Cast & Crew

Jimmy Bennett

MOON BLAKE

Jimmy was born in Seal Beach, California and now lives in Huntington Beach with his parents and his sister, Amanda. Since he was six years old, he always wanted to be on television. Jimmy has appeared in nearly 30 commercials (27 of which were in his first year of acting), as well as in episodes of the television series The Guardian and Strong Medicine, before being cast in the role "Tony", the boy who wants to be The Flash, in the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care. He had smaller roles in the movies Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and "Arthur Hailey's Detective". He has also appeared in Judging Amy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Everwood, and lent his voice to characters in the animated films The Polar Express, "Winnie the Pooh: Springtime With Roo" and "I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown". He has been nominated for Young Artist Awards three times.

In 2005, Jimmy appeared in the film Hostage, where he starred with Bruce Willis, and The Amityville Horror, where he played the role of the middle child of a family moving into a haunted house. The films were released in March and April, respectively. He was called "Jimmy Two-Takes" on the set of "Hostage", because of his ability to deliver his lines perfectly.

In February 2006, Jimmy appeared in the thriller Firewall, where he played the son of Harrison Ford's character. He also played an abused boy in The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, an independent film that was released a month after Firewall. Also in 2006, he voiced Roo in the Disney/Square-Enix video game Kingdom Hearts II and appeared in Poseidon, a remake of the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure. His 2007 roles include South of Pico, an independent film, and Evan Almighty, a sequel to the 2003 film Bruce Almighty. He recently starred in the feature film Shorts with director Robert Rodriguez and Alabama Moon with director Tim McCanlies.

He appears as a young James T. Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek movie.

 

Gabriel Basso

HAL MITCHELL

A veteran of film and television despite his young age of fourteen, Gabriel was born in St. Louis, Missouri before coming to Los Angeles, to act in the cinematic world. At home, Gabe loved playing television characters in front of his family and friends. Always improvising alongside the cast of "Who's Line is it Anyway?", keeping his family in stitches and begging for more.

Gabe did not always have the acting bug. One day in St. Louis, Gabriel saw his sisters practicing for an audition for a film, and noticed that there was a brother role in the script; he then very non-chalantly said to his mother, "Hey, I can do that". So he auditioned, and booked his first role. He booked two feature films in St. Louis shortly after that, "Meet Bill" with Aaron Eckart, and "Alice Upside Down" starring Alyson Stoner, along with his older sister Alexandria.

Gabriel came to Los Angeles and managed to land professional representation his first week here. He booked lead roles in two pilots; “Ghost Town” & “C3”, one of which he and his younger sister Annalise played brother and sister. He also had a Guest Star role in the popular Nickelodeon show, “iCarly” starring Miranda Cosgrove.

Gabriel just finished shooting his breakout role as “Hal” in the independent family film “Alabama Moon” starring John Goodman and Clint Howard, directed by Tim McCanlies. Alabama Moon was based on the best selling novel by Watt Key.

He is extremely gifted in the wide world of sports, a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and there is not a round object that he can’t throw, catch, shoot, or kick without extreme precision. His current passion is Ultimate Frisbee, that he took up while here in Los Angeles, nicknamed "Smallz" on the Frisbee field.

Gabriel enjoys summers hunting and fishing at a cabin in Northern Michigan, once caught a 42 inch pike fishing on God's Lake in Canada. He plays the violin and the electric guitar, and is also an amazing artist, creating characters, good guys and bad. One of his favorite things to play is with man’s best friend, his dog named “Boo”.

 

Uriah Shelton

KIT

Uriah was born in Dallas, Texas March 10, 1997. One month after he was born, he moved with his family to Magnolia Springs, Alabama, a small river community about 40 miles south of Mobile.

Active in martial art, piano, and soccer, Uriah decided to take a modeling class with his cousin, Charli. Uriah loved performing and was given the opportunity to move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

Uriah began working in commercials and training full time in martial arts. Uriah took a year off from acting to work full time on his martial arts skills and became the Tae Kwon Do California State Champion in all five categories including weapons, extreme form, extreme weapons, and sparring.

Having accomplished his goal, Uriah returned to acting where he began working on TV shows such as "Without a Trace", "The Ghost Whisperer", "Mad TV", "The Suite Life on Deck", "Monk", Hallmark's "The Nanny Express", "Exit 19" and more.

In the fall of 2008, Uriah began working on the family adventure "Alabama Moon". Soon after beginning filming, Uriah learned that the writer of the novel and screenplay, Watt Key, had attended the same school as Uriah when he was in Alabama; Bayside Academy in Fairhope, Alabama. Surprisingly, they even had some of the same teachers! What are the chances of that?

Most recently, Uriah filmed Levi Alexander's drama "Lifted" which shows off his musical side.

Uriah trains in Los Angeles, known as the martial arts Mecca, in Wushu, XMA (Extreme Martial Arts), guitar, ballet, and hip-hop.

 

Elizabeth Jackson

RACHAEL GENE

Liz Jackson was born on August 2, 1994 in Houston, TX.  Her mother, Dr. Linda Jackson, is a psychologist and her father, Dr. Jeffrey Jackson, is a neurologist.  Her only sibling is a twin brother, Greg.

Liz discovered her passion for acting at the age of 4 through theatre camps, signing up for as many as she could.  By the age of nine, she landed her first stage role as the “Glowworm” in “James and the Giant Peach” at the Fort Bend Theatre. 

The 5-foot, 1-inch actress is small in stature but proved to be big on talent, quickly gaining the reputation in local theatrical circles as a “triple treat” for her acting, singing and dancing abilities.  She held title roles in Thumbelina (Fort Bend Theatre) Aladdin, & Grandma’s Attic (Suzanne Semans Studio) and lead roles in Annie and Wizard of Oz (Stafford Centre for Performing Arts).  Additional theatre credits include local performances in Oliver, Babes in Toyland, Rumplestiltskin, and a Rogers & Hammerstein Review.

Named “Best Child Actress” in Fort Bend Theatre’s 2005-06 season, Liz branched out into television roles with a commercial and a performance in Star Disney’s Lighting Ceremony on KPRC-TV.  Her film debut as Rachael Gene in Alabama Moon began what she hopes is her life long career as a screen actress.

A freshman at Kempner High School, Liz is an honor student who is involved in a number of activities and organizations. She and her twin brother, formerly USA competitive swimmers, now swim for the Kempner High Swim team.  Liz, an All Region flautist last year, plays flute for the Honors Band at Kempner.

“Alabama Moon” is Liz’s first feature film.

 

Clint Howard

CONSTABLE SANDERS

In a career that has spanned over forty-five years, Clint Howard's impressive list of credits include over one hundred films, five series and scores of television appearances.

Clint recently was seen in the Oscar nominated film, "Frost/Nixon" and is soon to be seen in the second installment of 20th Century Fox's "Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" along side an all-star cast.

Rob Zombie's "Halloween" and MGM's "Music Within", both released in '07 featured Clint in his usual character mode.  Other film projects include "Cinderella Man", "How To Eat Fried Worms", and "Fun With Dick And Jane".

In the world of television, Clint has made stops on "My Name Is Earl" and "Arrested Development".  He most recently did guest appearances on NBC's HEROES and the new FOX sci-fi hit FRINGE.

His early career began in 1961, cast as Leon in five episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show". Other early highlights include a 1966 appearance in "Star Trek" and the 1967/68 CBS Series "Gentle Ben".

As an adult, Howard's career continued in a variety of interesting roles. The wheeler/dealer Eaglebauer in the cult classic, "Rock And Roll High School" and the demon possessed cadet in the 1981 horror film "Evilspeak" are examples of his versatility.

In 1998, Clint was honored at the annual MTV Movie Awards where he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the industry. Clint is Married to his beautiful bride of twelve years, Melanie and considers himself an avid golfer, carrying a ten handicap.

He resides in Los Angeles.

 

John Goodman

MR. WELLINGTON

John Goodman remembers the day in 1975 when he left his native St. Louis for New York, armed only with a degree in fine arts from Southwest Missouri State University, $1,000 his brother had lent him and a dream of becoming a professional actor. He didn't want to look back later and say, “I wonder if I could have ...” He made the rounds, worked at odd jobs and just tried to keep busy. He’s been quite busy ever since.

Goodman’s versatility is reflected in his upcoming projects which include Disney’s animated feature “The Princess and the Frog,” MGM’s “Bunyan and the Babe,” Constan Films “Pope Joan” and Alabama Moon Entertainment’s “Alabama Moon.”   

Goodman has garnered many accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and seven Emmy nominations for his role in “Roseanne.” He also earned Emmy nominations for his starring roles in TNT’s “Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long,” CBS’s production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” and the Coen Brothers film “Barton Fink.”  In 2007, Goodman won his second Emmy, for Outstanding Guest Actor, on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”

Previous film credits include “In The Electric Mist,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Speed Racer,” “Bee Movie,” “Gigantic,” “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Masked and Anonymous,” “Storytelling,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Coyote Ugly,” “What Planet Are You From?,” “One Night at McCool's,” “Bringing Out the Dead,” “Fallen,” “The Borrowers,” “Blues Brothers 2000,” “The Runner,” “The Flintstones,” “Mother Night,” “Arachnophobia,” “Always,”  “Pie in the Sky,” “Born Yesterday,” “Matinee,” “The Babe,” “King Ralph,” “Punchline,” “Everybody's All-American,” “Sea of Love,” “Stella,” “Eddie Macon's Run,” “C.H.U.D.,” “Revenge of the Nerds,” “Maria's Lovers,” “Sweet Dreams,” “True Stories,” “The Big Easy,” “Burglar” “The Wrong Guys,” “Raising Arizona” and “The Big Lebowski.”

He has lent his voice to numerous animated films, including “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Emperor’s New Groove,” “Tales of the Rat Fink” and “The Jungle Book II.” He also voiced a main character in NBC’s animated series “Father of the Pride.”

Goodman went to Southwest Missouri State intending to play football, but an injury forced him to switch his major to drama. He never returned to football and graduated with a degree in Theatre.

Goodman’s stage credits include many dinner theatre and children's theatre productions, as well as several off-Broadway plays. His regional theatre credits include “Henry IV, Parts I and II,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “As You Like It” and “A Christmas Carol.” He performed in a road production of “The Robber Bridegroom” and starred in two Broadway shows, “Loose Ends” in 1979 and “Big River” in 1985. In 2001, he starred in the NY Shakespeare Festival Central Park staging of “The Seagull” directed by Mike Nichols.  The following year Goodman appeared on Broadway in the Public Theatre’s “Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”.  Most recently, he starred in “Waiting for Godot” on Broadway for which he received rave reviews as Pozzo.

Goodman and his family have homes in both Los Angeles and New Orleans.

 

J.D. Evermore

PAP

JD was born in the delta town of Greenville, Mississippi, also the birthplace of Muppets creator Jim Henson. He is of Irish-French-German-Cherokee-Choctaw-Jewish decent (All-American Mutt), the oldest of 7 siblings, and attended 17 different schools (public and private) while moving back and forth between his mother and father. After a short stint in college and a 15 month stint in the Marine Corps stationed at 29 Palms, California, and after hanging out with some actors in L.A., JD thought he would give acting a shot. 

After the Marine Corps, he returned to Mississippi and worked as a debt collector at his mother's collection agency. After a year of hating his job and the duties it entailed, he decided to return to college and get a degree in theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi. Once on stage at college, he knew acting was what he had to do. 

Since then he has appeared in many feature films and television series, including "Walk the Line," "Where the Heart Is," "Waiting," "The Guardian," "Rolling Kansas", "Stop-Loss," "Walker, Texas Ranger," "CSI," and "Prison Break," to name a few.  He will also be appearing in the upcoming features "I Love You Phillip Morris" with Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" with Nicolas Cage and Val Kilmer, and "Jonah Hex" with Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, and Megan Fox.

Besides acting, JD also enjoys directing, editing and writing in his down time.  He recently co-wrote, co-produced, directed, edited and starred in the award winning southern mockumentary, "Glorious Mail."

 

FILMMAKERS

Tim McCanlies – Director

Tim McCanlies, a fifth-generation Texan, majored in Theatre at Texas A&M University and earned an M.F.A. in Cinema from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  All through high school, college, and graduate school, Tim wrote, performed, and directed community theatre, summer stock in Texas, and repertory theatre in Dallas.  While at SMU, he made a number of short films that showed in national film festivals; one, "Nicole et Claude", tied for first place at USC's Student Film Awards, and was sold to Cable TV movie channels.

With a year after heading to Los Angeles to “break in”, Tim received his first produced writing credit: Universal’s 1987 now-cult surfing film, "North Shore".  During that time, he became known as a “script doctor”, working on a number of largely uncredited production re-writes, such as “Shoot to Kill” for Disney, "Hard Promises" for Columbia, "Little Giants" for Amblin’, and “My Fellow Americans” for Warner Brothers. Tim also received sole screenplay credit on the Warner Bros. 1998 family feature “Dennis the Menace Strikes Again”.

In 1998 Tim wrote and directed “Dancer, Texas Pop. 81”.  The film began as a low budget independent feature but John Calley, head of Sony Pictures, purchased the film one week into production.  “Dancer” premiered with exceptional reviews, made a dozen critics’ “Top Ten Movies of 1998” lists, and was a phenomenon in Texas, where it played in theatres continually for seven months.  It  premiered internationally at the London Film Festival in November, 1998.

Next, Tim then wrote the screenplay for “The Iron Giant”, the critically acclaimed animated feature film directed by Brad Bird. “The Iron Giant” swept the “Annie” awards for animation, winning every category, with Tim receiving the writing award.  “The Iron Giant” also won Tim a prestigious BAFTA award, the British Academy Award.

In 2002 Tim wrote and directed another of his original screenplays “Secondhand Lions”, starring Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Haley Joel Osment, and Kyra Sedgwick.  The New Line Cinema family film debuted in September 2003 in over 3000 screens in the U.S. alone, performed very well theatrically all over the globe, won numerous awards, and was a huge hit on video and DVD.

In 2008 Tim directed two films: first, “The 2 Bobs”, a micro-budget R-rated indie comedy that premiered at the 2009 SxSW Film Festival and at AFI-Dallas, now being sold for distribution. 

Currently in post-production is another independent feature, “Alabama Moon”, based on the award winning novel.  The family film stars John Goodman, Clint Howard, and in the title role is 12 year-old Jimmy Bennett, soon to be seen as the young James T. Kirk in the new Star Trek film. 

Future projects include “The Spider & The Fly”, a big 3D animated feature Tim created, sold to Fox/New Regency/John Davis Productions; and a one hour TV pilot script for NBC/Conaco.

While Tim, of necessity, maintains a residence in Los Angeles, his real heart lies back home in Texas, where he owns a working cattle ranch, the “High Lonesome”, near Austin Texas.  He, his family, and his cows are all quite happy there.

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Jimmy Lindsey, SOC – Director of Photography

Jimmy Lindsey was born and raised in Texas. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in film production and history from the University of Texas at Austin and continued his education at the Workshops in Rockport Maine.

For almost twenty years, Jimmy has worked in the camera department. As an operator or assistant he has studied under many respected Cinematographers including Caleb Deschanel ASC, Roman Osin BSC, Bob Yoman ASC, and Guillermo Navarro ASC.

In recent years Jimmy has been shooting a wide variety of projects as either the princiapal or second unit Director of Photography for esteemed action directors like Robert Rodriguez. He is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild and the Society of Camera Operators.

Some of his recent credits include “RPM” directed by Steve Shill and distributed by TNT/Mandelay Television, “Wire in the Blood” a BBC America production directed by Declan O’Dwyer,”Bandslam” directed by Todd Graff for Walden Media/Summit Entertainment, “Whip It” directed and produced by Drew Barrymore for Flower Films.

Jimmy has worked with director Robert Rodriguez several times as his Second Unit Director on “Shorts” distributed by Warner Brother Pictures, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”, released by Columbia/Dimension and “Spy Kids 2” distributed by Miramax/Dimension.

Jimmy lives in Texas with his wife and children.  You can view more of  his work at www.jimmylindsey.com.

 

Lee Faulkner – Producer

Lee’s career in the film and television industry began in 1965, when he and some of his friends got recruited to do stunt work.  He was employed in the1960’s as a film and television stunt man on over 25 shows and numerous feature films.

In 1971, Lee brought kick boxing to the United States and formed the first professional Kick Boxing Association with Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, and Joe Lewis Skipper Mullins.  Lee’s involvement in kick boxing and the film industry led to him to a career as a producer. Lee produced a syndicated television show for Japan on Japanese kick boxing. This would begin his long term work relationship with Japanese film, television and advertising companies. In 1972 he produced 26 one hour shows for Pepsi-Cola entitled “World’s Fair” for Japanese television with TV Man Union (TBS). Later on that year, Lee produced “Ultra Quiz”, Japan’s highest rated TV show. It was unique because it was the first Japanese TV show to be shot outside of Japan.  Filming took place in the United States and Mexico for 7 years with TV Man Union. Lee went on to produce ten ninety minute documentaries for Tokyo Broadcasting Company, entitled “Investigating America”. These documentaries looked at the FBI, CIA, and the New York Police Special Units, who dealt with the mafia in the United States.

In 1973, Lee created an International Distribution company and by the late seventies  was working as a representative for Nippon Herald Films of Japan, Sevens  Filmindustri,  Scandinavia, and as a representative to Esselte, Scandinavia, Cines Limitada, Bogota, Colombia, SVT video, Scandinavia, and  TV4 in Sweden.

Lee became the first producer to use American celebrities in Asian commercials. From 1974 - 2000 Lee produced over 50 commercials for Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese companies with celebrities such asPeter Fonda, Ringo Starr, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman, Winona  Ryder, Sean Connery, Muhammed Ali, Daniel Day Lewis, Sylvester Stallone, Alyssa Milano and Jodie Foster among others.

Lee’s involvement with features began in 1986 when he produced a film titled "Big Wave” for Nippon Herald Films of Japan.  In 1991 he worked as one of the producers on the “The Setting Sun”, an American-Japanese-Chinese epic starring Donald Sutherland and Diane Lane.

In 2000, Lee established his own production company, Faulkner Productions, in Montreal, Canada. He has produced several films in Canada over the last three years.  These include “Protection" (2000) starring Stephen Baldwin and Peter Gallagher, distributed by Alliance Atlantis, “$windle” (2001) starring Tom Sizemore, Sherilyn Fenn, and Dave Foley, distributed by Lionsgate Films. and “Fear of the Dark “(2002), a teen thriller, starring Kevin Zegers, Rachel Skarsten and Jesse James, distributed by Screen Media Ventures.  A year later Lee completed "Red Rover" (2003), starring Billy Baldwin and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, distributed by Equinoxe Films.

Most recently Lee partnered with Kenny Mclean to develop and produce the coming of age adventure  “Alabama Moon” (2008) starring Jimmy Bennett, John Goodman and Clint Howard. The film is currently in post-production.

Lee resides in Rhode Island with his wife and four dogs.

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Kenny McLean – Producer

McLean is the president and CEO of Magnolia Trace, a real estate development company in Point Clear, Alabama. McLean is involved in many charitable ventures in his community.  He founded the Point Clear Polo Club and is the originator of the popular Polo at the Point event that has raised in excess of $4,000,000 for cancer research and other local charities.

“Alabama Moon” is his first feature film project as a Producer.

Mclean resides in South Alabama with his family.

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Jocelyn Throop – Associate Producer

Jocelyn Throop has been an Associate Producer for Faulkner-McLean Entertainment for over three years. She works closely with producers, writers, and directors during the development, production and post-production phases of filmmaking. She recently completed work on feature film adaptation of Watt Key's novel "Alabama Moon", directed by Tim McCanlies and starring Jimmy Bennett, John Goodman and Clint Howard.

Born in Sackville New Brunswick, Jocelyn graduated from the University Of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a Bachelor's Degree in History in 1997. Throughout university, she acted in various theatre productions and was active in the King's Theatrical Society, whose members acted, directed and produced student written and published plays. During this time, Jocelyn also worked part-time as an Arts Administrative Assistant for the Eastern Front Theatre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia raising funds for their fall seasons.

Jocelyn's film career began in 1997 when she took a job as a Casting Assistant at 2020 Casting Ltd, in London, England. Here she assisted casting extras for films, TV shows, commercials and music videos. Some of the film credits included "Eyes Wide Shut", "Shakespeare in Love", "Elizabeth", "East is East", "Eugenie", "Onegin", "Gladiator", "Notting Hill", "Merlin", "Great Expectations", "The Mummy", "Quills", "Topsy Turvy" and "East Enders" among others.

In 1999, Jocelyn returned to her native Canada and worked as a Casting Assistant for the Montreal Casting House on films such as "Protection", directed by John Flynn and starring Peter Gallagher and Stephen Baldwin. She was the Co-Casting Director of the 2002 thriller "Fear of the Dark", starring Kevin Zegers, Jesse James and Rachel Skarsten. During this time, she also began working as a Producer's Assistant for Faulkner Productions and assisted with the development, production, post-production and delivery of films such as "Swindle", directed by KC Bascombe and starring Tom Sizemore, Sherilyn Fenn and Dave Foley, and "Red Rover" directed by Marc Grenier and starring William Baldwin and Jodie-Lyn Keefe.

Jocelyn is currently developing a comedy project with Faulkner-McLean Entertainment.

She lives in Montreal, Quebec and Fairhope, Alabama.

 

For a full list of cast and crew please visit IMdB.