Writer & Director
Albert Dabah has been in the video production business for 35 years, owning and operating Simba Productions in New York City. Albert oversees the company’s production of documentaries, training videos, promos, music videos, and commercials, spearheading the creative meetings and brainstorming sessions integral to Simba’s success. Albert’s background is in psychology, theater, and film. In his early twenties, he worked as a psychotherapist with adults and teenagers, individually and in groups. His theater and film background, which include acting in off-Broadway theater productions, one-act-plays, and several film roles, lead him into the world of video production. He’s had the opportunity to work with notable directors and actors, including Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Ridley Scott, Meryl Streep, John Travolta, Diane Keaton, and Tom Cruise. His years of experience in New York City video production have provided him a wealth of knowledge and industry know-how, which he uses to guide a team of talented and energetic writers, producers, cinematographers, sound technicians, and editors.
Brian Drillinger produced and stars in the feature films: The Bandit Hound, Hello Herman Hollywood Film Festival 2012, Monaco Film Festival 2013 winner “Award for Social Relevance” and How to Go Out on a Date in Queens for which he won “Best Supporting Actor” LA Indie Awards 2006. He produced the short film Dos Corazones winner “Audience Favorite” Malibu Film Festival. In LA he produced Four-Thought and The Rose Tattoo at the Hudson Theatre, Scene Bites at the Tiffany Theatre and the workshop production of How To Go Out On A Date In Queens directed by Larry Moss.
He taught; scene study, cold reading and voice for Edgemar Center, Larry Moss Studio, Michael Woolson Studio, and the UCLA Extension program. As a visiting artist he’s taught in Melbourne AU, The Philadelphia Acting Studio and Steel River Playhouse both in PA. Judy Kerr lists him as a “Recommended Acting Coach” in the industry guidebook, Acting Is Everything. Currently he teaches for the T. Schreiber Studio in NY.
Brian graduated with honors from the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory program. He played Stanley on Broadway and in the film version of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and the National tour of Broadway Bound. The Substance Of Fire at the Old Globe in San Diego, the original production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Wit at the South Coast Repertory, the Seattle Repertory and the Alley Theatre in Houston, also at SCR Death Of A Salesman and Boundary Waters, The Real Thing at T. Schreiber Studio and An Enemy of the People for the Bristol Riverside Theatre. Brian starred opposite Sally Kirkland, in the indie feature Starry Night, and Janeane Garafalo in I Shot A Man In Vegas.
Rabia Sultana is a British Archaeologist turned Filmmaker. Born and raised in London, she acted on stage throughout her teen years, at the renowned Stratford Theatre and Stratford Circus, before pursuing her BA in Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, UK. She realized how much she loved being behind the camera on a Roman Archaeological Excavation in Sanisera, Menorca, when she began filming the finds on the site and interviewing specialists. Pursuing filmmaking began as a way to merge her interest in media and storytelling. Rabia believes that visual media is one of the most powerful tools we have to entertain, teach and use as a platform to explore social issues, and everyday extraordinary lives. She is interested in both narrative and documentary films.Rabia is an award winning director/producer, with her short film ‘Rosetta’s Blues' screening at the Cannes Court Metrage, LA Femme International Film Festival, UK Screen One Film Festival amongst others internationally. She currently directs for Brooklyn- based Production Company, Scordio Production while working heavily within Production as a Producer and Assistant Director on a range of acclaimed projects, varying from feature films and documentaries to short film and commercials.
Jolene Mendes is a producer from Trinidad and Tobago who moved to New York City in 2014 to study producing. Since then she has produced a variety of projects. Some of which were music videos for artists such as Grammy Award Winner Miri Ben-Ari, commercials for world renowned film school New York Film Academy, short films which picked up awards at a variety of acclaimed film festivals; and has recently gotten into the world of feature films. Jolene believes that film is one of the most powerful ways to make a difference and continues to produce films that have the potential to inspire.
Juliet Lamond is a graduate of New York University’s Film and TV Major. She has been writing and producing short films for four years. She wrote and directed short film “Baby Cakes” which was previewed at the Lovecraft Film Festival and was an official selection at the Mediterranean Film Festival in 2016.
Director of Photography
Luigi Benvisto was born in Varese, Italy. At the age of 25 he received a scholarship from Bernardo Bertolucci to study cinema in the United States. He was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Boston Film Festival in 2012 and the movie "Cloud Kumo" won the Student Academy Award in 2016. He worked on several movies nominated at the most prestigious festivals in the world such as Cannes, TriBeCa, Sundance and David of Donatello. Luigi is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild IATSE Local 600, the A.I.C. (Association of Italian Cinematographers) and IMAGO (European Federation of Cinematographers).
Geraldine Singer - Esther
Has been acting since the age of 13. A graduate of Tulane University with a degree in Theatre, she also attended the Temple University MFA Acting Program. In Los Angeles, she has performed with Pacific Resident Theatre, and The Cal Theatre Lab, and in the critically acclaimed production of "Strange Snow". Geraldine’s TV credits include: The Practice, Law & Order, American Horror Story and her Film credits include: The Ledge, 21 Jump Street, Get Out.
Alex Walton - David
Alex has appeared in multiple theatre productions such as Bye, Bye, Birdie, Punk Rock, Rent along with leading appearances in films such as Pony Bar, Brunch Club, Birdmance.
Aidan Pierce Brennan - Young David
Aidan is an 11 year old actor who can be seen in the upcoming Marvel/Netflix series The Punisher as Frank Jr, as well as network national commercials for Walt Disney World, Daisy Sour Cream, and Cheerios. Other feature film credits include A Bread Factory and Date and Time. He loves sports and acting and is thrilled to combine both of his passions in Extra Innings.
Simone Policano - Natalie
Simone is an actress and writer with appearance in TV series, Who killed Jane Doe, and short films such as And Then I Left. She also writes and directs The Notebook Snapstory.
Mara Kassin - Vivian
Mara is an actress performing in films, such as Before I Disappear, Rootz, Grandma’s Not a Toaster, and a producer for a number of short films, including Curfew, Webseries: The Webseries, Babies.