Cameron Crain – Creator, Writer, & Actor (Troy)
Cameron Crain is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer. He was featured in the film A Single Woman with Patricia Arquette and Martin Sheen, co-created Voices In the Life with the Emmy-winning producer Norman Stephens, and created Nevada: It Ain’t Just Vegas Baby! which toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
Cam grew up in Potlatch, Idaho, and he counts being raised on the family farm as one of his greatest blessings. He studied performance and creative writing at Washington State University before moving to Nevada, where he co-founded Nevada Shakespeare Company. He received a Master Degree in Production and Design from Southern Oregon University. As a standup comedian, Cam has been in residence with Reno Tahoe Comedy and can be seen most Friday nights at the Carson Nugget. Cam serves as the Director of Development for Sage Ridge School in Reno. He shares his success with his beautiful wife Michele and their spirited children.
James Russell – Creator, Writer, & Actor (Jerry)
James Russell began his acting career at the Colorado Film School, where he received a Certificate in Acting for the Screen. He worked on nearly 100 student films, acting in a majority of them. There he cultivated and developed his skills playing various characters from all walks of life. One of his favorite reenactments was a classic scene from The Departed, and his most challenging short film was, Within, where he played a murderer with dissociative identity disorder. After two years in the acting curriculum, James was represented by several agencies. He starred in a full-length feature film, 476 A.D. and its sequel.
Since moving to Los Angeles he has built a solid professional resume receiving paid work through which he is now SAG eligible. James has appeared as a co-star on Spike TV’s show Tattoo Nightmares, Lifetime Movie Networks’ show Killer Kids, and a guest star on America’s Court with Judge Ross.
Michele Crain – Actress (Isabelle)
Michele Crain plays Isabelle in Idaho Boys, and she has helped develop the project from the beginning. Michele has been working professionally in theatre for over 20 years, and she served as the Artistic Director for Gold Hill Theatre from 2007 – 2012. While she’s played dozens of characters on stage, her favorite roles include mom, wife, the title role in John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God, Rosalind in As You Like It and Sylvia, the dog, in Sylvia. Michele is the Director of Theatre at Dayton Intermediate School, where she teaches full-time. Her program is one of the few rural options for performing arts students in Lyon County and has been recognized by the Nevada Arts Council and Educational Theatre Association for achieving excellence. She is thrilled to be part of the talented, artistic Idaho Boys family.
Jeremiah Nelson – Actor (Buster)
Jeremiah G. Nelson was born in Louisiana and raised as a military dependent throughout the USA. He also spent three elementary school years in Kent, England. He has been a community actor for over 50 years. Two of his favorite theater roles are Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew, and Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit. He had the pleasure of working with Cameron Crain and Nevada Shakespeare as The Preacher in Voices in the Life in 2013. He has credit as an actor in five independent films, and has performed A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas on the radio. He is passionate about bringing poetry to life as spoken word, and has performed poetry readings in libraries and schools in many western states.
Rachel Lopez – Actress (Diane)
A native of San Diego, Rachel is an actress, director and writer who has worked at the Old Globe and Second City in Chicago where she performed and wrote for two sketch comedy revues of Whitney Houston. Rachel also performed with The Free Associates comedy troupe at the Ivanhoe Theater in their comedic spoof on ER called BS. Upon moving to Reno, Rachel founded Spotlight Academy for Young Actors, worked as Artist in Residence at Sage Ridge School and co-wrote and co-directed with Cameron Crain, an original piece called Nevada – It Ain’t Just Vegas, Baby, which performed at the 2014 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Recently she wrote and directed In Our Own Backyard, a dramatic play that addresses bullying and school violence. Backyard is being developed for a feature film in 2017. Rachel resides in Reno with her incredibly talented husband Bob, and their beautiful daughter Joslyn.
Darlene Pearson – Actress (Grandma Ozeander)
George Stadler – Actor (Dave)
George Stadler has performed in several plays with the Gold Hill Theater Troup and Nevada Shakespeare since 2006. His favorite parts have been performing in dinner theater shows singing Master of the House and Man of Constant Sorrow.
Will Tulin – Actor (August)
Will Tulin is an actor, broadcaster and voice artist. His stage credits include Breaking the Code-Nevada Rep, Voices in The Life-Nevada Shakespeare, The Grapes of Wrath-Ion Theater Co./San Diego and The Grift-La Jolla Playhouse. Film credits include Humanity’s End, Alien Armageddon and horror festival favorite, Shellter. Animated projects include Strange Matter and the upcoming DVD release, Eden. Will currently splits his time between San Diego, CA and the Biggest Little City in the World.
Joseph (Joe, D) Paslov – Actor (Tom)
Joe has studied acting at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Southern Oregon State College, Western Nevada College and the Ruskin School of Acting in Santa Monica, CA. His television and movie credits include appearances on The X-Files, ER, Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal and Walt Disney’s The Kid. Some of his favorite theatrical roles include Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, Alfie Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellard Simms in The Foreigner, Rick Steadman in The Nerd, Victor Fleming in Moonlight & Magnolias and Henry Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor. Joe is very excited to be a part of the Idaho Boys, and to be working with such an amazing cast and crew.
Yvette Fintland – Director of the Pilot
Yvette Fintland is a native of Long Island, NY., spending most of her years growing up in Florida. Yvette is talent in many sides of the industry as an Actor/Director/Producer/Model, and also having years of experience in all aspects of production. She is best known for her roles including lead actor in Duplicitous Behavior, supporting role in Wildest Dreams starring Christina Swanson, and TV series Search for the head of John Baptist. Yvette also has produced a wide range of films, commercials, and television series.
In her early life, Yvette indulged in a very active life style. She is a complete sports fanatic that was committed to track and cross country running while attending school. She also participated in swimming, diving, biking, windsurfing, snowboarding, paddle boarding, and many others.
Yvette went straight into modeling after school for many different categories, including sports, vehicles, games, and hosting for special events. She also won many awards in such pageants as “Modern Miss USA, Latin Miss Orlando, Miss Venus and Miss Hawaiian Tropic” to name a few.
With years of experience in the entertainment industry, Yvette is always ready for the next project. Actively working as a Director, Producer, Actress and writing for short film projects.
Redarle Baker – Assistant Director
Redarle Baker, a retired paralegal, began her career in entertainment with her son, Grant, in San Diego with the Christian Youth Theater. Redarle, her husband George, and Grant moved to Nevada in 2003. Since then she has worked as actress, singer, stage manager, technical director, costumes, set design, and photographer (sometimes all at once). Her favorite plays behind the scenes were Agnes of God, Steel Magnolias, and The Boor. Redarle began directing in 2006, her favorite play being Sylvia in 2011. She also directed numerous Dinner Theater shows, winning awards for best director in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Redarle stage managed the premier ofVoices in the Life (2013), with Nevada Shakespeare Company and she joined Michele Crain in bringing the “first ever” drama production to Dayton Intermediate School, Taming of the Shrew. She is so proud to be the Executive Producer of this production that she also serves as the Assistant Director.
Steve Mehler – 1st Camera & Editor
Steve Mehler’s affinity for cameras, particularly movie cameras, began at the age of 10. This hobby/passion persisted through high school and even college where he earned a BS Degree in Film/TV/Video. While in college, he started as an event videographer and has progressed through to producing/directing episodic television, commercials, music videos & concerts, sporting events, corporate/training videos and even feature film editing. Steve still lives life through the lens and has a range of professional achievements including Assistant Editing feature films and directing both reality TV and dramas for a local TV network. Steve is the proud father of two boys who have proven to be better students and athletes than he was. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 29 years. Someday he will return to an early love from his teens; flying and maybe obtaining a pilot’s license.
Stephen Zideck – Production Audio Recordist
Stephen Zideck is a native of Nevada that has grown up in the Reno Sparks area. Stephen was employed at Truckee Meadows Community College for 35 years in both teaching and administrative roles. He taught Developmental Mathematics for most of his tenure at the college. Administrative roles included his main role as the Campus Technology Officer where he was responsible for Information Technology Services, Web Services and Media Services. Stephen has been involved in audio recording and film making for many years. He has worked on commercial, corporate, TV features, music videos, short films and feature films over the past 10 years. Stephen is presently doing freelance audio services work, recent projects include audio services for an episode of Snapped, the Nevada Tourism web site and a sales video for International Game Technology.
Bill Quinby – Director of Photography
Eddie Vigil V – Camera Operator
Eddie Vigil V is local filmmaker in Reno, NV. Eddie is the creator of the comedy web series Same But Different and has experience as a writer, filming, acting, and editing. He’s excited to be working with the Idaho Boys production as Camera Operator. You can view his work at his website (eddievigilv.com).
Born and raised in Potlatch, Idaho, Brett is a graduate of Potlatch Jr. Sr. High School. He attended the University of Idaho, pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and a brief career in law enforcement. Brett was first introduced to digital photography and video as part of his investigative duties as a deputy sheriff. His videos about Potlatch, the Palouse and northern Idaho Camp have become a hit on social media, and his photos of the Aurora Borealis have been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America. Brett has written short humor columns in the Outdoors Section of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, and he is in the process of writing a book of short humor based on the misadventures of a typical North Idaho outdoorsman. As the 2nd Unit “eyes and boots on the ground” for Idaho Boys, Brett works with the producers to capture the needed shots and sequences back in Idaho.
Grace Avila – Make Up & Special Effects Artist
Grace Avila is a Make Up and Special Effects artist from Reno, Nevada. Trained at the Millan Institute of Cosmetology in Reno, Nevada, she has worked with Macy’s, Clinque, MAC cosmetics and Bobbi Brown. Grace also has her own makeup channel on YouTube where she creates and shares her different makeup looks with her fans. She’s worked on short films and Major Hilary Shieve, a TV web series. Grace won the RAW Artist Award for Makeup in Reno. Grace also teaches and offers clients one on one classes and group classes about the importance of skin care, how clients can use their own products and demonstrating proper makeup application techniques, along with some tips and tricks on creating special customized looks. She is very excited to be working with Idaho Boys.