The Reception

Directed by Mike and Melody Henricks

The second D/FW Film Lab project, The Reception, written by Cliff McClelland, was selected as our first full scale production because it hit on all the qualities we look for in a script. It is a fun, engaging tale of a young woman who doesn't quite know how to grow up in a town that doesn't seem to be fit for her. We posted requests for talent and crew to http//shortfilmstexas.com and were blown away with the responses we receive

Amber Burke (as Amber Sutphin)
as Roxie

Amber has the reputation of being the most gifted actress in the Dallas area, and for good reason. She has a quality of authenticity and passion that comes across on film in a way that few others ever achieve. With a long resume of film, commercial and stage work, Amber landed a guest staring role on Army Wives. She has studied at the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts in NYC, and ith Nancy Chartier and Theresa Bell, locally. Amber is represented by Linda McAllister Talent.

Ben Ryan
as Darrel

Ben is a multi talented film maker, he is an acting coach, musician, composer and director and producer as well as a talented actor. Through his company Vision Tree, he has created music videos for Nashville artists, commercials for national and local clients, and 100's of automotive spots - just as many original jingles - corporate videos - web promotions and very fun webisodes. Ben studied at Baylor University.

Melody Brooke
as Beverly

Melody was raised in the wings of a theatre, her mother was an High School Drama Teacher. She went on to study Acting and Directing at the University of Oklahoma, then moving do Dallas in 1976 and graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas. Melody went on to star in a variety of film, television, commercial, voice over and industrial work before taking a break to raise her children. Returning to film work in 2005, Melody is now represented by Landrum Arts, LA. She is currently writing while developing shorts and feature films for production and maintaining a small private counseling practice.

Cliff McClelland
Writer

Cliff McClelland is a brilliant and witty writer with an impressive resume. He has written for television, as well as short and feature films. Cliff studied at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Russ Ansley
Cinematographer

Russ Ansley is a creative story teller whose work includes corporate and narrative short and feature films. He studied at the University of Texas at Austin.

Gary Boren
Composer

Gary Boren is a hyped-up super genius musician, songwriter and composer. His work has been featured in many popular television shows including Family Matters and Perfect Strangers as well as multiple short films.
Here is a link to some of his work.