Fall Update

Hi all, how was your summer? Are you ready for the temps to fall? I sure am… and I can’t wait to dig out my long-sleeved clothes, boots and coats! Did I ever mention how much I love scarves?

Ok, here’s a quick update on some of the things I’ve been up to, film festival news and upcoming stuff:

As promised here’s the screening info for “I’m not a Dummy“, a sweet short film I was part of recently. I’ve already blogged about how fun it was to work with puppets here; and I just found out that it already got its imdb credit, so, yaay! :)

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The screening will be at Digital Gym, 2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, California 92104 on November 10th at 10am – for more info, please click on this link to the Facebook event page.

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The weekend of October 5th and 6th, I volunteered at the German Currents San Diego Film Festival again. This was my 3rd year in a row (since they started, actually) and, again, it was a blast! Some of us know each other from the very first year and it’s always fun to see familiar faces again. Plus I got to meet some new awesome people, including industry peeps. Can’t wait for next year!

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Goofing off with fellow volunteers between screenings

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A mystery/thriller short film I acted in earlier this year All Night, (which just got finished and already accepted to its first film festival) will be screened at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival on Thursday, October 24th at 7.30pm. Location and ticket info is here, but I believe that it’s almost sold out already. Hurry!

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Great news! The unstoppable fantasy feature film The Immortal Edward Lumley was screened at Louisville International Festival of Film last weekend and it won best film in the category ‘On the Edge’! Congrats to director William Wall and cast & crew (which has become my family by now)! I got a feeling that this is just the beginning :)

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After filming a few final pick-up shots last weekend, I’m officially wrapped on The Slingers! (written and directed by David Ruiz)  I play investigative journalist Tina Monroe in this family-friendly sports feature film. I can’t believe it’s almost finished and I’m eager to see it myself. This was one of the most fleshed out and fun characters to play in a while. I loved her story arc so much! Check out their Facebook page, poster and screening coming up soon!

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Last, but not least – I just got cast as a tough-as-nails detective in Penance by Inferno Productionz – check out their website! They also made a nice bio page for each of their actors.

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That’s it for now – thanks for stopping by! Meanwhile, have

a creepy, crawly and fun Halloween!

“Though he doesn’t know why, Edward Lumley cannot die…”

Hello kiddies! More exciting news about our little movie that could:

• There’s going to be a screening of our feature film ‘The Immortal Edward Lumley‘ in Hollywood on February 12th.
• We just officially started of the Kickstarter campaign to help make Edward Lumley truly immortal – by raising the funds to share the movie with the whole world!

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First, here are the details for the Los Angeles screening of ‘The Immortal Edward Lumley

(A big ‘Thank you’ to Burt Culver for setting this up):

Where: the luxurious Soho House, 9200 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

When: Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 7PM.

You can park on the street or use their valets ($13). Arrive just before 7pm and take the elevator up to the penthouse. There will be signs or someone to greet you at the top.
*** Important – RSVP to me via email@piathrasher.com before the 10th as Soho House requires 48 hour notice for the Guest List ***
We’ll start the film at 7:10pm and have Q&A with the director William Wall and some of the cast afterwards. Unfortunately, we have to leave at 9pm. Afterwards, we’ll head to the Rainbow Bar & Grill four blocks away for follow up. You can RSVP here too if you do meetup.com: http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-indie-film-tv-screenings/events/101142102/

We want to keep these screenings free or as inexpensive as possible. These events are for the love of independent film – not to raise money for the film (separate thing, see the Kickstarter info below). That said, there is a cost associated with renting the venue for 2 hours. We will pass the hat at the screening to help offset the cost so a payment of $5 to $10 per person if you are able would help out the cause!

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About the Kickstarter campaign:

The overall goal of this film, and every film that we make, is to show that it doesn’t take Hollywood throwing millions into some awful script to make a film.  It takes a great story, passion, and the utmost determination to bring something special to life.  With the state of technology, it’s all within our grasp.  As Mr. Wonka once told us, “We are the dreamers of dreams..”

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Get awesome perks – from DVDs to signed posters to set props and even costume pieces! Make sure to watch William’s fun pitch video at the top of the page! Ready to donate, err, shop? Go directly to the Kickstarter page link here. You can see much more info there, including more video clips and photos.

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Thank you so much for you support – from the bottom of my heart!

Get this man an agent!

I met him back in 2007, when we spent several weeks filming SDSU grad film “Reagan’s Wharf” around the San Diego Harbor and out on the water. He played my mean boyfriend who wound up getting me killed, because he was dealing with some shady people. We instantly clicked. Well, he really had me at “Want some chocolate?” on the first shoot day. We spent many hours on rocky boats sharing stories and yes, we even got seasick at the same time. We also figured out we both worked on a student short called “Office” in 2005, but never shared a scene or met each other back then. I’m talking about awesome actor Mike Burnell.

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Yours truly and Mike Burnell receiving blocking instructions from director Brian Ott on the set of ‘Reagan’s Wharf”

After ‘Reagan’s Wharf” was finished, we stayed in touch, but only occasionally. Then we met again at the table read for the short film “The Betty River Murder”. We cracked up laughing, pointing fingers at each other: “You again!”. This time I got to return the ‘favor’ and my character got to whack his.

We didn’t know it then, but we would wind up in the same film projects so many times, it became a running joke: “If you cast her you have to cast Mike Burnell as well…” (or vice versa.) We wound up becoming good friends off the set too. I got his back, he’s got mine.

Then came “Seizures“, then “City 7” (he dies in it, I’m presumed dead), then “Haven in the Hills” (we both die), then “Body Bag” (he dies) and then the amazing full length feature film “The Immortal Edward Lumley“.

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Mike Burnell as the ‘Unclean One’ in “The Immortal Edward Lumley”

Mike is such a joy to work with because he’s super talented, very dedicated, always reliable, always prepared and most of all: NO EGO! He’s the most humble dude and has a great and twisted sense of humor. He can play roles from intense, scary and dark all the way to the silliest goofball. Gotta love a guy who doesn’t take himself too damn seriously!

We just finished shooting a scene together in the short film “Bad Decision” and are both cast in two more upcoming film projects: “All Night” (short film) and the feature film “Ghostline“, which is scheduled to shoot in May this year. Of course Mike has plenty more projects I’m not part of!

The other day Mike and I were wondering how many film projects we both were in together by now – because we lost count. Then something else hit me and it inspired me to write this blog. What is it, you ask? Unbelievably, he’s not represented by an agent, yet. Iknowrite? Have you seen his IMDb list? Dude’s got experience! He’s a rising star! If you are an agent reading this…better go get him before another agent snatches him up! Ya hear me? I gave you fair warning. Just sayin’ ;)

Oh yeah, here’s his demo reel! Talk about versatile!

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