Meet The Cast & Crew
cast as Sarah Morin
A 2016 graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Katerina was mainly classically trained. She has played roles from Shakespeare to Chekhov while studying at the Atlantic Acting School and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Some credits include: Doña Ana in The Stone Guest (American Theatre of Actors) Cressida/Cassandra in Troilus and Cressida (RADA) and Malcolm in Macbeth (Atlantic Acting School).
Just Say Goodbye is her first feature film. She cannot say enough how the process has been eye opening and extremely fruitful. Although a fan of the classics, her career is beginning to head into the film world. Through Your Eyes (TV Web Series), and Just A Little Sketch are a few of her most recent works. She says she cannot think of a better way to break out than to be working with such a challenging but rewarding script such as this.
Currently living in Atlanta, GA, she is auditioning often, working for a non-profit writing lab and a restaurant. She believes there is endless work to be done and is proud to be a part of such a powerful film. She thanks her friends and family for their constant support.
cast as Jesse Peterson
Max MacKenzie is a Scottish-American actor born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Newton, Massachusetts. After attending the renowned program at Stagedoor Manor in his first year of discovering acting, Max graduated high school from The Winchendon School the following year in May 2016. Max has been active in the industry since 2016.
In addition to voiceover roles in video games on consoles such as the Playstation 4, WiiU, Steam etc., Max’s on-screen credits include Law & Order: SVU, Evil Lives Here, Grave Secrets and more.
Director and Producer
Matt has been into filmmaking ever since age 10, when he acted in my first short film. Matt loved watching the crew put together all the equipment and set up the shots, and he fell in love with the process right away. Since then he has acted in countless plays and made a ton of short films and sketches with his friends. Last year he shot his first official short film and submitted it to the Austin Film Festival. He wasn't a finalist, but the experience really proved that filmmaking was where his heart lies.
Matt first read Just Say Goodbye about four years ago when his friend, Layla's daughter, showed it to him. After his first read-through, he was in love, and Matt knew that he wanted to make it into a real movie. Two years later, and two years of experience added, Matt knew it was time to make it happen. He originally wanted to turn the original 120-page script into a 20 minute short, but then thought the story was too valuable to do that, so he decided that this project was destined to be his first feature film. Matt was excited to direct this wonderful movie, and can't wait for you all to see it.
Writer and Producer
Prior to writing Just Say Goodbye, Layla had written several short stories, a young adult novel and was 280 pages into writing her first mystery novel when she discovered the art of the screenplay. Being a huge fan of movies, she immediately fell in love with the format. Just Say Goodbye was loosely inspired by a true event that happened to her when she was in high school, a loooong time ago. She spun a fictional web around this true event, and ultimately Jesse and Sarah were born on the page.
Though she had written numerous stories, these characters always stuck with her. It's a story of how sometimes friendships can be so special they can be gut-wrenching when things go wrong. Layla was thrilled when Just Say Goodbye earned finalist status in the Filmmakers International Screenplay Competition and earned Second Rounder status in the notably competitive Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. It meant that these characters on the page moved other people, too. And now she's happy that the characters move people by screen.
cast as Rick Peterson
William Galatis was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts on March 1st, 1979. His professional acting career began in mid 2014. He’s appeared in prominent roles in over 30 independent and major motion pictures to date. Since youth, Galatis had been experimenting in and out of school with visual arts, writing, music composition/performance, 3D animation, filmmaking/cinema and photographs.
Nicknamed “Bill”, he’s taken a broad spectrum of lead and supporting film roles, notably, unravelling therapist John Lewis in “Aequanimitas”, madman storyteller Joseph Maria in “The Second Life” (Best Actor nomination), NYC street bred filmmaker Tony Anzolotti in “Jay Mancini”, mischievous Puddles the clown in “Mavericks”, alcoholic Rick Peterson in “Just Say Goodbye” and quirky Greek chef Bert in “Dying to be Loved.” Galatis has been fortunate to work with several great artists including actor/director, Karen Allen and the cast of her directorial debut, “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.”
Bill has been privileged to study with CP Castings’ Carolyn Pickman and Bates Wilder, as well as theater great Scott Ripley. He attributes much of his pedagogy to scrutinizing his film heroes, on and off camera. “Becoming a student was a bi-product of being an aficionado, whether watching films or in depth discussions with actors and directors; once it bit me, it never stopped sinking.”
cast as Chase Gibbons
Jesse Walters is a senior at Western New England University and was ecstatic to be a
part of Just Say Goodbye. At WNEU, Jesse is pursuing a Computer Science major with a Theater minor. His recent roles include Detective Frank Cioffi (Curtains!), Aaron Fox (Curtains!) and Bill Sykes (Oliver!). Jesse is also currently the president of Western New England’s improvisational comedy troupe Improv on the Rocks. This is his first time appearing on film and he would like to thank his professor Hillary Bucs and his wonderful girlfriend Carly Mastriano for their support in his new adventures in acting.
cast as Phyllis Morin
Pam is an award-winning SAG-Eligible actress who was bitten by the acting bug as a teenager and subsequently inducted into her high school's Drama Hall of Fame. She performed voice-overs for a local radio station, and was a multimedia and events producer in southeastern New England before founding the former Grooves Theatrical Dance in Barrington, RI. Later, she co-founded Arts Alive!, a charitable organization that provides opportunities for children and teens to experience the performing arts through their schools and local community.
Pam co-starred with Steve Blackwood (“Days of Our Lives”) in the short film, “Spice,” which won Best Regional Comedy Short at the 2017 SENE Festival, and recently wrapped “Meet the Author” with Steve. Other recent projects include the shorts “Wise Gals,” and “unWILLing,” produced as part of a Short Film Challenge, which screens at the 2018 SENE Festival; the feature films “Eyes,” “Til Jest Do We Part,” and “The Manor,” which will be released by Lionsgate in May 2018; and the TV series, “Code 13: Unreadable.”
She was the recipient of the 2017 Angelwood Award for Outstanding Guest Star for her role as Dr. Roberta Carson in “The Girl in the Attic” web series, which won Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series at the 2017 LAWebfest, and has been cast in a recurring role in Season 2 of the web series “Over Easy Courthouse Café.” Additionally, Pam has appeared in numerous industrial videos and commercials, including a national ad for Wayfair, and is still very active in theater having recently wrapped a sold-out run of ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE in Massachusetts.