John Schneider was born April 8, 1960 in Mt. Kisco, New York. He began acting at the age of eight and was in many plays in New York. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia when he was fourteen and became involved in the local theater. Schneider later landed a small role in Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds. His big break came when he won the role of Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard. Other credits include starring and guest roles in television shows Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Desperate Housewives, Smallville and Nip/Tuck. In addition to his vast acting career, he has gone on to become a successful country singer and is the co-founder of the Children’s Miracle Network.
(Hulk, Frost/Nixon, Pushing Daisies)
Jenn Gotzon is a small-town girl who has big dreams of making a difference in people’s lives. Raised in the countryside of Northampton, PA, Gotzon passionately pursued a career in acting since age 15. After graduating from The New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, winning best actress awards, playing bit parts in studio films The Hulk, Role Models, tv’s Pushing Daisies and House; Gotzon finally got her big break in Ron Howard’s 2009 best picture Oscar nominee Frost/Nixon, playing the president’s daughter Tricia Nixon. With five features coming out this year, Gotzon loves to make time to encourage students through her mentor-outreach program Inspiring Audiences.
Growing up in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Earnest Lee Hudson always had a passion for drama. He attended Wayne State University where he received a Bachelor of the Arts Degree after studying writing and acting. He later went on to earn an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. A seasoned veteran of the acting world, Hudson has appeared in Fantasy Island, Little House on the Prairie, Taxi, The A-Team, ER and Law and Order. Hudson is perhaps best known however, for his role as Winston Zeddmore in Ghostbusters.
Robert Davi is one of the film industry’s most recognized tough guys both on the silver screen and television. Davi has studied with such acting greats as Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg. His big break came when he was cast opposite Frank Sinatra in Contract on Cherry Street. His many credits include Die Hard, The Goonies, Son of the Pink Panther and License to Kill. He has also worked with Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, and Steven Spielberg just to name a few. Davi also spends his time volunteering for charities such as The Dream Foundation and Exceptional Children’s Foundation as well as being the national spokesperson for I Save America.
(Soultaker, San Franpsycho, Death Row)
The brother of Martin Sheen and uncle of Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, Joe Estevez has over two hundred films credited to his name. A much sought after voice-over actor, Estevez has also hosted numerous documentaries and continues to have a love for stage acting as well. Some of his credits include Soultaker, San Franpsycho and Death Row.
A man with vast interests in the entertainment industry, Will Wallace has been credited not only as an actor, but as a producer, writer, and director as well. Will is a producer with Sunflower films as well as director of the Will Wallace Acting Company. Wallace is most notably known for his roles in the films The Thin Red Line, Broke Sky, Spanish Fly and I Am Sam. He also appears in Terence Malick’s soon to be released Tree of Life.
Peter Mackenzie, Director
Once a leading advertising agency copywriter, Peter produced and directed over 200 commercials all over the world, winning several awards along the way. He has produced and directed features that have been distributed globally including Merchants of War and Mission Manila and has written and developed a large portfolio of projects. Several of these are currently being packaged including Finklestein’s Miracle, a hilarious comedy also set in Texas, C’mon Everybody, a biopic on the life of rock ’n’ roll legend Eddie Cochran and the steamy preacher movie South of Memphis. He has also co-written with Craig McLeod the very spooky occult thriller Ouija to be shot in 3D. He is rightly known as ‘an actors director’. Peter spent many years writing and developing the moody and disturbing Doonby and then assembling a great cast to help him tell his very important story.
Mike produced a number of highly successful international commercials in various countries including UK, Ukraine, Malaysia and Nigeria. His earlier ground floor feature experience includes The Mummy Returns. He worked on the development and packaging of the projects in the portfolio including Doonby which he produced in Smithville, Texas. Mike is now intimately involved in the marketing process, working alongside Mark Joseph.
Mark brings his extensive experience as a music and ﬁlm producer, author and marketing strategist to Doonby. He has been involved in the development and/or marketing of 21 feature ﬁlms including The Chronicles of Narnia, Ray, The Ultimate Gift, The Passion of The Christ, Because of Winn-Dixie and others and produced the rock soundtrack for The Passion of The Christ. In addition to Doonby, Joseph is currently producing the feature films Reagan and IX. Joseph is a contributor to both The Hufﬁngton Post and Foxnews.com and is the author of four books including Faith, God & Rock ‘n’ Roll and has been quoted widely on issues relating to pop culture in media outlets like The New York Times, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, VH-1 and others.
Tommy’s first experience in film was with commercials and promotionals in the ’70s before moving into features with MGM in the ’90s. Later from his office in Hollywood’s Paramount Studios, he was the Executive Producer of National Lampoon’s Teed Off and Teed Off Too as well as The Inner Circle. A qualified and innovative architect, Tommy designed and built the state-of-the-art Spiderwood Studios with a large back-lot just outside Austin on the Colorado River in Bastrop, Texas. He was closely involved in the choice of locations for Doonby and used his considerable Texas experience to make sure that everything ran smoothly.
Peter’s is one of UK’s top cinematographers and his bio is littered with major blockbusters including three Bond movies Die Another Day, The World is Not Enough and Quantum of Solace. He also worked on Troy, Cold Mountain, Lara Croft Tomb Raider and Hot Fuzz. His lighting and cinematography on Doonby has made this a must watch experience.