Barlow Jacobs / WADE MCCURRY
Barlow Jacobs is an actor, filmmaker, and writer who got his break when David Gordon Green recommended him for one of the lead roles in Jeff Nichols' Shotgun Stories, co-starring with Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon. Shotgun Stories premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and went on to win three festival awards and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Roger Ebert selected it as one of his top films of 2008, calling it "A great discovery." Variety raved, "A point-blank buckshot blast of American rage!"
After finishing Shotgun Stories, Jacobs was cast in Great World of Sound, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film went on to win two Gotham Awards, was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, and garnered praise for its seminal spirit and ambition by powerhouse critics such as Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott.
Jacobs moved back to his then-home in New Orleans months before Katrina hit, and like so many others, he evacuated. Eight months later he returned to New Orleans and wrote, produced and starred in Low and Behold, another film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win nine festival awards through out the year, five for Best Narrative Film. Again critics raved, "This is the kind of film that simply must be seen by anyone and everyone" (Film Threat). The Huffington Post called Low and Behold, "A daring work of film-making." And Eye For Film praised Jacobs's performance as a "Cracking central performance."
Jacobs' work caught the eye of cult DIY director, Joe Swanberg, who cast Jacobs in one of the leads in Alexander the Last. Richard Brody of The New Yorker called it, "One of the 10 best films of the year."
In That Evening Sun, Jacobs again worked opposite Oscar-nominated and legendary actor, Hal Holbrook. The film premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival and took home Best Narrative Film and a Special Jury Prize for best Ensemble Cast. The film has gone on to win five more Best Narrative Film awards, as well as critical acclaim for the authentic performances.
Jacobs continued his heavy presence at Sundance with the 2011 experimental horror film that thrilled audiences, The Oregonian.
Most recently, Jacobs completed a role in Oscar-nominated writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, The Master, due out in October 2012. Jacobs also stars in the lead role of the post-Civil War western Dead Man's Burden, which will appear in competition at the 2012 Los Angeles International Film Festival.
Clare Bowen / MARTHA KIRKLAND
Clare Bowen has enjoyed a flourishing career in film, theatre and television. Shortly after graduating from the University of Wollongong in 2007, Clare was offered a lead role in the highly controversial feature film, The Combination, directed by David Field. This was followed by a major role in another feature, the horror/thriller The Clinic, which has screened at several international film festivals. Clare has worked on several short films, the most recent being Suspended, directed by Damian Walshe-Howling. Her most recent project was the feature Not Suitable For Children, where she starred alongside Ryan Kwanten.
Clare has appeared in many of Australia's iconic television dramas, including Seven Network's Home and Away and the medical drama All Saints, as well as The Cut and the critically acclaimed comedy Chandon.
She has performed in several theatre productions, with her most recent appearance being in the Geordie Brookman directed rock musical Spring Awakening at the Sydney Theatre Company, and as a gifted singer, Clare held the lead role of 'Wendla'.
David Call / HECK KIRKLAND
A native of Washington state and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, David Call is one of the rising stars of the American independent film scene. He most recently starred in Alistair Banks Griffin's Two Gates of Sleep (Cannes 2010) and Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture (IFC Films), and can be seen in the upcoming films Nor'easter (dir. Andrew Brotzman) and Ry Russo-Young's Nobody Walks. Past film credits include Did You Hear About the Morgans? with Hugh Grant, as well as Evening, Beautiful Ohio and The Notorious Bettie Page.
He has also worked extensively in television, with recurring roles on Gossip Girl, Rescue Me, Fringe, and Mercy, as well as past appearances on Numb3rs, Army Wives, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He recently directed, co-wrote and produced the short film B.U.S.T., which won the SpecialJury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival.
Joseph Lyle Taylor / E.J. LANE
Film, television and theatre actor Joseph Lyle Taylor stars as Doyle Bennett in Justified, the F/X primetime series, now in it's second season. He will also appear in The Dark Knight Rises, the latest entry in the Batman franchise, and the upcoming Seven Psychopaths by Martin McDonagh, both to be released in 2012. Joseph also stars opposite Lucas Black, Melissa Leo and Robert Duvall in the indie golf drama, Seven Days In Utopia, directed by Mathew Russell.
Taylor has worked with director Sidney Lumet, starring in the critically-acclaimed television series 100 Centre Street opposite Alan Arkin. Taylor worked with Spike Lee in Girl 6, He Got Game, Summer of Sam, and Bamboozled. He also worked with Woody Allen in Anything Else.
Taylor's other film credits include The Contender, Washington Heights, The Break Up Artist, Borough of Kings, Lost Souls, Heaven's Fall and La Soga. His television credits include Dexter, Numb3rs, Lie to Me, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, Grey's Anatomy, House M.D., Life, Studio 60, Close to Home, Law & Order, and Law & Order: SVU.
Richard Riehle / THREE PENNY HANK
Richard attended the University of Notre Dame, where he became heavily involved with the University Theatre. Progressing to Academy of Dramatic Art in Rochester, Michigan, Richard has had extensive experience as a stage actor, as well as teaching acting, and made his debut in 1986 with Execution of Justice. One of his major triumphs in the theatre has been alongside Kevin Spacey in the acclaimed 1999 revival of O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, in which he played the drunken, corrupt ex-cop Pat McGloin. To this day, Richard has maintained his involvement in theatre workshops and encouraging the dramatic arts. However, since his scene-stealing cameo as the Quartermaster in 1989's Glory, with his trademark bushy mustache and heavyset frame, Richard has acquitted himself as one of the best, and busiest, character players on TV and in the movies.
His television credits include Quantum Leap, Roseanne, Murder, She Wrote, L.A. Law, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chicago Hope, Diagnosis: Murder, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Grounded for Life, The West Wing, ER, Married to the Kellys, Boston Legal, Big Stan and The Young and the Restless. Riehle has also guest-starred on three of the five Star Trek television series.