POGS – POOP the MOVIE
A quirky mockumentary about POGS
POGS – POOP the MOVIE: If you LOVE “The Office”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and/or Christopher Guest Movies (“Best in Show”, “Waiting for Guffman”, “A Mighty Wind”, “This is Spinal Tap”) – or anything with crazy odd ball characters – then you will love this movie! Hilarious Professional NYC Comics and Actors improvise movie based on outline by Evan Schultz (also director) leading to major competition. But the crazy contestants are nothing compared to the drama from the Professional Organization Of Poggz itself!
This short film (26 minutes) was completely funded by KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.Thank you so much to all those that supported the project. Please continue to support by watching and sharing this free online movie with everyone you know. In doing so you are supporting over 20 performers and crew that helped create this film. You are promoting their talents. And many of these performers are equity owners in the project.
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POGS PRODUCTION TEAM
Walt Frasier (Executive Producer) is a co-founder of IMPROV THEATRE, LLC, Artistic Director of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv Comedy and Director of Instruction for Comedy Hall of Fame. POOP is Mr Frasier’s first feature film. Previous Mr. Frasier has produced thousands of live Comedy shows (NY Improv, Laugh Factory, Caroline’s) including Off Broadway (AGVA 2009-20011) run of LMAO by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH and national tour of schools, events, clubs and theaters. Walter as appeared internationally as actor and comic as well as in Indy Films, TV (Lilyhammer – NETFLIX, Royal Pains – USA, Blue Bloods – CBS, Letterman, MTV, NICK, WE), Commercials (Dr Oz, VH1/Wii Fit, Culligan etc) and LIVE theater (Off Broadway, Broadway Tours, Regional and Opera). Mr. Frasier is very excited to be producing P.O.O.P. and has assembled a first rate team of experienced TV, FILM and MUSIC producers to consult and supervise production, editorial and distribution for this amazingly hilarious project. Walter admits he had never heard of Pogs.
Evan Schultz (Writer/Director) a Long Island native and graduate of Wagner College, is thrilled that P.O.O.P. is finally coming to fruition with a perfect cast. He has been writing screenplays and directing in NYC for over 11 years. He has been seen performing around the world on cruise ships, regional stages, on TV and Film. In NYC his creadits includes Off and Off-Off Broadway: LMAO, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell, Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever, Lost Boys Or An Awfully Big Adventure, Jar’d. Touring Theatre: Improv4Kids, Charlotte’s Web, A Christmas Carol. TV/Film: 30 Rock, Law and Order, Gossip Girls, Fringe, When in Rome. Thank you to The Entertainment Group, friends and family for the love and support. I could not be happier that my dream has become a reality, P.O.O.P.!
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Tara Novie (Nancy Elizabeth) New York: Stop the Virgens (Starring Karen O. at St. Ann’s Warehouse), That’s Just Super (WVMTF/ Best Actress Award), Jurassic Parq: The Broadway Musical (FringeNYC), Cocaine: The Band- The Musical (NYMF), Go Green! (Marjorie S. Deane Theater), Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell (Bleecker Street Theatre) Regional: Rent (John Engeman Theater), Les Misérables (Weston Playhouse), Weathervane Repertory Theatre. Tara holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University and is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. She can also be seen singing around the city with the Pete Wire Band. Lots of love to her family, friends, the creative team, and the cast. P.O.O.P.!!!!!!!
Paul DeGrocco’s (Bobby Milles) career has stretched over many different genres of performance. Currently can be heard as weekend DJ for http://www.b103.comand performing with EIGHT IS NEVR ENOUGH (Member since 2009). Off-Broadway: LMAOFFBROADWAY. Regional Theater: THE WIZARD OF OZ (The John W. Engeman Theater), IMPROV 4 KIDS (Tour), A CHRISTMAS STORY (Broadhollow Theater). TV appearances include CHAPELLE’S SHOW (Comedy Central), SINGULARITY (The Discovery Channel) and THE PAVEMENT (Quest Films). Paul has previously hosted radio shows for WNYG and The World Famous WLIR. In addition he has also appeared in numerous corporate training videos, independent films, has voiced many radio commercials and was named Hofstra University’s Alumnus of the Month in May of 2010. Many Long Island baseball fans will recognize Paul as the On-field MC for the Duck’s Games, for which NEWSDAY named Paul “The Official Greeter of Long Island”. More athttp://www.PaulDeGrocco.com
Melissa Bayern (Katherine O’Grady) is so delighted to be a part of P.O.O.P. and is excited to be playing a character she would want to murder in real life. Melissa has been a part of multiple improv groups and has trained at UCB, as well as working on another unscripted feature she co-created, Between The Lines. She lives in NYC, where she has an extensive resume including TV, commercials, film, and theatre. She is also a singer/songwriter and is currently working on her debut album. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in theatre. There she was in Sunshine Scouts, an awardwinning long form Improv group. Thanks to her family and friends and this amazingly fun cast!!http://www.MelissaBayern.com
Patrick Reidy (Sebastian Sheridan Sheppard) is a co-founder of the Boston-based comedy troupe “Grandma’s 3rd Leg” who has been performing & teaching improv comedy since 2004. Since his Off-Broadway debut with “LMAO” in 2010, he has worked several new plays with Just ASK Productions and also performs in a variety of music and comedy shows all over New York. Through inner city outreach efforts, Patrick also teaches improv for the Comedy Hall Of Fame Foundation. Regional Theater Highlights: NO EXIT (Salem Theatre Company, MA), GREASE (Salem Summer, MA), BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (Booth Theater, ME) & ROMEO & JULIET (Lonesome Coyote Theater, MA). Film/Web Highlights: CollegeHumor.com, FunnyOrDie.com, PAUL BLART: MALL COP, THE PROPOSAL, NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST. For more info visithttp://www.patrickreidy.com or follow him on Twitter: @ThePatReidy
Samantha Ciavarella (Lauranne Sue Ellen) is so excited to be filming POOP with these amazing people! Sam has performed with numerous improv troupes around NYC including Eight is Never Enough Improv and Thunderhead improv at The Peoples Improv Theater. Upcoming projects include: Writers Retreat at the Strawberry One-Act Festival where Sam will be playing Jo and is also the playwright. Sam attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Other credits include: Hip Hop Dancer on a segment called “Battle of the Instant Dance Crews” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and her Kristen Stewart impersonation can be seen in numerous YouTube videos including Twilight: The Unseen Sex Tape. Sam would like to thank everyone involved in POOP and her friends and family for their constant love and support!
Andrew Scannell (Mike Kenmore) is an actor/writer/musician/Improvisor who studied at Salem State University for performance and secondary education. Currently living in Manhattan, Andrew performs with 8 Is Never Enough improv comedy, and teaches improv though Comedy Hall of Fame in local schools. He works closely with Synapse theater company, started in 2012.
Amelia Fowler (Lisa Mai Mai Kong), a native of Brooklyn, New York has been seen in commercial spots for Cablevision, the History Channel, IFC, as well as comedy venues throughout the Northeast with her fellow cast mates of the improv troupes “Comedy Sportz-New York,” and “Eight is Never Enough.” Amelia has also had the good fortune to perform in the GLAAD award winning “She Like Girls” at the Ohio Theater as Regina. Most recently she has starred in the one woman show “Flozetta” performed at HERE as part of the “Downtown Urban Theater Festival, and the movie “Monica Z”, directed by Per Fly, playing Ella Fitzgerald.
Rebecca Vigil (Shoshanna Susannah Sheppard) has been improvising since 1999. She has been a member of the Main Stage Company of The Space (formerly Ultimate Improv) in Los Angeles and National Comedy Theatre in New York. She is the creator and lead singer of the fully improvised rock band The Vigilante. She is one of two founding members of the twoprov group Rebecca AND Ron. She is a member of the long form improv team, formed at UCB, Macguffin. She was also one of the creators and main performers of the two person improvised musical Your Musical which performed monthly at Improv Olympic West in Los Angeles. She has traveled all over the country and all over the world teaching and performing improv. Fart.
Evan Schultz (Quinn Flynn Bartow) has been performing with the Eight Is Never Enough improv troupe since 2009! This New York native is a graduate of Wagner College with a BA in Theatre Performance as well as Voice and Speech. Off Broadway: LMAO, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell, The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever. Off-Off Bradway: Lost Boys or an Awfully Big Adventure, JAR’D, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell, HollywoodHollywood!, Booth! The Musical, Dickens Condensed. Regional Theatre: Jekyll and Hyde. A Wonderful Like, Grand Hotel, Into The Woods, Sleeping Beauty, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Touring Theatre: Improv4Kids, Charlotte’s Web, 1776, A Christmas Carol. TV/Film: 30 Rock, Law and Order, Gossip Girls, Fringe, Cupid, When in Rome. Thank you to The Entertainment Group, friends and family for the love and support. Most of the pogs used in the film are form Evan’s private collection.
Laurice Fattal (Mrs Kenmore, Mike’s Mother) has been performing in theatre, music concerts, and stage shows since the age of 10. She originally began writing scripts and composing music through her own vocal group in high school. She continued to pursue her passion for the performing arts in college through studies in theatrical production, acting, music and opera. She has worked in casting, directing, and writing with professional companies based out of NYC, MD and DC. Stage credits include comedy shows: Bobbys Improv Show, Indie Feature: Sunday Morning, TV: “Bad Bob” On DSL, The Top 8 at EIght (original series), Fox & Friends, Musicals/Operas: Amahl and the Night Visitors (Riverside Opera NYC), Alice in Wonderland – A New Musical, The Phantom Tollbooth – By Sheldon Harnick (Opera Th of N. Va), The Lounge @ Under St. Marks (Edge of Insanity Prod/Horse Trade). In addition to developing the concept for “Eight is NEVER enough!”, she is thrilled to be the co-founder of “IMPROV 4 Kids!” program which currently tours elementary schools.
Einar Gunn (Theodore Milles) A native of Reykjavík, Iceland, now an American citizen, Einar [pronounced: AY-nar] misspent too many years of his life as a Creative Director on Madison Avenue. When forcefully retired from the ad business (having survived many mergers) he chose to pursue a childhood fancy and became a commercial pilot. But the airlines weren’t hiring so, in the meantime, he took up acting. Surprising even him, two years later Einar was on Broadway! In Roundabout’s 2008 fall production of A Man for All Seasons,starring Frank Langella and directed by Doug Hughes. He hasn’t looked back since. Einar trained at New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts; Primary Stages;William Esper Studio; Atlantic Acting School; The Barrow Group School; andUpright Citizens Brigade. He has performed on stage in Tovarich, The Little Foxesand The Misanthrope at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; The Actor’s Nightmare, Baby With The Bathwater; Born Yesterday, Moonchildren, Where’s My Money?, The Man Who Came To Dinner at The Peccadillo Theater, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart, to name but a few. TV credits include NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura and The Michael J. Fox Show, the recurring role of Homeland Secretary McClellan in the half-hour, fan-funded, award-winning Internet hit series Pioneer One, and he portrayed George Westinghouse in The Men Who Built America, for History Channel. Film credits include Twist written and directed by Chip Hourihan (Frozen River) plus several indie shorts and features (seeresume). Einar is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and SAG-AFTRA.
Wendy Susan Hammer (Beatrice Milles) Wendy most recently appeared on Deadline Crime, I’d Kill for You and The Perfect Murder on The Discovery ID Channel…She also was in Greatest Mysteries-The Louvre on The Travel Channel and Monsters Inside me on The Animal Planet. Besides keeping busy with her Acting Career-Wendy is an Acting Teacher for children and a Private Acting Coach where she specializes in working with young kids between ages 4-10…Wendy recently did some voice overs, Print Work and her Co-starring role in an indie short will be out soon… Wendy loved working in P.O.O.P as the Kooky mom and really enjoyed the cast and crew…