RICHARD FINISHES DEBUT FILM, GETS PRESS REVIEWS Congratulations to Next Actor StudentRICHARD FINGER Congratulations to screenwriting and acting student Richard Finger, a Forbes columnist who made his debut as a writer-director in a Next Actor Comedy feature that was shot in New York and Houston in November and December.
In December, Finger interviewed KISS founder Gene Simmons for Forbes after the latter's wife and daughter finished working in the same film.
The film had a press screening recently at Soho, West Hollywood, where critics reviewed the film.Visit the film's website at sexmarriageinfidelityfilm.com
JACKSON DIPPEL IN NATIONAL COMMERCIAL Big Congratulations to Next Actor Student, 6 year old StudentsJACKSON DIPPELon getting the lead role in the National Commercial for Albertsons. Check out the commercial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDwOU5lb7Ek
SOPHIE TALKS TO EXTRA TV ABOUT NEXT ACTOR FILM Sophie Simmons, daughter of Gene Simmons of the rock band KISS and former supermodel Shannon Tweed, talks to EXTRA TV in an exclusive interview about our new Next Actor Studio comedy featurein which she acted. Click here for a preview and stay tuned for the entire interview to air soon..
NEW NEXT ACTOR FILM NOW CASTING Congratulations to Next Actor StudentsRICHARD FINGER on making his directorial debut with his first screenplay Sex, Marriage and Infidelity in New York to be produced by Next Actor Films and Lake Camp Productions. Richard is a screenwriting student of Next Actor Studio and a columnist for Forbes.
The film is currently auditioning actors in Houston (Oct 16 - 20), Los Angeles (Oct 22 - 23), Austin (Oct 29) and New York (Oct 31, Nov 1). The film starts principal photographyin November in New York and Houston.
SEAN AND ZOIE LAND LEAD ROLE IN 'ARTISSE' Congratulations to Next Actor StudentsSEAN DE VIDA and ZOIE STEEN on landing the lead role as Pedro and Artisse in the upcoming family film ARTISSE that starts filming end of August in Houston and Arizona. The film is written by Brian Stewart and directed by Trisha Ray for the non-profit foundation Boat Angel Outreach Center that had earlier produced the Christian films Federal Case, Sugarbaby and Inside Out.
Sean was earlier cast as the lead in San Banarje's short film Train and his feature The Shadow Behind You. This is Zoie's first film.
NEXT ACTOR THRILLER 'THE SHADOW BEHIND YOU' WRAPPED Big congratulations to the extremely hard-working and dedicated team of our psychological thriller The Shadow Behind You that wrapped in August in Conroe, Texas. The film was shot on the brand new Arri Alexa, the coveted camera with a Super 35 sensor that also shot movies like Skyfall, Hugo and Life of Pi. Check out the images and follow the film on IMDb or Facebook by clicking here
JEREMY McFADDIN CUTS THREE CITY BANK TX SPOTS Big congratulations to our alumnus JEREMY McFADDIN on bagging not one but three spots in City Bank Texas Commercials as the lead Look for the ads on youtube here
CHRIS SMITH IN SAG FEATURE Big congratulations to our student CHRIS SMITH on getting cast in a Principal role in the SAG feature Sacrifice starring Dermot Mulroney of Zodiac, Copycat, My Best Friend's Wedding etc. Shot recently in Woodlands, Texas. Sacrifice follows four teenagers from a small Texas town as they come face-to-face with their own consciences after a tragic accident. Chris plays the assistant principal at the school the boys attend.
Chris will be seen next in a lead role in our upcoming horror-thriller The Shadow Behind You to be shot this summer.
GARY WORKS WITH DANIEL BALDWIN Next Actor Alumnus GARY SMITH poses with actor Daniel Baldwin on the set of the short film "The Sound of Trains" in which Gary plays the principal role of Agent T.
The film was shot in Shreveport, LA last week for LA Film Prize competition.
THIAGO PAES - SPOTLIGHT' MAY - JUNE After being cast in the critically acclaimed, award-winning feature film The Nowhere Son and the short comedy Physiotherapy, Next Actor Alumnus Thiago Paes will be seen as one of the Lead in the upcoming horror-thriller The Shadow Behind You to be shot this summer.
This will be the third time Thiago will be directed by San Banarje, who had earlier cast him in a PSA for Cancer Awareness for the The Next Samaritan Project. To play the role of a Professor in USA in the late 70s - early 80s in The Nowhere Son, Thiago adopted the look of his own father who was at UT Austin around the same time.
Thiago holds a Master of Construction Engineering and Project Management from UT Austin and an MBA and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Brazil. He co-authored a research publication for TxDOT (Texas Dept. of Transportation) while working as a graduate research assistant at the Construction Engineering Department and Center for Transportation Research. He currently working full-time as a subsea engineer and marine pipeline designer.
SAM HOGER IN TWO SAG NATIONAL COMMERCIALS Congrats to our Stanislavski Method Actor SAM HOGER on booking three jobs at one go.
After working with Robert de Niro and Stallone in the upcoming feature Grudge Match, Sam shot the SAG national commercials of 'Sprint' for both Spanish and English market and'Hyundai' commercial for the English market.
Earlier this month, Sam was filmed by the San Antonio Tourism Department recently and will be seen on the murals all across San Antonio airport.
GIUGI CARMINATI'S 'THE SPARCUS SERIES' NOW AVAILABLE The Science Fiction book The Sparcus Series(Vol. I of V), authored by Next Actor Studio alumnus Giugi Carminati is now available on Amazon.com. The book is also available on Kindle and on Barnes & Noble and soon will be available on Nook. Get your copy from Amazon.com here.
'THE NOWHERE SON' IN NEW YORK FESTIVAL Our filmmaking instructor San Banarje's Feature The Nowhere Son is now an official selection at the Hoboken International Film Festival to be held in New York from May 31 - June 6. After winning several accolades including a Gold Remi at 2013 Worldfest, being named as one of "Five Don't Miss movies at Worldfest" by eminent reporter Joe Leydon, being mentioned by Houston Film Critics Society for being one of the 'Best Pictures' and 'Best Actresses' at 2013 Worldfest, the film will screen on Tuesday, June 4 @ 12 noon at the Paramount Theatre, Middletown, New York.
Congratulations to Director-Writer San Banarje, editor Trisha Ray and Next Actor Cast Thiago Paes, Omar Scanu, Shahab Pierre, Ash Thapliyal, Chirag Patel & Ishrat Khan on this accomplishment.
CHASE COCHRAN'S DEBUT SHORT IN MARFA FEST Next Actor alumnus CHASE COCHRAN's debut film Night Shift Locksmith is now an official selection at the Marfa Film Festival which will take place at Marfa, Texas from June 26 - 30, 2013. Check this page for screening schedule so if you are in Marfa, you can view this very funny short yourself.
Big Congrats to actor-director Chase on this accomplishment.
NEW NEXT ACTOR FILM LAUNCHED Next Actor feature film THE SHADOW BEHIND YOUis in pre-production. This horror-thriller stars all Next Actor students in several lead and supporting roles. Follow the film's facebook page at facebook/shadowbehindyou for casting call, production notes etc. The film stars Greg Vaynshteyn, Sean Zamir, Jasmine Darby, Eddie Aguirre, Giugi Carminati, Thiago Paes, Sammy Zamir, Chris Smith among others. For more info, visit the IMDb page of the film at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2817548/.
GIUGI CARMINATI - 'SPOTLIGHT' MARCH Next Actor alumnus Giugi Carminati lands Lead Role in the upcoming indie horror-thriller SHADOW BEHIND YOU to be shot in summer 2013. Giugi has earlier worked in a PSA for Cancer Awareness, PSA for PTSD of Veterans and our short film "Physiotherapy". Giugi speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish fluently. She is an Attorney, a Professor of Law at a renowned university and a Novelist. Check out her book "The Sparcus Series" by visiting the website http://www.thesparcusseries.com
SAM HOGER WORKS WITH ROBERT DE NIRO, STALLONE Stanislavski Method student Sam Hoger with the legendary icon and one of the greatest actors ever born, Mr. Robert De Niro on the sets of the boxing movie "Grudge Match" starring De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger and LL Cool J. Sam is currently filming in New Orleans for the past few days. Sam himself is a Mixed Martial Arts coach and this film is right up his alley. You can find info on his training center 'Hoger MMA' here.
"THIS MUST BE THE PLACE" DVD WITH GRANT GOODMAN Don't forget to check out Next Actor Alumnus GRANT GOODMAN in This Must be the Place, out on DVD today, Tuesday, March 12. Grant plays Tommy and sings the title song with the Academy Award winner Sean Penn under the direction of Cannes Film Festival's Palm d'Or nominated Paolo Sorrentino. The movie also stars Academy Award winner Frances McDormand. If you missed the movie at the theatres, you can now catch it on DVD and support this very young and very talented actor.
"THE NOWHERE SON" RECOGNIZED BY CRITICS The Nowhere Son, a feature thriller written and directed by Next Actor San Banarje had its world premiere at Worldfest Houston where it picked up a Gold Remi and got mentioned for being one of the "Best Picture" and "Best Actress" by Houston Film Critics' Society. The film is named as one of "Five Don't Miss Movies at Worldfest 2013" by renowned critic Joe Leydon of Variety, Moviemaker, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle etc.
"MARCHA ATRAS" & "MARIACHI MONDAY" IN FESTIVAL Trisha Ray's Marcha Atras (Reverse) and Gina Gheller's Mariachi Monday will screen on March 2nd @ 12:30 pm as part of the 2013 Lagniappe Film and Music Festival, Beaumont, Texas (Jefferson Theatre and Crocket Street at Downtown Beaumont). Congrats Trisha and Gina on getting your works officially selected in this festival.
WILLIAM MOLINA & JUDY GARLOW'S SHORT IN FESTIVAL Congratulations to Next Actor Filmmaking Alumni, Judy Garlow and William Molina. "Czech Beautiful", a short film Judy co-produced and Will co-directed, is an official selection at the "Bare Bones International Film Festival" to be held in April this year in Oklahoma. Incidentally, their filmmaking instructor San Banarje won the "Indie Auteur Award" at this same festival in 2011 for his film "Bodhisattva" that picked up the best foreign film award the same year. Judy and Will, keep the flag flying high guys!.
"PHYSIOTHERAPY" WRAPPED IN HOUSTON Next Actor Alumni San Banarje, Eddie Aguirre, Thiago Paes, Sam Hoger, Julisa Gonzales, Greg Vaynshteyn, Kristen Perry, Kelly Finnemore, Kristen Egbert, Derek Gaskamp, Shahab Pierre, Sebastian Gomez & Maria Muskus wrapped their shoot of Trisha Ray's new film "Physiotherapy" about a choreographer (Nikki) who is left wheelchair-bound after an accident.
Congratulations to the team. We look forward to the first cut next month.
SAM HOGER IN "DALLAS" SERIES Stanislavski Method studentSAM HOGER gets his moment on Television when his episode in "Dallas" aired in February. Sam played a police officer in the series shot in Dallas, Texas.
Sam will be next seen in Trisha Ray's short Physiotherapy that was also shot in February in Houston.
Congratulations Sam, keep going!
STUDENT DEBUTS ON TELEVISION FILM Stanislavski Method Student JULISA GONZALEZ of Stanislavski session gets her television debut with "Muerte y Contrabando". This Spanish action film that she worked on, has been airing on CineMexicano (Comcast, channel 500).
Congratulations Julisa, Rock on!
OUR INSTRUCTOR IN TOM HANKS' MOVIE Next Actor Instructor JENNY GRAVENSTEIN is cast in "Parkland," produced by Tom Hanks, starring Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton & Paul Giamatti.
Jenny was earlier cast in our Christian featurette "Inside Out".
Congratulations to Jenny on this accomplishment.
GRANT'S THIRD RELEASE IN 2012 Next Actor Alumnus GRANT GOODMAN acted alongside Gerard Butler in "Playing for Keeps," now playing nationwide. Grant plays Butler and Jessica Biel's son's friend in this Hollywood flick. This is Grant's third theatrical release of 2012, earlier two being "The Campaign" and "This Must be the Place".
Way to go Grant!
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE NOW IN THEATRES Watch Next Actor Alumnus GRANT GOODMAN in the newly released movie "This Must be the Place," directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Grant plays Sean Penn's son in this 2011 Cannes Film Festival winner and has also sung the title song "This Must be the Place" in the movie. It also stars Academy Award winner Frances McDormand. The movie is playing at Edwards Grand Palace Cinema 24 in Houston.
This is Grant's second movie that released this year. A big congraulations to the little man.
CAMPAIGN DVD COMES OUT Watch Next Actor Alumnus GRANT GOODMAN in "The Campaign," out on DVD everywhere. Grant plays Zach Galifianakis' son in the movie. It also stars Will Ferrell and Dylan McDermott. If you have missed it on the big screen, you can watch it at home now.
NEXT ACTOR STARTS PSA SERIES FOR NON-PROFIT Next Actor Studio and Lake Camp Productionsare in production of a series of PSA short films to promote awareness for health-related issues including cancer and other maladies. The The first of the short film series is now complete and can be viewed online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86jEIEBLPNM The PSA is written by Trisha Ray, directed by San Banarje and stars Jennifer Rogers, Heather Williams, Thiago Paes, Brandon Pentecost, Gary Chisholm, Giugi Carminati & Brian Watson. The PSA is made for the non-profit foundation "The Next Samaritan Project"
NEXT ACTOR STUDIO RECEIVES BEST DRAMATIC SCHOOL AWARD We are extremely honored to announce that Next Actor Studio has been selected for the 2012 Houston Awards in the Dramatic School category by the Houston Award Program committee. Previous winners of this award include American Red Cross, Shell, Merrill Lynch, Best Buy, Trump Palace to name but a few. The Awards Committee stated that:"Our selection of your company is a reflection of the hard work of not only yourself, but of many people that have supported your business and contributed to the subsequent success of your organization." This award belongs not only to Next Actor, but to all who stood by us from day one and have been an integral part of this studio. THANK YOU!
'PLAYING FOR KEEPS' SEES GRANT AGAIN We are very proud of Grant Goodman who will be seen in Director Gabriele Muccino's latest movie Playing for Keeps, starring Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid. The movie opens nationwide on Dec 7th, 2012. Grant plays Billy, a friend of Butler's son. Congrats to Grant and his parents Jason and Helen on keeping up this amazing work. Keep checking this page for updates or follow us on facebook.
BODHISATTVA WINS BEST OF FEST Bodhisattva, our 87 mins thrilller won the "Best of Festival" award at the 2012 Gulf Coast Film Festival held at Clear Lake, Texas. The award was presented by director of Houston Film Commission, Mr. Rick Ferguson (picture left) to filmmaker San Banarje who co-wrote the film with Trisha Ray and directed it in seven days. The festival also recognized actor Brandon Smith (No Country for Old Men, Bernie) with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This is a great accomplishment for Bodhisattva which is now available on DVD via amazon.
DANNY BALDWIN IN HOUSTON Congratulations to Chirag Patel on getting cast in Divorce Texas Style alongside Hollywood actor Daniel Baldwin. After working with the second of the Baldwin brothers, Sugar Land native Chirag said "Daniel is an awesome person to be on set and work with." Stay tuned for updates on release of this project or follow us on facebook.
GRANT GOODMAN IN "CAMPAIGN" Huge Congratulations to Grant Goodman on the release of his latest movie The Campaign where he plays Clay Huggins, the son of Marty Huggins played by Zach Galifianakis. The Campaign also stars Will Ferrell and Dylan McDermott and releases on Aug 10 at 12:01 am nationwide. Grant's other movie This Must be the Place where he plays Sean Penn's son is also up for release later this year. Stay tuned for updates or follow us on facebook.
3 COUNTRIES, 3 FILMS, 1 FESTIVAL San Banarje's Semper Fi and Bodhisattva and Trisha Ray's Reverse are official selections at the Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival to be held in Kemah, Texas from Sept 13th, 2012. Semper Fi was shot in Houston with Next Actors Drew Brown, Brian Watson, Lance Stodghill, Omar Scanu, Emily Rose and Mordecai Mose. Bodhisattva was shot in India with San Banarje & Trisha Ray alongside legendary world cinema actor Soumitra Chatterjee and Reverse was shot in Argentina with Latin American model/actor Pablo Rodriguez (Toyota, Heineken) and Omar Scanu. Congratulations to all three teams on their hard work and accomplishment. Screening schedule will be updated soon and we look forward to having you with us at the festival in September.
NEXT ACTORS SHINE IN 48 HR FF Brian Watson reports from Houston, Texas. Next Actor was well represented at the June 2012 Houston48 HR film contest. The films screened in July 2012 to sold out theaters in Houston. The top Houston film moves on to the next competition level, with the final level the top 12 films world wide. In 2011, a Houston film, Cold Wars by former Next Actor student Wayne Slaten, advanced all the way to the top 12 films world wide, and was screened at Cannes. In 2012 contest, Gina Gheller (pictured left), was cast as a Erika, a wise mother who counseled her daughter on how to pick a husband in the drama, Charlies Horse, by Team Brockley Jack. Maria Belyaeava was cast as a supernatural being capable of reversing time, in the comedy, 27th Chance, by Team Houston Film. The film was a story about a man who tried to win the heart of a woman and fails, and was given 27 chances to succeed by Maria's character. The film made the final top 20 films, and won the category awards of Audience award, Best Use of Genre, and Most Improved Team. Sam Hoger was cast as one of nine sons, whose mother had died leaving the family fortune to her children, in the comedy, Twelve Hungry Men, by Team Ivory Coast Productions. The film made the final top 20 films, and won the category awards of Audience award, and Best music. Sam performed the music for his film and was featured performing his original free rapping music. Brian Watson (pictured bottom left), was cast as the lead in the comedy mockumentary, Roadside Chef, by Team XP Productions. He played a widowed father of a teenage daughter, who decides to quit his corporate job and start a food truck business, while trying to hold his family together. The film made the final top 20 films, and won the category award for Best Character. Congratulations to all Next Actors who participated in the 2012 race.
JANAB DAVIS IN UNION WEBSERIES
Next Actor JANAB DAVIS has just wrapped a union web series called "Shadow Love" in Los Angeles where she plays Shanelle. The series premieres this summer and can be viewed at Shadowlovetv.com. Big congratulations to Janab who now lives in LA and Houston and commutes between the two cities tirelessly.
PABLO BOOKS HEINEKEN
Actor/Model Pablo Rodriguez booked and filmed Heineken, that was shot in Puerto Rico. Besides Heineken, Pablo is also the face of Toyota Lux, Argentina and is awaiting the premiere of his TV show. Pablo starred in Trisha Ray's Marcha Atrás (Reverse) shot in Argentina in Dec 2011 and will be seen in our upcoming feature shortly.
WILLIAM MOLINA'S INDIE IN SAN ANTONIO FILM FEST
Big Congratulations to William Molina whose DSLR Indie feature “Down By The River” will premiere at the San Antonio Film Festival on June 24th, 2012 at the Santikos Bijou Cinema. “Down By The River” is a story of Skylar Ford and the film mainly focuses on his struggle between following his passion of being a published author and having to help his family and sister, Hannah, who suffers from sickle cell.
ASH THAPLIYAL GETS BREAK ON NBC Congratulations to Ash Thapliyal on booking the role of Vasudev Patel in the NBC series "Fatal Encounter." Earlier, Ash was cast in the Next Actor Christian film "Inside Out" that premiered in April 2012 and also will be seen in San Banarje's upcoming thriller "The Nowhere Son" as a police officer.
San, Omar, Emily, Drew and Brian at the banquet
GOLD FOR "SEMPER FI " & "INSIDE OUT"
Both "Semper Fi" and "Inside Out" picked up a Gold Remi each in their individual category at the Worldfest Houston. Director/Writer/DP/Editor San Banarje and his cast Omar Scanu, Emily Rose, Brian Watson & Drew Brown attended the awards night dinner gala to receive the award from the festival director Hunter Todd. San, Omar, Drew amd Brian were also part of the cast of "inside Out".Click for more photos and videos
Joe Estevez with young actors after wrapping day 1 of "Inside Out"
NEXT ACTORS GRACE THE RED CARPET
Cast of both "Semper Fi" and "Inside Out" walked on the red carpet when the films premiered at AMC Studio 30 onApril 16 @ the prestigious Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. The films were screened to a packed house and were very well-received by the audience. Click for more photos and videos
J Brandon being directed for his take
BRANDON MAKES THE CUT 10 year old Brandon Thomas is cast alongside Meteorologist Matt Lavine, who spent 17 years at Houston Fox O&O KRIV & has started a second career as an intergalactic space ranger in a feature length sci-fi movie titled “Matt Mercury and His Rocket Rangers,” directed by Bill Hughes.Brandon has earlier acted in the feature film "Inside Out" alongside Hollywood actor Joe Estevez that will premiere this month at AMC 30
Joe Estevez with young actors after wrapping day 1 of "Inside Out"
"INSIDE OUT" IN WORLDFEST
Our feature film "Inside Out" by Brian Stewart will be screened at the 45th Annual Worldfest Int'l Houston Film Festival on April 16/7pm at AMC Studio 30. The film features Joe Estevez (brother of Hollywood star Martin Sheen and uncle of Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez) and an entire cast of Next Actors. The film was shot in Galveston and Houston in July 2011. You can follow the film at www.facebook.com/insideoutthefilm
San Banarje's latest short "Semper Fi" is now an official selection at the 45th Worldfest Houston Int'l Film Festival & will premiere on April 16 @ 7pm at the AMC Studio 30. Big congrats to the stars Drew Brown, Omar Scanu, Lance Stodghill, Brian Watson, Emily Rose Carrum, Mordecai Mose, John Harp and the featured cast Gary Chisholm, Terri Clynes, Andre Francois, Avery Clynes, Mackenzie Clynes, Angel Burton, Briana Batiste, and Idara Akpaffiong.
GRANT GOODMAN AS SEAN PENN'S SON
Watch our own ten year old Grant Goodman playing Sean Penn's son in the upcoming movie "This Must be the Place" (2011 Cannes favorite)
"Marcha Atrás" Wraps in Argentina
Trisha Ray wraps the film "Marcha Atrás" (Reverse) in Buenos Aires, Argentina with actors Pablo Rodriguez, Carolina Costas and Paula Castro. The narration of this Spanish thriller is done by Next Actor Omar Scanu.
Follow the film on facebook at www.facebook.com/reversefilm
GRANT GOODMAN IN "DOG FIGHT" After working with Sean Penn and Gerard Butler, Grant Goodman will play the son of Zach Galifianakis in the upcoming feature film "Dog Fight" directed by Jay Roach that is shooting in Louisiana and wraps in Feb, 2012. The film also stars Will Ferrell and Dylan McDermott.
"NOWHERE SON" WRAPPING IN HOUSTON San Banarje shot his latest feature THE NOWHERE SON in India with legendary actor and muse of Academy Award winnner Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee (The World of Apu). The film is now finishing its USA shoot with Next Actors Omar Scanu, Chirag Patel, Shahab Peer, Ash Thapliyal
JOE ESTEVEZ IN "INSIDE OUT" Joe Estevez, the brother of actor Martin Sheen and uncle of Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen plays a major role in our new feature film "INSIDE OUT" to be shot this summer of 2011. Written by Brian Stewart and produced by San Banarje, Brian Stewart and Trisha Ray, "Inside Out" is now wrapped. All information is updated at our production site of Lake Camp Productions at http://www.lakecampproductions.comor LIKE US on Facebook at www.facebook.com/insideoutthefilm
TWO FILMS IN NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY Two Next Actor Features will be playing around the same time in New York/New Jersey at two different festivals. Trisha Ray's "Sugarbaby" starring Next Actors Cristina Aldridge, Iheny Nieto, Jasmine Darby, Sean Will and Zak Tomic will be screening at the Hoboken Film Festival on June 6 and San Banarje's "Bodhisattva" starring Banarje and Trisha Ray will screen at Slug Harbor Music Hall on Friday, June 10 @ 6 pm for the Staten Island Film Festival where the film is nominated for "Best Thriller" and "Best Screenplay."
TWO AWARDS AT "BARE BONES" Director San Banarje of Next Actor Studio/Lake Camp Productions won the "Indie Auteur Award" for artistic excellence at the recently held Bare Bones International Independent Film Festival in Oklahoma when he thrilled the audience and jury with his feature "Bodhisattva" that also won the "Best Foreign Film" at the festival on May 1st, 2011. The festival is recognized as the top 10 best indie festivals in the nation by Moviemaker Magazine.
Earlier, Bodhisattva has won Platinum Remi at 2010 Worldfest, Best Foreign film at 2010 Alexandria, Best Supporting Actress at 2010 Hoboken, Bronze Palm at Mexico International and is slated to be screened at 2011 Staten Island on June 10 in NY.
MULTIPLE AWARDS FOR NEXT ACTORS AT WORLDFEST 2011 "Sugarbaby" the Christian feature film written by Brian Stewart and directed by Trisha Ray won the Golden Remi at the recently held Worldfest International Film Festival. The feature was made with Next Actors who were flown to India where they shot the film for two weeks. The film premiered at the AMC Studio 30 on April 10th and delighted its audience for two hours. Earlier Trisha and Brian had won Remi for their feature film "Federal Case" in 2008. San Banarje's dogma feature film "Money" won Silver Remi in the dogma/experimental category. The short-to-feature film was shot with Next Actors in Houston and Paris and the short version had first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner in 2007. San had earlier won Platinum for his thriller "Bodhisattva" in 2010. The Platinum Remi was won by Kevin West for his documentary "Prescription Milk". This is the third award for Kevin at the festival who earlier won the Jury awards for his short film "Mother's Milk" in 2010 and his screenplay Surfside Hotel in 2009.
GRANT GOODMAN IN GERARD BUTLER'S "PLAYING THE FIELD" After working with Sean Penn in "This Must be the Place,"Grant Goodman works with Gerard Butler in the upcoming movie "Playing the Field." Grant plays Ethan in the movie that also stars Jessica Biel. Congratulations to Grant's parents Helen and Jason Goodman whose support and faith have been instrumental in Grant's tryst with films.
"BODHISATTVA"IN OKLAHOMA Bodhisattva is nominated for best foreign film and director San Banarje is nominated for indie auteur award at the Bare Bone Film festival in Oklahoma which is endorsed by "Moviemaker" Magazine as one of the top 10 indie festivals in the nation.
The film has earlier won the Platinum Remi at Houston Worldfest and Best Foreign Film at Alexandria Film Festival. Four Nominations and Best Supporting Actress (Miska) at Hoboken Film Festival.
Follow the film on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bodhifilm
"SUGARBABY" IN WORLDFEST 2011 Our action-adventure packed English language Christian thriller "Sugarbaby" shot with Next Actors Iheny Nieto, Cristina Aldridge, Jasmine Darby, Sean Will, Zak Tomic, Omar Scanu and Syed Afser is an official selection at the 44th Annual Worldfest Houston International Film Festival.
The team had traveled to India where they shot the film for two weeks.
Written by Brian Stewart and directed by Trisha Ray, Sugarbabyscreens onSUNDAY, APRIL 10 @ 9 PM & TUESDAY, APRIL 12 @ 9 PM atAMC Studio 30 Theatres on Dunvale/Richmond Ave. Tickets are available at the theatre or the festival site at http://www.worldfest.org
DEMETRIA IN VH1'S 'WEDDING WARS'
Tune in to VH1's Wedding Warsstarting Monday, March 14th @ 9/8C. to catch Next Actor Demetria James and her partner battle 12 other couple for the destination wedding of a lifetime while facing challenges on a remote island that will put their relationship to the ultimate test.
San Banarje's indie feature film "Bodhisattva" was screened amidst a vibrant audience of Washington DC/Alexandria region of Virginia in the Alexandria Film Festival, hosted by Alexandria Film Commission and Georgetown University.
The 87 minute thriller made in a week went on to win the "Best International Film" of the festival and director San Banarje received a plaque made by Alexandria-based artist and program director Patti North of Alexandria Film Commission.
10 year old Grant Goodman who just finished shooting the movie SUPER with Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler and Ellen Page has now been cast in the upcoming 2011 film, This Must be the Place, starring Academy Award winners Frances McDormand and Sean Penn. This Must be the Place is filming all over the world, with Grant filming in New Mexico and Michigan. Paolo Sorrentino directs this much anticipated film about a retired rock star seeking revenge on his father's former Nazi persecutor.
According to Grant's mom Helen, "We are very excited!!! During his scene with Sean Penn he sings the title song...."this must be the place" by the Talking Heads. It is almost surreal but he is taking it all in stride (so far!!!)"
Congratulations to Grant on achieving this amazing feat and to his very supportive parents, Helen and Jason Goodman on believing in him. This Superkid is surely rocking it.
PHOENIX CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Next Actor Studio and Boat Angel Outreach Center's feature film "Federal Case" will be screening at the Christian Film Festival in Phoenix, Arizona.
Written by Brian Stewart, and directed by Trisha Ray, the film was made by a team of cast and crew comprised of Next Actors only.
The festival will be held between August 23 - 27th at Phoenix, Arizona to promote the works of Christian filmmakers
Shot in Richmond, Texas and starring Kelley Nesper, Dave Amyx, Lance Stodghill, Brandon Belknap, Joey Mahan,Mark Menn, Jordan Jaffe, Tom Combs, Aaren Wheeler and Catherine Riddel, Federal Case is currently available on DVD through amazon.com
Drector San Banarje with the legendary Robert Loggia and Vincent Curatola of Sopranos @ Hoboken. The festival honored Mr. Loggia with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his magnanimous performances in movies like Jagged Edge for which he won Academy nomination, Big, Scarface and several others.
WINNING STREAK CONTINUES
San Banarje's Latest Feature BODHISATTVA garners nominations for Best Screenplay, best foreign language film and best feature film and won the award for Best Supporting Actress at the Hoboken Int'l Film Festival held recently in June 2010. The film had earlier won a Platinum Remi at the prestigious Worldfest International Film Festival in Houston in April 2010.
Host Jackie Martling (former Howard Stern Show) kept the audience laughing at the Awards Ceremony
GRANT GETS KEVIN BACON MOVIE 10-year old Grant Goodman recently worked in the movie uper" directed by James Gunn (Slither) starring Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson. Grant plays Rainn Wilson (TV'sThe Office) as a kid in flashbacks to the 80s. According to Grant's mom Helen, he had some challenging scenes but he handled it all well and really enjoyed himself. The shoot was in Shreveport, La just before Christmas 2009. Picture Left : Grant and Rainn Wilson during shoot. Below : Grant getting ready for a take.
BODHISATTVA IN MAJOR FESTIVAL This year Hoboken Film Festival has selected Next Actor Studio's feature thriller "Bodhisattva" directed by San Banarje and starring eminent international actor Soumitra Chatterjee (BAFTA nominated & NBR winner "The World Of Apu," Cannes Golden Palm nominated "The Goddess" and "Home and the World," Berlin Winner "The Lonely Wife" and Venice Winner "The Coward") who is the muse of Academy Winner Satyajit Ray.
Pictured Left : Soumitra Chatterjee and San Banarje
Kevin and San at the Awards Banquet
NEXT ACTORS WIN AT WORLDFEST
Next Actor Studio's Kevin West won the Grand Prize for his short film "Mother's Milk" at the 43rd Annual Worldfest Houston International Film Festival held from April 9 - 18th @ the AMC Studio 30. Kevin, a screenwriting student of Next Actor Studio had earlier won the Platinum Award for his screenplay "Surfside Hotel" at the same festival.
Filmmaker/Cinematographer San Banarje's first foreign film "Bodhisattva" won the Platinum Award in the feature film category at the same festival. Bodhisattva is a thriller shot in Calcutta with legendary International Actor Soumitra Chatterjee who plays the title role in this mindbender.
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS IN NY FESTIVAL
Theta Catalon's debut short Academic Affairs has been officially selected for the 2009 Queens' International Film Festivalto be held in New York.
This is Theta's first project as a writer, director and producer.
Written in February as a short for her screenwriting class and shot in May 2009 as a filmmaking student, Thada finished the first cut in June 2009.
The film when screened at the Next Actor First Cut stunned the viewers as it was not only brilliantly put together but Theta took on the onus of directing, producing and starring in it and churned out an entertaining and professional first film.
NEXT ACTORS RETURN FROM INDIA AFTER SUCCESSFUL SHOOT
Next Actors Sean Will, Jasmine Darby, Iheny Nieto, Cristina Aldridge and Zak Tomik as part of the cast of the feature film Sugar Baby shot in India in May 2009 pose for the Times of India during break.
To read the cast interview in the Times, please click here.
Written by Brian Stewart and directed by Trisha Ray, the film stars legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee (World of Apu) in a prominent role.
Sugar Baby is the first feature film of Next Actor Studio where the students will travel to India as cast and crew to shoot this summer. Written by Brian Stewart and directed by Trisha Ray, the film is about three singers (played by Iheny Nieto, Jasmine Darby) who get noticed by an American record producing duo (played by Sean Will and Zak Tomic) while they witness a murder by the menacing Smasher. With music by Arrested Development, Rainbow Girls, New Edition, Sugar Baby was first optioned by producer John Heyman (Passage to India, D.A.R.Y.L) in 1989.
SCREENWRITING STUDENT WINS BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD
Kevin West, a first time Screenwriting Student has won the best Dramatic Original screenplay REMI award for his debut screenplay Surfside Hotel at Houston Worldfest International Film Festival. The award ceremony will take place on April 25, 2009. Besides the REMI, Kevin's "Surfside Hotel" has also been an official selection and a finalist at the2009 Cinema City International Film Festival, the 2009 Beverly Hills Film Festival and 2009 Bare Bones Film Festival.
Kevin is currently working on his second screenplay and has been roped in by a production executive in Hollywood to work on a TV segment.
First Cut at the studio welcomes indie film lovers to get the first look at the latest project before it gets sent out to festivals or for acquisition. The filmmakers discuss the process which is followed by Q and A with the cast and crew.
Feature Film A FEDERAL CASE is now available on DVDs through amazon.com.
The film written by Brian Stewart and directed by Trisha Ray have already picked up some awards at film festivals as well as being shown in over five cable and satellite network.
The film deals with teen pregnancy and was shot in Texas and Mexico with Next Actors.
Anna and her husband Crichton Campbell at the screening of "The Way I See It" at Next Actor Studio on Dec 6th.
Writer- Director and Voice Actor Anna Campbell of Next Actor finishes her next film "My Dragon" shot in Shanghai and edited in Canada. Anna is a blind person who makes visually beautiful films around the world. Her first film "The Way I See it" shot in Calgary, Canada on 16mm was well accepted in several festivals. "The Way I See it" is a narration by Juno, who is Anna's guide-dog.
To view Anna's short film "The Way I See it", click here.
KELLY CRABB ON CBS' AMAZING RACE
Tune in to Season 13 of The Amazing Race this fall on CBS beginning September 28, 2008 8:00 pm et/7 central to catch Next Actor Kelly Crabb (pictured left) and her best friend Christy Cook form the hottest and coolest team from Texas as they gather at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a race for $1,000,000 for a first-place finish.
WO NEXT ACTOR FILMS HONORED AT BAYOUCITY INSPIRATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN HOUSTON The Feature film "A Federal Case" directed by Trisha Ray and short film "The Enemy Inside" directed by San Banarje received Honorable mention at the Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival in Houston in August.
The film festival is dedicated to inspirational films from around the world that promote causes, spiritualism and humanity.
Next Actors in PSA Next Actors Gina Gheller, Ifeoma Onuigbo, Joseph Cintron and Mark Mennwere cast in a PSA for Heart Disease BUCKLE UP YOUR HEART filmed by San Banarje, edited by Mark Johnson and shot in Houston. View the PSA here
A FEDERAL CASE GETS ITS FIRST FEATHER The Feature film "A Federal Case" that was shot in Richmond and Brownsville, Texas and Mexico with only Next Actor cast won a remi award in the dramatic category of Worldfest Houston International Film Festival 2008. The film sends a strong message about teen pregnancy, drugs and alcohol abuse and abortion issues. Written by Brian Stewart and directed by Trisha Ray, the film was shot by San Banarje and starred only Next Actors - Kelley Nesper, Catherine Burdett, Lance Stodghill, Jordan Jaffe, Brandon Belknap, Dave Amyx, Tom Combs, Fabrizia Faustinella, Mark Menn, Aaren Wheeler, Jason Bell, Joseph Cintron to name but a few. Most actors faced the camera for the first time in this feature. We at Next Actor Studio are extremely proud of this feat and would like to congratulate our team of cast and crew who made this film a beautiful memory. For info, visit Lake Camp Productions and Worldfest Houston.
Actor Ryan Donowho (OC, Imaginary Heroes) has a new role in Trisha Ray's feature film Bleep Love. Ryan is the music composer of the 89 minutes comedy about artists and their struggle. The film features Ryan's songs along with background scores that are highly eclectic with an ethnic fusion and hip hop tracks, thereby showing once again that this teen icon is not only one of the most prominent young actors but also a talented musician with a huge range of composition that fits any mood. Donowho is member of the band called PAGODA with actor Michael Pitt. Bleep Love also features Ryan's father Wayne in a supporting role as Donald Kaufhold.
Editing Student Wayne Slaten won three awards at the recently held 48-hour film festival in Houston. Wayne produced the film THE ERASER which went on to win the best cinematography, graphic edit and musical score in this highly competitive film festival.
Next Actor Studio short-to-feature film MONEY was shot in Paris, France after it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner in May 2007. The short has now been turned into a feature and is currently being submitted to festivals all around the world.
Screenwriting Student SIBYL AVERY JACKSON has just sold her screenplay A Degree of Caution to a major Hollywood Studio. The screenplay was adapted from Jackson's own book by the same name. "A Degree of Caution" won several literary awards and rave reviews and is available in every bookstore including Barnes and Noble, Border as well as through Amazon.com and other literary sources. A Degree of Caution anecdotes the adventures of special agent Monica Sinclair, who fights the corruption of a Houston based giant cellphone company which is using the cellular wavelength to cause terrorist activities worldwide. Production of this motion picture will start shortly. Sibyl has more than twenty years experience as a writer, editor, publicist for television and radio, as well as a researcher/writer/editor for corporate executives and a local politician.
BEN WARNER, who played the lead role of Travis in the upcoming Trisha Ray comedy feature Bleep Love, has grabbed the lead role of Pat Warden in the New York feature film "Follow Your Heart" to be shot in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Jamaica and Mumbai. "Follow your Heart" is going to be released worldwide end of 2007. Ben was cast by the director and producer without an audition after they saw him in the trailer of Bleep Love online and realized he was the actor they wanted. Ben will be traveling with the film all over USA and abroad.
Acting and Screenwriting Student KYM MOSLEY has won the best screenplay award for her full length feature film script "Let the Good Times Roll" at the SAIFF Filmand Screenplay Festival 2007. A native of New Orleans, Kym currently lives in New York and has written the script about a love story set in the time of Hurricane Katrina.
10-year old Erika Marks cleared the auditions of NBC's America's Got Talents. NBC will air the show this summer as America votes for winners. Erika had earlier won the Best New Talents contests in Los Angeles and then went on to be featured in the Mo'nique show.
Striking Range, (earlier titled Bloodlines) distributed by Sony Pictures is now available nationwide. The film is directed by Dallas based Daniel Millican and stars Lou Diamond Phillips. San Banarje of Next Actor Studio is cast in a cameo role as a mafia leader in the film.
NEXT ACTOR STUDENT BAGS LEAD ROLE IN DRENA DE NIRO FILM
Next Actor Student Shaubhik Kundagrami got cast as a lead in Drena De Niro's "Karma Confessions and Holi" alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell and Miss Universe Sushmita Sen. Shaubhik came in with no prior acting experience and started private classes with San and landed the lead.
"THE MISSION" IS NOW "THE ENEMY INSIDE"
Next Actor Studio's Feature THE MISSION has been renamed as THE ENEMY INSIDE. The film stars J. D. Hawkins, Joey Malouf, Trisha Ray, Jerry Redmond, Jordan Graham, Samar Karna.
Sharon McNerney played the role of Bree's friend in the Mother's Day episode of "Desperate Housewives." Sharon moved to Los Angeles in 2005 after working in the Next Actor feature film "The Mission" where she played the ditsy wife of a porsche- man and got herself several gigs on MTV which were broadcast nationwide.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ARTS, NEW YORK chose Bong Connection as the closing night film of its festival in New York. The film was screened at the Museum of Modern Arts on Monday, April 30 @ 8 PM. Shauvik Kundagrami, a former student of Next Actor Studio approached founder-CEO of Next Actor Studio San Banarje to help make a low-budget Bengali film in Houston for its American version and thus the talented students of the Studio were brought in as cast and crew in order to make the film possible by working day and night at a very little pay. Without the cooperation of the Houston team, this film would not have been complete.
To read reviews about this film on Variety, click here
STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY ENDORSES *BLEEP* LOVE - THE INDIE COMEDY FEATURE
STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY has endorsed the production of the comedy feature Bleep Love, which is being produced by Tidus Films and Next Actor Studio. Directed by Trisha Ray, the film stars several students of Next Actor Studio including Ben Warner, Mikhail Sebastian, Ifeoma & Joy Delafose of Next Actor Studio.
"THE MISSION" SCREENS IN HOUSTON
Feature Film "The Mission" produced by Next Actor Studio screens at the City Hall on September 8th. The film casts several Next Actor Students who will make their screen debut with this feature.
JUAN VAZQUEZ DONATES TIME TO VOLUNTEER WITH HURRICANE VICTIMS
We are proud to share with everyone that Juan Vazquez of Next Actor Studio is volunteering his time in Louisiana, helping the victims of Hurricane Kattrina and Rita. Juan has taken a vacation from his regular job to selflessly donate his entire time to do this for the last few weeks. After working in New Orleans for a while, Juan is currently in Lake Charles, LA, where he is working with the victims of Hurricane Rita.
ERICA MARKS WINS THE GRAND FINALE OF TALENT SHOW IN LOS ANGELES
Erica Marks is a 9-year old singer who ventured into acting this summer when she participated in the Talent Contest called Best New Talent, that spends all of spring and summer traveling to major cities all over the US and Alaska auditioning for contestants for their show. They came to Houston last April and Erica auditioned and made it. Erica started preparing with her private tutor at Next Actor, Trish, right after she got selected to be on the national show.
ERICA WON THE GRAND FINALE IN THE EVENT AMONG KIDS, TEENS AND ADULTS after making the finals in Comedic acting, Contemporary singing, and Broadway singing. Erica won the BEST OVERALL TALENT AWARD for winning the most categories and getting the highest rank score in every category including kids, teens and adults. The prizes Erica won are trophies, cash and a finder guitar. Erica's mom Sandy Marks quoted "Even more exciting than the prizes were the endless callbacks of many people wanting to represent her. People have been known to become very successful after attending this event, getting record deals, major movies etc. We are not ready to move to LA so we would like to have her represented in Houston. We thank you Next Actor/Trish for helping Erica prepare for this event. She has learned so much from you and we would love to continue being involved with Next Actor."
REBECCA ON THE PHONE ENTERS FILM FESTIVAL IN SOUTH AFRICA/SWAZILAND
Trisha Ray's Rebecca on the Phone was screened at the Golden Lion Film Festival on October 16th and after that played twice due to popular demand. The film stars Falin Proffitt, Julianne Christoffel and Amy Warren of Next Actor Studio and is written, directed and edited by Trisha Ray. The film is the first story of the feature A BLACK CHRISTMAS which deals with three people on a White Christmas.
TREVOR PARSONS' WORK REVIEWED IN HOLLYWOOD'S BACKSTAGE - WEST
Trevor Parsons garners a great review in Hollywood's Backstage West for his performance as Jesus Christ in the play "Jimmy Christ". According to the popular publication 'Backstage-West', "A wonderfully clever humor energizes Nicholas Monohan's play [Jimmy Christ] immediately picked up in two exceptional performances by Jonah Wanicur as the title character and Trevor Parsons as his future - challenged surfer-dude redeemer brother who's unsure if his personal oracle told him to "go east" or "go eat." Parsons, whose Jesus looks and sounds a bit like an early Nordic Keanu Reeves, is a master of the deadpan while tossing away Monohan's paraphrased biblical gems, wholly comfortable with lines such as, "Hey, I want to try out a new parable on you guys if that's cool with you," then following with, "There's no use cryin' over spilt milk," which he proudly admits he thought up in a trance. Trevor moved to L.A. in May 2005 and is currently making rounds as leads in both plays and films and getting noticed by several agents and casting directors. Trevor's recent screen performance includes the lead role in MTV's new pilot "Snitched"