Los Angeles, CA ~ July 10, 2006 ~ From a Portland, Oregon high school teacher to national renowned Pop star, Geoff Byrd is making a detour from music into the acting world. Byrd landed the lead role in the indie film The Finest Hour, a movie about the hard rockin life of lead singer Robert McNally. Byrd plays an edgy, dark and arrogant character in the beginning of the film but becomes enlightened after important life lessons. Byrd also will be performing and writing music for the film as well as recording on the sound track.
Robert (Robbie) McNally (played by Byrd) is the self-centered money obsessed lead singer of the band Salvage who writes a song about suicide that rises to the top of the music charts, only to lose the love of his life, his pregnant wife, played by Sarah Maine (Melinda and Melinda). A mysterious old man appears to show Robbie his future of fame that boosts his ego and he relentlessly pursues his career.
Synopsis: Six friends see their future from a mysterious stranger and struggle to make the right decision as fate and destiny collide in their Finest Hour.
Crew includes newcomer writer/director Les Shepherd, producer Erik E. Crown (Buddha in the Burbs, Livicated, My Lifes In Turnaround and Scrubs (writers dept)), and casting director Rebecca Berenson (General Hospital).
Cast includes Sarah Maine (Melinda and Melinda, Two Weeks Notice, Somethings Gotta Give), Camille Lacey (Creepshow 3), Kurt Sinclair (Minority Report, North Mission Road, Judging Amy, Reno 911), Ken Lacey (Static X), Malibu Dan (97.1 Free FM) and featuring a special appearance by Billy Morrison (Camp Freddy, The Cult). Morrison will also be writing the theme song for the film with Byrd. Also, co-writing with Byrd is Grammy winner Dee Suiter, with film/television credits including Showtime series Soul Food and Foxs Dark Angel, the Leon Lozano film The Slow Down and Tom Wilson/Jais Sardos Sundance Film Festival Winner Thomas Poops. Suiter has also performed and recorded with Patti Labelle, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Sting, Chaka Khan, just to name a few, as percussionist and drummer.
Filming is scheduled to start July 17th, 2006 in Los Angeles and to wrap up by July 31st.
Recently Byrd made his move to Los Angeles while on break from touring with Hall & Oates and will be living there on a full time basis. He has always dreamt of trying his hand in acting and has approached it with the same determination as his music career. Although he is proud of his achievements in his music career, Byrd says he was compelled to follow his dream of acting and believes that he is now truly exploring all avenues within the many mediums available.
Byrd will still actively be touring and performing music and will kick off his fourth tour with Hall & Oates in August 06 throughout Canada.
PS: I am also going to be touring with Hall and Oates again in August in Canada as well as some American east coast dates. Dates and times on that coming up in the next email. Meanwhile, I?m looking forward to doing this movie and I?m finishing up writing my next record. It?s going to be a departure...but I?m really happy with the material. I am leaving Granite Records and my management company to go independent again and breathe the free air! I will shopping my next record or staying indie, we?ll see but unfortunately, Granite and my management are not working out. But onward and upward baby...I feel re-inspired and I believe my best work is ahead of me! I?m excited actuallly...I just got together with Billy Morrison today and we wrote a thematic riff rock song called "The Light" for the upcoming movie, "The Finest Hour"...it?s the heaviest thing I?ve been a part of writing and singing and it may even shock some people. It?s also one of the coolest songs I?ve had a part in writing...I love it and I LOVE working with Billy what a cool, talented guy he is. Thanks mate!