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”

Watch The Great Hot Potato Roast Online NOW




And this didn’t happen.

Kris Shrader PCHP

Channel 757 Presents: Project Hot Potato, the Hottest Ticket in Hampton Roads!

Whatever you have planned for this weekend, cancel it! Unless you are going to be coming out to the Virginia Beach Central Library at 3PM that is! Because Hampton Roads is about to be rocked by an incredible creative event Project Hot Potato!


What is this deliciously sounding event? Will there be real butter or margarine? Well bunky, consider this your PHP Primer!

If all that was all TL;DR, we’ll break it down as thus, the project is a 4 part feature film comprised of 4 different film making teams, none of which are in contact with the other! After the screening, some of these amazing creative geniuses will be awarded prizes, you can check out the nominees here, see the stars of tomorrow… TODAY!


If you want to learn more about the 4 teams supreme check out this handy breakdown of who’s who and what’s what! Of course it’s not all lavish awards and touchy feely moments, (Mostly from Matt Wade, after a few wine coolers he gets a little “Bill Cosby”.) The Great Hot Potato Roast will lovingly poke fun at those poor brave souls that left it all on the line to bring you an incredible film brought to you by the comedy stylings of:

Quincy Carr,
John Small,
Chop Allen,
George Booker
Filmmaker and Project Hot Potato Vet, Jessa Gaul

Whether you laugh with them or at them, it’s sure to add to an already rollicking adventure, but as they say, (I still want to know who “they” are) “Wait, There’s more!”

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11160539_10206793533699749_1939121033_nThey will also be screening the new Skye Zentz music video for The Tide, produced by Jpixx As well as the trailer for the new film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Chris Abaya – HEARTLESS

What more could you want? Maybe a sneak peek at the genius those wise and fortunate ones that make the trek out to the show? Well never say I didn’t give you anything!

The party starts at 3pm! The only thing missing from this day of celebrating the best and brightest of the 757 is YOU. Don’t know where it’s at? Cool your heels Magellan, I got you.

Virginia Beach Central Library 
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA, US
(757) 385-0150


Be there, or forever kick yourself for missing this weekends hottest ticket!

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!

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.

Panties poster


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!

One Potato, Two Potato… | Project Hot Potato 2015 Teams – Cocaine Beard


Project Hot Potato 2015 is set to begin in January so we think we’ve waited long enough…. Let’s meet the teams. What is Project Hot Potato?

“I swear it was on fire when I got here.”                                                                                                               -Matt Wade

Matt Wade, Team Leader of Cocaine Beard (Yeah…) began his career like most young comedians do: nude Jell-O wrestling with Bill Cosby.  Leaving his gelatin covered days behind him, he grew as an artist in leaps and bounds.

Wade soon became the award winning creator of the acclaimed Channel 757 web series – ISSUES, as well as competing in annual film competitions, and producing one of the funniest podcasts on the web, Matt and Nathan Have Issues. 

Cocaine Beard’s team is likely to include his long time creative partner, Nathan Emilio and we’re sure they’re excited to wrap up the story this year with Project Week 4.

Thank You, Hampton Roads | Photos from the 2014 Channel 757 Fall Film Showcase

That’s a wrap.

The 2014 Channel 757 Fall Film Showcase is in the books as a success. Tons of talent on display as many of the great creative minds of Hampton Roads dropped by each night to show their support.

Channel 757 would like to say thank you to the Hampton Roads film community for their continued support and to encourage each of you to keep creating.

Check out some great photos from the loved and respected, Mario Marasigan.

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Zak’s Movie Show| ZMS Do you even 48 Hour Bro?


The first of two episodes for this week!! Today we discussed the Hampton Roads 48 HR Film Festival Best of showcase. We had one of our Favorite Guests Creater of Issues Matt Wade drop in to weigh in on what we thought of the top 10 selections and awards and possible upset in who got what awards and who we felt got snubbed.

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Twitter: @zaksmovieshow
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