Born in Columbus, Georgia, Carson McCullers was a prolific American writer of novels, short stories, essays, plays, and poetry. McCullers examined the psychology of lonely, isolated people, which she depicted through her eccentric characters and interpreted with deep empathy. She is best known for her novels, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), which she wrote at the age of twenty-two, Reflections in a Golden Eye (1942), and for her play, A Member of the Wedding (1952). Her novel, The Ballad of a Sad Café (1951), was adapted for the stage by playwright Edward Albee. Four of her novels and plays have been made into feature films. She died in Nyack, New York, in 1967, at the age of 50.
Known for her work as an award winning actor in over forty feature films (Animal House, A Small Circle of Friends, The Wanderers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman, Scrooged, The Glass Menagerie, Malcolm X, The Perfect Storm, The Sandlot, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, White Irish Drinkers, Bad Hurt, and the soon to be released Year By the Sea). She has worked for 30 years On and Off Broadway (A Summer Day, Speaking in Tongues, The Glass Menagerie, The Monday After the Miracle, Extremities, As You Like It, The Country Girl). Karen began directing theatre at Bard College at Simon’s Rock ten years ago and continued her work as a director at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, MA (Moonchildren, Extremities, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair du Lune) and in NYC with the Obie winning production of Lucy Thurber’s Ashville at the Cherry Lane Theatre. She is a long time member of the Actor's Studio, is on the faculty of the Theatre Dept. at Bard College at Simon's Rock, and is on the Board of the Berkshire International Film Festival and the Board of the Amazon Conversation Team. "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.", based on the short story by Carson McCullers, is the first film she has written and directed.
Jeffrey DeMunn is a film, television and stage actor. His film credits include: The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist, The Majestic, The Blob, The X-Files: Fight the Future, Hollywoodland, Burn after Reading, Citizen X, Barbarians at the Gate, and Empire Falls. TV: Billions, The Walking Dead, Divorce, The Affair, Mob City, The Good Wife, Storm of the Century, Kojak: The Price of Justice, Moonlighting, LA Law, The West Wing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, E.R., The Practice, Trial by Jury, and Hill Street Blues. Theater: Death of a Salesman, Our Town, The Price, Hedda Gabler, Spoils of War, Sleight of Hand, K2, Bent, Comedians, Modigliani, King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
James McMenamin is best known for his portrayal of Charlie "Donuts" Coates on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Other recurring television credits include TNT's Public Morals, Showtimes' Nurse Jackie, and HBO's Olive Kitteridge. He's appeared as a guest star on Person of Interest, Inside Amy Schumer, The Good Wife, and many others. He recently appeared in the feature films In Dubious Battle, The Long Home, and Blood Heist. He has worked extensively in theatre and made his Broadway debut in the 2014 production of Of Mice and Men. He has previously worked on stage with director Karen Allen in Extremities at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and in Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre's production Ashville.
Jackson Smith (the Boy) resides in Western Massachusetts, not far from where A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. was filmed. This is his first experience acting in a film. Jackson loves music. He plays the piano and trombone, and spends his time creating short pieces on Garage Band. He is an avid baseball player and fan of the sport. He does parkour, and he is presently performing card tricks for anyone who will be his audience. He studies film with Douglas Trumbull; writing, directing and editing his own home movies.
Brian Long is a film and theater producer as well as an artist manager. His films include A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. directed by Karen Allen, Brown Fish, directed by Troy Deutsch and the upcoming films A My Name Is, Life After You and Hamlet In Bed. Brian served as the Managing Director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, an Obie-Award winning producer of Off-Broadway Plays for nine years. During his tenure, Rattlestick produced over 40 World Premieres by some of our nation’s most important playwrights, including Annie Baker, Sam Hunter, Jesse Eisenberg, Jose Rivera, Adam Rapp, Craig Lucas and many others.
Diane Pearlman is an independent film producer who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating education, workforce and production opportunities in the film and media industry in western Massachusetts. She has directed and produced several local projects including Berkshire's promo video and the 40th anniversary video for Hevreh of Southern Berkshires. In the 1990’s, Diane was Executive Producer and General Manager of Mass. Illusion, a visual effects movie studio located in Lenox, Massachusetts. MI created groundbreaking effects for The Matrix (Academy Award 2000, Best Visual Effects), What Dreams May Come (Academy Award 1999, Best Visual Effects), Starship Troopers, Evita, Die Hard with A Vengeance, and many others. Prior to that Diane served as producer for The Trumbull Company’s production of three specialty film attractions for Circus Circus’ hotel, Luxor Las Vegas. She also produced commercials and movie titles for R/Greenberg Associates in NYC. Diane holds a degree from Vassar College and attended Princeton University and NYU Film School. She is currently Chairman of the Board of Berkshire Pulse, a performing arts center in Housatonic, MA. She is an active member of New York Women in Film and Television, The Massachusetts Production Coalition, New England Women in Film and The Visual Effects Society.
Amy Lynn grew up in suburbs of NYC and is a lover of film and television from a young age. Amy attended St. Michael's College Winooski, Vt. for Liberal Arts and New School NYC graduate program for Film & photography. She worked as a still photographer and as a production assistant in the Film/Video Dept of The Kitchen, center for the arts, Wooster St. SOHO, and West 19th st. in the late 80's early 90's. Amy interned for a video artist John Sanborn, as well, involved in projects that have been showcased in the Whitney Bienniale. She continued to work as a production assistant in NYC and in 1992 and joined the Directors Guild of America, in the category of Assistant Director. She was sponsored by the television series 'Law & Order'. For the last 25 years Amy has worked with many great directors, Michael Figgis, Walter Salles, John McNaughton, Phillip Noyce, Adam McKay, Peter Howitt, Raymond Defillitta and many others. She's currently working on ABC's Quantico in NYC and enjoying her free time at home in the Berkshires. Amy has a 19 yr old son currently attending college.
Richard Sands is a film technician whose roots are in cinema production. He has done the lighting and/or DP on 35 theatrically released motion pictures with directors such as Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, 47 television movies, over 100 one-hour television episodes and numerous advertising pieces. He was responsible for many award-winning projects; including three commercials he was Cinematographer on that have won “Addy” Awards. For nearly fifteen years, Sands has created the elaborate lighting for the fine art narrative photographs of artist Gregory Crewdson. Through this unique collaboration, Sands’ lighting has been featured in 6 books and several international photographic exhibition tours. Crewdson on Sands: “I always call him ‘the genius of light.’ He puts all of the lighting scenes together…He thinks differently than everyone else I know. He just responds to light. It’s remarkable.”
Kristi Zea was nominated for an Academy Award Award and BAFTA for her production design work on Revolutionary Road, directed by Sam Mendes. She has received worldwide acclaim for her work as a production designer, costume designer, and producer. Zea began her career in film as costume designer for Alan Parker’s Fame and Shoot the Moon, along with James L Brooks’ Academy Award-winning Terms of Endearment among others. As a production designer, Zea has worked with director Martin Scorsese, designing The Departed, Goodfellas and New York Stories. For director Jonathan Demme , she designed The Manchurian Candidate, Beloved, Philadelphia, and Silence of the Lambs. Among her numerous other design credits are Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2, Neil Jordan’s The Brave One, Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon and Tower Heist, Roger Michelle’s Changing Lanes, and Barry Levinson’s Sleepers. As a producer, Zea’s credits include James L. Brooks’ As Good As it Gets, and The Joneses, starring Demi Moore and David Duchovny. She directed the Ace Award-nominated Domestic Dilemma for the HBO Series Women and Men 2, starring Ray Liotta and Andie MacDowell. Zea production designed the pilot for the HBO drama The Leftovers, as well as the NBC pilot and series American Odyssey. She also production designed Nancy Myers latest comedy The Intern starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway. Just after designing Taylor Hackford’s The Comedian also starring Robert De Niro, Zea finished directing her documentary Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray, which recently premiered at the Whitney Museum as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Noriko Sakamoto first met Karen Allen while editing the award-winning feature film Year by the Sea. She enjoyed working closely with Karen to bring her vision to life on A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. Noriko has 15 years of experience editing various TV shows and documentaries for Discovery, History, A & E and TLC. She lives with her family on New York's Lower East Side.
In addition to his recordings on the Virgin Records/Narada label, Mark Kelso has been creating soundtracks for picture for the past 30 years. With over 25 solo and collaborative recordings to his credit, Mark has toured extensively throughout North America, including performances at Madison Square Garden, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Music Center, appearing with Christopher Reeve, Deepak Chopra, Oriah Mountain Dreamer and Michael Jackson among others.
Carisa Kelly found her love of fabric when she was 8 and her mom taught her to sew. A passion was born and from it 15+ year career in telling stories through clothes. Her time is spent in the theatre and films. She is beginning work on Michael Caton-Jones 'Asher'. Other recent works include Mike Bribiglia's 'Don't Think Twice' (SxSW, Tribeca, SIFF) Alexander Janko's 'Year By The Sea' (Vail, PTFF, Woodstock, Heartland) Ido Fluk's 'The Ticket' (Tribeca), Danny DeViot's 'Curmudgeons' (Tribeca, SIFF, BFI). Carisa holds an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
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