Life and laughter on the big screen
Shoshannah Stern's new movie, Adventures of Power, is being released this month. It made a hit at the 2008 Sundance Festival and several other regional filmfests, and has been getting enthusiastic reviews by the critics. AOP, as it's colloqially known, is a wacky comedy about a mineworker who sets off on a quest to become the nation's champion air-drummer. Stern provides the romantic interest. She plays a young deaf woman, Annie,
whose mother is an over-controlling evangelist. Annie has never learned to sign—so it’s a challenge for Power to establish communication with her.
Stern has played a variety of roles on TV, from dark drama to comedy. As Holly Brodeen in ABC’s Threat Matrix (2003-2004), she played a computer-technology expert in a high-level anti-terrorism squad. She appeared in 11 episodes of Showtime’s Weeds (premiered 2005) as Megan, the romantic interest of Nancy's son Silas. In the cult-classic post-apocalyptic drama Jericho (2006-2008)., she played Bonnie Richmond, who helps take care of the family farm with her brother Stanley and volunteers at the local medical clinic. There's talk about a Jericho feature film, which would present a problem for Stern, since Bonnie is killed during a shootout with Ravenwood mercenaries during the fourth-from-last episode—an act that outrages the townspeople. Most recently, Stern appeared in Hallmark Hall of Fame's Sweet Nothing in My Ear, playing Valerie Parks, a happy and successful cochlear implantee who testifies in court, to the dismay of Laura (Marlee Matlin) and her mother Sally (Phyllis Frelich).
It's good to see her onscreen again.