Sarah T. Schwab (Director, Screenwriter)
"'A' My Name Is" is an Official Selection of the 2019 Manchester International Film Festival. It will also be screening at the Bermuda International Film Festival in March. Sarah is a member of the Playwrights/Directors Unit at Actors Studio. Her full-length play "A Stage of Twilight" had a three-day workshop and staged reading with the Berkshire Theatre Group in August 2018 with actors Karen Allen and Jeffrey DeMunn, directed by Larry Moss. She was a finalist for the Carson McCullers' Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers, and spent a month-long writing residency in Carson's childhood home in Columbus, Georgia in January, 2018. Her work has been published in Tin House, the Evergreen Review, Writer’s Digest Magazine, The Buffalo News, and on websites NBC, Nerve, Jezebel, and The Buffalo Spree.
Brian Long (Producer)
Brian is a film and theater producer as well as an artist manager. His films include A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. directed by Karen Allen, Brown Fish, directed by Troy Deutsch and the upcoming films A My Name Is, Life After You and Hamlet In Bed. Brian served as the Managing Director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, an Obie-Award winning producer of Off-Broadway Plays for nine years. During his tenure, Rattlestick produced over 40 World Premieres by some of our nation’s most important playwrights, including Annie Baker, Sam Hunter, Jesse Eisenberg, Jose Rivera, Adam Rapp, Craig Lucas and many others.
Co-Producer Jason Tan
Associate Producer Maned Wolf Productions
First Assistant Camera Phoenixx Flix
Sound Michael Ruggiero
Gaffer Alexa Carroll
Key Grip Jack O'Brien
Swing Corey McCrea
Script Supervisor Sofia Pipolo
Sound Engineer/Mixing Steve "Major" Giammaria
Color Correction/DCP Benny Karas
Music Score Matt Keating
Wardrobe Morgan Avery
Assistant Hair & Makeup Valerie Carney
Still Photographer Andrew Sispoidis
Lara Aqel (Director of Photography)
Lara has lived and shot on three continents. Worldwide, she has worked on commercials, short films, features, and various doc-style projects. While studying directing, screenwriting, and producing at a film school in Sydney, Australia, Lara had the epiphany that she could marry her various passions- movies, storytelling, photography, and working with a team- into one infinitely rewarding career. As a cinematographer, Lara has never looked back. Lara draws inspiration from photojournalism because it’s about “that one shot that has to say it all.” She knows how to maximize production value within the constraints of a budget and loves when location is also a “character.” She strives to create evocative imagery borne out of story and subtext. Most of all, Lara welcomes a director’s creative challenge and any opportunity to play with genre.
Amy Lynn joined the Directors Guild of America in 1992 while working on the television series ‘Law & Order”. Amy moved to New York after graduating St. Michael’s College, Vt. and attended the New School for Social Research Graduate Program for Film & photography. While attending graduate school Amy worked as a production assistant on films, such as, ‘A Fisher King’, ‘Parenthood’, ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’, and ‘State of Grace’. And also in those first years she Interned as a director’s assistant, and production assistant in the Film/Video Dept of The Kitchen, center for the art, Wooster St. & 19th St, NYC in the late 80’s early 90’s. For the last 27 years Amy has worked with many great directors, Michael Figgis, Walter Salles, John McNaughton, Phillip Noyce, Adam McKay, Peter Howitt, Raymond Defillitta, Karen Allen, Lauren Miller Rogen, and others. Most recently Amy has been working as a First Assistant Director on TV series such as ‘Person of Interest’, ‘Blindspot”, ‘Homeland’ and ‘Quantico’. She just wrapped up a feature for Netflix “Like Father’, and is currently prepping a Focus feature film set in the Berkshires.
Amy splits her time between NY and her home in the Berkshires.
Amy Lynn (Associate Producer)
Samarah Conley (Grace)
Samarah is a New York based actress with a strong background in singing who also trains in musical theater, piano, ballet, tap and jazz. She has been in several commercials, student and independent films, and TV shows. Several of her short films are currently on the film festival circuit, as well as the upcoming pilot Adulthood: The Series. In her spare time she really enjoys song writing, painting and drawing, and swimming.
Lori Singleton (Natalie)
Lori is an actor based in New York City. She studied acting at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and has been a student of the Eric Morris system for several years. Select favorite acting credits include: Jean-Claude van Itallie’s Sunset Freeway, Dolls (Helen), The Secret Story of Emily Dickinson (Susan), Richard Stockwell’s Killing Time (Jane) and A Piece of My Heart (Martha). She has appeared regionally at Music Theater of Wichita, at The Knightsbridge Theater and The Coronet Theater in Los Angeles and In New York at The Barrow Group Theater, Ionica Theater and The Cherry Lane Theater. She has also been part of the management and production team at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the finance team at HERE arts Center. Her short film Through Grace and War received an award of merit in the Best Shorts competition.
Daniel Koye (Hair & Makeup)
At the start of Daniel’s Broadway career, he worked on Spring Awakening, Chicago and Jersey Boys. His first full-time hair gig was on Patti Lupone’s Gypsy followed by a production of Hair, both in New York and London. From Hair, Daniel worked on Follies and Leap of Faith. He then became Hair Supervisor for The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, and Trip to Bountiful, where he worked with Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson, and Cuba Gooding Jr. He’s since styled wigs for Big Fish, Cinderella, and After Midnight. Stars Jeff Goldblum, Susan Lucci, Blair Underwood, Shirley Bassey, Eve Plumb, Joyce DeWitt, and Carol Channing encouraged Daniel to develop and manufacture his own product line: www.dkoye.com. During this time, he became the New York hairstylist for Elaine Paige. In 2007, he wrote The Broadway Magic Workbook, which outlines everything an actor should know as they prepare to work with a hair-and-make-up artist. The second edition is in the works.
Manuel is a New York based filmmaker who graduated from Savannah College of Art & Design with a BFA in Film and Television. For the last decade he has worked for the Emmy nominated Inside Edition while independently editing numerous music videos, commercials, and short films. Recently he produced and edited the award winning short, The End of Decay directed by Chris Todd. He is currently trying to develop the project as a feature with his partners at Black Mountain Media.
Manuel Valdivia (DIT, Editor)
Derek's Mother Catrice D. Huff
Woman with Car Alarm Barbara Sims
Janitor Terry Holland
Security Guard Juan Francisco Villa
A Buffalo native, Christopher is a member of the modeling agency, Susan Makai’s Personal Best in Cheektowaga. He has had photo shoots and video demo shoots for Fisher-Price, and worked on the Bridal Show for 2016 Bridesworld. He enjoys playing tuba, singing, basketball, drawing, and taking care of house pets. He belongs to the Cheektowaga Soccer Travel Club.
Christopher A. Huff (Derek)
A Buffalo native, Mya is a veteran of YMCA Theater Camp, and has starred in roles such as Ursula in Little Mermaid: The Reversal, Kaa in The Jungle Book and Carla in The Carnival. She was most recently cast as young Scarlet in the upcoming Netflix series, Daddy's Girl Club, directed by Phil Davis, which will explore the impact of childhood trauma. Working under the guidance of mentors, Sarielys Matos and Candace Whitfield, Mya has developed her talent for theatre and film. Mya has acquired a skill for accents, currently sharpening her British and Russian accents. Mya's love for the performing arts has driven her to be active in chorus and band, where she plays the flute. In addition, Mya enjoys ballet and hip hop dance. Mya's talents extend to the visual arts as she has won several recognitions including "Artist of the Year" at the Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns for her painting and sketching skills. Mya is currently working on attaining the next level in Kung Fu, actively learning monkey and crane styles at Gold Summit Martial Arts Institute. Mya's aspiration is to work with Angelina Jolie and Jack Black in the next Kung Fu Panda.