Michael McCallum is an award winning director, writer, actor, and editor. He was born in Lansing, MI, where he currently resides. He started acting in 1997 and started his film company, Rebel Pictures, in 1999.
His first feature film as a writer/director, Fairview St., premiered in Jan. 2009 at Celebration Cinema in Lansing, MI to a sold out house. The film was accepted into 28 film festivals nationally, played in 12 states, and won 15 major awards. It also won awards at festivals in India and Australia. It remains the most awarded and nominated true independent feature film made in Michigan.
His second feature as a writer/director, Handlebar, premiered at Celebration Cinema in Feb. 2010. It was accepted into its first 13 film festivals and won 5 awards.
Lucky, his third feature, premiered in March of 2011 to another sold out theater at Celebration Cinema in Lansing. It was accepted into its first 8 film festivals and won a major award at each one.
McCallum and his Rebel Pictures team just released their fourth feature film, Buffalo. He was excited to work again with his talented father, William C. McCallum, who plays the film's lead role. They also wrote the film together.
Morlan Higgins is one of the most critically acclaimed actors in the history of the Los Angeles Theater scene. The first actor to win the LA Ovation Award twice, he has also won 5 Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Awards, 6 LA Weekly awards, and dozens of other local awards and nominations.
He has made numerous television appearances over the years, including recurring roles in several series. He also works frequently in the realm of Indy films, most recently, a lead in Matt Duggan's Inverse, which is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit.
He is perhaps best known for his association with Pulitzer Prize winning South African playwright Athol Fugard. Morlan has played leads in 4 of Mr. Fugard's 5 most recent plays, including the American premiere of The Train Driver and the world premiere of the two-hander Exits and Entrances.
Winning local awards in both Florida and New Jersey, Mr. Higgins played Andre Hugenet in Exits and Entrances for close to 2 years. The run culminated at New York City's Primary Stages, where he received a Lucill Lortel Award nomination for Off-Broadway Actor of the Year, followed by a critically acclaimed run in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Teri Clark Linden
Teri Clark Linden is an American actress, best known for her film roles in Jack Reacher, Super 8,and Love & Other Drugs. She has a B.A. in Theater from Roosevelt University, Chicago. Linden appeared in five plays at actor Jeff Daniels's Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan, including the world premiere of Tim Clue's Leaving Iowa and Mitch Albom's Duck Hunter Shoots Angel. She co-starred on stage with Laverne & Shirley's Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka in the comedy Kong's Night Out. Linden has narrated over 100 audiobooks for Audible.com and Brilliance Audio, many recorded from her home studio in Yellow Springs, Ohio where she resides with her husband, son, cat, dog and cat again. She’ll next be seen in the upcoming film Aftermath starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
British actor Ralph Lister spent 15 years in main-stage theatre in London, Madrid, Hong Kong, and Edinburgh before moving to Los Angeles as an on-camera actor and voice talent from 1999-2008.
Major motion picture credits include an upcoming role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Laurence Fishburne, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, and director Zack Snyder; Oz: The Great & Powerful, with James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Rachel Weisz, and director Sam Raimi; Setup, with Bruce Willis, Curtis ‘Fifty Cent’ Jackson, and Ryan Philippe; Alleged, with Brian Dennehy, Fred Thompson, and Colm Meaney; studio comedy Mr. Woodcock, with Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon; Jewel of the Sahara with Gerard Butler; and A Lot Like Love with Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. In August this year, Ralph guest starred as a US attorney in Episode 3 of AMC’s gritty crime drama Low Winter Sun.
Ralph shares his time between his homes in Grand Rapids and Los Angeles.
Awards: 2014 Eclipse Award for Best Actor (for FREE PIE), 2012 Audie Finalist (national audiobook award, for Children’s Titles ages 8-12), 2012 Golden Earphones Award, 2010 Grand Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Guilds: SAG-AFTRA, AEA. (Ralph is also a member of SAG-AFTRA’s national Audiobook Steering Committee.)
Kat Evans is a Chicago-based actor and singer. Her favorite theatrical roles include playing Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera (The Hypocrites), Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin Jr. (Emerald City), and Maddie in Desperate Affection (Emergent Theatre).
She has also worked with Metropolis in Arlington Heights, The Copley in Aurora, Jedlicka in Cicero, and Bailiwick and Greatworks in Chicago. Kat is a regular guest on the podcasts Alcollywood and Blastropodcast, and is regularly featured on the podcast Our Fair City.
She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Podcast by the Audioverse Awards 2013 for the character of Dora in Season 4, and nominated in 2014 for Loamy in Season 5 of Our Fair City.
Kat stars in the independent feature NONTRADITIONAL, playing an Iraq war veteran returning home to civilian life. Kat's work in NONTRADITIONAL won her a nomination for Best Actress in a Drama at the Bare Bone Film Festival in 2014.
Ray Cox began his 25-year career on Broadway playing feisty 70-year-old Gus Esmond, Sr. opposite Carol Channing in Lorelei. His second leading roll was as British Maj. John Andre in Forge of Freedom, followed by Sen. Paterson in Lerner and Bernstein’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Off-Broadway audiences saw Ray as Aramis in The Three Musketeers, Richard Dauntless in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore, Joe Smith in Tidings, Comfort & Joy, and featured in Josh Logan’s Scrapbook with Josh Logan.
TV credits include: Det. Bob Murphy in Ryan’s Hope, Bobby the DJ in Another World, Sam Marshall in Texas, and a disturbed young father-to-be in the PBS documentary A Question of Life.
A graduate of Michigan State University and Southern Methodist University in which she received her MFA in Acting, Ginneh Thomas has been working in regional theater and has appeared in regional and national commercials, indie film and network television. She is a native of Lansing, Michigan who now resides in Chicago, IL.
Mark Boyd is known for his appearances in "12 Monkeys" on the Syfy Network, as well as in the highly acclaimed dramatic movie "A Girl Like Her" now available on Netflix. He thoroughly enjoyed performing in Lucky Jay, and looks forward to Season 3: "A Chip Off the Old Block." Unless he made that part up.
Harper Philbin writer AND DIRECTOR
Harper Philbin is an award-winning independent filmmaker and professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
He has worked professionally in Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago as an editor, producer, director, writer and camera operator. In addition to Grand Valley, his teaching experience includes Columbia College Chicago, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in Chicago.
John Schmit sound designer
John Schmit is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and professor at Grand Valley State University. Before arriving at GVSU in 2002, he received his M.F.A. in Film & Video Production from The University of Iowa.
John's expertise in audio production began in Los Angeles recording studios, where he worked with many top artists and engineers. He teaches a variety of courses at GVSU, including sound design, documentary production and video production.
Vinny Walsh director of photography
Vinny Walsh completed his degree in film production at GVSU in 2000. He began his career as a camera assistant and transitioned to set lighting shortly thereafter. He worked for a decade in Los Angeles on feature films, television, and commercials before returning to Michigan four years ago.
Scott Vanderberg 2nd unit cinematographer
Scott Vanderberg recently began his 31st year with GVSU's School of Communications. Lucky Jay marks the 17th Summer Film he has been involved with at GVSU.
As Facilities Manager for the S.O.C., Scott oversees all of the field production equipment as well as the department’s studio facilities. Scott has taught in both the Broadcasting and Film/Video programs at GVSU and is currently teaching the Lighting for Film and Video class.
John Dufresne writer
John Dufresne is the author of two short story collections, The Way That Water Enters Stone and Johnny Too Bad, and the novels Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, (both New York Times Notable Books of the Year), Deep in the Shade of Paradise, and Requiem, Mass.
John's books on writing, The Lie That Tells a Truth and Is Life Like This? are used in many university writing programs. He is the editor of the anthology Blue Christmas, and two of his short stories were named Best American Mystery Stories, one in 2007 and the other in 2010. His play Trailerville was produced at the Blue Heron Theater in New York in 2005.
John is a professor at Florida International University in Miami. He is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction, and his new novel is No Regrets, Coyote.
Angelo Eidse writer
Angelo Eidse is a professional writer hailing from Hollywood North, or as the locals like to call it, Vancouver, BC. In addition to the five short films made from his original stories, he has written a documentary for national television broadcast and lost count of how many episodes of Japanese animation he's adapted, many of which have appeared on The Cartoon Network.
He is currently working on his first children’s book and wrestling a feature script through development. He prefers to work with people he likes.
Brian Gotberg producer
Alumnus of Grand Valley State University, Brian has worked on many student and professional films.
He has produced award-winning feature and short films such as Still and was the unit production manager on the 2013 Grand Valley summer film The White Bag.
He has worked with non-profit organizations such as the Hart Heritage Preservation Group, Inc. in Hart, MI.
He has his Film/Video and Business degrees after 5 long, laborious years of study.
Hannah Lynch editor-Season 2
Hannah Lynch worked on set as the script supervisor for season 2, and continued to work as the supervising editor during her last semester at GVSU before graduating.
Hannah has written and directed several of her own short films, as well as, served as Art Director for various senior thesis projects during her time at Grand Valley. She worked as the Production Designer for the GVSU Promotions Office Video Team while studying Film and Video Production and Spanish.
Hannah was also an e-board member and teacher for the GVSU Belly Dance Club for several years, which she feels has helped both her creative sense and rhythmic approach to writing, designing, and editing film projects.
In addition to her existing passion for production design, working on Lucky Jay has helped her find a new passion for script supervision which she hopes to delve further into.
Tim Lieber editor-Season 1
Tim Lieber was the Digital Imaging Technician and Post Production Supervisor on Lucky Jay during his senior year at Grand Valley. He developed his love of film making while taking a video production class during his freshman year of high school.
Tim has written, directed, produced, and edited various short films and documentaries. He was also a Teaching Assistant for the introductory Film and Video courses for three out of four years while at Grand Valley.
He was also a percussionist in The East Shore Wind Symphony for over four years, a professional wind band located on the east side of the state. Tim believes that his music education helped him become a good editor.
Alyssa Pecoraro assistant director
Graduating with her B.A. in Film and Video Production and minor in Advertising and Public Relations, Alyssa has gained experience through owning and managing her own wedding videography company called trueblu films, along with her recent experience working with Rick Hert, Film Commissioner, as an intern at the West Michigan Film Office.
After completing her first Summer Film Project in 2013 as the Art Director and Wardrobe/Hair and Makeup Coordinator on set of The White Bag, Alyssa took the opportunity to advance in positions and take on the role of 1st Assistant Director on set of Lucky Jay.
Being an "east-sider" Alyssa moved back to the Metro Detroit area after graduation to work for an Advertising and Marketing firm called Detroit Business Consulting as an Account Manager. She is also continuing her video work at Epic Motion as a freelance videographer.
She promises to always remember that she's a Laker for a Lifetime!
Enjoy this behind the scenes look at the making of Lucky Jay