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The Standbys – Our Broadway documentary opens in NYC

February 7th, 2014 · Uncategorized
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“Forget “Smash” and its wan mystery about whether Ivy or Karen will star in the show about Marilyn Monroe. Stephanie Riggs’ backstage documentary, “The Standbys,” packs more intrigue and emotion into 90 minutes than the NBC series about making a musical did over a whole season.”
New York Daily News
“This touching documentary reveals the ups and downs of three gifted performers, who are stars in their own right, and what it’s like to be a working professional. Bravo.”
Nathan Lane
“It’s an inspiring documentary… The movie is so large and grand that it’ll feel like you’re actually watching a Broadway production while in the theater.”

Banshee Chapter gets released to theaters and digital

January 14th, 2014 · film

Variety: “Banshee Chapter” to World Premiere at the Empire Theatre in London on August 26th

July 17th, 2013 · Uncategorized

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The lineup for London’s Film4 FrightFest will include 10 world premieres, it was revealed Friday.

The world preems include “Banshee Chapter,” which is produced by “Star Trek’s” Zachary Quinto, Kit Ryan’s “Dementamania,” which is described as “The Fly” meets “The Office,” the epidemic shocker “Antisocial,” and the retro Spanish chiller “For Elisa.”

To get details on the London premiere go HERE.

“Banshee Chapter” heads for US release

April 17th, 2013 · Uncategorized

The Banshee Chapter, a 3D horror film from first time writer/director Blair Erickson and co-executive producer Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Heroes) is now on track for US release this fall, thanks to a deal just inked with releasing company XLrator Media. Starring Silence of the Lambs villain Ted Levine, Dexter’s Katia Winter and Michael McMillian of True Blood, The Banshee Chapter is the tale of a journalist searching for a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government tests. Erickson reportedly based the film on actual documentation, test subject testimonies, and uncovered secrets about covert CIA programs. Quinto, co-owner of production outfit Before The Door (whose debut production Margin Call was nominated for an Oscar and won an Independent Spirit Award), stated the company’s commitment to fostering projects from talented first-time directors like Erickson. “He has created a movie that is as scary as it is intelligent and rooted in a fascinating and factual historical context,” Quinto said. “We’re excited about partnering with XLrator Media to bring this unique vision to audiences this Fall.” – See more at:


Tony Awards Films Series to premiere “The Standbys”

June 17th, 2012 · Uncategorized

Merwin Foard, Stephanie Riggs and Patrick Healy The 2012 Tony Awards Film Series World Premiere of ?The Standbys? held at the Paley Center for Media. New York City, USA ? 12.05.12



The world preem of backstage doc “The Standbys” is among the movies set to screen next month as part of the Tony Awards Film Series, expanding to the Paley Center for Media in its second year.

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NY Daily News: Documentary “The Standbys” gives understudies their time in the spotlight

May 17th, 2012 · Uncategorized

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Forget “Smash” and its wan mystery about whether Ivy or Karen will star in the show about Marilyn Monroe.
Stephanie Riggs’ backstage documentary, “The Standbys,” packs more intrigue and emotion into 90 minutes than the NBC series about making a musical did over a whole season.
The movie spotlights typically invisible but invaluable stage pros — understudies and standby performers who rarely get to go on but must be ready to do so and give 100% at a moment’s notice.

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Trailer debut for my documentary as producer & editor… “The Standbys”

May 2nd, 2012 · Uncategorized

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MAY 2, 2012 10:15 AM | BY INDIEWIRE
Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Broadway Understudy Documentary ‘The Standbys’

Ahead of its world premiere at the Tony Awards Film Series on May 12, Indiewire has the exclusive trailer for Stephanie Rigg’s Broadway understudy expose, “The Standbys.”

“The Standbys” is a story of the actors you don’t see. Those performers who are so talented that huge Broadway productions trust them to stand by backstage as understudies for the lead to carry an entire show. The only catch is that they’re never going to be famous enough names to actually be given that lead role in a production. This documentary film follows three amazingly gifted but undiscovered performers backstage on Broadway through their dramatic ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, onstage performances and private lives. All of them fighting against long odds with the hope that one day all of their hard work will finally earn them a moment in the spotlight to prove what they’re capable of.

Filming took place in New York City and followed three real actors for as they struggled for a spot on the Great White Way. In the course of this short time, they would face powerful life-changing moments in their career. They would meet incredible opportunities, unexpected betrayals, heartbreaks, cruel audiences, and a career path that challenges everyone to face the brutal realities of show business. Through it all, their refusal to quit is measured against that thankless role where night after night they dream of one day getting a chance to show their work to the world.

Read more here.

While “The Standbys” follows three great theater performers and has the backdrop of Broadway, it was important to me for the film to speak to a wide audience who doesn’t follow that world. Ultimately this isn’t just a story about Broadway – it’s about that bigger question all of us wrestle with. Is it worth it to devote your life and career to working tirelessly toward a goal you may never attain? If very few people ever get to appreciate your work and you never receive widespread acknowledgement for all your efforts, would you still follow that path? These three actors represent that passion, that fear, and that same hope in all of us who work a thankless job and chase after that most unlikely dream of greatness in a world that may never know us.

“The Banshee Chapter” my first feature as writer/director

August 1st, 2011 · Uncategorized

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Creating a “Sound Epic” app for iOS

March 20th, 2011 · Social Media Campaigns

For a few months I’ve been working and crafting a new kind of iOS app that does something pretty insane with music…

SOUND EPIC: The most incredible way to create amazing audio in the palm of your hand. Turn a 3 minute pop song into an hour long electronic symphony masterpiece. Now you can create never before heard symphonies of music in real time on your iOS device. Conjure up your musical creation from any source. Bring in songs from your iPod library, sounds you record using the built-in audio recorder, or use the mind-blowing Live Input mode that turns anything your microphone hears into an EPIC.

* Slow tracks by 2 times or 16 times as much.
* Import DRM free tracks right from your iPod music library.
* Share your creations with the world using built-in SoundCloud uploading
* Bring in music and sounds from other apps or export your creations into other iOS apps using Sonoma’s Audio Copy & Paste.
* Play back tracks in real-time while changing settings.
* Import and export music at your desktop with iTunes File Sharing.
* Sound Epic also lets you create advanced HD audio with even more dynamic polish and crystal clarity.

UPDATE: We’re now Gizmodo’s APP OF THE DAY!
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Incredibly fun quote from the reviewer:

Why do we like it?

I cannot stress this enough. You think you know a song, you listened to it thousands of time already but hearing it at a slowed down speed? It opens your brain up. It’s like turning yourself onto drugs and getting high for the first time, the whole world is different, what used to be just normal is now awesome and what was already awesome is psychedelically tectonic plate shifting. The app is free too, so there’s absolutely no excuse to not try Sound Epic. It’s not for everyday use but this app is magic.

Awesome.  Love it. :D

Click here to view Sound Epic on the iTunes store

DREAMWORKS: Creating a Top Secret Conspiracy for “Monsters vs. Aliens”

May 13th, 2009 · Alternate Reality Experiences, Social Media Campaigns, Viral videos

Project overview: Writing and directing a 9 month online narrative tie-in with DreamWorks animated film “Monsters vs. Aliens” mixing live action video, CG cartoon characters, and web communities.

After an enormous 9 month engagement, the curtain has finally risen on DreamWorks’ latest animated feature and our unusual project creating a live action story of comic conspiracies and extraterrestrial mayhem to tie-in directly to the animated film. Juggling live action, animation, and comedy all at once proved to be extremely challenging, but I think we acquitted ourselves nicely. Here’s a scene I directed towards the end of the campaign spoofing a certain recent monster flick with the help of the animated cast of “Monster vs. Aliens.”

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In this project, we wanted to help encapsulate the offbeat comic sensibility of the characters in the movie and reach out to the 18-25 year old demographic in way few animated films can. Because this movie took a satirical swipe at B-movies and science fiction classics, we needed an ongoing tale that was just a tongue-in-cheek and funny. So we invented a paranoid blogger named “Jeffrey Freedman.” A kook who lives in his mom’s basement and rants about the government using science fiction movies and books to disguise the truth from the American public.  One of the videos even had him accusing real scifi enthusiasts at the World Science Fiction convention of being part of the conspiracy.

Freedman eventually became so enraged by the government cover-up that he “crashed the movie premiere” and confronted stars like Reese Witherspoon, Will Arnett, and Hugh Laurie about their role in the conspiracy:

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The rest of the tale involving 80s workout tapes, flying dogs, and the New World Order can be found at Jeffrey Freedman’s blog: The Top Secret Conspiracy project got rave reviews from scifi sites, movie fans, and forums as well as racked up hundreds of thousands of viewers. But the best part of this whole project? When it finally concluded I received a very gracious email praising our fine work from none other than the CEO of Weekly World News journalistic home of Bat boy and the alien who met with Ross Perot. Now that’s an endorsement.

Fun Trivia: If you watch the opening scene of “Monsters vs. Aliens,” you might spot an homage to Top Secret Conspiracy in the film’s sequence with the Artic Defense station.