Thursday, August 23, 2018

HollyShorts: Always Remember Me - Nell Teare Interview

Photo Credit: Julia Swain

Nell Teare is a native Texan. She attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and then graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While still at NYU, Nell was cast in the original production of Memphis, which went on to win the Tony award for Best Musical. In 2008, Nell founded Harmon Creek Press and published her first book, Celia and the Witches, through Barnes and Noble. At the end of that year, Nell moved to Los Angeles and in 2010 worked at Center Theatre Group as a part of the original production of Randy Newman’s, Harps and Angels. 

Nell became a company member at Celebration Theatre and, eventually, their Director of Development from 2011 to 2012. At the recommendation of a friend, Nell would direct her first staged production and a mini documentary called, If I Look This Good, Why do I Feel Like Shit, in 2012. The following year, Nell wrote, directed and produced three short films. She works with FILM 14, having now directed over twenty book trailers for the company. At The Lillian Theatre in 2014, Nell directed and choreographed the original musical, Rock and Roll’s Greatest Lovers. In 2015, Nell became a producer on the film, Upended, directed by Tessa Blake and starring Amy Landecker. That Summer, Nell directed the original production of the one woman show, StandUpera, at The Actor’s Theatre. In February of 2016, Nell adapted and directed a short film based on Frederic Donner’s story, LOVE. Nell directed two stage productions; All Shook Up, at the Morgan Wixson Theatre, which opened March 5th 2016, and Anton in Show Business, at The Hudson Theatre, which opened April 9th of the same year (LA Stage RAW recommended; Top 10). 

 Nell has spoken about the use of visceral imagery on stage and in film for The Science of Consciousness Conference. Over that summer, Nell produced the web series, Broke A$$ Rich Kid and shot a series of book trailers, including The Atlantis Gene, Pandemic, Riven, Middle East Affairs and The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman. At the end of the year, she directed and produced the web series Guber and the short film, Katie and Ben. So far in 2017, Nell has completed photography on the web series' The Hunt and You. Me. Us? as well as the short films Never Stop and Buddy. In March, Nell shadowed on her first network show with director James Whitmore, Jr. for NCIS and then went on to shadow a second time for NCIS in August with Bethany Rooney. In the summer, Nell directed, Save to Draft, which was produced at The New York Summer Theatre Festival in Manhattan. She is currently in post-production for the short films, Tubby Hook and Always Remember Me.


Nell Teare on the Red Carpet with Luci MacNair.

Luci MacNair  Sarah
Luci MacNair is an actress and producer, known for Always Remember Me (2018), You. Me. Us? (2017) and BUDDY (2017).

Wendy Haines ― Kim
Wendy Haines is an actress and producer, known for Dexter (2006), O21 (2014) and Sons of Anarchy (2008).

Melissa Jane Osborne ― Jen
Melissa Jane Osborne is a writer and actress, known for Oma (2017), Always Remember Me (2018) and The Burg (2006).

Brandon Scott ― Adam
Brandon Scott was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. He is an actor, known for The Last of Us (2013), Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Stand Up Guys (2012).

Jamie Wollrab ― Mike
Jamie Wollrab is an actor and producer, known for Punching Bag (2017).

A young woman confronts her past at her childhood best friend’s birthday party. Which is complicated because her friend has been dead for 18 years.
Join us at the party when Always Remember Me makes its debut on the festival circuit this year.


Bradley Brough ― Assistant Producer
Bradley Brough is a composer and actor, known for Nightblind: Beneath the Alien Plains(2014), Tactics (2014) and Always Remember Me (2018).

Luci MacNair  Executed Producer
Luci MacNair is an actress and producer, known for Always Remember Me (2018), You. Me. Us? (2017) and BUDDY (2017).

Trina Dong ― Producer
Trina Dong is an actress and producer, known for You. Me. Us? (2017), Frankie and Jude: Star Wars - Situation Normal (2017) and Pre-Production: The Webseries (2017).

Elizabeth Mihelich ―Producer
Elizabeth Mihelich was born on August 16, 1979 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for It Happened Again Last Night (2017), Always Remember Me (2018) and Loveseat (2013).

Melissa Jane Osborne Writer
Melissa Jane Osborne is a writer and actress, known for Oma (2017), Always Remember Me (2018) and The Burg (2006).

Director Nell Teare and Executive Producer Luci MacNair present, Always Remember Me, a short film shot on 16mm Kodak film.

When Sarah (Luci MacNair) brings her new boyfriend Adam (Brandon Scott) to her childhood best friend’s birthday party, she's forced to confront her past. This is complicated because her best friend is dead.

A quirky, heartbreaking short film, Always Remember Me, is an exploration of grief and what happens when you deal with it, or don't.

Nell Teare and Luci MacNair on the Red Carpet with JBN Journalist, Americo Galli. 

Nell Teare and Luci MacNair on the Red Carpet at The Chines Theater.


HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.

Video/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros). Audio: Edward Chung

HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.
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