Richard Lovejoy (Jake)
Film credits include Rising Up: The Story of the Zombie Rights Movement, Nosferatu: Brides of Blood, To Be Kept Inside a Trinket, and Charred Oak Films’ The Scientists. TV and theater credits include ABC’s All My Children and several NY independent theater productions including the acclaimed Adventure Quest, The Dark Heart of Meterology, Death at Film Forum, The Scavengers, and the musical sensation Willy Nilly.
Kent Meister (Jonathan)
Film credits for Kent include Going Local (starring Adam Busch, dir. Sam O’Hare), Hunting, Sad Sack Sally, The Onion News Network, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, and Guiding Light. Theater highlights include Viral (2009 FringeNYC Outstanding Play Award), Adventure Quest, A Brief History of Murder, and Theater of the Arcade (NYIT Best Ensemble Award 2012).
Jennifer Laine Williams (Pam)
Jennifer Laine Williams has appeared Off-Broadway and Off- Off Broadway; participated in a number of New York theater festivals: Fringe, Ice Factory, Samuel French, HERE Arts and Ha! Comedy; worked with Circle East, NJ Dramatists, NYU Dramatic Writing Department with both young and established playwrights including David Rimmer and Josephy Gallo. She is also a proud founding member of the critically-acclaimed Bridge Theatre Company.
Ryan Andes (Gustavus)
Recent credits: Big Fish – Broadway (2013), Sweeney Todd – Avery Fisher Hall with NY Philharmonic (2014), South Pacific – Paper Mill Playhouse 2014, Bayonets of Angst – NYMF Award Winner (2014). Recent TV and film: Person of Interest (guest star) and The Widowers, Charred Oak Films (principal); plus many credits in cartoon, video game, and commercial voice over work. Next up: Peter Pan live on NBC as the pirate Admiral Crichton.
Jennifer Eolin (Terri)
Bill Prouty (Charles)
Bill Prouty hails from Annapolis, MD but has been a New Yorker since 1988. Originally trained as a dancer, Bill has danced with American Repertory Ballet, Central Dance Theatre, Dances Patrele, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, San Jose Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, and Washington Ballet to name a few, He has been seen in the films Red Velvet, As You Sow, Infiltrate, Conflicts of Interest, and Pas de Deux. As well as being an accomplished dancer, Bill is also adept with the nunchucks.
Lester Greene (Daniel)
German-born actor/rapper Lester Greene has appeared in over 8 feature films this year. The Queens College graduate majored in English/Journalism; some of his work can be found in various magazines including Slam, XXL, and The Source. Coupled with writing, Lester is an upcoming musician, having already penned songs for soundtracks, documentaries, and music videos. Lester is currently working on his third solo album, The Greenehouse Effect.
Jonathan Scott Chinn (Director)
Jonathan Scott Chinn has worked in the entertainment business since he was a child. He made his stage debut at the age of 5 and continued to perform professionally through his teenage years. At the University of Tulsa, Scott focused on directing plays and musicals on educational and professional stages, producing live events in clubs, and creating very strange and very earnest avant garde performance pieces with Tulsa Experimental Theater. After moving to New York City a decade ago, he entered the world of ad vertising and fell in love with the art and craft of filmmaking. He has produced numerous national and global campaigns, including the groundbreaking “Day One” campaign for Prudential, which won a Gold Integrated Lion at Cannes in 2012. Simultaneously, Scott has directed shorts and web films with Charred Oak Films, as well as music videos for Ladycop, Royksopp, and others. THE WIDOWERS is his feature directorial debut.
Richard Lovejoy (Writer)
Richard Lovejoy is an award winning writer who has penned several acclaimed plays and screenplays. His play Adventure Quest helped spark a worldwide cult movement of interactive, video- game-based theater. Richard also wrote the two-part metaphysical thriller A Brief History of Murder and the theater hit BrainExplode! which redefined the boundaries of what interactive theater could be and was featured in American Theater magazine. Other plays include Rock Paper Scissors, Lamp, Tiny Dynamite, and Milk & Peanut Butter. His radio drama, 1918, won a Mark Time Award. He wrote the short films The Scientists as well as The Ballad of Lance and Bill. He is currenty writing and developing two new feature film screenplays.
Katie Irish (Costume Designer / Producer)
A MFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (Oliver Smith Scholar), Katie has designed for film, television, commercials, magazines, and theater. She currently serves as the Assistant Designer on The Americans on FX where the team was honored with a NYWIFT Variety Ensemble Award. She has also acted as the Assistant Designer on the new Taylor Lautner film, Tracers, Tony Award-winning revival of Fences starring Denzel Washington, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical), Shrek: The Musical (Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical), and The Seagull among others. Katie co-produced the Charred Oak Films’ shorts The Ballad of Lance and Bill and The Scientists as well as several music videos.
Nathan Siler (Composer)
Nathan Siler is a Brooklyn-based performer, composer, and arranger. A music composition graduate from Oklahoma City University, he premiered his orchestrations for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2006, he created an original score for the independent film Rainbow Around the Sun which debuted at SXSW and garnered international praise at the Athens Film Festival (Greece). Nathan is also an active performer and frequently appears at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra and the Collegiate Chorale. Nathan performed in the obscure opera Oresteia by Sergei Tanyenev at Bard SummerScape this past summer; the first time the opera has been performed in full since its premiere in 1895. Nathan also fronts his own pop-rock band, Portraiture. Their debut album, “Real as Ritual”, was released in November 2012.
Christine Ng (Director of Photography)
Christine Ng is a New York based cinematographer, a graduate from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the recipient of the Bahoric-Miesel Female Cinematrographer Scholarship. Christine has shot several commercials (clients include: Canon, Blackberry, Honda CR-V, and Nike), music videos, and student film projects including several feature length documentaries. She frequently serves as Assistant Camera for DP Lance Acord (Where the Wild Things Are, Lost in Translation). Recently, Christine shot the documentary The Sunflower County Freedom Project. She was camera operator on Norah Jones’ newest song “Happy Pills” and the feature films “VARA and “The Boon” Booth with DP Bradford Young. THE WIDOWERS in Christine’s feature debut.
Meg Zeder (Production Designer)
Meg Zeder is a New York based production and costume designer. Her film credits include production designing the feature film True Adolescents starring Mark Duplass. She created props and set decoration for the feature films The Wedding Brothers, Asylum Seekers, and Marvelous. Meg worked with Jack Morton World Wide from 2006-2010 as set decorator on The CBS Early Show, Inside the NFL, QVC Christmas Special, The Isaac Mizrahi Show, and Real Sports with Bryant Gumble among other projects. Over the past 8 years she has also designed clothes for numerous local and regional theater and opera productions including: The Trial, The Skin of Our Teeth, Volpone, Hamlet, Dei Dries, The Magic Flute, Carmen, and Susannah to name a few. She is currently the resident designer and design teacher at The Dalton School in Manhattan.
Peter Bright (Editor)
Peter Bright has been editing since the 7th grade, when he and his brother liberated a linear tape-to-tape editing deck from the local community college in his hometown of Oklahoma City. He has been a freelance editor in New York City for the last ten years, cutting numerous commercials and web videos for a wide variety of clients. Peter has also cut music videos for Ladycop, Scotty & the Nylons, and Michael Todd, to name a few. After working with Charred Oak on a number of their previous projects, he is happy that his first feature film is THE WIDOWERS.