What It's All About.
STOP THE BLEEDING! is a comedic, mockumentary-styled web series about a dysfunctional non-profit that serves the bleeding disorder community.
When sardonic TV producer FRANKLIN (Dru Johnston) created a reality show granting its winner the opportunity to start an NPO, he never imagined that winner would be a guy like SPENCER (Patrick James Lynch), the goofy young hemophiliac with boundless energy & absurd notions of advocacy. Alongside happy-go-lucky BENNY (Seth Kirschner) & the ingenious do-gooder JACQUI (Kate Dalton), if this tenuous group of misfits can learn to work together, they may just be exactly what health care needs.
STB! is produced by Believe Digi, a digital production company focused on connecting young people with their health care in smart, funny ways & expanding outreach and awareness through entertainment. Thus far, STB! has been funded through unrestricted educational grants from Baxter International, Inc.
Meet The Team!
PATRICK JAMES LYNCH is the Executive Producer of Believe Digi, Creator/Head Writer/Lead Actor of Stop The Bleeding!, Executive Producer/Writer of Helping Hany, Co-Founder of Believe Theatrical and President of Entertainment 2 Affect Change, 501(c)(3). As an actor, he has appeared on Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Versus, PBS, in various commercials & music videos, and in the feature film At The Top of The Pyramid. Patrick has also appeared on stage in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Cleveland, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. A severe hemophiliac, he has been involved with the SeriousFun Children's Network of summer camps since 1994, is a member of the Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA), National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), Hemophilia Association of New York (HANY), and the New York City Hemophilia Chapter (NYCHC). Patrick is the first-ever recipient of HFA's Terry Lamb Health & Wellness Award. He dedicates his work in hemophilia to his brother Adam, a severe hemophiliac who died at 18 from a brain bleed.
RYAN GIELEN's (Exec Producer/Director) producing credits include The Graduates, in the top-ten comedies all-time on Hulu (2010 feature film), Turtle Hill, Brooklyn (2013 feature film, Audience Award for Best Narrative, New Fest), Deleted Scenes (2013 feature film), & Helping Hany (web series). Ryan's films have won awards for writing and direction in festivals around the world, and he's a two-time WEBBY winner for his interactive web series Deleted: The Game. Ryan and his brother Matthew are co-founders of DVDs to the Troops, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to collecting and distributing used and new DVDs to American military in war zones around the world.
KATY WRIGHT-MEAD (Production Manager/"Benny's GF") is a New York City-based actor and producer. As a producer, she has worked on the feature films Drinking Games (2013), Turtle Hill, Brooklyn (2013), and The Graduates (2008). As an actor, Katy appeared on-screen in Fall to Rise, Sunburn, Color Matching, Fallen Angels, as well as in a re-occurring role on the HBO hit Boardwalk Empire.
SETH KIRSCHNER ("Benny") is originally from Wilmington, Delaware & now resides in Brooklyn, New York. He's been seen in re-occurring roles on Lipstick Jungle and 30 Rock and is known to many as "Henry" from the hit web series We Need Girlfriends. He regularly performs his one-man show at NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade.
KATE DALTON ("Jacqui") is an actor based out of New York City. She has been seen in the feature films, A Merry Little Christmas and Shot List, and will soon be seen in the film Delivery Man. Kate has also worked as Nicole Kidman's stand-in/photo-double for the shooting of The Untitled Noah Baumbach Project.
DRU JOHNSTON ("Franklin") is an actor, writer, improviser and Seattle-native living in Brooklyn, New York. He improvises with Harold Team Grandma's Ashes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC , writes and acts for Maude Team Everything Rabbits, and is a writer and producer for The Chris Gethard Show on Manhattan Public Access and on the Internet. Dru has also been a contributor to The Onion News Network, tours with UCB Touring Company and has been named one of the worst Morgan Freeman impressionists by Maxim magazine.
BILL TIMONEY met Patrick when they worked as understudies together in the Off-Broadway production of The Irish Curse. Bill spent many years on the soap opera All My Children as "Alfred Vanderpool." He is also known for his work dubbing Japanese anime into English, on such shows as Record of Lodoss War, Pokemon and Genshiken.
NICK VERGARA ("UPS Guy") is a New York-based actor, writer, director. He studied acting at the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory and filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. His first onscreen appearance was in 2008’s award-winning indie The Graduates, directed by Stop the Bleeding! director Ryan Gielen. Nick wrote, directed, produced and acted in the play Elsewhere with several STB actors and is currently adapting it into a feature film.
JOSHUA STERLING BRAGG (Production/"Arnold") is a freelance producer and head of production for both Driver Digital and Dr. Lisa Airan M.D. Recent clients include Old Navy, Verizon, Believe Digi, and a Cannes Silver Lion Award-winning campaign for Kayak.com. Most recently he proudly directed "Helping HANY" a lighthearted claymation approach to Von Willebrand Disease in young women. In his personal time JSB is the sole creative force behind HauntingSeason, a YouTube based web show with the mission of bringing storytelling back to the horror genre. (YouTube.com/HauntingSeason)