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Aisha Alese as Lena

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Up-and-coming actress Aisha Alese is a charismatic California born artist with a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Southern California (USC) in Broadcast Journalism and Theatre. She has starred/ guest and costarred in films and television shows as well as national commercials. Her most recent projects include Academy Award Nominee David Massey’s film “Island Song”, which won the Audience Award at the 2013 Pan African Film Festival.  Currently she is working on season two of the Superhero Action Series “CV Nation” and filming a comedic feature film “Bootivity”. In addition to being an actress, she teaches an improv and acting class to elementary school kids at the Children’s Institute in Los Angeles. In her free time Aisha enjoys Zumba, cooking and playing her guitar. The name Aisha means “alive and well”/ “vivaciousness and life”… and that’s exactly who and what she is!

Alanna Vicente as RonniCast-Bio-Alanna-Ronni

Alanna Vicente is a model, actress and singer. She started modeling at 16, and has been seen in several print and commercial campaigns. She studied acting at The Imagined Life Studios in Los Angeles and is aiming to do more television and film. You can also find her on stage singing live and playing her trombone! Back in 2007, she co­wrote “Pop! Goes My Heart” for the film Music and Lyrics which Hugh Grant sang. For more info, check out her website! www.alannavicente.com

Brandon Higa as Tim

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Brandon Higa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. When Brandon was 11 he starred in his first school play, and his teachers knew right away that his passion, imagination, and sense of play, would take him far. He is currently a working actor, writer, and producer, who has appeared in numerous films and stage shows. He has studied with various teachers and schools including Warner Loughlin Studios, Scott Sedita Acting Studios, The Actorsite, The Professional School for the Arts, The Sanford Meisner Center, and The Second City. Brandon is a member of The Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In addition to his acting skills, Brandon is a fantastic martial artist, who has a wide variety of different styles at his disposal, including Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Kendo, Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts.

Carl Gilliard as Boss El

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Thesp. Producer. Director. All ARE multi­hyphenate Carl Gilliard. Film & Television credits include “INCEPTION”, “RED EYE”, “COACH CARTER”, “THE MANNSFIELD 12”, “HOUSE MD”, “24” and most recently “RISE AGAIN” & “JUMP”. Carl Produced & Directed the NAACP nominated play “Section 8” and has appeared on stage in “NINTH WAVE”, “SOUTH OF WHERE WE LIVE”, “THE RIVER NIGER” & most recently, “WAITING FOR THE RAIN” to name just a few among dozens of plays. HE is currently the Ministry DIRECTOR of the FCBC REPERTORY COMPANY, the drama & media team at Faithful Central Bible CHURCH and also is Co­Creator and Program Director for the Bill Duke Media Foundation’s Youth Media Camp. Follow Carl on Twitter at twitter.com/carlgilliard and at Facebook at facebook.com/carlgilliard

Carlos Martinez as Ramon

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CARLOS MARTINEZ, a L.A. native, began and received an AA in Theater Arts from Fullerton College in Fullerton, CA. After finishing his studies he became a member of STAGES THEATER COMPANY, originally based out of Anaheim and now located in Fullerton, CA, where he wrote, directed and performed in numerous productions, the majority being original works. He has also received his BA Degree in Film Production from California State University, Long Beach where his main focus was writing and directing for film. He helped start THEATRE UNLEASHED, a theater company based out of Los Angeles with fellow actors, directors and writers with whom he’s worked with extensively in the past. He presently lives in the Los Feliz area and continues to perform and write as well as maintaining his aspirations to act and direct for film.

Derek Shaun as Transguardian

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A Tennessee native, Derek Shaun is quickly establishing himself as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. His body of work includes television, film, commercial, stage, print, music video, and voiceover. He is an original cast member of the award winning play, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, which has toured and is entering its 4th consecutive year Off Broadway in Manhattan, he played the lead role in the short film “Forgive Us Our Transgressions” which won the International Silver Medal Award in New York City, and has several upcoming projects that will keep him busy throughout 2013. Derek credits his success to his faith, a strong work ethic, and a solid focus. He can be contacted at derekshaun7 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Elizabeth as DocEdith

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Jamye Méri as Kali

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Jason Sweat as City Wolf

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Jason Sweat (“City Wolf”) makes his debut as an action star in this Copeland/Evans production, “CV Nation”. He has worked with director, Scott Evans, previously on the feature film, “Black Rain”.

Jason really enjoyed his experience in this series because he was allowed to use his physicality. For fun, he does parkour, tumbles (gymnastics), trains in stunts, and watches a lot of movies. He would like to thank the CV Nation production team for welcoming him and allowing him to grow as an actor and a filmmaker.

Joseph Reitman as Ronald

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Joseph Reitman started his Hollywood career acting, and has been a successful working actor for 20 years now. He has appeared in over 50 episodes of television including recurring roles on Married with Children, Charmed, Hudson Street and The Shield, and guest starring roles on The Drew Carey Show, The Pretender, CSI Miami, CSI Las Vegas, Sleeper Cell, In Plain Sight, Monk and Supernatural to name a few. Joe was also a series regular on Townies for ABC, and has also acted in over 20 feature films including The Perfect Storm, Clueless, Tomcats, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, American Pie 2, Bandidas, M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady In The Water as well as Gamer and Crank 2. Joe has been focusing more on writing, directing and producing the last few years and has done everything from write, direct and produce commercials for Absolute Poker and UB.net, to directing “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”, and even taking the show to Paris for sweeps week, to being a producer on “The Cheech & Chong Animated Movie” that was released in 2013. Most recently he has been focusing on spending quality time with his dogs Carmen, Watson and Yoda.

London Kim as Aadi

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LONDON KIM was born and raised in England. He has an MA from Oxford University and an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York. He speaks fluent French, Italian and Korean. His TV and Film credits include “Jim Henson’s The Mother Goose Stories” and “Letters From Iwo Jima”, and he is excited to be working again with Scott F. Evans. London currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Ryan Babbs as Stackhouse

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Ryan is a middle child. He got his first taste of acting in high school where he was in many plays. Ryan was also a gifted musician since his early days in elementary school.  After Highschool Ryan went on to form a number of popular culture bands that gained much acclaim in central Florida. Shortly after highschool Ryan went into the business of running high volume nightclubs in and around Central Florida. Ryan began to take classes and work number of short films shot in Orlando when the decision was made to move out to Los Angeles . Within 6 months of his arrival Ryan began booking jobs, both acting and in production. In 2010 Ryan started up “Varmint Productions”, an independent production company whose goal is to make sensibly priced films with an emphasis on character. Ryan currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Katherine Babbs.

Trisha Mann as SouldragonCast-Bio-Trisha-SoulDragon

Chicagoan, Trisha Mann-Grant, attended Roosevelt University for Music Education with a scholarship in Voice Performance. While there, Trisha became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and was crowned Miss Black Chicago. She used her title to reach many students through motivational speaking at graduations and assemblies. While being a positive role model, Trisha was a print model in Ebony and Jet magazines for Raveen and Fashion Fair and toured the country doing hair shows, national billboards and commercials for Luster Hair products. She then lovingly said farewell to the “Windy City” to pursue her career in acting and writing in L.A., California.Within a month, Trisha booked her first t.v. appearance with the late Lou Rawls and sports talk show host Terry Bradshaw. She then explored the world of theater in The Great Women of Color, portraying the Civil rights activist Ida B. Wells. The Drama-logue said, “Trisha’s performance was anger-personified”. This theatrical experience led to many more including, The Visit, An Evening of Shakespeare with Charles Dutton where Trisha played opposite Mr. Dutton as Lady Mac Beth, The NAACP award winning Jeffery’s Plan in which Trisha was the over-bearing boss of Kellita Smith (Bernie Mac show) and then the wife of soulful, crooner Howard Hewett in Say Amen. She starred in an incredibly written Tracie Dean Ponder production, Souled Out. Trisha shared the stage with Stephanie Mills, Malik Yoba and Tommy Ford in her first National tour of David E. Talbert’s His Woman His Wife.

She received noteworthy reviews not only for His Woman His Wife but also for If You Don’t Believe: A love story written by NAACP award winner Michael Ajakwe. Enjoying the role as the big sister to Tatyana Ali, Trisha also gained recognition from the NAACP with a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in this musically, delightful production produced by singer extraordinaire Denise Williams. Trisha produced one of her very own written and God-inspired plays, Mama’s Will, in which she also made her Directing debut, soon to be a film, and she wrote the lyrics and melody to each song. Additional theatrical credits include: Washington’s Boy by Ted Lange, Hope Runs Eternal, Eddie Lee Baker is Dead with Wendy Raquel Robinson(The Game), Unbound in which Trisha co-produced and starred in. She recently toured in the hit stage play, The Clean Up Woman as “Terri”.

There are many more musicals and stage plays to name, however, Trisha expressed her talents on television and film. Trisha’s sitcom/series roles include: Cold Case. The Parkers, Eve, All about The Andersons and Method and Red. Trisha starred in many short films and her feature films include: Reunion in which she won Best supporting Actress at the San Diego Noir Film Festival and Best Actress from the African American Arts Alliance in Chicago. The Last Fall , opposite Lance Gross and Harry Lennix. Relationships , Joshua’s Soul , Big Bag of Money, Blood Money, CH 27, and Section 8, out on DVD in stores now. Also on DVD/Theaters, Lord All Men Can’t Be Dogs with Vivica Fox, The Lying Truth , The Clean Up Woman and Growing Up in Two Generations opposite Tony Grant.

Trisha created and Hosts MANN TALK with Trisha Mann-Grant, she still writes screenplays and will soon release her book/CD of poetry entitled Introducing The PoeTrish. Trisha has hosted and been an M.C. for shows such as V Fashion TV, Help Me Help You organization and others. Trisha has interviewed many celebrities for various Red Carpet events, TheAmerican Black Film Festival , BET Music Matters and NAACP Image Awards.You can also visit: www.trishamannmotivates.com, www.facebook.com, www.youtube.com/Trishamanntv twitter @MANNTALK1

Sherida N. Mullings as Pantheress

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Sherida N. Mullings was born in Jamaica W.I. and grew up in New York. She Receiveda scholarship from Marymount Manhattan College for Acting where she majored in film and achieved a BFA in Acting for film.   She has continued the honing of her craft with studying at many different studios with styles such as Method to Stanofslavki.  Since then she as has been fortunate to land several roles from co-hosting the Times Square Alliances “Summer Solstice to Bones, Dollhouse, Blackout and CV Nation and several plays. She has also worked behind the scenes in production on several major features.  She has also been writing and directing her own projects such as Dinner at 6, Premonitions and Jamerican.  Sherida is commited to the medium of television, Film and Stage.  She feels a part of her purpose is to heal and spread the light.  She accomplishes this as an Actor and a Yoga Instructor. Her love for the Art of expression and the light keeps her passion for the human condition burning.

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