Key Cast & Crew

Anike Tourse, writer and director

Anike Tourse is a multimedia maker with accomplishments both in front of, and behind, the scenes. She has written for television series including One Life to Live, and Girlfriends, and is the writer and director of award winning short film America; I Too now in distribution with New Day Films. Anike has penned ensemble play No Milk Today featured at the Reedsburg Fermentation Fest and notable solo shows “Aren’t I a Woman; the Story of Sojourner Truth” and “Different Voices” an MCLE accredited and engaging live performance piece that explores the elimination of implicit bias in the legal profession. Anike has toured her productions across the country as well as for the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival; an on a national Nigerian tour sponsored by the 7-UP Bottling Company. Anike’s projects include feature film America’s Family (currently in pre-production) and in development include the animated short film Frances the Fish about the little salmon that could and the stage play SEDER; about a mixed ethnic family navigating love, race and loss on the night of their traditional Passover dinner.

Angelica Salas, Executive Producer

Angelica Salas is the Executive Producer of America’s Family and the Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). Angelica turned to producing films to take charge of media immigrant representation. Salas has executive produced CHIRLA’s Know Your Rights video and the multi-award winning short film America; I Too starring Academy award nominee Barkhad Abdi and featuring the music of Grammy winner Quetzal. Since becoming the Executive Director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in 1999, Salas has spearheaded ambitious campaigns locally, statewide, and nationally. Salas helped win in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students and established day laborer job centers that have served as a model for the rest of the nation. She led efforts to allow all California drivers to obtain a driver’s license and is a leading spokesperson on federal immigration policy as a member of Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and Reform Immigration for America (RIFA). As part of a national coordinating committee, Salas has helped convene a coalition of organizations in California which have successfully mobilized millions of immigrants to demand comprehensive immigration reform including legalization with a path to citizenship, family reunification, and the protection of civil and labor rights.

Daniel Sollinger, producer

Daniel Sollinger is a graduate of New York University’s Film School, and the producer of more than 350 commercials, music videos, and short films for clients including Pepsi, Warner Brothers Records, CBS, Sony, and Comedy Central. His work has won awards from New York University, The American Film Institute, The Accolade Awards and the American Motion Picture Society. After working on numerous rap videos for artists such as Will Smith, and A Tribe Called Quest, Daniel produced “Rhyme & Reason,” a feature film documentary on hip-hop culture. It was distributed by Miramax Films and played in 280 theaters nationwide. Since then, Daniel has gone on to produce or line produced over 50 independent feature films, including “The Alphabet Killer,” “Girls Against Boys,” “In My Sleep,” “Rhyme & Reason,” and “Without Men.”He is a member of the PGA and a DGA Unit Production Manager. Daniel was the producer for CHIRLA’s short film “America; I Too”.

Barkhad Abdi, lead actor

Barkhad Abdi, Principal Performer, made his debut in the 2013 film Captain Phillips. For his performance in the film he was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award and won the BAFTA and London Critics’ awards. He has gone on to receive wide acclaim for his feature film Eye in the Sky starring with Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul, directed by Oscar winner Gavin Hood and was casted in the highly anticipated Blade Runner reboot that came out in 2017. A Somali native, Abdi signed up for America; I Too not knowing two of the places he lived – Somalia and Yemen would be included in the President’s immigration travel ban.

Quetzal, ensemble

Quetzal, Featured Music, is an ensemble that tells social, cultural, 
political, and musical stories. Quetzal was featured in the soundtrack to the 2004 short film, Stand Up For Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story, from Visual Communications (VC). In 2013 the band won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop, Rock or Album. Martha Gonzalez and Quetzal Flores are co-producers of Entre Mujeres, a cd released in 2012. Quetzal’s creative and innovative music earned them an invitation to speak and perform in the U.S. Library of Congress and Kennedy Center’s Homegrown music series. Listen to their song featured in America; I Too here “Estoy Aqui.” The last album they released was in 2021 titled “Puentes Sonoros“.