About this project
STEP ONE is a dark comedy that takes place in a coffee shop. It is a pivotal conversation in the recovery process of two addicts. Here's who's involved:
Writer: Allison Burnett
Allison Burnett’s screenwriting credits include RESURRECTING THE CHAMP starring Josh Hartnett and Samuel L. Jackson (2007), AUTUMN IN NEW YORK starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder (2000), UNTRACEABLE starring Diane Lane (2008), and FEAST OF LOVE starring Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear (2007). Burnett currently has three new films due out in 2012 including GONE, starring Amanda Seyfried and Jennifer Carpenter, and UNDERWORLD AWAKENING, starring Kate Beckinsale. www.allisonburnett.com
Director: Max Gold
Max Gold graduated from Vassar College in 2010, where he wrote and directed two seasons of the web series, CLASSIC OF CHANGES. Upon graduating, he directed ROCK THE GARDEN, a documentary short for Cool Hunting Video+The Walker Art Center featuring interviews with musical groups Yeasayer, Solid Gold, and Calexico. After directing several commercial web spots, Max worked as assistant to the director Nicholas Jarecki on the feature film, ARBITRAGE starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Roth (2012). www.blindhummingbird.com
Director of Photography: Daniel B. Gold
Daniel B. Gold won the Sundance Excellence in Cinematography Award for his work on BLUE VINYL (2002), which he also co-directed and co-produced. His documentary EVERYTHING’S COOL (2007) was an official entry in the Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Audience Award at the Eckerd Film Festival. His cinematography work on BORN SWEET (2010) garnered the Short Filmmaking Award- Honorable Mention at the Sundance Film Festival. In summer of 2011, Gold shot two one-hour specials for the BBC, and has three new documentaries due out in late 2011 and 2012. www.hiddenrhythmpictures.com
Producer: Ben Kuller
Ben Kuller graduated from Wesleyan University in May and just moved to the west coast. He worked on the set of the feature film AMERICAN GANGSTER directed by Ridley Scott and starring Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe (2007). Following GANGSTER, he worked in the development office at New Line Cinema. STEP ONE is the second short he’s produced.
Starring: John Fantasia
John most recently starred in the feature film PROJECT LONDON, due out in 2012. He also starred in the thriller THE COLLAPSED (2011), for which he was nominated for Best Actor in the Buffalo Screams Film Festival. His other credits include A/V (2011) and REGULATE (2011), NYPD BLUE (NBC) and LAW AND ORDER (ABC). John is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Actors Studio.
Starring: Ben Palacios
Ben graduated in 2011 from Vassar College where he starred in web series and short films, including CLASSIC OF CHANGES and FOURTH FLOOR MAIN. His stage credits include Tom in FAT PIG, The Lecturer in REEFER MADNESS, and Kabe in ONE FLEA SPARE. Ben is also a graduate of Prague Film School's acting program.
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