Cast & CREW
Actress Loretta Devine has created some of the most memorable roles in theatre, film and television. Devine first captured national attention in the role of Lorrell, one of the three original “Dreamgirls” in Michael Bennett’s classic award-winning Broadway musical. Film roles soon followed including a poignant turn as a single mother opposite Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett and Gregory Hines in “Waiting to Exhale” which earned her a NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress. Devine also won an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Penny Marshall’s “The Preacher’s Wife.” Devine was featured in the Academy Award-winning film “Crash,” “Death at a Funeral” with Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Danny Glover and “For Colored Girls” directed by Tyler Perry. On television, she had a two season run in her recurring role as Adele on the hit ABC medical drama series “Grey’s Anatomy.”in which she also won an Emmy. She is currently starring in NBC's THE CARMICHAEL SHOW.
Actor Jeremy Ray Valdez starred alongside Benjamin Bratt the 2010 independent hit, "La Mission" which garnered accolades and success including a 2010 IMAGEN Award for "Best Supporting Actor,” and was featured at the Sundance Film Festival. Valdez has had recurring roles on television shows including ER, and Veronica Mars, and guest starring roles on The Closer, NCIS, 24, CSI: NY, The Mentalist, and Boston Public (starring Loretta Devine).
Writer/Producer/Director Tony Gapastione is originally from Chicago, Tony has been acting in theater, commercials, and film for over twenty-five years. He’s written and produced a few short films, but this is his directorial debut, in which he raised $40,000 through Kickstarter. He wrote this piece and filmed it (with lots of help) within his Northern California community (Redwood City and East Palo Alto). He's been married for eleven years to his wife and they have three daughters.
Producer Ola Soler (Formerly Pojda) moved to California to study film from Polan. As a student she excelled in creating, organizing, and editing projects while multi-tasking her studies and involvement in numerous creative endeavors. She quickly rose to the challenge of being a founding member of SonCity Media and has produced corporate videos, documentaries, and short films amidst being involved in producing various other media projects of her own. She adores working with people and engaging in local community activities. Her husband is a photographer and cinematographer, and they wed June, 2015, and await their daughter's birth in April 2016.
Director of Photography Matthew A. Mayotte is a San Francisco Bay Area native, Matthew has always held in high value art and aesthetics. Fascinated from a young age by cinema and story, Matthew followed his pursuit of the greatest way to tell story; through moving image. Rooted in the likes of vintage Italian and French auteurs and invested in today’s modern filmmaking movements, Matthew grows his own cinematic voice from commercials, music videos, feature-length theatrical documentary, to exploratory short format art; using visionary intuition and advancing technology.
Editor David Holechek co-leads Duality Filmworks and has credits on HBO's Family Tree, FX's The League, A&E's Wahlburgers, Animal Planet's Pit Bulls and Parolees to name a few. With a passion for television and independent film, the brothers have worked on hundreds of hours of programming. They've won over fifty awards including the CINE Masters Series award, the Heartland Institute Crystal Heart, A&E Indie Films Finalists, a half dozen Telly Awards, and over forty film festival awards among others.
Composer John W. Snyder is an active composer and pianist in Los Angeles. He has received numerous academic and composition honors, including UCLA’s Henry Mancini Award, an honor by the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for his song cycle Dark Things, and induction into the Wheaton Scholastic Society. He has also scored numerous films, documentaries, and commercials for clients such as Capitol Records, Chevy, VW, the Affordable Care Act, Disney, Lenovo, and many others. Snyder holds degrees from Wheaton College, IL (B.M., summa cum laude) and UCLA (M.M.).
Sound Designer Matthew Waters is known for his work on HBO’s Game of Thrones in which he won an Emmy. His sound credits include work on films like Life as a House and The Butterfly Effect, and Sundance TV's original show: Rectify.