Tuesday, September 25, 2018

HollyShorts - The Boogeys Cast Interview

Photo Credit: JBN Media
Sanjay F. Sharma, Douglas Tait, Andrew Troy and Trip Hope - From Left to Right

Director Filmography: Sanjay F. Sharma - Director of THE BOOGEYS (short, 2017) and ARCANUM (feature, 2009)

Douglas Tait was born on December 17, 1978 in Tarzana, California, USA as Douglas J. Tait. He is known for his work on Unfriended: Dark Web (2018), Grimm (2011) and Teen Wolf (2011). He has been married to Isabel Cueva since March 8, 2003.

Andrew Troy was born into a long line of hard workers. His father, grandfather and great grandfather were war vets who worked a saw mill in the Bighorn mountains of Wyoming. Raised in the western United States, Andrew shared that same spirit and at the age of 15 started working in aviation, taking apart helicopter engines. By the age of 24 he had built and established two multi-million dollar businesses. He then turned that same hardworking approach and commitment to his acting training and acting career.

Since then, Andrew has worked in numerous feature films, theatre productions, television series, and national ad campaigns, not limited to: Riot: distributed by Universal Studios, Saints and Soldiers: The Void, the TV series Granite Flats and recently had a starring role in the the Sci-fi-action film The Boogeys, also starring Doug Jones from HellBoy.

Trip Hope has performed in over 50 plays and 20 independent films. His most recent stage performance was in the world premier of "Internet Dating the Musical" in Hollywood, from "30 Rock" Emmy Award winning writer Ron Weiner. He is an alumni of the prestigious Actors Theatre of Louisville, sponsor of The Humana Festival of New American Plays, where he was seen in the original productions of "Intervention" and "What Are You Afraid Of?". He's also an alumni of Play House West, where he performed in such productions as "Burn This", "Hamlet", and "Angels We Have Heard On High". One of his favorite film performances was in "Good Time Max", starring/directed/co-written by James Franco, an official selection at Tribeca Film Festival (2007) and currently available on DVD. Trip has performed in many award winning movies including: "Em", a dramatic feature, winner of the 'New American Cinema Grand Jury Prize' at the Seattle International Film Festival (2008), "11 Minutes Ago", a Sci-Fi time-travel feature, winner of 'Best Sci-Fi Feature' and 'Best Screenplay' at the Phoenix International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival, 'Best Sci-Fi Feature' at World Fest Houston, and 'Chairman's Best of Festival' at the FAIF International Film Fest (2007), "Extras", winner of 'Best Comedy Short" at the Hollywood MiniDV Festival (2005), "Devils Are Dreaming", a dark comedy feature, winner of 'Best Feature Film' at Dances With Films (2004), "Martha's Bakery", winner of 'Best Drama Short' at World Fest Houston (2003).

Trip has been a teacher of dramatic arts in North Carolina and Texas. His most ambitious teaching project was writing and directing a children's adaptation of "The Magic Flute" performed by over 700 children with Opera Carolina. He is an active member of SAG and AEA. He has been an active member of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, The American Association of Design and Production Professionals in the Performing Arts, The South Eastern Theatre Conference, and Alpha Psi Omega. He has been an actor and teacher with North Carolina Theatre for Young People. He's performed at Paramount's Theme Parks in the Wild West Comedy Show. He has studied comedy improvisation with Paul Sills, founder of The Second City Chicago. He studied Meisner Technique at Play House West for six years with Robert Carnegie, Mark Pellegrino, Tracey Aziz, Tony Savant, Chris Liebe, Sean Barnes, and Andrea Helene. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing and a Masters of Education in Theatre Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Doug Jones ― Sycophant
The youngest of four brothers, Doug Jones was born on May 24, 1960 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and grew up in the city's Northeastside. After attending Bishop Chatard High School, he headed off to Ball State University, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications, with a minor in Theatre.

He learned mime at school, joining a troupe and doing the whole white-face thing, and has also worked as a contortionist.

After a hitch in theater in Indiana, he moved to Los Angeles in 1985, and has not been out of work since - he's acted in over 25 films, many television series (Including the award-winning Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996), his episode 'Hush' garnered two Emmy nominations) and over 90 commercials and music videos with the likes of Madonna and Marilyn Manson.

Although known mostly for his work under prosthetics, he has also performed as 'himself' in such highly-rated films as Adaptation. (2002) with Nicolas Cage and indie projects such as Phil Donlon's A Series of Small Things (2005).

But it is his sensitive and elegant performance as 'Abe Sapien' in Hellboy (2004), which stormed to the top of the U.S. box office in the spring of 2004, that has brought him an even higher profile and much praise from audiences and critics alike.

Ron Roggé Joe ― The Newsagent
Born in Hawaii, raised in Alameda, California, and trained primarily in Theater in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing in over 75 plays and/or musicals before moving to Hollywood, and attaining his 1st ever TV credit. Also, an active Theater director with over 35 credits, and has been associated with Noah Wyle's prestigious 'The Blank Theater Company' for over 10 years, as a director, producer, actor, and company Casting Director.

Jordu Schell ― Bates
Jordu Schell is known for his work on Starship Troopers (1997), Planet of the Apes (2001) and Cloverfield (2008).

Cathleen Mason ― Old Man Jane
Cathleen Mason is an Actress and Acting coach. She has been in over 80 productions with film, stage/theater and voice over including several industrials for the LDS church. She has worked side-by-side with over 16 name actors and crew members in Utah and LA. Cathleen was nominated for best supporting actress in a short film in the 2015 Utah Film Awards. Cathleen has won over directors for years with her kind sensitive nature and strong dynamic acting range. One of her most noted works was as a grieving mother in a film short Crossroads where she was the lead character with no lines. She has played leading roles on stage including the role of Mrs. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. Aside from Acting she is a Bachelors Prepared Registered Nurse with a Master's in Professional Communications. If you ask her nice she will sing you a song in American Sign Language to sooth your soul.

Tyler A. Johnson ― The Courier
Tyler A. Johnson served in the Marines for five years, attaining the rank of sergeant. When he got out of the corps he went back to his hometown of Portland, Oregon where he got a college degree in Psychology. His senior year in college, he continued on his quest for adventure by going to flight school and getting his instrument rating in a single engine Cessna. A movie came to town starring Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston. Wanting to try his chance at getting an opportunity to be an extra on it, he landed the job of stand-in for Steve Zahn. Working with Zahn for 34 days on set, he found his love for the movie business. Noticing that so many things in it relate to the military. Tyler uses his experience in pursuing roles that match his experience.

Kyle Mason 
― The Kid
Kyle Mason is an actor, known for The Boogeys (2017).

Dustin Quick 
― News Anchor
Originally from Nebraska, Dustin started her acting career on the stages of the Omaha Community Playhouse, which was created by Marlon Brando's mother. After Dustin graduated from Pepperdine University with a BA in theatre, she performed Shakespeare for a 500 seat theatre Off-Broadway, wrote and performed in an urban sketch comedy troupe in New York called The Actor's Gang, became a member of the oldest theatre company in Los Angeles, Company of Angels where she played the role of Sally Bowls, co-hosted of the Miss Hollywood Image at Universal Studios, was part of LA Weekly's winner of Ensemble of the Year Award for, "Trainspotting", and Variety described her work in "St. Elmo's Fire" as, "Understated Perfection".

Recently Dustin spoke Albanian on CBS's, "NCIS", winner of the International Audience Award for Most Watched Drama in the World. Other television roles include guest-stars on Comedy Central, The WB, Univision, is the only actor in Slash's latest video, "You're a Lie".

Some of Dustin's big screen highlights include the role of Masie Mather in Rob Zombie's latest film, "The Lords of Salem", the upcoming, "Reversal" where she portrays the emotionally complex and action packed role of Laura, and her second role for multi-award winning filmmaker Dawn Higginbottham, "The Usual" which was honored at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Dustin has just now joined the ranks of Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron by being on NYBlondes.com's Hottest Blondes of LA list, in addition to staring in a fashion film directed by Michael Kahn that has been picked up by FashionTV.

Dustin has also done runway for New York and LA Fashion Weeks. Some of her modeling credits include Alice & Olivia, Adolfo Sanchez, Alexandre Dorriz, Altaf Maaneshia, Andre Soriano, Anita Chang, Beso Moda, Bibi Concepts, BMW sportswear, Briquelle of Beverly Hills, Bstrd, Caramente, Citron, Crispy Bikinis, Dan Richters, Deanna Hodges, Dina Bar-El, Drea Couture, Dulcenea, Emily Daccarett, Fiji Stones, Garo Hzor, Jaguar, J Love, Julia Valentin, Kenna and Maxi, Laila Warza, Liz Claiborne, LoveLight, Mattel, Morgan Culture, Parides, Puey Quiñones, Ojai Resort & Spa, Paula Marie Fashions, Roenna Designs, Shekar Rahate Haute Couture, Soni Soho Designs, Saleen, Smart Car, Tina Summers, SLS Hotel and sbe Entertainment Group.

Set in a near future where Earth has been turned into a planetary ghetto by an alien species (informally called the 'Boogeys'), our story follows Jack Dawkins, a former-cop-turned-pickpocket as he tracks down a missing child about to be sold to an alien overlord. The encounter will determine the fate of the child's life, and Dawkins' redemption from the failures of his past.

Sanjay F. Sharma, Douglas Tait, Andrew Troy and Trip Hope with JBN Journalist, Americo Galli.

Trip Hope on the Red Carpet at HollyShorts.

Andrew Try on the Red Carpet at HollyShorts.

Sanjay F. Sharm on the Red Carpet at HollyShorts.


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: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros). Sound: 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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