Sunscreen Film Festival 2016 Spotlight: Screen Siren Julie Moss

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We hail the undeniable flair of actresses and Julie Moss fulfils the storytelling aspects with diverse artistry. In the feature “Shooting The Prodigal”, Julie embodies the magnanimous facets of her character Esther to a tee as the story centres on Esther’s pastor hubby Brother Bob Cross ambitions to make a movie. She accentuates the bond between her Esther and her husband Bob played by Paul Wilson with an enchanting lightheartedness. It’s definitely the antithesis of the figure she assumed in “Scarlet’s Witch” just recently. The indie horror genre is well known to be my creature of comfort with the battle between darkness and light very much an enthralling feed for the eyes. Would love to see Julie in a show like “Penny Dreadful” with characters constantly towing the fine line of good and evil.

Here’s the ever gracious Julie talking about her role in “Scarlet’s Witch” and a fascinating insight into some of her most memorable roles:

“Scarlet’s Witch” is a grown up scary fairytale! I play the witch, and I scared myself! I had to let go and let the ‘bad’ me have free reign, which was freeing and lovely! Had to entice the lovely actresses who played young Scarlet, and grown Scarlet, into my web of hate and jealousy. Seeking the fountain of youth, I play a desperate and bitter woman and actually based the character on a couple of people I used to know; women and men who never were happy for anyone else, who were always trying to manuever themselves into people’s lives in a very underhanded way. The words I would use to describe the ‘Witch’ are conniving, jealous and bitter. Boy, was it fun to play that! The director, Fred Rabbath, described the witch as ‘ugly’ in soul. I think I did that. Horror films, for me, come in two forms. The physical horror and, even deadlier, psychological horror.

I am used to playing ‘Mom’, ‘Obnoxious Wives’, “Long suffering wives’, and ‘Rabble Rousers’, and have done so in “Catching Hearts’, ‘Driven’, ‘Listen’ and others. The most fun I’ve had playing a character, besides the ‘Witch’, was the character of ‘Layla’ in “Rockabilly Zombie Week-end”, an over-the-hill Snooki, complete with heavy Jersey accent and red and black wigs!!! Fun!

With her profoundly earnest spirit on all things film and her polished displays as an entertainer, it’s time to acknowledge the entrancing facets of the graceful Julie Moss.

Phoenix Film Festival 2016 Spotlight: Rising Starlet Maya Boudreau

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With one of the most enthralling performances that’s ever adorned the indie scene, the very fetching Maya Boudreau is primed to impress in 2016. She’s the titular lead of “Jessica”, the female-drive, multi-layered drama that has already won an overflowing of praise and premieres at this year’s Phoenix Film Fest. As the troubled Jessica, who seems to be afflicted by a sense of isolation despite her best intentions to connect, Maya is a truly absorbing watch. The evocative disquiet of a soul seemingly lost in the world is essayed sublimely by the talented Maya and will have audiences commending “Jessica” as a genuine reflection of the pains of a young adult. It is after all a growing up phase that everyone has to go through as life teaches us all that it’s a road of up and downs. Kudos to Maya for forging her character into the epicentre of heartfelt storytelling.

Maya has also starred in another provocative feature called “Sticks” as Jaclyn, a 17 year old who stands to inherit her late daddy’s lottery winnings and that golden ticket becomes the envy of everyone around her. Greed often spirals into abhorrent acts and as the heroine, she’s left to fend off the circling vultures with nefarious intentions including her kin. Having garnered plaudits from a wealth of reviewers for her authenticity onscreen, she’s surely to be touted as a burgeoning indie sweetheart.