LENORE ANDRIEL & STEVE DOUCETTE
It was Rodney Dangerfield, who first discovered Lenore Andriel, the award winning actress who stars in the just released western film “Yellow Rock”, while she was addressing an audience of 3,000 at the Ritz Theatre, in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Astonishingly, at the ripe age of 21, Andriel owned and ran the Ritz, where Dangerfield was performing that night. Having come up with the idea of owning a gorgeous showplace, replete with nightly star performers, Andriel set out to own it and found the funding to do it. She then successfully produced there, the likes of: The Oakridge Boys, Waylon Jennings, The Marshall Tucker Band, Spyro Gyra, Jeff Lorber, Mickey Gilley, George Carlin, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Chic Corea, Ray Charles, and many others.
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But it was Dangerfield who saw her at such a young age, be able to mesmerize and hold a huge audience captive. When she later met him backstage, he exclaimed “kid, you got it – you got stage presence. You belong in Hollywood.” She took his sage advice and became an actress, changing her path forever. His words were more fortuitous, than either of them ever could have imagined.
Therefore it is no surprise to learn of Andriel’s recent success for her eighteen award winnings (and still counting) for her feature film – “Yellow Rock”, in which she starred, wrote, and produced!
Andriel grew up on the east coast, where she studied at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. After her successful endeavor with the Ritz Theatre and upon taking Dangerfield’s advice, she then moved to New York City to begin her studies in stagecraft with many award-winning teachers. Once completed, her theatre work was instantly successful with lead roles from Off-Broadway to Lincoln Center.
Her first starring film role was opposite Bo Svenson in “Blood Brothers”, which led to her continuing to being cast as the “strong female lead”. She then played leads in award-winning independent films in both the u.s. and abroad, including “Childhood” opposite Tara Fitzgerald, which filmed throughout eastern europe, “Midnight Witness”, that gave her, her entree to the Cannes Film Festival with Maxwell Caulfield, and the tear-jerker indie “Desperate Measures”, that gave her one of her first award nominations for “Best Supporting Actress”. She has additionally starred opposite Paul Rudd, Dennis Haysbert, Paul Johansson, and Miguel Ferrer, to name a few in both film and television.
Additionally, as a voice-over actress she portrays several lead characters in “World Of Warcraft”. Her list of gaming characters for Blizzard includes: ‘Ysera’, ‘Mothership’, ‘Archival System’, and many more.
An avid world traveler, passionate about the environment, and a consummate horsewoman, Andriel is a ‘cowgirl’ for real, proving that whatever sets her mind to do, she gets it done.
That is probably the reason why the next phase of her career, was to write, produce and star in her own feature, “Yellow Rock”, a western with a message. She portrayed the strong female lead as ‘Doctor Sarah Taylor’, who embraces and supports the failing “Black Paw Tribe” in the dangerous days of 1880 California. Andriel’s first venture as a filmmaker paid off, winning her a coveted “Best Actress” Award, “Best Screenplay” – Shared with Co-Writer Steve Doucette, “Best Picture” multiple times, And “Best Producer” before the film had even been released.
“Yellow rock” starring Michael Biehn (Tombstone), James Russo (Django:Unchained), Lenore Andriel (Midnight Witness), Michael Spears (Into The West), & Eddie Spears (Hell On Wheels), has world-wide distribution and is currently making the film festival circuit. It has garnered eighteen awards ranging from the prestigious Western Heritage Awards 2012 to the Red Nation Film Awards, with many in between.
“Yellow Rock” won the coveted Bronze Wrangler Award from The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for “Outstanding Theatrical Motion Picture”, “Best Director”, “Best Screenplay”, and “Best Actors” – Michael Biehn, James Russo, Lenore Andriel, Michael Spears, and Eddie Spears. Andriel personally won in three categories: Writer, Producer, and Actress.
The ‘Wrangler’ is not awarded every year, but only presented to those deserving films and individuals. Previous winning films include “Unforgiven”; “True Grit”; “Dances With Wolves” and “3:10 To Yuma”. Individuals include John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, and Annette Bening, which indicates the high level of successful films and stars that have been awarded for the past 50 years.
With the success of “Yellow Rock”, and due to Andriel receiving the ‘best actress’ wrangler for her role as ‘Dr. Sarah Taylor’, she has truly been launched into the stratosphere. She additionally plans to create other film projects with her producing partner Steve Doucette, under their banner of Enlightenment Films, Inc. , in which she will continue to star, write, and produce. This is one “cowgirl” who dared to shoot for the stars and now has become one of them.
A huge sports fan and animal-lover, Doucette can now add the title of executive producer; westerns to his credits.
The one time stand up comedian had paired up with his little brother Joey to form the ”Other Brothers” comedy team years ago. starring as a feature act, they worked with the likes of Drew Carey, Soupy Sales, and the Unknown Comic at some of the best comedy clubs in the country.
His life-long friendship with actor Lenore Andriel, has opened a world of opportunities and an opportunity to re-enter the world of entertainment, as a co-writer and executive producer of his first feature multiple award winning western – Yellow Rock!
This is no small feat for a kid growing up in Florida with little background to the industry, other than enjoying the westerns such as Gunsmoke on the little screen.
This independent film with huge production value, musical score, and top notch acting makes “Yellow Rock” look and feel like a big studio picture. however, the telling of how callously white men destroyed Native American communities, are the real passion and inspiration behind the script. a real message to the story is what “Yellow Rock” is all about, and serves as a refreshing example of how to tell a great story, without having to rely on special effects and eye candy.
Since Doucette ventured on this journey a few short years ago and while writing the script as a western, it was obvious to him and Andriel that the plight of the Indians needed to be told. What is even more instrumental to this plot line is that Doucette’s former industry was selling commodities and gold in particular.
By today’s standards the running of gold is less wild west, and wilder stock exchange, however, his creative writing style allowed him to forge back in time to the real wild, wild west.
The script has been expressed exquisitely and bravely on-screen. the heat was real, shooting in 110-120 degrees made the scenes more real than even the actors could imagine. The expanse of the Veluzat ranch location filled all of their scene requirements and was very instrumental to the look and feel of the 1800’s.
With Doucette’s behind the scenes business acumen, he and Andriel were able to attract the prestigious entertainment law firm of Reder & Feig, llp in Beverly Hills. Their producer’s rep at the firm Noor Ahmed, brokered the world-wide distribution deals for them, with screen media films and epic pictures, right out of the gate.”
With his first feature completed and numerous awards won, the most prestigious of them all is the bronze wrangler which was presented to them at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum this past April.
Steve and his writing partner Andriel are now back at it, working on their next project. with their vision to make story driven movies, and their ability of creating and developing influential characters, one can hardly wait for the next Andriel/Doucette film, and with the development of their new company Enlightenment Films, inc. we can expect more award winning feature films in his future.
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