tanna frederick today

May 28, 2012

And Back Home In Iowa…

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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.


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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