Jeffrey "Shecky" Schecter (Tyco Bangler, Writer, Producer)

Jeffrey Schecter, aka "Shecky," has been in the "Biz" for more than twenty years. Most of Jeff's success has been on the stage. He made his Broadway debut at the age of twenty in the revival of GUYS AND DOLLS, and has since gone on to appear in eight more Broadway shows, including WONDERFUL TOWN, THE PAJAMA GAME, ANYTHING GOES, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, A CHORUS LINE and most recently NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, starring Matthew Broderick.

 

Jeff has also appeared in several films and TV shows including, PERSON OF INTEREST, ALL MY CHILDREN, the documentary EVERY LITTLE STEP, TOWER OF BABBLE, MIX, and Academy award winning director Ron Howard's film, ED TV, starring Matthew McConaughey. As a writer, Jeff has written many short films and features including, FLIRTING WITH COMMITMENT AND QUENCH ENERGY. He can currently be seen in the independent comedy, FARM GIRL IN NEW YORK, which he co-wrote and stars in. (Now available on DVD). TYCO PARKS THE CAR marks Jeff's first collaboration with director Vilka Tzouras. For more information about Jeff go to: www.jeffreyschecter.com

 

Vilka Tzouras is an independent filmmaker born in Montreal, Canada.  As a young girl, Vilka trained in classical ballet and at the age of 15 studied dance at Balanchine’s School of American Ballet. Upon graduation, she performed internationally with leading ballet companies including Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet. At 21, she quit dance due to a knee injury and went on to study Film & Television Production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

 

In ‘98, she began her career as an independent filmmaker in New York and worked on numerous award-winning independent feature films and documentaries including: Trembling before G-d, The Station Agent and 90’: The World Cup of NYC. As Senior Producer for the Discovery Group, she spent several years producing, shooting and editing video ethnographies for the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather.

 

Some of her films include: Soldier's Bride (The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival), an award-winning short about the effects rape in war has on a woman’s body and psyche . Shadowboxer, a short film about female teenage violence. The film received funding from New York State Council on the Arts, the Laura Napor National Film Grant, and the Manhattan Council on the Arts, and screened at festivals worldwide including the Palm Springs Film Festival, AFI Film Fest and received the Best Mid-length Film Award at the Brest Film Festival in France, the Grand Jury Best Short at Nodance in Utah, and the Silver Remi Award for Directing at the Worldfest in Houston.

 

In 2003, Vilka received the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for her work as an emerging film director. In 2008, with the help of a grant received from the Greek Ministry of Culture, Vilka directed a mid-length film entitled When Fish Fly.  The film won Best Balkan Film & Best Female Actor awards at the Drama International Short Film Festival in Greece and screened in the official competition at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in France. When Fish Fly aired on ARTE, France in the spring of ’09.

 

Today, Vilka lives and works in Toronto, Canada and is committed to creating socially conscious works.

Vilka Tzouras (Director, Editor, Producer)

Emilee Dupre' (Stephanie Bangler)

Film: Tyco Parks the Car, Ex-Schemes. Broadway: Chaplin,The People in the Picture. Off-Broadway: Bless You All!  (The Connelly),Venice (The Public Theater), The Blue Flower (Second Stage), Girl Crazy, On the Town (NY City Center), Seascape with Sharks and Dancer (Lion), Somewhat Damaged (Metropolitan). National Tours: A Chorus Line, High School Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fosse. Regional: Cabaret (freeFall), Oklahoma! (Arena), A Wonderful Life (Paper Mill), My Fair Lady (Pioneer). BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch.

 

David Shih (Kevin Wii)

Film: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Old 37, Poisonberry, Saving Face, Petunia, Elm Gardens, Kung Fu Granny, Underdogs. Television: “Golden Boy,” “Blue Bloods,” “Are We There Yet?,” “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “All My Children,” “As The World Turns.” Theater: Bike America (Ma-Yi), Awake and Sing! and A Dream Play (NAATCO), Dojoji: The Man Inside the Bell (Pan Asian Rep), Hello, Dolly! (NAAP), Crane Story (Playwrights Realm), Honor (Prospect Theater), Sake With The Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage). Dave performs for children in hospitals and care facilities through the non-profit organization Only Make Believe. Website: DavidShih.net

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