Thank you for this review!

Thank you for this review from The Scream Review about “Odessa”!


“Two very talented main actors take the lead and set the tone for one of the best short films I’ve seen in a while, both Ricky Wayne and Grace Santos work well together and are two fascinating actors to watch.”

“There’s a lot of mystery surrounding each character and where they’re going, due to the short timing of the film, but it really pushes us to want to know more about them and their stories. This is most definitely the case for the lead female, Estrella (Grace Santos) who did a brilliant job in her role. When we find out more about her, it’s heartbreaking, emotional and we really think about ‘what would you do in that situation.’”

“The cinematography is already incredible, and there are some really amazing shots throughout.”

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Odessa (2015)



Great review about “Odessa”

Thank you Richard Propes of The Independent Critic for this Review!




Odessa Makes You Think and Feel


Grace Santos is the focus here as Estrella. Santos avoids histrionics. It seems like she trusts this story to be “enough.” She gets it. She understands it. You can see it in her eyes and her body language and as she speaks Doug Johnson’s sparse yet intentional dialogue. There’s a “What if?” around every corner and Santos captures that unknowing, that fear and that doubt.

It’s anxiety-inducing drama and it makes you think and feel and wonder.

Stephen Chung’s lensing is intimate yet slowly widening, while composer Louis Romanos’s music pulsates with every word and every action. In fact, the entire production crew deserves credit for crafting a film that doesn’t so much come to conclusions as it does make you think about things for yourself.

Odessa. It’s a world that looks so very far away. You know what’s really scary? It’s not.


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I’m mentioned in Deadline for “Bone Tomahawk” starring Kurt Russell

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Kurt Russell’s ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Lands Deal Ahead Of Fantastic Fest Bow


By Patrick Hipes

August 4, 2015 10:05am


RLJ Entertainment has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the Kurt Russell starring Bone Tomahawk, the Caliber Media horror-Western written and directed by S. Craig Zahler. The deal comes ahead of the pic’s world premiere as the closing-night film at Fantastic Fest, the annual genre film showcase that kicks off next month in Austin


The deal marks the first title acquired under the RLJ Entertainment brand after it previously released its theatrical titles under the Image Entertainment brand, which RLJ bought in 2012.


Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmon and Richard Jenkins co-star in the pic, which centers on an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell), that sets out to rescue settlers from the small town of Bright Hope who are kidnapped by a group of cannibal savages. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in jeopardy.


Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller, and Gregory Zuk of Caliber Media produced and Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones and David Gilbrey executive produced. The deal was negotiated by CAA, UTA, and Caliber on behalf of the filmmakers and Mark Ward and Grace Santos on behalf of RLJ.


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Kurt Russell’s ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Lands Deal Ahead Of Fantastic Fest Bow



I’m mentioned in Deadline for “Pay The Ghost” starring Nicolas Cage

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Nicolas Cage’s ‘Pay The Ghost’ Picked Up By RLJ; XLrator Lands SXSW Docu ‘Mateo’

By Amanda N’Duka

August 6, 2015 11:06am


RLJ Entertainment has nabbed U.S. rights to the supernatural thriller Pay The Ghost starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Wayne Callies. Written by Dan Kay and directed by Uli Edel, the film follows Mike Cole (Cage) who reunites with estranged wife (Callies) in search of his young son who disappeared during a Halloween carnival one year prior. In the midst of searching he is haunted by mysterious images and messages and uncovers a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past. The pic will be released in theaters and VOD on September 23. Nicolas Chartier, Craig J. Flores, Ian Levy and Patrick Newall produced, and the deal was negotiated by Voltage and Mark Ward and Grace Santos on behalf of RLJ.


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Nicolas Cage’s ‘Pay The Ghost’ Picked Up By RLJ; XLrator Lands SXSW Docu ‘Mateo’

Thx for the Review, Travis Brown!

Thankful for this wonderful review about “Odessa”, a short film I produced and acted in.  Link:

You smell that in the air right? If not take another sniff (unless you are in Southern California then you may want to consider a gas mask) but yes our friends it’s festival season! While many of you deviants will be heading towards Dallas this weekend for TFW there are plenty of others out that are worth your time. One of those is the Gasparilla International Film Festival and it was announced earlier this week that [Sean] Michael Turrell’s ODESSA won their prestigious Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film. Why should you care ? Well because not only is this a stellar short but it is also a first pitch episode for a possible series. So in the future when you are looking to binge watch a new program on HBO, AMC, Netflix or whatever platform this may end up on you can remember you heard us talk about here at HMU! We have some goodies for you to see from the short including a review from our lead guy in charge Travis Brown.


Usually I look at a short film as a limited experience but from the start I could tell ODESSA was so much more. The backdrop of the film has a post apocalyptic beauty that can only be rivaled by films like THE ROVER, THE ROAD and of course the MAD MAX franchise. ODESSA brings it closer to home and the idea of a separation of Texas from the union is something that ups the realism factor. As beautiful as our world can be there is an underlining of what is to come if we don’t adapt and leave behind our primitive morals and values. ODESSA exploits this to the fullest and draws you into a future where even the free are being held captive by the rules of the land. Not only do I want to seem more of ODESSA I feel that this could be the type of show that could change our way of thought in the future. For those reasons this has to be developed further. ODESSA is a stellar short that leads the viewer on a journey that they will never forget.

4.5 / 5

-Travis Brown (Horror Movies Uncut)


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I’m mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter for “The Rewrite” starring Hugh Grant

Just a small mention, but thankful.


Image Entertainment Picks Up Hugh Grant Comedy ‘The Rewrite’ for U.S.

12:03 PM PST 11/13/2014 by Austin Siegemund-Broka


Grant plays a screenwriter and stars alongside Marisa Tomei

Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Hugh GrantMarisa Tomei comedy The Rewrite.

The Castle Rock-produced film is the fourth collaboration of Grant and writer-director Marc Lawrence, following Music & Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice and Did You Hear About the Morgans? 

It centers on a screenwriter (Grant) who once had it all — an Oscar, a hit movie and a beautiful wife. Fifteen years later, he’s divorced and broke, so when his agent gets him a teaching job at a small university in New York, he grudgingly takes the position while hoping to write a new script. His perspective starts to change when he gets to know his students, including a single mom (Tomei) looking for a fresh start.

Allison JanneyJ.K. Simmons and Aja Naomi King co-star. The film was produced by Castle Rock’s Liz Glotzer and Martin Shafer with Red Granite’s David Koplan executive producing.

Image, a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment, recently released films including the Reese Witherspoon West Memphis Three drama Devil’s Knot and the horror threequel Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. Its upcoming slate includes the Adam Sandler starrer The Cobbler.

Its deal for Rewrite was negotiated by CAA on behalf of the filmmakers and Mark WardJess De Leo and Grace Santos Feeney on behalf of Image.

The film opened in the U.K. on Oct 8. Stateside, a theatrical release is planned for next spring.

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I’m mentioned in Variety for “The Rewrite” starring Hugh Grant

Just a small mention, but thankful.


Hugh Grant – Marisa Tomei Comedy ‘Rewrite’ Bought by Image for U.S.


Dave McNary

Film Reporter


NOVEMBER 13, 2014 | 02:19PM PT


Image Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the Hugh Grant – Marisa Tomei comedy “The Rewrite”.


The film is the fourth collaboration between Grant and writer-director Marc Lawrence, who previously teamed on “Two Weeks Notice,” “Music and Lyrics” and “Did You Hear About The Morgans?” Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott also star.


Grant portrays a flailing screenwriter who’s divorced, broke and approaching 50 who gets a job teaching screenwriting at a university in upstate New York. There, he meets a single mom looking to start a new chapter in her life.


Producers are Liz Glotzer and Martin Shafer.

Grant has been cast opposite Meryl Streep in the opera biopic “Florence.”

The deal was negotiated by CAA on behalf of the filmmakers and Mark Ward, Jess De Leo and Grace Santos Feeney on behalf of RLJE/Image Entertainment.


Hugh Grant-Marisa Tomei Comedy ‘Rewrite’ Bought by Image for U.S.

I’m mentioned in Screen Daily for “Misfire”

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Misfire hits mark for Hannibal

11 February, 2014 | By Jeremy Kay

EXCLUSIVE: Image Entertainment secures US and UK deal, among other sales, for R Ellis Frazier’s action film.

Hannibal Pictures has licensed a slew of territories on R Ellis Frazier’s action film Misfire led by a US and UK deal with Image Entertainment.

Rights have also gone to Spain (Inopia Films), France (Marco Polo), Greece and Turkey (Tanweer), former Yugoslavia (Montenegro Discovery Film & Video), Hungary (M-rtl Zrt), Poland (Monolith Films), Romania (Prorom Media-Trade), Middle East (Eagle), Latin America (California Filmes), Japan (Klockworx) and China and Hong Kong (Star Alliance).

Frazier and Geoffrey Ross are producing the film and anticipate a late April delivery.

Misfire stars Gary Daniels, Vannessa Vasquez, and Michael Grego and tells of a DEA agent who heads to Mexico after his ex-wife is kidnaped by a cartel boss. Benjamin Budd wrote the screenplay.  Luis Gatica, Geoffrey Ross, and Patricia Peinado Cruz round out the key cast.

Hannibal chairman and CEO Richard Rionda Del Castro and VP Hayley Arabia brokered the deal with Image chief acquisitions officer Bill Bromiley and Grace Feeney.