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Zelie Dember-Slack
(Writer/Director/Producer/Editor/Mrs. Booker)
Zelie Dember-Slack’s most recent accomplishment was another short film called “Making The Rent” which screened in the 2005 Cine Noir Film Festival. It also became a Finalist in both the 2004 Pan African and Hollywood Black Film Festivals, in Los Angeles. “Making The Rent” is a ten page excerpt from Slack’s award winning screenplay, Dexter’s Destiny, which took top honors at the 2003 HBFF Storyteller Competition. She also won an award at the 2003 Saddleback Film Festival with another short film, “I am the MAN!!!”.

Dember-Slack also received recognition and awards in 2002. To her credit, Slack became a 2002 Fellowship Recipient from the Guy Hanks & Marvin Miller Screenwriting Competition and was invited to attend a fifteen week intensive screenwriting program at USC which was sponsored by Drs. Camille and Bill Cosby. As one of the 2002 Cosby Fellows, Slack had the opportunity to have ten minutes of her screenplay directed by Debbie Allen and showcased at the Writers’ Guild of America West. The Showcase was sponsored by WGAW, ABC, CAA, Fox Entertainment Group, CBS, Final Draft, Hollywood Creative Directory, Screenplay Systems, Debbie Allen Dance Academy and BHERC. Slack also became a Semi-Finalist in the 2002 Hollywood Black Film Festival - Storyteller Competition with her feature script, The Sweetest Heir.

Dember-Slack is a New York transplant that has come to love California. She is an active member of both the Organization of Black Screenwriters (OBS) and the Independent Feature Project (IFP) West.

DaJuan Johnson (Marvin)
Coming from the sunny coast of Miami to the sunny coast of L.A. DaJuan started his acting career in the Wizard of OZ as the scarecrow. And as he would put, “has been causing scenes” every since then. Graduated from the University of Florida with a Degree in Theater and has been pounding the pavement here in Hollywood ever since school. With generous success in the independent arena! DaJuan can’t wait to make the crossover into mainstream so he can fulfill his life long dream of being a teen age sex symbol on the cover of Teen people!
Casey Roberts (Darnell)
Born in Okinawa, Japan, Casey started his entertainment career at the age of thirteen, now 15. In 2004, he was selected to perform in the American Ballet Theatre's tour of "Romeo and Juliet," at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. Since then, he’s appeared in commercials, educational videos, and other independent productions. Casey is also an accomplished pianist, an award winning Track and Cross Country Runner and a martial artist with the rank of 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Kristien Angelle Hamilton (Jackie)
Kristien Hamilton hails from southern California and grew up dreaming she would be Claire Huxtable from The Cosby Show. However, when she landed her first part in the theatre, she realized that she didn't want to BE Claire Huxtable, she wanted to PLAY her! Since that epiphany, Kristien has appeared in theatre and film. She continues to strive for greatness in living, loving and all things creative.
Zelie Dember-Slack (Mrs. Booker)
Slack, a transplant from New York, is having yet another incredible year! She wrote, directed and produced “One Hot Joint”. Previously, her short film, “Making The Rent” screened in the 2005 Cine Noir Film Festival. It also became a Finalist in both the 2004 Pan African and Hollywood Black Film Festivals, in Los Angeles. “Making The Rent” is a 10 page excerpt from Slack’s award winning screenplay, Dexter’s Destiny, which took top honors at the 2003 HBFF Storyteller Competition. Dexter’s Destiny was written under the tutelage of The Guy Hanks & Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program sponsored by Drs. Camille & Bill Cosby. She also won an award at the 2003 Saddleback Film Festival for her first short film, “I am the MAN!!!”.
Linda Hagstrom (Officer Marshall)
Linda Hagstrom’s performing career started early and spanned a wide range of activities from ballerina, to rock singer, to stand-up comedian. Her educational career was similarly varied, encompassing art history, studies at Uppsala University in Sweden and nursing school. Currently, in addition to her work as an intensive care registered nurse and her work on film, Hagstrom can be seen performing onstage at The Comedy Store. She can also be found on T.L.C.’s hit series the “Untold Stories of the E.R.” where she has obtained a recurring role.
LaNeir Slack (Jason)
LaNeir Slack was born and raised in Southern California. His interests include acting, soccer, martial arts and camping. Over the past few years, he has worked diligently toward becoming a First Class Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. By the end of his junior year, LaNeir hopes to become an Eagle Scout. Upon high school graduation, LaNeir plans to attend college to continue his studies in Music and the Performing Arts.
Jeremy Mims (Security Guard)
Born and Raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jeremy fell in love with acting in third grade after performing in a school play.  During his performance, he realized that he could make hundreds of people laugh and forget about their problems.  With his outgoing personality and adventurous imagination, Jeremy knew that Acting would be his career of choice.  As he continued through middle and high school, Jeremy wrote several plays for local school and church productions. In 2005, after completing a year of college in Baton Rouge, Jeremy decided to move to California to start his journey to the top.
Winston Moore (Principal Moore)
Born in Louisiana, Moore gradually became influenced by a down home blues style of music and singing.   After moving to California, he joined an R & B group called Phinal Phaze.  There he began to create soulful melodies and lyrics.  His style was enhanced when he began to take his training to another level by singing live.  Moore and Phinal Phaze recorded several of their songs.  As a result, Moore was featured in Nikita Blues, an independent film that received theatrical distribution.  Nikita Blues also received national video distribution and was later aired on HBO.  Moore also wrote the song that he and the choir performed in the film.  His goal for the future, to remain mysterious in his rise to fame.
Brandon Caballero (Student Snoop)
Newcomer Brandon Caballero is 15 years old and currently a sophomore at Esperanza High School. He is also a member of the Esperanza High School Freshmen-Sophomore Water Polo Team and plays the saxophone in the school band. Brandon is presently pursuing his Eagle Scout Project. One Hot Joint is Brandon’s first short film.
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