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Amy Marie Bowersox

Major Persimmon "Kong" Tapioca

Amy is a Navy veteran and former nuclear power operator based in San Diego and Los Angeles. Her family was confused by her decision to pursue acting, but wrote it off as not the craziest thing she’s ever done. She's performed in theatre productions of "You Can't Take it with You" and as Amanda Wingfield in "The Pretty Trap." She's also known for her roles in films such as "M.F.A.," "Out of the Box," and "Deer in Headlights." She enjoys foreign languages, hiking, and reading Star Trek Voyager fan fiction in her spare time.

 

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Adam Daniel

Goulash Salami

Adam Daniel grew up in San Diego and graduated SDSU with a BA in Theatre Performance. Immediately after graduating, Adam went on to star on the children's tv/dvd series The Jumpitz for three years. Since then, Adam has gone on to make many appearances on Days of Our Lives and the films Phantom, Sexy Evil Genius, Demons, and most recently Dollhead. Adam is also very involved in the SD theatre scene, including starring in Noises Off, Picnic, and The Odd Couple.

 

You can catch Adam performing in hilarious staged and improv shows at the Legoland Castle Hotel as Arrow Flynn the Dragon Trainer or the Legoland Hotel as Jim Manji the Adventurer. Adam is very proud of both his character names.

 

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Mike Egbert

Gourd Snapper

Mike is a San Diego Native who received his M.S. in Information Technology and spent the next 10+ years playing "Cubeville." Needing more in his life, he started doing standup comedy in 2009 and never turned back. Wanting to improve his comedy, he turned to improv and was formally trained at the National Comedy Theatre. This created a passion for acting.

 

He has since been in a feature film, many short films, webisodes, and TV commercials. One of his biggest accomplishments was being hired by Cartoon Network to perform in their live interactive event during Comic Con as a lead character, which led to several episode bumps on national television.

 

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Teresa Suarez Grosso

Strudel Zwieback

Teresa is a first generation American, the fifth-born of Spanish parents, and fluent in English and Castillian Spanish, with a smattering of French. She's skilled in acting for film and theatre, voiceover, public speaking, teaching and dance; her profession is medicine. With a penchant for imitating foreign accents, you'd never guess she was raised in Iowa.

 

Teresa has a stong background in classical ballet, and is also trained in Argentine Tango, Latin dance, Flamenco and Jazz. She was member of a modern dance company during university.

 

Because of an injury she no longer dances regularly, but has turned her focus from dance to film, theatre and voiceover performance.

 

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Philip John

Coriander Mutton

Philip has extesnsive film, television and theater experience, including dramatic and comedic roles on the stage in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest"," "Heaven Can Wait," "Hamlet," "The Odd Couple," "The Crucible," "Much Ado About Nothing," "You Can't Take It With You," and many more.

 

His performance training is extensive too, including improv training with "The Grounglings."

 

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Loretta Morkunas Jones

Colonel Cassava "Starchy" Fennel

Loretta is an actress, producer and model. She is a substitute teacher by day. She has been married for 26 years and has 3 (almost all adults) children.

 

Loretta got involved in film rather by accident. She went to a casting call to be an extra and was hired to be paid as a background actor. Networking and background work was so much fun that she decided to take a more active role in the film community. She has since been in short films, feature films, on TV and commercials, even once appearing on billboards in San Diego and Los Angeles.

 

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Joe Passaro

Voices of Curd Pesto and Announcer

Joe was one of those kids who loved to make people smile but was too shy for the stage. He had a knack for languages and accents and always appreciated the agility of the mouth, throat, and face to make the most amazingly entertaining sounds. After pursuing a PhD in history, he began exploring a skill he always considered secondary: speaking.

 

Having trained in San Diego under Connie Terwilliger, he quickly set out to hone his craft. Joe’s clear, tech-savvy, millennial voice has enlivened e-learning modules, commercials, and audiobooks focusing mostly on fiction and memoirs. But his true passion is performing characters. There's nothing better than modulating your voice and contorting your face to produce something remarkably... ridiculous.

 

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Joe Paulson

Chutney Menudo

Classically trained, Joe is a product of the renowned training programs at Northwestern and Alabama Shakespeare. More recently, he trained at Steppenwolf West, studying with the brilliant instructors Kim Rubinstein, Alexandra Billings (Transparent), and Jeff Perry (Scandal).

 

Joe has performed professionally in New York and Chicago. On the local stage, he received lovely reviews for his recent portrayal of Rick in Point Loma Playhouse’s "Building the Wall" and as Mr. Dussel in Moxie Theatre’s "Diary of Anne Frank." Playing Myron in "Awake and Sing!" at New Village Arts earned the ensemble nominations for Best Production and Best Cast. Joe has also played roles as good guys, bad guys, husbands and fathers in over a dozen feature films and shorts over the last year. He played the lead in the short film "Life-O-Matic" which won the Best Horror Short Award at the Los Angeles and London International Film Festivals, and he starred as Detective David Jones in the feature film "The Evil Rises" which won Best Horror Film at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.

 

Joe is currently in his 18th year of playing his favorite and most challenging role as a teacher at Hoover High in City Heights. In between work, roles, shoots and rehearsals, he loves spending time with his beautiful wife and son, Hope and Will. He's looking forward to performing at all of the great theaters in SD and doing much more feature film and television work in the future.

 

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Denice Riddle

Abalone Gizzard

Denice Riddle is a cross between Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy. Denice is a San Diego native that began her acting career at age 6. She continued acting in various plays and commercials until junior year of high school. After graduating at the top of her class she married and had two beautiful girls. She raised her children always knowing that she would go back to acting when the time was right... and that time is now! She has been in 20 films, voice overs and written a script all in one year’s time. Denice is a force to be reckoned with and has an unstoppable drive and determination to be the best actress she can be.

 

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Edgar "Shoe" Rodriguez

Kumquat Radish

After briefly attending SDSU, Edgar enrolled at Platt College and earned his Associates Degree in Graphic Design. He was in between jobs, when he landed a background gig that eventually led him to pursue more work in San Diego and Los Angeles. Later, a call from a friend needing someone to replace an actor who had become ill, led to his first supporting role in the short film "Envenenado," written and directed by Roberto Ortiz. He has since worked on numerous feature films, T.V. series as well as music videos and short films.

 

He recently wrapped a supporting role for a Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo documentary for the Cabrillo National Monument as well as being featured as the bouncer in the recently-released "Future World." Last year he got to work both behind and in front of the camera on "The Christ Slayer" (due in theaters Christmas 2018), where he also had a supporting role.

 

He's currently voicing "Jim" the dog as well as providing other character voices for a children’s audio tour of the Battleship Texas State Historic Site. You can occasionally hear him on TV or radio doing spots for Agua Caliente Casino, as well as narrating Mission San Juan Capistrano's Audio Tour. His dream is to one day voice an animated character on a hit series or feature film.

 

Although an Orange County native, Edgar has called the Imperial Valley home for most of his life. Other than acting and voice overs, when he's not designing movie posters or working on translations he enjoys camping in San Felipe, hiking at Torrey Pines, riding his beach cruiser or working on a project with his power tools.

 

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Paul Uhler

Gummi Fava

Paul Uhler performed in front of an audience since his early childhood, starting out as a magician and later becoming preoccupied with theater acting. After many twists and turns, for the last four years he has been dedicated full time to acting in films and on stage.

 

He was nominated in 2017 for an Aubrey Award for Best Major Supporting Actor in a Drama, "Waiting for Godot."

 

Besides acting and doing magic he likes classical music, yoga and in his spare time composes music for short films.

 

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Dave Barak

Writer/Director/Producer

Dave's work in film began with 16mm and has continued with the introduction of digital technology. He's filled several behind-the-camera roles, including those of writer, director, cinematographer, and others. He's worked on feature films, short films and television shows. When necessary, Dave has reluctantly stepped in front of the camera, including one appearance as an elderly woman.

 

Before film, Dave worked as a newspaper and magazine photographer, a newspaper copy editor, illustrator, and even as a restaurant reviewer. He served in the US Navy as a San Diego-based Sensor Operator (SENSO) aboard S-3A Viking aircraft, deploying aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

 

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Aiden Keltner

Gaffer, Second Cinematographer

Aiden is a dedicated cinematographer, gaffer, and first assistant camera who has worked in the field for the last eight years. He has built his understanding and knowledge of the craft from taking multiple classes, workshops, and watching and learning from cinematographer Stephen Sheridan work on the set of the feature film, "The Samuel Project."

 

Aiden has used these skills to work on multiple projects as cinematographer, including short narrative films such as "Andi," "Motherly Advice," and "92115," all official selections of San Diego Film Week 2018. He has also worked as cinematographer on "Cult of Kyle," a proof of concept for a television show in development created with the San Diego Film Consortium. Aiden worked as videographer on multiple projects such as San Diego Film Week Kick-off and Closing Events, SDG&E "Educating Youth about Recycling" promotion, and behind the scenes at the San Diego Film Awards. He worked as camera operator on Tonight in San Diego, a television variety talk show broadcast throughout San Diego. Aiden also worked as first assistant camera on "Jordan Loves," a KPBS web series and "Synchronicity," a short film.

 

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