West of Redemption
Director: Cornelia Duryée Moore
Producer: Larry Estes
Writer: Meagan Daine
Cinematographer: T.J. Williams, Jr.
Synopsis:A married couple living in a remote farmhouse are interrupted by a stranger, who is taken prisoner by the husband and interrogated for reasons the stranger doesn't readily understand. Their lives are irrevocably changed once the truth of their history is revealed to each.
Screening Time: 4:15pm
Sunday, September 25th, 2016
BILLY ZANE (“Hank Keller”) is best known for his achievements as an actor in over 100 films. It was his role as Caledon Hockley in the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic that brought him his highest distinction garnering him a Blockbuster movie award as best supporting actor.
Among his other best-known credits are: Memphis Belle, Dead Calm, Tombstone, Sniper, Zoolander, Orlando, The Phantom, and Twin Peaks. Among the critically acclaimed independent films he has made, he has produced and stared in the celebrated film noir classic This World Then The Fireworks, and the silent film I Woke Up Early The Day I Died, which he produced with Muse Productions.
Billy co-wrote, produced and directed the French farce comedy Big Kiss, due for release next year.
Currently on television, Billy stars in the Amazon original series pilot of the dark comedy thriller, Mad Dogs, which was shot last year in Puerto Rico. He has just completed the pilot adaptation of the hugely popular 14-book Fantasy/SCI Fi series, The Wheel Of Time, which he stars and produces.
On stage, he appeared on Broadway as Billy Flynn in the smash hit musical Chicago, and on the London stage at The Royal Haymarket Theatre's production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opposite the legendary Claire Bloom. Billy was thrilled to return to his hometown of Chicago to join the company of the Sound of Music at the historic lyric opera in. June 2014.
Beyond his acting Billy is a highly reviewed, celebrated abstract expressionist painter who has most recently seen extraordinary success with his solo exhibition Seize The Day Bed in Los Angeles, and in London during the city's globally regarded Frieze Art Fair; and his Art Basel debut in Miami with his Nowness exhibition in collaboration with The Rosenbaum Gallery. Autumn 2015 will see Mr. Zane new solo exhibition at the iconic Academia of Art in Monaco.
Mr. Zane is also an general Partner in the Armada Enterprises, a private equity company with interests in sectors ranging from energy, hospitality, aerospace, to marine salvage and media.
KEVIN ALEJANDRO (“Rick Youngblood”) has quickly become one of Hollywood's brightest, standout new faces. Alejandro is currently starring in Fox Network’s “Lucifer,” based on the Vertigo comic book, and recently starred in A&E’s “The Returned,” based on the acclaimed French series with an international cult following. Alejandro plays a small town sheriff confronted with the mysterious return of town residents who should be dead.
Alejandro also starred in the hit HBO series “True Blood” as Jesus, a powerful brujo (Mexican witchdoctor) and boyfriend to Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis). A fan favorite, Jesus was instrumental in saving Bon Temps in the season 4 finale. He starred opposite Theo James (Divergent) in the CBS series “Golden Boy” and in Showtime's Emmy nominated “Sleeper Cell: American Terror.” He also starred in the John Wells' TNT drama “Southland” alongside Regina King and Benjamin McKenzie as well as in CBS’ drama “Shark” alongside James Woods. Alejandro recurred on the hit ABC series “Ugly Betty” in addition to recurring on the CW’s hit superhero drama “Arrow.”
His additional television credits include recurring roles on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Parenthood,” “Weeds” and the FX original series “Sons of Anarchy.” Alejandro can also be seen in various independent and major feature films including Kevin Smith’s “Red State,” “Medeas” opposite Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, “Crossing Over” with Harrison Ford, and “Truck Stop” opposite Juno Temple (Atonement, The Dark Knight Rises) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story, X-Men: Days of Future Past.)
Alejandro studied theatre at the University of Texas and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
MARIANA KLAVENO (“Becky”) has made a lasting impression as Lorena, Bill Compton’s “maker” on Alan Ball’s HBO award-winning True Blood. In advance of portraying a seductive and manipulative vampire, Klaveno grew up in a rural area of Washington State on the family owned and operated farm with her three older siblings.
After graduating valedictorian of her high school class, she pursued her B.A. in Theatre at University of Washington in Seattle. Klaveno has since transitioned into one of the leads of Marc Cherry’s Devious Maids, and recently starred in Kevin Williamson’s Stalker drama for CBS. She also enjoyed juicy arc on Showtime’s Dexter, and starred in the TNT original telefilm Scott Turow’s Innocent.
A chance meeting with acclaimed Producer/Director J.J. Abrams, led to a casting in Alias which marked her network television debut. However, it wasn’t till her standout guest performance as a modern day Bonnie Parker on Standoff opposite Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt that people really began to take notice. Additional guest roles soon followed inclusive of Suspect Behavior, ER, K-Ville, and Laws Of Chance.
Klaveno has also starred in the telefilms Final Approach, While The Children Sleep, and No God, No Master.
CORNELIA DURYÉE MOORE (Director) is a writer, director, actor, casting director, choreographer and acting coach. Prior to directing West of Redemption, she wrote and directed The Dark Horse, her first feature, which premiered at Seattle International Film Festival in 2008. Her second feature was Camilla Dickinson, her adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel Camilla, starring Adelaide Clemens, Cary Elwes, Samantha Mathis, and Gregg Sulkin. The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2012. Her short film, Dancing With You, screened at multiple film festivals, winning at Gloria Film Festival and Genesis Software. She has worked on many Seattle movies, including, most recently, JourneyQuest (seasons One and Two), 4 Minute Mile, Expiration Date, Zombies of Mass Destruction, The Book of Zombie, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising, Demon Hunters RPG, Wolfsbane, November, and An Eye for an Eye.
She enjoys working with Zombie Orpheus Productions and Dead Gentlemen Productions, and has filled many roles on their sets. As a writer, she was mentored by Madeleine L’Engle, her Godmother, for nearly thirty years, and adapted two of Madeleine’s novels into screenplays: Camilla Dickinson and Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun, which was a finalist in the First Glance Screenplay Competition and a semi-finalist at Slamdance.
Moore co-founded the Seattle Shakespeare Festival (now “Company”), directed there, and served as its casting director for seven years. Favorite memories from several decades of theatre work: a featured role in the film Zombies of Mass Destruction, appearing with son Tallis in Book-It Repertory Theatre’s Peter Pan, dancing pregnant with Bill T. Jones’ company, and on the TV show Northern Exposure, choreographing on members of New York City Ballet, playing Lettice in Lettice and Lovage, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Isabella in Measure For Measure.
MEAGAN DAINE (Screenwriter) was born and raised in East Texas, whence she escaped at age 17 to become an ESL teacher, a “jolly” in a Roman dance club, a private investigator, and finally a writer. She is now a screenwriter and playwright. Her work has been performed at the Road Theatre Company, North by South Theatre, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Her stageplay Trespass, which she adapted into the feature film West of Redemption, is a finalist in the 2015 Bridge Initiative: Women in Arizona Theatre. Meagan has also performed onstage as Bess Houdini in the critically acclaimed show Smoke and Mirrors. She currently resides in North Hollywood.
LARRY ESTES (Producer) began his corporate career acquiring videodisc rights for release on RCA’s SelectaVision VideoDisc system. In 1984 he became Senior Vice President of Feature Film Acquisitions at RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video. From 1987-93 he developed and operated an arm of Columbia TriStar Home Video’s acquisition program, specializing in quality independent feature film development and financing. His films at CTHV includes Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies and videotape, Patrick Sheane Duncan’s 84 Charlie Mopic, Allison Anders’ Gas Food Lodging, Carl Franklin’s One False Move (co-starring and co-written by Billy Bob Thornton), John Sayles’ City of Hope and Passion Fish, Neal Jimenez & Michael Steinberg’s The Waterdance, Mike Binder’s Crossing The Bridge, Bob Goldthwait’s Shakes The Clown, John Turturro’s Mac, Stacy Cochran’s My New Gun, Philip Haas’ The Music of Chance, Keva Rosenfeld’s Twenty Bucks (produced by Karen Murphy) and Anthony Drazan’s Zebrahead. He was responsible for supervision of more than 60 movies during his time there.
In 1992 Larry accepted the Independent Feature Project/West “Findie” award and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Entertainment Business by both Entertainment Weekly and Premiere Magazines.
Before joining ShadowCatcher Entertainment in 1998, he produced Coldblooded, Santa Fe, The Mating Habits Of The Earthbound Human, and six science-fiction films for Showtime Networks. At ShadowCatcher he produced the landmark Native American film Smoke Signals and was an Executive Producer of The Book of Stars and Getting to Know You.
In 1999 in an internationally televised ceremony, he accepted The Interfaith Council’s Christopher Award for producing Smoke Signals.
In 2000, he co-founded the independent feature film distribution company Outrider Pictures, where he served as co-chairman until mid-2001. He returned to producing in 2001 with Sherman Alexie’s debut as writer-director, The Business of Fancydancing.
He served as Executive Producer of The Heart of the Game, a popular Seattle-based documentary feature that premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. He recently produced The Dark Horse, written and directed by Cornelia Duryée Moore and Camilla Dickinson, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle and directed by Cornelia Duryée Moore.
Estes also served for five years as Professor of Practice/ Producer-in-Residence on the faculty of the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film and Television in Tucson, Arizona.
TONY BECERRA (Producer) is a graduate of Seattle Central Community College, taught by Sal Tonacchio and John Jacobsen in 2000. He has worked all over the country on projects like Greys Anatomy, Deadliest Catch, 21 and Over, Pearl Jam 20, Z Nation and Sharknado 3 as well as hundreds of commercials for clients such as Toyota and Best Buy. He joined the Directors Guild of America in 2014 and currently serves as a 1st Assistant Director in Seattle and Los Angeles. This is his 2nd project with Director Cornelia Moore and producer Larry Estes.
RICH COWAN (Executive Producer) is the president and Chief Executive Officer of North by Northwest Productions, a full-service film and video production company located in Spokane, Washington and Boise, Idaho.
Founded in 1990 by Rich and two partners, the company currently employs 40 staffers, delivers in every format and genre—from 35mm and High Definition to streaming video, feature film to commercial—and has established client relationships with top national firms.
Rich was responsible for the creation and development of North by Northwest Entertainment which over the past 14 years has delivered over 40 feature films and now has its own foreign and domestic distribution company.
Rich has functioned as producer of Wayne Wang’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, Wrong Turn at Tahoe starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Harvey Keitel, Give ‘em Hell, Malone starring Thomas Jane and Ving Rhames, Norman starring Richard Jenkins and Dan Byrd, Family Holiday a Lifetime Original Movie, Whacked with Patrick Muldoon & Judge Reinhold, The Big Empty with Jon Favreau, Rachael Leigh Cook, Darryl Hannah, Sean Bean and Kelsey Grammer, and Hangman’s Curse with David Keith and Mel Harris.
Rich produced and directed The Basket, starring Peter Coyote and Karen Allen. He also directed Shadow of Fear starring James Spader, Aidan Quinn, Robin Tunney and Matt Davis. He also just finished directing The River Murders, starring Ray Liotta, Christian Slater, and Ving Rhames.
As a teenager, Rich directed his first program at KING-TV in Seattle. After graduating from Washington State University, Rich was hired by KHQ-TV in Spokane where he produced PM Magazine segments and directed daily newscasts. After another stint at WSU to receive a Masters in Human Nutrition, Rich returned to KHQ to produce and direct documentaries, news specials and sports programming, acquiring the position of Community Affairs Director at KHQ before starting North by Northwest.
T.J. WILLIAMS, JR. (Director of Photography) has been making pictures since his high school years, when he started out shooting on documentaries under his D.P. father. At first, teenage T.J. thought the paid travel was the best part of what he saw as "the coolest after-school job ever," but through doing the day-to-day work he quickly realized that the subjects he was capturing in camera would be the focus of his career. Watching his father carefully craft his shots on those first sets sparked T.J. to learn as much as possible about shooting - a drive that lead him to work under and alongside great cinematographers, and to hone his craft as an operator and a steadicam operator while building his own resume as a cinematographer.
Finding his frame across mediums, projects, countries and cultures has taught T.J. to favor a relaxed camera that moves with the characters and discovers the story through their eyes. This sensibility plays throughout his work as a cinematographer, from his extensive career as a commercial D.P. with several national spots, to the narrative pieces he's photographed. On WEST OF REDEMPTION, T.J. stepped into Corrie's vision as they played with the contrast between stillness and movement as a recurring theme representing death and life – a departure from T.J.’s other work. He is proud of the collaboration.
West of Redemption is TJ's second feature as a D.P. His cinematography has screened at festivals worldwide including SIFF, The Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Camerimage, winning several awards including a 2013 Emerging Cinematographers Award that he received for the short film THE RETURN.
BC SMITH (Composer, Original Musical Score) Whether working with a large orchestra, rock band, peyote singers, Japanese noize, or djs and electronics, BC Smith is one of those rare composers who is firmly entrenched – and thoroughly fluent – in a world of diverse and eclectic musical styles.
Scoring credits include Smoke Signals (Winner Of The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award And Filmmaker’s Trophy), The Mod Squad, the original feature film Outsourced, The song “Empty Skies” for Jim Sheridan’s film Brothers. the animated film Mermaid Tale 2, the feature documentary Burn, and the film Kiss Me directed by Survivor host, Jeff Probst.
Recently, BC also scored The Break Up Girl produced by Hunger Games and Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray and director Stacy Sherman, Director Tobe Hooper’s latest horror film, Djinn, and the score for Adult World staring John Cusack and Emma Roberts. Most recently, BC completed the score for West Of Redemption.
Album credits include performing keyboards and electronics for the bands Good Charlotte, Hollywood Undead, Dashboard Confessional and the Veronicas.
KERRY BARDEN and PAUL SCHNEE (Casting directors) Most recently, the team handled casting for the hit Pitch Perfect (and Pitch Perfect 2), Still Alice starring Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, the Robert Downey Jr-Robert Duvall drama The Judge, Get On Up, August: Osage County, and the award collection machine, Dallas Buyers Club.
Notable feature film credits include casting for The Help, based on the bestselling novel and starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Allison Janney and Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury-Prize winner, Winter’s Bone, which also received the 2010 Gotham Award for Best Feature and Outstanding Ensemble Cast.
Winter’s Bone also led that year's Independent Spirit Award nominations, receiving both the Best Supporting Male (John Hawkes) and Best Supporting Female (Dale Dickey) awards, and garnered Academy Award nominations for Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress) and John Hawkes (Best Supporting Actor). At the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Barden/Schnee Casting was represented by the films Higher Ground, the directorial debut of actor Vera Farmiga, starring Farmiga, Bill Irwin, Joshua Leonard, Norbert Leo Butz and Donna Murphy; and Win Win, directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and Bobby Cannavale.
Other recent films include the reboot of Conan The Barbarian; Conviction with Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell and Minnie Driver and directed by Tony Goldwyn; Every Day with Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber and Brian Dennehy; The Big Bang starring Antonio Banderas; New York Casting for Paul Haggis's The Next Three Days, starring Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, and Olivia Wilde, and the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's What's Wrong with Virginia, starring Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Toby Jones.