Last update: 07/26/2019

PUZZLED - 2 COMEDY EPISODES RELEASED ON AMAZON PRIME!

[July 2019] 

2 pilot episodes of PUZZLED an original comedy series I star in, directed by Michael Bergmann (Influence, Milk & Money), have just been released on Amazon Prime! (If you have prime, you can watch it for free). 

WATCH TRAILER HERE: 
http://bit.ly/puzzled_trailer

TRAILER PUZZLED ON YOUTUBE

I wear 3 hats in PUZZLED: Actress, Writer, AND Singer-Songwriter:
• Not only did I enjoy ACTINGand being the funny Bruna who is an actress “trying” to play a badass crime-fighter with her partner in crime… really “trying” because there is always something that goes South…
• I also had the honor to be part of the WRITER’S ROOM, run by our director Michael Bergman, PUZZLED is based on the idea of Daniel Bergman, Michael’s 23 year-old autistic son (studying now at Harvard!)
• And cherry on the cake, an unreleased, fun, French 60s-style, SONG of mine, I co-wrote with Steve Sholtes and Lilas Klif, is featured in the opening titles, in its original French lyrics, HORS LA LOI (which means OUTLAWS).
That’s at least 3 reasons for you to watch it, isn’t it! :P And may I add a 4th one? It is delightful.

It is an indie project, we are so happy it finally made it through AMAZON PRIME. So we are thankful for your time watching it. Stars and reviews, if you like it, are more than welcome to keep it up there as long as possible :)


“OK? Let’s go!”
WATCH PUZZLED ON AMAZON HERE

 



WINNER BEST ACTRESS AT LOS ANGELES CINEMA FESTIVAL OF HOLLYWOOD

[July 2019] 

I have been honored with another best actress award at the Los Angeles Cinema festival of Hollywood for my performance in the short film POLLY that garners also the best narrative short award for our director Marco Bottiglieri. 

I am so proud and happy that POLLY premiered on the big screen this past July 6th at the festival in the heart of HOLLYWOOD at the Complex Theater. To many more!! :)



WINNER BEST DUO AT NEW YORK FILM AWARDS

[July 2019] 

More awards!!! A trilogy of them: BEST DRAMA, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST DUO FOR OUR PERFORMANCE IN POLLY AT NEW YORK FILM AWARDS that says: “Mars gives a spectacular performance, honest and exposed... Marco Bottiglieri’s touch is felt all the way through and it’s clear this film was made with a lot of passion for the craft and other people

I am so thankful, happy and proud to see how the film is received on the festival circuit.



WINNER BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT AT LOS ANGELES ACTORS AWARDS

[June 2019] 

I just had the honor to receive another best actress award at the Actors Awards Los Angeles festival for my performance in the short film POLLY directed by Marco Bottiglieri. 
Actors Awards: “What a wonderful, heartfelt performance… Melissa is so natural, so exposed, so vulnerable, that it’s impossible not to relate to her character"

#grateful #happy



WINNER BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT AT LOS ANGELES FESTIGIOUS FILM FESTIVAL

[June 2019] 

I had the honor to receive a best actress in a short film award at the Festigious Los Angeles film festival for my performance in the short film POLLY which received Best Indie award as well!

I can’t express how moved, humbled, honored, freaking happy, excited and grateful I am for this award.? My deepest thanks to Ashla Soter, producer, and Marco Bottiglieri, director of POLLY. Thanks to the cast and crew who supported my process on set and helped me shine, and to the festival that transformed Polly’s tears into joy!?



BETTER LATE THAN NEVER MOVIE POSTER

[June 2019] 

This is the official poster for BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, a short film I wrote and starred in, directed by the creative and talented Marco Bottiglieri, with who I collaborate for the second time after starring in his short film POLLY.
In post-production...



TEXAS ZOMBIE WARS EL PASO - ON AMAZON VIDEO

[April 26 2019] 

The first part of TEXAS ZOMBIE WARS, a 4-part franchise, is now available on AMAZON! 
I play “The Frenchy” Dr. Corsini, alongside an ensemble of actors / veterans including Mikel Vega (Colony, Transformers), Trevor Scott, James Bane, Max Mullen… If you like Zombies, soldiers, gunshots, blood… and entertainment, watch it, rate it and share it:

TEXAS ZOMBIE WARS ON AMAZON
Texas Zombie Wars



LOST ANGELAS WORLD PREMIERE AT THE METHOD FEST

[April 2019]
LOST ANGELAS, a thriller starring Korrina Rico, David Proval (THE SOPRANOS), John Aprea (THE GODFATHER II), John Capodice (ACE VENTURA)… and myself in a supporting role, premiered at The Method Fest in Los Angeles, CA on March 26 2019 and garnered 2 nominations for the indie feature film and the festival's outstanding performance award for Jon Jacobs.

The movie will open in LA on june 14th! 



WRAP ON A SHORT FILM WRITTEN BY & STARRING MELISSA MARS

[March 2019]
I was in Los Angeles for BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, a short film I wrote, directed by the creative and talented Marco Bottiglieri, with who I collaborated for the second time after starring in his short film POLLY, coming soon in festivals. 
Produced by Ashla Soter, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER stars also the Irish actor Sam Lucas Smith in the role of Matthias… with a crew that faced bravely the winds, cold and other challenges encountered up that mountain of Riverside, California… Now in post. More to come “sooner than later”…



FESTIVAL VOIX D'ETOILES' JURY

[October 2018]
I am proud to serve as a judge on the International French Film Festival Voix d’Étoiles’ jury that will take place in Port-Leucate, in the South of France, from the 24th to the 28th of October 2018.

Voix d’Étoiles is an international film festival of animated movies, this year the official selection includes The Indestructibles 2, just recently released, the world premiere of Pachamama... More about the selection here.

 



VIRTUAL REVOLUTION ON DVD, iTUNES, AMAZON...

[October 2018]

I totally transformed with cornrows, shooting arrows and fighting for my cameo role in Virtual Revolution.

The science fiction movie, set in a 2047 Europe, in a world dominated by virtual reality, has been released in theaters in France and the USA and garnered over 50 awards at L.A Dances with films, Filmquest, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, Dragoncon, Unreal Film Festival, NOLA Horror Film Festival... among others. The movie is now available on DVD, iTunes, Amazon... 

Watch Trailer:



FIRST FEATURE FILM - First Draft

[July 2018]

In re-writing mode for my first feature film, for which I just wrapped a first draft. I have been writing since the age of 16, short-movies, movie/TV concept ideas and songs! Now I'm proud and excited to take it a step further... my first steps into writing a feature film.



PREMIERE ON LIFETIME

[January 2018]

Deadly Delusion, a thriller alongside Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents, The Fosters), Mike Faiola, Louis Mandylor, Michael Rene Walton and myself, premiered on Lifetime on January 13, 2018. Watch for more airings! This movie is my American TV debut! 

Watch an excerpt with me here :) "It can kill you..."

Official Trailer: "Deadly Delusion" - Formula Features



TRIBUTE TO DOLORES FROM THE CRANBERRIES - ZOMBIE COVER

A couple years I covered Zombie because of every word and soul it carries... 
A strong song, expression
A unique voice and band... 
An inspiration, a muse
Another great artist gone 
But forever in our hearts... in our heads... That’s what’s in my head right now. 
Let me share this track with you because I don't know how else to say...
Bye Bye Dolores :,(

Melissa

Listen to the cover song on: soundcloud

 



POST-PRODUCTION:

We wrapped the pilot of the original series "Puzzled", a comedy by director-writer Michael Bergmann (Influence, Milk and Money).

And as a bonus, I have an unreleased song featured in the opening titles!!! To be followed...



I will not protest. I will not comment politics. I WILL CREATE...

“...In the torment of life's challenges I somehow lost track of "it", but I remember now. My purpose.
I will not protest. I will not comment politics. I WILL CREATE. That is my purpose. My revolution. Writing. Acting. Singing. Creating. Not only for pilot season but for life…"

My deepest thoughts and mixed emotions with no filter.
To read my full post: http://bit.ly/Iwillcreate



LANGUAGES: ARABIC

Did you know I can speak Arabic? (among other languages: English, French, Spanish, German...!!) Here is an intense scene, a visit from a tough CIA agent played by James Kacey...

WATCH SCENE