InContacta film by Ann Oren
Cast & CrewAnn Oren – writer/director
Ann is a video installation artist and this is her first feature film. Born in Tel-Aviv, received a BFA in Film&Video and an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, NY. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Art. Screenings and Exhibitions include: ”NewFilmmakers” Anthology film archive, NY, “Epos” the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, “Freewaves” The Hammer Museum, LA, “Qui Vive?” Moscow Biennale for young art, The State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno, Moscow. “Convergences” The Armory, Pasedena, CA, “Expanded City” WRO 13th Media Art Biennale, WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland “View From Here” PS122 Gallery, NY, “(IN)TANGIBLE, Taller Boricua, NY, “E4C” 4CULTURE Gallery, Seattle, “Color Occurrence” , MediaLab Prado, Madrid, “MOVES 10: Framing Motion” Liverpool and “Come out & play” APEXART, NY. Residencies include Spiro Arts, UT and NES,Skagaströnd, Iceland. Ann is a grant recipient from The Jerome Foundation, The Visual Arts Fund, The School of Visual Arts and the National Board of Reviews. More about her work on www.annoren.com
Silya Nymoen – "Gen"
Born and raised in Norway. Educated at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in contemporary jazz dance. Worked in theatre and done classic musicals like Cabaret, Chicago, West Side Story. She was a member Norwegian hitgroup Multicyde from 1998-2001. Silya got signed as a solo artist at Columbia Records US and moved to New York City in 2006. She worked on her own music ever since and also written songs for other artists. In the film Silya both played Gen and developped short "video songs" in Gen's character in collaboration with Ann Oren for it. This is her debut film appearance and she's excited and grateful. The singer/songwriter/performer performs regularly in NYC.
Anna Gutto – "Christina"
Anna Gutto is a Norwegian born actor, director and producer based in New
York. This film is the newest of a series of projects on which Anna has had the pleasure to work with Ann Oren. The first was Ann Oren’ s short film Poise in 2003 and the latest was IN SECURITY in 2009 – a multimedia play written by Anna with videos created by Ann Oren.
Anna’ s work has attracted critical acclaim from The New York Times, Variety and The Village Voice, among others. She is a recipient of the prestigious Two-Year Emerging Artist Grant from the Norwegian Arts Council and the 2007 Cultural Grant from American Scandinavian Society. Adding to her wide and varied body of work as a stage actress (incl. Rebecca West in Henrik Ibsen’ s Rosmersholm, Lady Anne in Shakespeare’ s Richard III and Solveig in Ibsen’ s Peer Gynt), Anna has been cast in a growing number of films, including Gone with the Woman by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Næ where she plays opposite Peter Stormare. The film was Norway's contender for the ACADEMY AWARD-nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and won TOP FEATURE AWARD at the Hollywood Film Festival.
Anna is co-artistic director of Unbound Collective (www.unboundcollective.org) and Oslo Elsewhere (known for introducing Jon Fosse to American audiences www.osloelsewhere.org) and has written, adapted and produced several plays as well as written essays for theater publications. She made her debut as a film director with the short film The Kangaroo (www.thekangaroofilm.com) in 2010 and is currently in development with the feature film project Domestic.
Noel Joseph Allain – "George"
New York credits include Rocky/Philly (Van Cougar), Sa Ka La (Oslo Elsewhere), 2 Gents (Poortom Productions), Tender (Thirteenth Night Theater), The Name Means Public Spirited (Target Margin), and Now That Communism is Dead, My Life Feels Empty (Richard Foreman). Regional credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie (Arizona Theater Company), Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Playmakers Rep), Transition with Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith (On the Boards), Prince Hal in Breath of Kings and in March 2011 the title role in My Name Is Asher Lev (Cleveland Playhouse). Awards: Theater Mirror’ s Best of Boston Theater of 2003 Addison Award for Featured/Supporting Actor for Breath of Kings and a Xammie for Best Male Actor for Glass Menagerie. TV; Guiding Light, Law and Order:SVU, Damages. Noel is also a proud founder Artistic Director of The Bushwick Starr Theater. TRAINING: Juilliard, Member of The Actor’s Center
Debra Kay Anderson – "Viv"
Debra is thrilled to be a part of another Ann Oren project. Recent films includes The
Princess and The Key written and directed by Camillo Fonticello, the trailer for The
Dissection Of Thanksgiving by Troy Hall and Kevin Logie (a/k/a Poundcake), Breakfast
Served All Day by Amy Higgins in the lead role of Bonnie and Her Kind, a multimedia
show written and conceived by Hannah Woolf in which she plays Erica Jong in a filmed
interview about the late, great poet, Anne Sexton.
Select theatre includes works by Craig Lucas and Lanford Wilson with Circle East Theatre Company (formerly Circle Rep), Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Seaside Rep, Cries For Peace, conceived and directed by three-time Obie award winner, Mari Gorman, at The Neighborhood Playhouse, the lead role of Albertine in Twenty Years of Agnes by Juan Riquelme, winner of the City of San Sebastian Theater Prize in Spain, translated and directed by the magnificent Camillo Fonticello and Crooked by Catherine Trieshmann, directed by Rachel Scott.
Debra has also performed in numerous commercials, industrials and voiceovers, as well as featured roles on television, film and radio. She is currently at work on a documentary and feature film project with her production company, Noosphere Productions and is a proud member of Circle East Theatre Company (formerly Circle Rep), founding member of EST’ s Moon Lab, and Co-founder of The Workshop at The Neighborhood Playhouse.
Birgit Huppuch – "Rachel"
Credits include: Neighbors (Public Lab), Telephone (Foundry, OBIE), Miss St.’s Hieroglyphic Suffering (Guggenheim), Telethon and Dot (Clubbed Thumb), What the Public Wants (Mint Theatre), Mourn the Living Hector(NY Fringe/PL115), Scapin (NY Classical Theatre), Isabella and Payup (Pig Iron Theatre Company); Doe 2.0 (workshop, Tokyo, Japan), Love Song (WHAT). Readings/Workshops: Soho Rep, NYTW, Public, Classic Stage, O'Neill, New Dramatists, Little Theatre/Dixon Place, Minneapolis Playwrights Center, EST, Urban Stages, New Georges, Prelude Festival, Lark, Pig Iron, Terra Firma.
Ryo Murakami – cinematographer
An award-winning cinematographer and native of rural Japan, Ryo
Murakami has developed a unique and compelling visual style on
different genres: documentaries, music videos, commercial and
narrative work over the past decade. His work has been shown at
various international film festivals such as Berlin international
film festival, IFC, Tribeca film festival, SXSW and more.
Recent projects include the acclaimed New York documentary BLANK CITY, premiered in Berlin International Film Festival. His recent collaboration with Rik Cordero includes music video for Wutang, Juel Santana, Clipse and many others. Also WHO/UN collaboration documentaries WISDOM YEARS aired on broadcast station in more than 40 countries. He currently lives and works in New York and Tokyo.