Thanks to the jury and organizers of Actress Universe, led by Victor Isaev, for naming Naira Zakaryan as 2nd Actress Universe 2022 for her role as Denise the Niece in The Impeccable, written and Directed by Mike Messier. Actress Universe’s official website with the list of all their winners and finalist can be found here: http://www.actressuniverse.com/news/2022/final2022/
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Again, congrats to NAIRA ZAKARYAN for her second Award for her work in The Impeccable (more on Naira’s career can be found at the bottom of this blog)
our four prior awards for The Impeccable
The Aunt. The Niece. The Rogue. The Impeccable.
The Impeccable has already won four other prestigious awards with several other nominations from film festivals across the world.
Congratulations to Ashley Shea for winning Best Actress in the Alternative Film Festival https://altff.org/ Long Short Category, Winter 2020 edition for her role as Aunt Clarrisse.
Next, we’d like to thank the Shawna Shea Spring Shorts Film Festival for their two nominations (Best Local Short and Best Ensemble Cast) and one award, for Best Supporting Female Performance for Naira Zakaryan as Denise the Niece.
L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script Festival has awarded us AUDIENCE CHOICE BEST NEO NOIR PHOTO MONTAGE for the collaborative efforts of photographer David West poster design by Tim Labonte, character photo text editing by Mike Messier, and, of course, the talented posing, as their respective characters, by the cast.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival named The Impeccable Cast (photo essay, consisting of the individual cast member photos by David West, cast photo text by Mike Messier and film poster designed by Tim Labonte) as their Best Photography Winner.
MORE INFO: On Cinco De Mayo, 2018, we shot this little dandy right between the eyes. A few months later, after editing by Tim Labonte and music composition by Tony Caramadre, Mike felt the 23 minute short was ready to be launched to the world! We’d love to share The Impeccable with as many people as possible, and these recent film festival victories are a great first step. But, damn it, there are those pesky film festival entry fees… So, we are calling upon you, are brethren… and sistren…
How you can help! Film Festival Fun!
Therefore, if you’d like to support your friends behind the creation of The Impeccable, please consider our “Sponsor an Impeccable Film Festival Program”, in which you lend your support (what in some circles is so rudely referred to as ‘money’… oh, so crass!) towards the entry fees into top Film Festivals for our film and we kindly thank you (and/or your business) right here with a little, old fashioned “shot out”.
Any donation amount is accepted (to note: the average short film entry fee is about $40.00). Of course, any amount is more than generous and greatly appreciated!
You can PayPal any amount you’d like to donate to the cause to “email@example.com as a friend/family member with the notation “Impeccable” (or something of that ilk) and we will put the funds to festival entries and, if requested, send you the FilmFreeway confirmation email as proof of your much appreciated support in our project as well as a sneak peek preview link of the already finished 23-minute film for your private enjoyment!
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen.. we are NOT asking you to give us your hard-earned money to support our Art that may (or may not) ever get finished… we’ve ALREADY finished the bloody thing, so now we are asking for your help to MARKET the film to the established film festival world!
Writer/Director/Producer Mike Messier has plenty of experience in this film festival world, having won some 25 film and TV awards over the years, and running his own Avalonia Festival – a FilmFreeway Top 100 Best Rated Festival among filmmakers.
We will list your name and/or business name (with your website hyperlinked if you like, (unless you wish to remain anonymous) and the Festival (s) associated with your generous sponsorship gift right here…
The Impeccable Sponsors
GENEROUS SPONSOR FILM FESTIVAL (S) SPONSORED
Anonymous New Orleans Film Festival
Paul Noonan – Actor Austin Revolution Film Festival
Kim Kayling SENE Film Festival
Mike Messier Breakout Shorts
Tim Labonte Shawna Shea Spring Shorts
Sharing, retweeting, this webpage is also valued and Writer/Director Mike Messier also welcomes any and all press opportunities to discuss this project!
The Impeccable Film Poster (not the film itself, but the wonderful film poster you see at the top of this page), featuring the exquisite photographs of our cast by David West and designed by Mr. Labonte, was also recently named as a Finalist in the Toronto’s Alternative Film Festival
Seems like we are off to a good start, friends! – MIKE MESSIER
The Impeccable cast
Ashley Shea as Aunty Clarrisse
A professional stage and film actor, voice artist, and writer, Ashley was born and bred in Louisiana, she was drawn to acting as a young girl. With experience in modern drama, musicals, and melodrama, she was accepted into the BFA acting program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she trained under Charles Helfert, John Stefano, and Gail Cronauer. Later, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) and an MA in English (Literature) from the University of Memphis. She plays genres from Restoration comedy to classical tragedy. Ashley lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her actor-director husband, Jack Shea, and their rescue Border Collie-Labrador mix, Lana. ashley-shea.com
Director Remembers: I was assigned to write a character for Ashley, without ever having met her before or even seen her Acting, for the first “Play in a Day” festival produced by Michael Gonza out of Natick, MA in early, 2017. I was so impressed with what she did with the character that it lead to me working with Ashley and her husband Jack on a multi-layered short film titled Dalmatian and, of course, planting the seeds for The Impeccable film version. Enjoy Dalmatian here:
Adam LaFramboise as Henry, The Rogue
A million-year-old New England native, on interlude from Los Angeles, Adam gravitates towards physically demanding roles playing edgy, rough-around-the-edges, off-beat to crazy characters; starring in numerous films, TV shows, and plays… several of his films have been distributed internationally. Enjoy Adam on YouTube here.
Director Remembers: I did not know Adam before putting out an open casting call for the character as Henry; as a Director, after a while, it is tempting to believe to convince oneself you know “everybody” in one’s own vicinity, but that is obviously not always the case, as Adam and I just never happened to cross paths before this project. So, I am really glad I put out that open call, as otherwise, I would never have met Adam and his considerable talents. I look forward to working with him again. I was really impressed by the fun and energy Adam’s put into his audition tapes for Henry.
Naira Agvani Zakaryan as Denise The Niece
Naira Agvani Zakaryan is an American actress currently residing in New York City. She can be seen in leading roles in many stage and film productions. Her latest stage work was in the off-Broadway play “Whispers of Floreana” where she pursued one of the main characters — The Baroness. Latest Film and Television appearances were in the feature titled “Gate to Heaven”, Directed by a Golden Globe-nominated director. She also has a successful modeling career and appeared in Vogue Italia as well as major jewelry and fragrance campaigns. She was crowned as Mrs. Europe Globe in 2014 in Shenzhen, China. nairaagvanizakaryan.com
Director Remembers: I recall witnessing the “chameleon” Naira is an intensive theatre class, dressed for a rough and tumble character (Aileen from Monster) deliver a very hard-hitting performance. Then, a few seconds later, Naira was back to her more glamorous self, and I literally did not recognize her as the same person! A year later, Naira’s guest appearance on my talk show Messier Mantra (interview below) was a catalyst for The Impeccable film production. After taping our show, Naira discussed our similar career goals and she suggested we work together, and, well, that was not an offer I was going to pass up!
The Impeccable was born!
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