Drawing Underwater

Bios




CAST

ANDREW KNIGHT 
('Mark Porter')

Andrew Knight is very pleased to make his film debut in "Drawing Underwater." He recently finished filming his first feature length movie, The Ah of Life, which will be released this fall.  Before moving to Chicago, he spent a season with the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, where he appeared in The Merchant of Venice (Lorenzo), Much Ado About Nothing (Balthasar), a new musical adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit (The Boy), and Kiss Me, Kate (Nathaniel/Ensemble).  Other credits include work with ShawChicago, the National New Play Network Showcase, McLeod Summer Playhouse, and Great Plains Theatre.  He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. 



KELLEY MINNECI 
('Cynthia Palmer')

Kelley Minneci is a Chicago girl, born and bred.  She attended St. Andrew School on the north-side and graduated as valedictorian from Good Counsel High School.  In high school, Kelley joined the (former) Steppenwolf Theater Cross-town Teen Ensemble. She also appeared on several episodes of the ABC sitcom “What About Joan” alongside Joan Cusack. 

She then ventured to NYC to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a B.F.A. in drama, studying at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and StoneStreet Film and TV Studios, with minors in applied theater and sociology.  Kelley also spent a semester at NYU in London soaking up some of the best theater she has ever seen!  

“Reality Check,” a pilot in which she co–starred in, was an official selection at the Chicago Pilot Comedy Fest and the Los Angeles ITV Fest.  “Stay With Me,” a Columbia College graduate film Kelley starred in, recently screened at the Dixie Film Fest and the Macon Film Fest.  Other notable film work includes features “In Memoriam” (ConeArts), “Sketch” (Mindlight Films), “Coopersville” (William & James Motion Pictures), and “Hag” (BYOB Productions).  Commercial/industrial work includes The Closet Factory, Adele Dallas Orr Boutique, Senario, Fantasy Diamonds, and the National Safety Council.

Kelley can also be seen throughout the city on stage.  Chicago theater credits include “Living Quarters” (Strangeloop Theatre), “Stunt”, “Kiss”, “Unnamed Time Play”, “78” (the side project), “Summer Re-runs” (ARFTCO), “The Birthday Paradox” (Point of Contention), “Little Women” (Bog Theatre) and readings of “Beautiful Broken” (Chicago Dramatists) and “Eastland Secrets” (Writer’s Bloc).

In her spare time, Kelley enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and dog, going to Cubs games, reading, and baking.



MELANIE CHRISTY 
('Cynthia's mother')

Melanie has appeared in student films for both Columbia College and Northwestern University. She has studied acting at  the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston and is a member of the Junior Board of Lookingglass Theatre. She has also worked with Stanley Tucci, Vince Vaughn, and has appeared on the NBC-TV drama series ER, directed by Northwestern alum Laura Innes. Her next project is appearing in Ludicrous Theatre's production of Phaedra's Love.




JULIA BORCHERTS
('Mrs. O'Connor')

Julia Borcherts is a local writer-performer with featured appearances in 2009 at 2nd Story, Orange Alert, The Parlor Reading Series, Second City/Third Person, Quimby’s Bookstore, Victory Gardens Theater’s “Fresh Squeezed” series and Literary Gangs of Chicago.  She is the co-founder and co-host of both Reading Under the Influence and Nerds at Heart; is a frequent contributor to Metromix/RedEye and Time Out Chicago; and teaches fiction writing workshops at Columbia College Chicago. This past year, she has published stories in and on Criminal Class Review, freshyarn.comSin: A Deadly Anthology” and “Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Till Next Year,” the last of which earned her a nomination for a 2010 Pushcart Prize.



CREW

C.J. ARELLANO
(producer, writer, director)

C.J. Arellano is a writer and filmmaker from Chicago. He has created film and video for Second City, the Joffrey Ballet, The National Science Foundation, Sears, Intel, Yelp, and more. His writing work has been published in Newcity Chicago, Word Riot, Edge New York, and the San Luis-Obispo Times.  He was thrilled when "Parasitic," a short horror film he wrote and co-directed with Josh Alletto, won the jury selection for 1st Prize at the Chicago Filmmakers' Citywide Film Showcase.  He aims to create stories at the doorway between what is and what could be.  Learn more at www.CJarellano.com.



JOSH ALLETTO
(producer, writer, director)

Josh Alletto promised to write a bio.






AMANDA CLIFFORD
(director of photography)

While Amanda has made socially conscious documentary the main focus of her career as a cinematographer, her penchant for telling great fictional stories has never waned.  In her five years working in the field, she has gained a wealth of technical and artistic experience shooting commercials, feature documentary films, and music videos in addition to her excursions into the world of narrative filmmaking.

Amanda is an adventurist with an insatiable need to travel and an ongoing mission to somehow save the world.  She strives to enlighten her community with the images she captures while documenting the controversial, ecological, and social events and happenings from afar and inspire others to start their journey.

Feature film credits include Mass Romantic, which has screened at festivals worldwide, and A Message from the East, which had its world premiere at Mammoth Festival 2009.  Her photography has been featured in Jettison Quarterly, Auto Trader Classics, and the Chicago Tribune.  Her work can be seen at the following online locations:



MATT RELSTAB
(sound design)

Matt Relstab is a sound engineer who has worked on albums, audio books, short films, and at live venues.  He's also a musician, photographer, and general shenanigan-ist.
Portfolio website: www.mattrelstab.com

GEOFF SHELL
(original music)

Geoff Shell is a composer and performer from Chicago.  He's written music for numerous features, short films, theater, software, and advertising.  He contributes widely to music education as both a clinician and composer, and his concert music has been internationally performed.  As a bassist, he has toured the country with Chicago Afrobeat Project and The Hue.  He supports local singer/songwriters as both a performer and producer, and he regularly plays with a heavy rotation of jazz, funk, and rock musicians in The Liquid Beat Allstars.  When not focused on music, he's an avid photographer and writer who enjoys discovering art in the unlikeliest of places.


AIREEN ARELLANO
(original art)

Aireen Arellano is a freelance art director creating branding in rich media, print and packaging design under the guise of Aerial Ardour. Her partial client list includes: Wrigley, Jimmy John’s, VeeV Açaí Spirit, Coors, Southern Comfort, and Radio Flyer. In a competitive world of consumer advertising where the message can easily overpower the integrity of design, she fights for the freedom and love of design. When she’s not working, she’s a foodie that eats anywhere and everywhere with her fiance, Jeff, burns those calories with long distance running, cuddles with her Boston terrier and dachshund (Angel and Max – her “office mascots”), plays tennis, bakes (and eats!) cupcakes, and travels.



'Drawing Underwater'

is a 12-minute drama about a girl in mourning who tries to befriend her antisocial classmate.

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