TODD HOLMES – Writer/Director/Producer
Todd Holmes' first screenplay, Preeti Girl, was the Grand Prize winner of the prestigious Slamdance Screenplay Competition in 2005. His varied career in filmmaking includes work as an editor on films that have played at dozens of festivals around the world, including Sundance, IDFA, Tribeca and SXSW. Prior to becoming an editor, Holmes worked for several years in interactive, online and location-based entertainment. Ratana is his first film.
Molly Conners' first short film, Strike It Up, won her national acclaim as a winner of "Film Your Issue 2006". Premiering at Maui Film Festival, Strike It Up will also be screened at the Yahoo Party at Sundance this coming January. Molly has since produced two additional short films and a feature. In addition to her experience as an independent film producer, she was a registered lobbyist for 2 years and produced political commercials for state and local races. Aside from two feature films currently in development, Molly is an associate producer on Mama's Boy, a feature length psychological thriller directed by Sam Zalutsky. She holds a B.A from George Washington University.
Anita Gabrosek is currently co-producing MAMA'S BOY, the first feature from Sam Zalutsky, and she is also editing the film. Other recent credits as editor include WALL STREET WARRIORS, a reality/documentary series airing this fall on InDemand HD, the feature documentary CROPSEY, and the award-winning documentary I SIT WHERE I WANT, which was produced by MTV Networks and co-directed by Marco Williams and Whitney Dow. In addition to her editing and producing work, Anita has optioned a screenplay and is a produced playwright in the US and overseas.
Michael McDonough was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1967. He studied art at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art. During a scholarship year to British School At Rome, he developed an interest in film, and graduated from NYU Grad Film Program in 1998 with MFA. Feature work includes 'Bowling for Columbine' with Director Michael Moore (Academy Award, Documentary, 2003) and 'Down To The Bone' with Debra Granik (Dramatic Directing Award Sundance 2004). Most recently, 'Diggers' directed by Katherine Dieckman and 'Quid Pro Quo' directed by Carlos Brooks, both for HDNet films, and 'The Babysitters' directed by David Ross. As well as 'Ratana', his short film work includes such award winners as 'Snake Feed' by Debra Granik (best short at Sundance '98) , 'Jorge' by Joel Hopkins (Wasserman winner, NYU '99), 'Dog Race' by Enid Zentelis (Sponsors Winner, NYFF '97) and 'Upheavel' by Itamar Kubovy (MoMA ND/NF '01).
Wade has been a performer since the womb. As an emcee and a thespian, he is able to allow both of his fields (music and acting) to influence each other. While attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, he harnessed his craft as an actor and started to land roles in major motion pictures such as FRIENDS WITH MONEY, WAIST DEEP, and the upcoming MY SASSY GIRL. Currently, he is on set in Phoenix, Arizona filming KIDS IN AMERICA starring Topher Grace. In the Spring of 2006, he went out to Accra, Ghana and helped create the Cipher theater company, 5th Project Collective (5P) and directed their first piece entitled Quietus. Working on Ratana was an amazing experience for Wade and he hopes to work with Todd again in the future.
Gabrielle Tobias or "Gabby" to friends and family was born on December 3, 1996. She got her first break after auditioning for 'The Lion King on Broadway'. Out of 1,100 children she made it down to the final audition. She didn't land the role of Nyla, but it was through the same casting company that she was cast to play the lead in her debut film short 'Ratana'. She has been enjoying every moment of her budding career. Like most girls her age, she enjoys dolls, video games and The Disney Channel. Some say she's wise beyond her years. But if you ask her she would say in her girlish voice, "I am having fun". So far she hopes to become an accomplished actress/singer and veterinarian.
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