Top 10 Things You Need To Know About ALWAYS WOODSTOCKNovember 10, 2014
Aspiring singer, Catherine Brown (Allison Miller), finds herself living a life she never imagined. Stuck at a dead end job in New York City at a mega music record label, Catherine spends her days as the wrangler for the label's most difficult star (Brittany Snow). But when Catherine is unceremoniously fired, and then comes home to find her long time fiancé (Jason Ritter) in the arms of another woman, she decides that it's time for a change. One night at a local bar, Catherine stumbles into handsome town doctor Noah (James Wolk), and cannot deny the moment of magic between them.
ALWAYS WOODSTOCK stars Allison Miller (Selfie), James Wolk (Mad Men), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Rumer Willis (HOUSE BUNNY), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Anna Anissimova (THE WHISTLEBLOWER), Brittany Snow (PITCH PERFECT), and Ryan Guzman (STEP UP REVOLUTION). The film was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Rita Merson, and produced by Jenny Hinkey, Rita Merson and Peter Schafer.
The film features original songs written by Katey Sagal, Kurt Sutter, and Allison Miller and performed by Katey Sagal and Allison Miller. Available on VOD and across all other digital platforms on November 14, 2014.
Allison Miller and James Wolk's Top 10 Things You Need To Know About ALWAYS WOODSTOCK
1. Some good friends asked my husband and me to perform a song at their wedding. We sang Leslie Feist and Ben Gibbard's version of Vashti Bunyan's "Train Song", with him on a ukulele and me on the guitar. Both the casting director and two producers on ALWAYS WOODSTOCK happened to be at the wedding too...
...so my audition process essentially started in Idaho
because of two gorgeous people who fell in love
and asked us to be a part of it.
2. I was driving up the 110 one day listening to KCSN ( CSU Northridge's great college radio station) and heard some music that caught my ear. It was a live performance by Aaron Embry, who I had never heard of. I was immediately hooked and went home and bought his album. The very next day our director, Rita Merson, told me that the artist they were bringing in for the live performance scene was none other than ...dun dun dun... Aaron Embry! Whoa! Kismet!
3. Some of my personal life made it's way into the movie in the form of props. Photos of my family were framed all over the Brown family home and my actual wedding dress was used for Catherine's wedding dress. In a scene where Catherine has a sudden emotional response to something related to her parents, the director and prop department surprised me by using a personal artifact. As an actor you're always trying to find the truth and personal connection to the character you're creating and it was a wonderful gift to be given a really genuine moment like that. I won't spoil anything before you see the movie but it involves a shovel. So. Look out for a shovel.
4. One of the most fun scenes we shot was with Katey Sagal and a lot of red velvet cake. We were working on the scene and just felt like we weren't totally hitting the meat of it until someone came up with the idea that hey, maybe these ladies are high. Suddenly we were stuffing our faces with cake and giggling and sharing a moment that connected our characters in a totally new deeper way. Also we got paid to eat cake and giggle so that was pretty okay.
5. If you ever have the pleasure of meeting James Wolk, ask him to do his Marty McFly. It's exceptional.
Allison Miller and James Wolk, ALWAYS WOODSTOCK (Gravitas Ventures)
6. This film was not only a great experience, but I truly grew as an actor. And I not only grew as an actor in all the normal ways one does, but also in my ability to pretend its warm when it's not. Many of those comfortable upstate New York-evening scenes when we were wearing light jackets were actually shot when it was about 25 degrees out.
7. My mom always wanted me to be a doctor. So to finally get to do this, albeit in a movie, was an extra bonus in addition to joining a fantastic film.
8. Noah had a much different childhood experience than I did. So it was a true journey creating his childhood in my imagination. Often times in films, while the backstory of a character is important, it doesn't always inform the character's journey in such a strong way as Noah's past did his. I won't give anything particular away, but Noah and Catherine share a similar childhood and for me, as artist, it was a joy to bring this past to life.
9. While I didn't play music in the film, so many characters did. I felt lucky to be around so many multi-talented artists who could play the guitar and sing so beautifully...
...Allison Miller performs a song in the film
which is just heart-breaking and incredible.
10. Lastly, making an independent film is like being in a row boat with a group of people trying to get to shore. You try with all your might to get there and you do it together. I'm proud to say we got there on this film. Looking forward to everyone seeing this amazing cast bring this great story to life.
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