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Cast List

(cast biography)

John Heard as Walter

John Heard is the quintessential “actor’s actor” on both stage and screen.

A graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, John Heard began his career on the stage, winning multiple awards in both Chicago and New York, including a 1976-77 Theatre World Award and Obie Awards for his off-Broadway performances in “Othello” and “Split”. His early screen successes include performances in “Cutter’s Way”, “Chilly Scenes of Winter”, and as Jack Kerouac in “Heart Beat.” From there, he built his career with starring roles in films such as “Big”, “The Pelican Brief”, “Beaches”, “Home Alone”, “Awakenings”, “ Deceived”, “In the Line of Fire”, “Pollock” and “The Great Debaters.”

John has turned in many memorable performances on the small screen as well. He was nominated for a Cable ACE Award for Best Actor in a TV Movie for his 1987 performance in “Tender is the Night”, and his recent turn in the 1999 season of “The Sopranos” earned him an Emmy nomination for Guest Actor in a drama series. On the small screen, most recently, he can be found in recurring roles on “Prison Break”, “Southland”, “Entourage”, and “The Chicago Code”.

Cindy Williams as Rose

Cindy Williams has enjoyed the privilege of working with extraordinary directors, including Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and George Cukor. Though Williams has achieved much success in her film career, she is most recognized for her role as “Shirley Feeney” in the ABC-TV situation comedy LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY.

A woman of many talents, Williams’ stage credits include the national tour of GREASE playing Miss Lynch, the national tour of DEATHTRAP with Elliot Gould, MOON OVER BUFFALO portraying the role of Charlotte Hay, STEEL MAGNOLIAS as Ouiser Boudreaux, and in 2007 she made her Broadway debut in the role of Mrs. Tottendale in the award-winning musical THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.

Born in Van Nuys, CA, Williams’ first became interested in acting during high school. After graduation, she attended L.A. City College where she majored in theater arts. After leaving college, she landed her first television roles on ROOM 222, NANNY AND THE PROFESSOR, and LOVE AMERICAN STYLE. Recent guest-starring roles include LAW AND ORDER SVU, GIRLFRIENDS, SEVENTH HEAVEN, 8 SIMPLE RULES, and LESS THAN PERFECT.

Her first film role was for Roger Corman in GAS-S-S-S, starring Talia Shire, Ben Vereen and Bud Cort. She then appeared with Maggie Smith in TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT, directed by George Cukor. Next she co-starred with Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford in AMERICAN GRAFFITI directed by George Lucas, a low-budget film that went on to become a box office smash and film classic, and which garnered her a British Films nomination for best supporting actress. Following AMERICAN GRAFFITI, Williams played a pivotal role in Francis Ford Coppola’s THE CONVERSATION, starring Gene Hackman. While raising her family, Cindy co-produced “Father of the Bride I & II.

Mark Famiglietti as Johnny

Mark attended New York University as a drama major, where he studied with the Atlantic Theatre Company. He was soon cast as Deering High's resident heartthrob Nick Hammer (1998-2000) on NBC’s Saturday morning teen sitcom “Hang Time” and as Scout Calhoun (2000), the roommate/best friend of Rodney Scott's character and a privileged senator's son who falls for a blue collar girl (played by Kate Bosworth) on The WB's teen drama “Young Americans” a “semi-spinoff” of “Dawson's Creek.”

 The next years, Mark was cast as Mike Mulvaney Jr. in the Emmy-nominated TV-movie version of Joyce Carol Oates' novel, We Were the Mulvaneys (2002; starring Beau Bridges and Blythe Danner), and Mark Hoeger's romantic comedy Full Ride (2002; with Meredith Monroe, Riley Smith and Bob Cady). He also had a recurring role as Jarod on Fox’s action/crime-drama series “Fastlane” and was cast opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the blockbuster movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). In the sequel to The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) that also features Nick Stahl, Claire Danes and Kristanna Loken, Famiglietti played the fiance of Claire Dane's character. Mark also shared the screen with Sandra Bullock, Julie McMahon and Nia Long in the psychological thriller Premonition.

In 2009, Mark began a recurring role on the ABC series FlashForward. In 2010, Mark began filming opposite 50 Cent, Val Kilmer and James Remar for the indie movie GUN that was released in 2011. In late 2010, Mark filmed the "Untitled Josh Berman Pilot" playing Jamie-Lynn Sigler's fiancé. Other cast members include Lou Diamond Phillips and Sherry Stringfield. In 2011, Mark guest starred on the Fox show Bones. Mark has made regular, recurring and guest appearances totaling over 60 episodes in television shows such as CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Without A Trace among others.

Josie Davis as Sally

A bright, energetic and attractive child actor of the 1980s who segued into adult roles in the late 90s, lithe blonde actress Josie Davis is probably best remembered although not immediately recognizable as Sarah Powell, the prim and often overly serious middle child watched over by Scott Baio's "Charles in Charge".

In 1996 she was cast on the popular daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" (CBS), originating the role of Grace Turner. She left the show in 1997 and was accepted the following year into the prestigious Actors Studio. With a 1998 guest role in the series to her credit, Davis joined the cast of the popular Fox primetime soap "Beverly Hills, 90210" with a recurring role as Camille, the love interest of original cast member David (Brian Austin Green). That fall she reteamed with "90210" producer Aaron Spelling, co-starring in the drama series "Titans" (NBC), a return to the steamy "well-to-do family plagued by greed and scandal" genre much-anticipated by the fans of the Spelling classic "Dynasty" (ABC).

Al Sapienza as Gerry

From his big break playing Ringo in the Broadway hit “Beatlemania” to his
latest role as mafia hit man Mikey Palmice (Uncle Junior's right hand man) in HBO’s series "The Sopranos", Al Sapienza’s career has practically elevated the concept of versatility to a Zen art form. The New York native has done and played it all on stage, television and film -- romantic comedy leads, crooked cops, sociopathic killers, faithful sidekick...from the doorman in "Pretty Woman" to the hapless taxi driver in "Godzilla" who first spots the angry lizard. In an industry which thrives on typecasting, Al Sapienza is one of those rare talents who dares to challenge himself to morph seamlessly into a wide variety of fictional lives.

Bruce Davison as Mr. Lowell

Bruce Davison has been winning awards for over 30 years. In 1971 he was nominated for a Golden Laurel, Star of Tomorrow, for The Strawberry Statement, and took seventh place. In 1977 he won both a Drama-Logue Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Lead Performance for his for work in Streamersa, and another one of each n 1985 for The Normal Heart, having won a New York Drama League Award in 1980 for The Elephant Man. In 1991 his work in Longtime Companion earned him the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting and an Academy Award Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Bruce has also been featured in the X-Men films.

Kevin McCorkle as Officer Standley

Kevin McCorkle is a successful actor/artistic entrepreneur. With consistent long term work in commercials, television, film and on stage, teaching as a faculty member at The University of Southern California.

Jude Ciccollela as Al

Richard Jude Ciccolella is a well-recognized American character actor with film roles include parts in Shakedown (with Peter Weller), The Shawshank Redemption (with Mark Rolston, Bob Gunton, Paul McCrane and Gil Bellows), The Keeper (with Isaach De Bankole), Harrison: Cry of the City (with Jeffrey Nordling), Boys on the Side, Night Falls on Manhattan (with Colm Feore), Mercury Rising (with Robert Maffia), Beloved (with Albert Hall), Flawless (with Karina Arroyave, Rory Cochrane, and Vincent Laresca), High Crimes (with John Billingsley), Star Trek: Nemesis (with Alan Dale), Down With Love, The Terminal (with Cas Anvar), the 2004 Director's Cut DVD of Daredevil (with Leland Orser), the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate, Sin City (with Powers Boothe, Michael Madsen and Tommy Flanagan), Last Call, and World Trade Center (with Roger Cross). He also appeared on 1992 James Foley and David Mamet film Glengarry Glen Ross as the Detective. He appeared in the scene where Al Pacino was having an argument with Kevin Spacey about the "six-thousand dollars" owed to him.

He has had guest starring roles in "Law & Order" (with Keith Szarabajka), "It's True" (with Richard Burgi), "The Others" (with John Billingsley), "Falcone" (with Joaquim de Almeida), "NYPD Blue" (with John Billingsley again and Daniel Dae Kim), "ER" (with Paul McCrane), "The Agency" (with Will Patton and Jenny Gago), "The Guardian" (with Gina Torres, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Robin Thomas, and Taylor Nichols), "CSI: NY" (with Vanessa Ferlito), "Prison Break" (with Keith Szarabajka again, Michael O'Neill, and Randy Flagler) and "NCIS" (with Pauley Perrette). He has also guest starred as Principal Raymond in "Everybody Hates Chris". He is also a singer and songwriter and has published four CDs

Vic Polizos as Charlie

Vic Polizos has been a professional actor for over 30 years. He has appeared on Broadway, in over 80 television shows and 30 feature films. His photography was recently exhibited at The Daniel Stern Studio in The Culver City Arts District of Los Angeles. Vic has appeared in Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, CSI, Boston Legal and NYPD Blue

James Gleason as Marco


James is a DRAMA-LOGUE, OVATION and L.A. DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD winner for his performance as "Charlie McFadden" in Interact’s production of COUNSELLOR-AT-LAW. He is also a winner of Valley Theatre League's Artistic Director Achievement Award for his role as "Nathan Detroit" in Interact's Guys and Dolls. He received the L.A. DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD for his role as "Yepikhodov" in THE CHERRY ORCHARD. James appeared in THE BATTLE FOR THE PENTAGON PAPERS, CAINE MUTINY COURT MARTIAL and The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial at award-winning Los Angeles Theatre Works. An active member of the Groundlings for over 15 years, James appeared in several productions.

Broadway credits include leading roles in THE GUYS IN THE TRUCK with Elliot Gould and THE MISER with Phillip Bosco. Off-Broadway credits include SPEED-THE-PLOW, BETTER DAYS, BEDROOM FARCE, BLANCO and CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS with Kathy Bates & Eddie Jones. James originated the role of "Charlie Brown" in the musical SNOOPY

Helene Cardona as Mrs. Russell

A citizen of the United States, France & Spain, Hélène Cardona is a poet and actor. She attended Hamilton College and the Sorbonne, where she received her Master’s in American Literature. She studied English Philology and Literature in Cambridge, England; Spanish at the International Universities of Santander and Baeza, Spain; and German at the Goethe Institute in Bremen, Germany.


She graduated from the Music Conservatory in Geneva with the 2nd prize in piano and studied asunder Maître Sancan at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. She also trained as a dancer in Geneva, Paris and New York. She trained with Ellen Burstyn at the Actors Studio and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.


Hélène played Françoise 'Fuffi' Drou in Lasse Hallström’s CHOCOLAT and Candy Heskin in Lawrence Kasdan’s MUMFORD as well as roles on LAW & ORDER, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, Campbell Scott's FINAL, BILLBOARD DAD, and many more. She performed the lead in plays at the Actors’ Studio, The Players’ Club, UBU Theatre Rep. and The Naked Angels in New York City.


Hélène just finished shooting Emmanuel Itier's FEMME: Women Healing the World and Boris Acosta's Dante's Inferno Documented, Dante's Purgatorio Documented and Dante's Paradiso Documented. Her voice credits include Happy Feet 2, The Muppets, Hereafter, Inception, The A-Team, Robin Hood, Inglourious Basterds, The Painted Veil, The Interpreter, The Bourne Supremacy, The Terminal, The Pink Panther and many others.


For SERENDIPITY she co-wrote with director Peter Chelsom and composer Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang. She is the author of the poetry collections The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press 2006), Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry 2013) and Life in Suspension (Tupelo Press 2014).


Stelio Savante as Joey

Born and raised in Cape Town South Africa, Stelio Savante was chosen by both Barry Ronge (South Africa's premier film critic) and Showbiz Report's Nicky Greenwall (E!)as one of South Africa's most promising actors in Hollywood. His affinity for languages and accents have landed him a staple of high profile film and television roles.

Made his prime-time television debut in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999) episode 'Night' as Bosnian Muslim fundamentalist Milan Zergin (guest star lead). Stelio moved to Los Angeles in 2006 when he was offered ten episodes and the recurring role of 'Steve' on "Ugly Betty" (2006),(season one). Ugly Betty's ensemble cast was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award 'Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series' in 2007(season one).

He returned to South Africa in 2010 to film A Million Colours (2010) , portraying the role of Major Shawn Dixon which was originally offered to Barry Pepper. First played a South African on prime time TV in 'JJ Abrams' espionage themed series "Undercovers" (2010), as guest lead 'Hollis Kruger'.

Extensive theater credits including the lead role of an Ecuadorian photographer in '110 Stories' at the Geffen Playhouse (Los Angeles) in Feb 2010. All proceeds were donated to the Red Cross Los Angeles as aid to Haiti. Savante also produced the event, directed by Mark Freiburger.

His screenplay, Trust In Her (2011), co-written with Nick Efteriades, is being produced by Tracey E. Edmonds, directed by Alfredo De Villa and cast by John Papsidera. Savante also co stars and serves as producer

Peter Allas as Reed

Peter is an experienced actor who is best known for his roles on Seinfeld and The Sopranos.

Peter,a native of Chicago and Queens, recently starred in David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” at The Studio Theatre in Washington, the role of Teach, a fast-talking, petty thief, who is part of a scam

Some may remember Allas from various movies and television shows in roles such as the pizza/calzone man in “Seinfeld,” and the Italian, hit man who whacks Frankie Valli (Rusty) in "The Sopranos."

Lisa Pescia as Janice

LISA PESCIA is an LA based actor, producer and director who works in TV, film and stage. She co-founded the Camelot Artists Production Company for the Beverly Hills Playhouse under the late Milton Katselas' artistic direction. With an emphasis on creating original one man shows and one act festivals, she has worked with actors to develop numerous long running and successful shows over the years and continues now as an independent producer around town at various theaters. Lisa also wrote and directed her first short film, the award winning WEDDING JIMMY. Television guest stars include: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, SEEK AND DESTROY ( Showtime pilot), WITHOUT A TRACE, CRIMINAL MINDS, COLD CASE and a recurring role on SEINFELD. In film, Lisa most recently starred in Henry Jaglom's new movie called THE M WORD and STEALING ROSES directed by Megan Johnson.

Adamo Palladino as Chaz

Adam is a British actor who has appeared on television and the screen. He was born and raised in England.. His extensive variety of acting roles, ranging from Devon on Friends, to his most recent lead role as Broddick in the Columbia/Tristar action film Boa vs Python and to his lead role as Sir Lancelot in the TV and Film Academy's, "Best Comedy" award, "The Grail Guy", demonstrate his talent to be wide and deep.

Greg Lewis as Ramone

GREG LEWIS takes his critically acclaimed one-man show "SOME GREEKS ARE NOT IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS" on tour all over the United States and Canada. In his show he gives a "no holds barred" insight into his growing up in the streets of Chicago. When his life long-friend Gus Christy was discharged from the army, the men formed a comedy team and asLEWIS & CHRISTY, THE MAD GREEKS. The partnership enjoyed twenty hugely successful years, playing all of the top hotels, night clubs and television shows. The duo made numerous appearances on: Ed Sullivan, Hollywood Palace, Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas TV shows.
You'll remember Greg as TINO, the Greek Chef, opposite Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in the Garry Marshall feature," FRANKIE & JOHNNY". Lewis also featured in EXIT TO EDEN, and DEAR GOD. Greg is memorable in the Kevin Spacey/Jeff Bridges film, K-PAX and again in the Disney movie "MAX KEEBLE'S BIG MOVE". The performer is currently appearing as Vladmir Gargarin in the sci-fi series"MARS AND BEYOND" for the CYBERSCI-FI NETWORK on the Internet.

Most recently Greg has appeared in the film "HOP:, "HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER", and just finished the CBS pilot, "2 BROKE GIRLS", which, after a bidding war, has been picked up with the series scheduled for the fall. Greg has guest starred on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES as STAN, Polly Bergen's boyfriend. He is BARON von TROKEN in Garry Marshall's "PRINCESS DIARIES 1 & 2" , starring Ms. Julie Andrews. In addition, Greg plays HERMAN, the deli owner who transported exceedingly questionable meat, in the dark comedy "LOVE AND A BULLET", a vehicle starring the rap star Anthony "Treach" Criss.

Kevin Oestenstad as Dr. Miller

Kevin Oestenstad is an Iowa native and a self-proclaimed Chicago based actor. However, his first introduction to acting was down south in Birmingham, Alabama at the Birmingham Festival Theatre in 2001. When he returned to the Midwest in 2003, he studied and performed at Improv Olympic with 'Night Fight' and 'The Darned.' From the summer of 2006 to the end of 2007 Kevin has completed five independent feature length films, three independent short films, and three theatre productions.

Agnes Olech as Ginny

Agnes Olech was born in Bielsko Biala, Poland and relocated with her family to the United States in April of 1994. Someone who follows the motto," imagination is everything"-- this adventure seeker never sits on the sidelines. It is no wonder that this vivacious talent has her sights set on the top. Agnes has recently been featured as a model in the October 2011 issue of Maxim magazine. She has been a guest on tv shows “Rules of Engagement” and HBO’s “Luck.”

Paris Tanaka as Sabrina

Paris is a reappearing guest on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Dr. Tanaka and has appeared in an episode each of the television series "Boston Public" and "Watching Ellie.” Paris was also the writer, producer, and an actor in the 2008 short film The List. She also stars stars with Jason Mewes in the over the top action movie within a movie, Bangkok Bullet, as a villainous, statuesque and deadly assassin in Zombie Hamlet.

Samantha Colburn as Counter Girl

Samantha Colburn is an award-winning performer who grew up in South Dakota and has been on stage since the age of four. From her beginnings in music and dance it was a very small leap to acting in musical theatre in such roles as Maria in The Sound of Music and being a top ten finalist at the National Forensic League's National Speech Tournament. Samantha went on to receive degrees in acting, music, and journalism from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she won best actress awards two years in a row and starred in roles such as Janet in The Rocky Horror Show and Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest.

Throughout her career she has performed on stages in New York City, Chicago, Orlando, and Minneapolis just to name a few. Since moving to Los Angeles to pursue her career in film, she has appeared in films such as Cannes Film Festival selection Cessation with the talented Dennis Haysbert and South By Southwest (SXSW) film festival favorite Out of Nowhere and on television as Dr. Marta Torrez opposite Hugh Laurie on House. Currently she is starring as Erin in the new series Rock & Roll, Inc.


Susan Artigas Flynn as Arlene

Susan hails from Miami and kicked off her acting career in Fiesta de Mascaras at the International Hispanic Theater Festival. Consequently, she worked with the Armando Roblans theater company for three years. In addition to her roles on stage, Susan was cast in many Univision Network TV shows such as "Sabado Gigante," "Los Metiches," "Estamos Unidos,""Locos y Sueltos," and Si TV's "Unnecessary Behavior." She was also the lead character in the short film La Playa, winner of the 2002 Incubetors Short Film Festival in Florida. Other films include Calle Ocho, and Freedom Flight.


Manuel Espinosa as Cesar

Cuban by birth but raised in the U.S.A., versatile and an experienced actor, Manuel Espinosa has done film, television and publicity, both in English and Spanish. His last performance has been in Lionsgate´s Gavin O´connor last movie with Nick Nolte ,"Warrior" as Warden Perez.

In between his merits stand out his part in the acclaimed TV-series “Miami Vice”, numerous works in publicity and as a voice over talent.


Romina as Vera

Romina made her acting debut by starring in the Spill Canvas music video for the song Staplegunned (Remix). She later landed a role as Connie in the short film Precious Moments as a teenager struggling with adulthood whilst attempting to reestablish a connection with her distanced father. Romina was then featured in 2009 on the TV show Jonas L.A. with the Jonas Brothers giving her her first line on national television. She spent time in Madrid, Spain studying in the Christina Rota Acting School. Romina had her her first book, The Freedom of my Eyes, published when she was 16 years old. Romina is also a singer having started vocal training at the age of fifteen. Two years later, she was accepted into a vocal school where she studied in Spoleto, Italy.
She is the daughter of Manuel Espinosa.




Crew List

Megan Clare Johnson, ProducerDirectorWriter

Megan Clare Johnson was born in Detroit, Michigan and received her B.A. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

She pursued her love of storytelling by becoming a film editor in Chicago and Detroit for nine years in which she worked in post-production of national commercials before relocating to Portland, Oregon. Megan produced and directed her original screenplay Stealing Roses into a feature film in 2012. Megan is the owner of her production company – Mama Simba Films.

Exploring the pitfalls and triumphs of human nature, Megan is an author and filmmaker who reaches out to make us think and experience a wide range of emotions through her unique voice.  She especially enjoys giving us a relatable perspective on our daily lives.  Consistently creating strong characters, with a sharp ear for dialogue found in her writing and films, Megan’s meaningful and mirthful writing delivers stories we can savor and enjoy.

Alexia Melocchi, Producer

Alexia Melocchi is the Partner of Little Studio Films/Tornado Pictures LLC and handles the independent productions of the Company as well as a diverse clientele comprising of writers, producers, authors and film makers she consults for or represents. She has a career spanning over 15 years in the international marketplace, giving her diverse exposure to all types of films and functions in the entertainment industry. Her experience is in packaging films, setting up Investment Partnerships and/or US and International Distribution releases. She has an expertise in international sales, pre-sales, international acquisitions, domestic and international contracts, and global film marketing strategy. From 1988 to 1994, as a Partner and Vice President of AXELIA INTERNATIONAL PICTURES she gained incredible experience in sales and acquisitions of independent films. She began her career as an Acquisitions (American movies) Representative in Los Angeles for 11 foreign distributors in Theatrical, Television and Home Video Rights for American movies. Alexia is fluent in English, Italian, Greek, Spanish, French, and some German.

She just produced STEALING ROSES with her client director/writer Megan Johnson and is in pre production on five theatrical films slated for 2012

Alexandra Yacovlef is the CEO of Little Studio FilmsTornado Pictures LLC.

She started in the Entertainment business in the early eighties in film financing with Studios such as Columbia and Universal and acted as a consultant for the department of film financing at SMITH BARNEY.
In 1984 she represented International distributors in the USA from 11 different countries. Her fluency in 5 languages and financial experience helped her clients close deals acquiring over 100 films both most of which became worldwide successes.
In 1989 she founded her own sales company AXELIA INTERNATIONAL PICTURES selling over 27 films to profit and attending all major film markets and Festivals.
Today Alexandra is involved mostly in the consulting and representation of several high profile International distributors, producers and Entertainment companies structuring financial deals, co-productions, packaging and or sales of International and US film properties.
Alexandra worked with all major International Banks and all major Entertainment companies Studios and distributors.

John Milton Branton, Co-Producer and Line Producer

An award-winning writer/director/producer, Mr. Branton’s films were name an “Official Selection” at more than sixty international film festivals from Tunis to Toronto. He received a Best New Director at the Hollywood Underground Film Festival for “Speechless…” which won Best Short at the California Independent Film Festival and two Best Actor Nominations. John Milton was the second unit director for 26 episodes of The New Addams Family Series for Fox TV and was the Dialogue/Dialect Coach for Sandlot 3, also for Fox. He has directed television commercials and industrial films and worked as a 1st Assistant Director on several features. An award-winning writer, his produced credits include the feature, Black Hole, several shorts and, five plays. John has also directed two feature films “Absolute Fear” and “Dark Power.”

Armand Gazarian, Director of Photography

Director/Cinematographer Armand Gazarian has been shooting, directing, producing and editing movies and commercials for over two decades.

His passion for filmmaking began at an early age with the discovery of his father's Super-8 camera. His professional career began as an editor cutting trailers for New World Pictures. He departed to pursue his passion for directing and made "Prison Planet" which was later released by Columbia TriStar.

After making a few other indie films, he forayed into cinematography and worked as the visual Effects cinematographer on Universal Television's "TEAM KNIGHT RIDER". This led to a series of other film and television work and subsequently to shooting FX Network's hit series, "SON OF THE BEACH". Armand Later shot Drew Carey's "GREEN SCREEN SHOW" for WB andDamon Wayan's "THE UNDERGROUND" for ShowTime. He then founded Dynamic Films tocontinue producing feature films and commercials.


Gladys Rodriguez, Production Designer

Gladys Rodriguez was born and educated in Lima, Peru, having studied Interior Design at the Toulouse Lautrec Art School. After graduating, she worked for several years as an interior designer in Peru before going to Madrid, where she received her Masters and graduated with honors in Production Design and Theatre at the TAI Fine Arts School. Having finally discovered her fascination for film, she used her knowledge of design to help bring unique colors to two short films in Spain. It was at this point that she decided to try her luck in Hollywood, moving to Los Angeles to pursue her professional film career. Since moving, she has worked on many films including the feature film FATE (2003), HOLLYWOOD FAMILIA (2006), CHRYSALIS (2008), and three of Russ Emanuel’s films: HER KNIGHT (2003), GIRL WITH GUN (2005), and now THE LEGENDS OF NETHIAH (2010)

Robert Haussmann, Co-Producer

Robert Haussmann provided our post production services. He is the Chief Scientist and founder of nanotechniq. Robert's background has been as a technologist and Applied Scientist for company’s such as Lockheed Martin, The Disney Company, and various fortune 500 tech companies. Robert currently holds a technology patent with The Disney Company.

Ambre Wrigley, Costume Designer

Ambre was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles in 1998. She was the costumer for “Under the Bed” directed by Steven C. Miller in 2011.


Musical Artists

Gavin Wahl-Stephens

Gavin’s songs in Stealing Roses:  Out of Range, Backwards Grin, Hammer, Write a Letter, Good Thing

Gavin’s Bio:
In an era when every independent band in the country seems to be moving to Portland, Oregon, it's easy to forget that the city has always had a homegrown sound all its own. Portland native Gavin Wahl-Stephens grew up at the city's blues festivals, grooving at independent gigs and ripping solos over old B.B. King tapes in his Southeast basement. After moonlighting as a reggae guitarist and getting his solo start at blues jams in Pabst-soaked taverns, Gavin became a mainstay in town with the release of his self-titled debut album in 2007. Maturing into a tight progressive blues and Americana outfit with distinctly Northwest quirks, his band has won accolades for its honest sound and roaring live shows, and Gavin has also been touted for personal lyrics that focus on the unavoidable feelings of perpetual motion. "I'm trying to find the laid-back groove of The Band," he explains, "but when it's time to kick down the door we're going for something like Dylan live in '66." Inheritor of the roots-rock tradition and an angular interpreter of American standards, Gavin produces a sound that moves between accessible folk and atmospheric jams -- call it dark, dynamic modern blues. 

Gavin also performs with his band “Gavin Wahl Stephens and the New Americans.” In 2009 the band saw the release of their first album, McMenamins Great Northwest Music Tour, playing Oregon's Birthday at the Crystal Ballroom, and opening for the stage performance of "The Nightman Cometh" with the cast of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.


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Karen Eden

Karen’s songs in Stealing Roses:  Rise Up and Shine (written with Charissa Nielsen), Make a Change (written with Paul Trudeau), Arizona (written with Paul Trudeau), Some Kind of Life (written with Peter Amato and Marty Wagner), and Beautiful (written with Bonny Southern)

Having started her professional career at the tender age of 15 in Australia, Karen Eden has gone on to have a successful singing and writing career in her home country as well as England, Europe and the United States. She has toured, performed and recorded with many artists like Michael McDonald, Kylie Minogue and Chris Rea to name a few. In 1998 she was signed to her own worldwide record deal with Columbia Records in New York, which led to touring with Sarah McLachlan’s famed Lilith Fair along side artists like Emmy Lou Harris and Sheryl Crow. Now based in Los Angeles, Karen’s voice can be heard on Disney soundtracks, television shows and national commercials. 

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Charissa Nielsen

Charissa’s songs in Stealing Roses:  Rise Up and Shine (written with Karen Eden)

Charissa’s Bio
Los Angeles based singer and composer, Charissa Nielsen, is versatile and experienced on stage and in the studio. She is an energetic performer and has shared the studio or stage with JAMIE CULLUM, LEONARD COHEN, PERRY FARRELL, COLIN HAY, and SETH MACFARLANE. A 5-year member of the dynamic salsa group CECILIA NOEL & THE WILD CLAMS, Charissa also dances, and sings in English and Spanish, to latin, pop, soul and funk grooves played by an all-star band. 

Charissa loves recording and composing from her home studio and is comfortable in both Logic Audio and Pro Tools. Often called to engineer her own vocals or compose a song at a moment's notice, Charissa can deliver. Her compositions can be heard on film and TV soundtracks including AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, MTV's 16 & PREGNANT, THIRD WATCH, and JACK AND JILL. And her vocals can be heard on a wide variety of national TV and RADIO commercials for JELLO, NATIONWIDE INSURANCE, COMCAST, X BOX, SCHICK, DISCOVERY CHANNEL and many more. She also recently appeared on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, singing beside actress Marcia Cross for the show's Christmas cliffhanger. Charissa is an excellent sight reader, can blend superbly, and is a team player. She is a licensed Music Therapist with a degree from Loyola University, New Orleans, where she also studied classical and jazz voice.

Charissa and her writing partner, Karen Eden ("Sun Dials”) wrote Rise Up and Shine.

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Bonny Southern

Bonny’s songs in Stealing Roses:  Beautiful (written with Karen Eden)
Bonny began playing piano at 5 years old and started performing/playing for school, church functions, and writing music by the age of 10...
She realized her talent for instrumentals/New Age compositions in the late 80's and produced her first album, Southern Dreams in 1993. This album was dedicated to finding her Birth Family which she was finally able to do in late 1995.
During the next decade she performed, composed and polished her music adding Blues, Jazz, Country and some "Techno" music to prove she could cross the line.
In the 90's she worked with Regina Clifton, performing around Georgia and co-writing country and blues tunes, adding to the list of accomplishments.
In 2007 Bonny began working with vocalist, Karen Eden, co-writing emotional,passionate, healing songs, like Beautiful, Sweet Sweet Noel, Rain and Moonlight well as additional instrumentals, Breath of Spring, SoulScapes and Lullaby for Zane. All these and more are on her latest album Blu Horizons which is full of love, energy, emotion and passion!

Bonny and her writing partner, Karen Eden, wrote Beautiful.


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Jude Ciccolella

Jude’s songs in Stealing Roses:  Give Us Our Time, But My Jaw Won’t Move, Blue Collar, First Love

Jude’s Bio:
Jude will be familiar to audiences from his work as an actor on TV in 24, as MIKE NOVICK, and as the PRINCIPAL in EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS. His movies include WORLD TRADE CENTER, SIN CITY, STAR TREK: NEMESIS, TERMINAL, PREMONITION, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, BELOVED, SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, HIGH CRIMES, HEAD OF STATE, and NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN. He recently appeared opposite Randy Travis in The Wager, and will be playing Tilda Swinton's ex lover in the award winning film "Julia".

Jude has either recorded or performed with the great guitarist and engineer, Rick Cunha, the singer-songwriter Stan Corliss, the drummer Bill Severance, the bass players Candy Chase, David Jackson, and John Hatton, all around talent Chad Watson, keyboard man Doug Livingston, accordion and horn player Matt Margucci, guitarist Craig Stull, and mandolin man Steve Rankin. Jude is thrilled to be invited each year to Jim Robert’s Roundup at the Sportsman’s Lodge. He had the privilege, in the fall of 2007, of singing original tunes at the legendary Café Lena in Saratoga, New York. He was accompanied by his good friend and musical mentor, Carver Blanchard.  Jude also leads the “Jude Ciccolella Band” in the LA area.  Jude is married to the wonderful actress, Sylva Kelegian, and together they take care of a number of fur children.

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Cast List

Walter John Heard
Rose Cindy Williams
Johnny Mark Famiglietti
Sally Josie Davis
Gerry Al Sapienza
Mr. Lowell Bruce Davison
Officer Standley Kevin McCorkle
Al Jude Ciccolella
Charlie Vic Polizos
Marco James Gleason
Mrs. Russell Hélène Cardona
Joey Stelio Savante
Reed Peter Allas
Janice Lisa Pescia
Chaz Adamo Palladino
Ramone Greg Lewis
Dr. Miller Kevin Oestenstad
Ginny Agnes Olech
Sabrina Paris Tanaka
Store Counter Girl Samantha Colburn
Arlene Susan Flynn
Cesar Manuel Esposito
Vera Romina
Pharmacy Assistant Travis Berens
Tim John Milton Branton
Car Thief #1 Matt Hill
Car Thief #2 Kyel Allmaras
Maids On Speed #1 Kris Holmes
Maids On Speed #2 Nicole Rochell
Security Guard Geoff Pilkington
Frank Frank Schultz
Frankie the Dog Tucker





Crew List

Director/Producer/Writer Megan Clare Johnson
Producer Alexia Melocchi
Executive Producer Alexandra Yacovlef
Associate Producer John Heard
Associate Producer Cindy Williams
Co-Producer John Milton Branton
Co-Producer Robert Haussmann
Director of Photography Armand Gazarian
Production Designer Gladys Rodriguez
Editor Darlene Haussmann

Line Producer

John Milton Branton
Unit Production Manager Dave Marion
1st Assistant Director David Michael Harwell

1st Assistant Camera

Jackie Moonves
1st Assistant Camera Ben DeSouza
1st Assistant Camera Christopher M. Rutkowski

2nd Unit Director of Photography (Portland)

Peter Fuhrman


Ambre Wrigley
Wardrobe Assistant Kris Holmes

Key Hair and Make-Up Artist

Krishna Johnson


Alexia Melocchi
Casting Assistant Lauren Taylor

2nd Assistant Director

Matt Hill
2nd 2nd Assistant Director Phillip Powell

Script Supervisor

Sara Sposito

Property Master

Erika Hood
Set Construction Spencer Trent
Set Dresser Ashley Hasenyaeer
Set Dresser William Wee
Set Dresser Adam Saada
Art Production Assistant Alex Rose

Location Sound Mixer

Martin Kittappa
Boom Operator Brandon Pert
Boom Operator Paul Gonzales
Boom Operator Jonathan Hance


Chuck Lewis
Key Grip Gabe Malikian
Key Grip Jared Threatt
Best Boy Electric Greg Simone
Best Boy Electric Flavio Buenrostro
Best Boy Electric Philip Narvaez
Best Boy Electric Alan Torres

Production Assistant

Eric Ennon

Dog Wrangler

Joel Norton
Head Trainer Briana Messerschmidt
Dog Owner Amy Frazier
Studio Trainer Amanda Posen

1st Assistant Editor

Armand Gazarian
2nd Assistant Editor Robert Haussmann


Robert Haussmann
Titles/Opticals Nanotechniq
Technical Director John Romant

Electronic Press Kit Director

Antonio Lozano

Still Photographers

Aaron Whitmore (Los Angeles)
Greg Wahl-Stephens (Portland)

Craft Services

Krystle Rakestraw
Catering Chris Holm, Catering 24-7 Eida Artigas, Catering by Eida

Production Accounting

Paris Tanaka


Candice E. JacksonJerry Carleton, Immix Law Group


Savas Abadsidis







Stealing Roses Music

“Out of Range”

Written and Performed by

Gavin Wahl-Stephens


Written and Performed by:

Gavin Wahl-Stephens

“Rise Up and Shine”

Written by: Karen Eden,

Charissa Nielsen

Performed by: Sundials


“Write a Letter”
Written and Performed by:
Gavin Wahl-Stephens

“But My Jaw Won’t Move”
Written and Performed by:
Jude Ciccollela

“Give Us Our Time”

Written and Performed by:

Jude Ciccollela


Written by: Karen Eden,
Bonny Southern
Performed by: Karen Eden

“Blue Collar”

Written and Performed by:

Jude Ciccollela

“Good Thing”

Written and Performed by:

Gavin Wahl-Stephens


“Some Kinda Life”

Written by: Karen Eden, Peter Amato,

Marty Wagner

Performed by: Karen Eden

“Backwards Grin”

Written and Performed by:

Gavin Wahl-Stephens


Written by: Karen Eden & Paul Trudeau

Performed by: Karen Eden


"First Love"

Written and Performed by Jude Ciccollela


“Make A Change”

Written by: Karen Eden, Paul Trudeau

Performed by Karen Eden