Fresh Bread Productions, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for profit company that produces theatre and film to reflect and effect social consciousness. Fresh Bread has received grants from Bravo Television, Illinois Art Council, State Farm, The Harmon Grant, and Cablevision. NYC Fresh Bread Productions credits include Savage in Limbo by John Patrick Shanley at The Producers Club, and Rant directed by Peggy Davis at the Public Theatre, The Cherry Lane Theatre, and others which benefited Safe Horizon Battered Women Shelters. Fresh Bread co-produced the film Using with Phenom Features, which will benefit Salvation Army Safe Harbour Shelters, for which proceeds from Kymberly Harris’ play Roses Turn went in the summer of 2009, as well as Teen Challenge furthering their cause of raising awareness to the epidemic of teen addiction and recovery.
Artistic Director, Kymberly Harris is an award-winning actress and playwright who’s Fresh Bread Productions started with an ensemble of MFA graduates of the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. She is the founder and Artistic Director of TheatresCool, a professional training ground for beginning, aspiring, and professional actors, at risk and special needs youth.
Fresh Bread Productions and Phenom Features produced an independent motion picture written and directed by Thomas Quinn. They cast talented students and aspiring screen artists in Bloomington, Chicago, and Central Illinois, working side-by-side with movie-making professionals Thomas Quinn, Kymberly Harris, and more. “USING” is a feature-length drama about loving deception and a father’s fight to save his daughter from self-destruction. 22-year-old Gwen McNeil is the out-of-control daughter of real estate magnate Edward “Eddy” McNeil. Gwen’s father devises an elaborate and deceitful scheme to rescue her from the streets of Chicago, but if his plot is uncovered it could cost him his daughter. “USING” is a cautionary tale of addiction, betrayal and unlikely redemption, which asks the impossible question, “How far would you go to save a life?”
Post Production Update!
Hello Friends and Fans of Using!
Using has had such an incredible year and we are very excited to share with you what we have been up to since wrapping production in 2010.
Our great news begins with the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation awarding us the Mirza Arts Grant! They make it possible for organizations like ourselves to custom-design our project to reflect our charitable goals and interests.
With this grant, we have hired John Bosher and Chris Charles of Beverly Ridge Pictures for our post-production supervision! Beverly Ridge Pictures, LLC is an Emmy® Award-winning production company dedicated to creating film and television with the highest production value. We have been working closely with them every day in order to ensure Using is being developed into the best film it can be, and reflecting the important story we are sharing with our audience.
These steps are very important to the completion of the film we have all worked so hard to make and are very excited for what 2012 has in store! Thank you very much for your continued support of the project and look forward to sharing the completed film with you soon!
Kymberly Harris, Artistic Director, Fresh Bread Prodcutions, Producer and Actor, Using
Thomas A. Quinn, Phenom Features, Director and Producer, Using
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Fresh Bread Productions & Phenom Features Present “An Evening with Terry O’Quinn – Benefit for Using”
Just before finishing their shoot in Chicago, the cast and crew of “Using” hosted a red carpet event for family, friends, donors and celebrity guests, to raise funds for the movie’s post-production costs.
Screenwriter/Director Thomas Anthony Quinn’s older brother, Emmy-winning actor TERRY O’QUINN drew quite a crowd of fans, and donated a knife used on the set of ABC’s “Lost” to the event’s silent auction. O’Quinn also took photos with guests eager to support Phenom Features’ pilot project.