Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story
Tichina Arnold (Lena Baker)
Tichina Arnold was born in Queens New York and attended the High School of Music and Art. At the age of 18, Arnold was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Ryan’s Hope. From the role of Crystal in the big-screen version of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS to the role of feisty Pam on the television series Martin and now as Rochelle on Everybody Hates Chris, Arnold has skillfully transitioned into the dramatic role of Lena Baker in THE LENA BAKER STORY.
Beverly Todd (Annie Baker)
Beverly Todd is a People's Choice Award winner and four-time NAACP Image Award Nominee. Mentored by Sidney Poitier, she went on to enjoy a long list of television and film credits including, Brother John, Roots, Six Feet Under, Lean on Me, House, The Closer, Lincoln Heights, the Oscar winning CRASH, and most recently co-starred in THE BUCKET LIST with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.
Peter Coyote (Elliot Arthur)
This actor and author has narrated many documentaries and audio books. In 1966 a play he co-authored, directed and performed in won an OBIE in New York City. In 1993, he won an Emmy for narrating the 9 part series The Pacific Century. In 1998 his memoir about the '60s, Sleeping Where I Fall, was published, a chapter of which won a Pushcart Prize, a national prize for literary excellence. He has appeared in over 120 films for television and cinema working for directors like Roman Polanski, Martin Ritt, Steven Spielberg and Pedro Almodovar. In THE LENA BAKER STORY, he plays Lena Baker's nemesis—Elliot Arthur. While filming in Southwest Georgia, he could be seen talking to local residents, visiting restaurants, walking into stores, and drinking in the customs and accent of this part of the country. From stage to film, he has built a
more than impressive list of credits. Peter brings tremendous definition to the Elliot Arthur role.
Michael Rooker (Sheriff Haney)
Michael was born in 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. When he was 13 his parents divorced and he went with his mother to live in Chicago. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. On first breaking into film, his intensity and
don't-mess-with-me good looks were highlighted to chilling effect as the title character in HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (1986), filmed in 1986 but, due to its controversial nature, not released until 1990. Since that widely noticed and highly praised performance, much of his career has been spent playing brutes, villains and psychopaths. His occasional turns as a
good guy, however, are always well-acted and a welcome change for a talented actor too often typecast.
Bo Buckley (Production Manager)
Bo began his career day playing for Fox Television Studios. He studied film production at the University of Southern California and Wright State University and holds a degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he studied special effects, set and prop design for film and television. His wide range of knowledge has allowed him to work with many talented people in all areas of production, calling on their talents and abilities to put together efficient, quality shows. Organized and resourceful, Bo has worked extensively in the industry as an Assistant Director and Production Manager, and has been involved in dozens of feature films and television shows. By carefully selecting key crew members for each project, Bo has been able to help produce many successful shows with award-winning results. Bo also has experience as a writer, director and producer and understands the creative side of filmmaking in addition to the logistical side. “Working in independent film just means finding creative ways to put more on the screen for less,” says Bo. “My goal is to bring people on a show who are able to do just that.
Ted Campbell (First AD)
Ted Campbell began his filmmaking career in his teens shooting Super8 horror movies around suburban Boston where he grew up. Ted eventually landed in the undergraduate film program at Emerson College. After graduation, Ted moved to Los Angeles where he worked in a number of film jobs from Production Assistant to Script Reader to Post-Production Coordinator to Executive Assistant. Though learning much about the inner workings of the film industry, none of these jobs were truly satisfying. Ted finally found a place for himself as an Assistant Director. Ted has worked as 1st Assistant Director for the past five years on many successful independent films, including the Sundance award winner QUINCEANERA. In the interim, Ted continues to write screenplays and plan for his move to the director's chair.