Shot on location at the Minnesota State Fair, AGORA is based on a childhood nightmare that transcends time—losing your parent in a crowd. In AGORA, an eight-year-old girl wanders lost amid oblivious adults and bizarre attractions. When she serendipitously meets a younger boy who is also lost, the children instantly form a bond and together hatch a clever plan to find their parents.
Chris Newberry is a graduate of Northwestern University, the holder of a Masters Degree from Goldsmiths College at the University of London and the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Media Arts Grant. His 1998 short film 20/20 Vision enjoyed a national festival run after earning a Best of the Fest Award at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival. The film also received national media attention when its featured player, wrestling-star-turned-pop-culture-icon Jesse “The Body” Ventura, was elected governor of Minnesota. Newberry, who lives in Minneapolis, is in postproduction for his fifth short film, Sweet Caroline, and is developing long-form projects. He also works in commercial production and design.
Mahogany Ellis-Crutchfield works as an actor and model. Mahogany was eight years old when Agora was produced.
Payton Von Eschen
Payton Von Eschen is a fourth-grader who was four years old when Agora was produced.
Luis E. Sanchez
Luis Sanchez is a Twin Cities-based actor who has appeared in three of Chris Newberry’s films, including his most recent, Sweet Caroline.
Ashley (Borne) Newberry
(Fair Worker #1)
Ashley Newberry is a physician by trade but enjoys acting on the side. Director Chris Newberry is Ashley’s husband.
(Fair Worker #2)
Ron Johnson is a Minneapolis-based filmmaker and actor and has collaborated frequently with Chris Newberry.
Pamela Anderson is a semi-professional actor and mother of three. Her third child was born just a few weeks after Agora wrapped shooting.
Torin Anderson is a semi-professional actor and model, and the real-life son of Pamela Anderson. Torin was five years old when Agora was filmed.
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