Amber is a Los Angeles based actor and filmmaker. Her first film, A Plus D, premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, where critics said, "Amber Sealey's lacerating cinéma verité... Edgy, anguished, funny... The acting is astonishing... See this film!" It went on to screen at Indie Memphis, Filmstock UK, and San Francisco Indie. How to Cheat is her second feature. For more info please visit AmberSealey.com and AplusDthemovie.com.
Kent Osborne writes cartoons for a living. He has appeared in the films Dropping Out, Hannah Takes the Stairs, and Uncle Kent. He lives with his cat.
Amanda Lovejoy Street is a performer living in Los Angeles. She has appeared in numerous plays including several as a member of the Odyssey experimental company KOAN (Kafka Thing - nominated for Drama Theatre's Critics award) and at Theatre of NOTE where she is a current member. Other recent projects include several shows with the Commedia based Grand Guignolers at ART/WORKS and the process based piece "The Seven Woes of a Libra Prophet" in NYC. She also created an original puppet play, Amnesia, that she performed at TELIC ARTS EXCHANGE and the Phyllis Stein Gallery. While attending the Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington, Amanda co-founded The Skirts, a Performance Art Band that played alongside such bands as Bikini Kill and toured with The Cha Cha Cabaret. In addition, Amanda has acted in obscure films and over 25 national commercials. In 2003, Amanda worked through the stifling enmeshment dynamic present within her family; from 2004 to 2007 she dealt with father issues and rage. For the past few years, she has been processing her relationship to power and control especially in the areas of sex and love. For a more extensive bio, you will need to contact her therapist.
Gabriel is a filmmaker, actor, photographer, and new dad. Recent projects include: "Less" a feature narrative (premiered at the Port Townsend Film Festival), "We Are In The Field: 11 Days with a 3rd World Environmental Activist" a documentary shot in Nepal (currently in post production), and mentoring for the Peapod Foundation's Adobe Youth Voices program in Watts. He's a founding member of Cutting Ball and Precarious Theater in San Francisco, and a graduate of Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence, RI. More at outsidefilms.com.
Michelle M. Witten is a Seattle and Los Angeles-based editor, with experience in features, documentaries, music videos and commercial work. Past credits include the award-winning short White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug (Best Short Doc at Tribeca and SIFF, Special Jury Prize at SXSW), feature Wheedle's Groove (Audience Award at Indie Memphis), feature Scout's Honor, starring Chris Kattan and Fred Willard, and We Go Way Back, Lynn Shelton's feature debut. Current projects include the short doc The Dude, directed by Jeff Feuerzeig as part of USA Network's Character Project. Commercial work includes broadcast spots and online content for BlackBerry.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Ted began working with Lynn Shelton as the composer for her second feature, My Effortless Brilliance. Following work on Shelton's Sundance hit, Humpday, Ted was composer and co-producer on the 2011 Sundance film, Prairie Love. As a multi-instrumentalist with an ecclectic musical background that stretches from bluegrass to jazz, the score for How To Cheat is a unique mixture of electronic landscapes. Also frequently working as a producer and editor in both the film and commercial worlds, Ted keeps a lot of plates spinning.
Paulette worked for 20 years in NYC as a model and actor. She is represented by Wilhelmina Models. She moved to LA where she lived for six years and is now taking a cross country trip back to NYC. Paulette worked as a volunteer at the LA Film Festival for the past 5 years. Nice to be back and on the screen this time. She is also Kent's mom.
V. Kim Blish is an actor and improviser from Santa Monica, California. Blish has spent much of her time in commercials, working to ensure the financial success of Honda, Nintendo, Johnnie Walker, Super Pages and TBS. She has appeared in several indies, including 'Stillwater', 'West', and 'The Cactus Kid'. Blish also co-starred on NBC's 'The West Wing' about 75 years ago. In addition to her sketch comedy work, she performs weekly with her improv group, The Waterbrains. She lives with her husband Dan, her twin toddlers Gardner and Moxie, and her two cats. She is repped by Aqua.
Dan Ewen is a writer/actor from Athens, Georgia. He has several writing projects being produced and developed around town, with this or that muckety muck attached. He takes to the stage weekly with his improv group, The Waterbrains. He is repped by ICM and Elements Entertainment.
Francesca Ferrara was born and raised in Brooklyn, where she studied acting at HB Studio in New York City with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen. Then after attending Catholic University, she toured with the National Players in Romeo & Juliet and 1984. Favorite Los Angeles stage appearances include Luna in Sam Shepherd's Seduced, Daisy Devore in Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine, and Olivia in Twelfth Night, all with Circus Theatricals. Television appearances include Ugly Betty, Close to Home, The West Wing, Commander in Chief, The Unit, Snoops, and a recurring role on The Bold and The Beautiful as Andrea Kessler.
Jade is Amber's sister and so was kind enough to act in this film just 11 days after giving birth to her first child! She is a member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble, credits there including: The Women, Shannon Gosling in Safe, Laura G. in Man.gov, Viola in Twelfth Night, Marian Almond in The Heiress, Weedwacker, the title role in Iphigenia in Aulis, Sister Cities, Coffee to Go (The Circus Theatricals 7th Annual Festival of New One Act Plays), The Circle, Deconstructing the Torah. Other stage credits include the roles of Cavale in Sam Sheperd's Cowboy Mouth, Indra's daughter in Strindberg's A Dream Play, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, The Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost, Constanze in Amadeus, Mary in Green Eyes Dreaming. TV credits include "Saturday Night Live" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Jade received her BA and went to graduate school in Theatre Arts at UCSC where she did two seasons with Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
Nick is Jade's husband and so was also kind enough to be in this movie after just becoming a father. In addition, he lent us a lot of useful equipment and is a sound editor and drummer.
Growing up in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Ina Barron is a proud native of Colorado. She graduated with a BFA in Theatre from her parents' alma mater, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and continued theatre training at the prestigious Moscow Art Theatre School (M.X.A.T.) and the Vakhtangov Theatre Institute. Russian-language stage credits include Buechner's Woyzeck, Stoppard's Arcadia and Rado's Hair. Stateside screen credits include the Sundance Official Selection Reversion, and most recently I'm Not Like That No More with Paul Rodriguez and comedian Felipe Esparza. Other credits include Ordinary Miracles opposite Jaclyn Smith and Corbin Bernson, and The Last Run with Fred Savage. Ina lives in Los Angeles. For more info visit inabarron.com.
Vanessa has appeared in a number of independent films. Her most favorite, Team Red premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and went on to receive numerous awards. Vanessa also loves theater and has acted in many productions in Los Angeles. She was last seen in Three Sisters at The Odyssey Theatre. The Los Angeles Times said, "As Olga, the oldest sister, Vanessa Waters brings delicate warmth to a role too often played as a pinched spinster." Vanessa is a graduate of Ithaca College and of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA Theaterfest). She is a member of the theater company Circus Theatricals.
A New York native, Vanessa was raised in L.A., the daughter of two actors. She began in music and photography before gravitating toward acting, herself. Her film credits include American Zombie and Dark Streets. She continues to toil in Los Angeles.
Colette is an internationally produced writer who was voted "One of 50 to Watch" by The Dramatist's Guild. Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and is gearing up for productions in Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle). She has just co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she has just sold the thriller 13 Hallows to Tor/Macmillan. For more info visit curtainrise.com.
Jules made her writing and producing feature film debut with Part Time Fabulous. She also recently wrapped the short film Station Zero that she produced and acted in. Jules began generating her own projects when she co-created, produced and starred in the comedic web series Destined to Fail. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Jules began working in numerous film and television projects, over 40 National TV commercials, and several theatrical productions. Her first big break came when she landed the pivotal role of Catherine Allen in David Fincher's highly acclaimed 2007 film Zodiac. For more info visit julesbruff.com.
Gardner and Moxie Ewen are effervescent bundles of goodness hailing from Santa Monica, California. They have appeared in such Youtube classics as "Ewen Twins Entertain Stuffed Cats", and "Ewen Twins Jam With Georgia Cousins." This is their feature debut.
After growing up in theater in Santa Cruz, California, Michael Fitzgerald moved to LA to attend UCLA's School of Theater, Film & TV. One of his first jobs was creating Cuba in LA for Josh Evan's Che, where only a theater nerd would make with a tobacco plant out of lettuce, rope, paint and palm leaves. Michael has created visual stories for directors including a hippie commune and teen punk world for Adam Sherman's Happiness Runs, skate ramps, clubhouses and a con man abode in Cosmo Segurson's Nic and Tristan, Go Mega Dega, a bachelor pad loft and Seattle News station for Slamdance 2009 hit Blayne Weaver's Weather Girld, Paris apts, Drag bingo, and Silverlake artist duples, in Jason Bushman's Hollywood Je T'aime, a creepy house and a game that comes alive for The Black Waters of Echos Pond, and the comic book reality for a high school of jocks and geeks in The Secret Life of Dorks. Michael had the challenge of building two entire New York apartments from scratch on stage for Slamdance 2010 hit Four-Faced Liar. Currently Michael wrapped a 3D version of Fred Figglehorn's next adventure for Lions Gate and Varsity Pictures and Maya Entertainment's Without Men, where he created a whole village from scratch starring Eva Longoria and Christina Slater coming out this summer.
Ben is Amber's husband. And because he is such a good one, he helps out with all aspects of making this film. He is also a mechanical engineer at the Jet Propulsion Lab where he works on sending Rovers to Mars.