Garrett M. Brown leads the cast as “Frank,” a middle-aged man with severe Tourette’s whose future is uncertain after his long-time caregiver dies, leaving him with the caregiver’s teenage daughter. Garrett’s outstanding performance as “Frank” garnered him the Best Actor Award at the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival.
Garrett is most widely recognized for his five-year run on the NBC series “Sisters,” and for his performance as John Candy’s brother Bob in Uncle Buck. In 2013, he appeared in the award-winning HBO film Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and directed by Steven Soderbergh, as well as the indie feature Tag. He also recently starred in Kick Ass 2 with Jim Carrey.
Other films include the award winning short, Hard to Come By, directed by Dale Peterson, for which Garrett won “Best Actor” honors at the 2011 ITN Film Festival, the short Gateway directed by Tim Attewell, as well as such other films as I Am Number Four, Kiss the Bride, Gridiron Gang, Fun with Dick and Jane, among some 20 other films, including Woody Allen’s Zelig. In television, he has appeared on numerous shows including most recently, “Scandal,” “Criminal Minds” and “CSI,” as well as “Law and Order: SVU,” “NYPD Blue,” and multiple episodes of the new Showtime hit series, "Masters of Sex", as well as “Big Love,” “The Shield,” “The OC,” “Roswell,” “Boston Public” and “The Practice.”
He has been active in theatre for many years in both New York and Los Angeles. He is a long-time member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, in New York, and from 1998 until 2001 served as Artistic Director of its LA affiliate, EST, The LA Project.
Tess Harper plays the deferential and demure “Aunt Flossie.” Tess began her career in the theater. While working for a financial institution in Texas, she appeared in a TV spot and was discovered by the casting director for Tender Mercies, who cast her in the role of Rosa Lee, a young widow who marries a country singer played by Robert Duvall. Tender Mercies was Harper’s feature film debut. She earned a Golden Globe award nomination for her role, and Robert Duvall won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.
In 1983, Tess appeared in Silkwood, and in 1986 she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Crimes of the Heart. She later played parts in Ishtar (1987), Far North (1988), The Man in the Moon (1991), The Jackal (1997) and Loggerheads (2005). She also took part in Michael Jackson’s Black or White (1991) musical mini-film. Tess shared a Screen Actor’s Guild Award (in the Best Ensemble Category) with her fellow cast members in the Oscar-winning film No Country for Old Men, in which she played the wife of Tommy Lee Jones. Most recently, Tess played the recurring role of Jesse Pinkman’s mother in the “Breaking Bad” series on AMC. Tess has also guest starred in “Criminal Minds,” “Nick & Nora,” “True Detective,” and “Revenge.”
Wayne Duvall provides a hell-raising performance as “Preacher Alexander.” Wayne is a veteran actor of stage and screen best known for playing Homer Stokes in the Coen Brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou?, Coach Ferguson in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and recently co-starred opposite Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in the Denis Villenueve thriller Prisoners. Other notable films include Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, Paul Haggis’s In the Valley of Elah and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
On television Wayne is best known for playing Sgt. Phil Brander on the CBS series “The District” and has a recurring role on HBO’s sci-fi series “The Leftovers,” and guest roles in the series “Gotham” and “West End.” Wayne has also recurred on the shows “Hell on Wheels”, “The Good Wife,” and “Law & Order.” He has guest starred on most of the top television shows including the “Law & Order” and “CSI” shows, “Boardwalk Empire,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “The West Wing” and over 60 others. Wayne enjoys working in both film and theater. Most recently Wayne starred opposite Christine Lahti on stage in the play “Pride of the Falls of Autrey Mill” at the Signature Theater in Virginia. Wayne starred in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s new musical “Bright Star,” which debuted at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego in 2014 and is debuting on Broadway in 2015.
Brent Briscoe plays the ornery “Puggis.” After graduating from the University of Missouri, Brent began his career as an apprentice at The Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre in 1985. Thereafter, he spent several years on the road, starring in the theatrical productions "Greater Tuna" and "A Tuna Christmas." In 1994, he switched gears and spent the year as a staff writer for the television series “Evening Shade” before penning the teleplay “The Right to Remain Silent” for Showtime with his friend and partner Mark Fauser, his old college roommate.
In 1996, Brent moved to Los Angeles permanently on the heels of his role as Scooter in Billy Bob Thornton’s Sling Blade, the first of several efforts linking the two. Since then he has worked in a considerable number of films for some of the industry's most notable directors. His most memorable and critically acclaimed role was that of Lou in A Simple Plan, also a project involving Thornton. Other highlights include roles in The Green Mile, The Majestic, Mulholland Drive, Driven, Madison, and Spider-Man 2. He also played a role alongside his partner Fauser in Waking Up in Reno for Miramax, for which they wrote the screenplay. Brent has appeared in recurring and guest roles in the TV series “Parks and Recreation,” and “Hell on Wheels.”
James DuMont plays a tough guy “Father in Park.” James is a veteran film and television actor with leading supporting roles opposite A-list actors. He most recently had prominent supporting roles in Dallas Buyers Club and in Lee Daniels' The Butler. James can next be seen in the James Brown biopic Get on Up and in When the Game Stands Tall. He also was just cast in Jurassic World.
James just completed his fourth and final season as Captain Richard La Fouchette on the critically acclaimed HBO series “Treme” and the Lifetime mini-series “Bonnie and Clyde: Dead & Alive.” He was featured in the Hallmark movie Remember Sunday on ABC and “Mad Men,” and recurred on TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age.” Past film work includes roles in S.W.A.T. and Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, and Catch Me if You Can. He also had roles in the popular series “Dexter” and “Ugly Betty.”
Nate Hartley plays “John,” the simpleton son of the Preacher. Nate’s passion to perform began at the age of five with community theater performances, commercials and magic shows. He was accepted as a junior member of the Hollywood Magic Castle in 2006. He continued to hone his craft with improvisation and acting classes, leading him to choose a career in acting, writing and directing. He recently co-wrote and starred in a feature film, ImagiGary, in 2014 and starred in a television series, "Addicts Anonymous,” in 2013. Additional recent credits include a guest star performance as an autistic teen on TNT's "Perception" in 2014 and in the films Behaving Badly, and Feels So Good.
He played a lead in Disney series "Zeke and Luther" and "Hannah Montana," and had recurring or guest roles in many other network shows, including “The Goldbergs,” "The Bernie Mac Show," "Unfabulous,". "iCarly," "Rita Rocks," "CSI," "NTSF:SD-SUV," "Best Friends Forever," "New Girl," and "The Flipside."
Rachel DiPillo plays “Laura,” a teen who obsesses with caring for others in order to distract herself from the pain of losing her mother.
Rachel was raised near Nashville, Tennessee, where she excelled in art, theatre, music, and dance. During her senior year of high school, Rachel was discovered by a former Disney casting agent, who persuaded Rachel to forego art school and move to California to pursue acting in film. Within a year, she landed recurring roles in Nickelodeon's “Big Time Rush”, and on ABC’s summer series, “The Gates.” In her second year, she worked on guest star roles on NBC’s “Love Bites,” “Law & Order LA,” and the TNT series “Hawthorne.”
In addition, she was cast in recurring roles in Alloy Entertainment’s fantasy based teen series, “Wendy” and in a Vin Diesel produced series about New York City bouncers entitled, “The Ropes.” That fall, Rachel traveled to Transylvania to work on Universal’s period film, “Werewolf: The Beast Among Us.” Rachel has had continued success with guest star roles on ABC’s “Revenge,” Fox’s “Bones” and The CW’s “Emily Owens, M.D.,” as well as a series regular role on TNT’s untitled “Bounty Hunter” project (playing Oscar-winner Geena Davis’s daughter). Most notably, she earned a recurring role on “Mad Men,” starred in the independent thriller, Recovery, and landed a new recurring role in the critically acclaimed “Jane the Virgin.”
In 2014, Rachel was honored to be named #5 on the list of the top 30 up and coming young actors by Backstage Magazine, the industry journal for casting professionals.
Hayley Kiyoko is a former Disney teen star who is playing a not-so-Disney role as “Alisa”—a wild and free spirit who lives every day like it’s her last and who believes that it’s “all about the journey and not the destination.” Hayley won the Best Supporting Actress award from the 2015 Independent Filmmakers Showcase Film Festival for her terrific portrayal of “Alisa” in our film.
Hayley first appeared in film as the iconic “Velma Dinkley” in the most recent Scooby Doo movies for the Cartoon Network, going on to play “Stevie” in “Wizards of Waverly Place” and in 2014 earning a recurring role on ABC Family’s #1 Drama “The Fosters”, as part of Girls United. She has also starred in CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” and is well known for her leading role as teen rocker/guitarist “Stella” in the Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth. Some fans have discovered her through her music and others through her acting, but all of them continue to delight in her dynamic appeal and infectious personality.
In her free time, Kiyoko enjoys writing and performing her music. She just released her second original EP, “This Side of Paradise” and has embarked on a nationwide tour. She and her band perform frequently in LA clubs. Hayley is thrilled to have been cast in two major films that completed principal photography in 2014--as “Aja” in director Jon M. Chu’s/Blumhouse Productions upcoming live action film Jem and the Holograms, and in as “Maggie” in Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3. Hayley’s talents have been recognized by CBS, which has cast her in a lead role as an FBI analyst “Raven Ramirez,” opposite Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette, in the new series “CSI:Cyber.”
Mary Kate Wiles plays “Kim,” a sweet and naïve teen who is secretly struggling with her fundamentalist faith, her strict parents and her seemingly pre-set path in life. Mary Kate was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she lived until age 18, when she set out for Los Angeles and an education at USC. After starring in numerous productions at USC and studying abroad at the British American Drama Academy in London, Mary Kate graduated with a BA in Theatre and English Literature. Mary Kate is best known for her work as Lydia Bennet in the Emmy-award winning web series “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” (which is set for a sequel that will focus on Mary Kate’s character, Lydia), as well as her other web work in series “Squaresville” (Zelda), “School of Thrones” (Sansa), and “Kissing in the Rain (Lily).” She can also be seen in the films Dreamworld, Dark Woods, and the upcoming Murder in the Dark and The Sound and the Shadow. In 2015, Mary Kate was awarded “Best Actress” honors at the North Hollywood Cinefest for her starring role in The Sound and the Shadow.
Travis Caldwell plays “Vinnie,” a mysterious hitchhiker who runs into the traveling companions. Travis, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, came to Los Angeles with his passion to pursue an acting career. He has studied with Michael Woolsen (The Michael Woolsen Studio), and attended eight years of Improv classes, where he enjoyed performing for live audiences. He worked on ABC's “The Gates,” as series regular Charlie Monohan. Travis has guest starred on “CSI: Miami” and “Without-A-Trace” for CBS, Disney's “Wizards of Waverly Place,” ABC Family Channel's “The Lying Game,” ABC's “Women's Murder Club” and “Miss/Guided,” and NBC's “Parenthood.” In 2014, Travis starred as crazed serial killer “Benton Farland” in the season finale of “Criminal Minds.” Travis also has filmed national commercials for Sports Authority, Thomas' Square Bagels, Blue-Cross Blue-Shield and Bratz. He has done extended commercial print work with Mattel, Sprint, Proctor & Gamble, and Teen & Glamour Magazines, and traveled twice to Hong Kong to fulfill modeling contracts for an agency.