Jonathan Duran - "Happy"
Jonathan's first film experiences in the indie circuit began immediately after graduating high school in Queens. He attended his first year college at St. John's University majoring in TV / Film, then transferred to The International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, majoring in Digital Movie Production. His first film role was a small part in the feature "Grand Opening" (2006), follwed by back-to-back lead roles in "The Lesson Plan" (2008) and "When It Rains" (2009). Jonathan has recently starred in several New York City stage productions.
Alex Montanez - "Chad"
www.FreeMindNetwork.com // Alex's debut solo album "Begin Again" has been played on indie stations all over the world. He is also one half of "BOdysNatchERs", alongside Danny Vazquez. He is the creator of Sunday Night Screenings, and co-host of "The Bud and Roach Show", Uncensored Talk Radio. Montanez has also expanded his creativity into canvas paintings, which have been showcased, along with his wife's artwork, at galleries in and around NYC.
Eric Arriola - "Derrick"
Eric Arriola started acting at the age of six years old. He would tag along and attend his older brother's rehearsals
at the cultural arts program. Since then, he has gone on to work in commercials for MTV, The N channel and Ad Council. Eric is currently working on an off Broadway play titled "Conceal Her". He's expecting the release of a hip hop indie film titled "Chess Boxing" and has starred in the pilot "Pale Blue Light" in which he plays Derrick, the cynical yet sincere best friend that serves as the voice of reason.
Gina Taylor - "Norma"
A native born of New Rochelle, New York, Gina began singing at talent competitions, school and church at the age of 5. She studied ballet as a youth and at the age of 12, she performed in the Nutcracker at SUNY Purchase. Gina has successfully completed a B.B.A. degree in Business Management & Marketing from Hofstra University; acquiring her real estate license and practicing as a broker; and co-hosted an online radio show; "The Quiet Riot show". Gina has appeared on BET's "Harlem Heights", MTV's "The Shop", "The Many Break-ups of Lincoln Road" and more recently on Duran Films TV pilot, "Pale Blue Light."
Jason Ramirez - "Mac"
Born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, Jason was greatly influenced by the New York City hip-hop movement. Aside from a handful of acting roles in features and short films, he is also known for his powerful lyrics and voice as underground hip hop artist, "Broadway the Lyricist".
Onix Duran - "Ray"
Onix has acted in all of Duranfilms productions: "Stone Cold Killers" (2002), "Grand Opening" (2006), "Shoe Crazy" (2008) and "The Lesson Plan" (2008). A graduate of NYU, Onix is currently working for the New York City Board of Education as a high school teacher at Transit Tech in Brooklyn, New York. Even though he doesn't mind appearing in movies, his first love is teaching. Onix Duran also manages up and coming hip hop artist "Kon Boogie".
Frances Lozada - "Samantha"
Frances' latest film 'Gang Girl' is currently being sold at blockbuster.com and amazon.com. She is also the host of "Cinema Night" in Brooklyn. Frances won best actress in the short film "A Promised Moon", a film by Raul Santiago Sebazco at the Imaginasian Film Festival 2006. She is a part of the New York Foundation of Arts Artist Entrepreneur Bootcamp 2011. She graduated St. John's University from their Business School with a degree in Marketing.
Franky G - "Nestor"
Franky G started his career starring in an award-winning film "Manito" (2002), written and directed by Eric Eason. Since then, he has become a recognizable face of film and television; he's even been selected as one of the most beautiful in People Español. His versatility as an actor an intense energy has landed him roles in various Hollywood films, starring alongside Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia, Mark Walhberg, and Charlize Theron in such films as "Confidence" (2003), "The Italian Job" (2003) and "Saw II" (2005). He has also appeared in numerous television series, including Fox's "Jonny Zero", where he played a lead role.
Big Daddy Kane - "Officer Brick Nice"
Emerging during hip-hop's massive creative expansion of the late 80's, Big Daddy Kane possessed a prodigious rhyming technique honed from numerous B-boy battles; he could also be an Afrocentric consciousness-raiser versed in the philosophy of the Nation of Islam's Five Percent school, or a smooth urban soul crooner whose singing was no match for his talents as an MC. While he never scored much pop-crossover success, his best material ranks among the finest hip-hop of its era, and his sex-drenched persona was enormously influential on countless future would-be players.
Kool G Rap - Himself
Kool G Rap is an American rapper, from the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York City. He began his career in the mid-1980s as one half of the group Kool G Rap & DJ Polo and as a member of the Juice Crew. He is often cited as one of the most influential and skilled MCs of all time as he is a pioneer of mafioso rap/street/hardcore content and multisyllabic rhyming. On his album The Giancana Story, he stated that the "G" in his name stands for "Giancana" (after the mobster Sam Giancana), but on other occasions he's stated that it stands for "Genius".
Martel Ellis - "Blahz"
Blahzay Blahzay was an East Coast hip hop group from Brooklyn, New York, consisting of DJ PF Cuttin and MC Out Loud. The group released only one album, 1996's Blah Blah Blah, along with a 1999 maxi-single of new material. The LP contained the group's most popular track, Danger. The album was influential during the rest of the 1990s in the reemerging hip-hop scene in New York.
Bonz Malone - "The Magic Man"
Bonz Malone has been referred to as the "Hunter Thompson of Hip Hop". Born in the Bronx, he watched firsthand as hip hop was born in the 1970's. After dropping out of high school at the age of 18, he became the youngest columnist in the country. A former graffiti writer, he became an A&R executive, the voice of Nike television commercials, a screenwriter and an actor. His various life experiences have contributed to his compelling roles in over 20 feature films. He became one of the youngest hip hop magazine writers in history; writing for such publications as The Source, Spin and the Village Voice. His voice is funny, honest, hopeful, and above all else, passionate. His first book: "Hip Hop Immortals" is a compilation of a wide spectrum of hip hop's biggest legends.
DoItAll Dupré - "Laurence"
The Lords of the Underground (L.O.T.U.G.) is a hip-hop trio based in Newark, New Jersey. MCs Mr. Funke and DoItAll Dupré. DoItAll appeared briefly in the final scene of the final episode of The Sopranos credited as Du Kelly, as one of a series of potentially ominous figures entering the diner. He also appeared on other TV shows; Law & Order as Two Tone, on Oz the HBO series, and on the Christmas episode of 30 Rock on NBC (2008). He has also been in independent movies such as Somewhere in the City with Bai Ling, Rhyme & Reason, and with Treach of Naughty By Nature. He has also starred in an off Broadway play entitled Diss, Diss, & Diss, Dat.
Robert Walker - "Desi"
Robert Walker is a gifted actor from Brooklyn, New York. He began his artistic adventure after being inspired to act by films like "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Dog Day Afternoon". After studying acting, directing, and dance, he soon was able to travel throughout the United States with his art. Landing the role of "Desi" on Pale Blue Light is just one more notch added on the belt of Robert Walker's artistic career.