Acting in Independent Films

SUN, JUN 22, 2008 (1:07:42)

Heather Rae (producer of Frozen River) moderates a panel discussion about acting for independent films. Panelists include Amy Redford (director of The Guitar); Gillian Jacobs (of Choke); Summer Bishil (of Towelhead); Misty Upham (of Frozen River); and Jane Lynch (of Best in Show, A Mighty Wind).

+ BIO: Jane Lynch

Writer, actress, and comedian Jane Lynch’s extensive theater background involved touring with the Second City comedy troupe and playing Carol Brady in The Real Live Brady Bunch. She also wrote and starred in the award-winning play Oh Sister, My Sister. Originally produced in 1998, the play kicked off the Lesbians in Theater program. Lynch’s other stage credits include Tales of the Lost Formicans, Ennui, and Waiting for Iggy. She made her film debut in 1988 with a small role in the body-switching comedy Vice Versa. On television, she was in the Lifetime movie In the Best Interest of the Children and made numerous guest appearances on sitcoms. After some meager roles in Straight Talk, The Fugitive, and Fatal Instinct. Her breakthrough role was butch Christy Cummings, the personal dog handler to trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot in the 2000 mockumentary Best in Show. Over the next two years, she played a government agent in the action movie Collateral Damage, a sarcastic nurse in the ABC medical comedy MDs, and a 1940s-style receptionist in the TNT movie The Big Time. In 2003, she reunited with the cast from Best in Show for the musical spoof A Mighty Wind. She performed her own music in the role of Laurie Bohner. In 2004, Lynch appeared in Sleepover, Little Black Boot, and The Californians.

+ BIO: Amy Redford

Amy Redford is an actress, director, and producer. Redford has starred in a number of independent films and is the daughter of screen legend Robert Redford. She recently produced and directed the feature, The Guitar starring Saffron Burrows and Isaach De Bankole. Redford was born in 1970. She Attended the University of Colorado and studied theater in San Francisco and London.

+ BIO: Misty Upham

Misty Upham is an actress and screen performer based in Seattle. Her Native American ancestral background influenced the early roles she selected; most of these film projects dealt explicitly with Native American issues. Upham first appeared onscreen in Skins and Skinwalkers, both 2002. In the 2008 Frozen River, Upham appears as a Mohawk Indian who supports herself by smuggling illegal immigrants over the border.

+ BIO: Heather Rae

Heather Rae is an American film producer, director and actress. She produced and directed a short documentary in 1990 called Birth Our Own. Other directing filmography includes Trudell in 2005. She’s acted in the movies Silent Tears in 1998, Backroads in 2000, Chrismas in the Clouds in 2001, Most Funniest in 2005, Norman Waiting in 2006, and Disappearance in 2006.

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