CreatorUp IGNITE Scholarship!

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Writer/director and One Axe alum Katherine Vondy has been so kind as to secure an opportunity for one deserving One Axe member to attend free of charge the next CreatorUp IGNITE event, a weekend-long series of workshops, pitching, and networking, cofounded by Mike Tringe. There are 2 tracks: Digital Creation or Virtual Reality. Both are equally intriguing, but you’ll have to choose one.
We are SO EXCITED to extend this opportunity to our network, but we also need you to reply right away, as the event is coming up very soon (APRIL 30/MAY 1)—please make sure you’re available that weekend before applying and read the application instructions carefully. And send in your application by this Thursday, April 21st, by 12 noon.
To apply, please email oneaxeplays@gmail.com, with the subject line “CreatorUp Scholarship,” with the following information in the body of your email (no attachments, please).
1. Bio (250 words max)
2. Describe the project you’re working on that would benefit from CreatorUp. You’ll be entering either the Digital Creator or Virtual Reality tracks—your choice—so we’ll be looking for someone who is passionate about either web content or VR. (500 words max)
3. Tell us what you hope to gain from attending. (250 words max)
4. Your complete contact info.
GOOD LUCK!
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One Axer Francesca Eaddy in EPIC Shabazz Palaces video

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Francesca Eaddy is one of the stars of our Spring Showcase. She’s also the star of this narrative-based music video about single moms, drugs, pools, and some scary space imagery. The video is also directed by One Axe pals TEAN (Kerrie Kvashay-Boyle, Jamieson Fry, and Nathan Budde).

Casting: 2 female co-leads for a COMEDY

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We are now casting for 2 female co-leads for a COMEDY in our One Axe Spring Industry Showcase.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, FEBRUARY 28, 11am–1pm. Location: West LA. (Plenty of street parking.)

Please send an email to oneaxeplays@gmail.com, including your headshot in jpg, your preferred time slot, the role you’re auditioning for, and full contact information. We will send you the full script, the location address, and the sides you should prepare.

Our Spring Showcase takes place on the evening of March 28, so please do not audition if you cannot commit to that date. Rehearsals are flexible and will be determined by the director. As always, this will not be a time-consuming affair, but you will be working with professional female directors and writers to develop what is hopefully an ongoing relationship.

If this role doesn’t speak to you, we will have exponential casting opportunities in the future for our other showcases, but we would greatly appreciate if you would circulate to any interested parties who would be a good fit.

SMART

Written by Melanie Kirschbaum & Alexandra Decas

Directed by Tamar Halpern

Logline: Triggered by a conversation about our national treasure, Elizabeth Smart, two best friends nitpick each other’s life decisions, but ultimately realize that neither has it quite together.

Character Breakdowns:

Alexandra and Melanie are best friends and roommates, both in their 20s, and have been through a lot together, yet haven’t learned all that much from their experiences.

Alexandra – Slightly more together, slightly, which gives her a douchey air of judgmental superiority. Alex is gluten-free, not due to a gluten intolerance, but because she thinks it makes her interesting. Spoiler alert: it does not.

Melanie – Not particularly informed and therefore misuses Elizabeth Smart’s heroic life to justify her poor choices. Melanie’s claim to fame is continuing to exist after eating a yogurt that was left in the fridge for six years. Quote: “It was delicious.”

Casting: 2 women, 1 male for DRAMA

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We are now casting for 1 female lead and 2 supporting actors (1 female, 1 male) for a DRAMA in our One Axe Spring Industry Showcase. We are specifically looking for a Latina actress for the lead but are open to others if it’s the right fit.
Auditions will take place on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 8–10pm. Location: TBA.
Please reply (or send an email to oneaxeplays@gmail.com), including your headshot in jpg, your preferred time slot, the role you’re auditioning for, and full contact information. We will send you the full script and the sides you should prepare. Our Spring Showcase takes place on the evening of March 28, so please do not audition if you cannot commit to that date. Rehearsals are flexible and will be determined by the director. As always, this will not be a time-consuming affair.
If this role doesn’t speak to you, we will have exponential casting opportunities in the future, but we would greatly appreciate if you would circulate to any interested parties who would be a good fit.
SPELL
Written by Wendy C. Ortiz
Directed by Meera Menon
Logline: Based on a memoir, SPELL tells the story of a girl’s love affair with words and the teacher who taught them.
WENDY (will be played by adult woman who can adopt the postures of a younger girl, as story is told in remembrance from a later time): 14 years old, light goth (or goth lite), Mexican-American, private school student.
GRANDMOTHER/MOTHER/MISS ANN (one actress to oscillate among 3 characters, not a heavy speaking role, but requires physicality):
72 years old, heavy-set, “guera,” 49 years old, city worker, smoker, dresses up, red lipstick, not very comfortable in social situations other than work, and an elementary school teacher.
TEACHER (not a heavy speaking role, but requires physicality): 29 years old, Caucasian, blazer and a tie when teaching, gregarious, charming, inappropriate to the max.

CASTING: 1 female, 1 male for COMEDY

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We are now casting for 1 female lead and 1 co-leading male for a COMEDY for our One Axe Spring Industry Showcase.
Auditions will take place on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 8–10pm. Location: TBA.
Please send an email to oneaxeplays@gmail.com, including your headshot in jpg, your preferred time slot, the role you’re auditioning for, and full contact information. We will send you the full script and the sides you should prepare. Our Spring Showcase takes place on the evening of March 28, so please do not audition if you cannot commit to that date. Rehearsals are flexible and will be determined by the director. As always, this will not be a time-consuming affair.
If this role doesn’t speak to you, we will have exponential casting opportunities in the future, but we would greatly appreciate if you would circulate to any interested parties who would be a good fit.
POTTY MOUTH
Written by Ariana Berkowitz
Directed by Katherine (Kat) Vondy
Logline: A spin on the trope of a man falling for a sexy mannequin or mermaid who becomes human, PETER falls for the sexy JANE only to realize that she is really…a toilet.
JANE: 29, super hot. Sexy red dress and a Santa hat.
PETER: 27, dorky but cute. Ironic reindeer sweater.

Casting for 2 actresses (age 50–70)

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Now casting for a lighthearted comedy titled “Bet and Flo” for our Spring industry showcase. This is a script written for two women (50s–70s) to co-lead, a lot of great material here for the right actors.
Logline: Two women shoot the breeze about life, love, and sex from the patio of their Florida retirement complex.
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This casting we’re doing a little differently, as we’re accepting taped readings from the script. It’s an experiment! Videos need not be frilly, can just be a quick recording on your smartphone or computer. You can either upload and send the link (Vimeo, Youtube, Google docs, etc.) or simply send the file to us at oneaxeplays@gmail.com. We’re accepting taped auditions from Sunday, March 15–Saturday, March 21.
If you are interested in reading for a part, email us with your headshot in jpg and full contact info, and we’ll send you the script with the sides you’ll read from. You can read for both parts or choose one.
The showcase performance is MARCH 28, so please do not audition if you can’t commit to that night. Rehearsal schedule is flexible and will not be time consuming.
“Bet and Flo”
Written by LaShea Delaney
Directed by Ashley Nicole Black
CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:
 
Both Bet and Flo live in a retirement community in Florida. They are transplants to the area.
 
BET- (50s–70s), Bet is the innocent, she only loved her deceased husband so the lusty feelings she has for Charlie make her very uncomfortable.
FLO- (50s–70s), Flo is the cynic, tougher but has a big heart.

Spring Showcase Writer #4: Wendy C. Ortiz

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We know that many women—daunted by the Hollywood system and the technicalities of having to learn Final Draft or filmmaking tools—have felt their stories more welcomed in the publishing and journalism worlds than in the scriptwriting worlds. For this reason, we are reaching out to at least one accomplished prose writer for every showcase, to mentor them through the process of scriptwriting, so we can flood the Hollywood market with women’s stories. Our first writer is Wendy C. Ortiz, one of Los Angeles’ brightest literary stars. Author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014) and Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015), Wendy’s also written a year-long monthly column about marijuana in Southern California for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Her work is everywhere, and she’s justly getting praised, so we asked her to adapt a short essay, “Spell,” for our Spring Showcase, and it is already phenomenal. Directed by Nora Ephron Prize winner Meera Menon, “Spell” tells the story of a girl’s love affair with words and the teacher who taught them.

1. What are the top 3 movies/plays that have inspired you?

I don’t tend to keep static lists of influences. I think my influences shift and change regularly, sometimes depending on my own projects, or concepts I’m trying to sort out in my life or my work. Lately I’ve been SUPER inspired by television. As for film, influences I can name today (inspiring due to the way the stories treat characters, how beauty can be coaxed from pain and tragedy, how epic these films feel in my current consciousness): Shame by Steve McQueen; The Shining by Stanley Kubrick; Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola.

2. Did you go to film school? What led you to being a writer or director?

I did not go to film school. The most I’ve done in this field is a 16mm filmmaking workshop many years ago in Olympia, Washington. I’ve been a writer since I was a child, first writing ghost stories and poems then later zines and books. It’s taken over my life and guided many decisions I’ve made ever since.

3. Why do you personally want to collaborate with other women through One Axe?

 

Being introduced to One Axe is like walking through a door into a world I’ve wanted to imagine existed, and at some points of my life, tried to create something similar into existence. I’m stunned by the generosity, encouragement and warm spirit of collaboration modeled by One Axe so far. There is no reason why I wouldn’t want to collaborate!

4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”

I’ve been around the block and to many a rodeo and I’m always game for what’s right around the corner.

Spring Showcase Writer #3: LaShea Delaney

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We first heard about LaShea a couple of years ago, when her “B*tches in Bookshops” video went viral. NPR even coined a new generation of intellectuals after her video—”bookish Millennials.” We didn’t even know this was the same LaShea from the video when we accepted her piece “Bet and Flo” for the Spring Showcase. What we knew is that LaShea did what most writers did not when submitting: included +40 female characters. And these characters had sensitivity and humor, which we’re always looking for. You might even say that “Bet and Flo” is lighthearted romp through elderly sex and dating in Florida, which we are very excited about, especially under the direction of Ashley Nicole Black.

1. What are the top 3 movies/plays that have inspired you?

a. Far Away- Caryle Churchill
b. Adventures in Babysitting
c. Tragedy: a tragedy- Will Eno
2. Did you go to film school? What led you to being a writer/director?
As a kid I would watch episodes of the X-Files and try and write my own.
3. Why do you personally want to collaborate with other women through One Axe?
I love collaborative work. I’ve found that nothing is more exciting to me than having a good idea and making it great through working with smart, creative, funny women.
4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”
Not sure but I have and will arrive in a Lyft.