AriesWorks Entertainment can be contacted via the information provided below:
Robert William Mickle Center
1620 Pleasant Street #234
Des Moines, IA 50314
Kimberly’s cell: 515/707-1533
Visit our website at www.ariesworks.com
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ABOUT ARIESWORKS ENTERTAINMENT
ARIESWORKS ENTERTAINMENT began in December, 1996, as The Association of the Talent Source and Mad Genie Productions, a merger of production companies owned and operated by Kimberly Busbee and James Serpento, respectively. (That means that, as of December, 2006, co-owned AriesWorks will begin celebrating its second decade!)
When Kimberly Busbee and James Serpento teamed up, it was to produce the award-winning short film, A Quiet Evening Home, "a dark comedy about cookies and death" (Christopher Martin, director of the Iowa Independent Film and Video Festival), which went on to sell to Public Television and then to the Internet via the New York City-based online entertainment company, CenterSeat, as well as being available for regional rental. (You can buy the movie on DVD right here on this site!)
Encouraged by the success of their first film, TS/MGP quickly put another project into development, an independent feature film adapted from James Serpento's award-winning play, The Yoofo Club. In just over two months, Busbee and Serpento raised the funds necessary to complete the 21-day shoot and the finished film received its gala premiere at Des Moines' sumptuous Hoyt Sherman Place on October 8, 1999. The Yoofo Club screened at a number of festivals, including the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival and the AngelCiti Film Festival in Chicago. Yoofo notably remains one of the most honored projects in the history of the Iowa Motion Picture Association’s Showcase Iowa Award’s show, winning 14 prizes, including top Awards of Excellence for Acting, Screenplay, Original Musical Score, and Lighting. (Yoofo’s popular and dynamic soundtrack CD featuring many Midwestern musicians is available in this site’s online store!)
Together, Busbee and Serpento have produced 5 films, a movie promo, and 11 stage productions in Iowa. They also co-founded and ran the popular Vaudeville Mews Theatre in Des Moines.
AriesWorks also completed the short motion picture The Next Table – one of the first narrative projects to be shot in high definition in this region – and that project also is available on DVD in this site’s online store!
Besides working extensively in the local market, Busbee and Serpento work in larger markets including Los Angeles, where Serpento directed and Busbee cast 2 award-winning stage productions at the Eclectic Company Theatre in North Hollywood.
Busbee and Serpento founded and operate the annual Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, an international indie film festival which celebrates the vast, diverse, bizarre, hilarious, beautiful cinema art being created by independent moviemakers outside the mainstream. The Wild Rose takes place in October and is in its 4th successful year. For further information about the Wild Rose, visit www.ariesworks.com
Building a strong following of young people, Busbee also founded and directs Twisted Tragedy, a professional teen comedy improv troupe which tours and offers workshops to schools and organizations.
In addition to production work, AriesWorks provides casting and makeup services and offers classes and workshops for emerging actors, writers and filmmakers.