Bodison and Yoder are a powerful and riveting on screen duo that was rewarded by the Audience Choice Award for Best Actor and Best Actress for their roles as 'Joshua and Margo'. Together on screen for the first time, not a dry eye was left in the house as the final credit rolled at the world premiere of the 20th Annual Playhouse West Film Festival, founded by Robert Carnegie. Some of the previous award alumni winners include Jeff Goldblum, James Franco, Ashley Judd and Scott Caan.
Sanvean co-stars Wolfgang Bodison and Elizabeth Yoder. While it's their first appearance on screen together, it's their second film as they also collaborated on the award winning 'The Long Wait. They have each received Audience Choice Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress in Sanvean.
“While Wolfgang directed our first film together, for Sanvean we reversed roles and I directed,” says Yoder. "I'm so thrilled to be working with Wolfgang again. He brings so much depth to all aspects of filmmaking."
Critically acclaimed 'The Long Wait' was inspired by shared experiences of childhood tragedy, each of them losing their fathers in car accidents. The film garnered many awards including 'Storytelling Achievement Award', the 'Ribaut Award for Best Short Film', the 'Platinum Remi Independent Shorts Award’; 'Best Director' for Bodison and Ms. Yoder won for 'Best Actress' and 'Best Actor'.
"I was honored when Elizabeth asked me to work on Sanvean," says Bodison. "Sharing the on-screen experience with her in this touching story about healing and redemption was deeply moving."
Hot off the presses is the new movie poster featuring Elizabeth Yoder. Created by talented designer @PaulEAllan of @YoalaCreative for @PlayFourFilms movie: ART IMITATES, premieres Friday, February 12th, 2016 at the 19th annual Playhouse West Film Festival, who's co-founding directors are Jeff Goldblum and Robert Carnegie.
Entry competition was stiff this year with over 500 films submitted. ART IMITATES is one of the record numbers of 58 short films to celebrate it's premiere on the big screen. Get your tickets and we'll see you at the show.
Congratulations to all the filmmakers!
"Hair is fierce." says commercial agent, Melissa Mangum. "You should have had this haircut five years ago!!!!!!" Mariko Ballentine, Yoder's theatrical agent, exclaims.
2016 brings bold, brave new choice as Elizabeth rings in a New Year. Wanting to reinvent herself yet again, Yoder makes a visit to her favorite hair dresser, Vidal Sassoon stylist. She emerges with a hip new sassy look. "I have a renewed sense of freedom." says Yoder. "It's an invigorating way to start fresh."
Elizabeth Yoder as "The Vixen" in The Showdown. This high stakes poker game gone rogue who is double crossing whom with an unexpected turn of events.
Soon to be released in the film festival market, Art Imitates, co-directed by Paul E Allan and Elizabeth Yoder, is a reflection on the nature of fame and how much some people are willing to give up of themselves to achieve it.
Synopsis: In 2016, a small movie studio revolutionized the process of movie making by acquiring the rights to digitize the human form. Using these digital avatars, they began making purely digital movies that look entirely real. The process was a monstrous financial success. By 2032 Sox Paravarsal had purchased every major movie studio and broadcast network. All human performances became obsolete and paid acting jobs were replaced with digitized entertainment avatars.
The Long Wait Star Elizabeth Yoder, National Film Critic Nick Nicholson and friend at the 48th Annual International Film Festival
DIAMOND a high end psychological action thriller. Elizabeth Yoder co-stars with a brilliant mix of talented veterans and some new up and comers working in front and amazing behind the camera crew to bring DIAMOND to the big screen.
The inspiration for DIAMOND is on two different levels-- the public demand is changing in terms of female character driven action films. Actors such as Angelina Jolie set a precedence years ago with Tomb Raider to Salt, recently Zoe Saldana in Columbiana, and even before them both, Mira Sorvino in The Replacement Killers. Hollywood might finally be getting it since films such as the reboot of Ghostbusters are now going into pre-production with an all women cast and Marvel has an upcoming reboot of its Thor comic book with the first female Thor. Gender is transcending.
The second level of inspiration for Diamond comes from what has been going on with women’s rights politically and socially-- America’s good ol’ boy culture has constantly stammered and undermined positive change and progress for women, gays and all minority rights whether it be health or social issues. Hence, comes actor/screenwriter/director Ty Granderson Jones' film Diamond -- an ode to the female action hero. Scripted in what he aspires to be disturbing, dark, poignant, political and provocative and packs it all into one entertaining action thriller.
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Actor, Writer, Director Wolfgang Bodison best known for "Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson" from A Few Good Men starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore. Bodison garners the 'Storytelling Achievement' award at the Laughlin International Film Festival for the current critically-acclaimed film, who's story is by Bodison and The Long Wait's star, Elizabeth Yoder.
The Long Wait, a short film by award-winning writer/director Wolfgang Bodison (A Few Good Men, ER, CSI: NY/Miami, NCIS) and lead actress Elizabeth Yoder (Grace), took the coveted “Storytelling Achievement” award at the 2014 Laughlin International Film Festival. This accolade is the latest in a series of honors bestowed by international festivals, audiences and critics, including Playhouse West Film Festival’s prestigious “Best Director” award for Bodison, “Best Actor” and “Best Short Film” awards at the 2014 Beaufort International Film Festival and “Best Actress” at the Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival for Yoder.
Bodison and Yoder’s creative collaboration began at Playhouse West in Los Angeles, where the two discovered they shared the same wound; losing their fathers to car accidents as children.
“Working on this project let us explore a myriad of complex emotions that have been churning since our worlds were first impacted,” says Bodison. “Grief and anger, if not properly addressed, can fester into dysfunction and lead to a life of constant suffering – not only for Elizabeth and I, but for the two men behind the wheels of those cars. It’s a complicated situation, one I enjoyed exploring.”
“Working with Wolfgang was incredible,” Yoder recalls. “He made the writing process easy. What we shared was an understanding of how devastating these unresolved emotions can be, especially through the lens of childhood. After my 24 year quest for solace, understanding and redemption, it’s been enormously cathartic.”
Bodison and Yoder are building on the film’s critical acclaim, developing it into a feature-length screenplay to generate further momentum for their labor of love.
“It’s a story of forgiveness,” Bodison explains. “Winning the ‘Storytelling Award’ means a lot because, as writer and director, my job is to tell a great story. This recognition is a huge personal achievement.”
In the spirit of helping others find closure, Elizabeth founded the non-profit Elevating Hope, a charity dedicated to providing support for people suffering from the death of a loved one. The themes touched upon in The Long Wait reflect the charity’s mission and Yoder is proud of this, the latest of more than 80 credits as an actor and filmmaker.
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Elizabeth Yoder was nominated for Best Actress alongside screen icon Shirley MacLaine, who was also nominated for her starring role in Elsa and Fred, at this months Hill County Film Festival in Fredericksburg, TX.
"It was such an honor to share my nomination with one of Hollywood's living legends. Shirley is truly inspirational and this moment was a dream come true for me. " says Elizabeth Yoder
The nomination was given for her captivating portrayal of Grace in the original short drama, The Long Wait, written and directed by multi-award winner Wolfgang Bodison. Elizabeth Yoder co-executive produced and starred in the original short film in which she dramatized the tragic childhood events inspired by Bodison and Yoders realization that they shared similar tragic childhood wounds; loosing their fathers to car accidents when they were both very young.
"For both of us, working on this project was a chance to explore the complex emotions that have been churning inside us since our worlds were turned upside down so many years ago. Grief, anger, resentment: feelings that if not properly addressed, can fester into dysfunction and lead to a life of constant suffering."
This is the latest in numerous accolades and awards from festivals, including Best Actress at the Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival, Best Actor at the 8th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival and the Ribaut Award for Best Short Film, and Best Director at the 18th Annual Playhouse West Film Festival.
The Long Wait, written and directed by multi-award winner Wolfgang Bodison, continues to garnish accolades for star Elizabeth Yoder who was awarded Best Actress at the 2014 Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival. The award was given for her captivating portrayal of Grace in the original short drama, which was inspired when Bodison and Yoder realized they shared similar tragic childhood wounds; loosing their father's to car accidents when they were both very young.
For both of them, working on this project was a chance to explore the complex emotions that have been churning inside since our worlds were turned upside down so many years ago. Grief, anger, resentment...: feelings that if not properly addressed, can fester into dysfunction and lead to a life of constant suffering.
This is the latest win in a series of awards for Ms. Yoder, the Director and the film; including Best Actor and the Ribaut Award for Best Short Film at the 8th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, and Best Director at the 17th Annual Playhouse West Film Festival.
Festival screenings of The Long Wait continue to spark high emotions amongst audiences on the festival circuit. Check The Long Wait's website to stay up to date on future festival screenings.
In addition to Elizabeth's prolific work on stage and screen, she is the Founder of Elevating Hope, a charity that helps the bereaved transition through grief to find acceptance, forgiveness and healing when someone close dies.
Filmmaker and philanthropist Elizabeth Yoder, wins "Best Actor" at the 8th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival for her captivating portrayal of Grace in the short drama The Long Wait, written and directed by multi-award winner Wolfgang Bodison. Sparking high emotion amongst the festival's audience, The Long Wait also won the Ribaut Award for "Best Short Film." Festival winners included notables such as two-time Academy Award Winning editor Arthur Schmidt (Forest Gump & Who Framed Roger Rabbit.)
Elizabeth created the film alongside Director Wolfgang Bodison, who helped encapsulate the personal tragedy that served as inspiration for the film's plot. Bodison was recognized with "Best Director" for the project at the Playhouse West Film Festival in September 2013.
The Long Wait mirrors Elizabeth's real-life emotional hardship of losing her father as a child to a drunk driver and explores themes of loss, grief, anger and redemption. It confronts the challenges of controlling emotional hardships and what can occur when they are left unresolved.
"As a girl, I was faced with the dilemma to settle my score with the drunk driver who killed my father," Elizabeth stated. "In my heart, I felt deep hatred and no desire to forgive him."
As an adult, Elizabeth created Elevating Hope, a foundation that helps the bereaved transition through grief and suffering to find acceptance, forgiveness and healing. The documentary Mary's Story details real-life events from Yoder's journey and was produced in support of The Foundation.
"One of my sources of inspiration is Eminem, who has the courage to use his pain, suffering and life struggles to create art," she says. "For years I wanted the bravery of Eminem's ability to openly share my deepest, darkest secrets and pain."
The Long Wait is en route to becoming a feature film and Elizabeth is currently writing a tell-all-book. To this day, she remains fascinated by those who push boundaries and live outside of what society considers "normal" or "acceptable."
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"The cast and crew are the high caliber talent dedicated to their profession. I thoroughly enjoyed directing the first two episodes for this new web series for Tehcnospeak." says Elizabeth.
Lee Young, a talented, innovative cinematographer designed many of the special effects required to create the horror, thriller movie style for episode # 1 which has the famous little- girl " Poltergeist" scary sequence. The second episode is inspired by the famous "Here's Johnny" line from Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Shot on a Red Epic we achieved a feature film look for this new web series.
"We're building entertaining stories around products and services to engage audiences. The series is set to premiere in December." says Elizabeth Yoder partner with Robert Chun in Affinity Core Story where you get to be the STAR of your own internet series or sizzle reel, featuring your products and services in an entertaining format written just for you.
"THE LONG WAIT project came about when Elizabeth Yoder (Grace) and I (Wolfgang Bodison) realized that we shared the same childhood wound; losing our fathers to car accidents when we were both very young. For both of us, working on this project was a chance to explore the complex emotions that have been churning inside us since our worlds were turned upside down so many years ago. Grief and anger: feelings that if not properly addressed, can fester into dysfunction and lead to a life of constant suffering.
I was also interested in exploring the idea that sometimes, the pain is not just limited to the victim of loss; that in the case of THE LONG WAIT, the drunk driver responsible for Grace’s pain, might also be suffering an overwhelming feeling of guilt.
How does the healing process begin for both persons involved? Can there be forgiveness. Is revenge justified? It’s a complicated situation, one that I thoroughly enjoyed exploring while making THE LONG WAIT." - Wolfgang Bodison