Once again, I was unbelievably fortunate to work with a wide array of talented people, both behind and in front of the camera, on the set of A World of Hurt.
Production took place in Dayton and Bellbrook, Ohio in July of 2020. Filming during the time of a global pandemic presented some challenges, though it didn’t hinder what we achieved during the shoot. I can only attribute this to the enormous amount of professionalism each person brought to the set.
Meet the Crew
Cinematographer Eric Andresen is a seasoned DP with decades of experience and his keen eye is evident in each frame of this film. Eric additionally served as co-producer and editor.
Assistant Director Tiffanie Green kept our set running on time and also utilized her art designing skills to create our gripping official poster.
The talented Rachel Wiseman served as our Camera Operator and Reese Girard as the First Assistant Camera Operator .
Our grips included Charlie Jiin, Jesse Kennedy, and Chris Skomra. Chris generously gave of his time in between all of his other duties and provided an invaluable service as our resident (behind the scenes) still-photographer.
Tanner Segbers was our sound mixer/recordist and boom operator. His level of professionalism is beyond his years.
Janean Phillips was our script supervisor, Covid-19 set-chief and props master and much more.
Once again Carrie Levinson served as our Craft specialist and also dished out her calming smile when needed. My sets are always better because of her presence.
Meet the Cast
Kentucky native, Jeff Armstrong plays Wyatt Estridge. Jeff brings the authenticity of the “every man” quality to the character of “Wyatt Estridge.” “I knew casting this role was going to require finding an actor who could grasp the subtext of Wyatt. There’s so many conflicting emotions circulating in Wyatt’s mind that finding the right actor would be challenging, or at least I thought.” – Director, Rob Levinson
Ohio native, Michelle Snyder plays Addison Estridge. Michelle is one of the loveliest people you could ever hope to work with in a film. “Michelle’s understanding of her character and her easy-going nature made each take effortless.” – Director, Rob Levinson
The stars aligned and sent A World of Hurt, Christ McConnell. This YouTube and Facebook music sensation flashed by like Halley’s Comet and delivered an unnerving performance, in the part of Travis Matix. “Out of all the available roles that actors auditioned for, without question it was for the role of “Travis.” I found this intriguing because the only description of the character that was offered was… “A misfit of life.” – Director, Rob Levinson
To describe Hickory Taylor, I think I can sum it up with one word… “Legendary.” Taylor is a retired United States law enforcement officer serving on both the State & Federal level. After nearly a 38 year career, Hickory turned his sights towards acting. Hickory was born to play the no-nonsence rancher, Jebediah. Like with his previous career, Hickory continues to put his heart into his acting, appearing in commercials and big budget films. Starting out in an unreleased James Franco Movie (The Long Home), spending numerous days on the set of Emilio Estevez’s film (The Public) as a homeless man and most recently as a Chef in The Robert Redford’s last movie, (Old Man and a Gun).
The youngest cast member, Brenden Edgar is a newcomer to acting. We enjoyed the opportunity to work with Brenden and watch him discover the playfulness that goes into creating a performance. Brenden plays Dillen Estridge.
Still frames from the film A World of Hurt.
Actor Jeff Armstrong on the cover of MMM!
Jeff discusses his career and the film “A World of Hurt.”
All Ages Male Modeling Issue 2020
It’s with the utmost gratitude to announce that WHERE WERE YOU has won the Audience Choice Award! Thank you to the Mystic Film Festival for another season of insightful films and documentaries. It was an honor to sit among so many talented writers, directors and actors.
Where Were You Screened at 2019 Mystic Film Festival
Out of Time Pictures Receives Placement for Second Consecutive Year
Mystic, Connecticut — Sunday, October 6, 2019 — Out of Time Pictures is pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Mystic Film Festival selected the independent short film WHERE WERE YOU for screening on Sunday, October 6 at 1pm in Mystic, CT. “We are thrilled about our selection,” said Rob Levinson, Writer/Director of the new film.
The latest film by Levinson is a dramatic story about one woman’s fight for survival, and the challenge of a self-absorbed radio host to make a pivotal change – one which may cost him everything. What unravels in real time are the visceral reactions to the events that unfolded within a New York minute.
Second Consecutive Year
In 2018, OUTLAW (about the notorious Jesse James) by Out of Time Pictures was shown at the very first Mystic Film Festival. Director of Photography Ben Grant and Levinson collaborated on both movies. The latest production features actors John Campeau, Amy Thomason, Tom McCormick, Solange Elkallassi and Greg Genatossio.
A companion EP, Where Were You Soundtrack, is available from Akubot Records via online music stores and streaming services (see https://akubot.com/music).
Behind the scenes of Where Were You
The Culture*Park Short Plays Marathon serves an important function for playwrights, allowing them the opportunity to hear their plays before an audience.
Over 300 plays have been presented over the past 16 Marathons. Plays are by award-winning writers, playwrights and poets, alongside works by new writers and students. Plays presented at past Marathons have found further development and full productions.
Playwright Rob Levinson presented a scene from his two-act play; “An Unspoken Truth.” This was the third scene presented at Culture *Park from his two-act drama. Levinson decided on the title “Reach” for the scene presentations to symbolize the struggle of all Holocaust victims.
Bergen Belsen Camp – February, 1944
A simple barrack with five bunks and a wood stove.
The saga continues for young Abraham as he navigates the horrors of Bergen Belsen, but with the help of a Rabbi, a professor, a brave soldier, and a kind childlike soul, he will learn that humanity exists even under the worst of
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Outlaw is an official selection of the 2018 Mystic Film Festival.
The 1st Annual Mystic Film Festival will take place from October 18 to October 21, 2018 in the beautiful New England coastal town of Mystic, Connecticut, located midway between New York and Boston.
Cable Car Cinema
April 8, 2018
Writer/Director, Rob Levinson at Outlaw premiere.
The premiere of “Outlaw” had a smash opening, with an array of talented artists. Our very own Jesse James, AKA Tom McCormick, Steve Howland and Natalie Turchetta opened with an a capella verse from the STYX song “Renegade.” This trio set the tone for the evening’s events! Next came the fun and catchy song written by Dan Layus called “Dangerous Things,” performed by Natalie with Steve on acoustic guitar. At only 14, Natalie has a natural powerful ability, along with a sassyness to her voice. For those of you who love country from the 60s will notice that Natalie’s voice is reminiscent of the late Patsy Cline. And finally… the star of “Outlaw,” Tom McCormick brought down the house with the Skynyrd song, “Simple Man.” Tom belted out this poignant hit, which captured the underlying theme of “Outlaw.”