The World Without You is a story about the Frankel family who come together in 2005, a year after the death of the youngest son Leo, a journalist, at the hands of Al Qaeda to memorialize him at their summer cabin in the Berkshires. In so doing, they discover that the man they are burying is not quite the golden brother and son they thought, nor are they, as a family, the singular force for all that is helpless and downtrodden in the world that they were raised to be. Stuck in this country house together for the first time in years, each of Leo’s survivors must admit untruths they’ve been holding onto about not only him, but themselves, and finally obliterate the old family mechanism, to have any chance at surviving as “The Frankels,” in the future.
Produced by Throughline Films + SB Productions
RADHA MITCHELL is an Australian actress who has worked with some of today’s greatest filmmakers, from Woody Allen to Lisa Cholodenko to Joel Schumacher to Tony Scott and Marc Forster. She rose to prominence appearing in such films as PITCH BLACK, FINDING NEVERLAND, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN and LONDON HAS FALLEN, PHONEBOOTH, MAN ON FIRE, MELINDA AND MELINDA, and THE CRAZIES. Mitchell played the lead role on the ABC drama series RED WIDOW, can currently be seen in theaters in Lionsgate’s THE SHACK and is gearing up to shoot the third installment in the OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN franchise opposite Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman.
CHRIS MULKEY recently wrapped the indie feature, THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU opposite Radha Mitchell. He can next be seen in both LIFE AND DEATH OF JOHN GOTTI opposite John Travolta and in ABOVE SUSPICION directed by Phillip Noyce and starring opposite Emilia Clark and Jack Huston. Other recent film credits include THE IDENTICAL, opposite Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd. He also starred in such films as THE PURGE and notably CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. He has also had recurring roles in such television series as TWIN PEAKS, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and GRIMM. Additional and most recent TV credits include AMC’s, BETTER CALL SAUL, NBC’s, CHICAGO JUSTICE, FOX’s, LUCIFER and Seriously.TV’s, LIBERTY CROSSING.
After years of devoting her life to her family, and to nursing, SUZANNE JOHNSON listened to her heart and made the leap from being a mother and nurse to following her dream of an acting career.
In her first feature film, EMPTY SPACE, a powerful drama, she was cast as a waitress in a rural diner trapped in an abusive relationship. After that role, she was hooked. A series of parts followed in several shorts, student films and features.
Suzanne has played a range of roles, including a mother to a dying girl in a faith-based film, the love interest of a sheriff in a rural town, a hippie psychic, and a Southern socialite with a poker fetish. It was a solid start to her film career, as she continues to strive for more with her powerful role as Marilyn in THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU.
PERREY REEVES is best known to audiences for her pair of spousal roles in Dreamworks’ big screen blockbuster OLD SCHOOL opposite better half Will Ferrell, and HBO’s award winning hit series ENTOURAGE, opposite Jeremy Piven. She has since transitioned into yet another Hollywood-themed vehicle, Freeform’s FAMOUS IN LOVE with Bella Thorne. No stranger to memorable television roles, Reeves has since enjoyed arcs on the likes of TNT’s PERCEPTION and USA Network’s COVERT AFFAIRS, as well as starred on the political drama THE LYON’S DEN with Rob Lowe. Guest roles include ROYAL PAINS, WHITE COLLAR, NCIS, HAWAII 5-0, PRIVATE PRACTICE, CASTLE, GHOST WHISPERER, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, GREY’S ANATOMY, MEDIUM, CSI: MIAMI, CSI, and THE X-FILES among others.
JAMES TUPPER was most recently seen in Jean-Marc Vallée’s HBO limited-series BIG LITTLE LIES, created by David E. Kelley and based on Liane Moriarty’s book of the same name. He stars alongside Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgård. James will portray “Nathan Carlson” the ex-husband to Reese Witherspoon’s “Madeline Martha Mackenzie” as they face the challenges of raising their teenage daughter.
Additionally, Tupper recently starred in the SyFy post-apocalyptic thriller AFTERMATH, as “Joshua Copeland” opposite Anne Heche. The two along with their three teenagers, must battle for survival after civilization comes to an apocalyptic end, triggered by devastating natural disasters – and the rise of supernatural creatures.
Best known for playing “Amanda” in Fox Searchlight’s “The Sessions” (Winner of the Audience Award and the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting at the Sundance Film Festival), ANNIKA MARKS stars in the hit ABC Family show “The Fosters” as Principal Monte Porter. She can also be seen starring opposite Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammar and Lily Collins in the Amazon Original Series “The Last Tycoon”, based off F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final novel, and recently wrapped filming on Weinstein Co.’s mini-series “WACO” (based off the Branch Davidian compound in the 1990’s), and “The World Without You”, a film based on Joshua Henkin’s best-selling novel starring Perry Reeves and PJ Byrne.
P.J. BYRNE just recently finished shooting the New Line feature RAMPAGE for director Brad Peyton opposite Dwayne Johnson. He also wrapped the Nancy Meyers produced film HOME AGAIN opposite Reese Witherspoon. P.J. was a series regular in The Martin Scorsese/HBO series VINYL in the role of ‘Scott Levitt.’ He was last seen as ‘Principal Nippal’ on HBO’s mini-series BIG LITTLE LIES opposite Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, and he recurs on the new Showtime 70’s period series I’M DYING UP HERE.P.J. can soon be seen in Dito Montiel’s independent film THE CLAPPER opposite Ed Helms and Tracy Morgan that recently struck a deal with Momentum Pictures. He’s the voice of Firestorm on WB – DC Comics The Justice League! P.J. also recently finished writing BROTHERS OF THE BRIDE for New Line, which he sold from a pitch with Red Wagon.
Toronto born, Trinidadian / British, LYNDIE GREENWOOD is a classically trained actress who started her career as SONYA on Nikita for the CW opposite Maggie Q and Shane West. She was a regular on FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, and has since worked with legendary director Bruce Beresford, Queen Latifah and Marin Ireland on FLINT for Lifetime.
LYNN COHEN'S roles on film and television have ranged from Mags in THE HUNGER GAMES, to Golda Meir in Steven Spielberg’s MUNICH, and Maman in Louis Malle’s VANYA ON 42nd STREET, to the nanny Magda in SEX AND THE CITY (both the two movies and the TV series).
Included among her many other movie and TV credits are Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY, and DECONSTRUCTING HARRY; EAGLE EYE; INVINCIBLE, THE EXTRA MEN; EVERYBODY’S FINE; HELLO HANDSOME; LAW AND ORDER; NURSE JACKIE; DAMAGES; and BORED TO DEATH.
JOEL REITSMA is a Chicago-based stage, screen, and voice actor, with a B.F.A. from Columbia College Chicago and has earned many local theatre and film credits. With a nomination for a Joseph Jefferson award for best actor in a principal role, Joel continues to work, live, and make theatre in the globally renowned Chicago theatre community, and he’s often found working on stage at his artistic home as an ensemble member with the award-winning Steep Theatre Company. He has been working locally in the film and television industry, and has recently starred in leading roles in two local independent short films, Streamline, and Closure, and starred in two local independent features, Older Children, and The World Without You, both in supporting roles.
TYLER KAPLAN, made his small screen debut in 2016, playing “Teddy,” a guest-starring role in a pivotal episode of Chicago Fire (NBC/Universal), for which he earned accolades from Director, Reza Tabrizi. Soon after, he began shooting the series regular role of “Scottie,” in the television pilot, Written Off, which is currently available on Amazon Prime. Tyler, along with his fellow cast members of Written Off, were honored to be awarded the Best Ensemble Cast in the 2016 DePaul Premiere Film Festival, as well as being chosen as “Official Selection, Best Pilot” in the 2016 NYTV Festival and the 2016 ITV Festival. Tyler capped off 2016 by appearing in the Midwest premiere of Anthony Giardina’s play, City of Conversation at Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Marti Lyons.
DAN PULICK is a New York-based writer for film and television. He’s also an adjunct professor in the Dramatic Writing Department at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts.
Director & Producer
DAMON SHALIT is an actor, director, writer, producer. ‘ …whatever role I need to fill to make it happen’ . Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, raised in Houston, Texas, Damon studied at the University of Texas in Austin, and with acclaimed acting teacher, Larry Moss, in Los Angeles. Damon taught acting and filmmaking at NYFA for five years as well as privately in Chicago.
Working with her acting coach, Damon Shalit, they brainstormed how she could further her career. They decided that one great course of action would be to not only act but to produce a film in which she could star. Damon suggested she read some screenplays, and also recommended Joshua Henkin’s best-selling novel, The World Without You. She immediately connected with the powerful material, and the character of grieving mother Marilyn deeply resonated with her. Apart from great similarities in their personalities, Marilyn’s trajectory as a mother who loses her only son to a terrorist act was an emotional journey that Suzanne felt compelled to fulfill.
BRADLEY LAROCCO was born in Chicago where he grew up and began his professional career in the areas of business and management. This foundation has been coupled with his creative intuition and experience gained in both narrative and documentary filmmaking as a producer and director. As a documentarian, he gravitates toward visual storytelling about complex characters that possess a strong sense of uniqueness and authenticity. His documentary producing and directing work includes Max’s Story (2015), followed by Languages of Graffiti, currently in development.
CHARLES LEE MUDD JR. is the founder and principal of Mudd Law Offices which represents local, national, and international clientele in diverse litigation and transactional matters. Since forming his firm in 2001 and obtaining his first clients through Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Charles has continued to provide legal representation to clients within the entertainment industry. Over the last several years, he expanded his involvement in the creative and business aspects of film production, and has served as associate producer and producer on a number of documentary and dramatic feature length films. Charles also regularly writes and collaborates with industry professionals as well as operates Tanchakat Productions Company. He regularly speaks internationally on technology and law and teaches law in Chicago, Illinois. Recently, he has ventured into astronomy and astrophysics.
Director of Photography
KRIS BELCHEVSKI is known for his cinematic and honest images. He recently wrapped the feature film THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU, with Director Damon Shalit. His film JEAN OF THE JONESES by Writer/Director Stella Meghie premiered at South by Southwest and the Toronto International Film Festival, was recognized by Variety for Kris’ cinematography. He was also the 2nd Unit DP on PUPPY LOVE with Director Michael Maxxis. Kris’ short films SHADOW NETTES and DREDGER, with Director Phillip Barker both had their world premieres at TIFF in 2017 and 2016 respectively. Kris was awarded the Best Short Film Cinematography Award at the Canadian Society of Cinematographers for his work on DREDGER. He also lensed the soon to be released feature film COLD DECK, starring Paul Sorvino, plus many iconic commercial campaigns, including Adidas, Louis Vuitton, Samsung, Raptors and Guinness to name a few.
VALERIE MCCAFFREY is an independent casting director coming from the studio level, she has cast over 80 films. From April 1994-2000, Valerie held the position of Vice President of Feature Film Casting for New Line/Fine Line Films. During her tenure at New Line/ Fine Line, Ms. McCaffrey cast scores of films, developing strong relationships with all major talent agencies and management firms.
JEREMY CAIN ADELMAN
Jeremy Cain Adelman is an American composer for Film/TV, trumpet player/multi-instrumentalist & major label music producer. He is the composer for prime-time CW TV series Hart of Dixie (starring Rachel Bilson) and feature film The Wanderers - winner of The Philip K Dick Film Festival - Best Dramatic Feature Best Dramatic Feature. He served as a composer & arranger for the Broadway benefit Double Standards at Town Hall in NYC which featured Rosie O’Donnell, Sara Bareilles, Laura Bell Bundy, Ingrid Michelson & other major Broadway stars. He recently finished composing Law and Order: the Musical! which premiers in February 2020 in Hollywood, CA.