Cast and Crew










Sandow Birk: Art Director, Writer, Producer

Raised on the beaches of Southern California and currently living and working in Los Angeles, Sandow Birk is a product of California culture. With an emphasis on social issues, frequent themes of his past work have included daily life in L.A.’s barrios, inner city violence, graffiti, various political issues, surfing, and skateboarding. His work has been shown extensively throughout the U.S. He was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and a Fulbright Fellow to Rio de Janeiro for 1997. In 1999 he was awarded a Getty Fellowship for painting. Birk’s epic, pseudo-historical series of the “The Great War of the Californias”, in which Los Angeles and San Francisco wage all out war for control of the Golden State, was featured at the Laguna Art Museum in 2000. His latest project, a rewriting (with co-author Marcus Sanders) and illustrating of Dante’s The Divine Comedy set in contemporary urban America has culminated in three books, currently out from Chronicle Books: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. An exhibition of the project was organized by the San Jose Museum of Art in 2005.

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James Cromwell: Voice of Virgil

JAMES CROMWELL received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar © nomination for his memorable performance as Farmer Hoggett in the smash-hit, “Babe.” Cromwell’s recent motion picture work includes “The Longest Yard,” “I, Robot,” “Angels in America,” “The Green Mile,” “Snow Falling on Cedars,” and “L.A. Confidential.” He plays Prince Philip in the recently released film, “The Queen.” He is currently working on “Spiderman Three.” Born in Los Angeles, Cromwell grew up in New York and Waterford, Connecticut, and studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University (then Carnegie Tech).

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Mark McAdam: Composer

Mark McAdam is a songwriter and musician from the other side of the musical tracks. He lives in a roomful of second-hand instruments on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where he eats and sleeps. McAdam used to front the seminal Los Angeles junk rock band Sumack before setting out on his own with a solo debut, “Boy Wonder”, in 2003. His next record, “Cavalcade”, comes out in spring 2006 on March Records. He has contributed and composed music for many films including “God Grew Tired of Us” (Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary 2006) plus television shows like “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Weeds”, and “Malcolm in the Middle”.

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Sean Meredith: Director, Writer, Producer, Editor

Born and raised in New Jersey, Sean Meredith studied film at Emerson College in Boston. His senior film won the school’s Evvy Award for Best 16mm Film. After toiling away the years as a vintage dishware expert, he has finished directing his first feature film, “Dante’s Inferno.” He directed and produced the 2003 film “In Smog and Thunder: The Great War of the Californias.” After premiering at Slamdance in 2003, the California Civil War mockumentary went on to play at twenty film festivals. It was released on DVD in 2004 and had it’s broadcast premiere in 2005.

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Dermot Mulroney: Voice of Dante

DERMOT MULRONEY recently completed work on David Fincher’s “Zodiac.” Early in his career he co-starred in Tom DiCillo’s satirical look at the world of independent filmmaking, “Living In Oblivion,” opposite Steve Buscemi and Catherine Keener. Mulroney co-produced the film, which won awards at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. Another early standout performance was his role in "Longtime Companion." He's since co-starred with Jack Nicholson in "About Schmidt," with Julia Roberts in "My Best Friend's Wedding," with Diane Keaton in "The Family Stone," and in Nicole Holofcener's "Lovely & Amazing." His former band, The Low and Sweet Orchestra released one highly regarded album that captured the band’s mixture of American rockabilly and Irish folk rock. He currently plays in The Cranky George Trio with his brother Kieran Mulroney and Pogues accordionist James Fearnley.

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Michael Negrin, ASC: Director of Photography

As the son of an accomplished cinematographer, Sol Negrin ASC, young Michael Negrin had the opportunity to visit film sets starting at age eight. In 1984-85 he shot several videos for Billy Joel. Later he photographed Time After Time for Cindy Lauper, which earned an American Music Video Award for Michael and for the director Eddie Griles. In 1987, Negrin shot his first feature, an indie project starring Shelly Winters, titled “Touch of a Stranger.” He photographed the pilot for “Charmed” for the WB starring Shannon Dougherty. Negrin shot a feature in New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina, “Local Color” starring Ray Liotta, Armin Mueller Stahl and Ron Pearlman. He just completed photography on “Homeland Security” directed by George Gallo and stars Antonio Bandaras, Meg Ryan, and Selma Blair.

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Elyse Pignolet: Art Director, Puppet Designer

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Elyse attended San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University as an art major before hoofing it to Spain. She lived in Madrid and Barcelona studying Spanish and art in 2001, then returned to college as a ceramics major in California. Widely traveled, she has exhibited her work in several shows in the Los Angeles area. She has collaborated on several public art projects with artist Tom Barter and others, including work on the L.A. MTA Metro Orange Line and on the new Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Station in East Los Angeles. She is currently persuing a BFA in Ceramic Arts at the University of California at Long Beach. She has had a passing interest in puppets since she met Paul Zaloom.

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Paul Zaloom: Writer, Producer, Head Puppeteer, Voices

Called “one of the most original and talented political satirists working in the theater” by the New York Times, Paul Zaloom is an OBIE-winning puppeteer and performance artist who has written, designed and performed 12 solo spectacles, including Fruit of Zaloom, Sick But True, and his latest, The Mother of All Enemies. His highly idiosyncratic work utilizes techniques such as overhead projection, government document expose, “picture performance”, and hand, rod, shadow, found object, and dummy puppets. Since 1992, Zaloom has appeared on the Emmy winning TV show Beakman’s World as Beakman, the wacky scientist who answers viewers’ questions about science, nature, and the world around us; he also tours the stage show, Beakman Live! Zaloom co-wrote and narrated an official selection at the 2003 Slamdance Film Fest, “In Smog and Thunder.” He’s played innumerable venues: Kennedy Center; Lincoln Center; Walker Arts Center; American Repertory Theater; L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art; King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut; hundreds of others in the U.S. and internationally. His awards include: a Village Voice OBIE; an American Theater Wing Design Award; New York Dance and Performance Award (the “Bessie”); L.A. Weekly Critics’ Award; 4 Citations of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from UNIMA-USA. GRANTS: Guggenheim Fellowship, COLA Fellowship, 4 National Endowment for the Arts grants, 4 Henson Foundation grants, others.

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Cast Credits


TONY ABATEMARCO Lying Defendant
Farinata
SCOTT ADSIT Judge Minos
Paolo
Hirohito
Copter Pilot
Spiro Agnew
MATT BESSER Metallica Defendant
L. Ron Hubbard
Curtis LeMay
Airport Security
BILL CHOTT Ciaccio ‘El Gordo’
Calvacanti
Stalin
Ulysses’ Crew
MIKE COLEMAN Charon
Phlegyas
Senator
Dick Cheney
JAMES CROMWELL Virgil
ANDREW DALY Lucan
“Right on” Glutton
Jim Jones
Airport Screener
Ulysses’ Naysayer
JOHN FLECK Brunetto Latini
SEAN FORRESTER Horace
Mr. Argenti
White Pimp
Beating Victim
Airport Security
Insider Trader #2
TONY HALE Ovid
Real Estate Broker
Pope Nicholas 3rd
TOM HALLICK George Sanders
Deep Voiced Lobbyist
LAURA KRAFFT George Sand
Airport P.A.
Subway P.A.
BRANDON JOHNSON Irate Driver
Mounted Policeman
Pimp #1
Pimp #3
Airport Security
DERMOT MULRONEY Dante
MARTHA PLIMPTON Celia
Lobbyist Singer
Lizzie Borden
KIT PONGETTI W.M.D. Defendant
Francesca
Marilyn Monroe
Elena Ceausescu
TAMI SAGHER George Elliot
Greed Seductress
Barbara Bates
Penelope
DANA SNYDER Strom Thurmond
Ulysses
JANET VARNEY Teacher
Cleopatra
City of Dis Intercom
Ulysses’ Usher
MATT WALSH Mussolini
Fox Reporter
Airport Security Pursuer
PAUL ZALOOM Homer
God
Officer Chiron
Southern Lobbyist
Airport Security
Caiaphas
Ulysses’ Crew
Macmud
Insider Trader #1
Nicolae Ceausescu

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Crew Credits


Edited by Sean Meredith
Proscenium Design Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet
Ulysses Shadow Show Paul Zaloom and Lynn Jeffries
Casting Director Laura Krafft
Gaffer  Paul Lohr
Best Boy Electric Adam Peabody
Dave McGrory
Lighting Technician Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Dolly Grip Richard Brush
Camera Operators Jens Piotrowski, SOC
Denis Moran
1st Assistant Camera David C. Negrin
2nd Assistant Camera Kristy Baltezore
Caddie Hon
Digital Imaging Technician Philip Schwartz
Lead Puppeteers Alison Heimstead
Lynn Jeffries
Puppeteers

Sandow Birk
Benajah Cobb
Cesar Delgadillo
David P. Earle
Leslie Gray
Jennie Hahn
Sam Hale
Nico Lang
Visperd Madad-doust
Darius Mannino
Francisco Martinez
Sibyl O'Malley
Michael Oosterom
Darcia Dexter Negrin
Douglas N. Paasch
Beth Peterson
Elyse Pignolet
Laurie Woolery
Paul Zaloom
Michelle Zamora

On Set Editor Christian Anthony
Set Scaling by Alicia Meredith
Suicide Note Christian Anthony
Additional Scenic Painting Gregg Gibbs
Make-Up for Lucifer Jeff Farley
Make-Up Assistant Elena Arlotti
On Set Photographers Bryan Wiley                                                                           Alicia Meredith
Production Assistants David Earle
Cesar Delgadillo
Security Mr. Jenkins
Truck Driver Pablo Delgadillo
Dramaturgical Assistance Lynn Jeffries
Sound Design Alan Porzio
Voice Recording Engineers Mark Wheaton at Catasonic
Phil Vo at SonicPool
Final Sound Mix by Talking House Productions, San Francisco
Re-recording Mixer Dave Nelson
Supervising Engineer Peter Krawiec
Mix Engineer Miik Dinko
Digital Intermediate, Opticals & Titles HOLLYWOOD-DI
DI Artist David Miazga
DI Supervisor Tyler Hawes
DI Project Manager Neil W. Smith
HD Video Equipment Sim Video LA
HD Probe Lenses Innovision Optics
Music produced and performed by
Mark McAdam
Superhead Songs ASCAP ©2006
Additional Musicians
Adam Crystal Violin
Aaron Kant Additional Drums and Percussion
Dermot Mulroney Cello   
John Natchez Saxophones, Clarinet, and Additional Flute
Kit Pongetti Vocals
‘We Are the Lobbyists’

Words by Paul Zaloom and Mark McAdam
Music written and performed by Mark McAdam
Sung by Martha Plimpton with Eric Gilliland,
Peter ‘The Baron Von’ Lindberg, and Mark McAdam
The makers of this film wish to thank Track 16 Gallery
of Santa Monica for generously supplying a filming location.
Special Thanks

Wayne Alexander
Georgia Brint
Greg Escalante
Patricia Fitzgerald
Erica Fox
Janie Geiser
Chris Kletzien
Alicia Meredith
Hilary Meredith
Joe Musil
Cindy Ojeda
John Paulsen
Tom Patchett
Laurie Steelink
Also Thanks to

Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
Great Small Works, New York City
Quiksilver, Inc.
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
South Texas Institute for the Arts, Corpus Christi, TX
Trillium Press, Brisbane, CA
Special Thanks to the Screen Actors Guild
Sandow Birk is represented by
Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles
Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco
and
PPOW Gallery, New York City
Sandow Birk and Marcus Sanders’ books
of "The Divine Comedy"
are available from Chronicle Books
The portrayals of persons and events in
this motion picture are fictitious.
This motion picture is protected under laws
of the United States and other countries.
Unauthorized duplication, distribution, or
exhibition is strictly prohibited.
©2008, Dante Film, LLC

All Rights Reserved

www.dantefilm.com

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© 2008, Dante Film, LLC


DANTE FILM, LLC presents “DANTE’S INFERNO” DERMOT MULRONEY JAMES CROMWELL
puppet design ELYSE PIGNOLET head puppeteer PAUL ZALOOM music by MARK McADAM
director of photography MICHAEL NEGRIN, ASC art direction SANDOW BIRK & ELYSE PIGNOLET
based upon SANDOW BIRK & MARCUS SANDERS’ adaptation of “dante’s inferno”
written by PAUL ZALOOM, SANDOW BIRK & SEAN MEREDITH executive producer STEVE LUCZO
produced by SEAN MEREDITH, PAUL ZALOOM & SANDOW BIRK directed by SEAN MEREDITH