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Briana White is a California native. She has been acting and training since she was 7 years old, starting with community theater, continuing at Joy Theatre's improv classes in North Hollywood, and eventually earning a B.F.A in Theater from New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. While at NYU, she took extra classes to graduate in only three years and acted in over 30 student projects, including advanced senior thesis pilot, SPIN. Now back in L.A. to continue her career, she has stayed busy acting in films such as indie thriller, BASEMENT, the short film, RECKLESS SERENADE, and BALLERINA'S REVENGE. She's also had fun acting in commercials and viral shorts such as PRINCESS RAP BATTLE: SNOW VS ELSA She has more recently been on YouTube's THE REEL REJECTS.
Residing in Toronto, Canada, Michael Pugliese has acted in a multitude of projects including GRASPING FOR STRAWS as Anthony, THE MEETING TV Series as Danny, and THE PENALTY BOX as Frank. He also has worked behind the camera as a Director of Photography on SONS & FATHERS and WHAT'S THE USE? The independent feature film OCCUPANTS represents Michael’s first leading role in an American independent film. He is currently acting in a lead role on the multi-million dollar feature TIGER, directed by Alister Grierson.
A graduate of Yale University, Robert Picardo made his Broadway debut in the comedy hit GEMINI in 1977 with Danny Aiello. He also appeared in Bernard Slade's TRIBUTE, and THE NORMAL HEART for which he won a Drama-Logue Award. He then began his long and successful career in television, where in 1988 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Mr. Cutlip on the series THE WONDER YEARS. In 1995, he won a starring role as "The Doctor" on the STAR TREK: VOYAGER series. He directed two shows, and appeared in more than 170 episodes throughout the 1990s. He also starred in 62 episodes of CHINA BEACH (for ABC Television), and more than 30 episodes of the hit series, STARGATE ATLANTIS. He has worked with producer Howard Nash and director Russ Emanuel on 5 independent films: P.J. (2007), CHASING THE GREEN (2009), THE LEGENDS OF NETHIAH (2012), RESTORATION OF PARADISE (2014), and now OCCUPANTS (2015) and the fan-film STAR TREK: CAPTAIN PIKE (2016), along with Chalet Lizette Brannan.
Chalet Lizette Brannan first started out modeling at age 6. And from age 7, she has performed in numerous films including westerns, dramas, psychological thrillers, horror films, comedies, and many more. Having worked with major talent gives her the “edge” needed to land even bigger roles in both television as well as motion pictures. She is currently filming with Robert Picardo on the independent fan fiction film STAR TREK: CAPTAIN PIKE, playing the role of T'Rin, Spock's niece.
Residing in Arizona, Aaron Retford is currently working with his production partner and OCCUPANTS Co-Producer Jarom Smith to produce several feature film projects including the aforementioned OCCUPANTS (2015) and the upcoming BASTIAN'S DREAM. He also has a cameo role as the Pizza Delivery Man in OCCUPANTS.
A native of New York and currently residing in the Valley, California, Jennifer Durst, has worked in a variety of capacities including Key Production Assistant on THE CHEMIST (2014) and Unit Production Manager on OCCUPANTS (2015). She also has the cameo known as "Evil Hands" on OCCUPANTS.
OCCUPANTS Co-Producer Chris Winters originally hails from Hopewell, Virginia and is an American model/actor that resides in Los Angeles. Starting out as a model that resulted in print ads and fashion shows, Chris aggressively began acting in television and films that included works such as: A HAUNTING GHOST SOLDIER (2006), EVAN ALMIGHTY (2007), RAVEN (2010), MOUNTAIN MAFIA (2012), FDR: AMERICAN BADASS (2012), and THE EXTENDABLES (2014). More recently, he has taken up writing, currently finishing up his first novel INVISIBLE WAR. He also appears as the P.R.I. Rep in OCCUPANTS.