Cabil Gibbs was born April 11, 1979 in a home birth in Boulder, Colorado. He grew up and attended school in Linden, Virginia. After finishing high school, he attended flight school at Embry Riddle in Dayton Beach, Florida. While not in class, Cabil often played beach volleyball. Two gentlemen attending a convention happened upon him on the beach and inquired as to whether or not he had ever considered modeling. Cabil was offered a contract and traveled to New York City. What started on the beach led to a 5 year international modeling career where he worked with brands including Armani, L'oreal, and Martini and appeared in magazines including GQ, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour. After 5 years in the industry Cabil took a break to pursue his passion for beach volleyball. After training with top volleyball professionals, he learned that the time he took to pursue modeling instead of continuing to train left him unable to compete at the top levels. Cabil then traveled and studied acting in New York under Nina Murano, in Los Angeles at Howard Fine Studios, and in Austin, Texas with Laurel Vouvray. Cabil fell in love with the city of Austin and while there answered a casting call for a detective role. He moved successfully from this role and quickly found success within the Austin film industry. While in Austin he has worked with directors including Richard Linklater, Terrence Malick, Robert Rodriguez, and John Ridley and on projects like Revolution (NBC), Defiance, and Genesis. Through acting Cabil was introduced to the stunt community within the film industry and has worked with coordinators including Jeff Schwan and Jeff Dashnaw. He has performed stunts on projects including American Crime (ABC), Killer Women (ABC), and Machete Kills. Moving forward Cabil is looking to expand on his current work in the film industry and grow his professional career by pursuing opportunities within Austin and beyond.
Rick Domeier joined QVC (a TV Shopping Channel) as a Host Trainee in the fall of 1994 and became a permanent Program Host in April 1995. Prior to that, Rick was a member of several theater companies in southern California including the Genesis Theater Company in Long Beach and Will and Company. Among the roles he played were McDuff in "Macbeth" and Hal Carter in "Picnic." Rick moved to Southern California to further his acting studies at the Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory professional training program. In addition to live theater, Rick has appeared on various television shows such as "St. Elsewhere," "Dream On," "The Young and the Restless," and "Likely Suspects." He also co-starred in the cult classic horror movie, "Evil Dead II" directed by Sam Raimi. His appearances in commercials for Good Year, Isuzu, and Pontiac led to his hosting a pilot for an electronic retailing show. QVC executives saw the pilot and asked him to audition. Rick studied theater at St. Cloud State College in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and at the San Francisco Theater Academy, which led to his participation in several theater productions. A member of the Screen Actors Guild for 10 years, the Minnesota native now lives in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.
Alexis Kiley began her professional training with Paul Ryan at CBS On The Lot Radford Studios, where she focused exclusively on musical theatre. From there she went on to perfect her craft at the world-famous Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles working with director Susan Anspach and director Anthony Calderella. She then continued to work with Anthony Calderella in various projects as well as personal training in film and scene study work with her private acting coach and friend, Golden-Globe Winner Sally Kirkland.
Kiley's film, t.v., and stage credits include My Brother Jack, Till Death Do Us Part, Angie, The Big Time, 1945, Last Man On Earth, V.I.P., Go Back For Murder, Idiot's Delight, Butterfield 8, Kennedy's Children, Witness for the Prosecution, Will Work For Food, and L'il Abner. Her unique presence combined with great acting and dance ability also landed her in a Pepsi commercial with pop sensation Shakira, as well as a guest appearance in ABC's Ugly Betty, a role in Warner Brothers The Big Time, appearances on The Roseanne Barr Talk Show and To Tell The Truth, portraying a young Elizabeth Taylor in ABC's The Celebrity Look-Alike Show, and co-hosting the 6th Annual South Bay Music Awards 2012.
Kiley has recently been active in the independent film scene, garnering the lead role of Angela in the 2010 rendition of Good Intentions and the lead role of Denise in the 2012's film The Babysitter.
Alexis Kiley is a member of the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA, Actor's Equity Association, LA Casting Group, Women In Film, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Screen Actor's Guild Speaker's Bureau, Ark Trust/Genesis Awards, and CNOA/SMF.
Gavin Struthers is a UK based freelance Director of Photography.
Gavin discovered stills photography at an early age, developing and printing his own work before studying Graphics, Fine Art and Photography at UCA (UK).
He began a career as a Cinematographer following his graduation from the National Film & TV School where he was mentored by Freddie Francis BSC.He preceded to shoot a number of documentaries, researching and shooting his first project for Channel Four in 1997.
Gavin then moved into drama and commercials. Shooting on both Film and High Definition cameras, he was also the DOP on the BBC's first 3D HD broadcast, shot on Pananvision's Genesis Camera system.
Gavin has shot a diverse range of projects including: Outpost (Sony Pictures), Your Life in Their Hands (RTS award winner), Bafta award winning "Shameless" (C4), "Secret Diary Of A Call Girl" (ITV/Showtime), "Garrow's Law" (BBC/PBS), Golden Globe, Emmy and Bafta award winning "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS), "Endeavour" (TV Movie Pilot), "Shetland" (TV Pilot), "Foyles War" and Bafta award winning "Last Tango In Halifax" (BBC/PBS). Recently he shot the Si-Fi series "Halo: Nightfall" for Scott Free Productions, directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and "Marco Polo" (Season 2) for Netflix.
Gavin has held Masterclasses in Cinematography in both London (for Arri) and Olso (for the Norwegian Society of Cinematographers).
Jill Melody began her acting career as a teenager and quickly became accustom to being an entertainer. Jill recently starred in the comedy film: "Caroline", and has been cast in the comedic independent films,"HR" and "Cousins" which are in pre-production. Jill's early training at North Carolina School of The Arts and The New York Film Academy in Los Angeles prepared her for appearances in NBC's hit show "Friends" and several made for television movies including "Kennedy", starring Martin Sheen, "First Affair", starring Loretta Swit, and "Spraggue" starring Michael Nouri.
The Memphis Arts Council presented Jill with the "Best Ensemble Actress Award" for her role as Yvonne in Charlotte Delbo's play "Who Will Carry The Word?". Jill won the award for her performance as a French Resistance fighter who perishes in Auschwitz. A sampling of Jill's other starring stage roles are "Antigone" in the Jean Anouilh adaptation of the classic play of the same name, and Jill Tanner in "Butterflies Are Free."
In addition to appearing on stage and in movies, Jill has been featured in numerous television commercials. Her favorite medium is comedy and Jill shined as the unique singing hostess in the popular "Ground Round" commercial which was broadcast nationally. She was also engaging in a variety of other national and international commercials including:"Georgia Bank & Trust,"Continuum Games","Park Eight" & "Zayre".
Jill is also a popular voice actor and has been the female spokesperson for dozens of "Genesis Diamonds" commercials in the mid-south, was featured in several "Timberland Boots" holiday ads voiced commercials for the unique "Don't Take A Pill, Call Dr. Gil" advertising campaign, as well as many "Electronic Express" television ads. When "Funk and Wagnalls" launched their "Multi Media Encyclopedia" on line - Jill's voice was chosen to be the announcer for the project. Jill's voice has also been heard on many corporate training videos including "Hematotypes", "Marketing Solutions", and "Advant, Inc."
|John D. Beck
John D Beck is an award-winning Television Writer/Producer best known for his work on the writing staffs of "The Hughleys," "According to Jim," "Shake It Up!," and "Pair of Kings." He also, along with his writing partner Ron Hart, serves as Creator, Executive Producer and Showrunner of the award-nominated Disney Channel series, "Liv and Maddie."
He is a 2001 Prism Award winner for "The Hughleys."
He is a 2003 ProMax Award winner for "According to Jim"
He is a 2007 Genesis Sid Caesar Comedy Award winner for "According to Jim"
He is a 2015 Humanitas Prize Finalist for "Liv and Maddie."
Jonathan Helmuth is a serial entrepreneur and is a co-founder of Genesis Products. In 2007, Genesis was listed in the Inc. 500 as the 8th fastest-growing manufacturing company in the US with an unprecedented 846% growth rate between 2003 and 2007.
In the fall of 2013, Jon transitioned away from his role as president of Genesis and began collaborating with teams of independent film makers. Jon has worked on several film and television sets as a camera operator, sound and Foley editor and is producing several feature film projects scheduled in 2016.
An artistic investor and serial entrepreneur, Jonathan spends time working with creative teams on private, business and community collaborations. This includes city planning directorship, collegiate boards and and Ignition Music, a record store and highly respected concert venue he co-owns in Goshen, Indiana.
Kinsey was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California and made her stage debut at an early age. She was active in theater throughout junior high and high school, and graduated with Honors from UCSB with a Bachelor's degree in Dramatic Arts (emphasis in Acting, Writing and Directing) and a minor in Psychology.
She received the Corwin Award for her original script, Sexless, and was invited to write for the esteemed Santa Barbara production company, Dramatic Women. The following year, her play, Screaming in the Dark, debuted at Center Stage Theatre in Santa Barbara. Both of these plays have recently been submitted for publication.
Kinsey subsequently joined the theatrical troop, Genesis West, with Maurice Lord. Credits include playing Shelley in Sam Shepard's Buried Child, Loretta in Featuring Loretta, Gail in George F. Walker's Escape From Happiness, and Mae in Maria Irene Fornes' Mud.
Kinsey produced and starred in Wendy MacLeod's, The House of Yes at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Los Angeles, which was critically acclaimed in the Los Angeles press. She was cast in a Fox Television pilot presentation with Naked Angeles and Fox TV, starring as Dana in Employed, which was later picked up by the network.
Television credits have included Critter Gitters, Scrubs, Fastlane, Hidden Hills, The Mullets, Sleeper Cell and The Ex List.
Film credits include Nuclear Family, a post-apocalyptic film starring Ray Wise and Corin Nemec. Expecting Mary, premieres this month in Palm Springs. The film stars Elliot Gould, Linda Gray, Lainie Kazan, Cloris Leachman, Della Reese, Oleysa Rulin, Cybill Shepherd and Gene Simmons. Mr. Nice, starring Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny, David Thewlis and Crispin Glover which premiered at SXSW and Edinburgh to rave reviews. Slated for a worldwide release later this year. Infestation, Icon's latest film with Chris Marquette, Ray Wise and Brooke Nevin, scheduled for theatrical release in 2011 and went on to play on the SyFi Channel. In the psychological thriller, Circle (Michael Watkins), she stars as a young FBI ingénue, also starring Peter Onorati, Gail Grady and Michael DeLuise. The Kreutzer Sonata (Bernard Rose), starring Danny Huston, Elizabeth Rohm and Angelica Huston, received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival.
Kinsey played Maggie in the award winning short, Crazy Love, which won Best of Fest at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and gave her the Best Actress nod at the Instant Films Festival. She can be seen in The Shuttle Run, which premiered at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival, and she lent her voice to The Meaning of Life, a Don Hertzfeldt animated film which premiered at Sundance. She co-starred with Clancy Brown and Kim Coates in the independent short, Homeowner, and was cast in Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex and More Sex, a George Furth and Actors Studio production that ran at the Matrix Theatre in Hollywood.
Modeling campaigns include Fredericks of Hollywood, Shiseido, Match.com, Connected Magazine, Getty Images, West Bay and Super Soft Lingerie. Commercial credits include Mars Bars, the Farrah Fawcett Promo for "Finding Farrah," the Entourage Promo, several condo lines including Japan's Sparkle Club Vacations, Smoke Films and the Shiseido makeup line.
Kinsey is an experienced horseback rider, photographer, Pilates enthusiast, ballet and Salsa dancer, theater junkie, animal lover and an avid camper. Kinsey is classically trained including Shakespeare and Meisner, and studies in Los Angeles with Larry Moss, Patsy Rodenburg and Nancy Banks.
One of the most successful British bands of all time, Genesis made their mark in the 1970s as a progressive rock band influenced by classical music, folk and even jazz fusion, before becoming a huge stadium band in the 1980s with a series of big pop hits fronted by a singer who was also a solo superstar. Genesis began with pupils Peter Gabriel (vocals), Tony Banks (keyboards), Anthony Phillips (guitars) and Mike Rutherford (guitars and bass) at one of England's most prestigious schools, Charterhouse. They were signed to a recording contract by an ex-pupil, Jonathan King, who had enjoyed a chart hit as a singer with "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" in 1965 and was impressed by Gabriel's distinctive voice.
Genesis' first album, "From Genesis to Reveation", was released in 1969 on the Decca label, produced by King. It showed signs of Genesis' early ambition, being a concept album which attempted to tell the story of the Bible. It received some good reviews but did not sell. Genesis split from King's guidance and in 1970 released "Trespass". The album showed the band were moving into the progressive rock which would define them in the new decade, displaying significant songwriting and musical development from their debut, with the songs longer and far less commercial.
Like many bands, their early years were fraught with line-up changes. By 1971, Anthony Phillips had left and they had managed to get through three drummers. Their third album, "Nursery Cryme", featured what would become regarded as their classic 1970s line-up with the addition of Londoners Steve Hackett on lead guitar and Phil Collins on drums. It was followed by "Foxtrot" in 1972, which became their first album to reach the UK charts, peaking at number 12. The band were noticeably improving as musicians and songwriters with each release, with their compositions becoming more and more ambitious. "Foxtrot" featured a track called "Supper's Ready", which was almost 23 minutes long and has become regarded by critics as one of the key songs in the whole of progressive rock. As well as their increasingly ambitious music, Peter Gabriel was earning a reputation as one of British rock's most theatrical live performers, telling fantastical stories on stage and dressing in a variety of weird and wonderful costumes.
In 1973, Genesis released what many consider to be their best album of the decade, "Selling England by the Pound". It showed that as Genesis' music became more and more complex and idiosyncratic, their popularity was growing in equal measure. The album produced their first UK hit single, "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)", which reached number 21, and the album itself became their biggest success yet, reaching the top three and staying on the chart for 21 weeks. However, behind the scenes, all was not well. Tensions were growing over the way Gabriel's theatrical performances were attracting all the press attention and stealing the limelight from the rest of the band. He also insisted on writing all the lyrics for the band's next album, "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway", a mammoth concept album which took up four sides of vinyl and lasted over 90 minutes.
Opinion is divided on "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway". Some consider it Genesis' greatest work as a progressive band and their most ambitious work. Others (including Tony Banks) felt it fell short, believing it didn't match "Selling England By the Pound" in quality or focus. The public seemed to agree with the latter view, with it failing to sell in anything like the numbers of its predecessor, peaking at number 10 and dropping from the chart after six weeks.
In 1975, following the tour for "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway", Peter Gabriel left the band, wishing to spend more time with his wife and new child. Gabriel would be back on the charts in 1977 with his debut solo album and the top 20 single "Solsbury Hill", followed by a series of albums into the 1980s which would firmly establish him as one of the most critically acclaimed musicians to come out of progressive rock.
Without the flamboyant Gabriel, many critics were already predicting the demise of Genesis. The band, however, had other ideas. In 1976, having decided not to bring in a new singer, they released "A Trick of the Tail" with drummer Phil Collins on vocals. The album proved the band's audience was still very much there, matching "Selling England by the Pound"'s chart position of number 3 and easily surpassing it in sales, spending 39 weeks on the chart. It was followed in 1977 by "Wind and Wuthering", which established that Genesis were still a popular progressive rock band, reaching number 7 and spending 22 weeks on the chart, despite radical changes in the UK music industry which that year saw the rise of punk rock bands such as The Clash and The Sex Pistols. "Wind and Wuthering" also spawned the band's second chart single, "Your Own Special Way", which became a minor hit at number 43. Genesis followed this with their "Spot the Pigeon" EP and a live album, "Seconds Out" but Steve Hackett had had enough and decided to leave. His relationship with the band had broken down, believing they were becoming too safe and rejecting too many of own compositions.
Now a three-piece of Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, Genesis released "And Then There Were Three" in 1978. The album found the band moving into simpler, and for the most part shorter, compositions. One particular song, "Follow You Follow Me", a ballad with lyrics by Rutherford, would become the first Genesis single to gain widespread radio airplay, becoming their first top ten hit in the UK and their first top 40 hit in the United States.
In 1980, Genesis released "Duke", which produced their second UK top ten single, "Turn It On Again" and featured several firsts. It was the first Genesis album to feature substantial songwriting contributions by Phil Collins, who wrote two tracks on his own, "Misunderstanding" and "Please Don't Ask", both inspired by his recent marital breakdown. It was also the first Genesis album to feature a drum machine (on "Duchess") and became their first album to top the UK chart.
In early 1981, Phil Collins released his first solo album, "Face Value". The album spawned a bigger hit single than any Genesis album had done with "In the Air Tonight", which reached number two in the UK. Collins could now be said to be bigger than the band he was in and the album would spawn further hit singles, eventually spending an incredible 274 weeks on the album chart. Genesis released "Abacab" later in the year and were now a very different band from the one which had made its mark in the previous decade. As the 1980s progressed, Phil Collins would become established as one of the decade's definitive pop stars, becoming a huge star in Britain and America, but decided to stay as a member of Genesis too. In 1983 Genesis released "Genesis" (their inspiration for album titles deserting them on that occasion), which included "Mama", their highest charting UK single (number four).
In 1985, Collins reached his commercial zenith with his solo album "No Jacket Required", which went 12 times platinum in the United States. Mike Rutherford also launched his own successful pop band, Mike + The Mechanics, later in the year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the following year's Genesis release, "Invisible Touch", also became the band's biggest commercial success, going six times platinum. The band's mega-stardom came at a price. Many early fans felt they had sold out to commercialism and deserted the eccentric Englishness and classical influences which had been their trademark in the 1970s. The public had come to see Genesis as being a vehicle for Phil Collins and many found their songs were becoming difficult to distinguish from his solo work, featuring a similar pop production and being played enthusiastically on the same radio stations and MTV. Ironically, 1986 saw Peter Gabriel achieve his biggest success with the album "So", which also went multi-platinum and found him competing on the pop charts and MTV with his former band.
Five years passed before Genesis released their final album with Collins, "We Can't Dance", which continued the band's pop success. Collins continued to be a major star in the 1990s, although his popularity was waning from its 1980s peak. In 1996 he announced he was leaving the band to concentrate on other projects. The following year, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford released "Calling All Stations" with Scottish singer Ray Wilson replacing Collins as the voice of the band. It was a commercial disappointment and sales in the United States were so poor a tour of the country was cancelled.
In 2007 Collins returned for a final tour with the band but didn't record further music with them. In 2010 Genesis were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having sold an estimated 130 million albums worldwide, making them one of the 30 best-selling acts in music history.
|Daniel Felix de Weldon
Daniel Felix de Weldon Critical Acclaim
Los Angeles Times Critic's Choice: "de Weldon, effectively contained, finds an arresting stillness, gorgeously performed. Deeply inhabited on a moment to moment basis, turbulently affecting and robust performance, real stakes, gorgeously conjure the sudden weightless astonishment, grace and guts" - Charlotte Stoudt (LA Times, NY Times, and Village Voice Top Critic)
Los Angeles Times Critic's Choice: "To its considerable credit, this production was deeply inhabited on a moment-to-moment basis... High-octane talent, de Weldon brought gritty authenticity...had me admiring the performances." - Charles McNulty (Chief LA Times Critic)
LA Weekly Critic's Choice: "de Weldon sat staring into space playing out Shanley's Apache dance with scrupulous honesty and attention to the details, unfolding in the ebbs and flows of real time... live-wire performance... was the art and craft of being... it matters because it's so rare when they get it so right, the authenticity of it in a world of fakery - a fleeting, sacred moment." - Steven Leigh Morris (Head Critic LA Weekly)
Broadway World Review Critic's Choice: "Kudos go to Daniel de Weldon whose Father Braulio is the mark of a brilliant performance that enlists such an emotional response to a character... Some of the most dramatic and sensational moments I have witnessed on stage." - Shari Barrett[
NPR KCRW 89.9FM National Radio Broadcast Critic's Choice: "de Weldon makes Shanley's pungent, staccato dialogue believable... Wild." - James Taylor
Back Stage West Critic's Choice: "de Weldon's performance is wonderfully layered. When he gives us a glimpse inside, the bear becomes a teddy bear." - Dave DePino
Showmag.com Critic's Choice: "'de Weldon is a reminder of Marlon Brando's Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, convincing and memorable performance, with a deep wide void aching to be filled with humanity. " - Mary E. Montoro
LAStageScene.com Critic's Choice: "de Weldon with a James Dean look and intensity creates and accomplishes the miraculous, he makes "Danny" heroic. de Weldon is member of the legendary Actors Studio and it shows. In a city where most plays run 6 weeks or less, The Elephant Theater's production of John Patrick Shanley's unexpected love story of two very lost and damaged souls, (8 months running) has become a real L.A. theater phenomenon. Recipient of the very hard-to-get L.A. Times "Critics Choice," last night I found out why. " - Steven Stanley
ReviewPlays.com Critic's Choice: "Initially and damn effectively, de Weldon is a blunt force instrument, to borrow the phrase with which M labeled Daniel Craig's newly minted 007 Bond. de Weldon's transformation was magnificent in his tentative attempts of intimacy and tenderness." - James Scarborough
Los Angeles Downtown News Critic's Choice: "de Weldon miraculously transformed and embodied Aaron McKinney in The Laramie Project:10 Years Later." - D. Johnson
Frontiers Magazine Critic's Choice: "de Weldon hit every level imaginable in David Rabe's Streamers."
Stagehappenings.com Critic's Choice: "Father Braulio of the Inquisition, effectively and menacingly portrayed by Daniel de Weldon. It was a tour de force performance with bouts of religious ecstasy and erotic fantasy." - Ellyse Cooke
KCLA RADIO Critic's Choice: "de Weldon's acting is wonderfully evocative of the time and place, the characters come alive, convincing portrait and brilliant acting."- Laurie Senit
LASplash.com Critic's Choice: "de Weldon's well portrayed, demanding performance that draws approving laughs from the empathetic audience." - M. Rutherford
The Ticket Stub Critic's Choice: "The power of Daniel de Weldon, to tap into the desparado that lives deep within many of us, looking for love and connection." - R. Goldberg
Examiner.com Critic's Choice: "de Weldon is excellent in his role as the darkly and deeply evil Father Braulio." - R. Irwin
LA City Beat Critic's Choice: "de Weldon takes over..." - Don Shirley Industry Reviews
Lillian Muller, Playboy Magazine: "de Weldon as Father Braulio is pure power, sex appeal, and charisma. Masterfully and beautifully crafted work."
Ryan Cutrona, actor in 24, Mad Men, In the Line of Fire: "Daniel de Weldon shows us how horrific it is to be human, the terror of being alive and immeasurable wound and scar of life, and it's concomitant tolerance, constitution, will and perseverance, creation, monstrous, delicate and divine. Genesis, here only God can watch and learn."
Frances Fisher, actress in Unforgiven: "de Weldon proves true to be an extremely gifted actor", in A Muse of Fire.
Michael Arabian, director: "de Weldon's performance in the feature film Fortune's 500 is reminiscent of a young Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift."
Lyle Kessler, playwright of "Orphans": "Daniel de Weldon's magnificent performance far surpass any other interpretations of this terrific play, forceful and poetic. "Danny and The Deep Blue Sea
Uta Hagen, actress in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: "Daniel de Weldon is a gigantic talent, real star power in Lovers and Other Strangers."
Mark Rydell, director of The Rose, On Golden Pond, and James Dean: "Daniel de Weldon's Monumental is the best screenplay I have ever read."
Barbara Bain, actress in Mission: Impossible: "Daniel de Weldon's Monumental is the best script she has read in the last 20 years."
Armand Assante, actor in Gotti: "Daniel de Weldon's Monumental is the perfect hero's journey in mythological storytelling and it's potential cinematically is scale in proportion to Felix de Weldon's legacy."
Martin Landau, actor in Ed Wood: " de Weldon's Monumental is an epic story that deeply moved me."
Lionsgate Films grade de Weldon's performance as lead antagonist P. Terrence Pecker in Fortune's 500 with A+ across the boards.
Howard Fine director, "I am a huge, huge fan of Daniel de Weldon as an actor."
Robert Litz writer on The Biography Channel George Washington: "Daniel de Weldon's acting performance is superb theatrical craftsmanship."
Daniel Felix de Weldon is a native of the Washington, D.C. & Newport, Rhode Island area. Prior to being received as a life time member to the legendary Actors Studio under Al Pacino, Martin Landau & Mark Rydell. He studied a six year theatrical masters program with Uta Hagen, Michael Arabian & Howard Fine.
de Weldon's theatrical debut was in the 1999 LA production of David Rabes' "Streamers", receiving the Los Angeles Times Critic's Choice. Later he produced, directed and starred in the 2003 LA production of Edward Albees' "The Zoo Story". 2006 DeWeldon starred in The Actors Studio LA production of "Death Of A Salesman".
Recently, de Weldon produced and starred in the hit Los Angeles play, "Danny & The Deep Blue Sea" that ran for seven months and received 14 acclaimed critic's choice. In 2009 DeWeldon starred opposite 3 time Emmy Award winner Barbara Bain in "The Laramie Project" live at Grand Performances in Los Angeles hosted by Glen Close in a world wide broadcast.
Currently de Weldon is producing three films under his company Volition Entertainment Productions. The first being a feature film titled: "Monumental" Daniel will portray his father in the film reflecting the life story of Felix de Weldon, famed for his work as a world renown artist, his most famous work being The Flag Raising of Iwo Jima in Arlington, Virginia.
Secondly, de Weldon is starring in "The Custodian" Directed by Michael Arabian. Produced by David Hillary (Deviant Films) and Maximum Rush Films with musical score by Rush America Music. Upcoming in 2015.
Thirdly, Daniel is producing: "The Elephant Ride", an autobiographical feature film based on his true life experiences. Currently attached is Academy Award winner Martin Landau, Grammy Award Winner Seal, Emmy Award winner Armand Assanti, Carmen Argenzenio & Audi of America.
A notable television news journalist, Jane Velez-Mitchell has reported for Celebrity Justice since its launch in 2002. She is now often seen on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and other national cable shows commenting on various high-profile cases. Inside the courtroom for the Michael Jackson molestation trial, Velez-Mitchell provided daily commentary on the case for Nancy Grace on CNN Headline News.
Velez-Mitchell previously spent more than a decade anchoring and reporting for KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. She also served as a reporter for eight years at WCBS-TV in New York City. Additionally, Velez-Mitchell spent years as a TV journalist in Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Fort Myers, Florida.
Velez-Mitchell is a recipient of a Los Angeles Emmy Award and shared a New York area Emmy Award. Her KCAL-TV newscasts won four Southern California Golden Mike Awards and an Emmy. She also wrote, directed and produced "Dancing Through Life", an award-winning documentary. While working at Celebrity Justice, Velez-Mitchell's reporting earned the show two Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States.
She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Sexy and slender 5'5" blonde bombshell Genesis Skye was born on May 17, 1984 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Skye lost her virginity at age 14. Genesis began her career in the adult industry doing hardcore shoots for various adult websites. Skye went on to appear in a slew of X-rated features for such notable companies as Hustler, Adam & Eve, Digital Sin, Elegant Angel, Anabolic Video, New Sensations, Rockman Enterprises, and Red Light District. She was nominated for an AVN Award for Best Anal Sex Scene - Video in 2007. Genesis has since retired from the adult industry.
|Jay Presson Allen
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jay Presson Allen was born Jacqueline Presson in San Angelo, Texas on March 3, 1922, the daughter of a department store manager. Educated at Miss Hockaday's School for Young Ladies in Dallas, Presson in her own words received no education at all. At the age of 18, she decided to become an actress in New York City. The charms of the profession soon paled and she married in the early 1940s, moving to southern California.
Disenchanted with acting, she saw writing as a way of becoming financially independent and enabling to leave her unhappy marriage. Her first novel "Spring Riot" was published in 1948. She moved back to New York, where she performed in cabaret and on the radio, but she was as disenchanted with performing as she had been before. She eventually divorced her husband and in 1955, she married Lewis Allen, a reader at the office of Broadway producer Bob Whitehead. Allen initially rejected a play she had sent Whitehead that later was optioned but never produced.
She decided to write under the name J. Presson Allen, but a clerk at the Social Security office changed the first part of her name to Jay. She sold work to television, including the Philco Playhouse. She eventually wrote another play, "The First Wife," that was turned into the 1963 film Wives and Lovers. She optioned Muriel Spark's novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and wrote a dramatization. It was this play-script that brought her to the attention of Alfred Hitchcock, who engaged her to adapt Winston Graham's novel Marnie. Under Hitchcock's tutelage, she developed her screen-writing gifts.
"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" was produced in London in 1966 and was a success, making the transfer to both Broadway and the silver screen. Maggie Smith won her first Oscar playing Jean Brodie. Allen had another success on Broadway with her play 40 Carats, which she adapted from a French comedy. The great Julie Harris won a Tony Award for her performance as a 42-year-old woman who seduces a man twenty years her junior. The 1973 film was a failure.
She wrote the screenplay for George Cukor's 1972 film adaptation of Graham Green's Travels with My Aunt, which initially was to star Katharine Hepburn, but Hepburn hated the script and rewrote it. Presson quit the picture but her name is in the credits as Hepburn was not a Writer's Guild member. Ironically, Hepburn quit the picture and was replaced by Maggie Smith.
The same year that "Travels With My Aunt" was released and failed, Allen was engage to adapt the Broadway hit Cabaret for director Bob Fosse. Under the direction of the producers, Allen went back to Christopher Isherwood's source material, the 1939 novel "Goodbye to Berlin," the basis of his I Am a Camera, which itself is the genesis of "Cabaret." Allen had to give structure to the story for the movie, but she clashed with Fosse, whom she found a depressive who drained the script of humor. She eventually quit but was given the credit for the script, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.
Other projects that Presson worked on were Funny Lady, the 1974 sequel to Funny Girl, and the TV series "Family." She adapted her 1969 novel "Just Tell Me What Your Want" for movie director Sidney Lumet, which was the first of four projects they collaborated on. She was nominated for an Oscar for her adaptation of Robert Daley's novel Prince of the City, directed by Lumet. Her third collaboration was an adaptation of Ira Levin's play "Deathtrap." She also worked uncredited on Lumet's The Verdict rewriting David Mamet's script.
She worked on the adaptations of "A Little Family Business" and "La Cage Aux Folles" on Broadway and the TV series "Hothouse." She wrote a biographical play about Truman Capote, "Tru," which made it to Broadway in 1991. She had not known Capote, but his friends say she captured the essence of the man. Her last screenplay was a remake of "Lord of the Flies," but she disliked the 1990 film and had her name taken off of it.
In an interview with the "New York Times" in 1972, Allen said that the essence of a successful adaptation is to not "muck around with the essence" of the original work.
Jay Presson Allen died on May 1, 2006 in New York City. She was 84 years old.
Venus Monique started acting in college where she was cast as the lead in her first play. She continued staying active in the theater while completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.
In late 2010, after a couple of years of juggling physical therapy and acting in Midland, TX, Venus moved to Austin with no job so that she could begin earnestly training for a career in film. After a few months of struggling, she landed a gig as a stand-in on the ABC Family show, The Lying Game. There, she learned the ins and outs of the industry and took that knowledge into the diverse projects on which she has been blessed to work.
Venus has a passion for inspirational films, challenging roles, and letting God plan her steps. She has just completed her latest feature film, Genesis (2015), where she plays the lead role of Jochebed.
Gorgeous, buxom, and shapely 5'6" brunette knockout Alektra Blue was born Sasha Clifford on June 9, 1983 in Phoenix, Arizona. Blue played soccer and volleyball, ran track, and was a cheerleader in grade school while growing up in Dallas, Texas. Her first job was as a receptionist at a fitness center. Alektra worked as a bartender in Texas prior to her involvement in the adult entertainment industry. Blue first began working in the sex industry at age twenty-one in January, 2005; her friend and fellow porn starlet Taryn Thomas helped Blue get into said industry. Blue won the F.A.M.E. Award for Favorite Rookie Starlet of the Year in 2006 and was nominated for an AVN Award for Best New Starlet in 2007. The green-eyed stunner was the Pet of the Month in the April, 2008 issue of Penthouse. (Other men's magazines Alektra has been featured in are Club, Cheri, Hustler, and Genesis.) Blue also signed an exclusive performance contract with the top company Wicked Pictures in April, 2008. Alektra has since gone on to win additional AVN Awards for Best Group Sex Scene in 2010 and The Fan Awards - Best Body in 2011.
Born in Brooklyn NY, on August 28th, John Landolfi has been in the movie business since 1990. He is a producer known for Feral (2016), Daylight's End (2015), Night of the Living Dead: Genesis (2015), and Vigilante Diaries (2016). He has been married to Jenna since July 30th 2009; they have 5 children.
Emmy-nominated Writer/Producer Sam Egan, most recently has been Creative Consutant for Shaw's Canadian Sci-Fi Series "Continuum", as well as the Developer for Television of Robert Rotenburg's "Old City Hall" for CTV. He is currently consulting on Shaw TV's "Beloved Mr. Fox" with its creator Alexander McCall Smith ("First Ladies Detective Agency.") He served as Creative Consultant on the Canadian Mini-Serlies "Bloodletting and Other Mirculous Cures." He is developing the internet series "The Node" for Trifecta productions, as well as "State of Syn" for Shaftesbury Films.
Egan was Executive Producer/Showrunner of Season Two of the Listener, for CTV and FOX International, and Creative Consultant for Season Three. He was previously Co-Executive Producer of ABC's "V." Prior to that he was Executive Producer of "Sanctuary" for the Sci Fi Channel. He was a Creative Consultant on the mini-series "Bloodletting and Other Miraculous Cures" for The Movie Network based. He also developed "The Listener" for NBC. He was Co-Executive Producer, Head Writer and Showrunner on "Masters of Science Fiction" for ABC--an anthology series featuring Judy Davis, Sam Waterston, John Hurt, Brian Dennehy, Anne Heche, Malcolm McDowell, and James Cromwell.
Egan is best known for his five seasons of work on Showtime/MGM's "The Outer Limits." He was showrunner/Executive Producer on the series which ran on Showtime and the Sci Fi Channel.
Egan has been a Creative Consultant on the Canadian series "ReGenesis", and Executive Producer on Showtime and MGM's "Jeremiah", starring Luke Perry and Malcolm Jamal-Warner. He was recently nominated for a Leo Award in Canada for his writing on "Sanctuary." An episode of "Jeremiah" he wrote, "Out of the Ashes", garnered Egan the Literacy in the Media Award for Outstanding Television Series in their 4th Annual Awards. Another episode of Jeremiah "City of Roses" was nominated for Canada's Top Ten Writing Awards, honoring the best writing in Film and Television--Egan's second nomination.
Before his five seasons on "The Outer Limits", Egan produced and wrote CBS's "Northern Exposure." Included in Egan's many writing and producing awards are nominations for an Emmy and four Gemini's.
One of Britain's most enduringly successful singer/musicians, Paul Carrack's voice is probably recognized by many who don't know his name. He made quite an impact in several Sheffield bands in the early years but his first hit was "How Long" with the band Ace (number 20 in 1974). Ace recorded three albums, none of which managed to chart, and supported progressive rock superstars Yes on a US tour. Carrack's next venture was making two albums with the Frankie Miller Band before joining Roxy Music in 1978. He played on their albums "Manifesto", "Flesh and Blood" and "Avalon".
In 1980, Carrack made his first solo album "Nightbird" and then joined Squeeze, singing the lead vocal of their hit "Tempted". In 1983 he played piano and organ on The Smiths' now legendary debut album and in 1985 he joined Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford for what would turn out to be the most successful venture of his career, Mike and the Mechanics. In 1987 he worked with Roger Waters on the album "Radio KAOS" and its subsequent tour. Mike and the Mechanics' "The Living Years" album (released in 1988) would prove to be the most commercially rewarding time of Carrack's career, with both the album and its title track reaching the number two positions on the UK charts.
After that time, Carrack continued with Mike and the Mechanics, his solo career and has worked with stars such as Sting, Elton John, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Simply Red and BB King.
Page grew up in the historic, port city of Charleston, South Carolina. Her weekends and summers were spent on nearby Sullivans Island where Edgar Allen Poe lived while writing The Gold-bug. Those early, barefoot days were much like the ones described by Pat Conroy in the The Prince of Tides: shelling, cast netting, sailing, seeking out oyster roasts and parties, and seemingly always covered in sand. The endless performances and plays organized by Page, often surf-side, which usually included her brother and sister, cousins or friends, were the genesis of her passion for bringing stories and characters to life. While she loves epic, period dramas like Titanic and Out of Africa, and comedies like The Hangover, anything Will Ferrell and Peter Sellers', The Pink Panther, and tear-jerking dramas like The Notebook and Terms of Endearment, she is an absolute Horror and Psychological Thriller fanatic!
|Celine Borroto Alvarez
Celine Borroto Alvarez is the epitome of a STAR ON THE RISE. She has always had a passion for acting. At the tender young age of 9 years old she began her acting career in theatre. After acting for a couple of months everyone around her noticed the gift she had. At first glance you wouldn't think this quiet and humble young lady would be the acting powerhouse she is; from being able to evoke any emotion, including crying on cue to embodying any character given to her. At the age of 12 years old, not only has she captured the attention of talent scouts from major networks; she has also starred in the feature film The Town Inside along side GregAlan Williams (Terminator Genesis, In The Line of Fire, Remember The Titans, BayWatch.) Not only does her resume include her being the coveted Junior Orange Bowl Festival First Little Sister, in the Summer of 2014 Celine triumphed over 1,000 girls in Florida to grace the cover of one of Florida's most popular magazines, South Florida Parenting. Her stardom is no secret, in addition to starring in The Town Inside she is slated to star in an additional 3 feature films: All About Us, Dope, and the super hero blockbuster The Rejects. If you don't know her name yet, lets get familiar with her. Celine Borroto Alvarez will be a household name.
Gorgeous, buxom and sensuous blonde actress and model Melissa Wolf was born as Lisa Ann Taylor on April 14, 1964 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Melissa got involved in the adult entertainment industry at age 18: She participated in both wet t-shirt and naughty nightie contests in the evenings to earn extra money while working at McDonald's during the day. Wolf then got a job as a stripper at a local Vancouver club. She won the title of Miss Nude Vancouver Exotica 1984 in the Miss Vancouver Exotica Contest. Melissa eventually went to Los Angeles, California and was the Pet of the Month in the June, 1985 issue of "Penthouse." Wolf did a follow-up pictorial in the February, 1987 issue of "Penthouse." Moreover, she's done nude pictorials in the spin-off publications "Penthouse Letters," "Penthouse Forum," "Penthouse Variations," and "Girls of Penthouse." In fact, Melissa's pictorials have been printed in over 350 men's magazines which include "Oui," "Over 40," "Leg Show," "Cheri," "Gallery," "Chic," "Genesis," "Hustler," "High Society," "Cougars," "Celebrity Sleuth," "Easy Rider," and "Swank." Wolf has acted in several enjoyable low-budget Grade B independent horror features; she was especially sexy and memorable as the titular character in "Dream Witch." Melissa has also appeared in such hardcore X-rated porno fare as "The Great Pet Hunt," "Melissa's Mansion," "Welcome to Canada," "Playful Friends," "Naked in New York," "Baby Face," and "12 Babes of Christmas." Her mother died of breast cancer on October 23, 1990. Wolf was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award by Gelardi South Enterprises and the Exotic Dance industry at the 1998 Miss Nude Atlanta pageant and won the Hall of Fame award by Exotic Dancer and the Adult Film Industry at the Exotic Dancer Convention in 2000 (she dedicated this latter award to her mother). Melissa Wolf now lives in Atlanta, Georgia and works the day shift as a bartender at the adult club the Doll House in Atlanta, Georgia.
Robert Shapiro began his show business career in the mail room of the William Morris Agency. He rose through the ranks becoming Managing Director in charge of William Morris' London Office and Senior Vice-President and Head of their International Motion Picture Department where he represented some of the industry's most prominent stars and filmmakers.
After leaving William Morris, Shapiro became President of Warner Bros. Worldwide Theatrical Production Division, a position he held for over six years.
Some of the 50 plus films produced during his tenure at Warner Bros. Include: the "Superman" films, "Hooper," "Private Benjamin," "Going in Style," "The In-Laws," "Altered States," "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Time After Time," "Every Which Way But Loose," "The Shining," and "Chariots of Fire."
Shapiro produced Tim Burton's highly acclaimed comedy hit, "Pee Wee's Big Adventure."
He was Executive Producer of Steven Speilberg's, "Empire of the Sun," starring John Malkovich and Christian Bale.
Shapiro produced "Arthur 2: On the Rocks," starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli and John Gielgud directed by Bud Yorkin.
He produced "There Goes My Baby," starring Noah Wylie, Dermot Mulroney, Rick Schroder, Keli Williams and Kristen Minter, written and directed by Floyd Mutrux, which was released by Orion.
Shapiro produced the critically acclaimed, "Black Beauty," written and directed by Caroline Thompson, which was released by Warner Bros.
He produced the comedy, "Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde," directed by David Price, for Savoy Pictures.
Shapiro produced Walt Disney Pictures hit comedy, "My Favorite Martian," starring Jeff Daniels, Christopher Lloyd and Elizabeth Hurley, directed by Donald Petrie.
Robert Shapiro Productions produced the made-for-television movie, "The Summer My Father Grew Up," starring John Ritter and directed by Michael Tuchner, which aired on NBC.
Shapiro produced "Cadet Kelly," starring Hilary Duff, for the Disney Channel that is among their top ten highest rated movies.
He produced the successful comedy, "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," starring Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox directed by Sara Sugarman and written by Gail Parent based upon Dyan Sheldon's best selling novel for Walt Disney Pictures. Shapiro also directed the second unit on the film.
Films Shapiro has been associated with have garnered several Academy Awards and nominations. He has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and received the prestigious Christopher Award ("Empire of the Sun") as well as the Genesis Award for Best Picture ("Black Beauty").
Shapiro has directed the second unit on several films and directed episodes of Dick Clark and Fox TV Network's, "Beyond Belief."
He is producing a film in collaboration with BBC Films entitled "The Children of Willesden Lane" based upon the extraordinary true life memoir written by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. The screenplay is written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse ("Race", "Frankie and Alice") and executive produced by Christine Langan and Ed Wethered for BBC films.
Shapiro is preparing a film entitled, "Fig," which was written and will be directed by Will Geiger ("Elvis & Annabelle" starring Blake Lively & Max Minghella).
He is preparing a film based upon the 2016 Athena List Award-winning screenplay entitled, "In The Land of Fire & Ice," written by David MacGregor to be directed by Sarah Knight ("Vino Veritas") and co-starring Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo ("House of Sand & Fog", "24", "House of Saddam").
Shapiro is preparing a film set in Australia written by Sabina Murray ("The Beautiful Country") entitled, "The Way Back," based upon one of the short stories in her Pen/Faulkner Award winning book, "The Caprices."
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences where he serves on the Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting selection committee, The Foreign Language Film Committee, and the Academy Animated Feature Film Committee.
Shapiro is a mentor to graduate school filmmakers at the Peter Stark Program at USC. He has taught classes and has been a guest lecturer at USC, UCLA, NYU, Emerson College, University of Nebraska, University of Utah and the Los Angeles Film School.
In 2005-6 John played James in 48 Angels, Marion Comer's unusual feature where Michael O'Dwyer (of the Irish Times) commented on John's great screen presence. Wilderness was the horror genre film where he played the vital role of Davy, & now he can be seen as Young Quinlan (Pete Postlethwaite is the older version) in Lord Attenborough's feature Closing the Ring. John has just returned from Germany where he worked with Colin Bateman & Roy Marsden on his feature in development, Mohamed Maguire, schooled by John Irvin et al for Moonstone. Out in 2008 was his next feature film lead role, Colin in Macdara Vallely's Peacefire. It's up with his best work.
Earlier John had been named Best Actor at the Cherbourg Film Festival after the showing there on Friday 10th October 2003 of Aisling Walsh's incredible Song for a Raggy Boy. The film also won the audience award at this Normandy Film festival specialising in the best British and Irish recent releases. John attended press conferences with Iain Glen and Aidan Quinn at the Edinburgh and Cork Film Festivals, telling of his performance as Liam Mercier (lead boy). The feature sold by Lola Films for Subotica Entertainment played Sundance, Seattle, Tribeca, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Karlovy Vary, Cork, Ghent, Lyubyana, Bergen, Gothenberg, Copenhagen, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Salerno festivals to brilliant effect, picking up eighteen awards and bringing massive praise to John. Its NI premiere was in the Belfast Festival on March 29th 2004 and then it played nationally from Friday April 9th. Dorothy Macgabhann cast it. The movie had played in the republic of Ireland from October 2003 and many territories worldwide thereafter. Late 2005 John played James in 48 Angels directed by Marion Comer. This feature was produced by Robert Medema and John McDonnell for Reflected Light Pictures. John also played a boy called John in the pilot for Oranges are Blue, the Lab-Ky-Mo film to be shot here next year for Kalm Boy Films, and Colin in the original pilot for Peacefire. He made appearances in Man about Dog, the Treasure Films shoot of Pearse Elliott's script directed by Paddy Breathnach and Pearse's own film, The Mighty Celt opposite Robert Carlyle. He also played the boy in the Oscar-nominated short film Everything in This Country Must, directed by Gary McKendry. He was also in the Irish feature 5 Day Shelter, out in 2009, produced by Villi Ragnarsson. Michael was a character he improvised for the HARP Inclusion Education DVD produced by Morrow, & he also made a Youth Justice Conference DVD for Inferno, and an anti-knife attack cinema campaign for SpotOn & Genesis, an Adidas campaign for MJZ opposite several footballers including Jermaine Defoe, Del Piero, Djibril Cisse, Ashley Cole and David Trezeguet, shot in St. Albans by Fredrik Bond; also a Dublin anti-litter campaign and an Invest NI ad. He was photographed as a paperboy and with brother Mark en famille for 2 BT photo campaigns produced by A.V. Browne. Not bad for a great young lad who was a boxer, not an actor 9 years ago. From the New Lodge in Belfast, John was born the middle of 3 children (Fiona is older and Mark is younger) to mum & dad Kate & John (Bap), and attended St. Patrick's college Belfast (as had Martin McCann earlier). His birthdate was 31st January 1989. Another astounding piece of work by this able performer has been an NSPCC radio campaign featuring John, again as a troubled kid, this time suicidal. The campaign got widely noticed and aided children in difficulty by offering them a chance to help themselves through a website. Much more to come from this pleasant, intelligent, very real young man, so un-actorish that his great skill barely shows, such is his unerring intuition & handle on what is real, painful & vulnerable about youth. In theatre he has been in work for Belfast companies Replay, Tinderbox, Jigsaw and C21, for directors Mick Duke, Anna Newell, Peter Quigley and Paul Kennedy.
Based in Los Angeles, J. J. Alani aka J. Jonroy Alani also works in New York and Paris. Feature Film Director, Directors Guild of America (DGA) member and a Writers Guild of America (WGA) member in New York since 1996, Alani is the Writer/Producer/Director (as Jay Jonroy) of David & Layla, a political romantic comedy. (He dedicated David & Layla to the "Layla"s of the world and to his family members lost in genocide.)
His latest Written/Produced/Directed feature Beyond Paradise, a drama cross-cultural love story is distributed in U.S.A and Canada by MarVista Entertainment.. See the genesis of the story inspired by true events at http://beyondparadisemovie.com/about/directors-inspiration/
Alani tweets about World Cinema on Twitter @FilmFavorites. With thousands of followers, the site posts the Trailer with a few hints of the uncommon recent & classic must-see films of the world.
Official Selection at 28 international film festivals, David & Layla won 8 Awards, including Mons Festival International du Film D'Amour's Grand Prix du Public against La Vie en Rose, 2 Days in Paris and Lady Chatterley. ( http://www.fifa-mons.be/fr/accueil-festivals )
David & Layla received notable praise from the Nobel Laureate, Oscar nominee Screenwriter and acclaimed Playwright, Harold Pinter: "A bold, politically relevant film made against impossible odds." Plus, critical reviews in the New York Times, Variety, Washington Post, LA Times, etc.
Alani is the Executive Producer of Margreet, a story about the legend of Mata Hari set in Paris. It was officially selected to World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2015 Short Corner. Margreet is produced by Alani's PA Zoya Skya actress who costars with Riley Smith in the film. [Iconic Hollywood star Greta Garbo played Mata Hari in the classic movie Mata Hari in 1931. ]
Alani is in development on a future independent movie entitled Amorous and two epic films inspired by man's first written epic poem, the 5000-year-old historical allegory Gilgamesh as two screenplays: Gilgamesh and Gilgamesh: In Search of Immortality.
He studied at The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (Advanced Screenwriting Practicum) in Los Angeles, 1985-1989.
Hollywood's largest studio, Time Warner/Warner Bros, as well as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Turner Classic Movies, etc., continue distribution of David & Layla. Its music score is on 60+ international music sites, including iTunes.
Following Creative Photography studies at the London Camden School of Arts, Alani worked briefly as a Fashion Photographer in London and Paris. He continues his interest in photography on Twitter @1PhotoDaily, and on Pinterest at J.J. Alani- Fashion, Style, Haute Couture.
In Paris, he studied at the Sorbonne University, 1990-1994, receiving a "Diplôme Supérieur de Langue et Civilisation Françaises."
In New York, he coached graduate students at the Graduate Department of New York University Film School- Tisch School of the Arts on their final thesis projects, 1996-2000.
He served as volunteer Acting Coach at the Circle in the Square Broadway Theater School in New York where his then wife, Olga Alexandrova aka Layla Alexander, was studying, 1995-1999.
Earlier in England, he had received a (B.Sc.) Bachelor of Science with First Class Honors in Science and Sociology at Leicester University, (D.I.C.) Diploma of the renowned London Imperial College, and (M.Sc.) Masters Degree in Cybernetics at London University.
In London, as a Marketing Executive with ICL, he worked with the creators of the Monty Python TV series, while at night he studied 'Acting, Speech, and Movement' at the 'City Lit'- the City Literary Institute.
A member of The Royal Photographic Society (U.K), Alani is an amateur Art collector and a Patron of World Music Institute in New York.
He is the founder of "Human Rights For All- No Exceptions!" featured on Facebook and on Twitter @HRights4All, each with thousands of followers. These sites focus on female empowerment, equality, justice and equal human rights for the oppressed nations and the minorities of the world, including LGBT- Lesbians, Gays...
A dual American and British citizen, J.J. Alani was born in the Middle East. He is fluent in English and French, some Spanish & Portuguese, and speaks and understands a few Middle Eastern languages. He has lived and worked in Paris, London, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
Gopala Davies is a South African Indian actor and director specialising in Film and Theatre. He holds a BA Hons (Cum Laude) in Drama and Film Studies. Gopala has also trained with Anthony Montes, one of the top Meisner teachers in Hollywood and a direct student of Stanford Meisner, in his Advanced Meisner Workshop.
Gopala is the recipient of The National Arts Festival Award for Best Director (2014) and a Standard Bank Ovation Award (2015) for his intermedial production Barbe Bleue: A story about madness. He is best known for his role as Robert in the SABC 1 soap opera Generations: The Legacy. Gopala also played in the SABC 3 TV series High Rollers performing alongside Justin Strydom and Fezile Mpela. He played the role of Mohammed in Tom Coash's Cry Havoc, directed by Alby Michaels (2013), in which he performed alongside the award-winning David Dennis, and Brenda Radloff. Gopala features in various TV commercials such as King Price Insurance, Standard Bank - Auctioneers, SABC Editorial Policy, SANRAL - Be in the Know, the 2015 Loeries Promo Campaign and the SANBS Better Gift Campaign. He also played the character Adam in the Short Film Lilith: Genesis One which won the Film category at the 2015 PPC Imaginarium Awards.
Gopala has been a regular participant at The National Arts Festival performing in Boys in the Backroom (2008), Three Wall Temple (2009), Like Show Business (2010), The History Boys (2011), Cry Havoc (2013) and directing Barbe Bleue (2014/ 2015). In 2011 he toured South Africa with Pieter Toerien's Naledi Award winning The History Boys.
Jerry Winsett began his performing career singing with his own band in Clarksville and Nashville, Tennessee. He then found his way to the stage at Austin Peay State University, where he won numerous awards and was elected to the position of President of the Alpha Psi Omega honorary dramatics fraternity. Before leaving Tennessee, Jerry performed professionally at Nashville Children's Theater, Theatre Nashville, and Opryland USA as well as many other Southern stages in such productions as "1776", "Wind in the Willows", "Man of La Mancha", "The Marriage of Figaro" and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown". He has returned to Tennessee many times as a guest artist at events such as the Tennessee Arts/Tennessee Artists Festival where he created the role of Danny (aka Cupid) in the musical "Constellations from the Heart" and as a guest artist at A.P.S.U. in "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum".
Jerry left Tennessee for New York City, where his night club act, "Schoch and Jerry" (with Tim Schoch), was rated "Tops in Town" by Showbusiness Magazine. He spent a year in Manhattan Punchline's "Comedy Corps" and appeared Off Broadway in "The Rivals", "Lorenzaccio", "Smoke", and "The Smiling Assassins".
Then he headed west. L.A. stage credits include "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Richard Basehart Theatre; and "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "The Alchemist" at The Globe. (Regarding his performance in "The Alchemist", reviewers called him "a monster of sexual rapacity".) He then trod the boards as Sir Toby Belch in The Nevada Shakespeare Festival's production of "Twelfth Night", and performed in the premiere production of "Pssst! Tell 'em Joe Sent Ya" at Back On Broadway Dinner Theatre. Just before leaving L.A., Jerry was seen as Renfield in Dancing Dog Theatre Company's highly praised production of "Dracula" and starred with Lane Davies in The Santa Susana Repertory Company's acclaimed production of "Man of La Mancha". (Dale Wasserman, author of "... La Mancha" was one of S.S.R.C. founding Board Members.) Jerry was also on the board of directors of Dancing Dog Theatre Company, L.A.'s first producing classical repertory Theatre Company as well as being the Administrative Director of Santa Susana Repertory Company.
On "the big screen" Jerry has been featured in such films as "Radio Days", "The Chosen", "One Crazy Summer", "The Sicks O'Clock News", "Almost An Angel", "Tax Season", "Sunset Strip" and "Paulie". He portrayed "Merton the Farmer" in the film, "Torque" produced by the same production team that brought us "Fast and Furious" and "XXX". Jerry was recently in production for the films "The Red Cape" and "Bolden" to be released in 2016.
No stranger to television, Jerry has starred in a score of TV commercials in every situation imaginable... from trying to feed a recalcitrant kitty for "Tender Vittles" to a special effects extravaganza for "TV-Guide" and packing an elevator for "Fed-Ex". He's been seen as everything from a Female Choir director to a dancing Taste Bud and was in the original "Time to Make the Donuts" commercial for Dunkin Donuts.
Jerry has co-starred on numerous television shows including "Newhart", "It's Gary Shandling's Show", "Mr. Belvedere", "Coach", " Life Goes On" and the pilot for "Live Shot". He has starred on "Superior Court", "Divorce Court", "Family Medical Center" and "Sweethearts" and was a hit as the corrupt Mayor Lloyd Lloyd, a series regular, in the Nickelodeon TV series "The Snooker Report".
As a writer, three of Jerry's projects, "Gold's Fever", "Who Killed Mayor Stratton" and its sequel, "Who Murdered the Mayor" were produced by the Santa Susana Repertory Company. He has co written two TV pilots," Jerry's Critters" and "Last Laughs" ; and has collaborating credits on two screenplays. He has written over 50 songs with partner Tim Schoch, many of which were in their very successful nightclub act "Schoch and Jerry". Pssst! Tell 'em Joe Sent Ya!, a musical he wrote sold out houses at "Back On Broadway" in Santa Monica, and Dracula, a play he co-wrote with Terry Marinan of Dancing Dog Theatre Company had a highly successful, extended run at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, California. Jerry is now working on a one man play/musical called "Speed Limits" ,a stage version of "The Chimes at Midnight", and a plethora of scripts for his production company, "Murder Mystery Productions".
Jerry has also written for a variety of other mediums. He has had poetry printed in numerous publications, has had short stories published in journals and magazines and co-authored a paper for Scientific America titled "The Care and Training of Phocena, Phocena". (He also was an accomplished animal behaviorist. Jerry trained dolphins, whales, sea lions and other marine animals at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium and was the first animal behaviorist to be on staff at a zoo in the United States when he became the Curator of Animal Behavior at the New York Zoological Society's Bronx Zoo. Jerry's activities as a leading animal behaviorist have been written about in The New York Daily News, The Scientific America and Psychology Today.)
Since relocating to Wilmington, North Carolina, Jerry has appeared in stage productions of "Chicago", "Tommy", "Noah", "1776", "Pippin", "God's Favorite", "Big River" - for which he won a Thalian Award for his portrayal of "Pap Finn" and "Guys and Dolls" - winning him a second Thalian Award for his portrayal of "Nicley Nicley". He starred in the critically acclaimed productions of "Other People's Money" for Opera House Theater Company, Theater Exchange's "A Christmas Carol" and the title role in "The Big Friendly Giant".
Regionally he performed in the inaugural season of the Tennessee Shakespeare Festival's production "A Midsummer's Night Dream" as Nick Bottom the Weaver. (A role he will repeated with them the following year.) He followed those as Launce in #Two Gentlemen of Verona" and Aegeon in "Comedy of Errors".
Jerry has performed as a voice actor in over 30 Anime films, including voicing Artaru's Dad in the complete "Urusei Yatsura - Obnoxious Aliens" series. Other work includes voice roles in such popular titles as Crusher Joe, Sailor Victory and The Dark. As his alter-ego "Jericho", Jerry has voiced such popular characters as Brick in the Kate the Bondage Queen series and George in Love Doll.
Jerry's likeness has appeared in many numerous comics, graphic novels and the like because of his close friendship with Sonic Comics artist and creator Ron Fontes. Jerry and Ron first collaborated on the screenplay for Bloodlust, which was the genesis of the Ron's Graphic Novel "Terminal Diner". Jerry's likeness has appeared in such comic titles as "Captain Fortune", "Phoenix Warrior" and "Xena". He is currently collaborating with Ron once more on a graphic novel entitled "Graphic Violence".
Jerry is a member of SAG-AFTRA, serving on two national committees and as an Executive Board member for the Washington-Mid Atlantic local. He is also a member of Actor's Equity and is listed in "Who's Who in American Entertainment" and "Who's Who in America".
In addition to these other endeavors, Jerry stays busy singing as well as writing, producing, directing and starring in productions for "Murder Mystery Theatre", the company produces the Carolina's first truly and completely interactive dinner theatre Murder Mystery shows!
When not performing, writing, singing or counseling, Jerry spends countless hours tending his many Bonsai trees, and is an avid angler because "There's nothing more relaxing than tricking a critter into biting a sharp piece of metal and then dragging it out of its natural environment by the lips!" Other hobbies include reading, archery, fencing, poetry and telling jokes with his friends. He collects dragons and comic books. He loves to cook and his recipe for Chicken and Dumplings was published in the "Celebrities of Tennessee Cookbook."
Loni Sanders was born Jennifer Lynn Wren to an American father and a Japanese mother. She was discovered by noted mens magazine photographer 'Rupert Daines' in 1979 and started her career in the adult entertainment industry as a glamor model. Among the mens magazines she did nude pictorials in are "Gallery," "Swank," "Pub," and "Genesis." Her most famous centerfold was featured in the April 1980 issue of "Penthouse." In 1980 Sanders met adult film star and future husband Mike Ranger on the set of a soft-core picture. She initially acted in hardcore X-rated movies with just Ranger and other women, but eventually began doing no-holds-barred brazen and uninhibited sex scenes with other male porn stars as well. Her more notable porno titles are Kiss and Tell, Sexboat, 8 to 4, Never So Deep, Summer of '72 and Beauty. After divorcing Ranger, Loni quit acting full-time in X-rated movies in the mid-'80s and became a production manager for the porn production company Vivid Video, which was owned by her new lover, Steve Hirsch. However, Sanders still occasionally popped up in non-sexual cameo roles in porno flicks starring fellow 1980s adult cinema queen Ginger Lynn. She split up with Hirsch in 1997. Loni has been inducted into both the AVN Hall of Fame and XRCO Hall of Fame. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend Marco.
Long ago, a young Concordia University student, who at the time was inexplicably studying a double major in Biology and Physics, stood up in the middle of a lecture and, to the great bewilderment of his peers, abruptly walked out.
Years later, that same young man would be informed by a student who witnessed the shocking event, that when he did not return the next day... or the next week... or even the next semester, his classmates had simply, and understandably so, assumed that he had died.
Adam however did not die; he instead became an actor.
After dropping all of his courses that very night, Adam took his student loans money, clearly earmarked for a future of academia, and instead used it to move into a cheap apartment in downtown Montreal... and thus began his true education.
This would be the genesis of a new, and infinitely more fulfilling life, pursuing a career in acting, filmmaking and all around storytelling.
With almost almost three decades in casting, Stephen Snyder has gone on to cast numerous Emmy Award Winning and multi nominated Music Videos, Independent Films & Shorts, including:
Legendary Rock Music Videos from Kiss, Rem, Cheap Trick, Nirvana, TLC, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Billy Idol, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Bon Jovi, Crosby Stills & Nash, Spinal Tap, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osborne, Van Halen, Genesis, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, David Lee Roth, Megadeath, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Traveling Willbuyrs, to Metallica.
To Many # 1 Video's including Country Superstars: Toby Keith, Brooks Dunn, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, and Gretchen Wilson.
Casting for Indie Films, Shorts, and "Fifty and Over Club" TV Pilot-Series!, the Film "Powned" w/Eric Roberts, Multiple Fringe Fest Award Winning Plays by Neil Le Bute "Some Girls" "Trouble Dolls" The Load In" "Taming of the Shrew on Theater Row in Hollywood, Received the Grand Jury Prize with Director Varda Hardy for "ODE TO LA" 2012! Cast Over 50 Independent Films in Los Angeles.
Recent Casting Includes: Multiple Mini Series "Ratchet Pack," "Runaway Stars," "Slick," Short Film, Music Video "Trailer Choir for the Film "Whisky for Men". The 2nd Season of "Talk Show with Spike Feresten," Recent Film 'Skid-Marks" The Movie. "F*ck You! Pay Me! Award Winning Directors The Derrick Brothers "Windows" Film Short Directed By 35 Time Award Winning Varda Hardy W/ Lou Gossett Jr.
Casting Director, Stephen H. Snyder has also worked closely with proclaimed award winning directors : James Cameron (The Abyss - LA Casting), F. Gary Gray (Negotiator, Set it Off), Robert Zemekis, Cameron Crowe (Jerry Mc Guire), David Kellogg (Inspector Gadget), Tobe Hooper, Scott Calvert (Basketball Diaries), Wayne Isham and Karl Kosak (Skidmarls).
If drummer and singer Phil Collins became the superstar of Genesis, it could be said that Mike Rutherford was the secret weapon on their way to fame, fortune and selling out the world's biggest venues. He wrote the lyrics for their first major international single, Follow You Follow Me, which became a UK top ten and a US top 30 hit. He wrote the lyrics to their second UK top ten single, Turn It On Again, two years later. In 1985, he formed another successful project, Mike and the Mechanics. In 1986, Genesis had their greatest success with Invisible Touch, which featured five international hits, two with lyrics by Rutherford, Land of Confusion and Throwing It All Away. In 1988, he created, with B.A. Robertson, the most critically acclaimed song of his career, The Living Years, which became a huge success for Mike and the Mechanics, earning an Ivor Novello Award and millions of plays on US radio.
Rutherford was from a distinguished family. His father was naval officer Captain William Rutherford. He was sent to one of England's top private schools, Charterhouse, where he met future Genesis bandmates Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks. Rutherford was the band's bass and rhythm guitarist, contributing important parts to the sound but taking a back seat to lead guitarist Anthony Phillips (who was soon replaced by Steve Hackett). The band became renowned throughout the 1970s for their elaborate, classically influenced progressive rock, which gained a growing cult fanbase. Gabriel left in 1975 but the band grew in commercial appeal. When Hackett left in 1977, the band decided not to replace him and Rutherford became their sole guitarist on subsequent studio albums. They would soon move away from their status as a cult band and into mainstream success, becoming one of Britain's biggest bands of the 1980s and early 1990s.
In 2014, Rutherford released his autobiography, The Living Years.
|Barry H. Waldman
Barry Waldman was born and raised in New York, USA. He moved to Florida to study at the University of Miami, and a fter graduating served as a production assistant. He would soon become the UPM assistant director for many independent films. He moved to producing and production manager on such television shows as "Key WEst" and "Dead at 21", for which he received a Genesis Award and a CableAce award. After producing "Zooman" for Showtime, he decided to work on feature films; so he moved to Los Angeles, California, USA. "Armageddon" is Waldman's fourth film as a unit production manager and second film as an associate producer. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California, USA.
|Sheetal Vinod Talwar
Sheetal Vinod Talwar (Also known as Sheetal Talwar) is a noted Indian and International producer. He is credited with producing content driven films. Regarded among the few Indians paving the way for global cinema, as the Chairman and Managing director of the Vistaar Group and WSG Entertainment.
Known for backing content led cinema, He is credited with producing films such as 'The Joneses' starring Demi Moore, the Martin Freeman starrer 'The Eichmann Show' , Bart Ruspoli and Frederick Hutton-Mills's 'Genesis' , 'The Myth of Hopelesness' and the forthcoming much talked about film 'Romans' starring Orlando Bloom among numerous others.
In addition to producing quality content internationally, Talwar has also produced acclaimed Indian films such as 'Mausam' directed by Pankaj Kapur, 'Rakta Charitra' starring superstar Surya, directed by Ram Gopal Varma and 'Rann' starring the legendary Amitabh Bachchan among numerous others. His first feature 'Dharm' bagged him the National Film Award and also premiered at the prestigious Cannes film festival and was regarded as a paving step for Indian films to explore non-traditional international markets.
Brann Dailor is the drummer for metal band Mastodon, widely considered nowadays one of the best metal bands on earth. His drumming is influenced by the progressive-rock of the seventies ad has a very tasty jazzy flavor, it's rich of improvising and very rarely shows common rock beats. He stated in more than one occasion that he was a voracious listener of ELP, Genesis, King Crimson and the whole Canterbury prog-rock scene, a love that he inherited from his parents. He is now considered one of the best drummers in heavy music and, due to the increasing success of his band, was offered to perform at the annual Modern Drummer Festival (2006).
Paul Flattery was born in Liverpool, England. He was educated at Wymondham College and Thetford Grammar (Thomas Paine went there) and the University of Wales (Bangor) - where he got a degree in Philosophy. He edited the University's Arts and Science magazines as well as the student newspaper "Forecast" - which won a national award and he joined Granada Television as a producer/director trainee. He began splitting his career between British television (BBC, ITN, Thames TV, LWT) and journalism, including feature writing for the national newspapers and magazines including The TImes, The Sunday Times, Guardian , Observer, Daily Telegraph, Time Out and Rolling Stone magazine. He also wrote "The Illustrated History of British Pop," which was published in the UK and USA. After American Idol and Emmy winning director Bruce Gowers' video of Queen's"Bohemian Rhapsody was a sensation in the UK, pretty much creating the music video industry there overnight, the agent who represented both Gowers and Flattery, created, with them, one of the first music video production companies -Jon Roseman Productions International. Flattery soon moved to Los Angeles to establish the US operations of the company and has remained there ever since in various music video and television production partnerships and as an independent producer/writer. As well as music videos, he began producing TV concerts, including award-winning ones for Phil Collins, Gloria Estefan, Hall & Oates, Tina Turner and Genesis....and then producing and/or writing TV specials and series including: 121212: The Concert For Sandy Relief, the historic Daytime Emmy-winning "Live 8" world broadcast, the Emmy-winning 23 hour Live Earth world broadcast and the Emmy-nominated post 9/11 "Concert For New York City" as well as awards/event shows such as Teen Choice Awards, Kids Choice Awards, Critic's Choice Awards, the annual American Cinematheque Award, Billboard Music Awards, Miss America, DIvas, Rock Honors etc...
|Genesis V. Cordoba
Genesis V. Cordoba was born in Miami Florida in 1988 where she majored in Fashion Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Honors. As she was growing up she often found herself going through art books or studying art history, post modernism and contemporary art. Genesis would understand the art world, whether it be visual, audio or written and would then take initiative and innovate from it. Her unquenchable thirst for knowledge has brought her to be involved in avant garde couture. She has been known for her ability to design with strong elements of romanticism, fantasy and hint of darkness. "My design philosophy has been to design for those who do not necessarily exist in reality, and to transcend above what people are used to seeing in the real world" says the designer.
Growing up, Genesis looked up to her older brother Rick, also an artist. Rick was her mentor; and having majored in different fine art degrees they often found themselves combining their innovative ideas as one. The wide range of artistically inclined individuals in her family have influenced and inspired Genesis to reach beyond the limits of her creative ambitions.
Jenn Fee was born and raised in Porterville, California. She graduated from Monache High School and currently lives in Los Angeles. She has a cat named Ziggy and has recently learned that she is allergic to it. Jenn has a deep love for Phil Collins and hopes one day that he will reunite with Genesis.
Sebastian Ugovsky (born Sebastian Ugowski Strassburger on Dec. 08 1976 in Berlin Germany) is a German author, screenwriter, theater and film maker, director, composer, music producer and conductor with notable stages and stopovers of work in Europe and the US.
Sebastian Ugovsky (born Sebastian Ugowski Strassburger on Dec. 08 1973 in Berlin Germany) is a German author, screenwriter, theater and film maker, director, composer, music producer and conductor with notable stages and stopovers of work in Europe and the US. He is the son of the German actress Karin Ugowski and the recently died theater and film director Helmut Straßburger and has German, Jewish and Silesian ancestry. His prior fields of work are writing and staging. His work as a film maker can be designated as film d'auteur. Resulting from a classical music education in a school program for young highly gifted, he is a classical pianist, multi-instrumentalist and certified with absolute hearing.
The very young and extremely exited writer of early words and early music and rhythm enthusiast grew up like a circus child in the side wings of an old theatre, where his parents were playing and staging. Novels, prose, screenplays, theatre scripts, lyrics, treatises, essays: Writing became an early way of run-in, examination, analysis and involvement at surroundings in his young life. Early reviewers of his writings like Peter Brasch (brother of director and author Thomas Brasch ("The Passenger", Tony Curtis) and brother-in-law of Katharina Thalbach who was co-acting with Ugovsky's father in the film "Das Blaue Licht", and step-uncle of Anna Thalbach) encouraged to go on with his way of looking at and describing of things with a pen, leading to an intransigent court jester of current affairs and human nature. Brasch encouraged hi's writing reasoning it with the urgency in his fiction writing and the vigorousness regarding his descriptions of observations and his sense for subtle meta-messaging, leading the reader to rethink common sense or prejudices in the human culture. The same with his staging's. Strongest motivation seems to be contributing with craft, keeping up diversity and public dialogue while wrapping with compelling stories.
In the age of 16 he first directed a theatre staging of his school as a final performance of his graduating class. He early got sense for humanity, philosophical and political issues, queries, milieus and disaffection, what lead to his very involved writing series of treatises and essays. His idea of a better world is always retrievable in all of his work and in his uncompromising stand against career thinking.
Ugovsky had his first stage performances by playing classical piano, violin, his first singing performance in Radio with 4 years, his first screen appearance with 16 and his first appearance in cinema with 19 years as soldier in a scene of Volker Schloendorffs "Der Unhold" (engl. "The Ogre") with John Malkovich and Armin Mueller-Stahl, and his first Hit as a singer/songwriter and music producer with 24 years in the UK supporting Canadian female rap artist Tara Chase with a cover version of the Genesis classic "Follow You Follow Me". His first stage writing "The Triangle" was premiered and first performed as a translated version in the Banlieues of Paris as a street performance when he was 24. His music (as a producer and composer) can be found all over the world, in motion pictures and feature films in Europe and US (f.e. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, a Steven Spielberg production, or The Equalizer, a film with Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz), in theatre staging's, in church choir performances, orchestra works, computer games and Urban music artist releases all over the next decades (often also credited as "Gilmano", an additional pseudonym, he uses for his music works).
Based on his personal background Ugovsky's work spreads over a comprehensive overall spanning variety of artistic expressions, what he commonly combines nowadays in his art works motivated by his queries to the human society. His way of working as a film maker can be designated to the independent film d'auteur. Therefore script writing, directing, music scoring and editing coalesces and is implemented by the same person to show an unique handwriting of the work. A concept, which was finally only a matter of continuity and time in his development and is based on what he calls "the re-traceable liability for a far-reaching statement" and files this as an issue with our society nowadays, that we can't really backtrack when something goes wrong because of the disseminated liability and responsibleness between each other.
Sebastian Ugovsky is founder of the German music label Reqqord (formally Slo'Jam), the German film production Maursegler and the VFX and GFX department Maroqqo digital media in Berlin. He is active supporter of the Open Source Movement in the IT world and runs Linux driven offices and is activist for gender equality, emancipation of Third World countries and technologies of the future.
Born in Los Angeles to a family who always struggled financially, Daliah wanted to be the first in the family to complete her education to take care of her family and others. But the family did not have money for schooling and she considered a career in show business, singing, acting, dancing.
Fortunately due to her high academic performance, Dr. Daliah was offered a full academic scholarship to UNLV (1989). She earned an Honors Degree at UNLV and graduated Cum Laude (1997). She went to medical school at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno (1992-1996) and trained and completed her 4th year at UCLA (1997). She returned to Reno to graduate(1997)and then began a three year Family Medicine Residency in Las Vegas, which she completed in 2000 as Chief Resident. During her residency she worked as an Emergency Room Physician in Lake Havasu, Arizona and as an Urgent Care Physician in Bullhead City, AZ. She then became Board Certified in Family Medicine and immediately opened her practice in Las Vegas, Nevada (2000).
When the recession hit in 2008, millions of jobs were lost and many lost their health insurance. Daliah bought some airtime on KLAV radio (January 2009) in Las Vegas to allow listeners to call her on air for free medical advice. Industry heads got wind and immediately saw the potential.
Within one year (2009) of Dr. Daliah going on air she was syndicated and within two years was named in the top 250 Radio Talk Hosts by Talkers Magazine (2010). By her third year she was named in the top 100 listened to radio hosts by Talk Stream Live (2012). Genesis Communications Network broadcasts her show worldwide. She is heard on XM Satellite radio and has multiple affiliates. She has one of the fastest expanding radio shows in the country.
Her television work is expanding just as quickly. She's found on multiple TV appearances including Fox 5 Las Vegas (2009-present) and Pawn Stars (2013).
The Emmy-winning creator and Executive Producer of "Win Ben Stein's Money", Al Burton has seen his show win seven Emmys for Comedy Central. Early in his career as a producer, writer and director, Burton amassed dozens of credits for youthful entertainment, including Four Star's "Hollywood A Go Go," ABC-TV'S Annual PepsiCo Specials "Romp" and "Go!" as well as the ABC sunmmer series "Malibu U." As Norman Lear's Director of Development, Burton co-developed the breakthrough series "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" and was Creative Supervisor throughout its 325 episodes. Also with Lear, Burton developed, and was Creative Supervisor of "Fernwood 2Night" and "America 2Night." Additionally, he was developer and Creative Supervisor of "Facts of Life," "One Day At A Time," "Diff'rent Strokes," "The Jeffersons," "Silver Spoons," and "Square Pegs." At Universal Television, he developed and was Executive Producer for the 6 1/2 years of "Charles In Charge," the nation's most successful first-run syndicated comedy. Burton is Developer-Executive Producer of "The New Lassie" first-run series. An accomplished composer and lyricist, he co-wrote and composed themes for "Diffrent Strokes," "Facts of Life," "Together We Stand," "Nothing Is Easy," "Charles In Charge," "The New Lassie," and "Turn Ben Stein On." Al Burton is one of America's most honored producers of youthful television: He shared Emmy honors for "All In The Family". He was honored by the National Conference for Christians and Jews ("Diff'rent Strokes"). California Governor's Committee for the Employment of the Handicapped ("Facts Of Life" and "Charles in Charge"). The Entertainment Industries Council honored him with special commendations for his "The New Lassie" and "Charles In Charge," and he is the recipient of the Jackie Coogan Award given by Youth In Film for Outstanding Contribution to Youth Through Entertainment. Burton is winner of The Genesis Award for his portrayal of animal issues in "The New Lassie." As Executive Producer and developer, Al Burton has brought to television (and literally started the careers of) scores of young stars. Michael J. Fox (whom Burton cast in the Norman Lear-Alex Haley series "Palmerstown"), Valerie Bertinelli (whom Burton cast in "One Day At A Time") plus Molly Ringwald ("The Facts Of Life") and Christina Applegate ("Charles In Charge"), Sarah Jessica Parker ("Square Pegs"), Meg Ryan ("Charles In Charge"), Gary Coleman ("Diffrent Strokes"), Mark-Paul Gosselaar ("Charles In Charge"), Tiffini-Amber Thiessen ("Charles In Charge"), Jami Gertz ("Square Pegs"), Nicole Eggert ("Charles In Charge" & "Baywatch"), Kathy Ireland ("Charles In Charge"), Erika Eleniak ("Charles In Charge" & "Baywatch"), Pamela Lee ("Charles In Charge" & "Baywatch"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The New Lassie") and a long list of others! Burton is a member of the Directors Guild, Writers Guild, AFTRA, NATAS and Academy of Magical Arts. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Pilgrim Group of Mutual Funds, is a member of the Chair's Council of the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors and serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Mental Health Initiatives as well as the Advisory Board of the Samantha Smith Center.
|Dunya Merell Djordjevic
This Slavic brunette was born in Belgrade, Serbia. Dunya emigrated with her parents from former Yugoslavia when she was 11 years old. After a year in Vienna, Austria, she joined her parents in Northern California at age 12. Her father, Bratislav Djordjevic, was a TV and documentary director. Her mother Ksenija Djordjevic, a retired English Literature professor, is a published author of "Seeds of Neoplanta" (2003).
Dunya attended the American International Schools in Belgrade and Vienna. She studied premed at the University of California, Santa Cruz, alongside Film and Theatre. She was in the first small group of actors who pioneered the UCSC graduate program in Film and Theatre Arts. Memorable work was ensemble play: Anthony Minghella's "Whale Music" about five women re-uniting one summer, as well as, Emily Mann's "Still Life," done under Audrey Stanley's direction, about a Vietnam Vet returning home.
While still at school, she landed her first feature film role of Alexandra in Voyage of the Heart based on a true story of a local fisherman, written and directed by award winning documentary filmmakers Geoffrey Dunn and Mark Schwartz. After graduation, she continued her studies in San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre (ACT). In San Francisco, she produced and starred in the original play "The Bones of Simon Bottle" to rave reviews.
With a special interest in documentaries, Dunya co-produced the "Wyoming's Mystery Dinosaur" (2004), a short documentary film about the discovery of a new species of dinosaur in Wyoming.
Dunya produced, co-wrote and starred in the independent feature film Desert Vows. As co-founder of the film's production company Wonderland Ave. Films, Inc., Dunya was integrally involved in the film's genesis. Based on their work with the director during rehearsals, the actors improvised certain scenes during the film's shoot.
British band that survived the short-lived progressive rock revival of the early 1980s and went on to enjoy remarkable success in the charts (for a band labelled progressive rock). Formed in 1978 in Aylesbury, England, they took their name from a book by Tolkien. The band were signed by EMI and earned a strong following due to their constant touring. Their first single was called "Market Square Heroes" and it was a minor hit in 1982. They released their first album, "Script for a Jester's Tear", in 1983. The music press dismissed them as clones of Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, but the gothic album gave them a top twenty hit single, "Garden Party".
The band that recorded the second album, "Fugazi", was as follows: Scottish singer Fish (b. 1958), guitarist Steve Rothery (b. 1959), keyboardist Mark Kelly (b. 1961), drummer Ian Mosley (b. 1953) and bass guitarist Pete Trewavas (b. 1959). This was the line-up that was to gain the greatest commercial success. "Fugazi" (1984) produced two more hit singles: "Punch and Judy" and "Assassin".
The band then went to the Hansa Ton Studios in Berlin (where U2 would later record "Achtung Baby") and recorded their most successful album, "Misplaced Childhood". It was to become the band's only chart topping album. The single "Kayleigh" reached the no.2 position on the chart in 1985 and "Lavender" also made the top 5. Marillion's fourth studio album was "Clutching at Straws", which reached the no.2 position on the album chart and produced another big hit single for the band, "Incommunicado".
Fish left Marillion in 1988 for a solo career and the band replaced him with Steve Hogarth. They continued to have hit singles until 1995, but with their style constantly changing from album to album and no radio airplay, their fanbase dwindled.
Braden Danner was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His mother, Cheryl Danner, performed in Los Angeles at The Comedy Store and The Improv's open mic nights, and later in Indianapolis with such improvisational comedy groups as Laff Staff with comedians Ray Combs and Robert G. Lee. As a boy, Danner often accompanied his mother to her comedic rehearsals. Inspired by her performances, he soon began singing and acting at home for family and friends. He has two sisters, photographer Diane Danner, and Broadway and film actress Demaree Catherine Hill. He is a relative of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Booth Tarkington, and was given his 2nd middle name in the author's honor.
At age six, Danner began acting professionally in television commercials in Indianapolis. He soon appeared in regional theatre productions such as The Music Man and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. In 1983, he played the comedic role of Top Man with screen legend Ginger Rogers in Miss Moffat, directed by Joshua Logan, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and director of South Pacific and Annie Get Your Gun. A few weeks after finishing Miss Moffat, Danner met talent agent Nancy Carson who invited him to New York City to audition for the Tony Award-winning musical Nine, directed by Tommy Tune. After winning the role, Danner, his mother and two sisters moved to New York City. He made his Broadway debut at the age of seven as Young Guido's Schoolmate in Nine.
In 1984, Danner starred in the title role of Oliver! on Broadway with Patti LuPonne and Ron Moody. This was Danner's first production with musical magnate Cameron Mackintosh and original Oliver! director Peter Coe. Later that year, Danner made his theatrical television debut on As the World Turns as Paul Ryan. Danner worked continuously in stage, radio and television productions, appearing as Kurt in The Sound of Music with Jenna Van Oy, and John Henry in The Berkshire Theatre Festival's Member of the Wedding with Carrie Hamilton, Frances Foster and David Schramm. In 1986, Danner worked with Academy Award-winning writer Ted Allen when he performed as David in Lies My Father Told Me.
In 1986, Danner won the role of Gavroche in the Original Broadway production of Les Miserables. Working again with Cameron Mackintosh, Danner rehearsed with directors Trevor Nunn and John Caird and originated the role of Victor Hugo's young hero. Danner first performed the role at The Kennedy Center's Opera House in Washington D.C. where he began working simultaneously on Nunn's next Broadway production, originating the role of Control in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Starlight Express.
When Les Miserables and Starlight Express both opened on Broadway in March 1987 to commercial success, many news outlets, such as United Press International, noted that Danner became the first young actor in history to accomplish the "dual feat" of starring in two "hits on Broadway" at the same time. Danner garnered critical acclaim for his performances from writers such as Frank Rich, chief theatre critic of the New York Times. Starlight Express became the newest Andrew Lloyd Webber success, and Les Miserables went on to win eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and has become one of the most successful and most performed musicals in history. The success of the original West End and Broadway productions of Les Miserables created the momentum for thousands of subsequent Les Miserables productions around the world, including the film version of the same musical, starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.
Danner performed eight shows a week for over a year before leaving Les Miserables in early 1988 to create the role of Buddy McGillis in One Life to Live, for which he was nominated for The Young Artist Award. Also in 1988, he played Isaac in Joseph Papp and A.J. Antoon's New York Shakespeare Festival (now The Public Theater) production, Genesis.
In 1989, Danner starred in the original cast of The Mickey Mouse Club (also known as The All New Mickey Mouse Club and MMC). Described by TV writer Lee Winfrey as "the most impressive of all," Danner launched the Disney television series that would give rise to recording artists Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake and actors Keri Russell and Ryan Gosling. Disney continued to rebroadcast Danner's Season One performances from 1989 to 1995.
In 2001, Danner moved to Los Angeles to continue to study filmmaking at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. While in film school at USC, he began creating music videos, commercials, and short films. He made his theatrical debut as a filmmaker, writing, directing, producing and starring in the short film Sincerely Hollis (2003). Danner earned his degree from the USC Film School in December 2003 and graduated with his class in May 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic Arts.
After film school, Danner began working on a wide variety of productions. He worked as a producer on several educational television programs such as The Profiles Series with Lou Gossett, Jr. and The National Report Series with Hugh Downs for public television. Danner's other television credits include reality television programs such as Jury Duty, and music videos with artists such as Master P and MIGGS. Partnering with Insights Entertainment and Google, he has written, directed and produced over twenty television, radio and interactive media commercials for such clients as Variety Children's Charity,Stern Environmental Group, iBank and the U.S. Airforce.
Throughout his career, Danner has worked continuously with nonprofit organizations to further philanthropic and charitable works in the United States and around the world. In the 1980s, Danner began supporting organizations such as The Ronald McDonald House and The Muscular Dystrophy Association, participating in celebrity charity events such as The MDA Labor Day Telethon (previously known as The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon). In 1987, he participated in the first Easter Bonnet Competition for what would later become Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In the 1990s, Danner began working and traveling with nonprofit organizations to give humanitarian aid to people in areas of Kenya, Uganda, and Mexico where medical and dental care was not readily available. Danner helped build medical facilities at La Esperanza Medical Clinic in San Quintín and worked as a dental assistant in a free dental clinic near Tororo, Uganda. In the 2000s, he became a supporter of The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing global awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). In the 2010s, he began working with many charitable organizations to fight human trafficking, sexual abuse and homelessness in Los Angeles, the city with the highest concentration of homelessness in the United States. In 2011, he began working with The GEANCO Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of Nigeria's women and children through the development of world-class medical, education and recreational facilities and programs.
|Brooke Dyan Candy
Brooke Candy is an American rapper and singer. She is best known for co-starring in the music video for Grimes' single "Genesis". She independently released videos for her songs "Das Me", "Everybody Does" and "I Wanna Fuck Right Now" before collaborating with photographer Steven Klein and stylist Nicola Formichetti on her eighth video, "Opulence". Candy signed with RCA in February 2014.
Candy's father is the CFO of Hustler magazine and CEO of Hustler Casino, and Candy herself has been employed by Hustler as a mannequin stylist. Her industry ties helped her snag an internship with reality star and stylist Rachel Zoe. Before becoming a pop singer, Candy worked in a strip-club called Seventh Veil for eight months. Although she has been approached by four major record labels, she has not signed a recording contract. Best known for sporting metallic bikinis and pink cornrows, Candy has been compared to Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, CupcakKe and Nicki Minaj. Candy cites transhumanism and superhero-culture as the inspiration for her metallic costumes.
Born in Uxbridge, Ontario, a small town near Toronto, Colin became interested in acting and the arts when a friend suggested he take a local acting class to overcome shyness. From the very first class the flood gates had opened and Colin was hooked on the craft. This also gave way to other arts oriented interests such as drawing, sketching and screenplay writing.
In a town where sport and agriculture were the dominant areas of study, Colin didn't fully realize his passion for acting until he was accepted into Humber College's theater program, dubbed Theater Humber. There he started the never ending journey of honing his craft. He performed in such theater productions as Sam Shepard's Buried Child, Shakespeare's MacBeth and Hamlet, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Tennessee William's Camino Real, Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party to name a few.
After graduating, Colin ventured into the film and television industry and has stayed there since. His love of the medium and the collaborative effort in making motion pictures is what has kept him there.
He has appeared in many film and television productions including The Unleashed with Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Stepfather 2, Days of Thunder) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Halloween, The Artist), Tapped Out with Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator, Tombstone) and Martin Cove (The Karate Kid Parts 1, 2, 3, Rambo: First Blood Part 2), Dead Genesis, Antisocial, Anchor Baby, Paranormal Witness, Cold Blood, Murders and Motives: Cracking the Case, Kingdom Come and I Didn't Do It to name a few.
Colin is also an accomplished musician having written, recorded and toured with former band Waiting For Grace, who shared the stage with many bands including State of Shock, Hail the Villain, Social Code and Canadian Idol finalist Drew Wright. A follow up album to Waiting For Grace's The Verga Effect released in 2009, is in the works.
Colin writing credits include The Grave Generation web series and Night School, both of which he is in the process of producing with his team at Studio 13 Pictures.
|Jaysen P. Buterin
As Creative Director of Greensboro, NC's straight jacket-tested/doctor-approved Mad Ones Films, Jaysen Buterin has devoted himself to showing the unbridled kaleidoscopic creativity just waiting to be unleashed when the inmates are finally allowed to run the cinematic asylum. Since 2006, he has specialised in creating character-focused, dialogue-driven genre-juggling indie films including everything from Faustian rock & roll thrillers ("The Devil's Tramping Ground") to dark deadly comedies ("The Decapitator") to femme fatale fantasy ("Flipper Stripper Vixens at the Inferno A-Go-Go!") and more!
Buterin spent four years writing, directing and masterminding the epic short film trilogy, "The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets & Hot Pink Jesus." Initially released as three separate short films - allowing viewers to literally watch the movie as it was being made - this multiple award-winning set of sinful stories ('Best Grindhouse Film,' Killuride Film Festival; 'Best Feature Film,' MonsterCon Film Festival) is a "Twilight Zone meets Tarantino" thrill ride, a Shakespearean spaghetti western that will serenade your brain and ride off into the sunset with your heart.
Once the HPJ Trilogy was completed, Jaysen turned his attention to a full slate of projects both behind, and in front of, the camera. Having already filmed supporting roles in Brett Mullen's Italian-style zombie splatter film, "Bombshell Bloodbath" and the end of the world killer comedy, "Fix It In Post," from Adrenalin Productions, Jaysen will also be seen onscreen alongside the legendary Judith O'Dea in Matt Cloude's creative reimagining of the cult classic, "Night of the Living Dead: Genesis."
Buterin jumped back in the writer/director's chair for his latest short film, a terrifying tale of revenge from beyond the grave called "Between Hell and a Hard Place," which is already making a killing on the film festival circuit. Up next for the Mad Ones will be a big-screen adaptation of a sinister short story by award-winning author, John Hartness, followed up by the feature-length coulrophobia-courting clown killer thriller, "Kill Giggles." When he's not playing make-believe on a film set or a stage, he spends every waking moment (and most of the sleeping ones) with his gorgeous golden goddess of a wife and his beautiful blue-eyed baby Boy, whom he fondly refers to as "Stormageddon, the Dark Lord of All."
Donny started his acting career in 2005. He was cast in a student film called "The Color of Lemons" as an extra. Soon after he booked a "Bud Light" commercial with Lebira films who also used him in an "America's Choice Garage Doors" commercial.
Donny also cast for a few independent films shown in Florida. One was called "Moonies" which was directed by L.A. director Josh Hensen. Other films have been "Wingmen" and "Walking Through Fires".
Donny is still pursuing bigger and better things. Stay tuned for further updates.
Donny co-starred in "STAR TREK: Genesis" (2012) series produced by Vater Entertainment, LLC. He also co-wrote the series as well as co-produced it.
Recently, he was in an episode of "Airplane Repo" which aired August 5th, 2015 where he played an airplane charter owner. The show airs on the Discovery Channel.
Dan Cregan began his professional creative career as a comic book artist and illustrator. Not satisfied with the direction of his work, he decided after getting a degree in graphic design to return to school and study film. While taking classes Dan discovered a graduate program in animation that would use his illustration, graphic design and filmmaking skills in concert with each other. After producing four short animated films and receiving a master's degree he proceeded to do award winning pre-production, visual effects, and post-production work for a number of high profile independent films.
Dan made his professional directorial debut with the short film Red Princess Blues Animated: The Book of Violence. The award winning film, starring actress Paula Garces (Harold and Kumar, Man of the House, The Shield) was screened in film festivals around the world. For home video release the film was completely recast with new added footage and an all new soundtrack by Cris Velasco (God of War, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands) . The film (renamed Red Princess Blues: Genesis) stars Hollywood veteran Lance Henriksen (Terminator, Aliens, The Quick and the Dead) and can be found on the anthology release Lipstick and Bullets.
Since 2011 Dan has gone on to work for some of the biggest visual effects and animation studios in the world on releases such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Epic.
Though Argo has been making films for the past 20 years, her experience in the film and entertainment industry stretches back to childhood. Raised in the theater, she first pursued a career in acting, performing Ibsen and Tennessee Williams on Broadway and starring in movies and series for television in Los Angeles. While on location, Argo met a gorilla named Ivan living alone in shopping mall in Washington State. Their chance encounter propelled Argo to move behind the camera and produce/direct her first film. The Urban Gorilla called attention to the lives of captive gorillas and inspired a movement to rescue Ivan from his solitary life. The film, which was narrated by Glenn Close, won numerous awards, including two Emmy nominations, and kicked off Argo's long association with National Geographic. Her familiarity with production through her early acting career gave Argo a foundation as a filmmaker and continues to give her a creative edge today.
For the past 20 years, Argo has gone on to produce, direct and write nearly two dozen award-winning films. She has traveled the globe searching for chimpanzees in the mountains of Tanzania, combing the Amazon for endangered frogs and scouring the underbelly of Bangkok in search of displaced elephants. Although her passion is endangered wildlife, Argo has also produced award-winning films about the human race. By teaming up with National Geographic and PBS, Argo's films have reached audiences in every corner of the world.
Allison Argo's films have won over 100 awards internationally, including six national Emmys (11 nominations), DuPont Columbia, Genesis, Jackson Hole, NY Festival, Cine, Banff, and dozens of awards from New Zealand to Japan. Argo is known for her emotionally-charged and deeply personal stories. Some of her films include: Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History; The Secret Life of Cats; Crash: A Tale of Two Species; Frogs: The Thin Green Line; and The Urban Elephant, which captured the hearts of viewers around the world and garnered two Emmys (one for Argo's directing and one for producing). More important, it helped bring a shift in the way we perceive and care for elephants in captivity.
Growing up, show business was in Audra Mae's blood. Her great grandmother, Virginia, was a member of the Gumm Sisters, whose youngest member, Francis Ethel Gumm, grew up to be Judy Garland. Her paternal grandmother turned her on to country and folk artists like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Woody Guthrie, while her maternal grandfather introduced her to jazz.
Since arriving in California seven years ago, on Elvis Presley's birthday no less, with the proverbial $20 in her pocket, Audra Mae has done alright for herself. She landed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell, a TV placement singing Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" on the hit F/X series, Sons of Anarchy, and in 2009, wrote the lyrics to "Who I Was Born To Be," the only original track on Susan Boyle's chart-topping, 9 million- selling I Dreamed a Dream album.
And now Audra Mae is about to see her own dream come true.
Since her acclaimed SideOneDummy Records debut, The Happiest Lamb, in May 2010, Oklahoma-born singer/songwriter Audra Mae has undergone quite a transformation. Her friends, including stand-up bassist Joe Ginsberg, guitarist Jarrad Kritzstein, pianist Frank Pedano and drummer Kiel Feher, who have played live with her in a series of residencies around the L.A. area, came together in early 2011 as a close group with no official name. Audra now has a new look and an Almighty Sound.
The album's genesis took place in the acoustic live shows Audra Mae did with bassist Joe Ginsberg, who tour managed and played upright bass for Audra before moving to L.A. from Denver and helping her form the new band.
While The Happiest Lamb showcased Audra Mae's darker, more dramatic and melancholy side, Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound is a celebration of her own blossoming as a performer, the perfect storm of all her influences, spiked with the energy of a group who honed their chops in live situation.
Reese Eveneshen has always had a strong passion and love for film making and screen writing. Since 2004, he has dedicated his life to film making and story telling making over 20 different film projects. Eveneshen has spent years learning about the many varieties of film making equipment and technology by working on professional film sets and through self-teaching. In addition, he has become well versed in the business and production end of film making.
As of 2010 several of Eveneshen's films have screened numerous times at public venues. Eveneshen won the jury award for "Best short film" (Local Focus 2 Film Festival) for his 2008 dramatic thriller short "Numb". In 2009 Eveneshen directed his most dynamic feature film to date, the dramatic horror/zombie film "Dead Genesis". It is being submitted for sales and distribution on DVD for a 2011 release. It's also been publicly screened at numerous venues (including Rue Morgues Festival of Fear) to packed and often sold out audiences. In 2010 he directed the music video titled "Don't Forget Me" for Toronto indie band Desperate Union. Most recently, Eveneshen scripted the film "Bail Enforcers" starring acclaimed WWE wrestler and actress Trish Stratus, which is set to be released in 2011.
In 2008 Eveneshen started producing films alongside with fellow filmmaker Peter Szabo. Together they've produced three of Eveneshen's projects (Numb, Dead Genesis and Don't Forget Me) and Szabo's short film "Too Low". In 2011, Eveneshen brings his producing skills to the table again with Szabo's upcoming short film "Love Never Dies" (adapted from a chilling short story by acclaimed novelist Stephen King).
In 2011, Eveneshen's human focused zombie feature film "Dead Genesis" received worldwide distribution and is available to purchase in several different countries.