Actor Rene Auberjonois and executive producer and actress Amanda Melby rehearse a scene from 'Raising Buchanan.'
Scottsdale.com and Geocentric Media, Inc. were recently invited to visit the set of upcoming feature film, “Raising Buchanan,” which is being shot at about 20 different locations across the Valley. The film is unique in that it involves elements of history and hilarity, all spelled out in a cleverly crafted script written by the film’s director, Bruce Dellis. "Raising Buchanan" is expected to be released in 2018 and make the rounds at various film festivals.
Film Synopsis: A desperate woman steals the corpse of former US president James Buchanan, hoping to net a large ransom. Complications arise when it seems no one is particularly interested in getting him back.
Director/Producer/Key Cast Members:
Bruce Dellis, Director and Writer
Dellis is an award-winning writer and director who has won four Rocky Mountain Emmy awards and been nominated for nine more. In 2006, he was selected as the Arizona Filmmaker of the Year by the Phoenix Film Foundation. His short film, “A. Lincoln: a Life Embellished,” won Best Local Short from the Phoenix Film Festival and Best US short film from the Rome Film Festival. He has directed three films for the television show, “Screen Wars,” and wrote several short films such as “The Netherbeast of Berm-Tech Industries, Inc.” and “Little Victim.” He released his first feature-length screenplay “Netherbeast Incorporated,” based off the previous short film, in 2007. He also recently wrote and directed “The Benevolent Byzantine Order of the Nobles of the Enigmatic Oracle” — a chapter of the anthology film “Locker 13,” which starred David Huddleston and Curtis Armstrong.
René Auberjonois, President Buchanan
René Auberjonois, President Buchanan René Auberjonois is perhaps best known for portraying Father Mulcahy in the original film of Stanley Kubrick’s classic “M*A*S*H*,” as Chef Louis in the hit Disney animated franchise “The Little Mermaid” (in which he sang "Les Poissons”) and for his long-running series roles of Clayton Endicott III on “Benson” (for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award), Odo on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and Paul Lewiston on “Boston Legal.” Auberjonois has appeared in many television shows including “Grey's Anatomy,” “The Rockford Files,” “Charlie's Angels,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Frasier,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “The Practice” (for which he received an Emmy nomination), “Saving Grace,” “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS,” “The Good Wife,” “The Librarians,” “Madam Secretary” and many more. He received a third Emmy Award nomination for ABC's “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” In 1969, he earned a Tony Award for his performance as Sebastian Baye alongside Katharine Hepburn in “Coco.” He received Tony Award nominations for his roles in Neil Simon's “The Good Doctor” opposite Christopher Plummer, as the Duke in “Big River” (winning a Drama Desk Award), and as Buddy Fidler/Irwin S. Irving in “City of Angels,” written by Larry Gelbart and Cy Coleman. Auberjonois's films include “Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach,” Mel Gibson’s “The Patriot,” and Tim Burton’s “Batman Forever.” For Robert Altman, Rene appeared in the iconic films “Brewster McCloud,” “M*A*S*H*,” “McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” “Images,” and “The Player.” He has been in numerous other films as well.
Amanda Melby, Ruth
Melby has worked as a professional actress for over 25 years — in theatre, commercials, films and television series. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English from Concordia College and has
studied with Howard Fine in his Master Class in LA. She has appeared in the films “Locker 13,” “Jake’s Corner,” “Netherbeast Incorporated,” and “The Majestic,” to name a few. She has also appeared in several television shows such as “Candid Camera” and “Boston Public.” She is a three-time Emmy nominee for her work as producer and host of “Screen Wars,” was honored with the 2007 Phoenix Film Foundation Board Member of the Year, with the 2008 Layne Award and has been nominated for a Governor’s Arts Award for her contributions to the Arizona Entertainment Community. She also teaches at Verve Studios and ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre, and is a member of Screen Actors Guild- American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Actors’ Equity Association.
Cathy Shim, Meg
Shim is a comedic actress who has held roles in films as well as on television shows. She has appeared in the films “Fox’s The Watch,” “Reno 911!: Miami,” “Balls of Fury,” and “Americons.” She has also had roles on several television shows such as “Fameless,” “Deal With It,” “You’re Whole,” “Mad TV,” “Drake & Josh” and “Punk’d” and was recently booked for a role in USA’s “Playing House.” In 2014, she won the Clyde’s Cup, a yearlong standup competition against 500 competing comedians. The has also done voiceover work for “The Cleveland Show,” “Glenn Martin, D.D. S.,” “Samurai Daycare” and “Oishi High School Battle.”
'Raising Buchanan' Director and Writer, Bruce Dellis watches as actor Rene Auberjonois rehearses a scene.
Terence Bernie Hines, Crosby
Hines is a television and film actor and producer who is best known for his role in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” where he appeared alongside Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig and Jon Daly. Other film appearances include “Stuck on You,” “Crossing Over” and “Rushlights.” He has also appeared in several notable television shows such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “My Name is Earl,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Raising Hope,” and “Criminal Minds.”
M. Emmet Walsh, Larry
M. Emmet Walsh has appeared in hundreds of films and television roles throughout his nearly four-decade long career. He is best known for his appearances in “Blade Runner,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Wild Wild West” and “Blood Simple,” which earned him an award for Best Male Lead from the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2014, he was nominated for a BTVA Television Voice Acting Award for his work on “Pound Puppies.”
Robert Ben Garant, Lancaster Guy
Robert Ben Garant was born on September 14, 1970 in Cookeville, Tennessee, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Night at the Museum (2006), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and Reno 911!: Miami (2007). He has been married to Cathy Shim since August 1, 2011. They have two children. He was previously married to Jennifer.
Jennifer Pfalzgraff, Holly
Pfalzgraff has appeared in films, television series, industrial films and theater productions. She has appeared in films such as “Jolene” with Jessica Chastain, “21 Grams” with Naomi Watts, “Cops and Robbers Dance the Same,” “The Ghost of Miller Road” and “Feet First.” She has also appeared as a guest star and co-host on the television show “Screen Wars.” She has held lead roles in productions of “Pizza Man,” “Titus Andronicus,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Bus Stop.” She has done extensive acting training including Gordon Hunt’s Master Class in Los Angeles.
Steve Briscoe, Errol
Briscoe is an actor and producer who got his start as a production assistant before entering into the field of stand-up comedy. He served as a writer, producer and actor for several short films, such as “Stabbing Stupidity,” “Cowboy Dreams” and “The Employee Agreement.” He also appeared as himself in the documentary “Everything Works Out: The Making of ‘The Falls,’ which discussed a short film which he acted in and produced. He has also done radio commercials, corporate videos and serves as the spokesperson of a DIY chain in New York.
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