Jillie Simon: Writer, Producer, Director and Key Cast
Thomas Simon: Producer and Director
Eric Roberts: Key Cast
Alex Emanuel: Key Cast
An idealistic grade school teacher has a fear of speaking up in public (other than in front of her kids). But when she finds out that children in her school are going hungry - thanks to federal cutbacks - it compels her to do things she wouldn't have thought she could do, including confronting a Congressman, to help out the children.
Jillie Simon is an actor, singer-songwriter, writer, director and producer who's performed nationally and internationally on stage and screen.
She wrote, co-directed, produced and played the lead role in her first narrative short film "Hungry", co-starring Oscar-nominee Eric Roberts. "Hungry" has won 11 awards so far (including five that Jillie won for Best Actress/Best Performance in a Film), two Honorable Mentions, a Semi-Finalist and 15 nominations in 32 festivals (and has just been invited into Festival Angaelica, in conjunction with Catalyst Creation, formerly ITVFest). Prior to that, she'd co-directed, co-produced and performed in two multi-award-winning music videos, "Legalize" and "So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy)". Her new film "A Chance", has begun it's festival journey, and just won Best LGBT Short or Feature at Action on Film Festival, Aug. 2019
Latest acting credits include a principal role in multi-award winning feature film “The Incoherents”, with Amy Carlson, currently in the festival circuit and in “Prince Harming”, an award-winning dramedy, by Marianne Hettinger, also currently in it's festival run. Past film roles also include a lead role in "You Have the Right to Remain Violent”, directed by the multi-award-winning Roberto Monticello, roles in indie film “Confess” by Stefan Schaefer (Best Screenplay, Hampton Film Festival), the Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind", directed by Ron Howard and the title role in romantic comedy short "Hannah Henri" by Akiva Penaloza. Television includes "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and a recurring role on "As The World Turns”. She also played in comedy web-series “Gail’s New Boyfriend” (New Media Comedy) which will premiere on Amazon Prime and just finished acting in a proof-of-concept short for FBI/Mafia thriller mini-series "Infiltrated" and a proof-of-concept short for upcoming feature "Imitate The Sun", directed by the Emmy-winning William Electric Black.
-Off-Broadway work includes performances at the NY Public Theater ("Blues"), in "Tony & Tina’s Wedding", and playing Marilyn Monroe in "Marilyn”, with Jack Mulcahy as JFK, BritFest 2005. Regional theater work included performing with Marlo Thomas at the Cleveland Playhouse. Jillie has also performed with other luminaries such as Marion Seldes (Players Club), Austin Pendleton (Cornelia St. Cafe), Joyce Randolph (New Dramatists) and with Tom Wopat, playing his sixth wife, in a reading of Larry Beinhart's screenplay, “Divorce”, at The Directors Company, directed by Michael Parva.
She’s performed improv shows and sketch at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, UCBeast and the NY Comedy Club and been a Guest Teaching Artist at NYU Tisch School of Arts and in John Pallotta's NY acting classes. www.jilliesimon.com
European born Musician/Composer/Producer/Director Thomas Simon moved to New York City to expand his horizon in his life in art.
Within the past year, his atmospheric ambient live show "Thomas Simon Vortex" toured repeatedly in the USA, South America and Europe. He created the soundtrack to the feature film "Exit 0", starring Peter Greene (Pulp Fiction) and Federico Castelluccio (The Sopranos), released his latest short film "A Chance" and is collaborating with João Milet Meirelles, Brazilian electronic musician extraordinaire (Baiana System) on an experimental-rock-ambient project "Sonar Atmosfera".
Together with his wife Jillie Simon, Thomas produces music and films through their "Endorphin Records" production company. Their first narrative short "Hungry", starring Jillie Simon and Eric Roberts has been honored with 11 awards in 32 festival screenings to date.
Additional soundtrack credits include award-winning feature film “La Redempcio dels Peixos”, starring Luis Soler (Spain/Italy/USA) for which Thomas was nominated for Best Music/Best Song at the Milan International Film Festival 2013. The movie had a theatrical release in Spain in 2014. That year, Thomas also produced, edited and did soundtrack work on documentary feature “Lucky Express” (which landed distribution with Cinema Libre Studios and is available on Amazon Prime).
Thomas directed and produced four award winning music videos between 2009 and 2013 (two of which he collaborated on with Jillie -see details at www.thomassimon.nyc).
As a musician, he produced and recorded eleven CD’s, the latest "Sonar Atmosfera" recorded in Salvador, Brazil in 2019 - then, four solo albums, two with the project LOVE ALIEN, and four with the band Musiciens Sans Frontieres, all of them released on their independent label, endorphin records. Numerous songs off the albums have received airplay on commercial and college radio world-wide, with “Affection”, off MSF’s album “Satellite” being placed on the GRAMMY ballot in 2008.
Thomas composed the music for rock opera "THE DAMNED", which ran for six weeks in Nov/Dec, 2001, to sold out houses (Kraine Theater, NYC), directed and co-written by five-time Emmy winner William Electric Black) and performed live with the cast. More soundtrack credits include commissions by Saucon Films to create ambient pieces and segue-ways for their feature "Black Wine", and in 2003 Thomas made his debut film, a documentary/musical travelogue called “Thomas Simon: Walkabout” (USA/Nepal/India/Brazil) which was streamed on Current TV in 2005.