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Directed by Robert Cicchini

Starring Deborah Staples & Chase Yi

Screenplay by Roger Rapoport and Deborah Staples

Producer: Roger Rapoport

Director of Photography: Bruce Schermer

Production Director: David Darling

Editor: Gene Gamache

Production Designer: Kirk Wahamaki

Executive Producers: Tom Boldt, Robert Goodrich, Dorothy Johnson, Ilene and Norm Tyler

Associate Producers: The Tyler-Little Family Foundation, Robert Cicchini, David Darling, Katherine Gietzen, Kelly Nash, Jean Pataky, Kay Ostrom, and Deborah Staples

Assistant Director: Cameron McCarger

Assistant Editor/DIT: Tyler Joslin

Sound Recordist: Kristian Bringedahl



Anna Russell: Deborah Staples

Stan Russell: Chase Yi

Lee Russell: Kate Thomsen

Ron: Neil Brookshire

Jocelyn: April Paul

Coach Day: David Bendena

Curt: Kirk Wahamaki

Coach Brian: Ray Brazaski

Dr. Cole: Carrie Hitchcock

Dr. Christy Brown: Jacqui Bernhardt

Fred: Doug Mancheski

Molly: Kim Harsch

Ruth: Judy Johnson

Mom: Diane Van Wesep

Dad: Bill Iddings

Carl: Torsten Johnson

Micah: Evan Lugo

Melanie Foster: Sarah Chapin

Banker: Edye Evans Hyde

Frannie: Kimberly Sorenson

Lauren: Olivia Lenhertz

News Anchor: Michael Stewart

Receptionist Anya: Shelley Irwin

Intake Coordinator and 9/11 Operator: Shannon Huneryager

Police Detective: Mark Corkins

Police Desk Officer: Will Bryson

Furnace Guy: Tom Harryman

Process Server: Chris Beaman

Angela: Miranda Cecsarini

Jeff: Foley Schuler

Jeannie Happens: Liz Nolan

Training Coach: Dick Kimball

Campus Cop: Joe Hasper

Diver: Allie Murphy

Campus Police Officer: Rana Roman

Police Detective: D.J. Hilson

Italian Professor: Roger Rapoport

Tutoring Student: Heath Carpenter

Les: Mickey Wallace

Hair and Makeup: John Bailey, Heather Courson

Camera Operator: Patrick Clark

Sound Recordist: Kristian Bringedahl

Additional Sound Recording: Brandon Popp, Luke Robinette, Joshua Swift, Dayton Hinton

Sound and Lighting: Travis Mandenburg

Key Grip: Michael DePass

Set Designers: Gillian Twining, Lesley Witt

Props: Muskegon Civic Theater, Fran Harryman, Jack Kison

Website Designer: James Sparling

Graphic Designers: Tracey Howell, Gillian Twining

Catering: Oceana Winery, Ryke’s

Artists in Residence:

Paintings: Lori Eslick

Pottery: Laurie Pounder and Adam Merten (Claybanks Studios), Laurie Floyd, Louise Hopson (Art Cats), Deborah Smith, Deborah Staples, Hannah Craig

Pottery Consultants: Suzanne Seymour (Creative Fire), Peter Johnson (Terrestrial Forming), Your Plate or Mine

Script Consultants: Richard Riehle and Terry Green

Diving Consultants: Dick Kimball, Vickie Kimball, Mike Hilde, Todd Hill, Erin Isola, Jim Richardson, Bonnie Kulp, Kyle Overhill, Margie Collison

Mental Health Consultants: Dr. Henry Massie, Anna Bednarek, Lynn Doyle, Michael Pine, Joellen Rhyndress

College Athletics Consultant: Dr. Mark Nagel, College Sports Research Institute, University of South Carolina

Police Consultants: D.J. Hilson, Jeffrey Lewis, Mark Barnett, Sean Bride

Ballistics Consultants: Jack VanWingerden, Jim Guy

Medical Consultant: Cindy Collison 

Casting Consultant: Benjamin Reigel, Sandra Ernst

Assistants to Deborah Staples: Jennifer LaChapelle, Rebecca McCroskey

Production Assistants: Hannah Ferriby, Colin Wever, Alex Bernhardt

Muskegon Locations: Sun Wind and Rain (Filis Slater, Ron Paquette, Mary Jameison), Tom and Fran Harryman, Barb DeLello, John Derbin, Jim Allen, Colleen Morse, Jason Cooper, Muskegon Surgery Center, Muskegon Community College (Rod Van Nortwick, Cindy DeBoef, Dale Nesbary), The Trophy House (Steve Bliss), 18th Amendment, Jim Allen, Muskegon Police Department, Vintage Redefined (Renee Dpan and Courtney Leibrandt), Ken Price, Jeff Sicho, Bill Chrysler

Grand Haven Locations: Third Coast Media (Jeff Jonease), Community Mental Health of Ottawa County

Ludington Locations: William and Anna Anderson, Gail and David Anderson, Bill and Susan Golder, Stacey Kunkle,Shirley Vandervere, Jacob Miller

Holland Locations: City of Holland, Good Time Donuts

University of Michigan: Jim Burnstein, Natalie Grove, Kaley, Wetekamp, Annie Cohen, Steven Wezelman, Ilene Tyler, Norm Tyler, Eve Silberman, John Hilton, Ryan Silva, Andy Sacks

Hope College: Daina Robins

Western Michigan University: Joan Herrington

S.S. Badger: Terri Brown

Accommodations:  Barbara DeLello, John Derbin, Peggy Jensen, Earl and Denise Lyden, Renee and Bert May, Gerry Nehra, Jean Pataky, Eileen and Norm Tyler.  

Transportation: Mindy Temple, Amy Braschler, Ken Szallai

Props/Vehicles: Hannah Craig, Barbara Ferriby, Jason Bertoia, Muskegon Civic Theater

Special Events: Muskegon Women’s Club, First Presbyterian Church Muskegon, The Momentum Center Grand Haven, Ludington Arts Center, Fetzer Center Western Michigan University, Redford Theater, Detroit, Quality 16, Ann Arbor, Raddison Kalamazoo.

Filmed on Location in Muskegon, North Muskegon, Ludington, Grand Haven, Holland, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor Michigan as well as Milwaukee, Brown Deer and Kenosha, Wisconsin.  

We Gratefully Thank The Following Foundations, Companies, Agencies and Individuals Who Have Generously Supported This Production

The Massie Family Foundation

Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, Chris Ward, Robert Sheehan

Jean Pataky

Brickley DeLong, Certified Public Accountants

Donna and Scott Lachniet

Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Ask Family Services Kalamazoo

Jeff Patton

Kay Ostrom

Michale Hahn

Spectrum Health Ludington

West Michigan Community Mental Health

Cathy and Bernie Berntson

Rosemary Monroe

Angela Taylor

Barbara and John Tevebaugh

Nancy Bierenga

Bari Johnson

Fran, Jackie and Jim Fisher

Leon Van Reese

Marilyn Cagle

William Loxterman

Bonnie Hawkins

Joel and Kathy Jarvis

Hester Newton

James and Constance Klug

Mike and Theresa Bernhardt

Judith and David Gingras

A Very Special Thanks to Frederic Alline, Frank Browning, Pascal Diot, Chiara Marin, Carla Rapoport and Ron Rapoport.





A Project of the Heartland Independent Film Forum

Chase Yi


Deborah Staples, a Los Angeles native, moved to the midwest to pursue a career in the professional theater. She took an acting internship at The Milwaukee Rep, before starting her career in Chicago. Amid a flourishing relationship with Chicago Shakespeare, Deborah jumped at the chance to live her dream of being in an acting company. She relocated to Milwaukee to join The Milwaukee Rep as a Resident Actor, where she has performed 21 seasons and is currently an Associate Artist.

She has performed in well over 100 plays across the country at The Milwaukee Rep, American Players Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Meadow Brook Theater, Writers' Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theater and Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa Shakespeare Festivals among others. Deborah has enjoyed portraying a wide range of roles, including all the men and women in two different one-woman shows (The Blonde, The Brunette And The Vengeful Redhead and The Amish Project), and the title roles in HAMLET, MARY STUART, ELIZABETH REX, ANNA KARENINA, PHEDRE, MIRANDOLINA, and ANNA CHRISTIE. Other roles of note are Billie Dawn (Born Yesterday), Nora (A Doll's House), Jean Louise (To Kill A Mockingbird), Amanda (Private Lives), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), Helena (All's Well That Ends Well), Yelena, (Uncle Vanya), and Ariel (Tempest), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Kate (The Taming of the Shrew), Cressida (Troilus & Cressida), Desdemona & Emilia (Othello), Catherine (Proof), Lyuba Ranevskaya (The Cherry Orchard), Roxane (Cyrano de Bergerac), Gwendolen (The Importance of Being Earnest), Ann (All My Sons), Viola & Olivia (Twelfth Night), Hermione & Perdita (The Winter's Tale), Goneril & Regan (King Lear), Brook and Belinda (Noises Off), and Elmire (Tartuffe).

Deborah's film work includes cameos in Waterwalk and Baraboo, and a featured role in Pilot Error.

She is also a voiceover artist and the mother of two fabulous girls.

Robert Cicchini

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Robert Cicchini is an award winning actor, director, and acting teacher. He has acted in or directed over 100 stage plays, has acted in over 70 television shows as a guest star or recurring character, and played roles in 40 feature films. He also teaches acting at AMDA College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts and has directed numerous plays with The New American Theater, Los Angeles. Cicchini directed and starred in the 2012 feature film, Waterwalk, which has played theatrically in over 200 theaters across the US. 

He has been fortunate to work with some of the most important theater, film and television artists of our time. His list of film credits include: Godfather III, Lightsleeper, Primary Colors, The Deep End of the Ocean, Path to War, Mrs. Harris, The Pickle, War of the Worlds, Jungle Fever, Dreamgirls, Mission of the Shark, California Solo and most recently Pilot Error. The list of directors with whom he has worked include: Francis Ford Coppola, Spike Lee, Paul Schraeder, Ulu Grosbard, Bill Condon, Mike Nichols, Paul Mazursky, John Frankenheimer and Steven Spielberg.

His extensive television credits include: Shameless, Castle, Law and Order, Bones, The Mentalist, NCIS, CSI, The Closer, CSI/NY, Desperate Housewives, The Sopranos, The Practice, Everybody Hates Chris, Cold Case, NYPD Blue, Without a Trace, Frasier, E.R., Twisted, The Gilmore Girls and recurring roles on Six Feet Under, 24 and Murder in the First.

Cicchini is an active participant in the Los Angeles theater scene and performs and directs regularly with The New American Theatre Ensemble, (formerly Circus Theatricals), where he is an Associate Artist, teacher, director, actor, and charter member.

With the Los Angeles based New American Theatre Ensemble. he has appeared in many classic and new plays, including: Tartuffe, Hedda Gabler, The Misanthrope, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the premieres of a number of plays including: The Job (Garland Award for Outstanding Actor, Backstage Magazine), Man.Gov, Bedfellows, and the world premiere of 63 Trillion.

Also in Los Angeles, he appeared at The Skylight Theater in Influence which was invited to The Transatlantyk Festival of Film, Music, and Art in Poznan, Poland. Influence received a Best Play nomination from LA Weekly. He starred in the world premiere of Open House for which he received the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor from L.A. Theater Scene Magazine. Open House was named by LA Weekly Magazine as one of the top ten plays of the year in Los Angeles.

Additionally, Cicchini has performed many plays in New York City and in several theaters across the U.S. and abroad. Those productions include: The Screens (The Guthrie Theater) opposite the great Ruth Maleczech and directed by Joanne Akalaitis, in which he sang a lullaby composed by Philip Glass a cappella in a net stretched above the audience's heads, The Racket (Soho Rep), As Is, On The Waterfront (world premiere), The Time of the Cuckoo, Antigone (tour of the Middle East), The Taming of the Shrew (Astor Place), Woycek (The NY Public Theater) in which he sang another Philip Glass composition, Biloxi Blues (Broadway tour), No Exit (Playwrights Horizons), Three Sisters, and the New York premieres of The Job (WPA) and Man.Gov (46th St. Theater).

His directing credits with The New American Theatre Ensemble include: The Heiress, The Maids, Antigone, The Lower Depths, Getting Out, and the Los Angeles premieres of several one act plays including The Sausage Eaters, Star Song, and many more.

Cicchini received an MFA from The Grad Acting Program at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where he was a talent scholarship recipient. He has a BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

He resides with his family in Culver City, California.

Chase Yi


Chase Yi starred in the feature film Waterwalk and is a recent creative writing honors graduate of the University of California Los Angeles where he won the poetry award. In addition to being a successful film and stage actor, Yi is also an avid singer and guitar player performing regularly in West Los Angeles area. He is cofounder of the Philospher’s Stone Poetry Company which publishes the Third Eye Poetry and Prose anthology that aims to be an inspiration to the world. 

pspoets is proud to serve Los Angeles’s Westside where Yi lives. He grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and made his professional debut on the Farmer’s Alley Stage where he has appeared in Marvin’s Room, and Good People. 

Chase Yi


Producer and co-screenwriter Roger Rapoport (Eclipse Award Winning Waterwalk and Coming Up For Air) is the Michigan based author of many books including Angle of Attack; Air France 447 and The Future of Aviaiton Safety (with Shem Malmquist), Citizen Moore: The Making of An American Iconoclast (Forward Biography Award), and Hillsdale: Greek Tragedy in America’s Heartland.

He is also editor of the bestselling and widely translated I Should Have Stayed Home trouble travel series. A contributing editor at Flight Safety Information, his articles have been published in the Atlantic, Harper’s Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times. Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, The Independent and many other publications. After working in California for many years he returned to his native Michigan where he lives with his wife Martha Ferriby.

A proud father and stepfather, Rapoport thanks audiences around the country (and by DVD and streaming around the world) for their enthusiastic support of our Heartland-produced films.