Cast


We held open auditions and workshops to find remarkable people with disabilities and added them to a seasoned cast of film and stage veterans.

 

Makenzie Ellsworth (Touch)

Makenzie Ellsworth had her life forever altered when she was paralyzed in a car crash in 2006 at age 15. Despite the physical challenges of being a paraplegic, Makenzie has excelled at wheelchair tennis and is an avid Cross Fit participant. MAKING SENSE is Makenzie’s first feature film.

 

Taylor Gonzalez (Hearing)

Taylor Gonzalez grew up in Pocatello, Idaho and is a college student attending the College of Southern Idaho. Deaf since birth, Taylor has always been interested in the energy of music. While attending the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind, she became interested in theatre arts and performed in school performances. MAKING SENSE is Taylor’s first feature film.

 

Nyk Fry (Smell)

Nyk Fry is a walking production studio. He’s served as a producer, editor, musician, sound engineer, photographer and videographer on various film and television productions. Since his teenage years, Nyk has lost the ability to smell, but to his chagrin, still has an appetite for junk food. He’s served as an actor in several film productions, including REFLECTIONS IN THE MUD and PARANORMAL PRISON. Recently, Nyk directed Air Supply’s 30th Anniversary DVD, THE SINGER AND THE SONG, as well as music videos for Brandie Frampton, Vanton, and PVH Project.

 

Mike Barnett (Sight)

Mike Barnet is a retired Navy veteran who gradually became blind due to aggressive onset of macular degeneration in 2019. Not one to be limited, Mike is an active jujitsu practitioner and golfer. He regularly participates in improv comedy in the Boise area. MAKING SENSE is Mike’s first feature
film.

 

 Miguel Ayala (Taste)

Miguel Ayala has always had an interest in the arts. He’s a graduate of Boise State University and runs his own graphic arts business. Miguel was born prematurely with Cerebral Palsy in Mexico and his family emigrated to the U.S. while he was a young child. Miguel has been a strong advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities and founded a blog “Down with Disability” to provide inspiration to others. Due to his infectious personality and fearless attitude, Miguel was encouraged to attend an open audition workshop for the film and was subsequently cast. MAKING SENSE is Miguel’s first feature film

 

Making Sense

Cast & Crew

LOVELY MACHINE PRODUCTIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH INCLUDEABILITY INC AND JUMP PRESENTS “MAKING SENSE”

CAST:

JULES JESSI MELTON  

DR. AMBERGER RICHARD KLAUTSCH

NOAH JUSTIN NESS

SAM MAKENZIE ELLSWORTH

TOBY MIKE BARNETT

DANA TAYLOR GONZALEZ

STEVIE NYK FRY

MAX MIGUEL AYALA

PROFESSOR JOHNSTON BRIAN TELESTAI

HILDA BROOKE BURTON

AGENT FULLER JIM QUINN

AGENT NICHOLS LILY YASUDA

MANUEL BRANDON JUAREZ

MAN AT PODIUM AHNIAH SELENE

QUINN TARA ADAMS

TED JON RAVENHOLT

DIANE KATY REBERRY

KATHY CHERIE JULANDER

BOB TRAVIS SWARTZ

1985 LAB TECH #1 WILLIAM H. PARKER JR.

1985 LABE TECH #2 MALLORIE NOEL LAMB

1985 LAB TECH #3 SCOTT BEALS

SARAH SARAH C. PATTERSON

ANTHONY ANTHONY DANDREA

DONNA YVONNE JUAREZ

JEREMY NOAH GOOLDEN

ALAN JEREMY CRAM

ELLEN DAVINA SNOW

CONCERNED YOUNG WOMAN CHRISTELLE PATIENCE

POLICE OFFICER #1 KELLY LYNAE

POLICE OFFICER #2 TRAVIS TORONJO

MILITARY BRASS KEVIN FALK

GOVERNMENT SUIT PHILLIP CEARLY

SOLDIER AUSTIN VON JOHNSON

YOUNG NOAH WILL COX

VICKY MARAGARET LeMAY

RECEPTIONIST ALEXSANDRIA RAVELLA

CREW:

PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY GREGORY BAYNE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DOUG COLE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MICHAEL VICKERMAN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER JESSE CORDTZ

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CHRISTIAN LYBROOK

STORY BY DOUG COLE

SCREENPLAY BY DOUG COLE & GREGORY BAYNE

EDITING & CINEMATOGRAPHY GREGORY BAYNE

CASTING BY CATRINE MCGREGOR, CSA

MUSIC RYAN BAYNE

1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OLIVIA CLAIRE TRIPP

2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ANDREA CARRIZALES

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT KELSEY WILSON

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT NOVA TIDINGS

1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA DYLAN PFAFFENBERGER

2ND ASSISTANT CAMERA ALEXSANDRIA RAVELLA

SOUND DESIGN & POST PRODUCTION MIXING MARK DOUBLEDAY

PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER/BOOM OPERATOR SEAN McNEAMEY

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER MARK DOUBLEDAY

KEY MAKE-UP & HAIR BRANDY HUNTER

MAKE-UP & HAIR/SPECIAL FX MAKE-UP DANYALE COOK

ART DIRECTION/SET CONSTRUCTION CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON

PROPERTY MASTER/SONAR SUIT DESIGN MARK FRECKLETON

SONAR SUIT PROGRAMMING JESSE CORDTZ

SET DRESSER LORENA DAVIS

AMBERGER’S NOTEBOOK/ADDITIONAL PROP DESIGN NINA LEARY

1985 LAB PROPS JOHN LEARY

ON SCREEN GRAPHICS ANDREA CARRIZALES

CUSTOMING &WARDROBE AMANDA FITCH

GAFFER BRIAN SPLAWN

KEY GRIP BILL ZUEHL

GRIP GEORGE HYSMITH

CASTING ASSISTANT MADALYN VANVALKENBURGH