Marianna attended the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. She led the cast of Nick Towne’s film “Day of the Dead,” which premiered at The New York International Independent Film Festival. She worked on Bryce Dallas Howard’s directorial debut “Orchids,” with Katherine Waterston and Alfred Molina. Additional film work includes “Came,” directed by conceptual artist Brock Enright, and the short film “Betty File 43,” popular on ifilm.com. Television work includes “Derek and Simon” and You Tube’s “Drunk History” directed by Jeremy Konner. She received a 2004 Critic’s Pick from Backstage West and a Best Actress nomination from The Ticket Holders Awards for her performance in Martin McDonagh’s “The Lonesome West,” at the Actor’s Gang Theatre, Los Angeles. In February 2009, Marianna was given the lead role in director Jeremiah Jones upcoming psychological thriller “Restive”.
Jason is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company. His theater credits include the Lincoln Center production of Wendy Wasserstein’s “Third,” Tom Donaghy’s “The Beginning of August” Off-Broadway, and the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s “The Distance from Here”. Ritter starred in the CBS comedy “The Class,” and acclaimed CBS drama “Joan of Arcadia”. Ritter can also be seen in the films OUR VERY OWN, opposite Allison Janney, HAPPY ENDINGS written and directed by Don Roos, MUMFORD written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, SWIMFAN, FREDDY VS. JASON, RAISE YOUR VOICE and the upcoming THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS directed by Fred Durst. He can also be seen in THE DEAL, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Eric lives in Los Angeles and was most recently seen in THE HILLS HAVE EYES II for 20th Century Fox. He has also performed in the independent films BUNNY WHIPPED, GOD’S WAITING LIST and SUITS ON THE LOOSE. Additionally, Eric has appeared as a guest star on several hit television series’ including “Ugly Betty”, “The Comeback” and “Joey”. Next up, Eric stars opposite Don Cheadle, Lisa Kudrow and Emma Roberts in HOTEL FOR DOGS for Dreamworks.
Mark is a native of Minneapolis, and grew up in Philadelphia where he attended the High School for the Performing Arts. His film credits include Ethan Hawke’s THE HOTTEST STATE, BOMB THE SYSTEM, BROKEN FLOWERS directed by Jim Jarmusch, Thomas Vinterberg’s DEAR WENDY, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, JESUS’ SON, and SNOW DAY opposite Chevy Chase. Webber recently directed his first feature film, EXPLICIT ILLS with Paul Dano, now in post-production.
Martin stars in the Judd Apatow comedy SUPERBAD, and was seen in KNOCKED UP, WALK HARD and THE INCREDIBLE HULK. He is an alumnus of the hit television series, “Freaks and Geeks”. Martin recently wrapped the Greg Motolla film ADVENTURELAND where he stars opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Ryan Reynolds.
Tom is a writer, producer, and actor, who has established himself with both television and film audiences worldwide, having won such awards as the Peabody Award for writing, and a Golden Globe for writing and producing. Until recently, Arnold cornered the market on playing the resident comic relief in films like SOUL PLANE, CRADLE TO THE GRAVE, and EXIT WOUNDS. He has now started to take on more mature and dramatic roles, including the upcoming movie PRIDE opposite Terrance Howard, THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD and GARDENS OF THE NIGHT. Arnold’s other film credits include Don Roos’ HAPPY ENDINGS, NINE MONTHS, TRUE LIES, HERO, AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY, THE KID & I, and ANIMAL FACTORY, directed by Steve Buscemi.
Marianna Palka (Writer/Director)
Cora Olson (Producer)
Jennifer Dubin (Producer)
Andre Lascaris (Director of Photography)
Jared Nelson Smith (Composer)
Chris Kroll (Editor)
MARIANNA PALKA is from Glasgow, Scotland. At age 16 she made a documentary short film, “By my Very Self” which was about her sister Nina who has bi polar depression and about her father, who has Huntington's disease. Marianna directed a feature documentary “For My American Friends” which highlights Glasgow’s working class neighborhood of Maryhill. Marianna moved to New York at the age of 17 to study with the Atlantic Theater Company, where she directed various works for the stage. Marianna currently lives in Los Angeles and is an actress, writer, director, photographer and co-founder of the production company Morning Knight. In 2006, Morning Knight teamed up with producers Cora Olson and Jen Dubin of Present Pictures to create the feature film GOOD DICK. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and she won the Skillset New Director Award at the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
CORA OLSON grew up in Washington, DC, attended the highly regarded Potomac School in McLean, VA and graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts before moving to Los Angeles. She began her career in the feature literary department of The Gersh Agency and later became the Director of Development for Collision Entertainment, where she oversaw projects at Miramax/Dimension, Disney, Columbia, Paramount, MTV Films and Universal’s Focus Features. Olson has been producing films independently since 2004, and has spoken as panelist on the topic of new models in independent distribution at both the 2008 IFP Filmmaker Conference and the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
JENNIFER DUBIN was born in Miami, Florida, and atttended the prestigious Ransom Everglades School before moving to New York to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts film school. After graduating with honors, she freelanced on various film productions including studio features Stepmom, You’ve Got Mail, Little Nicky and Knockaround Guys; the independant features Chutney Popcorn, Coming Soon, and Interview with the Assassin as well as the television and cable productions of The Sopranos and The West Wing. In 2000, Jennifer moved from New York to Los Angeles and joined the ICM Motion Picture Talent Department. She then went on to work in feature film development at Cosmic Entertainment, the production shingle for Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, and Oliver Hudson. From there, Jennifer was hired to Sony-based, Escape Artists, where she was involved with the feature film, THE WEATHERMAN, starring Nicholas Cage. In 2004, Jennifer began producing full time with partner Cora Olson and together they formed Present Pictures.
Combining his love for stories and his passion for photography, Greek born cinematographer ANDRE LASCARIS began his career as a reportage photographer traveling around the world on assignment. Having created a significant body of photographic work, he moved to New York City, which led to the inevitable beginning of his career as a cinematographer. A graduate of AFI, Andre’s narrative cinematography ranges from the fast paced, action packed espionage thriller CONTRACT KILLERS to the delicate relationship between two people falling in love in GOOD DICK. Andre currently lives in Los Angeles but travels for the opportunity to share his passion for human stories, to bring light to characters and to inspire those who listen with their eyes.
JARED NELSON SMITH was born on the snowy shores of that great lake they call Gitchee Gummee (lake Superior for those from down the road) where he took piano lessons from Mary Margaret, the same woman who taught his mother, and learned to play whatever stringed thing he could get his hands on. Soon came the day he packed up and headed to Southern California to attend California Institute of the Arts and make this music thing official. He has since traveled the world in the back of a van with his friends making music in their band called Hello Stranger, composed music for short films, had a few terrible jobs, slept in some questionable crawl spaces and learned to play a few more instruments. When Marianna offered him the chance to score his first feature length, Good Dick, it was an offer he could not refuse. The score was entirely composed, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jared mostly at Jason Ritter's Mother's guesthouse, for which he is eternally grateful.
CHRIS KROLL started his career in the 1980's in editorial honing his storytelling skills while managing technical difficulties. His credits include a wide variety of genres from teen comedy to dark sci-fi. Chris most recently finished MAD MONEY, directed by Callie Khouri starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah, which opened in wide-release in January 2009 and GOOD DICK, which he was proud to see debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
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