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About the FilmOn the eve of their wedding, Alison gets cold feet and decides to break up with her fiancé Phil. But rather than face the embarrassment of calling off the ceremony, Alison suggests to Phil that they proceed with a sham wedding. Phil is more than game to try, secretly hoping that a surprise gift he has for Alison will ultimately change her mind. Yet once the guests begin to arrive, more complications ensue than either of them could have ever imagined - even if they did know their wedding was bullshit.
PHILIP QUINAZ – Writer / “Phil Havemeyer”
Philip Quinaz co-wrote and stars in BREAKUP AT A WEDDING. He is a professional wedding DJ with 472 followers on twitter. When that’s not happening, he stars as Phil Green the “Stunt Machine” in a web series he created with his brother, Victor, called STUNTED. When that’s not taking place, he's probably in costume improvising with the PERIODS crew in a web sketch that will only appeal to a small number of people with a certain sense of humor & never get him laid. And when all of that's not going on, he's usually somewhere trying to figure out where he went wrong. QUINAZ is a heavy sweater with a sharp wit & sensitive skin (make-up allergies). He is an anti-socialite with over 1,000 friends on Facebook. His low-angle comic prowess is unparalleled among the wedding DJ community. He's up to 66 pages on a Google search & it seems likely that he could hit 100 by early next year. With comparisons to greats like Bill Murray, John Candy, "the double-rainbow" guy, & his father, Quinaz might be a contender for something. And he's a good guy over-all. Help him out! Yeah! Woo!
ALISON FYHRIE – “Alison Jones”
Alison Fyhrie stars in BREAKUP AT A WEDDING. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she received a BFA in Acting. Since moving to New York, she has trained in improvisational comedy at The PIT and UCB. At The PIT, Alison performed with the improv group Knifestorm, the house team Tomahawk, and the scripted show To Be Continued. Alison has appeared in ad campaigns for Absolut Vodka, Spike TV, the Canadian television network Dusk, as well as the webseries Roger, the Chicken. She currently enjoys performing with the comedy group PERIODS. Films, whose work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, and websites such as Entertainment Weekly PopWatch, New York Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Alison is thrilled to be making her feature film debut playing Alison Jones.
MARY GRILL – “Mary”
Mary Grill plays the maid of honor “Mary Kowalchik” in BREAKUP AT A WEDDING. Currently she plays Maggie on Fox's "The Mindy Project." Mary collaborates with PERIODSFilms.com and mattandmaryforever.com, making online comedy shorts. She's been a regular performer at The Upright Citizens Brigade on Maude Night, and alongside her husband Matt Hobby in their show "Tying The Knot!" She also writes & performs sketch comedy with “New Exc!tement” ("Just For Laughs," Montreal, ECNY nomination "Best Sketch Team,"). Originally from Chicago, Mary was an improviser with “The Second City House Ensemble” and was a sketch comedy writer & performer with “Self Centered Girl” at The Second City. She holds a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and has trained with The Second City Conservatory, The Peoples Improv Theatre, the SITI Company, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. Mary has been featured on NBC's "Whitney," ABC's "Don't Trust The B in Apt 23," HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," "The Onion News Network" and on Comedy Central's "Ugly Americans," “Indecision 2012” and “The 13 Days of Christmas.”
BRIAN SHOAF – “Brian Jones”
Brian Shoaf plays the role of “Brian Jones” in BREAKUP AT A WEDDING. He is an actor, playwright and filmmaker. Brian's credits as an actor include Broadway and Off-Broadway, and his plays have been produced in New York City, Seattle and Los Angeles at venues ranging from the HERE Arts Center to the Geffen Playhouse. Over the past two years, Brian has worked extensively with PERIODS Films, appearing in such shorts as Nam, Fops and East of Eden, and co-writing the group's latest feature screenplay, Forefathers. Brian directed Hamsters, a 22-minute pilot presentation (written by Damian Lanigan, starring Anna Martemucci and Mary Grill) that won the IFC Out of the Box Award at the 2012 New York Television Festival. He is currently at work producing his feature film-directing debut, Aardvark.
DAMIAN LANIGAN – “Damian”
Damian Lanigan plays the role of Phil’s boss “Damian Hayes” in BREAKUP AT A WEDDING. He was brought up in Manchester & attended Oxford University. He has published two novels, STRETCH, 29 and THE CHANCERS. He co-wrote two series of the Radio 4 series STOCKPORT, SO GOOD THEY NAMED IT ONCE with Jim Poyser. He wrote another Radio 4 series FATHERS. His first play, DISSONANCE, was performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, at the Bay Street Theatre, New York, & at the Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles. He has written two further plays, “SAN ANDREAS” & “THE TALENTS”. His first TV series, MASSIVE, aired on BBCThree. Damian wrote and played the lead in HAMSTERS, which won the Independent Pilot Competition at the New York Television Festival. As a consequence he has a deal with the IFC Channel. His show WASPS has just been announced on IFC's development slate. Damian has written & directed another pilot, SHARERS, which he also stars in. As an actor, Damian features in the upcoming independent movie WILDLIFE. He has also just appeared as a male lead in a pilot for Adult Swim, written by Joe Randazzo, the ex-editor of The Onion.
CHRIS MANLEY – “Bena”
Chris Manley plays the role of best man “Bena” in BREAKUP AT A WEDDING. He is a writer, performer, and clown living in New York. He is a founding member of the sketch comedy group New Excitement, which has performed around the country and internationally at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. He co-wrote, created, and performed in the clown play "Kill Me Loudly." Chris currently performs around NYC in the comedy duo, Neon Lights. He can be seen on Food Network's Restaurant Stakeout and the monthly late night live talk show "Night of the Living" as Noodles. Chris also played the role of the jilted groom in PERIODS.films' NAM.
VICTOR QUINAZ – Director / Writer / Producer / “Vic James”
Victor Quinaz directed, co-wrote, produced, & plays the role of "Vic James" in BREAKUP AT A WEDDING. The film was based around the talents & comedy of his successful online film series, PERIODS. Films. Victor and his wife, Anna, created PERIODS. Films, a series of improvised historical comedy shorts with spectacular costumes & locations. The series has garnered hundreds of thousands of hits online & has been featured by many news outlets including the Huffington Post and New York Magazine. The series is in partnership with YouTube. Victor recently directed a pilot for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim & Thing X entitled DOG CEO. As a director/producer Victor has been part of many commercials, documentaries, & music videos with clients which include Absolut Vodka, Malibu Rum, IFC/Sundance Channel, H&M, YSL, & Rockstar Games. Victor has also designed & sold numerous online marketing campaigns to clients including the Independent Spirit Awards and BBE. He published his first graphic novel, MR. MURDER IS DEAD, with Archaia & Before The Door. The book was listed on several Top Ten Lists & was well reviewed. A film adaptation is in the early stages. Victor’s first short film, CHINESE DREAM played in over 50 international film festivals, was short-listed for the Academy Awards, & won Best Short five times, including The San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award. The film was honored at Los Angeles’ Indie Producers Gala as one of the top three short films of the year. It was accepted into the archives of Hong Kong University & is taught as part of their curriculum. CHINESE DREAM can be seen on PBS at all hours of the morning. In 2005, he was awarded a spot at The Screenwriters Colony in Nantucket for his script THE SWEET WATER. Victor is currently set to direct the next film he wrote, IMPERIAL PALACE, with Christine Vachon’s Killer Films, & Zachary Quinto’s Before The Door. He & Anna are also prepping their followup comedy to BREAKUP AT A WEDDING, called FOREFATHERS, also with BTD & producer Michael Bederman.
ANNA MARTEMUCCI – Writer / Producer / “Lenka Jones”
Anna Martemucci co-wrote, produced, and plays the role of “Lenka Jones” in BREAKUP AT A WEDDING. She created the short film series Periods. Films (periodsfilms.com) with her partner Victor Quinaz. Her short film collaborations with Victor and the Periods. Films team have been featured on The Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine's Vulture.com, Refinery 29, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire, and Film Independent, among others, & the series was given a retrospective at Grauman's Chinese Theater. As a screenwriter & director, Anna is currently developing a feature film project as well as a television show with Natalie Portman's company, Handsomecharlie Films. Her screenplay LET’S GO ROME! is in development at Before The Door. Anna also directs the popular web series, MATT & MARY (mattandmaryforever.com) and co-wrote FOREFATHERS, which will be her and Quinaz’s next feature film. As an actor, Anna recently played the lead role in a forthcoming pilot for Adult Swim & Thing X entitled DOG CEO. She also starred in HAMSTERS, an official selection of the NYTV Festival & winner of the IFC Out of the Box Award. Anna can be seen in the popular webs series EAST WILLY B & in the film EXPLICIT ILLS alongside Paul Dano and Rosario Dawson. Anna trained with the People's Improv Theater in New York, Gary Austin (founder of The Groundlings), & she holds a BFA from NYU in screenwriting. She is represented by Anonymous Content.
GIOVANNI P. AUTRAN – Cinematographer / Editor
Giovanni P. Autran was the director of photography, co-edited, and plays the role of “Florist” in BREAKUP AT A WEDDING. He is a cinematographer, editor & EMMY® Award-winning documentary filmmaker, and he operates under his own Brooklyn based company, Nomadic Films. As DP of the popular Bushwick comedy web series, EAST WILLY B, Giovanni lensed and color-graded all six episodes of the second season. Giovanni is currently directing documentary post-production for Nuba Reports, a video journalism organization providing coverage of the conflict in Sudan's Nuba Mountains. With journalism banned in the region, Nuba Reports offers the only continuing coverage of the conflict. Giovanni founded a live music video showcase called, GEMS. At gemsnyc.com, the music blog scene watches verité performance films of the best live performances by burgeoning artists in New York City's most intimate venues. Voyage of the Vezo is Giovanni's short environmental documentary filmed on the remote southwest coast of Madagascar. It was broadcast on the KRCB series, Natural Heroes & won an EMMY®.
CHARLIE PORTER – Editor
Charlie has been working in Post-Production for close to 8 years and has made a name for himself in the editorial boutique world of commercial post-production as well as working for some of the industries top editorial houses and award winning agencies in NYC. His most recent clients include illy Coffee, Garofalo Pasta, and the behind-the-scenes for Before The Door Pictures' upcoming ALL IS LOST. Recently he worked on his first TV show for Adult Swim and Thing X, DOG CEO. Charlie has been PERIODS. Films head editor since his first short FOREFATHERS went viral. Charlie works out of his studio, GOOD LOOK, in Brooklyn which he founded with coeditor, Giovanni P Autran.
BEFORE THE DOOR PICTURES (producers Neal Dodson, Corey Moosa, & Zachary Quinto)
The three partners of Before the Door Pictures produced BREAKUP AT A WEDDING. Founded by STAR TREK star/actor Zachary Quinto, Corey Moosa, & Neal Dodson, Before The Door Pictures won the 2012 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for producing J.C. Chandor’s MARGIN CALL, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was also the company’s first film. It stars Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, & Stanley Tucci. It played Sundance, the Berlinale, opened New Directors/New Films at MoMA, & was released domestically by Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate. It went on to gross over $20 million globally & broke new ground for day-and-date distribution models. BTD is currently in post-production on Chandor’s follow-up feature film, a sailing adventure film called ALL IS LOST, which stars screen legend Robert Redford in a solo performance, which Lionsgate/Roadside, FilmNation, & Universal International will release this fall. They are also in post-production on Blair Erickson’s horror feature THE BANSHEE CHAPTER which XLrator Media is releasing in the fall. They have a dozen feature films in the works, including IMPERIAL PALACE with producer Christine Vachon, & Quinaz’s followup comedy, FOREFATHERS. The partners in Before The Door were honored by trade magazine The Wrap as one of “10 Producers Who Will Change Hollywood” & were included in Details Magazine’s “Mavericks” issue. Through their publishing deal with Archaia, they’ve published two acclaimed graphic novels: “Mr. Murder Is Dead” by Quinaz and “Lucid” by Michael McMillian, which they optioned to Warner Brothers with Akiva Goldsman also producing. Neal Dodson sold a pilot to TNT with showrunner Shaun Cassidy & actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley & a pilot to The CW with Matt Bomer, showrunner Mark Schwahn, & country artist Brad Paisley. Additionally, Quinto sold an unscripted pilot to SyFy with RelativityREAL. BTD has produced or executive produced over a dozen short films, many with the Brooklyn-based comedy collective called Periods. Films, & just released Sian Heder’s short film “Dog Eat Dog” starring Quinto, which was funded through Kickstarter. The three partners each earned a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.
Anonymous Content financed and produced BREAKUP AT A WEDDING. Founded in 1999 by CEO Steve Golin, Anonymous Content is a production and management company representing directors, writers, actors, and comedians. Anonymous Content has produced such award-winning and commercially successful films and television series as the Academy Award(r)-nominated films BABEL, which also won a Golden Globe(r) Award; WINTER'S BONE, which was nominated in four categories for the Academy Awards(r), including Best Picture; BEING JOHN MALKOVICH; ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, which won an Academy Award(r) for Best Original Screenplay; as well as the box-office smash 50 FIRST DATES. The company produced the recently released FUN SIZE, directed by Josh Schwartz and starring Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Thomas Mann and Chelsea Handler, for Paramount. Upcoming film and television productions include the U.K.-set thriller U WANT ME 2 KILL HIM?, directed by Andrew Douglas; Erik Van Looy's edgy thriller LOFT, starring Karl Urban and James Marsden; the international espionage thriller BASTILLE DAY, directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Andrew Baldwin; the Cary Fukunaga-directed HBO series "True Detective," written by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson; the Showtime drama "The Angry Buddhist," created by Seth Greenland; Bill Condon's untitled film about Wikileaks for DreamWorks; director Paul Greengrass' feature soccer documentary, BARCA, inspired by the legendary Spanish football club; and the Secret Service drama CURRENCY, which was recently acquired by Participant Media and is written by Mark DiStefano with Ric Roman Waugh attached to direct. The company recently sold SON OF A BITCH, a comedy written by Twitter superstar and essayist Kelly Oxford to Warner Bros.