Sunnyside Films is a NYC based production company that specializes ultra low-budget film and new media projects with character-driven stories and naturalistic cinematography. In addition to iChannel, Sunnyside Films has produced two features, “The Last Day of August,” directed by Craig DiFolco and “The Weekend,” directed by Brian Avers.
Craig DiFolco: Creator, Director
Craig DiFolco received his MFA from Columbia University. He has produced several short films, written several features and was a writer on the romantic comedy Mutual Friends (dir. by Matthew Watts). He created and directed the hit web series, iChannel, seen by over 2 million viewers; and has also worked extensively in production, most noticeably as an assistant to Hunting Lane Films. He is currently a new media educator at Marymount School of New York.
Michael Izquierdo: Creator, “I.”
Michael Izquierdo has appeared on TV and in such films as The Wolf of Wall Street, Taking Woodstock, Meet Dave, Heterosexuals, Blue Bloods and As the World Turns. Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include King Lear at The Public, Go Back to Where You Are at Playwrights, New Jerusalem at CSC, Mother Courage with Meryl Streep, and The Miracle Worker, among others. He has an MFA from NYU Tisch’s Graduate Acting Program. He is the producer of the Feature Film, “The Weekend,” as well as the hit web-series iChannel, and numerous shorts and web-shows. He produced “The Last Day of August” with Sebastian Arcelus, long time friend and collaborator. He is the founder of Sunnyside Films.
George Collins: Executive Producer
George is currently a literary manager at Infinity Management in Los Angeles. Previous to that he worked at The Firm and as an assistant at AMG, Bender-Spink and United Talent Agency. In addition to representing the iChannel team, he also serves as the series’ exec producer.
Kristen Connolly: “iGirl, Associate Producer
Sebastian Arcelus: “iBro”, Associate Producer
Sebastian Arcelus has performed on Broadway in Elf, Jersey Boys, Wicked, Good Vibrations, and Rent. Off-Broadway credits include The Blue Flower, Happiness, and Where’s Charley? Regional and international credits include world premieres of A Time To Kill and William Finn’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, among others. His voice can also be heard on numerous television commercials and animated programs. He is currently filming the original Netflix television series, “House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and directed by David Fincher. He produced “The Last Day of August” with Michael Izquierdo, and associate produced the hit web-series, iChannel
Sara Rempe: Writer, Associate Producer
Sara Rempe received her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Hunter College where she was the recipient of the Norma Lubetsky Freidman Scholarship. She currently teaches in Hunter’s English Department. She co-wrote The Last Day of August with her husband, writer/director Craig DiFolco, and was also a writer on the web-series iChannel.
Brian Avers: Quinn
Brian is currently in the new Tom Stoppard play on Broadway, Rock ‘N’ Roll, directed by Trevor Nunn. In the past year, he has performed in Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Lyceum, King Lear at the Public Theater (Edgar), Black Comedy at Barrington Stage (Brindsley), Szinhaz for Naked Angels, and My Dog Heart for EST; also roles in Law & Order (NBC), The Progressives (PBS), and upcoming feature film How to Seduce Difficult Women. MFA: NYU, recipient of the Alberto Vilar Global Fellowship in the Arts.
Rhett Henckel: Kevin
Rhett Henckel is delighted to reunite with the team at Sunnyside Films for The Last Day of August after playing Kevin in “iChannel,” and Robert Maloney in the YouTube sensation, “The Thanksgiving Planner.” In NYC, Rhett has worked with Epic Theatre Ensemble, The Actor’s Studio, Red Bull Theater, Labyrinth Theater, UCB, The PIT, Infinite Theatre, Midtown Theater Festival (Outstanding Actor Nom), and The Artist’s Playground Theatre. TV: “Boardwalk Empire.” Rhett is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Outfit where he co-created of Jester’s Dead: A Top Gun Shakes-Parody. He is a graduate of The Old Globe MFA Program and Baylor University.
Amelia McClain: iEx
Amelia has worked at theatres across the country including Arena Stage in Washington D.C. where she played Brooke Ashton in Noises Off, a farce directed by Jonathon Munby. Amelia co-stared with Michael Izquierdo in Restoration Comedy at The Old Globe in San Diego and she is currently doing a new play by Richard Dresser in Massachusetts. Amelia recently graduated from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program where her favorite roles include Callie Pax in Stop Kiss, Helen McCormick in The Cripple of Inishmann, and Mia Panzoroff in Le Bourgeois Avant-Garde. Ms. McClain also played four different characters in The Horton Foote Project an adaptation she co-created based on Horton Foote’s nine-play cycle. 1999 NFAA award winner. BFA: University of Evansville. MFA: NYU
Andrea Mazzariello: Music