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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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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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Kyle Metz

Senior Airman Phyllo "Spanky" Spanakopita

Kyle is an actor and sketch comedy writer currently residing in San Diego. As a graduate of San Diego State University's acting program, he has participated in short films and staged shows including his acclaimed Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet."

 

He is the co-founder of San Diego's premiere sketch comedy group Party of Dos. In 2015, Party of Dos's short film "SHOWDOWN" was invited to the Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner. Along with bringing his talents to the screen Kyle enjoys cats, craft beer, and writing bios.

 

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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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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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Whitney Wegman

Vinaigrette Fritter

Whitney Wegman was born in Columbia, Mo to Fred Wegman, an aeronautics engineer, and Sharon (Hubenthal), a pediatric RN. She has a sister, Hannah Boyer, from her mother’s second marriage. She is of mixed heritage; German, Polish, Czechoslovakia, Scotch-Irish, and English. Wegman began acting in grade school and in church plays around the age of eight. She attended Washington High School where she continued to pursue acting in many of the theater departments plays.

 

After graduating Wegman continued her theater education at Avila University in Kansas City, MO. From there she migrated to Atlanta, GA were she found work primarily in film and television. There she appeared in multiple independent films and series, including "Thesis," "Meet the Browns," and "The Vampire Diaries."

 

Taking a break from working Wegman returned to school at the University of Virginia to pursue an MFA in Acting. After completing her Masters Wegman relocated to California where she continues to work in film, television, commercials, and stage.

 

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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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Sean Egbert

First Assistant Camera

Sean has filled a number of roles on television shows, short film, and the feature film "Doll Head." He's worked as a gaffer, key grip, sound recordist, boom operator and others.

 

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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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