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May 28, 2012

And Back Home In Iowa…

Project Cornlight Logo

As if Tanna isn’t already doing enough, she’s got a new thing – Project Cornlight! This is her latest let’s-see-what-I-can-do-to-make-the-world-a-better-place venture.

There was a scandal a few years ago with the Iowa film commission that involved misappropriation of funds. Bad stuff! In the wake of that, work for Iowa filmmakers dried up and a lot of filmmakers left the state to find work elsewhere.

Enter Tanna, who snagged Kimberly Busbee, (director of the International Wild Rose Independent Film Festival and owner of AriesWorks Entertainment) to spearhead Project Cornlight, as well as John Busbee, festival manager for Wild Rose and producer of the Culture Buzz – http://www.culturebuzz.com – a weekly radio show and culture media network. The Wild Rose Festival is in its tenth year.

Here’s Project Cornlight’s mission statement: “Project Cornlight’s MISSION is to expand the film and performing arts industries in Iowa; to foster Iowa filmmakers, actors and writers; to give Iowans the opportunity to work with and learn from Hollywood professionals and to stimulate the economy and tourism by growing artistically strong and commercially viable feature films from the Heartland.

Project Cornlight will develop professional creative arts projects which utilize Iowa resources for locations, talent, crew, screenings, performances and presentations. These actions will create Iowa jobs and stimulate economic activity as Project Cornlight encourages new opportunities for Iowa’s creative workers.

Future plans for Project Cornlight include a series of films, stage productions, industry workshops and a screenplay competition in which an Iowa-connected writer will have his or her script selected for development into a feature film.”

They recently completed shooting their first movie, “The Farm.” which was written by Richard Schinnow, who hails from Rock Falls, Iowa. It’s about “a woman returning to the family farm after living in the big city. Having left behind a child to be raised by her parents and her grandfather now ill, she is about to learn… the road home is not going to be on any map.”

Award-winner Ron Vignone is the director (“The Back Nine,” “Say I Do”) Tanna Frederick is in the lead role and it also stars Tom Bower (“Crazy Heart,” “The Killer Inside Me”), Joel West (“Heroes,” “CSI: Miami”) and Rylie Behr (“Impulse”). The cast and crew are rounded out by about 300 locals. How cool is that?

I can’t wait to see it.

Check out their website at http://projectcornlight.org.

Thank you, Tanna, for once again, seeing a need and fulfilling it. I’m positive that Project Cornlight is going to be wildly successful.


January 24, 2012

She’s doing WHAT?!

Tanna Frederick – photo courtesy of Irene Rubaum-Keller

Okay.  So our friend Tanna has done the following things:

– Acted in movies:

Hollywood Dreams, Irene In Time, Queen of the Lot, Just 45 Minutes From Broadway (to be released this summer) and The “M” Word (in post-production)

– Acted in plays:

A Safe Place, Always…But Not Forever, Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, Sylvia (this doesn’t include the long list of plays she did before moving to LA.

– She’s won a bunch of awards for her acting.

– She started Project Save Our Surf to help save the oceans and marine life, mobilized tons of celebs and regular folks to help out – and they’ve raised tons of money to support various worthy conservation and educational charities like Inside the Outdoors, Waves for Water, Santa Monica Baykeeper and Tumelo Homes.

– She runs marathons to raise funds for charity.

– She does Tae Kwon Do and surfs and runs. She’s in incredible shape.

I’m sure there are other things I don’t know about, but this is the short list to which she’s now adding… drumroll please…


Yep, Tanna Frederick can add directing to her credits. She’s taken on a play called Why We Have A Body, which was written by Claire Chaffee. The play is about a lesbian private investigator named Lili who specializes in men  who cheat on their wives, Lili’s sister Mary who holds up 7-Elevens (played by Tanna Frederick – yes, she’s acting AND directing!), and their mother, an archaeologist – a specialist in the female brain.

This is gonna be VERY funny. It opens on Feb 17 at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica.   I’ve got it on very good authority that Tanna is a great director.

More details here:


November 22, 2011

Movies, Movies and Movies – Oh, My!

So our friend Tanna has a bunch of movies coming out – three that I know of. First, will be the soon to be released (I hope) Just 45 Minutes From Broadway which is in post-production according to IMDB. This was originally a Henry Jaglom play, which ran in Los Angeles at the Edgemar Center For the Arts for almost a year. Jaglom, decided to make it into a movie, with mostly the same cast – Tanna Frederick, David Proval (The Sopranos), Diane Louise Salinger, Harriet Schock, Jack Heller, Julie Davis and Judd Nelson (replacing David Garver). I’m really looking forward to this. Just 45 Minutes From Broadway has moved into the top five of my all-time favorite plays. That list includes (big productions and small) The Sound of Music and Karen Black’s play Missouri Waltz.

Movie number two is The ‘M’ Word, also written by Jaglom. This film is all about menopause. I don’t know that a film has been made about that topic, but you never know. Jaglom is very fascinated women’s issues and this film promises to be interesting, especially if it’s in the same vein as Eating and Going Shopping. Tanna Frederick and her co-stars – Corey Feldman (Stand By Me), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, Md) and Francis Fisher (Titanic) – pretty much guarantee that this will be a fun romp.

Michael Imperioli? OHMYGAWD!!! How exciting. It’ll be good to see him and, hopefully, not think of his character Christopher Moltisanti from The Sopranos. I did see him in episodes of Law And Order and he reminded me a little of Christopher. Maybe they’ll have him grow a moustache or do something different with his hair or wardrobe so that he looks different. I think Gregory Harrison is drop dead gorgeous and he was fabulous in Randal Kleisr’s true story It’s My Party.

The third movie is called Just Beautiful and I’ve read that it’ll be the first production of Project Cornlight, which is Tanna Frederick’s new endeavor. Project Cornlight was created to revitalize the film industry in Iowa in the wake of the scandal that prompted the demise of the Iowa Film Commission due to misappropriation of funds. Many Iowa filmmakers left the state as a result of not being able to get funding and support. Frederick and Kimberly Busbee (Wild Rose Film Festival) decided that something should be done to bring filmmaking back to Iowa, home of Field of Dreams, Twister, and The Bridges of Madison County. Just Beautiful will have an all-Iowa cast and crew. What a beautiful thing to do! Once again, Tanna Frederick sees a need and does something to fulfill it.

Thanks, Tanna! (And Kimberly)

October 27, 2011

You Would Think She’d Take A Break!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Sally Brooks @ 9:10 pm

Tanna Frederick - photo courtesy of Irene Rubaum-Keller

After all the preparation and work that went into the very successful Surf24 event, you’d think Tanna Frederick would take some time off to relax. You’d be wrong. She was there all day for both days of Surf24, she did tons of interviews, oversaw the whole thing and she surfed both days!

Not only is she still playing Sylvia in A. R. Guerney’s play, Sylvia, (which has been extended, AGAIN, through mid-December!) she’s hosting an event tonight at the Edgemar Center for the Arts. Actor and avid surfer, John Fortson, is doing a one-night-only production of his successful one-man show, Loveswell which is all about surfing and relationships. I’ve heard that it’s great and I’m hoping I can still get in. It’s a benefit for Project Save Our Surf and Santa Monica Baykeeper. Details at http://loveswell.com.

John Fortson - photo courtesy of Andrea Ross-Greene

Tanna is also preparing for her upcoming role in Henry Jaglom’s film, The M Word starring Tanna, Corey Feldman, Michael Imperioli, Gregory Harrison and Francis Fisher. I overheard her saying that she gets to kiss both Gregory Harrison and Michael Imperioli. Wow! Michael Imperioli, AKA Christopher Moltisanti in the Sopranos. OH MY GAWD! And extremely handsome Gregory Harrison! My favorite role of his is as Brandon, opposite Eric Roberts in Randal Kleiser’s courageous, true-life story, It’s My Party. What a great movie!

Gregory Harrison - photo courtesy of Andrea Ross-Greene

I’m guessing/hoping that the premiere of Henry Jaglom’s play/now a movie, Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, is going to happen soon. I actually have no idea. I just really want to see it. It’s one of my favorite plays – definitely in my top 3. Okay, maybe it is my favorite. I saw it more times than I’ve seen any other live theatre production – and that’s saying something.

If you haven’t seen Sylvia, there’s still time, but don’t wait. I laugh my ass off every time I see it. I realize that I’m an experience junkie. If something’s funny, I want to laugh at it again. If a piece of music moves me, I want to hear it again. If it feels good, I want to do it again. ‘Nuff said. Go see Sylvia soon! But tonight, catch Loveswell. Same place – 8:00 Thursday, October 27.
Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main Street
Santa Monica

October 17, 2011

Surf24 Was Incredible!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Sally Brooks @ 4:38 am

This is VERY exciting. I was going to take pictures with my little cheesy digital camera but I roped photographer Andrea Ross-Greene into giving me some really good photos.

First of all, the weather was beautiful. I understand that on Saturday, the surf was really hard to surf in (and this came from the pros), but on Sunday, I’m told it was great. And it’s a good thing because on Sunday, they had a group for first-time surfers and I loved seeing people try it for the first time. I could tell that one woman was hooked immediately.

The event was very well organized. Congrats to Rachel Stotts, president of Project Save Our Surf and her team. There were lots of volunteers (including Tanna’s parents Nancy and David Frederick, who are VERY nice people) and everything seemed to be running very smoothly.

I got to meet a lot of cool people – pro surfers John Fortson, Trae Candy and PT Townend. And, yes, I met Gregory Harrison and Tate Donovan. I saw Jesse Spencer and I didn’t get to meet him, but I got to see them all in wetsuits and watch them surf. Very cool!

I had a lot of fun watching Tanna Frederick surf. I think she won the prize for staying on the board the longest. Go Tanna!

There was also competitive surfing. I think whoever rode the most waves in each group of surfers won a prize. There was drumming, music, food, drinks, stuff to buy and ways to contribute.

I visited the Inside The Outdoors booth and they had several very interesting critters there – a large turtle, a tarantula, a couple of snakes and, I believe they had a dragon of some sort. Really nice people and the kids loved getting to pet the snakes and the turtle. I petted the turtle and a couple of snakes.

I hope Project Save Our Surf raised a ton of money. They’re helping all of us and we should help them.

This was a marvelous, fun event. I’m definitely going again next year. See some of Andrea Ross-Greene’s beautiful photos below.

October 4, 2011

Surf24 is coming! Get ready! Wax your boards!

Tanna Frederick rides the waves - photo by John Heller

Okay, I have to admit that I’m not a surfer and the only reason I know the term “wax your boards” is because I heard it in a song someone wrote about surfing.

Project Save Our Surf’s annual Surf24 surf-a-thon is coming up soon – October 15-16. I’m going this year! I think it’ll be fun to watch. I’ve read about all the activities from past years and seen press about the various beneficiaries of Project Save Our Surf’s efforts. They do some really cool things. My favorite is Inside the Outdoors (www.insidetheoutdoors.org). What a great group! They do stuff with kids – taking them on field trips, they have an Outdoor Science School, they immerse them in the environment in such a way that they learn how it works and they get the value of taking care of our planet. Awesome organization!

Another of Project Save Our Surf’s beneficiaries is the Save The Waves Coalition. They are “a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the coastal environment, with an emphasis on the surf zone, and educating the public about its value.” They’re the only environmental organization that focuses specifically on surfing areas.

Santa Monica Baykeeper – “This program tests levels of bacteria from runoff and city drains which flow into the LA coastline from Malibu to Marina Del Rey. When people in the community suspect pollution, they can call a hotline and a volunteer is sent out to sample the water. The sample is then brought back to a lab to be tested. Each test for bacteria alone costs $100. Currently it is unsafe to swim in Los Angeles County beaches at least two days after it rains, due to the high concentration of pollution running into the ocean. As many of you know and may have experienced, high levels of bacteria can make surfers and swimmers sick with sinus infections, staff infections, rashes and colds etc. Santa Monica Baykeeper is determined to make a change in local water and beach laws, by using the test results found with their DrainWatch program. To learn more about Santa Monica Baykeeper check out the website.” Amazing! http://www.smbaykeeper.org/drainwatch.html

Tumelo Homes – This one is far-reaching. “The Home is known for its enthusiasm, progressive ideas, and high integrity for quality physical and mental care. The children are not simply housed and fed, but are taught and encouraged to reach their maximum growth potential. As a result, eight of our children have moved on and are attending different special schools in Natalspruit, Ekurthuleni, Gauteng.
The ages of the children at the Home range from three to 33-years old. The staff’s areas of expertise include nursery care, pre-school education, and education for the intellectually disabled. The Home is a place filled with love and laughter. The children are provided with 24-hour monitoring and care.” Wow!

Waves For Water – “This young non-profit was started by pro surfer Jon Rose and local surfer Christian Troy. Their mission is simple, “get clean water to everyone that needs it.” They do this by sending easy-to-use water filters to areas without access to clean water. One $50 filter gives clean drinking water to a village of 100 people for more than an entire year. To learn more about Waves For Water check out their website at http://www.wavesforwater.org/ Incredible!

Did I mention that the celebrity surfing heat is on the 15th at 10:15am? I’m not the biggest celeb-watcher in the world but I’m getting up early, with camera in hand, to hopefully get shots of Jesse Spencer (House), Tate Donovan (Damages) and Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, MD – but I fell in love with him in It’s My Party).

Other celeb surfers include Sam Trammell (True Blood), John Slattery (Mad Men), Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives), Chad Lowe (24), Gregory Harrison (One Tree Hill), Michael Munoz (Amazing Race), Zoe Bell (Death Proof), Pat Parnell (Fuel TV’s The Daily Habit), Chris Bruno (Dead Zone), Galen Gering (Days of our Lives), David O’Donnell (Air Force One), Peter Brinkerhoff (Daytime Emmy winning director), Preston Davis (Entourage), John Philbin (Point Break) and Kathy Zuckerman (Gidget).

Tanna Frederick and the whole Project Save Our Surf team are amazing. Four years ago, Project Save Our Surf was a tiny organization. It’s growing like a giant wave. Come out to Surf24. You have a whole 24 hours to drop in and out, check out the scene, groove to the music, watch the surfing (or surf yourself) and get educated about what’s going on. If you can, why not join a surf team and surf? This is an easy way to be a part of something important, something that will benefit us and future generations. Project Save Our Surf is a BIG DEAL. We need their help to conserve the oceans and marine life and they need ours. This is a great bandwagon to jump on. See you on October 15.

August 18, 2011

Project Save Our Surf Makes A Big Splash!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Sally Brooks @ 8:13 am

Tanna's Birthday Cake

Wow! Cool things are happening as Tanna Frederick and the Project Save Our Surf crew gear up for Surf24 in October. The latest thing was Tanna’s birthday party/Project Save Our Surf fundraiser at Fred Segal in Santa Monica.

This was my first time at Fred Segal – a very cool place with numerous vendors inside a 2-building complex. One of them ZeroMinusPlus, was the attraction. There were munchies, drinks, they had a DJ playing music and a big crowd showed up. Fred Segal hosted this event as part of Ocean Awareness Month.

But here’s the coolest part – Tanna requested that people not buy her presents, instead, she asked them to spend money at Fred Segal, buy themselves a gift and a portion of the proceeds would go to Project Save Our Surf. There is now beautiful Project Save Our Surf jewelry line created by Frasier Sterling. Now that’s a cool idea. How many birthday parties have you been to where you bought yourself a present? That was very clever on Tanna’s part.

And she looked gorgeous! Fabulous dress! Henry Jaglom was there, of course. I also saw the cast of Sylvia (Cathy Arden, Stephen Howard, Ron Vignone and director Gary Imhoff) and most of the cast from Just 45 Minutes From Broadway (Harriet Schock, Jack Heller, Diane Louise Salinger and Julie Davis). Michelle Danner and Alexandra Guarnieri from the Edgemar were there as well as some other luminaries such as Judd Nelson, FX Feeney and Rosanna Arquette. It was a great event and I heard that there will be more events leading up to the big Surf24 event in October.

Here are a few links so you can see what it was like:
The crowd sings Happy Birthday – check out the dress!

Here’s an interview with Tanna:

And here’s an article with more photos:

Check it all out. Come to the next Project Save Our Surf event. For more info: http://www.projectsaveoursurf.org

July 11, 2011

Surfing and Art-ing

Tanna Frederick rides the waves - photo by John Heller

Did you know that there’s an International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach? I didn’t. There are a lot of “specialty” museums in LA – The Petersen Automotive Museum, the Gene Autry (the singing cowboy) National Center, the Museum of Tolerence, the Museum of Neon Art, etc. I’m not a surfer but I think a surfing museum might be very interesting to see. Is there such a thing as an antique surfboard?

On Wednesday, July 20, from 6-9, they’re having the Huntington Beach Art Walk. If it’s anything like the art walks in LA, it’ll be great. On this night, there will be an art show by John Culqui called “Summer’s Swell” which includes his “surf-inspired” art. I checked out his website, http://www.jsculquiart.com.

Here’s a line from his artist’s statement: “In my skate and surf art, I want the viewer to feel the motion of the water, the moving board, smell the water and concrete, and to feel the grit of the wheels touching the asphalt.” He definitely accomplishes this. Really cool, whimsical stuff that almost makes me want to pick up a surfboard or skateboard – almost. 🙂 AND, he’s donating 25% of the proceeds to the Surf Museum and 25% to Project Save Our Surf. How cool is that?

There’s also going to be a silent auction for Project Save Our Surf which will include a surfboard from Don Bigelow, gift baskets, signed books and other cool stuff. There will be music, Hawaiian food and beer and maybe some other surprises.

So check out the exhibit and other festivities:
International Surfing Museum
411 Olive Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

And on another Project Save Our Surf note, I was “surfing” their website, http://www.projectsaveoursurf.org, and I looked at their Board of Directors. Great group! Guess who’s on it with Tanna Frederick? The fabulous Tate Donovan – also known as Tom Shayes on Damages, which has become my new favorite TV show. I think it’s the best thing since the Sopranos and that’s saying a lot. I can’t believe what happened to Tom in season three! I hope Tate Donovan comes to the big Project Save Our Surf event – Surf24 October 15-16 in Santa Monica. I’m definitely going to be there.

July 4, 2011

The Most Interesting Interview I’ve Ever Read

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Sally Brooks @ 12:24 am

Tanna Frederick

This is a very short blog entry, only because the interview below says it all. Tanna Frederick was interviewed by The Independent Critic – a really, really cool guy, as you’ll see. I love interviews because you never know what you’ll learn from them. This one was is full of really cool stuff – personal stuff, upcoming movies, etc. It somehow seemed like more than an interview, it seemed like two close friends catching up. This is an unusual thing for people who have never met. So enjoy.

Here’s the link to the article: http://www.theindependentcritic.com/tanna_frederick_interview

Happy 4th of July!

June 15, 2011

Have the Queen of the Lot Over for Dinner

Okay, I admit that that’s a tacky teaser to tell you that Queen of the Lot is now out on DVD! I can’t wait to get a copy. I heard Henry Jaglom and Tanna Frederick speak at Vidiot’s Video last year and they were articulate and engaging. Henry Jaglom could easily teach a course on film history and I’d be there hanging on every word. His anecdotes and stories were riveting. On the Queen of the Lot DVD, there’s commentary by Henry Jaglom, Tanna Frederick and Noah Wyle. Oh boy. That’s one of the coolest things about DVDs – the commentaries by directors and actors. I’m hooked on commentaries.

A few years ago, I watched It’s My Party which was written and directed by Randal Kleiser. It was his true-life story about his relationship with his lover who had AIDS. The story chronicles the time through the end of his lover’s life and the changes their relationship went through. Gregory Harrison played Randal and Eric Roberts played his lover. Both were brilliant. This was at the beginning of the AIDS crisis when nobody knew what was going on. What a courageous story. I watched the movie with a friend, then we watched it again, with Randal’s commentary turned on. Wow! To say that it was fascinating is an understatement. Then, having all the details from Kleiser, we watched the movie again! What a story. I’ve never watched the same movie three times in a row but after the commentary, the movie seemed new again and we understood it on a deeper level. That’s the beauty of commentary.

The Queen of the Lot DVD is on sale at these outlets:

Netflix.com (put it in your queue)
Barnes and Noble stores
Available in Canada in July
more to come…

If you can’t get it at one of those outlets, you need either a new car or a new computer.

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