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He played in Matthew Maio Mackay‘s Dollar Baby A Tale of the Laundry Game as Spike.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

James McCluskey-Garcia: Hi Oscar, My name is James and I’ve been an actor for about 30 years! I trained here in Adelaide, South Australia, at The Centre for the Performing Arts (A.C. Arts). I’ve worked in all médiums in the entertainment industry in Australia but theatre is my first love. I have also done some teaching recently. When not acting I can be found working as a boat crew on The Popeye, a tour charter boat here on The River Torrens. I am also Santa! (Sshhh).

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

James McCluskey-Garcia: As a child I pretty much lived in a fantasy world which I think is vital for any actor, to be able to tap into your imagination. I was exposed to some great classic films from mum and my dad was into the British comedies. I got a taste for acting in high school and was encouraged to go further by some wonderful teachers. I did a one man show when I was 17 and used that as my audition for acting school.

SKSM: How did you become involved in A tale of the laundry game Dollar Baby film?

James McCluskey-Garcia: I had previously worked with Matthew on Smothered and another project and I put my hand up to audition for him for the role of Spike. He’s a very talented kid and clearly loves working with actors.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

James McCluskey-Garcia: I think, firstly, anything by Stephen King, is emminently readable and watchable. He’s one of America’s great story tellers. The story itself is gripping and I think as humans we are fascinated with characters that are out of joint, like Rocky and especially Spike, We want to know what drives them to do what they do.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

James McCluskey-Garcia: I wish it was that easy! Yes, I auditioned.

SKSM: You worked with Matthew Maio Mackay on this film, how was that?

James McCluskey-Garcia: It was great working with Matthew on this project. He lets you, as the actor, explore the character and discover ‘moments’ within the context of the scene.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

James McCluskey-Garcia: I dont recall anything funny but when we were shooting the car crash scene, I remember it was late, long but very detailed work, and I knew it would look good when finished.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

James McCluskey-Garcia: Yes, I am friends with most of the cast. The acting industry here in Adelaide is very small and we all know each other, which is a good thing, I think. I have done a musical with both Brendan Cooney (Bob) and Marc Clement (Rocky) as well as theatre and I was in Warpath Chronicles that Marc and Stefanie Rossi (Rocky’s wife) produced. I do role-play acting with Cheryl Louise (Rocky’s wife) with medical students at Adelaide University here. So, yes! We are all friends.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

James McCluskey-Garcia: I am currently rehearsing “A Man For All Seasons”, playing Thomas More (we open next week! EEk) And then I go into reheasals for Titanic: The Musical playing J Bruce Ismay and then another play at the end of 2020.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

James McCluskey-Garcia: Yes! I have always been a huge fan of his work. His writing is extraordinary. “IT” is my favourite story. Pennywise is my favourite character.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

James McCluskey-Garcia: People may be surprised to know that I play piano and only have nine fingers! I lost one last year in an accident.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

James McCluskey-Garcia: Thanks Oscar. I want to thank your readers for supporting this film, and to say watch as much as you can, read as much as you can, travel, love, be kind to every living creature you meet. And support the Arts!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

James McCluskey-Garcia: Keep your eyes ready on Matthew’s next Project “Tooth for Tooth”.

 

He is the Production Assistant of Brian Johnson‘s Uncle Otto’s Truck Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers?

Seth Coble: My name is Seth Coble. I’m a young, aspiring film maker from Virginia.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a producer?

Seth Coble: I realized I wanted to work in film through my high school’s TV/ Media class. I then founded my own video production business with some of my friends and my love for film has only grown ever since.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Uncle Otto’s Truck Dollar Baby film?

Seth Coble: I became involved in Uncle Otto’s Truck though my TV/ Media teacher Mr. Hawks. He is friends with Brian, and knew how passionate and driven I was when it comes to film making. He gave me Brian’s contact info and we began to talk back and forth about the project.

SKSM: Can you tell us about your work in the film?

Seth Coble: Since the crew was fairly small, I wore many hats during production. I did everything from grip to boom operator. I even was a sound mixer on a few scenes. If I didn’t know how to work a piece of equipment, I could always count on close by crew members to show me the ropes.

SKSM: What was it like to work with Brian Johnson on this film?

Seth Coble: Brian Johnson is a great director/ Cinematographer to work with. Throughout the entire shoot he maintained a friendly, upbeat set while also keeping production as efficient as possible. His goofy personality made times of stress turn into times of fun. I’ve learned a great deal from working with him, and I hope to work with him on future projects.

SKSM: Was there any funny things that happened while filming (Bloopers, etc)?

Seth Coble: When the cameras were not rolling we would all joke with each other. Peter Holland’s cool persona made him great to get along with and Rick Meyer’s stories about working in the film industry were always entertaining. I can’t remember a specific time of laughter on set because there was so much of it. It was a great experience to work on set with such friendly people.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Seth Coble: I’m a huge fan of Stephen King’s film adaptations. It’s impossible to deny his literary impact on the history of film. With him writing such classics as: The Green Mile, Stand By Me, IT, The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption he has inspired generations of writers and film makers.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Seth Coble: I am currently attending film school at Virginia Commonwealth University. Most of my projects outside of school are still in the drafting phase but I do make promotional videos for local businesses to fund my future projects.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Something you’d like to tell our readers?

Seth Coble: Thank you for the interview.

 

He played in Mark Zimmerman’s Dollar Baby Rest Stop as Lee.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Hareth Tayem: Hi, My name is Hareth Tayem. I’m an Actor and all round creative. I’m Australian born and raised. My parents are originally from Syria. I grew up wanting to be an actor but cultural & religious ideals projected on me growing up made my dream career riddled with “obstacles”. I credit my challenging childhood to the layered and emotionally determined person i am today which in turn has provided me tools as an actor. I’m world traveled and always looking to expand my own mind and keep evolving as a kind and loving human.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Hareth Tayem: I “accidentally” watched Stephen King’s Original Pet Sematary as a 10-11 year old and was introduced to the concept of being a “child” actor and realised that i could start dreaming about what I wanted to do while I was at school instead of having to wait until I had finished school and grown up. The film single handedly made me realise that you could work before you became an adult. I was obsessed with the child character – regardless on how gruesome and tragic the character becomes, I was in. At the time, I was so impressed that this child actors parents allowed him to do it – and for that I thought they were the coolest parents in the world and wished my parents would have been like them.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Rest Stop Dollar Baby film?

Hareth Tayem: I had the privilege of working with Mark on a short film over 15 years ago and thought he power of social media he came across my recent post updating the world with my showreel and he contacted me to see if I would be interested in reading the script and choosing from 2 characters. I wanted to be the “horror” that Stephen King colourfully illustrates in each of his stories.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Hareth Tayem: Rest Stop asks the moral question “Hear something ? Do something?” when encountering a domestic disturbance. The story gets you to empathise and relate with the main character who questions the social responsibility we have in getting ourselves involved in someone else’s dispute / disturbance. However, in true Stephen King style, nothing is as it appears.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Hareth Tayem: The character of Lee was already written but hadn’t been cast. Mark Zimmerman (the director) had me in mind for one of 2 characters that were available and without hesitation i gravitated to the “sinister and dark” character that Lee was expected to deliver. As an actor, this is what I signed up for, a character that could not be further away from who I am as a person. I loved exploring and bringing Lee to life.

SKSM: You worked with Mark Zimmerman on this film, how was that?

Hareth Tayem: Mark Zimmerman is a very unique director. Mark doesn’t fit the stereotype of directors I had come to know. Mark is gentle yet confident, negotiable yet a visionary and a creative encouraging everyone including the crew to shine in their own light. I have respect for those who find it important to have a positive experience.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Hareth Tayem: It was more of a “mind blown / surreal” moment… We filmed in a public location. An actual remote public Rest Stop on the side of a highway, hours out of Sydney City.  We filmed late at night so truck drivers would find themselves naturally taking a pit stop. Every now and then a truck driver would pull up while my character Lee fights and yells at Ellen. I was surprised and disappointed that NO truck driver decided to intervene. Our cameras were not in sight for the truck drivers to see, so as far as they were concerned, this could have been real and yet not one passerby intervened. This only fuelled the storyline we were acting out and made us realise that this “fictional” storyline was blurring into “Non fiction”.

On a lighter / funnier note, Ellen spits on Lee’s face in one of the scenes and of course that was not done in one take. My “safety” was knowing that my character wears glasses so I had that protection. However, Sontaan (who plays Ellen) found the unintentional ability to angle under my glasses and get my actual eye. I’m happy to say I’m healthy and doing fine.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Hareth Tayem: Yes, I have created a new and heartfelt connection with my co star Sontaan (who plays Ellen) and have been each others loving support via messages. Brad (who plays John) has been a friend for many years throughout the industry and I’m happy knowing I introduced Brad to Mark Zimmerman for that role.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Hareth Tayem: I am currently in the middle of hearing back from a few auditions. From a drama tv series in Australia to a Horror Feature film shooting in Europe in May. I’m also in the process of updating my reel with some of my latest work that has just come out from Playing an 1100 year old Vampire to playing a Dark Lord in Hell. Having said that, I’ve noticed a bit of a theme… Darkness. And I like it.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Hareth Tayem: A fan? That would be an understatement. He is responsible for planting the acting bug in my thoughts, I enjoy my heart skipping a beat and gripping my couch with suspense every time I watch or read any of his work. To be part of it and finding that level of performance to let the audience feel that “Stephen King” feeling is a dream come true.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Hareth Tayem: I’m a happy guy, who’s never physically fought with anyone. I’m an optimist and a “conspiracy theorist”. I grew up learning about Paranormal Activity, UFO’s, Ghosts, Spirits and the vast concept of our universe. My late dad was all read up and obsessed with Space and everything it came with. This seems to have been passed onto me successfully and welcomingly.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Hareth Tayem: I’m excited and so impressed at the opportunity that Stephen King grants permission to students and aspiring filmmakers or theatre producers to adapt one of his short stories for $1. This has not only allowed me, as an actor to be part of a personal dream, but also Directors like Mark Zimmerman and other talented crew to get the rights to a Stephen King short and deliver and certain expected standard. You don’t have to be in Hollywood to be part of something global. I’m even thinking about personally looking for one and making it my passion project… anyone can also. Showing up to set at night, freezing in the middle of nowhere takes passion, ambition and determination. This is something you should at least have before committing to any projects out of respect for the cast and crew who all show up regardless of conditions. I look forward to working with this cast and crew in the future.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Hareth Tayem:

Agent details and Socials:

Kermond Mgt – Australia

@kermondmgt

 

Personal:

www.harethtayem.com

@harethtayem (Instagram)

www.imdb.me/harethtayem

 

He is the man behind A Tale Of The Laundry Game Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Matthew Maio Mackay: My name is Matthew Maio Mackay and I’m the creator and founder of One Manner Productions, which is an Australian independent film company. Writing and directing is my main passion, however, I also produce and edit various works.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a filmmaker?

Matthew Maio Mackay: From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be an author, however only in the last three years, I knew that I wanted to write and direct film.

I had been entering competitions with short stories since reception and saw an advertisement for the international short film festival, which the Capri cinema was sponsoring. This led me to create a three-minute silent film for the competition, solely by myself with the use of stop motion. The film was selected to screen in the competition, and from then onwards my passion for film making continued to grow and develop. After that, I continued with animation and worked with voice actors such as Brennan Mejia (Power Rangers & Supergirl), Cori Gonzalez-Macuer (What We Do In The Shadows’ and Brennan Murray (VGHS). After completion of that film, I began to start working on my live-action projects as well as gaining work experience on other film sets.

SKSM: When did you make A tale of the laundry game? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?

Matthew Maio Mackay: The first draft of the script was completed in late 2018/ early 2019 and the film started to shoot in late February and wrapped during June. Although, it wasn’t shot linear, which is common in the film industry. Overall there were only about six different shoots, which due to scheduling complications took a while to organise. From then onwards editing took about two months.

SKSM: How come you picked Big wheels: A tale of the laundry game to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Matthew Maio Mackay: I chose ‘Big Wheels: A Tale of the Laundry Game’ to develop into a movie, because it had never been adapted before to my knowledge, and it was also something that I knew would be cost-efficient to make. The story was intriguing and didn’t conform to the usual confinements and tropes of horror. It was also one of his stories that would be most realistic to produce and accomplish. The story leaves a lot to the reader’s imagination, which gave us a lot more creative freedom when writing the script.

SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1? Was it just a wild guess or did you know it before you sent him the check?

Matthew Maio Mackay: I found out about the Dollar Baby program through a film magazine, and then found the website and did some further research before sending through my application.

SKSM: How does it feel that all the King fans out there can’t see your movie? Do you think that will change in the future? Maybe a internet/DVD release would be possible?

Matthew Maio Mackay: I’d love to share the film with all the fans but understand his decision to keep them private. Hopefully, in the future, this might change and the film will become available to a wider audience.

SKSM: What “good or bad” reviews have you received on your film?

Matthew Maio Mackay: I haven’t had many reviews, although the ones that I have received have been positive. Despite limited reviews, the film has had some good publicity and has been doing well in the festival circuit, being a finalist and receiving some awards.

SKSM: Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?

Matthew Maio Mackay: The film premiered and screened at the international Monster Fest before the feature ‘Two Heads Creek’ in Australia. I’m not entirely sure about future festivals, although there will be more updates in the New Year.

SKSM: Are you a Stephen King fan? If so, which are your favorite works and adaptations?

Matthew Maio Mackay: I am not too well versed with Stephen King’s work, however, I have certainly enjoyed the work I have read and seen. My favourites include Misery, The Dark Tower, the 2013 Carrie film and the off-broadway musical adaptation of the same name.

SKSM: Do you have any plans for making more movies based on Stephen King’s stories? If you could pick -at least- one story to shoot, which one would it be and why?

Matthew Maio Mackay: I don’t have any current plans to adapt any more of his work, however, if the opportunity presented itself in the future, I would definitely be interested.

If I could choose some of his stories to adapt I’d love to do a reimagining of Christine, Misery and The Dark Tower series.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Matthew Maio Mackay: I have several projects underway at the moment, including an original musical short film titled ‘Rot n’ Roll’ as well as a slasher/thriller ‘Sweet Nothings’ staring Greg Sestero from ‘The Room’ and author of ‘The Disaster Artist’. The musical features a cameo from Eddie Perfect (Offspring, Beetlejuice the musical) and will be released publicly mid next year. Other projects I am currently working on include ‘Here lies Colin’, a cosmic horror short film and ‘Tooth 4 Tooth’ an upcoming horror/drama, which is my largest production of yet. I recently completed the final edit on a romance/drama ‘Love and Blood’ which will be released at the end of next year after a festival run.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Matthew Maio Mackay: Thank you for interviewing me, and thanks for taking the time to read this!

SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?

Matthew Maio Mackay: The trailer is available to view online at https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=ROWsihBvH5o. If you are interested in my future work, follow me on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram @onemannerproductions.

 

He is the Producer of Mark Zimmerman‘s Rest Stop Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers?

James Peniata: My name is James Peniata and I am a Writer, Director, Actor and Producer. I have worked behind and infront of the camera in both film and television productions for over 10 years and enjoy trying new things to perfect my craft.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a producer?

James Peniata: I started as an actor and from there became interested in Writing, Directing and Producing. I am very passionate about telling stories and the creative arts in general. I like to switch back and forward depending on the project. Some I like to act in and sometimes I feel more passion to direct and/or produce.

SKSM: How did you become involved in ‘Rest Stop‘ Dollar Baby film?

James Peniata: While working on a psychological thriller film I was directing called ‘Wall’ my friend Mark Zimmerman (who wrote ‘Wall’) told me he had obtained the contract to make ‘Rest Stop’ and he asked if I would produce. I had just made a film with a similar tone and was set to begin filming an action series in a few months so I was hesitant to join him. I always put too much work on myself. But after reading the script and discussing with Mark I really enjoyed his vision. And I jumped on board quickly.

SKSM: Can you tell us about your work in the film?

James Peniata: I produced Rest Stop and helped to organise some of the set dressing used in the film. I was heavily in contact with the local council and did the scheduling for the filming days.

SKSM: What was it like to work with Mark Zimmerman on this film?

James Peniata: I have had the pleasure of working with Mark on 5 occasions now and each time has been from a different role. He is a true professional and very much a perfectionist across all roles.

SKSM: Was there any funny things that happened while filming (Bloopers, etc)?

James Peniata: Our second day of filming was on location at an actual Rest Stop located out doors on a quiet highway. While we were at unit base (located near a bush trail) we noticed one or two people approach every few minutes at night time. They would hesitate and then leave. This happened across the 2-3 nights we were filming on location. We later found out that spot is a very popular place for couples to “get together”… if you know what I mean. I couldnt stop laughing when I found out.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

James Peniata: I am a very big fan of Stephen Kings work. Salems Lot was probably my first book I read of his and when I saw the first film adaptation it reinforced the fear I felt reading the book. My all time favourite would have to be IT though. Clowns have forever scared me since.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

James Peniata: I am now in post production for the second season of my action fantasy series Atomic Kingdom, which also stars Mark in one of the lead roles. It is set in an alternate future for Australia after World War 3.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Something you’d like to tell our readers?

James Peniata: You’re very welcome! Id like to say to keep an eye on Penigma Pictures. We have produced some great works this year and we have many amazing things in the pipline. 2020 will see us begin development of our first feature film under our Penigma title and we release Atomic Kingdom Season 2.

 

He is the Executive Producer of James DouglasThe Doctor’s Case Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers?

Norm Coyne: My name is Norm Coyne. I am the Executive Producer on our Dollar Baby adaptation of “The Doctor’s Case”. James Douglas (screenwriter/director/producer of the film) and I formed a production company called Barker Street Cinema when we broke ground on the production and have been working on developing other projects ever since. We are currently in post production on the pilot for a television series about ghost hunting called Wicked Ways which stars actress/cosplay superstar LeeAnna Vamp and actor/voice acting legend Mark Meer. It is a unique spin on the paranormal investigation genre and we are super excited about it.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a producer?

Norm Coyne: I spent a lot of time as a child consuming any and all of the films I possibly could. Storytelling has always been something I have a deep admiration for. Pulling people together in pursuit of dreams is an extremely romantic notion to me. Producing films is the cross section of these two. It is a natural fit. In that respect, I guess I always knew I wanted to produce.

SKSM: How did you become involved in The Doctor’s Case Dollar Baby film?

Norm Coyne: I met James Douglas years earlier as his print marketing rep (I worked at a newspaper called the Prince George Citizen and James was managing the media for Barkerville Historic Town). Through the years, James and I became close friends and collaborated on a few big projects together including a 150th anniversary magazine for Barkerville, a comic con called the Barkerville Geekend (which is where we met Denise Crosby), and Northern FanCon (an entertainment expo that has seen tens of thousands of attendees and has hosted guests like William Shatner, Kevin Smith, Tia Carrere, Karl Urban, Jewel Staite, Alan Tudyk, Tricia Helfer, Sean Astin to name only a few). During that time, we had also been making short films with our friends Chad Magnant, Michael Kroetsch, and Stu Cawood. We had been entertaining a bigger project when James caught wind of the Dollar Baby program. He applied, got the rights and invited me to be part of what would become a life changing experience for both of us.

SKSM: Can you tell us about your work in the film?

Norm Coyne: My job was to do whatever it takes to help James realize his vision. On the baseline, James and I worked closely on crowdfunding the film. I also secured some significant contributions from a handful of other local supporters to fund the production. The Doctor’s Case has become a bit of a catalyst for our local film industry and these champions who helped us finance the production – Brent Marshall and Kyle Bachman to name a couple – are still very much at the forefront. Throughout and after the production, I have worked closely with James on developing the brand of our adaptation of The Doctor’s Case – press releases, media management, etc. A very real commitment of time and resources is making sure the film is being seen by as many eyes as possible while complying with the agreement with Stephen King. We have screened at many festivals over the past 2 years and we have to go through case by case whether we are able to attend. To me the most valuable part of the Dollar Baby program is connecting with other filmmakers and industry professionals on the festival circuit and at screenings. A lot of my work has gone into building those relationships.

SKSM: What was it like to work with James Douglas on this film?

Norm Coyne: James is one of the most magnificent human beings alive and a true artist. His commitment to honouring the source material while breathing life into the story was a spectacle to behold. The Doctor’s Case is an absolutely remarkable accomplishment and I sincerely admire the sacrifices he made to see the production through. My one hope – call it a Christmas wish – is that Stephen King himself watches the film one day and graces James with a few words or a call. There is no doubt in my mind that the film would impress King and it would mean the world to James for that 65 minutes of attention.

SKSM: Was there any funny things that happened while filming (Bloopers, etc)?

Norm Coyne: A cat wandered onto set and made the final cut…. Like that kind of blooper?

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Norm Coyne: I think it would be hard to find someone who is not a fan of Stephen King in some shape or form. His body of work is so vast and extends far beyond the realm of horror that his name typically invokes. In July, Screen Rant released an article of the 5 Best (and Worst) Stephen King Adaptations (According to IMDB). The list for the Best was

  1. The Shawshank Redemption
  2. The Green Mile
  3. The Shining
  4. Stand By Me
  5. The Doctor’s Case

Looking at this list really hit it home for me that some of King’s biggest successes are drama. He writes characters that engage us in a way that most don’t. Am I fan? HUGE FAN.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Norm Coyne: As I mentioned earlier, we are in post production on Wicked Ways. We are also in talks to work on a project with fellow Dollar Baby alumni Bev Vincent who is one of the friends we have made along the way on this remarkable journey. We have a docu-series we are pitching right now called “Hollywood Forever” which will see us partner again with Denise Crosby and Skye Borgman – another friend from our festival run of The Doctor’s Case. Skye’s film “Abducted in Plain Sight” went on to become a Netflix hit. We have a travel series we are developing right now with Ming Chen (from AMC’s Comic Book Men) and model/cosplay superstar Ivy Doomkitty. We have a web series called “Northern Lights, Camera, Action” which features interviews with some of our past guests of Northern FanCon (Edward James Olmos, Rachel Talalay, Michael Uslan, Marc Bernardin, and Skye Borgman). This series will chronicle our efforts in building film industry in a small city. We are trying hard to make sure the profile we have gained from The Doctor’s Case leads to bigger and better things for our team.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Something you’d like to tell our readers?

Norm Coyne: We are so grateful to be part of the Dollar Baby community. I would just like to impart how important it is to recognize the filmmakers behind any of the Dollar Baby projects. Without exception, they have made these films at great cost and the attention they receive helps them to continue and grow into bigger things. So support the filmmakers – follow them on Twitter, Stephen King has offered a tremendous opportunity of exposure – so feed that momentum with your attention 🙂

https://twitter.com/TheDoctorsMovie

https://www.facebook.com/northernfanconpg/

https://www.instagram.com/thedoctorsmovie/

 

She played in Rob Darren‘s Dollar Baby Mute as Barb Monette.

SKSM: Could you start telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Donna Hamblin: Hi! First of all, thank you so much for having me here! I am a Las Vegas based actress, who started in theatre, did a little television, and moved on into the world on indie films.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to be an actress?

Donna Hamblin: On my first audition for a local film, I had no idea what I was doing, but knew it was the direction I wanted to move into. So I started taking theatre workshops all over town. Going from there, I found a passion in myself I didn’t know even existed. And am so very grateful I did. I have enjoyed every bit of it, it has been a very huge part of my life.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Mute Dollar Baby film?

Donna Hamblin: I became involved in ”Mute” through the producer Rob Darren Newberger, Rob and I have known each other for a while, we were in a theatre group together, but I really got to know him on the set of ted V. Mikels ‘ film Astro Zombies M3 Cloned where Rob was the AD. We worked together after that and kept in touch. Rob had messaged me telling me he was producing movie based off Stephen King’s story Mute, and asked if I would play Barb. I felt very humbled he had faith in me to pull it off. Of course, I said YES and the rest is history.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Donna Hamblin: I think with along any other story Stephen King writes is an attraction itself. Audiences always love seeing them come to fruition. This story is the usual thrill of his work, compacted into a short story that delivers without all the long awaited suspension. In other words, the suspension is throughout the movie cut short.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Donna Hamblin: I didn’t audition, nor was the part written for me. The role I played of Barb is the character of the book already written in transcript. She was a lot of fun to play. She has two very different sides of her. That’s all I am going to tell you… Shhhhhh…

SKSH: You worked with Rob Darren in this film. How was that?

Donna Hamblin: Rob is an absolute dream to work with. He is very appreciative, considerate, and was really prepared. He was producing this movie all the way from North Carolina to be shot in Las Vegas. He had all the props ready and came early and spent countless hours location scouting for the car/desert scene. Rob’s a great guy and a great friend to anyone who crosses his path with. He gives actors room to have fun and makes it a fulfilling experience.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie you would like to tell me about?

Donna Hamblin: Oh yeah! When Doc Phineas (Pawn Stars), who plays Cowboy Bob, and I were filming in the hotel, we were privileged to get to do some improv, so we were goign back and forth where he was snorting like a bull, and I was holding lingerie like a matador saying Ariiiiba! All of the sudden, out of nowhere, Doc yells ”Here I come to you little heffer!” Well, I lost it and needed to recover after that. It continues to be a joke between the two of us to this day.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so, with who?

Donna Hamblin: Yes! Doc Phineas and I met while working on a previous film together, Hollywood Warriorress, a Deborah Dutch movie. So we already knew each other. Love that guy, he’s a dear, talented friend. Mark Gordon’s a dear friend of mine whom I met on the set of a ted V. Mikels’ film and we have done quite a few films together after that, and filming together again in January. Both him and I keep in contact. I just met Rob Marrocco on set this time, and he was a hoot, would love to film with him again. And Anthony Avery and I go way back. I believe we met years ago on one of Ted V. Mikel’s film set. We have remained good friends throughout the years. Anthony is a local talent that has definately made his mark in Las Vegas theatre and productions. John Ward, who did sound, is also a local producer. I worked with him on his movie ”Axemas II”. I knew Ross from may back, I believe we met on Rob’s prior movie ”White Paint”. Oh God, I am probably missing people here. I will say it was with great privilege to work among all these talented people.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Donna Hamblin: The last couple of months I have layed a little low. I am filming in January, hopefully May, and not sure what in between. I am cast in in quite a bit, hopefully the schedules don’t conflict. A few films coming up or already in distribution are Hellcat’s Revenge II: Deadman’s Hand, a Len Kabasinski film coming Christmas Day (Merry Christmas!). Another Len Kabasinski film, Challenge of the Five Gauntlets is available through Prime and gonna be distributed in a few months. Home Videos: The Complete Collection (part 1 to 3) from producer Sam Mason Bell out of the UK is now available through Amazon. Also producer Tony Newton (2 Die For) out of the UK. Last American Horror Show part 2 by producer Michael S. Rodriguez will be out soon (part 1 was completely entertaining). And Axemas 2: Blood Slay has just become available. I feel very fortunate to have these opportunities with all of these producers that have so much passion in their soul. I have more information on my website and keep it updated www.donnahamblin.weebly.com

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Donna Hamblin: I love all the Stephen King’s movies Though they scare the hell out of me! I only read of of his books (The Long Walk) and it was a short story from the Bachman books. I have heard a rumor they are making a movie out of it, now that would be amazing!

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Donna Hamblin: 1- I am not a competitive person, nor do I get jealous. That goes professionally and in personal life.

2- I’m pretty zen, but fierce with protecting myself.

3- I need alone time, and certainly appreciate when others need theirs.

4- My daughter, who was done movies and theatre as well, played my daughter in this movie.

5- I don’t hold grudges, but if done wrong, I will hold very strict boundaries. I tend to have boundaries anyhow.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Donna Hamblin: Absolutely, I can’t express enough gratitude for all the support. I hold it very graciously in my heart. You guys rock my world! Without YOU, there would be no US, and I thank you for that. And thanks to you Oscar! Thank you for keeping this industry alive and appreciated with your dedication. Much love and gratitude to you all!

SKSM: Do you want to add anything else?

Donna Hamblin: Yes! I saved this little treasure for last. I played none other than Annie on stage in Stephen King’s playwright… MISERY!!! It ran throughout the month of October at a local theatre here in Las Vegas… What a blast that was! Muchas Gracias! Thank you so much!

 

He played in Rob Darren‘s Dollar Baby Mute as Jessie.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Mark Gordon Buckley: I am a multi-chaotic human who is always pulling myself in a varitey of directions. So, if you mean what do I do for money? Well, I am a The Muscle Relaxer Your Doctor Should Prescribe and the Pain Reliever You Deserve. I am a Medical Massage Practitioner. For fun I love to make movies, play paintball, and hang out with my wife and dogs. I am the person who would rather speak at depth and on broader topics than to just chat about the weather. I hope that gives you a little insight to who I am without a camera in the room.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Mark Gordon Buckley: A few years ago I took a few acting classes with the late and wondrous human being, Art Lynch. After awhile he suggested that I audition for the legendary Ted V. Mikels. I got the gig and showed up the first day with an eye patch. Ted thought it was a great touch, as we were filming on Hallowween of 2015. Except it wasn’t a prop. I had actually hurt my eye and got metal in it from working on my van. As it turned out, I was the only bad guy who consistently showed up through the whole movie. I got to make a few women disappear, and only got beat up at the end. After that I was hooked, and have been enjoying the industry ever since.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Mute Dollar Baby film?

Mark Gordon Buckley: For that, I give a tremendous thank you to the beautiful Donna Hamblin. She asked if I was interested and available at the times the shoots were scheduled. I have my own practice, and lovely clients that are super supportive, so I was able to make time for it. I am so glad I did.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Mark Gordon Buckley: Karma. We all have been the dupe in someone else’s scheme. Whether it’s a family member, a partner, or a phone scam. And, we all wish that something would remove that kind of scrum from the planet. Then, having someone else to do the dirty work while we escape without reprisal — we, as humans, love to see the little guy come through it all unscathed.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Mark Gordon Buckley: Neither. Donna Hamblin referred me to Rob Darren. He gave me a jingle, and we chatted for a few minutes. I informed him that I had been a bartender for many years, so had real-life experience. I was lucky to have a great reference from Donna, and that Rob trusted his gut. Everything just came togther for me, and for the entire shoot.

SKSM: You worked with Rob Darren on this film, how was that?

Mark Gordon Buckley: Stupendous. It was really nice to work with a person with his vision. he’s someone who could guide you without being overbearing. Anyone who lets me hang out and help on other parts that I wasn’t even in is always cool. Rob’s definitely someone you would want to go have a beer with.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Mark Gordon Buckley: Nahhhh…  there was a lot more than one, so I’ll give you a couple. In the Bar scene with Doc (Ken) and Donna, we started out drinking shots. After we had done a few takes, I was checking in to see how we were doing, (as a good bartender should),  and I noticed the first signs of intoxication beginning to show, so I started to pour sweet and sour to replace the shots. Donna looked me right in the eye and said, “maybe we should switch to mocktails.” Doc blurted out, “I concur dear sir, make it so,” and I said, “already on it.” I leaned in and whispered, “I am a bartender you know,” and for the next two takes we all kept flubbing lines because we were so engulfed in laughter!

The other was with Donna and Anthony Avery. I was helping with the lights and equipment for the shoot. Donna was on the bed being stalked by Stanley (Anthony) and as she is backing up she missed the the edge of the bed and fell over backwards with her legs straight up in the air and, had Rob not been such a gentelman, we would have had an up-the-skirt shot. After Donna flashed us a thumbs up, everyone burst out laughing. Like I said, it was a great time for all, I believe.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Mark Gordon Buckley: Most, actually. Doc asked me to do a short directed by Jeff Zampino that they had written together called Duds, A Fiddle Faddle Fable, that is cracking up the festival circuit right now. I have been on a few sets with the ingenius John Ward. Donna has remained a great friend, and I am positive I will have the fortune to work with the others in the near future.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Mark Gordon Buckley: I have a few irons in the fire right now. I’m creating videos for my massage practice, plus I have the pleasure of starring across from Donna Hamblin in a feature by Luc Bernier. We will be filming in Janauary. Uncommon Bond. I am really excited for it to start. Also, Doc and I are talking about a play possibility in Las Vegas. Anything to expand my comfort zone is what I’m looking for. And, I am always looking to do more. The next great adventure is the story we get to tell.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Mark Gordon Buckley: SURE! Both on the page and off. My tastes run in a different direction than most, — some might say I’m weird. My favorite book of his is The Eyes of the Dragon. It just runs so far from his other books that it really stuck with me. Such a glorious mind he must have — what it must be like to have a mind that works like his. In many ways I am envious of a brain so diverse.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Mark Gordon Buckley: I am an introvert playing at being an extrovert. I have a fear of social interaction. I had a job taking care of animals for years where I didn’t even SEE people, much less talk to them. So, I decided to do the scariest thing I could think of — Stand-Up Comedy. Some said I should do karaoke, but the problem with that is if you are bad, people will come help you so that it takes the pressure off. No one is going to get up and tell your jokes in your place. I went to Bugsy’s in Vegas to their Open Mic, and just did it. Best thing I ever tried, because it has led me to this wonderful life.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Mark Gordon Buckley: The world isn’t here to make you less afraid, that’s your job. Go out and get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Help someone you don’t know — someone that doesn’t look like you. Pick up trash when you see it, and leave the World better than you found it.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Mark Gordon Buckley: First off, I would like to thank you and your readers for the engaging chat. And, did you know that walking backwards can help reduce or even relieve low back pain? Now you do! Live long and prosper! 🙂

 

He is the Composer of Dan Sellers‘ Uncle Otto’s Truck Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Matt Vucic: I am a film composer and songwriter living in the United States. I started playing the drums at a very young age and grew up playing in rock, fusión, jazz, and country bands. I eventually got into songwriting which lead me to scoring films.

SKSM: How did you become involved with Uncle Otto’s truck?

Matt Vucic: I was introduced to Dan (director) by a mutual friend and filmmaker. I read the script and really liked the visión Dan had for the film. Im also a huge Stephen King fan so I jumped at the chance to get involved.

SKSM: How did you get started as a composer and what do you do on production?

Matt Vucic: Although I’ve always loved film scores and grew up listening to them I never really saw myself as a composer. That all changed when a good friend of mine asked me to score a film he was working on about 6 years ago. Ever since then I have been hooked. I consider myself a storyteller so writing music for film is a great fit for me.

SKSM: How did you get started to wrote the Soundtrack for Uncle Otto’s truck?

Matt Vucic: Working on Uncle Otto’s Truck was a unique experience in that I didn’t score to picture. I did see a rough cut of the film so I was able to get a good feel for Dan’s visión. But he was still in the editing phase of post-production so we decided that I would write a few cues and he would edit them into the picture as he saw fit. I probably spent the most time on the opening cue as that set the tone for the film.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the music that you would like to tell me about?

Matt Vucic: Well I won’t give it away for those who havn’t seen the film. But there was a scare moment in the film that made me jump out of my seat when I was watching the first edit.

SKSM: After Uncle Otto’s truck did you write more music? If so what?

Matt Vucic: Yes. While I was working on Uncle Otto’s Truck I was also scoring another horror film called Psyscho Path. You can listen to the soundtrack here. https://mattvucic.hearnow.com/

SKSM: What are you working nowadays?

Matt Vucic: Right now I have two different suites of music I hope to reléase in the coming months. Also, there is a good chance I will be scoring a feature horror film this summer.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Matt Vucic: Absolutely. I have read and enjoyed so many Stephan King books. Most recently I read 11/22/63 and count it as a favorite. Amazing story!

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Matt Vucic: No surprises. I wear my heart on my sleeve.

SKSM: What advice would you give to those people who want to be musicians?

Matt Vucic: One thing comes to mind. Learn the business of music. Because it is a business.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Matt Vucic: It’s my pleasure. Thank you for giving me the opportunity. Streaming movies is fun. But don’t stop going to see movies in theaters. Nothing beats that experience!

SKSM: Do you like something to add?

Matt Vucic: Sure. If you are interested in keeping up with me and my work. Here are a few links. Say Hello!

Twitter @mattvucic

Instagram @mattvucic

Facebook @officialmattvucic

www.mattvucic.com

Im also on Apple Music, Spotify and all other major music streaming services.

Cheers!

 

He played in Dan Sellers’ Dollar Baby Uncle Otto’s Truck as George McCutcheon.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Tom Gore: Originally from Newport, RI. I spent 20 years in the Army as an Apache Longbow Helicopter pilot, now retired and currently a student at Methodist University, working towards my BFA in Graphic Design and playing Defensive Lineman on the school’s football team.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Tom Gore: In high school, I was part of a class that put on a theater show and enjoyed it so much that it was ingrained forever as a part of my life. As I was finishing up my time in the army, I thought to myself, and considered what would I do now that I’m not in the army anymore. My processes all led to me acting and there I followed suit on a course of action that payed of with that actual goal. I am eternally grateful to all those who’ve either come before me or have said yes and let me be someone else for even a brief moment.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Uncle Ottos truck Dollar Baby film?

Tom Gore: Dan Sellers called me up and asked and I said yes.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Tom Gore: It’s a Stephen King story so his name alone will attract attention, but I believe that Dan’s ability as a storyteller is what keeps people in their seats to watch it.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Tom Gore: Thankfully no, I didn’t have to audition, Dan knew exactly how he wanted to tell the story and I’m grateful he chose me to portray George and breathe live into him.

SKSM: You worked with Dan Sellers on this film, how was that?

Tom Gore: It was great, Dan is a fantastic director, he knows how he wants to tell his story, puts it together, and gets us to execute his vision. I’ve worked with him before on other projects and we do have a special chemistry that allows for greater exploration of the story and the characters. I’ve been very fortunate to call Dan a great friend also.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Tom Gore: Oh whew, (SPOILER ALERT) ok in this story my character is killed. Now to show this on camera we brought in an amazing Special Effects Wizard named Matt Patterson (seriously, hire this guy). Getting in position for the death sequence was it own challenge, its dark, late, we’ve already filmed almost all day, and limited lighting in an unknown field. We’re all trying to be safe and quick to make sure we get everything Dan needs to tell his story and fortunately everyone was on board with this mentality (a rare occurrence in retrospect). So I’m laying down under the truck and Matt’s over me with a bucket of red slime and chunks and viscera and says right before he dumps the contents on to me, “I even have teeth in this batch.” The inclusion of teeth through me for a loop, so many questions entered my head at the moment he splatters me I was at a loss for words; like who’s teeth? Where did these teeth come from? Human teeth? How many teeth? Why is there teeth? When did you decide that this extra special batch of FX goo should include teeth???

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Tom Gore: I am lucky and fortunate enough to have a great relationship with many of the cast and crew on this project. Dan and Sammie Cassell host a movie pod cast and let me be a special guest from time to time. I’ve worked with Matt and his wife on lotsa projects and look forward to all future occasions cause I know it’ll be great. Mike and Devlin are Father/Son in real life and it’s always great hanging out and doing stuff where we run into each other.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Tom Gore: I’m currently a Junior at Methodist University working on my Bachelors in Fine Arts in Graphic Design as well as a Nose Tackle on the football team.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Tom Gore: As a horror fan, how can you not be?

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Tom Gore: There’s a lot that would surprise people; I was on the show Superhuman on Fox season 1 episode 4, I have seven awesome kids, the youngest is 18, I deployed 3 times to Afghanistan and once to Iraq during the “surge” while in the army.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Tom Gore: Thank you for having me. Please continue to support indie horror films, and most importantly be awesome to everybody!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Tom Gore: You can find more of my work at www.imdb.me/tomgore

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