HollyShorts Film Festival 2015 Spotlight: Indie Princess Amy Reedy


Amy Reedy is the multi-talented charmer with the luminosity to rise as one of the movers and shakers of the indie genre. She’s the writer/director/leading lady of the entertaining short film “Girl In Her Twenties” and already she’s graced the red carpet at this year’s HollyShorts Film Fest from the first night. Fans can expect to catch her at the screening on Wednesday, August 19th, at the Chinese Theatre 6 in Hollywood and grab a chance to take photos as well as selfies with her I’m sure. The big news in 2015 is that Amy has been working with James Franco writing for his feature film “Don Quixote” and that would be a great thing to look forward to. This collaboration will no doubt be leaving a vivid impression in the industry and could indeed elevate her into the limelight.

Meanwhile, we can indulge in the magic of her storytelling through “Girl In Her Twenties” where she stars as Allison who seems overwhelmed with the complications that come with loving someone. She takes us on her sometimes quirky yet eye-opening journey of a woman from her early, mid to late twenties as she evolves in her search for the meaning of romance. While the recent film “The Age Of Adaline” thrusts the notion of passion seekers into the realm of fantasy, Amy’s character Allison faces problems much more grounded in reality which the authenticity of her portrayal conveys with affectionate fulfilment. She shines in the emotional arc of Allison, from wonderment through to the inevitable disappointments and complications in the game of love. Ladies and gentleman, Amy is establishing herself as one of the promising starlets on the independent scene.

Rhode Island Film Festival 2015 Spotlight: Screen Siren Ellen Gerstein


Accomplished as a multi-faceted actress, Ellen Gerstein has won the praises of a number of bigwigs in the industry. She has a warmth that’s instantly likeable and has depicted a range of diverse makeup. At this year’s Rhode Island Film Fest, she’s delving into romance and is proof that one can depict a woman in love irrespective of age. Catch her in the short film “Come Away With Me” as Ann Chambers, a woman who believes true love still exists and she’s never given up on re-connecting with her paramour. Will she get her man despite the obstacles laid before her? Thanks to Ellen’s portrayal, we may yet see the notion of ageism (a plague if you ask me) in scripts about love vanish. Intimacy even in our golden years has it fair share of stories that need to be told on film. Festival goers will get to see Ellen in person as she is slated to attend the screening happening on 7th August at

Acclaimed director Mimi Leder (whose daughter Hannah I’ve written a feature on this blog) describes her as an astute actress, someone with the magic touch and no wonder she’s thoroughly credible in the varied roles she’s done. Couch potatoes would have seen her on “Shameless” as the gun-toting Aunt Rande whom many of us would not want to mess with. Ellen has also appeared in the indie actioner “Swelter” starrring Jean Claude Van Damme. Seeing how she’s currently dazzling it up on many fronts (as a writer,producer,director), Ellen will be admired for her impeccability as a virtuoso character actor.

Keep up with the latest updates on this amazing talent at the ELLEN GERSTEIN OFFICIAL SITE