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Dan Steadman’s Film “Proximity” Hits Wehrenberg Theaters.

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Circling back from an interview in February of this year, Dan Steadman has completed his recent project entitled Proximity. This latest Steadman movie premiered in Jacksonville, IL earlier this year, which is the hometown for Proximity actor Jackie Manker. Currently, it is scheduled to play in several local Wehrenberg theaters in Greater St. Louis.

We caught up with Steadman to discuss what’s happening with Circa87.

“Two years ago we auditioned 1300 people in Wehrenberg Theatres. Over 400 of those people have played small roles in our last 5 projects. 3 actors won lead roles in Proximity – Sandy Sparks, Meg Davis, and Cody Heuer. So the auditioning really leads to great casting discoveries. It’s so exciting to see how far those actors have come in the past two short years. Even more, the actors who take the workshop get much bigger opportunities on a weekly basis. I want to grow the company with those who invest in it — not just people who self-servingly show up for the shoot dates and red carpet premieres. This is something we’re all building together.” Shared Steadman

Recently, as the Circa87 2016 Actors Workshop completed in June, Classes will be pick up from January to June next year – here’s how to get involved.

“We will be filming “The Racket,” a full length feature film this October with members of the class in lead roles. Some supporting roles will be cast in our open call casting sessions, happening next weekend, September 2 and 3, at all four Wehrenberg locations showing “Proximity.” Actors who audition may download the sides from our website, or prepare their own 2 minute monologue.” Shared Steadman’s publicist, Ethan McDaniels.

Get your tickets for Proximity, audition for The Racket and check out the press release for more information and how to get involved.

Proximity – Open Casting Call – Press Release

Proximity - Movie Poster

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Take a look at the previously featured article published on 2016/02/06

Midwest Filmmaker: Dan Steadman

by Scott Michael Dunn @scottmdunn

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Dan Steadman: shaking up the community with his focus to develop, drive, and promote talent in the Midwest. Hollywood certainly gets most of the credit when it comes to filmmaking, with New York following close behind and Atlanta determined to catch up. But Steadman fully believes that the St. Louis metropolitan area is a perfect location for sitcoms, movies, and live theater. Not only is he talking this talk, but there is no doubt that Dan Steadman has dedicated his talent, passion, and career to walking the Midwest walk.  After moving here from LA, he developed a substantial following and became determined to give back to this community by providing opportunities for actors to fulfill their dreams. For example, his movies, Belleville and Proximity, saw the casts walking a red carpet for their respective premiers and being interviewed by local radio and TV stations. Fortunately, for the multitudes of acting talent in this area, this will happen again! Steadman has developed workshops that will provide not only in-depth guidance in the acting craft, but also opportunities for future roles.

Steadman founded Circa87, and actors can enroll in talent workshops available every Saturday for the next few months, and gather more information about additional opportunities at www.circa87.com. Steadman shared his personal story with us:

How long have you been in the industry? What kept you pushing forward and did you have immediate success?

I’ve been in the industry since 1987 – just about 30 years, which seems like a long time for someone who’s only in his early 40s. But I started as a teenager, producing TV in Michigan. Originally I was in front of the camera, as a clown. The next series I did, I started to hide behind puppets. By my third project, I quickly learned that storytelling was my drive. I quickly lost the performance bug and started to fall in love with discovering talent and putting it on screen. Writing and directing became my passion, and still is, nearly 30 years later.

How do you support your projects financially when it seems the toughest battle in this industry is funding?

That is the toughest battle. I think the secret is to devote far more time marketing than doing the “fun” stuff. I hate marketing, but part of being a professional is to do the things you hate doing. This year, the acting classes I’m teaching for six months will help fund the sitcom and the movie I’m shooting this year in the Midwest.

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How do you feel about the talent available locally?

I moved here from Los Angeles due to the high quality of talent here. My first film, “Belleville,” starred St. Louis actress Cooper Show. I hired her off of her fantastic demo reel, even without an audition. She killed the part of the antagonist in that film, and was rewarded in Beverly Hills with a Best Supporting Actress win at the American Movie Awards for her role in our film. Another actor in “Belleville” is Antonio St. James. He was a new actor with a magnetic talent. He came in and auditioned for me at a banjo shop in New Athens, IL (no joke – I didn’t have an office for casting, so the fine folks at the Bluegrass Shack) let me use their space. Antonio was immediately written into my film and he has since gone on to book speaking roles in the film “Gone Girl” and on top notch TV shows “Empire,” “Chicago PD” and “Shameless.” That’s the kind of talent we have here. It was enough to make me move.

What’s the newest project and do you have a teaser for us to promote it?

The latest project is “Proximity,” which is continuing to roll out in theaters across the Midwest. It’s a romantic comedy we shot in St. Louis, Belleville, and Centralia, IL. I’m very proud of it. It was a stage play I wrote in Los Angeles about eight years ago with my writing partner Rajeev Sigamoney. I’m so glad we’ve finally gotten the chance to turn it into a movie.

What role did you play in Belleville, Proximity, and now the newest project in motion?

I wrote and directed “Belleville.” I directed and co-wrote “Proximity” with Rajeev Sigamoney and will be writing this Fall’s movie with him, as well. I’m flying out to California in May to finish it with him. Then I’ll be directing that film in September, with actors from my 2016 Actor’s Workshop.

How are you recruiting talent for these projects

We’ve auditioned 1300 people in the Midwest and over 400 of them have landed roles. Now it’s time to focus on those who are the most serious. That’s, in part, why I started the acting workshop. I want to devote my time and attention to actors who really want to make a go of this profession. If they are willing to come to a weekly class on Saturday for six months, I want to invest in them and make sure everyone gets some kind of speaking role in the Fall movie.

Most importantly, how did you get Adam W. to play a role in Proximity – baseball to the movies isn’t unheard of but I bet that played a role in increasing your audience?

Our producer Kathy Kaiser knew his family, and that’s how we approached the Wainwrights. The whole family was part of it — his daughters, his wife, and even his then-unborn daughter (if you squint really hard). Yes, getting a celebrity on board always helps, of course. That’s how our culture is rigged. I used to make TV pilots and films with famous folks (Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Sean Hayes, etc) and that excites audiences. But really, a good performance is a good performance – whether it comes from a famous person or an unknown. Just look at Antonio and Cooper! (previous answer)

How does it feel to have your projects play with all the lights and red carpet. I’ve seen some of the pics of wide grinned, local talent but it must feel like an accomplishment to have a full house and a big screen presentation?

A full house is certainly an accomplishment, of course. The marketing of all that is challenging for me — exhausting, even. But for me, the red carpet premiere events are thrilling for two reasons. I get to tell a story to a willing audience. That’s a near-impossible feat in this day and age, with the fractured audience consuming media, with everyone on their cell phones, and with attention spans at an all-time low. The second great joy of a screening is watching all these deserving Midwesterners walk a red carpet, all glammed up, and get their much-deserving moment in the spotlight. Watching people have so much fun and feeling special makes all the behind-the-scenes effort, worth it.

For more info check out Circa87

Follow on twitter here.

If you like this then check out Always Late TV.

Midwest Filmmaker Profile: Doveed Linder

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Midwest Filmmaker Profile: Doveed Linder

by Scott Michael Dunn @scottmdunn

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Another contributor to local filmmaking in Greater St. Louis is Doveed Linder. He has marketable success, with an earlier project that was sold to a notable Hollywood studio. Linder has another feature film (anthology) in motion and it is very close to completion. He has never feared progress as he embraces every new opportunity by jumping in with both feet. His focus and determination represents his success. With a culturally diverse background and a very interesting cinematic perspective and professional direction, Doveed Linder is an extraordinary individual. From experience, his direction moves talent to the next level and forces the emotional contribution to become personal and real. He also maneuvers that discipline into his boxing training.

“That movie was an action/western movie called “Defiance”, which was picked up by Lionsgate Films. That was my first feature film…”

https://movielala.com/people/doveed-linder/videos

“The Box” is on the way to completion along with his boxing training. There doesn’t seem to be much that can be done to deter this gentleman from contributing to the entertainment industry. It is best to join or get out of the way as he climbs a metaphoric ladder: boundless and success driven. Check out his movie “Defiance” released in 2002 and his book about boxing, The Modern Era, Vol 1.

Stl TV Live interview with Doveed Linder

Boxing: The Modern Era Vol 1

Let’s start off with who you are and where you are from geographically, ethnically. Do you feel you’ve had an advantage in life? 

I was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, first in University City and later in Ladue. I come from a half Jewish, half Catholic family, not particularly religious either way. My family growing up was middle class, perhaps upper middle. We didn’t live extravagantly, but I always had presents on Christmas and on my birthday. If I wanted to play a sport or do a certain activity, I always could. I guess you could say I had advantages that a lot of people in the world don’t have. I think the biggest advantage I had was that I had the freedom to pursue all of my interests, specifically filmmaking which isn’t considered a practical path. Instead of going to college and getting a degree, I started making movies with the intention of building a career as a writer/director of motion pictures. This was something I had wanted since I was five years old and my parents were supportive of that. They never suggested that I should take a different path.

“The owner of the gym asked me if I would work with some of the neighborhood kids a couple days a week in exchange for waiving my gym dues. A couple of days quickly turned into six days a week”

You are currently a boxing trainer and that has an interesting twist to your life story. Would you elaborate on where that all started?

Doveed and RaymondIn the late 90’s, I started to become a big boxing fan. From there, I learned to box and had a few amateur fights. In 2009, I moved to Los Angeles and started dabbling with boxing writing, eventually writing a boxing book that is coming out later this year. So, my passion of the sport has led to my involvement in a number of different ways. As a trainer, it started in 2004. I was working out at a boxing gym on the North Side of St. Louis. The owner of the gym asked me if I would work with some of the neighborhood kids a couple days a week in exchange for waiving my gym dues. A couple of days quickly turned into six days a week and I ended up training amateur fighters and putting them in fights. After a year of that, I had to stop and find a way to support myself. I became a personal trainer at a gym in Clayton called Sweat. My niche, of course, was boxing instruction. There were a few occasions along the way where I would work with somebody who wanted to fight, so I would spend a little extra time with them and get them to that level. But I wasn’t what you would call a “go-to guy” for people who want to get in the ring, nor am I now. Right now, I train one boxer who is about to make his professional debut. I Doveed and Demetriusknew him from the amateur days and we were always friendly over the years. I ran into him at an event a couple of years ago and he asked me if I would work with him. I’m very happy to do it, but I’m doing it to build his career, not mine. This isn’t something I’m trying to expand for myself.

 


Right now you are finishing “The Box”. How long have you been working on this project?

We started shooting “The Box” in December 2012. I started writing it in August or September. It all started when I moved from Los Angeles back to St. Louis in July of that year. Dave Rutherford, a cinematographer who I have been friends with and have worked with since I first started making

The Box Trailer

The Box by Doveed Linder

movies, suggested that we make a short film together. I wrote an 18-page script called “The Box” and started passing it around for feedback. Somebody suggested to me that I take this idea and make a feature film – an anthology consisting of 3 or 4 stories, where this mysterious box is used as a link from story to story. That’s how it took off. We shot one of the stories in December and I started writing the other stories in 2013. I had no idea how we would pull this off. But I figured with an anthology format, we could start and stop as we go along without having to worry about significant continuity issues along the way. Starting and stopping over a three year period is a tough way to make a movie, but we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.Doveed and Stephanie

You had a previous production that made it to market, Can you elaborate on that, what it was about, and how people can watch a clip or teaser trailer?

That movie was an action/western movie called “Defiance”, which was picked up by Lionsgate Films. That was my first feature film and my only other feature besides “The Box”. Like “The Box”, it was a long process with a lot of starting and stopping. It was a very raw effort because I was so young and inexperienced, but it was a great accomplishment for everyone involved. I’m probably more proud of that movie that I will be of any other movie I make from here on out. It was a massive first film in that it was set in the 1800’s, and we were working with horses, guns, special effects, hundreds of extras, etc. It was so demanding on everyone who worked on it and I have such a huge appreciation for everyone I met on that movie. If you want to see it, Google “Defiance 2002” and I’m sure you’ll find something.

“I just wrote a boxing book, which will end up being a series of books, so I’ll probably be working on that for the next few years.”

What are your plans with boxing and movie making? Can you balance the two at the same time? Which one are you most passionate about?

Like I mentioned, I’m training just one boxer and my involvement, as a trainer will depend on his interest and level of commitment. Right now, he’s taking a very professional approach, so I am as well. I just wrote a boxing book, which will end up being a series of books, so I’ll probably be working on that for the next few years. But movies have always been the thing I’m most passionate about. First and foremost, I need to finish “The Box”. I have a few other projects ready to go to when “The Box” is finished. My plan is to get those movies made and keep going with it. When I first started making movies, I was having a lot of success. We made “Defiance” and followed it up with a Stephen King adaptation called “Strawberry Spring”

Strawberry Spring

Strawberry Spring by Doveed Linder

which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. At some point, I hit a wall with filmmaking. I didn’t have the resources to do the things I wanted to do and I didn’t know what angle to take. Around this time, the boxing thing started showing up in my life. I kept trying to get my movie career off the ground, but boxing is where I found the open doors. Boxing has been good to me. It’s a sport that has really shaped me as a person. Here I am 15 years after I made my first feature and I’m finally working on another one. I’m back on track to make movies again and I now have this second career with boxing. As far as how I balance the two, I just find ways to make it work. The boxer I train came out one day to help me with “The Box”. I read that day that we might be fighting in three weeks, so we started training right there on the sound stage.

Tell me about the life of a boxing trainer. What does somebody like that do: the sacrifice, the commitment, the challenge? What does it feel like in the moment when you watch your protégé fight?

In a way, being a boxing trainer is a lot like being a film director. I spend a lot of time daydreaming. I develop a vision for what I want, but there has to be flexibility in that vision because it’s a collaborative process. Fighters, like actors, cinematographers, musicians, etc., are all unique and bring something to the table that a trainer or a director never counted on. Trainers and directors both have to study their craft and follow the history, as well as the evolution of it. My feelings about the actual fight are similar to the way I feel about going onto the location to shoot. It’s not my favorite part of the process. I kind of just want to get it over with. The real stimulation comes with the planning. In the ring or on the shooting location, there are often variables that you never counted on, so you have to be able to think on the fly.

What’s should we look for from Doveed Linder in the future, and how can we follow you?

The book I referred to is called “Boxing: The Modern Era, Vol. 1 (24 Interviews with the People of the Sport)”. It’s a collection of interviews with various people in the boxing world – the fighters, trainers, promoters, officials, etc., from the Muhammad Ali era all the way to the present. It was picked up by McFarland Publishers and will be out in the near future. “The Box” will be finished this year and I look forward to marketing it for distribution. The boxer I train, Raymond

Sweat GymHandson, is making his professional boxing debut at Lumiere Casino on February 20th. I hope for a successful night and that he keeps moving forward with his career and doing good things. Most of all, I look forward to the next movie after “The Box”. There are a few different possibilities and we’ll see how it unfolds. As far as how to follow me, I’m on Facebook, or you can book a session with me at Sweat gym in St. Louis, where I work as a personal trainer and a boxing instructor. Sweat has been a huge source of support. They give me a chance to make a living and also give me the freedom to pursue my other interests.

Midwest Filmmaker Profile: Dan Steadman

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Midwest Filmmaker Profile: Dan Steadman

by Scott Michael Dunn @scottmdunn

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Dan Steadman: shaking up the community with his focus to develop, drive, and promote talent in the Midwest. Hollywood certainly gets most of the credit when it comes to filmmaking, with New York following close behind and Atlanta determined to catch up. But Steadman fully believes that the St. Louis metropolitan area is a perfect location for sitcoms, movies, and live theater. Not only is he talking this talk, but there is no doubt that Dan Steadman has dedicated his talent, passion, and career to walking the Midwest walk.  After moving here from LA, he developed a substantial following and became determined to give back to this community by providing opportunities for actors to fulfill their dreams. For example, his movies, Belleville and Proximity, saw the casts walking a red carpet for their respective premiers and being interviewed by local radio and TV stations. Fortunately, for the multitudes of acting talent in this area, this will happen again! Steadman has developed workshops that will provide not only in-depth guidance in the acting craft, but also opportunities for future roles.

Steadman founded Circa87, and actors can enroll in talent workshops available every Saturday for the next few months, and gather more information about additional opportunities at www.circa87.com. Steadman shared his personal story with us:

How long have you been in the industry? What kept you pushing forward and did you have immediate success?

I’ve been in the industry since 1987 – just about 30 years, which seems like a long time for someone who’s only in his early 40s. But I started as a teenager, producing TV in Michigan. Originally I was in front of the camera, as a clown. The next series I did, I started to hide behind puppets. By my third project, I quickly learned that storytelling was my drive. I quickly lost the performance bug and started to fall in love with discovering talent and putting it on screen. Writing and directing became my passion, and still is, nearly 30 years later.

How do you support your projects financially when it seems the toughest battle in this industry is funding?

That is the toughest battle. I think the secret is to devote far more time marketing than doing the “fun” stuff. I hate marketing, but part of being a professional is to do the things you hate doing. This year, the acting classes I’m teaching for six months will help fund the sitcom and the movie I’m shooting this year in the Midwest.

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How do you feel about the talent available locally?

I moved here from Los Angeles due to the high quality of talent here. My first film, “Belleville,” starred St. Louis actress Cooper Show. I hired her off of her fantastic demo reel, even without an audition. She killed the part of the antagonist in that film, and was rewarded in Beverly Hills with a Best Supporting Actress win at the American Movie Awards for her role in our film. Another actor in “Belleville” is Antonio St. James. He was a new actor with a magnetic talent. He came in and auditioned for me at a banjo shop in New Athens, IL (no joke – I didn’t have an office for casting, so the fine folks at the Bluegrass Shack) let me use their space. Antonio was immediately written into my film and he has since gone on to book speaking roles in the film “Gone Girl” and on top notch TV shows “Empire,” “Chicago PD” and “Shameless.” That’s the kind of talent we have here. It was enough to make me move.

What’s the newest project and do you have a teaser for us to promote it?

The latest project is “Proximity,” which is continuing to roll out in theaters across the Midwest. It’s a romantic comedy we shot in St. Louis, Belleville, and Centralia, IL. I’m very proud of it. It was a stage play I wrote in Los Angeles about eight years ago with my writing partner Rajeev Sigamoney. I’m so glad we’ve finally gotten the chance to turn it into a movie.

What role did you play in Belleville, Proximity, and now the newest project in motion?

I wrote and directed “Belleville.” I directed and co-wrote “Proximity” with Rajeev Sigamoney and will be writing this Fall’s movie with him, as well. I’m flying out to California in May to finish it with him. Then I’ll be directing that film in September, with actors from my 2016 Actor’s Workshop.

How are you recruiting talent for these projects

We’ve auditioned 1300 people in the Midwest and over 400 of them have landed roles. Now it’s time to focus on those who are the most serious. That’s, in part, why I started the acting workshop. I want to devote my time and attention to actors who really want to make a go of this profession. If they are willing to come to a weekly class on Saturday for six months, I want to invest in them and make sure everyone gets some kind of speaking role in the Fall movie.

Most importantly, how did you get Adam W. to play a role in Proximity – baseball to the movies isn’t unheard of but I bet that played a role in increasing your audience?

Our producer Kathy Kaiser knew his family, and that’s how we approached the Wainwrights. The whole family was part of it — his daughters, his wife, and even his then-unborn daughter (if you squint really hard). Yes, getting a celebrity on board always helps, of course. That’s how our culture is rigged. I used to make TV pilots and films with famous folks (Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Sean Hayes, etc) and that excites audiences. But really, a good performance is a good performance – whether it comes from a famous person or an unknown. Just look at Antonio and Cooper! (previous answer)

How does it feel to have your projects play with all the lights and red carpet. I’ve seen some of the pics of wide grinned, local talent but it must feel like an accomplishment to have a full house and a big screen presentation?

A full house is certainly an accomplishment, of course. The marketing of all that is challenging for me — exhausting, even. But for me, the red carpet premiere events are thrilling for two reasons. I get to tell a story to a willing audience. That’s a near-impossible feat in this day and age, with the fractured audience consuming media, with everyone on their cell phones, and with attention spans at an all-time low. The second great joy of a screening is watching all these deserving Midwesterners walk a red carpet, all glammed up, and get their much-deserving moment in the spotlight. Watching people have so much fun and feeling special makes all the behind-the-scenes effort, worth it.

For more info check out Circa87

Follow on twitter here.

If you like this then check out Always Late TV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always Late TV by Scott Michael Dunn

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There are some who remember going to the “video store” to rent the latest movie on VHS. When DVD’s hit the market, we still rented movies, but crazy red boxes showed up all over the place and we drove to pay a buck to get a DVD dispensed. And then, what seemed like an almost simultaneous launch, streaming emerged. With video stores as archaic as VHS tapes, the long lines in front of the infamous “Redbox” have now dwindled as well thanks to the streaming phenomena we now have access to today. Local, creator/director of Always Late TV. Kevin Edwards, is a forward thinker with streaming information to the masses.

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According to Edwards, “We, at Always Late TV, want this site to be St. Louis’ source for original, home grown shows and documentaries.” Edwards has past productions to thank for the growth and success of Always Late TV.

One of Edwards’ current and all-time favorite productions with AlwaysLateTV.com is his first project: “Local Ambition.”  He started this series in 2013 and has produced four seasons thus far. With season (5.0) beginning in February of this year, Edwards is celebrating over five million views in 50+ countries. 5.0 is currently in pre-production with plans to start actively filming in February.  “Local Ambition” is a reality series with women competing to win the loosely put title “Most Ambitious Entertainer.”  5.0 is also offering $1,000 in cash prizes and potentially more if things go well. The viewership growth, according to Edwards, could expand and allow more prizes and opportunities for the contestants.  Women of all shapes, sizes, looks, and experience levels throw themselves into the mix of this show.

You can stream “Local Ambition” seasons on your computer, whenever you want, wherever you want (bearing an internet connection), and yes, it is free.  With “Local Ambition” heading into production this February with 5.0, here’s a peek at season 4 and the swimsuit round.

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AlwayslateTV.com is recognizably gaining attention locally, nationally, and globally, utilizing regional talent and developing opportunities for those aspiring to entertain.  Edward has a couple projects keeping him busy these days. “Brother vs. Sister” is wrapping up final edits and releasing later this year in May.  Edward is expanding his talent profile from reality streaming with this fictional drama.  The plotline is about a sister left behind to clean up after her brother reveals dark secrets, unmentionables that were never to be shared with the small town they live in.  Dani Jay, a participant in “Local Ambition” season 4, crew member for (5.0), and staring in “Brother vs. Sister” is overcoming physical obstacles (fibromyalgia) and achieving her dreams with her start on Always Late TV.

We had an opportunity to visit with Kevin. He shared some of his thoughts with us about his projects and personal ambitions.  Here’s a little insight into Kevin Edward and AwaysLateTV.

Tell us about your inspiration? The why and what that inspired you as creator?

My inspiration for Brother vs. Sister is hard to explain.  What happens to our main character, Ryan Lancaster (the sister) is loosely based off of what happened to a woman in the town I grew up in.  The decisions that she made came back to haunt her when the town found out about them.  She lost everything and her life, and the lives of her family, changed forever after that.  That true story is the basis for the start of Ryan Lancaster’s character on the show.  Everything that happens after that is fiction.

My inspiration gets harder to explain after that.  I’m not sure why I get a lot of the ideas that I get for stories and characters – but I get them.  I guess that’s all that counts, right?  I usually find that if I sit down and try to write – I’ll get nothing.  When I’m ready for bed; in the shower; or driving – I’ll get my best ideas.  Then I scramble to find something to jot them down on (because I’m still not the type of person who puts that stuff into their phones).

I have tons of sheets of paper in my desk with ideas written on them that I use from time to time to help me write Brother vs. Sister.

I can’t say that the characters or stories on the show were inspired by anything I’ve seen in television or movies.

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How do you feel about the talent base available locally?

A lot of these characters on the show are dark.  Their situations and behavior are pretty extreme at times.  This isn’t the kind of subject matter that you expect a lot of people to be cool with.  That said, I’m impressed at how the local talent have taken these characters, accepted them, and brought them to life.

Some of the local talent that I have been really impressed with are Clayton Humburg, Kalena Schubert, Jaan Marion, Brittnee Bell, Samantha McKimm, and David Sanchez.  These are only some of them.  I’m impressed with everyone on the show, but for the sake of making this short – this is who I listed.  I feel like I should say that.

Clayton plays the brother, Jamie Lancaster.  Jamie is a great villain, because he’s not the kind of person who gets his hands dirty.  He’s not Tony Montana or the Joker.  He’s more like Littlefinger from Game of Thrones.  All of his action is done behind the curtain, manipulating people to get what he wants.  Clayton has done a great job at portraying him and audiences are going to see how much of a cold, sociopath Jamie really is.

I would also like to mention that our talent from Local Ambition impresses me too.  Dani Jay, Alexandra Wantland, and Pyramid Williams were all cast members on our modeling reality series, Local Ambition.  Now they are actresses on Brother vs. Sister.  The step from reality to scripted television is huge and they’ve made the climb.

What’s the newest project and do you have a teaser for us to promote it?

We have two new projects – Brother vs. Sister: Season 1 and Local Ambition 5.0 (the 5th season).  Brother vs. Sister will air in either May or June as the first project of our brand new on demand service that we are launching.  We are very excited about that!

Local Ambition 5.0 will start filming in February and wrap in July and will air in September this year.  It will be our biggest season of the show to date with a cash prize for the winner.

 

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I know this is a tough question but, what is your favorite project and why?

This is a very tough question.  I’d say Local Ambition.  I say this because it has a special place in my heart.  It was the first project Always Late TV ever had and it’s improved every year we’ve done it.  Local Ambition has produced a lot of great talent for us and it’s been a lot of fun to make.

We get to choose a cast and see what happens.  We get to see each of them develop over the course of the show; challenging their creativity, modeling skill, and personalities. It’s an amazing show.

Explain the concept behind Brother vs. Sister and where are you with that show?

The plot is centered around a sibling rivalry between Ryan and Jamie Lancaster.  Ryan had everything she ever wanted, but lost it all when her brother told everyone back at home her deepest secret.  Having lost her job, friends, family, and the love of her life – she has nothing left to lose.  She decides to go to River City to find him and teach him a lesson in revenge.

The show follows two parallels – one with Jamie and one with Ryan.  You get to see characters and side stories develop around these two.  Viewers will see gang warfare; the dark side of the adult film industry; shattered relationships; and broken dreams.

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How would you rate the actors you have playing characters on that show?

Since I’ve mentioned some of them already, I’ll mention some that I haven’t talked about.

Kalena Schubert plays Stacy Hutchins.  She is the ex-best friend of Ryan Lancaster.  After their hometown turned on Ryan, Stacy decided to save her social status and do the same.  She chose her public image over her best friend.  Stacy’s a villain that is going to be very easy to relate to by viewers.  While not everyone can imagine a gun-toting psychopath who terrorizes an entire city, they can picture a small town woman whose interests are more material than anything else.  Kalena is the exact opposite of her character and that’s what impresses me about her performance.  She can completely transform into Stacy and it’s amazing to watch.  Kalena is nice and sweet, but she turns into Stacy, who is a manipulative, spoiled rich brat.

Samantha McKimm is another talented actress.  She plays Luna – Ryan’s new neighbor in River City.  Luna has overcome a lot of struggles in her life, including leaving an abusive ex-boyfriend.  Despite all the pain and suffering she’s experienced, Luna remains positive about her life and does what she can to help others.

When I was watching all the video auditions for Luna, Samantha’s performance stuck out the most.  She was the only one who actually seemed to BE Luna.  Everyone else seemed like they were just reading the lines.  On set, she compliments Ryan’s character perfectly.  While Ryan is brash and sarcastic, Luna is sweet and sincere.  Samantha is one in a million.

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What is local ambition? Describe your thoughts behind that?

Local Ambition is a modeling competition reality series that puts local women from St. Louis, and the surrounding area, against each other.  They compete in themed photo shoots and challenges each week and the women who fall short face elimination.

The show, unlike Top Model or others, takes more of a personal interest in the cast members.  It’s not all about modeling and doesn’t tell women that they need to look a certain way to be beautiful.

Our show promotes body positivity.  Women who of any shape, size, color, or age can participate.  The winner of our last season was Sarah Galbraith – a 33 year old single mother of three.  She was our first plus size model and she competed on the show while being a size 16.

 

There is drama on the show, but it’s 100% real.  Unlike Top Model, or other shows, we do not script or coach our cast to do or say anything.  The drama occurs organically.  I have a great producer for Local Ambition – Hanna Hetz. She was a finalist on our last season and she has quickly adapted to her new role behind the scenes. She asks a lot of great questions and has an eye for this kind of thing. I’m very impressed with her and can’t wait to see what she can do on our next season.  Chris Hoffman is also someone who continues to impress me. He’s been with Always Late TV since 2013 and he’s moved from photographer to cinematographer. He’s adapted very well from still frames to motion pictures.

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