If you believe our children deserve to be embraced by our planet and not devoured by it, and if you believe that one person can make a difference …

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Why We're Making This Film

Barrie Osborne


Talk is Cheap is a story focused on a father and a daughter, and how one teenage girl’s vow of silence and the subsequent viral revolution it ignites gives momentous voice to a generation demanding change. The film punctuates the subject of Climate Change and the responsibilities and shortcomings of layers of generations.

Q&A with Academy Award Winning Producer, Barrie Osborne

Cast + Crew

  • Barrie Osborne
    Executive Producer

    Academy Award Winning Producer Barrie Osborne has been making films for over forty years. A few of his credits include Apocalypse Now, The Big Chill, The Cotton Club, Fandango, Dick Tracy, Face/Off, The Matrix, Lord Of The Rings, and The Great Gatsby. Not only is Barrie incredibly talented, he’s an even better man.

  • Eamon Harrington & John Watkin
    Directors of Photography

    John Watkin & Eamon Harrington founded Planet Grande Pictures in 1993, specializing in documentary and non-fiction programming. Since then, they have produced over 150 projects for television, winning 7 Emmy Awards and numerous other industry honors along the way.

  • Jim Jarrett
    Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

    Jim spent the first four years of his career with the legendary acting teacher, Sanford Meisner – two in his professional, private class, then two more working privately as Mr. Meisner’s assistant and last teaching protégé (view full bio).

    Now almost a quarter century later, Jarrett has become one of the most respected teachers of The Meisner Technique in the world, with teaching centers in San Francisco, Sun Valley, Idaho, as well as the Big Island of Hawaii – The Meisner Technique Studio

    Jarrett has had even greater success as an actor. For the last seventeen years he has toured Leonard Nimoy’s one-man show, VINCENT to over a quarter million people with sold-out audiences in the premier performing art centers, festivals, universities and museums throughout the world. After seventeen years there have been many highlights but none greater than in 2008 when VINCENT and Jarrett were the smash hit of the largest international theater extravaganza in the world – The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Competing against three thousand shows per day, Jarrett’s production played to sold-out audiences throughout the run. Jarrett was also nominated for “Best Actor” and the prestigious STAGE AWARDS nominated VINCENT “Best Solo Show” -Vincent

    In 2006, the world premiere of Jarrett’s original full-length play, MEISNER debuted at San Francisco’s historic Magic Theatre. MEISNER was a critical and commercial success. Next MEISNER headed to Los Angeles playing to SRO crowds for the entire six-week run. Every summer for the last six years Jarrett has brought MEISNER back to Los Angeles for consecutive sold-out shows benefiting various organizations –  Meisner

    Jarrett has adapted MEISNER into a full-length feature film and will begin shooting in the fall of 2014. MEISNER is being directed by TRUE BLOOD Star, Jim Parrack

    In 2012 Jarrett launched MEISNER TRAINED – a weekly teaching series released via the Internet documenting his students as they are trained in the genius of The Meisner Technique – 

    Jarrett is also partners with eight-time Emmy-award winning producers, John Watkin and Eamon Harrington of Planet Grande Pictures on a reality show turning athletes, models, musicians and comedians into world-class actors – Planet Grande Pictures

    Jarrett also tours three shows he created for children – Children’s Shows

    In 2014, Jarrett established the JP Meisner Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to serving Veterans and their families along with the underprivileged and underserved through the arts -JPMEISNER.ORG

    Jarrett is represented exclusively by Clint Mitchell, Senior Vice President at William Morris Endeavor

  • Jon Labrie
    Writer / Producer

    Jon has more than 25 years experience developing and delivering the creative technologies that drive innovation in global entertainment. As Chief Technical Officer at Weta Digital in New Zealand he was the principle architect of the innovative technical infrastructure underlying the Academy Award®-winning visual effects for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. More recent activities include founding and (as CEO) leading an Mumbai-based visual effects and animation studio, the development of business plans to promote growth in film production and visual effects skills for Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Asian government, and the creation of patented and patent-pending massively multiplayer gaming architectures for mobile devices.

    A native of Los Angeles, Jon is an accomplished public speaker with keynote speeches on digital film, visual effects, interface design, game development, and digital storage and networking infrastructures presented to worldwide audiences. His film credits include Broken Arrow, Independence Day, The Frighteners, Contact, and The Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship

  • Kyla Jarrett

    Kyla began her acting career at the age of four when she starred in her father’s film, A Declaration Of Independence. Sixteen years later she has continued to work in film, television and theater.

    Kyla also has extensive experience on the other side of the camera having worked as a production assistant on The Great Gatsby for Academy Award winner Barrie Osborne, and for James Franco.

    Kyla attends Middlebury College in Vermont where she is an honors student majoring in languages.

  • Jim Parrack

    Jim Parrack is an actor of motion picture, television and Broadway. He began studying acting with Robert Carnegie and Tony Savant at Playhouse West Los Angeles in 2004. Two months later his professional career began when he was cast in a supporting role in Walt Disney Pictures’ “Annapolis.” He has since appeared in twenty motion pictures including: “Battle: Los Angeles,” “A Night In Old Mexico” with Robert Duvall, “Fury” with Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf, and “As I Lay Dying” with long time collaborator and fellow Playhouse West alumni, James Franco. He played Hoyt Fortenberry on HBO’s “True Blood” for six seasons. He made his directorial debut in the theater in 2009 with a riveting Los Angeles revival of Clifford Odets’ “Waitingfor Lefty,” followed by winning critics and audiences over in 2013 with “A Hatful Of Rain.” He made his feature film debut with the award winning feature “Post” which he also wrote,produced and served as cinematographer. He produced the award winning “Daisy’s” in 2012 for which he was also cinematographer. He has been a teacher of acting at Playhouse West since 2010 and has guest taught on both coasts of the United States and in England.

    In spring 2014, along with opening the Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab, he wrote, directed, produced, photographed and starred in the soon to be major motion picture “Black Curry,” made his Broadway debut to rave reviews in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice And Men,” and simultaneously filmed the Robert Redford produced film “The Adderall Diaries” in NYC and the final season of HBO’s “True Blood” in Los Angeles.

    Later this year he will direct a feature film about the life of Sanford Meisner, starring long time friend and mentor Jim Jarrett, based on Jarrett’s play.

  • Melissa Thompson Esaia
    Co-Producer, Actor

    Melissa Thompson Esaia is an actor, teacher, writer, producer and activist. Ever since she can remember, Melissa has had an interest in and a passion for both the arts and service. She has been working as an actor for almost 20 years and she is the Assistant Director and Head of Faculty at Jim Jarrett’s The Meisner Technique Studio in San Francisco, the only school who continues to teach Sanford Meisner’s approach exactly as Mr. Meisner taught it.

    In 2011, Melissa formed Kina’ole Pictures, a production company focused on creating films that spotlight social and environmental issues. She is a voice for animal welfare and works in Japan with Ric O’Barry, star of the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove, where she represents Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project and monitors the annual dolphin hunt and slaughters that take place there. Melissa’s video footage of the annual hunts and slaughters has been seen worldwide, including CNN Headline News with Jane Velez Mitchell.

    Melissa is currently producing and directing A Beginner’s Guide to Saving the World, a feature length documentary that will feature Ric O’Barry and Matt Sorum, activist, philanthropist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician.

  • Lia Rose

    San Francisco songwriter Lia Rose has had her feet firmly planted in the Bay Area independent music scene since 2005. She grew up in Southern California surrounded by her family’s wind chime business and it was clear from the start that this young girl would one day be a performer. After studying at UC Berkeley, she spent nearly a decade performing in bands [Built for the Sea / Or, The Whale / Minipop, etc]. Since 2011 Lia Rose has established herself as a solo artist, performing live on NPR, KPFA, & Live105. Her voice has been praised as “captivating and beautiful” by Tape Op Magazine. Live 105’s Miles The DJ says “For years, one of my most favorite SF artists has been Lia Rose.” Rose has opened for Huey Lewis & The News, John Doe (of X), Steve Poltz, & Jill Sobule among others and she has lent her vocal harmonies to friends Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Tumbleweed Wanderers, Jeff Campbell, & Goodnight, Texas. She currently headlines twice a year in her hometown at The Chapel.

  • Debbie Brubaker
    Line Producer

    Debbie Brubaker is a seasoned producer living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of her recent projects was co-producing the feature The Diary of a Teenage Girl based upon the graphic novel and directed by Mari Heller. Prior to that, she was busy with Tim Burton’s latest movie, Big Eyes and the indie movie Quitters, directed by Noah Pritzker. Debbie has worked on a number of features, documentaries and television. Some titles she has worked on include Woody Allen’s latest release, Blue Jasmine, NBC’s Park & Rec, Jennifer Seibel Newsom’s documentary feature Miss Representation, the TV show Alcatraz, Peter Bratt’s popular movie, La Mission, Finn Taylor’s The Darwin Awards and Cherish, and Joshua Grannel’s All About Evil. Debbie produced the award winning Dopamine, which was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival 2003, directed by Mark Decena. Other movies Debbie has worked on are Knife Fight, directed by Bill Guttentag along with Bartleby and The Californians directed by Jonathan Parker. Debbie is now in development on several feature projects. She is also a cinema teacher with a class on producing at City College of San Francisco. She is currently in prep on the feature movie

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I am so incredibly grateful to have my daughter here for six months as we get ready to make our film together - what a blessed chapter. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi. I LIKE this project... just found it today actually. I will watch the movie and Im sure it will be more than worthwhile.. I say the same thing all the time that talk is cheap. But one thing that bothers me a bit is in your description of the movie it says "embraced by our planet and not devoured by it"... THat doesn't make sense to me.. it's not the PLANET who is devouring us... it's the psychopaths controlling the major decisions on the planet at this time that are doing the devouring (of us AND the planet) and so Im not really understanding that wording you chose, and it does bother me. Just giving some feedback. ... See MoreSee Less

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