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Massi Furlan

Massimiliano Furlan, aka Massi, was born near Venice in Treviso, Italy.

Mr. Furlan started his entertaining career as a stand up comedian.

In 2007 Massi moved to Hollywood, CA where his acting chops were quickly recognized. He was immediately cast in the HBO pilot 1%, Days of Our Lives, Terminator: Sarah Connors Chronicles.

The year 2011 brought several more projects including Criminal Minds, One Tree Hill, Aim High (Jackson Rathbone) in addition to a few feature films.

The Italian actor was most recently cast in the most anticipated movie of the 2012- The Dark Knight Rises.

In a recent interview Massi (once proclaimed “The New Villain in Town”) stated that one of his goals is to work with Sir Anthony Hopkins.

2012 continued on the right path for the Italian actor that was cast as one of the leads in a Lifetime movie Layover alongside Lauren Holly. Layover later changed the title to Abducted for the dvd release.

Summer 2014, includes a recurring guest star role on NCIS Los Angeles and a great supporting role on the film Blood of Redemption alongside Dolph Lundgren, Billy Zane and Vinnie Jones.

Mr. Furlan later on played a Persian vampire on the last season of HBO hit show True Blood and the same year you could catch him on The Last Ship, Michael Bay TNT series.

2015 started well and Massi was cast in a 20th Century Fox comedy (is favorite theme) Keeping up with the Joneses alongside Zach Galifianakis, Gal Gadot, Isla Fisher and John Hamn.

The same year ended with a two major project, Trafficked a movie about human trafficking alongside Ashley Judd and Live by Night, a period movie based in Boston in the late 20’s, starred and directed Ben Affleck and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Massi latest notable roles include a guest star appearance on the popular show Supernatural where he plays an Italian priest and right after you can see him on the Emmy multi winner limited series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, where he played Gianni Versace Designer.

Latest projects coming up includes: Jumanji: The Next Level, opposite Dwayne Johnson and Bad Boys For Life, coming out Christmas 2019 and January 2020.

Chalet Lizette Brannan

Chalet Lizette Brannan is a child actress that beat Leukemia at age 10. Chalet is an Official Ambassador for Beads Of Courage which is a worldwide charity for children suffering cancer and other major illnesses. She had started out with modeling and from there has went on to feature films and Television series. Ms. Brannan now has endorsed several Cancer Hospitals and gives back to children fighting like she did. She continues to film and tour nationwide. She has been tapped to play a 3D Animation film as a lead with a very known and talented actor. She has been nominated for several awards for Best Supporting and Lead roles. She has presented an ICON Award at the Pre-Oscars to Kevin Sorbo who has been in her films. Her lead role in Crepitus has helped her to surpass Actress Linda Blair as a lead in a R Rated horror feature at 12 years of age. Chalet Brannan continues to impress all she meets and has been likened to Dakota Fanning and Jodie Foster in her abilities.

Pei Pei Lin

Pei Pei Lin (pronounced ‘Pay Pay’, means ‘with lots of rain’) was born on Valentine’s Day. Determined to make her mark on the world, Pei Pei left home at 15 to attend the prestigious Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. She then accepted a scholarship from Parsons The New School for Design, while continuing her acting training. Her dramatic instincts have lead to roles in the 2012 season finale of the award winning TV series, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit; the indie feature, 59 Seconds, starring Emmy Award Winner Pruitt Taylor Vince; and Haiku in Brooklyn, which premiered at The Cannes Festival Short Film Corner 2011. In addition, Pei Pei, a self-proclaimed ‘Lovable Nerd’, is armed with a wonderful sense of comedy, with roles in the Onion Sports Dome (Comedy Central) and Siamese Twins (FunnyorDie.com)

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Andrea Mays

 

David Lockhart

Emmy Award winning producer and the 2018 American Martial Arts Hall of Fame Action Star of the Year David Lockhart, aka the official “Rock and Roll Actor,” grew up in the backwoods of Oakland, CA.

After studying at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and being the lead in productions including Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance, and Tennessee William’s Orpheus Descending, David became a writer, producer and correspondent for TechTV’s Emmy Award winning shows X-Play and Internet Tonight. His career continued with starring roles in the independent films The Crow: Purgatory 2, The Dead and the Damned, Playing with Dolls, Dead Ant, Rock n Roll Zombie Apocalypse, Senior Entourage and the action thriller, Lockhart: Unleashing the Talisman, the first film in a trilogy inspired by his own family history dating back to Robert the Bruce, the king of Scotland.

As a rock star front man, David has toured all over the world spreading the good gospel of rock and roll. He recently performed at the legendary Clock Tower in Mumbai, India. As the lead singer of the Stereoblasters, he toured Japan and China and has opened up for iconic rock bands including Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Ray Manzerik, Bobby Krieger, and John Dunsmore of the Doors at the 45th Anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival.

In 2018 David received an honorary media award as part of the national launch of SSTV in Beijing, China, and the Best Actor award at the 2018 LANFA International Film Festival. In his spare time, David enjoys practicing martial arts moves with his five-year-old son and overseeing theater and music events hosted by Artistspalooza, a 501©3 nonprofit that he created to support other artists.

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– IMDb Mini Biography By: David Lockhart

Kaylyn Slevin

SAG-AFTRA / actress, dancer, model since age 9 / volunteer and advocate for many charities and organizations including The Hazing Prevention Organization, S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions), and Heal The Bay / social media influencer with a following of over 400K on Instagram and over 11K on (verified) Twitter accounts / over 100K following on Musically app

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Kaylyn Slevin

 

Jonathan Baker

Jonathan Baker (JB) is an independent filmmaker, adjunct professor, and artistic coach. His company JB Productions, Inc. has many partnerships with artists JB develops and produces. He is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America.

JB worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment, first in television research, then at Screen Gems and TriStar Pictures as Marketing Manager. He marketed over forty major theatrical releases, of which ten films achieved #1 at the box-office status. He Co-Producer the documentaries Fang vs. Fiction (airing on AMC), The Real Exorcist (A & E), and Real Premonitions (A & E). Films of note include Closer (dir. Mike Nichols), Adaptation (dir. Spike Jonze), Big Fish (dir. Tim Burton), Boogeyman (#1 at the box office), Underworld (#1 at the box office), In The Cut (dir. Jane Campion), You Got Served (#1 at the box office), the Resident Evil franchise, and Exorcism of Emily Rose. While at TriStar, Lords of Dogtown (dir. Catherine Hardwicke), Oliver Twist (dir. Roman Polanski), Running with Scissors (dir. Ryan Murphy) and Silent Hill.

JB worked on Wall Street at Salomon Brothers Asset Management in Institutional Sales, and on Broadway at The Nederlander Producing Company of America where he handled development and line producing for CEO Jimmy Nederlander, Jr. He worked with acts such as Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Dionne Warwick, Neil Young, Paul Simon, and many others. He independently produced documentaries on Broadway stars Lea DeLaria, Geoffrey Holder, Liliane Montevecchi, and Julie Wilson.

JB is an Adjunct Professor of feature film and entertainment economics at Carnegie Mellon’s Masters of Entertainment Industry Management program in the Heinz School of Public Policy and the GIOCA graduate program at the University of Bologna, Italy..

JB studied Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory of Music and The University of Michigan School of Music. He studied directing and acting at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension Program, from Don Richardson.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: JB Productions, Inc.

Hassan Sattar

Hassan Sattar (Persian: ستار‎, born 19 November 1949), also known simply as Sattar, is an Iranian singer with specialization in both Persian pop and classical music. He had gained fame before the Islamic Revolution and became Pahlavi Royal Family court singer up until the political upheavals of the late 1970s. He left Iran in 1978 and has taken residence in the United States since then.[1]

Sattar is one of six siblings born to an Abadani mother and Azeri father. His fame began at the age of 22 with the release of the theme song “Khaneh Bedush” for Morad Barghi, a popular television show in Iran. The show made him an instant star. His next hit came with the TV series Ghesseye Eshq made by Mansour Poormand. His signature song is “Hamsafar”. With over 40 years of fame, Sattar has over 70 hits which includes the internationally known song “Gol-e Sangam“.

Sattar has recorded over 350 songs and is among very few Persian singers who in addition to diverse sound of Pop, performs both Persian traditional and classical music professionally. Sattar has also recorded a number of cover songs in English such as “Feelings”, “A time for us”, “Speak softly, Love” and “I Believe”.

Sattar is an award-winning vocalist, who won two Golden Lioness Awards from The world Academy of Arts, Literature and Media – WAALM in 2005. He also received a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Music from IFSI Institute in London in 2004.

 

Laurene Landon

Tall, leggy and extremely well-built statuesque blonde actress Laurene Landon has enlivened a bunch of hugely enjoyable movies with her spunky energy, physical dexterity, bubbly, upbeat personality and considerable sex appeal. She often portrays tough, two-fisted, no-nonsense action heroines with a winning blend of fiery aplomb and cheerful good humor.

Born as Laurene Landon Coughlin in Toronto, Canada, Landon’s family moved to the United States when she was four. The 5’9″ Landon starred as “Molly”, one of two female wrestlers, who are managed by ‘Peter Falk’, in Robert Aldrich‘s uproariously raucous comedy, …All the Marbles (1981). The fiercely athletic and aggressive Landon also performed a lion’s share of her own stunts in the film. Landon was very funny as a daffy stewardess in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) and was excellent as Mike Hammer’s loyal secretary “Velda” in I, the Jury (1982). Laurene was especially strong and impressive in two delightful action/adventure features for director Matt Cimber: she’s the titular rugged warrior woman in Hundra (1983) and a gutsy half-Native American spitfire in Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold (1984). Landon was once again, on the money, effective and engaging as courageous policewoman “Teresa Mallory” in the terrific Maniac Cop (1988) and its superior 1990 sequel, Maniac Cop 2 (1990). After a regrettably lengthy absence from acting, Laurene made a return to screen with a sizable co-starring part in the Masters of Horror (2005) episode, Masters of Horror: Pick Me Up (2006), Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance opposite Tommy Wiseau (The Disaster Artist, The Room), Sky opposite Norman Reedus, Diane Kruger, Lou Diamond Phillips and Lena Dunham, Day Out of Days opposite Melanie Griffith and Eddie Izzard, and the upcoming Nation’s Fire opposite Bruce Dern and Gil Bellows.

Outside of acting, Laurene Landon writes scripts in her spare time and is an award-winning gold medal lyricist, who authored rap music for an L.A. Metro Transit Authority video.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders, U.N. Owen

 

Ben Hur Sepehr

Touting 33 awards and nominated for another 25, Iranian-born writer-director-producer Ben-Hur Sepehr’s recent period piece The Desperate continues to win the hearts of people worldwide with its profound humanitarian message.

Based on a true story, The Desperate, starring TV series regulars Peter Mark Richman (Beverly Hills 90210, Dynasty) and Greg Mullavey (iCarly, The Bold and the Beautiful), is about an imprisoned Jewish surgeon (Richman), who, on the eve of his scheduled execution in a World War II concentration camp, is ordered at gunpoint to perform emergency surgery on the son of a German army general (Mullavey).

With its mission to eradicate deep-seated prejudices of intolerance and hate, The Desperate will continue its successful journey, premiering at the world renowned Court Métrage at the Cannes Film Festival, May 11-22. Veteran filmmaker Sepehr hopes his 32-min. drama will help prevent history from repeating itself. “It is imperative for us to keep reminding our children of what happened so it will never happen again,” said the Tehran native who, with his family, fled to the U.S. from his homeland after losing everything in the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Sepehr studied filmmaking in Sweden where he began his career as an assistant to internationally renowned film director Ingmar Bergman at the Stockholm State Theater. After returning to Iran, he served as a filmmaker for the late Shah, while simultaneously creating numerous stage and screen productions, including feature films, documentaries, TV variety shows, and directing plays through the Iran-America Society for Americans stationed in Tehran.

Because The Desperate has been so enthusiastically received by film festivals and their audiences, Sepehr’s production company Tolerance Through Knowledge, Inc., is now developing a feature-length version, “which will be based on the same story and more,” said Sepehr. “It’s going to reflect hope and compassion against the harsh backdrop of the current international social climate.”

Sepehr’s company is also currently developing another feature film destined to be a box office success, The Coin, which is a compelling story reminiscent of a modern-day Twelve Angry Men, possibly starring the likes of renowned actors such as Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, and Alain Delon.

For more information on Ben-Hur Sepehr and his short film The Desperate, to inquire about investing, or obtaining a clip reel, production stills, and/or scheduling an interview, either email him at NewDawnPictures@hotmail.com or visit the film’s and production company’s websites: www.TheDesperateTheMovie.com or www.ToleranceThroughKnowledge.org.

 

— Article by Kimberly Durrett

PATRIKA DARBO

Emmy winning actress, series regular in upcoming series Aunt Cissy, veteran character actress in film & tv and current TV Academy Governor