Bar fight, traumatic brain injury inspire a book and an indie film
Morris Hospital's Yorkville Campus
used as movie set
By HEIDI LITCHFIELD hlitchfield
Kelly Thiebaud and Shannon Brown star in “Every 21 Seconds,” a film based on Brian Sweeney’s book about rehabilitation challenges and living with a traumatic brain injury. Filming of the movie, which is being shot in and around Will County, is expected to wrap next month.
(John Wesley Norton photo)
Canal Productions, in association with Two 9 Productions and Cyber Tiger Studios, presents Marked. Filming in Chicago, IL this spring, Marked is a unique twist on the very popular Vampire genre. The film stars Shannon Brown, Jax Turyna, Lorrisa Julianus, Kylan Conroy, Madeline Diane and Harold Dennis. Written by David Pierson and directed by Wayne Pombert.
The story follows Rocelin (Brown), a 200 year old vampire on a long journey to fill the void left by the sudden death of his wife in the early 1800′s. One of the obstacles he consistently faces is his maker, Celeste (Julianus), who continues to haunt and even taunt Rocelin. When Rocelin finally meets Carlie (Turyna), his long journey to find the love of his life appears to finally come to a successful ending….or has it? This film features Shannon Brown and Jax Turyna as the leads. Brown recently wrapped on the feature Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, where he was able to work with the likes of Minnie Driver, Frank Grillo, Ana Sophia Rob and Jon Leguizamo, among others. Shannon is a seasoned pro with over 50 SAG credits on his resume, ranging from commercials and stage productions to short and feature films. Turyna, a very accomplished model, has successfully crossed over into acting and has become a legit double threat. Although she has earned multiple film credits in her young acting career, Marked marks her first leading role.
“We targeted Shannon Brown from the jump to carry the freight in this film, his impressive resume and overall body of work speaks for itself. Once he was locked in, finding our female lead to play opposite him was crucial, we quickly identified up and comer Jax Turyna as our first choice. Their natural chemistry together is electric. We were then able to surround them with a very talented supporting cast and we could see Marked coming to life!” Executive Producer – Mike Bussan.
Canal Productions is proud to headline the production team attached to this project. This film will be the first in a series of future projects already green lit with Two 9 Productions and Cyber Tiger Studios. These three production companies share many of the same goals, one being their relentless focus on making Chicago a viable indie film market.
Grant directing feature drama for Two 9 Productions
by Ed M. Koziarski Jun 23, 2014
Press Release: Marked
March 1, 2014
Till Death Do Us Part is an official selection to the Chicago Horror Film Festival 2015. Screening is Sept. 27th at 4:30pm
Cyber Tiger Studios and Two 9 Productions present "Till Death Do Us Part”
March 28, 2014
A unique film that fuses live narration and Japanese anime. A fantasy suspense film, Till Death centers around a husband(Brown) and wife(Julianus) that have grown apart. Their relationship takes a huge blow when the wife’s billionaire parents are killed in a plane accident. In addition to mourning the loss of her parents, she also realizes that her billions that she is set to inherit has been set up in a trust that she won’t receive for 10 years. This film stars Shannon Brown, Lorrisa Julianus and Charles Rasmussen. Written and Directed by Nathan Waters. – Michael Bussan/ Executive Producer
Two 9 Productions Announces Their Latest, “Finding Hope”
March 24, 2014
Two 9 Productions, in association with Canal Productions will be filming Finding Hope this summer in Chicago and surrounding areas. A feature length film, Finding Hope follows a troubled man as he attempts to re kindle his relationship with his wife. His unusual journey to win back his wife is packed with twists, turns and a reveal that you will have to see to believe. This film stars Shannon Brown(Conspiracy on Jekyll Island; Windy) Suzette Brown(Family Values; CrossRoads) and Robyn Coffin(Chicago Fire). This film will be written and directed by the brilliant Mr. Julian Grant(Arkham Sanitarium; Sweet Leaf) – FInding Hope