Cast and Crew
We have a wonderful cast giving life to the quirky, lovable - and sometimes both - characters that populate SHIP HAPPENS. As the two main couples, we have emerging New York theater talents Nick Bixby as Jack, Billy Ernst as Jack's best friend Fred, Briana Pozner as Fred's wife Cindy and Brooke Hills as Jack's ex-girlfriend Debbie; "haunting" the bar owned by Jack we have the amazing "intensity in subtlety" performances of British comic Gareth "Jonesy" Jones as Barfly and improv master Melissa Klein as the bar back Goth Girl; we also have the comic trio of Jessica Ritacco, Emmy Harrington and Ashley R. Carr, members of the sketch comedy troupe The Grape Dutches of York, as Jack's crazy dates. And last but not least we have Brandon Bart, who had traded the stage for the backstage in recent years but now is back with a vengeance as Ollie the bartender. Oh, writer-director Micki Mihich also "shows his face" playing Eastern European mobster The Croatian.
Cast and Characters
Watch the cast talk about their characters and about playing them.
This is the first feature-length film of filmmakers Micki Mihich (writer, director) and Simone Mihich Bueno (cinematographer, colorist). They accumulate two decades of experience in the film business, the digital industry, and in filmmaking, photography and storytelling, having studied under Academy Award nominee Alex Buono, Academy Award nominee Mark De Rossi and two-time Academy Award nominee Morten Parker, the latter of which has become their mentor.
Their first film, the short "The 100th Job", was very well-received worldwide, having been selected or invited by 20 film festivals, won 8 awards and even bought by the Movieola Short Film Channel. SHIP HAPPENS is the next step in their careers, doing something bigger, bolder and even better.
Jack played by Nick Bixby
Nick is an actor, artist, and filmmaker based in New York City. He also owns J’Eat, the longest serving catering company for Nickelodeon’s hit show Blue’s Room, and has served as Technical Director for the legendary East Village performance venue Performance Space 122. His performance career has spanned more than 14 years, and has been seen by audiences in theaters around the world. In addition to live performance, he works in both film and television, and also does commercial and online specific work. His experimental YouTube channel has been seen by over 1.6 million viewers. His work with the internationally renowned theater company Temporary Distortion includes the movie adaptations of their plays such as Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) and Newyorkland.
Fred played by Billy Ernst
Billy is thrilled to be a part of the cast of "Ship Happens". His previous film credits include the short film "Just Drive" and the comedic web-series "Button Mashers" for which he was also a writer. Billy's theatrical experience has taken him to 45 different states including performances at Radio City Music Hall and The Kodak Theatre. Some of his favorite roles include Benedict in "Much Ado About Nothing", Andrew in "I Hate Hamlet" and Dvornichek in Tom Stoppard's "Rough Crossing". He has recorded several albums for Stage Stars Records including "Sweeney Todd", "Company" and "Beauty and the Beast". Billy holds degrees from both Miami University and the City University of New York and has continued to study acting in NYC at The Atlantic Theater Acting School and HB Studios. His television appearances include The Jerry Lewis Telethon and NBC's The Today Show.
Cindy played by Briana Pozner
Briana has really enjoyed working on "Ship Happens". Her recent film credits include "Real Life Mallory" and "Meet my Boyfriend" (with John Slattery and Callie Thorne). Some of her recent stage credits include Mayella in "To Kill A Mockingbird" (Arkansas Rep), Molly in "Farragut North" (Shadowland), the Wundelsteipen in "the Wundelsteipen" (Flea Theater) and Lisa in "The Man Under" at 59E59. Briana holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence University and was a recent member of the BATS, the resident acting company at the Flea Theater.
Debbie played by Brooke Hills
After playing Tzeitel in the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof (dir. Sammy Dallas Bayes), Brooke is thrilled to be making her feature film debut in Ship Happens. Brooke received her BA in Theatre from Seattle Pacific University, and studied at Atlantic Acting School after moving to New York. Regional credits include Urinetown (Hope), Man of La Mancha (Antonia), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Silvia), and Arms and the Man (Louka). In New York, she has enjoyed the challenge of new works such as The Fallen (Anais), Risk (Woman/lead), and Sex, Relationships, and Sometimes...Love. Brooke is looking forward to working on the next installment of the Ship Happens series!
She and her husband, Doug, are a couple of foodies living in Brooklyn with their two cats - Flay & Contessa.
Ollie played by Brandon Bart
Making his small screen debut at 2 in a Romper Room "Inchworm" commercial, Brandon Bart has been wowing audiences with his unique brand of "let's just do this s#&*" style of acting ever since. In the early 80’s, Brandon was tapped to play Bully #2 in a very special episode of Diff’rent Strokes, which led to more roles such as Bully #3 in an episode of Silver Spoons, and Dork in Glasses on an episode of Double Trouble. No stranger to New York theater, Brandon was last seen on Broadway in a perfectly explicable altercation with a transit cop and two transvestites. Brandon would like to thank his parole officer with a big shout-out to Bobby of Bobby’s Bail Bonds! How do ya like me now, Bob-O?