I no sooner got back from Thanksgiving to find my email box had reports from both Steve and Claudia. Steve posted this on his Facebook Group's timeline about MSM producing, co-writing, and co-directing an independent film in the Hudson Valley under the auspices of her production facility, Stockade Works for her new company, Quality Pictures.
November 21 at 4:54 PM
Stockade Works’ apprentices, along with graduates of our training program, recently worked on a new Hudson Valley-based documentary series, BREAKING BREAD. Produced, co-written and co-directed by Stockade Works’ co-founder Mary Stuart Masterson and her new production company, Quality Pictures, this all-Hudson Valley production is an amazing project for Stockade Works’ trainees to be involved in!
Check our website for more info and to read the blog of one of our producers Cassandra Del Visco!
Claudia sent a lot of links to pictures of Ms. Masterson appearing as a presenter at the International Emmy Awards. The picture at the top was sent by Steve Stark, but there are more pictures accessible through the links below that Claudia sent in this email:
This last link is a bit tricky. A search result link, it was a bit long to type in, so the link below will take you to Picture Desk. After the page opens, use the search engine in the upper left corner according to the screen capture below the link, and type Mary Stuart Masteron into the search engine bar and a lot of her photos will appear.
Claudia sent me an email a few days ago about a Storyhorse Theater production soon to play at Hudson Hall. The stage production is called Face It, and will consist of three short plays in one production. Check it out by clicking on the link below. I told Claudia the news would be up on the site sometime after my return from Greensburg, Pennsylvania over the weekend where I enjoyed a concert by Petula Clark at the Palace Theater on Otterman Street. My cousin, Nancy Collette, and my sister, Linda Jordan-Platt watched the concert from Box 2 right over the stage. It was a long drive back Sunday, and I needed most of today to decompress, but what a great show it was. At age 85, Petula Clark can still sing with the best of them.
The first email from Claudia is about a new venture for Ms. Masterson, the start-up of Quality Pictures, a film production company emphasizing creating opportunities for women and those of minority groups, including the LGBTQ community, to express themselves both in front of, and behind, the camera. MSM is partnered in this new project with Alexandra Brodsky. The films will be shot in the Hudson Valley are of New York State. Mary Stuart Masterson will star in a Quality Pictures production entitled Tilly and Dorry, which should be ready for release sometime in early 2019. So we have another entrepreneurial effort along with starring in a new independent film. Ms. Masterson continues to expand her reach in film through multiple vectors as actress, producer, director, and businesswoman.
Claudia also informed us about another business effort of Ms. Masterson, the upcoming Upriver Studios. This company does not have a Web site as yet, so Claudia couldn't supply a link to it. I Googled it, and found that there are several other businesses that have the same name. Upriver is not planned to start business until 2019.
In the third email, Claudia described MSM's stint on a television program hosted by Chef Michele Ragussis. I visited the Chef's Web site, finding that his motto is: Discovering Hudson Valley, one dish at a time. The photo at the top is from the show, and there are photos on the page Claudia linked in her email. Additional links to each are also at the end of this post.
Steve Stark passed three announcements to me, including an email about Mary Stuart Masterson's new movie, Sid is Dead, currently being filmed in the Syracuse, New York area. The movie stars two former Disney Channel favorites, Joey Bragg of Liv and Maddie and Genevieve Hannelius of Dog with a Blog. Steve's link includes the following description of what happens to Joey Bragg's Sid.
Deadline reports the movie will follow "a socially invisible high school senior" named Sid (Bragg) who gets the school's biggest bully suspended and faces certain doom when he returns. As a result, Sid tries to live it up for his last two weeks alive with help from his best friend Jim; Eric, the captain of the hockey team; and Sid's crush Tiff (Hannelius), the bully's girlfriend.
Steve also reported about another project of Ms. Masterson, The Face of It, a local Hudson Valley project co-created by Ms. Masterson. The Face of It is comprised of live readings of one act documentary plays, and includes such subjects as "the vagaries of aging," I've been experiencing plenty of those, hunting Sasquatch, and the more devastating choices individuals can make. The Face of It will be shown at Henry Hudson Hall on November 10th and 11th. For tickets call-- (518) 822-1438.
Steve found the video embedded below of a huge campaign extravaganza put on for the mid-term elections which includes such notables as Ms. Masterson and actor Paul Rudd. The video can be seen below and is on You Tube.
Well, we have started yet another holiday season at Mary Stu's Tavern, and the way time is flying, we will be getting ready to greet 2019 in no time at all. I wish it would slow down, but it is not likely to do that. I put the black cat with the jack-o-lantern on the Cable TV Schedule page, as usual, along with the traditional autumn photo of what looks like Bavaria in the Alpine foothills. Doing some of the same things we did in 1998 makes everything look familiar, like the not-so-scary witch we put up again this year. We have the statistics of the visitors to the site complied on the "Hall of Flags" pages. While the traffic is slower, we still get a fine mix of visitors from all over the planet, which is what makes the Internet so special. China actually leads in visitors this year, with the U.S. second, and Japan third. We hope all the visitors enjoy the site and keep coming back to see the new and the familiar sights in this place.
I plain forgot to post this update yesterday afternoon, but here it is today. The film Sarah, which was announced at about the same time as Skin, which was reported earlier on this page, will be released sometime early in 2019 as reported on Yahoo News. Both Steve and Claudia caught this one at reported through email and Steve's Facebook group on the same day. Below is a excerpt from the article and a link to the next.
Craig Sheffer has joined the cast of “Sarah,” a supernatural coming of age film, which centers on a young girl who is a harboring a dark secret, Variety has learned exclusively.
Tallulah Evans portrays the title character. The film also stars Mary Stuart Masterson, Ava Allan, Valeria Cotto, Claudia Lee, Spencer List, Daniel Pinder, Andy Schrock, D.B. Sweeney and Virginia Madsen.
Sheffer, whose credits include “One Tree Hill” and “A River Runs Through It,” will be playing the sheriff with the belief the the title character is a practitioner of witchcraft and responsible for several unexplained deaths. He will also be the love interest of Masterson’s character.
“Sarah” is being directed by Alexander Garcia who wrote the screenplay and is also producing the film under his Multi-Valence Productions banner alongside producing partner Anne Stimac, Stuart Arbury and Michael Abrams.
Producers plan to release the film during the 2019 Halloween season through Vision Films. Sheffer is repped by Kramer Talent Agency.
Steve recently found a new video of Ms. Masterson giving a talk about "Future Funding of the Arts." In light of Ms. Masterson's successful launch of Stockade Works in the upper Hudson Valley in New York, other regions are interested in finding out from her how filmmaking, and other opportunities for artists and musicians, can thrive in towns and cities needing economic activity. To listen in, just fire up the embedded video below.
The most interesting to me was the article and photo of Ms. Masterson from Entertainment Weekly from sometime in 2002 or 2003, shown above. It was from an article titled Mary Stuart Masterson's Five Year Plan and highlighted her upcoming role in the Broadway musical Nine. MSM discussed with the reporter about how she liked to sing in the shower, and the photo showed her wrapped in a towel and stepping out of the shower. I posted that I recalled that article, but somehow didn't save a copy. I still can't remember if I sent it to Yun Leong along in Australia along with another magazine. Anyway, the copy of the article was on sale on EBAY. There is no other copy of either the magazine or the article alone anywhere on the Internet.
Steve's post about the article about Nine caused me to look up the FYI page in the Archives that covered nothing but Nine in 2003, including Claudia Kehl's Easter visit to the United States to see the musical, and then meet MSM at the stage door for photos that were posted to this Web site. That was a good time.
Steve is now the owner of a copy of Mad at the Moon. I bought a VHS tape of that film in 1996 and still own it.
Remember to stop in and visit Steve's Facebook group and sign up for Facebook so you can visit with the other members of the group.
Claudia sent this very timely email which I received on August 13, 2017, but kept forgetting to check my email until today. The story behind Skin is fascinating as it deals with the real story of Bryon Widner, who was raised a Skinhead, which means he was raised to be a racist in the same bent as the Nazis in the 1920s, 30s and 40s until the defeat of the Nazi Party in Germany with the end of World War II. Bryon turns away from the Skinhead movement, but must have the tatoos representing Skinhead ideology removed from his body in a series of painful surgeries. This could be a fascinating character study. A black activist helps Bryon Widner with his efforts to remove the tatoos.
Steve posted two upcoming Storyhorse Theater events, one being in the Hudson Valley area of New York State, and the other being in a familiar stomping ground from my past, the southeastern part of Pennsylvania, namely Ursinus College in Collegeville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The two stage presentations will be shown according to the convenient schedule below, along with the exact locations.
THE LITTLE THINGS--Mary Stuart Masterson's and Jeremy Davidson's acclaimed documentary play about the challenges of Lyme disease--will be presented October 13, 2018 at the Kaleidoscope Theater on the campus of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, just off US 422, the Germantown Pike.
I lived in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, home of the Colonial Theater, the one attacked by "The Blob" in the Steve McQueen movie from the 1960s, `for a little over one year starting in 1986, and in Royersford, Pennsylvania from 1987 until 1989. In addition to the Colonial Theater, Phoenixville was the home of the Longabaugh family back in the late Nineteenth Century. Harry Longabaugh was one of the Phoenixville Longabaughs, and known in history as The Sundance Kid. Members of his family are buried in Phoenixville, including his sister who recorded the date when her "brother Harry left to go to the West" in her diary.
As reported a long time ago, there was a musical stage play built around the Benny & Joon story and characters, and it is coming back to the Paper Mill Theater as descibed in the Broadway World article linked below.
Our intrepid Swiss reporter, Claudia Kehl, sent word in the following two emails that Ms. Masterson is presently working on two film projects that are already entered on her IMDB filmography. One, Skin, is in post-production while Sarah is in pre-production.
al_garcia_lazer Rarely do I post about film projects but this one is too awesome not to!! So thrilled that we just cast one of my fave actress's Mary Stuart Masterson (pictured above) in the Supernatural/Character driven "Sarah". Who gave us our first look at a Punk rock/Skater girl non-conformist on the big screen as the character Watts. In one of the late great Auteur of all time John Hughes 1987 classic "Some Kind of Wonderful" one of the top teen films of the 80's. That led to Mary having an illustrious career spanning over decades starring alongside heavies like Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn and even worked with Francis Ford Coppola. Can't wait for principal photography to commence on this film working with homie @chadfernandez1 (1st AD). it's going to be a blast!! @msvaleria @andyschrock @danieljpinder @jimbates4 #virginiamadsen #spencerlist #annestimac #supernaturalthriller #avaallan #dbsweeny #witchcraft #tallulahevans #actoncalifornia #sarah #johnhughes #somekindofwonderful #skatergirl #marystuartmasterson #halloween2019 #director #writer #featurefilm #bennyandjoon #badgirls #friedgreentomatos #watts #francisfordcoppola #80s
It was great to get and email from Claudia this weekend after the annual antique car picnic at my cousin's house in Portersville, Pennsylvania this past weekend. Claudia is experiencing a summer heatwave under the Alpine skyline of her native Switzerland, but she's so naturally cool that she is holding up extremely well. Claudia's email is below along with the link to the article. I hope everyone in the Northern Hemisphere is having a great summer, and all of you in the Southern Hemisphere enjoy whatever version of winter you're experiencing. We'll be trading off in a matter of weeks now.
Well, we're almost done with another month already. Some people think summer is just about over with July 4th, and that is almost here. The way I can tell it's summer is when I have to track down where this year's carpenter ants are getting in here. I found it on Sunday, told maintenance on Monday, and on Tuesday there are no more visitors arriving to feast at the ant bait I put out for them, so I can track a couple to their exit. That's how I know what time of year it is. You can note it on the calendar when these little buggers show up--SUMMERTIME!
Anyway, I've been using the Comcast Xfinity site for a television schedule after the loss to the Time-Warner site, which was almost as good as Locate TV, except they emailed me when the schedule was ready for me to pick up. Now, I have to build them again. The best part about Xfinity's site is the background picture on each movie's schedule page. You enter the title in the search engine and a link is pulled down. You click the link and the page comes up, complete with the schedule of any telecasts of the movie. There are some fine stills from MSM's movies on each of the pages. The best was from Heaven Help Us, but screen capturing it was not possible. I got two screen caps, one from Married to It, and from Radioland Murders. Enjoy! I don't mind showing these as I pay a king's ransom for cable.
We have some special links and videos for Ms. Masterson this June, starting with something special for someone who works hard to see more films made in the Hudson Valley, here are two links to a blog that includes photographs of the actual locations of the Paul Newman film, Nobody's Fool, my favorite Paul Newman movie of all time. It was shot entirely in the Hudson Valley, in places I am sure Ms. Masterson has visited from time to time.
Next up, we have an embedded YouTube video. One thing I learned from YouTube is that a lot of people out there notice some of the same things in movies that I do. For example, I found a YouTube video of the fountain scene from the original 2001 Ocean's 11. I wondered if anyone else thought that was the most memorable scene in the film, and many people did. I used an embed of that video as a tribute to all of my co-workers who retired at about the same time as I did in 2013. This video displays the most unique and creative ending credits for a movie I have ever seen. I doubt a whole lot of people stayed in the theater to see all of those credits roll over these photographs of all the technical people who helped make the four Lethal Weapon movies starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, but I think I would have. The idea of showing photos of all those unseen contributors who worked on this four-movie franchise from 1987 until 1998 was genius. The last panoramic shot of all of them with some of the actors, ends it.
A birthday celebration is nothing without a little humor, and this year we have something I am sure Ms. Masterson will remember for a long time. In this year of #METOO we have JOHNNY BRAVO getting trashed by every female he encounters. Sometimes you can really feel for the clueless Johnny Bravo. WHOA MOMMA!