Raising Buchanan World Premiere at Phoenix Film Festival 2019

Raising Buchanan, a dark comedy that Amanda Melby produced and stars in, will make its World Premiere at the 2019 Phoenix Film Festival.

Filmed in and around the greater Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona areas in 2017, the film boasts a remarkable ensemble cast of 28 speaking roles.  Bruce Dellis is the writer-director and Joe Gruberman also produced with Melby.  René Auberjonois, Amanda Melby, Cathy Shim, Robert Ben Garant, Terence Bernie Hines and M. Emmet Walsh are the main cast.

Raising Buchanan screens:

Friday, April 12 at 5:25 pm   INFO  | TICKETS

Saturday, April 13 at 11:05 am   INFO | TICKETS

Sunday, April 14 at 4:20 pm   INFO  | TICKETS

Synopsis: In suburban Phoenix, 40-year-old Ruth Kiesling is not exactly “living the dream.” She’s a donut shop employee with anger issues. Ever the opportunist and desperate for money, she “steals” the body of President James Buchanan hoping to ransom him for a nice windfall –– but she’s surprised to discover that no one seems particularly interested in getting him back.

Now in its 19th year, the Phoenix Film Festival is Arizona’s largest film festival.  Every year they host nearly 300 films, hold filmmaking seminars, parties and amazing events for over 27,000 attendees during 11 daysat the Harkins Scottsdale 101.  For more information about the Festival: http://www.phoenixfilmfestival.com/feature-films-2019

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Raising Buchanan is Complete

Raising Buchanan, the dark comedy from writer-director Bruce Dellis, that Amanda Melby produced and starred in, is now complete. Shot in late 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona, the film stars René Auberjonois as President James Buchanan, Amanda Melby as Ruth Kiesling, Cathy Shim as Meg, Terence Bernie Hines as Philip Crosby, Robert Ben Garant as Lancaster Guy and M. Emmet Walsh as Larry Kiesling.  Raising Buchanan has been submitted to a number of established film festivals around the country.  In addition, Producer Joe Gruberman and Amanda Melby will be at the AFM (American Film Market) in Santa Monica Nov 2018.

raisingbuchanan.com for more details.

Amanda Melby in “The Herd”

Amanda Melby stars as Claire in “The Herd,” at Theatre Artists Studio November 25-December 11.

THE HERD By Rory Kinnear

It’s Andy’s 21st birthday and preparations for the party are under way. But Andy and his caregiver are running late. As his family gathers, two unexpected guests appear, straining the delicate family dynamic. A regional premiere!

Directed by Judy Rollings, The Herd is a wonderful play about family, secrets,

alienation and reconciliation; a touching look at how both our love for and distress with each other binds us together.  The production features the talents of Studio Members Maureen Dias as Carol, Patti Davis Suarez as Patricia, Amanda Melby as Claire, and Michael Fleck as Brian, with guest artists Al Benneian as Ian and Brady Weber as Mark.

The Herd runs from November 25 – December 11, 2016.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 | Sundays at 2 pm

$25 General Admission | Tickets

Theatre Artists Studio 4848 E Cactus Rd #406 Scottsdale AZ 85254

(faces Paradise Village Pkwy, N of Olive Garden)

www.thestudiophx.org | 602.765.0120





Candid Camera in Scottsdale

Candid Camera: 8 Decades of Smiles! With TV host Peter Funt

Sat, Apr 9, 2016

8:00 pm

Single: $59, $39, $29

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“Candid Camera’s 8 Decades of Smiles! With Peter Funt,” has pleased audiences nationwide.  Peter’s hilarious stage comedy is blended with a behind-the-scenes peek at clips and quips from the show’s funniest moments. Created by Peter’s father, Allen Funt, Candid Camera is the only entertainment program to have produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades – from Allen’s start on TV in 1948, through Peter’s acclaimed run on TV Land last year. Using Candid Camera’s vast library, Peter showcases decades of fun and reveals what happened behind-the-scenes when the cameras weren’t rolling.

This special one-night-only show features many Candid Camera sequences photographed in Scottsdale and the Greater Phoenix area.


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Amanda Melby in “The Weir”

Amanda Melby stars as Valerie in “The Weir,” at Theatre Artists Studio February 26-March 13.

THE WEIR By Conor McPherson

In a remote country pub in Ireland, newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there. With a whiff of sexual tension in the air and the wind whistling outside, what starts out as blarney soon turns dark as the tales drift into the realm of the supernatural. Then, Valerie reveals a startling story of her own…

Directed by Carol MacLeod. Starring AMANDA MELBY, Michael Fleck, Brad Allen, Steven Fajardo and Tom Koelbel.


February 26-March 13

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30

Sundays at 2 pm

$20 General Admission

www.thestudiophx.org 602.765.0120

Theatre Artists Studio 4848 E Cactus Rd #406 Scottsdale AZ 85254 (faces Paradise Village Pkwy, N of Olive Garden)

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Photo by Mark Glucksman



Amanda Melby in “Almost, Maine”

It’s Love. But Not Quite…
Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States – in fact it almost doesn’t exist because Almost’s residents never got around to getting organized.
        One cold, clear Friday night, in the middle of winter, while the northern lights glow above, the towns people find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Love is lost, found and confounded… and life for the people of Almost will never be the same.
Written by:  John Cariani
Cast: Amanda Melby, Amy Garland, Scott Hyder and BJ Garrett.
Directed by: Richard Powers Hardt
Theater Works, McMillin Theater @ Peoria Center for the Performing Arts

General Admission: $35, Seniors: $31, Student: $14
Online: http://theaterworks.org/calendar/almost-maine/

Box Office (M-F / 10am – 4pm): 623-815-7930, boxoffice@theaterworks.org

8355 West Peoria Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345


Amanda Melby stars in “Ouroborous,” a sci-fi drama about a Scientist (Melby) who inadvertently discovers time-travel.  Nancy Mercurio plays the future version of Melby’s character Dr. Faye O’Neill.  Paul DeNigris wrote the script for Melby and Mercurio with student UAT Alex Broderick directing.

It screens on Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 6-9:30 pm as part of “Phoenix Loves Sci-Fi.” Tickets are $5.

DATE: Thursday, July 2, 2015
TIME: 6:00PM – 9:30 PM
LOCATION: Cronkite School of Journalism, ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus
555 S Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Tickets are $5, and proceeds benefit the Phoenix Film Foundation’s youth education program. TICKETS

Production Stills can be seen on UAT Digital Video’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/UATDigitalVideo