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Thursday, January 26, 2012

PP Talent at the Sundance Film Festival!

Our talent, Tommy Hohl, attended Agent Review last year and it'd getting him places! He landed the lead in a short that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival! We are so proud of you, Tommy! This is a huge honor. Read the detailed story below of Tommy's experience at Agent Review and the Sundance Film Festival!

Above is Tommy on the red carpet, and below is Tommy with his "Hellion" cast.

When 13 year old Tommy Hohl walked into Page Parkes’ Agent Review last May, he didn’t know he had just taken a path that would lead him to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival just eight months later.

Like other Page Parkes actors/models, Tommy went to Agent Review to meet with Talent and Casting agents from around the country. That’s how he was cast in the short film “Hellion” directed by Austin Filmmaker Kat Candler, a young and upcoming filmmaker who also teaches at the University of Texas. While Hohl is represented by Page Parkes 713, he knew that getting his face in front of other agencies would give him a leg up. Sure enough, at Agent Review, a casting director recommended Tommy try out for “Hellion,” a short film about an incorrigible boy who leads his little brothers into trouble, including tying up their babysitter and starting fires.

Hohl says he couldn’t have done it without the help of the agency’s teachers and classes.

“They got me plenty ready, they have great teachers and staff that were fun and supportive,” he said. “Page Parkes has a great system to help young kids”

While Director Kat Candler is accustomed to working with comedic actors, this was the first time she really had to pull darker emotions from younger actors. And she agreed that actors AND directors should never stop learning.

“I wasn’t going to let them (the boys) come into a scene until I felt like they were emotionally ready,” Candler said. “It’s my job to figure out how they work best and go through that process with them. I learned a lot in the process and I’m really proud of the boys’ performances. Tommy is a super kid.”

As for Tommy Hohl’s trip to Sundance to watch his first ever film? “It was awesome! One of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Great film festival and fun people,” he said.

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