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Juhannus Productions proudly present
CREATURE OF HABIT

A feature film by Finnish Director Tomi Hinkkanen
Produced by Jonny Kahleyn and Tomi Hinkkanen

 


 


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Tomi Hinkkanen (Writer and Director)

TOMI HINKKANEN was born in Turku, Finland. After receiving a much wanted super 8mm camera as a 14th birthday present, he begun making amateur films, harnessing friends and relatives as (sometimes reluctant) actors. After graduating from high school, he got accepted at California State University in Northridge to study film. So he crossed the pig pond to the U.S. for the first time at the tender age of 19. Tomi studied radio, TV, film, as well as general subjects at CSUN  and then  transferred to Columbia College Hollywood where he earned his B.A. in Film. Upon graduating, Tomi returned to his native country where he started a successful video production company and worked as a news reporter in Helsinki for the Finnish TV network MTV3. In 1994 Tomi returned to his beloved Los Angeles. He has been working as a freelance journalist ever since, filing TV, radio and print stories for Finnish news outlets. In 2006 Tomi started studying method acting under Lorinne Vozoff at the Theatre Group Studio in West Los Angeles. This sparked the old flame of movie making and as a result, he wrote, directed and co-produced "Creature of Habit" with Jonny Kahleyn using many actors from Ms. Vozoff's group. Tomi wants to thank everyone involved with the project and is looking forward to a continued co-operation with his actors.



CAST (in alphabetical order)

ANDY ANDERSON
GENEVIERE ANDERSON
  MELISSA  ANDERSON
NICOLE CANNIS
DAVID FRUECHTING
TOM HOECK
TOMI HINKKANEN
JONNY KAHLEYN
SHEVAUN KASTL
TAISTO LISKI
ERKKI MÄKIKIHNIÄ
TAIMI  MÄKIKIHNIÄ
BRIAN MAYFIELD
EVAN OLMAN
JOCELYN OLMAN
NADINE AUREL
BARBARA SANDERS
VINCENT WEIR


April 12th, 20009

CAST AND FRIENDS GATHER FOR THE SCREENING OF 'CREATURE OF HABIT'

Sci-fi horror movie Creature of Habit is screened for Cast and Crew (and friends) at Studio Stage in Hollywood.
 
The special by-invitation-only Cast and Crew gathering took place at Bill Sterritt's Studio Stage Theater in Hollywood on Easter Sunday.  Many of the cast  and their guests joined in the fun. Creature's stars Nadine Aurel and Shevaun Cavanaugh Kastl posed for pictures in front of the movie poster. Melissa Anderson, who plays Latisha Washington in the film, came to see it with her boyfriend Yaze. Geneviere Anderson, who plays the sassy Dolly Malone, brought her friend Patty. David Fruechting (Professor Samuel Hill) was happy to be rejoined with other cast members. Brian Mayfield ( Bruce) exchanged greetings with Andreas Anderson, who portrays Root in the film. Evan Olman, who is hilarious as the hangover roommate in the film, was happy to see his old acting buddies at the screening.

The screening was also attended by  friends and supporters without whom Creature of Habit would not have been made. Taisto Liski not only performed in some of the the movie's funniest scenes, but also kindly hosted all of us during a grueling 2 week   shoot in Idyllwild., CA. Taisto came to the screening with his wife, Helka. Lorinne Vozoff, the artistic director of Theatre Group Studio,  attended the screening with her spouse Jerome. Seven of our actors are from Ms. Vozoff's theater group.  Michelle McCarty came with her daughter Caitlin. The mother-daughter team run the Irish Rose Music Company, which produced three of the songs heard in the movie. Jouni Passi came with his beautiful wife Lana. Jouni was our underwater cinematographer.  Background actors Taimi and Erkki Mäkikihniä arrived in their Sunday best and enjoyed the film in the front row. Long-time arts patron Bill Sterritt was ever so helpful in letting us use his theater. He saw the film with his wife Mary. Also present were musicians Alain Figueroa from the band Carbol Fusion  who was accompanied by girlfriend Carmen and his parents and Justin Dzuban whose music were highlights of  the film.

Producer Jonny Kahleyn made it all happen technically in the solitude of the projection booth above the stage.  Audiences in both shows watched intensively and a roar of laughter filled the venue from time to time. An hour and 37 minutes seemed to fly by until the end credits started rolling.

We are very grateful to our cast & crew , supporters and friends. without whom Creature of Habit could never have been made.. Our  heartfelt thanks to all of you for making it happen!





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