January 14, 2009
Filmmaker Hollis Zemany-McLachlan wants to help smooth the road for actors with disabilities who are pursuing a career in film. The Glendale resident is in the casting stage for a comedy that her independent film company, Pie Head Productions, is scheduled to start shooting in April titled “Pie Head (A Kinda True Story).” It will be her first full-length feature. “I am hoping that this will be a groundbreaking film in that we are casting a wide variety of actors with disabilities in ‘traditional’ roles, and of course, a few roles that were specifically written to accommodate special needs and disabled actors,” she said.
December 12, 2007
If you are a teenage girl or happen to know one, then the must-see film of the holidays is the realistically funny ?Juno,? starring the talented Ellen Page. It?s a small, independent film and a great stocking stuffer for fans of offbeat cinema. The story is about an unusual 16-year-old girl named Juno MacGuff, who is faced with the tremendous burden of dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. What will she do? Will she get an abortion, keep the baby or give it up for adoption? It?
September 22, 2007
In the kitchen, too many cooks can sometimes spoil the recipe. But when it came to the creative minds working on the animated film ?The Brave Little Toaster,? it was the more the merrier, Director Jerry Rees said. The independent film was made by former Disney employees in 1986, and it was released on the Disney Channel and later on video in 1987. It is the final movie to be presented Friday at the Kenneth Village September Film Festival. Film creators Jerry and Rebecca Rees, of Glendale, will attend and answer questions about the film.
April 9, 2005
Mark R. Madler Translating a dream he once had onto film is now helping Jesse Levy achieve his dream of being a recognized filmmaker. The 47-year-old Burbank resident's film "Red Lion" is attracting attention both here and abroad. The film has been chosen to be in the Filmstock International Film Festival in Luton, England in early June. It will play in Hollywood later this month at an independent film project at CineSpace in Los Angeles. The message of the film reflects Levy's following of Buddhism and how life can be transformed when one's inner resolve changes.
March 16, 2005
Jacqui Brown Kelly Stables has a knack for creeping people out. It's not how the 20-something actress looks when she walks down the street with her girl-next-door beauty and long red hair. It's more when her image appears on the big screen as Samara in DreamWorks Pictures' "The Ring," a psychological thriller released in 2002, and its sequel, "The Ring Two," to be released Friday. "I moved to Burbank from St. Louis in March of 2000 to pursue acting because this is something that's been inside me forever," Stables said.
September 18, 2004
Mark R. Madler When the independent film "Lady Luck & the Player" premieres in Los Angeles next weekend, it will be in Arclight Cinema's number 13 theater. But the filmmakers don't consider the number to be a bad omen. "Especially for independent filmmakers, we need all the luck we can get," said co-executive producer and Burbank resident Denise Pouchet. The story of two loves -- a girl and baseball -- set against the backdrop of glittering Las Vegas, "Lady Luck" was a years-long project for the director, writers and producers.
January 10, 2004
Molly Shore Future screenwriters will be able to unleash their talents in the weeks leading up to the sixth annual Method Fest independent film festival, scheduled for April 2-9 in downtown Burbank. Festival officials are encouraging middle and high school students to enter a screenwriting competition offered for the first time this year to Burbank youths. One winning script from a high school student and one from a middle school student will be turned into films to be shot by industry professionals, starring Burbank children, said Debbie Gates, who is directing the festival's new youth program.
November 19, 2003
JOYCE RUDOLPH Beginning its third season, Burbank's Media City Ballet is rehearsing its first full-length production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," scheduled for two performances Dec. 14 at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. Choreographer is Natasha Middleton, artistic director for the ballet company. John Pomeroy, lead animator of The Walt Disney Co., is creating backdrops. Shows are at 2 and 7 p.m., with the second performance being a fund-raiser for the Burbank Boys & Girls Club.
March 16, 2002
Katherine Tolford, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- Al Gonzalez helped turn a real-life crime into a modern-day parable that celebrates the wisdom that comes with old age. Gonzalez, a Glendale resident, directed and produced "Second Story," a short comedy film based on the unsuccessful robbery of an elderly Stockton woman. The 18-minute film tells the story of an elderly couple who fend off a burglar as they move into a retirement home. Like the real-life female victim, the film's character Marge Whitestone is particularly effective at thwarting the burglar even though she must use a wheelchair to get around.