Everett Kelsey (Everett Newton Kelsey Jr.)
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Fascinated with man's inner struggles, Everett Kelsey identifies his characters' strengths, and shortcomings, before studying where his, and his character's paths cross. Rather then being presentational in his story telling, it's his sensitivity, and expression of subtext through behavior, which touches the primal nerve we avoid confronting in everyday life. Everett is a subtle actor-filmmaker, who purges a mélange of beauty and demons in his work. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Everett was three the day after his thirty-one year old father of the same name died. Read more... in Paris, France. Everett spent the early half of his childhood in Manhattan and attended the Saint Thomas Choir School of Saint Thomas Church, which introduced him to the arts. The later half was spent in Litchfield, Connecticut at The Forman School. During his high school years, Everett discovered the stage and his passion for acting. At that time he was also dealt a devastating blow when his only sibling, Holly, was killed in an automobile accident at the age of twenty-four. Everett and Holly were very close. He was fifteen at the time of her death and admits he has never gotten over it. "Sometimes I still hear my grandfather say, 'I will pray for you son,' and remember how I've blown through life like a tornado." Everett's grandfather was Dr. George D. Kelsey: author, scholar, and professor of Christian Ethics at Drew University, Princeton, and Columbia. Dr. Kelsey received his Doctor of Philosophy Degree at Yale University. Among his outstanding students at Morehouse College, Dr. Kelsey was a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Everett's first film break was in Florida while attending college when he was cast in a Chuck Norris martial arts action film. However, couldn't accept the role because of being on academic probation. After Florida, Everett returned to Manhattan where he eventually met and married his wife Sabina Bußmann, before receiving a crash course in German culture when he returned with her to Bonn, Germany, her city of origin, where they resided with Sabina's family for several years as Everett became fluent in German. Once back in New York City he concentrated on studying his craft as an actor and auditioning. In December 2000 after doing small theatre, he and wife Sabina moved to Los Angeles from Manhattan, to pursue Everett's film career with focus and intensity. Once in LA, Everett immediately took a job waiting tables and enrolled in the Howard Fine Acting Studio, before quickly finding himself on the set of General Hospital. After studying with Howard Fine, Everett continued his training at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Within those rooms he learned to channel and exploit painful life experiences and self-destructive behavior, transforming them into art. An additional source of balance for Everett has been martial arts, which he began studying at age 9. After notable appearances on General Hospital, Heroes, and starring across Christine Taylor in, The First Year's A Bitch, Everett and Sabina founded Organic Polyester Productions (OPP) in 2004, and began experimenting with different characters and story lines for the silver screen. The short film, Sleeper was created, marking OPP's first completed project, which was an Official Jury Selection at the, 2007 Hollywood Black Film Festival, where Everett was nominated in the category, Black Men In Film. A hauntingly beautiful, hypnotic martial arts short, Sunset followed, before shooting the short, Fury based on Marvel's character, Nick Fury. OPP's production of content paused, when Everett took a hiatus to write and publish his novel, Ular Senduk in 2009, which his partner Sabina helped to develop. Following Ular Senduk's positive reception, Everett remained behind the computer to scribe, Damon Tyler Dead or Alive (DTDOA), a romantic action, thriller, broken into three stand-alone screenplays, taking place in: Tokyo, the Philippines, Los Angeles, and Berlin. During his hiatus, a new wave of high definition digital camera technology was born. This prompted Organic Polyester Productions to form OPP Cinema Rentals, allowing OPP to explore and exploit new low light, extreme shallow depth of field capabilities in cinematography with other filmmakers. The first example of OPP's new visual direction is reflected in a moody, untitled experimental Noir Test short, shot on location in Downtown Los Angeles. The Noir Test short served as a warm-up for events yet to come. As if on cue shortly after editing the experimental Noir Test, Everett and Sabina became obsessed with a storyline inspired by an old abandoned restaurant they'd stumbled across during a Los Angeles location scout. The location stirred the duo, to gather every resource they had to develop, and produce the atmospheric feature length thriller, Shi, which Everett scribed, before debuting at the helm in 2011.