Miska Draskoczy - Writer & Director
Miska Draskoczy moved to NYC in the late nineties to co-found and art direct the media ruse NATOarts, a conceptual arts organization purporting to be funded by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In the spring of 2001, the federal government of Switzerland brought "NATOarts: A Retrospective" to Geneva where it was exhibited for an eight-week run.
Turning his efforts to film and animation, Miska directed several shorts including Golf Xpress, a short film about a psychotic golf pro (TromaDance, Best of Denver Underground Fest), and Perfect Heat, a surreal sci-fi film about anxiety (20+ festivals including SF IndieFest, Fantastic Fest, Cinequest, LA Shorts Fest). His latest film is the Rubik's Cube short The Trick (Fantasia Fest). Miska's work has been profiled in ARTnews, i-D, UK Esquire, Wired, New York Press, and SHIFT among others. His first documentary project, Here's the Thing..., is a web series which profiles people through pictures of objects in their home and has reached over 275,000 views.
In 2002 Miska founded the production company snow23 where he has accumulated extensive experience in design and post production pursuing client projects as a director, FX artist, editor and animator. Some of Miska’s broad roster of clients include MTV, Microsoft, IBM, Porsche, Vogue, the International Center of Photography, Fila, Canon, Condé Nast and many of New York’s top ad agencies such as Grey Worldwide, Deutsch, Razorfish, Ogilvy & Mather and TBWA \ Chiat \ Day.
Miska's first feature film project, the metaphysical family horror film Mister Gimp, is currently in development and a Slamdance 2010 screenplay competition semi-finalist.
Iris Jyoung - Producer
Iris is a freelance producer based in New York City. She began her career as an intern at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon with a BA in Creative Writing, she was hired by the station's marketing production group as a production assistant. In addition to eventually producing local commercials during the day, Iris was a technical director and coordinating producer for a live sports call-in show, Sports Nite, and all Steelers football and Penguins hockey home games. In 2003, Iris moved back to New York to pursue work in independent film.
Iris quickly adapted her experience in TV to film, production managing NYU graduate short films such as Twitch which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival and was a finalist in the 32nd Annual Student Academy Awards. Her recent credits include Pretty To Think So (featuring James Kyson Lee; San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), The Elephant King (featuring Ellen Burstyn and Tate Ellington; Audience Award, Oxford Film Festival 2008), and The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief (Best Documentary Feature, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2006).
Iris loves the spirit of independent film. She hopes to continue making films for years to come until she gets too old to work the long days.
Pierrot Colonna - Cinematographer
Pierrot Colonna was born in Paris in the mid 70's. Not interested in the typical school system, he managed to get a job in a newspaper as a messanger. A few months later his relationship with the photographers at the newspaper lead him to learn the basics of photography and start shooting stills. After a few years Pierrot met someone who changed his life, a war reporter that worked for the Capa agency in Paris. The stories and style of that cameraman changed Pierrot's life forever and a passion was born, along with a friendship too.
With France's economy stagnating in the mid 90's, Pierrot moved to New York to achieve his dream: becoming one of the best cameramen in the world. He worked as a camera assistant on low budget feature films in New York and around the states, "it’s a great way to learn." He fell in love with the movie business and after a few years his new goal was to be a director of photography.
Over the years Pierrot has worked with great directors and D.P.'s such as Hype Williams, Paul Hunter, Abel Ferrara and many others. He was hired to shoot music videos for a french production company and his second music video became number one in France. Pierrot has now shot more than 40 music videos in 35mm and 16mm, a dozen commercials and various projects including documentaries and promos. With his european sensitivity and American training, Pierrot Colonna is without a doubt an upcoming D.P. with a unique style and passion.
Mark Byrne - the Magician
Mark was born at one am on the trans Siberian railway somewhere on the outskirts of St. Petersburg to a woman he never saw again. Since then he has travelled the world in self exploration from dank rehearsal hall to reinvention on the boards of many a theatre and sometimes in front of the clear camera lens.
Recent endeavors have included the lover Ferdinand in The Tempest performed on the plains of Manitoba at The Manitoba Theatre Centre, rewarding for what he discovered in the cheap whiskey joints where the local inuits drank and scrapped while Byrne stole their women for sweaty evenings in long wet grass.
Mark played An Irish Gangster in the LA premiere of Howie The Rookie by the brilliant Mark O'Rowe, a serial killer based on Jeffrey Dahmer in Dancing with Demons seen at The National Black Theatre festival accompanied by gasps and stares for the reality he evoked with his despicable passion.
He has taken direction from Martin Scorcesse on speaker phone for his voice over work on Gangs of New York, played a Black Marketeer in the soon to be seen One Global Story, and a terrorist in The Man from The North at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival.
Performed as another racist, this time disguised as a reporter, for Stageplay's production of Thunder and Lightning about the day Jackie Robinson first played for The Dodgers. Played a comatose loser in Mr.B at The Gdansk Theatre Festival. A Young Gentleman in LA Ronde in Dublin.
Mark is currently writing nine short films, three features and five one man shows all of which go into production on December 21 2012. In the last two years he has been homeless, a squatter in Queens, arrested for making a citizen's arrest on a park police officer and has moved fifteen times. He would like to thank Miska for casting him as normal Joe, a part he relished for its unfamiliarity.
Tricia Parks - (Woman on street)
Tricia Mancuso Parks was recently seen on Law and Order SVU. Tricia enjoys the freedom that acting gives her to express her true passions in life, which include yoga, painting her toes nails neon pink, the pacific ocean, and all things vegetarian.
In addition to her adventures as an actress of stage and screen Tricia has over 12 years experience managing creative businesses as the founder of production company MancusoCinema and artist rep at the management agency BurritoBoards Creative.
Daniel Dugan - (Couple on Street)
Daniel Dugan will appear in the upcoming feature film AN INVISIBLE SIGN with Jessica Alba. He co-starred on LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT with Chris Noth, starred in the MTV-nominated parody SPADEMEADOW, POSTMORTEM (Barcelona Audience Award), 2K3, the title role in TOMMY DARLING, and is currently shooting the feature film ART=(LOVE)?. NY theater includes the two-character hit Off-Broadway play DON'T ASK (FringeNYC), NEVER SWIM ALONE (Workshop Theater), BREAKING UP WITH MY MOTHER (Access Theater), Arlene Hutton's 40 STAT.76 (The Barrow Group), Orlando in AS YOU LIKE IT (Curtain Up Nomination-Best Ensemble), THE SHAPE OF THINGS (Queens Theater in the Park), BLISS (Vital Theater), JOURNEY TO GOTHA and others (Stageworks/Hudson), YESTERDAY (Samuel French Finalist). Studied at The Barrow Group in NYC and with Adrienne Weiss. www.DanielDugan.com
Asie Mohtarez - (Couple on Street)
Asie Mohtarez is an Iranian-American comedian living and performing in New York City. She began studying improv and acting after several failed attempts at fulfilling her immigrant parents' American dreams of her becoming a doctor-lawyer-engineer. You can find Miss Mohtarez performing stand-up around the city at Comix, Comic Strip Live, Broadway Comedy Club and The New York Comedy Club, and blogging regularly at asie.tumblr.com