Wishful Whiskers Cast & Crew
Sophie Knapp (Ella)
A pint size Broadway, film and television actress based in New York City, Sophie found her total love and passion for being onstage and on camera when she was 4 years old. After making her Broadway debut playing Ivanka in the stage production of “ONCE the Musical”, Sophie has taken on a wide range of roles on stage and screen. In addition to starring in the Broadway production of “Madeline’s Christmas the Musical”, Sophie can be seen in the short film Hide and Seek (2016) and the forthcoming Brighton Beach.
Ilana Becker (Booker)
Ilana Becker is an actress based in New York City. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she recently recurred as Danielle on Bravo’s Odd Mom Out and wrapped her fourth season on MTV’s smash hit Girl Code. Other recent projects include appearances on the TV shows Orange is The New Black, and Mysteries of Laura, and in films such as Love Magical (2014) and Good Enough (2016). Ilana most enjoys taking a flawed character and imbuing them with heart, irrepressible optimism and her own brand of physical, quirky comedy.
Pun Bandhu (Simon)
Pun Bandhu is an award-winning actor who has worked on Broadway, off Broadway, in TV and film. A graduate of the MFA Acting program at the Yale School of Drama, Pun made his Broadway debut in the revival of the Pulitzer Prizewinning play “Wit” by Margaret Edson starring Cynthia Nixon. In film, Pun can be seen in the Academy Award-nominated movie Michael Clayton and the Coen Brother’s Burn After Reading. He has also finished wrapping on Stephen King’s next movie A Good Marriage, starring Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia.
Jeff Brooks (Mr. Feldstein)
Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Jeff Brooks is a New York City based stage and film actor. He appeared on Broadway as Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast”, Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls”, Spider Malloy in “Nick and Nora”, and Pastey in “Gypsy” (with Tyne Daly). Off Broadway he has played the title role in “The Foreigner”, Aloysuis in “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All” and George Spelvin in “The Actors’ Nightmare”, among others. Most recently he appeared as Clarence, the angel in “A Wonderful Life” at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse. Films include I.Q., The Secret of My Success, The Lemon Sisters, The Boys of Sunset Ridge and the upcoming film Tenderness, with Russell Crowe.
Pulkit Datta (Writer/Director)
Pulkit started his career assisting award-winning director Mira Nair and has since worked on a wide range of international projects with various production companies. He has worked in creative development and production capacities on narrative films, Sundance-backed documentaries, web content, commercials, short films, and multimedia campaigns. Films he has worked on have screened at major festivals including Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and NewFilmmakers New York. JASON, a short film written/directed by Pulkit, won the online Reel 13 competition by popular vote and was broadcast on PBS. In 2014, Pulkit was selected as an INK Fellow for his work in the film and media fields, and in 2017 he was selected as a Producing Fellow by Impact Partners. His feature film project COLONY (in development) was selected for the IFP Emerging Storytellers as part of Film Week 2014, NFDC Film Bazaar (India) and Cine Qua Non Lab (Mexico).
Russell Sheaffer (Producer)
Russell’s films have screened at numerous film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, MoMA, Queer Lisboa, and the Anthology Film Archives. Masculinity & Me, a film he co-wrote and co-directed with James Franco, was an official selection of the 2011 Torino LGBT Film Festival and was featured in Franco’s solo exhibition, The Dangerous Book Four Boys. Russell has produced a number of documentary and narrative films, including Josephine Decker’s Thou Wast Mild and Lovely which premiered at the 2014 Forum at Berlinale.
Caroline Mariko Stucky (Director of Photography)
Caroline Mariko Stucky is an award winning independent filmmaker with a fierce passion for American culture. For Caroline, film, the world of the image, is the ultimate language that trumps the whirling kaleidoscope of spoken languages of her childhood.
Her work as a Director of Photography includes Homage to Switzerland (2012), The Perfect Bunny (2013), Old Junk (2013), Upside Down (2014), Benighted (2015), The Letter (2016) and Butterfly (2016). In fall 2016, she will be filming Shira Levin’s feature film Good Grief a.k.a. Starfish.