The Story

Steve Lemme

Steve Lemme is a founding member of the cult favorite comedy group Broken Lizard. Steve attended Colgate University and became a member of the Beta Theta Phi fraternity, where he met Kevin Heffernan, Erik Stolhanske, Jay Chandrasekhar and Paul Soter. The five formed a sketch comedy troupe called Charred Goosebeak at Colgate and afterwards moved to NYC to commence their careers as sketch comedians. The group changed its name to Broken Lizard and performed weekly Off-Off Broadway shows. . . .

 

Steve Guttenberg

Steve Guttenberg, Star of a dozen films that have grossed a hundred million dollars at the American box-office, with leading-man looks and critically acknowledged comedy and dramatic chops, Steve Guttenberg has been a true leading man in the lives of numerous foster kids who had no one else to turn to when suddenly emptied onto the streets to make it on their own. . . .

Beverly D'Angelo

Beverly D'Angelo is an actress, singer, and songwriter with approximately 60 feature films and countless television performances to her credit. In addition to her acclaimed work as a dramatic and comedic actress, she has written and performed songs for a number of soundtracks for film and television. . . .

Alfonso Arau

Alfonso Arau has had a long and fruitful career both in front of and behind the camera and is one of the most prominent filmmakers of the Latino community in Hollywood. Arau was a drama disciple of Seki Sano - a Japanese teacher, classmate of Lee Strassberg with Stanislavski in Russia - and traveled the world from 1964 to 1968 with his one-man show of Pantomime Happy Madness after studying with Etienne Dacroux and Jacques Lecoq in Paris. . . .

Rylie Jo Behr

Rylie Jo Behr was born on the 16th of December 1999, in Mason City, Iowa, USA. Rylie began acting in her local area in Des Moines, IA before signing to her agency in Los Angeles, CA. Rylie has been seen in television shows on local and national levels with the WQPT PBS series Get Movin and the Sci-Fi show Children of the Corn. She also appeared in the film, The Crazies directed by Breck Eisner. Rylie's commercial and industrial work includes McDonalds, Bea, Genie, 3M as well as print work in Food & Family Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine and Kohls Magazine. Rylie also stars in the short film Nanuq, directed by Jill Jones.

Ebony

Ebony came from the Albuquerque, New Mexico animal shelter when she was very young, less than 7 weeks old. Even as a pup she had a curious outgoing personality that not only showed her intelligence, but also got her into all kinds of trouble. She was listed as a shepherd cross, but Ebony is truly an all American mutt. Ebony loves to learn, making her a natural when it comes to performing. Ebony is now 5 years old and she has 19 titles in agility and two titles in freestyle dancing. I Heart Shakey is Ebony's first appearance in a film.

Phillipe Brenninkmeyer

Philippe Brenninkmeyer was born in Wimbledon, England to Dutch parents. He trained extensively at the Lee Strasberg Institute in London and worked on the London stage in critically acclaimed London productions such as Mephisto, Romeo & Juliet, The Rivals and Woyzeck. . . .

Janet Ulrich Brooks

Janet Ulrich Brooks makes her living as an actor and teaching artist in Chicago. Film credits include I Heart Shakey, Conviction, Polish Bar and One Small Hitch. Her outstanding Chicago area theatre performances have earned her 5 Jeff Award nominations. Recent theatre credits include The Seagull and A True History of the Johnstown Flood at Goodman Theatre; and Jacob & Jack at Victory Gardens Biograph. . . .

Andy St. Clair

Andy St. Clair is an actor in Chicago. Andy has been featured in several Second City productions including Disposable Nation Pratfall of Civilizatoin, Campaign Supernova, Brother Can You Spare Some Change and Studs Turkels Not Working. He was also on the mainstage revue of Taming of the Flu. Currently, Andy is the host of the television show Treasure Hunters Roadshow on the LiveWell network. He earned a BFA from Southwest Missouri State. I Heart Shakey is Andy's first feature film.

Kevin Cooper

Kevin Cooper earned his MFA from UCLA in 2005. Kevin studied directing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he met Jay Chandrasekhar, one of the founding members of the Broken Lizard Comedy Group.. . . .

 

Stephen Parker

Steven Parker began his career in the creative arts studying Art Education at the University of Cincinnati. In 1989 he moved north to study filmmaking at Columbia College Chicago because he had discovered that the art of cinematography was "the perfect work for both sides of the brain." . . .

 

Kevin Cooper earned his MFA from UCLA in 2005. Kevin studied directing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he met Jay Chandrasekhar, one of the founding members of the Broken Lizard Comedy Group. Kevin collaborated with the group on a series of video sketches, which Broken Lizard used for its live shows in Greenwich Village. Later, Kevin directed the group's first effort in filmmaking, a short entitled "The Tinfoil Monkey Agenda." Following film school, Kevin moved to Los Angeles and pursued a career in Hollywood, starting out at Creative Artists Agency, then moving to Bay Films working as a development executive for director Michael Bay on "Armageddon." Kevin became a creative executive at Twentieth Century Fox Studios and then later ran development at Digital Domain, where he was an Executive Producer on 'Secondhand Lions" starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall and Haley Joel Osment for New Line Cinema. His last film, Lora, starring Lucia Brawley, was directed by the award-winning filmmaker Gabor Herendi.

Steven Parker began his career in the creative arts studying Art Education at the University of Cincinnati. In 1989 he moved north to study filmmaking at Columbia College Chicago because he had discovered that the art of cinematography was "the perfect work for both sides of the brain." He quickly became involved in the local production community. His early work in documentary filmmaking included directing and photographing the award-nominated Two Wheels and a Twisting Highway for the Guggenheim Museum's Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the Field Museum of Natural History as well as producing duties for the multi-award winning feature film Amerikan Passport. When Steven moved into narrative filmmaking he knew where he wanted to be was behind the camera and after several years working on movies in the lighting departments he shot his first feature-length project in 2001, the award-winning Hale Bopp. He soon moved to Los Angeles and recently completed his twenty-third feature film as a cameraman, the children's adventure I Heart Shakey, which was Steven's first foray into live-action 3D cinematography. Other recent projects include work for the Nintendo Network, Discovery Channel and National Geographic Television, a return to Chicago for the short subject Chicago Mirage as well as the romantic comedy Feed The Fish starring Tony Shalhoub, Kate Aselton and Barry Corbin, for which Steven was awarded the Best Cinematography prize at the 2010 Woods Hole Film Festival. Steven is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, an Associate Member of the Society of Operating Cameramen and a long-time member of vital production organizations such as the Digital Cinema Society, the Independent Feature Project and Film Independent. He has also guest-lectured at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Steve Lemme is a founding member of the cult favorite comedy group Broken Lizard. Steve attended Colgate University and became a member of the Beta Theta Phi fraternity, where he met Kevin Heffernan, Erik Stolhanske, Jay Chandrasekhar and Paul Soter. The five formed a sketch comedy troupe called Charred Goosebeak at Colgate and afterwards moved to NYC to commence their careers as sketch comedians. The group changed its name to Broken Lizard and performed weekly Off-Off Broadway shows. Steve and Kevin Cooper (the director of I Heart Shakey) met back in NYC as they collaborated on a series of video sketches that played during Broken Lizard's live show. Cooper's NYU thesis The Tinfoil Monkey Agenda was the troupe's first foray into filmmaking, and it was that short that helped raise funding for Broken Lizard's first feature Puddle Cruiser. After Puddle Cruiser, the group's popularity continued to grow and Broken Lizard made one of its most popular films, Super Troopers. Super Troopers was purchased at Sundance by Fox Searchlight and became a cult favorite grossing more than $100 million worldwide. Off the massive success of this title, Fox Searchlight financed Broken Lizard's next film Club Dread, and afterwards was signed to a studio deal at Warner Bros. While on the Warner Bros. lot, the group developed the screenplay for (and played minor roles in) The Dukes of Hazzard. The success of The Dukes of Hazzard also resulted in the studio's greenlight of their next film Beerfest, in which Steve Lemme plays the memorable role of Steve "Fink" Finkelstein. Most recently, Broken Lizard produced the indie film Slammin' Salmon and next up for Steve is his directorial debut on a film entitled Run for the Border.

Janet Ulrich Brooks makes her living as an actor and teaching artist in Chicago. Film credits include I Heart Shakey, Conviction, Polish Bar and One Small Hitch. Her outstanding Chicago area theatre performances have earned her 5 Jeff Award nominations. Recent theatre credits include The Seagull and A True History of the Johnstown Flood at Goodman Theatre; and Jacob & Jack at Victory Gardens Biograph. A company member of TimeLine Theatre Company, Janet has appeared in All My Sons, When She Danced, Not Enough Air, Weekend, Tesla's Letters, Paradise Lost, Lillian and A Man For All Seasons. Other Chicago credits include Golda's Balcony at Pegasus Players; Richard III, A Lie of the Mind and Marathon 33 with the Strawdog Theatre Company; Huck Finn with Steppenwolf for Young Adults; and work with Writers' Theatre, Collaboraction, and others. Ms. Brooks was the first recipient of the Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus Award from the University of Central Missouri, and earned her MFA in acting from Western Illinois University.

Beverly D'Angelo is an actress, singer, and songwriter with approximately 60 feature films and countless television performances to her credit. In addition to her acclaimed work as a dramatic and comedic actress, she has written and performed songs for a number of soundtracks for film and television. D'Angelo is best known in the role of Ellen Griswold opposite Chevy Chase in the National Lampoon's Vacation and the subsequent European Vacation, Christmas Vacation and Vegas Vacation. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Patsy Cline in Michael Apted's Coal's Miner's Daughter, in which she sang several songs made famous by the legendary crooner. Among her most notable films is the role of the beleaguered Doris Vinyard in Tony Kaye's haunting American History X for which she was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award. The multi-talented D'Angelo began her career in the entertainment industry as an artist in the animation department of Hanna-Barbera. She moved to Canada to pursue her singing career and performed with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins, among others. It was multi-Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Gower Champion who spotted her and cast her as Ophelia in his Canadian production of Rockabye, Hamlet, which later moved to Broadway. After small roles in such early films as Michael Winner's The Sentinel and Annie Hall, she appeared in Clint Eastwood's Every Which Way But Loose and earned critical acclaim starring in Milos Forman's heralded rock musical, Hair. Among her other film credits are Pacific Heights, Eye For An Eye, High Spirits, Man Trouble and Neil Jordan's touching Miracle. She wrote and performed several songs for the film Above Suspicion and acted in and performed a number of songs for Daddy's Dyin' . . . Who's Got the Will. She also sang Lovin' You for Vegas Vacation and Crazy for Field of Dreams. She has appeared a number of times on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and plays tough-as-nails agent Barbara "Babs" Miller on HBO's hit series Entourage. Among her most noteworthy television performances are her Emmy nominated portrayal of Stella Kowalski in the ABC-TV remake of A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Treat Williams and Ann-Margret and as Kitty Menendez in Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills, a mini-series about the sensational Beverly Hills murder case. She has also been supervising producer on several episodes of the documentary series, Nova.

Alfonso Arau has had a long and fruitful career both in front of and behind the camera and is one of the most prominent filmmakers of the Latino community in Hollywood. Arau was a drama disciple of Seki Sano - a Japanese teacher, classmate of Lee Strassberg with Stanislavski in Russia - and traveled the world from 1964 to 1968 with his one-man show of Pantomime Happy Madness after studying with Etienne Dacroux and Jacques Lecoq in Paris. A renowned writer-producer-director-actor in theater and films for the past twenty years, Arau directed in 1969 his first feature film Barefoot Eagle (1969) which he also starred. He has directed many films in Mexico among them Calzonzin Inspector (1973) and Mojado Power (1979). He has received 6 Arieles, the Mexican equivalent to the Oscar, and numerous international film awards. Arau has acted in a number of Mexican and Hollywood films, including The Wild Bunch (1969), El Topo (1970) Mojado Power (1979), Used Cars (1980), Romancing the Stone (1984), ¡Three Amigos! (1986) and Committed (2000). In addition to Like Water for Chocolate (1992), his directing credits include A Walk in the Clouds (1995) with Keanu Reeves and Picking Up The Pieces (2000) with Woody Allen. His most recent works are The Magnificent Amberson (2002) (mini-series, based on the script of Orson Welles and adapted from the novel by Booth Tarkington, A Painted House (2003) adapted from a John Grisham novel, Zapata, The Hero's Dream (2004), and L'Imbroglio Nel Lenzuolo (The Trick of the Sheet) (2010). Currently (2011), Arau is developing a movie based on the best-selling novel, Aztec, by Gary Jennings.

Philippe Brenninkmeyer was born in Wimbledon, England to Dutch parents. He trained extensively at the Lee Strasberg Institute in London and worked on the London stage in critically acclaimed London productions such as Mephisto, Romeo & Juliet, The Rivals and Woyzeck. In New York, Mr. Brenninkmeyer won leading roles in several award-winning productions including: No Exit, Our Country's Good, King Lear, As You Like It and Macbeth. Philippe pursued work in Germany's television & film industry and became a household name, almost overnight. There, he has starred in the mini-series Loves, Lies, Passions opposite Maximilian Schell and Franco Nero, Perfect Harmony with Maggie Q, and Until the End of the World, and had the leading role in the long running popular German television series Girlfriends. Philippe has appeared on the big screen in such films as: Beerfest (Warner Bros.), Choking Man (Ghost Robot), Super Troopers (Fox Searchlight) and the award-winning independent film Nioulargo. Notable American television performances include: Mad Men, CSI Miami, Undercovers, Sex and the City, Guiding Light and Law & Order. Philippe splits his time between New York, Los Angeles and Berlin.

Star of a dozen films that have grossed a hundred million dollars at the American box-office, with leading-man looks and critically acknowledged comedy and dramatic chops, Steve Guttenberg has been a true leading man in the lives of numerous foster kids who had no one else to turn to when suddenly emptied onto the streets to make it on their own. It is his favorite role, but one financed by his roles on film and TV.
After an impressive run of highly-rated television projects, Guttenberg recently starred opposite Jessica Simpson in Millennium Films' theatrical feature, "Major Movie Star", which debuted to top box office records in Russia. He has completed two independent feature productions, the German thriller, "Fatal Rescue," and his portrayal of a serial killer in "Cornered."
He recently enjoyed wide enthusiasm about another change-of-pace when he boldly ventured into . . . as a star contestant on ABC-TV's sensationally successful "Dancing with the Stars." Keeping along with his chameleonesque career, Guttenberg recently returned from London where he was obtaining rave reviews for his comedic performance as Baron Hardup in Cinderella at the Churchill Theater in Bromley during their legendary staging of Pantomime.
Guttenberg's recent "The Poseidon Adventure," a three hour Hallmark special on NBC became the highest rated television movie in over two years and received more enthusiastic reviews than the big screen remake which followed it. Additionally, his "Single Santa" Christmas specials established themselves as the two highest rated productions ever for The Hallmark Channel. In the past year, he earned great reviews for his recurring guest star appearances on the hit show "Veronica Mars." His hit features notwithstanding, Guttenberg has starred in many of television's most honored and most-watched projects, starring in "The Day After," a post-nuclear war thriller, which is the second highest rated television film drama ever and the only one of the top five all-time highest rated drama evenings that was not an episode of a smash hit mini-series.
Starring in an amazing 52 films Guttenberg's big screen successes include four fantastically successful series of films: "Police Academy," "Three Men and a Baby," "Short Circuit" and Ron Howard's "Cocoon" and their sequels. He has also appeared in such acclaimed dramatic hits as Barry Levinson's "Diner" and Franklin Schaffner's "The Boys from Brazil" and Curtis Hanson's "Bedroom Window." His television credits in addition to "The Day After," include "Miracle on Ice," in which he portrayed the goalie on the Olympic gold medal hockey team.
He has a number of directorial efforts, including "P.S., Your Cat Is Dead," the film version of the respected James Kirkpatrick play which Guttenberg also starred in, wrote and produced. With all of his successful film and television work the project that remains close to his heart is the Guttenhouse project. Steve has initiated the Guttenhouse project to house selected kids who are phased out of (kicked out of) foster care programs and would otherwise wind up on the streets, no housing, no direction. His first Guttenhouse has accommodated a half dozen kids for varying lengths of time for the past seven years, giving each private bedrooms, use of computer equipment, regular oversight by a trained social worker and Steve's own mentoring. He is currently working to create his next complex to provide safe housing and sound social direction to help the former foster kids stay off of the streets.
When a foster child reaches 18, bereft of any resources or family help, he or she is often solicited by criminal elements that make it seem that the only survival options are prostitution or petty crime. Steve has started his own rescue plan with the formation of Guttenhouses, which provide free, clean and supervised living accommodations for no-longer-foster kids. The four young people who occupy his first such accommodation (in the Compton area) also enjoy the personal interest he takes in them and his personal time, as well as his arrangement for social worker direction and the availability of internet communication that they need. That approach will continue with future Guttenhouses now in the planning stage. He has also headed the $7,000,000 campaign to provide glasses for 50,000 sight-challenged youngsters whose families cannot afford eye care. He has headed other such important national campaigns for the Entertainment Industry Foundation. This is a man who takes his humanity very seriously. In a Hollywood of great philanthropy, Steve Guttenberg stands out because his charitable outreach is so personal and hands-on. He was recently lauded by the Red Cross for his very personal work following Hurricane Katrina. Without publicity, he flew to Houston to become a Red Cross volunteer working 16 hours a day taking care of those that lost their homes and families, sanitizing beds and toys, attending to children, the ill and the dying, and all without publicity. One of the great-hearted working grunts of that terrible time of need. Having learned of the hard-earned rewards of the heart from such work, he then campaigned nationally to assist the Red Cross in drawing in desperately needed volunteers.
Steve Guttenberg is not only an actor but man whose interests lie within the community. He understands the power of fame and wishes to use it in way that directly influences the way society is cultivated. With the little time he does have on his hands he enjoys the splash of waves while surfing as well as the serenity of golf. Besides the Guttenhouses Steve also runs his own production company Mr. Kirby Productions.