Rising Stars, Indie Festivals, And More…

Blog By: Jessica Schellenbach


Rising Stars

Indiewire.comlists its top 10 rising female stars in Hollywood. The choices are actors who have throughout the last couple of years become well-known for their performances and will be the big names in the future or already there.

1. Nicole Beharie
Beharie is a Julliard graduate from Florida who starred in the film Shame againstMichael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. Her performance turned many heads and it has only opened up doors for her. After Shame she has appeared in TV shows such asThe Good Wife and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. She also has future indie films planned such as The Last Fall and Small of Her Back.

2. Alison Brie
Alison Brie we know from hit shows like Community, in its 4th Season, where she plays Annie Edison, and Mad Men where she plays Trudy Campbell. Two different shows that display her talent to do pretty much anything. Born in Pasadena, CA, Brie is already a busy one. She received amazing reviews for her work on the indie flick Save the Date and she will be joining Emily Blunt in the film The 5-Year Engagement as Blunt’s sister.

3. Jessica Brown-Findlay
The biggest breakout star from the super popular Downtown Abbey is said to be Jessica Brown-Findlay. Brown-Findlay plays the youngest Crawley daughter, Lady Sybil. She was seen on the show Misfits and she also landed a part in Black Mirror. She was also seen in the British movie Albatross alongside Felicity Jones. Future projects include the lead in the miniseries Labyrinth, produced by Ridley Scott. Her US debut film will be an indie movie called Shoplifters Of The World, as well as A Winter’s Tale co-starring with no other than Russell Crowe and Will Smith.

4. Alice Englert
From New Zealand, Alice Englert is the daughter of filmmaker Jane Campion. Englert started off her acting career in a short film called The Water Diary. Her future projects involve some big names such as Josh HartnettNeve CampbellElle Fanning andViola Davis to mention a few. Exciting things are happening for this 17-year old.

5. Julia Garner
The 18-year old Julia Garner was seen in the indie movie Martha Marcy May Marlenestarring against Elizabeth Olsen. Reviews like the one from the Berlinale says it all, “The camera doesn’t so much love as fall at the feet of in worship. If she is not the next big thing, she is probably the next next thing”.

6. Bella Heathcote
Australian native Bella Heathcote starred on the soap Neighbours and had a small part in the film In Time by Andrew Niccol. She also won a scholarship in 2010 from the Heath Ledger Scholarship created after his death. After the part in In Time, she was considered for the lead part in Snow White & The Huntsman, which went to Kristen Stewart. But not to worry, we will see her in Dark Shadows by Tim Burton this summer.

7. Brie Larson
Brie Larson first had a part in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World as one of his exes. Her part onUnited States of Tara got her the role in Scott Pilgrim. She has since then starred inRampart with Woody Harrelson and 21 Jump Street. Her upcoming film is calledRelanxious starring Olivia Wilde.

8. Jane Levy
Jane Levy is a Stella Adler graduate and starred in Showtime’s Shameless later landing a role on the hit show Suburbgatory. Future movies include Nobody Walks by Ry Russo-Young, co-starring John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby. The next movie will be Fun Sizeby Josh Schwartz (O.C) and last but not least, the remake of Evil Dead.

9. Alicia Vikander
This young Swedish star has won awards in Sweden for her performances in the dramaPure which also opened up the doors for Hollywood. When it was announced that she was running for the lead in Snow White & The Huntsman interest came from overseas. She was in two movies at the BerlinaleThe Crown Jewels and A Royal Affair, and upcoming films are Anna Karenina by Joe Wright and she plays the lead in The Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

10. Ruth Wilson
A stage performer and TV actress, Ruth Wilson has never been seen on the big screen. All this will change after she stars in The Lone Ranger (2013), handpicked by no other thanJohnny Depp and Gore Verbinski. Next up for Wilson is Anna Karenina.
She was on the BBC show Jane Eyre and has since been in several productions such as the Donmar Warehouse production of A Streetcar Named Desire.





Phoenix Film Festival And International Horror And Sci-Fi Festival

Do you like horror? Love Sci-Fi? Are you like the characters Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) from the movie Paul, who travel the country to visit famous UFO sites? Or do you just like films in general? Then you might be amongst the 22,000 people expected to visit these two upcoming festivals. The Phoenix Film Festival is showing all kinds of films — everything from comedies to documentaries — from independent filmmakers and the International Horror and Sci-Fi Festival obviously focuses on those genres.
The Phoenix Film Festival is hosted by Phoenix Film Foundation and has been around for 12 years. Phoenix Film Festival and the International Horror and Sci Fi Festival, the latter created in 2005, were originally two separate festivals but later combined into one big event.

Headlining this year’s International Horror and Sci-Fi Festival is the movie called The Victimby Michael BiehnThe Victim follows a woman and the chaos that follows after she escapes from an attack and meets an isolated man in the woods.
Another film to look forward to is FDR: American Badass directed by Garrett Brawith and stars Barry BostwickFDR: American Badass is filmed in the same style as the 1966Batman and follows Franklin Delano Roosevelt fighting off poliovirus infected werewolves as he rides in his armored wheelchair.
Other films appearing are The Woman In The Fifth starring Ethan HawkeQueens of Country starring Lizzy Caplan and a very controversial film this year is the documentaryBully directed by Lee Hirsch.





Sacramento Gets Indiewood
Great news for filmmakers residing in Sacramento, CA. According to local Christina Marie, there are over 2,500 local indie filmmakers in the Sacramento area who have to travel to San Francisco or Los Angeles, just to be able to pursue their dreams. Therefore, Marie is trying to build Sacramento its own Indiewood.
Marie started the project in July last year and the non-profit organization Capitol Indie Collective have yet to raise all the funds needed for the future campus, but they are getting there. Meanwhile, Marie has started a mentoring program called Media Mentoring. She says it’s there to “educate, inspire and further individuals’ careers with better portfolios, distribution or access to mentoring.”
Marie says that the mentoring program is not just for filmmakers but for all independent artists. To get tickets for these meetings, more information about how to volunteer and for upcoming events go to www.capitolindiecollective.com


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