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Upcoming Appearances and Projects

Back Fork

In the summer of 2017, David Selby will head to his home state of West Virginia to film a role in Back Fork. This timely film deals with the opiod crisis in Appalachia. A.J. Cook (Criminal Minds) is also attached to the project which stars and will be directed by Josh Stewart (Shooter).

Below is an overview from the film's Kickstarter campaign page, which was closed after the film received financing from a private investor:

Back Fork is the story of an everyman, Waylon (Stewart), struggling to hold his life and family together after a heartbreaking tragedy. He and his wife, Nida (Cook), barely recognize themselves, let alone each other. Their inability to continue on and heal, leaves them hopeless.

With the growing burden of the unanswered questions of why, and a heavy dose of self-blame, it’s only a matter of time before Waylon turns to the magic of the pills to make the problems disappear. He finds a kindred spirit in his sister, Raylene, as he sleep walks through life with addiction.

It's only a matter of time until Waylon finds himself at a crossroads. He learns that he's been asking the wrong question all along. The question isn't "Why?" It's: "Where do I go from here?" He's then able to see that we’re all wounded animals. Sometimes we die, but sometimes we live.

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SmartassSmartass

In 2015, David Selby shot a role in the independent film Smartass, directed by Jena Serbu and starring Joey King as Freddie, a 15-year-old runaway. David's character is Herman.

For more information, visit the film's official web site and official Facebook page.

Additional details will be posted here as they become available.
  

New Releases

Equals Blu-RayEquals

David Selby appeared in Equals, a futuristic film from producer Ridley Scott, director Drake Doremus, and writer Nathan Parker. Filming took place in Japan and Singapore in the summer of 2014. Other performers attached to the project included Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men), and Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3).

According to Variety, "Equals is set in a world where there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion. But a new disease is threatening everyone: SOS, or Switched-On-Syndrome, activating depression, sensitivity, fear, love — and once a person is overtaken, they are sent away and never seen again." 

The film was reviewed by Variety at the Venice Film Festival.

The first theatrical trailer for the film was released on April 18, 2016. David appears very briefly in it. The trailer can be viewed below.

 

The film premiered in the United States in April 2016 at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was released in American theaters on July 15, 2016 and is available on demand. Online retailers such as Amazon are currently accepting orders for the DVD and Blu-ray versions, which were released on September 6, 2016.

Still images from the film are posted in the Photo Gallery.

For additional information about Equals, please visit:

Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Collector's EditionDark Shadows 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition

To mark the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Dark Shadows on ABC, MPI Home Video released a special Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition DVD set.

This 6-disc compilation includes the previously released The Vampire Curse, The Haunting of Collinwood, Fan Favorites, Best of Barnabas, Best of Angelique, and Best of Quentin. It features 38 complete episodes and 2 movie-length presentations of popular Dark Shadows stories. Special features include new episode introductions by David Selby (Quentin), Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie), and exclusive video interviews with Jonathan Frid and David Selby. The set includes over 19 hours of content.

It was released on June 14, 2016 and may be ordered from Amazon.

Latest Books by David Selby

Light and Shadows by David SelbyTwo new books by David Selby were released in March 2015.

Light and Shadows
collects the poems/songs that David has performed at recent Dark Shadows gatherings:

David Selby began his television acting career portraying Quentin Collins in the daytime serial Dark Shadows in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Appearing first as a ghost in modern times and later as a living person under a werewolf curse in the 1800s, Quentin was a complex, evolving character who lived in both the light and the shadows as the supernatural series shifted its storylines across the centuries.

Light and Shadows presents a collection of original poems and song lyrics composed by Selby that have been influenced by not only his Dark Shadows days but also his experiences and emotions in life away from show business. He explores the joys and sorrows of the real world imbued with a sense of gratitude, a touch of whimsy and a resounding hope for the future.

Dozens of rare and previously unpublished photos from Selby's life and career are included.

Personalized signed copies of Light and Shadows are available now.

Promises of Love by David SelbyPromises of Love, a work of fiction, was released on March 20. Paperback copies may be ordered from Amazon. The Kindle version of the novel is available for immediate download. Personalized signed copies of Promises of Love are available through this web site.

Here is a description of the book from the publisher, Headline Books:

A product of usually beautiful but sometimes cruel southern Appalachia, Daniel Friend overcomes poverty, abuse, and personal tragedy to establish an identity. Inspired by the strength and love of his older sister, he realizes the power of education to lead him to a life he has imagined for himself--the pinnacle of his ambition is to graduate from Harvard University. That he does not get this opportunity, devastating as it is to his life plan, does not prevent him from becoming a beloved doctor, loving husband and father. Although well-meaning, he stumbles in his relationship with his two children as he tries to interject his own preferences into their lives. A deeply felt story of love, the novel examines the boundaries of a family, of its secrets, of the complex web family relationships can weave. Finally, the novel examines the damage that abandonment, poverty, and childhood neglect can do to a human personality, damage that sometimes cannot be overcome.

Dreams of Long AgoNew Dark Shadows Audio Dramas from Big Finish

David has reprised the role of Quentin Collins in Big Finish's ongoing series of new Dark Shadows audio dramas.

The latest release featuring David is Dreams of Long Ago, which features four Dark Shadows tales. David narrates "Old Acquaintance," which takes place after episode 1198 of the original Dark Shadows series.

Dark Shadows: Dreams of Long Ago was released in May 2017. Visit the Big Finish web page for this title to listen to the trailer or place an order.

 

 

 

Recent Appearances and Projects

Ford's Theatre Society Annual Gala

David Selby was in attendance as the Ford's Theatre Society continued a forty year bipartisan tradition with its annual gala to support its theatrical and education projects. The event was held at Ford's Theatre on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

The gala brings out politicians from both sides of the aisle. Since Jimmy Carter, every President has attended a Ford's Theatre gala. This year's gala attendees included President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump; Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence; Senators Roy Blunt, Bob Corker, Richard Durbin, Lindsey Graham, Patrick Leahy and Ed Markey; House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; Representatives Debbie Dingell and Peter Roskam; Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson; Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao; Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross; and Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin.

During the gala, the Lincoln Medal is presented to recipients who have exemplified the legacy of Abraham Lincoln through their body of work, accomplishments, and personal attributes. This year's recipients were former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and businessman Ronald Perelman.

David Selby was on hand to present the words of Abraham Lincoln. Other gala participants included Larry Gatlin, Johnnyswim, Angaleena Presley, and Ricky Skaggs.

Following the gala, a dinner was held at the National Portrait Gallery.

The Tug of WarL.A. Theatre Works Presents The Tug of War

L.A. Theatre Works performs radio theatre before live audiences for eventual broadcast on National Public Radio stations as well as weekly online streaming on their own web site. Performances are also available for purchase or through many public library systems.

LATW recently commissioned a new work by playwright David Rambo, The Tug of War. This docudrama provides a snapshot of the presidency during a time of international crisis. Set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the play focuses on young President John F. Kennedy's decision-making process as he is provided with conflicting advice by his inner circle of advisors.

David Selby joined the cast as Secretary of State Dean Rusk. The cast also included Matthew Arkin as ambassador to the Soviet Union Llewellyn Thompson, Hugo Armstrong as Lyndon B. Johnson, Seamus Dever as Robert McNamara, James Morrison as CIA director John McCone, and John Vickery as Nikita Khruschev.

Performances were held May 25 through May 28 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater. 

Legion

David appeared in three episodes of Legion, the new FX series from Marvel Television. The series had its 90-minute premiere on February 8, 2017 at 10:00 PM ET.

According to the official FX web page for the series,

Legion follows the story of David Haller, a troubled young man who may be more than human. Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.

Dan Stevens stars as David Haller. Additional cast members include Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Katie Aselton, Amber Midthunder and Bill Irwin.

David Selby is seen briefly (at approximately 9 seconds into the clip) in one of the promotional spots for the series that aired before the premiere.

 

David has a brief note about Legion on his blog. For additional information and clips, please visit the official Legion web page.

Fans who enjoyed David's appearance in Legion have asked what they can do to see more of David on the show. (If you're familiar with the series, then you know that anything is possible.) This season's episodes have all been filmed, but the series has been renewed for a second season. Here are some avenues to express your support:

  • Facebook: You can share your thoughts on the Legion and FX Networks Facebook pages.
  • Twitter: Tweet @LegionFX and @FXNetworks to let them know you'd like to see more of David. Use the hashtag #LegionFX to make sure everyone interested in the show will see it. (You can also tag @davidselbycom if you would like us to see it.)
  • Snail Mail: Address letters and postcards to:

FX Networks
C/O Legion
10201 West Pico Boulevard
Building 103, Fourth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067

 

Miller and the Man Radio Show

In July 2016, David was interviewed on the Miller and the Man Radio Show. Listen to the podcast via the player below:

Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Celebration

Dark Shadows premiered on June 27, 1966. To mark the show's 50th anniversary, the Dark Shadows Festival held a Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Celebration on June 24-26, 2016, in Tarrytown, New York, a filming location for the first two motion pictures based on the series, House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows.

Most Festival events were held at the Tarrytown DoubleTree Hotel with additional events at the Lyndhurst Estate, which served as Collinwood on film, and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, which was also featured in the films.

Those attending included:

Nancy Barrett
(Carolyn Stoddard)
Daniel Morgan
(Stage Manager)
David Selby
(Quentin Collins)
Nick Besink
(Video Engineer)
Lara Parker
(Angelique)
Sharon Smyth
(Sarah Collins)
Roger Davis
(Peter Bradford)
Christopher Pennock
(Jeb Hawkes)
James Storm
(Gerard Stiles)
John Karlen
(Willie Loomis)
Henry Plimack
(Audio Engineer)
Marie Wallace
(Eve)
Jerry Lacy
(Rev. Trask)
Kathryn Leigh Scott
(Maggie Evans)
Donna Wandrey
(Roxanne Drew)

Dark Shadows audio engineer Henry Plimack has posted some amazing photos from the weekend on Flickr. Photos and video clips from numerous other sources have been shared on David's Facebook page.