Talisman Press Kit


He grew up looking to the sky… he didn’t know it was looking back. 

Log Line –  When a teen inherits a mysterious talisman from his beloved grandfather, alien forces and men with lust for its power begin threatening his life. 

Synopsis – A young man comes into possession of a strange necklace after his grandfather passes away. When he and his friends gather to watch a meteor shower in memory of his grandfather, they see something truly extraordinary and the talisman begins to reveal its secrets. Strange forces and enemies familiar and strange conspire to threaten his life to harvest the powers of the talisman.  

Shot August 20-21 and September 21, 2018

Shot in Williamstown, NJ and Sicklerville, NJ

Run time: 14:05



James Yoder as Ryan

Collin Roach as Jimmy

Jack Ligenza as Connor

Paige Yoder as Pop

Matt Ingemi as Agent Gallo

and Donna White as Virginia 

Written by 

Wayne F. Cella 


John Manning

Directed by

Wayne F. Cella 

Director of Photography

Danny Gevirtz

Executive Producer

Wayne F. Cella

Produced by 

Danny Gevirtz

John Magee

John Manning

Sound by 

Dean Myers &

Ray Creighton

Original Score by

Justin Geller


Performed by Remote Places

From the album “Nights and Weekends”

©️ 2016

Art/Title Designer

Robert Iacuzio Jr. 

Visual Effects by 

Occlusion VFX


Israel Soteldo

Very Special Thank You to:

Nathaniel Minter

Michele Manning 

Erica Magee

Virginia Speeney

John Vanore

Geri Vanore

Katie McGregor

Cast Biographies

James Yoder – Ryan – James is 20 years old and has a passion for acting. This is James’ first short film role, but he has previously worked in numerous stage productions including the lead role Katurian in the play “The Pillowman” at Northampton Community College. James also had a lead role in the music video for “Where Would We Be?” by recording artist, Rozes. James resides in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

Collin Roach – Jimmy – A seventeen year old actor from Freehold, New Jersey. Making his first appearance in an on screen production, Collin has worked on stage in a productions of A Soldier’s Play and Christmas Carol.

Jack Ligenza – Connor – Jack Ligenza is a senior in high school and lives in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Jack is a veteran of a number of stage productions, including Footloose, Orphans and Hello, Dolly. Jack hopes to continue pursue his dream of acting, including reprising his role as Connor in Talisman – The Series. 

Matt Ingemi – Agent Gallo – Matt is from Southern New Jersey. Matt is a devoted husband and father to two amazing children. Matt is new to acting, but is looking forward to continuing his journey as Agent Gallo as Talisman transitions to a web series. 

Donna White – Virginia – Donna White is an American actor who was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Wenonah, NJ.  She has worked on several film/video/commercial productions most recently, the MGM feature film Creed II (2019);  The Upside (2019); Investigation Discovery:  Deadly Reunion; and as Clarnell Kemper in Kemper on Kemper, Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer (2018).  She recently worked on the FreeMeek docuseries, airing this summer on Amazon.

Donna currently resides with her husband, Bill, in Mullica Hill, NJ and Cape May, NJ.

Crew Biographies

Wayne Cella – Writer/Director/Producer – Wayne is a first time director. Wayne has enjoyed writing since he was 15 years old. He has written several short films and web series, and is currently working on finishing up the writing and preproduction of season 1 of Talisman – The Series. Wayne lives in Williamstown, New Jersey with his amazing husband, Nathan and their pug, Lily. Follow Wayne on Instagram @coveredsunfilms

Danny Gevirtz – Director of Photography/Producer – Danny has shot numerous music videos including “Where Would We Be?” and “Halfway There” by recording artist Rozes. Danny also spends a lot of time in the athletics world doing work for Lululemon and Nike. Talisman was Danny’s first short film shoot. He resides in the Philadelphia area with his girlfriend and his fox red Labrador, Sansa. Follow Danny on Instagram @dannygevirtz

John Manning – Writer/Producer – New Jersey born and bred, John Manning has a life long love of storytelling. He has written several short stories, a novel he swears he will one day finish, and a feature length screenplay, Chosen. He is one half of the Exit 4 podcast and takes great pride in collaborating on Talisman-The Series. John is happily married to his fabulous wife Michele.  They reside in Mantua with their dogs, Bruno and The Chief.

John P. Magee – Producer – John is an independent film maker in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  John’s father was an independent documentary filmmaker and helped him develop a love of film.  John has written several short screenplays that are currently in development.  John is currently a producer on the Talisman – The Series.  

Cast and Crew Quotes

“I absolutely love this role, and I’m so  thankful that I got to work with such great people. I hope to continue protecting the Talisman and Ryan’s friends from nasty space goons.” 

-James Yoder

“It was an amazing experience working with such talented people. As much as I loved the opportunity to bring one of my stories to life, it will be the relationships and friendships that came from Talisman that I’ll always treasure most. We truly turned into family working on this project.” 

-Wayne F. Cella

“Working on Talisman was one of the coolest experiences of my life, and there’s no other way I would have wanted to start my on screen debut.” 

-Collin Roach

“First time shooting a short for me. Best part was working with Wayne and the guys. The atmosphere was just fun. And that’s all you can hope for on any shoot. Definitely an awesome first experience. Looking forward to making bigger and better episodes and learning from our mistakes!” 

-Danny Gevirtz

“Truly blessed to work with such an awesome group of people; basically a group of strangers who quickly bonded and became a great team.  But the most satisfying part of the whole experience was seeing my friend, Wayne, make his dream of making a film come true.  I was blown away by how   he pulled this whole production together.  It was my privilege to be a part of this team, though my only real responsibilities were some plot points and some punchlines.” 

-John Manning 

“I’ve been fortunate to be on set with some very notable talent, but, there has been no greater privilege than being able to work with the young, talented cast and crew of Talisman.  Thank you, Wayne and John, for entrusting me with the role of Virginia.”

-Donna White

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