Tabrett Bethell is a talented Australian film, television, model and theater actress. Prior to her acting career, she worked as a cheerleader for the NRL (National Rugby League) Cronulla Sharks. She was also a model for the Chadwick Model Agency in Australia. Bethell trained at Australia's Leading Film and TV School Screenwise. She started her acting career in 2009 where she played a Mord'Sith named Cara in the ABC syndicated series Legend of the Seeker. After the series was cancelled in 2010, she starred in the Australian thriller The Clinic. She kept busy that year also with two other starring roles in movies and one in the Australian TV Series Cops LAC.
In 2011, Tabrett stars in the TV series "Poe" as Sarah, the muse of the famous writer Edgar Allan Poe. The series follows Poe as the world's first detective, using unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 19th-century Boston.
Jason-Shane Scott was born in Reno, Nevada on December 29, 1976. As the youngest of two children, Jason would often visit Los Angeles to visit his father. Showing notable athleticism in his school years, Jason played baseball, basketball and football. His prowess in football gained him several scholarship offers. However, he decided his calling was to become an actor and thus returned to Los Angeles to begin his career, after graduating from Wooster High School. Along with his acting studies, Jason also toured Europe for several months while working as a model. Upon his return, he began his career in acting, starting in 1996. Two years later he was in the film Shrieker followed by the horror film Curse of the Puppet Master. He also found a steady role on the series One Life to Live, spanning from 1998-2007. Other film and screen credits include Charmed, The Young and the Restless, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Desperate Housewives. He also appeared as one of the stranded soldiers battling alien Bugs in the direct-to-video sequel Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation. During the late 2000s, Jason made several choice appearances in some horror-themed and/or post-apocalyptic films, beginning with the Sci-Fi survival drama, Deadland, a film that also featured his fellow cast mate Brian Tee from Starship Troopers 2. In that same year, he followed up with the thriller adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum and again another horror flick Nightfall.
|Ava Lee Scott
Ava Lee Scott was born in Brooklyn, New York. She traveled most of her childhood acquiring a facility in learning foreign languages. Ava excelled in sports, she was in the soccer, basketball, volleyball and track team. She started dancing flamenco and ballroom at an early age. In school, she was the storytelling champion from her district and a member of the city's leadership program. At twelve years old, Ava was one of the few selected New York City students to meet the Supreme Court Justices. During her trip to Washington, DC, she was asked to participate in a staged court room drama, Ava was cast as a Supreme Court Judge. Returning to New York City she was determined to learn more about acting. She picked up a Back Stage newspaper and started attending H.B.Studios, The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and classical work at The New School. During her time in school, she worked on commercials and films. Shortly after her training, Ava moved to Los Angeles where she was cast in the MGM/UA film "Deuces Wild". She returned to New York City in the summer of 2001 to train under the tutelage of William Esper for three years, she is a 2004 graduate of The Willian Esper Studio. She worked as a stunt woman supporting her way through acting school. In 2002 she wrote, directed and produced a documentary called Urban Survivors, about children surviving and living on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2005, She wrote, directed and produced a short film called "Posttags" about a veteran returning home from Iraq with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In 2007, Ava trained with Maggie Flanigan, she's a 2010 graduate of The Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York. Since then, Ava produced and stared in "The Shoemaker" a 1950's Brooklyn tale about a young Italian-American shoemaker. She created Storytelling Live and produces this show three times a year. From May 2011 through Febuary 2014, Ava was the Gypsy, Alchemist, Witch Annabella Lovel, in the Off Broadway show "Sleep No More". In Feb 2014 Ava created a show called a Serenade, based on the poem by Edgar Allan Poe and the legend of Eneth, opens this Fall in New York City. She's in pre-production for her film, Emily Was Here.
British actress Suzanna Hamilton was discovered in the early 1970's by filmmaker Claude Whatham, at age 12, in a children's experimental theater in north London. She starred in her first feature, "Swallows and Amazons", based on the popular Arthur Ransome children's book, in 1974. Whatham also cast her as Princess Alexandra in the BBC miniseries, "Disraeli". Hamilton first received training in acting at the Anna Scher Theatre School and later, at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Suzanna's first major screen role was Izz Huett, the lovesick dairymaid, in Roman Polanski's 1979 film, "Tess", based on the classic Thomas Hardy novel, "Tess of the d'Urbervilles", which featured Nastassja Kinski in the title role.
Her next significant role was in Richard Loncraine's 1982 film, "Brimstone and Treacle", based on Dennis Potter's play of the same name. In this film, Suzanna starred as Patricia Bates, the traumatized, catatonic daughter of a devoutly religious, middle-aged Home Counties couple whose lives are changed by a demonic drifter and con man portrayed by Sting. She was also featured the following year, in the BBC television mystery, "A Pattern of Roses", with a young Helena Bonham Carter.
Suzanna's next major motion-picture appearance is also her most famous and, arguably, her finest. In "Nineteen Eighty-Four", she was perfectly cast as Julia in writer/director Michael Radford's film adaptation of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel. Her uncommonly bold, affecting performance, opposite John Hurt's Winston Smith, earned her some notoriety and a bit of a minor cult following over the years as the film's reputation has steadily grown.
1985 was a very busy year. She starred opposite Vanessa Redgrave in British playwright David Hare's film, "Wetherby". As Karen Creasy, Hamilton's character is the sullen former friend of a young man who committed suicide, and she represents the emotional void at the heart of contemporary British life with all its repressions, denials, and disaffection -- "a central disfiguring blankness" as one character calls it. Her next role was as the equestrienne, Felicity, in Sydney Pollack's Oscar-winning "Out of Africa", based on the memoirs of the famed Danish writer, Karen Blixen (aka "Isak Dinesen") opposite Meryl Streep.
Her subsequent screen roles were mostly in European films made in exotic locations, as well as numerous British television dramas. She played a saxophonist in an all-woman band touring colonial dives in southeast Asia in the 1987 German film, "Devil's Paradise", shot in Thailand and based on a Joseph Conrad story. In 1988, she starred in another low-budget German film, a short called "The Voice", opposite the British cult actor, Jon Finch (of Polanski's "Macbeth" and Hitchcock's "Frenzy" fame).
Hamilton also starred in the well-received 1986 television drama "Johnny Bull", with Peter MacNichol, Jason Robards, Colleen Dewhurst, and Kathy Bates. She next played the winsome Anglo-French spy, Matty Firman, in "Wish Me Luck", a British World War II miniseries, and starred in the miniseries based on Barbara Taylor Bradford's "Hold the Dream."
In the 1989 BBC miniseries "Never Come Back", she made a striking appearance as the inscrutable femme fatale, Anna Raven, a murky, noirish conspiracy thriller set on the eve of the London blitz. Suzanna also turned in an admirable performance in the excellent 1990 British television film, "Small Zones", as a strong-willed Russian poetess whose subversive writings have led to her indefinite imprisonment in a bleak Soviet holding cell. This was followed by a supporting role in a 1992 TV film of Barbara Cartland's Regency-period bodice-ripper, "Duel of Hearts".
1992's low-budget Gothic horror romance, "Tale of a Vampire", written and directed by Shimako Sato, a 27-year-old Japanese-British film student, features Suzanna in a dual appearance, as both Ann, a librarian mourning the death of her boyfriend, and as Virgina Clemm, the wife of Edgar Allan Poe and long-lost love of a lonely melancholic vampire played by Julian Sands.
Suzanna had a recurring role In the 1990s as Dr. Karen Goodliffe on the British TV hospital dramatic series, "Casualty". Her character had to be written out of the show after Hamilton became pregnant in early 1993. In 1997's "Island on Bird Street", a Danish period drama made in the Dogme 95-style, concerning an orphaned Jewish boy who dodges the Nazis in occupied Europe during World War II, Suzanna has a brief cameo as the mother of a girl whom the boy befriends.
Suzanna Hamilton is also an accomplished theater and radio actress. She made her first West End appearance in 1982, starring in Tom Stoppard's play, "The Real Thing". In 1993, she played the lead as a Welsh maid who gets in over her head in the Bush Theater production of Lucinda Coxon's "Waiting at the Water's Edge". She was cast as Creusa in a Gate Theater 2002 production of Euripides' "Ion", and in early 2005, Hamilton appeared as Dora, a tough, bereaved, guilt-ridden lesbian incarcerated in a 1920's asylum in the production of Charlotte Jones' chamber drama, "Airswimming", at the Salisbury Playhouse. She also lent her voice to a 1991 audio-book recording of Julian Barnes' novel about a love triangle called "Talking It Over".
Suzanna Hamilton still works as an actress, and continues to do theater and voice work.
Born in El Paso, TX and related to the great Edgar Allan Poe, Billy knew what he wanted to do at the ripe age of 5 after experiencing Sesame Street and KISS. He comes from a musical background. His great grandfather led his big band during the early 1900's in Mexico performing for some of history's greatest figures such as Pancho Villa. He also had uncles and cousins, all which played in big bands and symphonies.
For all of Billy's life, he was dedicated to music and still proceeds to endeavor this lifestyle. Being in numerous bands, he would experience touring the nation, playing in clubs, theaters, arenas and amphitheaters; fulfilling the dream and opening for some of the biggest names of rock.
By the mid 90's, Billy decided to pursue in acting. He would develop his skills in theater at Richland College in Richardson, TX and would resume with taking private lessons from the greatest acting coaches in Texas. Building his resume with small, local indie films. Landing in a national commercial, then booking roles in bigger films like Jonah Hex starring Josh Brolin. He is known for some of his great work in films like The Last Stand starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Rodriguez's Machete, Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
|Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts. His father, named David Poe Jr., and his mother, named Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe, were touring actors. Both parents died in 1811, and Poe became an orphan before he was 3 years old. He was adopted by John Allan, a tobacco merchant in Richmond, Virginia, and was sent to a boarding school in London, England. He later attended the University of Virginia for one year, but dropped out and ran up massive gambling debts after spending all of his tuition money. John Allan broke off Poe's engagement to his fiancée Sarah Royster. Poe was heartbroken, traumatized, and broke. He had no way out and enlisted in the army in May of 1827. At the same time Poe published his first book, "Tamerlane and Other Poems" (1827). In 1829, he became a West Point cadet, but was dismissed after 6 months for disobedience. By that time he published "Al Aaraf" (1929) and "Poems by Edgar A. Poe" (1831), with the funds contributed by his fellow cadets. His early poetry, though written in the manner of Lord Byron, already shows the musical effects of his verses.
Poe moved in with his widowed aunt, Maria Clemm, and her teenage daughter, Virginia Eliza Clemm, whom he married before she was 14 years old. He earned respect as a critic and writer. In his essays "The Poetic Principle" and "The Philosophy of Composition," Poe formulated important literary theories. But his career suffered from his compulsive behavior and from alcoholism. He did produce, however, a constant flow of highly musical poems, of which "The Raven" (1845) and "The Bells" (1849) are the finest examples. Among his masterful short stories are "Ligeia" (1838), "The Fall of the House of Usher"(1839) and "The Masque of the Red Death". Following his own theory of creating "a certain unique or single effect", Poe invented the genre of the detective story. His works: "The Murder in the Rue Morgue" (1841) is probably the first detective story ever published.
Just when his life began to settle, Poe was devastated by the death of his wife Virginia in 1847. Two years later he returned to Richmond and resumed a relationship with his former fiancée, Sarah Royster, who, by that time, was a widow. But shortly after their happy reconciliation he was found unconscious on a street in Baltimore. Poe was taken to the Washington College Hospital where Doctor John Moran diagnosed "lesions on the brain" (the Doctor believed Poe was mugged). He died 4 days later, briefly coming in and out of consciousness, just to whisper his last words, "Lord, help my poor soul." The real cause of his death is still unknown and his death certificate has disappeared. Poe's critic and personal enemy, named Rufus Griswold, published an insulting obituary; later he visited Poe's home and took away all of the writer's manuscripts (which he never returned), and published his "Memoir" of Poe, in which he forged a madman image of the writer.
The name of the woman in Poe's poem "Annabel Lee" was used by Vladimir Nabokov in 'Lolita' as the name for Humbert's first love, Annabelle Leigh. Nabokov also used in 'Lolita' some phrases borrowed from the poem of Edgar Allan Poe. "The Fall of the House of Usher" was set to music by Claude Debussy as an opera. Sergei Rachmaninoff created a musical tribute to Poe by making his favorite poem "The Bells" into the eponymous Choral Symphony.
|John Archer Lundgren
Screen work comprises national distribution and television network movies; a variety of indie features and shorts,including a number of festival favorites; TV episodes(domestic and foreign); and industrials, as well as film school productions. Film/TV production locations have included Ethiopia, New York, Los Angeles, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Screen productions have ranged from gripping drama to farcical comedy and sentimental tear-jerkers. A wide variety of character roles has included the loony, pathetic and mean; the wicked, heroic and devious; the victimized, authoritative and outrageous; the sage, destitute and debonair. As one casting director put it: "Jack's acting persona is less vanilla, than chocolate with sprinkles."
Several decades of continuous foreign residence in Latin America, France and divers countries throughout Africa facilitated a raft of stage performances in English and Spanish language productions in various countries, including works by Anderson, Anouilh, Axelrod, Chekhov, Gilbert & Sullivan, Lerner & Loewe, Roussin, Shaffer, Wilde, Wilder and Wouk; as well as voice-over recordings for the French Foreign Legion in Djibouti.
Sporadic visits to the USA included study in the Performing Arts at the Boston University Theater Institute, as well as a number of stage performances in Florida and Georgia, including works by Albee, Friel, Lerner & Loewe, and Miller. For more than ten years, in various countries and states, in a wide variety of venues, Jack staged his one-man show based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe; his current stand-up repertoire resurrects an old-timey vaudeville routine featuring a variety of short silly patter songs.
In recent years, Jack has performed regularly in theaters throughout North/Central Florida, interpreting, among others: works by Chekhov, Shakespeare, Simon, Woldin, Sondheim, Letts and Gelbart; musical shows for school children; and non-singing performances with the Orlando Opera Company.
Jack played Rabbi Furtado in the South-Eastern USA premiere of "The King of Schnorrers" by Judd Woldin, winner of a Tony Award in 1974 for his score for the musical "Raisin". Jack has interpreted the Magistrate in two separate productions of Neil Simon's "Fools", as well as rocking the equally bizarre Congressman Salt in Michel Parker's "The Sensuous Senator",which was the comedy hit of Jacksonville, Florida's 2003-2004 theater season; then came the scandalous Marcus Lycus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". These outrageous characters were followed by Bud Todd, the lascivious lonely-wife chaser in Tracy Letts' "Man From Nebraska"; as well as the outrageously rickety miser, Jethro Crouch, in "Sly Fox" by Larry Gelbart, the creator of "M*A*S*H".
Other favorite stage roles from yesteryear have included Captain Queeg in "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial", Milo Tindle in "Sleuth", Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest", the psychopathic Jerry in Albee's "Zoo Story", and Father Jack in "Dancing at Lughnasa".
Education includes undergraduate study in Missouri, Colorado and Mexico; graduate study at the Ecuadorian Institute of International Law in Quito; and a Doctorate in Letters from the University of Lille in France, as well as the previously mentioned study in the Performing Arts at the Boston University Theater Institute.
Probably one of the greatest adventure novelists of our time. When his novel "Raise the Titanic" was bought for $840,000 by Viking Publishing in 1976, it put him on the map after 11 years of hard work. Before his success with RTT, he previously had written "Pacific Vortex", which wasn't published until after his successes, "The Mediterranean Caper" and "Iceberg". Originally in advertising, first as an award-winning copy writer, and then as creative director for two of the nation's largest agencies. He started his writing career when his wife, Barbara, got a night job for the local police station as a clerk. At night after putting his kids to bed, he had hardly anything to do and no one to talk to. So out of solitude he decided to write a book. After a few nights of thinking of an idea on what to write about he thought it would be fun to produce a little paperback series. The thought of a best-seller never crossed his mind. Thanks to his marketing experience, he began researching and analyzing all the series heroes, beginning with Edgar Allan Poe's Inspector Dumas. Next came Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes and all the other fiction detectives and spies. Like the likes of Bulldog Drummond, Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe, Mike Hammer, Matt Helm, James Bond. Whatever he could find, he studied them all. With his experience in creative advertising under his belt, he started to wonder what he could conceive that was totally different. He didn't want to compete with already-famous authors. He was determined not to write about a detective, secret agent or undercover investigator or deal in murder mysteries. He then decided his hero's adventure would be based on and under water. And thus, the basic concept for Dirk Pitt the marine engineer with the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) was born. He found it interesting that almost no authors were writing pure, old-fashioned adventure. It seemed to him, a lost genre. After taking a refresher course in English, he launched his first book that introduced Pitt and most all of his characters who appeared in the upcoming novels to follow afterwards. The first book was named "Pacific Vortex". Dr. Cussler, leaned heavily on Alistair McLean on his first two books and was quite flattered when critics told him they were quite similar. But by his third book, he began to drift into his own style with a myriad of sub-plots. And because of that, "Iceberg", to this day, has and always will be a sentimental favorite of his because it never ended where it began. After completing "Pacific Vortex", he was about to launch a second book when he was offered a position at a large advertising agency. It would have been a wonderful opportunity with a well-paid salary, but his wife challenged him. She knew that if he wanted to write sea stories, why didn't he take a job as a clerk at the local dive shop who at the time was hiring. He wasted little time and in 1968 he started working for the Aquatic Center Dive ship in Newport Beach as a behind-the-counter-salesman. Never being a certified diver, it took him just a few weeks. Once he was certified, Dr. Cussler started bringing in his typewriter in the morning and wrote at a card table behind the counter when business was slow which was usually in the afternoons. A little over a year later, Dr. Cussler finished his second novel, "Mediterranean Caper". That's when he decided to leave the shop and return to advertising. With constant rejection letters on his first novel, Pacific Vortex, Dr. Cussler had decided that it would be a smart decision to find himself a literary agent. With a little cunning and ingenuity, he soon met Peter Lampack, who was with the William Morris Agency in Manhattan. With Peter liking his second novel, "Mediterranean Caper", Dr. Cussler now had a contract. With the contract promptly signed and mailed, he started working on his third novel, "Iceberg". Now that he had an agent and with renewed inspiration, Dr. Cussler left the advertising agency, and decided to write full time. Fed up with Southern California and wanting to change his family's lifestyle, he sold his boat, house and car. He bought a new family sedan and a tent trailer. After a wonderful summer, he and his family relocated to Estes Park, Colorado. Once settled in, he started to work on his third novel, Iceberg. After a year he finished Iceberg and with his agent having no success finding an editor to take "Mediterranean Caper" and now, "Iceberg" and with his savings about depleted, Dr. Cussler went back to advertising. Once he got himself a job with a very small agency and started to prove to them his value, Dr. Cussler moved his family to the suburb of Arvada just outside of Denver. It wouldn't be long before he was given the pink slip again. Taking a once broken down and small firm and making it into multi-million company, Dr. Cussler vowed to never work in the advertising agency again. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Because that's when he started to work on "Raise The Titanic!" in one corner of his unfinished basement. By then his agent, Peter Lampack, had found a small publisher to take Mediterranean Caper. Printing fifty-thousand copies and selling thirty-two thousand, Pyramid Publishing paid him five thousand dollars and sold the novel for seventy-five cents a piece. Less then a year later, Dr. Cussler sold his novel, Iceberg to Dodd Mead Publishing for five-thousand dollars. The novel sold thirty-two thousand copies with an initial intent of only printing five thousand. Once he finished Raise The Titanic, Dr. Cussler sent it off to his agent. Once approved, it was relayed to Dodd Mead. It was rejected within ten days. His agent decided to sent the renounced manuscript to Putnam but they wanted a massive rewrite which Dr. Cussler refused to do. And what Dr. Cussler would later say, "Out of the blue, Viking Press bought it, asked for very few changes and paid me seventy-five hundred dollars." And that's when "strange forces" went to work. A London editor from Macmillan Publishing was visiting a friend at Viking and heard about the Dr. Cussler manuscript. Since the Titanic was a British ship, he asked for a copy of the manuscript to read on his plane back to England. He ended up wanting to buy it. But his agent had already sold "Iceberg" to Sphere Publishing, a small publishing house in London, for four hundred dollars. Since Sphere had the first option, they put in a bid for the manuscript that was promptly topped by Macmillan. Once the dust settled from the bidding war, Sphere owned the book, paying twenty-two thousand dollars, a high price for England in those days. Getting the feeling that things were suddenly falling into place, Dr. Cussler called his agent and got his rights back for Mediterranean Caper. At the same time, Dodd Mead Publishing notified his agent that Playboy Publications had offered four thousand dollars for the paperback right to Iceberg. Still with that "gut" feeling, Dr. Cussler told his agent that he would buy back Mediterranean Caper from Dodd Mead Publishing for five thousand dollars. The deal was done two weeks later. With the buzz and interest about Raise The Titanic over in Britain, it didn't take long for American paperback publishers to take notice. It soon went to auction with Viking Press winning the rights for $840,000. Once the auction was over and finding out that "Raise The Titanic" was the third Dirk Pitt novel, Viking Press bought them both for forty thousand dollar a piece. "Raise The Titanic" was Cussler's first novel to have several plots going on at the same time and to have them all converge at the end. Since then, Dr. Cussler has sold over 100 million copies of his Dirk Pitt Adventures. He continues to write Dirk Pitt adventures while living a life that nearly parallels that of his action hero. Like Pitt, Dr. Cussler enjoys discovering and collecting things of historical significance. With NUMA (National Underwater & Marine Agency, a non profit group begun by Cussler) he has had an amazing record of finding over 60 shipwrecks, one of which was the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley. And recently discovered the rescue ship Carpathia who picked up the Titanic survivors. Dr. Cussler also has a renowned and extensive classic car collection, which features over 80 examples of custom coachwork. Along with being Chairman of NUMA, he is also a fellow of the Explorers Club (which honored him with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration), the Royal Geographical Society and the American Society of Oceanographers. Married to Barbara Knight for 40 years, with three children and two grandchildren, he divides his time between the mountains of Colorado and the deserts of Arizona. He is represented by the Bartholomeaux Agency.
|Luis B. Carranco
Luis B. Carranco is a writer, producer and director of several short films, corporate videos and TV spots. He went to Business school at ITAM, in Mexico City. Then got a diploma in Film Appreciation in Universidad Iberoamericana and later he attended to Centro de Estudios Audiovisuales directed by Susana López Aranda and Alejandro Pelayo where he got a scholarship and majored in film directing, finally got to the script writing course at C.C.C
He has participated in different roles in filmmaking of short films and features such as "Deep Crimsom" by Arturo Ripstein, "Herod's Law" by Luis Estrada, and "Aro Tolbukhin" among others. He has been professor in film school at CECC Pedregal where he taught film directing and script writing while he wrote the screenplays for "It had to be You" and the adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The tell- tale heart" filmed in 2006 and starring Daniel Giménez Cacho. In 2007 he wrote and directed the T.V. movie "Cowboys Come Riding" for MCM Studios. From 2008 to 2012 he colaborated with Executive Producer Mónica Lozano in Alebrije Production company as script analyst. In 2013 he returned to the director's chair in "Ladies Nice" and in 2014 he wrote and directed "De mujer a mujer " starring Susana Alexander, Rocío Verdejo y Juan Ríos Cantú.
Daniel Zirilli founded Popart Film Factory at age 24 (after graduating from Pepperdine University in Malibu) and to date has directed and/or produced over 250 music videos (for artists as diverse as The Rolling Stones to Oscar winners Three 6 Mafia), and has written &/or directed 20 feature length films. Zirilli just directed two Action films back to back- most recently "Roadrun" (2013) starring Jacob Vargas, Rudy Youngblood, Luke Goss, Shawn Lock, and Tom Sizemore and "Blunt Force" with Dan Henderson, Adam Von Rothfelder, Selina Lo, as well as executive producing "Blood of Redemption" with Dolph Lundgren, Billy Zane and Vinny Jones, and before that "The Package" with Steve Austin and Dolph Lundgren. (in 2012) Zirilli produced "The Tell-Tale Heart" starring Patrick John Flueger, Rose McGowan, Jacob Vargas, and Peter Bogdanovich- a literary thriller based on the classic Edgar Allan Poe short story. Zirilli also shot a slate of Action films for Grindstone/Lionsgate including "Locked Down" (director/producer/co-screenplay) starring Vinnie Jones, Bai Ling, Dwier Brown, Tony Shiena and MMA stars including Rashad Evans, Kimbo Slice and Forrest Griffin. "House Of The Rising Sun" (executive producer) starring Dave Bautista, Amy Smart, Dominic Purcell, and Danny Trejo, "Circle of Pain" (director/executive producer/co-story) starring Dean Cain, Bai Ling, Tony Shiena, Frank Mir, Roger Huerta and Heath Herring. Zirilli also executive produced "Beatdown" with Rudy Youngblood, Danny Trejo, Eric Balfour, Michael Bisping, and "Guilty By Association" starring Morgan Freeman.
Zirilli's other films include "Fast Girl" (director/co-story) a race-car film and winner of the "Guirlande D'Honneur" at the FICTS Festival in Milan, Italy for "Best Sports Movie of 2008" starring Mircea Monroe, Justin Guarini, Caroline Rhea. "Choices 2" (director) starring Three 6 Mafia, Katt Williams, Tiny Lister, Clifton Powell, as well as "The Stonecutter" (director/producer) shot in Tahiti and winner of "Visionaries In Film Award" at the Bahamas One World Film Festival.
He has directed and/or produced #1 videos on MTV and BET, for videos from over 20 singles and albums that went on to reach beyond gold or platinum sales (1 million units RIAA), for record companies such as Virgin, Universal, Sony, Warner Bros, TVT, Def Jam, BMG, Polygram, Wea Latina, and Capitol, for artists including Redman, Cypress Hill, Shaq, Montel Jordan, Master P, Twista, Chayanne, Freddie Jackson, Roger Troutman Jr., Gerald Levert, Bobby Womack, Bokeem Woodbine, Cushh, Peter Himmelman, Flea, Domino, Supercat, Wilton Felder, Najee, Scarface, Three 6 Mafia and other Grammy Award-Winning Artists. Zirilli produced music videos from the soundtracks of "Money Train" (starring Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Lopez, and Woody Harrelson for Columbia Pictures/Peter Guber) "The Show" (Def Pictures for Russell Simmons) and Dangerous Minds" (starring Michelle Pfeiffer for Hollywood Pictures) as well as music videos for such notable directors as multimedia pioneer Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, and Kevin Lima (who directed Enchanted, Tarzan & 102 Dalmatians). Aside from executive producing Soundtracks for his own films, Zirilli co-executive produced the album "Memories of Amnesia" featuring Members of Suicidal Tendencies, Weapon of Choice, The Untouchables, and Arik Marshal, Flea, and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Zirilli produced and segment directed the film and video for The Rolling Stones interactive "Voodoo Lounge", working directly with Mick Jagger on multiple productions, and directed & produced a series of Popping/Locking Dance documentaries directly for Michael Jackson and Moonwalker Entertainment. Other Zirilli long-form/docs include Kenny Hicks "Vocal Secrets of the Stars" and Cypress Hill "Live". Zirilli has won multiple Telly awards, and has been nominated for 4 Billboard Music Video Awards and 8 M.V.P.A. awards (Music Video Producers Association).
Popart's public service announcements include projects commissioned by the Earth Communication Office (E.C.O.), Earth Summit, Save our Skies (S.O.S.), and The Garden Project L.A. (in association with Disney) which have featured socially conscious celebrities such as Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Newton-John, Ed Begley Jr., Mark Hammill,, Herbie Hancock, Bob Saget, Rita Coolidge, Richard Mull, Jane Seymour and the late John Ritter, among many others.
Zirilli has lectured on directing/producing at film festivals, seminars and UCLA extension/film school, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, (Minor in Creative Writing) from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.
Jovanka Vuckovic is an award winning writer and filmmaker. Her university education was in Physical Anthropolopgy. She had a 5 year stint as a visual effects artist (sometimes under unknown pseudonyms), won a Gemini Award for Best Visual Effects, then moved on to edit the horror publication Rue Morgue Magazine for six and a half years. She now writes and directs her own films. The first of which, the award-winning short The Captured Bird, is executive produced by genre film legend Guillermo del Toro. Vuckovic is also the author of Zombies! An Illustrated History of the Undead, from St. Martin's Press (with an introduction by zombie godfather, George Romero).
Vuckovic has appeared as a zombie in Zakk Snyder's Dawn of the Dead and George Romero's Land of the Dead. She is one of the most influential women in horror, having put the fledgling Rue Morgue on the map under her stewardship. Her presence at the helm also and opened up the doors for more women to become involved in the horror genre. She is easily recognizable as she has bright flame hair and is heavily tattooed with horror icons including Lon Chaney Sr., Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Christopher Lee, Edgar Allan Poe and more.
Jonathan Haze is an American actor, producer and scary movie idol. Best known for his work in Roger Corman films, and especially for playing "Seymour" in Corman's black comedy cult classic, The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Haze's career spans more than 20 films in six decades, including screen-writing the science fiction comedy Invasion of the Star Creatures (1962).
Born in Pittsburgh into a show business family, Haze's cousin was legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Buddy Rich. Haze started his career behind-the-scenes working stage production for his cousin Buddy, eventually becoming stage manager for Josephine Baker. A move to Los Angeles lead to Haze to working in film production and consequently becoming an almost exclusive player for low-budget producer/director Roger Corman. The slight-framed, curly-haired, gawky-looking lad made his inauspicious screen debut in Corman's Monster from the Ocean Floor (1954), but managed to continue on a steady scale in minor roles of tough guys and weirdos. He played a pickpocket in Swamp Women (1955), an ex-convict in Five Guns West (1955) and a man contaminated by radioactive fallout in Day the World Ended (1955), which was Corman's first foray into the sci-fi genre. His on-screen versatility noted, Haze received larger roles and subsequent better billing in the cheapjack productions Gunslinger (1956), It Conquered the World (1956), Naked Paradise (1957), Carnival Rock (1957), Not of This Earth (1957), and Bayou (1957) (a.k.a. "Poor White Trash").
Following work as a Viking in the incredulous The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957), Haze landed his first starrer in the Warner Bros. drama Stakeout on Dope Street (1958), directed by Irvin Kershner. Haze plays an average teenager who, along with 2 friends, finds $250k of heroin and decides to go into the drug selling business. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), however, catapulted Haze into cult stardom. As the slow-witted sad sack Seymour Krelboyne, Haze plays the unassuming Skid Row flower shop assistant who nourishes a seemingly harmless seedling, then falls prey to its grotesque, bloodthirsty plant while having to kill and serve up human beings as plant food. The comedy, which featured Haze's good friend Dick Miller and an unknown Jack Nicholson, grew overwhelmingly in status over the years thanks to midnight TV and spawned a hit Broadway musical and resulting musical film. Haze worked alongside Miller and Nicholson again in Corman's Edgar Allan Poe-like The Terror (1963) which starred Boris Karloff.
Near this time Haze began to veer away from acting opting to work behind-the-scenes again. He wrote the script for the sci-fi comedy Invasion of the Star Creatures (1962) and worked in production for such films as The Premature Burial (1962), Medium Cool (1969) Another Nice Mess (1972), and Corman's The Born Losers (1967).
Experience, connections and opportunity then lead to Haze producing commercials. As a CEO of a commercial production company, he created successful national and international campaigns for the likes of United Airlines, Kool-Aid, Schlitz Beer and more during the 70's, 80's and 90's. In 1999, he made a cameo in Corman's "The Phantom Eye" (1999).
She was born in January, in Italy, from a French mother and an Italian father. Angelique came into her talent at an early age, in fact she begins her career as a theater actress already at the age of 14. She is Italian and French native speaker and she also speaks very good English. She is soon very independent, and she manages her life already at a very young age, working between theater, cinema, fashion, sports and philosophy. She plays agonistic volleyball for years as well as dance and athletics, in the meantime she continues her acting studies in Turin, takes part in fashion shows in Milan and starts to work in the major theaters in Italy.
She decided to expand her view and took part in different workshops like the one by Przemek, of the school of Grotowski (Poland), and the one with Judith Malina of the Living Theatre (American avant-garde theater). She will later work in theaters, with several plays on tour in Italy, starting her professional career as an actress. She was directed by Andrea Battistini, with "The Trial" by Kafka, and by Maurizio Donadoni in " The true Friend" by Goldoni. Soon we find her in the cinema in the main role of the first time director film "Dancing the Consciousness" directed by Luca Bronzi .
At the age of 23 she decided to work between Turin and Rome in Italy, continuing her film career playing in the short film "Citroen Pluriel" directed by Gigi Roccati (Filmmaster Production), and various appearances in films such as "So things are going "directed by Francesco Bovino (Blue Film Production), and more.
She goes on with different experiences in the field of haute couture as a model, contemporary dance, pyrotechnics, saber weapon. She also starts working in contemporary art as a Performer, where she experience a totally different language from film and theatre. She participates in various performing arts events in Europe. She uses her voice to work on different projects: she is the voiceover of a documentary screened at the 2010 Venice film festival "Indesiderabili" directed by Chiara Cremaschi (Fabbrichetta Productions) and for France Culture in the documentary "Tallin" playing different characters .
In the last years she decided to devote herself and give absolute priority to Cinema. She works in the film "Cado dalle Nubi", (Medusa Home Entertainement) directed by Gennaro Nunziante. In one of her last films, "The Novel", she plays the role of the sister of Edgar Allan Poe. The film was shot in English and directed by Paolo Licata (Panoramic production) and won awards in New York Los Angeles International Film Festival 2013, Hollywood film festival and numerous other festivals in the U.S. and "Fantasticherie di un passeggiatore solitaire"co-starring role, playing the muse and the wife of writer Jean Jacques Rouesseu with the actor Luca Lionello, this film is directed by Paolo Gaudio (Reverie production). Angélique is also playing the main role in" La pluie " directed by Stefano Odoardi, where she is the only actress playing four different roles. These last two films mentioned are currently in postproduction. In 2012 she worked as an actress for the Binger Director Lab in Amsterdam.
In 2013 she has been directed by the mainstream Italian director Daniele Luchetti in his last film "Those happy years" "( aka "Storia mitologica della mia famiglia") playing the role of Michelle, together with the international stars: Kim Rossi Stuart, Micaela Ramazzotti and Martina Gedeck (world premiere in Tiff- Toronto Film Festival 2013)
Angelique also played the main role of the last film directed by Stefano Odoardi, "Mancanza-Inferno" (Lack-Hell)the first part of a Trilogy (Heaven, Purgatory, Hell). In this film she plays the role of an Angel inspired on the Duino Poems by R. M. Rilke, and she wanders through the ruins of a contemporary city destroyed by a earthquake. (World Premiere in Official Spectrum selection of 43°International Film Festival Rotterdam)
Angelique lives between Paris and Italy.
Composer Jason Solowsky is a multifaceted storyteller of remarkable versatility and singularity of voice. His scores imbue dozens of tales told upon the silver screen with a perfect balance of aesthetic sensibilities, and span a variety of film genres to include drama, horror, mystery, science fiction, adventure, romance, comedy as well as others.
Highlights of Solowsky's recent successes have included full scores for "The Freemason" starring Sean Astin, "Terms & Conditions" starring Tom Sizemore, Bai Ling, and Vivica A. Fox, "American Bandits: Frank and Jesse James" starring Peter Fonda, "Turbulent Skies" starring Casper Van Dien, Brad Dourif and Nicole Eggert, "Terror Inside" starring Corey Feldman, "Templar Nation" starring Erik Estrada, "Unemployed" and "What Up?" starring Kadeem Hardison, with the latter two released by Lionsgate Films. Solowsky also wrote music for the Sony Pictures release "American Crude" which stars Rob Schneider, Ron Livingston, Michael Clarke Duncan and John C. McGinley.
Solowsky's flexibility in adapting to various projects and scales has yielded wonderful collaborations with respected directors such as Michael Rissi (Edgar Allan Poe's Annabel Lee), Wes Sullivan (Nightbeasts starring Zach Galligan), Keith Holland (Cage Free starring Dee Wallace), Ted Lange (For Love of Amy) Andrea Olabarría (Rough Winds), K. Raj Srivastava (L.A. Hit), Jim Van Houten (Galatea), Jason Kartalian (Seahorses, Driller) and Derek Maki (award-winning family film, Instant Dads). Solowsky also contributed to "The Life In A Day," the directorial film debut of Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park, The Social Network, The River Wild, Simon Birch).
Solowsky was recognized for his contribution to the highly acclaimed, "No One Ever Wins: Lebanon in the Summer of Hezbollah" written and produced by journalist Krisztian K. Orban, an illustrative study of the consequences brought on by the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict.
Hailing from a rich and diverse cultural background, Solowsky is well-versed in performance art, particularly the instrumental intricacies of guitar, piano and vocal repertoire. As a skilled singer, Solowsky was chosen as a back-up singer for the world famous performer Barbra Streisand during her performance at the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Show. Together with his lifelong friend, singer-songwriter Bob Coburn, Solowsky has recorded dozens of guitar instrumental works.
During the composer's studies at the prestigious University of Southern California (USC) Film Scoring Program in Los Angeles, California, then headed by the renowned Walt Disney Studios composer, Buddy Baker, he was privileged to have worked under prolific legends of the film score world, to include Christopher Young (Spiderman 3, The Grudge, Runaway Jury, The Shipping News), Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven, Ghostbusters, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Ten Commandments), David Raksin (Laura, Forever Amber, The Bad and The Beautiful), David Bell (Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Joe Harnell (The Incredible Hulk, V), Jack Smalley, David Spear and George Burt.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Jason Solowsky began his musical studies at the keyboard at the age of five, later graduating from the Berklee College of Music with a dual degree in film scoring and composition. He is a descendant of legendary conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein, whom he credits as a major cultural influence over his work. Jason and his wife, Nina, currently reside in Los Angeles, California.
Nick Vallelonga developed his cinematic visions at an early age - at twelve years old he appeared in the wedding scenes of The Godfather. It was here that his love for filmmaking was born. He studied acting in New York with highly acclaimed teachers Tom Brennan of Circle in the Square, William Hickey of HB Studios and Julie Bovasso of the Actors Studio, and appeared in many off-Broadway productions, as well as small acting roles in films and television. During this time, Nick also worked running the teleprompter and editing scripts at CBS News for many shows, including CBS This Morning, The NFL Today, The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and 60 Minutes.
His first script, Deadfall, co-written with director Christopher Coppola, was made into a feature film starring Nicolas Cage, Michael Biehn, James Coburn, Charlie Sheen, Peter Fonda, Talia Shire, Angus Scrimm, Clarence Williams III and Micky Dolenz.
Nick then went on to write and direct independent films such as A Brilliant Disguise. Produced by Cassian Elwes, it starred Lysette Anthony, Tony Denison and Corbin Bernsen. Then, The Corporate Ladder produced by Jeremy Kramer. It starred, Ben Cross, Kathleen Kinmont, Tony Denison Jennifer O'Neil and Jon Polito.
Nick then wrote, produced, directed and co-starred in, In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King. The excellent ensemble cast included William Petersen, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield, Leo Rossi, Kristian Alfonso and Nick's dad, Tony Lip (of The Sopranos). "Kingdom" was an official selection in the Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
After the 9/11 tragedy, Nick wrote, performed and recorded a Christmas CD, New York City Christmas, dedicated to the New York City Police and Firemen. It is available on iTunes.
In 2005 Nick decided to test the limits of low-budget HD cinema with what can only be called a digital experiment; Disturbance (aka Choker) starring himself, Paul Sloan, Colleen Porch, Hayley DuMond and Tony Denison. After a whirlwind three-week pre-production, Nick guided the passionate cast and crew through a grueling 12-day shoot. The result is a unique and exciting sci-fi/noir feature film that delivers both commercial appeal and a satisfying artistic flair. Disturbance was an Official Selection at the Silver Lake Film Festival and The Other Venice Film Festival. It was named the winner of the 2006 George Zuccco Award for Best DVD release of 2006, presented by EdgarAllanPoeFolks.tripod.com to Director Nick Vallelonga. Award is given to promote auteur's of quality entertainment worthy of vintage science fiction, fantasy and horror films, and to preserve macabre masterpieces for posterity.
During this time Nick starred with Dan Ackroyd in the Charter Communication commercial directed by John Landis.
For his next film, Nick produced and directed, All In, a drama about a father and daughter who get caught up in the world of championship poker. It stars Dominique Swain, Michael Madsen, Louis Gossett Jr., James Russo, Colleen Porch, Leo Rossi, Scott Whyte, Michelle Lombardo, Kristen Miller, Christopher Backus, Johann Urb, Hayley DuMond, Leo Rossi and Tony Lip.
Nick then produced Machine, with writer/director Michael Lazar. This gritty crime drama starred Neal McDonough, Michael Madsen, James Russo, Paul Sloan, Michael Lazar and Nick Vallelonga.
In the fall of 2006, Nick produced A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper, for Executive Producer, Academy Award Winner Bobby Moresco. It starred Cole and Dylan Sprouse, Vincent Spano, DeDee Pfeiffer, Sally Kellerman and Ed Lauter and is distributed by Sony Pictures.
With his newly formed Vallelonga Productions, in the spring of 2007, Nick produced and directed, the crime drama, Stiletto, written by Paul Sloan. Stiletto stars Tom Berenger, Michael Biehn, Stana Katic, Paul Sloan, William Forsythe, James Russo, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Kelly Hu, Amanda Brooks, Dominique Swain and D.B. Sweeney. Stiletto is an official selection of the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Charleston Film Festival.
Also in 2007, Nick acted in the role of "Big Tony" in two segments of Fran & Ramus, the comedy series produced by Blue Cow Creative, VitaminAFilms and Heavy.com
Vallelonga Entertainment has several film and television projects in development, including, That's Amore!, Criminal, Tribes of October, Stray Dancer, New York City Christmas, The Popcorn Kid, Love Letters to Dolores, The Sixth Family, and Copacabana.
John Cairney made his stage debut at the Park Theatre, Glasgow, before enrolling at the RSAMD in Glasgow. After graduation, he joined the Wilson Barrett Company as Snake in "The School for Scandal". A season at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre followed before going on to the Bristol Old Vic where he appeared in the British premiere of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible". He returned to the Citizens from time to time, most notably as Hamlet in 1960. He also appeared in the premiere of John Arden's "Armstrong's Last Goodnight" in 1964. Other stage work until 1991 included King Humanitie in "The Thrie Estaites" for Tyrone Guthrie at the Edinburgh Festival, Archie Rice in "The Entertainer" at Dundee (1972), Cyrano de Bergerac at Newcastle (1974), Becket in "Murder in the Cathedral" at the Edinburgh Festival of 1986 and Macbeth in the same Festival in 1989. He also wrote and appeared in his own productions of "An Edinburgh Salon", "At Your Service", "The Ivor Novello Story" and "A Mackintosh Experience" while continuing to tour the world in his solo "The Robert Burns Story".
His association with Burns began in 1965 with Tom Wright's solo play "There Was A Man" at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and at the Arts Theatre, London. The solo was televised twice nationally and was also an album recording for REL Records, Edinburgh, as well as a video for Green Place Productions, Glasgow. From Burns he moved on to other solos on William McGonagall, Robert Service and Robert Louis Stevenson until he worked with New Zealand actress, _Alannah O'Sullivan_, at the Edinburgh Festival of 1978. They married in 1980. As Two For A Theatre they toured the world for P&O Cruises and the British Council as well as the Keedick Lecture Bureau, New York, with programmes on Byron, Wilde and Dorothy Parker until 1986. Cairney's first film was Night Ambush for the Rank Organisation, followed by Windom's Way, Shake Hands with the Devil, Victimand many more including Jason and the Argonauts, Cleopatra, The Devil-Ship Pirates and A Study in Terror. His many television parts include Branwell Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe and Robert, the Bruce and he has featured in all the main series: _"Dr. Finlay's Casebook" .... Tim O'Shea (1 episode, 1963)_, Secret Agent,The Avengers, "Jackanory" (1971)_, Elizabeth R, _"Taggart"(1969)_ etc. He also starred in BBC2's "This Man Craig" .... Ian Craig (52 episodes, 1966-1967) In addition, he wrote and recorded his own songs for EMI at Abbey Road.
As a writer, Cairney has published two autobiographies and a novel, "Worlds Apart" as well as "A Scottish Football Hall of Fame" and "Heroes Are Forever" for Mainstream Publishing (Edinburgh) and "A Year Out In New Zealand" for Tandem Press, NZ. He wrote three Burns books for Luath Press in Edinburgh as well as biographies of R.L. Stevenson and C.R. Mackintosh and a book of essays on Glasgow entitled "Glasgow by the way, but". His second novel, "Flashback Forward", was published for Random House, NZ, and his book on acting, "Greasepaint Monkey" is due for publication by Luath Press, Edinburgh in 2010.
Dr Cairney gained an M.Litt from Glasgow University for a "History of Solo Theatre" in 1988 and, in 1994, a PhD from Victoria University, Wellington, for his study of Stevenson and Theatre. Having spent the last seventeen years in New Zealand, John and Alannah have now returned to live again in Scotland.
|Wendelin Van Draanen
Books have always been a part of Wendelin Van Draanen's life. Her mother taught her to read at an early age, and she has fond memories of story time with her father, when she and her brothers would cuddle up around him and listen to him read stories.
Growing up, Van Draanen was a tomboy who loved to be outside chasing down adventure. She did not decide that she wanted to be an author until she was an adult. When she tried her hand at writing a screenplay about a family tragedy, she found the process quite cathartic and from that experience, turned to writing novels for adults. She soon stumbled upon the joys of writing for children.
Feedback from her readers is Van Draanen's greatest reward for writing. "One girl came up to me and told me I changed her life. It doesn't get any better than that," she said. Van Draanen hopes to leave her readers with a sense that they have the ability to steer their own destiny-that individuality is a strength, and that where there's a will, there's most certainly a way.
Her first book was published in 1997, and since then her titles have been nominated for State Award Master Lists all over the country. Now in its tenth installment, the Sammy Keyes Mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children's Mystery four times in six years, with Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief bringing home the statue. Additionally, she has won the Christopher medal for Shredderman: Secret Identity, and the California Young Reader Medal for Flipped. Her books have been translated into many foreign languages, and have been optioned for film and television projects. She lives in California with her husband and two sons. Her hobbies include the "Three R's": Reading, Running and Rock 'n' Roll.
Like many Brazilian independent directors, Roberto started out working in video back in the 1980's. Video, a relatively cheap format, allowed him to experiment and develop his own style without having to be concerned with the market. After cutting his teeth in the underground, his work drew national and international attention. He directed two successful TV Series for Globo TV in Brazil, and became Artistic Director for the Cisneros TV Group in Miami. He's received many awards for his filmmaking both in Brazil and abroad.
Roberto takes much of his inspiration from fantastic and classic horror narratives. His short films bring to mind Edgar Allan Poe, Guy de Maupassant, André Gide and Caio Abreu. He specializes in using every facet of film production -- from lighting to art direction and soundtrack -- to create a signature dark style far from the mainstream.
His work has been compared to John Waters, Paul Morrissey and Pedro Almodovar. Others see reminders of the landmark style of the Brazilian production company Atlântida.
Roberto is a highly regarded acting coach who teaches acting and directing workshops throughout Brazil and abroad. He's developed several co-productions for the US Spanish language market. He is presently in pre-production on his first English-language feature film, with others in the works.
The Movie "RGB", was a collaboration with directors in Brazil, Thailand and Croatia produced by Unique Entertainment. The film was an Official Selection at the 2005 New York Independent Film Festival.
His most recent effort "The Meeting" an English-spoken short film, co-production between Brazil and US. The film was an Official Selection at Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival 2010, LA, and at 10th DeadCenter Film Festival 2010
David Black is an award-winning journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and producer. His novel Like Father was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times and listed as one of the seven best novels of the year by the Washington Post. The King of Fifth Avenue was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the A.P.
Mr. Black received the Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination from the Mystery Writers of America for best fact crime book for Murder at the Met. His second Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination was for "Happily Ever After," an episode of Law & Order. His third Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination was for "Carrier," also an episode of Law & Order.
He won the Writers' Guild of America Award for The Confession. He was also nominated for the Writers' Guild of America Award for an episode of Hill Street Blues. He received an American Bar Association Certificate of Merit for "Nullification," a controversial episode of Law & Order about Militia groups, which the Los Angeles Times called an example of "the new Golden Age of television."
Among his other awards, he has received a National Endowment of the Arts grant in fiction, Playboy's Best Article of the Year Award, Best Essays of the Year1986 Honorable Mention, Forward's Book of the Year Special Mention, and an Atlantic Monthly "First" award for fiction. He has also received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for The Plague Years, a book based on a two-part series that he wrote for Rolling Stone and that won a National Magazine Award in Reporting and the National Science Writers Award.
Researching articles, David Black has risked his life a number of times, including being put under house arrest by Baby Doc's secret police in Haiti, infiltrating totalitarian therapy cults, being abandoned on a desert island, and exposing a white slave organization in the East Village.
Among the television shows he has produced and written are the Sidney Lumet series 100 Centre Street, which was listed as one of the 10 best shows of the year, the Richard Dreyfuss series The Education of Max Bickford, Monk, CSI-Miami, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, and Law & Order, which received an Emmy nomination for Best Dramatic Show and a Golden Globe nomination. He has also been nominated for the PGA Golden Laurel Award.
His TV movie, Legacy of Lies, a drama about three generations of Jewish gangsters and cops in Chicago, which starred Eli Wallach and Martin Landau, won the Writers Foundation of America Gold Medal for Excellence in Writing. It also received an ACE Award for Martin Landau for Best Actor.
His feature, The Confession, starring Alec Baldwin, Ben Kingsley, and Amy Irving was praised in New York by John Leonard and in The Hollywood Reporter, among other places, and was described in Metroland as "an almost miraculous act of storytelling."
He has published nine books and over 150 articles in magazines, including The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and Rolling Stone. His new novel, An Impossible Life, has been praised by, among others, Nobel Prize winning author Czeslaw Milosz, Erica Jong, Bruce Jay Friedman, and Leslie Epstein, who called it the best writing about Jewish gangsters since Isaac Babel.
Contemporary Authors describes Black as "a versatile, multi-media writer who has distinguished himself in both fiction and non-fiction."
He has taught writing at Lehman College, Mt. Holyoke College, and Harvard, where he is a scholar-in-residence at Kirkland House. He is also a former board member of the Mystery Writers of America and a member of the Century Association, the Williams Club, the Columbia Club, PEN, the Explorers' Club, and the Players.
|Peter De Rome
Peter de Rome began making short erotic films in the '60s, basically for his own use and for the amusement of friends. When one of them, Hot Pants, won a first prize at the Amsterdam Wet Dream Film Festival, interest was aroused. Producer Jack Deveau put together a collection of de Rome's work, and with two additional segments (Underground, filmed in the New York subway, and a modern version of the legend of Prometheus) released The Erotic Films Of Peter De Rome in 1973. In 1974, de Rome made his first feature length film in Paris, entitled Adam & Yves, and two years later came the first attempt at gay horror, The Destroying Angel, loosely based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe, whom de Rome closely resembles. His autobiography, The Erotic World Of Peter De Rome, appeared in 1984.
Leverage Entertainment is a Louisiana-based production company focused on genre-based titles that are independently financed and produced in Louisiana, Mississippi and other Southern States. Matt Keith, the owner of Leverage Entertainment, has produced nearly 40 projects since 2006. Keith started in the casting world on studio films such as "Dukes Of Hazzard", "The Reaping" and "Déjà Vu". In addition to his on-set production experience, Keith consistently secures independent financing for projects, including an ongoing sale of SyFy Channel projects. He also assists other productions with different levels of consulting and gap financing.
Keith saw worldwide opportunity in the science fiction genre market and made the leap by producing two projects back-to-back in late 2007. The two films, "Mutants" and "Lockjaw", were both acquired by SyFy Channel for US television broadcast on the same day. Each project also saw impressive international sales in all major markets.
Keith then read the script for "American Bully", an intense, indie thriller and could not pass up the chance to produce it. The critically acclaimed film went on to win several awards including, "The Golden Crescent Award" for Best Overall Feature Film at the Charleston International Film Festival in 2009. Keith was a producer on the drama film, "Video Girl", which received a limited theatrical release and was premiered on BET. The premier brought in over 1 million viewers.
From there it was back to science fiction with "Alligator X", a creature feature which was acquired worldwide by Mar Vista Entertainment. The film is available via Warner Brothers VOD in the US. An adaptation of the Jules Verne classic novel, "Mysterious Island", followed and premiered as a SyFy Original on the SyFy Network. On February 11, 2012, 2.425 million viewers tuned in to watch "Mysterious Island". The film was the 6th most watched feature film in SyFy Network history. Keith wrapped up 2010 with "Paranormal Plantation", an eight episode, historically-based television series. In 2011, Keith produced an adaption of Edgar Allan Poe's "Tell Tale Heart". Inspired by Poe's imaginative shorty story, this independent thriller brings mystery, romance and suspense to the literary classic. In late 2011, Keith completed principal photography on his first 3D film, "Bikers vs Nazis". In 2013, Keith produced the faith-based film, "On Angel's Wings". The film was acquired by UP TV (Uplifting Entertainment), which is available to 60 million pay television households in the United States. "On Angel's Wings" received a Dove Award and is family-approved for all ages.
In 2014, Keith produced the film, "Loose", starring an ensemble cast of Meagan Good, Raven Symone, Garcelle Beauvais, Paige Hurd, Romeo Miller and Ryan Destiny. Most recent, Keith produced "A Gift Horse" starring John Schneider and Kyla Kenedy. "A Gift Horse" is a family friendly, inspirational film for horse lovers across the world.
Rüya Koman is an accomplished film producer, actress, dancer and singer. Originally from Turkey, Ruya moved to New York in 2006. Over the past seven years, she has been training at HB Studio with legendary acting professor Michael Beckett and currently with the legendary acting coach Susan Batson.
Ruya's New York theatre credits include Twelve Angry Women, The Trainer (Co-producer), The Delirium of Edgar Allan Poe,Measure for Measure, Across the Lake, Rage Incorporated, Alice and Cow Prints. She has been featured in motion pictures such as "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "Deception" and starred in a number of short films including Salam Shalom and Salt on the Glass Rim.
Back in 2012, Ruya founded Audacity Innovative with talented producer/director/composer Cristhian Andrews. The company's mission is to create risky content of paramount significance that addresses pressing social issues and ignites social change. On the production side, Audacity Innovative has co-produced over 25 films. The most significant ones are two documentaries entitled "The Black Moses" & "The Veil of Silence".
"The Black Moses" stars American minister and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor Andrew Young, Sir Sidney Poitier, former South African President Thabo Mbeki (for Nelson Mandela), former Canadian PM Brian Mulroney, former Jamaican PM PJ Patterson, musician Wyclef Jean, and many other international luminaries. It closed the Bahamas Film Festival (a prestigious honor, as Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" did in 2010) and is currently touring the major festival circuit. The second film, "The Veil of Silence" is currently the "Official Selection" to the prestigious BFI London Film Festival.
Single-handedly as a producer, Ruya has produced and starred in several short films such as "A Foreign Heart of Hope", "Hard on the Land Wears the Stong Sea", "One Second Changes Everything" and "Before We Lose". "Before We Lose" is an official selection at the 2014 BAFTA and Academy Award affiliated Foyle Film Festival in Northern Ireland. Ruya is currently in pre-production for Audacity Innovative's short film "Najmia" which was inspired by the death of 12-year-old child bride Fawziya Youssef from Yemen in 2009. On the post-production side, Audacity Innovative has worked on over 30 films, helping directors' visions come to life.
On the acting side, Ruya is currently cast for two major feature films. She has a supporting role in Nearer, My God, to, Thee; a film that depicts Red Army's invasion of Berlin in 1945 and the rape of 2 million German and Polish women by Soviet troops. The film will star currently undisclosed A-list talent. The film is currently in pre-production. The second feature film, which she holds the lead role for, is under wraps.
Aside from her artistic talents, Ruya currently works for Natural Resource Governance Institute as Grants Coordinator. She has served as Program Associate for the Baltic-American Partnership Fund, established by the Open Society Institute and USAID to ensure the continued development of democratic institutions and market economies in the Baltic States. Ruya previously served as project assistant to two "Twinning" projects of the European Commission in Ankara, and worked with the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, the Deutsche Welle Radio and TV Network in Cologne, Germany, UNHCR in Turkey and the Turkish Ministry of Finance.
She holds an LLM (Master of Laws) in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and a BA in International Relations and Political Science from Ankara University. Ruya speaks German and Turkish. She is excited to combine her human rights background with her love for film and acting by creating thought provoking films and characters that ignite social change.
Ruya continues her acting training with her mentors Susan Batson, Michael Beckett, Austin Pendleton, and Robert X. Modica; her singing and music studies with acclaimed Jazz singer Amy London and Jazz singer/musician Dylan Pramuk and her dance training at Broadway Dance Center. Ruya is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA.
Named for a halloween costume based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story, Poe gained a contract with Atlantic during the boom of female singer/songwriters during the mid-'90s. Originally from New York City, she moved around frequently with her parents -- a director and an actress -- but returned to New York at the age of 16 when they divorced. Poe enrolled at Princeton, and played in a band during her time there. Signed to Atlantic in 1994, she recorded an album with several producers and co-writers and released Hello the following year. The single "Angry Johnny" pushed Hello into the album charts, and during 1996 Poe supported Lenny Kravitz with a band including guitarist Darius Adkins, drummer Dan Jones, bassist Toby Skard and cellist Cameron Stone and headlined several tours of her own. Five years after her critical debut, Poe returned with Haunted, an album rhythmically adjacent to her brother Mark Z. Danielewski's novel House of Leaves.
He became interested in filmmaking in 1992 while watching "The Terror of Mechagodzilla". He would film home movies using a Magnavox VHS Camcorder.
In 1998 he began to learn how the process of filmmaking. Filming with a camera would fun but ultimately the editing process was more captivating. His first attempt to make a narrative short film was a parody of a 007 action hero film. It starred his father, brother, and 6-10 year old cousins. The film was never completed, however the results were promising for a young creative mind. In 2001 he decided to edit films rather film them, though he wasn't opposed to helm the camera. He started editing with Adobe Premiere 6.0, one of the leading editorial tools available at the time.
In 2003 he created his first ever narrative short film, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart." This was also the first time ever working with Dollies, Track, Lighting equipment, and a camera that wasn't a home camcorder, the Canon XL1. This was also the first time ever working with Final Cut Pro Studio. The film was a success and was praised throughout the film program at Battle Ground High School, WA. Michal graduated Battle Ground High School, WA in 2005 receiving an award for "Excellence in Achievement: Outstanding Film Student."
In 2006 he transferred to Biola University and was accepted to their Film, Television, and Radio program.
In 2008 he Directed, Produced, and Edited a narrative short film, "No Way Out". The film was shot with the Panasonic HVX200, color corrected with Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks, and edited with Adobe Premiere CS3. The film won some awards including Best Thriller, Best Supporting Actor, and nominated for Best Sound Design through the Biola Film Festival 2008. It was an official selection at Sundance 2008 and the Thirdscreen Film Festival 2008.
In 2009 he graduated from Biola University with a BA in Film, Television, and Radio. Not far after graduation he Directed and Edited another narrative short film, "The Cold Truth." It was an official selection at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival 2009. He also worked with New Renaissance Pictures feature film, "The Black Dawn," which was sold to NBC and Netflix among many other companies.
In 2010 Michal polished another feature film, "The Message," featuring Erica Leehrsen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre).
In 2011 Michal signed on to an independent feature film, "5th Street," directed by Alex Meader and produced by Eric Martinez.
Presently, Michal is working with Rezlab Entertainment and 5th Steet Films.
Christopher Donald Saphire was born in Princeton, NJ on October 10th, 1984. Growing up in nearby Lawrenceville, Chris was a dramatist from a young age, appearing in his first stage production at age ten. He continued through high school and earned his acting degree from Emerson College in Boston, MA in 2006. While at Emerson, Chris was in productions all over the city, including a starring role on The Cutler-Majestic stage. After college, he moved to Los Angeles where he has appeared in various films, plays and television commercials. In 2011 he produced his first short film, an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," in which he played the starring role.
Exposed to the world of performing arts from an early age, Cinsyla Key started auditioning for local singing/dance competitions and theatre companies at the age of seven, with success, and appeared in a series of educational theatre tours dedicated to Moliere's work.
After succeeding an Arts degree at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, she came back to performing arts through a first MA collaborating with the Royal Conversatory of Brussels, where she directed her courses to film performances analysis. From that point she navigated a gradual hill up the acting craft. While appearing briefly in international feature films, she took back the road of auditions and academies in Ireland and England, worked with the theatre director Andrew Visnevski on his RADA workshop, until getting her chance at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in 2007 where she attended a summer Shakespeare course before having been offered a place on its renowned PG (Dip)Classical acting. She got there first meaningful acting experiences by playing Shakespearean characters and developing a particular interest for James M. Barrie, Edgar Allan Poe and a partiality for unusual parts.
Today, as an active member of the British Actors' Equity, affiliated to Spotlight and legally represented in London by Lee & Thompson, she has already grabbed a variety of Acting work in theatre and film. She has worked with directors Alain Berliner, Francois Ozon, Eric Emmanuel Schmitt, Jaco Van Dormael and Martin McDonagh, and appeared next to actors such as Billy Boyd, Sam Neill, Diane Kruger, Jared Leto, Sarah Polley and Aaron Eckhart, to name but a few. She has also associated her name with the Philipp Stolzl's production, The Expatriate, and concept photo shoots connected to fashion campaigns launched in the UK and France by top fashion designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier.
Throughout her childhood (born in 1978), she had been doodling on something. Before she begun to study animation at the University of Film & Television (HFF) Potsdam in 2000, she was working as a freelance illustrator and comic-artist. At 2005 she graduated as animator with diploma with her Edgar Allan Poe adaption of "The Tell-Tale Heart". Together with 14 animators and sound designer she founded in 2009 the animation studio "Talking-Animals" and working as freelance 2D-animator, comic-artist & film-maker.
Edward Kennedy was born in Dublin, Ireland, on October 19th 1981. He began making short movies on 8mm videotape with his younger brother Rob Kennedy at the age of 13. After graduating from school with three A Levels, he studied Film Production at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education. He graduated with a Diploma in Film Production in 2003, earning nine Distinctions and seven Merits. His student short film 'Elevator' screened at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and the Galway Film Fleadh in 2004. Later that year, Kennedy produced and directed a short film for 'The Poe Project' at the Fringe Arts Festival in Dublin. This was an experimental theatre project which combined live performance with film, based upon the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Later that year he enrolled in Dublin City University, and in 2006 he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Film and Television Studies.
In 2006, he registered the film-making partnership First Quarter Films and returned to work with his partners Rob Kennedy and Andrew Mahon. He produced 18 short films with them and they have screened at film festivals in Europe and the United States. In Europe, his short films have screened at the Ravenna Nightmare Film Festival in Italy, Motelx in Portugal, the Mayhem Film Festival in Nottingham, UK, the Belfast Film Festival, the Foyle Film Festival, and the Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland. In the United States, his films have screened at various film festivals, including the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival, the Irish Film Festival, Boston, the BOXURSHORTS film festival, and the New York City Horror Film Festival. In 2010, he produced the super short horror film 'In the Night, In the Dark' which premiered in the United States, Mexico, Ireland, and Portugal that year. 'In the Night, In the Dark' was distributed in selected cinemas throughout Ireland in the Autumn of 2010, and screened before the US films 'Paranormal Activity 2' and 'Saw 3D'. He just finished the script for the supernatural mystery romance movie 'Clear Seeing', a feature that he will direct in 2014.
'Wheels of Death' (short) (co-director) 2008 'Parking Ticket' (short) (co-director) 2009 'Taxi at Midnight' (short) (director) 2010
'In the Night, In the Dark' (short) (producer) (2010)
'Midnight Man' (feature) (producer) (2013)
|Joseph Alan Johnson
Joseph Alan Johnson was born on June 25, 1957 in Charleston, West Virginia. He first started acting in stage plays at a very young age and was encouraged by his mother's actor cousin Clay Tanner to pursue an acting career. Joseph studied his craft at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. After finishing his studies at the Academy, Johnson went to Hollywood, California to further his career. He made his film debut as Neil in the slasher cult classic "The Slumber Party Massacre" in 1982. In addition to his motion picture credits, Johnson also acted in TV commercials and episodic television. Joseph quit acting in Los Angeles for a while and moved to Italy, where he spent three years doing Italian TV movies and dubbing Italian films into English. Johnson then returned to Los Angeles and penned a few scripts. His screenplay for the slice'n'dice horror flick "Iced" was adapted into a movie that Joseph also acted in. After his career as a screenwriter failed to take off, Johnson moved to St. Petersburg, Florida to take care of his ailing parents. Joseph still acts in stage plays as a member of the Early Bird Dinner Theatre group in Clearwater, Florida. Moreover, Johnson also writes plays and portrayed famous horror author Edgar Allan Poe in a one man show that he wrote.
|Jeremy Dylan Lanni
Jeremy Dylan Lanni is an award-winning writer-director educated at Boston University, where he graduated summa cum laude in English Literature, and Yale University, where he earned two masters degrees in Renaissance Studies. Lanni's first film was a modern-day tragedy called Nobody Beats Charlie. The film was made on a micro-budget and won a $55,000 post-production grant from the Digital Media Center in Portland, Oregon.
Lanni then made two short films based upon works of literature. The first was an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's horror story "The Tell-Tale Heart." Lanni's version, called Tell-Tale Art, is a black comedy featuring a disturbing score by composer Dick Wagner of Lou Reed and Alice Cooper fame. Lanni's second literary adaptation Under There was inspired by Wordsworth's poem "We Are Seven." Under There is a metaphysical comedy starring Richard Edson (Stranger than Paradise, Do the Right Thing) and Jasmine Anthony (Commander in Chief, Stephen King's 1408). In 2006 Tell-Tale Art won a Peer Award at the Dragon*Con Film Festival and in 2007 Under There won first prize in its category at what is arguably the world's most prestigious short film festival - International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. In 2008 Lanni's feature-length screenplay A Spy in Hell reached the Quarterfinal Round of the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.
Lanni then made two short films featuring well-known actors from film and television. A Woman in the West features three familiar faces from the HBO series Deadwood - Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games, Deadwood, Caprica), Peter Jason (Deadwood, The Other Side of the Wind) and Larry Cedar (Deadwood, Hollywoodland, The Crazies); and A Reuben By Any Other Name features brilliant performances from Jasmine Anthony (Stephen King's 1408, Commander in Chief), Anita Barone (The War at Home, Daddio), Paul Ben-Victor (In Plain Sight, Entourage), Larry Cedar (Deadwood, Hollywoodland, The Crazies), Alanna Ubach (Hung, Legally Blonde), and Matt Winston (John from Cincinnati, Little Miss Sunshine).
Lanni's current short film "Heal Thyself" is a "sick" little satire starring Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Dark Knight) as a morally challenged doctor thriving in America's profit-driven health care system. Roberts' hilarious turn as the cynical Dr. Cash is complimented by stellar performances from Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Natural Born Killers), Peter Jason (Deadwood, Adaptation), Sarah Glendening (All My Children, As the World Turns), Cory Scarborough (War Flowers, Raging Bull II) and Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey (After the Fall).
Start in 1991 in Belgium as assistant production. Director of several documentaries. Belgian Beers, Battle of the bulge, Life in Schaerbeeck,... Producer since 1996 in Melusine productions in Luxembourg. Founder of the animation studio Studio 352 in Luxembourg since 1997. Short Stories and scriptwriter. Actually producing Le Jour des Corneilles, Edgar Allan Poe Extraordinary Tales and Ernest et Celestine.
Anton Blake began his professional career as a 16-year-old, playing small roles in Athol Fugard's ground-breaking Space Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa. The company included such local luminaries as Leslee Udwin, Aletta Bezuidenhout, Sean Taylor and Fatima Dike.
Two years later, he performed at London's Old Vic, playing Macheath in a Youth Production of The Beggar's Opera (John Gay). Shortly thereafter, he attended the Drama Centre, where contemporaries included Colin Firth and former Bond-girl, Maryam d'Abo.
He has performed extensively onstage in London, Edinburgh, New York, Johannesburg and Berlin, where noteworthy roles have included Mick in The Caretaker (Pinter), Cassius in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare), Martin Taylor in Brimstone & Treacle (Dennis Potter) and AA in Emigrants (Mroszek); eminent directors he has worked with include Luc Bondy and Stephen Daldry.
Anton played the vengeful aristocrat, Montresor, in Mario Cavalli's award-winning film The Cask of Amontillado, (based on Edgar Allan Poe's eerie short story); he has also appeared in a number of films and television series, most recently for the BBC, where roles have included Horatio Nelson's best friend, Henry Blackwood and heart-transplant pioneer, Christiaan Barnaard, in an upcoming dramatized documentary. His ability with accents has ensured a growing career as voice-over artist where he has played various Russians, Germans and Americans for international commercials.
Prize-winning novelist (1978 Ernest Hemingway Award, 1997 Edgar Allan Poe Award) as well as professor of English, first at Pomona College, in California, and later at the University of Tulsa. In 1985 he published "Two of a Kind: The Hillside Stranglers", upon which was based the 1989 TV miniseries starring BG: Richard Crenna.
At 6' 4" inches and the voice of James Earl Jones meeting Peter O'Toole, this stage actor works primarily in voice-over and drama venues. A published playwright, he tours a 1 man Edgar Allan Poe show written by him.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Blair dreamed of making movies since childhood. He got a B.A. in Film Studies at UC Santa Barbara where he co-wrote and directed an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." After college, living in S.F., Blair worked on several productions - independent features, commercials, music videos - as a production assistant and made his way up the ladder to 2nd2nd Assistant Director. While in San Francisco, he also shot a short film noir project with a classic femme fatale, called "A Kiss for Friday." Moving to Los Angeles in 2004, Blair has spent the past decade casting and producing unscripted television, working on shows such as History Channel's "Top Shot," NBC's "The Great American Road Trip" and Discovery Channel's "Dude, You're Screwed." In 2014, Blair returned to his roots by writing and directing his newest horror short film, "Forever."
|Shane James Bordas
Originally from Canada, Shane studied acting at The Bridge Theatre Training Company in Camden, London. Soon after graduating, he landed his first professional stage role playing Roderick Usher in a well-received expressionist stage adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Fall Of The House Of Usher' at the Vingtieme Theatre in Paris. Other leading stage roles followed before Shane decided to focus his energies solely on filmmaking.
Inspired by the experience of working with a number of respected film directors - such as Tim Burton ('Sweeney Todd', 'Dark Shadows') and Richard Linklater ('Me and Orson Welles') - as a performer, Shane formed Paradyll Productions in 2008 in order to fulfill his ambition of creating his own original work. Since Paradyll's inception, Shane has written, produced and directed 7 short subjects, 2 music videos and completed his first feature-length film, the neo-noir 'A Morass', in 2011.
Having equal passion for both classic Hollywood and experimental avant-garde cinema, Shane is looking to combine these two cinematic styles in his next feature-length project, 'Diaphanous Grandeur & The Prisoners Of Grace'.
Deborah Valentine is a British novelist and screenwriter. She is the author of a series of crime novels published by Victor Gollancz Ltd. Unorthodox Methods was the first in the series, followed by A Collector of Photographs and Fine Distinctions. A Collector of Photographs was short-listed for an Edgar Allan Poe, a Shamus, a Macavity and an Anthony Boucher award. Fine Distinctions was also short-listed for an Edgar. She is also the author The Knightmare, a supernatural action/adventure.
David has been in immersed in puppetry since 1993 when he began training with master puppeteer Paul Vincent Davis of the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, MA. David continued his studies by spending two years as apprentice to Nikki Tilroe of The Palm of the Hand Stories Company and attending performance workshops with The Jim Henson Company. Shortly after, he was cast in the title role in Bear in the Big Blue House, Live!, a national tour based on the hit Disney Chanel program by Mitchell Kriegman and the Jim Henson Company. After 18 months on the road David settled in Brooklyn, NY. Since then he has performed on Comedy Central, MTV, CBS, National Public Television and Atom.com, among others. Further credits include the Trilobite Pictures short film "Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven" and "Seemore's Playhouse" by King Features/S4K Entertainment. David has built puppets for Avenue Q, Comedy Central, MTV, CBS, FunnyOrDie.com, Staler and Waldorf: From the Balcony, Disneyland and more. Recently, He starred with Jon Gabrus, Rachel Bloom, Joseph R. Gannascoli and Jackie Martling in "The Fuzz", a web series by Vuguru and 3 Arts Entertainment that was recently released on Yahoo Screen.
Russell Currie is recognised as a versatile composer, having written music for films, opera/music theatre, chamber music and dance. His music is rich in dramatic orchestral colour with direct emotional lyrical lines that discover an effective balance between dissonance and clarifying tonality. His works have been sponsored by Millennium Pictures, Scottish Television, City of Glasgow, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, American Music Centre, Meet The Composer and the Astor Foundation. He was the Music Director for 'Illustrations of a Tormented Mind', Prague's celebration of the 150th anniversary of the death of Edgar Allan Poe. The festival presented films, drama, exhibitions, orchestral music and opera where his Poe Opera Trilogy was performed to sold-out audiences at the Prague Castle. Articles on his music have appeared in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, numerous magazines and periodicals with TV and radio appearances on the BBC, WQXR, WNYC, and Deutsche Welle. He trained at the Eastman School of Music under Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner, where he received the Max Dreyfus Award for Music Theatre.
He scored Rob Green's _Bunker, THe (2001)_, a thriller/horror feature film starring Jason Flemyng and Jack Davenport. Produced in London's Twickenham Film Studios, The Bunker was screened at Cannes with theatrical releases throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Japan. The composer orchestrated and produced the 35 minute full orchestral and choral score which was digitally recorded in 5.1 surround sound with The Prague Symphony Orchestra and Kuhn Mixed Chorus in the Dvorak Hall in Prague's world renowned Rudolfinum. He also scored Green's The Black Cat for orchestra and chorus based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story, which was released in the UK with The Dark Half and is often seen on Channel 4 (UK). Sight and Sound praised the soundtrack as "a superb music score and a wonderful symphony of clanks and creaks, that functions as a talking book of the story." Other film scores include: Dizzy Horse, a finalist at the Student Academy Awards and AZUL, a film about the poets of Nicaragua that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.
Beginning as an author and film critic at agonybooth.com, he began Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack while deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. He's since appeared as a guest in many other popular web-shows, and looks to expand into film. He began directing his first film in 2013, the upcoming The Endlings. He is a descendant of Edgar Allan Poe and author of Kingdom Rattus.
Since the age eleven, Ric has acted in numerous films, shorts, commercials and videos. In his twenties, he turned his attention to writing and directing for film, starting with a documentary entitled "Overcoming Grief" and the short film "Choices" for the Jason Foundation (a teen-age suicide prevention group), distributed throughout the world. He then wrote and directed the feature comedy "Heaven Admittance", the popular suspense thriller "The Bell Witch Haunting" and the thriller drama "Nightmares from the Mind of Poe" which includes four of Edgar Allan Poe's stories.
Before evolving to film as a director, writer and producer for Willing Hearts Productions, Ric began his career in the theater by studying acting, music and film at the University Of Maryland (Europe), Belmont University and Tennessee State University; as well as, countess private and group classes and seminars. Ric has been acting since age eleven and over the years he has performed with numerous theater groups. He has been in over fifty productions including the leads in such shows as "Becket", "Glass Menagerie", "Good Doctor", "Boys Next Door" and "Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde". He has performed at countless functions acting in various shows, including several one-man shows. He has written countless scenes, skits and ten produced plays including "Where's The Love?" performed at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center; and the one-man shows "The Disciple" and "An Evening With Poe" performed throughout the Southeast US. He has directed over forty play productions; and has produced over sixty. He has served as the Artistic Director of the Tennessee Theater Company since 1998.
Through the years, Ric has also been lead singer of several bands, playing a variety of music from country, blues, R&B, oldies and Top 40 rock. This has given him the opportunity to utilize a variety of vocal styles; this variety blended over to his songwriting, creating Ric's unique country sound. That year the CD "Someday, Someway" with all songs written by Ric, was voted best independent album in the Scene's readers poll. Ric also placed third in the poll (behind Vince Gill and Garth Brooks) as best male artist; and third (behind Vince Gill and Pat Green) as best songwriter. Ric spent years touring and performing with different bands throughout the southern US and Europe performing covers and original music.
Ric's vast experience in theater and the performing arts helps him in creating his energetic shows, exciting crowds with his abilities as a performer. These abilities have been a long time in the making, beginning at five years old when Ric would entertain family and friends by doing his hip shaking Elvis impersonation. His love of entertaining took him to the theatrical stage as a student winning numerous forensic and acting awards; through college performances and production work; to touring, singing and songwriting as an independent music artist and filmmaker. Ric has always strived to challenge himself, touch the hearts his audience and inspire those around him.
|Elettra Dafne Infante
Filmmaker, screenwriter, director, Elettra Dafne Infante is experienced in movies, tv shows and commercials as 1st assistant director and Continuity. She also directed shortmovies, music videos, documentaries and concerts for indie production and television. She has written for cinema, television and she is the co - author of the gothic rock opera "Edgar Allan Poe, a tale of a man" on stage since 2012.
Official Selection: 2009 David of Donatello with the shortmovie "Solitudini", and 2011 David of Donatello with "Vita da Cartoni", documentary Both works have been written and directed by her
Bart Aikens has been making and acting in motion pictures since age eleven. His award-winning works include "Plague From Outer Space" and "Edgar Allan Poe's A Cask of Amontillado." Film Threat Weekly described his lead performance in "Bible Madness" as "convincingly fervid." Most recently he wrote, produced, and directed "The Vampire's Dance."
|Michael J. Hayde
Michael J. Hayde is a film, radio and television historian and author. His first book, "My Name's Friday: The Unauthorized but True Story of Dragnet and the Films of Jack Webb" was published in 2001 by Cumberland House, and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe award by the Mystery Writers of America. Since then, Hayde has written three additional books, all published by BearManor Media: "Flights of Fantasy: The Unauthorized but True Story of Radio & TV's Adventures of Superman" (2009); "Little Elf: A Celebration of Harry Langdon" (2012, co-authored with Chuck Harter) and "Chaplin's Vintage Year: The History of the Mutual-Chaplin Specials" (2013).
Hayde is an acknowledged expert on the "Adventures Of Superman" series and the controversial death of its star, George Reeves. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs (local and national), and has given presentations and participated in panel discussions for various nostalgia-themed conventions and events. He lives in Manassas, Virginia with his wife and four children.
Joe Domanick is an award-winning investigative journalist and author described in the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most outspoken of the breed... a muckraking journalist [who] continues to pound away at police officials ...and other civic center hotshots. In pen and in person he's got a tough and hungry manner that makes them uncomfortable."
His book Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics Of Crime in America's Golden State was named "Best Books of 2004" by the San Francisco Chronicle. His previous book, To Protect and to Serve: The LAPD's Century of War in the City of Dreams, won the 1995 Edgar Allan Poe Award for "Best True Crime" non-fiction book. His first book, Faking It In America, is about one of the most audacious stock market swindles of the 1980s. Faking It has been bought by New Line Cinema to be made into a feature film.
Lorenzo Artami was born in Lecco, Italy in 1986. He took to the art of still photography early in his childhood and pursued his passion for the craft well into his adolescence. Using old family cameras, especially from his grandfather, he formed his skill in composition and technical camera knowledge that would become the basis for his film career. His love for art developed even further when he attended the Liceo Artistico Medardo Rosso, an Art School in his hometown from which he graduated with a specialization in architecture in 2006.
A few years after he concluded his studies, he joined the Italian Navy where he served as a volunteer for one year. It was during this period, in which he was often designated as official photographer for several military ceremonies and events, that he rediscovered his passions and reached his decision to dedicate his future to filmmaking. After receiving an honorable discharge, Lorenzo moved to New York City and began his studies in the field of cinematography at the New York Film Academy.
His school years in New York were characterized by the production of film projects that gained popularity among the rest of the students. After screening them at school events in which the whole academy would participate, Lorenzo gained recognition and began collaborating with several students from other programs, especially those interested in directing. An example is the collaboration with director Amanda Alvarez Diaz for whom he was the cinematographer in the short film You Only Live Once, which was selected for the Memphis International Music and Film Fest in 2013.
Upon graduation he began to work in the film industry as a cinematographer, starting with the pilot episode of Sii.tv, a revolutionary online newscast presented at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference 2013. As a member of other departments such as the camera and the grip & electric one, he was part of many successful projects including Mia (American International Film Festival 2011), The Revenge of the Egg (Gotham Screen International Film Festival 2011), The Comedy (Sundance Film Festival 2012), Molly (International Family Film Festival 2012), The Wing Man (Sprout Film Festival 2012), The Hierarchy (New York Horror Film Festival 2012) and Hindmind (SENE Film, Music & Art Film Festival 2012).
He recently experimented as a director in The Tell-Tale Heart, a short film based on the popular Edgar Allan Poe's short story, which got selected for the Snake Alley Festival of Film in 2013.
Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised primarily in small town Wisconsin, Killian has always had the passion for film making. After a tour in the Marine Corps he returned to California to start his career in films. With his first film "Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven" he brought a new twist to the classic tale. Instead of a bird perched above the chamber door, it was a woman.
This twist sparked a new style for him. Having seen first hand that a woman could be just as tough or as scary as a man, he made the decision that all his films would place women in the position of power. Essentially, he will write the role for a man, but cast it as a woman.
Dr. Bierman holds an M.F.A. from New York University and a Ph.D. from Regent University of Virginia. He teaches courses in film production including Film Theory and Technique 1, Film Theory and Technique 2 and Advanced Filmmaking. In addition, he teaches Television Production 1, and a variety of courses in the RTF Critical Studies track including Film History and Appreciation 1 and 2, and Radio, Television and Film Research and Criticism. He has been the advisor to Cinema Workshop, Rowan's student filmmaking organization since 1988.
Beyond his work at Rowan, Dr. Bierman is an active filmmaker producing, writing and directing a variety of narrative and documentary films including adaptations based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe and James Joyce. His films have received nominations and honors from a variety of organizations including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Student Academy Awards, the Broadcast Education Association, and CINE. His films have been selected for more than 40 international and national film festivals including Cinequest - the San Jose Film Festival , the Shorts International Film Festival in New York City, the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the San Diego International Film Festival, the Taos Talking Picture Festival in New Mexico, and the Big Muddy Film Festival at the University of Illinois.
Beyond his creative work, Dr. Bierman's research interest is in the area of Film Production Theory. He has studied film production practices in the Soviet Union and Ireland. His doctoral dissertation, "Transnational Industries and Jim Sheridan's National Narratives: The Art World of Contemporary Irish Filmmaker" was the result of four years of research including two summers spent in Ireland at Dublin City University.
Rick Baldwin was born 'Richard Edward Baldwin III' on March 4th, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father was a real estate and insurance agent and his mother was part-time employee of a family run jewelry store. At an early age,he was interested in music, film, and writing. Baldwin's earliest influences were Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Price, and Tom Savini which led him into writing poetry and short stories and studying make up effects throughout junior high. Baldwin graduated in 1997 with honors from Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. After graduation, Baldwin traveled the United States before a year later joining the United States Air Force where he was a member of a Security Forces unit in Columbus, Mississippi. After six years of service, Baldwin separated from the military and became a full time theater and communications student and was instrumental in helping start a local independent film scene in Mississippi.
He was born in Athens, Greece in 1979 and grew up in the isle of Zakynthos (Zante). He started studying piano and music theory at the age of nine.
He is occupied with composition since the beginning of his musical studies. He has the diplomas of Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue, all with mention "A". On 2007 he completed his master's course in the university "Paris 8".
He has written music for eight plays (including William Shakespeare's "A midsummer night's dream" and Michael Ende's "Momo") and for the short film "pianno".
He has composed numerous songs on poetry of Ugo Foscolo, Edgar Allan Poe, C.P. Cavafy and various Greek poets.
He is particularly interested in improvisation, having given four solo concerts since 2004. His first personal CD with improvisations for piano solo, "English gardens", came out in 2011, praised by highly acclaimed musicians such as Ketil Bjørnstad.