It seems like a lot of the celebrity world are Democrats, or maybe they are just the ones that make the most noise. There are plenty of stars that believe in small government, tax deduction and conservative values. In other words, there are plenty of celebrities that are Republican. Actor Stephen Baldwin is one of these famous Republicans. He called Sarah Palin “fantastic” and threatened to move to Canada if Barack Obama was elected. The Texas-born Jessica Simpson, known for her beautiful voice and beautiful clothing line, also joins this list of popular Republicans. She, allegedly, doesn’t mix her career with politics, but she infamously turned down an invite from President Bush back in 2006 to a GOP fundraiser.
For Republican Rich Iott, becoming a politician was never part of his career goals. The longtime Ohio resident and Chief Executive Officer of Seaway Food Town kind of fell into it. In 2010, Rich was the endorsed Republican candidate for the U.S. Congressional seat in Ohio’s 9th District. He was not elected but carried over 41% of the vote, with the best performance of any candidate in the nation running in a plus-10 Democratic district. “I never had the desire to be in politics, I only had the desire to serve my fellow man. Things weren’t good and I thought I can make a difference by bringing something new into office, Rich Iott says. For this ex-politician, going up against Marcy Kaptur in 2010 was more of a sense of duty.
Louisiana-native and pop star sensation Britney Spears joins the famous Republican list. She was a big supporter of President George Bush and various GOP House representatives. Who’s the Boss’ Tony Danza, a registered Republican, is known to have contributed donations to Republican nominees. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Clint Eastwood and the ultra-conservative Mel Gibson, are all Republicans. Actor Kelsey Grammer said in a FOX interview that he’s a Republican because he believes that the individualism is the most sacred thing. He’s also signaled toward a possible senate run. Comedian and the host of The Price is Right, Drew Carey, who’s also from Ohio just like former politician Rich Iott, has been touted as a Republican senator, but actually leans more towards Libertarian. In 2008, he spoke out against McCain/Pain.
Braeburn Entertainment has produced numerous films throughout the years including “Insight,” “Glass City,” and “180.” In 2010, another one of Richard Iott’s productions was released to the public, under the charming title of “Happily After.” In this movie which Braeburn co-produced with Glass City Films, a romantic young writer named Tristan meets Trisha at a coffee shop and they’re instantly attracted to each other. He’s smitten with Trisha who’s played by Sharina Martin and their relationship progresses. Tristan who’s played by Ross Marquand takes a liking to her son Landon and promises her to always be there for him. However, when Trisha’s jealous ex-husband enters the picture, there’s a twisted love triangle that occurs and Trisha goes missing. “This film is full of testimonies, flashbacks and the hardships of relationships,” says Richard Iott. “It’s a true genre-bending thriller because the audience is forced to question everything they’ve seen.”
“Happily After” has been recognized in many festivals including the 2011 Park City Film Music Festival taking the Gold Medal for Excellence in Music. The 2011 AOF International Film Festival as a nominee for Best Production Design, the 2011 Lake Count Film Festival and the 2011 Blue Whiskey Indie Film Festival. Brian Morton from Rogue Cinema said “It may be the best indie film I’ve seen this year!” John Klein directed this shot-in-Chicago thriller. As a director of photography, he has traveled the world and shot countless projects including award-winning short films such as “Last Seen on Dolores Street” and “Rendezvous” as well as feature films such as “Nightlights.” “John also shot music videos and documentaries including Strong Bodies Fight and Return to Glory,” says Executive Producer Richard Iott. The founder of Braeburn Entertainment has worked with John in the past on “Glass City.”
Rich shares his love of the movies with his daughter Devon, who also enjoys the entertainment industry. Rich recalls: “When my daughter was in high school all she wanted to do was make movies. Instead of writing reports, she made movies. She made a bunch of short films and eventually graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in cinema and TV production.” Executive Producer Rich Iott always says that his career as a grocer and CEO for Seaway Food Town was somewhat predestined, making movies is truly his passion. Stay tuned for the next movies from Braeburn Entertainment.
It takes a whole lot of people to make a movie happen. It takes a whole lot of (non-Hollywood) stars to align to make it great. The task list is never-ending when it comes to making a movie get off the ground, and even more work to make it a hit. Movie producer Richard Iott should know, he was Executive Producer on many successful movies including “Insight” which he co-produced with GC Pix as well as “Happily After,” “Separation Anxiety,” and “Glass City” which he collaborated with Glass City Films. As founder of Braeburn Entertainment, producer Rich Iott knows that in order for a movie to be successful, it has to be marketable. “If you want to make it big in the movie industry, you have to convince other people to finance it, if not, you might find out it’s not such a good idea after all,” says Rich.
A movie involves various locations, actors, costumes, music and so many other things. But one of the key ingredients of making a movie is passion. Without it, the hard work can’t really be justified and it makes it harder for the team to keep going. Making a movie takes long hours on a day-to-day basis, which can equal months or even years before it appears on the silver screen. Without passion which leads to motivation, it’s practically impossible to make it happen. Passion is required from the movie producer, the movie director, the actors and other people that are supporting the endeavor. “Making a movie is truly a team effort. Every person relies on another individual. The actors can’t do their job if the writers don’t do their part. The director can’t implement his vision if the actors don’t do their job and so on,” says Executive Producer Rich Iott. “It is the ultimate team sport.”
Great acting, of course, is another crucial part of making a great movie. Great acting means the audience can’t really see or feel that the actor on screen is actually performing. The “act” feels real, allowing the audience to believe the dialogue, monologue, story and reactions of other characters involved. “For a little while, the audience forgets that what they’re seeing on the screen is a story for the sake of entertainment. If the acting is great, to the audience, everything that’s happening is real,” says founder of Braeburn Entertainment. Think of Heath Ledger in the “Dark Night” and his portrayal of madness. He truly epitomized “being crazy.” He did not “act crazy”, he just was. Great actors are truly invested in their roles, sometimes having to learn and acquire new skills to really play the character. This includes performing their own stunts (to the dismay of the insurance companies), learning new skills or even a new language or accent. There are ‘players’ and there are ‘actors’. Think John Wayne versus Johnny Depp. They were/are both extremely good at what they do; but what they do is totally different.
We all know about the powerful entertaining abilities the movies have, but did you know how much impact it could really have? Take for example the latest blockbuster hit at the movie theater, “The Hunger Games.” In it, the heroine named Katniss played by Jennifer Lawrence is said to participate in the televised series also by the same name and travels to The Capitol to train for the games. Her training consisted of archery, rock and tree climbing, combat, running and yoga. Thanks to “The Hunger Games” archery has become more popular overnight. The staff at Bass and Pro Shop in Olathe, Kansas City say fans of the book and movie are flocking to see them to learn how to perfect their skills with the bow and arrow. Members of archery associations such as Independence Bow Hunters are now making appearances at schools and youth functions due to the increases interest in the sport.
“It’s fascinating for someone like me who’s in the entertainment industry to see how a blockbuster hit has a ripple effect in other areas, from small businesses to sports, even locations, says Executive Producer Rich Iott. “Thanks to ‘The Hunger Games’ archery clubs and retailers across the nation are reporting unprecedented interest in the bow and arrow sport.” There are reports of over a 230% increase in archery equipment alone. Even the soundtrack of the movie was popular, making Taylor Swift an even bigger star thanks to her “Safe and Sound” song. It reached number one on the iTunes charts in just 12 hours. “The album debuted at number#1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, selling 175,000 copies in its first week. It was the first since Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” to debut at #1,” says founder of Braeburn Entertainment Rich Iott.
Another after-effect of “The Hunger Games” includes the abandoned mill town where the heroine, Katniss, of the movie lived. It’s part of a 72-acre parcel which the owner hopes will sell now for $1.4 million. This slum that’s about 60 miles northwest of Charlotte has been for sale for several years, but is now getting so much more attention because of the popularity of the movie. “I learned the owner was trying to sell for two years and a half, for about $400,000 with no success,” says movie producer Rich. The abandoned mill town has 20 vacant houses and a general store. In 1905, this village was home to a cotton mill, a general store, a boarding house and 35 homes for mill workers and their families. “Seems like ‘The Hunger Games’ was right on target, says founder of Braeburn Entertainment Richard Iott.