SADIE Cast & Crew
SADIE was written and directed by Megan Griffiths, stars Sophia Mitri Schloss, Melanie Lynskey, John Gallagher Jr., Tony Hale, and Danielle Brooks, and features a score by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.
Sophia Mitri Schloss - Sadie
Sophia Mitri Schloss most recently starred in the title role of Lane in LANE 1974, the story of a teenage girl’s coming of age during the 1970’s American counterculture. Written and directed by SJ Chiro, the film had its world premiere at SXSW, then received the Grand Prize for New American Cinema at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), where Sophia was nominated for best actress. Premiering in September 2017, the film has gone on to numerous national and international festivals, including winning the L’Ambiente Award at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy. Of her work in Lane, the Huffington Post said, “The film's young star, Sophia Mitri Schloss, has a riveting screen presence and gives a beautifully understated performance as the title character Lane.” For this performance, she won the Best Actress in a Leading role in the DTLA film festival. Previous roles include a leading role in Amazon’s The Kicks, and the starring role of Isabel in NBC’s comedy pilot Isabel alongside Marcia Gay Harden and Kevin Nealon. In addition, she guest-starred on NBC’s Grimm, TNT’s The Librarians, and IFC’s Portlandia.
Melanie Lynskey - Rae
New Zealand born Melanie Lynskey's first role came in 1994 with her award winning performance in Peter Jackson's HEAVENLY CREATURES opposite Kate Winslet. Since then, she has amassed a number of credits in both features and television. Her credits include Steven Soderbergh's THE INFORMANT, Tom McCarthy's WIN WIN, Billy Ray's SHATTERED GLASS, Sam Mendes' AWAY WE GO, Jason Reitman's UP IN THE AIR, Andy Tennant's EVER AFTER and SWEET HOME ALABAMA, Clint Eastwood's FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, Joe Swanberg’s HAPPY CHRISTMAS, and Angus MacLachlan's GOODBYE TO ALL THAT. In 2012, Lynskey played the lead role in Todd Louiso's film HELLO I MUST BE GOING. The film opened the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was rated one of the “Top Ten Independent Films” of the year by the National Board of Review. At Sundance 2016, Lynskey won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance for her role in Clea DuVall’s THE INTERVENTION. Last year, Lynskey starred in Macon Blair’s I DON'T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE opposite Elijah Wood, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Lynskey was nominated for a Gotham Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. On the small screen, Lynskey’s next project is the highly anticipated Hulu series Castle Rock. She was recently seen in Wet Hot American Summer; the Duplass brothers' HBO show, Togetherness, for which she was nominated for a Critic's Choice Award..
John Gallagher, Jr. - Cyrus
John Gallagher, Jr. recently completed lensing on Pierre Morel’s PEPPERMINT, opposite Jennifer Garner; William Eubank’s UNDERWATER, starring Kristen Stewart and Vincent Cassel; as well as Robin Bissell’s THE BEST OF ENEMIES, with Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson. Upcoming he stars in Desiree Akhavan’s THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Previous film credits include Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE; Woody Allen’s WHATEVER WORKS; and Destin Daniel Cretton’s SHORT TERM 12, which won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, as well as earning three Independent Spirit Award nominations. Gallagher's television work includes: ‘Jim Harper’ in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama The Newsroom; 'Christopher Kitteridge’ for the HBO mini-series Olive Kitteridge; The West Wing; Law & Order: SVU and NYPD Blue. On stage, Gallagher received a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for originating the role of ‘Moritz Stiefel’ in Spring Awakening; starred in the stage adaptation of Green Day’s rock opera American Idiot; and portrayed ‘Edmund Tyrone’ in Long Day’s Journey Into Night alongside Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne and Michael Shannon.
Danielle Brooks - Carla
Danielle Brooks is best known for her role as Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson in the Netflix Emmy-nominated series, Orange is the New Black, for which she received the Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Actress and was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Brooks and her castmates also received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series three years in a row. Brooks made her Broadway debut in the Tony winning revival of The Color Purple. For her performance, she was nominated for a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and she received a Grammy Award and a Theatre World Award for Significant Broadway Debut. Recent work includes a leading role in Chris Morris' next feature film, a series lead role in the upcoming TBS primetime animated series, Close Enough, a recurring role on Aziz Ansari’s Emmy Award winning Netflix comedy series, Master of None, and guest lead roles on HBO’s High Maintenance and Girls. Brooks also voiced two characters for Sony’s ANGRY BIRDS and previously starred in Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND and the independent feature, I DREAM TOO MUCH, which premiered at SXSW. Danielle was the face of Christian Siriano's capsule collection for Lane Bryant that debuted in the Spring of 2016 and was the face of Lane Bryant's Fall Campaign that same year. She grew up in South Carolina and is a graduate of The Juilliard School. She currently resides in NYC
Tony Hale - Bradley
Two time Emmy Award-winning actor and author Tony Hale is best known for his role as Gary Walsh, the downtrodden personal aide to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Vice President Selina Meyers on HBO’s Emmy Award-winning political comedy, Veep. Hale won two Emmys for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for Veep in 2013 and 2015 and was nominated in the same category in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Veep recently concluded their critically acclaimed 6th season, racking up a total of 11 Emmy nominations. Hale has appeared in a wide variety of critically acclaimed television programs and films throughout his career. Prior to Veep, he co-starred as the socially awkward Buster Bluth on the ground-breaking, Emmy Award-winning series Arrested Development, which aired on Fox from 2003–2006 and was later picked up for additional seasons on Netflix in 2013. In 2013, Hale was also seen alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in the Paul Feig directed action- comedy, THE HEAT, which grossed over $229 million worldwide for Fox. Wrapping up 2017, Hale starred in the dramedy film BRAVE NEW JERSEY alongside Anna Camp, Heather Burns and Grace Kaufman. Most recently, Hale joined the cast of Fox 2000’s coming of age film, SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, alongside Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner. The film is now in post-production and set to hit theaters in 2018. Other notable film credits include AMERICAN ULTRA, THE INFORMANT, HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE, ANGRY BIRDS and STRANGER THAN FICTION. In 2014, Hale released his first children’s book, Archibald’s Next Big Thing, under Boxing Clever Publishing. Hale currently resides in Los Angeles.
Keith L. Williams - Francis
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Keith came to Los Angeles California in 2010 when his older brother wanted to pursue a career in acting. Keith started auditioning as well and he booked his first commercial at only three years-old. Since then, he has been featured on such television roles as The Goldbergs and Selfie. Last year, he was featured in the SXSW film LEMON, directed by Janicza Bravo. Since wrapping production on SADIE, he has joined the cast of Fox’s The Last Man On Earth. He plays the role of Jasper, the series’ sole young performer. He also just completed a pilot for Nickelodeon that if picked up will air mid 2018. Keith also loves drawing and animals.
Tee Dennard - Deak
Tee Dennard began acting forty years ago, landing a small role in AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN in 1982. After several years, he left the business to pursue other interests. It was not until 2014 that Tee returned to the screen. His resonant presence has been featured in small screen roles for Grimm and The Librarians. And since meeting in an audition for SADIE, Tee has re-teamed with writer-director Megan Griffiths to play the lead in her Sundance TV short film THE SOUND.
Megan Griffiths - Writer/Director
Megan Griffiths is a writer/director working in film and television. She recently directed two episodes of the Duplass Brothers' HBO anthology series ROOM 104 and an episode of the Epix comedy GRAVES, starring Nick Nolte. Prior to this, she wrote and directed the thriller THE NIGHT STALKER, starring Lou Diamond Phillips as serial killer Richard Ramirez. Her film LUCKY THEM starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church and Johnny Depp premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was distributed by IFC Films. Megan’s film EDEN, based on the true story of a young woman captured into the world of human trafficking, was a breakout at SXSW 2012, winning the Emergent Narrative Director Award, the Audience Award for Narrative Feature as well as a Special Jury Prize for lead actress Jamie Chung. Megan's feature THE OFF HOURS, distributed by Film Movement, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Megan was the recipient of the 2012 Stranger Genius Award for Film, was named the 2013 City Arts Film Artist of the Year, and received the 2015 Seattle Mayor’s Award for Film. She is the vice president of the board of the Northwest Film Forum and is an active advocate for sustainable production. See more of Megan's work at her site: www.thecinechick.com
Lacey Leavitt - Producer
Lacey Leavitt has been an award-winning Seattle producer, director, and independent film industry leader for over a decade. She is the co-founder and CEO of the cinematic content studio Electric Dream Factory, which harnesses both emerging and traditional technologies to create a powerful and diverse array of stories. Electric Dream Factory’s work includes virtual reality film EAGLE BONE (Tracy Rector 2016) and SXSW Best Short Documentary winner LITTLE POTATO (Wes Hurley 2017). Lacey's feature film producing credits include Megan Griffiths' SADIE (in post-production),THE OFF HOURS (Sundance 2011), and LUCKY THEM (TIFF 2013), Lynn Shelton's LAGGIES (Sundance 2015) and TOUCHY FEELY (Sundance 2013), Colin Trevorrow's SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (Sundance 2012), Todd Rohal's THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM (Sundance 2015), and THE AUTOMATIC HATE (SXSW 2015). She co-directed and produced the award-winning roller derby documentary BLOOD ON THE FLAT TRACK (SIFF 2007) and directed the short films D.C.I. (SIFF Fly Film 2012) and ESCAPE (Orcas Island Film Festival 2015). Lacey is an alumni of the University of Washington and Sundance Creative Producing Lab.
Jennessa West - Producer
Jennessa started her production career working in episodic television for companies Warner Brothers Television, the FX Channel and CBS Television while living in Los Angeles. Jennessa later moved to Seattle, Washington and partnered to form Pressing Pictures, LLC – a production company dedicated to creating compelling commercial and narrative works. Jennessa’s producing credits include LANE 1974 which premiered at SXSW and received distribution through The Orchard along with two grand jury prizes – one for best feature and one for best actress. MY LAST YEAR WITH THE NUNS, which premiered at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival with distribution through Fandor. SPIN a short film premiering at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, and she co-produced the web series ROCKETMEN. She recently produced Megan Griffith’s feature SADIE. Jennessa recently signed on to produce Aham Oluo’s film NOW I’M FINE which was featured on This American Life.
Jonathan Caso – Co-Producer
Jonathan Caso is a producer of various features, series, short films, and commercials. He is the producer of the episodic series Automata from writer/director Van Alan, starring Basil Harris and Doug Jones (CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery) based on characters from the Penny Arcade web-comic of the same name. He's also the co-producer of SADIE, the newest feature film from director Megan Griffiths (LUCKY THEM, THE NIGHT STALKER), starring Melanie Lynskey, John Gallagher, Jr, and Tony Hale, and OUTSIDE IN from director Lynn Shelton (Your Sisters Sister, Laggies, episodes of Fresh Off the Boat, GLOW, New Girl), starring Edie Falco, Jay Duplass & Kaitlyn Dever, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
Mike McCready - Composer
Mike McCready is an American musician who serves as the lead guitarist and, along with Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Eddie Vedder, is one of the founding members of the rock band Pearl Jam. McCready was also a member of the side project bands Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, The Rockfords and currently plays with friends in Flight to Mars, a band which assembles for charity events. McCready also works as a film composer, with projects including THE GLAMOUR & THE SQUALOR, FAT KID RULES THE WORLD, and THE WESTSIDERS.
Amey Rene - Casting Director
Amey René is an Artios Award nominated Casting Director with over 15 years of industry experience. She started her casting career with Jeff Greenberg on the Emmy Award Winning show "Modern Family". She now casts Feature Films, Television, and Commercials. Amey is a member of The Casting Society of America.
TJ Williams Jr. - Cinematographer
T.J.’s narrative work as a DP has screened internationally including Sundance, Tribeca, OutFest, LAFF, AFI Fest, and BFI, and can be seen as part of The New Yorker’s “The Screening Room,” and Vimeo Staff Pick Premieres. He has also shot music videos for Robyn, Shabazz Palaces, and STRFKR, and commericials for brands like Disney, Microsoft, Xbox, La Brea Bakery, Volvo, Honda, and Ford. A native of the northwest who splits his time between Los Angeles and Seattle, T.J. thanks the Seattle film community for teaching him artistry, integrity, and that working with your friends is the best.
Celia Beasley - Editor
Celia grew up in Oakland, CA to a sculptor father and French tour-guide mother. After attending Barnard College in NYC, she moved to Paris where she worked in photojournalism and then television journalism, where she got her first look at an editing system back in 1999. Celia spent the next 18 years working on documentaries, short films, televisions series and commercials, and editing feature films such as Megan Griffiths' THE NIGHT STALKER (SIFF World Premiere), and SJ Chiro's LANE 1974 (SXSW World Premiere) which received the Grand Jury Award for New American Cinema at SIFF, and Lynn Shelton's OUTSIDE IN (TIFF World Premiere). Celia recently finished Megan Griffiths’ SADIE and is on board to edit Charles Mudede's THIN SKIN in 2018.