A Room Full of Nothing

A Room Full of Nothing is a Feature Film written by Duncan Coe and produced by TurtleDove Films. It explores the ideas of the complexity of modern relationships, the transient nature of art, isolationism & escapism and classic absurdity. The story follows Phyllis, a collage artist and Barry, an actor, as they navigate reality when their world is unexpectedly turned upside down.

 

Our cast

 

STARRING

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ivy meehan (#ATOWN) - turtle dove core member, phyllis (Lead)

Ivy admits to taking gummy vitamins daily, talking with a British accent at shopping malls, making to-do lists for her to-do lists, winning a ping-pong tournament (that was your warning!), never being able to pass up a pair of Converse, knowing The Sandlot....verbatim, and teaches herself the art of policy debate spreading thanks to her favorite movie, Rocket Science. Ivy previously worked with TurtleDove Films as a writer, producer and actress on the critically-acclaimed webseries, #ATown.

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DUNCAN COE (The Long road home) - barry (lead)

Duncan Coe is a writer, director and actor based in Austin, Texas. His theatre roots run deep - he started acting in high school, earning a state championship in competitive theatre through the Texas University Interscholastic League. He went on to go to St. Edward’s University in Austin, where he graduated with a BA in Theatre Performance and English Writing and Rhetoric. He is the co-owner of TurtleDove Films and works as a ghostwriter and in production when he's not making his own movies. In 2014 he was a finalist for Trigger Street Productions' Jameson First Shot competition starring Uma Thurman. He co-starred in National Geographic's The Long Road Home.


SUPPORTING / BITS

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ANNA SCHATTE (the son, MONDAY) - JAMIE (supporting)

Anna Schatte is an actress based in Austin, Texas. She creates pop culture parodies that often feature her dachshunds, Helicopter and Bazooka. Her video collaborations with Calvin Millar have been featured online at TIME, People Magazine, UPROXX and Mashable. Anna previously worked with TurtleDove on the short film "The Catch", #ATown, and the award winning commercial "Deep Eddy Ruby Red, Live it". 

 
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DANIELLE EVON PLOEGER (Last girl standing)  - SUZIE (supporting)

Danielle Evon Ploeger is an actress and wardrobe consultant based in Austin, Texas. After attending the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, she graduated with a BA in Theatre Performance from St. Edwards. She has been working professionally in film and theatre since 2010. A major breakout performance for her came in 2015 where she starred in Last Girl Standing, a slasher genre film that was critically acclaimed by Film International, Fangoria, and Bloody Disgusting. She is also a die-hard Spurs fan.

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Marco Perella (Boyhood) - Steve (Supporting)

MARCO PERELLA has performed principal roles in over eighty films and TV shows including Boyhood, A Scanner Darkly, Friday Night Lights, Infamous,  Life of David Gale, Miss Congeniality, Varsity Blues, Keys to Tulsa, Lone Star, A Perfect World, JFK, The Leftovers, The Son and Fast Food Nation.

 Marco has appeared on stage in shows such as In The West (Kennedy Center), Shear Madness, Woolgatherer, Sonny’s Last Shot (director), and Tarot for the New Age. He and his wife Diane toured with Asleep at the Wheel in A Ride with Bob, the musical about the life of Bob Wills. Marco played the Spirit of Bob Wills. That show played the Kennedy Center in 2006.    

Marco Mc’d the Austin Symphony Children’s Concerts for over 30 years and is a member of the folk trio The Melancholy Ramblers. He is the author of the award-winning memoir The Adventures of a No Name Actor and has published articles and stories in many magazines including Rolling Stone.  

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PAMELA L. PAEK (HERE WE ARE) - KIM (SUPPORTING)

Pamela Paek relishes self-expression and creativity in as many forms as she can juggle: acting, stand up, improv, poetry, storytelling, and general all-around asking people to own who-they-are-ness. She experiences acting as another way to expand her empathy and understanding of others, as well as to better get to know herself. Pamela spends most of her time, when not on the road for work or exploring the world (or reminding people she doesn’t like to be called Pam), filming her cockatoo Chilly and his many crazy antics. She never knows what to include in bios and fears that what was excluded could have been more interesting. Maybe not fun fact: Poke is her latest fave food.

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JAMES C. LEARY (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) - DAVID (SUPPORTING)

James C. Leary’s television credits include a two-year stint as Clem, the loose-skinned demon on the critically acclaimed hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. James turned the original five-line part at the beginning of season six into a regular recurring role and was soon a fan favorite. He also had roles in HBO’s The Comeback, with Lisa Kudrow, and NBC’s Passions. He was also the Mustachioed Madman making rash decisions in the "I Feel Great" Nutrigrain commercial which hit a cultural nerve in the pre-YouTube internet days, logging over 22 million views. James co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in the award-winning short film Stunt C*cks, a light-hearted spoof of the adult entertainment industry, with co-stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Thompson and Ron Jeremy. The film played to sold-out crowds at film festivals around the country and won the audience award for best short film at the Deep Ellum film festival. His other credits include a starring role in the award-winning, critically acclaimed sitcom Los Beltrán. In its two-year run, Los Beltran broke new ground as the first original comedy produced for Spanish language television in the United States. James brought his own undeniable energy and unique comic flair (he didn’t speak a word of Spanish) to the show as Kevin, the Beltrán family’s very American, flamboyant neighbor who rents an apartment from them with his same-sex partner Fernandito. The show received two GLAAD Media Award nominations (2000 and 2001) for Outstanding Comedy Series. He also provides the voice for the characters El Toro, The Frogfather, Duck Holiday and many others for MMORPG hits Pirate101 and Wizard101.

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AMMIE NICOLE LEONARDS (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, THUNDER ROAD) - CASTING DIRECTOR (BIT)

Ammie Leonards was born in Los Angeles, California, to Coleen Lillie (Fairman) and Reno Leroy Masterson, a business owner. Her first performance on stage was a dancer when she was 6 years old. She joined the United States Air Force out of high school. During her enlistment, she was stationed in Northern Japan, where she joined the Base Theater Guild, Co-hosted a weekly Hip-Hop radio show, and performed in several PSA's for the base hospital where she worked. After returning to the United States, and finishing her enlistment, Ammie moved to Georgia, where she was able to pursue her career as a working actor. She met and signed with her first agent in Atlanta, GA. After moving to Texas, Ammie had her television debut as an EMT on the reboot series "Dallas" in 2013. Since then, Ammie has had several principal roles on "The Vampire Diaries", "The Leftovers", as well as a recurring role "American Crime". Ammie can also be seen in several films such as "#RIP", "Melville", "The Doo-Dah Man", and "The Family That Hunts". Ammie continues to work, and train in her craft.

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IAN PALA (THE LONG ROAD HOME) - DAFT ART FAN (BIT)

Ian Pala is an actor based in of Austin, Texas but he’s pretty much from nowhere.  He was born in Spain and lived in Miami, Colorado Springs, San Antonio and College Station before finding his way to Austin.  He is trained in Meisner, Improv and the Alexander technique. Television credits include co-starring roles in Queen of the South, The Long Road Home, and The Originals. When not acting or debauching he likes to restore classic cars, motorcycles, and also has renovated a house or two. After learning what books were at a late age, he found an enjoyment for the beat generation and their derivatives. Oscillating between jovially manic and obsessively hard working, you’ll have an easier time predicting the weather after being held captive in a subterranean dungeon for 6 months in an undisclosed hemisphere than trying to predict when Ian shows up. You may have seen him recently in The Long Road Home, Queen of the South or The Originals. This is his first TurtleDove production.

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CATHERINE GRADY (THE BAD KIDS OF CRESTVIEW ACADEMY)- PRODUCER JENNY (BIT)

Catherine Grady is an actor in Austin, TX. Her film credits include The Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, with Gina Gershon and Sean Astin, and "party horror" film Soft Matter. Stage credits include Something for Nothing's Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice); The Moors at Hyde Park Theatre (Agatha); John at Hyde Park Theatre (Jenny Chung); Austin Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors (Duke Solinus); and Water by the Spoonful at ACC (Orangutan). 

AUSTIN ALEXANDER (mercy street) - PRODUCER CASEY (BIT)

Austin Alexander is an actor, writer, and musician. As an actor, he's like if Brad Pitt and Val Kilmer had a baby that was raised by Edward Norton and Seth Rogan. In all seriousness though, he started acting on stage at eight years old and has pursued the craft ever since. Most notably, he can be seen in Mercy Street (PBS), The Preacher's Daughter (Lifetime), and The Long Road Home (Nat Geo). He graduated from St. Edward’s University with Bachelor's degrees in Theatre Performance and English Writing & Rhetoric. He also completed a two-year Meisner-based acting conservatory program under the instruction of Richard Robichaux. He continues his pursuit of perfecting the craft on stage, on set, and in the classroom. Additionally, he co-founded and helps run an online sketch channel called HEY! Sketch Party Collective. In his down time, he enjoys traveling to random places, doing yoga, reading good books, or contemplating the meaning of life. 

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CHRIS HUMPHREY (BERNIE) - BEATRICE (BIT)

Chris Humphrey is an actor, musician (instrumentalist and composer), and circus artist in Austin, TX. Film/TV credits include Friday Night Lights, Waking Life, and Bernie. Recent theater credits include Pocatello (Street Corner Arts), Rocky Horror Aerial Show (Sky Candy), Cosmicomics (Sky Candy), Brides of the Moon (Weird Sisters Theater Collective; B Iden Payne award for featured actress in a comedy), The Twelfth Labor (Tutto), The Schooling of Bento Bonchev and Uncle Vanya (Breaking String); and MilkMilkLemonade (Shrewd Productions; B Iden Payne award for outstanding featured actress in a comedy. Chris is currently recreating a Vaudeville act (Harry Ransom Center and Hidden Room) and rehearsing for a remount of the award winning Agent Andromeda: The Orion Crusade (a co-production of Galaxy Corps and Blood and Glitter production companies).

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MIKE CARREON (HARD-ISH BODIES) - STAGEHAND (BIT)

Mike is a comedic actor and filmmaker. After attending UCB in New York and Second City Training Center in Chicago, he has honed his skills both in front and behind the camera in Austin, Texas. His work spans across narrative and commercial projects leading to his latest - a film about male-strippers called Hard-ish Bodies. This is not his first rodeo with TurtleDove Films - he was a writer and served as script supervisor for the second season of #ATOWN. He is also a die-hard Spurs fan…during the playoffs. 

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TAYLOR JUAREZ (SERVER LIFE) - GIRL AT TICKET COUNTER (BIT)

Taylor is a wedding videographer and freelance social media manager. She currently works as a videographer and the Studio Manager for Ladybird Studios. She is also an aspiring filmmaker who loves to act, direct, write and produce. She has been a core member of the TurtleDove Films team since 2015 and has produced, ran sound, assistant directed and production assisted on various TurtleDove projects. When she's not shooting weddings or rockin' it on set, you can find her drinking coffee, doing yoga and endlessly binging Grey's Anatomy.

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ELENA WEINBERG (#ATOWN) - HIPSTER GIRL (BIT)

Elena Weinberg is co-owner/CEO of TurtleDove Films and a freelance social media strategist. She produces, production manages, directs, acts and crowdfund manages in Austin, TX. She is the co-creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Austin, TX based webseries, #ATown. Recent Crew credits include: Time Trap (SIFF, Austin Film Festival) and Super Secret AMC Show BATS (y'all know what she's talking about). Recent Acting credits include: Carmela (supporting) in Vials streaming on Amazon and Maggie (supporting) in Good Feels On Wheels produced by SPI Productions. When she's not taking on the world one tweet at time, you can find her watching basketball and drinking wine with her cats. Go Spurs Go!

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ROB NOVAK (LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST) - SUN (V/O)

Rob is an actor and voice over artist in Austin, TX. Yes, he's the guy yelling at Ricky Williams in that one commercial. Yep, that one. He's also been in a few independent films (DisAssociationville, Love's Labour's Lost) and worked with several theater companies in the central Texas area (Last Act Theatre Co, Emily Ann, Black Swan, Austin Drama Club). Rob has appeared in three previous TurtleDove works: #ATown, Finding Time, and The Great Mistake. 

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KRISTEN KURTIS (WXPN MORNING SHOW HOST) - BREEZE (V/O)

Kristen Kurtis is a radio personality, voice actress, and improv/sketch/stand-up comedian. Her previous work with TurtleDove Films includes In Those Shoes from the 12 Month Project, and their Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka commercial. She currently hosts the morning show on 88.5 WXPN in her hometown of Philadelphia, where she lives with her fiancé Sean and their kitty Zuma (named after Gwen Stefani's middle child). Down for karaoke anytime. 


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