Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Lesley-Ann Brandt has become one of the biggest South African exports via New Zealand after immigrating to Auckland with her parents and brother in 1999. With her mixed ethnic background, Lesley-Ann is Hollywood's exciting new discovery.
As a child, she participated in almost every kindergarten and school play and was a natural singer. It was when she starting modeling and booking TV commercials that she caught the eye of casting directors. Encouraged by them, she began studying the Meisner technique as well as doing every possible acting workshop she could find and after only a few months her natural ability to perform, take direction and work with the camera saw her commercial auditions shift towards television and film auditions.
Lesley-Ann was discovered by local New Zealand producer Chris Hampson and creator/writer James Griffen (Siones Wedding, Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons) who were on the hunt for the leading lady of their quirky new half hour comedy Diplomatic Immunity. They'd been searching for an actress for months and were 3 weeks away from shooting when Lesley-Ann auditioned. She was hired within a week, had to quit her job as an IT recruitment consultant and went on to star opposite Craig Parker (of Spartacus, Lord of the Rings and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), quickly moving her into the hearts of the New Zealand nation.
In 2010 Brandt commanded the world take notice with her role as "Naevia" in the breakout Starz hit, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Naevia the beautiful slave girl who's story with Manu Bennett's character Crixus emerged as the show's big love story creating a fan frenzy worldwide.
Working with producers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and actors John Hannah (The Mummy and Four Weddings and a Funeral), Peter Mensah (300 and Avatar), Lucy Lawless (Xena), Lesley-Ann captivated audiences with her performance, and became one of the shows break out stars.
Lesley-Ann continued to work on back to back projects, This is not My Life (2010) and ABC's Legend of the Seeker (2010) as well as her feature film debut Insight starring opposite Natalie Zea and Christopher Lloyd.
In 2011 she resurrected her role as "Naevia" in the prequel season of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Roles on Chuck, CSI: New York (recurring) and TNT's Memphis Beat soon followed as well as a lead role in Syfy's highest rated original feature for 2011 Zombie Apocalypse starring opposite Ving Rhames and Taryn Manning.
Lesley-Ann has been named as one of 2013's faces to watch in film by South Africa's largest newspaper publication City Press. This year she can be seen in the much anticipated feature film Drift starring opposite Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator: Salvation) and Xavier Samuel (Twilight: Eclipse, Anonymous) as well as the dark comedy, Killing Winston Jones starring opposite Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Masterson, Danny Glover , Jon Heder and directed by Joel David Moore (Avatar, Dodgeball).
Lesley-Ann is now permanently based in Los Angeles.
Tyler Gerald Burrell was born on August 22, 1967 in Grants Pass, Oregon, where his family owned a business. He is the son of Sheri Rose (Hauck), a teacher, and Gary Gerald Burrell, a family therapist, and is primarily of English and German ancestry. He earned a BA from Southern Oregon University and attended The University of Oregon while working as a bartender; he finished his education at Penn State where he got an MFA.
After a few appearances on Law & Order Burrell starred in the comedy sitcoms Out of Practice and Back to You, costarring Patricia Heaton and Kelsey Grammer. He also made film appearances in The Incredible Hulk and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
In 2009, Christopher Lloyd gave him the part of Phil Dunphy on the smash hit television series Modern Family which has gotten rave reviews, Emmys, and the #1 spot on television several times. Burrell himself has gotten 4 Emmy nominations and one win in 2011 because of his popular role.
|Andrew J. West
Andrew J. West was born in Merrillville, Indiana and grew up in the nearby town of Lake Station. He was interested in acting from an early age, but he didn't actually get to throw himself into it until he went to Indiana University. At first he studied philosophy and anthropology, steering clear of the theatre department. However, that changed when he decided to start auditioning for university plays and began landing roles, including the lead in Eric Bogosian's "Suburbia". This marked a turning point in Andrew's life, giving him the confidence he needed to decide to pursue a career in acting. He began writing, producing, and acting in short films with his college friends, some of which went to the festivals and won awards.
After moving to LA with some of those same close friends, Andrew's talent and drive landed him a manager almost immediately and soon after he started landing roles. After he landed the role of the young "Christian Troy" in the cult classic FX show "Nip/Tuck", Andrew began to garner attention from producers and casting directors alike. He had simultaneous recurring roles on "Greek" and "Privileged", and landed guest starring roles on hit shows such as "Bones", CSI:NY, "Ghost Whisperer", "Castle", and "Body of Proof". Trying his hand at comedy, he landed the lead in the critically acclaimed web series "Rockville, CA" from Josh Schwartz. He also guest starred on "Shit My Dad Says" and "Suburgatory". These comedy shows led to him to scoring the lead roles in two network pilots: ABC's "Who Gets The Parents", opposite Jane Kaczmarek and Adam Arkin; and "Family Practice" opposite Christopher Lloyd and Jean Smart.
Recently Andrew shot the lead role opposite Jim O'Heir in the indie feature film "The Middle Man"; as well as the lead role in the Tom Kapinos / Warner Brothers pilot "Dead People" and a two-episode guest starring role on NBC's "Under the Dome". Earlier this year Andrew appeared in a multi-episode arc on the highly acclaimed, hit AMC series "The Walking Dead", playing the character "Gareth", the head of Terminus. He was voted #1 Villain of 2015 by Us Weekly. He also shot the lead role in the indie film "Walter" opposite William H. Macy.
Tom was born and raised in New Jersey. He grew up in the town of Howell and attended the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Howell High school. He received a BFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where he also had the opportunity to study Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre in London, England. Tom's first professional job was on the long running CBS daytime show, Guiding Light. In two and a half years on the show he was nominated for four consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards; he won twice. (2006, 2008) Since then he has worked in theater, television, and independent film. His first lead role in a film was playing the crystal meth addict David in Junction alongside Michael O'Keefe, David Zayas and Anthony Rapp. That led to lead roles in other features including the romantic comedy, Excuse Me for Living, where he worked with Jerry Stiller, Christopher Lloyd, Dick Cavett, and Robert Vaughn. He eventually became a series regular on the hit Cinemax show "Banshee" playing ex neo-nazi Kurt Bunker. Tom is a founding member and the current Artistic Director of the Apothecary Theatre Company; a NYC based not-for-profit that develops and produces world premieres of new plays by up and coming playwrights. He made his Broadway debut in 2012 as Judy Garland's last husband, Mickey Deans, in the critically acclaimed "End of the Rainbow", directed by Tony Award winner Terry Johnson.
Born into a theatrical family in New York City (his mother, a Broadway costume designer; his father, a writer, painter and filmmaker), he was named after the painter Raphael. He began his acting career at the age of 4; doing several episodes of a new show for PBS called, "Sesame Street" (1969), but in fact, he was "raised in a trunk," backstage, in costume shops and rehearsal halls, from as early as he can remember.
Theater is Raphael's passion and his stage credits include work on Broadway in Ah, Wilderness with Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst; Curse of an Aching Heart with Faye Dunaway; Shadow Box with Mercedes Ruehl; Twilight of the Golds and Voices in the Dark. Extensive regional and off-Broadway credits include Picnic with Gwyneth Paltrow; Booth with Frank Langella; Hamlet, directed by Joseph Papp; and most recently, The Cherry Orchard with Annette Bening and Alfred Molina, among many others. On the big screen, he appeared in over 30 films, including appearing with Tom Cruise in Risky Business(1983), Independence Day (1996), Message in a Bottle (1999), Vision Quest (1985), Pearl Harbor (2001).
His television movie credits include Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV) (with Halle Berry), Billionaire Boys Club (1987) (TV), Quicksilver Highway (1997) (TV) with Christopher Lloyd, Murder 101 (1991) (TV) with Pierce Brosnan, Final Verdict (1991) (TV) with Treat Williams, Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1990) (TV) with Paul Winfield, Cracked Up (1987) (TV) with Edward Asner, Prison for Children (1987) (TV), A Streetcar Named Desire (1984) (TV) with Ann-Margret, to name a few. He also played attorney Jake Straka in the one-hour CBS drama, "The Guardian" (2001). In the 2011-2012 television season, Raphael can be seen in the hit series, Once Upon a Time (ABC) cast as Dr. Hopper and Jiminy Cricket. Raphael lives in Los Angeles and New York, where he helps raise his daughter Gracie (9) and son, Django (7).
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Missy Crider began her journey to the arts at an early age. She took a job as a singer and violinist in musical stage shows, when she was awarded Young Entertainer of the Year by the OMA Stage Awards Association in 1986 in Branson, Missouri. A trip to record a Christmas album in Nashville was stopped short due to a car accident, and the album was never recorded. Although she has yet to sing on country music stages again, she performed and produced two songs, "Endless Sleep" and "Can't Show the World", that appear on the soundtracks in two of her films: "Girls in Prison" (1994) and "A Boy Called Hate" (1995).
She started her Hollywood career at a young age (12) and for six years, alternated between making films in Hollywood and doing musical stage work in New York City and Branson Missouri while doubling her education, managing to graduate with a 3.98 GPA ranked 3rd in her class. She spent seven years working in musical theater and doing local plays while flying back and forth to Hollywood and New York. She made a permanent move to Los Angeles in October of 1992, after having filmed six movies and miniseries for television that secured her Screen Actors Guild membership, including the award-winning original, "Lonesome Dove" (1989), starring Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, Anjelica Huston and Diane Lane, for which she was cast by New York-based casting director Lynn Kressel. Through Crider's final high school years in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Kressel cast her in three projects before she made the permanent move to Los Angeles. After playing Anjelica Huston's lovesick daughter, "Sally Allen", in "Lonesome Dove" (1989), Lorimar Productions immediately signed Missy to a one-year holding contract. She celebrated her graduation from high school with a starring role opposite Ossie Davis and Morris Chestnut in NBC's The Ernest Green Story (1993) (TV), which showed the 1950s struggle to integrate the school system in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Shortly after her relocation to Los Angeles, director Glenn Jordan cast her opposite James Woods and Anne Archer in the prestigious Hallmark Hall of Fame production, Jane's House (1994) (TV). Shortly thereafter, Crider portrayed the beleaguered daughter of Lesley Ann Warren in ABC's A Mother's Revenge (1993) (TV), opposite Shirley Knight and Bruce Davison and, soon afterward, director John McNaughton cast her as an aspiring singer who lands a record deal. McNaughton asked Crider to sing the vocal tracks for the film in Showtime's campy remake classic, Girls in Prison (1994) (TV), co-starring Anne Heche and Ione Skye. Crider received a 1994-95 Emmy nomination for her leading role opposite Tom Everett Scott in the ABC drama about fear of sex in the 1990s: "CBS Schoolbreak Special: Love in the Dark Ages (#11.3)" (1994). She made the transition to film when writer/director Mitch Marcus cast her as the female lead, "Cindy Wells", opposite Scott Caan, James Caan and Elliott Gould, in A Boy Called Hate (1995). The gritty road movie captivated filmgoers and critics alike, winning The Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. She followed this role by being cast as a Southern woman caught in a cycle of small-town violence with a sensitive portrayal of a student who finds compassion for fellow empath, Sean Patrick Flanery in Disney's feature film, Powder (1995), co-starring Jeff Goldblum and Mary Steenburgen.
It was this winsome portrayal that brought her to the attention of renowned television producer Steven Bochco, who cast her opposite Anthony LaPaglia and Mary McCormack, as inscrutable murder defendant "Sharon Rooney" for a nine-episode run in the second season of his highly-acclaimed ABC series, "Murder One" (1995).
It was during this period that Crider filmed Paramount's Sins of the Mind (1997) (TV), in the starring role of "Michelle Widener", opposite Louise Fletcher and Jill Clayburgh. This telefilm was based on the true story of a talented and traditional young woman who slips into a coma following a car accident and awakens with psychologically disturbing and uncharacteristic emotional behavior, swinging mercurially from childlike behaviors to that of a young woman as she healed. That winter, she went on to show more colors with Nick Cassavetes and Paul Johansson, as a neglected date at the end of her rope in the short film, Conversations in Limbo (1998).
Other credits for the actress include a Los Angeles theatrical production, "Pot Mom", directed by Justin Tanner; Peter Benchley's eight-hour miniseries for NBC, The Beast (1996) (TV), opposite William Petersen; Stephen King's Quicksilver Highway (1997) (TV) for ABC, opposite Christopher Lloyd, and the independent film, Stand-ins (1997), in which Crider drones in low German octave when playing Marlene Dietrich's savvy, wise-cracking double, in 1930s banter with fellow stand-ins Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, Mae West, Rita Hayworth and Greta Garbo. In Christian Otjen's drama/suspense indie ensemble, Reeseville (2003), she was cast as "Athee", a quirky small-town girl who works at the local stop-and-shop and proves pivotal in a murder mystery, opposite Majandra Delfino, Brad Hunt, Brian Wimmer, Mark Hamill and Sally Struthers.
She won the role of "Janine Haywood" in the premiere episode of the second season of CBS' hit series, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000), playing a Las Vegas dancer with a decidedly Jersey accent who is suspected of murdering her lover, the owner of a successful chain of casinos, due to her insisting she is in his will and owns "half" of his mansion. Next, Crider played opposite Simon Baker in CBS' series, "The Guardian" (2001), as "Minette", his ex-girlfriend, an actress from his less sober days in New York, who shows up in his Pittsburgh office, after five years, in hopes of picking up where they left off. She then accepted the offer of a lead role in Showtime's futuristic series, "Jeremiah" (2002). She played "Claire", a brave young lady making her way in a new and hopeful post-apocalyptic time, siphoning gasoline to fuel her late father's sailboat in order to travel to the other side of the world to see if human life still exists. Claire's mysterious way and curious behavior of siphoning scarce gasoline is luring to Jeremiah. They fall in love as she reveals that she has been storing what gas she could find a little at a time over the span of ten years to fuel her late father's boat and the promise to live out his dream of sailing the sea to discover if human life remains in other parts of the world.
In the fall of 1999, Crider's manager received a phone call from Steven Spielberg. He said he had recently seen her work on ABC's "Strange World" (1999) and wanted to write a leading role, specifically, for her in his NBC one-hour drama, "The Others" (2000). The role had originally been written as an elderly Indian woman and was rewritten for Crider to play "Satori", a gifted psychic, opposite fellow telepaths Bill Cobbs, Julianne Nicholson, John Billingsley, Kevin J. O'Connor and Gabriel Macht. The series aired for 14 episodes on Saturday nights in 2000. Proving equally adept with humor, Crider completed a co-starring role in producer/director Mike Binder's award-winning feature film comedy, The Sex Monster (1999), joining an ensemble cast that included Mariel Hemingway, Kevin Pollak and Stephen Baldwin. In this bedroom farce, which won Best Picture at the 1999 Aspen Comedy Festival, Crider plays "Diva", a beautiful young secretary who becomes the unwitting object of both her employer's and his wife's affections.
In 2001, Bill Paxton met Crider at a screening of "The Sex Monster". He cast her in his feature-film directorial debut, set in rural Texas, Frailty (2001), playing a cameo as Matthew McConaughey's wife, "Becky Meiks". Soon after, she was offered the leading role in the indie film, Instinct to Kill (2001), the film version of the book, "The Perfect Husband", playing "Tess", a young woman who discovers that her husband is a serial killer and has stalked her since she was a child.
Crider landed a coveted role in David Lynch's ABC pilot-turned-feature film, Mulholland Dr. (2001), as "Diane/Betty", a smart, hip, mysterious waitress who dreams of becoming an actress and served as the projection of Naomi Watts' character's fragile identity. Writer/director Andrew Bowen offered Crider the female lead in his independent film, Along the Way (2007), a coming-of-age tale about four young men whose lives seem destined for tragedy. Crider plays "Jordan", a photojournalist whose relationship with one of the friends becomes the catalyst that forces him to come to terms with his life.
Crider joined an all-star cast, including Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in Revolution Studios' romantic comedy, Gigli (2003), written and directed by Martin Brest. Director Gregory Hatanaka offered her the lead role of "Mina" in his ensemble independent film, Until the Night (2004), in which she plays the girlfriend of hopeful cinematographer Norman Reedus, an actress who battles with them growing in different directions in Hollywood. The ensemble also costars Sean Young, Kathleen Robertson, Michael T. Weiss and Aimee Graham. Crider was offered the female lead in an original Hallmark Channel television film, Out of the Woods (2005) (TV), opposite Jason London and Edward Asner, directed by Stephen Bridgewater. She completed the premiere episode of the 2004 fall season of "CSI: Miami" (2002), as the lead guest star, "Tawny Williams", the wife of a wealthy man and stepmother of his child, who is suspected of his murder.
In 2006, she appeared in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Bedfellows (#6.5)" (2006) as Charlene Copeland and in "Huff" (2004) as Natalie for two episodes. In 2007, she appeared in four episodes of Fox's highly acclaimed hit show, "24" (2001) as Rita Brady and was in "Without a Trace: One and Only (#5.22)" (2007) as Mia. In 2009, she was in CW's "90210" (2008). In 2013, she returned to TV as Leanne Tipton in "Criminal Minds: Pay It Forward (#8.19)" (2013).
Crider has starred in several indie films such as Until the Night (2004) opposite Norman Reedus, Kathleen Robertson, Michael T. Weiss, and Sean Young, Butterfly Dreaming (2008) opposite Andrew Bowen, and co-stars opposite John Savage and Dee Wallace Stone in The Cry of the Butterfly (2014). After ten years of doubling residency between California and Northwest Arkansas, in the spring of 2013, Crider made a permanent move to Los Angeles after the sale of her circa 1885 bed & breakfast in the South when working on ABC's hit show, Criminal Minds.
Charlie Plummer played the title role in King Jack, which won the Audience Award at the the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, and will be released theatrically in 2016. He recently completed shooting Behold My Heart for Joshua Leonard alongside Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei and Timothy Olyphant. He will be shooting Stargirl opposite Joey King and directed by Catherine Hardwicke in 2016.
Charlie had the great fortune to begin his professional career in Sopranos' creator David Chase's feature film, Not Fade Away, and the same year to be cast in a recurring role in HBO's award-winning Boardwalk Empire. Charlie was a series regular on the Netflix cold war drama Granite Flats, appearing alongside Christopher Lloyd and Parker Posey.
On stage, Charlie acted alongside Tony-winner Kelli O'Hara in the acclaimed musical adaptation Far From Heaven at Williamstown Theatre Festival; he recreated the musical version of the classic bully role, Scut Farkus, in the national tour of A Christmas Story - The Musical. He also appeared with veteran TV actress/Tony-winner Harriet Harris in the new musical Yeast Nation at the NY Fringe Festival in 2012, and workshopped new musicals at the Roundabout Theatre and Playwrights Horizons.
Ellen has enjoyed a unique and extremely diverse career as an actor. The striking, leggy 5'10-1/2" native of Toronto began performing as a ballet dancer. When a temporary knee injury sidelined her, Ellen segued into acting with a wide variety of critically acclaimed stage roles from Shakespeare to musicals, from drama to comedy.
A Gemini Award nominated actress for her series regular role Jeri Slate in the Leo Award winning supernatural drama THE COLLECTOR (which just aired on Chiller TV in the US, and has aired in 65 countries), Ellen is also a cult figure in the sci-fi world for playing the wild alien cannibal Giggerota the Wicked in the international cult hit LEXX. She has the distinction of doing all four seasons and playing four different characters in this very popular show. Ellen played the first female Pope in sci-fi history in LEXX.
She recently wrapped two sci fi pilots NOBILITY with the legendary Walter Koenig, Doug Jones, Cas Anwar, James Kyson , Christopher Judge, Torri Higginson and Adrienne Wilkinson. The other pilot STARFALL, she worked with Andrew Jackson and Damien Puckler in Reno, Nevada. Both roles are very unique and intriguing!
She also enjoyed working on two recent film roles playing a nerdy shy wallflower in BIG FAT STONE with Academy Award nominated Robert Loggia, Tony Nardi and Margot Kidder which won many awards including Best Picture at the Action on Film Festival in Pasadena and NO DEPOSIT where she played a foul mouthed alcoholic woman opposite Art Hindle, Peter Coyote, Doris Roberts and Eric Roberts.
Her comedy zombie film DEAD BEFORE DAWN 3D with Devon Bostick and Christopher Lloyd opened at the Grauman's Theater in Los Angeles and across the United States. The zomedy won the Perron Crystal Award for Live Action 3D Film from the prestigious International 3D Stereo Media Summit and Film Festival. DBD was nominated for five Canadian Comedy Awards.
In NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, the multi award winning Sundance Film Festival favorite and one of the most iconic film comedies of all time, Ellen plays the Tupperware-loving mom of Napoleon's potential prom date.
Her affinity for the unusual has also lead her to starring roles in THE LISTENER, THE DEAD ZONE, EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT, BLOOD TIES, MUTANT X, A WRINKLE IN TIME and HIGHLANDER: THE RAVEN where she is the only female to have a broad-to-broad broadsword fight in that shows' history.
She is also the go-to-girl for a host of movies on the Lifetime Network. She stars in THE WIVES HE FORGOT opposite Molly Ringwald, LIES AND DECEPTION with Madchen Amick and SECOND CHANCES with Melissa George, all airing now on LIFETIME. Her Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presents/ CBS Emmy nominated movie of the week THE LOIS WILSON story (opposite Winona Ryder) is among her favorites.
Ellen voiced many characters in Time Magazine's #1 PC video game of 2012 GUILD WARS 2 and Ultimate Game of the Year ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM. She also was thrilled to lend her voice to STAR WARS UPRISING, SKYFORGE, DEFENSE GRID:2, ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE, WORLD OF WARCRAFT:WARLORDS OF DRAENOR, WASTELAND 2 and MURDERED:SOUL SUSPECT. She is the voice of the highly acclaimed Disney California Adventure attraction THE WORLD OF COLOR and WORLD OF COLOR:WINTER DREAMS, and Disneyland's 60th ANNIVERSARY FIREWORKS SPECTACLE and and the new promo trailers for SCREAMRIDE and SKYFORGE. She is thrilled to be nominated for BEST PERFORMANCE in a VIDEO GAME and OUSTANDING PERFORMANCE in a NARRATION DEMO at the Voice Arts Awards 2015.
Ellen is honored to be the spokesperson for the Make A Wish Foundation in Toronto and Central Ontario and volunteers at the Los Angeles Mission.
Sandy Martin began her acting career at the age of 15 touring the country with Martha Raye in Good-bye Charley. After several East Coast touring productions she settled in New York City. Martin began working in many of New York City's esteemed theatres: Lincoln Center, La Mama, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizon, The American Place Theatre acting in over 70 stage productions.
Martin was a founding company member for two renowned New York City's theatre companies: the Wpa Theatre and the Perry Street Theatre. During this period she played opposite Armand Assante, Christopher Lloyd, John Savage and Ellen Barkin. Martin then joined the improvisational troupe, Second City. First, in New York City at the Eastside Playhouse and the Plaza Hotel before moving on as a company member in Chicago. There she worked with John Belushi, Bill & Brian Murray, and Harold Ramis.
In 1976 Martin was asked to guest direct senior plays at the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in both New York and Los Angeles. During this period she co-founded Hothouse Stage Co. with Susan Streitfeld. Together they produced (with Streitfeld directing and Martin acting) the award winning productions of: Hothouse (Matrix Theatre), East/West Game by John Cassavetes, (Co-staring with Nick Cassavetes at the Callboard Theatre) and Welcome to Andromeda (Matrix Theatre) ending their tenure with Best Revival of the Year - L.A. Weekly 1991, The Killing of Sister George. Sandy went on to direct - Line by Israel Horovitz (Best Direction Award - Dramalogue / (Matrix Theatre), Saturday Night by Jerome Kass (Starring Robert Pastorelli / Cast Theatre), Una Vida (Cheech Merin / Actor's Studio), Talking With... (Starring Cch Pounder). Martin also directed a reading of The Team by Terrence Feely, starring Kevin Spacey, Lenny Von Dohlan and Sheryl Lee.
After their enormous hit with the stage play, Hothouse by Megan Terry, Sandy wrote the screen adaptation which she packaged with her good friends, Amy Madigan and Ed Harris, both whom she acted with in the award winning world premiere of, Prairie Avenue by Edward Allen Baker, both in New York City. (at Est.) & Los Angeles's Callboard Theatre.
Esparza/Katz Prod. quickly acquired Hothouse, and thus began a long working relationship with Moctesume Esparza and Robert Katz that lasted over ten years. Starting as a Development Executive, Sandy worked her way up to being the Associate Producer of the company, working on the critically acclaimed feature films: Milagro Bean Field Wars and Selena. She was also Associate Producer of Gettysburg for Turner and Bowl Of Beings starring the famed comedy troupe, Culture Clash for Great Performances on PBS.
During her tenure with Esparza/Katz Prod., Martin wrote several treatments and screenplays; Underdogs, which was optioned by Avnet/Kerner (Risky Business, Fried Green Tomatoes), Thirteenth Duke, commissioned by Marchelo Danon (Producer of the original, La Cage aux Folles), The James Dean Story (Mini-series - Marvin Worth Prod.), she also co-wrote a musical revival of Reefer Madness with Dan Gerrity - directed by the late, great Ron Link. Martin penned Ms. Prez a screenplay that she co-authored with Patrick O'Neal about the first African American Woman President.
Martin produced and directed two documentaries. The Great Meddler about the founding of the American Society for the Protection Of Cruelty To Animals) and The United Farm Workers - A Tribute to Caesar Chavez. The short, Lovely Rita, stars her friend, Cch Pounder - (The Shield) Martin was also President of Edward James Olmos's production company, Olmos Prod. at ABC for four years in early 2000.
Thrilled to go back to acting, Martin was very happy to score a recurring role on HBO's drama, Big Love as the creepy he/she Selma Green, as well as the comedy, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as Mac's Mom. Sandy has guest starred on numerous hit shows: CSI, Nip Tuck, Shameless, Saving Grace, Weeds, Cold Case, 2 Broke Girls, Parenthood, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles etc. She looks forward to continuing her role as Grandma from Napoleon Dynamite for Fox's animated version of the 2004 mega indie hit.
She played the lead in Tennessee William's last full-length play; A House Not Meant To Stand in it's critically acclaimed West Coast Premiere at the Fountain Theatre in 2011. Her performance was nominated for an Ovation Award - Best Female Lead in 2011.
Taylor Roberts is an American actress, poet, and founder of Porphyrogene Skincare.
A North Carolina girl at heart, Taylor was named for her Mother's side of the family. The Taylors were original settlers of Carolina and Virginia, and Taylor's grandfather was a cousin of the late actress, Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
Formerly an accomplished ballet dancer, Taylor Roberts came of age in the highly disciplined dance field, performing with such companies as the Royal Ballet of London and training at the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet.
On her first film audition in Manhattan Roberts booked the role of Louise in Mona Lisa Smile, directed by Mike Newell and starring Julia Roberts.
Soon after, Taylor was personally invited to participate in a series of staged readings organized by Al Pacino and Patrice Chéreau. Over the span of two years Taylor contributed her talents to Betsy and Napoleon, playing the title role of Betsy to Pacino's Napoleon. She considers these readings a highlight of her early career, working alongside Mr. Pacino, F. Murray Abraham, Scarlett Johansson, Carol Kane, Sam Rockwell, Eric Stoltz, and Bebe Neuwirth, and produced by Colleen Camp. Taylor so impressed Pacino that he personally invited her back for several readings over the years, even asking her to help him rehearse for the Merchant of Venice, reading Portia to his Shylock.
During the success of these readings the buzz started to grow. Soon after, Roberts tackled the challenging role of Emily, a mentally challenged savant, in Melissa Painter's, Admissions. In the film Taylor gracefully fashioned the character based on research and work with savants in and around Los Angeles. The film also starred Lauren Ambrose, Amy Madigan, Christopher Lloyd and John Savage.
More exposure came for Roberts as Camilla Barnes on Law & Order: Criminal Intent in the episode, Shrink-Wrapped. Proving her versatility she went against her young ingénue demeanor to play the surprise murderer alongside actors Vincent D'Onofrio, Margaret Colin, and Brent Spiner
Roberts attended the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts studying both ballet and receiving her degree in Theatre working under then Dean of Drama, Gerald Freedman. On stage she has tackled such roles as Rosalind in Shakespeare's As You Like It, Emily in Our Town, Nastya in Gorky's The Lower Depths, and Abigail Adams in 1776.
A hiatus from acting followed due to illness.
Eventually, Roberts returned to acting with television roles on Loiter Squad (2012), Killing Kennedy (2013), and an upcoming series for AMC Television (2014). She'll be collaborating with longtime friend and director Josh Boone (director)with a supporting role in his third feature film, Pretenders.
Alongside her acting career Taylor's fashion and commercial work has paired her with various designers and companies including ESPRIT, La Senza Swimwear, Swedish TV1, Verizon, Stylehouse, and more. She can be seen on the cover of the premiere issue of Relish Magazine and Orange County Bride Magazine.
In 2012 Taylor published her first book of poetry, Bombshell Bohemia. In 24 hours the book rose to Amazon's Top 100 list for Poetry Best-Sellers.
He attended High School in Palm Desert, California and went on to earn his BA from UC Santa Cruz. While there he acted in productions with the professional repertory company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
He is best known for his starring role in James Cameron's 'Dark Angel' for which he won a People's Choice Award in his early 20's, after taking a break from the entertainment industry to live on a ranch for several years in his 30's, Richard Gunn is back and has now become a critic and fan favorite as the iconic hero Chief of Police John Sanders in the cable hit 'Granite Flats' opposite Christopher Lloyd, Parker Posey, and Carey Elwes.
Trevor made his acting debut at the age of 6 in "Iron Jawed Angels". IJA is an amazing drama about the struggles that women had obtaining equality and their triumph with the Women's Suffrage Movement in the early 1900's. The movie starred Hillary Swank, Angelica Houston, and Patrick Dempsey.
"Big Fish" was the next big opportunity to come his way. After a long and involved audition process, he landed the part of Will's son. Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, Danny DeVito, and Ewan McGregor helped create the magic in this wonderful film directed by Tim Burton.
Since 2003, Trevor has done several television commercials, including the Mederma scar cream ad in which his image appeared on the pages of many parenting magazines. Two additional movies followed, "Loggerheads and "Southern Belles". Both were filmed near his hometown in North Carolina.
Trevor spent time on the Dr. Phil show as a celebrity guest, and donates his time to various charitable organizations, such as the Painted Turtle, the Ronald McDonald House and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation, as a way to give back to the community.
Trevor really enjoyed doing his voice-over work on "Fly Me to the Moon". This fantastic animated 3-D movie starred three 'tween -aged flies who stowed aboard the Apollo 11 flight to the moon. Leading the "mission" is "Nat" (Trevor), who is always looking for an adventure. Also making a "buzz" are cast members, Nicollette Sheridan, Ed Begley Jr., Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Kelly Ripa and making a special appearance, Buzz Aldren.
Trevor's V.O. work also includes time on Cartoon Network's "Happy Monster Band". Trevor is a series regular as the voice of "L.O", one of the silly monsters who teach children about the wonderful countries around the world.
Last summer Trevor was in Austin, Texas filming the Warner Brothers production "Shorts", a new family adventure /comedy written and directed by Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids trilogy). Trevor stars as "Loogie" who along side his mischievous brothers discover a magic wishing rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it. William H. Macy, Jon Cryer, James Spader and Leslie Mann play the grown-ups in this kid -centered comedy.
Trevor can be seen starring as a series regular in the television comedy, "The New Adventures of Old Christine" which is in its fifth season on CBS. Trevor plays opposite the Emmy winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus as her son, Ritchie.
Derek Brandon, star of the newly released live-action family adventure film, Pirates Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson, is no stranger to the big screen. Although perhaps best known for his role as "Mickey" in the Mickey Matson franchise, Derek has appeared in over 15 films alongside notable actors as: Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Matt Lillard (Scream & Scooby-Doo), David Carradine (Kung Fu & Kill Bill), Florence Henderson (Brady Bunch), Richard Karn (Home Improvement), Lee Arenberg (Pirates of the Caribbean), and Ernie Hudson (Ghost Busters). Most recently, as the lead in both Adventures of Mickey Matson and The Copperhead Treasure as well as Pirates Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson, Derek had the pleasure of working with other greats, such as, Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Kenton Duty (Shake It Up, Disney), Savannah Jayde (Big Time Rush, Nickelodeon), Francesca DeRosa (Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader?), and Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives).
After witnessing Derek re-enact every film he watched, his parents made the decision to enroll him in the Civic Theater. This lead to numerous acting opportunities, on and off stage, and eventually landed him voice over work as the voice of Tom Sawyer on the Mark Twain Boat Ride in Disneyland, California, as well as national commercials for Corn Pops Cereal and GMC, among others.
In addition to his newest Mickey Matson release, Derek can also be seen this year in Kevin Sorbo's new film, Rodeo Girl, opposite actress Sophie Bolen. Regarding what's next for this young film veteran, Derek answered, "There is talk about the final adventure of Mickey Matson, with writer/director Harold Cronk, but in the meantime fans can expect to see me in the new independent film, Crowning Jules, with Kevin Farley and Hollywood newcomers, Jacqueline and Elizabeth Labadie. Derek was also cast as a main character along side Patrick Schwarzenegger and Jacob Lofland (Maze Runner - Scorch Trials) in a post-apocalyptic thriller titled "North". Great time on set this past summer with cast and crew! Look for this adventure film to come out in 2016! Beyond this, I'm striving to keep my 4.0 GPA, help out my basketball team, and work to further establish myself in Hollywood."
This up-and-coming teenage heartthrob has passed the CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Exam) which enables him to work as "Legal 18", although he still attends high school. Derek is represented by CESD Talent Agency in Hollywood, California. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Lucas Miles, Miles Media
Chanel, an American actress has successfully navigated the acting and modeling industry over the past decade. Descriptions of Chanel are as varied as the roles she plays. A ball of energy with captivating eyes in a pretty blonde package. She's a chameleon with strength, vulnerability, and great comedic timing in equal amounts. She shines in the lighter, bubbly types and specializes in darker material, playing edgy and troubled young women as well. Ryan's first movie appearance was in the independent film "Waiting for the Rocket". When she auditioned for the film "George Wallace" legendary director John Frankenheimer offered her the part on the spot, working with veteran actors Gary Sinise and Mare Winningham. Next she landed the role of one of the Felon Cheerleaders in the Universal film BASEkeball, from the creators of South Park and director David Zucker. Her improv training with the Ground- lings and ACME Comedy Theater helped her garner a guest starring role opposite Bill Murray in the pilot "The Sweet Spot". During the early years of her career, Chanel's main focus was modeling. In 2011, she shifted her attention from modeling to acting full time. Her recent acting roles include Jonas Akerlund's "Small Apartments" with James Caan and Billy Crystal; "Dorothy and the Witches of Oz", starring Sean Astin, Christopher Lloyd and Lance Henrickson; "Skum Rocks" with Alice Cooper and "Bad Kids Go To Hell" with Judd Nelson and Ben Browder, based on the best-selling comic book. She appears as "Fantazia" in the cult classic follow-up "Hobgoblins 2" from director Rick Sloan and is next featured in, the soon-to-be-released horror film, "Alice D.", where she plays horror icon Kane Hodder's evil sidekick "Isabel"; Creature Feature "Dead Sea" alongside scream queen Devanny Pinn; and the upcoming drama "Bigger Than The Beatles" as Candice Bergen. Next, she is starring in two independent films; horror film "Circus of the Dead" alongside genre legend Bill Oberst Jr., the psychological thriller "House on Rodeo Gulch". Always striving for more from her career, the progression to producer was only natural. She is currently in development on her feature film producing debut: "Crimson Saints", where she brings her extensive experience, knowledge of public relations/marketing/branding and her vast rolodex to the project. Chanel has studied with some of L.A.'s most respected and renowned acting coaches including Margie Haber (Master Class), Aaron Speiser, Lesly Kahn, John Rosenfeld and Scott Seditas. Her affinity for accents and extensive dialect coaching from the "Master of Voices", Bob Corff, has helped her perfect numerous accents, from British to Southern. She's proficient with handguns, automatic rifles and shotguns, as well as hand to hand combat including knife and firearm disarmament. To date, Chanel has appeared in over 30 national commercials including Pepsi, Saturn, Volkswagen, Del Taco, Wet & Wild Cosmetics, Audi, Coca-Cola, and VISA. You have seen her in campaigns for Anheuser Busch, Burke Williams Spas, Edward Jones Investments, Harley Davidson Swimwear, Harrah's Casino's and Miller Beer, as well as in fashion shows for Fredrick's of Hollywood. Named one of the "Sexiest Women on the Planet" by magazines from four continents, her face and body have graced magazines across the globe, including Esquire, GQ, Maxim, FHM and Playboy. In 2004, Chanel created her "Chanel" Swimsuit Calendar; garnishing awards year after year and becoming a seasoned producer of photography and editorial layouts. Her shoots appear regularly on magazine covers and editorials around the world; in publications such as FHM, DT, NUTS, Men's Edge, People, Ralph, etc. Her clients range from fashion designers, models and actors, feature film campaigns and image consultancy. An avid animal lover, activist and "rescuer", Chanel shares her home with two "adoptees"; a cat named Ruby Tuesday and a border collie named Lucky. A portion of the proceeds from her numerous autograph appearances, go to support animal charities each year.
Mr. Lauer, an actor as well as feature and documentary filmmaker has mentored under the direction of filmmakers Oliver Stone, David Fincher and James Burrows. He has shot on HDV, DSLR, Beta, 16, S16, 35, etc. In the toughest of conditions (The North Pole) and the most unique situations (underwater, inside shark cages) He's best know as 'Charlie' in the long running hit TV show Caroline in the City. Lauer's current feature The One I Write For You with Kevin Pollack (A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects), Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future) and Broadway sensation, Cheyenne Jackson (Blue Skies) is due in theaters in Winter 2014 Lauer's current project, Gridiron Heroes, recently won Best Feature Documentary at LA Film and Script Festival and Best Direction at NY International. The film follows fallen High School footballers and features actor Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) Football legends Mike Ditka, Kurt Warner, Deacon Jones, Commentator Al Michaels. And a sister-project Executive Produced by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Batleship) titled Head's Up Tackling His prior films include Going Beyond about a ragtag but heroic group working together to fight HIV in India with Academy Award winner, Jeremy Irons and Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer starring Lea Thompson and Wendie Malick which remained on the family charts for 28 consecutive weeks. He also had triple duties directing/writing/producing The Tehuacan Project, a tender story about deaf children defying incredible obstacles in rural Mexico. Brad Pitt executive produces. Adrien Brody narrates with Esai Morales. Lauer is represented at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. He's a father of three and a damn good soccer coach.
Damon Lipari was born in Patterson LA. Since he was 6 years old he wanted to be like his idols Pistol Pete and Michael Jordan. His love for basketball followed him through the years until he attended LSU. His passion for acting took over and he started to prepare himself for a move to Hollywood after he graduated. Damon with his wife Laurianne aka YaYa and two best friends Lyle Brocato and Angelena Swords Brocato packed everything they had in two cars and headed out west. Damon quickly picked up an agent and started booking commercial work. Ironically, Damon's first film work was on the CBS made for TV movie Vampire Bats which was filmed where he grew up, New Orleans LA. The production was moved half way through due to Hurricane Katrina to Halifax Nova Scotia. After it wrapped Damon quickly jumped on to The Guardian with Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher, Initiation of Sarah with Mika Boorem, Summer Glau and JoAnna Garcia Swisher, and A Perfect Day with Rob Lowe, Paget Brewster and Christopher Lloyd. After filming 5 straight movies in his native state Damon decided to make home.. home again. Other titles include Memphis Beat, Shark Night 3D, Breakout Kings, Halt and Catch Fire, When the Game Stands Tall, The Originals and his latest Navy Seals vs. Zombies. Damon's goal is to one day play Pistol Pete in a movie made about the legendary basketball player. Another goal is to one day be endorsed by Nike and design his own shoes. Damon and his wife YaYa have a daughter Wesly Lu, a son McHale Christopher Ren and a dog named Luke Duke.
Barry Ratcliffe is best known as city councilman Jason Tyler on the Lifetime drama "Army Wives", the cowardly lion on the 2012 Starz miniseries "The Witches of Oz", and as an auctioneer on all 3 networks as well as the Nicholas Sparks film "The Longest Ride".
His wide range of characters span from comedy to drama on such shows as "Nashville", "Person of Interest",the award winning "House of Cards", Tyler Perry's "The Haves and The Have Nots", "White Collar", "Brothers and Sisters", and many more. His film resume is equally extensive and varied from his latest "Masterminds" with Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson in Seth MacFarlane's "Ted 2" with Liam Neeson and Mark Wahlberg,to recreating the cowardly lion role in the feature film "Dorothy and the Witches of Oz".
Born and raised on a farm in the mountains of Virginia, Barry Ratcliffe was the youngest of 7 among 5 boys and 2 girls. In high school, Barry was active in sports, politics, and performance arts. Upon graduating, he completed a course at Carolina School of Broadcasting, a 2 year degree in engineering from Virginia Western, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from prestigious Radford University in Journalism and Theatre. While attending Radford, he performed in plays, hosted a television show, was President of the Student Body for 2 years, Chairman of 4 activity organizations, host for the Miss Radford Pageant for 2 years, active in sports, as well as worked a full time job managing the athletic facilities on campus. After earning a degree at Radford, Barry compiled an extensive resume in corporate America and in the entertainment field. His eclectic experience includes life guarding at the beach, managing a state water park, Manager and National Corporate Trainer for Roger Penske, Manager for Hertz Car Rental at their largest revenue location in the world, 13 state Area Manager for Budget Truck Rental, Sales Manager for 65 million dollars Sun Microsystems National Sales Group, and Business Development Manager for the California Drug free Workplace Programs.
He started his entertainment career as a sketch artist and detective on the CBS show Nash Bridges with Don Johnson and Cheech Marin for 6 years, 118 episodes. His television appearances include a recurring role as Jason Tyler on Lifetime's number one show, "Army Wives", guest Starring on the award winning ABC show "Brothers and Sisters", guest starring on CBS's fasting growing drama "Person of Interest", guest starring on Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots", costarring on "The Wish List" with Jennifer Esposito, playing a white house correspondent on the Emmy award winning show "House of Cards", costarring on the Emmy nominated show "Nashville", costarring on the USA network series "White Collar", a recurring role as Dr. David Moss, on TLC's number one show,"Untold Stories of the ER", as well as playing the lead investigator on "The Michael Jackson Trial" on E!, "Americas Most Wanted", "Threshold","Nip Tuck", "The Plot to Kill Nixon", "The Hiedi Fliess Story", and many others. He hosted "In the Cellar" for 7 seasons, and has acted in 40+ films from independent, too big budget features including stunts, as well as opened as a Stand Up Comedian for acts like Juice Newton, Lee Greenwood, and others.
Barry is starring in 8 films, including the role of a lifetime recreating the cowardly lion in the Leigh Scott film "Dorothy and The Witches of Oz" with Christopher Lloyd, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Eliza Swenson, Al Snow, Ethan Embry, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Combs, Lance Henriksen, Noel Thurman, and Sasha Jackson. He is currently in 4 big budget box office hits, "The Longest Ride", "Ted 2", "Masterminds", and "Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland." He plays Billy Jack in the horror thriller "Penny Dreadful Picture Show" , and is also Reece Witherspoon"s dance instructor in "Water for Elephants". His other films include playing the corrupt secret service agent, Jason Vogel in "All Fall Down", Uncle Clive in the horror film "Alice D", Mr. Smithers in the comedy "Forbidden Fruit", the horror movie "Candy Stripers", distributed by Sony and Screen Gems, playing a slightly twisted Chief of Surgery, Dr. Dixon along side Eliza Swenson, a hard nose sadistic Homeland Security Agent in "Torture Room", "Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns", "Go For Broke 2", playing Texas billionaire Hooter Sinclaire, the Sony Western "Brothers in Arms", playing Mr. Hickle with David Carradine, an offbeat used car dealer in the critically acclaimed "Dog Tags", "Going Maverick, The Sarah Palin Story", "Mad World", a drama where he plays the dad, Mr. Bunch, "The 9/11 Commission Report" playing ex CIA director George Tenant, "No Rules" with Pacino and Sizemore, "Dead and Breakfast" with David Carradine, and "Tweek City", a gritty drama playing a cop in San Francisco. He has also just completed writing and starring in the feature film "Pocahauntus", and has also produced on 5 films.
His goals are simple. To be the best performer he can be, whether it is as a great character actor in dramatic or comedic roles, or as a stand up, entertaining with his intelligent, and insightful commentary on today's events.
John Cardiff Gerhardt didn't start a film career until he was 18, attending Westminster College. The absence of sports after high school propelled his curiosity to discover what he could do with his life. He took an acting class with McCarty Talent Agency in Salt Lake City, Utah with teacher, Emily Pearson just before his 19th birthday. She noticed his talent quickly and recommended him to McCarty for immediate audition submission.
Cardiff had a very high callback and success rate. After one year, he secured his first SAG production: The MistleTones by ABC Family, starring Tia Mowery and Tori Spelling. When on set, he complimented Tia on her performance, not realizing who she was until other actors brought her up in conversation. By his second year, Cardiff secured his second SAG role as a recurring character on Utah's only major TV show production, Granite Flats. It wasn't until season 3 that he met Christopher Lloyd and complimented him on his performance saying, "you look like the guy from Back to the Future".
Cardiff built up his resume with other feature and short films as well as commercials. He took weekly classes at Actors Anonymous with teacher Jim Stevens who honed Cardiff's skills and presence for the longest duration of any teacher so far. After 4 years pursuing acting, Cardiff finally landed a semi-lead role in the feature film, Thirst. During that summer of shooting, he was also in talks with representation in New York City who had gained interest in him after meeting him, then (a month later) seeing his first ever demo reel. Acting agency, Innovative Artists worked with Cardiff, sending auditions for him to self tape. One in particular caught a spark: Red Band Society. It placed Cardiff on hold for the role had the one chosen prior fell through, and catalyzed the efforts to move Cardiff to New York. During the Fall break of his final semester, Cardiff flew out with his mother (Michele Corigliano) to meet everyone in person for the first time. Michele's skepticism and nervousness were alleviated after those meetings. She realized it was "the real deal". Cardiff flew back to finish college and moved out to New York in January where he spent the next few months auditioning for pilot season and meeting all new casting directors.
At end of May, Cardiff flew back to Utah where he attended his commencement ceremony and embarked on a 2 week road trip across the western United States until his younger brother's (Crewe Gerhardt) commencement ceremony at Oregon University. During his road trip, Cardiff was confirmed for his first lead role in the series, We All Fall Down. It filmed in Provo, Utah. To prepare, Cardiff packed up camping gear and spent three days prior to filming, and two weeks total living in the wilderness of Provo Canyon in order to prepare for the role. During filming, Cardiff performed all of his own stunts and even rationed food and water for the apocalyptic zombie series. He believes be performs best when he's as method as can possibly be. The opening scene, when the camera was too close to see, Cardiff took the knife in hand and pressed it firmly into his legs and stomach that left bruises to maintain intensity. While thrashing around on a mound of rocks, he fell many times which dealt deep cuts into his arms and hands, drawing blood.
Cardiff finds bliss in losing himself within the roles he plays. He values the passion in his work over all else. In July of 2015, Cardiff moved back to New York City where he is continuing the pursuit of his acting career.
Mary Black is an established Canadian theatrical, film and television actress. She moved west to Vancouver from Toronto in 1995 seeking new adventures, then decided one rainy afternoon to restart the acting career she had left in 1970 to raise her children. It was a good decision, and at the right time. Work started coming in with varied and interesting roles - nuns, judges, vampires, cult leaders and rulers of far away planets (Man of Steel). She has shared the screen with some of Hollywood's top actors, including Russell Crowe, Colin Firth, Nicholas Cage, William H. Macy, Helen Mirren, Renee Zellwigger, Scott Bakula, and Christopher Lloyd. She has worked with directors Bruce Beresford, Neil LaBute, Jake Snyder (Man of Steel), Jerry Ciccoritti, and Jason Reitman (Juno).
In addition to a rich film and television career, Mary has, through the years, satisfied her first love of the theatre by appearing in a variety of new works along with the classics, including staged readings of Shakespeare with the Savage God Company.
Nikol Kollars starred in British TV series ¨I Dream¨ alongside actor Christopher Lloyd and in Spanish and Catalán TV series such as ¨El Cor De la Ciutat¨, ¨La Fuga¨ and ¨Sin Identidad¨ alongside Spanish actress Megan Montaner. Nikol worked with actor Robert De Niro and director Rodrigo Cortes in ¨Red Lights in 2012, and actor Dean Cain in ¨Hidden Camera¨ in 2007. Director Ventura Pons cast Nikol to share a scene with actors Aitana Sanchez-Gijón and José Coronado in ¨Wounded Animals¨ (Animals Ferits) in 2006.
Her standout role in Antoni Solés short film ¨You are a Terrorist¨ won her the Best Actress Award at the International Festival in Pilas, Spain in 2013.
Nikol stars in three full feature films to be released in 2016; ¨Project Lazarus¨ by Mateo Gil and starring Charlotte Le Bon, Tom Hughes and Oona Chaplin, ¨The Evil that Men Do¨ written by Daniel Faraldo and directed by Ramón Termens and ¨Foe¨ by Antoni Sole
Nikol Kollars is the eldest of four daughters and was born in San Diego, California. Both her parents are from Hawaii; Mother of Chinese decent and Father of Hawaiian, German, Irish decent. She grew up in California, Hawaii & Seattle, Washington before moving to Barcelona, Spain in 2001.
Actress Avi Lake is a proud native Texan born February 18, 2004. Her career began at the early age of four after expressing an interested in acting even before she knew what acting was.
At the age of six, she made her film debut in "Meeting Evil" which afforded her the opportunity to work with Samuel L. Jackson and Luke Wilson. She continued to work on many projects and soon landed the supporting role of Tom Sizemore's daughter in the indie film "The Age of Reason". She was especially thrilled to recently play the grand-daughter of Doc himself, Christopher Lloyd, in the film "The One I Wrote for You".
Avi has developed a glowing reputation for professionalism and maturity all the while being one of the most kind and fun kids to work with.
Raised in San Francisco, California, Billy DaMota moved to Los Angeles, hoping to find a place as a guitar player in the Southern California music scene. But there were other things that needed attention - like food and rent - and his live music career was put on hold.
So in the mid 80s, as a young and eager man - an artist looking for something to save him from a life in the retail business - Billy began his casting career as an assistant on such films as Predator, The Running Man, The Three Amigos and Project X. In the late '80s, he was hired as the casting associate on the gang epic, Colors, directed by Dennis Hopper.
Billy became an independent casting director with the film Miracle Mile, starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham. He went on to cast Steven Seagal's first film, Above the Law, directed by Andrew Davis, the legendary cult classic Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town, casting the then unknown Billy Bob Thornton in his first co-starring role, and even cast the late Mickey Rooney in the last of the Silent Night Deadly Night series.
Over the years, Billy has cast actors like Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Faye Dunaway, James Franco, Martin Landau, Karen Black, John Denver and the legendary Tony Curtis. He even co-wrote a screenplay with Dr. Timothy Leary!
More recent films include Touching Home starring Ed Harris, Mickey Matson and The Pirates Code starring Christopher Lloyd, the the 2014 box office hit, the faith-based God' Not Dead starring Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper and Duck Commander Willie Robertson. He worked with director Alex Proyas as a casting consultant on The Crow as well as the Will Smith hit I, Robot.
Billy moved into producing with the award winning Reflections in the Dark, starring Billy Zane and Mimi Rogers. And he recently directed his first film, a touching story about Alzheimer's Disease called Posey, starring Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Sally Kirkland in the title role as well as the outstanding Ray Wise.
In the world of Music Videos, Billy has worked with artists such as Tori Amos, The Basement Jaxx, Faith Hill, George Strait, Dave Navarro, Ministry, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and The Ramones.
Billy joined the The Casting Society of America in 1992, has served on their Board of Directors and on numerous committees over the years, and has been nominated four times for Best Casting, twice for Best Casting for an Independent Film and twice for Best Short Film, most recently nominated for the short films, Efrain and Burned.
He has worked tirelessly to address the ethical issues involving the notorious casting director payola scheme, where hundreds of casting directors and their staffs - including high profile CSA members - are paid to meet and audition actors. The organization he founded - DoNotPay.org - was created a dozen years ago as a guide to help educate and inform actors about the scam , which continues to this day.
Billy is also an accomplished guitarist and songwriter, currently playing and recording with Shelly O'Neill and the Big Way. He appears with the Gene Butler Band singing and performing in the film Holyman Undercover, he co-wrote the song "Comes on Too Strong" which is featured in the film Changing Habits, and has recorded with Hellecaster Will Ray and ex-Mike Bloomfield sideman, the late great Gashouse Dave. He has displayed his paintings and photographs at the world famous Fender Museum, in Corona, California and published his first book, Whispering Lunacies: 100 Love Poems. His second book, "An Actor Grovels" is due out soon.
|Don Charles McGovern
Don McGovern is an Actor,Writer and Music Industry Insider and in his extra time follows his interests as a Stuntman in the film and television business.
Don has appeared in many films and television shows as an Actor or Stuntman. Don studied acting extensively with Master Acting Coach Roy London. Some of Don's Alumni from London's class are Brad Pitt,Sharon Stone,Gina Davis, Hank Azaria and Julie Warner.
Don has written several film projects and created television projects that are either in development or being produced.
Don has worked with notable Hollywood power houses Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Bruce Willis, Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, Jet Li and many others.
Don worked in the Music Industry in the capacity of A&R Exexcutive and Executive producer and Manager.
Don was road manager for teen idol music sensation "Tiffany". and was responsible for finding One of Tiffany's biggest hits, "Could've Been" and the record went on to become M.C.A's biggest seller for that year and was followed by a stellar performance by Carrie Underwood on American Idol.
Don has stunt doubled for Sylvester Stallone in several of Stallone's films and was thrown out of the ring by Hulk Hogan in Rocky III.
Don holds Black Belts in Tang Soo Do Karate, Kung Fu San Soo and is an accomplished Boxer/ Kickboxer and trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is an avid M.M.A (Mixed Martial Arts) Practitioner.
Don was cast as a Kling On in "Star Trek III" and had to deliver his lines to Christopher Lloyd in "Kling On" dialect.
Don played the Prison guard in "Demolition Man" who confronts Snipes as Snipes frees himself from the wheel chair engaging Don in a ferocious fight.
Don and his twin brother were cast as evil,ruthless characters, "The Others" in a season finale episode of the hit television series "LOST".
Don was cast as "Smoke" in the Mega hit Feature film,"Con Air".
Britani Bateman is most known for her role as Kelly Powers in The RM, her most recent role as Tori Spelling's best friend in The Mistle-Tones, and her lead role in Mobsters and Mormons. She has played leading and principle roles in 14 other motion pictures. In addition to film, Bateman has shot 46 national commercials and has worked as a model, voice-over actress, B roadway star, professional dancer and recording artist. Bateman was raised in Sacramento, California. An artist from childhood, Batemen quickly became part of the family "business", touring in a musical style review with her parents and four siblings. Upon earning her BFA and graduating top of her class, she landed a recording contract with Disney, singing the famous songs, "Part of Your World" and "Celebrate the Magic of Disney." She was then employed in Japan for a year, working for Tokyo Disneyland and shooting commercials, filming Japanese soap operas, and modeling. Bateman made her Broadway debut playing Ellen in the National Broadway Tour of Miss Saigon and was given rave reviews. She went on to star in several productions at Robert Redford's Sundance Theater, playing Nancy in Oliver, opposite Christopher Lloyd. She also premiered the first-ever English version of the French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, playing Catherine Deneuve's character, opposite Maureen MgGovern. Bateman is the owner of two successful entertainment production companies, PURE Productions INC and Groove Merchants LLC, which won the prestigious "Best in State" award for 2012 and 2013. Her band The Groove Merchants travels internationally, in 2013 playing in Monte Carlo during The Grand Prix, for the Microsoft convention in the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, and the Kentucky Derby Opening Night Gala.
Tyler Hollinger is an up and coming actor both off-broadway and in the indie film world. "In the past few years, Hollinger has proven himself to be one of the most vital presences on the New York stage"-off off online. Best know for his work on the hit ABC hidden camera show "What Would You Do?" hosted by John Quinones, he routinely appears off-Broadway and regionally in some of America's best theatres. TV: What Would You Do?, How to Make it in America, Dateline NBC, All My Children, Colors (directed by Joel Schumacher) FILM: Excuse Me For Living, King Lear Documentary w/ Paul Sorvino, Fishers of Men, Witches of OZ (w/Christopher Lloyd), Miracles of the Misfitted, Girls Named Pinky, Jezabel, Beds Made & Sweaters On and many more. Tyler's films have become Official Selections and award winners at such film festivals as SXSW, PALM BEACH, TORONTO, MONACO, DERBY CITY and many more... Tyler is the recipient of 2 IRNE awards, 1 mustache award for BEST ACTOR, and is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater and the IndiesLab. He currently resides in NYC.
Derek Stefan was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California in the heart of what is now known as Sonoma County Wine Country.
In 1987 he was admitted to UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where he was a classmate of Jack Black. Derek spent the years between 1987 and 1997 studying acting, pursuing work in Film/TV, and working in plays in the L.A. area.
Stage credits including two seasons of Shakespeare Orange County appearing with Alan Mandell in "King Lear" and Ron Campbell in "Richard III" as well as in critically-acclaimed productions at Laguna Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse/Studio Theater, and Alternative Repertory Theater, and in 1996 the Los Angeles premiere of Edward Bond's "Early Morning" appearing with Burr Steers at Evidence Room.
He appeared on NBC's "Hull High" (1990) with Michael Cudlitz earning his SAG card. In 1991 Derek starred in and co-produced with director Scott Jackman the 30 min. short called "Soliloquy" in the classic film noir style which garnered a finalist position in the SONY/AFI Visions of US contest which screened at the AFI.
Recent work includes upcoming feature films "The Boat Builder" by Arnold Grossman starring Christopher Lloyd, "San Andreas" starring Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, "Quitters" starring Mira Sorvino and Greg Germann, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard, short film "The Future Has No Future" by Evan Hadfield, and two episodes of the HBO series "Looking".
Derek is a member of SAG-AFTRA and is represented by NYLO Model & Talent Agency in San Francisco/NorCal, ADR Agency in Hawaii, and Mireille Wilson of Midwest Talent Management in Los Angeles.
Leo Grillo is an American film actor, producer and animal welfare activist. He is best remembered for founding Dedication and Everlasting Love to Animals Rescue (D.E.L.T.A. Rescue), a not-for-profit animal welfare organization based in Acton, California, USA. The refuge has grown to become the largest care-for-life animal sanctuary of its type in the world.
Grillo was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to Carmela de Lucia and Leo Francis Grillo, Sr., both Italian-Americans. As a child actor, Grillo appeared in the 1972 Television series "Banacek." He majored in theatre at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and later formed his own theatre company.
Grillo's theatre work includes three years with the repertory Rosalie Troupe and two years with the legendary summer stock theatre at The Hampton Playhouse.
In his early years, Grillo appeared in the Emmy Award-winning television movie "The Defection of Simas Kudirka," starring Alan Arkin and in multiple episodes of George Peppard's hit television series, "Banacek."
In 1977, Grillo moved from Boston to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a film career. He co-starred in the 1977 John Heard film "Between the Lines," opposite John Heard and Jeff Goldblum. Grillo studied under the tutelage of Charles E. Conrad, an acting coach credited with launching the film careers of Dee Wallace Stone and Diana Ross, both Academy-award winners.
Grillo was the lead actor in "Dierdre's Party," a feature film he produced in 1998. Grillo played lead actor, opposite Katherine Heigl and Tom Sizemore, in the 2006 independent film "Zyzzyx Rd." In 2009, Grillo co-wrote, produced and starred in "Magic," opposite Sammi Hanratty, Lori Heuring, Christopher Lloyd and Robert Davi, who directed the movie.
As an executive producer, Grillo has six projects in development, including the action-thriller, "All the King's Horses."
Recognized as a world-renowned humanitarian and animal welfare expert, Grillo and his staff of seventy care for more than 1,500 previously abandoned animals on a daily basis at the D.E.L.T.A. Rescue sanctuary located northeast of Los Angeles. Grillo founded Horse Rescue of America in 1988.
In 2008, Grillo created "Animals on the Edge," a global project that allows animals from other nations to benefit from Grillo's initiatives. Grillo co-conceived with wildlife photographer and author Chris Weston a book by the same name, which was published in 2009. The book identifies those animals currently living on the front line of extinction.
A passionate and dedicated animal rescuer and maverick animal welfare advocate, Grillo is the subject of several documentaries, including "Pets on Your Plate."
In 2009, Grillo was credited with calling for and receiving a federal probe into circumstances that led to the Station Fire, the largest blaze in the history of Los Angeles County.
Also in 2009, Grillo initiated H.R. 3501 (The Happy Act), a tax-exemption bill that allows consumers to deduct pet-related expenses from their tax returns. The bill was introduced to Congress by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) and co-sponsored by Congressmen Jared Polis (D-CO) and Steve Cohen (D-TN).
Grillo is the father of two daughters, Erica Lee and Meguire Elizabeth.
While in high school in Plano, Texas, Melissa was cast in the national tour of Music Man making her professional stage debut. Strom attended the prestigious BFA acting program at University of Southern California's School of Theatre. Upon graduating cum laude, Melissa, received the Danielewski Best Actor Award, Kathy Wade Dance Award, and was named to USC's Order of Troy and Mortar Board.
At the Kodak Theatre Melissa shared the stage with Christopher Lloyd and John Goodman playing Fan and the Laundress in A Christmas Carol. She originated and reprised her role as Eleanor in the sold out and extended run of Cindy And The Disco Ball at Gary Marshall's Falcon Theatre. Strom also originated Frankie Valli's daughter 'Francine' in the Tony Award musical Jersey Boys First National Tour.
She credits her parents for being instrumental in her success.
Hungarian born production designer and producer. After finishing his art studies in Europe, Gabor produced fashion / trade shows with the established European company De Meo. In 1991 he created his own Budapest based company - The Team - and never looked back. Previous clients included: Trussardi, Hermes, Y.S.L., Fendi, Boss, Benetton, CK, Diesel, Replay, L'Oreal, Wella, BMW, Coca Cola, and Levi's to name just few, and he has worked with Naomi Campbell, Austrian sensation FALCO on his music videos. Moving to Los Angeles in January 2000 he co-founded ArchImage Productions designing events for FOX, ABC, Disney and Nicelodeon. Gabor recharged his film career in 2004 and since he art directed and designed movies such as Adam & Steve (Parker Posey, Chris Kattan), Confessions Of An Action Star (Angelina Jolie, Carrie-Ann Moss, Eric Roberts), Ghost Never Sleeps (Faye Dunaway, Sean Young, Tony Goldwynn), American Cowslip (Peter Falk, Val Kilmer, Diane Ladd, Cloris Leachman), InSight (Christopher Lloyd, Adam Baldwin, Natalie Zea, Sean Patrick Flanery) and Beautiful Boy(Maria Bello, Michael Sheen and Meat Loaf) In 2009 he launched F A M E (Fashion-Art-Music-Entertainment Productions) In 2010 he designed The 4th Dimensions (Christopher Lloyd and Deep Roy) an IMAX 3D original production produced by Francois Mantello and directed by Jean Jacque Mantello and Richard Gabai and fall in love with 3D projects. In 2011 he co-founded IC3D Productions.
Rachel began her career at age 17 as a featured singer for a small band singing in an after hours nightclub. Rachel discovered her love for singing (and discovered she could shake a tambourine with the best of them!) Upon a friend's recommendation, Rachel auditioned for the Guildford School of Acting. She was surprised and thrilled to win a three-year scholarship for training in musical theatre. In between classes Rachel was privileged to be a part of the National Youth Music Theatre in the original production of 'Whistle Down The Wind' and 'Hiss & Boo's Old Time Music Hall Variety Show'.
Immediately upon graduating, Rachel was whisked away to tour Europe in The Rocky Horror Show. This was to spark a long history with the show, once as a replacement Janet, saving the European Millennium Tour, where she also met her husband! She was then invited to continue playing the role on the UK Tour.
Rachel has also graced the West End in the hit show Smokey Joe's Cafe (Prince of Wales Theatre), and playing Ellen in Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Rachel was also thrilled to perform beside Lea Salonga and Jonathon Pryce in the Tenth Anniversary Special Performance of Miss Saigon as a proud member of the final cast.
Rachel is no stranger to 'the road'. As well as The Rocky Horror Show and Smokey Joe's Cafe, Rachel has appeared in many tours across the UK. These include Rizzo in Grease and Serena Katz in Fame, for which she received numerous accolades.
Although delighted to be playing so many great roles, Rachel grew anxious to unpack her suitcase for good. So she packed up one more time and moved to New York City. There she found starring roles in several Off Broadway productions with Musicals Tonight. These included Wanda in So Long 174th Street, and re-creating the role that made Ethel Merman famous in Girl Crazy.
Soon, the traveling bug had bitten again.This time as the Lead Vocalist for Crystal Cruises. After two years of non-stop performing and sailing, Rachel considers herself very lucky to have seen most of this wonderful world, including Antarctica!
But dry land beckoned once more. This time to sunny Barcelona, for the filming of a new television series for the BBC. Rachel appeared opposite Christopher Lloyd, creating the role of Analie for the BBC 1 series entitled 'I Dream'.
After making the leap back to America, but this time to LA, Rachel continued to perform on stage touring the US as Tanya in Mamma Mia, which also gave her the opportunity of a lifetime, to perform on the 63rd Annual Tony Awards in New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Although she still loves the thrill of the big stage, she enjoys the intimacy of a quiet lounge, a good piano, and a great torch song. Rachel has most recently been traveling with her latest cabaret "20th Century Songbirds" which has been very well received. She has performed in many cabaret shows in her career, most memorably for charities such as West End and Broadway Cares.
Since moving to LA Rachel has appeared in several short films and continues to challenge herself in all mediums.
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.
Philip Jackson is President of Production and Development at Starfield Indie (Starfield Independent Studios Inc.), a creative film/TV studio with offices in London (UK) and Toronto (Canada).
A writer-producer first, Philip also directs, usually to set series templates when show-running.
Currently in development on a number of feature and TV properties, scripted drama TV and theatrical feature works of imagination, defining -with his business partner Mark Pickering- the Starfield Indie slate.
Among their current projects the new franchise, The Delinquenauts" a series of 8 sci-fi feature films produced together with James Mou.
Philip is currently in post production on three documentary features "Meltdown, the Best TV Series Never Made", "Democracy and Media in change" and "Alien Life, What We know So Far" and is in prep with a visually spectacular six part 3D series "Life in the Universe, science from how to why", exploring new discoveries in science as to life's origins and destiny in the universe.
He co-scripted with Nelu Ghiran the 3D sci-fi horror film Senseless Cargo, aka Heliosphere which will reunite some of Philip's favorite cast with new stars in production. The film is the first of a series of genre-film slates including Rodax and Prison Moon IO.
In the past, Philip worked as a Producer and show-runner, with his long-time business partner Daniel D'or, on sci-fi series such as _Starhunter(2000)_qv and _Starhunter 2300(2003)_qv 44 x 1hr (currently being reworked for a 10th anniversary Creators Cut" re-release along with a Starhunter 2313 videogame and series of graphic novels.
Philip and Dan produced some 18 features together. At this time Philip has 24 feature films to his credit as a producer and/or director.
Prior to _Starhunter(2000)_qv Philip worked with Daniel D'or in a long-standing producing and creative partnership including 17 feature films and 3 TV series.
Philip directed their first feature, _Replikator(1994)_qv, starring Academy Award nominee Ned Beatty, Brigitte Bako and Michael St. Gerrard. Released theatrically in many territories, RepliKator was a Sci-Fi Channel World Premier. Described by The Toronto Star as a "slick tech-Norri thriller" it remains an enduring cult favorite in many territories. On its release it took the gold awards at the Houston Film Festival among others.
Philip and Dan produced _Carver's Gate(2005)_qv (aka Dreambreaker) with Michael Pare, which opened the first "Midnight Madness" schedule of the Atlantic Film Festival, extending their early reputation for bigger-than-budgeted cultish and creative genre pictures. "Take One Magazine" cites "Different is better" as his most repeated creative imperative.
Philip and Dan co-produced a number of commercially proven and creatively slanted genre films. Philip co-wrote the best-selling sci-fi feature, _The Cusp(1997)_qv, aka Falling Fire. The film proved a strong directorial debut for Dan. The aspect of an ecological cautionary tale that permeates the film's back-story is a consistent touchstone for Philip's Sci-fi film and TV projects.
Jackson developed and directed _2103,The Deadly Wake(1997)_qv, with an ensemble cast including Malcolm McDowell, Michael Pare, Heidi von Paleske, Gwyneth Walsh. Premiering at the World Film Festival in Montreal Deadly Wake received international critical respect and garnered a series of festival invites and awards as well as frequent re-releases world-wide.
In a push to show that they weren't only "the sci-fi guys" as often presented in the trades, Jackson and D'or co-produced the comedy _Wish You Were Dead(2003)_qv with Dany Gold and David Basulto for Newmarket and Icon Films. The theatrical comedy starred Christopher Lloyd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mary Steenburgen.
Other non sci-fi feature titles they produced in the same period included the acclaimed _Men of Means(1999)_qv (with Austin Pendleton), The Pawn (Greg Evigan, Tony Lo Bianco, and Sydney Penny).
Prior to the creation of Starfield, Jackson produced and directed some 40 TV documentaries (ranging from science documentaries such as the 1989 climate change film The Fateful Balance or the telling of Charles Dickens travels across America _Dickens 1849 North American Tour(1993)_qv and the award-winning performing arts piece Lives Lived and Stories Told based on the life of American author and storyteller Joan Bodger).
Philip also produced and/or directed a number of art house features - including many award winning titles that sold world-wide. He was the owner-manager of the distributor Lightscape International Inc. until he sold it in 1990 to the start-up Oasis Pictures (now merged with e-One) to concentrate on development and production.
Philip's first theatrical film was Strange Horizons was produced on a budget of $280,000 in partnership with Producer Mark Terry. The film continues to sell worldwide 20 years later, and was recognized at countless festivals at the time.
In his earliest years Philip was a TV writer for CBC's children's programming including his first professional gig, episodic writing the top rated children's series The Mr. Dressup Show with Ernie Coombs (an experience which he's referred to as his "happiest experience ever in the industry").
Philip worked as a film editor overlapping his writing and production in his early years. Philip earned an Honours BA from York University, (Toronto) at the Film Department, graduating in 1978.
A frequent invitee to speak on financing and creative challenges that face independent producers, he is know for his recurring support of independent film-makers and encouraging the full creative potential of new talent.
|Hubert de La Bouillerie
With roots and creative sensibilities in both America and France, director/writer Hubert de La Bouillerie first burst on the film scene as an editor, quickly becoming one of the most sought after talents in Hollywood. He cut over 30 top feature films and 20 major television projects, many for Warner Brothers where he enjoyed a strong collaborative relationship with the studios Chairman and President, Bob Daly and Terry Semel, and their top producers including Peter Guber and Jon Peters.
Hubert's illustrious editorial credits range from "The Witches Of Eastwick", (George Miller director/Warners), "Woodstock"(Warners), "Other Peoples Money"(Norman Jewison director/ Warners), "Tango and Cash"(Warners), "Police Academy Five and Six" (Warners), "The Harvest"(Columbia), "Graffiti Bridge"(Warners), "Celtic Pride" (Disney/Caravan pictures), "Blank Check"(Disney), "Mo' Money" (Columbia), "State Of Emergency" for HBO, and the miniseries "Roots: The Next Generation". He has been nominated for an Academy Award for a short film entitled "12:01" that later became the basis for the film "Ground Hog Day".
Hubert then turned his focus and experience to directing and writing. His directing accomplishments include, "The Right To Remain Silent", which enjoyed tremendous notoriety for Showtime, winning the prestigious Cable Ace Award for Amanda Plummer's performance. It starred Lea Thompson, Robert Loggia, LL Cool J, Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Plummer, Judge Reinhold, Carl Reiner, Fisher Stevens, Christopher Lloyd and LauraSan Giacomo, becoming one of Showtime's most aired films.
"The Apocalypse", starring Sandra Bernhard, Matt Mccoy, Cameron Dye, and Laura San Giacomo came next for the Sci Fi Channel. Again, it became one of the channels top performers. De La Bouillerie followed with "Rangers", starring Michael Biehn and Adrian Paul. De La Bouillerie was engaged to fly to the Phillipines, replace the director and rescue the film. He shot its major action sequences in under six weeks enabling the film to be completed, cut and successfully released.
"Rangers" was succeeded by an internet pilot, "Boner The Dog", created by notable comedy writer Bob Klane, ("Where's Papa?")."Boner" starred the one and only George Segal as a dog that has attitude, including political, about everything. His dog suit was crafted by legendary designer Theodora Van Runkel.
Hubert has also directed David Kelley's acclaimed television series, "Boston Legal" starring James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, and Rene Auberjenois. Based on their prior relationship. Hubert was able to convince Carl Reiner to join the episode. Carl's performance became one of the most lauded of the season.
As a writer Hubert has written, "Of Love And Evil; The Birth", an epic love story, (just novelized), "Love With All The Trimmings", a romance with comedy, "Print The Legend" on the life of director John Ford, "Stairway To Heaven", a tale of love, revenge and redemption, "Kiss My Ass", a wild romantic comedy and "Boner the dog" with acclaimed comedy writer, Bob Klane. He was married to Debbie Robins De La Bouillerie for over twenty-five years until her passing. Debbie produced and co-wrote many of his projects.
Giona Ostinelli is a versatile and expressive composer whose diverse musical style ranges from orchestral to contemporary. Films Giona has scored have received critical acclaim in many film festivals all over the world, including the Cannes International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Cincinnati International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, among others. Giona was privileged to have been mentored by film music legend Alan Silvestri, who said "His [Giona's] music is truly inspired, and he brings just the right musical sensibility to the picture..."
Eclectic, a scoring chameleon, Giona has scored more than 20 feature films with a wide variety of musical styles ranging from orchestral to pop, rock to electronic, EDM to intimate chamber music ensemble; multiple commercials for top brands such as AT&T, East West Bank, among others; as well as a theater production for the leading Russian theater company.
Giona's credits include Two-bit Waltz (starring Academy Award Nominees William H. Macy and David Paymer, written and directed by Clara Mamet, daughter of David Mamet), Junior Eye (nickelodeon), Indigenous (an official selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival), Ritual (Lionsgate), Ghost Squad (starring Kevin Nealon), and TOBIO: THE PUPPET MASTER, a "highlight of the Moscow theater season" from an award-winning director George Dolmazyan.
Some of Giona's upcoming projects include The Boat Builder (starring Christopher Lloyd and Jane Kaczmarek), Loopers (starring Rob Morrow, Mark Moses and Natalie Imbruglia), Opening Night (directed by Jack Robbins, the son of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, starring Anthony Rapp), Recovery (starring Samuel Larsen), and Little Miss Perfect (starring Lilla Crawford).
Giona was born and raised in Switzerland, where he began his musical education at the age of 5 playing drums and piano. As a child, he could only dream about being a composer for film and television. It wasn't until he attended Berklee College of Music that he was able to envision a path to becoming a film composer. After obtaining a degree in film scoring from Berklee, Giona attended the prestigious USC's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program to further his studies. While at USC Giona has broken a record of the amount of short films scored in nine months (over 30).
Dawn has had a magnetic pull towards the stage since the tender age of two. She participated in Summer Theater, Local Township Productions, which ultimately led her to her High School stage career. After graduating High School, Dawn was accepted to the world renowned Stella Adler Studio in New York City. She became certified in everything from Shakespeare to stage combat, as well as voice and speech, movement, scene study, script interpretation, on camera technique, industry profession, and improvisation. A few of her Stella stage debuts include Martini in the all female version of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", playing an old Irish man as The Doctor in "The Cripple of Inishmaan", and won four lead roles as The Waitress, Kit, Shona, and Mrs. Kidd in Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls."
Graduating the Stella Adler Conservatory in June 2009, she was then accepted to One on One Studios in NYC. Dawn has then since studied film with some of Hollywood's Top Casting Directors including Rick Pagano, Lisa Saltou, and Helen Geier. She has won rave reviews in LA for her work as a seriously disturbed serial killer, and she was even called out for the lead role opposite Gywneth Paltrow. Deciding to come back home to New York, she is now represented by Andreadis Talent Agency, American Talent Management, and Broadway Alley Commercial Talent Agency. Dawn is now an avid SAG- AFTRA member, and was been selected to be on last year's SAG-AFTRA Television Nominating Committee as an honorary Board Member for the 2013 SAG-AFTRA Awards! She was honored to have interviewed everyone from George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, and Christian Bale, just to name a few. She is gracious and hopes to continue to represent the board as an honorary member.
Dawn has had minor, supporting, and lead roles for The Biography Channel, HBO, NBC, Columbia Pictures, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., Discovery ID Network, Time Warner Channel, LandlineTV.com, and The Onion News Network. She also has many commercial, music video, New Media, and modeling credits to her name. Some Independent Feature Films include winning one of the supporting roles of portraying the real life individual Lucy in the true ghost story entitled "Please, Talk With Me", and starring as Hannah Fairfield (opposite Ryann Dunn from all of MTV's "Jackass" installments) in this Augusts' release of "The Bates Haunting'.
Some past prime-time television roles include appearances on NBC's 30 Rock as The Toreanu Watch Shopper, the lead role of Rita Hayworth's friend, who died a mysteriously tragic death, on an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories on the Biography Channel (she recently co-starred as a young Sonja Henie in a previous season). She also won the lead role of "Summer" on Discovery ID's new series "Scorned: Love Kills." Dawn's portrayal of Summer was based on the true life story of Shannon Reinert and the Craig Lebinowitz murder, in which she received top notch reviews for her uncanny resemblance to the infamous temptress.
Dawn's more mainstream work involve last year's theatrical release of "Excuse Me for Living" starring Christopher Lloyd, Jerry Stiller, and Wayne Knight. She worked opposite Daytime Emmy Award Winner Tom Pelphrey from CBS's Guiding Light and David A. Gregory of One Life to Live as the stunning twin, "Daisy". Ben Affleck HAND picked Dawn for the now Academy Award Winning movie "Argo" (Best Picture) as the only Female Space Trooper. The character is based on the real lead actress from a film in the 1970's, "Superbeast."
Dawn has been chosen out of hundreds of thousands of girls to play the lead role of Wendy in the new series "Vision" directed by world renowned French cinematographer/ director Gerard Gentil! With a superbly talented cast, and opposite the sublimely talented Ms. Amanda Greer as "Rose", Dawn is also on the panel of writers for the new series. Shooting resides in 2015. In conjunction, she is also again teaming with Mr. Gentil for the challenging dual lead role of Daisy du Bois/ Aurora Singer, as well as writing and co-directing in the new film "Aeterna" which will be released in 2017.
In her spare time, she is a professional acting teacher / director to children, teenagers, adults, and is also a Broadway director. She is a professional writer, director, and producer.
Jerry Leider enjoys a life-long career in the entertainment industry as a motion picture and television producer, and major film studio, network and talent agency senior executive.
He most recently executive produced with Francis Ford Copolla the feature film version of Jack Kerouak's cult classic novel, "On The Road", directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries:) with an all star cast, including Sam Riley, Garret Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen. A major worldwide theatrical release is planned for Fall 2011.
In the last seven years he produced six films: the soon to be released high-school comedy "Just Peck" starring Keir Gilchrist, Brie Larson, Marcia Cross, Adam Arkin and Camryn Manheim as well as three family movies for Disney, - "Confessions of a Teen Age Drama Queen" starring Lindsay Lohan, - "Cadet Kelly" starring Hilary Duff (the Disney Channel's highest rated non -musical Original Movie), and "My Favorite Martian", starring Jeff Daniels, Elizabeth Hurley and Christopher Lloyd. and as well as, for Showtime, the highly acclaimed romantic comedy "Coast to Coast", that stared Richard Dreyfuss and Judy Davis and for CBS-TV "Mayday" an action thriller based on the hit novel by renowned author Nelson De Mille.
Mr. Leider is currently developing a full slate of feature and TV/ cable projects planned for production within the next eighteen months. Most notably the feature films :"Fool Me Twice", "How to be Bad"" and "One in a Million".
In addition to these films over the past three decades Mr. Leider, has personally produced, executive produced, or supervised the production of more than twenty feature films, including "The Jazz Singer"" starring Neil Diamond and Laurence Olivier, the Academy Award nominee "Sophie's Choice"" starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, "Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael" that debuted Winona Rider in her first feature starring role, and the thriller cult classic films "The Stepfather".
For six years, he was Chairman and CEO of the ITC Entertainment
Group, an international television and film producer and distribution company with office in Los Angeles, New York, London and Perth, Australia. More than thirty television and cable movies and mini- series were produced and aired during that time on all three networks, HBO, and Showtime including "Poor Little Rich Girl"" starring Farrah Fawcett, - "Malice in Wonderland"" starring Elizabeth Taylor, - "Unnatural Causes" a Golden Globe Award winner starring John Ritter, - "Sidney Sheldon's Windmills of the Gods"" - and the award winning "Billionaire Boys Club""
He also independently produced a number of network television movies including three romance novels by LaVyrle Spencer for CBS , as well as Alistair Maclean's international thriller, "The Hostage Tower" also for CBS, - and Stephen King's horror novella, 'Trucks" for the USA Network
Mr. Leider was President of Warner Bros. Television in Los Angeles in the late sixties, moving from New York, where he had been, for seven years, a senior partner at the Ashley Famous Agency (now ICM) in charge of worldwide television packaging. For five years at Warner's TV, he presided over numerous popular and profitable weekly television series'including such hits as "The FBI", "Kung Fu", "Wonder Woman"" and "Alice". Wanting to make the shift to feature production he took on the position of Executive Vice President of Foreign Feature Production, based in Rome, Italy, where he supervised the financing and production of fifteen Warner Bros. international films including "Madam Rosa" starring Simone Signoret, that won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
Mr. Leider was a senior program executive at the CBS Television Network in New York prior to joining the Ashley Famous Agency.
Before CBS, Mr. Leider produced plays in New York and London. Among his Broadway successes were Sir John Gielgud's outstanding one-man show "The Ages of Man"" and "The Visit" " starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine and. And in London, he produced the equally acclaimed Tennessee Williams drama "Suddenly Last Summer, that starred Patricia Neal.
He is a long time member of Motion Picture Academy and the Television Academy, a three-term Chairman of the Los Angeles Caucus of Producers, Writers, and Directors, and past president of the Hollywood Radio and TelevisionSociety. A frequent guest lecturer for the Film and Television programs at USC. UCLA, and the Newhouse School, at Syracuse University, his alma mater, he was also a Fulbright Scholar in Drama at Bristol University, England.
Nicole is a member of the 600 camera union / guild as a still photographer. She has photographed Lady Gaga as an exclusive for Entertainment Weekly for "The Simpsons", Al Gore for Current TV, Rupert Murdoch, Daniel Radcliffe, Katy Perry, Heidi Klum for Heidi's AOL page, Viola Davis, David Hyde Pierce, Kelsey Grammar, Reba McIntire, Lily Tomlin, Tim Allen, Hector Elizondo, George Lopez, Matt Kemp, Karen Gillian, John Cho, Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Kate Burton, Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Steven Weber, Curtis Stone, Wolfgang Puck, The 5-52's, Rob Zombie, Jane Lynch, Wilmer Valderamma, Greg Kinnear, Malin Ackerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Bradley Whitford, Florence Henderson, Zooey Deschanel, Damon Wayans Jr., Casey Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Molly Shannon, Nathan Fillion, Jonathan Tucker, Joanna Going, Nick Jonas, Dana Delaney, Mark Valley, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines, Kevin Hart, Kathy Bates, John Leguizamo, Christopher Lloyd, Jewel, Gillian Jacobs and John Malkovich.
Nicole has worked as a still photographer on tv shows and documentaries for the following networks: ABC, ABC Family, Bravo, Disney Channel, USA Network, FOX. FX, Showtime, IFC, Sundance Channel, Direct TV, Hulu and SyFy.
Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, LA Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, US Magazine, The Hollywood Report, Daily Variety, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone.
Nicole lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.
Lorena Fernández Carrillo is an actress originally from Spain that now is living and working in Santa Fe, NM.
She studied Film and Art History at the University of Granada (Spain) and she went on to study Acting with Miguel Rellán, Carmelo Gómez and Cristina Rota in Granada and Madrid before deciding to come to New Mexico.
In New Mexico Lorena Fernández has taken part in Robert Redford's film school, Milagro at Los Luceros. She is also working in independent film in New Mexico and doing theater at El Museo Cultural and Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe. Christopher Lloyd, Vanja Aljinovich, Wendy Chapin, Robert Benedetti and Eb Lottimer have been some of her teachers.
After she was an actress in movies such as "Odd Thomas", directed by Stephen Sommers, and "Just like a woman", directed by Rachid Bouchareb, Lorena Fernández discovered that she can also write and direct.
Her first movie "Dance of the Books" is getting some important acknowledgments around the world.
Tekola Cornetet, 12, co-stars with Christopher Lloyd (of "Back to the Future", "Taxi" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" fame) in the independent feature film, "The Boat Builder", to be released in late 2015.
Prior to landing this role, Tekola hosted a web series called "Tekola Takes Off", traveling across the globe and off the beaten path to experience and share cultures foreign to Americans.
Tekola is a long way from home - he was born in a hut in rural Ethiopia, orphaned at the age of three, and adopted by American parents when he was four. He splits his time between his home in Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles.
Johnny Covert grew up in the suburbs of Virginia. He has a B.A. in philosophy and studied acting under Heather Snow Clark, lifetime member of the New York Actors Guild. At eight years old, Johnny became obsessed with Christopher Lloyd and would come to own and repeatedly watch every film in which he appeared. Johnny starred as hit man James Constance in Cameron Goad's crime drama pilot "Brood of Vipers" as well as a vicious FBI interrogator in Goad's time traveling drama "Sequela." Johnny also wrote, directed, and acted as six different characters in the comedy short Benji's Shindig.
|Jessica Storm Smith
Jessica Storm Smith is a Canadian actress, born January 16th, 1991 in Toronto, Ontario. After graduating high school in Edmonton, Alberta, she went on to study film on the west coast at The Vancouver Academy Of Dramatic Arts. She is best known for her roles in 'Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse' (2014) starring Christopher Lloyd, 'Honor Student' (2014) and 'My Life As A Dead Girl.'
DANNY GOLD - Danny began his career producing an array of films working with Edward Asner, Jason Alexander, Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Danny Aiello, Courtney B. Vance, Regina King, Cary Elwes, Elaine Hendrix, Gene Simmons and many other stars.
Danny was responsible for discovering, developing and setting up MGM's AGENT CODY BANKS franchise and served as Executive Producer on Agent Cody Banks, starring Frankie Muniz and Hillary Duff (MGM), as well as the sequel Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, starring Muniz and Anthony Anderson. Danny's desire to expand creatively as a writer, director and producer led to his formation of Mod Three Productions (M3P). With Mod 3 Productions, Danny has created, written and/or produced numerous television shows with major networks including: The History Channel, MTV and ABC Family. Danny has also produced projects with Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Dreamworks and The Weinstein Company. In 2010, Danny co-directed, co-wrote and produced the Award winning documentary, 100 Voices: A Journey Home. The film enjoyed a successful theatrical run, was an official selection to numerous International Film Festivals and is now beginning its television run with its premiere on KCET. In 2011,
Danny founded his company Cinecast Live, in order to produce original alternative content for movie theaters in the burgeoning field of Cinecasting. Cinecast Live allowed Danny to bring together all his expertise in production, distribution, marketing and branding for use in this emerging market. Cinecast Live most recently produced, marketed and distributed a live concert from Jerusalem, which featured superstar soprano Renée Fleming and tenor Joseph Calleja performing with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta.
Danny produced the Jason Alexander directed musical-comedy revue When You're In Love, The Whole World Is Jewish which had a nine-week sold out run in Los Angeles and is prepping for a national tour.
Sonya Belousova is one on of today's most accomplished young Composers, Pianists and Recording Artists, the star of her wildly popular hit series Player Piano executive produced by the legendary Stan Lee of Marvel Comics. Having scored over 10 million views in a record time, Player Piano features Belousova's signature musical re-imaginings of pop culture soundtracks and video game classics, which have included Star Wars, Akira, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Super Mario, Tetris, among others. Belousova's composing work on Player Piano and beyond has been constantly praised by top media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Mashable, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, CNET, MTV, Forbes, etc. "A wildly accomplished Composer & Pianist" - The Huffington Post, "Terrific composition & performance" - Forbes, "Awesomely unique" - MTV, "Mind-blowing" - Entertainment Weekly, "Musical genius" - The Mary Sue, "Fantastic original score" - Broadway World, etc. Recipient of the Russian Ministry of Culture Award, Belousova has wowed audiences at Comic Con (introduced by Stan Lee no less) and made an appearance at the Anime Expo performing her original arrangements featuring solo piano with a 70-piece orchestra and 30-piece choir at a sold out crowd.
Films Belousova has scored have received critical acclaim at Tribeca, Cannes, Melbourne Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, among many others. She has recently composed the score for How Sarah Got Her Wings starring Teen Choice Award nominee Derek Theler and Lindsey Gort; Christmas Trade starring MTV Movie Award winner William Baldwin and nominees Denise Richards and Tom Arnold; Aztec Blood, a TV pilot written by Pulitzer Prize winning & Academy Award nominated David Mamet and directed by Clara Mamet, starring Emmy Award nominee Rob Riggle, John Pirruccello and Rebecca Pidgeon; as well as contributed music for Two-Bit Waltz starring Academy Award nominees William H. Macy and David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon, Clara Mamet and Jared Gilman, directed by Clara Mamet from executive producer David Mamet; The Boat Builder starring Emmy Award winner Christopher Lloyd and Golden Globe nominee Jane Kaczmarek.
Belousova's work with award winning choreographer and former Boston Ballet's soloist Viktor Plotnikov was described as "groundbreaking", "a big hit" and "stunning" with Belousova composing the scores for Plotnikov's three original ballets: Orchis, shortlisted for Grammy as Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Surrogate and recently The House of Bernarda Alba.
Belousova is known for her close collaboration with 6-time Grammy winning/2-time Oscar nominated producer Jorge Calandrelli. Belousova's performance at the 2014 Golden Score Awards resulted in a standing ovation from the Hollywood music industry elite. Belousova arranged & orchestrated multi-platinum Mario Frangoulis' 'Tales of Christmas' Album recorded by the London Philharmonia at Abbey Road featuring guest performers Grammy Award winners Sarah Brightman, Marilyn Horne and Jorge Calandrelli, as well as Belousova herself. She is currently in production of her album produced by Jorge Calandrelli, which is being recorded at the historical Capitol Records.
Greg Garthe's debut as a feature film director and producer, "Last Call", which stars Travis Van Winkle, Ryan Hansen, Christopher Lloyd, Tara Reid, and Tom Arnold, was released in the summer of 2015 and the comedy has gathered a cult following on VOD and DVD. It is the most recent chapter in a life of filmmaking that began during childhood.
Greg graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television in 1999 and entered the entertainment business, going to work for director David Dobkin. Greg was mentored by David during the making of the features "Shanghai Knights", "Fred Claus", and the comedy classic "Wedding Crashers".
Having directing a commercial for the Oakland Tribune newspaper and a short film, "The Ropes", which was well-received on the festival circuit, Greg was promoted to the position of Creative Executive at Dobkin's production company, Big Kid Pictures in 2008.
After completing "Last Call", Greg came back on board as Associate Producer for Dobkin's most recent projects, "The Judge", which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall and the new hit AMC series, "Into The Badlands".
With an eclectic background of filmmaking experience in both the studio system and the indie world, Greg has been developing numerous projects, some of which he has written, under his Skeleton Pictures production company banner.
Greg is also an avid photographer, who has had images published in periodicals such as the San Francisco Chronicle and InStyle magazine.
Deirdre was born and raised in Cumberland RI into Irish-Italian, military family. As a teen, she started acting in New England and when she won best monologue and best actress at "Talent America" offers from agents and managers lured her to NYC. She s spent four years falling in love with New York City while flexing her theater muscles studying at Fordham University in NYC where she double-majored in Theater and Psychology.
Deirdre found herself in Los Angeles after an impromptu road-trip and quickly became involved with the Groundlings Improv Theater and The Steve Eastin Acting Studio. Deirdre found her first big break in Television when Sam Mendes held a casting call in NY and LA for two roles and cast her as both of them for his Directors Art Promo on HBO. Deirdre's has also made recent TV appearances on Parks and Recreation, E-Ring, several feature, indie and short films, voice-overs and commercials. Her most recent television appearances showcase her in extreme sketch scenarios, as a recurring character on Nick Swardson's Pretend Time on Comedy Central. In this show, she had the opportunity to really stretch her comedic repertoire whilst playing opposite many of todays comedy giants (such as Bob Odenkirk, Rob Riggle, Kevin Farley, Adam Scott ....to name just a few) in the sketches: Nanastall, Creepios, Masturbating Sniper and more.
You can see Deirdre in theaters in SuperAthlete co-starring with Tony Sirico (Sopranos), Faran Tafir (Ironman) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future).She also just completed the psychological thriller,Coffin.
After completing a small role in Stay With Me (winner of 9 international short film festivals) with Christina Ochoa, Deirdre became writing partners with Ochoa and joined QE Productions as producing partner. QE Productions has several projects in production.
Deirdre is a big fan of the outdoors and lists a long history of hiking, camping, scuba diving, swimming and most recently completing the "Camino de Santiago" (a 30-day pilgrimage in the north of Spain) to her personal resume. She is also a former team member (and big fan) of the Los Angeles Dodgeball Society. Deirdre has taken several trips abroad to volunteer including her work with the Sisters of Charity in Calcutta, India and also working with several charities in Australia and New Zealand. She resides and works in Los Angeles.
Jill was born May 22, 1977 to Robert and Corine DeMonstoy in the rural town of Campbell, New York. She was raised on an organic farm in the heart of upstate NY.
Jill began her acting career after graduating from New York State University of New Paltz. Jill then moved to Long Island, NY and began working in film and television.Her latest credits include roles in the films " Night Sweats"( opposite John Wesley Shipp) , " Power of Prayer" and ' Nick and Nicky" Jill can be seen in the award winning independent film "Excuse Me for Living" with Jerry Stiller and Christopher Lloyd. She has played principal roles in "A Merry Little Christmas "opposite Adam Ferrara of "Rescue Me" and "Kevin Gets a New Agent" opposite Kevin Brown and Grizz of NBC'S "30 rock". Jill has worked on several voice over commercials, video games and the animated series "Gods like Us". Jill's New York Theatre credits include playing Mayella in 'To Kill A Mockingbird" at The Neighborhood Playhouse and "Margie" in "The Iceman Cometh" at the Drama Bookshop. She also originated the role of "Maria "in Fredric LeBow's (writer of "While you were Sleeping") work "Bodega". Jill has her BFA in theatre from SUNY New Paltz where she trained extensively in Meisner, Improv and Dialects. She has studied with Alaine Aldaffer in scene study.
Markus Potter is a director, producer, and artistic director of NewYorkRep, Directing and producing credits include The Velocity on Autumn on Broadway (Estelle Parsons Tony Nomination), Stalking the Bogeyman off-Broadway (Commercial, open-ended at New World Stages, Black Wizard/ Blue Wizard By Dave Malloy (composer of Natasha Pierre and The Great comet of 1812), Why You Beasting by David Don Miller (Best of FringeNYC, then transferred to the Players theatre off-Broadway), Potter adapted and directed the world premiere of Stalking the Bogeyman at the North Carolina stage company. The play written by Potter was nominated for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association new play. As an actor, The Guthrie Theatre, under the leadership of Joe Dowling, Long Wharf under Barry Edelstein, the Denver Center under Kent Thompson, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, San Francisco Shakespeare, Chautauqua theatre company, California Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cherry Lane Theatre, the tour of Death of a Salesman with Christopher Lloyd, Midtown Theatre Festival (MITF best actor award), Studio Theatre, DC and many more. Potter received an MFA from Columbia University under the leadership of Kristin Linklater, Anne Bogart, and Andre Serban. Potter has taught and directed at several of the MFA/BFA programs around the county including the Guthrie, The Denver Center, Adelphi University, and many more.
|John E. Blazier
John E. Blazier was born into a large family of nine children. In his youth, he appeared in several school productions including "The Nativity" (A Wiseman - 1961), "War 'N Wedlock" (Greg Preston - 1967) and "Stardust" (Arthur Scott Jr. - 1969). His television debut was on the Harlow Hickenlooper Three Stooges Show (Channel 6, Indianapolis) in 1967. He attended Indiana University (1969-1974) majoring in Radio and Television. Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Member of the Alpha Epsilon Rho Honorary Radio and Television Fraternity (1973). Worked at WFIU Radio (news writer), WIUS Radio (news reporter and broadcaster), and WTIU Television, Channel 30, in many capacities. He worked on several television productions including "Family and Consumer Law" (cameraman/floor director), "Interview With Frank Zappa" (floor director), and the production of "Androcles And The Lion" (cameraman). He also produced a holiday television special called "A Christmas Present". In his film career he has worked directly in scenes with many film celebrities including Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Christopher Lloyd, Charlie Sheen, John Cuzak, D.B. Sweeney, John Mahoney, Shannen Doherty, Kristy Swanson, Matt Adler, Burt Young, Yolanda Golet, Nick Nolte, Dee Wallace, Jimmy Nail, Ivan Rogers, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Davies, Phillip Rhee and Mark Rolston. He has worked with well known directors such as John Sayles, David Auspaugh, William Bindley, Strath Hamilton, William Friedken, Robert Knights, Ivan Rogers and Mark Pellington. In 1989, he appeared on the Dick Wolfsie A.M. Indiana television show with actor Burt Young discussing the difference being a well known actor vs. being an extra. During his career he has personally met many celebrities including Bob Hope, Anita Bryant, Arthur Godfrey, Michael Landon, Art Linkletter, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Red Skelton, Petula Clark, Vincent Price, Frank Zappa, Charles Lindburg, Supreme Court Justice William Renquist, Junior Samples, Peter Marshall, B.F. Skinner, Tony Dow, Jerry Mathers, Merlin Olsen, Tex Terry, Dick Butkus, Bubba Smith, James Garner, Peter Tork, Claude Akins, Richard Mull, Sheri Lewis, Leon Helm, Jon Provost, Lani O'Grady, Jay Leno, Bobby Vee, Larry Storch, Russell Johnson, Peter Tork, Jim Nabors, Mark Lindsey, George Hamilton,Fess Parker and John Astin. His special accomplishments are: Founder of the National Indy 500 Collectors Club (1985) Author of "Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics" Author of "The Legendary Bricks of Indy". In 1994, he was presented with the Hardee's Hometown Hero Award for Community Service. Award presented by Indiana Governor Evan Bayh.
Francisca Matos co-wrote several screenplays with Robert Grasmere, including "A Million to Juan" (Goldwyn) featuring an all-star Latino cast, and "Baby Geniuses" (Sony) starring Kim Cattrall, Kathleen Turner, and Christopher Lloyd.
Francisca has several projects in development, co-written with Michael Borden: a supernatural romantic comedy "Dead and Kicking" and screenplay adaptations of novels, including "A Tightly Raveled Mind" by Diane Lawson.
Francisca has also optioned "Steal Away" by Andy Froemke, based on Dorothy Sterling's biography "Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert Smalls." The heroic account of a renegade slave who turns the tide of American history. At just 23, he pulls off the most daring feat of the Civil War-- commandeering a Confederate warship from heavily fortified Charleston Harbor and delivering it to the Union. Smalls convinces Lincoln to allow African American enlistment in the Union Army and later becomes a 5-term U.S. Congressman in South Carolina.
Passionate about bringing true-life stories to the screen. Francisca has re-teamed with Robert Grasmere to produce an adaptation of "The Edge of Whiteness", Joe Montaperto's autobiographical coming-of-age story. A social commentary on the funky 70s that's remarkably relevant today. Camera D'Or, Sundance, and Emmy award-winner Marc Levin is on board to direct.
Scott Christopher Lloyd Weatherall was born in a fierce snowstorm on December 6, 1982. As the adopted son of Sandy and Eric Weatherall, he grew up in a small town in Ontario, Canada. At an early age, he began making short films with friends and classmates. Later this hobby would become his passion. After his education, Scott immersed himself in the Toronto Film Industry. Working in a variety of jobs, including PA, grip, cameraman, assistant director, editor and director, Scott was able to learn a multiplicity of skills that would help him refine his craft as a filmmaker. In 2009, he moved to Taiwan, and continued to pursue his passion, by producing and directing commercials and a variety comedy show entitled, "The Republic of Comedy" (R.O.C). In 2012, Scott along with his business partners Jesse and Daniel formed Stone Soup Production Company. The first movie they produced, which was written and directed by Scott, is called Formosa Boulevard and is due out in 2015. Scott's goals are to collaborate with great artists to tell great stories and inspire the next generation of talented people.
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