2014 FLORENCE SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
Ashley Denise Robinson is an actor and writer. Film credits include The Watchman, Hell’s Heart, Becoming Tina, and Sandbox. New Media credits include Taking Stock, Docket 32357, and Anthology. Theatre credits include her play, superfecunda, This Beautiful City, and numerous Shakespeare productions. She has an MA from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Her book of poetry, soy milk and agave, is available online. Ashley currently resides in Los Angeles.
Tara Gadomski is an actor and filmmaker. Screen acting credits include: Emergence (ABC) Orange is the New Black (Netflix, directed by Jodie Foster); Horace and Pete; The Blacklist (NBC); Blue Bloods (CBS) and the films: Docket 32357; Thug and Hell’s Heart. Favorite stage roles include: Nancy/Joyce Carol Oates in Recent Tragic Events (T.I.C. Theatre NYC); Knucklehead in Death by Joinery (La Mama Etc., NYC) and Tom in Lost Pirates (C Venue, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.) Tara is a 2019 Sundance Institute Knight Fellow. Her feature film, Mother Mary is currently in development. She has written and directed several short films and web series. Tara also regularly produces and presents documentaries and feature stories for the BBC World Service Radio. Tara trained at the Academy Drama School in London. SAG-AFTRA; AEA; British Actors’ Equity
Veracity Butcher is an American actor and performance artist born and based in downtown New York City. She has performed at venues including The Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea, St. Ann’s Warehouse, La Mama, and Atlantic Theater. Recent television and film credits include Law & Order: SVU (Season 21, Episode 11), directed by Mariska Hargitay; Between Two Fires, a short film written and directed by Jade Courtney Edwards; What Came After, a short film directed by Three-Time Tony award winner Tonya Pinkins, and written by Christopher Oscar Peña (Jane The Virgin, Insecure); Docket 32357, a webseries directed by Two-Time Emmy award winner Randy Wilkins, and created by longtime collaborator Eljon Wardally; Alternatino (Comedy Central) a pilot created by Arturo Castro (Broad City, Narcos); and Marjoun and The Flying Headscarf, Veracity’s first leading role in a feature film, which was showcased in Cannes by the Dubai Film Market, supported by the Princess Grace Foundation, and screened in over 20 American cities. Marjoun and The Flying Headscarf premiered and was nominated for Best Film at Miami Film Festival in 2019. Veracity is pre-cast in Kingdom of Spirits, a Moroccan feature film written and directed by Aisha Jabour, and is currently in pre-production for her band VIOLETS’ third music video, for her single NERVOUS.
Pedro De León was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He attended the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez where he earned a B.A. in English Literature. He moved to New York City in 2013 to study drama at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He made his debut with Repertorio Español in Blind Spot winner of Met Life’s “Nuestras Voce’s” national playwrighting competition. Other productions at Repertorio include La Gringa, La Canción, Exquisíta Agonía and La Paz Perpetua. Other theatre credits include That Bachelorette Show and Teatro Breve: On Tour. On screen he’s been seen in Docket 32357, Mysteries of the Museum (The Travel Channel) and Shades of Blue (CBS).
Jeff Lima is a film and television actor.Lima got his start in the Oscar nominated film Half Nelson, opposite Ryan Gosling. His film credits include Bushwick, Stealing Cars, Mr. Poppers Penguins, Gun Hill Road, and Cop Out. Lima recurs on NBC’s Chicago Fire as the younger brother of fire fighter Joe Cruz. He was a series regular on HBO’s Golden Globe winning Show Me a Hero, as the love interest of Billy Rowan played by actress Dominque Fishback. Other notable television credits include The Bobby Brown Story, The Get Down, Taxi Brooklyn, Blue Bloods, and Guiding Light.
Jeff Lima partnered with New York University Tisch School of the Arts to support the Graduate Film Program of the Maurice Kanbar Institute by granting The Jeff Lima Production Award: an annual $10,000 endowment to be bestowed upon one directing student whose film project advances the Latinx presence on screen. Moving into its third year, the jurors presiding over the competition have included the likes of Sunny Hostin (The View, Truth about Murder), Andrea Navedo (Mrs. America, Jane the Virgin), and Alana De La Garza (FBI, Law & Order).
Jeff Lima is passionate about mental health awareness and access. He has supported the Hope for Depression Research Foundation and continues his advocacy in the inner city.
Eljon Wardally is a Playwright and Screenwriter born in New York with Grenadian roots. Plays include: Blooming In Dry Season (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist), By A Thread (Sundance MENA Theatre Lab Semi-Finalist), Big Black Balloon (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist), Bishop (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist, Kennedy Center Finalist), Sensitive to Bite (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist), The Gift (The Network One Act Festival Semi-Finalist), Docket 32357 (New Works By Young Women Finalist).
Short Films include: Kicked, Docket 32357 (Winner Audience Choice International Black Film Festival of Nashville, Winner Grand Jury Prize Huffington Post Black Voices Breakthrough Theater Series). Docket 32357 Web Series. She received her MFA in Playwriting from Fordham/Primary Stages as part of its Inaugural class.
Randy Wilkins is a three time Emmy Award winning writer, director and editor from the Bronx, NY. Directoraly, Randy helmed the ESPN 30 for 30/Lil’ Spike Joint “86-32” chronicling the controversial decision between Roy Jones Jr. and Park Si-Hun in theLight Middle Heavyweight gold medal match at the 1988 Summer Olympics. In addition, he has enjoyed success with his award winning digital series “Docket 32357.” Randy’s latest effort is directing an episode of “Dear X,” a documentary/narrative hybrid series for Apple+. Outside of directing, Randy has served as Lead Editor on numerous Spike Lee joints including “She’s Gotta Have It” for Netflix, “Land of the Free” by The Killers, “2 Fists Up” for ESPN, “Rodney King” for Netflix and “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.” He is currently in development for his feature script “Pray For A Little More Spring.”
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