Director and screenwriter, Dereck Davidson
Direvtor of Photography, Tim Altonen
actor, Ed Sala
Producer, Karen Sabo
actor, John Hardy
actor, ryan perry
sound editor, archival photographer, bruce white

This is not the South, movie, cast and crew

TIM ALTONEN (Crew—Director of Photography) Tim is an independent filmmaker originally from Dunlap, Tennessee., he has an Associate’s Degree from Chattanooga State and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communications from East Tennessee State University.  Tim’s high-definition short film, “Mindscapes” won several awards and was released theatrically in the east Tennessee Region. Tim has worked on numerous independent feature films, and has helped write and produce several short films. 

DEREK DAVIDSON (Director, Screenwriter, Cast—Tommy) Derek Davidson has thirty years of experience as a performing artist. A professional actor and director, Derek is also a published playwright, and was an Associate Artistic Director and the Coordinator of the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights at the Barter Theatre in Virginia. He has taught at Universities in Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio and Washington, and has a BFA from Florida State University, an MA from Miami University in Ohio, and a Ph.D in Theatre History from the University of Washington.

ED SALA (Cast—Ryan's Grandfather) Ed has appeared on Broadway in the original cast of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and Off-Broadway in “Johnny Guitar,” “Elvis People” and “The Perfect Crime,” as well as at Carnegie Hall in “Robert Fulghum and Friends.” His TV credits include episodes of “Law and Order,” “Homicide: Life on the Street” and several episodes of “Matlock.” In film, he’s appeared in “The Contender,” “Roller Coaster” and “Blair Witch II.” He’s appeared in regional theatres across the country, including the Barter Theatre and Mill Mountain Theatre in Virginia. He’s narrated over fifty books for Recorded Books, Inc., and is a playwright whose works have been performed in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He loves the Shenandoah Valley and is proud to have been a part of this project.

JOHN HARDY (Cast—Dale’s Father) Over the course of a thirty year career in professional theatre John has had the opportunity to play some of the great roles ever written including Hamlet, MacBeth, Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and many others. He has directed over ninety professional productions. As a playwright he has had over forty professional productions of his plays performed across the country and overseas. He has performed his original one-man play, Rattlesnake to great success over the last few years. Recently, John was given the Sara Spencer Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference. John holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and a PhD from Texas Tech University.

SCOTT KOENIG (Cast—Doug the Artist) Scott is a teacher, director, musician, sound designer, and Llama farmer who lives in Elizabethton, TN. He is a theatre instructor at various colleges in the East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia area. He can be seen in “This is Not the South” playing a banjo he crafted himself.

RICK MCVEY (Cast—Shelley) Rick McVey is currently a member of the Resident Acting Company at Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia. Rick, who has worked for over thirty years in broadcast, stage and film, wrote and directed the feature film FREEDOM (, named the Best Film at the 2008 Virginia Independent Film Festival. As an actor he has appeared in scores of productions, including the films The Wraith and Crimson Fold and on the stage as George Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life), Uncle Peck (How I Learned to Drive), Kris Kringle (Miracle on 34th Street), Victor Fleming (Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell), and Ray (Blackbird) and many others.

RYAN PERRY (Cast—Ryan) Ryan is from Coeburn, VA, located in the southern Appalachian coalfields. He attended the University of Virginia's College at Wise and is currently a double major (theatre/political science) at East Tennessee State University. On stage he has appeared in Metamorphoses, A Tuna Christmas, Inherit the Wind, Flags, as Danny Zuko in Grease, and as Jack Hale in the Virginia State Outdoor Drama The Trail of the Lonesome Pine. Previous to his work in “This is Not the South” Ryan appeared in a short film by Andrew Savage, titled ASDFJKL. Ryan plans to move to Los Angeles after college to continue pursuing a film career.

FRANK TAYLOR GREEN (Cast—Julian) Frank worked for six years acting in dozens of productions as a member of the Barter Players, and as a company member at the Barter Theatre in Virginia. He was featured in the independent film Freedom and is currently a freelance actor.

KIRSTIE SENSKY (Cast—Dale) Kirstie is a native of Bristol, VA and studied Theatre and Psychology at East Tennessee State University. She has appeared in University productions of Hamlet, Quilters, Grease, and in dance concerts. Some of her favorite roles have been Alice in Alice in Wonderland at Theatre Bristol, The It Girl at Virginia Intermont College and the Barter Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol. Kirstie plans to attend graduate school for Dance/Movement Therapy.

KAREN SABO (Producer, cast—Deborah) Karen Sabo is an actor, director, and teacher. In addition to her extensive freelance work, she has been a resident actor at two regional theatres, has played at the New Victory Theatre in New York City, and was a Resident Director at the Barter Theatre in Virginia. She has taught and directed at numerous theatres and universities, and her adaptations of The Tempest and The Emperor’s New Clothes have received productions. She has studied with Anne Bogart through the Saratoga International Theatre Institute, with Tina Packer’s Shakespeare & Co., and in California with the American Conservatory Theatre and The San Francisco Mime Troupe. Originally from New York, she has a BA from Hampshire College and attended graduate school at East Tennessee State University

ANDREW SAVAGE (Crew—Preliminary Editor, Crane Operator) Andrew, a native of eastern Tennessee and a graduate of East Tennessee State University, has been involved with video production for a decade, working in the Central Appalachian area on narrative films, commercials and documentaries. Andrew was also the co-director (along with Tim Altonen) and producer of the short film “Mindscapes.” Andrew is an advocate of exposing the Appalachian area to the rest of the world.

DEREK SMITH (artist who created painting of the Robert E. Lee motel) Derek was born and raised in the South that this film is not. A native of northeast Tennessee, Derek briefly ventured farther into the South to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design where he received a bachelor’s degree in Painting in 2003. Since then he has been employed by Barter Theatre as Scenic Artist where he has designed sets for shows such as Betrayal, Lear, and most recently Four Places and Othello. Derek maintains a working studio in downtown Bristol, Tennessee where continues to pursue his own artistic endeavors and various commissioned works. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, and he recently won a juror citation award from the Knoxville Art Alliance’s National Juried Exhibition.

BRUCE WHITE (editor, sound editor, archival photographer) A native of Bristol, Bruce has worked on several film and editing projects for artists and businesses in the area, including commercials for Matt Smith’s Music (Abingdon, Va) and Wythe Raceway. Bruce has a professional recording studio in Damascus, Virginia, where he has recorded and edited local musicians as well as performers from Nashville and San Diego, California. An amazing musician in his own right, Bruce teaches guitar, mandolin, and fiddle at Matt Smith’s Music. Those who wish to discuss future projects, be they film editing, sound recording/editing, or music lessons, can contact Bruce at Nearly all the photos used on this website were taken by Bruce during filming, summer of 2008.

actor, frank taylor green         actor, kirstie sensky