(Writer, Director, Actor, Producer)
Richard Green is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts.
He subsequently attended NYU Graduate Film School prior to working
for the Public
Theater on the staff of script development.
As a musician he has worked with an amazing assortment of internationally
known jazz and rock players and arrangers.
As an actor, He played the Magician in David Lynch's Mulholland
Drive and occasional appearances on TV including West Wing and many
maintains a high profile career in the low profile voice-over game
with clients ranging from Coke to Nike. His writing/directing credits
include theater, episodic TV, a successful series of commercials,
numerous produced screenplays and music.
He is executive producer on David Lynch Presents, A Next Step Studios
production, I Don't Know Jack - the unsolved life and homicide of
Eraserhead star, Jack Nance.
Year ZigZag is his first feature as writer/director
Girl / Music producer)
Banks was born in Omaha and raised in Colorado. Robin Banks performed
her first solo at the age of three. This early start led to years
in theater, dance and numerous musical groups; spanning the gamut
between classical and jazz to rock n' roll. After returning from
Boston, where she attended Berklee School of Music, Banks studied
acting and made enough money to attempt the nonstop trip to Los
Angeles to pursue both an acting and musical career.
Making her first feature film debut in 7 Year ZigZag, Banks next
project is the independent release her new CD.
founding member of "The Groundlings" and "The Spolin Players," an
L.A. based comedy improv group. She has also performed at The Improvisation,
Laugh Factory, Gio's and Zephyr Theater She was last seen on the
LA stage in the west coast premiere of Lines of Communication, with
the exception of her directing duties, such as an original play
by Pat Sawyer, Lovable Blonde Seeking.
Always at the forefront of independent filmmaking, Du Bain's work
at the American Film Institute began as an assistant to the Institute's
director, Antonio Vellani, and would later include coordinating
the Independent Filmmaker Program, organizing the Academy's Internship
program and the developing the Directing Workshop for Women.
Joining Next Step Studios in 1998, Du Bain is the executive producer
of the independent documentary "David Lynch presents 'I Don't Know
Jack'" a film about Jack Nance, the charismatic and unique actor
that portrayed the signature character in Lynch's groundbreaking
1977 film, "Eraserhead."
The ZigZag Band
ZigZag Band Mixing the hot swing rhythms of the 30' and 40's with
the instrumentation and tech of today, the ZigZag Band is in the
forefront of the contemporary new-swing movement. Standards, originals,
scat, soulful ballads and irresistible dance beats are wailed on
horns, lead guitars, drums, bass and keyboards.
Lineups range between 4 and 14 players and often feature hot swing
dancers on stage. Since it's first inception in 1980, when it opened
the legendary Vine St. Bar and Grill, the ZigZag Band (a.k.a. The
Next Step) has played the world attracting an eclectic array of
international jazz and rock musicians including: Richard Green (founder),
Red Callendar, Grover Mitchell, Lee Thornburg, Miriam Cutler, Greg
Poree, David Jackson, Jerry Jumenville, Dwight Dinan, Ian Stewart,
Chris Blackwell, Doug Boyle, Chris Marshall, Dean Parks, Jonathan
Wolfe, Barry Saperstein, Anne Farnsworth, Brantly Kearns, Kenton
Youngstrom, Phil Ranelin, Ann King, Louis Taylor and Red Young amongst
many others. Bandleader Richard Green, the lead singer, has a unique
sound you may recognize from the numerous voiceovers his does for
radio and TV. His acting credits include the Magician in the new
David Lynch film Mulholland Drive.
As a director he is credited with over 30 TV spots and the soon
to be released feature motion picture 7 Year ZigZag...a Film in
Rhyme and Swing which includes 14 of the band's original tunes.
Richard Green and the ZigZag Band are noted for turning any room
they play into the ZigZag Club where the musicians are hot, the
party is wild and the improvisation as exciting as a tightrope walker
on the high wire.
gifted actor, writer and director, Jonathan Schmock is probably
best known as one half of the comedy team, "The Funny Boys."
Schmock and partner James Valleley continue to write and perform
As a film actor, Schmock has appeared in films such as "Some
Kind of Wonderful," "City of Industry" and gave a
memorable performance as the 'snooty' Maitre'd in Matthew Broderick's
break-out film, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." He has made
countless guest appearances in TV series that include "Golden
Girls," the "The Geena Davis Show," "My Wife
and Kids" and "Push Nevada".
Expanding his repertoire, Schmock has also written and directed
episodes of ABC's hit sitcom, "Dharma & Greg," as well
as directing and producing the AMC series "The Lot" and
creating ABC's "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch".
Next Step Studios is a Los Angeles based independent production
company with ten years of low budget production in commercials,
promos, movies and TV. Their first two feature films, 7 Year ZigZag...a
Film in Rhythm and Rhyme and David Lynch Presents - I Don't Know
Jack (a documentary about the star of Eraserhead) are currently
on the festival circuit. They are now in development on several
feature film and TV projects. Richard Green, managing director,
is an international voiceover artist. His on screen work includes
the Magician in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. Donna Du Bain, producer,
is a founding member of The Groundlings. She is a producer and co-executive
producer on the documentary, I Donąt Know Jack.
7Year ZigZag... A Film in Rhythm and Rhyme Produced by Richard Green/Donna
DuBain Written and directed by Richard Green 35mm USA - Running
time 82:56 7 Year ZigZag is a highly unusual film. Entirely in rhyme,
it is the sometimes sexy, sometimes funny, always true and intriguing
story of a heroic struggle for love and success. Presented on 35mm,
it was produced using a wide array of multi-media elements including
the extensive and innovative use of archival film footage, extraordinary
"living storyboards" and a wall to wall music soundtrack
played by internationally renown jazz and rock musicians.
David Lynch Presents A Next Step Studios Production I Don't Know
Jack Exec. Producers- Richard Green/Donna DuBain Directed by Chris
Leavens USA - Running time 91:02 Jack Nance, made famous as the
star of David Lynch's first film "Eraserhead" lived a life which
baffled his friends, relatives and some say himself. I Don't Know
Jack is a fascinating documentary on the life, career and brutal
death of a pop cult icon as told by those who worked with him and
loved him. The film contains exclusive rare footage. stills and
interviews with David Lynch, Dennis Hopper, (Log Lady) Catherine
Coulson and many others. Winner Best Actor for Jack Nance (posthumously)
Kansas City Film Festival.
Raised in the heartland of Erie, Pennsylvania, editor Michael Wargo
has expertly managed the daunting task of compiling and focusing
the story of Richard Green in this film.
Wargo's first work is made up primarily of independent, short films
that he and writer/director Chris Leavens created, such as "Mountains
on the Moon," "Maya," "Willard Junior"
and "A Work in Progress". A relative newcomer,
Wargo is also responsible for editing Leavens' ground breaking film
"David Lynch Presents 'I Don't Know Jack'," a documentary
about Jack Nance, the charismatic and unique actor that portrayed
the signature character in Lynch's groundbreaking 1977 film, "Eraserhead."
Downs, Cynthia Pushek, Alexander Szuch, cinematographers, collectively
work in every aspect of film and video from TV to feature films.
Webolution#9: Soundscape, is a collaboration of Alex Blanc
and Robin Banks. As producers their highly unusual work ranges from
music to web design.
Dinan and Green: songwriters have created over 30 tunes together
and began their collaboration with the original Next Step Movie,
of which 7 Year ZigZag tells the story. Their song, Seamy Side of
LA was recently featured in the motion picture Burn, Hollywood,
Tim Emmons (club music director) When he's not busy providing
soundtracks to popular movies and television shows such as "The
Emmons finds time to lay down tracks with R&B legend Chico DeBarge
and D.J. Quik.