Cooper Hill – Thomas

     

    COOPER DISPLAYED AN INTEREST IN ACTING AT A VERY YOUNG AGE WHILE WATCHING SCIENCE FICTION AND ANIMATED FILMS. BORN AND RAISED IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS COOPER WAS A PART OF THE CHICAGO PARK DISTRICTS IMPROV AND THEATER PROGRAM AND HAS ACTED IN NUMEROUS SCHOOL THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS SUCH AS THE WIZARD OF OZBEFORE THE FALL IS COOPER’S FILM DEBUT AND FIRST LEADING ROLE, WHICH TAUGHT HIM A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT ABOUT THE FILMMAKING PROCESS. COOPER HAD TO ADJUST TO THE LONG DAYS, MULTIPLE TAKES, AND GREEN SCREEN STUDIO ENVIRONMENTS. CURRENTLY COOPER IS IN 5th GRADE AND PLANS TO ACT IN MORE FILM PRODUCTIONS TO DEVELOP HIS SKILLS AS A YOUNG ACTOR.

 

 

 

Emily Marie Adams – Susan

 

  

        

    Emily Marie Adams is a young actress from Evanston Illinois. She has been a student of the Piven theatre school for many years and has been a member of invite only programs for the last four. In February she finished her second year with Piven’s Young People’s Company. Her professional work prior to the film was a role in a 2009 recording of “All that Fall” by Samuel Beckett with Joyce Piven. As an avid Civil War reenactor  since the age of seven, Emily was very excited to join the project. She said, however, that going from stage to film was a very interesting experience: ” I really had to adjust my acting. I had to tone everything down. Kamelya kept reminding me that the camera catches everything and to act naturally.” Emily speaks very highly of her time on the set of “Before the Fall” saying she loved how well everyone got along and how much she learned that she can take with her in continuing her acting.. 

  

John Fenner Mays – Doctor 

 

       John is a 17-year veteran of Chicago’s storied off-loop theatre scene, having performed in over 30 full-length stage productions with over a dozen different companies including Collaboraction, Piven, Dog and Pony,Eclipse, Mary Arrchie, Congo Square, Steppenwolf, Viaduct, Circle and Live Bait to name a few. His most noteworthy appearance was a small but very visible supporting role in the 2009 Universal Studios release of Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies,” starring Johnny Depp as the legendary gangster John Dillinger. Here he portrayed Deputy Sheriff Earnest Blunk who is taken hostage by Dillinger and an accomplice after they stage a dramatic jail break and make their getaway in one of the Sheriff’s vehicles. Needless to say, the seven days he spent on set with Michael Mann and Johnny Depp remain one of the highlights of his career.  

Kristen McGee – Mother 

 

   Kristen, a Seattle native, took off to New York after high school, following the lure of the bright lights.  While studying theatre at  Ithaca College, she made an absolute pest of herself in the film school and participated in more than 12 student films.  Upon graduating and moving to New York City she worked on the daytime drama, As The World Turns, in a reoccurring under-5.  She also took part in the Columbia University grad student films, Marcy, directed by Rory Haines, that can be screened on mtvU.  Since moving to Chicago, she has filmed two Northwestern Grad student films as well as a medical training video with Zoom Media.  She was delighted with the opportunity to work with the effervescent  Ms. Alexan and film a period piece with a twist on location here in Illinois.  The only challenge during this project was to peel herself out of the cabin at The Grove (the National Historical Landmark where this film was shot) at the end of the shoot.  Shooting on land not touched or reshaped by humans for the past 150 years was pure heaven.  Kristen would like to give a special thanks to JFM and the crew who rocked her world with their skills.

  

Timmy Caldwell – Creature

 

     Born in Seatle, WA Timmy Caldwell has been a part of the film community for many years, working in numerous Hollywood productions, including Minority Report and Gremlins. After living in New York for some time, Timmy became involved in the NY Improv scene and did numerous acting workshops with the NY Neo-Futurists. “Actors that inspire me are the ones who are believable regardless of the role, Peter O’Toole, Charlie Chaplin, Tilda Swinton…Daniel Day Lewis and Kate Hepburn get their own paragraph.” Currently, Timmy plans on continuing his performance career with stand-up and long-form monologues.

I want people to laugh. I want to do embarrassing things under the guise of art. Mostly, I am a clown and I carry all the baggage of a clown.”