Rain Zone consists for the most part of Sean Donnelly, producer, videographer, editor, writer, and director. Rain Zone also comprises the efforts of many talented freelancers that converge as needed.
SEAN P. DONNELLY
Sean Donnelly got an early start in film and video production, shooting super-8 shorts starting at age 12 and studying video production in high school, but set film aside to pursue a career in engineering, although he continued to write. He returned to filmmaking in 1998, when he joined a newly-forming AIVF Salon in Rochester, NY. In 2002 Sean collaborated with screenwriter and director Liz Lehmann on a feature length screenplay, and teamed up with Liz and other filmmakers to shoot and edit several improvised guerilla film shorts affectionately labeled "LoFilms" (including Downsizing, Reading Marcus, and Interview Fundamentals for the New Global Economy which screened in Rochester's Emerging Filmmakers Series). At the same time, he began writing and directing his own short films. In 2004 Sean teamed with Anton Zane, an old high school friend who had acquired quite a bit of professional stage experience during his travels, and the two collaborated to make Bird Hunters. Sean served as Director of Photography in 2006 when Anton brought a reinterpreted and shortened version of his stage play, "A Voice from the Lantern," to the screen. In 2007 Sean teamed up with filmmakers Kate Kressmann-Kehoe and David Danesh to co-produce a feature length documentary on climate change, "The Last Experiment?". That project is currently underway, with a possible release in the summer of 2009.
Anton Zane's theatrical career began at New York's prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse, where he studied with Ron Stetson, a student of the legendary Sanford Meisner. He later studied with Louis Fantasia from the American Shakespeare Globe Centre, and studied Japanese Butoh with Kazuo Ohno in Tokyo.
Anton has directed plays in New York, Tokyo and Rochester, including: Proof (guest director); True West, Lone Star, On The Verge, Moonyís Kid Donít Cry and Lucky In Life (by Karl Greenberg); and his own original works A Voice From The Lantern, The No Tell Motel, Synchronicity in New Orleans and Spraypaint On The Bridge.
Anton's stage roles in New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong include: The American Buffalo (Bobby), Dreams (Japanese Improvisation), The Odd Couple (Oscar), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Fool for Love (Eddy), The Zoo Story (Jerry), Balm in Gilead (Joe). He has also performed in various Off-Off Broadway works including Jeff Weiss and Carlos Ricardo Martinezís Come Clean at NYCís PS 122.
Bird Hunters was Antonís first film. Updated information on his current projects can be found at his production company site, uzoma-films.com.