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Waiting on Mary was filmed throughout the Tampa Bay Area using local talent. It started over 2 years ago and the journey is almost complete. 

Our film Waiting On Mary was born in the beginning of 2014 from the creative mind of Corey Horton. Corey wanted to create a compelling yet quirky story that focuses on how a person loses his or her identity when faced with traumatic, life-changing events and show how denial transforms who we are and how we deal with new realities. Waiting on Mary is about one man, trying to make sense of a new world, while desperately holding on to an old world. 


With the help of his friend, Director Of Photography, Joseph Papa, they fleshed out the screenplay. Our lead actor, Brian Shea, was asked to give council on casting and to secure some of our wonderful locations. Corey also knew that he wanted to film in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida and the surrounding area. Corey wanted to highlight the Tampa Bay area as a place he knew to be a fantastic area to film a full length feature. And he was right. The businesses and organizations that we engaged with were amazing and generous. He also knew that he wanted to employ some of the top actors in the area to tell this story. We are fortunate to have an amazing group of talented dedicated storytellers from both sides of the camera lens involved in our film. We hope you get a chance to experience and enjoy this story as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.

Corey Horton

Corey Horton is a Tampa Bay based producer/filmmaker. He graduated from the College of Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. After graduation he moved to Los Angeles and lived alongide fellow creative and friend Joseph Papa. In his time there, he gained experience working alongside Indie filmmaker Ramin Niami and received an intership at Ridley Scott's company Scott Free Productions. Since then, he has created several short films, commercials and corporate videos. Waiting on Mary is his first feature film, and he is very grateful to the group of talented individuals in the cast and crew that helped him share his vision. Corey would also like to thank his parents for all of their support along with the rest of his family and friends. 


Aaron Pagniano

Aaron Pagniano is a filmmaker based in LA where he works primarily on independent film sets. He has also worked on films like The Martian and Exodus, and TV shows like The Good Wife and The Man in the High Castle. When he's not working or battling the forces of darkness, Aaron enjoys drawing, hiking, playing video games, and constructing overly elaborate Halloween costumes when it's not Halloween.

Brian Shea

Brian Shea is an award winning stage actor. However, this is Brian's first portrayal of a lead character in a full-length feature film. His other film credits include, The BoxJules Dongu Saves The WorldGuilt Ridden and Club God. Brian has worked extensively with most of the professional theater companies of the Tampa Bay area. Including  American Stage, Freefall Theater Company, Jobsite Theater, Stageworks, Eckerd Theater Company, and Hat Trick Theater Company. Brian has thrice received Creative Loafing Tampa's Best Of The Bay, "Best Actor" Award. Brian is grateful for Corey Horton for trusting him with the role of "Nathaniel" and with the responsibilities of being co-producer on the feature film. Also, another first for Brian.












Stephen Grum

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Joseph Papa

Joseph Papa is a Los Angeles based producer who is dedicated to bringing stories to life through film. He graduated from the College of Motion Picture Arts at Florida State University in 2010 and moved immediately after to begin training in Hollywood. Since then he has worked on many independent films and has gained insight into the studio system and dealmaking processes during his five years at Oasis Media Group. Joseph aspires to bring more film production into his hometown of St Petersburg and to move and entertain audiences by introducing them to fresh writers, directors, and other talents from whom we can all learn valuable lessons. Joseph also enjoys working in his garden, playing music, soccer, and traveling the world.


David Richard Swinburne

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August Papa

August Papa is a sound artist based out of St. Petersburg, Florida. He has been performing as a pianist for over eighteen years, has attended Florida State University's College of Music for vocal performance, and currently works on composing music in the electronic genre. On his down time, August is a transgender rights activist, works as a part-time chemist at EXAXOL Chemical, and enjoys forcing his cat Stella to watch hours of mind-blowing science documentaries.

Justin Sadler

Justin Sadler is currently a student at the Florida State University's college of motion picture arts studying cinematography and lighting. He has worked on over 80 short film sets and one feature, "Waiting on Mary". In the near future he hopes to move out to Atlanta to start his career in the motion picture industry.

Kiara Papa, Savanna Williams and Duc Duong

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Rob Gokee

Los Angeles-based composer.Rob was born and raised in Southern California, and developed an affinity for film music at an early age. Although he had no formal training as a child, he spent hours analyzing the scores of John Williams & Christophe Beck and how they worked in collaboration with film. Rob picked up the guitar at age 13, and spent the next five years embracing the instrument and learning how to write. Rob studied Music Theory & Composition at the University of New Mexico, and then spent six months under the tutelage of world renowned composer Christopher Young (Spider-Man 3, The Grudge, Ghost Rider). Rob has scored 8 feature films, dozens of shorts, and three dozen different TV series & pilots, including the National Geographic show Known Universe (2009), SyFy'sFact or Faked: Paranormal Files (2010), PBS' Roadtrip Nation (2004), Speed Channel'sCar Science (2011), and TruTV's Police P.O.V. (2011). He resides in Los Angeles with his fiancé, Producer Allison Vanore.

Ned Averill-Snell

Ned Averill-Snell has appeared on most professional stages in Tampa Bay, and also at theaters in Orlando, Indianapolis and New York City. He has appeared in small roles in various independent and industrial film and television projects. Ned is the author of "Small Professional Murder," a mystery set in the Florida theater scene. 

Katherine Michelle Tanner

Is originally from Hastings, Minnesota where her first film set included Hollywood legends Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau in GRUMPY OLD MEN.  She is best known in Florida for her regional theatre stage roles where she won Theatre Tampa Bay's best actress for THE AMISH PROJECT and Creative Loafing's Best actress for PROOF both at American Stage Theatre Company.  A few of her TV and film credits include, A CHANCE TO LIVE, THE SURGEON, THE DARNEDEST THINGS, FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAYE, THE FILE, RESPIRE MON AMIE, THREE THIEVES and the Award winning PBS Series DIAMONDS ALONG THE HIGHWAY.  Katherine is Artistic Director, writer, composer, choreographer and director of  Performing Company Tree Fort Productions.  She holds her B. A. triple major from St. Olaf College and her M.F.A. in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Theatre Conservatory

Emilee Dupre'

Emilee has been on Broadway: Chaplin, The People in the Picture. Off-Broadway: Venice (The Public Theatre),The Blue Flower (Second Stage Theatre), Girl Crazy, On the Town (NY City Center), Bless You All (Connelly), #cerulean (Sargent), Seascape with Sharks and Dancer (Lion).  National Tours: A Chorus Line, High School Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fosse; Regional: Moneymaker (Heather Theatre), Cabaret, Mame (freeFall Theatre)Oklahoma! (Arena Stage), Wonderful Life (Paper Mill).  Original Cast recordings of Chaplin, The People in the Picture, Venice. Film: Tyco Parks the Car (directed by Vilka Tsoures), Ex Schemes (directed by Tiffany Duke). Emilee holds BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch (Atlantic Theater Co. & CAP 21).  Thank you to the Talent House, Corey Horton, friends and family. 



Jim Wicker

Jim Wicker has been a theatre professional for over thirty years, but Waiting on Mary is his first feature film. Jim is a retired theatre educator who acts, helps run a couple of playwriting groups, and is the literary manager for a radio theatre in St. Petersburg. He spends his winters in Florida and his summers in the mountains of North Carolina, where he is a standout first baseman in a senior softball league. Jim leads a charmed life. 


Bonnie Agan

Bonnie Agan appeared in the independent film, “The Letter”, and in television’s “Safe Harbor”, as well as industrial films.  Her theater roles range from Nurse in “Romeo & Juliet”, to Annie in “In the Next Room, or the vibrator play”, to Katie, the Irish maid, in “Meet Me in St. Louis”.  Bonnie does lots of voice-over work, including narrating a PBS series, “At the Garden Gate”, industrials for Disney, Kimberly-Clark and The Nature Conservancy, and commercials.  

Matthew McGee

Theatre Tampa Bay's "Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical" for Dr. Frank 'N' Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (American Stage in the Park), "Broadway World Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical" for Pluto/Shaw in The Frogs (freeFall). Favorite Tampa Bay Credits: The Divine Sister (Stageworks), The Big Bang, Moonlight and Magnolias, The Mystery of Irma Vep (American Stage), A Midsummer Night's Dream, An Empty Plate, Fiddler On The Roof (freeFall) and Die Fledermaus (St. Pete Opera). Proud member of Actor's Equity and Community Outreach Director at freeFall. Matthew is also the other half of Tampa Bay's favorite (and only) mother/son nightclub act, The Scott & Patti Show. Visit for info on upcoming performances and LIKE The Scott & Patti Show on Facebook!! Follow Matthew on Twitter @heresmatthew or Instagram @houseofmcgee. 

Matt Lunsford

Matt is very pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in this exciting project. He is an actor, writer, painter and carpenter. He has been on stage, screen, tv and the web, acting for 18 years. A Shakespeare trained actor, he moved from London to the U.S. in 2000. He can currently be seen as the lead in the web series Time Keeper, with Yitibit Studios, as well as frequent roles on the Tampa Bay area's stages, and on the Home Shopping Network talking about helpful exercise products, and can be heard on any number of VoiceOver pieces from commercials to instructional videos. He has been a dialect coach for 14 years. He's built two houses, painted portraits, of self and others, and has been nominated for multiple theatrical awards. He sounds English but holds dual citizenship, U.K. and U.S.A. 

Bob Devin Jones

Bob a native of Los Angeles has resided in St. Petersburg since 1997. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he has been a Theatre Worker for over thirty-five years, working as an Actor, Playwright, and Director. He serves on the USF College of Education Advisory Board, and the Boards of the Warehouse Arts District, Free Fall Theatre, Creative Clay, First Night, and American Stage. He is the author of nearly two dozen plays which include,Elijah Moore: the, “I Got ‘Em Man, the Florida Highwaymen: Further Down the Road, “C” a Water Narrative, and Uncle Bend a home-cooked negro narrative. In June 2004, Bob along with David Ellis founded the Studio @ 620, which has presented over 70 art exhibitions in a variety of media, with artist from Guatemala to West Africa, including dozens of local, national, emerging artists, and students from PCCA (Gibbs High School). Bob is the current Producing Artistic Director of the Studio, which has won numerous awards and grants.

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