Rachael and Laura Doukas began their career in the entertainment industry acting in various regional theatre performances, cable television shows and independent films. They soon graduated to writing and producing their own work in the form of narrative shorts.
Their first feature, The Ryan Express, is based on their award-winning short, Rocket Man. The Doukas Sisters were pleased to collaborate with casting director Judy Henderson (HBO’s Homeland) and actor Robert Sedgwick (Die Hard). The film had a success run on the circuit and was nominated for Best Short Film (Big Apple Film Festival), Best Screenplay (Kew Gardens Film Festival) and won Best Ensemble (RevolutionMe Festival NY).
Through their work, the Doukas Sisters aim to provide a deeper understanding of the life experience of mentally disabled children and how their families cope. Their hope is that The Ryan Express will further the level of compassion for the mentally ill and those who raise them.
Stony Brook University Graduates, The Doukas Sisters reside in Muttontown, New York with their dog Albert.
The only way Robby, an autistic six grader, can move forward in his life is by inventing a time machine to travel back and fix his biggest mistake. Though made of little more than cardboard and scraps, it is real to him.