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LI close-ups: 4 keeping busy with sitcom, Cannes and album

One performer is hitting the road in a new sitcom, another is hitting the stage in a concert for her new album, and two budding filmmakers are hoping to make a hit at Cannes. And all had Long Island as their starting point.


12, Garden City

THE GIG She plays the “too cool for school” Delilah on the TBS sitcom “The Detour,” which premieres April 11.

HER STORY Ashley made her acting debut playing the daughter of Naomi Watts and Sean Penn in the 2010 thriller “Fair Game” and has been on a roll since. She played Louis C.K.’s bratty daughter Jane on FX’s “Louie” in 2010 and appeared in the 2011 film “We Need to Talk About Kevin” with Tilda Swinton. “She asked me what my favorite dog is and then gave me a life-size black stuffed poodle,” Ashley says. In “The Detour,” about a family whose road trip goes horribly wrong, she plays a girl who likes clothes and boys more than books. “She’s like almost my exact opposite,” Ashley says. “I love school and am obsessed with chemistry.”

WHAT’S NEXT Ashley has a featured role in the movie “A Different Sun,” about a Chinese family that moves to Germany.


21, Commack


22, East Meadow

THE GIG The LIU-Post seniors’ short film has been accepted for the Cannes International Film Festival.

THEIR STORIES DiBiase and Morales, who have been friends since freshman year and have their own production company called Shuttersound, have meshed well creatively. Their Cannes entry, “The Stall” — DiBiase wrote and directed, Morales shot and edited — concerns two janitors who find a suicide in the girls’ bathroom at a school and then have to figure out what to do. “It spawned from an event in high school,” DiBiase says. “I walked into the boys’ bathroom and found a kid unconscious in the stall.” The movie is not in competition at Cannes, but DiBiase and Morales hope it will give them an opportunity to meet and network with other filmmakers.

WHAT’S NEXT After graduation, they plan to focus full time on Shuttersound with an eye toward making more shorts and, eventually, full-length features.


29, Plainview

THE GIG This singer-songwriter just released her third CD, “The God Album.”

HER STORY Michelle, who was raised in West Babylon, studied with sopranos in Vienna and at Harvard. In 2013, she put out her first album, “Turtledove,” which was followed by “Inner Child” in 2014. “My idea is to do an album every year for six years,” she says. “Originally I thought I could take 10 years to perfect one album, but if I took those same 10 years and put an album out every year, the product would improve so much more each time.” “The God Album,” which was inspired by Jewish text and folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, has richer production values than her previous releases and covers many different styles, including swing, folk and rock. She’ll perform songs from the album Sunday at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Glen Cove.

WHAT’S NEXT Michelle is in the early stages of penning a musical about relationships.

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