Roger Lim
(Eric/ "Steve" & 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- AmerAsian (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.

       www.Roger-Lim.net            www.FaceBook.com/AmerAsianFilms

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Angel Monroe
(Amy Pierce)


Born in Florida, All-American girl from a predominantly show business family, most notably, her grandfather, Joseph Russo, a well-known Italian singer & actor; She currently studies with J.D. Lewis; A graduate of the Lee Strausberg Institute who has also studied on-camera, scenes and improv under Scott Sedita; Great American Dream is her first lead in a feature and has booked several supporting roles since, including Cindy in the feature Cheerleader Massacre; Represents and competes in major pageants, including Miss California for the Miss America Organization, and a former Miss Tean USA Florida and Miss Hawaiian Tropic; She is listed in The Who's Who of American High School Students and The National Honor Roll for her outstanding academic achievments; She is also currently enrolled in film school.

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Andy Hnilo
(Danny/ "Brian")


Joseph Andrew Hnilo; Born in Fortuna, California, raised in Palo Alto; Received a full scholarship to UC Berkeley, but transferred to Sacramento State and then to Saint Mary’s College before earning his B.A. in Communication; As a junior, he was one of a select few invited by the San Francisco Giants to work out at Pac Bell Park for the owner, general manager, and numerous scouts; Represented Team California in high school, where he was ranked the #2 Outfielder/ #10 Player in Northern California and the #132 Player in the U.S.A. by Baseball America Magazine; Despite the absence of any formal acting training, he booked his first supporting role as a boxer in Adam Carolla's The Hammer before landing his first lead role in Great American Dream; In addition to recruiting for RMG Sports, a well-known Chicago-based baseball agency, he is a successful runway model whose greatest passion is nutrition; Also considering sports broadcasting while he weighs his options of  playing professional baseball.

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Bruce Childs
(Tommy Crawford)


Bruce Lee Childs; Born in Gainesville, Florida to an African-American father and an Irish mother; Although he never knew his father, he credits his mom, Karen Walker, for bravely and successfully handling the role of dual parents; Picked in the 11th round of the Major League Draft out of the University of North Florida; After playing to the end of his professional baseball contract, his passion shifted to acting, but claims his move to L.A. was the hardest decision of his life; Currently studying with Michael John’s  master class; Only a few credits away from earning his Business degree, and also expresses interest in becoming an Orthopedic Rep (working with halos and compound fractures); Earned his AA from Florida Community College of Jacksonville where he was offered his full scholarship to UNF; Great American Dream is his first lead in a feature.


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Ross Triplett
(Coach Pierce)


Born and raised in Rensselaer, IN; Served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1965; Has been married to his wife, Dianne, for 40 plus years; After recovering from life-changing, open-heart surgery in 1995, “Trip” went into acting, working various theatre productions across Southern California, including 3 different projects at the Long Beach Playhouse; His performance as Pat Garrett in The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid was his most memorable role; Great American Dream was his first-ever feature film audition; Currently studying with Joe Salazar in Hollywood, he strives to constantly challenge himself as a working actor.

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Tracy Miller
(Coach Weiss)

At 6’2”, 190 pounds, with a strong, deep voice, Tracy Miller brings a powerful presence to his characters; his stillness and explosiveness, combined with honesty, realness and versatility of his work, allow him to wear both black and white hats, leaving a distinct and lasting impression.

Although he’s a third generation Southern Californian, Tracy spent his early years on the move as a military brat, then hit the road at 17, hitchhiking to Alaska; an adventure he continued over the next 10 years, roaming about the planet via thumb and backpack; living a little Casablanca, a little Indiana Jones, and a little Midnight Express; unable any longer to ignore his gut, he hung up his backpack to begin his life’s journey as an actor, a path he continues today.

Some of his feature work includes a simple workman opposite Robert Duval and John Travolta in A Civil Action; a redneck opposite Glenn Plummer in Road Kings; a goofy dad opposite Danny Dyer and Vinnie Jones in The Other Half; a seduced fool opposite Russell Means in Rez Bomb; a sadistic CIA agent opposite Lance Henricksen and James Russo in Deadwater; a military commander opposite Timmothy Bottoms in Absolute Force; and a hostile coach in both AmerAsian and Great American Dream.

On TV he’s played a billionaire casino owner opposite Tom Selleck on Las Vegas; a Texas oilman on Numb3rs; a mayor on Passions; a paramedic on The Young & The Restless; a flight controller on the Emmy Nominated MOW, Flight 93: The Flight That Fought Back; a hard edged detective on Guilty or Innocent; and an Irish crime boss on Where’s Billy Chang, a Showtime Pilot, among others.

 

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Ben Maughan
(Chance)

Born and raised in San Diego, California; A graduate of the University of Oregon in Theatre Arts and former member of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco; Currently a personal trainer to the entertainment industry and an independent distributor of Herbalife Nutrition; More info can be found at www.StrongManEnterprises.com
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Andy Rossi
(Christian -- Umpire)

Born in Carol Stream, IL (near Chicago) to Italian parents; Earned his B.A. in Public Relations from Illinois State University, where he was once voted Delta Zeta Dream Man; Landed roles in Passions (NBC), Summerland (WB), and Jessica Simpson's A Public Affair music video; Goals are to become a series regular on a daytime soap, an E! correspondent, and star in feature films; Favorite actor is Brad Pitt; A former television reporter in Peoria, IL and radio disc jockey in Bloomington, IL, he is also a licensed paralegal who works regularly as host, mc, and disc jockey (Vox DJ’s in El Segundo) for beauty pageants, fashions shows, bridal shows, weddings, and clubs; Began his acting training at TVI studios and is now currently studying with Lesly Kahn; Huge fan of the White Sox, KC Chiefs, University of Michigan, and DA Chicago Bears; Currently writing a screenplay; Great American Dream is his first strong supporting role in a feature; More info can be found at http://www.andyrossi.com/ and http://www.voxdjs.com/.
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Alexander Aquino
(Walt Pierce)

Southern California native; Born to an Irish/ Korean mother and a Filipino father; Earned his B.S. in Marketing from Azusa Pacific University; Climbed the corporate ladder before traveling to become one of Asia’s top models; In the Philippines, landed the covers of magazines such as A-List Magazine and YOU Magazine before being named one of Cosmopolitan Magazine's Top 10 Bachelor’s in the Country; Alexander went on to win over 32 countries represented, the title of India’s prestigious male pageant, “GRASIM Mr. International”; Returned to the U.S. to pursue acting, landing roles in NBC's Passions and UPN'S Half & Half, as well as many independent films including AmerAsian, and most recently as Walt Pierce in Great American Dream.
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Mike Taylor
(Joey)


Born in Odessa, TX to Spanish and Italian parents; Currently on a leave of absence from the University of Texas in Arlington, where he has studied Communications and Spanish; Has trained in Dallas and New York, but is currently studying with Gloria Gifford in Hollywood; Has landed student films, theatre, and commercials, but Great American Dream is first feature film; Loves baseball, working out, traveling, and the movies, especially old classics with Paul Newman; His goal is to be admired as a successful, working actor and to land at least one lead role in a baseball film.

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Isaiah LaBorde
(Curt)


Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; The youngest of 4 siblings, 3 nieces, and 6 nephews; A performer since childhood, mostly in plays, before landing his recurring role as a waiter on The Young & The Restless; Stars as Ed in The Neighbors, a new pilot which he also co-produces; Credits his high school teacher Mia Smith as his greatest influence to pursue acting; Has studied at Ain't It Good Productions and is currently training at Howard Fine Studios with Ted Burnetti; A successful print, runway, and fitness model, he also produces music videos, commercials, and features; Received his first stunt coordinator credit on Great American Dream; His ultimate goal is to make great films on both sides of the camera.

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Sno E. Blac
(Valerie)


Born in San Bernardino, CA to a Korean Mother and Caucasian Father (a former United States Airforce Captain); Raised in small towns in Florida and Georgia; Miss Georgia Teen 2001 was her biggest pageant honor; Recieved a full scholarship to Kennesaw State University, but chose instead to pursue her life-long dream of acting and modeling; Recently moved to L.A. and has completed another feature, Alondra Smiles, in addition to Great American Dream; Her television credits include MTV's Next, The Tyra Banks Show, and currently has a Jewel Therapy Infomercial running; Has modeled clothing for The Project Live, jewelry for GNG, and is the spokesmodel for DTMautobody.


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David Doko
(Cinematographer)


Korean-American filmmaker; Moved to Los Angeles after graduating from New York University and has been working on various camera crews around California for the past decade; Writer and Director of the shorts: Second Chances and Screw Mars; Director of Photography on the short, Diez, and on his first feature, Book Of Rules, before lensing AmerAsian and Great American Dream.

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Kerry Moynahan
(Unit Production Manager)


Born and raised in San Jose, CA; Earned her B. A. in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University; Moved to Los Angeles to freelance on television sitcoms, reality shows, independent films, and studio blockbusters Illusion and Seabiscuit; Held full-time positions on the Hollywood Squares and Dr. Phil before she became the Network Audience Producer at cable network, G4TechTV; When G4 went through format reconstruction, she returned to film production, working on such films as War of the Worlds; Her own production, ReviewFest.biz, is a WAVE Award winner and a Davey Award Nominee; Founder of http://www.1stReelEntertainment.com  which specializes in independent film and television productions such as television magazine shows, travel shows, behind-the-scenes projects, industrial videos, and short films; Recently teamed up with AmerAsian Films as UPM and its supervising producer for the behind-the-scenes DVD.

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Rene Martin
(Art Director)


Born in San Bernardino, CA of Mexican descent; Earned his B.A. in Theatre Arts, with an Acting Emphasis, from Cal State San Bernardino; Production and Design Major, Sound and Cinematography Minors, and graduated with Honors from the Los Angeles Film School; Received Minority Scholarships in theatre to CSU San Bernadino; Besides Great American Dream, his credits include the features Evil Incarnate, directed by Richard Speck, and  Daniel and Alfred, directed by Mike Feifer; Has also worked on reality shows and Yolanda Ruiz’s music video Loca featuring Jabu; His film school reel can be viewed at http://www.YouTube.com/ under the name “crazydaze695”.

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Tammy Hunt
(MakeUp/Wardrobe)


Born in Lexington, KY; Graduate of Bauder Fashion Institute in Atlanta, GA (AA Costume Design); Worked costume/make-up; 1n the short film "Available Men" won the ImageOut Award for best comedy short at Outfest 2006; Enjoys working both in front and behind camera, member of Filmmakers Alliance and American Film Institute, and owner of "Concept to Costume" her wardrobe company, and Hunt Talent Management for musicians and actors;
Her website is: www.HuntTalentManagement.com.

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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, (www.BangWorld.com), 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.

www.SeismicFX.com     www.ChrisJulian.com

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Chris Wessinger
(1st AC)


Born in Mineola, NY; After completing a film workshop at the New York Film Academy-Burbank Chris took the advice of many and hit Mandy and Craigslist for entry level work; It wasn’t until his instructor Rick Taylor taught him how to load the Panaflex magazine did he begin to focus on work in the camera department; After much success this past year learning the craft and pursuing his camera guild membership, his experience on Great American Dream was his high water mark, handling the responsibility of 1st Assistant Cameraman for his first time under David Doko’s tutelage.

***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.