Blacked Out


Director Ira Heinichen
Born and raised in Northern California, Ira Heinichen began his professional acting career in the Redwood Curtain Theatre as the lead in The Cripple of Inishmaan and Amy’s View. He moved to the Los Angeles area to attend the nationally recognized conservatory Acting program at Cal State Fullerton where he earned a BA and was nominated for a National Irene Ryan Acting Award for his work in The Orphan Muses. Ira has since moved on to critically acclaimed lead performances in Theatricum Botanicum's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth. Ira is the co-founder of J&I Productions, an independent production company. He can currently be seen in the long-standing web series Josh & Ira and on the Theatre Banshee stage as Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice. Blacked Out is his directorial debut.
Writer Joseph Valdez
Born and raised in the tree-leaved metropolis of East Sacramento, Joseph was lured down to Southern California when he received both the prestigious USC Presidential Scholarship and the National Hispanic Scholarship to study theatre at the University of Southern California. Since graduating Magna Cum Laude, he has acted in a multitude of community and professional theatre productions including Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet at the Theatricum Botanicum and Art in Boni Alvarez’s Looking Towards Lourdes. He is acclaimed for two plays that he wrote and starred in, Little Big Joe the Bug Squasher and Swimming to China in My Birthday Suit. Joseph has also appeared in several short films including R.F. Rodriguez’s Mac, an adaptation of Macbeth. Blacked Out is Joseph’s first written film.
Producer Jeff Wiesen
“Blacked Out” marks Jeff’s first venture as a producer. As an actor, Jeff has appeared in film, television, commercials and theatre, most notably at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum where he starred as Hamlet in their acclaimed production of Hamlet. Jeff is currently developing several other projects, including an interactive application for the iPad/iPhone along with multiple scripts. All thanks to family and Erica. Enjoy the film!
Director of Photography Aaron Proctor
Assistant Camera Spencer Goodall
Gaffer Drew Valenti
Grip Alex Feuer
Production Designer Sulinh Lafontaine
Wardrobe Designer Sulinh Lafontaine
Sound Editor Lawrence Everson
Editor Nathan Fleming
Editor Joseph Valdez
Original Music Sean Giddings
Original Music Jonathan Ong
Associate Producer Alexis Crump
Make-up Courtney Lane
Sound Mixer Michael Thor Lengies
Production Assistant Kyumi Nishida