OPENING NIGHT MOVIE AT SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2023
ALL IN FILMS
ALL IN FILMS
ALL IN FILMS FOUNDER MICHELLE DANNER
Michelle Danner is a film and stage director, an author, and a world-renowned acting coach. She teaches the Golden Box Acting workshops in South America, Europe, Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, New York, Sydney and Australia.
It was her father, Alexander Valdez, who opened the very first William Morris Agency in Paris, France, that instilled a strong passion and work ethic that has stayed with her throughout her life.
Michelle has taught acting for the last 30 years and has worked with many
A-List Actors privately and on set including: Chris Rock, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Penelope Cruz, Melanie Brown, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Verne Troyer, Grant Bowler, Kate Del Castillo, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Common, Jennifer Grant, Salma Hayek, Chris Martin, Brian McKnight, James Franco, Marcia Cross, Christian Slater, Catherine Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Gabrielle Union, Justin Chatwin, Jennifer Coolidge, Justine Wadell, Rob Estes, Rick Fox, Henry Cavill, Michelle Rodriguez, Seychelle Gabriel,Rita Ora and many others.
Voted favorite acting coach by Backstage readers. She was brought in for her expert coaching on the WB show The Starlet and was featured with Andy Richter on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
Michelle trained extensively in Paris and New York with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen. She was the Managing Director of the Larry Moss Studio since its inception in Los Angeles for 20 years.
She is the Founding Director of the Creative Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Edgemar Center for the Arts) and raised $1.3 million to construct the two theaters and the art gallery at the Center. At the opening ceremony, Steven Spielberg commented, “Here we have a venue that can turn out some extremely experienced, daring and resourceful artists.” She served as Artistic Director of the Edgemar Center for the Arts for the last 20 years, now Creative Center for the Arts, and teaches ongoing classes at the Michelle Danner Studio and the Los Angeles Acting Conservatory.
Michelle has directed and acted in over thirty plays and musicals in New York and Los Angeles. Her favorite acting credits include Tennessee William’s The Rose Tattoo , which garnered critic picks and awards including best actress; House of Yes , Bright Ideas , Ibsen’s Ghosts , and One White Crow .
Her highlights at Edgemar have been pioneering new works that include The Night of the Black Cat , a world premiere and winner of the 2005 Best Musical of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards, which had a revival as recently as 2016. She directed the world premiere of Mental the Musical , winner of several 17th Annual TicketHolder awards for acting and musical score. She wrote and directed the world premiere of You’re on the Air , an improv based comedy which is in development to become a movie. She directed the west coast premiere of Hello Herman by John Buffalo Mailer and co-directed Jane Fonda in The Court of Public Opinion starring Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominee Anne Archer. The play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang won 5 Scenies, StageSceneLA Awards, including for best actress in a Comedy for Michelle’s portrayal of Sonia.
Her acting film credits include playing the part of Alexandra, the psychic, in the feature film Ovation directed by Henry Jaglom as well as Mrs. Mack in Reach directed by Leif Rokesh.
Michelle also produced and acted in the award-winning short film Dos Corazones, which premiered at the Nashville Film Festival and went on to win Best Cinematography & Audience Favorite at the Malibu Film Festival.
In 2006, she made her feature film directing debut How to go Out on a Date in Queens , which was nominated and won four L.A. Film Awards including Best Director. It starred Jason Alexander, Esai Morales, Ron Perlman, Kimberly Williams, Rob Estes and Alison Eastwood.
Her second film Hello Herman starring Norman Reedus (AMC’s The Walking Dead), Martha Higareda, and Garrett Backstrom. The film premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival and had its international premiere at the Monaco Charity Film Festival where it won the award for social relevance. It opened theatrically nationwide and was distributed by Warner Brothers.
The Bandit Hound, a family comedy starring Catherine Bell, Lou Ferigno, Judd Nelson, Paul Sorvino, and Verne Troyer, was released in 2016. In 2017, Michelle shot a short documentary about Mariana Rizo Sigueme, a transgender Mexican Woman with a fascinating story to tell. The Documentary premiered at the Cinema At The Edge Film Festival in 2018 and has since been shown in several prominent LGBT and Latin Film Festival all across the US, including Indianapolis LGBT, Tampa Bay Latin and OutFest Fusion in Los Angeles.
Michelle’s film, Bad Impulse, premiered in the US in December 2020 with a wonderful cast including Paul Sorvino, Sonya Walger, Grant Bowler and Dan Lauria. Bad Impulse is a psychological thriller that successfully played at many Film Festivals, winning both Audience and Jury awards including: Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Golden State Film Festival, Best Director for a Feature Film at the Culver City Film festival and Best Feature Film at the London International and Manhattan Film Festivals.
Michelle’s film, The Runner, an action-thriller, is starring Cameron Douglas, Elisabeth Rohm, Nadji Jeter, Eric Balfour, Kerri Medder, Jessica Amlee and Edouard Phillipponnat and was released by Saban Films in 2022. This is a very personal story about children getting lost in the war on drugs and paying the price for it. The Runner premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival in March 2021 and screened at the Houston WorldFest as well as Internationally at the Ischia Global Film Festival, winning Best Independent Feature Film as well as best Cinematography at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and Best Director at the Vancouver Film Festival, Paris Play Festival, Milan Gold Award and L’age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival.
Her latest Film, Miranda’s Victim, was filmed in New Jersey in the summer of 2022 and will premiere at the Santa Barbaraa International Film Festival in early 2023 starring Abigail Breslin, Ryan Phillippe, Luke Wilson, Emily VanCamp, Mireille Enos, Josh Bowman, Andy Garcia and Donald Sutherland. It’s a riveting true story of the creation of the Miranda Rights told from the perspective of the victim.
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She is in development for her next projects Love in Retrograde, a modern Romantic Comedy, The Italians a family comedy and The Uninvited, a true story about life and fame.
She is putting the finishing touches on her acting book, The Golden Box , which will be released this year as well as the one-woman show A Ticket to the Circus, starring Anne Archer, about the life of Norris Church Mailer, the wife of Norman Mailer.
ALEXANDRA GUARNIERI VICE PRESIDENT
Alexandra is Co-Founder and Vice President of the independent film production company ALL IN FILMS.
Born in Paris, Alexandra moved to the US at the age of 11. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University with a degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, Alexandra spent several years working in television, first at CNN then MSNBC. Alexandra has been producing plays and films since 2005.
In 2006, she produced her first feature film, How to go Out on a Date in Queens-which was nominated and won four L.A. Film Awards. It starred Jason Alexander, Esai Morales, Ron Perlman, Kimberly Williams, Rob Estes and Alison Eastwood.
In 2011 Alexandra produced the feature film Hello Herman starring Norman Reedus (AMC’s The Walking Dead), Martha Higareda, and Garrett Backstrom. The film premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival to a sold out audience and had its international premiere at the Monaco Charity Film Festival where it won the award for social relevance. It opened theatrically nationwide and was distributed by Warner Brothers.
Her third film, The Bandit Hound, a family comedy starring Catherine Bell, Lou Ferigno, Judd Nelson, Paul Sorvino, and Verne Troyer, was released in 2016.
In 2019 Alexandra finished producing a supernatural thriller, Bad Impulse, with a wonderful cast including Paul Sorvino, Sonya Walger, Grant Bowler and Dan Lauria.
In 2020 she produced The Runner, a psychological thriller has won multiple awards.
Alexandra also produced “Thank Q – A world Music Tribute to the Humanitarian Works of Quincy Jones” and the award-winning musical “Black Cat Cabaret” which also ran for a year in Los Angeles.
In 2020 The Runner, an action-thriller, is starring Cameron Douglas was filmed and was released by Saban Films in 2022. The Runner premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival in March 2021 and screened at the Houston WorldFest as well as Internationally at the Ischia Global Film Festival, winning Best Independent Feature Film as well as best Cinematography at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and Best Director at the Vancouver Film Festival, Paris Play Festival, Milan Gold Award and L’age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival.
Her latest Film, Miranda’s Victim, was filmed in 2022 and will premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in early 2023 starring Abigail Breslin, Ryan Phillippe, Luke Wilson, Emily VanCamp, Mireille Enos, Josh Bowman, Andy Garcia and Donald Sutherland. It’s a riveting true story of the creation of the Miranda Rights told from the perspective of the victim.
She is in development for her next projects Starstruck, a modern Romantic Comedy, The Italians a family comedy and The Uninvited, a true story about life and fame.
VALERIE DEBLER VICE PRESIDENT
Valerie Debler is a corporate attorney with 30 years of experience in finance, real estate and entertainment law (Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (1992-1997), Nomura Securities (1997) and Fried Frank Shriver and Harris (1998-2000 and 2007-2009). She holds a B.A. from New York University and graduated Cum Laude from Fordham University School of Law.
Valerie Debler is also a producer and a writer. She produced Miranda’s Victim in 2022, starring Abigail Breslin, Ryan Phillippe, Luke Wilson, Andy Garcia and Donald Sutherland. The film will premier as the opening night film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Valerie also produced the feature Film “The Runner” (Saban Films and Archstone Distributions – 2022), starring Cameron Douglas, Edouard Philipponnat and Elisabeth Rohm, with producer Bill Kenwright Films. The film premiered at Cinequest Film Festival and garnished several nominations and awards at over 30 prestigious film festivals, including Winner of Best Feature at Los Angeles Film Awards, Worldfest Houston, Milan Gold Awards, Filmhaus Berlin Film Festival, New York Movie Awards, New York International Film Awards, and Cinequest, winner for Best Cinematography at the Toronto Independent Festival of CIFT and Best Director at the Catalina Film Festival, Montreal Independent Film Festival and Vancouver Independent Film Festival.
Valerie also produced the feature film “Bad Impulse” (Gravitas – Archstone Distributions 2020), starring Grant Bowler, Sonya Walger, James Landry Hebert and Paul Sorvino, winner of Best Feature Film at the London Independent Film Awards and Best Narrative Award at Culver City Film Festival. She served as Executive Producer for the feature films “The Bandit Hound” (Alchemy 2016), starring Lou Ferrigno and Judd Nelson and for the feature film “Hello Herman” (Warner Bros. 2013), starring Norman Reedus.
She has consulted as story consultant and collaborated as a writer on various projects, including “The Bandit Hound,” “The Will To …” and the documentary short “Sigueme.” She is in pre-production for the feature film “Starstruck,” a romantic comedy with an original twist on astrology to commence principal photography in late 2023. In collaboration with Tracy Lindsey Melchior, she is writing the screenplay for the feature film “Kissing Frogs” based on the life story of Ms. Melchior. She is currently in development for The Italians, and The Uninvited, both slated for production in 2023.
Valerie studied film at the School of Visual Arts and acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and at the Warren Robertson Theater Workshop in New York City. She was selected to participate in the Summer Director Festival at the American Theater of Actors in New York City where she directed several original works.
BRIAN DRILLINGER DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Director: Music Video, Money (What’s It Gonna Do For Me), “Award of Merit” Best Shorts Competition 2021, Indie feature, Extra Innings, “Best Feature” Manhattan Film Festival and Jersey Shore Film Festival 2019. Indie short film; Back To The Wall, Barcelona Planet Film Festival winner “Best Gaudi Man Film maker”. Theatre: Stopping By Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, The House Of Yes, Chip Chop and It Must Be Him Edgemar Center for the Arts, CA, Lost In Yonkers and Almost, Maine Steel River Playhouse PA, Almost, Maine the Gasworks Theatre Melbourne AU, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow The Complex Los Angeles and the workshop productions of Fifth of July, The Laramie Project, and A Lie of the Mind for the T. Schreiber Studio in NY.
Producer and featured actor in: Miranda’s Victim 2023, Bad Impulse “Best Feature” Golden State Film Fest, International Film Fest Manhattan, London Independent Film Awards 2021, The Runner “Best Feature” New York Movie Awards, London Independent Film Fest, New York International Film Awards, Ferrara Film Fest Italy, releasing 2022, The Bandit Hound, Hello Herman Hollywood Film Festival 2012, Monaco Film Festival 2013 “Award for Social Relevance” and How to Go Out on a Date in Queens “Best Supporting Actor” LA Indie Awards 2006. He produced the short film Dos Corazones “Audience Favorite” Malibu Film Festival. In LA he produced Four-Thought and The Rose Tattoo at the Hudson Theatre, and the workshop production of How to Go Out on a Date in Queens directed by Larry Moss.
Brian’s directing/teaching technique has evolved through his work with noteworthy acting teachers: Uta Hagen, Milton Katselas, Larry Moss, and Terry Schreiber and his collaboration with writers and directors: Neil Simon, Herbert Burgdoff, Gene Sachs and Margret Edson. Mr. Drillinger has produced, coached or acted with: Ryan Phillippe, Abigail Breslin, Andy Garcia, Luke Wilson, Donald Sutherland, Mireille Enos, Jason Alexander, Ron Perlman, Anne Archer, Jonathan Silverman, Norman Reedus, Patrick Dempsey, Tony Shalhoub, Kimberly Williams Paisley, Wesley Snipes, Blythe Danner, Dan Lauria, Esai Morales, Lou Ferrigno, Judd Nelson, Catherine Bell and Paul Sorvino.
He has taught; Scene Study, On-Camera, and Voice for the Michelle Danner Studio, Larry Moss Studio, Michael Woolson Studio, and the UCLA Extension program, Script Analysis for The New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and Voice & Speech for AMDA. As a visiting artist he’s taught in Melbourne AU, The Philadelphia Acting Studio and Steel River Playhouse both in PA. Judy Kerr lists him as a “Recommended Acting Coach” in the industry guidebook, Acting Is Everything. He teaches for the T. Schreiber Studio in NY and the Michelle Danner Studio in LA.
Brian graduated with honors from the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory program. He played Stanley on Broadway and in the film version of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and the National tour of Broadway Bound. The Substance Of Fire at the Old Globe in San Diego, the original production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Wit at the South Coast Repertory, the Seattle Repertory and the Alley Theatre in Houston, also at SCR Death Of A Salesman and Boundary Waters, The Real Thing at T. Schreiber Studio and An Enemy of the People for the Bristol Riverside Theatre. Brian starred opposite Sally Kirkland, in the indie feature Starry Night, and Janeane Garafalo in I Shot a Man in Vegas.
OPENING NIGHT MOVIE AT SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2023
THE RUNNER - REVIEWS
“The Runner is a refreshing and honest tale, with Edouard Phillipponnat’s incredible turn as Aiden taking center stage.”
– Josh At The Movies
“Röhm is excellent, delivering a harrowing performance”
– Eoghan Lyng, DMovies
“Michelle Danner cuts straight to the heart of its audience, forcing them to question their values.”
– Eoghan Lyng, DMovies
“Danner never pulls any punches.”
– Betty Jo Tucker, RealTalk Movie Reviews
“As director and producer, Danner excels in combining perilous social issues with eye-popping entertainment.”
– Betty Jo Tucker, RealTalk Movie Reviews
“Director Michelle Danner captures perfectly the typical emotion and uncertainty that the influence of drugs throws at the younger generation, thanks to a well-coordinated set of performances from all concerned.”
– John Higgins, Film and TV Now