It's already 2018 already! Time flies when you're having fun! Director/Writer Rob Acocella tapped me to appear in three of his short films and a monologue from The Devils Advocate. I played the lead in Lost & Found, about a man, Sam, who is grieving from the loss of his wife and finds solace and hope in an abandoned kitten. Rob was honored by the New York City & State TV, Play and Film Festival for Best Director for this film. I was given the honor of Best Actor for my portrayal of Sam. Life is good.
Rob's second film, The Tony Effect, is a short about an OCD encumbered man who, as Dr. N. Emma, I place in a mental institution when he becomes too much of a pain in the butt.
His third short, The Tony Effect 2, is a sequel to the first and both short films should be available later this year.
Producer, Nona Ferrar, tapped me as voice over talent for her latest spoken word production, Ferguson Grand Jury. This piece is the reading of the entire grand jury transcript related to the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO.
Jeff Profitt's feature length film Violent Justice, a gritty crime drama, in which I play Lt. Sanders is available on Amazon. Look for it along with House of Paranormal, where I play a very weird neighbor...even spooks me out.
Our hearts are still broken from the loss of our son, Brent, who died unexpectedly in August 28, 2016. I am leaving this video as a tribute to the life and times of Brent Haymes, Man Do Lier and it brings me much comfort. He was asked to create a title song for the international award winning independent film The Moment of Truth: The Andy Meyers Story, he created a melody that is haunting, the lyrics are soul wrenching, the emotions he provokes are real. This, in my opinion is the best Brent offered and I know there would have been more, given the chance to live. People say the song is poignant and performed by a passionate expressive talent. But watch the movie and you will discover this music captures the essence of the story and speaks for Andy Meyers. It is brilliant, I know, because Man Do Lier is my son.
Here's a quick update on outstanding projects.
Feature film "Days of Power" directed by Jason Pagnoni, starring Eric and Eliza Roberts along with very talented and beautiful cast and professional crew, is now available on Amazon, iTunes, DISH, Vimeo, Comcast, Fios, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation and others. It is an enjoyable, suspense thriller with a great message.
Feature films, MAGGOTS, directed by Neil Meschino, Shithead, directed by Mike Morelli and Cafe Artist, directed by Robbie Anderson are still in post and should be available later this year.
Wish me luck.
In the meantime, enjoy some pictorial highlights from my wonderful experiences as an actor.
"I met Rick a little over a year ago. And all I can say is amazing soul. I have watched him develop into his character Jonathan Matters and make him more human than I could have ever hoped for. As a director you should be so lucky to have Rick In your set. He's punctual, caring, learns his lines completely and truly puts his all into each and every scene he is a part of. He does his own stunts and never complains. Even after his back surgery he was falling down on concrete in a cold abandon warehouse! I couldn't even get my younger actors to fall as realistically as Rick pulled it off! My entire cast of 68 was taken by surprise with Rick and after you meet him, you will clearly understand why." Director Delia Ruffin Choices Season 1 & 2
"I watched the footage last night and you were nothing less than fantastic-I love when actors come in with the role locked down that way-made it so easy to jump in and shoot" Brian Holcomb, Director Dead End of the Woods
"...the consensus is that you did such an awesome job and without your performance, we would never be able to make the story believable." Hemant Tavathia, Director A Valentine for Bernie.
"Working with you was a dream come true. It was the best film experience I ever had and your performance was out of this world. You truly are a talented person and the most gifted actor I have ever worked with. I will never forget this experience. But now the real journey begins..see you at the premier!" Steven Crowley, Director Moment of Truth: The Andy Meyers Story
"It was amazing to me to see how quickly you caught on and improved while making Mold! You were definitely rough around the edges the first day or two on set and after that you were a fu*&king rock star! In Maggots you needed little to no direction whatsoever and made my my job very easy. And in spite of your recent back surgery you handled the extremely difficult physical aspects of your role like a pro athlete. Hail to the Rick!" Neil Meschino, Director MOLD! & MAGGOTS!
Regarding "Moment of Truth: The Andy Meyers Story" DIY Festival in Hollywood had this comment. "...the bravura performance of lead actor Rick Haymes playing the mentally challenged man, keeps the audience wondering if this film is telling the truth or not. Brilliant in its skewering of those filmmakers who will film anything if its might have an audience – as well as a tour de force by the lead actor."