IBEZA – “About That Life” Official Music Video



Artist: IBEZA
Song: About That Life
Directed and edited by: Jeffrey Brigham

Song Produced by: Tory Green
Song engineered by: Paul Bailey
Recorded at- Thomas Crown Studios

Camera: Lance Williams
Actors: Mark Ewing, Angelo Reyes, Yulia Burns, Marquita Bianca
Graphic design: Jasmine Mills
Make-up/Wardrobe: Monnica Johnson
Filmed at- Hampton Roads Studios

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The Waiting Place

While a group of local sheriffs share stories on the job, the oldest veteran tells the others about an encounter that seems almost supernatural. Starring Joel King and Dave Meadows. Written and directed by Nick Albertson.

Second Place Winner at the 2015 International Indie Gathering in the Crime/Mystery Short film category.


The Traveler: A Project Hot Potato Film

Amy Finch isn’t very good at her job and it’s about to get her killed. She’s on the run from her evil boss, time cops, and even chrono-terrorists.
Yeah– really.  Time Travel kinda sucks like that. This is might be how the world ends.

A production between four teams of filmmakers from Hampton Roads, VirginiaProject Hot Potato is the competition thats really about collaboration.

Winning Team: BrainCo Productions (Part Three)
Most Valuable Actor: Vera Yatsula (Part Four)


You might be interested in hearing what these comedians thought about “The Traveler”

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And this didn’t happen.

Kris Shrader PCHP

Project Hot Potato 2015 Most Valuable Actor | The Nominees

Another year and all of the teams have turned in their contributions to Project Hot Potato.

PHP quick shotEach year, four Hampton Roads filmmakers are tasked with producing four different segments of the same movie. One of the hurdles that is placed in their way is a simple rule that states that “no member of the crew or cast can appear on more than one team.”  This leads to filmmakers either being lucky to run with their usual team or putting them in a position where they need to reach out an collaborate with creatives that they might not have previously.

On Saturday, April 25th– we will crown a winner for Project Hot Potato 2015, but there will also be another award winner:  Project Hot Potato’s Most Valuable Actor.

And the nominees are…

Michael Beckner Jr. | Friendly RunawaysMichael Beckner Jr.
Michael has earned an MVA nomination his first year with Project Hot Potato as a member of the Friendly Runaways.

Williams H. Powers | BrainCo ProductionsBill Powers
Not a stranger to PHP as the director of last year’s Critic’s Award winning submission, William Powers is up for his first MVA nomination.

Nathan Emilio | Cocaine BeardNathan Emilio
Star and one of the creative minds behind Channel 757’s flagship production, Issues— Nathan has scored an MVA nomination in his second Project Hot Potato appearance.

Vera Yatsula | Cocaine Beard Vera Yatsula
Last year, Vera became the first winner of the MVA award. Paired with her Issues co start and creator, she has earned a second nomination for Project Hot Potato’s Most Valuable Actor.

See Project Hot Potato 2015 when it premieres Saturday April 25th at the Virginia Beach Central Library Auditorium.  Doors open at 2:30 and the show starts at 3PM.  Immediately following, Channel 757 will crown their winner for Project Hot Potato, the Most Valuable Actor, and a new category for Best Cameo!

5 Reasons Why Grant Gustin Should Be The Flash on the Big Screen

Barry Allen PosterOk right off the bat and so we can get it out of the way… we’re a little bit biased towards Grant Gustin at Channel 757 being as he’s a Hampton Roads native. However, he could be from Iowa and we would still stand by the idea that he is the best man for the role of DC’s Scarlet Speedster. Let’s also throw this out there… no offense at all to Ezra Miller. He’s a good actor and we can’t say he would be a “bad” casting choice at this point as we haven’t seen him in the role.  Which brings us to our first point…

1. He’s already The Flash

Audiences went two decades without a live action version of the Flash to connect with. The original Flash television show from the 90’s stared John Wesley Shipp in the title role and until Grant Gustin, there hasn’t been another actor since to take up the red and gold mantle. Coincidently (or not), Shipp also plays Barry Allen’s father on the CW show as a nod to the original and a “passing of the torch.”

We aren’t saying that Grant should get the role simply because he was first, but more so because with the show being a hit with its target audience, he is The Flash that the new generation is familiar with. Not only is he familiar, but he’s also pretty good.New 52 Flash

That brings us to the next point…

2. He’s Good in the Role

Since returning to television, The Flash has been a hit and while we won’t say that Grant has reached Robert Downey Jr. status, where fans can’t see anyone other than him playing the role, but for the show to have been this successful, he has to be hitting the mark as the titular character or the show would have likely stumbled out the gate.

Considering that for the majority of the past two decades, the Flash that we have seen in the comics and animated shows has been Wally West, casual fans and die-hards haven’t had a hard time connecting to Gustin as The Fastest Man Alive.

If audiences already accept and appreciate what Gustin is bringing to the role, they may have a harder time accepting a different Barry Allen on the big screen.  DC could avoid this by making Miller the Wally West version of The Flash. There has also been talk of DC’s television happening in a “different universe” than their cinematic universe, but lets be honest…

3. Continuity in Today’s Comic Book Genre Sells

Marvel Studios has changed the game. Anyone would agree with that. Their creation of not only a shared, but connected cinematic universe has seen the superhero genre reach new heights in pop culture. With several movies in production and opening each year, Marvel has also opened their universe to the small screen with Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter.  They even have a Netflix original series for Daredevil premiering in April.the-flash-arrow-crossover

Now, we’re not saying that following in Marvel’s footsteps is the only way to go.  We’re saying that it’s the proven and profitable route when done correctly. Having The Flash from the television show and the new films performed by the same actor connects not one, but two shows to the DC films when you mix in Stephen Armell from Arrow.

And that’s a good thing because…

4. The Movies Would Help Build a Larger TV Audience

When Captain America: Winter Soldier opened, it left an immediate and lasting effect on Agents of SHIELD. Those who enjoyed the movie, but weren’t fans of the SHIELD show, felt compelled to check it out in order to see what happened next. Imagine how many fans would tune TheFlash againin to see what happens immediately after the Justice League premieres knowing that The Flash has his own television show within that continuity.

And the show is strong enough on its own to maintain a lot of that new audience.  The advantage that DC has here is that they are dealing one of DC’s most popular characters. Gustin isn’t portraying a side character– he’s The Flash. SHIELD may take part in the Avengers films by name, but other than Agent Colsen, the characters in the show don’t appear in the movies and were created for the series.

If that isn’t all reason enough, we’ve got one more…

5. He Would be a Breath of Fresh Air in a Dark World

DC is building a pretty bleak sandbox for their heroes to play in. While Batman is Batman and that works for him, we also have a Superman who has killed, a Wonder Woman who isn’t fond FlashTVof color and an Aquaman who doesn’t appear to be useless.

At first glance, it would appear that Gustin’s Flash wouldn’t fit into this world, but his character’s contrast would likely be refreshing. The series has been a lot more fun and lighthearted than other superhero options on television, but never loses that feeling that the stakes are high and it still manages to take itself seriously enough.

Even with spawning from another darker show like Arrow, The Flash just isn’t as grim with a hero portrayed by Gustin. Barry Allen is still learning to be a hero living with the pains of loss, but still not sinking into the depressions of the Dark Knight or the loneliness that comes with being the Last Son of Krypton.

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Lastly, but not listed, why give Gustin competition? He’s doing a great job and adding Ezra Miller will prove that someone is better than the other. Thats what happens when you create your own competition. It’s unnecessary because DC already has a great Flash working on their payroll. He’s the Fastest Man Alive and his name is Grant Gustin.

This Weekend’s Norfolk Events That You Need To Check Out

Whats happening this weekend? A lot of comedy.  Virginia isn’t only for lovers in Norfolk as there are two great comedy events this weekend alone that YOU should make time for.

comedy smackdownFirst- Tomorrow night February 20th, THE SECRET LEAGUE OF PODCASTERS presents COMEDY SMACKDOWN in Norfolk at FM Restaurant on Granby St (directly behind the NorVA for the uninitiated). 12 vicious comics of Hampton Road go head to head with uncensored jokes & insults to take home the championship belt and cash prizes. Then, after the show, we hand the stage over to local band Non-Violent Crimes to rock out the rest of the evening! Tickets $10, showtime 9PM. A portion of the door will go to benefit the Navy Seal Foundation.

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THEN Saturday night, February 21st, at The NorVA itself, Norfolk’s  premier comedy team– THE PUSHERS return with their annual all female comedy show, PANTIES IN A TWIST! Panties In A Twist is a sketch comedy show written by women… starring women… and brought to you on Norfolk’s biggest stage. With all these funny women in one place, this is guaranteed to be a huge event!!!  Show starts at 8pm and tickets are $15 in advance, $17 Night of the show.



until it hurtsNot in the mood for comedy? Then there are STILL tickets available for Saturday night’s 9:00 showing for the premiere of DIGITAL THUNDERDOME‘s latest release from Channel 757 founding member, SCOTT HANSEN— UNTIL IT HURTS at Nauticus also in downtown Norfolk. This film honors the sacrifices made by our nation’s Warriors and their families. Click here for Online ticket info.

Get out this weekend and support the creatives in Hampton Roads!

Check out the latest trailer for Paradox City

Paradox City titleIn the future, the last of humanity takes refuge inside an impenetrable fortress.

No one gets in to Paradox City. No one gets out. Powers are outlawed. There is no crime. No mercy. No escape. Detective Chamber has keeps Paradox City safe, but when his daughter escapes Paradox and is captured by pure evil, his only chance at saving her is to team up with the villains he locked away in order to escape Paradox City.

Staring IssuesNathan Emilio and Project Hot Potato 2014‘s Most Valuable Actress, Vera Yatsura as well as other Ch757 associated actors Dave Meadows and Ryan Braddock among others.Felony Vera

Produced by Jim McCullough and Project Hot Potato 2014 winners, Jpixx.

Visit their Kickstarter page to view the rewards and see how you can help be a part of something awesome:


In Memoriam: Jack Hartmann. | Drive-In Matinee

In Memoriam: Jack Hartmann.
“Baby stay right here with me, ‘cause I can’t see you anymore.
This ain’t the way it’s supposed to be. I feel I’m knocking on Heaven’s door.” Bob Dylan.b&w
 I only had the honor of meeting him once, and even then only briefly. It was after the 2013 “Best Of” screening for the 48 hour film project. I saw someone with a camera blending into the crowd as he captured pictures. Since he was with Kera I met him but only briefly. I got the sense when watching him, the way he moved through and blended in with the crowd, that he knew what he was doing. When I saw that he was with Kera, that was another queue that he must be pretty amazing. Later, when I saw his pictures posted, any doubt was removed: he must be an amazing human being. I was absolutely captivated by his talent and clicked through all of his FB albums. His shots are rich & deep. Each one tells a little story or leaves you ‘left with something.’ He touches the viewer through his lens. “ Jeanette Rainey.

“I met and spoke with Jack on several jobs when Kera and I worked together. Jack was friendly, approachable, and talented with a lens. He took some amazing photos of me that I still use. I know he was deeply devoted to Kera. They were very happy together. I am stunned, bewildered by his death. I don’t get it at all. He was a good man.” Joel Nathan King.

“The first time I met Jack I was already on edge. It was during a 48HR film shoot and he came with one of our stars, Kera O’Bryon. I’d never worked with Kera before and was slightly intimidated, not wanting to make a bad impression. I knew that Jack was a professional director and photographer, so my freak out meter went to 11. But it was all for nothing. Jack was great. He just stayed in the background, taking photos. Every time I saw him he was smiling, laughing with the team and really having a great time. He couldn’t have been nicer to me and in the end, greatly boosted my confidence and the confidence of the whole team. I believe we even talked about taking our crew to Richmond to work with him on a 48HR film there. After that, he was always the first one to congratulate us when ‘The Audition’ started winning festival showings. I was looking forward to the next time we could work together, this time as collaborators. I knew I would have learned exponentially from him.”  Ernie Smith.

“I remember Jack Hartmann. I met him on set in Richmond, for a series of hospital spots and he could not have been more gracious or encouraging. I did it mostly as a favor to Kera, who had called me after the original actor had suddenly bailed. I already knew the story: she was deeply, magically, blissfully in love with a new paramour. And she said this to me, ‘Mike, see if you can figure out who it is. You’ll meet him today.’ I didn’t need to be Columbo to ferret out any pesky clues. Their chemistry together was blazing hot and I immediately understood the attraction. Jack was movie-star handsome, with a rapier like wit and a warmth that drew even the most cynical into his presence. And he had fantastic hair. I should have hated him, but how could I? Sure, we bonded over movies (we hated the same actors) and music and even bounced around a few script ideas, that sadly never came to fruition. But most of all it was his devotion to Kera, my spiritual sister ever since we met on ‘Annie’, that aced the deal for me. They were that ‘it’ couple, the ones that always turn heads in a crowd. They were perfect for each other. They were beautiful, and they were my friends. Robert Anderson, in his magnificent play ‘I Never Sang For My Father’, once said, ‘Death ends a life. But it does not end a relationship; which struggles on the survivor’s mind, toward some resolution, which it may never find.’ How true, yet I remember Jack Hartmann. Allow me to repeat; I remember Jack Hartmann. And I always will.” Mike Schaeffer.
With mikeThis interview was conducted Feburary 22, 2014 at the 3rd Street Diner in Richmond. It has been transcribed from audio tapes recorded by Kera O’Bryon.
MS: John Milius is quoted as saying directing is a lot like being a general in command of an army. Do you agree?
JH: I agree with that, but not the terminology. I think I am more like a “benevolent dictator.” For me, it’s so many things to control, you know, that can get out of control. Or controlling as much as you can before you start shooting, so you can get the best performance out of that actor on that day.
MS: Do you storyboard?
JH: No, I don’t. Because my hiccup is—if it’s a commercial, I ask them not to send me boards. I request them not to send me any boards because the last thing I want is their image in my head. And then it becomes an exercise in how to execute what they want—I can’t do that. I’ve never been able to do that. Let me get my own images in my head because that’s what you’re paying me for. There usually isn’t a big penalty to pay for being honest and sometimes there are great rewards.
MS: How do you prepare for a shoot?
JH: I need a great DP. Then that’s one less hamster in your head. That, and the ability to just wing it. Because every shoot there will be something. What was Kubrick’s quote? “You don’t work with what you wish you had.” It’s like, you get on set and then go—“oh I wish I had a dolly!” You get all caught up in this idea that you would execute if you had all these things—but that’s where the real creativity comes from. It doesn’t come from having everything you want. It comes from working with what you have. Jack White, for example (The White Stripes), always has three things. He’s always got voice, guitar and drums—and that limitation is where all his creativity comes from. I used to shoot, I shot every Hanes Furniture commercial in the 90s. And I would get a script at 9 in the morning. I would have to pull people in, pull some shit out of my ass—so I can have it shot by noon and edited  by two so it can be at the beach by 4. That’s the real chemistry—how do I do this? Your mind starts working. If it’s just option, option, option, you’ll never get anything done.
MS: You mentioned the ad for Haynes. What else have you done?
JH: I was shooting the lottery, some national stuff. Did some work for Stihl chainsaws, lots of hospital spots, bank spots. I did a mustard spot that won a bunch of awards. I got to burn a house down. That was fun. That was cool. We used the song “tragedy”, from the 60s.
MS: How about awards?
JH: Lots of Best in Shows, VA Film-maker of the year (2008), Best in Show in Baltimore two years in a row, too many Tellys to count. I don’t even count them! You can’t drive by the Tellys without them throwing one in your trunk! My production company has won production company of the year four years in a row.
MS: Tell me a little about your auditioning process. How do you find actors?
JH: There has to be something “unreal” about casting talent. Hyper-real. I am looking for archtypes. There is something in me that decides, “this guy is tv. This guy can communicate well through a visual medium. Certain people you see in films, they just don’t have the right look. They have the look of somebodys friend. You stop suspending disbelief and start wondering who they know. I see it a lot in short films. I didn’t see it in THE AUDITION—you had real actors in THE AUDITION. But some of the other entrys in last years 48HR Film Festival….I don’t want to mention any names.
MS: What do audiences want? Or expect from a film, or commercial?
JH: People want to be entertained more than anything. If you are walking to the electric chair and you pass a tv monitor, you’re gonna watch it. Even if you’re dead in two minutes!
You’ve also got to have an element of mystery. The audience has got to wonder, “what’s going to happen next?”
MS: How do you feel about political messages in films?
JH: Whenever you try to put a political viewpoint in there, it’s usually pretty clumsy. And it stops entertaining and that’s what the medium is supposed to do.
MS: Any aspirations to make a feature someday?
JH: I am so ADD commercials are perfect for me. I would love to make a feature if I felt like I could love it. I like ideas. If something affects me, then I wanna do it. I had 30 jobs before I turned 20 and people said, “this guy can’t hold a job”!” But this is the perfect business to be in. I can work in a bank for a week shooting your campaign, and then the following week I’m the Hospital guy.
MS: Are you satisfied?
JH:  Sometimes. There are things I know I didn’t do my best on…in my career. Some things you do for money, others you do for love. Regardless, you throw yourself into it. I have done political spots for politicians I would never vote for but I was just as creative, worked just as hard when I worked for the enemy as I am with something I really cared for.
We have to do what we have to do. There isn’t another option.
Jack, died on Sunday afternoon, October 19, 2014, at his mother’s house in Tennessee at the far too young age of 46. He had gone there to recuperate from a third spinal operation that, it was hoped, would relieve the deep and chronic pain that had plagued him for several years. It was, instead, ended by a blood clot. If the real person is the person at his or her very, very best, you should have seen this guy. He was beautiful. He had the combination of love and patience that made him a terrific father, a heart which allowed him to give whatever he could whenever he could- his time, his studio, his thought. He was a gifted video director and editor, a musician and photographer, a speaker who could write, a man who possessed the wisdom to make work his friend. And, he was funny. Don’t know anyone he didn’t make smile, one way or another. Surviving in a world made less are his children, Hannah and Johnny (the 5th); his former wife, Dawn; his partner, Kera O’Bryon; his brother, Erich of New York City; his sister, with keraRebecca McClintock and her supportive husband, David, of San Miguel, Mexico; his stepfather, Jon Cremer; his utterly loyal and loving mother, Karle Cremer; his aunt, Ginny McBride; uncles, Thad and Bill; friends and co-workers; the Burford family, Rick Warner, Andy Montague, Bob Clarke, Steve Lyons, Mark Mervis, Charles Ajemian; the folks in the studios at BES, Studio 108, his clients, a hundred others and me. It was a leaf’s journey. The earth grew close. The sea of winds rocked him, just as if they loved him, cradle like.
Author: Mike Shaeffer