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BiosThe CastAlbert M. ChanHeidi RhodesMary NiederkornJonathan VittumAngela GunnBrian D. EvansBen KatzKandace CummingsKatarina MorhacovaRoxanne Y. MorseThe FilmmakersAlbert M. ChanAaron HowlandChristian ColemanAlecia Batson

Albert M. Chan
Albert is a versatile film, theatre, and television actor who has broadened his interests to filmmaking with his first film, Fate Scores.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Albert received a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Toronto. It was only when he was working towards his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that Albert discovered his true passion for acting as a means for storytelling. Albert has been and continues to be a strong believer in risk-taking and experimentation; as an actor, Albert has shied away from easy Asian stereotypes in favor of such varied roles as a punk musician, a police lieutenant, a gay biblical hero, an operatic gypsy, and a sadomasochist.

Albert's acting career took off when he landed a role in Disney's live-action film version of the classic 1960's cartoon Underdog, which starred James Belushi (According to Jim), Oscar-nominee Amy Adams (Junebug), and Jason Lee (My Name is Earl). Since then, he has been cast as the groomsman Sam in New Line Cinema's Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, directed by Mark Waters (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Michael Douglas, and as Dr. Lee in Every Day, starring Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, and Brian Dennehy. On TV, Albert has had roles on the acclaimed Showtime series Brotherhood and in the pilot episode of CW Network's I'm Paige Wilson, written and directed by Rod Lurie (Commander in Chief, The Contender). Albert has also worked on the Emmy-winning PBS history series American Experience, and the Sundance Channel miniseries Tanner on Tanner, directed by Robert Altman (Gosford Park, M*A*S*H) and starring Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City).

In the indie film scene, Albert has portrayed an aggressive Internal Affairs Lieutenant in the feature-length crime drama Interrogation, which was executive produced by Jeff Most (The Crow) and premiered at the Boston International Film Festival. Albert also had a supporting role in Games, which was executive produced by Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men, Pretty in Pink, You've Got Mail, Free Willy). Among other indie projects, Albert has portrayed the punk musician and romantic lead in Ana's Time (Atlanta Film Festival), a vengeful casino assistant in the award-winning S. Katz, V.P. (New Hampshire Film Festival), an awkward teenager in the supernatural drama #2 Pencil, and a foul-mouthed bar patron in the award-winning Overserved (Boston International Comedy and Movie Festival).

In theatre, Albert received a 2006 Best Actor in a Play EMACT nomination for his role as Adam in Paul Rudnick's biblical comedy The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. Most recently, he starred as the sadomasochistic philosopher Michel in the world premiere and tour of Queer Theory! An Academic Travesty, which was co-commissioned by the National Performance Network, The Theater Offensive and The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Thus far, major tour stops include Los Angeles and Boston.

Albert has also showcased his musical talents on stage in Verdi's Carmen as El Remendado and in Gilbert & Sullivan's Utopia, Limited as Mr. Blushington.

Kandace Cummings
Kandace’s acting career began with her training with Carter Thor Studios and shortly after was able to land her first acting role was for Patrick Jerome in December 31st followed by her first leading role in Soul Sisters by Rahman Oligubaya and Love, Life, Loss with Todd Walker. Her film credits include other roles from the films: Stricken, Fate Scores, XYZ, Red Line, The Short Con, Birthright, The Boxer, Subject C, Karma’s Choice many other films. Kandace has also appeared in a number of industrial and corporate films for Legal Seafood’s, MV Productions, The Color of Film Productions and JA Medical. Her modeling credits include online fashion and presence for both Infexxion Inc. and Myre Fashion Designs. Her theatre credits include her first Shakespearean role in Twelfth Night with the Bad Habit Players, a supporting role in the riveting play The Exonerated directed by Bruce Reilly and a musical role in Jekyll and Hyde with the Arlington Theatre in Washington DC.

 

Brian D. Evans
Brian grew up in a small town in western Massachusetts. He began his acting career several years ago, making four-hour commutes to NYC to attend various auditions and acting classes. In the past few years, Brian has successfully landed film roles as a scientist in One Saturday Morning, a warrior in Yesterday's Morning and an actor in Artistic Betrayal. Recently, Brian worked on The Great Debaters, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, and on 27 Dresses, starring Katherine Heigl and James Marsden. Brian's next projects include a role as a vampire on an internet/TV pilot and a role as a police officer in a film being shot and produced in Memphis.

 

Angela Gunn
A talented film and stage actress, Angela has acted in such films as Dinoski Productions' Port of Call, Laurelin Films' Sharp Dressed Men, Hinoma Films' The Forgotten, Grant DeSimone Productions' Lloyd and What Happened..., and Peter Lemiszki Productions' Raw Fish; Stale Stories. She has also worked on a series of short films with Steve Fierberg, cinematographer of HBO's Emmy-winning hit series Entourage. Recently, she appeared in the Dane Cook and Kate Hudson romantic comedy My Best Friend's Girl, the star-studded remake of the all-female The Women, and the Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, and Kate Bosworth casino story 21.

On stage, she has starred in such works as Wendy Wasserstein's early play Isn't It Romantic and Ann-Marie MacDonald's Shakespeare-inspired comedy Goodnight, Desdemona, (Good Morning Juliet) at the Boston Actors Theatre, and Lyralen Kaye's Irish drama They Named Us Mary at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre. She has also appeared in The Mousetrap, My Mother & The Nun, Point Clear, and Partners.

Angela has trained in NYC at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre with such teachers as Richard Pinter, Gary Gendel, and Gary Ramsey, and also at the William Esper Studio with Karen Chamberline.

 

Ben Katz
From an early age, ten-year-old Ben has demonstrated a special aptitude for the performing arts. Musically, he performs regularly as first clarinet in the concert band at Brimmer and May, a coeducational, college preparatory day school with students from over ten countries. Additionally, he plays the piano and has plans to take up the cello. In theatre, he has appeared as the Baker in a French adaptation of Stone Soup, a traditional fable about co-operation amid scarcity. Fate Scores marks Ben's film debut.

 

Katarina Morhacova
Originally from the former Czechoslovakia, Katarina's international training includes École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (ENSBA) in Paris, the MXAT School and the Vakhtangov School in Moscow, and Charles University in Prague.

Katarina has worked with numerous Czech and Slovak film and theatre directors, and her film work has been screened at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, arguably the most significant film event in Central and Eastern Europe. In the US, her film work includes the independent films December Ends, an official selection of the Toronto Film Festival and official winner of the LA Method Film Festival and the San Francisco Film Festival, and Borderlines, for which she received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Newport International Film Festival. Recently, she collaborated with Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov on a Canadian-Russian film project about Russian immigrants; the currently untitled film will premiere at the end of 2008.

Katarina has appeared on stage at the Geffen Playhouse (Los Angeles), the American Repertory Theatre and the New Repertory Theatre (Boston), the Olney Theatre (Olney, MD), and Centerstage (Baltimore). She also co-wrote and performed in the one-woman show Poems at the Actor and Playwright Initiative Theatre in NYC.

 

Roxanne Y. Morse
Roxanne has worked on stage, film, TV and the internet. She was in the original cast of the musical The Effects of Climate Change and has also appeared in commercials for Delta Airlines and the Los Angeles Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), an IDG Entertainment World Expo Event. Recently, she worked on The Game Plan starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, The Women starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, and Debra Messing, and 21 starring Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, and Kate Bosworth. Her independent films include Sympathy for the Broken-Hearted and A-BO the Humonkey.

 

Mary Niederkorn
A professional opera singer who recently made the crossover into film and theatre, Mary brings deep and intense resources to making a writer's work come alive, and is dedicated to changing hearts through her work.

Originally from Chicago, Mary performed regularly in the Lyric Opera of Chicago. When she was invited to participate in the Tanglewood Music Festival, the summer home of the internationally renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra, she met Phyllis Curtin who later became her voice teacher and mentor. Mary moved to Boston and earned an Artist Diploma from Boston University while Curtin was Dean of the School for the Arts. Among her many projects, Mary has performed the role of the Countess in The Sound of Music, the role of Adele in Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, and the role of Snow White in Conrad Susa's Transformations. Her performance in Transformations so impressed Susa himself that he referred to her as the "ideal Snow White."

Mary went on hiatus from vocal performance for some years due to a battle with ovarian cancer, but after surviving the cancer and its treatment, she returned to performance with renewed vigor. She decided to begin expressing herself in a more personal way through acting, and to reach a wider audience beyond classical music. The combination of a strong natural talent and many years of musical stage experience have brought her much acclaim already. In the last year, she worked on several independent films on the east coast including Sheltered, The Killers, Yalie, and Bluebeard. Recently, Mary performed in the premiere of I Am Not My Breasts, a play about breast cancer survivorship that allowed her to express artistically her own experience surviving ovarian cancer.

Mary is the recipient of the Drama Award from Southern Illinois University and the Graduate Faculty Award from Boston University.

 

Heidi Rhodes
Heidi has acted in numerous independent films, commercials, and theatre productions all over the New England area.

Heidi began her performance career as a formally trained dancer specializing in Argentine tango, swing, modern, and salsa. When she attended Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to obtain her Master's degree in Architecture and Theatre Set Design, her first love of acting was revived. Since then, she has remained in high demand as an actress.

A veteran of independent film, Heidi has had lead roles in feature films, including Trace Vanguard Features' Midnight (Boston International Film Festival, One-Take Film Festival of Croatia), The Production Company's The Child King (Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival), and Townhouse Films' The End of a Love Affair. Among other film projects, she has appeared in Eyeth Films' Conned, Catzilla Productions' Searching for Grace, The Shadow Factory's Killer Pickton, and B-Way 7 Productions' Revelation (Boston International Film Festival).

Her theatre credits include Catherine in David Auburn's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Proof and Anna Reardon in Paul Zindel's And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, both at the Actors Playhouse in Boston.

 

Jonathan Vittum
A native of rural Vermont, Jonathan can be seen as Robert Dollinger in the paranormal web series Drake Mountain and as a cameraman in the fictional reality TV show The Gary Wendall Show. He has acted in many other film projects including the Stoneworks production Finding Providence and TBD Productions' Love Insurance. In theatre, Jonathan has appeared in Marriage is Murder at the Waterfront Theatre in Burlington, Vermont. One of Jonathan's next projects is the film tentatively titled The Conversation, which he wrote and is preparing to direct.

 

Alecia Batson photoAlecia Batson • Assistant Director
An experienced talent in a variety of media, Alecia’s attention to detail and passion for learning communicate a genuine and vibrant experience every time. This time, however, she worked behind the camera, finding a dynamic learning environment.

Alecia began her film and television career in the award-nominated feature film Where the Heart Is, starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd. Recently, she was cast as the Scuba Bride in 27 Dresses, starring Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy, Knocked Up) and James Marsden (X-Men, Enchanted, The Box ). She was also featured as a Legal Aide in the Warner Bros. TV episodic Waterfront, directed by Richard J. Lewis (CSI, The Chris Isaak Show), and she portrayed a story-hungry TV news reporter in experimental sci-fi indie feature Circuit. Alecia can be seen as vindictive friend Ellen in Time Heals All Wounds, an insolent operator in the comic Eyestar series (produced by award-winning director Kevin Anderton), and the clueless-yet-loveable Jenn Randall in TV sitcom pilot The Six Fifty-Seven. Her commercial credits include: Hood, Novell, Krispy Kreme, the Maine Lottery and the Vermont Lottery.

For her voice, Alecia was selected as the first and only National Female Voice for dot-com-phenom Collegestudent.com. Every college-aged student in the nation heard about their "local, online campus community" thanks to Alecia. Known for her energized and quirky, college-cool delivery, as well as various languages and accents, Alecia has also worked with major corporations like Time Warner Cable, Adobe Software and Reebok, and her voice has been heard in commercials airing on the Internet, MTV and VH1

Musically, Alecia graduated from the playroom to the stage by age five, singing in her first oratorio as Head Angel; after that, musicals, chamber ensembles, recitals and operas. She studied voice at UT-Austin and New England Conservatory of Music in the studios of internationally-acclaimed soprano Darlene Wiley and teaching powerhouse Helen Hodam. Recently, in recital, Alecia presented the Boston and New England premieres of The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld by composer Bryant Kong. Weekly, Alecia can be heard as a soprano soloist with the Sanctuary Choir at Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts, one of the most critically influential churches in United States history.

Albert M. Chan • Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Albert is a versatile film, theatre, and television actor who has broadened his interests to filmmaking with his first film, Fate Scores.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Albert received a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Toronto. It was only when he was working towards his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that Albert discovered his true passion for acting as a means for storytelling. Albert has been and continues to be a strong believer in risk-taking and experimentation; as an actor, Albert has shied away from easy Asian stereotypes in favor of such varied roles as a punk musician, a police lieutenant, a gay biblical hero, an operatic gypsy, and a sadomasochist.

Albert's acting career took off when he landed a role in Disney's live-action film version of the classic 1960's cartoon Underdog, which starred James Belushi (According to Jim), Oscar-nominee Amy Adams (Junebug), and Jason Lee (My Name is Earl). Since then, he has been cast as the groomsman Sam in New Line Cinema's Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, directed by Mark Waters (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Michael Douglas, and as Dr. Lee in Every Day, starring Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, and Brian Dennehy. On TV, Albert has had roles on the acclaimed Showtime series Brotherhood and in the pilot episode of CW Network's I'm Paige Wilson, written and directed by Rod Lurie (Commander in Chief, The Contender). Albert has also worked on the Emmy-winning PBS history series American Experience, and the Sundance Channel miniseries Tanner on Tanner, directed by Robert Altman (Gosford Park, M*A*S*H) and starring Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City).

In the indie film scene, Albert has portrayed an aggressive Internal Affairs Lieutenant in the feature-length crime drama Interrogation, which was executive produced by Jeff Most (The Crow) and premiered at the Boston International Film Festival. Albert also had a supporting role in Games, which was executive produced by Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men, Pretty in Pink, You've Got Mail, Free Willy). Among other indie projects, Albert has portrayed the punk musician and romantic lead in Ana's Time (Atlanta Film Festival), a vengeful casino assistant in the award-winning S. Katz, V.P. (New Hampshire Film Festival), an awkward teenager in the supernatural drama #2 Pencil, and a foul-mouthed bar patron in the award-winning Overserved (Boston International Comedy and Movie Festival).

In theatre, Albert received a 2006 Best Actor in a Play EMACT nomination for his role as Adam in Paul Rudnick's biblical comedy The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. Most recently, he starred as the sadomasochistic philosopher Michel in the world premiere and tour of Queer Theory! An Academic Travesty, which was co-commissioned by the National Performance Network, The Theater Offensive and The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Thus far, major tour stops include Los Angeles and Boston.

Albert has also showcased his musical talents on stage in Verdi's Carmen as El Remendado and in Gilbert & Sullivan's Utopia, Limited as Mr. Blushington.

Christian Coleman • Composer
Self-taught until he studied harmony, counterpoint, and composition with Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, Margaret McAllister, and Thomas Oboe Lee respectively, composer Christian Coleman freelances in the Boston area. Previous films Christian has scored include Thin Veil directed by Daniel Durand, Before the Styx directed by Harrison Wilcox, and Romanís Fearless Vampires directed by Bill Przylucki. With his twin brother Jason Coleman, Christian has also composed a series of chamber works for violin, cello, and bass, including Surrealistic Contamination, Pharoah of My Mind, Searching for the Pendulum, Journeys of the Eastern Sun, Lost Dilated Soul, and Le Monde lourd. More recently, he composed Cadaver as a Coffee Table and Yanuko for violin, cello, marimba, and piano. Christian's solo piano works include Chobarpintók Bagatelle and Masturbatory Distortions.

 

Aaron Howland • Director of Photography, Editor
With his brother Seth Howland, Aaron co-founded the film production company 7 Fluid Oz. Productions LLP in 2001. Since then, he has worked on a wide range of film projects.

Aaron directed, produced, and edited On the Way, a feature-length documentary about Milwaukee singer, songwriter, and guitarist Peter Mulvey. Aaron also produced and edited the feature-length dramatic film Interrogation, written and directed by John Chase (Venice Underground) and executive produced by Jeff Most (The Crow). Interrogation, which premiered at the Boston International Film Festival, is about a brash but gifted detective whose interrogation of a young writer suddenly goes wrong.

Aaron has also worked on comedies, acting as producer and editor of the award-winning film Jack Milton: Fairy Tale Detective, a short about a dark and morally corrupt fairy tale world where famous storybook characters turn up murdered. Recently, he directed and edited the critically acclaimed satire The Albino Code, which was featured on CNN, MSNBC, Inside Edition, and Entertainment Tonight and screened at numerous film festivals.

Aaron is also a co-founder and judge of The Boston Motion Picture Awards, a group of international film and screenwriting competitions founded with the expressed purpose of giving independent filmmakers a head start in getting their next projects made. Judges have included Stephen Root (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Finding Nemo, Office Space, King of the Hill), Cirroc Lofton (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Siu Ta (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, This Is Wonderland), Toddy Walters (South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut), Trace Beaulieu (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Freaks and Geeks), and Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls, Kim Possible). Past winners have emerged from countries including Australia, Canada, and India.

Aaron's next production, a psychological horror film titled Omnibus, is currently in pre-production.

 

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