Franziska Huber, an actress from the South of Germany, is not the standard Hollywood type. She’s beyond that and is a breath of fresh air. Her talent in acting comes from her practicing since she was 5 years old. Franziska started off playing the role of a young child in her local church’s nativity play alongside her sister. She was extremely passionate about acting since then and wanted so much to perform more and more. Throughout her high school and college career, Franziska took drama and acting classes. She also worked with private coaches in Germany and the UK, to receive extensive training. She also attended The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City, for a total of two years. Franziska has an international advantage, performing abroad in many places in various plays, musicals, and films. She also performed on stage in NYC in various lead roles e.g. as The Mother in Saviana Stanescu’s “Waxing West”, as Odysseus in Dina Keller’s “Which Direction Home?” and Olga Alagic in Tea Alagic’s war drama “Zero Hour.”
Franziska’s latest film appearances were in Europe in the feature film “The Devil’s Violinist” directed by Bernard Rose starring world famous violinist David Garret and German star Veronica Ferres, and in the US in the feature film “Private Number” directed by LazRael Lison starring Tom Sizemore. She also was one of the lead actors in the TV movie called “Venice Beach”. It later on became a series under the title “My life in Venice Beach”, which was broadcast via the biggest European TV network RTL. Franziska’s scene partner was celebrity Brian McCoughlin who is a series regular on “Days of our Lives”. Franziska also accomplished something huge, she wrote and self-produced a one woman show called “The Royal Weight Watcher! Sarah Ferguson: A Duchess Hungry for Love!”. Franziska’s one woman show was part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival 2011 and was nominated for the “Best Production of a Solo Show” Award. Her one woman show was one of the biggest accomplishments in her budding acting career. Franziska truly has the talent to become huger than ever and these days there’s a lack of talent of her caliber within Hollywood. She continues to strive to become better and you can truly see that in her positive attitude and amazing work ethic.
World class act, Erica Muscat
With a plethora of stage and screen performances under her belt in both her native country, Malta, and on the international stage, Erica Muscat (Meanderings, Road’s End, Ten Notes) is quickly warming audiences’ hearts everywhere. This July, she is set to grace the stage at The Maltese Presidential Gardens with her interpretation of Juliet in a National run of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, whilst on screen, her latest work as Erika in Kenneth Scicluna’s Eleġija will be continuing on the Festival Circuit, where it last showed at the European Film Festival in Malta.
In Eleġija, inspired by the work of acclaimed Maltese Poet Doreen Micallef, Erica plays one of two female lovers, whose love for each other transcends the pain they inflict upon one another. It’s a role she treasures. “It was challenging. These women are not good for each other, and they’re quick to inflict pain on each other. The film is inspired by Ms Micallef’s poetic works and this makes it somewhat biographical… poets like Ms Micallef are insanely courageous when they offer up their work to the world; they’re not hiding behind a character. Her free verse-style is a direct link to her innermost thoughts and I wanted to honour that courage whilst still ensuring that the pain inflicted by the characters was true to the final interpretation of the film’s script.”
It was a pleasant surprise then, for Erica, when people admitted to feeling a huge empathy for her character, a credit to her ability as an actor and the vulnerability she imbues her characters with. Everything about the young actress screams her belief that the role of the actor is to inspire Belief in those around them; the ‘”magic”, as she calls it, is only as powerful as the story being shared and being human is the greatest piece of magic that can be shared. Her chosen co-star would be “anybody who’s willing to challenge the limitations of social norms… and it can be as simple as not flinching when somebody makes eye contact; that moment between two actors, that spark… that’s magic; it’s placing your entire trust in another human being.”
It’s 10 years since Erica committed herself fully to becoming an actress and her passion is just as strong. She explains this when she admits that, “in everything you say, in everything you do, a new story is being written. And as long as I’m able to and people are willing to see it, I feel privileged to be the one telling that story.” With her unique blend of charisma and magic Erica is surely bound to continue winning the hearts of audiences in whatever story she finds herself sharing.
Producer Svetlana Samarina
Graduate of The New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, California, Svetlana Samarina is one of the most incredible producers to grace the 2015 film world. In addition to the aforementioned education, Svetlana has attended The College of Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Russian State Liberal University where she earned a translator degree and bachelor’s degree respectively. Her first project was “The Planet of Orthodoxy” in 2007 as a Production Manager which she worked on while simultaneously acting as Unit Manager for “Pop”, which was directed by Vladimir Khotinenko. Using these as professional leverage, Svetlana was able to secure the position of Production Manager for the Biggest Historical Feature to date: “Horde” by Andrey Proshkin, an endeavour which lasted three years and won numerous awards in 2012, Including but not limited to: Best Director and Best Actress by The Moscow International Film Festival, the Russian National Awards: The Golden Eagle, and The Nika. With this experience under her belt, Ms. Samarina was able to work on the set of “The Darkest Hour” which was produced by Summit Entertainment and Bazelevs as a unit manager.
Following these spectacular productions Svetlana began her previously mentioned study in one of the United States’ most prestigious film schools before returning to Russia to work for the country’s biggest film-production company: Bazelevs. In 2014 NBC Olympics scouted Svetlana to work on the Winter Games in Sochi as supervisor for the Russian shooting and organization of reports and interviews. She is currently working in Los Angeles to produce independent feature projects and wow the West Coast with her unique abilities.