THE ART OF THE REVIEW

Film critic Stephen Michael Brown shares his search for the creative and different on the big screen

STORY: Michael Jacobs

Stephen Michael Brown started writing movie reviews as a third grader in Greenville, South Carolina. His parents regularly took him to the theater and movies, and the storytelling of stage and screen hooked him. He brought monthly HBO guides to kindergarten for show-and-tell, joined the Boy Scouts for […]

SCORING THE BLOCKBUSTERS

BRIAN BRASHER’S MUSIC STARS IN BIG-TIME MOVIE TRAILERS AND MARKETING CAMPAIGNS

STORY: Muriel Vega
PHOTO: Loli Lucaciu

Musician and composer Brian Brasher first dove into the music industry during his college years in Tallahassee, Florida, when he was a founding member of the rock band Creed. Collaborating on two of their number-one hits (“What’s This Life For” and “One”) made him realize he was passionate about the other side […]

KNOCKOUT

BUCKHEAD’S MOMENT IN BOXING HISTORY

STORY: Art Jones
PHOTO: Sam Massell photo courtesy of Atlanta History Center

One of the most exciting sports events to ever take place in Atlanta occurred on Oct. 26, 1970, when a highly anticipated boxing title bout was waged between Muhammad Ali and Jerry Quarry. It had been more than three years since Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title. Convicted of draft evasion, […]

BACK HOME AND BUSY AS EVER

Theater pro Shuler Hensley helps launch new Sandy Springs playhouse

STORY: Jim Farmer
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

When he moved back to the Atlanta area in 2012, Shuler Hensley’s goal was to be with his family but continue a career in entertainment that has taken him around the world and brought him plenty of acclaim. And he’s managed to achieve that goal.

A Broadway veteran who won a Tony Award for […]

CASTING CALL

Play Talent agency founder Trina Allen-Abt has a knack for finding the right actors for the right roles

Trina Allen-Abt (right), along with partners Lena Lees-Heidt (left) and Vickie Petronio-King, has placed actors in everything from the Oscar-nominated movie Room to the Emmy-winning series Silicon Valley.

STORY: Mark Woolsey

It’s a long way from a small-town Canadian childhood to the booming Georgia film and TV industry, […]

A NEW VOICE

Comic Moe Mitchell joins the cast of Q100’s The Bert Show

STORY: Lia Picard
Cassandra Young Photography

Maurice “Moe” Mitchell was born to be an entertainer. The Atlanta transplant is the newest voice on WWWQ-FM radio’s The Bert Show, but even as a kid he would flex his creative muscles. “I used to write poetry and music at a very young age. Back before I can even remember, I […]

REAL ESTATE BY DAY, ACTING BY NIGHT

Katrina Stroup opens a new theater company with her acting colleagues

STORY: Jim Farmer
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

When she was on stage as a young child, Katrina Stroup realized she had aspirations to perform for the rest of her life. Singing in her church choir and getting cast at age 5 in a production of The Adventures of Peter Cottontail led to other roles, as well as some commercials. […]

SHARING THE JOY OF MUSIC

Buckhead resident Jennifer Wiggin brings music education back to area youth

Jennifer Wiggin has been playing the viola since she was in the fifth grade. Today, she shares her love for the instrument, as well as the violin, cello and bass, with budding musicians as the executive director of Buckhead Strings, a local organization offering stringed-instrument lessons and camps to area youth.

A native of Arlington, Texas, Wiggin […]

A VOICE EVERYONE KNOWS

This Sandy Springs resident is heard by millions daily

In her line of work, Susan Bennett is used to being somewhat invisible. That’s the reality of most voice actors, who bring all sorts of characters to life without achieving much public adulation. Bennett is anything but obscure these days, though. She is the original—and recognizable—English voice of Siri, Apple’s automated personal assistant.

It never dawned on Bennett that […]

GET REEL

Buckhead’s Kenny Blank heads up the world’s largest Jewish film festival

Kenny Blank was always interested in entertainment, even staging puppet shows for his family as a child. These days, he has a job that puts him squarely in that arena—serving as the executive director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the city’s most-attended film festival and the world’s largest Jewish film festival.

Born in Queens, New York, […]