Brian Feeney • Writer/Director
Brian Feeney was born in August of 1979 to American parents stationed at the Yakota Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan. With a father in the service, Brian lived all over the world before moving to Los Angeles in 1998 to attend USC’s School of Cinema/ Television.
After graduation, he began working in Hollywood as an assistant editor before going on to cut a large number of promos and trailers, as well as Behind the Scenes documentaries for some of Hollywood’s biggest DVD releases, which includes work on “Mad Men,” “Night at the Museum,” and Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies.”
Brian has also directed several short films which have played at various festivals around the country. “The Echo Game” marks Brian’s first feature film as both writer and director.
Alisha Seaton • “April Reilly”
Alisha Seaton was born in Santa Barbara, CA. It was here she was introduced to theatre at the age of seven. She started as the smallest toy soldier in “Babes in Toyland.” Alisha was accepted at the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts in her junior year of high school. During high school Alisha attended the prestigious, highly selective California State Summer School of the Arts. She returned to LA to receive a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California and a minor in Communication and the Entertainment Industry. She also received a diploma in Theatre from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
Since graduation, Alisha has been working steadily in the indie film world. Upcoming releases include the feature horror film “A Darker Reality” with Daniel Baldwin, produced by Jeff Allard (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), 3V Entertainment’s feature horror “Abundant Sunshine” as the lead and “The 4th Kind” starring Milla Jovovich scheduled for a theatrical release late this year.
Jeannie Bolét • “Casey Lin”
Jeannie Bolét was born & raised in Liverpool, England to a Chinese Mother and Vietnamese/French father. From an early age, she was exposed to the heavy weight films of the day as her father often ignored the Rating on the front of the video tape, thus allowing a young Jeannie to experience the greatness of The Godfather(s), Raging Bull, Deer hunter, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver…. “I guess he was heavily into DeNiro, which would explain a few things!” Not to mention all the horrors that have had the honor to scare the hell out of her!
Before making the leap into acting, Jeannie studied Fashion at LJMU in England where she majored in Illustration. A career as a makeup artist followed but it wasn’t long before she took the plunge into acting and she hasn’t looked back since. Since moving to LA, Jeannie has worked on many shorts and independant films and is currently working on two of her own screenplays.
She’s wildly excited to be part of The Echo Game and thanks Brian Feeney for allowing her to channel her inner gore girl!
Melissa Lee • “Sarah Reilly”
Melissa Lee, eleven, was born in Santa Monica, CA and came out singing. She is in the fifth grade at Wildwood. She has been doing musical theater since she was five with a few serious plays thrown in. She has also attended several different acting schools and coaches around Los Angeles. She likes variety!
She decided less than a year ago to leave the stage for a while and try out for movies and TV. She loves the edgy, tough roles for young kids like Sarah in The Echo Game. She has had Lead or Supporting roles in five other shorts and movies and Co-Star roles in three TV episodes so far.
She is also a passionate swimmer, soccer player, skateboarder, skier, bike rider, rock climber and artist.
David Ghilardi • “Detective Michael Simmons”
Judy Clement • “Anne Cassavettes”
Judy Clement started her professional acting career as soon as she got her theatre degree from UNC Greensboro. After a stint singing and dancing in a theme park Broadway revue, she moved her career to Atlanta. Musicals were her favorite genre, and she loved starring in the Atlanta premiere of Into the Woods as the Witch. Other leading roles were in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Godspell, and The Pajama Game. Atlanta commercials included Budweiser, Napa Auto, Prudential and MCI. Once she had a taste of TV movies (and her fill of humidity), she took the plunge and made a new start in Los Angeles. Soon after, she met her husband in theatre and is now a happy L.A. transplant. She has appeared in various industrial films and such national commercials as Triple Flex, the Mamma Mia DVD promo, and a Heifer International infomercial with Joe Mantegna. TV credits include Untold Stories of the ER and North Mission Road. Her budding film career includes several independent films in production, and she has also made brief appearances in Timecop 2 and Blades of Glory. Judy especially enjoyed exposing her pent-up road rage as the villain in The Echo Game.
Randy Patman • “Terry”
Randy Patman affectionately called “Rand” by family and friends has been on stage since age 10. After getting his start in theatre and studying with numerous coaches Rand quickly realized he was becoming an actor. “I’ve always liked losing myself in someone else’s happiness or tragedy…I don’t watch myself and I don’t read reviews.” After working with Todd Phillips on the college comedy “Road Trip” in 2000 Randy was cast in Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Remember the Titans” with Denzel Washington along some of Hollywood’s most notable up and coming actors including Ryan Gossling. Appearing in several indie features since Randy carries a strong work ethic, and approaches each new project with a deep humanity for the character he portrays. You found out about him today…imagine what happens when the world finds out about him tomorrow.
Liliya Czarina • “Yelena Markova”
Liliya Czarina is not Russian as majority might think, because of her name. She is actually Tatar - one of the small ethnic group in Russia, located in Tatarstan, the heart of Russia. Liliya had a hard childhood that invested into her strong personality. She would never take anything that happens in her life for granted. So is this project, “The Echo Game”. It’s been the most uplifting and arousing experience. Everyone worked hard to make this picture happen. Liliya herself loves to tell stories through pictures. She has written, directed and produced four short films. She is working on few screenplays right now.
Angela Landis • “Rachel”
Angela’s career began in Portland, OR, where she started in theatre and commercials. Since in LA she’s worked in film, TV, theater and commercials and industrials. Projects include ER, The End Of Steve, Passions and Bicentennial Man. She recently finished her third season with 3 of a Kind Theatre Company and has performed with several sketch groups including Merry Filthy Christmas and The New Fuzz. She has also written and produced several short films and is currently producing a web series she co-wrote and co-stars in – Misadventures In Matchmaking.
Xango • “Henry”
Xango Henry, a novice to the business of acting, hasn’t let a lack of experience keep him from making a mark in Hollywood. Xango has appeared in a variety of TV shows, including “Heroes,” and “Operation Repo.” A personal trainer, Xango also enjoys work on student projects, saying “student projects have given me some of my best film moments.” You can also find Xango’s work online. He is the model for Cisco’s 2D internet comic strip character Jux and can be seen in a variety of internet projects including “Baby Boss” and “Batman Legends”. For a look at Xango’s online work, check out his FaceBook page.
Ian McAlpine • “George”
Forgoing a promising career as a ninja, Ian decided to pursue a career in acting that started some nine years ago in his hometown of San Diego (GO CHARGERS!). Ian’s career spans such roles as Tim in “SubUrbia”, Malvolio in “12th Night”, Scanlon in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” and Dr. Kurzweil in the original production “wireless city”. Ian is a member of the Knightsbridge Theatre as well as the sketch comedy troupe “The Insanities”. Ian’s most recent voice over work will be heard on season two of “Mad Men”. Look for Ian as “Stephen” in “The Return of The El Diablo” coming this summer. *Insert numerous acting accolades here*
Hester Van Hooven • “Nurse Roberta Samuels”
Born in New York City and raised in both New York and Connecticut, Hester moved to a small college prep. school in Massachusetts to pursue her love of the arts, particularly theater. After her Junior year in High school, Hester moved to Rome for 4 months to study Shakespeare. Upon graduating from high school, Hester chose to leave New England and attend the College of Wooster, a small liberal arts school in OH. There she majored in Theater and History. After graduating from College, Hester returned to New York City to pursue theater, where she performed in plays and took theater training classes at Rodger Hendricks Simon Studios as well as classes for film and television at TVI studios. Hester then traveled to Los Angeles for a two week film and television intensive through TVI studios. One month later, Hester moved permanently to Los Angeles and found a teacher, Tom Ardavanny of The Ardavanny Approach, with whom she studied for two years. She then studied with Leslie Kahn, after which, Hester decided to avidly pursue work and auditions. She immediately booked her first feature film, “The Echo Game”, as Nurse Roberta Samuels and has continued to work ever since. She has worked on such films as “The Border”, and “The Humdrummer”. Hester is currently working on her first starring role in a feature film, “The Curse” expected to release in 2010.
John William Ross • Writer/Co-Producer
John William Ross grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He studied at the University of Southern California, earning a degree in Cinema-Television Production, then continued his studies at the California Institute of the Arts, receiving an MFA in Writing in 2004. His short films The Stress and Ms. Goldman have been featured in various film festivals including Slamdance and The Method Fest. His first feature film, Freaky Faron, is due out on DVD in summer 2009. He currently resides in Los Angeles where his is hard at work on his sixth feature length screenplay and various other film related projects.
Asa Shumskas-Tait • Producer
Asa Shumskas-Tait is a writer, director, illustrator, backpacker and pumpkin pie maker. Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, Asa lived an idyllic life jumping into hay mounds and reading comic books, until he packed up his hobo sack and took off for sunny California. There he graduated from USC with a B.A. in Cinema-Television Production, and worked in Post Production before co-founding hybrid media studio Psychic Bunny and it’s original content arm, Lead Balloon.
Asa has written and directed for both screen and print. His first comic book, “Consumed” was published by Platinum Comics in 2007. He has directed short films for the U.S. Army, and animation for projects as diverse as the Real Deal poker stage show in Las Vegas, and an adaptation of the children’s book “A Heart Full of Love.” In addition to “The Echo Game,” he is currently producing the web series “Coma, Period.” for Lead Balloon.
Doug Spice • Producer
Doug Spice is a filmmaker and designer from a small country known as the United States of America. He is one of the founders of Lead Balloon and Psychic Bunny, and has experience producing and directing for film, web, television, interactive, and even more obscure and unusual projects. The Echo Game is the first feature film he has produced. He is attached to produce another and is currently developing several episodic and feature film projects for future production. He has written dozens of bios for various websites and publications, but this one is clearly the best.
Jeffrey Waldron • Director of Photography
Born in the United States, Jeffrey spent his formative years around the world, living in seven cities in four countries on three continents before graduating high school. His career in filmmaking began in animation, completing his first 16mm animated short at the age of ten. His passion for imagery gained further momentum in the years that followed, ultimately leading him to California.He currently works as a freelance filmmaker, photographer, musician and entrepreneur in Los Angeles.
Austin Wintory • Composer
Austin Wintory began his obsession with film and video game music at the age of 10. Following an education in both NYC and LA, he now works full-time as a composer from his studio in Burbank. Austin’s music can be heard in nearly 200 productions, ranging from feature films and video games, to TV and miscellaneous others. In 2007 Austin scored Sony’s ‘flOw,’ available worldwide on PlayStation-3, and in 2008 he received a British Academy Award nomination for the project, followed by a series of other game industry accolades. That same year he scored Amin Matalqa’s Captain Abu Raed, for which he was shortlisted as a 2009 Academy Award contender for “Best Original Score.” 2009 sees the theatrical releases of Captain Abu Raed and Grace, a dark horror film which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Lawrence Everson • Sound Designer
Lawrence Everson is a freelance sound editor, mixer, and rerecording engineer. He discovered his passion for sound design while in film school at USC, and was influenced by the world of radio theatre shortly thereafter, with his work being featured in multiple broadcasts including the 50th anniversary live reproduction of Norman Corwin’s ‘On a Note of Triumph’. His career spans a wide variety of mediums, including TV, interactive games, and feature films. Recent projects include sound design and voice recording for the U.S. Army, and mixing the feature documentary ‘45365′, winner of multiple awards including the Grand Jury Award at South by Southwest 2009. Lawrence creates all of his work within his Los Angeles based studio and thoroughly enjoyed designing the audio for The Echo Game.