Ray Grady is gaining buzz as one of the hottest rising comedic stars to watch. He began performing comedy in 2002. Since his debut, he’s worked alongside some of comedy’s elite, including Tony Rock, Corey Holcomb and Mike Epps. He’s appeared on “Martin Lawrence Presents: First Amendment Stand-Up” on Starz; TV One’s “Love That Girl”; BET’s “Comic View”; as well as Black Jesus on Adult Swim. In early 2014, he participated in the 9th Annual CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase. Ray Grady is the iconic alpha male and enjoys bringing that style of comedy to every performance. He truly believes, “if you are not somewhere laughing, you are somewhere crying.”
Alanna Hamill Newton began her career in her native Detroit doing theatre, commercials and auto shows. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Detroit/Marygrove, she moved to New York City where she was accepted at the Process Studio Theatre.
While in New York, she did her share of television and independent films, while appearing in numerous Off-Broadway plays, including runs at Lincoln Center, Ensemble Studio, and Douglas Fairbanks and Westbank Theatres.
After a move to Los Angeles, she began writing with fellow actor, Robert Pucci. Over the next several years, they sold or were hired to write 14 feature screenplays and created a CBS television pilot for Diane Keaton and Brad Grey Television. She has written for studios such as Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, MGM/United Artists, Working Title, HBO and USA and actors such as Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone and Geena Davis. She has also worked with many of the leading directors/producers in the business, including Taylor Hackford, Ray Stark, Roland Joffe, David Geffen, Lauren Schuler-Donner, Mark Rydell, Cathy Konrad and Hawk Koch.
In 2005, she moved with her husband and three-year old twins to Little Rock Arkansas, where she won Best Actor for her work in Guarded, part of the 48 Hour Film Project. She has also appeared in the movies God Is Not Dead 2, Then There Was Joe, In Order Of Appearance, among others.
An instructor of screenwriting at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a longtime member of the Actors’ Equity Association, she has performed in ten productions at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, including The Elephant Man, It’s a Wonderful Life, Barefoot in the Park, and Moonlight & Magnolias.
On the basis of her most recent screenplay, The Fault, she was selected by the Alliance of Women Directors and Women screenwriters meet in Los Angeles on September 15th, in hopes of developing more women-created content.
KENNETH GADDIE as P/TANK
Kenneth aka Woodie is a native of Arkansas and holds a Liberal Arts: Music, Theater and RTVF degree from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Kenneth comes from a talented family of singers, artists, actors and comedians. He has performed in a variety of shows across the state some credits include: Hair, The Comedy of Errors, The Chekhov Project and Numb.
He has toured regionally with Poet and Playwright Jennifer Davis with her original stage play “Freedom. Kenneth has also starred in several short and feature films such as Dice, God’s Not Dead 2, I’m Almost Somebody and Then There Was Joe.
He has shared the stage with several industry greats like Smokie Norful, Rodney Bryant, Tommy Davidson and Broadway’s own the late great Lawrence Hamilton.
Kenneth also took his talents internationally with visits to Central and South America. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to be apart of Justin’s vision and I would like to dedicate my performance to my aunt who died of cancer earlier this year.
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JUSTIN WARREN as BEN
Justin was born in Little, Rock Arkansas in 1987. He started making movies at the age of eight, making his own stop-motion animated Star Wars films. He graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance, where he took the lead in numerous stage plays and won awards for his bold playwriting. In 2008, Justin and his family were featured in the 2008 CNN documentary “Black in America” with Soledad O’Brien which was broadcast globally. In 2014, Justin graduated from the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts with an M.F.A. in Film and Television Production. In addition to writing, directing, and editing his own films, Justin has also written, performed, arranged, and engineered three albums of original music. He’s thrilled for the opportunity to share his first comedy feature film, *Then There Was Joe*, with the world.
An actor, writer, and Arkansas native, who has appeared in Drumline (2001), Kitakyushu Nan-shion on NHK television, Japan (2003), the independent films The Negative Split and Jeremy Brooks, as well as the short film, Unspoken Truth, stage plays, public service announcements and commercials.
James M. “Butch” Warren was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1950. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1972 with a B.A. degree. He started Warren Construction Company and built residential and commercial properties. In 2001, he became an Assistant Superintendent/Executive Director for the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD), where he supervised over twelve hundred (1200) employees and was responsible for the maintenance and construction of all the school facilities. Since his retirement in 2009, he has spent his time acting, writing, and starring in commercials.
LARRY FREEMAN as Bolly-Tron
Having been born and raised in the impoverished region of Arkansas - the Deltas - Larry Freeman emerges with an aptitude to attain, a mindset to maintain, and an innate sense to sustain … all to the glory of God. He has a heart for humanity and a perpetual passion for prosperity. Larry is the son of a carpenter and homemaker-turned-teacher, plus a sibling of five (two brothers and three sisters).He has written and produced many commercials with sometimes serving as spokesperson for such companies as Arkansas Department of Health (Stamp Out Smoking), Car-Mart®, Century 21®, FaceLifters®, Gwatney Chevrolet, U.S. Remodelers®, Four Seasons® Sunrooms, DPI Teleconnect® and AOL® Time Warner cable systems. Larry has had small but meaningful appearances in films featuring the following: Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Antonio Banderas, Andy Griffith, Ashley Judd, Kelly Preston, Billy Bob Thornton and Randy Travis. His professional works of 20 years span Internet, film, print, radio, television and theater along with feature writing, editing, formatting and graphically designing numerous newsletters, newspapers, brochures and magazines for churches, non-profit organizations and various companies.Larry demonstrates a universal connection that reaches and spans diverse audiences to touch the hearts of many. He has an uncanny knack to inspire inter-professional collaboration and synergistic efforts that lend maximum support to his projects of passion to further spread his compassion for all humanity. Larry Freeman truly leverages his celebrity for the greater good.