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MICHELLE DANNER | Director/Producer

Michelle Danner is the founding and artistic director of The Edgemar Center for the Arts a cultural arts center in Santa Monica, CA which was designed by architect Frank Gehry.  She raised $1.3 million in a capital campaign towards the construction of the two theatres and the art gallery at the Center.  Michelle is a renowned actor, director and award-winning acting coach. She has directed and produced the film “Hello Herman” starring Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints and The Walking Dead) through her production company ‘All In Films’.   She is looking forward to the release of her latest directorial feature, Hello Herman starring: Norman Reedus , Martha Higareda, and Garrett Backstrom.The movie premiered to a sold out crowd at the Hollywood Film Festival in October, and will premiere at the Monaco Film Festival on May 7th, 2013. The film opens on June 7, 2013 in 10 major cities across North America, with simultaneous availability on Time Warner On-Demand in 100 million US homes.  The trailer for Hello Herman can be viewed at Michelle’s next movie is set to film in August of 2013.

She has worked with many A-List Actors privately and on set, including: Chris Rock, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Penelope Cruz,  Grant Bowler, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Common, Salma Hayek, Brian McKnight, James Franco, Marcia Cross, Christian Slater, Catherine Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Gabrielle Union, Verne Troyer, Justin Chatwin, Justine Wadell, Rob Estes, Rick Fox, Michelle Rodriguez, Melanie Brown and Kellan Lutz among many others.  Michelle has trained personally with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen, and has been the managing director of the Larry Moss Studio (now The Acting Studio at Edgemar) for the last nineteen years.  She teaches ongoing scene study, “The Golden Box”, and auditioning for film and television classes at her own acting studio in Los Angeles, as well as internationally in: Europe, Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, Australia, and New York.  Her studio encompasses the following acting techniques: Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Chekov, & the Stanislavsky Technique.  Michelle was the comedic acting expert on the WB show “The Starlet”.  She was voted favorite acting coach by Backstage readers.  Michelle also directs for the industry’s multi media event, Scene Bites.  She was featured coaching Andy Richter on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.


Michelle Danner has produced and acted in the award-winning short, Dos Corazones, which won Best Cinematography & Audience Favorite at the Malibu Film Festival. In 2006 she made her feature film-directing debut with How to Go Out on A Date in Queens, which won four LA Film Awards including Best Director. The film starred Jason Alexander, Esai Morales, Ron Perlman, Kimberly Williams, Rob Estes, and Alison Eastwood. How to Go Out on A Date in Queens is currently available everywhere on video. The film also aired nationwide as the Sunday Night Movie of the Week during Memorial Day weekend 2008.

Michelle’s two new acting books: The Daily Ritual and The Golden Box will be released in 2013.  



Norman Reedus was born in Florida, where he lived only a few months before moving to Los Angeles, California. He also lived in several cities in several different countries including Japan, Britain, and Spain. In Los Angeles, he worked at a Harley Davidson shop in Venice and at the same time contributed artwork to various shows as a painter, photographer, sculptor, and video artist. He got his first taste of acting in the play “Maps for Drowners” at the Tiffany Theater on Sunset Boulevard. Days later, he was cast inMimic (1997), then in Six Ways to Sunday (1997), and Floating (1997). He then on to do many other films including The Boondock Saints (1999), Deuces Wild (2002), Blade II (2002), Let the Devil Wear Black (1999), Gossip (2000/I),Moroz po kozhe (2007), The Notorious Bettie Page (2005), Hero Wanted, and many others. Norman currently lives in New York with his son, Mingus Lucien Reedus.




Higareda was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, the daughter of actress Martha Cervantes and artist Jose Luis Higareda, and sister of the actress Miriam Higareda. She is a Mexican actress. She appeared in diverse advertising campaigns and video clips. In 2002, Higareda finally appeared in her first movie as a protagonist in Amarte Duele.  In 2008, she appeared in the film Street Kings, sharing credits with Keanu Reeves, Hugh Laurie, and Forest Whitaker. In 2010, she appeared in the prequel to the crime/action film Smokin Aces, Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball, as a deadly female assassin with poisonous lips.









Garrett Backstrom was born and raised in Colorado. He was an an 11 year gymnast, 2 time state champion He came to California 2 years ago to pursue acting. He landed roles in features films Hello Herman and The Perfect Hurl and 2 television shows, as wall as numerous commercials. He loves outdoor sports, including snowboarding and mixed martial arts. Garrett looks forward to a future in directing and producing.





















Rob Estes was born in Virginia. He attended Santa Monica High School and is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He is an actor with a big successfull for his role as Harry Wilson on the 90210 and as Kyle McBride on the prime time soap Melrose Place. Following Melrose Place he had guest starring roles on Providence and Gilmore Girls. He also performed in theatre, and had roles in Same Time, Next Year (2004), The Lake (2005) and One White Crow(2013). Rob Estes continues to reside in Seattle. He has two children, Mason and Maya.








ALEXANDRA GUARNIERI Born in Paris, Alexandra moved to the US at age 11. She speaks 4 languages fluently (French, Spanish, Italian, and English). She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University with a degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, Alexandra spent several years working in television, first at CNN then MSNBC. After spending 3 years as the Managing Director of the New York Theater Company she moved to Los Angeles. Currently, Alexandra is co-founder and managing director of Edgemar Center for the Arts. Alexandra co-produced the movie “How To Go On A Date In Queens” (Best Picture, Director, Actor many productions, including the widely popular French Cabaret show, “Night of the Black Cat” (Best Musical: 2006 LA Music Awards) and the ongoing series, “Scene Bites” (featured in Daily Variety).

Alexandra has been producing plays and films since 2005. She has had a long collaboration with director Henry Jaglom producing his critically acclaimed play “Always but Not Forever” to his runaway hit “45 Minutes from Broadway”that ran successfully for over a year.  Besides producing plays Alexandra has produced an a number of  musicals such as THANK Q – A World Music Tribute To the Humanitarian Works Of Quincy Jones and the Award winning musical “Black Cat Cabaret” which ran for a year, as well as its revival renamed “Tick Tock Cabaret”   Alexandra’s latest feature film “Hello Herman” written by John Buffalo Mailer, starring Norman Reedus from the “Walking Dead” will be opening in 10 cities in June and has been picked up by Warner Brothers to play in 100 million homes. The trailer can be watched at Please visit her film company at to see the latest films under development for 2013.  She is also an active member in the community and has created and shaped various outreach programs for underprivileged children, teens, and the elderly. With a passion for art, she also curates the Edgemar Center for the Arts Art Gallery and runs the Michelle Danner acting school one of the top acting schools in the country, offering acting classes to children teens and adults. You can visit


Directed: THE HOUSE OF YES, CHIP CHOP and IT MUST BE HIM at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica CA, LOST IN YONKERS and ALMOST MAINE for the STEEL RIVER PLAYHOUSE in PA, ALMOST MAINE for the  Gasworks Theatre in Melbourne AU, and THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW at The Complex in Los Angeles.


Mr. Drillinger is a founder and the Creative Director of Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA. He directed the show for the first Edgemar benefit event that was hosted by Jason Alexander and included; Hilary Swank, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sally Kellerman, Chad Lowe and many others.

In Los Angeles; he currently produced and stars in the film HELLO HERMAN, premier, Hollywood Film Festival 2012, winner, the Award for Social Relevance at the 2013 Monaco Film Festival. Brian produced FOUR-THOUGHT at the Hudson Theatre, as well as the critically acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams THE ROSE TATOO also at the Hudson. He produced the successful industry series SCENE BITES at the Tiffany Theatre and also, the workshop production of HOW TO GO OUT ON A DATE IN QUEENS, directed by Larry Moss. Brian produced the award winning short film DOS CORAZONES. He co-wrote, produced and stars in the feature version of HOW TO GO OUT ON A DATE IN QUEENS, for which he won Best Supporting Actor at the LA Indie Awards 2006.

Mr. Drillinger teaches classes in scene study, cold reading and voice for the Edgemar Center. As a visiting artist he has taught classes in voice and scene study in Melbourne AU and for the Philadelphia Acting Studio and the Steel River Playhouse in Pennsylvania. Judy Kerr lists him as a “Recommended Acting Coach” in the successful industry guidebook, Acting Is Everything.

Brian studied acting at SUNY Purchase and graduated with honors. He played Stan on Broadway, and in the film version of Neil Simons, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and the National tour of BROADWAY BOUND. Regional credits include: THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE at the Old Globe in San Diego, the Pulitzer Prize winning play WIT at the South Coast Repertory (original production), the Seattle Repertory and the Alley Theatre in Houston, also at SCR, DEATH OF A SALESMAN and BOUNDARY WATERS, at the Hudson Theatre, SOLACE, GANGSTER APPAREL and DOVE, A SHAYNA MADEL at the Tiffany Theatre, THE REAL THING at the Terry Schreiber Studios in NY and BRIGHT IDEAS at Edgemar Center For The Arts. His television credits include: THE AGENCY, WINGS, LIFE GOES ON, REASONABLE DOUBTS, and GENERAL HOSPITAL. Brian starred opposite Sally Kirkland, in the indie feature STARRY NIGHT, Janeane Garafalo in I SHOT A MAN IN VEGAS and currently in HELLO HERMAN.

ED CHA | Producer

Ed Cha – a Native Angeleno – is a producer-writer of theater and film. His initial training came on the technical side of theater, learning and applying his craft as Technical Director for Sushi Performance and Visual Art in San Diego. During his time at SPVA he worked with and designed for a laundry list of world-renowned artists including, Tim Miller, Holly Hughes, Rachel Rosenthal, and Oguri. An award-winning Lighting Designer with over 300 credits to his name; Mr. Cha designed the Pacific Resident’s Theatre award-winning productions of Orpheus Descending and A Delicate Balance

From there he went on to the La Jolla Playhouse where he was part of the technical team that mounted the original “Thoroughly Modern Millie” directed by Michael Mayer. “Millie” would go on to win multiple Tony Awards on Broadway, including Best Musical.

Mr. Cha returned to his hometown of Los Angeles and began his film career. After a quick – two-year – climb from P.A. to Line Producer, Mr. Cha produced for a number of clients and boutique agencies. His commercial clients have included: Captain Morgan’s Rum, The Rolling Stones, Hite Beer, Anheuser-Busch, FX Network, and Tanqueray Gin. He has produced multiple music videos.

Mr. Cha was hired to produce for The Rolling Stones. He flew to Toronto and joined the band as it prepared for its “Bigger Bang” tour. During the next month Mr. Cha coordinated the international and domestic press interview sessions, and produced both the lead commercial for the CD and the performance videos “Rough Justice” and “Streets of Love” for director Laurel Harris.

Mr. Cha’s credits as a theatrical film producer include, “Katie Q” directed by Ron Vignone, starring Tanna Frederick, Karen Black and Zack Norman. “Shuffle” by award-winning director Kurt Kuenne (Dear Zachery) starring TJ Thyne and “Hello Herman” directed by Michelle Danner and starring Norman Reedus (Walking Dead).

Ed Cha uses the down time between films to coach college football, this will be his fourth year coaching. He is the Special Teams Coordinator for Compton College – The Tartars. He is to receive his B.A. in Communication and Culture from CUNY SPS in June 2013. He will be graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Mr. Cha is developing a feature film project that he will write and direct, based on true crime events in the deserts of Nevada and California.





BERNT AMADEUS CAPRA | Production Designer


FERNANDO VALDES | Set Decoration



Norman Reedus                                  Lax Morales

Martha Higareda                                 Isa Luz

Garrett Backstrom                              Herman Howards

Rob Estes                                            Chet Clarkson

Andy McPhee                                                 Sean Gall

Christine Dunford                               Senator Cox

Brian Drillinger                                   Mr. Phelps

Olivia Faye                                          Marsha Dixon

Jake White                                          Michael Ray

Michelle Danner                                  Gail Howards

Matt Beck                                           Jim Howards

John Bobek                                         Lyle Ferguson

Julia Howards                                     Julianna Penner

Josie                                                    Nita Whitaker

Michael Green                                     Alex Neuberger

Susan                                                  Lindsay Bushman

Lena                                                    Arielle Sitrick

Nicholas                                              James Meyers

Ms.Cribb                                              Lisa Galasso

Principal Evans                                   Alan Pietruszewski

Jim-Carl Lee                                        Dominic Bogart

Dougie-Dogg                                      Jonathan Oldham

Moose                                                 Chris Bonanno

Jerome Johnson/”The Kid”                  David Burrus

Car Rental Employee                          Susanna Brisk

Nick the Bartender                             Shayne Anderson

Police Chief Anderson                        Nina Vincent

Timmy                                                 Alec George

Celia Ray                                            Rebecca Morgan

Gaby                                                   Priscilla Herman

Lisa                                                     Samantha Herman

Jennifer                                               Sabrina Debler

Leslie Stevens                                     Sarah Stettler

Security Guard #1                               Mars Crain

Security Guard #2                               Stephen Eshenbaugh

Little Girl with the Ball                           Blue Greene

Crying Girl                                            Violet Greene

Recorded Compunet Voice                Christine Dunford

Warden                                               Paul Buxton

Officer Kraig                                      Franco Carlotto

Officer Hernandez                              Max Acosta-Rubio

Sergeant Moore                                   Federico Rolon

Officer Katz                                        Max Sebrechts

Officer Ferrat                                      Gustavo Gallego

Officer Hunter                                    Mike Guirgis

Alexis Bradley                                    Alexandra Guarnieri

News Reporter Sydney Flynn            Holly Bonelli

News Reporter James Turner              Paul Tirado

News Reporter Bill Leer                     Benjamin Statler

News Reporter Kate                           Melanie Coote

News Reporter Michelle                     Renee Taglia

News Reporter Faye                           Jacquelynn King

Driver/News Reporter Slater              David Castellvi

Reporter                                              Phil Sokoloff

Reporter                                              Joshua Fishbein

Head FBI Agent Moore                     Jerry Katell

FBI #1                                                 Tassa Loncarevic

FBI #2                                                 Daniel Jenks

Daniel Campbell                                 Elias McCabe

David                                                  Nicholas Danner

Rosalie                                                Porter Wooten

Celeste                                                Chi Chi Navarro

Josh                                                     Ben Chamberlain

Little Julia                                           Mia Mills

Little Herman                                      Ryan Mossell

Bully                                                   Jordan White

Paul Schrewber                                   Jonathan Grubb

Brittany                                               Christina Stanley

Stacy                                                   Kelsey Smoot

Paul                                                     Andrew Olson

Tim                                                      Tim Zhang

Jarred                                                  Romeo Galasso

James                                                   Chris Close

Little Girl                                            Ryder Steele Close

Little Boy                                            Orion Vincent

Misty                                                   Jade Pappion



Directed By                                        Michelle Danner

Written by                                           John Buffalo Mailer

Executive Producers 

Valerie Debler

Dickran Dadourian

Polo Herman

Jerry Katell

Kevork and Anna Markarian

Benjamin Statler

Micah Vincent


Produced by

Michelle Danner

Alexandra Guarnieri

Brian Drillinger

Ed Cha

Norman Reedus




Scott Roughgarden

Skyler Campbell

Danny Rodriguez

Oscar Torres


Associate Producers

Rebecca Morgan

Jessica Ceballos

Federico Rolon


Director of Photography                     Sandra Valde


Film Editors

Christian Kinnard

Bradford Holt

Music by                                             Jeff Beal

Music Supervisor                                Shark

1st AD                                                Ted Campbell

Unit Production Manager                   Ed Cha

2nd AD                                               Ellen Rosentreter

2nd 2nd AD                                        JoAnn Lowrie


Production Manager                           Rob R. Yoo

Production Manager                           Annie Cederholm


1st AC                                                 Kevin Akers

1st AC                                                 Cecilia Guerrero

1st AC                                                 Patrick Blanchett

1st AC                                                 Allyson Schwarz

2nd AC                                               Benjamin Conley

2nd AC                                               Cameron Shaw

Data Manager                                    Mallory Rapelje-Nissan

Gaffer                                                 Chris Carroll

Key Grip                                             Tony Bonando

Best Boy Electric                                Leigh Mierke

Best Boy Grip                                     Ravi Gahunia

Grip                                                     Sarah Boyce

Grip                                                     Victoria Chenoweth

Electric                                                Elton James

Sound Mixer                                        Andy Theiss

Boom Operator                                   Yancey Franco


BTS                                                     Peter Aziza

BTS                                                     Matthew Grace

BTS                                                     Jennifer Littas

BTS                                                     Jig Wiley

BTS                                                     Brady Nielson

BTS                                                     Thomas Zoeschg

EPK                                                    Gloria Paymani and Bradford Holt

Script Supervisor                                 Amy Arter

Script Supervisor                                 Heather Casterlin

Script Supervisor                                 Kimberly Roper

Background Casting                            Jill Wintersteen

Production Designer                            Bernt Amadeus Capra

Assistant Art Director                           Alicia Peterson

Set Decorator                                       Fernando Valdes

Lead Man                                               Ben Blair

Art Department Coordinator              Jessica Ceballos

Assistant Production Designer           Alexei Gagne-Keats

Production Assistant Intern                Darlene Gauci

Production Assistant Intern                Jessica Shea

Set Dresser                                          Alicia Peterson

Propmaster                                          Casey Van Maanen

Assistant Propmaster                          Kyla Van Maanen

Costume Designer                               Emily Turner

Wardrobe Supervisor                          Latrira Stewant

Wardrobe PA                                      Alexa Grant

Key Makeup                                       Jamie Lee Blair

Key Hair                                             Genevieve Garner

Assistant Make-up                              Sita DeFrate

Assistant Make-up                              Brittany Madrigal

Swing                                                  Daniell Karady

Additional Make-up                              Veronica Sinclair

Craft Service                                       Denny Christoferson

Studio Teacher                                    Frankie Gibb

Office PA                                             Adam Sherer

Key Set PA                                          Pauline Lampert

Set PA                                                 Nate O’Mahoney

Production Assistant                           Heather Grace Maytham

Production Assistant                           Myka Priela

Production Assistant                           Paul Tirado

Production Assistant                           Hovsep Agop

Production Assistant                           Carmen Arroyo

Production Assistant                           Emiliano Ayala

Production Intern                                Jonathan Garda

Production Intern                                Stephan Raleseu

Production Intern                                Jamie Boby

Production Intern                                Mike Guirgis

Production Intern                                Brittany Harris

Production Intern                                Jennifer Goebel

Production Intern                                Kachain Thongmanee

Assistant to Michelle Danner              Rebecca Morgan

Assistant to Ed Cha                            Simona Kessler

Assistant to Alexandra Guarnieri       Christina Stanely

Digital Intermediate                            Prehistoric Digital

DI Executive Producer                       William Adashek

Colorist                                               Kevin Cannon

Assistant Colorist                                Josef Sipkins

Audio Post Production by                    Monkeyland Audio, Inc.

Dialogue Editors

Ben Whitver

Brian S.M. Wroth

SFX Editors

Matt Salib

Raymond Park

Foley Artist                                          Caitlin Sheil

Foley Mixer                                         Matt Salib

Re-Recording Mixer                            Trip Brock

NBC Universal Archives

Poster Graphics                    Mike Guirgis

Additional Graphics               Saul Escobeda

Marketing Manager                 Christina Stanley

Legal Counsel                         Margie Carroll

Publicity                                  Indie PR, Dominion 3, and  Lori


DeWaal and Associates

Distribution Consultant                      Jason Tyrrell

Shot on location at the Fred C. Nelles Correctional Facility in Whittier, CA.



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