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Christine Elise

October 1, 2015
Christine Elise Emily Valentine

On the evening of October 4, 1990, the FOX network aired the pilot episode of a show that would, over the course of its ten seasons and 296 episodes, expose viewers to a world of glitz and glamour while simultaneously redefining the concept of the modern serial drama. Beverly Hills, 90210 was the brainchild of acclaimed producers Aaron Spelling, Darren Star and Charles Rosin, and this week on Ten Minute Interviews, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic show’s debut.

There was no shortage of memorable characters on Beverly Hills, 90210, but perhaps none burned brighter than that of Emily Valentine, played by actress Christine Elise. The character of Emily arrived midway through the show’s second season, and immediately began making waves, flirting with both Dylan and Brandon and infuriating Brenda in the process. Though her relationship with Brandon blossomed into romance, Emily’s wild side soon became too much for him to handle. After she spiked his drink with the drug U4EA at an underground club, Brandon broke up with Emily. leading to a series of bitter interactions before Emily’s increasingly erratic behavior eventually led to her institutionalization. Though she would make a full recovery with the help of Prozac and appear in later seasons, Emily and Brandon never truly rekindled the fiery romance of their younger years. READ MORE


Kim Nguyen

August 7, 2015
Kim Nguyen

A master of swift, witty visual storytelling and sharp, seamless transitions, director Kim Nguyen has made a name for herself with her star-studded promo pieces for the 2013 and 2015 MTV Movie Awards, as well as the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, quickly establishing herself as a rising star in the production industry. Nguyen formerly worked as a writer for The Onion, a director/producer in MTV’s promo department, and a copywriter for some of the biggest agencies in the world, a list that includes Ogilvy, McCann, Strawberry Frog, Taxi, and McKinney. A graduate of the Creative Circus, Nguyen’s work has been recognized by Cannes, One Show and The Art Directors Club, among others.

Nguyen recently joined Venice, California-based production company Backyard, a company that has placed a premium on hiring talented individuals with their fingers planted firmly on the millenial pulse. With her impeccable comedic timing and her ability to craft fresh, energetic promotional spots, Nguyen’s profile in the entertainment industry is growing by the day. READ MORE


CJ Silberman

May 5, 2015
Becoming Jody

CJ Silberman got his start in filmmaking as a youth, when his parents gave him a Super 8 camera. He honed his craft making experimental films with his neighbors and earned his degree in film history from UC Berkeley, where he worked as an assistant director on a few low budget films. He then attended John F. Kennedy University, where he earned a law degree.

In 2007, Silberman released his first feature length documentary, The Injustice System in America, which examined the unfair treatment of people of color in the prison system.

His latest film, Becoming Jody II – The Coveting, a drama with elements of horror and comedy that Silberman describes as “Eraserhead meets Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?“, will premiere on May 14th at 9:30pm at the Clay Theater in San Francisco. Another screening will take place on June 7th at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland. READ MORE

Filmmakers, Screenwriters

Christiano Dias

October 31, 2014

Monster in a House, released in September of 2014, is a hauntingly-imaginative short film about divorce, neglect and finding the courage to stand up to one’s fears. Evoking memories of Poltergeist, the film was written and directed by 27-year-old Christiano Dias and stars Golden Globe winner Joseph Bottoms and Lisa Roumain as the parents of Miah, a young girl portrayed by talented newcomer Kitana Turnbull. Filmed in a single shot in order to provide¬†a more immersive viewing experience, Monster in a House follows Miah as she attempts to elude and chase off a creature that she fears is tearing her and her parents apart.

Dias, whose previous work includes King Eternal, which received a CINE Golden Eagle and Gold Remi Award and was recently offered a worldwide distribution deal, began experimenting with cameras at the age of 12 after being given a hand-me-down camcorder and was later nominated for a Lonestar Emmy Award for his role as director and co-creator of a college-run television program at the University of North Texas. He currently has over 20 short films to his name, and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Audience Award Winner at Hollyshorts Film Festival and Best Student Film at LA Cinema Festival of Hollywood, and he has twice been recognized at the Cannes Short Film Corner. READ MORE

Authors, Filmmakers

Josh Mitchell

October 9, 2014

Writer, director and publicist Josh Mitchell is originally from Boston, but currently lives in the heart of Hollywood. In July of 2014, he published his first novel, The Dude Who Did Dictionaries, the story of a man who leaves his high-paying job as a advertising copywriter to instead work in a bookstore and attempt to write the world’s first all-sexual dictionary. A sprawling, gritty depiction of a recession-afflicted world, The Dude Who Did Dictionaries is a gripping account of one man’s fatalistic downward spiral.

In August of 2014, Mitchell released Pissing on the Pulse of the Planet, a book that offers unique musings on sex, politics and pop culture, all viewed through the lens of Mitchell’s subversive comedic wit.

Mitchell recently wrote, directed and starred in Lack of Cockery, a feature film about a venture capitalist who finds himself questioning his perspective on identity, life and love. READ MORE