A young, widowed homeowner battles her own ghosts, and a charismatic energy executive who may be her last chance, when she is driven to leave her town after environmental devastation.
Starring Jason Butler Harner, Lauren Hines, Dale Soules, Frank de Julio, Daniella de Jesus, and introducing Addy-Bella Bautista.
Directed by Kaz PS
ASH is based on the true story of how the unsafe and unregulated disposal of coal ash led to the deaths of members of a small community. Read the article that inspired the script by Ash screenwriter Joanna Castle Miller.
The production was supported by grants from The Gotham Fellowship and The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts. Check out our IMDb page and stay tuned for updates.
CAST & CREW
Pete- Jason Butler Harner
Film: The Family Fang, Blackhat, Non-Stop, The Green, Letters from the Big Man, The Extra Man and Changeling. Television: Ray Donovan, Scandal, Homeland, The Newsroom, Alcatraz, John Adams and With Welch. Broadway: The Crucible, The Coast of Utopia. Off-Broadway: The Village Bike, Cock, Through a Glass Darkly, Our Town, The Paris Letter, Orange Flower Water, Hedda Gabler (Obie Award), Five Flights, Juno and the Paycock and Macbeth.
Sarah- Lauren Hines
Lauren Hines is from Hardinsburg, Kentucky but a dozen years in NYC makes her an official New Yorker. Credits include play for an all white stage (Old Vic, London) microcrisis (Ma-Yi Theatre Co, New York) Al's Business Cards (Theater Row, New York) 99 Ways..., Tomo Yo (Public Theater/Joe's Pub, New York), The Big Stew, Revenge of the Space Pandas (Atlantic Theater Co., New York), The 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway (Atlantic Theater), (baptism) (Playwrights Horizons, SFF, New York), Work, The Monday to Friday Plays (Ars Nova), The Bandaged Place (New York Theatre Workshop Residency/Dartmouth ). Regional credits include: Sight and Sound Theater, Stephen Foster Musical Association, MOC Musicals and others. Film & TV: Rescue Me, Attitudes in Motion, Where You Go, Truth be Told.
Lynn- Dale Soules
Ms. Soules recently co-starred with Patti LuPone and Michael Urie in Shows For Days at Lincoln Center Theater. Broadway credits include: Hands On A Hard Body, Grey Gardens, The Crucible, The Magic Show (introducing Stephen Schwartz’s songs Lion Tamer and West End Avenue), Whose Life Is It Anyway? , Dude, and her debut in the groundbreaking Hair. Her Off-Broadway, Regional, National and International work is extensive including: Posterity, (Atlantic Theatre Company), 2014’s award-winning Transport Group production of I Remember Mama (all women over 65), Marsha Norman’s Getting Out, Candide (Guthrie), All’s Well That Ends Well (Yale Rep.) TV & Film includes; “Unforgettable”, “Law & Order, “American Playhouse, “Sesame Street”, Maurice Sendak’s “Really Rosie”. “AWOL” premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. Awards include three SAG Awards (or ensemble work on "Orange Is The New Black seasons 2,3,& 4 as Frieda Berlin), and New Dramatists Charles Bowden Award for dedication to new work and extraordinary contribution to theatre. www.dalesoules.com
Julie- Daniella De Jesús
Daniella De Jesús is an actor, playwright, and poet from pre-gentrified Bushwick, Brooklyn. Television: "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix), "Blue Bloods" (CBS). Film: "Coco". Theatre: "Women of Padilla" (Two River), "Take Me Home" (Incubator Arts Project) and "The Thief Cometh" (United Solo Festival), an original one-woman show, written by Daniella. Her poetry can be found in "Young, Colored & Angry", "Vagabond City Literary Journal", "Chiflada Magazine", and the upcoming film "Coco". She is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama.
John- Frank De Julio
Frank De Julio trained at Circle in the Square Theater School and Shakespeare & Company. His credits in New York Theatre include "Richard III" at 4th Street Theatre, "Unnatural Acts" (co-author/Keith Smerage) at Classic Stage Company (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Play), "The Living Newspaper", "Monstrosity", "Dillingham City" at Playwrights Horizons, "Cymbeline" and "Twelfth Night" . His TV credits include "The Night Of," “Smash,” “Criminal Justice,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Blue Bloods,” “Gossip Girl,” “White Collar,” “Law & Order,” “As The World Turns,” “One Life To Live.” On film, he has starred in HBO’s Emmy Award-winning "The Normal Heart", "A Walk Among The Tombstones", and "Gabriel".
Addy Bella- Ellie
Addy Bella is 9 years old. She is currently in the 3rd grade. She is of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent. Addy has been acting and modeling since she was five years old. Her first film acting role is in ASH. Addy played in the CBS TV series BlueBloods in the 5th episode playing Nadia. She was in the Dr. Oz show, Apple & Eve, and various print ads/commercial for Toys R Us, JCREW, Nickelodeon POP UP Salon and Petitie Parade runway Fashion Show. She is represented by ZURI/NYC Model Agency.
Kaz PS- Director
Kaz PS is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and theatrical video designer.
She has made four short films which have screened at festivals domestically and abroad, directed a handful of music videos, and been the grateful recipient of fellowships and grants from the likes of AFI, Cinereach, Eastman Kodak and the Jerome Foundation. She is an alumna of AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women and won the Institute’s Jean Picker Firstenberg Award for her 2010 DWW short, MEGAFAUNA, now available on iTunes.
As a writer, Kaz advanced to the semi-finals of both the Academy Nicholls Screenwriting Fellowship and the Screencraft Writing Fellowship with her dark psychological drama, WATERLINE, and penned General Population’s (A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT) upcoming apocalyptic murder mystery, BAD SUMMER. Her horror script CRADLE WILL FALL was optioned by Intrepid Pictures (OCULUS), and is currently in pre-production with award-winning Australian filmmaker Nick Verso attached to direct.
As a video designer she has presented work in France, Poland, Denmark, Russia, Australia, the UAE, and across the US (American Repertory Theater, Cambridge MA; Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA) and is the video artist in residence with internationally acclaimed, NYC-based dance theater company, Witness Relocation. Her video design work has been called “hallucinatory” by the New York Times, and described as “audio-visual anarchy” by New York Magazine.
Kaz graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University with a BA in English and a Certificate in Creative Writing. She was born in England, grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and now calls Brooklyn, NY home.
Joanna Castle Miller- Writer
Joanna Castle Miller’s work has appeared in Fortune, Time, and The Hill and on NBC, VH1, PBS, and Food Network. A news junkie at heart, her political sketches have appeared on Funny or Die, WhoHaha, and The Advocate. She is the creator and host of Red, White, and Dad – a web show chronicling the 100% true story of her dad’s campaign for President of the United States, and the writer behind WTF Lucy, a modern take on every episode of I Love Lucy. Other recent projects include Fox News the Musical (co-composer and lyricist) premiering in Los Angeles April 2017; the web series Sorta My Thing (writer/producer); the Cannes-featured short film Where You Go (assistant producer); and the Emmy Award-winning New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd (assistant producer), produced by Live from Lincoln Center. Joanna’s most recent play SH@MED received its world premiere in 2016 at Georgia Southwestern University and will be featured at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, this summer. She enjoys spending time with the beach, long walks on her friends, and whiskey. She and her husband live in Los Angeles with their dog, Henry. joannacastlemiller.com
Miklos Buk- Director of Photography
For the last sixteen years Miklos Buk has been living and working as a cinematographer in New York, Los Angeles and Budapest. He has shot several projects since with Michel Gondry, Tim Blake Nelson, Joan Stein. Miklos recently finished a feature film based on the book of Henry David Thoreau: WALDEN, LIFE IN THE WOODS directed by Alex Harvey. He was a DP on feature films such as THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov directed by Brian Mertes and Alex Harvey, John Harkrider's MITCHELLVILLE (2nd Camera, 35mm, 2003), Tony Spiridakis’ NOISE (2nd. Camera, 16mm, 2004), and George Pinter's THE DUMP (35mm/DV, 1998), also Pearl Gluck’s THE DIVAN. Before moving to New York he directed the photography on several shorts including AMBULANCE (16mm, Film Academy of Budapest, 1996), which won awards at the Bologna Short Film Festival and Milan Film Festival. He graduated at The American Film Institute Conservatory with an MFA. He was trained and received a BA at the Academy of Theater and Motion Picture Arts in Budapest, Hungary, 1995 - 2000, and was selected to be part of the Kodak Master Class of Worldwide DP Students in 1997 in Budapest.
Assistant Director- Adrian Anaya
Camera PA- Ben Gunderson
Set Photographer- Hope Youngblood
Hair and Makeup- Julia Moeller
Production Assistant- Sarah Lawrence
Associate Producer- Teresa Reilly
Associate Producer- Gregg Prosser
Sound- Jon Seale
Gaffer- Vadim Aynbinder
Production Designer- Eva Jaunzemis
Production Assistant- Jaimie Chung
Academy Qualifying Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival
Wednesday, August 9 at 9:00 PM
The Vets Cinematheque, 83 Park Street, Suite 6, Providence, RI 02903
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Academy Qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival
Saturday, August 12 at 12 PM
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres- 6801 Hollywood Blvd (3rd Level)
Tickets are HERE. (Select the Women in Film Screening)