Cast
David Lee Smith
David Lee Smith grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where he graduated from Banks High School. He went on to graduate from the University of Alabama and later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from SMU. David is best known for his role as John Oldman, the protagonist of the 2007 science fiction film, The Man from Earth; he co-starred with John Billingsley and Tony Todd. He has also appeared in other movies, including Fight ClubA Walk to RememberZodiac, and Mysterious Skin, as well as dozens of television episodes, some as a recurring character such as IAB Sergeant Rick Stetler in CSI: Miami. He also played Zahir in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

 


Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today, having conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures.  She has sold millions of albums worldwide and has achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television. Vanessa made her film debut in 1986 in Under the Gun and has starred in features such as Eraser, Hoodlum, Soul Food, Dance With Me, Light It Up, Shaft and Johnson Family Vacation. More recently, her film credits have come to include the independent features, My Brother, Somebody Like You and Disney’s feature film, Hannah Montana: The Movie. On television, Vanessa has starred in such movies and mini-series as Stompin’ at the Savoy, The Boy Who Loved Christmas, The Jacksons: An American Dream, ABC’s revival of Bye, Bye Birdie, Nothing Lasts Forever, The Odyssey, Don Quixote and Keep the Faith, Baby. She executive produced and starred in The Courage to Love for Lifetime and the VH1 Original Movie, A Diva’s Christmas Carol.  Vanessa starred in ABC’s critically-acclaimed hit series, Ugly Betty, earning three Emmy nominations as the deliciously wicked Wilhelmina Slater, in addition to numerous individual and ensemble awards and nominations, including SAG, Golden Globes and NAACP Image Awards.  In 2010, she moved to Wisteria Lane to stir things up as the newest resident on ABC’s long-running hit, Desperate Housewives, winning an NAACP Image Award helping to carry the show to the end of its 8-year run in 2012. Vanessa will have a character arc in the third season of The Librarians on TNT, and will star in the upcoming scripted drama series Daytime Divas, based on Star Jones’ book “Satan’s Sisters,” premiering June 5, 2017 on VH1. 

In 2007, Vanessa achieved a career pinnacle, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her accomplishments as a performer. In December 2010, the International Foreign Press Academy named Vanessa as the recipient of the 2010 Mary Pickford Award For Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry. The award honors her international achievements and success in film, television, stage and recording over the past 28 years. Her charitable endeavors are many and varied, embracing and supporting such organizations as Special Olympics, The Eye Bank and many others.


Michael Dorn

Actor and voice artist Michael Dorn was born in Luling, Texas. He grew up in Pasadena, California. He studied radio and television production at Pasadena City College. From there he pursued a career in music as a performer with several different rock music bands, traveling to San Francisco and then back to Los Angeles. From his first appearance in the series premiere episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Encounter at Farpoint", to his last in Star Trek: Nemesis, Michael has appeared more times as a regular cast member than any other Star Trek actor in the franchise's history, spanning five films and 272 television episodes. He also appeared as Worf's ancestor, Colonel Worf, in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Following the end of his Star Trek career, Michael had supporting roles in a number of independent feature films, including Shadow Hours (2000), Lessons for an Assassin (2001), and the Santa Clause trilogy where he appeared in a cameo role as "The Sandman". Michael is also an accomplished pilot who owns and operates a Lockheed T-33 trainer jet, which he jokingly refers to as his "starship".

 


William Katt

William Katt is an actor and director, best known for The Greatest American Hero (1981), Carrie (1976) and The Man from Earth (2007). He was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actress Barbara Hale and actor Bill Williams, grew up in the San Fernando Valley and began acting as a teenager, sometimes appearing with his parents. He has been married to Danielle Hirsch since April 10, 1993. They have two children. He first became known for playing Tommy Ross, the ill-fated prom date of Carrie White in the film version of Carrie and subsequently starred in films such as First Love (1977), Big Wednesday (1978) and Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979). 

 Katt also starred in Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985), about explorers searching for apatosaurs in Africa, and the cult horror/comedy film House (1986); later reprising his role for House IV, in 1992. Between 1985 and 1988, Katt starred in nine Perry Mason television films, playing the role of private detective Paul Drake Jr., co-starring with his mother Barbara Hale, who reprised her role of Della Street from the Perry Mason television series. He continues to appear on television and in film roles, and also has branched out into voice acting, and has also has written a “Greatest American Hero” comic book and contributed to that series' Facebook page.


Brittany Curran

Brittany Curran was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts. She grew up in Cape Cod and Hingham before moving to Burbank, California at eleven years old. A few months later, Curran made her small screen debut on an episode of the sketch comedy series Mad TV and then her big screen debut in 13 Going On 30. She went on to guest star and recur on many television series, including The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Criminal Minds, Drake & Josh, Ghost Whisperer, andABCFamily’s Twisted. In 2009, Curran was cast as a series regular in the Emmy nominated series Men of a Certain Age, playing the daughter of Ray Romano. In 2011, she won a Peabody Award (ensemble) and was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Supporting Young Actress, for her work in the series. In 2013, Curran graduated from UCLA with a degree in American Literature. She attended UCLA while simultaneously filming a recurring role on NBC’s Chicago Fire and a lead role in the indie break-out hit, Dear White People. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC where she is a series regular on SyFy’s The Magicians.

 


Carlos Knight

Carlos Knight is best known for the role of Owen Reynolds on Nickelodeon's Supah Ninjas. A Columbia, South Carolina native, Carlos began acting locally at Town Theater. After performing in plays including Footloose and the Wiz, Carlos landed his first television role in 2006 as Tyrell Blake in ETV's Detective Bones and the South Carolina History Mystery. That same year he attended an industry convention in Atlanta, GA where he was recruited by several talent agents. After signing, Carlos moved to Los Angeles and appeared in NUMB3RS on CBS. Carlos then landed several television and movie roles before making his award winning guest appearance on NBC's ER (Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor, 30th Annual Young Artist Awards). He played Henry Cole in the pilot episode of Southland, and appeared as Diesel in the movies Fred 2, Camp Fred and Fred the TV Show.

 


Sterling Knight

An actor and singer from Houston Texas, Sterling Knight got his start in television after years in the Houston theatre circuit on the Disney Channel show Hannah Montana. Several guest spots later, he landed a starring role on Disney Channel's Sonny With A Chance alongside Demi Lovato. Moving to film, he played Zac Efron's son in New Line Cinema's hit movie 17 Again. Various credits include Transit, Landmine Goes Click, Starstruck, and a 2 season run on ABC Family's Melissa and Joey.

 


Akemi Look

Akemi Look was born in New York City and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan. In her early years, she competed both nationally and internationally in Rhythmic Gymnastics. At 13, she became Junior Olympic Champion and went on to compete for the U.S.A. National Team. In 2002, she represented the United States in the World Championships as a member of the U.S. Group team. After her gymnastics career, Look moved to NYC to accept a dance scholarship to The Alvin Ailey School for ballet and modern dance. While in NYC, she studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute and received her B.A. from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Akemi Look most recently landed an exciting supporting role in Disney's A Wrinkle In Time, (directed by Ava Duvernay) alongside Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-raw and Zach Galifianakis. Akemi made her television debut on HBO’s How To Make It In America alongside Bryan Greenberg and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi.  Akemi champions increased visibility and representation for Asian American voices. She tells the stories she wants to tell with bold and unapologetic brush strokes.

 


Richard Schenkman

Richard Schenkman is an experienced writer/producer/director who began his professional career creating distinctive and award-winning promos, network ID’s and documentary programs for MTV, the pioneering cable music channel he helped launch. He went on to craft music videos, fashion videos, commercials & promos for such clients as Swatch Watch, Honda Scooters, Pepsi Cola, VH1, Showtime, Lifetime, NBC and perhaps most notably his Clio-winning commercials for the children’s cable TV network, Nickelodeon.

In the 90’s he moved into feature films while continuing in television. His first picture, The Pompatus of Love, was released theatrically August ‘96. In 1998 he directed the action/drama October 22 for Millennium Films, and festival favorite Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five, his second collaboration with Jon Cryer. In the early 2000’s, he wrote original pilots for VH1 and 20th Century Fox television. He directed episodes of Dick Wolf’s Arrest and Trial, and wrote and directed VH1’s original movie A Diva’s Christmas Carol, which was a ratings blockbuster for the network. He sold a sitcom pilot to NBC entitled “Drama Queen,” starring Vanessa Williams. When his daughter was born, he decided to take a multi-year break from filmmaking to concentrate on raising her. He did, however, teach a Master Class for the Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival, on whose advisory board he serves, and guest lectured at both USC and Cal Arts.

2007 saw the release of two new feature films: And Then Came Love, a romantic-comedy starring Vanessa Williams and Eartha Kitt, in her final screen appearance, as well as the cult phenomenon Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth, based on the final screenplay by the legendary science-fiction author, which is ranked on IMDB as one of the top sci-fi films of all time. He has also taught comedy directing at the LA Film School, and commercial production at Columbia College Hollywood. In 2011/12 he wrote several popular IOS platform games for TinyCo, and in 2012/13 directed three movies back-to-back for legendary micro-studio The Asylum, most notably the historical/horror mashup Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies. More recently he co-wrote, produced and directed the Halloween-themed home invasion thriller, Mischief Night. He also directed a popular Lifetime thriller A Father’s Secret, a hugely successful sequel to I Spit On Your Grave, and a bawdy new comedy, Misfits.