The producers of The Storyteller are very excited to be introducing their cast and crew. The caliber of talent across the board, as well as the combined experience and passion, makes for a team well-qualified to bring the PAGE Awards-winning script to life. Without further ado.
The talented and delightful Brooklyn Rae Silzer joins as the enigmatic 10 year old protagonist Abby. Brooklyn is best known for her recurring role as Emma on General Hospital. She has also appeared on Criminal Minds, CSI Miami and CSI New York.
Constance Towers joins in the role of Rosemary. Constance is a Hollywood veteran who appeared in exceptionally strong ingénue roles in the movie dramas The Horse Soldiers (1959) starring John Wayne, and Sergeant Rutledge (1960) opposite Jeffrey Hunter. Director Samuel Fuller cast her against type in some of his highly offbeat dramas in the early 1960s, in which she played a stripper girlfriend in Shock Corridor (1963) and in The Naked Kiss (1964). Constance is also an acclaimed musical leading lady and has appeared on countless TV shows.
The wonderful spitfire Cassidy Mack will be playing the role of Jen. Cassidy is best known for her roles in Chilly Christmas and Zoey to the Max. Not only will Cassidy be performing on camera, she will also be recording original music for the film. A foster child herself, Cassidy is the founder of “Love Gives Chances” – a non-profit foundation empowering foster children.
Tony Award winner Levi Kreis has signed on for the role of John Griffin. Levi is a broadway actor, as well as an acclaimed musician out of Nashville with songs played on shows like Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and Better Half. Levi will be collaborating with us on original music for the film and performing the songs on screen.
Kristina Wagner joins in the role of Doctor Gordon. Kristina is a long-time regular on the shows General Hospital and When Calls the Heart, and also recently co-directed the Emmy nominated documentary Children of Internment with our director (and 20 Questions Film founder) Joe Crump.
Scottie Thompson will be taking on the role of Maggie Stevens. Scottie graduated from Harvard University, where she first discovered her love for acting. Scottie moved to New York after college and has since amassed an incredible body of work. She has worked on enumerable shows in guest and supporting roles including The Blacklist, Grey’s Anatomy, Graceland, Trauma and countless others.
Rounding out an already wonderful cast is Broadway star Eden Espinosa who will be portraying Carol. Eden is known for playing such iconic roles as Elphaba in Wicked and Maureen in Rent. She is also a thriving recording artist and film actress.
But what good is a talented cast, if not in good hands. Introducing the stellar crew of The Storyteller:
At the helm is writer/director Joe Crump. Joe was recently nominated for an Emmy for his documentary Children of Internment – co-directed with his sister Kristina Wagner. Joe also recently founded the production company Dancing Spirit Productions and the very film blog you’re currently reading this on.
As a woman of many talents, she wears many hats: Rachel Noll is the writer and producer. Rachel previously wrote and produced the award winning feature film Don’t Pass Me By and the award winning short Paramnesia. Along with The Storyteller, Rachel has three additional features currently in development.
Executive producer is Nancy Crump. Nancy was born in Maine and grew up in Los Angeles. She worked for years as a legal secretary and paralegal in a mid-size Los Angeles law firm specializing in civil litigation, criminal and entertainment law, the latter of which was Nancy’s focus. Nancy then took the position of assistant to the VP of Business Affairs at Empire Entertainment. While at Empire, she developed skills as a story consultant and worked with friends and colleagues in the industry to improve and polish their scripts and stories.
Shari Lynn Himes is on board as Unit Production Manager. An Indiana native, Shari has amassed years of experience on big Hollywood productions including the hit show Prison Break. Shari has extensive experience as a UPM and Production Coordinator, and has also produced and directed narrative content in Indiana.
Sienna Beckman has signed on as 1st AD. Sienna is an experienced AD, producer, line producer and UPM, currently the content producer for a popular YouTube channel with a huge following. Along with her production work, Sienna is on the board of iWe, a group focusing on gender balance in the industry.
Sound Mixing will be handled by Bud Osborne. Bud has worked in the industry for years as a DP, Sound Mixer, Camera Operator, Gaffer and many other positions. His experience will be a tremendous asset.
Cara Indiano joins as Costume Designer. Her creativity and passion for bringing characters to life through her creations can be viewed in her online portfolio. In addition to her film work, Cara is involved in supporting handcrafted, artisanal fashion design, organic textiles and enjoys teaching pattern making and advanced sewing techniques.
5-time Emmy winning composing team TLA 18 will be providing the music. They will be working with production on the original music that is sung by the actors, as well as the film’s score.
Linda Rondinella joins the crew as key Makeup/Hair artist. Linda has a long resume of credits, including work on General Hospital with some of our leading cast.
You can follow the progress on The Storyteller‘s Facebook page – or here on the 20 Questions Film site where we’re writing articles related to every aspect of the filmmaking process, using The Storyteller as a case study.