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Producer/Actor/Co-Director Heidi Philipsen talks about how she decided to make THIS IS NOWHERE


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November 12, 2013
Contact: Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen-Meissner 646-705-3314  
Personae Entertainment and Cinema Rebellion
Announce Active Development of Independent Feature Film
This Is Nowhere
Personae Entertainment’s Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen-Meissner and Nikoloas Meissner have teamed up with Cinema Rebellion’s Jon Russell and Tracy Cring to bring the feature film THIS IS NOWHERE from script to cinema, marking the first joint venture for two of the area’s most notable filmmaking couples.
Both the Philipsen-Meissners and the Crings are well-rounded professional film-makers.  They have a proven track-record of successful projects, having amassed multiple honors, awards, and over-fifty film festival laurels from previous successful productions, including, most recently, HER TELLING HEART (PBS short) and LITTLE BI PEEP (Winner Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Comedy Feature Atlantic City Cinefest).
The idea to team up to make a feature came to both parties after meeting at Upstate Independents, a local independent film organization.
“Talent makes room for you. I saw (actress) Heidi Philipsen deliver a monologue and was blown away; when I viewed the short she wrote, produced, directed and acted (Her Telling Heart), and was equally impressed, we knew it would be a great fit [working together],” said Jon Russell Cring.
Likewise, Ms Philipsen was equally excited about the idea of working with the Crings: “Jon and Tracy stormed the Capital District indie film scene with intensity – here was this filmmaking duo who easily intimidated their peers because they were just relentless in their pursuit of making films, actually living their dream.  I couldn’t help but respect their determination no matter the odds and thought, ‘Okay – this is a no brainer: We’ve got to collaborate!”
Fortunately for Heidi, who goes by the alias Eli Meissner in her producing and directing endeavors, the Crings had a script they wanted to show her.
This is Nowhere was so well-written, I could see it in my mind, I knew it had to be made and the best way is by producing it,” says Ms. Philipsen-Meissner.   “I jokingly asked Niko [her husband], who has a seasoned background in multi-billion dollar renewable energy development projects if he’d like to donate his spare time to making a feature and when he surprised me and said, ‘yes,’ I knew we were on our way to a seriously successful venture.”
Co-writer Tracy Cring says local news about a protest being held at a motel working with the Department of Corrections that rents rooms to those recently released from prison inspired THIS IS NOWHERE’s premise:
THIS IS NOWHERE is about Darcy, an idealistic fifteen-year-old, living on the edge of town in her family's modest motel where the justice system dumps its “trash.” In a world where prostitutes, addicts, and ex-cons are her friends and extended family, it's hard to stay away from the darkness when you're surrounded by it.
Slated to begin production in late August 2014, the film is currently in active development for investor funding.
With talk of a studio coming to Schenectady and the many feature films being made in the Upstate region (nine indie features in the Hudson Valley area during the summer of 2013, alone) the area is fast becoming a hot bed of creativity. This Is Nowhere” will be a socially relevant and thought-provoking contribution to the burgeoning film scene.
About Personae Entertainment & Cinema Rebellion: Personae Entertainment (, based in Schenectady, N.Y., and Cinema Rebellion, based in Troy, N.Y., are both independent film production companies specializing in developing, producing and packaging short and feature-length films for distribution. 



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