Throwback Thursday is sweeping the nation and its only getting bigger, whether you like it or not!The latest Comedy short-film from the hilarious mind of actor/director “Chris Perillo” from Extra ChrisP Pictures. I play the role of “Dominique” in the film.
Hello and good afternoon everyone,
Above is my latest film; the hilarious Comedy short film from the extremely talented actor/director Chris Perillo of Extra ChrisP Pictures https://www.facebook.com/ExtraChrispPictures starring: Chris Perillo, Dan Franko, Rick Kain, Rasik Ohal, Kacy Gabbert, as well as ME =) Dominique Antonio Spencer(Credited as Dominique Spencer). I had a fantastic day shooting with these guys and we came out with a pretty dope short film! I can only hope that I am cast alongside these gentlemen in the future **fingers crossed** –> back to the topic; I only say that because the people have spoken dammit! So please check it out, share it, but if you do make sure to hashtag #ThrowbackThursday =)
As always thank you everyone for your time & support!
ON MAY 29 | IN MOVIE REVIEWS | BY MICHAEL PARSONS | WITH NO COMMENTS
3 ½ out of 5 stars
“The only thing that ever got in crime’s way were the criminals”.
Stone-faced crime boss Theresa James (R & B artist/actress Tia Dae) delivers a lengthy allocution on criminal behavior to Marcell (Dominique Spencer), an underling who has unknowingly been caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar. Her words are wise, even poetic, though it seems like an awful lot of wisdom (and creativity) to waste on someone who’s about to get waxed. “Welcome to your future,” she says as he meets his demise.
thickIt’s to be expected, I suppose. These guys never seem to pick up on insinuation, even when they know they’ve messed up (an exception would be the guy from “Lethal Weapon 2” who wanted to make sure he wasn’t standing on plastic when summoned into the boss’s office). And almost invariably, the turgid speech that precedes their punishment serves only to emphasize the unhealthy ego of the speaker – often an overblown or cartoonish villain with little substance to their words.
If “Thick” starts off looking a touch self-important, it quickly finds its equilibrium within the stage-worthy performances and a script that has something to say. Dae’s monotone Theresa is less sinister than pragmatic, possibly a metaphor for the country’s pre-occupation with work and financial stress, among other things. She fits the bill as the steely-eyed crime boss, virtually disconnected from anything that might distract her or expose a weakness. Her position, as we see, is a precarious one, and somewhere beneath the virtually expressionless demeanor lies a deep-seated paranoia, which bubbles over when her wife Roni (Pascale Piquion) shows even the slightest hint of independence.
The film is part “The L Word”, part “King of New York”, and Dae’s character, who is both protagonist and antagonist, owes a little something to Christopher Walken’s Frank White, who occasionally liked to unload his intellectual side on a disloyal employee or two before burying them with their betrayal money. But this ain’t the ’80s, and a relatively meager $500,000 in “get out” money stashed in Theresa’s house suggests that times are tough, even for less legitimate business enterprises.
Scheming employees, dirty cops, and a deteriorating personal life are part of this nasty equation. Trusted advisor “Lefty” Eggleston (Ronald Benson-El) plots to take over the empire while assassin Nina (Chaseedaw Giles) plans to run off with Roni , with whom she’s been having an affair. And the crooked detectives in Theresa’s pocket (Caleb Jackson and Mick McGuire) are looking for an early out, and a hefty retirement package to boot.
It might sound like it’s gearing up for a finale like “True Romance”, but “Thick” is definitely more chess match than bloodbath. The characters, though, are no less cut-throat than in more violent contemporary urban crime dramas. Save a few requisite executions, which are carried out in shadowy Washington, DC area settings like a sewer tunnel or in the back seat of a car, we mostly watch our characters manipulating their way to what they want. Local writer/directors Cheryl Brown and Anthony M. Greene (“The Henchman’s War”) have crafted something that looks like a CliffsNotes for an HBO drama series, tightly cinched in a 70-minute package. The micro-budgeted “Thick” covers a lot of ground while never appearing overly ambitious, with fine editing by Omar Juarez (who is also the cinematographer) and Manuel Santos. There are many earmarks of a great crime saga here, and it will be interesting to see if Brown and Greene revisit the material.
about the author: michael parsons
Husband. Father. Ex-salesperson. Movie nut. After pestering my parents for their commentary on “Star Wars” when I was four years old, my mind went into a creative frenzy. I’d imagined something entirely different than the actual film, which I didn’t end up seeing until its 1979 re-release at the Uptown Theater in Washington, DC. This was my formal introduction to the cinema. During that long wait, which felt like an eternity to a child, my mind was being molded by more corrosive stuff like “Trilogy of Terror” and “Rosemary’s Baby”, most of which I’d conned various babysitters into letting me watch on television ( I convinced one poor lady that “Jaws” was actually “Moby Dick”). The folks were pretty strict in that regard, so the less appropriate it was for a kid to watch, the more I was fascinated by it. Horror staples like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th”, as well as lesser-known low-budget fare like “Madman”, “Sleepaway Camp” and “Pieces” all ended up sneaking their way into the VHS on a regular basis. Since then, I’ve developed an obsession with the entire film industry. Even though I watch and review a wide breadth of films these days, my appreciation for the campy, poorly lit micro-budgeters still lends itself to my evolving perspective on movies just as much as the summer blockbusters and Oscar contenders. As I recall my trips to the movie theater, I realize that this stuff is about much more than just a fleeting piece of entertainment. A couple years ago, I was finally given the opportunity to lend my opinion on films to a publication, The Rogers Revue, with a subsequent run at Reel Film News. It’s been both a privilege and a gateway to what we’re doing now. Most of my experience has come from interviewing independent filmmakers, who consistently promote innovation. The filmmaking process is grueling and relatively unforgiving. Fellow film enthusiast Eddie Pasa and I have created DC Filmdom as a medium for film reviews, discussion, and (inevitably) some debate. And so, the creative frenzy continues. (Michael is a member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association).
I really gotta make updating this a priority BUT I am here to play catchup. Now the last time we spoke, Anthony Greene’s “THICK” had already screened I believe twice … BUT here is some news for you … THICK since then has screened 2 more times! Again in Washington, D.C at Busboys and Poets (dope ass spot) and we brought it to screen in my hometown, Baltimore, M.D at the Landmark Theater, downtown HarborEast! It was a sold-out crowd in DC & and a sizable one at the Baltimore screening!
“Busboys and Poets
As far as whats next for “THICK” … you’ll just have to stay tuned ! But as always thank you everyone for your time and support on this fantastic production. I have attended every screening for the film and the response has been phenomenal! We cannot thank you enough!
And if you haven’t seen the trailer you can check it out below. In the film I play the role of “Marcel”. Also check out the “Skyrocket Productions” film page for updates pertaining to “THICK” and other productions out of their camp https://www.facebook.com/SkyrocketProductions .
THICK Trailer 2014
Here above is the Official Logo for Purple Shamrock Media’s Comedy Shortfilm/Webseries “Untitled” ! If you havent already be sure to follow the companies official Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Purple-Shamrock-Media/218354404918694, subscribe to their youtube page and watch the series/film in full at: http://www.youtube.com/user/purpleshamrockmedia?feature=watch. Also see yours truly land on the first row, Top-Billing =) In the series I play the role of “Shawn”. And lastly if you havent already be sure to like my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Actor-Dominique-Antonio-Spencer/104852579588294. As always #StayTuned here for updates regarding this production.
Above is the alternative Theatrical Poster for Anthony Greene’s Feature length Crime-Thriller “Thick“. In the film I play the role of “Marcell”. As always #Staytuned for updates regarding this production. Also, if you havent already like the production company’s Official Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/SkyrocketProductions. Not to mention if you havent already “Like” my Facebook page as well at:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Actor-Dominique-Antonio-Spencer/104852579588294 . Thank you everyone for your time and support!
Hello and good evening everyone-
For those who aren’t following me via my #Facebook Fanpage @: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Actor-Dominique-Spencer/104852579588294 then I am pleased to inform you that Robbie Soto’s feature length drama film “Reminisce” #Reminisce will be having its official Red Carpet Screening/Premiere in Hagerstown, MD at the Leitersburg Cinema at 7p.m on Saturday September 21st! Tickets are 20$. You heard that right, another screening!! It was LOCALLY filmed with local talent (some of the best in MD, D.C., VA, W.VA, PA and NY). You’ll see me starring in the film in the role of “Mark“. It’s a heartwarming story that will tug at your emotions. The production team behind the film felt that it needed to be shown again due to how well it was received at the pre-screening 🙂 THANK YOU!
All of the details regarding the premiere can be found here at the link provided: http://www.darkroninfilms.com/tickets.html You can also checkout the trailer there as well. You’ll also find it below for your viewing pleasure!
As always thank you so much everyone and #staytuned And please PLEASE buy tickets and come see this film! Not just because Im in it but its a wonderful story, so much hardwork and effort was poured into this film :-)!! I hope to see you there!!
If your not following me on #Twitter/Instagram PLEASE do so at: @ActorDS –> I will #followback
Hello everyone. Last Monday I began taking my good friend and incredibly talented actor “Kevin Jiggetts” (here is the link to his IMDB profile: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1620679/ ) workshop: The Principles of Acting for the Second time. #Round2 The first time I took the class I loved it and now I’m back and here are the reasons why: (1) He lives, breathes, and sleeps acting. You are the company you keep and I pride myself on becoming a better actor … how else better to do that then by being in the company of talented actors who like yourself live, breathe, and sleep acting?! And (2) he believes in me. Having someone believe in you means, well … on a personal level to me having someone believe in you can mean a number of things! This industry is all about belief … trust .. confidence .. and to have that come from someone who has made the leaps that Kevin has made … that means the world to me.
I’m just excited to continue to learn more about the craft, and be in the company of those who feel the exact same way as I do.
Well, thanks everyone for your time and support and as always #staytuned
Its been awhile since I have had time to update my blog due to the amount of detail I like to input within each post. So with that said if you would like to receive updates more frequently regarding my acting career please like my Facebook FanPage @: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Actor-Dominique-Spencer/104852579588294 . But without further ado lets rollout these updates regarding [Reminisce]!
The Indiegogo Page for Robbie Soto’s feature length drama film [Reminisce] is now up and running! You can check out the page at –> http://www.indiegogo.com/REMINISCE-The-Film <– . Here you can donate to the film’s production and receive some cool perks by doing so!! Also in the gallery section is a clip from the film –> CHECK IT OUT <–
Movie “Reminisce” filmed in Greencastle, Hagerstown
Shannon Lanier of Dark Ronin Productions (third from left) talks to actors Derek Hays and Dominique Spencer during a break from shooting. John Stansfield, who plays the main character in the film, sits in the foreground.
Oct. 27, 2012 11 a.m.Sunnyway Diner in Greencastle was the scene of a defiant breakup on a recent Sunday afternoon.
Beth stormed in on her boyfriend Jake and his buddy harassing some guys in a diner booth. Apparently, she had had enough of his bullying, told him it was over and stormed out.
Then the director yelled “Cut! Let’s do it again!” The actors repositioned themselves and Beth, played by Alexis Barone of Hagerstown, broke up with Jake, played by Brad Masters of Fairfax County, Va., roughly a dozen more times. The scene was part of a full day of filming at the local eatery for “Reminisce,” a play written and directed by Robbie Soto, a North Hagerstown High School graduate, which is now being turned into a full-length feature film.Scenes were shot for five weeks around Greencastle and Hagerstown.
Dark Ronin Films, a production company based in Hanover, has picked up the project and is working with Soto on producing the film, to be premiered at the Maryland Theatre next spring.
Birth of a film
Soto, 22, wrote the play during a difficult time while his mother was fighting lung cancer. When he finished the play, he showed it to his mom — five days before she passed away.
The story of “Reminisce” is the story of “a courtship of the popular girl by the school nerd,” Soto said. It’s told via a grandfather telling his granddaughters a bedtime story of how he met their grandmother. The underlying message is not to take life and loved ones for granted.
“Reminisce” was performed in January 2010 at the Maryland Theatre by Soto’s theater group, Performers of H.O.P.E. Following the performance, Soto said, “Everyone kept asking ‘Where else can this go?'” Soto connected with Shannon Lanier of Dark Ronin Films over Facebook one day, and the film version of “Reminisce” was born. “I was actually asking for advice,” Soto said. “I never thought (Lanier) would have the time to do this.”Lanier, who has worked on six other films as owner of Dark Ronin Films, brought everything Soto — whose directing background rests in theater — lacked when it came to filmmaking: Experience, knowledge and equipment. “He has been the backbone of this,” Soto said.
“Reminisce” features mostly local actors, with a few from as far as New York City and Baltimore, who are giving their time to the project for no paycheck. Soto credits his actors for their commitment to the project — “Gas is not cheap,” he said. Even those who have little or no acting experience have been an asset on set, according to Soto. “There is no weak link,” Soto said. “We have a lot of talent, a lot of passion. That’s how this is gonna get done.” Soto received more than 600 submissions to audition for the film, which was “a good problem to have” but also “a nightmare. “Filtering through the submissions, he said that he was pleased to be able to give new actors, like Greencastle native Derek Hays, a chance to work on a film.
“Everyone needs a shot,” he said. “I needed a chance; Shannon gave me that chance. To be able to give that chance to others is thrilling.”
On the Net
And now the film [Reminisce] has wrapped on principal phtography! Looking forward to what’s to come!
So to recap the updates: check out the films’ Indiegogo Page at: http://www.indiegogo.com/REMINISCE-The-Film, Write up on the film via the Herald, and the film is officially wrapped on principal photography! And if you havent already be sure to check out the film’s Facebook page at:http://www.facebook.com/ReminisceTheFilm?fref=ts while your there be sure to like it and share the page! Help spread the word!!
Thank you everyone for all your time and support and please #StayTuned for updates on this production and more!
Below is Barry Worthington’s Award Winning Independent Drama Short film [KIN] starring Barry Worthington, Delano Walters, and Heather Lasslett. Along with Tim Davis, Alex Tercero, myself, Mikhali Rakitin, and many more in its enitiety! [KIN] won at the Accolade Film Competition, was a Finalist in the 2012 Nashville, Tennenssee Film Festival, and showcased in the 2012 Lucerne International Film Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland! I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be cast alongside such a talented cast/crew who made this film possible! Man, my film really screened in Switzerland!! So without further ado allow me to present to you [KIN]. Feel free to comment and leave feedback below!
Hello everyone, last Friday was the long awaited premiere for Jonathan Boushell’s Independent Feature Length Horror/Comedy [Fang] starring Kyle Richmond Watson, Charlie Dreizen, and myself along with Nick Hanson, Colin Rhodes, Allyson Washington, Ryan Moiles, Shannon Vogt, Monique Curtis, Tony Ellis, and more at Towson University’s Van Bokkelen Hall! The premiere was fantastic! The crowd gave the film a huge round of applause, alot of the beats were hit, timing within the cast was on point, and the score laid down by Chris LaMartina was dope! It was night where I let tears fall but fuck it! It was bound to happen and I wouldn’t change a thing! Thanks again to the excellent cast/crew apart of this project and I honestly cant thank you enough, and to Towson University for screening the film! The film is now being entered into the film festival circuit and I couldnt be any happier!! It was seriously one of the proudest moments of my life, but its only the beginning so please #StayTuned and #Enjoy the pics below!
Below is a review from the great folks at Rogue Cinema on Gary Ugarek’s Feature Length Independet Crime/Drama [All In The Game] starring Nelson Irizarry, Chris Clanton, Micaiah Jones, Kelvin Drama and Daniel Ross. Along with Mike McMullin, Vonn Harris, and yours truly! #StayTuned and #Enjoy
Although you probably wouldn’t think that Rogue Cinema would receive a fair share of hip hop inspired crime films, I have received my own fair share of titles that thrive within this genre. These are not movies that focus entirely on hip hop as a music form, but instead these are films that act as depictions of the pure bravado that some forms of hip hop promote. Despite being a big fan of hip hop, I tend to veer away from the “gangsta” rap element. However, I still consider myself a fairly massive fan of crime cinema in general. A part of me loves the idea of gangster-movie loyalists doing their part in continuing the legacy of great crime films, but these movies do often fall into many of the same pitfalls. As we have seen in the horror genre within recent years, genre fans can contribute both the best and the very worst when it comes to their respective genres. All in the Game is a gangster title that looks to take its inspiration from several organized-crime movies from the past, but offers a slightly more modern twist. In a multitude of ways, the movie does turn out to be successful, but unfortunately it also suffers from several key issues that tend to drag it down.All in the Game tells the story of Ontario Damon Banks (Nelson Irizarry), a East Baltimore based criminal kingpin who has intentions of taking over the city. Standing in his way are the local mafia bosses, who control the city with a iron fist. Ontario, however, has devised a plan to start a quiet war with the Italians that will see his crew taking on these old style gangsters without riling up a war in the streets. To do this, he intends to aim directly for the head of his enemies. What follows is a series of kidnappings and brutal murders that may very well see Ontario rise to the top of the Baltimore criminal world. However, not everyone within Ontario’s empire will stick along for the ride. I have seen many low budget crime films in my time as a reviewer here at Rogue Cinema. It appears that despite “gangsta” rap taking a dive in popularity, the independent film world has taken a liking to this Scarface-inspired world of crass and violent businessmen. Although All in the Game starts off featuring a few amateurish performances, it quickly shows promise and technical wizardry that sets it above many films in this genre. The first clue for the audience that these filmmakers actually intend to do something slightly different, comes in the form of its black and white cinematography. This is something that comes fairly unexpected, due to black and white photography often being relegated to art films or neo-noir titles in this modern age. This immediately creates a atmosphere of creativity that the movie does not deviate from. In combination with this retro fashion, the film also uses a great deal of handheld camerawork in an attempt to create something slightly meta. This combination of new and old aesthetics somehow works well together, and manages to bring a gritty sort of realism to the film. The problem with a lot of these movies, however, are the lack of true characters. Although we all love strong gangsters leading our crime films, there needs to be multiple dimensions to make any character stand out as realistic. Although Al Pacino is famous for saying that his character Tony Montanna was gloriously two-dimensional, Tony was actually very well written. Considering that Tony Montanna is the blueprint for almost every over-the-top crime movie made in its wake, I believe that he is the perfect example for what works and what does not in a hardened crime-movie. Tony Montanna may have been a tough guy onscreen, but his drug problem made him a wild gun who couldn’t control himself in the slightest bit. He also had a incestuous love affair going on with his sister, which added another strange layer to a well built and multi-faceted character. In direct opposition to this, a character who is built primarily on posturing seems to work best when he is played in a slightly more low key fashion. All in the Game, however, is anything but low key. Verbose speeches are thrown around like characters are delivering Shakespearean monologs. Our lead, the character Ontario, is performed well by Nelson Irizarry. He is a strong and intimidating force when he is onscreen, however, the character only seems to have one face for the audience: “Badass.” Unfortunately, this becomes rather hard to swallow, and audiences may not react well to his lengthy speeches throughout the duration of the film. All in the Game is low on plot, but high on violence and general tough guy demeanor. This is a hit or miss situation, because it will probably limit the audience for such a title. While some are bound to enjoy the testosterone-fueled machismo that accompanies the film, others will be slightly more realistic when focusing on the actual logistics of the movie. In all actuality, this is a title that is based around several torture sequences where our leading man espouses long pages worth of expositional dialogue. After a while, the long speeches and the brutal torture sessions can grow somewhat stale. Some viewers might appreciate the purely gangster approach that the movie takes, but I personally found myself rather conflicted while watching. A solid little crime film, All in the Game obviously won’t make it on every viewers “best of” list at the end of the year. I do think that the movie shows that director Gary Ugarek has a tremendous amount of talent, and he should do well in establishing himself. A visually compelling feature, All in the Game certainly manages to differentiate itself from the pack. I know that I personally look forward to seeing how the director stretches out and handles a slightly larger scope in the near future. For more information, check out the film’s official Facebook page
*UPDATE Not too long ago I was cast in an Independent Feature length Sci-Fi/Adventure Film entitled [Stellar Quesar and The Scrolls of Dadelia] directed by A. Susan Svehla in the role of Doogle Madison. The film is now in post production and progress is being made! The film also stars a couple familiar names and good friends of mine: Nichole Chimere, Jessica Felice, and Shawn Anthony to name a few! Here is a brief description for the film/cast/crew/concept/locations and more via its Facebook Page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stellar-Quasar-and-the-Scrolls-of-Dadelia/184142418315526?sk=info If you can be sure to like the fan page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stellar-Quasar-and-the-Scrolls-of-Dadelia/184142418315526?sk=info, check out the website to see pics of the cast/crew, trailers, and more at: http://www.wix.com/stellarquasar100/stellar-quasar Temp poster for the film will be posted above along with 2 screenshots of myself, Nichole, Jessica, and Shawn as well as the link to the trailer for the film at: http://www.wix.com/stellarquasar100/stellar-quasar#!trailer So check it out! #StayTuned and #Enjoy!