Ever had one of those days when everything that can go wrong does go wrong? When it feels like the universe is out to get you? It's Jess' twenty-fifth birthday and she's having "one of those days". "CASHED" follows Jess through the trials of life as a Millennial in NYC as she struggles to stay sober. Rent is higher than anywhere on the East Coast, job security is a joke, crippling student loan debt looms over every ATM withdrawal; and to top it off, the one thing that helps Jess unwind is illegal. Has Jess earned one night of birthday fun or will she regret letting herself go?
Creator, Producer, Co-writer, and Star
Serena is an actress and creator living in Queens. She has appeared on stages and screens across the country. Favorite roles include Ismene in Antigone (Cincinnati Playhouse), Sleeping Beauty in the world premiere of Disenchanted: A New Musical, which went on to play two sold-out Off-Broadway runs, and Martha Dobie in a site-specific, immersive production of the American classic The Children's Hour, which Serena also produced and assistant directed. She is a proud alumna of AMDA and The Stella Adler Studio. Follow her @SerenaRyen.
Writer, Director, and Supporting Player
Ethan is a New York based actor and content creator. He has performed in theater, film, and television. Some of his favorite experiences have been playing Chiron in New York Shakespeare Exchange's Titus Andronicus, Jui the neanderthal in the short film "CAIN", and playing the title role in "Intern: The Movie". His writing has been produced twice at the American Theater for Actors and also at the Harlem Cultural Center. CASHED is his first screenplay to be produced.
Director of Photography
Jorge is an NYC-based cinematographer, producer, and director. He likes to experiment, problem solve, and collaborate with new people. When asked what his favorite camera is, he'll probably say "Whatever's right for the story". In 2012, Jorge received a BFA in Cinematography at the School of VISUAL ARTS in New York City. That same year he produced and directed a 78-page script in Mexico City. The film (viewable here) earned him some notoriety after receiving several awards at film festivals. Since then, Jorge still lives in New York but often travels around the globe in search of new stories to capture and bigger obstacles to overcome.
Pierre has composed music and designed sound for more than a hundred different projects. He is most notably involved with developing socially and environmentally-conscious movies, which have taken him to places as remote and diverse as Panama, Argentina or Sulawesi. He is a graduate in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music.