Dances With Films 2016 Spotlight: Najarra Townsend

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The genuine personification of an Indie Goddess, Najarra consistently entertains us with some of the foxiest and boldest representation of leading ladies on film. Come June 2nd at Dances With Films and looking like she belongs in the “Sin City” movies, Najarra will ethrall us all as the gun-toting firecracker Zelda in “Wolf Mother” which is the opening film of the prestigious festival. What a way to make waves at Dances With Films with her portrayal of a multi-layered protagonist who has a dark side yet her good heart shines in the light as she zealously tries to save child trafficking victims. It’s fitting to watch her enchant once more as she has done with her previous incarnations, that of Samantha, an unfortunate victim of a zombie-turning STD and as Angel, the girl with a troubled past in “The Toy Soldiers”. Her absorbing dramatising of damaged souls is as intricate as it is compelling, at times adding that glimpse of sensuality we all crave.

After “Wolf Mother”, she’ll likely keep us fixated yet again in the short film “The Stylist”. This time, Najarra stars as Claire, a lonely hairstylist who is depressed with her mundane life and decides to treat her final client of the evening as a plaything. A bloodied plaything of course as the unnerving teaser (above) suggests. “The Stylist” is having its international premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal which means we’ll be habitually infatuated with Najarra. Dances With Films is regarded as Über Cool and has been defiantly indie since 1998 and thanks to the immaculate talents of Miss Najarra Townsend, we’re in for an exceptional viewing pleasure in 2016.

Actress Spotlight: Katrina Bowden

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Katrina Bowden personifies the blonde bombshell and screen sweetheart affront with graceful sensuality that we can’t help but view her with adoring fervour. She’s the leading lady of the funny flick “Hard Sell”, refreshing the high school comedy with entertaining vim. It’s about Hardy Buchanan (Skyler Gisondo), a poor high school student enveloped in the affluence prevalent at his private institution but soon finds a kindred soul in Katrina’s ex-stripper persona named Bo. Harnessing their entrepreneurial instincts, they hatch a plan to entice students and profiting from their sexually frustrated existence. We already celebrate her as a desirable temptation and as Bo, she delivers in every fame as the beautiful runaway who teaches the prep school boys about breasts, oral sex as well as the complexities of life. Katrina elevates the sister figure that is Bo with a beguiling reach, sparkling positively as the street-smart woman with sex appeal and a good heart underneath. Check out the clip here from “Hard Sell”: http://www.indiewire.com/embed/player.jsp?videoId=00000154-c609-d41a-abfc-c60fc8dc0000&width=480

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It’s great that in this particular instance, the classic female trope in comedies that Katrina depicts sees her being at the core of the story and in tandem with the male teen outside turned hero of the piece. She does prove to be an affecting eye candy yet there are interesting facets about her that belies her infatuation-worthy assets. With each incarnation onscreen, Katrina has demonstrated her acting chops in both comedy and drama, most stirringly on the TV series “Public Morals” as the adorable call girl Fortune. The vivacious Katrina Bowden is a starlet worthy of our obsession and she will be for some time to come.