HAPPY NEW YEAR from Amanda Melby

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Amanda Melby and Nancy Mercurio
Amanda Melby and Nancy Mercurio
OUROBOROUS

I was super excited to be asked to star in “Ouroborous,” a sci-fi short written by Paul DeNigris and directed by Alex Broderick at University of Advancing Technology.  The part was written with me in mind, which was awesome, and it was heavy on green-screen and special and practical effects, which was new to me.  I played Dr. Faye O’Neill and Nancy Mercurio played the future version of the same character.

 It is currently in post-production.

Thurrock Film Festival co-Founder Natalie Williams presents Amanda Melby with Audience Favorite Award
Thurrock Film Festival co-Founder Natalie Williams presents Amanda Melby with Audience Favorite Award
KERRY AND ANGIE
“Kerry and Angie,” a short I directed in 2011, continues to play around the world!  Locally, it played at the Bloody Hero International Film Festival and Judith Eisenberg won Best Actress at that festival, the Jerome International Film and Music Festival, and at Film Bar as part of the Arizona Filmmaker Showcase.  It also played in NY at the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival and in the UK at the Thurrock International Film Festival where it was nominated for Best International Film and won the Audience Favorite!  I was lucky to travel to both the Brooklyn and Thurrock Festivals and attend in person.  It is also now playing on Shorts HD, which is available on DirectTV.  It is part of the “Shorts in Love” programming bracket.

Arizona Theatre Company’s Cafe Bohemia
TORTILLA CURTAIN
I was thrilled in March to be asked to be a part of Cafe Bohemia at Arizona Theatre Company.  Café Bohemia, a season of play readings, jams, and ideas, features diverse new works from bold and inventive playwrights.  I read the role of Kyra Menaker-Mossbacher, as well as some other small parts.  “Tortilla Curtain” was written by Matthew Spangler based on the novel by T. C. Boyle.  Katherine Monberg directed the reading.

Screen grab from the Courtyard by Marriott commercial
Screen grab from the Courtyard by Marriott commercial
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
The Courtyard by Marriott commercial I shot is still airing and I am so grateful!  The spot starts with a man (the guy in the picture) falling up an escalator in the airport.
Thank you Courtyard!

VERVE STUDIOS
I continue to own and coach at Verve Studios.  We’re in our 8th year of business and our 2nd year at the new studio location in the Scottsdale Airpark.  I am teaching ages 11-adult and love it!  www.VerveStudio.net

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

I was thrilled to be asked to teach as a Faculty Associate the Acting for Film and Television at Arizona State University this past fall.  The 300 level course is a requirement for Film Production majors.  I had a blast being on campus and am excited that I’ve been asked back for the Spring Semester.  

That’s a little of what I was up to in 2013.  I wish you, your family and your company a successful, happy and prosperous 2014!
– Amanda Melby
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“KERRY AND ANGIE” PLAYING ON SHORTS TV AND SHORTS HD (DirecTV)

KERRY AND ANGIE has been selected for programming on SHORTS TV and SHORTS HD channels in Europe and the US.

It has played already on the US Channel and is also scheduled on 17 and 26 December.  www.shorts.tv

DirecTV – Channel 573For full details visit channel site here
AT&T U-Verse – Channel 1789.For full details visit channel site here

Amanda Melby directed the short film KERRY AND ANGIE.

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“KERRY AND ANGIE” -AUDIENCE FAVORITE AT THURROCK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

KERRY AND ANGIE played at the Thurrock International Film Festival Friday, September 27, 2013 at 4 pm as part of the “International” Shorts program.  It was nominated for “Best International Film.”

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At the awards ceremony on Saturday, September 28, “Kerry and Angie” was awarded “Audience Favorite” award.

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Director Amanda Melby was present to accept the award.

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“KERRY AND ANGIE” IS AN OFFICIAL SELECTION OF THE THURROCK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

KERRY AND ANGIE plays at the Thurrock International Film Festival Friday, September 27, 2013 at 4 pm as part of the “International” Shorts program.  It is also nominated for “Best International Film”

 

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Thurrock International Film Festival
Thameside Theatre
Orsett Road,
Grays, Essex
RM17 5DX

 

Friday, September 27, 2013

International category screening – 4pm Thameside Theatre
The best films entered into the festival in the International category of the short film competition. (Tickets £3)
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Awards Ceremony – 7pm Thameside Theatre
Join us as we celebrate the best short films of Thurrock International Film Festival 2013.  Winning filmmakers will be presented with trophies and prizes. (Tickets £3)
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Amanda Melby directed the short film KERRY AND ANGIE.

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TWO SHORT FILMS RECOGNIZED AT IFFF

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“Path to the Presidency,” “The Science of Friendship,” AND “Got Talent,” the films from the 2012 Verve Studios Film Acting Summer Camps, were Official Selections of the International Family Film Festival at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA!!!  They played on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

“Path to the Presidency” was a finalist in the Best Drama category and “Got Talent?” was a finalist in the Best Comedy category.

Amanda Melby wrote and directed the films.

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‘KERRY & ANGIE’ WINS ACCOLADE AWARD OF MERIT

“Kerry and Angie” won an Award of Merit in the Accolade Competition.

 

 

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MELBY NOMINATED FOR 2011 AZ GOVERNOR’S ARTS AWARD

Amanda nominated in the “Individual” category for the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards.

Artists, educators, business, communities and individuals representing 22 Arizona cities and towns have been nominated for the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards. A total of 76 nominations were received for consideration by an independent panel of judges. A new category to recognize an individual focusing on Arts Education attracted 12 nominations. Winners will be announced during the 30th Anniversary Governor’s Arts Awards, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix.

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