O. Corbin Saleken (director, writer, producer, cinematographer, picture and sound editor, etc…)
O. Corbin Saleken is an award-winning, Vancouver-based filmmaker whose films have screened at festivals around the world. He has a BA in film and television studies from the University of British Columbia. In 2010, he attended the Werner Herzog Rogue Film School in New Jersey. In 2013, he won the Most Promising Filmmaker award at the Spokane International Film Festival. In 2015, he released his first feature film, Patterson’s Wager, which he wrote, directed, produced, edited, and self-funded. It was subsequently acquired by Indiecan Entertainment for distribution. The Dummy Factor – which he also wrote, directed, produced, edited, and self-funded, as well as photographed, production designed, sound designed, coloured, and mixed – is his second feature.
Will Saleken (Noel)
Will has collaborated with his Uncle Corbin three times before The Dummy Factor. When he was three years old, he was in the short narrative When They Were Little. When he was 13, he was featured in Last Halloween, a short documentary shot on Halloween night. He also appeared briefly in Corbin’s debut feature Patterson’s Wager. Will enjoys skateboarding, and, much to everyone’s chagrin, the recorder. He’s previously been in two of his Uncle Corbin’s films.
Rhys Saleken (Jason)
Rhys has previously been in two of his Uncle Corbin’s films. When he was seven, he appeared alongside his brother Will and sister Audrey in the short narrative When They Were Little. He made his feature-film debut in Patterson’s Wager, as Creighton Jr., a child who, along with his father, sees something “big and hairy” in the woods. Rhys is an avid reader. His favourite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien and Stephen King, the latter because his uncle gave him a copy of The Dead Zone when he turned 13.
Jaime Naranjo (Oscar)
Jaime makes his acting debut in The Dummy Factor alongside his brother Eduardo. Jaime has subsequently appeared in a VSB-UBC video production, buy does not think he’ll continue acting. He’s more interested in playing soccer and bass guitar, and eating watermelon.
Toni-Lynn Frederick (Sophie)
Toni-Lynn and Corbin have been friends for more than 20 years. They met at Simon Fraser University, where he was working as the Film and Video Resource Specialist in the Film Department and she was pursuing her MFA in Film. She previously appeared in Corbin’s debut feature Patterson’s Wager, as Roulette Woman, where she uttered the phrase, “I think we should go home now.” Toni-Lynn is an award-winning filmmaker, and is currently working on her PhD on the representation of the Holocaust in film.
Eduardo Naranjo (Josh)
Eduardo, his younger brother Jaime, and their parents moved from Spain to Canada in 2012. Eduardo writes book and movie reviews in school and has since done some improv acting. His main artistic focus is drumming. He is currently a member of the VSO Jazz Combo.
Reid Rogers (Cory)
Reid was cast in The Dummy Factor through Rhys Saleken, his friend, and, more importantly, nephew of the director. Reid studied acting in the Delta Film Academy. This is his feature film debut.
Rob Stover (Mr. Dandridge)
Rob and Corbin met in 2001, when Rob acted in The B-Team, Corbin’s first short film. He subsequently played the part of Storytelling Logger in Corbin’s first feature Patterson’s Wager. Rob has also appeared on stage in the Vagabond Players’ productions of Other Desert Cities and Rabbit Hole. Unbeknownst to Rob or Corbin, they both attended the same summer camp as teenagers, as well as, amongst other events, A Mighty Wind in Concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the premiere of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade at the Stanley Theatre.