|Jesse Cowell – CREATOR
Jesse, known as “Jeskid” on the webernets has been making films intensely for the past seventeen years. His goal is to give people the gift of movies he got as a child and hopefully bring them back to where they should be. He has a real love of people and always encourages all around him to throw caution into the wind and go for it. In his spare time – wait he has no life outside of sitting in front of this computer
Jesse Cowell on Twitter
|Erica Langworthy – ANIMATOR/DESIGNER
Erica’s utter commitment from day one convinced Jesse that this film was even possible to make. Not a week has passed that she has not come up with an innovative design or crafted a shot to give it a more intense slant. Using her art and animation background, Erica has embraced all things digital (3d, Motion Graphics, Use of a Wacom Cintique, etc) to give her work a cutting edge feel with a rooted traditional sense. She is currently looking for interesting projects and people to work with.
|Marissa Parness – ACTRESS – “Emily Waters”
Recent graduate of the musical theatre program at circle in the square theatre school in New York, Marissa Parness, in many ways, made the film possible. In every scene Marissa left her heart and soul on the screen and I will be forever grateful for her week in week out effort. If every experience in working with someone is this easy – I cannot wait to make more films. She is currently seeking representation in New York City.
Marissa on Myspace
|Elizabeth Plevy – ACTRESS – “Young Emily”
From the moment Elizabeth Plevy walked into the audition, she showed not only an utter professionalism for her young age, but also the rare ability to communicate what she was feeling without relying on words to say it. She loves acting and is currently is looking for representation in New York City. Without a doubt, she truly has the talent to make any director a happy one.
|Guy Rader – ACTOR – “Douglas”
Guy is a lifelong actor and has been collaborating on the “Jeskid” team for over 10 years. Not only a great friend to Jes, but a real inspiration with his 100 percent sincere best he gives in everything he does on-screen and off.. In his spare time, Guy plays washboard and vocals in “The Drunken Swimmers” – a NYC-based jug band. A great talent and friend till the end.
Drunken Swimmers on Myspace
|Michael Speer – ACTOR – “Father”
Michael gave, hands down, the best audition I have ever seen. He followed it up with a performance that made the character in the script look weak. An excellent actor, Michael is looking for good directors to work with and representation in the NYC area.
|Jack Perry – ACTOR – “Jonas” Jack originally auditioned for the role of Emily’s father, but when I saw the range of charm he was able to quickly demonstrate, I knew he should play the role of Jonas. With his ability to bring that extra something to even the smallest of moments, I really think Jack has what it takes to go to the next level of acting. It is our pleasure to have him in a re-occuring role. He currently can be seen in the off-broadway show “Found a Peanut” and is looking for representation.
|Sharon hawk – ACTRESS – “Mother”
Sharon hawk, a Circle In The Square Theater graduate was able to bring not only a real physicality to the film in her several stunts, but also brought the vulnerability and sincerity in playing Emily’s mother that was essential to making the film work. She currently has several films in post production which can be seen at the below links.
|Russell Clay – ACTOR – “Steven Coleman” (Ep 10)
Russell Clay is a real-life counselor who practices in New York City, helping people deal with their inner demons. (Mostly nowhere near as terrifying as Emily’s!) A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Russell has been in New York for 14 years and has several writing projects in the works, including a novel co-authored by his life partner, the historical novelist Stephanie Cowell. They have 5 sons between them, and 5 grandchildren.
|Omar Portilla – ACTOR – “Pedro” (Ep 2, 11)
Omar attended Rosa L. Parks H.S. Fine & Performing Arts and Graduated as a Drama Major. He then served Five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and after the end his service in the military, decided to continue to follow his dreams of being a trained actor and performing on stage and screen. A pleasure to work with and a real find, Omar will do very well with just his good nature alone.
|Torre Reigns – ACTOR – “Jackson” (Ep 4, 11)
Torre is working towards his B.A. in theatre and just wrapped up the production of Iphigenia at Aulis, where he played Achilles. Torre not only gave a 100 percent commitment in the auditions and on set (with an awesome performance), he also assisted in getting all of his fellow thugs cast and organized. I have him to thank for the talented team of actors that put in a great show on a crazy sunday afternoon. Torre is currently seeking representation in NYC.
|Brandon Basquin – ACTOR – “Mikey” (Ep 4, 11)
Brandon’s genuine nature and big smile made the shooting day a whole lot easier. When the camera rolled, his instantly transformed into the complete opposite of his good nature showing off his acting chops. He would be an asset to any production as his imagination and enthusiasm is catchy and invaluable.
|Jarde Jacobs – ACTOR – “Patrick” (Ep 4, 11)
Jarde Jacobs, a dedicated actor having received his BA in theater from Clark Atlanta University, and an MFA from Rutgers University hails from Brooklyn, NY. Jarde also made the shoot a real pleasure as his focused demeanor and willingness to give it all made the scene that much better. Jarde is currently looking for commercial and legit representation.
|William Mason – ACTOR – “Tyrell” (Ep 4, 11)
William Sudan Mason is a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. in Theater. “He would like to thank Jesse Cowell for the opportunity to be a part of a fun and physically demanding project.” William would like to thank his family and loved ones for their support, especially his girlfriend Lydia and their 20 month old son Amir.
|Ledwin Lopez – ACTOR – “Antonio” (Ep 4, 11)
Ledwin showed a real professionalism and eagerness throughout the day and probably has the honor of being my favorite kill in the series so far. A good guy with an interesting look, Ledwin strives to bring his passion
for acting to other productions. He currently can be seen in the international short “luck.”
Ledwin on Myspace
|Walter J. Masterson – ACTOR – “Abusive Husband” (Ep 3, 11)
Walter J. Masterson has worked extensively in film and television. On set he showed an exceptional ability to use his imagination in battling elements that existed only in the minds on the actors and filmmakers on set.
Walter’s MySpace Page
|Ed Domingues – ACTOR – “Franky” (Ep 5) Ed is a Brazilian born and an American bread actor. He has been working and living in New York City for the better part of the last eight years. “I am delighted to have worked with such a brilliant cast and crew. I’d like to Thank Torre for introducing him to Jesse and of course Jesse for the opportunity to work on such a great project.” The pleasure was all ours Ed. You were awesome – Jesse
|Daniel Kemna – ACTOR – “Miles” (Ep 5) Born in Peru and raised in The Netherlands. Studied acting at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and The Actors Center of San Francisco. Finished his conservatory program at Circle in the Square Theater School as playing Orsino in Twelfth Night at Circle’s broadway stage. Theater credits include Sandy in The Sandman Cometh at the 13th Street Repertory Company, Pancho (Bolivian Soldier voice-over) in School of the Americas at the Public Theater, King Hyperius in Bard’s Days Night at The American Theater of Actors and Ethan in It’s a Wonderful Sexlife at Manhattan Theater Source. Daniel is currently playing Jason in Medea in NYC at the Bijou Theater.
Check out www.nightschooltheater.com
|Mary Kelly – ACTRESS – “Jackie” (Ep 5) Lucky for the film Mary agreed to play this scantly clad part on what would be one of the coldest days of the year. I am extremely thankful for all that she has done to help out as she made what could have been a tough day – easy. Not only great in the role – she was great fun to have on the set. Thank you so much Mary.|
|Erikka Walsh – ACTRESS – “Rachel” (Ep 5, 11) Erikka is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York and Temple University in Philadelphia. She’s also a violinist and singer, and is currently seeking representation. Not only was she great to work with, she was a real trooper in near frigid temperatures. A pleasure to work with on a very tough day. She can be reached at email@example.com|
|Andrew Blessing – VOICE ACTOR – “Morsus” Andrew came onto the project as a fan/friend of Jesse Cowell’s work. Upon hearing Andrew’s voice over a chat room Microphone – Andrew was immediately signed to have him play the voice role of the demonic “Morsus”. Andrew, an avid comic, movie and video game fan fit right into the role as he delivered the voice that would give life to a central character in “Drawn By Pain”|
|Josephine Gorchoff – ACTRESS – “Battered Woman” (Ep 3)
Josephine, a recent graduate of Circle in the Square theater program recently relocated to Los Angeles and is currently looking for representation.
Josephine’s MySpace Page
|Kjirsten Riccardi – ACTRESS – “Wife looking at house” (Ep 8, 11)
Bio coming soon.
|Richard Rella Jr. – ACTOR – “Husband looking at house” (Ep 8, 11)
Bio coming soon.
|Rachel – ACTRESS – “Real estate Agent” (Ep 8 )
Bio coming soon.
|Matt Sisco – COMPOSER
Tracks (featured in): “Resurrection” (Ep 3), “Nineveh” (Series Intro), “Morsus Theme” (Ep 3, 5, 8), “Atroce” (Ep 2, 4), “EM2″ (Ep 4), “Des Real” (Ep 4)
If I could clone this guy I would. Matt creates a large part of the original music for DBP (including the opening) and gives many of the episodes the sound that drives them forward. A really great collaborator, I see nothing but good things for this young talented musician.
Matt’s Website – Graceful Records
|Jed Smith – COMPOSER
Tracks (featured in): “Unbearable Redress” (Ep 6, 10), “Calm…” (Ep 6), “Dis truly is de land of aw fadders” (Ep 11), “Skulk” (Ep 9, 11), “Saturnalia” (Ep 9, 11), “Stabbed (Ep 9 preview) “, “Shrutibox (Ep 9)”, “Fate No More” (Ep 10), “Voices in the library” (Ep 10 Preview)
b e t a f i s h is a Los Angeles-based music composition company, headed by composer/producer Jed Smith. Jed has worked for and with notable cinematic and musical talents as diverse as Lionsgate, New Line, Dimension, Macy Gray, Carmen Rizzo, Paul Oakenfold, BT, Dido, Ladytron, Comedy Central, Chiat-Day, Six Degrees Records, Amp Fiddler, Electronic Arts, High Voltage, JunkieXL, Cirque du Soleil, Wim Wenders, David Arquette, Wes Craven and numerous others. His work has been in Hollywood films such as The Bank Job, The Mist, The Tripper, Harold and Kumar 2, Pledge This!, Cursed, Thirteen, and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, as well television series such as The OC, Grey’s Anatomy, Windfall, Commander in Chief, and Reno 911! and featured in independent films screened at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, as well as in other domestic, European and Korean Film festivals.
Jed’s Website – Betafish Music
|Nico Audy-Rowland – COMPOSER
Tracks (featured in): “Invisiblepen Suite” (EP 1, 2, 4, 7), “Blood of a Maiden” (Ep 5, 8 )
Nico Audy-Rowland’s music can be heard on the popular machinima series Red vs Blue and The Strangerhood, Project Magma’s maps for Myth II, and the Halo 2 Limited Collectors Edition DVD. He has performed alongside members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and New York Philharmonic, and has opened for many profile acts. He is joined by the haunting vocals of Misty Noor and Martha Williams.
Nico’s Website Contact Martha Contact Misty Noor
|Selcuk Bor – COMPOSER
Tracks (featured in): “Fairwell Dan” (Ep 3)
Selcuk makes music is truly for the love of the doing so. “I do what I do because I like to do it. Helping those who wants my talents is pretty much it”. His song “Fairwell Dan” provides a haunting track as Emily investigates something that doesn’t quite sit well with her.
|Jeff Strathearn – COMPOSER
Tracks (featured in): “Idle Time” (Ep 1)
The group TSU is based out of Ohio (USA) and consists of one member, Jeff Strathearn and started in the early part of 1994. Jeff is also a film editor, camera operator, director and script writer as well as a musician, and has goals of completing his first feature film (on as little budget as I can get away with!) by the end of 2008.
|Daniel Collins – COMPOSER
Tracks (featured in): “The Broken Requiem” (Ep 1, 11)
Daniel’s passion is the piano and his goals are many…”Take me anywhere the wind blows” is his motto. The reason he wanted his music in Drawn By Pain is ”I just wanted to hear my music in a great film”. Thanks Daniel – you’re awesome. His track can be heard be heard on the popular website newgrounds where he is an active member.
Listen to Daniel’s Music
|Bad Man Inc. and Darkside – COMPOSERS
Tracks (featured in): “A World So Cold” (Ep 4, 5)
Bio coming soon.
|Victor Gonzalez – CREATIVE CONSULTANT
Victor’s contribution is hard to describe as he’ll do anything to help keep things moving. From a top level, Victor helped make a lot of the key decisions that went into planning the film. From the ground floor, he sat through editing sessions and offer invaluable advice. He even came to the shoots to make sure everyone and everything is safe. He is another long time friend (and cast member of “Shades of Gray”) who makes it all tick. If surrounding yourself with good people is the key to success, I (Jes) must already be successful
|Steven Bordelon – CREATIVE CONSULTANT
There are several pieces of the puzzle that always make projects like this work and one of the major elements is Steve Bordelon and his numerous skillsets. Steve has helped in numerous areas. He is a tireless team member and awesome Director in his own right (with his award winning film “Phoenix”). Having helped Produce Jesse’s last feature “Shades of Gray” – Steve has truly made himself an invaluable asset for many years.
|Charles Parra – ONLINE CONSULTANT
Charles brings the X-factor to everything web. It’s like I (Jes) went out and found someone who could fill in all my dumb gaps and make me seem smarter. He is helping to run the base of operations around here and make sure we are able to reach as many people as we can with our little (BIG!) film. He is also working on making things more fun and interactive as we go and I thank him from way down for all the support.
|The Plevy family (Randi and Robert) for just about everything (starting with the use of their house!), Bob, everyone at Jeskid’s World, RVB, Andy D., My mom for being my inspiration, Tribeca Cinemas for lighting my shots with their theater , Kim Spicer for the amazing casting/planning help and anyone who ever told me it couldn’t be done – thanks for the fuel! I <3 all ya guys.|