Cast & Crew
Jenna Augen (Josephine) makes her film debut in “Josephine and the Roach.” Jenna graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2010. Theatre includes: Foible in The Way of the World at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Goody in Rufus Norris' Sleeping Beauty at the Birmingham Rep, Ada Kahn in Chicken Soup With Barley at The Royal Court, Julia in "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and Mitzi in "A Murder is Announced" at the Lyceum Theater. Television includes: The Night Watch (BBC). Radio includes: Chicken Soup With Barley (BBC Radio 3). Theatre whilst at RADA includes: Leah in Last Easter, Beth in A Lie of the Mind, Die Alte in A Bright Room Called Day, Amy in Company, Lady Townley in The Man of Mode, Evadne in The Maid's Tragedy, Hamlet in Hamlet, Clytemnestra in Electra, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Anna Petrovna in Wild Honey, and Mary Rutherford in Rutherford and Son. Cabaret includes: Shades of Blue at The Metropolitan Room and I Know Things Now at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre.
Hailing from the verdant suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Jerry White Jr (Moe) has been writing, directing, producing, and acting in videos since 1990. At 6’7”, he is most likely taller than you. Jerry graduated magna cum laude from Oakland University with a B.A. in German Language and Literature then moved to Japan where he taught English and played some choice gigs with his band. Jerry currently lives in Los Angeles and is wrapping up his graduate film studies at USC, where he's focused on writing, directing, and editing.
Jonathan Langager (Director/ Cowriter) is a filmmaker, animator, visual artist, composer, musician, and alum of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. After studying piano, violin and composition at Carleton College, he worked in politics and film for several years in New York City before moving to L.A. At USC, he has directed numerous short films, using the medium to explore his passion for music and visual design. For his work on “Josephine and the Roach,” he was nominated for the Princess Grace Award and received a grant from the Charles and Lucille King Foundation. He has brutally slain hundreds of cockroaches, but now feels remorseful and ready to make amends.
Joe Swanson (Cowriter) tried pre-med, but sidetracked himself by staging elaborate plays starring costumed lab mice. His opus “The Adventures of Mr. Whiskers and Sir Cheese-A-Lot” was a critical triumph among bored lab-dwelling undergrads. He received his MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from USC, where he was an unprecedented four-time winner of the school’s 546 Short Script Competition. His work has garnered numerous awards, including a Student Emmy for Short Comedy, and the 2010 USC Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting.
Damon Stea (Producer), a USC alum, is a prolific director and cofounder of Mindfruit, an artist collaborative responsible for the creation of countless short films. His shorts have garnered numerous honors, with his documentary “Obscura” currently playing on television in the UK. His film “Memoirs of a Scanner,” which was shot entirely on a flatbed scanner, was featured by Wired magazine. His music video “Cinnamon Bone” is featured in the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.
More of his work is at: www.mindfruitstudios.com
Christie Hagenburger (Producer), A Production MFA candidate at USC, Chis a native of Los Angeles who lived in the Pacific Northwest for seven years working in technology and making documentary shorts before returning to LA for film school. One of her shorts, “Tent City”, which focused on an alternative solution for the homeless in the Seattle area, was used by Seattle University as part of their educational outreach program. She wants to be the person who remains calm when confronted with an insect, but she drowned a spider in the shower this morning.
Josh Tate (Producer) is a current USC student who has directed and produced numerous projects, including two short documentaries that appeared at South by Southwest. His short documentary, "Forgotten Lives," has been screened in political and educational events throughout the state of Texas, inspiring Texans to take action against the inhumane treatment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He loves odd, grotesque films, including those that involve musical cockroaches.
Damian Horan (Director of Photography) is the winner of the 2012 ASC Heritage Award Winner for his work on “Josephine and the Roach.” Damian studied cinematography at USC, where he had the opportunity to work under such legendary cinematographers as the late William Fraker. He has shot pieces for the Foo Fighters, Coca-Cola, Sony, and Forever 21/Hello Kitty to name a few. His narrative work can be seen on several films currently playing on the festival circuit. He and his wife are living happily ever after in California.
Damian's site: www.damianhoran.com
Lino Stavole (Puppeteer, Puppet Maker), with a background in pyrotechnics and illusions, formed The Creature Company in 2001. Specializing in sophisticated 3d imaging and manufacturing technologies, he combines his technical expertise with keen artistry and attention to detail. He has supplied creatures and other effects to a variety of high profile projects, including “Sin City,” “Miami Vice,” “Grindhouse,” “Transformers,” “The Mist,” “Milk,” “Drag Me to Hell,” “Splice,” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” among many other films.
lino's site: www.creaturecompany.com