film elicits tears, unshed by Zoe (Hinnendael) as she meets, 'the love of her life' for the first time since she disappeared without a goodbye, a rhythm or reason. Mal (Evyn) brings you into her painful regret, her fear and nervousness as she walks on the egg-shells around Zoe to get through the re-shoot. You become their cheerleaders, their coach as you route for them to find each other on the same plane where they discovered one another.

The quirky Anne, almost steals the show and is played brilliantly by Constance Brenneman. Her need to be seen and noticed by the women she loves, as she spreads light to seemingly irrevocable darkness.

Marina Rice Bader
Bader also makes her acting debut in as Kara and surprises everyone how good she is. Taking everyone including Zoe and Mal under her wings in her attempt to micro-mange the lives around her except maybe her own.

As a whole, AOALS will leave you gasping for air, drooling in parts, crying and laughing in others. All in all a brilliant showing for a first turn as director.

In another first, AOALS will be the first Soul Kiss film to be available for immediate streaming online the day after its world premiere at Outfest July 18th.

If you love AOALS look out for the soon-to-be released 'Raven's Touch'. Written by Dreya Weber (The Gymnast, A Marine Story), Bader will share directorial duties with Weber. The film set to debut later this year will star Weber and the stunning Traci Dinwiddie (Elena Undone, Supernatural TV series).

Below this my interview with the beautiful and exceptionally talented Marina Rice Bader. AOALS will be available for online streaming July 19th at soulkissfilms.com



Synopsis:

This film within a film explores love, in all it's painful and messy glory. Six months ago actresses Zoe and Mal fell for each other at exactly the same moment in time while filming a love scene. After five blissful months together Zoe was decimated when Mal walked away. Three miserable weeks later a very lucrative network broadcast deal was in the works. They only had one request...re-shoot the love scene. Welcome to the set.

Director: Marina Rice Bader
Story: Marina Rice Bader
Starring: Sharon Hinnendael, Jill Evyn, Constance Brenneman & Marina Rice Bader
Website:  http://anatomyofaloveseen.com
Facebook:  https://facebook.com/anatomyofaloveseen



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Season 2 Entangled With You Coming Soon!

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Award-Winning Web Series “Entangled with You”
Kicks-Off the Second Season on June 24th


Los Angeles, CA - Writer/producer/director Caryn K. Hayes unleashes big laughs and true to life drama with the return of her digital series, “ENTANGLED WITH YOU” which follows couples who complicate each others' lives even after breaking up.  On Sunday, June 15th, the cast and crew celebrate the season with a premiere party and screening of the first three episodes.  The series will premiere online Tuesday, June 24th with a new episode rolling out bi-weekly.

Created by Caryn K. Hayes, “Entangled with You” is a relationship dramedy following two very different roommates, Alisha (Kathryn Taylor Smith) and Jaliyah (Loren Lillian), who move in together after separating from their partners.  The second season picks up at the moment season one leaves off with Rocky (Jes Meza) returning to surprise her girlfriend, Jaliyah, and Craig’s (Al Thompson) determination to get Alisha back renewed.  And as the lives of the roomies continue to intersect, their bond continues to grow.

Coming off her dramatic short film, Clean Hands, Hayes was excited to return to producing more episodes of the popular series.  “I never wanted to stop producing in the first place.  It’s just incredibly hard to fund projects alone; we really couldn’t have done it without the support of the fans,” she said, speaking of the crowd-funding campaign that made season two possible.  “I’m just incredibly glad that I was able provide everyone with a little bit of closure even though the story still lives on for me, as I suspect it will for a lot of our audience.”


The returning cast includes: LAwebFest Best Actress in a Comedy winner, Kathryn Taylor Smith (Southland, Mad Men, The Marriage Lottery) and digital powerhouse Al Thompson (The Royal Tenenbaums, A Walk to Remember, Lenox Avenue) who play long-time off-and-on couple, Alisha and Craig.  Loren Lillian (Pariah, The Number) plays Jaliyah opposite Jes Meza's (East Los High) Rocky.

Other stellar members of the cast include familiar new media faces, including two-time Best-Actress in a Soap Opera/Drama nominee Crystal Coney (One Tree Hill, Castle, Breaking Point), Shannan Leigh Reeve (Nikki & Nora, Cowgirl Up, We Have To Stop Now), and online sketch comedy heavy-hitter, David Spates.



Joining the cast as recurring characters are Chanté Lewis(Pariah), who plays an ex-fling of Jen’s, and Amber “Smiles” Jones (Between Women), who becomes a source of contention between the roommates.  And guest starring in an episode is Sarah Croce of Unicorn Plan-It and Calling in Drunk.

Hayes, a New Orleans native, has been building a solid resume since landing in Los Angeles, producing, writing, directing, and coordinating numerous projects both independent and corporate entities.

In 2007 and 2009, Hayes won the TV Pilot Award from the Organization of Black Screenwriters for her original work.  Hayes created “The World of Cory & Sid,” a comedic web series, which was nominated for Best Television or Web Series in 2009 by the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival.  She received an Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series award for her second series, "Breaking Point," from the 2011 LAWebFest and was nominated for Best Directing by the 2012 International Television Festival.  After joining BrevityTV.com in 2008, Hayes continues to produce and direct sketch comedy, where she also serves as the Head of Production.

To keep up with updates about “Entangled with You,” follow the series at:
http://EntangledwithYou.com
http://twitter.com/Entangledseries
Fan Page: http://facebook.com/Entangledseries



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An Interview with Nancylee Myatt (Nikki & Nora)

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There are times when this job goes beyond my wildest dreams, this interview is one of them. Nancylee Myatt is the filmmaker that I admire the most and unbeknownst to her, I was shaking in my boots. I kept my cool and managed to conduct one of the most constructive and knowledgeable interviews I have ever done.

Nancylee Myatt has been quietly making some of the best television for over the past twenty years. Starting as a writer on the 80's hit, "Night Court" (1984-1992) to co-executive producer for the sensational and ground-breaking teenage drama, "South of Nowhere" (2005-2008).

Since then she has been on the forefront of producing quality television solely for the internet. She currently has three hit web series in production, Cowgirl Up, Second Shot and insanely popular, Nikki & Nora: The N & N Files.


Nikki & Nora follows New Orleans locals Nikki Beaumont (Liz Vassey) and Nora Delaney (Christina Cox), former NOPD cops turned private investigators. They navigate the channels of their personal life together alongside their dedication to uncovering the truth in the one city that really likes to keep its secrets, New Orleans.  - via tello premium
Nikki & Nora is based on a pilot created by Myatt that was before it's time and would have gone completely unnoticed if a YouTuber posted (unauthorized) the previously unaired project in 5 parts. The response to the pilot gained such momentum that it literally became an underground movement, garnering hundreds of fanfic videos and fans starting calling for more.

She heard the call and 10 years later, the first episode of a rebooted version called Nikki & Nora: The N & N Files was aired exclusively on onemorelesbian/tello films.

The following is the complete interview between Tee and Nancylee.


Credits include; Nancylee Myatt (creator/writer/director), Executive Producers Nancylee Myatt, Paige Bernhardt, Christin Mell & Co- Executive Producers Liz Vassey, Christina Cox

Follow the series on Twitter

Here's behind-the-scenes clips from the set of Nikki & Nora (Season 1)


You can watch Nikki & Nora: Season 1 here.


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A Conversation With Jodi Savitz

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Jodi Savitz
Jodi Savitz is as passionate a filmmaker as I have ever met. Having had a childhood that allowed her the security to come out at the age of fourteen, she has been passionate about LGBT politics and activism but especially leveling the playing field for lesbians. She has been singularly determined to help feminine women find a voice among their own as well as society at large.

Jodi's latest project the independent documentary Girl On Girl was conceived out of Jodi's personal experiences of not being taken seriously about her sexuality and the assumption that she was heterosexual.

Girl on Girl is not only unique in its subject matter, but is particularly relevant in view of the LGBTQ community’s continued struggle for equal rights. It seems to closely relate to the purpose and goals of the community by creating visibility and empowering the diverse voices of lesbians, one of the most underrepresented minorities.

Below is the entire conversation between Jodi and myself about her film and her thoughts on the subject.


For more information and to contribute to the GIRL ON GIRL: the documentary click.


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The Flowers Of Fantastico Premieres Today!

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Brain Melt Consortium is pleased to announce the world premiere of bisexual romantic horror comedy web series The Flowers of Fantastico.

One fateful evening, freshly heartbroken Tara, her best friend Gary, and his go-go-dancer boyfriend Billi, discover a mysterious VHS tape that harbors a dark secret. Enter supernatural assassins, demon-fighting nuns, magical dance fights, and an eternally young, possibly evil, but definitely gay Hollywood celebrity… who will cast a seductive spell over Tara. Don't miss The Flowers of Fantastico! It's truly fantastic...o!

The first five episodes will be released on Feb 14, ready to crush your Valentine's Day dreams and invade your nightmare. Your dirty, dirty nightmares.

But since we assume everyone else's patience is as bad as ours, we released a sneak preview, available to watch RIGHT THIS SECOND on YouTube.

"It's Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Seinfeld" says creator Rachel Kerry, the mastermind behind the series.

Producer Tara Sheffer insists, "The Flowers of Fantastico creates a weird and wonderful genre-fusion never before seen... we need more Bisexual Romantic Horror Comedies! More BiRoHorComs!"

Presented by transmedia production company Brain Melt Consortium, this ambitious new web series brings together a hyper-creative team who are thrilled to release it out into the wild. Starring Victoria Longwell and David Mangiamele, The Flowers of Fantastico is found at:

www.fantasticoseries.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FantasticoSeries
www.youtube.com/brainmeltconsortium


Watch Episode 1-3 Now!


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Interview Series: Out with Dad Cast

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For 3 seasons the Canadian webseries, "Out With Dad" has managed to garner accolade after accolade, amassing thousands of fans from around the world.

Created by Jason Leaver, OWD debuted in Summer, 2010 and since then it has become one of the most successful and awarding-winning LGBTQ-themed internet shows ever produced.

Out With Dad is a series that essentially is about teenage lesbian Rose and her coming out with her single father Nathan; her challenges about coming out and follows the struggles Nathan deal with as a parent of a gay child.

OWD has managed to mobilize their massive fans into supporting their efforts to keep the series alive by the inventive and fun filled funding campaigns held over each of the three seasons.

Written, directed, and produced by Jason Leaver through his production company JLeaver Presentations and because the series has dealt with themes like 'coming out', 'teenage LGBT' and in Season 3, issues of 'homophobia, bullying in school, and LGBT homelessness' will be tackled. Because of this it has been fully endorsed by PFLAG Canada.

With over 18 million views, OWD is translated in over 10 languages and beginning season 3, France TV has bought the Canadian web series and started broadcasting it last year on its Season 3 debut.

This year will also see the introduction of the spin-off series, Vanessa's Story. (See Trailer) The new series will run parallel to the story of Out With Dad, the story tells of the harsh reality in store for many teens when they aren't accepted by their families because they came out. For Vanessa, being true to herself means leaving home for the uncertainty and the danger of the streets of Toronto.

The following is a interview conducted by me (Tee, founder of The PNT Tv Network) and the entire main cast of Out with Dad.




Please send contributions to: http://www.outwithdad.com/whenisthenextepisode

Ready for some binge watching? Head on over to PNT Tv and watch the series from its beginning. Episode will debut soon!

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Interview Series: Dyke Central's Florencia Manovil

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Created by Florencia Manovil and Arnetta Smith, Dyke Central is an Oakland-based dramedy that centers around 30-something butch roommates Alex and Gin...Surrounded by a diverse group of friends who guide, challenge, and support them. Alex and Gin struggle to adapt to change and create balance in their lives without losing themselves.

What separates Dyke Central from every other queer series that seems to be sprouting from every digital-camera holding filmmaker with a vision, is its diversity. However, it doesn't just throw minorities into the mix to appease its audience or to get noticed, it honest-to-goodness revels in its different-ness. From the storylines to the cast, the series swells to bursting, in it display of our community's true face.

It is clear from its twenty-plus minute pilot, that Dyke Central is not only rich in its diversity, but that the value of its production, the strong performances of the entire cast and obvious care taken by its crew to deliver as close to a mirror of the community it is trying to portray as I have ever seen depicted in a LGBTQ webseries.

If you are looking for a organic reflection of the queer community on film, give Dyke Central a go.



Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Florencia moved to the U.S. at the age of 18 to pursue film studies, eventually settling in the San Francisco Bay Area after living in Boston and New York for several years. Florencia is committed to bringing underrepresented communities to the screen, as well as showcasing Oakland and the Bay Area at large.

Florencia is a feminist filmmaker passionate about independent film, social justice, environmentalism, and queer identities. In 2008, she directed her first feature film, "Fiona's Script". The film played at several national and international festivals. Development of her second feature, “Star-Crossed,” was put on hold so that she could focus on “Dyke Central”.

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Florencia Manovil, the co-creator, writer, director and producer of the new webseries, Dyke Central. The following is that conversation.





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Second Annual Dinah Film Festival

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CLUB SKIRTS DINAH SHORE WEEKEND  & O.M.L
ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL SELECTIONS FOR ITS SECOND ANNUAL 
“DINAH FILM FESTIVAL”


Palm Springs, CA – Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, in association with One More Lesbian (OML), have announced the official selection of lesbian-themed projects that will be screened at this year’s “Dinah Film Festival.”

The Fest, which debuted last year to immense success, is set to return this year again at the Palm Springs Hilton Hotel on Friday, April 4 at 8:00pm offering attendees the chance to preview a slew of unique and original programs.

The 2014 Dinah Film Festival will showcase five web series, and present three exclusive world-premieres featuring a short film, a documentary and an exclusive advanced trailer.

The categories are as follow:
WEB SERIES
Dyke Central is an Oakland-based dramedy that centers around 30-something butch roommates Alex and Gin. Surrounded by a diverse group of friends who guide, challenge and support them, Alex and Gin struggle to adapt to change and create balance in their lives without losing themselves.

#Hashtag: friend Me. Follow Me. Like Me. Fall for Me. #Hashtag follows the love lives of two technology-obsessed friends in Chicago. From Instagram seduction to inappropriate selfies, Twitter over sharing to OKCupid dating, Liv and Skylar are about to learn the real-life consequences of over-indulgence in the virtual world.  The show stars Marnie Alton (Exs & Ohs, Cowgirl Up), stand up comedian Caitlin Berg and actress/writer Laura Zak.

Kiss Her I’m Famous (Season 2) is an intelligent satire created by Filmmaker Rolla Selbak (Three Veils), starring Tracy Ryerson (The Real L-Word) and Ilea Matthews, and featuring Noureen DeWulf (Anger Management). The show follows two hilarious and clueless characters Jen and Mandy who aim to create a celebrity sex tape to launch them into fame.  In Season 2, this sex tape is…leaked!

Little Horribles is a new web series that follows a single lesbian (Amy Rubin) as she navigates her thirties in Los Angeles. The show, created by Amy Rubin recently made Variety’s list of “Top Ten Best Web Series of 2013” impressively ranking at # 4. 

Nikki & Nora follows New Orleans locals Nikki Beaumont (Liz Vassey) and Nora Delany (Christina Cox) as they juggle the inner-workings of their personal lives with their roles as private investigators in America's oldest party town.

SHORT FILM
Secrets and Toys is a delightful short film where a surprise visit, a bumbling bestie, and many years of tight-lipped deception cause EVERYONE'S ish to hit the fan. The chaos caused in this comedy of errors is full of sexy moments and tons of laughter. Secrets and Toys will warm your heart as you root for the lovers to make it through the storm. 
Starring Dalila Ali Rajah (Cherry Bomb, Grey's Anatomy, New Girl), Shelli Boone (Saints and Sinners, Entourage), Diane Sellers (Rules of Engagement, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Darryl Stephens (Noah's Arc, Hot Guys with Guns), Doug Spearman (Noah's Arc, Old Dogs & New Tricks), Jill Bennett (Second Shot, Dante's Cove), among others.

DOCUMENTARY
God-Des and She Documentary follows the music duo God-Des and She as they return to their mid-west roots to attend a family function and to perform at a pride concert.  The duo talk about how they came to collaborate, their family and what their 2006 performance on The L Word has meant to their career.  A hip-hop/pop/soul duo bred in the Midwest, God Des & She now play to packed venues all over the world from New York to Sweden.

TRAILER (Exclusive premiere)
Girl Gets Girl is a feature film from the creators of the popular Chica Busca Chica (Girl Seeks Girl) series. A romantic comedy that tells the story of Nines, the restless lady-killer, coming back home from the States. Nines has tried to reinvent herself in Miami but it hasn´t worked as she expected. Nine years after leaving Spain she decides to go back home and win Carmen´s heart. The only problem? Carmen is straight and lives with Mónica the woman Nines left their wedding day. The film is directed by Sonia Sebastian.  Stars include Celia Freijeiro, María Botto and Adriana Torrebejano


The Dinah Shore Film Festival was launched last year as a way to promote the work of talented independent filmmakers and to show a glimpse of lesbian culture. Supporting filmmakers and film is important for Club Skirts’ founder and producer Mariah Hanson. 

“I was thrilled with the success of last year's film festival. We've expanded the format to include a wider variety of all types of films and are donating 100% of the proceeds to our filmmakers,” says Hanson. “I know this will eventually become one of the more popular events at The Dinah. We plan to continue to offer more wide ranged programming so that women from all backgrounds and interests can experience the lesbian pride and visibility of The Dinah.”

The Dinah Film Festival is a two-hour event. A special Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening. 
100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to all participating independent filmmakers. 

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For more information go to: www.TheDinah.com
Tickets $15 in advance. $20 at the door. 


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The Date is...Kiss Her I'm Famous - Season 2

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SEASON 2 OF HIT WEB SERIES 
"KISS HER I'M FAMOUS" 
PREMIERES MONDAY JANUARY 27
WITH FIRST 5 EPISODES AIRING AT THE SAME TIME



Season 2 of the web sensation "Kiss Her I'm Famous", created by Rolla Selbak, is set to premiere on Monday, January 27, 2014 on tellofilms.com.
All regular episodes (5 episodes) will be airing at the same time so fans can enjoy a binge-watching marathon of "KHIF". Audiences will have the exclusive opportunity to bypass all of the anticipation and indulge in five glorious episodes all at once.

The two-part season finale will then stream online on February 14 (Valentine's day).

Created and directed by San Francisco based award-winning filmmaker Rolla Selbak, the show is based on two hilarious and clueless characters played by The Real L-Word’s Tracy Ryerson and Ilea Matthews (The Violent Kind), who aim to create a celebrity sex tape to launch them into fame.

In Season 2, this sex tape is…leaked. What comes next for Jen (Ilea Matthews) and Mandy (Tracy Ryerson)?

Ilea Matthews, Tracy Ryerson, Fawz Mirza & Noureen DeWulf at the Screening Premiere of Season 2


The new season, which comprises a total of 7 episodes, will feature many surprises including the addition of actress Noureen DeWulf who is best known for her role as sexy therapy patient Lacey in Charlie Sheen’s hit TV comedy "Anger Management".  

"Kiss her I'm Famous" is the new comedy that has made a name for itself on cyberspace during its initial season 1.

The show satirizes the booming business of the sex tape madness, and how celebrity wannabes utilizes their home movies as a ticket to greater stardom and a major payday. The first season of the show premiered last year to great success, with the trailer alone reaching 1 MILLION+ combined views on YouTube in less than a week!


Season 1 and 2 of "Kiss Her I'm Famous" can viewed on tellofilms.com


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Interview Series - Creators of Kelsey (Webseries)

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Kelsey Rauber (l.) & Christina Raia (r.)
This past Sunday I had the pleasure of  sitting down with the creators of the hit web series, Kelsey. The series is mid-way into its first season, releasing a new episode every other Tuesday, it can be seen on several platforms, such as bliptv, youtube, vimeo and your very own PNT Tv.

Based on writer Kelsey Rauber's own experiences, it was director Christina Raia who spotted the potential and suggested they make a story out of it, so the series Kelsey was born. The series is produced by the duo under Christina Raia's production company, CongestedCat Productions.

Kelsey follows the plight of a talkative, humorous, and often self-deprecating lesbian, that has just ended -  her long term relationship and with the help of her friends, her slow re-entry into the world of the living dating.

The warmth and humor even extends to the creative method Christina and Kelsey came up with the title. According to Kelsey,
Oh, haha funny story. In the first round of scripts the main character was named Charisma, but Christina did not approve (thankfully). So after much back and forth I suggested 'Christina', and she just rolled her eyes and said 'Why not Kelsey?'
And with that small antidote, it is easy to see how Kelsey (the writer) became Kelsey the series!


PNT Tv's Interview Series - Creators of Kelsey... by leztuesday

Kelsey's cast include: Nichole Yannetty (Kelsey), Sharina Martin, Brennan Taylor, & Daniel K Isaac

To follow the series:

Official webpage - http://www.congestedcat.com/kelsey
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Kelseytheseries/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/KelseyTheSeries
PNT Tv Channel - http://www.pnttvonline.com/kelsey.html



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Interview with AWOL Director Deb Shoval

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Deb Shoval
11.19.13 - Deb Shoval's 2011 short film, AWOL is simply great. Rarely do I come across shorts that I hope become feature films actually do but that is the case for AWOL, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

At Sundance she was awarded the Women in Film LA Grant from Kodak, Technicolor, and CalmDown Productions. The feature has already participated in IFP narrative Labs.

Shoval directs and co-wrote the feature with Karolina Waclawiak. Shot entirely in Northeastern Pennsylvania over two seasons, the upcoming feature is 1/3 complete according to its director.

The feature follows a 19 year-old solider , Joey (played by Lola Kirke), just before her deployment, as she returns to her hometown on a recruitment assignment at the local mall. Infatuated with her older lover, Rayna (Breeda Wool) 27, a sassy, sexy, married mother of two, Joey navigates her way through a palpable hierarchy of class as she plots to flee the Army in the name of love.

Joey (Lola Kirke) and Rayna (Breeda Wool) (AWOL dir. Deb Shoval)
Film credits include;

Cast:
Rayna: Breeda Wool,
Joey: Lola Kirke
Pete: Ted Welch
Roy: Bill Sage
Kristin: Charlotte Maltby
Haley: TBA

DOP: Gal Deren
Producer: Jessica Calwell
Co-Writers: Deb Shoval & Karolina Waclawiak

Lola Kirke as Joey


I recently sat down and had an in-depth conversation with the filmmaker. Listen below to the interview in its entirety. The short can be seen here.



To back this project and watch the filmmaker’s personal pitch video, click here. And follow the film’s progress on Facebook.

All photos courtesy the AWOL production team.


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Filmmaker Rolla Selbak Releases Official Season 2 Trailer for "Kiss Her I'm Famous'

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Featuring Actresses Noureen DeWulf from "Anger Management" & Tracy Ryerson from "The Real L Word"

Los Angeles, CA 10.28.13 - It's official,  Filmmaker Rolla Selbak released today the season 2 trailer for Kiss Her I'm Famous. Be the first to watch it right here on the new site: www.kissherimfamous.com.

Season will feature many surprises including the addition of actress Noureen DeWulf who is best known for her role as sexy therapy patient Lacey in Charlie Sheen’s hit TV comedy, Anger Management. DeWulf's character is definitely a troublemaker! She's described in the show as an evil Disney princess. She's the grower of her own Kombucha and somewhat of a hilarious anomaly.

Selbak just wrapped the filming of the season 2 in Los Angeles and is now launching an IndieGogo Crowdfunding campaign for reimbursement of locations and equipment,: Check out the Indiegogo campaign for details, and please do donate if you like what you see.  it ends on Halloween: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kiss-her-i-m-famous-season-2



The series returns on cyberspace in January 2014 on tellofilms.com, and will feature a total of 7 episodes.

ABOUT ROLLA SELBAK:

Selbak's most recent credits include writing and directing the internationally acclaimed feature film "Three Veils”, starring Sheetal Sheth (Looking for Comedy in a Muslim World, I Can’t Think Straight), Mercedes Masohn (666 Park Ave), and featuring Eric Avari (Heros, The Mummy).  The film confronts delicate subject matters such as arranged marriage, homosexuality, and love within the Muslim-American subculture, and portrays the leading female characters as human beings first, women second, and their cultural surroundings as veils that dictate how much of their inner-selves are revealed.

With "Three Veils", Rolla Selbak,  who grew up in the Middle East and chafed under the strict social structure of a Muslim family, delivered a snapshot of her feelings about how women's rights are trampled under in her otherwise rich and vibrant culture. The feature film won Best Screenplay at San Diego LGBT International 2012; Best LGBT Film at the New York City International Film Festival 2011; Jury Award Best Film at S.F Women's International 2011; Jury Award Best Female Feature at the Long Island LGBT Film Fest 2011; and the Rainbow Award at the Honolulu LGBT Film Fest 2011, among other.


Her previous feature, “Making Maya”, has found a successful niche within the independent film world, and has been screened at film festivals and universities nation-wide.  She was announced a Winner of the LinkTV’s One Nation Many Voices film competition in 2008 for her documentary “Green Blue Sea”, profiling a young, Palestinian scuba diver, and his profound respect for the ocean.
She is known to delve into subject matters that bear distinctively bold, thought-provoking and compelling qualities.
The Palestinian native has been invited to speak at multiple panels on independent filmmaking and women in the arts, and was a grant panelist for the 2008 Regional Arts & Culture Council of Oregon.  Her other notable achievements include scoring and writing music for her films, and being a recipient of the inaugural Women’s Vision Film grant for her screenwriting, awarded by the Faerie Godmother Fund.



Mona Elyafi :Guest Blogger
Founder and CEO, ILDK Media; author and freelance writer
Follow Mona Elyafi on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ILDKMedia
Full Bio: http://about.me/monaelyafi

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