Friday, July 21, 2017

New Addition to Behind The Scenes--The Pickup--July 15 Edition-Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers & Charlie Pride


This is a new addition here at Behind The Scenes.
I am happy to welcome to the site THE PICKUP
This is my third episode here with the show.
This weeks edition of the show is July 4th Episode:

Here is some information on the show:

ABOUT THE PICKUP:

Launched in early 2015, The Pickup, a syndicated country video news series produced by The Hot Seat, highlights today's stars and classic country artists making news today. New episodes are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. The Pickup, hosted and produced by Adam Wurtzel, can be seen on the websites of broadcasters across the country including over 160 stations, as well as online media blogs, RFD-TV, the U.K.'s SKY Television and the Heartland Network.

  
 

Thank you to Ryan Grubb with Webster Public Relations for allowing me to share the show on my blog.

Thank you for checking out the show and for reading this
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Movie Review: Bad Frank(Available July 7, 2017)October Coast

Frank Pierce (Kevin Interdonato) leads a seemingly normal life, but when a disturbing past re emerges and something precious is taken from him, his mask of sanity loosens and unearths the urge to be violent once again.


From the word go this film has you by the jugular and does not let go. Sometimes it's brutal and other times it is calm and has some real defining moments that is rarely seen in a film like this.

We first meet Frank Pierce(Kevin Interdonato) and his wife Gina(Amanda Clayton) are starting their day she is making breakfast and he is out hammering some boards. Suddenly he injures himself -on purpose...this is our lead in of the film.
From that moment on we watch as the film unfolds in front of us, Frank is not well it's clear from the early beginning.

There is a moment in the film where a rare and emotionally charged scene that is done with such grace and skill that I watched it again. Frank has a history that we are totally brought into by the end of the film. Before we get there we wait with anticipation of what is going to happen next. In the scene above he reaches out to his father by phone and in a scene that can be compared to that of the end of "Field of Dreams" where Kevin Costner says "Hey Dad, you wanna play catch?". Sure this is on a different level as that was the end and this is roughly not even half way through but it held the same emotions for me as far as a scene goes. Also it was about baseball.


Sure once you read the synopsis of the film you thought here we go another revenge film, okay but as they say don't judge a book by it's cover. Same here if you miss this one, you are missing a gem of a film. It's raw , it's brutal and it takes a step back to the gritty underworld cinema of the 70's.

In a scene again with his father the emotions are angry and rough. He finds him at a local bar and confronts him about his wife being kidnapped and wanting his father's help to find her , being that he is a retired cop. His father refuses and Frank looses it and here we meet what is now known as "Bad Frank"




From here on to the end of the film the title does not make us wonder any more. In some tense and scary moments on film Kevin Interdonato gives us a performance worthy of many awards. The cast and crew have brought a great little story together so very well. Again this may sound like something you have seen before but trust me after many years of watching films from all over the world, this is something special in my opinion.

Frank is not a nice guy at all once we get to know him, neither are his previous employer or his friends and associates. These are some bad people Mikey Duro(Tom Sizemore-above-Saving Private Ryan-Natural Born Killers)is Frank's former boss and he goes nut's when he finds Frank has a secret to tell. Tom Sizemore is one of those great character actor's who will help the smaller filmmaker's with their film's and also star in bigger films as well. He is a great actor and has some great scenes here.




This plays out to an ending that I never saw coming. It has an edge to it unlike anything I can remember in recent memory, the fuse is lit it's just a matter of time before Frank explodes.
Bravo!


Feast your eyes on the trailer below, it also has a slow build up just like the film does:

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Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Independent Film Reviews: Monsters Among Men

This film starts with the titles starting as we watch as a young woman is tortured , not sure what is really happening but am sure we will be filled in later.
Our lead is running to the camera as he dropped the box that is directly in front of the frame , it is a ring as he is going to propose to his girlfriend. Upon doing so they are both attacked and knocked out.
Upon awakening he finds she is nowhere in the area he is at, he is around some other people at an open grave where a man is still digging. Making off in an effort to find his girlfriend he keeps persistence in finding her and there is some good camera work here and a well shot chase scene through the woods, well edited.
The score composed by Thomas Berdinski remids me of Richard Band scores from the old Full Moon Entertainment days , I told Thomas this and he was flattered as Richard is one of his idols.
 I did enjoy this film overall , though some scenes felt as if they went on a little long. I loved the fact that they used practical effects in this and the locations are well chosen deep in the woods. I know some won't watch this only because there is no-one in it that they know of, to each their own. I like to support film , either way.
The ending had a good payoff maybe we will see more of this group?


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Anthony Nadeau


Upcoming Films--Star Wars --Untitled Han Solo Movie

I have not written anything on here in regards to Star Wars since I reviewed "The Force Awakens" which I was not fond of. Then came the equally as bad "Rogue One", which given the case that prior to these films were the original lead In's -if you will of Episodes 1, 2 & 3.....well then.

Now forward to 2017 and we have (or had--right side of picture above) two directors --Phil Lord & Chris Miller --working from a screenplay that is written by Lawrence Kasdan who has a great skill as a writer and has had many successful films made from his work. He has written three prior screenplays for Star Wars films, being The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, just to name a few.
The team had finished over four and a half months of directing the film and then had creative differences with Kasdan and the studio took his side and fired the two.

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77," Howard tweeted Thursday afternoon. "I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film."

Ron Howard is no stranger to space having Directed the George Lucas screenplay of "Willow" and also the great story of "Apollo 13" screenplay by William Broyles Jr. & Al Reinhart. Howard would win Best Director in 2002 at The Oscars for "A Beautiful Mind" with Russell Crowe.

He starred in George Lucas's first feature film that was "American Graffiti". All this being said this is a separate venture from the other Star Wars films franchise. This initially was only going to be three films that started back in the late 70's. George Lucas wanted to spend more time with his children so he sold Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic to Walt Disney for $4.05 billion in 2012 with half in cash and half in Disney stock. Whoever says he is not a smart businessman should think again.
I will update this as more information comes about , but for now here is a fan made poster for the upcoming film.
The film is set to be released May 25, 2018
Fan Art by Augen

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Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau

Press Release-Whistler Film Festival Launches 5th Annual Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship


Short content development program open nationally for up to six emerging Aboriginal Canadian film artists.

Whistler, B.C. (June 21, 2017) - To mark National Aboriginal Day and to support the voices of Aboriginal Canadians, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has opened the call for applications for its 5th annual Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship. The four-day creative and business immersion experience to be held from November 29th to December 3rd during the Whistler Film Festival and Summit is open nationally for up to six emerging Aboriginal Canadian film artists with short films, webisode projects or television pilots to attend.

The program is designed to advance Canadian Aboriginal talent, by focusing on strengthening and advancing short script projects by facilitating feedback from group of mentor filmmakers who are successful, well-respected members of the Canadian film community.

“WFF’s Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship is designed to nurture Aboriginal content creators from across Canada who are looking to advance their short form content from script to screen,” says Angie Nolan, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “We are proud that a number of participants have utilized the knowledge and contacts provided during the lab experience to further their projects past the development stage and into completion, and that it has been a platform for their success.”

Recent Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship success stories include: 


Allan Hopkins’ Indian Road Trip which grew from a short script into a feature and is currently in production; 


Mary Galloway’s Unintentional Mother completed in 2016 with the assistance of the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award of which Mary was the first Canadian recipient; 

Trailer for Unintentional Mother(click here)

Daniel Foreman’s Raven and the Sea Wolf, which is part of an animated series of short stories now in production called Legendary Myths: Raven Adventures.



Over four days the Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship will focus on individual and project-specific feedback through a series of one-on-one sessions with mentors, as well as group sessions in order to strengthen their projects. Feedback will include everything from where to take your script, to changes the project may require in order to move it to the next level, as well as finding the project’s audience once it’s made. The facilitator will provide high level strategic advice and counsel to the filmmakers over the course of the Fellowship, and help them to receive feedback from Industry mentors. Participation includes access to WFF's Industry Summit where the fellows will gain firsthand insight into the world of narrative short form storytelling through panel discussions, pitches, networking, and screenings with filmmakers and industry experts, including the MPPIA Short Film Pitch and WFF’s ShortWork Showcase screening and reception. Participants will also have access to Festival screenings and WFF's Industry Summit from November 30th to December 3rd.

Short scripts in all genres can be submitted for consideration. Writers must be Canadian citizens and of Aboriginal descent. All rights remain with the filmmaker. WFF has no proprietary interest in any of the projects. The application deadline is August 30th, and the finalists and mentors will be announced by October 3rd. Application details and information are available at whistlerfilmfestival.com.

Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and commitment to the Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship sponsored by Canada Media Fund, Creative BC and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and supported by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler.

From November 29th to December 3rd, the Whistler Film Festival + Summit (WFF) will celebrate its 17th edition with fresh films, special guests, unique industry initiatives, epic events, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination.
The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a cultural charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs for Canadian talent. Find out more at http://whistlerfilmfestival.com/.

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Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Press Release--5TH ANNUAL RISE ABOVE FESTIVAL TO FEATURE SEETHER, KORN, STONE SOUR, HALESTORM, & MORE!!!



Largest Suicide Awareness Event Set For July 22nd and July 23rd In Bangor, Maine


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fifteen years deep into an incredibly consistent and rewarding career, Seether continues to thrive, pushing their creative boundaries while remaining true to their fiercely loyal, worldwide fan base. Poison the Parish is Seether at their very best, a gripping and self-assured affirmation of a quintessential hard rock band in peak form.



Here is their new music video for:
"Let You Down"

Seether’s 5th Annual Rise Above Fest, the largest suicide awareness event in the world, which will be held Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd at Darling’s Waterfront Park in Bangor, Maine will feature performers including Korn, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Skillet, Halestorm, Falling in Reverse, and more.


Here is the new music video for Korn's song 
"Black Is The Soul"


"I started this festival as a tribute to anyone who has lost someone. If this festival does something to help one person reconsider the tragic choice of suicide, then it will be the greatest success of my career," said Seether's Shaun Morgan.

Stone Sour
Here is the new "Live" video of Stone Sour performing 
"Mercy"


Morgan, Rise Above Fest’s founder, was honored in 2016 with the “Artistic Expression” Award from the National Council for Behavioral Health at the Awards of Excellence in Las Vegas.
Halesstorm
Here is their music video for
"Dear Daughter"--a nice ballad for daughters in the world.
For Rise Above Fest tickets and information, visit: Rise Above Fest

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Sincerely 
Anthony Nadeau