BEN HOLISTER JR. / PITCHFORK
Daniel Wilkinson’s first introduction to the big screen was “Hotel Chelsea,” a Japanese theatrical released thriller, where he played the lead, “Troubled Artist,” opposite the acclaimed, award winning Japanese actress Sawa Suzuki. He has since been in theaters in India for “Love, Lies and Seeta,” and in the Cannes Short Film Corner Film Fest for his unsettling role in “Legacy.” Wilkinson has also worked with Lee Aronsohn (co-creator and writer of the comedy series “Two and A Half Men” and writer of “Big Bang Theory”) on ‘Willy Wanka,’ playing Willy Wanka and with Steven E. DeSouza (writer of ‘Die Hard’) on ‘Unknown Sender.’
Brian Raetz was born on April 16, 1994 in Traverse City, Michigan. He attended Kalamazoo College where he developed a passion for improvisational comedy and acting. Brian studied Theatre and Media Studies in Erlangen, Germany for six months where he wrote and acted in his first short film titled ‘Life as an Exchange Student’. Brian returned to the United States in 2015 and began to train and work at the legendary IO Theatre in Chicago. He was also featured in Touacha Her’s short films ‘The Counselor’ and ‘The Dream’. Brian was cast in ‘PitchFork: Every Generation Has its Monster’ after reading an ad to replace an actor who had dropped out. The role required a few days of acting but after getting on set, his acting skills were so strong that Glenn Douglas Packard rewrote the script to give him the lead role.
Lindsey Nicole Dresbach was born in Manhattan. She was raised in the excitement of New York City and the warmth of Miami. Glenn discovered that his tiny dancer, that he had put into his kids elite dance compnay at age 10, had morphed into a bubbly young woman. It was then that Packard asked Lindsey to audition for the role of ‘Clare’, recognizing her natural ability in front of the camera. Packard’s faith in Lindsey to carry this major role inspired her to seriously reconsider a career in entertainment. Before catching the acting bug, Lindsey attended the University of Florida until California called her name. In May 2016, Lindsey graduated from the Communication Studies department at California State University Northridge. With school behind her, she seeks to focus on her craft in acting, while also developing a career in public relations.
Ryan T. Moore was born in Manhasset, New York and quickly found himself fascinated by the world of arts and acting. His passion quickly guided him from the grandiose lights of New York city to the surreal rows of Los Angeles palms. Ryan immediately sought the coaching of Nikolai Guzov and Jonathan Rosenfield and dedicated himself to becoming a superb actor. His hard work and dedication to his craft landed him a co-starring role in Nickelodeon’s Hollywood Heights and NBC’s Days of Our Lives. Ryan was cast in the role of “Matt” afterbeing referred to a fellow acting friend that was offered the part but wasn’t able to take the role, he sent in an audition tape,beating out several actors for the role. The casting for “Matt” was extremely competitive but his comfort in front of the camera, dedication to the role and understanding of the character proved to be the overwhelming difference.
Even though Glenn first met Nicole as a dancer in Miami, their relationship grew because of their excitement over making films. In 2013, Nicole traded in her dance shoes to pursue a full-time career in acting in Los Angeles. She immediately jump-started her career with the internationally-acclaimed comedy short, Death to Cupid, and received an Emmy nomination for her show CON, in which she plays the lead role. Nicole also starred in a feature by horror veteran Matty Castano titled Alone in the Dead of Night, which caught Glenn’s eye and made him consider her for his movie, Pitchfork. In addition to the premier of CON: Season 2, Nicole has been keeping busy with multiple television projects on channels such as Lifetime and just completed principal photography on another exciting horror film, The Axiom.
This naturally-talented, Cuban-American beauty has been performing since the age of five. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Celina started out as a studio-trained dancer, as well as a musical theater and live stage actor and singer. She studied her crafts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, New World School of the Arts in Miami and the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York City. Now working professionally for the past nine years, this triple-threat has co-starred with Bryan Cranston in the feature film, “Rock of Ages”, acted in lead roles for short, independent and student films, sang back-up for Austin Mahone, toured with artist Shakira, performed as a percussionist/dancer/singer in the NYC Off-Broadway production of ”Siudy – Between Worlds”. Her most recent role as Lenox, in the upcoming film “Pitchfork: Every Generation Has Its Monster”, is her most uniquely-special project to-date; she’s worked very closely with Glenn Douglas Packard on numerous entertainment industry projects for the past ten years – it has been one of her dreams to act in a horror film.
Keith Webb is a multi-talented entertainer working in NYC, doing more theater and dancing until this triple threat was discovered by Glenn Packard, who asked him to try out for the horror movie he was making. To this day Keith has never looked back and this movie was a big inspiration for him to continue his career in tv and film. Keith has since been acting in TV shows and commercials produced by Phillips, USA Today, Taco Bell and MTV and has made many self appearance throughout media such as The People’s Couch, The Soup, The Steve Harvey Show, E! News.
Dancer, Model and Actress Sheila Marie Leason was born on February 22, 1991, in Miami, FL, USA with Panama and Puerto Rican origins. She began her career at the age of 19 as a professional dancer which led to many featured and lead roles in videos and live performances, with “Cheerleader” being her biggest video performance yet. In 2014, she did her first initial theatre performance titled “Be There” at the James L. Knight Center alongside celebrity guest Case, J. Anthony Brown and LeAndra Johnson. In the beginning of 2015, she had her second theatre performance at the Miramar Cultural Art Center this time titled “Mr. Rebound”. She has since then taken up stunt training as an additional asset to her acting.
Vibhu Raghave was born on April 10th in New Delhi, India. After studying acting at New York Film Academy he moved to Mumbai as a full time actor, booking TV Commercials (Gillette, Cadbury dairy milk chocolate, YummyChef, Mobilink cellphone, Domex, and Relaxo Footwear). Also, television roles in shows ‘SUVREEN GUGGAL’ and ‘NISHA AUR USKE COUSINS’. And his big parallel lead part in the Hollywood film, “YADVI’ (2017), while working on his first Bollywood film ‘RHYTHM’ in Poland he met Glenn Douglas Packard. Glenn felt he was a good fit for the character Gordon in Pitchfork. After over two year waiting and 24 hours flight, he arrived in the country landscape of Michigan to shoot for Pitchfork and Gordon was born.
Rachel Carter was born and raised in southern Alabama. She began dance classes at an age three and it became clear that she loved performing. Rachel moved from Alabama in 1989 and spent the next 13 years living in Orlando, FL and N.Y.C working as a performer and having life adventures. In 2002 she moved to Michigan where she currently resides with her family on 13 acres in the country. Rachel has a B.S. in Psychology/Minor in Theatre and studied under the tutelage of Maggie Flannigan at William Esper Studio in N.Y.C. She also holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Rachel is a self-described ambivert and spontaneous pragmatist and is passionate about teaching yoga, travel, and advocacy. Rachel is known for her work on Night Orchid (1997) and Jack-O (1995). She has also appeared in numerous national commercials, indie/short films, television, and theatre productions. Rachel was hired to play the role of MRS. KILLIAN in the PITCHFORK film, but after having a conversation with the director, about his frustration for not finding a local Michigan actress to play the part, Rachel felt it was a dream role, so the part was rewritten with her in mind, and the rest is horror history.
BEN HOLLISTER SR./PA
Andrew Dawe-Collins was born in Detroit on December 9th, 1956 and he grew up in a small Michigan town. After finishing high school Andrew joined a small acting troupe and traveled the Midwest doing Shakespeare and any shows they could manage to land. The troupe disbanded in late 1979 and Andrew bummed around the country for the next Ten years until finally settling down in the small town where he grew up to raise a family. In 2010 a friend asked Andrew to play the villain in a short film for the Detroit 48 hour film festival. This was his first time in front of a camera and it reignited the acting spark in him. Since then he has acted in over 45 film shorts, feature films, music videos and commercials, credits include: multi award winning, festival, feature film TRAINSTATION, DECEITFUL, and he is seen in DISCLOSURE music video, WHITE NOISE (over 35 million views) Andrew has won Best Actor in a feature length film award in 2011 at The American International Film Festival for his portrayal of the Kidnapper in the Bollywood film, Song of the Blind Girl. And in 2012 at The Detroit Underground Film Festival he won Best Actor in a Dramatic Short for his role of Martin in the short film, Nutshell.
Derek Reynolds is a Michigan National Guard Officer with a passion for theatre and film. Upon returning home from an overseas deployment in 2014, he auditioned at the Purple Rose Theatre and was immediately asked to join their current production of Michael Brian Ogden’s world premiere play “2AZ.” Derek was honored to make his feature film debut in “Pitchfork,” having been inspired by Glenn’s personal saga of following his own dreams and never giving up. Derek currently lives in southern Michigan with his beautiful wife Sarah, five amazing children, and their English Mastiff. He continues to work full time for the National Guard while continuing his acting training in preparation for future performance opportunities.
Carol was born in Cleveland, Ohio but heard the call to go west and headed to Chicago, drawn to the vast lakefront, diverse neighborhoods and rich theater community. She received improv and acting training at Second City and studied the Meisner technique at Green Shirt Studio. She is a founding member of the Rebekah Theatre Project and is proud to have worked with a wide variety of Chicago theaters including Strawdog, Northlight, the Women’s Theatre Alliance and Stangeloop. Carol is delighted to be making her feature film debut with Pitchfork. She was featured in Steven Payne’s Palimpsest and has enjoyed both comedic and dramatic roles in several small films. When she’s not acting, she can be found sailing on Lake Michigan, writing her next story or animal whispering.
News and contact information can be found on www.carol-ludwick.com
Addisyn Wallace was born in Saginaw, MI and began dancing when she was 18 months old and it soon became her passion. She has performed 2 times with the Moscow Ballet Company’s “Nutcracker”. Dance is her first love but in this last year she found her new love in acting! She filmed “The Heart of a Dancer” as a supporting actress in the summer of 2015. Addisyn plans on fulfilling her dream when old enough to move to LA to pursue her acting and dancing career.
Anisbel Lopez is a native of Cuba and migrated to the United States at the age of seven. She was accepted into New World School of the Arts were she studied ballet, jazz, and a variety of modern techniques. Soon after graduation she started dancing on popular television shows, as a celebrity dance partner in Mira Quien Baila, along with working with some of the biggest Latin artist, and modeling gigs (Fiat and Dodge national commercials with Pitbull, Berlei sports wear with Serena Williams, Marc Anthony, Romeo Santos, J Balvin, Chino y nacho, Puma, Pepsi, Coca-Cola) She studied acting under the direction of Ralph Kinnard and was one of the main characters in the romantic comedy “Whatever It Takes”.