I Heart Shakey

I Heart Shakey

Rylie Behr as Chandler and Ebony as Shakey in I HEART SHAKEY, a film by Kevin Cooper. Photo credit: Rich Marchewka. Picture courtesy Amarok Productions. All rights reserved.

I Heart Shakey

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I Heart Shakey (2012)

Opened: 06/29/2012 Limited

World Premiere06/16/2012 - 06/16/20121 day
Maumee, OH06/29/2012 - 07/05/20127 days
Graham, TX06/29/2012 - 07/05/20127 days
Naperville, IL06/29/2012 - 07/05/20127 days

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Genre: Family Comedy

Rated: PG for for some rude humor, mild language and brief smoking.

A Family Comedy for All Breeds (in 3D!)


Single father J.T. and his precocious daughter Chandler move from a small town to Chicago with their lovable family mutt Shakey. After missing the fine print in their rental contract, J.T. is forced to find Shakey a new home. Chandler hatches a plan to keep Shakey and teach J.T. a valuable lesson about loyalty and the importance of keeping family together.

Of Interest

  • Starring Steve Lemme, a founding member of the cult favorite comedy group Broken Lizard
  • Co-star Steve Guttenberg's films havegrossed over $100,000,000 U.S. in the box office
  • Dove Family-Approved
  • Features music from Blues Traveler's John Popper, Plain White T's, Jono Manson, and Jon McLaughlin

Cast Biographies

Steve Lemme (J.T. O'Neil) is a founding member of the cult favorite comedy group Broken Lizard. Steve attended Colgate University and became a member of the Beta Theta Phi fraternity, where he met Kevin Heffeman, Erik Stolhanske, Jay Chandrasekhar and Paul Soter. The five formed a sketch comedy troupe called Charred Goosebeak at Colgate and afterwards moved to NYC to commence their careers as sketch comedians. The group changed its name to Broken Lizard and performed weekly Off-Off Broadway shows . . .

Steve Guttenberg (Sgt. Stubbs) Star of a dozen films that have grossed a hundred million dollars at the American box-office, with leading-man looks and critically acknowledged comedy and dramatic chops, Steve Guttenberg has been a true leading man in the lives of numerous foster kids who had no one else to turn to when suddenly emptied onto the streets to make it on their own. It is his favorite role, but one financed by his roles on film and TV.

Beverly D'Angelo (Sheila) is an actress, singer, and songwriter with approximately 60 feature films and countless television performances to her credit. In addition to her acclaimed work as a dramatic and comedic actress, she has written and performed songs for a number of soundtracks for film and television.

Alfonso Arau (Raoul) has had a long and fruitful career both in front of and behind the camera and is one of the most prominent filmmakers of the Latino community in Hollywood. Arau was a drama disciple of Seki Sano - a Japanese teacher, classmate of Lee Strassberg with Stanislavski in Russia - and traveled the world from 1964 to 1968 with his one-man show of Pantomime Happy Madness after studying with Etienne Dacroux and Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Rylie Jo Behr (Chandler) was born on the 16th of December 1999, in Mason City, Iowa, USA. She began acting in her local area in Des Moines, IA before signing to her agency in Los Angeles, CA. Rylie has been seen in television shows on local and national levels with the WQPT PBS series Get Movin and the Sci-Fi show Children of the Com. She also appeared in the film, The Crazies directed by Breck Eisner. Rylie's commercial and industrial work includes McDonalds, Be a, Genie, 3M as well as print work in Food & Family Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine and Kohls Magazine. Rylie also stars in the short film Nanuq, directed by Jill Jones.

Ebony (Shakey) came from the Albuquerque, New Mexico animal shelter when she was very young, less than 7 weeks old. Even as a pup, she had a curious outgoing personality that not only showed her intelligence, but also got her into all kinds of trouble. She was listed as a shepherd cross, but Ebony is truly an all American mutt. Ebony loves to learn, making her a natural when it comes to performing. Ebony is now 5 years old and she has 19 titles in agility and two titles in freestyle dancing. I Heart Shakey is Ebony's first appearance in a film.

Philippe Brenninkmeyer (Mattias Ober) trained extensively at the Lee Strasberg Institute in London and worked on the London stage in critically acclaimed London productions such as Mephisto, Romeo & Juliet, The Rivals and Woyzeck. In New York, Mr. Brenninkmeyer won leading roles in several award-winning productions including: No Exit, Our Country's Good, King Lear, As You Like It and Macbeth. Philippe pursued work in Germany's television & film industry and became a household name, almost overnight.

Janet Ulrich Brooks (Estelle Willinger) makes her living as an actor and teaching artist in Chicago. Film credits include I Heart Shakey, Conviction, Polish Bar and One Small Hitch. Her outstanding Chicago area theatre performances have earned her 5 Jeff Award nominations. A company member of TimeLine Theatre Company, Janet has appeared in All My Sons, When She Danced, Not Enough Air, Weekend, Tesla's Letters, Paradise Lost, Lillian and A Man For All Seasons.

Andy St. Clair (Oskar Jerski) is an actor in Chicago. Andy has been featured in several Second City productions including Disposable Nation Pratfall of Civilization, Campaign Supernova, Brother Can You Spare Some Change and Studes Turkels Not Working. He was also on the main stage revue of Taming of the Flu. Currently, Andy is the host of the television show Treasure Hunters Roadshow on the LiveWell network. He earned a BFA from Southwest Missouri State. I Heart Shakey is Andy's first feature film.

Crew Biographies

Kevin Cooper (Director)

Kevin studied directing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he met Jay Chandrasekhar, one of the founding members of the Broken Lizard Comedy Group. Kevin collaborated with the group on a series of video sketches, which Broken Lizard used for its live shows in Greenwich Village. Later, Kevin directed the group's first effort in filmmaking, a short entitled The Tinfoil Monkey Agenda. Following film school, Kevin moved to Los Angeles and pursued a career in Hollywood, starting out at Creative Artists Agency, then moving to Bay Films working as a development executive for director Michael Bay on Armageddon. Kevin became a creative executive at Twentieth Century Fox Studios and then later ran development at Digital Domain, where he was an Executive Producer on Secondhand Lions starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall and Haley Joel Osment for New Line Cinema. His last film, Lora, starring Lucia Brawley, was directed by the award-winning filmmaker Gabor Herendi. Kevin earned his MFA from UCLA.

Steven Parker (Director of Photography) Steven Parker began his career in the creative arts studying Art Education at the University of Cincinnati. In 1989, he moved north to study filmmaking at Columbia College Chicago because he had discovered that the art of cinematography was "the perfect work for both sides of the brain" and became involved in the local production community. When Steven moved into narrative filmmaking he knew where he wanted to be was behind the camera and after several years working on movies in the lighting departments he shot his first feature-length project in 2001, the award-winning Hale Bopp. He soon moved to Los Angeles and recently completed his twenty-third feature film as a cameraman, the children's adventure I Heart Shakey, Steven's first foray into live-action 3D cinematography. Other recent projects include work for the Nintendo Network, Discovery Channel and National Geographic Television, a return to Chicago for the short subject Chicago Mirage as well as the romantic comedy Feed the Fish starring Tony Shalhoub, Kate Aselton and Barry Corbin, for which Steven was awarded the Best Cinematography prize at the 2010 Woods Hole Film Festival.

DeAnna Cooper (Producer) DeAnna Cooper is the primary Creative Producer for Amarok Productions. Previously, she was a senior executive at Twentieth Century Fox Studios, where she was responsible for financial analysis, forecasting, budgeting and title specific ultimates reporting for films including X-Men, Thin Red Line, Ice Age, Titanic, and others. Prior to Fox, she was an executive for New Line Cinemas and responsible for studio financial modeling and estimate analysis for both in-house productions and acquisitions and negotiating terms with international distributors. DeAnna has her MBA in Finance from the University of Connecticut.

Taejung Lee (Producer) Taejung is the other producer of I Heart Shakey and leads the Los Angeles-based operations of Amarok Productions. He started his career as a research coordinator in Feature Film Development of Digital Domain, Inc., and then quickly rose to be a key player in acquiring key properties like Instant Karma starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Pierce Brosnan and Gene Wilder, Plant Life with Terry Rossio & Ted Elliott and Stardate starring George Takei.

Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Executive Producers) Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the box office hits Friday The 13th (2009) and Freddy vs. Jason and Executive Produced the After Dark original Seconds Apart. They also wrote on the DreamWorks animated hit SharkTale and have a number of projects currently in development, including Jerry the Giant Killer for producer Sam Raimi and the live action epic Vikings for Disney.