the happiest place on earth
a feature film about the cost of the American dream
Jennifer Faith Ward - "MAGGIE PRICE"Jennifer Faith Ward is an award-winning Florida actress whose diverse filmography includes lead and supporting roles in several independent films. Her accolades include a Crystal Reel Award for Leading Actress from the Florida Motion Picture & Television Association and a Best Actress nomination at the Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival.
Tom Kemnitz, Jr. - "JONAH PRICE"Tom Kemnitz, Jr. is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio in New York, NY. His credits include films produced by Spike Lee, films distributed by IFC and films shot internationally. He has played boxers, drug addicts, cops, killers, lovable losers and young men finding love for the first time, and wholeheartedly embraces this latest opportunity to make art.
Marco DiGeorge - "EVAN STERLING"Marco DiGeorge studied film and television production during his college years in Miami, Florida, where he found himself helming the university morning show as director and producer. After graduation, he focused on a career in business, but his true passion for film never left him. In 2004, he returned to the film industry once again, and now works as an actor and producer, bringing his imaginative enthusiasm to every production. In addition to acting and producing, Marco has worked frequently in the industry as a Director, Assistant Director, Casting Director and Acting Coach.
Peg O'Keef - "ELLEN THOMAS"In addition to her film performances in such notable works as Red Dirt, Taste of Kream, and Farmer McCallister's Thinkin' Machine, Peg O’Keef proudly works on Central Florida stages as both actor and director. She also teaches screenwriting and criticism at UCF and edits copy for the Florida Film Festival, which she has served in a variety of roles for the last 20 years.
Chris Lindsay - "DET. DARRELL JENKINS"Most known for his work on the Summit Entertainment feature Never Back Down, you may have also seen Chris Lindsay in the made-for-TV feature Midnight Bayou, opposite Jerry O’Connell and Faye Dunaway. Chris has recently wrapped several episodes on the highest rated basic cable television show, Army Wives, playing the recurring principal character of SERGEANT WILSON. Be sure to look out for him!
Daniel Wachs - "DON MASON"Daniel Wachs, a veteran radio broadcaster of 32 years, picked up acting by accident in 2009 while looking for singing gigs for his wife, Carolyn, on Craigslist. Intrigued by a posting for student film auditions, he went to his first film audition in May of 2009 and was immediately hooked. Since that time, Daniel has worked on approximately 25 independent and student films in the Central Florida area. In May 2010, he built a home recording studio and started recording voice overs for clients worldwide, coming full circle from his first radio DJ job in the summer of 1968.
Janelle Figueroa - "LACEY BOOTHE"Janelle Figueroa is an actress and model who has appeared in six films and numerous commercial and print ads since beginning to chase her dream in 2009. She is very excited to be a part of The Happiest Place on Earth.
Dennis Marsico - "PHIL RANDALL"Dennis Marsico has been a professional actor on stage and in front of the camera for over 25 years. His list of credits include television commercials, stage shows and film projects. He has had roles in national commercials including Ford, A & W, Tony Chacheres Seasoning, Pontiac, and The PGA Tour, just to name a few. In 2009 he played the title role in a short filmed called A Man by the Name of Frederick Pennyhouse, which was nominated for Best Short at the Orlando Film Festival. He recently finished a run on stage in the critically acclaimed comedy, Murder's A Drag.
Karen LeBlanc - "MELANIE PATTON"
Carmen Serrano Giubilei - "REALTOR"Carmen Giubilei has worked as a ReMax Realtor in the Orlando area since 2002. She lives and works in Winter Park and loves helping families find their ideal home or sell their most valuable asset. She also loves theatre, film and movies that involve true life issues. She's been involved with amateur theater in the past, debuting as "Sylvie" in a female version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple back in 1991. She's just as excited to appear in The Happiest Place on Earth.
Tony Riha - "MORTY"A former student of the Acting Studio Company in Orlando, Tony Riha has been cast in numerous commercials and short films throughout the Orlando area. His biggest parts to date are the role of Mitch Alderson on the television series Palmetto. Series and Derrick Dyer in Invision Films' Saving Amy, which can be seen on IMDb.
Jeff Taylor - "WOODY STARKS"Jeff Taylor has appeared in a BBC miniseries on Lady Astor, the pilot for Body Politic, the feature film A Little Closer, and a number of theatrical productions including Fiddler on the Roof and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In addition to his acting, he has 35 years of experience in the broadcast industry in a variety of roles, ranging from reporter to news anchor to news director to voice-over narrator to television host. He also creates and has appeared in many living history re-enactments around Virginia.
Bernie Ask - "MARK ALEXANDER"Bernie Ask has been performing for over 30 years in comedy clubs, theater and films. He has appeared in X-Men, Savannah, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and numerous indie films. He has portrayed mobsters, doctors, businessmen, scientists, comics and many other roles and is looking forward to participating in The Happiest Place on Earth.
Leon Salem - "JUSTIN WHITEHEAD"Leon Salem is a former jazz musician who has been a film composer for the past forty years. Leon started acting about 6 years ago in various local features and short films looking for an inside track to get his music into films. "The creative aspect of composing and acting are very similar and very challenging. I think the improvisatory aspect of being a jazz musician and composer has served me well as an actor."