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Rachel Galvin's Blog – April 2014 Archive (6)

Actor profile: Tommy O'Brien

Tommy O'Brien certainly is one if the hardest working actors in South Florida, or at least the busiest. In the past month alone, he has been involved in at least seven films. Practically every day, he is either auditioning, on set in front of the camera for a commercial or indie film. He has been on set of films and TV shows like "Pain and Gain," "Change of Heart" and "Iron Man 3," in addition to many local features and shorts, 33 films in all. What makes Tommy seemingly so irresistible…


Added by Rachel Galvin on April 29, 2014 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Toast of the Town party a blast at PBIFF


(On left: Vicki Lau ("The Painter"), I.S. founder Rachel Galvin, Dana Lerer ("The New Neighbor") and William Roger Cummings ("Goodbye Deutschland")

On April 5, EAU Spa in Manalapan was filled to the brim with filmmakers and film lovers enjoying the beautiful night sky outside while mingling and drinking martinis by Tito's Vodka. In…


Added by Rachel Galvin on April 11, 2014 at 2:10am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Tim Phillips, "Lion Ark"

Tim Phillips has campaigned on animal protection issues for 30 years. His video and photographic images have exposed animal suffering and as a scriptwriter, director and editor. Tim has been awarded for his animal protection documentaries, advertisements and training videos. He has co-authored many reports and articles and helped draft animal protection legislation. Lion Ark…


Added by Rachel Galvin on April 6, 2014 at 11:57pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Writer/ Director/ Actor Banks Helfrich

Banks Helfrich has been everything from a professional triathlete to a circus clown, a Harpo Marx look-alike at Universal Studios (Orlando FL) to David Letterman's the Ball Guy from "Is this Anything?" He is also a filmmaker, and writes…


Added by Rachel Galvin on April 6, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Director Ian Vernon, "The War I Knew"

(on left): Ian Vernon at PBIFF 2014

Following the success of Ian Vernon's second feature, the award-winning comedy "Best Little Whorehouse in Rochdale," he followed up with a drama, a story about World War II called "The War I Knew." This character driven piece set in the midst of war involves an 18-year-old solider finding himself the lone survivor of one battle…


Added by Rachel Galvin on April 6, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

R.I.P. Mickey Rooney

Legendary actor Mickey Rooney, 93, died today (4/6). Did you know he was born Ninian Joseph Yule Jr?  Mickey Rooney certainly is easier to remember. Best known for everything from musicals with Judy Garland to films like "Men of Boys Town," "Black Stallion" and many others. Listing the plethora of films he was involved with would take a long time. After all, he started in the biz as a toddler, making his first film appearance in 1926. And he acted until the end. A new generation saw him in…


Added by Rachel Galvin on April 6, 2014 at 11:23pm — No Comments

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