About us


Richard Zelniker


Native of Montreal, Richard Zelniker first became inspired by the movies when working at a neighborhood cinema as a teenager. An industry veteran, Zelniker’s body of work to date includes, A TEST OF WILL, an acclaimed short that he wrote and directed, and his award winning feature debut, FIX (aka MENAGE A TROIS). A former William Morris client for more than a decade, Zelniker made a name for himself script doctoring, developing and packaging film projects such as VINYL, BRIGHT MIDNIGHT and LOVE HER MADLY. AS NIGHT COMES marks Zelniker’s second feature as a director. Zelniker’s next project is a follow-up high-school thriller titled BFF which is scheduled to shoot early Spring 2015.


Ryan Koehn


At 16 years of age, Ryan Koehn co-wrote his first screenplay along with gifted filmmaker and mentor, Richard Zelniker and AS NIGHT COMES was born.

After high school, Koehn continued to study screenwriting at U.C. Berkley, and is currently a MFA student at the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Art at the University of Southern California Los Angeles.


Chris Monte


Chris Monte’s award-winning background spans several years of producing and editorial experience including the Humanitas Prize winner, WHERE GOD LEFT HIS SHOES, starring John Leguizamo from Sal Stabile and THE RETURN OF JOE RICH, starring Armand Assante.

Monte also owns Magic Hair Studios, a post-production editorial and finishing facility in the heart of Hollywood.

Monte has now joined forces with filmmaker Richard Zelniker to form production company Illuminate Pictures, LLC. Illuminate’s next project is a follow-up high-school thriller titled BFF which is scheduled to shoot early spring 2015.


Mark Mannschreck


Mark Mannschreck is making the move back to his passion, Narrative Film. In addition to AS NIGHT COMES, Mark recently completed five short films: BARACKULA: THE MUSICAL, AMONGST FRIENDS, BECOMING, SOMEBODY, GRACE, and SOLIDARITY starring Elpidia Carrillo.

Mark also was DP Special Effects for Christopher Cain’s PURE COUNTRY 2, and lensed Eric Balfour and Lindsay Pulsipher in one of the five short stories that make up the feature film DO NOT DISTURB.

As a DP, Mark is known for his work on high-profile commercial projects and for lensing music videos and concert films for some of today’s top recording artists.


Jesse Kove


Born in Los Angeles into a film, television and theatrical family, Jesse Kove has dreamed of a career in the entertainment industry from a very young age.

A versatile talent, Jesse recently co-produced and co-stared in AS NIGHT COMES, making Jesse’s goal of working in all facets of film coming true today.

In 2010 he starred in Alloy Entertainment’s episodic show FIRST DAY, and went on to star in the upcoming thriller BUNYAN.

His supporting roles include such films as the 2013’s MIND’S EYE and TODD LUCAS: SINGER/SONGWRITER.


Luke Baines


Luke Baines is an English-born, Australian actor, writer and model.

In 2014, he appeared in Gold Circle Films’ The Possession of Michael King, in Richard Zelniker’s AS NIGHT COMES and in Mark Webber’s The Ever After, with Melissa Leo and Teresa Palmer. Early next year, he will commence principal photography on In Repair – a film he wrote and will star in.

Luke’s other highlights include: Network Ten’s The Cooks, Footloose the Musical, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and performances at the Sydney Opera House. He has also appeared in advertisements for brands such as Clearasil and American Eagle, and in editorials for fashion companies American Rag, Roark Collective, Chapter and Chambers.


Myko Olivier


Myko Olivier appears regularly on ABC’s hit TV series CASTLE and is a regular on the new season of GLEE. Myko attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where he earned his B.F.A in Drama. Having experienced much commercial and television success since moving to Los Angeles, Myko will next be starring in the feature film ETERNITY, THE MOVIE, which is getting a limited theatrical release in the fall of 2014.


Evanne Friedmann


Evanne Friedmann plays the lead female role, Sarah, in the indie feature AS NIGHT COMES, written & directed by Richard Zelniker. Evanne most recently guest starred on iCarly on the Disney Channel.

Friedmann holds the distinguished honor of having been named the 2010 Tournament of Roses’ Rose Queen. In her years reign as Ambassador, she appeared at over 160 events, including an appearance at the Ronald Reagan Centennial alongside The Jonas Brothers. A major beauty, Friedmann has modeled for companies including Mattel, Kellogg’s, and American Girl.


Stacia Hitt


Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Stacia Hitt grew into a film career that began at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts – Society of American Fight Directors program. She appeared in her first short (Hell Night) in 2012, then went on to graduate with a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2013. The talented actress has been busy ever since.

Besides her role in Richard Zelniker’s AS NIGHT COMES, Hitt has appeared on TV (The Mysfits), the TV movie Samuel Adams and the feature films Holiday Road Trip and Neighbors.