October 18th, 2006 06:49 EST
Judyh Piazza chats with Edward Furlong and Comic CreatorsTerry Cronin and Pat Martin
A powerful performer and one of Hollywood`s hottest young stars, Edward Furlong has amassed an impressive resume in a relatively short career, appearing in both mainstream and independent films.
Born in Glendale, California, Furlong had no acting ambitions until he was approached by casting agent Mali Finn, who instantly recognized his abilities. Finn suggested him for the role of `John Connor` in the 1991 movie ``Terminator 2: Judgement Day`` opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. For this career starting role, Furlong earned an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Role and a Saturn Sci-Fi Award for Best Young Actor.
From there, Furlong took an unconventional route through Hollywood, working predominately in the independent film arena. His work has included starring opposite Jeff Bridges in ``American Heart`` for which he won an IFP Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor, ``A Home of Our Own`` with Kathy Bates, ``Little Odessa,`` with Tim Roth, ``The Grass Harp,`` with Walter Matthau and Barbet Schroeder`s ``Before and After,`` starring opposite Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson. Most recently, he starred opposite Edward Norton in Tony Kaye`s controversial and gripping drama, ``American History X`` and the hit Fine Line comedy ``Pecker`` for John Waters.
Furlong can currently be seen in ``Detroit Rock City,`` which chronicles the adventures of four Pittsburgh teens in the late 70`s who are in desperate need of Kiss concert tickets. Furlong has also been cast in the coveted role opposite William Dafoe in the powerful prison drama, ``Animal Factory,`` directed by Steve Buscemi for Franchise Pictures. Filming this summer, he will play `Ron Decker,` a law student that has been wrongly accused of trafficking cocaine, which results in a tough prison sentence in an extremely violent prison.
Comic creatorsTerry Cronin and Pat Martin
In July 2005, independent filmmakers, comic creators and longtime collaborators Terry Cronin and Pat Martin made the trek from sunny South Florida to San Diego for the country`s oldest and largest comic/media convention, Comic-Con. With a little luck and lots of good karma they met folks from TV`s Independent Film Channel (IFC), chatted a bit and the next thing you know, are making a mini-documentary about their experiences at and their thoughts about the conference.
"The Comic-Con Chronicles" is an original, exclusive look at three teams pursuing Comic-Con success for their films, comics and websites. The unique 30 minute piece provides an interesting and entertaining look inside Comic-Con from the insiders` perspective, and contains footage not available anywhere else. Cronin and Martin were promoting Students of the Unusual, the original comic series they co-created along with Milkmaids (Pat`s latest indie short and Jealous Dog Studios` initial film offering).
Cronin and Martin, who with Jeff Hall and Bob Lizek produce the Melbourne (Florida) Independent Filmmakers Festival (MIFF), found the conference an eye-opener. "Exhibiting at Comic-Con was an amazing experience" said Jealous Dog principal and Students of the Unusual co-creator Pat Martin. "We generated some great buzz, made great contacts and learned along the way. But the highlight of the show for us was definitely working with IFC. "
"IFC is redefining the intersection of film and television, and The Comic-Con Chronicles is a great example of that work" said Three Boys Productions principal and Students of the Unusual co-creator Terry Cronin. "Where else can you find such a unique, insider`s view on one of the country`s most interesting pop-culture events, and then have that piece viewed by such a large and diverse audience? Nowhere but IFC " that`s where."
The Comic-Con Chronicles features three Comic-Con teams in al. Chris Brandt of Bain Street Productions promoting his indie flick "Closing Time" which shows at the American Film Institute`s AFI Fest in Los Angeles on November 7th and 9th. Amber Mitchell and Tim Leong pitched and promoted The Comic Foundry, an educational, resource and community site for up and coming artists and writers.
"Without IFC, we never would have learned the importance of getting your name out and presenting your ideas clearly" said Comic Foundry co-founder Tim Leong.
To view The Comic-Con Chronicles online now, visit the IFC Website at www.ifctv.com and click on The Comic-Con Chronicles.