FaceBook Friend of the Week – The Swingin’ Miss Drea Burke

by Shannonn Kelly
06:23AM, EST, February 19, 2012

I’m so happy to blog about this week’s ‘FaceBook Friend of the Week’ – Miss Drea Burke

Drea Burck, Attorney, Actress, Dancer and Cat Lover
FaceBook Friend of The Week – Drea Burck, Attorney, Actress, Dancer and Cat Lover…

I’ve already got a smile on my face because I absolutely love this gal.

In 2007, ReelHeART International Film Festival introduced a Feature Screenplay Competition and in 2008 I met Drea, a stage actress who wowed me with her audition.

She was cast in the German situated, political screenplay “The Other Side Of The Wall”, by Mary Townsend as well as the sci-fi contagion screenplay “Scavengers” by Diana Kemp Jones.

Drea is a multi-faceted person having studied at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in Lyon, France and then Law and French and English Literature at the University of Toronto. Continue reading “FaceBook Friend of the Week – The Swingin’ Miss Drea Burke”

FaceBook Friend of The Week – Actor Brian Mifsud

by Shannonn Kelly
06:11PM, EST, January 01, 2013

I hope everyone had a great entry into 2013.

Just a caution: This blog, is a little more personal than I usually write. Except of course for “My 9/11 Story” blog, which you all enjoyed. (Thank you by the way…)

As the managing director of ReelHeART International Film Festival part of my job is to develop and introduce new components for the festival. As a screenwriter myself, I decided in 2007 to introduce the ReelHeART Screenplay Competition.

Facebook Friend of the Week - Actor Brian Mifsud
Facebook Friend of the Week – Actor Brian Mifsud

It was a success right off the bat. After a few months of ‘reading rounds’ and scoring screenplays from around the world, we short listed about 8 scripts and sent them to our agent of record who chose the Top 3 scripts. Two of the top three scripts our agent chose were by the same writer! Mr. Joe Acton from Washington State.

As part of their prize, each of the Top 3 Feature Screenplay Winners receives a rehearsed cast-to-type Live Read in front of a festival audience. We were the only festival to do this at the time.

We started auditions in April and that year we saw close to 200 actors. Some are still alumni to this day and act every season for us.

But one actor came to the audition that was really different. He was quirky, tall and slim with these super expressive eyes and an unusual voice. He spoke with high and low tones in the same sentence. – Really fun on the ears.

His name was Brian Mifsud

I had just finished writing the outline for a feature script that takes place in the south and when I looked up I thought, “OMG, my protagonist just walked in the door!” Continue reading “FaceBook Friend of The Week – Actor Brian Mifsud”

4 Years Ago I Joined FaceBook – A Musing On Social Media

By Shannonn Kelly
05:51AM, EST, March 02, 2012

4 years ago Today, March 02, 2008, I joined FaceBook.

Looking back, I absolutely dreaded joining. As filmmakers and friends know, I am not comfortable having my picture taken at all. So the name FaceBook, to me meant I had to show my face. Then one day, a colleague said, you don’t really have to show your face.

Shannonn Kelly
South Park Shannonn Kelly

So I took the plunge and joined, using some forgettable avatar until I arrived at the current series of “South Park Shannonn” with my favorite dirty old Yankee cap and my long brown hair flowing beneath.

I also started a page for my cat, Franklin who was an abandoned cat who ‘adopted’ me. I’m a horse and dog kind of person. I never had a cat before. I didn’t like them. I thought they were creepy. And the girlfriends who owned them were quite bonkers. Plus I was allergic to cats. But, as some of you know, I now have 3 cats. All rescues.

At one point, Franklin the cat had more friends than me, somewhere around 30.

At first I joined groups and added likes. I eventually beat Franklin with 78 friends. Then the friend requests poured in. I decided to handle them on my day off. Trouble was, at that time I didn’t have any days off, generally (at that time) working from 5AM until 9PM, 6 – 7 days a week.

I work as a Project Manager for an American company and as a Managing Director for the ReelHeART International Film Festival, which is 8 and ½ years old. Continue reading “4 Years Ago I Joined FaceBook – A Musing On Social Media”

TIFF 2011 – Day 1 – Dreadlocks, Drug Dealers and Parties

by Shannonn Kelly
06:10AM, EST, September 08, 2011

Last night, Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier was the special guest at a charity event for War Child at The Bowery billed as a pre-TIFF event.

I had tickets to see Stone Temple Pilots tonight, but I couldn’t get back in time for the “official” Day 1 of the 36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival and the last time for the next 10 days I’ll have any real sleep and keep any prior commitments. Parties, people, films and blogging is what I’ll be doing during TIFF.

Iko Uwais fights Dreadlocks and Drug Dealers in Gareth Evans film "The Raid"

My first film of the 10 days will be the Midnight Madness opener from Indonesia, The Raid, directed by Welsh born director, Gareth Huw Evans. The Raid is a martial-arts action flick about a SWAT team’s attempted raid to take down drug king-pin Tama in a sketchy apartment block inhabited by dreadlocked criminals and crazy-ass drug dealers.

That film should be a Woot-Party with the Midnight Madness audience. I’ll supply my review sometime in the wee hours of the morning. Continue reading “TIFF 2011 – Day 1 – Dreadlocks, Drug Dealers and Parties”

TIFF 2011 – Midnight Madness Features Cops, Robbers and Vampire Ballerinas

By Shannonn Kelly
11:11AM, EST, August 24, 2011

According to TIFF “Midnight Mastermind Programmer”, Colin Geddes” , we are in store for another crazy crop of “Films For The Witching Hour” at this season’s TIFF Midnight Madness:

“Martial arts assassins, cops and robbers, escaped lunatics and vampire ballerinas will take over Ryerson Theatre every night at midnight, and deliver the shocking and rocking experience that our loyal audience flocks to take part in, helping make these screenings so memorable.” – Colin

Tara Lynne Barr on a killing spree in Goldthwait's "angry and bloody" black comedy "God Bless America"

Last year Colin was obsessed with the word “Sparkly“. This year he’s obsessed with World Premieres!

Here’s what I’ll be watching and reviewing for TIFF 2012 AT Midnight Madness:


Continue reading “TIFF 2011 – Midnight Madness Features Cops, Robbers and Vampire Ballerinas”

ReelHeART International Film Festival – Fun Facts


by Shannonn Kelly
05:54AM, EST, June 02, 2011

Since our inception in 2004, ReelHeART has worked proudly and in a proactive manner to be the web-savvy film festival people love that connects and collaborates with the worldwide Independent film community.

ReelHeART International Film Festival was the first and still the only film festival to introduce our “Virtual Award Ceremony” in 2005.

We wanted  everyone around the world to tune-in online at the same time to see who won. Here’s a sample from 2009. Continue reading “ReelHeART International Film Festival – Fun Facts”

ReelHeART Treasure Hunt – WIN 2 Tickets to Stone Temple Pilots

ReelHeART Treasure Hunt

  • WIN 2 STP Tickets Copps Coliseum, Wednesday November 18th, 7PM
  • Name a UK Music film from our 2009 Program
  • Include your Answer, Facebook Name and/or Twitter handle and put your correct details here
  • Only one entry per email address please
  • Winner will be chosen from a random Draw.
  • Tickets will be delivered to your home or office

Good Luck!

(please note by entering this contest you are agreeing to be put on our ReelHeART Event List)

TIFF – Day 10

Director Fatih Akin picks up Special Jury Prize at Venice

By Shannonn Kelly
4:53AM, EST, Saturday
September 19, 2009

With questionable programming, I never thought I’d see it. The end of TIFF 2009.

On a bright note, if I never see another f%*#cking bottle of Vitamin Water again in my life, I’ll be happy.

Today is the last day where something that costs $1.79 will be shoved into my hand instead of something I really want like a leisurely lunch with George Clooney or Government funding… Continue reading “TIFF – Day 10”