planet b234

Cast & Crew

Keelie Sheridan — Director, Producer, Writer

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. @keeliesheridan IMDb

Jorge Luna – Writer, Producer, Actor

At the age of seven he was inspired by a virtuoso circus performance by a troupe called Círcolo in his native Puerto Rico. Jorge Luna started off as a dj and loved being smuggled into nightclubs at a young age to spin. He is an actor, filmmaker, writer, and photographer. FILM: planet b234 (Vail), The Week Of (Netflix), All The Beautiful Things (Sundance), papa y yoyo, The Last Frankenstein, Catching Fireflies, All Is Not Lost, Angelo, Bx3M. TV: Elementary, The Blacklist, Power, Law & Order: SVU, The Code, One Life to Live, Basile. THEATRE: Baipás (George Street Playhouse), Constellations (George S. Lindsey Theatre), Hamlet (Caborca – Jersey City Theater Center), Deathwatch (The New Ohio Theatre), The Dream Dances (The Ume Group – Irondale), EN:2021 (Ren Gyo Soh – Zoom), SHINKA (Ren Gyo Soh – Capital Fringe), Starry Messenger (Theatre For The New City), Cymbeline (Caborca – 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. @jorgelunadj IMDb

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. @jay_the_wolverine_friedman IMDb

Joe Spit – Cinematographer, Editor, VFX, Colorization

Joe Spit works extensively with UCB Comedy, IFC, MTV and VICE. He is also an unlicensed falconer. @joespit137 IMDb

César Dávila-Irizarry – Music Composer, Dialogue Editor, Supervising Sound Editor

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. More recently, César composed the theme song for the Netflix documentary CRIME SCENE: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. @cesardavilairizarry IMDb

Carlos Iván Márquez – Music Composer, Sound Editor

“Carlos Iván Márquez is a prolific, multi- format audio manipulator born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently living in Central Florida. He edits and twists sounds into his own beautiful yet anguishing soundscapes that give color to many storytelling projects. The calculated chaos of his compositions can be heard in projects like The Pulse Diaries, Hide The Potion, art shows, fashion runways, video games, among many others. There’s always something new happening with Carlos. He keeps exploring and experimenting with new ways to express emotions that describe the world around him.” @cimarquez  IMDb

Diego Benalcázar – Foley Artist, Re-Recording Mixer

Diego Benalcázar is an audio professional with vast experience in several fields of audio and education. He has been involved with audio and music from an early age. Diego obtained a BA in Music and sound production from Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Berklee international Network). In 2014 he obtained an MA in Audio Production from the University of Westminster (London, UK) where he worked as a lecturer. In 2013 he started dB Audio Lab, an audio post production studio for interactive audio, sound design, and audio mixing. He currently works as an Associate Professor at Universidad de las Artes, while sound designing and mixing local and international films. @diego_benalcazar IMDb

Valentin Eisele – Costume

Valentin 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. @carlos_cortletti IMDb

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 Solo 2014 at Theatre Row). Butoh Medea was selected to perform at *United Solo Europe in Warsaw, Poland in June, 2015, then toured to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 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 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. @yokko428 IMDb

Otto Luna-Caratini – Actor

Otto Luna-Caratini was born in Puerto Rico. He currently splits his time between Los Angeles, New York, and Puerto Rico. He is interested in becoming a stop-motion animator when he is older and has made numerous animations including Blob and Crab (official selection RYFF), Evolushape, and the pilot episode of Clay Universe (in post production). His film credits include planet b234, Sanky Panky 3, and The Last Frankenstein. His commercial credits include: Chef Boyardee (recurring), and Walgreens. @ottolunacaratini IMDb