Andrew Stengele (Director/Writer)
Andrew Stengele is a video producer and web developer living in Champaign, IL. His previous work includes the shorts "Upgrade" (2011) as a co-writer and co-director, and "Into the Mine" (2013), a short film made as part of the CU Film Society's Pens to Lens screenwriting competition for K-12 students. He has also worked for many years as the coordinator for livestreaming and video archiving of Ebertfest. "The Thinking Molecules of Titan" has been his biggest and most challenging film to date.
Patrick Wang (Writer)
Patrick Wang graduated MIT with a degree in Economics and a concentration in Music and Theatre Arts. As an economist, he has studied energy policy, game theory and income inequality. As a theater director, he has specialized in classical verse drama and new works. A collection of his short drama was published as The Monologue Plays. His performance in M. Butterfly was the subject of Leah Hager Cohenís book, The Stuff of Dreams. His first film, In the Family, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and was a criticís pick of the New York Times, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Reader, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, Flavorpill and NOW Magazine. Wang received film site Hammer to Nailís 2011 Golden Hammer award, was one of Instinct Magazineís Leading Men of 2012, and was featured in Filmmaker Magazineís 2012 list of 25 New Faces of Independent Film.
Anne Lukeman (Producer)
Anne is a producer in Champaign, IL. In addition to serving on the board of the CU Film Society and being an active member of Champaign Movie Makers, she has produced several projects with her husband through their company Kill Vampire Lincoln Productions. By day, she works as a video producer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Lindsey Gates-Markel (Claire)
Lindsey was born in Illinois in 1983. She recently acted in the short films Dinner Party Antics (for Pens to Lens 2013) and The Light, and she is a member of the Celebration Company at the Station Theatre, where she last appeared in Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. She still misses Roger.
Joel Higgins (Mason)
Joel is a cinematic and theatrical actor, writer, and director who has very much enjoyed working in central Illinois in recent years. 'The Thinking Molecules of Titan' marks Joel's second on-screen appearance in the area and his first working closely with many of the cast and crew. Joel was honored to be a part of the project and to pay respect to a man whose reputation and contributions demand the highest respect: the late Roger Ebert.
Mike Trippiedi (Bruce)
Mike has written, directed and acted professionally in both theatre and film. Recent movie roles include a featured part in the short, Heartshot and supporting roles in the features, Scary Normal, House of Thaddeus and Amber Rose, which he also wrote and directed.
Donna Sant (Regan)
Donna is a life long resident of Danville, Il. She has been active in all aspects of the Red Mask Players, one of Illinois' longest running community theaters. Her first introduction into film was a role in "Revolting, " a film by Danville's Mike Boedicker. Donna would like to thank Ann T., for being her ultimate cheerleader and host!
J. Malia Andrus (Alex, Costume Design)
J. Malia Andrus is an actress, singer, and costume designer who has been doing all three since an early age. Recent stage roles include Florence Vassy in Chess, Kess Briggs in Independence, Maureen Johnson in RENT (all at Station Theatre), and Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Parkland College Theatre). She currently is the Costume Shop Manager at Parkland College, and has designed numerous productions there and at other area theaters.
Tim Meyers (Director of Photography)
Tim is a director of photography and editor based in Urbana, Illinois. He has been active in the C-U film scene since 2008, working on several films that have screened locally and nationally on the film festival circuit. Tim currently serves on the board of the C-U Film Society and is an active member of Champaign Movie Makers. By day, he works as a producer at Illinois Public Media (WILL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jake Metz (Sound Mixer)
Jake is an Audio Engineer and Video Producer currently residing in Urbana, IL. By day he works for the University of Illinois' Library Media Commons, teaching and assisting students, faculty and staff in their audio/video endeavors. Nights and weekends, Jake runs www.urbanabasement.com in an effort to archive Champaign-Urbana's music scene. Word is he can be commissioned for live events recording, music videos, and album production. When not buried in a pile of ever growing media - Jake likes to cook with the bounties of central IL produce, brew beer, read, do yoga, hike/camp in the backcountry, ride bikes, and climb trees! Also - synthesizers.
Thomas Nicol (Production Designer)
Thomas Nicol runs the local filmmakers' networking organization Champaign Movie Makers and serves on the board of the CU Film Society. Both his live-action work and stop-motion animated pieces have recieved numerous awards on the national film festival circuit.