You Took Away My Flag


Michael Hahalyak (Arian) is graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and the School at Steppenwolf.  Theatre credits include Run of the Mill (Currently Untitled Theatre), Pills (The Black Ship Company), and an understudy role in Kabulitis (Polarity Ensemble Theatre).  This is his first film.  He would like to thank Hank Perritt and James Bezy for believing in him and well as his family, his friends, the City of Chicago, and God for love and oppurtunities.
Chad Sheveland (Fahri) has a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He played leading roles in The Hawthorne Effect (Palimpest Films), Out to Lunch (Tribeca Flashpoint Academy), Lady Nocturne (Rhapsody Productions), Cutting Board (Columbia College), and Those Who Go to Hell (Lazy Brown Productions). He also has played on-stage as Owl and Roo in The Grisly/Glorious Adventure (Dream Theatre Company), Vati in The Devilish Children (Dream Theatre Company), Dick in Street Scene (National Pastime Theatre), and Marvin in Aelita (Dream Theatre Company). He is a Performance Ensemble Member of Dream Theatre Company.
Eleni Pappageorge (Vjosa) is a Second City Conservatory graduate and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  She is a Waltzing Mechanics company member and performs with them regularly in their popular ethnographic performance series, El Stories.  She has also had the pleasure of working with Northlight, Remy Bumppo, The Second City, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, The Chicago Dramatists, The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Circle Theatre, and Blackship Theatre Company.  She recently added audio book narrator to her resume after recording Soul Surfer, the Bethany Hamilton story.  Much love and thanks to her beautiful family and friends for all their love and support.
Patrick C. Cunningham ( Dragan) is a Chicago actor, model, producer and selectively humorous stand-up comedian. Originally hailing from the plains of Oklahoma, Patrick fits into one single professional mold about as well as a thunderstorm in a thumbnail. Past film roles have included an all-out neck slashing psychopath, voraciously amorous tango dancer, Midwestern vampire hunter and level-headed pool-hall brawl hombre among others. In late 2011 Patrick will make his first foray into video games having been cast as the lead character in a multi-platform release. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Patrick hopes to one day finally find out what Slivovitz tastes like. It is also rumored that he possesses the rare ability to, with a single look, temporarily paralyze small to medium-sized animals.
Mark Kollar (Fatmir) is an experienced Chicago actor, director, and playwright. He has played Jerry in Debris of the Prophets (Prop Theatre), Montague in Romeo and Juliet (Tuta), and The General in Tyrants (Gorrilla Tango). He has directed 12 productions by local theatre groups over the last 24 years. He is co-founder and artistic director of Norwood Players.
Phil Biedron (KLA Soldier, Albanian boy) is an actor/comedian based in Chicago.  He is a graduate of UIC where he received his BFA in theatre.  He is also a graduate of Annoyance, iO, and Second City.  Phil has been an active comedian performing around Chicago for the past three years.  On his spare time he does mime gigs and some modelling.  Look for him on SNL soon.
Zach Murray (Driton) is pleased and excited to be working with such wonderful people on such a unique project.  Zach hails from the theater program at The University of Illinois at Chicago and has appeared in various small theatrical and film productions. Although he pays the bills as a teacher, Zach is an avid thespian and voice over artist.
Jason Keck (KLA soldier, dead boy) is making his acting debut in You Took Away My Flag.  By day, Jason works as an attorney for an Employment and Immigration law firm in downtown Chicago.  Jason received his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2010.  Jason received his B.B.A. in Finance and Management from the University of Iowa.  In his free time, Jason enjoys working out, spending time with his friends and family, and reading.  Jason is excited about this experience and hopes to develop his acting skills in other films in the very near future.
Ryan Lawlis (Viktor, Serb policeman) is pleased to have his first movie role in this story of conflict and redemption. An enthusiastic race-car driver and builder of race cars, he is the author of a story about misappropriation of creative expression in the blogosphere, which is being adapted into a short movie. Presently a second-year law student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, he thanks Hank, James, and Josh for getting him involved in You Took Away My Flag, and Blair for her support.
Ian Brown (Serb policeman) is absolutely thrilled to be a part of “You Took Away My Flag.”Ian is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BA in Theatre Performance. There, he was featured in “The Kentucky Cycle” and “King Lear.” His most recent productions include “Seven Snakes” and “Put My Blank In Your Blank” with the Chicago Mammals, “Lysistrata” with Ludicrous Theatre Company, and “Old World Laughs and Sings” with the Old World Theatre Company. Ian has also understudied as Skeeter for Annoyance Theater’s “Co-Ed Prison Sluts.” Ian has also studied improvisation at Second City, IO, and Annoyance Theater. Be on the lookout for his two-person sketch group Philian. Ian would like to thank his family and friends for all their undying love and support!
Josh Seiter (Blerim) was born in 1987 in Urbana, IL. This is his movie debut. He has two older brothers and was homeschooled his whole life. He majored in Sociology and Political Science at the University of Illinois, and was a volunteer firefighter for a year. He is a third-year law student at Chicago-Kent College of Law and works in its Law Offices.
Marcellus Norwood (KLA soldier) was born in Markham, Illinois. He took acting and improv courses at Second City and has done film and theater in Chicago, New York & Los Angeles. and is still currently pursing his dream as an actor.