Cast and Crew

Cast

Nick Choksi (Jonathan): Nick Choksi’s TV experience includes Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Sopranos and The Guiding Light. Theater: Love’s Labor’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, also Shakespeare Theater, D.C.), World Premiere of Huck and Holden (Cherry Lane Theater), NY Premiere of Michael John Garces’ Sandlot Ball (McCabe Theater Group), Bash (Abingdon Theater), Good Fences Make Good Neighbors (NY Fringe), Striking Viking Story Pirates. Nick’s regional credits include: Mouse Cop (Chicago’s Noble Fool Theater), Rikki Tikki Tavi, Lewis and Clark and the Snow Queen (St. Louis Repertory Theater – Imaginary Theater Company), Henry IV pt. 1 (St. Louis Shakespeare). Nick is in his second year of training at the Juilliard School of Drama and received his B.A. from Washington University.

Rock Kohli (Lester): Rock Kohli was most recently awarded Outstanding Achievement- Actor (Male) at the New York VISIONFEST Festival, for his portrayal of Gurbaj Singh in the feature film OFF DUTY. TV appearances include 30 Rock, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Third Watch, among many others. He most recently appeared on stage in Rajiv Joseph’s The Leopard and the Fox, produced by Alter Ego Productions. He holds a MFA degree from the Actors Studio Drama School of the New School University.

Holly Lynn Ellis (Margaret): Holly Lynn Ellis most recently appeared in Deleted Scenes, which screened at the San Francisco Shorts Festival, the Coney Island Film Festival, VisionFest and the New Orleans Film Festival. She has also appeared in the feature film, The Graduates, as well as What’s Eating Mrs. Stouffer. Coming up: short films What Happened on the Fourth Date, Sour Flower, and the thriller Attackazoids! Holly has an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School, has studied at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre School, and is a private acting student of Gene Lasko, and vocal student of Phil Hall and Nova Thomas. She is represented by Shirley Faison of Carson-Adler Talent Agency.

Crew

Director

Vijay Mathew: Vijay Mathew has directed several stage productions in New York City and is currently the National Endowment for the Arts New Play Development Program Coordinator at Arena Stage, Washington, DC and a TCG Future Leaders Fellow. On Broadway, he assistant directed the production of “The Little Dog Laughed” and he has been granted directing fellowships from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a Van Lier Directing Fellowship at Second Stage Theatre NYC, an Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellowship at Arena Stage as well as internships at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC. He has a MFA degree in directing from the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University and a BA from the University of Chicago. His recent feature film OFF DUTY is currently screening around the country.

Writer/Producer

Mrinalini Kamath: Mrinalini’s plays have been performed around the country, as well as in the United Kingdom, Australia and India. She won first place in the 2005 East West Players (Los Angeles, CA) “Got Laughs?” Asian-American Comedy Play Contest, with her play Celestial Motions, was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2003 Sewanee Writers’ Conference in Sewanee, TN, and a finalist for the Heideman Award at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her short plays have been published in a variety of Smith and Kraus anthologies. She is a member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers’ Lab and is an alumnus of Youngblood, the emerging playwrights’ collective at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. She received her MFA in playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School University and her BA in the Writing Seminars from The Johns Hopkins University. For more information, go to www.mkwriter.com.

Associate Producer

Ela Thier: Ela Thier’s comedy, THE WEDDING COW, was produced by SWR, a major German TV network, and garnered twenty international awards including nine “Best Feature” and five “Audience Choice” awards. In 2006, Thier was commissioned to write VANISH POINT, a true-story legal drama about corporate corruption. In 2008 she will be in production on her directorial debut with her dramedy, A STORY FOR OLD LOVERS. Thier’s scripts were selected by the IFP Market the past three consecutive years with two scripts selected in 2007, and she has been offered several options. Thier studied film at NYU. She began teaching screenwriting in January 2006 with eight students attending, and has since had hundreds of writers attend her workshops. www.thierproductions.com

Director of Photography

Cai Hall: Cai shot her first film, staring Joey (the Cabbage Patch Doll) at the age of 8 on a JVC VHS camcorder. She got an A. Since then Cai has refined her craft as a cinematographer, most recently shooting The Middle Eight’s “World of Forms”. Cai has a B.S. in Cinema Production from Ithaca College and recently signed as Vice President of CCG Entertainment – film and video production division.

Editor

Christina Kelly: Christina Kelly is a Brooklyn-based film and video editor. Her feature film credits include Off Duty (dir. Vijay Mathew), A Four Letter Word (dir. Casper Andreas) and Church and State (dir. Eric Weber). She also worked as an assistant editor on Ramin Bahrani’s films Man Push Cart and Chop Shop. Ms. Kelly recently edited “Describe Video” a video installation by the Canadian artist Judy Radul which was included in an exhibition of Radul’s work at the Catrionia Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver in October. She is currently editing Casper Andreas’s third feature Between Love and Goodbye.

Composer

Sameer Ramchandran: Composer and pianist Sameer Ramchandran has performed in the New York, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara areas in ensembles and in solo performances. He scored the feature film OFF DUTY (dir. Vijay Mathew) in 2007, and in the spring of 2006 released the CD Roundabout with his piano trio on Roverbird Recordings. His music has been performed by the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Ensemble for Contemporary Music and has been heard in radio broadcasts across the United States, Europe and Australia. He has also had entire concert programs devoted to his work. In 2006, Ramchandran formed Roverbird Music to serve as an outlet for various ventures pertaining to jazz and new music. He is currently at work on a forthcoming CD of chamber works. http://roverbird.com

Production Designer

Danielle Payne: With her formal training from Visitation Academy and Saint Louis University, Danielle has carved out a surrealistic style topped off with a light sprinkling of Dada. Coming from a broken home, she prefers her audience to either love her or hate her.

Graphic/Production Designer Logo, Intro Animation & End Credits

Shaona Sen: Hailing from the South Shore of Boston, Shaona now resides in New York City. Her recently earned Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institutehas made her an “official” graphic designer. Print, packaging, motion and apparel graphics are some of her strengths as a designer and she loves to illustrate as well. Shaona was one of three hundred students selected to exhibit work in the 2008 Pratt Show at the Manhattan Center. Current projects include the branding and costume design for a section in this year’s NYC “Carnival” Labour Day parade (MO68) and CD packaging for OnTrak Ent.’s artist, “Kharakter” (MYND BLOC).