The Phoenix is a tale that takes place in the not so distant future. Mankind has developed the ability to transfer the mind and soul of a human being into an android host body.
Alex Cardillo was born in Ireland, raised in Kenya and now lives in Canada. He has been acting since the age of 11. He gave a stunning performance in the critically acclaimed, award winning, TV drama series, "Durham County" in the large principal role as the son Mark Verrity (season 2), with Hugh Dillon and Michelle Forbes. He has since had opportunities to play various roles in "I Declare War", "The Yard", "Blue Mountain State", "My Nanny's Secret" (with Haylie Duff and Jessica Steen), "Family Gathering", "The Boy She Met On-Line", "Almost Heroes", "Stopped", "The Phoenix" and "18 To Life".
Brie Barker has played the role of Florio in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Bear & Co.), Peter in the 2012 version of The Walk (Moondog Theatre), and Howie in Rabbit Hole (Gladstone Theatre). He also had a lead role in The Phoenix, by Ottawa filmmaker Carmelo Zucco. Brie is Artistic Director of Peace Tower Playback Theatre, and has been a faculty member of the Ottawa Theatre School and an instructor with the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama. Brie currently designs and delivers learning and development programs for clients in government, business, and non-profit organizations through his company Creative Presence. Brie attended Queen's University and Ryerson Theatre School, and holds a B.A. in Creative Arts/Theatre from York University.
James Bradford made his professional debut at the Neptune in 1967. Since then, James has appeared in well over sixty film and television productions alone as well as countless theatre productions. He is regarded as one of Canada's finest character actors, winner of the Lorraine Ansell ACTRA Award of Excellence.
Howard Rosenstein has appeared in over ninety professional film, television and theatre productions across Canada, the United States and Germany. Howard was born, raised in and remains a resident of beautiful Montreal. He has had the good fortune of receiving a private school education at Lower Canada College and of traveling much of the world. Of all the places he has seen, Montreal remains for him the most livable place on the planet.
Director of Photography:
Miles Finlayson began working of film, television and video productions in 1999. Undertaking a wide variety of duties on these productions, Miles honed his skills and in 2002 began working full time in the industry. Over the years, he has worked on numerous award-winning productions spanning a wide range of genres and subjects. His work has taken him from deserts in Mexico to the fringes of Canada's arctic and various European countries, exposing him to a multitude of languages, cultures and experiences. In 2001, Miles wrote, directed and produced his first short film through his production company Endless Road Productions. Since that time, he has produced and directed a total of 7 productions of various lengths and genres that have screened internationally at festivals, been shown on television and released on DVD in various countries. His feature length documentary A Place Without A Postcard is currently in post-production. Miles frequently works as a cinematographer, director and editor and often teaches at schools, artist run co-ops and community centres. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario
Cosmo Zucco Jr began his musical career at the age of eight, being classically trained with the acoustic guitar. From that moment he strived to perfect his knowledge of music by learning all sorts of different styles from Jazz to flamenco. As a young man Cosmo began teaching music himself, passing on his extensive knowledge of the guitar and bass to eager students. Parallel to that, Cosmo also played live with musical groups ranging from rock to funk and into original fusions of Jazz and grunge. In 2010 Cosmo composed his first film score setting his talents on the short film "Dream Sequence." Building upon that success The Phoenix became his second film score. All composition and instruments are arranged and played by Cosmo.
Subject matter: Sexuality, Homosexuality
Prior to his debut as a director of the short film THE PHOENIX, based on his book which he wrote in 2007 and was published by Nova Fronteira - Marcelo developed a solid career in theater as a playwright and director, working with major Brazilian actors such as Wagner Moura, protagonist of Elite Squad, directed by Jose Padilha. Pedreira also wrote the script for The Incurable Ones, directed by Gustavo Acioli, which participated in several festivals around the world.