Cast and Crew

DIRECTOR – ADAM SHERMAN

Adam Sherman is a Los Angeles based writer/director.

His prior work includes writing and directing the experimental film Dead Doll which was picked up by Lions Gate and producing the award-winning film Wristcutters: A Love Story, directed by Goran Dukic.

BIOGRAPHIES

CAST

MARK L. YOUNG

Victor

Mark was born in Washington and started acting when he was 9 years old.  Though only acting in a church play at the time, he was immediately smitten and thus began his acting career.  Knowing that he needed to be in Los Angeles to pursue acting, he relocated to LA at the tender age of 12.  His first onscreen credit was a small role in 2 episodes of the HBO series Six Feet Under.  Immediately following came another small role in 2 episodes of The O.C. Since then, he has made significant appearances in such shows as CSI: Miami, Cold Case, ER and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.   In 2006 he gained widespread notoriety as Jeremy Downs, the troubled teen who spent years in juvenile detention for murder in Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Dexter.  Most recently, he starred in HBO’s critically acclaimed series Big Love as Franky, a doe-eyed boy with a sweetness covering his troubled soul.

Although a relative newcomer to feature films, he does have a few big credits to his young name.  In 2008 alone, he starred in the over-the-top teen comedy Sex Drive for Summit Entertainment, and in the Lions Gate feature The Lucky Ones, which also starred Tim Robbins, Rachel McAdams and Michael Peña.

HANNA HALL

Becky

Hanna was born and raised in a small mountain town in Colorado.  At eight years of age she was discovered at an open call and cast as the young Jenny in the Academy Award-winning film Forrest Gump.  Hanna choose to maintain a low profile in Colorado for much of her childhood, selecting to work only in films that really inspired her, such as Sofia Coppola’s directing debut The Virgin Suicides and the highly acclaimed Oprah Winfrey production of Amy and Isabelle.

After completing high school, Hanna went on to study film production at the Vancouver Film School.  Since returning to Hollywood she has been involved on both sides of the camera:  in addition to serving on the camera crew of several productions, she has starred in Neal Cassidy, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, American Cowslip with Val Kilmer, and Radio Free Albemuth, based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Phillip K. Dick.  In her spare time Hanna produced and directed Astra von Berlifitzing, a full-scale theatrical production of a dance-drama inspired by Edgar Allan Poe.  It’s Hanna’s goal to work in all aspects of film production, and to eventually form her own production company.

JESSE PLEMONS

Chad

Jesse Plemons has garnered widespread acclaim portraying fan and critic favorite Landry Clarke in the DIRECTV/NBC television series Friday Night Lights.  Landry brings both emotional intensity and his signature light-hearted, self-deprecating humor to the show.  His performance in Season Two of Friday Night Lights earned him a top spot in USA Today’s Dream Emmy Ballot for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2009 he appeared alongside Seth Rogen in Jody Hill’s Observe and Report from Warner Bros and DeLine Pictures.  The year also saw Plemons guest star in the two-part closing episodes of the sixth season of CBS series Cold Case as Cadet Ryan Stewart.

In television, Plemons earned critical praise portraying a young teen struggling to accept his facial disfigurement in the hit drama Grey’s Anatomy.  Additional television credits include guest-starring roles on Huff, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Lyon’s Den, Judging Amy, The Guardian and the premiere installment of NBC anthology series Fear Itself.  Plemons’ other feature film appearances include: Like Mike with Bow Wow and Jonathon Lipnicki, Children on their Birthdays, adapted from the critically acclaimed short story by Truman Capote, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, The Failures, All the Pretty Horses, and Varsity Blues.

While his career has taken him to the heights of Hollywood, 21-year old Plemons’ feet are firmly planted on the ground at his home in Austin, Texas.  Originally from Mart, TX, when he is not busy filming, he enjoys sports, writing and playing music, and being with his family and friends.

LAURA PETERS

Rachel

Laura Peters was born and raised in Aspen, Colorado.  From an early age Laura enjoyed the artistic culture and outdoor life that the ski town attracted.  Laura’s interest in the arts eventually focused on filmmaking and illustration.  At fifteen, Laura was approached by a talent agency and was brought to Los Angeles for pilot season.  Although the trip did not result in any acting jobs, it crystallized Laura’s passion for acting and her resolve to work in film.  Anxious to leave the restrictions inherent in small town life and to be more deeply immersed in the arts, Laura transferred to Idyllwild Arts Academy for her senior year of high school.  Laura enrolled in the Moving Pictures department and was awarded the Andre Soble Scholarship for Cinematography for her thesis film Sadie.

Upon graduating Laura went on to study cinematography at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago, but quickly realized her true passion was in front of the camera.  After her third semester Laura moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time.  After appearing on Without A Trace in 2007, she made her feature debut in 2008’s Text alongside her Happiness Runs costar Hanna Hall.

Laura lives and works in Los Angeles where she does freelance illustration, writes and plays music, and explores a myriad of other creative interests while pursuing a career as an actress.

SHILOH FERNANDEZ

Shiloh

Fernandez’s performance in the Hallmark movie Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness garnered strong critical praise.  The Hollywood Reporter noted that Shiloh played his character “beautifully” while Variety lauded, “Fernandez, who bears a strong resemblance, acting chops and all, to Joaquin Phoenix, is a crucial part of the story’s success.  Without his believability, the pic wouldn’t work.”

Shiloh next appeared in the independent feature Interstate, playing a Montreal DJ who, while following his girlfriend to Los Angeles, falls into a deadly relationship with a couple of female hitchhikers.  Shortly after, he began production on Gardens of The Night alongside John Malkovich, Jeremy Sisto and Harold Perrineau.  The film deals with the weighty subject of child abduction.

Shiloh then began a recurring role on the hit CBS one-hour drama Jericho, playing the role of Sean Hawthorne, a teenager with a mean streak.  This led to roles in the independent film Dead Girl opposite Noah Segan and From Within alongside Thomas Dekker and Rumer Willis.

Shiloh was most recently seen in theaters in Cadillac Records for Sony / BMG, a period piece dealing with the rise and fall of the influential R&B label Chess Records.  He played the role of Phil Chess opposite Adrian Brody, Beyonce Knowles, Jeffrey Wright and Gabrielle Union.

In the television world, Shiloh was last seen in The United States of Tara for Showtime.  The show, which was created by Diablo Cody, stars Toni Collette as a mother with multiple-personality disorder.  Shiloh plays Benjamin Lambert, Collette’s daughter’s nightmare of a boyfriend.  Shiloh has recently wrapped the lead role in the indie Skateland for writer/director Anthony Burns.  Shiloh plays Ritchie Wheeler, the manager of a Texas roller-skating rink.  After the rink closes down, Ritchie must deal with unemployment, his parents’ divorce, and falling in love.  Shiloh also recently appeared on the popular CW series Gossip Girl.

ANDIE MACDOWELL

Victor’s Mom

In a career spanning more than twenty-five years, Andie MacDowell has established herself as an accomplished actress with impressive range – her undeniable charm and talent have resulted in worldwide recognition.

She first received major critical acclaim and accolades for her performance as a repressed young wife in Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies and videotape.  The film won the Palme d’or at Cannes in 1989 and garnered Andie both the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe nomination.  In 1997, Andie was presented with the coveted Cesar D’Honneur for her body of work and the Golden Kamera Award from German magazine Hörzu.

In 1993, she starred with Bill Murray in the Harold Ramis’ classic Groundhog Day.  The following year, MacDowell earned the title of #1 female box-office draw worldwide with her performances in the smash hit romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral and the western Bad Girls with Drew Barrymore.

In other comedies, MacDowell continued to partner with top leading men, including Gerard Depardieu in Green Card, for which she earned another Golden Glove nomination, Michael Keaton in Multiplicity, and John Travolta in Michael.

MacDowell has also worked with some of the most well respected directors in the world, including Wim Wenders (The End of Violence, which was selected to open the 50th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in 1998) and Robert Altman (The Player and Short Cuts).

RUTGER HAUER

Insley

Starring in more than 130 films to date, Rutger Hauer – the charismatic Dutch actor born in Breukelen in 1944 – continues to create a broad range of memorable characters.  As evidenced by the intelligent yet brutal replicant in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, the brave underground fighter in Soldier of Orange and the dark-hearted menace in The Hitcher, Hauer is a powerful actor who reveals beauty and tragedy in all of the characters he portrays.  He is one of the few internationally successful actors whose body of work is appreciated by fans of blockbuster action films as well as devotees of the art house circuit throughout the world.

In 1973, Hauer burst onto the international film scene in Paul Verhoeven’s Turkish Delight, based on a controversial novel by Dutch writer Jan Wolkers.  The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film in 1979.

In 1980, Hauer starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in Nighthawks.  It was this film that brought him to the attention of American audiences.  A year later he starred in the critically acclaimed role of a deadly but tragically touching replicant in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.  This film became a science fiction classic and is one of the “younger” films added to the National Film Registry maintained by the U.S. Library of Congress.  Celebrating its 25th anniversary, in 2007 it was re-released in a definitive version as Blade Runner: The Final Cut.

Hauer received a Golden Globe award for his role as a compassionate Russian officer in the CBS miniseries Escape from Sobibor.  He also starred in the HBO productions Deadlock and Blind Side, which were also released theatrically worldwide.

With his short film The Room (from a short novel by the famous Dutch writer Harry Mulisch), which he co-directed with Erik Lieshout and starred in, he won the Carte noire as Best Short Film in competition at the 16th Festival du Film in Paris.

More recently he was involved in major Hollywood productions, such as Warner Bros. Batman Begins (directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson), the TV mini-series The Poseidon Adventure, and Sin City, Robert Rodriguez’s all-star ensemble take on Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel.

In 2006 he set up the Rotterdamn-based Rutger Hauer Film Factory.  This organization’s purpose is to gather together young talents in the filmmaking world with renowned international filmmakers who share their knowledge and experience during workshops.  Hauer is in the driver’s seat as he takes the participants on a tour of his creative domain.

In September 2008 Hauer was honored in the Netherlands with the prestigious Golden Calf Culture Award.  The Board of the Netherlands Film Festival Foundation grants the Golden Calf Culture Award to a person or organization that has brought important contributions to the film culture; for Hauer this refers to both the Rutger Hauer Film Factory and his Milan-based I’ve Seen Films International Film Festival.  This festival represents a merger of the best classic film festival traditions with the most advanced high-definition digital, satellite, and internet technologies, aiming at promoting and uniting filmmakers worldwide, by affording their works new and long-term exposure with fresh platforms of visibility.
CREW

STEPHEN ISRAEL

Producer

Stephen Israel is best known for executive producing the critically acclaimed sleeper hit Swimming With Sharks, starring Kevin Spacey.  Sharks has recently been revived as a stage play, which opened in London’s West End this October, starring Christian Slater.

In addition to producing Happiness Runs, he also recently headed Q.  Allan Brocka’s sophomore feature Boy Culture, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before playing at over eighty film festivals worldwide, garnering twenty awards.  Other productions include Kevin DiNovis’s Death & Texas, starring Oscar nominee Charles Durning, and Dan Mirvish’s Open House with Rent’s Anthony Rapp, Oscar Nominee Sally Kellerman and Kellie Martin.

In 1996 he was Sr. VP Development & Acquisitions at American Cybercast, the team that produced The Spot, the world’s first internet-based episodic soap opera.  He’s also been very active in the film festival world, having served as a programmer for both Outfest and the upstart Slamdance Film Festival.  Stephen’s extensive corporate experience includes being VP New Business Development at Turner Broadcasting Systems, strategic planning at Warner Bros. and four years as a management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton.

TATIANA KELLY

Executive Producer

During her seven years in the ad industry, Tatiana produced award-winning commercials for Showtime, ABC, CBS and Disney.  She was also a marketing director at MK Advertising in NY for clients including Lifetime, Hallmark/Henson, TNN & National Geographic Channel.  She then transitioned into film, producing Wristcutters: A Love Story, which earned her an Independent Spirit nomination.  She went on to produce Smother starring Taryn Manning and Dark Yellow starring Melora Walters and John Hawkes.  She also freelances as a Supervising Producer on The Hills, MTV’s highest-rated show, and is currently in pre-production on several feature film projects.  Tatiana attended The London School of Economics and speaks 5 languages.
CAST

MARK L. YOUNG Victor

HANNA HALL Becky

JESSIE PLEMONS Chad

LAURA PETERS Rachel

SHILOH FERNANDEZ Shiloh

ANDIE MACDOWELL Victor’s Mom

RUTGER HAUER Insley


CREW

Directed by ADAM SHERMAN

Screenplay by ADAM SHERMAN

Produced by STEPHEN ISRAEL,

Co-Producer MIKAL P. LAZAREV

Executive Producer TATIANA KELLY

Music Supervisor NATALIE CERVELLI

Music Composed by JOHNNY KLIMEK, REINHOLD HEIL

Costume Designer EMILY BASTON

Production Designer MICHAEL FITZGERALD

Editor JONATHAN ALBERTS

Director of Photography AARON PLATT

Casting by LINDA PHILLIPS PALO CSA & PAUL PALO