Friday, July 27, 2007

Sixteen Local Shorts Selected for SLIFF

The St. Louis Filmmaker Showcase was a tremendous success! Thanks for keeping it alive, Cinema St. Louis!

The following films have been invited to screen in the St. Louis International Film Festival in November:

1. Actors, Joe Leonard
2. The Agonist, Doc Crotzer
3. Bodega, produced by Nathan Brown
4. Fleshy Loves Kittens, Jeremy Corray
5. Forgiven, Pete Van Der Pluym
6. Ghost Image, Jack Snyder
7. Jacob’s Room, Ken Calcaterra
8. The Journeys We Must Take, Gerry Mandel
9. The Loneliest Place on Earth, Cody Stokes
10.Mudman, Trevor Fields
11.The Quiet Place, Jason Christ
12.Raising the Bar, Jay Kelley
13.Recompense, Alex Lotz
14.Rhineland, Chris Grega
15.Ruzzian Roulette, Falaq and Rukahs
16.Silence American, Carson Minow

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


FREE SEMINARS! Let me say that again... FREE SEMINARS. The St. Louis Filmmaker Showcase is fast approaching, and the first wave of excitement comes on the 21st, where Cinema St. Louis has organized a terrific set of film seminars. Go to for more information, or CLICK HERE and give it a read.

Come on down! I should be down there, so be sure to stop by join the fun.

And now, here's a listing of the featured seminars:

Free, but reservations are requested and donations accepted.

SATURDAY, JULY 21 at the Centene Center for Arts & Education, 3547 Olive St.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Directorial Case Study. Jay Kelley conducts a workshop that examines the director’s role by showing several directors’ takes on the same scene and exploring the differences in their approaches to acting, staging and shooting. Participating directors and actors include Kenny Kinds, Tom Robinson and Travis Hill.

12:45-2:15 p.m.: Shooting in St. Louis: "Ghost Image." Producer Srikant Chellappa and director Jack Snyder explore the ins and outs of making independent features in St. Louis.

2:30-3:30 p.m. Q&A: Screenwriter/novelist Scott Phillips. The author of "The Ice Harvest" discusses his work as both a screenwriter and novelist.

3:45-4:45 p.m.: Q&A: Documentarian AJ Schnack. The director of "Kurt Cobain About a Son" and "Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)" talks about his career in documentaries and music videos.

5-6 p.m.: Q&A: Director George Hickenlooper. The director of "Factory Girl," "The Man From Elysian Fields," "Mayor of Sunset Strip" and "Hearts of Darkness" chats about his work.

Monday, July 09, 2007



Left South Pictures open casting call for the feature
film, "The Dead and the Dreaming", directed by Wolfgang Lehmkuhl and
produced by Jeff Most (Producer of The Crow), Cynthia Copeland, Michael Lowhorn and Aunia Kahn.

Saturday, July 28, 9 am to 6 pm.
Sunday, July 29, 9 am to 6 pm.

*The Tin Ceiling Theater Company
3159 Cherokee (At the corner of Cherokee and Compton),
St. Louis MO 63118-2843.

*Walk-ins are welcomed, but appointments are appreciated.

*If you already auditioned for us, please do not come to this
round of auditions, unless we requested you to.

*These are non-union paid roles.

*Actors who are or are not affiliated with SAG/AFTRA are welcomed.

*Headshots and resumes are preferred but not required.

*Prepared monologues are appreciated but not required (Please do
not exceed over 2 minutes.

Film Synopsis:
"Death can be dreadful and worthwhile, depending on where you
stand. In the Dead and the Dreaming, eight tales unravel deaths
secrets, as the characters unravel theirs. On a dark country road, a
hit man finds a reason. On the rivers edge, two white trash thugs
find the rhyme. While two men debate bullets over cancer, four
gunrunners debate death over prison. As one madman plays a lethal
game of chess, another falls for the photographer who stalks him.
Ranging from foreign language to silent film, The Dead and the
Dreaming throws different flowers at the coffin. Eight short films
tell a story with one message: Death is a mysterious creature;
teaching while it takes away."

We are in need for the following characters (Please read the
character descriptions to see if you fit:

Roberta – An outspoken portly Jewish or Italian American woman
between the age of 55-60

Harold – A courteous former athlete of Jewish or Italian descent,
between the ages of 55-60. Roberta’s Husband of 30 years.

Max – A tall, lean, dangerous individual with a very intimidating
presence. He’s between the ages of 30-50, possibly retired Special

Burle – A faded former pilot in his early 60’s. Caucasian male.

Chucky – A youthful man of Latino or African American descent
between the ages of 25-30, with a quiet, and playful menacing presence.

The Photographer -A slinky, darkly seductive and eccentric
Caucasian female between the ages of 21 and 35. She has a tantalizing
presence and a sick obsession for the macabre.

Gavin – A muscular, overly sensitive, bald Caucasian male between
the ages of 25-35.

Shawn – A tall, loudmouthed, menacing Caucasian male with a severe
face, between the ages of 25-35.

Chris – A serious-minded, friendly, suburban Caucasian male in way
over his head, between the ages of 25-35.

Sid – A straight up South City Hoosier, between the ages of 30-35
who clerks at a 7-11.

Jake – Former Marine, working class, Caucasian male between the
ages of 60-70.

Carl – Passive, working class Caucasian Male between the ages of

The Corpse- A Caucasian, attractive, physically fit female (curvy
or athletic), who has been brutally slain. 18 or over. Disclaimer:
Must be comfortable with being fully nude.

For more info, please contact Cynthia either at or

Also please visit "The Dead and the Dreaming" online at http://

Thank you,

Cynthia Copeland-Producer/Production manager





Friday, July 06, 2007


I just received this press release:


For more information, contact:
Lance Tilford
Limelight Media, LLC
501 N. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301


St. Charles, MO—The St. Louis area’s go-to photography studio for professional talent, actors and models has announced its workshop schedule for July and August. On the schedule are a commercial acting workshop from one of the St. Louis area’s top acting coaches, Kate Frisina; ACTING UP, a creative approach to acting for kids ages 8-13; MODEL GIRLZ, for preteen girls who want to have a fun modeling experience that emphasizes self-esteem and confidence-building, given by former America’s Next Top Model contestant Kristi Grommet; and ON CUE, a primer for anyone who wants to be an on-camera talent.

All workshops are open to the general public and are held at Limelight Studio in St. Charles.

Workshop details below are also available online at

How to Land the Roles You Want!
Thursdays August 16th – September 6th

Kate Frisina’s workshops have helped scores of talent land roles in film, television and commercials by learning how to project the right energy for the medium, read scripts correctly, be prepared, and be professional. With over 20 years’ experience in the Los Angeles commercial and voiceover market, Kate shares her experience in mastering on-camera acting and auditioning skills. In this very interactive and hands-on course, students are given actual commercial scripts to read and are videotaped and critiqued.

Instructor: Kate Frisina
4-week course of 2-hour Sessions every Thursday night, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Fee $150
For: Ages 8+ who audition for roles as on-camera talent

Know Your CQ (camera quotient)!
Wednesday August 8th 7:00 – 8:30pm

How much do you know about what goes on in front of and behind the camera? On Cue is a must primer for anyone pursuing professional on-camera work: you’ll learn how to prepare for a shoot, the mechanics of the shoot itself, what your rights are concerning your image usage and protection, and how you can make the best possible impression to ensure you gain a solid reputation as a true professional. This is must-have knowledge for actors, models and spokespersons who work on camera.

Sessions open to all ages, but persons under 16 should be accompanied by 1 parent (no extra charge for parent).

Instructors: Lance Tilford and Tamara Tungate
2-hour Sessions, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Fee $50
For: All Ages (under 16 should be accompanied by 1 parent, no additional charge) who want to pursue on-camera work of any variety

Creative Approaches for Young Actors
Thursday July 26th & Friday July 27th 9:30 – 12:30

All great acting--whether stage, film, television or video--starts with building character. In Acting Up, actress/model Kristi Grommet will help kids channel their imagination to create believable characters and develop dynamic acting skills for any medium. Using improvisation, communication games, scene study and teamwork, she'll help both novice and experienced young actors find the best ways to spark their natural acting talents.

Instructor: Kristi Grommet

2 Day Minicamp, 9:30 - 12:30
Fee $150
For: Kids ages 8 – 13 who want to explore acting for fun or professionally

Exploring the Model Experience
Saturday July 28th 10:00 – 3:00

At younger and younger ages, girls idolize "America's Next Top Model," supermodels, popular actresses and beauty queens. But what is it really like to model? Why do we idolize models? What types of modeling are there? What’s real and what’s hype and how can girls at this impressionable age navigate the quest for true beauty? America’s Next Top Model former contestant Kristi Grommet and former Miss Missouri and professional model/actress Tamara Tungate offer this fun crash course in developing healthy image and self-esteem for the camera. This one-day workshop will explore these questions and let girls develop natural skills for on-camera modeling in fashion, lifestyle, runway and more. The workshop ends with fun makeovers and photo sessions with professional makeup artists and photographers.

Instructors: Kristi Grommet & Tamara Tungate
1 Day Workshop, 10:00 - 3:00
Fee $100

For: Girls ages 8-13 who want to learn about modeling

Limelight Studio is located at 501 N. Kingshighway in St. Charles, 3 blocks north of Lindenwood University. The studio is open by appointment only. To book a photo session or makeup consultation, or to inquire about Limelight Sessions workshops, call Limelight at 636-925-1662 or go online to

Promotional images and additional quote sources available upon request.

Lance Tilford
Limelight Studio
636 925 1662