An Exclusive Interview with Actress and Filmmaker Ciera Danielle Parrack

Actress and Filmmaker Ciera Parrack (Image Credit: Ciera Parrack)

Actress and Filmmaker Ciera Parrack (Image Credit: Ciera Parrack)

Nowadays, it seems just about every celebrity is a triple threat, but Ciera Danielle Parrack has bigger ambitions. Parrack has mastered all four of the major filmmaking roles becoming a writer, director, actress and producer. And in each of those facets, she brings her unique and positive viewpoint.

Ciera made her directorial debut with the indie drama feature Daisy’s and that was just the beginning. The year 2014 seems to be kicking off to a great start for Parrack with a new movie in the works and the launch of her production company, Love & Lavoro Films. Check out our exclusive interview below with Ciera Danielle Parrack where we discuss her films, how she started her own production company and how she would like to play one male’s role… Continue reading

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St. Vincent (Image Credit: Jason Persse)

What’s the big deal about… St. Vincent?

St. Vincent (Image Credit: Jason Persse)

St. Vincent (Image Credit: Jason Persse)

Let me just start off my clarifying that the St. Vincent I’m referring to is not an actual Saint. However, it does refer to the stage name of singer-songwriter and instrumentalist, Annie Erin Clark.

To give you a bit of a background story, our artist is an All-American girl born in Tulsa, Okla. Realizing her love for music at a young age, Clark attended Berklee School of Music in Boston. But, like all those destined for fame like Bill Gates, Ellen DeGenres, and even Brad Pitt, she also dropped out of college. Apparently, after just three years at Berklee, Clark decided that grades and standardized testing just wasn’t for her. Continue reading

Nasim Pedrad, Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer and Peter Kwong in COOTIES (Image Credit: Tony Rivetti Jr.)

Five 2014 Sundance debuts we can’t wait to check out!

Nasim Pedrad, Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer and Peter Kwong in COOTIES (Image Credit: Tony Rivetti Jr.)

Nasim Pedrad, Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer and Peter Kwong in COOTIES (Image Credit: Tony Rivetti Jr.)

The Sundance Film Festival, held every January, is a showcase for a wide variety of independent films and a great chance for those films to latch onto a larger audience and hopefully make their way to the masses. Breakout films include (believe it or not), such films as Reservoir Dogs, Memento and Saw. So, this year there’s quite a lineup and we’ve compiled a short list below of the ones we can’t wait to check out when they’re massed released. Continue reading

An Interview with ‘The Sleepwalker’ Star Stephanie Ellis

Stephanie Ellis (Image Credit: Stephanie Ellis)

Stephanie Ellis (Image Credit: Stephanie Ellis)

Stephanie Ellis is a long way from home bouncing between New York and Los Angeles, but as long as she’s acting she’s happy with that. The Brisbane, Australia native grew up knowing she wanted to act, but it was just a matter of getting there. She packed up her things and traveled to New York in her early 20s to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and, before long, had broken her way into the indie film and off-Broadway theater scene.

Now, Stephanie is looking forward to seeing her most recent film, The Sleepwalker, premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and couldn’t be more excited. Check out our interview with Stephanie below where we discuss the film’s intensity, what attracted her to the role and how she likes to spend her time off screen… Continue reading

Aaron Sauter, Jessica Rothenberg, Alexander Flores and Alice Lee in JACK, JULES, ESTHER, & ME (Image Credit: Daniel Poliner)

Indie ‘Jack, Jules, Esther & Me’ proves to be an irresistible coming of age tale

Aaron Sauter, Jessica Rothenberg, Alexander Flores and Alice Lee in JACK, JULES, ESTHER, & ME (Image Credit: Daniel Poliner)

Aaron Sauter, Jessica Rothenberg, Alexander Flores and Alice Lee in JACK, JULES, ESTHER, & ME (Image Credit: Daniel Poliner)

Dan Poliner’s first feature Jack, Jules, Esther & Me is an irresistible romantic comedy that will tug at your heartstrings whether you’re a seasoned indie fan or a strictly mainstream movie spectator. The movie centers on Luis in his last few weeks before leaving home to attend college when he launches a last ditch attempt to gain the affections of his crush, Jules. He enlists the help of his best friend and ne’er-do-well, Jack, and a girl he barely knows from his SAT prep class, Esther. Little does Luis know, this combination of people will change not only the trajectory of his mission but his misguided perceptions of all three friends. Continue reading

Daniel Poliner at Austin Film Festival (Image Credit: Nadine Latief)

Writer/Director Daniel Poliner talks ‘Jack, Jules, Esther and, Me’

Daniel Poliner at Austin Film Festival (Image Credit: Nadine Latief)

Daniel Poliner at Austin Film Festival (Image Credit: Nadine Latief)

Daniel Poliner, an award-winning independent film writer and director, has been making films for over ten years and recently completed his first feature film: Jack, Jules, Esther, and Me. He was kind enough to share it with me and agreed to an in-person interview at a quaint coffee shop in Brooklyn, NY so TDQ readers and I could get to know a little more about the film. Read on to find out more about Daniel and Jack, Jules, Esther, and Me! Continue reading

Jared Leto for ARTIFACT (Image Credit: Sisyphus Corporation)

Jared Leto’s ‘Artifact’ provides a glimpse into the harsh realities of today’s music industry

Jared Leto for ARTIFACT (Image Credit: Sisyphus Corporation)

Jared Leto for ARTIFACT (Image Credit: Sisyphus Corporation)

I’ve heard it said that to find out someone’s true character, ask them to untangle a string of Christmas lights. It’s true, in the midst of hardship we often discover who we really are, what we stand for and if a pre-lit Christmas tree is that big of a deal after all.

If you want to know who 30 Seconds to Mars really is, Artifact may be a good place to start. The documentary, directed by Bartholomew Cubbins (Jared Leto’s directing pseudonym) follows the band as they confront perhaps the most difficult hardship of their professional career: a lawsuit with a billion dollar record label. Taking place in 2008, the film gives critics and fans alike an intimate look at the band’s legal battle with the Virgin/EMI record label as well as the harsh realities of today’s music industry. Continue reading

‘Interstate 90’ Film Holding Its Own in Cinecoup Competition!

The i90 Team (Image Credit: Shadow Pictures Media)

The i90 Team (Image Credit: Shadow Pictures Media)

Allan Wylie’s Interstate 90, starring Jessie Pavelka, Sitara Hewitt, and Frank Chiesurin, is holding its own among the stiff Cinecoup competition!  With 90 films competing, Interstate 90 is currently among the top ten most popular projects in the competition thanks to fan and support and great partnerships. The project boasts an impressive group of partners including  EB Games Canada, Ryeka Sport /Contour Cameras, Beau’s Brewery, and Toronto Comicon, where the film team was on site to talk to fans this past weekend. If you missed the opportunity to see them there, you’ll have another opportunity in August at the Toronto FanExpo, where Wylie will be holding an exclusive screening of The Charon Incident, with cast on site for a meet & greet. The team will also be showcasing Interstate 90 and The Charon Incident at the Film-Com financing & distribution market in Nashville this April. Continue reading

Why Ten Inch Hero is one of the best Indie Movies you haven’t seen!

Jensen Ackles, Danneel Ackles, and Clea DuVall in TEN INCH HERO

Jensen Ackles, Danneel Ackles, and Clea DuVall in TEN INCH HERO (Image Credit: Front Row Filmed Entertainment )

When I hear the term, “indie,” I think of one person with a camera in the middle of a farm or the woods making a movie with no name actors.  Ten Inch Hero (released on DVD in 2009) is not that type of indie movie.  You have certainly heard of many of the actors and there are no farms or woods involved. Instead, Ten Inch Hero is a romantic comedy that will make you laugh, cry, and laugh some more.  Continue reading

‘Broken Roads’: An indie tearjerker with a lot of heart

Broken Roads Movie Poster

Broken Roads (Image Credit: Crevice Films)

Justin Chambers’ latest independent film, Broken Roads, stars Aidan Bristow (Suspicion, The Talent, For All We Are) as Aldo, a teenage boy whose life is shattered when his mother dies in a car crash that leaves him critically injured. Aldo is sent to live with his only known relative, a grandmother he’s never known played by Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award Nominee Sally Kirkland (Anna, The Haunted, Bruce Almighty). Both Aldo and his grandmother, Wallace, carry the weight of regret and self-doubt on their shoulders making it difficult for them to connect and move past the issues that haunt them. As the movie unfolds, these two characters come together learning how to accept each other and forgive themselves in the process.

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An Interview with Justin Chambers and Sally Kirkland of Broken Roads

An Interview with Justin Chambers and Sally Kirkland of ‘Broken Roads’

Director Justin Chambers

Director Justin Chambers (Image Credit: Crevice Entertainment Company)

Broken Roads stars Aidan Bristow (SuspicionThe TalentFor All We Are) and Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award Nominee Sally Kirkland (Anna, The Haunted, Bruce Almighty) as a teenage boy and his estranged grandmother struggling to make a connection in the face of tragedy. Beautifully written and directed by Justin Chambers, you would never beleive this indie gem was filmed in just 18 days given its high production value and strong performances. Mr. Chambers and Ms. Kirkland were kind enough to take some time out of promoting the film to tell us a bit about the making of Broken Roads.

On to the interviews!
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