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Hellblazerbiz Conversations with the stars
43 minutes | 12 days ago
Actor Corey Reynolds talks to me about ‘Resident Alien’ & more
On this episode I chat with esteemed actor Corey Reynolds. Corey started his acting life in theatre, touring with Saturday Night Fever amongst others. He has a long list of on screen credits too, ranging from parts in NCIS LA, SEAL Team amongst many more as well as a long running main part in The Closer, where he even had a muppet made of him for an episode of Sesame St! He is currently in our screens in Resident Alien where he plays Sheriff Mike Thompson, an intriguing character who seems to have self esteem issues. Corey tells of his passion and love for this series, the comedy that goes on off camera and how forward thinking and talented show runner Chris Sheridan is in leading the excellent cast and crew. Apologies for not having dual screens on this one, it was the first time recording via iPad and seems something did not work right.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
21 minutes | 21 days ago
Jewish Filmmaker Inbar Horesh talks to me about her award winning short film 'Birth Right'
Natasha is excited to travel to Israel to participate in a trip encouraging young diaspora Jews to immigrate there. When she manages to catch the attention of Shlomi, a handsome combat soldier, things turn ugly.Director Inbar Horesh’s female led short film was inspired by the Israeli organization Birthright, who encourage young Jewish people to immigrate there. The film was inspired by Nataliya Olshanskaya’s story of immigrating to Israel, Nataliya stars as the lead role Natasha in Birth Right. This topical film has been selected for sixteen high profile international film festivals including Carmel International Short Film Festival where it received a special mention, Seret Berlin Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival and more. Birth Right won the 2020 Moulin d'Ande Award at Cinemed: Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema.I chat with Inbar about the film and how it explores the reasons some people may have for following their 'Birthright' and how the state of Israel offers citizenship to those who may be able to claim it through ancestry, but don't consider themselves to be Jewish.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
18 minutes | 21 days ago
Filmmaker Tomer Shushan talks to me about his award winning film short "White Eye"
I chat with filmmaker Tomer Shushan about his award winning film short 'White Eye'Tomer Shushan’s Live-Action Short White Eye shares the harsh realities of undocumented immigrants on the run. Winner of the Oscar Qualifying Award at SXSW Film Festival 2020 and Urbanworld Film Festival 2020. This topical film has screened at over 70 film festivals, including 23 Oscar-qualifying. This Live-Action short has won numerous accolades including the Oscar-qualifying Best Narrative Short Award at SXSW Film Festival. White Eye was nominated for a 2020 Ophir Award.'A man finds his stolen bicycle and it now belongs to a stranger.In his attempts to retrieve the bicycle, he struggles to remain human.'Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
28 minutes | 22 days ago
Cobra Kai’s ‘Moon’ actress Hannah Kepple joins me to talk about the show
Hannah Kepple is an American actress known for her role as 'Moon' on the worldwide hit Netflix show Cobra Kai. Hannah has appeared in all 3 seasons, starting from the very first episode. She is a fan favourite with her peaceful attitude to life, always meaning well by trying to stop bullying and more but always seems to backfire. Join me as I chat with the wonderful Hannah about her experiences on the show as well as other things, such as her animals and what kind of muppet she would be!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
30 minutes | 24 days ago
Filmmaker Alejandra Jenni talks to me about her taboo-breaking new film 'Worth'
Alejandra Jenni is a filmmaker, director and actress with an impressive resume working across theatre and film. For this interview, we talk about her short film "Wert" (Worth) which highlights and breaks the stigma barrier about talking about menstruation and issues felt by women worldwide. It is an excellent piece, with an aim to remove the taboo around talking about it both by the patriarchal society and also by women themselves not talking as a result. Alejandra is passionate about bringing this to mainstream, and we talk about her passion for filmmaking, the workshops for schools where she educates on menstruation, so that girls from that young, impressionable age, can feel less self conscious and realise they are not alone in this. I hope you enjoy this chat about a very important topic.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
67 minutes | a month ago
Hellblazerbiz chats with Cobra Kai cast members
A first for Hellblazerbiz - I did a YouTube Live chat with 10 cast members of Cobra Kai and Cobra Kai super fan Helen Irving. We chatted about everything Cobra Kai, from their thoughts on their characters, how much each and every one of them is a huge fan of the franchise, how Karate Kid inspired so many. We hear a lovely tale of a personal gift given to Ron from Pat Morita, through to his touching tale, which left a few teary eyes, about Rob Garrison. Thank you to all who tuned in but especially to Helen Irving, Susan Gallagher, Jeff Kaplan, Keith Bolden, Rose Bianco, Erin Bradley Dangar, Cara Annmarie, Rick Perez, Kurt Yue and Ron Thomas. I hope you enjoy!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
28 minutes | a month ago
Canadian Filmmaker Pier-Philippe Chevigny talks to me about his new film short 'Rebel'.
I chat with filmmaker Pier-Philippe Chevigny about his latest film short, which is currently under consideration for an Oscar 2021 nomination. The film is very poignant and without spoiling it, focusses on the refugees who fled to Canada after the Trump Administration cancelled the Temp Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants. Those affected were so fearful of the reprisals and issues that would face, they fled to Canada. This film shows the right wing surge of those groups in Canada which formed to stop refugees from entering. It is shown through the eyes of an innocent six year old. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
23 minutes | a month ago
Director Shaun O'Connor talks to me about his latest film short "A White Horse"
"1970s Ireland. A young female patient has escaped a psychiatric hospital and rings home from a telephone box - but her parents are waiting for the call."That is what we are given to go on for this film short. What it takes you through when you watch is masterful suspense, wondering what exactly has befallen the main character, right through, with small clues dropping, until you reach the end and left feeling a mix of emotion at how something like this could ever have happened. But it did. Shockingly this kind of thing happened in my lifetime. In a world where we have progressed so far, 'A White Horse' is a strong reminder that it is easy to slip back into a world of fear and misunderstanding. Shaun O'Connor is an established writer/director. Having multiple credits under his name, he is a passionate artist, who has fantastic vision for his work. We have a great chat about his inspirations for the film and how he and writer Paul Cahill brought the tale to life.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Filmmaker Molly Manning-Walker talks to me about her new short "Good Thanks, You"
When Molly Manning Walker was 16 she was sexually assaulted and this awful experience prompted her to create GOOD THANKS, YOU?. This live action short film was created to encourage people to talk openly about the subject and is her directorial debut. The film stars two of the UK’s prominent new actors Jasmine Jobson who has starred in two seasons of the Netflix favourite TOP BOY and Michael Ward who recently won the 2020 BAFTA EE Rising Star Award. In the aftermath of an attack, Amy is left voiceless, trapped in a whirlwind of incompetence. She must find a way to confront what has happened, in order to save what matters to her most. Molly Manning Walker is a cinematographer and director based in London and a graduate of the NFTS. As a cinematographer, her graduation film November 1st took Bronze at the Student Academy Awards, and Molly was nominated twice at Camerimage in 2019. Molly’s directorial debut feature is in development with Film4. Molly is represented for Directing by Independent Talent. Her latest award winning short film Good Thanks, You? saw 90% of behind the camera roles in both production and post-production occupied by women.GOOD THANKS, YOU? has been officially selected or in competition in more than twenty film festivals, including Cannes Critics' Week where it premiered and a whole host of A-List international film festivals, including Palm Springs ShortFest, Encounters Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and Raindance Film Festival where it was nominated for Best UK Short Film. Now, this important film can be seen at Columbia’s Oscar Qualifying Bogoshorts, the UK’s 16 Days 16 Films and America’s African Diaspora International Film Festival, Leeds International Film Festival and many more. GOOD THANKS, YOU? has been supported by VERO - the social network designed for artists and creators. www.vero.coSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
51 minutes | 3 months ago
Abraham Adeyemi & Abiola Rufai-Awojide talk about their new short No More Wings
I sit and talk to filmmaker Abraham Adeyemi and Abiola Rufai-Awojide about their new upcoming short film, No More Wings. No More Wings shares the story of two childhood friends who up and grow apart. "No More Wings" is Abe's directorial debut and has been selected for the upcoming Aesthetica Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival and the London Short Film Festival. The film is about Isaac and Jude, two boys from the same area in south London. They hang out at the same chicken shop everyday and fancy the same girls. But in adulthood their lives take different directions. Adeyemi’s live action short film won at Tribeca in the Best Narrative category, which makes it eligible for the Academy Awards (Oscars) in 2021. The film has also won The Wrap’s Shortlist Film Festival Audience Award and the Encounters Film Festival Audience Award. No More Wings is a love letter to Adeyemi’s adolescent years growing up in Woolwich, south London. It examines the effects of gentrification on local communities in inner cities and reflects on the consequences of the choices we make.Abraham Adeyemi is an award-winning writer and director from south London. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck University of London in 2015. After graduation Adeyemi accepted a place on the Royal Court Theatre’s writing group, kick-starting his playwriting career. His works for the stage have played at a number of British theatres including the Hammersmith Lyric, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Birmingham Rep. Most recently his debut full-length play semi-autobiographical one-man show ALL THE SHIT I CAN’T SAY TO MY DAD played a sold-out run at the Bunker Theatre in London. Adeyemi also runs a production company, Creative Blue Balls, which platforms the work of up and coming writers in a regular showcase for stage and screen.No More Wings Abiola Rufai-Awojide joined the BFI Network as a Coordinator, where she currently works to find and nurture emerging filmmaking talent. Prior to this, she worked in commissioning as Off-Screen Talent Coordinator for Channel 4 UK. Abiola and Abraham have a long-standing relationship, having produced his play ALL THE SHIT I CAN’T SAY TO MY DAD and all Creative Blue Balls productions and showcases. She also produced short film Closure, written by Abraham directed by Koby Adom. Which screened at Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (a BAFTA Cymru-qualifying festival).In 2019 Adeyemi won Script House, a global screenwriting competition from Soho House. He used the $25,000 prize money, to make No More Wings.Following the success of No More Wings, Adeyemi has been commissioned to write an original drama for ITV studios, and has further projects in development for television and film.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Filmmaker Jimmy Olsson talks about his latest short "Alive" & more
Jimmy Olsson is a award winning director writer who began working with film professionally in 2005 after attending a two-year training course at Kulturama in Stockholm. After several years in the advertising industry as an assistant director, production manager and director, he chose to concentrate on directing in 2011 and released his first professional short film that year after finishing film school. It was called "Repressed" and it toured many festivals. It was also then when Jimmy understood what kind of stories he wanted to tell. He likes to go right into the depths of people, and, with the help of symbolism, he strengthens what the characters feels inside. Jimmy is very inspired by the films of the Dardenne Brothers, Michael Hanekes and Andrei Tarkovsky. Jimmy tends to take events and experiences from his own life and put them in another context and into different characters who in turn can understand them better. His latest movie "2nd Class" has garnered great success at various film festivals around the world. The film was an example of a new way for Jimmy to make movies. It is a film where he was inspired by the Dardenne Brothers but also a film that is clearly original and shows Jimmy's own style. In the future, Jimmy wants to tell stories that you feel in your stomach. He likes it is when it is low-key and when one gets the characters to work with their facial expressions. Jimmy's goal is to continue making art house movies for broader audiences.2nd class has been on tour for two years and have claimed 52 international awards. His other short films have also claimed several awards over the years. His latest film Alive is his best work so far and it has already won numerous awards at big festivals and is now eligible for a Oscar Nomination.He is currently working on several new and longer project. 2 features and 2 tv series are in development Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
39 minutes | 3 months ago
"A New York Christmas Wedding" with filmmaker Otoja Abit
OTOJA ABIT, is a film maker and actor, best known for his award-winning debut short, Jitters in which he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in. Otoja expands on the theme of his short Jitters with his first-of-its-kind urban-leaning holiday film A New York Christmas Wedding that touches on some of the themes involving the LGBTQIA community and religion. MarVista Entertainment has entered the film festival circuit with runs at the American Black Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard African among many others.A New York Christmas Story follows the life of Jennifer Ortiz (Nia Fairweather) as her Christmas wedding to handsome, successful fiancé, David (Otoja Abit) approaches. Feeling overwhelmed by a dinner with her soon to be in-laws, Jennifer goes out for a jog to clear her mind. While on her run, she meets an angel Azrael who gives her the chance to experience another version of her life with everything she truly wants. In her alternate life, Jennifer sees the way her life could have been if she had only had the courage to listen to her heart and pursued the feelings for her childhood best friend, Gabrielle Vernaci (Adrina DeMeo). As Jennifer begins to embrace this alternate reality, Azrael reminds her she only has a limited amount of time to decide which life she wants to live. Torn between the safe life she is currently living and the life of her dreams, Jennifer learns to take a risk and follow her heart.Otoja’s past credits include HBO’s The Night of, NBC’s Blackish, Marvel’s Netflix The Defenders, directed by SJ Clarkson, and acting opposite Krysten Ritter; co-creator, producer, and star of the New York Television Festival’s Official Selection, Harlem Knights.(Write up by Coeur Communications)You can follow Otoja on social media below:Twitter:@OhAbitInstagram:@OhAbitFacebook: @Otoja.AbitSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
38 minutes | 4 months ago
Conversation with actress Tammy Kaitz
“I’m sort of a Julia Roberts type, with the sass of Annie Potts and a drop of Larry David!” is how Tammy describes herself on her website www.tammykaitz.com and I can see why. Tammy is a fantastic actress, with a wealth of experience dating back to when she was 3 years old. Studied in London and experienced her art and passion for acting through the medium of TV, Film and theatre. She even casually talks of working alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Lisa Kudrow on stage before they landed the roles that took them to stardom. Tammy is a delightful lady, with an expert way of telling stories and sharing memories. She can be seen currently on Amazon Prime Video in Man Camp, where she plays a middle aged mother with comedic and dramatic aplomb. Sit back, unwind and enjoy this conversation with Tammy Kaitz.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Sensei Ron Thomas talks Karate Kid, Cobra Kai and life
Ron Thomas is one of the original cast from The Karate Kid where he played Bobby, the member of Cobra Kai who had a conscience and tried to steer his friend Johnny in the right direction as well as stood up against Kreese. Ron reprised his role as Bobby in the worldwide #1 hit show Cobra Kai where he has gained an entire new fanbase as well as rekindled the nostalgia of those original KK fans. Since Karate Kid, Ron has led a life helping others. Through being a real life world martial arts champion and sensei to his students, through to being a motivational speaker and life coach (voted best in America by Good Morning America), he has reached and helped many people with his words and excellent philosophy he holds about life, synchronicity and more. I have to say this was one my favourite interviews as I am fascinated by this philosophy and look forward to welcoming Ron back to discuss the book he is currently writing.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
48 minutes | 5 months ago
Actor Clive Mantle talks to me about his career and more.
Clive Mantle is a British actor with over 40 years in the industry. He has worked extensively in theatre, tv and film, having appeared in some instant classics such as Robin of Sherwood, Game of Thrones, Alien 3, Casualty and Holby to name but a few. He has worked alongside some of the best comedians the UK has had to offer, such as Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson as well as Dawn French in the Vicar of Dibley. Clive is an extremely eloquent and knowledgable person, who has, in the last couple of years, also started to author his own series of books based on the character Freddie Malone, who finds himself going through time on adventures. His first book "The Treasure at the Top of the World" became an award winner in 2019. His latest, the third in the series, "In the City of Fortune and Flames" is released on October 10th and takes Freddie to the Great Fire of London and the plague etc, which is actually very relevant to the situation today. Sit back and enjoy Clive regaling moments and memories of his career and life.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
22 minutes | 5 months ago
Singer Aneesa Sheikh talks to me about her new single "New Normal" & more
Breakout musician, Aneesa Sheikh just released her latest new "New Normal" on September 18th. The song reflects on Aneesa's very close relationship with her father who suddenly suffered from two strokes in her early teens. The dynamics after the experience changed her life and she found herself adapting to a "new normal" way of living. Being a teen became more of a struggle for Aneesa as the roles shifted and she became the adult and caretaker. The experience brought on an emotional weight as she saw her father in a vulnerable state daily. She reflects on this universal message through her lyrics which empathizes with everyone who is experiencing a "new normal" due to the pandemic which has altered daily routines and has impacted relationships with loved ones similar to her relationship to her ailing father. I had the pleasure of talking to this amazing young lady who is such an inspiration, having set up a foundation to use music as a way of communucation with those in need and over the lockdown had arranged for musicicans to play to hospitals across the US.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
40 minutes | 5 months ago
Cobra Kai's H&S Inspector Jon Levine talks to me about the show, his career and more
Jon Levine began acting at a very early age, doing commercials before going into various careers in his life, before moving into stand up comedy where he became a success. He decided to go back into acting again and moved to Atlanta, where he currently resides and has had several roles and continues to build his resume and follow his passion. Best know to YouTube and Netflix audiences as being the health and safety inspector in S1EP1 of the worldwide hit show Cobra Kai, sit back and enjoy Jon's tales and conversation.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
38 minutes | 6 months ago
Actor Sean Kanan talks Studio City, Cobra Kai, Bruce Lee philosophy & more
Sean Kanan is a US actor known for his role as Mike Barnes in Karate Kid Pt 3 as well as many more credits including long standing role as AJ Quartmaine in General Hospital and also for creating and starring in the multi award winning Studio City which is currently prepping for a second season. He is also currently finishing up another book, which should be out in December. Sit back and enjoy as Sean and I talk about his career, Bruce Lee and hi philosophy, Cobra Kai and more.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
42 minutes | 6 months ago
Actor Rick Perez talks to me ahead of appearing in S3 of Cobra Kai on Netflix
Rick Perez is an American actor who has had a recurring role in The Resident and will soon be seen on Season 3 of the awesome show Cobra Kai, which has just moved to Netflix. Rick grew up in Brooklyn and has worked consistently hard through his life to follow his passion. He landed a recurring role on The Resident, as well as appearances in Ozark, Superfly and more. Rick is an honest guy, full of integrity and motivated, as well as very humble and appreciative of those who support him. He will be making an appearance, (although how much of one we need to wait and see), in Season 3 of Cobra Kai playing the character of Roger. Watch as I chat with Rick and he talks about his experience filming on Cobra Kai for the first time in an interview!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
71 minutes | 6 months ago
Erin Bradley Dangar talks about being part of Cobra Kai, her band and more
I chat with Erin Bradley Dangar about her experience in musical theatre and our mutual love of it, as well as her many talents as a bass player, touring with her own band, acting, and her landing her role as Counsellor Blatt on Cobra KaiSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
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