Legend of Zelda: Oblivion Rising
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  Scotty Whitehurst (Director/Link) is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.F.A. In Theatre.  While at USM, Scotty took screenwriting and participated in numerous student films.  This led to the start of Scotty making his own films and pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.
Scotty has worked professionally acting for TV and Film since 2008, acting in the movies “I Love You Phillip Morris” with superstar Jim Carrey; “Jeff, Who Lives At Home” with funny guys Jason Segal and Ed Helms; in the TV movies “Pizza My Heart” and “Campus Confidential” for ABC Family; “For One Night” for Lifetime; and “Worst. Prom. Ever.” for MTV.  Scotty is also the script supervisor for “Star Trek Continues”, one of the most acclaimed fan-produced Star Trek (TOS) webseries ever created.
Scotty is also a casting assistant for Morgan Casting having helped cast Hollywood movies “Greater”, “Blackbird”, “The Historian”, “Starve”, “Big Significant Things” and “The Sound and the Fury” with James Franco.
His theatre resume includes “High School Musical”, “The Sound of Music”, “Grease”, “Robin Hood”, “Peter Pan”, “Footloose”, “Big River”, “Lost in Yonkers”, “Shrek the musical” as Lord Farquaad and most recently “Willy Wonka the Musical” as Willy Wonka.
In 2008, Scotty began writing and directing his first feature film, “The Legend of Zelda: The Triforce Prophecy”.  Filming wrapped in 2009 with Scotty taking a six month break before he began writing and directing his second feature film, “G.I. Joe: Deception”.  “Deception” premiered in January 2013.  With Zelda fans loving his first film and pressuring him for a second, Scotty along with writer Jay Norris and producer Michael Day, began pre-production on “The Legend of Zelda: Oblivion Rising” on June 2013. 
 


 

Kevin Johnson (Messenger) returns to Whitehurst Films as one of the starring roles in “Zelda: Oblivion Rising”.  His first film was “G.I. Joe: Deception” playing the roles of good guy Flint and Snake-Eyes, and also bad guy Firefly.  Kevin is a method actor that truly embraces every role, probably due to his hard work ethic.  He has also been involved in Theatre for ten years.  Kevin feels very lucky to have been chosen for this film and absolutely loves his character, Messenger.  He is also a Leo sharing the same birthday as Scotty Whitehurst.  That must be why they work so well with each other.

     
 

Liz Taormina (Princess Zelda) is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre.  Since graduation, her artistry on the stage moved to the camera.  She has had the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of films including “Cagin of Chrysaint”, “Deployed”, “The Goodbye”, “Stepmonster”, “G.I. Joe II”, and “Glory Road”.  She is most noted for her role as Princess Zelda in the “The Legend of Zelda: The Triforce Prophecy”.  Other credits include a Shane Prather music video entitled “Uh Huh”, and commercial credits Nike and Farm Bureau.  Beyond the film industry, Liz teaches Theatre and Social Studies at Oak Grove Middle School.  She has directed numerous shows during her time at OGMS; including the most current performances of The Capricious Pearls (December 2012).  Liz is keeping herself busy at home spending time with her husband, Steven and her baby girl, Jovi Nace and recently a new baby boy.  In the event of any spare time, she enjoys writing and playing music with her church Praise Band.

 

 

Jillian Rochelle Etheridge (Zelda) got her B.F.A. in Acting from The University of Southern Mississippi, where she performed in shows such as Jerry Finnegan's Sister and Marat/Sade, and directed a variety of shows, including original works. She is currently an acting coach.  She is an animal lover and a herbivore.

   
 

Irene Gracie (Nayru/Moblin/Costumes/Make-up) is a naturalized American Citizen from the country of Scotland, Irene was involved in several stage productions there before moving to Scotland. Fast forward 19 years, and she once again became involved in theatre, working in all aspects; sound; lighting; stage design; props; stage management; acting and more recently directing. She has played an Orion Slave Girl in a Star Trek fan-episode; Carla in “GI Joe: Deception” fan film; McGonnegal in a Harry Potter Audio Drama, Pride and Laura in a Sailor Moon Audio Drama and is now playing both a Goddess and a Moblin in Legend of Zelda: Oblivion Rising as well as working with costuming and make-up.

   
  Jay Norris (The Moblin King/Writer/Cinematographer) is making his writing debut in “Zelda: Oblivion Rising”, as well as his film acting debut as The Moblin King.  His other acting credits include the role of Reynard in Just Over the Rainbow Theatre's production of “Dashing Through the Snow”; as well as the role of Jay in the upcoming short film, “Sadface”.  He is also an accomplished musician.  He has released one self produced studio album and a live album both as a member of the band, Black February.  He is also currently working on a new solo album.
 

 

 

Traci Comesana-Spence (Din) will make her film debut on The Legend of Zelda: Oblivion Rising. Since acting in theatre as a child, Traci’s interest in acting has grown even more. Her commercial debut was for St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS and most recently, you can see her in a Sanderson’s Farm Commercial. When Traci isn’t working on her acting skills, she can be found working on her singing, dancing and guitar playing skills as well as helping other people and spending time with her husband, fur babies, family and friends. She considers herself extremely blessed in life and cannot wait to see what the future has to hold for her, personally and professionally, in everything she does.

     
 

Juna Broome (Farore) is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.  She was a band director of the award winning Petal High School Band and middle school bands for 12 years.  During her tenure, they won numerous Marching Contests and Best Colorguard awards.  Juna has served as a freelance choreographer for over thirty high school bands, the Mississippi Lion's Band, and the Jones Junior College Band, Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, and Laurel Little Theatre.  With the support and a lot of help from her friends and family, she founded Encore Performing Arts Theatre.  She is the owner and operator of Dance Etcetera in Laurel, MS and Artistic Director of EPAT.  Juna also has a wonderful husband Lance, who had the starring role as Beachhead in “G.I. Joe: Deception”, a 16 year old daughter named Scarlett, and a 8 year old named Zoey.  “Zelda: Oblivion Rising” is Juna's first film role and she is having a great time making everyone laugh on set.

 

 

 

Petch Lucas (Renado) is Co-founder and webmaster of the long-running movie website www.pitofhorror.com.  Petch has performed in over two dozen Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera shows, plus Just Over the Rainbow Theatre's “A Piece Of My Heart” and the 2013 Easter Passion Play as “Herod” at Hattiesburg Mississippi Community Church, where he recently rededicated his life to Christ.  He acted in and scored the film “Cagin of Chrysaint” and appeared as Renado in “The Legend of Zelda: The Triforce Prophecy”.  Petch is thrilled to be given the opportunity to reprise an older version of his character, as Link's uncle, for the “Zelda: Oblivion Rising” movie.

   
   
   
   
 

 

 

Dana Elise (Costumes) works as a full time Videographer and Journalist for Camp Shelby Public Affairs, but outside her job she spent the past two and half years as the independent filmmaker, cinematographer, costumier, editor and colorist of “Cagin of Chrysaint”.
Dana Elise was born Dana Elise Smith, and raised in Hattiesburg, Miss. She graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 with a Mass Communication degree emphasizing in Film and a minor in Theatre. While in film school she was awarded The Film School Foundation Scholarship after exhibiting excellence her junior year curriculum which included writing her first screenplay, “Cagin of Chrysaint”. The next year she was awarded the Outstanding Senior in Film award because of her senior thesis film, “The Fallen Queen" in 2004. The short continued the story of "Cagin of Chrysaint" and was screened at the USM Film Festival and Ocean Springs Film Festival. 
After film school, Dana completed writing, directing, and producing “The Keykeeper” which was shown at Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival, and “Mansfield Park”.  She also was the cinematographer and costume supervisor for her good friend’s fan film, Scotty Whitehurst’s “The Legend of Zelda, The Triforce Prophecy.” and was also the costume designer for “G.I. Joe: Deception”.
In the summer of 2010, Dana aided in directing, filming, editing, and starring in some scenes for an episode of the web-aired fan film series, "Star Trek: The Romulan Wars."  
“Cagin of Chrysaint” premiered at the Petal Civic Center in Petal, MS on June 26, 2010. Shortly after the premier, Dana vacationed and toured Ireland and its historic sites that inspired the film in July 2010.

“Cagin of Chrysaint” was screened at the Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival in Lithonia, GA on October 2, 2010. There, the film earned a First Place Nomination.

 

  Jeffrey Brady (Bulblin) is fourteen years old and in the 9th grade at West Jones High School, where he is a member of the WJ Showchoir.  He is active at New Covenant Church.  He enjoys writing, singing, dancing, playing baseball, bocce, disc gold and tennis.  He has performed in “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” and in “Shrek the musical” with Encore Performing Arts Theatre.  Jeffrey is excited to be in “Zelda: Oblivion Rising and loves film.  Along with Dominick Brown, Jeffrey is also working on “Vigilantes: Black Skull”.
   
   

 

 

 

  Dominick Brown (Carock) is the son of Tia and Bennie Brown.  He is 16 years old and goes to West Jones High School in Laurel, MS.  At West Jones, Dominick is a member of the band.  Dominick performs with his Christian rock/rap band named Black and White.  He has performed in “Footloose” with Encore Performing Arts Theatre and in “Annie” with Laurel Little Theatre.  He loves the drums, guitar, boxing, and loves being onstage to show his personality.  “Zelda: Oblivion Rising” has been a blast for Dominick and encouraged him to make his own film called “Vigilantes: Black Skull”.