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Broadway's Max von Essen to Star in Short Film BLONDE

Production of the short film BLONDE starring Max von Essen begins shooting October 20th in NYC.

BLONDE explores the germination of sociopathological behavior in a young woman (Annabelle Attanasio), as she navigates the waters of life, work and love. Her fastidiousness requires that all facets of her life be in balance at all times - and at all costs. She meets a young man (Max von Essen) and his charm and sweetness threaten to derail everything she has built - or is he just a part of her bigger plan?

BLONDE is a short thriller written by Joanna Strange. It first appeared as a short story in Vitrine: A Printed Museum, a quarterly publication curated by Alexander Cavaluzzo, an NYU Tisch Master's Graduate.

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Max von Essen (The Man) recently completed a successful run in the Broadway revival of Evita, playing the role of Agustin Magaldi and covering Ricky Martin in the role of Che. Max recently appeared as Corrado Montelli in the acclaimed world premiere of Maury Yeston's Death Takes A Holiday at the Roundabout Theater Company. On Broadway, Max played Enjolras in the revival of LES MISERABLES, Alfred in Dance of the Vampires starring alongside Michael Crawford, Jean Prouvaire in the closing company of the original LES MISERABLES, and a disciple in the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Max has numerous television and film appearances including Gossip Girl, The Beautiful Life, The Today Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Sex And The City 2, and a recurring role on the hit web series Submissions Only.

Annabelle Attanasio (Blonde) is a young actress, writer, and director. She attends NYU Gallatin as a third-year student. Currently, Annabelle is starring in Uncle Vanya on the Columbia Graduate Mainstage. She just wrapped shooting her film, "Anchovies" (2Genuine Productions), and before that, made her playwriting debut at the Gallatin Arts Festival with her play "One Row Over." Previous credits include: Growing Up and Other Lies with Adam Brody and Amber Tamblyn, House M.D. and Century City as well as other films and theatre.

Joanna Strange is a New York based film/theatre artist. She was the assistant director to Matthew Francis (BAFTA nominee) on 5 separate productions, in the US and in the UK on his adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel, Lucky You. She has also assisted produced for Emmy and BAFTA award winner Jon Plowman, head of comedy at the BBC, and for Katharine Dore, Tony and Olivier award winning producer for Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. Most recently, she assisted Mr. Matthews on his work with George Stiles on The Three Musketeers at North Shore Music Theatre that starred Kate Baldwin and Aaron Tveit. Joanna has directed and assistant directed all over the East Coast and also Internationally. Recently directed Sharon's Shorts at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity where she won an award for "Outstanding Production of a Short Play." She will also assistant direct on The God Projekt at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club this fall.

Daryl Eisenberg is the Casting Director for the Off-Broadway productions of Miss Abigail's Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Tales From The Tunnel, White's Lies, My First Time, and The Awesome 80s Prom. Film includes: You Can't Fix Her, The Book of Caleb, Tabitha's Aquarium. TV: Casting Associate on Cashmere Mafia (Sony/ABC). Web:, Daryl was the Casting Associate on the hit TV show Gossip Girl for the first 2 seasons, as well as the Casting Assistant on the Broadway productions of Coram Boy, Radio Golf, and The Seafarer, and the films GREY GARDENS, AUGUST, and DARK MATTER. Graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Member of Casting Society of America (CSA).

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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