Filmmaking is collaborative. And when it’s done right, it’s like family. It’s comfortable, reliable, and each individual helps makes up the all important whole. That’s what the Grey Street Team has – we’re family.
Grey Streets was first conceived by Nick Casucci. Gryffin Grey is a flawed man that Nick wanted to bring to life. So, he asked his friend Rita Moustakas to help write it. Rita was inspired by Gryffin Grey and drafted his story. When the script was ready, actor friends Keir Thirus, Harry Lennix, and Yuval David were eager to help bring the Grey Streets characters to life - but to do that we needed Mike Casucci, Nick’s brother, to help produce it and long-time colleague and cinematographer, Juan Chavez, to make the story pop on screen. Each one of us is passionate about this project and we are the Grey Streets Team.
Keir Thirus plays Gryffin Grey, our flawed hero trying to find his family as he journeys through loss and redemption.
Keir Thirus made his feature film debut in 2008 as Bob Fergusson in Universal Pictures' The Express: The Ernie Davis Story. Keir's TV credits include Joss Whedon's, Dollhouse on FOX, a recurring role as Officer Hollister on ABC's legendary daytime soap, General Hospital, and HBO's hit drama, True Detective. Keir's diverse performances over his career have garnered him various awards and nominations, including most recently, a Best Supporting Actor In A Dramedey Award from the 2014 LAWEBFEST, and a Best Lead Male nomination from the 2015 NAACP Theatre Awards. IMDB.me/KeirThirus
Harry Lennix plays Cardinal Ford, our criminal mastermind, promising to be the only family Gryffin will ever need.
Harry Lennix has amassed a wide range of credits in his illustrious career on the stage, screen, and television, from Broadway to The Matrix Trilogy. Harry was last seen in the highly successful DCEU blockbusters, Man of Steel and Batman Vs. Superman. Lennix can currently be seen on NBC's hit drama series, The Blacklist. IMDB.me/HarryLennix
Yuval David plays Jack, our ruthless and exceptionally talented killer. His target? Cardinal Ford and only Gryffin Grey stands in his way.
Yuval David is known for his performances and appearances on television, film, theatre, and web. Yuval’s TV credits include series-regular and guest star roles in “What Would You Do,” “The Michael J Fox Show,” “Unforgettable,” and “Days of Our Lives.” Yuval’s film credits include leading and supporting roles in “Nephilim,” “Awakening of Spring,” “You,” and “The Fifth Estate,” in addition to a bevy independent and short films. Yuval performs in theatre on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatre. Yuval does voice overs for animation, commercials, narration, documentaries, and industrials. Yuval is a content creator, sharing his productions on YouTube and across social media. YouTube.com/YuvalDavid, Instagram.com/Yuval_David, Facebook.com/YuvalDavid, IMDB.me/YuvalDavid, YuvalDavid.com
Denise Dowse plays Aunt Suzanna. She loves Gryffin like a son and and is his last chance for redemption.
Denise Dowse was born on February 21, 1958 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Imposters TV series as Agent Cook (2017), Secrets and Lies TV series as Elaine Williams(2015), Coach Carter (2005), Ray (2002), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Pleasantville (1998), and Starship Troopers (1997).
Phrederic Semaj plays Vargas, the ever present thorn in Gryffin's side and immediate threat to everything Gryffin wants.
Phrederic Semaj isn't just another face; he is showing his versatility on film, television and stage. His most memorable role was the lead in the HBO short, LET'S LOVE HATE, which was directed and written by famed actor Shia LeBeouf . He was nominated Best-Lead Male for NAACP Theatre Awards which garnered him rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times, Backstage West and LA Weekly. Most Recently Phrederic's first leading role in a film was an Official Selection of the Cannes Short Film Corner in France and wrapped a role in a motion picture opposite Jimmy Jean-Louis. A firm believer in "Work Begets Work," Phrederic would like to thank the cast and crew of "Grey Streets" for their trust, support and belief in his craft. IMDB.me/PhredericSemaj
Randy Ranz plays Vic, the unfortunatley well connected street level hitman who has the pleasure of meeting Gryffin.
Actor, writer and director, Randy Ranz was born Randy Walker on October 7, 1989 in Detroit, MI. At the budding age of 19, Randy took a leap of faith and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an entertainer. In 2011, he began attending the Los Angeles Film School and earned an award for student of the month. Since completing his program at the Los Angeles Film School Randy has written and directed a number of short films. In 2014, he released 10 short films including THE UNCHOSEN PATH and THE RANDY RANZ SHOW. Two of the 10 films were chosen to screen with Emmy Award winning casting director Robi Reed at the Hollywood Chinese Theater several times with amazing audience reception. Randy continues to hone his skills as a writer and director. He strives to be the next generation of Hollywood greats.
Ashlee Olivia Jones plays Theresa Grey, Gryffin's wife, who was tragically murdered in a suspicious home invasion.
Ashlee Olivia Jones, currently the star and writer of her own 1-woman show entitled, Ashlee Olivia Presents EARTHA, most recently won the Producer's Award for the Hollywood Fringe Festival and will be going up again July 22nd, 3:30pm at Theatre Asylum 6448 Santa Monica blvd. Born and raised in LA, Ashlee went to college in Chicago to earn her B.F.A. in acting at DePaul University. Winner of the Most Promising Actress Award by the Chicago Theatre Alliance and Best Supporting Actress award (NAACP) for her work as 'Lenora' in Knock Me A Kiss (Robey), Ashlee is continuing to build her resume and create impactful content. Please visit www.ashleeoliviajones.weebly.com for more information and tickets.
The Creative Team
Nick Casucci - Director
“I love seeing the big picture and driving it home with the details.” - Nick
Nick’s recent directorial short film INSTANCE won best film at the San Diego Black Film Festival of 2017. His passion for story telling continues to grow as he brings to life the experiences of what it means to be human with the craft of film making. Nick also have firm roots in editing, one of the last layers of filmmaking to truly shape a story. IMDBme/NickCasucci, https://ncasucci.com/
Rita Moustakas - Writer
“I love the honesty and the journey of writing.” - Rita
Rita is an artist who paints and sculpts emotional experience through words. Capturing emotional complexities on paper so they can come to life on film is a passion and skill that she takes to heart. Rita has written on The Marriage Tour web TV series, has performed script supervisor duties during the production of both The Marriage Tour season 3 and INSTANCE (won best film at the San Diego Black Film Festival of 2017), and most recently finished the Grey Streets full-length feature script. IMDBme/RitaMoustakas
Juan Chavez - Cinematographer
“It's fun making stories come to life on screen.” - Juan
Juan’s passion for a career in film started when he was eleven years-old and he began his professional career when he was in high school doing live broadcasting for his church Crystal Cathedral. Since then he’s been building his professional portfolio as the Cinematographer for the shorts: INSTANCE (won best film at the San Diego Black Film Festival of 2017), Mainline, Boy Chad: #BTFWA, The Cursed Gift, and Descension. IMDBme/JuanChavez
Mike Casucci - Producer
"It's who I am. I fracking love it." - Mike
Mike is a writer who loves to get things done. He is producing Grey Streets to get his feet wet in the producing field so he will be able to one day lead his own room of writers as a Showrunner. Creating as a writer or 'making it happen' as a producer doesn't really matter to Mike, as long as story is being made and the audience is being moved.
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We are incredibly fortunate to have so many exceptional creative professionals who are working to make the short a reality for free, but some things still cost money. Dang. Luckily, we have you. Your support, big or small, can make the difference in how we tell Gryffin’s story.
Your contributions help us make Grey Streets become a reality! Our budget breakdown is as follows:
$7,500: Production, Equipment Rentals, Props and Special Effects, Locations, and GoFundMe fees:
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