Written and Directed by
Produced by Scott Ballard and Brian Padian
Edited by Evonne Moritz
Photographed by Scott Ballard
Sound Design and Production by Jordan Eusebio
Original Score by Jesse Jones
1st Assistant Director David Mark Marion
Assistant Camera Allison Johnson
Assistant Camera Daniella Gleeson
Gaffer Kevin Forrest
Hair and Makeup by Sarah Prevo
Line Producer Meghan Ryan Lybrand
Script Supervisor Michelle Delaine Williams
Additional Grip and Gaffing by Josh Smith
Production Assistant Ryan Lloyd
Production Assistant Sandy Huddle
Wardrobe Consultant Kate Towers
Compositor Adam C Sager
Journal Design Christina Owen
Paintings by Joseph Kucinski
made possible by a grant from the Regional Arts + Culture Council
Brian Padian (writer/director/producer) Brian studied filmmaking at Humboldt State University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. He makes films in Portland, Oregon through his production company Northern Flicker Films. Brian is a husband, father of 2, former Jeopardy contestant, and a founding member of the Portland filmmaker collective Great Notion. “the black sea” is his debut feature film. Learn more at northern flicker films.
Scott Ballard (producer, DP) Scott is a Portland-based Director of Photography with over 10 years experience filming narrative features, shorts, documentaries and music videos. His HD, Super 16mm and 35mm work has won multiple awards, playing in festivals around the wor ld. He holds an MFA in Film Production from Boston University. Recently, his work has been seen in the Arizona International Film Festival, the Nashville Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival and upcoming at the Madrid Film Festival. He is a founding memeber of the Portland filmmaker collective Great Notion. More information at scottballardfilms.com
Jesse Jones (composer) Jesse is a composer, conductor, and mandolinist. His music has been performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, and has received numerous accolades both at home and abroad. Most recently, he has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Elliott Carter Rome Prize in Composition from the American Academy in Rome, a Barlow Commission, the Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Peter Tommaney and Mary Greves Fellowships from the Tanglewood Music Center, the Heckscher Foundation Prize in Composition from Ithaca College, and the Sage Fellowship from Cornell University. Jones has participated in the Underwood New Music Readings of the American Composers Orchestra, the EarShot readings with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, received fellowships and honors from the University of Oregon, and enjoyed awards from ASCAP. Jones holds a DMA in music composition from Cornell University, where he studied composition with Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, and Kevin Ernste, as well as piano with Xak Bjerken. In 2007, Jones earned his Master’s degree in composition from the University of Oregon, under teachers David Crumb and Robert Kyr, and in 2005 his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University, under John McKinnon and Leandro Espinosa. Jones is Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of South Carolina
Jordan Eusebio (sound design) Jordan grew up in a small town in rural Illinois where he and his friends opted to make movies instead of work on group presentations. When it was time to go to college, Jordan moved to Southern California to receive a degree in Film Production with an emphasis in Sound Design from Chapman University. Jordan now lives in Denton, TX where he works as a sound designer and remotely collaborates with crews across the US. You can find more about him and his work at www.jordaneusebo.com.
Cora Benesh (Lainie) Cora has appeared most recently on television in PORTLANDIA (IFC) Season 1 and 3, and in the feature films RID OF ME (Showtime Channel, Tribeca Film Festival) SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS (SXSW Film Festival, Palisades Tartan) as well as working up and down the West Coast acting in various National and Regional commercial campaigns. Originally getting her start in the industry behind the camera, Cora has also worked in various capacities on a number of indie movies and produced spots for commercial and network television. Interested in advancing her theatrical acting career Cora began screenwriting while living in Madrid a few years ago and working on the development and re-write of a Spanish feature film. She has continued pursuing screenwriting and in 2010 put into production a feature narrative CITY BABY which she co-wrote, produced and starred in, and which will world premiered at The CINEQUEST 23rd Film Festival in March 2013. corabenesh.com
Erin McGarry (Charlotte) Erin is a Portland actor, focusing mainly on film, commercial, and television. She has appeared on “Portlandia” (IFC), co-starred in “Leverage” (TNT) and on “Grimm” (NBC). Erin can be seen performing with Carrie Brownstein and James Mercer (along with Joe Von Appen, Corrina Repp, and Cora Benesh) in the film “Some Days are Better than Others,” and many other independent film roles. She lives in Portland with her husband and 2 children.
Corrina Repp (Allison) Corrina is a vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and maker of quiet music. Her album The Absent and the Distant (2006) was released on Mark Kozelek’s personal label Caldo Verde as will be her new album The Pattern of Electricity, due May 2015. She also wrote, recorded and toured internationally with the band Tu Fawning. As an actor she has appeared on “Portlandia” (IFC) and in the indie feature “Some Days Are Better Than Others”. ‘the black sea’ marks her debut feature film as a lead performer.
Bill Sebastian (Paul) Bill Sebastian is a Minnesota-born, Texas-raised actor, voice-actor and filmmaker. A graduate of SMU, Bill made his first feature film about an unemployed ninja when he was 19. Since then, Bill directed and acted in the indie-festival winning features ‘Midlothia’ and ‘QWERTY’. Among his favorite acting projects are ‘QWERTY’ (2012), a dark romantic comedy about a closeted Scrabble savant in which he got to act alongside his wife, ‘A Four Course Meal’ (dir Clay Liford, 2006) where he played a zombie-impersonator across from Mojo Nixon and ‘Deadroom’ (2005), critically acclaimed selection at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Recently, Bill voiced the launch promos for “Crowd Goes Wild” on Fox Sports 1 and narrated a series for HGTV. billsebastian.com
Matt Sipes (Eli) Matt appeared in Brian’s short films ‘Good Food’ and ‘The Big Black Dark‘. ‘the black sea’ is his feature film debut.
Evonne Moritz (editor) Evonne has worked in the editorial department of film and television for over fifteen years. A graduate of Humboldt State University and the American Film Institute her credits include assistant editor on “Law & Order”, “NYPD Blue”, “Bones”, “Burn Notice” and editor on “Close to Home” and “The Finder”. She edited the short films “The Big Black Dark” and “The Water Ghost” and the feature “Down ‘N’ Dirty” starring Fred Williamson. She lives in Los Angeles.