worlds apart can be closer than you'd think
A father thousands of miles away from his son creates an alternate world to help him cope with the anxiety, depression and desperation of separation. The imagination perseveres, but sometimes at the cost of reality.
We feel that there is a dearth of good storytelling that investigates the complexity of long-distance relationships between fathers and sons. Through truth and imagination, planet b234 explores the borders between reality and perception and the perfectly imperfect ways we express love.
Jorge Luna – Writer & Actor. At the age of seven he was inspired by a virtuoso circus performance by a troupe called Círcolo. He started off as a dj and loved being smuggled into nightclubs at a young age to spin. FILM: The Week Of (Netflix), All The Beautiful Things, (Sundance), The Last Frankenstein, Catching Fireflies, All Is Not Lost, Angelo, Bx3M. TV: Elementary, The Blacklist, Power, One Life to Live, Basile. THEATRE: Hamlet; Caborca, The Dream Dances; The Ume Group, EN, SHINKA, Yuragi; Ren Gyo Soh, Starry Messenger; Theatre For The New City, Cymbeline; Chashama, Iphigenia at Aulis; Tiyatro Global, The Promise; CBA, FLORIDITA, My Love; INTAR, Barceloneta, de noche; IATI, The Tempest, Julius Caesar; BC. TRAINING: Shakespeare; RADA. MFA Acting; Brooklyn College.
Keelie Sheridan — Director. Keelie works as a theatre & film-maker, actor, dancer, photographer and teaching artist. She has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Stella Adler Studio, HB Studios and the Niall O’Leary School of Dance. She holds a MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and was a 2016 George J Mitchell Scholar, which enabled her to receive a MFA in Directing at Trinity College Dublin/ The Lir Academy. Keelie has worked extensively as a teaching artist in public schools in Brooklyn and the Bronx. She has acted on stage & screen in world premieres of plays and several independent films. Keelie has been the Producing Artistic Director of The Ume Group since August 2016. She was a member of the original cast of The Ume Group's Dream Dances (2015), led The Ceíli Ensemble (2015) and directed 'by wing, fin, hoof or foot' (2017). Keelie has co-produced several new works initiatives and festivals, including The Lab at Grace & St. Paul's and UNFIX NYC.
Jay Friedman Mendez – Producer. Brooklyn-born and raised, Jason Friedman-Mendez has built a winning reputation in the film and television industry over a decade. He has worked on a wide array of projects, including commercials, television shows, and feature films.Jason’s Omega Jay Sound began as a single owner-operator company but quickly expanded into a hub for film and television production professionals. With clients such as HBO, Discovery, NBC, ESPN, CNN, ABC, HULU, MTV, VH1, SyFy, Bravo, HGTV Lifetime, and Style, Omega Jay Sound has become a respected brand in New York City.
Joe Spit – Cinematographer. Joe Spit works extensively with UCB Comedy, IFC, MTV and VICE. He is also an unlicensed falconer.
César Dávila-Irizarry. César Dávila-Irizarry left his homeland of Puerto Rico to develop his own artistic voice in the world of sound art and electronic music. After accumulating over a decade of experience as a sound designer in Hollywood, and winning multiple music awards, he is now focused on his sonically adventurous music. It is his fearless way of composing that has made critics describe him as a "mad genius" (Empire Online). César's blend of sound design and music is said to "speak to us on an unconscious level" (Huffington Post). César is mostly known as the main composer of the theme song of American Horror Story.
Valentin Eisele – Costume. Peter Eisele studied Graphic Design in Graz, Austria. After working multifariously in this area, he completed the Masters Program in Stage Design at the National Academy of Dramatic Art – The Lir – in Ireland. Currently he is focusing on Set and Costume Design and is located in Stuttgart, Germany. Valentin has worked with The Ume Group, backsteinhaus produktion, citizen.kane.kollektiv, Junges Ensemble Stuttgart and others.
Yokko – Actor. Yokko is an actress, Butoh & Theatre Artist, Movement & yoga instructor from Nagoya, Japan. She has acted in, devised and choreographed a variety of local and international shows, having won several awards, including “Best One-Woman Show” for her Butoh Medea (United Solo2014 at Theatre Row). Butoh Medea was selected to perform at *United Solo Europe in Warsaw, Poland in June, 2015, then toured to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, and selected for the short list of The Asian Arts Award. Butoh Medea has been touring USA & Europe since 2015. Other theatre credits include Hide Your Fires (Nu Works Festival 2017, United Solo 2017), BALDY (Center of Remembering & Sharing; United Solo 2013; Hollywood Fringe 2013; FringeNYC 2012; Dorothy Strelsin Theatre), Antigone (Planet Connection 2016), Butoh Electra (Irondale Center; FringeNYC 2011), and many others. Dance credits include Isis Variations (Fringe NYC 2014); Facet (Hollywood Fringe 2013; Wave Rising Series); Cappricho (Dixon Place), and many others. Yokko also acted in several of local and international films, one of which was the silver winner film for Student Academy 2016, Cloud - Kumo-. She is the associate artistic director of The Ume Group as well as the artistic director of Ren Gyo Soh in NYC, where she directs and produces new works.
Otto Luna-Caratini – Actor. Otto Luna-Caratini was born in Puerto Rico. He currently splits his time between New York, Los Angeles, and Puerto Rico. He is interested in becoming a marine biologist when he is older. Otto has a fondness for stop-motion animation, and has made numerous animations including Blob and Crab (official selection RYFF) and Evolushape (in production). His film credits include: Sanky Panky 3 and The Last Frankenstein. His commercial credits include: Chef Boyardee (recurring), and Walgreens.