World Premiere at DANCES WITH FILMS at TCL Chinese Theatres on June 16, 2018
LOS ANGELES (May 29, 2018) – Actress MELANIE HAYNES emerges as the awkward Aunt Patty in the new quirky indie comedy feature film, ANTIQUITIES, making its World Premiere at Dances with Films at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood on June 16, 2018.
Haynes delivers homespun fun along with stars Andrew J. West (The Walking Dead), Ashley Green (Twilight), Mary Steenburgen (Last Vegas) and Michaela Watkins (The Back-up Plan). The film was directed by Daniel Campbell from a script he co-wrote along with Graham Gordy (co-creator of Cinemax series Quarry, Rectify), under their Arkansas-based Mortuus Pater Pictures banner.
ANTIQUITIES follows Walt (West), a young man who moves to his father’s hometown after his death in search of learning who his father really was. While there, Walt decides to stay with his awkward Aunt Patty (Haynes) and her family, and accepts a job in a local antique mall where his father worked when he was younger. Along his journey, Walt ends up not only learning about his father, but also about himself.
Haynes was thrilled at the opportunity to dive into this eccentric cast of characters, adding “I loved all of the wonderful characters the writers had created, especially Aunt Patty, the moment I read the script. Being from a small town in Kansas, I could relate to the denial and putting on a happy face to the world that she and her family have. I was even more delighted when I found out what a stellar cast they had assembled to play these great characters!”
Haynes has been building a solid resume in Hollywood and beyond. Most recently, she appeared as a Southern Chef to assist Adam Conover with debunking the latest food myths in TruTV’s popular series, Adam Ruins Everything. Her credits include several celebrated indie films, including her role as the diabetic Mother of Mackenzie Davis in the coming-of-age drama, A Country Called Home; and as a Church-going, pyramid scheming deceitful woman in the dramatically touching film Heartland. Haynes also shined on the festival circuit in the award-winning short film Tender Moments, as the charming but lonely Southern belle Cordella; and as the no-nonsense bar owner Sissy in the indie drama The Last Mark.
Splitting her time between Los Angeles and her hometown Houston, Texas, Haynes has appeared in and voiced numerous television projects, including The Middle, Salem, A Face to Kill For, The Con, Arrest & Trial and The Daily Apple. She earned her Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in Theater and English at the University of Houston, and danced for several years with Patsy Swayze’s Houston Jazz Ballet Company. Haynes served on the board of SAG-AFTRA’s Houston Local Branch for 15 years and as the President for two terms. Today, Haynes continues to run her own professional voice over studio which she established back in 2002.
Coming soon, Haynes will appear in Todd Norwood’s buddy road-trip tale, Chasing the Sun, about two cousins who set off on a misadventure to Key West to find their uncle. In addition, Haynes joins the voice-over cast of characters in the highly anticipated animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, slated for release in December.
Melanie Haynes is represented by Aqua Talent and Caviar Enertainment.
For tickets/info to ANTIQUITIES at Dances With Films visit: https://danceswithfilms.com/film-listings-narrative-features/antiquities
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