is kind of like a mini-resume.
Here are some bios from the people who worked on my movie!
BAER - Producer/Director
Cindy grew up in
Brockton, MA, and began her career as an actress with the Boston
Childrens Theatre at the age of 14. By the age of 22,
she had performed in 19 stage plays, including The Diary
of Anne Frank, Fiddler on the Roof, Biloxi
Blues, Candide and Jack Neary's Ask
a Nice Girl before moving to Los Angeles in 1992. At 23,
Cindy combined her theatrical ability with a keen business sense
to create Daizy the Clown and Company, one of the most highly
regarded childrens entertainment companies in the L.A.
area, which she sold in January 2001. During that time, she
performed roles in several plays, including Essie in The Pasadena
Shakespeare Company's critically acclaimed production of You
Can't Take It With You, and Jill in the 30th anniversary
production of Leonard Gershe's Butterflies are Free
at the Matrix Theatre in Hollywood (which she also produced).
Her film credits include roles in Eclipse, Liberating
Dorothy, Grown-ups and of course a cameo in Purgatory
House. In 2000, Cindy co-founded the Mosaic Theatre Company,
a California non-profit public-benefit corporation. Believing
that acting saved her own life as a child, she is passionate
to get kids excited about creating art, music and theatre, as
an alternative to negative outlets.When Cindy joined The Big
Sisters of Los Angeles Program (an organization that pairs at-risk
girls with female mentors), and met her then 11-year-old little
sister and screenwriter-to-be, Celeste Davis, little did
they know then that their lives together would soon create a
feature film called Purgatory House. This is Cindys
debut as a feature director.
- Screenwriter/"Silver Strand"
Celeste received an award for creative writing at the age of
10, and has been writing ever since. By the time she turned
13, Celeste had lost interest in her schoolwork. She went from
one school to another trying to find a place where she felt
like she belonged. She also struggled with all of the relationships
in her life. Drugs were everywhere, and seemed a tempting escape.
With alcoholism in her family, she tried to avoid drinking and
drugs, as she ached to connect with something. At the age of
13, she began to write Purgatory House, a screenplay
which mirrored her own life in certain ways by portraying her
challenges to fit in, process peer pressure, find meaning for
her life, and create a relationship with herself and a Higher
Power. When Celeste turned 14 and landed herself in a teen runaway
shelter, she felt lost. Thats when the decision came to
produce Purgatory House as a movie. With "Big Sister"
Cindy Baer as her mentor, Celeste completed her first feature-length
screenplay only a few weeks later. Celeste made her acting debut
as the lead character Silver Strand at the age of 15. Now it
appears that Celeste may be the youngest sole credited screenwriter
to have a feature produced.
When Jim read for the role of Saint James, the whole Purgatory
House team breathed a collective sigh of relief. Every part
had been cast, except this crucial one. Hundreds of actors had
auditioned to play these challenging dual characters, and we
were beginning to get worried we would not find the right actor
to pull it off. But then Jim came in and nailed it. Some of
Jim's other credits include guest starring roles on "Jag",
"Lois and Clark" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch".
Film credits include SWING, BABY GENIUSES and THE POLAR EXPRESS.
And yes...Jim is every bit as talented as his older brother
PACAR - "Sam"
Johnny is quickly making a name for himself as the newest teen
heart-throb! Girls from around the country write
to us inquiring about this talented actor who stars
in the Disney Original Movie NOW YOU SEE IT. Johnny is also
set to star in a new NBC series called "Flight 29 Down" which
is scheduled to air beginning October 1. Other credits include
recurring roles on the TV shows "American Dreams"
and "Boston Public". Johnny had only been living in
Los Angeles for three months when we cast him to play our "Sam",
and he's been working steadily ever since! If you are a fan of Johnny's, we have a surprise for you...
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with news pics, an exclusive video interview, and updates from Johnny himself.
WITT - "Atticis"
John Devin Witt discovered his love for acting when he landed
the a lead in his school play in junior high. Two years later,
his supportive family packed up their bags and moved then 14-year-old
Devin to Hollywood to pursue his goal of becoming a working
actor. In this short time, he landed the lead roles in the feature
IT'S A SECRET, and in the short film CHOWDER. He's also appeared
in several music videos, including April's "The Beat Goes
On" and Joe Arthur's "History."
NIBLEY - Director of Photography
Chris has been a
Director of Photography in Los Angeles, specializing in visual
effects, for over 20 years. He has shot over 300 television
commercials and music videos. His more than 30 motion pictures
credits include: THE ADDAMS FAMILY, DEUCE BIGALOW, PREDATOR
2, THE BABE, THE SANTA CLAUSE, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5,
L.A. STORY and MARS ATTACKS! Chris has shot award winning music
videos for ZZ Top, Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie.
TRACI GLODERY -
Associate Producer/Location Manager/Caterer
from UCLA in 2000 with a BFA in Studio Arts. While attending
UCLA she studied film and television extensively, and considers
it her minor. She worked as a Production Office Intern at Via
Rosa Productions. After college she immediately started working
as a Production Coordinator at Pearson Television in Santa Monica,
and shortly after was promoted to Associate Producer. Projects
she worked on while at Via Rosa include: ONE FINE DAY, A THOUSAND
ACRES, and DEEP END OF THE OCEAN.
- Associate Producer
Matthew has been the Director of Photography on numerous award-winning
folms including THE MAGIC OF MARCIANO (starring Nastassja Kindki
ans Robert Forser), and GROOVE–a smash indie hit–that
was one of the first acquisitions at the 2000 Sundance Film
Festival. His most recent credits include Miramax's DALTRY CALHOUN
(executive produced by Quentin Tarantino,
starring Juliette Lewis and Johnny Knoxville), and Lion's Gate's
WAITING (starring Ryan Reynolds, Justin Long, and Luis Guzman). Irving was named
one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine. He is a graduate of Stanford
University, and earned his MFA
in the film production program
at USC's School of Cinema & Television.
JAMES W. THOMPSON,
JR. - Production Designer
Jim is a design
graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego and has
designed over 40 shows for stage, television, Film and amusement
parks. Some recent clients included: The Kennedy Center; Washington
DC. "Dreams" Directed by Debbie Allen. "The Amazing Brain Show"
at The California Science Center, Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Line. Paramount, Kraft General Foods International and
"Cory The Clown show" which will air on Public Television this
coming spring. Films to be released soon included SCREAM QUEEN
and CHAT ROOM. Jim is one of only six students this year accepted
into the Production Designer program at American Film Institute.
TOR RAMSEY- Production
Tor is a professional
writer and director who moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles
in 1998. He is currently in pre-production for the feature GYPSIES,
TRAMPS AND BAIL JUMPERS, which we wrote, and will direct. In
2000, he directed the feature CHILDREN OF THE LIVING DEAD (by
producer Joseph Wolfe of the HALLOWEEN movies). In 1999 he wrote,
produced and directed the 35mm feature, URBAN MYTHOLOGY, and
also wrote and directed a segment of E: Talk Soup. He has written
14 full length screenplays, 42 shorts, 1 novel, and 6 half hour
episodes for the spec pilot "White Chick and the Haole Crew",
2 of which were produced. He directed "Parts of Lloyd" in 1998,
and "My wife comes when I call her" 1999.
- Casting Director
Katrina is a co-founder
of The Mosaic Theatre Company in Los Angeles. She is also the
Secretary on the Board of Directors. Most recently she performed
the lead in Mosaic's first official production, "Troy Story:
The Wedding" at the NoHo Theatre Arts Festival. Katrina received
her B.A. in Arts and Humanities with a concentration in Theatre
from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. There she starred
in "Romeo and Juliet", "Conduct of Life" and a female version
of "Waiting for Godot". Katrina was the resident costume designer
for the student directed and produced cabaret program. Katrina
is an Elementary Educator, and performs a children's show regularly
all over the Los Angeles area. Recent film credits include:
VAMPIRE HUNTERS CLUB and SAWTOOTH.
LARISA STOW - Singer/Songwriter
Larisa was named
"Outstanding Female Singer/Song-Writer of the year" by the Los
Angeles Music Awards. She has opened for such popular bands
as OMD, Berlin, Joan Jett and Sheila E. She recently teamed
up with legendary producer David Tickle and Digital Theater
Systems (DTS), to create "Moment by Moment", a compilation of
10 original compositions by Larisa. This is the first-ever music
recording created in the same 5.1-channel surround format used
for major motion pictures. The release of this "Moment by Moment"
DVD-A containing a new video of her song "Heaven" debuted in
January 2001, and is now the top selling DTS Entertainment Label
DVD-A to date. Larisa was listed as one of Music Connection's
"Top 20 Demo Reviews" of 2000, and also won special recognition
as a top 20 finalist (from thousands of submissions) for the
Los Angeles Lilith Fair Acoustic Talent Search.
DAVID POWELL -
David is President
of The Music Bridge. Since 1992, The Music Bridge has provided
music clearance, licensing, supervision and consultation services
to the film, television and recording industries. Recent credits
include: HOME OF THE BRAVE (premiering at the 2004 Sundance
Film Festival), AMANDLA! A REVOLUTION IN FOUR PART HARMONY (Sundance
2002), THE SMOKERS, EXTREME HONOR, FAUST, BOSSA NOVA, and The
World Festival of Sacred Music -THE AMERICAS.
JOHN SWIHART -
John's probably most well known for his work as the composer
for the indie smash hit NAPOLEAN DYNAMITE directed by Jared
Hess. Some other credits include: Scott Lew's BICKFORD SCHMEKLER'S
COOL IDEAS, MALL COP (starring Kathleen Robertson, Nick Searcy),
Lewis Helfer's LIFE ON THE EDGE (Mark Blum, Tovah Feldshuh),
and Max Makowski's ONE LAST DANCE (Harvey Keitel.)
3 DOGZ CREATIVE
INC. - Graphic Design
Dave Gouveia with
partners Chris Elkerton and Roberta Judge (and their canines)
came together to create a dynamic up and coming company called
3 Dogz Creative,
Inc. Joined together by their passion for design and exceptional
collective vision, 3 Dogz offers a range of strong talents -
and a discernible difference. Based in Toronto, Canada, they
provide a large variety of design services including corporate
identities and communications, advertising, environmental signage,
marketing and promotional materials, and website design. Some
current clientele include Visa International, The National Film
Board of Canada, IMAX, The White Ribbon Campaign, Canadian recording
artist Jane Siberry and Alliance Atlantis.
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