Jolene Adams

Jolene Adams

Found Light Flicks
Actor, Director, Filmmaker, Producer, Screenwriter, Script Consultant, Stage Director and Performance Coach

Los Angeles, California

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About Jolene

I'm an actor/director/producer/writer- In other words, I love telling stories. I founded of Actors Art Enterprises, Inc., a developmental lab (Actors Art Theatre) and film production company (Found Light Flicks), dedicated to the belief that we are not separate from each other and have the capacity to empathize with all people. AAE is committed to the actor’s art through which projects are created that inspire change as well as entertain.

I produced my first Actor’s Equity production in NYC the minute I graduated from college and haven't stopped since. The first play I developed and co-starred in was the long running, multi-award-winning “Adam and Eva Marie” by Michael Solomon for which I won a Drama-Logue Award for Best Actress and Best Production. One of my best creative experiences was producing, developing and directing the Ovation Award nominated hit, “Boiler Room” by Dan Fante at both AAT in LA & The Pantheon in NYC (selected as one of the most notable plays of the year by Don Shirley of the Los Angeles Times). I love developing stories for stage and screen through the use of solo shows. I co-adapted and directed Emmy Award winning comic, Mike Dugan’s “Men Fake Foreplay,” (in production for it’s second US tour) and directed award winning comic, Cathy Ladman’s “Scardeypants” (for HBO Independent Productions).

Storytelling through the craft of acting and improv is very satisfying and productive for me. I played “Renata” in the world premiere of the English version of Ingmar Bergman’s The Devil’s Eye” at the Egyptian Arena Theatre and recently went to Sweden to perform in Bergman’s “Early Ends The Day” at the Bergman Festival. One of my favorite roles was Gretty in “Gretty Goodtime” at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, directed by Joe Regalbuto.

My film career got started when I was wrangled into being First AD, line producer and caterer on the film, “Helium Head”, starring Dick Cavett for Lighter Than Air Productions. I lost 10 pounds in 3 days! I was Casting Director and First AD for the TV pilot, Bad Example” for The Kelly/Blumetti group, starring Jimmy Pardo and Brande Roderick. I've cast several TV and film projects over the years, including many for Jeno Hodi of CinePartners, the European TV series, “Mystery of Black Rose Castle”, “Metamorphosis”, and “The Bridgeman”.

I co-produced my first film, "2084" in 2009 with The Kelly/Blumetti Entertainment Group & Filigrana Films starring Billy West and Betsy Baker and my second film, “The Shifting” with Robert Romanus in 2010 also with Filigrana Films. I executive produced and directed “RolePlay” a television pilot starring Emmy Award Winning comic, Ed Crasnick and actress Moon Zappa. My screenplay, ”Catching Hell" (1968 Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith’s story), was optioned by Estrella Productions.

I directed my first feature film, “The Boarder”, for Jane E. Ryan Productions. The film won Audience Award for Best Feature at Bel-Air Film Festival as well as Best Narrative Feature Award at the New York Los Angeles International Film Festival and The Women's Independent Film Festival. I was honored to receive ‘Best Director’ Awards from the New York Los Angeles International Film Festival and Women's Independent Film Festival.

I'm looking forward to shooting, my next TV pilot, "In The Fairy Wood," in the Catskills this summer, my second feature film, "Adam & Eva Maria," co-written with therapist Michael Solomon, this fall, and a TV pilot for the dramatic series, “Inside Out”, based on the book of a well-known neurologist exploring the childhoods of the criminally insane is on the slate for early next year.

Unique traits: I live and work in both Los Angeles and New York where we have a country retreat for writing and rebooting. I love finding my story in the stories of my collaborators, creating meaningful work, finding light in dark places and most of all working with people who can laugh!

Credits

  • Ineffable

    Ineffable (2016)
    Video (Short and Comedy) Actress Blobbie is about to turn 50! Will she face the death of her career or go down with an epic fight? She whines to her agent. She's slapped by her older pals. She attempts to get healthy but is accosted by a jerk. How does one survive getting old in Holly-freaking-wood?

  • 7 Days

    7 Days (2015)
    Film (Sci-Fi) Actress Add a Plot »

  • The Shifting

    The Shifting (2013)
    Film (Action, Crime and Drama) Producer No matter who you are, or who you become your past always catches up to you!

  • The Boarder

    The Boarder (2012)
    Film (Drama) Director Not long after Carl is adopted, his new mother begins seeing a different side of him than anyone else. As she becomes more and more distressed, bizarre things continue happening, and the family slowly begins to see that maybe their mother isn't imagining things, and there's more to Carl than originally thought. Written by Maiden Hill

  • Role Play

    Role Play (2011)
    TV Movie (Comedy) Producer A Host, a therapist and a panel of comedic actors help a celebrity guest explore a personal issue using the most intense and entertaining form of role-playing that exists, psychodrama - a spontaneous therapy technique.

  • Archie's Final Project

    Archie's Final Project (2009)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Actress Archie Williams is a 17-year old media geek who has suddenly found himself the most talked-about kid in school. He has announced that he's going to kill himself- on camera- for a class project. His classmates, parents, Sierra- the most beautiful girl in school, and a "Shady Bunch" of shrinks, doctors, pill-pushers, and counselors descend on Archie. Some are hoping to save him, some want to imitate him, others try to push him over the brink. Archie films every moment of his high school experience, hiding nothing from his audience: realities of life, death, violence, sex, drugs, and the intense media overload and hypocrisy that bombard all teenagers. Written by Steven Jay Rubin, Executive Producer

  • 2084

    2084 (2009)
    Film (Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Producer Not much left since the world died. That's what they called it the day the virus took over and people went inside, never to leave their homes again. Soon after that, the last of the food was gone, the last drop of gas was used up, the government collapsed. Chaos... on a global scale. Written by Blumetti, George

  • Metamorphosis

    Metamorphosis (2007)
    Film (Fantasy, Horror and Thriller) Actress In the Seventeenth Century, while Hungary is fighting the Turks, the population of a small village in the Carpathian Mountains faces the evil Countess Elizabeth Bathory, accused of drinking and bathing in blood of virgin women. Count Thurzo imprisons the Countess in the tower of a monastery and brings her daughter to live with him. In the present days, Keith is writing a book about Countess Elizabeth Bathory and traveling through Hungary with his friends J.J. and Kim researching her life. While trying to find the monastery, he meets the gorgeous and seductive Elizabeth, who guides the trio to the place. Keith and Elizabeth fall in love for each other, and after a car accident, they have a supernatural journey with revelations and fatalities. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Chicken Party

    Chicken Party (2003)
    Film (Comedy and Short) Actress A comedic look at crime, love, tolerance and fried chicken.

  • A hídember

    A hídember (2002)
    Film (Drama) Casting department This epic story takes place between 1820 and 1860 during the Habsburg Monarchy, and portrays the life one of the greatest Hungarian aristocrats - Count Széchenyi - who was born with extra-ordinary mental and spiritual talents. In the years following the fall of Napoleon the young count Széchenyi irresponsibly seduces his brother's wife, and the consequent scandal ruins his career as an army officer. After the sudden death of his humiliated lover Count Széchenyi drastically changes his character from that of a shallow young man into a responsible nobleman seeking to conquer his fate by creating great achievements in his remaining life. A great friendship and a special new love help the count to overcome all other obstacles. Széchenyi becomes one of the most famous politicians of his time. He is chosen as the leader of the opposition, and as such he becomes the enemy of the Habsburgs. However, Széchenyi has never intended to go against his aristocratic upbringing and to be part of a ... Written by Zoltan Furedi

  • The Mystery of Black Rose Castle

    The Mystery of Black Rose Castle (2001)
    Television (Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family and 1 More) Casting director Add a Plot »

  • Days of Our Lives

    Days of Our Lives (1999)
    Television (Drama and Romance) Actress "Like sands through the hourglass... so are the Days of Our Lives." These words, spoken by late cast member Macdonald Carey, open every episode of this daytime drama, chronicaling the trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of Salem. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

  • Attitudes

    Attitudes (1997)
    Film Actress An advertising agency hires a controversial fashion photographer in an attempt to spruce up business.

Awards

  • Nominated: Pan-African Film Festival Best First Time Director
    (2013)

  • Winner: Women's Independent Film Festival - Best Director
    (2012)

  • Winner: New York Los Angeles International Film Festival Best Narrative Feature | Best Director
    (2012)

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