AWFUL GOODNESS is:
Mark Baranowski -
Those familiar with Mark Baranowski tend to call him a "Jack of all Trades," or an "all-purpose artiste," and with good reason. He's been a sketch artist and musician for over fifteen years, an author-screenwriter for five, and since September of 2001, he's produced, directed and acted in five independent films. Mark states, "It's my impatience that makes me so efficient... I can't wait to finish one project, so I can jump right into another."
Born on April 28, 1974 in Buffalo, New York, Mark spent most of his young life with his extremely supportive grandparents. At the same time, he was a rather introverted child; shy, quiet. Realizing at a young age just how cruel this world can be, he found refuge in the form of entertainment--books, art, movies and music. Fictional characters became his closest friends. This alternate reality presented no threat of embarrassment, disappointment, or rejection... here, he could truly be "himself." Rather than hindering him in his later years, this solitude was the fuel for his own creations; he began to write stories and songs, while also dabbling in art. By the late 1980's, Mark began recording his songs in his small home studio. In 1997, he and a close friend started their own record label, Nickel City Records. It wasn't until then that Mark began releasing his own music.
In late 1999, Mark wrote his first screenplay. He managed to acquire the services of a Hollywood manager, who began pitching this and numerous consecutive scripts. After two years and no sales, it was time for Mark to take the advice of actor Bruce Campbell, and stop looking to others in trying to fulfill his dreams... thus, he created On Mark Productions (which dissolved the Nickel City partnership), and started making his own films.
As of January 2005, music has once again become Mark's main focus. With a particular interest in electronica, and a new home studio at his disposal, the future possibilities are endless...
Ryli Morgan -
Ryli Morgan's desire to pursue a career in entertainment began when she was only six years old. Born on January 11, 1974 in Charlotte, North Carolina, she was raised by loving and supportive parents. After a six-year pursuit of figure skating, she decided it was finally time to follow her dreams of becoming either an actress, model, or a singer.
Initially assuming that her voice wasn't strong enough for her to be a lead vocalist, Ryli concentrated on modeling and acting. Her first paid modeling job came in April 2001, posing for several Japanese publications. As for the latter, she was offered parts in several independent films, but none ever materialized. Her acting debut wouldn't be until September 2001, in "Despair", a short film by her husband, Mark Baranowski.
Drawn to "all things dark and mysterious" for as long as she can remember, Ryli has always been fascinated by horror--vampires, especially. She loves the B-Movie genre, and has longed to become a part of it for years. "Being located in North Carolina, though," she states, "made the odds of that happening seem very slim."
Ryli beat those odds, however, with "Despair", and her 2002 feature film, "Runaway Terror", both from On Mark Productions. The former led to such achievements as being featured in DRACULINA and GALLERY magazines, and being given the titles of the "first REVOLVER [Magazine] girl" and Troma Films' July 2002 "Tromette of the Month".
In November 2004, her only remaining dream-to become a singer-finally became a reality. Collaborating once again with Mark, their debut, self-titled, electro-pop CD "Awful Goodness" was released just in time for Christmas. Ryli states that the disc has proven to be well worth the wait, and that "the experience certainly was", as well!