DEREK CECIL divides his time between film, television, and theater. He first gained national exposure in 2000, starring opposite Mark Ruffalo in UPN’s TV series The Beat, from executive producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana. Then he played the lead in ABC’s Push, Nevada. Recent TV and film credits include: Fox TV’s Fringe, HBO’s Recount, The Killing Floor, and the lead role in Mallcop. Derek is a founding member of the Rude Mechanicals Theater Company in New York. He starred in the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s production of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth,” and was featured in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” on Broadway.
FIONA DOURIF was surprised to find herself begin to pursue acting at age 23. She has dabbled in independent film with roles in Little Chenier, Garden Party, and The Lucky One. She will be seen in HBO’s upcoming series Bored To Death, and has appeared in Law and Order SVU, Deadwood, and FX’s critically acclaimed but short-lived Thief. Fiona is the daughter of well-known character actor Brad Dourif, and studied acting at the William Esper Studio. Frank the Rat is her first lead role.
KUNAL SHARMA has been performing on stage since the age of 7. In 2005, he worked with Tom Nunan and Cathy Schulman (Crash, The Illusionist) and Anthony Hines (Borat, Da Ali G Show) in a hybrid television comedy called The Papdits. Kunal has also worked with Geena Davis in Commander-in-Chief, Steve Carrell in The Office, James Burrows in Teachers, and Kristin Bell in Veronica Mars. Kunal recently co-starred in The Adventures of Food Boy, along with High School Musical 2’s Lucas Grabeel, Ryne Sanborn, and McCaul Clark.
STEPHEN PARK has appeared in the films Rocket Science, Quebec, Fargo (as Mike Yanagita, Marge Gunderson’s distraught ex-schoolmate), Desperate Measures, Sgt. Bilko, Falling Down, Toys, Kindergarten Cop, Quick Change, and Do The Right Thing. He was a regular cast member on In Living Color and has appeared on Law & Order, Law & Order Criminal Intent, Mad About You, Friends, Watching Ellie, and The Jury.
JIM COZZA produced and directed the award-winning short films River Rat, for National Geographic, and Autumn Waking, which featured Edie Falco. His training in filmmaking came via Hollywood picture editing crews, working with noted directors Kathryn Bigelow (Blue Steel), John Frankenheimer (Against the Wall), Alan Parker (The Commitments), and Wayne Wang (Smoke). He went on to edit a number of independent features and numerous programs for US television. More recently, he’s produced and directed television for NBC, PBS and the Discovery Channel. Frank the Rat is his first feature film as a writer and director.
Director of Photography GEORGE GIBSON has traveled throughout Europe, Israel, Peru and the US shooting feature films, shorts, and documentaries. His projects have screened at thirty-six film festivals worldwide, including Berlin and San Sebastian, and garnered five awards, including a Peabody. His first feature as DP (Bobby G Can’t Swim) won best independent feature at AFI Fest / Los Angeles, best narrative feature at the Florida Film Festival, and aired on Showtime and TMC. Recent feature projects include Off Jackson Avenue, and Soldiers in the Shadows, directed by documentary veteran Manuel Umo.
LEE PERCY originally trained as an actor, and he finds that background invaluable in the film editing process. He’s worked with three actors who received Oscars for their performances (William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jeremy Irons in Reversal of Fortune, and Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry). In his career, he has had long relationships with seasoned directors (Barbet Schroeder and John Frankenheimer) and has also stepped into projects with first time writer/directors after they were already underway (Maria Full of Grace, Boys Don’t Cry, The Believer). He also enjoys working with emerging filmmakers by teaching, most recently graduate film students at Columbia University.
LEE YANIV worked as an art director and project manager on large art exhibits and commercial productions (for MTV, American Movie Classics, Sony BMG, Nickelodeon, and Grand Central Station) before her current focus on film production design. She enjoys designing everything from complex construction-heavy sets to small detail-oriented miniature models and props. Recent projects include the production design on The Elephant King for director Seth Grossman, shot on location in Thailand.
PAUL KELLY has been composing music for over twenty years, drawing inspiration from Brian Eno, Robbie Robertson, Daniel Lanois and Angelo Badalamenti, among others. His feature film credits include Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday, as well as his controversial documentary Comandante. Paul also scored the Oscar nominated short film Everything In This Country Must. He has self-produced four CDs: Soundings in Film (2001), Buzz (2003), Drive (2005), and Subterranean Noise. When not in the recording studio, Paul edits TV commercials for companies like Motorola, Mini, Toyota and Volkswagen, and music videos for such major artists as Shania Twain, Eric Clapton, and Faith Hill.
KEVIN MCPHILLIPS has partnered with filmmaker Jim Cozza for many years, and was screenwriter and producer for the award-winning independent short Autumn Waking. He is a partner and former Chief Operating Officer of Direct Group, one of the nation’s largest direct response marketing corporations. In addition to serving as Executive Producer of Frank the Rat, Kevin also contributed to the soundtrack, and is a member of indie-rock’s Calvin Badness Band.
WILL SCHLUTER is an independent producer and co-founder of Ravel Films, a bi-coastal film development and production company. Founded in 2005, Ravel’s films have shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, among others. In the summer of 2005, Will produced and directed the 35mm short film Middletown, starring Loren Dean (Mumford, Gattaca), Current projects as producer include “The Fantastic Two,” a fantasy football themed comedy show for the web, and Mourning Gwendolyn, a feature film starring Colm Feore (The Chronicles of Riddick, Chicago) and William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption).
FRANK THE RAT PRODUCTIONS LLC
The origin of the company dates back many years, to when Kevin McPhillips and Jim Cozza worked together after finishing college in Evanston, Illinois. They both had bills to pay, and took work painting a rundown local hotel. There were many empty rooms and hallways, and to pass the time, Kevin threw out screenplay ideas that the two of them might one day produce together. Jim listened, but mostly he wondered how his college degree had landed him a job on a painting crew, and how he and Kevin would ever get to do what they really wanted. It took some time…