In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

Tuesday July 16, 2019

 

Introducing Noy Marom

 

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Actress - Producer Noy Marom: Follow Your Bliss

Noy Marom is a New York City based actress and producer. For as long as she can remember, she has loved to perform.

First, with her sister, designing costumes and performing for friends and family, then later discovering the magic, and power, of how actors tell stories with emotions through theater and cinema.

Born and raised in Israel, she has always loved Natalie Portman, also born in Israel.

She began studying acting when she was in middle school, and throughout high-school. She then took a break for military service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and then began training at the Nissan Native Acting Studio in Israel. Where she rediscovered her passion for acting, studying Acting Technique.

From there she decided to take the big step of following an old dream to study acting in New York. The idea of studying the technique in the theater capital of the world, going through this artistic journey in the big apple, refining the craft in the city that never sleeps, was the next best possible step for her.

She studied at The Barrow Group and Grace Kiley Acting (An incredible mentor and teacher) both which she enjoyed very much. It was her first experience of acting in a different language and although it was challenging, she found it very rewarding. And then she found The Stella Adler Studio.

“From the moment I walked into the studio, it felt like home. It just felt right.

The atmosphere was so professional, but also very friendly and welcoming and I loved that there were many foreign students walking around, from all over the world.

I auditioned and got in and I did the advanced theater training two year conservatory.

It was a challenging experience to say the least, but I’ve learned so much from so many wonderful teachers and I am forever grateful for this amazing journey.

I think what I was most surprised about is how much it changed me, not only as an actor but also as a person. That’s what The Stella Adler studio is all about. They believe that ‘Growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous,’ and that’s exactly what I felt during my time there and even more so after graduating. Like I was finding my voice. I also really started taking advantage of the cultural richness of New York City. I went to different Broadway shows and screenings, whenever I got a chance to go. You can learn so much about acting from watching different works and different performers.”

 

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The first roles she did were mainly roles in short films. She got a chance to work with wonderful directors and cinematographers and learned how to really work with the camera, along with the differences between film acting and theater acting.

“There’s more to it than you’d expect and you really have to work on it and find the correct balance. I love both equally: the intimacy and power of the camera, and the magic of theater with live audience. I feel very lucky that I have received the great training that taught me and allowed me to do both.”

After graduation, it was time to go out to the real world and become a professional actor. “When you’re just starting out, going on auditions and trying to build your resume, the competition is fierce and it’s all very intimidating. It takes time to find your place in the industry and my Adler friends and I, ‘fresh’ out of acting school, felt that we really wanted to go out there and implement everything we’ve learned. We were extremely passionate and we also wanted to control and own our artistic choices as much as we could, so we created Virago Ensemble.

 

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Virago Ensemble is an international all-female theater company, striving to empower women's voices by sharing old and new works created by female-identifying writers. “We talk a lot about developing and working on material that shows the different and unique aspects of our different cultures.

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Left to right: Deborah Amaa, Amanda Erixon, Irina Bravo, Gilda Mercado, Jenna Kemmer, Noy Marom, Kanja Grobler, Eliya Rodeh.

We are very proud of the productions we've produced so far and we really feel like we've found our voice and our vision moving forward.

It's a learning process and we continue to learn through every new project we develop.

We plan to keep moving in the same direction and to look for more interesting and creative projects to share, with emphasis on new works, as always, by female-identifying writers.

So far we have produced two shows:

Last Summer At Bluefish Cove By Jane Chambers

Directed by Angelita Esperanza

It is the story of a dissatisfied straight woman who leaves her husband to spend some quiet time by herself and who unwittingly and naively wanders into the midst of a group of seven lesbians at the beginning of their annual beachside vacation.

Cast: Deborah Amaa, Noy Marom, Kanja Grobler, Eliya Rodeh, Gilda Mercado, Amanda Erixon, Jenna Kemmer, Irina Bravo

Emilia Bjornsdotter, Swedish Actress in New York Blog reviews Last Summer at Bluefish Cove.

 

Kiss That Frog By Serena Cates

Directed by Angelita Esperanza

Cast: Amanda Erixon, Angelita Esperanza, Deborah Amaa, Eliya Rodeh, Kanja Grobler, Noy Marom, Rosemary Tross, Samia Omari

Kiss that Frog was inspired by the social media trend of young adults writing lists about everyone who they have kissed. This "Kissed List" hunch has opened the door to themes such as love vs. lust, sexual assault, drugs and alcohol, sexuality, secrecy and much more. The resulting script investigates the relationship millennial girls have with kissing, relationships, sex, and sexuality in general. It was inspired by true stories of women known by the playwright.

Kiss That Frog Profiled on BroadwayWorld.com

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Left to right: Jenna Kemmer, Gilda Mercado, Noy Marom.

“We'll strive to continue to tell important stories centering powerful, strong, brave women and speak up about issues concerning women's rights and to empower women and artists through our artistic journey and through story telling.

We also intend to focus on writing our own stories and texts and to share them through unique presentations, while including different elements such as movement and music.”

Several shows are currently in development, announcements about upcoming shows will be made soon, when the productions are ready to be presented.

Amanda Erixon with Noy Marom in “A New York Moment”

A New York Moment is a passion project, it’s a special collaboration between friends who are also international artists.

The short film tells the story of two good friends, Dana and Molly, both facing the struggles of pursuing their dreams in the big apple.

The story takes place in a park in NYC and it gives us a look into their journey as individuals and as friends. Their hopes and dreams, love affairs, friendships and struggles.

The best friends try to stay together and support each other through it all, but they’re about to face another serious difficulty along the way.

"My good friend Amanda Erixon and I studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting together.

After graduation, we co-founded Virago Ensemble together with a small group of fellow actors from school, and we started producing our own theater productions.

After focusing on theater for a while, and because we really enjoy creating together, we decided to produce and act in our own short film.

We knew that we wanted the story to include different aspects of our own personal journey in the big apple: The reality of living in NYC, away from home and from the people close to you, going through struggles while following your dreams and the impossible balancing act of being an artist in the big city. We discussed the idea with Amanda's friend, Anthony Demare, who is an actor and a writer, and he was very interested in collaborating. We presented him with the aspects of the story that were important for us to share and he wrote a wonderful script that really touched us.

The next step was bringing our story to life. We tried to keep the project within our circle of friends, and we found a wonderful talented group of professionals who really helped us to make it happen.

It’s a very unique project because it's a collaboration between an international group of friends and artists from different countries: I’m from Israel and so is the producer and coordinator Vered Rodrigues. Amanda Erixon is from Sweden and so is the PA Emilia Björnsdotter. The writer, Anthony Demare is from Canada. The director, Flemming Laursen is from Denmark and the sound technician, James Boylan is American.

I am very proud of this film. I think that it really has strong, universal message that can help and inspire a lot of people. It’s about following your dreams even when times are rough and to not give up. A reminder that even when it looks like there's no hope, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel."

The film is currently being submitted to film festivals world-wide and was just announced as a Semi-Finalist of the Variety International Film Festival.

There’s a famous quote by Joseph Campbell from a 1985 interview with Bill Moyer conducted at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in California that Noy really loves. It says: “Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.

When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. And when you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.”

Noy concludes: “I believe in that, and that’s what I intend to keep doing. To follow my bliss and to enjoy the ride.”

More news will be coming from Noy Marom, check back to her press page shown below for her current information.

Noy Marom Press Materials

 

Keywords: noy marom; virago ensemble; last summer at bluefish cove; kiss that frog; a new york moment

 

Thursday October 25, 2018

Who was Peter Wooley?
(Just ask Mel Brooks!)

Several years ago producer Tony Schweikel contacted me about promoting a documentary he had produced with his partner Peter Wooley. The documentary Barbarossa and the Towers of Italy, was about ancient mariners of the Mediterranean Sea attacking the southern coasts of Italy, and the towers the towns built to protect themselves from those pirates. (Towers that still stand today!)

Somewhere along the way Tony said: "You should check out my partner Peter Wooley, he has quite a track record."

I had never heard of Peter, and when I did check him out, Tony was right, I was totally astounded!

IMDb Pro lists an amazing ninety-three film and television credits for Peter, including Summer Rental, Porky's Revenge, Under the Rainbow, Up the Academy, High Anxiety, Blazing Saddles, and many, many others.

And not only did Peter work in all of those films, but he wrote a highly entertaining book about his experiences: What! And Give Up Show Business? A View from the Hollywood Trenches.

Many of us who were fortunate enough to work in the film business in recent years were inspired by the many great films of the seventies, and the very talented performers and personalities of that era, projects Peter worked on, and people he worked with!

Peter describes working with Brian Keith, Robert Mitchum, Robert Redford, Katherine Hepburn, and many, many others.

And from the Amazon description: "And his memories are not just about stars, but also about the scores of creative, clever, zany, egotistical characters he's worked with in his demanding and creative profession. Full of fun and gossip and yarns, it's for everyone who wants to know what really goes on behind the scenes."


"Fraught with insight and mirth, just like Peter himself." adds Mel Brooks himself!

With holiday season on the way, Peter's book is the perfect gift for the film lovers on your list who are fascinated with inside stories on Hollywood.

 

And if all of that were not enough, Peter also wrote a novel: You Only Go ‘Round Once, a kind-hearted, sometimes shocking, and continually fascinating novel about three men's unique, fifty-year friendship.

In the fall of 1956 three guys who grew up along the same river in Northern Indiana had a chance meeting in the cafeteria of a small university in Southern Indiana.

Their stories begin as very young men in Hawaii and Germany, then proceed to Southern Indiana, Montana, Florida, Hollywood, and the Middle East. A chance meeting in a cafeteria of a small university in Southern Indiana begins a fifty- year friendship that goes as far as it can go. Three guys who saw something in each other they liked, stayed friends for life.

They went their separate ways after graduation, but kept in touch. Their lives often times were one in the same-as close as you could be one minute and spread to the winds the next.

For over fifty years, they realized their dreams and lived them to the fullest. They fought for and with each other, and played the games they wanted to play.

“After all”, they reasoned, “you only go ‘round once.” But if you do it right. . .

You Only Go Around Once is another riveting, emotional story told in Peter's unique, almost hypnotic style.

I couldn't put it down!

Most recently Peter and Tony produced The Hybrids Family, starring Paul Sorvino and Carolyn Hennesy.

 

Peter Wooley on IMDb

What! And Give Up Show Business? A View from the Hollywood Trenches on Amazon

You Only Go Around Once on Amazon

 

 

Sunday October 14, 2018

The Point of Harry Nilsson

I probably spend way too much time on my laptop in my dining room . . . one night a week or two ago my wife was watching tv in the living room, when what do I hear:

This is the town and these are the people
This is the town where the people all stay

Not a cover, but the original by Harry Nilsson himself!

That's the way they wanted it
And that's the way it's going to stay.

Of all people, who would be using this music in a tv spot? Facebook!

I laughed, then thought "Wow at sixty-four might I actually be cool again, even if just for a moment?"

In 1973 a friend convinced me to move to Southern California with him, and I ended up making some terrific new friends. No mortages, insurance, car repairs, just a job that barely paid to keep a small roof over my head and a couple of frozen pot pies in the freezer, with lots of free time to do what guys in their early twenties did back then.

It was the same time John Lennon was in LA on his "long weekend," many evenings spent with Harry Nilsson and others making tabloid news.

Peter Lawford, John Lennon, Mai Pang, and Harry Nilsson with hat, in the audience of a Smothers Brothers LA club appearance

Out of that time peroid came Harry Nilsson's The Point short animated film and album, a charming story about conformity. For me it was one of those albums that I listened to many, many times, so it became a symbol of that free and easy youthful time period. Me and my Arrow came from that project.

Fast forward to the 90s when somehow the subject of the film came up with my young grade school kids, they discovered it, and loved it!

So all of these things occurred to me from the soundtrack of that Facebook commercial.

 

(Coincidentially that's a '76 BMW 2002, I had a black one before my daughter was born.)

Here's a brief history on Harry Nilsson:

 

 

Think About Your Troubles, from The Point to get a flavor for the animation style.

 

 

 

Perennial Party Favorite from that time: You're Breaking My Heart, with George Harrison, Peter Frampton, and Ringo

 

So after seeing a little bit of Harry Nilsson's life and work I think you can understand why it brought a smile to me hearing him in a Facebook spot.

-- Steve Thompson

 


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Combining a Passion for Color, Texture, and Symmetry, With a Feminist Awareness

Meet Jane Petersen, founder of Brass Egg Studio, Madison, Wisconsin. "Brass Egg came from my radical feminist days when I realized that there was insufficient language to express courage for women.

The Egg represents the feminine, and the Brass represents the strength and courage we women possess.

Years ago on a vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama, my Mom and I found some shells with holes at the top. I took them home and made earrings out of them. Friends loved them, (and so did my Mom!) and Brass Egg Studio was born!"

Murano Italian Glass Peridot Green 24kt Gold Necklace - 19.5"

Using the fabulous colors of Murano Italian glass beads and semi-precious gemstones, Jane now creates unique, one-of-a kind handmade artisan jewelry, naturally designed to make women feel beautiful when wearing it.

Jane has always had a keen appreciation for colors, symmetry, and visual texture, and she loves the vibrant colors and patterns in quilt fabric. For years, Jane made quilts and quilted accessories for everyone in her family.

Today her love of color and texture carries over and is reflected in her colorful jewelry designs.

 

Brass Egg Studios on Etsy

Brass Egg Studios on Facebook

 

 

Wednesday October 10, 2018

When $200 Million isn't quite enough to make ends meet . -- ST

From The Wrap

Annapurna Upheaval: Megan Ellison Is ‘Reevaluating’ Film Division Amid Money Woes

"According to at least two individuals close to Annapurna, Ellison’s father, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, is balking at any further investment in the studio after an initial outlay by him and his daughter of more than $200 million."

Annapurna on IMDb

 

Monday October 8, 2018

From The Redford Center on Facebook

A message from our co-founder, Robert Redford:

"Tonight, for the first time I can remember, I feel out of place in the country I was born into and the citizenship I’ve loved my whole life. For weeks I’ve watched with sadness as our civil servants have failed us, turning toward bigotry, mean-spiritedness and mockery as the now-normal tools of the trade.

How can we expect the next generation to step up and serve, to be interested in public life, and to aspire to get involved when all we show them is how to spar, attack and destroy each other?

It’s hard to blame young people for calling us out, and pointing to our conflicts between the values we declare, and those we stand behind only when it’s convenient to partisanship. Many people are rightly calling it a damn mess.

But I want to encourage you to dig deep for hope and civility right now -- to try to make connections with people you disagree with, to be better than our politicians.

We don’t have to share the same motivations to want the same outcomes. Let’s focus on each other, and strengthening our communities, and reflecting on what’s happening. Let’s live in justice and respect and let others fight it out now to the bitter ends.

This is our country too. Every woman, man and child in it, our American future.

We’ve got work to do."

 

 

From The Hollywood Reporter

Hope Hicks Named Communications Chief for New Fox

 

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

Social media has turned us all into journalists, most without the benefit of any journalistic training. Musicians who spend years learning their craft, then spend countless hours practicing, generally sound pretty good to us, way better than those of us who might just pick up a guitar and start strumming away.

So I started this page for curious people who want to learn interesting, true, things, to help improve their own peronal journalism.

A journalist's most valuable asset is their credibility, and the foundation of credibility is reliable sources. Fake news never quotes recognizable sources, they use meaningless phrases like "people are saying" or "people have told me . . . " or "the result of a recent study was . . . "

Your questions are "Who is saying?" "Who told you?" "What study?"

So I'll be telling you about some of the interesting things that I see throughout my day, and about some of the people I know with ideas and accomplishments I think you should be aware of. Don't expect to agree with everything, and don't waste our time arguing. If you go out to dinner, and you see something on the menu you don't like, you don't argue with the waiter, do you? No, of course not, you just move on and find something you like.

I have always loved arts: visual, music, film, and now live community theatre. There is no greater thrill to me than watching a film with the cast in the audience, and last week I was priveledged to attended a Ritz Theatre original production, hosted by the playwright, which was every bit as memorable and enjoyable to me. So many of the stories I'll share will have an artistic theme.

So here are a few stories from today to help get the ball rolling. Let me know what you think, then tell me your story!

Steve Thompson

I'm the Community Outreach Director at The Ritz Theatre Co. in Haddon Township. I thought we'd have some fun discovering some interesting people and things, so contact me with your own interesting story!

Before working with The Ritz, I promoted over thirty-five films, worked with an Academy Award Winner for ten years, and promoted a variety of producers, directors, actors, and film technicians.

steve@thomcomm.com