ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FILM FESTIVAL EVENT FROM NEXT ACTOR STUDIO
Each October, Next Actor Studio organizes an annual film festival event called Niff Houston International Film Festival, to give a platform to independent American and foreign filmmakers to showcase their features, documentaries and short films and exchange dialogue with our vibrant film-loving students.
This year was no different. Next Actor Studio turned into a film festival hub for four days to welcome filmmakers from different places and enjoyed their labor of love, asked questions, learned about their next projects, and built a creative atmosphere to grow and nurture their passion for this craft.
Films from Bulgaria, China, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Japan, and USA were played to a full house.
Award winning filmmakers of the event couldn't stop praising our alum before leaving for their respective cities.
Follow #NiffHouston on social media (@NIF_FEST) for more videos and pictures of the event.
NEXT ACTORS WORK WITH OSCAR NOMINEE ERIC ROBERTS IN NEW FILM
This year, several Next Actor Students from kids and adult classes for acting and filmmaking got a chance to work alongside Oscar Nominee and 3 times Golden Globe nominee ERIC ROBERTS in the current Next Actor feature film 6 ROUNDS OF CHLOE, starring our 11 year old alum and actress Alexandra Goel in the lead role of Chloe, and several prominent figures such as, actress and United Nations speaker Kamala Lopez, actors Charlie O'Connell (Dude, Where's my Car), Jana Lee Hamblin (Jane the Virgin, Grimm), Elena Martinez (Genius : Picasso) among others.
Written and directed by our co-founder and Stanislavski instructor Trisha Ray, the film is about Chloe, whose life changes when her wish to meet her absent father comes true. Roberts plays Chloe's dad's oncologist Dr. John Bing, who brings hope to her life as she helps her father go through six rounds of chemotherapy while they get to know each other.
While on set, Eric shared his formula to balance both blockbusters like The Dark Knight and indies like 6 Rounds of Chloe. For the complete interview with Eric, visit and subscribe to our youtube channel and instagram @nextactorstudio.
Follow the film on imdb and social media (@6rocfilm) for more information.
NEXT ACTOR TEEN FILMMAKERS HOLD AUDITION FOR CLASS PROJECT
Our young film students SAMI NASSAR, 16 and JAKOB TURPIN, 12 held their very first audition to make their film project for their filmmaking class in June. The duo auditioned from Stanislavski Method Actors of Intense level, and selected actresses KELLIE HAY, CINDY SERRANO and LD WILLIAMS as their lead cast for a short scene from Hannah and her Sisters that they will shoot for class.
We are so very proud of our youngsters who are passionate about this craft, and are excited about their hands on project, directing such experienced actors with confidence and courage.
Follow us on social media (@nextactorstudio) for update about their film and to watch the clips.
NEXT ACTOR FILMS HIT AMAZON PRIME
Next Actor Studio and Boat Angel's faith-based feature film SUGARBABY is now on Amazon Prime. Several Next Actor Alum traveled from Houston to India to shoot this film as cast and crew and had the experience of their lives.
The film, directed by Trisha Ray and written by Brian Stewart, was originally optioned by Cannes Grand Prix winning English producer John Heyman (A Passage to India) and even won several awards at different film festivals.
Sugarbaby is a story of three street singers, whose lives alter when a friend's year old orphan niece is handed over to them by their cobbler friend, after the child's uncle is detained forcibly by the police.
Watch the film on Amazon Prime.
NEXT ACTOR ALUM EMILY RIGGS DEBUTS IN FEATURE
We are excited for our acting alum EMILY RIGGS who booked a principal role in a feature film titled Catacombs of the Mind (dir. Joseph Polk) that will start filming in Dallas in summer.
Emily plays the role of Vicki in this psychological thriller about a mental patient.
This is the first feature film role for Emily who is now ready to push forward her acting career with her new imdb credit.
NEXT ACTOR KIDS AND ADULT STUDENTS DEBUT IN FILM
This March, several Next Actor Students from kids class got a chance to fulfil their dreams of being on a movie set when they acted in several scenes as Chloe's classmates in our current feature film 6 ROUNDS OF CHLOE, starring our 11 year old alum and actress Alexandra Goel in the lead role of Chloe.
We are so very proud of our alum Ariana Lee, Bulut Denktas, Breylenn Hayden, Camden Baker, Emiliano Del Valle, Jakob Turpin, Nicole Montague, Poet Simmons, Riana Weck, Scott Altsuler, and Sidney Gibson who did an excellent job in their individual roles and followed direction so well, while working with adult actors on set.
Special mention to their parents who stayed all day on set and helped them with their wardrobe change for each scene to make it easy on the crew.
Follow the film on imdb and social media (@6rocfilm) for more information.
ALUM ALEXANDRA GOEL STARTS FILMING WITH HOLLYWOOD ACTORS
Next Actor Alum ALEXANDRA GOEL bagged the lead role of CHLOE in the current SAG-AFTRA production 6 ROUNDS OF CHLOE, in which she got a chance to play alongside Hollywood actress Kamala Lopez (24, Miami Vice, I <3 Huckabees) who came down to Houston and shot with Alex for three straight days, and rehearsed with her prior to that, so they could bond as aunt and niece in this family drama about a young girl's quest to find her father.
Alex, who is represented by Pastorini-Bosby talents has just turned 12 but has been studying Stanislavski Method Acting at the studio with adults for a while and and has already been in two other Next Actor Productions, A Curry on an American Plate (starring Rick Fox) and Orphan Train.
You can find more information on her imdb page Alexandra Goel.
Pictured left : Kamala Lopez and Alex Goel share a joke during filming of 6 Rounds of Chloe.
NEXT ACTOR FILM STUDENT TO SCREEN HIS DEBUT FILM
Next Actor Alum HARINATH V.'s short film WHO AM I? is written, directed, shot and edited single-handedly by the screenwriting and filmmaking student who also stars in it.
This is one of the many series Hari plans to make and open in different festivals for a wider audience. However, he said he would like to cast other actors in the next films and concentrate more on the behind-the-scene part of the production.
The short will screen at the studio FIRST CUT event in January 2018 and then be submitted to festivals. Follow our social media for updates and public release dates.
NEXT ACTOR STUDENT FILMS TO HAVE THEIR FIRST CUT VIEWING
2017 has been a creative year at Next Actor Studio. Our very talented Film students have worked extra hard to complete their film projects, notwithstanding the damages they suffered from #HurricaneHarvey. We are so proud to announce that #2018 will push in with the FIRST CUT screenings of our student #shortfilms before they are submitted to film festivals around the globe.
The first of the series will open with the beautiful short film LUCKY NOW. We have been excited about this film from its inception and cannot wait to watch the final version. Written and directed by screenwriting and filmmaking student DENKA WANGDI, and edited by alum MANNY GHIDAN, Lucky Now Film is a true collaboration of our students like sound recordist Jose Garcia and acting students Monica Mansy, Josh Rahman, Kellie Hay, Sahrish Agha, Cindy Serrano and Andi Cook.
Watch the Lucky Now trailer and follow it on their social media. Stay tuned for more details.
We are beyond proud of our alum JOSH RAHMAN and MEERA NANDLAL, who won the #BestActor and #BestActress awards at the recently concluded NiFF Houston International Film Festival (www.niffhouston.org) for their excellent work in the films "The Art of War" and "A Curry on an American Plate" respectively.
Both films received a great response at this year's NIFF when they opened to an amazing audience at the Alamo Drafthouse and Match Midtown Theatres on October 25 & 26, 2017.
In the years that we have known them, both winners - Josh Rahman, a Rice Football linebacker and pre-med student at Rice University, and Meera Nandlal - the morning show hostess at CW39 and the creator of the show "Animal Life With Meera Nandlal," have shown extraordinary discipline, empathy, integrity and consistency among other traits that are essential to succeed as an actor.
Follow Josh Rahman and Meera Nandlal via IMDb to know more about their upcoming films and releases and support #Houston actors.
PICK UP & WRAP OF 'ORPHAN TRAIN' SERIES
ORPHAN TRAIN series and film, directed by Stanislavki Instructor Trisha Ray, based on a screenplay by Brian Stewart, canned the final pick up shots in October with Rice Owls Footballer JOSH RAHMAN and Kid Actors RIANNA WECK, JAKOB TURPIN, JOSHUA DIXON, RISHUL SEWKARE, ANGELINA LEE, ARIANA LEE, CAMARON JONES and ARON JONES.
The film and series will release together in 2018. Stay tuned. The film also stars actress MAHIE GILL, ANDREA GUASCH of Disney and several Next Actor Alum. Follow its facebook and twitter page at @otrainfilm.
FILMING 'LUCKY NOW' IN HOUSTON Filmmaking students DENKA WANGDI and MANNY GHIDAN are now filming their short film Lucky Now, based on a screenplay written by Denka who is also a screenwriting alum.
The film stars Stanislavski Acting Students MONICA MANSY as a mother who lost her young child. She is supported by her Method Acting classmates KELLIE HARPER HAY, JOSH RAHMAN, ANDI COOK, CINDY SERRANO and SAHRISH AGHA in various important roles.
The film will be edited by Manny, an animation student who has already worked with Dreamworks in L.A. We will post the screening info once it's complete.
FILMMAKING STUDENTS EMBARK UPON THEIR FIRST SHORT
Filmmaking students DENKA WANGDI, MANNY GHIDAN and MONICA MANSY are now filming their short film Lucky Now, based on a screenplay written by Denka who is also a screenwriting alum.
The trio had an audition at Next Actor Studio on Sept 21 and is ready to start filming in Houston on September 30.
The film will be screened once it's complete.
Follow the updates on our instagram and facebook.
ALEXANDRA GOEL TO LEAD '6 ROUNDS OF CHLOE' We are very proud of our supertalented alumna ALEXANDRA GOEL, who started with our kids classes but at age 10, she was already studying Stanislavski with adults.
Now at 11, Alex, represented by Pastorini-Bosby Agency in Houston, will star in our upcoming SAG-AFTRA feature film 6 Rounds of Chloe, opposite Kamala Lopez (24, I Heart Huckabees).
Principal photography of the film begins in December. Alex has previously booked important roles in A Curry On An American Plate (starring Rick Fox, Charlie O'Connell) and Orphan Train (starring Mahie Gill, Disney's Andrea Guasch).
Check her out on imdb and watch below her very emotional audition video that helped her book the role as Chloe in this much anticipated feature.
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THADA CATALON-LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS MOVIE
#NextActorAlum THADA CATALON will present her film Created Equal, starring none other than La Bamba Star Lou Diamond Phillips, at the upcoming San Antonio Film Festival on Saturday, August 5 @ 3:30 pm. Screening will be followed by Q and A.
Thada had started her acting career at Next Actor Studio in 2007 and soon moved on to screenwriting and directed her first short "An Academic Affair" which went on to screen at many film festivals. You can find more info about the short on this page by scrolling below.
Thada who was the first recipient of the inaugural Houston Filmmaker Grant, holds three academic degrees, including a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Full Sail University, a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
For info on tickets and the film, visit www.createdequalmovie.com.
RICE OWLS' JOSH RAHMAN IN NEW SHORT
Next Actor Stanislavski Student and Rice Owls Footballer JOSH RAHMAN is seen in the starring role of a soldier in the USC Short film THE ART OF WAR by Director Cal Etcheverry. Josh debuted as Navy SEAL Roberts in the Season One of Orphan Train Series. Josh is currently studying pre-med at Rice, following the footsteps of his medical parents, but his heart is in acting. Follow this news on our facebook and Instagram page.
ORPHAN TRAIN - TRAILER LAUNCH
Stanislavski Method Acting Instructor Trisha Ray's action-packed film and series Orphan Train revealed its first look on Tuesday, April 12.
Along with the promo, invited guests also had a chance to view the pilot episode of the series that will open soon on amazon, itune and youtube.
The film and series both are shot in Texas, Mexico, Arizona and California and stars well-known Indian star Mahie Gill, Spanish Disney star Andrea Guasch, Houston-based multiple award-winning director and actor San Banarje, and very talented Next Actor students Romario Solis, Christian Bhalla, Zoie Steen and Rice Owls footballer Josh Rahman in lead roles.
Watch the trailer at www.orphantrainfilm.com or below.
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DIRECTOR-WRITER RICHARD FINGER JOINS 'ORPHAN TRAIN' AS CAST MEMBER
Huffington Post & Forbes Writer RICHARD FINGER is cast in Next Actor Studio & Boat Angel Family Films' ongoing series Orphan Train, written by Brian Stewart and directed by Trisha Ray, alongside Disney Star Andrea Guasch. Finger, seen in the picture with KISS frontman Gene Simmons during an interview, is also the writer-director-actor of the dramedy Sex, Marriage and Infidelity, starring the rockstar's wife Shannon Tweed Simmons and daughter Sophie Tweed-Simmons. Watch Sex, Marriage Infidelity on Amazon and itunes.
ALUM MEERA NANDLAL JOIN CHANNEL 39 AS HOST
Long-time Student of Acting, Screenwriting, Filmmaking and Editing Department at Next Actor Film School, MEERA NANDLAL joins Channel CW39 as the host of the morning show Eye Opener, first filling in for Maggie Flecknoe who was in vacation during Christmas, and then alongside Maggie, to do her little cuts for SuperBowl LI in Houston and now going LIVE on weekdays from 5-8 AM. Meera is also the lead actress in Director San Banarje's comedy feature A Curry on An American Plate that comes out in 2017.
NAS KID MARIA SUAREZ WINS WIRED CONTEST IN LONDON
Maria Suarez, was only 6 when she first met her favorite actor Eddie Redmayne in New York and impressed him with her drawing and a letter at the back of it for him. The following year, at 7, the very bright Space enthusiast won the WiredUK's contest to meet with Professor Stephen Hawking in London and joined the Oscar winning actor for the second time. Maria was one of the three winners who got to ask Professor Hawking a question in person. Both times, her meeting with Redmayne motivated her to continue her dream to become an actor, for which she is studying at Next Actor Film School and is certain to make her mark very soon.
CHRISTIAN BHALLA MODELS FOR BECKHAM SON
We are very excited for our intense Stanislavski Method Acting student CHRISTIAN BHALLA who at 15, landed a major role alongside Hollywood actor and Lakers' RICK FOX and Bachelors' CHARLIE O'CONNELL in a Next Actor Feature film in 2015. In 2016, While in New York, Christian was noticed by David and Victoria Beckham's photographer son Brooklyn Beckham who photographed him for a clothing line in NYC. The same year, Christian got cast in the series ORPHAN TRAIN as Pierre and currently in 2017, he works as an actor and a runway fashion model in New York and Houston.
MONICA MANSY TRANSFORMS FOR SERIES ROLE
We are so proud of our student MONICA MANSY who booked and successfully wrapped her role in a documentary that explores the life of a historical figure of America in 1930. The docu will air in October. Stay tuned for showtimes.
NEXT ACTOR FILM 'THE SHADOW BEHIND YOU' RELEASED
Director San Banarje's psychological thriller The Shadow Behind You was shot with all Next Actor Students, many of who started their acting career with this film. The thriller was shot in Conroe, Houston and Galveston. If you have not watched it, you can do so now at Amazon worldwide. This film is not for children.
STUDENT ALEXANDRA CADENA TO DIRECT MUSICAL "UNDER" IN NEW YORK CITY
We are very excited for our Stanislavski student ALEXANDRA CADENA who is all set to direct an original musical UNDER at the New York International Fringe Festival. A junior at Yale University, Alex is currently majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Theatre Studies.
Her future projects involve choreographing a stream of professional music videos for the acapella group a.squared, who recently finished a stint on NBC's The Sing Off.
Under will be playing at Theatre 80 (NYC) in August, 2015. Tickets go live on July 17th. For more details, visit http://www.under-a-new-musical.com
STUDENT SAM HOGER WORKS IN 'JURASSIC WORLD'
Congratulations to our student SAM HOGER, who got cast in the blockbuster JURASSIC WORLD, currently playing worldwide. Sam started his career at Next Actor as a Stanislavski Method Acting student and we are proud to have him in the cast of several of our films such as Physiotherapy, The Shadow Behind You, Artisse and A Curry on an American Plate. He is also the founder of the Mixed Martial Arts Club Hoger Martial Arts in Houston. Way to go, Sam!
STUDENTS EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH RICK FOX AND CHARLIE O'CONNELL
This April, some of Next Actor Students had a chance to work in scene with Hollywood actor and former NBA champ RICK FOX and former Bachelor CHARLIE O'CONNELL when they came to Houston to film San Banarje's A Curry on an American Plate. The film team celebrated Charlie's birthday on break as a surprise. Check out the videos where the actors discuss their preparation for roles and have some fun on set.
NEXT ACTOR FILM "SEX, MARRIAGE, INFIDELITY" PREMIERES AT BARE BONES FESTIVAL WITH THREE NOMINATIONS
Next Actor Studio and Lake Camp Productions/Ariadne Films' Sex, Marriage and Infidelity, shot in Houston and New York with Hollywood Stars Charlie O'Connell, Shannon Tweed and Sophie Simmons, alongside several Next Actor Students in major roles, received three nominations for best picture (Romance), direction for alumnus Richard Finger who also writes for Huffington Post and Cinematography for San Banarje at the 2015 Bare Bones International Film Festival.
NEXT ACTOR ALUMNUS ASH THAPLIYAL IN HOLLYWOOD MOVIE
Next Actor Alumus ASH THAPLIYAL books and wraps the Hollywood movie Geostorm, with Hollywood Stars Andy Garcia (seen in Picture), Gerard Butler and Abby Cornish.
Ash plays an Indian Ambassador and exchanges a heated dialogue with Andy Garcia.
Ash has recently been in several Next Actor Films including our thriller The Shadow Behind You, the Christian film Artisse and the upcoming comedy A Curry on an American Plate (with Hollywood Stars Rick Fox and Charlie O'Connell)
NEXT ACTOR FILM "ARTISSE" PREMIERES IN HOUSTON
Next Actor Studio and Boat Angel Outreach Center's Christian Film ARTISSE premiered on Saturday, Jan 17 to a full house.
Written by Brian Stewart and Directed by Trisha Ray, the film was shot by San Banarje on an Arri Alexa and starred our talented students Sean Vida, Zoie Steen, Derek Gaskamp, Gary Chisholm, Thiago Paes, Sam Hoger and Catherine Arnpriester, among others.
NEXT ACTOR THRILLER GETS PRIVATE SCREENING
Next Actor Film THE SHADOW BEHIND YOU had a private press screening in September 2014 at the River Oaks Theatre.
Directed and Shot by San Banarje, the film is a psychological thriler starring Next Actor Alumni Derek Gaskamp, Jasmine Darby, Sean Vida, Elise Martin, Thiago Paes, Andre Francios, Sebastian Gomez, Evelynn Hastings and Katia Rodriguez. It was shot in the summer of 2013 in Conroe, Galveston and Houston. Most of the lead actors debuted in the film and had a chance to build a resume by getting cast in it. The film was shot on Arri Alexa.
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT : JUNIPER
Next Actor Student JUNIPER JAIRALA is cast in our Christian film ARTISSE and our psychological thriller THE SHADOW BEHIND YOU.
A Cornell University graduate in mechanical engineering and masters of science in aerospace engineering and bio-astronautics from Colorado, Juniper currently works for NASA as an aerospace engineer by day and a professional fire-dancer at two Houston fire troupes by night.
In February, 2014, Juniper was chosen as one of the four crew members by NASA for Space Habitat Simulation Study.
Congratulations to Juniper on juggling three passions - aerospace engineering, firedancing and acting - simultaneously and successfully.
COMEDY SHORT 'PHYSIOTHERAPY' IN 2014 GULF COAST FILM FESTIVAL
Our short comedy Physiotherapy will screen as part of the upcoming Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival on Sept 21st. Congratulations to the entire team involved with this film. This short was made with Next Actor Students as a prelude to our feature film The Shadow Behind You that was also made entirely with Next Actor Studio Alumni. For screening info, visit http://www.gulfcoastfilmfest.com. Physiotherapy is on imdb as well as on facebook as www.facebook.com/physiotherapy.
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.
"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!
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)
"REVERSE" 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" WRAPS 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 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.
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
"SCARFACE" LEGEND IN FILM FESTIVAL Director 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"