Reasonably Spontaneous Conversation
Virtual

 Hello world it’s me, Dennis.  This is my conversation show, where I get to sit down with interesting, provocative, and always entertaining people from all walks of life.

Reasonably Spontaneous Conversation – Virtual

Ed Hooks (Part 1)

This is the first of a 2-part conversation with renown actor-teacher-author Ed Hooks. Ed was trained in New York and had a full-time 30-year career as a character actor and acting teacher. In 1996, he began teaching acting theory to animators. His book, “Acting for Animators”, is soon to be published in a revised 5th edition. Ed and his wife, Cally, reside today in Lisbon Portugal, which is where he was for this chat with Dennis. Ed’s wonderful website is: www.edhooks.com Ed’s email, to contact him, is EdHooks@EdHooks.com.this episode of RSC, my guest, Rick Pagano, and I converse about his latest feature film that he wrote and directed, “Ten Tricks”, and which has been getting critical acclaim all over the world. Ten Tricks will be available to stream on all digital platforms and streaming exclusively on Fandor on September 27, 2022. 

TEN TRICKS follows a glamorous madam, Grace (Lea Thompson), who has spent years being surrounded by men. When she decides she wants to start a family, she realizes the list of potential prospects is shockingly thin. Thankfully, a chance encounter with a neighbor proves there might just be magic in the air.

The film was directed by Emmy Nominee Richard Pagano and also stars Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad), Sam Hennings (The Aviator), and Damien Leake (Apocalypse Now).  Rick Pagano is one of Hollywood’s top casting directors for his work on major projects such as Hotel Rwanda, X-Men, and the series 24.

Also written and produced by Pagano, additional producers include Robert Jay Litz, and Randall Miller, with Ryan Bury, James Andrew Felts, and Stephen Silverman serving as executive producers. Lensed by John Bailey A.C.E., known for his 50-year-plus career in motion pictures, includes his cinematography of mainstream Hollywood films like ORDINARY PEOPLE, THE BIG CHILL, and SILVERADO, to name a few.

Ed Hooks (Part 2)

This is the second of a 2-part conversation with renown actor-teacher-author Ed Hooks. Ed was trained in New York and had a full-time 30-year career as a character actor and acting teacher. In 1996, he began teaching acting theory to animators. His book, “Acting for Animators”, is soon to be published in a revised 5th edition. Ed and his wife, Cally, reside today in Lisbon Portugal, which is where he was for this chat with Dennis. Ed’s wonderful website is: www.edhooks.com Ed’s email, to contact him, is EdHooks@EdHooks.com.this episode of RSC, my guest, Rick Pagano, and I converse about his latest feature film that he wrote and directed, “Ten Tricks”, and which has been getting critical acclaim all over the world. Ten Tricks will be available to stream on all digital platforms and streaming exclusively on Fandor on September 27, 2022. 

TEN TRICKS follows a glamorous madam, Grace (Lea Thompson), who has spent years being surrounded by men. When she decides she wants to start a family, she realizes the list of potential prospects is shockingly thin. Thankfully, a chance encounter with a neighbor proves there might just be magic in the air.

The film was directed by Emmy Nominee Richard Pagano and also stars Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad), Sam Hennings (The Aviator), and Damien Leake (Apocalypse Now).  Rick Pagano is one of Hollywood’s top casting directors for his work on major projects such as Hotel Rwanda, X-Men, and the series 24.

Also written and produced by Pagano, additional producers include Robert Jay Litz, and Randall Miller, with Ryan Bury, James Andrew Felts, and Stephen Silverman serving as executive producers. Lensed by John Bailey A.C.E., known for his 50-year-plus career in motion pictures, includes his cinematography of mainstream Hollywood films like ORDINARY PEOPLE, THE BIG CHILL, and SILVERADO, to name a few.

Rick Pagano

On this episode of RSC, my guest, Rick Pagano, and I converse about his latest feature film that he wrote and directed, “Ten Tricks”, and which has been getting critical acclaim all over the world. Ten Tricks will be available to stream on all digital platforms and streaming exclusively on Fandor on September 27, 2022. 

TEN TRICKS follows a glamorous madam, Grace (Lea Thompson), who has spent years being surrounded by men. When she decides she wants to start a family, she realizes the list of potential prospects is shockingly thin. Thankfully, a chance encounter with a neighbor proves there might just be magic in the air.

The film was directed by Emmy Nominee Richard Pagano and also stars Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad), Sam Hennings (The Aviator), and Damien Leake (Apocalypse Now).  Rick Pagano is one of Hollywood’s top casting directors for his work on major projects such as Hotel Rwanda, X-Men, and the series 24.

Also written and produced by Pagano, additional producers include Robert Jay Litz, and Randall Miller, with Ryan Bury, James Andrew Felts, and Stephen Silverman serving as executive producers. Lensed by John Bailey A.C.E., known for his 50-year-plus career in motion pictures, includes his cinematography of mainstream Hollywood films like ORDINARY PEOPLE, THE BIG CHILL, and SILVERADO, to name a few.

Ron Dillard, Jr.  (Part 1)

Rod Dillard, Jr. is a director, producer, writer and actor. In 2008, he founded Ronald Dillard Jr Entertainment, LLC, with the vision to create thought provoking entertainment by writing, producing, directing, and co-starring in the first theatrical production, I Deserve Better, followed by A Player’s Last Play. In 2013, he released his first feature film, A New Mentality then wrote and produced three more award-winning festival films along with Shirod Greene; Unbrotherly Love, The Color In Your Eyes, and A Monster. Impacted by the brutal killings of Black men in America, in 2020 Ron responded by writing, co-directing, producing, and starring in the multiple award-winning film feature that depicts a police interrogation that unexpectedly slips the boot on the other foot. When We Prey On Them has been selected in over 70 festivals and has won 13 awards including- Best Short Film, Critics Choice Award, and Best Actor. His next adventure is expanding into the series landscape as a showrunner, creating three television shows—two one-hour dramas Serial, Money, Power and Respect, and one half-hour dramedy- Marc Blue. Currently under his RDJ Entertainment banner is: He has Co-produced Shirod Greene’s upcoming film For Colored’s Only; the feature film Unbrotherly Love is slated for release 2022; a supernatural thriller, AFAR will be directed and starring Ronald in the fall of 2023; in development are feature films, Decisions, and MFK. Additionally, Ronald gives back to his community by mentoring up-and-coming filmmakers in a variety of different aspects of filmmaking.

 

Ron Dillard, Jr. (Part 2)

Here is part 2 of my RSC with Ron Dillard as we continue to learn about one another and our art.

About Ron: Rod Dillard, Jr. is a director, producer, writer and actor. In 2008, he founded Ronald Dillard Jr Entertainment, LLC, with the vision to create thought provoking entertainment by writing, producing, directing, and co-starring in the first theatrical production, I Deserve Better, followed by A Player’s Last Play.

In 2013, he released his first feature film, A New Mentality then wrote and produced three more award-winning festival films along with Shirod Greene; Unbrotherly Love, The Color In Your Eyes, and A Monster. Impacted by the brutal killings of Black men in America.

In 2020, Ron responded by writing, co-directing, producing, and starring in the multiple award-winning film feature that depicts a police interrogation that unexpectedly slips the boot on the other foot. When We Prey On Them has been selected in over 70 festivals and has won 13 awards including- Best Short Film, Critics Choice Award, and Best Actor.

His next adventure is expanding into the series landscape as a showrunner, creating three television shows—two one-hour dramas Serial, Money, Power and Respect, and one half-hour dramedy- Marc Blue. Currently under his RDJ Entertainment banner is: He has Co-produced Shirod Greene’s upcoming film For Colored’s Only; the feature film Unbrotherly Love is slated for release 2022; a supernatural thriller, AFAR will be directed and starring Ronald in the fall of 2023; in development are feature films, Decisions, and MFK. Additionally, Ronald gives back to his community by mentoring up-and-coming filmmakers in a variety of different aspects of filmmaking.

 

Aprill Brandon

Aprill Brandon is a freelance writer and feral mother living in Boston with her brood of redheads and very patient husband. She has two drawers in her fridge devoted to cheese and is now grown up enough to like fancy beer. Stay tuned as Aprill is ascending!!!

Aprillbrandon.com

 

Sande Hart

Sande Hart is an award-winning leader in the fields of women’s empowerment and interfaith community building and I am deeply proud to have an RSC with her.

Website: www.liminalodyssey.com

She is the President of the Women’s Interfaith global organization S.A.R.A.H., (The Spiritual And Religious Alliance for Hope) now in its 19th year. Sande served in leadership as Chair for the North American region of the United Religions Initiative, currently serves on the Women’s Task Force for The Parliament of World’s Religions, Founder of Compassionate California, and developed and served as Director for the Women and Girls sector for the Charter for Compassion.

She recently released her book, The Liminal Odyssey, Alchemical Power of the Spaces In-Between. Sande is currently being inducted into the Women’s Oral History Archives of Claremont Colleges. Above all, Sande is a mother, grandmother, wife, aunt, and sister from Southern California.

Lorenzo DeStefano

Born in Honolulu, Hawai’i, Lorenzo DeStefano is a playwright, screenwriter, producer, director, and photographer. Lorenzo wrote, produced and directed the short film, “Stairway to the Stars”. Synopsis: One hot, smoggy afternoon, Lavergne (SEAN YOUNG), an aging White actress on the verge of physical and mental collapse, attempts to climb an absurdly steep flight of stairs in the Hollywood Hills, goaded on by Tony (QUINTON AARON), a young Black man of blind ambition & ample proportions, who has vowed to save her life. In June, Lorenzo published a novel, “House Boy”. an urban thriller with socio-political and racial overtones, “HOUSE BOY” is a fact-based tale that inhabits a shadowland where ancient traditions take root and prosper in our so-called modern world. In the polite suburb of Hendon, North London, in an undistinguished house at 321 Finchley Lane, the lives of a young man and an older woman intersect as if decreed by history. https://www.houseboynovel.com Lorenzo is a member of the Directors Guild of America, he has produced and directed network series, documentaries, and narrative films, worked in U.S. and U.K. Theater, and written fiction, non-fiction, original screenplays, and adaptations. Learn more about Lorenzo and his vast career at: www.lorenzodestefano.com

Frank W. Butterfield

On May 18, 2022, my friend Frank Butterfield and I had another in our series of RSCs

Connect with Frank:  www.frankwbutterfield.com

About: Frank W. Butterfield is the Amazon best-selling author of 90 (and counting) self-published novels, novellas, and short stories. Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, he has traveled all over the US and Canada and now makes his home in Daytona Beach, Florida. His first attempt at writing at the age of nine with a ball-point pen and a notepad was a failure. Forty years later, he tried again and hasn’t stopped since.

Bob Woodman

Bob Woodman’s career in radio spanned the time of such change in the United States and the world. After a stint in the U.S. Navy as a public relations officer for the Blue Angels, Bob returned to radio in Texas in Austin, Texas, as Austin was beginning to fly its Weird flag.

He moved to Victoria, Texas and was general manager of KVIC, an AM radio station that grew into a media group where his empowering management style nurtured creative spirits on the air and profitability off the air.

Bob has returned home to Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he works with NPR-affiliated Alabama Public Radio, a statewide pubic radio network headquartered at the University of Alabama and mentors the next generation of aspiring media professionals

Get in touch with Bob: bwoodman@att.net or on FB.

Sergio Farias

Sergio Farias, a Brazilian an entertainment writer and biographer, has just published an English language version of “Love is Understanding: The Life and Times of Peter Tork and The Monkees. We discuss the impact on the culture in Brazil and on the world that this group, in general, and Peter’s contributions, specifically. Here is a link to purchase the book on Amazon. https://tinyurl.com/52mfhan9

If you’d like to see my RSC with Peter from 1979 that we referenced, it is here on the RSC LA page.

Sassy Mohen

SASSY MOHEN DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER – Sas•sy /ˈsasē/ adjective: lively, bold, full of spirit; a little bit cheeky.

Sassy Mohen’s innovative and bold, confident style has emerged as a pioneer in the genre of female-driven comedy. She has written, directed, produced, and edited multiple award-winning films, TV Pilots, Music Videos, Commercials, Specs, and Web series.

Her latest comedy satire on real-world events, FEAR ACTUALLY was released to rave reviews and won three BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR AWARDS. She is completing post-production on her newest lively and a little bit cheeky venture, the digital series- HOW TO HACK BIRTH CONTROL, shining a light on how to navigate and take charge in today’s contraception universe, due to be released this fall 2021. And so much more.

To learn about what Sassy is doing now: https://www.sassymohen.com https://youtube.com/user/SassyMohen

Greg Verret

For a access to Greg’s online art and to commission, here is the link: gregverretart.com

From Greg: I was born and raised in Victoria, Tx. Graduated from Victoria HS in 1982. GO STINGAREES! I married my High School sweetheart Miss Sandi Martinez and together we raised three great children, Parker, Austin and Malory. I had a scholarship to study art after High School, but my personal goal was to be a U.S. Marine instead so I set aside my pencils to focus on serving our country. Retiring after nearly 30 years of military life, Sandi literally told me to go and get my art degree so I turned my attention towards college and received a BS in Animation Technology. After a 30 year art layoff, college reenergized my passion to create fine art instead of animation. Although pen & ink is preferred, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, pastels and oils are equally rewarding. My current indulgence has been to master oil and wax based colored pencils. Digital graphic art is also an avenue I’ve learned to master and I use it in the creation of company logos, t-shirt designs, graphics etc. My goal is to continue to focus on more wildlife, militaria, patriotic and portrait pieces, but I remain available for commission work.

Marianna Treviño Wright

(Note: This episode of RSC contains adult language.)

Tardan Media Network presents a Reasonably Spontaneous Conversation between Dennis Tardan and Marianna Treviño Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center on Feb. 7, 2022.  The episode discusses 

Host: Dennis Tardan      Director: Renée Yaworsky

For more information on the National Butterfly Center, please visit: https://www.nationalbutterflycenter.org/join-national-butterfly-center/become-a-member https://www.nationalbutterflycenter.org/support-nbc/donate-now/form/7:national-butterfly-center-donations

Jay Lynk

Patron and Art Angel Jay Lynk and Dennis have an RSC on December 9, 2021

Directed by Renée Yaworsky

Billy Vera

In early December 2021, Dennis had an RSC with iconic Hollywood singer/songwriter/actor/music historian Billy Vera.

Billy has been a singer and songwriter since the 1960s, his most successful record being “At This Moment”, a US # 1 hit in 1987. He continues to perform with his group Billy Vera & The Beaters, and won a Grammy Award in 2013.

Here is Billy’s website: www.billyvera.com

Jay Thompson

Guitar player and song writer dedicated to making music for people going through a rough time. Also dedicated to showing off NE Ohio in all its natural beauty. If you’ve got some wine? All the better! See more of Jay on his YouTube Channel here: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCDeNgQJaD1gT9MQOap7cv9Q

Serena Hendrix

Serena Hendrix stars in Adam’s Package, a romantic comedy/thriller directed by Andrew Chiaramonte and written by Emmett Alston and Andrew Chiaramonte. Here is a link to the trailer for the movie: https://youtu.be/Kw_T7VynxrY

Here is a link to the website: www.adamspackage.com

Serena Hendrix’s modeling career quickly took off in New York City working for brands including Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Nina Ricci, Chloe, Rebecca Minkoff, Target, and national television commercials for clients including Apple, Samsung, Miller Lite, Dell, Michelob Ultra & Zillow among others. Being on set sparked her interest in acting and she booked a small role on a popular HBO series, featured in an award-winning festival film, seen in the critically acclaimed Mank, and landed the lead role in award-winning new comedy hit- Adam’s Package.

Serena is consistently working on her craft at The Clyde Bernardy Acting Studio. In her free time she volunteers as a foster with local dog rescue organizations & is advanced in mat & reformer pilates. She is also an advanced level cook and recently earned her M1 motorcycle license. Most recently she gave birth to her first child and is writing her first film which she intends on making her directorial debut.

Hal Linden

Hal Linden starred in and as Barney Miller on ABC from 1975-1981. Hal and Dennis talk about Hal’s experience over the course of the 170 episodes from initial casting by creator, writer and show runner Danny Arnold and why Barney Miller remains so relevant today.

Constantine Nasr

Constantine Nasr and I had a conversation in late Dec 2020 upon the release the 80th Anniversary of Bugs Bunny in a Limited Edition Boxed Set of 60 re-mastered shorts starring Bugs. Constantine wrote and produced a documentary that is included in Boxed Set with interviews with many of the animation masters who worked in the Warner Brothers Loony Tunes studio, including Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny. A clip from an interview I did with Mel in 1979 is included in Constantine’s documentary! To find the Limited Edition Blu-Ray Box Set from Amazon, copy and paste this URL: http://tinyurl.com/3zno8vhd

Or just search on Amazon for: Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection (BD) [Blu-ray]

Corrie Lynn Green

I had a wonderful RSC with Corrie Lynn Green on May 20, 2021. What a delightful, joyful session with a rising star and influencer in the music industry! Plus, she is a delightful, insightful, and gracious human being.

Corrie Lynn brings her own unique brand of story telling to long forgotten Appalachian Mountain Music. With her original lyrics and and twist on banjo playing style, Corrie digs deep and brings something new to something old. See about Corrie Lynn here! https://linktr.ee/CorrieLynnGreen