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Redneck Weddings! Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Summer is almost over!  This year is going very fast.   Remember this 1980’s hit:

I wanted to send a “thank you” to all of the people who are following this blog.  It touches my heart!  I try to write from the heart because you can never go wrong with your heart and how you really feel.  When I started this blog which I had never done before I did not know how to do it but….. new worlds new challenges!

I love characters.  That is what makes writing so much fun.  God knows I have been with some characters in my life. I got this photo on my Facebook feed this morning and it kind of says it all.   I am always going through a lot of changes and some I like and the ones I don’t like I put up a fuss but then I move on.

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And there are some good things to come.   My projects are moving ahead.    Redneck Weddings got accepted into another film festival for the pilot script at the Austin Revolution Film Festival one of only 12 that was accepted.  I got rejected by few others but that is OK.   Keep pressing on.    The music video the theme song  “Redneck Weddings” has been re-recorded and is on i-tunes.  With backup singers, Nashville talent and a Damm good fiddle.  Produced by Gary Carter who has worked with the best Randy Travis and Faith Hill to name a few.   The song Redneck Weddings written and sung my Rob Valle.

Rob Valle Website

The music video was shown at the Art All Night Film Festival and Event in Trenton in June.  That was awesome.

I am working on a webseries which I co-wrote with the wonderful Eden Young called “All About Manos”.  It’s about two high-school friends from New Jersey who take on Los Angeles in a funny way and about a more dark element “obsession”. Scripts have been written and we are going into pre-production.

ALL ABOUT MANOS PIC 500

I have found a few sites for writers and content producers such as Slated.com and TentSquare.com they are all free.

Well let me get back to work!

Happy Labor Day Weekend.

Be Safe!

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Redneck Weddings! Like Jackie Gleason Once Said “Hamana-hamana-hamana-hamana”!

Hi Everyone,

I know it’s been a while but inspiration and ups and downs. You get the picture! Well, I will just talk about the positive

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone is well and I want to thank you for reading this blog.  I have done over 50 posts it’s seems like yesterday when I did my first every post or blog for that matter.

I have a few things to get off my chest.

Acting wise:  A film that I did called Killers at Play won “Best Thriller” at the Amsterdam Film Festival this year.  I played Sara who gets set up by the killers when her husband gets killed as the couple try to move out of their hometown.   It is a horror flick and it was great working with a great director Larry DeGala and Don Hewitt as by husband.   I love working with all that blood (fake) and first time in a horror film.  It was cool.

“Beyond the Pale” a film I did back in 1999 “Wow”.  IMDb (International Movie Database)  considers it the top ten Irish films of all time available on Amazon we made #8 on the list.  I played a fast hooker chick but with a heart of gold.

I am in the middle of getting a webseries together “All About Manos”  its a dark comedy.  Stepbrothers meets Thelma & Louise I will be shooting hopefully in late fall.   And I am involved with a reality show called “It’s A Wrap” very cool show about wrapping cars that is in development.   I guess that is why I have not had time to get to my blog!!!  LOL

Redneck Weddings is doing good too.  I actually wrote three episodes and a whole package for pitching along with budgets stay tuned for this too I see up-coming opportunities in that department too.  I re-tooled the show and made it darker and with some drama to it.

“Redneck Weddings” the Music Video into a festival this past month “Art all Night” in Trenton NJ.  It was shown to thousands of people who attended the festival.  It is a 24 hour film and art festival with actual artists from all over the world displaying their art and film.    And the theme TV Song Redneck Weddings got a new version re-recorded by Rob Valle who wrote the song in twenty minutes. It so catchy! It has the fiddle and vocals that really make it so much more fuller than before.  It is also on itunes for purchase or just listen for the sample of it.   Gary Carter produced it and worked on it with Rob Valle. I got the best musicians in Nashville.  Gary Carter has worked with Pam Tillis, Faith Hill, Randy Travis and Kenny Chesney to name a few.  So honored and thrill to listen to knowing that I started from nothing.

Here is Rob Valle Website

http://www.robvalle.com/home.html

Go on i-tunes then store/music  (In search)  type: Rob Valle and you will see it.

Itunes link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/redneck-weddings-tv-theme/id1012281825?i=1012281830&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Here they are:

Gary Carter with Rob Valle working on Redneck Weddings Theme Song

Gary Carter with Rob Valle working on Redneck Weddings Theme Song

The last couple of months I have been working on a game show for the Game Show Network as a (stand-in) dry rehearsals but I got a chance to work with Billy Gardell from Mike and Molly!   What a nice guy and he was a stand up comedian for many years.  Well, he reminds me a little of Jackie Gleason. Bigger than life and he has a big heart.

Jackie Gleason at his best.

Here is a promo of the Show.  And if you look at this promo you can see me running down to play from my throne on set!

Happy 4th of July!

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Lady Liberty! USA

Redneck Weddings New Year Promo Launched!

Happy New Year to All!

I am moving forward with my show Redneck Weddings! After 53 posts and hopefully counting it has been quite a trip. I can’t mention anything official right now but I am hopeful that the new year would bring some amazing results. With that said I am growing as an artist and even when I fumble and get insecure LOL I just try to avoid those self – doubts and jump in and see what is at the bottom!!!

As a new Year gift I created a new promo for my show Redneck Weddings that I wanted to share with you. It is hip-hop meets country vibe but I think it has a new twist those of you who have seen the video Redneck Weddings that we did over a year ago will see that this show can combine country music with an edge.

Please enjoy and share it with your friends and family.

Going forward!


Redneck Weddings! My Influences in Comedy and Sketch Comedy!

I have been doing improv for quite sometime LOOK AT MY FACE RIGHT. Even now, when I audition can you improv? Yeah, sure why not.   Way back about hundred years ago when I was teen I had a gig with Planned Parenthood it was one of my first jobs!  Basically, I worked with a improv group that would go to schools and talk to teens about life, peer pressure and being responsible.  That was first acting job or improv gig!

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CATHERINE NATALE

Here is a list of basic improv that you should remember and what I learned!

Say Yes and, always after Yes add  (new information), Avoid Questions, Location and the Details and never block doing the opposite of saying “yes” and last but not least RELATIONSHIP and WHO you are!

Later, I would end up doing improv in acting class to loosen up and learn to listen and to be quick on my feet and after studying at Second City I really appreciate the masters.  At Second City one of the exercise’s was:  we would stand in two’s face each other and quickly establish what I just mentioned above within one minute without the other person knowing anything before hand.  

My influences growing up were  Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Jim Belushi the one and only Robin Williams. Robin’s passing left us all in shock and he left us way too soon.   

Robin Williams  On his star in Los Angeles.

LOVE POURING OUT FOR ROBIN WILLIAMS ON HIS STAR

I began to think couple of days ago what that meant the “influences”.   We tend to take it for granted that they somehow will be with us forever a friend who we can laugh with.   

Robin Williams allow and created a space for the unusual and the quirky with his influence in comedy sitcom’s today and stand-up are forever changed and his wonderful character work in Mrs. DoubtFire to Goodwill Hunting and Night of the Museum will last generations to come.  

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QUEEN CATHERINE

I also realized that his comedy influenced me as an actress but also as a writer because without his genius and many like him before I would have not had the courage to write “Redneck Weddings”.  

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REDNECK WEDDINGS CHARACTERS

To be able to create bold characters and the off- center-ness and the sketch tone in my comedy pilot, because of them I had the freedom to go there! Without the Greats, leading the way and making it acceptable to be freaky or out there or just reflect real life the world would be a lot different and may I add TV would have been a lot different too!

Bless Gary Marshall,  one of the producers that created Mork & Mindy to see Robin’s Gift an let him be able to do his thing!

Even talk show hosts were influenced by Robin, Richard, Jim the whole industry for that matter. 

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Jimmy Fallon honoring Robin Williams on the Johnny Carson Show.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qquQNxKJxw

Blues Brothers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdR6MN2jKYs

SNL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJDZSmkHSpY

It will be interesting to see who comes up ten years from now and what new trend of comedy will endure but like what Marlon Brando did for film acting Robin, Jim and Richard did for comedy. They took us to places and characters that we all knew and gave us a slice of life and that is why it was so funny!

All I can say, they must be having one big party in the sky!

They made their mark!  

May you all rest in peace. 

 

Redneck Weddings at the Hoboken International Film Festival!

Creator and Writer Catherine Natale on the red carpet

Creator and Writer Catherine Natale on the red carpet

My friends and I doing a selfie at the Hoboken International Film Festival

My friends and I doing a selfie at the Hoboken International Film Festival

Creator Catherine Natale before the award show at the Hoboken international film festival Paramount Theatre

Me at the theatre before show

At the marquee sign

At the marquee sign

Redneck Weddings got it’s debut at the Hoboken International Film Festival. It was my first experience as a Filmmaker/Creator being accepted at a festival. Out of 1500 entries only 150 were selected and only 14 TV pilots were chosen.

So, it was a big deal for everyone involved with Redneck Weddings!

I had a blast to say the least.

Here are some photos of my time in Middletown NY. Yes Middletown NY not Hoboken NJ. You see they had a fire at a theatre in Hoboken the festival Director Kenneth Del Vechicco was shooting a film up in Middletown and decided to hold the festival there! The Paramount Theatre is a beautiful theatre Redneck Weddings was shown in the big theatre. I was 50 feet tall!!!

Burt Young was honored at the festival among other celebrities that came out! It was quite a week.

Enjoy
Red Carpet Interview: https://vimeo.com/98828797

Redneck Weddings Creator and Writer being interviewed.

Redneck Weddings Creator and Writer being interviewed.

Hoboken International Festival

Hoboken International Festival

website: http://www.redneckweddingstv.com
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Redneck Weddings! Gets into the Hoboken International Film Festival May 30th to June 5th

Hi Everyone,

I have been busy with so many things and as I write on my blog I don’t know where to start.   Ha!  I want to thank everyone who continues to share this blog and follow it.  People say that I have a lot of passion, drive and heart I have learned that when you follow your heart you can never go wrong in anything that you tried to accomplish.  I know that sounds corny but sometimes what your parents or grandparents tell you it never goes out of fashion.  I guess I am an old soul.  I like old music I think I wrote about that on another post that Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra is what I like to hear.  It brings me back to my childhood and my memory of my Godmother and may I say my Mother who use to sing those songs back in the day.  My mother was my biggest fan and always encouraged me to continue even when things seem bleak.    I am so use to “No” that when something good happens I get like “Wow” this is happening to me?   So, as I ramble now I remember now what I wanted to tell you…

I guess you can now call me a published writer.  I am on a new online magazine called No Strings Attached. This online magazine is getting some great attention.  It’s about everything, travel, entertainment, News stories etc.    If you like my commentary I know you will like these two articles.  It’s great fun to write and they also say write what you know.  There are two subjects that I love acting and my dog Athena.

Here are some links:

http://www.nostringsattached-enews.com/

http://www.nostringsattached-enews.com/entertainment/almost-famous-what-it-must-be-like

http://www.nostringsattached-enews.com/tutorials-mainmenu-48/happy-birthday-to-my-diva-dog-athena

A film that I worked on as an actress called Wheels got accepted into the Newport Beach Film Festival this past month.

Here is the trailer:  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=733561516675212

I also want to let you know that the Hoboken International Film Festival has accepted my TV Pilot Redneck Weddings.  Like Sally Field’s once said as she accepted her Oscar “They like me they like me they REALLY Like ME!”  It is under TV Pilots.  Hoboken International Film Festival is one of the top ten festivals in the USA.   The festival is May 30th to June 5th.   This will mark the debut for Redneck Weddings at a film festival.  It is in the running to be voted a nominee for best TV Pilot!  Let’s hope.

The screening will be on June 1st at 4 pm at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown NY.  So, anyone out there who would like to see it on the big screen feel free to come on by.  Tickets are very reasonable cheaper than a movie.

http://www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com/

http://www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com/schedule-ticket-information/tickets-schedule-2014/

So there you go.

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Redneck Weddings! Grabbing My Seat For Some New Adventures in Life and Death Scenes!

Hope everyone had a great holiday and I am wishing my follow followers of this blog and visitors a Happy New Year!

I have had a blast of good start in the New Year!  As the british would say getting my ducks in order with Redneck Weddings and other possibilities in producing more content for Redneck Weddings,to future productions from reality TV to animation.  It has been quite a ride sometimes bumpy like Bette Davis said in the movie All About Eve. 

Put your seat belt on it is going to be a bumpy ride…. all though I am not ready to announce anything about Redneck Weddings I can say that I am going to be in a feature film called Killers at Play.  This time I am just acting!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3382770/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

I play the unhappy wife Sara Thomas.  I have a very dramatic killing scene.  As an actor it is always fun but messy to be a part of that kind of theme.  Actors always joke around when I are you getting killed or did you get killed already.   I have been killed on stage and on The TV Show SVU  Episode “The Counterfeit” the character name is Paula Grace. Paula Grace is the innocent lab tech who dabbles in selling drugs in the truck of her car when a bad drug deal goes bad and she gets killed under the Frogs Neck Bridge in New York. The scene is me being on top of dirt, newspapers and my clothes half torn off.  They shot it in December in New York yeah little cold and cold liquid blood poring down my face.   I remember the director and producer shaking my hand afterwards “great death scene”.

I know it is bizarre but part of the job.

 I remember taking the subway to go home after shooting that scene I had a trailer on set to clean up my face and that but my hair no…not so lucky I had a hat on otherwise someone would have dial 911.     

 

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I also got written up at the Lasvegazine.com magazine.  It was a lot of fun meeting Arthur Blogburger.

http://lasvegazine.com/arthurs-celebrity-interviews.html

I love to promote my cast and crew of my TV show Redneck Weddings.  My director Michael Indjeian of Redneck Weddings had the opportunity to produce and direct this spot for NJ Transit Yay!!  It will be running before and on the Super Bowl this year.

>http://www.northjersey.com/news/NJ_Transit_to_Super_Bowl_fans_Were_ready.html?page=all

Super Bowl in New Jersey this year.  

Gotta go.  Being called back on set.

 

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Redneck Weddings Website:  http://www.redneckweddingstv.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redneck Wedding! Creating a Holiday Goofy Production!

Wanted to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year.

Christmas time I am the goofy person who does her shopping last-minute, starts cooking Christmas Eve and continues cooking through Christmas Day! So much food like I have an army to feed.

I sing Christmas songs and decorate my place like with Christmas lights and all the garland inside my place. My dogs get dressed up in red and unwrapped their presents. Yup.

I know call me crazy….

The other day I rescued a small dog about to get hit by cars he was such a cute little dog he had been beat up as I held him in my arms I could see how grateful he was and I was too.

On a side note I got cast in a Feature thriller I told you I wanted to do some acting work on my last post and my show Redneck Weddings continues to grow! I will be profiled in some magazines we which I will keep everyone posted.

Happy Holidays wishing everyone the best.

REDNECK WEDDINGS! Gobble Gobble! Turkey & All the Fixings of Food and Life

This year has been a very interesting year for me and not all together fun some up’s and downs.  But for the first time I am really feeling HOPE in my soul!   New avenues, new brave challenges and new creative outlets not just entertainment base but other directions too.  This year I did that on purpose.  Change is scary for a lot of people…. I have seen people miss out on opportunities that would have made their lives better if only they took that Leap.

 

I can only think or talk about myself right now that is only thing I can base it on but everyone who is reading this when you say thanks on Thanksgiving and Christmas think about what new adventures you can do to add to your soul as a person.  Everyone waits for News Years Eve to make those promises for the new year but I just feel that you should do it beforehand because most of the time when you are making those promises you may have had to much to drink or are having such a good time that you are not fully honest with yourself.  

 

 

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I am a good cook.  Actually people have paid me a good amount of money to cook for them at their home sometimes for family parties or for the holidays.  Many Thanksgivings I spent cooking for other people but I remember them offering me some of the meal that I cooked for them to eat with them.  Even though, I did not know them well as I sat there with them I felt like I knew them for years that is what Food does it brings people together breaking bread no matter who you are it is the simple act of sharing.

Years ago, I remember when my Godmother died on Thanksgiving a hole in my soul and my heart, as I ate some turkey as tears came down my cheeks I remember her cooking and all thanksgiving dinners with her. I knew that as I sat there she was there too and that those memories of those amazing dishes that she would cook will be with me forever.

I have much to be thankful this holiday season!   I have grown and expanded my soul and mind and hopeful for the new year.

I have met new people and friends this year.  Redneck Weddings continues to grow in fan base and interest and I am writing more and will start acting soon.

I want to say thank you for reading my blog and all of those who continue to support the show.

Have a wonderful holiday!

 

God Bless

 

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http://www.redneckweddingstv.com/

Redneck Weddings on IMDb

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2660728/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Creator and Writer/Actress of Redneck Weddings!

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Redneck Weddings gets on BTS Radio Show with Brian Shirley Wednesday Oct 23rd! And the Singing Greats That Influenced Me!

I like listening to standard music the “old music” as some people would say. But to me it is always in fashion.

Frank or Sammy Davis Jr the (Rat Pack) they were cool they sang the best music in the world. Today, in a very judgmental world I like to give my soul some positive vibe by listening to those old standards of yesterday. For example the song “The Candy Man” from Sammy Davis Jr. it is such a happy carefree song that you can’t help singing along.

Sammy Davis Jr. Candy Man! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iIraEbr6NE
What Kind of Fool I Am! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jg7wFHWXT4
Rat Pack with Johnny Carson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9U_iDR7ORU

I was introduced to the standard’s from my Mom whose was a singer and my godmother/Aunt Mary way back. Both ladies were opinionated and my godmother was about five foot tall but she could command a room and put all of her family in place with a look! I would go to her house and there was the great music playing on those old records remember those old record player that you don’t see anymore.

With a bottle of homemade wine, some pasta ( I got a little nip of the wine) she was in heaven sitting there thinking about her life as the music played. I think on my dad’s side I got my acting influence they were all good characters. Along with the acting I did not have a choice but sing too which was on my Mother side.

My mom was an opera singer and later became a Jazz singer. She had a trunk of old sheet music that she collected I have some of it. I used to bring in some old sheet music to my singing teachers and they would examine it and say where the hell did you get this!!!! Yes I can sing it runs in the family. My mom could sing, my mom’ mother Harriet could sing, my grandfather could play about six instruments, sung and wrote little songs, my aunts could all sing too. If anyone is jewish out there we are very musically inclined as a people and but also being part italian we can blow out a room too!!

When I was a little girl my Mom took me to see Sammy Davis Jr. perform. Till this day, I still remember him working that stage I was in awe of him as a performer especially when he sang “What Kind of Fool Am I” too young to know the meaning of the song but I felt his pain his passion and I could relate to it somehow and felt as if I was the one he was singing to.

When I was a little girl my Mom would have me sing little songs and she would encourage me to sing like her she would instruct me about performing and showed me how to use my hands and interpretation on how to sell the song. She was a mezzo – soprano and so am I. Most recently, I was singing some old songs. I have a tape from a singing teacher who was one of the best. Earl Wentz was known in New York he performed lot at cabaret clubs and he just knew what songs were the best for you. Because I have a big voice of course Liza, Judy and Lena was always in the selection. He died a couple of years ago and when I have the tape on now I always look up to the sky and say this one is for you Earl.

When I sing it brings me back to my childhood and that little nip of homemade wine and pasta and so many memories of my family and past teachers that really has shape me as an artist. Singing is an expression a release of energy that comes from your soul and my destiny was already in the stars even as a young kid.

I just thought that I would share this with you.

Redneck Weddings continues to be pitched and I am on another radio show. On Wednesday Oct 23rd with comedian Brian Shirley BTS Radio. I will be on at 5:15 east coast and 2:15 West Coast. Brian is a great comedian saw my pilot and loved it. We are going to be talking about comedy, my show and I guess about entertainment. So tune in.

here is a link: http://www.kinetichifi.com/bts/

Article was written about my show Redneck Weddings. The music Video that we did.

http://maxitmagazine.com/index.php/articles/news/751-rob-valle-writes-song-for-redneck-weddings

So, I hope I brought you back to a simple time, remembering the greats and what it is like to be a performer!

Thank you fans!