Directors: Britta Sjogren
Producers: Britta Sjogren and Soumyaa Kapil Behrens
Writer: Britta Sjogren
Cinematographer: Bradley Sellers
Editors: Christopher Munch and Michael Goodier
Production Designer: Gillian Eversole Servais
Synopsis: a contemporary Western about two powerful, yet deeply troubled women -- refugees from political and personal trauma -- who have both chosen to flee a past that haunts them. The daughter of a murdered Black Panther revolutionary, Tess, (LisaGay Hamilton) lives off the grid on a Sonoma vineyard, fiercely detached from all connections. Her hermetic life cracks when she gives reluctant shelter to a desperate young woman, Anna (Lily Rabe) who has attempted suicide in a nearby woodland. An unlikely alliance forms between the two, where other close relationships have failed -- David, Anna’s husband, (Hamish Linklater) and John, Tess’ employer (Jake Weber), cannot break through their walls.
Web Site: www.redemptiontrail.com
BRITTA SJOGREN (Writer/Director/Producer) Sjogren’s films have received awards in such diverse venues as the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Rio FEMINA, Atlanta, Aspen, and been included in special showcases at Creteil’s Festival of Films by Women and the Locarno International Film Festival. Her past features include In This Short Life (2005), a neorealist docu-fiction about choices -- big and small – and their consequences, and Jo-Jo at the Gate of Lions, (1992) a modern Joan-of-Arc tale about a young woman’s perverse attempt to save the world through self-denial. Her short, A Small Domain – a fable about a solitary woman in her 90s who kidnaps a baby -- won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the 1996 Sundance Festival, and a dozen other top festival awards. Sjogren is a Guggenheim Fellow, and recipient of the AFI Independent Filmmaker grant and the CineReach award for Best Screenplay Minority Protagonist, among other honors. She has programmed film series for the Creteil Festival and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, is Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University and is author of a book on female voice and sound in film, Into the Vortex. She co-founded the production company Dire Wolf in 2007.
BRADLEY SELLERS (Director of Photography) has over 20 years experience lensing dramatic and documentary film, as well as television and music videos. Sellers has a longstanding work relationship with HBO, as primary DP on the shows “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Def Comedy Jam,” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Other cable credits include Bravo’s “Top Chef” as well as Sundance Channel’s “Pleasure For Sale.” Sellers has lensed multiple music videos in Los Angeles, Chicago and Portland, and won Best Music Video award at the Chicago International Film Festival. He has shot dozens of short films, as well as the Original National Lampoon’s Production, “Meet the Parents” (directed by Greg Gileena.) Sellers has also worked in both narrative and documentary projects for the Discovery Channel, Showtime, NBC, and FOX among other major networks. His feature cinematography credits include Britta Sjogren’s award-winning In This Short Life. He is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild, and holds a BFA in Cinema from Ohio State University.
MARK ORTON, (Composer) founding member of the genre-bending acoustic chamber ensemble Tin Hat, has written original scores or contributed music to numerous films including Nebraska, The Good Girl, The Real Dirt on Famer John, Sweet Land, Everything is Illuminated, Buck, The Revisionaries, Mine, Fernando Meirelles' 360, and NBC's “E.R.” Current projects include the Italian feature La Regina Della Neve, and Ken Burns' upcoming series “The Roosevelts” An alumnus of The Peabody Conservatory and The Hartt School of Music, and a recipient of a Sundance Institute Composer Fellowship, he was nominated “Best New Composer” by the International Film Music Critics. Orton is both a multi-instrumentalist and collector of unusual and antique instruments, which can be heard in many of his scores. As an arranger he has worked with artists including Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, Madeline Peyroux and Mike Patton. In addition to film, he composes for dance, radio drama, the circus and the concert hall. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and son.
GILLIAN EVERSOLE SERVAIS is an award-winning designer and architect who created and oversaw the construction of dozens of boldly original homes in California for thirty years. She has received numerous architectural awards, been recognized by the Oakland Development Council, Home Show, and had her houses listed in the prestigious list of “Top 10 houses in the Country” published by . Known for her spatial, textural, salvaged, natural work and subtle use of color, Servais’ aesthetic evokes the timeless essence of enduring, “green” materials within radically open space. Servais is also a nationally recognized and prolific fine artist specializing in mixed media art, photography and painting, showing under the Servais Design, Inc. moniker. Her latest “Shredded Life” series, a meditation on divorce and memory, incorporates painting, collage and sculpture in free-ranging shapes and textures. Other recent work include the “Bible series,” an “Urban Wildlife Interface series,” as well as a lyrical group of paintings entitled the “after Matisse” series. Servais’ transition into production design draws on her eclectic set of design skills and her singular aesthetic vision. Her approach involves planning a three-dimensional space that is generally seen from only one vantage point – and which simultaneously allows for the strong two-dimensional presence of the solitary frame. Beyond Redemption, Servais’ first feature film as Production Designer, was shot in a Servais Design, Inc. home in Oakland and at the Stubbs Ranch in Marin County, a location that bore distinct affinities to Servais’ own style, and which allowed for creative contrast and connection on a design level. Her designs and artwork can be viewed at www.GillianServais.com
CHRISTOPHER MUNCH (Editor and Special FX Design) is an internationally acclaimed producer-writer-director who sometimes collaborates as Editor on select independent feature films, (White Camellias, The Blue-Toothed Virgin – both by Russell Brown). Munch’s own films include the Sasquatch love-story Letters from the Big Man (2011) starring Lily Rabe and Jason Butler Harner, Harry and Max (2004), about two brothers who are both pop idols; The Sleepy Time Gal (2001), about a dying mother’s search for a daughter put up for adoption at birth, starring Jacqueline Bisset, Martha Plimpton, Nick Stahl and Seymour Cassel; Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996), starring Michael Stipe and Henry Gibson; and The Hours and Times (1992, Good Machine), based on the friendship of Brian Epstein and John Lennon, a lauded work that received jury prizes at Sundance and Berlin. All of Munch’s films have played in competition at Sundance as well as at other major international festivals. Munch is a Guggenheim Fellow, recipient of the IFP’s Someone to Watch Award, and featured in two Whitney Biennial exhibitions, among other honors.
MARK BENNETT (Casting Director) is a casting director who divides his time between New York and Los Angeles. Bennett recently cast Zero Dark Thirty, by director Kathryn Bigelow; Phil Morrison’s Lucky Dog, starring Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti; Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves and Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde. Previous films Bennett has cast include Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture; Junebug (Phil Morrison); A History Of Violence (David Cronenberg) (U.S. casting); Monsters’ Ball (Marc Forster); Unfaithful (Adrian Lyne); The Hills Have Eyes (Alexandre Aja); and The Woodsman (Nicole Kassell). Other directors Bennett has cast films for include Jane Campion, Allison Anders, Martha Coolidge, Matt Aselton, and Christopher Munch. Previous associate casting credits include films by Gus Van Sant, Lasse Hallstrom, Oliver Stone, John Waters, Mary Harron, Whit Stillman, and Harmony Korine. Bennett also cast Mac’s popular “I’m a Mac”/”I’m a PC” campaign starring Justin Long and John Hodgman, and has cast theater in New York, both Broadway and off-Broadway. His work has been featured in Variety, Backstage, and Fast Company. He is also the recipient of the Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement In Casting. He is an adjunct faculty member in the theater department at UCLA.
AMY POTOZKIN (San Francisco Casting Director) is in her 22nd season at Berkeley Repertory Theatre where she serves as Casting Director and Artistic Associate. She has also had the pleasure of casting projects for ACT (Seattle), Arizona Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre, B Street Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Marin Theatre Company, the Marsh, San Jose Rep, Social Impact Productions Inc., and Traveling Jewish Theatre. Amy cast roles for the film Conceiving Ada, starring Tilda Swinton; Haiku Tunnel and the soon-to-be-released Love and Taxes by Josh Kornbluth. Amy received her MFA from Brandeis University, where she was also an artist-in-residence. She has been a coach to hundreds of actors, teaches acting at Mills College, and leads workshops at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre and numerous other venues in the Bay Area.