If There's a Hell Below continues on the festival circuit, playing its home town for the Seattle International Film Festival. The movie was filmed in Central Washington, and most of our cast/crew hailed from the state, so we were pretty thrilled to celebrate the film with everybody who helped make it.
We couldn't be more excited to premiere If There's a Hell Below at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT. Slamdance has the reputation of not only being one of the top tier festivals in the US, but also of uniquely supporting the work of the independent filmmakers who play there, including Christopher Nolan, Greg Mottola, Lynn Shelton, and Lena Dunham.
I spent a day filming the first episode of Automata, the live action series based on the Penny Arcade comic of the same name - a neo-noir mystery set in prohibition-era America where robots live amongst us. It's a really cool world that the director, Van Alan, brought to life and they had me at "sci-fi, period piece, buddy cop story with robots."
I shot the pilot for a new ABC Family (Freeform) show, Famous in Love, made by the creators of Pretty Little Liars. I've been a big fan of the director, Miguel Arteta, from his HBO show, Getting On, and the movie Cedar Rapids, and I spent a fair amount of time on set trying to figure out his secrets for creating comedy gold.
2015 has been a big year for me as a producer, and a huge part of that was getting to produce my first commercial - a 30 second spot for SONY, showcasing their new line of slo-motion cameras.
I just wrapped Last Seen in Idaho, a supernatural thriller starring Casper Van Dien. I don’t do a lot of stunt work, so it was fantastic to work with Casper and the stunt coordinator, Jason Benjamin, to choreograph our fight. This is Fireshoe Productions’ third feature - their first two, The Last Rescue & GPS can both be found on Netflix/iTunes/VOD.
Indigo Moore wrote and directed The Mermaid Rescue. She’s nine years old. I think it’s so badass that this girl’s made a film while she can still count her age on her two hands. She’s got vision and drive and enough know-how to throw a couple explosions in the movie because "everybody likes explosions," she explained while directing me on set.
I’m about to get on a plane for North Carolina and spend the next couple months filming Pink, a dark comedy and my fourth feature film as the lead. The movie’s about an artist named Pink who’s fighting to make it through his last three days on house arrest when a friend drops off a child’s backpack full of stolen drugs at his home.
The new multi-award winning play by Kevin Armento, described as “Badass Bitches & Civil War Drama,” was the fastest selling show in the history of Ars Nova's ANT Fest in New York. This weekend, I’ll be a part of its West Coast Premiere directed by Jaki Bradley, telling the story of five women who disguise themselves as men to serve in the Civil War.
Tonight, Martian American took home Best Comedy at the Television Academy Foundation’s Student Emmys. I raise my glass to all the green-headed, wobby-antennae’d, ray-gun-toting, outer-spacerinos in the world - here’s to you!
Watch the trailer HERE.
Mark Pellington (Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies, and I Melt with You) directed Human Race, the newest music video for Three Days Grace. I remember watching his video for Pearl Jam’s Jeremy as a kid when MTV first taught me the meaning of cool. If 13-year-old Conner could have seen me on set today, he would have said, "dude. I thought we were going to be a doctor or something."
This movie has everything you need in a good horror: naive newlyweds, a creepy basement, and eyeballs not in their sockets. It’s produced by Mike Astle & Jason Auman, whose previous film, Big Boy, is premiering at Tribeca. I’m coming for you, Jason Blum.
The newest episode of Phoenix Run, Home, just picked up Best Acting Ensemble and Best Drama from the Seattle Web Fest, Best Horror from the Miami International Sci-Fi Film Festival, the 2015 indieFest Award of Merit for Web Programming, and is nominated for Best Web Episode at the Los Angeles CineFest.
The show takes a darkly comic look at the lives of every 20-something woman; desperate to find identity, acceptance, and a way to resist the urge to tear the balls off every cat-caller they meet.
The Pradys played its fourth festival tonight at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival at LA Live. Jessica Hendrickson, the director, is also a wickedly creative scientist and has her own channel, Everyday Science, which is all about promoting curiosity and finding imaginative ways of exploring how science plays out in daily life and beyond.
Today, we celebrated the end of the Thanksgiving holiday and the first snow of the year by shooting a great little short directed by Miri Stone, who I first met working on Rocketmen. This woman should get to direct a Marvel movie; she knows exactly what she wants, how to set up the action, and isn’t afraid to keep at it until the scene works.
This weekend, The Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown Seattle hosted ZOECon 2, the second convention celebrating the shows and movies of Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. I got the chance to speak on a number of panels, do some live improv, run some of my favorite board games, and spend the weekend kicking it with some truly incredible fans.
I got to go on Afterbuzz TV to talk about Z Nation with the executive producer and showrunner, Karl Schaefer. We chatted about being on set, the audition, and what might happen next in the series. Watch the whole interview HERE.
Check out my episode of Z Nation tonight at 10pm on SyFy (and online thereafter). I play a Russian Cosmonaut who crashed lands at DJ Qualls's arctic research base where he's been stranded for the last three years of the zombie apocalypse. For all of you who spent years begging me to play a dubiously evil Slavic spaceman - you're welcome.
Here's a sneak peek HERE.
Z Nation Website HERE.
The Prady's, a family comedy with Parvesh Cheena (A to Z, Arrested Development, & Outsourced) begins the festival circuit with a premiere at LA Indie Film Fest soon to be followed by the Valley Film Festival.
Check out a trailer HERE.
Major bloody jazz fingers to Byron C. Miller, for premiering our feature, The Anatomy of Monsters, which AICN Horror calls "a subtle type of terror that slips into your mind and festers causing a great deal of unease and tension," at the Seattle Gothic Film Fest last week. Between a cast of best buds (Jesse Lee Keeter, Tabitha Bastien) and a packed house of enthusiastic horror fans, it was a pretty A- kind of day (we didn't go to a post-show haunted corn maze, hence the minus).
Check out the trailer HERE.
One last week of pickups, and that's a wrap on Force Play, a farcical comedy by Honey Toad Studio about a kidnapping that takes place in a semi-secret police station. Complete with your perfunctory Clue-esque mistaken identity gags and prop humor, I get to play Bloody Max - perhaps my most villainous villain yet.
Honey Toad Studio HERE.
A film about a lonely Martian who travels to Los Angeles to become an American, Lee Citron's Martian American broke my heart into a million pieces when I saw it tonight at AFI. Barney Burman (Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean, Grimm) did the creature make-up and Dominic Conti played our titular extra-terrestrial, Blurg.
Barney Burman IMDB HERE.
Dominic Conti IMDB IMDB
My good friends and the creators of &@ have just released the second part of their fantastical, Terry Gilliam invoking show, The Mayor, in which I run the streets as Cracker Boss, a duel cigar smoking, fat suit wearing, neckless Pacino nod and wink.
Mayor Part II episode, and series player HERE
&@ YouTube Page HERE.
The Gamers: Hands of Fate just took home the Best Feature Award at Gen Con 2014! Congrats to Zombie Orpheus Entertainment on the win and an even bigger congrats to the fans of the franchise who endlessly and indefatigably support the work we do. You're the best fans out there.
Official Website HERE.
Every year the Seattle International Film Festival commissions several teams to make a short film under very tight restrictions, called the Fly Filmmaking Challenge. This year, the challenge was given to five local production companies to create a love letter to Seattle in a compilation affectionately titled, "Seattle, I Love You". Chris Volckmann shot Hannah & Otto, a story of happenstance, and how the most important moments of our lives are only made possible by seemingly insignificant decisions with his commercial production house, We Are Royale. The film will play at SIFF, Bumbershoot, & on KCTS TV.
We Are Royal Website HERE.
Abe is an ambitious journalist. Debra is an idealistic whistle-blower. In a few minutes, they will meet. An hour later, one of them will be dead.
This is the premise for If There's a Hell Below, a slow burning thriller set on the open road, and my first feature as an actor as well as a producer. We're now heading back into civilization after spending several weeks filming in central Washington. Check out a rough and dirty teaser we just cut together.
Monster Girls is a new series about a group of three women who are - literally - monsters. The show asks, "What would it really be like for a girl to have a darker side to deal with on top of everything else it is to be a young woman in modern America? And what would it be like if a show focused on their humanity, with their monstrous characteristics as obstacles to their human needs and desires?"
Yet another role where I pogo on thin moral ice, I'm really getting a hang of this bad guy thing.
"For her fourth feature, Megan Griffiths delivers an exquisite and personal comedy in the Velvet Goldmine and Almost Famous tradition of journalists seeking out rock royalty, and instead, finding themselves. Always engaging, Toni Collette anchors a pitch perfect cast that includes Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, and Ryan Eggold in an insightful story about the natural pitfalls of memory, love, sex, and—most dangerous of all—dating a legend."
John Fuhrman's A Bit of Bad Luck starring Cary Elwes, Teri Polo, and Agnes Bruckner premieres tonight at the Boston International Film Festival. The film follows Brooks (Elwes), a man who has it all -- wealth, success, a beautiful wife, as well as a cavalier sense of entitlement. Karma is about to bite Brooks on the butt.
Watch me kick the crap out of Cary in the trailer HERE.
The team behind The Devil Walk in Salem got back together again this weekend to film a series of interviews for its follow up documentary chronicling the phenomenon of story gaming and how this film was created from a Fiasco session. Our director, Peter Adkinson (Former CEO of Wizards of the Coast & Gen Con) moderated a conversation between myself, the actor who played Samuel and Ben Robbins, the story gamers who created the character.
Tonight, Never, a great film that I shot a few summers back, premieres at Cinequest. Starring Zachary Booth (Damages) and with original music by Nora Kirkpatrick (The Office & Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros), it's a fantastic movie about the undulating confusions of growing up.
Our post-apocalyptic web series, Phoenix Run, just won the Spirit of Comic Con award! We'll be continuing on our US tour with Wizard World Comic Con and screening at cons all over the country. Congratulations to the whole team on this awesome victory!
Lee Citron's Martian American tells the story of Blurg, a lonely Martian who las traveled to Los Angeles to become an American. Facing adversity, culture shock, and self-esteem issues, Blurg struggles to make a connection. I got to work with the legendary Barney Burman who did the creature design for our alien as well as classics like Star Trek, Buffy, and Planet of the Apes.
Peter Adkinson's The Devil Walks in Salem is a period piece about this country's infamous witch trials. The shoot was two solid weeks of mud, tears, blood, and candle light. And yet, for a movie that confronted some of the most gruesome subject matter that I've worked with, it also had one of the kindest and most joyful crews around.
Today, Shadowed screens at the Razor Reel Fantastic Film Festival in Bruges. Congratulations to everyone who survived being stuck in a cabin with me for a couple weeks while we filmed this awesome movie!
This week, Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) taught me to throw darts, differentiate sausages based on smell alone, catch T-shirts fired from a cannon, and scream above 140dB (louder than a jet engine). Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad) filmed the whole mess.
Watch our 'Be the Fan' commercial starting on November 26th.
Megan Griffith's recent feature, Lucky Them with Toni Collette & Thomas Hayden Church, just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to a standing ovation. I'm out-of-my-mind proud to be a part of this female written, produced, and directed project.
A huge thank you to all the fans at PAX Prime who came to the West Coast premiere of The Gamers: Hands of Fate and came to the booth to chat with us about the movie, as well as the fans of Glitch spent their Saturday night hanging with us at our panel, Do You Wish Your Life Was More Like a Video Game?!
The Gamers: Hands of Fate premiered at Gen Con to sold-out crowds each night! The biggest bottom-of-my-heart thank you to all the fans who came by our booth to get an autograph or to chat, and without whom this movie would have never been made. You all make me feel unbelievably fortunate to be a part of the Zombie Orpheus family.
It was an emotional tumble-dry of a week with Steven Anderson's workshop intensive, Actorswork, and I've come out the other end with a sharper idea of what it means to be an artist and a craftsman. "All circumstances affect you. By defining that, we give ourselves something to let go inside of and our humanity plays."
"Conner Marx makes for an unaffected, appealing everyguy lead, even as he does some pretty rotten things."
Read the full review HERE.
I don't get much hipster-er than this, folks. Autumn Perrotta's hilarious film 'Tragically Oliver' plays the Seattle True Independent Film Festival tonight at 8pm at the Grand Illusion.
Congratulations to Gamer Chick for wrapping their fourth season, and a huge thank-you from my eight-year-old inner geek to our makeup artist for giving me elf ears.
At long last, proof that all those hours watching 'How-To-Do-The-Robot' breakdance videos were not wasted! It took over five hours of makeup, and a little movie magic, but now there's video in which I high five myself...as a robot.
Watch the new Microsoft SkyDrive commercial HERE.
I've long suspected that something's been missing from my life and from my acting. And now I know. It's rockets.
Did I shoot the pilot for the new series, Rocketmen, because I got to wear a jet-pack? Absolutely. Is that the only reason? Hell no. This one's going to be really great. And besides - scrappy guys can't turn down the chance to play a superhero.
Lovely and terrifying photoshoot with Dawndra today. It's like my own illustration from 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.'
Check out more of her work HERE.
This week, I had the great fortune of joining some of my absolute favorite actors, Toni Collette, Thomas Hayden Church, and Oliver Platt, on the set of Lucky Them, a new film about a rock journalist assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend, a musical icon who disappeared many years earlier.
And that's a wrap on A Damn Dirty Night, Erik McClintock's grimly comic and ultra-violent film noir. The final tally? Two pints of fake sweat, three pints of fake blood, and enough fake cocaine to cover an entire kitchen table.
At long last - all those years in the circus are paying off! This week I played a juggling clown for Jeremy Breslau's period flick, 1982. My big red nose of gratitude goes out to Bill Irwin for everything he taught me about comedy, clowning, and the art of falling down.
Spent a great week cooking up a bunch of wild experiments for Beyond Home Productions's new science show. Turns out, you can't just act like you understand science, you've got to actually understand it. Which I didn't. But now I do. Thanks for nothing, high school.
Great news from the front! Our feature, The Servant, has been chosen for the Washington Filmworks Innovation Lab and we’ll start rolling cameras in July!
Congratulations to our writer/director, Nathan Williams, our producer, Gevin Booth, and all the other recipients - Tony Fulgham, Destiny Gowdy, Shaun Scott, & Kenneth White!
See the media release HERE.
Incredibly pumped to finally screen Jenny, a Sam Graydon film that we shot a little over a year ago with Sophia Goldfarb and Gary Busey. I play Jenny’s douchebag, Bieber-wannabe boyfriend and Busey plays a cigar-chomping, trailer park sage.
I don’t know that I’ve ever left a set sorer and covered in more horse shit than I did on this day. That was one damn wily piglet.
See the video HERE.
This weekend I'm heading off to be guest panelist for ZoeCon with Zombie Orpheus Entertainment and Dead Gentlemen Productions, the companies responsible for the The Gamers, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising, and who are currently filming The Gamers: Hands of Fate. I’ve had such a blast working with these folks, I can’t wait to see what they do with their own Con.
Our Fly Film, The Return, which premiered at SIFF, is now playing the Austin Film Festival!
AND - a huge congrats to my buddy Kevin Hamedani for winning the Narrative Feature Audience Award for his film Junk.
Door to Door premieres this week at the New Orleans Film Festival!I miss you everyday, New Orleans. I’m glad that my celluloid self can be there to represent.
Shadowed won the Audience Award for Best Feature at Tacoma Film Festival! A huge congratulations to Joey Johnson and the whole team!
I've got five shorts playing at NWFF's Local Sightings Festival this week, including the first film I ever worked on, The Dinner Table. I love this little movie with all of my little heart. I love everyone in it. If you’re able to make it out, I can’t wait to share the work.
Just finished a fantastic week of character modeling for the upcoming video game Bioshock: Infinite. You know - running, gunning, diving through windows, blowing up cars – a pretty standard Monday to Friday. Look for the official release by Irrational Games & 2K Studios early this spring!
Spent my Saturday in a sound booth recording the first radioplay of Airship Daedalus, by Moon Bullet Studios. I got to voice Charlie 'Deadeye' Dalton and Monsieur Louis Lambeau. Eat your heart out, Depardieu – I’m coming for your roles!
Kicking it on the set of A Bit of Bad Luck with Cary Elwes. Those baby blues could kill a man.
When I was fourteen, the first scene I ever did in an acting class was from Ordinary People. I am overwhelmingly and humbly ecstatic to be on a show with Timothy Hutton.
Raging shoot for the new Minus the Bear music video with Dan Brown, Lacey Leavitt, and Anna Huckabay. Their new album, Infinity Overhead, launches on August 28th!
A little bit of trivia: I broke my middle finger filming the street fight with the guitarist. Big guy.
See the video HERE.
Just got off the plane from filming The Gamers: Hands of Fate at Gen Con. I was blown away by all the love and support from the fans, and I’m giddy to be joining this franchise.
Here's the first trailer for Never, I film I worked on this summer with Zachary Booth and Zelda Williams - both really top notch people. And (as if I wasn’t excited enough already) the producer also made one of my all time favorite movies, The Myth of the American Sleepover.
See the trailer HERE.
Teamed up with Handcrank Films to shoot Pink & Say based on the book by Patricia Polacco. Ears still ringing from the muskets.
This year I've fallen into the supreme luck of being a part of four films at SIFF, and I am so ineffably grateful to these teams for having me onboard their projects. I'm constantly humbled and awed by the force of this community, and consider myself fortunate beyond measure for the chance to participate; it makes me feel like a guppy, bobbing around with my eyes wide and my mouth open. Thank you to the filmmakers and crews who work with such unrelenting commitment, kindness, and joy.
Shadowed screened to an incredibly welcoming audience last night at SIFF Uptown. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the film!
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced today that Biz Kid$ has been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards: Single Camera Editing, Sound Mixing, and Outstanding Children's Series
How cool is that?! Congrats, team - I'm proud to be a part of this show.
Mark Mirable of Piranha Productions directed a hilarious commercial for the new line of Brooks Running Shoes. Bandersnatch Studios, once again, rocked it with their Sasquatch make-up, and now, having spent the last fourteen hours wearing their shoes, I'm tempted to spend some of that paycheck on my own pair.
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