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Filmmaker James Balsamo to appear in Choke


Terry Wickham has been busy trying to cast some of his fellow filmmakers (directors & producers) to appear in Edwin M. Figueroa’s upcoming Devil’s Five segment, Choke.

Wickham fills us in, “Not everyone wants to be in front of the camera, which eliminated some of the comrades I was hoping to recruit.  Thankfully I found a couple of takers who were more than game to step before the lens with me.  James Balsamo was one of the first few to say yes.  He was totally down for appearing in the Red Carpet Event scene that takes place at a Film Festival in Edwin’s movie.

I first met James when I visited Veronica Freeman on the set of his film Bite School, which he was shooting at Five Towns College.  He was understandably busy that night, but we did get a chance to talk.

James is a guy who is full of energy and is actually a trained actor (read his Bio and visit his websites below), plus he lives locally on Long Island, so it made sense to call him for this scene.”

James Balsamo is a jack-of-all-trades; a songwriter, an actor, a
sculptor, but most importantly, a filmmaker extraordinaire. From the
time he was just a lad, and like so many others, James became
fascinated with the Horror genre, attending his first Horror
convention at the age of 8.

As a youngster, James knew what he wanted to do when “he grew up” – follow in the footsteps of his star slasher icons, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. Fueled by his ambitions, James convinced his parents to enroll him in Acting School. As a student in many prestigious New York acting schools, including Lee Strasberg, James’ passion for film and acting continued to grow. A New Yorker all his life, Balsamo continued his professional career at Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City. James grew tired of theatrical acting after high school, and knew it was time to make the transition to the big screen. He left his Shakespearean tights at the door, and spilled big screen blood all the way through Five Towns College.

Balsamo appears on both sides of the camera in many of his works,
including his most recent project, Hack Job. Hack Job, with a budget
under $60,000 has made its international debut, is selling worldwide, as well as exciting mentions during the NYC Tour of music icons GWAR and Ghoul. For now, James continues the “I Spill Your Guts” push, as he prepares for his newest project “Cool As Hell”.




Choke Featured Extras Auditions have begun

Devil's Five Poster

Tonight Producer Terry Wickham began the audition process to find the lovely ladies who will be Featured Extras for Edwin M. Figueroa’s segment CHOKE, which begins shooting next month.  The scene will be a Red Carpet Event at at Film Festival and include real life film directors and producers with the ladies as their on screen dates.  This is very exciting news as CHOKE is the last segment to go before the cameras, and will bring DEVIL’S FIVE closer to it’s completion.

Devil’s Five Latest News


Was great to finally have another video conference meeting with three out of four Devil’s Five partners (George was the only one who couldn’t make it) last night.  I believe it was the first meeting since May.  A lot has gone on since then since then.   It sounds like things are coming together for Thad to make his episode “The Devil You Know” and Edwin to direct his segment “Choke.”  It sounds as though both will go before the camera the first part of October.  “Stash” is in the post-production phase as Robert Figueira has begun his initial edit.  All of this is exciting developments to say the least.