Etta’s Background: One of the film’s quirkiest and most comical characters, Etta is searching for an out-of-this-world encounter with Trekker love even as her earthly problems with her family weigh her down.
you’re invited, if you want to be
Director on Etta/Erin: "Etta is like Erin on hyperdrive – a passionate Sci Fi expert and a pop harpist who writes sci fi songs. Etta’s home in the film really is Erin’s home, complete with her own unique collections of objects. This was perfect for Etta, a character who relates to objects as a way of first avoiding, then exploring the possibility of a romantic relationship. Fun as she is, her personal rebirth in the film is symbolically very important."
ERIN HILL (Etta Cummins) is a harpist, singer, songwriter, actor and multi-instrumentalist whose musical performances range from pop, psychedelic, and science fiction to kids music, opera, and Celtic. She’s played solo at the Royal Albert Hall, and opened for/played with/sung with Kanye West, Enya, Cyndi Lauper, a-ha, Randy Newman, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, Joan Osborne, G.E. Smith, The Smithereens, Martha Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, The Fab Faux, and moby. Erin’s 2009 CD with her Celtic group, Four Celtic Voices, hit #1 on the Billboard World Music chart, charted in the Top Ten on multiple Heatseeker charts and in the Top 40 on the Independent chart (released on Erin’s label, Gridley Records). Kids-wise, Erin is in The Dream Jam Band, whose new album is out on EMI (August 2010). As "Erin the Red," she plays bass, harp, keyboards, sings, and is a songwriter in the band. Harpist: Carnegie Hall; Sam Mendes’ CABARET original Broadway cast album (also sax, flute); THE FANTASTICKS new Off-Broadway cast album; Lincoln Center SOUTH PACIFIC tour (also pianist); Martha Wainwright’s album Martha Wainwright; various commercials (Dunkin’ Donuts, etc.); MTV Total Request Live; MTV2’s Wonder Showzen. TV: Chappelle’s Show (as the Pretty White Girl), The Chris Rock Show, American Masters. FILM: Tim Robbins’ CRADLE WILL ROCK (actor, plus on soundtrack); FADE TO WHITE (screenwriter). BROADWAY: original casts of TITANIC, Sam Mendes’ CABARET, and URINETOWN. OFF-BROADWAY: Lincoln Center, Vineyard, NYTW, Cherry Lane… REGIONAL: Long Wharf, McCarter, La Jolla, Goodman, Goodspeed, NY Stage & Film, Sundance Theater Lab 2000 and 2008. VOICEOVER: Coca-Cola, Comcast, Walmart, Play-Doh, Dunkin’ Donuts…