Cast & Crew Credits
Sternman Productions in association with Elan Entertainment
Thomas Hildreth ---------- Eben Cole
Amy Jo Johnson ---------- Cheryl Cole
Philip Baker Hall ---------- Popper
Ron Canada ---------- T. Hardy
Larry Pine ---------- Old Man Cole
Mark Kiely ---------- Jimmy
James Parks ---------- Pokey
Judy Prescott ---------- Emily
Emma Ford ---------- Sara Cole
Zach Batchelder ---------- Wyatt
Ian McCrudden ---------- Director
Ian McCrudden & Thomas Hildreth ---------- Writers
Thomas Hildreth ---------- Producer
Melissa Davis ---------- Producer
Forrest Murray ---------- Producer
Dan Coplan ---------- Director of Photography
Marc Jozefowicz. ---------- Editor
Daniel Boxer ---------- Production Designer
Billy Mallery ---------- Music
Sternman Productions produced ISLANDER (2006) directed by Ian McCrudden and starring Philip Baker Hall,
Amy Jo Johnson, Larry Pine and Thomas Hildreth. ISLANDER played theatrically in major US markets including
Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston and Washington D.C. garnering critical praise throughout. ISLANDER premiered
at the Los Angeles Film Festival and played several film festivals across the country.
Recently ISLANDER played extensively on SHOWTIME channels for several months last fall. The film is distributed
by Indican Pictures in Santa Monica, CA.
Sternman Productions produced the world premiere of the play Lights up on the Fade Out by Padraic Lillis
for the 2012 Los Angeles Fringe Festival as well as the world premiere of The Invested by Sharyn Rothstein
at the Fourth St. Theatre in New York.
THE GIRL IN THE LAKE will be the second Sternman feature filmed in Maine where Hildreth has strong roots.
His grandfather, Horace Hildreth, was Maine's governor from 1945-1949 and signed on Maine's first TV station
in 1953. WABI TV Bangor celebrates its 60th anniversary this year as the oldest family-owned TV station in the US.
WABI TV will appear in THE GIRL IN THE LAKE as reporters and news crew.
THE GIRL IN THE LAKE is the third collaboration between Mr. Hildreth and Ian McCrudden and the second as
As an actor Hildreth played the lead role in ISLANDER to critical praise and MR. SMITH GETS A HUSTLER, also
directed by Mr. McCrudden playing the contract killer Jack, opposite Larry Pine. He also played Mr. Wood in
PAWN TO A KING opposite Ron Canada and HERE DIES ANOTHER DAY starring John Randolph.
Numerous television appearances include 24, NUMBERS, DHARMA & GREG, and several daytime dramas.
On stage, Hildreth starred in Lights up on the Fade Out and The Invested, where he played the ruthless
CEO Bill Enoch opposite Christina Haag. Thomas was directed by Michael Greif in The Caucasian Chalk Circle,
appeared in Mac Wellman's Sincerity Forever (world premiere) at The Berkshire Theatre Festival,
The American Clock by Arthur Miller (world premiere) directed by Austin Pendleton at The Williamstown
Theatre Festival, John Guare's Moon Over Miami (world premiere) opposite Nathan Lane, Widows
by Ariel Dorfman (world premiere) and The Devil's Disciple opposite Richard Thomas and Patricia Clarkson.
Hildreth starred in the revival of Jean Paul Sartre's The Respectful Prostitute at HERE in NY.
As a member of The Classical Theatre Lab in LA, Hildreth appeared in Joan of Arc, directed by Ron Maxwell,
as well as productions of Hamlet, Othello, Measure For Measure, A Midsummer Night's Dream,
The Iliad, The Tempest, Cymbeline and The Ideal Husband.
Thomas attended Connecticut College, New York University, and received an MFA from Rutgers University.
He lives in Los Angeles and New York with his wife and three small children.
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Amy Jo Johnson
Cheryl (Eben’s Wife)
Amy Jo Johnson is well known to television audiences for her roles as a
champion jockey in ABC Family’s “Wildfire,” a rookie cop in the Lifetime drama
series “The Division,” and, previously, for her role as a series regular on the
hit WB show “Felicity.” Other television appearances include the Hallmark
Channel movie Hard Ground, with Burt Reynolds and Bruce Dern, and guest starring
roles on “Spin City,” “ER,” and the upcoming ABC series “What About Brian.” Her
latest project is co-producing In Memory of my Father, a dark independent comedy
starring Jeremy Sisto, Judy Greer, and Monet Mazur.
Equally passionate about music as she is about film, Amy Jo recently released
her first full length CD, “The Trans-American Treatment.” The CD is available on
her official music website www.amyjojohnson.com .
Amy Jo’s also loves to work with children. In addition to participating as a
tutor for refugee kids through the International Rescue Committee’s summer
program in the Bronx, she has made frequent trips to Bosnia as a volunteer with
the Global Children’s Organization.
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Philip Baker Hall
Popper (The Old Fisherman)
Hall began his career in the theatre, appearing in many Broadway,
Off-Broadway and regional productions. Since then he has worked extensively in
Hollywood with some of the biggest names in the business including Ridley Scott,
Michael Mann, Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
Hall received critical acclaim for his starring role in Paul Thomas Anderson's
debut feature Hard Eight, culminating in a IFP Spirit Award nomination for Best
Actor. He then appeared in Anderson's next two films, the Oscar nominated Boogie
Nights and Magnolia. Recently, Hall co-starred in the hit comedy Bruce Almighty,
with Jim Carrey, Lars von Trier's Dogville, with Nicole Kidman, the Weitz Bros’
In Good Company opposite Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace, The Matador with Pierce
Brosnan and Disney’s remake of the Shaggy Dog with Tim Allen and Robert Downey,
Hall currently stars in the Fox comedy “The Loop” and is also known to
television audiences for recurring roles on David E. Kelley's "The Practice” and
“Boston Legal”. He has guest starred on such series as "Seinfield," where he
played Mr. Bookman, the library cop; "3rd Rock from the Sun," “West Wing” and
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” among others. He was also seen in the NBC miniseries
Witness to the Mob, produced by Robert De Niro.
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T. Hardy (Eben’s Defense Attorney)
Ron’s numerous film credits include the box office smash Wedding Crashers
and the critically acclaimed Cinderella Man. He recently appeared in the films
National Treasure, The Human Stain, The United States of Leland, and The Hunted.
Canada received the Dallas Film Critics Award and significant national attention
for his performance as Otis Payne in director John Sayles' acclaimed feature
film Lone Star. Other memorable films include The American President, Man of the
House, Home Alone 2, Honey I Blew Up the Kids, Adventures in Babysitting, and
Last of the Finest.
On television, Ron has guest starred on more than 50 programs. He currently
recurs on four series: Boston Legal, The West Wing, The Shield and One on One.
Ron began his professional acting career at Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage after
achieving acclaim and an Emmy Award in the broadcast news world. On stage, Ron
starred as Iago opposite Patrick Stewart's Othello in an acclaimed production of
the play at the National Shakespeare Theater of Washington, DC. Ron won a
Dramalogue Award for Outstanding Performance for his work in The Boys Next Door.
He has starred in the Los Angeles productions of Macbeth, Miss Julie and Romulus
Linney's Love Suicide at the Schofield Barracks. Other favorite roles include
the title role in Sizwe Banze is Dead (San Jose Repertory), I’m Not Rappaport
(Cincinnati Playhouse) and every Shakespearean role he has ever performed.
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Old Man Cole (Eben’s Father)
Larry is an accomplished film, television and theater actor. He appeared
in the Woody Allen films Melinda and Melinda, Celebrity and Small Time Crooks,
Tim Robbins’s Dead Man Walking and Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. Other
recent credits include Empire Falls, Door in the Floor, Particles of Truth, Maid
in Manhattan, A Foreign Affair, and The Shipping News.
On Broadway, Larry starred as Roy Cohn inTony Kushner’s Angels in America as
well as appeared in The Seagull, End of the World, and Bus Stop. He starred in
the Off-Broadway productions of Saved or Destroyed, Uncle Vanya, The
Disputation, Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Mandrake, Alice in Wonderland, and Talk
Radio. Larry’s Los Angeles theater credits include Enemy of the People, Wrong
Mountain, Light Up The Sky, Heartbreak House, The Taming of the Shrew, Night of
the Iguana, A Life in the Theatre, Joe Egg, Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing.
Larry’s has appeared in recurring roles on the television series “Gilmore
Girls,” and “Oz,” and guest starred on “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal
Intent,” “The Webster Report,“ The Street”, the movie of the week “A Will of
Their Own”, “New York Undercover,” “Prince Street,” “Feds”, “All My Children”,
“One Life to Live” and much, much more.
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Jimmy (Eben’s Adversary)
Mark has appeared in such notable films as Bruce Almighty with Jim
Carrey, Gods & Monsters with Brendan Frazier and Ian McKellen, The Edge with
Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin. Mark has appeared in numerous television
series and movie of the weeks but is probably best known for is role as Gil
Myers on the hit show “Beverly Hills 90210.” He continued to work with all the
major networks and many of the leading producers, writers and directors, in
television for more than a decade.
Mark’s next projects include the title role in Johnny Virus, a film written and
directed by W.W. Vought, American Black Beauty and Xenophobia.
Currently Mark is a bi-coastal actor living with his loving wife Ellen and their
three boys on the east coast.
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Emily (The Doctor)
Judy’s television credits include guest starring roles on such series as
“Cold Case,” “Six Feet Under,” “King of Queens,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Judging
Amy,” “Chicago Hope,” “Roseanne,” “Murphy Brown” and “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
She was a series regular the television adaptation of “Working Girl,” and
appeared in the movie of the week films The Case of the Hillside Stranglers and
Judy Prescott also starred in Hit and Runaway which took the best screenplay
prize at the 1999 Los Angeles Film Festival. Other feature film work includes
Say Anything, Ladies Room L.A., Dragonfly, Bug, and the upcoming HBO comedy My
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Pokey (Eben’s sternman)
James has been a working actor for eighteen years. Quentin Tarantino is
a fan of James’s work, casting him in alongside his real-life father actor
Michael Parks as Earl and Edgar McGraw Kill Bill, Volume I, with plans to
reprise the roles in a production this summer. He also appeared in The
Listening, Daltry Calhoun, and House of the Dead 2.
His recent television credits include numerous guest starring roles on hit shows
such as Fox’s “Bones,” CBS’s “CSI” and “Numbers,” and HBO’s “Deadwood.”
James worked regularly in theater, previously appearing with Thomas Hildreth in
the Classical Theater Lab’s production of The Tempest in Los Angeles.
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Ian McCrudden, Writer/Director
Ian got his start at Stanford University, where he received the Golden Medal
for writing and directing. His production of "Night Baseball" won the National
College Theater Festival, and Stanford University Press published his thesis on
Samuel Beckett. Ian has directed several films including most recently:
Indestructible: The Life and Times of Anita O’Day; Trespassers, a surf-horror
film; The Big Day starring Julianna Margulies, Ivan Sergei, and Dixie Carter;
Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler (which he first developed as a play at the New York
Performance Works), and Trailer – The Movie. He has directed numerous original
plays in the US and abroad and is the author the screenplay Cowboys and Indians,
and the play Man of the House.
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Forrest Murray, Producer
Forrest has been making movies for forty years, the last twenty as a
producer. He produced the award winning indie films Five Corners, Bob Roberts,
Dead Man Out (HBO), Denis Leary’s No Cure for Cancer (Showtime) and The Spitfire
Forrest has produced five primetime specials for BNC and written, directed and
produced two election spots for MoveOn.gorg. Forrest has been a career long
supporter and Mentor in the world of independent filmmaking. He has been a
longtime faculty member at the American Film Institute and at the School of
Visual Arts in New York City.
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Melissa Davis, Producer
Melissa Davis is the founder of élan entertainment, an independent
production company. She is developing future projects with Ian McCrudden and is
currently producing Indestructible: The Life and Times of Anita O’Day. She also
co-produced the surf-horror film Trespassers which was released in 2006 by Image
Melissa received an MFA in Motion Picture and Television Producing from the
University of Southern California's Peter Stark Producing Program and received
her Batchelor's degree from the University of Michigan.
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Dan Coplan, Director of Photography
Dan Coplan is a Los Angeles based director of photography, Steadicam
operator, and digital imaging technician. He started his career in entertainment
with visual effects and editing, spending a brief period with George Lucas’s
company Industrial Lights & Magic. However, the lack of sun and human
interaction motivated him to seek a different creative field. On a whim, Dan
bought a miniDV camera and started shooting projects for free to gain experience
and material for his reel.
One small break led to another as Dan moved from volunteer work to earning a
living. Seeking a wider variety of productions with larger budgets, Dan
begrudgingly left his great friends and apartment (with parking!) in San
Francisco, packed his bags, and moved to LA to make the most of his career.
Since then, Dan has worked on numerous projects for a wide variety of clients
and is a member of several associations including the International
Cinematographers Guild, Society of Camera Operators, Steadicam Operators
Association, and Digital Cinema Society.
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Billy Mallery, Composer
Billy Mallery started his career as a composer in New York, where he landed
his first commercial score for Gallo Wine, performed by a 60 piece orchestra. He
has since composed original scores for such accounts as Levis, Nike, Got Milk?,
BMW, Sony and Pepsi, for which he received a CLIO Award for original music. Many
years of scoring commercials has led him to work with such directors as David
Fincher, Michael Bay, Mark Pellington, Joe Pytka and Zack Snyder. Billy has also
composed numerous corporate logo scores including XBOX Sports (XSN), ROGUE
Pictures (a division of FOCUS Features) and most recently, the new LIONSGATE
logo released in front of the film See No Evil. His first dramatic film project
was Crossing Over, written and directed by Wayne Kramer (The Cooler, Running
Scared), followed by Dos Corazones, directed by the renowned acting coach Larry
Moss. One of Billy's unique qualities as a composer is that he is also
passionate about sound design, and frequently merges music with sound within his
scores. Last year he was invited to speak at UCLA's Extension Program focusing
on music and sound design for television and film.
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