Benjamin Sprunger – Actor (Greg)
Benjamin most recently appeared as a grieving father, a rockabilly rat, and a teddy bear sheriff in House Theatre of Chicago’s NUTCRACKER. Other Chicago credits include 16th Street, Goodman, Strawdog, TimeLine, LiveWire, Steppenwolf, Griffin, Steep, Pegasus, CityLit, Bailiwick, and seven plays with About Face, where he is also an artistic associate and board member. In Los Angeles, Ben worked with Mark Taper Forum, Pasadena Playhouse, and The Blank among others. Additionally, he is featured on the DO I HEAR A WALTZ? new cast recording (alongside Carol Lawrence and Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello) and has appeared on the television shows WILL & GRACE, PASSIONS, and IT’S ALL RELATIVE. www.benjaminsprunger.com.
Kevin Cox– Actor (Billy)
Originally from South Holland, IL, Kevin received a BFA in Acting from Millikin University. Chicago Theatre credits include: THE UNVEILING and DOZENS OF COUSINS, THEY ARE DYING OUT, MINNA, A COUPLE OF POOR POLISH-SPEAKING ROMANIANS, EVA PERON, and EMMA (Trap Door Theatre); RICHARD III, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE III (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); SCHWEYK IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR (Red Theatre); PLAYING WITH FIRE (AFTER FRANKENSTEIN) (BoHo Theatre); THE MISANTHROPE (Greasy Joan & Co.); MERCURY FUR (The Broken Compass); VENUS (The Mill) and TAPE (Oracle Productions). Regional Credits include: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Indiana Repertory Theatre). Television credits include BOSS (Starz) and DETROIT 187 (ABC).
Sam Button-Harrison – Actor (Patrick)
In 2013, Sam performed in the Jeff Awarded Best Musical production of UNDER A RAINBOW FLAG by Pride Films & Plays. Other Chicago credits include ASSASSINS presented by Billy Pacholski, Underscore Theatre Company’s productions of LIBERAL ARTS: THE MUSICAL and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Roundhouse Productions’ PREDATOR: THE MUSICAL and New Rock Theater’s production of THE FIRST (AND LAST) MUSICAL ON MARS. Sam holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Drake University.
Andrew Edwards – Composer
Andrew Edwards is a Chicago-based film and theatre composer, and an adjunct professor of film music in Columbia College Chicago’s MFA Music Composition for the Screen program. Drew has scored a number of short and feature length films and documentaries, including: A MESSAGE FROM THE EAST (2009), FATE ACCOMPLI (2012), BAILOUT (2012), and the indie coming-of-age film, SCARY NORMAL (2013). He recently completed work on the anticipated feature documentary, ALEX & ALI (2014), and MIKE INDIA ALPHA (2013), a short film with director Melissa Marlette. He also just finished the music on the outstanding, soon-to-be-released, short film, BOWES ACADEMY (2014). Mr. Edwards is the composer for the web series’ TREP LIFE and DORKUMENTARY TV, and was recently announced as the composer for the forthcoming UK TV series, LIGHT & SHADOWS, which will begin filming later this year. (Photo credit: Kathleen Ellen Marshall) http://bluepolicebox.com
Josef Steiff – Producer
Joe is the Senior Associate Chair of the Film & Video Department at Columbia College Chicago. Joe wrote and directed the feature drama THE OTHER ONE, which premiered at the 2014 Palm Beach International Film Festival, and the spinoff short ECLIPSE, which has been selected to the 2014 Cannes Short Film Corner. Joe’s feature producing work includes independent films such as the gay romance RHAPSODY and the micro-budget thriller THIEF as well as the Korean drama MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN A FLOWER for MBC Television. He has also produced a range of short films that have screened at film festivals, including BLACK KOREA, BORDERS, CATCHING FIRE, I LIKE MY BOYFRIEND DRUNK, and PRESELECTED, which aired on IFC. As general crew, he has worked on the feature ROGER & ME and the Academy Award-nominated short, BEYOND IMAGINING. His books include Storytelling Across Worlds: Transmedia for Creatives and Producers, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, and several books on popular culture and philosophy, including Anime, Manga, Battlestar Galactica, and Sherlock Holmes.
Todd Lillethun – Writer/Director/Editor
Todd works as a freelance filmmaker in Chicago. He is the former Program Director of Chicago Filmmakers, where he served the local independent filmmaking community for nearly four years. His documentary short NIGHT BUS played in several regional film festivals, including the Landlocked Film Festival (2009), Heartland Film Festival (2009), Peace on Earth Film Festival (2010). He was post-production assistant on THE WAR TAPES for SenArt Films, which won the Best Documentary Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006. He earned a bachelors in Film/Video at Columbia College Chicago, and a bachelors in Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.