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 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.
(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: