James C. Stewart
G'day from a New Zealand actor now living in Seattle! A dual United States and NZ citizen with a great New Zealand accent. Bringing Kiwi to the US!
Had a great time shooting a role in my first short film in Seattle since Return To Sender, This new film is about a BBQ party with a twist, and I was asked to do the role by my fellow cast mate from Return To Sender, Tyler Roy Roberts. It was great getting to work with him again, in this BBQ party that gets crazy! Plus the director, Ty Minton-Small, I remember auditioning for five years ago , so it was great to get the chance to work with him too. Not to mention, I was the grill master at the BBQ, or at least I thought I was! Will keep you posted on where and when you will be able to see it!
My wonderful friend Natasya Yusoff came up with this fantastic poster for I'm Okay... that nicely captures the film's craziness. I really did have a lot of fun playing around with some of the many personalities of James C. Stewart! Plus, Thomas Thorogood, who composed the music for Time Saver, has agreed to do the music for I'm Okay... which I am very excited about, as his music really added to the tension in Time Saver!
Decided what better time to get much needed new headshots, than while I was down in New Zealand! Several people referred me to the wonderful Lara Macgregor, and I cannot recommend her enough - she was fantastic, and I am super happy with the results. I finally have more than just the two headshots that I can use! Plus they were all taken outdoors at the Arts Centre here in my hometown Christchurch - a place I absolutely love, which just added to the whole experience! If you're in NZ and need new headshots, click here to check out Lara, and message her for a booking! Click here to check out the rest of the images on my Headshots page!
I have come back to New Zealand for a few months, to be with my Dad while he goes through chemotherapy treatments. During my two weeks of manged isolation, I recorded a short film for a little distraction to pass the time, and document the effects isolation has on someone in a fun way. It is currently being edited, and worked on for potential festival submissions, after my coach at the Online Acting Ensemble liked it so much, they offered to produce it. Watch this space for more details!
My face is in a book again! This time looking very green. The wonderful photographer John Keatley has released a book of his Uniform series, where he explores identity by giving a human face to green army men toys. This is also being accompanied by exhibitions of the series in Seattle and Los Angeles!
I am finally able to share a short film I did a few years ago in NYC! It is a 50s-era story about a boy who comes home to find a runaway robotic man seeking refuge in his bedroom. I play the title character T.I.M. You can check it out here! Enjoy!
My indie feature film debut here in the States, the sci-fi comedy Asockalypse!, is now available on DVD. It is currently on sale through Amazon, so I know I finally made the big time, when I am on sale on there! I play an alien clone, a Blahnonian, that dies several times throughout the movie, which is lots of fun in itself, popping up onscreen again and again, just when you think I am gone! Us evil alien Blahnonians have only one goal: steal all of Earth's socks to power our ship. Check me out on Amazon here.
Performed in a staged reading of an adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here, directed by Paul O'Connell for Theatre9/12. My first theatre work in Seattle! This play could not be more relevant at the moment. This was all free for the audience at the Trinity Parish Hall at 609 8th Avenue on July 29th and 30th.
Editing on I'm Okay... is finally completed! Huge thanks to Will Earl for all the amazing work he did with the opening and closing sequences of the film. I also really love the music that London based composer Thomas Thorogood put together specifically for my film. My friend Natasya Yusoff also did some landscape versions of the poster, for those future video thumbnails. Plus I got a great logo and animation made by BuzzFlick for Kiwi & Woolly Productions, the name I decided to use, in honor of those two characters in I'm Okay... So while I cannot show you the film at the moment, I can show you the little animation and logo that was created and designed for the film! The animation also features Kiwi and Woolly providing the voiceover. Check it out below! Have started submitting to film festivals, including New Zealand's Show Me Shorts film festival. Excited! Watch this space for more details!
While I was in New Zealand, I volunteered to be a part of one of the teams for the 48 Hours Film Festival. We got sci-fi for our genre, and the result was Time Saver. I had an amazing time working on my first film shoot in Christchurch since before I stopped living there in 1999! Plus, we got second in the audience favorites for our heat! Will post the film soon. They did an awesome job with the cinematography and design, which resulted in the film being nominated for two awards! Click here to watch the film.
Editing continues on my short film, which has been titled I'm Okay... with an opening sequence currently being worked on by the great editors at BDP Entertainment. It has been an amazing experience so far for my film making debut, featuring some of the many personalities of James C. Stewart! Here's the synopsis I've come up with so far for the film: What happens when you are isolated in a hotel room for two weeks by yourself? James is about to find out! He might think he is okay, but his other personalities have a little something to say about that.
Finally decided it was time to get myself back into some acting, in this time of no in person classes, after having taken a little break from it all. I wanted to find somewhere that offers online classes, that likes to work with people from all over the States (and the world), and found L.A. based company Hollywood Backdoor Alliance were starting up the Online Acting Ensemble, so auditioned and got myself a spot in the ensemble. Now we meet online once a week to work on our craft, working on monologues and scenes, as well as the business of acting!
After two years of having a beard, I decided to shave and try out having bright purple hair for the first time ever, just before heading down to the Nevada desert for Burning Man. Check out what the desert sun and temperatures did to the color on my Miscellaneous page! And check out my bearded headshots on my Headshots page!
The feature film Relativity, that was shot in Chicago, is live online! This was my third collaboration with the amazing writer/director Ryan Blewett, and his first full length feature. An amazing experience, and I have a supporting role so I pop up throughout. Here's to many more collaborations! Watch the film here!
The photo series Uniform became photographer John Keatley's first solo exhibition, when it went on display at the Treason Art Gallery in Seattle. So my face ended up on a gallery wall for the first time ever! Check out some images from the exhibition here. It also received a great review in the Seattle Times! You can view the image on my Headshots page here.
Red, my cheeky little monkey of a traveling companion, finally insisted he have his own page on my website, not to mention a little button with his face on it so you can see him on every page and access his glorious gallery of adventures from everywhere. You know you want to click on that monkey! Or simply click here to check out The Red Series.
Super happy and excited to announce that, after an awesome meeting with Erin Bryn Fetridge, I now have an agent!!! I am going to be represented for film, television and commercials in the Pacific Northwest area by The Actors Group!
My second audition in Seattle led to being short-listed down to the final two! A video submission for a fantasy series, which turned out is being produced by someone who saw me in The Tower of Babel and enjoyed my performance. They asked me to submit a video even though I was about 20 years younger than the listed age for the character, and liked my choices so much they very nearly considered changing the role to fit me!