Mrs. Wendy A. Latella is currently the Lee's Hill Commissioner for the Spotsylvania County Telecommunications Commission. She is pursuing a Masters in Digital Media Design from Harvard University via Extension Services.
Mrs. Latella began in the professional film and television industry in 1995 as a recurring Guest Star on Aaron Spelling's “Savannah”. A graduate of Dacula High School in Dacula, Georgia, she attended Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University, graduating in 2000 with Bachelors of Science Degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice. With a focus on Child Psychology, she worked as a Counselor at the Gwinnett Regional Youth Detention center in Lawrenceville, Georgia and then as a Grief Counselor and Billing Associate at Peachtree Neurosurgery in Atlanta, Georgia.
After marrying her best friend, newly commissioned United States Army Officer Jason Latella in 2002, she left her position to support him at Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where she served as the Family Readiness Group Leader for his class. Their first duty station was with the Big Red One in Schweinfurt, Germany. Mrs. Latella served the unit as the Battalion Family Readiness Group Secretary and the community as the Schweinfurt Community Spouses' Club Secretary and Bazaar Chairman, raising monies for emergency welfare assistance and scholarships, and as the Exceptional Family Member Coordinator.
Through her work, she saw a way to use her degrees to help the community's struggling youth. Using her knowledge of psychology and her background in professional theatre, she developed a drama class for the American children in Europe. With the combination of creative writing, improvisation, scene studies, and a large performance showcasing their new-found talents, Mrs. Latella used a group counseling dynamic to help the participating youth work through their fears and frustrations brought on by living overseas in a community with a high Operational Tempo. Children participating in her groups thrived. For her efforts, Mrs. Latella was recognized by the United States Army with two Certificates of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service (2006 and 2007).
During her time in Europe, Mrs. Latella volunteered with American Forces Network – Europe, Wuerzburg, giving support with radio and television news and broadcast production. More recently, she served the Central Virginia community as the Vice President of Programming for Central Virginia Television Network, the 501(c)3 public access voice of the community.
Mrs. Latella’s professional education includes Photography studies with Photography Pulitzer Prize Winner Greg Marinovich (Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts), Acting for the Camera (Alliance, Atlanta, Georgia), Acting for the Stage (Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia), Advanced Directing, Monologue Building, Vocal Coaching, and Directing Musicals (IMCOM-E AACT, Heidelberg, Germany), From Scratch to Script (The Barrow Group, New York City, New York), and Comedic Acting (Actors First, New York).
Her awards and honors include Best Family Film, Best Student Film, Best Director, Best Movie, Best Producer, Best Writer, and Best Cast - Life in 5 (2017, Christian Film Festival), Official Selection – Story of My Life (2016, Inaugural Different Faces Different Voices Film Festival), Finalist – Story of My Life (2016, Inaugural Flicks 4 Chicks Film Contest), Best Choreography (2007, Tournament of Plays – Europe), Best Hair, Best Make-Up, Best Ensemble, and Best Musical (2007, Tournament of Plays – Europe, awards shared with the cast and crew of Bamberg Stable Theater's production of “Little Women” the musical), Third Place (2007, DramSoc One Act Playwriting Competition, London, England), International Gold Award (2001, Healthcare Marketing Report's Healthcare Advertising Awards), and induction into the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher by the United Stated Field Artillery Association in 2006.
Recognizing the decreasing of the arts in local schools, Mrs. Latella's goal is to build Film and Television in the Central Virginia area through education and hands-on experiences for the purpose of giving Students a safe place for their creativity to grow.
Mrs. Wendy Latella currently lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband, United States Army Major Jason Latella of Atlanta, Georgia and her sons, George Vincent and Robert Anthony.
Name: Wendy Latella
Lives in: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Company: Challenge Your Perception, LLC
Occupation: Actor, Director, Editor, Screenwriter, Playwright, Stage Director, Voice Actor and Songwriter
Life in 5
Film (Family and Short) Writer/Director/Producer/Editor A 5-minute film following a woman from womb to next as she embraces all one life has to offer and experiences all the love of a lifetime.
Film (Family and Short) Writer/Director/Producer/Editor A humorous look at the bath time struggles every parent with toddlers face.
Stephen's Disney Dream
Television (Family) Producer/Director/Writer/Editor Big-Hearted Character Actor Stephen Tutschings works hard and hones his skills as he chases his dream of being a Character Actor at Disney.
Story of My Life
Film (Drama and Short) Writer/Director/Producer/Editor Driven by the screams of birds in the wall, a Woman is forced to take up a hammer to repair her house, her family, ... and herself along the way.
Television (Family) Actress/Director/Writer/Editor/Producer By George, come see the world in new exciting ways! Did you know there's over 200 free parks and family-friendly events in Central Virginia? Come along with George and his friends as they hit the swings. You'll learn which are the best for play grounds, hiking, nature-watching, rappelling, riding bikes, and more - including the hidden gems some parks hold! By George will also give tips and fun things to do on days inside and will feature an "I'm Not Afraid" segment that will empower you in what may typically be scary situations/places. Join the fun as we explore new places through the eyes of a fearless toddler. Written by Wendy Latella
All Creatures Great and Small
Television (Family) Writer Showcasing different animal rescues, organizations, businesses and events.
In the Know
Television (Family) Producer Find out about events in the Central Virginia area.
Nothing for Christmas
Film (Drama and Family) Actress The Perry family struggles to keep afloat as bills pile up and they face eviction. The troubled Betsy Perry dreams of being saved like George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life, but fears their pesky ways have cost her family that type of happy ending. But her friend, Rabbi Yamowitz tells her "It is not about the quanity of friends you have, but the quality of friends you keep." Written by Anonymous
Liam and Ben
Film (Short, Action, Adventure and Comedy) Actress Two young brothers, with vivid imaginations, will learn what it takes to keep family and friendship alive. But first, the invading army of veggie-monsters will have to fight a couple of AK-47-wielding 10 year olds.
Jack Feeds Elysa
Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actress Jack Rubin is a quiet, well-liked professor at a respected university. He is also a closet fetishist, who gets his sexual kicks by feeding and maintaining his morbidly obese girlfriend Elysa. Their private passions must remain under the surface as Jack's students and co-workers could never understand, but perhaps Gabe, a new friend at the supermarket, can? Does Jack even understand the depths of his compulsion? Written by Jesse Gold
Film (Short) Actress A super hero who has no powers, but thinks she is saving the world when she is really not.
Return of the Jackalope
Film (Comedy and Horror) Actress In 1995, brothers Jimmy Ray Johnson and Bobby Ray Johnson collaborated to produce the horror movie "Curse of the Jackalope." The film was purchased at the Lula (GA) International Film Festival and Barbeque Cook-Off by producer Richard McCovey and released into theaters by his company, McCovey Pictures. Amid bad reviews and a disastrous distribution, the film grossed a total of $17 at the box office. Over time, the film has gained a hint of notoriety as the "lowest grossing film of all time." Richard McCovey Jr has taken over his father's company, with grand plans of re-releasing the film. But first, he has to reunite the cast & crew for the ten-year Anniversary screening, an event he's dubbed "Jackalope X." Written by Michael D Friedman
Film (Drama) Actress Add a Plot »
Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actress A Romantic Comedy that concerns a summer of adjustment as two young people who have been dating for three years suddenly become step-brother and step-sister when their divorced parents marry each other and force the two to live under the same roof. The interaction and chaos that follows involves the whole town as their up-scale parents become the objects of rumor and social disgrace The innerworking of a family that once functioned apart better than it does combined, at least as far as the kids are concerned. Written by Anonymous
Television (Drama) Actress Based in Savannah, Georgia, it follows the lives of 3 best friends that have grown up together. Lane Mackenzie left Savannah after graduating for college to become a big journalist in New York. She returned for her best friend's, Reese Burton, wedding to Travis Peterson. Lane finds out that her apartment in New York is robbed and she tries to collect on an inheritance only to find out that Travis stole every last penny of it. Peyton, daughter of the Burton Mansion maid, had an affair with Travis. Reese finds out that Travis was having an affair with a "Bunnie" and is devastated. Travis has wound up dead. And through it all, they remain friends. Written by Andrea H. Mitchell <email@example.com>