Sunday Matinee: Barbie’s Kenny [Film]


Hello Folks! It’s Father’s Day all around the world, so we here at Trainwreck’d Society felt it was only appropriate to have our Sunday Matinee be based around a film that revolves around…a Mother! Aren’t we just so clever? You pay for the whole seat around here, but you’re only going to need the edge, as our old friend & comedian Sean Jordan used to say. In all honesty, the timing has nothing to do with why we are covering Barbie’s Kenny here on Father’s Day. I honestly forgot that that this Sunday would be any sort of mild landmark, it was honestly just my genuine excitement and time availability that made me decide today would be the day to showcase this absolutely incredible film. And when I say incredible, I feel as though that is lacking justice. Let me be absolutely clear here, Folks: Barbie’s Kenny is the best film of 2019. I know we have a lot of proverbial road to cover this year (literally half of it), and we haven’t even hit the awards season, but I seriously can not see any project topping this absolute gem of a film.

Last February, you should definitely remember an interview we did with the brilliant Everything Sucks! actor Zachary Ray Sherman. In that interview, we talked about a little film that he had worked on as his directorial debut, in which we were completely uninformed about, and relied heavily on the internet for research. Obviously always a good call, right? Either way, I was very intrigued by the film, and was hoping to check it out some day. And lo and behold, just in the last week, Zachary himself thus provides! I was expecting to throw this film in the queue and get to it eventually. But then I found myself with 20 free minutes, and I was absolutely hooked. The level of intrigue I had right from the beginning of this film  surprised even myself. But before I get to heavy into my own thoughts on this brilliant film, let’s go back to what Zachary had to say about the film last February:

This project came out of me wanting to quit thinking about directing and making a movie and actually do it. So I self financed it (savings, loans and credit) and shot it very quickly as people were working for free or next to nothing. I was elevated by my talented peers who came on and donated their time, skill and energy to the project. My director of photography (Martim Vian) is brilliant and he was an amazing catch. I didn’t think he’d be available to do it, but he read the script and he liked it and generously came on board. It was a lot of work, but I thrive on the prep, the planning, deciding what’s going to be the best for the making of the movie. I wrote, produced and directed and we shot it in ten days. The story is loosely based off of my girlfriend and her dad. A couple years ago he came to live with us and I got to know him. I dramatized the seed of the inspiration (you can equate it to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet in that he took this story that took place over months, in some times years in previous versions and he ratcheted up the tension by placing the drama within days) and came up with the script by taking a microbudget online film course led by a great guy Shawn Whitney. The script came together really quickly and after shooting Everything Sucks! I began planning how to go and make my first feature and was shooting a few months later.

– Zachary Ray Sherman, February 2019



So Folks, as I stated earlier, I absolutely loved Barbie’s Kenny. Not only is it the best film of 2019, it is one of the best indie releases I have seen in quite a great while. It is films like that this that truly got me into loving cinema. And it is so inspiring to know that there are still films like this out there getting made, as well as knowing that folks like Zachary Ray Sherman are still out there to give a damn about making a classic heartfelt and inspiring film.

And what a cast! Seriously, the relationship between the two titular characters, portrayed brilliantly by Tara Bast and Shawn Hawkins, builds so brilliantly. This is of course thanks in part to a beautifully written story, but is definitely guided to perfection by these two incredible performers. And the compassion in the eyes of Bianca Lemeire, who portrays Emily, the woman who may just change Kenny’s life and help him through his turmoil, was absolutely mesmerizing.



While I can not say that I appreciated this film for any direct relation to my own life, I will say that I completely understand this film. I, and alot of other, know the character of Barb. Some people seem as though they were sent to this earth only to wonder aimlessly, maybe bringing another, better, life into the world, and leaving far earlier than most. It is a familiar concept, yet I can not say that I have ever seen a story like this displayed with so much accuracy and brilliance in the last couple of decades. The guerrilla style filmmaking, and obvious gift in storytelling, Sherman has created absolute magic with Barbie’s Kenny, and if you find yourself in the festival circuit throughout the rest of 2019, I implore you all to check it out ASAP.


Check out this trailer below courtesy of Zachary Ray Sherman used for the 2019 Newport Beach Film Festival:


Saturday Special: Terror in the Skies [Film]


“Journey to the heartland of the Midwest in this new documentary which offers an in-depth look at an ongoing phenomenon.  Director Seth Breedlove contacted numerous witnesses and investigators who claim to have seen massive beings in the sky as recently as last year. One of the most recent, and popular stories in recent years has been an ongoing wave of sightings of a red-eyed, shapeless creature dubbed “the Chicago Mothman”.” – Justin Cook PR



Well, wasn’t this a documentary that can only be described in the most elegant way by stating it was “fun as hell”. Usually whenever I dig into a documentary, I usually have at least the slightest idea as to what the concept may be about. That is typically what draws me to docs to begin with. I mean, I knew a bit a bout the idea of a “mothman”, but not necessarily about the Chicago Mothman legend. And I certainly wasn’t aware of the terror that has been occurring every now and again in the state of Illinois. Hell, my father lives there! I’ve gone there several times, and never knew that I need to be on the lookout for some giant ass birds that are looking to carry me away and devour me, if not whole into a couple dozen pieces! But thanks to this brilliantly made documentary Terror in the Skies, I will probably never be able to visit my father again. Needless to say, Folks. I am a believer! In fact, the supernatural effect of these giant birds seems so entirely reasonable. I mean, a kid was literally picked up from the ground and flown to an alternate location rather than where he was once standing. Is that not reason enough? Something is out there Folks, and we need to be prepared.



Beyond whatever speculative content you may watch in Terror in the Skies, you can not deny that director Seth Breedlove has created an absolutely brilliant documentary. SRV Films and Santino Vitale handled VFX and the film contains original illustrations by Matt Harris and Brian Serway, and it is all absolutely incredible! Again, no matter what you choose to believe in regards to the subject matter within the film, you are going to be thoroughly entertained and impressed by the brilliance that went into making this delightful documentary that is just so damn much fun. Enjoy!


Small Town Monsters films released the film on Amazon Instant Video, Vimeo OnDemand, DVD and VIDI Space on June 7th.  


Rachel Redleaf [Interview]

Happy Friday, Folks! And welcome back to another wonderful interview to close out the week. Today we have some words from the brilliant Rachel Redleaf! Rachel is an incredible actress that I discovered on one of my favorite television series that is streaming these days, the Netflix Original Series Atypical. She has been fantastic on this program, and I was inspired to reach out and learn a bit more about her, and some of the other work that she has done. And wouldn’t you know it, she is just a damn gem of a person and gave some wonderful answers for you all today.

Next month, Rachel will actually be appearing in a film that I am so incredibly excited to check out, which is the 9th film from legendary director Quentin Tarantino entitled Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Rachel will talk about it below, but I promise you all, no spoilers! She will also appear in a new Miranda July project coming out soon that I am also very excited about.

Rachel is an amazing actress, and an even more amazing person. We are so honored to have her grace our digital pages today. So without further babbling, please enjoy some words from the wonderful Rachel Redleaf!




What inspired you to get into the world of the performing arts? Was it an aspiration you have had since your youth, or did you just happen to find yourself in this world one day?

I’ve wanted to perform for as long as I can remember. I did my first show, Wizard of Oz, when I was 4 at Desert Stages Theater in Scottsdale, AZ and I never looked back. I got interested in film more recently and decided to study it in college and here I am:)

You have had a reoccurring role in one of my favorite series of the modern age, the Netflix Original Series Atypical. You are so wonderful on this program. I am curious to know what your experience has been like working on this project? It’s such a heartwarming and inspiring show. Have you had any sort of inspiring moments whilst working on this show that are memorable and have impacted your career thus far?

The entire cast is so amazing to work with. This show is what jumpstarted my career and it continues to impact my life, not only with fans and further auditions, but with meaning and friendships. 

I understand you are set to appear in the Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. I am also very curious to know about this experience. I know you can’t expose much about the film itself, but what was it like to work on a project of this magnitude, and working under the guise of a legend like QT?

It was like dream. I still can’t believe it’s real. Working with Quentin was so life changing. He cares so much about everyone on his sets and his passion shines through and it’s so inspiring. I’m honored to have gotten to work with him and on such an amazing film.



You also have another project coming out at some point in the near future that was directed by another legendary director, the great Miranda July. Would you be able to tell our readers a little bit about what they should expect from this film?

It’s a heist film with lots of heart and I get to play a pregnant lady with an agenda which was definitely a new and exciting experience! I also had my first onscreen kiss. 

If you were given the opportunity to portray any famous or renowned person in American history, who would it be?

Bette Midler! I’ve always been compared to her and I think it’s the biggest compliment ever because she is my hero and I would love to portray her or even CC Bloom in Beaches The Musical someday!

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like our readers to know about? And how can they stay in touch with you via the Internet?

Well I absolutely love musical theater so I hope that you can see me on Broadway one day. Check out my website for updates or my Instagram @rachelredleaf

What was the last thing that made you smile? 

Making my graduation cap with my best friend Kennedy!

Adam Croasdell [Interview]


Hey there Folks! Oh, do we have a damn fine interview to share with you all today! We have a very special interview with an amazing actor of both on screen as well as a gifted voice over talent. it’s Adam Croasdell! Adam may be most recognizable as the man who portrayed the intriguing character Eccarius in the hit AMC series Preacher that I personally cannot get enough of! We have had some folks from the show on here at TWS before who were absolutely wonderful, and Adam Croasdell is definitely a continuation of that.

AND not only did Adam have a regular appearance on one of my favorite shows on television right now, he also happens to be a part of the latest installment of the video game franchise that is the absolute best available. Regular readers out there will know exactly which one I am talking about. But, for any new readers out there, I am obviously talking about the Fallout franchise! That’s right, Folks, Adam is the man who voiced the robot Modus, and other various characters as well, that we all know and love in the latest installment of the franchise, Fallout 76.

And these are just TWO of the amazing projects that Adam has worked on. He’s also held reoccurring roles in shows like Reign, Castlevania, and more. He’s also worked within other well known video game franchises like Halo, Final Fantasy, Middle-Earth, and more. Seriously Folks, the man has done it all, and we are so excited that he is with us here today!

So without further babbling, let’s just get right into it. Here are some amazing words from the brilliant Mr. Adam Croasdell!!




What inspired you to get into the world of acting? Was it something you were always interested in even as a youth? Or did you just happen to find yourself in this world one day?

I always wanted to be an astronaut when I was younger, but when I asked myself why, I realised it was because I had seen them in films and on TV. Then I realised that I could still be an astronaut if I became an actor. Unfortunately Matt Damon keeps getting my parts…

What was your very first paid gig as a performer? And where there any sort of lessons learned from that very first job that still affects your work today?

My first paid gig as an actor was for a well respected 4-part mini series that I shot in South Africa. I played the young lover of an older woman caught in the throes of a midlife crisis. We had a shower scene together, and the day before it was due to be shot I was pretty nervous. The actress – a consummate professional – calmly assured me that it was going to be a closed set and that it was all going to be fine. The next day, comforted by this, I arrived on set only to have her pull me aside, wild-eyed, and say, “I don’t think I can do this! I don’t think I can do this!” Sets are funny places. I’ve learnt to expect anything.



You worked on several episodes of one of my favorite shows currently on the air, which would be AMC’s Preacher. I truly enjoy this show so much. I am curious to know what drew you to this project, and how it was to work on some a truly unique program? Was there anything that set it apart from the plethora of other work that you have done?

I really enjoyed working on Preacher. I was drawn to it for many reasons. The idea of playing a vampire in New Orleans was exciting to me. I lived in the French Quarter while I was there and often walked around at night, getting a feel for the place and understanding – sometimes viscerally – what had inspired Ann Rice to pen her vampire novels there. Of course, working with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin was also a big draw. Being in a series produced by these guys was always going to be an exceptional experience. And of course, I had a lot of fun acting with Joe Gilgun. What set it apart from other work I’ve done was the immersion in the dark, humorous world of the graphic novels that it originated from. Preacher keeps very close to the source material and I got to do all kinds of cool things as a result; flying, transforming into animals, mesmerising people, as well as having some very kick-ass fights. The set was a very creative one, and we were working in a city where, fittingly, anything goes.

Beyond the world of onscreen acting, you have also had a very successful career in the world of voice over acting. Specifically, you have worked on some of the finest video games to ever be released, including several gigs in the immensly popular world of the Final Fantasy franchise. But, one franchise that you worked on is not only our favorite video game franchises, but one of the best series of ANYTHING ever, in our humbled opinion. And that would be the Fallout franchise. And you have done some work on the latest installment, Fallout 76. How did you come to work in the world of Bethesda? And somewhat similar to the previous question, what drew you to work in the Fallout world? And was there anything about it that set itself apart from the other VO work you have done?

Yes, I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in some great video game franchises. My first one was the lead in Dead Island: Riptide – as the Australian mercenary, John Morgan. I’ve also voiced the dwarf, Torvin, in the Middle Earth franchise, and Ignis Scientia in Final Fantasy XV. With Fallout 76, I auditioned without knowing what it was. The project had a codename at that point. When I got the part and they told me what the franchise was, I was very excited to find out it was Fallout. It has such a great fanbase and it was great to finally be a part of Bethesda. MODUS is such a cool character to me. Who wouldn’t want to play a psychotic Artificial Intelligence bent on world domination who also has the hots for a geostationary satellite?



The Fallout fandom is a pretty specific but very obessive culture. I know this, because I am a part of that fandom. We’ve featured several folks who have done VO work in the franchise, and we always like to ask how the fan interaction is for them in regards to Fallout specifically? So how has that been for you? Any sort of interactions with FO fans since 76 was released?

The fans have been great on social media, creating GIFS of MODUS and telling me how much they enjoy the game. It’s always great seeing how much the fans enjoy these games.

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

I think Edgar Allan Poe and Nikola Tesla. Both were geniuses, and both tortured and misunderstood. Their contributions to the worlds of culture and science can’t be overestimated. On the subject of ‘Tesla’, I’d also like to play Elon Musk when the time comes. But his story is still being written. Three fascinating minds and personalities.

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

There are several things in the works right now, but I can’t talk about them yet.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Seth Rogen wiping out down the stairs in his movie, Long Shot. It was laugh out loud funny.

Stormi Maya [Interview]

Hello Folks! And welcome to an all new week here at Trainwreck’d Society. We are kicking things off with some words from the wonderful actress, musician, producer, and our new friend Stormi Maya! Stormi is also a former Playboy Playmate, showing up in the the publication in October of 2015. Since then, she has had an amazing career, and works with so much vigor that it’s hard not to be impressed. Most recently she appeared in the brilliant sci-fi-fi film 2050 that I can not recommend enough. Maya has also been making a splash in the world of horror as well, and as you all of you regular readers know….we absolutely LOVE this here at TWS.

Stormi was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to tell us a bit about becoming a Playmate, working on 2050, what she has coming up in the future, and so much more! We are very honored to have her grace our digital pages here today. So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Stormi Maya!




I understand you began your career in modeling, and are a former Playboy Playmate. If memory serves, you would be the first Playmate we have featured on the site. So thank you so much! I am curious as to what it was like in that world? Besides the obvious differences in wardrobes (or the lack there of, in of them) how does working for a publication like Playboy differ from other modeling experiences you have had?

Playboy was a personal goal of mine for years . I always admired how to embraced female sexual freedom and showed it in a positive light . Working with Playboy was different from other publications because of its respected brand and professionalism, even though nude , its highly respected and transfers over into more opportunities . It’s not judged negatively like other sexy magazines.

And when did your modeling career manage to meld into the wonderful career you have had as an actress and producer now? Was there any sort of knowledge or lessons learned that you took from the world to use in your career to this day?

I’m an artist and entrepreneur, so I’m always expanding into different lanes . I love being in the entertainment industry , in front of the camera and behind . I’m very aware of the limiting career a model or actress can have , so to stay busy and financially stable by having multiple hustles. I solely modeled only for a few years , I craved something more to express myself and build success – which led me to theater acting and soon tv and movies . Producing became quickly after I became an actress, a way for me to create my own opportunities and ideal roles . I’ve been on my own since a very young age , which prepares me for such a shark industry.



While it is not your primary field of work, you have produced and given some amazing performances in our favorite genre of film, the world of horror. I always love to ask people working in the world of horror what exactly it is that draws them to this world? And what do you believe it is about the world of horror that sets itself apart from the other genres that are out there? 

Horror has always been a favorite genre of mine. The reason being is that it’s so contrast to my natural mind and spirit , the realms of darkness are so different from how I live and think – which fascinates me . I’m naturally curious and anything that’s foreign to me is going to grab my attention. I also love the action , the raw emotion and art in the special effects/set design etc .

I am very intrigued by a project that you recently appeared in, entitled 2050. It seems like a very interesting sci-fi project. So, I am curious to know what drew you to this story? What was it about this project that made you want to work on it? 

2050 came out on Valentine’s Day this year and we began filming in 2016- it was my first movie . I was very drawn to the project because of the challenge of playing a non human character. It’s an awesome indie film about the human /machine connection – playing a robot was fun and very different from what you’re taught as an actor .

I’m happy for People to see the movie because you worked really hard on it, And a lot of creativity and dedication went into it. People should be excited about the amazing special effects ,genuine acting and the fact we did this amazing movie with an independent budget.

If you were given the opportunity to write and portray any renowned person in American history in a biopic, who would it be?

Angela Davis, she represents feminism, black excellence, and homosexual rights . I’m a strong black woman and I would love to represent another one. She also has some negative Misconceptions about her I would like to speak upon.


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

I currently just did the film Hustlers with J. Lo, Cardi B , Lili Reinhart , Keke Palmer and producer Will Ferrell. Coming out September 13th . I also just played the lead role in this music movie called Bars. Also doing multiple Netflix shows and movies. Also have music constantly being released.

What was the last thing that made you smile? 

My boyfriend Donald’s face, he’s also my manager and music producer .






Sunday Matinee: Free Trip To Egypt [Film]


“Seeking to build a bridge of mutual understanding and friendship, Tarek Mounib — a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur of Muslim faith — travels across the U.S. to find Americans concerned about an Islamic threat and makes them an intriguing offer . . . a Free Trip to Egypt.

With initial reactions ranging from suspicion to hostility, Mounib treks from sunny California to a Trump Rally in Kentucky, a small town in the heart of Georgia, Union Square in NYC . . . and a variety of locales in between. Eventually he cobbles together a diverse group of people, including a school teacher, police officer, Marine Corps veteran, single mom, preacher and beauty pageant queen. All have preconceptions and misgivings but are open and courageous enough to embark on the adventure of a lifetime in Cairo, Egypt, where the Americans are paired with locals just as diverse as them . . . and possibly with just as many misconceptions. What happens when a retired teacher and her husband are united with a young Egyptian revolutionary? Or when a Christian missionary and a born-again, former Miss Kentucky are housed with an orthodox Muslim family where the mother wears a burqa? Or when a police officer faces off with a radical, left-leaning journalist?” – Greenleaf & Associates




Folks, if you’re looking for an absolute guarantee for some heart-string pulling, you’ve come to the right place. Free Trip To Egypt is exactly the sort of awe-inspiring documentary that is going to take you on absolute whirlwind of emotion. Tarek Mounib & filmmaker Ingrid Serban have managed to create absolute magic in documenting a group of complete strangers wondering around in a strange land, learning more about the world, and as corny as it may sound….learning about themselves in the process. Sure this is a cheese-filled statement but, honestly, fuck it. It’s true. And with all the turmoil and anger that is circulating the globe these days, I feel like we need some delightful cheese at this point. We need to see American people of different backgrounds getting to understand themselves, one another, and to break down the walls of hatred (both proverbial and physical) that is being built for people simply because they don’t live the same lives as them. And Egypt is an absolutely perfect place to start this type of conversation, as this incredibly well done documentary will allow you to see.


And don’t get me wrong, it’s not all cheese and corny giggles occurring throughout the film. There are very real, touching, and deeply somber moments that are very important to the development of this very well crafted documentary. There are certain individuals that made up the group that accepted their free trip to the motherland that rubbed me the wrong way, but I feel that even as a viewer of a film like Free Trip To Egypt, you have to be patient and accepting of things you don’t understand. Except for when people are just acting like complete fools in a distant land, then I believe they can be free game, and was grateful to see them called on their bullshit. But, I digress from the point here.



Free Trip To Egypt is the type of film that needs to be shown not only in theatres across the globe, but in an educational setting as well. So many people around the world, but especially in the United States, could benefit from the message that Mounib and his crew have brought to the world. I hope you all take a moment check out this incredible film as soon as you can. Run, don’t walk, to see this incredible documentary.

And because I truly do not want to screw up what could be a magical event, I am going to defer back to the good people at Greenleaf & Associates to tell you about how you can check out the film, very soon:

Free Trip to Egypt will enjoy a one-night event premiere June 12 in 450+ theaters across the country (Fathom); and is also available for viewing in theaters on Cinema on Demand via Tugg.

The Wed., June 12th premiere event, live at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT and tape-delayed 7 p.m. MT, PT, HI, AK, is the highlight of a #PledgeToListen Day of Unity. Immediately following the screenings, a 30-minute panel discussion led by celebrities and thought leaders will be streamed into theaters to launch a discussion about how to listen and bring more kindness to the world — and asking everyone to take the online #PledgeToListen and to look beyond that which divides us and to bring authentic conversations to their community.


Saturday Special: Zilla and Zoe [Film]


“In the story, Zoe is determined to make a horror film. She sets her sights on an upcoming horror film contest and enlists her family, to help her with the project. As her film becomes more and more bloody, her father Oscar (Conroyd), becomes concerned and shuts down production. Now, Zoe is tasked with shooting her sister’s wedding. But, she still has plans to complete her horror film and this wedding might be the bloodiest set ever!” – Allen Film Publicity




Jessica Scalise’s very funny, but also very touching, film Zilla and Zoe is at its core, a delightful treat of a film. It touches on several different elements of the human personality in a sort of serious manner, yet manages to keep the whole idea of the story very light-hearted, and dare I say just a whole lotta fun. The story is solid and follows a group of truly unique characters. One of those characters I should add, is not actually a person. It’s a particular city that is whimsical in its own right. Of course I am talking about our beloved city of roses, Portland Oregon. Regular readers know that we tout this city with great pride and admiration for what it is at its core. Unfortunately, one thing that it is at its core, and so many PDX natives refuse to admit, is that the city can be completely ripe for mockery. And Zilla and Zoe is not afraid to poke a little fun at its fare city. Scenes fit themselves into the storyline as though they were taken directly from Portlandia. The character Oscar (brilliantly portrayed by Kurt Conroyd) even passes along the old saying of “Unemployment in Portland is more like an art form”. I haven’t lived near my old stomping grounds in quite a while, so I’m not sure how much gentrification has changed much. But, I can tell you that this statement used to be very accurate. The use of Portland, while not entirely important, definitely adds a bit more hilarity that fits in beautiful with the story.



When it comes to the cast of Zilla and Zoe, the two titular characters were wonderful, although weirdly not as much of a “team” as the title may suggest. But youngster Aida Valentine gives an amazing performance as the horror movie obsessed Zoe, and Sam Kamerman is a damn saint on the screener who should be in the running for the crown jewel of the PDX film community. But, as wonderful as they both were, I have to say that Kurt Conroyd absolutely stole the show. His performance was phenomenal, and brought the perfect amount of life to what I would consider to be Scalise’s best written character in the film as the uncle who’s just sort of passing through the entire situation at hand, yet sort of feels like he might be on the edge of a nervous breakdown. A performance like Conroyd’s is something that makes me so happy that Al Gore invented the internet, so I can write this and tell you all about how wonderful he was in this brilliant film.


So, if you are looking for a good bit of fun in a film, I cannot recommend Zilla and Zoe enough. You’re going to laugh, you’re going to smile. You’re going to see a 10 year old girl mutilate dolls in the first two minutes. Honestly, what more could you ask for? Enjoy!


Zilla and Zoe will is currently available in select theaters, and will be released in VOD soon.


<p><a href=”″>Zilla and Zoe Trailer</a> from <a href=””>Indican Pictures</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>