A story of a young immigrant who knows no English, and his trials in....ordering breakfast at the local diner.
CAST & CREW
MEMO – “PABLO”
This is Memo’s Bio, he'd like you to know that he apologizes that bios are so boring.
The regular bits: Memo studied Visual and Performing Arts in his hometown of Miami. He has been involved with many folx including Nettles Artists Collective, La MaMa ETC, and HaitiDansCo. He brings to his work a tool set influenced by his experience in African dance, Suzuki, Sculpture, Photography, Viewpoints, technology, writing, Film Art Direction, and more that allow for a wide spectrum of exploration. Memo always looks for opportunities to collaborate on experimental and mixed discipline projects. His latest works concentrate in film.
More bits: He relocated to New York City in 2002 where he moved through gigs like sculpting for the iconic Holiday Windows, doing voice-over work for the National Guard, filing folders labeled "Mesothelioma" for a giant law firm, wearing a diaper on Law and Order SVU, counting people, and restoring antiques, until finally finding how great it is to be an Airbnb host. (Best survival gig ever!)
Some special bits: Memo has also worked as an educator with various communities from underprivileged immigrant children in the wilds of South Florida to NYC students on the Autism Spectrum.
Also, if you have any clothes or supplies you can donate for the mostly POC, Queer youth that take shelter in Sylvia's Place every night, please reach out. Memo will be glad to swing by and pick it up.
ROCÍO MENDEZ – “CAMILA”
Rocio is an actor / fight director / teaching artist who was born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC.
Rocio just received an Outstanding Actress nomination at the Planet Connections Theater Festival for her role in CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SLEEP. She has been seen on stage working with great theater companies such as The Pearl Theater Company, American Globe Theater, The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, The Classical Theater of Harlem, and The Brick. Rocio as been on various short and independent films, commercials and TV including a reenactment documentary about the DC Sniper on MSNBC.
Rocio is has also worked as a teaching artist with Opening Act. An organization that provides arts programs for under-served public schools that have lost their funding for arts programs. Rocio has also staged and coordinated fights for off and off-off broadway, as well as independent films.
DEIRDRE LOUISE MACNAMARA – “WAITRESS”
Deirdre is an actress and writer. She has performed her solo shows NUDE NUDE TOTALLY NUDE and DREAMSICLE, as well as her full-length play DEFINE HAPPINESS, as well as in films MAY THE BEST MAN WIN and TURTLE HILL BROOKLYN. Currently working on writing her next play, LOVE IS..., she is thrilled to be working on this delicious DONUT with her dear friend, and inspiration, Cary.
CARY PATRICK MARTIN – WRITER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR
Cary makes his directorial debut with Coffee and a Donut, with two more films currently in post production. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Cary has been working in the NYC theater/film scene for more than half his life, performing everything from improv to Shakespeare.
Cary is currently a student of Ela Thier at the Independent Film School, having also studied with Sande Shurin Acting Studio, and The American Globe Theater, among others. He toured extensively with National Theater of the Performing Arts, was a principal performer/combatant with the New York Renaissance Faire, and a company member of Mortal Folly Theatre. He has also produced charity cabarets to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
When not creating, Cary enjoys long distance running, having completed numerous half and full marathons.
LAURA DURKAY – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER
Laura is a writer, director, producer, and AD who has worked in the film industry in New York and Los Angeles. She studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California and with Ela Thier of the Independent Film School. She has produced numerous short films, and currently has a feature film, Natalie, in post-production.
SHANA MLAWSKI – FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Shana Mlawski is a filmmaker and writer living in Brooklyn. She is the director of the web series The Deported (2018), author of Hammer of Witches (Lee & Low Books), and story editor for the audio drama Marsfall, which has received more than 100,000 downloads since its 2017 premiere. Shana's essays, comics, and reviews have been featured in Vogue, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Wired, and other national publications. Her work as a story consultant and script doctor has helped her clients win awards from Sundance, Tribeca, HollyShorts, and more.
SHAWN SCHAFFER – DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Shawn has been in the industry since 2002. He started as an actor, appearing in a few roles for local filmmakers. He soon realized he had more interest (and talent) behind a camera than in front of one.
Opting to not attend film school and develop a more complete education in both theory and practice, Shawn began jumping on to every set he could to learn. He has worked every role on a film set, from Production Assistant working for cold pizza to Boom Operator to Director of Photography, over the last 15 plus years. It has given him the ability to work with and relate to all of his colleagues across all departments on set to understand their wants and needs.
Leaving the security of a day job in 2007 to pursue work as a full-time freelancer, Shawn focused his energies into Cinematography. Through doing, trial and error, observation, and studying the work of his personal favorite Cinematographers, he began to develop his own cinematic style and methods.
Shawn has worked as a the Director of Photography on hundreds of projects, ranging from commercials to theatrically distributed feature films starring Academy Award nominated talent.
Most notably, Shawn was the Director of Photography for “Fighting for Freedom”, starring Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3) and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska).
Shawn was also the Director of Photography for COMEDY WARRIORS: HEALING THROUGH HUMOR featuring the talents of Zach Galifianakis (THE HANGOVER), Lewis Black (ROOT OF ALL EVIL), BJ Novak (THE OFFICE), Bob Saget (FULL HOUSE), and five tremendous members of our Armed Forces; Bobby Henline, Rob Jones, Joe Kashnow, Darisse Smith, and Stephen Rice.
COMEDY WARRIORS not only had it's World Premiere on Showtime, it also won a 2014 Television Academy Honor, and was on Netflix following its theatrical run for approximately two years.
When approaching a project, Shawn works closely with the creative forces involved in the project to make a harmonious collaboration. This is his preferred method of working, it ensures a singular, unified vision when production begins and an end product that is representative of all the creative collaborative at it’s best.
Shawn resides in New York while working nationwide and abroad. He is married and has a daughter, whom is his most beautiful creation and achievement.
In his off time, Shawn enjoys reading, writing screenplays, and plays pool, having competed five times in the American Poolplayers Association National Championships, finishing twice in the top ten.
Always a team player and willing collaborator, he looks forward to working with you on your next project. www.shawnschaffer.com
BRIAN BLUM – PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER
Brian is a NYC-based award-winning director, writer, producer, and content creator.
He was born in Miami, and started in the world of filmmaking by producing commercials for his high school's video PA system and "morning announcements". He received a Film & Television Production BFA at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.
He now freelances as a writer, director, producer, and sound mixer in New York, as well as a programmer for the 35th Annual Miami Film Festival.
He's also an avid video gamer and professional awkward dancer.
YANILSA RAFFERTY – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND WARDROBE
Yanilsa Rafferty is a global successful veteran of the Fashion Industry who has transitioned into TV & Film costume design and wardrobe styling. Yanilsa passion for fashion started in her hometown of Cotuí Dominican Republic when she tagged along with her grandfather to sell yardage of fabrics to neighbors. Soon after her migration to Puerto Rico she became her uncles Oscar and Pedro Viloria shadow while they worked at their tailoring business. At the age of eight, after migrating to New York City in the mid 80’s, Yanilsa watched a TV interview with designer Oscar De La Renta that was so inspirational for a recently arrived immigrant that it changed her life for ever.....and so she wrote her 15 year life plan list. Yanilsa attended the High Scool of Fashion Industries where voguing in the hallways, making something out of nothing and speaking your mind was nurtured and elevated by the many talented teachers there. Yanilsa graduated High School with a number of accolades and scholarships that permitted her to attend FIT in NEw York and Polimoda in Florence Italy and become the 2nd person in her family after her aunt Lidia Viloria to attend college.
Yanilsa fashion career started as a translator to a luxury factory owner where she obtained various skills sets such as design, surface finishings, sales, negotiating, managing and running the day to day business. A few years later after moving back to New York she continue her journey in which career span has contributed to the success of global brands such as Armani, Burberry, Anna Demeulemeester, Michael Kors, Eileen Fisher, Pink Victoria Secret, Ralph Lauren Collection, Rugby Denim, Polo Women’s Denim, and PVH Corporation to name a few.
Coffee and a Donut is Yanilsa’s film wardrobe debut and passion project as she relates to the challenges of an immigrant in situations sometimes as trivial as ordering breakfast.
Yanilsa other film work can be seen in the 1920’s theme film Harlem Love by Director Richard Joseph, Bad Writing By Director Ela Thier, currently in production film Dreamer by Thanika Jenjesda and TV series working Title All Hail Bethby Director Misha Calvert.