Crew & Cast
SHADOW C. LAVALLEY
Shadow C. LaValley is an American film, television and theatre actor who currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Shadow is a graduate of both the State University of New York at Morrisville (A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences) as well as the State University of New York at Oneonta (B.S. Theatre.) Shadow's performance career got off the ground and running in 2004 when he was approached by his Mother during his final year of high school. Another high school student had dropped out of the role of Will Parker in the school's musical Oklahoma! After some convincing, Shadow accepted the role of Will and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Once graduated from high school and having tried a semester of college, Shadow chased his childhood dream of auto-racing. Having lived that lifestyle for a few years, he moved back to his hometown in 2009. After being home for only a few months, Shadow was approached by his former high school choir teacher to fill the vacant role of Jonathan Brewster for Arsenic and Old Lace. Without hesitation, Shadow accepted the role of Jonathan and has been performing ever since. Shadow looks to continue his work as an actor and filmmaker to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Frank Leavitt, originally from Burlington, Vermont, has been living in the Capital District since 1990. He has a B.M. in Music and Education (Crane School, SUNY Potsdam), and a M.M. in Music Education (UConn, Storrs.) While teaching in the Bethlehem (NY) school district, he took over the Middle School musical program, running it with considerable success from 1992 to 2006. Following his career in teaching, he served in the education department of Capital Repertory Theater (Albany, NY.) Since 2008, he has focused on directing, music directing and acting in the Capital Region, and has over 40 performances to his name. He has also become involed with several individual film projects, as a Casting Director and Assistant Director.
Brendan Day is a filmmaker from Long Island, New York. He graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta, majoring in Mass Communications and was a double minor in film and theatre. He currently works for a media company in the post production department.
SOUND MIXER/BOOM OPERATOR
Mike Deyo is an early career theatrical Sound Designer and Engineer who also enjoys branching out into concert/event production and sound for television and film. A recent addition to the New York City theatre scene, Mike has had the opportunity to work closely with professionals from companies such as Clubbed Thumb, Five Ohm Productions, New World Stages, and many others. Mike is continuing to refine his skills and seek new opportunities to further his career and become a more prominent force in the creative arts.
Dan Caruso has been studying music since age 8, with his primary focus on drums and percussion. Through elementary, middle, and high school, Dan gained experience not only in drumming, but also in chorus, music theory, and audio production. He broadened the depth of his studies at the State University of New York at Fredonia, combining his love of music and interest in physics, math and electronics to earn a Bachelors degree in Sound Recording Technology and Applied Music with a Concentration in Percussion. Since graduating, Dan had remained diligent as a musician, performing a wide variety of musical styles from rock and metal to dixieland jazz and blues. His current projects include bands such as Blueshift and Conference of the Strange, his YouTube channel, and being a freelance audio engineer for recording, mixing, mastering, live sound, and sound design
Shanna Becker was born in Manhattan, New York, NYC. Her family relocated to upstate New York, where she attended the Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Guilderland Ballet Company, and Willoughby-Noble School, among others, for dance education. Shanna attended the theater and directing program at Fulton-Montgomery Community College as well as various collegiate and private dance and theater programs throughout New York. Shanna currently resides as an artistic director at the Canajoharie Academy of Performing Arts in Upstate NY and lead teacher/proprietor of The Art Box Studio. Shanna enjoys the fine arts and is an avid painter and sculptor who also enjoys writing, horseback riding, martial arts, and historical writings and documentaries. Shanna's greatest love is film, both behind the scenes and on-camera. An advocate for women in film, in 2013 she established WorldsApart Films & Media, and is currently working as a writer, director & a producer of independent films.
CHIEF EDITOR/SPECIAL EFFECTS
Daniel Maranga achieved a B.S. in 3-D Modeling Animation from the State University of New York at Oneonta in May of 2016. Dan has worked on the SUNY Oneonta theatre productions of Avenue Q (animation) and The Taming of the Shrew (sound effects/lighting.) He is currently working on two Disney productions in Los Angeles.
Jenn DeSantis is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta with a B.A. degree in Music Industry minor in Audio Production. While attending, Jenn was actively involved in many different clubs, organizations and independent projects. Currently, Jenn is self-employed creating piano and vocal tracks for different artists. Jenn has been playing piano by ear ever since she was 2 years old and singing since she was 5. Jenn has been writing music since age 10 and fell in love with it. She currently resides in a small town in Pennsylvania. Some of the projects that Jenn has worked on involve making music for a short movie clip for her Audio Production 2 class, performing an original composition Crazy for the Parent's Weekend show, producing her original How Beautiful You Are with her Audio 1 project, among others. Jenn has currently been working with Fred Rigollaud who has been recording her upcoming album and has also been shooting a music video for her single Someone Else with the help of Gabe Vargas. In the future, Jenn wants to make music for television and film.
Craig Miles is an audio engineer videographer, and weekend radio personality. He has spent his life in Central New York and is a lover of mountains, hikes and kayaking. A graduate of Radio and TV production from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Craig has always liked to tinker with audio and shoot short films. Horror, psychological thriller and documentary round out his favorite genres.
Brittannie Rymanowski is a freelancer who is known for her costume work in renaissance fairs. She currently resides in Florida.
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT/ACTRESS (BULLY)
Emily Murphy, a person who enjoys making people smile and laugh by acting. She has been acting and singing from an early age. She has had many distinct roles in a number of different musicals and enjoys creating characters. Emily has just started her acting career in films and plans to audition for more film roles. She also loves meeting new people and making new friends. She is known for making the best of every experience.
Elizabeth Reinertsen is a recent graduate from the State University of New York at Oneonta, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Theatre and Mass Communication. Upon graduation, she interned for Paladino Casting, worked for PIX11 News and took an On-Camera class at an acting studio in New York City. Currently, Elizabeth is pursuing acting full-time, while working as a part-time teacher and a copywriter. She has also been taking a 10-week commercial class and has just joined a community theatre group. She hopes to continue performing and make it to the big scree or Broadway one day soon.
MEREDITH J. HUDSON
Meredith was born & raised in Santa Barbara, California, where music was a way of life. Education at Chapman College, University of Hawaii, Eastern New Mexico University & Ithaca College, she holds a BA in Music, BA in Music Therapy (Summa cum Laude, Board Certified) and a Masters in Vocal performance. She also has National Certification in Music Therapy in the USA and Australia and has worked in that capacity in both countries. Proficient in Piano, Violin, Percussion and Vocal Performance, Meredith has worked as a music teacher in K-12 settings as well as teaching Studio Voice & Choral Music in Australia, Texas, New Mexico, Minnesota & New York. However, her first love is performing. Opera, Music Theatre, Orchestral and Band Ensembles are all a regular part of her world. Her favorite roles are Mame in Mame, Bloody Mary in South Pacific and The Housekeeper/Hag in Man of La Mancha. Meredith is still active in Vocal Coaching. You can also find her marching in the summer in the CNY Police & Fire Band (Eb tenor horn) or in the French horn section of two California concert bands in the winter. She is grateful to Shadow for this opportunity to act, once again.
Kevin Sutton is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta ('16) with a Bachelors of Science in Theatre and Mathematics. His performance experience includes roles in As You Like It, Design For Living, and You Can't Take it With You. He also has done dramaturgical work on Naga-Mandala and was the assistant director of SUNY Oneonta's Taming of The Shrew in his final semester of college. He has also been an actor for several projects from the campus Film Club, including a reenactment of a scene from the movie Fight Club.
Andy has a bachelor's degree in Adolescent Education and Physics which he hopes to use very soon to be a high school physics teacher. While he is working towards the goal of teaching science like Bill Nye, Andy is currently working part time as a machine technician for the Oneida County Board of Elections and as a set designer building scenery for local theatre productions.
Grace has an interest in acting/singing/dancing and performing since a youthful age. It's something that she always wanted to do and focus on. Grace has performed in school musicals, and acted in local films. She's worked with Shadow prior to Drive, in the independent film Chapter 5 which was directed by Christopher Fiore as well as the web series Men of 21 which was directed by Shawn Uebele. "Filming is always fun and the experiences on and off set help me grow and improve as an actor. I am excited to see how Drive comes together! Thank you to Shadow and everyone else involved in making this possible!"
Gina Petronella originally from Enfield, Connecticut, moved to Saratoga Springs, NY in 2007. Her childhood consisted of her passion for acting, figure skating as a competitive skater and dancer. Upon graduating high school, she attended Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts for Theater/Dance and received her Associates Degree. She was a figure skating and hockey skating coach for many years. Gina attended various colleges and received her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Accounting. In the process of raising her three children, she then began to pursue her acting career. She has been in theater and films alongside Melissa Leo, Dylan Baker and Bailey Chase. She is known for her lead role in the film Lotus by KA Films and the TV Series Pilot Cant' Go Home by On Edge Productions.
ACTOR (SENATOR BELL)
Carl has been stage acting for the last 17 years, including productions with the Players of Utica, Capitol Theater in Rome, Outcast International, and the Rome Community Theater. Most recently appearing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Dreams fro which he received an excellence in Acting Award form the Theater Association of New York State (TANYS.) He has appeared in the Slade Collins series, both of which were directed by Matthew A. Peters, as well as the web series Men of 21, which was directed by Shawn Uebele. Carl also directs and produces at Rome Community Theater.
Jamil Lindsay is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta where he studied Sociology. Theatre productions that Jamil has performed in include Life's A Dream and James and the Giant Peach. Jamil was also assistant stage manager for the production of Naga-Mandala and stage manager for the one-act plays of The Brute and The Marriage Proposal.
After a long successful career in theatre, film and television, Steve decided to go back to school at the State University of New York at Oneonta to complete his Bachelors of Science in Theatre and to also obtain a Masters in Education. Some of his credits include: Victor/Victoria, Oliver, Christ Superstar, Late Show with David Letterman, Walking and Talking and The Juror.
Micaelina Velardi is an actor, stage manager, designer, director and choreographer with a B.A. degree in Theatre and Dance form the State University of New York at Oneonta. She recently performed in Jesus Christ Superstar as Mary Magdalene with Orpheus Theatre Inc. Other acting credits include Lady Ella in Patience (Earlville Opera House), Electra in Gypsy (Orpheus Theatre Co.) Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers (Apollo Music Club directed by Colby Thomas), Lil Bit in a staged reading of How I Learned To Drive (Identity Play Reading Series) and Nadia in Bare: A Rock Opera (Palate Cleanse Productions.) Micaelina became a member of the Actors' Equity Association shortly after shooting her role in Drive. She works seasonally as a dance instructor and a voice and acting coach at Otsego School of Dance Performing Arts.
Danielle Purdy is an actress who graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Theatre. She has appeared in many roles such as Alice in You Can't Take it With You, Nicky in Colony Collapse, and the Brother in The Good Person of Szechwan.
WAYNE W. JOHNSON
ACTOR (OFFICER BRIAN SKINNER)
Wayne W. Johnson is an actor and singer/guitarist from the band Caroline Blue. Wayne initially started out on several CNY bands before forming Caroline Blue. After years of focusing primarily on music, Wayne shifted that focus towards the path of acting in 2011. He is currently best known for his roles as Corneilus in Night of Something Strange (Hurricane Bridge Entertainment/SRS Cinema LLC/Virtual Interactive), Dracula in Tales of Dracula (Wolfbain Productions), Ensign Dawson Walking Bear in episodes of Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II and Draven in Empire State of the Dead (SRS Cinema LLC/Mad Angel Films.)
Currently a second year M.F.A. candidate at The University of Iowa, Akeem graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Akeem is a costume design, set design, choreography, and makeup artist.
Steve graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2012. While attending, he acted on stage while studying filmmaking. He enjoys acting both on stage and in front of the camera. Steve's proudest achievement was as Renfield in MVCC's production of Dracula. On film, he can be seen in films such as Slade Collins and the Tree of Life (2015), Bloody Island (2015), and the short film by Andrew Peters, Knifemare (2017), along with wife, Leanne Seda, Steven is very proud of his involvement in Drive (2018.)
ACTORS (FRED, GERTRUDE, LYNN, JAN)
Making their acting debut, the Pasanen's joyfully agreed to take on performance roles for the film Drive. Arne (Fred), Brandy (Gertrude), Emily (Lynn) and Zoey (Jan) reside in the Central New York area where they are actively engaged in their community.
ACTOR (FEDERAL AGENT MARKS)
Jody has over 12 years acting experience, in over 40 projects, with 19 credits on IMDB. His acting career includes feature films, shorts, a web-series, a music video, and commercials. All starting with a small role in the film Rounding Home, in 2005. Some career highlights include: A supporting role in the L.A. based film Germ Z on Netflix, the lead role in the feature film Officer Pigsley (2017), the lead in short film Briarwood (2015), the lead role in the 70's Grindhouse film She Kills (I-tunes, V.O.D., Amazon Prime.) Jody has also acted opposite of Tom Berenger and Keith David, in the $3MM feature film American Dresser (2017) and has a supporting role in the feature 27 Matches, which was picked up by a Hollywood producer for submission to Sundance. Jody actively helps with many student projects at Syracuse University, Oswego College, Tompkins Community College, among others. Jody has also landed roles in: the B.E.T. produced remake of the 70's hit movie Superfly, the feature film Sushi Tushi, 12 Days with God and in the series I Got This.
OLGA N. BOGDANOVA
ACTRESS (FEDERAL AGENT ANIYA)
Olga N. Bogdanova is Moscow, Russian-born. She is a classically trained bi-lingual film and theater actor, accomplished dancer, and a model with passion for ballet, car racing, and figure skating. Olga has worked on multiple theater and film productions in New York, Massachusetts, and abroad. Olga's most recent theater performances include leading roles in Godspell, Boeing Boeing, Seven Deadlies, Helen of Troy, NY, and a staged reading of The Yalta Game. Among her multiple film credits are the roles of femme fatale, assassin for hire, dancer, witch, swordswoman, and anything in-between. Most recently, she starred opposite of one of the leading Russian film acresses in the feature film length drama Alina, about a young Russian woman looking for her long lost father in NYC. More information about Olga's acting career can be found at:
ACTOR (FEDERAL AGENT LORENZO)
Steven Fletcher is an actor currently residing in Rome, NY. He is currently the writer/director and founder of the hobby film group Front IX Films. As an actor, Steven is best known for his roles in Mad Angel Film's film Brackish as Chip, Anthony Mormile's film Night Terror as Robbie (CNY Film Fest Award Winner for Best Actor), Shawn Uebele's series Men of 21. Other notable films that Steven has been in include 27 Matches and Community Service 2: Bloody Island.
ACTOR (FEDERAL AGENT MCGRAINS)
Popularly known as "Sonny", Jameson is an accomplished seasoned actor, having been in over 50 stage shows, several independent films and webspots. He is also a published author and is working on producing his first music album. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, watching TV, playing video games, surfuing the web and spending time with friends. He currently resides in central New York, where he was born and raised. He also works at his local library in the Children's Room. You can visit his website at: jmduross.wix.com/jmduross for more information.
JAMES S. CACCIATORE
James has a degree in Speech and Drama from Herkimer Community College. He has been involved with several theatre groups and productions acting and directing in plays ranging from Shakespeare to Neil Simon. James has also been acting and producing films with Mad Angel Films since 2007 and has also starred and co-starred in many more independent feature films, short films, commercials, voice overs and music videos ranging the last 10 years.
ACTRESS (COLLEGE STUDENT 1)
Charlene received her Bachelors degree in Mass Communication and Theater from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She has acted in a variety of college and community theater theatrical productions. She can currently be found working at Bay Street Theater in the Hamptons.
ACTRESS (COLLEGE STUDENT 2)
Jennifer is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta with a double Bachelor degree in English and Theatre. By day, Jennifer can be seen running the show in residential property management, by night she is often found performing with the Mystery Dinner Theatre Players at various venues throughout upstate New York. While most of her experience is in stage performance and behind the curtain, she has found this experience a delight, and is truly thankful for the opportunity to work with the talent and professionalism that was the director, film crew and cast of Drive.
ACTRESS (THEATRE STUDENT)
Shelley Sperling is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communication. She had always been passionate about acting since her first role of one of the citizens of Oz in The Wizard of Oz in 7th grade.
ACTRESS (PRESTON'S BOSS)
Leanne made her film debut in Mad Angel Films Half Dead (2013.) Since then, she continues acting in films throughout the Central New York area. Mostly in horror films, which is her favorite genre. Leanne has been seen in such projects like the Netflix series Daddy's Girl Club, the horror short Knifemare (2017) and Mad Angel Films The Man With No Pants (2017.) Although her voice over role as Preston's Boss in Drive (2018) was cut in post-production, her role within the film is imperative to the film. In addition to her film acting credits, Leanne frequently performes as a dancer for World of Hurt Wrestling in Whitehall, New York. Performing alongside former W.W.E. superstar Adam Rose as a Rosebud. She has also competed in multiple years as Ms. New York for Whitehall's W.A.C. Miss North America Pageant. Leanne is married to fellow actor Steve Handzel where they both reside in Central New York.
Crew & Cast Continued
BO SMITH: CINEMATOGRAPHER
MATTHEW A. PETERS: CINEMATOGRAPHER
MATT BECKER: SOUND/GRIP/GAFFER
KARIN JACOBSON: FIRST ASSISTANT EDITOR
TAYLOR CLARK: COMPOSER/MUSICIAN
EMERSON GALE: COMPOSER/MUSICIAN
ROCKY GRAZIANO: COMPOSER/MUSICIAN
PAUL HUDSON: ACTOR (BAR TENDER)
LINDA REESE: ACTRESS (BEN'S MOM)
BETH WALTERS: ACTRESS (THEATRE STUDENT)
SHANNON HARDING: ACTRESS (THEATRE STUDENT)
LEA DAVIS: ACTRESS (THEATRE STUDENT)
ALEX ELLER: ACTOR (ROBERT)