Cast

Only Daughter

Writer - Director - Producer - Actor - Ed Briggs
Aaron J. Wiederspahn
is a writer/director and producing partner with Either/Or Films, a New Hampshire based Film Company. He wrote and directed the feature film The Sensation of Sight, starring Academy Award nominated actor David Strathairn. Only Daughter, featuring all New Hampshire cast and crew, is his second feature at the helm. He has been in development as writer/director for the feature Someplace Like America, inspired by the books Journey to Nowhere and Someplace Like America by three-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson, and has recently penned the script If I Could Tell You, slated for production in 2013 and is attached as director and producer for the feature Appointment With a Highwire Lady based on the play by Russell Davis. Aaron is a founding incorporator and sits on the board of directors for the upcoming Monadnock International Film Festival.

Actress - Dawn Cowley
Emily Seymour
 has been a member of the New England Youth Theater since she was 7 years old. There, among many other major and minor roles, she played Beth in Little Women, Anita in West Side Story, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Karen in The Children's Hour, Celia in As You Like It, and Abigail in The Crucible. She is also a member of the Volunteer Mentor Program at the Youth Theater and has performed in their yearly Community Cabarets. She will soon be playing Jackie in a production of Mauritius at the Actor's Theater Playhouse in Chesterfield and singing 'Turn Back O Man' in Godspell. This coming September she will attend the Atlantic Acting School in New York City and study David Mamet and William H. Macy's Practical Aesthetics technique. She had her film debut as a lead in Project Open Voice, a Comcast Initiative.

Actress - Pam McIntosh
Morganna Ekkens
grew up in Keene, NH, studying dance at MoCo Arts and landing lead roles in their annual theatre productions. Graduating High School at the young age of sixteen, she moved to NYC to attend AAMDA, and was later involved in the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival before returning to her hometown. She now enjoys regular participation in community theatre and takes an active role in the local arts scene.

Actor - Billy Corbett
Seth Chatfield
is an artist, musician (Scandal in Bohemia, Tin-Types) and former journalist living in Hancock, New Hampshire.  His previous film work includes the role of  ‘Jeremy’ in Justin Lerner’s 2010 film Girlfriend which premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.  The film went on to play festivals in New Mexico, Mill Valley, Woods Hole and San Francisco and abroad in Ghent, Moscow and Galway.  Chatfield also served as Production Designer on the film, which will be released on DVD by Strand in August 2012.  His other credits include Art Director on segments of Project Open Voice and playing both actor and Art Assistant for the 2011 PGA Weekend Shorts Festival (Unwound, Aaron Wiederspahn, 2011). Unwound premiered at the New Hampshire Film Festival in October 2011. 

Actress - Gail Cowley
Dakota Benedetto
has been a teacher and drama advisor in rural public schools for over ten years. She studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Plymouth State College, Harvard University, and the American Repertory Theater. Dakota most recently performed as Doris in the Edge Ensemble Production of The Own and The Pussycat.




Producer - Art Director - Music Supervisor 
Laina Barakat followed an unconventional route to a life in film. After pursuing a liberal arts education, earning a degree in Philosophy and Literature, she headed to New Hampshire choosing to apprentice with Either/Or Films instead of enrolling in film school. She recently produced and was art director for the company’s latest feature film, Only Daughter. Former projects include the music video, Globster (Producer), Unwound (Co-Producer, 2nd AD), and Project Open Voice (Production Manager). As a singer-songwriter, Laina fronts the five-piece folk-rock band, GirlandPiano. She co-founded The Starving Artist, a non-profit artist collective in Keene, NH, and was the 2012 Director for Art Walk. Laina is also the director of the Monadnock International Film Festival, set to have its debut run in April 2013.

Producer 
Sarah Steinberg Heller
 is a poet and teacher from Hancock, New Hampshire.  Having taught Film Studies and American Studies for two years at Keene State College, she brings a unique perspective to our collaboration.  In addition to having worked with a non-profit organization focusing on teens in rural New Hampshire (Club Cannon, Peterborough, New Hampshire), she also is part of the Telluride Film Festival’s coverage team at Cannes focusing on Critic’s Week and Directors’ Fortnight.  Her film credits include co-producer of GIRLFRIEND (Justin Lerner, 2010) which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and Y-LOVE (Caleb Heller, 2011) which will premiere at the San Francisco Film Festival in July 2012.  

Producer - 1st AD
Karlina Lyons
 began her career as a producer’s assistant at Cinetel Films in Los Angeles in 1996. In 1998 she relocated to New York City where she spent eight years in the International Production Department of Sesame Workshop. In 2005, Karlina returned to her native New England where she became a consulting producer for the Cambodian Educational Media Initiative (CEMI), a partnership between WGBH and the global NGO World Education. Karlina’s work with CEMI included producing Cambodian versions of Sesame Street and Peep and the Big Wide World. She has worked as Line Producer, Production Coordinator and Producer on more than a dozen local film productions. Her feature credits include The House of Usher (Production Coordinator) and A Stranger Among Us(Producer/Line Producer). Karlina is currently a Producer at Hatchling Studios in Portsmouth NH and is producing two documentary films - Angkor's Children and In Danger of Being Discovered. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Portsmouth Public Media Inc. as Chair of the Programming Committee.    
   
Cinematographer
Jonathon Millman 



 


Editor
Marc Dole
 is an award winning filmmaker, alumnus of the NH state film commission, guest lecturer and advisor to schools, festivals and conferences. Marc was named as one of the “it” people by NH Magazine in 2007 & 2011 and received the NH Filmmaker of the Year Award in 2010.  Marc spends his days producing and directing national commercials and viral videos for top brands in the US, and his indie films have been to over 100 film festivals around the world, winning 20 first place prizes. Marc is currently editing Only Daughter, a film by Aaron Wiederspahn, and directing the documentary In Danger of Being Discovered, the story of the Portsmouth music scene of the 1990’s.

Composer
Originally from South Africa, Gray Bashew is a multi-talented Composer and Music Producer capable of writing and recording music of epic proportions. With years of experience as a studio musician and recording engineer, Gray combines natural musicianship with cutting edge production practices to create professional sounding music in a range of musical genres. Characteristics of Gray’s music include: Heavy percussive elements, dramatic changes, dense harmonies, evoking orchestration, honest lyrics, and dance-able grooves.

With a degree in Music production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music and several internships and positions held at major recording studios, Gray is prepared to work in any environment. Currently, Gray resides and works in Los Angeles as a freelance Producer, Composer, Songwriter, Mixing engineer, and Mastering engineer. Gray also offers services in Drumming, Beatboxing, and Sound Design.