CARLA RHODES (Raissa)
Carla Rhodes is a rock n’ roll ventriloquist and comedienne. Mentored by the legendary Shari Lewis, Carla has performed since her teens and appears regularly in New York City when not touring nationally. Most recently, she was honored to be a finalist in the 2012 Andy Kaufman Awards. www.carlarhodes.net
JACKSON DEMOTT HILL (Eben at age 10)
Jackson is 11 years old and the role of Eben in Retire for the Evening marks his film debut. He developed his love for performance as part of the Brooklyn Children’s Theatre for the past five years. He has also performed with the Itheatrics “All Star Cast” in Children of Eden Jr, and the Sound of Music Jr, among other shows. His favorite roles include Baby Shrek in Shrek Jr. and Malcolm in The Scottish Musical. This summer he will be honing his craft at the Wingspan Arts Summer Conservatory. Jackson, who aspires to be a professional actor, lives with his parents and sister in Brooklyn, NY, and enjoys playing soccer, singing, and watching movies in his spare time.
TERENCE MACSWEENY (Eben at age 30)
Terence is a seasoned actor of stage and screen. Recent rolls include: Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, MacDuff in Macbeth, and Eli Calibri in Font of Knowledge. Terence has worked at Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Classic Stage Company, Summer Theatre of New Canaan, The Cherry Lane, The Connelly and The Pearl Theatre Company. Terence graduated from Columbia University’s School of the Arts with his MFA in Acting in 2007.
STEVE SWANK (Eben at age 60)
Steve is an artist, poet, puppeteer, theater technician, educator, and carpenter. He was the Technical Director and founding member of Das Puppenspiel, for which he received the Excellence Award from Union Internationale de la Marionette – International Puppetry Association (UNIMA). He is skilled in rod, shadow, marionette, hand, and Bunraku puppets. He resides in Leona, NJ. www.creativeimperatives.com
CECIL SINCLAIRE (Himself)
Mister Sinclaire hails from London, England and tread the boards during the finest days of musical hall and later helped incorporate the vaudeville boom in America during the early 1900s. After an affair with an overaged chorus girl, Mister Sinclaire disappeared from the burgeoning scene. Around 2006 Mister Sinclaire’s steamer trunk was discovered in a pile of rubble. He’s now back and conquering the stage and screen. Starting with background work on Boardwalk Empire and climbing the ranks, he now chooses to discern whichever scripts he so pleases.
BOB GIRALDI (Executive Producer)
Bob Giraldi is an American film and television director known for directing the film Dinner Rush and the music video for Michael Jackson‘s song “Beat It.” His work has garnered many accolades, including several London International Awards, Cannes Advertising Awards, NY International Awards, Addy Awards, Chicago Film Festival Awards and hundreds of Clio Awards. He has also been named one of the “101 Stars Behind 100 Years of Advertising.” His production company has produced and directed close to 3000 commercials, music videos and short films. www.giraldi.com
KEVIN KOLACK (Producer/1st Assistant Director)
Kevin Kolack grew up outside of Atlanta in a town with no traffic light. After getting a BS in chemistry and Buddhism from The University of Virginia, Kevin earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Indiana University, as well as certification as a master firefighter/EMT, while also taking acting classes in NYC and Chicago. As an actor, he has been seen or heard in more than 100 films and commercials. Recent acting projects include Blue Bloods, White Collar, One Life to Live, Law & Order:SVU, and the award-winning festival darlings “Little Indiana Jones”, “Mutant Aliens” and “H.R. Pukenshette.” Producer and 1st AD projects include “Retire for the Evening,” the satirical comedy “KFT” and the music video “I Wanna Be a Porn Star.” He is married to the Rev. Diane Kolack and lives in NYC. www.kevinkolack.com
MICHAEL PATRICK O’LEARY (Director of Photography)
Michael Patrick O’Leary has worked in the image making business for over a decade. Having started his career in the lighting department has given Michael a unique path as a still photographer and director of photography. The understanding of lighting is essential to creating beautiful images. Being behind the camera, shaping light, moving from still to motion and motion to stills has propelled his ability to produce efficiently, and make amazing images. Michael loves helping an idea find its visual outlet. www.michaelpatrickoleary.com
CHARLIE KANEV (Puppet Designer / Creative Consultant)
Charlie Kanev is a New York based puppet builder and puppeteer. Charlie has been working with puppets for nearly his entire life. He is currently a puppeteer in the hit off broadway show The Adventures of Maya the Bee, some of his past credits include; creating custom puppets for the films, Retire for the Evening, Leat Klingman’s Wolfy’s Journey, Erin Orr and Rima Fand’s Don Cristobal-Billy Clubman, and many more. Charlie has recently created his own version of Hans Christian Andersen’s, The Little Mermaid.
GABRIELE CASSIA (Editor)
Gabriele Cassia was born and raised in Italy and trained in London. He moved to New York four years ago and has since edited feature films, short films, documentaries and several TV shows. He has worked with a wide variety of talents, ranging from an Academy nominated director to college graduate students. www.gabrielecassia.com
ANDREW STACK (Composer)
Andrew B. Stack is a multi-instrumental musician, composer, and producer. He has spent the bulk of the last 6 years as one half of the Baltimore-based duo Wye Oak, performing across the United States and in 22 countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Wye Oak’s album Civilian was named the best record of 2011 by the Onion AV Club. The band’s music has been featured in major TV shows and motion pictures, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and Safety Not Guaranteed. Andrew currently lives in Portland, Oregon. www.wyeoakmusic.com
MATT KING (Boom Operator / Sound Mixer)
Matt King is sound mixer living in New York, NY who enjoys recording sound on location for documentaries, feature films and television. When he’s not on set recording, he enjoys creating and recording music, traveling, and volunteering on disaster recovery projects.
NICK KRASSOWSKI (Art Director)
Nick Krassowski knew he wanted to be a filmmaker from the age of 5, as evident in his discussions with pre-school teachers about the art direction and casting decisions of the movie Batman Returns. A film/video graduate from Fitchburg State University, Nick excels in writing and directing, and has won several awards for both screenwriting and short video work. After moving to New York City, his filmmaking experience opened up to include many other roles on and off set including gaffer, art director, film composer, editor, and producer. His credits include work on industrial videos, episodic web series, live streaming content, independent shorts, and features. www.nickkrassowski.webs.com