Boomers Web Series - where it's at!
Updated: Apr 20, 2018
They did it all! Resisted, rebelled, protested, fought, marched, stood up, sat in. And still their hair turned gray! But they never give up and they never give in (especially not to their children) because… they’re BOOMERS!
The web series 'Boomers' was created by award-winning filmmakers and film/screenwriting instructors Nancy Hendrickson and Sara Caldwell. We're gearing up for production in January with the goal of streaming our first season in Spring.
Did you know that when a female actor reaches 40, she loses access to about three-quarters of the leading film roles for women?
Our series celebrates life well after 40 with humor and insights Baby Boomers can identify with - and that younger generations might recognize in their parents or grandparents. "Oh, now I get it!"
So drop out, turn on and tune in to this “old is new” web series coming to a YouTube channel in Spring 2018!
Nancy Hendrickson started out as an actress with a BFA in Drama from Carnegie-Mellon University. In 1991, she launched her writing career, penning more than 50 promotional spots for The Disney Channel that featured a variety of TV stars. Hendrickson’s spec screenplays have taken first place at the Austin Film Festival and Carl Sautter Memorial screenwriting competitions and have placed in the finals or semifinals of many others. She has taught at The Los Angeles Film School and New York Film Academy. She currently teaches screenwriting at California State University, Northridge where she earned her MFA in Screenwriting.
Sara Caldwell is an award winning filmmaker/screenwriter and digital media instructor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing (FIDM) in Los Angeles and College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita. Her scripts have won Best Original Screenplay, Burbank International Film Festival; 1st Place, Cannes Screenplay Competition; and Best Screenplay, Shivers International and Dazed4Horror Film Festivals. She is also a published author of three film industry books (Allworth Press) and earned her MFA in Screenwriting at California State University, Northridge where she and Nancy became friends.
Veteran film, TV and theatre actor Mike Genovese (Al) will play to the role of a curmudgeon coping with the challenges of retirement with adult children still underfoot. Genovese has appeared in many films such as two Richard Pryor's "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling" (1986) and "Harlem Knights", which also co-starred Eddie Murphy, Redd Foxx and Della Reese, and guest roles on TV series such as "The Dukes of Hazzard", "Star Trek:The Next Generation", "Family Matters", "NYPD Blue", "Quantum Leap", "Arli$$", "ER", Chicago Hope" and "JAG", just to mention a few. For "ER", Genovese appeared in a recurring role as Officer Al Grabarsky, where he appeared opposite his real life wife, actress Ellen Crawford (who is also cast as his wife in Boomers).
Ellen Crawford (Ruth) will play Al's super cool and patient wife (as she is in real life!). Ellen and Mike had a swell time working with filmmaker Nancy Hendrickson in her film Weekend Encounter and are excited to embark on a new adventure with Nancy and Sara Caldwell in Boomers. As the efficient Nurse Lydia Wright on the NBC series ER, Ellen Crawford had the distinction of uttering its first line. Her character went on to marry Sgt. Al Grabarski, played by, you guessed it, her real-life husband, Mike Genovese. Nurse Lydia was on staff at fictional County General Hospital for ten seasons, then returned for the series finale in an homage to the first scene of the pilot. Ellen received four SAG Awards for Best Ensemble and the TVLand Icon Award for ER.
Ellen has guest starred on Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Mental, Without A Trace, Boston Legal and CSI, as well as many other shows. Recently Ellen was reunited with George Clooney as her director when she appeared in Suburbicon. Other feature films include the cult hit indie The Man From Earth and its sequel The Man From Earth: Holocene, Angel’s Perch, Model Minority and Petunia, as well as Soldier, Cries Of Silence, The War Of The Roses and Remember for which her role as an Alzheimer’s patient garnered her a Best Actress nomination at the California Independent Film Festival.
On Broadway, Ellen originated the role of the ancient and intimidating Sister Lee in Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Off Broadway she has appeared in The Misunderstanding and A Touch of the Poet. Regional theatre audiences have seen her as Miss Havisham in the musical Great Expectations, Emily Dickinson in The Belle Of Amherst, and opposite husband Mike in Outside Mullingar, The Cocktail Hour, On Golden Pond and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, among other plays.
David A. Kimball (Dennis) began his acting career in Regional Theatres and Off Broadway in New York, also appearing in films and commercials before making the move to Los Angeles. His film credits include “The Firm”, “Rat Pack”, “Hysteria”, “I Know Who Killed Me”, and “K Citizen”. His many TV credits include “American Horror Story”, “Malcolm In the Middle”, “Boston Legal”, “E.R.”, and “Law & Order”. David will play Al’s best friend and band mate, as well as (real life) husband to Carol.
Marykate Harris (Carol) has appeared in numerous films and TV series. She had a major role in “Sleepwalker Killing” (NBC/MOW) playing Hilary Swank’s mother. She also co-starred with Will Smith, James Avery and Oprah Winfrey in an episode of “Fresh Prince” and appeared in the Jackie Collins mini-series “Lady Boss”. Her film credits include "Chaplin", in which she appeared with Robert Downey, Jr. and Kevin Kline, and "Cocktail". Marykate has successfully directed and choreographed major productions across the country, among them: operas (Prokofiev’s The Love For Three Oranges); operettas (Candide, The Threepenny Opera); musical comedies (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, South Pacific, Camelot, Call Me Madam, etc.); and has adapted and directed short stories (Gimpel the Fool ), ancient texts (Gilgamesh), absurdist “playlets” (Wedding on the Eiffel Tower) and poems (Fragment of an Agon) for the stage. She has also both directed and choreographed night club acts, church choirs and magicians.
You may recognize Barry Pearl (Murray) as John Travolta’s sidekick Doody in "Grease". He’s also been in many other films and television shows, including My Favorite Martian, Where Truth Lies, House, Criminal Minds, ER, and The Tracey Ullman Show. He’s been on Broadway, on National tours and both acts in and directs Regional Theatre.
Clark Mitchell Long (Kevin) will play Al’s office mate when he returns to work as a college professor. Clark has appeared in a number of short films and TV series, dating back to “The White Shadow”, “Quincy M.E.”, and “The Renegades”. He recently starred as the Eldest King of Purgatory in the dark Kickstarter series “Verdad: Beginnings” and as the sheriff in the Kings of Leon music video, “Find Me”.
Candi Milo (Consuelo) has had a diverse career, predominantly in animated voice acting and musical theater. She’s a twice-Annie Award-nominated voice actor and has created over 350 characters for film and television. She's currently on 'Pig, Goat, Banana, Cricket' for Nickelodeon; 'Mighty Magiswords' for Cartoon Network; 'Puss in Boots'; 'Wabbit' for Warner Brothers and is also the official voice of Rankin Bass’ 'Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer'. She’s best known for performing the voices of Dexter from 'Dexter’s Laboratory', 'AstroBoy' in the series of the same name, The Flea from 'Mucha Lucha', Mrs. Wakeman from 'My Life As A Teenage Robot' and Snap and Bullnerd from 'Chalkzone'. And literally hundreds of others.
Kevin Duffin (Josh) began in theatre at an early age and has performed across the country and the world, including Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland, Canada, and Tokyo. He’s also growing his film credits on feature projects such as “Alien Convergence”, “The Last Summer”, “I Give Up” and “Road to Pecumsecah.” Kevin will play Al’s floundering son Josh.
The lovely Joell Posey (Becca) is the well-intended but overbearing and nerve-wracking daughter-in-law in Boomers. Posey's film and TV credits include “An International Love Story” (2011), “A Mini Movie” and “Vampire Zombie Werewolf” (2010).
Jonelle Allen (Yvette) began her career on Broadway, culminating in a Tony Award nomination. Her film credits include "Cotton Comes to Harlem", "The Hotel New Hampshire", and "The River Niger", for which she won an NAACP Image Award. Other TV appearances include "Barney Miller", "The Love Boat", "All in the Family", "Trapper John, M.D.", "Hill Street Blues", "Cagney and Lacey", and many more. One of her most notable roles was as Grace, the entrepreneurial café owner in the old west on "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman". Today, in addition to acting and numerous other film projects, Jonelle heads up the New Works/Staged Reading Projects at Saddleback College.