Co-Writer, Producer, Director, Art Director, Auteur
Neeti is a bright, happy person with a genuine and contagious laugh. She owns the award-winning motion graphics studio Tree in the Sky where she makes catchy and unique videos and animations. She is a part/time professor at Rochester Institute of Technology where she teaches 4D Design and Time-Based Media. She is also a talented and unique artist and musician.
DANIEL J. KUSHNER
Co-Writer, Assistant to the Director
Daniel J. Kushner is an arts journalist and music critic whose work has been published in The Huffington Post, Opera News, NewMusicBox, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere.
BRIAN BARRETT as Jesus of Nazareth
Brian Barrett is making his film debut as Jesus in Who Would Jesus Date? He has played on the stage as the 3rd Beast in the Bloody Noes production of The Apocalypse, The Circuit Judge in Rochester Fringe Fest’s Spoon River, and a Toy Soldier in Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s The Nutcracker. Barrett studied TV and Radio Production in high school before joining a long series of bands as keyboardist and on bass. He also has written serialized fiction, developed websites, and enjoys photography.
ALIA SOUISSI as Mariah of Bethany
Alia is an artist, writer, muse and world traveler currently living in Rochester, NY. She has had dirty stories published in Poolboy Magazine, written and directed for Phoenix, Arizona’s sketch comedy show First Friday Night Live, and supports political prisoners by extensive pen paling. Who Would Jesus Date? is her film debut.
JOHN VALENTI as Father of Mariah
John Valenti is a singer/songwriter and filmmaker from Rochester, NY. He has an MFA in Film from Rochester Institute of Technology where he made the award-winning short film Tech Service: A Memoir By John Valenti. He also sings in the band Passive Aggressives Anonymous.
CHRISTINE CARDER as Mother of Mariah
Christine is a ritualistic woman. In order for her to keep her sanity she has to partake in her rituals. She enjoys her solitude and spends her time reading, strolling around the great city of Rochester, picking up any found object she stumbles upon. She keeps her circle of friends like she keeps her legs, crossed and tight. She believes in keeping a close-knit community of artists in Rochester. She uses her art to aid in the cathartic healing process. She lives in a high walled apartment with her cat and her sleepy dwarf. She is the nun of the art world in Rochester.
ANDREW CONLEY as Matthew the Tax Collector
Andy was thrilled to participate in this production because of the talent and kind nature of the other participants. He is an avid writer living and working in Rochester.
Chris “St. John” Coon
Daniel J. Kushner
Patrick S. Doyle
Reilly Solomon Taylor Cook
Simon DelaPlaya (as Judas)
Neeti Fidurko of Tree in the Sky
Reilly Solomon Taylor Cook
Daniel J. Kushner
Reilly Solomon Taylor-Cook
Kent Fairman Wilson
The idea behind making the film Who Would Jesus Date? is simple: create a light-hearted fictional story that shows an iconic and hallowed figure in human history dealing with meeting a significant other’s parents. What if they don’t approve of Jesus, of all people?!
This satirical short film is first and foremost an artistic project and is not meant to be a theologically rigorous examination or an opinionated commentary on various religious passages or beliefs. That being said, Who Would Jesus Date? is meant to point us toward what really matters in our own belief systems and spiritual walks -- the core message of love, peace, and acceptance.
Members from the creative team, cast, and crew of Who Would Jesus Date? come from varying faith backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, agnosticism and atheism. The film’s script reflects that with humorous takes and innocent jokes about various religions.
We respect religious devotion and expression, and as a result are not seeking to offend, approve, or disapprove of anyone’s beliefs or any messages in any religious text. We are, however, seeking to challenge ourselves and all those might see the film to take stock of what’s really pertinent to our spiritual walks and what is not. After all, isn’t this what Jesus’s ministry was all about?
Thanks for your continued support, and we look forward to sharing this film with you!