Not So Young Cast & Crew Bios
 Not So Young Cast Bios

Roger Lim
(Eric/ "Jimmy" & Director/ Producer/ Writer)

Roger Lim was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. His first three combined acting, directing, producing & writing efforts make up the AmerAsian Trilogy- Not So Young (2010), Great American Dream (2011), and Young Again (2012). The features, all currently in post-production, are closely based upon a series of adverse personal relationships revolving around Roger’s immensely challenging baseball journey.

Back in his playing days, Roger pitched nationally recognized Lowell High School to their first ever victory at Candlestick Park as an All-City junior, but was forced to overcome a serious career-threatening rotator cuff injury as a senior. After extensive rehab, he walked on to the Dons' outfield at the University of San Francisco as a freshman, a squad from which 10 of his teammates went on to sign professionally. He transferred over to Cal State East Bay to start in left field his junior year, finishing as the Pioneers' second leading hitter.

After a major disagreement with his head coach, he relinquished his final year of eligibility and returned to USF to earn his B.A. in Psychology. He played out the remainder of his baseball career at catcher and third base for various college and semi-pro teams up and down California, garnering tryouts at Philadelphia Phillie, Seattle Mariner, and Major League Scouting Bureau camps. After a series of injuries, Roger settled in Los Angeles to enroll in commercial acting classes, only to find himself gearing up behind the plate once again- this time catching Hideo Nomo in an international Nike campaign.

That same year, Roger’s initial inspiration to direct behind the lens was sparked while standing-in for Jackie Chan on Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour 2 (2001). Once on set, he studied the pair’s tireless energy toward finely detailed perfection. His most crucial inspiration to work dramatically in front of the lens came when Cameron Crowe cast him opposite Tom Cruise & Kurt Russell in Vanilla Sky (2001). Although Roger didn't survive the final cut of his debut film role, he was introduced to Meisner training, helping him land his first television roles on Alias, N.C.I.S., and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

While training at Larry Moss Studios, scene study instructor, Michelle Danner, inspired and influenced Roger to create his own material, sparking him to script his AmerAsian Trilogy .In addition to television & film, Roger continues to appear in commercials and print ads, having modeled in over 150 campaigns thus far. An avid networker and film festival supporter, he actively scouts actors, crew, musicians, and other artists year-round to collaborate with for future filmmaking efforts.                   

Cris Smothers
(Monica Donovan)

California native who spent her early years growing up near Big Bear and around the beaches of Southern California; A self-taught student of conversational Mandarin, who lived in Taiwan for a stint; Traveled extensively throughout Asia and volunteered her time to orphanages throughout China; After returning to Southern California, became involved with feeding the homeless in Downtown L.A and volunteered for the Homeless Coalition, raising money for a new women and children's shelter; Around the same time, she began acting classes, studying multiple techniques taught by a variety of LA instructors; Attended class regularly for 7 years before auditioning for her first role; Has since landed featured, supporting, and lead roles in a variety of projects, including Bob Steel with Patrick Warburton and on Mad TV; Earned her first starring role as the deeply troubled Monica in the indie feature Not So Young, a role that challenged her to repeatedly sustain heightened levels of emotion, dramatically exercising and broadening her artistic range; Recently wrote, produced, directed, and edited her first commercial for an LA radio station; Has worked as producer, costumer, set decorator, and hair & make up artist on various films; Was seen in early 2008 in the controversial feature, If You Steal My Sunshine; Enjoys writing in her spare time, having completed two feature length screenplays- one a horror about attending college in Utah amidst the life of Polygamists; Hopes to one day raise enough money to provide housing, job training, and hundreds of new public bathrooms for the 90,000 and growing homeless in LA County, half of whom are women and children.


Andrew Plummer

Peterborough, England; A child actor who starred in numerous foreign commercials and advertising campaigns across England and Japan; Moved to the United States at age 10 where athletics consumed most of his time, earning a baseball scholarship for #1 ranked University of South Carolina; Awarded All-Region honors at third base in his junior year, leading the Gamecocks to an SEC Championship Title; Upon graduation from USC's Theater School, reverted back to his passion for acting and moved to Los Angeles; Has made several television and film appearances, most recently as the manipulative and calculating Sean in Not So Young, his first lead role; Enjoys reading, fishing, golf, piano, and guitar.


Shannon Gayle

Southern California native; moved to New Orleans at age 14; Anchored and produced her high chool's first morning news show; Played softball, ran cross country and track, sang choir, played Ursula in "Bye Bye Birdie", voted Most Outstanding Sophomore, and awarded Most Spirited Senior; Earned her B.S. in Wildlife from Lousiana State University; Moved back to L.A. to pursue her acting dreams, booking her first-ever feature film audition as the cunning and ruthless Kimberly in Not So Young; Has started her career quickly with small supporting roles as in Flags of Our Fathers, Changeling, and most recently as Lucinda in The Number 23; Enjoys reading, movies, yoga, running, martial arts, the beach, and the tropics.


Bobby Dodge
(Coach Donovan)

Born and raised in Florida; The youngest of six siblings to Charles and Elaine Dodge; Child star of local theater and school plays and excels in all sports, particularly baseball; Earned his Business Degree from the University of Central Florida while playing second base for the Golden Knights; Upon graduation, he began a sales career, but ultimately returned to his first love- acting; Has booked over 40 commercials, most recently as a golfer for UBS Financial, and has appeared on several television shows; His most recent film credits include the straight laced U.S. Marshal in Walking Tall 3 and as the jealous, cold-hearted Coach Donovan in Not So Young.


Kristin Pesceone

Southern California native; Born to a Korean mother and an Italian/ Polish father; BFA in Acting from UC Santa Barbara; MA in Theater with an emphasis in Playwriting from UCLA; Stage plays include "The Cherry Orchard" (Dunyasha), "Othello" (Desdemona), "Women & Wallace" (Mother), and "Mama From China" (Ling), a role she originated; Landed her first television pilot in Midas Entertainment's "Teresa the Genius", and her first feature film, Not So Young, as the sweet, but sensitive Lara.


Jason Lombard
(Daryl Walker)

Seattle, Washington; A three-sport star in high school, walked on as a Shooting Guard for the University of Washington Huskies, making a Sweet 16 run in '98, but suffered a career- shortening shoulder injury; Elected to the Student Senate and a Board member for the National Society of Black Engineers, the Black Student Union, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council; Awarded for his food drives, community service events, and Boys & Girls Club coaching; Dean's List Graduate, earning an American Ethnic Studies degree with a Communications focus; 1 of only 25 students selected to UCLA's Riordan Fellows (MBA prep) Program; Transitioned into acting, and signed with a top commercial agency; Graduated from the Baron/ Brown Meisner program into Joanne Baron's Master Class; After landing a handful of soaps, he earned his first feature film role in Not So Young as the highly arrogant Daryl.


Akiko Shima
(Eric's Mom)

Tokyo, Japan; Spent early childhood in Ueda City, Nagano; Returned to Tokyo at age 8 to study acting, joining the children's theater, "The Young Grass"; As a teen, was selected as one of the three personalities for the 2nd generation of Nippon Broadcasting's "The Punch, Punch, Punch"; Continued her broadcasting career in Los Angeles on Japanese TV (The Yomiuri World TV and UTB) and on Radio (The Radio Pacific Japan); Assistant guest interviewer on "U.S.-Japan Investing with Dr. Dennis Laurie" which aired on the Business Channel (formerly KWHY); Nominated for a Geoffrey Award (Best Character Actress) for her role of "Fuyo--The Spirit" in Velina Hasu Houston's play "Kokoro--True Heart", which ran at the Santa Monica Theater Guild; Favorite comedic role was as a wig shop owner in MTV's "Head & Body"; Plays Eric's authoritative, Asian- born Mother in Not So Young; Can also be seen most recently in Letters From Iwo Jima; Enjoys Japanese Classical Dancing and her 2 dogs.


Kara Hyatt

Southern California native; Began her career in competitive cheerleading, but while in grade school, found her love of performing through imitating the likes of CelineDion and Christina Aguilera; A chance meeting with one of Ms. Aguilera's gold-record producers helped land her first stage role; Another chance meeting with a director/producer helped land her first film role; The extremely positive experiences quickly transitioned her from singing into acting, and immediately signed with a top agency; In just her first year in the industry, she has been featured in 4 music videos for big name groups, booked 3 major national commercials, and earned numerous supporting film roles; Currently studies acting and learns to drive when she's not hanging out with her friends, being a normal high school senior.

 Not So Young Crew Bios TOP

David Doko

Korean-American filmmaker; Moved to Los Angeles five years after graduating from New York University and has been working on various camera crews around California for the past decade; Director of Photography on numerous shorts including Diez, Four of Diamonds, Have You Thought About It, Out Of Focus, Beyond The Line and Fortitude; His features include Book Of Rules, Not So Young, Great American Dream and Locked.

Frank Critchlow

Graduated with a film degree from San Francisco State University where he shot several graduate films, one which was shown to visiting director, Lindsey Andersen, as a representation of the film department; Has lit film and video for over twenty years, including the 2005 Documentary Oscar Winner, Mighty Times: The Children's Crusade, the TV movie The Inner Circle, and the feature Eyes of the Woods; His television credits include the reality shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, as well as VH1's You Rock and an episode of Desperate Housewives, as second unit gaffer.

Dean Harada
(Composer -- Theme Song)

Born and raised in Hawaii; Classical Performance major at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston; Student of MacArthur Fellow Ran Blakes' innovative and iconoclastic "Third Stream" program who spent time with composers David Leisner and Osvaldo Golijov; Guitarist for the award winning hip-hop band Chuck and the cutting edge classical ensemble The New World Guitar Trio, opening shows for Run DMC and playing at Linclon Center; Partnered with recording engineer Dave Kirkpatrick to open Supersonic Recording Studio in Cambridge, working with 100's of artists, labels, and publishing companies including Aftermath, Dreamworks, Sony, and Warner/ Chappell; Scored numerous experimental video programs for Skolos/ Wedell's broadcast and industrial clients; Moved to L.A. to continue developing music for picture and partnered with Jason Moss and business manager Catherine Parsons to reinvent Supersonic; Tinkers with his '65 Cuda in between spending time with his wife, Not So Young daughter, and three mutts on the porch, sipping Irish Whiskey.

Chris Julian
(Music & Sound Design)

Native New Yorker; Earned his B.S. in Television and Radio Production from Syracuse University; Award winning composer/producer, sound editor, and foley artist, spanning the film, record, and television industries in genres ranging from film sound to rock, hip-hop/R&B, and jazz; Earned his first Emmy Award on A & E's Flight 93, as well as dozens of Gold and Platinum records; His post production sound work has been featured in films earning 6 major awards and 14 major nominations, including a Sundance Win and Nom, 10 Emmy Noms; His collaborations in the record industry have merited his esteemed clients 4 Grammy Noms; As producer, composer, engineer, writer, and instrumentalist, he has worked in every genre, with music giants ranging from Jimmy Webb, Art Garfunkel, Chaka Khan, David Bowie, and Isaac Hayes, to Queen Latifah, De La Soul, Deee-Lite, 3rd Bass, Black Sheep, and Biz Markie; His NYC - based production company, Calliope, became ground zero for the now legendary East Coast hip-hop movement known as the Native Tongues; Has worked with many of the aforementioned hip-hop artists who forged a new Black roots awareness and progressive, brainy, "hippy" sensibility within the hip hop community, forever inspiring new modes of expression for Black artists everywhere; Chris' diverse musical background, vast technical know-how, including classical training and conducting, combined with his love and passion for the art of cinema, have made him a natural in the motion picture industry; Has been honored to have worked closely with numerous film sound greats, including Larry Blake, Pat Bietz, Multiple Emmy Award winner Mark Linden, Emmy Award winner and Academy member, Harry Snodgrass, and Clancy Troutman; Has contributed his many post production sound skills to over 100 feature films starring Academy Award Winners, Lee Marvin and Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award Nominees, Elliot Gould and JoBeth Williams, as well as Naomi Watts and many more; In the field of television and radio commercial music, Chris was founder and co-owner of BANG Music, (, a now multi-continental, always cutting-edge, youth oriented commercial music production company; BANG operates with the brash moniker "we're the music company that doesn't do commercial music. we do the real thing!"; With BANG, Chris and his colleagues have written and produced commercials for Coke, Pepsi, Mercedes Benz, Anheuser-Busch, Ford, Burger King, The American Cancer Society, Proctor & Gamble, Sony, and many others; Classically trained in voice, trombone, and timpani, he plays guitar, keyboards, bass, and toured the U.S. for six year as lead singer of his rock band, Los Federales; Owner / operator of a three-studio complex & foley stage in Woodland Hills, California.


Katsuyuki "Katz" Ueno
(Production Sound Mixer)

Born and raised in Japan; Has shot Super 8 film since age 3, completing his first film at age 13; Moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to pursue filmmaking, working on over 40 shorts and features in various capacities; Most recent works include The Forgotten Coast" (Re-recording Mixer, MNJ Productions), Asian Stories (Book 3) (Associate Producer), Eric Byler's Americanese (Sound Editor, IFC First Take), My Life Disoriented (Sound Designer, PBS), Tre (Re-recording Mixer, Cinema Libre Studios); Not So Young is his first feature as location Sound Mixer.

Kristina Perez
(Script Supervisor)

Northern California native; Degrees in both Psychology and Mass Communications from UCLA; Designed databases and planned equipment budgets at Pixar for two years, earning credits on A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2; Relocated to New York to attend the New York Film Academy before working as an assistant editor at the postproduction house, Consulate; Recently returned to Los Angeles to pursue film production and has script supervised several shorts as well as Jhonen Vazquez's music video "Shut Me Up"; Not So Young is the first of numerous feature films; Enjoys developing her own projects in her free time, and has written, directed, and edited seven short films to date.

***AmerAsian [a'mer 'eizn] / noun, adj./ 1. a person of Asian descent who is born in America 2. a relationship between an American-born Asian and an All-American 3. A person sharing both Caucasian and Asian descent or ancestry.