Tuesday, September 11, 2018

HollyShorts - Control Cast Interview

Photo Credit: JBN Media
Jonathan Levit, Carroll Brown, Jaimi Paige, Ross Denyer, and Keith Jefferies
From Left to Right.
GENRE Science Fiction, Horror
ABOUT Alone. 600 million miles from home. There's a knock on the door...
STARRING C. Thomas Howell, Jaimi Paige
DIRECTED BY Carroll Brown
WRITTEN BY Carroll Brown
PRODUCED BY Jonathan Levit and Carroll Brown, Executive Producer Elizabeth Weihl

JAIMI PAIGE is an actress and writer, known for Rizzoli & Isles (2010), Peacock (2010) and Redaction (2014).

ROSS DENYER is a Los Angeles actor and storyteller. He received his BFA in Acting from Elon University and has studied with Anne Bogart and SITI Company, the American Shakespeare Center, and Diana Castle’s The Imagined Life Acting Studio. As an actor, Ross has appeared on stage and on camera in short and feature-length films, new media, industrials, and commercial projects. In 2015, is facial likeness was used for Nikola Tesla in the PS4 video game, The Order: 1886.

As a director, Ross has created two short films – Just Desserts (2010) and Quiet Mountain (2012) – through his production company, Little Kraken Films. In 2013, he collaborated with his friend and fellow Elon alum Mark St. Cyr to direct and co-produce an original web series about a young actor on the rise – The Verge. The series was an official selection at 6 film festivals, winning “Best Drama” at Atlanta Web Festival in 2014, and has been featured in Backstage.

Ross received a liberal arts education at Elon University, graduating magna cum laude. Passionate about teaching, he led a 3-week Viewpoints Workshop at Elon University in 2011, inspired by his training with Anne Bogart and SITI Company (you can watch highlights from the final presentation on Ross’s YouTube channel).

Always keeping busy creatively, Ross’s screenplay concept, KeyWord: Cars (A Romance), won the 2014 Write Start Contest, affording Ross a full scholarship to an 8-week screenwriting workshop at NYFA Los Angeles in Burbank. He’s since written a Sci-Fi pilot and a short screenplay, “It’s Not the Selfie, It’s the Smile”.

Ross loves sci-fi and westerns (some favorites include Blade Runner and Once Upon a Time in the West). He enjoys computer games, boxing, cooking, classic rock, and Top Gear (RIP). A British-American dual citizen, Ross lives and works in Los Angeles. Presently, he’s revising his pilot, tutoring, and getting out to as many auditions as possible!

A scientist trapped by herself on an outpost near Jupiter after the death of her companion begins to imagine, or realize, that she is not alone after all.

CARROLL BROWN (PRODUCER) is a writer and producer, known for Control (2017), The Cheshire Cat(1996) and Havana Kyrie (2018).

JONATHAN LEVIT (PRODUCER) was born in 1971 in Monroe, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Control (2017), Now You See Me (2013) and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013).
KEITH JEFFERIES (CINEMATOGRAPHY) has shot several award-winning films, directed on the BBC’s flagship international channel BBC World, and founded a successful regional TV station for British cable company NTL.

As a producer, Keith has created hundreds of hours of ground-breaking television and film. As a passionate director, his experience includes outside the box scripted drama, strong journalism-based documentary, entertaining music productions and highly effective promotional work.

In the United States, Keith has been DP on episodic sci-fi show "In Zer0" and dark comedy series “Felix Graves” which he also co-directed. Keith has worked on many films, including features "Monsters: The Dark Continent", "Grain" and “Intensive Care” and as director of photography on "Naked Angel", "In Zer0: Fragile Wings" and "The Owner" — a global production that made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Keith is an artistic, creative and problem-solving director, director of photography and camera operator. Proud member of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600.

Jonathan Levit, Carroll Brown, Jaimi Paige, Ross Denyer, and Keith Jefferies with JBN Journlaist, Americo Galli.
From Left to Right.

Jonathan Levit, Carroll Brown, Jaimi Paige and Keith Jefferies with JBN Journlaist, Americo Galli.
From Left to Right.


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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