Béla Baptiste

Béla Baptiste

Director, Writer, Producer

Born in Berlin, West Germany in 1988, Béla moved with his family to Paris just before the collapse of the Soviet Union. He dropped out of school to pursue a life in film. In 2010 he was admitted to the Vienna Film Academy where he completed his MFA under teachers Michael Haneke and Abbas Kiarostami, among others. His shorts have traveled the world and collected numerous awards. He expanded his understanding of filmmaking by acting in Martin Scorsese’s Silence. He lives and works with his wife in New York City.

Emma Schlenoff

Emma Schlenoff

Producer, 1st A.D.

Highlights of her experience include: directing and producing a series of short promotional videos for the band Birds of Chicago, working on the producing team for National Geographic’s Origins, and with Academy-Award winners, Fisher Stevens and Mark Monroe. She was guided by Florentine Films and offered the opportunity to work on several projects with Emmy-Winning Director Ken Burns. She has been successful as an event producer, directing and coordinating productions such as the iWRIF Transmedia Festival, and a 66-screening tour of Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie.

Emma’s passion for film has risen from a deeply rooted love for storytelling and the human experience. She has traveled extensively, volunteering and studying in countries such as Uganda, Thailand and Colombia. She lives in Vermont with her husband and their two children in a treehouse they built themselves.



Peter M. Marton

Peter M. Marton

Actor, Producer

Peter M. Marton is an Austrian actor with a family in the US. Marton’s mother is from Hungary; his father is from Kenya. He studied philosophy and theology before becoming an actor. He currently stars as the lead “Jerry” in the 3rd Season of Watzmann ermittelt.

Viktor Schaider

Viktor Schaider

Director of Photography

In 2003, Viktor graduated from the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences with distinction, completing his studies in Multimedia Art, specializing in film and video. Subsequently, in 2004, he founded Blendwerk Filmmaschinerie Production Company in Vienna, where, as producer and cameraman, he has produced and shot numerous commercial productions, corporate videos, documentaries and TV-shows. In 2009, further education led him to the USA, where he completed the Cinematographer’s Residency Programme at Maine Media College.

Thematically, Viktor’s spectrum spans from extreme sports with Attention – A Life in Extremes, where he followed Guillaume Néry the french world champion in Apnoe diving, over to music portraiting Mississippi blues legend Leo Bud Welch in Late Blossom Blues, to classic photography accompanying star photographers like Alan Schaller and Joe Greer on their creative journey for Leica Camera AG.

He lives and works as a cameraman and photographer in Vienna, Austria and is a founding member of the association: Filmkoop Wien.

 

Alexey Hartlieb-Shea

Alexey Hartlieb-Shea

Actor, Writer, Producer

Alexey is an actor, writer and filmmaker. From pizza delivery boy in Beverly Hills to development aid-worker in Ghana, Alexey draws on a wealth of experience that gives him a unique perspective in both his written work and in front of the camera.

He has worked closely with Béla Baptiste on numerous projects in America and Austria including The Dutchman’s Pipe, the award winning virtual reality film Vanishing Point and as the lead actor in Pale as Ale. Alexey has also translated several screenplays which garnered success including 7500, by Oscar-nominated director, Patrick Vollrath, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Peacock, which went on to become an official selection for the Cinéfondation Residence of the 2020 Cannes Festival.

 



Isis Flatz

Isis Flatz

Costume Designer

Having studied Film and Fashion Design, Isis now works on stage and screen productions. She and Béla worked together during his time in Vienna and decided to be lifelong friends and collaborators. According to networthpost.org, Isis Flatz is worth 8 Million dollars. This is not true. She also does the costume design for this project.

Merideth Ivy

Merideth Ivy

Hair & Makeup

Coming Soon

Johannes Schellhorn

Johannes Schellhorn

Editor

Film editor and writer Johannes Schellhorn recently worked on a TV documentary about conspiracy beliefs for the Austrian state television. He won multiple awards, notably for Unfinished and the short movie ANGST. He now lives in Germany and works in a movie theater while editing and writing on different projects.

Matthias Kassman

Matthias Kassman

Set Recordist

Coming Soon

Markus Zierhofer

Markus Zierhofer

Composer

Having been raised under piano keys and those funny flashing knobs on music sampling machines and consoles; trained by a folk music production household at the foot of the Austrian alps to the avant-garde, contemporary and temporary auditory experiences in the middle of Vienna, he creates orchestral soundtracks, sweeping melodies and complementary atmospheres for films and video games.

He set the score for various scenes at the Vienna Film Music Prize and finished runner-up twice in a row.  He achieved a significant step up in his musical abilities by attending the Hollywood Music Workshop in Klosterneuburg. This also allowed him to work with established film composers like Don Williams, Bruce Broughten, or Conrad Pope and accommodate himself with the film music business.

Delphine Ciampi Ellis

Delphine Ciampi Ellis

Composer

French artist, musician (guitar, bass), songwriter, film composer (born in 1963, daughter of Japanese actress Keiko Kishi and film director Yves Ciampi), married to Australian musician Warren Ellis. www.delphineciampiellis.com

Karim Weth

Karim Weth

Sound Designer

Coming Soon

Anna Lea Albright

Anna Lea Albright

Cloud Consultant

Anna Lea is a Ph.D. in climate physics at the Sorbonne University in Paris and Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, working with Sandrine Bony and Bjorn Stevens.

The Grand Post

The Grand Post

Audio Post Production

ViennaFX

ViennaFX

Color Grading

David

David

Peter M. Marton

Running away from his problems and responsibilities, David is a lost soul. His social nature and naivete make him affable, but a lifetime of bad luck and poor decisions has left him isolated, scared, and easily manipulated. When the going gets tough, David gets going. It will take hitting rock-bottom for Tarel to truly accept his place in life.

The Farmer

The Farmer

Merab Ninidze

The Farmer encounters David and Pliny as they try to find drinkable water in his estate. There is blood on his shirt – what did he kill? Or who…

The Militia

The Militia

Local Cast

A group of locals who regard themselves as defenders of individual rights against the presumed interference of the federal government. They unexpectedly cross paths with David and Pliny.

Jennifer

Jennifer

Dolly Lewis

Jennifer is a single mother and human re- source director at a laboratory. Her deter- mined nature and ability to embrace tough decisions have helped her work her way to a prominent position. Despite her steely business persona, she is a loving mother who wants to do the “right” thing. Unfortunately, going with her gut often clashes with her pragmatism.

Archer

Archer

David Bennent

Archer is a scientist at the same laboratory as Jennifer. He discovers a potential chemical leak at a client’s factory but the lab’s leadership seeks to rationalize any potential consequences that could affect profits, even though it means ignoring their social responsibility. 

Pliny

Pliny

Alexey Hartlieb-Shea

Pliny was a clerical associate for the military. His work has left him deeply disillusioned and suspicious. Upon returning to civilian life, he watched his marriage disintegrate and his friends suffer bothmentally and physically. His anger, fear, and frustration fuel his mission to reach the Hadley Obelisk, where he hopes to expose the truth about a top-secret government surveillance program he believes is the source of his, and his country’s, problems.

Dr. Kensington

Dr. Kensington

Gino Pesi

Dr. Kensington is the leader of a self-sustaining cult, his loyal follower just call him Dr. Imagine Keith Reniere in the apocalypse.

The Cult

The Cult

Local Cast

A group of people who, from the exterior, seem to offer a haven of community and healing amidst the ruins of the environment. Under the guidance of their charismatic leader, they play into the cliché of the self-sustaining, minimalistic settlements that we typically see in post-apocalyptic stories. They are not overtly harmful but their interactions with our two heroes leave us questioning the complex interplay between free will and abiding by the rules.