We Put the World to Sleep: Starring / Director / Producer / Writer
Adrian Țofei is an award-winning and critically-acclaimed Romanian actor and filmmaker. He directed, produced, wrote and starred in Romania’s first found footage horror feature film, Be My Cat: A Film for Anne, for which he won numerous awards and critical acclaim, including Best Film at the 2015 A Night of Horror International Film Festival in Sydney and Best Actor at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival.
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne was called “terrifying” and “a modern Peeping Tom” by Austin Chronicle, “potentially revolutionary and dangerous” by Dread Central, a “disturbing found footage masterpiece” by 28DLA and “the most revolutionary found footage film since The Blair Witch Project” by ANOH. It was also included in Dread Central’s Top 5 Best Horror Movies of 2016, Blumhouse’s Top 5 New Intelligent Found Footage Films You Need to See and Audiences Everywhere’s Top 50 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s.
Adrian’s acting performance in Be My Cat has been described by critics as “incredible“, “exceptionally strong“, “authentic“, “excellent throughout“, “complex”, “powerfully convincing“ and “frighteningly natural“. Artsploitation said that he did “the most believable movie psychopath since Norman Bates“.
We Put the World to Sleep: Starring (improvised audition below) / Associate Producer
Erisse Peterson is an American actress and musician. She got her start in acting at an early age, after her family relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1996. As a child actor, Erisse was represented by Bob Feldman (father of actor Corey Feldman) and studied ballet, tap and jazz dance.
Later, Erisse Peterson attended Mississippi School of the Arts, the state’s only residential arts high school. She intensively studied theatre arts under her instructors, Dr. Robert Brooks and Tammy Stanford, and performed in numerous stage plays. She also developed a passion for all aspects of film, including directing and film scoring. During 2011-2013, Erisse attended Mississippi State University, where she studied Philosophy & Religion.
Erisse Peterson joined We Put the World to Sleep in 2015, when the project was called I Put the World to Sleep, after winning the international casting call (check out her improvised audition above). She recently ventured into music as well, releasing her first EP, Somethingmissing, under the stage name Planes, and a new single called Galactic Daisy.
Duru Yücel Țofei
We Put the World to Sleep: Starring / Associate Producer
Duru Yücel Țofei is a Turkish actress and screenwriter. She studied English-Turkish Interpretation and Translation in college and then enrolled at The Studio Players in Istanbul to follow her true passion, where she received three years of Acting and Art Education under Şahika Tekand and Esat Tekand. During 2012-2017, Duru played in The Studio Players’ Becoming A Rhinoceros 2.014, various TV series, commercials, and a short movie screened in Cannes. She is currently preparing for her role in We Put the World to Sleep and also co-writing the script for the female antihero thriller drama Good Girl.
As very expressive child, Duru always had a playful existence which later proved itself when she sang in front of the whole class in primary school and staged impressions of all her teachers during secondary school. She studied theatre for a year when she was 10, which led to her playing two different characters in the play that was staged at the end of the year. From that moment on, she came to know very clearly the fact that she wanted to be an actress.
Duru likes singing, especially jazz, and has a demo she handed out just to her family and friends. Swimming, yoga, spending time in nature, learning about the ways of the world and what’s happening in it, learning about the causes she might have the privilege to support, the topics of spirituality, health, science, history and architecture are among her interests.
We Put the World to Sleep: Executive Producer
Danha Yunes studied acting for film and TV at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the New York Film Academy.
We Put the World to Sleep: Executive Producer
Jay Sorensen has been a horror movie fan since childhood. A U.S. Foreign Service Officer, she is especially interested in international contributions to the genre. She is an avid supporter of indie films and first became a producer in 2011. She once appeared in a Crazy Frog / Jamba commercial and was an extra in Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth.
UPDATES: Brandon Hart and Ricky Chan joined the team as Executive Producers and Sarp Onat Yucel and Naomi Goff as Associate Producers.