Karis Yanike (Nikki)
Originally from Omaha, NE, Karis has been a Lincoln resident for the past six years. She enjoys the creative process from start to finish, whether it be music, art or filmmaking. Karis also writes and directs her own shorts from time to time. She has appeared in "Wake the Witch" and "Way to go, Christine!".
Mark Dews (Axel)
From an early age Mark knew he wanted to entertain people. Born in York, England, he caught the acting bug at the age of 8 when he wrote, directed and starred in his first stage production. Eventually he decided that the US was the place he needed to be to quench his thirst for performing. Since arriving in the States, Mark has appeared in several films including Topler/Champoux Productions adaptation of Richard Dooling's "Bush Pig"s and local comedy "Hacky Slacker". In his spare time, Mark enjoys playing soccer, making music, traveling, screenwriting and more acting.
Shaun Vetick (Darrin)
Shaun was born in Nebraska in 1977 but considers himself a traveler by nature. He has been known to take international trips with very little notice. Shaun has high energy levels, great curiosity and has been interested in comics, novels, music and film from an early age. Always trying new things and craving new experiences, he has been involved in art his entire life. Acting is the perfect outlet for this motivation. Shaun is the official fight choreographer for "Blood Rites" and trains regularly at Moy Yat Kung Fu in Omaha, NE. www.kungfuomaha.com
Christina Marie Leonard (Diz)
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where she began taking acting classes at age nine at the Rose Theatre. A few years later she started auditioning for community theatre, and then began doing school plays for her four years at Millard South High School. In high school, she was eager to try acting for film, and spent her summers taking an Acting for Film class at UCLA and one at Pepperdine. After high school, she began college at UNL, majoring in theatre performance where she has performed in several plays and student films. Through contacts from previous auditions, she found out about the "Blood Rites" casting call, and auditioned for what has become one of the most wonderful ensembles she has experienced so far.
Christopher Michael O'Neill (Brother Abram)
Christopher’s 1st acting role was in 5th grade as Robby, the boy who saved Christmas. He started playing D&D in Boy Scout troop 494. So writing stories and portraying characters is something he has loved since an early age. He is a member of the Camarilla, the fan club of White-Wolf publishing, and has been live action role playing since 1991. Christopher was in a double feature at the Blue Barn while in Omaha and did a summer feature in University of Nebraska at Omaha's Box Theater. This is his 1st movie role and the experience, along with moving to Lincoln, Nebraska, has been enlightening!
Jeanne Kern (Sister Anani)
Jeanne has appeared on stages in Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, and Nebraska. Though in real life she is relatively normal and taught high school in Texas for years and years, she relishes her role as Sister Anani in "Blood Rites". She was also in Barstool Cowboy and Wake the Witch. Her book, “Trips and Whales and Puppy Dog Tales”, a romance novel, reflects the love she and husband Rich have for travel.
Allison Scott (Sister Adna)
Contrary to the character she plays in Blood Rites, Allison does not enjoy cults, Amish clothing, or incessantly crying. Her real interests include playing the piano or ukulele, people watching, theme parties, biking, cowgirl boots, and breaking her bones. After spending the summer in Costa Rica, Allison intends to move out to Los Angeles to continue studying acting at the Margie Haber Studio.
Eric Moyer (Detective Frey)
Eric Moyer is a veteran film and television actor with notable appearances in "Days of Our Lives", "The Andy Dick Show", various movies, and a supporting role in a short lived sitcom titled, "Go Fish". He received his formal actor's training at the University of Nebraska and continued studying with legendary acting coach, Janet Alhanti upon moving to Los Angeles. After many memorable years in California, Eric returned to Nebraska to raise a family with his wife of ten years, Heidi. Together they have a son named Vail and three impudent cats.
Robert-Kingston Green (Detective Green)
Born in Jamaica, Kingston moved to the states in the mid 90's to go to college. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1999. Kingston has done numerous commercials locally, and has traveled to Los Angeles over the past two years to attend casting workshops and work with acting coach Crystal Carson. He found "Blood Rites" through his membership with the Nebraska Film Group and was lucky enough to be cast as the young, eager Detective Green.
Colby Coash (Sergeant Merrill)
Colby met director Dorothy Booraem while campaigning for his seat in the Nebraska Legislature. They reconnected when newly elected Senator Coash worked to pass a Nebraska Film incentive bill. As Colby had performed regularly on stage throughout college at UNL and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Theater, he jumped at the chance to be part of Blood Rites. "Blood Rites" is Colby’s second film. His other screen credit is "My Antonia".
Walter J. McDowell III (Store Clerk)
Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Walter has had a life long love affair with movies and acting and felt very fortunate to be cast in the film "Blood Rites". He is currently working on other acting projects and some projects in the area of the visual arts. Walter, an avid World of Warcraft player, is up to five level 80 characters. He lives in Lincoln with his wife Abby and kids Claire, Kaysia, Maya, and Hezekiah.
Katrina Adams (Donna)
This is Katrina's first film. She's excited to be involved with "Blood Rites" and would like to thank Unfiltered Entertainment for the experience. Katrina has previous stage experience with Spank Candy Burlesque in Omaha, NE. She looks forward to future filming opportunities.
Nicole Siegrist (Tarra)
A Lincoln, NE native, this is Nicole's film debut. Nicole is a badass. In her free time she likes to draw, sew, ride her bike 3,000 miles and rock your face off with her mad "key" skills.
Britany Dailey (Tabitha)
Britany has a string of acting credits including "Cheerleader Camp: 2 the Death" and "Heartless". She also works behind the camera assisting wherever she can.
Alison Lechtenberger (Roommate)
A local, aspiring actress from Omaha, Nebraska, Alison comes from a long line of entertaining women in her family, and after being inspired by her mom, she's chasing a dream. She feel very privileged to be a part of"Blood Rites" and has enormous respect for anyone following their heart as she follows hers.