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LDR CREATIVE LLC IN ASSOCIATION WITH ON THE ROCKS FILMS PRESENTS EARLY MOURNING

FEATURING BAHIYAH HIBAH AND MARTIN HARVEY CONCEIVED BY BEN HARTLEY DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY MATT SIMPKINS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / EDITOR GREG RODERICK ASSOC DIR / GRIP MATT GIBSON MUSIC BY ANGELA McCLUSKEY PRODUCER LISA DONMALL-REEVE DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER BEN HARTLEY

Cast & Crew

Bahiyah Hibah (her)

Bahiyah’s classical ballet training from 4 years of age and BFA from Juilliard allowed her to dance abroad with Ballet Frankfurt, under the direction of William Forsythe and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, under the direction of Judith Jamison before transitioning to musical theater. The vocal silence of a dancer became a thing of the past once she joined Broadway casts’ in which she covered and played leading roles in The Color Purple, Memphis, Rock of Ages, Chicago and The Trip of Love. Once bitten by the acting bug she studied with Chazz Palminteri, Ted Sluberski, Scott Whitehurst and Rick Sordelet. “The Eyes” her first feature film directed by Robbie Bryan, hit film festivals in August. The creation of “Early Mourning” began in a gym in between shows with my then “Little Mermaid” partner Ben Hartley. The depth and sincerity of this story is a rare jewel for an artist to portray. I’m ecstatic and honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of “Early Mourning”.

Martin Harvey (him)

Martin is a trained British actor and former professional ballet dancer who was recently dubbed "commandingly sexy" by the New York Times. His early acting credits include; Michael, west end production of Peter Pan, Oliver, west end production of Oliver, Young Pip (opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins) in Disney's Great Expectations, Dominic Barber in the Central TV pilot, Zero Option and the same character in the resulting series, Saracen. At 11 years old he joined the Royal Ballet School, graduating at 17 into London's Royal Ballet Company. In a 12 year career he danced many principal roles, including; Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling, Onegin in Onegin, Colas in La Fille Mal Gardee, Lescaut in Manon and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. He then went on to appear as Johnny Castle in the hit west end production of Dirty Dancing, for which he received the UK Critics' Circle Spotlight Award. Martin is now based out of New York where he has appeared on screen alongside Alan Rickman and William H. Macy, on TV in Gossip Girl and All My Children and on stage with the Metropolitan Opera in Carmen and Manon Lescaut. He also received rave reviews for his portrayals of Zach in A Chorus Line and the Carnival Boy in Carousel. 

Ben Hartley (creator/director/choreographer)

Ben Hartley is a director, choreographer, educator, & Broadway professional who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He directed his first short film, Early Mourning currently on the film festival circuit ’17-’18. He directed and co-conceived Down the Tube starring comic, Erin Maguire. Ben choreographed Held Momentarily at NYMF, Gypsy in Houston, TX, Hairspray in Stamford, CT, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Grease, Urinetown, Carousel, Into the Woods, Les Miserables, Gypsy, & 42nd Street for LaGuardia Arts, "Fame School" NYC and a tribute to Broadway legend Ben Vereen. Ben served as Assistant Choreographer on the Broadway production of Enron, & Associate Choreographer to Casey Nicholaw for the reading of Robin & The Seven Hoods. As a performer, he appeared in numerous Broadway & West End productions including Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Carman, Fosse, Cats, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Little Mermaid, & Fiddler on the Roof. Ben is the Founder & Director of The Broadway Experience international musical theater intensive. www.thebroadwayexperience.com   www.benhartley.info

Lisa Donmall-Reeve (producer)

Lisa is a Brit living in LA. She spent over twenty years as a performer in musical theatre, playing many leading roles in London’s West End in addition to touring all over the UK, Europe, USA and internationally. As a creative, she has assisted some of the world’s finest choreographers in numerous projects.

 

Lisa’s dreams to become a producer were realized in 2016 when she launched LDR Creative LLC, a company that offers new works in all creative genres an opportunity to shine. 

Matt Simpkins (director of photography)

Matt Simpkins, an original co-founder of On The Rocks Films, serves as the resident Director of Photography as well as an actor and director.  Owner for over a decade of Matt Simpkins Photography, he has grown his interest and skills from stills to cinema.  Beyond his work with OTRF, he has worked on the camera crew for multiple other large budget shorts and feature films expanding his experience and knowledge.  Matt is also a member of Actors Equity Association and has been seen in numerous theatrical productions in NYC and around the country.  Check out more at his photography siteacting site and IMDB page

Angela McCluskey (music/vocals)

Hailed by Vanity Fair as a "chortling, cussing, room-dominating force of nature”, Angela McCluskey —in words— is not the easiest thing to do.  If you’ve met her, or have been lucky enough to see her perform —you will understand.

 

Angela first achieved iconic recognition as the singer of the LA band, Wild Colonials—with whom she released three albums: Fruit of Life (1993), This Can't Be Life (1996) and Reel Life in 2000. The band were a legendary staple of the LA scene in the 90’s. Since then, her life has taken her all over the world.  In 2004, Angela released the critically acclaimed album, The Things We Do, which Paste Magazine described as an album that “will break your heart and gently put it back together again”.  Alan Magee at The Guardian, heralded her voice as "an incredible juxtaposition of the greats: Beth Gibbons, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.”  Angela toured the U.S., having been hand picked by Michael Stipe to open for REM and wrote the #1 best selling GRAMMY nominated song “Breathe”, with French electronic trio, Telepopmusik. She then collaborated with Morgan Page and BT on the smash hit #1 dance single “In the Air”, was featured on Robbie Robertson’s How to be Clairvoyant, and has worked with Paul Oakenfold, Parov Stelar, Kendrick Lamar and others—and her reimagining of George Harrison’s “Here Comes The Sun” for the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund made us all wonder if we could ever hear the original again.  In 2016, Angela was featured on Big Gigantic’s latest track, “The Little Things”, chosen as the “Official” theme for the Apple Mac Pro Launch 2016, exploded to #3 on the Global Spotify chart, was featured in Nike’s new ad campaign and on Season 2 of Empire.  Celebrating The Roxy Sessions, Angela’s fourth solo album, Angela reunited with her original band Wild Colonials at LA’s famed Troubadour for a one night ONLY, sold out show, taking her back to where it all began.

Credits

Assistant Director / Editor ......................... Greg Roderick

Associate Director / Grip ............................... Matt Gibson 

1st AC .............................................................. Phoenixx Flixx

Key Grip / Gaffer .................................................... Linda Wu

Costume Designer ............................................ David Quinn

Make Up ......................................................... Jessica Freitas

Photography ................................................... Daryl Getman

Press Kit

Press Kit

Included in our EPK

Film Specs

Synopsis

Cast & Crew Bios

Director Statement

Publicity Photos

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Trailer

 
 
 
 

LDR CREATIVE LLC IN ASSOCIATION WITH ON THE ROCKS FILMS PRESENTS EARLY MOURNING

FEATURING BAHIYAH HIBAH AND MARTIN HARVEY CONCEIVED BY BEN HARTLEY DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY MATT SIMPKINS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / EDITOR GREG RODERICK ASSOC DIR / GRIP MATT GIBSON MUSIC BY ANGELA McCLUSKEY PRODUCER LISA DONMALL-REEVE DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER BEN HARTLEY

About LDR Creative

LDR CREATIVE LLC is a New York based production company, formed to give artists, performing artists and creatives a platform with which to develop and promote new works - a place for new and existing talent to have a chance to shine and be brought fully into the light. 
We encourage creatives to present their ideas & projects, irrespective of where the idea is in it's development, and use our extensive network of contacts to help bring their ideas to fruition.
 
The works range from short films, new musicals, plays, readings, choreographic works, and exhibitions of art and photography - if it's creative, it belongs in our community.
We are open to working on all types of projects, commercial and otherwise, and always ensure that any profits are put back into the company to generate further creative opportunities.