SHOWING UP: a conversation about the audition

A Conversation About The Audition
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THE FILMMAKERS

RIAD GALAYINI

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RIAD GALAYINI is a photographer – actor – filmmaker. She is a Fellow of Film Independent's Directors Lab and Project Involve, a program dedicated to increasing cultural diversity in the film industry. She is the producer–director of three award winning short films: Nude Descending (Taos Talking Pictures George Melies Award, Universal Studios, American Cinematheque and Hypnotic Directors Series, Anthology Film Archives) the festival favorite, Parking, directed by James Morrison (New Directors/New Films at the Museum of Modern Art, Slamdance – Audience Award, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, Florida Film Festival – 3rd place Narrative, Sundance Channel) and her most recent, Crossing, (FIND Cinema Lounge, Vail Film Festival, Method Fest, Malibu International Film Festival, New Filmmakers Anthology Film Archives, Salento Film Festival) was the recipient of the Gold Medal for Excellence at the 2006 Park City Film Music Festival, Grand Prize Winner in the 2006 Chicks with Flicks Film Festival in Manhattan, Best Story at the Big Mountain Film Festival New Zealand, Second Place Best Narrative Urban Mediamakers, nominee for the Best Narrative at the Miami Short Film Festival, Best Fiction Film at the New York Short Film Festival, second place at the Johnstown Film Festival and winner for Best Direction at the Festival Du Cinema de Paris.

As an actor she has worked with directors Steven Spielberg, Sam Mendes, and Ridley Scott. She has performed at regional theatres, including the Mark Taper Forum and the Salt Lake Acting Company.

She has directed television commercials, plays and staged readings in Los Angeles for the Ensemble Studio, The Stella Adler, The Hudson and The Tiffany theatres, and her photographs have been published in national magazines. She is developing two feature films, The Last Nail and Far Across Yonder (FIND Directors Lab, IFP Market Emerging Narrative Award Finalist, Script Pimp Competition Finalist, Winner Century City Screenplay Competition) written by her husband and partner, James Morrison.

Born to a Cuban American mother and a Lebanese father, Riad was raised in a little yellow house in Miami, Florida where tempers often flew and dinners were always phenomenal.

JAMES MORRISON

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A filmmaker, playwright, poet, actor, singer/songwriter and yoga teacher, James Morrison was born in Utah and is a product of Alaska. He began his acting career as a clown and wirewalker for the Carson and Barnes Wild Animal Circus and served his theatrical apprenticeship with the Alaska Repertory Theatre. Since then, he has appeared at some of America's foremost theatres including the McCarter Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum, and The Old Globe with such renowned directors as Emily Mann, Des McAnuff, Jack O'Brien, Charles Nelson Reilly, Jose Quintero and Harry Mastrogeorge, his acting teacher since 1982.

James appears in the films Relish, Doubting Thomas, The Meanest Man in Texas, Pray for Rain, Catch Me If You Can, I Am I, The Jazz Funeral and Wilderness Survival for Girls among many others.

On television he will be remembered as Bill Buchanan in FOX's Emmy Award-winning drama, 24 and Warden Murphy in Twin Peaks, The Return. In addition to the short-lived Those Who Kill for A&E, he can also be seen in the web series Blue on YouTube's WIGS channel. He’s had recurring roles on Revenge for ABC as the White Haired Man, as well as TNT’s HawthoRNe and ABC’s Private Practice, also as white haired men. In the mid-90's he was Col. McQueen in the one and only season of FOX's cult classic, Space: Above and Beyond. Since the mid-'80's he’s taken on too-numerous-to-count episodic assignments including The Orville, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Major Crimes, Six Feet Under, West Wing, Frasier, Millennium and The X-Files, etc.

He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance and three Drama-Logue Awards. In 1985 he appeared in the London premiere of Emily Mann's Still Life at the West End's Donmar Warehouse and the Riverside Studios after a stint in The Edinburgh Festival at the Traverse Theatre where the production received a Fringe First Award.

His radio credits include L.A. TheatreWorks productions of The Rainmaker with the cast of the Broadway revival, Ruby McCollum in which he stars as William Bradford Huie, Julius Caesar, Judgment at Nuremberg, the U.S. tour of In the Heat of the Night as well as the BBC Radio production of Live and Let Die.

Morrison's short film, Parking, which he wrote and directed, was produced by his wife, Riad Galayini. Parking screened at twenty film festivals world wide including New York's New Directors/New Films presented by Lincoln Center at the Museum of Modern Art, Slamdance (audience choice award for best short), Austin's South By Southwest Festival, the Central Florida Film Festival (third place narrative film award), the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, the Montreal World Festival, The Festival of U.S. Shorts in Brisbane, Australia, Ireland's Cork International Film Festival, and the Northampton Film Festival where it received the Best Short of the Festival Award. Parking also ran on Sundance Channel for 18 months.

With Ms. Galayini, he co-wrote and co-produced her directorial debut, Nude Descending, which received The George Melies Award at the 1998 Taos Talking Picture Festival and has screened at the Nashville Independent Festival and Short Cuts in Paris. In 2000, Nude Descending was selected for special recognition by the Hitchcock International Director's Series presented by the American Cinematheque.

Morrison's plays have been produced and/or developed at The Sundance Institute, The EnsembleStudio Theatre, The Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis, L.A. Theatre Works, The MET Theatre, Two Parts Theatre Company, The Classical Theatre Lab, City Theatre in Miami, The Road Theatre, The Mojo Ensemble, The Wooden O, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Salt Lake Acting Company where he has directed several plays including those by Sam Shepard, John Robinson, Larry Shue and Beth Henley.

As a singer/songwriter his albums, Son to the Boy and I Broke Free are available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and all digital outlets.

James was a Lecture Fellow at Bournemouth University School of Media in England and received his certification to teach Hatha Yoga from Ganga White and Tracey Rich at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara where he sits on the Board of Trustees. He taught regular classes at the YogaWorks Center for Yoga in Los Angeles for 10 years.

James and Riad live North of Los Angeles and their son, Seamus, is a writing and literature major at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies.

Find out more at www.jpmorrison.com