Piano Practice at the 5th Annual Fancy Pants Pub Crawl

Two nights ago I attended the 5th Annual Fancy Pants Pub Crawl event held in Anchorage, organized by a few friends. In the spirit of the event, a bunch of us get dressy in fancy clothes to pretend we are rich for one night, and then go downtown and visit several bars.

I always get excited when I see a baby grand piano at a venue. I get even more excited when it is a Yamaha.

Luckily for me, our second destination for the night was Whale’s Tail at the super-classy Captain Cook Hotel. I’ve always wanted to play a baby grand piano wearing a Qi Pao, and on this night, I got my opportunity.

Here’s me playing “Rose” (a.k.a “My Heart Will Go On”) piano music from the film Titanic, composed by the late James Horner. Much thanks to my good friend and talented Film Director Carl Weber for filming this.

It was nice to get lost in the music and let my soul sing through the instrument.

I hope you like it.

With Love,
Jessie

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Chance and Rachel Scene from Chance 2017

I am happy to share with you a scene from the feature film Chance (2017) that was filmed in Alaska by the talented team at Bizzay.

In this scene, I (Rachel) play opposite talented actor Tristan Heil (Chance). This scene was such a joy to film because the acting was intensive, and both of us had to summon a lot of different emotions to make the scene authentic. I am proud of what we achieved artistically. I hope you like it.

With Love,
Jessie

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Anchorage Press reviews “Chance” worldwide premiere

For a film producer, the first feature film is usually very special, and for me, that film is "Chance". From the moment I auditioned for this film, I sensed that this film was going to be special, and my thoughts were confirmed when I finally read the screenplay which was written by the talented Norberto De Jesús Jr. who also co-directed the film with Zayn Roohi. I can't help but reflect on the fact that four college kids got together and created a new film company called Bizzay and decided to make a feature film based in Anchorage, Alaska... and I got to be a part of it.

On Friday June 30th, 2017 we held a press screening at the Alaska Experience Theatre, and the screening was a success. It is one of the best feelings in the world to see our film play on the big screen... because for everyone involved in the making of the film, we all know how much love and energy and pain went into making it.

Now that the film was completed, not only were all the tickets to our premiere screening got sold out, as a cherry on top of a beautiful cake, Anchorage Press did a review on our film - it is always an honor when the press shows up at your screening!!!

Here are some photos from our film premiere event. If you missed out on a ticket, there will be opportunities in the near future to see this film as we are planning to hold more screenings - so stay tuned!

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My latest film “Chance” is premiering on Friday June 30th, 2017

I am excited to announce that the latest film that I’m a part of is complete and will be premiering on Friday, June 30th, 2017 at 7pm at the Alaska Experience Theatre. Here’s the trailer that was just released today:

CHANCE Trailer

BIZZAY is proud to announce the press screening of CHANCE, an indie-Alaskan feature film about homelessness. The premiere will take place on June 30th, 7PM at the Alaska Experience Theatre.Individuals can purchase tickets at bizzaymedia.com/product/chance/, and press can reserve a seat by contacting BIZZAY on Facebook or at info@BIZZAYmedia.com.

Posted by BIZZAY on Friday, June 2, 2017

 

I still remember the day I auditioned for this film.

It was late last year 2016: I showed up to the venue and met Norberto De Jesús Jr. (Director) and Sebastian Baquero (Actor & Casting Director) for the first time. I auditioned using sides that were not from the screenplay, but during the audition process, I immediately recognized dedication from these filmmakers. I firmly believe that casting the right actors for the roles is crucial to the film’s success, and the fact that these guys took such care into holding a well-organized audition process, indicated to me that they were serious about making a good film. However, when they said that they planned to film this whole feature film in less than two weeks, I was shocked. I did not know how in the world they were going to pull it off – but I chose to believe in them because I believed in miracles.

I was delighted when they offered me the role of “Rachel”, a role which really challenged my emotional range as an actor, and I accepted it without hesitation. I was even more delighted when I finally got to read the actual screenplay (which had a good story and was beautifully written), because instantly I knew in my heart of hearts that this was going to be a great film… and so I decided to be one of the Executive Producers on this project also.

We followed the filming schedule closely, conducted table-reads and very soon, the actual filming began. Remember how I said they conveyed to me that they “planned” to shoot this film in two weeks? Well, they did. Yes, they ended up shooting the whole feature film in less than two weeks.

Fast forward to now – the film is ready to premiere at the end of this month – Friday June 30th, 2017.

The thing I love about the film industry in general, is that I never know who I might meet or get to work with. However, one thing I do know, and have experienced time and time again, is that every once in a while, I meet truly talented artists who make miracles happen. The guys who made this film happen started their film company BIZZAY LLC –  Zayn Roohi, Sebastian Baquero, Norberto De Jesús Jr., and Traejen Scott – and I could not sing higher praise (from my first-hand experience from working with them) for just how talented they are as filmmakers and more importantly, how wonderful they were to work with. Despite being such young filmmakers, they were true professionals who made the process so easy for all of us, and as an actor, that made it easier for me to focus on my craft so that I could deliver my best performance when the cameras rolled.

It was truly a pleasure to get to work with these guys, and I know I will be seeing even greater things from them in the very near future.

I wish them every success and I look forward to working with Bizzay on more film projects in the future.

With Love and Admiration,
Jessie Wei

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Thank you Fireweed Film Challenge 2017 for Best Actress Award!

Last night I attended the 2nd Annual Fireweed Film Challenge 2017 Film Premiere, organized by the Seawolf Student Filmmaking Group at University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA). It is so inspiring to see our young filmmakers taking an active role in stimulating our local film industry here in Alaska.

The film competition was open to everyone in the community – students and professionals alike. A Producer/Director friend of mine, Charles Baird, registered for the competition and was kind enough to ask me to act in his film “The Ouroboros”. He told me a bit about the story and the character he wanted me to play – a psychotic woman on a destructive path chasing after her cheating husband – and I was hooked. It sounded exactly like the type of out-of-the-ordinary roles I love to play in films. So I said “yes”!

And am I glad I did! Last night at the screening, I was honored with the Best Actor award. This is the first time I have ever won an award for acting, and needless to say, I will cherish this forever. Acting is such a significant part of my life, my soul, and to even be in the presence of our talented filmmakers is an honor.

My first ever Best Actress Award (Fireweed Film Challenge 2017). Thank you Seawolf Student Filmmaking Group @ UAA!

So, I want to say:

Thank you Seawolf Student Filmmaking Group for this pleasant surprise!

Thank you to the organizers and presenters of this event Yoshina Okamoto, Dikeos Foudeas, Darrian Traw and Gabriela Riquelme for making this night happen and for continuing doing what you do!

Thank you Charles “Chuck” Baird for Writing, Directing and Producing this film and letting me be a part of it!

Thank you Levi Nilsson for the awesome cinematography work!

Thank you Sabrina Willis for being an awesome Assistant Director and Script Supervisor, and being there for me when I couldn’t remember my lines!

Thank you to my talented Co-Stars April Beardslee and Stephen Waalkes for being such awesome people to work with.

I dedicate this award to all the artists out there who never stop working for their dreams.
Our Art is everything. Never forget that. Don’t stop. NEVER STOP. IMPROVE EVERYDAY.

I’m so blessed to know all of you!

With Love,
Jessie Wei

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