There is always an opportunity to immerse yourself in your acting community. We’ve got your October weekends mapped out with classes, film festivals, movie screenings and more!
CLASSES AND Q&As
Developing Your Ear: CRITICAL LISTENING IN VOICEOVER – (New York, NY) As self-recording has and is becoming increasingly the norm in modern voiceover, VO actors must possess a keen ear as to what is effective and will ultimately get themselves booked. It is as necessary to listen to current voiceovers as it is to read. This class will play examples of good -and not so good- voiceover recordings from various areas of VO to develop critical listening skills. By breaking down how and why good voiceovers work, actors will be able to apply the same critiques to their own self-recordings. Lead by VO Lab booth director and experienced VO actor, Tatiana Grey, this class will offer a fun and safe space to hone your skills. All levels welcome!
Casting Access: CAROLYN VOLPE (UNDER 18 ONLY) – (New York, NY) This class will include a 25-30 min. Q&A at the beginning for parents and children. After the Q&A, we will kindly ask the parents to leave the room and Carolyn will work with the kids using improv games. This class will run for approximately 90 minutes. Please bring a headshot and resume with you. The child must be a paid-up and active SAG-AFTRA member.
Latino Media Fest – (Los Angeles, CA) Latino Media Fest is the unique presenter of the best U.S. based Latinx content across media platforms: narrative shorts, TV/Streaming pilots, digital web series, virtual reality, and documentary shorts.
Woodstock Film Festival – (Woodstock, NY) The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. The 20th Woodstock Film Festival returns October 2-6, 2019 with an extraordinary lineup of fiercely independent films, panels and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale, and Saugerties.
Manhattan Short – (Manhattan, NY) Film lovers worldwide unite to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens in over 400 cities worldwide September 26 to October 6, 2019.
Joker – A gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz.
Lucy in the Sky – Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small. Starring Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, and Zazie Beetz.
Memory: The Origins of Alien – The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s Alien – rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger. A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and our collective unconscious. Starring Bijan Aalam, Tim Boxell, and Axelle Carolyn.
Pain and Glory – A film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as past and present come crashing down around him. Starring Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, and Leonardo Sbaraglia.
Wrinkles the Clown – In Florida, parents can hire Wrinkles the Clown to scare their misbehaving children. Written by Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker.
Dolemite Is My Name – Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon. Starring Eddie Murphy, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Wesley Snipes.
Low Tide – Alan, Red, and Smitty spend high summer on the Jersey Shore roving the boardwalk and getting into trouble. But the discovery of good old fashioned treasure sets the friends on an escalating course of suspicion and violence in this atmospheric thriller. Starring Jaeden Martell, Keean Johnson, and Shea Whigham.
Cuck – When a frustrated loner gains popularity as an Alt-Right vlogger, the online echo chamber turns his fears into a deadly rage. Starring Zachary Ray Sherman, Sally Kirkland, and Timothy V. Murphy.
CLASSES AND Q&As
The VO LAB’s Commercial Workout – (Los Angeles, CA) We’ve had a lot of really good groups of people recently for this workout. Join us and your VO peers for a group workout, but leave your barbells and yoga mats at home, because this workout is all about helping you strengthen your VO chops. Practice reading your favorite commercial copy and get helpful adjustments from your VO Lab peers. Be ready to offer constructive feedback and support the learning process. VO Lab workout groups are a great way to fine-tune your craft and have some fun in the process. Yes…these are intended to be fun.
Computer Lab: COMPUTER BASICS 101 – (Los Angeles, CA) This is a brand new offering designed for members who are beginners in using a computer. This is a hybrid class and workshop where members can ask any computer-related question. The instructor will then customize the class to answer those questions and present computer basics. This class is intended for computer novices. No materials are required.
Santa Cruz Film Festival – (Santa Cruz, CA) SCFF IS AN EXPERIENCE… It’s about enhancing awesome films by showing them in unconventional places with unexpected surprises. It’s all happening in a city and county where odd, interesting, and unusual are the norm. Located in a diverse arts community we show films from high school and college students, new and burgeoning filmmakers, as well as established pros. We not only screen films, we make you experience them.
Baltimore International Black Film Festival – (Baltimore, MD) Founded in 2014, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival is produced by the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt social /service organization: SOGAA, Inc. Our mission is to support unity in the community and foster education with the best in independent film-making while enhancing the diverse cultural landscape and economic vitality of Baltimore City. With its unique paring of films by African-American, the African Diaspora and members of the Same Gender Loving – Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (SGL-LGBT) communities, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival (BIBFF) serves a dual purpose of educating the community while providing a venue for independent films for, by and about African Americans, the African Diaspora, and members the SGL-LGBT community locally, nationally and globally.
Gemini Man – An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself. Starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Clive Owen.
The Addams Family – An animated version of Charles Addams’ series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family. Starring Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Chloë Grace Moretz.
Jexi – A comedy about what can happen when you love your phone more than anything else in your life. Starring Rose Byrne, Justin Hartley, and Adam Devine.
The Sky Is Pink – It is based on the love story of a couple spanning 25 years, told through the lens of their spunky teenage daughter Aisha Chaudhary, who was diagnosed with Pulmonary fibrosis. Starring Zaira Wasim, Priyanka Chopra, and Farhan Akhtar.
CLASSES AND Q&As
Small Group Sessions: THE AUDITION – (Los Angeles, CA) The audition is not only how one prepares the material. It is also about the mindset actors have about auditioning, how they conduct themselves in the room and how they let it go. This session will cover the many ways actors can prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the audition. Please bring a pencil or pen along with something to take notes.
Marina del Rey Film Festival – (Marina del Rey, CA) The Marina del Rey Film Festival was created in 2012 as an independent film festival on the westside of Los Angeles. Jon Gursha and Peter Greene worked the international markets for independent film distribution. During this time they created the Marina del Rey Film Festival to make a world-class independent film festival for independent filmmakers. The idea started on a flight back from the European Markets and festivals in 2011 the festival was born. The Marina del Rey Film Festival was founded by Jon Gursha and Peter Greene
Zombieland: Double Tap – Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family. Starring Zoey Deutch, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Imelda Staunton.
The Lighthouse – The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Starring Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, and Valeriia Karaman.
Jojo Rabbit – A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Starring Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, and Scarlett Johansson.
CLASSES AND Q&As
Small Group Sessions: THE BRANDING WORKSHOP – (Los Angeles, CA) This twenty person workshop serves to aid the actor in understanding how people see them, the type of feeling people receive from them and how they might be cast. The workshop uses the categories of visual, essence, stereotypes and profession. This is a three-hour event and participants must stay for the entire workshop. Please note how you dress for this workshop will factor into your results. Actors are recommended to attend this workshop two to three times per year, each time in a different look. This workshop was inspired by the creation of Kevin E. West – Founder, The Actors’ Network.
DTLA Film Festival – (Los Angeles, CA) Established in 2008, the festival has screened more 1,000 films, held more than 200 events and partnered with more than 75 other profit and nonprofit businesses in DTLA. Our programming reflects downtown L.A.’s vibrant new urbanism, the unique ethnic and cultural diversity of its neighborhoods, its burgeoning independent film community, its singular blend of late 19th and 20th century architecture, and the seminal role it played in the early days of American cinema (epitomized by the world’s largest group of vintage movie palaces located in the Broadway Theater District). Set against this dramatic backdrop, DFFLA serves as a beacon for movie fans and industry professionals throughout Southern California and beyond
Countdown – When a nurse downloads an app that claims to predict the moment a person will die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With the clock ticking and a figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out. Starring Charlie McDermott, Anne Winters, and Elizabeth Lail.
The Current War: Director’s Cut – The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world. Starring Tuppence Middleton, Tom Holland, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Paradise Hills – A mysterious boarding school perfectly reforms wayward girls to fit their surroundings’ exact desires. Starring Eiza González, Emma Roberts, and Danielle Macdonald.
Housefull 4 – Themed on reincarnation. Starring Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
The Last Full Measure – Thirty-four years after his death, Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr. (“Pits”) is awarded the nation’s highest military honor, for his actions on the battlefield. Starring Bradley Whitford, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sebastian Stan.
Black and Blue – ‘Black and Blue’ is an action thriller about a rookie cop (Naomie Harris) who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. After realizing that the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the one person from her community who is willing to help her (Tyrese Gibson) as she tries to escape both the criminals out for revenge and the police who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage. Starring Mike Colter, Frank Grillo, and Reid Scott.