Nick Krause as Harlon Mackey
Nick Krause (Kr-ow-zee) is undeniably an actor worth taking note of into 2013. Quoted as a ‘scene stealer’ by The Guardian, Krause played “Sid” in Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS starring George Clooney and Beau Bridges. Now, Nick is taking on the small screen in his television debut and adding James Franco to his list of co-stars, playing Adam, the ‘indie rocker’ friend in Nickelodeon’s new Nick at Nite original primetime drama, Hollywood Heights. Recently he played Charlie in the critically acclaimed film Boyhood. He also has a recurring role on NBC’s “Parenthood.” Born in Austin and raised in Georgetown, Texas, Krause was a smart and athletic kid. He went to college at age ten and after that, decided to attend the charter school NYOS in order to grow around people his own age. He graduated early from Georgetown high school to begin shooting THE DESCENDANTS out in Hawaii. Krause first realized that acting was for him after attending an improv comedy workshop at the age of ten. He loved it, and from that point on he began to look for work on sets around his residence near Austin. One of his first big acting projects was a film called HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS, based off the book and starring Alexander Gould, and later EXTERMINATORS, starring Heather Graham. Outside of acting, Krause can play the guitar and says that his proudest achievement was playing a two-hour Zappa tribute set with member of the Mothers of Invention. Before all that, he was a member of the Paul Green School of Rock whereas, at the peak of it, he was playing at Austin’s annual prestigious music events, SXSW and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. They also were touring nationally as a member of the SOR All-Stars, which was an “elite” group of kids that toured regionally in order to promote what the school could do. Krause also helped found and direct the science club at his school, called TACOS, also known as the Totally Awesome and Cool Organization of Science. In three years, they went from a group of ten kids with no funding, to one of the main competitors at the state level of Science Olympiad. Krause’s hero is Albert Einstein, he cannot live without his guitar and his other passions include computers and politics. He now resides in Los Angeles with his cat.
Sam Trammell as Darrell Mackey
An intelligent, highly-versatile actor who made inroads on the New York stage while building an intriguing career in mostly independent features, Sam Trammell currently stars opposite Anna Paquin on HBO’s critically acclaimed hit series TRUE BLOOD. A West Virginia native, Trammell attended Brown University where he gravitated to acting in his senior year. Following graduation, he garnered attention and accolades for a series of stage. In 1998 he had a Tony-nominated performance in the lead role of the Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s comedy AH WILDERNESS. Within months of capturing New York City audiences, Sam starred as the fast-talking ex-con “Sonny Dupree,” in the quirky ABC comedy-drama MAXIMUM BOB, on John Wells’ TRINITY for NBC and eventually went on to star in the Showtime original series GOING TO CALIFORNIA. Trammell segued to film in a supporting role as a male hustler in the Sundance-screened BEAT, followed by release of FOLLOWERS, an affecting drama in which he played a would-be pledge to a fraternity who makes several decisions with tragic repercussions. He later portrayed twins in the dramatic road movie FEAR OF FICTION opposite Melissa Leo, followed by a supporting role in AUTUMN IN NEW YORK with Richard Gere and Winona Ryder and the independent dark comedy THE DETAILS with Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks and Laura Linney. Sam went on to star as a corporate lawyer and his doppelganger, a hapless criminal, in UNDERMIND. Sam’s recent credits include the independent films GUNS, GIRLS AND GAMBLING opposite Christian Slater and Gary Oldman, LONG TIME GONE opposite Virginia Madsen, the thriller DEADWEIGHT, the drama WHITE RABBIT directed by Tim McCann, and THE AFTERMATH – which he executive produced. Sam recently played Shailene Woodley’s father in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.
Britt Robertson as Julie
She was born and raised in Charlotte, South Carolina. The oldest of seven children, Britt was home schooled by her mother, who was anxious about the public school system. When Britt expressed an interest in acting, her mother enrolled her in local theater classes and she first appeared on the stage at the Greenville Little Theater in her home town. At age eleven, she landed her first role on a show called Sheena, and moved to Los Angeles with her grandmother the following year to pursue a career in television and film. In 2004 Britt received a Young Artist Award nomination for her part in The Ghost Club. Her breakout role came in 2007, when she played opposite Steve Carell in Dan in Real Life. Since then she has worked alongside Dermott Mulroney in The Family Tree and starred in the Sundance breakout hit The First Time. Her TV roles as headstrong foster child Lux Cassidy on Life Unexpected and teen witch Cassie Blake on CW’s The Secret Circle have given rise to an expansive and loyal fanbase. Nylon Magazine named Britt one of their 55 Faces of the Future in their Young Hollywood Edition. Her most recent projects include the indie film White Rabbit in which she plays a troubled goth girl, Under the Dome – the miniseries based on Stephen King’s novel, Delivery Man in which she plays Vince Vaughn’s daughter, and Tomorrowland directed by Brad Bird.
Ryan Lee as Steve Eastman
Seventeen-year-old Ryan Lee has a personality as big as his budding film career. Ryan stars in the Blockbuster SUPER 8, by writer/director JJ Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg. Lee stars alongside Elle Fanning and Joel Coutney as Cary, a mischievous pyromaniac who serves as the comic relief of the group. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Lee began his acting career attending summer acting camp. From there, he was introduced to the University of Texas Radio, Television and Film Department where he worked with UT graduate and undergraduate students. His credits range from feature films, independent films, commercials, music videos and internet projects. Lee’s films often tour the Film Festival Circuits, his recent project THE LEGEND OF HELL’S GATE: AN AMERICAN CONSPIRACY is featured in the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival. His recent project LAMBS won the Best Short at the 2009 Hollywood Film Festival and the TX Audience Choice Award at the 2009 Dallas Video Fest. He also appeared in the Judd Apatow comedy THIS IS 40. Ryan has also guest starred in “Friday Night Lights” and “Breaking Bad” and has had a recurring role in ABC’s “My Generation” and “Trophy Wife.” Additionally, in partnership with the Trevor Romain Foundation, Lee lends his voice to the animated series WITH YOU ALL THE WAY! Deployment Kit. The Trevor Romain Foundation in conjunction with the USO helps children and their families prepare and understand deployment, stay connected during the separation and plan for reintegration. WITH YOU ALL THE WAY! has been formally presented to the Department of Defense. When he’s not acting, Lee loves to play baseball, basketball and football. A nature lover, he loves driving ATVS and target shooting. Lee is currently ranked a Star in Boy Scouts and is working for his Eagle Scout Award.
Tim McCann – Director
Tim McCann has directed nine independent feature films and won a variety of international awards, including the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) at the Toronto Film Festival, the Merchant Ivory/Kodak Award at the Telluride Film Festival, and was Critic’s Choice at Rotterdam. He has worked with actors Robin Tunney, Melissa Leo, Sam Trammell, Spalding Gray and Adrienne Shelly. Variety claimed “McCann’s instinctive camera-eye burnishes nearly every exchange with a Cassavetes dynamism”. His first film, “Desolation Angels” (1996), presented by directors Jonathan Demme and Barbet Schroeder, drew critical acclaim in its theatrical release, landing on several “best films of the year” lists. “Revolution #9” (2002) premiered at the Telluride and Toronto International film festivals. Variety called the film “a highly assured, ambitious pic… located somewhere between the loopy fantasy of David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome” and the harsh sterility of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” “Revolution #9” won the 2003 Media Award from the ACNP for its compelling depiction of schizophrenia. A.O. Scott of the New York Times wrote “We need movies like Tim McCann’s Revolution No.9”. “Runaway” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Variety called it “a slacker psycho thriller that will keep audiences off balance till the bitter end.” “White Rabbit” (2013), starring Nick Krause and Britt Robertson, explores the psychological and social factors of an adolescent Southern gun culture, and “The Aftermath” (2014) stars Sam Trammell as a drug addict trying to go straight and get his wife back.
Shaun Sanghani – Producer
Shaun Sanghani, Producer Shaun Sanghani grew up in small town Alexandria, Louisiana. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans and finished with a B.S. in Psychology and an MBA in Finance/Marketing from Tulane Business School in 2003. During his time in business school, Shaun co-founded a clean technology company based on a patented energy device aimed at harnessing electricity from underwater currents. The start-up company, Gulf Stream Energy, served as a financing catalyst for the technology – now valued at over $180 million. Shaun began his journey in the entertainment business at the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts where he received his Masters in Screenwriting. During his time in film school, Shaun worked on the Universal lot at Gary Ross Productions (Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games). He was taken under the wing of Boyz n the Hood writer/director John Singleton and assisted him on the Sundance breakout hit Hustle & Flow. Upon graduation in 2005, Shaun was mentored by Pulitzer Prize winning writer David Mamet, and spent countless hours with Mamet and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan on their TV series The Unit. He formed SSS Entertainment in 2007 as a way to launch his own ideas and pursue his own passions. Since then, he has successfully worked in both TV and film, a rare feat for any producer. He has Created and Executive Produced numerous TV shows and series including Guardian Angels (A&E, BIO), Girls Gone Bayou (Travel Channel), Hardcore Hobbies (National Geographic Channel), and The Governor’s Wife (A&E). He produced and financed his first film, WHITE RABBIT, in 2013. The film premiered at the Zurich Film Festival in September and is set for North American theatrical release at Q1 2015. Just months later, Shaun co-wrote, produced, and financed THE AFTERMATH, starring Sam Trammell and Vanessa Ferlito, through his SSS Entertainment banner. His next project will be the Travis Milloy (Pandorum) penned thriller LINE OF SIGHT, starring Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy). Production is set for winter 2014.