CAST & CREW
For a full cast and crew list see the GodMachine IMDB page.
ROBERT LEESHOCKRobert Leeshock was born in Clifton, New Jersey. He enrolled at Cornell University in 1980 as an Arts and Science major, and graduated in 1984 with a degree in Materials Science Engineering. Turning his attention to acting, Robert embarked on a successful television career in the 1990s, appearing as a regular on the original Beverly Hills: 90210 and ultimately landing a leading role in Earth: Final Conflict for the series' second through fourth seasons. This experience, coupled with his love of science fiction, has inspired him to executive produce and star in GODMACHINE.
MARINA SIRTIS Marina Sirtis was born in London, England to Greek parents who did not want her to become an actress. As soon as Marina completed high school, she applied to the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama secretly. After her graduation, she worked in musical theater, repertory and television. In 1986, she moved to Los Angeles, California. For six months, she auditioned for parts but was unsuccessful. Just before she planned to go back home, she got the part of Counselor Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987). After the series ended, she reprised her role for a string of successful Star Trek films: Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). In 1992, Sirtis married Michael Lamper, a rock guitarist. She occasionally attends Star Trek conventions so that her loving fans can meet her, and she can meet the fans.
JG HERTZLER John Garman "J. G." Hertzler (born March 18, 1949) is an American actor, well known in the Star Trek community for his role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) as the Klingon General (and later Chancellor) Martok. He also appeared in the pilot episode "Emissary" of DS9 as the Vulcan captain of the Federation starship Saratoga. He also played the shapeshifter named Laas in the DS9 episode "Chimera" (credited as Garman Hertzler), a Hirogen in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Tsunkatse", and a Klingon lawyer in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Judgment". He played the role of Harry Mudd in the Star Trek: New Voyages episode "The Sky Above, The Mudd Below", which will also mark his directorial debut in the Trek universe.
Hertzler has appeared in some TV movies and made guest appearances in TV shows such as Six Feet Under, Roswell, Charmed, Quantum Leap and Highlander: The Series. He also appeared in the series Zorro (1991–1993) as Alcalde Ignacio De Soto alongside Duncan Regehr and Henry Darrow.
JASON CARTER Jason Carter is best known for his role as dashing Ranger Marcus Cole on the series "Babylon 5" (1994) but had been appearing on stage in his native England since he was a child before America came calling in the form of his wife Susie Singer Carter, an actress he met on location while filming in South Africa. Jason is a fixture at sci-fi conventions all over the world, where he is known to command plenty of attention with his hyperactive wit. In his spare time, he writes poetry.
VON FLORES Von Flores has performed leading roles in a number of television productions, including the series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" and Degrassi: Next Generation. Von has also appeared in feature films, most notably in Johnny Mnemonic, the critically acclaimed I Love a Man in Uniform, and Jeremy Podeswa's Eclipse. Von also played one of the lead characters in Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict, and was the only character to regularly appear in all 5 seasons of the show. Von reunites with his Earth: Final Conflict co-star, Robert Leeshock, in GodMachine!
A graduate of the multimedia program at the Art Institute of Seattle, filmmaker Richard Cranor has directed several short and feature films that have screened at festivals worldwide, including Simply FOBulous (2005) and Touch (2008), both official selections of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. In 2009, he collaborated with veteran actor Yuji Okumoto (Karate Kid II, Inception) to produce Katana, the story of a violent sibling rivalry in the notorious Yakuzu underworld.
In 2012, Richard makes his science fiction writing and directorial debut with GodMachine, a compelling illustration of the inherent ability within all life (even artificial) to heal itself.
KIKI YEUNG ("Grace", Producer) Kiki Yeung was born in Hong Kong, raised in Seattle, Washington. After studying Drama at the University of Washington, Kiki taught drama & performed in musicals & TV in Hong Kong. She wrote and produced plays at UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre, worked as an online blog host for International Examiner. Kiki was in numerous commercials, industrials, film & theatre productions in Seattle & San Diego. In 2010, Kiki received the diversity scholarship from Freehold Studio Theatre's Ensemble Intensive Training. Recently relocated to San Diego, Kiki is currently working on a solo show about film actress, Anna May Wong. Kiki is co-host of Asian Voices, the first Asian American magazine TV show in San Diego. IMDB credits: Touch w/ Yuji Okamoto, Watch. www.kikiyeung.biz
SCOTT GUNDERSON Scott Gunderson portrays the antagonist Major Richards in the GodMachine short film. Originally from Louisiana, Scott is a recent transplant to Los Angeles (via New York City) where he is pursuing an acting and screenwriting career. He is also the co-founder and operator of Recon Entertainment, an LA-based script development and production company. As an actor, Scott has been featured in the daytime soap All My Children, as well as several major motion pictures including A Beautiful Mind and Invincible. His latest project, Funerals and Felonies, an independent feature in which he stars, is slated to screen at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012.
SVETLANA SOUTIRINA Born in Leningrad, Russia, Svetlana Soutirina is a Seattle-based actress and body builder. When a career in software engineering didn't quite meet her creative needs, she dove into the local independent film industry, and currently splits her time between the two. Svetlana has participated in nearly 50 film and theater projects over the years and her film credits include Max Rules, Bullets, Blood & a Fistful of Ca$h, and Simply FOBulous. This is her 4th collaboration with GodMachine director Richard Cranor!
KHANH DOAN Khanh Doan is an experienced film, stage and voiceover actress. She has worked at various theaters in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, including Seattle Children's Theatre, 5th Avenue, ACT Theatre, Wooden O, Profile Theatre Project, Broadway by the Bay, and the American Musical Theatre of San Jose. Khanh made her film debut in Richard Cranor's 2005 film, Simply FOBulous and has recently appeared in Hollywood features such as 2011's Big Bang with Antonio Banderas and the upcoming Knights of Badassdomwith Peter Dinklage and Steve Zahn.
Producer James Itokazu is the guy who figures it out and makes it work! Currently a Microsoft and Citrix Engineer by day, James has honed his creative talents by training in theater lighting and audio, working as an English on-air radio personality for a Japanese radio station in Hawaii, and serving as a digital video & photo consultant for select international photographers. James also worked as a photo & video lab technician (not the push the button kind -- the mixing chemicals in the darkroom kind!) for a full-service photo lab whose clients included the Susan Page Modeling agency. James provided special effects for director Richard Cranor's 2009 project, "Katana."
After studying Drama and Psychology at the University of Washington, GodMachine Producer Kristina Rogers pursued a career in the legal field, ultimately settling into her current role in law firm management. For many years she also co-owned and operated the independent Seattle record label SINister Records, promoting and distributing a number of underground bands. With the label winding down in 2010, Kristina has turned her creative attention to independent film, and makes her film production debut with GodMachine.
The Director of Photography for the GodMachine short film, John Holbrook, has been working in the film industry for more than forty years. His resume includes producing, directing, writing, cinematography and film editing. John was the 2nd unit director of photography on Rambo: First Blood and Scary Movie 3, and has numerous camera operator credits for television series such as 21 Jump Street and The 4400. He is currently the owner of Movieskills Film Training Workshop in Vancouver, B.C., which provides a one-on-one, hands-on approach to film instruction.
GodMachine (short film) production designer Albert Ochosa ("OH") is a hands-on graphic designer and musician, with over 10 years experience in the music, technology, nightlife and high-end consumer branding industries. After earning his B.A. from the University of Washington and working for several years in law firm IT, OH was captivated by the new multimedia capabilities of the burgeoning internet. He went on to study at the Art Institute of Seattle and switched career gears by co-founding graphic design and branding company Rising Sun Media, LLC. His branding and design clients have since included Count's Kustoms choppers and the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. OH's signature brand of tees, Under a Different Sun, are sold exclusively at the Hard Rock Store in Vegas. When not behind his computer, OH is an active philanthropist and also performs with 3 up-and-coming electronic bands, Avila, Anguisette and Elektronika. (photo by Maryanne Bilham)