Listen to a podcast INTERVIEW with Director Tony Gapastione and the Los Angeles based cast: Anjelah Johnson, Dove Meir and Bruce Beatty.
Writer \ Producer \ Director
Originally from Chicago, Tony has been acting in theater, commercials, and film for over twenty-five years. Check out his work on TONYGAP.COM. His first short film, 1440 and Counting, starring Emmy Winner Loretta Devine and Jeremy Ray Valdez, which he wrote and directed, found success on the festival circuit and encouraged him to continue making movies. He’s passionate about affecting change through storytelling and loves building relationships on and off set. Tony lives a full, crazy, and adventurous life in Redwood City California with his wife and three kids.
Originally from Poland, she moved to California to study film. As a student she excelled in creating, organizing, and editing projects while multi-tasking her studies and involvement in numerous creative endeavors. She quickly rose to the challenge of being a founding member of SonCity Media and has produced corporate videos, documentaries, and short films amidst being involved in producing various media projects. She adores working with people and engaging in local community activities, but her best work of art was getting married to Israel in June, 2015.
Daniel prides himself on his vision, resourcefulness and reliable network to provide a creative and cooperative environment. Daniel holds memberships with SFFS, AFI, Scary Cow Film Co-Op, MMTB, and has teamed with the Bay Area’s best independent professionals. Daniel works part-time at DTC Lighting & Grip, gaining a hands-on education, while freelancing with production companies with projects for various outlets. Daniel has current projects ranging from development, to narrative scripts at various stages of the writing process. Daniel currently resides in San Jose, CA with his wife and three children.
After Graduating from CSUEB in 2014 with a Studio Art Degree (emphasis in Animation), she has dedicated her time on working in all aspects of film. Jessica has worked as a Storyboard Artist, Talent Chauffeur, Script Supervisor, production coordinator, and now Producer. She has a passion for bringing all the pieces of a production together and seeing the crew function as a team.
Bruce Beatty, classically trained, has played roles from Shakespeare to Tennesee Williams, working in major American repertory theaters, including the Ahmanson & Mark Taper Forum Theater in Los Angeles to the Alliance Theater in Atlanta to the Public Theater in New York city. He's had recurring roles for primetime TV & Feature Films.
His most recent film/TV include Straight Outta Compton and the Indie Classic Dope, Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, and Colors.
He is a Graduate of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and worked with Patrick Stewart in his first ever Shakespeare workshop on the Paramount Studios lot.
He practices Taijiquan (Tai Chi) daily for the last 30 years.
Anjelah was born and raised in San Jose, California and is of Mexican and Native American descent. In the beginning of her career she was a professional cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, named Rookie of the Year and performed in Super Bowl XXXVII. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of acting. She became an internet sensation with her viral video, “Nail Salon” which led to stand up, television and film opportunities. She joined the cast of, “MADtv” as a series regular, which spawned another internet sensation, “Bon Qui Qui.” This character, a disgruntled fast food employee with no filter, has been enjoyed, viewed and replicated by over 65 million people worldwide. After recording and releasing 3 songs and 2 music videos as Bon Qui Qui, with Warner Bros. Records she is set to release a full album titled, “Gold Plated Dreams”. All the songs and the videos are currently available on iTunes and YouTube. In June 2009 Anjelah recorded her first one-hour special for Comedy Central and Warner Bros. Records titled, That’s How We Do It. Her second one-hour special, available on Netflix. In 2014 Anjelah recorded her third hour special, Not Fancy, a Netflix original, and is currently available for streaming. She has starred in such films as OUR FAMILY WEDDING, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL, and ENOUGH SAID. The film MOM’S NIGHT OUT not only features Anjelah but also her husband, musician Manwell Reyes of the band Group 1 Crew.
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Dove has been paving his way quickly in the TV and Film industry. Recently he guest starred on NCIS:LA and has been on several episodes of USA Networks’ DIG, NCIS, Major Crimes, Mindy Project as well as several independent films currently circulating film festivals.
Dove was nominated for Best Actor at the Burbank International Film Festival for his lead role in the film: Boots.
Paul has been a professional actor in San Francisco for 30 years, performing in all facets of the business-films, theater, television, radio, commercials, internet, industrials, trade shows, voiceovers and full performance (voice and body) motion capture. Paul has been paired up with Noah Wylie, Jeff Bridges Dennis Franz, Ashley Judd, John Rubenstein, Jack Warden, Cheech Marin and Don Johnson. He had a co-starring role on NBC's Trauma, filmed in San Francisco, as well as a lead role in the award winning, full length independent feature Crashing Eden and appeared in Rob Lowe's Knife Fight also filmed in SF. He's worked with film directors Peter Weir (Fearless) Carl Franklin (High Crimes), Finn Taylor (Cherish) and Jonathan Parker (The Californians), and most recently appeared as the Team Owner in “Livin Da Dream” directed by Spike Lee for NBA 2K16. Nationally, Paul hosted HGTV's Landscape Smart for 13 seasons (170 shows!). He is also currently an Instructor/Manager for San Francisco Acting Academy.
Originally a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Corinne is from a large, artistic family and has dedicated her life to acting and singing with a strong penchant for film. She attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Art History, studied music with a focus in vocal performance, and has performed throughout the US and Eastern Europe as a vocalist. To further pursue opportunities on the west coast, Corinne moved to San Francisco in 2003. She is the writer and director of the documentary film Ed Runs into the Sunset, has appeared as an actor in various independent films and short films, and currently lives in El Dorado County with her family.
Jayson earned a MA in film production from Eastern Illinois and then took a marketing position working for legendary film director, Francis Ford Coppola. Jayson worked on several successful wine and food ventures designed to push the envelope and then transitioned over to Coppola’s film studio, American Zoetrope. Jayson worked under film pioneers Walter Murch, Richard Beggs and Mr. Coppola himself. After working on Coppola’s traveling tour, Wine, Daydreams and Memories, Jayson took Coppola’s advice to ‘go out and become famous’ by branching out and working as a producer. He has since organized two film festivals, produced two feature length films and over ten shorts. He currently is the production coordinator for Indigo Films and a freelance producer for Strike Five Films.
Director of Photography
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Matthew has always held in high value art and aesthetics. Fascinated from a young age by cinema and story, Matthew followed his pursuit of the greatest way to tell story; through moving image. Rooted in the likes of vintage Italian and French auteurs and invested in today’s modern filmmaking movements, Matthew grows his own cinematic voice from commercials, music videos, feature-length theatrical documentary, to exploratory short format art; using visionary intuition and advancing technology.
John W. Snyder
An active composer and pianist in Los Angeles received numerous academic and composition honors, including UCLA’s Henry Mancini Award, an honor by the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for his song cycle Dark Things, and induction into the Wheaton Scholastic Society. He has also scored numerous films, documentaries, and commercials for clients such as Capitol Records, Chevy, VW, the Affordable Care Act, Disney, Lenovo, and many others. Snyder holds degrees from Wheaton College, IL (B.M., summa cum laude) and UCLA (M.M.).
Matthew is an Emmy award winning sound Designer on HBO's Game of Thrones. His credits include work on such films as: Life as a House and The Butterfly Effect. His TV credits include Cold Case, Sundance TV's original show Rectify, and currently Black Sails on Starz.
Ivan is an accomplished musician, audio engineer, an producer with extensive experience in both the non-profit field and commercial recording industries. From Los Angeles to New York, Ivan has produced top acts in hip hop, latin, Urban and R&B genres. He was recognized as a Silicon Valley emerging leader at the age of twenty-four. Years later he continues to collaborate with top performers of the music industry and recently founded, "Templo Audio," a creative approach to sound, strategy, and style for all music production projects.
ASSISTANT TO THE PRODUCERS
Five years ago, Sara left her home in Mexico City to come to the United States to pursue a degree in film production. She graduates from San Francisco State University May 2016. She is an experienced graphic designer, but her true passion is producing all kinds of audiovisual projects and events. She loves working with creative people on developing projects that can communicate powerful messages that entertain and move audiences.