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You may recognize him from the 20th Century FOX 2004 Summer Blockbuster hit about global warming entitled The Day After Tomorrow starring opposite Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal, or from FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle recurring as ‘Cadet Finley’, but Arjay began his career breaking records for Nickelodeon as the adorable alien in The Journey of Allen Strange. He also appeared in the films First Sunday & Be Kind Rewind.
In 2009, he had a guest star role in the 2 hour special of the FOX show 24. He was the driver in the Snickers commercial opposite Aretha Franklin and Liza Minnelli and he was the house sitter in the 2011 Doritos House Sitting Super Bowl XLV commercial. He can be seen alongside rapper/actor Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson in an episode of the Bones spin-off entitled The Finder tentatively scheduled to air April 6, 2012 on FOX. Be sure to tune in and watch him as a series lead on the TNT show Perception which is scheduled to begin airing Monday, July 9, 2012, at 10pm!
Michael Charles Roman has starred in a handful of network television pilots (Michael J. Fox’s Hench at Home, Tom Perrotta’s Bad Haircut, ABC’s That’s Life), been featured in several films (Keeping the Faith, Little Nicky), guest starred on hit television series (The Good Wife, Bones) and performed in dozens of national commercial campaigns in his 20 years as a professional actor.
In addition to his acting career, Michael is currently developing several writing projects with his production company.
Arthur Meyer is a curly-haired person who lives in New York. He is 5’10″ and weighs 185 pounds at the moment. He is a writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has previously written for The Onion. He has performed many lives shows with his sketch comedy groups Pangea 3000 and Two Fun Men. He co-starred in the hit 2010 web series Seinfeld. He also performs improv. We Made This Movie is Arthur’s first movie, and he still can’t believe he is in a movie!
Stevie Steel first came to New York at age 10, with her mother, after faking ill and sneaking off from a tech rehearsal for a Miss. Jr. America pageant in New Jersey to hop a train to see Bernadette Peters in Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway. She found her calling and spent the next eight years convincing people she attended boarding school in New York (she didn’t, she went to public school in Baltimore). Those years couldn’t have gone by fast enough, a week after graduation she started school in New York at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, graduated sixteen and a half months later, signed to CESD talent agency six months after that, and has taken New York by storm ever since.
It has been a smorgasbord of awesome opportunities, filming television shows including, Blue Bloods and Law and Order: SVU, both short films and features including, (of course!) We Made This Movie and Surviving Family, music videos, commercials, webisodes, and more, all while serving scones and tea in bakeries, dancing at bar and bat mitzvahs (she calls it “mitzving”) and cocktail waitressing (which is what she is doing right now as she writes this bio).
Most recently she can be seen in the Visa Superbowl campaign as “Carly from Accounts Receivables” and “Jenny Greenwalt the Arctic Explorer” in the Coca-Cola for Arctic Home ads. She really enjoys cross-hatching pie crusts and painting walls (thank goodness her roommate doesn’t mind either), and plans to show this city love for the rest of her life.
Brando Boniver is an American and European actor. He was born in California on November 26th, 1986. He is a first generation American born to an Austrian mother and Italian father. Brando started acting in Off-Off Broadway productions in New York City, recently finishing his second season with the Frog and Peach Shakespeare Company. He trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. He is very proud to have made his feature film debut with such and amazing cast and crew!
Anabelle Acosta is an American actress, model and dancer. She was born in Havana, Cuba. Acosta is of Cuban-American heritage and is also of Spaniard Portuguese and Brazilian descent. She was raised in Queens, NY and is a Meisner method trained actress and Juilliard School alumni.
She began her early acting and modeling career between New York and Miami, appearing in a series of national commercials and print ads. Anabelle’s first big break into the acting world came in 2010. After a long and arduous casting process across LA and NY Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman finally discovered the young actress for the lead role of Kelly in their independent film, We Made This Movie. Since then, she has gone on to recur and guest star in television shows such as ABC’s GCB and Fox’s Breaking In.
In 2011 Anabelle was cast in her first major big screen supporting role alongside 50 cent, Robert De Niro and Forest Whitaker in the 2012 release Lionsgate film, Freelancers. Also to be released in theaters in 2012 is Construction, an independent film directed by Malcolm Goodwin where Acosta is also supporting. She also most recently starred in Ne-Yo’s new music video for his Malibu Red campaign, Burning Up.
Steven Hinkle started acting at the tender age of 5. He got his claim to fame in a Chevy Silverado commercial; you may have seen it, but probably not. He can also be seen being murdered by Lou Diamond Philips in Law & Order: SVU and getting electrocuted in a pool as Matt Damon’s son in Syriana. They say he’s pretty good at playing dead. He’s also good at witnessing someone else play dead, like that time when he was in Awake and saw his on-screen dad get killed. Most recently, however, he became president of the United States – in HBO’s miniseries, John Adams, of course. Steven’s dream role, besides being Franklin in We Made This Movie would be to play Betty White’s grandson; he has a slight obsession with her!
Born as Edward Gelbinovich, Ed Gelbin showed an interest in acting from a young age. When he was five, he even learnt Polish from his nanny in order to play Stan Kowalski in the kindergarten version of A Streetcar Named Desire (jk).
At junior high and high school, Eddie performed in various stage shows and theatre. By that time, he knew he was going to be an actor.
Ed’s intuition did not fail him because at the first audition he ever went to, he was immediately chosen to play in Harold, which was his very first professional acting role. Eddie played a character named Derek. He was part of a nerdy group of kids who enjoyed hanging out with the main character played by Spencer Breslin.
Ed gained further professional acting experience when he commenced playing in commercials, his first role being Old Spice Hair and Body Wash, followed by Sprint Callahan, PSA – advertising reckless driving with Rachael Harris in Eyes from Ad Council as well as Onion Sports Network Madden. In the latter, it became clear that nothing teaches a young actor resilience and determination better than being severely beaten up…
At that point Eddie also starred among super-stars, such as Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates (Windows Campaign), which again, was pretty traumatic for a successful young man given that Mr Gates spoke very little and Mr Seinfeld would not shut up.
Still, Eddie’s true acting colors were not revealed until Beware the Gonzo, a production which made it to TriBeCa Film Festival 2010, where Ed’s lead supporting role evolved around a nerdy character, bullied by his peers. Even though Ed’s fabulous longish red hair did not do him too many favors in terms of meeting women (he was not the one who got with Lenny Kravitz’s daughter after all unfortunately), a cutie he is, he got picked up by Louie.
In Louie, an FX black comedy about a comedian Louie C.K., Ed appears in its second season as Louie’s agent. It was a great acting opportunity for a guest star Ed Gelbin not only because he met many pretty girls, but primarily because it was his first mature role that landed him increased appearance in the third season of Louie, which will be airing in the summer.
Another opportunity in Eddie’s utterly exciting career arose in We Made This Movie. His supporting role as a character called Leonard Friedberg, who is a part of the filming crew, was a challenging and yet educational experience.
Ed Gelbin is a talented, nerdy, red-headed, young actor, compared in style (and form!) to Woody Allen and Larry David. Having already played alongside Cuba Gooding Jr., Spencer Breslin, Brendan Fraser, Jesse McCartney, Judah Friedlander and Alex Wolff, Ed is hard-working, determined, allergic to the world and ready to go. A true rising Star.
Allison is 16 and lives in Westchester, NY. She is currently in the 10th grade. She loves swimming and spending time with her friends. She had a lot of fun playing Mary, and working with the great cast and crew. We Made This Movie is her first featured role, and she is so grateful to be a part of it.
Jon Beckerman is an Emmy Award-winning producer of The Late Show with David Letterman. Beckerman joined the writing staff of Late Night with David Letterman in 1992, and quickly rose to the position of head writer. In 1996, he was named supervising producer and won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series in 1998.
Beckerman joined forces with Late Show Executive Producer, Rob Burnett, co-creating and executive producing two critically acclaimed series for network television. Their first project, Ed, aired on NBC from 2000-2004. Ed won Beckerman and Burnett a People’s Choice award and earned them an Emmy nomination for writing.
In 2006, the duo created the half-hour, single-camera comedy, The Knights of Prosperity, about a group of blue-collar guys who decide to rob Mick Jagger, which premiered on ABC in 2007 and was named “TV’s best new show” by Entertainment Weekly.
We Made This Movie is the duo’s first feature length film.
Beckerman graduated from Harvard University in 1991, where he majored in Philosophy and was president of the Harvard Lampoon. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Nell, and their daughters, Ruby and Sophie.
Rob Burnett is a five-time Emmy Award-winning executive producer of The Late Show with David Letterman. He is also president and chief executive officer of Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants Inc., where he oversees both The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Burnett began his career with David Letterman in 1985 as a 22-year-old intern. In 1988 he joined the writing staff of Late Night with David Letterman and in 1992 at 29 became its head writer. He moved with the show (which became The Late Show with David Letterman) from NBC to the CBS Television Network, where he continued as head writer through 1996. That year, he became the show’s executive producer, assumed the role of President and CEO of Worldwide Pants, Inc. and developed the hit series, Everybody Loves Raymond.
Joining forces with former Late Show head writer and supervising producer Jon Beckerman, Burnett has created two critically acclaimed series for network television. Their first project, Ed, aired on NBC from 2000-2004. Ed won Burnett and Beckerman a People’s Choice award and earned them an Emmy nomination for writing. In addition to serving as creator, writer and producer on Ed, Burnett made his directorial debut in February 2003.
The two teamed up again in 2006 to create the ABC half-hour single-camera comedy, The Knights of Prosperity, about a group of blue-collar guys who decide to rob Mick Jagger. The show garnered glowing reviews, including Entertainment Weekly, which called it ”TV’s best new show of the season.”
We Made This Movie is the duo’s first feature length movie.
Burnett graduated in 1984 from Tufts University, where he majored in English and played varsity soccer. Burnett currently resides in Connecticut with his wife, Eunice, their daughters, Sydney and Lucy, and their son, Charlie.
Ron Yerxa formed Bona Fide Productions with Albert Berger in 1993. Their producing credits include King of the Hill (1993), Election (1999), The Wood (1999), Cold Mountain (2003), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Little Children (2006), and The Switch (2010). Yerxa’s executive producing credits include the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002), Hamlet 2 (2008), and Levon Helm documentary Ain’t In It For My Health (2010).
Bona Fide recently finished production on He Loves Me directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris for Fox Searchlight. Upcoming films include Nebraska to be directed by Alexander Payne, The Abstinence Teacher written by Tom Perrotta to be directed by Lisa Cholodenko, and Louder Than Bombs to be directed by Joachim Trier.
Ron Yerxa graduated from Stanford University before working as a journalist and teacher. He joined CBS and later Sovereign Films before becoming an independent producer.
Albert Berger formed Bona Fide Productions with Ron Yerxa in 1993. Their producing credits include King of the Hill (1993), Election (1999),The Wood (1999), Cold Mountain (2003), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Little Children (2006), and The Switch (2010). Berger’s executive producing credits include the award-winning documentary Crumb (1994), the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002), Hamlet 2 (2008), and Levon Helm documentary Ain’t In It For My Health (2010).
Bona Fide recently finished production on He Loves Me directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris for Fox Searchlight. Upcoming films include Nebraska, to be directed by Alexander Payne, The Abstinence Teacher, written by Tom Perrotta to be directed by Lisa Cholodenko, and Louder Than Bombs, to be directed by Joachim Trier.
After graduating from Tufts University, Albert Berger returned to his native Chicago where he owned and managed the Sandburg Theatre. He attended Columbia University film school before moving to Los Angeles to work as a screenwriter for ten years and as Vice President of development for Marvin Worth Productions at Paramount Pictures before becoming a producer.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Chris Sargent began his career as a visual effects supervisor at AXYZ, one of Canada’s premier f/x shops. After working on projects for blue chip companies including Nike, GM, Budweiser, and Microsoft, Chris left visual effects supervising and began directing his own commercials, and immediately made his mark with his haunting spot for the World Wildlife Federation, “Beautiful Day”. He quickly followed up that success with music videos for Death from Above 1979, Billy Talent, and TV on the Radio, among others. His commercial career includes work for the NBA, UNIQLO, NHL, Vaseline, Chevrolet, Nissan, EA Sports, Jaguar, and Lexus. In 2009 Chris won an Emmy Award for his directorial work with the NHL.