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Red Lion
"When your inner resolve changes, everything is transformed."
- Daisaku Ikeda

 

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JESSE LEVY (Writer, Director, Producer) hails from New York City where he was a writer and member of the sketch comedy group Wetdog.  He also directed the brilliant dark comedy Rise Above All as part of the Village Gate One-Act Festival.  In Phoenix he was a writer and performer on the cable comedy show, Station Breaks.  He directed Strindberg’s Playing With Fire for radio theater and, on stage, the world premier screwball comedy Screwball Comedy.  Since moving to L.A., aside from his acting work, he has written and directed for the sketch comedy show Absolute Sketch and produced the critically acclaimed Dirty Work, both at the Alliance Repertory Theatre.  He worked both seasons as the drama coach and on-set voice of Eddie the talking dog on the Nickelodeon show 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd.  He wrote, directed and produced StigmatZa a half-hour comedy film. Red Lion is his second effort.

MICHAEL IMMEL (Co-Producer, The Lackey) has been a professional actor since 1978 when Dick Sherman of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins fame gave him his first union contract.  He has performed in theatre, commercials (such as the Danka Man series), TV programs and films around the world from Tokyo to Berlin to Vancouver.  Along the way he has worked alongside such notables as: Rene Russo, Robbie Coltrane, Fran Drescher, Adam Sandler, and Elmo the Muppet.  His longest association, and the most rewarding, was working as the second banana to Bozo the Clown on WGN-TV’s longest running locally produced children’s show.  As Spifford Q. Fahrquarrr (yes, that’s three r’s) he accrued not only many pastries to the visage and much seltzer down the pants, but also two Emmys as on-camera talent. Red Lion marks his second venture into producing.

GERARD GRIESBAUM III (The Young Man) grew up in New York and moved to Los Angeles eight years ago.  Serious about his craft, he spent the next five years studying acting with the likes of Arthur Mendoza and John Ruskin.  He caught his first small break working with Peter Weir in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World playing the Sergeant of the Royal Marines.

JOSH LATZER (The Need) currently studies acting with Dee Wallace Stone & William Stanford Davis. Some of his recent projects include two Independent short films The Immigrants & That's How We Do! Josh is looking forward to Co-Starring in an Independent Feature Film, A Night At The Arlington this summer.

MARY REMAR  (The Girlfriend) began studying acting three years ago and currently teaches improvisational scene study for kids.  Mary has a degree in Educational Television Design and Marketing and also works as a freelance production liaison for low-budget features and shorts.  She founded Sweetbird Entertainment in 2004 which has provided her with valuable experience on independent films such as Death Valley Diary, Pathfinder Pictures’ Until the Night, Big Swing Productions’ The Expert, Derby Hat Productions’ Infatuation, and her own documentary film The Practical Art of Pursuing a Dream.

LINWOOD SASSER (The Boss) is a graduate of the Florida State School of Theatre and is currently a resident of North Hollywood where he can be found walking his dog at 1:00 and 4:30 pm each day. He has received direction from Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Wes Craven and Jesse Levy.
 


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