YOU’RE DEAD TO ME – CAST BIOS 

Laura Patalano

LAURA PATALANO (Andrea) is a renowned Mexican film, theatre and TV actress from the independent feature MOSQUITA Y MARI (Sundance 2012).


Harmony Santana

HARMONY SANTANA (Gabriel) is the first transgender actress to receive an Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Female nomination for her role in the compelling coming-out drama GUN HILL ROAD (Sundance 2011).


Adelina Anthony Headshot

ADELINA ANTHONY (Screenwriter) has spent 20 years acting, directing, writing and producing for theater, which has garnered her numerous nominations, honors and awards.  Over the years she has done select cameo actor work to support indie-filmmaker friends.  This year, she makes a full transition as a writer-actor-director-producer for film.  FORGIVING HEART, her first short film as a writer-director, debuted recently at the Outfest Fusion LGBT Queer People of Color Film Festival as part of its Gala Screening.  Through Project Involve, Adelina was presented the Sony Pictures Diversity Fellowship.  Her short screenplay, YOU’RE DEAD TO ME, will screen at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Currently, along with Marisa Becerra, she’s the co-founder/producer of a newly formed independent film company, AdeRisa Productions, based in Ventura, California.  The company is dedicated to producing bold, entertaining, and high-caliber, queer people of color films, with an emphasis on X/Chicana stories. AdeRisa is in the process of producing Adelina’s first feature film, BRUISING FOR BESOS, based on her critically acclaimed solo play.  The film follows the story of Yoli, a queer Xicana daughter forced to face her violent past.  The company launched a fundraising campaign in May and will shoot this fall.


Melissa Haizlip at HU

MELISSA HAIZLIP (Producer) is the 2013 Chaz and Roger Ebert fellow, awarded at the Independent Spirit Awards for her work-in-progress documentary, Mr. SOUL! The Movie. She has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Black Programming Consortium, and ITVS.


Michelle Lawler 

MICHELLE LAWLER (Director of Photography) is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer / director who has worked in film and television since 1999.  In 2009, she directed a feature documentary called FOREVER’S GONNA START TONIGHT, which received a Frameline completion grant and has won several Audience Awards including Outfest Los Angeles 2009.  Michelle has shot several short films and recently completed two feature films, including WILDNESS (2012) directed by Wu Tsang and BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (2013) starring and directed by Brea Grant.  Lawler received a BFA in cinema from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Cinematography at the American Film Institute.

 John Christopher Nye

JOHN CHRISTOPHER NYE (Composer) is an American composer, sound designer and producer currently residing in Los Angeles.  He has a passion for both classical orchestral music as well as modern music production.  John is a graduate of Berklee College of Music’s film scoring program in Boston.  Since arriving in LA he has worked with some of the industry’s top film composers including Klaus Badelt (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN), Trevor Morris (The Borgias), and Mark Streitenfeld (PROMETHEUS).  He is currently working at Brewery Studios in Hollywood with writing partner and mentor Gregg Lehrman on various television, film, and trailer projects.


Aguie Robles

AUGIE ROBLES (Editor) comes off a ten year stint editing C.S.I: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS Productions/ Jerry Brukheimer TV) and made his move into independent features with the release of MOSQUITA Y MARI, official selection for the Sundance Film Festival 2012.  Augie recently directed, wrote and edited his short film, THE ROOKIE AND THE RUNNER, which released this year.

In addition to his work in commercial television, Augie has edited several independent short film narratives and documentaries: Aurora Guerrero’s short films PURA LENGUA (Official Sundance selection 2005) and VIERNES GIRL (HBO/ New York International Latino Film Festival 2006).  During the Screen Writer’s strike of 2007, he edited a short documentary for the University of Notre Dame about Latin American immigration issues examined through art in an exhibition called CARAS VEMOS, CORAZONES NO SABEMOS.  Most recently, he cut a short film for the Arts Catalyst project, and chimpanzee demographic, in Rachel Mayeri’s PRIMATE CINEMA: APES AS FAMILY.  Augie is a graduate of both the American Film Institute, where he was a directing fellow, and University of California at Berkeley.



WU TSANG (Director) has directed several shorts and the feature WILDNESS, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest 2012. He was one of the New York Times T-Magazine’s “Twelve for ’12″ creative influencers in 2012, and works as a visual artist.




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