Daniel Maldonado

Director, Producer & Writer

Daniel comes out of New York’s underground film/art world. Through the exploration of identity, he found his reality through the lenses of contrast.  While working for acclaimed executive producer Ben Barenholtz (BARTON FINK) his persistence paid off earning him several grants as well as acceptance into the prestigious Actor’s Studio observation program.

While attending the School of Visual Arts, Daniel wrote/produced and directed several diversified short films giving him a strong foundation to work from where he made Buttercup, which toured German movie theatres in 1997 & 1998 as part of the Blue Hearts of N.Y. traveling festival of short films (distributed by MOP Distribution, Germany). Daniel’s next film, the black and white Kings, featured in The Face magazine, had the honor of closing the 1997 Hero Festival in New Zealand.  His follow up, Pacifier (producer), praised by Chris Gore, played to sold out screenings including Slamdance, while winning the Grand Jury Award at the Micro-Cine Fest (2000). (It is currently being distributed on the Xperimental Eros compilation by Other Cinema Distribution).

In 2001, Daniel completed the award winning 10,082, an experimental documentary on magician David Blaine as well as Stickers (2004), which picked up an award for Best Cinematography and was favorably featured on IFC News. Recently, Daniel finished the festival circuit showcasing, Lalo (2009), which received Best Short Film award from HBO/NY Latino International Film Festival and went on to featured on the SiTV Network.  Currently, Daniel is in production on H.O.M.E., his first feature film, starring Imagen Award winner Jeremy Ray Valdez (La Mission) and critically acclaimed Broadway actress Angela Lin. 

Darren Dean


Darren was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, where he still resides.  He is a graduate of William Paterson University.  Prior to entering the world of film, Dean was a respected journalist and front-man for the popular New York-based rock band, Shot.  Dean’s first foray into film was the multi-award winning short film Sleep Over, which caught the attention of director Sean Baker, leading the two to work together on Prince of Broadway. Dean produced the Sundance World Cinema Audience Award winning feature, Kinyarwanda (shot on location in Rwanda and directed by Alrick Brown).  He is currently developing the adaptation of the legendary Will Eisner graphic novel A Contract With God, as well as the musical film Soul Tigers and then 90s coming-of-age film Mystery James.  Dean is both an Independent Spirit Award and a NAACP Image Award nominee.

Vanessa Verduga


Vanessa is an Actor, Writer, Singer, Director, Producer and Attorney who combines all skill sets to work solely on projects that she loves.  The projects that appeal most to her are those that speak in favor of the underdog and shed light on issues affecting them.  

A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Seton Hall University School of Law, Vanessa is one of the Producers of H.O.M.E. She is also the Executive Producer for the seriocomedy web series Justice Woman, which she created and wrote, and is finalizing the screenplay for the comedy feature film The Implications of Cohabitation, which will go into pre-production in 2013.  

Vanessa got into filmmaking as a result of acting and writing.  Having appeared in numerous stage productions throughout New York City, Vanessa decided to give film acting a chance and discovered that she loved it just as much as theater.  Her appeal for filmmaking evolved when she co-wrote the award-winning short film Danny First, based on the story of her relationship with her brother Tony, who is autistic.  It was then that she realized the power of filmmaking.  As an actor, Vanessa is a firm believer that she is a vessel holding emotions for the audience to experience and she strives to never deprive her audience of any experience.  Thus, filmmaking was a no brainer for her since she saw it as an opportunity to move and inspire a much wider audience. 

Having traveled and lived abroad, Vanessa brings a culturally rich perspective to her projects, a perspective she can easily translate into English, Spanish, Italian and/or French, all languages she speaks.  Described by her peers as “a compassionate fighter with captivating strength and sassy humor”, Vanessa aspires to awaken our inner warriors through the art of filmmaking.

Ingrid Matias


Ingrid is a New York-based multilingual Producer working in Production Management at the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc.  Since 2003, she has worked on the physical production of live events, theatrical productions, and television tapings such as Dream Girls the musical (2009), Elvis Costello’s Spectacle (Sundance Channel), the Apollo Theater’s Annual Spring Benefit Gala, and Showtime at the Apollo (Tristar Pictures).

Before joining the Apollo Theater Foundation, she interned at companies such as, Cowboy Pictures, Castle Hill Productions, the French Film Office/Unifrance, and the Southern Screen Commission in the .  She is the current Vice President of the NY chapter of the National Association of Latin Independent Producers (NALIP) and a member of the National Academy of Television Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT).  Ingrid produced her first short The Inspiragenesis, directed by fellow NALIP member William D. Caballero in July 2009 and is excited to be working with another NALIP member Director/ Writer Daniel Maldonado on her first feature film H.O.M.E.

Ingrid received her B.A. in French from Columbia University and M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Sussex. A world traveler, she has visited 78 cities on five continents and speaks four languages: English, Spanish, French and Italian. 

Ezra Peace



Ezra is a narrative film writer/director based in New York, L.A. and Athens who focuses on social issues and human inter-connectivity (Death and Beauty, Shadowglade). 

He is currently working on several feature film projects for production and distribution. 

Giselle Rodriguez

Associate Producer


Giselle’s love for the arts began during childhood when she watched the beginnings of The LAByrinth Theater Company from the wings (her mother, Marlene Forte, is a founding member).  On camera Giselle has worked for MTV, A&E, Showtime, Comedy Central, AMC, IFC, and continues to book commercially for both the American and Spanish markets.  She is also the voice and face for several Rockstar Video Games. 

Behind the scenes, Giselle has assisted award-winning directors, producers, and written original content for both stage and film.  In an effort to expand her arsenal of skills, she is now taking on the role of Associate Producer for a project she feels relevant to the Latino community, and more importantly, for altruistic beings. 

Giselle is currently a graduate student at The University of Southern California’s Master of Professional Writing Program. She studies non-fiction and screenwriting.  Giselle is an urban girl, of Cuban and Spanish roots, grateful that the arts provide a platform for her voice. 

Liberty Films

Associate Producer


Maria E. Nelson and Ellyn Long Marshall met 25 years ago over the phone. Marshall was working in casting for New York’s Public Theater, Nelson was an agent, and the two hit it off during a business call. They started working together shortly thereafter. Over the years, their company, the Orpheus Group, has established itself as a major presence on the New York scene. The pair has worked with both respected theater companies (INTAR) and critically acclaimed independent film productions (“Girlfight,” “Real Women Have Curves,” “Amreeka”). Seeking to spread their wings, they formed a new company, Liberty Films, to produce indie features with multicultural themes.  Their first production “Dona Blanca” is inspired by the same gentleman who inspired “Maria Full of Grace” (producer Orlando Tobon).




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Jeremy Ray Valdez – Character: Danny Perez

Jeremy is a talented and successful actor who enhances each of his roles with an apparent passion and natural charm. Having nearly two-dozen roles on some of the hottest shows on television and several exciting film projects, he easily engages audiences with his abilities. Valdez stars in the 24 webisode spin-off on called The Rookie, a role that came to him following his appearances in two Emmy Award-winning episodes during season five of 24.

Valdez is also no stranger to primetime television, and has had recurring roles on hit shows including ER, Veronica Mars, Drake & Josh and guest starring roles on 24, CSI: NY, JAG, The Shield, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, That's So Raven, Medical Investigation, Boston Public and One on One. He also starred in HBO's critically acclaimed TV Movie, Walkout, directed by Edward James Olmos. Additionally, Jeremy has had two feature films debut at the Sundance Film Festival two years in a row, La Mission and All She Can.

Lauren Augarten – Character: Busker

Lauren Augarten, a graduate of David Mamet's Atlantic Theatre School, has appeared on stage & screen in New York and Los Angeles, as well as her native home, Australia. Additionally to seeing her in the cast of H.O.M.E" you can catch her in Mara Leseman's "Surviving Family" currently on iTunes, as well as Ryan Moulton's film "Maybe Someday", and the web series "The New Adult", and "Scissr", both slated for release later this year.



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Jesús Ochoa – Character: Gabriel Carrera

Jesús is a renowned award winning actor from Hermosilla, Sonora, Mexico with an extensive list of achievements in theater, film and television.

His film credits include: Get The Gringo (2012), Saving Private Perez (2011), Aquí Entre Nos (2011) *Best Actor Award at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, Quantum of Solace (2008), Paraíso Travel (2008), Divina Confusión (2008), Sangre de mi Sangre (2007), Un Mundo Maravilloso (2006), Zapata, El Sueño del Héroe (2004), Conejo En La Luna (2004), Nicotina (2003), El Segundo Aire (2001), La Ley de Herodes (1999), Bajo California: El límite del tiempo (1998) *Ariel Academy Award, Cilantro y Perejil (1996), Entre Pancho Villa y Una Mujer Desnuda (1996) *Ariel Academy Award, Desiertos Mares (1994), Ponchada (1994) and Sucesos Distantes (1994), just to name a few.

Aside from appearing in films, television and on stage, Jesús also lends his voice to numerous productions and is one of the most sought after voiceover actors in Mexico having dubbed to Spanish several projects including Ice Age 1, 2 and 3, Hellboy 1 and 2, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Currently, you can watch Jesús on TV in the telenovela Por Ella Soy Eva, which airs through Univision here in the U.S.

Angela Lin – Character: Sze Wun

Angela has appeared on Broadway in Chinglish (“Walks off with the play…is the star here.” One of Backstage’s 2011 Most Memorable New York Stage Performances), Coram Boy (Drama League Award for Best Ensemble) and Top Girls.  Off Broadway, she appeared in Jordan Harrison’s Futura with the Obie Award-winning National Asian American Theatre Company, Ching Chong Chinaman at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre and Sake With The Haiku Geisha at Gotham Stage Company.  Regionally, she appeared in the East Coast premiere of Donald Marguilies’ Shipwrecked at Long Wharf Theatre, the world premiere of Lloyd Suh’s American Hwangap at Magic Theatre and Twelfth Night at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.  Angela’s film credits include Falling Awake, Miracle Dogs, Green Plastic Sandals and Within the Ivory Tower, and on television she has appeared in Law & Order: SVU (NBC), The Big C (Showtime), The Good Wife (CBS), One Life to Live (ABC), The Jury (FOX) and As the World Turns (CBS).  Angela is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

Karen Lynn Gorney – Character: Lynnie

Karen Lynn is best known as the romantic star of Saturday Night Fever: the girl (Stephanie) who said "no" to John Travolta after winning a dance contest with him; and the legendary Tara Martin on ABC's All My Children.

A member of famed Irish Rep. Company, Karen Lynn has garnered raves in New York as "Mrs. Dandy McCabe" in The Field; as "Sister" in Late Night Catechism; and as "Miss Ophelia St. Clare" in Uncle Tom's Cabin at the Mint Theatre. Last summer Karen Lynn starred as “Judy Garland” in the new musical comedy, Parker and Dizzy’s Fabulous Adventure at the Players Theatre in the Village. Last fall, she also had a successful run at the West Side Theatre as “Lady Belaria” in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, and as "Marlene Dietrich" at the TRIAD, in Marlene and Noel. In the previous season, Ms. Gorney triumphed as "Mad Queen Margaret" in Richard III with The Royal Shakespeare's Anatol Yusef (Boardwalk Empire-Meyer Lansky) as "Richard" at the West End Theatre; at the Irish Arts Centre as "Francis Foley" in a new play, Monsterface; and as the "Duchess of Windsor" in the comedy The Merry Wife of Windsor at the Sonnet Theatre.

Karen Lynn just finished the films City of Thieves as "Hetty Green" (the richest woman in the world in 1900) for Josh Carlebach (Drama Desk award); the comic film Can’t Dance; and the Polish film The Pale of Settlement. Other new films include the award winning Creating Karma, The Imperialists are Still Alive, Searching For Bobby D., Dear J., A Crime, with Harvey Keitel, 100 Years of Evil, Bronx Paradise, and The Eight Faces of Jane: Kudzu, about the famed playwright Jane Chambers. Television appearances include: "Judy" on The Sopranos; "Mary O'Malley" on Six Degrees; and "Iris Corman" and “Monk” on Law and Order. She is a founding member of The Frog and Peach Theatre Company: "Constance" in King John; "Elizabeth" in Richard III; "Gertrude" in Hamlet.

She is a winner of the People's Choice and European Bravo Awards. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon and an MFA from Brandeis University.

Carlo Alban – Character: Manny

Carlo is an Ecuadorian actor who appeared in the Sundance 1997 award winning film Hurricane Streets and for five seasons was a regular cast member of the PBS/Children's Television Workshop series Sesame Street, appearing in the telefilm Elmo Saves Christmas. He grew up in Sayreville, New Jersey and attended Rutgers University, majoring in visual arts. He has had recurring roles in Strangers with Candy, Thicker Than Blood, and The Tavern. Alban has also guest starred on Law & Order, The Jury, Touched by an Angel, the HBO prison-themed series Oz, Deadline, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and in Prison Break as Luis "McGrady" Gallego. Alban played the role of Dwayne "Birdman" in Whip It, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut.

Vanessa Verduga – Character: Ceci Carrera

Vanessa is an American multilingual actress, writer, singer, director, producer and lawyer committed to examining social issues for their impact on the underprivileged and disenfranchised. She is known for her lead role in Justice Woman (2012), an award-winning dramedy web series that she created, wrote, directed and produced, which follows the story of an Assistant District Attorney, by day, who becomes a masked defender of truth and justice at night. She is also one of the producers of H.O.M.E., and is in pre-production for a comedy feature film she wrote and will star in entitled “The Implications of Cohabitation.”


Orpheus Group is a New York City-based company for theatre, film, and television production established in 1987. The founding partners, Maria E. Nelson and Ellyn Long Marshall, share over thirty years of proven professional experience in all phases of the entertainment industry. In recent years Orpheus has made a commitment to help package, cast and produce independent films featuring multi-cultural themes.

Among their numerous credits, Orpheus Group has done the casting for Girlfight (2000), Piñero (2001), Real Women Have Curves (2002), Maria Full Of Grace (2004) and the list keeps growing.



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Daniel Maldonado

Daniel Maldonado

Daniel Maldonado & Ingrid Matias

Giselle Rodriguez, Hector Maldonado & James Mazzulo

Cassandra Riddic

Shawn Bell

Boryana Alexandrova

Danny Indio

Eric Escobar, Vanessa Leon & Dio Martinez Jr. 

Daniel Maldonado & Hector Maldonado

Mike Vernusky

Crystal Glass

Daniela Cabrera















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Daniel Maldonado & Hector Carosso

Daniel Maldonado

Daniel Maldonado, Darren Dean, Vanessa Verduga & Ingrid Matias

Ippei Taniyama

Ezra Peace

Giselle Rodriguez, Maria E. Nelson, Ellyn Long Marshall,

Borjan Jovanovich & James Mazzulo

Will Byrne

Boryana Alexandrova

Reed Nisson

Vinit Parmar & Mielle Ezra

Malik Salam

Atsushi Takaoka

Edgar Velez

Sean Bauer

Eric Escobar, George Rateau & Carolina DiSalvo

Mara Auster

Tara Pavoni & Farah van Mil

Jennifer Cheuk & Vanessa Verduga

Christina Stockberger

Tovah Leibowitz

Francisco Diaz

Gloria LaMorte

Violeta Alvarez & Daniela Cabrera

Daniel Maldonado