From His High School Dreams to Big Screen Realities – The Young Star Gets Ready to Shine
For many young men and women, heading to the Big Apple in pursuit of their dreams can be met with a lot more adversity that expected and become a more difficult decision to continue learning and growing without a guarantee of success. But for Model and Actor Christian Riccardi, his upcoming roles on Netflix’s “Kaleidoscope” and opposite Joe Pesci in the highly anticipated Martin Scorsese film “The Irishman” are proving that hard work certainly pays off!
Christian Riccardi is a model and actor of Italian descent. Born in New Haven, CT, he moved to Fairfield, CT at a young age where he attended high school with dreams of becoming a model and actor. Soon after graduating he got a job at a local retailer, working his way up the ladder to visual merchandising manager. Later moving to New York City to work for Bloomingdale’s, he was often encouraged by both his peers and shoppers alike to pursue his dreams.
Shortly thereafter, Riccardi quit his job to attend the famed Stella Adler Studio of Acting, completing the one year conservatory while simultaneously building a modelling portfolio. He then went on to private lessons with public speaking and acting coach Jill Jaysen who continued to help him build a strong foundation.
With his sights set on further dedication to his craft, he soon began taking on roles from a young mobster opposite famed actor Joe Pesci in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film “The Irishman” to the upcoming show “Kaleidoscope” playing a waiter – both to premiere on Netflix.
A move to Brooklyn, NY would further immerse him in one of the world’s biggest art and fashion meccas, where he would be introduced to celebrity acting coach Tracey Moore and continue to learn in pursuit of his passion. Riccardi has also continued to work as a model with some of New York’s most known and respected fashion photographers with a further goal of taking part powerful modeling campaigns. He dreams of one day modeling for one of the many elite fashion brands during the world famous NY Fashion Week.
“I want to be able to help the world change the notion of modeling so it isn’t so much about selling sex as it should be about celebrating each individual’s unique beauty” Christian says, furthering “I want to show men that it is better to be different”.
Having Began Her Career As A Pianist and Horn Player in Orchestras and Ballets, Her Dynamic Abilities Continue to Shine with Principal Roles in Two Upcoming Dramas
With many actors/actresses, the more diversity you have in your arsenal the better equipped you may be to take on new and challenging roles – be it in film, television, or on stage. With Actress/Musician Linda Collins – that certainly isn’t a problem.
Having began her entertainment career below the stage – playing in pit orchestras as well as symphonies and ballets, she later transitioned to acting full time. Now, she can be seen in upcoming productions including principal roles in 21st Century Vision Films crime thriller “The Stable” – playing a gritty nightclub owner/head of a human-trafficking ring, and “Officer Miller” – a police officer in Writer/Director Terry Wickham’s “Double Vision”.
“Not only is Linda an excellent actress who is very seasoned, but I felt that she had the look and the life experience to mix in with the other cast.” – Writer/Director/Producer Terry Wickham
Linda Collins was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Olivia Watson Beaty, a pianist, vocalist, and Sacred Music Director and father Gaylon Patterson, a Lt. Colonial in the Air Force reserves, and Production Manager at McDonald-Douglas Aircraft. Her heritage includes Scottish, Irish and Native American on both sides. Linda exhibited an early aptitude for acting and music, and her siblings often created and performed plays for their parents while in grade school. Her earliest at home role was as Cupid in the family Valentine’s play.
She was in the Thespians Club in high school, performing in school productions, and her talents subsequently won her scholarships to the University of Alabama, Duquesne University (BM, summa cum laude), and Northern Illinois University (Master of Music degree) where she was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
After performing several years as a professional musician in the US and Canada, Linda moved to NYC, and in 2010 began pursuing in earnest her other love – acting. While studying in NYC with renowned acting coach Catherine Gaffigan, she began booking film and television work. Since then she’s booked leading roles in TV Series’ including “I’d Kill for You”, “Stalked”, “Redrum” (Co-starring as Lt. Detective Penny Kimball), “Evil I”, “Monsters Inside Me” (Co-starring as Patricia Nash), and the co-lead role in an episode of True Crime with Aphrodite Jones. She has also appeared in the Feature Films “Burning Blue” (As the on-screen mother to William Lee Scott’s character), “Contest” (As a cooking contest Judge), and in the leading role of Edna in Ashley Cintron’s production of “Chef’s House”.
As a musician, Linda has played Principal Horn in several orchestras including the Huntsville Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony (CA), and Naples Philharmonic (FL) Orchestras, as well as in theatre orchestras for “Fiddler on the Roof” (Herschel Bernardi), “Showboat” (Elaine Stritch and Robert Morse), and “Phantom of the Opera” in Toronto. She also was pianist with many groups including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet, Chicago City Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company, and has performed in numerous national broadcasts for CBC Radio.
Always an activist for the arts, Linda received the honor of a national appointment by Canadian Minister of Heritage Flora McDonald to serve for three years as a member of the Canadian Advisory Committee on the Status of the Artist ( Ottawa, CA) and later was appointed by AFM International President Tom Lee as Assistant to the International President of the American Federation of Musicians in NYC, where she served the international music community for six years.
She has continued to hone her acting skills at the T. Schreiber Studio in NYC with coach Terry Schreiber and Peter Miner, while being booked regularly for various television and film work.
Now, as she gets ready to take on two new roles in 21st Century Vision Films crime thriller “The Stable” and “Double Vision” – there seems to be plenty on the horizon for the multitalented Linda Collins!
The “Mick Rock Iconic Gallery Show” Will Feature Some of the Photographers Best Works For Sale Along with Custom Jewelry Art By Studio Founder And Artist Robert Pepkin
This October, one of the world’s most influential Rock n’ Roll photographers who was instrumental in creating some of the most widely known iconic images in rock history, Mick Rock, will join forces with highly respected jewelry artist Robert Pepkin for a unique retrospective on Rock’s astounding career. The Mick Rock Iconic GalleryShow will be held Saturday, October 20th (6-10PM) through Sunday, October 21st (1-6PM) at The Jewelry Studio(1107 Old Country Rd, Plainview, NY 11803)!
This unique gallery experience is set to include a collection of limited edition photographic pieces–on sale to the public–with wearable jewelry art designed by Pepkin and Rock, book signings, meet-and-greet red carpet opportunities, and more. With exhibits ranging from classic portrait pieces of LI natives like Joan Jett and Lou Reed to Mick Rock’s quintessential album covers from the late 60’s through today including Lou Reed’s “Transformer”, Iggy Pop’s “Raw Power”, The Ramones “End of the Century”, and works from his incredible creative partnership with David Bowie – attendee’s can view and purchase copies of some of the most legendary images in music history. And with the upcoming release of Queen’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in theatres this November, the collection will include some of Mick’s timeless works with the band including their “Queen II” and “Sheer Heart Attack” album covers! The Gallery Show is set to run through January.
More About Mick Rock:
Legendary rock photographer Mick Rock is often referred to as ‘The Man Who Shot the Seventies’, for his iconic images of Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd), David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Blondie, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and so much more. London born, he has resided in New York for the past 35 years. He has shot over 100 album covers.
But he in reality never shopped photographing and image making. His recent subjects include Snoop Dogg, Father John Misty, Lenny Kravitz , Janelle Monae, Jimmy Fallon, The Black Keys, Karen O, Ellie Goulding, Alicia Keys, Michael Buble, Daft Punk, Perry Farrell, Motley Crue, TV On The Radio, Pharrell, Josh Groban, Flaming Lips, Nas, Rufus Wainwright, Kings of Leon, R. Kelly, The Black Lips , Queens of The Stone Age, and the list goes on.
Mick Rock was instrumental in creating many key rock ‘n’ roll images, such as album covers for Syd Barrett’s “Madcap Laughs”, Lou Reed’s “Transformer” and “Coney Island Baby”, Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, among many others. He was the chief photographer on the films “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Shortbus”. He recently shot special stills for the new TV version of Rocky Horror, featuring the transgender actress Laverne Cox as Frank N. Furter. He also produced and directed the seminal music videos for Bowie: “John, I’m Only Dancing”, “Jean Genie”, “Space Oddity”, and “Life On Mars”.
His latest publication “The Rise of David Bowie 1972-1973” (with David Bowie), (Taschen Books, published September 2015): a spectacular limited edition co-signed with Bowie, sold out just before David’s death. It was Taschen’s fastest-ever selling limited edition publication. He is currently promoting Bowie’s trade edition (which will be signed on site by Mick). A documentary about his career, produced by Vice Films and Straight Up Films, called ‘SHOT!’, was launched at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016. The doc is being distributed by Magnolia Pictures and was released theatrically in Spring 2017. A classic quote from Mick in the London Times, who dubbed him ‘the music world’s top snapper’: “I’ve never felt like a voyeur, although I’ve certainly done plenty of looking! I work from the inside out. Like a cook I gather all the ingredients and keep mixing and stirring and tasting until the kind of effluvia starts to rise, then I’m off to the races. It’s an addictive kind of a feeling that I need a regular shot of otherwise I don’t feel right.”
He recently shot a major fashion campaign for the Gucci brand in Rome, which was published worldwide in the spring of 2018. Alessandro Michele, the groundbreaking designer for Gucci, said: “I love my collaboration with Mick. We made beautiful images together. I respect him as a great fellow artist and imagemaker.”
More About The Jewelry Studio’s Robert Pepkin:
A Long Island native, Robert Pepkin attended the Pratt Institute for Fine Art before working with fine jewelry artist Marla Mencher for extra income. He found inspiration in a new kind of art that people could wear.
After a chance meeting with Francis Ford Coppola’s father Carmine, he was hired to work on the set design of their production of “Opera on the Sound.” Additionally, Robert’s bold illustrations have graced pages from Penthouse to Reader’s Digest.
Pepkin continued to get more involved in the design and creation of jewelry and eventually opened “The Jewelry Studio.” During his 40 year career as an artist and jeweler, he has been inspired by countless artists both inside and outside his field. Yet, he gets his greatest inspiration from working with his client’s sentimental items and other designers’ creation of timeless pieces. From redesigning family heirlooms to creating one-of-a-kind pieces, Pepkin enjoys the process as well as the close bonds and relationships he has with his clients.
He finds equal inspiration in the work of Mick Rock, who he met over 30 years ago. Pepkin is extremely excited to collaborate with Rock in their upcoming gallery show. “The attraction to Mick’s work for me comes from the many theatrical undertones, from the drama behind the legendary black and white Queen II album cover to capturing the dramatic poses of Iggy Pop on stage — all of his shots capture the spirit of the artist or band he works with. The same has gone for me when trying to create something that someone will wear. You have to capture their spirit because the pieces become part of them and part of their own history.”
Through David Glicker, a mutual friend and promoter, the two artists have reconnected to collaborate on this very special event.
On Saturday, October 20th (6-10PM) through Sunday, October 21st (1-6PM) the two artistic greats will come together to premiere The Mick Rock Iconic GalleryShow at Robert Pepkin’s The Jewelry Studio in Plainview, NY – an experience not to be missed for music, art, and jewelry fans alike!
The Talented Young Star Plays Female Lead Role in New Film With In-Depth Focus Around The Lives of Bullies And How Kindness Can Change Lives
Following the release of her single and music video “Hurricane”, it was recently announced that Actress and Singer/Songwriter RAFFAELA will star in new film “REACH” with Garrett Clayton (Disney’s Beach Movie, Hairspray Live!) and Joey Bragg (Liv and Maddie) and from production companies Cappricielli Productions and Autumn Bailey Entertainment, written by Grant Harling, Johnny James Fiore, and Maria Capp! Her newest song “I Love Me” will also be featured and released simultaneously with the film’s release. “Compass” by hit Disney boy-band Forever In Your Mind will also be featured in the film.
RAFFAELA has been hitting the ground running. Currently co-writing her EP with Sony/ATV writers and producers The Vanderveers, some past credits include the music video for her hit “So What?” being a finalist for Best Music Video at the International Family Film Festival. It won Best Song in a Music Video at the Hollywood & Vine Film Festival, and was a select entry at the the Dances With Films Festival, and Rahway International Film Festival.
Her other recent acting credits include The Bandit Hound (starring Judd Nelson, Cathryn Bell, Lou Ferrigno), and Taking a Chance on Love, which she wrote herself. It was nominated for Best Short Film at Dances With Kidz and received honorary mention at the Hollywood & Vine Film Festival.
Joey Bragg, Raffaela Capp, Garrett Clayton, Jordan Doww, Steven Thomas Capp In New Film REACH, Out This Summer
The film centers on a socially awkward genius (Garrett Clayton – “Teen Beach Movie”) who divulges to a pro-suicide support group that he plans to kill himself after being constantly picked on by a former childhood friend and school bully (Jordan Doww – “Hollyweird”) and his widowed father (Bojesse Christopher – “Point Break”).
When the new quirky kid, Clarence (Johnny James Fiore – Co-writer/Associate Producer) in school befriends him, his plans are sidetracked. The pic offers a window into the private lives of bullies and their targets and shows how the power of one small gesture can change the course of one’s life.
RAFFAELA’s “I Love Me” is a fitting song for the new film, as its lyrics deal with self-confidence and empowerment, two issues that are a huge focus in the dramedy.
Being a part of such a powerful film with an outspoken message, along with her continued music success….RAFFAELA is certainly a rising star with a bright future.
Top Independent Films From Around the World Along with Q&A Sessions from Writers, Producers, Directors and Stars to Bring Big Draw to Village East Cinemas
With the SOHO International Film Festival kicking off this Thursday, June 15th and running through Thursday, June 22nd with nearly 80 films being exhibited and making premieres, stars from all walks of life are set to converge on at Village East Cinemas (189 2nd Avenue on 12th Street) for #SOHO8!
With opening night film “The Broken Ones” from Director Elyse Niblett making its official World Premiere, the drama about a troubled and closed off young artist in her mid twenties who is grappling with being placed by her overbearing mother Janet in a sober living house in the suburbs of New Jersey stars Margaret Colin (“Independence Day”, “The Devil’s Own”) and Charlie Bewley (“Twilight”, “Like Crazy”). In attendance for the premiere will be Luke Guldan (“The Good Place”), Constance Shulman (“Orange Is the New Black”, “Fried Green Tomatoes”) with daughter Gus Birney (“The Mist”), and Alexandra Socha (“Red Oaks”). The NY premiere of “Last Night In Rozzie”, also on opening night from Ryan McDonough and Sean Gannet, sees Ronnie Russo returning to his forgotten hometown to grant his childhood best friend a dying wish while facing the painful truth of that violent night 25 years ago that changed both their lives forever – starring Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains, What Women Want) and Yara Martinez (The Hitcher, The Tick).
In the World Premiere of closing night film “Bardo Blues” directed by and starring Marcia Kimpton, the story of a man coming to grips with tragedy by escaping to paradise paints a dramatic picture of what it’s like seeking solace and understanding in the unfamiliar Eastern culture of Thailand. Director and star Kimpton will be in attendance, along with more stars TBA for a Q&A following the film. The East Coast Premiere of “Landing Up” sees Chrissie and Cece play a con game with strangers to put a roof over their heads while fantasizing about their dream apartment, starring the late E’dena Hines (5 Flights Up) and Stacey Maltin (Begin Again). The New York Premiere of “The Dunning Man” sees Connor Ryan (James Carpinello, Gotham), out of a job and dumped by his girlfriend, returning to Atlantic City to try to rebuild his life with the last source of income that he has – a few apartments in a low-rise condo complex that sits in the shadows of A.C.’s newest and most expensive casino. In attendance for the premiere and Q&A will be Carpinello, Nicoye Banks (Green Zone), and Langston Fishburne (Have A Little Faith).
Other films include acclaimed feature “Dead Draw” from Brian Klemesrud about a perfect heist that turns deadly when a band of thieves discover their getaway pilot murdered and must race against time to uncover the rat and survive the night stars Gil Bellows (Amazon Studios’ Patriot), Bitsie Tulloch (NBC’s Grimm), Slaine (Central Intelligence), and Brit Shaw (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) with star Michael Eklund (The Call) attending the screening and Q&A along with co-stars Andy Ahrens (Jupiter Ascending) and Faust Checho (Proxy); “Off Track Betty” from Clayton Dean Smith in which a longtime New York City resident realizes she no longer recognizes the neighborhood she calls home, with stars in attendance including Brooke Moriber (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and more TBA; The NY Premiere of “Ophelia” from Sam Underwood and Jamie Sims which portrays a classic story of mourning and madness through the lens of Shakespeare’s unsolvable puzzle – the inexplicable Ophelia, starring Valorie Curry (The Following) and Sam Underwood (Dexter); The U.S. Premiere of The Karamazoffs – A Walk In the SOHO Years – a documentary about a group of recognized artists from Barcelona (Muntadas, Miralda, Zush and Robert Llimós, among others) who started their careers in New York in the early 70s and forged a long friendship that still exists today, and the East Coast premiere of “Oiled Up” in which Mike is sentenced to 25 years in prison after having given himself up to police in order to save his younger brothers from the consequences of their actions, with Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Chuck Zito (Carlito’s Way) and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull).
By enticing filmmakers, journalists and cineastes from The US and across the globe, SOHO Film Fest draws audiences to New York City–known for its artistic community and cultural sophistication–helping boost the profile, the sense of pride, and the economy of the local community and the city itself. Panels, social events, and other networking opportunities for everyone involved will feature leading figures from all disciplines of the film industry including distributors and media, who will also be in attendance.
The SOHO International Film Festival, which proudly carries the “Made in NY” logo from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Television and Broadcasting is a vehicle to help the economy of the city, enhancing the festival’s sense of pride while boosting filmmaking and tourism in the Big Apple. They are dedicated to celebrating the art of long and short form cinema created from the latest digital technology while still embracing the original goal ‐ incredible storytelling. Founded in the epicenter of New York’s most artistic district, by Jorge Ballos in 2009, the festival is has provided a unique and powerful platform for filmmakers to gain exposure and potential distribution. SIFFNYC is committed to exhibiting domestic and international films, focusing on dynamic, visionary cinema that creates extraordinary experiences.
The Festival Kicks Off June 1st-8th Bringing Top Independent Films, Writers, Producers, Directors and the Stars That Make Them to a Discerning NYC Film Audience
With the Eighth Annual SOHO International Film Festival (#SOHO8) set to kick off this year from June 1st through 8th at Village East Cinemas (189 2nd Avenue on 12th Street), both professional and amateur filmmakers alike still have time to submit their full-length features, short films and documentaries via FilmFreeway’s SPECIAL DEADLINE Wednesday, March 15th!
The SOHO Intl Film Fest celebrates the cutting-edge of digital technology while honoring traditional forms of storytelling, encourages new and seasoned filmmakers from here in New York City and around the world to create and send in their fresh and innovative cinematic pieces.
Adding to the excitement of the event, many of the selected films will hold Q & A sessions with cast & crew members following each screening; along with panels, social events, and other networking opportunities for everyone involved. Leading figures from all disciplines of the film industry including distributors and media will also be in attendance.
Notable attendees to last year’s festival included Bobby Cannavale (HBO’s “Vinyl”), Carrie Preston (Person of Interest, The Good Wife), Sean Young (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Blade Runner), Matthew Daddario (Delivery Man, Breathe In) and more!
Some of 2016’s Attendees at the SOHO International Film Festival (Photo’s by Champion Eye Media)
By enticing filmmakers, journalists and cineastes from The US and across the globe, SOHO Film Fest draws audiences to New York City–known for its artistic community and cultural sophistication–helping boost the profile, the sense of pride, and the economy of the local community and the city itself.
Now, with the deadline having been extended until Wednesday, March 15h – filmmakers still have a chance to take part in one of the most exciting film festival’s NYC has to offer!
FULL LIST OF 2017’s SELECTED FILMMAKERS AND TITLES COMING SOON!
Founded in the epicenter of New York’s most artistic district in 2009, the festival has provided a unique and powerful platform for filmmakers to gain exposure and potential distribution. SIFFNYC is committed to exhibiting domestic and international films, focusing on dynamic, visionary cinema that creates extraordinary experiences. The SOHO International Film Festival, proudly carries the “Made in NY” logo from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Television and Broadcasting and is a vehicle to help the economy of the city, enhancing the festival’s sense of pride while boosting filmmaking and tourism in the Big Apple. They are dedicated to celebrating the art of long and short form cinema created from the latest digital technology while still embracing the original goal ‐ incredible storytelling.
Horror Thriller Will Leave You Jumping Out of Your Seat!
On Friday, April 21st at 9:30PM Director/Producer Sarah Martin will premiere her brand new film Nefarious at the historic Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710). The 90-minute feature debut will get the full Hollywood treatment as it is preceded by a red carpet with photographers and over $800 and counting in raffle basket prizes in the lobby!
After the passing of their father, the Tanners set off to get a fresh new start in the countryside. You’ve got Logan (Avery Zangri) the oldest, an avid filmmaker & adventurer. Then there’s Jake (Alex Louis) the younger one. Witty, but still finding his way. Thanks to their loving, trusting, and endearing Mother (Jamie Ragusa) they always have a great support system and balance to the home. Things start to get strange when they begin to discover parts of the houses dreary, dark past. Things aren’t always what they appear to be, but just remember…DONT WAKE MOTHER!
Director/Producer Sarah Martin is breaking into the Film industry backed behind a team of highly experienced and professional directors, writers, producers, and editors.
Sarah was born and raised on the south shores of Long Island, New York. Her passion for the arts drove her to take charge behind the camera.
Currently she’s the CEO and Founder of Silent Envy Productions, which will be producing several feature film projects over the next few years. Nefarious is her latest Feature Film Horror Thriller!
When she’s not behind the camera, you can find her acting in front of the camera. This year she will be co-starring with Ed Asner and Joan Jett in DINOSAUR!
Now, as she’s set to debut her brand new feature Nefarious at The Bellmore Movies on Friday, April 21st, you won’t want to miss out on this thrilling horror thriller and join in on the fun post-screening at the Official After-Party taking place right next door at The Third Rail!