Robert McCaskill – Director
Robert McCaskill is a professional acting coach, working in New York city for over 20 years. His clients include Bernadette Peters, Michelle Rodriguez and hundreds of other actors on Broadway, TV and in the movies. He directed the feature film, Heterosexuals, starring Natasha Leone, as well as dozens of stage productions, including the award winning, Common Air, which was produced in both New York and Los Angeles. He directed the professional improv company, Chicago City Limits, which toured all 50 states. He co-produced the film, Little Pieces, directed by Montel Williams and the award winning, Mona, which has shown numerous times on PBS.
Mara Lesemann – Writer and Producer
Mara Lesemann wrote and produced the indie feature Surviving Family, which is being distributed by DigiWorldwide. She recently served as the Script Consultant for the feature Available, and her short screenplay Free Pass is being produced by ROAM Pictures. Mara received a BA in Media Studies, with a concentration in Screenwriting, from the New School University in New York City.
Tara Westwood – Actor and Producer
Tara Westwood is best known for her television roles in Blue Bloods, Cashmere Mafia, CSI Miami, and Ugly Betty. She has appeared in numerous independent films, including Douglas Brown, Surviving Family, A Haunting at Silver Falls, and My Best Friend’s Wife. Tara is a member of InViolet Theater Company, and starred in their production of the new play Branched at New York City’s HERE Art Center in 2014. She studied with Maggie Flanigan at the William Esper Studio.
Carlo Fiorletta – Actor and Producer
Carlo Fiorletta recently starred in the indie romantic comedy Available. He served as Executive Producer and Casting Associate in the feature film Surviving Family, in which he also played the family patriarch, and has acted in numerous short movies. On stage, he starred in the comedy Bogosity and also directed the plays A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx and Mad Mel and the Marradians. Carlo is the president of the Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA).
Caroline Sinclair – Casting Director
A former philosophy major from London, England, Caroline is a casting director for films, theater, commercials, and music videos. Her film credits include Bad Hurt, Friends and Romans, and Surviving Family.
Caryl Pierre – Line Producer
Caryl Pierre is as a Line Producer and Unit Production Manager in NYC. She has worked on a number of independent films including Hello I Must Be Going, The House the Jack Built, The Girl on the Train, Missed Connections and Surviving Family. In addition to film, Caryl managed the Nickelodeon TV series Take Me to Your Mother and worked on acclaimed FX TV show, The Americans.
Joseph Weindl – Behind the Scenes Videographer
Joseph Weindl made his feature film debut as writer/director of Antihero, a low budget comedy that won numerous awards on the festival circuit, before receiving limited theatrical distribution. He has also directed and produced numerous short films and music videos. Joseph received his BA in Anthropology from Central Washington University, where he focused on making documentaries about people.