Canadian Vixen: Sydney Kondruss

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The wave of rising starlets from Canada are very much welcomed with Sydney Kondruss being one to be desired in the months ahead. She’s starring in “The Drownsman” which is screening at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Fest. The women are at the core of this Wes Crave influenced psychological horror flick with the fear of water taken to a terrifying level never seen before! Sydney plays Lauren who together with group of friends are helping Madison (Michelle Mylett) with a harrowing drowning incident she experienced. Madison believes something from the depths of water is trying to kill her and her friends’ attempt at a seance to contact the being triggers The Drownsman to start offing each of them. This could be the start of a new franchise seeing how there’s a Freddy-like shroud that’s permeating about this new supernatural killer! Sydney’s chemistry with her fellow cast-mates will surely translate onto the big screen as we see their characters’ fates unfold.

Sydney’s next venture “Save Yourself” dives into even darker, bloodier territory as she’s one of five girls who run into a deviant couple and has to fight for their lives. Once more, it’s a female-driven story and Sydney has the intensity to get her teeth into the inevitable terrifying moments. The evolution of women in the horror genre has given the avenue for up and coming actresses such as Sydney to showcase their industry in more expansive roles. This week could see the spark of something special from this ravishing redhead!

Rising Starlet: Thia Schuessler

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This past week has been one of warm approval for the Fresh Faces in the film world and newcomer THIA SCHUESSLER could yet be another gem. As I’m writing this, she’s currently at or around the majestic theaters in Hollywood where AFI Fest 2011 runs till November 10th in support of the enchanting short film “Clear Blue”. It’s “Cocoon” (the youthful rejuvenation swimming pool) meets “Harold and Maude” (the unexpected bond between older woman and younger man) as a lifeguard encounters a magical phenomenon that suspends our disbelief. The woman at the center of this haunting tale is Fiova, an elderly lady who mystically becomes a much younger version of herself as soon as she’s into the blue. THIA plays the younger version of Fiova, ethereally angelic as she spends significant time underwater that includes a kissing scene or two….can’t wait to see how this perplexing mystery unravels. Already she reminds me of mumblecore princess Greta Gerwig in terms of her magnetic beauty, you know that indie cool, arty European glow that keeps us fascinated (ok I’m a little blatantly bias when it comes to cute blondes…hehe).

A visit to the THIA SCHUESSLER OFFICIAL SITE should give an inkling of her fetching qualities. Blessed with ambrosial features (I believe she’s attractive even sans makeup), THIA does have a comely appeal which even in the 20 mins of “Clear Blue” is captured sublimely. In this fast-changing cinematic terrain, it’s a pleasure to be in touch with the stars of tomorrow such as the lovely THIA who could find herself being regarded as one.