Markowitz studied film at Emerson College in Boston, taking semesters abroad to study art history and film studies in Holland and The Czech Republic. Upon graduation, Markowitz moved to LA to pursue a career in film.
Starting in development at Columbia Pictures, he soon transitioned into physical production, with a focus on art direction. Within two years, Markowitz was inducted into the Art Directors Guild. As an assistant art director, he worked on such films as Blue Crush, The House of Sand and Fog, Meet the Fockers and Rocky Balboa. He then went on to art direct Universal’s We Are Marshall, and production design the Sundance Jury and Audience Award-winning feature Quinceañera.
Concurrently, Markowitz wrote and directed the acclaimed short films I Left Me and Hung Up, which played at over 100 film festivals worldwide. Shelter marks Markowitz’s feature directorial debut.
Charismatic actor Trevor Wright is a talent on the rise who makes his breakthrough performance in Shelter.
Back in 2003, Wright was named by Teen Vogue as a “young and upcoming star that’s here to stay” alongside other talents like Kate Bosworth, Derek Luke and Scarlett Johansson. He has worked steadily since then on both the big and small screen. His film credits include the children’s film Air Buddies and the drama Special Ed, where he starred opposite "Friday Night Lights" star Connie Britton and Traffic’s D.W. Moffett. Wright will next be seen in a lead role opposite Emily Rios (Quincenera) in the drama Vicious Circle, due out later this year. His TV credits include a recurring role on “George Lopez,” and guest-star turns on series like “CSI:NY,” “NYPD Blue,” “Scrubs” and “Boston Public.” Wright also made an impression starring opposite singer Stacie Orrico in the video for her debut single “Stuck,” which at the time was the longest running video on "TRL". Wright has also done some stage work, most notably in “The Less Than Human Club,” which co-starred Amy Smart and Anna Farris. The play, written by Timothy Mason and directed by Taylor Sheridan, centered on a group of young outcasts in the turbulent 1960s.
Trevor’s entry into show business was being the first “GAP” kid, no doubt paving the way for thousands of well-dressed children. He also co-starred with Elijah Wood in the Paula Abdul video “Straight Up.” A diehard athlete who enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and other extreme type activities, Wright continues to reside in his native Los Angeles.
Brad Rowe made an auspicious screen debut as Gabriel, a hunky waiter/musician who is asked to model for a gay photographer in Tommy O'Haver's Sundance hit Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss. The son of a conservative father and "artsy-liberal" mother, the actor had a few trepidations about undertaking a role with homoerotic overtones but the resulting praise has only boosted his career.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics, he headed for L.A. to pursue acting. Since his high-profile start in Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, the actor has worked steadily in television and on the big screen. Notable credits on the small screen include recurring roles on “NewsRadio,” the Lifetime Network’s “Missing,” and HBO’s “Tell Me You Love Me.” He has also appeared in such films as New Line’s Body Shots, Miramax’s Full Frontal (directed by Steven Soderbergh), and Disney’s National Treasure 2.
Well known to television audiences for her recurring roles on “Six Feet Under,” “24” and “NYPD Blue,” Tina Holmes has also appeared in numerous films including Story Telling, Edge of Seventeen and Half Nelson.
Holmes grew up in New York City and Connecticut. An Ivy League girl, she attended Yale University for two years followed by a move to Paris, France, studying French Literature at the Sorbonne. After returning to the U.S., Holmes entered Brown University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Comparative Literature. After graduating from Brown, Holmes returned to Paris to serve as a research assistant on a documentary about famed novelist, poet and playwright Jean Genet. She also spent time at the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil.
Voidstrutter, Holmes' music video company, has produced music videos for Aphex Twin, Blonde Redhead and Pavement.
Holmes taught video at Sidewalks of New York, an after-school program for children in homeless shelters. She produced and directed the documentary short film You're Nobody Until Somebody Loves You, in which women in the 1980s and ‘90s shared their experiences and offered advice on love. With experience in both, directing and production work, Holmes decided to begin her acting career.
Holmes began her film acting career with Edge of Seventeen in 1998 playing the starring role of Maggie. She followed that with 30 Days in 1999 and Prince of Central Park in 2000. She also appeared opposite Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson in 2006. She has been featured in several present day television series such as “24,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Invasion,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Third Watch” and was a series regular as Maggie Sibley on the HBO original series “Six Feet Under” during the fifth and final season. Holmes will next star in the film Say Hello To Stan Talmadge alongside Gary Cole, Agnes Bruckner and Jennifer Coolidge, due out later this year.
Born in the Philadelphia area, Katie Walder got her first break in her acting career with a recurring role on “All My Children.” While living in New York and shooting the soap, she also worked in theater off-Broadway and at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre in Williamstown, MA.
To further her career, she moved to Los Angeles and immediately booked a recurring role on the hit show “Gilmore Girls.” She also has guest starred on “Cold Case,” “Without A Trace,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Rules of Engagement.” On the big screen, she will soon appear in Extreme Movie, written by “Saturday Night Live’s” Andy Samberg and starring Michael Cera.
Californian-born actor Ross Thomas has already garnered critical praise from fans and audiences and is fast becoming one of today’s biggest breakout stars. Encompassing looks, talent and vulnerability, Ross has recently found himself working non-stop.
Ross has been seen hanging-ten as a series regular on the original teen series "Beyond the Break" for The N, the nighttime network for teens, in the role of Bailey. Hot off wrapping the series, Ross was selected by director Joe Nussbaum to star as Ryan Grimm, one of the lead characters in the hilarious and hugely successful American Pie: The Naked Mile. Upon returning from his shoot in Toronto, Ross booked a role on Dan Fogelman’s NBC pilot “Lipshitz Saves The World.”
In the summer of 2006, Ross wrapped production on the feature film The Cutting Edge 2: Going for the Gold opposite Christy Carlson Romano. Other film credits include the critically acclaimed title role of Seth in the independent film What's Bugging Seth. Additionally, Ross starred opposite Leslie Jordan in the hysterical independent dark comedy Sissy French Fry, also a film festival winner.
Ross' other television credits include guest star roles on “CSI,” “CSI: NY” and “Cold Case” as well as the WB's "Living with Fran." Along with his television credits, Ross has completed major national campaigns for both MasterCard, Applebee’s and Sherwin Williams, and has lent his voice to a national radio spot for Verizon Wireless.
When not in front of the camera, Ross can be heard voicing the characters of Daniel Funk in the new Disney animated TV comedy “Who Shrunk Daniel Funk?” and the character Ryon-Jion on “Avatar the Last Airbender.”