Ryan is an actor and writer from Iowa, who now lives in Brooklyn. He’s appeared on the NYC stage in productions of Sunset (stage version) at Fresh Fruit Festival and South Oxford Space as well as The Flea’s production of Strictly Dishonorable. Sunset will be his screen debut. As a playwright, his obsession is the anxiety that lies in millennial communication. Recent productions of his work include I’d Do Anything For You in the Dark (La Mama Galleria), Paris Girls and When I Started Dating Men (Dixon Place, Under St. Marks Theater, and Stella Adler Studio) and In the Weeds (Dixon Place). Ryan holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts. Learn more about Ryan at his official website.
This LA-raised, Boston-educated actor now calls New York City his home. Niccolo has been hard at work recently. In the last year, he’s appeared in short films Utopia, The Victim’s Family, Spanish Castles and The Horse and Dog (voiceover) as well as a music video for Sorority Row. He’s also recently been seen on the New York stage in Doris & Cleveland at Dixon Place and I’d Do Anything to You in the Dark at La Mama Galleria. Niccolo is a SAG/AFTRA membership candidate and holds a BA in Acting from Emerson College. Learn more about Niccolo at his official website.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
GARY S. JAFFE
WRITER / CO-DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
An Austin, TX native, Gary is now a New York-based writer/director of film and theatre. His theatre work has appeared on stages around NYC, including a recent professional workshop production of his play Song to the Moon and numerous short plays. His full-length play Diaspora was chosen as a finalist in the Jewish Plays Project 2015 national playwriting contest. Additionally, he is a lyricist/librettist in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and the Associate Program Director of The Amoralists’ writer development lab Wright Club. A recent newcomer to the world of film, Gary has now penned the scripts for two shorts, Desert Walk and Sunset (also his directorial debut). Back in Austin, Gary served as Artistic Director of Tutto Theatre Company, for which he directed four productions including the award-winning premieres The Dudleys!: A Family Game and Zeus in Therapy. He also debuted Love in Pine, his first original full-length. Gary holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University.
CO-DIRECTOR / EDITOR / PRODUCER
Katie is a NYC-based filmmaker and member of the Motion Picture Editor's Guild. As an editor her work has screened in wide release, film festivals, prime time television and major streaming outlets. Katie is currently working on season five of FX's prestige drama The Americans, co-editing the season finale. She edited the independent film Knucklehead, starring Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe that won the Industry Choice Award at Dances With Films in 2015. She co-edited, HITS, a dark comedy directed by David Cross, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. In between editorial projects, Katie has pursued her love of writing and directing. Sunset, her third short film, will have its world premier in 2017. Her feature script, Ghost Tours, was a finalist in the 2016 NH Film Festival. Katie began her career as a set PA on films such as Mildred Pierce, Men in Black III and Knight and Day. She is a passionate storyteller, who deeply understands and values the collaborative process of filmmaking from development to post. Additional film and TV work includes: MARS, The Girlfriend Experience, Imperium, Crossbones, Royal Pains, I Don't Know How She Does It, Hannah has a Hophase, Gossip Girl, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Premium Rush. Katie holds a BS in Film and Television Production from Boston University.
PRODUCER / PRODUCTION MANAGER
An Illinoisan for his first 14 years, then a Texan for the next 12, this rookie film and TV producer now calls New York City home. Skylar currently serves as development producer at Mana Originals (a new division of Mana Contemporary, Jersey City’s up-and-coming creative hub) where he is involved in all elements of creative for more than 30 television and digital projects in various stages of development. As managing producer of the fledgling production shingle Band of Others (producers of Sunset), Skylar and his collaborators are out to create film and media projects that combine unrelenting intimacy, unseen POVs, and unexpected filmmaking. Over the last several years, Skylar has worked in the production office as coordinator and assistant on nearly 40 commercial productions for top brands like Nike, Cadillac, Target, Apple and more. He’s also worked on a number of New York film and television productions, including Season 3 of FX’s The Americans. Before relocating to NYC, Skylar cut his teeth at the Texas Film Commission (governor’s fellowship), Austin Film Society and Austin Studios. He holds a BA in Political Science and Mass Communication from Texas State University.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
An Emmy-winning Director of Photography with more than 22 years experience in the Motion Picture and Television industries, Jonathon is a seasoned shooter for feature films, shorts, documentaries, commercials, music videos, concerts and programs, live and multi-camera television. His expertise includes 35mm and 16mm film formats and a wide array of HD video formats including 4K+ digital cinema. Jonathon has filmed projects all over the world (Central and South America, Alaska, Australia, Middle East) and is also an experienced underwater and aerial cinematographer. He earned an Emmy for cinematography, photographed an Emmy-winning spot in 2013, and has a total of five Telly awards. He makes his home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and works as a local in the New York City, Los Angeles, Boston and Miami areas. See more of Jonathon’s work at his official website.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER / COSTUMER
Justin is a Texas born, New York based art director & prop designer for television, film and theatre. He comes from a line of Texas artists and artisans - his grandparents were carpenters, painters, and toy makers. From them Justin learned the importance of creating things with his hands. His connection to objects, environments, and how things function, as well as an eclectic aesthetic, has charmed such companies as Viacom, McCann ad agency, BBC, feature and independent films, Broadway & Off Broadway Theatre. See more of Justin’s work at his official website.
Julian Cassia is a New York based composer and producer, originally hailing from Lebanon, by way of France and England. He's composed the music for some 20 short films as well as feature-length narratives and documentaries. He previously worked with Katie on her short film Haunted.