• BIO

USA| 2012| 0:12:45| Narrative | World Premiere

HEADS UP is an edgy, comedic story of two long time friends, partners in crime, and somewhat surrogate siblings who love each other to death. When suspicions of trust and loyalty arise at the weekly poker game the situation erupts in an extreme way - because nobody fights like siblings do!

Director: Alex Merkin
Producer: Robert Krakovski
Writer: Ben Carlin
Cinematographer: Lukasz Pruchnik
Editor: Robert Krakovski, Teace Snyder
Original Music: Bernardo Palombo, Pedro Laurenz
Sound Editor: Brendan Baker

Adam Lustick, Craig 'muMs' Grant


Robert Krakovski 16 Casa Duse, LLC Executive Producer/Co-Editor/Co-Sound Designer/SFX Designer - Rob Krakovski is a Jersey boy who now lives 'Somewhere in Brooklyn' NY. As an actor having worked on both stage and film he is a proud member of the A.E.A. and SAG-AFTRA UNIONS! As a director, producer, and entrepreneur he has collaborated with artists in many disciplines developing projects such as 'Dream Play' (performed "underground" in Brooklyn) with Daniel Harray and 'Urban Explorer' Miru Kim. In 2009, in memory of his late 'Theatrical' Godfather, mentor and dear friend Martin Waldron, he formed the 16 Casa Duse Artists Collective. In the footsteps of Martin and his spiritual Godmother, Eleonora Duse, the Collective has worked since its inception to support and encourage artists to be proactive in their work. In addition to hosting workshops, providing a venue for script development, and a home for the occasional wayward artist, Casa Duse has co-produced several theatre and film pieces including Dan Harray's 'Quietus' with director Boman Modine. 'Heads Up' marks the first solo film project of Casa Duse. It also marks Rob Krakovski's and 16 Casa Duse's first collaboration with the writer Ben Carlin. If past is prologue this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Ben Carlin
Ben Carlin began his film career in 1982 when, at eight years old, he co-starred opposite Al Pacino in "Author! Author!" (20th Century Fox). Over the next several years he enjoyed a television career, most notably as Paco on "3-2-1 Contact" (PBS) and an appearance on Saturday Night Live (NBC). For some crazy reason he quit acting to focus on 'school' where he soon discovered his penchant for the written word. Although he has published both prose and poetry, and been a contributing editor for Lurch Magazine (a Brooklyn-based literary journal) for the last fifteen years, it is for the stage and screen that he focuses most of his creative energy. His first play, "SHIFT CHANGE" was presented in February 2005 at the Producer's Club, NYC. Ben was brought on to do a rewrite of Dave Rodriguez's original screenplay 'Push' (Audience Choice Award - Method Fest 2006) which starred Michael Rappaport and Chazz Palminteri. His short play, "HEADS UP" was first produced for the stage in the 8 Minute Madness Festival in NYC where it was a finalist. He is proud to see the piece developed into a film and is looking forward to its reception in festivals and the greater film community.

Adam Lustick
Adam Lustick is a comedian/writer living in LA. He works with his sketch group 'Harvard Sailing Team', comedy rap duo 'Snakes' and was a writer/performer on MTV's reboot of' Punk'd'. Other credits include ESPN, PBS, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, College Humor and commercials for things like candy and cars. Adam graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Website: www.billyandadam.com

Craig 'muMs' Grant
Craig 'muMs' Grant is a New York based writer/actor born and raised in the Bronx. He is best known for his role in the HBO prison drama OZ where he portrayed the character 'Poet'. As a writer, his short film MORNING BREATH won honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival along with best creative writing at UrbanWorld Film Festival. His play, PARADOX OF THE URBAN CLICHE was produced by LAByrinth Theater Company of which he has been a member since 2006.

Teace Snyder Editor Teace Snyder is a writer, director and editor from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His work includes six novels, a graphic novel, a collection of poetry, short-stories, several short films, and a non-fiction expose about how videogames are changing everything. He recently graduated from the New York Film Academy and can be contacted through his website, www.teace.ca.

Bernardo Palombo Composer, 'Heads Up Milonga' Bernardo Palombo is the founder and Artistic Director of El Taller Latino Americano in New York City. Born in Mendoza, Argentina, he achieved his first musical success at the age of 17 when his song "Vendimiador" was recorded by the legendary Argentinean vocal group, Los Trovadores. His songs have been recorded by some of the best-known exponents of Latin music in New York and Nueva Cancion in South America including Mercedes Sosa, Philip Glass, Conjunto Libre and Lucecita Benitez. He was also a musical consultant and composer for such projects as the Lucas/Coppola production of Powaqqatsi, the film Americas in Transition and the PBS show Sesame Street, all of which have featured some of his Spanish language songs.

Hannah Rose Fierman Co-producer Hannah moved to the United States from Bath, England at age 3. She studied the performing arts at Mercer University, Shorter College, Wesleyan College and The Alliance Theater. Hannah is best known for her work in: CW's "Vampire Diaries" BET's "The Game" and films such as: "V/H/S" with Director David Bruckner, "FUGLY!" with Actor/Producer John Leguizamo, and Director Nigel Dick's "Give Me A Sign". Hannah is represented by Maude Kaplan Management New York City &The People Store Atlanta.

Gary Gimelfarb Co-producer Gary is currently with D4E.tv in NYC, overseeing all production and development with a focus on creating and selling non-fiction programming. Prior to that Gary was head of Commercial, Music Video and Branded Media for NYC's Fivelion Productions producing music videos for Warner Music Group, Atlantic Records, Bad Boy, Ruff Ryders, Refugee Camp, Harlem World and Sony Music Group. Gary received degrees in TV/film production and psychology from Montclair State University. As an intern he was mentored by senior executives at VH1's Music and Talent Relations and Acquisitions Departments, going on to become an integral part of the network's hit "Where Are They Now?".

Lukasz Pruchnik
Director of Photography Cinematographer Lukasz was born in Poland. After he moved to New York City he graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in Fine Arts and started his journey into cinematography. Since leaving school he has shot numerous shorts, music videos and documentaries. Through his work as D.P. he has traveled to such places as Bolivia, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Haiti, Panama, and Puerto Rico. IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3049131/

Dara Wishingrad Production Designer Dara Wishingrad began production design with the creation of 360 degree sets in live events for private and corporate clients such as the Super Bowl, The Ryders Cup, The US Open and PGA golf tournaments, as well as Donna Karan and Laurence Fishburne. In film, she was production designer on Michael Urie's metacomedy "He's Way More Famous Than You" John Leguizamo's "Fugly!" based on his Broadway show "Ghetto Klown" Boaz Yakin's "Death In Love" "Certainty" directed by Peter Askin; Franc Reyes' "The Ministers" Nia Vardalos' "I Hate Valentine's Day" and many other films. Dara originally trained in fine art at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Art Students League in New York. http://vimeo.com/darawishingrad/videos

Alex MerkinDirector IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2157767/