ABOUT SPARKLIGHT FILMS
Bringing together years of experience in story consulting, law and business management, Heather Haggarty and Nanou Matteson approach every stage of filmmaking with an eye on telling a story that leaves the audience transformed.
In the five short years since Sparklight Films was formed, Heather and Nanou have produced or helped produce four features and multiple shorts. EAST SIDE SUSHI won 13 Audience/Best Narrative/Best Screenplay/Jury Awards on the festival circuit in 2015, had its national theatrical run in 2016, was distributed by Samuel Goldwyn and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and continues to be screened in theatres around the world. CARRIE PILBY, starring Bel Powley, Gabriel Byrne and Nathan Lane premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016 and was released in March 2017 by The Orchard.
ABOUT STEVE GOLDBLOOM
An emerging talent, Steve Goldbloom is a writer, producer, and performer based in Los Angeles. Remember Me is his feature film debut as a director. He is also the creator and executive producer of the weekly interview series Brief but Spectacular, which airs on the PBS NewsHour. The series has earned more than 150 million views since its launch in 2015. Guests have included everyone from Ta-Nehisi Coates, Marina Abramovic, and Alec Baldwin to prisoners serving life sentences at San Quentin and Steve’s 92-year-old grandfather on memory loss. Previously, he created and hosted "Everything But the News" for PBS Digital Studios. The satirical show lampooned Silicon Valley and public broadcasting. USA Today ranked it as the Best Web Series of 2014. Steve’s production company, Second Peninsula has produced a variety of video and audio content for Forbes, AOL, PBS, and more. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia Steve now resides in Los Angeles.
ABOUT RITA MORENO
Octogenarian Rita Moreno still remains one of the busiest stars in show business. Rita currently stars in the Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, One Day at a Time on Netflix. Season 2 premieres in early 2018. She also lends her voice to the character “Abuelita” on NBC-TV’s Sprout Network hit animated series, Nina’s World. She received a Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American Culture and also served as the Grand Marshall of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. That same year she released her ‘first ever’ all Spanish language album, Una Vez Más, produced by good friend, Emilio Estefan.
Rita was honored as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. She also added New York Times Bestselling Author to her list of accomplishments with her first book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir published by Celebra Books. Finally, she received the National Medal of Arts and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom both by President Barack Obama.
ABOUT JOEL KELLEY DAUTEN
Joel is a Los Angeles based actor, writer and comedian and can be seen in recurring roles on the Emmy award winning show Feud: Bette and Joan (FX), as well as the Jim Carrey produced I'm Dying Up Here (Showtime), which has been renewed for a second season. The release of Remember Me marks his feature film debut. He was awarded Best Male Performance at the Gasparilla International Film Festival for his role in Remember Me. In addition to film & TV work, Joel and his brother, Trevor Dauten, created and star in a web series titled Ad Guys.
ABOUT RAY REINHARDT
Ray Reinhardt has appeared on Broadway in A FLEA IN HER EAR and in TINY ALICE with Sir John Gielgud. He was a founding company member of the highly acclaimed American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, working there for 25 years and appearing in productions too numerous to mention; including leading roles in DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS, THE VISIT, THE MISER, SLEUTH and CYRANO DE BERGERAC. A sampling of roles for other San Francisco Bay Area companies include: Willy Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN (San Jose Rep); Con Melody in TOUCH OF THE POET and James Tyrone in LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Berkeley Rep); and Lear in KING LEAR (San Francisco Shakespeare Company and Marin Shakespeare Company).
Ray returned to the Bay Area in 2005 and has appeared in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND (Berkeley Rep co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre); AWAKW AND SING AND THE PRICE (Aurora Theatre); THE PRICE (Vienna’s English Theatre in Vienna, Austria); A ROUND HEELED WOMAN with Sharon Gless (Z Space); THE FANTASTIKS, STOREFRONT CHURCH AND PROMISES, PROMISES at SF Playhouse; and BROOKLYN BOY (TheatreWorks).
Ray’s television and film credits include THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, HILL STREET BLUES, STAR TREK: VOYAGER, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, LA LAW, and GENERAL HOSPITAL. He had a role in VIOLET, a short film for Pixar Academy, and has appeared in numerous radio and television commercials. Ray studied at The American Theatre Wing and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in London, England.