Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Radio's Russ Parr Directs New Movie

Radio Personality, Russ Parr, Brings Directorial Debut to Hollywood

Russ Parr is one of the most popular radio personalities in the country. Morning commuters know him well as host of the top rated, nationally syndicated, Russ Parr Morning Show. And yes, you may have also seen him on television, co-hosting TV One's dating show, Get The Hook Up.

And now Russ Parr has two new credits to add to his resume--screenwriter and motion picture director. Described as a drama about comedy, The Last Stand is Parr's directorial debut. Monday, July 9th, the west coast premiere of the film occurred in the heart of Hollywood at Grauman's Chinese Theater. On July 10th the DVD hit stores nationwide.

The story focuses on four amateur comedians and their struggles to obtain success in Hollywood collectively and individually. Parr states the film was inspired by his own experiences as a struggling comic and actor several years ago. By sharing some of his story through The Last Stand, he hopes to add a more human or personal aspect to comedy that is rarely seen.

Though he says he did not succeed as an actor, actress Samantha Brown, believes his direction was more than "on parr"--excuse the pun. Smith states Parr challenged and motivated her to really bring out the emotions needed to play her role of a demanding wife frustrated with a husband who chooses to pursue his dream of becoming a comedian over financial stability.

The Last Stand not only shows audiences what's "really up" as Smith states, but also how seductive the lure of money, power, and fame can be to those willing to take the fast lane to success. When the hidden intentions of those in power come into play, tough decisions must be made. For Tami Roman's character, a pretty, single teacher breaking into the industry, making the wrong decision could jeopardize not only her career, but also her life.

Of the many titles competing for your attention and your purchase, this one receives my vote. Guy Torry, Todd Williams, Anthony Anderson, Darrin Henson all give great performances as well as the ladies, Tami Roman and Samantha Smith. This is not a black movie as Hollywood would characterize it, but a universal story that's well acted, produced, and directed. Applause to Russ for not giving up on telling this story. To learn more about the film, cast, and available downloads check out The Last Stand website.

Pics from the event:

The Last Stand's Writer/Director, Russ Parr and sons, Payton and Braxton

The Last Stand's Darrin Henson and Guy Torry

Last Stand's Tami Roman and daughter, Jazz Anderson

Last Stand's Samantha Brown

Last Stand cast members

Last Stand's, Todd Williams

Animal Planet's Ms. Adventure, Rachel Reenstra

Actress, Shondrella Avery

Actor, Clifton Powell

Actress, Drew Sidora

Comedian, Rodney Perry

Charm School's Bootz, Larissa Aurora

Actor, Gary Sturgis

Movie Trailer:

Click underlined link to Purchase The Last Stand DVD

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