Dog Days in the Heartland Cast & Crew Profiles #5: Alex Schwartz

My name is Alex Schwartz and I'm now 23 but we filmed Dog Days a while back. I'm a double below the knee amputee but my role was unrelated! It was such an awesome group of people and for an independent film, I felt it had a great production. It was very memorable being on set. Since my journey started I've been fortunate to be on higher budget sets since then, and Dog Days was just as memorable, fun and professional to film! I'm always up to different things you can watch on www.youtube.com/c/alexschwartzatv and www.instagram.com/schwartzenegga
 

Dog Days in the Heartland Cast & Crew Profiles #3: Karen Druley

I loved working with everyone on “Dog Days”. Chad Carpenter invited me to audition and so I did. He ended up writing a part for me in the movie. I’m thankful to Middle West Movies for giving me the courage I needed to step outside my comfort zone & work with other movie companies. Since then I’ve acted in more movies, been an extra, did commercials, worked as movie crew. Summer 2017 I stepped into the world of Modeling. And now I’m also expanding into Vintage Pinup. More exciting projects coming with Acting, Vintage Pinup & Modeling. 

Acting & Modeling have been lifelong dreams of mine since I was a kid. After my mom died I realized how short life really is. It’s time to start fulfilling my dreams. I filmed my first movie in March 2015 and have been on the road to Dream Fulfillment ever since. My husband has become involved in all the things I do & is very supportive. The rest of my family is supportive but stay behind the scenes. 

One thing I love about Independent Films is that it offers everyone of every age, size, color an opportunity. I know people that started acting in independent films in their 60’s. There are people who want to move to Hollywood to do TV & Films. For me, I don’t see myself wanting to do that. I’m perfectly happy staying in the Midwest helping make Independent Films. And also working with all the talented people I get to. Making movies is a lot of work but so rewarding to see your finished project put together. 

Thank you for having us as a part of the Middle West Movies family. We look forward to the next projects with all of you. 

I post my Acting projects to my Acting Facebook Page. And I have an IMDB Page. I’d love to have new followers. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Druley-Actress-560384230779299/

IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7263193/

Dog Days in the Heartland Cast & Crew Profiles #2: Tamitra Williford

Making an independent film takes a lot of time and funding, but more importantly, it takes a lot of passion and soul from so many creative and driven people. These are the stories from the cast & crew who made Dog Days in the Heartland what it is today. We ask them about working on the film, what independent film means to them and what they are up to now. Our second post is from Tamitra Williford, an actress & cast member who played the part of Barbra.

"At the risk of sounding like Oprah, I...LOVE…independent film. I love independent film. That is what attracted me to audition for the role of Barbra in Dog Days in the Heartland. Working on the film (and with Middle West Movies) taught me the value of creating an authentic character. Through my talent agency, I most recently did a commercial for SSM and an extra role in The Layover directed by William H. Macy. In the independent film Bad Grandmas, I played a shopper. This film was selected for the St. Louis International Film Festival. The cast and crew significantly feel the loss of Florence Henderson. I admire her final role choice which forced her fans to see her outside of the constructs of the Brady Bunch and as America’s mom."

IMDb:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2945157/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TamitraWilliford1

Dog Days in the Heartland Cast & Crew Profiles #1: Patti Ryan

Making an independent film takes a lot of time and funding, but more importantly, it takes a lot of passion and soul from so many creative and driven people. These are the stories from the cast & crew who made Dog Days in the Heartland what it is today. We ask them about working on the film, what independent film means to them and what they are up to now. Our first post is from Patti Ryan, a line producer for the film.

"I'm Patti Ryan and I worked as the Line Producer for the movie; It was an unexpected honor. I met with Chad I think back in July of 2015 & over Mexican food and a couple beers he told me about the vision he had for the movie. It had only been a year since I had cancer treatments & was feeling adventurous. At the time, I owned a local video production company and had lost some of my work due to being engaged in cancer treatments, so I had the time. I told Chad that working on the movie was a bucket list item for me. I discovered WHAT a line producer did, AND that an independent movie set is an "all hands on deck" kind of thing. Through my local connections, I set up some locations, found accommodations for the crew, found some extra actors, made meals, purchased food, smokes and other important items for crew members. I learned two VERY important things: 1. Nothing is glamorous in movie making, especially at the independent level and 2. working crew on an independent film is for the YOUNG!! lol. Independent film is SO important today, it allows for ALL voices to be heard, not just those really well-funded ones. These days, I have, at 63, retired from the video production business and am strictly doing animation, my first love. You can follow my work at Grinning Bear Animation Studio on Vimeo and Youtube."

Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/grinningbear

Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWmnrLwy8l_uqpEsAYLzVKA

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GrinningBearAnimationStudio/