CHRIS WHITE (Neil) co-wrote the screenplay for CINEMA PURGATORIO with his wife, Emily Reach White, based on their experiences as independent filmmakers. He also co-produces, directs, and stars in the film. Recent writer-director work includes the award-winning independent features GET BETTER (2012, co-written with Emily Reach White) and TAKEN IN (2011). Chris directed a just-released episode of the acclaimed web-series STAR TREK CONTINUES (2014, “Lolani”). Trained as a theatre artist and screenwriter, Chris believes in creative entrepreneurship, handmade films for friends, and artistic ambition without cynicism.
TRAYSIE AMICK (Liz) has been the Principal Teaching Artist for South Carolina Children’s Theatre since 1999. In addition, she regularly directs and performs in touring shows and 2nd Stage Shows for SCCT. At night, she can be found on stage as a company member at Café & Then Some, producing local comic satire. She claims to have shunned the camera work she often did as a youth, to devote her time to live performance; however, she was lured by the idea of working with Chris and Emily White as the wistful South of the Border waitress Dawn, in TAKEN IN (2011). She could not resist playing Emily’s alter ego, Liz in CINEMA PURGATORIO.
HARRIET WHITE (Hope) is a rising high school student who lives in Greenville, SC. When her dad and step-mom asked if she’d been willing to appear as the sullen Hope Shaw in CINEMA PURGATORIO, she responded with an enthusiastic “I guess.” Harriet has appeared on-screen previously with her dad in the short film GOOD LIFE (2010) and on stage in his production of the original stage play Teenage Jonny Quest in Tokyo (2008). Harriet is a budding still photographer and writer who loves to spend time with friends at the beach…which is pretty much what making CINEMA PURGATORIO was like everyday.
ALAN RAY (Alan) is an award-winning filmmaker, actor and visual artist who lives with his wife and three children in Austin, TX. Alan has been the director of photography on five feature films and over a dozen short films. In 2006 Alan made his debut as a feature film writer/director with the psychologically haunting DEADLAND DREAMING. Most recently Alan wrote, directed and shot his 16-part web series SHADOW 44 which won awards at the 2013 LAwebfest for directing, cinematography and visual FX. Alan is currently slated to direct two more of his feature length screenplays, including KRIMIN, a sci-fi mystery /thriller.
MONICA EVA FOSTER (Jen) is a New York-based actress. Born in Detroit, she has lived all over: Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Lake Tahoe, San Diego and Seoul, Korea. Weaving her life experiences into the roles she plays, her characters present a rich tapestry that displays a wide range of skill from drama to comedy. She spent the early part of her career in Los Angeles where she worked in film and television (CLUELESS, BIG BAD BEETLEBORGS, numerous commercials). After taking a hiatus from acting to complete her education, co-found a company, and begin a family, CINEMA PURGATORIO marks her return to the craft.
REID COX (Bree) was born and raised in Greenville, SC but, after studying film and theater in New York, has made a splash in LA, having been featured in numerous films. With her adventurous spirit, Reid takes on edgy characters, often colored against her sweet demeanor. She recently appeared in the feature film ASHLEY, and starred as the female lead in CONSUMED as gritty seductress Rebecca. Reid may also be seen in as lead character Lorimer in ALONGSIDE NIGHT, produced by Kevin Sorbo. Reid has modeled for a plethora of designers and has shot with renowned photographers. She is also an established voiceover artist.
LAVIN CUDDIHEE (Nick) is an actor, writer and director, and co-founder of the Polk County (NC) Film Initiative. Lavin got his start in the late 1970s, studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and performance in NYC. Moving to Los Angeles in the early eighties, he worked as an actor and set designer in television and film—the first season of "Moonlighting" being his most memorable as he worked as Bruce Willis’ photo and stunt double. Returning to the stage in 2009, Lavin has played in numerous productions at the Tryon Little Theater, and in Greenville, SC at Centre Stage and the Warehouse Theatre.
JEFF DRIGGERS’ (Clark) passion for filmmaking began in high school where he taught himself by making many a movie using his fellow drama students. Jeff continued learning his craft at the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio, Television, & Film. In 2010, he served as the operations intern for Focus Features in Universal Studios. Since graduating, he started Palmetto Pictures, a coalition of filmmakers who leverage freelance production work to create their own unique, personal films. Jeff seeks to create films that combine the rich traditions of theatre with new expressions of cinematic language.
ALEX SMITH (Dos) is, among other things, a father, husband, and artist of many stripes. He paints, draws, writes screenplays, essays and poems, and produces, acts and directs films and for the theatre. His most recent film, COD ASCENT, was part of The 2nd Act Film Festival last October.
NEALY GLENN (Jackie) has been on stage at The Guthrie, The Public Theatre in New York City, and South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa as well as many other Off-Broadway theaters. She can be seen on Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, CBS miniseries Guilty Hearts. She has guest starred on numerous television shows and acted independent films. She has also worked in commercials for the past fifteen years with such clients as Chevy, Holiday Inn, and The Oxygen Channel. Nealy has written and sold two screenplays to Fox Studios and Miramax Studios with her writing partner and husband Stephen Hauser.