Cast & Crew

Originally from North Carolina, Brendan studied at New York University’s Tisch School and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. It didn’t  take him long to become a fixture in New York’s independent theater world. Much of his work these days has been in films, including Latch Key, Kali Ma, the award-winning Love Conquers Paul, Friends With Benefits, Weak Species, and September 12th, which garnered him the Methodfest 2009 Best Actor in a short. His first play,Jettison, was recently published and will be staged at Miami’s City Theater this fall.


Matthew studied theater at the USC, where he was nicknamed “The Wonder Freshman,” as he was able to gain leading or supporting roles in nearly every theatre production that went on throughout the course of his studies there. Since then, he has gone on to become one of the most highly acclaimed actors in LGBT cinema, appearing in such films as “Back Soon,” “Long-Term Relationship,” “Socket” and “Gone, But Not Forgotten.”


Tad is currently two and a half years in remission from Stage 4 Burkitt’s Lymphoma!  YES!!!! He has extensive experience in the theater and arts. His film and television credits include Sledge: The Untold Story, Bill Viola’s Unseen Foe (Athens Olympic Arts Festival) Mind of Mencia (Comedy Central) and Head Cases (Fox). Tad currently lives in Silver Lake, Calif.

Redwoods is Elinor’s third feature film. Prior work includes Cassandra’s Echo and Blood of the Father. You may have seen or heard her in Northern California commercials and on the web or heard her as part of the ensemble voicing the audiobook Spoon River Anthology. Her most recent stage work includes the roles of Mom and Mary in the world premiere of Where the Sidewalk Ends and “A” in Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women.

Simon studied acting at the University of California at Davis and has lived in Los Angeles since 2003, where he immediately found work in television and movies. He credits include the cult rock ’n’ roll horror film “Attitude for Destruction,” won him rave reviews, and “Creepshow 3.” He also appeared in the daytime drama “General Hospital.”

Caleb has appeared in three films, and done theater, commercials, modeling and voiceover work in the Bay Area. He was a finalist in the Best New Talent Contest (teen comedic monologue) in Los Angeles.

60LAURIE BURKE (Jessica)
Laurie received her BA in Broadcast Communications/Radio-Television from San Francisco State University and has worked and studied acting, singing and voiceover in Los Angeles, with the European Acting Program at RADA, and at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. TV credits include appearances on “Medium” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”  Film credits include David Arquette’s “The Butler’s In Love,” “Filter” and “Denmark.” She has also been the “The Voice” of Google Voice.

Clara Brighton is thrilled to be making her film debut in
Redwoods. She only recently began her acting career, but her
infectious enthusiasm and tenacity have kept her busy with short
films, television, industrials, and commercial work. When Clara isn’t
acting, she can be found doing most things athletic, undertaking
elaborate labor intensive projects, or tending bees.

DAVID LEWIS (director)
David Lewis is an award-winning newspaper editor and filmmaker. His first screenplay was “Under One Roof,” for TLA Releasing. Another one of his efforts is a 20-minute short film, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” which he wrote, edited and co-produced. In 2007, he made his directorial debut with “Rock Haven,” which he also wrote and produced. “Rock Haven” was distributed by TLA Releasing, which also owns the worldwide rights to “Redwoods.”

NATALIJA VEKIC (second assistant director)
Natalija Vekic is a San Francisco-based filmmaker. She was the recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award for film.  Ms. Vekic won a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival for her short film “Lost & Found.” She is currently producing “STRAND: A Natural History of Cinema,” one of 10 projects selected to participate in the Fast Track program at the Los Angeles International Film Festival (2008) and received the inaugural Fast Track HBO Fellowship. Ms. Vekic is currently writing and developing two feature film scripts, “Solace” and “B-92.”

Jack Curtis Dubowsky is an active composer, conductor, writer, educator, and filmmaker. Dubowsky has composed three chamber operas and scored five feature films, including Redwoods, Rock Haven, That Man: Peter Berlin, and Under One Roof.  Dubowsky’s choral music has been performed internationally. He has worked as an arranger, conductor, music editor, sound effects editor, producer, and engineer on many projects in film and music. He has worked in the music editorial department at Pixar Animation Studios, and has screen credit on Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc.