After serving on the Arizona Film and Media Coalition (AFMC) board representing IFP/Phoenix for the past 6 years, I have stepped down, effective October 5, 2012. Joe Gruberman remains as the board member for IFP/Phoenix and Carol Gibson will replace me as the IFP/PHX alternate.
It was my absolute pleasure to serve the entertainment community here through AFMC. During my time we got the original bill passed, put up 2 additional bills for consideration and now are working on a new one for the 2013 Legislative session. In order to get this next bill passed, everyone on the board needs to be focused on it. Due to my personal and professional life commitments, I won’t be able to fulfill that this year.
I am thrilled that Carol Gibson will fill my seat. She brings years of educational experience to the table and we worked together at IFP/PHX when I was Executive Director (2005-2011) and she was Children’s Education Director (2008-present). I extend my heartfelt thanks to the AFMC board, which is an all-volunteer board made up of working professionals from around the state. They have given their time, energy and money over and over and over, and continue to do so.
The Arizona Film & Media Coalition, Inc. is a group whose mission is to enhance the economic vitality of the Arizona film and media communities through public relations, education and legislation. http://azfilmandmedia.org/afmc/
Amanda announces resignation as Executive Director of IFP Phoenix.
After six years at the helm, she steps down after the 2011 Phoenix Film Festival to focus on family, acting. Webb Pickersgill to assume role. http://www.ifpphx.org/about/history/.
December 5, 2008
FEATURE FILM ‘JAKE’S CORNER’ PLAYS LOS ANGELES
JAKE’S CORNER, writed and directed by Jeff Santo, will play for one week at a beautiful new independent theatre in downtown Los Angeles from December 10 – 16, 2008. Amanda Melby plays “Kari.” Downtown Independent Theatre, 251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
Ticket prices: EVENING: $10, STUDENTS, SENIORS: $7, MATINEE: 2pm & 4pm: $6, DOWNTOWN LOCALS: $5
November 15, 2008
FEATURE FILM ‘JAKE’S CORNER’ PLAYS CHICAGO, DELAWARE & FLORIDA
JAKE’S CORNER, writed and directed by Jeff Santo, plays three cites in November. Amanda Melby plays “Kari.”
THEATRE N at NEMOURS, 11th & Tatnall Streets, Wilmington, DE 19801
Info only: (302) 658-6070
Tickets: (302) 571-4699
For online tickets: http://www.shopcityfest.ci.wilmington.de.us/
NOVEMBER 22 & 23
LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA
Stonzek Black Box Theatre at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 709 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, Florida 33460
For Show Times (HotLine) Phone : 561-296-9382
Box Office: 561-586-6410
NOVEMBER 22 & 23
Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave.
Contact Number: 773-871-6607 (For ticket Info)
September 5, 2008
FEATURE FILM ‘JAKE’S CORNER’ PLAYS ACROSS ARIZONA: OPENS SEPTEMBER 5
JAKE’S CORNER, writed and directed by Jeff Santo, will open at Harkins Theaters across Arizona September 5, 2008. Theatres include: Scottsdale 101 Capri, Nor Terra 14, SanTan 16, Superstitious Springs 25, Chandler Fashion Center 20, North Valley 16, Arizona Mills 24, Arrowhead Fountains 18, Gateway Pavilions 18 and Tucson Spectrum 18.
Amanda plays ‘Kari’ opposite star Richard Tyson. Dianne Ladd, Danny Trejo and BJ Thomas also star. Click hereto see pictures from the shoot.
FEATURE FILM NETHERBEAST, INC. opens at Harkins Valley Art Theatre in Arizona September 12, 2008
Valley Art: 505 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281. www.Netherbeast.com AMANDA MELBY featured as Hazel von Borscht. Film stars Darrell Hammond, Steve Burns, Dave Foley, Judd Nelson, Robert Wagner and Amy Davidson.
August 22, 2008
AMANDA MELBY DEBUTS ON NATIONAL CABLE WITH S.I.S. ON SPIKE TV – 10 pm ET/PT AUGUST 24
Tune in to Spike TV this Sunday, August 24, 2008 to see AMANDA MELBY as Dorri (Co-star) – the jewelry store owner – in the 2-hour movie S.I.S. – it’s her national cable debut!.
Sunday, August 24, 2008 – 10 pm ET/PT. Check local listings at: www.spike.com. S.I.S. is an original HD movie about a covert unit of the L.A.P.D., from executive producer/writer/director John Herzfeld (15 Minutes & Two Days in the Valley). http://www.spike.com/blog/spike-tv-original/67219
April 27, 2008
AMANDA MELBY HONORED WITH 2008 ‘LAYNE’ AWARD
On April 27, the Arizona Entertainment Alliance awarded Amanda Melby the 5th Annual Layne award for her dedication and work in the Entertainment Industry in Arizona. The award is named after legendary Phoenix actor and teacher Elayne Stein. The award has previously been given to Max McQueen (Tribune Entertainment Reporter – 2004), Sandy Elias (teacher and actor – 2005), Don Livesay (SAG Representative for 30 years in AZ – 2006), and CJ Smith (CJS Studios in Avondale – 2007). The Layne was presented to Ms. Melby at Suite 301 in Tempe as a part of Elayne Stein’s 85th Surprise Birthday party.
Read the full Press Release (pdf)
Photo 1: “Gay Gilbert, Arizona Entertainment Alliance (far left), Preston Hill (emcee) and Elayne Stein (far right) present Amanda Melby (second from right) with the 2008 Layne Award for her dedication and commitment to the Entertainment Industry.” Photo Credit: David Crisalli.
Photo 2: “Gay Gilbert, Arizona Entertainment Alliance (middle), and Elayne Stein (left) are all smiles with honoree Amanda Melby (right) and her 2008 Layne Award for her dedication and commitment to the Entertainment Industry.” Photo Credit: David Crisalli.
Photo 3: “Elayne Stein, award namesake (left) and Amanda Melby, award recipient, are all smiles as they celebrate Ms. Stein’s 85th Birthday and Ms. Melby’s 2008 Layne Award for her dedication and commitment to the Entertainment Industry.” Photo Credit: David Crisalli.
April 24, 2008
‘COLLECTED STORIES’ GETS RAVE REVIEW FROM PHOENIX NEW TIMES
“As Lisa, Amanda Melby begins her performance breathlessly and winds it up with grace and dignity; hers is a strikingly accurate portrayal of this woman’s journey from callow youth to sophisticated young adulthood. ” – Robrt L. Pela
Read the entire GLOWING review from Robrt L. Pela of the New Times!
Remaining performances are April 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm and April 27 at 2 pm at Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale. COLLECTED STORIES stars Amanda Melby and Patti Davis-Suarez is directed by Judy Rollings.Download the flier.
April 14, 2008
AMANDA TO STAR IN ‘COLLECTED STORIES’ APRIL 18-27, 2008
The conflict between the established artist and the adulatory fan who becomes a protégé, disciple, colleague and friend – and ultimately threatening rival – resurfaces in Collected Stories, which confronts a prominent short-story writer with her student in six scenes covering six years. Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Play in 1998. Performances are April 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm and April 20 and 27 at 2 pm atTheatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale. COLLECTED STORIES stars Amanda Melby and Patti Davis-Suarez is directed by Judy Rollings. Download the flier.
March 5, 2008
AMANDA BOOKS PRINT JOB FOR NATIONWIDE INSURANCE’
Amanda booked a print campaign for Nationwide Insurance that shoots March 5, 2008.
February 24, 2008
AMANDA BOOKS ROLE OF DORRI in SPIKE TV PILOT ‘S.I.S.’
Amanda Melby booked the role of Dorri, the jewlery store owner in the Spike TV two-hour pilot S.I.S. She shot her scenes on February 24 alongside start Domenick Lombardozzi (Vic) and Dustin James (Bowen). John Herzfeld is the writer/director. imdb page
February 24, 2008
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Theatre Artists Studio KISSING stars Amanda Melby, Bob Sorenson, Maureen Dias and Christian Miller, was directed by Jere Hodgin and was written by Robert Caisley.
February 8, 2008
AMANDA TO APPEAR IN WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘KISSING’
When is a kiss just a kiss? Sometimes. But sometimes, a kiss is so passionate, so exciting, and so momentous, that it can turn your whole world upside down. The play centers around two couples (Sam and Helen, Andrew and Tess) whose lives are connected and complicated by a single, earth-shattering, fate-changing act of osculation – a stolen kiss. KISSING is a play about the choices we make when passion and guilt suddenly enter our lives in equal measure. Performances are February 21, 22, 24, 28, 29 and March 1 at 7:30 pm and February 23 and March 1 at 2 pm at Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale. KISSING stars Amanda Melby, Bob Sorenson, Maureen Dias and Christian Miller, is directed by Jere Hodgin and was written by Robert Caisley. Download the flier.
February 3, 2008
FEATURE FILM ‘JAKE’S CORNER’ SELECTED FOR SEDONA FILM FESTIVAL
JAKE’S CORNER, writed and directed by Jeff Santo, will premiere at the Sedona Film Festival Friday, February 29, 2008 with a second screening on Saturday, March 1. Amanda plays ‘Kari’ opposite star Richard Tyson. Click here to see pictures from the shoot.
January 31, 2008
WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘RIDING TO BETHLEHEM’ OPENS
If you lose your sense of humor, can you find it at Lost and Found? What do you do when you realize it really isn’t a nice day for a white wedding? And is it possible that even Mary the Mother of God had problems? The journey is everything. Wendy Myers’s play is of Portraits of Women You Know. Performances are January 31, February 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm and February 3 at 2 pm at Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale. Download the flier.
December 28, 2007
FEATURE FILM ‘JAKE’S CORNER’ DEBUTS FOR CAST AND CREW
JAKE’S CORNER writed and directed by Jeff Santo premiered for Cast and Crew on Dec 18 to a packed house at the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center. Amanda plays ‘Kari’ opposite star Richard Tyson. Look for JAKE’S CORNER at the Sedona Film Festival in March 2008 and other theatres shortly thereafter. Click here to see pictures from the shoot. Click here to watch Fox 10’s coverage of the screening. [Contrary to the reporting, the film was not completed in time for the Sundance deadline.]
December 1, 2007
AMANDA TO PLAY POLLY IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF RIDING TO BETHLEHEM – Jan 31-Feb 3, 2008
What do you do when you realize it really isn’t a nice day for a white wedding? Amanda plays POLLY who asks that question in the World Premiere of RIDING TO BETHLEHEM – a collection of pieces by Phoenix writer Wendy Myers. January 31, Feb 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm and Feb 3 at 2 pm at Theatre Artists Studio.
November 1, 2007
AMANDA RECORDS WITH BAND SMOKESCREEN – Album “Slightly Confusing to a Stranger” releases
The band Smokescreen asked Amanda to play cello on one of their tracks. Their new album is called Slightly Confusing to a Stranger and Amanda plays on Track #9, Left. Click here to hear it.
September 28, 2007
AMANDA TO PLAY HELENA IN SHAKESPEARE’S FRIENDS – Sept 28 at 7:30 pm
Noted Shakespeare Author, Director and Folger Scholar KATE POGUE directs Amanda Melby as Helena in a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a part of SHAKESPEARE’S FRIENDS – an evening of discussion and scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Download the flier.
August 28, 2007
AMANDA NOMINATED FOR TWO EMMYS FOR WORK ON SCREEN WARS
Amanda is nominated for TWO 2007 Emmys from the NATAS – Rocky Mountain Chapter – for her work as a host/actress on the weekly television show SCREEN WARS and as the Producer of the show in the Arts/Entertainment Category for Episode #2.09. These two nominations marke her second and third nominations for her work on SCREEN WARS (in 2006 she was nominated for her hosting work). The Emmy ceremony will be held October 6 in Glendale.
August 27, 2007
NETHERBEAST SEPTEMBER SCREENINGS’
NETHERBEAST, INC. plays a number of Film Festivals in September. Toofy Film Festival – September 8th at 7pm in the Boulder Theatre www.toofy.com, Kansas International Film Festival September 14th – 17th www.kansasfilm.com, Edmonton International Film Festival September 28th – October 6thwww.edmontonfilmfest.com, The iCON International Film Festival in Israel September 28th – October 4thwww.icon.org.il/promo07/eng/?page_id=12
August 24, 2007
AMANDA’S COX CABLE COMMERCIAL STARTS AIRING
Amanda plays the “wife” in the Cox Cable commercial “Choose Wisely” with Mr. Dial Up, Mr. Qwest and Mr. Cox High Speed. It is airing across the networks on Cox Cable.
August 13, 2007
AMANDA DEBUTS NEW VOICE OVER DEMO’
Amanda recently spent time in the Artists Den studio and re-cut her Commercial Voice Over Demo. Listen to it here! Listen and watch her other demos here.
July 17, 2007
AMANDA BOOKS PRINCIPAL ROLE IN COX CABLE COMMERCIAL
Amanda booked the prinicpal role of the “wife” in the Cox Cable commercial “Choose Wisely.” It will air starting mid-August across the networks on Cox Cable.
June 29, 2007
AMANDA WRITES, DIRECTS AND PRODUCES SHORT FILM ‘HOMECOMING IN HD’
As part of her Verve Studios’ Acting for Teens Camp, Amanda wrote, directed and produced the short film HOMECOMING IN HD with the students in the camp. Todd Anderson was the DP and Keegan Ead edited.
June 30, 2007
AMANDA LINE PRODUCES AND ACTS IN FEATURE FILM ‘FAREWELL DARKNESS’
Amanda line produced the second unit Arizona scenes for the feature FAREWELL DARKNESS directed by Daniel J. Pico. She also shot an on-camera scene as Denise Franks, reporter. Click here to see pictures from the shoot.
June 3, 2007
AMANDA SHOOTS SCENES IN FEATURE FILM ‘JAKE’S CORNER’
Amanda worked for 3 days on set in the supporting role of Kari in the SAG feature film JAKE’S CORNER directed by Jeff Santo. One scene was opposite star Richard Tyson. Click here to see pictures from the shoot.
May 4, 2007
AMANDA CAST IN FEATURE FILM ‘JAKE’S CORNER’
Amanda booked the supporting role of Kari in the SAG feature film JAKE’S CORNER directed by Jeff Santo. It shoots in May and June, 2007.
April 25, 2007
SCREEN WARS SEASON TWO CONCLUDES
Screen Wars airs Wednesday nights at 11 pm on AZ-TV
The Season Two finale of the Emmy-winning television series SCREEN WARS aired on Wednesday, April 25, 2007. Amanda acted in the opening homages and hosted the thirty-minute Emmy(R)-winning program.
April 15, 2007
AMANDA WINS COPPER WING AWARD
Amanda was presented with the Copper Wing Award at the Phoenix Film Festival for Board Member of the Year. The award was presented by Phoenix Film Foundation Board Chairman, Ted Anderson.
April 15, 2007
AMANDA CAST IN MONTIERTH BROTHERS’ SHORT FILM
Amanda was asked to play a supporting role in the Montierth Brothers’ new short film THE SECRET OF LIFE, a comedy. Shooting will be in May.
March 16, 2007
AMANDA BOOKS INDUSTRIAL FOR COUNTRY INSURANCE
Amanda booked the role of Claudia in an AFTRA industrial film for Country Insurance. It shoots March 28-31, 2007.
March 15, 2007
NETHERBEAST, INCORPORATED TO PLAY AT PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL
Netherbeast, Inc., the Arizona-made feature that Amanda shot last summer will be playing at the Phoenix Film Festival with screenings on April 14, April 15 and April 18.
March 3, 2007
NETHERBEAST, INCORPORATED TO PREMIER AT AFI DALLAS FILM FESTIVAL
Netherbeast, Inc., the Arizona-made feature that Amanda shot last summer will be premiering at the AFI DallasFilm Festival with screenings on March 30 and March 31.
February 22, 2007
AMANDA ACCEPTED INTO MEMBERSHIP OF THEATRE ARTISTS STUDIO
Theatre Artists Studio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization designed to provide a professional theatre resource for our members and for our community. The Studio is the workout space for many talented member actors, producers, directors, playwrights and designers who manifest for their audiences the power and imagination of theatre. Members are given the opportunity to produce innovative projects for the public and to educate and mentor anyone seeking to deepen their understanding and appreciate of the theatre arts.
January 3, 2007
SECOND SEASON OF SCREEN WARS DEBUTS
Screen Wars airs Wednesday nights at 11 pm on AZ-TV
Season Two of the Emmy-winning television series SCREEN WARS airs on Wednesday nights at 11 pm from January 3-April 25, 2007. Amanda acts in the opening homages and hosts the thirty-minute Emmy(R)-winning program.
January 1, 2007
AMANDA BECOMES SOLE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF IFP/PHOENIX
Julie Holman steps down as Co-Executive Director of IFP/PHX and Amanda becomes the sole Executive Director
September 29, 2006
AMANDA STARTS SHOOTING SECOND SEASON OF SCREEN WARS
Season Two of the Emmy-winning television series SCREEN WARS has begun shooting with Amanda Melby as the host. The opening homages will be shot first, with filmmaker interviews and hosting to follow. Season Two returns to AZ-TV in January, 2007.
September 1, 2006
THE ACTOR’S OTHER CAREER BOOK IS AVAILABLE
Amanda was interviewed by author Lisa Mulcahy for her new book: THE ACTOR’S OTHER CAREER BOOK. It is published by Allworth Press and is now available.
September 2, 2006
AMANDA WRAPS PRODUCTION ON FEATURE “NETHERBEAST, INCORPORATED”
Amanda just wrapped 10-days working on the feature film NETHERBEAST, INCORPORATED directed by Dean Ronalds and written by Bruce Dellis. The film is a comedy about an office full of vampires (or Netherfolk, as they prefer to be called). Amanda appears as an office worker (Hazel Von Borscht) who has been around since the 50s. Look for her in the office scenes with Darrell Hammond, Steve Burns, Jason Mewes and Dave Foley as well as the flashback scenes from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
August 31, 2006
AMANDA NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY FOR WORK AS HOST ON SCREEN WARS
Amanda is nominated for a 2006 Emmy from the NATAS – Rocky Mountain Chapter – for her work as a host on the weekly television show SCREEN WARS. The Emmy ceremony will be held October 7 at the Valley Ho in Scottsdale.
August 12, 2006
AMANDA IS CAST IN FEATURE “NETHERBEAST, INCORPORATED”
Amanda is cast and begins an 8-day shoot on the feature film NETHERBEAST, INCORPORATED directed by Dean Ronalds. The film stars Darrell Hammond, Dave Foley, Steve Burns, Amy Davidson, Jason Mewes, Judd Nelson and Robert Wagner. Brian Ronalds and Chris LaMont produce.
August 2, 2006
AMANDA SHOOTS “BONDAGE”
Amanda shot August 2 and August 5 for her role of Amanda in Angel Ruiz’s short film BONDAGE. The film continues shooting a few more weeks.
July 10, 2006
AMANDA IS ELECTED TO ARIZONA SAG BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Amanda was asked to run for a seat on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Screen Actors Guild. She was elected and will serve a one-year term.
July 1, 2006
AMANDA IS INTERVIEWED FOR BOOK
Amanda was interviewed by author Lisa Mulcahy for her new book: THE ACTOR’S OTHER CAREER BOOK. It is published by Allworth Press and will be available in July.
June 23, 2006
AMANDA IS CAST IN SUPPORTING ROLE IN “BONDAGE”
Amanda is cast as the supporting role of Amanda in Angel Ruiz’s short film BONDAGE. Shooting will be 2 days for Amanda in the beginning of August.
PHOENIX FILM PROJECT BECOMES IFP/PHOENIX: AMANDA REMAINS CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Phoenix Film Project becomes a chapter of the Independent Feature Project and is re-named IFP/PHX. Amanda and Julie Holman remain Co-Executive Directors.
AMANDA ASKED TO TAKE OPEN BOARD OF DIRECTORS SEAT FOR PHOENIX AFTRA
Phoenix Local AFTRA Executive Director Roxanne Chaisson invites Amanda Melby to fill the open Board of Directors seat.
October 5, 2005
AMANDA GIVES BIRTH TO DAUGHTER SOPHIA
Acting takes a break for a few months….daughter Sophia is a delight!
September 15, 2005
AMANDA IS ELECTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE PHOENIX FILM FOUNDATION. www.phxfilm.com
August 1, 2005
AMANDA BOOKS 4 RADIO SPOTS FOR INDIANA WESLYAN UNIVERSITY.
April 22, 2005
AMANDA IS APPOINTED NEW CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PHOENIX FILM PROJECT (pdf News Release)
Amanda Melby and Julie Holman are appointed Co-Executive Directors of the Phoenix FIlm Project. They will oversee the growth of the non-profit organization for independent filmmakers as well as continue producing the Project’s weekly television show: SCREEN WARS. www.PhoenixFilmProject.com
April 1, 2005
AMANDA HOSTS TV SHOW “SCREEN WARS”
Amanda, along with Susan Brigham, hosts the new thirty-minute television show SCREEN WARS. The first episode airs Saturday, April 2 and runs every Saturday thereafter at 5:30 pm on AZ-TV. AZ-TV airs throughout Arizona (www.Kaz.tv). SCREEN WARS is produced by the Phoenix Film Project and showcases Arizona short filmmakers. Every 5 episodes are devoted to a new genre with Comedy being the first genre. The top 9 films submitted in each genre will air in the first three episodes and viewers choose their favorite three. The three finalists are then aired again in the 4th episode and, again, viewers choose their favorite. Amanda and Susan announce the winner in the 5th episode, the final episode for each genre.
SCREEN WARS is designed to showcase Arizona filmmakers and the independent film scene. In addition to hosting, Amanda serves as a Supervising Producer with Julie Holman.
March 25, 2005
AMANDA GETS CAST IN 50s NOIR FILM “DIAMONDS AND DAMES”
Amanda has been cast in the supporting role of Wanda in the 50s film noir detective story, DIAMONDS AND DAMES. Paul Yang directs the short film. Amanda will shoot her scenes the week of 4/11/05.
January 15, 2005
AMANDA CONTINUES SPRING NARRATION TOUR FOR TOYOTA
As part of her contract with Toyota, Amanda will be traveling to Omaha, Portland, St. Louis, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Denver to present Toyota’s new 2005 vehicles to the public.