Trent Reznor is an American songwriter/musician/producer and sole member of multi-platinum act Nine Inch Nails, and now an Academy Award winning film composer. He began creating music as a child in Western Pennsylvania, first on piano and then taking up other instruments. He eventually moved to Cleveland, OH where he took a job at a local recording studio as an assistant engineer/janitor, recording his own material during unused studio time.
Those recordings became the first Nine Inch Nails album, 1989's Pretty Hate Machine. NIN soon developed a reputation as one of the best live acts in rock and joined the inaugural Lollapalooza tour in 1991. The Broken EP followed in 1992, garnering NIN's first Grammy Award (NIN has received twelve Grammy nominations and won two awards). In 1994, the breakthrough album The Downward Spiral was released and featured the radio hits "Closer" and "Hurt." The controversial music video for "Closer" was directed by Mark Romanek and is considered among the best music videos of all time having won various awards (it is one of the few music videos included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City). NIN's mud-covered appearance that Summer at Woodstock 1994 is now legendary. Also released that year was the Reznor produced soundtrack to Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. He returned to film 3 years later, producing the soundtrack for David Lynch's Lost Highway. In 1997, Reznor appeared on Time magazine's most influential people list, and Spin magazine named him "the most vital artist in music."
Five years later NIN's next album, The Fragile, was released - the double album debuted at number one. In 2002, "Hurt" was covered by Johnny Cash to critical acclaim; it was one of Cash's final hit releases before his death. NIN's next album, With Teeth, also reached number one in 2005 as did the single "The Hand That Feeds." Reznor broke new ground by posting the single's source tracks as a free download for fans to edit/remix/sample as they pleased and creating an online community for fans to share their creations. David Fincher directed the video for "Only," With Teeth's second single.
The concept album Year Zero was released in 2007 alongside an accompanying ARG (alternate reality game). Conceived by Trent Reznor and assisted in execution by 42 Entertainment, the ARG progressed through the album release and beyond, featuring no less than 29 websites, hidden messages within NIN merchandise, recordings and barcodes, hotlines, flier and poster campaigns, and even resistance cell "meetings" organized via calls made to pre-paid cell phones distributed to participants. Within two months, the ARG amassed 2.5 million cumulative site visits, 7.5 million cumulative page views and 2 million phone calls. Reznor has developed Year Zero into an HBO/BBC mini-series, currently in pre-production.
In 2008, free of contractual obligations, NIN released Ghosts I-IV, a 36-track instrumental album, NIN's first independent release. Soon after, a new studio album, The Slip, was released as a free digital download alongside a simple message: "Thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years - this one's on me" - TR (In less than a year, it exceeded 1.8M downloads). Ghosts I-IV and The Slip were both released under Creative Commons licenses allowing extensive use of the material within independent film projects. Following these two releases, NIN embarked on the acclaimed Lights In The Sky Tour featuring groundbreaking production effects, layering and programming that allowed the performers to interact and control aspects of the show's visuals. The tour was recognized by the industry as one of the top-ten most creative tours of all time.
Over the course of his career, Reznor has also collected countless production and remix credits including collaborations with David Bowie, producing Saul Williams and the discovery and production of Marilyn Manson.
In 2010, Reznor composed his first film score; for David Fincher's masterwork The Social Network. The score won the Academy Award for best score and the Golden Globe Award for best original score. Additionally, he received a Critics' Choice Movie Award and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for best score. He is currently working on scoring Fincher's next film, the highly anticipated The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (due for a Christmas 2011 release).
In addition to his continued work in Nine Inch Nails, Reznor is recording new music as a member of the group How To Destroy Angels.
Having appeared in notable feature films such as the Oscar-winning "The Usual Suspects" and Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers," Louis Lombardi (born and raised in the Bronx, NY) has made a career out of his natural acting style. Louis just completed his first feature film,"Doughboys", which he wrote, directed and starred in. The movie was filmed on location in his hometown.
In 1993, Louis co-starred in the Sundance Film Festival darling, "Amongst Friends." Lombardi's performance in the independent hit film garnered the attention of director Oliver Stone and led to the actor's role in "Natural Born Killers." Most recently, Louis has played featured roles in the comedy hit "The Animal" with Rob Schneider and "Deuces Wild."
Among Louis' other directing credits is the short film "The Boss," an independent film which he wrote, directed and starred in. Filmed at the Roxbury, a trendy Los Angeles nightclub, "the Boss" tells the story of a cruel nightclub owner on New Year's Eve. Louis' ultimate passion is to write and direct.
Among Lombardi's many television credits is the hit series "24", where he appeared as the love able computer systems analyst Edgar Stiles. In addition, Louis has had recurring roles on the television series "The Sopranos," where he played tough NY federal agent Skip Lipari. His other credits include: "Entourage" and "Las Vegas" He also co-starred in the role of the brutish Cal, Mr. Roarke's obedient jack-of-all-trades, in the ABC remake of "Fantasy Island." In addition, he has co-starred on CBS's "EZ Streets " and "CSI."
Glen Chin was born on January 27, 1948 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is known for his work on 50 First Dates (2004), Natural Born Killers (1994) and The Art of War (2000). Glen was a wonderfully accomplished Bass Violin virtuoso while living in Stockton, California. He was gifted in that profession with the Stockton Symphony and very well respected in his craft. He attended Grover Cleveland Grammar School, Stockton Junior High School, and Amos Alonso Stagg High School predating his entry into the movie industry.
|Jason D. Avalos
Jason grew up in Long Beach where he attended Los Alamitos High School. At 15 he studied at the prestigious Hollywood acting studio The Shop where he studied under John Homa and Andrew Magarian. Jason majored in Theater in college in San Diego where he became excited to direct and write. In 2005 Jason started Film School. In 2006 had his first breakthrough as an actor in the play "One Booth Joint" in which he was given a great review in L.A. Weekly, and was chosen by ABC/Disney to be one of their top 00 Native American actors to look out for. After some time living, and studying in Paris, Jason graduated film school in 2008. He premiered his acting/directing debut film "Waiting for the Miracle" at the Cannes Film Festival, and went on to study writing with Quentin Tarantino. In 2009 Jason acted in several features playing roles 180 degrees from one another such as a Natural Born Killer character in the action/adventure film "Treasure of the Black Jaguar" and a Ron Burgundy character in the comedy "Pirate's Booty". Jason has also co-starred in the short film "Devil Land" and the award winning short film "Use As Directed". In 2011 Jason was brought on by the Emmy winning director of "Hacienda Heights" to help restructure, and pen scripts for the show, a "West Wing" meets "Sopranos" drama, which features some of Latin Hollywood's most recognizable faces such as Julio Iglesias Jr, Steven Baur from "Scarface", and Eva Tamargo.
Thom Mount began his career working for legendary producer Roger Corman. Then on to Universal Pictures where he quickly rose through the studio's ranks. At the age of 26, Mount was named President of Universal Pictures. Dubbed a "Baby Mogul" by Time Magazine, Mount was responsible for developing and overseeing over 200 feature films during his tenure at Universal, including Smokey and the Bandit, National Lampoon's Animal House, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Breakfast Club, Monty Python's Meaning of Life, Car Wash, Deer Hunter, The Blues Brothers, Back to the Future and Scarface.
After eight years at Universal's top post, Mount became a successful independent producer. Some of the films that Mount is best known for include Can't Buy Me Love, Tequila Sunrise, Natural Born Killers and the baseball classic Bull Durham. His film Death and the Maiden was first produced by Mount as a successful Broadway play. Mount served two terms President of the Producers Guild of America, an organization which he helped to revitalize. The Mount Company currently has several films in pre-production.
Mark A. Lanza MPSE is the sound designer for Sony Pictures Television, he has worked for major studios as well as several prominent independent sound facilities during his career. He has crafted sound for many directors including Oliver Stone, James Cameron, Bryan Singer, and Phillip Noyce. His credits cover the gamut from Sci-Fi blockbusters like Independence Day and Starship Troopers to Natural Born Killers and True Lies. He has won a Bafta Award for JFK, and recently took home a Hollywood Post Alliance award for his supervision on the Grimm TV show. He has over 25 MPSE nominations including a recent one for his supervision on Homeland for Showtime. He is also serving as the Vice President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors.
Artist and actor Edward Gilbert White was born on March 17, 1947 in Bell Air, Maryland. At age ten he was sent by his parents to a special art school; he was told by his teacher after six months that he knew more about art and was a better artist than she was. White received a degree in engineering and technical drawing. Ed worked for a few years in New York where he helped design factory machines. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the 70s. White opened up a nightclub called the Red Dog Saloon. He also owned the Kozmic Ball Room, the Last Chance Saloon, and a club called the Mississippi Whiskers. In 1972 Ed made the local Nashville newspapers after he lost the Kozmic Ball Room to a songwriter in a pool game. Moreover, White owned art galleries and jewelry shops in Nashville, Jackson, Mississippi, Oklahoma City, and Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 80s. Ed eventually gave up the saloon business in the 80s and became an apprentice jeweler in Nashville, Tennessee. White then moved to Costa Rica and spent the rest of his life making and selling hand-crafted jewelry. Ed acted in a few movies and TV commercials; he was especially memorable as the lone cowboy survivor of the opening diner massacre in Oliver Stone's controversial "Natural Born Killers." A much beloved and colorful local figure in Costa Rica, White played Santa Claus for poor children every Christmas. Ed died of cancer on April 5, 2004 in Tijuana, Mexico.
|Kim Irwin Dildine
Kim Dildine is a journeyman actor from the Chicago area who has been on more than 80 Film, TV, Commercial and Video sets for more than two decades. It's been said, "Kim is better looking than Steve Buscemi, has the range of Stephen Root, and the intensity of Philip Seymour Hoffman".
In 1993 began Kim began his on-camera acting career as a Background actor and Stand-In in the film Natural Born Killers. He spent three days working among inmates at Stateville Penitentiary. His first day working on set and the scene ended up in the final cut. Kim shares the screen with the likes of Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. Between 1993 and 1998 Kim worked in Chicago and surrounding areas in the films The Weatherman, Losing Isaiah, Miracle on 34th Street, While You Where Sleeping, The Relic, Primal Fear, Michael, The Chamber, My Best Friend's Wedding, Richie Rich, The Visitors, Babies Day Out, Chicago Cab, Mercury Rising.
Kim also worked as a Background actor in Television shows Unsolved Mysteries, Early Edition, March in the Windy City, The Untouchables, Turks, and ER. In 2007 Kim worked on the film The Dark Knight. This was his last Chicago based Background acting job.
Kim's acting and Improv training began in Chicago. He first studied Improv at the Second City Training Center in Chicago and then at LA Connection Comedy Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA
Kim has performed in 26 stage productions from community theatre to the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Chicago is where Kim's status as an actor went from amateur to professional.
In 2003, Kim played the title role of Mr. Miyagi in the stage play Miyagi! A Karate Kid Musical produced by New Millennium Theatre Company, at Boxer Rebellion Theater in Chicago. The Chicago Reader reviewed the play and said, "Kim Irwin Dildine was hilariously pseudo-profound in the title role."
One of the film industry's top talents in the field of Film Music Supervision best known for his work with Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone. Budd has applied his expertise to every Stone film since Salvador, including, Platoon, JFK, The Doors, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, and Savages. He has supervised over 80 films and worked with many renowned directors in addition to Stone including Michael Mann, James Cameron, Terry George, Norman Jewison, Mike Newell and Tate Taylor.
Budd began his professional career as a music agent with the national talent agencies CMA, IFA and ICM, representing acts including The Cream, James Taylor, Bob Seger, Carole King, Crosby-Stills-Nash and Young, and Eric Clapton. Launching his own management company in 1980 he handled the careers of multi-platinum acts Kansas, Captain & Tennille, Heatwave, Asia and Slaughter.
He served as a Film Consultant / Head of Music for Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures at both Sony Pictures and Paramount Films, and as the Senior Film Music Supervisor for EMI Music Publishing, Windswept Pacific, and Overture Films.
Budd continues to work as a producer and music supervisor for motion pictures, television and soundtracks. He has produced many soundtrack albums including; Natural Born Killers, the critically acclaimed and Academy Award nominated film Hotel Rwanda as well as the soundtracks for the award winning Showtime TV series Californication starring David Duchovony. As a film producer Budd is developing a slate of music documentaries, the first of which Miracles Out of Nowhere celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the rock group Kansas. It will be released by Sony in 2015.
He was nominated for the 2010 Hollywood Music & Media Award for Outstanding Music Supervision in Film for his work on Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps and he received the Hollywood Music & Media Award for Outstanding Music Supervision Television with Nora Felder for their work on the Showtime Series "Californication."
Budd's 2014 projects included Get On Up the James Brown biopic staring Chadwick Boseman directed by Academy Award nominated director Tate Taylor produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger, Lullaby staring Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Terrance Howard, Richard Jenkins, Jennifer Hudson and Oliver Stone's Showtime documentary series The Untold History of the United States.
He is a member Executive Committee of the City of Hope's Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group and on the Advisory Board for California State University Entertainment Studies Program. He has served on the Board of Governors for The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and is the founder and Co-Chairman of the Grammy Foundation's Film Music Scoring Program.
Trent Gough was born in Sasketchwan, Canada and raised in Ottawa where he was childhood friends with the Emmy-winning impressionist Rich Little. In the late 1950s Mr. Gough, together with Mr. Little, founded the first theatre company in Ottawa where he produced many award-winning plays including William Saroyan's "The Cave Dwellers". During this period he was an early mentor to the teenage singer/songwriter Paul Anka.
In the early 1960s Mr. Gough relocated to Europe where he worked extensively in London and Rome. At Cinecitta Studios Mr. Gough participated in the dubbing of numerous European films for North American release, including the cult classic "Maciste In Hell". In addition to performing as an actor he also served as dubbing director on many films.
Relocating to the United States in the late 1960s, Mr. Gough studied at HB Studios under Elaine May (Academy Award nominee) and Bill Hickey (Academy Award nominee). During this period he acted in films that included John Huston's "Reflections In A Golden Eye," Mel Brooks' "The Producers" (Academy Award winner), Elia Kazan's "The Arrangement" and Sidney Lumet's "Serpico" (Academy Award nominee).
At the encouragement of a number of contemporaries, Mr. Gough began teaching acting and script development workshops, first in conjunction with the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences, and then at his own school which was unique in that participation was by invitation only. Among his many well- known students were producers Thom Mount ("Natural Born Killers"), James Schamus ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" - Academy Award Nominee) and Craig Zadan ("Chicago" - Academy Award winner); directors Lawrence Kasdan ("The Accidental Tourist" - Academy Award nominee) and Darnell Martin ("I Like It Like That"); songwriter Jack Hammer ("Great Balls Of Fire"); screenwriters Dean Pitchford ("Footloose" - Academy Award nominee) and Suzan-Lori Parks ("Their Eyes Were Watching God" - Emmy Nominee); and the actors James Spader ("Sex, Lies, And Videotape" - Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival), Jeff Daniels ("Radio Days"), Mercedes Ruehl ("The Fisher King" - Academy Award winner), Chazz Palminteri ("Bullets Over Broadway" - Academy Award nominee) and Alan Rachins ("L.A. Law" - Emmy Nominee), among many others.
Mr. Gough's classes were well-respected by his contemporaries, many who readily appeared as guest lecturers. These individuals included directors Brian DePalma ("The Untouchables" - Academy Award winner), Otto Preminger ("Laura" - Academy Award nominee), Robert Benton ("Kramer Vs. Kramer" - Academy Award winner), Ivan Passer ("The Wishing Tree" - Emmy nominee) and Jan Kadar ("The Shop On Main Street" - Academy Award winner); along with best-selling author Michael Crichton (Academy Award winner).
In the mid-1980s, after years of acting in an unofficial advisory role, Mr. Gough turned his attention to providing casting services to feature films, commercials and plays, as Actors Unlimited Casting Service. As a casting director Mr. Gough specialized in working with foreign directors shooting in the United States for the first time working with such directors as Jing Wong & Corey Yuen ("Casino Raiders") from Hong Kong and Iran's Amir Naderi ("Manhattan By Numbers"). He also provided casting services for Merchant Ivory's "Roseland" among other films.
At the start of 2003 Mr. Gough expanded his horizons once more and became the founder and publisher of the consumer publication North American Film Review which has been favorably compared to Sight & Sound and Cahiers du Cinema.
Colleen Keane is an award-winning producer. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Colleen began her entertainment career at the CBS Inc. offices. She escaped to Southern California to pursue her dreams of working in the film industry.
She now has more than 20 years (and counting) of experience in various functions, most in the legal departments of studios and productions companies. Her wide variety of experience, such as two years at Imagine Films, 12 years at New Regency Productions as well as tenures at MGM/UA, Energy Productions, Live Home Video and more than four years at Regent Entertainment, encompasses positions such as production coordinator, paralegal, contract administrator, clearance administrator, credits administrator, music administrator and, most recently, as Director of Legal Services where her primary function was the legal delivery of films. She has also touched on marketing duties as well. This varied experience has made given her the ability to work a film from pre-production through distribution and into peripheral release. The more than 100 films Colleen has worked on include "Parenthood," "Heat," the "Free Willy" series, "Time to Kill," "Fight Club," "Empire Records," "Mr & Mrs Smith," "Natural Born Killers," "Man on Fire," Academy nominee "L.A. Confidential" and the 2009 Foreign Film Oscar winner from Japan, "Departures."
As a producer, Colleen has worked on several projects over the past few years: a dramatic short, "Obstruction," written and directed by Paul Marius Hansen and starring Ulrich Thomsen; a documentary, "In the Name of Love," by director Jon Bang Carlsen and Danish producer, the Oscar nominated Helle Ulsteen; and a short sci fi by Swiss filmmaker Robert Kouba, "The Rift". Most.recent was the award-winning short film "Our Father" which screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the feature 'Last Call at Murray's."
Keith Schrader attended The University of Cincinnati, Ohio with undergraduate studies in Radio and Television, 1966 and 1967, and has performed on stage in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Man of LaMancha and The King and I. He has appeared on telelvision in Crimestoppers (robber, murder victim), Crazy Crimes, Crazy Criminals (police detective), Angel Street (policeman) and three episodes of The Untouchables (reporter, street person, chauffeur).
He appeared in several films as either a bit part player or an extra. Some of his works were Ferris Bueller's Day Off (crowd member), Harper Valley P.T.A. (crowd member), Eight Men Out (umpire), Rage in Harlem (policeman), A League of their Own (umpire), Hoffa (teamster), Sleepless in Seattle (architect), Rudy(reporter), Hudsucker Proxy (businessman), With Honors (lawyer), The Fugitive (hotel security guard), Natural Born Killers (member of the press), Roommates (fan), Blue Chips (alumnus), Best of the Best 3 (crowd member), Crocodile Shoes (chauffeur) and Richie Rich (policeman). He was a master of talking his way into getting film roles and being seen on camera. He was devoted to his craft and will forever be a part of films which he loved so much.
Bret L. Davidson born in February 28th, 1959 in Glendale, California. His Mother and Father are his greatest mentors. Growing up in a racing family, he was already riding motorcycles at the age of 5. By 15 he became the state champion in the 125 Pro Class in Arizona and received a factory ride from Bultaco which lead him to a 29th National Ranking. He then took his talents to the screen and in his first film he was cast to play a young Desperado in The Kid and the Gun Fighter in 1980. When finishing 2nd in a National Stuntman's Competition in 1983, Judge Jocko Mahoney said "Bret, go to LA and pursue your dream, you have what it takes". This was just the beginning of Bret's career as an actor/stunt man. He is credited for over 100 film and television appearances including Star Trek IV, Rangers, Natural Born Killers, Wishmaster, Dukes of Hazzard, The Way of the Gun, The Crow and The Avenging Angels to name a very few. He currently (2007) contributes to the industry as a Second Unit Director and Stunt Coordinator along with his years as an experienced stuntman. A few of his more memorable moments are riding motorcycles with Malcolm Smith and Steve McQueen; working with his great friend and mentor, Paul Baxley; trapped in a car with Michael Madsen screaming for a second meal on location; his 2 years with Terrance Hill on Lucky Luke 1990-92; playing liars poker with Jack Elam and the guidance and helpful teachings from Charlton Heston. His achievements also include a world record for the Highest and Longest Ride Hanging off the Skids of a Helicopter/ Dead Man Can't Dance 1997. The biggest blessing of all is his son, Dustin, who is his little buddie.
An entertainment industry veteran, Cathryn Jaymes helmed her management and production company successfully for nearly 30 years. She developed a reputation for tenacity, eclectic taste, and a sense of fair play, plus she introduced some of the most distinctively gifted and controversial talents in the industry. Cathryn helped pave the way for the careers of Academy Award Winners Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) and Roger Avary (Killing Zoe, Pulp Fiction). She also worked with Steve Wang (Drive, Kung Fu Rascals), Gary Dauberman (Burst 3D), Clyde Hayes (The Gingerbread Man, Dream Coast), Anton Diether (Moby Dick, Cleopatra), Craig Hamann (Boogie Boy), and many other writers and directors.
Although Cathryn was primarily an artist manager, she also co-executive produced Boogie Boy with Roger Avary, co-produced Drive (which starred Brittany Murphy and client Mark Dacascos), and co-executive produced the award winning Stanley's Gig (which starred William Sanderson and Faye Dunaway). Cathryn always preferred to work with directors and writers, but occasionally she helped guide the careers of actors, most notably international star Mark Dacascos (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Boogie Boy, Drive, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, Crying Freeman, producer Milos Foreman's Nomad, the popular offbeat television gourmet show Iron Chef America, among many other projects).
Noted in multiple industry related books and media profiles, Cathryn was respectfully acknowledged for her personal integrity and the passionate dedication to any artist she elected to represent. She was memorably highlighted throughout Jane Hamsher's best seller "Killer Instinct: The Making of Natural Born Killers." Cathryn's honorable follow through and penchant for honesty in business practice was also mentioned in the Sharon Waxman book, "Rebels on the Backlot."
A Midwesterner, Cathryn was raised and educated in Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, dividing her studies between business and the arts, while supporting her educational studies doing portraiture, novel illustrations, and selling Bibles door-to-door.
|Veronica J. Valentini
Veronica Jadelynn Valentini, nicknamed Jade, was born on March 23rd, 1970, to mother, Joann, a former model, nurse and grief counselor and father, Maurice, a pharmacist. She was raised in Ohio, California and Arizona.
Veronica has been writing short story and feature-length screenplays for close to 20 years. She has been producing independent film for eight of those years. She is also an accredited script consultant and freelance video website designer.
Veronica fell in love with the magic of movies and every aspect of filmmaking after being an uncredited extra, at the age of 13, in the movie Starman(1984), which was partially filmed in the small town of Winslow, Arizona, where she lived for many years. She has aspiring dreams of, one day, becoming a film director. She lists Stanley Kubrick, Stephen King, James Cameron, Martin Scorcese, David O. Russell, Ang Lee, Robert Rodriguez, Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino as being her inspiration.
When not screenwriting or script editing, Veronica works as a freelance voiceover artist, specializing in t.v. commercial and local radio ads.
"Jade" as most call her, is a huge movie buff, loves the exciting reactions of an audience, in a dimly lit theater, when certain scenes have captured their attention. She respects the craft of acting, writing, directing and has learned to appreciate all movie genres from any era of film, be they small, short story independents, or Classic million dollar Hollywood film, from silent movies to "talkies", Veronica, as do most people, lives out her fantasies, vicariously, through movies on the big screen.
Veronica auditioned as an extra for Natural Born Killers(1994) but did not receive the part. Soon, thereafter, she moved to Ohio to be near family and to eventually attend Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, with focus on Clinical Psychology and Creative Writing.
Veronica has held a variety of jobs while pursuing her career, such as, a riveting machine operator, a loss prevention security officer for JCPenney's and a data conversion operator for the United States Post Office. She has also been a homemaker, wife and stepmother for many of those years.
Veronica has been a major advocate for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for over ten years, as well as a proponent for LGBT equality and staunch supporter for the M.A.D.D organization.
Jack Rooney was born in Hammond, Indiana. The son of an Indiana Ironworker, Jack grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, and after completing military service in the US Army, Jack returned to Terre Haute and attended Indiana State University, majoring in Philosophy and English. In 1976 Jack entered Graduate School at Northern Arizona University, majoring in English/Creative writing and American Literature. After completing Graduate studies, Jack returned to Indiana to begin his present career in filmmaking. To date, Jack has worked on and appeared in more than twenty feature films, at first as a crewmember and bit part player in large productions, such as, "Natural Born Killers", "The Negotiator", "I Love Trouble", "Blue Chips", "Rudy", and the highly rated television series, "The Untouchables". Armed with this extensive educational background and work experience, Jack quickly moved up the ladder of showbusiness to Writer/Director/Actor, and has starred in and directed a number of feature motion pictures, including "Deadly Discovery", "Our Burden Is Light", and the classic film, "Pushed Too Far" starring the late Claude Akins. Jack presently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Simon Kölle was born in Stockholm, Sweden. After being a Theatre Major in high school he has received higher education in fields such as Theatre Science, Film Music and Experimental/Art Music at Stockholm University.
Simon has composed music for several highly acclaimed projects. In addition to film and TV, Simon has composed music for several high profile documentary's and Video Blogs. His music has been featured and reviewed in hundreds of web and print publications and he's been a pioneer in the genre of fantasy. Simon has though showed that he can create music in virtually every genre, all with strikingly original music. Horror, thriller, fantasy, drama, Sci-fi, documentaries and action are the main genres Simon has composed for.
A bio written (2008) by Michael Cunningham an Irish journalist:
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1977 Simon Kölle soon proved at an early age to possess an adventurous spirit. A youthful indulgence in the testing of boundaries of his physical limits through acrobatic feats would later enable Simon to engage in a number of Martial Art styles, and also fencing of which he would become a proficient instructor. Simon's father was born in Germany but subsequently moved to Sweden with his mother at the age of twelve. Here Simon's father met and married his mother who was training in psychology. Simon's lineage is not without an interesting history in itself; during World War II his Great Grandfather, a renowned conductor (with a father running a major music school), was saved from certain execution, for the part he had played in successfully delivering a number of Jews out from the shadow of the Reich, by none other than Herman Göring. Simon's Great Grandfather had served with Göring during the First World War and it seems that old association, in turn, spared him.
Parallel to a keen sense and appreciation of the history and folklore of his surroundings also ran an acute interest in music realized through furtive ventures into song writing, composition and, of course, playing
Throughout his life Simon has nurtured a fascination with stories and tales grounded in both historical truths and works of fantastical fiction. As a result Simon has developed a keen sense and appreciation of not only the history of his surroundings, but also the folklore they are steeped in. Parallel to this also ran an acute interest in music realized through furtive ventures into song writing, composition and, of course, playing. Among Simon's esteemed peers is Rami Yacoub whose later collaboration with Max Martin would produce the song 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' - now familiar as the track that launched the career of pop songstress Britney Spears! Other friends from childhood include luminaries of the Black and Avant-Garde Metal scene in Scandinavia, namely Yusaf Parvez and Guillaume le Huche who have played with Dödheimsgard and Katatonia respectively, contributing much to those groups amongst others.
Simon's later teenage years saw a possible exemplary career in soccer ending abruptly through, of all things, a contractual disagreement however this turn of events would lead to Simon enrolling in Theatre School where he found a subject in which he reveled and excelled through the development of Physical Theatre. Informed by Grotowski and Artaud the conclusion of his theatre studies Simon unveiled his first play, 'Ögonen - min trägård' (The Eyes - My Garden) in which a cast of sixteen actors conveyed a disturbing drama engaging the societal aspects of disillusion, religion and masks. The play went on to become a minor hit in Sweden and enjoyed a limited tour. This success prompted Simon to enroll in the study of Theatre at Stockholm University. Here he became the artistic director of '418' ; a collective of fellow artists and performers. His next theatrical venture was to write and direct a second play 'Faller Himlen ned?' (Is the Sky falling down?) which played in Sweden to encouraging reviews from the local press, including Dagens Nyheter who described the play as a mixture of both 'scary and genius!'. The play would act as a medium through which Simon was able to introduce music of a style hitherto unheard or reproduced in Swedish Theatre. 'Faller...' became a hit on Spegel Teatern but due to performance commitments it played for only a short while.
Simon has been able to progress his music through other subjects from the folkloric horror of vampires to the esoteric musings of the arcane Some travelling through Europe followed which permitted Simon to explore a wider canvas of experience but he maintained his forays into writing; a further play 'Beroende' (Addiction) which, while not as successful as his earlier creations, nevertheless added to his creative development and growth. Though some further compositions and directing credits, which also saw a film project involving some of Scandinavia's leading lights sadly stall, were added to Simon's endeavors he always retained his interest in music and in 2000 he formed the musical project, Za Frûmi along with Simon Heath and Donald Person (whom later on had to leave). Za Frûmi instills the essence of theatre; driven by field-recordings, narrative dialogue and complex musical arrangements that all coalesce to allow a potent form of aural drama to evolve. While the initial kernel of a number of Za Frûmi's works were the literary stories of JRR Tolkien, Simon has been able to progress his music through other subjects from the folkloric horror of vampires to the esoteric musings of the arcane. Simon's work has not been restricted to Za Frûmi however and he continues to involve himself in a number of musical projects such as Abnocto and Musterion as well as lending his talents to creating individual musical compositions for films, websites and fellow musicians.
Simon has also written over thirty plays and live role-plays since 1999 and maintains his work with theatre workshops such as '418'. Where Simon's work is becoming more prominent is within the context of cinematic music - oft an overlooked genre, yet many cinematic scores can become just as synonymous with their narrative canvases as key scenes or actors. Directors such as Ennio Morricone and Oliver Stone, whose scores (or influence in the case of Stone) respectively for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Natural Born Killers have projected the function of the score forward into the realm of emotive enactor rather than merely that of background music. Such a factor is also evident in Simon's scores and this has been recognized and enjoyed by those very two directors where his use of composition is not redundant within the narrative but central to it. In 2007 Simon & Simon Heath's composition, Interludium I, was performed live by the Swedish Radio Orchestra in Skansen with 110 musicians.
The overriding merits evident in Simon's works are those of conviction and vision backed a solid musical and theatrical intuitiveness - the result of which is represented by a vast and varied corpus that competently conveys the undercurrents of lore and beliefs that mould society, both ancient and more recent, upon an audience who are thus able to crystallize and wrap themselves in the compositions. Many artists try to achieve such a connection between their work and audience: Simon remains one of the foremost and pioneering craftsmen in his genre and his multitude of works, be they musical or theatre (or both in some cases) give voice to this.