tanna frederick today

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)

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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.

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:

QUEEN OF THE LOT IS NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD AT:
Amazon.com
Netflix.com (put it in your queue)
Blockbuster.com
B&N.com
Fye.com
Newburycomics.com
Familyvideo.com
Buy.com
Bestbuy.com
Breakingglasspictures.com
Frys
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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