Renee O’Connor film looks to add Facebook fans

Renee O'Connor in Beyond the Farthest Star
Actress Renee O’Connor and producer Benjamin Dane on location in Leonard, Texas, filming “Beyond the Farthest Star.”

Back in April, we published this interview with Renee O’Connor, the straight actor who earned herself an army of devoted lesbian fans with her role as the sweet and sexy Gabrielle on the TV series “Xena: Warrior Princess.”

O’Connor was, at the time of the interview, on location in Leonard, Texas — just northeast of Dallas — filming a movie called “Beyond the Farthest Star,” about a preacher, his wife, their daughter and the secrets they have been keeping. It’s not the kind of movie we would usually cover in Dallas Voice; there’s nothing LGBT-related in the storyline. But hey, I was a “Xena” fan, too, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to interview O’Connor. Plus, I know there are plenty of lesbians out there who still follow O’Connor’s career and would be interested in her latest venture.

This week, I got an e-mail from Benjamin Dane, a local actor who not only has a role in “Beyond the Farthest Star,” but is also one of the film’s producers. And he is once again reaching out to O’Connor’s lesbians fans to help get the word out about the movie:

“The new film, ‘Beyond the Farthest Star,’ starring Renee O’Connor is up to 3,400 fans on Facebook. In the last week, fan numbers have increased over 1,500. In an effort to spread the word about the film as it is in post production, we are setting a goal for 5,000 Facebook fans by Aug. 31. We need another 1,600 fans in nine days. I know Renee has a powerful fan base and I am hoping it can be rallied to help us reach our goal.”

He also noted that the movie’s website includes a “fan-driven demand/release” program called “Bring It,” where fans can, basically, vote to have the film screened in their area. He explained:

“This innovative system gives us more ammunition with our distributors. We have three distributors interested, but if we have numbers to prove interest from fans, it gives us more bargaining power. The fans literally can bring the film to a cinema near them if there are enough votes! As of right now, there are 202 American cities and 7 different countries that want ‘Beyond’ to screen in a theater in their community! And this is without a trailer! We are working on a trailer and it will be presented, however numbers are starting to grow on buzz alone!”

And, Dane said, the “Bring It” button is also on the film’s Facebook page. He also had a special message to O’Connor’s fans:

“I know Renee and Xena fans. I have spoken to a lot of you and understand your passion and love for Renee. I cannot wait for you to see her in this powerful performance. I have seen rough edits of the film and it is very dynamic. It is emotional, intense and compelling. I look forward to sharing with you all!”

The film also stars Todd Terry, Cheramie Leigh, Barry Corbin, Lou Beatty Jr. and more. It was written and is directed by Andrew Librizzi, and is co-produced by Dane and Sally Helppie.

And by the way, the Dallas Metro area is leading, by a big margin, in the “Bring It” vote count.

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Finally, the ROC interview is online

O'Connor as wellsI know it has taken much longer than I said it would, but the story from my recent interview with Renee O’Connor is now available online here.

And just to try and make up for the delay, here is one more photo of Renee as Maureen Wells in “Beyond the Farthest Star,” the movie she has been filming here in North Texas over the last month.

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Renee O'Connor interview update

Okay, so the guys in the Life+Styles department have made a liar out of me.

I told you guys earlier this week that my interview with Renee O’Connor on the set of “Beyond the Farthest Star” would be published this week. But you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men (and editors) …. The story had to be delayed a week, due to space issues, but you can look for it NEXT Friday, March 26.

In the meantime, here’s another shot of Renee in a scene from the movie with her co-star, Todd Terry.

Todd Terry and Renee O'Connor
Todd Terry and Renee O’Connor

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Attention Renee O'Connor fans

Renee O'Connor and Todd Terry are starring in "Beyond the Farthest Star," filming now in North Texas
Renee O’Connor and Todd Terry are starring in “Beyond the Farthest Star,” filming now in North Texas

Renee O’Connor — best known to many from her days as Gabrielle from “Xena: Warrior Princess” — is on location in North Texas this month, filming the locally-produced movie “Beyond the Farthest Star.”

I got to go the location on Monday to talk to Renee and to Benjamin Dane, a locally-based actor who appears in the film and is a producer for it. The film also features  locally-based actor Todd Terry and Barry Corbin, among others.

Watch Friday’s issue of Dallas Voice for the story.

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