Shields was born in Ithaca, New York. He spent his childhood moving around the world with his ‘Sixties counterculture type parents, until moving to L.A. for acting school in 1995. In 2000, Shields starred in New Port South, a film produced by the great John Hughes and written by his son, James Hughes. He recurred on HBO’s Carnivàle and Heroes on NBC and later went on to land series regular roles in Showtime’s Sleeper Cell and K-Ville for Fox. Additional credits include Rosewood, Castle, Aquarius, JAG, The Closer, CSI, Cold Case, The Mentalist, Dark Blue, Law & Order, Touch, Criminal Minds, Veronica Mars, Bones, Crossing Jordan and The West Wing. Shields currently lives in Venice, California and keeps busy with yoga, meditation, and poetry.
Lili Bordán started studying acting with her teacher and mentor Susan Batson at age 16 in New York City, where she was born and raised. She studied theater, history, and literature at Sarah Lawrence College and moved to Budapest upon graduating. While there, Lili began her film, theater and TV career, which she continues to grow in her new base of Los Angeles. Lili is fluent in Hungarian (the language of her parents) and French. She was recently seen in the worldwide hit The Martian and in HBO’s Westworld.
Australian native Bernard Curry has been acting professionally for 25 years. Getting his start on 40’s era Snowy, he has gone on to appear in over 40 Australian television, film and theatre productions including Neighbours, Home and Away, Packed to the Rafters, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Rocky Horror Picture Show. He has also been the host of Monster House and the popular Beauty and the Geek Australia. Since moving to the US with his wife Sonya and two little boys, Fox and Banjo in 2011, Bernard has consistently worked in productions such as Once Upon A Time, NCIS, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Pretty Little Liars, and Faking It, and he’s currently starring as series regular Jake Stewart in the hit series Wentworth Prison. He has also played lead roles in several feature films including Impact Earth and opposite Tom Sizemore in Bordering on Bad Behavior. Bernard has played music in several bands, playing guitar and singing, and writes and produces his own music.
Mercy Malick has been working as an actor since the tender age of eight. After a brief hiatus spent earning degrees from Stanford University in Political Science & Communication, she returned to Los Angeles to resume her original career. Since then, she has appeared on nearly two dozen TV shows, most recently iZombie, Castle, Pretty Little Liars, Real Rob, Hand of God, and Major Crimes as well as over two dozen feature films, including the multiple-award-winning Tales from the Catholic Church of Elvis! which she wrote and co-directed. Most recently, she was cast in the new CBS series Mission Control, written by Andy Weir (The Martian) and directed by Jeremy Podeswa (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, The Pacific). Mercy is also an accomplished singer, choreographer, and aerialist. When not on set or on stage, she can be found teaching yoga and circus classes in Los Angeles.
David Fine is a California-based film actor who has worked opposite Ed Harris, Will Smith, Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Lori Petty, and many more. He’s worked on film projects in California, New York, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Oregon, New Mexico, and elsewhere around the country. He’s won or been nominated for awards at a number of film festivals. His work has been seen at festivals and commercially released around the globe. Perhaps best known for his role as Big Guy Rodney in The Pursuit of Happyness, Fine has most recently been seen in the Sundance hit Diary of a Teenage Girl and GREEN/is/GOLD – the Audience Award Winner at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival.
A proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Hammer earned an MFA in Screenwriting at the University of Southern California and recently returned to USC as a Screenwriting instructor in the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television. As a screenwriter, his work has received distinction from the Walt Disney Studios/ABC TV Writing Fellowship, the Alfred P. Sloan/Sundance Commissioning Grant, and the Austin Film Festival. While completing post-production on Live or Die in La Honda, he’s kept busy producing the first season of the original sci-fi web series Personal Space starring Nicki Clyne (Battlestar Galactica), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Kurt Yaeger (Sons of Anarchy), Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager), and more. It will premiere in early 2018.
While earning his BA in film production from San Francisco State University, Mike was Cinematographer and Editor of Leave A Message, which screened at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Since graduating, he has been honing his filmmaking skills through work on various Bay Area projects – from commercials for the Oakland A’s and the San Jose Sharks, to music videos for Too $hort and The Used, to numerous shorts films (including Pieces starring Tom Sizemore). However, he always aspired for larger narrative projects. Most recently, he was the Director of Photography on the features A Hundred Blocks, which premiered at the 2017 Oakland International Film Festival, and GREEN/is/GOLD – which won the Audience Award at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival and is currently available on Netflix.
Rob Pallatina is a Los Angeles-based editor with over 10 years post-production experience in the US and the UK. With a background heavily influenced by music, Rob’s solid understanding of narrative rhythm enables him to produce effective storytelling from sound and picture. He has edited over 30 internationally distributed features, from independent genre-driven films to TV movies for the SyFy Channel, Animal Planet, and the Lifetime Network.
Originally from Normal, IL, Paul is a musician first and a welder last. In between the two, he is a composer, arranger, instrument builder, and works for Sesame Street as the vocal music director/arranger and composer – where he has won 2 Emmys for his work. Music composition/arranger credits include Heather Henson, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Martian Entertainment, SpeakEasy FX, the Jim Henson Company, Muppets Tonight, Sesame Street TV, web, and app content, Muppet legend Jerry Nelson’s original CD Truro Daydreams, and arranger/conductor/percussionist for 11 years with the composing duo of Trivers/Myers Music in Los Angeles. Paul also composes multi-media pieces for his percussion performance art group GLANK, using found-object metal to create unique sounds. These instruments and his sound-design have been featured in film and TV, including the feature film Rendition and Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and Raw Nature. Most recently, he was the vocal and musical director for the new Jim Henson production Julie’s Greenroom, which stars the legendary Julie Andrews and premiered on Netflix in 2017.