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Alyssa Polacsek founded Lakota Films, LLC (a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit organization) to provide a home for her own work as well as to support other artists. Lakota Films is in the process of submitting It's All Relative to several reputable film festivals for 2010 screenings. Alyssa received an Honorable Mention Award at Twin Rivers Media Festival in 2007 for her docudrama Free to Good Home; she assisted Director Rob Schmidt in post-production on The Alphabet Killer starring Eliza Dushku and Timothy Hutton; and as the Production Coordinator and Editor at Morphogenix she received a Telly Award for Fertile Hope, an episode on Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy airing on PBS. She has worked at MTV Networks and as a Personal Assistant to Katherine Helmond of Who's the Boss, SOAP and Coach.
As an actress Alyssa learned to speak Portuguese for the role of Matilde in The Clean House at New Century Theatre. She has enjoyed working in NYC on productions such as Wednesdays... Naked and Drunk from the Vault with Naked Angels and Porcelain Doll and Come and Go with Voice Theatre. Some other favorites include The Diary of Anne Frank and Stage Door at Dorset Theatre Festival, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea with S.I.T.E., and touring with John Astin in A Christmas Carol. Films include: Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep, Wisdom of Children, The Singer and the Poet, The Notebook, and Elements of Society. Alyssa is currently training as the villain boxer for the upcoming film, Push Up scheduled to begin principal photography in March 2010 in Brooklyn, NY. Alyssa is a professional member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association.
ROBERT M. HARTWELL of Dorset,Vermont - Democrat, was born in New York City and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. Before moving to Vermont in 1994, Bob was admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut. He practiced law in Fairfield, Connecticut before being employed as a labor attorney at American Company, a Fortune 100 corporation. Bob was appointed Labor Counsel for the Company’s packaging sector in 1982 and was responsible for the legal compliance of the Company’s equal opportunity, affirmative action and employee safety programs; in addition, he handled labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges and managed outside counsel. Later, Bob was of counsel to law firms in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut before moving to Vermont where he was engaged in the practice of law in Manchester with emphasis on land use and real estate transactions.
Bob served on the Town of Dorset Planning Commission, 1995-2001 and was Chair, 1996-1999; he served on the Dorset Selectboard, 2001-2004, and has served on the Bennington County Regional Commission since 1997 and was chair from 2001-2007.
In 2006, Bob was elected to the Vermont Senate and serves on the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy and on the Senate Committee on Institutions. In his service on the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, Bob helped to draft and secure enactment of Act 92, the most comprehensive energy legislation ever enacted in Vermont. Act 92 creates an all fuels efficiency utility providing funds for weatherization and other energy upgrades for thousands of Vermont homes which burn oil for heat and comprise the nation’s second oldest housing stock.
Richard Fleming is the founder of Creative Coop Media, a freelance multimedia operation, stationed in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to his work as an electronic cinematographer and postproduction artist, Richard has acted in a variety of roles - most notably the notoriously obnoxious investment banker of the internationally popular Flash game, Shoot the Banker.
Currently, he is working as the Director of Photography for a Denver-based feature film, Down Angel.
Steven Schlussel is owner of Rug Crazy in Rupert VT, an Oriental Rug Store, and the producer of the new television show "Danger Men Cooking."
Danielle Wilson has been seen with Vermont theatre companies such as the Dorset Playhouse and Poultney Summer Theatre. She has received two awards for Best Actress from the Dorset Players, first for her portrayal as Eliza Doolittle in the musical MY FAIR LADY then, later as Louise (Gypsy Rose Lee) in GYPSY. She has played roles such as Olivia in TWELFTH NIGHT, Bianca in TAMING OF THE SHREW, Julia in TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, a female depiction of the character Dogberry in a civil war adaptation of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and Lily in THE SECRET GARDEN. She is looking to expand her talents to the screen and has done work as an Extra for Steven Spielberg’s 2005 production of WAR OF THE WORLDS as well as a Cameo role in the student film CONTOUR LINES.
Todd Houston has been a community actor in the Vermont area for the past two years for companies including the Dorset Players; Poultney Summer Theatre; P.A.V.E benefit; and Castleton student films. He also performs as an actor for Dr. Morbid’s seasonal haunted house and commercial voice over for Country Horizon Realty. Amongst his favorite roles is Harry Binion in the play ROOM SERVICE, Don Pedro in the Civil War era depiction of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and Neville Craven in the Musical THE SECRET GARDEN. He is looking forward to a future in film.
CAROLINA LEON VELJOVIC was born and raised in Maracaibo-Venezuela. She comes from a family full of mixtures as Venezuelans, Serbians, British, Dutch and Spaniards. Growing up in a family who loves arts & crafts, Carolina learned how to draw and create with her hands at a very young age. In the search for the arts she started painting and having exhibitions in her city together with friends. In 2006 she won a competition in Zulia State for Young Artist at MACZUL museum. She also started studies in Architecture.
Since appearing in a TV spot when she was 10 years old she has done some work as freelance model, leading to the cover of the 26th edition for TENDENCIA magazine. After that Carolina was cast in Video clips, and in a TV advertisement.
Wendy Rae Woods brings extensive corporate and non-profit management and program development experience to the position of executive director for United Way of Bennington County. She formerly served as Associate Executive Director for the YWCA of Greenwich, located in Fairfield County, Connecticut. She was responsible for developing and managing a variety of programs for the 5000+ member-driven organization that included a strong emphasis on empowerment for women and girls and promoting diversity through the elimination of racism and other forms of discrimination.