Mario Kyprianou- Director, Writer, ProducerMario Kyprianou, originally from Dallas, Texas, is a graduate of UCLA film school for screenwriting. His sketches have appeared at the LA Web Series Festival, Iron Mule Short Comedy Festival, and the cover of FunnyorDie.Mario’s comedy feature, THE REPUBLIC OF RICK, received honorable mention in UCLA film school’s screenwriting contest.

Dave Abed- “Rick Launer”David is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BFA in Theatre Performance. His LA credits include independent films, television and numerous commercials. He also spent last summer performing Off-Broadway with the Blue Man Group. David loves comedy and has studied with UCB, IO West and Groudlings. You can often find him performing improv around town or sneaking into an open mic to do stand-up.


Ronnie Lee Steadman- “Travis Wunderlich”Ronnie Lee Steadman hails from the great state of Alabama and is thrilled to have had the opportunity to play Travis Wunderlich. Ronnie has been involved in numerous projects in film, television, and commercials. Much love and gratitude to Mario Kyprianou and Becky Leigh for writing such a wonderful script with rich characters and to Mario for guiding us through this marathon.


Becky Leigh- “Tandy Launer”, Writer, ProducerBecky Leigh is an actor and writer living in Los Angeles. She has studied at IO West, UCB, and the Groundlings. Her sketches have appeared at the LA Web Series Festival, Iron Mule Short Comedy Festival, and the IO Comedy Network.


John Macey- “Gary Hobratch”A classically trained actor with a diverse background covering everything from Shakespeare to musical theatre to improv comedy, John Macey is perhaps best known for his role as the sleeping guy in the viral short film “The Mistake,” a finalist at Tropfest 2012, which has scored over 3.4 million views and been featured on Reddit and Buzzfeed. Along with his appearance as Gary in “Republic of Rick,” John’s feature film credits include “Thinking With Richard,” “R.A.D.I.C.A.L.S.,” and “Any Day” starring Sean Bean and Eva Longoria. On television, John has guest starred on TruTV’s “Operation Repo” and Spike’s “1000 Ways to Die.” In 2014, look for his co-starring role on an upcoming episode of Comedy Central’s “Workaholics.” In his spare time, John likes to hang out and listen to vinyl with his awesome wife, play harmonica, read graphic novels and write poetry, short stories, and screenplays.


Darrell Phillip- “Minister Chuck Whitehead”Darrell Philip was born and raised in Texas where he started acting by forcing his babysitters to watch him put on shows. He was a TV news producer and reporter in Texas before moving to Los Angeles. On stage he has been seen as Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, Neil Simon’s California Suite, Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, and Robey Theatre Company’s Pity The Proud Ones, and Bronzeville. He has studied at the Groundlings with Kathy Griffin, also with Ivana Chubbuck, and Jordana Capra. He has recently been seen on a new series on Discovery I.D. called “Dead of Night,” and on B.E.T.’s “Asylum.” He can be seen in the forthcoming films The Algerian, The Mulatto, and Saving Grace.


Angie Gregory- “Beth Whitehead”Angie Gregory (Beth Whitehead) lives in Los Angeles and has appeared in several TV shows and films. Most recently, she was seen in the Season 13 finale episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, “Skin in the Game” and in the lead role of BIO Channel’s pilot, I’ll Haunt You When I’m Dead.” Angie will also be featured in photographer Mark Seliger’s Ray-Ban campaign in 2014. In addition to acting, Angie writes Southern fiction with an emphasis on social change in the American South. She is originally from Paducah, Kentucky.


Glen McDougal – “Bill Mason”In a sixth-grade talent assembly, in Louisville Ohio, Glen tried to sing “Try to Remember” but forgot. To overcome this debilitating stage fright, he sought an audience at every opportunity. Speech, choir, trumpet and theatre dominated his academic career. After a stint at theatre arts in Minnesota, he flipped a coin and moved to Los Angeles. While studying, he payed for his acting habit as a furniture mover, milk man, fork lift driver, carpenter, theme park monster, movie extra, Tarot card reader and balloon twister. He prefers acting. To see his resume, go to and for a reel of his other work (sans beard) go to


Lori Jean Wilson- “Pearl Mason”Lori Jean Wilson (Pearl Mason) is from Possum Trot, Kentucky. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue a career in TV & film. She was cast in numerous projects, including roles on NBC’s “Passions” and TLC’s “Untold Stories of the ER.” In 2010, Lori took a hiatus from acting to earn a Master’s degree in History from the University of Louisville and graduated with honors. In 2013, she returned to L.A. and has already been cast in several film and TV roles as well as in rapper Brooke Candy’s upcoming music video “Together.” Lori can also be seen in photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager’ Face in the Crowd exhibit which was recently featured in Vogue, W, and Time.

Crew Bios


Matthew Skala- Director of Photography Matthew Skala is a dedicated and experienced artist with over 50 cinematographer credits including four feature films. He studied still photography at the San Francisco Academy of Art college and has a BFA in Cinematography from the UNC School of the Arts. Much of his work has been in festivals and won awards, including “No Vacancy”, a short film selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and the short thriller “Behind You” which won Best Film at the 2012 Carnival of Darkness festival over a Guillermo Del Toro executive produced short. Matthew is completely committed to collaboration and serving the story and director with the most expressive images possible. He is based in Los Angeles, travels domestically and abroad.

Eric Hendricks

Eric Hendricks- EditorAs an editor, Eric has worked on all manner of projects including the tv series Bar Karma and Sesame Street, the short films “Sheldon” and “15 Waffles”, the documentary series Food for Thought, the feature film The Forgotten (as an additional editor) and more silly web videos than he can count. His work has appeared on Comedy Central, AMC, PBS and Nickelodeon. He also wrote and produced the award-winning short film, “Sirens of the Past”.

Frank Bonanno

Frank Bonanno- Production DesignerOriginally from New York, Frank went to the school for fine arts at SUNY Albany. He graduated with a bachelors, then floated around trying to find his calling. He spent time working as a blacksmith, a tattoo artist and a prospective art teacher before packing up and moving to California in pursuit of production design. Has been working successfully and happily in the field for the past 3 years.


Jennifer May Nickel- Costume DesignerJennifer May Nickel is an award winning Costume Designer for Film, Television, Web and Theater. In 2013 alone Jennifer costume designed pilots for Relativity TV (Tribe of the Wild), E! (I’m Not A DJ) and Nickelodeon (Junior Eye), as well as films for ROR Productions (Republic of Rick), Mirror Corps (Beating) and Selander Films (Natural Insemination). A full list of Jennifer’s credits, as well as examples of her work can be found at JenniferMayDesigns

Complete Credits

Directed by Mario Kyprianou
Written by Mario Kyprianou and Becky Leigh


Rick Launer David Abed
Travis Wunderlich Ronnie Lee Steadman
Tandy Launer Becky Leigh
Gary Hobratch John Macey
Chuck Whitehead Darrell Phillip
Beth Whitehead Angie Gregory
Bill Mason Glenn McDougal
Pearl Mason Lori Jean Wilson
Sherriff Ron Josie Estaban Hoskins
Bobby T. Conway Paul Whetstone
Frank John Riverwood
Sally Stephanie Yadon
Jim Sam Burkett
Sue Holly White
Tyler JP Nickel
Kurt Rusty White
Postal Worker #1 Stan Knight
Postal Worker #2 Barbara Ladin
Dale Dale Sheldon
Reporter on TV/Anchor #1 Phillip Cook
Reporter on TV/Anchor #2 Stephanie Roede
Mattie Serendipity Lilliana
Tammy Kiley Aguinaga
Texan on TV Timothy Gieco
Santa Ana Danny Castro
Power Walker #1 Marie Reeves
Power Walker #2 Lori Hands
Judge Crawford David Lockhart
Future News Anchor David Stenstrom
Cleaning Lady Anna Bradley
Town Residents
Pamela McGee
Mike Cram
Don Cuddy
Donald Eubank
Barbara Ladin
Rita Bernards
Stan Knight
Ronni Wilde
Allan Andrews
Jim Sjoberg
Lee Dunnavant
Republic of Texas Club Members
Mark Wells
Veronica Strong
Marge Sklarsky
Dorothy Sklarsky-Domitz
William Domitz
Emily Domitz
Jason Cerff
Noah Stags
Lupe Henighan
Kat Haas
Wayne Hellstrom
Niels Jeppesen
Susan Freas
Phyllis Allen
Sonia Dobrzynski
Ronnie G. Steeno
Alamo Reenactment Spectators
Ricky Castro
Lori Hands
Marie Reeves
Tristan Leao
Christy Leao
Caitlyn Leao
Standoff Bystanders
Bobby Buonanno
Erica Aguinaga
Maggie Shields
Alamo Reenactors
Anna Bradley
Mike Cram
Stuart Gillies
Robin Holmes
Gabriel Alvarez
Juan Guevora
Daniel J. Wilson
Armand Petri
JP Nickel
Produced By Mario Kyprianou and Becky Leigh
Director of Photography Matt Skala
Editor Eric Hendricks
Line Producer Keenan Jackson
Production designer Frank Bonanno
Art Direction Katie Moest
Set Decoration Kim Brunner
Costume Design Jennifer May Nickel
Makeup Department Caryn Cobilo
Maria Amezcua
Lorena Acevedo
Assistant to the LP Emma Howard
Ambor Cottrell
1st Assistant director Jorge Luis Rivera
Larry Litton
2nd AD Kevin Soule
2nd 2nd AD Barnabas Prontnicki
Dylan Gravley
Crystal Lee
Brendan Peterson
Production Design Frank Bonanno
Art Directon Katie Moest
Assistant to the Art Department Kim Brunner
Costume Design Jennifer May NIckel
Wardrobe Department Cami Viand
Mallory Bradley
Wardrobe Intern Linda Martinez
Alina Junita
Sound department John Maynard
Zach Johnson
Dan Klock
James Hatchet
Visual effects Eric Reinhard
Keith Tonini
Additional GFX Josh Atchley
Stunts Andrew J. Neis
1st AC Paulo Uchoa
Vince Patin
Key Grip Juan Pablo Fuentes
Andy Chin
Grip John Paul Bennett
Gaffer Danny Sosa
Script Supervisor Maggie Werning
DIT/AE Walker Forshee
Bobby Gressle
Shawn Tira
Catering Andrew Robles
Stills Photograpy Jorge Luis Rivera
Angie Gregory
PA Maggie Yeah
Police Car Vendor David Hill
Transportation Richard Case
Originial Music by Ronnie Lee Steadman
Mario Kyprianou
Becky Leigh
Special Thanks to
Linda Miller
The Town of Frazier Park, CA
Pine Mountain Club, CA
The Mountain Enterprise Newspaper
Gary Meyer
Cat Buckles
Anna Bradley
Andra Berkolds
VFW Post 10040
Don and Daisy Cuddy
Basecamp Cafe and Info Lounge
Ike and Mary Kyprianou
Alkis Zingas

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