MATTHEW A. BROWN (Director, Writer, Producer)
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Matthew A. Brown immigrated to New York at 16. Brown began his career as an actor, studying at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, before being picked for the leads in the critically acclaimed American independent features God’s Army (2000) and Brigham City (2001). In 2002, he wrote and directed his first short film, My Father’s Garden, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2003. He attended the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam, where he graduated in 2006 with master degrees in Screenwriting and Directing. This was followed by three more short films: Tasha (2007), Victim (2010), and Crush (2011). Crush, which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival, was picked up for distribution by Shorts International and had a limited theatrical release in Los Angeles before being released on iTunes. Julia is Brown’s feature film directorial debut.
REYAD FARRAJ (Executive Producer)
Reyad Farraj is a New York based attorney and producer. Over the past ten years Mr. Farraj has handled numerous legal and business transactions ranging from international technology licensing agreements to mulit-million dollar real estate acquisitions and conversions. As a film producer, Mr. Farraj has produced awarded winning independent films such as “Men Without Jobs” and “Jellysmoke” as well as worked with established independent feature film directors such as Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho, The Moth Diaries). In 2010, Mr. Farraj financed and produced the short film “Sonnet for aTowncar” which was written and directed by Mary Harron and featured Josh Charles (The Good Wife). Most recently, Mr. Farraj partially financed and produced Michael Melamedoff’s (Weakness) second feature film entitled “The Exhibitionists”. Mr. Farraj continues to act as legal counsel for many emerging filmmakers.
ALEX TWERSKY (Executive Producer)
Alex Twersky is a co-founder and principal at Kinetic Arts, a New York-based film and television production company that specializes in developing the talents of new writers and directors, as well as adapting award-winning short films into features. Alex draws on a diverse media background which includes publishing, media strategy consulting, and work as a freelance author. In film, Alex has worked on features, shorts and documentaries that have run and prized at prestigious film festivals such as Sundance, Toronto and Clermont-Ferrand. Alex and Kinetic Arts are currently developing a slate of independent and studio features, including a feature adaptation of a short comedy to be directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans. Alex’s feature projects are based on Academy-Award winning shorts, profound literary properties, and the richly textured scripts and ideas developed by the Academy-Award winning writers and directors. In 2008, Alex produced Asylum Seekers, his first feature film, which is currently being presented at film festivals worldwide and has secured North American, select European and home video distribution deal. In 2011 Alex executive produced director Michael Melamedoff’s second feature film, The Exhibitionists. In 2012 Alex will be executive producing director Matthew A. Brown’s debut feature, JULIA.
TY WALKER (Producer)
TY Walker has produced and line produced a plethora of feature length movies, television shows and new media content. Through the mentorship of several veteran industry professionals and executives, Walker has been able to take this invaluable knowledge and apply it to his own projects, resulting in the launching of "Tycor International Film Company, Inc.", a boutique production company. Over the years Walker has made his mark in the industry as a leading indie producer and has become known for passionately producing movies of various genres. Walker came from a background in Finance and Computer Science and was once one of the youngest Project Managers in global business services. With that experience Walker new the importance of thoroughly knowing and understanding your business prior to leading and managing a team. So before actually producing his first film he sat behind and learned from some of the top producers in the business as well as working in various roles such camera assistants, production coordinator, assistant directing and upm’ing. This experience allowed him to then successfully produce films such as the 2012 Sundance hit and set to open in theatres this September, BLUE CAPRICE, directed by Alexandre Moors, starring Isaiah Washington, OMPHALOS, a sci-fi feature starring Emmanuelle Chriqui and Edoardo Ballerini which will be released in 2014, BURMA , the SXSW Grand Jury & Audience winning film directed by Carlos Puga, JULIA, the neon-noir thriller directed by Matthew A. Brown and lensed by Icelandic Oscar nominated cinematographer, Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson and REDRUM, the Investigative Discovery Channel show that set a new record with the Discovery Channel, with the biggest opening night in history and highest audience ratings demanding additional seasons. Walker continues his career with growth by building a solid team of industry professionals, taking on projects with great stories that will demand a large audience and building relationships with key distribution executives.
KAY LEE (Production Designer)
Kay Lee is an award-winning artist with experience as a Production Designer, Art Director and Set Decorator on feature films, music videos and commercials. Her most recent Production Design credits include the Independent Spirit Award nominated Blue Caprice, James Franco’s Black Dog, Red Dog, and most recently, Spike Lee’s crowd-funded film The Blood of Jesus. She has worked under renowned Production Designers David L. Snyder (Bladerunner) and Rob Pearson (The Matador). Prior to working in film, Kay started her career as a Costume Designer for Off-Off Broadway shows, most notably for theater companies One Year Lease and Studio 42. She graduated Brown University with Honors in Visual Arts and Urban Studies.
BERGSTEINN BJORGULFSSON (Director of Photography)
Icelandic feature film cinematographer Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson has received the Icelandic EDDA Academy Award for best cinematography seven times. His films include “Jar City”, “Children”, “Parents”, “Dorks and Damsels”, “Back Soon”, “White Night Wedding”, “Reykjavik-Rotterdam” (remade in Hollywood as “Contraband”), “Dreamland”, “Screaming Masterpiece”, “Kings Road”, “Mr. Bjarnfredarson”, “Black’s Game”, “The Deep”, “XL”, “Of Horses and Men”, and “Julia”.
FRANK HALL (Composer)
Frank Hall is an Icelandic composer. He earned his MA from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 2006. He has worked on numerous theatre and dance productions, including Midsummer's Night Dream, Blasted,
Vesturport's Faust and most recently The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time. He has composed music for three feature films, One Big Family, Black's Game, for which he got a nomination for the Icelandic Edda Academy award in 2012, and Julia.
SVERRIR KRISTJANSSON (Editor)
Sverrir Kristjansson is an Icelandic film editor, based in Oslo, Norway. Sverrir has edited many award winning films and TV series. He has twice been awarded the “Editing of the Year” prize of the Icelandic film academy and has earned a reputation as an excellent storyteller throughout Scandinavia. His films include: “Letter to the King”, “The Deep”, “Before Snowfall”, “Children”, “Parents”, “Dorks and Damsels”, “Cold Trail”, “Mr. Bjarnfredarson” and “Julia”.
ASHLEY C. WILLIAMS (JULIA)
Ashley C. Williams is an award winning actress known for the cult horror film The Human Centipede (First Sequence). Ashley grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she started acting in local theater productions at the age of 10 years old. She homeschooled during her highschool years to have more time for her creative ambitions, then moved to NYC upon the decision to pursue acting full time. After graduating from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she went on to star in a string of new Off-Broadway productions, and along with close friends, founded a production company called Mind The Art Entertainment; where they wrote, acted in and produced their own work in the heart of the East Village. After starring in her first feature film (The Human Centipede), Ashley's film career took off. Her newest film JULIA, for which she stars as the title character and has won a handful of awards for her performance in, will be released theatrically in the states in 2015. Ashley lives in Los Angeles, Ca and is repped by Alex Gittelson of The Gittelson Group.
TAHYNA TOZZI (SADIE)
Tahyna Tozzi was born in Sydney, Australia, to a Dutch mother and Italian father. As a child, she began her
career in theatre and commercial work. Throughout first and secondary school, she developed a deep
appreciation for the arts and gained high state distinction in Music and Drama. After graduating high school
and giving up the opportunity to represent Australia in the International Shotokan Karate competition, Tozzi
took on her first major role—at the age of 18, starring in the Australian ABC network program “Blue Water
High”, for which she received a logie nomination for “most popular actress”. She then moved to New York,
where she studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company and Larry Moss Studio, immersing herself completely in
her craft. At the age of 20, Tozzi landed her first lead role in an independent film, “Beautiful”. From then on, she starred in various film and television works in both the US and Australia, including Trophy kids, Needle, CSI NY, CSI Las Vegas, Charlie’s Angels, Eleventh Hour, The Strip, and most notably, she played the X-men Mutant Emma Frost in X-men Origins Wolverine. Recently Tozzi wrapped filming on The Ever After and Julia and is currently in pre-production on her own film, which she wrote with fellow Australian Actress, Teresa Palmer, called “Tracktown”. Tozzi is currently also directing her own first short feature, titled “Oren”.
JACK NOSEWORTHY (DR. SGUNDUD)
Jack Noseworthy was most recently seen as Bobby Kennedy in NatGeo’s highest rated film, “Killing Kennedy” opposite Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin. He has completed the features "Julia" "Needlestick" and "Tio Papi", all scheduled for release in 2014. Last season Jack was seen in CAMELOT opposite Nathan Gunn at The Glimmerglass Festival, as well as shooting the web pilot, IN PLAIN VIEW. He received rave reviews as Elliot in "Two Point Oh" Jeff Jackson's new play off Broadway at 59E59th St. in NYC, as well as narrating the Christopher Wheeldon Ballet, "Carnival Of The Animals" for NYCB. In November Jack starred opposite Sutton Foster in the new musical THE CIRCUS IN WINTER for Playwrights Horizons. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Jack received his BFA from The Boston Conservatory. He began his career on stage in the national tour of the musical CATS. Jack made his Broadway debut in the original company of JEROME ROBBINS BROADWAY, played Mark in A CHORUS LINE, and opposite John Lithgow in SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. In addition to Jack’s New York stage work, he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics prize and a Drama-Logue Award as Best Actor for his starring role as Alan Strang in the Los Angeles production of EQUUS. He starred as Pip in the Utah Shake’s production of GREAT EXPECTATIONS as well as Mr. Charles Bingly, in PRIDE & PREJUDICE. In the motion picture arena, Jack has worked with Jonathan Mostow five times, most recently in the Bruce Willis action thriller “The Surrogates”, as well as, "Breakdown," "U-571," the FOX Network's pilot "Them" and his cameo in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines". Jack’s other feature film credits include the independent favorites, "Pretty Ugly People" and "Phat Girlz,” as well as, "Undercover Brother," "Poster Boy," "Unconditional Love," "Event Horizon," "The Brady Bunch Movie," "Barb Wire," "Trigger Effect," "Cecil B. DeMented," "Alive" and "Encino Man," his movie debut. On television: the Hallmark-Hall-Of-Fame western "Aces 'N Eights", “Elvis” opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, played Sissy Spacek’s son in “A Place For Annie,” and Anne Bancroft’s obsession in “Mrs. Cage”. Other Television credits include: "CSI," "The District," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Crossing Jordan" and a recurring role on "Judging Amy". Jack also has the distinction of being the series lead on MTV's first scripted series, "Dead At 21."
BRAD KOED (ADAM)
Brad Koed recently received a Helen Hayes award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor for his work in Woolly Mammoth Theater Company’s STUPID FUCKING BIRD. Last year he was chosen by Backstage as one of "The Backstage 30"-their list of 30 actors on the brink of stardom. He made his Broadway debut in DEATH OF A SALESMAN, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, and starred off-Broadway in Classic Stage Co.'s UNNATURAL ACTS. Other theatre includes: ROMEO AND JULIET, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, ROOM SERVICE (Syracuse Stage), SHIPWRECKED! (Edinburgh Fringe Fest). Koed can be seen in the upcoming independent films JULIA and CANTUCKEE. Most recently Koed was seen in Kimberly Levin’s independent feature film, RUNOFF, which recently bowed theatrically in the states, and he can be seen in Scott Free Productions’ upcoming TV mini-series, MERCY STREET, in which he plays James Green Jr. He has a BFA in Acting from Syracuse University.
JOEL DE LA FUENTE (DR. LIN)
On stage, Joel has worked all over the world and collaborated with some of the most celebrated theater artists on three continents. In addition to working all over the United States, Mr. de la Fuente has performed in Vienna, London, Rome and Paris. He has shared the stage with opera singers, modern dancers, and Chinese kunqu masters and been directed by such luminaries as Peter Sellars, Liviu Ciulei, and Michael Mayer. Currently, Joel is portraying Gordon Hirabayashi in Jeanne Sakata's one-person play, "Hold These Truths," a performance which garnered him a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Solo Performance in 2013. Joel is also active with the National Asian American Theater, where he served as the 2005 Artistic Associate. He has appeared in five productions with NAATCO: as Travis in “Cowboy v. Samurai;” as Ivanov in “Ivanov;” Iago in “Othello”; as the young lover, Frondoso, in“Fuente Ovejuna”; and in NAATCO’s protest to the Gulf War, “Air Raid”. An avid classical theater performer, Mr. de la Fuente has also played Vershinin in “The Three Sisters,” Florizel in the critically praised, “Winter’s Tale” at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and Valentine in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” for the prestigious New York Shakespeare Festival (“Shakespeare in the Park”). On television, Joel currently appears as Dr. Johann Pryce on the Emmy-nominated Netflix supernatural thriller, "Hemlock Grove." He recently completed ten seasons as TARU technician Ruben Morales in “Law & Order: SVU.” He was a series regular on the Fox drama, “Space: Above & Beyond;” and had recurring roles on: “E.R.;” “High Incident;” "Canterbury's Law," and the Sidney Lumet series, “100 Centre Street.” Selected film credits include: "Brief Reunion," "The Adjustment Bureau," "Forgetting the Girl," "The Happening," “Personal Velocity” (Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner); “Heights”; “Return to Paradise”; and “From Other Worlds.” As a writer, Joel’s essay on his experiences as an Asian American actor is published in Pyong Gap Min’s “Struggle for Ethnic Identity,” which has become a staple in Asian American studies programs all over the country. He is a co-writer of “Life Document 2: Identity” which won the Columbia Students Award for Best Film in 2002. Joel is an alumnus of Brown University and the Graduate Acting Program at N.Y.U. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with his wife, his two daughters, and their dogs, Maddie and Luna.
SEAN KLEIER (TIM)
Sean Kleier cut his teeth in the New York City comedy scene, performing stand-
up and improv in clubs and bars all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. He garnered attention for his unique take on social and political events, and his sketch comedy has appeared on UpWorthy, Funny or Die, The Huffington Post, CBS News, Time.com and others. A theater actor since he was a child in his native Kentucky, Kleier has recently made his mark on television with appearances onHey Girl, Madam Secretary, and The Affair. He can also be seen in the upcoming The Intern, starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway. Most recently Sean has been seen as series regulars on BRAVO! Network’s Odd Mom Out and SHOWTIME’s Happyish. In addition to acting, Kleier writes and directs for the creative production agency, Motiv Creative, which he founded with his brother. Representing civic-minded non-profits, the duo created a satirical candidate for senate, developed viral PSAs for immigrants’ rights, and have been featured on Fox and Friends, TODAY, and others. Kleier attended Bowdoin College where he majored in history, minored in film studies, captained the baseball team, and participated in his college improv troupe.
RYAN COOPER (PIERS)
Ryan was born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to an Australian missionary family. His father traveled through PNG, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand. After high-school in Auckland New Zealand, Ryan worked as a Carpenter for six years but rose quickly to fame in 2008 after he was featured in the DKNY Jeans campaign with Bahati Prinsloo. His rugged good looks landing him in campaigns for Armani Exchange with Izabel Goulart, Hugo Boss underwear, Trussardi Jeans and Esprit underwear with Gisele and Erin Wasson. He's been seen in television commercials around the globe for brands such as Paramount pictures, Garnier, Macy's and Just Jeans. From fashion, Ryan continued to extend his reach into film and television playing Bruce Hunter on the US soap opera One Life to Live, and Piers, a gentlemanly-clad psychopath in JULIA, alongside Tahnya Tozzi, Jack Noseworthy, and Ashley C. Williams. Most recently Ryan was a series regular on MTV’S EYE CANDY, playing Jake Bolin, yet another gentlemanly-clad psychopath. Ryan continues to build his body of work spending time writing, directing and developing skills in all areas of the film world. His short film "Left Behind", is about the confrontation between a mother struggling with her depression and a son's resolve and unorthodox method of helping her see reason. It was inspired by the lose of loved ones and in a effort to raise awareness for "the blackdog institute" who research and help monitor depression and other mental illnesses. Ryan continues to work alongside Susan Batson as he explores characters in his writings and grows as an artist.