EVAN JACOBS (Director)
Evan Jacobs' interest in motion pictures dates back to his seventh birthday, when he received an 8mm Bell & Howell motion picture camera with which he produced many epic productions.
Aware that an understanding of the actor's craft would eventually serve him well as a director, Evan studied acting at South Coast Repertory's Young Conservatory program. Throughout his youth, Evan pursued an acting career, performing in local theater. He later would go on to study acting and directing at the acclaimed Beverly Hills Playhouse.
Seeking a formal overview of filmmaking, Jacobs attended Orange Coast College. He then ventured out to pursue his professional and artistic goals.
His first professional employment was as a production assistant at a leading Los Angeles visual effects company. He has since worked his way up through the trenches of visual effects production. His work can be seen in such projects as "OUTBREAK", "DROP ZONE", "THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER", and many commercials. Jacobs served as miniatures supervisor on the feature film "ED WOOD" and then in 1994, Evan Jacobs founded (along with his colleagues Jon Warren and Douglas Miller) the Los Angeles based visual effects company Vision Crew Unlimited.
At Vision Crew Unlimited, Jacobs acted as Executive Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor. Vision Crew contributed effects work to many feature films such as "THE MUMMY", "DINOSAUR", "ARMAGEDDON", "JACK FROST", "DANTE'S PEAK", "MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION" and "TITANIC". The company was also very active in the commercial market, providing effects for Mazda, Lexus, Dr. Pepper, Nissan, Jeep, Dodge, Toyota, and Coca-Cola to name but a few.
In 1998, Jacobs was nominated by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects for a Miniseries representing his company's contributions to HBO's "FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON".
After eight successful years, Jacobs and his partners closed Vision Crew to pursue other endeavors. Evan went on supervise visual effects for the indie feature “What the #$*! Do We Know?!” which became the third highest grossing documentary of 2004.
Jacobs then joined Digital Domain in Venice, CA where he served as the 3D Department Manager for two years before joining Mr. X in 2005.
While at Mr. X, Jacobs supervised the visual effects for “Silent Hill” and “16 Blocks” as well as upcoming films “Hollywoodland”, “Waist Deep” and “The Return”. Most recently, Evan served as the co-VFX supervisor for “Resident Evil: Extinction”.
Jacobs is an active member of the Visual Effects Society, a professional organization representing visual effects technicians at the top of their field.
Evan has spoken at industry conferences such as Post/LA and was an instructor for the Entertainment Studies Extension Program at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for three years.
MICHAEL PETTED (as Jason)
Michael appeared in The Wetomkawa Flash (Sundance). He has also been seen on The Young and the Restless (NBC) and Grounded for Life (FOX) as well as theater in Los Angeles and in Iowa, where hes from. In addition to his acting, Michael has been a fixture in the LA music scene as a professional drummer for many years and has jammed with people such as Bob Dylan and Slash (Guns n Roses). Michael does double duty on the film as the drummer of the band Naked Star, which contributes all the music for the film.
EMMY SMITH (as Morgan, also Co-Producer)
Since moving to Los Angeles, Emmy Smith has appeared in many independent films, including Scooter Kidz due out this year. As well as acting, Emmy has produced and directed theatre and was a founding member of Oasis Theatre Ensemble in Venice, CA. Smith, born in West Virginia, grew up in Virginia where she began her acting career at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon. She continued to work professionally in regional theatre and summer stock through college. After graduating, she went to Minneapolis where she worked with the French-American theatre company Theatre de la Juene Lune, at a number of local theatres, and toured with several productions though the Midwest and East Coast. She has studied with Milton Katselas, Jeffrey Tambor, Clayton Rohner, and at the Groundlings School of Improvisation.
JAMES CHIELLO (as Johnny)
James Chiello is a young, brilliantly spontaneous actor whose work will always speak for itself. Even with a leading man look, James often gravitates toward the more socially unstable characters, finding beauty and sensitivity in the oddest of lifestyles. Hes often compared to Johnny Depp in this respect. Also, as a prolific musician, James has recently been negotiating with the major labels for a record deal to support his two year commitment to his pop-rock band.
DOUGLAS MILLER (Director of Photography)
Douglas Miller has been working in the film industry for nearly sixteen years. Upon earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University, Miller began his career working in visual effects on such projects as Cliffhanger, Alien3, Batman Returns, True Lies and Apollo 13.
In 1994, Miller founded visual effects company Vision Crew Unlimited with partners Evan Jacobs and Jon Warren. There he served as resident Cinematographer and as Digital Effects Supervisor.
Douglas now works as a digital compositor for Rhythm and Hues Studios.
DAVID BREEDEN (Co-Writer)
David Breeden is a poet, essayist, novelist, and screenwriter who lives in the Texas Hill Country. He teaches creative writing and British literature at Schreiner University. He is part of Them Hill People, a screenwriting team.
WILLIAM W. WOODS (Co-Writer)
William W. Woods teaches creative writing at Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary and scholarly journals across the country, including most recently, "The Coe Review," "Flesh & Bone," and "New Texas." He is part of "Them Hill People." He recently published his first nonfiction textbook, "Crafting Your Short Fiction," from Education2Go Press.
NAKED STAR (ORIGINAL MUSIC)
Los Angeles rock band Naked Star provides all the original music for the film. Houston, TX native, Cydney Robinson, and Iowa born Michael Petted formed the band in 2001 with Rob Sulit and Marc “Coop” Cooper. Since their formation they have built a strong following in the Los Angeles music scene playing at many local clubs. They’re also getting airplay on local rock radio station KLOS. Noted for Cydney’s sultry, evocative vocals and Petted’s dynamic, free, tribal drums and percussion they have developed a unique sound complemented by Sulit’s guitar work and Coop’s melodic bass.