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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

MARK BOONE JUNIOR – Jake Tarlow
Mark Boone Junior cut his teeth as an actor, writer and producer in the underground theater scene on the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1980’s.  Working first with Tom Wright and Rockets Red Glare, he then teamed up with Steve Buscemi.  Together under the name Steve and Mark, they created many plays, cabaret, and had a band called The Pawns of Love.  Boone began his film career in NYC during that time, but moved to Los Angeles in 1990.

Boone is perhaps best known for his roles in two films by Christopher Nolan, Memento and Batman Begins, as well as his work in Buscemi’s Trees Lounge, Lonesome Jim, and Animal Factory.  He has had a prolific career, appearing in over 70 films, including David Fincher’s Se7en and The Game, John Singleton’s Rosewood and 2 Fast 2 Furious, Sam Raimi’s The Quick and The Dead, Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line.  Other films include Get Carter, The General’s Daughter and Die Hard 2.  His television credits include guest stars on “Carnivale,” “Law and Order,” “Seinfeld,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

He wrote, produced and starred in The Grey about a day in the life of a cockfighter and this twelve year old son.  He also executive produced Spun (with Mickey Rourke and Jason Schwartzman.). 

Boone received rave reviews for his appearance in 30 Days of Night and also appears in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Best Film Drama Frozen River.  He recently finished shooting a pilot for FX network entitled “Sons of Anarchy” starring Katie Segal and Scott Glen and created by some of the same people from the TV show “The Shield.”

MICHAEL PARKS – Hunter Burnell
Michael Parks has appeared in almost 50 films and has made frequent TV appearances, but is probably best known for his work in recent years with Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.  Parks first gained recognition as the star of the television seriesThen Came Bronson” from 1969-1970. He also sang the theme song for the show, "Long Lonesome Highway," which became a Top 40 hit in 1970.  He appeared as Texas Ranger Earl McGraw in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), which was written by Tarantino and directed by Rodriguez, also played two roles in Tarantino's Kill Bill series, reprising Earl McGraw in Vol. 1, and playing Esteban Vihao, the 80-year-old ex-pimp, in Vol. 2.   He appears in the latest Tarantino/Rodriguez collaboration Grind House and in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

JAKE LA BOTZ  - Eddie
Jake La Botz is first and foremost a blues musician.  He started out working the bars, streets and train tunnels of Chicago. Sporadically, he would venture out on the highways, making road trips to the Mississippi Delta and other parts of the South where he played on the streets and in local juke-joints.  He wandered the country's back roads and byways with an occasional trip to Europe. In 1996 he wound up in downtown L.A. playing at Al's Bar once a week in exchange for a room in the SRO hotel upstairs.  His steady stream of performances at 'hipster' bars, blues clubs, and tattoo parlors resulted in attention from the independent film world and an improbable acting career began to unfold. His most noteworthy role is in the prison film Animal Factory directed by respected actor Steve Buscemi.  Since Animal Factory, he has contributed songs to several soundtracks and appeared in a handful of films such as Ghost World, Lonesome Jim and most recently John Rambo starting Sylvester Stallone.   Jake’s latest CD “Graveyard Jones” has received excellent reviews.  A new, yet to be titled CD is currently in the works. 

PAUL DILLON - Will
Paul Dillon began his career in show business in Chicago, where he played roles in Killer Joe, Helcab, The Conquest of the South Pole, Hauptmann, Custer, Jane Eyre, Serious Money, The Three Musketeers, and Peer Gynt. Dillon is also founder of the Bang Bang Spontaneous Theatre group of which he is also the artistic director. He began his movie career in 1994 with the movie Blink in which he played the role of Neal Booker. He is probably most well known for his role as Patty O'Brien in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.   Dillon also has appeared on many hit TV series including “NYPD Blue”, “CSI: Miami”, “The Guardian”, “Night Stalker”, and had a reoccurring role as Angelo in “The Pretender”.

GARY FARMER – Momo
Gary Farmer is celebrating his 30th year as an actor this year.  Born on the Six Nations along the Grand River, Ontario, Canada, he is Cayuga and is best known as the spiritual guide in Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man.  Farmer reprised the role for a cameo in Ghost Dog:  The Way of the Samurai, from the same director.  His recent projects include Disappearances with Kris Kristopherson, television movies “One Dead Indian” and “Doomstown” and he is currently working on a showcase comedy series “Moose TV” for broadcast January 2007.  Farmer has won numerous awards and nominations from many Native and Canadian film festivals.  He was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for his roles in the movies Powwow Highway, Dead Man and Smoke Signals.  He also was the publisher for Aboriginal Voices magazine and is an avid supporter of Native media projects in film, radio, television and the internet.  In June of this year Farmer celebrated the opening of the Gary Farmer Gallery of Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, NM, featuring indigenous artists from throughout the continent.

JAMES HONG - Freddy
James Hong's arguably most memorable role was as the immortal ghost sorcerer Lo Pan in John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (1986). He has also appeared in countless films including Chinatown, Blade Runner and Wayne's World 2.  He is the voice of Daolon Wong, an evil wizard in the Jackie Chan Adventures TV series. He is also the voice of Chi Fu in Disney's Mulan, Mandarin in “Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!”, and Professor Chang in “Teen Titans”.  His IMDb biography list nearly 300 film and TV credits.

PETER STORMARE – Steinmetz
Peter Stormare was critically praised for his role as a quiet and ruthless villain (with Steve Buscemi) in Fargo (1996), and later played a sleazy, unlicensed "eye doctor" ("Solomon Eddie") in Minority Report. His classic portrayal of nihilist Ulee Kunkel in the 1997 film The Big Lebowski is among Stormare's finest and most memorable work, particularly in the scenes of Logjammin', the movie within the movie, as "cable repairman" Karl Hungus. He was also memorable as a Russian Cosmonaut in 1999's Armageddon. In the 2005 film Constantine, Stormare played Satan. He played John Abruzzi  on the television show “Prison Break” in 2005 and was the voice of Mattias Nilsson in the videogame Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction.

CREW BIOGRAPHIES

JOE D’AUGUSTINE – Director / Writer / Managing Partner, Kite Hill Pictures, LLC

Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Joe D’Augustine began his foray into the film business through a Theater of Universal Images program funded by Manpower.  During his career as a film editor, he has worked with several notable directors including Robert Downey Sr., Michael Cimino and Quentin Tarantino.  His most recent projects include Death Proof and the restoration of Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad and The UglyOne Night With You is his feature directorial debut.

HEATHER MILLS D’AUGUSTINE – Managing Partner, Kite Hill Pictures, LLC / Production Manager

After working several years as a production coordinator and production manager, Heather D’Augustine left the film business in the mid 90’s to enter the business world where she worked as a paralegal and a human resources generalist and manager.  She returned to the film business in 2005 to form Kite Hill Pictures, LLC with her husband, Joe D’Augustine.  In her spare time she is working on a Masters in Organizational Management at Antioch University.

JOSEPH MONTGOMERY – Director of Photography

Joseph Montgomery’s breadth of experience as a Director of Photography is extremely wide.  He was worked on national television commercials, episodic television, numerous documentary films and many features.  Much of his documentary work has been for National Geographic, including documenting the discovery of Inca mummies in the Peruvian Andies.  He’s worked under fire in South America while filming a documentary about the history of cocaine, filmed in an F-16 at Mach 2 (becoming the first civilian to break the sound barrier) and filmed President Reagan on one of his fast-paced European trips.  He has also worked with a number of talented film directors such as Blake Edwards, Ed Zwick and Robert Downey, Sr.

DANIELE LUPPI – Composer

Like the eternal city of Rome, Daniele Luppi’s music is at once exotic and familiar, sophisticated but funky, sexy yet sinister, sleekly modern and wonderfully timeless.

If you’ve listened to Gnarls Barkley’s Grammy-winning St. Elsewhere, or John Legend’s platinum-selling Once Again, you’ve experienced Daniele Luppi’s brilliant cinematic production and arrangements. If you’ve seen HBO’s Sex And The City, Disney's Under The Tuscan Sun (starring Diane Lane), or the acclaimed Brian Grazer-produced documentary Inside Deep Throat, you’ve heard the beguiling soundtrack work of this Italian-born composer.
Trained in classical piano and jazz organ, Luppi was immersed from an early age in the film scores of the most influential Italian composers of the era. He made his initial mark in Hollywood scoring indie films The Woman Chaser, Jesus “Jess” Franco’s Red Silk and Christian Taylor's Showboy, as well as contributing original music to Sex And The City.


While scoring Showboy, Luppi began writing a series of songs in homage to the cinematic sounds he first discovered in his youth. These compositions became the basis for An Italian Story. The album features a number of exotically groovy instrumentals that actually reunited many of the 1960s Italian recording session mainstays. Among them were artists like Alessandro Alessandroni, whose signature whistle and twangy guitar indelibly marked Ennio Morricone’s “spaghetti western” soundtracks. Released in the US by Rhino/Warner in 2004, An Italian Story garnered rave reviews in The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and dozens of other publications, and received regular airplay on such influential radio stations as Santa Monica’s KCRW; film critic Elvis Mitchell devoted an entire episode of his KCRW show, The Treatment, to the making of the album, with Luppi and Alessandroni as his special guests.

The album's unique blend of retro and modern sounds attracted the attention of Brian Burton — a.k.a. Danger Mouse — who asked Luppi to add his keyboard playing and innovative arrangements to what would become Gnarls Barkley’s debut album, St. Elsewhere. The multi-platinum success of St. Elsewhere led to Luppi writing and conducting the string arrangements for “Show Me” and “PDA”, two tracks from Grammy-winning soul singer John Legend’s Once Again CD.

Since then, Luppi has produced Grand Animals, the critically-acclaimed sophomore album by New York indie buzz band Robbers On High Street, and wrote an emotional, orchestral score for the award winning film Malos Habitos (Bad Habits), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Most recently he wrote the score to Hell Ride, the Quentin Tarantino produced tale of motorcycle revenge and retribution. The film stars Michael Madsen, Eric Balfour and Vinnie Jones and debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.

Next up will be a collaborative project with Danger Mouse — recently previewed in the pages of Spin magazine — that will see the two musicians traveling to Rome to record with the musicians from An Italian Story. Luppi is also collaborating with legendary Faith No More/Mr. Bungle frontman Mike Patton, and has several other exciting film and recording projects in the pipeline.