EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, PRODUCER
Raised in Hawaii, Jeff Wallace is a screenwriter and filmmaker who resides on the North Shore of Oahu. Having studied fire science and marine biology at the University of Hawai’i, Jeff is a firefighter with the Honolulu Fire Department. He also writes, directs, and produces his passion projects every time he gets the chance. He’s actively involved with the local filmmaker community, providing script reviews and project support to the diverse talent in Hawaii. He has been mentored by Michael Lent, a successful writer and producer of film and graphic novels; Hal and Cheryl Croasmun of ScreenwritingU, where Jeff studied writing extensively; and Branscombe Richmond, who has given always invaluable advice to build upon. With retirement on the horizon, Jeff’s focus is now writing fulltime. He wrote “In the Name Of…,” a Silver Remi award winning short film which showcased at WorldFest-Houston and gained distribution with SHORTS.TV His first feature, Angel By Thursday, is ramping up for the film festival circuit. Jeff just became a Quarter Finalist in Stage 32 Annual Feature Drama Screenwriting Contest with his new screenplay No Ordinary Christmas and is advancing to Semi-Finals. He has more projects in the works and zero chance of slowing down any time soon.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, PRODUCER, PRODUCTION DESIGNER, ART DIRECTOR,
An artist by training, Claudia has gone from paint to pastels, jewelry making and woodwork, glass and pottery to photography and filmmaking, and feels like it’s been an all-encompassing pursuit. She studied art at California College of Arts and Crafts, exhibited her artwork at many local and national shows and won multiple awards. In Angel By Thursday, Claudia was involved in all aspects of the creative process lending talent to the production as producer, executive producer, production designer, art director, story board artist, camera operator, draft editor and set designer. Being a true grassroots independent with limited everything, the movie challenged her to wear many hats. “Helping my husband fulfill a dream is an amazing yet exhaustive process. One I’m quite proud of, but may think twice about for future endeavors”, she said jokingly. Brought to life, much of the look and feel of Angel by Thursday is Claudia’s vision. A lifetime devoted to the creative process, she’s had fortunate opportunity, freedom, and mentorship to explore various form and presentation.
Olga is an actor and independent film producer and holds a degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She has appeared in a number of short films, as well as national and international commercials, including Disney, FUJI, and Ford. Together with her Australian-American co-star, Olga co-produced and acted in “Anton Chekhov’s The Proposal,” a short film adaptation of Chekhov’s comedic play, currently in post-production. Olga landed a principal role opposite Zac Efron and Adam DeVine in “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” (20th Century FOX), and Co-Starred in “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS-TV). She wrote, co-produced and acted in a comedic PSA “Voting is HOT!” encouraging the youth of Hawai’i to register to vote, which was acknowledged by Washington D.C.’s “Rock The Vote.” Olga also produced and acted in the short film, “In the Name Of…,” which won a Silver Remi at the WorldFest-Houston Film Festival, Best Short/Thriller at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, and gained distribution with SHORTS.TV thanks to Olga's carefully-crafted pitch. Olga has lived in Honolulu since 2011 with her husband and their almost two-year old daughter Veronica.
PRODUCER, CASTING DIRECTOR
Barbara Logan is a professional actor and acting coach working in Hawaii, and teaching on the North Shore of Oahu. She works on stage and film, in both theatrical and commercial work. She studied Meisner (training at Truthful Acting Studios), as well as many other approaches and disciplines, including improv, voice and movement, singing, and dance. She was thrilled to have helped produce this wonderful story, among other things working as casting director, on-set acting coach and in the role of Sara’s doctor, Tess.
ARLENE NEWMAN-VAN ASPEREN
Arlene is an actress and independent film producer, having acted in numerous film and Tv-shows including Soul Surfer, Aloha Undertakers, Adam DeVine’s House Party, and her latest supporting role in Hollywood’s comedy “The Wrong Missy”. Growing up in a musical Scottish/Irish home in New Hampshire, Arlene has always been interested in music, dance, film and travel. Having spent some of her childhood in Alaska and Canada, as an adult she also lived and worked in Italy and Japan before moving to Hawaii. She successfully produced, executive produced and cast a number of independent short and feature films. Angel By Thursday team is particularly grateful to Arlene for bringing our main sponsor “Buehler Vineyards” on board. In her spare time Arlene loves competing in pageants, having won the Miss Interline and Mrs. Hawai’i title in 2005. Always an advocate for Oahu community, she is involved with many local organizations and nonprofits dear to her heart. She was the spokes person for “Prevent Child Abuse”, and works with Heart Gallery, St. Charles Home, Cards for Kids in Hospitals, and Aloha Pregnancy Center.
Wes is a local filmmaker and actor of Filipino, Portuguese and Chinese descent and is grateful for his diverse cultural and ethnic background. He owns W.D. Productions company, and worked as camera operator on multiple independent films. But Angel By Thursday was quite an undertaking as it was his first feature film as cinematographer. He’s proud of the work he’s put into the project, which inspired him to go on making his own short films, one of which was an official selection to Hawaii Filmmakers Collective monthly short film challenge. Wes is also a trained actor who booked several co-star roles on Hawaii Five-0 (CBS-TV) show, played the lead in “The Cleaner and the Deadman” action film and has a cameo appearance as airport porter in Angel By Thursday production.
THEME SONG “MY WAY HOME”
Actor, Singer-Songwriter, Lisa Chaly is a Hawaii based multi-talented Creative Entrepreneur. She has starred in several local commercials and independent films; had a principal role on ABC Studio’s TV show Last Resort, and played Maria in “The Sound of Music” at the Historic Palace Theatre. Lisa self-produces her own original music and writes music for Film and Television. Her passion project is a fun, family-friendly animated music video series on YouTube called Maka’iwa Keiki that teaches basic Hawaiian Language to kids of all ages; she sings and produces the music and her husband creates the art/animation. She is also Mrs. Hawai’i Kai America 2020.
Highly recognizable Native American actor, stuntman, singer and producer, who is equally capable of portraying open “good guys” on the one one hand, and cold-hearted villains on the other. Richmond first broke into film and TV in the early 1970s with minor roles in shows such as The Bionic Woman (1976), The Rockford Files (1974) and Magnum, P.I. (1980). From there he quickly picked up work in numerous made-for-TV movies and was kept busy throughout the 1980s and 1990s with appearances in such A-grade productions as Licence to Kill (1989), Best Seller (1987) and Batman Returns (1992). Since the late 1990s, Richmond has continued acting in Hollywood and appears in almost every production filmed in Hawaii. Among his most recent acting appearances are Hawaii Five-0 (2011), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Maui (2017), and in the role of Keoni in Chicago Med TV-Series (2019). Richmond has also produced a handful of independent films including Angel By Thursday, Blackwater, Maui and Aloha Surf Hotel, now in post-production.
EDITOR, COLORIST, SOUND DESIGN & SOUND MIXER, AERIAL CINEMATOGRAPHER
Originally from Texas, Jake owns Calm Intensity Films production company and has established himself as a successful filmmaker, having worked on multiple local, national and international commercials, film and TV productions, as cinematographer, editor, sound designer and sound mixer. He’s been an integral part of Angel By Thursday’s post-production and we are forever grateful for his patience, commitment and belief in the project. When Jake is not working in film, he is the captain of Hawaii Ice Hockey team, The Ruckus, known to have won the championship of the year long ice hockey A league five times! He recently married his sweetheart Glorianna, they bought a house on the west side of Oahu, where they are living happily-ever-after with their cute dog Kailani.
UPM & 1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
In his own words, Jesus Basuel is born-n-bred Hawaii lad. A graduate of both the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the
Vancouver Film School, Jesus has been in front of and behind the camera since childhood. A past archaeologist (both abroad and with the The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu), his love of history, people, and story-telling encompasses a multitude of the Arts. Jesus has been prose and screenplay writer, director and producer since 1996. He worked extensively in Vancouver, BC Canada from 1996 - 2005 in TV, features, commercials and industrials. Moved back to Hawaii in 2005, where he works primarily as production assistant, assistant director, set decorator and producer for Hawaii-filmed TV and feature productions. "I am both proud and humbled to be amidst a grand array of professional artists and technicians for the "Angel by Thursday" production," he says.