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“All Sorts” of Filmmaking Fun!

AS_CoffeeDrinkingImage_4K_v03_RC“Through a secret door behind the office vending machine, a lonely data entry clerk named Diego finds the magical world of championship folder filing.  As he coaches his talented coworker June in the competition, the two begin to fall in love…but do they really have a shot, or are they just fooling themselves?”

This is the quirky world of All Sorts!  All Sorts is an Independent Feature Film that I somehow had the privilege to be a part of!  Filming for three weeks in my hometown of Yakima, Washington, I spent 18 days immersed in the art, the magic and the family of filmmaking.  (Read More…)

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Cement Suitcase – A Little Wine for the Soul

Scenic vistas of mountain landscapes and surrounding hills nestle close to surround a beautiful, bountiful, rural valley area.  Blessed with vegetables and fruit trees, livestock, hops, and the booming industry of vineyards, the Yakima Valley in Washington State seems a long way from the bright lights of Hollywood and the L.A. film industry.  But sometimes, paths cross and amazing things can happen right in your own backyard.

Such was the case with J. Rick Castañeda’s film Cement Suitcase.  Rick is a Yakima Valley native who traveled from L.A. to return to his roots and create his first Indie Feature Film using the valley as the setting for his homegrown tale.  With the film now touring select Film Festivals and winning multiple awards, I was able to catch up with Rick, find out about his journey in a film career, and him being the first filmmaker to feature the stunning Yakima Valleyhome to not only Rick, but myself as well!  Read more


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“From the Mud Grows the Lotus”

It’s barely been a month since her fairy tale wedding to Tristan MacManus, but the lovely Tahyna Tozzi-MacManus took time out recently from her whirlwind schedule to chat about her new project, The Oren Movie.

As an actress hailing from Australia, Tahyna began her career in the Aussie television series, Blue Water High.  Soon after, she garnered world-wide recognition from her work as the beautiful Emma Frost in the Feature Film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  With other projects helping bridge the way, Tahyna is now branching out to be both writer and director of her film, The Oren Movie.  Read more


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Geoffrey Breton – Chain Reaction

Photo Courtesy of Geoffrey Breton

One thing I have found from featuring amazing people and projects in At a Glance is that they are always surrounded by other amazing people and projects.  I have been fortunate at times to be able to chain reaction, if you will, talent into multiple connected Features.  These connections provide an expanded view of previous Features and opens up conversations in other directions as well.

Previously I published a Feature on musician Chris Hyson, and then followed with a Feature update announcing the filming of a music video being produced for one of Chris’ compositions.  In the update it was noted that along with actor Alexander Vlahos, the video would be directed by Geoffrey Breton.  From my research, it was evident that Geoffrey is a major up and comer in the film industry, working as Associate Director at Wolfheart Productions, who just happens to be producers of Chris‘s music video.  I jumped at the chance to be able to find out more about Geoffreys work, so after contacting him to see if he would be willing to chat with us, he luckily managed to clear a little time away and gives us a glimpse into his world.  Read More


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In the Tub with TJ Scott

Photo Courtesy of TJ Scott

TJ Scott first turned up on my radar in 1997 when he directed one of my favorite episodes on the original La Femme NikitaTV series.  TJ had quickly become a familiar director in locations around the world, and it came as no surprise whenever I would see his credits pop up on my TV.  A number of years later I was fortunate to meet TJ and his lovely wife, Victoria Pratt, at a celebrity charity auction event in LA.  He was gracious, funny and as talented as I had imagined.  Since then, TJ has gone on to expand his career in various aspects of the industry.  Still keeping up with his work, when I heard he was creating a photographic coffee table book, In the Tub, I knew this was the perfect feature for At a Glance.  Read More