We often have a prominent guest speaker who is at the top of their profession but not often one who is a veritable ICON of the world of action/fantasy television. On April 20 you'll meet Renee O’Connor, best known for her role as Gabrielle, the petite powerhouse sidekick to Lucy Lawless’ Amazon, Xena. But Renee is also an accomplished Director, Producer and Writer.
Just so no one comes to the MCAI Meeting on April 20th expecting to see her in a leather bustier and carrying a spear, we thought you would like a little bit more of her background.
As we all know, Reneé made a name for herself when she resided in Auckland, New Zealand, playing the role of Gabrielle on the popular Xena series from 1996-2001. The scene stealing role created a huge worldwide fan base, one still active in countless websites dedicated to the actress and this signature series. She was also tapped to direct a few episodes.
As our topic for the evening on the 20th is Studio Vs Location, Reneé is an unquestionable expert having both co-stared and directed the Xena episodes. And as they say on TV, But Wait There’s More…
After Xena, Reneé moved on to launch her own film production company - ROC Pictures. Her first independent production under the company is the romantic comedy, Diamonds and Guns which was released on DVD in January 2008. She wrote, directed, and produced the award winning short film, Words Unspoken in 2010. Reneé currently produces a Video Subscription Channel for her company with the vision of bridging the internet community to sustainable personal awareness by means of entertainment. It is located on her website, www.ReneeOConnor.net.
Ms. OConnor has starred in several independent films including this year's Beyond The Farthest Star, the anticipated release from Pathlight Entertainment, an American Beauty' style family drama. Also in 2011 is the supernatural feature film, Deadrise, by Michigan Filmmaker of the year, Rich Brauer. (See the trailer at www.ReneeOConnor.net. )
Prior to her breakout role, Reneé lived in Texas and began her professional film career at the age of 17, starring in the serial Teen Angel, a regular feature on the Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club. Other credits include the Disney film, The Adventures of Huck Finn with Elijah Wood; television movies such as Follow the River with Ellen Burstyn, Danielle Steele’s Changes, and co-starring with James Garner in his second Rockford Files reunion movie; independent films Boogeyman 2 with Tobin Bell, Alien Apocalypse with Bruce Campbell to name a few.
Reneé’s talent extends well beyond the big screen or the small screen. Also an acclaimed stuntwoman, Reneé is proficient in several forms of martial arts and the use of martial arts weapons, which includes, the Nunchaku, Bo-Staff, and the Sai. Additionally, she is a talented artist and has auctioned off paintings for charities as well as to help finance projects under her production company.
We know you will enjoy hearing Reneé O’Connor at the April 2011 monthly meeting of MCAI’s LA/OC Chapter. Please come early and bring a friend--and be sure to RSVP so we have room for you!
EVENT: LA/OC Chapter of MCAI – Monthly Meeting
DATE: Wednesday April 20th, 2011
TIME: 6:15 Social Networking over light food and refreshments. Program begins at 7:00
LOCATION: SILVER DREAM FACTORY
1181 N. Knollwood Cir.
Anaheim CA 92803(714)836-1853
COST: Non-MCAI Members pay $17 at the door or $12 if prepaid via PayPal at the OC New Media Meetup Group http://www.newmedia.meetup.com/82/
Students with ID and MCAI Members pay $5. Please pre-register if you are coming!
From The SOUTH:
Take I-5 North to Anaheim. Exit at MAGNOLIA AVE (EXIT 114), toward CA-91 E. Turn RIGHT onto MAGNOLIA AVE. (If you are on BUCKINGHAM ST and reach N BUCKINGHAM ST you've gone about 0.1 miles too far) Turn RIGHT onto W. WOODLAND DR. Take the 1st RIGHT onto N KNOLLWOOD CIR. Silver Dream Factory will be on your left.
From The NORTH:
Take I-5 South to Anaheim. Exit MAGNOLIA AVE exit, (EXIT 114A). Turn RIGHT onto MAGNOLIA AVE. Turn RIGHT onto W WOODLAND DR. Take the 1st RIGHT onto N KNOLLWOOD CIR. Silver Dream Factory will be on your left.