Cast and Crew
Ester Hobbes Ellen Bry feels fortunate to have worked consistently for the past three decades in Hollywood. Well known to television audiences as series regular Nurse Shirley Daniels on St. Elsewhere, her other TV credits include Monk, Dexter, The Closer, Boston Legal, Nightshift and The Young and the Restless.
Not limited to the small screen, Ellen's film credits include Mission Impossible 3; Deep Impact; and Bye, Bye Love. Recent Los Angeles theatre credits include "The Sixties" at the Pacific Resident Theatre and "The Café Plays" at the Ruskin Group Theatre.
Born in New York City and raised in Stamford, Connecticut, Ellen attended Tufts University and Columbia University, earning her B.A. in Drama and Theatre History. She worked briefly as a paralegal while continuing her acting study with Wynn Handman and Fred Kareman of the Neighborhood Playhouse.
Soon, Ellen was working in TV commercials, primetime, soaps, and theatre. She also had the opportunity to train with several stuntmen and became an accomplished stuntwoman as well. She was Lois Lane's (Margot Kidder) stunt double in the New York sequences of the first two Superman movies. But, it was another superhero who ultimately brought Ellen out to Hollywood. She moved West to play Peter Parker's girlfriend Julie Masters in the small screen version of the Spiderman franchise.
In Los Angeles, Ellen continued to study acting with Jeff Corey and Milton Katselas. Many guest-starring roles on TV movies and episodic television shows followed along with recurring roles on Dallas, Riker and Chicago Hope, leading to her series regular role on St. Elsewhere.
Ellen lives near the beach in Los Angeles. The outdoor lifestyle suits this swimmer, scuba diver, hiker, and biking enthusiast who once rode 575 miles on her bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles as a participant in the California AIDS Ride. Ellen is the mother of three children, two of whom are diagnosed with autism. She is a tireless advocate for her autistic sons and volunteers her time with the organization Autism Speaks, raising autism awareness.
Teri Jessica Luza first aspired to be on the big screen when she was four years old! Before she had learned to tie her shoes, she would practice her entertaining skills for her parents and stuffed animals in the backyard. (Embarrassing home videos of these performances still exist today!)
She knew then that the only way she could land a gig on her favorite show, Full House, would be to move from Smyrna, Georgia to Los Angeles. But when begging her parents fell flat of that goal, they agreed to let her sign with a local talent agency. She successfully juggled auditions, homework, and extracurricular activities throughout middle and high school, landing national and regional commercials along the way, as well as a pilot for PAX.
Her stellar grades opened the doors for her to attend Georgia Tech where she majored in Science, Technology, and Culture. Jessica continued to add to her resume with stage roles in "Lysistrata" and "The Importance of Being Earnest," and with roles in the ABC Family movie The Initiation of Sarah and Barnet Bain's The Lost & Found Family.
Since relocating to Los Angeles just two days after graduating college (the move was her childhood dream come true), she has worked on the CW show The Game and co-hosted The Hills: Fashion Wrap-Up, an extremely successful fashion commentary show for MTV.
Jessica hopes to follow in the footsteps of her idol and fellow Georgia native, Julia Roberts.
Justin Lucas's first major role came opposite Miley Cyrus in Disney's 2009 blockbuster, Hannah Montana: The Movie. In the film, Lucas portrays Travis, a former hometown schoolmate of Miley Stewart. When Miley returns to her Tennessee roots, she realizes the boy she left behind is "the one."
In addition to The Lost & Found Family, Lucas just finished shooting his next feature film, The Spy Next Door; he plays a young Russian spy opposite action star Jackie Chan.
Lucas also played young Jack Cash in the Academy® Award-winning film Walk The Line. Recently, Lucas guest starred on the high-profile primetime television series, House, with Hugh Laurie.
Lucas is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and now resides in Los Angeles.
Director/Producer Emmy® nominated television and film producer Barnet Bain has earned a reputation for creating innovative projects that celebrate the human spirit. He was still attending the University of Westminster in London when he began his career in motion pictures, working as a production assistant on such films as Bobby Deerfield, starring Al Pacino, and The Water Babies with James Mason. After graduating with a BFA in photography, he became managing director of Samuelson Holograms Ltd., the first company in Europe to create holograms for advertising and industry.
While in England Bain wrote his first screenplay, The Princess and the Pea, based on a Grimm Fairy Tale, starring cast members of the beloved British "Carry On" comedies.
Barnet moved to New York where he produced television commercials for Norman, Craig & Kummel Advertising and continued writing film scripts. He wrote the screenplay for Warner Bros/Campus Crusade's feature film Jesus (a.k.a. The Jesus Film), which continues to set viewing records worldwide and has been translated into 848 languages. In 2004, The New York Times noted the film may be the most viewed movie ever.
Barnet began his producing career in 1993 with films such as Conspiracy of Fear starring Christopher Plummer for HBO; and six films for the Sci-Fi Channel, including Timelock, Apocalypse, and Dark Planet.
Bain next produced What Dreams May Come, starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr. The picture went on to garner an Academy® Award for Best Visual Effects and numerous other international awards. He also produced Quantum Project, the first Hollywood motion picture to be developed and produced specifically for viewing on the Internet.
Barnet's television work includes The Linda McCartney Story for CBS, and Homeless to Harvard: the Liz Murray Story for Lifetime Television, a powerful celebration of the difference teachers can make in the lives of young people. The film received three Emmy nominations (including Outstanding Made-for Television Movie) and earned Barnet the Christopher Award.
Most recently Barnet directed the foster family drama The Lost & Found Family, starring Lucas Till (Hannah Montana: The Movie) and Jessica Luza (The Hills Fashion Report) available September 15 at your favorite video retailer.
Producer Producer, director, and screenwriter Terry Collis is veteran of more than twenty-five years in the motion picture industry. He is a successful filmmaker with extensive experience both as producer, director, and production manager of feature films, and as a production executive for major Hollywood film companies.
During his career, he has directed numerous videos and second units, and served as Production Manager for such feature films as What Dreams May Come, Tombstone, Total Recall, and Rambo 3. Additionally he was Production Executive on films that include Die Hard with a Vengeance, directed by John McTiernan, and Scarlet Letter, directed by Roland Joffe.
Terry produced Energy Dome for Alister Pictures, In the Middle for Silver Productions, Shadow Conspiracy for Cinergi Pictures, and Quantum Project and Daylight for Rafaella Productions.
Terry's experience in filmmaking is international in scope. He has filmed in Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Italy, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico.