2014 Sundance Up and Comers

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Josh Wiggins
Actor, Max
“ Hellion ” - jeffvespa
“ Obvious Child ” - jeffvespa
Lane Garrison
Actor, Shooter
Lane Garrison is an American actor,writer from Dallas, Texas. After he graduated from J.J. Pearce High School, where Jessica Simpson also attended, he moved to Los Angeles. He was 18 and only had 400$ to his name, but his love and passion for making movies paid off after years of perseverance when he landed the role of " Tweener" in the FOX hit TV series Prison Break...
“ Camp X-Ray ” - jeffvespa
Joseph Julian Soria
With distinguished roles in a variety of projects, Joseph Julian (J.J.) Soria is proving that he possesses the talent, energy and experience to bring memorable characters to life on the small and silver screen. Most recently, Soria was bumped up as a series regular on Lifetime's top rated series, "Army Wives," so this year...
“ Camp X-Ray ” - jeffvespa
Payman Maadi
Peyman Maadi was born in 1972 in New York City to an Iranian couple. His father was a lawyer. His family moved back to Iran when he was 5 years old. He graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from Karaj Azad University. Maadi started his film career as a screenwriter in late 2000s. He is the writer of several famous Iranian films...
“ Camp X-Ray ” - jeffvespa
Tara Holt
Actress, Ballers
Tara Ashley Holt was born and raised in Newport Beach, California. She attended the prestigious art school Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA). She had a supporting role in the Sundance film Camp X-Ray and the LionsGate film Marauders. Her television work includes roles in Ballers, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver...
“ Camp X-Ray ” - jeffvespa
“ Cold In July ” - jeffvespa
“ Dear White People ” - jeffvespa
“ Dear White People, Mad Men ” - jeffvespa
“ Dear White People ” - jeffvespa
Brittany Curran
Brittany Elizabeth Curran was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts on June 2nd 1990. After living in Avon for her first three years, her family moved to Mockingbird Lane in Marston's Mills, Cape Cod. Brittany spent several of her elementary school years living on Cape Cod and attended Marston's Mills East Elementary School...
“ Dear White People ” - jeffvespa
Jonny Mars
Actor, Joe
“ Hellion ” - jeffvespa
Deke Garner
Actor, Hellion
Deke started acting at the age of 7, when writer director John Hale put him in his debut film ( Hyphen ). Since then he has been cast in around 14 different short films and 3 features. He has worked in every genre of film you can think of horror, comedy, drama, and children's. He has also done some TV and industrial videos...
“ Hellion ” - jeffvespa
“ Infinitely Polar Bear ” - jeffvespa
“ Infinitely Polar Bear ” - jeffvespa
Cameron Monaghan
Actor, Gotham
Cameron Monaghan was born in Santa Monica, California, but he moved to Boca Raton, Florida when he was an infant. He spends his time on both coasts now because he has family in New York, Connecticut, Florida and Los Angeles. He was raised by an only parent, Diane Monaghan. Cameron's debut TV role as "Winthrop Paroo" in The Music Man was originally played by Ron Howard in The Music Man...
“ Jamie Marks is Dead ” - jeffvespa
“ Jamie Marks is Dead ” - jeffvespa
Erin Wilhelmi
Erin Wilhelmi is best known for her work on The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), The Knick (2014), Taxi Brooklyn (2014), Eye Candy (2015) and Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl (2016). She was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She made her Broadway debut in the 2016 tony nominated revival of The Crucible.
“ Jamie Marks is Dead ” - jeffvespa
Noah Silver
Actor, Tyrant
Born in Miami, Florida to an American father and a French mother, Noah moved with his family to France when he was 4 years old. At age 16 he graduated from Lycée François Premier in Fontainebleau, France, and was accepted by the University of Pennsylvania. Noah decided to defer his arrival at UPenn so he could concentrate on his acting career...
“ Jamie Marks is Dead ” - jeffvespa
“ Life After Beth ” - jeffvespa
“ The Foxy Merkins ” - jeffvespa
“ The Foxy Merkins ” - jeffvespa
Sheila Vand
Actress, Argo
“ A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night ” - jeffvespa
“ A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night ” - jeffvespa
“ A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night ” - jeffvespa
Mozhan Marnò
Actress, The Blacklist
Marnò was born in Los Angeles, and went to boarding school at Phillips Academy, in Andover, Massachusetts. She then received a BA in Comparative Literature from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MFA in Acting at the Yale School of Drama. She has received additional training at the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota and at the Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab in New York...
“ A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night ” - jeffvespa
Rome Shadanloo
Rome started out doing theater in Santa Monica College and was one of six students picked to work with Dustin Hoffman when he came to visit the school. She soon excelled and was invited back to perform scenes for the new students and share her personal experiences with them. A few years later she landed her first TV role on How I Met Your Mother...
“ A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night ” - jeffvespa
Keke Palmer
Actress, Grease Live!
Keke Palmer was born Lauren Keyana Palmer in Robbins, Illinois--a small town 20 miles south of Chicago-- to Sharon and Larry Palmer, both former actors. Palmer showed vocal promise as a five-year-old, when she belted out "Jesus Loves Me" in her church choir. A year later the singer-actress had a solo in her kindergarten play but...
“ Imperial Dreams ” - jeffvespa
Actor, Divergent
“ Imperial Dreams ” - jeffvespa
John Boyega
John Boyega is a British actor, known for playing Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role of Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block, before attaining international recognition for his work as Finn in the seventh film of the Star Wars series...
“ Imperial Dreams ” - jeffvespa
Dree Hemingway
Actress, Starlet
Dree Louise Hemingway Crisman was born in Sun Valley, Idaho. She is the daughter of actress Mariel Hemingway and Stephen Crisman, as well as the niece of the late model and actress Margaux Hemingway. American author Ernest Hemingway is her maternal great-grandfather. She has a younger sister named Langley Fox Hemingway Crisman (known as Langley Fox)...
“ Listen Up Phillip ” - jeffvespa
“ Listen Up Phillip ” - jeffvespa
“ Memphis ” - jeffvespa
“ Memphis ” - jeffvespa
Jake Lacy
Actor, Carol
“ Obvious Child ” - jeffvespa
“ Obvious Child ” - jeffvespa
“ Ping Pong Summer ” - jeffvespa
Emmi Shockley
Emmi Shockley is an American actor and filmmaker. She was born Emily Paige Shockley on June 16th, 1997 in Maryland. Her dreams of breaking into the entertainment industry always felt far-fetched for the teenager working in her family's boardwalk pub in the small beach-town of Ocean City. This all changed when she was cast in Michael Tully's Sundance 2015 feature film...
“ Ping Pong Summer ” - jeffvespa
“ War Story ” - jeffvespa
“ Appropriate Behavior ” - jeffvespa
“ Appropriate Behavior ” - jeffvespa
“ Appropriate Behavior ” - jeffvespa
“ Appropriate Behavior ” - jeffvespa
“ Drunktown's Finest ” - jeffvespa
“ Drunktown's Finest ” - jeffvespa
MorningStar Angeline
MorningStar Angeline, born as MorningStar Angeline Wilson-Chippewa, was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA to Rita Rose Wilson and Ethan Sean Chippewa. Her ancestry includes Native American tribes Navajo, Blackfoot, Chippewa Cree, as well as Mexican American and European. MorningStar began acting at...
“ Drunktown's Finest ” - jeffvespa
Kiowa Gordon
Kiowa Gordon was born on March 25, 1990 in Berlin, Germany as Kiowa Joseph Gordon. Moved to the States shortly after to live on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Peach Springs, AZ and moved around quite a bit growing up until settling down in Phoenix, AZ where he landed the role of Embry Call in The Twilight Saga...
“ 52 Tuesdays - Australia ” - jeffvespa
“ The Sleepwalker ” - jeffvespa
“ The Sleepwalker ” - jeffvespa
“ Song One - Boardwalk Empire ” - jeffvespa
Johnny Flynn
Joe Flynn, A.K.A. Johnny Flynn, is an English poet, musician, and actor. He is the son of Eric Flynn, who was an actor who specialized in musicals. As a child, Johnny sang in the Winchester College chapel choir. He knew that he wanted to be a musician after listening to the Bob Dylan record...
“ Song One ” - jeffvespa
Melissa Benoist
Actress, Whiplash
Melissa Marie Benoist is an American actress and singer. She is known for her portrayal of the title character in the CBS/CW superhero drama series Supergirl.She rose to prominence for her portrayal of Marley Rose on the fourth and fifth seasons of the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee...
“ Whiplash ” - jeffvespa
Austin Stowell
Actor, Whiplash
Austin Stowell was born and raised in Kensington, Connecticut, by his father, Robert, a retired steelworker, and his mother, Elizabeth, a schoolteacher. He graduated from Berlin High School in 2003. Upon acceptance at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, he studied with the Department of Dramatic Arts...
“ Whiplash ” - jeffvespa
“ 52 Tuesdays - Australia ” - jeffvespa
“ 52 Tuesdays - Australia ” - jeffvespa
Hannah Murray
Hannah Murray is an English actress known for portraying Gilly in the HBO series Game of Thrones and Cassie Ainsworth in the E4 teen drama series Skins, from 2007 to 2008 (and again in 2013). In 2014, Murray starred in God Help the Girl. In 2015, she played Sara in the Danish film Bridgend...
“ God Help The Girl - UK
Game of Thrones ” - jeffvespa
“ God Help The Girl - UK ” - jeffvespa
“ God Help The Girl - UK ” - jeffvespa
Morven Christie
Morven Christie is a Scottish actress. She was born in Dumbartonshire, Scotland in 1981, and grew up in Glasgow and Aviemore. She trained as an actor at Drama Centre London under Reuven Adiv, a colleague of Lee Strasberg, graduating in 2003. Christie lives in the UK and works across film, television and theatre.
“ Lifting - UK ” - jeffvespa
“ Wetlands (Feuchtgebiete) - Germany ” - jeffvespa
“ Wetlands (Feuchtgebiete) - Germany ” - jeffvespa
Ruth Wilson
Actress, Locke
Ruth Wilson, born on 13 January 1982, is an English actress. She is known for her performances in Suburban Shootout, Jane Eyre, and as "Alice Morgan" in the BBC-TV psychological crime drama, Luther, since 2010. She has also appeared in Anna Karenina, The Lone Ranger, and Saving Mr. Banks...
“ Locke - UK ” - jeffvespa
Jacob Lofland
Actor, Mud
Jacob Seth Lofland was born in Briggsville, Arkansas, to Debra and Billy Lofland. Jacob began his film career playing Neckbone in Jeff Nichols' Mud, with Matthew McConaughey and Tye Sheridan. Lofland was quick to recognize that he fit every adjective of Neck's personality description, as well as bringing the boating and cycle riding experience Jeff was looking for...
“ Little Accidents
Mud ” - jeffvespa
“ Cooties ” - jeffvespa
Maika Monroe
Actress, It Follows
Santa Barbara-born Maika Monroe's initial desire was to pursue a career in professional freestyle kiteboarding (kite surfer). Following in her father's footsteps, she started the sport at the age of 13. She moved to the Dominican Republic's north coast of Cabarete in her senior year of high school to train full-time while she completed her studies online...
“ The Guest ” - jeffvespa
Brendan Meyer
Actor, The Guest
Brendan Meyer is an accomplished actor in both theatre and film/TV. He has filmed throughout North America: in LA, New Mexico, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as his home town of Edmonton. In addition to his writing and directorial debut, the short film, A Job, Brendan has written several screenplays and shorts that he hopes to direct and produce in the future...
“ The Guest ” - jeffvespa
Luna Maya
Actress, Killers
Luna Maya Sugeng (born in Denpasar, Bali, August 26, 1983) is an Indonesian soap opera actress, and movie star. She started her career as an advertising and catwalk model. She made her first steps into the movie world in 2004 with a supporting role in the film 30 Hari Mencari Cinta . This was followed by 'Brownies' in 2005...
“ Killers - Japan ” - jeffvespa
“ Killers - Japan ” - jeffvespa
Brenton Thwaites
Brenton Thwaites is an Australian actor. He played Luke Gallagher on the Fox8 teen drama series SLiDE and Stu Henderson on the Australian soap opera hit Home and Away. His films include Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, Oculus, Maleficent, and The Giver. He starred in Gods of Egypt and will headline Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, with Johnny Depp...
“ The Signal ” - jeffvespa
Olivia Cooke
Olivia Cooke was born and raised in Oldham, a former textile manufacturing town in Greater Manchester, North West England. She comes from a family of non-actors; her father, John, is a retired police officer, and her mother is a sales representative. Cooke attended Royton and Crompton Secondary School and studied drama at Oldham Sixth Form College...
“ The Signal ” - jeffvespa
Beau Knapp
Beau Christian Knapp is an American actor and film producer born on April 17, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Kanpp portrayed one of the lead roles, "Jonah Breck" in the science-fiction thriller The Signal. Another notable role for Knapp was "Jon Jon" who was Jake Gyllenhaal's best friend and right-hand man in Antoine Fuqua's 2015 boxing drama, Southpaw...
“ The Signal ” - jeffvespa
Kaitlyn Dever
Actress, Detroit
Having been named one of Variety's 10 Actors to Watch, Kaitlyn Dever has become one of Hollywood's top emerging young actresses. Dever has showcased her versatility, appearing in movies such as Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now, Destin Daniel Cretton's Short Term 12, Jason Reitman's Men...
“ Laggies ” - jeffvespa
Daniel Zovatto
Daniel Zovatto is a Costa Rican actor. Born 28 June, 1991 in San José, Costa Rica, Zovatto moved to New York City, initially pursuing a career in theater. He was later cast in the short film The Return. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he made his feature film debut in the horror movie Beneath...
“ Laggies ” - jeffvespa
“ Laggies ” - jeffvespa
“ Frank & Calvary ” - jeffvespa
“ Hits ” - jeffvespa
“ Hits ” - jeffvespa
“ Hits ” - jeffvespa
“ Hits ” - jeffvespa
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey was born in Barcelona, Spain. Her father is Spanish, and her mother, who is American, is of English and French descent. She is fluent in French, Castilian (commonly called Spanish), and Catalan. Astrid Bergès-Frisbey made her acting debut in 2007 on French television. In 2008,...
“ I Origins ” - jeffvespa
“ Laggies ” - jeffvespa
“ Little Accidents ” - jeffvespa
“ Little Accidents ” - jeffvespa
“ Love Is Strange ” - jeffvespa
“ A Most Wanted Man ” - jeffvespa
Jacob Artist
Actor, Glee
Jacob, Melissa Benoist, Dean Geyer, and Becca Tobin were chosen as ambassadors for Coca Cola's new product, P10 300 ml Coke Mismo. In June 2013, they were flown to Manila, Philippines to endorse the product by visiting different malls and meeting with fans. In July 2013, he was chosen as one of the eleven Abercrombie & Fitch's Stars on the Rise
“ White Bird in a Blizzard ” - jeffvespa
“ White Bird in a Blizzard ” - jeffvespa
“ Young Ones ” - jeffvespa
Aimee Mullins
Growing up between Pennsylvania and County Clare, Ireland, Aimee found her love of performance at an early age, and has defied conventional description ever since. Aimee first brought international attention as an athlete. Being the first person in history to compete in the NCAA as an amputee, she sprinted...
“ Young Ones ” - jeffvespa