Crystal Hernandez (MARTA), an Arizona native, grew up in a Mexican-American home rich in music, dance, and cinema. Her first role, at the age of nine, was the lead in Nuestro Pequeño Mundo; a children’s musical, at the Herberger and Orpheum Theater in Phoenix. After college she studied American Method Acting under the tutelage of Brandy Hotchner, MFA from the Actors Studio and founder and artistic director of Arizona Actors Academy.
Crystal formally began her acting career in June of 2018 and made her cinematic debut as Marta in the feature film DUSTWUN (2019). Since then, she has landed several roles in other commercial and cinematic projects shot in the Valley, including a commercial spot for the Arizona Lottery (2018), and supporting roles in the political short Truth is Truth (2019) and documentary feature The Evil Good (2019).
Shane Dean (KENNY) is an actor, musician, and radio personality from Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
He began doing radio in his teens at DJ at KLTF 960, before moving on to Rockin’ 101 FM in St. Cloud, MN. In Phoenix, AZ, Shane signed with the Ford-Robert Black Agency and created his alter ego “Shark” for The Edge Radio. He has performed for stage, television, improv, stand-up comedy, street performance, as well as an appearance on season 11 of America’s Got Talent. His award-winning feature film “SlaveS” is currently on Amazon Prime, and the recently released “Coyotaje” is in distribution with Gravitas Ventures. He is currently working on an animated series with Armored Vision Productions, “The MIS-Adventures of Catboy.” He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Andy Martinez Jr. (AGENT ESPOSITO) was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Of Cuban descent, he graduated from St. Brendan Senior High. An exceptional athlete, he was drafted to play professional baseball by the Chicago White Sox, however, he opted to pursue his true passion for creative writing and the arts. At Miami Dade College, his theater professor recognized some potential and encouraged him to take on acting as a profession. Credits include: American Bred, American Horror Story: Hotel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Hand of God, Rosewood, Days of Our Lives.
Jill Remez (AGENT CLARK) is an actor, writer and storyteller. TV credits include THIS IS US, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, THE GOOD PLACE, GREY’S ANATOMY, CRIMINAL MINDs, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and recurring on ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING. Film credits include the independent films DUSTWUN, RENTAL, STEVIE D. HELICOPTER MOM, DEAD DROP and SHADOWBOXING. She has appeared on stages throughout Southern California including, The Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory and Laguna Playhouse. She also teaches voiceover at Kalmenson & Kalmenson.
Writer/Director Genevieve Anderson is a filmmaker, producer, artist, and academic. Her short films have played at over 100 festivals worldwide, winning awards in Berlin, Seattle, Chicago, Rhode Island, Palm Springs, among many others, and have been broadcast on ARTE and IFC. Her most recent short, Too Loud A Solitude,is being developed as a feature with actor Paul Giamatti. She is a Rockefeller Media Artist Grant recipient and an Annenberg Fellow, and earned her MA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She was PM and Producer for world-renowned video artist Bill Viola for 15 years, producing work for the Biennale Venice, St. Paul Cathedral, London, The Deutsche Guggenheim, The Hamad International Airport, Qatar, among many others. In 2015 she left LA to raise her son on an 8-acre farm in Tubac, Arizona where she made art and film, raised chickens and ducks, and taught in the School of Film & TV at the University of Arizona. Arizona Public Media’s spotlight on Genevieve’s work, Forming the Formless,was nominated for an Emmy in 2017. She received a New Works Grant from the Tucson Arts Council in 2018 to develop Isolating Anima - a project on artificial intelligence and the creative impulse. DUSTWUN, her first feature, came from her experience living 20 miles from the Mexican border.
Cinematographer Tomas Arceo is a professional photographer with 30 years of experience in portrait, fine art landscape, and commercial photography. Clients include Acura, BMW, Carhartt, Chrysler, Coke, GM, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Lincoln, Mercedes, Nissan, the Oscars, among others. He has photographed and filmed in 18 different countries on 5 continents from the Arctic Circle to South Africa. He received his credentials from the University of Michigan. DUSTWUN is his first feature film.
He resides in Los Angeles and Barstow, California, with his rescue mutt, Chuy.
Producer Karen Marie is an independent producer of film, video, multi- media installations and exhibition for the fine art and entertainment industries, working with emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Projects include artist Andy Hope’s Vertical Horizonfor Hauser Worth Gallery Venice Biennale 2017; Neha Choksi’s Stone Breath – Mountain Dust, Frieze London, 2017, and Bill Viola projects for Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, New Doha Airport, and the Tate Museum. She was a researcher for over 35 historical and biographic documentaries airing on A& E and the History Channel. Karen has also developed, curated and produced pop culture exhibitions for Barbra Streisand, Playboy, and Edith Head. As the head of the 20th Century Fox Archives, she developed over 50 worldwide traveling exhibitions including Moulin Rouge, Planet of the Apes, Aliens, and X-Men,and curated the archival collection for the Fox Museum in Sydney, Australia.
A graduate of the UCLA School of the Arts, Karen has a keen sense of awareness working in the creative realm collaborating with artists and visionaries to push boundaries; bringing ground-breaking projects to life.
Bella Erikson is a film and television Editor based in Los Angeles. Her career in editing started in the New Zealand film and television industry where she assisted on scripted drama and feature films before being promoted to editor . Career highlights include the award-winning environmental feature-length film “The Nuclear Comeback” and the Short Film “Boy” for which she won an award for “Best Editing”. The film also won numerous awards including, Best International Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival, Best Short Narrative Film at the Cinequest Film Festival in the USA, and was selected for the American Short Film Archive 100, which contains what are considered to be the world’s 100 most significant short films. Having worked with many top production companies and directors, other highlights include feature films “The Feathers of Peace”, “The Maori Merchant of Venice” and “The Aroha Drama Series” as well as on projects with Vanessa Beecroft, Kanye West, Ben Harper and Neil Finn, and Nicki Minaj.
Hayley Moss is an American Composer living and working in Los Angeles. She has composed and produced, lush and powerful scores for film, television and theater. Hayley's musical scores have received numerous international accolades, including award-winning projects, and pairings with cutting-edge creative artists. Born and raised In New York City. She studied video and performance art at the San Francisco art institute, yet, she is a self-taught composer. Filmmakers, Directors and Choreographers have called upon her to compose sensual and lush, scores, which have become her trademark. Moving naturally into other expressive areas of composition, Moss has written pieces for several dance companies including “Temptation” (Lisa Giobbi, choreographer), which was performed at the Berlin Winter Garden Theater. “Fear of Flying”featuring Prima Ballerina Oriella Dorella, performed at the Teatro Alla Scalia,Milan, and “Whore of Babylon,” Joyce Theater, NYC. Her scores elevate and enhance,while bringing the emotional content to life. She is one of the few women composers in the industry, bringing a modern sound to Film and Tv scores. www.mossmusic.net
Kevin Dippold is a Los Angeles based Re-Recording Mixer and Sound Designer with over 10 years of experience mixing film. He has mixed more than 50 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and web series. Kevin is a Cinema Audio Society award winner. In 2019, he mixed "Period. End of Sentence, " which won the Academy Award for Best Short Documentary. He has won several sound design awards for his work on short films. He also writes and composes music.
Brian Pete, Visual Effects Supervisor, has over 35 years of experience as an editor and compositor for film and television. He has also worked with renowned video artists Matthew Barney and Sharon Lockhart, and most notably as editor and VFX artist for Bill Viola since 2000.
Tim Ottman is an artist, actor, director of theater, handyman to the stars, and the last person you’d ever want to play in chess.
A self-proclaimed ascetic, Tim, like Kenny, lives on the fringes and refuses to write his own bio. Genevieve wrote his bio, the same way she convinced him to come to Arizona in the summer to build Kenny’s wall and world. Also a veteran and hoarder of interesting stuff, Tim was Genevieve’s only choice for the job of Production Designer.
He is often seen skulking around his spacious neon-art studio in Hollywood.
Associate Producer/Alan Williams has been actively involved in the Arizona, independent filmmaking scene since 1993 and is known as a staunch crusader for reviving and developing a thriving filmmaking community in Southern Arizona. He has written, directed, and produced numerous projects including short films, music videos and the award winning , 2011 documentary, “The Avenue”. In 2016, he was a Producer on the feature film “The Drama Club” and currently has several other projects in development including “Zero Saved”, a melodrama based on his work as a paramedic in a busy EMS system for more than two decades. Most recently, he directed the award winning short film, “El Patron” and is currently directing the pilot project “You Only Live Twice” slated to be pitched to Netflix as a series.
Producer On Set and Script Consultant Shawn Tolleson is an award-winning director, writer and producer. She just sold the script Santa’s Boots to Lifetime, which she co-wrote and executive produced and directed in June. She recently sold an original, one-hour scripted drama to CBC and is currently co-writing the pilot script. In September 2017, she was selected from 1000+ submissions for the Meryl Streep/Oprah Winfrey Writing Lab for Women for her original feature screenplay Yazoo Cryin’. Her second feature, Undergrad Nightmare, premiered on Lifetime in May 2017. Shawn’s debut feature as a writer/director, Saturn Returns, has played twenty festivals to date and won 7 awards. She has written and directed five short films that played around the world, including her proof-of-concept short film Shakespeare’s Henry IV with Martin Sheen, directed 13 episodes of a webseries, TheVisitor.com with John Corbett for FOX, and directed 14 plays including a Sam Shepard world premiere. She earned her B.F.A. in Acting and Directing from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.