Meet the Cast
Sebastian J. Flowers (Ryan)
Sebastian J. Flowers is a 1st generation immigrant and Brooklyn native, model, actor, and vegan in NYC. With indigenous roots in Belize and Honduras, Central America, practicing a life of peace, love, physical health and spiritual wellness has been a natural catalyst for his 15 years of activism in the LGBTQ and POC communities across the country. Despite incestuous sexual abuse as young as 7 years old, poverty, nearly dying twice due to gender affirming surgery, this female to male transgender has no sight of slowing down. Sebastian, 31 years old, has a large following on social media for his dance moves and positive messages and aspires to use it as a platform for his acting and modeling career. Sebastian dreams of being an international actor, successful philanthropist and investor. His most recent acting roles are on POSE on FX (season 2) and Blue Bloods on CBS. Feel free to check out Sebastian’s reality documentary series on YouTube, “LEGENDARY,” highlighting his life as an Afro Latino female to male transgender, dating, discussing mental health & wellness, cooking vegan on a low income, student financial advice, Vogue & Mua tips, traveling while Queer, and interviewing prominent Queer youth & Queer people of color in NYC and the world. Instagram: @belizeanvegan
Miranda Jean Larson (Emma)
Miranda Jean Larson is an actor, writer and filmmaker living in NYC. As a professional actress she works in film, theatre, commercials, and voice over. She is most known for her award-winning film "Innocence" which she wrote, starred in, and co-directed in 2018. Her favorite roles have included Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" & Rosencrantz in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" among a few short film roles.
On her days off, Miranda enjoys reading and re-reading as many books as she can, traveling the world (most recently the Scottish Highlands), learning French, and singing and dancing down the city streets of NYC while passersby stare. She is very excited to be working with Diana and the whole Chasing Love team!
Mickalia Forrester-Ewen (Greta)
Mickalia Forrester-Ewen is a recent graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts! She is from Brooklyn, New York and has Caribbean ancestry. Mickalia is so excited to be a part of 'Chasing Love' because it shares such an imperative and relatable love story about under-represented people within the LGBTQ community.
Meet the Team
Diana Foronda (Director/Writer/Executive Producer)
Diana grew up on Long Island, NY. Her short film, “Attachment,” is about online dating and puppet therapy. “Attachment” won 4 awards including Best Dark Comedy, Honorable Mention: Indie Film, Best Message, and Best Actress in an Indie Film. Diana has been working as a freelancer for various projects as part of the film crew and works as a Set PA for numerous short films, web series, and TV networks such as CBS, HGTV, and CNBC. She’s part of New York Women in Film & Television Organization (NYWIFT) - The Next Wave and the NYC Women Filmmakers Group. Diana received a BA in Film Studies with Departmental Honors from Hollins University. www.dianaforonda.com
Calvin Benson (Co-Writer)
Calvin Benson is part of the Black Trans Community and he is an award winning director/producer, and LGBTQ activist, who uses film to explore various social issues. His short film (Boylimia) snd (Evoke) made selections for the All American National Film Festival which displayed in the busiest theatre in the U.S, won Best Director for The Alexander Valley Film Festival (Looking In) and Best Drama (The Coming).
Danielle Earle (Producer)
Danielle Earle from LA Web Series Award Winning Series "Brooklyn Is In Love," presents her seventh production from PL Entertainment LLC, "Haunted Mind of An Insomniac," starring Ebeneezer Nii Sowah, Leigh Poulos, KIm Akia, Emily Bennett, and Irma Cadiz. Danielle has been working in the film industry for 8 years. She is a proud member of the Writer's Guild of America East, and has been recognized in the media for the critically acclaimed LGBT feature film "Lover's Game,"starring Crawford M. Collins, Miranda McCauley, and Blaine Pennington. The film has been featured in many publications such as Curve Magazine, BronxNet, AfterEllen, SheWired, Women of Upstate New York, Consider it Blacklit and News 12 New Jersey. Danielle was the former judge for the 2018 Picture Farm Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY and the Trinity Film Festival last month. "When writer, producer and director Danielle Earle set out to create the vivid world of Lover’s Game, an enigmatic story of sex, art, love and scandal came to life. Co-written by Earle and Stephanie Lazorchak, this cleverly scripted film, striking in its delivery, will utterly capture you.."- AfterEllen
Last Summer, Danielle directed, "In the Attic," a play written by Award Winning Playwright, Liz Amadio of "The Voire Dire Project," and owner of Cosmic Orchid Project that was a part of the Dream Up Festival at Theater for The New City. Her latest Film, "Lea," Produced by PL Entertainment LLC, and directed by Award Winning Filmmaker Jay Palmieri just won 3 Awards last fall, including the Award of Recognition for the Best In Shorts Competition, and Best Audience Choice of the Month Award at Direct Monthly Online Festival. Last year, the film recently screened at Los Angeles Cinefemme. Danielle was also the 2nd AD for Award Winning Writer and Producer Sidra Smith's upcoming series "A Luv Tale," featuring Victor Williams, Rotimi, Rayan Lawrence, and Swizz Beatz. Currently, Danielle is the Executive Producer of the feature film thriller, "Serial Killer in Harlem," written and directed by Wesley Mills now in production. Her credits include, Echoes in Silence, written and directed by Viktoria King, the LGBT feature film, "PLAY," written and directed by Jay Palmieri and the Latino web series "Jaded - The New York Effect," created by Juan Riveria.
Alexandra Rose (Producer)
Alexandra Rose is the Executive Producer of Shakedown Productions, a NYC production company founded in 2015. Her first film, The Vanity, completed it's widely successful festival run in 2017. She is the Executive Producer for Extra/Ordinary, a web series that has two seasons in post-production. As a horror junkie - and an A24 addict - she is passionate about creating compelling and unique narratives and loves to collaborate with like-minded individuals to help bring a story to life. www.shakedownproductions.com
Nicola Rose (Casting Director)
Born outside New York City and raised in Florida and Maine, Nicola has split her time between New York and Paris since graduating from Columbia University in 2011 and the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University in Paris in 2012. Originally trained in puppetry and theatre, she took up filmmaking in 2015. Since then, she has been busy creating buzz on the indie festival circuit. To date, she has produced, directed and/or written four films: the webseries Callie & Izzy (2015), Creative Block aka Bloc et Blocage (2017), In the Land of Moonstones (2018) and Gabrielle (due out 2019).
Nicola also works as an independent casting director in the NYC area. Particularly interested in youth casting, she has cast for such outfits as Teen Vogue and Allure, and the upcoming indie feature Asking For It starring Janeane Garofalo, among numerous other projects. In addition, she works as a freelance film editor; her editing of Creative Block was nominated for several festival awards in the 2017-18 festival season.
Lastly, she is a professional translator of French to English and works on a freelance basis for clients including the Walt Disney Company (for the French-produced Disney Jr. TV series Gigantosaurus), Vice Media, and numerous publishers, writers and production companies in Francophone countries.