• Ryan McLaughlin (right) - Director-Producer

    Filmmaker Ryan McLaughlin was born in small town Iowa where he spent his early years creating videos with his friends and classmates, resulting in a scholarship to Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  Determined to work in Los Angeles, Ryan finished his education at California Institute of the Arts where he met many of the talented artists he still works with today. Many of them worked on his thesis film Bobby’s Birthday, his first production under the banner, A DOG AND PONY SHOW PRODUCTIONS.

    McLaughlin then went to work for Universal Studios, editing and shooting media for the entertainment department.  As his filmmaking skills grew, so did his list of clients and eventually he was working with major brands such as Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia and Journey to the Center of the Earth, to name a few.

    At the same time, he began creating his own projects, one of which was a labor of love: the feature documentary entitled Crescent Heights, the true story of what it’s like to believe in UFOs and how it affects one's personal life.  Recently he completed his award winning short Slippage, featuring original music by Jeremy Sisto, which won the jury award at the Beverly Hills Shorts Festival.  

  • Hamilton von Watts Actor-Producer

    A true product of Los Angeles, Hamilton is the pride and joy of ex-hippie, ex-professional football parents who grew up as second generation Angelino’s in San Pedro and Gardena as the off-spring of an electrician, a card shark, a dock worker and a jazz singer. 

    From a very young age, Hamilton was fascinated by the job profile of the Artist, which led him to the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he studied Studio Art under the mentorship of Sheldon Kaganoff and received honors for his work in ceramics.

    After college, Hamilton returned to LA and continued his artistic journey in the World of professional dress up where he was fortunate enough to be a part of such films as 3000 Miles to Graceland, Cowboys and Angels, Girls Will Be Girls and Satin, which von Watts co-wrote and produced. Hamilton is currently mentored by Harry Mastergeorge.

    The latest project, Sunken City is focused around his birthplace of San Pedro, joining forces with producing partner, co-creator and dear friend, Ryan McLaughlin.
     

  • Monique Gabriela Curnen

    Monique Gabriela Curnen first caught the eye of the industry with her earthy sultriness as Ryan Gosling's fellow teacher and love interest in the critically acclaimed film HALF NELSON, but it was in Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT that she captured the attention of fans worldwide as the tough yet vulnerable Detective Ramirez. Monique has been in a string of critical and commercial successes including Justin Lin's FAST AND FURIOUS, Steven Soderbergh's CHE: PART ONE, Bob Balaban's BERNARD AND DORIS, and Joshua Marston's MARIA FULL OF GRACE.  Recent films include the Lance Daly-directed film THE GOOD DOCTOR starring Orlando Bloom, K. Lorrel Manning's HAPPY NEW YEAR and Steven Soderbergh's CONTAGION.

  • Cyrus Farmer

    Cyrus Farmer has performed in numerous film, theater, and television productions.  He has studied with Susan Peretz (Actors Studio), Lee Breuer (Yale School of Drama), and Lou Bellamy (Penumbra Theater).  Some of the many productions in which he has appeared are the 2004 revival of A RAISIN IN THE SUN (w/Sean Combs & Audra MacDonald), OZ, NYPD BLUE, THE WIRE, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, CITY BY THE SEA, NOTORIOUS, and HELD UP

  • Richard Tyson

    Richard Tyson was born in Mobile, Alabama but eventually pursued his love of acting and moved to Hollywood, California. Landing one of his first roles on the hit TV show, 'Moonlighting' (with Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd), Richard's career took off from there and hasn't shown any sign of slowing down since. Best known for his roles as Buddy Revell in 'Three O'Clock High', Cullen Crisp in 'Kindergarten Cop' (opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Perry in 'Two Moon Junction', Richard has time and time again proven his versatility as an actor in not only the different characters he plays, but also in his ability to go from feature film star to television actor to theater performer (he regularly takes to the stage to perform Shakespeare). 

  • Spencer Garrett

    >A third-generation actor, Spencer Garret has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, appearing in more than 100 guest roles on t.v (The West Wing, Law and Order, 24, Luck, Game Change, Grey's Anatomy) and several films including Air Force One, Charlie Wilson's War, Pubic Enemies, Lovely and Amazing, Casino Jack, Bobby (Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, Best Ensemble) Thank You for Smoking, Hitchcock and Iron Man 3.

  • Chad Michael Collins

    Born and raised in the countryside of upstate New York, actor Chad Michael Collins has gone from blue-collar roots bailing hay and shoveling manure to traveling the world to do battle with treacherous Nazis, undead Egyptian zombies, a monster made of rock, and prehistoric-sized crocodiles!

    Collins traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, where he shot the lead role in the Sony feature film Company of Heroes , a WWII period actioner based on the PC game of the same name. Collins starred in the franchise lead role for the Sony reboot Sniper: Reloaded, a re-launch of the original Sniper films starring Tom Berenger.

    Collins’ early credits include the zombie-horror flick/SyFy Channel guilty pleasure Legion of the Dead, the SyFy MoW Rock Monster, and the Sony/SyFy sequel Lake Placid 2, one of the cabler’s highest-rated original movies.

  • Ivo Nandi

    Ivo Nandi recurs as Italian mob boss “Joe Masseria,” in HBO’s critically acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire. Well known amongst the theatrical community for his ability to fluently speak several languages,  Nandi’s notable guest star credits include roles as the head of a Russian cartel on Graceland for USA, an Israeli murder suspect in TNT’s Major Crimes, and a Portuguese Alzheimer patient on FOX’s House.

      Recently, Nandi wrapped a supporting role opposite Jim Sturgess, Patricia Arquette, and Chloe Sevigny in the indie Electric Slide, written and directed by Tristan Patterson, and produced by Killer Films and Di Bonaventura Pictures. He plays a French hustler and gangster.

  • Vinicius Machado

    Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vinicius Machado began his career at the age of ten, performing Capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) and has traveled the world with his brazilian Rhythm, showcasing his talent in many different fashions. He has earned an astounding reputation with his past and present endeavors.

    He has been in many films including: “Golden Globe award-winner, Monster”, The Celestine Prophecy, Get Smart, Fast Glass, Sunken City, and Real Premonition, to name a few.

  • Eric Michael Cole

  • Cooper Barnes

    Cooper Barnes is a character actor from suburban Michigan, where there is apparently nothing to do but create a repertoire of silly voices and impersonations. He studied theatre, film, and fine arts at Eastern Michigan University and worked professionally at Ann Arbor’s Performance Network theatre (where he won an Oakland Press Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Wit) and Detroit’s Gem Theatre under the direction of Jeff Daniels. Since moving to LA, he has appeared in several films and TV shows, including Pair of Kings, Californication, Conan, The Perfect Host, the upcoming animated feature Escape From Planet Earth, and the revamped In Living Color.
     

  • Hugh Scott

    Hugh Scott grew up in suburban Massachusetts, where he discovered acting as an alternative to being embarrassed on the athletic field.  After graduating from the acting program at the University of Southern California, he has worked steadily in film and television.  He is very excited to be part of the Sunken City team, as it confirms his belief that he is very, very funny.

  • Maz Jobrani

    Maz Jobrani is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which aired on Comedy Central, had his own Showtime comedy special, Brown and Friendly, and has done standup comedy around the world, including the Middle East where he performed in front of the King of Jordan.  Maz starred in the films Friday After Next, 13 Going on 30, and The Interpreter.

  • Rusty Schwimmer

    Ms. Schwimmer’s more recent work includes the feature THE HAWK IS DYING opposite Paul Giamatti and Michelle Williams, the television mini-series BROKEN TRAIL opposite Robert Duvall and THE INFORMANT, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon.

  • Alyssa Julya Smith
    >Born and raised in Newport Beach, Alyssa Julya Smith shines with star quality and that Sothern California swag. She graduated with a communications degree from the University of Southern California and is now taking the modeling and acting industries by storm. Alyssa’s beach bombshell style and charisma has landed her modeling contracts with local surf company Rusty and national gigs with Lululemon, Asics, Axe and AG Jeans. Her success segued into an acting career, where she has been featured in film and television projects such as Couples Retreat, How I met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement and HBO’s Funny or Die. Apart from her achievements in entertainment, Alyssa also has a passion and natural aptitude for her health and wellness. She is currently developing an exciting health beverage line that is set to launch early next year.

  • Evelina Turnen