MEET THE CAST
STEPHANIE BEATRIZ — Bonnie
Since 2013, Stephanie Beatriz has charmed audiences as the feisty and witty, Detective Rosa Diaz, in the hit Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Stephanie is able to jump from comedy to drama with natural ease, as shown in her role as Jessica, starring alongside Brie Larson, in the critic's favorite and SXSW award-winning indie feature, Short Term 12.
She has recently wrapped as one of the leads in Heather Graham’s directorial debut, Half Magic, and joined a star-studded cast, including Jennifer Lopez, Simon Pegg, Seann William Scott and Ray Romano, as the voice of Gretie in Ice Age: Collision Course.
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MICHAEL STAHL-DAVID — Matt
Michael Stahl-David is currently on-location, filming the highly anticipated third season of Netflix's hit-show, Narcos. He recently played Robert F. Kennedy in Rob Reiner's LBJ (2016), starring alongside Woody Harrelson and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Michael co-starred with Zoe Kazan in the unique indie romance, In Your Eyes (2014), written by Oscar-nominated, Joss Whedon, and charmed audiences as one of the characters in SXSW-favorite, Love & Air Sex (2013).
Michael gave a critically-acclaimed breakout performance as the lead role in Matt Reeves’ 2008 award-winning film, Cloverfield, produced by J.J. Abrams.
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CONRAD RICAMORA — JACK
Conrad Ricamora has created waves in his role as Oliver Hampton in ABC’s Emmy-winning legal drama, How to Get Away With Murder, starring alongside Academy Award-winner, Viola Davis.
In 2013, Conrad transformed into Ninoy Aquino in the smash off-Broadway hit musical, Here Lies Love. Conrad’s performance was called: “stunning”, “commanding”, “terrific”, “vivid”, and he was even compared to a young Elvis Costello. For the role, he won a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor.
CATHERINE CURTIN — Kirra
Cathy Curtin is a celebrated veteran film, television and stage actor, known for her portrayal of Wanda Bell in Netflix’s hit show, Orange Is the New Black, which secured her a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. In 2016, she headlined Resonance Ensemble’s 11th season in the politically charged stage drama, Burning. Cathy lives by a code of "Yes!" and is an outspoken supporter of independent projects and films.
Meet The Crew
The film is a truly collaborative effort, with writer/director Jessica M. Thompson consciously hiring a predominantly female, LGBT and minority-member crew. This includes Peabody Award-winner and founder of Cinematographers XX, Autumn Eakin, Casting Director, Bess Fifer ("The Humbling") and producers, Carlo Velayo ("Back on Board: Greg Louganis"), Michael Cuomo ("Happy New Year"), and Oscar-winning Producer, Gigi Dement ("God of Love").
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Jessica M. Thompson – Writer/Director/Producer
Jessica M. Thompson is an Emmy-nominated Australian filmmaker who lives in New York City. She studied acting at three major drama schools in Australia, before attending Film School in Sydney, where she met Carlo Velayo. They quickly formed a formidable filmmaking duo and have made several award-winning short films together, including, "Hike," "Percepio" and "Across the Pond."
In 2011, Jess founded Stedfast Productions, a collective of visual storytellers. As an Editor, she has worked with twice Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Liz Garbus, and on the Sundance-winning film, "Watchers of the Sky." Jess also edited Cheryl Furjanic’s award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary, "Back on Board: Greg Louganis," which recently premiered on HBO. "The Light of the Moon" is Jess' long-awaited feature directorial debut.
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Carlo Velayo – Producer
Carlo Velayo double majored in Film and International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he met Jessica M. Thompson. Carlo got his foot in the door on George Miller's "Happy Feet 2" and then Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." Upon moving to New York City, he moved from VFX into documentary, flying the flag with pride as Associate Producer on Cheryl Furjanic’s Emmy-nominated film, "Back on Board: Greg Louganis." He also recently spent two months at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), working as Line Producer on Emmy Award-winning, Filipina-American filmmaker, Michele Josue's forthcoming documentary project, "Happy Jail." "The Light of the Moon" is Carlo's first narrative feature film as producer.
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Michael Cuomo — Producer
Michael Cuomo starred in and produced the critically acclaimed feature film "Happy New Year" (Snag Films), written and directed by K. Lorrel Manning, executive produced by Iain Smith (“Wanted,” “Children of Men,” “The Fountain”). The film’s premiere at the SXSW and Hamptons International Film Festivals was followed by a successful tour through 16 international film festivals, winning 6 awards including Cuomo for Best Actor (RIIFF). Michael can also be seen in "Bandslam" (Summit Entertainment/Walden, dir. Todd Graff) and the ground-breaking independent feature "Four-Eyed Monsters" (IFC Films). Next up, he’s inked to star in and produce the independent features “Cleveland,” “Red House,” “Six Dinner Parties” and “Third of July.” Michael is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) and the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA).
Gigi Dement – Consulting Producer
Gigi Dement has produced several award-winning films, including "God of Love," winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short, making her the first Filipino in history to produce an Oscar-winning film.
David Torn — Composer
David Torn is an award-winning guitarist, composer, and producer. Torn's music has been featured in a number of films, including Friday Night Lights, Velvet Goldmine, Adaptation, The Big Lebowski, The Departed, Fur, The Hoax, Kalifornia, Traffic, Reversal of Fortune, Tibet, and Three Kings. He studied with Leonard Bernstein, as well as with guitarists John Abercrombie, Pat Martino, Paul Weiss and Arthur Basile. The New York Times described Torn's 2015 solo release, Only Sky, as "immersive and deftly disorienting." In 2003, his score for the film The Order was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Autumn Eakin – Director of Photography
Autumn Eakin turned her years of working under Maryse Alberti ("The Wrestler", "Velvet Goldmine") and Vanja Cernjul ("30 Rock", "Wristcutter's: A Love Story") into an artful resourcefulness she uses in her narrative and documentary filmmaking, including “Mavis!,” “Hard-Hatted Woman,” and “No Le Digas A Nadie.” She has also shot projects for The History Channel, NBC, Hulu, Ogilvy & Mather, FX and many more over her 10 years as an IATSE Local 600 member. Autumn is also the founder of Cinematographers XX; a group of professional, female cinematographers whose work spreads across narrative, documentary, commercial and music video genres.
Bess Fifer – Casting Director
As a seasoned independent casting director with over 10 years of experience, Bess Fifer has played a key role in shaping numerous careers across film, Broadway, and television. Bess cut her teeth at New York’s most in-demand casting office, Telsey+Company, where she worked on a diverse range of high-profile projects, such as SEX AND THE CITY, IN THE HEIGHTS, and over 100 national commercials. Bess’ keen eye for talent and professionalism have been consistently sought after. Recent highlights include working alongside Rachel Tenner on THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, serving as the Casting Director for 2014’s THE HUMBLING starring Al Pacino, and as the casting associate on 2016’s smash hit STRANGER THINGS.