Cast & Crew




The part of Grandpa Joe will be played by veteran actor Frankie Faison, well known for his roles on “The Wire” and The Silence of The Lambs, currently co-starring in Alan Ball’s series “Banshee” on Cinemax. He appeared in every sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, Coming to America, and “One Life to Live.” Faison brings depth and experience to the role, he loves the script, and he wants to play the part if the film becomes a feature.

Check out his page on IMDB.


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Saoirse Scott, 12, was on the short list to portray Rue in The Hunger Games (even listed under the film’s IMDB for a time) and portrayed Jamie Vega on ABC’s “One Life to Live” for four years, so she has a lot of camera experience. She was discovered by her manager at the age of 4, and she looks younger than her age of nearly 13, so her angelic Kendra will be unforgettable in Danger Word. Why are we able to cast such great actors on such a low budget? Because they need roles, and often it’s up to independent film to give actors of color the exopsure they deserve. I’ve always wanted to say this: “Kid, we’re going to make you a star!”

Check out her page on IMDB.


Nicki Barnes

NICKI BARNES (Woman beside car) 

Nicki Barnes obtained her degree in theater from the University of California (Irvine).  She has appeared in numerous plays and musicals, including the part of Mrs. Muller in the Santa Maria Civic Theater’s production of Doubt.  She recently completed her second run as Gary Coleman in the musical Q (Kelrik Productions), and she has appeared in In the Next Room and Good People (San Luis Obispo Little Theater), Under Milk Wood (God is Still Speaking Theater) and As You Like It (Citrus College).  This is her first film appearance. 

Michael Power

MICHAEL POWER (Shopkeeper)

Michael has appeared in more than 30 films, commercials and music videos. He recently was cast for the lead roles in two short films, Sinterklass and The Dance. Michael was the Executive Producer and appeared in the short film Glory Days, which screened at the Woodstock Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Denver Starz Film Festival and the Sarasota Film Festival. Michael was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York where he currently resides. Michael attended State University of New York at New Paltz and the University of Southern California for a career in Graphic Design. He currently attends HB Studios in Manhattan’s West Village. 

Check out his page on IMDB



LUCHINA FISHER (Director–Executive Producer) 

Luchina Fisher photo

Luchina Fisher is an award-winning writer and producer. She has produced and written three nationally broadcast documentaries on blues singer B.B. King, the 30-year history of Title IX, and soul singer Gladys Knight. She won the 2002 National Women’s Political Caucus Exceptional Merit in Media Award for the Title IX documentary. Her latest project, the short film “Death in the Family,” won the silver award at the Philadelphia International Film Festival and was an official selection for the Harlem and Litchfield Hills (CT) film festivals. Luchina began her career as a journalist, reporting for the Miami Herald and People magazine. She was tapped by Oprah Winfrey to be her “voice” and a contributing editor for O, The Oprah Magazine. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Lifetime magazine and Health magazine as well as online at, where she currently writes about the entertainment industry. Luchina has also collaborated on several books, including Gladys Knight’s memoir and Oprah Winfrey and Bob Greene’s bestseller Make The Connection. She is the co-author of The Slick Boys.

For more on Luchina and “Death in the Family”:

STEVEN BARNES (Screenwriter–Executive Producer) 

Steven Barnes photo

Danger Word is based on the YA horror novel Devil’s Wake, which Steven Barnes co-authored with his wife and collaborator, Tananarive Due (below).  Barnes and Due also adapted the screenplay.  Barnes has published 28 novels and more than three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He has been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. His television work includes The Twilight Zone, Stargate and Andromeda, and his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won an Emmy Award for actress Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction). His alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor Award. He won an NAACP Image Award for In the Night of the Heat, a mystery novel co-authored with his wife, Tananarive Due, in collaboration with actor Blair Underwood.  

For more information about Steve, his work, and his self-help courses, including a free writing course, visit:

See Steve’s full TV credits on IMDB.

TANANARIVE DUE (Screenwriter–Executive Producer) 


Tananarive Due is the Cosby Chair for the Humanities at Spelman College.  She co-authored the novel Devil’s Wake with Steven Barnes, and the two adapted the screenplay for Danger Word.  She has written a dozen supernatural suspense novels, including the African Immortals series that began with My Soul to Keep.  She won an American Book Award for her supernatural thriller The Living Blood, and she and Barnes won an NAACP Image Award for the mystery novel In the Night of the Heat, also co-authored with Barnes, in collaboration with actor Blair Underwood.  Due is a member of the WGA.  She and Barnes also collaborated on an adaptation of her novel The Good House, formerly in development at Fox Searchlight, which also developed My Soul to Keep.  Due and director Luchina Fisher were reporters together at The Miami Herald. 

Follow Tananarive Due on Twitter: @TananariveDue, or join her fan page on Facebook.  Her website is at

ERIC SCHNEIDER (Director of Photography) 

Eric Schneider photo

Eric Schneider (Mutable Films) comes to Danger Word fresh from shooting and editing R&B sensation Miguel’s video for “Candles in the Sun.”  (See it by clicking on Videos in the main menu!) He also edited director Luchina Fisher’s previous short, Death in the Family.  From his website,  “Eric Schneider got his start as a third assistant on a shoot for the cover of Forbes Magazine. The photographer, Manuello Paganelli, had brought him aboard, as the executive, that they were photographing,was giving them 15 minutes of his time for the shoot. As it turns out, the first and second assistant didn’t show up, and he was thrust into the first assistant role, helping with the lighting and loading Hasselblad backs to pull off the shoot. He never looked back.  After assisting for years, he moved to New York City and from assistant to photographer, then to film editor and eventually cinematographer.  Since then, he has photographed and or filmed numerous musicians, actors/actresses, models, bohemians, luminaries and everyday people, places and things.”

Check out his page on Vimeo.


Anothony Reyes

Anthony Reyes is a makeup artist based in New York City. His most recent credit was as key makeup on the film El Cuco. His creative range of work delves into the film, modeling, and photography. Previously, he has worked with Q Modeling Management, Wilhelmina, and Major; collaborated with NYU seniors for their film theses projects; and glamorized models for professional photographers such as Damian Sandone, Christopher Morel, Peter Lueders, Seth Miranda, and Sekou Luke. From starting as an actor/make-up artist on his school’s production of the award-winning Broadway musical CATS to becoming a recent grad of New York’s Make-Up Designory, Reyes has joined the crew of Danger Word to bring the zombies to life.

Check out the FX page on his website.


Rachael Wagner







Rachael Wagner, 24, is a makeup artist based in Los Angeles. She is from Chapel Hill, NC. Recently, Rachael has been chosen as a contestant on SyFy’s “Face Off.” Here’s here SyFy bio: 

“Rachael Wagner fell in love with art in high school, and with her teacher’s motivation, she pursed Art Education in college. While in college she found the art of makeup and instantly fell in love with the new medium. She moved to New York to attend Makeup Designory in 2012 and pursue her new dream of becoming a special effects makeup artist. Rachael auditioned for Face Off season 5, and believes that she has become a more developed artist since then and is eager to showcase her skills on season 7. Outgoing and kind hearted, Rachael has Southern sensibilities with a New York edge.”

Her website is

TERENCE TAYLOR (Editor–Assistant Director) 

Terence Taylor

Terence Taylor is an author and editor, and a producer for New York’s premier PBS station, WNET/Thirteen. Terence designed The Big Bang Theory logo and motion graphics for POV and Independent Film Channel programs.  (He also animated our cool graphic hidden behind this text box on the upper left side…scroll to the bottom of the post on the “About Danger Word Film” page to see it.)  

The award-winning children’s television writer’s work has appeared on PBS, Nickeolodeon and Disney, among many others.  As a horror writer, his short fiction has appeared in the Dark Dream anthology series edited by Brandon Massey, and he published the vampire novels Bite Marks and Blood Pressure.  

Learn more about Terence at his website:

ZAINAB ALI (Producer) 

Zainab Ali

Zainab Ali is executive producer of Death in the Family, the director’s debut film, which has been selected for screenings across the U.S. Her interest in project management and networking has led to a career as a senior recruiter for major corporations including Gap Inc., Charles Schwab, and Gensler. A lifelong film enthusiast, “Z” is turning her skills toward producing independent film and television; her goal is to inspire cinematographers, writers, directors, and investors to collaborate on stories that transcend boundaries.


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