Crozier, Writer, Producer, Director
Creator, and Executive Producer — Judy Crozier has been rescuing
animals since she was a teenager. Originally from Ohio, Judy was
raised in a politically active family that consistently fought for
the underdog. Canvassing and marching in parades supporting the
rights of women and homosexuals, and rallying for peace, Judy learned
early on to make a difference in her communities.
obtained a bachelors degree in Scriptwriting and Producing from
the University of Wyoming. But her education did not start nor stop
there. She learned film production at New York University and editing
at University of California- Los Angeles. She recently received
a Masters in Screenwriting (with a double major in Short Fiction)
from University of Southern California. She has subsequently produced
short films and one act plays, and several of her scripts have made
it to semi-finalist rounds of screenwriting competitions. FREE to
a Good Home is Judy’s first feature film and marks her directorial
arriving in Los Angeles in 1997, Judy rescued her first stray dog
and from that point on she learned the pitfalls of the LA Animal
Rescue and Shelter system. Judy contemplated how to bring this problem
to the public. She was inspired by filmmakers; Henry Jaglom, Francis
Ford Coppola, and author Paul Zindel. Today, Judy’s project
is a grass roots film that parallels the animal rescue community.
Shot entirely on a digital medium, Judy hit up everybody she knew
and didn’t know to get the film made and was lucky enough
to find a lead actress, Katie Liz, who drove to Wyoming with her
to shoot authentic footage to open the story. The City of Long Beach
granted Judy permission to film in the old Long Beach Animal Shelter,
and finding canine actors was not a problem, since they could literally
be picked up from the streets.
over three years of hard work and personal funding of this project,
Judy lost almost everything to a fire that consumed her home while
she was out shooting on location. While the footage survived, four
of her five pets did not. Judy used this tragedy to fuel the project
through. Tackling the painstaking labors of editing, post production,
marketing and all that goes with completing a feature film, Judy
has shown her commitment to saving the animals who perish on the
streets everyday for lack of a home through her presentation of
passion, FREE to a Good Home.
Norland, Lead Actor in the role of Tala Loreto. Co-Producer
Katherine Norland, a small town girl from Minnesota, took various
classes in business, fitness and nutrition; but never could find
her nitch. That is, until she was cast in a traveling play "Heaven's
Gates, Hell's Flames" that passed through her home town. This
propelled her to commute 80 miles each way to Minneapolis to take
Within a year of taking classes she was cast in two industrial films
for the University of St. Thomas. The films director and producer
moved to LA to begin filmmaking. Katherine came to visit for a few
weeks, and never left, that was in 2000. They now have formed the
production company Excellent Journey Pictures, LLC. www.ejpicts.com.
Since coming to LA, Katherine has performed in more than 40 short
films, 6 features.
To further immerse herself in films Katherine recently started taking
screenwriting classes. Her first short she directed "Loves
Lost and Found" won the Audience Choice Award at the Shortie
Challenge Film Festival in Venice, California. Her second short
film she co-wrote with members of Excellent Journey Pictures and
it was a finalist in the 2005, 168 Hour Film Project.
Katherine is currently co-writing a television spec pilot "Teach
Me" where she will be playing a young school teacher who moonlights
as a rapper. She is also in development with Excellent Journey on
a film with the working title "Warriors Eve" a sci-fi
thriller set to shoot in Minnesota in 2006.
Her dedication and commitment to FREE to a Good Home has proved
invaluable to Judy, as she has gone way beyond the role of lead
actress to become a core member of production team.
Fraser, Marketing and Associate Producer
Fraser has been vice president of marketing for Internet and packaged
goods companies, including the RAZCAL Corporation and OnlyGourmet.com,
a San Francisco-based Internet start-up. She began her career working
in an advertising agency.
Root Beer, a new soft drink she launched, was the only beverage
ever to win the coveted International Fancy Food Show's "Outstanding
Beverage" title three times. The package design was nominated
for a Hatch award.
press releases have been featured in the "Chicago Tribune,"
the "New York Times," "Bon Appetit," "Entrepreneur,"
the "Boston Globe," CNN, the "Boston Herald,"
"Vegetarian Times," and countless other periodicals. Her
products have also been featured in syndicated radio shows.
Fraser holds her MA from Oxford University, England and is a member
of Mensa. She has also served on the boards of many animal welfare
organizations and has been vice-president of the Massachusetts Specialty
Petrarca: Associate Producer
Michael Petrarca began his interest in the entertainment industry,
in his home state of Rhode Island, through a personal meeting
with Steven Spielberg while working on ‘Amistad’.
Adding to his previously earned degrees of Mechanical Engineering
and Electrical Engineering, he decided to pursue a degree in acting.
credits vary from acting, stunts, print, and production. Pursuing
the life endeavor to love life through his interests, goals, and
aspirations; he moved to Los Angeles in 2001.
has sculpted his training to design, coordinate, and perform in
the involvement of many productions. On the side Michael has helped
with the development of Dynamite Photos as well as being the backbone
of a local bicycle shop in the Hollywood area as General Manager.
In 2004 he
began a career as a helicopter pilot. While working towards his
Commercial Certificate in helicopters, he didn’t stop there.
He currently holds a Commercial Certificate with Instrument Rating
as well as being a Certified Flight Instructor.
He has proved
invaluable to the cast and crew of ‘FREE to a Good Home’.
Choosing on the first day of shooting, to work as grip instead
of playing the role in which he was cast. He went from "Boom
Dude" to Associate Producer by simply stepping forth, being
reliable, hardworking and willing to jump on the roof of a car
for the famous "crane shot."
The fire that totaled Judy’s home and took the life of a
few loved animals in the film, was nothing but coincidence with
remarkable timing for providing the shots that are so meaningful.
The resemblance of the cat that survived the fire and Katie-Liz
(the lead) is no urban legend.
A Los Angeles Native, Nancy Sefton's entertainment business career
started with over ten years in Music Management, working for company's
such as Vision Management. She moved on to the Lifestyles company,
Healing Arts Publishing/Living Arts, (presently owned by and known
as GAIAM), to join the Multi-Media Production Dept. as Production
Manager and then Producer doing all facets of Production and Post
Production. There she completed sixteen programs for the company
including the award winning Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss.
owns her own company with partner, composer Benjamin Davis, One
Tree Productions and has taken over Producing all the music for
GAIAM's video/DVD programs. Within this company she also does Talant
Management, and all levels of Film, Video, Commerical, and Music
current projects include working with Norman Seeff Productions on
developing The Sessions Project, a Television Show now under consideration.
She is also working on a Documentary for the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, as well as other commercial projects.
Principal Actor in the role of Joey, the Shelter Manager
Shanon originates from Perth in Australia where she performed in
many musicals in her early career. She came to America as a professional
wrestler under the name of Sue Sexton and dedicated herself to that
profession for nearly 20 years winning the world championship during
that time. Shanon did several movies of a wrestling theme and gradually
worked her way into an acting career and more varied projects as
she stepped away from her wrestling career. She moved to Taos, New
Mexico where she felt she could focus on her career of acting and
writing without the distraction and stress of the “Hollywood
scene.” Shanon has also been a professional psychic and healer
for over 15 years and is currently shopping two screenplays and
book which she has written.
Lock, Principal Actor in the role of Nadie
Sandey Lock has been a committed actress since she was very young.
She has poured her soul into the craft, living her life as a true
thespian. She has enjoyed acting in numerous student and independent
films, major motion pictures, and television series. She never misses
an opportunity to learn, mine resources, and meet fellow actors.
She owns and operates a pet sitting business, making a living by
caring for the creatures she loves so much. She has volunteered
for the Animal Assistance League of Garden Grove and has adopted
several animals and found homes for many more. She is a loyal, focused,
and modern woman. Her website is www.geocities.com/sandeylock.
As Nadie, Sandey brings who she is and her whole being to the character.
Slack: Principal Actor playing the role of Dena Loreto
Norma plays Tala’s pragmatic mother with such realism because
she is a native of Wyoming, as well as the great, great niece of
Calamity Jane. Norma performs a one-woman show around the country
and at TheWyomingTerritorialPrison,
about the oral history of her family’s infamous roots. She
and Judy Crozier met at The University of Wyoming and have worked
together on several projects since. Norma has traveled coast to
coast playing Calamity Jane for western shows, but she breaks out
of that mold in her remarkable performance in FREE to a Good Home.
She also lent a hand to production, housing Katie and Judy during
their stay in Wyoming as well as loaning out the location of her
own home, which served as the Wyoming set. To that end, it was also
Norma's animals; pig, horses, dog, cat, rabbits and chickens that
offered Katie and Judy the chance to make Katie's portrayal of a
rugged Wyoming girl more realistic with footage that truly captures
Wyoming and the western life. She can be contacted through CalamityJaneRidesAgain.com
W. Hill, Editor
Born and raised in New York City, Chris graduated with a BFA from
the School of Visual Arts with a degree in Film/Cinematography but
learned that his passion was more for editing. He quickly landed a
staff position editing for Showtime Networks and later went on to
freelance for them, as well as Oxygen for three years. Chris recently
moved to Los Angeles in the Spring of 2003 to continue his editing
career and has since been contracted to edit three feature films.
FREE to a Good Home will be his feature film editing debut. His website