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Shea Whigham

Born in Florida, educated at Purchase, and coming from the NYC based theatre scene, Shea Whigham's big break came when director Joel Schumacher cast him opposite Colin Farrell in Tigerland (2000). Since then he has racked up impressive credits working with such legendary Hollywood directors as Martin Scorcese, Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog, Oliver Stone, David O'Russell and Robert Rodriguez as well as the next generation such as Tim Van Patten, David Gordon Green and Jeff Nichols, among others. Shea has worked opposite such forces as Robert DeNiro, Anthony Hopkins, Christian Bale, Sean Penn and many others; and continues his role as 'Eli Thompson' on HBO's award-winning series Boardwalk Empire. He is married with 4 children and splits his time between NY and LA.

Sean Penn

Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints.

Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director, actor, and writer Leo Penn. His brother was actor Chris Penn. His father was from a Lithuanian Jewish/Russian Jewish family, and his mother is of half Italian and half Irish descent.

Penn first appeared in roles as strong-headed or unruly youths such as the military cadet defending his academy against closure in Taps, then as fast-talking surfer stoner Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Fans and critics were enthused about his obvious talent and he next contributed a stellar performance alongside Timothy Hutton in the Cold War spy thriller The Falcon and the Snowman, followed by a teaming with icy Christopher Walken in the chilling At Close Range. The youthful Sean then paired up with his then wife, pop diva Madonna in the woeful, and painful, Shanghai Surprise, which was savaged by the critics, but Sean bounced back with a great job as a hot-headed young cop in Colors, gave another searing performance as a US soldier in Vietnam committing atrocities in Casualties of War and appeared alongside Robert De Niro in the uneven comedy We're No Angels. However, the 1990s was the decade in which Sean really got noticed by critics as a mature, versatile and accomplished actor, with a string of dynamic performances in first-class films.

Almost unrecognisable with frizzy hair and thin rimmed glasses, Penn was simply brilliant as corrupt lawyer David Kleinfeld in the Brian De Palma gangster movie Carlito's Way and he was still in trouble with authority as a Death Row inmate pleading with a caring nun to save his life in Dead Man Walking, for which he received his first Oscar nomination. Sean then played the brother of wealthy Michael Douglas, involving him in a mind-snapping scheme in The Game and also landed the lead role of Sgt. Eddie Walsh in the star-studded anti-war film The Thin Red Line, before finishing the 1990s playing an offbeat jazz musician (and scoring another Oscar nomination) in Sweet and Lowdown.

The gifted and versatile Sean had also moved into directing, with the quirky but interesting The Indian Runner, about two brothers with vastly opposing views on life, and in 1995 he directed Jack Nicholson in The Crossing Guard. Both films received overall positive reviews from critics. Moving into the new century, Sean remained busy in front of the cameras with even more outstanding work: a mentally disabled father fighting for custody of his seven-year-old daughter (and receiving a third Oscar nomination) for I Am Sam; an anguished father seeking revenge for his daughter's murder in the gut-wrenching Clint Eastwood-directed Mystic River (for which he won the Oscar as Best Actor); a mortally ill college professor in 21 Grams and a possessed businessman in The Assassination of Richard Nixon.

Certainly Sean Penn is one of Hollywood's most controversial, progressive and gifted actors.

Michael Douglas

An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns. Over the years, he has been involved in such controversial and politically influential motion pictures as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The China Syndrome and Traffic, and such popular films as Fatal Attraction and Romancing the Stone.

Michael Douglas was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to actors Diana Douglas (Diana Love Dill) and Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch). His paternal grandparents were Belarusian Jewish immigrants, while his mother was born in Bermuda, the daughter of a local Attorney General, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Melville Dill; Diana's family had long been established in both Bermuda and the United States. Douglas's parents divorced when he was six, and he went to live with his mother and her new husband. Only seeing Kirk on holidays, Michael attended Eaglebrook school in Deerfield, Massachusetts, where he was about a year younger than all of his classmates.

Douglas attended the elite preparatory Choate School and spent his summers with his father on movie sets. Although accepted at Yale, Douglas attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. Deciding he wanted to be an actor in his teenage years, Michael often asked his father about getting a "foot in the door". Kirk was strongly opposed to Michael pursuing an acting career, saying that it was an industry with many downs and few ups, and that he wanted all four of his sons to stay out of it. Michael, however, was persistent, and made his film debut in his father's film Cast a Giant Shadow.

After receiving his B.A. degree in 1968, Douglas moved to New York City to continue his dramatic training, studying at the American Place Theatre with Wynn Handman, and at the Neighborhood Playhouse, where he appeared in workshop productions of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author (1976) and Thornton Wilder's Happy Journey (1963). A few months after he arrived in New York, Douglas got his first big break, when he was cast in the pivotal role of the free-spirited scientist who compromises his liberal views to accept a lucrative job with a high-tech chemical corporation in the CBS Playhouse production of Ellen M. Violett's drama, The Experiment, which was televised nationwide on February 25, 1969.

Douglas' convincing portrayal won him the leading role in the adaptation of John Weston's controversial novel, Hail, Hero!, which was the initial project of CBS's newly organized theatrical film production company, Cinema Center Films. Douglas starred as a well-meaning, almost saintly young pacifist determined not only to justify his beliefs to his conservative parents but also to test them under fire in the jungles of Indochina. His second feature, Adam at Six A.M. concerned a young man's search for his roots. Douglas next appeared in the film version of Ron Cowen's play Summertree, produced by 'Kirk Douglas'' Bryna Company, and then Napoleon and Samantha, a sentimental children's melodrama from the Walt Disney studio.

In between film assignments, he worked in summer stock and off-Broadway productions, among them "City Scenes", Frank Gagliano's surrealistic vignettes of contemporary life in New York, John Patrick Shanley's short-lived romance "Love is a Time of Day" and George Tabori's "Pinkville", in which he played a young innocent brutalized by his military training. He also appeared in the made-for-television thriller, "When Michael Calls", broadcast by ABC-TV on February 5, 1972 and in episodes of the popular series "Medical Center" and "The FBI".

Impressed by Douglas' performance in a segment of The F.B.I. (1965), producer 'Quinn Martin' signed the actor for the part of Karl Malden's sidekick in the police series "The Streets of San Francisco", which premiered September of 1972 and became one of ABC's highest-rated prime-time programs in the mid-1970s. Douglas earned three successive Emmy Award nominations for his performance and he directed two episodes of the series.

During the annual breaks in the shooting schedule for The Streets of _San Francisco (1972)_, Douglas devoted most of his time to his film production company, Big Stick Productions, Ltd., which produced several short subjects in the early 1970s. Long interested in producing a film version of Ken Kesey's grimly humorous novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Douglas purchased the movie rights from his father and began looking for financial backing. After a number of major motion picture studios turned him down, Douglas formed a partnership with Saul Zaentz, a record industry executive, and the two set about recruiting the cast and crew. Douglas still had a year to go on his contract for "The Streets of San Francisco", but the producers agreed to write his character out of the story so that he could concentrate on filming "Cuckoo's Nest".

A critical and commercial success, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress, and went on to gross more than $180 million at the box office. Douglas suddenly found himself in demand as an independent producer. One of the many scripts submitted to him for consideration was Mike Gray's chilling account of the attempted cover-up of an accident at a nuclear power plant. Attracted by the combination of social relevance and suspense, Douglas immediately bought the property. Deemed not commercial by most investors, Douglas teamed up with Jane Fonda and her own motion picture production company, IPC Films.

A Michael Douglas-IPC Films co-production, The China Syndrome starred Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, and 'Michael Douglas' and received Academy Award nominations for Lemmon and Fonda, as well as for Best Screenplay. The National Board of Review named the film one of the best films of the year.

Despite his success as a producer, Douglas resumed his acting career in the late 1970s, starring in Michael Crichton's medical thriller Coma with Genevieve Bujold, Claudia Weill's feminist comedy It's My Turn starring Jill Clayburgh, and Peter Hyams' gripping tale of modern-day vigilante justice, "The Star Chamber" (1983). Douglas also starred in Running, as a compulsive quitter who sacrifices everything to take one last shot at the Olympics, and as Zach the dictatorial director/choreographer in Richard Attenborough's screen version of the Broadway's longest running musical A Chorus Line.

Douglas' career as an actor/producer came together again in 1984 with the release of the tongue-in-cheek romantic fantasy "Romancing the Stone". Douglas had begun developing the project several years earlier, and with Kathleen Turner as Joan Wilder, the dowdy writer of gothic romances, Danny DeVito as the feisty comic foil Ralphie and Douglas as Jack Colton, the reluctant soldier of fortune, "Romancing" was a resounding hit and grossed more than $100 million at the box office. Douglas was named Producer of the Year in 1984 by the National Association of Theater Owners. Douglas, Turner and DeVito reteamed in 1985 for the successful sequel The Jewel of the Nile.

It took Douglas nearly two years to convince Columbia Pictures executives to approve the production of Starman, an unlikely tale of romance between an extraterrestrial, played by 'Jeff Bridges', and a young widow, played by Karen Allen. Starman was the sleeper hit of the 1984 Christmas season and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for 'Jeff Bridges'. In 1986 Douglas created a television series based on the film for ABC which starred 'Robert Hays'.

After a lengthy break from acting, Douglas returned to the screen in 1987 appearing in two of the year's biggest hits. He starred opposite Glenn Close in the phenomenally successful psychological thriller, "Fatal Attraction", which was followed by his performance as ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko in 'Oliver Stone''s Wall Street, earning him the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Douglas next starred in Ridley Scott's thriller Black Rain and then teamed up again with 'Kathleen Turner' and Danny DeVito in the black comedy The War of the Roses which was released in 1989.

In 1988 Douglas formed Stonebridge Entertainment, Inc. which produced Flatliners, directed by Joel Schumacher and starred Kiefer Sutherland, 'Julia Roberts', 'Kevin Bacon' and 'William Baldwin' and Radio Flyer starring Lorraine Bracco and directed by Richard Donner. Douglas followed with David Seltzer's adaptation of Susan Issac's best-selling novel, "Shining Through", opposite Melanie Griffith. In 1992 he starred with Sharon Stone in the erotic thriller from 'Paul Verhoeven' Basic Instinct, one of the year's top grossing films.

Douglas gave one of his most powerful performances opposite Robert Duvall in Joel Schumacher's controversial drama Falling Down. That year he also produced the hit comedy "Made in America" starring Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson and Will Smith. In 1994/95 he starred with Demi Moore in Barry Levinson's "Disclosure,." based on the best seller by Michael Crichton. In 1995 Douglas portrayed the title role in Rob Reiner's romantic comedy The American President opposite Annette Bening, and in 1997, starred in The Game directed by David Fincher and co-starring 'Sean Penn'.

Douglas formed Douglas/Reuther Productions with partner Steven Reuther in May 1994. The company, under the banner of Constellation Films, produced, The Ghost and the Darkness, starring Douglas and Val Kilmer, and John Grisham's The Rainmaker, based on John Grisham's best selling novel, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Damon,Claire Danes, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Mickey Rourke, Mary Kay Place, Virginia Madsen, Andrew Shue, 'Teresa Wright', Johnny Whitworth and 'Randy Travis'.

Michael Douglas and Steve Reuther also produced John Woo's action thriller Face/Off starring 'John Travolta' and Nicolas Cage, which proved to be one of '97's major hits.

In 1998, ' Michael Douglas' starred with Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen in the mystery thriller A Perfect Murder, and formed a new production company, 2000 was a milestone year for Douglas. "Wonder Boys" opened in February 2000 to much critical acclaim. Directed by Curtis Hanson and co-starring Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr. and 'Katie Holmes', Douglas starred in the film as troubled college professor Grady Tripp. Michael was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Film award for his performance.

"Traffic" was released by USA Films on December 22, 2000 in New York and Los Angeles went nationwide in January 2001. Douglas played the role of Robert Wakefield, a newly appointed drug czar confronted by the drug war both at home and abroad. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and co-starring Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, Amy Irving, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones, "Traffic" was named Best Picture by New York Film Critics, won Best Ensemble Cast at the SAG Awards, won four Academy Awards (Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Benicio del Toro) and has been recognized over on over 175 top ten lists.

In 2001, Douglas produced and played a small role in USA Films' outrageous comedy "One Night at McCool's" starring Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, John Goodman, Paul Reiser, and was directed by Harald Zwart. "McCool's" was the first film by Douglas' company Furthur Films. Also in 2001, Douglas starred in "Don't Say A Word" for 20th Century Fox. The psychological thriller, directed by Gary Fleder, also starred Sean Bean, Famke Janseen and Brittany Murphy.

In 2002, Douglas appeared in a guest role on the hit NBC comedy "Will & Grace", and received an Emmy Nomination for his performance.

Douglas starred in two films in 2003. MGM/BVI released the family drama "It Runs in the Family", which Douglas produced and starred with his father Kirk Douglas, his mother Diana Douglas and his son Cameron Douglas, Rory Culkin and Bernadette Peters. He also starred in the Warner Bros. comedy "The-In Laws", with Albert Brooks, Candice Bergen Ryan Reynolds.

In 2004 Douglas, along with his father Kirk, filmed the intimate HBO documentary "A Father, A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood". Directed by award-winning filmmaker Lee Grant, the documentary examines the professional and personal lives of both men, and the impacts they each made on the motion picture industry.

In summer 2005, Douglas produced and starred in "The Sentinel", which was released by 20th Century Fox in spring 2006. Based on the Gerald Petievich novel and directed by Clark Johnson, "The Sentinel" is a political thriller set in the intriguing world of the Secret Service. Douglas stars with Keifer Sutherland, Eva Longoria and Kim Bassinger. Douglas filmed "You, Me & Dupree", starring with Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon. The comedy is direct by Anthony and Joe Russo, and was released by Universal Pictures during the summer of 2006. In 2007 he made "King of California", co-starring Evan Rachel Wood and is written and directed by Michael Cahill, and produced by Alexander Payne and Michael London.

Michael had two films released in early '09, "Beyond A Reasonable Doubt" directed by Peter Hyams and "Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past" starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner directed by Mark Waters. He followed with the drama "Solitary Man" directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, co-starring Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Mary Louise-Parker, and Jenna Fischer, produced by Paul Schiff and Steven Soderbergh and in Fall '10 starred in "Wall Street 2 - Money Never Sleeps" reprising his Oscar winning role as Gordon Gekko and once again was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance. Again directed by Oliver Stone, he co-starred with Shia Labeouf, Cary Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon.

Douglas had a cameo role in Steven Soderbergh's action thriller "Haywire." "Behind the Candelabra" based on the life of musical '70's/80's icon Liberace and his partner Scott Thorson, directed by Steven Soderbergh costarring Matt Damon, premiered on HBO in May 2013. Douglas won an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award as Best Actor in a television movie or mini series for his performance as the famed entertainer. He followed with the buddy comedy "Last Vegas" directed by John Turtletaub co-starring Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline and the romantic comedy "And So It Goes" co-starring Diane Keaton directed by Rob Reiner.

Douglas recently starred in and producing the thriller "Beyond The Reach" directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti costarring Jeremy Irvine and portrays Dr. Hank Pym in Marvel's "Ant Man" opposite Paul Rudd. It will be his first venture into the realm of comic book action adventure. Most recently he completed a spy thriller "Unlocked" co-starring Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, John Malkovich and is directed by Michael Apted. In 1998 Douglas was made a United Nations Messenger of Peace by Kofi Annan. His main concentrations are nuclear non-proliferation and the control of small arms. He is on the Board of Ploughshares Foundation and The Nuclear Threat Initiative.

Michael Douglas was recipient of the 2009 AFI Lifetime Achievement as well as the Producers Guild Award that year. In Spring '10 he received the New York Film Society's Charlie Chaplin Award.

Douglas has hosted 11 years of "Michael Douglas and Friends" Celebrity Golf Event which has raised over $6 million for the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Douglas is very passionate about the organization, and each year he asks his fellow actors and to come out and show that "we are an industry that takes care of own".

Douglas is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones. The couple has one son, Dylan, and one daughter, Carys. Douglas also has one son, Cameron, from a previous marriage.

Q'orianka Kilcher

At fourteen years old, Q'orianka Kilcher emerged into the front ranks of young actresses with her portrayal of Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale in Terrence Malick's 'The New World', an epic about the encounter between English and North American societies in the early 1600s. Her performance won her the National Board of Reviews best breakthrough performance of 2006 and the 2006 Alma Award for best Latin American actress in a feature film, as well as numerous nominations and rave reviews.

Having started her performing arts career at six years old, she is not only an award-winning actress with high critical acclaim, an amazing singer, lyricist and expert dancer, but also a committed human rights and environmental activist and fearless, powerful young force, who uses her voice as tool to bring the need for universal dignity, compassion, environmental justice and basic Human Rights, to the attention of the international community.

Traveling frequently to speak at youth events, colleges and Universities Q'orianka has been invited as a featured keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at many international conferences and events for organizations such as Amnesty International, the I.F.G. (international Forum on Globalization), Amazon Watch I.F.I.P. (International Funders for Indigenous Peoples) and The United Nations/panel discussions entitled "Indigenous Peoples: Human Rights, Dignity and Development with Identity, in collaboration with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

She also lends her celebrity, voice and energy as spokeswoman, collaborator and supporter to several international and national N.G.O.s and organizations such as Amazon Watch, Youth Ambassador Amnesty International (Global Youth Ambassador for women's Rights) A.I.D.E.S.E.P. (Spokesperson and Voice) Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest Federations) The Community School for the Arts foundation (volunteer/spokeswoman) and Thursdays Child (youth counselor) Turning The Tides ((volunteer/spokesperson) Save America's Forrests I.D.E.M. (South Dakota Youth Project) and is a spokeswoman for the American Literacy Campaign. She is presently working with the National Endowment For The Arts " The Big Read" Campaign, and will be recording a Book Review for the Campaign. Q'orianka is also frequently volunteering her time reading Howard Zinns "The People Speak" at various open to the community staged readings, and just joined the Cast and Starring-Ensemble for the first "People Speak" Film Series (Starring Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, David Straithern)

In her free time, Q'orianka is an accomplished singer and song-writer and recently launched her own youth driven human rights and environmental organization on-Q initiative, heading off campaigns to connect young Hollywood with youth activist leaders and projects from around the world, in support of environmental sustainability, corporate accountability, basic human rights and universal dignity and compassion in all its forms.

Through her production company, IQ-Films, Q'orianka is also producing several cause driven documentaries and youth-programming projects.

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006), the second one being Carlos Reygadas in 2012. His six feature films, 'Amores Perros' (2000), '21 Grams' (2003), 'Babel' (2006), 'Biutiful' (2010), 'Birdman' (2014) and 'The Revenant' (2015), have gained critical acclaim world-wide including two Academy Award nominations.

Alejandro González Iñárritu was born in Mexico City.

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a cargo ship at the ages of seventeen and nineteen years, González Iñárritu worked his way across Europe and Africa. He himself has noted that these early travels as a young man have had a great influence on him as a film-maker. The setting of his films have often been in the places he visited during this period.

After his travels, González Iñárritu returned to Mexico City and majored in communications at Universidad Iberoamericana. In 1984, he started his career as a radio host at the Mexican radio station WFM, a rock and eclectic music station. In 1988, he became the director of the station. Over the next five years, González Iñárritu spent his time interviewing rock stars, transmitting live concerts, and making WFM the number one radio station in Mexico. From 1987 to 1989, he composed music for six Mexican feature films. He has stated that he believes music has had a bigger influence on him as an artist than film itself.

In the nineties, González Iñárritu created Z films with Raul Olvera in Mexico. Under Z Films, he started writing, producing and directing short films and advertisements. Making the final transition into T.V Film directing, he studied under well-known Polish theatre director Ludwik Margules, as well as Judith Weston in Los Angeles.

In 1995, González Iñárritu wrote and directed his first T.V pilot for Z Films, called Detras del dinero, -"Behind the Money", starring Miguel Bosé. Z Films went on to be one of the biggest and strongest film production companies in Mexico, launching seven young directors in the feature film arena. In 1999, González Iñárritu directed his first feature film Amores perros, written by Guillermo Arriaga. Amores perros explored Mexican society in Mexico City told via three intertwining stories. In 2000, Amores perros premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Critics Weeks Grand Prize. It also introduced audiences for the first time to Gael García Bernal. Amores perros went on to be nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.

After the success of Amores Perros, González Iñárritu and Guillermo Arriaga revisited the intersecting story structure of Amores perros in González Iñárritu's second film, 21 Grams. The film starred Benicio del Toro, Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, and was presented at the Venice Film Festival, winning the Volpi Cup for actor Sean Penn. At the 2004 Academy Awards, Del Toro and Watts received nominations for their performances.

In 2005 González Iñárritu embarked on his third film, Babel, set in 4 countries on 3 continents, and in 4 different languages. Babel consists of four stories set in Morocco, Mexico, the United States, and Japan. The film stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Adriana Barraza. The majority of the rest of the cast, however, was made up of non-professional actors and some new actors, such as Rinko Kikuchi. It was presented at Cannes 2006, where González Iñárritu earned the Best Director Prize (Prix de la mise en scène). Babel was released in November 2006 and received seven nominations at the 79th Annual Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director nominated for a DGA award and for an Academy Award. Babel went on to win Best Motion Picture in the drama category at the Golden Globe Awards on January 15, 2007. Gustavo Santaolalla won the Academy Award that year for Best Original Score. After Babel, Alejandro and his writing partner Guillermo Arriaga professionally parted ways, following González Iñárritu barring Arriaga from the set during filming (Arriaga told the LA Times in 2009 "It had to come to an end, but I still respect González Iñárritu").

In 2008 and 2009, González Iñárritu directed and produced Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem, written by González Iñárritu, Armando Bo, and Nicolas Giacobone. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festial on May 17, 2010. Bardem went on to win Best Actor (shared with Elio Germano for La nostra vita) at Cannes. Biutiful is González Iñárritu's first film in his native Spanish since his debut feature Amores perros. For the second time in his career his film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. It was also nominated for the 2011 Golden Globes in the category of Best Foreign Film, for the 2011 BAFTA awards in the category of Best Film Not in the English Language and Best Actor. Javier Bardem's performance was also nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor.

In 2014, González Iñárritu directed Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Andrea Riseborough. The film is Iñárritu's first comedy. Birdman is about an actor who played an iconic superhero, and who tries to revive his career by doing a play based on the Raymond Carver short story What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. The film was released on October 17, 2014.

In April 2014, it was announced that González Iñárritu's next film as a director will be The Revenant, which he co-wrote with Mark L. Smith. It is based on the novel of same name by Michael Punke. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter with shooting began in September 2014, for a December 25, 2015 release.The Revenant is being filmed in Alberta and B.C. with production scheduled to wrap in February 2015. The film will be a 19th Century period piece, and is described as a "gritty thriller" about a fur trapper who seeks revenge against a group of men who robbed and abandoned him after he was mauled by a grizzly bear.

From 2001 to 2011, González Iñárritu directed several short films.

In 2001, he directed an 11 minute film segment for 11.09.01- which is composed of several short films that explore the effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks from different points of view around the world.

In 2007, he made ANNA which screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival inside Chacun son cinéma. It was part of the 60th anniversary of the film festival and it was a series of shorts by 33 world-renown film directors.

In 2012, he made the experimental short film Naran Ja: One Act Orange Dance - inspired by L.A Dance Project's premiere performance. The short features excerpts of the new choreography Benjamin Millepied crafted for Moving Parts. The story takes place in a secluded, dusty space and centers around LADP dancer Julia Eichten.

In 2001/2002, González Iñárritu directed "Powder Keg", an episode for the BMW film series The Hire, starring Clive Owen as the driver.

In 2010, González Iñárritu directed Write the Future, a football-themed commercial for Nike ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which went on to win Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions advertising festival.

In 2012, he directed Procter and Gamble's "Best Job" commercial spot for the 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. It went on to win the Best Primetime Commercial Emmy at Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Penelope Ann Miller

Penelope Ann Miller is an acclaimed and diverse actor, who has stood the test of time, working in every medium and genre, with some of the most legendary actors and directors of all time.

Most recently she took on the role of Elizabeth Turner in the controversial true story of Nat Turner's 1831 slave rebellion, "The Birth of a Nation", which won rave reviews and The Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

She starred in 2012's Academy Award winning Best Picture, The Artist, opposite Best Actor Oscar winner Jean Dujardin. The Weinstein Company's black & white silent film that took the awards season by storm winning 5 Academy Awards, 7 BAFTA's and 3 Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture among many others. Miller was also recognized for her work in the ensemble category with nominations at the SAG and Critic's Choice Awards. She was recently honored with Career Achievement Awards at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Sarasota Film Festival where they showcased her respected body of work from the past 25 years.

Penelope has shared the screen with some of the most notable and renowned leading men and directors in Hollywood. This distinguished list includes Al Pacino and Sean Penn in director Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way for which she received a Golden Globe nomination; Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick in The Freshman directed by Andrew Bergman; Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in Penny Marshall's Awakenings; Robert Downey Jr. in Sir Richard Attenborough's Chaplin; Danny DeVito and Gregory Peck in Norman Jewison's Other People's Money; Matthew Broderick & Christopher Walken in Mike Nichols' Biloxi Blues; and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Ivan Reitman's Kindergarten Cop.

Television credits include the critically acclaimed and award winning ABC drama, American Crime, opposite Emmy winners Felicity Huffman and Regina King, TNT's Men of a Certain Age opposite Ray Romano; ABC's Mistresses, and just recently, in Lifetime's, ripped from the headlines, "NY Prison Break: The Seduction Of Joyce Mitchell," transforming herself into the upstate NY small town mom and prison seamstress, who aided to convicted killers in their audacious jailbreak and is now serving 7 years in prison.

Among her many accolades, Miller received a special jury award for Best Performance at the Hollywood Film Festival Awards for her role in the independent feature Rhapsody in Bloom. She was named, Star of Tomorrow by The Motion Picture Bookers Club, Most Promising Actress by The Chicago Film Critics Association, and received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of 'Emily' in Broadway's Tony-winning revival of Our Town. Miller's other credits include Rocky Marciano opposite Jon Favreau and George C. Scott, The Last Don opposite Joe Montegna, The Mary Kay Letourneau Story for which she won critical acclaim, Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story opposite James Woods, Rob Reiner's flipped and Sam Raimi's box office hit, The Messengers, opposite Kristen Stewart.

Miller left her native Los Angeles when she was 18 and moved to New York, where she studied acting at HB Studios under Herbert Berghoff. Two years later, Miller got her big break on Broadway when she originated the role of 'Daisy Hanningan' in Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning play Biloxi Blues opposite Matthew Broderick. Later, she would reprise her role in Universal's film version, directed by Mike Nichols.

Miller currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

Robert Davi

Robert Davi is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and jazz vocalist.

From his portrayal of the opera singing baddie in "The Goonies" and one of the most popular James Bond villains Franz Sanchez in "Licence to Kill" to FBI Special Agent Big Johnson in" Die Hard" or Al Torres in "Showgirls" to most recently Leo Marks in "The Iceman " Robert Davi is one of the film industry's most recognized tough guys . He has also starred in the small screen in hit shows like Profiler, Stargate Atlantis, Criminal Minds and CSI . With over 140 film and TV credits he has frightened us , romanced us ,made us cry or split our seams laughing . He is also one of the top vocalists of our day in interpreting the Great American Songbook, thrilling audiences by playing top venues like the Venetian in Las Vegas where he headlines or for 10,000 people at the Harry Chapin Theater in East Meadow ,Long Island or the Orleans in Vegas where he gave 3 sellout shows with Don Rickles. His debut album Davi Sings Sinatra- On the Road to Romance produced by Phil Ramone shot to number 6 for more than several weeks on Billboard's Jazz Charts.

In his early acting years, Davi attended Hofstra University on a drama scholarship. He then moved to Manhattan, New York where he studied with the legendary acting coach Stella Adler, who became his mentor. Davi became a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, where he studied with acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Always perfecting his craft, Davi studied under Sandra Seacat, Larry Moss, Milton Katselas, Martin Landau, Mala Powers and George Shdanoff, the creative partner and collaborator with Michael Chekhov.

Robert Davi was born in Astoria, Queens, to Maria (Rulli) and Sal Davi. His father was an Italian immigrant and his mother was of Italian descent. Davi was introduced to film when he was cast opposite Frank Sinatra in the telefilm, "Contract on Cherry Street." Later, his work as a Palestinian terrorist in the award-winning television movie, "Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami" brought him critical acclaim and caught the eye of legendary James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli and writer Richard Maibaum, who cast Davi as Colombian drug lord and lead villain Franz Sanchez in the Bond film "Licence to Kill." Today, Davi is one of the top Bond villains of all time ranking at the top on many lists. Davi also received critical acclaim within the industry for his provocative portrayal of Bailey Malone in "Profiler." The show struck a chord with audiences, paving the way for such shows as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Without a Trace," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Criminal Minds" and many others. In 2004, Davi joined the cast of television's "Stargate: Atlantis," which earned Davi many science fiction fans. He has also shown his comedic strength in films such as "The 4th Tenor" with Rodney Dangerfield and "The Hot Chick," produced by Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler.

Having appeared in more than 100 motion pictures, some of Davi's most notable film credits span 30 years and include cult-classics and blockbuster hits with roles as Jake Fratelli in "The Goonies," Max Keller in "Raw Deal," Special Agent Big Johnson in "Die Hard," Al Torres in "Showgirls," Leo Marks in "The Iceman" with Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans and James Franco, and most recently, with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger among a large A-list cast in "Expendables 3." He has worked with such directors as Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, Blake Edwards, John McTiernan, Paul Verhoeven and Patrick Hughes. In addition, he has worked on film projects with acting talent such as Marlon Brando, Roberto Benigni, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Walken, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Glover and Catherine Zeta Jones, to name a few.

In 2007, Davi produced, directed, co-wrote, and starred in "The Dukes," which tells the story of a once-successful Doo Wop group who fall on hard times. The film won nine awards including the coveted Coup de Coeur award. Davi was also awarded Best First-time Director and Best Screenplay in the Monte Carlo Festival of Comedy by the legendary director Ettore Scola where Prince Albert presented him with the awards. Davi was the only first-time director in the Premiere Section of the International Rome Film Festival along with Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet, Julie Taymor and others.

In October of 2011, Davi released his debut album, Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance (produced by Grammy award-winning producer Phil Ramone) to rave reviews. Within weeks of its highly anticipated release, the album soared onto Billboard Magazine's Top 10 Jazz Chart taking the number 6 spot for several weeks. In response to the release, the legendary Quincy Jones stated, "As FS would say, 'Koo, Koo.' Wow! I have never heard anyone come this close to Sinatra's sound - and still be himself. Many try, but Robert Davi has the voice, tone, the flavor and the swagger. What a surprise. He absolutely touched me down to my soul and brought back the essence and soul of Ol' Blue Eyes himself." In support of the album release, Davi is touring the U.S. with his live stage show, receiving standing ovations. He has performed at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas for a three-night engagement, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza with a 55-piece orchestra, the National Italian-American Foundation's (NIAF) special tribute to the 25th anniversary of its Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank Sinatra at the Washington Hilton in D.C., the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, Calif., with David Foster at the Beverly Hilton, and in August of 2013, at Long Island's Eisenhower Park for more than 10,000 people. In November of 2013, Davi released the Christmas single, "New York City Christmas."

Besides working in film, television, and music and raising his five children, four dogs and two cats, Davi keeps busy volunteering his time with such charities as The Dream Foundation, Exceptional Children's Foundation, Heart of a Child Foundation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Youth Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States, Heart of a Horse, NIAF, The Order 'Sons of Italy' in America (OSIA), and UNICO . Since its inception in 1998, Davi has been the National Spokesperson for i-Safe America, which is regarded by many internet experts as the most complete internet safety program in the country and is available in grades K-12 in all 50 U.S. states.

Among his numerous awards for career achievement and community involvement, Davi has received the George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award from the Hofstra University Alumni Association (past recipients include Francis Ford Coppola and William Safire). In 2000, Davi was awarded the FBI's Man of the Year Award in Los Angeles. In 2004, Davi was named KNX radios' "Citizen of the Week" for saving a young girl from a fire in her home. The same year, he also received the Sons of Italy's Royal Court of the Golden Lion Award, including a $20,000 donation to a foundation in which he is involved. In addition, he received the 2004 STEP Award (Science, Technology and Education Partnership). In 2007, Davi was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian Board of Governors in New York, where New York State recognized his value as an artist and community leader. In 2008, he received the Italo-Americano Award from the Capri-Hollywood Festival. In 2011, Davi was awarded the "Military Order of the Purple Heart" (MOPH) Special Recognition Award for dedication and service honoring America's service members, veterans, and their families. In June of 2013, Davi was honored with a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Canada.

Davi is on The Steering Committee for George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute and is the only entertainer among 28 members, which consists of mainly Senators and former heads of the FBI and CIA. Davi has developed Civilian Patrol 93, which is at Homeland Security, where a lesson plan is being written.

Roma Maffia

From a hit television drama to a medley of feature films, Roma Maffia graces the entertainment mediums with her trademark sophistication and charismatic appeal.

Roma portrays the smart, no-nonsense anesthesiologist, 'Dr. Liz Cruz,' on the hit FX drama, "Nip/Tuck." 'Liz' has earned the respect of her physician colleagues, plastic surgeons Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon). Often the voice of reason in an otherwise unpredictable environment, 'Liz' is tough on the surface yet shows warmth and concern for her patients as well as for 'Sean' and 'Christian.' An out-and-proud lesbian, 'Liz' is the only female seen as a true equal in the life of 'Dr. Troy.'

The Warner Bros. Television-produced "Nip/Tuck" won the 2005 Golden Globe for Outstanding Drama series and received an American Film Institute Award. The show is now in its fifth season and has relocated its setting from Miami to Los Angeles.

Most recently, Roma wrapped production on writer/director Robert Celestino's feature film "Yonkers Joe," with Chazz Palminteri. She has also completed production on the crime story "Kingshighway," due out in 2008. Also in the can is the psychological thriller, "Ghost Image" for writer/director Jack Edward Snyder. In the later film, Roma plays the lead investigator who probes the mysterious occurrences involving a woman who begins to receive video messages from her deceased boyfriend.

Roma started her acting career performing off-Broadway, off-off Broadway and in regional productions ranging from Shakespeare to Sam Shephard. At a benefit reading for the New Group in New York, she was asked by casting director Jane Jenkins to audition for a role in director Ron Howard's feature film "The Paper," and found a career mentor: "Ron tells people he discovered me, which is absolutely true."

When "The Paper" opened in Los Angeles, Roma took her first trip to Hollywood and her career quickly flourished. She soon met television producer David E. Kelley, who cast her as Adam Arkin's secretary, 'Angela' in his new series, "Chicago Hope."

During her one season on "Chicago Hope," Roma landed a plum role in the Barry Levinson film, "Disclosure," in which she played Michael Douglas' tough sexual harassment lawyer, 'Katherine Alvarez.' Garnering rave reviews for her performance, Roma quickly landed feature film roles in director John Badham's "Nick of Time," playing a kidnapper opposite Christopher Walken and Johnny Depp; "Eraser" with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and "Double Jeopardy" opposite Ashley Judd.

Additional feature credits include "I Am Sam" with Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer; "Kiss The Girls" with Morgan Freeman; "Holes," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her" with Glenn Close and Holly Hunter.

For television, Roma played the dedicated and intelligent 'Grace Alvarez,' forensic pathologist for the Violent Crimes Task Force, for four seasons on NBC's primetime series "Profiler." Her telefilm credits include "Consensual Relations" for NBC; HBO's "Mistrial" with Bill Pullman; and Showtime's "The Defenders." She had recurring roles on NBC's "Law & Order" and "ER," and she has guest-starred on numerous television shows, including CBS's "Ghost Whisperer," Lifetime's "Strong Medicine," NBC's "The West Wing" and HBO's "The Sopranos."

In her free time, Roma is actively involved with the non-profit organization, Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) which dedicates itself to advancing democracy and equality in South Africa. Although she is happiest when acting, Roma also finds time to run on her treadmill, write, play ping-pong and hang out with her two dogs, Lou Lu and Lucky.

Don Harvey

Don Harvey was born in St. Clair Shores Michigan the sixth of eight children. He attended the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama before moving to New York City to pursue film, TV and theatre work.

He has appeared in over forty feature films, but his most notable performances are in Casualties Of War (1989) alongside Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox, Eight Men Out (1988) with John Cusack and Charlie Sheen and American Heart (1993) with Jeff Bridges.

His television work includes starring performances on Miami Vice, NYPD Blue, The Pretender, Medum, Numb3rs and HBO's Luck.

He is constantly doing theater in New York and throughout the country, performing in classical plays by Shakespeare, Williams, Pinter, Mamet and others as well as contemporary and new works.

He is married to Dyanne Court Harvey and shares his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Melissa Bolona

Melissa was born in Greenwich, CT, grew up in NJ and spent a portion of her youth living in Lima, Peru. Her father is Peruvian, and she has German, Cuban and Ukrainian heritage. She studied abroad at The American Business School in Paris, and graduated from Pace University in New York with a Degree in International Marketing. While abroad, Melissa studied acting at Film Acting Paris and currently studies in New York with renowned acting coach Harold Guskin and in LA with the equally renowned Gary Marks. She has also studied at Margie Haber's studio in their intensive advanced course.

Melissa had her acting debut in the movies of the week, The Saint and Grace of God and her feature film debut in the summer of 2015 with the theatrical release of In Stereo, in which she played the support female lead. Her other film roles include Shark Lake, I am Wrath (starring John Travolta), The Neighbor, Snipped in the Bud, I'll be Home for Christmas, The Institute (starring James Franc0), and Dog Eat Dog in which she acts opposite Nicolas Cage. Films featuring Melissa and due for release in 2017 include Billy Boy, Frat Pack, The Year of Spectacular Men, Mara, The Super, Malicious, and the highly anticipated Category 5, directed by Rob Cohen.

Melissa has appeared on a number of magazine covers, most recently Vanidades, the largest Spanish language magazine in the US. She has also appeared in fashion editorials for Harper's Bazaar, Esquire, Forbes, Flaunt, Latina, Bella, Vanidades, and has been featured in Vanity Fair and GQ UK. She has been the 'Lovely Lady of the Day' twice for Sports Illustrated and she won the Beach Bunny Supermodel Search Contest in 2013. Melissa has modeled for Ferrari, Charlotte Olympia, Gents, Beach Bunny Swimwear and Love Haus Lingerie. Most recently in 2016 Melissa collaborated with Canvas by Lands End.

Melissa's philanthropic work began in her youth and her efforts have grown exponentially in scale since. In 2013, she became the charity ambassador for Gents, raising money for the James Blake Foundation. For the past three years, she has supported Sean Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization, and helped raise money for the Clinton Foundation. In 2015 The New York Observer recognized Melissa as a leading young philanthropist. She also supports the Algemiener News, ASPCA, AmFar, CAA Foundation and Stylight (Purple Day). Melissa was also a guest blogger for Vanity Fair and was featured in the Vanity Fair Hollywood edition as "Who's that Girl?." She also writes Fashion Blogs for Bella Magazine.

Melissa splits her time between NYC and Los Angeles with her three small dogs and travels extensively for work.

John Marshall Jones

John Marshall Jones (The Last Revolutionary, Sundance Channel's Rectify, Call of Duty-Infinite Warfare) has worked with such stars as Oscar winners Sean Penn, Helen Hunt, Jamie Foxx, Forrest Whittaker, Robin Williams and Steve Martin. He's had 5 TV series, 20 feature films, has made over 200 TV episodic appearances, and has recently appeared on Bosch, The Fosters, Son of Zorn, Criminal Minds, The League, The Mentalist, In The Cut, Mann and Wife, Hart of Dixie, Battle Creek, Shameless, Glee, Pretty Little Liars, Bones, NCIS, as well as the upcoming film, Paint it Black. John, an award winning theater actor, is the creator of Mastering The Audition (masteringtheaudition.com). He loves working with young actors and, because of his work on kids shows like The Troop and the long running hit, Smart Guy, kids love him back.

Geoffrey Blake

Geoffrey Blake is an EMMY nominated, two-time SAG AWARD winning actor best known for his role as 'Wesley' (the abusive radical boyfriend) opposite Robin Wright's 'Jennie' in the iconic Academy Award Best Picture FORREST GUMP. In addition to FORREST GUMP, Blake has appeared alongside Academy Award Winner Tom Hanks in multiple films. Those performances are part of Blake's frequent collaborations with such Academy Award winning filmmakers as Robert Zemeckis and Ron Howard (FORREST GUMP, CONTACT, CAST AWAY, APOLLO 13, EDTV, FROST NIXON) whose films alone have garnered over $2,000,000,000 in Box office. Blake's most critically acclaimed performance was that of the preppy pipe-smoking astrophysicist 'Fisher', the right hand man, in the Sci-Fi classic CONTACT opposite Academy Award winner Jodie Foster.

Blake has well over 100 credits to his name in both television and film. In the 1980's and early 1990's, he frequently collaborated with friend and colleague, Emilio Estevez. The two met on the generation defining film YOUNG GUNS where Blake portrayed 'McCloskey', the Young Gun snitch, opposite Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Dermot Mulroney. Blake would go on to make four more films with Estevez as both an actor and director (MEN AT WORK, RATED X, THE WAR AT HOME, NIGHTBREAKER). He also worked with other luminary filmmakers such as Ridley & Tony Scott (THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, ENEMY OF THE STATE), Paul Mazursky (THE PICKLE), Frank Darabont (MOB CITY), Barry Levinson (WAG THE DOG), Roland Joffe (TEXAS RISING) and numerous others. In addition, he has appeared in a multitude of Emmy Award winning series, mini-series, and movies for television with prolific content providers such as Steven Bochco, David Milch, Jerry Bruckheimer, Shonda Rhimes, David Shore, Paul Attanosio, Don Bellisario, and Dick Wolf, repeatedly reaching out to Blake to be on their shows.

Simultaneously, Blake stars in two series as recurring regulars. In AGENT X for TNT, Blake portrays 'Gray Lawson', the Machiavellian Director of the CIA, opposite Academy Award Nominee Sharon Stone and James Earl Jones. He also recurs in Ridley Scott/Scott Free's THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, Amazon Prime's highest rated and most critically praised one-hour drama to date. Based on the Phillip P. Dicks Hugo award winning Dystopian novel, Blake portrays 'Doc Meyer' the leader of the American East Coast resistance to the Nazi occupiers and nemesis to Rufus Sewell's menacing Third Reich sociopathic killer.

In 2014, Blake spent five months in Durango, Mexico filming History Channel's 10-hour mini-series event TEXAS RISING directed by two-time Academy Award Nominee Roland Joffe (KILLING FIELDS, THE MISSION). Blake came to the production by way of his colleague Bill Paxton, whom he previously worked opposite in APOLLO 13 and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. Blake portrays 'Col. George Hockley'; confidant, agitate, right hand man and second in command to Paxton's 'General Sam Houston'. Blake relished at the opportunity of working with Paxton again as well with fellow actors Ray Liotta, Olivier Martinez, Brendon Fraser, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and numerous others.

Raised in Northern California, Blake sparked his love for acting and writing as a member of The American Conservatory Theatre at the ripe old age of 16. He started his career under the tutelage of John Housman at the USC School of Theatre. He went on to study with legendary acting teacher Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio, where amongst his classmates were his generation's finest actors (Sean Penn, Forrest Whitaker, Meg Ryan, Nicolas Cage, Michelle Pfeifer to name just a few). Later he studied with, often mentioned in Academy Award winner's speeches, Larry Moss.

Not only is Blake an award winning actor, he is also a highly respected screenplay writer alongside his scribe partner and wife, Marcia Blake. Together, they have written projects for A-Level film talent such as Robert Towne (CHINATOWN), Tom Cruise's production companies, Brad Pitt's Plan B, Robert Deniro's Tribeca, major studios, and HBO.

Together with Marcia, Blake has the great fortune of raising two sons. His family inspires and supports him in his creative endeavors where he strives and blessed to stay working at the top tiers of the Entertainment Industry.

Sam Keeley

Sam Keeley is an Irish actor who began his acting career in the role of "Killen" in the Irish film "The Other Side of Sleep" directed by Rebecca Daly. He was chosen for this role after attending an open casting in his home town of Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland in 2010. Since then he won a role in the Bafta award winning series "Misfits" appearing in Series 2, Episode 2, as Jamie, Nathan's brother. Shortly after this Sam was cast as Desmond in Paulo Sorrentino's "This Must Be The Place" starring "Sean Penn" and "Frances Mcdormand" which was shot predominantly in Ireland. Both "The Other Side of Sleep" and "This Must Be The Place" premièred at the 2011 "Cannes Film Festival". Since then Sam has appeared in the TV3 Magma Productions series of "Jack Taylor" films starring alongside Iain Glen in The Pikemen.He worked on a post production project for 'Dream House' with Jim Sheridan, and Season 4 of "Raw", an Irish original TV Series where he had a leading role. He played the part of Conor Harris in the feature film "What Richard Did" directed by Lenny Abrahamson which was released to great acclaim in 2012. Sam was cast in his first lead role of Michael in the Si Fi Sequel "Monsters Dark Continent", which is due for release later this year. From there Sam was cast as "Charles Ramsdell" in the "Ron Howard" epic "In the heart of the sea" along side "Chris Hemsworth", "Cillian Murphy", and "Brendan Gleeson". This movie is due for release on March 15th next year (2015). Summer 2014, sees Sam in London playing the role of "David" opposite "Bradley Cooper","Uma Thurman" "Sienna Miller" "Jamie Dornan" "Emma Thompson" "Omar Sy" and Daniel Bruhl" In the "Weinstein Company" production "John Wells" directed "Adam Jones".

2015 see's Sam in London filming "Alley cats" Directed by "Ian Banhote" co-staring with "Eleanor Tomlinson" and " John Hannah" , This is due for release later on in the year. From there, on to South Africa to work on the true Irish peacekeeping story of "Jadotville" with "Jamie Dornan" "Greg Strong"and "Jason O' Mara".

Larry Romano

Larry Romano is an experienced actor with over 25 years' experience in television, movies, and theatre. His acting credits include "The King of Queens," "Donnie Brasco," "The Thin Red Line", "NYPD Blue", "CSI, NY", "LA Law" and "Lock Up". He has appeared on screen with many acclaimed actors, including: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke, Madonna and Sylvester Stallone. Larry's long acting career allowed him the opportunity to work with well-known director Mike Newell ("Donnie Brasco" and of "Harry Potter" fame) as well as many other award-winning directors, including: Terrence Malick ("The Thin Red Line") and David Fincher (the Grammy-nominated Madonna video "Oh Father".

Larry pursued his passion for the performing arts by studying at Weist-Barron, HB Studios, and the famous Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, all located in NYC. These highly-respected schools were responsible for launching the careers of many successful actors, including Larry, who now works in film, television and theatre.

While pursuing his studies at Strasberg, Larry wrote his first play entitled "We ain't kids no more" which was presented under the artistic direction of Ana Strasberg. The play was a success and ultimately produced at the William Redfield Theatre in NYC and in Los Angeles at The Burbage Theatre.

Drawing upon his strong background and knowledge in all aspects of film and production, Larry has written "Saturday in the Park" based on his original play. Larry is set to direct this play using the skills and expertise developed during his long and successful career in the performing arts.

Deirdre Quinn

This Red-Headed beauty, from Philadelphia's Main Line, got discovered by a photographer at a Bat-Mitzvah at the age of 12. From there she was immediately signed as one of Wilhelmina Models youngest talents, traveling from Japan to New Zealand shooting fashion covers and commercials all over the world. By her late teens Deirdre's resume already included leads in several National Commercials, countless Modeling campaigns, Billboards, and Starring Roles in Theatrical and Musical Theatre Productions. Selected in 1996 as the first ever female spokeswoman for Irish Spring (doing a spot-on Irish accent) it was obvious to many in the industry, that Deirdre was a star on the rise.

Although entering the work force early, Deirdre's emphasis on education earned her a college degree in Theatre and acceptance to the prestigious NYU Tisch program at the Column Theatre. Continued discipline and focus would earn Deirdre the honor of graduating from the two-year Master's program at the renowned Sanford Meisner Center.

Only three weeks after arriving in Hollywood, Deirdre landed the coveted role of Sandra Bullock's roommate (Mary Jo Wright "Miss Texas") in the mega comedy hit Miss Congeniality, directed by Donald Petrie. Masterful with southern dialects Deirdre would be called upon again to conjure up some southern for the western, Aces 'N Eights. Starring alongside, Casper Van Dien and the-late-great Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine. As well as the straight Texas-talk of "Texas Tina", in her memorable recurring role on the award winning drama, Heroes. Down in the Big Easy, Deirdre also had a recurring role on FOX's short-lived K-Ville.

Chosen and taught by Marlon Brando. Deirdre was privileged to participate in his last known work before his death, a documentary called "Lying for a Living" Working alongside the late Robin Williams, Leonardo Dicaprio, Sean Penn, Edward James Olmos and Whoopi Goldberg (to name a few).

Deirdre's extensive range spans from sexy, predatory roles in: New Suit, CSI, CSI-NY, E-Ring, Diagnosis Murder, Jane Doe and the MOW: The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer. To the gritty indie film Spare Change, directed by Eric Amadio, which exposes a ruthless abandon and her subtle vulnerability. All contrasting Quinn's elegant portrayal of a young Maureen O'Hara and war bride in CBS' The Last Dance.

Off camera, Deirdre Quinn is even more multi-faceted. As an athlete, she's been a golfer since childhood and learned to ski at the age of three on the Italian Alps of Cervinia. Private schooling and travel molded Deirdre's panache in other forms of entertaining as well...she plays classical piano and sings, everything from Opera, to Jazz, to Country. Recording "You Light Up My Life" at Capital records for the Miss Congeniality soundtrack. As a painter of modern art, author of published essays, avid foodie, wine collector, and antique enthusiast, Deirdre's lifestyle reflects a passion for sensory beauty. In fact, when Deirdre is not on film she is immersed in Interior Design, Party Planning (her wedding, which she single handily planned, was featured in: Inside Weddings) Home Renovations, and Mom-hacks. All of which appear on her very well received (often re-published) Lifestyle Blog at TheNestingBird.

But there's more than just style here... Deirdre stepped away from the limelight in 2009 with the pregnancy and subsequent loss of her first child, a son. There would be more pregnancies, and sadly many more losses along the way to Motherhood, but Deirdre and her husband persisted. Putting all their focus on creating a family, they finally welcomed a daughter in 2013. During that time Deirdre committed to community service as well. Along with her husband, they ran a Toys-for-Tots Campaign, recently helped organize an event for Tree People LA (replanting trees lost in the recent wild fires), adopted a family through M.E.N.D. and are dedicated members of Heal-The-Bay... a non-profit organization that focuses on cleaning up our Oceans. Deirdre and her husband also teamed-up as renovators & designers in their residential/multi-residential development company, WKProperties. All while Deirdre relished in the most important ROLE of her lifetime...as stay-at-home-MOM! So whether it's through her parenting, philanthropic endeavors, her design aesthetic, or her passionate acting, Deirdre is doing what she aspires to do in all aspects of her life...be present, be creative, and make a profound, meaningful difference!

A Daughter, Pampered Poodle & 2 Kittens share their Los Angeles home, hikes, and happiness.

Tim Griffin

Chicago native Tim Griffin, often known as, "the actor who is in everything," has amassed a dizzying list of credits, and over the years has solidified his reputation as one of Hollywood's nicest, most charming and versatile actors.

The son of a pediatric cardiologist, he first discovered acting after being cast as Oliver Twist in a school performance of the musical "Oliver!" As a teen Griffin would star in numerous theatrical productions for "The Body Politic" and "New Haven Playhouse," as well local movies and commercials. After graduating from Francis Parker High School (among classmates Paul Adelstein, Anne Heche, and novelist Brad Thor), Griffin made the choice to put acting on the back-burner to enroll in the University of Vermont (UVM) where he graduated with a double major in political philosophy and English literature.

Griffin performed as a regular member of the UVM Players (as Claudio in "Much Ado About Nothing" and Riff in "West Side Story"). Fate intervened his sophomore year while driving back to Chicago when his car broke down outside New York City. While waiting for it to be repaired, his agents asked him to audition for a TV movie called "Taking A Stand." He was cast in the leading role of the all-star production (Betty Buckley, Jane Adams, Michael Beach). The show went on to win a Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Children's Special."

Following this success, Griffin turned down a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Kent in England, and went to Hollywood. Giving himself the extreme grand total of one year to make or break his career, he enrolled in classes at UCLA and signed with Writers and Artists. He quickly went on to star in high-profile TV shows and movies of the week, including "China Beach," "In The Heat of the Night," and Michael Zinberg's autobiographical, coming-of-age drama "For The Very First Time."

Rejecting the advice of his agents, he elected to return to the University of Vermont to finish up his Bachelor's Degree. He considered attending graduate school for political philosophy, but his academic mentor convinced him to return to the West Coast and continue to pursue his acting career, noting that the scholarly life would always be there to fall back on if "things didn't pan out."

Unsure whether working as a "teen actor" came with an expiration date, he picked up right where he left off, landing recurring stints on "General Hospital," the critically acclaimed "Against The Grain" (co-starring "Southland's" Mike Cudlitz, and Ben Affleck), and a near-unrecognizable turn as the autistic Richie Grayson on "Party of Five." His reputation as a multi-talented actor began to grow, and in 1996, director John Singleton gave Griffin his first break into features, casting him in "Higher Learning" (Jennifer Connelly, Lawrence Fishburne) as the orientation announcer at a pep rally whose booming message was "How many people came here to change the world?!"

In his hilarious recurring role as T.R. Knight's brother, Ronny O'Malley," on "Grey's Anatomy," Griffin is best know for shooting his own dad in the butt. He became even more recognizable in 2004 when he was cast in "The Bourne Supremacy," the second installment of the legendary franchise. As "Nevins", a hapless CIA agent who interrogates the eerily silent Bourne (Matt Damon), he's repeatedly stonewalled and smugly says "You're going to play ball one way or another..." During filming, Damon (by pure accident) really cracked Griffin across the bridge of his nose, giving him a deviated septum.

Griffin's blockbuster streak continues with credits that include Jon Favreau's "Iron Man," and more than a few projects for the brilliant J.J. Abrams, such as "Cloverfield," "Star Trek"(where Abrams directed him as the doomed UFSS Kelvin's Chief Engineer in the opening sequence) and in the upcoming "Super 8"(Elle Fanning).

Being handpicked to star alongside and be directed by George Clooney in the 1920's football romp, "Leatherheads" (also starring Renee Zellweger) was a huge thrill. He re-teamed with Clooney again in the comedy "The Men Who Stare at Goats" (featuring Academy Award winners Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges). Griffin earned critical praise for his work in Doug Liman's true-life spy drama "Fair Game" as Paul, the lead CIA analyst charged with the unenviable task of taking on Scooter Libby (David Andrews) over the now infamous "yellow cake uranium." Starring Academy Award winner Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, "Fair Game" was awarded screen writing honors by the Writer's Guild of America, and a New York Film Critics award.

In addition to multiple recognizable commercial campaigns and television spots, Griffin has had numerous high profile projects in the past few years, including roles in feature films such as Chris Weitz's "A Better Life," John Singleton's "Abduction" starring Taylor Lautner and Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper."

On television, Griffin has starred in the Peter Berg produced NBC primetime drama "Prime Suspect," with Maria Bello and Aidan Quinn and had a major arc on the hit USA drama "Covert Affairs" opposite Kari Matchett. Up next, Griffin will play Special Agent "Adam Hassler" in the Fox event series "Wayward Pines" from M. Night Shyamalan.

Griffin lives with his wife and their two children in L.A. With his wife, he has built and remodeled several homes. He's a proud Irish-American ridiculously devoted to the Chicago Cubs.

Ingrid Rogers

Born in Toronto, Canada and raised in Jamaica, West Indies, Ingrid discovered acting in high school after she co-wrote and acted in a production about South African apartheid. Her desire to master the craft, took her to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Two months out of school she landed and originated the role of Taylor Roxbury-Canon on "All My Children". From there she went on to work with such acclaimed directors as, Woody Allen, Joel Schumacher and Brian DePalma who directed her in her starring role opposite Al Pacino and Sean Penn in "Carlito's Way".

With numerous TV credits and national commercials to her credit, Ingrid continues to hone her love and passion for acting.

Ingrid lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

Anzu Lawson

Anzu Lawson is a force of nature in many disciplines. Throughout her artistic life, she's enjoyed success in acting, music, stand-up comedy, screenwriting & directing. A true warrior when it comes to following her passions, which have led her on many creative adventures, each one adding another layer to the multi-dimensional artist that is Anzu Lawson.

Born in Klamath Falls, Oregon-raised in Southern California, Anzu's mother kidnapped she and her sister Sophia during a custody battle, to live and work as a teen J-Pop star in Japan at the age of 15.

Beginning at age 7, Anzu's first taste for acting was opposite Academy Award-nominated actor, Mako in her first screen test playing his granddaughter, in an independent film. Then at 14, She was scouted to model in Tokyo, thus beginning her International career path. While modeling one summer, the stars conspired for her to meet YES's singer Jon Anderson, backstage at an INXS concert in Tokyo. It was a pivotal moment in her career when Jon discovered Anzu's musical talent. He prompted the beginnings of her first album, and two albums later, Anzu topped the Japanese Billboard charts with a number one hit on AVEX records. Her creative career as a singer-songwriter had begun. Her bold and unique vocal styling can be heard on many of Hans Zimmer's & Harry Gregson-Williams movie soundtracks, ala: The Chronicles of Narnia, Spygame, DaVinci Code and Sinbad.

As a young adult, back in Los Angeles, her acting career ignited when she landed the lead role in "American Yakuza", starring opposite Viggo Mortensen by casting director Don Phillips. Don Phillips is known for giving such talents as Forest Whitaker, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen & Matthew McConaughey their first film role. That film's director, Frank Cappello, commissioned her to write a song for his next movie "No Way Back" starring Russell Crowe and then cast her again, opposite Christian Slater in the Showtime movie, "He Was A Quiet Man", years later. After Guest Starring on The King Of Queens & befriending comedian Brad Garrett, Anzu was inspired to explore the stand-up comedy world, and has now performed on such famous stages as The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory and The Improv Hollywood/Brea.

The seed for writing her own material had been planted, and Anzu received her certificate in screenwriting at UCLA in '09, where she optioned her first script, The Seed Between the Stones. Even though Anzu's television career flourishes as she graces the sets of Raising Hope, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Parenthood and Dexter, etc. She is busy recording & writing a rock movie musical called "Rock and Roll's Greatest Lovers" inspired by John Lennon's controversial and inspiring love for Yoko Ono, as well as other edgy screenplays that focus on challenging the stereo types for Asian American women of all ages.

No one says it better than Nicole Force of The Examiner when she wrote: "Anzu Lawson is a consummate and multi-talented performer who represents the new triple threat in Hollywood-singer, actress and stand-up comedian. Anzu Lawson is an entertainment force who consistently delivers, regardless of the genre."

Anzu couldn't be more thrilled for what's ahead, and what project her muse will lead her to next. Stay tuned.

R.D. Call

R. D. Call is an American actor, best known for his roles in films by Walter Hill. He was born and raised in Utah and attended the Utah State University and Weber State University. Call moved to Los Angeles in 1976 and began training with Lee Strasberg. His first Role was in Barnaby Jones, a TV series directed by Leo Penn.

Call then took roles in the Walter Hill films 48 Hrs. and Brewster's Millions. Next came At Close Range opposite Sean Penn and the Charlie Sheen thriller No Man's Land. Dennis Hopper cast him in Hopper's thriller Colors, again opposite Sean Penn, and he would work with Leo and Sean Penn - and Martin Sheen - in Judgment in Berlin.

Towards the end of the 1980s, roles included Michael Mann's L.A. Takedown - the original version of Mann's Heat - and a cameo appearance in Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July. Call appeared opposite Emilio Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland in Young Guns II and was back with Sean Penn in State of Grace, conveying a close working relationship with both the Penn and Sheen family.

The mid-1990s were equally kind to Call, with roles in Waterworld and Walter Hill's Last Man Standing in which he starred with Bruce Willis. More recent roles include the Sandra Bullock thriller Murder by Numbers, the Brad Pitt drama Babel and the Sean Penn-directed Into the Wild.

Call has also appeared in numerous TV series, including The X Files and Stephen King's Golden Years.

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski, the American poet, short-story writer, and novelist, was born Heinrich Karl Bukowski, Jr. in Andernach, Germany on August 1920. He was the son of Henry Bukowski, a US soldier who was part of the post-World War I occupation force, and Katharina Fett, a German woman. His father, his wife and young "Henry Charles" returned to the United States in 1922, settling in Los Angeles, California, the setting of much of "Hank" Bukowski's oeuvre. With Raymond Chandler, Bukowski is the great chronicler of the City of Angels, and after John Steinbeck and Robinson Jeffers, who influenced Bukowski's poetry, he arguably is the most important and certainly one of the most influential writers produced by the Golden state.

Bukowski's childhood was marred by a violent father, who regularly beat him with a razor strop until his teen years, and then by the Great Depression. When Bukowski went through adolescence, he developed an awful case of acne vulgaris which disfigured his face and made him feel like an outsider. His father frequently was out of work during the Depression, and he took out his pain and anxiety on his son. The younger Bukowski took to drink at a young age, and became a rather listless underachiever as a means of rebellion against not only his father, but against society in general, the society his father wanted him to become a productive member of. The young Bukowski could care less.

During his school years, Bukowski read widely, and he entered Los Angeles City College after graduating from high school to study journalism and literature with the idea of becoming a writer. He left home after his father read some of his stories and went berserk, destroying his output and throwing his possessions out onto the lawn, a lawn that the young Bukowski had to mow weekly and would be beaten for if the grass wasn't perfectly cut. Bukowski left City College after a year and went on the bum, traveling to Atlanta, where he lived in a shack and subsisted on candy bars. He would continue to return to his parents' house when he was busted flat and had nowhere else to go.

At City College, Bukwoski briefly flirted with a pathetic, ad hoc, pro-fascist student group. Proud of being a German, he did not feel inclined to go to war against Hitler's Germany. When America entered World War II, Bukowski resisted entreaties from his friends and father to join the service. He began living the life of a wandering hobo and a bum, frequently living on skid row as he worked his way through a meaningless series of jobs in L.A. and other cities across the U.S. He wound up in New York City during the war after his short story, 'Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip,' was accepted by "Story" magazine. He disliked New York and soon decamped for more hospitable climes. He was content to go to public libraries and read -- he discovered the L.A. writer John Fante, whom heavily influenced his own work and whom he would champion when he became famous -- and loaf.

The story, published in "Story" in 1944, was the highlight of the first part of his writing career. He returned to Los Angeles and became a Bottle Baby in his mid-twenties, forsaking the typewriter for John Barleycorn and Janet Cooney Baker, an alcoholic ten years his senior who became his lover, off and on, for the the next decade. They would shack up in a series of skid row rooms until the money and the booze would run out, and Jane would hurt the turf. She was a tortured soul who could match Bukowski drink for drink, and she was the love of his life. They would drift apart in the mid-'50s until coming together again at the beginning of a new decade, before she drank herself to death in 1962.

Bukowski got a temporary Christmas job at the Post Office in 1952, and stuck with his job as a mail carrier for three years. In 1955, he was hospitalized in a charity ward with a bleeding ulcer that nearly killed him. He was told never to drink again, but he fell off the water wagon the day he got out of the hospital and never regretted it.

After recovering from his brush with death -- he would have died if an idealistic doctor hadn't demanded from the nurses that had left Bukowski to die that they give him a massive blood transfusion -- he began to write again: poetry. Bukowski developed into one of the most original and influential poets of the post-War era, though he was never anthologized in the United States (though those that were influenced by him were). Bukwoski, who chronicled the low-life that he lived, never gained any critical respect in America, either in the journals or in academia.

Barbara Frye, a woman born to wealth who published the small poetry magazine "Harlequin," began to publish Bukowski. She sent a letter to him saying she feared no one would marry her because of a congenital conformity essentially leaving her with no neck. Bukowski, who had never met her, wrote back that he would marry her, and he did. The marriage lasted two years. In 1958, he went back to work for the Post Office, this time as a mail sorting clerk, a job he would hold for almost a dozen hellish years.

His first collection of poetry, "Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail" was published as a chapbook in 1959 in a run of 200 copies. The influence of Jeffers is very strong in the early work. One can also detect W.H. Auden, although Bukowski never mentioned him, and he was phlegmatic whereas Auden was dry. But that same sense of an outsider looking in critically at his society was there.

Bukowski's poetry, like all his writing, was essentially autobiographical and rooted in clinical detail rather than metaphor. The poems detailed the desperate lives of men on the verge -- of suicide, madness, a mental breakdown, an economic bust-out, another broken relationship -- whose saving grace was endurance. The relationship between male and female was something out of Thomas Hobbes, and while Bukowski's life certainly wasn't short, one will find in the poetry and prose much that is brutish.

Jon Edgar Webb, a former swindler who became a littérateur with his "The Outsider" magazine, became enamored of Bukowski's work in the early 1960s. Webb, who had published the work of Lawrence Ferlenghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller, and William Burroughs, published Bukowski, then dedicated an issue of his magazine to Buk was "Outsider of the Year," and eventually decided to publish, with his own bespoke hand press, a collection of Bukowski's poetry.

Bukowski began to establish a reputation in the small magazines that proliferated with the "mimeograph revolution" of the late 1960s, micro-circulation "magazines" run off on mimeograph and Gestetner machines. Bukowski began moving away from a more traditional, introspection poetry to more expressionistic, free-form "verse," and began dabbling in the short story, a form he became a master of. He also began a weekly column for an underground Los Angeles newspaper, "Open City," called "Notes of a Dirty Old Man." The texts of his column were collected in a collection of the same title published by Ferlenghetti's City Lights press in 1969. (City Lights also would publish his first book of short stories, entitled "Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness," in 1972).

In the column, Bukowski would introduce ideas, vignettes and stories, many of which would be further developed into the short stories that helped make his reputation. The Bukowski of the mid- to late- 1960s' and 1970s became one of the greatest short story writers that America has produced, and his reputation grew steadily in Europe. (Though a literary lion on the West Coast, Buk never was much appreciated in the New York City that he had spurned which was, after all, the arbiter of culture. Since he didn't exist in their ken, he didn't exist at all, with the surprising result for Europeans that the most popular American writer in Europe was little known by Americans.)

There was envy as Bukowski became increasingly popular. Aside from the master of kitsch Rod McKuen, Bukowski was probably the best selling poet America produced after World War II. By the end of the 1970s, he was the most popular American writer in Germany and also had a huge reputation in France and other parts of Europe. Yet, he remained virtually unknown in the United States, except among the core of the Bukowski cult who faithfully bought his books.

Bukowski's success as a writer in the 1970s can be attributed to the patronage of John Martin, a book collector and chap book publisher who offered to subsidize Bukowski to the tune of $100 a month for life. Bukowski took him up on the offer, quit his job at the Post Office in 1969, and set out to be a writer who made his living by the typewriter alone (and an occasional poetry reading). Martin established his Black Sparrow Press to print Bukowski, and Bukowski proceeded to begin his first novel while continuing to write poetry and short stories. The first novel, "Post Office," was published by Black Sparrow in 1971. The Bukowski phenomenon began to gain momentum.

Around the time he quit the Post Office, Bukowski took up with the poet and sculptress Linda King, who was 20 years his junior. They began a tumultuous relationship juiced in equal parts with sadism and masochism that extended into the mid-1970s. In his 1978 autobiographical novel "Women," Bukowski writes about how his alter ego, "Henry Chinaski," had not had a woman in four years. Now, as Bukowski became a literary phenomenon in the small/alternative press world, he became a literary if not literal Don Juan, bedding down his legions of women fans who flocked to his apartment on DeLongre Avenue in the sleaziest part of Hollywood. (It was at this time that Bukowski was friends with a dirty book store manager who was the father of Leonardo DiCaprio.)

Bukowski's alter ego in his novels, Chinaski (who significantly shares Bukowski's real first name, the name he went by; he used his middle name "Charles" for his poetry as it seemed more literary, and possibly to deny his father, who shared the same Christian name), shares an affinity with with the underground denizens of Feodor Dostoyevsky's work and the protagonists of Louis-Ferdinand Céline's novels "Journey to the End of Night" and "Death on the Installment Plan." Celine arguably is the largest influence on Bukowski's prose, aside from Hemingway (who influenced Bukowski's entire generation) and Fante. Like Celine, in World War II, Bukowski flirted with fascism (though Bukowski never descended into the anti-semitism of Celine or any other type of racism in his work); like Celine, he despised America and the brand of capitalism once known as "Fordism," assembly line industrialism and the petty consumer society Bukowski found abominable and which he tried to escape.

Chinaski is a hard-drinking, would-be womanizer who is ready to duke it out with the bums, crooks and assorted low-lives he lives and drinks amongst, though occasionally he visits high society through the ministrations of a woman. Like Bukowski himself, he will accept company but prefers to be alone to drink and listen to classical music on the radio: Beethoven, Mozart, and Mahler among others.

Chinaski was introduced in the autobiographical short-story "Confessions of a Man Insane Enough to Live with Beats," his first published short story, printed in chap book form in 1965. Chinaski's life is chronicled in Bukowski's novels "Post Office" (1971), "Factotum" (1975), "Women" (1978), and "Ham on Rye" (1982). Bukowski is not naturally gifted as a novelist, and while "Women" is superb and the very short "Post Office" is highly readable, "Factotum" and "Ham on Rye" are not up to the standards of Bukowski's short stories.

As his social situation evolved, Bukowski's works broadened from tales of low-lives and bums and losers; he added to his repertoire meditative and sarcastic accounts of his new life. A constant in his work became poems and short stories about the race track, to which he had been introduced by Jane back in the 1950s. The race track as metaphor suited Bukowski as it represented something more than luck or chance. A horse player had to work at it to be any good and beat the odds, and the odds were definitely stacked against the crowd as the track took its vig right off the top, when it wasn't outright and forthrightly fixing the race.

Going with the crowd was to be avoided in order to improve one's odds, and the track, the establishment, was out to f--- the bettor, but spiritual kin to Camus' Sissyphus, the bettor on nags had to have the wit to at least get the stone to the crown of the hill and avoid getting crushed as it courses its way back. The bettor was hip to the fact that the rock always fell back and would always fall back, but a good living or at least survival could be had by beating the track, beating the establishment, if the bettor knew how to play the horses. It was all a matter of developing his own system, and standing aloof from the crowd, whose dumb, manipulated enthusiasms skewed the odds. And knowing when to change to a new system, to keep ahead of the track, and the crowd. Bukowski was the antithesis of Carl Sandburg and Sandburg's "The People."

Bukowski was and would remain a literary outsider. In 1973, Taylor Hackford presented Bukowski to a wider audience via an award-winning documentary for Los Angeles public television station KCET. "Bukowski" won the San Francisco Film Festival's Silver Reel Award after being voted the best cultural film on public TV. After his relationship with Linda King petered out, Bukowski met Linda Lee Beighle, a health food restaurateur twenty-five years his junior in 1976. They became a couple and Bukowski's life became more balanced. With a stable relationship and steady royalties in the low six-figure range, Bukowski became a home owner, albeit in a middle class neighborhood in San Pedro. He now had a swimming pool, a hot tub, and drove a black BMW he paid cash for to the track. He palled around with Sean Penn and U2 dedicated a song to him at a Los Angeles concert.

The Muse, whom Buk bet on as faithfully as he did the ponies, left him when it came to the short story sometime in the 1980s. The poetry always ran through his head and down into his fingers, but it became less artful, though the powerful voice remained. Buk wrote a screenplay for Barbet Schroeder, which was made into the movie Barfly, and Bukowski became known in the United States at last. He refused to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, but let "People" magazine interview him as in his reasoning, it would be read by normal people at the supermarket checkout lines. It was the "Crowd" he despised but honored in his own way by refusing to be part of the "better" part of society that kept them down.

Always immensely prolific when it came to his poetry, and aided by a personal computer in the '80s, Bukowski generated so much material that originals are still being published 10 years after his death. He finished his last novel, an L.A./Chandler/private detective/noir spoof called "Pulp" shortly before he lost his battle with leukemia; it, like the final poetry collection published in his lifetime, "The Last Night of the Earth Poems," is full of intimations of mortality, and of course, his mordant humor.

On March 9, 1994, in his native Los Angeles, the man Jean Genet and Jean-Paul Sartre called America's "greatest poet" died. In his short story collection "Hot Water Music," Bukwoski wrote, "There are so many," she said, "who go by the name of poet. But they have no training, no feeling for their craft. The savages have taken over the castle. There's no workmanship, no care, simply a demand to be accepted." The remarkable endurance of the man who never asked for acceptance, the endurance that took him nearly forty years beyond the near-death his drinking and despair had brought him in 1955, finally gave out, and not to the booze and the carousing and anomie, but to a cancer. Many of his fans thought it was remarkable that the "Dirty Old Man" had made it to 74, but it was a brave front: they greatly mourned the passing of their favorite writer, a man that could be read by anyone of any class or educational background.

His friend, Sean Penn, dedicated his film The Crossing Guard to Bukowski, with the words felt by many who had loved him: "Hank, I still miss you."

We still do.

Scott McGinnis

Scott McGinnis has over twenty-five years experience in the Entertainment industry with dozens of credits to his name. He began his career as an actor, performing in Network TV Series and theatrical films co-starring with Actors Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, James woods and Paul Reiser (McGinnis is best known by Star Trek fans as Mr. Adventure in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. He then moved into directing, with his first Feature Film starring academy award nominee Virginia Madsen at The Roger Corman Studio where the careers of Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante, James Cameron, John Sayles, Curtis Hanson and Robert Towne (to name a few) were started. His second feature film was nominated for "Best Film (1995) International Fantasy Film Awards. He was the co-creator of 360 Entertainment leading the development team producing films with partner Robert Patrick for Paramount and Warner Bros. home video. One of these productions led to a Saturn Award for Best Home Video Release. He then directed over twenty-five episodes of network television with Producers like, Joss Weadon (The Avengers) Shawn Ryan, David Greenwalt (Grimm), John Landis and The Walt Disney Company. He also produced and directed two reality TV pilots for MTV and Turner Networks.

Reem Kadem

Ms. Kadem recently marked her debut in Indian cinema, portraying the tour de force lead role of an Indian, Iranian young woman in the feature film, Nawal the Jewel. She shot the film bilingually in both Malayalam (the language of Kerala, India) and English versions, working opposite acclaimed Indian actors such as Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), Shweta Menon (Salt n' Pepper) and Anjali Upasana (Ben), directed by Renjilal Damodaran. Nawal was the first synced sound film in cinema history, to be simultaneously shot in two languages. Ms. Kadem learned Malayalam for the role, spending several months of preparation on the script before her arrival to India. She makes history as the first American actor in a lead role to use her own voice as a non-fluent speaker in Mollywood Cinema.

She is also one of the main stars of the film, Blood Ride, which won 2017 Best Ohio Feature Film. She was handpicked by director, Melanie Atikenhead (Actors Anonymous, Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?) and actor/producer, James Franco (Spider-Man, 127 Hours) to portray Nona, one of the lead motorcycle gang members, in the gritty, terrorizing story of a female gang, and their revenge against the men that did them wrong.

She began her training ground in theater at the age of 14, and has studied with greats like: BAFTA & Emmy Nominated Actor Alfred Molina (Chocolat, Raiders of The Lost Ark), Julliard Alumnus & SAG Nominated Actor Jack Stehlin (Weeds, General Hospital), Oscar Winner Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), and long-time method acting teacher & successor to Stella Adler and former classmate of actors such as Sean Penn, Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo and Salma Hayek, Carey Scott (God's Not Dead 2, Big Love).

Along with her career as an actress, she is also an award winning screenwriter, having received her BFA in the field. She has been a work-for-hire, had optioned material, and has consulted on various projects.

She's been endorsed as a script consultant by some of Hollywood's most creme de la creme, including Academy Award and Emmy Nominated industry.

Marcy McCusker

Marcy McCusker is an actress and dancer from suburban Detroit, Michigan. Straight out of high school, Marcy moved to Los Angeles to pursue her professional dance career, she quickly signed with an agent and began working for the industry's top choreographers.

She had the pleasure of dancing for such artists as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, N'Sync, Jessica Simpson, and Kylie Minogue. She toured South Korea, South America and the U.S. as a back-up dancer and appeared on such TV shows as "Castle", "How I Met Your Mother", "American Dreams" the Grammy Awards, the VMA's and in films such as "Southland Tales" with Justin Timberlake, "Jack-Ass Number Two", "A Very Merry Harold & Kumar", and "Gangster Squad" with Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Sean Penn. She recurred as Quendra on NBC's "Community", and has guest starred on various shows such as "CSI:NY", "New Adventures of Old Christine", "Monk", and the ABC sitcom pilot "Who Gets the Parents".

She landed her most exciting role to date, becoming a Mommy to her adorable son, Isaac James (born Sept 2015).

Shaz Khan

Shaz during his training years at the venerable Actors Studio MFA Program was compared to a young Sean Penn. An ambitious comparison but there was no denying even during those formative years he was always pushing the envelope, taking bold risks and paving the way for this young man to be one of the most exciting actors of this generation. His ethnically ambiguous look has had him cast in a wide range of ethnic roles where he is able to showcase an emotional capacity way beyond his years.

He was born Shazli Hafeez Khan in Oxnard, Ca but moved to Pakistan when he was 4 years old. Stayed in his native country with his family till middle school before moving back to the Philadelphia suburbs with his parents and brothers. He ended up attending Penn State University where he majored in Finance while taking a small bite in film which was to come back with a fury. Securing a job with a Fortune 500 bank before graduation he worked in banking for a little while but was frustrated with the lack of creativity in his work. In those years he would attend casting calls and through just his raw energy was able to secure roles in local plays and films which ignited an inner search that made him realize that Acting at that moment would be his path. He tendered his resignation and moved to NYC to pursue acting with a suitcase and a tin can of foresight. He trained and worked in the city for years working on independent movies and plays and graduated from the Actors Studio Drama School with a MFA in Acting.

Khan kept working all around the U.S on indie films and one winter went to Pakistan to visit his family only to randomly audition and win the lead role in the Pakistani feature film "MOOR." The film was shot on location in a village in Muslim Bagh close to the Afghanistan border as well as in the port city of Karachi. His performance was praised by most critics especially for morphing into the subtleties and characterization of a transplant Pathan. Moor went on to become the official Oscar submission from Pakistan for the 88th Academy Awards. It was a top 15 contender to win foreign language Oscar.

Shaz around this same time starting to express himself behind the camera as well. Spending a couple of years learning screen writing on his own as well producing his own films. His short film Say it Ain't So where he played a troubled boxer dealing with was released on his fan page receiving over 1 million views within a month.

He is slated to star in the feature film The Servant. An inspiring tale of a vibrant servant from a humble village who is forced to move to the city to become a servant and ends up becoming the biggest star in the country. He will also be appearing as an F-16 pilot in the upcoming film Parwaaz Hay Junoon.

Shaz is represented in Los Angeles and continues to work both in Pakistan and the U.S.

Debby Gerber

Debby was born and raised in Basel, Switzerland.

Graduated with honors from College for social work and after working in a café and a pet store, she felt the urge to take the chance and follow her dream: To go to America.

With a return ticket in her luggage to Switzerland she arrived in Los Angeles in July 2009. After studying and perfecting her English for 4 months in Westwood, she decided to use her last 2 months to visit an acting school. It wasn't long until she found the prestigious Drama School Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Hollywood. She enrolled for one term which ended up becoming a full time 2 year program from which she graduated in 2011.

With the knowledge, experience and new found passion for acting she got through her studies at Stella, she was ready to jump into this crazy pool of Acting.

Since then she has been cast as the Lead or Supporting Actress in numerous Short and Feature Films, two of them will premier in the next weeks and be submitted to major film festivals, she appeared in a Webisode called 'Ghost Ghirls' that is produced by Jack Black and will air on SYFY, was featured in Blockbusters like 'J. Edgar' with Leonardo DiCaprio or most recently in 'Gangster Squad' with Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn. She also had the opportunity to be a spokesperson and testimonial for a new product line from Proactiv which is launching right now. Debby has appeared and gained enormous experience on sets like 'Glee', 'The Glee Project', 'Teen Wolf' and the Sitcom 'Dog with a Blog' amongst others.

She will be forever thankful for one of her teachers at Stella, Tim McNeil, who believed in her and cast her as the Lead female in their Final Playproduction of 'Angels in America' written by Tony Kushner. To work on a complex, moody and difficult character like 'Harper' helped shape her into the actress she is today.

Now being a member of the most important Acting Union, SAG-AFTRA, and being signed with an agent and manager, doors have opened up for her and her future is filled with opportunities.

Gracie Otto

GRACIE OTTO is one of Australia's best-known and most respected young directors with ten years of successful filmmaking to her credit. Her extensive filmography is a major accomplishment for someone her age. From her first award winning student short film KILL BLONDES to the recent critical acclaim of her feature debut THE LAST IMPRESARIO, her films have regularly garnered awards and achieved international recognition at festivals throughout the world.

One of Australia's celebrated Otto family of actors - father Barry is a legendary stage and film actor, sister Miranda enjoys an international television and film career, and brother-in-law Peter O'Brien is an Australian television star - Gracie's success has been predominantly on the other side of the camera since completing an Advanced Diploma In Film at the renowned Sydney Film School in 2006. Gracie's short films SEAMSTRESS, LA MEME NUIT, TANGO TROIS, BROKEN BEAT and KILL BLONDES have all won awards and screened internationally.

Gracie's acclaimed documentary THE LAST IMPRESARIO is the ultimate realization of her prodigious short film talent. As director, writer, producer and cinematographer, her film celebrates the life of British producer and playboy Michael White who transformed British culture through hundreds of productions including Oh Calcutta, Rocky Horror, Chorus Line, Dame Edna and Monty Python. An intimate portrait of a larger than life character, the film was acclaimed by Variety and the Hollywood Reporter at its BFI London FF world premiere. Featuring interviews with 60 of his close friends and associates including Naomi Watts, Anna Wintour, John Cleese, Lorne Michaels, Kate Moss, Barry Humphries and Yoko Ono, the film has now screened at major festivals around the world, had theatrical releases in the UK, Italy, Canada and Australia, and is on VOD Platforms in the USA. The Last Impresario was nominated for the prestigious Australian Academy AACTA Awards for Best Feature Documentary.

Since moving to Los Angeles in January 2016, Gracie has established strong relationships in film and television, represented by the prestigious William Morris Endeavour Entertainment agency, and in TVC and media production she was signed by Joinery to their renowned roster of directors.

This year Gracie worked as Associate Producer on director Nick Broomfield's highly anticipated BBC/Showtime feature documentary on Whitney Houston, CAN I BE ME. She also directed a short documentary with Sean Penn and Audible, WHO IS PAPPY PARIAH, and produced and directed two short comedy sketches for Emmy award winning producer Stephanie Laing's PYPO online comedy platform.

Gracie is in demand internationally as a freelance director of TVC and online content including fashion films, music videos and commercials. Recent directing credits in the USA include fashion films for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Russh, Jones and Laud magazines with some of the biggest names in the industry - Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Amanda Seyfried, Elizabeth Debicki, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, singers Brooke Candy, Samantha Jade and Pitbull, and international models Miranda Kerr, Abbey Lee, Charlee Fraser and Lara Worthington.

In Australia Gracie has developed an impressive slate of television commercials for clients including Virgin Australia, Mimco, Westfield, Sportsgirl, Bendigo Bank/Masterchef, Hesta Superannuation, Impulse Perfume, Perth Zoo (Won Best Ads), Bell Direct Broker, Southcape Cheese and the Daily Edited, as well as two French New Wave inspired trailers for Flickerfest.

Other international collaborations include a series of webfilms in France for iconic French interior designer Francois Champsaur who commissions her regularly to create films to promote his designs in stunning locations - PARFUM DE REGRETS at a luxury Paris hotel; LA CABANE for a Marseille beach house; and YEARLING for the millionaire horse auction room at Deauville.

As a filmmaker, Gracie is also recognized as an accomplished writer, editor and actress. In 2014 she was successfully commissioned by BBC FIRST Australia's newest arts channel, to curate and write the first week-long online Twitter drama inspired by shows from the BBC.

Gracie is also a talented actor with leading roles in three Australian feature films. Her professional debut was the lead role of Emma in THREE BLIND MICE (2008), an acclaimed film that premiered at Toronto FF and won the BFI London FF Critics prize and a competition prize at the Sydney FF. The cast boasted a host of Australia's top actors including Jackie Weaver. Gracie also edited THREE BLIND MICE and has been praised by critics for her dual role "Gracie Otto who was also the editor manages to combine a kind of Katharine Hepburn fast-talking sassiness with contemporary flair and is a joy to watch."

Other acting roles include LBF - LIVING BETWEEN F**CKS, co-starring with Toby Schmitz, which premiered at SXSW and the Sydney Film Festival and for which she also directed 2nd Unit in Paris. Recently Gracie played the role of Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick in a remake of the iconic film POOR LITTLE RICH GIRLS 2 and channeled the role of Jane in an homage to PARIS/TEXAS at a live Art Installation at Free Fall Gallery in Sydney.

Gracie has received many awards for her work but also as an individual Australian talent. In 2014 she was a finalist in the Asia Pacific New Documentary and Outstanding New Australian Documentary Talent Award. In 2013 she won the prestigious Qantas SOYA Film Category for her body of work, including a mentorship in the US with Robert Luketic, director of Legally Blonde. Previously she had won the SOYA Audience Award and been a finalist for three years. She also won the 2011 Audi & InStyle Women of Style Scholarship, an innovative award that champions the most iconic and influential women working in all areas of business and the arts in Australia. And in 2010 Gracie was a finalist for the Inside Film Rising Talent Award. She received the Chairman's Award on her graduation from Sydney Film School, an auspicious indicator of her future success.

A keen sportswoman, Gracie represented Australia in futsal soccer in New Zealand, Canada and Greece, and represented NSW in the 2004 Australian Softball Championships.

Gracie has a number of film projects in various stages of development through her own company Ralf Films as well as Dollhouse Pictures, a new company formed with Rose Byrne and other Australian high profile female creative artists. Her feature drama Girls In Hotels, set in luxury hotels around the world, has received development funding from Screen Australia's Gender Matters program. Gracie has also acquired the rights to/is also in development on Armistead Maupin's audacious novel Maybe The Moon. Other current projects include Rue De Tournon, a co-production set in Paris and Sydney that follows the wild love adventures of two young Aussie girls and a quirky Australian doco celebrating the life of Koko the kelpie canine star of multi-award winning film Red Dog.

Gracie is represented in Australia by Jean Mostyn at the Yellow Agency (directing) and United Management (acting) and in the USA by Simon Faber and Solco Schuit at William Morris Endeavour Entertainment, David Unger of Three Six Zero Group, and production company Joinery. Her international publicist is Jessica Carrera of Carrera Press Agency.

Ebby Weyime

In 2014, (barely seven months into her acting career) Kenyan-born Ebby Weyime was cast in three Hollywood films and has worked with actors like Sean Penn, Hellen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Aaron Paul, Javier Bardem, James Purefoy and Barkhard Abdi. The call sheet magazine 2014 named her 'South Africa's rising stars'.

She is also a model and has done everything from runway to commercials to print. As a voice artist she is fluent in English, Swahili and Luhya. She is a big hula hoop enthusiast and can hula hoop for hours :)

Currently based in Cape Town, Ebby is represented by Creative Actors Management. She also recently signed with Generate Management, a full service management/production company based in Los Angeles and New York with offices also in Chicago. She is represented by MLASA in Johannesburg. Her model agent is Pace Models.

Ebby would love to hear from you so please feel free to contact her through her agents or directly on her social media pages. www.ebbyweyime.com

Stafford Douglas

Stafford Douglas was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 20th, 1991. He grew up in a creative family with a strong local theatre environment and he fell in love with acting at an early age. Stafford began exploring film and television as a young adult and landed his first speaking role in "This Must Be the Place," starring Sean Penn.

He has made television appearances on "In Plain Sight," "Longmire," "The Night Shift," and had a recurring role on WGN America's historical drama "Manhattan." In 2014 he appeared as legendary outlaw Billy the Kid on the American Heroes Channel's docudrama miniseries, "Gunslingers."

Stafford can also be seen in a number of films, including "Independence Day: Resurgence" with Jeff Goldblum, "Gold" with Matthew McConaughey, "The Space Between Us" with Gary Oldman, and "Hostiles" with Christian Bale. He is currently shooting "The Kid" with director Vincent D'Onofrio and stars Dane Dehaan and Ethan Hawke.

Stafford is represented by Stewart Talent and Robert Stein Management in LA, and The O' Agency in NM.

Cherinda Kincherlow

Funny and talented actress Cherinda Kincherlow is a native of Compton, California and has dreamed of becoming an actor since she was five years old. Cherinda received a BFA degree in acting from the prestigious California Institute of the Arts. After graduating from Cal Arts, Cherinda landed her first role in Peter Gabriel's music video THE BARRY WILLIAMS SHOW directed by Oscar award-winner Sean Penn. After that, she landed a recurring role on Nickelodeon's hit sketch comedy show ALL THAT. While continuing her ventures into television, Cherinda was blessed with the opportunity to work alongside Oscar and Golden Globe winner Mo'nique as her assistant in the Oxygen promo for MO'NIQUES FAT CHANCE. In 2009, Cherinda was cast as La Precious in the much buzzed about Lionsgate released film CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE where she got the opportunity to work with the late Cory Haim. The directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor filmed the improv rehearsal between Cherinda and Corey Haim on location. The footage was later used in the film replacing the one line Cherinda was originally cast to speak. Since then Cherinda has enjoyed more endeavors into television landing her first principal role as the fugitive Larene Austin in the final episode of the longest-running program in the history of FOX, AMERICA'S MOST WANTED. She also guest starred as the humorous and fiesty Chanel in Cedric the Entertainer's pilot All Rise. Cherinda also starred in the web series "40" playing 17 year old Wheezie and the Gospel Music channel's BROTHER WHITE as Tanisha Jones directed by Brian Herzlinger. On a infinite roll of bookings, she was cast in a two episode guest star role as Darlene in Disney Channel's A.N.T. FARM opposite TV star Chyna McClain and a co-star role on her favorite sitcom MODERN FAMILY, which was a dream come true for her. Cherinda has recently had the opportunity to show the world her versatility in a more dramatic role as Kiara on ABC Family's popular drama series THE FOSTERS. This multi-talented actress can currently (Season 3 June 2015)be seen as the troubled and sassy Kiara in the Girls United story line alongside Rosie O'donnell in the drama series created by Peter Paige and Bradly Bredeweg, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez and Benny Medina.

Matt Knudsen

Matt Knudsen (Kah-nood-sen) was born in Hawaii, raised in the Mid-west and sailed around the world as a merchant marine. After trips to Europe, Africa and the Far East, he eventually put down his sea bag, picked up a microphone and began performing stand-up comedy all across the country.

As an actor, you may have seen Matt share the big screen with Oscar winner Sean Penn in the Warner Brothers feature Gangster Squad or you may also recognize him from his appearances in Emmy and Golden Globe winning shows like Key & Peele, Workaholics, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The League, NCIS, Boston Legal or Malcolm in the Middle just to name a few.

Matt's also been a part of several high profile commercial campaigns for Volkswagen, DirecTV, Apple, IBM, Microsoft and GE; which have aired during the Superbowl and The Olympics.

As a stand-up, Matt's appeared on Conan, The Late Late Show and Last Call, as well as dozens of festivals, including The Montreal Just for Laughs Festival (Best of the fest), The San Francisco Sketchfest, Bridgetown, High Plains, Limestone and has even entertained at The White House for President and Mrs. Obama.

His critically acclaimed albums, "The Comedy Stylings of Matt Knudsen", "American" and "Yes And" are top downloads on iTunes and regularly heard on SiriusXM Radio.

Matt loves Bob Newhart, Jack Benny, Jerry Seinfeld, Brian Regan, Mitch Hedberg, Doug Stanhope and Steve Martin

Eva Dolezalova

Eva Dolezalova is a director, screenwriter, actress and producer born in Prague, Czech Republic. She speaks English, French, Czech, Italian, Polish and Spanish. At the age of 10, she began acting in Czech films and theatre productions as an actor, dancer and co-writer of plays.

At 18, she moved to London to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Eva as well worked on films with well-known directors such as Mike Figgis and Shane Black.

After completing her studies, she moved to Paris where she began to find her own artistic voice and realize her long time dream for filmmaking, and started pursuing her writing and directing skills.

Eva moved to Los Angeles in January of 2016, where she quickly completed her first short film, Sound of Sun, starring Suki Waterhouse, Sean Penn, and herself. The film was met with critical acclaim within the industry, and she has since directed couple additional short films and has two original feature films in development.

Furthermore, Eva often speaks at public events, encouraging others to believe in themselves, no matter what, and proactively pursue their dreams and fulfill their potential.

Salvatore Coco

Australian born Salvatore Coco has been an actor, singer, voice artist, master of ceremonies and entertainer for over 20yrs.

Internationally recognized, Salvatore made his illustrious debut on Australian Television in 1993 as the witty wise guy, schoolyard entrepreneur Con Bordino in the successful production of the television series "Heartbreak High" and furthermore starring as the notorious enforcer of the Golden Mile Harry "hammer" Hamoud brother and guardian to Sydney night club owner John Ibrahim in the winner of the 2011 TV Week Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Tele-movie "Underbelly III" - The Golden Mile.

2RN ABC National Breakfast Radio this week on your TV critic Sue Turnbull in 2010 quotes Salvatore "as a quite extraordinary actor of a standout performance - the Sean Penn of Australia" for delivering a star performance in the Kings Cross based set drama series Underbelly III - The Golden Mile.

From an early age of nine Salvatore joined a theatrical institute where he was trained in Acting, Singing, Dance and Musical Theatre developing into one of Australia's foremost performing artist.

Since his early years with the Australian Theatre for Young People, Salvatore sought to broaden his theatrical schooling by studying the realistic techniques of Konstantin Stanislavski, Sanford Meisner, David Mamet and Practical Aesthetics. With a solid education in acting his ability to diversify and deliver a versatile performance style is a testament to his acting credentials to date.

His feature film credits prior to his debut lead role as the well-meaning if deluded Joey Grasso in Shirley Barrett's "Walk the Talk" included roles in Melina Marchetta's "Looking for Alibrandi", Dein Perry's "Bootmen" and Gregor Jordon's award winning "Two Hands".

With the release of "Walk the Talk" critics raved about this Australian comedy set on the Queensland Gold Coast that focused on the character Joey Grasso, a wide-eyed optimistic talent agent fueled entirely by self-help manuals.

Benjamin Sutherland

Benjamin Dennis Scott Sutherland [May 24, 1990] is a Canadian actor and writer based in Toronto, Ontario.

Sutherland was born in Victoria, British Columbia and raised in the town of Sidney, British Columbia. His father, Darren Sutherland, is an electrical contractor, and his mother, Stephanie Sutherland, is a secretary and homemaker. He has a younger brother, Joshua, a younger sister, Mollynda, and has described his family as being "very loving and supportive".

Growing up he played competitive sports such as soccer, volleyball, and baseball. He has said that "[his] dream job has always been to be a hockey player in the NHL". However, his family could not afford to put both he and his brother into hockey when they were young. As he got older, his main focus shifted to baseball and he attended Lambrick Park Secondary School's Diamond for Excellence Baseball Academy for the duration of his secondary education. His baseball career was cut short however, when he was injured in a regular season baseball game. He was in early scholarship talks with two Ivy League universities at this time.

While injured, his brother encouraged him to take a drama course during his senior year, which he did. He has said that, "[he] made the decision that year to be an actor after seeing Sean Penn's performance in 'Dead Man Walking' (1995). His biggest acting inspirations now are Gary Oldman, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, and Brad Pitt.

After graduation in 2008, Sutherland chose to start a carpentry apprenticeship instead of going to university. He began building custom residential homes on Vancouver Island, in many cases, working along side his father and his father's electrical company. During the day he would work construction, and in the evenings he would go to theatres, such as The Belfry and Langham Court, for rehearsals. It was during this time that he would train in Vancouver with two world-renowned acting coaches Andrew McIlroy and Larry Moss. He ended his carpentry apprenticeship in 2013, with six weeks remaining in his apprenticeship before his journeyman certification, in order to pursue acting full-time.

In 2013, Sutherland trained at two of the most prestigious drama schools in the world. In the summer, he studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England, focusing on contemporary theatre, and in the fall, he began the three-year conservatory program at The National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) as one of six male actors selected that year. He graduated from The National Theatre School in May, 2016.

Bryan Quinn

Bryan Quinn is an actor, presenter, director and musician. He is best known for starring in and co-directing (with Bobby McGlynn) The Rubberbandits darkly comic Dad's Best Friend - this music video is featured in Trainspotting T2. Recent work includes Sir Richard in The Professor and The Madman, starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn and directed by Farhad Safinia.

A graduate of Jacques Lecoq, École Internationale de Mime et Mouvement in Paris, his previous work includes Game of Thrones (HBO) The Abbey Theatre's production of She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, appearances on the satirical Irish Pictorial Weekly- including the 1916 Special on RTÉ. He has also written and starred in several plays, including Saddled, a comedy featuring live bicycle repair, co-written with and from an idea by Edinburgh Winning stand up comedian David O'Doherty.

Over the last 12 months he has played Gulliver in Gulliver at the Mac, Belfast and UK tour (Big Telly Theatre Company), Roger Casement in Our Kind directed by Alan Phelan and co-starred in The Big Wall by Bob Kelly (Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo.) In 2017 he will tour the award-winning This Beach, by Brokentalkers theatre company.

A long time collaborator with The Rubberbandits, he has worked with them on stage, on music videos (Spastic Hawk, Fellas) and sketches for Channel 4 (4Funnies) and RTE (The History of Everything, Republic of Telly).

He continues to tour festivals in Ireland with his 'four-handed guitarist' comedy show in The Horsebox Theatre.

He stars in the forthcoming shorts: Dirt, written and directed by Des Creedon and John Kilkenny and The Interview by Al Brennan.

Anthony Marinelli

Anthony Marinelli has composed, conducted and performed the music in over eighty motion pictures, including The Man From Elysian Fields, 15 Minutes, Hotel, American Gun, 2 Days in the Valley, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, Young Guns, Internal Affairs and Timecode. He also composed music heard in Leaving Las Vegas, the action film Demolition Man and the hit comedies Let It Ride and Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Recent releases include Altergeist, Jada Pinkett Smith's directorial debut film The Human Contract, the provocative Chapter 27, starring Jared Leto and Lindsay Lohan, My Sexiest Year featuring collaborations with Dr. John, and Ripple Effect starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and Oscar nominees Virginia Madsen and Minnie Driver. He also composed and conducted a rare live television performance of On Golden Pond starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and the Speechless Without Writers campaign, a set of thirty-eight mini films for Internet release (starring Woody Allen, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn, Jay Leno, Tina Fey and more) created in support of the WGA striking members. Anthony recently completed scoring Midnight Return, a documentary about the the enigmatic Oscar-winning film Midnight Express.

Along with his film work, Anthony has a notable record career. He remixed and produced Herb Alpert's classic Whipped Cream & Other Delights, rightly named ReWhipped featuring Herb Alpert, Ozomatli, The Dust Brothers and Thievery Corporation, produced the album/concert DVD The Harry Smith Project featuring Elvis Costello, Beck, Wilco, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth and Nick Cave, and produced a remake of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On by New Orleans natives the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, featuring Chuck D, Guru and Ivan Neville.

His large scale orchestral work In the Family Way was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Leonard Slatkin and premiered at the Hollywood Bowl.

Marinelli has composed music for over 500 hundred commercials including 30 spots for Apple Computer, spots for Microsoft, Nike, Mercedes- Benz, Chevrolet, Budweiser, Jaguar, Shell, Southwest Airlines, Boeing and the original iconic top 10 all time ad "This is your Brain on Drugs" campaign. He's been honored with numerous Clio, Silver Lion, Belding and Addy awards. His memorable theme for Shell Oil Company has been their mainstay still on air since 2007. His work and articles have been featured by AICP, Shoot, Ad Week, Creativity, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Film Score Monthly, Mix, Electronic Musician, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal and the LA Times.

He revolutionized post production work flow as co-originator of Levels Audio Post. By integrating a new style of mixing music and sound for picture, it quickly became the industries fastest growing and most in-demand facility. His state of the art complex located at the historic corner of Hollywood and Highland was the first choice of discriminating projects such as American Idol, The Bachelor, and the VH1, ESPN, Soul Train, Teen Choice and MTV award shows.

Earlier in his career, Anthony played keyboards on Michael Jackson's mega-hit Thriller as well as on records for such renowned artists as James Brown, Lionel Richie, Van Halen, Supertramp and Quincy Jones.

He was also a member of LA's popular band Night Flight with Dianne Reeves and Billy Childs. His early years pioneering analog modular synthesizer programming and live performance with his keyboard duo The Synners positioned Anthony at the center of the ensuing music technology revolution.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Anthony was exposed at a young age to the music and entertainment world. While visiting his father at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, Anthony regularly observed innumerable operas, ballet, musicals, symphonies and met entertainment icons likes Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Zubin Mehta and Katherine Hepburn. He attended the University of Southern California School of Music as a piano and composition major. His extensive work as a young arranger, orchestrator and performer for Quincy Jones, Jack Nitzsche, Lamont Dozier, Arthur Rubenstein and Giorgio Moroder was vital in launching his own career as composer, producer and artist.

John R. Taylor

John R Taylor is a graduate of Design at Ryerson University, Toronto, 1961. He spent many years in the visual art world: Founding Director of the Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery; Assistant to the Director, Art Gallery of Ontario; Curator of the Collection - Ontario College of Art; Director of the Art Gallery of Cobourg; Director of the Penticton Art Gallery.

Actor: In the 1980's John began his association with the film world - in the Simon Fraser University student film "One Step, Two Step Waltz". Represented for over 25 years by Murray Gibson at Characters (and latterly RED Management), John has appeared in many Lead, Supporting and Principal roles in such productions as X-Files, The Pledge, Smokin' Aces, Watchmen, Supernatural, The Killing, Stargate and more. He has worked opposite such notables as Robert DeNiro, Ellen Barkin, Henry Winkler, Diane Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard and Jack Nicholson and has worked with such Directors as Ken Russel, Zack Snyder, Zack Lipofsky, Larry Kent and Sean Penn.

John has twice been nominated for Best Actor Leo's - for lead roles in "The Grey Matter" in 2010 and "Backward Fall" in 2013. He has received two "Best Performance by a Male Actor" awards for his role in "Backward Fall": Vancouver Short Film Festival - 2013 and Vancouver Island Short Film Festival - 2014.

Production Designer: As a Production Designer John's credits include over 30 indie shorts, two features - "Dark Arc" and "Deep Evil" (Art Director) and three television series for the Comedy Network: "Skullduggery", "Suckerpunch" and "Rockpoint PD". He won a Nickel award for the feature "Dark Arc" and a Leo for the short indie film "Evirati".

Writer/Director In 2012, John wrote and directed his first short film - "Says Who?". Nominated for a screenwriting Leo, the film was screened at Festivals in BC, Pennsylvania and Italy - winning the Best Director Award, (Foreign Film Division) at the Shortini International Film Festival in Augusta, Italy in 2013

John Otrin

John started his filmmaking career at the American Film Institute in 1975 producing And Sara Laughed; A Greg Brooks film. The same year he studied and worked with the late Academy Award winning Director Jon Kadar and Cinematographer George J. Folesy who where the instructors at the American Film Institute where John performed with student directors' Marty Brest, Amy Heckerling, John McTiernan and others in The Blue Hotel. It was at AFI where John worked with Sean Penn and Crispin Glover in The Orkly Kid. John was Associate Producer on the feature film Hollywood Boulevard starring Jon Tenney. Mr. Otrin worked with Peter Deyell as the Video Producer for the Artists Rights Foundation. Earlier in his career Mr. Otrin was the Assistant Entertainment Director for the Mill Run Theatre in Chicago, Illinois and worked with over 100 different Stars including Lana Turner, Sammy Davis Jr., Woody Allen, Jack Benny, Jerry Lee Lewis, Robert Alda, Vivian Blaine, Eddy Arnold, Pearl Bailey, Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, David Brenner, Glen Campbell, Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Jerry Vale, Danny Thomas, Sandler and Young, Don Rickles, and many more. As a professional actor; he starred in Thomas M. Hammel's "Me and Mama". He also Co-Starred as Mr. Shepard in Friday the 13 Part VII, John was the Cat-Con in Andrel Konchalovsky's Runaway Train with Eric Roberts and John Voight, He played a reporter in Native Son with Geraldine Page and Matt Dillon. He can be seen in such Movies as Mel Brook's To Be or Not to Be with Jose Ferrer and Tim Matheson, Sir Richard Attenborough's Chaplin and Lance Hool's Missing In Action II-The beginning with Chuck Norris. He has worked extensively in television starring opposite Mark Harmon in the Prince of Bel Air. He was requested back by the Producers for the final episode of "Mash". John co-starred "In the Heat Of The Night" with Carrol O'Conner. Mr. Otrin is a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University with a BA in Mathematics and Minor in Physic and History. He has produced and directed over ten stage plays and is the recipient of Theater Americana's Best Director award for Penelope's Web a play written by the late Academy Award winning writer Sheridan Gibney. He also appeared in Twelve Angry Men at The Rita Hayworth Theater, directed by Walter Koeing of Star Trek fame. John studied with Second City with Jo Forestberg, John Candy,and Betty Thomas. Mr. Otrin also trained with Gordon Hunt, Cory Allen, and Byrne Piven. In 1988, John was one of the United States representatives in the World Celebrity Chess Tournament in Mazatlan, Mexico where he held a world ranking. It was there that Mr. Otrin tied the US Chess Champion in a blitz game of Chess. John performed for the Northern Lights Aid Benefits along with Helen Hunt, Ted Danson and Fischer Stevens. John is currently the President of Laddie O Productions and Executive Director of the Film Actor's studio where he and Gregory Avellone have produced and /or directed 50 Short films and in 1997 produced a festival short film screening in the Chaplin Theatre at the Raleigh Studios. Mr. Otrin also produced Gregory Avellone's Tina Gets Her Man, which can be seen on PBS."The Red House" can be seen in the USA,Canada,Germany,etc. which John Produced and starred in. He is attached to several film projects currently in development as a Director/ Producer and as Actor.

Samira Makhmalbaf

Samira Makhmalbaf Filmmaker

Born on February 15,1980 in Tehran. At the age of eight, she played in "The Cyclist" directed by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf the celebrated Iranian filmmaker.

At the age of 17, she directed her first feature titled "The Apple" and She went on to become the youngest director in the world participating in the official section of the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. She was praised on different occasions by the legendary Jean-Luc Godard for her film. The Apple was invited to more than 100 international film festivals in a period of two years, while going to the screen in more than 30 countries.

In 1999, Samira made her second feature film titled "Blackboards" in Kurdistan of Iran, and for the second time was selected by the Cannes Film Festival to compete in the official section in 2000. She was granted the Special Jury Award. The Blackboards received many international awards including the "Federico Fellini Honor Award" from UNESCO and "Francois Truffaut Award" from Italy. The film was widely released across the world and more than two hundred thousand people watched the film in France alone.

Samira alongside other prominent director like Ken Loach, Shohei Imamura, Youssef Chahine, Sean Penn.... made one of the eleven episodes of the film "September 11". The film was premiered at Venice International Film Festival in 2002.

The third feature by Samira Makhmalbaf titled "At Five in the Afternoon", the first feature film shot in Afghanistan post Taliban. The film was selected for the competition section of Cannes Film Festival in 2003, receiving the Jury's Special Award for the second time. In 2004, she was selected as one of forty best directors of the world by Guardian newspaper.

Samira Makhmalbaf shot her fourth feature film in Afghanistan titled Two-Legged Horse in 2007, receiving the Grand Jury Awardof San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.

Samira Makhmalbaf has also participated as jury member in reputable film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno, Moscow, Montreal...

Matt Carmody

Matthew Thomas Carmody was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb just outside of Washington, D.C. He is the youngest of five boys raised by his mother, Kathleen and father, Donald. He grew up in the small town of Kensington where he studied art, played guitar and supported himself by owning and operating a carpet cleaning business. He eventually moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. While working as a production assistant on commercials and music videos, Matt began studying acting at the famed Loft Studio in Hollywood, the former school of Sean Penn, Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfiefer, Nicolas cage and many others. Soon he began perfoming in local theater and booking commercials and guest appearances on television. His first big break was landing a leading role in the television pilot, "West Point, USMA". The show wasn't picked up but Matt has been working steadily ever since. He still plays music and draws editorial cartoons (some even published!), but he is no longer cleaning carpets.

Braxton Pope

Braxton Pope is feature film and television producer who maintained a production deal with Lionsgate. His newest film is The Trust starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood and Sky Ferreira. Pope produced The Canyons written by Bret Easton Ellis, directed by Paul Schrader and starring Lindsay Lohan. The film generated national press because of the innovative way in which it was financed and produced and was the subject of a lengthy cover story in the New York Times Magazine. It was released theatrically by IFC, was selected by the Venice Film Festival and named as one of the year's best by the New Yorker. He produced the Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions feature film Shrink starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Williams and Gore Vidal which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received a national theatrical release. He also produced The Take, which was released theatrically by Sony Pictures to rave reviews and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it was touted as a "must see film."

He produced the feature film The Bondage which made its North American premiere at SXSW. He also produced horror and science fiction films for MGM and Lionsgate. He Executive Produced Pete Smalls is Dead starring Peter Dinklage and the feature film Life is Hot in Cracktown, starring Kerry Washington. He Executive Produced the feature documentary The Source Family which premiered in competition at SXSW and Sundance competition documentary City of Gold on Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold which IFC bought and is theatrically releasing. He is developing projects with Gus Van Sant, Gaspar Noe, Will Self, Denis Johnson and Sarah Silverman. In television he Executive Produced the Showtime pilots What's Not To Love and Hedonism and a Lionsgate/FX comedy pilot Sweat Shop.

He Executive Produced visual content for Kanye West's Yeezus and is collaborating with West on multiple projects and cast the Beyonce & Jay Z video Run starring Sean Penn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Don Cheadle and Emmy Rossum. He produced the Drake and Makonnen music video Tuesday and Constant Conversations and Carried Away for electropop band Passion Pit. Carried Away was nominated for three MVPA awards as well as "Best Alternative Video" at the UK Music Video Awards and an MTV Woodie Award for "Best Music Video." He also produced the award nominated MGMT video Cool Song No 2 that featured Michael K. Williams and was acclaimed by Vice as "the best music video of the year." It was also selected by SXSW and named in many blogs as one of the year's best. He produced a music video for the Dum Dum Girls, Are You Okay? in association with Vice and MOCAtv. In 2013 he produced a contemporary art video for Yoshua Okon and an art film for Milan fashion week for Roberto Cavalli as well Tribeca selection "Two Points of Failure" about Jean-Luc Godard.

Pope began his career at Artisan Entertainment and was Director of Acquisitions, tracking films, attending film festivals and working on co-productions. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and was a Telluride Scholar and was the recipient of the Cornell Book Award. He was selected by the Hollywood Reporter for their Next Generation issue's "35 under 35." Pope is a member of the Producers Guild of America and Film Independent and a board member of Cornell in Hollywood. He has been featured at the National Association of Broadcasters super session and was an invited speaker at the Writer's Guild of America, Bloomberg Finance Summit, San Francisco International Film Festival, American Film Market and Sundance Film Festival. He has appeared on Huffington Post Live and TMZ and has written about film for Vanity Fair and Paste Magazine and was also the author of a pseudonymous entertainment column for the online literary site of McSweeneys Quarterly.

Jesse Jensen

Jesse Jensen grew up in Niles, California where Charlie Chaplin made his earliest films. He is the son of Jeff & Kathy Jensen and has three sisters. Growing up without the influence of television Jesse watched an excessive amount of film, which solidified his interest in acting. As a teenager he studied the work of Brando, Pacino, and Sean Penn. In 2000, Jesse moved to Los Angeles to attend film school at Loyola Marymount University. During college he gravitated towards theater arts and was regarded for his portrayal of HAMLET. He graduated early with honors, and began to work as an actor. He earned roles on television including CSI and Cold Case, as well as a notable supporting role in the indie film Wasted. Restless and ambitious, Jesse began a theater company called the Front Porch Players where he produced plays on his porch in Venice Beach. He is also a founding member of the notorious Los Angeles-based art gang the Bagavagabonds. In 2006 he met actress Amanda Vitiello at the Long Beach Playhouse, and married her as soon as she would let him. From 2000-2010, Jesse made a number of successful short films and also wrote an original play as well as a novella. In 2010, Jesse was one of seven actors in the country awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious Old Globe MFA program at the University of San Diego.

Dacio Caballero

Dacio Caballero was originally born in Gran Canaria, Spain. Where from a very early age he started to train extensively in gymnastics and various forms of martial arts. By the age 14 he decided that 'more than anything' he wanted to be a movie stuntman and began training and then subsequently worked on many different Spanish TV shows ... all whilst continuing his studies at school.

By the age of 20, Dacio started working in a theme park Terra Mítica Benidorm in Spain, which served as an incredibly valuable opportunity and experience to greatly improve his skills in handling various weapons whilst also perfecting the art of high-falls. After his time at Terra Mítica Benidorm, Dacio went to Madrid to seriously start his career working in movies, successfully securing work on-set with fights, horses, air rams, jerk backs and much more.

In a very short time, Dacio was chosen to be the double for the two main actors of the 2 most important TV series of the moment in Spain Hispania, la Leyenda and Tierra de Lobos.

This career opportunity really opened the doors to the movie-stunt-world and Dacio started working in most of the international movies that came to Spain and subsequently worked with actors like Jashon Statham, Gal Gadog, Liam Neeson, John Cusack, Elijah Wood & Édgar Ramírez ... which directly led to his opportunity to perform an action character alongside Sean Penn in The Gunman, which was shot in London.

After successfully completing his role in The Gunman in 2014, Dacio officially moved to London and joined into the British Stunt Register, which gave him the opportunity to participate in the new film of King Arthur (Guy Ritchie) where he was able to make sequences of action with Charlie Hunnam, protagonist of this blockbuster.

Thanks to his work he was recommended for many other great projects such as: "Game of Thrones", in the seasons 6 and 7 where it has been performing all kind of stunts and also was the double for the character Dario Naharis.

In the legendary blockbuster Assassins Creed, Dacio was chosen to represent one of the Assassins handling the double sword.

He was also a stunt-performer in Star Wars: Rogue One, where he was Diego Luna's double in the reshoots.

Gordon Michaels

Gordon Michaels was born in Detroit, Michigan. His father is of Italian, Irish, and Jewish decent and his Mother is of Cuban ancestry. Michaels spent most of his youth in Michigan and graduated from John Glenn High School where he played basketball for the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams and still holds the school record for most rebounds in a game. Michaels spent a lot of after school time practicing and performing as lead singer for his Detroit garage band Flash Experience. The group performed at some high school events as well as various venues around metro Detroit. After attending a performance of a community theater production of Man of La Mancha Michael's love of acting was born. In 1986 Michaels became a graduate of the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York City where he studied under world renowned acting teacher Sanford Meisner. Michaels spent a number of years under the tutelage of Uta Hagen and Herbert Bergoff at the renowned HB Studio in New York City. In addition to writing, producing, and staring in the film Unbeatable Harold, which featured Henry Winkler, Phyllis Diller, Charles Durning and Dylan McDermott, Michaels can also be seen in the Miramax released, This Must Be The Place with Sean Penn, Fox Searchlight's Conviction with Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, Love and Honor with Liam Hemsworth, and in the up-coming Warner Bros Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Some of Michaels other film credits include; Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson, Hostel Part 3, Street Kings Motor City, The Cooler, Joe Dirt, Seduced by a Thief, Leaving Las Vegas, and Gifted Hands, with Cuba Gooding, Jr. Michaels is also recognized for his work on ABC's award winning legal drama The Practice. Michaels is founder and President of the motion picture company Brandon Street Films, an independent production company dedicated to creating an artistic home for filmmakers. Brandon Street Films is developing a number of film and television projects.

Jack Ritter

Jack Ritter began acting as a baby when he booked an Anne Geddes-style national print ad campaign for Disney. He was the Tigger sippy cup baby. At the time, he had wild strawberry blonde curls and huge blue eyes that matched well with the Tigger look. Soon thereafter, Ritter was featured in film and television roles including the boy eating ice cream on "King of Queens," shocked schoolboy on "Chocolate News," Christmas visitor on "Seventh Heaven," stuck hotel guest at Christmastime on "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," baseball player on "Yours, Mine and Ours," the boy in the pool on the opening credits of "Sleeper Cell," and one of Santa's elves on "Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause." Ritter's elf role was featured on the coming attractions for "Santa Clause 3" and in the Disney Channel commercial for the movie. In the meantime, Jack was starring in student films at Emerson, Chapman, LMU, USC, and AFI. Two of those won film festival awards. "The Fabulous Felix McCabe" was nominated for one of five MTVU Student Filmmaker Awards. Jack played a small boy who idolizes a celebrity assassin in a dystopian society obsessed with punishment and torture for the smallest of mistakes in "Transgressions." The film won top awards at the Stony Brook Film Festival, the BAFTA/LA Student Film Awards, and the Seattle Science-Fiction Short Film Festival. Although he was a child actor, student film directors and crews gladly let Ritter participate in their behind-the-camera work, too. Ritter especially liked going into the dark tents as students loaded and unloaded film. It wasn't long before Ritter caught the filmmaking bug. He and his brother Brian Ritter, sister Lauren Ritter, and all of their friends turned their home and garage into a movie studio during every spare moment they had. Once somebody called 911 to report a dead body had been shoved into the back of their family car. It was not rare for a robot, a zombie, and a mad scientist to show up for dinner on the same night. They taught the dog to swim and turned the pool into an ocean. It was Disney again that gave Ritter his big break on television. Although the role called for a "Children of the Corn"-type child, Ritter played the role for laughs and impressed the casting director with his choice. He earned a two-day speaking role with Calista Flockhart and Sally Field on the show "Brothers and Sisters." Ritter's voiceover debut earned a top award at the Nikon European Film Festival. David Alan Grier once told Ritter that he was going to be the next Sean Penn. He had the look and the acting ability. That wasn't the first time somebody had made that comparison to Ritter. But, Ritter also has a knack for quick-witted comedy. Ritter had a live audience laughing as the boy who drank "bleach" on a late night talk show starring Spike Feresten. Currently, Ritter is majoring in film and television production at the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. The prestigious film school consistently ranks one of the top film schools in the nation by "USA Today," "The Hollywood Reported," and others. As a freshman at LMU, Ritter produced a science-fiction comedy television pilot "Repossessed." He was the school's first producer of a 21-minute television pilot. Ritter also has starred in over 30 student-directed films during his time earning his undergraduate degree at LMU. He takes improv classes at The Groundlings Theater, LMU, and Upright Citizens Brigade. Ritter's directing debut film "Powerless" won the top award for technical excellence at the Nikon European Film Festival. His junior thesis film at LMU, "Dr. Verne's Body," is currently in post-production. With his formal education nearly complete, Ritter looks forward to a long career behind and in front of the camera.

Frida Torresblanco

Award-winning producer Frida Torresblanco began her career by studying Film and Literature in Madrid.

Frida then progressed on to Lolafilms where she was responsible for all international productions, including The Dancer Upstairs, directed by John Malkovich and starring Javier Bardem as well as Susan Seidelman's Gaudi Afternoon, on which she served as a producer.

Frida moved to New York City in 2002 to launch Alfonso Cuaron's film production company. As a Head of Esperanto, she served as Executive Producer and Creative On-Set Producer for the films The Assassination of Richard Nixon, directed by Niels Mueller and starring Sean Penn and Cronicas, directed by Sebastian Cordero and starring John Leguizamo. In 2006, culminating eight years of partnership Frida joined with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro, to produce Pan's Labyrinth, which was graced with three Oscars and another three nominations as well as three wins and five nominations at the BAFTAs and a nomination for the Palm d'Or and a Golden Globe.

She then completed production on a documentary directed by Alfonso Cuaron titled The Possibility of Hope, which includes interviews with Naomi Klein, James Lovelock, Tzvetan Todorov, and Slavoj Zizek amongst others.

The following year The Hollywood Reporter named Frida one of the 50 most powerful Latinos in Hollywood and placed her as number 13 on their Hispanic Women Power 25 list.

In 2009, Frida partnered with Secundino Velasco, creator of the top Spanish TV house Zeppelin Television, which produced the Spanish version of "Big Brother" among other shows and was sold to Endemol in 2003. They create, produce, and represent a catalogue of international formats: Frida took charge of both representing the company's formats in the US and innovating new formats that particularly target an American audience.

Frida also produced Rudo y Cursi - directed by Carlos Cuaron and starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to be one of the highest grossing films in Mexican history.

In 2010, Frida launched her new film production company, Braven Film. The company aims to be a space for filmmakers to freely create universal, contemporary, intelligent movies that will appeal to large audiences with a unique voice.

Magic Magic, produced by Frida Torresblanco through Braven films, will be shot in the spring of this year is a tense psychological thriller written and directed by Chilean Sebastian Silva whose last film The Maid (La Nana) won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and was nominated for a Golden Globe. It will star Michael Cera, Juno Temple and Emily Browning.

John Zenda

John Louis Zendejas Sr. was born in Dunsmuir California in 1944. Little is known about John's father's side of the family, but on his mothers side he was equal parts German and English. His Grandfather (Schroll) was a second generation German immigrant. His Grandmother (James) extended from a long line of American heritage. The James family is best known for the old west outlaw Jesse James. Yes, John and Jesse were related. His mother and step father went on to have 3 other children (Anita, Maria, Michael). John's early years were spent helping the family and going to school. The family lived very modestly and to help bring in more money for the family John dropped out of High school prematurely, working with his step father as a day-laborer. At age 18 John joined the Air Force. He served 3 years before being discharged. After the Air Force he moved back to Northern California and became a police officer in Santa Maria. Police work wasn't quite what he was looking for so he quit after just one year. Next began his inevitable turn to show business. John joined a team of traveling professional wrestlers, becoming one of the original pioneers of the sport. He had wrestling experience in high school and was eager to use his size and strength to his advantage. Wearing a cape and mask he performed WWF type moves for captive audiences, well before the WWF hay-day. Now married, John began to realize that pro wrestling wasn't going to financially support a family. So, he got in touch with some old friends who were in the race car industry and somehow convinced them that he should drive dragsters for them. At that time, anyone who was crazy enough to want to get into a race car would probably be given a shot. So drive he did! After a good stint at driving his wife convinced him that with a baby on the way it was just too dangerous to continue. So he settled for managing the Santa Maria race track instead. It was during this time that John got the crazy idea to use a sticky liquid spray on the track that would give the race car tires better traction. The spray was called VHT. It quickly caught on and before long all the race tracks were using VHT. The sticky compound is still used to this day and is a big part of how tremendous speeds are achieved by modern race cars. It was also during this time that John met an individual that wanted to make a movie about drag racing. This time John convinced the director that he'd be perfect for the role. The film was called Burnout. Although the film was a flop John learned that he really liked acting. After attending a prestigious acting school in LA and obtaining an agent John went for broke and began auditioning for TV roles, under the abbreviated name Zenda. Before long his commitments paid off and he started landing roles on shows such as Batlestar Galactica, Hawaii Five-O, The Rockford Files, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Starsky and Hutch, etc. In 1983 he landed a role on a movie called Bad Boys starring Sean Penn. On the set he and Penn hit it off. They became friends and co-workers going on to do other films together, such as Colors. Penn even employed John as his personal body guard for a period of time. John's acting career included other classic roles in films such as Holloween 2 and Backtrack, though his television roles are what comprised the majority of his work. During this time John also pursued another one of his passions, body building. He began by performing in smaller shows and eventually worked his way up to bigger shows. When his trophy room was big enough, he quit. John went on to teach acting at the Orange County High School of the Arts, and even directed some large scale plays. Beginning in the early 90's John decided to re-focus on his love for racing. He went back to NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) and was put in charge of the new 'Historical Services' division. He became the curator of the Hot Rod Meseum located in Pomona, CA. In 1994 John contracted Pancreatic cancer which claimed his life at age 50. He was inducted into the NHRA hall of fame the following year for his contributions to the development of motor sports.

Jason Kelly

Jason Kelly is a first-generation Irish-American actor, born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. His passion for acting started at a young age, being cast alongside Sean Penn in Clint Eastwood's classic Mystic River at age 11. Later roles included work on the acclaimed Showtime series Brotherhood, and commercial work for the likes of United Way. Jason's lead role in Dive (2011) is his return to the big screen, and surely the first of many more opportunities to arise. He is a graduate of Fenway High School, and an accomplished boxer.

Daniel Ostroff

In a little more than a decade, Daniel Ostroff has earned eight motion picture and TV production credits from Ron Howard's "The Missing" to Sundance award-winning documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys." On this first group, he was involved before one word of script was written until delivery of the final cut. "Natasha" based on the best-selling book by writer-director David Bezmozgis will be released in 2017. Ostroff's "Of Two Minds" for Lifetime Television, is an observation of a young woman dealing with a sibling's schizophrenia. "Sex and the City" alumna Kristin Davis was joined by Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard and Academy Award-winner Louise Fletcher ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). The drama won "Best TV Movie or Mini-Series" award by the Entertainment Industry Council in 2012. "The Missing" (2003) directed by Ron Howard, was preceded by the director's "A Beautiful Mind," winner of Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards. In "The Missing" Howard sought a new direction. Berlin International Film Festival nominated "The Missing" for a Golden Bear, the highest prize.

Ostroff's producing career was set off by "Dogtown and Z-Boys," a 2001 documentary directed by Stacy Peralta about the 1970s Zephyr "Z-Boys" skateboarders, narrated by Sean Penn, which picked up two awards at Sundance Film Festival. As producer, Ostroff played a pivotal role by securing corporate financing at the movie's inception. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, "Dogtown and Z-Boys" went on to gain trophies at Independent Spirit Awards, AFI Fest and its soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy.

In television, he produced "I Was a Teenage Faust" starring Robert Townsend, which garnered nominations from the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America for Best Script and Best Directing, respectively. Stuart Margolin and Morgan Fairchild co-starred in this 2002 Showtime Presentation.

For Fox Television Studios and CBS-TV, Ostroff co-produced "Twelve Mile Road," (2003) based on Robert Boswell's "Mystery Ride" bestseller, which starred Tom Selleck and Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad").

Co-producer Ostroff received a 2001 "Best TV Special" Emmy nomination for "Snow in August," from Pete Hamill's best-selling novel. Actor Stephen Rea and writer-director Richard Friedenberg also picked Emmy nominations.

As an agent for writers, directors and producers, Ostroff was involved in packaging Academy Award-winning features "Dances With Wolves," "The Right Stuff," "Road to Perdition" and "A River Runs Through It." Other box-office hits he was associated with include "Runaway Bride' starring Julia Roberts, "Space Cowboys" directed by Clint Eastwood, and "The Big Easy" with Dennis Quaid.

His current producing slate includes film and TV projects with Telefilm/Canada and Film Victoria/Australia, and The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate TV in the United States.

Victorino Noval

Victorino Noval interests lie in film, music, and television and new media based in Spain.

Noval's current projects include Executive Producing the Michael Jackson behind the scenes biopic Michael: The Last Photo Shoots, and the Abigail Spencer film Wrong Number. Victorino recently teamed up with James Franco for Black Dog, Red Dog with Noval as Executive Producer and Franco, Olivia Wilde and Chloë Sevigny, and The Color of Time with James Franco, Mila Kunis and Jessica Chastain.

Victorino Noval Productions also produced Jeremy Irons documentary Sahaya Going Beyond and with Peter Berg he made The Hill that Chris Climbed. .

The Victorino Noval Foundation is active in supporting the arts through the multi-cultural media community. The Foundation was created in memory of Victorino Noval, an entrepreneur and generous donor to numerous worthwhile causes. Victorino Noval, his son, who is very proud of his own son Franco Noval, who heads the organization, and ensures the Foundation runs as a loving legacy to improve Cuban-American relations and promote students interest in film careers, including working with Reel Aid.

The Victorino Noval Foundation benefits organizations globally by sponsoring cultural exchange programs, education sports and fitness programs for kids, science and technology as well as emerging artists that otherwise might never have a chance to pursue opportunities. The Foundation has also helped raise millions of dollars through its participation in charitable events held at The Vineyard Beverly Hills featuring numerous guests including James Cameron, Halle Berry, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Jimmy Kimmel, Salma Hayek, and more.

The Vineyard Beverly Hills also hosted the first ever Diamond Ball featuring Rihanna who headlined on behalf of the Clara Lionel Foundation. The Vineyard Beverly Hills has been called one of the most beautiful properties and will be used to house major art installations

Nikki Flux

Born in Oban, Scotland and raised in Adelaide South Australia, now residing in Los Angeles. Classically trained in Australia and then a student in Milton Katselas's acting class at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, she embarked on an acting career. She has been in the entertainment business since 1995 upon immigrating to the United States. As an actress, she appeared in the Universal Studios blockbuster "Scorpion King," working steadily in both commercials (most recently as the "Bowflex" spokesperson and on the print campaign for Ford as a model for "Warriors In Pink" for breast cancer awareness) and in a variety of movie projects. In 2008 she worked as a 2nd Assistant Director on the Howard Zinn documentary called "The people Speak," which was produced by Artfire Films and distributed by the History Channel, starring Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Sean Penn, Marissa Tomei and Josh Brolin, to name a few. In 2009 she continued to work behind the camera on the feature film "Spork" as a Background Casting Director. Presently, she works as a Development Associate and Writer at Last Bastion Entertainment.

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