The Gospel According to Bart
After his boyfriend kills himself, Nathaniel hides behind the skirt of his best friend from high school, Ava, and contemplates asking her to marry him. The starring role she ropes him into in a burlesque play — an openly gay apostle named Bart — changes his mind.
A word from the director
It doesn't always take a village to shoot a feature; just a couple dozen people dedicated to a vision they may lose track of at times or learn of only along the way, who trust even the tangents a director might find him- or herself on during the course of identifying what's right and what's not, “who” a given movie is, “what” a moment has to offer.
From the accepting and trusting approach of the executive producer through a hardworking cast to die for to the small crew that often made things appear before I knew I wanted or needed them – these people made the process of shooting not just one of the most fulfilling moviemaking experiences I've ever had, but embodied the love and tolerance our movie is about.
About the filmmakers
TIM ASHBY (WRITER/DIRECTOR)
Tim has written, directed, and produced several feature length dramas, including: Sometimes Sorrow Looks Like Elaine, Downsized, Surface to Air and for Deep Wells Productions, The Gospel According to Bart and the upcoming Pale Trees.
RICHARD WELLS (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)
Richard is the president of Deep Wells Productions, which co-produced The Gospel According to Bart and the upcoming Pale Trees. He has performed in over fifty stage productions, including those of the Southwest Shakespeare Company and a number of film projects. He is currently represented by Signature Models and Talent.
Brandon Johnson ("Nathaniel" / "Bart")
A seasoned veteran of the stage, Brandon was thrilled to make his feature film debut in The Gospel According to Bart. He looks back fondly on the many late nights of arduous, but satisfying work during the production of the film and feels honored to be trusted with the leading role of Nathaniel / Bart.
Keylor Leigh ("Ava")
Keylor Leigh’s East Coast origins helped shape her beliefs in fashion, direct communication and action while her West Coast stint helped solidify her love of sun, sand and sport. She hates speaking in the 3rd person, but would like to thank her dear friend Salim Rahman for harassing her about getting into acting and Garth and Jan Williams for their guidance and support. Hugs and kisses to the cast and crew of The Gospel According to Bart — it was an epic ride.
Kerry McCue ("The Director")
Film credits include: The Gospel According to Bart, Pale Trees, Blue Lake Massacre, When Does The Happy Start, and The Understudy. Kerry has appeared in commercials for Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, and Arizona Lottery. She also dabbles in voice-over, industrials and corporate events. Favorite theater credits include Lost in Yonkers for Actors Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Southwest Shakespeare and Broken Glass for the North Coast Repertory Theatre. Miss McClue holds a BFA in Theater from Wayne State College where she graduated with honors. She was an apprentice at the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theater Festival and currently resides in San Diego.
Rosalie Michaels ("Venus")
As the daughter of an Army Drill Sergeant, Rosalie grew up all over the world. She found her love for performing when she was cast as Jiminy Cricket in the 5th grade production of Pinocchio. She continued performing in theater for many years, eventually leading to pursuing acting as a career. Her film work is now extensive; most notably, having supporting roles in Everything Must Go with Will Ferrell, and The Player with Academy Award-winning actor, Jean Dujardin.
Slade Hall ("Mike")
Slade has an interest in both stage and film. He thinks acting can be a means of becoming familiar with the various aspects of oneself, ultimately toward the goal of enriching one’s understanding of all people. Also, it’s fun. Mr. Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre. He has appeared in a number of Arizona indies, including The Appearance of a Man and Deadfall Trail. He currently resides in the Los Angeles area.
Maren Maclean ("Pastor")
Maren studied acting, dance and directing at Southern Utah University. She performed and toured with the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Her favorite roles include Belinda in Noises Off at Phoenix Theatre, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew at Southwest Shakespeare Company, Pamela in Fox on the Fairway at Actor’s Theatre and Hilda in Venus Observed at Verse Theatre in Manhattan. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and an active member of Arizona’s AEA Liaison Committee. Maren originally hails from New York, but she has made Phoenix home with her husband & their two dramatically darling daughters.
Joseph Kremer ("Bruce" / "Jesus Christ")
Joseph has lived in Phoenix, Arizona since 1988. During that time he has had the great fortune of being cast in numerous local and regional theatre productions which have ranged from classical plays to mainstream musicals. He has also been cast in local, national and international commercials, in addition to feature films. Joseph is represented by the the Leighton Agency. For inquires, please contact leightonagency.com
Pete Kelly ("Lee")
Pete Kelly originally hails from Long Island, NY from a family of 13. Music and the arts played a big part of Pete’s life, so it was only natural he became an actor, musician and radio personality. “Do what you love to do for a living and you’ll never work a day in your life”. That’s been Pete’s philosophy on life to this day. Having spent some time in Los Angeles, Pete now resides in Phoenix, AZ as a working Actor in TV, film as well as commercial work. The Gospel According to Bart marks his second outing with Director Tim Ashby and Producer Richard Wells. Pete recently wrapped filming on the upcoming Pale Trees.
Sean Dillingham ("Comic")
A featured finalist and winner of the television show America’s Funniest People, Sean has shared the stage with the likes of Louie Anderson, Gilbert Gottfried and The Doobie Brothers. His acting career has proved just as fertile, with over 25 commercial appearances and feature film work, most recently performing in On the Road — the adaptation of the Jack Kerouac classic — under the guidance of director Walter Salles and producer Francis Ford Coppola.
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