Monthly Archives: November 2011

Andrew Edwards, Film and Theater Composer

I would like to present another very accomplished film composer, Andrew Edwards. I had the great pleasure of studying Music Composition for the Screen with Andrew at Columbia College Chicago.  Right off the bat, he took me under his wing and mentored me throughout the two-year program.  His music is inspiring.  Andrew has incredible talent and is deft at bringing films of all genres to life through the music.

Andrew Edwards is a Chicago-based film, web, and theater composer. His textural style is flavored by his twin loves of pop and contemporary classical music, and is frequently tinged with melancholy. He received his BA in Music Composition/Theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and — under the direction of Andy Hill — his MFA in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College Chicago. He is the owner of Blue Police Box Music; a full-service music creation studio on the North side of Chicago, and the composer-in-residence for Chicago Tap Theatre. His music has been heard in national commercials, international trailers, and countless short films and documentaries, including, A Message From The East, Bringing Hope To Justice, and the forthcoming Bailout. His work on web series’ includes: Trep Life, DorkumentaryTV, and the upcoming Robin Hood update, Prince of Thieves. He just completed work on a Doctor Who spinoff audio drama for Big Finish productions, and is writing the original score for a “Tap Opera” based on the 1960 French horror film, “Les yeux sans visage”, with Marc Smith (the creator of the Poetry Slam). He lives adjacent to Chicago’s beautiful Andersonville neighborhood with his partner, also Andrew, and his stalwart cat, Max.

The Shadow Suite

Humanity (Part 1 & 2)


To contact Andrew, please visit Blue Police Box Music.  All you filmmakers out there, keep Andrew in mind for your next film project… you won’t be sorry!!!

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Bryan McClure, Actor

I hope you all are enjoying these fantastic artists!

This week I am focusing on the very gifted actor, Bryan McClure. Before I introduce him, I want to congratulate Bryan on his booking a role on Hawaii Five-O!!

Bryan and I met on the set of Michael Montgomery’s The Garden in the fall of 2009.  I was working as a production assistant and Bryan was one of the producers.  Everyone working on set was so invested in this incredible film; it was a true honor to work on The Garden.  It was on set that Bryan and I bonded over our love of film and I am so excited to see his career thrive.

Bryan, who is originally from Council Bluffs, IA, is now based in Los Angeles, CA. Before moving to Los Angeles, Bryan spent many years in Omaha, NE, where he developed his love of acting.

While in Nebraska, Bryan joined the Nebraska Film Group, where he got involved with as many films as he could.  This passion and drive led him to Los Angeles, where he is honing his craft and expanding his impressive resume.  Don’t believe me? Just check out his IMDb page!

“Since I was young, I have been interested in the arts.  I have studied many different art-forms over the years from studio art and graphic design, to acting and film making.

Having recently completed a 2-year Meisner Training class from Bill Alderson, I am currently keeping my skills sharp studying acting at Improv Olympic West and with Billy O’Leary.

In addition to working with Tom Arnold in Andrew Robinson’s film, April Showers, some of my other notable credits include Lucky, starring Colin Hanks, Easy to Assemble with Illeana Douglas, The Scientist with Adam LeFevre and Bill Sage, as well as many other films. Also worthy of note is my Best Supporting Actor Nomination for the work I did as Marco on the film Bountiful.”

“When I first arrived in LA, a successful Omahan actor recommended that I study the Meisner Technique with a gentleman by the name of William Alderson. [Bill] taught me the importance of being truthful in your work. Bill really taught me the core of acting. He always compares the Meisner Technique to “the floor of a dancer’s. It gives a foundation and a place to push off from.” I completed his 2 year program and have been off to the races ever since. I currently study improv at iO West and On-going Scene Study and Audition technique with Billy O’Leary. I feel truly blessed to be doing what I love!

Keep an eye out for this accomplished actor!  He will one day be taking over Hollywood.  If you want to contact Bryan, his email is

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Looking for artists

First of all I want to thank you all for visiting my blog.  In the next week or so, I will be showcasing a very talented filmmaker as well as a great band, so stay tuned.  I hope you are enjoying all these incredible artists.

With that being said, I am looking for new artists to feature.  If you are an artist or you know an artist, please contact me.  There are so many talented artists out there and I want everyone to see how talented they are.

Till the next post,



Amy Levenson, Photographer

This has been a pretty busy blog week for me.  In addition to the concert and film festival posts, I am focusing on a very talented photographer by the name of Amy Levenson.

Amy Levenson is a New England Native who relocated to Glenwood Springs,Colorado 5 years ago.  
Since that time her passion for nature photography was re-ignited by the beauty and splendor of the area.

“My desire is to always capture the essence of the shapes and colors as well as recreate the mood I felt in that moment.”
As someone who has worked in the difficult field of mental and public health, substance abuse and hospice care, the art of photography and the ‘hunt’ for something special, provides both relaxation and excitement.

Several of these shots were taken last year on a trip to southern California, while the rest were taken in and around the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado.

To see more of Amy’s beautiful photographs, email her at


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Starz Denver Film Festival – Nov. 2-13, 2011

It’s that time of year again.  For all you filmmakers out here in Denver, you know what I am talking about.  It is the 34th Annual Starz Denver International Film Festival.  This prestigious event is going on from today, November 2nd, through November 13th.  The films will be played at many venues around Denver, including: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver FilmCenter/Colfax, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Highlands Church, King Center, Knights of Columbus Hall, L2 Arts and Culture Center, Starz FilmCenter, Tivoli Student Union.

The festival kicks off tonight with the film, Like Crazy.

There are so many great films being premièred over the next couple of weeks, there is surely a film for everyone.  Not only are there some kick-ass films, but there are over a dozen VIP events as well as exclusive post-film parties.

While the festival starts today, make sure to buy your tickets in advance as some of the films have already sold-out.  This is the perfect opportunity to expand your film knowledge as well as rub elbows with some talented people in the film industry.  Ever wanted to be a part of a red carpet première, then check out the 34th Annual Starz Denver International Film Festival.

What film(s) are you most looking forward to seeing??

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Parachute Concert – Denver, CO October 27, 2011

Hey Everybody!!

Last Thursday I had the great opportunity  to see Parachute in concert at the Marquis Theater in Downtown Denver.  I also was able to attend the meet and greet prior to the show.  Let me just say, it was an amazing day!

The meet and greet started around 4:00pm and lasted until 5:00pm.  Parachute serenaded us with the songs What I Know and White Dress.  The video below is of the performance of White Dress.  All the videos are courtesy of Lacey Eaton.  Thanks, Lacey!!

After the perfect private concert, the boys came out and met with us.  They took pictures and signed our posters and VIP passes.  Not only are these guys talented, but they are so incredibly sweet!!

Parachute consists of band members Will Anderson (lead vocals, guitar, keys), Kit French (keys, sax, percussion), Alex Hargrave (bass), Nate McFarland (guitar, vocals), and Johnny Stubblefield (percussion).

The real concert started at 7:00pm and was opened by a new band, Empire Kids (formerly The Rebels), based out of Boston.  They were really good. I look forward to hearing more from them.  After Empire Kids, Kate Voegele – who is on tour with Parachute – took the stage.  She was wonderful.  And finally, after Kate, Parachute took the stage and the crowd went ballistic (granted there were a lot of teenyboppers, but still).  🙂

Parachute was unbelievable!  They were so energetic, engaging, and talented.  Will frequently hopped into the crowd and interacted with us.  It was amazing.  Not only are these guys talented, sweet, and adorable, but they are incredible performers.  I cannot remember the last time I had that much fun at a concert.  I was really blown away!

Parachute has two albums out, Losing Sleep and The Way It Was. I highly recommend you check them out.  Also, they will be on tour with Kate for the rest of the year.  So, if you get a chance to see them, I urge you to go and check them out.  You will not regret it.

I hope you enjoy them as much I do.


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