Big Driver


Big Driver is a short film adaptation of the short story by Stephen King from Anything Is Possible Productions. Tess, a beloved writer of moderately successful “cozy mysteries”, is assaulted after a lecture and left for dead in an abandoned culvert with the bodies of her attacker’s former victims. As she persists in unraveling the truth behind her attack, her connection to reality becomes increasingly fragmented. Unwilling to face a scandal, Tess decides to rain down justice in her own way.

Cast & Crew

Valerie Weak
Valerie Weak
Valerie's film credits include Lisa in The Snake (SXSW 09), and Gloria in Around the Bay (Cinequest 08). She's turned into a zombie in Staff Infection, lived with a cheating spouse in A Little History, and contemplated kidnapping in Stranger in Blood, and regularly plays concerned moms, frustrated marketing directors and well-informed experts in industrials and commercials. Stage credits include San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Marin Shakespeare Company, and CenterREP. Valerie also trains police officers and medical students in effective communication techniques via high stakes role playing programs.
Mikael James
Mikael James
“Big Driver”
Mikael was born in Monmouth, IL and raised in Knoxville/Galesburg, IL. He served in the Air Force for 8 and a half years until a back injury forced him to separate. After serving in the Middle East for two deployments including Kuwait and Iraq, Mikael now resides in Northern California with his wife and daughter.
Bettina Devin
Bettina Devin
In addition to her highly visible role as the evil Gertrude Spinner in the popular family feature Doggie B, Bettina is best known for playing Idina Menzel’s clueless Mom in Chris Columbus’ film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent. Bettina has been a working actress/singer/entertainer for over 40 years, and both her on-camera and voiceover work can be seen and heard on projects for companies including Disney/Pixar, MGM, Paramount, Nickelodeon, major network sit-coms, and feature films. Her jazz CD Dangerous Type is continually played on radio stations across the U.S. Bettina is a busy entertainer for corporate events in the Bay Area as well, and teaches acting, voiceover, and singing nationally via Google Hangouts and Skype. 
Heidi Wolff
Heidi Wolff
Heidi has worked with various Bay Area theater companies, including: Brava, Last Planet Theatre, Thrillpeddlers, California Conservatory Theatre, and Chameleon Theatre. Credits include The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later at New Conservatory Theatre and the short films Sal y Limon and You Should Stop.
Ian is a filmmaker and writer living and working in San Francisco. His work has shown at the NYC Horror Film Festival, Frameline Film Festival, and on HBO. Ian's short horror film Bug Chaser screened at festivals internationally and won the Best Male Short Film Award at FilmOut San Diego. He recently completed two other short horror films: You Should Stop and Misdirected.
David Ortmann is a psychotherapist, sex therapist and author of Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and Communities. He has been working in theater and film, in some capacity, for over two decades. David splits his time between New York and San Francisco.
Bill is an artist, animator, and illustrator based in the Bay Area. He has worked in video games since 2007 at companies like Three Rings, Kabam, Orange Door Armory, and most recently as an art director at Will Wright's Synertainment. His short animated film Drawn In was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Bill has also illustrated four children's books of his own, including Gwendolyn and the Underworld. Some of his other clients include Disney, Universal, Dreamworks, Scholastic, and Little Brown Books.
Doug is a discerning audiophile transplanted to San Francisco from the East Coast. He lives by his motto “A good ear is a terrible thing to waste,” especially while filming.
Tara is a San Francisco-based makeup artist, a graduate of Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles, and specializes in character and special effects makeup. When not playing with blood, she studies video game design and Japanese.
Derek is a software developer by trade and film producer by delightful happenstance. He previously produced Bug Chaser, You Should Stop, and Misdirected with Ian. He lives, works, and otherwise generally exists in San Francisco.
Joe is a filmmaker, animator, and writer from Portland, Oregon. He loves crossword puzzles and riding his bike, and is currently pursuing an MFA at NYU. Joe's short films include Midwives and The Common Family Church, and he created the web series Double Jaw Surgery, which documents his recovery after the intense facial procedure.
Amir began exploring the world of filmmaking with his father’s video camera at the age of thirteen. He realized his childhood dream when he began working as a cinematographer in 2005. Inspired by Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, Amir experimented with images using camera angles, lighting techniques and shadows. His artistic vision continues to evolve, as he incorporates the aesthetics of the mainstream and merges it with elements of New Wave Cinema. Amir has worked on projects ranging from documentaries to music videos to branding videos. Some of the music videos he filmed were broadcast on LOGO/MTV. Amir collaborated with a wide range of filmmakers and artists in recent years, including award-winning directors and producers. His recent projects have been screened at film festivals and broadcast on television in the United States. Amir was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and has been residing in the Bay Area since 1998. To view samples of some of his recent work, please visit
Jacob learned to play trumpet one day in fourth grade when he impulsively followed a crush into band class. He went on to teach himself to play piano and later the guitar at the age of 18. Never content to simply replay songs out of books, he began writing and composing from a young age—sometimes playing the songs himself, and other times composing songs on his computer with an early MIDI sequencer. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Jacob took the relevant parts of his Dance & Linguistics majors, got rid of the actual dancing and language, and started composing in earnest. While making albums entirely at home for himself and friends, he was also honing his chops playing live and running an open mic in Berkeley. Before even releasing his  first full-length CD, a video of him performing at his open mic has attracted over 600,000 views on YouTube, he produced an album for a local band, and he was composing for his college dance company. In 2009, he released his instrumental album Flux on a Creative Commons license to encourage people to share and distribute it. Since releasing Flux, he has been playing lead guitar with his band The Hangover Brigade, composed the scores for three additional dance pieces with San Francisco dance company Post:Ballet, four short films, and is always already working on more.