Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D is a 21st Century Renaissance woman. After working as a top model, starring in films, including, Live a Little Love a Little, opposite Elvis Presley and guest starring on popular television shows such as Star Trek, Land of the Giants etc she began her own Celestial Trek as a business woman/author/speaker/activist & avid holistic researcher.
Celeste is the co-author of the award winning book, The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care and the soon to be released, Paleo Dog, Give your Best Friend a Long Life, Healthy Weight and Freedom from Illness, with Jean Hofve, DVM for Rodale press. She is also the author of a personal account of her journey from Star Trek to Ph.D entitled, Celestial Trek.
Celeste is the producer of the award winning documentary film, Femme Women Healing the World, which she is also featured in. Celeste and her writing partner are currently writing the companion book to this film and have in the works 5 more documentary film projects, which will include books and art works. Celeste is also acting in and the producer of science fiction feature film which has been cast with primarily major Star Trek actors and series regular’s called UNBELIVEABLE!!!!!
Celeste is also an Ovarian Cancer survivor and advocate for raising awareness for this hard to detect form of women’s cancer.
Celeste is a popular speaker on myriad of subjects at Holistic and New Paradigm conferences.
Celeste and her husband Nazim who is a fine artist, live in Los Angeles, California.
Born in the Bronx, Marcello Thedford found a passion and a way out of poverty through acting. Always a dreamer, he started honing his craft at a young age through the improvisational theater scene in New York. He studied at New York’s Third World Theater at Black Drama Productions, waiting for his big break. After many disappointments, he followed a suggestion from his younger brother and auditioned for “My Posse Don’t Do Homework”, a film that was later titled “Dangerous Minds”. At the tender age of 20, Marcello was playing opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer in a major theatrical film. He had arrived.
Marcello immediately began to be featured in the slew of big budget blockbusters including “Crimson Tide” (Denzel Washington), “Daylight” (Sylvester Stallone) and “Volcano” (Tommy Lee Jones). A consistent staple throughout the 90’s in both television and film, Marcello became known for his household look and mastery of both comedy and drama. During this transitional period towards television, Marcello acted beside one of his idols Danny Glover in the TNT TV film “Freedom Song”, gave an unforgettable performance on “ER” in his recurring role as Leon, Dr. Greg Pratt’s (Mekhi Phifer) mentally challenged brother, and showed off his comic chops in Employee of the Month (Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson). Creating a name for himself in the entertainment world as an industrious artist, Marcello always kept himself humble and it paid off.
ESPN’s, “Playmakers”, was major break for Marcello . The series was a network first, an gritty original ensemble drama about the off-field lives of a professional football team. Marcello starred as Kelvin “Buffalo” James, a fourth year offensive tackle from Oklahoma State whose health issues interfered with his ability to play. Fans fell in love with the show’s insider look on a profession loved by many, but experienced by few. The show quickly became the highest-rated series on ESPN other than Sunday night NFL, finally giving Marcello a vehicle to showcase his talent on a weekly basis. The show still maintains a cult following among football fanatics and television connoisseurs alike.
Unfailingly, Marcello continues to demonstrate his gifts on hit television series, always one to steal a scene and put a smile on your face. Recently he has guest-starred on top hit network shows such as “The Game”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Shameless”, and “Southland”. A multi-talented individual, Marcello also produces his own independent films and music, power-lifts and cooks. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his family and is eternally grateful that he listened to his younger brother all those years ago.
Jennifer Jessum & Simon Joseph
JENNIFER JESSUM (DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, CINEMATOGRAPHER)
Jennifer Jessum is an award winning director, choreographer and producer. She holds an M.F.A., in film production, from USC’s School of Cinema/Television and an M.F.A., in dance, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is the founder and director of Flying Limbs Inc., Productions which produces both narrative and documentary shorts and features, as well as music videos and commercials. Her work has been commissioned throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. www.flyinglimbs.com
SIMON JOSEPH (WRITER, PRODUCER, CINEMATOGRAPHER)
Simon J. Joseph is a biblical scholar, author, and documentary filmmaker. An Adjunct Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University, Dr. Joseph holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from New York University and a Ph.D. in Religion/New Testament from Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of Jesus, Q, and the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Judaic Approach to Q and The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enoch Tradition and has been published in numerous academic journals. www.SimonJJoseph.com
ACTRESS / CELEBRITY / SOCIALITE
International celebrity, actress, socialite and sex symbol, Trina Colette Mcgee became a household name the moment she hit the screen as Angela Moore in the hit television series “BOY MEETS WORLD”. Her exotic beauty, coupled with her high energy, captivated audiences across America. An inspiration as the first African –American actress to star in a prime-time television series as one half of a teen interracial couple. Coining the iconic pop culture phrase “SHAWNGELA” due to her highly profiled onscreen romance with Shawn Hunter (played by Rider Strong). Trina still ranks number one world-wide, as a leader in paving the way for inter-racial lovers around the globe.
Raised in Riverdale, New York, Trina McGee attended the prestigious and politically acclaimed Manhattan Country School, founded in 1968. Her Haitian revolutionary father was exiled from Haiti in the 1960s for publishing pamphlets denouncing Papa Doc, he spent Trina’s youth fleeing the Haitian authorities, who would find out his whereabouts periodically and force him to run for his life. Meanwhile, Trina learned to play piano, write songs and showed an interest in acting, creative writing and political issues. Trina took to the big screen landing roles in studio blockbuster films such as “DAYLIGHT” opposite Sylvester Stallone and playing the seductive vixen “Cinnamon” in New Line’s “FRIDAY AFTER NEXT” starring Ice Cube. However, she came into the national spotlight when she starred in “THE BIRDCAGE” along side Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.