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Joaquim De Almeida

A highly esteemed film, television, and theater actor often recognized for his stunning and memorable performance as Col. Felix Cortez in Clear and Present Danger.

His recent films include the major box-office hit Fast Five of the Fast & Furious franchise, “Che: Part 2” starring with Benicio del Toro, and The Death and Life of Bobby Z alongside Olivia Wilde and Paul Walker. Many will remember him as the devastating villain in Season 3 of the popular series 24. He recently wrapped production on Our Brand is Crisis, starring opposite Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton.

Aunjanue Ellis

Star of the epic BET event series, The Book of Negroes, based on Lawrence Hill's best-selling novel of the same name.

She recently completed production on Get On Up, director Tate Taylor's (The Help) biopic of the singer James Brown. In addition to the fourth season of the hit CBS drama, NCIS: Los Angeles, Ellis was seen in Lifetime's Abducted: The Carlina White Story, a performance that Variety called a "powerhouse.” Ellis earned a SAG Award for her performance in The Help, the 2011 blockbuster starring Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Her portrayal of Mary Ann Fisher in the biopic, Ray, also garnered a nomination for a SAG award.

Bill Cobbs

Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio where his mother was a cleaning lady and his father was a construction worker. As an amateur actor in the city’s Karamu House Theater, he starred in the Ossie Davis play Purlie Victorious. Cobbs was an Air Force Radar technician for eight years. He also worked in office products at IBM and sold cars in Cleveland.

Bill has gone on to appear in such films as, Decoration Day, New Jack City, I know What You Did Last Summer, The Color Of Money and The Bodyguard. He was extraordinary opposite Duvall in indie film Get Low. Other films include Black Water Transit, The Muppets Movie, OZ The Great And Powerful.

Sharon Lawrence

Well-known for her multiple Emmy® nominated and SAG Award winning portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowitz in the ground breaking NYPD Blue or as a stay-at-home prostitute in Desperate Housewives, as Issy’s tender but ditzy Mom on Grey’s Anatomy (for which she earned her fourth Emmy® nod), or a murderous realtor on Monk, or a sociopathic serial killer on Law & Order: SVU, or speaking out for protection of endangered polar bears for the World Wildlife Fund, or beating up Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Her film work includes the indie hit Middle of Nowhere for Ava DuVernay (Best Director at Sundance Film Fest 2012).

Andre Royo

Andre has that rare ability to give the characters he plays depth and emotion without overshadowing his cast mates. As evidence, see Royo’s amazing turn as Bubbles on HBO's critically acclaimed drama The Wire, Henry Arliss Higgins on Fox’s Fringe and Stephen Canfield in Heroes.

Royo has also appeared on a diverse range of shows, including How to Make it in America, Memphis Beat, Prime Suspect, The Whole Truth, Party Down, CSI: Miami, Numb3rs and Criminal Minds, and an array of features including Red Tails and The Spectacular Now.

Ruth Negga

Big screen credits include Noble for director Stephen Bradley, World War Z (Paramount), The Samaritan (opposite Samuel Jackson) and Neil Jordan's Breakfast On Pluto (with Cilian Murphy).

Ruth currently recurs as the beautiful and sinister 'Raina' on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for ABC.

Upcoming features include the big screen adaptation of Warcraft for Legendary and director Duncan Jones and John Ridley's All Is By My Side.

Filmmakers

Director: Richie Adams

Writers: Richie Adams, Nicolas Bazan

Producers: Richie Adams, Brent Caballero, Nicolas Bazan, Nancy Green-Keyes

Co-Producers: Peter Cummings, Joel C. High

Editor: David Rogow

Director of Photography: Tom Lembcke

Production Designer: Kenneth Hardy

Composer: Carlos

A story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.