Nikohl rose to international renown with her starmaking performance in the 2011 film Circumstance, which won the coveted Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Nikohl’s much-acclaimed performance in the film was named Best Performance at the LA OutFest, the Noor Film Festival, and the Rome International Film Festival. Circumstance also won audience awards at the Toronto Inside Out and Outfest Film Festivals, jury prizes at the New Directors/New Films, and Spain International Film Festivals, Best First Film at the Rome International Film Festival, and other accolades including being named the year’s “most anticipated” independent film by the New York Times, and one of Paste Magazine’s 50 best films of 2011. Nikohl’s unique blend of grace and mischief will enchant audiences in the title role of Farah.
One of the most sought-after actresses on the independent film festival circuit today, Kandis is best known for her starring role in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival official selection I Am Not A Hipster. She also played lead roles in the films Séance, Trail of Blood, and Love You More. Kandis’ extensive TV credits include guest appearances on CSI: NY, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, and House, and as a director and producer, her short films “Redemption Song” and “Tom’s War on Terror” garnered many awards from film festivals. Kandis’s dynamic hybrid of toughness and tenderness will magnetize audiences to the emotional journey of K.J.
The multitalented Deol is an actress, comedian, and director of the feature documentary Woman Rebel, which premiered on HBO, was nominated for an Emmy Award, and was shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination. Deol, a graduate of Harvard University, has also made guest appearances on Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, and Weeds, and performs stand-up comedy all over Los Angeles. Kiran’s outsize intelligence and outrageous wit will illuminate the role of Roopa.
A series regular on the superhit teen series 90210, with 91 credited episodes, Michael’s is an instantly recognizable face to any TV fan under 30. Also an exciting new director on the independent film circuit, Michael’s other film and TV credits include True Blood, Critical Minds, and Hannah Montana.
One of the most respected and experienced veteran actors working in the industry today, Lyman’s career spans over four decades in Hollywood. Iconic for his role as Tom Bueller (Ferris’ father) in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Lyman boasts almost 100 film and TV credits including Dallas, thirtysomething, Family Ties, The Wonder Years, Murder, She Wrote, Melrose Place, and Not Another Teen Movie.
Chakrabarti’s feature film debut came in 2004 in Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. Early in his career, he starred opposite Molly Shannon in The Wedding Weekend and then in Manish Acharya’s Loins of Punjab Presents. His film, The War Within, was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award while Bombay Summer, starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, won Best Film at the 2009 MIAAC Film Festival. Chakrabarti starred opposite Rebecca Hazelwood in Kissing Cousins and made an appearance in the Yash Raj-produced Bollywood film, New York. Chakrabarti played the character Rishi, a menacing gangster, in Ajay Naidu’s Ashes. He appeared in Murder in the Dark, produced by Napoleon Dynamite’s Chris Wyatt. Chakrabarti has also appeared in numerous television productions, including In Treatment (HBO), 30 Rock (NBC), Bored to Death (HBO), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC), Law & Order (NBC), Love Monkey (CBS), The Sopranos (HBO) and All My Children. Chakrabarti was a recurring character on FX’s Damages opposite Ted Danson. In 2012, he will star in Deepa Mehta’s film adaptation of the acclaimed Salman Rushdie novel Midnight’s Children.
Kate first appeared on the big screen in 2006 with a small role in the film Accepted, and later had a starring role as Brooke Crawford in the prime-time soap opera Wicked Wicked Games. In 2007 she landed her breakout role in The L Word playing Niki Stevens. French has also appeared in South of Nowhere, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Beyond The Break, and Up All Night. She has appeared in the films Sutures, Language of a Broken Heart, and Girltrash: All Night Long, and The Red House.
Shangela Laquifa Wadley (born D. J. Pierce) is an African American drag queen, comedian, and reality television personality and contestant onRuPaul's Drag Race Seasons 2 and 3. He was the first contestant eliminated in season two, and returned as a surprise contestant in the series' third season, springing out of a box in the first episode. He was among the top five contestants before his elimination in the eleventh episode. Since RuPaul's Drag Race, Shangela has had several television appearances and continues to perform across the United States and Canada.