Saturday April 28th at 11AM


A roundtable discussion showcasing actors talking about their success in independent film and television, what drives them and how they create their memorable characters.


Lukas Hassel is a multiple award-winning actor, writer, and director. He’s a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Theatre School of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Born and raised in Denmark, he’s now a dual citizen of Denmark and the United States.


As an actor, he has appeared in several TV shows, such as Blue Bloods (CBS), Limitless (CBS), The Blacklist (NBC), Elementary (NBC), as well as feature films, such as “The Black Room” and “In Montauk.”


As a writer, Lukas was the winner of the CineStory Fellowship and has placed in the “Top 30” twice in the Nicholl’s Fellowship Competition. His LBGT feature length screenplay “Le Mécano” has been optioned by Director/Producer Charlie Stratton. His short screenplay “The Son, the Father…” recently won the HollyShorts Film Festival Screenwriting Competition and secured a production deal as a result.


As a director, Lukas took his sci-fi script “Into the Dark” and created a successful short film, which went on to screen in over 70 film festivals worldwide. In 2017, he directed his second short film, “The Son, the Father…,” which recently world premiered at the Chinese Theater Cinema in Los Angeles as part of the HollyShorts Film Festival. Currently, the film screens on the festival circuit earning multiple honors and awards for its screenplay, direction, as well as the performances of its actors.


Lukas is married to Petros Levounis, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. They live in Chelsea in New York City.


Samantha Worthen caught the acting bug during a leave of absence from
her AT&T corporate sales career and never looked back.  Now, she only wears the business suit when her roles as actress and voice over artist call for it.
With a background in relationship sales and quality management in her
back pocket, Samantha embraced her corporate business
knowledge, tweaking it for her own artistic path. She is now a familiar face
in many an indie film, and is best known as Miriam Bowman on Cinemax’s
‘Banshee,’ and her roles on CBS TV’s ‘Under the Dome’ and Lifetime's
‘Army Wives,' among others.
Early on, Samantha stepped up to leadership roles in WIFTA (Women in
Film and Television Atlanta), garnering Board member positions such Vice
President of Membership, Member-At- Large and Special Events Chair. 
She has been a longtime member of GPP (Georgia Production
Partnership) and a supporter of the Georgia tax incentives. 
Starting out as a volunteer and member of IMAGE, Samantha continues to
be a champion of the Atlanta Film Festival.  She has been a regular
attendee, and many other film festivals on a regular basis, networking and
connecting with decision makers in the industry along the way.


Moderator: Angelica Alejandro

Working internationally Angelica has appeared in Film, Television and Commercials. Though she quite enjoys the rush of filming abroad in the jungle or trying her own stunt down the side of a cliff, she loves the energy of Live Reads, Improv and the passion of Filmmaking. 

As a member of different Indie film groups in the community, she has worked with many great folks in developing, producing and collaborating on original works. These have enjoyed viewings in many local festivals and opened the door to invitations to international festivals including
going to Cannes twice.

Having also worked as a host, reporter and presenter, she uses those skills to work with her Actors Union to create workshops, teach classes and act as a set liaison for her fellow actors.