Paul E. Kandarian is a film and stage actor who loves and respects the fantastic power of story, considering it an honor and responsibility to tell them in a way that's true to the story and the people behind them. His connection with Alzheimer's is especially important; his mother died at 89, having suffered from the disease for several years prior.
Mary Herbert is a Boston native and graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Acting, and a minor in Dance. She has appeared in over 17 student and independent film/TV projects, along with professional theatre experience.
Chris J. Faria graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017 with a dual-degree in Computer Science and Theatre, along with a certificate in Film Studies. He is an actor and director, known for Barry: The Making of an American Icon (2017), Lasting Memory (2017) and Better Dead Than Red (2017).
Justine Mirek became interested in film while student directing plays for the middle school in South Windsor, Connecticut and acting as an extra in a short film. While pursuing a Public Relations and Film/Media double degree at URI, she completed several internships working in content creation and advertising roles. Her work has been featured on the URI homepage and has won several awards. She was the director of the production class show, 20SomethingsTV and has assisted directed and produced multiple short films such as Nameless, Cameron and Little Universe. In her last semester, she has stepped up to direct a film that she is passionate and personally connected to.
Spencer Kaplan was born and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey where he discovered the beautiful work of film making and broadcasting. After graduating from high school, he decided to leave the area in 2015 to study Film/Media and Political Science at the University of Rhode Island. He co-produced 20somethingsTV, interned at MSNBC in NYC and directed several 16mm films. These films include In the Dark, Karma, and Nameless.
Sean Campbell is Film/Media and Communications Studies graduate from the University of Rhode Island. He developed a passion for the film when he saw movie magic happen before his own eyes as a kid. After studying film for a few years and trying different roles, Sean gravitated towards camerawork and cinematography. Throughout his college career, he had been the Director of Photography on three student films (Nameless, Little Universe, and Sophrosyne), as well as the videographer for several sports on campus and promotional videos.
Saige Grazia graduated in Film/Media and English at The University of Rhode Island. Her Dad is a film producer, and after watching him work on film sets throughout her childhood, she discovered her interest in filmmaking. Working as a PA for her Aunt’s production company, Red Thread Productions, has also inspired her to continue with her passion for filmmaking. She has worked on multiple films such as Nameless, Red, and Hemp Milk.
Jared Jorge is from Cranston, RI and graduated with a film media major. In the past, he’s worked as a director of photography for the film After the Tone and as a gaffer for the film Memoria. For this film, A Man’s Life, he chose to do the sound recording to build his experience in this area. While his greatest aspirations lie in cinematography, he desires to gain an understanding of all the different tools used to create films. His interest in filmmaking was sparked by making videos of friends and himself skateboarding. Filmmaking for him has become its fulfilling endeavor.
Emma Cunningham attended URI with a double major in Film/Media and Gender Women’s Studies. As a kid, Cunningham and her sister were always making videos and putting on shows which continued throughout high school and college. A year ago, she was diagnosed with type one diabetes, which has inspired her to promote better representation in media for type one. She enjoys doing special effects makeup in her spare time and hopes to continue with that. She has worked on films such as Intruder and Noblism.
Vincent Evola is a 21-year-old double major in Communications Studies and Film/Media. He has worked in many production classes and looks forward to these upcoming films he is working on. Vincent has been into movies his whole life. He loved the way that directors were able to tell a story through a visual art such as film. As he grew up, he knew he wanted to be involved with making such art. Over time, he grew more and more interested in the editing side of things. He loved being able to take raw footage and transform it to tell a story.
Corey Dolan is a Film/Media graduate from the University of Rhode Island. He has worked on many projects throughout his time at URI, working in various positions, mostly in sound. He was the sound technician on projects such as David Elperin’s "Summer" and for Jina Moran’s "Forget Me Not." He's also done sound and has assisted in editing for Saige Alexandra’s short film "Nameless." He hopes to gain more experience editing on Justine's film, A Man's Life.
Lionel Jefferies is a junior Film/Media student at the University of Rhode Island with roots in rural Connecticut. Since high school, Jeffries has been creating horror and thriller short films as well as participating in film festivals. In March of 2018, Jeffries attended the 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival where he won the Jury Award of Emerging Filmmaker, an honor for rising directors. As Jeffries continues his studies as a film student, he looks to collaborate with an array of artists and industry professionals.
Anna Viola is a junior film major at the University of Rhode Island. For as long as she can remember she has had a camera in her hand whether it be for photography or videography. Other than her projects, Anna hasn't had the opportunity to work on many films in the past. She hopes that getting to work on upper class-men film sets will give her the useful experience she needs to move forward in her career as a filmmaker!