Bert: The Emotion Picture tells the story of Bert (Andre Meadows), a socially awkward and
who desperately wants the attention of Sara (Jeneta St. Clair), the girl of his dreams. When he sees
that Sara is consumed with a handsome stranger (Morgan Benoit), Bert becomes obsessed with being just
Against the backdrop of Los Angeles, the ultimate land of artifice, Bert receives enlightenment through
a public access TV show that urges viewers to be themselves, but to also demand gifts from the Universe.
Bert looks in the mirror and wants desperately to become visible to Sara and, ultimately, the world.
After a chance meeting with a mysterious man named Louis (David Atwood), Bert suddenly feels capable of
manifesting his most impossible desire to switch bodies with the beautiful stranger.
After the transformation, Bert walks away in his new body and the stranger wakes confused and trapped in
The question remains, however, if Bert can ultimately transcend his (or anyone else’s) skin.
Also starring Myko Olivier and Erin Konstantine, Bert: The Emotion Picture is a surreal fable
nature of love and superficiality.
Andre Meadows is an actor, comedian, writer, and Black Nerd. Every week on his YouTube
channel, Black Nerd Comedy, Andre rants about geek culture,
80s-90s nostalgia, and has “Awkward Talks with Girls.” To see his videos, check out
Other web credits for Andre include The Guild with Felicia Day, Table Top with
Wil Wheaton, and Space Guys in Space with Jason Marsden.
Andre is also a stand-up comedian, featuring and headlining comedy shows and comic convention
panels, even opening for such comics as Aisha Tyler and Maria Bamford.
His film and TV credits range from being a real movie reviewer on ReelzChannel"s Movie
Mob to being a fake news reporter on HDNet"s Goodnight Burbank.
He brings his comedic style to commercials, Asylum movies and The Breakdance Kid.
But he is quite proud to show off his dramatic side in Bert as he has done with stage
plays in the past.
Morgan Benoit has been involved in Chinese martial arts for over 15 years. Following his passion,
he moved to China at age 18 to study at the Beijing Sports University where he mastered Long
Fist Kung Fu.
Once ascending to the top of his class in just a couple of years, he was admitted to the
prestigious Shi Cha Hai Sports Academy,
a former training ground of Jet Li and many of China"s top Olympic athletes. His love of martial
arts led to his interest in acting.
He started working on Chinese films as a stunt man but eventually worked his way up to leading
roles in many Chinese and American productions.
His ability and enthusiasm was well-noted by Jackie Chan whom he worked with in The
Forbidden Kingdom (2008).
After growing up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, then half-raised in Indianapolis under the tutelage of
her drama director father,
Jeneta moved straight to California after graduating high school. Since completing the
contemporary program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy
in February 2010, she has been a part of multiple films and commercials. Her most recent credits
include a PS3 commercial and feature films including
Mudman, Paradox Alice, and The Return of the Killer Shrews all being
released this summer!
In between projects, she continues her training with the Will Wallace Acting Company and
performing company and self-written sketch shows
at the Straitjacket Society in Hollywood.
Myko Olivier is a California native from Palm Springs, and attended the Tisch School of the Arts
at New York University where he earned his B.F.A in Drama.
Since moving to LA in 2010 he has had a lot of commercial success and has begun to breakout into
the film/TV world.
His credits include (film) Don Juan, Barely Legal, The Cinderella
Effect, (TV) South Park, Let It Go,
(Web) Obelisk Road, and Justin America. Myko will also be staring in a feature
film next year with Eric Roberts, Jon Gries, and Martin Kove
called Todd Lucas: Singer/Songwriter.
Erin is an avid fan of all things real, like children, diapers and going to the grocery store in
However, she adores the fantastical break of acting, especially when playing reality, and just
can't bring herself to quit,
though she's tried for over 20 years. In the world of real success, Erin has done many
passionate indie films and meaty theater.
Premiering in the Montanick Pictures breakout hit Owned while earning his B.F.A.
in Dramatic Art at San Francisco State University, David would go on to play in Denison
and Pushing Boundaries before reuniting with Montanick for Bert shortly after
to Los Angeles. Having had his fill of vikings and barbarians for the nonce, David has turned
over a new razor
and looks forward to playing the hero at long last. He add a special thanks to the cast and crew
for the warm
welcome to these merry few.
A native San Franciscan of Peruvian and Salvadorean descent,
Jose Montesinos has been making movies since he received his first video
camera at age 14. He continued to hone his skills through the years,
and also attended film school at San Francisco City College in
the early 1990's. In 2009, Jose was awarded the Mastermind grant
from the SF Weekly for being recognized as a standout local talent.
Jose’s feature-length crime drama titled Owned was an official selection
in several film festivals, including HBO’s New York International Latino
Film Festival, and has since found a distribution deal with Maverick
Entertainment. It was released in July 2011.
Jennifer graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelors of Psychology and
Communication and minor in Education.
She began teaching in San Francisco while earning credentials in English and Psychology at Saint
Mary’s College of California.
Jennifer is currently pursuing her Masters in Teaching.
Jennifer first delved into the world of film as an informal helper during the post production
phase of the crime drama Owned.
Since then, she has been lucky enough to work on several projects, including the web series
the comedic short Souls of Splendor, and the action feature Unlucky Stars.
Assistant Director / Sound Recordist
Matt Somerville is a writer, director, and editor.
In addition, he's been known to take on sound and assistant director responsibilities.
He currently resides in Los Angeles working as an editor.
He's done promo editing / various crew jobs on a number of productions, including:
Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows, Cloud Atlas, The Apparition,
Top Chef, and Web Therapy.
Brian Rodvien has scored several films, including Owned.
He is the composer and producer of a new production called Springbreak the Musical.
He is also the drummer for a musical hip hop improv group called the Freeze.
Matthew Zipkin studied music and audio engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
He is currently a full-time audio post-production engineer at One Union Recording Studios in San
and he plays guitar and keyboards in a variety of different bands around the city.
Adam hails from Denmark, the home of Hans Christian Andersen and Soren Kierkegaard.
But it's safe to say that Adam's sensibilities aren't so much “The Little Match
Girl” as they are “The Wedding Crashers.”
And his philosophy is less informed by existentialism as by, “Late Night with Conan
Adam earned his degree in Graphic Design and Advertising, then a BA in Multimedia Design and
and a MA in Visual Effects. After a teaching stint, Adam began work at Bonfire Labs in San
Giovannie Espiritu is a seasoned, working actress who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress
alongside Academy Award nominees Alfre Woodard
and Amy Irving at Method Fest. Other credits include a recurring role on ER (4
episodes), Trauma (NBC), Bones, and Gilmore Girls.
She is also founder of the SfActorsWorkshop.com,
and her students have been signed by the top agencies in LA and SF.
Ryan Thomas Johnson's acting credits include Saved by the Bell: The New Class,
Boston Common, Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys,
and the cult classic Carnosaur 2. If all those titles seem to be from the 90's, it's
because Ryan has dedicated his recent years to a career in music.
He has recorded numerous albums, toured in four different countries, shared the stage with
everyone from Kid Koala to Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
scored fast food commercials, and music directed live theatrical events.
Lisa Younger received her degree in acting from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2008 and
has since appeared
in over a dozen film and theatre productions. She most recently won an award for outstanding
performance for her turn as
Emily in the stage play Our Town and was part of a cast nominated for an LA Weekly
award for best comedy ensemble in the
play Dirty Pooh, in which she played a sexually confused Christopher Robin. Other
credits include the acclaimed online
comedy series Hell's Kitty as well as numerous independent films, including the
upcoming Lie With Me with fellow Bert cast
member Rachel Marie Lewis. Lisa currently splits her time between LA and New York.
Annamarie MacLeod has appeared in numerous independent films, among them are U5 (a Scary
Cow Production) and Political Animals
(for which she was nominated for best actress at the Action on Film International Film Festival
She also stars in the web-series EXIT Stage Left and the up-coming Social
Lies. Ms. MacLeod trained in New York and London,
and was named an ‘Actor to Watch’ by WAVE Magazine.
Rachel Marie Lewis began acting at Atlanta's Tony Award winning Alliance Theater when she was in
She went on to receive a B.F.A. in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Her past credits
include Glee, Black Swan,
and indie festival hit Transatlantic Coffee. You can catch her starring in two more
feature films next year: Brand Bros'
Lie With Me (Also starring Bert's Lisa Younger) and House of Good and Evil
(Also starring the great Tippi Hedren).
Rachel's love of acting is rooted in her deep love of storytelling, and she's very excited to be
a part of this unique, fun film!
Alex Arleo worked for the first time with Jose Montesinos on the film Barely Legal and
instantly became a fan of Jose’s direction
and unique artistic choices. Alex has appeared in several films including his lead role in
The Haunting of Whaley House
and alongside Michael Madsen in the drama Sprawl.
Follow Alex Arleo’s news and updates on his Facebook
and IMDB page to learn more about this exciting,
Actor “Cell Phone Girl”
Steffi is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she trained at the Stella
Adler Studio of Acting
and Stonestreet Studios. She was born in Seattle, Washington, where she grew up doing regional
During her time at Tisch, Adler Technique and Shakespeare were strong focuses in her training
for three years,
then her Senior year was spent training in film acting. Since graduating NYU, Steffi has done
several student films and
web series in New York. She is excited to have recently moved to Los Angeles, where she will be
pursuing projects in film,
TV, and commercials. Her scene in Bert the Emotion Picture was her first scene shot in
LA, and is very excited
to have been a part of such a great film!