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CAST & CREW

Who’s Who

MARISA HOOD

Creator/Actor

Marisa is an East Coast native that made the leap (okay fine, it was a plane ride) to LA about 6 years ago. She currently studies at Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop in the master class and her most recent credits include the horror feature “Mandao of the Dead” currently in distribution, the comedic short “Jesse’s Girl” which can be seen now in multiple festivals, and the dramatic short “Charlie” (which she also co-produced) that just had its world premiere. Mostly only wearing the actor hat thus far, “The Post Relationship” is her writing and producing debut but would not like to make it her last. She has a soft, fuzzy spot for subtle and dark comedy, along with deeply character driven pieces.  In her spare time she enjoys burning fall scented candles year round, watching obscene amounts of Law and Order, drinking coffee or wine depending on the time of day, and her cat Lucy.

LAUREN FRANCES MAHONEY

Creator/Actor

Lauren is a freelance editor and videographer based in Los Angeles with experience producing and directing narrative, documentary and commercial content. She has worked in production at Brave New Films, Sandwich Video, and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art's online degree program. She completed an MFA in directing film at MET Film School in Berlin, Germany in 2017. She is currently producing the podcast Self-Helpless, wherein 3 comedians discuss mental health and self-help.

ELIZABETH BANKS

Director of Photography

Elizabeth is a freelance cinematographer based in Los Angeles, California with experience shooting narrative, documentary, and promotional content.
Her credits include the feature film "I'm OK" (2017) and full-length documentary "Some of my Best Friends are Kimchi" (2018). She contributed additional camera work on the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Hunting Ground" (2016), and she shot Buzzfeed's female-forward "Ladylike" series (2017), which has garnered over 13 million views. 
Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish and loves to travel. She has spent time in Spain, Honduras, Guatemala, France, and Tanzania. She created travel pieces in both Madrid and Denver, CO, and has filmed in Mexico, Japan, and Thailand.

DEVIN SPAHN

Editor

Devin Spahn has been making movies since elementary school. He was an instrumental team member in his high school's daily morning news show, and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a BA in Film and Electronic Arts. He has edited several documentaries, wrote and directed a web series pilot for A&E, edited every episode of the comedy series The Post Relationship, edits an ongoing editorial commentary vlog for a New York Times bestselling author, and is currently directing a music video for a local artist. Devin enjoys cooking, avoiding other people if he can help it, and waiting year-round for it to be Christmastime already.

DIANA KEELER

Assistant Director

As both an Assistant Director and film teacher, Diana enjoys learning, creating, and exploring all parts of the production process. She believes that in order to be a good AD, you have to understand what you're asking people to do, and in order to be a good teacher, you have to be constantly practicing and updating your skills. As a result, she has worked in almost every role on a production: cinematographer, sound mixer, director, gaffer, writer, producer, make-up artist, production designer, PA, editor, colorist, composer, and VFX artist. When she's not on set, you can find her hanging out with her two African dwarf frogs.

DUSTIN NEIDERMAN

Production Designer

Dustin is a full time graphic designer with the Art Directors Guild of IATSE creating visuals for all forms of film, television, commercials, and theatre. He works as a Production Designer for short media and music videos. Dustin's graphic design credits include: Bright (Netflix), Hearts Beat Loud, Mayans MC (FX), The Romanoffs (Amazon), Insecure (HBO), and Super Troopers 2. Find more over at cakebrigade.com/dustin

KATIE SPAHN

Music

Katie Spahn is a 24-year-old artist who, having had kidney disease since 16, spends her abundant free time crafting and creating music for commissions and personal expression. Katie is very passionate about art as well as animals and environmentalism. You can find her on Instagram @katiekid03 to follow her artwork and health journey.

SARAH BRYANT

Hair and Make up

Growing up in LA, Sarah was familiar with movie sets and seeing celebrities, but it never occurred to her to work in film until some film students in college asked her to help with makeup and set design. Sarah soon fell in love with the “ #setlife “ as it allowed her to connect with others and be creative. After college she attended Cinema Makeup School to deepens her knowledge of makeup and special fx. Sarah works on set for film, tv and music videos and has worked at special fx houses such as Legacy FX and Fractured FX. Her true love is special fx and character makeup but beauty holds a special place in her heart as well.

DARRELL THOMAS

Tracy

Darrell grew up in the small town of Sonora, California, you're probably thinking, "Oh yeah, wine country, nice!" Close, but not quite, more near Yosemite, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Okay great, that's cleared up, you're ready to hear about all the amazing things Darrell has done in his life thus far. First, he got a degree in Biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, foolishly thinking that a stable career as Pharmacist was what he wanted to do with his life, what was he thinking right. Darrell said hold up, acting sounds like way more fun. Next thing he knew, the bags were packed, and he was living in Southern California. The universe, in it's ultimate wisdom, then provided a wonderful commercial agent that started sending this fledgling actor out into the harsh world of auditioning in LA. BAM! WAKE UP CALL! Darrell had the quick realization that he didn't have any idea what he was doing when it came to acting. That's when the universe stepped in again and said, "Hey go check out this acting studio!" Enter Anthony Miendl's Actors Workshop where, in a moment of transcendence and unimaginable human connection, Darrell realized that acting is what he was meant to do, and as the Germans say, "the rest is history.”

DENNIS HURLEY

Mr. Miller

Dennis is a Los Angeles based actor-comedian who began his career as a B.F.A. performer at Ithaca College in New York, he also received improvisational training from the Groundlings, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC/Los Angeles and the Massachusetts-based ImprovBoston.


Dennis Hurley’s television and film credits include: NBC's Superstore, The Daily Show, the official ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ music video by Justin Timberlake, Unusual Suspects, True Nightmares, Un Amor, Tosh.0, and a supporting role in the upcoming thriller, Involution (https://involutionfilm.com/).  


Main Website:  www.dennis-hurley.com

RON HANKS

Bartender

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Ron Hanks received his MFA in acting from DePaul University in Chicago and was a stage actor in NYC for the following five years. One of his favorite roles there was “Peter” in the National Tour of “Narnia” for which he earned his Equity card.  Ron then moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and television with some of his favorite credits being “Golden California”, “Winterthorne”, “Blood Runs Black”, and SYFY’s “Disaster LA”.  In 2014, he and his cinematographer wife, Elizabeth, started their production company, 1157 Productions, with which Ron has directed the short film “Dirt Eaters” and the feature-length movie “I’m OK”. In 2017 Ron’s screenplay “Capacity” was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist, and in 2018 the short form series he produced “Broken” garnered two Primetime Emmy nominations. In his free time he loves traveling, playing with his new puppy, and is a chocolate aficionado.

CATHERINE EURE

Samantha

Catherine Eure has been acting professionally since moving to LA at 18. She's studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute, Stella Adler, and with Ivanna Chubbuck.  She's worked in numerous independent shorts and features and recently moved to Atlanta to work in the Southeast market. She loves hot sauce, rolling her eyes, and overly opinionated pit-bulls and she is only happy when it rains.

ROD SIMMONS

Mr. Newton

Sooner or late, I was destined to be in the entertainment industry. From an early age, I have loved showing off for my friends or anybody else that would listen and watch my imitations of classic Hollywood stars like Edgar G. Robinson or of President Richard M. Nixon. But my most popular trick according to my parents was gargling my cola at birthday parties. It was only when the US Navy brought me to the Armed Forces Radio and TV Center in Los Angeles did I actually start exploring my dreams, starting with some background acting gigs while still on active duty. When I retired from the Navy in 1994, I started doing community theater with relative success at the start with a nomination for best in a major supporting role in a comedy at a local San Diego theater for the season. And eventually, I wound my way back up to Los Angeles for more film and tv experience. My first screen credit was in the movie Simone in 2002.

MICHELLE SERJE

Craiglist shoppers

Michelle Serje is an Actor, Comedian, and Fitness and Fashion Model. She just recently shot a Google Commercial with legendary director Terrence Malick, and had an amazingly surreal experience. Currently performing on an improv team, she has completed all of UCB training and continues to challenge herself in exploring all aspects of comedy. She creates comedy skits and sketches and is currently writing her own show. Michelle would like to thank Lauren and Marisa for giving her the opportunity to explore her range in the most playful and freeing way!  Instagram: @michelleserje

TIM BUYER

Max

Tim is a 30 year old actor having a blast doing comedic and dramatic roles, as well as improv comedy and blogging. He can be found aon Instagram as @timothybye and his blog can be found at treatsbyer.blogspot.com. He's also performing monthly improv shows at the LA Connection Comedy Theater in Burbank.