Sins of the Son
We are thrilled to announce our premiere at The Adirondack Film Festival. October 19th-21st.
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- Nicholas Baroudi
A professional actor from Queensbury, NY, he began his career on the regional stage, and quickly spread out into independent film and commercial work. Working under the mentorship of Neil Akins, Nick took leading turns in productions such as: A Few Good Men, A Walk in the Woods, Whose Life is it Anyway?, Our Town, and All My Sons.
Upon a career move to New York City, he signed with the revered, bi-coastal talent agency, BRS/Gage. Nick's Manhattan debut was starring in the Off-Broadway revival of Love and Human Remains at Playwrights Horizons. His career then shifted focus to on-camera work beginning with a Co-Starring role on the CBS hit Person of Interest, followed by his first on camera leading role, in the Sci-Fi film, This Is Andromeda. Nick next took Co-Starring roles in the Showtime hit show, Billions, and ABC's Time After Time. Most recently, he appreared in a prominent supporting role in the Lifetime Movie Network feature film, Off the Rails.He is slated to next appear in the thriller feature film, Love Thy Keepers.
- Ellen Adair
Ellen is currently starring in recurring roles on Showtime's two perennial hit shows, Homeland and Billions; in addition to a recurring role in the NBC miniseries The Slap. Previous recurring roles include HBO's VEEP, ABC's The Family", and As the World Turns. Other television credits include the Showtime series, Nurse Jackie and Brotherhood, NBC's Shades of Blue and The Blacklist; the pilots Compliance and Codes of Conduct (directed by Steve McQueen) and God in America and three different films in the American Masters series for PBS.
Off-Broadway, Ellen has performed in multiple productions with the Mint Theatre Company, the acclaimed production of Cymbeline with Fiasco Theater and Theatre for a New Audience at the Barrow Street, Playboy of the Western World with the Pearl Theater Company, and as a special event performer in Punchdrunk's Sleep No More.
Regionally, she has appeared in productions at the Huntington Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of DC, St. Louis Repertory, Baltimore Centerstage, Pioneer Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Folger Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Portland Stage, Kitchen Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, American Shakespeare Center, Lyric Stage, SpeakEasy Stage, New Repertory, and the Publick Theatre of Boston. She turned in award winning performances as Eliza in Pygmalion and Nora in A Doll's House, and has been nominated as Christina in Red Light Winter, Thomasina in Arcadia, and Rosalind/Adam in As You Like It.
- Mark Lotito
A staple in the Manhattan acting profession, Mark has built a long standing career on stage and film; including numerous starring roles on Broadway in productions such as, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, and Jersey Boys. Mark's film work boasts over fifty credits including recurring roles on the NBC's iconic franchise, Law & Order and Rubicon. Guest starring turns include memorable performances on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and The Deuce, FX hits, The Americans, Rescue Me and Mr. Robot. Netflix critical hits, House of Cards and Jessica Jones; Showtime's Nurse Jackie, the ABC staple, The Good Wife, and CBS pillars, Shades of Blue and Blue Bloods.
Founder of MN Acting Studio, and widely regarded to be the one of the best on-camera acting coaches in New York City, a leading industry expert, and a passionate advocate for his students. Matt's students have booked roles on countless TV shows, films, and Broadway shows.
As a coach, Matt recently coached on the set of standout Netflix shows, Jessica Jones, Orange is the New Black, Aziz Ansari's Masters of None, Showtime's The Affair and has been the on set coach for the hit CBS show Blue Bloods for the last 3 seasons. He was also the on set coach for the hit film #Horror, starring Chloe Sevigny and Timothy Hutton, and appeared as himself on the show Raising Heaven, as a coach to Youtube sensation Heaven King. He is the writer and director of the short horror film Hide/Seek (nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the NEFF Film festival) starring Ned Van Zandt, which is now playing in festivals, and is co-directing the upcoming comedy series Pretty People Inc with Sundance winner Doug Keeve. Matt's coaching clients include Tony winners, Emmy award winners, Gold Globe nominees, Broadway stars, well known comedians and musicians (including Aziz Ansari and Lisa Loeb), and well known actors from film and TV. Matt is also the author of the successful book "10 Steps to Breaking Into Acting" , and writes a weekly advice column for Backstage Magazine. Matt teaches workshops all over the U.S., most recently at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, and at One on One Studios in New York City. He Has appeared in television shows, films, commercials, and voiceovers. Matt has guest starred many shows, including Criminal Minds, Ugly Betty, Drake and Josh Go Hollywood, Gilmore Girls, All My Children, Dragnet, and most recently the FX TV series The Americans and USA's Royal Pains. On the film side, Matt has appeared in Van Wilder (starring Ryan Reynolds), Men Who Stare at Goats (starring Jeff Bridges), Dahmer (starring Jeremy Renner, and nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards), and the lead role in Poster Boy (starring Karen Allen and Oscar nominee Michael Lerner), for which he received rave reviews. He also won Best Actor at the Philadelphia First Glance Film Festival for his role in Nathan Crooker's Peace of Mind.
Director of Photography: Shawn Schaffer
Has worked as a the Director of Photography on hundreds of projects, ranging from commercials to theatrically distributed feature films starring Academy Award nominated talent.
Most notably, Shawn was the Director of Photography for Fighting for Freedom, starring Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3) and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska).
Shawn was also the Director of Photography for Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, featuring the talents of Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Lewis Black (Root of All Evil), BJ Novak (The Office), Bob Saget (Full House), and five tremendous members of our Armed Forces; Bobby Henline, Rob Jones, Joe Kashnow, Darisse Smith, and Stephen Rice.
Comedy Warriors not only had it's World Premiere on Showtime, it also won a 2014 Television Academy Honor, and was on Netflix following its theatrical run for approximately two years.
Line Producer: Ellyn Vander Wyden
Is a producer of independent feature films and commercials. Ellyn is a member of the Producers Guild of America, Women in Moving Pictures Salon and New York Women in Film and TV. Ellyn knows how to mechanically make a film, is detail oriented, a great problem solver, and able to keep the film on schedule, on time, and most importantly, on budget. Her knowledge of budgeting, hiring and scheduling is an essential part of the process. Her key focus is to balance creative expectations and financial resources.
Many of her recent projects have received awards, recognition, and worldwide distribution. Including, Spaceman, starring Josh Duhamel with a 10 city theatrical run, Sweet Lonely Girl, an official selection at Fantastic Fest and Stiges Festival International, 2016. Gold Star, starring Robert Vaughn, winning the Audience Award at BIFF 2016, Hide/Seek, official selections of both Adirondack Film Festival and The Big Apple Film Festival 2016, Falling, 2016 official selection of Palm Beach International Film Festival, The Volunteer, 2013 Urban World Film Festival Best Narrative Feature, The Word, 2013 Manhattan Film Festival Best Dramatic Feature, Brilliant Mistakes, 2012 official selection of TIFF, RIFF, Winner 2012 Dreamland International Film Festival.