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Directed by Chad Larabee
Written by Chad Larabee and Jonathan Michael Weber
Music & Lyrics by Lori McKelvey
Piero Basso, AIC, Director of Photography
Sean Robinson, Editor
Deidre Goodwin, Choreographer
Anna Ebbesen, Orchestrations & Musical Direction
Lauren Stern, Line Producer
Produced by Chad Larabee, Jonathan Michael Weber, Sean Robinson
Presented by The New York Film Academy

Life In Free Fall (Trailer)

A disillusioned songwriter meets an aspiring singer as he flees Manhattan for the Midwest, resulting in a nighttime stroll through NYC revealing hidden truths and tarnished dreams.


George West Carruth (Dillon) is a screen and stage actor who lives in Atlanta, New York City and Virginia. His credits include: Ashville, Off-Broadway, Rattlestick Playwrights at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Bus Stop and Come to Starr Street, Off-Off-Broadway,The Middle Voice theatre company, Hamlet, Twelfth Night or What You Will, The Comedy of Errors, Big River, Our Town in Regional theatre with Endstation Theatre Company. He is a student of improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade and a student of music with Jumpin’ Jim Robertson. He graduated from the College of Charleston, in South Carolina. Thank you, Chad, for being a righteous man. Love you, brother. 

Hubbard Farr (Van)  is a southern boy living in the Big City. His NYC credits include RENT and Evita at the Gallery Players. Other regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bare, Macbeth, Evil Dead and The Pillowman. He is also a company member with Wolfbane Productions in Central Virginia.

Jasmin Marie Gauguin (Carrie) Jasmin played Ilse in Spring Awakening, New York Film Academy's first musical production, and performed in several readings of musicals during her school time there, including works by famous new musical theatre composers Bobby Cronin and Zoe Sarnak. Since graduating she has worked on developing her own music, collaborating on new works with fellow NY artists and leadsung in a band with monthly performances in the city. Now she's back in her home country Denmark for a time, developing Little Women for the Danish stage and filming music videos of her original music.

Fernanda Hidalgo ( Ashley) Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico where some of her favorite roles include: Roxie in Chicago, Kendra in 13, Sophie in Mamma Mia and Molly in Across the Universe. Recently graduated from New York Film Academy for Musical Theatre and Film Acting. At NYFA, she played Rosie in The Wedding Singer. Thanks to all the cast and creative team. Fer is thrilled to be part of this project! Un pie delante del otro.

Alec Lee (Brian Platt) is excited to make his on-screen debut! Originally from Knoxville, TN, Alec studied theatre and music at Denison University where some of his favorite roles included Princeton in Avenue Q and Marius in Les Misérables. Recently trained at The New York Film Academy in Musical Theatre and Film Acting, Alec appeared as Melchior in Spring Awakening and George in The Wedding Singer. Thank you Chad and this top-notch team for an unforgettable experience.

Luz Stella Rico (Saffron) was born in Bogota, Colombia on July 11th, 1985. She is a character actress with sensibility and humor. Luz has a Bachelor degree in History of Classical Music and Music Theory. After her graduation, Luz realized she wanted to be a Musical Theatre actress. She traveled to New York on September 2013. She Graduate of New York Film Academy, Two Year Conservatory, Musical theatre and Film. She have been participated in Musical Theatre Readings such as Viva Camila!

Jared Sampson (Jackson)  is an actor, musician, and scientist living in NYC. Film: Gingerbread House (NYFA), Poison. NYC/Regional Theatre: In Fields Where They Lay (Dreamscape), Green Man (Frigid Festival), Christmas Up the Holler. Jared sings with (and arranges for) award-winning a cappella group Restated and has a penchant for choral music, especially early Renaissance polyphony. He is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University. 

Rashidra Scott (Skye Bee) Broadway: Beautiful, Sister Act, Hair, Finian’s Rainbow, Avenue Q. Tour: Sister Act (Deloris), Walt Disney Entertainment. TV: "Rescue Me." Thanks to God, Leading Artists, and family!

Jayma Voorheis (Rachel Mason) is extremely excited to be making her film debut in Life In Free Fall. A recent graduate of the 2 year musical theatre and film course at the New York Film Academy, she has been seen in such shows as Spring Awakening, A Lasting Impression, and Miss Humanity. She would like to thank everyone who put their time and effort into telling this beautiful story, especially the flawless crew and creative team, and she hope’s you enjoy the ride.

Piero Basso, AIC (Director of Photography) Born and raised in northern Italy, Piero studied Cinema and Art Studies at the University of Turin. There he analyzed the work of directors such as Truffaut, Kubrick, Lynch, and Wenders and developed a deep interest in visual storytelling. He was inspired by the images of artists like Boris Kaufman, Sven Nykvist, Robbie Muller and Conrad L. Hall. He graduated with a thesis on the works of David Lynch, knowing that cinematography would be his ultimate pursuit. Piero began building a career as a director of photography while also working as a Steadicam operator. He photographed a number of award winning films and documentaries with some of the most interesting young directors in Italy. He presented himself as a talented and fast director of photography, with a strong and mature vision. To date, he has shot nine feature films, each with a distinctive visual character, as well as many short films and documentaries. They have been screened in major international festivals, including Cannes and Locarno and have been awarded important prizes and received international recognition, including nominations at the European Film Awards & at the David di Donatello and several victories at Festivals around the globe (including Oberhausen, Edinburgh, Turin, and Huesca). The main characteristics of Piero’s work are the strong visual personality, connected with a deep understanding of the moviemaking process and a great capacity of adaptation to work in various and demanding conditions and with different crews. He is able to work on large productions as well as with small crews using only available and practical light. Piero believes strongly that the work of the director of photography is to understand the facets of the vision of the director and translate the whole, with special sensitivity to creative integrity, to the silver screen. Piero Basso is based in NYC, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He is bilingual and holds permanent residency in the U.S and European Citizenship.

Deidre Goodwin (Choreographer) Deidre’s credits include eight Broadway shows including A Chorus Line (Shelia Bryant), Chicago (Velma Kelly) and Nine (Our Lady of the Spa). The films Chicago (SAG 2003 Best Ensemble Award), Magic Mike XXL, Every Little Step and TV appearances on Broad City, 30 Rock and Law & Order SVU. In addition to performing, she is also an educator, choreographer and director. For more info visit 

Chad Larabee (Director, Co-Writer, Producer) Off-Broadway directing credits include the revival of Garson Kanin’s "Dreyfus in Rehearsal" and the musical "POPart". Other select New York credits include "Do Not Disturb", "Molineaux", and "Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island". He directed the London premiere of "Ain’t We Got Fun" starring Shiobhan McCarthy. Chad’s directing credits at Vermont’s Northern Stage include "Mary Poppins" and "Clybourne Park". Other regional directing credits include "Big River", "Assassins", "Violet", and "Singin’ In The Rain". He has also written and directed the independent film The Ghosts of Ethan Dean. Chad is a graduate of The University of Iowa, and Florida State University where he received his MFA in Directing. Chad is a member of SDC.

Lori McKelvey (Music & Lyrics) Stage/film. Camila: revolutionary love story set in a tango bar: Walnut Street, Kleban, 2 Gilman/Gonzalez Falla Awards, Barrymore nomination, Jujamcyn, Hal Prince Workshop, upcoming recording; The Ride of Your Life: cast of 6: a woman leaves home to become a singer; Georgia: Civil war story: two women: one black, one white who save each other; Beauty and the Beast: Rebecca DeMornay, John Savage: Disney; Berkeley Square: a man goes back to the 18th century as his ancestor: development, Ben Sprecher; M. Claudel with Eartha Kitt; A Life Like No Other: a circus transforms an English factory town; Treasures: 2 O'Neill one-acts; Jewish Rep's The Witch.

Sean Robinson (Editor, Producer)  is an award-winning director/editor whose work has screened in over 100 international film festivals and garnered numerous awards. His films include "THE PURITANS," "NAKED," a musical short film, and "INDIGO GREY: The Passage" featuring original score by Evanescence's Amy Lee. Robinson co-wrote an original screenplay "RECLAIMING EDEN", a finalist in the Harvardwood 2012 Writing Competition. Most recently, OUTmusic – the LGBTQ Academy of Recording Arts (LARA) commissioned Robinson to direct the Academy's music documentary film “For Which WE Stand" featuring Dolly Parton, Melissa Etheridge, Michael Musto, Deborah Cox, and other recording artists, activists, and industry professionals.

Lauren Stern (Line Producer)  is a freelance stage manager in NYC. Past stage management credits include The Bridges of Madison County (Williamstown Theatre Festival), SeaWife (Naked Angels), Lives of the Saints (Primary Stages), The Liar (Westport Country Playhouse), My Brilliant Divorce (Bay Street Theatre), Betty’s Summer Vacation (Bay Street Theatre) Solid Sand Below (Goodman Theatre), Sing for your Shakespeare (Westport Country Playhouse), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Bucks County), Rent (Theatre Three), Wild (Sanguine Theatre Company), The Snow Queen (HERE Center’s CULTUREMART), King Kirby (The Brick), ValueVille (NYMF). Past company management credits include Bedbugs!!! The Musical (ArcLight Theatre) and The Erklings (Theatre Row). Lauren has interned at The Public Theater and Manhattan Theatre Club. 

Jonathan Michael Weber (Co-Writer, Producer) LIFF marks Jonathan's first produced writing credit. Over the past year and a half he has be transitioning to behind the camera work producing short films and webseries with additional projects in development. He received his degree from the University of Iowa in theatre performance and has worked professionally as an actor in NY, LA and Florida on stage, in short/feature films and commercials.