2012 - The Year in Review
The end of 2012 left my family helping my dad as he was diagnosed and very ill. Thank you for the support and love from everyone as my family and I are still dealing with life in it’s most precious time.
If you're taking a minute to read about the cool things I was able to do last year, thank you! I am so very grateful for the people I’ve gotten to know and work with this year and for all the adventures I’ve had in learning more about all aspects of the arts. I am humbly grateful for the support of family and friends. Wishing you a very peaceful, healthy and loving start to the new year. Much love, Mary
Was cast in and acted in a couple of film shorts, Magpie produced by Sanshead Studios and The Pharmacy on Mercury Street produced by Meg McWhinney, http://www.megmcwhinney.com/mercury-street-film.html Worked with director, Andrew Mozer, Froman Films, acting his film short submission for the 2012 Martin Holt Film Short Film Festival. Crimson Winter, http://www.crimson-winter.com/ the inde film I helped cast in 2011, had a soft premiere at the Myrna Loy in August 2012 ~ the project is being promoted and in the distribution process. I auditioned for and didn’t get a part in Fighting for Grace but worked on the film as an extra. I worked on and auditioned for a Montana film project Love Like a Champion. Super to see such a great turnout of local talent. Feel blessed to see co-writers and directors Cynthia Hsiung and Nick Milodragovich in action working with talent at the audition. I was cast in What Separates Us, an inde film produced by Interwoven Studios and it wrapped filming mid-October.
I had some cool learning adventures in television/internet work in 2012. I had the opportunity to be cast in a trio of Fish, Wildlife and Parks commercials promoting safety in bow hunting season should you encounter bears. The crew from ABC FOX -Bozeman was great to work with as was my fellow comedian actor. I did a little sleuthing to find some volunteer work at Helena Civic TV and hosted the television show Community Pulse as an interviewer about a half dozen times. I helped educate the local community with the help of some cool guests about upcoming local city events. I was tickled to see I’m listed out on the web as a regular volunteer! http://helenacivictv.org/who-we-are/meet-the-staff/ When the show Diggers for National Geographic was in town filming, I had a fun time being an extra. I was cast in a demonstration internet video for a cool portable tool for the Ipod touch and other such devices, filming was completed fall of 2012. I’ll add the website connection when it goes up!
Some other very cool things that I did in 2012 ~ *Worked with Dennis Dorr, Digital Montana Photography ~
Excellent photographer's eye and a super guy to work with! *Performed in an interesting series of improv skits for sculptor, Tim Holmes, for his piece titled, Body Psalms at the Myrna Loy. It’s a thought provoking production advocating more appreciation of the beauty of the human body. http://timholmesstudio.com/films/film2.html *Went to the world premiere of Where the Yellowstone Goes directed by Hunter Weeks. The film had awesome cinematography of Montana landscape and some priceless interviews of Montanans living along the Yellowstone River who help keep the river clean. *Attended a great lecture by Erik Brown, first camera man who worked with Terrence Malick on the Tree of Life. *Went to the Big Sky Documentary Film festival in February 2012 to see a documentary about the making of Winter in the Blood and met one of the directors along with other filmmakers. *Started some training for a film short – learning to do some basic fighting from the Pink Gloves Boxing crew and a good friend who knows martial arts. *Started some vocal coaching late in 2012. *Got an group of actors together for weekly study and to keep acting skills polished up and continue to study with Tina Buckingham at the Montana Actor's Studio.
*Attended a premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2012, Red Lights, directed by Rodrigo Cortes starring Sigourney Weaver and Robert DeNiro. A nail biter! I felt it kept great curiosity going as the story progressed about how the storyline and characters. *Went to a listening session for the audio book that I worked on A Cure to Die For. It’s sound great! Congrats Stephen!
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I'm a Montana actress on a journey sharing my heart and growth through blogging, stories, and poetry, I have faith you'll find empowerment and inspiration to create like a champion in your own life!
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