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Michael Easton's Short Film ULTRAVIOLENT Starring Trevor St. John Takes Best Of Show Honors In Best Shorts Competition!

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On Thursday, none other than General Hospital’s Michael Easton (Silas) received a very special honor for directing and producing his short film Ultraviolent which stars former One Life to Live favorite Trevor St. John (Ex-Victor Lord Jr.)!  Easton’s short film took top honors in The Best Shorts Competition winning The Best of Show Award.

In Ultraviolent the time is April 24, 1996, and in an act that mirrors the ending of his best-known film Performance, avant-garde director Donald Cammell shoots himself in the head, putting an end to a lifelong obsession with art, insanity and death.  St John skillfully captures Donald’s decent into madness amidst a background of pulsing music, deadly silence and creative filming.

The Best Shorts Competition recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity.  Each year thousands of entries are received and are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry including Emmy, Telly and Communicator Award winners and nominees.

In winning “Best of Show” Michael Easton joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including The Weinstein Company, Disney Interactive and the Oscar winning production Mr. Hublot by Laurent Witz from Luxembourg.

Rick Prickett, who chairs The Best Shorts Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “Best Shorts is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Best Shorts Competition helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional craft and storytelling of Ultraviolent.”

The Best Shorts Competition is unique in the industry.  Attracting both established companies as well as talented new filmmakers it is a truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition.

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Currently in its 5th year, Best Shorts strives to give talented directors, producers, actors and creative teams the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors talent and is often one of the first competitions entered by the filmmaker and a frequent indicator of future success.

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The Best Shorts Competition is international in scope and has granted awards to producers in Australia, Bahrain, Bali, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States and more!

For Easton’s film Ultraviolent to win Best In Show, quality and creativity are an important component to the judging. The judging takes place by in-house staff and a committee of industry professionals including Emmy, Telly and Communicator award nominees and recipients. As with the Tellys and regional Emmy Awards, entries do not compete against each other. Instead, entries are judged against a high standard of merit and are scored accordingly. Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded as Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, Award of Recognition or no award.  “Best of Show” honors are granted to the top scoring entry for each season.

What do you think about Michael Easton winning top honors for directing “Best of Show” for his film Ultraviolent starring Trevor St. John?  Would you love to see the film as much as we do?  Comment below!

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That answers the question, why no Silas happenings !
Michael Easton (Silas) was busy winning taking top honors in The Best Shorts Competition winning The Best of Show Award.
I have to see Easton’s film ‘Ultraviolen’t starring Trevor St. John / wow!

Winning The Best Shorts Competition is not an easy win..
It is an international/world wide competition..

I have read Michael Easton’s writings, he is extremely talented man..
He writes on the darkside, and very good at doing so..
The award/honor that was bestowed upon him, it doesn’t get any better..

I hope now he will have more time for GH, I gots luv for Silas 😉
Perhaps he will somehow get Trevor in GH, that would be awesome, indeed !!!

CONGRATS MICHAEL!!

Patrick
Patrick

“…He writes on the darkside, and very good at doing so.. ”

Michael Easton’ doing it.. isn’t that something

Patrick
Patrick

“…The Best Shorts Competition is international in scope ”

high 5

standing “O” vation

Michael Easton , Trevor St. John, plus

a coop for “us”

“thank you” Michael Easton

i had no idea… beam… LOL.. radiate ear to ear… smile

Marc
Marc

What a brief piece of awesome that would be to see it. Congrats too all involved 🙂 Yes Su if TSJ came to GH I would start watching for sure

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Hes a very talented man, not limited just to his acting. Congratulations, Michael!

Jacqueline
Jacqueline

It’s a wonderful honor. Michael is extraordinarily talented in every thing he does. I am so proud. I can’t wait to see the film. I know I am going to love it.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I’m glad for Michael, yes……
But, Trevor!!!!! Finally!!!! Where have you been? I have missed you. One of my faves of all time soap star!!
I am ecstatic about seeing these two working together again. “Great Shew”.
Congrats, Michael!

Alison Armstrong
Alison Armstrong

Congratulations to Michael Easton! I’m also glad that Trevor St. John is being recognized for his acting in this film. Whenever it is available to be shown and in whatever format it can be viewed, I would love to see it.

Ann
Ann

My hearty congratulations to Michael and his best friend Trevor! This is a huge honor! Two immensely talented gentlemen collaborating and taking home The Gold! I am so proud of this accomplishment! Way to go gentlemen!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Very impressive. Congratulations Michael Easton and Trevor St. John.

Barbara
Barbara

Congratulations to them both! Glad to see to ex-costars wanting to work together again!

Lori
Lori

Congratulations to Mr. Easton for achieving such a high honor in receiving this award. I’m continually reminded what a clever and talented man he is.

lovescalebmorley
lovescalebmorley

Michael is so talented!! Congratulations!! I hope we see much more from him in film and fiction!!

Molly
Molly

Congratulations to the incredibly talented Michael Easton and great to see Trevor St. John be part of this! Now maybe we’ll get to enjoy more Silas on GH, and how wonderful it would be if Trevor could one day join GH…Silas needs friends/family 🙂

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes! Trevor could play the role of Ned? I say ‘Ned’ in a whisper. I don’t want the diehard Wally/Ned fans going up in arms against me….LOL.

TinaLBP
TinaLBP

Michael Easton is absolutely briliant! He has won top honors for his graphic novels as well. I cannot wait to see this film! This is so wonderful for Michael and Trevor and I know they had fun making it! Congrats to both of them!

Debbie
Debbie

I am so happy for Michael. He is such an incredibly talented individual. I’m really looking forward to seeing this film.

Becca
Becca

Thrilling news for Michael Easton! He’s always got a lot more going on than just General Hospital. The man is extremely talented. Looking forward to seeing this film and reading more of his chilling and thought provoking books.

Gina
Gina

I’m so happy for you Mr. Easton! I’m sure you were happy to work with Trevor St. John again. You are both truely talented and I hope you will be able to work together again in the future.

Belle
Belle

I echo the sentiments of every comment above! I love Trevor St. John; plus, I ‘m growing to like Michael . Nevertheless, congratulations !

MissySnow
MissySnow

Congratulations to Michael and Trevor!

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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