Founded in 2007, Paracelsus Films began as a group of friends with borrowed equipment - and more than a little reckless creativity. Over the years we've grown into an award-winning, full-service production company, and we never forget that, at heart, we're a family of film enthusiasts who channel their time and creativity into projects that inspire, excite and captivate.
Our name, Paracelsus, began as a reference to the novel title that inspired our very first production Project Nephilim: Salvation. At first, it wasn't the easiest name for people to remember - or pronunce (PARA-SELL-SUHSS) - but, as we've grown, so has our fondness of the name that inspired the company.
Who We Are
Vincent C. Morreale (CEO/Artistic Director) is an award-winning writer, director, producer,photographer and visual effects artist. As a director, he has won multiple awards for his short comedic films Death on Toast, and A Spritz in Time, The Settlement and Project Nephilim: From the Beginning. His first full-length play Hence These Tears was produced by Boston Actors Theater, and was later expanded into the mini-series Project Nephilim: Salvation.
He is the director and executive producer of the award-winning web series Staying in Boston, which has been nominated for nearly a dozen awards in New York, LA and Miami.
Christine A. Banna
Christine A. Banna (Artistic Associate: Project Nephilim Series) is an educator and multidisciplinary artist. Born in Providence, RI, she grew up with a deep love of ancient history and science, which have been her driving forces.
Christine received her MFA from the School of the Museum of the Fine Arts in Boston, as well as her BFA in Painting and Art History from Boston University's College of Fine Art. Currently, she is an adjunct professor in Animation and Interactive Media at Montserrat College.
As a professional photographer, artist, colorist, editor and lighting designer, her work has been featured in many Paracelsus Films productions. Her artistic style influenced the design of Christmas After the Zombocalypse and the award winning short Project Nephilim: From the Beginning. This 2016 production season, Christine will contribute to the creative direction of the Project Nephilim series.
An accomplished stage and voice actor serving as Production Director at 95.9 WATD, Kevin Lowney (Advisory Board) has written, voiced and produced hundreds of commercials heard regularly throughout New England. Additionally, he's been recognized by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association for his contributions.
Kevin can frequently be seen on the community theater stage, and has appeared or contributed to nearly every Paracelsus Films production.
His most memorable appearances include a medical examiner in the original Project Nephilim mini-series, a drunk date gone wrong in Staying in Boston, and the befuddled companion of a time traveler in the award winning Spritz in Time.
A native of Maine, Paul Ezzy (Artistic Associate: Two Guys a Girl and a Movie Review) has been with the company since early 2008. An accomplished visual effects artist, he's produced a wide array of Adobe, AVID and Resolve tutorials and templates for Boris FX. Paul is also the Creative Director behind 'Until Further Notice Productions.' Currently, he's working on an computer animated web series titled Model Citizens, set to debut in 2016.
When not engaged in the arts, Paul's pursuing his Masters in Counseling at William James College - or playing video games, going to museums, and seeing lots of movies!
He has appeared in, or had a creative hand in, nearly every production to date, most notably as the character Sean in the web series Staying in Boston. Paul also appeared as himself in Paracelsus Films' How to Win the Internet, which he co-wrote and directed.
Producing Artistic Director for Boston Actors Theater, Danielle Lucas (Casting Director) is dedicated to supporting local artists and charities. She studied at the University of Derby in England, and Keene State College where she received her BA in Theater and Dance. She then received her Masters in Non-Profit Management, specializing in Arts and Education from Northeastern University.
As a director, Danielle has received acclaim for the Boston professional premiere of Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, and specializes in producing, directing, and sometimes choreographing new works.
As an actor, she has toured the country, done regional theater, and appeared in a number of film roles. Since 2012, she has had a hand in assembling our award-winning ensembles for Staying in Boston, The Settlement, and Project Nephilim: From the Beginning.
Jan Velco Soolman
Jan Velco Soolman (Artistic Associate: Staying in Boston) is originally from Chicago, and studied Communications at Boston University. She went on to receive her MBA from Kellogg School of Management, but continued to pursue her dreams of writing.
Jan is an award-nominated author and playwright, whose stage plays Like Wet Cereal to the Side of a Bowl, The Character of Imperfections, DING!, Holiday Hang-Ups, and Welcome to the Hate Store have been produced in and around Boston.
In addition to her work in theater, she authored and illustrated the children's chapter book, Perry the Pigeon and the Case of of the Missing Scones, available on Amazon.com. She is the creator and writer of the award-winning web series Staying in Boston, whose first season was nominated for over a dozen awards including 'Outstanding Writing' and 'Best Creative Concept' at the New York, LA and Miami Web Fests.
Vin Morreale, Jr.
An award-winning writer, director and performer, the works of Vin Morreale, Jr. (Advisory Board) have been produced across the US, as well as in Canada, England, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, Kazakhstan, Italy, Russia, and Sri Lanka.
Vin is the recipient of the prestigious Al Smith Writing Fellowship, and is the author of BURNING UP THE STAGE: Monologues, Short Scenes & Audition Pieces for Actors From Six To Seventy, and was a founding member of the San Francisco Playwrights’ Center and the Senseless Bickering Comedy Theatre.
Vin is Director of VSM Entertainment & Casting, a leading provider of casting and crew services for film, TV and stage, with talent that reaches across the Southeast, Midwest and, in 2013, opened West Coast offices in Los Angeles, California.
Writer, comedian, and all-around human being Laura Burns (Showrunner: The Minute People) has performed improv, sketch, musical comedy, and stand-up at many venues, including Boston's House of Blues, and the touring series Stripped Stories. Laura's publications include The Rumpus and Funny not Slutty.
With sketch group 'Friends of Gertrude,' Laura has acted on a variety of stages, including Strand Theatre and The Calderwood Pavilion (Boston); The Gaslight Theatre (St. Louis); and the 2010 and 2012 Philly Sketchfests. Friends of Gertrude was a 2015 finalist in iO West's Scripted Comedy Festival Video Pilot Competition.
Fight Choreographer Daniel Fury has performed on stage in many Boston area productions, such as Macbeth with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Troilus & Cressida and A Comedy of Errors with the Publick Theatre. He has received critical acclaim as drag queen Cassandra in the Boston premier of Peter Gaitens’ Flesh and Blood with Zeitgeist Stage, and continues to act and choreograph.
Daniel has appeared in several shorts with Paracelsus Films, including Chess Mates, Christmas After the Zombocalypse, and Death on Toast.
Stunt Coordinator Lara Fury has been sword fighting and choreographing fight scenes since she was 13 years old.
Lara has studied with Society of American Fight Directors Instructor Ted Sharon, and is a certified Actor/Combatant with Society of American Fight Directors. In fact, she's been set on fire, jumped off horses and 40-foot platforms, performed stair falls, studied Wu Shu, and spent extra time with Special FX Guru Bill Boggs (My Name is Bruce, Spider-Man, Twilight), learning the ins and outs of safe and disgusting gore!
Our Core Cast members
Nicole Howard received her BFA in Theater and Music from Long Island University, and has been performing professionally ever since. Select regional credits include 28 Seeds (Liars and Believers) and Baby with the Bathwater (Happy Medium Theatre), for which she was nominated for the 2014 Arts Impulse Award.
Nicole's off-Broadway credits include The Last Supper (Rising Sun Performance Company), Christmas in the Village (National Comedy Theater), and 365 Plays 365 Days (New York Public Theater).
She is an avid writer, and has produced several of her plays in NYC, such as the production Untitled Heart. She has a particular interest in bringing theatrical and creative opportunities to children and adults with communication disorders.
David Lucas received his BS in Theater from Northeastern University, and currently serves as the Technical Director for Boston Actors Theater, specializing in lighting design and fight choreography. He has worked behind the scenes with The Theatre Project at West Springfield's Majestic Theatre, as well as with Boston's Company One.
In addition to his work behind the scenes, David has appeared in a number of stage productions, including critically-acclaimed productions of Metamorphoses, and also Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll, and Thinking of You.
Most recently, David appeared as Dr. Rickman in Paracelsus Films' award winning short The Settlement, and held minor roles in How to Win the Internet and the original Project Nephilim mini-series.
Nick McNeil is an actor and singer currently pursuing his BFA in Acting at Pace University in New York City.
In addition to numerous stage credits in both Boston and New York, Nick has appeared in a number of projects with Paracelsus Films. He originated the role of Elias Weller in the miniseries Project Nephilim: Salvation, a role he reprised for the award winning short film From the Beginning. He played the lead in the multiple award winning short film A Spritz in Time, as well as the comedy Warren's Last Film where he played a beleagured filmmaker trying to manage a motley crew of extras.
He had a small cameo as a youtube star in the sketch comedy film How to Win the Internet.
Maurice Emanuel Parent
Maurice Emanuel Parent is a Resident Company Member of The Actors' Shakespeare Project, and has been seen in Measure for Measure (Angelo), Troilus & Cressida (Troilus), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Coriolanus (Junius Brutus), King John (Louis the Dauphin). He was also nominated by The Independent Reviewers of New England for his role as Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet.
Maurice is the proud recipient of a 2015 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) award, as well as the 2008 Elliot Norton Award for Some Men (Angel Eyes et al, SpeakEasy Stage Co.), Angels in America (Belize / Mr. Lies, Boston Theatre Works) and The Wild Party (Black, New Repertory Theatre).
By day, Maurice is a Boston Public School teacher and adjunct faculty at Boston University.
Damon Singletary is a Resident Company Member of Boston Actors Theater with many stage and screen credits. With Paracelsus Films, he appeared as the Coach in Staying in Boston, and as the Lead Agent in The Settlement.
Some of his favorite Boston area stage roles include Jim in Boston Actors Theater's Thinking of You; Matt in Lapse by Gail Phaneuf for Boston Theatre Marathon XV; Bernard in The Boys in the Band, by Marty Crowley with Zeitgeist Stage Company; dual roles of Dr. Mandril and Big Six in Larry Gelbar and Cy Coleman's City of Angels with Lyric Stage Company of Boston; and Coach in Andrew Hinderaker's Colossal with Company One. He even played roles ranging from a piece of furniture to a narrator in the Boston Actors Theatre devised piece Dancing Wilde based on the writings of Oscar Wilde.