Tommy Villafranca

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Summer 2011 Update!

by on Jul.18, 2011, under News & Announcements

Wow, we are coming into the second half of 2011! I trust your year has been full of opportunity and positive change.

2011 is building momentum with the release of SMOKED: the web series. 4 Episodes along with the trailer are currently up on YouTube.com and now a part of the Strike.TV network.

On the music & drumming front, we’ve finished production and final mixing of the 1st full length album by CHARLIE PLAYED CELLO soon to be released on the NEW DEAL ENTERTAINMENT Label and distributed through Universal Music Group at Fontana Distribution. Look for the release on iTunes this year.

Now being Represented theatrically by Ross Grossman at Affinity Artists.

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2011 is In Motion

by on Feb.02, 2011, under News & Announcements

It’s a Brand New Year! 2010 was productive with the completion of SMOKED the New Comedy WebSeries created with John Anthony Bruno and Josh Newell.

Already 2011 is bringing new opportunity. I’ve recently been playing drums for PIKADONS (www.pikadons.com) and will be recording March 27 through April 9, 2011 in the California Bay Area. The band is being produced and signed to a label with a June 2011 release.

Look for the Launch of SMOKED in February!

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Watch the SMOKED trailer!

by on Jan.14, 2011, under News & Announcements

Watch the trailer to my new comedy series coming soon!  Go to the Media page of my website and see it now!

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“Smoked” web series Sparks Up

by on Sep.22, 2010, under News & Announcements

TOMMY VILLAFRANCA wrapped the pilot for “SMOKED” an original comedy web series he co-created.  Pilot episodes were written by co-creators John Anthony Bruno and Josh Newell.  The three met while working at Amblin Entertainment in the late nineties.

“I reconnected with John and Josh during the run of A HATFUL OF RAIN and we discussed doing a project together.  Starting with an existing concept from one of John and Josh’s previously shot pilots we re-invented the concept to fit the political climate of today’s discourse on medicinal marijuana and the movement to decriminalize and legalize its use.  Its comedy works more in the vein of CHEERS.   Instead of it taking place at a bar in Boston, it’s a dispensary in Venice Beach and shot in a contemporary style similar to CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM and IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA.”

Also stars Matt Lowe as ANDY,  Michelle Lawrence plays series regular MEGAN, Aviva gives a cameo appearance, Brynn Thayer plays the recurring COUNCIL WOMAN SABIO, and Joe Cardinale plays OL’ MR. BROWNE.

I have to thank Richard Lawson, Allen Barton, Art Cohan and Gary Grossman for continuously challenging us to produce our own projects. There is no excuse for not making your own material.  THE BANNAN WAY is recent evidence of the success of that philosophy.

For SMOKED we will utilize our connections with Amblin/DreamWorks and shop it to networks and their web sites known for developing new material for TV and the internet.  It really is the way of the future.   I’m excited to be leading that future with the next generation of actors who are filmmakers and who dare to pick up a camera and create their own career.

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“SMOKED” Pilot is a Wrap!

by on May.01, 2010, under News & Announcements

“Smoked” wrapped principal photography for its Pilot Episodes Friday April 30, 2010. Scott Pellet, Scott Hatcher, Andy Cohen and Kathryn Croy will be editing the series and a late-summer launch is scheduled.  Capitalizing on the Medicinal Marijuana discourse this election year, “Smoked” has made a fun parody of the life surrounding “Five Points Farmacy” a dispensary for the highly controversial medicinal alternative. Directed by John Anthony Bruno, and written by Josh Newell and Bruno, stars Tommy Villafranca, Matt Lowe and Michelle Lawrence,  friends and partners of the Venice Beach cannabis club.

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“SMOKED” Day 1 & 2 in the Can!

by on Apr.27, 2010, under News & Announcements

We’ve completed shooting the first two days of “SMOKED” with an all-Star cast including Tommy Villafranca, Matt Lowe, Michelle Lawrence, Sheldon Anderson, Raffi Di Blasio, Deanna Smith, Nick Jaine, Joe Cardinale, Phillip “Fish” Fisher, and Brynn Thayer. Stay tuned for launch date and Trailer.

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LENSING SPARKS UP IN APRIL FOR “SMOKED”

by on Feb.23, 2010, under News & Announcements

“SMOKED” the original comedy web series will begin principal photography on April 23, 2010.  Pilot episodes were written by John Bruno and Josh Newell, creators of the film “DAYDREAM BELIEVER“.   Tommy Villafranca plays BEN, a straight laced business man with a secret crush on MEGAN, ANDY’s tree hugging little sister who’s always pushing a social cause.  ANDY is a slacker with good intentions who usually “screws and smokes” things up.  Together they are the proprietors of Five Points Farmacy, a California medical marijuana dispensary.

The Venice Beach cannabis club is the center point to a variety of outrageous patients and vendors and a forum for social commentary on small business, government regulation, corporate profiteering, and legalizing the schedule 1 controlled substance for medicinal use.  Casting will be directed by Jenn Gaw.

Come back and visit for more upcoming news on Casting and Release Dates.

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NEXT PERFORMANCE: “HEART & MUSIC”

by on Jan.19, 2010, under News & Announcements

Hello Friends & Fans!

I’ll be playing the drums at a free event coming up this February 5th & 6th

HEART & MUSIC
THE SKYLIGHT THEATRE
1816 Vermont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

(in the Los Feliz Village Next to the Cinema)

Starts at 8pm

Call for your Free Tickets today!  (323) 969-4774

~TV

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Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

by on Dec.17, 2009, under News & Announcements

Hello Friends, Family and Fans!  What a year it has been!  As 2009 comes to a close, 2010 is already heading into a great start.  This years accomplishments included the successful production of “A Hatful of Rain,” new Representation, a Dave Matthews Music Video, Several Live Musical Performances with various artists in the LA Area, Directing and shooting Short films and production began in October of a Documentary with Film Partner Otto Penzato on the subject of Near Death Experiences and Survival of the Consciousness.

2010 already promises great rewards with the continuation of the Documentary with Otto, An Original Web Series with John Bruno and Josh Newell, and the development of “Sintax,” My new Original Screenplay workshopping in Acting Class at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

Come back periodically for updates on these projects and announcements for Booked work on Television and Films being released in your area.

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday and a safe New Year.

Blessings,

Tommy V.

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“Meet Your Sister” Screens 2nd RLS Short Film Festival

by on Nov.27, 2009, under News & Announcements

One of my shorts “Meet Your Sister” will be screening at the 2nd Annual Richard Lawson Short Film Festival.  Tickets are $12.

Friday, December 4, 2009
Time:
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Location:
OPEN STAGE WEST
Street:
14366 Ventura Blvd
City:
Sherman Oaks, CA
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