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Betsy Aidem (“Farrah”)

Betsy is a veteran film, television and stage actress, known for her roles in such films as Woody Allen’s IRRATIONAL MAN, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, FAR FROM HEAVEN, THE BLEEDING HOUSE, THE ORANGES and MARGARET. She appeared in Woody Allen’s most recent project, filmed in the Summer of 2014. On television, Betsy has been featured in THE AMERICANS, THE BIG C, NURSE JACKIE, RESCUE ME, the LAW & ORDER franchise, and THE WEST WING. She portrayed Lady Bird Johnson in ALL THE WAY (2014), which won the Tony for Best Play. Other theatre credits include: Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center), MaryRose and The Metal Children (Vineyard), Celebration (Atlantic), Stone Cold Dead Serious (Edge), Crooked (WP); Original Productions: Steel Magnolias (Lortel), Balm in Gilead (Circle Rep/ Minetta Lane), A Lie of the Mind (Promenade), Road (Lincoln Center); Regional: ART, Huntington, Long Wharf, Williamstown, George Street. Betsy is the recipient of an Obie Award (2007) for Sustained Excellence of Performance.

Devin McDuffee (“Max”)

Devin is a New York-based actor who has been performing since the age of 9. He graduated from Vassar College in 2014 and also attended the Moscow Art Theater School in 2012. He specializes in extreme physicality-based theater, finding ways to manipulate the human form in order to portray animals and characters with less than human appearance or behavior. He draws inspiration from the work of actors like Andy Serkis and Terry Notary. He hopes to pursue motion capture work in the future, marrying his love for movement with film.

Ethan Slater (“Ben”)

Ethan is an actor/musician/writer living in New York City. Ethan is excited to be starring in the title role of the upcoming Broadway Musical SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. A graduate of Vassar College (Class of 2014), Ethan has been acting professionally in New York City for the past three years, working on stage with directors such as Tina Landau and as a company member of One Year Lease Theater Company. As a playwright and/or composer, Ethan’s work has been produced both at Vassar College and professionally in Washington, DC (1st Stage, Capital Fringe Festival, Kennedy Center Page to Stage), and seen in the Garden State Film Festival. More at www.ethanslater.com



Robert Ian Simpson Writer / Co-Director / Producer

Ian received his MFA from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2007 and BAs in both Film and Psychology from Vassar College in 2005. Feature scripts that Ian has written include BELOW THE WAIST, the recipient of several awards; THE MONSTERS OF MARY SHELLEY (linked), which was produced as an “Ear Movie” by the acclaimed Black List Table Reads podcast with a revered cast led by Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt (DOWNTON ABBEY) — and has several projects forthcoming. His passion for directing has been lifelong but was honed by workshops with Rob Spera in Los Angeles. Ian is represented by Sarah Dodge at Industry Entertainment (Beverly Hills) and David Fox (Myman / Greenspan / Fineman / Fox / Rosenberg & Light LLP). He is a WGA/W member. http://riansimpson.com





 Sara Wolkowitz Co-Director / Producer

Sara is an independent filmmaker and theater director with a BA in Film from Vassar College ’05. Marrying her two loves, film and theater, she directed her first feature documentary, STILL ON THE ROAD, about America’s longest touring theater company, The Acting Company. It premiered at Lincoln Center in January 2011 and is currently airing on PBS. Most recently, Sara co-directed a promo trailer starring Gillian Anderson for an upcoming children’s television show. She has been recognized for her short films, which have appeared in such festivals as the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, the Los Angeles Women’s Film Festival, and the Hawaii International Film Festival. She has directed videos for non-profit organizations including LitWorld and NARAL Pro-Choice. In 2011, Sara directed a new documentary web series, DIARY OF A CHORUS GIRL, about Alex Ellis, who made her Broadway debut in the musical CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. New York theater credits include THE ULTIMATE STIMULUS (FringeNYC 2014, Under St Marks, DixonPlace), REALLY ROSIE (The Mint Theater), and BROOKLYN LABYRINTH (The Chain Theater, the BoCoCa Arts Festival).  http://www.sarawolkowitz.com




Sophia Betz Editor / Co-Producer

Sophia is a video editor and producer living in Brooklyn. She holds a BA in Film from Vassar College ’05, and enjoys working on a variety of projects from web shorts to features, corporate marketing videos to experimental films. She has produced and edited shorts for Edible Manhattan, Google, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and others, and has collaborated on a number of comedy web series and indie music videos. She has also worked on feature documentaries such as OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY and WE COULD BE KING, winner of the 2015 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Documentary..





Timur CivanDirector of Photography

Timur is New York City born and raised. From his background in the fine arts, becoming a Director of Photography was a natural progression. After much experimentation with moving images in his artwork, he developed the desire paint an image with light to tell a story. His techniques in cinematography are at the forefront of creative imaging, bolstered by his exploration in optics, new and classic, innovative lighting styles and a deep understanding of the latest in industry technologies. Through apprenticeship in the camera department, he has honed his skill set in traditional set techniques and combined with his contemporary art sensibilities, has allowed him to provide a wide range of looks. From high end commercials to engaging narrative and documentaries, the story always comes first, and is always the primary motivation to his approach to lighting and camera work. His clients include: Nike, Microsoft, FILA, Toyota, Home Shopping Network, Elle Magazine, Vice Magazine, Sony, Tiffany & Co, Emblem Health, SeaPak and many more.




Ráchel Lowery – Art Direction / Production Design

Ráchel is a filmmaker with deep roots in the theatre.  Her collaborative work spans from producing, acting, designing, and writing. Creating and making art is not only a constant goal of hers but an inherent need. www.raello.com

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