Among Friends Movie

Cast & Crew

(Director) After a twenty-year hiatus starring as “Jamie Lloyd” in HALLOWEEN IV & V, and to the delight of horror fans everywhere, Danielle Harris returned to the HALLOWEEN franchise – this time starring as “Annie Bracket” in the Dimension Films, Rob Zombie-directed of the classic HALLOWEEN.  She has reprised her role once again in HALLOWEEN II, which premiered in theatres in August 28th 2009.

It has been quite a busy year for Danielle. Most recently, she stars as “Marybeth”, opposite horror greats Kane Hodder, and Tony Todd in HATCHET II, the much-anticipated sequel to HATCHET.   She is already set for HATCHET III.

Her vampire drama, STAKELAND with Kelly McGilles, will premiere at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival, this September 2010.  She lent her voice as the lead character of “Barbara” in the animated feature film, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, as well as the character of “Half Pipe” opposite Lance Henricksen and Bill Mosley, in the animated feature film, “GODKILLER”.  She also starred in the web series, FEAR CLINIC, for FearNet and Lions Gate. She stars in the series along side Robert Englund and Kane Hodder.  FEAR CLINIC premiered on Comcast, and drew multi millions of viewers.

On October 31, 2010 Danielle will be launching, an “all-things horror” website. The response among her already huge fan base has been overwhelming. The site promises to be the hip, innovative, and the go-to-spot for contemporary horror and action/suspense/thriller fans.

Danielle Harris is one of few actresses to have made a successful transition from child star to ingénue.  While she is considered the most recognizable and in demand female star in the horror genre, her list of credits is extensive and diverse. She began working at the age of seven when she landed her first job on the hit series SPENCER FOR HIRE, which led to a contract role on the ABC daytime drama ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

She then came to Los Angeles for pilot season.  Two days after arriving, instead of booking a pilot, she landed one of the lead roles in the feature film DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD.  She never left.  She went on to star in such films as FREE WILLY, CITY SLICKERS, MARKED FOR DEATH, THE LAST BOYSCOUT, DAYLIGHT, and URBAN LEGEND.

Harris’ television career has been equally successful.  Some of the highlights include series regular roles on ROSEANNE and THAT’S LIFE, recurring roles on ER and BROOKLYN SOUTH, numerous Guest Star appearances, as well as the lead in MOW’s including “DON’T TOUCH MY DAUGHTER,” “THE WOMAN WHO LOVED ELVIS,” and the very popular Disney feature, “WISH UPON A STAR”.

She was also the voice of “Sierra” on the NBC series FATHER OF THE PRIDE and is the voice of “Debbie Thornberry” on the Nickelodeon animated series, THE WILD THORNBERRYS.  The huge success of the animated series prompted Paramount Pictures to turn the highly successful series in to two full-length feature films, “THE WILD THORNBERRIES MOVIE” and “THE RUGRATS GO WILD.”  Both animated feature films were highly successful.

In her spare time, Danielle enjoys doing yoga, Pilates,  “The S-Factor” pole dancing, and spends time with her mom, sister, and her two dogs, Thor and Sally.

What 80s song best describes your experience on AMONG FRIENDS?
Hurts So Good by John Mellencamp

(Writer, Bernadette) is an Academy Nicholl Fellowships Quarterfinalist with the award-winning indie drama THE THINGS WE CARRY, placing in the top 5% of 5,050 entries in this prestigious screenplay competition. THE THINGS WE CARRY marked her debut as both writer and lead actress in a feature and went on to screen at 18 festivals, including Boston, Hollywood, Atlanta and Wisconsin, winning several awards at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival (Best Feature, Best Actress, Best Screenplay), Best Narrative at the Flyway Film Festival and the Audience Award at the San Francisco United Film Festival. A highlight of the festival tour was screening at the iconic Hollywood Arclight for two sold-out shows.

Alyssa made her debut as a director and producer with the comedy ONE MAN’S TRASH, which won the Los Angeles Flickering Image Film Fest and was a finalist in the highly competitive IndieProducer Contest. She has received critical acclaim for her stage performances, including recognition for a  standout performance  in the World Premiere of SLOW BOAT and an LA Weekly nod for her performance in NIGHT COIL. She has appeared in several short films that have screened and won awards at festivals across the country, as well as several commercials. She graduated cum laude from U.C.L.A. with a B.A. in English. AMONG FRIENDS is Alyssa’s second writing/acting feature endeavor.

Alyssa hails from the San Fernando Valley–like, totally–and loves Sci-Fi Action movies, loud music and laughing. She is obsessed with the cosmos and looks forward to one day turning back into a ball of light.

What 80s song best describes your experience on AMONG FRIENDS?
Forever Young by Howard Jones

(Producer, Melanie) also known as Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, was born and raised in New York City by her mom Jenise Blanc. At the tender age of 13, Jennifer was on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs working alongside Jonathan Silverman, Fisher Stevens and Robert Sean Leonard. Jennifer’s career blossomed bringing her to sunny Los Angeles to be in Kenny Ortegas’ series Hull High for Disney and NBC. Since then, she has been grateful to be continually working in the business that she loves. She also starred in the TV series, THE MOMMIES for NBC and Paramount. Her projects include: FRIENDS TILL THE END opposite Shannon Doherty, PARTY OF FIVE opposite Scott Wolf and Matthew Fox, THE COOL AND THE CRAZY with Jared Leto, and James Cameron’s DARK ANGEL with Jessica Alba. Jennifer has also guest starred on television shows such as CSI, GRACE UNDER FIRE and ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA with Danny DeVito. In addition, she has been involved in many projects with her partner and fellow actor, Michael Biehn. The two joined forces on Michaels’ directorial debut THE VICTIM. Their other projects include PUNCTURE alongside Chris Evans and Mark Kassen and THE RIDE, among others.

Jennifer’s anticipated performance in THE VICTIM comes on the heels of other movies she has just recently completed, including JACK OF SPADES with Jennifer Coolidge and PRANK with friend and colleague Danielle Harris (co-star in THE VICTIM), STANLEY DEBROCK, with Pruitt Taylor Vince, BADASS with Ron Perlaman and Danny Trejo, TO KILL A MEMORY with Ernie Hudson, and a guest star this year on the well done and well respected SOUTHLAND.

Most recently, Jennifer made an appearance in Xavier Gens’ THE DIVIDE with partner Michael Biehn playing his wife Liz in the film and is producing THE VICTIM. It is her first leap into the producing world and she is loving it. AMONG FRIENDS is her second feature as a Producer and she plans to continue to produce and act together as she is really enjoying the process.

Athena Lobit
(Producer) Athena recently returned from living in Seoul, Korea where she was a producer on Benson Lee’s (Planet B-Boy) PROJECT OBANGSAEK. Prior to producing live-action content, she was an animation Post-Production Supervisor; getting her start on Emmy Award-winning KING OF THE HILL, then spending many years at Nickelodeon Animation Studio where she oversaw the post-production of several hit shows, including THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS, DANNY PHANTOM and THE X’S. In 2007, Athena ventured into producing live-action feature films and produced the award-winning THE THINGS WE CARRY, which was also a Nicholl Fellowships quaterfinalist screenplay. She was a founding member of the Los Angeles-based filmmakers collective Game On, directing, producing and editing several shorts during the series. She enjoys honing her skills as a photographer and watching documentaries.

(Marcus) After being forced out of major league baseball by a shoulder injury during Spring Training, Christopher Backus immediately found solace in acting and landing roles in prominent television shows like “Will & Grace” and “The O.C.” Truly catching the bug and wanting to hone his craft, Backus continued to work in TV, appearing in the NBC two part mini series “The Last Templar” and ABC’s “Life on Mars” and an upcoming episode of “Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. Although enjoying television he found his feet in films like “Redline” starring Eddie Griffin and “3 Days Gone” directed by Scott McCullugh. Most recently he has starred in “Heartbreakers,” Ezna Sands, ”Theo,” Nancy Savoca’s  “Union Square,” “Yellow Rock,” “Elevator” and most recently played Marlene Dietrich in the indie film “My Fair Lidy.”

What 80s song best describes your experience on AMONG FRIENDS?
I made an 80′s mixtape for the cast of the movie, and included on it are: ‘That’s What Friends Are For’, by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John

(Adam) (b. 1977) is a native of Athens, GA, and graduated from the University of Georgia, with degrees in Political Science, Sociology, and Film. A.J. starred as Lewis Denton in the Sundance hit The Signal. He has appeared in Ti West’s The House of the Devil, Hatchet 2, What Fun We Were Having, and Danielle Harris’s upcoming directing debut, Among Friends. Recently, A.J. worked with Adam Wingard and company on A Horrible Way To Die, playing Garrick Turrell, for which he won best actor at both Fantastic Fest and UK Frightfest. A.J. contributed to Larry Fessenden’s episodic radio play, Tales From Beyond the Pale, in the Trawler episode, written and directed by Glenn McQuaid. A.J.’s latest film, ‘You’re Next’, garnered raves at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and will have it’s us premiere at Fantastic Fest. He just wrapped shooting Synchronicity, a dystopian time travel love story, with the crew of The Signal. He continues to produce, write, and act in independent film, and will begin directing his first feature in the fall, Holiday Road, in which he will also star. He and his wife live in Los Angeles.

(Lily) feels so blessed that she has made a living as an actor for almost 17 years. She has done over 100 episodes of television, not to mention over 55 commercials and Voice-Over gigs. She was very excited to work on “AF” with a lot of her friends, and is very proud to be a part of it. Even though she loves the act of acting, and knows she will continue doing this for the rest of her life, what REALLY matters to her is her family, and her true friends. THAT is priceless, and no “Title”, “guarantee”, “quote”, “Billing”,”money” “EGO” etc., can take that away!

What 80s song best describes your experience on AMONG FRIENDS?
Kiss by Prince

(Jules) Best known as the spoiled, entitled queen bee in the Screen Gems feature film, “Prom Night.” Brianne Davis will next be seen in the feature film “American Virgin.”  In it she plays, “Natalie,” or “Naz.”  The free spirited rock meets punk chick starting on her seventh year in college.  She stars opposite Rob Schneider and Jenna Dewan.

She also had a memorial role in the Universal feature film, “Jar Head,” as Jake Gyllnhaal’s girlfriend. Her indie credits include “The Haunting of Marsten Manor,” The House of Grim,” “Something’s Wrong in Kansas,” “Crash Landing,” and “Remember The Titans.”

Her television credits include the NBC series “I’m With Stupid,” “Nip/Tuck,” “CSI,” “Veronica Mars,” “Entourage,” “CSI: Miami,” and “Cold Case,” to name a few.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.  She got her first big break on the hit show “Dawson’s Creek.”  The creativity and excitement acting offered her inspired her to move to Los Angeles, to pursue her goal.  There she is immersed in honing her craft and is dedicated to taking a multitude of classes including acting, dance, movement and speech.

In her spare time she loves to search the racks for vintage clothing, spend time with her two Yorkshire Terriers, Beau and Bear, cooking, painting and enjoys watching a good game of hockey!

What 80s song best describes your experience on AMONG FRIENDS?
Tainted Love by Soft Cell

(Sara) is a stage and film actor from Texas with a background in sketch comedy and improv. She is most known for her recurring role on ABC’s Good Christian Belles. She is also appearing in “A Thousand Words” with Eddie Murphy and Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 both out next year. Her TV credits include guest spots on 90210, Close to Home for CBS, and The Middle on ABC.

What 80s song best describes your experience on AMONG FRIENDS?
Girls on Film by Duran Duran

(Blane) Originally from New Jersey, Chris Meyer began studying acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City where he soon landed his first role on Sex and the City. He quickly began working steadily with roles on Law and Order SVU, CSI New York, Gravity, CSI Miami, What I Like About You and over a dozen films including “P.S” with Laura Linney and “The Trouble With Cali” directed by Paul Sorvino. Chris most recently completed the Xan Cassavetes directed “Kiss of the Damned” and Bertha Bay-Sa Pan’s “Almost Perfect”. Chris lives in New York and LA.

A full CAST and CREW list is available on IMDb.