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:
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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The Ronalds Brothers short ‘THE NETHERBEAST OF BERM-TECH INDUSTRIES, INC’ and feature NETHERBEAST INCORPORATED will both play together at the 2010 HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL. (Amanda appears as Hazel von Borscht in the feature)
WHEN: MONDAY August 9th, 2010
WHERE: Laemmle’s Sunset 58000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046
COCKTAIL WIZARD to play the Phoenix Film Festival
Screens as a part of the Arizona Shorts B program Friday and Saturday, April 9 and 10:http://phoenix.bside.com/2010/films/cocktailwizard_phoenix2010. The Phoenix Film Festival is held at the Harkins at the Scottsdale/101 on Mayo Blvd in Phoenix.
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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KISSING review by Azcentral.com onlline member: .pdf | html
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.
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.