Actor / Show Creator | Writer | Director | Producer
Charles has worked as an actor, writer, and director in both Los Angeles, and Austin, TX where he’s currently based. In 2006, he won two Telly Awards, and an Aegis Award for “The Buckleteers!”. His film “32 Governor’s Hill” won at BloodShots Filmmakers Competition that same year. He wrote, produced, and directed “The Sinner” which was released in 2012. He recently wrote and directed “The Seed” - which has been nominated for five international filmmaking awards. He’s also known as the creator of “Lunch Money”, a collectable card game distributed internationally by Atlas Games, and winner of the Origins Award from The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design. As an actor, his credits include: “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”, “The Leftovers” (HBO), and two seasons of Queen of the South” (USA) as “Denny Villalobos”.
"As a survivor of trauma myself, this project is close to my heart. It’s my sincere desire to use my creative voice in a way that entertains, informs, and inspires others to live their best life - in spite of what they’ve gone through. “Frank” is a metaphor of my own journey from darkness into the light.”
- Charles Wiedman
Manuel Carreon, is an veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan wars serving in the Army’s most elite infantry unit, 1st Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment. His first novel SIMPLE MACHINES was published in 2015 drawing heavily on 7 combat deployments - reaching multiple Best Seller lists and receiving critical acclaim. His short stories were awarded and published in the Kaplan Literary Journal and within the Texas Writer’s Journal. He has developed several pilots and episodes for television and is currently completing his three book series Mahim with his co-writer, Marla Dean and a screenplay under the same title.
Leni is a highly successful serial entrepreneur with a career that began in 1976 - racing Speedway Motorcycles as a professional for nearly 12 years. His business career began with the invention of CastBlast® Aerosol Spray. Leni and co-inventor Bill Spaeth were featured in dozens of magazines and television network news stations. Under the Holding Company, Faas Enterprises LLC, Leni went on to build the first full-service car wash in the San Francisco East Bay area that cleans vehicles by Hand and was rated #1 by NBC News. During that time, Faas Holdings owned California Film, under the direction of Cary Faas, became the largest producer of images onto large format film, used to create billboards and movie industry posters. He and his father then developed, operated, and sold, Campers Cove Resort, located in the Ashland Hills of Southern Oregon. They also developed, operated, and then sold, Whaleshead Beach Resort, located on the Oregon coastline, with 105 cottages overlooking the ocean with a restaurant and overnight accommodationsfor RV owners. Faas Holdings operated a large chain of small financial centers that made short term loans to customers. Faas, also served as a Board Member of DSE, a chain of theme based restaurants, including Crosby’s, McCovey’s, DiMaggios, and Maria Maria. Leni, then, with Lee Librado and Tim Cavanaugh produced his first documentary, ‘Wake up America’... “The largest financial crime in history”. That documentary peaked his interest in the film industry and brought him here today.