- Posted April 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
iReport at the movies
- Canadian Director/Cinematographer Turns from Documentaries to Scripted Material
- Finders Keepers: The Root of all Evil Review - SPOILER ALERT
- 42: Film Review
- Chadwick Boseman, Star of "42" Lands Cover and Exclusive Interview with the Hollywood Film Journal
- Gravitas Ventures to Release Gritty Thriller Finders Keepers on Cable and VOD on April 1st
What a Baseball Megastar, a Mob Boss and a Psycho Killer have in Common:
"Three South Carolinian Actors Charm Hollywood"
Take a moment, and think of your favorite actor, actress or film. What states instantly come to mind when you think about the entertainment industry? Chances are, the answer is going to be California or New York. As major entertainment industry hubs, they offer the most opportunity and as a result churn out a significant number of the country’s best entertainers with a few exceptions. But every so often one of the other 48 states will nurture a phenomenally talented individual and share them with the rest of us.
South Carolina is known for its gorgeous beaches, being one of the original 13 colonies and being the peach producing capital of the world. It’s not by any stretch of the imagination, the first place you’d picture when thinking of the film industry. Somehow, despite being so far removed from the entertainment industry, SC has managed to produce not one, not two, but three contemporary actors who are taking Hollywood and the country by storm: Chadwick Boseman, Timothy Woodward Jr., and Bill Oberst Jr. This Spring, all three of these Southern Gentlemen and seasoned All-American Actors are celebrating the release of feature films. With their easy southern charm and obvious dedication to perfecting their craft, American can’t help but celebrate with them.
30 year old Chadwick Boseman has catapulted from virtual obscurity to A-List stardom almost overnight with charm, an easy grin and an overt endorsement from the White House. At an exclusive screening of the biopic 42, where Boseman plays the baseball megastar Jackie Robinson opposite film legend Harrison Ford, Michelle Obama is quoted as saying “We think that everybody in this country needs to watch this movie” according to Variety. The Anderson, SC native is best know for his role on the TV show Lincoln Heights, but after winning the role of Jackie Robinson which is being released in theaters April 12th, the African American actor has become a household name. In an exclusive interview with the Hollywood Film Journal, Boseman discusses his journey as an actor and the “challenges” associated with playing a historical icon. Boseman attributes his much of his outstanding performance to the gentle encouragement of the Robinson Family, “The only [pressure] that drove me to a positive place was [the] pressure from the Robinson family. I should redefine "pressure" to "challenge". Rachel Robinson challenged me in a very loving, wise and stately way. And how appropriate, since she and Jackie Robinson met and conquered so many challenges. How could I play the role if I was too weak to meet her challenge?”. His ability to meet and perform well above expectations shows amazing strength of character.
Strength of character is one of the traits all three men share. Timothy Woodward Jr. was born and raised in Georgetown, SC where battled through a shockingly rocky childhood. Instead of buckling under the pressure or giving up, he embraced the world of acting and quickly became “one to watch”. He has starred in numerous television series, and his first feature, Redefining Love, opened in theaters nationwide. Timothy has shown and continues to show amazing resilience and ingenuity. Rob Stevens, a former Showtime and MavTV Executive, was quoted in the Georgetown Times as saying “The fact that Tim has put [this] together shows that he really has some skill as a TV [and film] entrepreneur. He is really sort of doing it all.”
Not only has he show success as a leading man, but he has also been remarkably successful with the films he has produced, edited and directed. Woodward is one of very few independent producers to earn a direct distribution deal with ABC/NBC/Fox’s on-demand platform HULU.
After establishing his foothold as an actor and producer, Woodward tried his had at directing and took on the horror/thriller film Finders Keepers: The Root of all Evil written by Pia Cook & Todd Gordon, in which he proved he is an incredibly successful jack-of-all-trades. Finders Keepers: The Root of all Evil will serve not only as his directorial debut when it is released on April 4, 2013, but also the first feature film released as part of Woodward’s recently signed multi-picture distribution deal with VOD Distribution giant Gravitas Ventures.
Of the three South Carolina actors, Bill Oberst Jr., is by far the busiest. According to IMDB, Bill has 19 films currently in production out of 96 total credits. He has also been dubbed the “King of Horror” by FearNet and as a result is one of the most sought after commodities in the horror industry. His striking looks, and ability to portray the creepiest of characters has not only afforded him his lofty title, but also earned him a Primetime Emmy Award for the Facebook social media sensation “Take This Lollipop”. Bill may play a horrifyingly convincing psychopath on screen, but South Carolinians have fallen in love with his easy going demeanor, cheesy grin and genuinely kind nature.
Every good screenplay features both a hero and an anti-hero. Georgetown, SC continues this trend by being home to both the town sweetheart/hero (Timothy Woodward Jr.) and the suave somewhat creepy anti-hero (Bill Oberst Jr.). In addition to the recently released horror flicks Scary or Die and Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, which can be see on numerous VOD outlets including Netflix and VUDU, Oberst stars opposite Timothy Woodward Jr. in the highly anticipated horror flick Blackout, which is also being released by Gravitas Ventures as part of Woodward’s multi-picture deal July 2013.
Be sure to check out and show support for the latest films starring these exceptional South Carolina actors. 42 starring Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Alan Tudyk and Christopher Meloni is coming to a theater-near-you April 12th. Finders Keepers: The Root of All Evil directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. and starring Richard Bachellor, Robert Covington, Josh Jevicks and Katelynn Derengowski is being released April 4th on several VOD outlets including Charter and VUDU. Bill Oberst Jr. is constantly celebrating the release of fresh content on every platform imaginable, but keep an eye out for his spectacular portrayal of an obsessive hotel employee in Blackout this July.
Finders Keepers: The Root of all Evil - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8GUcYB8Gf4
Blackout - http://vimeo.com/38096363