The July 2013 trailer for the short film Ascendants. Starring Erin Brehm, Laura Menzie, and Johnny Lee Davenport.

Premiering at the Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California as part of the Hollyshorts Film Festival.
East Coast Premiere at the Independent Television and Film Festival.

Writer/Director: Don Schechter
Producer: Nadia de Lemeny
Director of Photography: Tom Fitzgerald
Assistant Director/Producer: Cody Signore
Art Director: Judith Prescott
Production Designer: Trevor Chamberlain
Gaffer: David Bouley
1st A.C.: Kyo Moon
2nd A.C.: Toshadeva Palani
2nd A.D.: Charles Vuolo
Script Supervisor: Yvonne LaBarge
Production Sound: Jeffrey Adler
Boom Operator: Zach Camara
Grips: Ryan Bliss, Fletcher Burns, Spencer Caddigan, Ian Fein, Alex Kukla, Nick Langton,
D.I.T.: Dan Mason
Make-up Artists: Kelly Mclin, Nadia de Lemeny
Make-up Special Effects Consultant: Jeffrey Adler
Storyboard Artist: Lisa Moore
Behind the Scenes: Alex Kukla
Production Assistants: Ryan Bliss, McCall Bliss, Bailey Butler, Lai-San Ho, Alex Kukla, Sam McGoldrick, Lisa Moore, Jackie Noack
Music Composed by: Don Schechter
Colorist: John Mercer
Audio Post-Production: Chrissy Farrell
Post-Production Intern: Kaveh Veyssi
Studio Provided by Charles River Media Group, LLC


Laura Menzie’s training includes a B.A in theatre arts at Clark University, commedia dell’arte training at Accademia dell’arte (2010), and acting training at American Academy of Dramatic Arts (2008).


Erin Brehm’s training includes a Company One Professional Development Class with Ros Thomas-Clark and Victoria Marsh, Voice Coaching with Todd Gordon, On camera “The Language of the Face” with John Sudol, Private Coaching with Paula Plum, SB Playhouse West with Pamela Dillman, and a BA in Theatre Arts, from Westmont College.


Johnny Lee Davenport’s acting highlights have included working with August Wilson for the Chicago premiere of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Goodman Theatre, being cast as Marshal Henry in Andrew Davis’s Oscar-nominated film The Fugitive, working with Joseph Shabalala and Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Nomathemba, and performing with Avery Brooks in an all-African American King Lear.

“Viewers” – Daniel Gelinas, Christina Moody, Maria Natapov, Chuck Schwager;

“Grace” – Grace Zaganjori

“Resistance” Marnie Hall, Craig Houk, Tyler Jung, Sarah Johnson, Brian King, Ken Randall, Olivia Rizzo, Ramona Tah, Stephen Wrobleski

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