Cast & Crew

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Cast

Krystof Hadek - Jan Wiener

Krystof Hadek made his big screen debut in Dark Blue World as the second lead at the tender age of seventeen.  For his brilliant performance, he was nominated for a Czech Golden Lion (the Czech Republic equivalent to an Oscar) for Best Supporting Actor.  Dark Blue World was, at the time, the biggest budget Czech production ever and immediately launched Krystof's acting career.

He has since become one of the most sought after young actors in the Czech Republic.  Krystof recently completed Grapes and Maj.  He is currently working on 3 Seasons in Hell.

Barbora Kodetova - Frantiska Wiener

Barbora Kodetova has acting in her blood.  She comes from a long line of actors, but quickly demonstrated her own talent becoming one of the Czech Republic's most esteemed actresses.

Bara is perhaps best known for her role as Chani in Dune and Children of Dune though she has many other film and television credits including Tristan + Isolde, The Prince and Me, and Rivers of Babylon.  Before appearing on screen, Bara graduated from the Conservatory of Prague and spent years performing on stage at the National Theater.  Among her many stage credits are Romeo and Juliet, As  You Like It, Three Sisters and Orpheus Descending.

Marek Vasut - Klaus

Marek Vasut is a theater trained actor who studied at The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague before receiving a fully funded Fullbright Scholarship at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York.

He has worked on countless international productions and played a broad range of roles in Mission: Impossible, Van Helsing, xXx, and Bade II.  Marek is an extremely versatile actor who has starred in over sixty films during his career, as well as many television series such as Children of Dune.

Marek lives in Prague and is currently working on completing Solomon Kane and The Crown of Vyshehrad.

Crew

Steven Edell - Writer/Director/Producer

Steven Edell

Steven Edell is an award-winning director who has been featured in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.  He was born and raised in New Jersey before attending Yale University where he received his B.A. in Fine Arts.  His focus started in drawing and painting, and then moved to photography and film. While doing a semester abroad in Prague at FAMU, he wrote and directed his first short film Bracia, which won several awards and was nominated for a Student Academy Award.

Steven recently received his M.F.A. in Film Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. While at USC, he received the John Huston Directing Scholarship and the Edward Small Directing Scholarship for his short films.  He just completed his USC thesis film A Son’s War, which won the Alexis Award for Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Palm Springs International Shortfest and the Gold Circle Award from the Caucus Foundation.  In addition the film won the Panavision New Filmmaker’s Grant, the FotoKem Answer Print Grant, and finishing grants from the King Foundation and the Caucus Foundation.

Steven lives in Los Angeles where he is working on developing his first feature film.

Rain Breaw - Producer

Rain Breaw

Rain Breaw is a film director with her own web-development company. Her film work includes a recent PSA for the Los Angeles Youth Network (through Women In Film), and the feature film, Mr. Sadman (as a producer).  She is currently developing her first feature, Bearing it All, in partnership with her friend and fellow USC graduate Julie Sifuentes.

While not on set, Rain continues to enjoy developing cutting-edge, standards-compliant websites through her company, SunRain Productions. During 2008, Rain was the Technical Supervisor for the Stand Up To Cancer website, StandUp2Cancer.org, helping to bring the initiative online during it's inception. Rain has taught interactive and web media at multiple Community Colleges in the New England and Upstate New York region, and also curated a new media center at Vassar College known as the Media Cloisters, presenting the innovative learning model of the Cloisters at such national conferences as the Coalition for Networked Information in Washington D.C.

Benjamin Wilkins - Producer

Benjamin Wilkins, hailing from Denver, Colorado, earned his BA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his MFA in Cinematic Arts Production from the University of Southern California. In 2006, he received the Entertainment Partners Producing Award for his work at USC.

Before entering the entertainment industry he spent three years teaching English in Japan. Currently he works as a producer for Tempered Entertainment. Benjamin has produced numerous short films which are now traveling the festival circuit, including "Everything Looks Perfect," first prize winner at The Malibu Celebration of Film Festival.

Roman Kasparovsky - Producer

Roman Kasparovsky lives in Prague and is a recent graduate of FAMU, the Czech Republic national film school.  He has produced 10 commercials, over 70 short films, and the TV pilot Loves in Praha.

Since graduating, Roman has worked on four feature films in various producing roles (Restart, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Wanted, an Normal).  He has a passion for traveling and has produced projects across Europe
and Africa.

Roman is currently working on Febiofest 2009 in Prague as a coordinator.

Rahul Gandotra - Producer/Editor/Supervising Sound Editor

Rahul Gandotra is currently doing his MFA at the London Film School in England, where he is preparing his graduation film and is finishing the first draft of his feature script.

Rahul has been cutting his film teeth on the past seventeen short film projects he's worked on - 9 he's produced, 7 he's directed, 5 he's done the film and sound editing for, and 3 he's done the camera work for). Two of these projects have worked their way onto the festival circuit with another four being prepped for other film festivals.

Before attending the London Film School, Rahul was a film and video consultant for four years at the University of Michigan, where he also did his undergraduate education. He graduated from there focusing on political science, psychology, and Chinese philosophy and received a sum cum laude distinction.

Rahul has now lived in eight countries and hopes, after his MFA, he can find a place to stay put at so that he doesn't have to lug around suitcases half way around the world.

Lon Bender - Executive Producer/Supervising Sound Editor

Lon Bender is widely recognized for his contribution to cinema as co-founder of Soundelux Entertainment Group and for his award-winning work as a Supervising Sound Editor on over 60 films.  Lon teamed with Wylie Stateman in 1982 to form Soundelux where they explored numerous production, post-production and manufacturing opportunities.

For his work as a supervising sound editor, Lon received an Academy Award®, British Academy Award® and Golden Reel Award® for his efforts on Braveheart.  Lon's contributions on the films Glory and Last of the Mohicans were recognized with Academy Awards® for
Best Sound.

From 2000 through 2005 Lon served as the President of Ascent Media’s Creative Sound Services Group. During that time Todd-AO went through a revitalization and modernization which included a citywide Gigabit Network which links all its facilities for audio and video sharing. The reinvention of the work process has enabled sound editing and mixing to fluidly integrate.

Lindsey Shockley - Co-Producer

Lindsey Shockley studied film at the University of Pennsylvania before earning her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.

While at USC, she was selected among eighty applicants to direct one of the four school-sponsored films in 2005.  Her film Lucky (2005) premiered at Cannes in 2006.

She also wrote and directed The Truth About Faces (2007), which is one of the longest unedited takes in history, running over thirteen minutes long.  It marks her second venture with producer Julie Sifuentes and DP Steven Edell.  The film screened at many festivals, including Palm Springs International Shortfest.  Shockley's other short films include Loose Change (2003), Letting Go (2004), and Shooting the Pilot (2006).

Lindsey is currently the writer’s assistant on Showtime’s United States of Tara

Martin Preiss - Director of Photography

Martin is member of presidium of Association of Czech Cinematographers (ACK).  Born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic, he got his Masters Degree in cinematography from Prague’s prominent university FAMU.  At 24 he shot his first feature film, Choking Hazard,  which went to several film festivals, including Tribeca Film Festival and was featured in Variety.  Martin completed a year at University of Auckland, New Zealand and also attended the Berlinale Talent Campus.  He received a nomination for Best Technical contribution on short film Cargo, which screened at the London Film Festival, Tribeca and received critical acclaim at the Venice Bienale.

 

Along with a variety of foreign collaborators, Martin has worked internationally in locations such as the United States, Canada, Scotland, th United Kingdom and New Zealand. His mentors include Vladimir Smutny, ACK DP for Academy Award film Kolya (Best Foreign Film, 1997), Jaromír Sofr, ACK DP for Academy Award film Closely Watched Trains (Best Foreign Film, 1967) as well as Academy Award Nominated DP Miroslav Ondrícek, ASC (Amadeus & Ragtime).  Martin is passionate about scuba diving and underwater cinematography.