Archive for January, 2009


About Benjamin Kyle…

This is a legitimate story that was emailed to Houghton.  Unsolved Mysteries cannot do a story on it because there is no police report about this incident.  How it can be true that no report was done is beyond me but in any case, if you can email to your address book, or send to anyone you might know in influencial places or positions who might be able to help this man, that would be amazing.  Thank you in advance, Mystie 


In 2004, Mr. Kyle was found in Richmond Hill, Georgia (near Savannah, Georgia) naked, beaten, and covered in fire ant bites beside a dumpster at Burger King.  He has amnesia and does not know who he is.  There was also no identity found on him.  Mr. Kyle is a well spoken man of above-average intelligence and a professional demeanor.  It is theorized that he may have been traveling down I-95 on business before he was attacked. 


Even though he is in exceptionally good health, he cannot remember his name or where he comes from. He thinks he may have come from Indiana.  He adopted the psuedonym Benjamin Kyle until he finds out his real name.


Mr. Kyle recently appeared on the Dr. Phil show.  We are hoping to get him more TV appearances in the hopes that someone will recognize him. 


here is the link:



Acting Classes in Charlotte

2009 Acting Classes at Actors Theatre of Charlotte

taught by Martin Thompson

Registration is now open for the Winter Session of Adult Acting Classes, beginning February 8th, 2009 at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. Taught by professional actor/director Martin Thompson, these classes are appropriate for both aspiring actors and professionals who would like to improve their skills. Class registration is limited and will be accepted one week prior to the first class of each session.

Basic Technique classes will be held Sunday afternoons from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for eight weeks: February 8th – March 29th, 2009.  Cost: $175 per student.About the Classes:

Basic Technique: This class provides a very practical and easily accessible method of working for both beginning and experienced actors. Incorporating today’s best and most modern principles of acting, this distinctive Layering Technique has been developed by the instructor to provide a practical working foundation for the actor, and to serve as a solid framework on which to build more complex work. Here the actor will identify his unique responsibilities to the creative process, study the essential tools of his craft, and learn to properly apply those tools towards the creation of reality on the stage or in front of a camera.
About the Instructor:

Martin Thompson (AEA-AFTRA-SAG) is an award winning professional actor with over 25 years of credits in Television, Motion Pictures, Commercials, and Industrials, as well as extensive Theatre credits on the New York stage and in Regional Theatres across the country. His daytime television work includes roles on The Guiding Light, The Edge of Night, and All My Children. His motion picture credits include Spies, Mr. Destiny, and Billy Bathgate with Dustin Hoffman. He recently completed filming the upcoming feature Blood Done Sign My Name, and will soon be seen co-starring with Dean Jones in Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, and opposite Kevin Costner in The New Daughter.

Call Actors Theatre at (704) 342-2251 for information and registration. Or register on the Web at

Scene Study classes will be held on Sunday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for eight weeks: February 8th – March 29th, 2009. Cost $175 per student. Continuing Scene Study students are eligible for a discount.


Scene Study: For the more advanced actor, the emphasis of this class is on the practical and creative application of the actor’s technique through a variety of scene work. In this class we will explore the unique skills required to be a truly creative actor. Students will discover how to make strong and interesting choices, and how to unlock the pathways that propel a character into dynamic action. Other topics will also include: script and character analysis, audition techniques, rehearsal methods, and specific performance skills for both period and modern plays. Students must be prepared to spend time outside of class for rehearsal with their scene partners. Instructor’s permission is required for those who have not taken the Basic Technique class.


Thompson has developed a style of teaching that seeks not only to inform and instruct through the development of a strong technique, but also strives to inspire the student to unique and truthful behavior on the stage and in front of the camera. He is well versed in the methods of Stanislavski, Meisner, Adler, Strasberg, and Lewis, as well as the techniques of Uta Hagen, with whom he studied at HB Studios in New York.

For over a decade, Thompson taught Adult Acting Classes in the Triangle, and has also taught Master Classes in Acting at North Carolina State University, served as Artist in Residence at Chowan College and participated in numerous residencies across North Carolina through the NC Arts Council’s Visiting Artists program.



How To Create Acting Work – Creative Studios of Atlanta


Actors who do well in the Entertainment Industry know success comes from a combination of talent, training and good marketing.

Have you ever asked yourself:

What am I selling & how am I selling it? How can I make it easier for agents, casting directors and producers to buy what I’m selling? How do people see me? Are my business tools working for me?
In this one-day intensive, Ken Feinberg guides you through the steps of creating your own marketing campaign and setting it into action. He will make it easier for you to get an agent. If you have an agent, he will make it easier for you to get auditions. This class will save you money on frivolous expenses associated with the acting business.

2 Dates to choose from:

Saturday January 31
Sunday February 8. 10am – 5pm. Investment: $100
Class is limited to 10 students for individual attention. Only a few spaces left.

About the Instructor

For almost 20 years Feinberg has been directing, writing, producing and acting in award-winning films, hit television series and major theater projects in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta, He is also the casting director in residence at CSA.
As an actor, Feinberg is known to millions of television viewers around the world for his role as the Chaos Demon in the richly acclaimed Buffy The Vampire Slayer . He also played impressive characters on other hit series including Alias, Charmed, STAR TREK’S Enterprise and the popular network series The District.

We look forward to working with you.


Ken Feinberg
Creative Studios of Atlanta
phone: 404-355-4588


Barbara’s coming back!

Barbara B heading to Atlanta in March to shoot headshots.  She’s available the 10th to the 19th.  (new website will be up in a couple of weeks)  323-969-4944


Hundreds seek extra roles in remake of 1973’s ‘The Crazies’



The Crazies”
Hundreds of people hoping to become extras in a horror movie lined up Tuesday afternoon for a shot at “The Crazies.”
Overture Pictures held an extras casting call at the Holiday Inn, aiming to fill the parts of townfolk and law enforcement officials for a remake of the 1973 horror flick that will film in parts of Perry and Peach County. What they got was a line of people that wrapped around the hotel’s pool and back around another building. By 3:30 p.m., 100 people had been seen, and that was only a half-hour into the three-hour session.
At the casting call, extras casting director Patrick Ingram and his assistant photographed and accepted information from those in line. When the hopefuls left, each one received a sheet of paper noting that every position paid at least $100 and that those chosen would be expected to work a 12-hour day. Ingram said the long work day is the reason movie directors often prefer to work with local talent.
Those who make the cut are likely to be notified between two weeks from now and the end of April, Overture officials said. The movie is being shot from March through May.
Ingram said he needed between 300 and 1,000 people for the movie and was pleased with Tuesday’s turnout.
“We appeared to have gotten the word out that we wanted all types of people,” Ingram said.
The line represented a cross section of Middle Georgia with people from various races, age groups and backgrounds.
Perry High School student Meredith Bowden stood in line with a wealth of acting experience already under her belt. At the age of 15, she has participated in her school’s production of “The Yellow Boat.” When she was younger, she was active in the Perry Players, a community theater, and had a part in “The Fiddler on the Roof.”
“I thought trying out for this would be a good thing,” said Bowden, who first fell in love with acting in the second grade.
For 28-year-old Sheba Gray, of Perry, it wasn’t a love of drama as much as it was a love for being in front of the camera.
With no acting experience, she saw the announcement of the casting call and decided to give it a shot.
“You never know. This could be anybody’s big break out here,” Gray said.
The casting call was a family affair for Steve Merlino, 42, and his two children.
It all started when Merlino’s daughter, Ashleigh Merlino, 14, heard about the casting call. Ashleigh Merlino, who takes a drama class at Houston County High School, got her brother Steven Merlino, 17, on board.
“I just wanted to try it out,” Ashleigh Merlino said. “I thought it would be cool to be in a movie.”
She, her brother and their mother convinced Steve Merlino, a J-STARS navigator at Robins Air Force Base, to try out since the studio was seeking people with military and law enforcement experience.
“I figured it would be a fun experience, so why not?” Steve Merlino said.

Videogame production growing down South By BASHIRAH MUTTALIB

Baton Rouge boasts its share of Louisiana film and TV production as well as a growing vidgame development industry.

Electronic Arts is setting up a testing center on LSU’s South Campus to ensure consumer readiness for its “Madden NFL” franchise, “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” game and “NCAA Football” series. Baton Rouge is banking on the success of this enterprise to launch a digital research complex for similar companies on the university’s 200-acre South Campus.

Vidgame developers Nerjyzed Entertainment and Yatec Games have also added their titles to the city’s production roster.

Yatec’s president, Dean Majoue, evacuated his New Orleans home and business in the aftermath of Katrina and Rita. He created Yatec with a vision of participating in the development of Louisiana’s growing entertainment industry and supporting the post-hurricane revitalization of the area.

Yatec, creators of “I.Q. Identity Quest,” offers services in Web design, custom animations, 3-D modeling, simulations and training programs.

Nerjyzed Entertainment is a privately held videogame and 3-D animation development and publishing company and the creator of “BCFx,” the Black College Football Experience vidgame. The once Dallas-based company is now headquartered in Baton Rouge.

CEO Jacqueline Beauchamp and partner Frederick Johnson founded Nerjyzed in 2003 with a team whose track record included entertainment, sports and videogaming as well as degrees from historically black colleges and universities. Their goal, according to Beauchamp, is to “continue infusing the videogame and publishing industry with positive content related to the urban lifestyle.”

Vidgame development is an ever-burgeoning industry, and Baton Rouge recognizes its growth as an added draw to the city’s production base.

“One additional key point to highlight regarding this industry is that successful startup videogame studios are typically targets for acquisitions from large publishing companies like EA, Midway, Sony, etc.,” said Beauchamp. “Therefore, building strong workforce, infrastructure and incentive programs will show the industry that Baton Rouge is serious about the videogaming industry. The key thing that must be highlighted is — assuming that the new startup studios will be successful and acquisitions occur — the city of Baton Rouge wants to insure that there is a strong industry support to retain the companies in Baton Rouge.”

Bolstering the city’s production infrastructure are new post-production companies and soundstage facilities such as Celtic Media Center, River Road Creative, Louisiana Media Services and Louisiana Media Prods.

“The collective economic impact of these new entities is currently being determined,” said Baton Rouge Film Commission executive director Amy Mitchell-Smith. “But the benefits of permanent jobs creation, strong local wages, competitive infrastructure, high tech equipment purchases and capital investment are considerable.”

Celtic Media Center, partnered and managed by Raleigh Studios, is a full service 20-acre complex providing services and support personnel for film, TV, musicvids and vidgames. The facility’s 35,000-square-foot O’Connor Building houses administrative offices, post-production and 4,057-square-foot and 6,500-square-foot soundstages.

Baton Rouge hosts a healthy film/TV production roster, with projected revenues of more than $67 million for 2007 (total in-state spend will be finalized in 2008). Room revenue for 7,000 nights amounted to a direct spend of $490,000.

Pics such as “I Love You Phillip Morris,” “Nine Dead,” “The Open Road,” “Cirque du Freak,” “The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice,” “Yellow Handkerchief,” “Middle of Nowhere” and “The Way of War” lensed in the city, while additional photography for “Jumper,” “Miracle at St. Anna” and “Cadillac Records” was done in Baton Rouge.

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The relatively young film commission for Northeast Louisiana is open and ready for business.

ESPN docu series “Varsity, Inc.” recently lensed in the area, and a second season is in the works.

“The football atmosphere was perfect for what we needed in West Monroe, not to mention the beautiful scenery,” said Horizon Entertainment and Prods.’ Jason Geigerman. “The hospitality shown to us made us want to never leave.”

Northeast Louisiana’s universities, Louisiana Tech, Grambling State and the U. of Louisiana at Monroe, in addition to its high schools, offer a mixture of old and new looks, as well as period architecture, and they are often the site for live coverage of events for ESPN, CSTV, Cox Sports and other sports networks.

The cities, like the schools, vary in location appeal. Monroe offers art deco and craftsman styles, while its small towns, hard-bottom bayous, lakes and rivers, piney forests and agricultural terrains can pass for just about anywhere.

“The same great state tax incentives apply in our area,” said Sheila Snow, communications director, Monroe-West Monroe Convention Visitors Bureau. “During the recent hurricanes, our 13 Northeast Louisiana parishes experienced no lost work days. Area government agencies are ready and willing to assist productions, and our commission is dedicated to eliminating any red tape.”

Northeast Louisiana’s proximity to the South’s major highway, I-20, and an airport serviced by major airlines, in addition to more than 2,000 hotel rooms and corporate housing, add to its production appeal.

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Women in Film Event Wednesday night


Women in Film and Television Atlanta Proudly Presents 2009 State of the Industry Kick-Off Celebration

Date:            Wednesday, January 28, 2009             
Time:           6:30 – 7:00 p.m. (Registration & Reception)        7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (Program)

Excitement is in the air as Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA) turns 35-years-old in 2009!  Come celebrate with us and hear updates on exciting happenings within our organization and Georgia’s growing film and entertainment industry.  We’ll reveal a special announcement for members and?provide a sneak peek of things to come this year.

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Joining us for the evening is Special Guest,?Deputy Commissioner Bill Thompson, of the Georgia Film Music & Digital Entertainment Office who will share a forecast of our state’s production industry in 2009; including an assessment of our current national ranking and the effect our newly modified incentive package will have on this year’s projections.   This year’s kick-off celebration is a great networking opportunity for both women and men interested in joining WIFTA; take this opportunity to meet members who are connected in the entertainment industry; be introduced to this year’s new Board of Directors; find out about upcoming WIFTA activities; and get more involved in Georgia’s film and television industry!   
Cost:  FREE For WIFTA Members, $10 Non-Members, $5 Students with valid ID
Cash, check or credit card payments accepted

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STATS is located on 300 Marietta Street NW, Atl, GA 30313?

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Cash Bar
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served
Paid Parking easily available located across the street in the parking deck
Please RSVP by Jan. 26th for more details to:
For more information about WIFTA go to