StarFest 2016

In this issue

  • Friday Actors Workshop with Jay Louden
  • Mark Steven Grove Presents Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine
  • HorrorFest Presents The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    with Jay Louden

    Ever wanted to be in a film or on TV but didn’t know where to start? In this 2 hour Acting for the Camera workshop, you will learn and practice some basic skills, techniques and adjustments as well as learn some of the vocabulary used on set. Everyone will work on camera at least twice and will get to view the performances.

    Date: Friday March 21, 2017
    Time: 2:30-4:30pm
    Limit: 20 participants
    Tickets*: $25 per person

    Workshop Instructor Jay Louden is an actor, director and teacher with 36 years’ experience. His acting credits include guest starring roles in television and film including: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Opposing Force, Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Remington Steel. He has directed over 31 theatrical productions ranging from musicals to William Shakespeare. Jay’s onstage credits include work at such repertory theatres as: The Mark Taper forum, The American Conservatory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company and The Old Globe Theatre. He very much enjoys teaching/coaching students, regardless of their training or experience.

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    * You must have a StarFest membership that includes Friday admission to attend this workshop.


    Mark Steven Grove will be screening his latest film at StarFest on Saturday. Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine stars Casper Van Dien in the title role and was written & directed by Mark. Star Raiders will be released on iTunes and BluRay just before the convention. Mark will be at the screening to provide commentary and answer your questions about film production.

    Mr. Grove is a Denver-based filmmaker who has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. Aside from being an accomplished actor and stunt performer, it is his skills behind the camera that have establish him as a true Renaissance man. Gifted in all things action-related, Mr. Grove is a talented fight choreographer, stunt coordinator, firearms handler, pyrotechnician and special effects supervisor who has utilized his skills in over 120 professional projects.

    His most recent films include the fantasy/adventure Gathering of Heroes: Legend of the Seven Swords, starring Martin Kove (Karate Kid), Christopher Atkins (Blue Lagoon), and Debra Marshall (WWE) and the psychological thriller Mind's Eye, starring Malcolm McDowell (Star Trek: Generations), Dean Cain (Lois and Clark), Natalie Distler (Rescue Me) and Izzie Steele which was released in May 2015 and retitled Quantum Voyage.

    This year he will begin shooting Bokendan: Quest for the Phoenix Sword which will be a kids action film that will have elements from films such as Goonies and Jumanji. Another project he has in the works is Ninja: Shadow of Justice, a martial arts/action film.

    Mr. Grove has also created an amazing resource for those interested in getting into the action industry. He has opened the RISK FACTOR: ACTION TRAINING CENTER in Arvada, Colorado. It includes matted floors, elevated platforms, obstacles, crash mats, and large facade structures that simulate real-world environments in which dangerous situations occur. This facility is perfect for training in classical martial arts, modern self-protection, theatrical fight choreography, and motion picture stunts.  The facility also has a well-equipped shop to work on mold-making, makeup effects, prop building, and other practical effects. If it's related to action, both real and imagined, RISK FACTOR: ACTION TRAINING CENTER is the place to learn it.

    Mark will be participating in various events throughout the StarFest weekend. You'll first be able to meet him at the Friday night at the Meet & Greet.


    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

    • This true-to-the-text retelling of Stevenson’s classic story has won, to date, fifteen awards, including six Best Feature Awards.

      One of the film's stars, Jed Rowen (a frequent StarFest guest), who plays Dr. Lanyon in the film, won INDIEfest's Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance. Jed is honored to have shared the screen in this timeless epic with Academy Award winner Mickey Rooney (in his very last film).

      Margaret O’Brien, yet another Academy Award winner, graces the film along with such luminaries as Vernon Wells, of Road Warrior and Commando fame, William McNamara (Copycat), Gianni Capaldi (Feel the Dead) and David Beatty. Jed recently attended The 2017 Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, where he starred in the short film, Subculture. Look for him in the soon to be released sci-fi epic Eruption: L.A. from MarVista Entertainment, and the cult classic-to-be Giantess Attack.

      Attending the screening of the film, to provide commentary and answer your questions about the film's production, will be the movie's actors Jed Rowen (Dr. Lanyon), Gianni Capaldi (Mr. Hyde), and David Beatty (Mr. Utterson). The film's Executive Producer Steve Pisa will also be attending as well.

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