Josh Wills – ‘Sam Grady’
Josh Wills is an actor currently residing in Queens. He studied acting at Southern CT State University and through an internship with Circle in the Square theater school. He can be seen playing Shepard Fairey in the short biopic OBEY THE GIANT which tells the true story of the legendary street artist’s not so humble beginnings. He has also been seen in many different short films and plays in the New York and Connecticut areas. Josh has written, directed and produced multiple short film projects and is currently working on starting a small film company of his own.
Dina Shihabi – ‘Zarmina’
Shihabi was born in Saudi Arabia, to Palestinian, Norwegian, German, Haitian parents. At the age of seven she moved to Dubai, UAE where she was trained as a hip-hop dancer and discovered her love of acting. Her pursuit of the arts continued as she moved to New York six years ago and is a recent graduate of New York University’s ‘Graduate Acting Program.’ Shihabi can be see in the Sean Mullin’s feature film, ‘Sam and Amira’ – where she played the lead role of Amira alongside Martin Starr, who portrayed Sam. The film recently premièred at the Seattle International Film Festival. Shihabi currently lives in New York City.
Jonathan Sale – ‘Butch’
Jonathan is a native of Richmond, VA who received his Masters of Fine Arts from the American Conservatory Theater. The Mensa Member also honed his craft at the prestigious Oxford School of Drama, The University of Richmond and the Upright Citizens Brigade Sale’s is a multifaceted actor who has portrayed numerous characters throughout his career from Romeo, to a hunky fireman on ‘Third Watch’, a Wall St. Titan on ‘Law and Order’ and ‘Law and Order Criminal Intent’ to a romantic rival to Tom Cavanaugh on ‘Ed’, a Soap Opera Heart-Throb on ‘All My Children’, ‘As The World Turns’, and ‘Guiding Light’ to playing a dashing groomsman in the Andy Tennant Pilot, ‘The Wedding Album’, a scrappy inner-city teacher in ‘A Hard Lesson’, a bad boy in the original pilot ‘Upstate’, to a dream lover opposite Greta Grewig in ‘Lola Versus’ to playing the lead in the smash-hit Video Game, ‘Grand Theft Auto’ where he plays Tommy.
Sale has also directed award winning short films including, ‘Sovereignty’ where he won Best Short Film at several film festivals as well as ‘The Look Away Life.’ Sale’s comedic chops are demonstrated in this hilarious national commercial for Edge Shaving Gel that has almost seven-hundred-thousand views on Youtube. Look for Sale’s to appear in the upcoming movie ‘Police State.’ In Sale’s spare time he is an eighteen-time Fantasy Football Champion and father of his two-year old son Grayson, whose picture is used in the film as Graham’s son.
Tobias Truvillion – ‘Monti’
Truvillion is starring in the lead role as “Monti,” a rambunctious US Marine in, ‘Cigarette Soup’. He is an award-winning actor from Queens, New York. Named a 2012 Essence magazine “Eye Candy of the Week” selection, Truvillion is also a philanthropist, youth advocate, teacher and model. In 2013, he accepted a spokes model position with Gulder Nigerian Beer, and currently stars in an international commercial promoting the beer. Truvillion commandeered his latest guest-starring role as a “Special Agent,” on USA Network’s ‘White Collar’ crime series (Season 5, Episode 4, “Quantico Closure”). In January ’14 he will appear as a guest star in award-winning actress Gabrielle Union’s BET comedy series ‘Being Mary Jane’. Truvillion began captivating the public eye when he signed with Ford Models as he became the face of many of high profile print and commercial campaigns (“Got Milk?”, ‘Enyce’, ‘Jordan 23’, and Heineken’s “Double Nod”. In 1999, Truvillion enrolled in the ‘National Black Theater of Harlem’ under the auspices of his mentor and acting coach, Penwah. In 2001, he was honored with a prestigious AUDELCO Award for his tireless dedication to his craft. In 2006, he joined the cast of ABC’s hit soap “One Life to Live.” His cunning role as “Vincent Jones,” a street savvy, ladies’ man, earned him a 2008 NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series.” Truvillion dominated pivotal roles in films such as director Antwan Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest (Millennium Films), acting alongside Will Smith in the comedy ‘Hitch’, and ‘Paid in Full’. In the popular Russell Costanzo directed independent feature film, ‘The Tested’, where Truvillion portrayed “James,” a ruthless leader of the treacherous Brooklyn-based “Black Knights” gang. Truvillion also played the recurring role of ‘Uncle Otto’ in the third season of ‘Blue Bloods’, alongside Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg. Truvillion earned a role in acclaimed Writer/Director Layon Gray’s NAACP Award-winning playwright ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee’. On March 24, 2011, Truvillion appeared with Gray and cast at the New York Stock Exchange opening bell ceremony to promote the release of acclaimed theatrical production. During the 2011 New York Veterans Day Parade, Truvillion was humbled at the opportunity to ride down 5th Avenue on a float with several of the original Tuskegee Airmen. In 2012, Truvillion was landed a role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedic playwright Top/Dog Underdog, written and directed by Suzan Lori Parks. Truvillion enjoys coaching Pop Warner Football, and is a longtime advocate of youth empowerment through sports and the arts. He remains dedicated to promoting social change internationally as an avid supporter of Friends of The Congo, a global non-profit organization whose mission is to promote peace, lasting change, by bringing awareness too, the not often publicized phenomenal artistic culture in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire. Since 2009, Truvillion has consistently worked with ‘The Marion Bolden Center’, in Newark, New Jersey. Despite the region’s often-negative public perception, he has been at the forefront of a successful effort to shed light on the community’s artistic diversity and burgeoning young talent. He helped implement a media and arts fused program to teach TV production, filmmaking, acting, and life essentials at the center. Truvillion assisted in establishing a partnership with Drew University, in which students retreat from inner-city life and live on the school’s Madison, New Jersey campus for three weeks throughout the summer. Every year, before departing from the university, his students produce and perform a play, followed by a graduation ceremony honoring their positive achievements. Truvillion’s students often admit how much he inspires them; his students inspire him much more.
Shahn Christian Andersen – ‘Lennie’
Shahn Christian Andersen was born in the frozen tundra of Syracuse, New York. During his formative years he lived in Utah (Elsinore), Florida (Miami), Oklahoma (Edmond), Tennessee (Nashville), Pennsylvania (Philly), New Jersey (Hackensack), and Staten Island (Ganas) before settling in Brooklyn, New York. Regardless of what age he was when got there, he has always claimed to have “grown up” in Brooklyn. He began acting in high school, did community theatre in college, and then ended up in some of the most god-awful off-off-off-Broadway theatre New York City has ever offered. A transgender version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Iolanthe” was a lowlight of this era of his acting development. Eventually, he clawed his way up to doing featured parts on “Mysteries at The Museum” on the Travel Channel, and SAG Indie films “Cigarette Soup” and “Respect The Jux”. He also fulfilled a lifelong dream by acting on a telenovela for Mexican TV named “La Gata”. In his free time Shahn practices architecture, writes and performs music, breaks his bones playing football, does scientific experiments on himself, and takes care of two little girls and one not-so-little girl.
Elijah Moreland – ‘Crook’
Elijah hails from the windy city of Chicago, Illinois, but has called New York home for over five years. After a decorated career as an Officer in the U.S. Navy, where he literally travelled the globe, he set his sails for New York where he followed his true love and passion by becoming an actor. Moreland is a 2009 graduate of New York’s illustrious William Esper Studio. In 2008 he made his big screen debut opposite Shia LaBeouf in “Eagle Eye”. His career continues to heat up with appearances on NBC’s “Deception”, USA’s “Royal Pains”, ABC’s “One Life to Live”. Moreland has two new movies set to release in 2014: “1:30 Train” opposite Captain America’s Chris Evans, who also is making his Directorial debut. Currently Moreland is starring in his ‘Dream Role’ as an army infantry soldier in the indie feature “Cigarette Soup”, Directed by Damian Voerg. Elijah has been a nationally ranked boxer in the NCBA, and the USA Junior Olympic Boxing Association. He also enjoys scuba diving and traveling the globe to learn about different cultures while also looking for new adventures.
Damian Voerg – Writer/Director
Damian began his film career as a production designer on Shoots & Ladders, featuring Christine Elise McCarthy (ER, Beverly Hills 90210) and Serial, starring Lauren Velez (HBO’s Oz), later co-writing the comedies Big Dreams and Big Dreams 2. Damian’s next production, which he also co-wrote and directed, is the psychological thriller, Blink, starring Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Zone of the Dead). Blink was an official selection at both the 2007 Hoboken International Film Festival and the 2007 Long Island International Film Expo. In 2009, Damian wrote and directed, Situation, starring Joe Gannascoli (The Sopranos), which was an official selection at the 2009 Long Island International Film Expo. Most recently, Damian wrote and directed a gritty war film set during the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom entitled, Cigarette Soup. Damian is also the author of numerous scripts including an epic true story set in 1911 Europe, entitled The Rome Prize. His next project Cope, which he wrote and will be directing, is slated to go into production in 2015. Damian graduated with a BFA in photography from the Hartford Art School in West Hartford, CT.
Larry Strong – Producer
Larry Strong is an accomplished producer and director. In 2006 he directed his first independent feature film, “Serial” starring Lauren Velez (Dexter, Oz, New York Undercover). Strong received international acclaim for Directing the viral video sensation, “I Got A Crush On Obama”, which has over 25 million views on YouTube. Because of its overwhelming popularity, the viral video has been cited by many news outlets including CNN, Fox News, The New York Times and The Huffington Post as one of the most popular political parodies of all time. Larry produced the 2008 comedy, “Last Day of Summer”, featuring DJ Qualls (Hustle and Flow, Road Trip) and Nikki Reed (Thirteen, Twilight). Most recently he has produced the war drama “Cigarette Soup”, directed by Damian Voerg. Larry Strong is a graduate of Long Island University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and Film and a Master of Science in Business Management from the City University of New York. ljstrong.com
Paul Page – Executive Producer
This is Page’s first feature film, serving as Executive Producer; Page was able to use his skills behind the camera in securing financing, creating the budget and acting as the Unit Production Manager. Under Page’s direction the film production was on schedule and within budget. Page holds a MBA in International Business and a Bachelor’s in Business Management with a minor in Finance. He currently serves as the SVP of Operations for a large Financial Services company based in Atlanta and resides in New York with his wife and three children.
Chris DeCelle – Producer of Marketing and Distribution
Christopher J. De Celle is a two-time Emmy winner, most recently for producing the 2012 Summer Olympics for the first time in 3D. De Celle is a multi-faceted director, producer and writer with a background built over 20 years of experience in entertainment and sports. Starting his career as a member of the legendary Page Program at NBC Studios in Burbank, De Celle worked on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ that cemented his love affair with the world of entertainment. After his Page career, he went on for a short stint as a production associate for NBC Studios before becoming an assistant to the president of NBC Studios where he ‘learned to mold a show idea, from a one line pitch, to a finished show or movie. Staying within the NBC family, De Celle was asked to join the NBC Olympic team as a field producer for Dick Enberg in the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. He continued at NBC Sports working on NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA Tour’s live broadcasts as a production associate doing live graphics, creating features and opening teases. The allure of Hollywood lured De Celle back as he went on to work for ‘Access Hollywood’ covering all the major entertainment news from the Oscars, to the Emmy’s and Golden Globes, etc. The chance to produce his own show was given to him by NASCAR Media Group as he went on to produce ‘Trackside Live’ for NASCAR, that was followed by an almost eight year run at the Golf Channel as an associate director and director, where he AD’d & directed all live and live-to-tape studio shows, encompassing the world of golf. De Celle is a member of the Directors Guild of America and is a freelance director, associate director and producer. He has produced the hilarious comedy, ‘The Ufologist’ and was the director of ‘The Artie Lange Show’. De Celle also produced his first silent film, ‘Lost & Found’ and is currently working as a post producer on ‘Cigarette Soup’.