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fpo   Lawrence Jansen (Leroy)
Upon graduating from the Neighborhood Playhouse Lawrence joined Another Urban Riff's theatre company in their production of the critically acclaimed, cult hit "MONO". For the past ten years, he has continued to be challenged, inspired and honored to work with Steven Tanenbaum on both stage and in film. Other AUR stage productions include "The Summer They Stopped Making 'Ludes or How Taking Peyote Turned Me into a Coyote", "Mixed Tape", and the critically acclaimed solo show "Mambo Quasimodo". Other notable New York theatre credits include "How to Design Your Kitchen" (Clubbed Thumb), "Caz Dies Alone" (Happy Accident), and the world premier of "In the Heat of the Night" (Godlight). Films: the award winning, 9/11 indie feature "PRE – the first aftermath comedy" (AUR), "Coming Soon" (AUR), "Busted Walk" (AUR), "Maximum Stache" (Ghostwood Development Project). Television: "Cinema Therapy" (WE Network), and appeared as Timmy McAdams on the FX series "Damages" with Glenn Close.
     
fpo   Kristen Abate (Veronica)
Kristen Abate is the co-writer, co-star and producer of "How To Score Your Life". This is the second feature film she has produced with Another Urban Riff Productions. Her first feature, the 9/11 inspired, "PRE - the first aftermath comedy" has gone on to numerous festivals around the world as well as won "Outstanding Cast Performance" at the Action On Film Festival and "Best Cast Performance" at the Garden State Film Festival.   Abate, an only child of Italian, Irish and Greek descent was raised by her mother Diane, an architect. She grew up right above the infamous Cornelia Street Cafe in the Greenwich Village NYC. She frequently played Barbie dolls and dress up with Salvador Dali's muse with her next door neighbor the famous transgender entertainer "International Chrysis" (who starred in Sidney Lumet's film Q&A). The music from the cafe that filled her apartment nightly and the artists that lived in her building inspired her to pursue a life in the arts.
 
Abate attended the free spirited elementary school PS3, where she started acting and dancing with the renowned children's dance and theatre company Loco-Motion run by Lisa Pilato. There she met award winning playwright/filmmaker Steven Tanenbaum. Abate was thrilled when Tanenbaum cast her in his multi-media play "Blink" at the first FringeNYC festival. Since then the two have collaborated on numerous plays "PRE", "Mixed Tape", "Project 30", "Like it is, Like it was, Like it is", "Gym" and the films "Busted Walk" and "PRE - the first aftermath comedy". Abate and Tanenbaum are currently running Another Urban Riff Productions together. Abate is grateful for the opportunity to work so closely with one of today's most innovative independent filmmakers.
 
Abate's most recent credits are the short film "Oscar" in which she plays a sophisticated robot and in KarmaLoop TV's new comedy series "GirlHattan". Abate currently lives in SpaHa.
     
fpo   Nick Paglino (Danny)
Nick Paglino was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan. He moved to New York City in 1997 and graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2001. He is a member of both Another Urban Riff and Godlight Theatre companies. His theater credits include "MONO", "The Summer They Stopped Making 'Ludes or How Taking Peyote Turned Me into a Coyote", "Mixed Tape", "1984', "Slaughter House Five", "In the Heat of the Night" and "Winkie". Film credits include AUR's "Busted Walk", "PRE – the first aftermath comedy". Nick was the recipient of the 2010 New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a play for Godlight Theatre Company's production of "An Impending Rupture of the Belly".
     
fpo   Mitch Longley (Terry)
After nearly two decades working in Los Angeles, Mitch Longley has relocated back to the east coast and is now a New York based actor. His television credits include, "Las Vegas", "Law & Order", "Judging Amy", "Desperate Housewives", "NCIS-Los Angeles", "Bones", "'til death", among others. "How to Score Your Life" is his first film.

As a wheelchair user since the age of seventeen, he lives a physically active and athletic life. He enjoys competitive tennis, swimming, camping and extensive traveling. An accomplished photographer, he is represented by the Stephen Cohen gallery in Los Angeles. He is also a published writer and lecturer on disability related issues.
     
fpo   Kerryn Feehan (Aubrey)
Kerryn Feehan is an actress, stand up comic, writer and producer. She was studying theater performance at Marymount Manhattan College when she was the last actor cast in Another Urban Riff's critically acclaimed off-Broadway cult classic, "MONO". For the past eight years, she has been lucky enough to continue working with Steven Tanenbaum, and has been featured in AUR productions of, "The Summer They Stopped Making 'Ludes or How Taking Peyote Turned Me Into A Coyote", "Mixed Tape", "Project 30", "Like It Is, Like It Was, Like It Is" and the feature film "PRE – the first aftermath comedy". She recently co-produced the inaugural installment of , "Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off" and has appeared on shows all over NYC including, "Ladies Who Punch', "I Don't Like Your Tone", "Switzerland Neutral Comedy", "Neon Dragon' "Get Your Mind in the Gutter" and "Fun Size and Venti Present". She can also be seen wearing athletic gear while vomiting in the web series, "Brooklyn Trees", and you can catch her sets live streaming on "Brooklyn Underground Live". She had an amazing time working on "How to Score Your Life" with her best friends and fearless leader.
     
fpo   Dai Ishiguro (Mickey)
Dai Ishiguro was born and raised in Japan. He came to New York to follow Mr. Bob Dylan's footsteps. He's still got "you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" attitude on his mind. He has been working with Steven Tanenbaum more than ten years starting on stage with "MONO", then "The Summer They Stopped Making 'Ludes or How Taking Peyote Turned Me Into A Coyote", "Mixed Tape" and "Project 30". His film roles with AUR include PRE – the first aftermath comedy and Mickey in "How To Score Your Life."
     
fpo   JR Dziengel (Gil Phooey)
Growing up as a military brat, JR had a chance to see the world at a very young age. He pulls from this experience in each project he undertakes, from theatre to screen. JR began his career in New York's off-off-Broadway theatre scene before moving to Los Angeles in 2002. He is a member of Artistic Director Tim Robbins' The Actors' Gang where he appeared in the original play “Ass” and Kurt Vonnegut's “Happy Birthday”, “Wanda June”. JR has written, produced, and directed his own short films, including “The Special #2”. For more than ten years he has collaborated both on stage and screen with writer/director Steven Tanenbaum, including the award winning 9/11 indie film, “PRE –the first aftermath comedy” and “Coming Soon”. JR is currently working on the upcoming drama, Bastard that he co-wrote with filmmaker Nathan Crooker. Bastard poses the question, “What if James Dean survived the brutal car crash of 1955 and is alive among us today?” Concurrently,JR is working on two additional screenplays: a recycling police comedy and a Native American/Old West drama based on a true story. JR lives happily with his wife and two children in LA, although he claims to have left his heart in New York City.
     
fpo   Kerri Tucker (Sabrina)
Kerri Tucker graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in 2000, and was lucky enough to become a member of Another Urban Riff when it was just learning to walk. She was a cast member of the critically acclaimed, cult classic "MONO" for 4 years; and played every female role, plus was chief wheelchair-pusher off stage after Steven Tanenbaum was run over by a truck while leaving the theatre. She tried her hand at directing with "The Summer They Stopped Making 'Ludes or How Taking Peyote Turned Me Into A Coyote", gaining a newfound respect for those who have to marshal actors. She is currently living in her island paradise home of Trinidad, where she is originally from. She has appeared in several films in Trinidad – "The Midnite Affair" and "The Rise and Fall of John Tesoro" - which recently premiered at film festivals in Trinidad and LA. Kerri is currently working with high school students, teaching acting, and learning from them every day. She feels very blessed to work with her uber-talented mentor and friend, Steven Tanenbaum on this film, and can only hope that there are more opportunities for that in the future.
     
fpo   ODB (One Dirty Bitch)/Jessica Kresa
Jessica Kresa is an American professional wrestler and actress better known as ODB (short for One Dirty Bitch), currently working for TNA, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where she is a former three–time TNA Women's Knockout Champion.

In 2011, Kresa starred alongside fellow wrestlers Kurt Angle, James Storm, Matt Morgan, Terry Gerin and Sid Eudy in the horror movie Death from Above.
     
fpo   Chris Cipriano (Sal)
Chris Cipriano was born and raised in Philadelphia where he went on to study theatre at Temple University.  His passion for acting eventually led him to New York City where he currently resides.  He has appeared in numerous films and theatre productions over the years and loves every chance he can get to work with not only talented people, but also his close friends which include the cast and crew of “How To Score Your Life”. Three Things you should know about Chris Cipriano.  Everything else is trivial…1. His friends call him Cip.  If you're not his friend, you can still call him Cip…as long as you buy him an alcoholic beverage. 2. Loves working with Steven Tanenbaum. 3. One of his favorite hobbies is testing the "flush power" of toilets in bars all across New York City. 
     
fpo   Erin Boyle (Caitlin)
Erin Boyle is a New York City native who rocked out on stage for the first time when she was five singing "Peanut, Peanut Butter and Jelly" at P.S. 87. In College, Erin liked the song "Country Roads" so much that she decided to go to West Virginia University. After two years, she discovered she wasn't a Mountain Mama after all and attended Hunter College where she got the amazing opportunity to go to Beijing, China and perform August Strindberg's "A Dream Play" in their first International Theatre Festival. Another Urban Riff Productions include "Project 30", "Like It Is, Like It Was, Like It Is" and "How to Score Your Life" which was an exciting experience. Big thanks to my incredible family and the crazy cast of characters that are AUR Productions.
     
fpo   Matt Cooper (Boop)
Matt Cooper is a young actor and musician/songwriter who loves Woody Allen, Tom Waits, his mother and fondue.. He started acting after discovering he was bad at everything else. He has previously worked with Steven Tanenbaum on “PRE – the first aftermath comedy” and many “Project 30” productions. He is determined to work with Steven as much as he can in the future as well. He played Woody Guthrie for a college thesis film and performs at New York comedy club, and plays music at Bar East. You can hear his music at http://www.youtube.com/user/mcooperLionstooth?feature=mhee
     
fpo   Vladimir Versailles (Rising Star)
Vladimir Versailles graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.A. in Acting & Minor in Musical Theatre. While attending MMC he received a full scholarship to study abroad at the British Academy of Dramatic Arts. Recent TV and Film credits include Tom Fontana's "The Philanthropist" (NBC), hit Indie film "Moozlum", and the upcoming film "How to Score Your Life". Vlad just recently made his Off-Broadway debut in "The Wood" with the Rattlestick Theatre and is glad to be following his debut by joining the cast of "Burning" with the New Group. Vlad gives all the Glory to God and thanks all of his Family and Friends for their support. Peace!!!
     
fpo   Marianna McClellan (Karen)
Marianna McClellan's film credits include award winning independent 9/11 feature "Pre – the first aftermath comedy", also written and directed by Steven Tanenbaum, and "L for Leisure" directed by Lev Kalman. Marianna has performed with Clockwork Theater Company at Theatre Row and was featured in their world premiere of "Underground", the U.S. premiere of "Cherry Smoke" both by James McManus, as well as "Apartment 3A" (Annie Wilson) by Jeff Daniels. Other theatre: "To Far Gone Out in the Middle of Nowhere" by Todd Pate, and "Outside Sitka" by Josh Billig. Marianna McClellan has recently joined the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Apprentice Company.
     
fpo   Steven Tanenbaum (Horatio)
Steven Tanenbaum originally came out of the pre-gentrified LES scene, performing in ballsy one man shows and interactive plays that he also took to dance clubs, bars or even the streets for unsuspecting pedestrians. Fourth walls were never a necessity. These shows culminated in the critically acclaimed, Q101 or How To Get To Rikers, which was based on his experiences teaching first at the facility that housed the most dangerous criminals in NYC and then at the only facility at the time that housed inmates with full-blown AIDS. His monologues and scenes have been published in numerous editions of Smith and Kraus' "Best Stage Monologues and Scenes". How To Score Your Life is Tanenbaum's feature film debut.
     
fpo   Robyn Nielsen (Kim)
Robyn Nielsen moved to NYC exactly one month after 9/11.  She attended a two-year acting conservatory and since then has continued to perform in various theater, film and dance productions.  AUR productions include: "Project 30", "Mixed Tape", "Like It Is, Like It Was, Like It Is" and "PRE – the first aftermath comedy".
     
fpo   Joshua Rodriguez Tanenbaum (Carlito)
Joshua is currently a student at the Cinema School in the Bronx. The Cinema School is a high school for aspiring filmmakers. Joshua's film, "Run for Love", starring Kristen Abate, was chosen Best Film at the Cinema School 2011 Student Film Festival. Joshua and the other winners were awarded with a trip to Mexico City. Joshua is also part of the crew, capturing sound, for How To Score Your Life's "Authentic" video series. Currently he is working on his original, apocalyptic urban zombie series called "NYZ".
     
fpo   Yuko Uchida (Noriko)
Yuko Uchida, an awarding winning artist, originally from Okazaki, Japan, has been studying at the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York City for almost four years. Her prints have been exhibited at the ISE Cultural Foundation (SoHo), 440 Gallery (Brooklyn) and the Kentler International Drawing Space (NYC). Awards for her work include the "David McFadden Award" for the ISE Cultural Foundation and the Janet and Arthur Ross Scholarship for the National Academy of Fine Arts, New York. How To Score Your Life is Yuko's feature film debut.
     
fpo   Steve Di Schiavi (Detective)
Steve Di Schiavi was born & Raised in Brooklyn, NY. He enlisted in the US Marine Corp at eighteen and served three years. Two weeks after Steve was discharged, he entered the NYC Police Academy, serving twenty two years on the job. Steve worked uniform, plain clothes, narcotics and spent his last twelve years in the Detective Bureau He retired from the Manhattan North Homicide Squad six years ago and currently works for the city as a Special Investigator. He co-stars now on the Travel Channel's show "The Dead Files.
     
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fpo   Steven Tanenbaum
Steven Tanenbaum the co-writer, director and producer of How To Score Your Life was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondalitis, a severe form of crippling arthritis; when he was eleven. The arthritis curved his spine into a vertebral question mark and accounts for his bent point of view and twenty year streak of never stepping in dog shit.

In 2004, he was hit by a truck and nearly died while walking home from the off Broadway theatre where MONO, his critically acclaimed, off-Broadway play, which was in the fourth year of its run. In less than two years from this accident, while Tanenbaum was still in a wheelchair, he was directing his first feature film.

In February 2008, Mr. Tanenbaum wrote and directed the short “Busted Walk” starring Ezra Miller (“We Need To Talk About Kevin”). “Busted Walk” was an official selection of film festivals all over the world, including the LA Short Festival ‘08, San Francisco International Short Festival ’08 and Filmstock UK ’08 and Best Actor and Audience Choice at the NYC PictureStart.

In April 2009, Mr. Tanenbaum wrote and directed the award winning, 9/11 independent feature, “PRE - the first aftermath comedy”. “PRE” was the official selection of the Action On Film Festival in CA (7 nominations, award for “Outstanding Cast Performance”), Garden State Film Festival (“Outstanding Cast Performance), FILMSTOCK UK, Kansas City Film Festival, Tallahassee Film Festival, Columbia Gorge Film Festival, Flagstaff Film Festival, INDIEFEST! and Great Lakes Film Festival (nominated for “Best Feature”).

Tanenbaum started the film/theatre production company, Another Urban Riff Production, in 2002; and since then, has written, directed and produced over eight plays, a short film and three feature length films. He is now in pre-production for his fourth feature film, “Sherlock Palsy”.

For over a decade, Tanenbaum has worked with a dedicated ensemble that has developed a style of performing that could only transpire when the same artists collaborate together for many years. He thanks Kristen, Marianna, JR, Kerri, Lawrence, Dai, Nick and Kerryn for a decade’s worth of great work. He also thanks all the rest of the cast of How To Score Your Life for diving in so bravely and beautifully.
     
fpo   Kristen Abate
Kristen Abate is the co-writer, co-star and producer of “How To Score Your Life”. This is the second feature film she has produced with Another Urban Riff Productions. Her first feature, the 9/11 inspired, “PRE - the first aftermath comedy” has gone on to numerous festivals around the world as well as won "Outstanding Cast Performance" at the Action On Film Festival and "Best Cast Performance" at the Garden State Film Festival.  

Kristen Abate met award winning playwright/filmmaker Steven Tanenbaum Steven Tanenbaum while attending the renowned children's dance and theatre company Loco-Motion run by Lisa Pilato. Tanenbaum was her teacher at Loco-motion three years (from the ages of ten to thirteen). Abate was thrilled when Tanenbaum cast her in his multi-media play "Blink" at the first FringeNYC festival. Since then the two have collaborated on numerous plays "PRE", "Mixed Tape", "Project 30", "Like it is, Like it was, Like it is", "Gym" and the films "Busted Walk" and "PRE - the first aftermath comedy". Abate and Tanenbaum are currently running Another Urban Riff Productions together. Abate is grateful for the opportunity to work so closely with one of today's most innovative independent filmmakers. She is currently producing a new short with fellow cast members Dai Ishiguro, Yuko Uchida and Nick Paglino called “Godzilla Needs A Visa”.
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Jillian Kreitzman   Line Producer
Robyn Nielsen   Associate Producer
Ryan Garretson   Editor
Alan McIntyre Smith   Director of Photography
Eric Berkal   First AD
Steve French   Location Sound Mixer &
Post Production Sound Designer
Peggy Sutton   Script Supervisor
Ryan Garretson &
Joshua Rodriguez Tanenbaum
  Additional Camera
Armando Croda   Additional Editing
Chris Turiello   Trailer Editor
 

 
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