GAR HOOVER (writer/director)
Gar’s most recent film, CURTAINS, premiered at the prestigious L.A. International Shorts Film Festival and recently received its 20th laurel on the film festival circuit. The CURTAINS short is a sizzle for a half-hour series in development. He’s also developing a second half-hour series, THE OBLATE, that earlier won multiple film festivals as a short project and recently advanced to the second round of Sundance Episodic Labs. He’s directed numerous narrative shorts, music videos and online series, as well as commissioned films through his boutique production company, ideafarm. A self-taught filmmaker, he shoots and edits his own projects.
beth hoover (writer/producer)
Beth has co-written, with her longtime collaborator Gar, several features, shorts and episodic scripts that have won or placed in more than three dozen film festivals and writing competitions, taking top honors in eight and receiving more than $30,000 in cash awards. She was a writer/producer on CURTAINS and earlier produced a doc series called PARIS COFFEE PROJECT. She previously served on the board of directors for Women in Film Chicago. She was born in Monterey, has lived in a lot of places (hello, Cuba!) and is a UVa graduate. Since 2012, she’s taught Story for Film & TV and Screenwriting with Gar at The Second City and Loyola University.
lara carling (maya)
Equal parts actress, singer and puppeteer, Lara is an American actress who trained in classical theatre in London and Moscow. She is a teaching artist at the Chicago Children’s Theatre and has performed her mime and object work on the hippest stages in the city, including the Green Mill, Tonic Room, iO Theatre, Collaboraction, Nasty Brutish & Short, Rhinofest and Mixtape. She also serves as the lead singer in power-ballad cover band Glamshock. This is her second film for ideafarm films.
christopher woolsey (ray)
A mainstay of the Chicago comedy scene, Chris is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and iO Theatre training programs and plays on house teams at both theatres. He has performed sketch and improv around the world on cruise ships for The Second City. He is currently on stage in Tom Stoppard’s ARCADIA for Promethean Theatre Ensemble. Chris earlier co-starred in ideafarm’s CURTAINS, for which he was nominated Best Supporting Actor by Reel East Texas Film Festival.
dylan carey (banana guy)
Last summer, Dylan was one of just a handful of Chicago performers selected for the 2018 SNL Showcase, performing a solo show for Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels and Colin Jost. A graduate of Chicago’s Second City Training Center, Annoyance Theater and iO Theater, Dylan currently performs at iO, The Playground Theater and throughout Chicago with his musical act, Groovebox. You can catch Dylan on the big screen on TruTV’s Roadspill. At 6’ 4”, he is a tall, talented dude.
chris batte (sound recordist)
Chris is one cool guy. A University of Kansas grad, he ran a bar, did major residential sound installations and lived a million lives before turning to film. He has since handled the sound for countless film festival darlings and produced a cult documentary called “Left Field” about a fanatical kickball league in Chicago. He owns his own sound studio, shoots a lot of music videos and teaches audio production to impressionable film students at Loyola University Chicago.
jack curtin (production asst)
Jack is a musician who releases under the name Sci-Fi Sleep Cycles. His next album, “Waning Days of Babylon,” is due out this month on Bandcamp. A graduate of the film program at Loyola University Chicago, he did his thesis film on Remington Pettygrove, who wrote original music for CURTAINS. Jack PA’d on CURTAINS and even had a cameo in the film as a bloodied theatregoer. Jack’s day jobs are cool: he works at Reckless Records downtown and Big Star in Wicker Park. He needs sleep.
connor lane (production asst)
A Colorado native, Connor is a graduate from Loyola University Chicago with a BA in Film & Media Production. He does freelance work, music videos and bizarre narrative films through his fledgling prodco, Thoroughly Bad Studios. He plays a mean bass in Sci-Fi Sleep Cycles, the band he founded with Jack, and served as a PA on ideafarm’s CURTAINS. Connor moved to Chicago in pursuit of “inspiration, madness and obscenely cold winters.” He is happy to report he found them all.