We are delighted to have as our guests, the cast and crew of Song of Starslayer! We heard about this movie being made a couple of years back when I met their still photographer Jessie Johnson. I was instantly intrigued. Here is a bit more about them!
Robert is a native of El Paso, graduating from Father Yermo High School and UTEP's Electronic Media program. Robert began making films as a teenager, starting off with movies that featured cardboard spaceships and wooden swords. Since the beginning, Robert has never shied away from taking on ambitious tales and action sequences typically within historical settings or in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Over the years, Robert has built a team that pushes independent guerilla-style filmmaking to its limits, often utilizing remote locations throughout the borderland. When he's not making films in his spare time, Robert is a producer at KVIA-TV. Robert's father, Michael Towne, was a drama coach and film teacher at Jefferson High School for many years, playing no small role in inspiring his son's hobby.
BARON VON GOGHKU
Baron von Goghku is a California native, but beyond that nobody is sure of his origins. Ever the eccentric, the actor prefers to keep himself shrouded in mystery. Goghku began working with Robert Towne on his student film "Roads of Asgard," and has since been a frequent collaborator on numerous projects. Beyond the world of film, Baron von Goghku is also a musician and songwriter. He was a lead vocalist in the band "FrostFyre." Many easter eggs within "Song of the Starslayer" are references to the band's songs, particularly the folk-metal song "Arcturus." Baron von Goghku currently resides in California.
Anna Surratt was born in Aschaffenburg Germany and was raised in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from Franklin High School and UTEP with a Bachelors in Art Education. She makes her living as a teacher; drawing, hiking, and riding horses in free time. Song of the Starslayer was her first time acting, she currently lives in Fort Worth with her husband (who also worked on the film), two ferrets, and their cat.
Stephanie Frias is a 27 year old actress/professional singer from El Paso, Texas. Stephanie was raised in Ciudad Juarez where she started performing for her neighborhood at an early age. She then moved to El Paso in 2001 to attend Hornedo Middle School where she joined Choir. She went on to attend Franklin High School and continued singing at the Advanced Women's Chorale in high school. While working on her Bachelor's degree at UTEP, she met Robert Towne, who offered her a role as an extra in the film "Roads of Asgard", and then a starring role for the film "TORR: Dawn of the Red," which marked the beginning of her acting career. She currently lives in El Paso as a financial advisor for New York Life and professional singer for Julio's Cafe. She lives with her family, three dogs, and is still very much active in the local film community.
Ben Kullman, originally from the Northern Virginia area, developed his love of film and television from an early age. A self-proclaimed fanboy of multiple genres Ben began stage work during middle and high school. In 2001 Ben began building his professional acting resume by appearing in the film “Gods and Generals” as a featured extra and has also participated in projects for the National Park Service, Discovery Channel and the History Channel. Ben, along with his wife Stephanie and two (now three) children moved to El Paso as part of a military assignment and shortly became involved with several cosplay and fandom groups which brought his attention to the ‘Starslayer’ project. Ben has recently moved back to the east coast following his term of military service and is looking forward to the next great adventure.
Tony Johnson is 34 years old. He is married to his wife Jessie who was the still photographer on "Song of The Starslayer." He is an Army Veteran and has his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor is Sociology. Starslayer was his first take at acting and though rather new to the acting scene, really fell into the role of Andros, the military commander of the Slayers. He intends to continue working with Towne Films and furthering his acting career as he describes the experience as an "Adventure unlike anything I've ever experienced."
Ray Niemera was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on December 7th 1940. After the death of his father in 1942, he was raised in a family of hard workers and began working at the age of ten. He first came to El Paso in 1962 as an Army private. In 1971, he attended UTEP and received a business degree with a major in Marketing. It was during that time when he met his wife, Margie. Together they traveled and worked in many places throughout the world, including Iran, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. In 2001, Ray returned to El Paso to enjoy retirement. He eventually took up acting and worked in several local films and commercials, including "Hands of God", "Borderlords II", and "Oro del Diablo". Ray's last film was "Song of the Starslayer." He passed away in June of 2015 before the film's completion. He is survived by his wife Margie.