A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Honey and Salt-Cozy Nook In West Brookfield

There are a number of lovely old houses opposite the Common in our town. When I think of their beauty, I also think what it must cost to heat and maintain some of the larger ones. I am glad people are doing it, as they enhance the town. Still, better them than moi.

One of the loveliest is the yellow house at 37 East Main Street. One day, I just walked in and took a look around. How rude, you say? Actually, Susan Guzik does business there as Honey and Salt Cafe and Antiques. I'm not really an antiques type, but the coffee did call me. The morning I visited, Susan was serving a blend of Indigo coffee. It was java as I love it, strong. My mantra is, when I have coffee out, "extra caffeine." I don't know if she increased the octane, but it sure felt like it.

She also serves artisanal breads and muffins and other concoctions. Great stuff, but it was that strong joe that sold me.

Bread and Salt is open Friday through Monday, 8am to 2pm. Call in your order to 774-200-7119 and Susan will bring it out to the curb.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Have Fun, Meet Interesting People-Come to the Snowflake Fundraiser

There is a team in Worcester that is set to make a full length feature. To that end they are holding a fundraiser at the OurFilmSpace GHQ in Sturbridge. Below is the announcement.

Don’t Miss the Indie Film “Snowflake” Fundraiser Party at OurTvSpace Headquarters –Saturday, January 24th!

Please dust off your party shoes, come have fun, and help a fellow filmmaker and OurFilmSpace Member Goldilocks Productions raise seed funds for "Snowflake" - what will surely be a breakout independent film!

Based on a script Kristen Lucas wrote while a student in Emerson College’s Screenwriting Certificate Program in 2003, “Snowflake” is the story of Jesse Ashton, a 20-year-old white female rapper trying to transcend barriers of both race and gender as she competes in the gritty urban hip-hop scene.

Tickets will be $15 For OurFilmSpace members and will be able to be purchased online in advance.

Some of the fun things going on:

Actors-audition from 7pm-9pm in the AUDITION BOOTH!

Also, DJ spinning music, musical artists from the soundtrack will perform as well as the DEBUT of SNOWFLAKE, raffles and more!

Meet the team behind the project... and get a chance to be a part as well. Goldilocks will be signing up extras, too!

Click here for the Event Posted on OurFilmSpace and RSVP!

If we all work together - nothing can stop us!


Check out the Press Release Below:


WORCESTER FILMMAKER’S DREAM PROJECT READY TO ROLL

Worcester, MA – After leading a succession of team efforts that resulted in four short movies - including the locally-produced “Third Date” - Worcester screenwriter and producer Kristen Lucas is now laying the groundwork for the filming of her own dream project, the full-length feature “Snowflake.”

Based on a script she wrote while a student in Emerson College’s Screenwriting Certificate Program in 2003, “Snowflake” is the story of Jesse Ashton, a 20-year-old white female rapper trying to transcend barriers of both race and gender as she competes in the gritty urban hip-hop scene.

“Snowflake” ended up taking a back seat to other projects that came Lucas’ way as she learned the ins and outs of film production. Under the banner of Goldilocks Productions, she organized teams to compete twice in the Providence leg of the 48-Hour Film Challenge and once in the National Film Challenge, resulting in two awards. More importantly, Lucas began forging a network of actors, writers, technicians, and crew members that she could draw on for future projects.

“I was lucky to have been able to pull together a great crew and talent on our first 48-Hour film, “Let It All Out,” Lucas explains, “so that when we moved on to other projects I could call on people like actors Billy Smith [of Showtime’s “Brotherhood”] and Martha Cary [of Comedy Central’s “L’il Bush”], director Jeff Craddock, and a group of very talented writers.”

Many of these team members were called back into action when, thanks to the word-of-mouth generated by her first two 48-Hour films, Worcester native Tom Henrickson enlisted Lucas to help make a shortened 30-minute version of his full-length comedy “Third Date” in the summer of 2007. The resulting film premiered to two packed theaters at the Worcester Showcase North Cinemas and made its Los Angeles debut at the LA Shorts Film Festival in 2008.

While helming all these projects, however, Lucas had one thing in the back of her mind: seeing “Snowflake” on the big screen. Thanks to the network she nurtured and connections made in the local film community, the feature is now set to go in production by the summer and will be shot in and around Worcester. Among the locations scouted to date are the Lucky Dog Music Hall and REHAB Nightclub. Initial casting sessions were held in November at Viewfinder Productions in Boston and Kay Studios in Providence with more to be held soon in Worcester.

True to form, Lucas has begun to assemble another team of dedicated volunteers, friends, and professionals to bring “Snowflake” to life beginning with Worcester natives Amy Devlin, co-producer, and Dan Rosario, program director for The Affected Program and owner of 256 Media, who will be director of photography.

Atlanta actress and breakdancer Katherine “Kat” Slatery, who was most recently seen throughout the world performing in music videos for Soulja Boy and David Archuleta, is slated to take on the title role, while internationally-renowned music video director Dale “Rage” Resteghini is in discussions to direct and/or executive produce the project.

To keep the music authentic, Brooklyn rapper BYATA, best known for her appearance on VH1’s Miss Rap Supreme, is helping to write some of the main character’s lyrics and noted local hip-hop producer Keith “Klep” Napier is the film’s music director overseeing the soundtrack with the help of artists from Worcester and Boston. Actor and writer Kyle Perzanoski, a Goldilocks veteran since “Let It All Out,” will be assisting with the inevitable rewrites as the script nears production.
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To help get the project launched, Goldilocks Productions is holding a fundraiser at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, at the OurTvSpace headquarters at 559 Main Street in Sturbridge. The evening will give a good preview of what to expect from the “Snowflake” crew with a live DJ spinning throughout the evening, performances by the groups on the soundtrack including the live debut of “Follow Me” performed by Kat, meet-and-greets with the cast and crew, and a raffle featuring prizes ranging from your own photo shoot to autographed film posters.

In addition, local actors will be able to vie for parts in the film at the audition booth from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets and information on both the film and fundraiser can be found at www.snowflake-movie.com


So there you have it. You could even audition and win a spot in the movie.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Oldbury Hill Episode 9-Mean Girls Are All Dressed Up With Weird Places To Go Without Leaving The Room

Episode 9 of Oldbury Hill is up at OurTVSpace

http://www.ourtvspace.com/. It is titled Mean Girls - Part 1. The Mean Girls are dressed up and three of them are toasting. They come off as a bit ditzy and they don't get how serious the disappearance of Sparrow Tilly is.

Piper is still angry that TJ likes Maggie.

It's lights out at the end.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

OurFilmSpace announces another project-This one involves food, everbody's favorite stuff to eat!

The folks at OurFilmSpace have a foodie show planned. Now this is something I can get into. Information below.

OurTvSpace Announces Another New Program in the works for its Digital Network - FoodPerfect.Tv!

(link here)



OurTvSpace is pleased to announce another new program to launch on its new Digital Network in the first quarter of 2009 – FoodPerfect.Tv - a platform dedicated to the quest for perfect food! A cast of food lovers of all ages, shapes, and sizes hit the road in search of perfect food in weekly episodes. Who makes the perfect chowder, Pizza, cupcake, ice cream, muffin, cookie, lasagne...? Cast will shoot in Studio and will also shoot on location when they visit restaurants and other food venues in Massachusetts and eventually New England – and beyond! The Cast will have a strong interpersonal, upbeat, and comedic dynamic in their quest for Food Perfect! There will also be sub-channels for content in the Food niche. This is a great opportunity to gain exposure and “brand” yourself as a personality! OurTvSpace is a new Digital Network Building and Distributing Television Together throughout the Universe!

FoodPerfect.Tv will be a non-union project. Participation will be on a Volunteer Basis with Participation Interest in Program Revenues tbd – until Sponsorships and Revenues are Attained – in which case minimum wage will be paid – plus participation in program revenues tbd.

OurTvSpace will be conducting a scheduled Casting Call for both male and female cast of all ages!

Auditions will be done during allotted time slots on Saturday, January 31, 2009 and Sunday, February 1, 2009 at the new Digital Network’s Headquarters in Sturbridge, MA (there will be casting for other programs as well – to be announced shortly)!

More Programs with different types will be announced prior to the Casting Call as there are 6-8 other programs in development.


Of course, you have to sign up for the casting call, click here.


Bon app├ętit mes amis!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More Jobs at OurTVSpace in Sturbridge!

The OurFilmSpace are planning apace. They have two shows for teens planned and the announcement is copied below. The link to the original page is here.

OurTvSpace Announces First of New Programs in the works for Digital Network - BuzzBox.Tv



OurTvSpace has announced the first of its new programs to launch on its new Digital Network in the first quarter of 2009 – a new media talk platform on pop culture called “BuzzBox.Tv”! There will be two shows on BuzzBox.Tv – one for Tweens and one For Teens. Episodes will run weekly and will feature a panel of regularly appearing hosts – in addition to special guests. The programming will feature an emphasis on web interactivity, web audience build, and fan participation! There will be some “Twitter” components in following the personal lives of each Host. Episodes will be shot in studio at OurTvSpace headquarters in Sturbridge, MA – but some content will be filmed at outside locations. This is a great opportunity to gain exposure and “brand” yourself as a personaility! OurTvSpace is a new Digital Network Building and Distributing Television Together throughout the Universe

BuzzBox.Tv will be a non-union project. Participation will be on a Volunteer Basis with Participation Interest in Program Revenues tbd – until Sponsorships and Revenues are Attained – in which case minimum wage will be paid – plus participation in program revenues tbd.

OurTvSpace will be conducting a scheduled Casting Call for both male and female hosts for each program on the panel –

Females and Males – 4-5 Hosts will be needed in the 16-22 age

Females and Males – 4-5 will be needed in the 11-14 age range

(there will be 4-5 hosts on each program panel for a total of 8-10 hosts)(auditions will be done during allotted time slots) on Saturday, January 31, 2009 and Sunday, February 1, 2009 at the new Digital Network’s Headquarters in Sturbridge, MA (there will be casting for other programs as well – to be announced shortly)!

More Programs with different types will be announced prior to the Casting Call as there are 6-8 other programs in development.

Click Here for more info on the Casting Call!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

So What's Tony Colapietro Up To Lately?

Tony Colapietro did the stills for the movie Cruelty that we blogged about (click on the Cruelty label to the right). He is working on something but all I have is an email and some interesting photos.

I am trying to promote this very talented group and we enjoy working together on various projects. We hope to put some interesting projects out in 2009 and if ever we can get some funding behind us I think we could create a very well done film.


So your man's up to something and it's not too far from Sturbridge Country. Here is a link to his OurFilmSpace page and the start page of the photos of the project, Prideful Gundown. Of course, his website is linked to the right.

So Tony, keep us informed. Below are some pictures from the project.







Friday, January 9, 2009

Olbury Hill-Maggie and TJ are not going to get away from each other.

Oldbury Hill Episode 8 is up. Maggie confronts TJ on why he is ignoring her. She tells him about her dreams and he knows she has dreamed something that has happened.

Link is here.

Monday, January 5, 2009

You oughta be in pictures, or at least webisodes

Posted on OurFilmSpace.com. If you are interested pay particular attention to the instructions below. Take it from me, these people are fun and you will enjoy yourself and learn something.

OurTvSpace - Casting Call for Web Programs on New Digital Network in Development – Save the Dates!

Please save the dates for a Casting Call on two different dates: Saturday, January 31, 2009 and Sunday, February 1, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day at the new headquarters for OurTvSpace.com – the new and exciting digital network that is building and distributing quality programming throughout the Universe! OurTvSpace is Casting for approximately 4-6 weekly programs to be aired on OurTvSpace that are in development. More details will be released shortly on types, roles, etc. This will not be an Open Casting Call. Auditions will be on a scheduled basis!

Address for the Headquarters at OurTvSpace is:

OurTvSpace
Sturbridge Marketplace at The Falls
First Floor
559 Main Street (Route 20)
Sturbridge, MA 01518

Some programs may be Union; Some may be Non-Union. Status will be determined prior to the Casting Call!

If any Programs are Union, Union Pay will be Minimum Wage, Plus Participation Interest in Program Revenues tbd but will meet SAG minimum requirements.

Any Non-Union Programs will be on a Volunteer Basis with Participation Interest in Program Revenues tbd – Until Sponsorships and Revenues are Attained – in which case minimum wage will be paid – plus participation in program revenues tbd.

In order to qualify for the Casting Call, all interested parties must register as a Member of the Official Network of www.OurTvSpace.com: namely -- www.OTSVillage.com and become part of the group at the bottom of the Home Page Called “OurTvSpace February Casting” – to keep in touch with Casting Updates and Make it Easy to Communicate! Click Here to Check out the Group!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

More Shameless Self Promotion-The Sturbridge Times January/February Issue is Out!

The January/February issue of the Sturbridge Times Magazine is online and I have a couple of articles and my column. click here or on the link to the right.

On Page 4 is my story about the origin of Quaboag Plantation. This is the settlement that grew into Warren and the Brookfields. It started in 1650 and the 350th celebration is coming up.

Barbara Search runs quite a program at the Sturbridge Senior Center, and you can read about it on Page 5.

My column is on page 14.

There are many other great articles. If you don't want to read online, you can pick up a copy at many area businesses and other public spots. I've stolen the list below from the website. Click on the picture to enlarge the list.


Enjoy!