The last few months of 2019 have been busy ones for Simon. After learning that he earned the "Best Actor-Short Film" at the Salty Earth Film Festival, Simon did several e-Learning voice-overs for Vanguard engines, two national radio spots for Thorne Supplements, as well as voiceovers for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Johnson & Johnson, EdVest, Manpower, and Wins for Profit. On screen, Simon filmed commercials for Kalahari Resort, Potawatomi Casino and Hotel, and Kwik Trip, with the latter two being lead roles. Simon also filmed a video for Christian Relief, in which he played the on-screen narrator and doctor. Finally, Simon also did two major print shoots, one for Potawatomi Casino & Hotel and one for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, where he once again appeared as doctor.
Simon directed a very successful production of the Broadway musical "She Loves Me," at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The show played to packed houses nearly every night and was given rave reviews by audience members and critics alike. GMtoday called it, "A delightful production well-directed by Simon Provan."
Vanguard engines, the commercial division of Briggs and Stratton, has hired Simon to be the face and voice of their newest campaign. While most of these videos will be used for business-to-business purposes, some will find their way to the company's YouTube channel.
Simon recently wrapped on the short film "By the Rivers of Babylon," in which Simon portrays a Jewish refugee who, along with his son, escaped a Nazi ghetto. a heart wrenching story, this short film will be released for viewing in late February of 2019. Matt Roth was the writer and director.
Filming has wrapped on THE AUTHOR, THE STAR, AND THE KEEPER as of the end of January 2019. Produced by Salty Earth Pictures, Simon plays the lead role of August Star. The feature film is planning to be released in late fall, early winter of 2019.
Simon began filming in mid-October for THE AUTHOR, THE STAR, AND THE KEEPER. In this feature film, produced by Salty Earth Pictures, Simon is playing the starring role of August Star. Other cast members include Bruce Marchiano (Jesus in "The Visual Bible"), David Ruprecht (host of "Supermarket Sweep"), Dale Waddington (regular guest star on several current Hollywood productions), and Heather Ricks (lead actress in many faith-based films). Filming will continue in November and January.
Simon is currently directing LIFE, DEATH, AND A FEW THINGS IN BETWEEN: AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The show runs September 20-23.
If you are in the Milwaukee area, keep an ear out for Simon's voice in the newest Bastille Days radio-commercial! Simon voiced the tag of this spot. The commercial will run through July 15.
Simon has been brought on to be the face and voice of Vanguard, Briggs and Stratton's commercial engine. This has become a major campaign in the business-to-business industrial world. Earlier this year, Simon filmed two different videos and has voiced the first two e-Learning course for Vanguard. Three more e-Learning videos will be recorded later this year.
A campaign Simon is honored to play a part in, Tobacco Free CA went live with its "Story of Inequity" images. Simon plays the role of a rural, rugged man. See how he transforms from proud laborer to a smoker being "suffocated" by Big Tobacco by clicking here. Scroll down until you see Simon, then hover over "Read the Full Story" to see the transformation happen.
Mid-April saw Simon back in the voice-over booth; well, multiple booths, actually.
Simon returned to Plum Media in Milwaukee, WI to do more voice work for Snap-On tools. Simon also headed out to Madison, WI, where he worked with Rob Haggar of Haggar Audio. While there, Simon voiced two different scripts for an international appliance company.
Two films that feature Simon will be playing at the same film festival in Orlando! THE OPEN DOOR, in which Simon plays Pastor Bridges, and SHEPERD, which Simon plays a former convict, will both air at the International Christian Film Festival. The ICFF takes place in early May, 2018.
MOUNT LIPTAK, the short film that features Simon as the father of the main character, continues to find success on the film festival circuit. The film was recently named a REMI Award Winner as part of the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. In addition to WorldFest Houston, MOUNT LIPTAK has also been accepted in the Beloit Film Festival, Utah Film Festival, Albuquerque Film and Music Experience, and the Texas Independent Film Festival.
Simon closed out a very successful production of THE OUTGOING TIDE with In Tandem Theatre, which ran in February 23-March 18, with the final weekend being a near total sell-out! Having played the role of Jack, click on the "Reviews" tab above to see what critics had to say about Simon and the rest of the production.
MOUNT LIPTAK, the short film that features Simon as the father of the main character, has been accepted into the Beloit International Film Festival. More news to follow in early March.
Simon begins 2018 with returning to Salty Earth Pictures for 5 days of shooting several scenes for SEP's "Bible B-roll" series, in which Simon plays the role of Jesus.
News from 2017:
Closing out the year, Simon once again was in Madison at the Haggar Audio studios, lending his voice as the narrator for another rural insurance company.
In late November, Simon was selected as a model for "Tobacco Free California," in which world-renowned still photographer Todd Antony (HOLMES with Benedict Cumberbatch).
MOUNT LIPTAK, the short film that features Simon as the father of the main character, won "Best Drama Short" in December at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards.
Simon wrapped on MOUNT LIPTAK, written and directed by Ryan Thomas Garrett Allsop, at the end of June. In this true story about a Great Depression-era family, Simon plays the role of the father Milfred Liptak. Exhausted from life and all its misgivings, Milfred decides to do what is necessary for his family and crosses the picket line of the union shop for which he works. The consequences are devastating. Producers plan to have all post-production worked completed in time for festival season! Also at the end of June, Simon was busy in the voiceover booth as he played the role of narrator for a Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Driver's Safety e-learning video and provided the male voice in a Lands End/Verizon clothing line video. In early July, Simon heads to Salty Earth Pictures in Fort Atkinson, WI, playing the roles of Pioneer Leader, Biblical times fisherman, Martin Luther, and a leader of a group of vikings.
May was a busy month for Simon. He filmed a trade-show industrial for Speed Queen, in which he played the role of a franchise owner, and also received two successful casting notes for projects that will film later this summer. The first is for another e-Learning project for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the second is for an on-camera role of "Scout Leader" in a Salty Earth Productions video for the Pioneer's Club. The voiceover will record near the end of June and the on-camera video will record in July.
April saw a lot of work for Simon as he played the role of "Dad" in a Sentry Safe commercial (which he filmed with his oldest daughter!!); got cast in a short film about a family suffering during WW II (filming will take place in June); was on-camera as a spokesman for another Snap-On video; was the co-host/MC for the Milwaukee Torrent (professional soccer team) season kick-off party; and voiced another pharmaceutical case study as the role of Dr. Musilino for Swift Solutions,
In March, Simon recorded voiceovers for several Herzing University spots, to begin airing later this year.
February saw Simon back in the studio laying the voiceover for radio and TV commercials for the 2017 REALTOR HOME AND GARDEN SHOW in Milwaukee, WI. Simon also opened and closed W;T, of which he directed for Wisconsin Lutheran College. Simon also voiced an update for the Hallmark Industries industrial that he recorded last year.
In January, Simon finished filming as Pastor Bridges in the feature film THE OPEN DOOR; voiced another industrial for KOHL'S; In early February, Simon traveled to Chicago to film a commercial for GALAXIE HOME REMODELING.
A few notes from 2016:
At the end of 2016, Simon performed in A LAURA INGALLS WILDER CHRISTMAS with Acacia Theatre, in which he not only played Pa, but got to be onstage with his two real-life daughters, Grace and Bethany!! Grace played the lead role of Laura and Bethany played her younger sister Carrie! See the "Reviews" section on this page to see what critics had to say.
In mid-December 2016, Simon played the role of a youth soccer coach in an on-camera commercial for Thedacare Healthcare.
Simon voiced the elementary school teaching component to the PBS Film RETURN TO GRACE with Boettcher and Trinklein Productions.