Greg Schweers to play President Griffin in Enhanced Interrogation

 

New Jersey based actor Greg Schweers has won the role of “President Griffin” in the upcoming political thriller Enhanced Interrogation.

Director Terry R. Wickham details his casting, “We needed someone who was very intelligent, who has been part of crucial decision making moments in real life, came across as authoritative and a true leader.

Because of Greg’s background as a Prosecutor, I’m certain he’s experienced more than his share of stressful situations where he’s had to research and prepare for the cases he prosecuted.  I see these types of scenarios as similar to the responsibilities of the President of the United States.

Obviously Greg’s acting ability was paramount, but just as important was how he spoke and carried himself.  Greg is someone that doesn’t get pushed around and since the character was written to be like our current president, I needed someone who could carry those stronghold traits.”

Greg Schweers bio:

Greg, a former Prosecutor, is thrilled to be playing President Griffin in Enhanced Interrogation. Greg has been a busy actor appearing recently  as the founder of General Motors, Billy Durant, in The History of Cars, to air on the History channel this fall. He also appeared as boss Johnathan opposite star Chinese actress Yang Mi for the television series The Negotiator. He also played the villains in recent episodes of The Perfect Murder and Deadline Crime with Tamron Hall for the ID Discovery channel. On stage, Greg recently played Senator Glenn Cooper in Neil Simon’s comedy, Rumors and as the overbearing father in a NYC Off Broadway play, Daddy Issues. He appeared as grown up Anthony in a remake of the classic Prince Spaghetti commercial.  A history buff, Greg’s favorite role is John Adams in 1776. He has played major roles in several films, commercials and Industrials.  As a veteran Prosecutor of 25 years, Greg tried all types of cases before a jury including Murder, Kidnapping, Sexual Assault and Official Misconduct. He lives at the Jersey shore with his wife of fourteen years and their beautiful ten year old daughter.

Visit Greg’s page on Backstage to learn more of his acting work:
https://www.backstage.com/u/gregschweers/

Meet Director & cast of Enhanced Interrogation

Today Saturday May 20th

Meet the Cast Members and/or Attend the Casting Call for the
Hottest New Film being Shot in Trenton: Enhanced Interrogation

TRENTON, N.J. – Bloch Wall Productions and Mantaray Pictures are excited to announce the filming of its newest movie, Enhanced Interrogation, to be shot in Trenton, N.J. at the end of June and the beginning of July 2017. There will be a Meet the Cast/Fundraising event for the film on May 20, 2017 from 1 PM to 3 PM at the Lafayette Yard Hotel (Formerly the Wyndham Garden Trenton) followed by a Casting Call for the movie at the hotel from 3 PM to 5 PM.

Director Terry R. Wickham writes, “(Trenton’s own) Daryl Brooks and Stephen Martino have constructed a controversial story that is incredibly topical in our modern-day society and asks the potent question of ‘What if’ our country was put in a pressure-cooker situation of the moral dilemma this story raises.”

Enhanced Interrogation is about a foreign-born terrorist who now finds herself legally on American soil, preparing to bring the terror and death from her native country of Afghanistan to the states. Caught in a routine FBI sting operation, Hamadei’s plot for a 9-11 type terrorist attack is accidently uncovered. The problem is, the FBI doesn’t know how, doesn’t know where, and doesn’t know by whom the attack will take place. What they do ascertain is that an enormous explosive, one which will make Timothy McVey’s fertilizer bomb seem like a sparkler, is set to detonate the following day. When standard interrogation methods fail produce meaningful results, the ultimate decision is left up to the President of the United States whether to utilize Abu Ghraib-type torture techniques to obtain the information.

Both the timeliness and controversial nature of the film, Martino maintains, separates this movie from the pack. “Enhanced Interrogation,’” he says, is “will make the viewer question their own ethics and beliefs and make them think long after watching it.”

Enhanced Interrogation will be released in the Fall of 2017 and be entered in all major film festivals across the country and globe. If there are any questions or if you would like to be part of the film, please contact Bloch Wall Productions at blochwallproductions@gmail.com.
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Lafayette Yard Hotel
1 W Lafayette St, Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: 609.421.4000 | E-Mail: blochwallproductions@gmail.com

Rex Carroll Cast as “Homeland Security Secretary George” in Enhanced Interrogation

Terry R. Wickham has chosen guitarist Rex Carroll to play “Homeland Security Secretary George” in the upcoming political thriller Enhanced Interrogation.

The director says, “When Rex and I were working out the agreement for me to use his rocking instrumental song “Re-Animate” in The Devil’s Five segment, he mentioned to me that he wanted to do some acting.  I told him I’d keep it in mind and when this project came up I called him on it.

I didn’t just give Rex the role.  He had to win it like anyone else through an audition.  So Rex auditioned just alike all the other actors and to his credit, beat out some good competition for the part.

Rex was actually interested in three of the roles, but after seeing his audition I knew he’d be best for HLS Secretary George.  The reason is that Rex’s look and voice were perfect for a military man, who steadfast in his beliefs on how we should go about protecting our country.  I needed someone with steel in his veins and wouldn’t back down no matter what.

Rex isn’t taking this opportunity lightly.  He’s already purchased his suit to wear in the film and is preparing with all sorts of research for filming.

Me being a lifelong fan of great guitar playing, it’s going to be honor have one of the best to ever play the instrument in the film.  Make no mistake, we both are committed to making something that should have a lasting impact on a worldwide audience.”

Rex Carroll Bio

Considered by many people as one of the most extraordinary rock guitarists in the world, Rex Carroll is an American born and bred musician who hails from the Chicago area. Like all great guitarists, Rex draws from a wide range of influences. From the earliest of American blues, Elmore James and Sister Rosetta Sharpe, through the rock and roll of the 50’s and 60’s, to the British Invasion. Everything from Little Richard to Jimi Hendrix. Coming of age in the 80’s, all the bands and guitar heroes of that era were also an influence.

Finally, Rex was discovered by the great talent scout Jim Delehant, who ran the A&R department at Atlantic Records for many years. Jim signed Rex to his first record deal for the label, and it’s been non-stop ever since.

Rex is known for several reasons- the bands he has put together (Fierce Heart, Whitecross, King James, Rex Carroll Band and several others), the melodic hard rock songs on the albums, his blistering classically influenced guitar solos, and the live concert tours. Performing in the USA, Europe, and South America have helped to mold his vision as well. Of late he has not only played the guitar on the albums, but has also been producing as well! Primarily for his own projects, but occasionally for other artists as well.

Growing up in the blues-inspired 60’s and 70’s, Rex is a bit of a hybrid on the guitar. He’s able to draw inspiration from the more modern technical/shredding style of the 2000’s, but always comes back to a heavy blues influence. Classically trained on the violin, he went on to earn a degree in classical guitar studies. The melodic sensibility gained in the classical realm perfectly counter-balances the blues licks learned from Albert King and Johnny Winter.

This is what enables him to connect to a broad fan base, and lead Guitar Player Magazine to call out the “masterful solos…packed with authority” while Guitar For The Practicing Musician hailed “the birth of a guitar hero.”

Artist Statement

When I was young, they passed out the instruments in school. The violin in my hands, just “felt right”. Later on, I picked up a guitar, and there was no turning back. I realized I could say the things I was feeling far better through music, than with just words alone. My desire is to express the things that can’t be said with words; and I want to make the world a better place with music. I am so very grateful for the God-given ability to play music, and I’m equally grateful for the support of so many fans over the years who have bought the albums and come out to the shows.

Rex Carroll Show History Sample

Cornerstone Festival / Bushnell, IL / 16,000 att.
Scandinavium / Goteberg, Sweden / 14,000 att.
Summerfest / Milwaukee, WI / 2,000 att.
Tomahawk Fall Colors Ride / Tomahawk, WI / 15,000 att.
Stuttgart Rock Club / Germany / 1200 att. (overflow SRO)
Creation Festival / Pennsylvania / 20,000 att.
Rio de Janiero Festival / Brazil / 55,000 att.

Rex Carroll Quotes Sample

“This is non-stop Hard Rock of the highest calibre filled with awesome guitar leads from Rex Carroll… -Damn this guy knows how to handle his guitar… PERIOD!” – Powermetal.dk

“If shredders like George Lynch, Warren DeMartini, Vivian Campbell, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eddie Van Halen and a host of others gets your head bobbing and feet tapping than again Rex Carroll and company are a band that you need to hear.” – SleazeRoxx.com

“Those of you who have followed Whitecross over the years know that the group possesses a world class guitarist in Rex Carroll.” – Andrew Rockwell/AngelicWarlord

“I was absolutely blown away by this guys work, there are NO bad tracks on this album. Rocky, Bluesy and without doubt one of the best things I?ve had in this year and this is sure gonna be a tough album to better. ?My Train? is an AWESOME track.” – Overloaded Radio/Wales UK

“Four ?short pieces? of instrumentals, master Rex Carroll in for the kill…SUPERB guitar shreds do an assault on your ears. FANTASTIC!” – Metaltoinfinity.com

“All Killers and no fillers” – Paul Chesworth/Room13.com

“Carroll?s masterful guitar solos are brief, but packed with authority.” – Guitar Player Magazine/June 1985

“The birth of a guitar hero” – Guitar For The Practicing Musician/June 1985

Awards:

Two times recipient of the DOVE AWARD for Metal Album of the Year for the band Whitecross

Third place finish in the 2004 North American Rock Guitar Competition, an international event sponsored by Guitar Player magazine

Visit Rex’s site to learn more:
http://rexcarrollmusic.com/