Kevin Pontuti—Writer, Director, Producer
Kevin Pontuti is an artist and educator based in the USA. He received his MFA from Syracuse University in 1993 then moved to California where he founded the Los Angeles-based production company Studio P Inc. His image-making expertise and collaborative spirit attracted many top artists and designers to his studio. In 2009, Pontuti accepted a professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In 2017, he returned to California to lead University of the Pacific's Media X program.
Alexandra Loreth—Actor, Producer
Alexandra Loreth is a California-raised and based actress. After almost ten years in the Midwest, she is glad to call the Golden State home again. Alexandra's past work ranges from comedy to art film to horror, and most of the projects she has worked on have gone on to screen internationally and win awards, including two for best actress (ONERE and VANITÀ).
After working together on three short films, Loreth brought The Yellow Wallpaper to Pontuti with hopes of collaborating to bring to life one of her favorite pieces of literature.
“I remember reading the story in college and it changed the way I interpreted feminism,” says Loreth. “I had always wanted to portray it visually and when we started working on films together, it became clear that this was the perfect project for us to take on together.”
Pacific English and film studies professor and associate producer Courtney Lehmann notes, "Alexandra Loreth brings to the role of Jane her remarkable ability to engage in what early filmmaker Bela Belasz lauded as the 'silent soliloquy’ or, the act of ‘speaking’ with the face alone. As with her previous roles in ONERE, PESCARE, and VANITÀ, Loreth's face is a window onto another world" in The Yellow Wallpaper.
The team plans to build a set at Pacific for the interior setting of famous “yellow wallpaper” room. Additional locations for the exteriors are still being considered but the crew has been scouting throughout the Central Valley and foothills for a suitable house and gardens.