Eric Branco -- Director/Cinematographer/Producer
A native of New York City, ERIC BRANCO attended The Bronx High School of Science and the School of Visual Arts before beginning his career in film.
As a cinematographer, Eric has lensed several feature films including V/H/S (dir. Glenn McQuaid), and HYPOTHERMIA (dir. James Felix McKenney), as well as a host of short films such as THE RIVER (dir. Sam Handel), HAIKU IN BROOKLYN (dir. Stephano Maria Palombi), and THE COMPOSITOR (dir. John Mattiuzzi), winner of a 2013 Student Academy Award. His work has also screened at festivals worldwide, including Cannes, Sundance, TriBeCa, Slamdance and SXSW.
Eric has also directed numerous music videos, and short films.
Eric studied acting under Virgina Gibson at HB Studios in New York City, and later practiced a Stanislavski-based directing method with Susan Batson at Black Nexxus Studios.
STAY COLD STAY HUNGRY is his feature directorial debut.
STEPHEN HILL — Manny/Producer
STEPHEN HILL is the epitome of an actor on the verge of a career breakthrough. Stephen is an award winning actor (Best Male Actor, ABFF 2010) and has done solid work in a variety of roles in film, TV, theater, web series, etc. Most recently he can be seen on Law & Order SVU, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie, Political Animals, and Do No Harm. Hill can also be seen in the award winning documentary, Jackie Robinson: My Story as Jackie Robinson. You will find Stephen in a lead role in the upcoming feature Christmas Wedding Baby; starring opposite the Grammy nominated Carolyn Malachi in her next short film/video; and guest starring opposite Jane Curtain in the CBS series, Unforgettable. Stephen believes Stay Cold, Stay Hungry to be some of his best work, and playing Manny gave him the chance to display a combination of strength, and vulnerability in one of his most memorable characters to date.
Hill met the director of Stay Cold, Stay Hungry at Black Nexxus acting studio in NYC while studying under the famed tutelage of Susan Batson (coach to Nicole Kidman, Oprah, etc.) Filming Stay Cold, Stay Hungry gave hill a rare opportunity to utilize a multi-layered Stanislavski acting technique taught by Batson, as well as the chance to work with a director that has been immersed in the same techniques. Specifically Hill used “animal” layer in his work while playing Manny to give his character a mask that fit the role perfectly. This powerful character layer is rarely used today and Stay Cold, Stay Hungry makes a valiant attempt to revive one of the most beautiful and character serving acting techniques handed down from Stanislavski.
JOHNNY MARRA — Harley/Producer
JOHNNY MARRA is an artist and native New Yorker now living in Maryland. He attended the Bronx High School of Science, where he met Eric, and earned a BA in Art from Goucher College, where he met Baltimore. Stay Cold, Stay Hungry marks his first feature-length effort as an actor.
Johnny is and active member of the Baltimore theater and music communities, as an art director, puppeteer, and actor. He is a founding member of the rock & roll theater troupe the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, and has created and overseen the production of all manner of beasts and creatures for every production, including 2013's award winning Murdercastle, and the recent touring re-mount of their debut production GründleHämmer. Outside of the theater, Johnny also dabbles in mural painting and punk bands.
ADAM BERTOCCI — Editor/Producer
ADAM BERTOCCI is a proud alumnus of Northwestern University and an award-winning filmmaker. As an editor, he has worked on everything from documentaries to music videos to reality TV; "Stay Cold, Stay Hungry" marks his first feature film edit.
He is also in demand as a screenwriter; he wrote the Christmas comedy "Wreck the Halls" starring Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, and frequently consults on and produces short and feature films for online impresario F.C. Rabbath. He is perhaps best-known as the author of "Two Gentlemen of Lebowski", the viral sensation turned off-off-Broadway megabit published by Simon & Schuster.
BRENT ARNOLD — Composer
BRENT ARNOLD is a cellist and composer with a wildly unorthodox approach to his instrument, incorporating amplification, guitar-like fingerpicking, electronics, and elements of Arabic, Persian, and African music. His latest solo album, Night, Exquisite, was released in 2013.
He composed the cello music for Louis C.K.'s tv show Louie, and has written numerous pieces for film, concert, and theater.
He has worked with Reggie Watts, Kristin Hersh, DJ/Rupture, Dave Malloy, Eyvind Kang, Modest Mouse, Jherek Bischoff, Amanda Palmer, Death in Vegas, Bridget Everett, Wayne Horvitz, Simone White, Sleater-Kinney, and Filastine, among many others. His cello playing and arranging appears on dozens of records, from experimental to jazz to rock, for labels Interscope, Sub Pop, SubRosa, Up, Merge, Kill Rock Stars, Secretly Canadian, Jetset, and Jagjaguwar.
Brent studied the cello with Walter Gray of the Kronos Quartet and legendary jazz violinist Michael White. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.
BRANDON TAYLOR — Co-Writer
A native of Manhattan, BRANDON TAYLOR attended and then promptly dropped out of The Gallatin School at NYU.
Since then he has been a key grip on hundreds of commercials, photo shoots and feature films including Yelling to the Sky (dir. Victoria Mahoney), Little Birds (dir. Elgin James), Autumn Blood (dir. Markus Blunder), War Story (dir. Marko Jackson) as well as a long form art photography piece, Cathedral Beneath the Pines (dir. Gregory Crewdson)*in production.
He has also produced various short films including The River (dir. Sam Handel)
and has co-written the feature film, Stay Cold, Stay Hungry (dir. Eric Branco).