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The Indie Series Awards 2022 Nominates “The Salon” for Best Ensemble Cast – Comedy from Messina Captor Films

Multicultural / Multilingual Cast Features Deaf Actor Eddie Buck and Talent from Zambia, the Dominican Republic, and Central America

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – March 31, 2022 – PRLog — “The Salon,” the new digital series from Executive Producers Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo, and writer/director/producer Roxanne Messina Captor for Messina Captor Films, has received a nomination for “Best Ensemble Cast – Comedy” from the 2022 Indie Series Awards, announced Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker Captor, a nominee for the CBS special “Home Sweet Homeless.”  The Indie Series Awards will be presented at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, California on Thursday, April 7th. “The Salon” which also won “Best Digital Series” at the iHollywood Film Festival, can be seen on SofyTV and is distributed by Select Services Films and Tri-Continental Distribution.

“The Salon” pivots from the comedic to the dramatic with an ensemble cast that mirrors the culturally diverse richness of the world outside the “The Salon’s” rarified atmosphere. The storyline punctuates the zany and unlikely friendships that are formed among employees and customers amplified by contemporary issues ripped from today’s headlines.


View the trailer here.

“The Salon,” one of the first web series to feature a Deaf actor (Eddie Buck) in a lead role, Also, the ensemble cast includes Harry Shearer, Luis Jose Lopez, Mason Grammer, Akende Munalula, Candy Washington, Vanessa Garcia, Chalo Savino, Jeanette O’Connor, Jennifer Lee Weaver, Gail Bearden, Derek Warburton, Anthony Tai with guest actor Kate Linder and a cameo by KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin.

Filmmaker Messina Captor’s goal for her series was to juxtapose the lives of patrons and workers in a Beverly Hills beauty salon. Here the stage would be set to tackle tough topics with frank on-screen dialog. “I knew I wanted to have our cast representative of the microcosm of our nation, the world, including the deaf community. The series is comedic with deep subject matters and brilliantly acted by our remarkably diverse and eclectic cast. I couldn’t be prouder of this ‘Best Ensemble Cast – Comedy’ nomination from the 2022 Indie Series Awards.”

About Roxanne Messina Captor and Messina Captor Films: Emmy nominated director/producer Messina Captor, a protégé of Francis Coppola, was recently appointed by Governor Newsom to the CA Arts Council. She is developing “Dream Moms,” a project she wrote, with Hallmark. Formerly Executive Director of the SF International Film Festival, she was one of the founding original programming executives for TNT. Her documentary “Homecoming: Veterans, Wives and Mothers” won Best of Festival at the iHollywood Film Festival. It is distributed by Typhon on Demand, Sofy TV, and Shorts Oscar TV.  “Thank You for Your Service” received the “Best Narrative Award for Hall of Fame Women’s History Month and was an official selection in the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival. Distribution is Shorts Oscar TV and SofyTV. Her diverse and socially conscious work has won the Ohio State and Humanitis Award and the Chevalier De L’Ordre des Arts et Des Lettres from the Republic of France. She is prepping “Pearl,” a historical romance based upon the life of the Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl Buck starring Judith Light, William H. Macy, John Cho, Leehom Wang, and Jing Tian, with support from The Pearl S. Buck Foundation.

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Messina Captor Films Wins – Takes Home Two “Best of Awards” from the iHollywood Film Festival

Homecoming: Veterans – Wives – Mothers and The Salon Digital Series both projects by Messina Captor Films take home top awards during this inaugural film festival.By: Messina Captor Films123

Roxanne Messina Captor at iHollywood Film FestivalLOS ANGELES – July 8, 2021 – PRLog — The iHollywood Film Festival launched its inaugural event this past June with two films from filmmaker Roxanne Messina Captor capturing top honors.  Winning the FIVE STAR AWARD BEST FILM for EXPRESSION was the documentary – HOMECOMING: VETERANS – WIVES – MOTHERS. This short film saluted the military service of women and followed their challenges on a new battlefield-The Home- front.

The BEST DIGITAL SERIES award went to THE SALON (2020).   This digital series pivots from the comedic to the dramatic with an ensemble cast that mirrors the culturally diverse richness of the world outside the “The Salon’s” rarified atmosphere. The storyline punctuates the zany and unlikely friendships that are formed among employees and customers amplified by contemporary issues ripped from today’s headlines. The multitalented cast from Executive Producers Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo includes Harry Shearer, Kate Linder, Sam Rubin, Luis Lopez, Eddie Buck, and introduces Mason Grammer.

The iHollywood Film Festival has been described as follows:  “Your Hollywood connection. It was developed by creators for creators. The iHollywood Film Fest seeks to set a standard of inspired creativity in storytelling. We seek to educate and discover the best of diverse and emerging storytellers and showcase them to the world.” iHollywoodFilmFest.com

Roxanne Messina Captor, writer, director, and producer for both of these award-winning projects offered this reflection about her experience with the iHollywood Film Festival –
“This virtual festival offers filmmakers an International presence.  It is so wonderful to work with a festival that is truly filmmaker-driven. Both projects are proud to have won major top honors at this festival. Especially since “The Salon” was completed during the pandemic with masterful post-production. This included expressive music by Judith Owen.”

HOMECOMING: VETERAN’S – WIVES – MOTHERS currently can be viewed on SHORTS TV and SOFY TV.

THE SALON is in consideration by various streaming services at this time. “The Salon” is a microcosm of our world and I am delighted that it has resonated with so many of our viewers 18+”, commented Messina Captor.

Media inquiries may be sent via MessinaCaptorFilms.com or via the contact information below.

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Executive Producers Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo Present Messina Captor Films’ “The Salon” Digital Series for 2020 Emmy® Award Consideration 
By: Frank Tobin Public Relations 
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LOS ANGELESJune 21, 2020PRLogThe Salon,” a new digital series from Executive Producers Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo, and writer/director/producer Roxanne Messina Captor for Messina Captor Films, has unveiled a “For Your Consideration” campaign for the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards. The 6-episode series has submitted nominations in all major creative, performance and technical categories including “Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series,” announced filmmaker Captor, herself an Emmy® nominee for the CBS special “Home Sweet Homeless.”

“The Salon” pivots from the comedic to the dramatic with an ensemble cast that mirrors the culturally diverse richness of the world outside the “The Salon’s” rarified atmosphere. The storyline punctuates the zany and unlikely friendships that are formed among employees and customers amplified by contemporary issues ripped from today’s headlines.

View the trailer here.

“The Salon” features Harry Shearer, Kate Linder, Luis Jose Lopez, Mason Grammer, Eddie Buck, Akende Munalula, Candy Washington, Vanessa Garcia, Chalo Savino, Jeanette O’Connor, Jennifer Lee Weaver, Gail Bearden, Derek Washington, Anthony Tai and Tommy Geraci, with a cameo by KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin.

Messina Captor reflects on her project: “‘The Salon’ is a microcosm of our world and I am delighted that it has resonated with so many of our viewers 18+, many of whom have remarked how welcome it was to have a comedy come into their lives during these challenging times. It was always my hope that people would see a little of themselves in one of more of these characters. I like to describe as series as the juxtaposition of truth and reality, fantasy and fact, and perfection and imperfection. We were so fortunate to be able to complete this project during the pandemic with a masterful post-production. This included expressive music by Judith Owen.”

“The Salon” is based upon Captor’s award-winning short film,  “A Couple of White Chicks at The Hairdresser”which she wrote, directed and produced in 2009 which starred Shelley Long, Harry Shearer and Kate Linder. The short premiered at the Cannes Short Film Corner, was the MOW Pick for Shorts International Network on Direct TV and Frontier, and was an “Oscar Pick” for Largo’s  streaming service. “The Salon” continues the original storyline arc of “A Couple of White Chicks…” adapted to a digital format to address audiences’ preferences in 2020.

Key crew credits include: Lori Glasgow(Co-Producer); Anthony Nex (Co-Producer); Louise  Sattler (Co-Producer);Sunghwan Moon(Editor); Griffin Nex (Director of Photography) Caroline Skubik (Costume Designer), Cassidy Steele (Production Designer);  Bobby Murphy (Assistant Director); Siggy Mathieson (First Asst. Director); Pam Temmen (Production Coordinator) Manuel Rivas (Production and Post Sound); and Seda Akaltin (Script Supervisor).  A complete list of “The Salon” technical crew credits is available on IMDB.

ABOUT MESSINA CAPTOR FILMS

Messina Captor Films is a film and television development and production company whose current projects include: “Pearl,” a historical romance based upon the life of the Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl Buck starring Judith Light, William H. Macy, John Cho, Leehom Wang, and Jing Tian, with support from wrote The Pearl S. Buck Foundation; “Thank You For Your Service” (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2352196/) a short film which received the “Best Narrative Award for Hall of Fame Women’s History Month; “Gypsy Robe,” a feature film project based upon the Broadway gypsies of The Great White Way; “Her Married Lover,” (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181804/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0) now available on the Lifetime Television Network. Messina Captor’s documentary short “Peace Over Violence,” which explores youth education and stopping sexual and domestic violence, screened on KCET/PBS. Messina Captor’s documentary short “Thank You For Your Service,” (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2776878/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0) about women veterans in active duty, was an official selection in the 2018 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Market 2018. The film also won “Best Narrative Feature” for the Hall of Fame, Women’s History Month. Her documentary short “Homecoming: Veterans, Wives and Mothers”screened at the San Pedro International Film Festival.  For her role as Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Festival, Messina Captor was awarded the 2005 Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres from the Republic of France.

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A “Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser” to be featured on Sofy.TV

Can Two Adversaries Become Best Friends? Let the audience decide! A hysterical short film that looks at the lives of salon patrons and the hairdresser that is their common thread. Messina Captor Films will be partnering with Sofy.TV during a weeklong special event.

A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser and SOFY.TV

LOS ANGELESFeb. 16, 2019PRLog — Messina Captor’s short film, starring Harry Shearer, Shelley Long, Kate Linder, James Kyson Lee and Deborah Theaker  is written, produced and directed by Roxanne Messina Captor. The dramedy focuses on the poignant, yet hilarious, unexpected friendship that develops between two competitive and very different women.

A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser is Oscar-qualified and was an official selection at the Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival, Downtown Film Festival of LA (DFFLA) and the New Orleans International Film Festival, among other festivals, and will be streaming as a featured selection on Sofy.TV, https://sofy.tv/, starting February 18, 2019.  A special interview with Roxanne Messina Captor, Director, will air on Sofy.TV during this spotlighted week.

“It is exciting to have our film picked up and be featured on Sofy.TV where it will receive a broader audience,” said Messina Captor.

A robust social media campaign is planned to activate in conjunction with the featured film week. A FACEBOOK LIVE event also is scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd at 11:45am Eastern/ 8:45 am Pacific. Link to connect LIVE and view recorded

Furthermore, a sequel to this film is scheduled for production starting Summer 2019 – The Salon.  Kate Linder has already has signed on in a major role.

TRAILER link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHYYpBSBVuk

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