XXENOS Wins Omni Fest “Best TV Pilots Drama”

This one-day event was spearheaded by the hard working and multi-talented founder Kiki Melendez, her co-founder Cindy Cowen, and their phenomenal team!

CONGRATULATIONS to the CAST, CREW and entire TEAM XXENOS on winning the OMNI  Cultural TV Fest Award!!

And the AWARD for "BEST TV PILOTS DRAMA" goes to........!!

XXENOS!!  That's right!  You heard correctly!  On Wednesday, May 1st, at the  nostalgic Egyptian theater in Hollywood, the first OMNI TV Cultural Fest  launched its debut, and what an amazing one-day event it was!    

Unlike your normal film festivals, this event focused on projects created by  filmmakers, and the opportunity for all the selected contents to be screened by  the TV industry.  This one-day event was spearheaded by the hard working and  multi-talented founder Kiki Melendez, her co-founder Cindy Cowan, and their  phenomenal team!  

Special shout out to their Programmer Raphaello for his  outstanding work pulling off this jammed-packed screening content schedule of  approximately 70 selected TV pilots as well as sizzle reels in ALL genres.  Kiki points out that this festival is "A one of a kind all inclusive visual expo  bridging the gap between our creative talent and legitimate buyers of content",  and that it truly was!!

Their panels were boastfully standing room only, featuring major networks,  streamers and studios.  To kick off the evening, a fun-filled red carpet,  amazing band (Souleros featuring lead vocalist from Santana ANDY VARGAS & Cuban  jazz, Lily La Amazona), award ceremony and good FOOD! And to seal the deal, they  presented a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to iconic producer  PETER ENGEL. His  passion and dedication to the industry and his speech about "fighting for your  projects" was truly an inspiration.

I encourage all you filmmakers out there to keep keeping on and to go out there  and shoot your project(s). In addition, I recommend that you submit that project to the 2020 OMNI TV  Cultural Fest! 

OMNI CULTURAL TV FEST Website (click link):  Omniculturaltvfest.com

SPECIAL THANK YOU - I'd  like to also give a special thank you to actor Lyriq Bent(Tyler Perry's  ACRIMONY & Spike Lee's new Netflix series SHE'S GOTTA' HAVE IT) for giving us the heads-up on submitting our material to this festival. 
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The Web Series Journey – Experiencing the Creative “PROCESS”

1st Assistant Director Daniel Argo and Director Gordon Greene – The Coconut Hut

I carefully chose the title “The web series Journey – Experiencing the process”, because the more I think I’m set on what I believe is the right standard or the correct approach for creating content for TV, film, and especially the web – the more I continue to learn that the social media world is constantly changing and so are the platforms for displaying our CREATIVE IDEAS! Continue reading “The Web Series Journey – Experiencing the Creative “PROCESS””

Web Series Entertainment – The Future is Now!

Razor - Web Series
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter on the set of “The Coconut Hut”

Why Make a Web Series?

“Why make a web series”, you might ask? What’s the point? Why not just raise the money and make a feature film or try to get a literary agent to rep you so you can sell your script to some big Hollywood studio? Continue reading “Web Series Entertainment – The Future is Now!”

“XXENOS” – The Short Film

XXENOS - Short FilmCanadian Filmmakers

Approximately four and a half months ago, I joined forces with my Canadian counterparts in shooting a superhero short film titled, XXENOS. This film is about a young man who’s afraid to accept what he fears the most…….his SUPER POWERS! Kapow! Wham! Zlonk! Bam!….Oops wrong show!  Oh, yeah!… As I was saying, this story was brought to me to direct, by my really good Canadian-maple-syrup-on-gluten-free-pancakes-with-Canadian-bacon eating buddies, Howard Green & Marcel Jones. Continue reading ““XXENOS” – The Short Film”

NEWS Flash…Congratulation Ten-Cent Daisy and She’s Gotta Have It

Spike Lee's Netflix Series She's Gotta' Have It

I’d like to give a big shout out to fellow thespian and good friend Lyriq Bent on his new Lead role in Spike Lee’s NETFLIX series She’s Gotta Have It.  Big CONGRATS to Lyriq Bent!  Please check out the trailer below (Lyriq also stars in our soon to be released comedy web series “The Coconut Hut”).

Continue reading “NEWS Flash…Congratulation Ten-Cent Daisy and She’s Gotta Have It”

Black Leather Soles a Period Piece

So, today, as I was trying to unwind and catch my breath, it suddenly dawned on me that I had not written my Tuesday blog.  I looked at the time and said…”Oh, my”!  Well, It didn’t really sound that corny though…LOL!

Black Leather Soles

As I was revisiting some old archive footage from a short film (a period piece, circa 1930’s) I wrote, acted and produced, titled, Black Leather Soles; I got EXCITED as if I was embarking on that journey all over again. Continue reading “Black Leather Soles a Period Piece”

Working on Indie Film, “Ten-Cent Daisy”

Gordon as Detective Leonce in Ten-Cent DaisyOn The Set of “Ten-Cent Daisy”

Hope you’re having a good day.  I wanted to share a Little bit of how my last several days have been as an actor working on my most-recent indie film, “Ten-Cent Daisy”.

First of all, I want to thank the director, Lisbon Okafor, a rare talent and a breath of fresh air to direct a smart, genuine, artful folklore such as Ten-Cent Daisy. Continue reading “Working on Indie Film, “Ten-Cent Daisy””

The Coconut Hut Web Series

The Coconut Hut Web Series
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter, Frank Ashmore & Lyriq Bent on set.

The Coconut Hut is a splice-of-life Caribbean web series comedy about a bed and breakfast owner, Desmond Kilpatrick, who believes he’s running a four-star dream, but resembles a one and a half star reality. His guests are just as eager checking out as they are checking in.’ Continue reading “The Coconut Hut Web Series”