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Golden State girl, Gia Franzia leads the Sunflower cast. Ms Franzia is a Long Beach State grad, and has been part of the LA acting scene for 10 years. Though this will be her first Straightawaymovies production, Sunflowers will be her 10th starring role.
Gia Franzia as Molly Hatcher
Born in Belfast, and now living in LA, Rick Crawford, has become one of the busiest actors on the indie scene. Rick played the Expert Harry Truman in Chronicles of the Roman Numeral X.
Rick Crawford as Bobby Hatcher
Tate Ammons will bring his Tennessee suave as an upstart young idealistic candidate, who falls for a married woman.Based in LA, Tate brings a vast quantity of work experience which includes both film and theater.
Tate Ammons as Wesley VanHoeven
A graduate of University of Georgia, Keri Lurtz seems a perfect fit for Connie Mayfield, the slightly acidic tempered, but stable headed good ole girl,
Keri Lurtz as Connie Mayfield
South Dakota born, and a graduate of Baylor University, Florida based character actor, Greg Shcroeder will appear as Congressman Edward Sutil. Mr. Schroeder is one of the most respected dramatic artist in the area, and is a veteran of both stage and film. This will be Mr. Schroeder’s eighth appearance in a Thomas Griffith directed movie.
Greg Schroeder as Edward Sutil
.New on the Florida scene, Rich Harris plays Wes’s close friend and advisor.
Rich Harris as Selwin Baines
A Chicago girl, she attended the Art Institute, Colorado State U, and received her degree from the University of Denver. Ms Griffith has appeared in over 20 movies and has also worked as a designer and wardrobe creator.
Jeanne Holland Griffith as Joy Hatcher
Gene Jenney is relatively new to the Florida acting scene. This native New Yorker is quickly making his presence felt, and plays the anxious Chief of Staff to Congressman Sutil
Gene Jenney, as Becker
One of Carole Wood’s first movies, X, as the celebrity loving inner city woman, who hounds the poor man’s philosopher, Brutus Kennedy.The former NFL cheerleader director, now is one of the busiest actresses in the South Florida market. She has a great mix of mature sexy, elegance, and down home charm.
Carole Wood as Barbara Sutil
Marc Shults of Boca Raton, FL appears in his second Straightaway production.
Mark Shults as Elk
Veteran Florida based character actor and producer Rick Michaels returns to the Straightaway cast after a one movie hiatus. For the first time in a Straightaway production, rick will wear a white hat.
Rick Michaels as Sheriff
We wanted someone imposing to come in and boss everyone around in the VanHoeven campaign, and this guy seemed right. Bob is a full time South Florida Policeman, and most of his acting has been in action movies. But we liked his training, and thought he be fine as a hard core liberal political operative.
Bob Schlegel as Alex
Keith Thomas is a former Broadway costume designer who nows moves into acting. Keith took our Reel Scenes class and seemed a natural for Germaine the speech writer with a queasy stomach
Keith Thomas as Germaine
Steve Vallo is a improv and stand up player from Ft Myers area, Florida. He moves over for a hand of drama.
Steve Vallo as Tiny
Best known as a tribute actor to action stars, Deborah Smith Ford, takes on a straight dramatic role in SUNFLOWERS. Working out of Ft. Myers, Fl, Ms. Ford is one of the most established and experienced players in Florida, and we are happy to have her in the cast.
Deborah Smith Ford as Dottie
Vanessa Rolfe is a part time actor full time bird doctor...for real! Dr. Rolfe brings many years of stage expeience to the role of Kerri, aq true believer in the peace movement.
Venessa Rolfe as Kerri
Ohio based, Ms. Reasch will bring a variety of skills to the production including leading the protest group that hounds Bobby’s homecoming.
Angela Reasch as the Protest Captain
Angela Bryan as the Political Reporter
Mark Washburn as Deputy
Al Quinn is a veteran of 50 years in the acting business with numerous credits in stage, screen, and TV.
Al Quinn as Ned Parsons
Lesley Blanco asthe Campaign Worker
Greer Scott as the Irritating, Inconsiderate Dickhead Service Station Thug.
BJ appeared in Rope Art. These days he splits his time between acting and being a high school football coach
BJ Telcher as The Mayor
Alyssa and Zak Twist as the Hatcher Kidz
Amy Guili as TV reporter