From Venus With Love
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Meet Our Team:
Gillien Goll Screenwriter, Producer, Actor
Gillien wrote the screenplay for the short “The Spilling,” in which she also appears, and which has won numerous awards on the film festival circuit. (She has two Best Screenplay Nominations for this film so far.) She was Associate Producer of the short film “Vigilantes,” which has also won numerous awards, many international, and appeared in the short “Great Expectations!,” another award winner. Between these three films, she has been seen in over eighty film festivals. As the Artistic Director of The Centaur Stage, a non profit theatre in NYC, she produced, directed, and appeared in her own adaptation of “Spoon River Anthology,” which was asked to perform for Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist program. She wrote “Fascinating Rhythm” for the Theatre for the Forgotten, which toured for six months and played the Lincoln Center Outdoor Festival. Her play “Bandstand: A Reelin’ and A Rockin”” was optioned for Off Broadway. Another play, “The Want Ads: A Dramatic Reading for Four Voices,” was performed at the Yale Cabaret, Green Mansions, and Columbia University. As an actor, she has appeared on television and in film with such stars as Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle, Mary McDonnell, Elliott Gould, and Kristin Davis, and is still most recognized from sobbing in the Barnes & Noble Self-Help Aisle on “Sex and the City.” www.gilliengoll.com
Eve Brandstein Director
Eve Brandstein has directed over 75 theatrical productions in Los Angles and New York. Recent credits: Miss America’s Ugly Daughter at The Broad Theater, the long running hit production of Monica Piper’s, Not That Jewish and Rain Pyror’s Fried Chicken & Latkes which Eve will executive produce as a television series, NY Off-Broadway 2 year hit - Shut Up Sit Down & Eat, the NY and LA premieres of Revisiting Wildfire, the NY premiere of Voices Of Swords, Ronnie Spector’s Beyond The Beehive, Waiting For Jack – A Beat Poetry Reunion, Claiming Allen Ginsberg, and Suzanne Wang’s Cracked Open. Eve has also directed Jewish Women’s Theater shows: Stories From the Fringe – Women Rabbis Tell All, Saffron and Rosewater, Hold Me, Heal Me, He Said, She Said, and Past & Present: Russian Jewish American Stories, Beyond Jacob’s Ladder and More Courage - Muslim & Jewish Stories, Crossing Our Red Sea. Eve has been an entertainment industry executive, producer, director, writer/creator and casting director. Credits include the This is Spinal Tap, Diff’rent Strokes, One Day At A Time, Facts of Life, Who’s The Boss, Square Pegs, Beastmaster, Fast Track and Total Recall. Other outstanding television production credits include: series producer E/R for CBS, series producer/director John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You. She has collaborated with Norman Lear for over 3 decades. Eve also produces the bi-coastal spoken-word event Poetry In Motion since 1988. This series features performances by writers of their own works. evebrandstein.wordpress.com
Jennifer is an award winning actress and producer with a career that includes both stage and screen. She has worked on nine independent films and two pilots in positions ranging from executive producer, producer, line producer & associate producer. Her film Uneffable (Executive Producer) was awarded Best New Jersey Comedy and Mindfull (Associate Producer) has won multiple awards including Best Film, Best Short, Best Concept and Best of Fest. Her films Perfect (Producer) and Lost + Found (Producer) are due out this fall, and The Light Watcher (Producer) recently had it's New York premiere. As an actress, she has most recently she appeared in the up and coming film, Fizzle, starring opposite Peter Friedman and Geoffrey Owens, directed by Jeremiah Kipp. In the past year, she has completed roles in eight other independent films including The Red Lotus, Mindfull, Uber Oracle and Uneffable and currently has four films on the festival circuit as both a producer and actress. She received a Best Actress award for her role in The Red Lotus, a Best Actress nomination for her work in Uneffable and Mindfull has been awarded two Best Ensemble awards. www.jenniferplotzke.com
Laura Dowling Shea Actor
Three years ago Laura returned to the stage working in a sketch comedy at the BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB where she reconnected with the joy of performing. She recently produced and starred in the award winning short comedy GREAT EXPECTATIONS written by Dorothy Marcic and the short Drama THE SPILLING written by Gillien Goll. Both films continue to screen and win awards. GREAT EXPECTATIONS has been picked up by Direct TV and will air in late 2018. Laura is an Executive Producer for the feature film FLUIDITY written and directed by Linda Yellen.
Laura's primary focus is acting and she is thrilled to be attending the 2018 Hampton Film Festival and the 2018 BFI London Film Festival representing a short film she is in called HOW TO MAKE A BOMB IN THE KITCHEN OF YOUR MOM, written and directed by Shakti Baghchandani. Her latest comedy project is a new WebSeries in which she stars called SCRATCH THIS written and directed by Jody Lauren Miller. It recently premiered at THE BIG APPLE WEBFEST and has garnered 11 laurels and two awards along with nominations. www.lauradowlingshea.com
Jessica Green Actor, Editor
Jessica Green is an award-winning actor/director/editor, who currently has seven short films and two web series on the festival circuit. Originally from Chicago, Jessica has a BA in Theatre from Florida State, and has spent time working in both Los Angeles and New York. Jessica is passionate about storytelling through film, and strives to make every piece she works on something that will not only touch hearts, but also open avenues for discussion. www.jessicaalexandragreen.com
Florence Regina Consulting Producer, Actor
Florence Regina is an award-winning actress/producer/speaker. From NYC to LA she’s performed as an actress on stage, film, and TV. Acting credits include: Bull, Broad City, Medium, The Shield, The Practice, and more. She’s taught, and directed improvisational theater at the famed 13th Street Repertory Theater Company in New York City, and has also performed with improvisational theater troupes in Los Angeles and New York. Her production company, Soleil Films, produces films, staged productions, and events. Currently Florence has several film and television projects in development. As a motivational speaker, she travels and speaks about Diabetes Awareness and Advocacy, Women in Entertainment, and The Haitian Experience. She is a member of Toastmasters International, the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA), New York Women In Film & Television (NYWIFT), and Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). www.florenceregina.com
Genny Lis Padilla Actor
Genny Lis Padilla—Broadway: On Your Feet! (Original Broadway Cast); Off-Broadway: RENT, Frida Liberada; Tours: In The Heights 1st National, RENT, Junie B. Jones; Regional: In The Heights, Jane Eyre; Television: The Blacklist: Redemption. An AMDA alumna. www.gennylispadilla.com
Dani Baum (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) is an actress, director, writer, producer, acting coach & native New Yorker. Most recently, Dani appeared on MARVEL'S Iron Fist & CBS' Bull. Her film credits include, Don Peyote w/ Anne Hathaway, Making the Day w/ Dan Fogler, Afterschool w/ Ezra Miller & I'm Will Ferrel w/ David Hasselhoff & Fred Willard. Giant Support, Cupcakes & The Ring are among short films that Dani directed & produced. When Dani isn't acting or coaching she is surfing. More on DANIBAUM.com & 660STUDIOSNYC.com..
Dani Baum Actor
Mackenzie Barmen Actor
Mackenzie Barmen is an actress, voiceover artist and DP in New York City. She is a proud member of Actor's Equity and is represented by Buchwald for Commercial VO and On-Camera, Animation VO and Print & Beauty. She recently wrapped up her first lead in an independent feature filmed titled Mockingbird as Carla last year and it's set to be released in 2020. She recently played Emily Kapoor in a regional premiere of Disgraced by Ayad Ahktar. She studied Improv at UCB and is the co-founder of Reel-U; a demo reel production company in NYC (@reel.ufilm). She is in pre-production for two horror short films in which she's acting & producing. She's an ensemble member of Barefoot Theatre Company, a student of Anthony Abeson and can't wait to get started on this journey with From Venus With Love.
instagram: @mackenzieleighbarmen, website: www.mackenziebarmen.com
Kayla Kusy Actor
Kayla Kusy is an American actress and singer. She was born and raised in Naugatuck, Connecticut. After graduating high school, she moved to New York City where she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and graduated in 2018. Kayla has been in productions such as A Midsummer Nights Dream (Puck), I Never saw Another Butterfly (Raja Englanderova), Peter Pan (Wendy), Chicago (Mona Lipshitz), First Time Flippers (lead flipper), Arnies Place, Christmas with Kayla (lead vocalist). Kayla is extremely honored and excited to play the role of Melody. Much love and thanks to everyone who has supported her.
Sabrina Rudden Actor
Sabrina Rudden is an actress from Long Island, NY. Her recent film credits include The Spilling, a short directed by Emmy award winner Linda Yellen, and What If, a short starring Buck Angel. She is super excited and grateful to be working with Gillien on yet another film. She’s also a proud musical theatre actress. www.sabrinarudden.com
Yanzi Ding Actor
Yanzi comes from music background as a harpist and composer in Taiwan. As she always tries to experiment with different art forms to convey the essence of story, she became an inter- disciplinary performer on stage as a physical actor, actor-musician and musical theatre performer. In order to pursue the best theatre craft in the world, Yanzi moved to New York and recently graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy(AMDA), and is featured in the film ⟪One More Photo Please⟫ , Off-Broadway Musical ⟪War Lovers⟫ in Theatre Row 42nd and Off-Broadway Play ⟪Flying Tigers Flying Away⟫ in York Theatre. Yanzi is also particularly concerned and passionate about women’s issue in the world nowadays.
Elisabeth Furtado Actor
Elisabeth’s TV and film credits include both “Law & Order: SUV” and “Criminal Intent,” “30 Rock,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Rescue Me,” “All My Children” (recurring), “The Accidental Husband,” “The Shoe,” “Family Day,” and “The Tempestt Bledsoe Show.” Onstage, she has been seen at the NY Fringe Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Midtown Theatre Festival, 78th Street Theatre Lab, and multiple Standup Comedy Clubs among her many other credits. She is a graduate of AMDA.
Conner Daniels Cinematographer
Conner is a cinematographer who has been working in the film industry for five years. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelors in Film. Since then, she has shot numerous short films, commercials and a feature film that is currently in post production. Her recent webseries "Starving Artist," played at the Iron Mule Film Festival in NYC. She has worked closely with the award winning in-camera cinematographer Christopher Webb at FX WKX (www.christopherwebb.tv) on a number of projects including the Coen Brother's recent "Ballad of Buster Scruggs" and the opening sequence fore Fox's "The Passage." As a cinematographer, Conner brings a creative mind set and always finds new ways to bring beauty to each moment.