Staff Sgt Cole Lewis
Michael Cuomo (Best Actor, Rhode Island International Film Festival) stars as Staff Sgt. Cole Lewis in Happy New Year, reprising his role from the Off-Broadway play and short film version. Cuomo’s additional film credits include: Bandslam (Summit Entertainment/Walden, dir. Todd Graff) and the independent hit Four-Eyed Monsters (IFC Films). He has performed at Off-Broadway theatres throughout NYC, including Rattlestick, Naked Angels and the Barrow Group. Next up, Cuomo will star in Lorrel Manning’s next film, Red House, a road movie shooting Summer / Fall 2013.
J.D. Williams was born and raised in Newark, N.J., and graduated from the School of Industrial and Performing Arts. He began his professional career with a four-season run on HBO’s acclaimed series “Oz.” He followed that success with another four-season run on HBO’s The Wire as “Preston ‘Bodie’ Braudus.” Other television credits include: “The Good Wife,” “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” and “Law and Order.” Film credits include: Snipes, Pootie Tang, and Shanghai Hotel.
MONIQUE GABRIELA CURNEN
Monique Gabriela Curnen first caught the eye of the industry with her earthy sultriness as Ryan Gosling’s fellow teacher and love interest in the critically-acclaimed Ryan Fleck film Half Nelson, but it was in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight that she captured the attention of fans worldwide as the tough yet vulnerable “Detective Ramirez.” Other recent film credits include: Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Joshua Marston’s Maria Full Of Grace, Thomas Ikimi’s riveting thriller Legacy (w/ Idris Elba), Danny Green’s Mr. Sophistication (w/ Harry Lennix) and Lance Daly’s The Good Doctor (w/ Orlando Bloom, Troy Garity, Michael Pena, and Taraji P. Henson). On the television front, in addition to a flurry of television guest star roles and recurring roles on “CSI,” “ Lie To Me,” and “Sons of Anarchy,” Monique was a series regular ABC’s critically-acclaimed darkly comedic drama “The Unusuals.”
Jose Yenque has more than a decade of experience working successfully in film and television, and is the recipient of important industry awards such as the SAG Award and the Alma Award. Film credits include: Steven Soderbergh’s Academy Award-winning Traffic (w/ Benicio Del Toro), HBO’s The Blue Diner (w/ his mother, Teresa Yenque), Beginners (w/ Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor), Freeloaders (w/ Dave Foley and Adam Duritz) and the Academy Award- winning short film Wednesday Afternoon. He earned the 2007 Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor for his stand-out performance in Lifetime Network’s thriller Between (w/ Poppy Montgomery). Television credits include: “CSI: Miami” “Nip/Tuck,” “Law & Order – SVU,” “ER,” “Heroes,” and “Lost.”
Wilmer Calderon (Santiago) was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He moved to Brandon, Florida at the age of two. He learned to speak Spanish at home from his parents and English from watching “Sesame Street”. At the age of five he started playing baseball, a year round sport in Florida, it quickly became his major preoccupation throughout his school years. His senior year in high school Wilmer set a single season collegiate record for most stolen bases. In his spare time Calderon appeared in several school plays and eventually had to choose between a career in baseball or giving a full time commitment to acting.
Wilmer’s TV credits include recurring roles on “24” and “The Shield.” Guest appearances on “The Mentalist,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Castle,” “Dexter,” “Dark Blue,” “The Closer,” “Cold Case,” “CSI Miami” and “Better Off Ted.” His film credits include Fast and Furious, Unknown, Finishing The Game, Good Time Max and Annapolis.
Will Rogers is a successful film, television and stage actor in New York City. Film credits include: Certainty, Nancy, Please, and Barry Levinson’s The Bay. “Television credits include: “Blue Bloods,” “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order – SVU,” and “Law & Order – Criminal Intent.” Theatre credits include: Golden Age, The Submission, When the Rain Stops Falling (Broadway), Chair, From Up Here, 100 Saints You Should Know, and Columbinus.
David Fonteno was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the second son of an operatic soprano and a classical/jazz pianist. At age four, he was adopted along with his brother, and moved to Los Angeles, where he was raised by a family of teachers. Film credits include: The Dictator, The Interpreter, Eraser, Choke, Devil in a Blue Dress (supporting), and Analyze That. Television credits include: recurring roles on “The Good Wife,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Trial By Jury,” and “Conviction.” As a composer, David has written music for regional productions of King Hedley II, and Dinner with Friends.
Noah Mills is a successful actor and fashion model in New York City. In 2004, he made his debut as a runway model for the fall Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent collections in Milan and Paris. In early 2005, he signed a contract with Dolce & Gabbana. He has been a fixture at the Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Michael Kors shows for many seasons now. In 2009, Mills appeared in the naked D&G Anthology Fragrance campaign with a number of other, established models including Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Tyson Ballou. Mills made his acting debut as the love interest of man-hungry “Samantha Jones” in Sex and the City 2. Other film and television credits include: Wracked, Candyland, and “2 Broke Girls.”
John Leighton is a New York stage, television and film actor. He was raised in Staten Island and studied acting at the E.J. Schneider Drama Studio, New York University, the Fanny Bradshaw Shakespeare Studio, and with Michael Howard. Broadway credits include: Arsenic and Old Lace and Of The Fields Lately. Off-Broadway appearances include: Da, The Plough and the Stars at the Irish Repertory Theatre, Romeo and Juliet (w/Robert Sean Leonard), Happy Days at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, and Enter a Free Man at the St. Clement’s Theatre. He has appeared in many regional theatres, including the Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Theatre Company, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Milwaulkee Repertory Theatre, Indian Repertory Theatre and many others. Films credits include: Nobody’s Fool (w/ Paul Newman), Story of the Brimke Sisters and The Extra Man. Television credits include: “Edge of Night,” “The Doctors,” “Kraft Theatre,” “American Parade Dramas,” and “Omnibus.”
Frank Harts, the son of an Irish mother and African American/ Cherokee father, was raised in rural Illinois and graduated from Rock Falls High School and Juilliard (Group 31). He equally enjoys working in Theater, Television, Film, and creating original material for the web and original songs for film soundtracks. Theatre theatre credits include: A Raisin in the Sun (Broadway), The School of Lies (Off-Broadway), Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation (Baltimore), and the Juilliard production of Lawrence Fishburne’s Riff Raff. On film, Harts has worked with Jane Campion, Steven Soderbergh, Matt Aselton, and most recently, with Philip Noyce. Television credits include: “Law and Order,” “It Is Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Queens Supreme,” “Hope and Faith,” “Early Edition,” and as the voice of “Diddy” for Robert Smigel’s “Diddy Kiddies” on “Saturday Night Live.”
For 26 years, Tina Sloan portrayed the beloved “Lilian Raines” on CBS’ “Guiding Light.” Other television credits include: “Venice the Series,”“Law & Order – SVU” and “Third Watch.” On film, she’s had the honor of working alongside Ben Affleck, Amanda Peet, Al Pacino, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster , Sydney Pollack, Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei. She is also the author of the hit memoir Changing Shoes (Penguin)– www.changingshoes.com. She is happily married for 35 years and is the proud mother of a son who fought in Iraq as a Captain in the US Marines.
An experienced film and television actor and familiar face to many, Alan Dale’s successful tenure began during his 8 years as Jim Robinson on the popular British television series, “Neighbours.” Following his time on the series, he relocated to the United States and has portrayed integral characters in highly rated American series “The O.C.” (as Caleb Nichol) and “Ugly Betty” (as Bradford Meade), as well as recurring roles as “Charles Widmore” in ABC’s “Lost,” “Vice President Prescott” in “24” and “John Ellis” in HBO’s “Entourage.” Selected film credits include: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Star Trek Nemesis, Hollywood Homicide and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. A New Zealand native, Dale has been married to former Miss Australia Tracey Pearson since 1990 and has four children.
Seth is an award-winning director, actor, composer, and musical director whose work has been enjoyed internationally, Off-Broadway, and regionally. He is the co-writer and co-director of the hit film Sleepwalk With Me. Theatre directing credits include: Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me, David Edgar’s Pentecost (Drama Desk Nomination, Best Play), Martin Moran’s The Tricky Part (Two Drama Desk Nominations – Best Play & Best Solo Show, Obie Award), and Jon Maran’s Old Wicked Songs (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award & Garland Award for Best Direction, Pulitzer Prize Nomination), Thy Kingdom’s Coming, Lonely Planet, Good (Straw Hat Award for Best Direction), Ghost in the Machine, Tales From Hollywood, Greetings, Beau Jest, Three Sisters, and When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder?. Mr. Barrish is a Master Teacher at The Barrow Group School, continuing to educate and inspire a multitude of working and student actors. He has also served as a Master Teacher at the International Director’s Symposium in Spoleto, Italy. He is author of the book An Actors Companion-99 Bits of Craft.
K. LORREL MANNING
Manning (Best Director, Rhode Island International Film Festival) is an award-winning writer and director (theatre and film), actor and musician. His additional works include “Happy New Year” (Off-Broadway), “A&J Rule the Universe” (Off-Broadway), and Wool (New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship. His other plays have been developed at theatres throughout New York City, including the Roundabout, Rattlestick and the Barrow Group. He holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University. Manning is currently prepping his 2nd feature film, Red House, which will begin shooting shoot in Summer 2013. He is the lead singer and bassist of the rock band La Res (www.vivelares.com).
Smith has produced several internationally known films, including Spy Game (Universal Pictures, w/ Robert Redford, Brad Pitt), Cold Mountain (Miramax w/Jude Law, Nicole Kidman), Children of Men (Universal, w/ Clive Owen, Julianne Moore), Wanted (Universal, w/ Angelina Jolie) and The A-Team (Twentieth Century Fox, w/ Liam Neeson & Bradley Cooper). In 2011, Smith was appointed Chair of the British Film Commission. He is often called upon to speak about the film industry – Scottish, British and global.
Arcaro worked at Warner Bros. Records Nashville in publicity for artists such as Faith Hill, leading to her current role as Vice President, Marketing at Vornado Realty Trust in New York City. She produced several plays in Manhattan, including The Trouble With Barney (10-week sold-out run) and Night of the Hawk (6-week sold-out run). She wrote the comedy W/M (sold-out run, Urban Stages, Off-Broadway), graduated Vanderbilt University, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Westbeth Artists Housing. She is a member of the Carnegie Hall Real Estate Council.
Gray spent 15 years at Deutsche Asset Management as a Managing Director overseeing the Emerging Markets Equities Group. He was one of the top ranked managers of mutual funds investing in Emerging Markets, Latin America and Pacific Rim equities. In addition to his success in the business world, Gray is also an accomplished actor. Recent film and theatre credits include: Happy New Year, The Speed of Thought, and Orange Flower Water.
Michael Cuomo studied Finance and Creative Writing at Loyola University of MD, before he moved to New York City and shifted his focus to the entertainment world. He studied acting with Joseph Chaikin, Brad Calcaterra and Seth Barrish. He also worked as a creative assistant to writer/director/producer Todd Graff (Camp, Bandslam, Joyful Noise) for 2 years, where he learned about writing and producing for film and television at the studio level. Originally from Baltimore, he lives in New York City.
Jacob produced the award-winning Happy New Year short film with Cuomo and Manning. In addition, Jacob brings a wealth of expertise from his current involvement in independent film production and future distribution model consultation. His recent acting credits include: Pollywogs (also writer/director), The Dictator, Showtime’s The Roost; Four Eyed Monsters Video Blog (IFC); Joe Swanberg’s Young American Bodies; Travel Shorts for Conde.net, and T. Arthur Cottom’s Objects.
Hay began her career at the BBC. She served as production manager on numerous HBO projects such as Wit (w/ Emma Thompson) and Churchill (w/ Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave). She has worked as Production Manager on over 40 commercials and short films with such companies as Therapy Films, Gorgeous Films, New Era and Quiet Storm. Hay is currently the producer of the hit UK reality web series The Callback.
A graduate of NYU School of Law, Stein spent nine years in private practice at Proskauer Rose LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati representing clients such as Madonna, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the Kurt Cobain estate/Courtney Love, ECKO Unlimited and the New York Jets before moving into film. He has collaborated with and represented a number of filmmakers, is a Programmer for the Lighthouse International Film Festival and The Friars Club Comedy Film Festival, and is on the Board of Directors of the Terra Incognita Theater Company. His screenplay Small Town Girl was a finalist at the Hoboken International Film Festival.
Moore’s work includes the feature film Marvelous, starring Martha Plimpton and Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (featured on the Sundance Channel). He also co-produced the feature film Sibling.
As director/writer, Sohn’s short films include Island to Island, winner of the 2002 Student Academy Award, and Fish in the Sea Is Not Thirsty, an official selection of the 2002 Cannes Film Festival (Quinzaine). Make Yourself at Home, Sohn’s first feature film as a director/writer, was invited to the 2009 Pusan International Film Festival, Gala Presentation, Oldenburg Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival and Athens Film Festival. As cinematographer, his films include: Mitchellville (dir: John Harkrider), which screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2005 (American Spectrum); SA-KWA (dir: Yi-Kwan Kang), winner of the International Critics Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2005. Sohn holds MFA’s from American Film Institute (cinematography) and New York University (film directing) and Don’t Follow Me – I’m Lost (dir: William Miller).
Miller is a graduate of NYU where he received a BFA in Film Production. William has cut for clients ranging from The History Channel to Spike TV as well as some additional editing on the feature film Make Yourself at Home (aka Fetish). Miller is director/editor of the feature documentary, TIME BOMB (www.timebomb-film.com) and the new Bobby Bare Jr. documentary Don’t Follow Me – I’m Lost.
Paul Brill has composed for numerous award-winning films, TV series and commercials.
His original score for the film, The Devil Came on Horeseback, was recently nominated for an Emmy Award and his score for the celebrated HBO film, The Trials of Darryl Hunt, was also nominated for an Emmy Award and was hailed by Variety as “memorably chilling, sounding notes of purest dread.” Young American Recordings recently released the Hunt soundtrack, curated by Brill, featuring selections from his score and contributions by Andrew Bird, M. Ward, Califone, The Last Poets, and Mark Kozelek among many others.
Brill is currently the composer for several acclaimed A+E television programs including “The First 48,” “Runaway Squad” and “Steven Seagal: Lawman.” He has recently completed upcoming films and specials for MTV, History Channel, Planet Green, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and PBS, among others, as well as recent Sundance and Tribeca film festival stand-outs Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, No Woman, No Cry, and the film adaptation of the best-selling book, Freakonomics.
Stern’s casting work has premiered at Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Tribeca, Berlin, South by Southwest, Seattle and many other prominent film festivals. Sundance premieres include: The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, starring Natasha Lyonne, Marshall Allman, Tania Raymonde and Vince Vieluf; Broken English, directed by Zoe Cassavetes, starring Parker Posey and Drea de Matteo; and Adrift in Manhattan, directed by Alfredo De Villa, starring Heather Graham, Victor Rasuk, William Baldwin, and Dominic Chianese. Stern was the Casting Director of The New York Sundance Writers Lab Reading Series from 1996-2005. She has been on both the selection committee and jury for the Gen Art Film Festival. She is a member of Bafta, IFP, New York Women in Film and Television and Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Military Advisor/Associate Producer
Harrell served in the United States Marine Corps from 1999-2008. Afterwards, he studied acting at The William Esper School. Recent credits include ReEntry at Two River Theatre Company, and Time Remembered and The Servant of Two Masters at the University of South Carolina Performing Arts Center. Harrell served as military advisor on ReEntry, as well as Man=Man at The Yale School of Drama. Harrell has reprised his role in ReEntry in the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway production at Urban Stages in Manhattan.
Associate Military Advisor
Scotti joined the Marine Corps Reserves during college and attended the Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. He served on active duty in the First Marine Division and was among the first American troops into both Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2001, and later deployed to Iraq in 2003. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V” for actions under fire. Following military service, Scotti received his MBA through NYU’s Stern School of Business, and then joined Credit Suisse. Additionally, he co-founded military charity Reserve Aid, which has assisted over 1,800 families of wounded veterans, and most recently produced and narrated the critically acclaimed documentary film Severe Clear, directed by Kristian Fraga. The film pulls from extensive video journals Scotti and fellow Marines kept while serving in Iraq. In 2012, Scotti released his first book, the critically-acclaimed The Blue Cascade. For more information, please visit (www.mikescotti.com).
Line Supervisor, Tracey UtleyMusic Supervisor, Joe RudgeProduction Designer, Katherine RuschCostume Desiger, Tiffany JordanMakeup Design, Stephanie Wise
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