KEISHA HUTCHINS is a good friend and a wonderful songwriter and singer. Her "Train Song" appears in an early scene of A Dark Souvenir to set the stage of the "happy home" that is more like a house of cards. Keisha's music is not horror music; Train Song is a really happy and fun and catchy tune that I absolutely love. It's regularly stuck in my head, and I'm so happy to share it here with the world. Keisha is an elementary teacher of music by day, living and working in New York City.
KAREN MESHKOV is the star of A Dark Souvenir and the co-producer (and my wife). Her work in the movie as an actor is awesome, especially considering I dragged her into the project kicking and screaming (not literally). She is not a horror fan, and she works probably 55-60 hours a week for her family's eyeglass business. So there is little time and energy for other things. Many people can relate to that, I know. But she is a very creative person when she makes herself do it, and it makes her feel good (but it's hard to make oneself do). She did lots of acting in High School (where we first met) and college, but soonafter became disillusioned with the competitiveness of the business. It lost its fun. And life took over, the rat race of adulthood. We are trying to balance the rat race and our personal health and growth, and we are getting better and better but still have a lot to learn. We learned on this project that we can work together well, we can pull off a LOT in little time and with not too much energy drained, and it feels good to accomplish projects.
ZEINA NASR is the driving force behind (and one half of) FEZANT and FOR NOW (both of which appear on the soundtrack of A Dark Souvenir). Zeina's music, songwriting, and singing are incredible. She is a friend and an awesome person. She lives in Oakland, CA. You have to go and listen to these haunting, human songs-- triggering all kinds of emotions and imagery: Fezant's "Assignation" and "Recognize the Signs" and For Now's "Fool" and "Finally" are in A Dark Souvenir.
BROOKE WILLIAMS is a supporting actor in A Dark Souvenir, playing the role of Dr. Sarah Hutchins. She is a really talented performer (she's also an incredible singer, check out her music website). It was a pleasure to work with her, especially since she's been my friend for many years and we'd never collaborated together before. She was often what I call a "one-take wonder," because we may shoot a closeup of her doing a portion of the scene and she only has to do it once because it's perfect. We are going to include some rehearsal and behind-the-scenes of this scene in our "Making of A Dark Souvenir" video.