Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Lost Penny at NIFF

Some pictures from Sunday's SOLD OUT screening of Lost Penny at the Niagara Integrated Film Festival... (And by the way, since we sold out, we're going to be doing a special screening of Lost Penny at the Seneca Queen Theatre in Niagara Falls on Tue, July 7, 2015 at 7 pm. Go to our website for ticket info...)

The Q&A after the Screening...


The cast and crew pose for the cameras...


Posing with Tenshi's car from the movie...


Hanging out with cast and crew...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lost Penny at the Manhattan Film Festival

Some pictures from Saturday night's screening of Lost Penny at the Manhattan Film Festival...

Entering the Theatre...


 



Time for some Q&A with Robert and Miq...


 



Time to pose for the cameras...



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Q&A with Rachael McOwen

Film: Lost Penny
Actor: Rachael McOwen
Role: Penny

Rachael McOwen as Penny
Q: What attracted you to working on this film?
A: The idea for a modern day adaptation of Alice in Wonderland really excited me. Who doesn't want to play make-believe in a crazy wonderland? The script was a style and genre that was unlike anything I had done before, so it was a fun change. I was also excited to work in Canada!

Q: Tell us about your role. How did you prepare for it?
 A: Penny is a wide-eyed girl trying to find her way in the world. She is a modern day Alice in Wonderland looking for adventure! I researched adventuresome girls and as many adaptations of Alice in Wonderland as I could find. I really liked looking at Penny through those eyes.

Q: Did you identify with Penny?
A: I actually identify with Penny more than would be expected. I am quite a bit older than her in real life, but still play and seek adventure like I'm her age. As far as differences go...I'm super scared of eyeballs and the character Penny sports a scary eyeball ring! I will never do that in real life!

Penny (Rachael McOwen) stands in the series of hallways at the back of the club.
Q: What was your favorite scene to film?
A: Hands down the alleyway scene! We shot in this epic maze like back corridor. Alleys are my favorite thing, so as soon we stepped onto this location, I was in love. It was fun to see it for the first time again and again. For this reason I also really enjoyed the scenes in the field. It was fun being able to enter that space and see so many new details each time we shot.

Q: What did you enjoy the most about working on this film?
A: I enjoyed the challenge of carrying a full length film. I'm in almost every scene and because we shot most of it out of order, it was a fun challenge to stay on top of it all. Most projects shoot out of order, but Lost Penny was unique for me in how tightly packed our shooting schedule was each day. Some days we would go back and forth and back and forth from the beginning of the film to the end, getting different shots in record time. Lots of costume and make up changes, while remembering what my character just came from in the scene before made it a go-go type of shoot.

Q: What was the most challenging scene for you?
A: One scene with my mother was particularly challenging. We were early in the shooting process and still figuring out how everyone/everything worked.

Q: Do you have any funny stories or anecdotes about working on the film?
A: One scene turned my teeth blue and they took forever to get back to normal!

Q: Who are your influences? Who inspires you as an actor?
A: Passionate hard working people, my Mom, God, Audrey Hepburn and Carol Burnett.

Q: When did the acting bug bite you?
A: I started studying to be a ballerina at a young age, so I've been in the performing arts world for quite some time. My performing path has kinda evolved from there and here I am now!

Q: What is the best advice you ever got from Mom?
A: Breathe. I'll always know what to do if I remember to just breathe.


LOST PENNY - Film Festival Info

Lost Penny will be screened at the following festivals in June 2015...
Manhattan Film Festival on Sat, June 13 » Get tickets
Niagara Integrated Film Festival on Sun, June 21 » Get Tickets

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Q&A with Andrew Roth

Film: Lost Penny
Actor: Andrew Roth
Role: Tenshi

Penny (Rachael McOwen) confronts Tenshi (Andrew Roth)
Q: What attracted you to working on this film?
A: I've always respected The Moon Brothers & their work since I first auditioned for Under Jakob's Ladder.

Q: You play the role of Tenshi. Who is he and how did you prepare for this role?
A: Tenshi is a Guardian... His main Objective is to help Penny by any means necessary. I didn't really have to [prepare], Tenshi is close to my natural state of being.

Q: Did you identify with Tenshi?
A: Yes, I just wish I could've kept the Car I had in the film!

Q: What was your favorite scene to film?
A: The final scene!

Q: The most challenging scene?
A: The final scene!

Q: What did you enjoy the most about working on this film?
A: As always, it's the people I'm blessed to meet on all of these amazing projects.

Tenshi (Andrew Roth) and his car.
Q: Do you have any funny stories or anecdotes about working on the film?
A: There are too many to tell. Working on anything you love provides you with continuous amazing memories. It's a blessing doing what you love.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: G.I. Gurdjieff/Ghandi/God & all Higher Powers are my influence and my need to continually work on myself.

Q: When did the acting bug bite you?
A: Not sure, I was always an extrovert. Now I'm an introvert.

Q: What is the best advice you ever got from Mom?
A: If you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing.


LOST PENNY - Film Festival Info

Lost Penny will be screened at the following festivals in June 2015...
Manhattan Film Festival on Sat, June 13 » Get tickets
Niagara Integrated Film Festival on Sun, June 21 » Get Tickets

Monday, June 1, 2015

Q&A with Victoria Murdoch

Film: Lost Penny
Actor: Victoria Murdoch
Role: Fudge

Fudge, played by Victoria Murdoch
Q: Which role do you play in the movie?
A: Fudge is the tough-as-nails, take-no-prisoner leader of a gang of wicked females wholike many bulliesis trying desperately to cover-up her feelings of insignificance and loneliness.

Q: How did you prepare for your role?
A: For me it started with the costuming, hair and makeup. When I dressed myself up in what I thought a tough-girl might wear, I started to walk differently, stand up straighter, hold my shoulders squarely and hold my head up high, all in an effort to appear more important than everyone else. From there, I tried to remember that I felt weak inside, and I had to do everything in my power to hide that fact.

Q: What attracted you to working on this film?
A: I had never played the villain role in a feature film project before and there’s something so deliciously cathartic about getting to act like a b*tch all day long with no repercussions; I slept very well on shoot days!

Q: Did you identify at all with Fudge?
A: Absolutely! I think we all have times in our lives where we feel weak, and parts of ourselves that we wish to hide. Where Fudge and I differ is I try my best to work through my own insecurities and not take them out on others, but some days that’s easier than others!

Q: What was your favorite scene to film?
A: They were all fun, but if I had to highlight one, I’d say the scene in the club with Penny and Tenshi where I’m trying desperately to convince Penny to stay and play the game; for me, that scene really marked the beginning of the end of Fudge’s power.

Fudge (Victoria Murdoch) with Gadget (Stephen Velichko) and Penny (Rachael McOwen)
Q: What did you enjoy the most about working on this film?
A: The people! It was a very inclusive, very welcoming set, and I’d jump at the chance to work with these fine folk again!

Q: Do you have any funny stories or anecdotes about working on the film?
A: Somebody ask Rachael (Penny) about the eyeball ring…that’s all I’m going to say! :)

Q: Who inspires you as an actor?
A: There are so many, but I’m highly inspired by actresses who effortlessly blend the boundaries between comedy and drama: Christine Baranski, Keira Knightley and Anne Hathaway, to name just a few.

Q: When did the acting bug bite you?
A: Oh, quite early; I was in every school play I could be in since grade fourmy first role was a firefly!and I followed that with youth classes at Young People’s Theatre in Toronto where I grew up and still live.

Q: What is the best advice you ever got from Mom?
A: Stay healthy and active! My mom is a true inspiration; a proud "Senior" who works as a personal fitness trainer/instructor specializing in older adults and has always focused on health and wellness throughout her life. It's because of this commitment that I’ll be spending many, many more years with her! Love you, Mom!!


LOST PENNY - Film Festival Info

Lost Penny will be screened at the following festivals in June 2015...
Manhattan Film Festival on Sat, June 13 » Get tickets
Niagara Integrated Film Festival on Sun, June 21 » Get Tickets

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Q&A with Stephen Velichko

Film: Lost Penny
Actor: Stephen Velichko
Role: Gadget

Gadget, played by Stephen Velichko
Q: What attracted you to working on this film?
A: Watching Under Jakob's Ladder, I thoroughly enjoyed the film visually, but moreover the character development. After seeing the character breakdowns for Lost Penny, I instantly connected with Gadget.

Q: Which role do you play in Lost Penny?
A: I had the pleasure of walking in Gadget’s shoes. Gadget is in love with the girl next door, his best friend, Penny. Only problem is that he’s a bit of an oblivious dork. A lovable one, but a dork at that. He puts the well-being of the ones he loves before his own. He defines the very definition of what it is to be someone’s best friend.

Q: How did you prepare for your role?
A: Gadget is a bit more high strung than me, so I definitely was aware of the pitch in where his voice lived. His relationship has never progressed with Penny to certain capacities, so to speak. So I definitely took some strolls down memory lane to find those certain people from my own life that I’ve had similar relationships with. I also had to learn a new skill – gypsy cup shuffling! That was a nightmare. However, now I forever have a spontaneous party trick to dazzle and amaze people!

Q: Did you identify with your character?
A: I definitely identified with Gadget from the get-go. He strongly supports his friends, almost blindly at that. He finds himself deeply mixed up in Penny’s problems at a certain point in the film, all because he thinks he’s responsible. Which is true to some extent, but really he’s just not the kind of person that stands by idly while the ones he loves are struggling or in pain.

Q: What was your favorite scene to film?
A: I really enjoyed the scene between Gadget and Penny in the woods where he gives her the magic number. You really see for the first time just how much he really cares for her. I also really enjoyed the scene where Gadget offers to take Penny’s place in the club to save her. There’s no greater sacrifice for the ones we love than offering our own life. Most people are afraid to love another that much.

Q: What was the most challenging scene for you?
A: That darned gypsy cup sequence! Wait I take that back. The most challenging scene I had to partake in on this film was by far... the “OH YEAH!!!!” scene.

Q: What did you enjoy the most about working on this film?
A: Well that’s easy. The cast and crew were all crazy. But you know, the good kind of crazy. Some of the kindest, hardest working individuals I have ever met in my life, I met on that set.

Q: Do you have any funny stories or anecdotes about working on the film?
A: Miq and I had the pleasure of driving back and forth to set basically every day. And for what seemed like the whole first half of the production, we couldn’t find our way out of a paper bag! No matter where we were going, we would get lost.

Also, the first day [Chef] Guy came to cook, we just happened to have a crazy day and I was starving by the time lunch came around. So I gave him the biggest hug and thank you ever. Of course Jill just HAD to be there for that moment. So it LOOKED LIKE I was saying this was the first great meal we’ve had, and everything else was slop! When IN REALITY, EVERY MEAL WAS WONDERFUL, but that specific day I was just so hungry I would have cried with joy over the sight of cheerios.

I was told there was also one day in particular that I was crewing, where I may or may not have had too much enjoyment operating the fog machine in the field.

Gadget (Stephen Velichko) with Penny (Rachael McOwen)

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Since I take it Batman it not an appropriate choice after age ten, (which is totally bogus. I mean who doesn’t want to be a billionaire by day, and kick crime butt by night?!), I would have to say my parents and their unshakable faith. Through good years and bad, they have always set the best example on how to live life best both in the Lord’s eyes, and for our family. [As an actor] Jack Nicholson is hands down! Yeah you got Brando, De Niro, Pacino, Michael Caine, Duvall, Bing Crosby... the list goes on and on. But Nicholson is a nut! Can’t get enough of him!

Q: When did the acting bug bite you?
A: I was 17 years old. I was the playing McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Still to this day, one of my favorite characters. It was opening night and I heard the crowd roaring the with rise of the curtain from backstage. Awaiting my first entrance I thought to myself, "I’m going to do this for the rest of my life!"

Q: What is the best advice you ever got from Mom?
A: Whenever at a crossroads, and you don’t know which road to take, simply ask the Lord.


LOST PENNY - Film Festival Info

Lost Penny will be screened at the following festivals in June 2015...
Manhattan Film Festival on Sat, June 13 » Get tickets
Niagara Integrated Film Festival on Sun, June 21 » Get Tickets

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Promo Videos with the Lost Penny Cast and Crew

We're doing a series of promo videos featuring the cast and crew of Lost Penny! Check out the playlist below...



We've posted the first two. More to follow!

» Watch the Movie Trailer
» Who's Who - the Cast and Crew
» Photos from the Film Shoot
» Like us on Facebook


LOST PENNY - Film Festival Info

Lost Penny will be screened at the following festivals...

Manhattan Film Festival on Sat, June 13
» Get tickets

Niagara Integrated Film Festival on Sun, June 21
» Get Tickets

Friday, May 15, 2015

Q&A with Victoria Guthrie

Film: Lost Penny
Actor: Victoria Guthrie
Role: Mother

Penny (Rachael McOwen) with her Mother (Victoria Guthrie)

Q: What attracted you to working on this film?
A: I was attracted to working on the film once I saw a clip from Under Jakob's Ladder ... The film quality, direction and acting was all of a high caliber and I knew immediately that this was a production group that I wanted to work with and build a working relationship with into the future.

Q: Which role do you play in Lost Penny?
A: I play Penny's mom. She is a single mom who really dislikes her ex and doesn't want Penny to be influenced by his bohemian half-hazard ways. She isn't in touch with him and likes it that way. Mostly, she wants to be a great mom and protect Penny in a positive way and give her the best opportunities in life.

Q: How did you prepare for your role?
A: I worked on finding similar circumstances and using them as substitutions. I.e. What or who am I very protective of and how would I react if that person or thing were in danger.

Q: Did you identify with your character?
A: I can definitely identify in her wanting to be and provide the best world she can. I am a type A personality so it is natural for me to strive for perfection. Penny's mom is also different than me in many ways. Mostly in that she wants to control her daughter's actions too much. I am a very free spirit that has always desired freedom above everything else. As a result, I tend to give people a lot of leeway to find themselves.

Q: What was your favorite scene to film?
A: The fortune cookie scene was my favorite scene to shoot because it was the second of a two-day shoot, at the end of the day. I felt more comfortable and more rapport with the other actors and crew. The scene also was longer than the others and had a nice emotional arc.

Q: What was the most challenging scene for you?
A: The first scene we shot where I talk about the to-do list, emergency #s and what Penny is wearing. I think coming straight off a plane to the set and not having barely met anyone before is a more difficult environment to step into. Plus, there was a fair amount of blocking in the scene which added more complexity to the scene overall.

Q: What did you enjoy the most about working on Lost Penny?
A: The collaborative spirit of the Munoz family and the actors is what I enjoyed most about the film. It was a joy to have welcome and open discussions with the Director and DP about how I saw/felt the scene. I believe much more creativity is discovered this way and it's fun!

Q: Who inspires you as an actor?
A: Meryl Streep for her versatility and natural capacity for accents; Sylvester Stallone and Chaz Palmenteri for their ability to stick to their guns and their dreams no matter what; Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron for their beauty, intelligence, depth and willingness to be ugly.

Q: When did the acting bug bite you?
A: In my late 20s when I was looking for alternate future careers transitioning out of modeling. Originally, it was very therapeutic for me and enabled me to become a very centered person by learning about myself. After that came the real addiction for me which is the honor of being able to step into another person's shoes and understand the world from their perspective. I find that a fascinating game.


LOST PENNY - Film Festival Info

Lost Penny will be screened at the following festivals in June 2015...
Manhattan Film Festival on Sat, June 13 » Get tickets
Niagara Integrated Film Festival on Sun, June 21 » Get Tickets

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Film Festivals in June

Here's a quick update about our feature film, Lost Penny...

When can you see the movie? Well, we have two opportunities coming up. Lost Penny will screening at two -- yes, two -- film festivals this June!

1. WORLD PREMIERE
Manhattan Film Festival
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Players Theatre, 115 Macdougal Street, NYC
Tickets are $12   » Order Tickets (Manhattan)

2. CANADIAN PREMIERE
Niagara Integrated Film Festival
Date: Sun, June 21, 2015
Time: 12:30 pm
Venue: Landmark Cinemas - Pen Centre, St. Catharines, ON
Tickets are $12.50 and $10 (stu/sr)   » Order Tickets (Niagara)

We'll keep everybody posted about further details once they are available.

We're also planning to post some Q&As with the cast for you to read. Stay tuned. Also, if you haven't already done so, please LIKE US on Facebook. Or watch the movie trailer.

See you at the movies...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Film Day 13-14 - Wrapping it Up

Date: Friday, August 22 to Saturday, August 23, 2014
Film: Lost Penny

Final two days of filming during principal photography in August. We shot the Runaway/Enforcer scenes (Hannah Ladwig & Robert Tanos); Jake the Bouncer (Isaac Mitchell); and the Security Check scene (Todd Melville and William G. Hobbs).








Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny...
Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5 - Film Day 6 - Film Day 7 - Film Day 8 - Film Day 9 - Film Day 10 - Film Day 11-12 - Film Day 13-14