Mia Park – the cast
In Chicago’s acting community, “Miss Mia” has co-hosted the underground cable music show, Chic A Go Go, for over seven years. Mia graduated from Improv Olympic and received a scholarship to the Chicago Actor’s Studio. She has performed with the Asian American theater group, Tea Company and with the Asian American sketch improv troupe, Stir Friday Night. She acts with Park Avenue Produce theater ensemble and in independent movies, national commercials and industrial films. In addition to MC-ing for groups like the Korean Consulate and the City of Chicago, Mia also models. She shot her first featured role in the Warner Brother’s film, “The Lake House” starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.
In Chicago’s music scene, Mia drums and sings with the female Asian American rock trio, Kim, now a reunion band. She also drums and sings with Illinois First!, whose songs are about Illinois state history. She’s played with Rock Mime World and drummed in Tatsu Aoki’s Asian American jazz band, “Miyumi Project Big Band”. Mia has performed solo at the Columbia College Asian American Women Warrior Festival and at the Asian Health Coalition of Illinois benefit. She’s practicing guitar these days and working on songs, which she says is “fun and hard work!”
Michael Smith – the director
Michael is an independent filmmaker and a cinephile with a penchant for the offbeat and unpredictable. He received a BA in Liberal Arts from Columbia College in Chicago in 2000 and an MA in film production from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California in 2004. He was an assistant teacher of Cinematography at Humboldt State and his film writing has appeared in the English magazine Isis. He has also taught classes on the films of Wong Kar-Wai and Takashi Miike at Facets Film School in Chicago. After writing and directing numerous shorts on film and video, Doubt is his feature-length directorial debut.
Bernice Man – the assistant director & editor
Bernice is a film enthusiast who cites Wong Kar Wai as her favorite director. She matriculated from the University of Chicago (BA, Economics) in 2000. After deciding not to join the suit and tie ranks of the corporate world, Bernice acted in productions of Wanda’s Visit, The Threepenny Opera, Wind in the Willows, The Three Musketeers and Cabaret. She then went on to a four year stint in graphic and web design. Most recently, Bernice acted in a commercial (“Hooray Opposites”) that was entered into Red Stripe beer’s commercial contest. Bernice is currently considering going back to school to pursue a degree in film editing or pharmacy. Doubt is her first feature length project as an editor and assistant director.
Daaimah Mubashshir – the director of photography
Daaimah began experimental filmmaking and performance art as a resident youth artist at DiverseWorks(Houston, TX) in 1996. During that time, she co-founded a multimedia performance troupe, QuAC, which produced 3 shows for that year. She then received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, concentrating in Film and Sound. Her work, including a short video entitled “Snow Lilies,” has screened domestically and internationally. Daaimah is currently developing a solo performance exploring issues of security and personal resposibility to be completed by the summer. Doubt is her first feature length project as a director of photography.
Alex Fisher – sound recorder
Alex was raised in Ohio and has been involved in the music and sound arts since early junior high. He began his musical career with the trumpet and drums, eventually picking up the guitar along with many other instruments. He has played in many varieties of bands that have ranged from rock to jazz to heavy metal, and has even composed classical and electronic music. Realizing that music was a huge part of his life, Alex decided to study sound engineering at The Recording Workshop in Chillicothee, OH. Shortly after moving to Chicago for a recording studio internship, he started his own freelance production studio.
Although music is why he started the practice of sound engineering Alex has found that his favorite projects are movies. He enjoys participating in a wide range of film projects, from location gigs to sound design jobs. He has become fascinated with the many facets of filmmaking. Still currently pursuing every corner of the sound field, Alex hopes to further his filmmaking education.
Manny Toro – the cast
Manny Toro is a New York City-based actor and music industry entrepreneur. He is currently working as a new media executive for Hustle Period Entertainment, a company that represents hip hop producers, rappers and indie rock groups. Doubt is his feature film debut.
Circus-Szalewski– the cast
Circus is a veteran performer well known to the worlds of theatre and independent film in Chicago. Among more recent credits are Trap Door Theatre’s Midwest premiere of Old Clown Wanted and the independent films Cup of My Blood and The Rockville Slayer. Circus also has extensive experience doing commercials, industrial films and voice-over work.
Duane Sharp– the cast
Duane is an experienced martial artist, fight choreographer and actor. His recent film credits include Road to Perdition, Stir of Echoes, Zen Noir and The Godfather of Green Bay. In Chicago theatre, Duane has performed with The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, The Court, Bailiwick and many other theatres.
JD Hennig– the cast
JD has studied with the Acting Studio and Profiles Theatre in Chicago and the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, MI. He has an extensive resume working in Chicago theater and also does commercials, print work, modeling and narration at auto trade shows. JD will follow up his performance in Doubt with a role in the film Stand Alone.