Galen Cassidy Peria
Galen Cassidy Peria is a New Orleans, LA based song-finder, wordsmith, film buff, histrionic, and excitable drinker. As a member of Vermont Joy Parade he toured the United States and Europe extensively between 2008-2014, starring alongside his bandmates (and Jared Leto) in the Vivian Strosberg documentary, “The Clock Tick and The Heartbeat”.
In 2015 he helped found United Bakery Records and became one of their debut recording artists (in addition to “The Tumbling Wheels” and Shane Sayers) with his release of, “Duke Aeroplane & The Wrong Numbers: Higher Ground”. He has previously collaborated with Hugh Mackey as lead actor in Mackey’s 2010 feature film, “Ties“, and as actor and director with his own acclaimed short films, “Elephant Shoes” and “Corporate Piracy” (with Mackey as Director of Photography).
“The Heartbeat, The Hammer” is his first feature film and the beginning of what he and his partners hope will be a long line of United Bakery Records film productions.
Hugh Mackey is a writer, director, and cinematographer. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he has over a decade’s worth of experience on countless short films, features, and web projects. His most recent projects include the shorts “Life Hacks w/ Carol Anne,” which aired on Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim,” and the short film “When the Night Rolls In,” currently in post-production.
Liam Conway lives and works in New Orleans, LA as a photographer as well as one of the co-founders / co-owners of United Bakery Records. In addition to being a featured visual artist, Liam is working on the film in numerous capacities, including as actor, location & set photographer, PA, and music supervisor.
Shane Sayers is a New Orleans based singer-songwriter (or, musical poet) as well as one of the co-founders / co-owners of United Bakery Records. Shane feels that music is medicine, and that it is a service, and that it is his job to participate with this magic. He will continue to be as open a vehicle as possible for such practices, as long as the fates may allow. Shane is working as a featured musician and actor in the film.
Ben Aleshire is an artist based in New Orleans, LA. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Iowa Review, Barrow Street, and many others. He makes his living as a poet for hire in the French Quarter, writing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter. Ben also runs a small publishing cooperative called Honeybee Press, which uses letterpress printing, hand paper-making, and traditional bookbinding. He was awarded a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, as well as the Chighizola Poetry Prize from the University of New Orleans. Ben serves as assistant poetry editor for the Green Mountains Review. In 2016 he was a finalist for the Iowa Review Award in Poetry, and attended the Breadloaf Writers Conference on scholarship. Ben is an actor in the film.
Joanna Tomassoni is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in New Orleans, LA, where she is member and manager of the Americana quintet The Tumbling Wheels, who are making their Jazz Fest debut in 2018. She also sings in the rock / doo wop band Tasche & the Psychedelic Roses, the early music vocal ensemble Krewe de Voix, and in the St. Patrick's Chamber Singers. Joanna is working as a featured musician and actress in the film.
Maggie Belle is a New Orleans, LA based chanteuse and leader of the much acclaimed Maggie Belle Band. "The Heartbeat, The Hammer" marks her acting debut.
Audio Engineer/Producer, Instrumentalist, Composer. Current and former clients include Old Crow Medicine Show, Leyla McCalla, Maggie Belle, Mary Lorsen, Jennie Stearns, The Lonesome Sisters, Thousands of One, Riley Leland, Zac Maras, The Common Railers, Hub Cap, The Settlers, Cosmo Alpern, Billy Eli, Greg Good, Jeremy James Meyer, Eric Aceto, Galen Cassidy Peria, Shane Sayers, Richie Stearns, Ben Usie, The Undertakers, Adrienne Edson, Joe Thrift, Gabe Tavares, Hee Haw Nightmare, The Moles, Plastic Nebraska, The Hix, Kevin Kinsella, Michael Hanson, Not From Wisconsin, The Chicken Chokers, and many more. Chad's studio— NOLA Recording—is in the Marigny section of New Orleans where he continues to work. Besides tracking, mixing and mastering, Chad also composes film music and has written dozens of songs and instrumental concert works for orchestra, chamber ensemble and soloists. For information regarding recording fees and scheduling, Chad can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.