The DMV area has produced many a talented crop of films and Web-series in 2015. The level of talent rivals and in some cases surpasses what’s produced by Hollywood. As the Sun sets on 2015, I give kudos and good cheer to the actors, directors and producers here in the DMV that helped make the entertainment year special. This space can’t list them all, but herein is a good sampling of what talent this area has to offer! After all those kudos, I’ll leave you with some of my musings about the past year in the Acting Business; I wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! On with the fun!
DC Actors Examiner Kudos to DirectorPlaywright William Dean Leary for producing the sex-trafficking-themed “Forsaken Angels” at Greenbelt Arts Center. Leary also recently adapted and directed “A Christmas Carol”. Leary has a unique, thought-provoking artistic vision and a compassionate heart. Look for more from him in 2016.
DC Actors Examiner Kudos to writer Silk White and actor Nelson Irizarry for the Web-series “The Hand I Was Dealt”, which follows, among other characters, the brash, abusive-bordering-on-comic Macho, struggling and hustling in an urban jungle. This is the best collaboration I’ve seen in ages. Season Two is coming soon. Look for it.
DC Actors Examiner Kudos to Jerry Moore, producer extraordinaire of the TV show “Monster Madhouse”. The show earned a well deserved slot on Sky TV. Go Jerry. You’re an inspiration.
DC Actors Examiner Kudos to Highwood Theatre in Silver Spring for producing two of the better plays I’ve seen this year “The Long Way Around” and “Other Desert Cities”. “The Long Way Around” focused on young people finding their way, and featured the excellent Stephanie Tomiko. “Other Desert Cities” centered around the secrets and lies of a politically connected family. That show featured the wickedly good Sue Schaffel.
DC Actors Examiner Kudos to outstanding young Patrick Vann, who stole the Christian, Rapture-based movie “The Basement”, which was directed by Cynthia Cherry Leon. Vann’s spiritually lost teenager Julian Harris was unforgettable. If you haven’t seen this Brother perform, you will soon. He’ll be on film or TV screens everywhere, mark my words.
DC Actors Examiner Kudos to ActressWriter Tiffany Yancey, who wrote and starred in the film “Love Him or Leave Him”. Yancey’s outrageously comic look at female sexuality definitely brought a brash perspective to local screens.
DC Actors Examiner Kudos to actor Ralph Mauriello, who defines the motto “Don’t rest on your laurels.” He’s done radio, several plays and has several projects, including a Web series in the works. Go and watch his demo reels here.
DC Actors Examiner Kudos to actressdoctor Salwa Khan. She’s an actress to watch with comedic timing to die for. Catch up with her projects by clicking here.
DC Actors Examiner Kudos to actordirector Altorro Prince Black, who directed and acted in the magnificent romantic dramedy “Bachelorette’s Degree”, winner at the World Music and Independent Film Festival. Look for the film to be released on-demand soon.
DC Actors Examiner Kudos to actor Dallas Nathan White, who is definitely a man on the move. White was very insightful on how best to stand out as an extra. Keep him on your radar for 2016.
DC Actors Examiner Kudos to 48 Hour Film Festival winner Greg Crowe. Crowe certainly knows how to take opportunity by the horns and run with it. He’s the only actorproducer I know who has recently produced a silent film, “Cleaning Up”. Expect more from him in the coming year.
Random Musings on the Entertainment Scene
The talent level of Samuel L. Jackson and Quintin Tarantino continues to amaze me. They are one of the most talented duos since Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. “The Hateful Eight”, which some say is Quentin’s best film yet, will be released later this week. Just this week, Jackson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—there’s no stopping him.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was well done. I give it 3.9 out of 5 stars. Director J.J. Abrams did a good job running a play from the Marvel comicsmovies playbook by setting up a cinematic universe of films that will serve Disney for years to come. The film continues to break every box office record known to Man.
TV writer Kurt Sutter followed a masterpiece, “Sons of Anarchy” with a good, but misunderstood piece, “The Bastard Executioner”. There is a “Sons of Anarchy” spin-off in the works featuring the Mayans MC (motorcycle club). Counting down the days…
Remember to do something for your career every day and break a leg! Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016!