Mark Duplass first made a name for himself when he starred in, co-wrote, and co-directed a string of award-winning short films, including THIS IS JOHN and SCRAPPLE, which premiered at Sundance in 2003 and 2004, respectively. He and his brother Jay also wrote and directed the 2005 Sundance breakout hit THE PUFFY CHAIR, which went on to win the Audience Award at SXSW 2005 and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. It was released theatrically by Roadside Attractions and Netflix in 2006 and is now available on DVD and Showtime. BAGHEAD, their next feature film, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance 2008. Their first studio film CYRUS, was released by Fox Searchlight in 2010. As an actor, Mark co-starred in THE PUFFY CHAIR, Joe Swanberg's HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS (IFC Films), HUMPDAY (Magnolia) and GREENBERG (Focus) and will next appear in Lawrence Kasdan's upcoming film DARLING COMPANION as well as Lynn Shelton's latest opposite Rosemarie Dewitt and Emily Blunt.
At the young age of 18, Bret Loehr has established an impressive list of credits to his name. He starred opposite John Cusack in the Columbia Pictures feature IDENTITY, and most recently appeared with Sean Patrick Flannery in the fantasy VERITAS, PRINCE OF TRUTH as well as the Chuck Norris television movie WALKER, TEXAS RANGER: TRIAL BY FIRE. In addition to his film roles, Bret also starred in the Fox series CRACKING UP as the youngest son of eccentric parents played by Molly Shannon and Christopher McDonald. Further television credits include recurring roles on EVERWOOD, AMERICAN DREAMS, ALLY MCBEAL and GENERAL HOSPITAL and guest starring roles on ER, WITHOUT A TRACE and MEDIUM among others. Bret can next be seen in the thriller 9 LIVES OF MARA.
Carr Thompson is currently an Honor Student and budding filmmaker at UCLA who was initially discovered at an international talent competition at the age of 12. He won numerous awards, finished in the Top 5 Best Child Actors category, and piqued the interest of talent agents across the country. Soon after he moved to Los Angeles with his parents and sister, also an actress, signed with a renowned agency and began enjoying a professional acting career.
In addition to his lead role as "Jake" in TRUE ADOLESCENTS, Carr can be seen this winter co-starring alongside Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker in the pilot episode of CBS’ spinoff series CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR. He can also be seen as the lead character "Mark" in the soon-to-be-released thriller film REACH also starring David Dorfman and Edward Furlong. Carr's other acting credits include the lead role of “Arthur” in the 2006 CG-animated Lionsgate film ARTHUR'S MISSING PAL, the role of "Brian" in DAY SEVENTY-THREE WITH SARAH starring Elle Fanning, narrator of Disney's CHECK THIS KID OUT as well as principal roles in national commercials for Six Flags, Payless Shoes, Microsoft XBox, AT&T, Subway, Mountain Dew, MGA Toys, Pokemon video game and the Nintendo Wii Fit product launch campaign. Recently, Carr has also enjoyed working on the other side of the camera as 2nd Assistant Director on the feature film ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS, as Director of Photography, Editor, and a writer on the film TIED which was nominated for Best Drama at the UCLA Campus Movie Fest; and as a writer as well as lead actor on the film KEATON which won 2nd place in film competition at the Student Television Network Convention in 2010.
In addition to TV and film work, Carr enjoys performing on stage and has played Tibalt in ROMEO AND JULIET as well as the leading role of Hamlet in HAMLET for which he won the first place award at Los Angeles' DTASC Shakespeare Festival.
Carr was an Advanced Placement Honor Graduate of West Ranch High School in Valencia, CA where he was a member of the News and Filmmaking Team. Prior to attending West Ranch, Carr was an Honor Graduate of Millikan Performing Arts School in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Carr began attending UCLA in 2010 where he is in the Honors Program, an anchor for UCLA resTV news, appears on the UCLA TV show BACHELOR OF SPY as lead character Brett Western, is a member of the UCLA Film and Photography Society and the UCLA Video Production Committee. Carr is also an avid guitar player, poker player, songwriter, and filmmaker. He recently completed his first screenplay. Carr is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.
Melissa Leo has won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, the Broadcast Film Critics Award, the New York Film Critics Circle Award, and 11 Critic’s Group awards for Best Supporting Actress for her role in THE FIGHTER. She has also been nominated for a SAG Award.
She received Oscar® and SAG nominations for her starring role in FROZEN RIVER, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and a Spotlight Award from the National Board of Review among countless other accolades for her performance which received universal critical acclaim.
Leo shared a Best Ensemble acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for her outstanding work in 21 GRAMS opposite Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn. Her most recent films include CONVICTION, opposite Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell and WELCOME TO THE RILEYS opposite James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart. Other notable film work includes THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA in which she starred opposite Dwight Yoakam and Tommy Lee Jones, and HIDE AND SEEK in which she starred opposite Robert DeNiro.
Leo can be seen in the upcoming films RED STATE written and directed by Kevin Smith and which premiered at Sundance; SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA opposite Robert Duvall; and in MILDRED PIERCE, the HBO miniseries directed by Todd Haynes in which Melissa stars opposite Kate Winslett. Leo’s television credits include the current HBO series TREME from executive producer David Simon, and she is known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Detective Kay Howard on HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS.
Leo studied Drama at Mount View Theatre School in London, England and later at the SUNY Purchase Acting Program.