Alaina Beauloye - Karen Thorne
Alaina Beauloye, born in NYC, has worked on Broadway and in film as well as national TV shows and commercials. She recently starred in the Discovery ID series, Love The Way You Lie. Recent stage roles; 39 Steps, Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), The King and I (Anna). She is a two time ariZoni award recipient for the roles of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevardand Christine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Alaina also received the Videographer Award of Excellence for her work as the host of Maricopa Now TV show in AZ.
Stephanie Dostal - Cassie Thorne
I have loved performing ever since I was a little kid singing and playing the piano in home movies. When I was in my early teens I was finally able to start acting and I instantly fell in love. There was nothing like being on stage, theater is an art unlike any other, for me its magical. But the movies have always been where my heart is. I am the biggest movie buff I know. Whether it's live theater or being in front of the camera, I feel acting is what I am meant to be doing. I come from a big family with a lot of big personalities and although we are all very different, we support each other in whatever it is we do. I am so grateful to have them in my corner every day. I am so thankful and excited for the opportunity to be a part of Witch Child. I can't wait to start production on this awesome movie.
Nathan Potter - Dylan
My name is Nathan Potter, I got serious about acting after high school. Mostly everything before that was just me and my old friend making some pretty ridiculous movies. But after high school, I went to Jean Fowler, an amazing acting coach and attended her classes weekly for about a year. I started going to auditions for student films, indie movies, theater projects, you know, really anything just to get better. I plan on making the big move out to Los Angeles, by this time next year.
BURNS UNIT CREW
An indie horror feature movie about a down on his luck archaeologist
who must save his family from the ghost of an ancient witch
Joe Cliff Thompson - Adam Thorne
Joe Cliff Thompson is a native of Montreal, Canada. He began work as an actor in Western New York in 2008 after graduating from the University of Geneseo. Since then, he has starred in several feature films and over a dozen shorts, including the Rochester Movie Maker award-winning short Death on a Davenport, which he co-wrote with director Mary Whiteside. He is a trained fencer and music composer.
Lydia Baikalova - "The Witch Child"
Lydia Baikalova is a Los Angeles-based professional actress. She started acting at the age of 15 when she filmed her first national commercial for Ukrainian television. After appearing in over 20 national and international TV commercials, print campaigns and music videos, Lydia moved to Los Angeles to continue the pursuit of new acting opportunities. Los Angeles opened new doors for Lydia and in 2013 she wrote, produced, directed and starred in her short film The Mating Game.
Maureen Baker - Anna
Born in Colorado Springs and raised in Winslow, AZ, Maureen Baker has had an interest in performance from a young age. Her first time onstage was at age 10, as a member of Summerstruck Youth Theater, for a performance of Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp. Since then she's taken every opportunity for performance available to her, ranging from school chorus to community theater to, most recently, work as the character Magpie at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Witch Child will be her first work in film and hopefully the first of more professional opportunities to come.
Mark Clinton - Raphael
Mark Clinton spent twenty five years in the music business as a freelance drummer; inspired in part by having run away from home as a teenager to work as a roadie for Elvis Presley. Hoping to eventually work as a studio musician, his plans were thwarted by the introduction of the Linn Drum Machine. Undaunted and optimistic, he spent years in the pit, playing musicals in Los Angeles, as well as performing throughout the U. S. and Europe in countless night clubs, cabarets, resorts and hotels. By chance, an open casting call for a Japanese documentary led to his first onscreen appearance … in Japan. After moving to Phoenix in 2006, Mark has appeared in local, regional and national commercials, as well as in print ads and industrials. He is represented locally by the Ford/Robert Black Agency and nationally by Locke Management. Witch Child is his first full length feature film.
Javier Stefano De Vita - Chuy
Javier Stefano De Vita is a professional actor, director, and producer with over 15 years of experience within his native Venezuela and now in the U.S. He is currently an MFA performer in the Herberger Institute at ASU, and he is also starring as "El Che" in the Tuscany Theatre´s 2015 production of Evita. In the past, he has participated in plays such as [DE/AS]cending (AZ), The Hour we Knew Nothing of Each Other (AZ), Twelfth Night(Caracas), Incident at Vichy (Caracas), Caricias (Caracas), Don Quijote y Sancho Panza(Bogotá), El Veneno en el Teatro (Caracas), Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagoney(Caracas), among others. He has been awarded for his participation as director, producer and designer in the original plays Belencita; Juegos; and Calígula, Imperatore Romanus, in Caracas. He has participated as a producer in several international events like the 4th and 5th Editions of the World´s Encounter for Body Art, and 4 annual editions of the academic chair project, Jerzy Grotowski, Legacy and new ways, both in Caracas.
Roberto Cordero, Jr. - Aaron
Roberto Cordero Jr is an upcoming actor currently residing in the Phoenix area. Although he partakes in other interests such as photography, cinematography, and modeling, acting has always been one of his deepest passions. He began starring in short films and indie films in 2012 such as Guts, Relinquish, Blaze, Love: Where Are You?, Los Ninos Sicarios and more, paving a way into feature films. He also has experience working in theatre, industrial film, music videos, commercials, and print.
Alan Niven - Bill
Alan started out at Virgin/Caroline in sales and marketing, then DJ'd and programmed The Union Jack Show on Zeta 4 WINZ, Miami. He worked at Greenworld, introducing the company to domestic distribution and signing Motley Crue. He was the co-founder of Enigma Records and signed Berlin. Alan took Dokken to Elektra and Bernstein and Mensch. He then moved into management with Great White [1982-95] and managed Guns n Roses from 1986-91. He conceptualised the first four GnR videos and co-composed and produced the Great White albums on Capitol and Zoo/BMG. Alan most recently co-composed four albums for The Brewster Brothers [Australia, under the pen name Etha Graham] and also composed three concept albums for Shen Long, which are still in development. Alan provides counsel to up and coming artists such as Moontan Montana and Stella's Infirmary. He has multiple gold and platinum awards from around the world for records such as 'Appetite For Destruction', 'Use Your Illusions', 'Lies', 'Once Bitten', 'Hooked', 'Twice Shy', 'Psycho City', 'Sail Away'. 'Live Line', 'Beyond Salvation', 'Pleasure Victim', 'Too Fast For Love', 'Breaking The Chains', and various best of and live compilations, along with various MTV awards, Grammy nominations (1989) and also various Billboard awards. In addition, Alan has also received various A.M.A. Awards and multiple Golden Reel Awards for production/mixing.
Annabelle Veatch - Sarah
Annabelle Veatch has been performing on stage for 13 years and with every performance she continues to work on her acting techniques and skills. She has taken many acting classes and workshops. By the end of 2015 she will have been in 50 productions. She also loves writing and is currently working on a children's book.
Angie Johnson-Schmit - Co-writer/Producer/Director
Angie is an independent filmmaker and freelance writer who lives and works in Prescott, AZ. She co-wrote and produced the horror/comedy short, Dead Votes Society, and was co-writer/producer/director of the web series Diary of a Mad Scientist’s Assistant in 2014. She’s crewed on several shorts shot in Arizona and worked as Production Designer for the AZ location shoot for the feature, Ride the Thunder.
Andrew Johnson-Schmit - Co-writer/Producer/Director
Andrew has directed commercials, co-written and directed shorts (Dead Votes Society), was co-writer/producer/director of the web series, Diary of a Mad Scientist’s Assistant and crewed on several local indie productions. He was Line Producer for the 2014 AZ location shoot of the feature, Ride the Thunder. Andrew has mentored for student film projects through Prescott College, volunteered for 5 years with the Prescott Film Festival and was Executive Director for Tsunami on the Square Performing Arts and Culture festival for 4 years. His Northern AZ radio show, Prescott Arts Beat, is now in its 11th year on local radio station KJZA. Andrew founded Coyote Radio Theater in 1999, directing and writing for the group throughout its 8 year run.
Forrest Sandefer - Director of Photography
After graduating from the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles in 2004, Forrest lost no time getting to work in film and television. With over 50 credits on IMdB for his work in Camera and Electric, Cinematography, and other crew positions, Forrest brings a full set of skills to Witch Child. His film credits include work on a number of horror features, including Underworld: Evolution, Bad Blood and stoner/horror fave, Evil Bong. After moving to Arizona in 2009, Forrest worked in television and the small but dedicated local indie film scene.
Matt Jackson – Music Supervisor/ Composer
Matt is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and music educator. He has performed at the Prescott Jazz Summit, the Chandler Jazz Festival, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks and his big-band charts and dance scores have been heard on three continents. He has composed original music for several short film projects (Dead Votes Society, An Honest Man, Diary of a Mad Scientist’s Assistant) and is the owner and chief engineer at Stone Temple Studios in Prescott, AZ.
Steve Hollingsworth – VFX/Editor/Colorist
With over 15 years experience in video production, and extensive experience in Broadcast Television and still photography, Steve is no stranger to visual effects and editing. He has been the Floor Director for local television station K-AZTV’s morning show, The Morning Scramble, since 2011. Steve also works as an Aerial Photographer/Videographer/Editor for AZEvent Video and Guidance Aviation Helicopter Flight School. He is also drummer/songwriter for local metal band, Storm of Perception. The band is distributed internationally via Fontana/Universal Music group.
Dave Chontos – Production Designer
Dave lives and works in New York City as a theatrical designer, film technician, Production Manager, and Theatrical Technical Director. Recent credits include: Wardrobe Supervision on the theatrical and film versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Julie Taymor (2013); Resident Costume Designer for Brooklyn Children’s Theatre (2012-present); Production Coordinator, Stage Manager, and Wardrobe Supervisor for The New Victory Theater (2008-2012); Assistant Technical Director for Theater Row Studios (2007-2011); Design credits include, Costume Design for Cinderella, Literally Alive Theater Co., as well as Set, Light, and Costume Designer for the original off Broadway show Numbers, Savage Rose Productions.
Christian H. Smith – Co-writer
Christian is a novelist and screenwriter living in the corn-fed heart of the Midwest. His screenwriting credits include co-writer for the horror/comedy short movie, Dead Votes Society, and the web series, Diary of a Mad Scientist’s Assistant. Christian’s debut novel, The Black Monkey (Permuted Press), is a rural horror tale slated for release in 2015.
Sean Souva – Producer/Digital Imaging Technician
Sean is a writer, musician, computer nerd, movie fanatic and self-described geek/fan-boy of all things cool. Sean’s first film crew experience came with the short movie, Dead Votes Society as Script Supervisor. He next worked as Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) on the web series, Diary of a Mad Scientist’s Assistant and as a Production Assistant for the AZ location shoot of Ride the Thunder.
Jerod MacDonald-Evoy – Sound Recordist
Jerod wrote and directed his first short film at the age of 19 and his first documentary short a year later. Jerod has worked on projects ranging from feature horror films to short documentaries, including the critically acclaimed and award winning short doc, Sweet, Sexy Ocean. He is also a multi-media journalist and is currently enrolled at Arizona State University, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Ryker Wells – Assistant Camera/Grip
Ryker studied video and broadcast television at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, AZ where he is currently a senior. His first on-set experience was on the web series, Diary of a Mad Scientist’s Assistant, which he followed up with his first solo project, the short satirical movie, Peace at War. Ryker gripped on the short, Pendulum, and for the Arizona location shoot for the feature film, Ride the Thunder.
Rachel Soumokil – Executive Producer
Rachel is a seasoned arts fundraiser, artist, dancer, full-time student at Northern Arizona University (NAU), foster parent and all around whirling dervish of creativity. She ran a successful small business for several years before turning her time and attention to fundraising for Tsunami on the Square Performing Arts and Culture festival in Prescott, AZ. There is no one who can rock fundraising and organize structure like she can.
Robyn Bryce – Script Supervisor/Art Department
Robyn teaches Broadcast Media and English at Prescott High School in Prescott, AZ. She also works as a freelance media designer and mass media marketing maven. Her first on-set experience was working as Script Supervisor for the dramatic short, Pendulum, shot in Prescott, AZ. Robyn loved being a “scripty” and jumped at the opportunity to work in this capacity again for the Arizona location shoot for the feature, Ride the Thunder.
Francisco Ortiz y Davis – Executive Producer
Cisco studied Media Arts at University of Arizona and has produced event video with his company, J Bar O Productions. He is a graduate of University of Phoenix, where he is currently enrolled and working on his second Business degree with an emphasis in Marketing. Cisco writes and performs as a member of the Mile High Comedy Theater in Prescott, Arizona.