- PRODUCERS - CAST
- CREW - CREDITS
TROY RANDALL-KILPATRICK - JULIAN LONG
Randall-Kilpatrick currently resides in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Situated between Detroit and Chicago, Troy has appeared in a number
of independent films and stage productions in and around both
cities. He made his stage debut in 1992 as J. Pierrepont Finch
in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.
In addition to performing the lead role as Julian Long in An Apology
to the Dead, some of his favorite film roles to date include,
Detective Jack Styles in the feature film, 17000
Block, Dr. Noel Ciger in Midnight
of The Mind, and Father Thomas in A Lapse of Faith.
Some of his favorite stage roles include, Biff in Death of
a Salesman, Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,
John The Baptist/Judas in Godspell and Harry Roat in
Wait Until Dark.
Troy has worked in commercials and previously taught advanced
acting at the Barbizon Agency in Detroit. He studied acting and
theatre under Dr. Lee Krahenbuhl and Mr. Walter E. “Abe”
Ash, an alumnis of the Yale School of Drama. In addition to being
a husband and father of three, Troy plans to continue to pursue
his film and stage acting career goals.
- VANESSA COOLIDGE
Mazaris was born and raised in Detroit, MI. Jenelle started
acting in high school theater productions and went on to Chicago
to study acting at the University of Illinois. Afterward, Jenelle
made her way out to Los Angeles to study film acting and explore
the west coast.
currently lives in Detroit, and is involved in Wayne State University's
applied theater program, local independent films, commercials,
and theater. An Apology to the Dead is her debut and
first leading role in a feature film and she is thrilled to
be a part of it!
LISA SODMAN -
Sodman thoroughly enjoyed working on An Apology to the Dead,
in the leading role of Caroline Long, Julian's wife. Lisa's first
starring role was in Broken Wing. Lisa has also appeared
Sleep and Super
Sucker with Jeff Daniels's Purple
Lisa has also worked in television and on stage; her favorite
role is Luanne in the world premiere of Book
of Days by Lanford Wilson. She feels very fortunate to
have worked with such incredible talent in her career and truly
takes pleasure in the collaborative atmosphere fostered by independent
She would like to thank her family in Perry, Michigan for all
of their support because without their faith, she would have never
accomplished so much, especially without the support of her husband
and children. She would like to dedicate her efforts on this film
to her grandparents. Her grandfather told Lisa he looked forward
to the day the family could see her name in lights; he now watches
from above and smiles.
“This was for you, Grandpa. Thanks to Tim and Jon: I look
forward to our further endeavors.”
CHELSEA ELIZABETH GILL-
Gill hails from Lansing, MI where she is currently attending high
school. An Apology to the Dead is her debut in the important
supporting role of Rebecca Long, the 14 year old daughter of Julian
and Caroline Long. Chelsea has also performed as lead actor in
multiple musicals and plays in her community.
Chelsea, from her youth, has always had a passion for acting and
has never been bothered with a case of stage fright, and studiously
prepared for the role she played in the film. Chelsea has
taken modeling classes, and voice lessons to help her fulfill
her dreams of becoming a successful actor some day.
In the future, Chelsea plans on attending a Christian college
where she can attend theatrical and musical classes. Chelsea
has also been involved in some modeling, singing, and acting competitions,
which she found to be rewarding. She is currently involved
in the Miss Teen America pagent, and looking for more opportunities
to further her acting career.
JONATHAN VICTOR -
Victor is a multi-faceted performer who is active in theater,
film, stand-up comedy, and musical endeavors. He is an accomplished
improvisational comic and graduate of the Second
City Detroit conservatory program. Jonny performs regularly
as part of the cast of the Improv
Inferno as well as a few other improv groups.
Jonny is also a pianist/composer/songwriter, and has shared the
stage with members of elite West Michigan bands such as the Verve
Vegas, and Jake Stevens. He was also the Musical Director
for the final 8 months of the Second City Detroit Touring Company,
and hopes to continue his career with them when they re-open in
Jonny currently resides in Novi, MI and always has many irons
in the fire. He plans to open his own logo design/sports parody
business in the near future. Look for it here
after the new year! He also stays active as a voice talent in
the Detroit area, and is about to embark on a new musical project
with Detroit-area singer Mary Abraham.
Jonny would like to thank Jon and Tim for letting him set his
demons free with this fantastic role, as well as the rest of the
cast and crew for making it an amazing and memorable creative
process! Jonny will be a performer until the day he dies, and
hopes to work with Vernacular Films at least once again before
that happens (provided they manage to get a video tape to
break on cue). Cheers!
CURTIS HALL -
Hall is an accomplished and award winning producer. Having started
his career seven years ago as an actor, Mr. Hall has also put
together an extensive producing resume. His most recent outing,
An Apology to the Dead, is currently in post-production
with an eye toward the festival circuit in the fall of 2004. Mr.
Hall serves as Producer for Apology and also has a supporting
role as the prison convict, David.
With his production company, LionHeart FilmWorks, Mr. Hall produced
the award winning Civil War drama Wicked
Spring. This film has gone on to distribution thru Ardustry
Entertainment, becoming its highest selling title in 2003.
The future looks very busy for Mr. Hall. He is producing and starring
in the horror film Dead End Road with Indie
Horror and auteur director, Jeff Burton, in July; line-producing
the period drama A
Love of Time for the Mackinac Island Film Company; and
acting in and producing the comedy Tangy
Guacamole: The Mexican Jailbreak for Personality Productions.
Look for several titles to be in distribution in 2004 including,
the award winning drama An
MARK A. FRANCE -
A. France began his professional film career in 1993 after
he fatefully answered a want ad in a local newspaper to become
an extra in an upcoming horror film called Blood Fever.
Initially a two-day stint, Mark met several native Michigan Special
FX Artists who allowed him to assist with special fx on the
set. Blood Fever went on to be known as Mosquito
(the first film directed by Gary Jones ), which can be seen quite
frequently on the USA and Sci-Fi channels.
Mark met up with independant filmmakers Jon Worful and Timothy
Gunn, and was hired to work on their first feature film,
An Apology to the Dead as the makeup artist for the production
and in the supporting role of Julian's academic colleague, Larry.
Beginning with pre-production planning, this was the first time
Mark had the opportunity to work on a dramatic independant
feature from start to finish.
Encouraged and inspired by the collaborative spirit of the
many talented people within the Michigan film industry, Mark has
chosen to pursue a project he has long sought to complete.
of the Mind, Mark's directorial debut, is currently
in post-production as the first feature film of Mark's
production company, SandStorm
FX & Productions.
TONYA CHAPMAN -
Chapman’s love for performing travels back to the Detroit
Fox Theatre where she witnessed a breathtaking performance by
Stephanie Mills in the classic musical, The Wiz, as she sang Home.
At that moment, Tonya knew her destiny. Tonya was invited to join
the high school forensic team and audition for the lead in
Bye, Bye Birdie. Tonya went on to study Communications and
Theatre Arts at Eastern Michigan University. In college she performed
in Are you Ready by Freda Rogers and starred as Bessie
Delany in Having Our Say—The Delany Sisters' First 100
Years. Since then, Tonya has found work in her passions of
music and acting.
Tonya has performed with popular artists such as Luther Vandross,
Ronald Isley, and Angela Bofill. Tonya’s theatrical background
includes Perilous Times by TJ Hemphill, and Arthur Miller's
The Crucible under the direction of William Boswell.
Tonya will always remember An Apology to the Dead as
being her “first movie.” Since playing the role of
Harriet, she has worked with her Apology costars Rockey
Black and Cedric Demps in the independent film, In Love with
Lust, written and directed by Darren Brown.
She would like to thank her family and friends for being her biggest
cheerleaders and inspiring her to never cease in pursuing her
dreams. She would also like to thank the cast and crew of Apology
for making her first feature experience an educational one.
Lastly, she would like thank Timothy Gunn and Jonathan Worful
for allowing her be a part of their beautiful work of art.
M. QUINTON McMURREN -
LT. DET. WILLIAM KARDIG
veteran stage actor, “M” (Mitch) is making his film
debut in An Apology to the Dead in the supporting role
of Lt. William Kardig. Mitch's training as a military police officer
came in handy for this role.
Mitch’s graduated with a double major of Theater and Social
Science from Michigan State University (“Go Green!). A few
of Mitch’s off…off Broadway roles include Macduff,
in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Daddy Warbucks in Annie,
and Magaldi in Evita.
Mitch resides in suburban Detroit with his wife and 10 year-old
daughter. His day job is in the health care industry,
but hopes to land more film, commercial or voice-over work in
the near future.
“Although this was my first film (but hopefully not my last),
I can’t imagine that any production crew, or cast could
have more enjoyable to work with. Thanks Tim and Jon for trusting
me with the role.”
JUSTIN MUSCHONG -
DAVID PROUTY -
Prouty was an incredibly versatile addition to the production
of An Apology to the Dead. A native of Chicago, David
Prouty travelled the farthest of any member of the Apology
team, and yet was always the most punctual, energetic, and excited
person on set.
addition to portraying the role of Richie, a brash student in
Julian's ethics class, David also has received credit as the
Key Grip, but additionally helped with lighting, stunt coordination,
driving, and anything else the directors randomly needed.
CHRIS LEMON -
is a twenty-two year old student at Michigan
State University where he is currently studying advertising.
He is from East Lansing, Michigan and eventually wants to move
out to California some day. Acting and movies have always been
a part of his life and something he wants to continue to pursue.
learned of An Apology to the Dead through an acting
class and it was the first film Chris has appeared in. During
the same summer that he worked on An Apology to the Dead
he also took part of another independent film, Destiny’s
Intuition, for which he performed the lead role of Petey.
Chris is currently trying to perfect his acting skills and his
goal is to be famous one day…so watch out!
EMILY ANN RICHETT -
is a third year student studying Public Relations at Western
Michigan University. She is also working on getting minor
degrees in Political Science and Substance Abuse Services.
Some of her favorite hobbies include traveling, documentary
films, reading, water skiing and spending as much time possible
with her family and friends.
Emily also has a talent for broadcasting, which she put to use
on WDIV Detroit Local 4 News as a top eight finalist for the
competition of The Reporter. With a natural love
for the stage, Emily enjoyed years of theater throughout her
youth. She hopes to continue her passion for performing
throughout her life.
Emily is very honored to be a part of An Apology to
the Dead, her first film, and grateful to those
who gave her that opportunity. She has since starred as
Eleanor in The
Thesis Reloaded, an educational film for Michigan State
University. Emily has also competed in pageants and presently
holds the title of Miss
Southeast Michigan USA 2005. Currently, Emily
will be traveling with the North
American International Auto Show as a Product Presenter
for Dodge vehicles.
can learn more about Miss Richett at her official
D. K. WELLER -
RACHEL WISLEY MACCA -
Wisley Macca has appeared in several plays/musicals in various
venues including Village
Players, Grand Valley State University Theatre, and the
Troy Theatre Ensemble. Rachel has also appeared in several independent
productions of plays and films for Princess Productions, and
has appeared in various public service announcements and commercials.
is an experienced Shakespearian actress who also speaks French
fluently and plays classical piano.
GUNHILD GIIL -
is from Norway, but has been residing in Michigan for the last
four years. She started acting at age ten in an outdoor musical
in her native country. Gunhild took a big break from acting
until she ended up on stage again in Spain in 1996. But it has
been during the last few years that acting has really caught
to filming An Apology to the Dead, Gunhild was featured
in the documentary Bikini
Model - The Movie shot in Cancun in 2002 by Around
Town Productions. 2004 has kept Gunhild busy with the films
17000 Block, Love & Rust and her latest
project, Jeff Burton's Dead End Road, starring Jason
Carter from the sci-fi show Babylon 5. You can also
catch Gunhild on VH1 in Uncle Kracker's Drift Away
has studied journalism in Europe, and graduated from Specs Howard
School of Broadcast Arts in 2000. For the past two years she
has been traveling the US and Canada working as a narrator/product
specialist for automotive companies, and she will represent
Saab USA Cars during the upcoming auto show season.
JENNIFER LANTZ -
Lantz grew up in Grand Blanc, Michigan and attended Michigan State
University receiving a degree in International Studies. She has
been acting for the last 2 years, and can be seen in several television
commercials, as well as local independent films. Jennifer recently
completed work on Jeff Burton's Dead End Road. Jennifer
has appeared in the dramas Approaching Midnight, An
Apology to the Dead, and A Father's Worth, in which
she debuts in her first leading role in a feature film.
SHANE HAGEDORN -
Hagedorn currently lives in Lansing, MI with his beautiful wife,
Stacy. Shane's role as the Senator in Apology marks his
fourth in a feature film. Other roles include Kingston in Money,
Guns and Coffee, Angus in Unruly Nights, and as
Phil in The Model Father. Shane has a diverse range of
stage acting credits and has appeared as Picasso in Steve Martin's
Picasso at the Lapin Agile, as Marvin Hudgens in Dark
of the Moon, and as Porthos in The Three Musketeers.
Shane's stage experience transcended to the screen through several
short films. Many of these short films were written, directed,
and produced by Shane through his production company, New House
Entertainment. Cold Reading premiered at the East
Lansing Film Festival in 2004. Tonic Absence, Under
the Covers, and Having Second Thoughts premiered
at Ann Arbor's Cinema Slam during the summer of 2004. Shane's
first feature film, The Model Father, a drama set in
the 1960s and filmed in black and white, is currently in
post-production and will screen in 2005.
SHANNON GUNN -
Gunn makes her movie debut in An Apology to the Dead
as a bus passenger who is concerned about Vanessa.
is the wife of co-director, Timothy Gunn. The happy couple currently
live in Cleveland, OH where Shannon is a band instructor for
the Beechwood school district.
has long had a love for the outdoors, and enjoys hiking, skiing,
SAM LOGAN KHALEGHI -
can be seen on film next in his self-written, produced and
directed comedy APPROACHING MIDNIGHT co-starring Jana Kramer (Return
of the Living Dead: Necropolis; TV‘s All My Children)
and features his An Apology to the Dead costars Jenelle
Mazaris and Rockey Black.
Sam can also be seen in the upcoming action short The
Agent from Mendicant Pictures, the horror feature Blood
Games from Horn of Tuck Films and was featured in Envy
from M&L Entertainment which premiered at the Motor City Film
Festival. Other credits include TV commercial / industry projects
for D.O.C Eyewear and Toyota.
As a producer, Sam has also worked with Director Darren Brown
on the urban love drama In Love With Lust also starring
Rockey Black and Jennifer Kitchen (8 Mile). Behind the scenes,
Sam has also worked on Buoy 22 Films The
Ugly One and Reel Magic Films Panic
ROCKEY BLACK -
Black- is a Michigan native, who was born second to last in a
line of four siblings. Growing up in the projects on the east
side of Ypsilanti gave Rockey the vision and drive to overcome
his circumstances. He learned at a young age that life can be
hard, hard work is required to get anywhere, and that no one owes
you anything in this world.
After working on a short film project and a few plays in high
school, he knew that acting was the road he wanted to pursue.
He got his first acting experience in a United Way commercial
while in high school, and then a cameo as a fan in a Red Wings
commercial. A few years later he scored a featured role in the
movie 8 Mile starring Eminem. From there Rockey has had
a recurring role on That’s Hott, a local Detroit
Rockey has studied The Method under Richard Goteri at
Second City and Acting For the Camera under Ron Trice
at Wayne Community College and received accolades from both instructors.
Rockey’s latest projects include a supporting role in An
Apology To the Dead, as well as starring in and co-producing
the feature film, In Love With Lust.
Rockey currently resides in Detroit, MI with his wife and two
kids. In his spare time he enjoys promoting music, traveling,
and coaching youth basketball. He hopes to do as much work as
possible in the local area, while trying to secure steady work
in New York or L.A.
DETECTIVE RANDALL JOHNSON -
CEDRIC E. DEMPS
E. Demps first began acting in high school, and continued his
education at Lansing Community College. Furthering in his endeavors
was extra work in the Detroit area on Universal Pictures Out
of Sight and Buoy 22 Films The Ugly One until much
larger roles in In The Net from director Jim Freeman
where he plays the jealous best friend Junior, and R.I.C.C.O
(now available on Video and DVD from York Entertainment), where
he portrays the lone-shark J.T.
Cedric continued on working with Director Darren Brown on Detroit’s
own That’s Hot TV. Cedric can be seen next starring
in Dirty Mitten Films' In Love With Lust from Director
Darren Brown and Producers Sam Khaleghi, Rockey Black and Dikea
Taylor, alongside his Apology costars Rockey Black and Tonya Chapman,
as well as Jennifer Kitchen (8 Mile)
On the side Mr. Demps also enjoys perfecting his motorcycling
and martial arts skills.