Think back to one year ago: the world was at a standstill and filmmaking was halted for the foreseeable future. Since then, productions have found a way to make things safe, and this team of creatives led the way!
You’re invited to join us next Monday, April 12th on Zoom, as we catch up with these filmmakers and learn about their filming process during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Shot on a closed set in both Nebraska and Los Angeles, hear how their ingenuity and perseverance led to a full-length feature film!
KIRK ZELLER is a producer of the movies #MYCORONA, DIRECTING REMOTELY AND FILMMAKING DURING THE PANDEMIC: THE MAKING OF #MYCORONA, THE PICTURE OF DARIA GRAY, and FINDING ALOHA, as well as the SILICON PRAIRIE CENTER SERIES. Kirk has returned to his home state of Nebraska and is the founder of the Silicon Prairie Center Studios where the romantic comedy #MyCorona was filmed. Kirk has a Doctorate of Business Administration from the International School of Management (Paris), MBA from Imperial College London (London), and BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he spent much of his degree studying at Nanzan University (Nagoya, Japan) and Senshu University (Tokyo). Kirk appeared in a number of commercials and television shows during his time in Japan. Kirk has lived, worked, and studied in the US, Europe and Asia and traveled to more than 50 countries.
PHIL GORN, Director of #MYCORONA, was born & raised in San Francisco, and became a projectionist in his family’s repertory movie theater when he grew tall enough to see out of the projection room window (similar to the boy in Cinema Paradiso). Graduating from San Francisco State University, he began writing, producing, editing & directing features. After exploring representation for his own films, Phil found a need to start his own sales company — for himself as well as his fellow filmmakers.
CRYSTAL CARSON starred in and was the Casting Director for #MYCORONA, and has been one of the top acting coaches in LA for 25 years. She is the creator of “The Actor’s Mind” visualization method, “ReActing by Heart” emotional connection exercise and “Auditioning by Heart” audition technique for film and television. She grew up in Nebraska and majored in theatre at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Not a stranger to the life of a working actress, she was a series regular for five years on GENERAL HOSPITAL, had recurring roles on JAG and DALLAS, and starred in films like WHO’S THAT GIRL with Madonna.
The Hollywood Salon
Panel with the #MyCorona Filmmakers
8:00-10:00PM PST Monday, April 12th
Connect with the Carson Theater School NEXT MONTH at the Hollywood Salon. The panel will be led by Theatre Department Chair CHRISTINA KIRK and will include Nebraska Repertory Artistic Director ANDY PARK and St. Louis Black Repertory Company Producing Director RON HIMES. Explore opportunities in regional theatre and reconnect with Carson Theater Alum!
Catch up with ERICA LARSEN-DOCKRAY, the founder of CALIBRASKA ARTS INITIATIVE at next month’s Salon! Registration is open summer programming, and she’ll share about the online and in-person classes available in all areas of the arts. BONUS: She’ll be inviting some of her teaching artists to share their experiences of exploring Nebraska and teaching in Scottsbluff!