Maderfilm welcomes Andi Wagner to the cast of ECHOES as Abby’s caring aunt Dara. Andi has appeared in over 25 commercials over the last three years, as well as several television pilots, comedy webisodes, and independent films.
Andi Wagner was a Co-Host, alongside Chris Hardwick, on the pop culture trivia game show “Trashed” on MTV, as well as a Host/Writer of “Healthy Living” on FiT TV and hosted a “Friday Night” on NBC. She then moved behind the camera and for over 15 years worked in casting and segment producing on popular dating and game shows, as well as writing and producing segments on the syndicated talk show “Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus” with Cybill Shepherd.
But that was a different chapter of her life…
Now, in her words, she’s a crazed, multi-tasking actress, comedienne, and indefatigable mother of an energetic 13-year-old boy, who is rediscovering and redefining her purpose in mid-life by performing stand-up at local comedy clubs. A firecracker mother with no filter, she enjoys finding the humor in parenting and marriage, one joke at a time. Andi has performed at The Comedy Store, The Ice House, Flappers, Westside Comedy Theater, HA HA’s, The Warehouse and in numerous hole-in-the-walls across Los Angeles.
We recently worked with Andi on a reality show pilot and are excited to dive in with her on a narrative role.
Another familiar face joins the ECHOES cast. Maderfilm has enlisted longtime collaborator Lou Richards to play Dr. Lichte in our newest film ECHOES. You may also recognize Lou as Cassie’s father Charles Sinclair in our award-winning feature DISPLACEMENT, or as Jared Cain in our TV Pilot A.L.L.I.A.N.C.E.
As a student at Texas Tech University, Lou got involved in college radio at KTXT. His first commercial job was doing the all night shift at KLBK in Lubbock, Texas. He went on to be a DJ at KKUA in Honolulu and landed a few small roles in “Hawaii Five-0”. That’s when the acting bug took over and he moved to Los Angeles to “pursue the dream”.
Of all his television roles, he claims his favorite was working on “Gloria”, the sitcom spin-off of “All in the Family”. Says Lou, “I was being paid to show up everyday and be silly. It doesn’t get much better than that”. From his cartoon voice work he says he enjoyed working most of all with Frank Welker.
We love Lou and are always intrigued by the interesting choices he makes as an actor. We can’t wait to see what he does with Dr. Lichte.
Maderfilm welcomes back actor Andrea Lee Davis to play Abby’s Stepmother, Marie, in our latest project ECHOES. Having worked with Andrea on the short film “Intrusion”, as well as other projects including a short piece with young ECHOES actor Cameron Crates a few years back, Director Kenneth Mader knew she would be perfect for the role, one that she’ll really be able to sink her teeth into and have some fun with.
Andrea has appeared in numerous films, her most recent being “A Doggone Hollywood” alongside another longtime friend of Maderfilm’s, Paul Logan, most notable for his film “The Horde”, and various other action features.
Andrea worked with Cuba Gooding Jr. on “What Love Is”, and Marlee Matlin in the indie award winner “No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie”. Also a talented musician and singer, Andrea had a recurring role as the Italian pianist on “The Bold and The Beautiful”, as well as appearing with her vocal trio, The Swing Dolls, on the popular “Gilmore Girls” episode, “We’ve Got Magic to Do”. She wrote the lyrics and vocal arrangement for the Italian song, “La Vita Italiana fa per me (The Italian Life’s For Me)”, in the Fiat 500L commercial, “Wedding”, as well as singing on the recording with her vocal trio. Recently Andrea has been studying at the Second City Conservatory in Hollywood.
We are very excited to be working with Andrea again and look forward to seeing her bring the character of Marie to life.
Maderfilm is excited to announce that we are back in production mode. The filming dates are scheduled, location has been locked, and Cameron and Campbell Crates will be starring in our next short film, ECHOES.
The sisters have worked with Maderfilm before in our most recent feature film Displacement and writer-director Kenneth Mader is happy to be working with them again and in a larger capacity.
Stay tuned for more updates on ECHOES.
Maderfilm has landed across the pond with both Displacement and our short film Passing Darkness streaming on Amazon Prime!
Displacement stars the UK’s very own Sarah Douglas (Ursa from the original Superman movies, and most recently Mrs. Averill in A Christmas Prince), along with The Bold and the Beautiful’s Courtney Hope, Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe Winner Bruce Davison, Golden Globe Winner Susan Blakely, and Christopher Backus (Bosch).
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Hot on the heels of the North American Theatrical and VOD release of its multi-award-winning sci-fi thriller Displacement, Maderfilm Productions has announced that Deep Focus will be the next feature film on its slate to go into production in 2018, with the recent attachment of legendary actor Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) and returning Displacement star Bruce Davison (X-Men).
A sophisticated dystopian supernatural thriller and cautionary tale that explores the dangers of deforestation and emerging diseases, Deep Focus follows the story of a Pulitzer Prize winning photo journalist who begins seeing images of death in her lens, which she believes may be precognitive visions of a coming biological holocaust… the same disease that killed her young daughter. Or did it? Kenneth Mader will once again helm from his original script that won Best Screenplay honors at the AOF Written Word Awards. McDowell is attached to play enigmatic scientist Dr. Reichfeltz, with Davison to portray the role of an Anglican Priest, Father Oren.
Mader was recently named one of the “Top 100 Indie Filmmakers in the World” in the book by Action On Film’s Del Weston. Displacement took home Best Science Fiction Film honors at both the Downtown L.A. Film Festival and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, along with a Best Supporting Actor Award for Bruce Davison, a Chrononaut Award for Outstanding Time Travel Film in the Boston Science Fiction Festival, and was an Official Selection in the Phoenix Film Festival and USA Film Festival. It enjoyed a limited theatrical release this past summer day and date with VOD, is also available on DVD, was acquired by A+E Networks for a World Broadcast Premiere on Lifetime, curated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their Margaret Herrick Library, and is being hailed by critics as “A clever masterpeice” and “A Brilliant Mind-Bender That Will Keep You Guessing”.
Packaging and financing for Deep Focus is currently underway, with other prominent talent, sales agents and distributors circling. More news coming soon as the project moves forward.