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.


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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OUROBOROUS PLAYING AT “PHOENIX LOVES SCI-FI” July 2

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


OUROBOROS playing at the 2015 PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL!

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 Saturday, March 28 at 11:15 am AND Sunday, March 29 at 4:45 pm at Harkins Scottsdale 101.

Saturday screening link

Sunday screening link

IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED TO GET TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME!

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

www.AmandaMelby.com

www.PhoenixFilmFestival.com

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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
amanda@amandamelby.com
480.659.8957

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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.

www.AmandaMelby.com