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ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

John kent harrison -- WRITER/DIRECTOR

Emmy Award-winning producer, director and writer John Kent Harrison is widely recognized for his television films and mini-series. Over the last two decades, his projects have received both critical acclaim and have the distinction of being some of the highest rated television movies ever produced. His works include The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler with Anna Paquin, Pope John Paul II starring Jon Voight, The Winning Season with Matthew Modine and Kristin Davis and A House Divided staring Sam Waterston and Jennifer Beals. John has many other award-winning films and mini-series to his credit and has directed two other Family Movie Night Movies – A Walk In My Shoes and Change of Plans.

John was educated at Columbia University and Appleby College in Canada. He has also taught communication studies at Concordia University in Montreal and advanced film production at the University of Southern California Graduate School of Cinema.

David Rosemont -- Executive Producer

Emmy Award-winning producer David Rosemont has developed films for almost every major television studio and has worked alongside many of the biggest international talents in the industry. In 2005, David worked with Steven Spielberg to produce the 12-hour miniseries, Into the West, which was seen by a record 81 million people and was nominated for 16 Emmys, including Best Miniseries. In 2007, he produced the international miniseries, The Company, starring Michael Keaton, Chris O’Donnell and Alfred Molina.

David’s television films have been nominated for three Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, and he has won the Peabody Award, two Critics Choice Awards, The Media Access Award, the Celebration of Diversity Award, The AFI Award for Excellence and The Christopher Award. In 2002, he won the Emmy Award for Best Picture for the critically acclaimed movie Door to Door.

David has produced over 40 films and miniseries including the recent projects Gifted Hands, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., America, starring Rosie O’Donnell and the Emmy-nominated miniseries The Pillars of the Earth based on the best-selling novel by Ken Follett. He also produced the recent Family Movie Night movie Field of Vision, which aired in June.

 

ABOUT THE CAST

Titus Makin Jr. (Zach Taylor)

A scholar, athlete, gamer geek and entrepreneur, Zach Taylor does it all. He’s well liked, easy going and possesses the unique ability to see the big picture along with the imagination to problem-solve on the spot. This “Zach of All Trades” ability, however, can occasionally confuse his loyalties and cloud his discernment over whose advice to heed. When the chance to help his father and advance his future career conflicts with his commitment to his classmates, Zach finds himself overextended and at risk of disappointing those he cares about most. As the Creator archetype, Zach brings vision and possibility to his team. It’s his imaginative insight that ultimately gives his team the encouragement to achieve success.

Growing up in a military family, Titus spent much of his childhood moving around the world. Born in Hawaii, he attended grade school in Germany before graduating high school in Arizona. His exposure to various cultures and entertainment styles developed into a serious interest in the performing arts. Following high school, Titus was accepted to study film and television acting at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles where he quickly began picking up roles in short films and television series. He currently plays David in the TV series Glee and recently appeared in the ABC Family Movie A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song. Before acting, Titus trained for 8 years as a competitive gymnast. 

Dana De La Garza (Sara Ramirez)

Sara Ramirez is a striking, determined, self-proclaimed “Heal the Planet Brat.” Growing up in third-world countries with philanthropic physician parents, her nomadic upbringing has given her a strong sense of self-confidence. As the Explorer, Sara leverages her life experiences to help her team make the difficult decisions, even kicking Zach off the team when he couldn’t meet his commitments. These decisive actions are all part of Sara’s drive to live an authentic life beyond the ordinary.

Dana De La Garza (formerly Dana Moglan) is a talented and up-and-coming actress. Her portrayal of Sara in Game of Your Life marks Dana’s first major role in a television movie. Prior to this, she made TV appearances on Knight Rider and Samantha Who? and was featured in the film Collar. In addition to acting, Dana also paints and sings.

Nathan Kress (Phillip Reese)

Behind Phillip’s quirky and socially awkward behavior lies a programming genius. Valued by his team for his computer skills as well as his unintentional humor, he is quick to state the obvious, revealing a complete deficiency in understanding irony and sarcasm. While being a bit naive, Phillip possesses an authentic concern for his teammates and the project they are working to complete. As the Innocent archetype, Phillip provides a simplistic view of reality and lends a hopeful and childlike perspective to the story.

Born in Glendale, California, Nathan began acting and modeling at the age of three. When he was 11, he asked his mother if he could be home schooled to seriously pursue acting. He made his first television appearance acting in a comedy sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, playing a young Simon Cowell of American Idol. He continued to receive steady work with appearances in popular TV series House M.D., The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Drake & Josh before landing the role of Freddie in the hit Nickelodeon TV series iCarly. When not busy with work and school, Nathan devotes much of his free time to charitable causes including Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Starlight Children’s Foundation and Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

Adam Cagley (Donald Wallace)

Donald, the team’s art director and resident comedian, is a true creative who possesses a passion for the absurd. In developing gaming characters he often draws inspiration through impersonation. It’s not uncommon to find Donald dressed as an accomplished prizefighter or, in the case of his team’s project, outfitted in a golfing tribute to the late Payne Stewart. As the Jester archetype, Donald contributes joy and levity along with creative brilliance to the team… even if it means sacrificing his dignity.

Adam grew up outside of Los Angeles and was spotted by his first agent while performing at a dinner theater at the age of eight. He booked his first audition, a camera commercial, and never looked back. Since then, Adam has guest starred in TV series such as All That, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Good Luck Charlie, and landed recurring roles on Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and The Hard Times of RJ Berger. In addition to acting, Adam has written two screenplays, created a comic book, and written a novel. Recently, he formed a band where he plays the ukulele, bass and drums.

Lea Thompson (Dr. Abbie Lambert)

As the esteemed DIGD professor, wife of Dean Cameron, and mother of eight-year-old Charles, Abbie has learned to master multiple roles. She’s maternal, hospitable and level-headed. These traits help her deal calmly with the gamut of daily student interactions and rigor of motherhood – which sometimes aren’t so different. Abbie is empathetic to the challenges facing her students, but stablishes clear expectations and holds them to the high standards of the program. As the Sage archetype in the story, Abbie is quick to listen, slow to judge and offers supportive counsel to help others make wise choices.

Lea Thompson grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, where she developed a passion for dance. She had performed in more than 45 ballets before she turned her focus to acting at age 19. An appearance in the movie Jaws 3 led to a number of acting roles in popular “teen” movies Red Dawn, All the Right Moves and The Wild Life. But it was her role in the 1985 hit Back to the Future that launched her career. Many film roles followed including Some Kind of Wonderful, Dennis the Menace, and Back to the Future sequels Parts II and III. She is also renowned for her starring role in the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City where she won a People’s Choice award for best actress. Lea is married to director Howard Deutch and they have 2 children.

Ric Reitz (Dean Cameron)

Cameron is the friendly, upbeat Dean of Students at DIGD. His laid-back casual demeanor puts students at ease, while his ability to speak “geek” helps him to effectively connect with them on their level: video games. As a Ruler archetype, Dean Cameron desires to see students thrive as a community by working ogether as a team, achieving shared goals. He emphasizes team unity and loyalty as a means to develop life skills that will serve students in their future careers as well as their lives outside of gaming.

Ric is a multi-faceted actor, writer, composer, director and producer. He began his career in 1988 acting in the TV movie Case Closed and has been cast in numerous films including Remember the Titans, Killers, Diary of a Mad Black Woman,The Joneses, and more. He has also had recurring roles on a variety of TV series including In the Heat of the Night, Dawson’s Creek, and My Parents, My Sister & Me. As a writer, Ric has also developed screenplays, corporate productions, commercials, comedy sketches and children’s books. He is married and has 2 children.

Tom Nowicki (Marcus Bentton)

Marcus is DIGD’s wealthy benefactor and in-house celebrity. A one-time legend in video game development, he now struggles to remain relevant and is desperately trying to avoid being labeled a one-hit wonder. As a shadow of the Ruler archetype, Marcus uses his power and influence to coerce Zach to work for him, baiting him with promises of opportunity and success. All the while, he’s exploiting Zach’s ideas for his own personal gain. Unlike Dean Cameron, Marcus uses his authority to manipulate and control others versus leveraging leadership to benefit the people around him.

Following graduation from Yale University, Tom received dramatic training from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He made his film debut in 1984 in Harry & Son directed by Paul Newman. He went on to appear in a number of dramatic features including The Blind Side, Remember the Titans, Glory and The Punisher. He was also featured as recurring character in Matlock and I’ll Fly Away along with memorable guest star appearances in Burn Notice, E.R. and Dawson’s Creek. Prior tackling acting in Hollywood, Tom used to be a professional wrestler, fighting under the name “Lord Larry Oliver.”

 

 

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