Executive Producers Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo Present Messina Captor Films’ “The Salon” Digital Series for 2020 Emmy® Award Consideration 
By: Frank Tobin Public Relations 
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Messina Captor Films 2020
Messina Captor Films 2020

LOS ANGELESJune 21, 2020PRLogThe Salon,” a new digital series from Executive Producers Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo, and writer/director/producer Roxanne Messina Captor for Messina Captor Films, has unveiled a “For Your Consideration” campaign for the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards. The 6-episode series has submitted nominations in all major creative, performance and technical categories including “Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series,” announced filmmaker Captor, herself an Emmy® nominee for the CBS special “Home Sweet Homeless.”

“The Salon” pivots from the comedic to the dramatic with an ensemble cast that mirrors the culturally diverse richness of the world outside the “The Salon’s” rarified atmosphere. The storyline punctuates the zany and unlikely friendships that are formed among employees and customers amplified by contemporary issues ripped from today’s headlines.

View the trailer here.

“The Salon” features Harry Shearer, Kate Linder, Luis Jose Lopez, Mason Grammer, Eddie Buck, Akende Munalula, Candy Washington, Vanessa Garcia, Chalo Savino, Jeanette O’Connor, Jennifer Lee Weaver, Gail Bearden, Derek Washington, Anthony Tai and Tommy Geraci, with a cameo by KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin.

Messina Captor reflects on her project: “‘The Salon’ is a microcosm of our world and I am delighted that it has resonated with so many of our viewers 18+, many of whom have remarked how welcome it was to have a comedy come into their lives during these challenging times. It was always my hope that people would see a little of themselves in one of more of these characters. I like to describe as series as the juxtaposition of truth and reality, fantasy and fact, and perfection and imperfection. We were so fortunate to be able to complete this project during the pandemic with a masterful post-production. This included expressive music by Judith Owen.”

“The Salon” is based upon Captor’s award-winning short film,  “A Couple of White Chicks at The Hairdresser”which she wrote, directed and produced in 2009 which starred Shelley Long, Harry Shearer and Kate Linder. The short premiered at the Cannes Short Film Corner, was the MOW Pick for Shorts International Network on Direct TV and Frontier, and was an “Oscar Pick” for Largo’s  streaming service. “The Salon” continues the original storyline arc of “A Couple of White Chicks…” adapted to a digital format to address audiences’ preferences in 2020.

Key crew credits include: Lori Glasgow(Co-Producer); Anthony Nex (Co-Producer); Louise  Sattler (Co-Producer);Sunghwan Moon(Editor); Griffin Nex (Director of Photography) Caroline Skubik (Costume Designer), Cassidy Steele (Production Designer);  Bobby Murphy (Assistant Director); Siggy Mathieson (First Asst. Director); Pam Temmen (Production Coordinator) Manuel Rivas (Production and Post Sound); and Seda Akaltin (Script Supervisor).  A complete list of “The Salon” technical crew credits is available on IMDB.


Messina Captor Films is a film and television development and production company whose current projects include: “Pearl,” a historical romance based upon the life of the Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl Buck starring Judith Light, William H. Macy, John Cho, Leehom Wang, and Jing Tian, with support from wrote The Pearl S. Buck Foundation; “Thank You For Your Service” ( a short film which received the “Best Narrative Award for Hall of Fame Women’s History Month; “Gypsy Robe,” a feature film project based upon the Broadway gypsies of The Great White Way; “Her Married Lover,” ( now available on the Lifetime Television Network. Messina Captor’s documentary short “Peace Over Violence,” which explores youth education and stopping sexual and domestic violence, screened on KCET/PBS. Messina Captor’s documentary short “Thank You For Your Service,” ( about women veterans in active duty, was an official selection in the 2018 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Market 2018. The film also won “Best Narrative Feature” for the Hall of Fame, Women’s History Month. Her documentary short “Homecoming: Veterans, Wives and Mothers”screened at the San Pedro International Film Festival.  For her role as Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Festival, Messina Captor was awarded the 2005 Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres from the Republic of France.


A “Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser” to be featured on Sofy.TV

Can Two Adversaries Become Best Friends? Let the audience decide! A hysterical short film that looks at the lives of salon patrons and the hairdresser that is their common thread. Messina Captor Films will be partnering with Sofy.TV during a weeklong special event.

A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser and SOFY.TV
A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser and SOFY.TV

LOS ANGELESFeb. 16, 2019PRLog — Messina Captor’s short film, starring Harry Shearer, Shelley Long, Kate Linder, James Kyson Lee and Deborah Theaker  is written, produced and directed by Roxanne Messina Captor. The dramedy focuses on the poignant, yet hilarious, unexpected friendship that develops between two competitive and very different women.

A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser is Oscar-qualified and was an official selection at the Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival, Downtown Film Festival of LA (DFFLA) and the New Orleans International Film Festival, among other festivals, and will be streaming as a featured selection on Sofy.TV,, starting February 18, 2019.  A special interview with Roxanne Messina Captor, Director, will air on Sofy.TV during this spotlighted week.

“It is exciting to have our film picked up and be featured on Sofy.TV where it will receive a broader audience,” said Messina Captor.

A robust social media campaign is planned to activate in conjunction with the featured film week. A FACEBOOK LIVE event also is scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd at 11:45am Eastern/ 8:45 am Pacific. Link to connect LIVE and view recorded

Furthermore, a sequel to this film is scheduled for production starting Summer 2019 – The Salon.  Kate Linder has already has signed on in a major role.


Photo credit: Messina Captor Films

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