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ALONE screens in Seattle

Last Fall we made a featurette – and by ‘we’ I mean the incredibly versatile, hard working, prolific filmmaking team of Kris & Lindy Boustedt.

Is someone watching me shower?

Is someone watching me shower?

Is someone already in my house?

Is someone already in my house?

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Ten Years Later (full film!)

The script showed up in my inbox. I read it instantly. I sat back in my chair in shock. And then I turned to Facebook, of course. “Get ready, Lisa Coronado,” I wrote, to my bestie and fellow actress.

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Then I thanked Kris and Lindy for casting me in a role most directors wouldn’t. For taking that chance on me. I was happy to go to the dark side with these beloved creatives I am proud to know.

Presenting, online in its entirety, my career-to-date highlight, TEN YEARS LATER:

If you were affected, consider sharing this film with other film lovers. I’m incredibly proud of this film – it features many “firsts” for me as an actor, including playing an unlikeable character. I dug in to the work, spending months of prep with my coach, workshopping the relationships, and hitting the gym. It’s unflinching, unapologetic, gritty, dark, realistic and mean, but also beautiful, rewarding, exciting, perfect.

IMG_6225I also want everyone to mark Kris and Lindy’s artistic choices. They didn’t crowdfund this, they paid for it out of pocket to build awareness – to make it “without permission.” This choice isn’t for everybody, but I love that they weren’t going to wait and see if they could make this film, they simply decided it would be so. And it was so. And it was good.

Then, instead of a typical cast and crew viewing, they threw a huge free-to-the-public screening event at a state of the art theatre, curating an evening of short films from as far away as New Zealand, and involving the entire film community. And now, they generously released it online for everyone (along with several other short films they’ve made). Their choices are bold, unconventional, unapologetic, and wildly, generously brilliant. Everyone who makes and promotes art can learn from their example. They truly live by this motto – Creation is Momentum. They can’t be stopped.

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Kris, Lindy, and Lisa are my fiercest, most trusted collaborators. This wasn’t a casual film for us. I’m honored to work with these three and will again – any time, anywhere. ❤

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Behind Me: A short film by Rebecca Pugh

I online-dated Rebecca  and then we made sweet movie magic together.

Sorta. 😉

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Ten Years Later

In February, dynamic filmmaking duo Kris & Lindy Boustedt emailed me about a new short film they’d written, Ten Years Later. They wrote it with Lisa Coronado and I in mind to play sisters who meet again after ten years – ten years my character has spent rotting in prison.

Lisa and I were honored (and not a little intimidated!) and started working on the relationship between the two women. The journey took me to L.A. and even to Dallas where I continued to delve deeper into “Alice,” building her rage and thirst for revenge.

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We shot the film over the second weekend in April, and it was an incredible experience. I’ve never been asked to play such a dark character, and the challenge was very rewarding. Kris and Lindy’s faith in me spurred me to break through my own resistances to the material – I wanted to make them proud.

TEN YEARS LATER – Teaser from First Sight Productions on Vimeo.

Ten Years Later is an origin story for Alice, who shows up in their feature film, ASHLAND, which we hope to shoot later this year. In Ashland, Alice is remorseless and vicious; Ten Years Later shows you how she became that way. 904393_170507779774015_1133062690_o 904732_172871216204338_886544589_o

I could not have brought everything I am to this project without Kris and Lindy’s unswerving belief that I could handle this character, my coach Steven Anderson’s unflinching homework assignments that gave me nightmares, and my lovely friend Lisa’s unwavering commitment to giving her all. I haven’t worked with a more competent and talented set of professionals.  Thank you.

Ten Years Later will be released later this Summer.

Revelation

It’s here.

Go deeper on the official website.

Revelation was ultimately made out of a pursuit of the love of process. It was created as a gift, to ourselves and to the arts loving community. It’s available online. If it gives you a moment of beauty, if it touches you, please pass it on and share those moments with another. Thank you so much for being an integral part of Revelation’s journey.

Director’s notes from our sold-out premiere at Teatro Zinzanni:

What is Revelation?

A revelation can occur to you, or it can come from within the your own heart. It can arrive like trumpets and timpani, or with a still small voice. A revelation changes your world.

 Six wordless micro-short films explore the moment of epiphany – the space between what was and what is – through generative movement, from the perspective of six actresses.

 Each microshort is intended as a stand-alone piece, that when viewed together transcend the individual experience and touch the universal. Follow the journey from its coming of age origin, through gaining a sense of power, the discovery of loss, the love for family, the wisdom of experience, until final microshort that encompasses them all – that this mortal coil is but a dream within the dream we sojourn here on earth.

 Revelation was created in ensemble work over several months in Spring 2012, and filmed in two days. Our script was ourselves – our hopes, fears, vulnerabilities, strengths, dreams, and desires.

 Thank you for joining in our journey!

~Wonder Russell

 

Revelation Trailer

My new project, Revelation, a short film about epiphany, premieres online for all on 10.17. The trailer just launched! Enjoy! May it give you goosebumps. 🙂

Revelation: Trailer from Revelation Film Project on Vimeo.

Interview with Doom Cheez: Where does Revelation come from?

It was really important to me to break down a revelation into its parts – the inception, the realization, and the denouement.  I wanted to see a shift in everyone’s character – the world before and after their revelation.  It was an amazing process, largely because the actresses were so fearless.  They were game to try every weird exercise I came up with, and played full out from a non-judgmental place.  Every rehearsal was like a playground.  Very magical.

Read the rest online at Doom Cheez Cinema!
Follow the project here.

 

Revelation Teaser

New project: Revelation film

I’m happy to announce my next project, an experimental short called Revelation.

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I’m blogging about the process (and how you can be invoved), here:

http://revelationfilm.wordpress.com/

You can also Like us on Facebook.

This is a creative process I’ve yearned for, and I love the dynamic exploration it calls for. I won’t be acting in this one – I’ll be directing and producing – and I have six extremely talented, expressive actresses committed to the project who will blow your mind.

Excited to bring you more behind the scenes. I’m striving to make this as transparent a process as possible, so if there’s anything you want to see or know about, just say the word.

Merrily,

Wonder

Connect To: A short film

November 2010, we shivered and shook in the cold, shooting our short film Connect To in just two days. We debuted in February 2011, and since then, this sweet, wry, spunky film has shown in 9 festivals and won 5 awards, including Best Regional (Tacoma Film Fest) and Best Drama (in Short films, FirstGlance Film Fest).

And I’m thrilled to be able to put it online for you today, for your free enjoyment, forever and ever on the web.

HERE IT IS >> http://vimeo.com/33166104

Thank you to our amazing cast and crew, especially co-Conspirator, co-Producer and lead actress Lisa LeVan, Director Sam Nuttmann, Producer Paul Vitulli,  Post Production team Kris and Lindy Boustedt, and composer Eric Goetz (whose work won 2 of the 5 awards!)

This film marks my first foray into producing my own work. Summer Home is already heading to festivals in 2012, and I’m developing future projects. It’s safe to say, I’m addicted.

Thank you for watching, and if you enjoy it, please share it with others. It was made for you. 🙂

 

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