(Park City, UT, January 2018)
Directed by Sundance winner for best screenplay Sam Levinson, Assassination Nation is a timely film that looks at the effect of anonymity created by the internet.
Dark and humiliating secrets are revealed when social media accounts in a suburban town get hacked. The town takes justice into its own hands, banding together on a witch hunt for the "mean girls" who everyone knows hacked the accounts.
I play the low rent, cheating boyfriend of one of the girls mothers, played by the fantastic and lovely Anika Noni Rose.
I will say that it's not everyday that you get an on-camera foot massage from one of the Dreamgirls. I am pretty sure Anika got some kind of bump in pay for that scene.
(Beverly Hills, CA Nov 2017)
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, responsible for the Annual Golden Globes, awarded Veterans in Media and Entertainment (VME) a 5 year grant at their annual awards dinner held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Better Call Saul actor Bob Odenkirk and comedian Chelsea Handler presented VME the award for the groups continuing commitment to helping veterans get a start in the entertainment industry.
Brenda Garcia, Dir of Comms VME
Tom McCafferty, Vice Chair VME
Karen Kraft, Chair VME
Ryan Curtis, VME Member and notorious photobomber
Mehar Tatna, President, HFPA
Barbara Autin, Leadership Fellow, VME
Brian Hanson, Mission Continues Fellow, VME
Jackie Perez, Dir of Grants, VME
(Hollywood, Aug 2016)
Writer/Director Rebecca Murga was an Army Public Affairs officer. In addition to being one of the first women embedded with Special Forces, she's covered the story of recovering wounded warriors.
With grants from NALIP ( National Association of Independent Latino Producers) and DAV (Disabled American Veterans), her short film "One Halloween" looks at how an amputee who was "not perfect" before is now forced to find a new normal and how that effects his failed relationship, his pre teen daughter and his extended family.
Executive Produced by Karen Kraft, Produced by Tom McCafferty, Nic Nowicki and Melanie Capacia-Johnson, the film stars actual combat disabled veteran Joey Bangegas.
HBO sponsored a premiere screening at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and is available for streaming on HBO's digital platforms.