Cast & Crew
Edward Columbia (Co-Producer, Screenwriter, role of Simon)
Edward is a writer and actor who has performed in theater and film projects in New York City and New Haven. His plays have been developed through the Yale Playwrights Festival, the O’Neill Playwright Mentorship Program, and Naked Angels. He has been working on “Plain Fiction” for over five years. In 2015 he further developed the piece under the mentorship of Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies for the annual Yale Playwrights Festival.
In May 2018 Edward graduated from Yale College with a degree in East Asian Studies in the China Concentration. He researches Chinese literature and history, with a focus on ethnic minority cultures in China's Southwest. He works as a translator, most recently for the thought-sharing platform Yi Xi and for a documentary projects by award-winning director Sue Williams.
In 2016 Edward and Cyrus Duff co-founded Sulde Productions in order to bring diverse artists together through community-driven film projects. To date their work includes narrative short films, short-form documentaries, and music videos, in addition to Plain Fiction, their first feature film.
Cyrus Duff (Co-Producer, Director, Composer)
As a composer, Cyrus Duff has been interested in collaborations across different media, and he has always incorporated theatrical and filmic elements into his concert music, which has been performed most recently at the Yellow Barn International Chamber Music Festival. He has also composed scores and sound design for videos, theater pieces, and films, including most recently Michelle Mboya’s The Camel’s Back, winner of Yale’s Lamar prize. He spent time last year directing Yale’s experimental theater ensemble, the Control Group, in a series of multimedia projects. Cyrus is a senior at Yale studying music and film, with a particular interest in the intersections of contemporary musicology and art theory.
Andrea Mereles (Director of Photography)
Andrea Gonzalez Mereles was born in Mexico City. She discovered her love for storytelling at a young age. Mereles studied film in her home country; it was during this time that she discovered her true passion lied in cinematography. Her undergraduate thesis, Out of Earth, was the Local Winner at the Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition. Upon graduation, she worked in commercials and music videos before moving to Maine. At Maine Media Workshops she completed the Cinematography Residency. In 2014, she moved to Los Angeles as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue her Master’s degree in Cinematography at the American Film Institute. In 2016, Mereles got selected to participate in the prestigious Film Independent’s Project Involve program. She is constantly looking to shoot films that explore the human condition. Mereles is based in Los Angeles.
Rocky Bostick (Production / Wardrobe Design)
A recent graduate of Yale College, Rocky majored in Studio Art. In school, Rocky pursued theater, painting, photography, animation, graphic design, dance (tap and modern) and sound art. He took time off from school to work as an actor, a stagehand, and a musician for productions in New York, where he assisted productions at Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the United Nations (Overcoming the Disaster: the Great East Japan Earthquake Commemoration concert), and City Center! Encores (Randy Newman’s Faust, starring Randy Newman dir. by Thomas Kail, In The Heights, Hamilton). At Yale, Rocky has been involved in the Dwight Edgewood Project, Yale Summer Cabaret at the Yale School of Drama, the Yale Institute for Music Theater, and the Visual Law Project at Yale Law School. Last spring he worked as the Wardrobe/Scenic designer for a Yale thesis film (The Perfect Fourth, dir. Henry Wolf) which was recently named “Short of the Week.”
Josh Lee (Line Producer)
Josh is a writer and designer based in New Haven. Last summer, he was a White House intern under the Obama administration, doing design work for the Office of Digital Strategy. The summer before, he was a product design intern at Facebook. While studying at Penn, he worked as the Managing Partner of Dorm Room Fund (backed by First Round Capital), investing in student-founded startups.
In addition to Line Producing a feature film, Josh has worked as a Script Supervisor on multiple projects -- this includes a commercial shoot with OXO, the global kitchenware brand, while he was at The Shed, a Brooklyn-based film collective. Josh's writing has been featured in McSweeney's and he has also spent time working at Teach for the Philippines and Red Antler.
Council Brandon (Line Producer)
Council recently completed her freshman year at Pratt Institute studying film production, and is now taking a gap year to travel and work on student films. Since high school she has directed more than 20 short films, and her three-part series Separation, which examines the female experience in relation to media through the dissection of sound, color, and image, was accepted to the All-American High School Film Festival in 2015. In August 2016, Council was accepted into the Prague Film School’s spring lab. Council’s work continues to explore themes such as womanhood and positive and negative forces in society, and she continues to look for opportunities to expand and support the role of women in film and media.
Joseph Eusebio (Assistant Director)
Joseph is a 2017 graduate of Wesleyan University, where he studied Film and History. His prolific involvement in Wesleyan's film and arts scenes saw him co-founding the school's student film organization Cardinal Pictures, establishing a Wesleyan-Yale film alliance, programming Wesleyan's film series, as well as organizing concerts, doing work in theater, and serving as director and as cinematographer on a host of films. Spending two years studying as a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, Joseph has placed particular stakes in issues of diversity and the environment. He is currently developing projects that address these issues, and is doing freelance work on projects in settings ranging from Mexico City to Hamburg, Germany.
Sky Lakota-Lynch (role of Oliver)
Sky Lakota-Lynch is a NYC-based actor currently starring in the multi-Tony-winning production Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. He also has a recurring role in Marvel’s series Iron Fist, currently on Netflix.
Sky studied under Meisner master teacher Richard Pinter at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre. After graduating, he fell into New York City's theatre scene, joining productions under multiple Tony-award-winning director James Lapine - A New Brain & Sunday In The Park With George (starring Jake Gyllenhaal). Sky has recently joined the main cast of the new network sitcom Half-Life opposite Sarah Stiles. Sky was 1 of 12 people selected for ABC/Disney's 2017 Talent Showcase, out of thousands of contestants from around the world.
Theodore Bouloukos (role of Burroughs)
Theodore’s performance work encompasses principal roles in independent narrative cinema that has premiered at Sundance, Venice, SXSW, Rotterdam, Berlin, Tribeca, Strasbourg, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Vienna, Sarasota, Moscow, BAMcinemaFest, and the Museum of Modern Art, among numerous global festivals and venues; and project collaborations with myriad established visual artists who work in video, voice, painting, sculpture, photography, live performance and tableaux vivants, and who have been internationally exhibited at museums, galleries and festivals, including the Venice Biennale, Art Basel, Sundance New Frontier, Documenta, Art Basel Miami, and Performa, among myriad others. Theo is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
Lauren Banks (role of Charlotte)
Lauren E. Banks, the “E” standing for Elizabeth (a multi-generational family name), was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. Lauren has recently appeared in the acclaimed series Maniac (Netflix), Dietland (AMC), and stars in the upcoming drama City on a Hill (Showtime).
Lauren grew up exposed to an array of art and culture provided by her mother, a pediatrician, and her father, an attorney. She spent the early years of her life aspiring to become an Olympic track athlete, until her talent and passion for storytelling guided her towards a career in acting. To date, she has traveled and performed all along the East Coast of the US, and abroad in Nairobi, Kenya; Sydney, Australia; and Singapadu, Bali. Lauren attended Howard University, where she trained under the late, Al Freeman, Jr., and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A in Theatre Arts Acting. Lauren is pursuing a Masters in Acting at the Yale School of Drama, as a member of the class of 2017.
Miranda Volpe (role of Irma)
Miranda Volpe is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she starred in the
premiere of Frank Pugliese’s play The King of Connecticut opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman.
She was an active member in a lively downtown theater scene in the early 1990s, performing in plays with Soho Rep, Ubu Rep, and the Cucaracha Theater Company under the direction of
Richard Caliban. As a singer and dancer, Miranda performed in the 20th anniversary production of Hair with Sherie Rene Scott and starred in a tour of Beauty and the Beast. Miranda is a devoted teacher and the Director of the Creative Arts Program at Watkinson School in Hartford, CT. She is the proud mother of three children and a member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Toni Dorfman (role of Candace)
Since 1999 Toni has taught at Yale, where she co-founded the Yale Playwrights
Festival in 2003 and since 2009 has stage-directed six Venetian baroque operas
with musical director Grant Herreid, most recently Cavalli’s “La Didone.” Her
MFA in directing is from Columbia University. Her play “The King of the Cimbri”
was a finalist in the 2014 national Gun/Play Competition. Onstage in New York,
Williamstown, and elsewhere she’s played Aldonza, Titania, Helena, Dorine,
Mother Courage, Hesione, Domina, Clytemnestra, and Woman in Beckett’s
“Rockaby.” In film she’s played Queen Marie in Ionesco’s “Exit the King” (David
Quaid Productions) and Jane Pack in Patricia Dorfman’s “Co-Stars” (Jake Films).
Toni is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity, SDC, and Dramatists
Peter Columbia (role of Earnest)
Peter Columbia was born and raised in New York City, where he lives with his wife and four daughters. Peter has acted in a variety of films and television shows over the last decade. His most recent acting work includes Chuck, starring Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts, and directed by Philippe Falardeau. Peter is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
Sydney Lemmon (role of San)
Sydney Lemmon is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama and now an actor based in New York City.