OPIATE OF THE MASSES
John Money, Darrett Sanders, Kirsten Vangsness, Wendi West, Phinneas Kiyomura,
Dean Lemont, Kelsey Wedeen and Bill Robens
Director of Photography
KIRSTEN VANGSNESS Mona Livingston / Executive Producer
Kirsten is best known as the bespectacled-brainiac-tech-kitten Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds & Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and currently can be seen in season two of the weirdly wonderful webseries Pretty (www.prettytheseries.com). Her stage work has garnered the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for best emerging comic actress, 15 Min of Fem Best Actress Award, and a Garland Award for best actress for the West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute's Fat Pig at the Geffen Playhouse. Vangsness's plays and performance-art pieces have been seen throughout Los Angeles and at Theater of NOTE in Hollywood, the company of which she is a member.
Bill Robens Writer / Producer
In addition to the stage play and screen adaptation of Kill Me, Deadly, Mr. Robens has authored several critically acclaimed, smash hit plays, including The Poseidon Adventure: the Musical (co-written with Genemichael Barrera and featured in the Fox Movie Channel documentary Cult Culture: the Poseidon Adventure), the comedy variety show, A Fish Without His Flippers, and the perennial Hollywood favorite, A Mulholland Christmas Carol, which earned Mr. Robens an L.A. Weekly Award for Best Adaptation. He also co-scripted the Eurospy thriller/comedy feature, Scream of the Bikini, which garnered Best Comedy at the 2009 Thrillspy Film Festival in Washington, DC and won selection by several film festivals nationwide.
Darrett Sanders Louie Shorts / Director / Producer / Editor
Darrett is a self-taught filmmaker who has created numerous travel documentaries and promotional videos. His most recent narrative projects include Kill Me, Deadly!, Scream of the Bikini, Happyland, and the short subject series West Nod and Act Now. He teaches digital arts and film studies at Westmark School in Encino, CA.
Dean Lemont Charlie Nickels / Producer
Dean Lemont is an award-winning actor, writer and producer, currently living in Los Angeles. Dean has collaborated with his Opiate of the Masses cohorts for over a decade, creating many (typically hi-larious) projects for both stage and screen. He co-founded Bunkhouse Films with Jennifer Nicole Lynn (also his lovely fiancee - lucky guy). The current film production of KMD, marks the return of Dean to his critically acclaimed role as hard-boiled yet clueless private dick, Charlie Nickels, this time for the big screen. He has also appeared in the independent features Scream of the Bikini and Outta Sync, among others, and on television in such hit shows as Criminal Minds, appearing with Mandy Patinkin, and The Shield with Michael Chiklis. As a writer, Dean is currently developing an hour-long drama series called The System as well as a half-hour action-comedy with Phinneas Kiyomura, called B-Team, which focuses on a group of loser superheroes.