Bios

Brian Villalobos is an actor, writer, and filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. Since coming to Austin, he has appeared in more than 70 films, commercials, and stage productions, playing characters as disparate as Macbeth, John Proctor, Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon, and (very briefly) Raphael, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. He lives with his wife Akasha, and some dogs and cats. Lately, he’s been really into Batman.

Dashiell Smith began acting in 2011 when he was 8 years old. Psympatico was his first performance in a feature film. He has been in over 20 feature length and short form films. He has been in several regional and national commercials. He has also done print work and theater. He currently lives in Austin, Texas and will be starting the 6th grade in Fall of 2014. He enjoys playing outdoors as well as playing video games. In his spare time he helps take care of the family’s many animals. Psympatico was one of his favorite sets, and Dashiell remains close to the wonderful cast and crew.

Britteny Garcia Pruett is known for the short film “Never Ending Sigh”, which went to the 2009 Cannes Film Festival when she was seven. She has performed in five National Brand commercials, and worked with Jesse Borrego on the film “Closer to Bottom”, still in post-production. Britteny is currently learning to play the violin as well as the electric guitar; holds three belts in martial arts (Shaolin Do Kung Fu, Taekwando, and Judo); and attended Premuim Blend School of Performing Arts to learn different forms of acting.

Hal Schneider is an actor based in Austin, Texas. He spent many years acting in the theatre, culminating in a performance of the Kabuki classic Natsu Matsuri for the Crown Princess of Japan, and later years teaching English and Drama in the most challenging school district in the Bay Area. Now, he’s set his sights on making the best movies that he can.

Brooke Marie Friesen graduated with a BA in Theater Arts and a Minor in Communications from St. Edward’s University in 2011. She has been acting on stage for 18 years and working in film for 7, starring in award-winning shorts and web series. She loves to cook, take moonlit walks on the beach, and good margaritas.

Samuel French is a native resident of Clifton, Texas. He began acting at the age of 6 and went on to perform in plays till the age of 15. During high school he did both football and acting. After graduating and moving to Austin, Samuel began formally training for acting, where for 5 years in the acting game, has been in over 20 different Film and TV projects such as Revolution, Dallas, Sin City 2 the motion picture and just recently booked a supporting role in a TV mini-series to be released in 2015 on the History Channel.

Born in Chicago, and raised in the small town of Carlinville, Illinois, Kurt Koegler grew up with a love of punk rock and horror movies. In 2009 Kurt packed up and moved to Austin, Texas with his band, The Butts, to chase his punk rock dreams, and along the way fulfilled another dream by landing a role in the horror flick, Psympatico.

Stuntman, fight choreographer and actor, William Cates always had an interest in action scenes and movie making. Entering martial arts at a young age, Cates trained in multiple styles of martial arts after achieving his first black belt in Kuk Sool Won. After meeting a fight choreographer, Cates was introduced to stage combat, and quickly adapted his years of martial arts training into the art of fight choreography. Cates was immediately driven to learn a broad spectrum of combat, from unarmed to medieval sword and whip combat to light sabers. He was born in Austin, Texas in 1985.