November 3rd, 2017 Posted by pamelaNews
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Looking back over the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, or CIFF, which ended last weekend, there is a seemingly myriad number of films in as many categories. It’s difficult to pick just a few top films, but here are five to put on your list, some mainstream and others indie gems that will require some work and patience to find, but all worth your time and money.
“THE SHAPE OF WATER”
Release: Dec. 1
Starring Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg, this fantasy-thriller directed by Guillermo del Toro is set during the Cold War, portraying espionage, government secrets and, most importantly, love. Elisa, a nonverbal cleaning lady, discovers hidden secrets behind the locked doors and connects with a strange creature. She must save him from imminent death, but the risks might be too high. Paying homage to various film genres of the past and addressing many current social situations, “The Shape of Water” is as visually gorgeous as it is intellectually and emotionally beautiful.
To read the article and learn about the other 4, go to
November 1st, 2017 Posted by pamelaNews
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How does the Portland Film Festival program 59 percent of its films with women writers and directors? It’s easy…they screen films blindly and just play the better films. Filmmaker Josh Leake, founder and director whose staff comprises more than 70 percent women and has screening panelists from all over the world, all with diverse backgrounds explained, “We have a blind screening process so we didn’t know if the films screened were from men or women. This year it just happened to be a higher ratio…we’re playing the better films.” Now, that’s a true representation of equity.
To read the interview with Josh Leake, go to www.ff2media.com/blog/2017/10/30/pff/
November 1st, 2017 Posted by pamelaNews
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On October 12th through the 26th, the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, the longest running competitive festival in North America, will roll out the red carpet and the proverbial film reels for what might possibly be the best line-up of films in its history. Chicago, as they say, is “my kind of town,” but Chicago also does things its own way and that is to its audiences’ benefit as the festival is highlighting architecture—think of it as a city’s fashion statement—with the Spotlight: Architecture category.
CIFF began Spotlight: Architecture in 2015 and is now partnering with the Chicago Architecture Biennial for its inaugural year. In addition to the 6 feature- and short-films at CIFF, there will also be several events taking place around the city to showcase Chicago’s unique and rich architectural history. CIFF programming director Anthony Kaufman shared his excitement about the film “The Experimental City” and filmmaker Chad Freidrichs’ attendance at his screenings. He added, “[Chad] is also doing a free talk before his premiere at the Chicago Cultural Center on ‘Future Cities.’
October 26th, 2017 Posted by Pamela PowellInterviews, News
0 thoughts on “"Or Die Trying" producer Sarah Hawkins talks about women in film: collaboration, not competition”
Award-winning actress Sarah Hawkins is branching out quickly to the executive producer role of a new web series, “Or Die Trying” and creating her own production company, Dadley Productions, with fellow director, also her father, Bradley Hawkins. She’s on fire right now, paving a new path not only for herself, but for other young women in Hollywood and beyond.
“Roller Coaster,” her first film which happens to be a silent one, is filled with more heartfelt emotion in every action than most other dramatic or comedic short films. Based on her own humorous situations as she attempts to “make it” in Hollywood, she auditions and tries to live life on a shoestring. It’s a compelling short film which she and her father created and was the springboard for her next endeavors, “Or Die Trying” and “Filling In.”
Hawkins is shooting for the stars and I had a chance to talk with the talented and ambitious actress/producer recently about being female in this male-dominated world and the making of “Or Die Trying.”
Pamela Powell (PP): You’ve gone from award-winning actress to the lead and executive producer of “Or Die Trying.” Tell me about how you navigated this path.
Sarah Hawkins (SH): I love being on screen, but guiding a project from inception to final product is incredibly fulfilling. I’ve worked for a female-driven production company called Busted Buggy Entertainment, and recently produced a comedy-fantasy proof-of-concept called “Filling In.” It’s exciting to see [ODT] finally out in the world. It was also a fun way to put the acting hat on again as my character “Ellie Hansen.”
PP: Women in the film industry is a hot topic right now, thankfully. How do you see your role in helping to improve where women currently are and what can others do to help?
SH: As women working in the film industry ourselves, we were desperate to change the conversation on this topic as, more often than not, it focuses on depressing statistics and systemic misogyny. We knew our show wasn’t going to fix a patriarchal society like Hollywood; however, by committing to hire a team of at least 85% women, our audience was not only contributing to a female-driven narrative on screen, they were contributing to giving women in the industry a practical leg-up off screen. [And] who better to tell the story of millennial women in film than women in film? We made the decision early on to hire a predominantly female crew.
PP: Women supporting other women…there must be great strength with that!
SH: The simple switch in mentality from being competitive to being collaborative is what makes the women-in-film community so strong. When one woman succeeds in this business, we all do. We received so much support from brands, businesses, and badass women (and men!) who genuinely wanted to move the needle on gender equality. It was overwhelmingly encouraging to witness, and that much more exciting to be a part of.
PP: I’m sure you must have encountered hurdles in completing ODT which was funded through a campaign through Seed & Spark.
SH: Lack of time and money are always obstacles, but I think what is unique about OR DIE TRYING in this capacity is that we shot close to 70 pages within five and a half days, producing the entire series with a budget a little over 13k. It’s definitely not something I’d recommend, but looking back, I think it was a pretty excellent feat that we were able to get it all in.
PP: Do you feel like your show reflects the reality of women in your age group in the film industry?
SH: Absolutely. I have to give props to Myah Hollis, the series creator, writer (and my producing partner). She nails the highs and lows of the industry, and the work/life balance struggle [we] millennials go through exceptionally well. “Success” is an ambiguous term that can mean many different things to many different people. Who you become in the process of balancing your personal and professional lives while trying to achieve “success” AND being a woman on top of that makes for a hotbed of issues [that] I know a lot of our peers grapple with every day.
PP: What have you learned and what are your words of advice after creating this series?
SH: I think the biggest take away was a lesson in faith…the entire process was a little over two years. [And] leave nothing on the table, work fiercely and fervently, and don’t dare [to] give up on the end goal just because things don’t come easy.
Hawkins and her team’s series can be found on YouTube with a season 2 already in development. It certainly looks like Hawkins’ aim was a bulls eye in shooting for those stars.
September 27th, 2017 Posted by pamelaNews
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Who votes for films in the Oscar nominations? Well, YOU can! As an attendee of the Manhattan Shorts Film Festival on October 6,7, and 8 at the Wilmette Theatre (1122 Central Ave, Wilmette), you not only view the 10 final short film contestants, but vote on the “best actor” and “best film” as well. Theaters around the world will be voting at the same time and the winners go on to participate in the qualifying theatrical run in Los Angeles. That means a possible chance of winning that coveted little gold statue in February.
This one-of-a-kind global film festival which started in 1998, received over 1600 short film entries from 75 countries with only 10 going on to be a part of the festival. The finalists’ countries include Italy, Georgia, Latvia, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, the U.K. and the U.S.A. For a complete list of films go to: http://www.manhattanshort.com/finalists.html
The films will all be shown in a 2-hour time period on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with voting taking place immediately after the final credits roll. While this festival has only been at the Wilmette Theatre for three years, Executive Director Wendy Sharon witnessed the attendance grow significantly last year thanks to Chicago’s very own Mike Pusateri who came to introduce his film “Ella Gets a Promotion?” which won the 2016 MSFF for Best Actress.
Sharon said, “I’m always looking for opportunities to bring people together…and this (the MSFF) is one of the things that just spoke to me.” She continued, “It’s a way to participate in a festival without a major investment in time and energy.” Citing the diversity of films from different countries and genres, Sharon is confident that “there’s something for everyone.”
Sharon felt that her programming mission is to “add value” to her communities film-going experience, particularly when competing with the big blockbuster venues. As she said, “See something different.” An event such as the MSFF also is a way for people to be “…more knowledgable about how they look at film and how they evaluate them.” Seeing them on the big screen adds yet more value in being a part of this cinematic experience.
July 12th, 2017 Posted by pamelaNews, Review, Weekly VOD
0 thoughts on “"Boiling the Frog" Will make you jump to action; a free web series starring Senator Al Franken”
Climate change. Some people haven’t woken up to smell the coffee—that’s grown in Brazil where the rainforest is being depleted at a rate of upwards of 80,000 acres per day (‘Scientific American’). And with today’s United States government leaders not just denying climate change, but taking action to accelerate it, what can we do? It’s a depressing and sometimes emotionally crushing thought, but former-satirist and current Minnesota Senator Al Franken finds a way to reach audiences, educate them, and yes, even find humor in what most of us consider a devastating situation.
Franken has joined forces with Funny Or Die and ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ to give us (are you ready for the title?) Boiling the Frog. Executive Producer David Gelber explained the title: “If you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it’ll jump right out. But if you put a frog in a pot of cold water, place it on a stove and slowly start heating it up, it turns out the frog will stay in the pot and let itself get boiled.” He continued, “We’re living in a time where politicians are more like the frog in the heating pot. Despite climate change staring them right in the face, they’re not taking life-saving action.” While I’d rather not observe that whole frog-pot experiment, the short web series is more captivating and entertaining and doesn’t harm a soul. “Boiling the Frog” communicates relevant issues discussed between Franken and David Letterman. Both of these men with their roots in comedy hope to find a way to make the world a better place. And each with young children or grandchildren feel a sense of responsibility to them to make positive changes.
Franken, as Letterman put it, is more of a climate change optimist and given Franken’s position in government and his recognizable face and name, that’s a good thing. As the two sit down for 6 short segments, their dry sense of humor underscores the seriousness of the consequences of taking no action or remaining ignorant. From coal mine jobs and alternative energy technology to the Koch brothers identity and even Rush Limbaugh as topics, the two create an engaging series that just might open your eyes a bit while you chuckle. At least one “take-away message” comes in each episode such as “Call your senator or congressman.” Believe it or not, that really does matter! Each episode is just a few minutes in length so it’s a short time investment that just might give you a high return in insight.
May 25th, 2017 Posted by pamelaNews
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The name Helen Mirren immediately brings to mind “The Queen” for most people, but she is so much more and Cinema/Chicago recognized this at their Spring Gala last night. Both she and her illustrious husband, Taylor Hackford, were given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for their respective careers, acting and directing. The annual event raises the necessary funds for the long-running Chicago International Film Festival headed by Michael Kutza. It was a night filled with live and silent auction items, including a guitar signed by each of the Rolling Stones and a trip to the People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles. The main draw for tickets, however, was the chance to see both Hackford and Mirren in person—a ticket worth every penny.
Bill Kurtis, the iconic face and voice of Chicago, hosted the interview with Hackford and Mirren, allowing us to learn more about the life and experiences of this talented couple. A montage of film footage characterizing their careers as well as heartfelt and comedic personalized video messages from Bryan Cranston, Richard Gere, and Ryan Reynolds, to name just a few, added a special touch to the evening for the stars as well as the audience. Hackford fondly reminisced about his career and its origins, stating that “…it all started here” in Chicago at CIFF.
Hackford shared his insight about directing, recognizing that “…casting is one of the most important things if not the most important thing” in creating a successful film. He reiterated that an actor must “empathize with the character” and that “no one acts alone.” He continued to discuss “An Officer and a Gentlemen” starring Gere and Debra Winger, his love of music and the importance it has not only in augmenting a film, but being the topic itself as he created “Ray,” the biopic drama about Ray Charles.
Mirren, always stunning, seemed humbled by the kind words from her former directors and co-stars. She and her husband both recalled her preparation for various roles, particularly that of Queen Elizabeth, honing in on what makes this actress one-of-a-kind. Her rather soft-spoken and demure nature was unexpected, but this just added to her appeal. As Kutza handed her the Gold Hugo Award, it was obvious that she was truly honored.
The evening concluded with a well-deserved standing ovation while the couple proudly held their awards. For more information about CIFF, Cinema/Chicago, and upcoming events, go to www.chicagofilmfestival.com
March 6th, 2017 Posted by pamelaFilm Festivals, News
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Patrick Wilson, photo credit: GIFF
The 11th Annual Gasparilla International Film Festival taking place through March 9th celebrated the achievements of local Floridian actor Patrick Wilson as he received the Career Achievement Award. Wilson is known for his roles in “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Winning Tony and Golden Globe Awards and receiving Emmy nominations, the St. Petersburg native is also a community activist, helping raise funds for the area by performing in concerts with his brothers Mark and Paul in their band Van Wilson .
Wilson seems to have figured out how to balance fame and fortune yet still remain grounded and connected to family and his roots. Attending the ceremony with Wilson were his parents and siblings as well as his wife Dagmara and his children Kassian and Kalin. It’s refreshing to see a success story who gives back.
February 26th, 2017 Posted by pamelaNews
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Can a film’s budget predict the winner of Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards? Let’s take a look at that along with the other awards to see if we can accurately predict who will take home the Best Picture Oscar tonight!
9 films have been nominated, ranging from futuristic alien invasions to real life history coming out from hiding and everything in between, but there will only be one winner. This year, the budget to complete these films are as varied as the films’ topics; $5M to $47M. “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” were both completed for around the $5 million mark, bringing in approximately $21M and $46M, respectively. The bigger budgeted films, “Arrival” and “Hacksaw Ridge” required $47M and $40M, respectively and pulled in $100M and $66M, respectively. The winner with the greatest bang for their investment buck so far, however are the Hollywood darlings, “La La Land” ($30M to produce and grossing $343M) and “Hidden Figures” ($25M to produce and grossing $148M). That leaves “Fences,” “Lion,” and “Hell or High Water” smack dab in the middle of production and income. Looking at the profit margin, it looks like “La La Land” is the front runner.
But it’s not just box office receipts and cost of production of the film that weighs into this. This is a serious game of cat and mouse— the winner has boasting rights of saying their company produced and/or distributed an Academy Award winner. The cost is much higher than you might realize. Oscar campaigns, according to E! Online can cost as much as $25M with an average cost of $10M for the coveted little bald man. This is a costly game comprised of special dinner and cocktail parties, press junkets and sending every Academy voter and anyone with a voice to create buzz, a DVD. “Crash” spent over $250k just in DVD mailers a few years ago! The question is now, which film had the money to back this type of buzz? Distribution companies are very tight-lipped when it comes to revealing how much they have spent in marketing and publicity just for Oscar, but the deep pockets appear to be Lionsgate with “La La Land” and Amazon with “Manchester by the Sea.”
Winning awards from the big organizations such as the BAFTA, Golden Globes, and SAG also help create buzz. Where does each film fall in this category? So far, the big budget films haven’t even gotten on the scoreboard: “Arrival,” and “Hacksaw Ridge” = 0. “Hell or High Water” couldn’t make the cut either with these three awards events. “Hidden Figures” sneaks in with 1 win (SAG) and both “Lion” (BAFTA) and “Moonlight” (Golden Globe, SAG) have a score of 2. “Manchester by the Sea” has 3 (Golden Globe, BAFTA) and “Fences” has 4 (SAG, BAFTA, Golden Globe). The clear winner with this is “La La Land” with 12, winning 1 SAG Award, 5 BAFTA Awards, and 6 Golden Globes.
When you put it all together, all three prediction techniques point to “La La Land” as being the clear winner. While there have been 683 new members to the voting membership of the Academy (46% female, 41% non-white), it’s still quite clearly lead by older, white males. “Moonlight,” given its topic matter may not have even made it to the Oscar consideration table prior to this change, but given the statistics, it is certainly an underdog. Time will soon tell as the Academy Awards ceremony is just a couple of hours away!
February 5th, 2017 Posted by pamelaInterviews, News
0 thoughts on “Allen Maldonado reveals new short film app Everybody Digital”
Allen Maldonado (BLACK-ISH, SURVIVOR’S REMORSE) is not only a talented actor and writer, he is also a cutting-edge entrepreneur. Maldonado has created a new app called Everybody Digital which breathes new life into all those wonderful short films only a few of us get the opportunity to view at film festivals. The app will launch in March 2017 modeling itself after the Netflix subscription concept. Viewers will have access to amazing short films as well as original content for a price of $2.99/month. Filmmakers will also have the opportunity to submit their films to EverybodyDigital.com for consideration. It’s a win-win situation for filmmakers and viewers!
Maldonado sat down with me during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to talk about his new app and what motivated him to develop it. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE
The often-times overlooked film festival, Slamdance, which takes place in that same quaint ski town of Park City, Utah at the same time as Sundance, is about to begin. While the festival may be much smaller than Sundance, the significance of the films are just as great. Last year, the breakout film HONEY BUDDIES aka BUDDYMOON premiered along with THE TAIL JOB, MAD, and many more. This year, the list looks just as promising and I’m excited to share a few of my recommendations:
In an era where we seem to have to question everything in our environment, “What Lies Upstream” goes against the governmental current to dive into the contamination of our water sources. What are you really drinking? Writer/director Cullen Hoback tackles one of the largest chemical drinking water contaminations to give us information and knowledge about a situation that may not be isolated.
“Beat Beat Heart” takes us on a journey of love, love lost, and the ever-challenging mother-daughter relationship. This film promises to make us laugh and sigh in empathy because we’ve all had a broken heart.
“Suck It Up” finds two former best friends having gone their very separate ways, uniting as they deal with loss. It’s a road trip story of friendship, secrets, and confessions with a few laughs promised as well.
“Dave Made a Maze” brings us on a fantastical journey of what could happen by building a living room fort and then getting trapped inside! It’ll be up to Dave’s girlfriend to rescue him from this magical place full of booby traps and strange creatures.
“Dim the Fluorescents” creates a darkly comic situation as a struggling actress and a playwright must make ends meet, but aren’t willing to give up their craft. The compromise? Get paid to create role-playing demonstrations for corporations.
“Kate Can’t Swim” brings us back to the innocence of young love and the delicate balance of friendships. This promises to be a refreshing look at growing up and the emotional complications associated with it.
“Automatic At Sea” blurs the lines of reality while a young traveler is stranded on an island. Is she even there? “Automatic At Sea” looks like a mind-boggling thriller that will have you glued to every scene.
“Weather House,” set in the future where climate change has made its mark, catapulting housebound residents into bizarre belief systems and actions. It’s sure to be a sometimes funny and ironic film, but may plant a few seeds of fear for our actual future.
“Neighborhood Food Drive” set with Chicago as its backdrop, follows a group of well-meaning misfits as they attempt to better their community. Their misguided intentions may bring some rather unsettling or unexpected results full of humor and drama.
And finally, “Wexford Plaza” focuses upon a lonely strip mall security guard, Betty, and her chance encounter with “deadbeat Danny.” Awkwardly hilarious yet realistic situations promise to unfold as we get to know these two characters.
One of the charming aspects of the Slamdance Film Festival is the fact that a coordinating short film is shown before the feature film, getting you ready for what’s to come. If short films are more your style, they also offer blocks of short films with specific headings such as “Experimental Shorts” and “Documentary Shorts.”
December 19th, 2016 Posted by pamelaNews, Review, Weekly VOD
0 thoughts on “"The Secret Life of Muslims" Promises (and delivers) entertainment, humor, and empathy By Pamela Powell”
Muslim Girl founder Amani Al-Khatahtbeh.
In the aftermath of one of the racially divided and prejudicial presidential races in U.S. history, the fear of even greater harm and prejudice toward Muslims is also unprecedented. To counteract this “Islamophobia,” Joshua Seftel brings us “The Secret Life of Muslims.” This new “digital series that uses humor and empathy to confront Islamophobia” actually does much more than that. It educates and entertains while it awakens you to see how truly silly prejudices are. Yes, this is about the Muslim religion (it is a religion, people), but the concept can be applied to any religion and any group of people to whom there are negative stereotypes. “The Secret Life of Muslims” is a brilliant concept that, in under 5 minutes, could change your perspective and views. I told you it was brilliant!
Each week through February, 2017, this series will launch a new episode available on a variety of on-line digital platforms. This innovative distribution model allows viewers to see or listen to these short stories on Vox, The USA TODAY Network, CBS Sunday Morning, and PRI’s THE WORLD. Seftel interviews a wide range of people living in the United States who are Muslim. From comedian Ahmed Ahmed who will have you laughing out loud (Watch his episode here) to female journalist Dena Takruri who will bring to you a keener insight to the difficulties in reporting the news (Watch her episode here), and many other notable public figures such as NYPD Muslim Chaplain Khalid Latif (Watch his episode here) and actor Iqbal Theba, these Muslims who look, talk, and act just like everyone else, tell you their story. Watch, listen, (laugh) and learn.
Seftel explains that, “After such a divisive election, we need to come together to start telling stories that add truth and nuance to what was stoked on the campaign trail.” Seftel knows about prejudice as he recalls facing “… anti-Semitism growing up Jewish in Upstate New York and that stayed with me.” With the anti-Muslim discrimination that is occurring here in the U.S., it is his hope is to create an understanding about the religion and the people. He adds, “…so if we can help create understanding in some small way, that would be a great step.”
With 1.7 billion Muslims in the world, 3.3 million of them living in the United States, this series will definitely create understanding as well as correct misconceptions surrounding the Muslim religion. Thanks to Seftel and the key support from the Ford Foundation/Just Films, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, The New York Community Trust, Pillars Fund, and many more, this uniquely informative and creative concept is free to everyone to see. Here’s the link to view all of the episodes: www.secretlifeofmuslims.com
October 10th, 2016 Posted by pamelaFilm Festivals, News
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Toronto is known for TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), but it also hosts one of the most socially important film festivals in North America. Reelworld Film Festival focuses on “harnessing the power of film as a force for social good.” Now in its 16th year, the festival takes place at the Harbourfront Centre from Wednesday, October 12 through Sunday, October 16 showcasing full-length feature films, visual reality (VR) presentations and interaction, and gaming options. It is the first year to solely address social issues and will continue to do so in future years. And this festival promises to be no ordinary one. Each film will be followed by the opportunity to sit down with leaders and various organizations to discuss and implement the next step for a positive change. Watching, learning, and making a direct difference puts this festival into a category all its own.
I spoke with Gave Lindo, Executive Director of the Reelworld Film Festival, to discuss the festival’s programming, goals, and opportunities. Although Lindo’s background is not in filmmaking,he has always “…been interested in storytelling and using media to do that regardless of the format…” He felt that social change happens by using a variety of media or being “medium agnostic.” The festival’s use of VR and gaming delivers information or stories to the viewer in yet another unique format. The festival even has a game to help young ones learn about the importance of our natural resources called “Save the Park.”
As the panel discussions and meetings following the screenings set this festival apart from all the rest, Lindo explained that this is a “…launching pad for filmmakers and films to actually create impact and change in communities.” Each film has a representative organization “…for deeper engagement.” For example, “Almost Sunrise,” a Chicago based film, addresses PTSD. The Wounded Warriors will then discuss with viewers how they can continue to make a difference and help veterans. “Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale” tells the story of the connection between this majestic animal and her caretakers. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will be on hand afterward to sit down and brainstorm with the viewers what they can do together to help stop poaching. It’s an amazing opportunity to not only see a film, but to be changed and motivated by it.
Lindo has seen a dramatic increase in the number of films available which address social issues. “In a way,” he said, “it’s a scary thing. The more troubled the world seems to be, the more filmmakers are responding to what’s happening.” Several film submissions for the Syrian refugee crisis and police brutality as well as civil rights have been noted. Those films chosen for this festival will “…create community engagement…and inspire action among those in the audience.”
Whether your passion or interest is in the environment, women’s issues, politics, or aging, to name a few, this festival will spark a drive in you to make a difference in this world. From full-length feature films, documentaries, games, and visual reality experiences, Reelworld Film Festival has it all. Watching together and learning together leads to making a difference together. Film is the catalyst for change. Be a part of that change.
September 30th, 2016 Posted by pamelaInterviews, News
0 thoughts on “Life After "Beast" An interview with Robby Benson by Pamela Powell”
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is celebrating its 25th anniversary this fall, and Robby Benson, the voice behind the Beast, was in Chicago to help celebrate this mile marker for the beloved children’s classic.
Throughout his remarkably varied career, Benson found notoriety not only in acting in films, but directing hit television shows such as “Friends” and writing two best-selling novels.
What has this actor and once teen heartthrob been doing since his iconic roles in films like “One On One,” “Ice Castles” and the beloved role as the Beast?
As I listened to that signature Benson voice, soft-spoken yet rich and melodic, he told me his career centers around his love of his family — a truly refreshing perspective from a successful Hollywood star.