Vision4Media has just wrapped production on Perfection, the first film in the Real MINDS™ Project series. Created by director David Christopher Loya and funded in accordance with the Mental Health Services Act of 2004 (California Proposition 63), the Real MINDS (Mental Illness stigma Negation via Dynamic Storytelling) Project is a collection of dramatic films designed to combat the social stigma associated with mental illness.
“Those who suffer from mental illness remain the last social justice frontier we have yet to confront,” explains Perfection writer/director David Christopher Loya.
“Not unlike racism, the denigration of the mentally ill is something unconsciously and collectively woven deep into the fabric of society. We all have come to easily engage in jokes and deprecation about mental illness, often without considering its devastating effects on those who are already among the most vulnerable in our midst. But if we pause to think about it, why should mental illness be perceived more negatively, than other common illnesses, like diabetes or cancer?”
Perfection introduces us to 17-year-old Michael Rodriguez (played by Matthew Parry-Jones), an intelligent young man diagnosed with high functioning autism (commonly referred to as Asperger’s Syndrome). Although Autism, a neurological condition, is not technically a mental illness, children living with Autism are often targets for bullying. Michael, like many children and teens on the spectrum, struggles with a related mental illness, which spirals into a suicidal depression.
Perfection was produced in conjunction with 2SenseWorth International, a nonprofit dedicated to providing children with the resources needed to achieve their highest possible human potential. It is the filmakers’ hope that by casting a light on both the challenges faced by and the often amazing capabilities of children on the Autism spectrum, Perfection will start a conversation that can help reduce the social stigma faced by those diagnosed with Autism, and quite possibly save lives.
For details about the cast and crew, visit the Perfection listing on IMDb.
Vision4Media Entertainment is pleased to announce that producer and distribution expert Stacey Parks has joined The ROLE Model team as Lead Executive Producer.
With over 15 years experience working as a producer and foreign sales agent, Stacey has secured distribution for hundreds of feature films and television programs via sales to the BBC, SkyTV, HBO, Showtime, Starz, PBS, A&E, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, NHK (Japan), RTL (Germany), Canal Plus (France) and many others.
Stacey is well-known in the independent film making world as the founder of FilmSpecific.com, which Moviemaker Magazine called "one of the 50 best websites for moviemakers" and "one of the top 25 websites that filmmakers need to know about". She also authored The Insiders Guide To Independent Film Distribution (Focal Press 2007), considered to be essential reading for independent filmmakers looking to build a successful production and distribution strategy.
A graduate of the Pepperdine University (MS International Business), Stacey began her career packaging independent films and soundtracks for the venerable William Morris Agency (now WME). She transitioned to producing with an associate producer’s berth on the Sony Pictures Classics indie feature Shadow Magic starring Jared Harris (Mad Men, Lincoln, Poltergeist). Most recently, she served as Executive Producer on The Conway Curve (currently in post production ) featuring Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow, Watch Over Me ).
Vision4Media Entertainment is excited to announce that Star Trek fan favorite Tim Russ has signed on for the role of Robert Dane in the sci fi/thriller The ROLE Model.
Tim Russ is an actor instantly recognized by tens of millions of science fiction fans around the world. His legendary portrayal of Lieutenant Commander Tuvak, the stoic and powerful Vulcan security officer, spanned seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager. With additional appearances in Star Trek: Generations (the seventh installment of the hugely successful Star Trek motion picture franchise), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation and the upcoming pilot Star Trek: Renegades, Tim has made an indelible impression on sci-fi pop culture. His attachment will deliver an international fan base that can ensure a powerful ROI for The ROLE Model.
A seasoned entertainer, Tim's motion picture and television credits span more than three decades. He broke into feature films as the doomed blues guitarist Robert Johnson in the Walter Hill-directed drama Crossroads. In more recent years, he appeared alongside Bruce Willis in the feature film Live Free or Die Hard, starred in the upcoming indie thriller Fifth Passenger, and starred or guest starred on numerous popular television programs, ranging from iCarly and Castle to NCIS and CSI: Miami.
An accomplished musician off screen, Tim recently released the pop, rock and blues album Lifelines. He also directed Bloomers, an LA Webfest and Indie Soap award-winning web series, and wrote the children's book Bugsters.
Vision4Media has cast award-winning actress Mary Pat Farrell as Melissa Powers in the upcoming production of The ROLE Model.
Mary has appeared in some of the most popular episodic TV shows of the last decade, including Jane the Virgin, Anger Management, Curb Your Enthusiasm, 90210, The Middle and Criminal Minds. Fans of Conan O'Brien may also recognize her as recurring player on Conan.
An alumnus of "The Second City Toronto", she was a regular performer on the Canadian comedy sketch series The Gavin Crawford Show, where she earned the Canadian Comedy Award for "Best Actress" in 2004.
Award-winning actress Lily Knight is now attached to The ROLE Model.
Lily is a consummate artist. She worked opposite Angelina Jolie in Changeling, and was handpicked by Clint Eastwood for her role. She also appeared in the Best Picture Oscar Winner The Artist in 2012.
Lily's motion picture and television career is long and diversified including performances in such well known films as Stephen Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence and HBO's True Blood, as well as other popular series including Body of Proof, Vegas, American Horror Story, Medium, Saving Grace, The Mentalist, CSI, Crossing Jordan, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Law & Order and many others.She will play the mysterious, Patricia Gordon, the CEO of the highly secretive ROLE Media Corporation which created the Real Online Life Emulation technology.
Casting Director, Jessica Sherman has been tapped to lead the casting process for The ROLE Model. Jessica is best known for her casting work On Star Trek: Into Darkness, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Super 8, Warm Bodies, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Step Up Revolution. Jessica is also currently involved in casting Star Wars: Episode VII and the FX Network series, The Strain. Jessica brings with her impeccable casting credentials and deep established relationships within all major agencies. She's an invaluable addition to our creative team.