Check out the trailer for “Alison’s Choice”. Alison is a young teen who finds herself pregnant. As she embarks on a journey to decide whether or not to keep the baby, she meets a variety of characters who influence her one way or another. I play Rita, a suburban housewife, who has her own story to tell.
“Alison’s Choice” is a powerful film and I’m proud to be a part of it. To pick up your own copy of the film, visit http://alisonschoice.com/.
Cast and crew of the faith based film, “Alison’s Choice”
A Screening of “Alison’s Choice” was held on November 15, 2015 at Oneonta Congregational Church. My husband, Lincoln, and I hosted the screening. I contacted the local paper to get the word out and took to social media to promote the film and actors daily. Director, Bruce Marchiano, and his social media team also worked to promote the screening. I wasn’t sure how many people would attend, and frankly I was a little nervous. I had never hosted a film screening before. But the night of the screening the fellowship hall at the church quickly filled up. People drove from as far as Riverside to see the film and meet Bruce. It was also great to see so many cast and crew members in attendance. I hadn’t seen them since we filmed last January and it was great to catch up.
Our friend, Dave Schwend, popped popcorn and we offered light refreshments for all who attended. Following the screening there was a Q&A with Bruce Marchiano and cast members Chanel Marriott, Britt Prentice, Amy Lyndon, Liz Randall and myself. Bruce brought glossy 11×14 sized film posters and the cast and I autographed posters for all who attended. Overall the screening was a complete success and I walked away feeling exhilarated! Thank you to all who attended!
Q&A with the cast of Alison’s Choice
Recording ADR on “Alison’s Choice” at Monkeyland Audio. Photo courtesy of Writer/Director, Bruce Marchiano.
Actress Jennifer Keller taking direction from Bruce Marchiano. Photo credit: Eddie de la Rosa
Actresses Megan Black, Bunny Gibson, Jennifer Keller and Chanel Marriott.
Writer/Director Bruce Marchiano, Producer Brandon Riley, Actress Jennifer Keller and Director of Photography Phillip Hurn.
A quick pic from my 2nd day of filming “Alison’s Choice”.
Behind the scenes photo of actresses Jennifer Keller and Chanel Marriott with writer/director Bruce Marchiano.
January 12th was a beautiful day. It was the first day of filming for a faith-based independent feature film called “Alison’s Choice”. My teeth were chattering as I arrived at 6:30am on set in Arcadia, CA. I was greeted by the second AD, Frederick Gourgue, who introduced to the make up artist, Kristen Castellano. I enjoyed chatting over hot tea with our film’s star, Chanel Marriott.
I play Rita, a upscale mother of two, whose chance encounter with Alison influences her journey in the film.
“Alison’s Choice” writer/director, Bruce Marchiano, greeted everyone with a kind welcome and we jumped right into rehearsal and filming. For me acting is always a mix of joy and fear. I love my craft, but there is an element of vulnerability every time I step in front of the camera. There is that little voice in the back of my head that says, “don’t blow it”. And as I sat outside on that park bench with Chanel, my teeth chattering, I just had to tell that little voice to quiet down, to trust in the work I put into the character of Rita (as my favorite coach, Christinna Chancey, would remind me). One of the great things about working with Bruce on set is that he has a gift for encouragement. He has a kind word for everyone. And surprisingly, most actors will agree that is a rare on sets. And so I breathed life into the character of Rita that day and trusted in Bruce’s direction.
It was a pleasure to work with both Bruce and Chanel on this scene. I’ll be on pins and needles until I see the final product.
Behind the scenes of “Alison’s Choice”. Photo Credit: Joth Riggs.
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