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“Alison’s Choice” Official Trailer

 

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/.

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Screening of “Alison’s Choice”

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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!

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Q&A with the cast of Alison’s Choice

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ADR For “Alison’s Choice”

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Recording ADR on “Alison’s Choice” at Monkeyland Audio. Photo courtesy of Writer/Director, Bruce Marchiano.

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Photos from Day 3 of “Alison’s Choice”

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Actress Jennifer Keller taking direction from Bruce Marchiano. Photo credit: Eddie de la Rosa

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Actresses Megan Black, Bunny Gibson, Jennifer Keller and Chanel Marriott.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Writer/Director Bruce Marchiano, Producer Brandon Riley, Actress Jennifer Keller and Director of Photography Phillip Hurn.

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Photo from Day 2 of Alison’s Choice

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A quick pic from my 2nd day of filming “Alison’s Choice”.

 

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My Little Actress

My daughter, Everleigh, was cast in “Alison’s Choice”. It was such a joy to watch her working with lead actress, Chanel Marriott. Here are a few pictures from the shoot.

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Check out the Facebook page to get updates about this incredible film: https://www.facebook.com/alisonschoice or on Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/alisonschoice

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“Alison’s Choice” Independent Feature Film Shoot: Day 1

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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.

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Behind the scenes of “Alison’s Choice”. Photo Credit: Joth Riggs.

 

 

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First Day of Filming “Abner, The Invisible Dog”

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Jennifer on set with co-stars Jane Kean and Ted Monte

I started filming “Abner”, a new Independent Feature Film on November 18th.  “Abner” is a kids movie and I have been cast as the mother of the lead character.   The first day of filming I met my co-stars, Ted Monte and Jane Kean.  What an honor to work with both of them.  Jane Kean was a series regular on “The Jackie Gleason Show”, starred in Pete’s Dragon (a personal fav when I was a kid) and has a resume that spans decades.   Ted Monte plays my husband in the film and he has also been working for years.  Both actors were really nice and funny.   It was a great way to start my 5 day shoot!

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News!

I booked a role in an Independent Feature Film!  I start on Sunday and shoot 6 days over the next week and a half.  I am very excited. Details will follow.  Keep checking back!

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“One Week” is on IMDB

“One Week” is on IMDB!  Check it out:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2319926/

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“Selective Memory”, A Short Film

Check out my latest project, a short film called “Selective Memory”

Written and Directed by Thomas D. Moser

Starring Michael O’Hare Wallace, Katherine Phillips Moser and Jennifer Keller

Story: A man wakes up in a restaurant with no memory of how he got there. A wound, gun, and briefcase with just one photograph are his only clues about who he is.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 · 10:51 am

“Wedding Day” at the Downtown Independent Theater

Jennifer with Director/Producer, Andre Gordon, and Producer Stephanie Drapeau

“Wedding Day” screened at Downtown Independent Theater on Saturday.  I attended to support this great film and to see friends from the project.  This is my second time seeing the film on the big screen.   Special thanks to my LA based friends who joined me for the screening!

“Wedding Day” may be available on Netflix in the future.  Keep checking back for details.

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See “Wedding Day” The Feature Film TONIGHT!

Want to see “Wedding Day”? If you live in LA, now is your chance!!  See is TONIGHT, Saturday April 21st at 7 pm. The film is screening at:

Downtown Independent
251 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(http://www.downtownindependent.com/)

TICKETS: $10

“Wedding Day” follows 2 couples getting married as the best day of their lives becomes their worst nightmares.

Starring David Koechner, C Thomas Howell, Stephanie Drapeau, Jennifer Keller, Andre Gordon, Brandon Molale, Sean Field, Kate Siegel and James Lyons

Check out the trailer

I play one of the two brides getting married in the film, opposite Brandon Molale.  Hope you can join me tonight!

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Two More Days to Help “One Week”

Only 2 days left and we are still trying to raise money for post-production costs. Pretty please help us out, every little bit counts: http://www.indiegogo.com/oneweek

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The “One Week” Indie Go Go Campaign

We reached our minimum goal!  We are grateful to our supporters. Thank you for believing in us and in this project!

We are still trying to raise $500 for post-production costs, which include editing, reproduction, distribution, marketing and fees for submitting to film festivals .

If you haven’t already, please consider helping us with this film. You will forever be attached to a piece of movie magic.

And to those who have already helped us, thank you again!

To learn more, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/oneweek

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Press from the “Wedding Day” Premiere

 

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“One Week” Short Film and Fundraising Campaign

“One Week” is a romantic comedy that gives an honest look into the dishonest world of online dating. We follow Jill, a woman who wants love, but will settle for a date in a hurry just to keep up appearances for her family. However, some things aren’t meant to be rushed. She soon finds herself in surprising situations, which leads her to new insights about life and love.

Starring: Jennifer Keller, Brad Carter, Ryan Dobson, Debra Lynn Hull, and Jennifer Jarrett.

Directed by: Thomas D. Moser

PLEASE HELP US MAKE THIS MOVIE!!

In order to make this short film, we need between $1000-$1500 to get started.  Want to help? Visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/oneweek

Wondering what we’re going to do with it?

  • Studio Lighting Rental will cost roughly $200-$250 a day
  • A Sound Technician will cost roughly $300-$400
  • Cast/Crew lunch/drinks/snacks will cost roughly $200 a day

We understand that you may not be able to contribute to our campaign financially, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help!  Please spread the word about our film on Facebook and Twitter. Post a link to our Indie Go Go Campaign on your site.  And “like” us on Facebook so we can keep you up to date with our project.

Thanks so much for your help and support!

Jennifer

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On the Red Carpet at the Premiere of “Wedding Day”

An official photograph of Jennifer Keller at the Premiere of "Wedding Day"
Photo Credit: Jeff Knight

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“Wedding Day” Film Premiere

The “Wedding Day” Film Premiere and Red Carpet Event was Monday night!  It was such an exciting night.  “Wedding Day” is an Independent Feature Film that I worked on in 2010 and 2011. I have worked on a number of short films in the past few years, but this is my first leading role in a full length feature film.  This was a big night for me.

I bought a new dress from White House/Black Market for the event.  I spend an hour getting ready, making sure my hair and make up looked just right. And finally, I was ready to drive into Hollywood for the Premiere.

When I arrived I was escorted to the red carpet and was photographed by about 10 different photographers.  Next I was interviewed about the film.  Afterwards I was able to catch up with the cast  and directors of “Wedding Day” in the lobby, many of which I haven’t seen since we first started filming in 2010.  To learn more about the cast, visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1562918/.

After all the actors walked the red carpet and were interviewed, we were escorted into the screening room to watch the film  It looked great!  There will be a limited theatrical release soon. Keep checking back for details.

Check out a few  personal photos from the event:

Jennifer Keller and Brandon Molale at the Premiere of “Wedding Day”. Jennifer plays “Brooke” who is engaged to marry “Cody”, played by Brandon.

Jennifer with director, Dale Fabrigar

Jennifer with Director/Producer, Andre Gordon, and Producer Stephanie Drapeau

For more photos, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Keller/112446636168

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Wedding Day Trailer

Check out the new Trailer for “Wedding Day”

 

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“Wedding Day” Film Sneak Peak

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Wedding Day Feature Film

Check out the new website for “Wedding Day”: http://weddingdaymovie.net/index.html. I play Brooke Mason, one of two brides getting married in the film.

Also, please “like” the film on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wedding-Day-The-Feature-Film/317164059449

Release dates have not been announced yet. Keep checking back for updates

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Filming!

On December 5th and 6th I worked on a “hush, hush” Independent Film.   It was great to work on such a professional project.  My scenes were rich with possibilities and gave me a lot to play with.  I worked with a wonderful director and my fellow cast members were top-notch actors. And I had my own star-wagon trailer, how can you go wrong with that?

It is a lucky day when I have the opportunity to act on-screen.  All the auditions, the driving all over LA, the ups and downs of the Industry are worth it when I’m actually on set….doing the work….doing what I love.

More information coming soon. Keep checking back.

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Last Day of Filming “Wedding Day”

On Sunday we finished shooting “Wedding Day”, an indie feature film.  “Wedding Day” is a multi-character and storyline feature in the vein of “Valentine’s Day” that centers around 2 couples getting married and the catering company hired for both weddings.

I play Brooke Mason, a bride-to-be from an affluent family.   We shot the scene between Brooke and her Therapist (Tom Tangen).

Here are a couple of photos from the shoot:

Actress Jennifer Keller (Brooke) and Tom Tangen (Therapist) in between takes

Jennifer Keller with director Andre Gordon and fellow producers Natalie Howe and Stephanie Drapeau

Part of the cast and the entire crew of "Wedding Day" on the last day of filming

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“Wedding Day” Reshoot

Today was re-shot the opening scene in “Wedding Day”.  In this scene the audience is introduced to Brooke and Cody (played by Brandon Molale) the morning of their wedding.   We also shot a scene where Brooke is on the phone with the catering company.

Here I am on set with Brandon Molale:

Jennifer Keller (Brooke) and Brandon Molale (Cody) shooting the opening scene in the feature film, "Wedding Day"

To learn more about he project and the cast visit IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1562918/

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Third Day of Filming for “Wedding Day”

On Friday I completed Day Three of filming the independent feature film “Wedding Day”.  “Wedding Day” is a multi-character and storyline feature in the vein of “Valentine’s Day” that centers around 2 couples getting married and the catering company hired for both weddings.

I play Brooke Mason, a bride-to-be from an affluent family.   Today we shot Brooke and Cody’s (played by Brandon Molale) wedding ceremony at Oneonta Congregational Church in South Pasadena, CA.  We also shot a scene between Brooke and the Mason family, which takes place right before the wedding ceremony is scheduled to start.

Here are a couple of photos from the shoot today:

Jennifer Keller, as Brooke, and the wedding party

Jennifer Keller, as Brooke, and the wedding party

Jennifer Keller, as Brooke, and her bridesmaids in the feature film, "Wedding Day"

Jennifer Keller, as Brooke Mason in "Wedding Day", and the Mason Family

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Second Day of Filming for “Wedding Day”

Today I completed Day Two of filming the indie feature film “Wedding Day”.    I play one of two brides getting married in the film.  In this scene my character,  Brooke Mason, is leaning on her college sorority sister, Beverly (played by Natalie Howe) to coordinate her wedding.  Brooke has stopped by the  reception location to speak with Beverly.

Here I am on set with my co-star:

Jennifer Keller (Brooke) and Natalie Howe (Beverly) after shooting their scene in "Wedding Day

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“Wedding Day” Changes

There have been some cast changes in “Wedding Day”.  I have learned that Daniel Long, who plays my fiance Cody, has stepped away from the project.  The new Cody is  Brandon Molale, known for his roles in” Dodgeball” and “Mr. Deeds”.  I will be meeting Brandon Molale on Friday for our Wedding scenes.

To learn more about he project and the cast visit IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1562918/

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First Day of Filming for “Wedding Day”

Yesterday I completed Day One of filming the feature film “Wedding Day”.  “Wedding Day” is a multi-character and storyline feature in the vein of “Crash” that centers around 2 couples getting married and the catering company hired for both weddings.

I play Brooke Mason, a bride-to-be from an affluent family.  Today we shot the opening scene where the audience is introduced to Brooke and Cody (played by Daniel Long)the morning of their wedding.

Here I am on set with my co-star:

Jennifer Keller (Brooke) and Daniel Long (Cody) shooting the opening scene in the feature film, “Wedding Day”

Jennifer Keller (Brooke) and Daniel Long (Cody) in between shots

To learn more about he project and the cast visit IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1562918/

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Wedding Day Filming

Filming for “Wedding Day” the feature film is gearing up to start on July 8th.  Day One of filming starts with the scenes between my character Brooke and her fiance Cody.  Today I coached with Christinna Chauncey.  I have been studying with Christinna for over a year and I really respect her.  I felt great about the work that we did today and I look forward to the big shoot on Thursday.

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Location Scouting for “Wedding Day”

Today I went location scouting with the team of “Wedding Day”, a SAG indie feature with celebrity cast members and distribution already in place.  Specifically, we scouted locations at Oneonta Congregational Church.  We are scouting the church and other buildings on campus for the wedding scene with my character Brooke and fiance Cody, as well as the majority of scenes for our celebrity actor.

I knew Oneonta would be a perfect location, so I was excited to give a tour of the church to the Wedding Day team.  And sure enough, they loved it as well.  Check out our facebook page for photos:

http://tinyurl.com/Wedding-DayFilm

Our shoot date has been bumped back several months, but we are gearing up to film in July.  Keep checking back for details.

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Callback for “The Warm Up Guy”

Today I had a callback for ”The Warm Up Guy”, a indie film being cast by Big House Casting.

I was called back for the role of Carol, a sweet, pregnant wife.  The only lovable character in a dysfunctional family.  I read with the actor who would be playing the role of my husband.  In the audition we were asked to improvise. I thought it went well.  I left the callback feeling really happy with my performance.

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Three Auditions on Thursday

Wow!  What a day.  Today I had three auditions.  Lucky me!

First  I had a commercial audition at Ross Lacy Casting.  Today’s product was Olive Garden.  The attire: casual with a white button down shirt.  I arrived at 200 S. La Brea and signed in for my audition.  I read the sides and really liked the character.  Good audition!

Next I drove over to CAZT to audition for a webisode called “Insatiable”, which was described as “Twilight meets Twin Peaks”.  I auditioned for the role of Abby, a superficial, small town real estate agent with an agenda.

Lastly I had an audition at Big House Casting in Studio City for an indie film.  I auditioned for the role of Carol, a sweet, pregnant wife.  The only lovable character in a dysfunctional family.

Thanks to each Casting Director for the audition.

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Film Audition

Today I had an audition for a short film called “Anything Can Happen”.   I auditioned for the role of Nicole who is described as “a woman who is a fairly successful B list actress but is trying to transition into bigger projects/roles. Pretty, pretentious and snappy but also has a sweet, insecure side.”

I arrived for auditions at CAZT for my 11AM time slot.  I received the sides prior to the audition, had made my character choices, and was ready for the audition.  When it was my turn to audition I met with the Casting Director, Jessica Sherman, who gave me a warm welcome.  I was given a couple of notes before I started the scene and then we started.  The audition was just one take, but I felt good about my choices.

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Film Audition

Today I had an audition for an indie feature film called “Dick Little”.    I auditioned for the role of Amy.

I arrived for auditions at CAZT for my afternoon audition and picked up the sides, which were not available prior.  I read over the material and it was so sweet.  A fun little romantic comedy.  When it was my turn,  I received a very warm welcome from the Director.  I read through the scene with the reader and I felt really good about it!

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New Acting Reel

An acting reel is a collection of scenes from different project an actor has worked on.  Here is my newly updated acting reel, which includes scenes from “Milk” – a NYFA Thesis Film, “A Simple Conversation” – an AFI Film, “Cavemen Crib Party” – a webisode, and 2 national commercials.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.  I hope you enjoy it.

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New IMDB Credit!

Today I found out that ”A Simple Conversation”  has been posted on IMDB.  “A Simple Conversation” is a really great AFI Film that I shot last fall.

Check out my IMDB page at  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2641302/.   Not all short films are posted on IMDB, so a lot of projects that I have worked on are not listed, which is why I am excited that “A Simple Conversation” has been updated!

Thanks for checking it out!

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“Wedding Day” Film Rehearsal

Today I had a rehearsal for “Wedding Day”, an indie film I am working on.  “Wedding Day” is a SAG feature with celebrity cast members and distribution already in place.

I play Brooke Mason, one of two brides who is getting married in the film.  This morning we worked on two scenes in the script.  First we worked on a scene between my character, Brooke, and the Mason family which takes place before the wedding ceremony.  Next we rehearsed a scene between Brooke and her wedding planner, Beverly Blessing (played by Natalie Howe).

I am really excited to start filming over the summer!  Check out my IMDB page for more info on the film: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2641302/ and enjoy a photo from the rehearsal.

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Film Audition for Jennifer

Today I had an audition for an indie feature film called “Skeletons in the Closet”.   The film is projected to shoot in September.  I auditioned for Alexandra who is described as “beautiful, slender and in shape, young mother of two children. She is a Psychic for the NYPD who helps on serial murder cases.”

I arrived for auditions at the Space Station Casting Studios in Hollywood for my 5PM time slot.  I received the sides prior to the audition, had made my character choices, and was ready for the audition.  When it was my turn to audition I met with the writer/director/producer Chloe Finch and producer Penny Mackie.

Overall the audition went well.  Thanks to Chloe Finch for calling me in to audition

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Rehearsal for “Wedding Day”

Today I had another rehearsal for the indie feature film “Wedding Day”. I play Brooke Mason, one of two brides who is getting married in the film.  The scene we worked on this morning was between my character, Brooke and her Therapist (Tom Tangen).  We worked out a lot of good stuff in rehearsal.  I am really looking forward to start filming over the summer.

Check out my IMDB page for more info on the film: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2641302/ and enjoy a couple photos from the rehearsal.

Actress Jennifer Keller (Brooke) and Tom Tangen in rehearsals for "Wedding Day"

Actress Jennifer Keller with the creative team behind the feature film, "Wedding Day"

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Jennifer Keller on the Red Carpet

On Thursday night I attended “Projections: A Short Film Festival”  put together by fellow Ball State Alum, James E. Roberts.  The screening showcased a film he co-wrote and produced called “Long Awaited”, along with two other short films. The event took place at the Marriott Marina Del Rey and was hosted by Ball State Alumni Doug Jones (Legion, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy 1&2).

Jennifer Keller on the red carpet at "Projections: A Short Film Festival" hosted by Doug Jones

Jennifer Keller on the Red Carpet with celebrities Doug Jones & Camden Toy

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“Wedding Day” Feature Film Rehearsal

Today I had a rehearsal for the indie feature “Wedding Day”.  The cast is working hard to make sure this project is a complete success.  The scene we worked on this morning was between my character, Brooke, and Beverly (played by Natalie Howe), the wedding coordinator and my college friend.  Rehearsal went great!

Check out my IMDB page for more info on the film: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2641302/.

Jennifer Keller is rehearsals for the Indie Feature "Wedding Day"

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Workshop with “Wedding Day” Casting Director, Lindsay Bellock

The Casting Team of  “Wedding Day” facilitated a workshop with the Casting Director for the film, Lindsay Bellock.  Lindsay is also a Casting Associate for Beth Holmes Casting.   “Wedding Day” is a SAG feature shooting over the Summer with celebrity cast members and distribution already in place.

Lindsay passed out sides prior to the workshop.  She gave me GREAT sides from a pilot she cast earlier this year called Maggie Hill.  I played the character of Caroline, which was a good character for me.  I felt really good about my read, I just hope I made a favorable impression on Lindsay.  I thought she was great.

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Jennifer is Looking For A Theatrical Agent!

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I am looking for an SAG Franchised Agent for TV/Motion Picture/Soaps and am open to recommendations!!

I work hard at my craft, as you can see by checking out my site.  I am taking Improv and On-Camera classes and auditioning regularly.

If you or someone you know is looking for new SAG talent, please leave me a comment!

Thanks!

Jennifer Keller

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“Wedding Day” Film Rehearsal

Today I had a rehearsal for an indie feature film that I am working on called “Wedding Day”.  The cast is working diligently to assure this project is a success.  The scene we worked on this afternoon was between my character, Brooke and my fiance Cody (Daniel Richardson).  Rehearsal went really well!

Keep checking back for updates on our rehearsals, as well as dates for filming.  Also, check out my IMDB page for more info on the film: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2641302/.

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Screening of “A Simple Conversation” at AFI

Last night was the screening of the short film “A Simple Conversation” at The American Film Institute (AFI). I played Kitty Olsen, the lead in this film. “A Simple Conversation” was screened twice that evening and I attended the 7 PM Screening.  It was great to see Director Jon Clark and Writer/Producer Kristina Monson again, as well as a number of cast and crew members.

I was pleased with the final outcome of the film. Kristina said that the film will be submitted to the Sundance Film Festival, as well as a number of other film festivals, which is very exciting.  Overall, this was a great evening!

Jennifer Keller with Director Jon Clark and Producer Kristina Monson

Just the Girls: Actress Jennifer Keller and Producer Kristina Monson

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New IMDB Credit!

The Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) is a website that tracks film and television projects that actors have worked on.  Today I found out that “Wedding Day”, the Independent Film that I am working on, has been posted on the site. “Wedding Day” is a SAG feature shooting in late March/early April with celebrity cast members and distribution already in place.

Check out the film on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2641302/.   Not all short films are posted on IMDB, so a lot of projects that I have worked on are not listed, which is why I am excited that “Wedding Day” has been updated!

Thanks for checking it out!

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Film Screening Friday!

Exciting News!  “A Simple Conversation”, a short AFI Film that I worked on, will be premiering on Friday, December 18, 2009.  There will be 2 screening times, 7 PM and 8 PM, both at AFI in Los Angeles, CA.

 Check the flyer for more details!

“A Simple Conversation” Premiere Flyer

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Table Read for the Elements Film Project Today!

This morning I attended a table reading for a film script as a part of the Elements Film Project.  The Film has been named “Wedding Day”.   Our group has worked hard on the script and  the lead writing team did an excellent job weaving the storylines together into one script. 

The table read went great!  It was exciting to hear the characters come to life.  Now the lead writing team is going back to the drawing boards to make a couple changes to tighten up the script.   Filming is projected to start sometime in February.

Here is a photo our group, founded by writer/director/producer, Patrick Durham.

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Elements Film Meeting

This morning I attended a writers meeting for the Elements Film Project.  The concept: to bring together a group of talented people to create an independent film.  The group is founded by writer/director/producer, Patrick Durham.

The group discussed the script and available locations that we have access to for filming, which will begin next year. I missed the first half of the meeting because of work, but the second half of the meeting has me very excited. 

There will be a table read on December 1st!  Check back for details.

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Two Auditions for Jennifer

Lucky me, I had 2 auditions today. 

First audition was  a commercial audition.  Dan Cowan at Broadcast called me in to audition for “Expedia”.  This is a great spot and I felt really good about my audition, so I am really keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

Next I was off to Bass Casting in West Hollywood to audition for a short film.  The best thing is that I met Lauren Bass at a casting workshop a couple months ago and she called me in for this audition.  I’m not sure if this is the best role for me, but I did my best at the audition and I hope that Lauren will call me in again.

Overall, today was a great day.  I love having one audition in a day, let alone two!  That’s the life of a working actress!

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Second Day of Filming for “A Simple Conversation”

Day Two of  “A Simple Conversation”.  Another 7am call time, another cold day.  Today we jumped right into filming.  We picked up a couple of close ups, but really the creative team wants one continuous shot for the entire film.  We shot the film over and over, 30 takes I believe.

Here is a shot of my co-star, Anthony, and I in between takes.  Check our “wedding pictures” in the background:

Jennifer Keller with co-star Anthony Cran

Jennifer Keller (Kitty) with co-star Anthony Cran (Richard)

To learn more about he project and the cast visit IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1626598/

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First Day of Filming for “A Simple Conversation”

I completed Day One of filming “A Simple Conversation”.  What a day. My 7am call time came too quickly.  I woke up and when I left the apartment I was greeted by brisk cold air.  I drove to our lovely shoot location in Pasadena where the crew was setting up for our day of shooting.  By the time it was my turn for make up it was 9am.  After a turn in the make up chair, I hit up the craft table for a cup of hot tea.  Soon it was time for rehearsal.  We ran the scene and set up the camera shots until lunch.  Instead of setting up a series of shots, the creative team decided to shoot the entire film in one continuous shot with a steady cam.

After lunch it was time to shoot! 

I play Kitty Olsen, an uptight family oriented woman.  My husband, Richard, is the man of the house, but has a terrible secret. 

Here I am with our director:

Jennifer and Director Jon Clark

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New Role for Jennifer!

Exciting News!  I have been cast as Kitty in “A Simple Conversation”, and AFI Film Project!  Filming begins in two weeks.  Check back for updates!

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Callback for “A Simple Conversation”

Today I had a callback for “A Simple Conversation”, a short film produced at The American Film Institute (AFI). 

I was called back for Kitty, a wife and mother who learns her husband has an awful secret.  Today I read with two different actors who were called in for the role of my husband.  Both actors were really great and gave 2 very different performances.  It was nice to be able to play off of each actor’s unique performance. 

Again, the director, Jon, gave us all sorts of different ideas to play with as we ran through the scene.  What a fun audition (even though the material is heavy)  I left the callback feeling really happy with my performance.

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Audition for “A Simple Conversation”

Today I had an audition for “A Simple Conversation”, a short film produced at The American Film Institute (AFI).  I was called in for a lead role, Kitty, a wife and mother who learns her husband has a terrible secret.

The director, Jon, and the producer, Kristina, were both so sweet.  Jon was a very hands on director and we kept playing with different interpretations of the script.  He would say, “let’s just play with this…”, which was great.  It gave me a chance to try all sort of different tactics to get what I wanted in the scene.  I walked out of the audition feeling really happy with my performance.  What a good experience!

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Audition for “The Chicago 8”

I am still pinching myself.

I took a Casting Director workshop with Erica Silverman (casting assoc in April Webster’s Office) last week and she called me in for a small role in a film that she is casting called “The Chicago 8”.  The film is based on the Chicago 8 trials in the 1968.  The Chicago 8, as they were called, were all tried in response to the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. I was called in for the role of the Court Reporter.  A role with few lines, but lots of screen time.

I researched the Chicago 8 trials before the audition so I would be familiar.  I even found a couple videos on You Tube, which were very helpful. 

I was asked to dress for the era, so I arrived in a peacock blue sheath dress with a scarf in my hair.  I was also wearing blue eyeshadow.  I definitely felt like a little 60’s girl.

I received the sides the day before.  There were 2 lines in the audition sides, which I memorized.  Actor trick of the trade, even if you have the lines memorized, always hold the script.  You may get nervous and lose your place.   So, I brought my sides in and felt prepared.  The audition was on tape for producers, so I did not see Erica again at the audition.

Overall, I felt like I did a good job.  However, I looked at the shoot dates and it looks like the movie start filming the day after I fly back from Europe, so I would miss any wardrobe fittings or table reads of the script.    So, we’ll just see what happens.  I can’t worry about that.

Overall I am so thankful to have had this experience!  Special Thanks to Erica Silverman for the audition!!!

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Incredible News!

Big news! I met a casting director at workshop last week and she CALLED ME FOR AN AUDITION FOR FEATURE FILM! It is a small role, but it is a start, and I am so excited!!!  Keep me in your thoughts Friday morning!

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Elements Film Group

This morning I attended a writers meeting for the Elements Film Project.  The concept: to bring together a group of talented people to create an independent film.  The group is founded by writer/director/producer, Patrick Durham.

Today we talked about the major incidents in each of our storylines and started weaving them together.  Patrick was there jotting down our story order on a wipe board.  It is really neat to start to see things falling into place. 

In total, there were 4 people from my group in attendance.  Now that we have an idea of how the storylines are fitting together, we need to start working on our dialogue.

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Element Film Group Writers Session

Monday night my group in the Elements Film Project, know as the Wedding Group #2, met for a writers session.  The group consists of myself, Deron, Anna, Erica, Tom and Daniel.  We had so many ideas of where we want our story to go, but really needed to narrow it down into a cohesive story.  We all through out some ideas and created an outline of our story.  We also started working on our character development.  I am very excited to see where this will be going.

Deron, Erica and Daniel are working on the writing.  I wish I could take a more active role in the writing process, but I just have so much on my plate right now.  But I feel really good about what the group came up with tonight.  I am excited to read the first draft in a couple days!

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