THE THIRD ACT
Balancing hormones, teenagers, and careers, chaos ensues as Lola runs off to a mindfulness retreat with her soon-to-be ex-husband hot on her heels. Roxy is left minding the store, a consignment boutique she owns with Lola, her best pal. A film about life, love and the pursuit of mindfulness.
Inclusion StatementLongtime collaborators, Rachel Jones and Lori Lowe, formed Aging Beauty Productions whose mission is to create dimensional, juicy roles for women over 50. "The Third Act" features female protagonists over the age of 50, women in key roles as director (Lowe) and a diverse crew.
About The Project
In 2014, the last year baby boomers turned 50. One door closes and another opens...
We wrote THE THIRD ACT as a creative expression of our transitions in life. Transitions that can be fraught with agony, uncertainty, and heartbreak. We wanted to laugh so hard we cried and we did!
Then, we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and made our dreams come true ... for real life.
As Roxy and Lola learn in their own third acts, nobody gives you a manual for life, for parenting or relationships. Nobody tells you that suffering is a natural part of life and if we embrace it all, we will suffer a bit less. Embrace your inner jerk and forgive others for theirs... we promise your joy will surface and the corners of your mouth shall lift. Then watch our movie and laugh so hard, you'll pee yourself... (Damn, they were right about doing those Kegels!)
Click here to watch Social Scientist Stacy Smith talk about how the media under-represents and portrays women -- and the potentially destructive effects those portrayals have on viewers. She shares hard data behind gender bias in Hollywood, where on-screen males out number females three to one (and behind-the-camera workers fare even worse.)
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About This Team
Lori Lowe, Director/Co-Writer grew up in NYC and was a child actor. Lori had her first professional acting job at 10 years old and directed her first Off-Broadway play at 22 at the Pearl Theatre. She has been a member of SAG.AFTRA for 40 years. Lori has coached many successful working actors and dedicates her practice not just to the craft of acting but in the emotional challenges that face-working actors today. Founder and Artistic Director of Mindfulactor.com. This is Ms. Lowe's first feature film.
Rachel Jones, Co-Writer/Actor is an actor, director, writer and teacher. She is the Owner/Director of The Actor’s Circle in Brookfield CT where she has ongoing classes and coaches actors for auditions. She is a founding member of Axial Theatre in Westchester County. She is in her eighteenth year as a teaching artist with the Howard Meyer Acting Program where she also is the Director of HM Acting’s Performance Workshops.
Rachel has toured the US and Canada with the First National tour of the Broadway play M. Butterfly and has worked in films and commercials. (Fresh Horses, Dracula’s Widow) With Axial she has originated many roles (Dahlia in "Lost in Paradise", Samantha in "The Contract”) She performed the role of Arkadina in Axial’s acclaimed production of "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov. She will direct Axial's production of “Crimes of the Heart” in spring 2018. Ms. Jones received formal Meisner training with Greg Zittel. She has studied with the Stella Adler Studio through NYU Tisch, Alice Spivak, and at HB Studios in NYC.
Gary Geller, Producer of Marketing and Distribution has a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable, effective and focused sales and business development executives in any arena. His breadth of experience and industry-wide credibility has landed him across the table closing deals with important business partners including Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Wal-Mart and dozens of other innovative companies. Gary focuses on managing high-level relationships with decision makers in retail, e-commerce, entertainment media and consumer electronics and beyond.
Geller has had a diverse entertainment and marketing career. In 1985 he co-founded Effanel Music, America’s premier mobile recording company. He remained active in Effanel and orchestrated the sale of the company to XM Radio in 2004. Building on relationships developed through Effanel, Geller branched out and began producing nationally syndicated live radio concerts for NBC “The Source” including such artists as Santana, Cyndi Lauper, The Judds, and much more. He also managed high profile international tours for such artists as The Rolling Stones, Living Colour, Van Halen, The Sex Pistols, George Benson, Kenny Loggins, David Sanborn, and Al Jarreau, among others.
Stephen Baluzy, Producer is a screenwriter, producer, and playwright. He has worked on the films “Black Mail” and “Natural Born Crazies” as a producer.
As a playwright, his play Like a Virgin was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Aery 20/20 festival in Garrison, New York. His one-act play “The Great Thing About Me” was performed this past summer in the production “Shooting Stars” at Axial Theater/ HMActing. He is frequently commissioned by actors to create comedic monologues and material.
Lola: Kathryn Neville Browne
Kathryn’s most recent show, Women of Williams County, won Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the 2016 Midtown International Theatre Festival. She was also nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress at the 2011 Indie Soap Awards for her portrayal of Sandra Haven in the web series Empire. Film credits: Happy Hour (with Julianne Moore), Waffle (at SXSW); The Blue Knight (with Peter Greene).
Roxie: Rachel Jones
Max: Sal Rendino
Recently, Sal earned the 2016 Best Supporting Actor Award from the Nice (France) International Film Fest., for the feature, “Second Chance”, and was also given the 2016 Rising Star Award by the Long Island International Film Expo. Latest film credits: “Gotti”, opposite John Travolta; “The Ticket” (2016 Tribeca Film Fest.).
Hank: Patrick Davin
Stan: Dan Walworth
Dan is a student of the Howard Meyer Acting Program in Westchester County, New York and is a member of the Axial Theatre Company. He has performed in many full-length and one act stage productions including A Doll’s House, The Seagull, In the Meantime, The Space in Between, and The Doll.
Zara: Chloe Lang
Jake: Parker Toth
Jane: Cornelia Groeger
Gail: Lori Franzese
Susie: Val Moranto
Eddie: Leigh Trifari
Joan Jacob Lynn: Mickey Pantano
Dr. Gloria: Catherine Banks