The Funeral Guest
Julianna Robinson is an extremely distant descendent of Sir John de Graham of Scotland who fought alongside the very noble William Wallace. Although she is not versed in swordsmanship and horsemanship, she is however, a true fighter. Julianna began acting at UC Santa Barbara where she was accepted from her audition into the coveted and difficult BFA theatre program. There she lived and breathed theatre and acting for nearly 20 hours a day. During the performance of a play in her first year at college, Julianna was “discovered” by film director, Martin Denning. He asked her to come down to Hollywood and audition for the suits at Paramount for their first ever CD Rom game of Star Trek. She booked the role and was able to get her SAG card and made enough money to send herself to school abroad in London for a summer to study Shakespeare. After graduating with honors she moved to Los Angeles to continue the fight. She has three feature films coming out this year, two of which she is the lead in. And she just wrapped production on a funny, short, silent film that she wrote/produced and stars in. When Julianna is between acting jobs she busies herself writing activist letters, running her Pilates studio Physical Artistry and working on her first novel-a big feat but a big love.
Nick grew up in East Lansing, Michigan and went to college in St. Peter, MN at Gustavus Adolphus College. After graduating, he spent 7 seasons playing american football in Italy, Austria, and Norway. His biggest accomplishment on the gridiron was the monumental upset on an Ave Maria (Hail Mary) Pass of the Bergamo Lions in 2006. Bergamo held one of the longest winning streaks in Italian sports history at 8 years and 73 games. Nick currently works with his family in Real Estate development in Michigan and has been pursuing creative entertainment projects on the side. The Funeral Guest is his first feature film after a number of Independent short films and theatre.
SUGAR LYN BEARD is a Canadian-‐born actress and writer, best known for her work on YTV Canada’s “The Zone” and as a popular voice actor. Sugar (“Sug”) started her career as a late-‐night radio Hip-‐HopDJ on Toronto’s KISS.92. Her unique voice and boundless energy quickly caught the attention of a growing audience and the station’s program director moved her to the city’s #1 morning show “Mad Dog and Billie.” Known back then as “Sugabaybee,” Sug wasted no time and began making her mark by writing and producing bits, interviews and parody songs for the show. Her parody of Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady” aptly-‐named “The Real Sugabaybee” made it to #1 in the local charts during summer of 2000. In 2005, Sug was named the second most recognized television personality (just under Ryan Seacrest) in a study done by Toronto’s Ryerson University. Sug has been featured as a voice actor in over thirty animated series including the worldwide phenomena “Sailor Moon” and the “Care Bears” series as well as the television movie “The Santa Claus Brothers” alongside Bryan Cranston. Since moving to Los Angeles, Sug has appeared on Showtime’s “Weeds,” FOX’s “The Mindy Project,” IFC’s “Garfunkel and Oates,” and FX’s “You’re the Worst.” She can also be seen in the feature films 50/50, FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL… and ALOHA. In 2015, she landed the lead role in the indie drama PALM SWINGS. Following MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, Sug can also be heard contributing various voices to the upcoming animated comedy SAUSAGE PARTY alongside Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig and Jonah Hill. Sug is currently developing HOMELESS HARRIOT, a live-‐action dark comedy series that she created and Seth Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures is producing.
Alicia Minshew is best known for her portrayal of "Kendall Hart" on ABC’s long running daytime drama "All My Children”. Playing the role of Kendall for ten years earned her two Daytime Emmy nominations in 2009 and again in 2011. It also gave her a very loyal fan base. In 2015 she received her third Daytime Emmy nomination for the role of "Sara Preston" in the new political web series "Beacon Hill”. Alicia can currently be seen in the following new films : "Desires of the Heart” opposite Val Lauren ,which recently received international theatrical release and “Lies I Told My Little Sister” which is now on DVD, Amazon Prime, ITunes and Vudu. She received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for “Desires" at the Hoboken International Film festival and Best Supporting Actress for “Lies" at the Golden Door International Film Festival as well. She just wrapped another film in which she starred in and produced called “This is Now"-written and directed by Markus Redmond. Most recently she completed a pilot for Hulu entitled “Shelter” in which she plays one of the two female leads. It was created and directed by Pat Denson. When Alicia is not running around playing pretend,she can be found doing her favorite thing, which is playing dress-up with her 6 year old daughter Willow!
Constance Brenneman studied at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. Directly out of college, Constance played roles in the one-hour drama's "Alias" and "The Practice," and spent four years as a television host and broadcaster for network television. Since 2011 Constance has acted in twenty studio and independent films such as “The Toy Soldiers," "Love and Other Drugs,” and the western drama “Traded” set to be released this year. Constance is thrilled to have been a part of the talented cast and crew that created The Funeral Guest.