Aleena Ambrose- Briana Rayner is an improviser, actor, voice artist, and classic typewriter enthusiast. She’s the Co-Artistic Director at The Instant Theatre Co, the taller half of the improv duo Virginia Jack, and a regular at Vancouver’s Queerprov show. Recent credits include The Flash, The Girl’s Guide, and the short films Stakeout, Mental and Resonance. She won Best Actress in a Short Film (Macabre Film Festival) and a nomination for a Leo Award for her work in “Bruised”. Briana spent five years as a dedicated clown-doctor in a long-term care facility telling purposefully bad jokes, singing songs, and tripping over her feet. In her spare time, she likes to bake and watch shark attack videos.
The Technician – Jennifer Kaleta – Jennifer Kaleta is a lifelong theatre actor turned film actor with a penchant for bad-ass characters. She received critical acclaim for her brooding performance as Moss in an all-female version of Glengarry Glen Ross (dir: Aaron Craven), as well as her portrayal of Mary “The Slasher” Richardson in a factual account of the torture experienced by the Suffragette movement during the turn of the century (dir: Joan Bryans). Since switching to film/TV in 2016, Jennifer has worked on the Gus Van Sant miniseries “When We Rise,” in addition to starring in the Leo-nominated short film “Sorry, We’re Closed” as a psychopathic killer, and the futuristic/dystopian film “HYDRA” as a military deserter trying to escape her captors. Resonance ranks as one of her favourite sci-fi projects to date.
Corrine – Tatyana Forrest is a Vancouver based actress, whose recent credits include Legion, The Flash, Supernatural, Frequency, Almost Human, feature film The Evil in Us, among others.
Tatyana’s love of performance began in her teenage years in her native Russia when she was a drummer for the band called Plastica. She left Russia at the age of 19 to seek success with her band in Europe. They lived in London, UK & Prague, Czech Republic, playing live shows and festivals and released an album with two singles. She parlayed this talent into acting when she relocated to Canada in 2011. Since then Vancouver has become her new home. Tatyana enjoys working on TV shows, feature films and local independent productions.
Mr. Mallorey – Josh Blacker, Josh is an actor on the rise. His first big break came in 2006, when he booked a guest star role on Killer Instinct for FOX. After that, his career took off. Blacker has been seen across the film and television landscape, including the hit TV series Stargate: Universe, Supernatural, Fringe, Transporter and Almost Human. Blacker was thrilled to make his big screen debut opposite Jodi Foster and Matt Damon in Neil Bloomkamp’s Elysium. Josh continues to work non-stop and can be seen as the lead villain, Andrew Vogel, in the 2015 WWE film, Marine 4: Moving Target, as a German Commanding Officer in Christmas Truce, in a supporting lead role as an out of control cop in the 2016 WWE film 6:42 and most recently in a recurring role on Netflix’s Travelers. Josh’s love of film led him to starting his own production company, Viewers Like You. Their first feature film FOCUS recently finished it’s theatrical run after winning multiple awards on the festival circuit, including Best Comedy and Best Actor award for Josh at the Oregon Independent Film Festival. Josh is an invited member of the Canadian Screen Awards jury and is active in the Vancouver Film industry.
The JECTOR Voice – Allyson Grant – A Toronto native, Allyson Grant earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Windsor, and then crossed the country to play in the mountains more than a decade ago. Recent film and television credits include The Curtain, Hallmark’s Family for Christmas, Untold Stories of the ER, Pneuma,and the soon to be released feature film, Midnight Sun. Allyson has appeared in more than 50 national and international TV commercials, and has voiced characters in video games, corporate videos and radio ads. Allyson was also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Vancouver-based Jest for Joy Foundation, performing as therapeutic clown “Dr. BB” and bringing smiles and goofball antics to health care settings for six years. Her latest endeavour is developing Ally-Oop’s Toy Emporium, an educational Arts and Culture tv series for preschool audiences. Writing the zany characters and getting back to her physical theatre roots is bringing her all sorts of joy.
Kamen – Bob Rathie – Actor Bob Rathie was born in Edmonton and has appeared in television, film and theatre. He is best known for appearances on television’s “R.L. Stine’s Haunting Hour,” “PSYCH,” “Jigsaw” and “Seven Days” and in films such as “Grave Encounters” and “Under The Apple Box.”Bob has also performed on stage in numerous theatrical productions. He attended grade school in Saskatchewan; High School in Ontario and Calgary and went on to graduate from the University of Calgary (B. Sc., M. Sc. (Physics)). Bob met his High School sweetheart, Elaine,during rehearsals for “The Mikado.”They married in 1965 and the couple moved to Vancouver in 1984.
The Face of Sleep – Requell Jodeah – Requell Jodeah is a Canadian actress, who is relatively new to film and television industry. She can be seen in various commercials and TV shows airing in Canada, the USA and the UK. When not acting, she is a queen of all trades, and has a hefty thirst for knowledge and adventure. She is on a life-long journey to constantly push her boundaries, both on and off the screen, and is excited to see what the future brings.
Blair Dykes – Producer – For over a decade, Blair has been directing and producing independent films in Vancouver, BC. Despite this, he is still No One Famous.
William Minsky – Writer/Director/Director of Photography – William Minsky was raised on the prairies and now calls Vancouver home. A camera assistant, writer, editor, and cinematographer and father he has found a great love in telling stories with the camera. An early appreciation for grit and simplicity merged with a passion for genre gives his work a varied spectrum. Having worked with incredible DOP’s and directors in his daily work as an assistant has only fuelled a need to tell stories and explore styles and work both familiar and strange. Along the way such projects as “The Movers Show” and “The Tallest Detective” show a great variation in look and feel. Minsky has been fortunate enough to find some kindred spirits that made it possible for him to again delve into a rolodex of ideas he brought to projects like Crazy 8’s Success story “Kindergarten Da Bin Ich Wieder” and “Conversations With My 2yr Old” and then completely shift gears and style for work like RESONANCE. Described as “perfectly tolerable” Minsky is looking forward to many future upcoming projects to add his unique style to.
RESONANCE embraces a classic style science fiction. A dark story that lives in a fantastic alternate world while being focused on an individual person’s experience within it.
The film was is truly a labor of love. All the usual battles of creating a film with the additional challenge of building a world on a pack of gum budget. The goal became to build a visual universe not based on technology but tone and feeling. Finding ways to evoke a visceral reaction from a story foundation. Primarily shot over three days with the help of a fantastic skeleton crew RESONANCE sets out on an ambitious undertaking. Director and Cinematographer William Minsky went to painstaking lengths to find locations that supported his idea of our character’s world. The choices coming from a place of both story and photography. Working on a project like this takes dedication to the “visual recipe book” so as to be honest with the audience’s experience within the story. Local composers and creators KIKLO built and original score for the film based on sound and tone more than music and added an incredible layer to the film. RESONANCE is both familiar and unique in it’s sense as you watch the film. A story like this is about the experience of our characters, drawing the audience into the feeling of a complex world was incredibly important. We’re proud of our little film and hope that everyone enjoys it.
RESONANCE is a project we are very proud to present.