Craig DiFolco: Director, Writer
Craig DiFolco received his MFA from Columbia University. He has produced several short films, written several features and was a writer on the romantic comedy Mutual Friends (dir. by Matthew Watts). He created and directed the hit web series, iChannel, seen by over 2 million viewers; and has also worked extensively in production, most noticeably as an assistant to Hunting Lane Films. He is currently a new media educator at Marymount School of New York.
Sara Rempe: Writer, Associate Producer
Sara Rempe received her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Hunter College where she was the recipient of the Norma Lubetsky Freidman Scholarship. She currently teaches in Hunter’s English Department. She co-wrote The Last Day of August with her husband, writer/director Craig DiFolco, and was also a writer on the web-series iChannel.
Michael Izquierdo: “Dan”, Producer
Michael Izquierdo has appeared on TV and in such films as The Wolf of Wall Street, Taking Woodstock, Meet Dave, Heterosexuals, Blue Bloods and As the World Turns. Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include King Lear at The Public, Go Back to Where You Are at Playwrights, New Jerusalem at CSC, Mother Courage with Meryl Streep, and The Miracle Worker, among others. He has an MFA from NYU Tisch’s Graduate Acting Program. He is the producer of the Feature Film, “The Weekend,” as well as the hit web-series iChannel, and numerous shorts and web-shows. He produced “The Last Day of August” with Sebastian Arcelus, long time friend and collaborator. He is the founder of Sunnyside Films.
Sebastian Arcelus: “Mark”, Producer
Sebastian Arcelus has performed on Broadway in Elf, Jersey Boys, Wicked, Good Vibrations, and Rent. Off-Broadway credits include The Blue Flower, Happiness, and Where’s Charley? Regional and international credits include world premieres of A Time To Kill and William Finn’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, among others. His voice can also be heard on numerous television commercials and animated programs. He is currently filming the original Netflix television series, “House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and directed by David Fincher. He produced “The Last Day of August” with Michael Izquierdo, and associate produced the hit web-series, iChannel.
Ben Wolf: Cinematographer, Co-Producer
Ben Wolf is a cinematographer, director, and occasional editor and teacher. He strives to bridge traditional divides – bringing documentary realism to fiction projects, dramatic storytelling to documentaries, and the latest digital cinema technology to the art of photography. Recent DP credits include the feature film East Fifth Bliss (director Michael Knowles, starring Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu, and Peter Fonda), the David Byrne Concert documentary Ride, Rise, Roar (director Hillman Curtis), and a series of national broadcast commercials for IBM (director Hillman Curtis). Ben has directed projects for clients including Grey Advertising, Knoll, and Sotheby’s, and shot content for Adobe, Ann Taylor, Bacardi, BAM, Bayer, BMW, Bobbi Brown, Citi, Covergirl, The Getty Museum, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Illy, MetLife, Ogilvy, Pepsi, Pfizer, and Sprint. Ben is presently developing his first narrative feature, entitled Closed Circuit. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Yale and an M.F.A. in film from Columbia.
Heather Lind: “Shannon”
Broadway: The Merchant of Venice (awarded Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut). Off-Broadway: A Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, River Deep. Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Blue Deep (with Blythe Danner), The Lovers, Big Money, Cold Hard Cash, Schmoozy Togetherness, Nico, Greylock Theatre Project. Regional: Queens Theatre in the Park, Capital Repertory Theatre. Film: (upcoming) A Single Shot (with Sam Rockwell), 37, The Last Day of August, Half the Perfect World. TV: “Boardwalk Empire”, “Blue Bloods”, “Law & Order; Criminal Intent.” Education: Fordham College at Lincoln Center, NYU Graduate Acting Program.
Vanessa Ray: “Phoebe”
Vanessa’s stage credits include the Broadway cast of “Hair”, and the first national tour of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. Her indie film credits include “Not Waving But Drowning” (White Horse Productions), “Nice Guy Johnny” (Ed Burns, Director) and the upcoming film, “Mutual Friends” (Covert Productions). She can be seen currently on ABC Family’s, “Pretty Little Liars” and recurring roles on HBO’s “Girls” and USA Network’s “Suits”. Vanessa currently lives in sunny Los Angeles, but she is already missing fall in New York. Follow her on Twitter @vrayskull.
Bill English: “Chris”
Bill English has worked extensively in film, theatre, and television, most recently as Billy Crocker in the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of “Anything Goes”. TV credits include “Cavemen”, “Outnumbered”, “The Pavement”, and “Melrose Place” He is thrilled to be a part of this excellent ensemble cast.
Lauren Worsham: “Lisa”
Pitti-Sing in The Mikado (Carnegie Hall), Amy in Where’s Charley (City Center Encore’s!), Cunegonde in Candide (NYCO), Olive in Spelling Bee (1st national tour), Lili in Carnival! (Goodspeed Opera House), Cinderella in Into the Woods as directed by Moisés Kaufman (Kansas City Rep), and Clara in The Light in the Piazza (Weston Playhouse). You can also see Lauren playing out in Brooklyn with her husband in their band Sky-Pony! www.laurenworsham.com
Julie Sharbutt: “Erin”
A graduate of Vanderbilt University and NYU’s MFA Acting program, Julie is an actor, writer, and director based in New York. THEATER: Twelfth Night (understudying Anne Hathaway), The Williamstown Theater Festival, Portland Stages, The Georgia Shakespeare Festival and others. TV/WEBISODE: Person of Interest (CBS), Learnin’ with Vermin, Mystic Improv, I Wanna Have Your Baby (Broadway Video). FILM: Moved, The Weekend, The Last Day of August, Ellipsis, Maladies (produced by James Franco). She is a regular performer at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCBT) in the hit show Gravid Water and at The People’s Improv Theater (PIT) in Birds, The Scene, and Mystic Improv. She has written and performed in a number of shows including The Goods Are Odd (UCBT/NY Fringe), Seriously Extremely Important (UCBT), Charity, and From Little Cecily With Fondest Love. Her first feature film Moved is currently in festival submission, and her other screenplay Smart Girls is in development with Beech Hill Films.
Rhett Henckel: “Roddy”
Rhett Henckel is delighted to reunite with the team at Sunnyside Films for The Last Day of August after playing Kevin in “iChannel,” and Robert Maloney in the YouTube sensation, “The Thanksgiving Planner.” In NYC, Rhett has worked with Epic Theatre Ensemble, The Actor’s Studio, Red Bull Theater, Labyrinth Theater, UCB, The PIT, Infinite Theatre, Midtown Theater Festival (Outstanding Actor Nom), and The Artist’s Playground Theatre. TV: “Boardwalk Empire.” Rhett is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Outfit where he co-created Jester’s Dead: A Top Gun Shakes-Parody. He is a graduate of The Old Globe MFA Program and Baylor University.