Monday, February 25, 2013

Meet The Dollyrots!

Tune in on Tuesday, February 26th to hear David-Matthew's live interview with The Dollyrots!

What started as a hobby for New College of Florida students (and childhood friends) Kelly Ogden (bass/vocals) and Luis Cabeza (guitar) became a full-time career when Ogden and Cabeza decided to make their band, the Dollyrots, a full-time gig in 2000. The duo set off on a road trip to find a new home for the group and settled in Los Angeles in 2002; once there, the pair set about honing a sound inspired by the Ramones, the Pixies, the Sex Pistols, and Green Day. Two years later, the band (which now included drummer Amy Wood) signed with Lookout!/Panic Button Records and released Eat My Heart Out. While performing on the Vans Warped Tour in 2006, the bandmembers met Joan Jett, who was so taken by the Dollyrots that she offered them a spot on her Blackheart Records label roster. The Dollyrots agreed to the deal, but there would be a lineup change on their follow-up album -- Wood parted ways with the group and was replaced by Chris Black.

Produced by Jacques Wait and John Fields, Because I'm Awesome debuted on Blackheart in March 2007. They followed up the album three years later with the slickly produced A Little Messed Up. The Dollyrots left Blackheart after that, next releasing an EP on their own Arrested Youth label. Down to a duo of Ogden and Cabeza, they then turned to Kickstarter to raise funds for their next album. The campaign turned out to be a success, exceeding the financial goal by a substantial amount. That album, 2012's The Dollyrots, featured Ogden and Cabeza firmly in charge for the first time in their career as they played all the instruments (save for a few parts done by producer Fields) and had final say over all facets of the process. ~ Katherine Fulton, Rovi

Visit The Dollyrot's official website.



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Special Episode

Tune in on Friday, February 22nd for a very special episode of People You Should Know!

Special guest star Margaret Champagne
will perform the role of Darla Marroni
from the novel (and soon to be feature film) Ambrosia.

Special guest stars Tara Henry and Margaret Champagne will be reading hilarious excerpts from the novel (and soon to be major motion picture) Ambrosia, written by our host David-Matthew Barnes.

Both Tara and Margaret will be starring in David-Matthew's upcoming film Made From Scratch, filming this spring on location in the city of Denver.

Please note: this episode of People You Should Know will contain adult language and content and more laughter than you can handle.

About the novel Ambrosia:

On the night of her 30th birthday, Tina Duncan is dumped by her musician boyfriend and left with nothing. When her best friend dares her to accept every date she’s asked out on for the next year, Tina accepts the challenge only to confirm her theory that the perfect man no longer exists. Tina’s life soon becomes one terrible date after another until she accidentally meets Oliver, a beautiful stranger who arrives at her front door to return her purse he’s found in a cab. Before realizing Oliver might be the man to prove her theory wrong – and is indeed the perfect man for her – he slips away and disappears.

Special guest Tara Henry will perform
the role of Tina Duncan from the novel
(and soon to be film) Ambrosia.
Convinced she’s lost her one shot at true love, Tina embarks on a city-wide search for a man she hardly knows, but is quickly falling in love with.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Meet Thom Bierdz

Tune in on Wednesday, February 20th to hear David-Matthew's live interview with Thom!

After three years as a full-time cast member playing a teenaged hunk on The Young and the Restless, and at the height of his career, in 1989, Thom Bierdz dropped out of acting when his mother was murdered by his younger brother, Troy. After years of psychotherapy and learning to come to terms with the tragedy, Thom wrote a mesmerizing book about the experience, Forgiving Troy. Thom also discovered his gift for painting during that time, and became a prolific artist with a wide range of subjects from landscapes to abstracts, often taking commissions to paint portraits of loved-ones or pets.

In 2009, the powers that be at The Young and the Restless cared enough about Thom to bring his character, Phillip Chancellor III, back from the dead. With art imitating life, it was explained that Phillip faked his death to hide the fact that he was gay; just as the actor had been ‘in the closet’ himself during that time. Thom, as Phillip, continues to be a recurring character on The Young and the Restless. He also plays the recurring character of Bobby Burton on the serialized web series, Old Dogs & New Tricks.

In addition, Thom currently does "live painting" interactive exhibitions for charities, fund-raisers, and private events where the finished art is auctioned off to benefit the event.

After several years of living in a studio in Hollywood, toward the end of 2011, Thom packed up his hundreds of canvases and moved to Lake Arrowhead, CA, where he enjoys the solitude and finds inspiration with his dog, Deen. Thom actively keeps in touch with his fans with two Facebook pages.

Visit Thom's official website.
Follow Thom on Twitter.

Meet Sam Zalutsky

Tune in on Tuesday, February 19th to hear David-Matthew's live interview with Sam!

In 2008, Sam was short-listed for the Independent Spirit Award’s Someone to Watch Award for his first feature film, You Belong to Me. Variety called You Belong to Me “a nifty little suspenser bordering on horror … a la Polanski’s ‘The Tenant’ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’” The film was released on DVD (Wolfe), Pay Per View (Warner), and Logo, and on DVD in the UK, Germany, France, Canada, and Australia and will soon air on TV in Sweden and the Benelux countries. It screened at over two dozen film festivals on five continents, including the Palm Springs International Film Festival, San Diego FilmOut (Audience Award, Best First Feature), and NewFest (New York, Honorable Mention, Feature Film Jury), as well as Outfest, Frameline, Miami, London, and many other LGBT Film Festivals. In March 2013, Sam will direct How to Make it to the Promised Land, a short film based on Ellen Umansky’s short story, for which he received a Jerome Foundation production grant. Sam is currently developing new projects for film and TV, including a thriller about an Los Angeles P.I., a werewolf movie, BiT, and a micro-budget thriller set on the Oregon Coast.

Sam’s short films have screened at dozens of festivals and won many awards. Superstore (starring Clea Lewis) aired on Reel New York, WNET’s independent film showcase, and is distributed online by Cinequest. Stefan's Silver Bell, nominated for New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Wasserman Award, aired on Reel New York in 2004.  Smear aired on the Independent Film Channel and can be seen in the shorts collection Boys Briefs. Sam has also created videos for fashion designers Lewis Cho and Mark Montano, as well as many New York City non-profits, including Prep for Prep, Relief Boutique, and Civic Builders. He teaches screenwriting at the low residency MFA in writing program at Spalding University (Louisville, KY) and has also taught writing and/or directing at Bennington College, Makor/92nd Street Y, online, and at Tec de Monterey (Querétaro, Mexico). He was awarded a residency at the MacDowell Colony and Fundación Valparaiso (Mojácar, Spain) and has participated in the Makor Artists Network and the Independent Film Project’s Project Involve. Sam received his BA in studio art from Yale University and his MFA in film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Visit Sam's website.
Follow Sam on Twitter.
Find out more about Sam's new film. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Meet Francesca Lia Block

Tune in on Thursday, February 14th to hear David-Matthew's live interview with Francesca Lia Block!

Francesca Lia Block, recipient of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award for DANGEROUS ANGELS: THE WEETZIE BAT BOOKS, has been publishing novels, short stories, essays, memoirs and poetry since 1989. Her work has been translated into many languages. THE ELEMENTALS (St. Martins Press) and PINK SMOG (Harper) are her most recent titles. Ms. Block lives in Los Angeles where she teaches writing workshops that are also available online.

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