Isabella Rossellini grew up in Paris and Rome. She made her cinematic debut as an actress in 1979 in the Taviani brothers’ film Il Prato (The Meadow) and has appeared in numerous other films, including the American features Blue Velvet, White Nights, Rodger Dodger, Cousins, Death Becomes Her, Fearless, Big Night and Joy. She has worked with wide-ranging directors including Robert Zemeckis, David O. Russell, David Lynch, Robert Wilson, Taylor Hackford, Marjane Satrapi and Guy Maddin. She is also a successful television actress and filmmaker, with a keen interest in animals and wildlife conservation. Her award-winning series of shorts, Green Porno, Seduce Me and Mammas offer comical and scientifically insightful studies of animal behavior. She will next be seen in Silent Life and Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphin. Rossellini is completing a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior and Conservation at Hunter College in New York City and has received a Ph.D Honoris Causa from the Science Faculty at the University of Quebec at Montreal. Rossellini’s most recent work for television includes Master of Photography, for European broadcaster SKY and the American series Shut Eye, for Hulu, released in December 2016. Her new book, My Chickens and I, was released by Abrams Books this year. Rossellini runs an organic farm in Brookhaven in association with the Peconic Land Trust and the Post Morrow Foundation. She is a mother of two and resides in Bellport, Long Island.
Schuyler Beeman (Dog Handler/Puppeteer) is thrilled to be joining the Link Link Circus team with Minnie and Darcy! Schuyler has been with William Berloni Theatrical Animals Inc. since 2012, having worked with a variety of animals in theatre and film including dogs, horses, snakes and sheep. Favorite animal handling credits include For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday (Playwrights Horizons), Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theater Company), Legally Blonde (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Annie (Maltz Jupiter Theater) and Curse of The Starving Class (Long Wharf Theater). A graduate of Middlebury College where he studied theatre, Schuyler also choreographs and performs in musicals and concerts. Outside of his work in theatre, Schuyler helps out on sheep farms and enjoys sharing his love of sheep and wool products to all. Schuyler would like to thank Bill, Dorothy, the Link Link Circus team, Isabella and of course dear Minnie and Darcy for this opportunity!
Andy Byers received his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and received an MFA in ceramics from the Ohio State University in 2005. After moving to Brooklyn, Andy began a career in film as well as prototyping and installation work for companies such as Victoria's Secret, J Crew, American Express and Ann Taylor. In 2007, Andy began working with Isabella Rossellini on a series of short films entitled Green Porno as the Production Designer, Composer and Costume Designer. During their years in collaboration, they have created 41 short films and two feature length films, Animals Distract Me and Green Porno Live, which documents the live performances of those films and numerous large scale installations in museums such as the Wolfsonian in Miami and Royal Ontario Museum were created. After relocating to Los Angeles in 2012 his work continued to expand, working in advertising and film, but additionally creating a music label, Cosmic Dreamer Music with wife Sara Bright. The visual freedom the Los Angeles community promotes has moved his artistic and performative practices closer together, discovering how the use of sculptural materials, dance and filmmaking more closely relate to one another in his current approaches to art making and production design. By way of music videos, artist relations and the fabrication of tangible objects, Byers has laid out a platform for collaboration that allows him to utilize his past experiences to help create new unimagined ones. His work and performances have been exhibited at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada; Selfridges, London England; Filmhaus Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany; The Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS; The Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington DC; 21C Museums in Durham, NC and Cincinnati, OH and The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.
Guido Torlonia is a theatre and cinema director. He was born in Rome, Italy, where he studied Cultural Anthropology, eventually moving to Milan in the early 1990’s to study with Piccolo Teatro, working as an assistant to Giorgio Strehler. In 1995, he directed two short films for the New York Film Academy, and then returned to work in theater in Italy, France and Spain. In Florence he served as Event Manager for the Fashion and Cinema Biennale. From 2003 on, he worked in Paris for the Festival des Italiens and as Stage and Artistic Director at the Italian Institute of Culture. For many years he served as Master of Ceremonies at the Venice Film Festival and at the Rome Film Festival. He wrote and directed three theatre plays, tributes to Visconti, Fellini and Strehler (2007-2008), that have been presented over the years in Paris, Rome, Milan, Venice, Moscow and New York. In 2012 he wrote and directed Handmade Cinema, his first documentary on the arts and craftsmanship of the Italian film industry. In 2015, he created the theater piece The Tribute to Ingrid Bergman with Isabella Rossellini and Ludovica Damiani, presented worldwide on the centennial of the birth of the great Swedish actress. Since 2014, he is the Resident Stage Director at the Teatre Akademia of Barcelona.