Sunday Matinee: Inside The Rain [Film]

 

“College film student Benjamin Glass has it all: ADHD, OCD, borderline personality. And he¹s also bipolar. But Glass is more than his diagnoses ­ he prefers the term “recklessly extravagant” — and he¹s determined to prove his genius. When a misunderstanding threatens to expel him from college, Glass pushes back; he plans on recreating the incident on video, with the help of a moonlighting sex worker (Ellen Toland), to clear his name. But how will he raise the money for the film, when his parents dismiss the scheme as another manic episode?” – Prism Media Group

 

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Hello Folks! For today’s Sunday Matinee we are going to do something that we should all be doing in this trying times – showcasing that it is okay to laugh at a very serious situation. We’re not talking about a pandemic, although analogies could work the same. No, we are talking about mental illness, yet again. It seems to be a common thread around here, as I tend to get drawn to works of art that take the matter seriously, and can even make it a bit of heart-warming effect. And that is exactly what Inside the Rain.

Based on his own life, writer and director as well as star of Inside the Rain, gives a new outlook on what it means to suffer in a world where most people simply don’t understand you. It also sheds a light on what it can be like when you finally DO find somebody who understands you, and those around you want to do everything short of forbidding. Inside the Rain is part romcom, part drive to succeed story, and part display of whimsical ignorance. It’s a film that will make you laugh out loud at one moment, and then throw yourself back in anguish at the next.

 

 

Aaron Fisher shines in the role he was literally meant to play, which is one self, obviously. But his performance is severely bolstered by those around him. Specifically, the likes of Ellen Tolland can not be ignored as I personally believe that she gave the most heart-warming performances of them all. And of course, the legendary actress Rosie Perez shines as the no-nonsense psychoanalyst who manages perfectly to portray a professional who learns to care by not caring. Eric Roberts also shines in what I would consider his best role in quite some time, or at least, a very different role than he has done in quite some time.

I sincerely recommend Inside the Rain for anyone who wants to take a deep dive into what a life so foreign to them may be. I recommend it for everyone as it is such a damn good film, but for those who need a little insight into the chaos that the mind can cause, I highly recommend Inside the Rain.

 

Inside the Rain is available now on Amazon Prime, and will be on more streaming platforms soon. For details, check out the film’s WEBSITE.

 

 

Saturday Double Special: Wives of the Skies + Gold Dust [Films]

 

“Wives of The Skies is a romantic dramedy, set in 1965, starring two stewardesses, Fran and Marcy from Fine Air, a well-appointed airline. One evening after work, at their stewardess’ hotel, they befriend Derrick, a British photojournalist who wants to interview them as “subjects” for his “documentary film”. As Fran and Marcy are interviewed, they are revealed as very different than Derrick hoped for or could possibly have expected…  As they get to know each other, Wives Of The Skies makes a contemporary socio-cultural statement regarding the meme of “the good girl, drawn bad”.  Wives of The Skies clarifies the impact of the overarching “men’s gaze” which objectifies women as carnal sex objects men seek, while they look for love…  along the way, addressing the primitive issue of Trust vs. Mistrust” – October Coast PR

 

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Hello Folks! And welcome to another Saturday in the ‘Tine! As to probably be expected, I have watched ALOT of films in the recent weeks, and I want to get to sharing all of them, so I present to you another Saturday Double Special.

First we have the absolutely delightful sociological exploration short film Wives of the Sky. The film explores the world of airline stewardess in the 1960’s, and the bizarre male attraction that was, and still is, a weird perverted obsession. The idea that an entire occupation was essentially made to evoke the gaze of men is something so out of date that most of you out there, the good people I would like to assume, could not even fathom being a real thing. We watch shows like Mad Men and see it as all a fantasy. Sadly, it wasn’t. And that is were Wives of the Sky comes in to make it a whimsical and over-dramatized vision of a very different time.

 

 

What intrigued me most about Wives of the Sky is the subtle yet in your face sense of sarcasm that exists throughout the story. Why, how would two women manage to co-exist in a non-sexual nature, have a demanding occupation, work very hard, and still maintain an image that pleases the male gaze? Why they must be some kind of psychopaths/robots. Just how could this be? Filmmaker Honey Lauren does an amazing job at encapsulating the dumb male ego that most of us are guilty of overstating, and the power that women can have over the meek and babe-in-the-woods like men who simply can’t fathom the idea of equality. Wives of the Sky a poignant, shocking, and intriguing film. Check it out ASAP!

 

Wives of the Sky is available now on DVD and VOD.

 

 

 

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“Classical music. Thundering opera. Rattlesnakes and precious gems. Mansions and gold mines. Friendship and despair. Treasure beyond imagination that vanishes in the desert wind. In the desert there is no limit to the adventures at hand!” – October Coast PR

 

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First of all, Folks, I have to admit that I had my doubts about this one. I made some quick judgments and decided that this film was not for me. But, given that time is abundant these days, I decided to give Gold Dust a shot. And I have to say Folks…..I was SO WRONG! And if you are having doubts on premise alone, I can emphasize enough that you are only hurting yourself with your initial impulses. I was immediately blown away by the chaos, confusion, and downright hilarity that ensues in just the first 20 minutes. It’s really kind of hard to explain what is happening within the film, as nothing really fits together, yet it blends ever so greatly. Prospectors, an operatic obsessed assassins, drug cartel kingpins, kids flying planes, kids crashing planes…..Santa Claus? Seriously Folks, there is so much going on in this whimsical and exciting film that I sincerely can not recommend enough.

 

 

I always enjoy a good buddy film, which is another big aspect of Gold Dust. In fact, somebody on Twitter recently posed the question, “What is your favorite male friend duo from recent pop culture?” And wouldn’t be some great timing to say that David Wall and David Wysocki may very well be my favorite in their portrays of Fink and Moses respectfully.  Their back and forth conversations and “Would You Rather” talks are the stuff that buddy movie dreams are made of, that’s for damn sure.

Seriously Folks, watch the trailer, and know that Gold Dust is a delightful adventure that you will not want to miss out on.

 

Gold Dust will be available on DVD and VOD on April 7th.

 

 

Hazelle Goodman [Interview]

 

Hello Folks! Happy Friday to you all. It is Friday after all, in case you forgot. Today we have the pleasure of having the a legendary performer gracing our digital pages. It’s Hazelle Goodman, Everyone! I first came to love Hazelle for her incredible performance in one of my favorite films of all time, and also what I consider to be the best film from the legendary filmmaker Woody Allen, which would be Deconstructing Harry. She is so damn good in it, really just stealing the show. And of course, Hazelle has done some amazing work in films like Heat, Hannibal, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and more! She has also done some wonderful work on the stage, including her infamous one woman show “Hazelle, What’s Going On?”.

And as it usually tends to be, thankfully, Hazelle turned out to be an extremely kind and funny human being with some pretty wonderful responses. We are so excited to have her join the TWS family. So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Hazelle Goodman!

 

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When did you first discover your passion for the world of performance? Was it something you had dreamt of doing since your youth, or did you happen to find yourself in this world one day?

I first discovered my passion for the world of performance as a little girl growing up in Trinidad, WI.  My cousin took me to the movie theatre for the first time to see Sound of Music and my dream was born!  LOL!

I always loved performing when company visited but seeing all those kids in Sound of Music made me realize it was possible.

 

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affect your work today?

Honestly, I can’t remember my first paid gig but the stellar training I received at the Aaron Davis Center at the City College of New York gave me a solid foundation for my work. 

Recently, I had the awesome privilege of being coached by one of my teachers from CCNY, Robbie McCauley.  She coached me in preparing to do a revival of my one woman show, which had been an HBO Special entitled “Hazelle!”.  Our revival, “Hazelle, What’s Goin On?”, enjoyed sold out performances at NYC’s Off Broadway Triad Theatre.  We look forward to a successful Broadway run!

 

You gave an absolutely phenomenal performance in my favorite Woody Allen comedic films, Deconstructing Harry. I am curious to know what drew you to the role as Cookie? What was it about this project that appealed to you the most and made you decide you wanted to take on this role?

I really knew nothing about the role of Cookie.  Woody doesn’t give you the script  in advance so I was clueless.  I went to the audition in my running clothes and sneakers.   As God would have it, in one of my lines, the character said something about working out.  LOL! 

The role was controversial because I was the first black woman to appear in a Woody Allen film and I was playing a hooker.  However, I loved the role.  Cookie was strong, funny and deep in a unique way.  

 

You have done a lot of work both on the big and small screen, as well as on the stage. I am curious to know what your preferred medium is to work in? If you were forced to only stick to one for the remained of your career, what would it be?

I enjoy the wide exposure that film and television give.  You are able to impact millions globally at once.  But, I love hearing the laughter, seeing the tears and receiving the warm hugs of my audiences.  Only the theatre can give that magical intimacy, that peep into our souls.

 

If you were handed the opportunity to portray any legendary figure in world history, who would it be?

I would love the opportunity to portray Sojourner Truth.  Her words “Ain’t I a woman too?” have always haunted me on so many levels as a dark skin, black woman with kinky hair in America. In addition, her courageous work as an abolitionist leader, advocate of women’s rights and prison reform is truly inspiring.  

 

 

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

For the last several years, I have had the privilege of ministering to incarcerated women at a maximum security prison for women.  Many of them are serving 25 to life.  One young woman that I have been ministering to since 2014 is finally being released this year 2020.  She has served 25 years.  What I have discovered is that the woman I’m meeting today is not the same person that committed the crime 25 years ago.  Most of these women were in there 20’s when they made wrong choices and are deeply remorseful now in there 50’s and older.  My heart fills with  an indescribable joy as I see them receive a second chance.  

My bright future includes bringing the love of Jesus Christ to the incarcerated and leading them out healed and transformed.  I see me starring in impactful roles in film, television and Broadway.  I see “Hazelle, What’s Goin On?”, a Broadway hit, touching, moving and inspiring lives.  I see me winning Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Golden Globes, and a Nobel Peace Prize.  I see a loving and mutually empowering marriage.  I see me hugging freely without concern for social distance and self quarantine measures.  LOL!!

 

What was the last thing that made you smile?

The last thing that made me smile was answering these wonderful questions 🙂

 

Bill Briles [Interview]

 

 

Hello Folks! And for those who still my care what day of the week it is, Happy Monday! Today we have a very special guest that is sure to help you all take the edge off just a bit. Today we have the brilliant filmmaker and performer Bill Briles! Bill, alongside his wife & partner Aleta Doroudian are a truly unique team that have created some of the most unusual and downright hilarious films currently available. Bill & Aleta have done as much for comedy as the likes of our dear friends & fellowed spouse team Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein have done for genre horror. I came across their brilliant work by chance of actually looking at some of the RIYL stuff on Amazon Prime, and their film A Private Dancer in Mom’s Kitchen, was something that I instantly fell in love with thus duo! And now that we all have a bit more time on our hands, I am definitely going to check out more of their stuff. And I recommend that you all do the same, as it can only be great.

So without further babbling, please enjoy these amazing words from the incredible filmmaker/acotr/all sorts of things, Bill Briles!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of filmmaking? What is something you had wanted to do since your youth, or was it something that you happened to find yourself doing one day? 

I’ve always been interested in creating “stuff” and directing. I started directing performances at an early age beginning with my own Mickey Mouse Club, and at the age seven I got into big trouble with the parents for directing neighborhood girls (also ages seven and eight) to perform dances in the buff. Needless to say, this part of my directing career ended unexpectedly and abruptly. 

I continued my interests in dramatic arts into college where I took some acting courses and screenplay writing courses. I wrote a lot of screenplays in my 20’s none of which were produced. Once cameras became inexpensive enough, we started writing our own scripts and making our own movies, the first being a full feature. 

Aleta’s interest in performing started in elementary school where she produced, directed, and starred in her own plays (lots of Gilligan’s- Island types) in the basement of her house for the neighborhood kids. She sold tickets and popcorn for her performances (an entrepreneur even in her early years). 

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affects your work today? 

Our first movie, Romance at Frisky’s Bar, was actually on Netflix and we did get “some” money despite it being very amateurish. It was a two-year, low budget project which required turning our house into a “bar- night-club”. It also required living in a “bar” for 6 months while the movie was being shot. Due to complaining neighbors, all actors had to be bused in to the ‘bar” in a van from a local bank parking lot. We were very motivated to make this movie and jumped a lot of “hurdles” in the process. 

My wife Aleta managed to corner a distributor at the Tribeca Film Festival Filmmaker’s Lounge (we were just spectators). The distributor took a copy with him (we had always carried copies of our movies) and three weeks later he agreed to distribute our movie, thus Netflix. 

The big lessons for us in our movie-making experiences are: it can be a cruel world out there and you are going to hear things about your work you’d rather not hear. Also, there are some people quite willing and ready to take advantage of your hard work. 

I recently truly enjoyed your latest film A Private Dancer in Mom’s Kitchen! It was so great, and insanely original. I am curious to know where the idea for this film came from? What made you want to tell this tale? 

The idea evolved over time. We started the movie with an end-goal of making a short since we had never made a short. As we kept shooting, the story evolved and turned into a feature. Also, my wife and I wanted to see if we could make a movie that involved only the two of us, which included everything; main characters, extras, pre-production, production, and post production. 

The story came from different “pieces” of our lives. My wife is a very good singer-songwriter and dancer and this is where the “private dancer” was born. My characters are personal alter-egos and represent to a degree parts of my life and life experiences. I grew up and went to school in the south and the southern heritage has been a part of all our movies. We are also both doctors and I’m a painter-sculptor, all included in Private Dancer. 

 

 

You have a very original style of filmmaking in Private Dancer, the likes of which I don’t believe I have ever really seen before. And I’m actually not quite sure how to describe it. So, would be willing to do so? Can you tell our readers what it is about your style that makes it unique from other filmmakers out there? 

We have been told that our movies are definitely not mainstream and “different”. We have also been told more than once that our characters are unusual and at times “quirky”. It is probably because we are “quirky” characters ourselves and our perceptions of the world may also be “quirky”. We love comedy, but a few years ago wanted to see if we could pull off a drama for variety. Our movie, First Shoot the Lawyers was our first attempt at drama and we thought it was drama-like. The first showing at a film festival resulted in, to our surprise, a lot of laughing so we gave up on drama. The distributor called it a “Black Comedy”. So now we call all of our movies comedies whether intentional or not. 

I’m not sure if I answered the question but, we go with what pops into our heads and what pops into our heads “ain’t in the normal range”. I personally am tired of movies with big explosions, lots of killing but say nothing about the “essentials of human existence”. 

If you were handed the opportunity, on an unlimited budget, to create the biopic of any legendary figure in American history, who would it be?

Since Van Gogh has been done (several times) I would go with another famous artist, Edward Hopper (from early-mid 1900’s) and his relationship with his wife (also an artist). Based on my understanding, their personalities were polar-opposite and despite monumental personality differences and on-going friction, they were joined at the hip. It would be an expose’ on the human condition and how ‘suffering and misery’ trumps being alone’ (for some). I think there would be many opportunities for comedic scenes and maybe a little insight into our nature. He is also my favorite artist. 

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 

We can’t seem to stop making movies so we’ll probably do it ’til we’re ‘pushing daisies’. We’re presently shooting another comedy, Thomas A Peeper (Get it?). The story is about a gardener who is forced to work the “graveyard shift” and a woman going through a tumultuous divorce brawling with her soon-to-be-ex over “custody” of their house. Thomas A Peeper gets entangled and disaster ensues. 

What was the last thing that made you smile? 

My wife Aleta, a very funny girl.

 

Check out this trailer from the Dr. Gabs, and check out A Private Dancer in Mom’s Kitchen on Amazon Prime.

 

 

Sunday Matinee: Facing East [Film]

 

“Tommy Baker’s chilling and captivating Facing East, an expose on a graveyard that would re-use graves over and over. With over 100,000 documented disturbed burials the owners and operators of Eastern Cemetery systematically re-used graves over and over, taking advantage of low-income families during one of the most difficult times in their lives. 25 years after the cemetery was left abandoned, the Friends of Eastern Cemetery was formed to provide care and upkeep that the burial grounds so desperately needed.” – October Coast PR

 

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Hello Folks. I hope this finds you well. While I know we are all concerned about the impending doom that is all around us, today we are talking about a somewhat related issue that should not be forgotten. Facing East is an incredible story that really needed to be out there in the world. It’s the story of greed, corruption, mishandling, and downright evil if I’m being completely honest. I’ve always had an affinity towards cemeteries. I’ve spent numerous hours walking the grounds of resting places across southern Mississippi, the hills of Southwest Washington, to some grounds going as far back as 800 years here in the East Anglian region of England. So when I saw a film passing through my inbox that was in regards to a Louisville based church, I wondered just what it might be about. And lo and behold it was probably about 20 minutes into the film that I vocally exclaimed, to no one in particular, “Who the HELL have I never HEARD of this!” But now that I do know, I feel an obligation to tell all of you dear readers about the wrong doings at the Eastern Cemetery, and about this powerful documentary that attempts to showcase the horror, and downright disrespect, that was given to the resting places of those who were loved and cherished on earth and were completely disregarded once they had passed. All for the love the mighty dollar. All because of lies and misleadings. It’s truly horrifying.

 

 

Thankfully though, there are some wonderful people out there who are trying their best to bring the respect back to the Eastern Cemetery. And I am not only talking about the lovely people at Friends of Eastern Cemetery. Clearly they are heroes. But, I am also referring to the Facing East filmmaker Tommy Baker. Every city and town you visit, you will find great people doing wonderful things for their communities. Which is a wonderful thing, obviously. The problem is that the powers that be who rank themselves above the common citizen will do all they can to silence them. And that is where Mr. Baker comes along. He is here to bring a voice to these honorable citizens. Bringing a voice to the voiceless is a noble cause that should also be celebrated. I’m no expert on the matter, but I feel safe in saying that you don’t make a film like Facing East in the hopes of making money off of misery, or even for entertainment purposes. This is for awareness. This is information driven content about a very serious problem that a band of wonderful community leaders are attempting rectify. Facing East is a film that everyone simply HAS to see!

For more information about , and how you can help out with, Friends of Eastern Cemetery, be sure to check out their WEBSITE for more details.

Facing East is available now on DVD & VOD from Uncork’d Entertainment.

 

 

 

Saturday Special: A Wakefield Project [Film]

 

“Eric and Reese invest in a property in the little town of Wakefield. Chloe a medium, who used to live in Wakefield returns to her roots to enlighten the new entrepreneurs on the history of the town. The property was originally owned by Nathan Cross (Rob Archer, Lost Girl), who’s post mortem crimes stain the entire town. On a day when unprecedented solar flares target North America, Wakefield becomes the centre of a temporary shift in atmospheric energies. The living are seeing the dead walk among them. As they find themselves in the heart of this nightmare until dawn, they need to face history in the flesh, and survive.” – October Coast PR

 

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Hello Folks! I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday. Although, does the day of the week truly matter these days? So, if this is a reminder, it is Saturday. And why not have escape from the horrors around us….with a wonderful horror film! Remember when a supernatural thriller was what we might have been most afraid of? Lol, what a time. Anyway, I am very excited to share with you all some info about an absolutely wonderful & layered supernatural fright fest of a film, A Wakefield Project. For a film covering a pretty common subject, the film is highly original. On first viewing, I got a somewhat more serious Shaun of the Dead vibe to it…sort of. I mean this because our heroes spend the first act of the film seemingly oblivious to the chaos that surrounds them, being the new kids in town that is. Much like SoD used this in a strictly comedic fashion, A Wakefield Project sees this concept as a fun move in a thriller as well. And Folks, it works! What we have is a well-rounded horror thriller that everyone should enjoy.

 

 

The team that makes up the film’s lovable duo of Eric & Reese, Anthony Bewlz & Dennis Andres, respectively, are probably the highlight of the film for me. One is a bro with a heart of gold, another is a bro with a heart of gold…and a constant hard on. The comedic elements of this team bring a bit of light to a very dark story, written by the third member of the actually, the wonderful Lindsey Seim, is incredible in her role as well! And of course the legendary Rob Archer’s big ass is there to really scare the hell out of us. What could make this monstrous man any more terrifying? I don’t know. How about if he was a god damned GHOST! In all seriousness though Folks, this is a wonderful film for horror fans and film buffs alike. With an independent eye but blockbuster worthy effects, A Wakefield Project is a must see!

 

A Wakefield Project is available now on DVD & VOD from High Octane Pictures.

 

 

Jearnest Corchado [Interview]

 

 

Hello Folks! Today we have a wonderful interview with a real star on the rise. It’s Jearnest Corchado! She is the star of the “The Jaguar”, being part of the AppleTV+ original series Little America, brought to the world from the great Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. And Folks, Jearnest absolutely SHINES in her role. For those who may not be familiar with Little America, it is an anthology series that focuses on a different person overcoming some significant obstacle, whether it is deportation, visa problems, language gaps, or other cultural clashes. Corchado portrays an undocumented teen that becomes a killer competitive squash player. And Folks, it is so damn good.

Believe me when I say that Corchado is a force to be reckoned with in the world of performance. She has been on the grind since she was 8 years old, and is showing no sign of slowing down. I am so very excited to follow her career and see what she gives out to the world. And we are so excited that she was able to take some time out of her busy schedule to grace our digital pages today, and become the newest member of the TWS family.

So Folks, without further babbling, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Jearnest Corchado!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it something that you have aspired to do since your youth? Or did you happen to find yourself in this world one day?

Yes! I knew I wanted to be a performer since I was a baby. I would always love to be the center of attention at family gatherings always dancing in front of people and making a show. I was always super dramatic. Haha. One day, I was watching a kids telenovela and realized kids could be actors, so I started begging my mom to take me to acting classes. I was a child actor and did a bunch of TV growing up back in Puerto Rico, and eventually moved to LA to pursue it professionally.

What was your very first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affects your work today?

I think it was a TV show called La Adopción or a telenovela called Dueña y Señora and I was 8 years old. It’s crazy because when you’re a kid, you are just having fun and you’re just so present, you know? And I think I always try to remember that. To have fun and to not think so much and be in the moment.

I am very intrigued by a project that you are involved with now from Apple TV+ entitled Little America. Can you tell our readers a bit about this project and what they will be seeing you do?

Of course. Little America is a comedy anthology series that follows the lives of different immigrants in the United States. There are 8 episodes and each episode focuses on a different family and culture. It’s a truly wonderful series, so fresh and unique. I play the role of Marisol in episode #2, titled, “The Jaguar”. The Jaguar is about an undocumented Mexican girl, Marisol, who discovers a great passion for squash.  She is so naturally talented, and determined to become the best, that eventually, she becomes a professional squash player. As Marisol, people will watch me play a lot of squash and be a very fierce and perseverant young lady!

And what was it that drew you to work in this series? What was it about the story that drew you in?

The squash! I was so excited to learn about this sport and train for it. I really love learning new skills, especially if I’m getting paid to learn them. Haha.

If you were handed the opportunity to portray any legendary figure from world history, who would it be?

Two exceptional women come to mind. First, I’d love to play Cleopatra! That’s one of my biggest dreams. And Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. I think I would have a lot of fun with both roles. I think they’re both very strong, complex and interesting human beings and I’d love to bring their strong essence to the screen. I admire AOC so much and think I could do a really good job portraying her. She is such a badass Latina!

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

If you like horror, my film Cucuy: The Boogeyman is currently available to watch on Video On Demand. Beyond that, my next couple of projects don’t have a home as of now but we should be hearing about them soon. I have the comedy series, Sneakerheads, where I got to work with the amazing director Dave Meyers. Also I have my feature film, Raise Your Hand, written and directed by upcoming filmmaker Jessica Rae. They are two incredible projects and completely different from one another.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Aww. My little brother actually! It was his 7th birthday a few days ago and I sent him a huge teddy bear. He lives in Puerto Rico. When the teddy bear expanded from the box, he jumped to hug it and it was the cutest thing in this world. It melted my heart.