Behind the Film

 


Pamela Weaver

Writer, Producer, Director, Actress, Editor, Videographer

 

Originally from Virginia, a recent transplant from Hollywood and now living in Austin,

Texas, Pamela began performing for family at the age of 4 and by age 6 was singing

and dancing professionally on stage with the Weaver Sisters at local USO shows,

aboard Naval ships, US Naval Hospitals and USO Clubs in the Tidewater Area.  She made her television debut at age 5 on the Ted Mack Amateur Talent Hour.  She has performed in more than 100 stage productions on both the East and West Coast, more than 20 films, 6 television shows. Her dreams came true at age 30 when she was cast in the role of Bob Hope's best friend, Sophie Tucker, for A Salute to Bob Hope and realized her childhood dream of being on stage with Mr. Hope, the man that inspired her during her work with the USO as a child performer.

 

Her feature film debut was playing the featured role of the saloon waitress, Patsy in Butterfly starring Pia Zadora, Stacy Keach and Orson Welles, among others. She starred opposite Lionel Stander in the film Joey Takes A Cab, co-starring Kathleen Freeman, Jackie Gayle, Kaye Ballard, Eileen Brennan, Bruce Kirby, Michel J. Pollard, Alex Cord among other greats of the silver screen.  She studied with some fo the greatest teachers including Joseph Bernard, Stella Adler and received a scholarship to attend the Lee Strasberg Institute in Hollywood and coached privately by Susan Anspach.

 

While continuing to study her acting craft, she was employed in the entertainment legal field as an executive legal secretary.  Here, she learned about contracts and the business side of film and television.  Her 8-year marriage to musician and band leader husband, Carl Hosbond, produced one daughter, Ariana which gave her additional experience working for her husband as a music copyist.  She also gained invaluable experience as the Personal Assistant to internationally known singer-songwriter, Paul Anka.  As many students of the arts are plagued with the tragedies of life as well as joy she experienced many heartaches in love, family and illnesses but believes it was those tragedies that have allowed her to experience life to its fullest in a sort of balancing act.  "No longer do I look at difficulties as problems but as new adventures to be eperienced.  I believe these experiences have enriched my character and have permitted me to go more deeply into portraying characters and being a part of the story-telling process," says Pamela.  In 2008, she created and currently chairs the Austin Actors Conservatory, a group of professional actors who have teamed up with talented filmmakers, writers and musicians to present live staged readings of chosen screenplays and providing educational seminars with the aim at raising the performance bar in Texas.  She was elected to the SAG-AFTRA Houston-Austin Local in 2008 as Member At Large became the first President after merger of SAG and AFTRA in 2013.  In 2015 she was re-elected President and National Board Member.

Adrian Carr

Director, Graphics, Special Effects

Australian native, Adrian Carr, is a multi award-winning film editor now turned

director.  Remember the famous horse chase in The Man From Snowy River and Tom

Selleck's explosive Sharps' rifle in Quigley Down Under?  While cutting his teeth as

director on a martial arts action adventure, Sword of Bushido and a romantic drama 

Now and Forever starring Cheryl Ladd, he was invited to direct the pilot and first

three episodes of the iconic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  While doing so, he also

created their signature moves for the series.  After a stint adirector on the Warner

Bros. TV series The New Adventures of Robin Hood shot in Lithuania, he returned to

the States and was asked to direct the live action sequences for two innovative and

highly successful CR-Rom computer games featuring Tex Murphy-PI in The Pandora

Directive and Overseer starring Barry Corbin and Michael York respectively. 

Next came a request to direct John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Christian Slater,

Anne Archer and Sarah Michelle Geller for a 3D Imax animation film entitled Quantum

Quest.  He went on to direct Mind Games, an indie comedy for a first time writer

and produced another comedy, this time for actor-writer George Moreno with the

quirky title of Mangina.  During the time Adrian directed two unsettling dramatic

shorts that both won awards.  Permanent Stays was awarded an ACS Gold Award for

Best Drama and Blood Makes Noise picked up Best Suspense at the New York

International independent Film and Video Festival.  Another short Honey hit the

festival circuit and his first rap music video I Ain't Racist by Peleboy can be

seen on You Tube.  Not only does Adrian write, direct and edit, he is also a talented

stills photographer and the official photographer for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts-Los

Angeles.  In 2007 he published The Naked Cigar Calendar that won a bronze award for most original

calendar in the National Calendar Awards and thereafter created a table book with 100 new

photographs in the same vein.  Adrian also produced Without A Hitch written by Steven

E. de Souza (Die Hard I and II  and 48 hours I and II) and starring Noah Wylie (E.R. and The Librarian

I-II-III); Rosemary Marks (Thirteen, Hollywood Dreams and Queen of the Lot) .  He also directed and

produced with Rosemary Marks the ongoing very funny web series entitled Servitude.

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DIRECTOR NOTES

I was honored when Pamela asked me to direct the dramatized sections of her documentary "Keepers of the Light" but then the weight of responsibility set in.  There I was, entrusted with bringing her emotional journey to life, something I could not take lightly especially having been Ms. Weaver's on-camera acting coach during this tumultuous upheaveal in her life.  I was blessed with a superb cast, and of course Pamela herslef, which made my job that much easier.  I shot a simple handheld style that never intruded upon the actors' space, yet remained intimate and never turned away when the scenes got tough.  The biggest compliment I received was watching Pamela's reaction to the scenes --- that's when I knew I had captured their emmotional essence --- truth.

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