Donald Cried

Some people can take a hint. And some people are Donald.

Director Kris Avedisian was born in Cranston Rhode Island, where he still resides. In the early 2000's he studied film in San Francisco where he met Jesse Wakeman and Kyle Espeleta. They collaborated on their first project Three Tears a Prince and a Forest. In 2013, their short Donald Cried won best narrative short at The Independent Film Festival Boston and later went on to receive special mention at the Slamdance Film Festival. The feature version of Donald Cried was shot in the winter of 2015 and was selected for IFP labs.

Director Kris Avedisian was born in Cranston Rhode Island, where he still resides. In the early 2000's he studied film in San Francisco where he met Jesse Wakeman and Kyle Espeleta. They collaborated on their first project Three Tears a Prince and a Forest. In 2013, their short Donald Cried won best narrative short at The Independent Film Festival Boston and later went on to receive special mention at the Slamdance Film Festival. The feature version of Donald Cried was shot in the winter of 2015 and was selected for IFP labs.

  Jesse Wakeman is an actor, filmmaker and visual artist based in New York. As an actor, Jesse has starred in numerous films and web series including Zack Raines' Freeloader and Accidents;  Frank Heath's On the Beach; Tina Cesa Ward's Good People in Love; and Kris Avedisian's Three Tears, a Prince, and a Forest. He co-wrote the upcoming feature, Hittin' 30, and created and starred in various short films and web series. He is a founding member of the New York based theater company WedRepCo. Jesse received his MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2014. 

 

Jesse Wakeman is an actor, filmmaker and visual artist based in New York. As an actor, Jesse has starred in numerous films and web series including Zack Raines' Freeloader and Accidents;  Frank Heath's On the Beach; Tina Cesa Ward's Good People in Love; and Kris Avedisian's Three Tears, a Prince, and a Forest. He co-wrote the upcoming feature, Hittin' 30, and created and starred in various short films and web series. He is a founding member of the New York based theater company WedRepCo. Jesse received his MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2014. 

Louisa Krause known for her stand out turns in Young Adult,  Martha Marcy May Marlene and Return, is a versatile and incredibly busy talent. Upcoming films include New Money the lead role in You Can't Win opposite Michael Pitt as well as The Great and the Small and Thomas Woodrow"s We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew. She plays the title role in Jane Wants a Boyfriend as a young woman with asperger's syndrome and Ava's Possessions which recently premiered at SXSW. Additionally Luisa has supporting turns in the Phenom, Dog Eat Dog and Bear which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca film Festival. For her lead performance in King Kelly another SXSW premiere Krause received the best actress award at the PiFan film Festival and was named one of the top 10 performances of 2012 by Eric Kohn of Indiewire. She also won the 2013 Karlovy Vary Film Festival prize for best actress as well as the Clint Howard award for acting for her stunning turn in the ensemble drama Bluebird.

Louisa Krause known for her stand out turns in Young Adult Martha Marcy May Marlene and Return, is a versatile and incredibly busy talent. Upcoming films include New Money the lead role in You Can't Win opposite Michael Pitt as well as The Great and the Small and Thomas Woodrow"s We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew. She plays the title role in Jane Wants a Boyfriend as a young woman with asperger's syndrome and Ava's Possessions which recently premiered at SXSW. Additionally Luisa has supporting turns in the Phenom, Dog Eat Dog and Bear which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca film Festival.

For her lead performance in King Kelly another SXSW premiere Krause received the best actress award at the PiFan film Festival and was named one of the top 10 performances of 2012 by Eric Kohn of Indiewire. She also won the 2013 Karlovy Vary Film Festival prize for best actress as well as the Clint Howard award for acting for her stunning turn in the ensemble drama Bluebird.

Ted Arcidi is a Boston based actor and the son of a nurse and an orthodontist.  He became the first man to officially bench press 700 pounds and was later signed by the WWE and World Class Wrestling out of Texas. After a brief 2 year stint, he focused on raising his son and immersed himself into film and TV acting. Now, the father of 2 boys and fitness store owner, he regularly works between the Boston and NYC market.

Ted Arcidi is a Boston based actor and the son of a nurse and an orthodontist.  He became the first man to officially bench press 700 pounds and was later signed by the WWE and World Class Wrestling out of Texas. After a brief 2 year stint, he focused on raising his son and immersed himself into film and TV acting. Now, the father of 2 boys and fitness store owner, he regularly works between the Boston and NYC market.

Kyle Martin is the founder of Electric Chinoland, a Brooklyn based film label specializing in American independent cinema.  His previous films include the 2014 SXSW Best Documentary winner The Great Invisible directed by Margaret Brown; the award winning Bluebird directed by Lance Edmands, Teenage (Oscilloscope), directed by Matt Wolf, the Independent Spirit Award winner Tiny Furniture directed by Lena Dunham, and the 2010 SXSW Audience Award winner NY Export: Opus Jazz.   He is the recipient of the Sundance Institute’s Mark Silverman Producing Fellowship, the San Francisco Film Society’s Kenneth Rainin Foundation Fellowship, the IFP/Cannes Marche Du Film Producer’s Network Fellowship, the Sundance Institute/Rotterdam Cinemart Producing Fellowship, and he was named one of Variety magazine’s “Ten Producers to Watch.”

Kyle Martin is the founder of Electric Chinoland, a Brooklyn based film label specializing in American independent cinema.  His previous films include the 2014 SXSW Best Documentary winner The Great Invisible directed by Margaret Brown; the award winning Bluebird directed by Lance Edmands, Teenage (Oscilloscope), directed by Matt Wolf, the Independent Spirit Award winner Tiny Furniture directed by Lena Dunham, and the 2010 SXSW Audience Award winner NY Export: Opus Jazz.

 

He is the recipient of the Sundance Institute’s Mark Silverman Producing Fellowship, the San Francisco Film Society’s Kenneth Rainin Foundation Fellowship, the IFP/Cannes Marche Du Film Producer’s Network Fellowship, the Sundance Institute/Rotterdam Cinemart Producing Fellowship, and he was named one of Variety magazine’s “Ten Producers to Watch.”

Kyle Espeleta is an LA based writer and producer from Northern California. He first met Kristopher Avedisian in 2001 in Berkeley, CA after viewing Kristopher's short film Cardboard. Shortly after, the two collaborated writing on their first feature Three Tears a Prince and a Forest.  Known for Donald Cried  (short 2012) Freeloader (2010) Apartment 202 (2005).  

Kyle Espeleta is an LA based writer and producer from Northern California. He first met Kristopher Avedisian in 2001 in Berkeley, CA after viewing Kristopher's short film Cardboard. Shortly after, the two collaborated writing on their first feature Three Tears a Prince and a Forest.  Known for Donald Cried  (short 2012) Freeloader (2010) Apartment 202 (2005).

 

Sam Fleischner graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006 with a degree in film studies. Starting with short films in 2005, he co-produced the 2009 film The Distance Between the Apple and the Tree. His first narrative feature, Wah Do Dem, which he wrote and directed with childhood friend Ben Chace, won the jury prize for best film at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. Sam was cinematographer on the 2011 film Loosies. Sam's next feature as director, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, was funded via Kickstarter,reaching its US$35,000 target in August 2012, and won the Special Jury Prize in the Narrative Feature Section at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. In August 2013 the North American rights to the film were acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories. He has directed music videos for MGMT, Panda Bear and Santigold, among others.

Sam Fleischner graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006 with a degree in film studies. Starting with short films in 2005, he co-produced the 2009 film The Distance Between the Apple and the Tree.

His first narrative feature, Wah Do Dem, which he wrote and directed with childhood friend Ben Chace, won the jury prize for best film at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Sam was cinematographer on the 2011 film Loosies. Sam's next feature as director, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, was funded via Kickstarter,reaching its US$35,000 target in August 2012, and won the Special Jury Prize in the Narrative Feature Section at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. In August 2013 the North American rights to the film were acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

He has directed music videos for MGMT, Panda Bear and Santigold, among others.

Allison Rose Carter is a producer known for her work on The Taqwacores (2010), Love Is Strange (2014) and Forgetting the Girl (2012).

Allison Rose Carter is a producer known for her work on The Taqwacores (2010), Love Is Strange (2014) and Forgetting the Girl (2012).

Directed by Kris Avedisian

Starring Jesse Wakeman, Kris Avedisian, Louisa Krause, Ted Arcidi

Story by Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman

Screenplay by Kris Avedisian

Produced by Kyle Martin

Producers Sam Fleischner Allison Carter

Executive Producers Matt Anthony, Steve Skoly, Sean Lamb, Kris Avedisian, Jesse Wakeman, Kyle Espeleta

Co-Producers Caitlin Mehner & Jon Read

Cinematography by Sam Fleischner & Trevor Holden

Edited by Frank Heath

Costume Designer David Talbert

Production Designer Kia Davis

Sound Micah Bloomberg