Mr. Diehl has sustained a very eclectic career in movies and television. He has worked in over 70 films and dozens of prime time programs for TV. Some of the directors he's worked with in film include Stephen Frears, Joel Schumacher, Roland Emmerich, Wayne Wang, Oliver Stone, Martha Coolidge, Wim Wenders, Michael Tolkin, Alex Cox, and Ivan Reitman. John was a regular on Miami Vice playing Det. Larry Zito for two and a half seasons. In the first two seasons of the award winning television program, THE SHIELD, Mr. Diehl portrayed the villain, Asst. Chief Ben Gilroy. On the New York theatrical scene, Mr. Diehl is best known for his work in a variety of avant-garde and experimental productions.
A multi-cultural chameleon, Caroline Do grew up in the barrio known as lil Chinita." Once she reformed her tagging ways, Caroline went to Berkeley, studied and backpacked across Europe and Asia and was even recruited by the CIA and State Department. Yet her love always stayed true to film-making and television production. Caroline was PA-ing the Sony film “Qué Culpa Tiene Mi Raza” when the director spotted her behind the camera and decided to give Caroline a shot in front of it. A simple shot of her character at her Mexican mother’s bedside quickly catalyzed into the emotional turning point of the film. Upon the director and several crew members’ urging, Caroline plunged herself into the acting trenches and has been working towards the spotlight ever since.
Originally from Bakersfield CA (which no one ever seems to believe), Janelle Giumarra made her way to Los Angeles via USC. She studied diligently to obtain her degree in Psychology and Business, however her sights had long been set on Hollywood. She has been working steadily in the film and television world, most recently appearing on Southland and 2 Broke Girls. Other TV credits include ER, Scrubs, Lincoln Heights, and The Shield, to name a few. She has also worked on several feature films including Mr. and Mrs. Smith and the recently released, Tales of An Ancient Empire.
Almost from the start of her career, Marcia Battise displayed an edgy intensity that brought her to the attention of her mentors; who then served to crave out a dedicated and through training path of her craft. An early example was her electrifying and dark portrayal of Sophocles’ ‘Electra’ for her drama school production. She managed to take the tragedies of her own life and simply place them within the role of Electra, displaying more depth and grit to the ‘lamenting princess’. Marcia has been known to be a bit of a chameleon when portraying roles, often barely recognizable from role to role, yet her charisma remains strong and engaging, especially as she makes use of her androgynous appearance. She has now relocated to the US and looks forward to a prosperous career.
Beth is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces, starring in over seventy feature films. Recent films include the Coen Brothers hit film, “No Country for Old Men," the Academy Award nominated “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Factory Girl,” starring Sienna Miller, and Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers.” Next year Grant will be seen in “All About Steve” co-starring with Sandra Bullock with whom she also worked on “Speed” and “A Time To Kill.” Other select motion picture credits include “Southland Tales,” directed by Richard Kelly, for whom Grant created Sparkle Motion Coach “Kitty Farmer” in his cult hit “Donnie Darko,”, as well as "Rain Man", “Rock Star,” “The Rookie,” “Matchstick Men,” “Child’s Play II,” “City Slickers,” “To Wong Foo.” Grant is now shooting a TV series for LOGO, "Sordid Lives," recreating her starring role as "Sissy Hickey" from the movie by Del Shores. On television, Grant recently appeared on “Jericho,” “My Name is Earl,” and “Six Feet Under,” with recurring or regular roles on “Malcolm in the Middle,” “King of the Hill,” “Yes, Dear,” “Everwood,” “Coach,” “Delta,” and “Wonderfalls.” She has guest starred in hundreds of hit television series such as “Friends,” “The X Files,” “Angel,” and “CSI.”
Charlie Robinson, veteran actor from Houston, Texas, studied at Studio 7 Workshop and the University of Houston along with the Alley Repertory Theatre, and was acting VP of the Urban Theatre; before he moved to Los Angeles, and became a member of the Actors Studio. His films include: APOCALYPSE NOW, THE RIVER, SET IT OFF, ANTWONE FISHER, EVEN MONEY, JACKSON, STEAM, NATURAL DISASTERS, SWEET KANDY, and HOUSE BUNNY. Television credits include many pilots, as well as being a regular on BUFFALO BILL, NIGHT COURT, LOVE & WAR, INK, and BUDDY FARO; in addition to recurring on HOME IMPROVEMENT. Other great roles were in MC BRIDE, THE RICHES, MY NAME IS EARL, COLD CASE, HOUSE, BERNIE MAC, STILL STANDING, THE GAME, BIG LOVE, 30 ROCK, and countless others. He is a CAMIE Award winner twice, for his roles in MISS LETTIE AND ME, and SECRET SANTA; both movies made for TV. As for radio, one of his favorite performances was the lead in Walter Mosley’s BLACK BETTY. He was the 2006 Ovation Award for Best Actor in a play as Troy in August Wilson’s FENCES. In 2011 he won the NAACP Theatre Image Award, Best Actor in a Play, for the WHIPPING MAN, performed at the Old Globe, San Diego.
Maria Elena Laas
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Saudi Arabia and Texas, Maria Elena began modeling in Japan at 13. She has done over 90 national and international commercials and print campaigns of which include Miller Lite, Carlsberg, Coors Lite, AT&T, Budweiser, Ford, Coca Cola, and Nespresso opposite George Clooney. She has also garnered several film credits, including Alan Cumming's "Suffering Man's Charity," the blockbuster “The Hot Chick” opposite Rob Schneider and Anna Faris and "Airplane Disasters". She can be seen starring in the upcoming films "American Weapon," "Kill the Habit", "Pastor Shepherd" opposite Danny Trejo and "Lunatics, Lovers, and Poets" due out in theaters April 2010.
as "Benjamin Hugo"
James Bolt is a second-generation actor, raised in a theatre family, acting since his early teens. Acting, writing and performance-poetry have evolved simultaneously for Jim. James has taught scene study, character development and improvisation. He was a founding member of the Los Angeles underground improv/music troup The Exotic Women and co-creator of The Manic Kingdom, a radio comedy series. As an acclaimed performance-poet, James has appeared on MTV, performed at the Lollapalooza alternative rock tour, competed at the National Poetry Slam and continues to electrify audiences around the world. (www.rockpoet.com) Jim fused several years of poetry into his first solo-show, You Are Here (A Personal Tour of the Universe in Seven Magnitudes), for which he recieved excellent reviews in The Los Angeles Times and The L.A. Weekly. Currently, Jim is working on a new play/podcast series about suppressed scientific inventions and recording a new spoken-word album.
as "The Kid"
A graduate of UC Santa Barbara's BFA Actor Training Program, Merlin Huff is currently continuing his acting training by studying for an MFA in Acting at the Yale School of Drama. While living and studying in Santa Barbara, Merlin worked on several student films in addition to "Swerve." In the Theater, Merlin most recently performed as Wesley in Curse of the Starving Class, Charles Marlowe in She Stoops to Conquer, and Hamlet in Hamlet. For more information, please visit www.MerlinHuff.net
Born Anthony C. Baker in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Tony and his family quickly moved back to Chicago where he was raised on the south side. His passion for film started at a very early age and stayed with him throughout his life. While attending New Mexico State University his creative ideas were brought to the forefront while writing and directing films with his colleagues just for the love of it. His comedic skills developed while hosting pageants, talent shows, and fund-raising events on the NMSU campus. His love for theater developed when he made his stage debut in the University production of "Of Mice & Men" in which he received his first acting award. After bringing his acting talents to the stage he knew that it was time to make the dream a reality and uprooted his family to California to pursue a career in acting and stand up comedy.
as "Vector Bruno"
Hugo’s extensive theatre credits include plays at UCLAlive, The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Sacred Fools, Electric Lodge, REDCAT, Ghost Road, Theatre of Note, The Powerhouse, The Boston Court, with Burglars of Hamm, The Quantum Theatre, The Kitchen and at The Kennedy Center in “Onionheads” (Best New Play) where he received an Irene Ryan Acting Award nomination. In 2007, Armstrong received the Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actor in the play “Bleed Rail” at The Boston Court. His film credits include “Voice on the Line” (premiered at Sundance in 2010), “Nanking” (premiered at Sundance in 2007), the multi-award winning “Weak Species”, “Political Disasters”, “Bike Thief”, “Ok, Good” (premiered at Slamdance 2012) as well as numerous other shorts. He was also executive producer on the documentary “Char-ac-ter” (which premiered at the Santa Fe Film Festival). Armstrong’s television credits include MONK, Mystery ER, and the pilot for Xira. He has collaborated as a performer for artist Catherine Sullivan in “Five Economies” at the Armond Hammer Museum, for Daniel Martinico in “Safe Way” at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and for Brody Condon in “Death Animations” at Machine Project in Echo Park. Armstrong is a graduate of Cal Arts.
as "The Programmer"
Originally from the UK, Nicola comes from a theatrical background and has made a great start to her US career. She received excellent reviews in THR & Variety for her role as Nurse Moody at the Matrix theatre. Alfred Molina remarked that she was terrifying! UK TV includes roles in award winning dramas such as Eastenders, Coronation St, The Bill, Casualty and Doctors. In the US Nicola has voiced several commercials and is currently pursuing all things comedic.
as "The Painter"
Djilali Rez-Kallah was born in France in 1966 and came to the US in 1989 with the dream of becoming a famous actor. He got sidetracked for 20 years but has finally found his way. Since he started his new career, Djilali Rez-Kallah has performed at the comedy store, made his debut in the theater with a couple of shows, and acted in many student projects as well as professional productions. Because he enjoys acting and finds the learning process exhilarating, his dream has finally become a reachable goal.
as "The Kid (Avatar)"
Recent activity for James includes a guest starring role on The Discovery Channel series Kidnap and Rescue and a supporting role in the National Geographic Channel special Alien Invasion. Past projects of note include the lead in the comic short The Ride Along and a supporting role in the dramatic feature G.I. Jesús. The Ride Along received a National Film Board of Canada sponsored theatrical screening at the Festival de Cannes in 2009 and G.I. Jesús was the Grand Jury Prize winner at CineVegas in 2006. James is represented by the Carry Co. (theatrical) and Susan Nathe and Associates (commercial.)
as "Adelle's Uncle"
John has been busy in 2012! In addition to ‘Swerve’, he has appeared on ‘The Mentalist’ and ‘Criminal Minds’, and is currently filming episode 5 of a web series, ‘Dark Forrest’, that will debut online later this year. Recent theatre credits include a well-received 2011 L.A. production of ‘Judgment At Nuremberg’ alongside a fantastic cast that included Oscar nominee Katharine Ross. A short film, ‘The Shade’, is currently in post-production and has been submitted to Sundance as a work-in-progress.
as "Adelle's Aunt"
Santa Barbara songstress Kat Devlin has been playing righteously and regularly along the California Coast since moving from New York in 2008, rocking clubs from the House of Blues in West Hollywood to Santa Barbara’s SOhO. Influenced by classic one-namers like Dolly, Ani, Dylan and Joni, and crooning indies like Belle and Sebastian and Neko Case, Kat has created a country-hipster sound that has attracted the attention of listeners near and far. She’s been featured in print (Glide, Music! Sounds of Santa Barbara, Velvet Park, to name a few), on the radio (Treble Clef Live, Proboscis Radio Hour, Key Moments on the Krush), and on television (MusicalCafe TV). And she’s been rocking in the studio, releasing her first full-length album, “The Voyage Out,” in August 2010, and the indie pop “REM Cycle” extended EP with the band, as Kat Devlin and the White Whale, in December 2011. "Swerve" is her first foray into film.
as "The Mailman"
Mr. Chieffo, an actor for over three decades, was born and raised in New York where he studied acting at The Juilliard School. His credits include working with renowned directors Barry Levinson on Disclosure, Tony Scott on Crimson Tide, Lawrence Kasden on I Love You To Death, Harold Becker on Mercury Rising, Mike Mills on Beginners as well as perhaps his favorite with Curtis Hanson playing the coroner in L.A. Confidential, to name a few. A sampling of television shows Michael has guest starred on are Mad Men, The Closer, The Mentalist, Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, and Bones, as well as West Wing, Boston Legal, CSI, Roswell and a particular fan favorite The X-Files as the deranged Carl Wade. Most recently Michael has completed principal photography of the starring role of “Curtis” an extremely social phobic man in the Independent Feature The House Next Door directed by Todd Malkin and Nick Huntington to be released in 2013.
as "The Dam Keeper"
Originally from Boston and Cape Cod, Carryl came out to LA with a strong theatre background. Her theatre credits include original cast/multiple characters in “Jackie: An American Life,” Handler in “Talking With,” Faye in “Chapter Two”. She studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with legendary Milton Katselas. Her film credits include Kevin Smith’s “Red State,” soon to be seen in the upcoming films “Touched” and “Shirin in Love,” and she is currently working on a new project: “the dark.” On TV, she has appeared on such shows as “True Blood,” “Desperate Housewives,” and “NCIS.”
Kelly holds a BFA, with an emphasis in classical works from Nebraska Wesleyan University. TV: Kelly has appeared as a co-starring role on The Discovery Channel’s Unusual Suspects., he can also be seen as a Series Regular in the new Web Series The League of Ordinary Gamers and a Reoccurring character in the upcoming series Huzzah! FILM: Notable credits include: the title character and “Critics Choice” in the feature film The Yin of Gary Fischer’s Life and a supporting role in the indie-nominated film Something Blue. STAGE: In Los Angeles, Kelly has been seen at The Underground Theater as the lead role Duperret in Marat/Sade and appeared as the understudy for the lead in the original play, Tucumcari, produced at Theatre 40. Regional theatre includes Demetrius - Midsummer Night’s Dream and Laertes – Hamlet (Nebraska Shakespeare Festival), and in the 2011 semi-national tour of Much Ado About Nothing. For more information visit: www.kellymisek.com
Born and raised in Carson, California, Sumiko started acting as a teenager. Upon completing high school, she explored other interests such as political organizing and returned to acting years later. Sumiko has since been featured in numerous indie films along with a handful of TV shows (Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush, All About Lizzie), commercials (Nestle's Skinny Cow, Adam and Eve, Crazy Woman Water), print ads (Nike, Re:geTTa Shoes), promos (MTV's Savage U, Oxygen Network's All the Right Moves), web series (Good Cops, Productive Stoners), and music videos (Owl City, MC Frontalot, British Sea Power). In addition to acting, she also performs spoken word poetry, music, and hip hop throughout the Los Angeles area. Currently, she studies with Howard Fine and lives in LA with her son to pursue her artistic career. To stay updated with Sumiko, check out her website, Facebook, and Twitter (@sumikobraun).
Megan Palmer Browne
as "The Hostess"
as "Message Bot"
as "The Captain"