Today I am excited to share with you a special version of Best of The Web. Friend of the blog Jim Thalman has agreed to host our very first Celebrity Edition of Best of The Web.
Note: I have edited some of the responses to avoid spoilers.

 

Best of the Web Celebrity Edition
hosted by Jim Thalman

 

Jim Thalman

 

Hello Money Geeks, I am honored to host the blog for a day.

 

I’m Jim and I’m an actor and producer. Currently I am working on the upcoming play ESCAPE.

 

About ESCAPE

 

In the aftermath of a violent incident onboard a commercial jet, an Airline CEO and Flight Attendant fight to control the narrative of a news cycle in free fall. When the incident crosses over from news ticker headline to twitter #trending, the two women discover how fraught with turbulence the internet can be.

 

ESCAPE paints a timely picture of the temptation to pursue power, by any means necessary, and the human need to solidify our own relevance in a world that is changing quicker than we are.

 

The cast includes Rhonda Ayers (i origins– Sundance 2014, Law and Order SVU), Deya Danielle Drake (The Good Fight, Royal Pains), Marlowe Holden (The Feast/The Flea), Jim Thalman [yours truly] (16 minutes/Independent Film), and Chris Wight (Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre).

 

The creative team includes Projection Design by Lisa Renkel, Lighting Design by Jennifer Fok, Sound Design by Jessica Hart, Casting by Kimberly Graham (2012 Emmy and Artios Awards for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Homeland), and Stage Management by Dara Swisher. Malloree Hill serves as Assistant Director. Produced by Bryn Carter and Deya Danielle Drake.

 

In keeping with the festival spirit, this year, all audience members will meet at The FringeHUB, 685 Washington Street (Between Charles & Perry) and will be walked to the theatre by a Fringe Ambassador. All theatres are within 3 blocks of the FringeHUB. Tickets are $22 and available here.

 

Note: If you are in NYC please go out and see the play.  – Michael

 

3 Movies I’m Digging

 

Warning Shot (2018)

 

A single mother and her young daughter struggle to make ends meet until they inherit their family’s farmhouse. When a business rival covets their water rights, the situation spirals out of control. – IMBd

 

Field of Dreams reunited, great story and wonderful chemistry between actors who are friends and colleagues” – Jim

 

Monsters and Men

 

The aftermath of a police officer killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand. – Source IMBd

 

“Superb movie with excellent casting, Monsters and Menis an interesting take on police and racial profiling” – Jim

 

Kinyarwanda (2011)

 

A young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos; a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family; and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror. -Source IMBd

 

“Best movie I have seen in a decade, beautifully acted” – Jim

 

Movie of Mine You May Dig

 

Black N’ Blue

 

Director Julius B. Kelly (Sunnyside Down Productions) and Executive Producers B. Todd Johnston (Murphey Candler Films) and I are thrilled to announce the Fall Tour of 2018 is currently underway.

 

Black N’ Blue is about a Marine who comes home from a tour in Afghanistan to find a local cop has killed a close friend in the neighborhood.  When he comes across that very same cop patrolling his route days later a simple conversation has very dark consequences.

 

Written by B. Todd Johnston, this film was intended to not only be a commentary on the ongoing racial profiling and police brutality epidemic rampaging across America, but the beginning of a conversation.  While touring film festival circuits this trio also seeks to set up town hall type forums and conversations with communities in addition to screening the film.

 

The three filmmakers are very proud to stand behind this film, which takes an uneasy look at issues plaguing our communities, including PTSD amongst not only our veterans and armed forces, but also how trauma is shared communally and passed on genetically. While the film uses harsh themes and is at times violent, it does not shy away from the issues that have to be talked about if this country is to grow, repair, and move forward with an issue that is only home to these United States of America.

 

 

Upcoming Film Festival Appearances

 

(In)Justice For All Film Fest  Oct 4-13  Chicago, IL.

Atlantic City Cinefest October 11-13, NJ

Way Down Film Festival Oct 19-21 Columbia, GA

HBO/Cinemax Urban Action Showcase Nov 9-10 NYC

 

Geeky Movies I Love

 

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

 

A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone. -IMBd

 

Jacob’s Ladder

 

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death. -IMBd

 

Angel Heart

 

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.  – IMBd

 

Year of The Dragon

 

A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.  –  IMBd

 

Thank you, I genuinely appreciate the opportunity to host the blog.   – Jim

Thank You, Jim, for agreeing to host.

Jim has been tremendously supportive of the blog, going so far as to let me ask for “favors” in advance of his “five year” rule. If you are lucky enough to be in the NYC area please take the opportunity to check out ESCAPE. I was fortunate enough to talk with Jim on the phone, and the play sounds awesome, and it has a wonderfully talented cast.

The documentary Black N’ Blue is sparking some much needed dialogue and important discussions. If you are able to go to any of the film festivals listed, please do. This is such an important discussion we need to have, both to make things better and heal our communities.

Lastly, Diane is out on video onDemand. Please take a moment to pick up a great movie and support some friends of the blog. Keep an eye out; we will have more interviews later in the week.  – Michael

 

Recommended Reading:

Jim Thalman: Discusses Acting, Producing, And Why Hell’s Kitchen Characters Are The Best

Jimmy Star: The Celebrity Renaissance Man Discusses Success

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