George “Lucas” Palmer - Director

For this project, George “Lucas” Palmer took on his life’s passion: directing a film.  At a young age, he knew that he wanted to work with film, watching his heroes such as Victor Fleming and William Wyler produce some of his favorite movies of all time.  It inspired him to make short films such as Attack of the Giant Baby, in flavor of the homemade movies from many famous directors like Steven Speilberg in their younger years.  As his life progressed, George found himself in the blue collar struggle, putting finances above aspirations.  This film has given George the ability to seize the opportunity he never had, by using his personal savings to follow his dream. 
George may not have the formal training and experience of your everyday director, but what he lacks in skill he makes up in enthusiasm and ambition. 


Parker TheadAssistant Director

As a film school student on the verge of completion, Parker signed onto the film as George’s (The creator) assistant director and right-hand man.  Parker took on a large portion of the responsibilities and burden for the project.  When George is out of answers for a problem at-hand, Parker is there to fill in the blanks.  Working on the film has also earned Parker his internship credit required in order for him to graduate.  He has shown an interest in production work his entire life, but goes above and beyond the creative and aesthetic responsibilities as a producer, to the extreme organization and administrative skills he possesses.  Putting school above all else, he stepped into the light and stood above many of his classmates and colleagues with his work and attitude. 
Parker took his skills outside of school work and studies, freelance producing several short videos and commercials such as the TeachMe infomercial that was broadcasted on late night local access cable.  His reputation and marketing attracted George to his information on Craigslist and earned him his role in the production.  Since then, Parker was personally responsible for obtaining the script for the film, as well as the crew, and assisted George in all the casting – other than Bert.  He demands no credit for that casting decision.  If George is the great and powerful Wizard, then Parker’s the man behind the curtain. 


Shane StevensKey Grip

When George and Parker sought out a production crew by posting flyers around town, Shane stepped forward and offered his services.  It was immediately decided he would be the key grip for the film, tackling the lighting and audio responsibilities in the production.  As a graduate of film school, Shane has maintained a passion for production but has been unable to find work in his field.  In school he wrote, produced and directed several films such as It’s So Abstract It’s Art.  Scott, one of the professors at his school, took a liking to Shane and assisted him with several projects.  Even after graduation, the two filmmakers stayed in-touch and kept their friendship alive. 

Since joining the production, Shane has helped complete his crew by adding Scott to the roster as the cinematographer.  Shane possesses an obvious high level of skill in what he does, but it is conflicted with his sharp wit, biting personality and desire to watch situations go haywire as the lunges a wrench into the gears at any opportunity that arises.  If nothing else, he’s a great subject for human sociological studies, making it interesting to wait and see what he just might do next.

Scott BakerDirector of Photography

As Shane’s best friend and former film school professor, Scott brings a prestigious background and professional experience to the film as the cinematographer, or director of photography.  He had worked on a plethora of films, commercials and industrial video projects throughout his earlier years.  At a later point in his life, during his tenure at film school, he lost an eye in the field; the video field that is; while filming a golf instructional video with Mr. Chip Wilson.  Even with the disability that life confronted him with, Scott maintained a sunny disposition and a large dose of ambition. . 
Since joining the film crew for Where the Sun Sets in Purgatory, the friendship between himself and Shane has become obvious.  Scott doesn’t let his disability hinder him either.  As he likes to say “You only need one good eye when you operate a camera anyway.”  It remains unknown exactly what Scott has been doing between his lay off and his partaking in the production.


Vince Capelli Writer
Atop much controversy surrounding the script from day one, it was thought that the screenplay was originally scribed by C.S. Nash.  Vince approached the producers and informed them that he was the true author of Where the Sun Sets in Purgatory – originally titled A Weekend in Purgatory.  Since it was the last day of principal photography, Mr. Capelli cleared the rights for the film crew to finish producing the film.
Vince has also written a series of children’s novels, a weekly blog for the Cleveland Times’ Web site and an erotic cookbook for senior citizens.  He also followed in the footsteps of Charlie Kaufman, and wrote himself into a film based on someone else’s novel, titled Imperfections, as the lead character.  There is currently an ongoing legal dispute between Vince and C.S. Nash.  Vince’s lawyer, Mr. Gregory J. Lavelle, has refused to comment any further on the matter. 


Jack HoffmanMusic

As a guitarist-turned-club DJ, Jack has been known to experiment with many styles and genres of music.  At a young age, Jack played the saxophone, piano and drums.  Following in the footsteps of Les Paul, he began producing multi-track recordings on his father’s reel-to-reel machine.  His early music was all jazz inspired, which led him to learn the guitar and add another instrument to his music collection. 
In high school, he began playing in a rock band called “The One Hit Wonders,” who ironically had zero hits.   After dropping out of school, he worked part time at a recording studio and began mixing synthesized instruments with environmental noise.  A local club owner heard his ‘music’ and asked him to DJ one night a week.  He soon became the most sought-after DJ in the Midwest.  Since his so-called ‘unpleasant’ run-in with the law in 2004, Jack slipped under the radar until his involvement with Purgatory.  Scott, the director of photography, claims to have known Jack in the meantime, but fails to comment on the missing portion of Hoffman’s biography. 


Danny PhoenixDerrick (Lead)

“If it ain’t Sammies, it ain’t sausage” – those words sparked a successful acting career for young Danny.  Since the Sammmie’s Sausage national commercial aired, agents, producers and casting directors started knocking on his door for parts in commercials, films, theater productions and radio ads.  As Danny came into his early 20s, he made a sudden decision to stay in Ohio instead of venturing to either coast, where dozens of jobs were readily available for his talents.  He did however succeed in continuing his work at home, appearing in various national and local productions that took place in Ohio.  After seeing the casting call flyers for Where the Sun Sets in Purgatory, Danny didn’t hesitate to make an appearance and audition. 
Danny has referred to his association with the Purgatory production as “interesting” and “a different experience.”  He has also been quoted saying “after a certain matter blows over, I’m off to L.A. to pursue ‘real’ acting work, with ‘real’ talented people,” whatever that may mean.


Kelly MossSarah (Lead)

You have actually seen some of her modeling work; that is if you’ve been to the doctor’s office or juvenile hall – her biggest exposure to date is a brochure on hangovers and the consequences of underage consumption and alcoholism.  Kelly, who claims to be in her early 30s, came into acting more recently.  Her background is in business and marketing, as she launched several failed small businesses out of her home and leased office space.  After having a child and raising it on her own, the number one goal in her agenda has been to get out of Ohio and give her child the opportunity and resources she never had herself. 
Despite the fact that the character of Sarah in Where the Sun Sets in Purgatory is written for a young woman in her early 20s, the producers of the film saw such potential in her acting skills that they decided to use trick photography and makeup to portray a younger look.


Tryst ValentineDarren (Co-Lead)

Make no mistake, it’s pronounced Val-en-teen, and you wouldn’t know it because you probably haven’t seen any of his work.  Tryst is a local struggling actor who has all the passion in the world for his craft.  But in his words, “Acting isn’t a craft, it’s a gift.”  Perhaps he maintains some delusion on the abundance of his giftedness, but his talent was discovered and cast in George’s film anyway.  Performing in a long string of high school and community theatre productions, hospital patient studies, and mock trials, he remained determined to dive deep into the depths of each of his characters and bring them to the next level.  Tryst’s hero and inspiration for acting came about in 1984, when he hid under his parents’ couch to watch Risky Business late one night. 
From that moment on, Tom Cruise has been his end-all be-all for acting.  His online acting demo reel pays homage to Mr. Cruise’s talents.  Frequenting playhouses and coffee shops, he came across a flyer promoting a casting call for the local independent film by George Palmer.  As the first person cast in the film, he took on the lead role of Darren in Where the Sun Sets in Purgatory


Bert MacKenzieSupporting Roles

He’s no Drew Carey, but the director saw potential in Bert to play the role of the film’s comic relief.  Growing up with comedic influences like Henny Youngman, and later Rodney Dangerfield, Bert decided that the life of a comedian was going to be his destiny.  Constant participation in talent shows and hamming it up for the family around holidays, Bert became known as the “funny kid” around his school, family and neighborhood.  In high school, he started showing up to open-mic nights at the local night clubs and comedy bars.  After being exiled from several of the clubs for allegedly stealing the intellectual property of famous comedians, he began making weekend hauls out of state, to venues which had never seen or heard the likes of him before. 
Bert began traveling the comedy circuit with a band of comedians dubbed “The Funny Gang,” and learned how to deal with failure first hand, being booed out of clubs and having everything from tomatoes to beer bottles thrown at him.  That never discouraged him from persisting to follow his comedy dreams.  At the time the internet became a staple in society, Bert started up a website for other comedians and comedic film producers to have videos uploaded to the site for viewers to download and watch.  He dubbed it Pay-per-laugh and continues to live off the income and royalties of the site.  It remains unknown as to if he has a spouse, but if she does exist, she has a great sense of humor, as jokes about his wife occur very frequently in his material.