Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best 2012

 

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THE FILM

Recently dumped by his girlfriend, underachiever Alex (O’Nan) embarks on an impromptu road trip with his new bandmate, the eccentric Jim (Michael Weston). By channeling their inner children and giving a new meaning to the term “lo-fi,” Alex and Jim find their unique style by bringing the sound of children’s instruments to their unsuspecting fans. Playing a series of bizarre shows and experiencing multiple near-disasters, Alex and Jim’s persistence takes them on a true coming-of-age journey – one that may be their last shot at achieving their childhood dreams.

 

Director: Ryan O'Nan
Writer: Ryan O'Nan
Stars: Ryan O'Nan, Michael Weston, Arielle Kebbel, Andrew McCarthy
Rating: Not Rated
Running: Time
Genres: Comedy, Music

PRESS

A stunning debut.  Touching and honest.
- Orlando Weekly

A Bro-mantic ONCE if it had been directed by Cameron Crowe in his prime.
- Seattle Weekly

Independent film has seen its small share of ‘band on the road movies, but few evince the effortless charm and sweet sincerity of Ryan ONans Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best.
- Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

***** Go and see it the first chance you get. Its just so refreshingly original. A nearly perfect movie.
- Stars Popcorn

A bright ray of light in the indie film scene.
- Arts+Culture

 

THE CAST

RYAN ONAN Writer / Director / Alex
RYAN ONAN is an award-winning actor, screenwriter and playwright with a diverse array of credits.  

As an actor, ONan recently finished filming a lead role in the 2012 release FREELANCERS, opposite Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker, Dana Delaney and 50 Cent, and 513, opposite Taryn Manning, Tom Sizemore and Michael Madsen. Other notable film credits include the lead role in THE DRY LAND (Official Sundance Film Festival 2010 Selection) starring America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Jason Ritter and Wilmer Valdarrama, YOUVE GOT MALE, which won him the award for Best Actor at the Asian American Film Festival, as well as EAT PRAY LOVE, starring Julia Roberts and  WATCHING TV WITH THE RED CHINESE, based on the critically acclaimed novel, starring Gillian Jacobs and Leo Nam.  His television work includes ABCs THE UNUSUALS opposite Jeremy Renner, Adam Goldberg and Amber Tamblyn.

ONan spent the last year as a writer on the MTV hit series SKINS, based off the award-winning UK series.  His feature screenplay CHU AND BLOSSOM took the Grand Prize for Best Feature at The Expo Screenwriting Conference. His comedic play ANIMALS, which premiered at the 2007 International New York Fringe Festival, has been produced on both coasts, and his latest play UNDER A FULL PINK MOON: CHRONICLES OF A GAY WEREWOLF, has received a public reading at The Atlantic Theater Company in New York.  Other produced works written by ONan include: I LOVE YOU MORE THAN BRAINS: A ZOMBIE MUSICAL (book/lyrics/music) at the George Street Playhouse, and 1984 AND THE LITTLE PRINCE at the 2011 Humana Festival.

In addition to writing and directing theater, ONan has appeared on stage in New York, where he starred as Konstantin in Chekhovs THE SEAGULL, alongside Dianne Wiest, Alan Cumming, Annette OToole and Kelli Garner. During his theater studies, he received Best Lead Performance for Peter Shaffers EQUUS, Best Director for The APOLLO OF BELAC, and The Betty Joe Tucker Award for Excellence in Performance.

Born and raised in San Diego, California, ONan now resides in New York.  He received a BFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, which he attended after studying at The Mesa College Theater Company in San Diego.

BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST is his feature film directorial debut.  


MICHAEL WESTON – Jim
Michael Weston garnered much recognition for his pivotal role as Jake in HBOs acclaimed series, SIX FEET UNDER and also for his recurring role on the Foxs HOUSE, opposite Hugh Laurie. Among his several film credits are THE LAST KISS, in which he starred opposite Zach Braff, STATE OF PLAY for director Kevin McDonald, GARDEN STATE directed by Zach Braff, DUKES OF HAZZARD and HARTS WAR. He recently completed production on LOVE, WEDDING, MARRIAGE directed by Dermot Mulroney, BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST directed by Ryan O Nan, RIGHT ANGLE directed by Michael Uppendahl and LIBERAL ARTS directed by Josh Radnor.  He is currently in production on the independent feature, GUS for director Jessic McCormack and starring Radha Mitchell and Michelle Monaghan.

Westons other television credits include THE GOOD GUYS, PSYCH, BURN NOTICE, SAVED, and recurring roles on the hit shows SCRUBS and LAW AND ORDER:SVU. 

Westons theatre credits include theater credits include EXTINCTION (off-broadway), SNAKEBIT (off-broadway), THE GRAPES OF WRATH (LA Theatre Works), Kenny Lonnergans THE WAVERLY GALLERY (Pasadena Playhouse),  and several plays at the Williamstown theater festival.  

Born and raised in New York City, Weston is a graduate of Northwestern University. 


ARIELLE KEBBEL – Cassidy
A natural talent with a striking presence and undeniable energy, Arielle Kebbel is on the rise to becoming one of Hollywoods most-promising young actresses.

In addition to BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST, her recent film projects include ANSWER THIS, Mark Pellingtons I MELT WITH YOU and Tim Storys THINK LIKE A MAN. Her past film credits include THE UNINVITED, JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE and THE GRUDGE 2. 

Kebbels television credits include recurring roles on The CWs LIFE UNEXPECTED, VAMPIRE DIARIES and GILMORE GIRLS. She has also starred on episodes of HBOs TRUE BLOOD, ENTOURAGE, and LAW AND ORDER: SVU.

Kebbel resides in Los Angeles, and her other interests include philanthropic work with the non-profit organization A Place Called Home, which helps provide education to inner city youth in Los Angeles in order to avoid a lifestyle free of gangs, poverty and drugs. When shes not acting, shes riding. Kebbel is a decorated hunter/jumper equestrian, and spends her free time at the barn riding whenever she can. 


MELISSA LEO – Sarah
Melissa Leo received an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award for her tour de force performance in THE FIGHTER. She also received Oscar and SAG nominations for her starring role in Frozen River, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and a Spotlight Award from the National Board of Review among countless other accolades.

Leo shared a Best Ensemble acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for her outstanding work in 21 Grams opposite Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn.   Her most recent films include Conviction, opposite Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell and Welcome to the Rileys opposite James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart.   Other notable film work includes The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada in which she starred opposite Dwight Yoakam and Tommy Lee Jones, and Hide and Seek in which she starred opposite Robert DeNiro.

Leo can be seen in the upcoming films Red State written and directed by Kevin Smith and Seven Days in Utopia opposite Robert Duvall and in Mildred Pierce the HBO miniseries directed by Todd Haynes in which Melissa stars opposite Kate Winslett. Leos television credits include the current HBO series Treme from executive producer David Simon,  and she is known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Detective Kay Howard on Homicide: Life on the Streets.

Leo studied Drama at Mount View Theatre School in London, England and later at the SUNY Purchase Acting Program.


ANDREW MCCARTHY – Brian
Andrew McCarthy has appeared in more than two-dozen films, including THE JOY LUCK CLUB, MULHOLLAND FALLS and THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, as well as such iconic movies as PRETTY IN PINK, ST. ELMOS FIRE, LESS THAN ZERO, and cult favorites, WEEKEND AT BERNIES and MANNEQUIN.

Hes starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning play, Side Man and the Boys of Winter. Hes made numerous television appearances, including Lipstick Jungle, Monk, the Law Order trilogy and many others. He also directs, both in the theater and for the small screen—including such shows as Gossip Girl and White Collar.

He is also an award-winning travel writer, and contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler. Hes a regular contributor at Travel + Leisure, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal and others. Hes written for Slate, Bon Appetit, Mens Journal, Afar, Islands, to name a few. In late 2010 he was awarded the industrys highest honor, the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalist of the Year. His travel memoir, The Longest Way Home, will be published by Free Press in the fall of 2012. He lives in New York City with his wife and two kids.


CHRISTOPHER MCDONALD – Jack
Christopher McDonald is one of Hollywoods most prolific and versatile actors. Beloved for his memorable performances in THELMA AND LOUISE, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, QUIZ SHOW, THE PERFECT STORM, and voice talent in THE IRON GIANT, McDonald is a classically-trained stage actor, with a broad fan base. His notable dramatic television guest-starring roles include work on The Sopranos, The Bronx is Burning, 61, and Martin Scorseses critically acclaimed HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. Last year, he was seen in David E. Kellys legal drama Harrys Law on NBC as recurring character, Tommy Jefferson, and returns this season as a permanent cast member opposite Kathy Bates.

McDonald first caught Hollywoods attention when he played Goose McKenzie in GREASE 2, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Even though more movie offers followed, McDonald opted instead to work on his acting craft, immersing himself in acting studies at Londons Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Upon returning to Los Angeles, McDonald performed in over thirty-five productions at the Los Angeles Theater Center, including Hamlet, Othello, Death of a Salesman, and Taming of a Shrew, which led him to begin an enviable career that has never slowed down. Film highlights include The Boys Next Door (1985), Outrageous Fortune (1987), Chances Are (1989), Thelma and Louise (1991), Dutch (1991), Wild Orchids 2 (1992), Grumpy Old Men (1993), Fatal Instinct (1993), Terminal Velocity (1994), Quiz Show (1994), Cover Story (1994), Rich Mans Wife (1995), Happy Gilmore (1996), Leave it to Beaver (1997), Flubber (1997) The Iron Giant (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000), Spy Kids:2 (2002), Grind (2003), Takedown (2004), Rumor Has It (2005), American Pie (2006), Kickin It Old Skool (2007), My Sexiest Year (2007), Mad Money (2008), Superhero Movie (2008), Fanboys (2008), The House Bunny (2008) and The Best and The Brightest (2010).

McDonalds long held respect for the stage led him to return to New York to star as Billy Flynn, the nefarious self serving lawyer in Kander and Ebbs Chicago. The show toured major markets nationwide with McDonalds leading performance embraced by critics and audiences alike. Other theater credits include Nightclub Cantina, Hay Fever, Bouncers, and The Los Angeles Theatre Centers productions of Hamlet, Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He is also the recipient of a Drama-logue Award for Best Actor (Final Touches).

McDonalds TV credits also include regular appearances on the series Cracking Up, (Fox), Kim Possible (Disney), North Shore (Fox), Family Law (CBS) and Veronicas Closet. (NBC).

Born and raised in New York City, McDonald is one of seven children. Originally, a pre-med major at Hobart College, McDonald decided to pursue an acting career in his senior year. In addition to his theater studies in London, McDonald also attended the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York.

McDonald and his wife, Lupe, are the proud parents of 3 daughters and a son, and reside in Los Angeles.


JASON RITTER – Kyle
Ritter recently guest-starred in a multi episode arc on NBCs critically acclaimed Parenthood. He will reprise his role as Lauren Grahams love interest in the upcoming season. Parenthood airs on Tuesday nights at 10:00PM. Concurrently, NBC has made a development deal for Ritter to partner with Jason Katims on a television pilot.
 
Jason Ritter most recently starred on NBCs conspiracy thriller The Event opposite Blair Underwood and Laura Innes. On the show, he played Sean Walker, an unlikely hero who gets entangled in an immense government conspiracy when his would-be fiancée Leila (Sarah Roemer) mysteriously disappears during their Caribbean cruise.
 
At South by Southwest Film Festival this year, Ritter debuted his most recent film A BAG OF HAMMERS starring opposite Rebecca Hall. To be released in 2012, Ritter also stars in THE PERFECT FAMILY, opposite Emily Deschanel, which has been announced in the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival lineup.
 
Ritter recently starred in the independent film THE DRY LAND, opposite America Ferrera, Ryan ONan, and Melissa Leo.  The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won the prize for international premiere at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival. He also starred in PETER AND VANDY opposite Jess Weixler, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Ritter starred in and co-produced GOOD DICK, written and directed by Marianna Palka, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2008.
 
His other film credits include: THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS, OUR VERY OWN, HAPPY ENDINGS, MUMFORD, and RAISE YOUR VOICE. Other television credits include series regular roles on The Class and Joan of Arcadia.
 
Ritter starred as the title character in the Lincoln Center production of Wendy Wassersteins Third, opposite Dianne Wiest, Charles Durning, Amy Aquino, and Gaby Hoffmann, directed by Daniel Sullivan. His additional theater credits include the Off-Broadway production of Tom Donaghys The Beginning of August and the role of ‘Tim in the world premiere of Neil LaButes play The Distance from Here at Londons Almeida Theatre, directed by David Leveaux.
 
Ritter is a graduate of New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.


WILMER VALDERRAMA – Jason
Wilmer Valderrama has acted, written, produced and directed numerous projects, and continues to have many in development. Most recently, Wilmer appeared in the Universal Pictures dramedy LARRY CROWNE alongside Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, which was produced by Hanks long time collaborator and acclaimed producer Gary Goetzman. In early January, the Lionsgates dramedy FROM PRADA TO NADA Valderrama starred alongside Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega and Adriana Barraza in the Latin spin on Jane Austens Sense Sensibility.

This fall Wilmer will be seen in NBCs highly anticipated AWAKE starring opposite Jason Isaacs. The show is executive produced by 24s Howard Gordon and created and written by Kyle Killen. Wilmer will next be seen in theaters in the thriller THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE, executive produced by Spike Lee. Wilmer currently serves as the voice on Disneys animated hit show Handy Manny as the voice of ‘Manny. Wilmer also recently created a Youtube video starring as a character he created ‘Eduardo Fresco, which was shot by the Lonely Island Group (the team behind the infamous Saturday Night Live hit videos). The video has been picked up by outlets across the board and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

In 2010, THE DRY LAND premiered in the dramatic competition at 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Wilmer stars opposite America Ferrera, Jason Ritter, and Melissa Leo about a US Soldier returning home from war from FROZEN RIVER producer, Heather Rae.

Then, in 2009, Wilmer made his directorial debut directing the video short CREEPSHOW RAW: INSOMNIA from HDFilms, based on the original CREEPSHOW, a comedy horror film directed by George A. Romero (of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and DAWN OF THE DEAD fame) and written by Stephen King.

In the directorial debut of Celia Fox, DAYS OF WRATH, in 2008, Wilmer stars alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Taye Diggs, and Lawrence Fishburne as a gang leader. The film is an authentic portrayal of effects of gang life on gang members, their community and their families.

His past film credits include COLUMBUS DAY with Val Kilmer, FAST FOOD NATION, starring opposite Ethan Hawke, Greg Kinnear, Patricia Arquette, and Catalina Sandino Moreno, the 2006 Sundance Film Festival hit THE DARWIN AWARDS, a dark comedy directed by Finn Taylor, starring Winona Ryder and Joseph Fiennes, and the indie film EL MUERTO, directed by Brian Cox and based on the comic book created by Javier Hernandez. From 2006-2007, Wilmer created, executive produced, and hosted three seasons of the hit MTV show, Yo Momma.

Wilmer has done a number of plays, most notably a stint in the Los Angeles Times critics choice play BLACKOUT, which was adapted from the feature film DRUNKS, about an in-depth portrayal of an AA meeting. In April 2005, Wilmer performed opposite Anjelica Huston and Sir Ben Kingsley in the Actors Fund of America all-star reading of the Paramount Pictures screenplay SUNSET BOULEVARD, directed by Peter Hunt. He also recently filmed the Wim Wenders produced short film LA TORCEDURA.

Best known for his role as Fez on Foxs That 70s Show, Wilmer has been in high demand above and beyond the small screen since the premiere of the series. He currently has a talent holding deal with 20th TV in which he will star and executive produce a series project for the studio and has started his own production company WV Enterprises, which currently has a deal with Relativity Media. The deal has Wilmer creating, developing, and executive producing series for broadcast and cable networks.


JAKE MILLER – Jackson
Jake Miller is a 10 year old actor who lives in New York City. He was born on November 20, 2000 and began acting at the age of 7 after taking acting classes with The Atlantic Theatre Companys Program for Children. Jake has had roles in One Life to Live, The Good Wife, Mercy and Law And Order: SVU, as well as doing commercial and voice over work. In addition to BROOKYLN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST, Jake has also filmed another feature called DARKROOM which is currently in post-production. In addition to acting Jake also loves guitar, sports, writing stories and making his own short films.

 



Rotten Tomatoes

TOMATOMETER CRITICS 37%   |   AUDIENCE 61%

 

REVIEWS

September 21, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post  Top Critic
A quirky band of brothers

Ryan O’Nan (left), who also wrote and directed, and Michael Weston bring together indie rock, whimsy and kiddie instruments in the fascinating “The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best.”
In “The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best,” half of the musical duo embarking on an eccentric US tour vows, “We’re gonna change the course of human history — like the Wyld Stallyns in ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.’ ” A noble goal.

Initially, this low-budget film writes a lot of checks on the First National Bank of Whimsy, but I was astonished when none of them bounced. After a dreary series of would-be comic scenes, a morose musician (Ryan O’Nan) who has just been kicked out of his band joins forces with an excitable weirdo (Michael Weston) who gets his attention by punching him in a public park. They form a folky singing duo and tour the country despite not knowing each other. Equally randomly, a beautiful girl (Arielle Kebbel) they meet on the road agrees to come along as their promoter.

Yet the film finally delivers when the boys, calling themselves the Brooklyn Brothers, start to make music. Alex (O’Nan) finds his depressing lyrics sweetened by the goofy lightness of Jim (Weston), who plays an array of Toys R Us instruments with striking originality. Says an appreciative listener after an unexpectedly sweet frat-house party, “You guys are cool. Kind of a Shins meets ‘Sesame Street’ sort of thing.” But exactly.

O’Nan, who wrote and directed the movie built around his own songs (and others by Brendan Leach and Keith Freudenberger), is a ragged filmmaker who can’t seem to resist overdoing the quirk by forcing situations, but he’s an appealing actor and a superb musician. It’s not hard to picture the Brooklyn Brothers playing with They Might Be Giants or Ben Folds.

 

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September 20, 2012
Andy Webster
New York Times Top Critic

 



Ryan O'Nan, left, with Michael Weston in "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best." CreditOscilloscope Laboratories

Ryan O’Nan’s Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best" is all about the inner child — that and the open road and the cloying, precious excesses of indie rock. Alex (Mr. O’Nan, who also wrote the script) is a musician-dreamer, writing depressing songs and being abandoned in short order by his unseen girlfriend; his dim band mate (Jason Ritter); and his smarmy boss (Christopher McDonald) and unctuous co-worker (Wilmer Valderrama, delightfully despicable). Alex can’t even hold down his other job, entertaining schoolchildren while wearing a moose costume. (But he can have a heart-to-heart with a sympathetic little girl.)

A performance scene from the comedy “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best,” featuring Ryan O’Nan and Michael Weston.

By Oscilloscope Laboratories on Publish DateSeptember 13, 2012.

To the rescue comes an impassioned fan, the goofy Jim (Michael Weston), a player of toy Fisher-Price-type instruments, who declares them a duo, the Brooklyn Brothers. Jim has mapped out a tour, ending in Los Angeles. Off they go on a cross-country journey, enchanting listeners, who sway rapturously at their performances atop buildings and in ramshackle nightspots.

n tow is a hardheaded manager (Arielle Kebbel) with eyes for Alex. Along the way Alex finds forgiveness for his estranged, straight-arrow brother (Andrew McCarthy. (And he has another heart-to-heart, with his young nephew. Aside from one outburst, he’s really good with kids.)

Inner child? Open road? No, this film is actually about Mr. O’Nan and his wan, scruffy innocence.



THE FILMMAKERS

RYAN ONAN Writer / Director / Alex

RYAN ONAN is an award-winning actor, screenwriter and playwright with a diverse array of credits.  

As an actor, ONan recently finished filming a lead role in the 2012 release FREELANCERS, opposite Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker, Dana Delaney and 50 Cent, and 513, opposite Taryn Manning, Tom Sizemore and Michael Madsen. Other notable film credits include the lead role in THE DRY LAND (Official Sundance Film Festival 2010 Selection) starring America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Jason Ritter and Wilmer Valdarrama, YOUVE GOT MALE, which won him the award for Best Actor at the Asian American Film Festival, as well as EAT PRAY LOVE, starring Julia Roberts and  WATCHING TV WITH THE RED CHINESE, based on the critically acclaimed novel, starring Gillian Jacobs and Leo Nam.  His television work includes ABCs THE UNUSUALS opposite Jeremy Renner, Adam Goldberg and Amber Tamblyn.

ONan spent the last year as a writer on the MTV hit series SKINS, based off the award-winning UK series.  His feature screenplay CHU AND BLOSSOM took the Grand Prize for Best Feature at The Expo Screenwriting Conference. His comedic play ANIMALS, which premiered at the 2007 International New York Fringe Festival, has been produced on both coasts, and his latest play UNDER A FULL PINK MOON: CHRONICLES OF A GAY WEREWOLF, has received a public reading at The Atlantic Theater Company in New York.  Other produced works written by ONan include: I LOVE YOU MORE THAN BRAINS: A ZOMBIE MUSICAL (book/lyrics/music) at the George Street Playhouse, and 1984 AND THE LITTLE PRINCE at the 2011 Humana Festival.

In addition to writing and directing theater, ONan has appeared on stage in New York, where he starred as Konstantin in Chekhovs THE SEAGULL, alongside Dianne Wiest, Alan Cumming, Annette OToole and Kelli Garner. During his theater studies, he received Best Lead Performance for Peter Shaffers EQUUS, Best Director for The APOLLO OF BELAC, and The Betty Joe Tucker Award for Excellence in Performance.

Born and raised in San Diego, California, ONan now resides in New York.  He received a BFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, which he attended after studying at The Mesa College Theater Company in San Diego.

BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST is his feature film directorial debut.  


JASON MICHAEL BERMAN Producer

Since beginning his career in producing, Jason Michael Berman has produced numerous feature films that have debuted at premiere film festivals around the globe, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Berlinale, and Edinburgh. Jason was named by Variety in 2011 as one of the Top Ten Producers to Watch and by Deadline Hollywood in 2012 as one of the Top Ten Producers to Watch at Sundance.

In 2009, Jason co-produced his first feature film The Dry Land, written directed by Ryan Piers Williams, which starred America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Ritter and Ryan O’Nan. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in the US Dramatic Competition and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival and at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland. Jason also was part of the producing team on the independent film JESS+MOSS, directed by Clay Jeter, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance film festival and the Berlinale in Berlin, Germany. JESS+MOSS then went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival and was released in first quarter 2012.

Additional credits include the inspirational drama, Seven Days In Utopia, directed by Matthew Dean Russell, and starring Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Melissa Leo, Deborah Ann Woll, Brian Geraghty and Kathy Baker, which was released in September 2011; The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best, written, directed and starring Ryan O’Nan, which premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival; LUV directed by Sheldon Candis, and starring Common, Meagan Good, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and Danny Glover, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the US Dramatic Competition; Struck By Lightning, directed by Brian Dannelly, written by Chris Colfer, and starring Chris Colfer, Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks and Dermot Mulroney. Struck By Lightning, which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best, LUV, and Struck By Lightning will all be theatrically released in the US in late 2012.

Jason just wrapped production on Kilimanjaro, written and directed by Walter Strafford, and starring Brian Geraghty and Abigail Spencer. The film was lensed in New York City, and is expected to be on the film festival circuit in early 2013.

Prior to producing, Jason started his career in the agent training program at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, CA. His understanding of the entertainment business was further honed under the Chief Operating Officer at MGM Studios, where Jason witnessed the rebirth of the United Artists label and gained a wealth of knowledge about legal, business affairs, management, distribution, acquisitions, and the marketing departments of a major motion picture studio. Jason also worked for writer/director Gary Ross at Larger than Life Productions and assisted Ross with the animated feature film, The Tale Of Despereaux.

Jason is a 2006 graduate of the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, and is a member of the Producers Guild of America. Jason is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.


KWESI COLLISSON Producer

Kwesi Collisson has been a producer for feature films, broadcast television and commercial advertising more than 15 years. His works include collaborations with Paramount Pictures, NBC/Universal, USA Networks, MTV Networks, Saatchi Saatchi and YR.  Kwesis television experience includes promoting the launch of cable channels, series and producing thousands of promos and commercial spots.   As a creative and technical producer, Kwesis expertise combines his specialized skills and experience in production and post-production management, and hands-on visual effects and editing.  Kwesis accomplishments have garnered him awards as well as out standing recognition from esteemed colleagues in television, independent features and studio arenas. These awards include THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SXSW and the TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL.  Kwesis feature film portfolio contains domestic as well as international productions such as a CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN, with Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart and Olivia Wilde and MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC, filmed in Japan and the U.S., starring Anton Yelchin, Emma Roberts and Kenichi Matsuyama.

Collissons most recent projects include 7 DAYS IN UTOPIA, starring Robert Duvall and Melissa Leo and BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST.


SERGIO AGERO Executive Producer

Sergio Agero comes to film and television production from a successful career packaging, financing and distributing motion pictures. He has produced QUARANTINE at Sony Screen Gems (2008) and NO RESERVATIONS at Warner Brothers (2007).

Under a producer deal at Latino mini-major Maya Entertainment he has executive produced THE DRY LAND (2010) starring America Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama and is working on a slate of youth driven multicultural genre movies.

In 2010 he also produced QUARANTINE 2: TERMINAL at Sony, and executive produced Venezuelas all time #1 box office hit, the action thriller LA HORA CERO, as well as BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST.

Agero was an executive producer on Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN a 2003 Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay, and PRINCESAS a 2005 multiple Goya Awards winner in Spain. He also developed the series pilot RED BALL, at 20Th Century Television, and the international bestseller THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH at Warner Independent.

At the Endeavor Agency, Agero established their independent financing and international efforts, representing talent, financing companies and completed films. He also sold distribution rights to a number of films, including the box-office hit THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.

As Executive Vice President of Los Angeles based Trimark Picture he built international film and television sales and was instrumental in production and acquisition of art house movies. The company was acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment for $80 million. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of International Sales at Vision International and at Epic Pictures. He began his entertainment career in acquisitions at Bjorck Film representing in Los Angeles among others, media groups Shochiku in Japan and Village Roadshow in Australia.

Agero earned his B.A. in economics and political science from Yale and became financial analyst at Salomon Brothers in New York, participating in valuation analyses of takeover targets as well as fixed income and equity financings. He worked and traveled throughout Asia before relocating to Los Angeles and entering the entertainment industry.


MARK G. MATHIS Executive Producer

Mark G. Mathis brings over 20 years of experience to this project. He co-produced the critically acclaimed PRECIOUS, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as Best Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture. It also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director. Mark recently produced the inspirational family film SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA (starring Academy Award Winners Robert Duvall and Melissa Leo), and Mike Polishs BIG SUR. Mark also produced the Sundance hit BRICK which was released by Focus Features, and he was nominated for the 2006 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award for Best Producer. Marks other past producing credits include the Sundance hit THE DRY LAND, Lee Daniels TENNESSEE starring Mariah Carey, CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN starring Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart, and the Slamdance Grand Jury Winner GOOD HOUSEKEEPING. Mark also served as First Assistant Director on the Sundance acquisition WAITRESS and John Augusts directorial debut THE NINES.


THOMAS B. FORE Executive Producer

Thomas B. Fore has produced numerous feature films that have debuted at premiere film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2011 Thomas co-produced his first feature film LUV written directed by Sheldon Candis and starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Meagan Goode, Charles Dutton and Michael K Williams and premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the US Dramatic Competition and which was featured in the first Sundance International Film Festival in London. Thomas was also an Executive Producer of the independent film The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Pants On, written and directed by Drew Denny which was featured at the Seattle Film Festival in 2012.

Additional credits include the The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best, written, directed and starring Ryan O’Nan, which premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Thomas just wrapped production on Kilimanjaro, written and directed by Walter Strafford, and starring Brian Geraghty and Abigail Spencer. The film was lensed in New York City, and is expected to be on the film festival circuit in early 2013 and recently wrapped principal photography on Chu and Blossom, written by Ryan Onan and Charles Chu and starring Ryan Onan, Charles Chu, Annie Potts, Alan Cummings, Melanie Lynskey and Mercedes Reuhl which will be released in 2013. Thomas is in pre-production on several projects with Jason Michael Berman and Ryan Onan.

Prior to producing, Thomas started his film career in 2000 on the set of Adam Yaffes The Book of Danny.

Thomas is a 1991 graduate of Towson University and is the CEO of Sora Development, a multifaceted real estate development firm based in Baltimore, Maryland and is Managing Partner of Tiderock Films, LLC, Fore Entertainment, a film finance company and Venus Mercari, LLC an artist Management firm Fore owns with partner, Sean Banks. Thomas is originally from Greenville, North Carolina.


ROB SIMONSEN Composer

Rob Simonsen is starting to make quite a name for himself in film music. Starting with his brilliant collaboration with Mychael Danna on the score to the hit Fox Searchlight project 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, and with more recent solo projects ALL GOOD THINGS (Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling), LOVE, ETC. (Jill Andresevic documentary), and the upcoming Lionsgate feature LOL (Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore), Simonsen is being talked about as a composer of tremendous depth and diversity.

Since his first foray into filmmaking in 2003 with the lush, orchestral score for the independent feature Westender (…unusually rich -Variety, resonant -Combustible Celluloid and vibrant and powerful -dvdtalk.com), Rob Simonsen has written and contributed to the scores for numerous Hollywood films as well as television shows and major advertising campaigns. From quirky, Sundance award-winning films to major studio releases, Robs writing has ranged from small, eclectic ensembles to full 85-piece orchestras with choir.

Born into a musical family, Rob began playing the piano by ear at an early age. His early musical experiments were inspired by film scores, modern orchestral works, electronic music and jazz. Rob went on to pursue piano and composition while studying at Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon and Portland State University.

Rob met and befriended acclaimed film composer Mychael Danna at the 2003 Seattle International Film Festival at the premiere of Westender. Impressed by what he heard, Danna suggested that Rob relocate to Los Angeles, where, as Dannas assistant and then as his collaborator, he refined his knowledge of the craft of scoring music to picture. During that time he collaborated with Danna on the scores to 500 DAYS OF SUMMER and MANAGEMENT (Jennifer Anniston, Steve Zahn) and provided additional music for many films, including THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS and SURFS UP!.

In 2009 Rob opened his own studio in Hollywood out of which he continues to compose and produce for film and other music projects.


ANNETTE DAVEY Editor

Originally from Australia, Annette graduated from Australian Film and TV School, with a degree in Editing, winning the Qantas Award for Excellence.  She worked initially in Australia on a multitude of award winning films before going to Rome to work on the extremely successful and award winning TV series, Notte Rock for the Rai Network.  Davey then came to Los Angeles at the invitation of Gabriella Cristiani, the Oscar-winning editor of the LAST EMPEROR.  Since arriving in the United States, she has worked extensively on feature films in both Los Angeles and New York including GYPSY 83, SORRYHATERS, WAITRESS, BART GOT A ROOM,  AND PRETTY BIRD. Davey is currently working on Season 3 of HUNG for HBO and has worked on many television series including BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, HUNG, HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA and BLUE BLOODS.


GAVIN KELLY Director of Photography

Gavin Kelly is an A.S.C. honored, Emmy Award winning cinematographer who has shot a wide spectrum of feature films, music videos, commercials, documentaries, web and television projects around the world. A member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Gavins extensive background in visual arts, music, and film has helped him become a distinctive, dynamic filmmaker.

Gavin shot THE DRY LAND, starring Ryan ONan, America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, Melissa Leo, and Jason Ritter, which premiered in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
 
Gavin shot the Academy Award winning film WEST BANK STORY, a bold musical-comedy take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and has won numerous international festival awards.
 
While in undergraduate studies in Visual Arts at U.C.S.D., Gavin was awarded two Student Emmys for his films. Gavin went on to receive an M.F.A. in film production at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 2004.
 
In 2005 Gavin received the prestigious A.S.C. Heritage Award for Outstanding Cinematography, Honorable Commendation, from the American Society of Cinematographers.
 
Gavin recently wrapped shooting LEARNING UNCLE VINCENT, starring Common, Meagan Good, and Danny Glover, and SUGAR, starring Shenae Grimes, Marshall Allman, and Angus MacFadyan.
 
Gavins other feature credits include FRENEMY, starring Zach Galifiankis and Matthew Modine, PLAY THE GAME, starring Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts, and WAKE, starring Bijou Phillips, Danny Masterson and Jane Seymour. 


KEITH FREUDENBERGER and BRENDAN LEACH Original Music, Crayon Rosary

Keith Freudenberger was born and raised in Berkeley Heights, NJ, a quiet suburb thirty miles from New York.  Keith was forced to take piano lessons in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade.  He played the trumpet for one year, also in the 4th grade.  He chose to play the bass in middle school, and continued to do so, quite poorly, throughout high school.  He always enjoyed singing.   

Brendan Leach was born in Staten Island and was quickly moved to Freehold, NJ. At some point he accidentally learned some guitar chords. Brendan liked to write songs, but needed someone to teach him how to sing.

Crayon Rosary was born in New Brunswick, NJ at Rutgers University when Brendan approached Keith about adding some additional instrumentation and backing vocals to songs he wrote and performed on acoustic guitar.  He presented Keith with a few childrens toys and outdated, unwanted keyboards saved from the trash.  Thrift store finds and garage sale purchases complimented Keiths limited musical ability, yet perfectly translated into the feel and sound of Crayon Rosary. The two began to write new songs together and the band gained a small following. Keith taught Brendan how to sing.

Keith currently lives in Jersey City, NJ with his wife, Laura.  He enjoys brewing beer, camping, hiking and complaining about the Mets. Brendan Lives in Brooklyn, NY. He works as an illustrator and write comics. Crayon Rosary has been on an indefinite hiatus since 2007.

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