Principal Cast & Crew
Aaron Dunbar - Writer/Producer - IMDb Profile
A Wish for Giants was a novel I wrote and published in 2015. It was originally written as a fundraiser to help children with life threatening medical conditions get their wishes granted. The story is about a young girl named Roxie Madison with an inoperable brain tumor and a very unique wish--to FIND Bigfoot! I'd hoped the book would be successful but I had no idea how huge Bigfoot pop culture really was. After meeting a handful of celebrities within the Bigfoot world, who eagerly bought my novel, I was encouraged to make it into a movie. With much contemplation... and prayer...and support from my wife...we began to make this vision a reality. Within three months, we had over THIRTY local talents--from background extras to principal actors--who donated their time and skills. Just as amazing, we met up with Don Swanson of Spruce Films who brought in a terrific production crew to put everything on film. As with the novel, the movie will be shown at select locations and ticket sales will also benefit children with life threatening medical conditions who have wishes of their own.
Don Swanson - Director/Cinematographer/Editor - IMDb Profile
When Aaron first came to me it was obvious that he was passionate about turning his book, A Wish for Giants, into a movie, and I found his passion to be very inspiring. Aside from the interesting premise of a sick child wishing to find Bigfoot was the story of how this project was coming together, and it was one that I wanted to be a part of. A Wish for Giants was a community effort of passionate, talented, dedicated and local individuals who managed to do in the rolling hills of the Western Pennsylvanian landscape what most would view as impossible - make a professional feature-length independent film. From the principal cast and crew who showed and delivered every time to the background extras, every little bit of help from everyone involved to the smallest extent made this project happen. Having been an independent filmmaker for over 15 years, A Wish for Giants is not only my feature directorial debut, but a testament to the spirit of what it means to be an independent filmmaker.
Naysa Altmeyer - "Sophie"
Naysa is a high school Spanish teacher who's previous credits include a music video for Senor Wooley that was shot in the Chicago area.
Alexa Mechling - "Roxie"
Alexa is a high school Freshman who is just beginning to explore her interest in acting. Her previous credits include Forest Queen, a music video for the band The New Mutiny.
Connor McClain - "Derick"
Connor is a recent high school graduate who has performed in local and school plays for several years. A Wish for Giants is his first time acting for the camera.
J.P. Edwards - "Justin"
J.P. has been acting in front of the camera since 2006 and lives in Bradford, PA with his daughter.
Joe Fishel - "Sen. Boehm"
Joe is a high school history teacher and character actor in the Pittsburgh area best known for appearing in The Dark Knight Rises.
Jerry Pietrala - "Dr. Lundgren"
Jerry has been acting in the greater Pittsburgh area since 2008. He is best known for The Idea Thief.
Cory Hika - A.D./U.P.M.
Cory has been working with Don since 2012. Since that time Cory has crewed for multiple productions in the greater Pittsburgh area.
David Damrath - Audio
David attends The Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he studies film. This is his first feature film.
Noah Crissman - Photography
Noah is studying Communications-Media at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis on film production. This is his first feature.
Sadie Dunbar - Makeup
Sadie is exploring opportunities to pursue makeup for film. This is her first feature film.
Mary Dunbar - Accountant
This is Mary's first film project along with her husband, Aaron.
Chris Garritano - P.A.
Chris is the Multimedia Technician at Armstrong School District where he produces and directs episodes of Education Today, a regional program that reaches over 80,000 homes.
Hayley Woodside - Jr. P.A.
Hayley is a Senior at Armstrong High School and plans to pursue film studies in college.
Joey Crissman - Jr. P.A.
Joey is a Senior at Armstrong High School and plans to pursue film studies in college.
Hannah Walleck - Costume
In addition to designing the Bigfoot costumes for the film, Hannah also plays the creature in the nightmare sequence.
Alexandria Sertik - "Alex"
A junior-high student, Alexandria has been an accomplished gymnast most of her life. This is her first time acting for film.
Amber Gonzales - "Amber"
A high school freshman, Amber is active in regional theater and drama programs.
Kennedy Garvin - "Kat"
A junior-high student, this is Kennedy's first time acting for the camera.
Monica Sertik - "Dorie"
Monica is Alexandria's mother and this is her first time acting for the camera.
Bill Rush - "Mr. Davidson"
Bill is grandfather to our Roxie, Alexa Mechling, and this is his first time acting for the camera.
A.J. Dunbar - "Bogie"
A high school Freshman, this is A.J.'s first time acting for the camera.
Todd Johns - "Wendell"
A fan of movies, this is Todd's first time acting.
Tony Gonzales - "Tom"
Tony is Amber's father and this is his first time acting for film.
Stan is a nationally revered Bigfoot/UFO researcher who has been featured on national television. He has a small cameo in the film.
Mark D'Errico - Composer
Mark composed and recorded the original musical score for the film and has over 50 film scores to his credit.
Autumn Claypool - Vocals
In addition to writing and singing the theme song for the film, Autumn is a high school Sophomore who performs in school musicals.
Joe Dedon - "Dr. Linche"
Better known as Crawdad Joe, Joe also lent the usage of three of his original songs for inclusion in the film.