tanna frederick today

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:



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.

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.

April 9, 2011

Why am I writing about Tanna Frederick?

Tanna Frederick

I’m one of those people who likes to tell people about cool people and cool things. I have spent time and money campaigning for politicians I believed in. The first time was in high school when I campaigned for a teacher I really liked who ran for public office. He was a nice guy. He lost, I think because he was a nice guy.

I have sent email blasts to friends when someone I know is in a play or a movie or is having an art show opening. I have told people about books I love. I have, over the years, given away over 30 copies of Shel Silverstein’s book Where The Sidewalk Ends. It’s one of the most wonderful books I’ve ever read.

So I like to introduce people to things that I like, that maybe they’ll like, too. So why Tanna Frederick? Here’s why:

1. She’s incredibly talented – actress, writer, producer.
2. She gives a rat’s ass about the planet and wants to do things to make the world a better place. She founded Project Save Our surf.
3. She cares about other people and wants them to be successful. She established a scholarship in her name at her alma mater, the University of Iowa.
4. The whole freaking world should know who she is. Her name should be a household word. Like Cher and Denzel (no last name needed) people should know Tanna.
5. I’m a fan. I’ve seen her films and plays. Wow! She’s fun to watch because she goes places where some actors would not. She’s fearless, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking but always convincing on stage.
6. I heard Tanna speak at Vidiot’s Video once and both she and Henry Jaglom are fascinating people. Maybe I should blog about him, too, but he’s already an icon and I want as many people to know about her.
7. I met her once, after the play Just 45 Minutes From Broadway and I wanted to tell her how much I enjoyed her performance. She was very nice and we actually chatted for a few minutes. She was gracious and friendly and seemed genuinely grateful for my comments.
8. Here’s somebody who’s has talent, is doing good in the world and seems like a real person, a fun person, a cool person. She has that Sandra Bullock girl-next-door way of being.

So that’s why.

If anyone reading this blog knows her or knows about other cool things she’s doing, please let me know.

April 4, 2011

Get Your Surf On!

Tanna Frederick rides the waves

Okay, you won’t catch me surfing but I love to watch it. Tanna Frederick’s wonderful organization Project Save Our Surf is already promoting their next Surf 24 Surf-A-Thon. It’s happening in August and it’s an educational, fundraising, fun event with amateur and pro surfers, celebs, great bands, movies, stuff for kids, etc.

I read an interview where Tanna Frederick said that she, and others, were getting sick from surfing in the bay and that there was an astounding amount of trash and pollution. She wanted to do something about it and she created Project Save Our Surf.

Project Save Our Surf is “Dedicated to the conservation of our oceans and the delicate marine ecosystems that reside therein. We are surfers, celebrities, friends, family and businesses creating events and initiatives to support clean ocean organizations.”

That’s an interesting mission statement. They’re smart enough not to reinvent the wheel and create a new group that’s duplicating the efforts of existing groups. They are supporting those groups, not only with funds, but by making people aware that these organizations exist and that their efforts are paying off. Last year’s surf-a-thon raised funds for:

Surfrider Foundation – “The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.”

Surfrider has had over 150 “coastal victories” since 2006.

Heal The Bay – “Our Mission: making southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean.”

Did you know that 25 MILLION plastic bags per year are distributed in Santa Monica alone? Heal The Bay led the effort to get the Santa Monica City Council to ban the distribution of plastic bags by grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. The Santa Monica bag ban goes into effect in September 2011. Residents are urged to use (and re-use) the bags made from recycled plastics. A bag ban in Santa Monica? THAT’S impressive!

Inside The Outdoors Foundation –  “Stimulating the boundless wonder children have for the natural world around them. That is our mission at Inside the Outdoors, and it is one we take very seriously. Our programs take lessons from the classroom and create fun, unforgettable hands-on experiences. These are powerful moments that leave children with a lifelong enthusiasm for the environment.”

They have classroom training with traveling scientists, “tyke hikes”, day camps and lots of other fabulous programs for kids. Imagine how much our children’s chances of survival will increase just because they grow up knowing the importance of taking care of the planet and knowing the consequences of their actions on the environment. Inside the Outdoors Foundation is doing that in a big way.

Check out the websites of each of these organizations. They are all listed on the Blogroll in the right-hand column on this screen.

Tanna Frederick and Project Save Our Surf have chosen some incredible organizations to support and make people aware of. I’m blown away by what each of them has and is accomplishing. This is proof that grassroots organizations can and do work, and that when one person decides to do something, their actions can have a great and positive effect. Thank you, Tanna!

I’m going to go to Surf 24 this year. Truth be told, I’d jump out of an airplane before I’d jump into the water but I will catch some waves – with my camera.

March 8, 2011

“I’d Like To Thank The Academy…”

My name is Sally Brooks. The purpose of this blog is to introduce everyone to a wonderful actress named Tanna Frederick. I find Hollywood to be a fascinating place and I’ve met a bunch of actors – some well-known and some not. I’m fascinated by the process of growing a career as an actor.

So on to Tanna Frederick. I think she’s a great actor. I’ve seen her movies and plays and she works well in both arenas. She’s an up-and-comer and Hollywood should pay attention.

Not only is she a good actor, she’s involved in various charities including one she founded – Project Save Our Surf. They are “dedicated to the conservation of our oceans and the delicate marine ecosystems that reside therein.” She also recently established a scholarship in her name to an incoming student at her alma mater, the University of Iowa. How cool is that?

She’s won numerous awards for her acting, including Best Actor awards at the Fargo Film Festival, the Houston International Film Festival, the Wild Rose Film Festival and she received a Maverick Award from the Women’s Theatre Festival. This is the short list of awards this talented woman has garnered.

So she’s got the whole package. She’s beautiful – but not in a boob-job, nose job, butt-lift Hollywood way – she’s natural and real. She’s a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, an avid surfer and she runs marathons so she’s in fabulous shape. She’s got talent galore and she’s a humanitarian. I’ve met her a couple of times, once after the incredible Henry Jaglom play, “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway” that she starred in. and once when she and Jaglom did a talk at Vidiot’s Video. They’re both very nice, gracious and funny people.

I titled this blog entry, “I’d Like To Thank The Academy…” because those are words that I’m sure we’re going to hear from Tanna Frederick in the future.

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