Actress Linda Collins is making waves
The Hell’s Kitchen NYC Film Festival will feature two film selections starring actress Linda Collins this upcoming January. Gruesome Threesome and Three For the Road are part of the January 17 – 19 festival. Held at New York’s Producers Club, 358 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, the festival will be in the heart of Time’s Square.
Collins, a St. Louis, Missouri – born actress and musician has important roles in both – in Gruesome Threesome (a film the festival has deemed a Grindhouse selection) she plays Mrs. Burns. The horror film is directed by Terry Wickham (who also directed Collins in the horror film Double Vision). In Three For the Road, Collins is Liz, one of the three principle characters that meet up for a spiritual journey after befriending each other in a yoga class. Three For the Road is directed by David Wilson, an actor also known for his work in Eddie and The Cruisers (1983) and The Bronx Zoo (1987 – 1988), among many others.
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Another role worth pointing out is Collins work in the film In My Eyes. The story of a young man with cerebral palsy and his journey to college. She co-starred with Zac Abraham, Matt Cohen and more in the short drama. The 2019 film joins a small, but pivotal, list of portrayals of cerebral palsy: Margarita, With A Straw (2014), Enter the Faun (2014), War Eagle, Arkansas (2007), Door to Door (2002), My Left Foot (1989) and Gaby: A True Story (1987). Legendary actor, Daniel Day Lewis garnered an Oscar and BAFTA for his portray of Christy Brown in My Left Foot. On the small screen, Special premiered on Netflix in 2019 and Walter White Jr., (played by RJ Mitte) is a character with cerebral palsy, on Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013).
Collins performed principal horn with the Winnipeg Symphony, Naples Philharmonic and Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Her musical theatre / orchestra performances include Showboat with Robert Morse and Elaine Stritch, and the Toronto staging of The Phantom of The Opera.
Actor, writer and director, John Hoyt, founded the Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival. Hoyt has starred in such diverse films at The Basketball Diaries (1995), Bullets Over Broadway (1994) and Carlito’s Way (1993). Each year he honors his friend, the late actor Victor Argo, who passed away in April 2004. Argo, who grew up in South Bronx, had an over 50-year career as a character actor. Among his body of work were Coyote Ugly, Law & Order, True Romance, Dream Street and The Last Temptation of Christ.
The 2020 Victor Argo Award recipient will be Tony Darrow. He will be recognized for his impressive film and television roles, a resume that includes Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Sweet and Lowdown, Analyze This, The Sopranos and Law & Order. Darrow is from Brooklyn, N.Y. Prior to acting, Darrow entertained on the Catskills circuit as a popular singer.
Actor and singer, Louis Vanaria will close out the evening with a song. Vanaria has been featured in such critically-acclaimed films as The Irishman, Wolf of Wall Street and on the small screen, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.